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The Reappearance of the Christ - Chapter IV - The Work of the Christ Today and in the Future
Let us look at these phases of His work and try to understand the significance of the responsibility which He has undertaken. Some understanding is necessary if the New Group of World Servers and the working disciples in the world are to prepare mankind adequately for His appearing. Much can be done if men will apply themselves to comprehension and to the needed subsequent activity.

First, as the Point within the Triangle, Christ becomes the awakener of the hearts of men, and the one who institutes right human relations by being simply what He is and by standing unmoved where He is. This He accomplishes by transmitting the energies from the three points of the surrounding Triangle to humanity. This blended, impersonal energy, triple in nature, will be spread abroad universally, producing evolutionary growth, attracting people and nations magnetically to each other and automatically causing the unfoldment of the sense of synthesis, of provable unity and of a desirable fusion. Just as, during the Piscean Age, there was unfolded in humanity a mass responsiveness to knowledge and to the principle of intelligence, so in the Aquarian Age, a mass response to right relations will equally be evoked, and goodwill (as its expression) will be distinctive of the mass consciousness. It may be difficult to realize and appreciate this possibility but it was equally difficult for the mass of men in the first centuries of the Christian or Piscean era to realize the future growth of the educational systems of the world and the spread of that knowledge which is distinctive of our present civilization and culture. Past attainment is ever the guarantee of future possibility.

As Dispenser of the Water of Life, His work is most mysterious and not at all easy to comprehend. In His public work, two thousand years ago, He said: "I am come [85] that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." (John X, 10.) The Life Aspect - from the angle of the vision of Christ - expresses itself in three ways:

  1. As physical life, nourishing the cells of the body. This life is found within each atom of substance as the central point of living light.
  2. As livingness, seen as love and light within the heart. When this livingness is present and expressing itself, the human atom becomes a part of the spiritual Hierarchy.
  3. As Life more abundantly. This life can be known as light, love and power within and above the head of the disciple of the Christ. This abundant life enables him to cooperate, not only with humanity and with the spiritual Hierarchy, but also with Shamballa itself - the center of life in its purest essence.

If we say that life is the livingness which enables, the words are relatively meaningless, are they not? If, however, the livingness is referred to the physical plane life, to the spiritual life of the disciple and to the living purpose of God, then some faint concept may come of the wonder of the work undertaken by the Christ in the past, and foreseen by Him as His future responsibility. Christ can draw upon the energies which are defined by the phrase "life more abundantly," because they will set loose (in the Aquarian Age) in a new and dynamic manner the new energies needed in order to bring about restoration and resurrection. This new energy is the "implementing force of universality"; it concerns the future. This inflow of Aquarian energy is one of the factors which will enable [86] the Christ to complete His task as world Savior and world Teacher. It was to the definite performance of His duties as Distributor, Nourisher and Dispenser that He pledged Himself in June, 1945, and entered upon His responsibilities as the Forerunner and the Teacher of the Aquarian Age.

As Nourisher of the Little Ones, we are dealing with an aspect of Christ's work which involves the stimulation of the consciousness of His disciples as they prepare to undergo initiation or to enter into deeper phases of spiritual awareness. The result of His work in the Triangle with the masses of men will be the presentation of the first initiation - the Birth of the Christ in the cave of the Heart - as the basic ceremony in the new world religion. By means of this ceremony, the masses of men in all lands will be enabled to register consciously the "birth of the Christ" in the heart, and the "being born again" to which He Himself referred (John III, 3.) when here on Earth before. This new birth is what esotericists mean when they speak of the first initiation. It will not, in the future, be the experience of the occasional disciple but the general experience of countless thousands towards the close of the Aquarian Age. The purifying waters of the Baptism Initiation (the second initiation) will submerge hundreds of aspirants in many lands, and these two initiations (which are preparatory to true service, and the third initiation of the Transfiguration) will set the seal on Christ's mission as the Agent of the great spiritual Triangle which He represents.

The major work of Christ, however, as far as the disciples and the definitely spiritually-minded people of the world are concerned, plus the hundreds of thousands of advanced humanity, is so to "nourish" their spiritual consciousness and life that they will be enabled to take [87] the third and fourth initiations - those of the Transfiguration and the Renunciation (or Crucifixion).

As esotericists know, the term "little ones" refers to those disciples who are "babes in Christ" (as The New Testament terms it) and who have taken the first two initiations of the Birth and the Baptism. They are aware of the spiritual aspiration which is indicative of the Christ life in their hearts, and they have subjected themselves to the processes of purification which culminate in the baptismal waters. Christ must prepare these aspirants for the higher initiations and so nourish and aid them that they can stand before the One Initiator and become pillars in the Temple of God (i.e., agents of the spiritual Hierarchy and, therefore, active, working disciples).

When He was in Palestine, centuries ago, He said, "No man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John XIV, 6.) This was a foretelling of the work which He would be called upon to do in the Aquarian era. In the first two initiations, aspirants (trained by senior disciples) find their way to Christ, Who administers the first two initiations; but - in these words - He is referring to still higher states of unfoldment. Through these initiations, administered by the Christ, the disciple becomes an agent of the love of God; the higher initiations enable him, however, to become, stage by stage, an agent of the will of God. The first group knows and understands the second stanza of the Invocation, "From the point of love within the heart of God, let love stream forth into the hearts of men"; the group which (in the Aquarian Age) the Christ Himself will "nourish" and prepare will know the meaning of the third stanza, "From the center where the will of God is known, let purpose guide the little wills of men." [88]

The work of Christ, during the Piscean Age, was to relate humanity to the Hierarchy of the planet; in the Aquarian Age, His work will be to relate this rapidly growing group to that higher center where the Father is contacted, where, recognition of Sonship is accorded and where the divine purpose can be known. Through the coming work of Christ, the three divine aspects, recognized by all the world religions (including the Christian religion) - Intelligence or the Universal Mind, Love and Will - will be consciously developed in mankind; humanity, the spiritual Hierarchy and the "center where the will of God is known" will be brought into a more open and general relationship.

The mystical approach to the Kingdom of God will gradually die out as the race achieves increasing intelligence and a more scientific approach will be favored; the rules for admission into that Kingdom will become objective; the laws governing the highest center of the divine will will also be revealed to those who are members of the Kingdom of God and all this will come about under the supervision of the Christ after His reappearance among men. The keynote of His mission then will be to evoke from humanity a response to spiritual influence and an unfoldment (on a large scale) of intuitive perception - a faculty which is, at present, rare indeed. When He came before, He evoked from humanity a gradual response to truth and mental understanding. That is why, at the end of the cycle which He inaugurated two thousand years ago, we have formulated doctrines and a widespread mental or intellectual development.

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