The Modern Disciple, Points of Tension as Spiritual Practice, The N.G.W.S., Planetary Tantra, Bodhicitta from a Hierarchical Perspective
It might be useful to look at the current world picture of crisis and opportunity through the eyes of the Dzogchen tradition. This is a spiritual transmission that emerged somewhere in northern India about the second century B.C. through the great master Garab Dorje who received it in inspiration from the Adi-Buddha via Vajrasattva.
It has been coupled with traditional and tantric techniques used to prepare one for very advanced non-dual practices. “Dzogchen” means “Great Perfection”. Essentially, it is a non-dual transmission, emphasizing the awakening, after appropriate preparation, of non-dual realization by direct transmission from master to student. This discipline takes the form of two primary practices (trekcho and togal) to cut through into direct, non-dual awareness, then to integrate that awareness into daily life.
More on this later from a Hierarchical standpoint.
This lineage views all spiritual practices on this planet as being in basically one of three categories: the Renunciate Path, the Tantric Path, or the Non-Dual Path.
The Renunciate Path in the past has been characterized by a complete withdrawal from the world. It creates a focused duality (the cherished ideal versus the rejected ideals, the sense of exclusivity of only one point of view over all others, of the sense of the polarized ideal at odds with “the others”). Like all withdrawn, focused groups in the past, the fruits (for good or ill) eventually find their way into mainstream consciousness in some form. It has served the development of the discriminative sense. Today it illustrates the old ways and the crisis of opportunity for Humanity as it nears the Portal of Initiation.
The true Tantric Path is a path of energetic relationship. It reconciles pairs of opposites. It is Present in the Moment, taking no sides, with no sense of separateness but involved in bringing unresolved factors together in order to heal, build and make whole. This approach fosters equanimity, compassion, the esthetic sense and the open heart. The true tantric path is a path of transformation. It is a path of healing and energy awareness. The true tantric path has more to do with embracing life and its issues rather than in retreating away from life. True tantra is transformation.
The leading exponent of the Shamballa School in New Zealand makes mention of “Vertical Sex”. Tantra is “Vertical Sex”! Referencing first to healing the various unresolved aspects of the personality, then linking the lower with the higher — personality to soul — followed by reconciling personality and soul individually then (since all such techniques are good from the particular to the universal) in groups, between groups, in nations, between nations and finally within Humanity itself. Transformation works with being engaged with the Now, eventually lifting it closer to Soul/God/The Absolute!
This is how the N.G.W.S. operates. It is a transforming agency, present and engaged in the moment, out in the world. Like a world tantra, the N.G.W.S. is involved in relationships. First relating to humanity with the goal of healing cleavages within the outer human world and then with relating Humanity with its Soul, and more directly with the Hierarchy. The personnel of the N.G.W.S. come from every country in the world. As a world group they work outwardly in the world of Humanity while vertically reaching into the world of meaning. Since the Libra Full Moon of 2001 they are beginning to work with molecules of the atmic plane attracted into the group aura (which is safe in group formation under Hierarchical impression). Many decades of serving and sacrificing makes this possible. When such molecules begin to make the slightest impact, one can observe a breaking down of the old, often through conflict, with a keen sense of old forms shattering giving way to the new, more suitable incoming energies. We should start to see humanity try to take those steps that will begin to “close the door where evil dwells”. This will indicate the growing effectiveness of the N.G.W.S.
“The N.G.W.S. is comprised of the following groups:
i. Initiates and disciples who are consciously a part of the Great White Lodge.
ii. Aspirants and lesser disciples who are affiliated with the Hierarchy; but who do not usually possess that continuity of consciousness which will come later.
iii. Those upon the Probationary Path who are not yet affiliated with the Hierarchy; they are however, subject to hierarchal impression and are determined to serve their fellow men.
iv. This is a matter of practical import, and is not at all an easy thing to attain. It lays the foundation for the An increasing number of people who respond to the idealism of the N.G.W.S. and who will rapidly join the group.
The main requirement is Meditation but—as you know—it is not necessarily the set meditation of occult groups and churches; membership in the group, however, requires the development of the reflective spirit along some line of human understanding. It requires the power to focus attention upon that which can serve humanity, and a compassionate recognition of human need . . .because demands a definite measure of decentralization, in this, habits of meditation rapidly contribute.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume II pages 202/5
Further evidence of the requirement of sustained spiritual practice:
“For the members of the N.G.W.S. and for the men and women of goodwill, the Hierarchy of spiritual Leaders have laid down the following rules:
i. That they must aim at achieving peaceful relationships with, and harmonious acquiescence in, as well as cooperation with the government or state to which they owe allegiance of loyalty. This does not mean endorsing all policies and lines of activity undertaken by such governments, but it does mean the refraining from all that could cause difficulty. There is always scope for much constructive activity within the governmental policy or regime, and it is to these constructive and peaceful enterprises that the servers of the Great Ones and for humanity will direct their attention.
ii. They must refrain from all interference in the affairs of any political or religious group.
iii. They must endeavor to express practical goodwill where their lot may be cast.
iv. They must strive after harmlessness in speech and in life in relation to their family, community, nation or group of nations. This means a consistent policy of non-attack. No leader or nation or race must be attacked of defamed.
…It lays the foundation for the rapid formation and definite emergences of the N.G.W.S. and for the discovery and organizing of the men of goodwill throughout the world, wherever they may be found. The spiritual Hierarchy cannot work through people whose tongues are critical, whose ideas and attitudes are separative, and who are violently partisan in their beliefs and comments. This is a statement of fact. I seek to have you train yourselves in such right activity, beginning with your own lives and your personal expression in the world.” Esoteric Psychology II pages 747/8
It is easy to see that membership is no small matter, or easy task and why the Hierarchy is pouring more and higher energy in to this momentous undertaking. This may lead one to conclude that in light of the foregoing, and the following instruction by the Tibetan, this may be indicative of an emerging group planetary yoga with all its implications:
“The personnel of the group is known only to the Elder Brothers of the race and no register of names is kept, and there only three main requirements:
i. A certain amount of at-one-ment between the soul and its mechanism is essential, and the inner triplicity, usually dormant in the majority, of soul-mind-brain must be in alignment and active.
ii. The brain must be telepathically sensitive in two directions and at will. It must be aware of the world of souls and also of the world of men.
iii. There exist a capacity for abstract or synthetic thought. This will enable the man to leap over religious barriers. When this is present also, there is an assured belief in the continuity of life an its correlation to the life after death.
…The group that is now process of formation, is composed of those who are aware of the fact of the soul, and established a soul intercourse, that is real and lasting . . .“
A Treatise On White Magic pages 414/6
“You need to work more definitely from what might be called a point of tension. . . . It is intensity of purpose which will change you from the plodding, fairly satisfactory aspirant into the disciple whose heart and mind are aflame. Perhaps, however, you prefer to go forward steadily, with no group effort, making your work for me and for the group an ordered part of the daily life, which you can adjust pretty much as you like, and in which the daily life of the spirit receives its reasonable share, in which the service aspect is not neglected, and your life presentation is neatly balanced and carried forward without much real strain. When this is the case, it may be your personality choice or your soul decision for a specific life, but it means you are not the disciple, with everything subordinated to the life of discipleship.
I would like here to point out two things to you.
First: if you can so change your tension that you are driven by the life of the spirit, it will entail a galvanic upheaval in your life. For this, are you prepared? Secondly: It will not produce any outer change in your environing relationships. Your outer obligations and interests must continue to be met, but I am talking to you in terms of inner orientations, dynamic inner decisions, and an interior organizing for service and for sacrifice. . . . It is preeminently a question of speed and of organizing for speed. This means eliminating the non-essentials and concentrating on the essentials – as they concern the soul and its relation to the personality, and the outer ones as they concern you and your environment.” Discipleship in the New Age – Volume I pages 538/9
Further: “Intensity, or working from a point of tension, brings in the flood-tide of revelation, and it is then possible for the disciple to learn in one short day what might otherwise take months or even years to learn. Tension, when focused rightly, is the great releasing power. So many disciples focus tension wrongly and release energy in the wrong direction and (if I might so inadequately express it) from the wrong location. Right tension is brought about first by correct orientation; this necessitates a true sense of values and freedom from those minor preoccupations, which produce extension instead of tension. If you are . . . preoccupied with your physical condition, you will not experience the tension which will make you a magnetic center of power and love; if you are preoccupied with the failures of other people, or with their ideas about you, you will again fail to experience the tension which releases. You will find it of value to discover where your “extensions” are and then retreat inward to the point of tension from which you can consciously and effectively direct soul energy.
This is the true esoteric work. The majority of disciples are not even 60 per cent effective, because their points of tension are scattered all over the personality and are not focused where the individual tension should be. Each has to discover the point of spiritual tension for himself. The reason that disciples are not sensitive to the Master, to the life of the Ashram, and to each other, is that they are extended and not tense; they are working and living on the periphery of consciousness and not at the center. Their service, therefore is partial; their concentration is weak . . .
Most disciples are not working from a point of spiritual tension, but from a point of personality focus . . . As long as a man is focused in his personality, the point of spiritual tension will evade him. He will be driven by personality aspiration and not by ashramic force, and this focus in form will lead to trouble, both to the individual aspirant and to his group. Spiritual tension as a result of the complete dedication of the personality to the service of humanity stimulates and empowers but does not invoke the lower life of the personal self.” Discipleship in the New Age — Volume I pages 734/5 and 745
And finally: “In the life of every disciple, particularly those who face certain great expansions of consciousness, a point of crisis will come about. In that point of crisis, decisions are voluntarily or involuntarily made; having made them, the disciple then stands at a point of tension, with the decision behind him and the next step to be taken becoming clearer to his mentality, and influencing his attitude of the future. When the work is done in a point of tension, then there comes what we might call the point of emergence. This is both an emergence from and also an emergence into a field of experience. The Reappearance of The Christ page 68
“Shirk not these crises, hard and difficult though that they may appear to be. Difficult they are. They are only the points of examination as to strength, purpose and purity of motive and the intent of the soul. They evoke confidence when surmounted and greatly expanded vision. They foster compassion and understanding, for the pain and conflict they have engendered is never forgotten for they draw upon the resources of the heart. The release the light of wisdom within the field of knowledge and the world is thereby enriched.” Esoteric Healing page 477
All this is designed to lead to the objectification and participation of humanity in the Plan. That Plan will reveal to humanity that psychic sensitivity that will reveal the past with all its accomplishments; the future which will reveal the fact of soul/mind/brain and lead to that etheric sensitivity which will lead to the FACT of scientific brotherhood. The result will be a planetary omnipresence of which today’s internet is a vague reflection. This will be brought about by using the FACT of the Planetary Etheric Body of which our internet as a dim reflection.
Thus will dawn the realization of true world stewardship. It will lead to the recognition by Humanity of Hierarchy and Shamballa and cooperation with the Lord of the World of that Purpose which He deems ready to incarnate will become a planetary objective. To quote the Master Morya:
“Let us lift the consciousness to the betterment of all life, and the struggle for existence will give way to the conquest of possibilities!”
This will lead Humanity to the doorway of Omniscience. In this way we become a sacred planet.
“To the Spiritual Hierarchy, the Plan involves those arrangements or circumstances which will raise and expand the consciousness of mankind and enable them, therefore, to discover the spiritual values for themselves and to make the needed changes, of their own free will, and thus produce the demanded betterment of the environment, consistent with the unfolding spiritual recognition”. The Externalisation of the Hierarchy page 670
The Non-Dual Path is representative of the Spiritual Hierarchy’s focus as it relates to Humanity, Shamballa, as well as systemic and extra-Solar sources and contacts. The impact of this brings us all to the Portal of Initiation: individually, in group formation and in Humanity as One.
Let us examine Initiation both from outer lineages and internal results: Initiation, in this context, is referencing certain major transitions in an individual’s (and a group’s) spiritual evolution.
A Comprehensive Look At Initiation
A specific and precise meaning of Initiation is in making reference to certain major transitions in individual and group spiritual evolution. These may be called “Stations of the Soul” (Sufism), the sapta-jnana-bhumi or “Seven Stages of Wisdom” (Vedanta), among other terms. Each of these stages refers to a fundamental transition and a major cycle of death and rebirth each relating to a major plane, chakra, element, body and so forth. Each of these stages refers to a fundamental transition, and a major cycle of death and rebirth, relating to one of the major elements, bodies, planes, and chakras.
These stages of initiation are deep processes of purification, transformation and enlightenment resulting from time, dedication, pain and sacrifice. The process takes place over many incarnations. The turning point of each of these initiations (a satori or non-linear moment of awakening) is also a time of receiving a powerful moment of transmission from an initiating source.
The following overview of the first five initiations, with reflections and indications of the focus, or points of emerging tension that are prominent at each stage: These are general, as each person brings individual contributions causing unique elements to each person’s (and group) paths.
However, underlying is a somewhat universal pattern that can be understood through some of these indicators.
Initiation Plane Element Quality and Characteristic
1st. The Birth (Christian) Physical Earth Discipline, Self-Control, Karma Yoga
The Stream Enterer (Buddhist) 7th Ray Physical Equanimity/Purification
Transmutation & Transformation
Station of the Heart (Sufi) Physical Etheric opening
Breaking identification with the Physical body – establishing foundations of spiritual practice and Dharmic behavior.
The need to define service as right activity in one’s life.
Initiation Plane Element Quality and Characteristic
2nd, The Baptism Emotional Water Aspiration, Devotion, Love
The Once Returner 6th Ray Emotional Equanimity, Bhakti Yoga
Station of the Soul Tantric/Transformational Yogas
Breaking identification with the Emotional body – depending on approach, devotion, love and aspiration deepen.
Tantric/transformational yoga (vertical sex) as life focus now more suitable.
The emotional body now reflects hierarchical impression and the needs of humanity now define service.
In the Buddhist lineage, the disciple need return only one more life in order to reach the Arhat stage, however, the disciple may choose to reincarnate for reasons of service, not karma.
Now the Accepted Disciple and the Probationary Initiate.
Rejecting the Nirvana of the Personality in response to the first breath of planetary Bodhicitta – to serve the Will-to-Good of the Divine Plan.
Initiation Plane Element Quality and Characteristic
3rd , The Transfiguration Mental Air Mental Equanimity/Clarity/Knowledge
The Non-Returner 5th Ray Profound Concentration/Integration
Station of Divine Secrets End of Personal Physical Karma,
Jnana, Raja ,Tantra Yogas applicable.
Occultly absorbed into the Ashram
Breaking identification with the Mental Body — bringing deep intuitive opening.
Direct non-dual contemplation (Savikalpa, Nirbikalpa Samadhis possible after this initiation) and the path of self-surrender now accessible.
Non-dual awareness brought to the mental level. Internal radical non-dual awareness (Nirbikalpa or Nirbija Samadhi).
The perfection of Karma Yoga. Tantric/transformational practices still relevant in meditation and daily focus.
End of physical karma.
The first Synthesis opened and the Causal Body cracked with the first complete raising of the Kundalini allowing awareness centered in Mental Permanent Atom in deep meditation.
The need and opportunity to assist the Master in handling more ashramic work as an aspect of serving the Plan is now possible.
Able to contemplate on aspects of the Plan entrusted to the ashram.
The first degree Shamballa Disciple in- group- formation with others at the core of the Ashram through the Master.
With the first Synthesis Petal unfolded the disciple is able to contact and be impressed by the Monad far more easily than the individual personality can contact his own Ego.
The Mind of God can now impress the disciple.
The Monad now enters the state with other monads making up Ajna Center of the Planetary Logos.
Initiation Plane Element Quality and Characteristic
4th Arhat Intuitive Fire Profound Intuitional Equanimity
The Renunciation 4th Ray Love and Wisdom, Selflessness, Sacrifice,Christ-consciousness,
Station of Nearness to Allah End of Emotional Karma, Bhagwan Consciousness,
Breaking identification with the intuitive, spiritual soul — leading to constant God-consciousness (Bhagwan Consciousness).
Rigpa (Dzogchen) or Sahaj Samadhi (external radical non-dual awareness) (Nirvana with elements) whether on path of non-dual awareness, Divine Presence or both.
Non-dual awareness brought to the emotional level.
Custodian of the Divine Plan.
The Second Synthesis Petal opened and the Causal Body destroyed due to the second, further, more deeply penetrating, raising of the Kundalini.
The Amrita Nadi (a channel filling with Kundalini going from Crown to Heart – thus entering the true Heart Path) activated with the Kundalini raising further and more deeply a second time.
The completion and attainment of personal/individual enlightenment over- lapped with beginning bodhisattvahood.
After this attainment, each initiation more completely contributes to the out Life Wave or beyond.
First penetration to the Heart of the Sun, thereby the initiate at this degree can sense the Divine Purpose on this and the Venus Chain.
Initiation Plane Element Quality and Characteristic
5th Master Atman Akasha Theosis, Non-dual Consciousness,
The Asekha Adept Absorption into trans-human Beingness
Station of Oneness with Allah Completion of human karma, the Sant, The Siddha (Perfected Beings), Brahmi or Unity Consciousness, The Liberated Bodhisattva
Exhaustion of mental (and human) karma and Irritation of any kind, thus climaxing the process of complete transcendence of personality/Ego identification.
The Third Synthesis Petal opened with the complete dissipation of the destroyed Causal Body due to third more complete raising of the Kundalini.
Non-dual awareness brought to the physical level resulting in the Transubstantiation of the lower vehicles through Sarupa Samadhi – non-dual realization brought to the physical body resulting in a form of physical immortality, if chosen.
If completely allowed results in the Body of Light or “Great Transfer”: the complete transformation (the mystery of the true Transubstantiation) of the material elements into their inner essences.
Therefore, those attaining to the Fifth or higher initiations whose choice/dharma is to remain in physical incarnation must not fully integrate this state into the physical body.
Here lies the mystery of liberated and advanced bodhisattvahood considered as being a sacrifice.
At this initiation the Central Spiritual Sun is first penetrated.
Points of tension, invariably lead to points of revelation, when not correctly apprehended, understood and applied in service can lead to the causes of glamour and illusion on the path.
As the Tibetan states:
“The inexperienced neophyte is constantly receiving revelations and is recording what he regards as most unusual intuitions. All that is really happening, however, he is becoming aware of soul knowledge, whereas, for the initiate is ever the revelation of the purpose of Shamballa and the working out, both from the short range and the long range angle, of the Divine Plan.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume II pages 237/8
“I have stated that initiation is essentially a process of revelation. For the disciple who is being prepared to take initiation the emphasis is necessarily laid upon recognition — the intelligent recognition of what is to be revealed. This requires on his part a definite emergence from the world of glamour so that there can be a clear perception of the new vision; a new light is thrown upon old and well known truths so that their significance is extraordinarily changed, and in that changing the plan or purpose of Deity takes on an entirely fresh meaning.”
(See quotation above)
“As man the human being, man the disciple, and man the initiate gradually move onward on the stream of life, revelation comes step by step, moving from one great focus to another, until naught more remains to be revealed.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume II page 293
“Once the initiate has penetrated to the point where revelation becomes possible, he automatically attains the needed fixation, concentration, poise, polarization and focus, which will enable him to translate what has been revealed to him, in terms and symbols which will convey significance to the intelligentsia with whom all initiates principally work. . . . The most urgent and most difficult part of his task is to correctly apprehend the precipitating truth, information or revelation, and then to give it equally correct format so that he can meet the immediate human need.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume II pages 312/3
It is in the failure to follow through, from revelation to correct apprehension and application in service, which results in the inertia and clogged aura of many aspirants and probationary disciples.
“In the initiatory process where the disciple is concerned, revelation is simply one way of expressing the constantly recurring effects of pressure forward and of vision . . .Revelation is both formless and also within form, and the closer to realization, the more subtle and devoid of form will be the revelation , , , It can be a pictorial symbol or a subtle demonstration; it can be expressed only in words, or it can take the form of wordless expression; it can be a goal or a future sensed possibility, but it can also be an incentive and dynamic impulse of the initiate’s life, because it is not distant but is a real aspect of his divine equipment.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume II pages 367/8
It can be seen how important these points of tension are.
Most importantly: “There is no initiation possible without a preceding revelation, and yet each initiation leads to a subsequent revelation. The objective of all initiation is a conferred revelation, yet no initiation is attained without an earlier self-engendered and not conferred revelation.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume II page 417
And finally we see how being in the present moment is the key to handling the following points of crisis: “You talk of a series of initiations, but the Masters talk in terms of a series of revelations, and Their work with disciples is to prepare them for revelation. . . . Bear in mind that revelation is hard to take and to hold – a point often overlooked. It is exhausting to the personality of the disciple, but it is of no service unless the personality recognizes it; it is excessively stimulating and the initiate passes through three stages where a revelation is concerned: First comes the stage of ecstasy and recognition; then darkness follows, and almost despair when the revelation fades and the disciple finds that he must walk again in the ordinary light of the world; he knows now that he is, but it is at this point that his test lies, for he must proceed on that inner knowledge but dispense with the stimulation of the revelation. Finally, he becomes so engrossed in his service, with aiding his fellow men, and with leading them toward their next revelation, that the excitement and reaction are forgotten. He then discovers to his surprise that at any time and at will – if it serves his selfless interests – the revelation is forever his. Ponder on this.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume II page389
As Humanity reaches the First Initiation, the outer work of the N.G.W.S will be more and more appropriated by Humanity. The day will come when the human kingdom as a whole will hold points of tension held by individuals or groups. Then we will only begin to know what Invocation/Evocation really means, what service to the Divine Plan and what sensing the Divine Purpose really is. Humanity will become a true Server within the Solar System. Indeed, the Tibetan has indicated that eventually Humanity will be a factor of service and Light in seven solar systems. To point to the words of the Master M. in the Agni Yoga books: “We affirm the Future!” Humanity will one day, with a divine point of tension, work consciously to become a liberated hierarchy, which is its destiny. Words cannot not begin to describe what Vision will unfold when we gaze and focus as One Humanity with one held point of tension.
As the First Degree Initiate, Humanity will no longer be tied to the rise and fall of civilizations, as in the past, because the form side will no longer dominate the consciousness of Man. Humanity as the World Disciple will embrace change and work for those changes with a conscious and cooperative effort to work with the sensed Plan. We will also learn to be more sensitive to the Hierarchy energetically. Earth will become a planet where the concept of World Disciple will pertain to Humanity as a whole. This will be the start of the Will-to-Good that the Great Ones are working toward.
After Humanity as a whole takes the Second Initiation, we will have the opportunity to begin holding points of tension as a whole which will produce the next Vision. We will have real Peace. We will purify, embrace and be present with the astral plane of the planet. We will then consciously cleanse and redeem all the accumulated ancient evils lurking on the lower levels of the emotional dimensions of the planet. The Golden Age will be present, but ever-changing in line with the Divine Plan and Purpose.
It might profit us here to consider Tantra in its planetary significance. Tantra is a term used in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions which refers to a philosophy and broad set of practices characterized by eventually realizing the non-dual Absolute through integrating the male/female duality in oneself (as well as something envisioned as a goal in daily life) and a deep reverence for the feminine in nature. In the past this was realized through worship of the Goddess, and accomplished by working with subtle energies, the charkas, and later with the kundalini. There is a marked tendency to honor and work to transform matter, nature, form, desire, and the physical body, rather than to ignore, reject, repress, and remain indifferent to these aspects. Some approaches to tantra are open to working with those practices considered taboo in other teachings, including the famous sexual practices, which are not universally employed or acknowledged in Tantric approaches. Rather than over-emphasizing the form aspect, the hierarchical approach sees the essence of tantra as that of transformation, as service, as the Will-to-Good, as opposed to the simple affirmation of virtues. This leads to the releasing of vices or hindrances (releasing the prisoners of the planet) as well as the integration of opposites leading to the Mystic Marriage.
Tantra Yoga is also practiced in many forms including Kundalini yoga and can extend to other forms such as Raja and Kriya yogas should they begin to lead to an unfolding transformation. Like kundalini, raja and kriya yogas, tantra is a comprehensive path that may incorporate ritual, devotion, mantra, nada, among many other practices. These are all seen as modes to approaching the integration of desire and the entire lower nature and lifting them into the Light of our higher natures (transforming them).
When the disciple in the ashram learns to hold those points of tension that are the result of integrating the ashramic life with the outer life of service, then he or she is employing tantra as presented by the Hierarchy. The points of presented tension being a further step — holding that point of tension that leads to the “soul controlling the outer form, and life and all events”.
The Tibetan has pointed out the most profound hints (which are not registered, no matter how many readings, until the disciple is ready).
Hierarchy as the embodiment of Planetary Bodhicitta
Bodhicitta is the altruistic motivation to seek enlightenment for the welfare of all beings. The aspiration to personal liberation is the motivating cause eventually leading to arhatship, individual enlightenment, but this is not attained until we are consumed by bodhicitta. Then awakening bodhicitta (sometimes called ‘relative enlightenmen’) becomes the motivating cause resulting in buddhahood. Buddhahood is a liberating enlightenment that is realized and expressed to its fullest through the cultivation of the complete spectrum of spiritual capacities in service and in spiritual virtues leading to a universal awakening. Awakening bodhicitta results in the birth of a bodhisattva, a being moving toward buddhahood as the highest form of service.
The bodhisattava follows a path of perfect balance of Love and Wisdom through the practice of the full potential and spectrum of human spirituality. The deepest level of bodhicitta (often called ‘absolute bodhicitta’) is the realization of non-duality, which supports the development of Love/Wisdom to its fullest.
Since the achievement of the Christ in which He established a continuous contact with The Lord of the World and Shamballa, the entire Hierarchy has been orienting itself to more and continuous contact with Shamballa. Today, the center of an Ashram, the Master, is a point of contact with Shamballa, and Who today is giving opportunity to those initiates of at least the third degree, to partake of that contact with the Center, in group formation (affording them the opportunity to become Shamballa Disciples). The implications of this are astonishing and this fact foreshadows the ultimate success of the hierarchical effort in this present cycle.
The Hierarchy as a whole also makes group contact with Shamballa (and thereby can be impressed by Sanat Kumara), hence it being told that the Hierarchy forms the Ashram of Sanat Kumara. So the achievement of the Christ Who 2000 years ago, contacted, brought down and anchored the Shamballa energy so that the Hierarchy (eventually Humanity via the Hierarchy) has the opportunity to link Its relative bodhicitta to Its potential of absolute bodhicitta.
These achievements also have impact on the disciple starting after the second initiation. Bodhicitta (as a result of the disciple working closer with the ashram) begins to impact the disciple’s astral body. The motivation to serve from life to life may result in the disciple voluntarily foregoing the so-called ‘Nirvana of the Personality” (the highest point toward the end of the afterlife prior to incarnation) is sacrificed. This results in not losing any time in service to the Plan, by not getting side-tracked in being caught up, or getting absorbed in an any activity which interrupts one’s chosen service to the Plan. This will cut short time in the afterlife in order to continue serving, often by reincarnating as quickly as possible.
“I would point out to you that the two greatest revealing Agents Who have ever come to earth within the range of modern history, made the following simple revelations to humanity:
i. The cause of human suffering is desire and personal selfishness. Give up desire and you will be free.
ii. There is a way of liberation and it leads to illumination.
iii. It profits man nothing to gain the world and lose his soul.
iv. Every human being is a Son of God.
v. There is a way of liberation and it is the way of love and sacrifice.
Glamour: A World Problem page 185
Points of Tension and the Hierarchy
Let us first define Hierarchy. Hierarchy stems from the Greek hier – meaning ‘holy’ or ‘sacred’ and arch – among other things meaning ‘ruler’ or ‘principle’ – therefore a ‘holy order of rulers and principles’. In various traditions across the planet and the ages it is believed that there is a group of Beings associated with the Earth, including many in human incarnation, Who form a spiritual hierarchy of the planet. In the Sufi tradition, advanced members of this group are called “Sufis” or “awliyas”, regardless of what spiritual tradition they may be associated with. In other places and traditions, they have been referred to as ‘Enlightened Bodhisattvas’, or ‘Mahatmas’, ‘Great Rishis’, ‘Avatars’, or ‘Siddhas’ from the Hindu; the Tao tradition refers to them as ‘Immortals’; ‘Righteous One’ from Judaism; ‘the society of Enlightened and Illumined Minds’ from the pre-Tibetan; ‘Elder Brothers’ from the Rosicrucian, among many other examples. Regardless if the terminology, such a group has been with us since pre-historic times, and is remembered by the race as the gods and goddesses of yore.
The Spiritual Hierarchy is believed to exercise a benevolent influence over the spiritual traditions and activities of the Earth, over human culture as well as guide the evolution of the human and nature kingdoms of the planet — in line with the Divine Purpose of Deity. This Divine Purpose is stepped down and formulated as the Plan of God by the Hierarchy. This Plan is formulated into cycles. The shorter cycles within any given century are entrusted to disciples and initiates (much like on the job training). In the beginning, posts in the Hierarchy were held by Beings Who achieved liberation on other planets, but most of those posts today are rapidly held by those of humanity who have achieved, allowing those Who came before to go on to Higher Work. Earth humanity graduates now hold up the banner for the rest of us!
This last Initiation of Decision, Libra Full Moon of 2001, may have resulted in more Masters taking Decision than at any previous time, resulting in new opportunities and responsibilities from those disciples after the second initiation onwards. This may result in an unprecedented opportunity to more swiftly aid humanity in closing the door where evil dwells and speeding up the time of reconstruction that the Tibetan has hinted at the beginning of the 21st century. Perhaps this will hasten, or at least insure, the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of “He Whom the whole world awaits”.
“The Hierarchy is a community of souls who are swept by the desire to serve [bodhicitta], urged by a spontaneous impulse to love, illumined by one pure Light, devotedly fused and blended into groups of serving Minds, and energized by One Life. Its Members are organised to serve the Plan which they consciously contact, and which they deliberately cooperate.
The Hierarchy of Illumined Minds is a group whose telepathic powers enable them to be sensitive to the mind currents of those Who personify the Mind of God, the Universal Mind, and to register the thoughtforms of Those Who are as far beyond the Hierarchy of Masters as They, in Their turn, are to the disciples of the world.
“Those Lives Who carry out the ideas of the Divine Mind, exist in Their graded orders, and with the details of Their groupings, we are not concerned, except for the fact that the Planetary Brotherhood is in telepathic rapport with Those Who are responsible for the planetary conditions in the Solar System, with the Great Council, therefore, at Shamballa. They are also therefore in immediate telepathic rapport with each other. The slowly manifesting power of the radio, and the sensitive workings of the perfecting mechanisms of the radio and of television [not to mention the computer, internet, global satellite communications, etc.] are but the response in physical matter of the perfected telepathic powers and television of the Masters of the Wisdom. Forget not that such powers are available to all men.
The inner group of Master with which I am associated, also work telepathically with Their disciples, and the disciples with each other in lesser degree.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume I page 24
“There are many in the Hierarchy at this time, Who have refused further opportunity of progress, in order to stay with and help the sons of men.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume I page 290
“The group of a Master is a focus of power, built up by the Master is three ways:
i. By the potency of His Own thought life, evoked by His response to the united Hierarchical purpose, and by a growing ability to respond to Shamballa.
ii. By His ability to integrate the center of power (His group for which He has made himself responsible) into the immediate activity of the Hierarchy.
iii. By His wisdom in His choice of collaborators. His group of disciples will be effective in world service and useful to His Superiors, just as far as He employs judgment in gathering together the men and women He is preparing for initiation.
…A Master can be greatly hindered or aided in His work for Humanity in His choice of disciples.”
Discipleship in the New Age — Volume I pages 684/5
“The work of the radiatory activity of the Hierarchy is today more potent than at any time in human history. The Masters and Their disciples (under the guidance of the World Teacher of that period) were physically present on earth in early Atlantean times and the radiation emanating from Them at that time was protective, guarding and nurturing. Later the Hierarchy withdrew into a subjective expression, and humanity was – under the Law of Evolution – left to its own devices, thus to learn the Way, and to tread the Path of Return, through individual experiment and experience. The Masters (in this long interim) have not come forth to contact humanity on any large or group scale; many of Their senior disciples, have, however, emerged at varying intervals and as needed; the World Teacher has also come forth to sound the key for each new civilisation, and to express the results of the passing civilisation. Men have had, therefore, to find their way alone to the Hierarchy; in silence that Hierarchy has waited, until the number of “enlightened souls” was so great that their invocative appeal, and their magnetic radiation reached such a potency which could not be denied; the balance of equilibrium, between the Kingdom of God on Earth, and the Kingdom of God in Heaven (to use Christian phraseology), became such that the “Gates of Return” could be opened free intercourse be established between the fourth and fifth kingdoms in nature. The Gates (and I am here speaking symbols) are already opening, and soon will stand wide open to admit the passing of the “Son of Man, the perfected Son of God”, back to the place — our Earth – where He earlier demonstrated perfect love and service. But – as you know – this time He will not come alone, but will bring with Him the Heads of certain Ashrams, as well as a trained group of initiates and disciples.
These happenings are taking place today before the eyes of all men, even though much that is going on remain unrecognised over vast areas of world thought and by many millions of men. However . . . there are enough initiates and disciples working upon the physical plane at this time to ensure a recognition so extensive that the steady, consistent arousing of human expectation is guaranteed. Ponder on this, and learn to recognize on every side the signs of human anticipation, and the pronounced indication of the approach of the Hierarchy.”
Discipleship in the New Age Volume II pages 409/10
“The Hierarchy is the result of Human activity and aspiration; it has been created by Humanity.
Its members are human beings who have lived, suffered, achieved, failed, attained success, endured death and passed through the experience of resurrection. . . All states of consciousness are known to Them, and They have mastered all of them; They have mastered them as men, thus guaranteeing to Humanity the same ultimate achievement . . .Their great Master is the Christ; They have passed through the initiation of the new birth, the baptism, the transfiguration, the final crucifixion and the resurrection. But They are still men and differ from the Christ only in the fact that He, the first of our Humanity to attain divinity, the Eldest in a great family of brothers (as St. Paul expresses it), the Master of the Masters, and the Teacher of angels and of men, was deemed so pure, so holy and enlightened, that He was permitted to embody for us the great cosmic principle of Love; He thus revealed to us, for the first time, the nature of the Heart of God.
These perfected men, therefore exist; They are more than men because the divine spirit in them registers all stages of consciousness and awareness – subhuman, human and superhuman. This inclusive development enables then to work with men, to contact Humanity at need, and to know how to lead us forward to the phases of resurrection.”
The Externalization of the Hierarchy pages 472/3
We stand on the threshold of stupendous and unprecedented opportunity. This paper has attempted, in a small way, to bring, to some, fresh perspective and the processes.
To look at the same things from a different perspective and focus has ever been the way just before embarking on the new dispensation.
It is hoped that in examining some old concepts (Tantra, Points of Tension, and Bodhicitta) will be of some value.
In the meantime, may we continue to look at fresh opportunities to serve, and deepen, our apprehension of Truth, Beauty, Love, Compassion and Service to the Whole and ever strive to fit ourselves to be of service to the Whole.
Love to All Beings, North, South, East, West, Above, Below: Love to All Beings!
Peace, Joy, Bliss, Compassion, Service to All Beings!