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Discipleship in the New Age II - Teachings on Meditation - Part VIII
You will endeavor to bear in mind that the source of these impressions shifts steadily higher or deeper, as the case may be, and that for average disciples, such as you, the impressions to be recorded until such time as you have taken the third initiation concern:

1. The ideas, purposes and intentions which motivate the Hierarchy and which are transmitted to you by the Master of your ray and therefore of the Ashram with which you are affiliated.

  1. The quality of the inspiration which you can receive and register and which emanates from the Ashram in which you find yourself. This again will have the outstanding characteristics of your ray, though those of the other six rays will also be present, implied and inherent.
  2. The nature of the hierarchical mode of work and the methods to be employed in any particular world period, such as the present difficult and transitional era. [156]

You will see from the above how diverse, spiritually speaking, are the impressions to be received by the attentive disciple. The word "diverse" here employed is not of a separate connotation; it signifies the basic unity in diversity and the vastness of the inclusive thinking of the planetary Logos. Achievement, for the disciple, consists (along this line) in a sequential and growing capacity to include in his thinking more and more of the divine conclusions. I use this word in its esoteric significance.

It is my intention this year to have you concentrate upon the new Invocation from the point of view that it embodies the divine intent and summarizes the conclusions of the thinking of the planetary Logos. It is the most abstract form of meditation with which you have yet been presented. The meaning of this Invocation has been expressed in terms which are understandable, in a measure, to the average person because of its familiar wording, based on many Scriptural terms. But the true inner implications and significances are of very deep import and are not superficially apparent. I challenge you to penetrate, through meditation, more deeply into the vital meaning of these words, these amazing words. They embody, as far as is possible in modern language, a formula which has been in possession of the Hierarchy ever since it was founded on Earth, but which is only now available for use, owing to the point in evolution reached by mankind. The wonder of these mantric stanzas is that they are comprehensible to members of the human family and to members of the Kingdom of God. They mean one thing, to the ordinary man, and that meaning is good, powerful and useful; they mean another thing to the man upon the Probationary Path, for he attaches to the words a deeper and more esoteric meaning than is possible to the man who is entirely polarized in his lower nature; these words mean still another thing to the disciple affiliated with and functioning consciously in an Ashram; to initiates and to the senior Members of the Hierarchy, they convey a still higher and more inclusive significance.

I am anxious to ascertain your reaction to these words, and am asking you for one entire year to concentrate your [157] meditative thinking and your reflective power upon them. At the same time, they provide, in an almost singular manner, the next developing stage in the series of meditations I have planned for you; they should also (in a peculiar manner) enable you to move forward in your thinking and in your ability to grasp abstractions. Look for the underlying abstract idea in this Invocation. It is there. From your reaction to this Invocation, and your ability to use its phrases as "stepping-stones" to certain levels of abstract thought not hitherto attained, I shall be able to judge your readiness, as individuals, for certain specific preparatory work for the initiation which you (again as an individual disciple) should take.

The final stanza of the "Invocation for Power and Light," as it is called in the Archives of the Masters, is apparently simple. It has, in these Archives, an indicatory symbol beside it which indicates the era or period in human history during which it can and should be used. It is interesting to us to note that the evolution of humanity is in line with the indicated timing. This Invocation will have a potent appeal to mankind. My considered advice is that in its presentation to a definitely Christian public (as for instance to the ecclesiastics of all denominations) the third verse in the stanza be changed and that its last line should read: "The Purpose which the Master knows and serves," or perhaps "which disciples know and serve." The word "disciple" is an inclusive word, in the hierarchical sense; it is, at the same time, one easily recognized by the orthodox but offers no limitation to the esotericist. It covers every grade of human aspirant from the newly accepted disciple up to and inclusive of the Christ Himself. Let me here quote the Invocation:

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known [158]
Let purpose guide the little wills of men -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

Each of the four stanzas refers to one or other of the three aspects of divine energy, plus a reference to humanity itself in which the three meet, are potentiality in latency, and finally develop into the full flower of divinity, with all three lines perfectly expressed. Hence, my brothers, the intensity of the human conflict - a conflict unparalleled in any other differentiation of the divine Life. In humanity all lines and aspects meet. This is a fundamental of the occult teaching. The subhuman kingdoms find their consummation in humanity, and the superhuman kingdoms their opportunity, and through the human kingdom all superhuman lives have at some time passed. This you well know.

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