REQUIREMENTS, LAWS, MODES
DEATH AND THE ART OF DYING
Study Set 3
The Death Process:
The Role of the Soul
Keynote, A Quote from The Tibetan
READING ASSIGNMENT: Esoteric Healing: 486-521
SUPPLEMENTAL READING: Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, "Rules
for Inducing Soul Control": 214-257
Just as soon as we know ourselves to be souls, and find that we are capable
of focussing our consciousness or sense of awareness in any form or on
any plane at will, or in any direction within the form of God, we shall
no longer know death.
KEYNOTE: The results of dissolution are beneficent in effect.
Ponder on this beneficent activity and on the beauty of the divine plan
of death and disappearance.
Esoteric Healing: 245
A Treatise on White Magic: 494
1. The soul is group consciousness. From the soul's point of view, are
abortion and euthanasia valid techniques for healing? If so, what conditions
or circumstances, as determined from soul-level awareness or contact, would
be allowed? If not, what should replace abortion and euthanasia?
2. Why should one be concerned about health needs if death liberates
the soul from the physical body? Why fight disease, if death is the inevitable
outcome? "Let nature take its course, and let us abandon all cares of healing,"
is a voice increasing heard in this early stage of the New Age period.
Please express yourself on these perplexing matters of healing and death
that every aspirant of the Wisdom Teaching must confront and resolve with
3. The fundamental question is how do we live? Do we live as if the
physical life is all there is and death is the ultimate end? Or do we live
as if life is forever? The former approaches life as if one should experience
and acquire as much as possible; the latter approaches life as if it can
be transferred to another, better existence. The first leads to combativeness,
the second to ignoring responsibility. Given the fact that in the mass
consciousness there is no real proof, only faith in a belief of a "hereafter,"
how would you reconcile these two opposing views in regards to the world
environmental crisis, the world at war, the right to life vs. the right
of the living? Discuss any or all of these issues of our times or find
another problem that you think is relevant.
4. Love of service and service of love are the two supreme as- pects
of soul activity. How does the soul convey these po- tent energies to the
personality? How should the person- ality prepare itself for this influx
of light, of impres- sions and of creative impulse? How is service of the
per- sonality affected by all of this inner activity? If appro- priate,
use your own life as the example, of other persons known to you, of world
leaders in human progress.
You and I are currently dead to the next level of understanding, although
we are aware of the present moment. So we must be pre-existent to a future
of some kind; we then branch out to sense a space-time continuum. Someone
asks, "Where was I before I was born?" And, "Where will I go when I die?"
These questions lead to all kinds of speculations and to many philosophical
belief systems. We know, as students of esoteric healing, that the inter-relational
quality of existence is of paramount importance. That all parts unite together
in greater usefulness than any individual part could do on its own, is
the purpose of growth. Healing is the right alignment of all the parts
within the whole.
When one becomes completely group conscious, the aspirant loses sight
of these questions of life and death because he is engaged in a greater
occupation of thought--group thought! When the student thinks at one with
the group, he is the group!
The group life continuum has no death; it lives and grows as long as
there is one unit to carry on the spiritual work. If we were to take the
contents of a group of minds, mix them up and put them back together as
one, there would be no difference. In the world of ideas, we all unite;
we share the same language, the same hope, the same need. When you and
I are one and the physical form of one is gone, the life lives on in the
other. The substance of the physical plane is the vessel for the life of
all the higher planes. Those that are dead go to the subtle planes. The
consciousness of the higher planes seeks to manifest on the lower planes,
not with its personalities primarily but with its purpose.
Let progress appropriate from the pre-existence a better presence as
all the past seeks to live again.
In the spirit of service,
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lies all the verities
and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth;
The glory of action;
The splendor of beauty;
For yesterday is already a dream, and
tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a
vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
From the Sanskrit
The intent is for man to die, as every man has to die, at the demand
of his own soul. When man has reached a higher stage in evolution,
with deliberation and definite choice of time, he will consciously withdraw
from his physical body. It will be left silent and empty of the soul; devoid
of light, yet sound and whole; it will then disintegrate, under the natural
process, and its constituent atoms will pass back into "the pool of waiting
units," until they are again required for the use of incarnating souls.
Esoteric Healing: 29
J.B. Priestley dreamed the following after helping with bird-ringing
at St. Catherine'S lighthouse on the Isle of Wight:
I dreamt I was standing at the top of a very high tower, alone, looking
down upon myriads of birds in the world. It was a noble sight, this vast
aerial river of birds. But now in some mysterious fashion the gear was
changed, and time speeded up, so that I saw generations of birds, watched
them break their shells, flutter into life, weaken, falter and die. Wings
grew only to crumble; bodies were sleek and then, in a flash, bled and
shrivelled; and death struck everywhere and at every second. What was the
use of all this blind struggle towards life, this eager trying of wings,
all this gigantic meaningless biological effort? As I stared down, seeming
to see every creature's ignoble little history almost at a glance, I felt
sick at heart. It would be better if not one of them, not one at all, had
been born, if the struggle ceased forever. I stood on my tower, still alone,
desperately unhappy, but now the gear was changed again and time went faster
still, and it was rushing by at such a rate, that the birds could not show
any movement but were like an enormous plain sown with feathers. But along
this plain, flickering through the bodies themselves, there now passed
a sort of white flame, trembling, dancing, then hurrying on; and as soon
as I saw it I knew this flame was life itself, the very quintessence of
being; and then it came to me, in a rocket-burst of ecstasy, that nothing
mattered, nothing could ever matter, because nothing else was real, but
this quivering, hurrying lambency of being. Birds, men or creatures not
yet shaped and coloured, all were of no account except so far as this flame
of life travelled through them. It left nothing to mourn over behind it;
what I had thought of as tragedy was mere emptiness of a shadow show, for
now all real feeling was caught and purified and danced on ecstatically
with the white flame of life. I had never felt before such deep happiness
as I knew at the end of my dream of the tower and the birds...
The Opening of the Third Eye: 18, by Dr. Douglas Baker
As you well Know, the great distinction between the human kingdom in
the three worlds and the other kingdoms in nature is the factor of freewill.
In the matter of death, this freewill has, in the last analysis, a definite
relation to the soul; the will of the soul is either consciously or unconsciously
followed, where the decision of death is concerned, and this idea carries
with it many implications which students would do well to ponder.
Esoteric Healing: 248
C. The soul is (and here words limit and distort) a unit of light, coloured
by a particular ray vibration; it is a vibrating center of energy found
within the appearance or form of its entire ray life. It is one of seven
groups of millions of lives which in their totality constitute the One
Life. From its very nature, the soul is conscious or aware in three directions.
It is God-conscious; it is group-conscious; it is self-conscious. This
self-conscious aspect is brought to fruition in the phenomenal appearance
of a human being; the group-conscious aspect retains the human state of
consciousness, but adds to it awareness of its ray life, progressively
unfolded; its awareness then is the awareness of love, of quality, of spirit
in its relationships; it is God-conscious only potentially, and in that
unfoldment lies, for the soul, its own growth upward and outward after
its self-conscious aspect is perfected and its group-awareness is recognised....
Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I: 41
Do not stand at my grave and weep...
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning's hush,
I am the swift unflinging rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry...
I am not there. I did not die.