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The Rays and the Initiations - Part Two - Section One - The Aspirant and the Mysteries of Initiation
It might be said that few, very few, people are today at the Lemurian stage of consciousness wherein the life thread, [480] with its physical implications, is the dominant factor. Many, very many, people are at the Atlantean stage of development of "auric sensitivity." A few - a very few in comparison with the untold masses of human beings - are utilizing the results of the triple construction of energy within their own aura of awareness and their area of influence, in order to build, construct and utilize the bridge which links the various aspects of the mental plane. These three aspects they must employ simultaneously, and then later supersede them in such a manner that personality and ego disappear and only the Monad and its form upon the physical plane remain. In this connection, my earlier statement on the nature of form may be useful and lead to increased insight and understanding:

"The physical plane is a complete reflection of the mental; the lowest three subplanes reflect the abstract subplanes, and the four etheric subplanes reflect the four mental concrete planes. The manifestation of the Ego on the mental plane (or the causal body) is not the result of energy emanating from the permanent atoms as a nucleus of force, but is the result of different forces, and primarily of group force. It is predominantly marked by an act of an exterior force, and is lost in the mysteries of planetary karma. This is equally true of man's lowest manifestations. It is the result of reflex action, and is based on the force of the group of etheric centers through which man (as an aggregate of lives) is functioning. The activity of these centers sets up an answering vibration in the three lowest subplanes of the physical plane, and the interaction between the two causes an adherence to, or aggregation around, the etheric body of particles of what we erroneously term 'dense substance'. This type of energized substance is swept up in the vortex of force currents issuing from the centers and cannot escape. These units of force, therefore, pile up according to the energy direction around and within the etheric sheath till it is hidden and concealed, yet interpenetrating. An inexorable law, the law of matter itself, brings this [481] about, and only those can escape the effect of the vitality of their own centers who are definitely 'Lords of Yoga' and can - through the conscious will of their own being - escape the compelling force of the Law of Attraction working on the lowest cosmic physical subplane." (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, page 789).

I have earlier told you that the astral body is an illusion. It is eventually discovered to be non-existent by the man who has achieved the consciousness of the initiate. When buddhi reigns, the lower psychic nature fades out.

When the antahkarana is built, and the mental unit is superseded by the manasic permanent atom, and the causal body disappears, then the adept knows that the lower mind, the mental body, is also an illusion and is, for him, non-existent. There are then - as far as his individual consciousness is concerned - only three focal points or anchorages (both of these expressions are inadequate to express the full meaning):

  1. Humanity, in which he can focus himself at will through the medium of what is called technically the "mayavirupa" - a bodily form which he creates for the fulfilment of monadic purpose.
    He then fully expresses all the energies of the Mutable Cross. (See Esoteric Astrology, Chapter VI.)
  2. The Hierarchy. Here, as a focused unit of all-inclusive buddhic awareness, he finds his place and mode of service, conditioned by his monadic ray.
    He then expresses the values of the Fixed Cross. (See Esoteric Astrology, Chapter VI.)
  3. Shamballa. This is his highest point of focus, the goal of the exertions of all initiates of the higher degrees and the source of the sutratma, through which (and its differentiations) he can now consciously work.
    Here he finds himself still crucified, but on the Cardinal Cross. (See Esoteric Astrology, Chapter VI.)

The task with which the human being in all his stages [482] of unfoldment has been occupied might therefore be stated to be the bridging of the gap between:

  1. The Mutable Cross and the Fixed Cross.
  2. Humanity and the Hierarchy.
  3. The lower triplicity, the personality, and the Spiritual Triad.
  4. The Monad on its own plane and the outer objective world.

This he does through a process of Intention, Visualization, Projection, Invocation and Evocation, Stabilization and Resurrection. With these various stages, we will now deal.

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