LETTER VI - THE USE OF FORM IN MEDITATION - Part 3
We will presume that a congregation of people is desirous of linking up with that channel of force that works through the emotions, and so stimulates to greater aspiration and love. In united silence they will stand until, at a given word from the leader, each unit in the group will deliberately withdraw his consciousness into the heart centre, and then from that heart centre (keeping the consciousness steadily there) he will drive forth the sound of the Sacred Word, pitched in the key to which the majority of the group respond. This key will be ascertained by the clairvoyant group leader reviewing rapidly the auras gathered before him. This sound will create the necessary funnel, and the result will be an immense temporary extension of the peripheries of the emotional bodies of the participants, and an intense vitalisation of their heart centres. By means of this the people will be enabled to reach heights and receive blessings otherwise not separately possible. You can for yourself think out other conditions. The use of the imagination in these matters is of real importance and develops a connection between that faculty and its higher counterpart, the intuition. Students of meditation must learn to imagine more.
The united sounding of certain mantrams which will be employed for specific purposes. Instances of such purposes are:—
a. The purification of a city.
b. The magnetisation of grounds that are to be employed as healing centres.
c. The clarification of the minds of the congregation in order that they may be able to receive the higher illumination.
d. The healing of people gathered together for that purpose.
e. The controlling of the forces of nature so that physical plane occurrences may be brought about.
f. The initiating of people into the Lesser Mysteries.
In this paragraph, as you rightly think, lies material that enlarged would fill a volume. It is part of that white magic that again will be restored to the race and by means of which a glory and a civilisation will be attained that was hinted at in Atlantean days, and is one of the dreams of the visionaries of the race.
Mantrams or words sounded forth collectively by which the deva, or angel kingdom, will be communicated with. These are a peculiar set of mantrams connected with the Mahachohan's department and I will take them up more specifically later......
August 22, 1920.
The use of Rhythm Collectively in Meditation.
Rhythm might be expressed as that cadenced movement which automatically sways those who employ it into line with certain of Nature's forces. It is that directed action, followed in unison by a body of people, which results in certain alignments and effects upon one or other of the bodies or on all. It has for its objects therefore:
a. The swinging of a body, or a concourse of bodies, into the radius of action of a stream of force.
b. It causes an adjustment of the matter of one of the various bodies or of all the bodies that go to the make-up of the personnel of a group.
c. It blends—under certain geometrical balances and arrangements—the auras of the differentiated units in a group, and causes these auras to form one united group aura, thereby permitting of the rhythmic flow of force in certain specified directions, for certain specified ends.
This has been well understood right down the ages, even though the methods, procedure and results have not been scientifically comprehended or tabulated, except by various occult and esoteric bodies. In the old, so-called pagan rites the value of rhythm was well understood and even David, the psalmist of Israel, danced before the Lord. The swaying of the body to a certain tempo, and the swinging of the framework of the physical vehicle in various directions, subject at times to the musical sound of instruments, has a peculiar and definite effect upon the matter of the two subtler vehicles. By this rhythmic movement:
1. The force that is tapped in this manner is directed (according to the rhythm) to some one or other centre in the body.
2. The matter of the emotional and mental bodies is entirely re-adjusted and re-blended, resulting in certain effects having probably a physical manifestation.
3. The alignment of the vehicles is affected, and may be distorted or misplaced, or they may be correctly aligned and put in touch with the causal.
This is one of the main objects of the true rhythmic movement, distortions of which come down to us through the centuries, and have their apotheosis in the low type of modern dance. In the modern dance is found the corruptest manifestation of rhythmic movement, and the main effect of the rhythm is the direction of the force tapped by its means to the emotional vehicle, and to the lowest type of matter in that vehicle. This results on the physical  plane in a most undesirable stimulation of the sex organs. In the true use of rhythmic movement the effect is to align the three lower vehicles with the causal vehicle, and this lining up—when coupled with intensest aspiration and ardent desire—results in a downflow of force from above. This causes a vivification of the three major centres and a definite illumination.
When an entire concourse of people is thus animated by a single high desire, when their auras blend and form one united channel for the downflow, the effect is tremendously intensified and can be world-wide in its radius. You have an instance of this in the wonderful Wesak festival, kept so universally in India to this day, when the Hierarchy forms itself into a channel for the transmission of power and blessing from the levels on which the Buddha may be found. He acts as a focal point for that power, and—passing it through His Aura—pours it out over mankind by means of the channel provided by the assembled Lords, Masters, graded initiates and disciples. This channel is formed by the use of sound and rhythm simultaneously employed. By the chanting of a certain mantram by means of the slow, measured movements that accompany that chanting, the funnel is formed that reaches upwards to the desired locality. The geometrical figures formed in the matter of the plane higher than the physical (which are the result of the geometrical movement of the concourse gathered in that Himalayan centre) form themselves into wonderful avenues of approach to the centre of blessing for the inhabitants, deva or otherwise, from any particular plane. For those who can clairvoyantly view the scene, the beauty of the geometrical forms is unbelievable, and that beauty is enhanced by the radiant auras of the Great Ones Who are gathered there.
In time to come the value of the combination of music, chanting, and rhythmic movement will be comprehended, and it will be utilised for the achieving of certain results. Groups of people will gather together to study the creative effects, or the purificatory efficacy of ordered sound joined to movement and unity; the constructive effect on the three bodies will be clairvoyantly studied; the eliminative effect on the matter of those bodies will be schematically tabulated and all knowledge gained will be definitely applied to the improvement of those bodies. The quality of the force tapped, and its exhilarating, vivifying and stimulating effects will be closely watched. The centres will be studied in their relation to the streams of force contacted, and their culture and the intensification of the rotary movement will be definitely undertaken.
Another angle of the whole matter resolves itself into work in the world, and though dependent on the status and personnel of the group, it is not primarily for group purposes. Groups will apply themselves to the work of contacting certain types of logoic force, of passing it through the group funnel, and of sending it out through the world for certain constructive ends. This work is closely allied to that undertaken by the Nirmanakayas or Distributors of Force, and will be largely under their direction, for—when the right time comes—They will be able to use these groups as focal points for Their activities. Their work now has its focal point primarily on the mental plane and somewhat on the emotional. When the secret of causal alignment is better grasped, and when groups of people in physical incarnation can work in real co-operation (an impossibility at present, for the personality looms as yet too large) then the Nirmanakayas will be able to directly contact the physical plane, and so act with great force upon the evolutions found thereon.
Healing groups will work as follows. The circle of workers, with the unit to be healed placed in their midst, will definitely apply themselves to the healing of that unit by the use of set mantrams, and by the following of certain movements they will cause the focal point of the downpouring force to be the sick member in their midst. By the stimulating power of that force, by its re-building quality, or by its capacity to destroy and eliminate, what you call miracles will be matters of everyday occurrence. The subject is too vast to be more than hinted at here. But as the race progresses and the secret of making the at-one-ment is more comprehended, when many people tread the Probationary Path, when the percentage of initiates is greater than it is now, and when large numbers of the human race are more directly aligned with the egoic body, you will see the scientific application of the laws of sound and rhythm.
At the same time you will see the misuse of those powers—a misuse that will herald in one of the final struggles between the Lords of Light and the Lords of Darkness. Great will be the cataclysm and terrific the disaster, but ever the Light shines in darkness, and He Who reigns above all, and Who holds all within the circumference of His Aura knows the hour of opportunity, and knows too how to utilise that which can protect.
Special occasions on which these forms will be employed.
The great event on the planet in direct relation to the human race is the Wesak festival. There is one still greater moment in the calendar when a funnel is created directly between the earth and the supreme Ruler himself, the Logos of our system. This is accomplished through the power of certain mantrams and the united efforts of the Hierarchy and the Deva Lords of the planes. These Deva Lords are aided by the deva evolution, and the Hierarchy  by those of the human race who are steady. They focus through the Lords of the Rays then in manifestation as well as through the Planetary Logos of this planet. The date of this event is not yet for exoteric communication.
On all the three main lines of approach—that of the Manu, or Ruler, the Bodhisattva, or World Teacher, and the Mahachohan, or Lord of Civilisation—their own specific groups will be found, subject to certain mantrams and words, and moving under certain rhythmic laws. One hint only can I give here but I think you will find it interesting. The time is coming when those who work under the Manu, manipulating nations, directing their attention to government and politics, sitting in the assemblies of the people, giving out the laws and apportioning justice, will begin all their work with great rhythmic ceremonies. By means of their united rhythm and chanted words, they will seek to put themselves in touch with the consciousness of the Manu and with His great governing department, so bringing more clearly into practice the working out of His plans and the formulation of His intentions. Having aligned their bodies and made the necessary funnel, they will proceed with business after having placed in their midst as a focal point of illumination one or two men who will give their entire attention to finding out the intention of the Manu and His subordinates upon the matter in hand.
So in the department of the Bodhisattva will a similar procedure be followed, for which the construction is already organised. The priest will be the focal point, and, after due ceremony and rhythm on the part of the united congregation, they will be the transmitters of information from on high. But here is a momentous point of interest: The priesthood will not in those days be a separated body of men. All will then be priests and a  layman can hold that office when duly chosen at the beginning of the ceremony. The only qualification required will be the capacity to align with the higher, and to co-operate with all the other units in the concourse.
In the department of the Mahachohan, the Lord of Civilisation and Culture and the head of the third line of evolution, you will see again similar action. No university or school will start its sessions without the ceremony of alignment, the teacher this time being the focal line of information from the department controlling the activity of the mind. In this way the stimulation of the mental bodies of the students, and the strengthening of the channel between higher and lower mind will be greatly aided. The intuition will also be developed and contacted. In the above statements I have by no means covered the ground. I have but indicated the broad outlines of what will some day be facts in physical plane demonstration. The thought conveys much matter for consideration and for speculation and is full of helpfulness for the wise student. Aught that enlarges his horizon and increases the range of his vision is to be welcomed, even though his apprehension of these facts may be at fault and his capacity to assimilate leaves much to be desired.