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

We now come to the second of the great Formulas which give the initiate the key to the next stage of his work. These curious and ancient sets of phrases or symbols are endowed with power, owing to the potency of the minds which have reflected upon them, which have constructed thought-forms anent them, and which have used them as modes or methods of focusing triadal light upon the personality. I would call your attention to the form of words just used. These formulas do not release the light of the soul into the attentive waiting mind. They release the light of electric fire (and therefore not solar fire) into the integrated personality, so that the entire man - now become the oriented mechanism of the Monad - is flooded with this higher form of energy - an aspect of the energy of will and related to the carrying forward of divine purpose. You can appreciate, consequently, how relatively impossible it is for any of you to do more than register the more obvious significances of these formulas and then await the time when your inner growth warrants a fresh approach to their interpretation.

This formula is seen by the disciple inscribed upon the plates of the unknown metal, described by me on page 249. It is formed of a series of lines which meet at a circle within a square, such as that depicted below: [273]

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Curiously enough, it is this ancient symbol, with its indicated reference to the emotional nature, and therefore to the Atlantean consciousness, which points to a basis for progress, which is the subtle force behind the "flags of all nations." Flags are symbols of the devotion of a people to their national soil and to their national spiritual objectives. They have of course been prostituted to signify national separateness and selfishness and national patriotism, but behind the flag is a point of power which is the point of inspiration to the soul of the people. Not yet, equally of course, is the "point moving forward into the circle of the people's life"; as yet, you have only the square of the personality reactions of the people and the lines of their evolutionary approach to a deeper consciousness; this developing consciousness we call the "soul of the people." Some day, the point will take its place in the center of the square and all the lines will converge upon that point; we shall then have a nation, galvanized into activity by interior spiritual energy, and the lines which have hitherto converged inwards towards the center will become channels or pathways along which spiritual energy will flow into every phase of a nation's civilization and culture; the nation will then be linked up - through the point at the center - with the source of divine inspiration, which is one for all types, all nations and all races in time and space.

I have used the exoteric symbol of the flag to convey to you a hint as to the esoteric meaning of this very simple but most potent form. Four words, or rather phrases, are found written, deep in the metal, around each side of the square: [274]

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These words convey the highly inadequate and even unsuitable translation of certain phrases in the ancient Sensa which are intended to convey the essential union, the related synthesis and the cooperative understanding which will some day distinguish a humanity, composed of many aspects which are nevertheless expressions of the One Life. They are, however, related to or expressions of monadic groupings or universal recognitions, and not of soul consciousness. My difficulty in explaining the higher meaning of the external simplicity of these phrases is great; you can only arrive at them yourself as you ponder the only three interpretations possible to you at this time: the individual application of the symbol, its national application, and its human application, remembering always that the clue to comprehension lies in the recognition of a "higher Way," of the existence of the "higher evolution," of the light which is distinctive of Shamballa, and of the use of the antahkarana, as it by-passes (if I may use such a term) the soul and so carries the human, yet spiritualized consciousness into the realms of hierarchical experience in relation to Shamballa.

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