Esoteric Science and Philosophy

Esoteric Science and Philosophy

THE CHRIST FESTIVAL

 

The strength, the power and the special energies which He received at that dramatic moment when He, the Buddha and the Lord of the World created a Triangle of Light at the time of the Wesak Festival, will be released by Him at the hour of the Full Moon of June. This Light has been concentrated upon the "centre which we call the race of men," but it has not yet been released. At the Full Moon it will be poured out all over the Earth. During the interim between reception and distribution, it has been transformed into the energy of goodwill and into that light which will illumine the minds of men. [EXTERNALISATION OF THE HIERARCHY p642]

CONTENTS

A.      Christ's Festival Talk

B.      Message from Master DK

A   Christ's Festival Talk

The text which follows was an address given by a member of the Headquarters staff of Lucis Trust at one of our public meetings. The purpose of these brief talks is to prepare and seed the group mind for the real work to be done--group meditation. This talk can be used by individuals and groups who wish to cooperate with this service.

Invocative Living

Tonight we celebrate the last of the three spiritual festivals of 2011 known as Christ‘s Festival. This always falls in the sign of Gemini and it has been described as "the force which produces the changes needed for the evolution of the Christ consciousness at any particular point in time and space." In Esoteric Astrology we learn that Gemini is one of the most important of all the twelve signs and that its influence lies behind every one of them. Because the Ray of Love-Wisdom, the second ray, pours through Gemini, it emphasises how true is the occult teaching that love underlies the entire universe. God is love, we are assured, and this statement is both an exoteric and an esoteric truth.

What better sign then for us to celebrate World Invocation Day – a day when people across the world have been consciously evoking an outpouring of divine love to "restore the Plan on Earth" with heartfelt, fiery aspiration and focused intention throughout the day. The power of invocation – generating an outpouring of divine love in times of pain and difficulty – creates a funnel of sound through alignment – a cry which is always answered from the place to where it is directed. There is an immense invocation on this day as the meditations and the heartfelt prayers of the many are directed towards the Christ on behalf of humanity, and are heard on the inner planes where the vibratory force is focused and used as a transmitting wave to respond with the needed power of will and love.

To invoke the Christ is not something we just do through meditation and use of The Great Invocation. To invoke is to use sound to call the Christ all day every day through a particular sound or resonance that we set up through the way we live our lives. There is a way of living in the immediate moment that produces a state of tension that emits a subtle, harmonic sound rather than the strident note that the personality usually emits. This sound is strong and pure and it naturally rises to the ears of those on the inner side of life. By living a purposeful life where our motives are pure and spiritual, we are naturally calling the Christ and it is something we can have at the back of our mind all the time. This sound we will notice emanates from the heart and intensifies our sense of purpose in the world. Purpose is not so much what we intend to physically or actively do – it is an alignment with the soul and, through the soul, with the Christ force or principle. The pure exalted sound of the approaching Christ keeps our spirits above the stormy waters of physical plane life, allowing us to lift and save those who are drowning in the ocean of matter.

To keep our inner ear attuned to the sound of the approaching Christ forms the bedrock of what could be called "Invocative living". It concerns the wise and economic invocation and evocation of spiritual energy. Just as a ceremonial ritual magnetises the environment through repetitive movement, chanting and the enunciation of sacred text such as occurs at the Wesak Festival, so in a lesser sense does living a simple rhythmic life focused on the essentials; just taking time to periodically sit in quietness swells the invocative sound that we are nurturing deep within to help construct the pathway of light for the descent of the Christ. In this noisy, restless world, we have to learn how to take time to be alone with the still quiet voice within rather than constantly running away from ourselves and hiding in the distractions and non-essential activities of life. As we live a purposeful and pure life, energy is not wasted and if we had sight on the subjective side of life, we would see that we are forming geometrical patterns and rhythms of energy that evoke higher, spiritual potencies. Using an analogy of a stringed instrument, living the invocative life in this way keeps the strings of consciousness taught, tuned and responsive to the touch of the master musician – the soul.

The habitual use of the Great Invocation is a way of keeping these strings taught and our minds and heart in tune with the sound of the Coming One. It also keeps us in alignment with "the centre where the will of God is known – "Shamballa" – touching a chord deep within our psyche that resounds to the divine chorus and grants us the power to keep serving with strength and fortitude. Enunciating the Great Invocation "As If" it is issuing forth from deep within our soul sees us take our stand in the chorus of souls that we call the spiritual Hierarchy, ensuring a direct and continuous inflow of the Will nature to restore the Plan on earth. The more we can attain a degree of group consciousness to sound the Great Invocation in this way, the more the synchronisation of the note of humanity with the note of the Hierarchy occurs and we are assured that there will come a dynamic and immediate response from Shamballa. The interplay of this demand-response pattern has the capacity to become one of the greatest liberating forces for humanity.

For us to have been entrusted with the use of this Invocation to bring forth the Will-to-Love is the greatest of privileges. It bestows tremendous responsibility on all of us who recognise its authenticity as a mantram ordained by the Christ and the Hierarchy. Through its correct use, we can rise to meet the challenge of subjectively presenting to humanity a fresh vision "of a compelling and conditioning nature". If a world-wide group can stand together with one united invocative spirit, results are inevitable as the law of invocation and evocation is simple – that which is evoked always responds and responds in proportion to the power of the invocation made.

Let us take a moment now to align ourselves with the higher planetary centres and then sound together the Great Invocation, the Christ‘s own mantram, with a united dynamic intention:

  

 

  The main factor preventing a completely unimpeded sequence of impression from Shamballa right down into the mineral kingdom, via all the other kingdoms, is the factor of human freewill, resulting in karmic responsibility. When we look around the world what evidence do we see that humanity is clearing its karma and starting to work with the will nature in accordance with divine purpose? Perhaps the outstanding symbol is the United Nations whose world work continues despite the insuperable problems it has faced down the years. Its struggles are not surprising though as the General Assembly is like a huge clearing house for obstructing forces to the Plan. Virtually all of the world‘s nations gather here to try and resolve differences, and all nations are at different stages of development just as human beings are. With this in mind it is clear what an impressive organ of the will-to-good the UN is proving to be.

It is to the UN we should look primarily when thinking of the Christ‘s Festival as it is also the Festival of Humanity and of Goodwill. It represents the closest thing we have as a race to an alignment with the Will of God. When the UN convenes in councils, there is a sense of a higher power at work that often manages to achieve a measure of reconciliation despite seemingly insuperable forces arrayed against it. The UN represents reconstruction, consensus, and planning and through its ever broadening responsibilities and diversifications, it is instrumental in clearing the way for the future externalisation of the inner ashrams. Its mandate is to hear the cry of humanity and to respond. The UN is like a lotus flower with the central jewel energised by the Avatar of Synthesis. We are told that this great Life wields as much of His influence as allowed by human karma, overshadowing the General Assembly in the attempt to unite the nations of the world through the power of synthesis that is the natural expression of His life-force. We can glean from this that the Christ‘s mission is not about spreading a sweet and sentimental kind of love around the world. It will be far more impersonal and grand than the personal, comforting type of emotion that we often mistake for love. Furthermore, the Christ is coming this time round with the will aspect of love, the electric or dynamic aspect of love, and when we pause to consider this we can see how the UN more closely represents this force than we might at first think.

The UN has played a role in bringing about independence in more than 80 countries and there are currently more than a hundred thousand peace keepers in sixteen peace keeping operations round the world. Its work with human rights, health, education, the needs of women and children in the Least Developed Countries in particular, are all proof of a love backed by a will to heal, to right wrongs and to create a more harmonious world. Through its agencies, the many ngo‘s and serving groups worldwide, the UN is taking up humanity‘s "cup of karma" and, through conscious will, beginning to drink its bitter draught in the clear light of day. An ancient catechism explains that, on an individual basis, this cup is forcefully held to the lips of the dismayed Pilgrim by the Lords of Karma until the time comes when he wilfully lifts it from their hands to drink until the last drop is gone. The Four Lords of Karma then release the cup of Karma allowing the Lords of Cosmic Love to mix another, sweeter, cooling draught. The point is made that until the cup of karma has been drained, and the lessons of selfish behaviour learned, it cannot safely hold within the potencies of love and will that are later given.

Significantly in this sign of Gemini, which rules the opposites, we think of the UN‘s work in reconciling the opposites of East and West, North and South, rich and poor, and forging that Middle Path taught by the Christ‘s brother, the Buddha, to bring about a blending and fusing on a higher level of all the different nationalities and cultures of the world thereby making of the human kingdom one integrated centre of force within the body of the planetary Logos. Humanity is already beginning to live the invocative life through the agency of people of goodwill, who are demanding that right action and values are taken in local and national governance, in international relations and in economic fields. And through the communications systems, social networking sites and instant access to information, the "now" generation, as it is called expresses a greater sense of the "other" – a concern for the rights and well being of people in other lands that transcends national boundaries. The psychological distance between people is lessening and it is significant that, for so many people, physical barriers no longer form an obstacle to the identity of their common humanity.

This process is all part of the Science of Social Evolution – which in reality is the science of invocation and evocation as right relationships are brought about by mutual invocation, producing a responsive process which is one of evocation. This science can be applied as legitimately to groups, nations and humanity itself, as it can be applied to the individual aspirant on the path of return and we are told that it "lies behind all conscious awakening of the centres and their interre-lation; it lies behind the rapport between man and man, group and group, and eventually between nation and nation. It is this invocation, and the consequent evocation, which eventually relates soul and personality and soul and monad. It is the outstanding objective of humanity's appeal to God, to the Hierarchy and to the Spiritual Powers of the cosmos, no matter by what name you call them. The appeal goes forth. The invocation of humanity can and will and must evoke response from the spiritual Hierarchy and give the first demonstration upon a large scale of this new esoteric science – esoteric because it is based upon sound." (The Rays and the Initiations, p.470)

Having a goal in life is to live invocatively. A thoughtform of the desired goal has been constructed and through it energy pours in response to sustained aspiration. Therefore, one of the most important things we can do in service of the Plan is to bring energy into our lives by having a clear spiritual goal and by releases that which obscures our view of it. To do this we have to practise the art of relinquishment wholeheartedly so that spiritual quality replaces form as the main focus of our attention and becomes the aspect in people and our surroundings that we communicate with. As every manifesting form is destined for change and transmutation anyway, it is futile to identify with it, and painful too. Spiritual quality is the true constant in life that never dies, for it is the Christ force and only grows more beautiful and profound as the heart is steadily opened up to it. When we willingly acquiesce and lift our consciousness to the Christ, we find we are constantly charged with creative power and we can move with freedom, creatively weaving in and out of the life wave, in order to manifest aspects of the Plan.

We can visualise thousands of people all over the world coming together subjectively to do this as one on World Invocation Day which is, as its name suggests, the supreme moment of the year for invoking the energies of both the Christ and of Humanity. The sign of Gemini provides the force-field in which this magnetic tension can develop and right relationships can be established on earth. It is a sign that symbolises the fusion of higher and lower energies and the appearance of the path between the pairs of opposites. Gemini is sometimes called the "constellation of the resolution of duality into a fluid synthesis." Governing as it does all the pairs of opposites in the zodiac, Gemini preserves the magnetic interplay between them, keeping them fluid in their relations, in order eventually to facilitate their transmutation into unity, for the two must finally become the One. So let us finish by reflecting on an ancient stanza about the Path remembering that it is through invocative living that the path is built and also that the path is trodden.

"The path that is trodden by the Server is the path of fire that passes through his heart and leads to the head. It is not on the path of pleasure, nor on the path of pain that liberation may be taken or that wisdom comes. It is by the transcendence of the two, by the blending of pain with pleasure, that the goal is reached, that goal that lies ahead, like a point of light seen in the darkness of a winter's night. That point of light may call to mind the tiny candle in some attic drear, but—as the path that leads to that light is trodden through the blending of the pair of opposites—that pin point cold and flickering grows with steady radiance till the warm light of some blazing lamp comes to the mind of the wanderer by the way.

Pass on, O Pilgrim, with steady perseverance. No candle light is there nor earth lamp fed with oil. Ever the radiance grows till the path ends within a blaze of glory, and the wanderer through the night becomes the child of the sun, and enters within the portals of that radiant orb.

We go now into our meditation "Letting in the Light" using the conference and festival keynote: Let the Will-to-Love fire the entire world with the ‘spirit of relationship’.

Christ’s Festival in Gemini –

London- June 2011

Christine Morgan

http://www.lucistrust.org/en/arcane_school/twelve_spiritual_festivals/gemini/christ_s_festival_talk

B   Message from Master DK

 

In this message I would like to consider with you primarily the Festival of the Christ, held at the time of the Full Moon of June, and the work of the Christ as He prepares Himself for the fulfilment of His true mission on Earth. The Christian Church has so distorted that mission and ruthlessly perverted the intention for which He originally manifested that a consideration of that mission is deeply needed and should be revolutionary in its effects. Starting with St. Paul, the theologians interpreted His words in such a manner that they served to bridge the gap between the spiritual future of the world and the Jewish dispensation which should have been passing out. So effective has been their work that the teachings of the loving, simple Son of God have been largely ignored; the failure of Christianity can be traced to its Jewish background (emphasised by St. Paul), which made it full of propaganda instead of loving action, which taught the blood sacrifice instead of loving service, and which emphasised the existence of a wrathful God, needing to be placated by death, and which embodied the threats of the Old Testament Jehovah in the Christian teaching of hell fire.

This situation is one which the Christ is seeking to alter; it has been in preparation for His instituting a new and more correct presentation of divine truth that I have sought—with love and understanding—to point out the faults of the world religions, with their obsolete theologies and their lack of love, and to indicate the evils of Judaism. The present world faiths must return to their early simplicity, and orthodox Judaism, with its deep-seated hate, must slowly disappear; all must be changed in preparation for the revelation which Christ will bring.

The first things which the Christ will do, beginning with this full Moon of June, will be to prepare all people everywhere (if possible through their regenerated, religious institutions) for the revelation for which all humanity waits.

It is this revelation which lies behind all the activities which now engross the attention of the Hierarchy. There have been many revelations of divine purpose down the ages, each of which uniquely altered the point of view and the pattern of living for men everywhere. There was the ancient revelation, given through the people of India, as to the existence of the Self and the Not-Self—a revelation which is now coming to have meaning through the teaching of modern psychology; there was the revelation of the Ten Commandments, given through the Jews and—because of the negativity shown then and today by the Jews—given in a negative and not a positive form. The Christ endeavoured to offset and bring to an end the need for the Ten Commandments, by giving us the eleventh commandment; this, if kept, would entail the keeping of all the others. There was the revelation which Christ Himself gave, summing it up for us in His life of service, in the love which He preached and in His constant repudiation of theological Judaism (the Sadducees and the Pharisees). This difficulty with Judaism still persists and is symbolised for us in the failure to recognise the Messiah when He came to them in their own country and let it be known that He came to the whole world and not to the Jews alone.

For this new revelation the Christ is preparing as are all the members of the Hierarchy, from the highest Chohan down to the humblest accepted disciple; it is for this that all the ashrams are getting ready; it is for this also that (in a weak and feeble manner) Christian people, those of the other world faiths, and spiritually minded people are likewise preparing.

Therefore, we have isolated (if I may use such a word) three activities to which the Christ is at this time dedicated:

1. The reorganisation of the world religions—if in any way possible—so that their out-of-date theologies, their narrow-minded emphasis and their ridiculous belief that they know what is in the Mind of God may be offset, in order that the churches may eventually be the recipients of spiritual inspiration.

2. The gradual dissolution—again if in any way possible—of the orthodox Jewish faith, with its obsolete teaching, its separative emphasis, its hatred of the Gentiles and its failure to recognise the Christ. In saying this I do not fail to recognise those Jews throughout the world who acknowledge the evils and who are not orthodox in their thinking; they belong to the aristocracy of spiritual belief to which the Hierarchy itself belongs.

3. Preparation for a revelation which will inaugurate the new era and set the note for the new world religion.

To these three efforts of the Hierarchy, superintended by the Christ, another two must be added, of perhaps even greater importance. The first one is the reaction of the Hierarchy itself to the new relationship established between It and Shamballa and to that new, direct and potent channel which has lately been induced by the efforts of the Hierarchy and human invocativeness. The second activity is one leading towards a much closer relation between the Hierarchy and Humanity; this will lead eventually to the externalisation of certain of the Ashrams, and later to the appearance of the Hierarchy on earth, bringing the new revelation.

These various efforts may appear to the casual reader as relatively unimportant. This is a superficial point of view and one which meets with little sympathy from the Hierarchy. That the Jews should be rid of fear is of major importance; that they should know and recognise the Christ as the Messiah, and therefore find for themselves that the religion they follow is destructive of many of the finer values, is likewise of major importance; that orthodox Judaism, along with all the other faiths, should realise that there is no desire to make them Christian (in the ordinary sense of the term), but that they should all move towards some loving synthesis and eliminate their mutual antagonisms and rivalries is equally urgent, and this statement includes the Christian faiths as well. That the Vatican cease its political scheming, its exploitation of the masses and its emphasis upon ignorance is as important; that the manifold divisions of the Protestant churches be bridged is imperative. If none of these things happen, humanity is headed towards a religious war which will make the past war appear like child's play; antagonisms and hatreds will embroil entire populations and the politicians of all the nations will take full advantage of the situation to precipitate a war which may well prove the end of humanity. There are no hatreds so great or so deep as those fostered by religion.

The Christ, therefore, has to add to all the many objectives which occupy His attention still another—the effort to avert a final war. This incipient war is contrary to the will-to-good of the Lord of the World and any world plan; it can be averted by goodwill. This is the most important statement in this message, as far as humanity is concerned.

Great and stirring events are imminent, and they will take place when the effect of the new Invocation is more pronounced and its use more general. This is primarily the responsibility of those who are affiliated with the three movements which demonstrate the part I have sought to take in the world preparation. These are: The Arcane School, and this refers primarily to the books for which I am responsible; the Triangles, which constitutes a deeply esoteric mode of working, yet one of extreme simplicity; and the Goodwill movement, which has in it a factor of major importance in that this movement (embracing already as it does many, many thousands) seeks to promote right human relations with its acute and immediate appeal to the masses; it is this that the masses want essentially, and is oft what lies behind the things which they do and the plans which they make, so often ignorantly and disastrously.

You will note that my outstanding theme is that of world planning; this is the main preoccupation of the Hierarchy. This planning falls into two categories, and for these the Christ is responsible. These are:

1. The esoteric preparation for the physical appearance or the material emergence of the Hierarchy on earth; with this activity the Buddha is definitely associated as it is connected with His final service to mankind.

2. The establishing, by all means available, of right human relations; this, as it is achieved, will swing the Ashrams gradually into external activity as need arises, and it involves the constant cooperation of the Masters.

Since 1931 I have hinted at much of this, and my activities (carried forward with these things in view) have followed the sequence outlined below:

1. I attempted to reach certain people in order to see how far an ashram could function in external form on earth. It has proved only a partial success and the results of my experiment have been given in the book, Discipleship in the New Age. The effects of the experiment upon the individuals involved have not proved encouraging; the effect upon the esotericists and aspirants of the world has been most successful and has greatly enhanced the sense of reality, so essential to the recognition of the hitherto unseen Hierarchy.

2. I published books which gave the new esoteric teaching, founded on the past, of service today, and indicative of the future. In those books I isolated for the new generation of esoteric students the "truths" which were true, extracting them from the mass of imaginative thinking and consequent formulation of thoughtforms which esotericists (since the time of H.P.B.) have so consistently created and presented to the enquiring public as truths. I indicated the new truths which were of significance for the future and for which the truths of the past were a needed foundation, and gave enough in outline and in "seed" concepts to show the lines along which the new world religion, the new political regimes and the new social order could be set up. I gave you the blueprints. I enunciated these as principles, leaving men free—as must ever be the case—to work out the details according to their contributing civilisations and their peculiar national cultures, which should unitedly create a beautiful whole and not provide barriers of separativeness as is today the case. I finally brought to the attention of the public the idea that the externalisation of the Hierarchy was a major hierarchical project, for which due preparation would have to be made.

3. The world war then reached a final stage; the first stage was from 1914-1918; it then proceeded in a subterranean fashion, only to erupt once more in 1939, continuing with extreme fierceness and cruelty till 1945, when the power to continue the fight ended and the atomic bomb wrote finis to the world chapter of disaster. That atomic bomb (though used only twice destructively) ended the resistance of the powers of evil because its potency is predominantly etheric. Its uses are twofold at this time:

a. As the forerunner of that release of energy which will change the mode of human living and inaugurate the new age wherein we shall not have civilisations and their emerging cultures but a world culture and an emerging civilisation, thus demonstrating the true synthesis which underlies humanity. The atomic bomb emerged from a first ray Ashram, working in conjunction with a fifth ray group; from the long range point of view, its intent was and is purely beneficent.

b. As a means in the hands of the United Nations to enforce the outer forms of peace, and thus give time for teaching on peace and on the growth of goodwill to take effect. The atomic bomb does not belong to the three nations who perfected it and who own the secrets at present—the United States of America, Great Britain and Canada. It belongs to the United Nations for use (or let us rather hope, simply for threatened use) when aggressive action on the part of any nation rears its ugly head. It does not essentially matter whether that aggression is the gesture of any particular nation or group of nations or whether it is generated by the political groups of any powerful religious organisation, such as the Church of Rome, who are as yet unable to leave politics alone and attend to the business for which all religions are responsible—leading human beings closer to the God of Love.

4. The world war now being ostensibly over and the work of restoration, leading to resurrection, being slowly implemented, the work of the Hierarchy is to foster that enthusiasm in the hearts of people everywhere which will enable them to work wholeheartedly for right human relations and the spread of that simple but tonic quality, goodwill. It is enthusiasm in the spiritual sense which is lacking today, even among those who see the Mind of Christ and the Plans of the Hierarchy as existing in factual usefulness; those who have for years read my teachings on goodwill with real belief in what I say but who evidence no willingness to sacrifice time or money, block the growth of the movement. It is the task of the Hierarchy to promote goodwill as the first step in Their plans, and it is that quality which is today closest to the heart of Christ; "goodwill to men," or rather among men, was the primary stage in the threefold promise made by the angels at His Birth:

a.       Goodwill, leading to right human relations, leading to

b.      Peace on Earth, leading to

c.       Glory to God.

“:Analysed, these words simply mean that goodwill will result in right human relations in that centre which we call Humanity; this will produce the possibility of that peace which characterises the Hierarchy appearing on earth, and leading to the glory of God, which animates the activity of Shamballa, the centre where the Will of God is known. Therefore, intelligent relationship, practical love and the full expression of the divine will are bound to occur, if the correct sequence of activities is followed. At present, even the first of them remains a hope. The factors of the failure of the religious and political groups and the apathy of the mass of men have greatly complicated the task of the Hierarchy.

5. My personal work has been to bring all this to the attention of the general public through my interpretation of the Problems of Humanity and bring it to the point where simplicity of purpose, an inspiring and flaming ardour and a minimum of organisation may implement the new presentation of goodwill as it affects and changes the sovereign world religions which are forgetful of the words of the Christ, "My kingdom is not of this world"; as it permeates into the political conferences of world statesmen and rulers, and as it governs the decisions of science and economics. In so doing and in the direful task of pointing out mistakes and errors of ancient standing, wrong and disastrous attitudes and human separativeness, an inevitable opposition has been evoked; had there been none, my efforts would have been futile. I have said naught that is not true and I retract no single word which I have said. There are many who prefer the esoteric truths anent the antahkarana, the world constitution, the doctrine of man, the Law of Rebirth and the many intricate teachings related to world planning. These they have received in full measure from me. There are others who desire information anent the Hierarchy, the work and standing of the Masters, the training to be given to disciples and initiates. This again they have received. I have now dealt in the past few years with world abuses and the problems with which humanity is faced in this period of restoration—of God's plan for man, and not of former conditions.

It is interesting to note that when the Hierarchy seeks to meet the need of the masses for better conditions, and to aid in the changing of ecclesiastical and political abuses, men are apt then to withdraw their interest because the task is hard, or to repudiate the statements anent that which is evil because (from their point of view) it is not possible for the Hierarchy to find fault or take a stand against wrong, just as many repudiated the fact that the Hierarchy took its stand, during the war, upon the side of the Forces fighting for the freedom of humanity and refused in any way to endorse those fighting on the side of darkness.

The Hierarchy is a great fighting body today, fighting for the souls of men, fighting all that blocks the expansion of the human consciousness, fighting all that limits human freedom (I said not license) and fighting to remove those factors and barriers which militate against the return of the Christ and the emergence of the Hierarchy as a fully functioning body on earth. There is nothing weak, vacillating, sentimental or neutral in the attitude of the Hierarchy; this must be grasped by humanity, and the strength and insight as well as the love of the Hierarchy must be counted upon.

I have in the above remarks enumerated for you certain of the objectives facing the Hierarchy at this time and involving the personal attention of the Christ; they all have a potent and beneficent effect upon humanity. Let me enumerate them in concise form, because it is essential that there be clear perception of the emerging values on the part of workers of all grades and kinds in the world, for otherwise perception is not possible. To each point enumerated I will append in a few brief words the reason why it is regarded as important:

1. The Reorganisation of the World Religions.

Reasons

a.       To make way for the World Religion, universal religion.

b.      To return humanity to the simplicity which is in Christ.

c.        To rid the world of theology and ecclesiasticism.

2. The Gradual Dissolution of Orthodox Judaism.

Reasons

a.       Because of its presentation of a wrathful Jehovah, caring only for his chosen people. This is a basic evil. The Lord of the World, the God in whom we live and move and have our being, is totally otherwise.

b.       Because of its separativeness.

c.       Because it is so ancient that its teachings are largely obsolete.

d.      Because when the Jews become spiritual they will greatly benefit mankind, for they are found in every land.

3. Preparation for a New Revelation.

Reasons

a.       Because where there is no vision the people perish.

b.      Because human expectancy indicates its emerging presence.

c.       Because the new Invocation will inevitably bring it to us.

4. The Reaction of the Hierarchy to Shamballa.

Reasons

a.       Produces a direct channel.

b.      Conditions the inflow of power energy.

c.       Relates the will-to-good to goodwill.

d.      Creates new constructive tensions and new ashrams.

5. A Closer Relation of the Hierarchy to Humanity.

Reasons

a.       Produces (in the near future) the externalisation of certain ashrams.

b.      Leads to the reappearance of the Hierarchy on earth.

c.       Recognises that man's point of development warrants this.

d.      Presents a nearing opportunity for revelation.

6. An Effort to avert War.

Reasons

a.       Because the next war would annihilate the greater part of the human race.

b.      Because, having a religious basis, the hate involved would be greater far than anything hitherto known.

c.       Because Shamballa would be involved, and this has never been the case.

You can see therefore how critical, spiritually, are these times, and how urgent is the task which confronts the Hierarchy and its workers on earth. The war may be over in the physical sense, but great issues are still involved and undetermined and can lead either to peace or to a renewal of those conditions in which wars are generated and which, once generated, cannot be avoided.

It is with all these foregoing factors in mind that we approach the next two great Festivals: the Wesak Festival and Christ's Unique Occasion. One point I must make here, and I make it with great joy: this year 1946 marks the beginning of a cycle in which humanity is more closely involved in the Festivals than ever before and in which they can take a much more important part than ever before. The Wesak Festival has long been kept in many countries and—as time goes on and the instruction of the masses proceeds—the meeting held at the time of the May Full Moon will assume great importance, but its keynote will be changed. What the new keynote will be has not yet been announced, and will not be for 35 years. As I earlier pointed out, its significance, and that of Good Friday, belong to the past and their usefulness is nearly finished. It is the intention of the Buddha and the Christ that in each country there should eventually be someone who will act as Their Representative at the time of the two Festivals, so that the distribution of spiritual energy from the first great Aspect or Ray will be direct from the Buddha (and later Shamballa) to the Christ, and then from the Christ to those disciples in every country who can be overshadowed, and so act as channels for the direct current of energy.

The same procedure will be followed at the time of the Full Moon of June, except that Shamballa will not be so involved, and with the difference that at the May Festival it will be a first ray disciple who will be overshadowed, and at the June Festival a second ray disciple will represent the Christ in every land. This can mean either the soul or the personality ray of the disciple.

It has not been possible to organise this development this year, but next year a beginning can be made, even if only three or four countries can work under this inspiration. The effects of this development will be far-reaching, though not immediately apparent to the onlooker.

This year, at the great Festival in the Himalayas at which the Buddha will appear as usual, He has let it be known that His main duty is to bring the initial inflow of the threefold energy which the Invocation invokes and will continue to invoke for many decades. From the Mind of God, Light will flow through Him to the waiting world of men—that human centre whose eternal mission is to bring light to all created lives. From the Heart of God, He will bring to the Hierarchy, via the Christ, that deep unending inflow of Love which will make it possible for the Hierarchy to perform its hard task and externalise itself. It is not possible for human beings to realise the sacrifice and the hardship which this emergence will entail, and only a vast inflow of divine love can make it possible.

An effort also will be made to relate Shamballa, "the Centre where the Will of God is known," directly to the New Group of World Servers, via those Ashrams which are working along the lines of outer, practical goodwill. The reception of this energising will-to-good should produce a definite "stepping-up" or increase of goodwill and enable the Goodwill movement to proceed with greater momentum this coming autumn and winter; it will take the entire summer for the needed assimilation by those engineering this movement all over the world.

The absorption of the Love which flows from the Heart of God to the Hierarchy will necessarily have widespread effects; however, one of the most immediate will affect the Triangles and increase the potency of the network of light and of goodwill, already in existence. You can see, therefore, from all the above, how much closer the Buddha is coming this year to humanity. He now finds it possible to permit human beings to know His specific objective; this has never before been the case. It is the result of war and the efforts of the Hierarchy to bring out in the human being certain ennobling qualities and spiritual reactions which the stress of war could evoke. This year will mark a unique and peculiar opportunity, based on the fact that there has not yet been time for people to slip back into the old ways of thinking or for the setting up of any reactionary structures. This may not be the case next year and therefore it would be wise to take as full advantage as possible of the coming Festivals. Those who have faith and vision are asked to link up (imaginatively, because anything else would scarcely be possible) with the Buddha, then offer themselves as channels for the spiritual potencies which He will bring.

The Festival of June which is so uniquely Christ's, and which emphasises His relationship to humanity, in reality covers three whole days, each with a different keynote:

1. The keynote of Love in its hierarchical sense—free from sentiment, emotion and personal emphasis—a love that sacrifices and understands, that acts with strength and decision, and that works on behalf of the whole and not in the interests of any group or individual.

2. The keynote of Resurrection, emphasising the new note of livingness, of the living Christ and of that "life more abundantly" which the war has made possible by forcing a return to the real values.

3. The keynote of Contact, of a closer relation between Christ and His people, between the Hierarchy and Humanity.

-The word "keynote" has been deliberately chosen and signifies the sound which preceded each major inflow at the May Festival; these energies will be released at a solemn ceremony on each of the three days. At each ceremony the Christ will say the new Invocation alone, and then the united Hierarchy will intone the stanza alone, invoking light, love and the will-to-good (one on each of the three days). Those disciples or initiates who happen to be interested and watching the Triangles or the Goodwill movement will have them in their minds as they say the first and third stanzas, and the New Group of World Servers will receive some attention when the second stanza is chanted.

I would call your attention, therefore, to the interest shown by the Hierarchy in the embryonic efforts in which you are engaged and which I started; I would point out, however, that the attention paid is not exclusive, but that wherever two or three are gathered together in the name of the Master of the Hierarchy, energy will flow; that wherever goodwill is a goal and evokes effort in no matter what form, the energy of the will-to-good will make itself felt, and that the New Group of World Servers is a far larger group than just the few known to you. Today its numbers are several million.

The result of this solemn three days of invocation will be followed by a climaxing day wherein the Hierarchy will unitedly, and led by the Christ, pronounce the entire Invocation, prefacing each stanza with its appropriate keynote, again sounded in unison. These notes you cannot know, but if, for instance, a very large number of the New Group of World Servers were brought together, their united OM might approximate the appropriate keynote.

It will be apparent to you, therefore, that in the new cycle now beginning with the climaxing of the war and the formation of the United Nations, the Festivals of May and June not only become more closely linked, but the procedure has been changed and the effect on humanity intensified. I would have all who care to meet together at these Festivals to try and do so subjectively (wherever they may find themselves) and to participate intelligently in the ordained ceremonies. I would ask all to think imaginatively and to act as if they were accepted disciples or at least on the periphery of some ashram. I am asking you to take part in these two ceremonies with a full play of the imagination; these ceremonies will later be externalised at some centre in every country. A trained nucleus and a devoted band of believers is in process of being gathered together (though only as yet in the consciousness of the Hierarchy), and though at the present time there will be no outer ceremonies or any knowledge as to who will be chosen in the various lands to represent the Hierarchy, in deed and in truth, the first step towards human participation is being made this year.

The knowledge of this will give purpose and fixed intention to all of you who have for years kept these Festivals. In truth, I bring you the invitation of the Hierarchy to share in Their ancient work, and not—as in the past—to play the part of interested onlookers. I would warn you that, if you do succeed in any measure of participation, it will be necessary to guard yourselves from overstimulation and to take steps wisely to use, on behalf of humanity, the energy with which you may be charged.

This knowledge will be particularly useful to those who are occupied with any of the groups and organisations which are responsive to hierarchical interests. True participation may lead to the sudden conviction of the reality of that which I have told you; faith and belief and common-sense will then no longer be needed, and you will know.

I have here told you the things which the Christ has planned for the immediate future. I have told you also some of the things which He and the Masters must do as preparatory steps to the new world which can and will supersede the old unhappy world that lies immediately behind us. I have chosen to speak to you of these activities in which it is now possible for you to share, with the exception of those which affect the relation between Shamballa and the Hierarchy. However, those who are initiates of the third degree (and there are quite a few working on the earth among men at this time) can share in all of them.

This is an intensely practical message and calls for your renewed pledge to serve humanity and to find your way into an Ashram where that service may be directed. It calls for sacrifice until it hurts, and where it touches you the most; it calls for a joyous sense of unity with that station of power and light which we call the Hierarchy and which stands ready—as never before—to share with humanity that power and that light to the limit of human capacity to use it.

I beg you, in closing, to aid in two matters which are of importance to Him Whom all disciples, initiates and spiritual men have loved and followed for nearly three thousand years, the Christ. (I am referring here to His appearance as Shri Krishna and as one other who was little known but who did a great work in still earlier centuries.) It is work in preparation for His coming.

I beg you to shoulder the responsibility of distributing the Invocation on as large a scale as possible and in every country. It is of great potency, and when used by men of all faiths can aid in the process of averting war. I ask you also to make possible the wide distribution of the book The Problems of Humanity which I have written, for they strengthen the hands of those who are already seeking to deal with these problems and they bring the need to the attention of the unawakened. This will require sacrifice, for it calls for the expenditure of money; even the Hierarchy works through normal channels and needs money, and even the Christ has need of financial resources in order to reach the needy sons of men. I ask your aid and I await your decision.

That He Whom we serve may be nearer to all of us than ever before, that the work of establishing right human relations may proceed apace, and that light and love may stream forth from Shamballa and the Hierarchy over all of you who love your fellowmen is the earnest wish, accompanied by my blessing, for you at this season of the will-to-good. [THE EXTERNALISATION OF THE HIERARCHY pp542-558]

 

Let us indicate the possibilities of such a spiritual happening, and prophesy the nature of certain of the future worldwide Festivals. There are three such Festivals each year which all men could and would normally and easily keep together, in unison and with a uniformity of approach which would link them all closely together. These three Festivals are concentrated in three consecutive months and lead, therefore, to a prolonged annual spiritual effort which should affect the entire year. They would serve to unite in closer spiritual ties the Eastern and the Western believer; they express divinity in manifestation through the place where the will of God is known, through the spiritual Hierarchy where the love of God is fully expressed and through humanity whose task it is intelligently to work out God's plan in love and goodwill to all men.

I. The Festival of Easter. This is the festival of the risen, living Christ, the Head of the spiritual Hierarchy, the Inaugurator of the Kingdom of God and the Expression of the love of God. On this day, the spiritual Hierarchy which He guides and directs will be universally recognized, man's relation to it emphasized and the nature of God's love registered. Men everywhere will invoke that love, with its power to produce resurrection and spiritual livingness. This Festival is determined always by the date of the first Full Moon of spring. The eyes and thoughts of men will be fixed on life, not death; Good Friday will no longer be a factor in the life of the churches. Easter will be the great Western festival.

II. The Festival of Wesak or Vaisakha. This is the festival of the Buddha, that great spiritual Intermediary between the centre where the will of God is known and the spiritual Hierarchy. The Buddha is the expression of the will of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of the divine purpose. Men everywhere will evoke wisdom and understanding and the inflow of light into the minds of men everywhere. This Festival is determined in relation to the Full Moon of Taurus. It is the great Eastern festival and is already meeting with Western recognition; thousands of Christians today keep the festival of the Buddha.

III. The Festival of Humanity. This will be the festival of the spirit of humanity—aspiring to approach nearer to God, seeking conformity to the divine will to which the Buddha called attention, dedicated to the expression of goodwill which is the lowest aspect of love to which Christ called attention and of which He was the perfect expression. It will be the day pre-eminently on which the divine nature of man will be recognized and his power to express goodwill and to establish right human relations (because of his divinity) will be stressed. On this festival we are told Christ has for nearly two thousand years represented humanity and has stood before the Hierarchy as the God-man, the leader of His people and "the Eldest in a great family of brothers". This will, therefore, be a festival of deep invocation and appeal; it will express a basic aspiration towards fellowship and for human and spiritual unity; it will represent the effect in the human consciousness of the work of the Buddha and of the Christ. It will be held at the time of the Full Moon of Gemini.

If in these early days of restoration and of the inauguration of the new civilization and of the new world, men of all faiths and all religions, of every cult and all esoteric groups were to keep these three great Festivals of Invocation, simultaneously and with understanding of the far-reaching implications, a great spiritual unity would be achieved; if they unitedly invoked the spiritual Hierarchy and sought consciously to contact its Head a great and general inflow of spiritual light and love would occur; if they together determined, with steadfastness and understanding, to approach nearer to God, who could doubt the stupendous results which eventually would be seen? Not only would an underlying unity between men of all faiths be attained, not only would brotherhood be recognized as a fact and not only would our oneness of origin, of goal and of life be recognized but that which would be evoked would change all aspects of human living, would condition our civilisation, change our mode of life and make the spiritual world a dominant reality in the human consciousness.

God, in the person of Christ and His Hierarchy would draw nearer to His people; God, through the instrumentality of the Buddha, would reveal His eternal light and evoke our intelligent cooperation; God, through the spiritual Hierarchy and through that centre where the will of God is known, would bring humanity to the point of resurrection and to a spiritual awareness which would bring about goodwill towards men and peace on earth. The will of God transcendent would be carried out through the medium of God immanent in man; it would be expressed in love in response to the work of Christ; it would be intelligently presented on earth because the minds of men would have been illumined as the result of their united invocation, the unity of their effort and the oneness of their understanding.

It is for this that humanity waits; it is for this that the churches must work; it is these qualities and characteristics which will condition the New World Religion.

The great Invocation or Prayer does not belong to any person or group but to all Humanity. The beauty and the strength of this Invocation lies in its simplicity, and in its expression of certain central truths which all men, innately and normally, accept—the truth of the existence of a basic Intelligence to Whom we vaguely give the name of God; the truth that behind all outer seeming, the motivating power of the universe is Love; the truth that a great Individuality came to earth, called by Christians, the Christ, and embodied that love so that we could understand; the truth that both love and intelligence are effects of what is called the Will of God; and finally the self-evident truth that only through humanity itself can the Divine Plan work out. [PROBLEMS OF HUMANITY pp162-166]