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Discipleship in the New Age II - Teachings on Initiation - Part III
Part III

In past instructions we have seen that teaching upon the subject of initiation is given by me (as by all the Masters) in three ways:

1. By Hints. These - if seen and followed - will evoke the intuition. Initiation is never taken unless the intuition is becoming active. Spiritual instinct, the lowest aspect of the intuition, indicates readiness for the first initiation; an illumined mind and spiritual intelligence are the definite sign that a man can take the second initiation, whilst spiritual perception or intuitive instinct signifies preparedness for the Transfiguration, the third initiation.

2. By the use of certain great Formulas (one of which has already been given to you) certain definite revelations become possible. These formulas are six in number; they contain the six prerequisites for initiation, and they are sometimes in the form of words and sometimes in the form of symbols. These serve to develop the "initiate hearing" and the "initiate sight." They deal with the six relationships:

Formula One - Deals with integration into an Ashram and is concerned with the revelation of group feeling. It is related to the astral nature.

Formula Two -  Deals with alignment. It concerns the revelation of the group antahkarana and is related to the mind nature, in which the antahkarana is anchored.

Formula Three - Deals with certain changes in the soul nature. It is concerned with the relation of time and space, and is therefore related to the Eternal Now.

Formula Four - Deals with the Life aspect. It is concerned with the revelation of the nature of life, and is therefore related to the circulation and interplay of energy. [268]

Formula Five - Deals with the Will aspect. It is concerned with the revelation of divine Purpose, and is therefore related to Shamballa.

Formula Six - Deals with the nature of death. It is concerned with the revelation of the constructive work of the Destroyer aspect. It is therefore related to the passing Piscean Age and with all processes of "abstraction."

These Formulas have seven interpretations; only three of them are, however, possible of discovery by the disciple in training at this particular time, because only the light from the Spiritual Triad can convey this type of revelation and interpretation.

3. Through the presentation of Points of Revelation:

  1. The present vision must become the past experience. Its light of revelation will fade out as the experience becomes a habit, and therefore falls below the threshold of consciousness.
  2. A new and totally different recognition must assume control; this will express the initiate-understanding.
  3. These points of revelation appear when the disciple realizes that initiation is not a process of soul-personality fusion but of Monad-personality integration.
  4. These points of revelation assume three stages of recognition:
    The stage of Penetration.
  5. The stage of Polarization.
    The stage of Precipitation.

The approach of the disciple to the entire subject of initiation differs today from that of earlier times - even so short a time ago as fifty years. It is essential that you grasp the fact that his approach is now mental, and not as heretofore, devotional and emotional and aspirational. It has hitherto been kama-manasic, which connotes a blend of lofty aspiration, of lower mind attention and focusing, and of attention to the purely physical disciplines. Today, the true [269] disciple who is ready for this great step is in control of his emotional apparatus; his lower mind is keenly alert and focused, and his higher mind is definitely en rapport with the lower, via the antahkarana. Perhaps clarity of perception will come to you if you realize that the conditional demands of the Initiator (until the period of the year 1400 A.D.) were for conscious soul contact; today, it is for a measure of established relation to the Spiritual Triad, via the antahkarana. This is a very different matter; soul contact is necessarily present, but is not deemed to give all that the initiate of the New Age must have. Love is of course needed; wisdom must be present, but the sense of universality is also required and indicates, when present, a measure of monadic inflow. This inflow comes naturally via the antahkarana or across the "rainbow bridge." Hence, you will see the reason for the emphasis which I have lately been giving to the building of this bridge. A great change in the human consciousness made it possible - in the year 1425 A.D. - to inaugurate changes in the requirements for initiation and definitely to lift the standard. Five hundred years have gone by since then, and the purpose of these changes in discipline and training have proved well warranted. In spite of all signs to the contrary, in spite of the world war with its attendant horrors and in spite of the apparent unawakened attitude of the masses, a very real measure of monadic energy is present. Humanity will increasingly demonstrate this as the insistent demand for unity and the growth of internationalism will demonstrate. The objectives, goals, theories, aims and determinations of the bulk of mankind already testify to this.

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