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Discipleship in the New Age II - Teachings on Meditation - Part XII
Part XII

I would like today to extend the teaching given in the preceding instruction anent the antahkarana and expound to you - from the group angle - a paragraph there given; I will here rephrase it.

It is a reflection - a conscious focused attitude - carried forward in all life circumstances, which automatically registers the events conditioning the life of humanity. It therefore creates a stream of ascending energy which is tinctured by the life quality and the ray characteristics of the group personnel. Along this stream both the ascending and the descending life quality and ray characteristics can pass at will, and the disciple will increasingly register the "things of the spirit"; he will consequently acquire the facility to penetrate into the world of the Hierarchy and reach eventually the door to the Way of the higher Evolution. He will, again consequently, function efficiently in the three worlds as the serving disciple.

In this paragraph you have indicated the spiritual, meditative way of life of the individual disciple in relation to his own soul, and later to the Ashram; you have the group way of life, as it penetrates into the Hierarchy, and you have also the hierarchical technique which enables that great Group to penetrate into a still higher spiritual center and bring down from Shamballa that understanding of divine Purpose [197] which will precipitate as the hierarchical Plan; this will enable the Hierarchy to form a great serving group. No matter how high you may go in the scale of Being, you will find - from the fourth kingdom of nature onward - that the technique of meditation governs all expansions of consciousness, all registration of Plan or Purpose and, in fact, the entire process of evolutionary unfoldment. It is a technique of spiritual apprehension, of focusing attention on some level of consciousness or other,  and also of originating modes of contact.

The entire Science of Invocation and Evocation is contained in the word "meditation"; this science ranges from the subjective, unconscious appeal of the inchoate, voiceless masses, through many phases, until it attains that high mode of scientific invocation which governs the contact made in the Council Chamber of Shamballa with extra-planetary sources of spiritual inflow. It is through meditation in some form or another that contact is made; this again is progressive in nature. The formulated idea of the unspiritual man to make a contact with that which will later condition his life and lead to a betterment of his daily life in a material sense, or which will make living possible, is perhaps the lowest aspect; the brooding, experimental thinking of the scientist or artist is another form of meditation and higher in purpose and in intention, and this meditative process is better formulated and has (if you think correctly) definite group implications. The mode whereby the Members of Hierarchy and the personnel of their Ashrams arrive at an intense spiritual perception, and arrive also at a selfless formulation of the divine Plan which will implement divine Purpose in the world, is likewise an expansion of all previous meditations; whilst the concentrated clear and dynamic invocation of the spiritual Beings who have created - or more accurately - have formed Shamballa, is the highest form of meditation possible upon our planet.

It might also be stated that it is meditation which is responsible for transforming the desire of the ordinary human being upon our planet into the spiritual will, which is ever the agent of the Purpose. It is therefore meditation which [198] produces individual, group and planetary alignment, and this alignment is always the first stage of the meditation objective and the final or permanent stage attained. Think on this.

Meditation is also eliminative in its effects and (if I may use such a term) ejects out of the individual and out of the group that which is undesirable - from the angle of the immediate spiritual goal.

Meditation is essentially the highest instrument and the perfected consummation of the third divine aspect, that of intelligent activity, and - as I have earlier pointed out - is from every possible angle carried on within the ring-pass-not of the Universal Mind. It is the essential, divine Prompter, the predominant creative agent, and the factor which fuses and blends every aspect in the great Hierarchy of Being which is related to the basic spiritual nature of our planet; this was our major inheritance from the previous solar system - the Mind or Active Intellect.

Meditation brings into creative alignment instinct, intellect and the intuition, as well as conscious Identification. It relates (in an indissoluble unity) the so-called lower or concrete mind, the group mind, the hierarchical mind and the universal Mind; it leads to a conscious alignment of the disciple's centers and also of the three planetary Centers; it is invocative, demanding, fusing, receptive and distributory in nature. In the disciple it is the agent which creates or builds the antahkarana, controls - via the soul or the Spiritual Triad - the head center, which is the point of focus, of spiritual appeal and of spiritual reception; it controls also the ajna center (the center between the eyebrows) which, in the disciple, is the prime agent for the distribution of spiritual energy.

In the group, meditation leads to the fusion of the group personnel, to their united invocative appeal, and - when invocation has evoked response - it leads to group receptivity to that which has been spiritually demanded, and thus to the spiritual service of the group.

In the Hierarchy, meditation takes two major forms, and [199] (you must remember) in that great spiritual Center meditation is an instinctual habit and needs no forced process:

  1. Meditation is that which sets in motion hierarchical response to the invocative appeal rising from the three worlds, and mainly to the invocative appeal carried forward consciously by all who pray, all who make mystical appeal and all who employ the method of occult meditation and direct invocation.
  2. Meditation is the instinctual mode whereby the Hierarchy - in response to the invocation from the three worlds - approaches the higher Center, Shamballa; then the Hierarchy evokes the energies, the Beings and the spiritual inflow which hierarchical service in the immediate future requires. It is also - in a unique sense - the technique whereby the Masters themselves prepare for the sixth initiation, thus conditioning the Path of Life upon which they will eventually find themselves and pass thence to higher cosmic undertakings.

You can see, therefore, why I have laid such emphasis upon your individual meditation, but have also laid a still greater emphasis upon group meditation. Nevertheless, I have only been endeavoring to turn your instinct towards spiritual expression into scientific lines; I have sought also to initiate you into a planetary technique which all planetary beings must and do master. Meditation, in its most rudimentary form, is the instinct which leads to recognition of the physical Sun and governs, for instance, the turning of planetary vegetable life towards the Sun as its dominant source of life. In its intermediate form, it is that which reveals to the aspirant and to the Hierarchy the Heart of the Sun, and - in its highest form - it is the mode of contact which relates the highest Beings on our planet to the Central Spiritual Sun. In every case, I would like to point out that this capacity to meditate (the spiritual expression of the mental processes) [200] focuses itself in certain group formations which it would profit its briefly to consider.

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