The Role of the Sacred Mysteries in the Evolution of Humanity

21 12 2009
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Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community, Diamond Light
2009, Issue No. 3

Stage by stage we slowly make our approach to the goal of conscious and intelligent awareness. Step by step we are mastering matter and making more adequate the mechanism of awareness and of contact. Little by little we (and by that I mean the human family, as a whole) are approaching the “place of recognition,” and are preparing to climb the mountain of vision. If aspirants but realised the wonders of that revelation, and if they grasped the magnificence of the reward given to their efforts, we would have less failure, more courage, a greater and steadier achievement, and consequently a more rapidly illumined world.1

It is an axiom that the evolutionary urge is inherent in all life. This evolutionary urge is fundamentally the will to destroy limitation. From the esoteric perspective, this process involves the inevitable and unavoidable struggle between the indwelling divine life and the dense, prison house of form which ever presents a circumscribed limitation. This urge to overcome all obstacles and all challenges, at its primal core, is the will of the indwelling divinity to express itself fully and truly.

Today, there is a re-orientation of people everywhere to things spiritual accompanied by a related interest in planetary welfare and the common good. The perseverance shown in the search for love and light and the longing and desire for right human relations among so many is unprecedented.

As a race, humanity is thus actively engaged in the predestined work of the Ages: the spiritualization of matter or the manifestation of spirit upon the physical plane. This feat of “bringing heaven to earth” and of refining earth to the point that “heaven” may manifest is possible only to the human being because it is the human being who not only can be conscious of both states of being, but who embodies both. Thus, only the human being can choose to manifest the one or the other. Only the human being can create the bridge that will make of the twain but one.

Throughout the ages, the method and manner through which to overcome the limitations obstructing the expression of the divine inner essence has traditionally been the purview of the Sacred Mysteries, usually taught in the Mystery Schools. Referring to such “holy places,” Alice Bailey writes in the book, From Bethlehem to Calvary:

“Always there have been temples and mysteries and holy places where the true aspirant could find what he sought, and the needed instruction as to the way he should go. ….It is a way that leads from that which lies without to that which dwells within. It reveals step by step, the hidden life which every form and symbol veils and hides. ….[the aspirant] passes from the stage of inquiry to what the Tibetans call ‘straight knowledge.’ Upon that path vision and hope give place to realisation….. Those who in the past thus worked, agonised and attained, constitute a long chain, reaching out of the remotest past into the present, for the initiates are still with us and the door still stands wide open.”2

The focus in these mystery schools has ever been on the age-old counsel, “Man, know thyself.” It was thought then, as it is today, that as the individual (the microcosm) truly knows all there is to be known about his/her full beingness, all would be known about the universe and that Intelligent Energy, we call “God” (the macrocosm). The laws of correspondence and analogy were applied and the truth was taught that “as above, so below” and “as within, so without.”

In the publication entitled, The Mystery Schools, Grace F. Knoche refers to such schools as universities of the Soul:

“A Mystery school is a university of the soul, a school for the study of the mysteries of the inner nature of man and of surrounding nature. By understanding these mysteries, the pupil perceives his intimate relationship if not ultimate union with divinity, and strives through discipline, traditionally imposed, to become at one with his inner god.”3

All that is good, beautiful and true; all that is noble and grand in human nature and every divine faculty and human aspiration has been cultured through the Sacred Mysteries. As the well-spring for the arts and sciences of countless civilizations and the source for all of the world’s religions, the Sacred Mysteries have given us a code of ethics, based on altruism, that has become universal. The curriculum was based on the Ageless Wisdom—that body of inner or esoteric teaching that reappears throughout the ages in a form that is suitable to the period.

The whole essence of truth cannot be transmitted from mouth to ear. Nor can any pen describe it, not even that of the recording Angel, unless man finds the answer in the sanctuary of his own heart, in the innermost depths of his divine intuitions.4

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky referred to these “Eternal Verities,” as she called them, as the “Secret Doctrine.” Each major cycle receives new forms of the same ancient yet basic teaching. Discerning relationships between newly presented and already known facts makes possible the revelation of new and deeper aspects of the teachings. Alternately, teachings that initially may have been considered fanciful or even heretical, by the unenlightened, eventually come to be accepted as commonplace. Witness, for example, our current understanding in so many of the sciences such as geometry, algebra, astronomy and chemistry that once were part of the esoteric curriculum.

From a variety of multicultural sources such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead (The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between), The Egyptian Book of the Dead (The Book of Going Forth By Day) and the relatively more recent texts such as The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall, we learn about the profound and Ageless Wisdom that has influenced the “rational Soul of the World” as per the dedication in Mr. Hall’s tome.

Within the introductory forward, Lama Anagarika Govinda explains that The Tibetan Book of the Dead was written because “the time has come to break the seals of silence.” Humanity “has come to the juncture where it must decide whether to be content with the subjugation of the material world, or to strive after the conquest of the spiritual world, by subjugating selfish desires and transcending self-imposed limitations.”

Within this same forward we are reminded of humanity’s evolutionary attainment and unique opportunity. Hinduism, Lama Govinda states, recognizes 8,400,000 graded kinds of births culminating in the human being. The Buddha correspondingly taught that it is a privilege to be born as a human being for only human beings have the rare opportunity of liberation through their own decisive effort. Only human beings can achieve liberation “through a ‘turning-about in the deepest seat of consciousness.”

The perspective and tendency of the divine life is always one of wholeness and synthesis. Each major world cycle receives new forms of the same ancient yet basic teaching. Thus, it is no surprise that the spiritual light that for many long years has spread westward from the East must reach a comparable climax in the West.

With the intent to fan the flames for that spiritual awakening and attainment in the Western mind, certain of the Masters of the Wisdom have given forth a body of teaching, adapted for our contemporary time. Via telepathic rapport and in closest cooperation with these Masters of the Wisdom, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky brought us what are referred to (for our current times) the “Preparatory Teachings” of the Ageless Wisdom. These are contained within The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled, published in the latter part of the 19th century. Via the same telepathic rapport and cooperation, Alice A. Bailey brought us the “Intermediate Teachings” contained within 20 books written during the period of 1919 to 1949. Complementing these two series of teachings are the 17 books published by the Agni Yoga Society.

It is expected that when humanity can begin applying this Wisdom in the day-to-day life, a third and final phase of this cycle of the Sacred Mysteries will be given out in the early part of this century. On this eve of a new decade, it is helpful to recollect that the promise of this 21st century—although not yet the certainty—is that humanity, arising from its difficult experience in the densest of matter, can now avail itself of a great evolutionary opportunity as revealed within these Teachings.

However, every step of the way must be carved out by each individual and there is no short or easy road out of darkness into light. The Sacred Mysteries of the Ages are never imposed in a totalitarian, dogmatic or assertive manner—nor can these be purchased or conferred by any outer teacher. A wise and dedicated mind, for example, cannot be forcefully created, nor can love and wisdom be coerced or conferred. These attributes are a product of personal striving, will and motivation and must unfold and evolve from within each individual. The great opportunity and the “wonders of revelation” that are the promise of the Aquarian Age are available to all who seek and steadfastly strive to apply themselves to this Great Work of the Ages.

1 Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust, © Renewed 1970, pp. 156-157.
2 Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust, © Renewed 1965, pp. pp. 21-22
3 Second and Revised Edition ©1996 by Theosophical University Press. Electronic version ISBN 1-55700-114-6

4 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. II, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, London: The Theosophical Publishing Co., Ltd., p.516.
5 W.Y. Evans-Wentz, translator and editor, Oxford, 3rd ed., 1957, Introductory Forward, p. lll.

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5 01 2010
Steven

So I was in the mood for some enlightenment and thought CHURCH OF THE COSMOS! YES!

And I read the first paragraph of this post and was blown away and read some more and am more blown away – just what I needed, of course. And I have to know who wrote this. Who wrote this? What is “Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community, Diamond Light?”

Love you, Mae. Yum.

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