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Discipleship in the New Age II - Teachings on Initiation - Part VIII
III. The Formulas from the universal creative Aspect
  • Formula 1. The transition from darkness to Light. Creation in the Light.
  • Formula 2. Transition from the unreal to the Real. The nature of reality. Creation in time and space as understood in the three worlds.
  • Formula 3. Transition from death to Immortality. The nature of Life. The creative process and life energy.
  • Formula 4. Transition from chaos to ordered Beauty. Relation of the world of effects and the world of meaning. Then relation to the world of causes. The nature of karma. Progressive evolutionary creation.
  • Formula 5. Transition from the individual consciousness to the universal. Evolutionary processes from divine Purpose into plan and then into manifestation. The nature of individual renunciation. The one Life.
  • Formula 6. Transition from cyclic living into life itself. The Purpose of cycles. Control of timespace consciousness. [366]

Two major ideas emerge from a careful study of these three tabulations: Pattern and Transition. It is upon these two that I would ask you to reflect constantly. In past years, I have frequently called your attention to the necessity of a vital and active program, formulated by you and self-initiated by you, and therefore, in these tabulations, you have much that can throw light upon that necessity and upon the lines along which the program should go; you must remember ever that the program of a disciple and of an ordinary aspirant are not in any way identical.

Program will - if followed with spiritual exactitude - reveal your soul-intended life pattern and this will be an expression of a life purpose. This summation of a disciple's life is also the summation of the life of the Lord of the World, whose self-initiated program, implemented by evolutionary energy and steadily revealing the "pattern of things to come" is increasingly known as an expression of the divine initial purpose.

The section upon formulas is perhaps the most exacting in the series of instructions I am now giving you, for it involves creative thinking, intuitive insight, and the use of the spiritual will; these three activities are relatively new to the aspirant and present as yet great difficulties. These you will have to think out for yourselves, and thus acquire the training which will enable you to see life in the process of producing great formulas of living which, in their turn, will produce the essential creative patterns.

There is nothing more that I need to say on this subject. Later teaching on the matter will be available next century. I have already given you more than you can understand, but not more than you can begin slowly to study and eventually to comprehend by direct program-forming in your own life, and making it at the same time an essential part of the program of the Ashram with which you find yourself affiliated. This you will have to do through self-devised formulas, thus producing a life-pattern which will be indicative to the watching Masters as to the point in evolution attained by the disciples. [367]

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