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Discipleship in the New Age II - Teachings on Meditation - Part VIII
Even Christ himself struggled with the problem of the divine will, and addressed himself to the Monad at the moment when he first realized the extent and the complexity of his mission as World Savior. He then cried aloud: "Father, not my will but thine be done." Those words marked the relinquishing of the vehicles through which he had been attempting to salvage humanity; it indicated to him what might at that time have appeared to be an apparent failure and that his mission was not accomplished. For nearly two thousand years he has waited to bring that mission to fruition; it has marked also for him the entrance into a new cycle of activity; this cycle will culminate during the next three hundred years in success if this Invocation - as used by all of you and by the Hierarchy - proves its effectiveness. He cannot proceed with his assigned mission without reciprocal action by humanity.

This mantram is peculiarly and essentially Christ's own mantram and its "sound has gone forth" to the entire world through the medium of his enunciation of it and through its use by the Hierarchy. Now its words must go out throughout the entire world by means of its enunciation by men everywhere, and its meaning must be expressed by the masses in due time. Then Christ can again "return to Earth" and "see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied."

The final line of the last stanza is also perhaps in need of explanation. It speaks of the task of the Plan as implemented by humanity to "seal the door where evil dwells." This is (needless to say) a symbolic way of expressing the idea of rendering evil purposes both inactive and ineffectual. There is no particular location where evil dwells; the New Testament in the Book of Revelations speaks of evil and of the destruction of the devil and of the rendering of Satan impotent. Those passages all refer to the same time cycle with which this Invocation deals and which it seeks to bring about.

The "door where evil dwells" is kept open by humanity through its selfish desire, its hatreds and its separateness, by [174] its greed and its racial and national barriers, its low personal ambitions and its love of power and cruelty. As goodwill and light stream forth into the minds and hearts of men, these evil qualities and these directed energies which keep the door of evil open will give place to a longing for right human relations, to a determination to create a better and more peaceful world and to a worldwide expression of the will-to-good. As these qualities supersede the old and undesirable ones, the door where evil dwells will symbolically slowly close through the sheer weight of public opinion and through right human desire. Nothing can possibly stop it.

Thus the original Plan will be restored on Earth; this is symbolically referred to in the Bible as the Garden of Eden; the Angel with the Flaming Sword will no longer guard the Door of Initiation into the Kingdom of God, but will be transformed into the Angel of the Presence. Simultaneously, the door into the world of spiritual reality will open before mankind, and the door where evil dwells will be closed. These few thoughts may serve to make this Invocation live afresh in your minds and take on a new and vital livingness. It is uniquely related to all true and ancient beliefs; it holds out hope for the future, and it is of present import and of practical importance.

Your meditation work should be confined exclusively to a deep understanding of this stanza [Here the Tibetan refers to this Invocation in its entirety as one stanza, the third and final of three "stanzas" or Invocations. He gave out the first one, beginning with the line, "Let the Forces of Light bring illumination to mankind," in 1935, and the second in 1940, beginning, "Let the Lords of Liberation issue forth."] of the Great Invocation, and of the production within yourself of the invocative spirit.

I am going to give you today a very ancient mantram which is called the Affirmation of a Disciple. It has been used by disciples in the Masters' Ashrams for thousands of years and is today given out by me to all true disciples; it can now be used by them upon the outer plane and incorporated daily in their meditation. During this coming year I would like you to follow a meditation procedure as outlined below, the intention of which is to strengthen your pledge through [175] affirmation, stabilize your orientation and give you intuitive insight into this new Invocation.

  1. The Stage of Alignment and Recollection. This produces recognition of spiritual status and objectives. It involves recognition also of the Ashram and dedication to the Master, tinder two symbols: the soul and the central Point in the Ashram.The Stage of Affirmation. Say with your whole heart as a soul the following ancient mantram:

"I am a point of light within a greater Light.
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of Love divine.
I am a point of sacrificial Fire, focused within the fiery Will of God.
And thus I stand.

I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength, enabling them to stand.
I am a beam of light, shining upon their way.
And thus I stand.

And standing thus revolve
And tread this way the ways of men,
And know the ways of God.
And thus I stand."

This, brother of mine, is the best I can do with words and phrases as I attempt to transcribe into language words so ancient that they antedate both Sanskrit and Senza. But the meaning is clear and that is the point of importance.

  1. The Stage of Orientation. This is a period of quiet thought upon the significance of the affirmation.
  2. The Stage of Meditation. This is concerned with the four stanzas of the new Invocation. I am going to leave you free to consider this Invocation in your own way and to approach this most important and significant mantram from the highest possible point of your individual intuitive perception. I would ask you to meditate [176] on what appear to you to be the planetary implications, but would also remind you to consider the individual parallels. All that is invoked on behalf of humanity is also susceptible of interpretation in a personal sense, regarding the personality as the microcosm of the Macrocosm and as the field for the circulation of light and love, for the expression of the Christ Life and of the sacrificial Will, plus the instrument of service and an area in which evil is scaled, frustrated and rendered futile. At the end of the year, I would ask you to embody your understanding of the Invocation and your interpretation of it (both macrocosmically and microcosmically approached) in a paper. These papers, if truly the result of intuitive perception, could constitute a useful book, giving the general public a truer comprehension of words which will condition the thinking of spiritually-minded people for many decades.
  3. The Stage of Fixed Determination.
    1. A reflection upon the distinction between Purpose, Will and Intention.
    2. A period of complete, focused silence as you seek to present an unobstructed channel for the inflow of light, love and strength from the Hierarchy.
    3. A statement to the personality, made by you the soul, the disciple:

"In the center of the will of God I stand.
Naught shall deflect my will from his.
I implement that will by love.
I turn towards the field of service.
I, the Triangle divine, work out that will
Within the square and serve my fellowmen."

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