Study Set 5
The Work of the Christ
Written Work to be Completed
Letter from Teaching Staff
Various Major Yogas
Individualization and Initiation
Let not the lesser voices crowd out the
voice of the soul, either the voice of your soul or of your brother's soul.
REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST Pages 61-10
Additional Reading, Optional
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS, by Theodore Heline
WRITTEN WORK TO BE COMPLETED
1. If the Coming One comes during our lifetime, how do you suppose
we might recognize Him? Please use your imagination and make your answer as realistic and
practical as you can.
2. By now you have accrued some experience in establishing the daily
group disciplines as a regular part of your daily life. As a result of patiently and
persistently building these group practices (morning meditation, daily study, noon
recollection, five o'clock alignment, and evening review) into your everyday living, you
have learned important lessons concerning the soul and its (obedient or willful) triple
instrument. For it is by choosing to impose these practices upon your pattern of living,
that you verily place the soul upon the throne.
Won't you share this valuable experience with others by writing a
list of practical hints on how to keep the disciplines regular despite outer hindrances
and inner resistances. Your suggestions on how to adhere to the daily spiritual
work will be most helpful to the rest of us. And you will have the satisfaction of adding
to the richness of group experience.
Dear Group Brother,
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak
When the seed of aspiration is planted deep in the heart of the
aspirant he enters into a silent communion with his soul. The seedling hope for spiritual
growth must take refuge in the soft dark silence of the heart, for it is tender and
fragile and its powers are yet undeveloped. Germinating aspiration must ever be kept
obscure, quiet, and protected so that the tiny seed may have the necessary time to root
An absolute requirement of this bursting-forth period is the
preservation of a sacred silence. While the alchemical alignment of soul, mind, and heart
works its magic upon the personality of the individual he must keep the silence. To
speak is to allow the flow of soul energy to be dissipated wantonly. To examine verbally
each new sprout of soul knowledge is as unwise for the aspirant as it would be for the
gardener to dig up his rootlet every two or three days to see how it was coming along.
And while it would be unwise enough for the gardener to do this to
satisfy his own curiosity, it would be even more unwise for him to take the rootlet around
to his family, friends, and neighbors for their constant approval. They would soon grow
weary of both him and his seemingly-fanatical interest in gardening. And so, too, it is
with the aspirant. His interest in soul growth is his interest. There is no reason
to suppose that anyone else cares the least bit about how his enlightenment is coming
along. It is strictly a matter between him and his soul.
The student who burdens family and friends with endless dialogue
about his study work, who leaves his study papers strewn all over the coffee table (where
someone just might see them and possibly turn to their proprietor for a few brilliant
remarks), or who demands that the entire household either vacate the premises or tiptoe
around, speaking only in hushed whispers, while he meditates, is sowing the seeds of
resistance to the life of the soul in all those who are in his proximity. He may think
that it is essential to the solving of his problems of growth that everyone should at
least attempt to understand the seriousness and depth of his new undertaking. However, the
student would handle daily problems more effectively if he were to make a greater effort
to understand the family -- rather than expecting the family to understand him. As a
meditator he is bringing in powers of the soul; therefore, he has access to a higher
understanding and is responsible for going three-fourths of the way. Part of this
responsibility is learning to exercise some restraint on his growing enthusiasm.
In the endeavor to go three-fourths of the way the student would be
well rewarded if he would give daily consideration to the power of speech and the power of
silence. Until he understands the living force of the spoken word, and until he learns to
utilize the silence of the soul for the bringing about of desired effects on one plane or
another, he can never enter into that sphere of work wherein every sound and every spoken
word produces powerful results in matter of some kind. He must understand the meaning of
purposefully and deliberately using speech and silence if he is to become a creator
in mental matter effecting results in the emotional and physical planes.
The student learns to understand the subtle energy of speech and
silence as he faithfully continues the practice of meditation. Daily raising his attention
into the realm of the soul, he gradually learns the methods of correct speech; that is,
the speech which conveys clear meanings and is motivated by an unselfish concern for the
inner welfare and inner growth of others. If his words are loving, they will be harmless.
Harmless words reflect harmless thoughts, which, in turn, reflect harmless motives. There
is never any excuse for cruelty on any level.
As the Student comprehends more and more the dynamic properties of
speech, he discovers a simultaneous comprehension of the nature of that silence which is
at the core of every human being, regardless of the appearance of his outer life. It is
not a silence which is cold or calculating or indifferent. It is simply a silence which
enables him to think and feel and say those things which are essentially true and valuable
and right. He avoids those words which tend to divide or isolate individuals. He refuses
to initiate or take part in criticism -- just or unjust. He does not interfere with the
lives of others, and he keeps as sacred that which is revealed to him in confidence. His
life is motivated by understanding and by love, and he is animated by a spirit of
protection. His mind has acquired a sense of discrimination; that which he has gained from
his studies and meditation is used in an intelligent way.
There is not one among us who has not desired, almost to the
bursting point, to share each new insight, each spiritual discovery, with those nearest
and dearest in our personal life. But, by the light and strength of group effort let us
somehow together learn spiritual discretion.
Your loving companions,
The Staff of ARCANA
VARIOUS MAJOR YOGAS
It might be of value here if we dealt with the various
"yogas" so as to give to the student a clear concept as to their distinctions
and thus cultivate his discrimination. The principal yogas are three in number, the
various other so-called "yogas" finding their place in one of these three
Raja Yoga -- the yoga of the mind or will,
Bhakti Yoga -- the yoga of the heart or the devotee,
Karma Yoga -- the yoga of action.
Raja Yoga stands by itself and is the king science of them all; it
is the summation of all the others, it is the climax and that which completes the work of
development in the human kingdom. It is the science of the mind and of the purposeful
will, and brings the higher of mans sheaths in the three worlds under the subjection
of the Inner Ruler. This science coordinates the entire lower three fold man, forcing him
into a position where he is nothing but the vehicle for the soul, or God within. It
includes the other yogas and profits by their achievements. It synthesizes the work of
evolution and crowns man as king.
Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of the heart; it is the bringing into
submission of all the feelings, desires and emotions, to the one beloved, seen and known
in the heart. It is the sublimation of all the lower loves and the bringing captive of all
longings and desire, to the one longing to know the God of love and the love of God.
It was the "kingly" or crowning science of the last
rootrace, the Atlantean, just as the science of Raja Yoga is the great science of our
Aryan civilization. Bhakti Yoga made its exponent an arhat and led him to the fourth
initiation, Raja Yoga makes him an adept and leads him to the portal of the fifth
initiation. Both lead to liberation, for the arhat is released from the cycle of rebirth but Raja Yoga liberates him to complete service and freedom to
work as a White Magician. Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of the heart, of the astral body.
Karma Yoga has a specific relation to physical plane activity, and
to the working out into objective manifestation of all the inner impulses. In its ancient
and simplest form it was the yoga of the third or Lemurian root race and its two best
known expressions are:
A- Hatha Yoga
B- Laya Yoga
The former has specifically to do with the physical body, its
conscious (not subconscious and automatic) functioning and all the various practices which
give man control over the different organs and the entire mechanical apparatus of the
physical body. The latter has to do with the etheric body, with the force centers
or chakras found in that body and with the distribution of force currents and the
awakening of the serpent fire.
It might be pointed out that if we divide the human torso into three
departments it might be stated that:
Karma Yoga resulted in the awakening of the four centers below the
Bhakti Yoga resulted in their transmutation and transference into the
two centers above the diaphragm, yet in the torso, the heart and the throat.
Raja Yoga synthesizes all the forces of the body in the head and from
there distributes and controls them.
Raja Yoga, which Patanjali primarily deals with, includes the
effects of all the others. It is only possible when the others have been worked with, but
not in the sense of working with them in this life. Evolution has brought all the sons
of men (who are ready to be chelas or disciples), through the various races, and whilst in
the Lemurian race (or else on the preceding chain or greater cycle) they were all hatha
and laya yogins. This resulted in the development and control of the dual physical body,
dense and etheric.
Whilst in the Atlantean race the desire or astral body was
developed, and the flower of that race were true sons of bhakti yoga and true devotees.
Now the highest of the three bodies must be brought to its fullest development and this
Raja Yoga is intended to do and this is the object of Patanjali's work. The Aryan race
will contribute this fuller development to the general economy, and the entire human
family (with the exception of a percentage which entered the race too late to permit of
the full flowering of the soul) will manifest as Sons of God with all the powers of the
God unfolded and consciously used on the physical plane and in the physical body.
All the various yogas have had their place in the unfoldment of the
human being. In the first purely physical race, which is called the Lemurian, the yoga at
that time imposed upon infant humanity was Hatha Yoga, the yoga of the physical body, that
yoga which brings into conscious use and manipulation the various organs, muscles and
parts of the physical frame. The problem before the adepts of that time was to teach human
beings, who were then little more than animals, the purpose, significance and use of their
various organs, so that they could consciously control them, and the meaning of the symbol
of the human figure. Therefore, in those early days, through the practice of Hatha Yoga,
the human being reached the portal of initiation. At that time the attainment of the third
initiation, resulting in the transfiguration of the personality, was the highest
initiation that man was cap-able of achieving.
In Atlantean days, the progress of the sons of men was pro-cured
through the imposition of the two yogas. First, the yoga which is called by the name of
Laya Yoga, the yoga of the centers which produced a stabilizing of the etheric body and of
the centers in man and the development of the astral and psychic nature. Later on, Bhakti
Yoga, growing out of the development of the emotional or astral body, was incorporated
with Laya Yoga and the foundation of that mysticism and devotion, which has been
the underlying incentive during our particular Aryan root race, was laid. The fourth
initiation was at that time the objective. The subject of these great initiations has been
discussed more at length in INITIATION, HUMAN AND SOLAR.
Now, in the Aryan race, the subjugation of the mental body and the
control of the mind is brought about through the practice of Raja Yoga, and the fifth
initiation is the goal for evolving humanity. Thus, all the yogas have had their place and
served a useful purpose and it will become apparent that any return to Hatha Yoga
practices or those practices which deal specifically with the development of the centers,
brought about through various types of meditation practices and breathing exercises, is,
from a certain aspect, a retrogression. It will be found that through the practice of Raja
Yoga, and through assuming that point of directional control which is to be found by the
man who centers his consciousness in the soul, the other forms of yoga are unnecessary,
for the greater yoga automatically includes all the lesser in its results, though
not in its practices.
The Science of Raja Yoga, or the "Kingly Science of the
Soul," as laid down by its main exponent, Patanjali, will eventually find its
greatest demonstration in the West. This is owing to the fact that --under cyclic law --
the fifth root race (in its fifth subrace) must inevitably touch its highest point. That
point, in the economy of the races, is seen exemplified in the right use of the mind and
its utilization by the soul for the achievement of group objectives and the development of
group consciousness upon the physical plane.
Hitherto the mind has either been prostituted to material ends or
has been deified. Through the science of Raja Yoga, the mind will be known as the
instrument of the soul and the means whereby the brain of the aspirant becomes illuminated
and knowledge gained of those matters which concern the realm of the soul.
Under the law of evolution, the mind being the fifth principle, the
fifth root race must be intimately concerned with it, and its corresponding fifth subrace
more intimately than any other. Students would do well to bear in mind the following
1. The fifth root race Aryan.
2. The fifth subrace Anglo-Saxon.
3. The fifth principle manas, or mind.
4. The fifth plane the mental.
5. The fifth ray concrete knowledge.
from THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL pages 120-3, VII-IX.
INDIVIDUALIZATION AND INITIATION
In the early history of humanity there was a great crisis which we
call individualization. At that time the solar Angels, in response to a demand or a pull
from the race of animal-men (as a whole, note that), sent a portion of their energy,
embodying the quality of mentalization, to these animal-men. They fecundated, if I might
so express it, the brain. Thus was humanity brought into being. This germ, however,
carried within it two other potentialities, that of spiritual love and spiritual life.
These must in due time make their appearance.
The flowering forth of the mind in men, which so distinguishes the
present age, indicates to the solar Angel a second crisis, of which the first was but the
symbol. That for which the solar Angel exists is making its presence felt within humanity,
and another strong pull is being exerted upon the solar Angel which this time will produce
a second fecundation. This will give to man those qualities which will enable him to
transcend human limitation, and become a part of the fifth or spiritual kingdom in nature.
The first effort of the solar Angel turned animal-men into human beings; the second will
turn human beings into spiritual entities, plus the gains of experience in the human
It is perhaps a new thought to some that the soul is organizing
itself for new effort, re-orienting its forces, and preparing for a fresh and powerful
impulse, but so it is. All forms of life under the force of evolution pass from initiation
to initiation and the soul is not exempt from the process. Just as the soul of animal-man
became united with another divine principle, and so brought into being the fourth kingdom
in nature, so the soul in humanity is seeking contact with another divine aspect. When
that contact is made the Kingdom of God will come on earth; the physical plane will
thereby be transformed and that peculiar period, presented symbolically under the term
millennium, will come.
The Knowers of God in that era will preponderate over those who are
simply aspiring to that knowledge, and their contact and the results of the force they
transmit will be felt in all the kingdoms of nature. Dominion over all forms, and
the power to act as transmitters of that spiritual energy we call love, is the promised
reward of the triumphant solar Angels, and the prized goal of their meditation work...
This is the "life more abundant" of which the Christ speaks. This is the
achievement of the true Nirvanees who, living in unbroken meditation in the spiritual
realm yet can work on earth. The work of initiation is to enable a man to live ever
at the center, but to act as a distributor of divine energy in any direction and --
after the later initiations -- in all directions.
WHITE MAGIC Pages 88-90