Festival of Pisces 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
Welcome to our group meditation meeting in the sign of Pisces. Pisces is particularly associated with the idea of a World Saviour. What do we imagine the term "Saviour" means? Being human, we are naturally biased to interpret this in human terms. We may sometimes forget that the other kingdoms of nature and the deva evolution have also their role in the Plan, and their need for redemption. Another distorting factor is the tendency to reduce "being saved" to materialistic terms. It was notable that before the Christ appeared 2000 years ago, some expected the Messiah to be a warrior, which, given the conditions of political repression in Israel at the time, was perhaps understandable. In our era, we live with tremendous economic uncertainty, which might likewise colour the perception of the role that the Christ will play on His return. As esotericists, we know that, while the effects of the Christ’s return may work out ultimately in economic terms, His main arena of action is in consciousness. Thus, in The Reappearance of the Christ, we read a most beautiful description of the Christ’s Aquarian responsibilities.
"1. The Point within the Triangle.
2. The Dispenser of the Water of Life.
3. The Nourisher of the Little Ones.
These [three terms] are descriptive of [Christ’s] threefold duties to mankind, and of the work which will be distinctive of His world service, throughout the Aquarian Age."
The Tibetan now asks for our cooperation: He says, "Let us look at these phases of His work and try to understand the significance of the responsibility which He has undertaken. Some understanding is necessary if the New Group of World Servers and the working disciples in the world are to prepare mankind adequately for His appearing. Much can be done if men will apply themselves to comprehension and to the needed subsequent activity.
First, as the Point within the Triangle, Christ becomes the awakener of the hearts of men, and the one who institutes right human relations by being simply what He is and by standing unmoved where He is. This He accomplishes by transmitting the energies from the three points of the surrounding Triangle [of the Avatar of Synthesis, the Spirit of Peace, and the Buddha] to humanity. This blended, impersonal energy, triple in nature, will be spread abroad universally, producing evolutionary growth, attracting people and nations magnetically to each other and automatically causing the unfoldment of the sense of synthesis, of provable unity and of a desirable fusion. Just as, during the Piscean Age, there was unfolded in humanity a mass responsiveness to knowledge and to the principle of intelligence, so in the Aquarian Age, a mass response to right relations will equally be evoked, and goodwill (as its expression) will be distinctive of the mass consciousness. It may be difficult to realise and appreciate this possibility but it was equally difficult for the mass of men in the first centuries of the Christian or Piscean era to realise the future growth of the educational systems of the world and the spread of that knowledge which is distinctive of our present civilisation and culture. Past attainment is ever the guarantee of future possibility.
As Dispenser of the Water of Life, His work is most mysterious and not at all easy to comprehend. In His public work, two thousand years ago, He said: ‘I am come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.’ (John X.10.) The Life Aspect—from the angle of the vision of Christ—expresses itself in three ways:
1. As physical life, nourishing the cells of the body. This life is found within each atom of substance as the central point of living light.
2. As livingness, seen as love and light within the heart. When this livingness is present and expressing itself, the human atom becomes a part of the spiritual Hierarchy.
3. As Life more abundantly. This life can be known as light, love and power within and above the head of the disciple of the Christ. This abundant life enables him to cooperate, not only with humanity and with the spiritual Hierarchy, but also with Shamballa itself—the centre of life in its purest essence.
If we say that life is the livingness which enables, the words are relatively meaningless, are they not? If, however, the livingness is referred to the physical plane life, to the spiritual life of the disciple and to the living purpose of God, then some faint concept may come of the wonder of the work undertaken by the Christ in the past, and foreseen by Him as His future responsibility. Christ can draw upon the energies which are defined by the phrase ‘life more abundantly,’ because they will set loose (in the Aquarian Age) in a new and dynamic manner the new energies needed in order to bring about restoration and resurrection. This new energy is the ‘implementing force of universality’; it concerns the future. This inflow of Aquarian energy is one of the factors which will enable the Christ to complete His task as world Saviour and world Teacher. It was to the definite performance of His duties as Distributor, Nourisher and Dispenser that He pledged Himself in June, 1945, and entered upon His responsibilities as the Forerunner and the Teacher of the Aquarian Age.
As Nourisher of the Little Ones, we are dealing with an aspect of Christ's work which involves the stimulation of the consciousnesses of His disciples as they prepare to undergo initiation or to enter into deeper phases of spiritual awareness. The result of His work in the Triangle with the masses of men will be the presentation of the first initiation—the Birth of the Christ in the cave of the Heart—as the basic ceremony in the new world religion. By means of this ceremony, the masses of men in all lands will be enabled to register consciously the ‘birth of the Christ’ in the heart, and the ‘being born again’ to which He Himself referred (John III.3) when here on Earth before. This new birth is what esotericists mean when they speak of the first initiation. It will not, in the future, be the experience of the occasional disciple but the general experience of countless thousands towards the close of the Aquarian Age. The purifying waters of the Baptism Initiation (the second initiation) will submerge hundreds of aspirants in many lands, and these two initiations (which are preparatory to true service, and the third initiation of the Transfiguration) will set the seal on Christ's mission as the Agent of the great spiritual Triangle which He represents.
The major work of Christ, however, as far as the disciples and the definitely spiritually-minded people of the world are concerned, plus the hundreds of thousands of advanced humanity, is so to ‘nourish’ their spiritual consciousness and life that they will be enabled to take the third and fourth initiations—those of the Transfiguration and the Renunciation (or Crucifixion).
As esotericists know, the term ‘little ones’ refers to those disciples who are ‘babes in Christ’ (as The New Testament terms it) and who have taken the first two initiations of the Birth and the Baptism. They are aware of the spiritual aspiration which is indicative of the Christ life in their hearts, and they have subjected themselves to the processes of purification which culminate in the baptismal waters. Christ must prepare these aspirants for the higher initiations and so nourish and aid them that they can stand before the One Initiator and become pillars in the Temple of God...
[While through the first two initiations], the disciple becomes an agent of the love of God; the higher initiations enable him…, to become, stage by stage, an agent of the will of God. The first group knows and understands the second stanza of the Invocation, ‘From the point of love within the heart of God, let love stream forth into the hearts of men’; the group which (in the Aquarian Age) the Christ Himself will ‘nourish’ and prepare will know the meaning of the third stanza, ‘From the centre where the will of God is known, let purpose guide the little wills of men.’
The work of Christ, during the Piscean Age, was to relate humanity to the Hierarchy of the planet; in the Aquarian Age, His work will be to relate this rapidly growing group to that higher centre where the Father is contacted, where recognition of sonship is accorded and where the divine purpose can be known. Through the coming work of Christ, the three divine aspects, recognised by all the world religions (including the Christian religion)—Intelligence or the Universal Mind, Love and Will—will be consciously developed in mankind; humanity, spiritual Hierarchy and the ‘centre where the will of God is known’ will be brought into a more open and general relationship." (Reappearance, pp.83-8)
At this point, let’s pause for a few moments of reflection, and then we’ll say together the Great Invocation:
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men –
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
We have been reflecting on the responsibilities of the Christ as the World Saviour of the Aquarian Age. This mighty task is symbolic of an even greater act of Saviourship, for Christ is Himself an image of a higher Prototype, the Planetary Logos. The Tibetan tells us that when the Christ returns this time, He will be working with the energy of the Will. On a higher turn of the spiral, this is, and has always been, true of the Planetary Logos. Thus we read: "Why, I would ask you, is the will an aspect or an expression of the Law of Sacrifice? Because the will, as considered and understood by the initiate, is essentially that monadic essence, qualified by ‘fixed determination,’ which is identified with the Will or Purpose of the planetary Logos. It is the highest divine aspect which the initiate finally manifests, prior to entering upon the Way of the Higher Evolution. In this connection it is useful to remember that one of the appellations of Sanat Kumara is that of ‘the Great Sacrifice,’ and also to attempt to recognise some of the factors which have earned Him that name…
a. The basic sacrifice which the planetary Logos made was when He decided to incarnate or enter into the form of this planet. This was from pure choice, motivated by His ‘fixed determination’ to function as the Saviour of the planet, in the same sense as the world Saviours come forth for the salvaging of humanity. Sanat Kumara is the prototype of all world saviours.
The initiate, on his tiny scale, must learn to function also as a saviour, and thus express the Law of Sacrifice through the medium of the developed, pure, reasoning will, and not simply from that of impulsive love and its activity. Here lies a basic distinction. Sacrifice must not be regarded as a ‘giving-up,’ but rather as a ‘taking-over.’ It has a mysterious relation to the Law of Karma, but on such high levels that only the advanced initiate can grasp it.
b. This sacrifice was imperative in the fullest sense, owing to the ability of the planetary Logos to identify Himself in full consciousness with the soul in all forms of life, latent within the planetary substance. When He ‘took over’ this task, He, esoterically, had no choice, because the decision was inherent in His own nature. Because of this identification, He could not refuse the invocative appeal of the ‘seeds of life, striving within the substance of the form, and seeking added life and light,’ as the Old Commentary puts it. This striving and reaching forth evoked His response and the going out of His divinity, as expressed in will, activated by ‘fixed determination’ to meet the
4 deeply hidden divinity within these seeds. What He initiated then still persists and—under the Law of Sacrifice—He will complete the task, no matter how many aeons it may take.
The initiate, on his tiny scale, has to learn to work as a nourisher and saviour of the seeds of life within all forms with which he may achieve a measure of identification. His will must go out in response to the invocative demand of humanity, and his ‘fixed determination’ must motivate his ensuing activity.
c. Under this Law of Sacrifice, Sanat Kumara (to express the idea in occult terms) ‘must turn His back upon the Central Spiritual Sun, and with the light of His Countenance irradiate the path of the prisoners of the planet.’ He sentences Himself to stay for as long as may be needed, ‘acting as the Sun and light of the planet until the Day be with us and the night of pralaya descends upon His finished task.’ Thus and only thus can the light of the Central Spiritual Sun begin to penetrate the dark places of the Earth; when this happens all ‘shadows disappear’—an occult reference to the all-embracing radiance of the Monad as it absorbs both its reflection, the soul, and its shadow, the personality."
This point illuminates the keynote for Pisces, " I leave the Father’s Home and turning back, I save."
The passage continues: "The initiate, on his tiny scale, achieves a paralleling expression of the Law of Sacrifice; he eventually turns his back upon the courts of Shamballa and upon the Way of the Higher Evolution as he retains his contact with the Earth and works as a Member of the Hierarchy for the extension of the will-to-good among men, and therefore among all the lesser evolutions.
d. Under the Law of Sacrifice, the Lord of the World remains ever behind the scenes, unknown and unrealised by all the ‘seeds’ He came to save, until such time as they have reached the stage of flowering forth as perfect men and, in their turn, become the saviours of humanity. Then they know Him to exist. From the standpoint of the forms of life in the four kingdoms of nature, Sanat Kumara is non-existent. In developed humanity, prior to moving on to the Probationary Path, He is sensed and dimly sought under the vague word ‘God.’ Later, as the life which the ‘seeds’ have manifested reaches the higher layers or brackets in the human hierarchy, there emerges in the consciousness of the disciple, the assurance that behind the phenomenal world is a world of ‘saving Lives’ of which he may eventually form a part; he begins to sense that behind these Lives there stand great Beings of power, wisdom and love Who, in Their turn, are under the supremacy of Sanat Kumara, the Eternal Youth, the Creator, the Lord of the World.
The initiate, on his tiny scale, likewise has to learn to work behind the scenes, unknown and unrecognised and unacclaimed; he must sacrifice his identity in the identity of the Ashram and its workers, and later in the identity of his working disciples out in the world of daily life. He institutes the needed activities and brings about the required changes, but he receives no reward, save the reward of souls salvaged, lives rebuilt and humanity led onward upon the Path of Return." (Ext. pp. 286-8)
This high destiny of saviourship is thus shown to be the future of all who can learn to identify with the Will-to-Good of the Planetary Logos. And as we prepare for the Christ’s reappearance, we can anticipate that His wielding of this energy will allow many more to accelerate their progress towards this destiny. The New Group of World Servers is the training ground for this work, and indeed, the Group, taken in its entirety, is also spoken of as a World Saviour. So let us now turn to our work in meditation, seeking to bring this future closer through the keynote, "I leave the Father’s Home and turning back, I save."
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