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Glamor - A World Problem - The Causes of Glamor
Then the Lemurian race slowly passed away and the Atlantean race came into existence. During the millions of years this race flourished on Earth there were vast numbers of people with the Lemurian consciousness flourishing at the same time, just as today in this modern Aryan race, there are many, many millions of people who express the Atlantean consciousness and are polarized in their astral bodies, the victims of emotion and of consequent glamor.

In the Atlantean race, the physical duality was then solved, and the physical body and the etheric body constituted a unity, and in the healthy person still do so. The sense of duality shifted then into a growing recognition of the conflict in the realm of quality and into the field of what we today call the "pairs of opposites" - good and evil, pain and pleasure, right and wrong, sense and nonsense, and the multiplicity of opposites by which the aspirant is today faced. [110]

Each of these racial histories sees the establishing of a temporary sense of unity in the early stages, when the previous cleavage had been healed and the initial duality had been resolved into a unity. Then there comes a growing recognition of a fresh realm of choice, based upon the emergence of the higher values, and finally a period of conflict in the consciousness of the individual and of humanity as a whole, as the attempt is made to resolve this higher duality with which the man or the race is confronted.

This resolution is brought about when a higher aspect of the consciousness is dimly visioned and men become aware of themselves as mental beings. There is then a growing demand for that mind nature to be developed and brought into play in the effort to solve the problem in this category of opposites upon the astral plane.

At the same time the sense of self-identity or the consciousness that "I am," is steadily growing, and the initiate of the day faces the effort to release himself from the thralldom of the senses upon the astral plane, from the dense glamor into which his sensory perception has thrown him, and to establish his freedom by a complete control of the astral body. This he eventually does by developing the power to pass between the pairs of opposites, unaffected by either, and thus leave them behind. He accomplishes this by using the mind as a distributor of the light which reveals the "middle way" and which dissipates the glamor with its brilliance and radiance.

This glamor has steadily deepened and intensified as more and more people have succeeded in resolving the initial physical cleavage and have become centered in the astral consciousness. Today such is the magnitude of this glamor and such the success of the evolutionary process, that humanity, as a whole, is wandering in the fogs and miasmas of the world of sentient consciousness. When I [111] use the word "sentient" I do not refer to the sensory apparatus of the physical nervous system, but to the sentient awareness of the Self which is today so immersed in glamor that the mass of men are entirely identified with the world of feeling, of quality, of sentient interplay, and of emotional reactions, with their likes and dislikes, and their dominant self-pity. Self-pity is one of the major glamors of the advanced and sensitive man. It is the advanced people who contribute the most to the world glamor. The major glamor is the reaction of the aspirant to the truth, to reality when he first becomes aware of that which lies beyond the astral Plane. He interprets all that he there senses and sees in terms of glamor, of emotional understanding, of a sentient fanaticism. He forgets that truth lies beyond the world of feeling altogether, unaffected by it, and can only be sensed in its purity when feeling is transcended and transmuted. The second major glamor is self-pity.

The world today is divided into three groups, all of whom are subject to certain phases of glamor:

1. Those who are Atlantean in their consciousness and are, therefore, completely glimmered by:

  1. That which is material and to be desired.
  2. That which they feel in all relationships.
  3. That which they believe to be ideal, to be true or just, based on their reactions to the thinkers of the day, but which they themselves do not mentally understand.
  4. That which they demand of beauty, and of emotional comfort.
  5. That which brings to them spiritual comfort in the realm of religion and religious desire. Note the phrasing. [112]

2. Those who are more definitely Aryan in their consciousness. This means that the mind factor is awakening and thus constituting a difficulty and that the illusions of the mental plane are now added to the glamors of the astral plane. These illusions are theoretical and intellectual in nature.

3. A group of people who are emerging out of those subject to glamor and illusion, and who are alive to the Voice of the Silence and to the demands of the soul.

The complexity of the modern psychological problem lies in the fact that our race and period sees the synthesis of all the glamors and the emergence of the illusions of the mental plane. Today we have aspirants at all stages of unfoldment, and find the masses recapitulating the different steps upon the evolutionary way, with the lowest layer of the human race definitely Lemurian in their consciousness, even though few in numbers relatively speaking.

Illusion is rapidly growing as the mental power of the race develops, for illusion is the succumbing to the powerful thought-forms which the thinkers of the time and of the immediately preceding age have formulated, and which at the time of their creation constituted the hope of the race. They embodied then the new and emerging ideas by means of which the race was intended to progress. These forms, when old and crystallized, become a menace and a hindrance to the expanding life. The realization of the problems of illusion lies centuries ahead when the race will have left glamor behind, when there will be few Atlantean minded people on the planet, and when there will be no people at all with the Lemurian consciousness. However, as evolution proceeds, things are greatly speeded up, and the time when humanity will be predominantly distinguished by the Aryan consciousness, is not as far ahead as might be [114] generally supposed. I speak not in terms of the Aryan race as it is generally understood today or in its Nordic implications.

Race Duality Problem Method Goal
Lemurian Physical Force
versus
Vital Energy
Maya Astral control;
Hatha Yoga:
Aspirants;
Laya Yoga:
Disciples
1st Initiation
Inspiration.
Atlantean The Pairs of
Opposites;
Qualities;
Sentiency;
Glamor Mental control;
Bhakti Yoga:
Aspirants;
Raja Yoga:
Disciples
2nd Initiation
Illumination.
Aryan Dweller on the
Threshold;
Angel of the
Presence
Illusion Soul control;
Raja Yoga:
Aspirants;
Agni Yoga:
Disciples
3rd Initiation
Intuition.
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