The Search for Truth in the Matter of Channeled Esoteric Writings (Parts 1-5)

The Search for Truth in the Matter of Channeled Esoteric Writings (Part I) – Michael D. Robbins (15-6-2016)
The Search for Truth in the Matter of Channeled Esoteric Writings (Part II) – Michael D. Robbins  (19-6-16)
The Search for Truth in the Matter of Channeled Esoteric Writings (Part III) – Michael D. Robbins  (20-6-16)
The Search for Truth in the Matter of Channeled Esoteric Writings (Part IV) – Michael D. Robbins  (21-6-16)
The Search for Truth in the Matter of Channeled Esoteric Writings (Part V) – Michael D. Robbins  (27-6-16)


PART I
Dear Friends of Humanity and the Ageless Wisdom,

There is no religion higher than Truth. There is no philosophy higher than Truth. There is no teaching higher than Truth. But how do we, as limited human beings, arrive at the Truth, especially regarding planes and states of consciousness which we, as human beings, have not yet experienced?

Why do we believe what we believe? Is it confirmed by the true intuition? That would be the best and, according to Master DK, it is the advice of the Buddha. Or do we believe because that which claims to be true satisfies something personal within us, something related to our lower ego—its safety, its comfort, its pleasure, its satisfaction, even its inflation?

Unfortunately, the latter of these two options is often the one which insidiously prevails, because we harbour motives which are unknown to our conscious mind. This being the case, we are often likely to believe that which has no real truth within it but which is subtly appealing to ourselves. Further, we attempt to convince others that they too, should believe that which we believe. When more and more people believe, it reinforces our own beliefs, despite the fact that these beliefs are on shaky ground.

Many of us are students of esotericism. This means that we are studying many things in regard to which we have no direct experience—nor can we at this time, as the ability to corroborate the truth or falsity of much of what we study lies many life-times ahead (if you believe in reincarnation!) – when we have developed the internal capacities to corroborate through direct esoteric observation. This problem is especially acute when we study ‘truths’ related to our planet in a larger sense, our solar system, our local cosmos and the Universe as a whole and the inner aspects of these focal points.  Thus, in the matter of what to believe we are dependent upon certain criteria:

  1. Trust in the source of the knowledge deemed to be true.
  2. Some degree of internal, esoteric experience which seems to be harmonious with that which is studied – even though that which is studied cannot as yet be directly confirmed.
  3. The intuitive confirmation of that which we study. If the true intuition is in play, this is the best manner of confirmation.
  4. Logic and the power of reason. By this means we notice harmonious relations between apparently related truths, or we notice discrepancies and deep contradictions which suggest that the ‘truths’ with which we are confronted and which contradict each other cannot all be really true.
  5. And of course the insidious persuaders related to ego satisfaction, and rarely acknowledged by the individual affected by them.

Let us deal with the issue of trust in the source of any teaching which purports to present the Truth. Over the centuries there have been a number of esoteric writings arising in connection with various mystics, alchemists, secret societies, etc. In general these have not been widely distributed. Then, in the latter part of the 19th Century all this changed. H. P. Blavatsky, responding to the intention of certain Masters of the Wisdom to bring the Esoteric Teaching (the Ageless Wisdom) closer to humanity’s consciousness, came forth with Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine and a number of other esoteric writings. The depth and scope of her writings left little doubt that she was truly a messenger of the Great Ones—a brilliant woman on a ‘mission’ to bring the Ageless Wisdom before the consciousness of humanity in a truthful and reliable manner. She founded The Theosophical Society, the motto of which is quoted above: “There is no religion higher than Truth”.

Many writers followed in H.P.B.’s footsteps, but the works of Alice A. Bailey (working as an amanuensis for the Sage, Master Djwhal Khul, even as H.P.B. had been for Him a kind of amanuensis) – stand out for their extraordinary scope, depth and integrity.  While there is no way for limited minds (such as we have) to incontrovertibly prove the truth value of these two sources of the Ancient Teaching, highly intelligent, sensitive and fair-minded people concur regarding their remarkable nature. There is considerable reason to trust what they present as esoterically reliable and a standard against which other presentations can be compared and evaluated.

This is the approach I am taking in presenting these thoughts on the search for reliable truth in esoteric writings. As a student of esotericism for over fifty years, I have come to trust the writings of H.P.B. and A.A.B. – with a Master of the Wisdom, Master Djwhal Khul, presumably behind them. Not all may agree with me, but I use these voluminous writings as a standard of comparison when attempting to determine the truth value of other writings in the esoteric field—so many of them obviously glamourous, filled with illusion, diluted or simply distortions of the truth.

Of course, I consult meditation, my inner experience, my intuition when it strikes, and utilize the faculty of reason (trusting that at times it is illumined). I use all these in addition to the trust I have in Master DK and both H.P.B. and A.A.B. – two of His amanuenses. Yes, I do believe in what for me seems reliable evidence that these two individuals were, indeed, functioning in the role of hierarchically sanctioned amanuenses for this particular Master of the Wisdom.

Some might say—“well you have made a leap of faith here and are jumping to conclusions”. I can only say that after years and years of meditation and study, to accept these two as amanuenses for Master DK seems to be intuitively reasonable. The works of these two amanuenses (plus, I must say in general, the works of Helena Roerich who produced the Agni Yoga series of books), serve as my standard of truth in the esoteric field. There are other excellent sources which intuitively and reasonably I deem to have high truth value, but the sources I have specifically mentioned hold for me the highest value.

Because it is impossible for the average aspirant or disciple to confirm the truth of much that is written in the esoteric field, many of them accept without sufficient discrimination the ‘truth’ of many writings which I consider inauthentic, spurious and even dangerously misleading. I suppose this cannot be helped. The average student of these subjects is not sufficiently discriminating, learned or sensitive to separate the wheat from the chaff. Master DK tells us that between 85% and 96% of so called inspired or channelled writings come from the well-trained subconscious mind of the author.

Channelers aspire to reach a higher source of truth than is commonly available and so they reach ‘up’ and ‘in’ for contact with such a source. However, they usually succeed in reaching only the content of that which they have thought or studied or heard. They do not reach the real Teaching and the high levels from which it emanates however much they think they do, and unfortunately they manage to persuade others, equally as gullible, that they have done so.

Of course, no one can tell another human being what is Truth. This must be intuitively determined by each himself or herself. However, what is understood to be a confirming intuition regarding matters of truth is rarely that at all. There are a number of far lesser sources (and even ill-intended sources) – which masquerade as the true intuition (and only the experienced student and meditator will be in a position—probably after having committed many errors in judgment and discrimination as I personally have—to tell the real intuition from the spurious ‘sources’ of intuition—one’s own desire nature or wishful thinking or lower ego needs, for instance). It is humbling to realize how incorrect, how misled we can be for how many years regarding the ability to discriminate truth from falsehood in the esoteric field.

During these latter days of the Era of the Forerunner—as this is being written, the last nine years before 2025—it is vitally important that aspirants, disciples and students of esotericism give all they have to the task of helping humanity make a correct transition into the Age of Aquarius. This is far from easy and the Forces of Materialism (the Counterforce) are once again on the attack—mostly against the quality of consciousness of those who could really help humanity make this transition successfully. We must make sure that our consciousness is as lighted and as filled with truthful thought as may be possible.

In undertaking this task, we must attempt to put all unsatisfied lower ego needs to the side. We must realize the insidious nature of the personality’s “will-to-believe”, because beliefs, once fastened upon by the insecure human consciousness, provide a certain assurance, a certain (often unearned) psychological security. We must realize that there are parts of our nature which are elemental and irrational and which work against our ability to use the “mind held steady in the light”—whether that light be the Light of the Soul or the greater Light of the Intuition (buddhi, we call it—the Light of Pure Reason).

Again, this is a humbling realization—that we may be deceiving ourselves in order to fulfill unconscious, unrealized lower ego needs; that we may be required to examine ourselves closely and objectively so that we can disabuse ourselves of lower motives and tendencies and get on with the task of discovering the Truth as it is.

In this little paper (and a few to follow), I am going to focus on some thoughts now circulating in the minds of many in the esoteric community—thoughts which I believe to be erroneous and misleading, and I will explain, as reasonably as I can (and using as my standard the works of H.P.B. and A.A.B.) why I consider these thoughts to be erroneous. At the same time I must emphatically state that I have great respect and even love for a number of those people who are promoting these thoughts. The ‘fact’ (established in my mind at least) that they are promoting teachings which are erroneous, misleading and even retarding for the well-intended aspirant or disciple, does not affect in the least the value I place upon them as spiritual workers and friends. All of us are subject to illusion—all of us—and that particular subjugation, according to Master DK, lasts until the ninth initiation!

However, I believe that we ascend by and through lessening degrees of illusion, and if any of us can point out the glamour or illusion resident within the thought of our co-workers, we are actually doing them a spiritual favor! And I am sure that many of them may and will return the compliment! 🙂

So, realizing the somewhat thankless task of that which I am undertaking, and the challenges I am likely to receive for having the temerity to do what I am about to do, I will list certain thoughts/doctrines which I believe to be erroneous or at best, incomplete, and I will offer my reasons, to be considered thoughtfully by those who wish to give attention to the discrepancies and contradictions which I will attempt to point out.

I must emphasize and re-emphasize that I do not approach this somewhat unpleasant task in the spirit of criticism, but rather in the spirit of analysis tending towards Truth, if I am fortunate enough to achieve my objective. The ideal result would be to induce a more thoughtful and impartial attitude of mind in a number of aspirants and even disciples who now, in my view, accept too easily and without sufficient lighted analysis, thoughts and doctrines which do not form a solid foundation for the one who would become a true esotericist and ultimately a Master of the Wisdom.

I hope that those who read what I have written will at least give thoughtful attention to the discrepancies which I will point out. Contradictions, even if they are only apparent contradictions must be resolved on the way to the Truth. I shall sometimes use a fairly abbreviated form to make my points. Please bear in mind that some of the points I am making could be significantly elaborated and the time may come when I shall have to do that.

Again I wish to emphasize that I have absolutely no desire to impugn the sincerity, the discipleship value or just plain kindness and goodness of any individuals who may be involved either receiving or promoting the kinds of teachings which I consider to be fallacious. Each of us as aspirants or disciples functions as best we can and according to the measure of our light, and each of us has areas of obscurity. My approach to all this is with as much impersonality as I can muster. I may fail, but my intention is to review the premises and their consequences and not address any directed thought to the individuals responsible for these various presentations of what they consider to be esoteric truth.

Before listing and discussing certain thoughts which I believe need close discriminative analysis and discernment before they are accepted, I wish to call to mind that our Spiritual Hierarchy, working under impression from the Great White Lodge on Sirius, is never allowed to compel the will of its aspirants, disciples and initiates. I try to align my motives with the hierarchical and Sirian impulse and therefore wish to say that I too, have no desire to force or compel the will of any student of the Ageless Wisdom. In my view every student of the Wisdom is completely free to believe or to disbelieve according to his or her inclination and understanding. What I do seek to do is offer a point of view and some reasonable evidence to support that point of view. How readers may respond to what I write is completely up to them, and that is the way it should be.

Doctrines or Notions Relating to Esotericism which I Consider Fallacious
(Assertion and Rebuttal)

1. The Assertion
he work of Master DK through A.A.B. is both dated and passé and has been superseded by certain more recently channelled writings which claim to be more revelatory of and relevant to the development of the disciple because they are “newer” – though in some significant cases, only by a few years! In one instance, a claim goes forth that these writings emanate from a very high Ashram which was formed in the later 1940’s.  I presume that those who are not sufficiently careful in their thinking say much the same about the superseded value and relevance of The Secret Doctrine and other writings by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (H.P.B.) who, like A.A.B., also served as an amanuensis for the Tibetan Teacher, Djwhal Khul.

Contrary Evidence and the Rebuttal
1.     To me, it is clear that those individuals who say and write such things, have studied H.P.B. and A.A.B. very superficially, if at all.

2.     A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, for instance, is said by Master DK to be the “psychological key to The Secret Doctrine”. Though Master DK tells us that A Treatise on Cosmic Fire will provide study material for students until 2025, we must realize that its contents will not be thoroughly understood for a long time, for it is a book to be understood only by initiates. The implications are obvious.

3.     If the same rather weak argument is used—that The Secret Doctrine has also been superseded by the recent, popular channelled writings—we should simply read the book with care and come to understand, as A.A.B. understood, that within its covers is information which is offered by no other source.

4.     I would also suggest that those who emphasize the dated, passé, nature of the Tibetan’s Books, should carefully read His Fourteen Rules for Disciples and Initiates (which focus on group initiation—a great theme of the Age of Aquarius). These are Rules for group work in the Aquarian Age, and some are of such depth, that they could only be fulfilled by initiate groups within an Ashram. Those who dismiss the Tibetan’s writings in the usual conventional and superficial manner are, in my view, lifetimes away from being able to understand and apply these Fourteen Advanced Rules.

5.     Let the detractors also study with care the Fifteen Rules for White Magic and the Laws and Rules of Esoteric Healing. Let them study the Seven Laws of the Soul, the Seven Directions of the Law of Repulse, the Seven Techniques of Integration and the Three Techniques of Fusion. Let them study the technical aspects of the Building of the Antahkarana. Further let them venture into many aspects of the Old Commentary translated and presented by Master DK.

6.     The superficial detractors are in no way capable of assimilating the material cited above much less applying it to their spiritual life on the Path. Conditioned by the love of novelty (plus greater ease and less stress upon the Path), they demonstrate their lack of suitability for deep esoteric study of the kind that Master DK has offered above—and I mention only some of His voluminous offering.

7.     Clearly, the notion that one can now move beyond the study and application of what Master DK has offered is ridiculous and will be seen as such by all truly serious students of those Teachings of the Ageless Wisdom which have the Spiritual Hierarchy behind them, and who are not misled by the channelled product of some sincere, well-meaning but insufficiently discriminating disciple.


2. The Assertion
 It has been stated that certain teachings are all that students of esotericism will need during the impending Age of Aquarius.

Contrary Evidence and the Rebuttal
1.     What will these proponents of such teaching say when they consider that Master DK in 2025 and following, intends to offer the third installment of the Teaching which He began with H.P.B. and continued with A.A.B.?

2.     “In the next century and early in the century an initiate will appear and will carry on this teaching.  It will be under the same “impression,” for my task is not yet completed and this series of bridging treatises between the material knowledge of man and the science of the initiates has still another phase to run.” (R&I 255)

3.     I realize that a number of so-called ‘initiates’ have eagerly appeared and each of them has assumed himself or herself to be ‘the one’ and even claimed to be so—however, one will know the true Teaching of DK by the note of Master DK and by its quality. Even His initial book in the 20th century (Initiation: Human and Solar) is written in such a way that only a Master of the Wisdom could write it. All imitators have fallen hopelessly short of even what this first book—written for the “general public”—contains! Let us be discriminating.


3. The Assertion
Over the past decades there have been those who have claimed to channel into writing or into the spoken word various Chohans, such as Masters M. and KH – and even the present Mahachohan—Master R.! Other Chohans have also been included.

Contrary Evidence and the Rebuttal
1.     The Chohans have extreme responsibility at this time. The Christ is doing all He can to avert a “final war” (EXH 546) and the Chohans are helping Him with all their power. The “final war” is predicted, should it happen, to be a “religious war”. Can anyone doubt that the ingredients for such a war are even now forcefully and disturbingly present?

2.     Do we really think that these Great Souls will take the time from Their vital activities to offer, yet again and in language far less arresting and impressive, teachings for the aspirant and disciple which are already voluminously presented in the Works of Master DK and Master Morya (when He actually was working with Mme. Helena Roerich)?

3.     Do we think that the world crisis which commanded all Their attention in the 1930’s has now abated and allows them time to repeat what other Masters have given out in hierarchically sanctioned Teachings? Where would be the Law of Economy which They strictly observe?

4.     From my perspective, the following statements from Master DK (EP I 108) still apply, the world situation being so serious that man could well destroy himself, which he could not at the time when the statements were given by DK:

“None of the Masters of the sixth initiation (such as the Masters M. and K. H.) are at this time working through dictation with Their disciples.  They are too much engrossed with world problems, and with the work of watching over the destinies of the prominent world figures in the various nations, to have any opportunity to dictate teaching to any particular disciple in some small field of activity and upon subjects of which sufficient is already known to enable the disciple to go ahead alone and unaided.”

5.     Master DK’s words here are just common sense, no matter how much a particular aspiring amanuensis for a Chohan believes that he or she is truly channeling the words of a Master who is also a Chohan. Even the quality of the material which comes though (though well-intended and perhaps useful to some in some instances) is far below the level of what H.P.B., A.A.B./DK and Master M.(through HR) have previously written. But of course, it takes real spiritual discernment to detect this, and so many disciples, even those who emphasize their inclusiveness and openness, lack this essential discernment.

6.     While the usual channeler or amanuensis may be tuning in in the direction of a particular Ashram along some particular ray line (and I emphasize the word “may”), that is a very different thing from receiving direct dictation from a Chohan or even from a lesser Master like DK. The probabilities for such reception are very, very low, and the quality of what is received (though perhaps well expressed in the language being used—though not always well expressed) reinforces the low probability.

7.     But if people wish to deceive themselves through their aspirational “will to believe” and through their suspension of a type of discrimination and discernment which should be part of the equipment of any cautious and responsible disciple, they must be free to do so, and learn later, the hard way, of their error.


4.  The Assertion
Briefly and without extensive elaboration, it has been suggested in some recently channeled writings that the dense physical plane of planet Earth is soon to disappear or become “etheric” in nature.

While in these channelings there is some ambiguity or question about, a) whether all human beings will be transported to the etheric plane or, b) whether only some will be transported while others remain, or c) whether the entire dense physical plane will disappear into the ethers, the claims are radical and contradict in no uncertain terms the Teaching which Master DK conveyed through A.A.B..

As a corollary to such claims it is stated that the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ will occur only on the etheric plane and not on the dense physical plane as previously anticipated.

Contrary Evidence and the Rebuttal
1.     This particular teaching/channeling is very serious in its implications and also spiritually dangerous as it may side-track or even stop the physical plane service activities of many disciples who, hitherto, had been working for the improvement and eventual redemption of the dense physical plane.

2.     Further, the comparison between this line of teaching and the Christian “Rapture” cannot be avoided. The “Rapture” predicts the salvation of the 144,000 (a ridiculously low number) and a terrible fate for all those left behind. In the esoteric channelings in question, readers have been advised that a kind of “compression wave” will transport them to the etheric plane where their lives will continue in what I can only judge as ‘glorious’ circumstances. This teaching suggests an upward movement rather than the promised externalization and reappearance. Just the opposite in fact. It cannot be trusted.

3.     Now a cosmological perspective. Whether or not the dense physical plane of any planetary scheme becomes etherealized has everything to do with the developmental rhythm of the Solar Logos which contains its planetary schemes as chakras or energy centers within its solar system. Given all that is discussed in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire about the initiatory development of our Solar Logos, there is nothing to suggest that any stage of dense-physical-etherealization is imminent or even possible at this time—even in one of His planets which have a dense physical dimension.

4.     Our Solar Logos is a Cosmic Solar Initiate of the second degree. The third cosmic initiation is not yet His. Using the analogy from the life of the human being, it is only at the fourth degree that the dense physical plane disappears along with other aspects of the human energy system. The Solar Logos is nowhere near that point of development and the Logos of our planetary scheme, the Earth-scheme, being only a Cosmic Initiate of the first degree is even farther from such a development.

5.     That some kind of etherealization of the dense physical levels of our system’s planetary schemes may one day occur, is certainly developmentally probable, but the process of the redemption of the inherited matter from the previous solar system (including especially, dense physical matter) is very far from complete—and that is one of the main projects of our Solar Logos in this particular incarnation of His. I would suggest that it is impossible for the dense physical levels of planet Earth to suddenly etherealize while the dense physical levels of the other planets remain, and such dense physical levels must remain until the solar logoic redemptive task re dense physical matter is complete.

6.     Further, the entire system of globes of the Earth-chain would be suddenly disrupted. We are only in our fourth chain-round, and it will required, in all probability, three more rounds involving the dense physical matter of the Earth-globe before the achievement of the redemption of the Earth’s dense physical matter inherited from the previous solar system.

7.     Even Venus, which has completed in five scheme rounds what it takes most other Planetary Logoi seven scheme rounds to complete, still has a dense physical envelope. Shall the Planetary Logos of our Earth (far less developed that the Logos of Venus), suddenly be done with its redemptive, gradual process of etherealizing its dense physical matter while the more advanced Logos of Venus, almost complete in its redemptive process, retains its dense physical matter? Before believing promptings which come at best, I would say, from the astral reflections of certain higher Entities, or simply from the subconscious nature of the aspiring amanuensis, let us use the scientific logic to be cultivated within occult mind (Uranus).

8.     Kundalini is one of the major means of redeeming dense physical matter. Our Planetary Logos is designated as the base of the spine center of our Solar Logos. At the fifth initiation it is the base of the spine center (the center of will) which is activated and which is engaged in extensively purifying dense physical matter throughout the human system, for instance, but also, by analogy throughout the solar system—such is the function of our particular Planetary Logos. In short, our Planetary Logos will need its dense physical body to carry out this solar systemic function when it comes time for our Solar Logos to take its fifth initiation, if He succeeds in this solar system! He may only achieve the cosmic fourth degree.

9.     But all such cosmological considerations do not even come to the mind of the usual aspiring amanuensis or channeler. The solar systemic impossibility (or extremely high improbability) of what is proposed is not considered.

10.  Further, a very important issue is the sudden, proposed reformulation of the method by which the Reappearance of the Christ and Externalization of the Hierarchy will occur. The Tibetan Master, and certainly we must give Him some credit for foresight, has long written about the Externalization of the Hierarchy and Reappearance of the Christ on the dense physical plane of Earth.

Suddenly (as is the case with many novel, channeled presentations) we are asked to forget all that Master DK has written and give credence to the ‘new plan’—that the Externalization and Reappearance will occur only on the etheric plane and no lower!

11.  This assertion is most serious and most misleading. It could have the possible effect of rendering the service work of many well-inclined disciples absolutely futile. Why work for improvement upon the dense physical plane if it is going to disappear and there is nothing we can do about it—as has been written?

12.  This teaching/channeling runs precisely counter to all for which Master DK has carefully prepared us in His writings. It is always the method of those who propose the new (the unsubstantiated ‘new’) or it is the method of misleading entities influencing disciples from the astral plane, to say: “That was then; this is now.” I have seen it many, many times. It is always the same, sad, weak, spurious argument. But if enough disciples accept this rather ridiculous claim, the full power of Master DK’s intention to inspire effective serving disciples at a critical time in human and planetary history will be blunted or weakened.

13.  It must be said that in tens of references, maybe more, Master DK speaks of the necessity for the Christ, the Lord Maitreya, to reappear on Earth, on the dense physical plane and not just to remain in etheric substance. Did Master DK know so little of the Divine Plan that it would so rapidly change in so radical a manner? Hardly likely. Perhaps I should offer a few quotations which emphasize the coming Externalization of the Hierarchy and Reappearance of the Christ on the dense physical plane of our Earth-globe.


5.    The Assertion
 These are a few references which indicate the intention of the Christ and His Hierarchy to appear on the dense material levels of the Earth-globe within Earth-chain.

Contrary Evidence and the Rebuttal
1.     The following quotation indicates the intended dense material appearance of the Christ: EH 637-638 “The atomic substance through which the spirit of the earth expresses itself has in it ever the “seeds of return,” permitting a reabsorption.  This substance is also composed of all grades and qualities of matter, from the very coarsest up to the very finest, as for instance the quality of the substance which makes the appearance of the Buddha or of the Christ possible.  The Lord of the Earth, the planetary Logos, cannot find substance animated by the spirit of the earth of a quality and nature pure enough; He cannot, therefore, materialise or make an appearance, as can the Buddha or the Christ.  Few of Those who form the Council Chamber at Shamballa can find the needed or adequate substance by means of which to appear; They cannot take a dense physical body, and have to be content with an etheric vehicle.

2.     The following quotation speaks of the Christ’s nine year decision period which culminated in His decision to return to “visible Presence on Earth”: ROC 69: “Using, therefore, human terminology in order to interpret the divine reactions of the Christ and His disciples, it must be realised that the point of crisis which is responsible for hierarchical tension and for the eventual appearance or the emergence of the Christ, lies behind the Christ; it is in the field of long past experience. The consequent point of tension is now controlling the affairs of the spiritual Hierarchy and its many groups of workers. The “point of decision,” as it is called in all hierarchical circles, was reached during the period between the Full Moon of June, 1936, and the Full Moon of June, 1945. The point of decision covered, therefore, nine years (a relatively brief time); it resulted in the decision arrived at by the Christ to re-appear or return to visible Presence on Earth as soon as possible, and considerably earlier than had been planned.

3.     The following quotation suggests that the physical reappearance of the Christ is necessary “under the divine will”: ROC 71:

“Under the divine will, He had to reappear on Earth in visible Presence. He had to preside over the materialisation of the Kingdom of God on Earth, and He had to re-institute the Mysteries of Initiation in such a form that they would prove the basis of the new world religion.”

Words like “visible Presence” and “materialisation” should not be misinterpreted to mean the etheric plane. This is not the meaning intended. The Presence of the Christ has already, and for a number of decades, descended to the etheric plane.

4.     The following quotation demonstrates the gravity of Christ’s decision to return to the outer plane and how the Lord of the World responded to the correctness and sacrifice of the Christ’s decision: ROC 72-73:

“The motivation for this reappearance is complete and settled. It is clearly perceived by the Christ. The work initiated by Him two thousand years ago must be completed; the new world religion must be inaugurated; the needs of a demanding, invocative humanity cannot be ignored; those steps which precede a stupendous hierarchical initiation in which the Christ is the leading Participant must be taken; the events which are symptomatic of the “time of the end” may not be delayed.

If one may venture to speak in such terms (reverent and symbolical), the reward accorded to the Christ, as He announced His decision as final and irrevocable, was the permission or rather the right to use a certain great Invocation—never before granted— …”

Is it to be presumed that the reason for such a momentous event as the release of the Great Invocation by Sanat Kumara is suddenly to be reversed, with the Christ suddenly not appearing on the dense physical plane after that Reappearance had been so resoundingly acknowledged by Sanat Kumara?!

5.     Note the following regarding the solemnity of Sanat Kumara’s response to the Christ’s intended sacrifice during the Age of Aquarius: Reappearance of the Christ: 73

“The right to use certain great Words of Power or “Stanzas of Direction” is never lightly accorded. The decision of Christ to appear again among men, bringing His disciples with Him, drew forth this permission from the Lord of the World, the Ancient of Days.”

6.     Regarding the following quotation, no ambiguity is possible: ROC 121:

“These facts have been widely given out, during the past two years, as the result of the cleansing of the Earth through the medium of the world war (1914-1945) and through the suffering to which humanity has been subjected (with an equally potent purifying effect, which will demonstrate later).

It will then be possible for the Hierarchy, the Church of Christ hitherto invisible, to externalise itself and to function openly upon the physical plane. This will indicate a return to the situation which existed in Atlantean days when (to use Biblical symbology, Genesis Chaps. 2 and 3) God Himself walked among men; He talked with them and there was no barrier between the Kingdom of men and the Kingdom of God.

Divinity was then present in physical form and the Members of the spiritual Hierarchy were openly guiding and directing the affairs of humanity as far as man’s innate freedom permitted. Now, in the immediate future, and on a higher turn of the spiral of life, this will again happen.

The Masters will walk openly among men; the Christ will reappear in physical Presence. Another thing that will happen will be that the ancient Mysteries will be restored, the ancient landmarks will again be recognised—those landmarks which Masonry has so earnestly preserved and which have been hitherto securely embalmed in the Masonic rituals, waiting the day of restoration and of resurrection.”

7.     Regarding the following the difference between the substantial etheric level and the material level of matter is clearly enunciated: EXH 689:

“2. From the Black Lodge which is the externalisation of the centre of cosmic evil on Earth. Just as the White Lodge is the representative or correspondence of the cosmic centre of light upon Sirius (the true Great White Lodge), so the Black Lodge is also representative of ancient and cosmic evil. The Black Lodge is also far more advanced in externalisation than is the White Lodge, because materialism and matter are, for it, the line of least resistance.

The Black Lodge is therefore far more firmly anchored upon the physical plane than is the Hierarchy. It requires a much greater effort for the White Lodge to “clothe itself in matter and work and walk on material levels” than for the Black Lodge.

Owing, however, to the spiritual growth of mankind and to the steady, even if slow, orientation of mankind to the spiritual Hierarchy, the time has come when the Hierarchy can materialise and meet the enemy of good upon an even footing; the Hierarchy need not be further handicapped by working in substance whilst the Forces of Evil work both in substance and in matter.

Once the reappearance of the Christ and of the Hierarchy is an accomplished fact, these Forces of Evil face sure defeat. The reason for this is that the trend of human living and thought is turning steadily towards the subjective spiritual values, even if these values are interpreted in terms of material well-being at present and of better living conditions for all—with peace and security also for all. The Black Lodge or the planetary centre of evil works almost entirely upon the astral plane, and is impressed directly and guided in detail from the cosmic astral plane.”


There are quite a number of other references of this kind, which leave no doubt that it is the Will of Sanat Kumara and Shamballa, the Will of the Christ and His Hierarchy and the Will of certain Ashrams definitely to emerge upon the dense physical plane and not be confined to the substantial, etheric plane. Any channeling or teaching which runs counter to the Teaching on the Divine Will (as regards this most vital and important Planetary Event) is less than helpful.

In fact, such channelings/teachings are misleading and retarding and serve to frustrate the intentions of the Christ and Those Who support Him, while making the obstructive efforts of the Black Lodge easier of accomplishment because of the weakening of disciples who should otherwise be very strong at this critical time. I do not think any rational student of esotericism would want to be caught aligning with such thoughts which can be so easily turned to the obstruction of the Will of Sanat Kumara and our Planetary Logos.

Dear Readers—this is the end of Part I of my attempt to examine certain emerging channelings/teachings which for various reasons I consider fallacious, misleading and even dangerous to the spiritual progress and welfare of disciples and of our planet. True initiates will not be misled, but, unfortunately, many aspirants and disciples do not have the discrimination and discernment to avoid confusion and the side-tracking of their previously valuable service efforts on behalf of humanity and Hierarchy.

It is my intention to continue listing various thoughts asserted as esoteric truth and, without impugning the motives of those who have produced and distributed them, call the attention of the reader to the need for caution in accepting these writings as true. Those who carefully examine the evidence and the careful logic which can be applied to such assertions may see the need to abandon such assertions or at least to reserve judgment until more evidence appears.

I do not wish to rain on anyone’s parade. I am not in the business of destroying altars, “temples” and Spiritual Paths and realize that a sincere study of even those teachings which contain a number of erroneous doctrines can be beneficial to the student—especially since those teachings do contain some measure of disciplically-generated truth related to the Ageless Wisdom.

I simply want to awaken the illumined mind in a greater number of aspirants and disciples so they will realize in greater depth the reasons why they are accepting certain teachings without sufficient illumined analysis—so that they will realize that there are perhaps good reasons why they should be more discriminating before accepting teachings which satisfy something within them but which may be fundamentally untrue, or at least not true to the extent believed.

My goal is to be one of those who attempts to safeguard the invaluable Teaching we have been given by Master DK and in other instances, by Master M. Other Masters, too, have made a contribution in various ways. The point is to differentiate between the Real Esoteric Teachings of Hierarchy, and those which simply claim to be, based upon access to the channeler’s subconscious mind or, far worse, upon receptivity to some astrally focused entity working to mislead and confuse disciples, and thus diminish their intended service to humanity.

I am open to discussing these matters in the spirit of Inquiry into Truth. I am not criticizing specific people. From bitter experience, I well know that criticism is a “dire creator of misery” as Master DK has informed us. Rather, as one of my main motives, I am attempting to analyze the truth value of certain emerging thoughts (and possible doctrines) which can harm the focused efforts of those truly working for the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ on the dense physical plane of this Earth.

Light, Love and Power,
Michael Robbins
President: Seven Ray Institute, University of the Seven Rays
Director: Morya Federation


PART II
Dear Friends of Humanity and the Ageless Wisdom,

Among the several channeled sources of averred ‘truth’ which I believe should be analyzed closely for truth-value, it is claimed that our world, the Earth is destined for its Transfiguration in the relatively near future—no specification of dates is given, but the implication is that this “Day of Revelation” is, relatively, not all that far off and that we human beings may strive towards it, perhaps to participate in it.

In contrast to the assertion of this particular ‘opinion’ (truly, I can consider it nothing more), I would recommend the reading of the Tibetan’s book, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. This is clearly an outstanding book of reliable, scientific occultism.

That great book tells us that the “goal” of our Planetary Logos is not the Third Cosmic Initiation at all (the Cosmic Transfiguration), but the second. While a relatively minor chain initiation (though intensive for our globe) is now being undergone (cf. TCF 384), it is a kind of fourth initiation and not a third. I conclude that there is no foundation to the assertion that for our Planetary Logos the Transfiguration or Third Cosmic Initiation is in any respect imminent.

From my perspective, it is wishful thinking which contradicts that which is clearly given in a book which DK said was written for “initiates”—thus eluding our full understanding in many respects, but not, I think, in this one. Even our Planetary Logos’ Second Cosmic Initiation may not occur until the “Judgment Day”, which is given by DK as occurring in the next round. If we are dealing with a chain-round, then we are many, many millions of years from that event for we are only half way through the fourth chain-round. If we are dealing with the scheme-round, the event which is spoken of, the “Judgment Day”, is even more remote in time..

According to Master DK, it is only at the “Judgment Day”, when two-fifths of humanity has been transferred to a subtle internal ‘location’ and probably, thence, to Mars (the “sheep—Aries/Mars and the goats—Capricorn)” that the remaining three-fifths of the human race on Earth will be on the Spiritual Path, but even then, the great majority will not be pursuing an imminent human transfiguration and neither will our Planetary Logos, though He will be much closer to it than He is now.

What I wish to say is that much is claimed about the relatively imminent Transfiguration. It is not imminent for our globe or Planetary Logos, and it is certainly not imminent for humanity as a whole. Maybe during the Age of Capricorn (a sign which focally rules the third initiation) a greater number of human beings will experience the human transfiguration (but surely not the majority); it simply stands to reason that, given what Master DK has said about the initiatory progress of our Planetary Logos, such an initiatory event lies far, far in the future. It is therefore a fanciful exaggeration to speak of or hint at its imminence.

Other information is given concerning the relation of our Solar Logos to the “Seven Solar Systems of Which Ours is One”. It is easy to speak vaguely about these systems, but difficult to say much about them with any degree of accuracy. These solar systems are the vehicle of a Cosmic Logos (cf. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, page 293). So much is left unanswered, which if answered would inspire greater confidence in the assertion of the channeler:

  • Which are the stars, single or binary, which comprise the seven solar systems;
  • Of what nature is this Cosmic Logos of these seven systems; it this Being a kind of “One About Whom Naught May Be Said” of a nature less vast than the “One About Whom Naught May Be Said” Who is often mentioned; what chakra in our local “One About Whom Naught May Be Said” does this local Cosmic Logos occupy?;
  • What really is the Central Spiritual Sun?; are there many Central Spiritual Suns or only one?; name them and avoid the vagueness which masks ignorance.
  • Of what nature is the alignment of our Solar Logos (Who is not yet even a Cosmic Initiate of the third degree) to the Cosmic Lord of the “Seven Solar Systems of Which Ours is One”?;
  • On what reliable basis is it asserted that a special alignment of our Solar Logos is now occurring with the Lord of our local Cosmic Logos? (Is one simply to believe such an assertion when the planets in our own solar system are very far from initiatorily aligned even with each other, let alone our Solar Logos?)
  • Are we to believe that a Cosmic Logos (at which Master DK only hints because it is beyond the scope of even Masters to know very much about It, is completing this type of alignment with our Solar Logos? Think of the human chakra system—at what point in the human being’s development is there a perfected alignment of the human chakra system either with the crown center or with the Spiritual Triad/Monad? Rather late in the developmental day I would suggest—let us say the fourth degree, at which point the personality and causal body disappear, or even later in a triadally generated mayavirupa. Now, our Solar Logos is only a Cosmic Initiate of the second degree and hasn’t even gotten His own chakras in perfected order; and we dare to imagine that we can say anything accurate about the chakras of a Cosmic Logos, the stellar chakras of which most students would have trouble naming!? All these assertions claim too much and are probably beyond the ken even of Masters of the Wisdom who are not yet even Solar Masters; believe these assertions if you have a great “will to believe”—or, carefully study the probabilities of the truth-value of these assertions which, I suggest, are small.
  • What is the “Heart of the Galaxy”? Is it not realized that our little solar system, even the “Seven Solar Systems of Which Ours is One”, are extremely minor in the galactic arrangement and that contact with what we might call the “Galactic Logos” is beyond the ken of our Solar Logos and even of Beings much greater than He such as “Ones About Whom Naught May Be Said” and Cosmic Parabrahamans (cf. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire 344). It is suggested by DK that to such Great Beings our Solar Logos is as a “crystal”. This puts things in proportion, which is sadly lacking is channelings which purport to speak with accuracy about happenings within our Milky Way Galaxy.

We human beings cannot even master our glamours and are our minds are fraught with illusion. Can we not keep our speculations in proportion and refrain from asserting them as cosmic esoteric truth? Or do you believe we should thus assert? Let all believe what they wish, but hopefully they will have a really good reason for doing so—not just because someone they believe in said so.

There are answers to some of these questions (though not to all)—there are reasoned answers—and they can be approached in the spirit of scientific occultism. But until they are thus approached, we are dealing with nothing but ungrounded and fanciful exaggerations which contradict one of the most trusted sources in esotericism—A Treatise on Cosmic Fire.

I can only conclude that one must be gullible or excessively eager for spiritual exaltation if one simply accepts such assertions without deep analysis of their rather low probable truth-value.

Please, students of esotericism, think things through and thus come closer to pure reason. Even the use of the relatively illumined reason of the mind will be better than simply swallowing these assertions whole.

Light, Love and Power,
Michael Robbins

President: Seven ray Institute, University of the Seven rays
Director: Morya Federation.


PART III

Dear Friends of Humanity and the Ageless Wisdom,

In this shorter letter, I would like to establish a few principles which should be used to guide the dialogue which may arise in connection with our project of searching for Truth in Esotericism. A few of my points have probably been mentioned in my first letter.

  1. Preservation of goodwill and a general brotherhood/sisterhood under the guidance of hierarchical objectives is important during this examination of ‘why we believe what we believe’.
  2. We must realize that to question a belief or an assumption (even if closely held) is not the same as questioning the good intent of its author or proponent. The great majority of these authors/proponents do indeed aspire to work for human welfare and the welfare of this planet.
  3. If we want to “grow up” spiritually, we shall have to get used to having our assumptions and acceptances analyzed and questioned. (We must not take such a process This is part of our discipleship training.) To this end, the training developed in Tibetan Debate is useful. The disciple must be able to have good and sound reasons for believing what he or she believes and to defend belief with logic and intelligent reference to the Law of Analogy, or in a more detailed manner, to the Law of Correspondences. The fellow disciple who exposes a flaw in the argument of his spiritual brother or sister is actually doing that brother or sister a spiritual favor in relation to the general theme of Truth to which all disciples must at length learn to adhere.
  4. It takes spiritual maturity, however, to retain equanimity while one’s assumptions, acceptances and cherished notions are questioned. How many of us have this equanimity?
  5. We live in a period anticipated since the time Shamballa and Hierarchy were founded upon our globe some eighteen and a half million years ago. The first part of this present period is preparatory to two great planetary events: the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ (on the physical plane, may I add!—as I am convinced of this) which, according to the Tibetan Master, coincides with the First Initiation of Humanity. He has said that when the Christ reappears in physical presence it will be the indication that humanity has taken the first initiation.
  6. Once these events occur, the Counterforce or so-called Black Lodge (the Lords of Form) will inevitably be rendered powerless to stop the type of progress possible for humanity (that progress truly beginning in the Age of Aquarius—the next approximately 2500 years and continuing in the Greater Age of Aquarius (the imminent Great Platonic year lasting between 25,000 and 26,000 years also imminent.) It is anticipated that the greater Age of Aquarius will begin soon enough to overlap the lesser equinoctial Age.
  7. The actualized Externalization and Reappearance will be a big defeat for these Forces of Obstruction.
  8. They, therefore, want to delay the Externalization and Reappearance or prevent it altogether.
  9. One of the best ways they can do this is to render aspirants, disciples and, in general, workers for the Christ, ineffective or futile. One of their methods to accomplish this general weakening of those who work for the Externalization and Reappearance, is throwing a net of glamor, confusion and illusion over the consciousness and energy systems of the intended workers. This is done through the subtle spreading of teachings or doctrines which distract the attention of the workers with either secondary or tertiary matters or with unrealities altogether.
  10. Because the consciousness of aspirants and disciples is not as highly developed as they may imagine it to be, they are easy to manipulate, delude and destroy. I use these powerful words because the workers who represent the Black Lodge of the dense physical plane are called Destroyers of Souls, Deluders of Souls and Manipulators of Souls—functioning on the first three rays. I am sure there must be other classifications for the different rays, but these are the ones given by the Tibetan Master.
  11. Bear in mind that no true black magician can work upon the dense physical plane, but their representatives can. The six leaders in the East and the six in the West work upon the astral plane and their dwelling is known as “marakara”—not “Makara”, but very close.
  12. Because most aspirants and disciples have not learned to detach their emotional body from their beliefs, they will often fight those who ask them to question those beliefs. This, of course, can lead to turmoil in the esoteric field—though, hopefully, as reason begins to condition the minds of those who battle, the turmoil will be temporary.
  13. As disciples of the Great Ones, we must make sure that we are not deluded and misled. I am concentrating on the second ray method of rendering the work of disciples weak, ineffective and eventually futile as regards the objectives Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet and the Divine Plan for this time in planetary history. I am concentrating upon the oppositional work of the Deluders of Souls. These beings work upon the astral plane and often masquerade as the true Great Ones working on mental levels and above. The Deluders of Souls delude, confuse and mislead many well-intended aspirants to greater contact with the true Spiritual Forces. Sad but true, and many are misled, yet go forward in “full confidence” regarding their hierarchical contacts.
  14. I have assumed that the great works of the Tibetan Master through H.P.B. and A.A.B. and many of those works of Master M. (either dictated to or impressed upon H. R.) set a unimpeachable standard for comparison. I know that others would like me to include more contemporary writers who say they are under the impression of Hierarchy, but these are the very writers who have offered statements which I believe should be put to the test. They may be correct and useful statements or they may be untrue, distorting and misleading. If the latter, the readers and followers will be led astray and their time will be wasted. In His books, Master M. has told us that wasting one’s own time is equivalent to suicide; wasting the time of another is equivalent to murder.
  15. I do not wish to be misunderstood. I am not saying that there is no good or no reasonable guidance in a number of these more recent writings wrongly purporting to come from Hierarchy. The writers/receivers are very often disciples and what they say (even if it comes from their own subconscious, or from the repository of what they have learned through meditation, study and service) is often reasonable and good. However, Mme. Roerich has said the following in one of her letters and it is much to be pondered:

Letters Of Helena Roerich I, 30 June 1934. “The errors in books are equal to a grievous crime. Falsehood in books must be prosecuted as a grave calumny. The falsehood of an orator is prosecuted according to the number of his listeners. The falsehood of an author should be prosecuted according to the number of copies sold of his book. To fill the people’s libraries with falsehood is a grave offense… Indeed, one should not impede new views and structures; but incorrect data must not bring one into error because knowledge is the armor of the community and the defense of knowledge is the duty of all the members.”

  1. Therefore, during this last nine year cycle in the Era of the Forerunner, which precedes the Great Hierarchical Conclave which we await, we must examine the contents of our minds and of our belief systems. I do this frequently to see if I might be in the grip of some glamour or illusion. Sometimes the results are not pleasant to behold, but I consider them necessary.
  2. The Master DK works upon the plane of mind. He does not work with kama-manas in which glamours abound. He knows that in working with the soul and mind focally He necessarily limits the number of students he can reach. I will only say that if disciples hope one day to take the third initiation, they must pass through the “Temptations in the Desert” which lie between the second and third degrees and at which time mental polarisation can and must be achieved. The egoic body lies upon two of the subplanes of higher mind, and the Soul is the “Thinker”.
  3. I therefore summon us to think with the lower mind held steady in the light of the soul, and possibly in the light of that which the antahkarana can reveal as it touches the spiritual triad.
  4. This will bring a vital clarification to the mental field in which true disciples should be working as they attempt to reach the intelligentsia of humanity—this being one of their major tasks designated by Master DK. This clarification of the mental field will also prevent them from falling into preventable glamours and illusions which they are unwittingly prone to do.
  5. We must remember an uncomfortable statement by the Tibetan: “Occult bodies and esoteric groups are, at this time, the most glamoured of any of the world groups;…’ (EXH 571)
  6. We must not suppose that because an impression is impressive that it is necessarily from the Hierarchy. Some of Master DK’s students in the New Seed Group Experiment were sadly misled (three of them I believe) and they caused themselves much etheric and astral damage as they followed the indications of a thoughtform of Master DK from which He has definitely disassociated Himself.
  7. When we contact an astral thoughtform of any Master, it can seem very real, because the students and devotees of that Master have spent a long time building it! But reality is not in the seeming, and so we must test our impressions in other ways.
  8. One of the best ways to test supposed truth emanating from any supposed Master is to submit it to the rigors of the Law of Correspondences. I tried to do this concerning the purported disappearance of the dense physical plane of Earth which is suggested in certain channelings. I tried to show that according to the Law of Analogy comparing the energy system of the human being, the planet and the Solar Logos, such a disappearance could be judged as highly
  9. I did the same regarding speculative assertions concerning the “Seven Solar Systems of Which Ours is One” and their relation to our Solar Logos and its solar system. As if even a Master knows such relations to any significant degree!
  10. There are many suspect assertions claiming to be esoteric truth which, if the mental field is to be clarified, must be put to the test of the Law of Analogy and, even more rigorously, to the Law of Correspondences. Few people have the patience or even the learning to do this, and their astral bodies rebel against the process because emotional attachments to doctrines might be grievously challenged. Further, the lower ego which they continue to build in a manner illegitimate, might take a fatal blow.Naturally, they recoil from these possibilities. But we are not taking about that which is natural in the precise sense of the word. We are talking about spiritual occultism and the Laws of the Soul—and many other Laws which must be obeyed. So I suggest that we all “grow up” in these matters and be willing to use the illumined mind to search out the possible errors or flaws in our belief systems. We will thus walk more firmly on the way to clearing the psychic and mental fields of glamour and illusion—necessary, would you not say so?
  11. I am a convinced advocate of Right Human Relations, but these relations cannot be right if they are based upon maya, glamour and illusion. It is time for us to deal with the very first relinquishment which is demanded in the prologue to Rule XI of the Rules for Disciples and Initiates in The Rays and the Initiations—the relinquishment of sentimentality in group interaction. Please read those four necessary relinquishments beginning on page 215. To do so with understanding is sobering and chastening.
  12. That’s all I have to say for the moment. We have embarked upon a testing process using among other rays, the fifth ray. We are examining closely a number of claims made by authors who claim to be speaking for the Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet. Are they really? Perhaps. Perhaps not. One must examine the evidence impartially, and utilize the lighted reason and if possible, “pure reason”, which is the detailed confirmation supplied by the intuition and emanating from the buddhic plane. Are we capable of doing this? We shall find out in the attempt.
  13. This type of examination will require an objective and impartial approach. It cannot be achieved if we defend our cherished doctrines in an instinctual manner as if our very life were under threat. But if truth be told, in many cases the lower ego is under threat and it will fight to the death to preserve its prerogatives.
  14. Perhaps, if we are spiritually mature enough, we can succeed, and thereby be rid of mayas, glamours and illusions which would otherwise impede our way to the spiritual usefulness to humanity and to the Great Ones which, I assume, we all desire.

Light, Love and Power,
Michael (Robbins)


PART IV
The Nature and Realization of Synthesis

  1. Synthesis is not a collection of items within a ring-pass-not.
  1. Synthesis is not even a relationship between collected items per se. The harmonious, mutually supportive relationship between collected items we call unity and it is an achievement of the exercise of the second aspect of Divinity
  1. Synthesis is the Fact of the origin of all contents of consciousness ‘in-Universe’ (hypothesizing that everything ‘in-Universe’ is a content of consciousness of the Universal Logos) from One Universal Source (i.e., the Universal Logos)—and still more ESSENTIALLY from ONE SUPRA-UNIVERSAL SOURCE—the ABSOLUTE.
  1. The registration of Synthesis (let us call it the “Identificatory Consciousness of Synthesis”) demands the ability to identify all contents of consciousness as utterly the same, no matter how differentiated they appear in this ‘Mahamayavic’ world of apparent differentiation.
  1. The registration in consciousness of Synthesis demands the ability to Identify-as-Being, and to realize that all apparent differentiation has emanatively emerged out of one’s True Universal Self (the Universal Logos). In other words, each one of us is essentially the Universal Being from which all things (i.e., all contents of consciousness) have emanatively emerged.
  1. The one who registers the Synthesis which Is, perceives all things to be not only of the Same Being, but as the Same Being. In the Six Trumpeted Statements (DINA II 285) we find the words “Being descends to manifest.” This means that Our True Identity has descended to manifest and has become, through the emanative process, all ‘perceivables’ in-Universe.
  1. The one who lives in a state of Synthetic Realization knows that no content of consciousness can escape from being the Self he or she essentially
  1. The Yoga of Synthesis is the process of fusing all perceivables into a state of Inviolable Oneness. The practitioner of the Yoga of Synthesis knows that his or her True Identity (‘in-Universe’) is exactly this State of Inviolable Oneness from which all contents of consciousness or perceivables have arisen.
  1. The Synthetically Perceiving Identifying One is on terms of extreme intimacy with all contents of consciousness—even far beyond intimacy—infinitely (and I try to use the word with precision) beyond. To be another is the absolute apex of intimacy. It is infinitely beyond merging and It is ontological superimposition.
  1. The Self-realized practitioner of the Yoga of Synthesis realizes that no content of consciousness occurs outside the Self, that no content of consciousness can possibly escape being the Self—the Universal Self.
  1. The practitioner of the Yoga of Synthesis dwells in a state of being/consciousness which I will call ‘the Samifying of all Diversity’. That sameness is the Universal Self alone, and the practitioner knows the identicality-in-sameness of his or her Self with that Universal Self.
  1. All this is a long way ahead of our usual disciplic realizations regarding the Nature of Synthesis, but these realizations loom ahead as we begin to undertake the Curriculum of Being.
  1. The Curriculum of Being only begins when we are having some success in building the antahkarana to the Monad.
  1. Synthesis is of the Monad and requires monadic awareness to appreciate with any accuracy that that is only the beginning of the ever-deepening realizations of the Nature of Synthesis.
  1. The Yoga of Synthesis is essentially and ultimately, the Yoga of the Monad and can only be fully (relatively fully) appreciated in the Chohanic State.

This is enough for now. It presents a foundation for my view on Synthesis and the Yoga of Synthesis. I will share related thoughts at another time.

Light, Love and Power,
Michael


Truth in Esotericism V
The Recommended Use of the Laws of Analogy and Correspondence

Dear Students of Esotericism,

I would like to recommend that we pay renewed, rigorous attention to the Law of Analogy and, in a still more exacting manner, to the Law of Correspondences. Archetypal patterns of relationship which exist upon higher planes (let us for the moment, confine our attention to the cosmic physical plane) are repeated with lessening degrees of exactitude as we descend through the cosmic subplanes and also through the systemic subplanes. These two laws—of Analogy and Correspondence—reveal profound organizational principles on our planet, in our solar system, in our local cosmos, and by inference, far beyond.

In A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, the Tibetan Teacher offers revelatory analogies between four orders of B/beings—the atomic, the human, the planetary logoic and the solar logoic (additionally hinting, occasionally, at organizing principles involving Beings Who Life embraces our local cosmosphere). By analogically and correspondentially studying and comparing these various levels, we can, as it were, “fill in the blanks”, or solve for missing data. Though many of the details will be missing from our solution, we can at least determine a basic relational-structure which pertains to the different levels of “atoms”—for this is what Master DK calls the units with which we are dealing—not only is the tiny atom of matter an “atom”, but we must consider the human atom, the planetary logoic atom, , the solar logoic atom and the atom which comprises our local cosmos—i.e., the structural composition of our local Cosmic Logos and finally the structural composition of the  “One About Whom Naught May Be Said”.

Working in this way can be mentally demanding but it will, at length, call into expression the true intuition, the buddhic faculty, which is so rarely access and which is so much in need of access. We do not need, therefore, to rely upon emotional intensity in the summoning of intuition (the so-called ‘astral-buddhic leap’; the use of the higher mind and abstract mind can bridge towards the intuition and access it reliably.

When we discuss Truth in Esotericism, and challenge the assumptions or assertions which some of us may simply believe because they are written by someone that we trust has access to Hierarchy, the Laws of Analogy and Correspondence offer us a method of seeing truth for ourselves. The method can be demanding, even rigorous, but the results are well worth the mental effort. So often, discussions between those who espouse various supposedly esoteric points of view are tainted with emotion, kama-manas, or simply with undetected egoism. Using these two Laws in a well-reasoned and thoroughgoing manner can prevent indulgence in these unsuitable and unhelpful energies—unsuitable and unhelpful in relation to the exacting task at hand.

For instance, in some recent writings, I used the Laws of Analogy and Correspondence to attempt to demonstrate certain things:

  1. That given the initiatory development of our Planetary Logos and His Earth-globe of His Earth-chain, it was entirely too early to speak with anything resembling accuracy about the claim that the etherealization of the dense physical body of our Earth-globe is impending—as early as the occurrence of the two events known as the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ. The human atom was compared with the planetary logoic atom, and the initiatory level of the human being when such etherealization or disappearance could occur in relation to the human dense physical body was compared with the present initiatory level of our Planetary Logos as given by Master DK in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, one of the references being found on page 384 of that book. The assertion of the impending etherealization was found wanting when the Law of Correspondences was applied to it.
  2. Another series of writings speaks of the impending transfiguration of both humanity and our planet and its Planetary Logos. This is simply a flat contradiction to all that Master DK has written about these matters and written in a well-reasoned manner.
  3. That same series of writings (much inflated, in my view) speaks fancifully and vaguely about a completed alignment between our Solar Logos and the “Seven Solar Systems of Which Ours is One”, presumably and necessarily with the Cosmic Logos of those seven systems. All details are left away and one is simply asked to believe assertions about some nearly completed alignment of our Solar Logos with a Cosmic-Logos. But under the Law of Correspondences, the chakras of our solar system would also have to be well-aligned for such a greater alignment to occur (and these chakras—our Planetary Logoi and their planetary expressions) are not. Further for anything like a “completed” alignment with its superior Cosmic Logos, our Solar Logos, only a Cosmic Initiate of the second degree, would have to be much further advanced than It presently is. So again, under the Law of Correspondences, the sweeping assertion (attractive as it may be to some who will not think the matter through) simply fails.
  4. In another esoteric assertion it is said that an extra-planetary Avatar Who presently is overshadowing our Planetary Logos (and Who only recently began this overshadowing) is said to contribute to the acceptance of seven very human individuals as representatives of His Energy, when I am sure that even our Planetary Logos is trying to understand the nature and origin of this Avatar.

For a better sense of proportion, please try to fathom the following quotation: “The Avatar of Synthesis, Who is working in cooperation with the Christ, is one of Them.  Bear in mind that “these extra-planetary Avatars have not arrived at Their high state of spiritual unfoldment on our planet or even in our solar system.  Their origin, source and spiritual relationships are a great mystery even to the planetary Logoi—to Whose help They go when the invocative appeal of any planet is adequate. (R&I 734)

Now it is asserted that this Avatar of Synthesis is said to be part of a “council” which approves the selection of these seven very human representatives, when DK tells us clearly that this Avatar can only work through large human groupings such as the General Assembly of the United Nations, unless with very high Initiates such as the Christ, and that even our Planetary Logos fails to understand the full nature and origin of such Avatars. Now think of the proportion: long before these seven of His representatives-to-be are even “chelas on the thread”, and long before He even linked up with our Planetary Logos to assist that Logos, He (the Avatar of Synthesis) is said to have been involved in choosing these all-too-human representatives of the Great Synthesis which He represents, and which, from my point of view, is probably more readily understood by the Lord of the Constellation Aquarius than by any human being “on the thread” who is not even a “chela in the aura” of a particular Master.

When the necessary comparisons are studied, do we not see that lack of proportion in such an assertion? To me it seems obvious, but let each determine what he or she will believe!

Now people can always believe what they want to believe, but if they do not test esoteric assertions using the two Laws which Master DK suggested we use, the veriest nonsense will be asserted and believed by the gullible. It is never pleasant to repudiate within oneself what one has previously held as an incontrovertible truth, but sometimes, for the sake of Greater Truth, it is necessary.

Again, the reasoning I offer here has nothing to do with my love and respect for many people who follow (though I think without sufficient thorough-going logic) various esoteric assertions and teachings. We are all brothers and sisters and we are all on our way to greater revelation and usefulness. But I think it is wise to use the reasoning mind as a method of invoking the pure reason of the intuition, so that we may detect errors in our orientation before they lead us sadly astray and waste our precious time in an era when the very survival of humanity as we know it is challenged!

Light, Love and Power,
Michael


(See a response and further dialogue to part V here.)

21 Responses to The Search for Truth in the Matter of Channeled Esoteric Writings (Parts 1-5)

  1. Phillip Lindsay
    Phillip Lindsay says:

    I whole-heartedly concur with your remarks Michael. Approaching 2025, we are being challenged in our discrimination and falling prey to what I call “subtle astral sensationalism” in various channelled writings. This can have a very serious undermining effect upon the Will of aspirants and disciples, playing into the hands of the materialistic forces upon this planet.

    A good metaphor is that these writings are like a contagious “astral virus” that spreads quickly because of the excitement and drama of being closely guided by Hierarchy – and of course some individuals’ sincere dedication and aspiration to serve the Plan.

    However, the great irony is that it simply serves to foster group glamour, feeding and compounding everyone’s individual glamours. Hence, it creates a very complex situation from which it is highly difficult to extricate.

    Furthermore, when there has been a good deal of time invested and belief that these purported writings are true, then no amount of reasoning might convince some individuals otherwise. This time of the “Forerunner” before 2025 is bringing great testings as to the recognition of the true Christ, or Busiris dressed up in fancy clothes.

    Indeed, the language in these missives uses all the jargon of the Ageless Wisdom in a very clever way, but when you closely examine it, one sees the jargon as fancy wrapping paper that hides ideas that actually contradict the Teachings given out by the Masters.

    Myself and other students of the Ageless Wisdom will have more commentaries about this theme in the ensuing weeks and months ahead.

  2. Anand Rao says:

    I concur with MDR and what Phillip has to say! TRUTH is known by the Heart and not by mind. The language used in Master DK’s Teachings is Proof enough to prove that it is not human. The books written by AAB and those dictated by Master DK is proof enough. Many of MDR’s students and followers left him to follow other so called Masters Teachings and Channeled ones. I was sent links or books by email. Following the Truth by my heart, I never cared to open or follow. Even though the Turmoil in my life, I have stood by Master DKs Teachings and still do! MDR and Phillips are the Beacons of LIGHT guiding us through the Astral Storm.

    • Suzanne Vallez says:

      Yes, Truth known by the heart, not the mind. This statement is which I believe also. When we study DK’s books, some sentences pop up to mean the “ah has” and illumination of the intuitive mind. The Truth known by the heart is what the One Soul is. This can also be called “The Golden Rule.” As disciples, we are not just here to study. We must share what we have earned with future generations and not be an esoteric snob. Perhaps in coming times it can be the New Religion that DK talks about. I know we have a long way to go AND we can also strive for this lofty goal by study, meditation and teaching The Ageless Wisdom to serious aspirants along their paths. Namaste, Suzanne <3

  3. Michael Robbins says:

    Dear Anand, The ability to stay steadfast as you are doing, is much needed in all disciples–and that’s what we are trying to be. What I hope is not for myself, but that Master DK will have those who really want to learn what He has presented and apply it. One can never lose by following the Trans-Himalayan Teaching. Many Blessings, Michael

  4. Maureen says:

    Thank you very much for this. Very timely ‘food for thought’ which I appreciate.

  5. Amma Bigg says:

    I greatly appreciate you making your thoughts on this public Michael. A timely and important perspective.

    • Michael Robbins says:

      Dear Amma,

      Naturally one has to think twice when writing a document which disagrees with what a number of his friends present as truth. However, the times are serious and humanity is challenged, on the physical plane!, as never before. Master DK warns that the entire human experiment might have to be begun again–a horrifying thought. So we, who are attempting to live as disciples, must be very clear in our understanding of the Divine Plan (as much as possible, in our limited state of mind) and what is expected of us by the Great Ones. For me, the main focus of concentration is the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ–right here on the dense material plane, which according to Master DK, is the Will of Sanat Kumara–the Divine Will for our planet. Anything that leads the thought of disciples away from that necessity is, in my view, harmful. Thus, even though friends of many years are involved, I must speak my thought. Let all think together, reasonably and intuitively, and arrive at as much truth in these matters as we can fathom. Light, Love and Power, Michael

  6. Lyn Hebenstreit says:

    1. I have the utmost respect for the work that Michael Robbins has done over many years and for his highly developed “esoteric sense”. If the esoteric community gave out Lifetime Achievement awards, Michael would be at the top of my list.

    2. I have been a student of the Alice Bailey books (not an “A” student mind you) for over 40 years and consider them a pinnacle of esoteric tuition.

    3. I hope the aim in this new forum is not merely to try to “prove” that the books of HP Blavatsky, and Alice Bailey are the only reliable source of Hierarchical teachings, but to build bridges to disciples around the world by sharing, comparing and rigorously analyzing esoteric concepts from various sources to “separate the wheat from the chaff” as Michael expressed it.

    4. If Hierarchy is depending on the readers of AAB’s and HPB’s books alone for world salvage, I think we may be in trouble. The few of us left will probably all be dead before things really get going. In my opinion, Hierarchy is most likely working through many channels, many of which most of us are probably unaware. An abundance of Wisdom is emerging at an unprecedented rate – along with the distortions that intentionally or unintentionally impair this emergence. Hence the value of a forum such as this.

    5. I think any “gem” from Hierarchy, regardless of source, should be considered a prized possession – if it strengthens one’s resolve to tread the spiritual path, inspires service to the Christ or aids in some way on the path of discipleship. Prospecting itself is good exercise in any event.

    6. The students (and authors) of various streams of Hierarchical teachings have a long history of suspicion and mutual disrespect. Hopefully, disciples today can set the bar a little higher.

    For example, here’s what Helena Roerich had to say about the books of Alice Bailey (translated haltingly from Russian):

    “Many naive people believe, that the dark forces work only with evil, debauch and crimes. How they are mistaken. So the rough forces and forces of small degrees work only. Much more dangerous are those who comes under a mask of light of the Teaching. You already know such example. In America there is a very extensive society, and the head of it receives the doctrine from the teacher, which does not open his name, naming himself by the Tibetan Brother. We know, who disappears under this pseudonym. The force of him is great. And purpose of this teacher, personificates as though a Teacher of the White Brotherhood, is to attract in his staff so many as possible of the good and useful people, which otherwise could help effectively to the Great Plan of Masters, Plan of rescue of a planet.”

    She goes on to say that the “best pages” of A Treatise of White Magic were “borrowed” from Agni Yoga and that all of AAB’s books are “deprived of the heat of heart.”

    Phillip’s site discusses this issue a lot more thoroughly: http://esotericastrologer.org/articles/alice-a-bailey-h-p-blavatsky-and-helena-roerich-pt-ii/

    7. AAB’s work doesn’t fare much better at the hands of many Theosophists. Some of the world’s best scholars of The Secret Doctrine won’t waste their time even opening A Treatise on Cosmic Fire because they already “know” that it can’t possibly compare with Blavatsky – apparently the last word from Hierarchy in their minds.

    8. Regarding Michael’s excellent list of criteria for deciding what we believe. Item #4 concerns:

    “Logic and the power of reason. By this means we notice harmonious relations between apparently related truths, or we notice discrepancies and deep contradictions which suggest that the ‘truths’ with which we are confronted and which contradict each other cannot all be really true.”

    I think we might also benefit by keeping in mind the occult “Law of Paradox”. I think we’ve all run into that one. A quick quote for DK on this:

    “There are many paradoxes in what I am here giving you, and apparently some contradictions where orthodox occultism is concerned, but that is ever the case as the teaching expands in content and the earlier all – inclusive facts are seen to be minor aspects of still greater facts.” TEV, 66.

    9. Starting with an open mind is beneficial I think – but not so open that our brains fall out, as someone once said.

    10. Assertion 1- the works of AAB are dated and passe. I agree with Michael that AAB’s works remain a priceless treasure for the contemporary disciple. It’s called Ageless Wisdom for a reason.

    It seems from the mention of a claim that “these writings emanate from a very high Ashram which was formed in the later 1940’s” that this assertion is related to the works of Lucille Cedercrans.

    I think it is important to differentiate between what students of Lucille’s work may think and what the teachings themselves actually say. I know of no reference by Lucille to this effect (or is it affect?). In fact, I often hear the same complaint about Lucille’s books.

    11. Assertion 2 – that certain teachings are all that students of esotericism will need during the impending Age of Aquarius. I’m only familiar with the teachings of Lucille Cedercrans (in addition to Theosophy and AAB) and can’t tell if this assertion is pointed in that direction or not. Without specific quotes it’s hard again to differentiate between the teachings themselves and student opinions.

    If, indeed, this assertion has reference to Lucille’s work, her first two books – Creative Thinking and Nature of the Soul are said by Master R to be just the “beginning” of the teachings. (Of course, not everyone will except at face value that Lucille is writing under impression by Master R, but I refer to it this way to differentiate what Lucille attributes to Master R versus her own opinion about things – another topic in and of itself).

    In addition to the 12 or so volumes of Lucille’s work already published, there is more unpublished material and much still in “overshadowing” mentioned by Master R including volumes on Right Human Relations, Esoteric Mathematics, Every Man a Christ, The Disciple and Economy (the current book by that name has only the original Introduction. The rest of the book is extracted from other teachings via Lucille). There was also an 8 volume set of books on Cosmic Law alluded to by Master R that never saw the light of day. Lucille was not as well prepared as AAB it seems for her role as a communicating station for Hierarchy and failed to complete much of the work intended.

    12. Assertion 3 – channeling Chohans. I agree, this is a tough one. Again, I assume that Michael is referring to the work of Lucille – and maybe others as well. He makes good points about why this seems unlikely. Not everything in life is likely, however, as unlikely as that seems.

    One of Michael’s first points is that the Chohans are too busy trying to prevent a religious war to direct their attention to “any particular disciple in some small field of activity”. Although not an accurate comparison, we can recall that Master DK himself was dictating personal letters to a large group of not particularly advanced disciples all throughout World War II, possibly the greatest crisis since Atlantean times.

    Points 2 and 3 suggest that the Hierarchy wouldn’t waste time repeating teachings that have already been given out in compelling form. That makes perfect sense, however, I would ask, are the books by AAB a repetition of Agni Yoga (as HR seemed to think)? Is Agni Yoga a repeat of the Secret Doctrine? It seems to me that each has its own purpose, and its own intended audience. Is it possible that there are other audiences and other purposes that Hierarchy intends to fulfill?

    Just a couple thoughts about items 4 -7. There may be some “channelers” that aspire to be a Chohanic amanuensis, but Lucille wasn’t one of them. When she made first contact with what she called the “Presence” (that years later she came to identify as the Master R) she was a 27-year-old high school dropout and mother of five living in Boise, ID who didn’t know her ajna from her elbow. She was contacted by a “Presence” one uneventful day in her kitchen, raised to a higher state of consciousness and given the choice to “continue the process, learn the full meaning of life, and become a teacher of this wisdom.” The Prescence went on to say, “This would benefit many people, far beyond family and friends. It is important for humanity.” “Like I even knew who humanity was,” she quips in her autobiography, perhaps revealing how unfit she felt herself to be.

    While Lucille may seem an odd choice for such a role, Master R, many years later, indicated that Lucille had been in training in his ashram for several hundred years.

    Is communication with a Chohan unprecedented? No – my next door neighbor was in contact with the Master KH and Lord Maitreya on a regular basis. OK, I lived next door to Krishnamurti for a year or so – maybe not your average neighbor.

    In regard to the reappearance of the Christ, Master DK says that “disciples everywhere will find themselves increasingly sensitive to His quality, His voice and His teaching; they will be “overshadowed” by Him in many cases, just as before, He overshadowed His disciple Jesus; through this overshadowing of disciples in all lands, He will duplicate Himself repeatedly. The effectiveness and the potency of the overshadowed disciple will be amazing.

    One of the first experiments He made as He prepared for this form of activity was in connection with Krishnamurti. It was only partially successful.”

    If the Christ is experimenting with “overshadowing” disciples everywhere, is it possible that the Mahachohan might also do something along the same lines?

    As another example, high quality transmissions from Master R were purportedly received at Findhorn through David Spangler in the early 1970s. Findhorn was one of the most well-known spiritual Light centers in the world at the time and closely related to the work Lucille was doing in the US judging from the similar subjective personnel and emphasis on the Avatar of Synthesis (Findhorn at that time was referred by Master R as an outpost of the “Brotherhood of Synthesis”. Lucille called the source of her impressions the “Ashram of Synthesis”.

    13. Assertion 4 about the etherealization of the earth. Michael makes a very good case that terra firm will be around for quite a while. I’m sold.

    14. Assertion about the physical reappearance of the Christ. I agree that both Master DK and Master R (via Lucille) assert that the Christ and his Hierarchy will reappear on the dense physical plane of our planet in physical (or seemingly physical) bodies. Of course, they will also manifest on the inner planes through various forms of energetic presence. (Good to see that common ground is growing).

    • Michael Robbins says:

      Dear Lyn,

      MDR 18Jun16: Thank you for your letter in response. You and I have been dialoguing on these matters (and in general on matters concerning the Ageless Wisdom)—both outwardly and inwardly for quite a number of years now. I have great respect for your knowledge of the Wisdom and admiration for all you and Tara have done in a practical way for those far less fortunate than are we in wealthy Western countries. Together you have offered a tremendous service which stands as a selfless example to the world esoteric community.

      I assume that whatever dialogue ensues between us will be retained upon the plane of mind and will be pursued with the mutual respect we both hold for each other. Of course, we will speak frankly and from our own perspectives or from the perspective of the teaching we most focally represent. One day all will be utterly clear to the initiate who understands all these issues directly through observation. There are many matters in which that infallible, confirmatory approach is not yet possible, and so one proceeds reasonably and with caution, realizing that, as human beings, we all believe many things we are in no position to verify.

      I suppose when all is said and done, you and I will agree to disagree on a number of points and as the decades and centuries elapse, proof will come regarding whether it was rationally justifiable to hold certain thoughts and expectations or whether it was not.

      So then, some responses after MDR 18Jun16 – including the date as more exchanges may ensue.

      Comment:
      LH: 1. I have the utmost respect for the work that Michael Robbins has done over many years and for his highly developed “esoteric sense”. If the esoteric community gave out Lifetime Achievement awards, Michael would be at the top of my list.

      MDR 18Jun16: Well, I guess we have a mutual admiration society going here. Further, I know that in dialoguing with you, we will not descend into the ‘strictly personal’ and will reserve judgment where necessary as we both love the Truth.

      LH: 2. I have been a student of the Alice Bailey books (not an “A” student mind you) for over 40 years and consider them a pinnacle of esoteric tuition.

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, your respect for the Bailey/DK Teaching has been clear and you have pursued it with clarity of mind and in good faith. – so I perceive.

      LH: 3. I hope the aim in this new forum is not merely to try to “prove” that the books of HP Blavatsky, and Alice Bailey are the only reliable source of Hierarchical teachings, but to build bridges to disciples around the world by sharing, comparing and rigorously analyzing esoteric concepts from various sources to “separate the wheat from the chaff” as Michael expressed it.

      MDR 18Jun16: I guess we all have our standards of comparison, but, indeed, as you suggest the factor of enlightened analysis should, where possible, be applied and from this the truth (as much as we limited human beings can perceive it) should emerge. H.P.B. and A.A.B. are just the beginning of occultism’s move towards the West. There is so much in the Buddhist libraries which has not been translated or interpreted, and far, far more in the Libraries of Shamballa (so to speak) which has not seen the light of day and will only be revealed as appropriate in a well-timed manner. I am sure we both agree that there is a “continuity of revelation” constantly in process. It can be applied to religious teaching (where it is stubbornly and even violently opposed by some groups) or it can be applied to the Light of the Ageless Wisdom.

      What we need to do is look for points of commonality and points of contradiction which must be resolved—either by rejecting one or other of the conflicting alternatives, or by taking a more elevated and insightful position in consciousness from which the apparent conflict can be resolved. Not everything can be resolved, but blatant contradictions can at least be noted; then it is up to each aspirant or disciple to determine how he or she deals with the cognitive dissonance produced. To carelessly ignore the contradictions should not be the way of the disciple intent upon illumination.

      LH: 4. If Hierarchy is depending on the readers of AAB’s and HPB’s books alone for world salvage, I think we may be in trouble. The few of us left will probably all be dead before things really get going.

      MDR 18Jun16: Well, as we know it is a three-part offering of bridging Treatises, and around the year 2025 we can, according to the Tibetan, expect the third part or third installment. Whether such as you or I are alive or dead, we will probably be back just as the third installment is really gathering steam and will be able to continue offering the Light of the Ageless Wisdom to humanity.

      I also think that there will be many developments in the next decade or so (not all of them pleasant) which will render humanity more sober and responsive to the esoteric teaching. Somewhere DK wrote that humanity would realize that it could not solve its problems entirely on its own. The implication is that humanity would invoke the Presence of Hierarchy. We are taught (EXH 530) that “…at the great General Assembly of the Hierarchy—held as usual every century—in 2025 the date in all probability will be set for the first stage of the externalisation of the Hierarchy.” We see that we are really not very far advanced into the project, but that definite hierarchical actions are impending I do think there is sufficient momentum in the Teaching to instruct disciples about what they must do to assist with this all-important process. Really, this highlighted statement is very encouraging and, in my view, can be trusted.

      Additionally, DK assured us that there were more readers of His books that we realize. I suggest that the forces available can see to it that the first two instalments of His Teaching are held with clarity before the eyes of humanity in such a way that they can serve as a continued source of inspiration and spiritual propulsion.

      LH: In my opinion, Hierarchy is most likely working through many channels, many of which most of us are probably unaware.

      MDR 18Jun16: I assume you use the word “channels” in a generic sense. I do agree in the following sense—there are many disciples and initiates who are illumined by the Light, Love and Will of Hierarchy and they are bringing the Ageless Wisdom before the minds and hearts of humanity. The question of major bodies of hierarchical Teaching is, however, to be carefully investigated. That is a different matter than the general outpouring of light, love and sacrificial will from those who are affiliated in differing degrees of intensity with the Hierarchy.

      LH: An abundance of Wisdom is emerging at an unprecedented rate – along with the distortions that intentionally or unintentionally impair this emergence. Hence the value of a forum such as this.

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, above all, as clearly and impersonally as possible, let us determine, within the range of our capabilities, what teachings can be completely trusted, and what teachings are embroiled in contradiction (even though heartily accepted by a significant number of people). There are, for instance areas of the A.A.B. Teaching which people strongly reject because of their own personal attachments; such are the teachings around the Jewish Group and homosexuality. The Christians, too, will offer their fair share of rejection, imagining that it was A.A.B. who wrote the sections of text to which they object (not DK) and on a “bad day” at that!

      LH: 5. I think any “gem” from Hierarchy, regardless of source, should be considered a prized possession – if it strengthens one’s resolve to tread the spiritual path, inspires service to the Christ or aids in some way on the path of discipleship. Prospecting itself is good exercise in any event.

      MDR 18Jun16: I must agree with the way you have presented this thought. If people are strengthened in their resolve to tread the spiritual path (avoiding harm to fellow travellers and to hierarchical intention) and if they serve the Christ, and especially at this moment, plans for His Reappearance, then any teaching which does such things can be considered useful. Understanding of the degree of exact accuracy in any teaching will emerge in time. If, however, the “ancient landmarks” to use Masonic terminology, are disturbed, distorted or ignored, then we have a problem, and those who imagine they are treading a reliable spiritual path, may be wandering farther and farther from the real Spiritual Path as Hierarchy understands it and sanctions it.

      LH: 6. The students (and authors) of various streams of Hierarchical teachings have a long history of suspicion and mutual disrespect. Hopefully, disciples today can set the bar a little higher.

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, we are all mortal in our present form and fallible, and we have our “good days” of illumined vision and our “bad days” of vision obscured.

      LH: For example, here’s what Helena Roerich had to say about the books of Alice Bailey (translated haltingly from Russian):

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, I received, some years ago and with shock, what HR had said about A.A.B.—especially given that for a number of years they were apparently friends, working, as I understand it, in the same building on 42nd St in New York.

      LH: “Many naive people believe, that the dark forces work only with evil, debauch and crimes. How they are mistaken. So the rough forces and forces of small degrees work only. Much more dangerous are those who comes under a mask of light of the Teaching. You already know such example. In America there is a very extensive society, and the head of it receives the doctrine from the teacher, which does not open his name, naming himself by the Tibetan Brother. We know, who disappears under this pseudonym. The force of him is great. And purpose of this teacher, personificates as though a Teacher of the White Brotherhood, is to attract in his staff so many as possible of the good and useful people, which otherwise could help effectively to the Great Plan of Masters, Plan of rescue of a planet.”

      MDR 18Jun16: Phillip Lindsay once did an excellent essay on the astrology of Helena Roerich, demonstrating the probable source of this type of suspicion—even paranoia. As I recall the sign Scorpio was involved.

      No, none of us is perfect, and even Arhats or those on the border of such a degree, demonstrate their fallible humanity.

      We all have to decide for ourselves. The Buddha counselled Self-reliance. People can say whatever, but we accept or reject according to the light within our consciousness. One cannot read The Rays and the Initiations or A Treatise on Cosmic Fire and give much credence to what Mme. Roerich wrote in this instance. Thus the need for keen discrimination (fourth subplane of the mental plane) and, even higher, spiritual discernment (third subplane). We decide for ourselves, as I would expect every true disciple to do, regardless of what I have written or you have written in defense of or in the questioning of any given teaching.

      LH: She goes on to say that the “best pages” of A Treatise of White Magic were “borrowed” from Agni Yoga and that all of AAB’s books are “deprived of the heat of heart.”

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, if it were not so sad, it would be humorous. Everyone who have read the Agni Yoga Books carefully and A Treatise on White Magic carefully, knows that such a statement is without foundation.

      One my major complaints about the quality of consciousness of the members of the world esoteric community is that they lack in sufficient intensity the type of discrimination and discernment I am talking about. (And, of course, I am working on the same.) It is great to be inclusive, but the search for quality must accompany the will-to-include, if the result is to be hierarchical in nature.

      I also do a lot of work with Spirit and Identification. From such a perspective, quality makes no difference at all, as all things are One in Being—but that is another curriculum.

      LH: Phillip’s site discusses this issue a lot more thoroughly: http://esotericastrologer.org/articles/alice-a-bailey-h-p-blavatsky-and-helena-roerich-pt-ii/

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, it’s a good lesson in humility for all.

      LH: 7. AAB’s work doesn’t fare much better at the hands of many Theosophists. Some of the world’s best scholars of The Secret Doctrine won’t waste their time even opening A Treatise on Cosmic Fire because they already “know” that it can’t possibly compare with Blavatsky – apparently the last word from Hierarchy in their minds.

      MDR 18Jun16: Well, we have a principle here—the principle of the continuity of revelation. A certain world religion with more than a billion members is assured that their Prophet has said the last word on truth for all time. We can see the limitations of mind and emotion at work. Esoteric groups, “the most glamoured” of all groups, are certainly not immune.

      “Occult bodies and esoteric groups are, at this time, the most glamoured of any of the world groups;…” (EXH 571)

      LH: 8. Regarding Michael’s excellent list of criteria for deciding what we believe. Item #4 concerns:

      “Logic and the power of reason. By this means we notice harmonious relations between apparently related truths, or we notice discrepancies and deep contradictions which suggest that the ‘truths’ with which we are confronted and which contradict each other cannot all be really true.”

      MDR 18Jun16: At least, we need far deeper insight fed by true intuition to resolve contradictions which apparently exist but do not in fact exist. The Tibetan often seems to contradict Himself, but when a larger picture is understood, what appeared as contradiction is demonstrated as concordant from different ‘altitudes’ of consciousness.

      LH: I think we might also benefit by keeping in mind the occult “Law of Paradox”. I think we’ve all run into that one. A quick quote for DK on this:

      MDR 18Jun16: True Ontology is full of paradox. If one gets into The Secret Doctrine on cosmogony, one is confronted with it immediately. I would suggest however, that we differentiate between true paradox requiring the real intuition for solution, and false paradoxes which “the acute energy of divine mental perception” could solve. Sometimes when we cannot reconcile an apparent conflict in thought, we call it a paradox, when, in fact, it is simply our own inability to think clearly which prevents us from solving the apparent paradox.

      LH: “There are many paradoxes in what I am here giving you, and apparently some contradictions where orthodox occultism is concerned, but that is ever the case as the teaching expands in content and the earlier all – inclusive facts are seen to be minor aspects of still greater facts.” TEV, 66.

      MDR 18Jun16: What is needed, He implies, is an ever-expanding and ever-deepening point of view. Then as the larger contexts are more fully and deeply understood, the apparent paradoxes of previous assessments are naturally resolved. Thus, the consciousness must continue to grow in scope, depth and refinement.

      I have given a lot of thought to true contradictions and only apparent contradictions. To distinguish one from the other is not easy. Apparent contradictions will be reconciled in time with greater learning and understanding; true contradictions require judgment and decision. One cannot “serve two masters”. Master M. brings this home graphically when describing the sad fate of a very ambitious, spiritually greedy student who took on chelaship from two or more teachers instead of sticking with one. When each of the two or three sent the whirlwind which should have empowered the student, he was instead torn apart by the conflicting, though well-intended, forces.

      LH: 9. Starting with an open mind is beneficial I think – but not so open that our brains fall out, as someone once said.

      MDR 18Jun16: It’s a good caution. We are dealing somewhat with Pisces (and its global receptivity) and Virgo (with its keen selectivity).

      LH: 10. Assertion 1- the works of AAB are dated and passe. I agree with Michael that AAB’s works remain a priceless treasure for the contemporary disciple. It’s called Ageless Wisdom for a reason.

      MDR 18Jun16: It is a limited formulation of the “unfettered enlightenment” of Shamballa—a small part of it, but something foundational and reliable which we must assimilate and apply in service.

      LH: It seems from the mention of a claim that “these writings emanate from a very high Ashram which was formed in the later 1940’s” that this assertion is related to the works of Lucille Cedercrans.

      MDR 18Jun16: The ‘height’ of the Ashram of Synthesis or as DK discusses in the 1946 Wesak Letter, an Ashram which emphasizes the note of Wisdom, must be clearly analyzed. And of course, so often, students of LC speak of the superseded nature of the Tibetan’s writings. I have attempted to show that, so many of them, derived as they are from the Archives of Hierarchy or Shamballa, are hardly to be deemed superseded, passé or dated. Every writing reflects something of the writing style of the time in which it was written, and language changes, of course, but deep students of the Ancient Rules cannot imagine how this second installment of a three-part series of bridging Treatises can be viewed as superseded.

      LH: I think it is important to differentiate between what students of Lucille’s work may think and what the teachings themselves actually say.

      MDR 18Jun16: Of course, this is a good point. Our little minds and brains have only so much capacity, and people do reject that which causes the discomfort of insistent pressure towards expansion. DK asked us if we could “stand the strain of knowing”. Apparently, it is a real strain and not all can withstand it.

      LH: I know of no reference by Lucille to this effect (or is it affect?). In fact, I often hear the same complaint about Lucille’s books.

      MDR 18Jun16: Well, you would know best as you are very familiar probably with all that she has written. I hear what is said or implied in writing.

      LH: 11. Assertion 2 – that certain teachings are all that students of esotericism will need during the impending Age of Aquarius. I’m only familiar with the teachings of Lucille Cedercrans (in addition to Theosophy and AAB) and can’t tell if this assertion is pointed in that direction or not. Without specific quotes it’s hard again to differentiate between the teachings themselves and student opinions.

      MDR 18Jun16: Thus it was earnestly and factually spoken to me by someone I trust and know relatively well. This person was very familiar with the LC teachings—far more so than I. I am sure you have heard this spoken and maybe can locate this assertion or something similar in her writings.

      It is, of course, a tendency among the devotees of certain teachings to consider the teaching around which they gather the be-all and end-all. One cannot do that with the Bailey Work because Master DK has so strenuously warned against it, and, further, promised a third installment in a relatively few years.

      MDR 18Jun16: Maybe there is nothing in the LC teaching which suggests this, even though some of its more avid students may say so? Or did I misunderstand? You will know the teaching better than I.

      LH: If, indeed, this assertion has reference to Lucille’s work, her first two books – Creative Thinking and Nature of the Soul are said by Master R to be just the “beginning” of the teachings. (Of course, not everyone will except at face value that Lucille is writing under impression by Master R, but I refer to it this way to differentiate what Lucille attributes to Master R versus her own opinion about things – another topic in and of itself).

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, I can see this would be another topic and an important one. I am one who questions the attribution of Master R.’s authorship to the LC books. I question for a number of reasons: 1) as Francis Bacon He was a supreme master of the English language; I do not find this in the LC work. In fact, perhaps in some material you provided me with, LC said it was she who wrote the words or at least chose them. Maybe this is the way some amanuenses work. We are told that in the case of Esoteric Astrology, about which A.A.B. knew very little, the impression was pretty much word for dictated word. 2) Another reason which causes me to doubt is the Tibetan’s statement, later discussed, that Chohans would not be working with dictation because of their great world responsibilities. It can be debated whether Master R. assumed the Mahachohanship in 1925 when a majority of the Hierarchy moved to a buddhic plane focus, or later in the 1940’s but by the 1940’s He was certainly in that tremendous hierarchical position. It is very difficult for me to give credence to the idea that a newly made Mahachohan, in the midst of an ongoing world crisis which could spell the end of humanity as we know it, would begin to instruct a small group of students about certain things concerning which (according to the Tibetan) a great deal had already been given on the Teaching Ray. The Master R. does take pupils, but, with the Master H., more along the third ray line (according to the Tibetan IHS 58-59) and not as many pupils as Masters M., KH, DK, and J. The Work of Master R. in the field of esoteric ritual, economics, the reorganization of civilization, etc. seems to me a very different line of instruction than that which is the focus of the LC material, though some books, either given to intended to be given, may relate to those subjects.

      Can I prove this? No I cannot, but this is my impression and causes me to doubt that assertion that R. per se, is behind the LC work as One Who had dictated it. Many disciples receive impression in general from the Ashram with which they are affiliated as members or towards which they are trending, but that is a different matter than direct dictation from the Mahachohan of our planet. But then, LC, said the words were hers, if I am correct, so it probably will be said that the teaching was under the impression of Master R. but was not direct dictation.

      LH: In addition to the 12 or so volumes of Lucille’s work already published, there is more unpublished material and much still in “overshadowing” mentioned by Master R including volumes on Right Human Relations, Esoteric Mathematics,

      MDR 18Jun16: I will be very interested in what comes forth as Esoteric Mathematics.

      It begins to seem that the method is not dictation per se, but impression, left to the capacities (adequate or not) or the receiver, or as students of LC seem to call it, the “station”.

      Let us see about Right Human Relations. Master DK wrote so extensively on it that it will be interesting to compare. It does not seem like a third ray/seventh ray theme—more a second ray theme.

      LH: Every Man a Christ, The Disciple and Economy (the current book by that name has only the original Introduction. The rest of the book is extracted from other teachings via Lucille).

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, The Disciple and the Economy, now that would be a third ray/seventh ray theme. I reference the third ray in relation to Master R. because undoubtedly He is a third ray Monad (though a seventh ray soul), and His responsibility as, shall we say, Brahma among the Three Great Lords, concerns the manner in which the third ray subsumes the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh.

      LH: There was also an 8 volume set of books on Cosmic Law alluded to by Master R that never saw the light of day.

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, it would be great subject. Of course A Treatise on Cosmic Fire is full of discussion about various Laws and Rules, so let us see what emerges. There was an Arcane School set which I believe was called “Cosmic Law” or “Occult Law”—something to that effect. In lieu of what might come forth under another amanuenses (and I am sure that people wonder whether they might be one to bring it forth), we have in DK the Three Cosmic Laws, the Seven Systemic Laws, the Seven Laws of the Soul, the Fifteen Rules for White Magic, the Seven Techniques of Integration, the Three Techniques of Fusion, the Six Laws and Principles of Esoteric Work, the Laws and Rules of Esoteric Healing, the Fourteen Rules for Individual Initiation, the Fourteen Rules for Disciples and Initiates, etc. No doubt I am forgetting something, but the subject is well covered, yet who could deny the possibility of further amplification?

      LH: Lucille was not as well prepared as AAB it seems for her role as a communicating station for Hierarchy and failed to complete much of the work intended.

      MDR 18Jun16: As I understand it, her horoscope showed a Gemini Ascendant with close to the same degree in which A.A.B. had her Sun-sign position. I am familiar with the Aries Sun-sign. The Moon appears to be in Pisces and close to the MC. That position can be the source of interesting phenomena. That Uranus is close to the Moon and the MC is interesting in its seventh ray implications.

      There also seems to be some unusual attribution of the MC as referring most specifically to the personality and its work in the world. That is at best a partial presentation. The Sun-sign (and the planets) must of course be considered.

      LH: 12. Assertion 3 – channeling Chohans. I agree, this is a tough one. Again, I assume that Michael is referring to the work of Lucille – and maybe others as well. He makes good points about why this seems unlikely. Not everything in life is likely, however, as unlikely as that seems.

      MDR 18Jun16: This statement by DK seems to me to be quite convincing and a point to be retained in the midst of all the extensive claims of Chohan-Channeling. Of course, there is LC and the Mahachohan (which I find improbable) but also Morya, KH and DK are ‘speaking’ voluminously through a number of clearly unreliable sources (in ‘pink ink’ as I have sometimes joked), and saying, in my view, next to nothing of value. At this time, and in my thought, given what DK has said, I find the probability of dictation from a Chohan low. That a disciple may receive impression from her Ashram, and bring forth that impression in her own words (as LC appeared to state) is far more probable. That is the task of disciples—to tune in with the Ashram they represent and to write accordingly for the enlightenment of humanity. DK kept his identity concealed until A.A.B. gave it away through a clerical error. He simply wanted the Teaching to stand on its own merits. I think that is a good policy.

      LH: One of Michael’s first points is that the Chohans are too busy trying to prevent a religious war

      MDR 18Jun16: I used that example, but conditions in relation to all Ashram are dire.

      LH: to direct their attention to “any particular disciple in some small field of activity”.

      MDR 18Jun16: Part of the inference is mine, and part belongs to DK. The Christ is attempting to prevent a “final war”. The Chohans are busy in various ways and the world situation is far more dangerous than many may suspect. I do not think the reasons for the lack of Chohanic dictation have at all abated.

      LH: Although not an accurate comparison, we can recall that Master DK himself was dictating personal letters to a large group of not particularly advanced disciples all throughout World War II, possibly the greatest crisis since Atlantean times.

      MDR 18Jun16: I suspect that worse could be on its way. And, of course, in the pertinent paragraphs DK did deal with some Masters who were working on a small scale through dictation, but not Chohans. That was His point.

      “None of the Masters of the sixth initiation (such as the Masters M. and K. H.) are at this time working through dictation with Their disciples. They are too much engrossed with world problems, and with the work of watching over the destinies of the prominent world figures in the various nations, to have any opportunity to dictate teaching to any particular disciple in some small field of activity and upon subjects of which sufficient is already known to enable the disciple to go ahead alone and unaided. Two of the Masters are working telepathically and through dictation with several accepted disciples, and Their effort is to inspire these disciples, who are active in world work, to greater usefulness in the Plan. They are working in this way in order to impress a few of the prominent thinkers in the field of science and of social welfare with the needed knowledge which will enable them to make the right moves in the emergence of the race into greater freedom. But I know of no others, in this particular generation, who are so doing, for They have delegated much of this work to Their initiates and disciples. The bulk of the communicators today (working through aspirants on the physical plane) are active working chelas of accepted degree who (living as they do in the thought aura of the Master and His group) are steadily endeavouring to reach all kinds of people, all over the world, [Page 109] in all groups. Hence the increasing flood of communications, of inspired writings, and of personal messages and teaching. (EP I 108-109)”

      LH: Points 2 and 3 suggest that the Hierarchy wouldn’t waste time repeating teachings that have already been given out in compelling form. That makes perfect sense, however, I would ask, are the books by AAB a repetition of Agni Yoga (as HR seemed to think)?

      MDR 18Jun16: I understand what you are driving at and of course, you know my answer. Those two series of books are entirely different. They don’t use anywhere near the same terminology and their notes are remarkably distinct from each other.

      LH: Is Agni Yoga a repeat of the Secret Doctrine? It seems to me that each has its own purpose, and its own intended audience. Is it possible that there are other audiences and other purposes that Hierarchy intends to fulfill?

      MDR 18Jun16: One cannot fault the intent of your questions here. One has to get into the purposes, the rays involved, the distinction of the various teachings if, in fact, distinct.

      LH: Just a couple thoughts about items 4 -7. There may be some “channelers” that aspire to be a Chohanic amanuensis, but Lucille wasn’t one of them. When she made first contact with what she called the “Presence” (that years later she came to identify as the Master R) she was a 27-year-old high school dropout and mother of five living in Boise, ID who didn’t know her ajna from her elbow.

      MDR 18Jun16: I do not doubt that P/presences contact people and may have something to say. The question will remain for me at least (though not for those who are convinced) whether that Presence was indeed Master R., or from the Ashram, or something other.

      LH: She was contacted by a “Presence” one uneventful day in her kitchen, raised to a higher state of consciousness and given the choice to “continue the process, learn the full meaning of life, and become a teacher of this wisdom.” The Prescence went on to say, “This would benefit many people, far beyond family and friends. It is important for humanity.” “Like I even knew who humanity was,” she quips in her autobiography, perhaps revealing how unfit she felt herself to be.

      MDR 18Jun16: OK—I do not doubt the story and, given the manner in which DK contacted A.A.B., it is perhaps not so unusual. So of course, the circumstances and the words here related are inspiring.

      LH: While Lucille may seem an odd choice for such a role, Master R, many years later, indicated that Lucille had been in training in his ashram for several hundred years.

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, of course, interesting. What is said between a source and its amanuensis can only be reported. There is no possibility (for us at this time) of objective evaluation. Let each respond to such statements as he or she will.

      LH: Is communication with a Chohan unprecedented? No – my next door neighbor was in contact with the Master KH and Lord Maitreya on a regular basis. OK, I lived next door to Krishnamurti for a year or so – maybe not your average neighbor.

      MDR 18Jun16: I understand your point. In all fairness and looking at the dates involved, that type of experiment took place well before the statement by the Tibetan that Chohans like M. and KH would not be working that way—i.e., through dictation (and, well before he was your neighbour). But of course, They do work with power on the inner planes and people are, of course, affected.

      LH: In regard to the reappearance of the Christ, Master DK says that “disciples everywhere will find themselves increasingly sensitive to His quality, His voice and His teaching; they will be “overshadowed” by Him in many cases, just as before, He overshadowed His disciple Jesus; through this overshadowing of disciples in all lands, He will duplicate Himself repeatedly. The effectiveness and the potency of the overshadowed disciple will be amazing.

      MDR 18Jun16: No doubt very inspiring and a state of communication to come after many requirements are fulfilled. This is a wonderful section and points to a time when humanity has probably passed certain tests. I have always found it very interesting to consider DK’s thought that when the Christ reappears, it will indicate that humanity has taken the first initiation.

      LH: One of the first experiments He made as He prepared for this form of activity was in connection with Krishnamurti. It was only partially successful.”

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, this is what is reported.

      LH: If the Christ is experimenting with “overshadowing” disciples everywhere, is it possible that the Mahachohan might also do something along the same lines?

      MDR 18Jun16: We cannot say that it is impossible. The ray line of overshadowing would be different—not along the teaching line per se. The Great Ones do try to influence disciples, as Master M. works with statesmen, and KH probably with members of various philosophical and religious bodies. I can certainly see Master R. working in the field of economics, ritual and international organization but not so much dealing with second ray issues like, “the nature of the soul”.

      LH: As another example, high quality transmissions from Master R were purportedly received at Findhorn through David Spangler in the early 1970s.

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, I am familiar with this and with David who is a disciple of high quality and who has attended the SRI/USR Conferences either in person or electronically on a few occasions.

      LH: Findhorn was one of the most well-known spiritual Light centers in the world at the time and closely related to the work Lucille was doing in the US judging from the similar subjective personnel and emphasis on the Avatar of Synthesis (Findhorn at that time was referred by Master R as an outpost of the “Brotherhood of Synthesis”. Lucille called the source of her impressions the “Ashram of Synthesis”.

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, the Ashram the note of which was primarily Wisdom. At least this is how DK referred to it in the 1946 Wesak Message.

      Speaking of this Ashram, I have always considered it an intra-hierarchical Ashram.

      The following with which I am sure you are familiar, is what leads me to conclude that the New Wisdom Ashram concerns Shamballa and Hierarchy more than humanity, per se:

      DK: “April-May 1946

      I have delayed writing my usual Wesak message until this late date because of a certain event in the Hierarchy which was maturing and which necessitated my entire attention. This event was connected with the Wesak Festival and involved among other matters the formation of a new Ashram in which the Wisdom aspect would be of particular importance and not the Love aspect; this Ashram would also be related in a peculiar manner to the Buddha. It had to be formed at this time in order to be the recipient, and then the custodian, of certain “endowments” which the Buddha will bring at the time of the May Full Moon. The endowments concern the will-to-good of the Lord of the World, the Ancient of Days, though they do not concern goodwill as you understand that phrase. This Ashram, when duly formed and established, will enable the Members of the Hierarchy to respond to this aspect of the divine Purpose—the Purpose which as you know lies behind and implements the Plan; this Ashram, related to the Buddha, will be specifically under the close supervision of the Christ, and also of the Lord of Civilisation—at this time the Master R. They are the only two Members of the Hierarchy able to register the divine Purpose (in regard to its immediate objectives) in such a manner that the entire Hierarchy can be informed and can then work unitedly and intelligently at its implementation. More than this I may not tell you about this particular hierarchical move, affecting as it does both Shamballa and the Hierarchy.” (EXH 541)

      I know some of the LC writings which explain to certain students how it was that they (based upon their past) are now members of the Ashram of Synthesis—it was actually you who showed them to me long ago. However, I persist in thinking that this Wisdom Ashram of which DK writes, is very high in its nature and that most who say they are “members” of such an Ashram, could not qualify for the rigors involved in membership in even a lesser Ashram directed by a Master (necessitating the third degree for real membership)—let alone enter an Ashram inspired by the Buddha, the Christ and the Mahachohan for which even Masters, in general, might be unqualified. For me the Wisdom Ashram is internal to Hierarchy, and though students may be enthused about the possibility of engaging in synthesis, that would demand a level of Spirit-identification which few of them possess. It demands an antahkarana close to completion for the human stage and reaching through the spiritual triad to the Monad. This I have not seen. Instead I have seen aspiration towards such objectives (all well and good) but nothing like real and necessary achievement. I have simply heard claims.

      So for the moment I sustain the thought of the intra-hierarchical nature of the Wisdom Ashram.

      LH: 13. Assertion 4 about the etherealization of the earth. Michael makes a very good case that terra firm will be around for quite a while. I’m sold.

      MDR 18Jun16: My objective Lyn (and the objective of those with whom I work) is to attempt to clarify the mental field concerning what may be worthy of belief and what may not be; why people believe what they believe. At least this should be given some thought and the premises upon which we found our belief should be examined. Many in our field accept without analysis. I think we could all do better.

      LH: 14. Assertion about the physical reappearance of the Christ. I agree that both Master DK and Master R (via Lucille) assert that the Christ and his Hierarchy will reappear on the dense physical plane of our planet in physical (or seemingly physical) bodies.

      MDR 18Jun16: Most, I suspect, will express through a mayavirupa which is tangibly physical enough, though created from a triadal impulse through the permanent atoms of the spiritual triad. People seem to forget that the Christ has His own mayavirupa made of physical substance (on its lowest levels) and not simply of etheric, substantial matter.

      LH: Of course, they will also manifest on the inner planes through various forms of energetic presence. (Good to see that common ground is growing).

      MDR 18Jun16: Yes, it’s quite amazing. People in various groups share some perspectives in common while other perspectives they do not share. In Master M.’s words, what we need is “straight knowledge”. This will come with the antahkarana, triadal focus and finally, the fourth initiation and beyond. The importance of Lord Maitreya’s dense physical appearance cannot be overestimated.

      MDR 18Jun16: Lyn, I thank you for your perspectives. You are always a thinking person and fair-minded. I am sure we both want to see aspirants and disciples move forward on the Path of Spirituality in the most successful way and unburdened (as much as possible) by glamour and illusion. It is not possible to clarify all points at this time as to what constitutes glamour and illusion in any presentation of teaching, but the advocates of any teaching must be on the alert.

      Soon I will want to speak to you and others about the possibility of taking five initiations simultaneously. That particular doctrine is in direct collision with tens and even hundreds of pages of DK’s exacting, technical writing. As you know, and as we have discussed, I find the prospect most dubious and misleading and will soon be indicating why. I am sure we can get into an interesting dialogue on that subject.

      Meanwhile, we can continue to discuss what is credible in the field of esotericism and why we believe it to be so. I trust that these various dialogues on various assertions re truth in esotericism have the potential of bringing all true students closer to an accurate understanding of the truth—regardless of what teaching or teacher proposes it, and this would be, I certainly believe, desirable.

      Light, Love and Power,
      Michael

  7. Lyn Hebenstreit says:

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks for your additional comments. Here are a few thoughts from my side.

    1. Regarding your initial Assertion 2 – that Lucille’s teachings are all that students of esotericism will need during the impending Age of Aquarius, you comment that you are sure I have “heard this spoken and maybe can locate this assertion or something similar in her writings.”

    The passage that comes to mind is one from Ashramic Projections:

    “The Nature of the Soul series contains, within a particular frequency, the totality of the Thought-form Presentation. That means that that Thought-form Presentation finds its entry into the world via concepts contained within The Nature of the Soul. If, in receiving an impression from The New Thought-form Presentation as it is held in solution, you receive a concept that seems to be entirely new, look for it in The Nature of the Soul series and you will find it there. It will be new only insofar as your own understanding is concerned. By the time the student has completed The Nature of the Soul, he has touched on the point of entry for every concept held in solution within The New Thought-form Presentation of The Wisdom.”

    While similar to your assertion, I think you will agree that what Master R is saying isn’t exactly what some students might have understood. The tree is in the seed, but the tree and the tree are not the same thing.

    2. Your thought that Lucille might be working under ashramic impression rather than taking dictation from a Chohan is right on. In fact, Master R suggests to Lucille’s students that they read what Master DK had to say about the Science of Impression in Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle.

    Here’s another quote from Ashramic Projections:

    “I, the Master R., do not hesitate at this time, to ask you to aid my disciple, Lucille Cedercrans, in whatever way you can, thus aiding my own as well as your own service effort. I do not ask you to consider or accept her as perfect or infallible, nor to pay her homage, nor to place her upon any pedestal of illusion and glamour, but to see and to accept her in the Light of what she is—a disciple with a specific job to do, plus the training, the experience, and the capacity to fulfill the obligations she has undertaken.

    I ask you not to judge the persona or its life and affairs, but only the work. In so doing, you may come to know and love the Soul. Let it be remembered that Lucille’s work with Me is not that of a machine which takes down words, phrases, and sentences; but rather it is that of the creative artist whose function, in part, is to create the form which will carry a specific concept and energy to a waiting humanity. Reread any paragraph in The Nature of The Soul and understand my meaning. It is not just any or every disciple on the thread who could have created precisely that form.”

    Gretchen Groff, in her book Luminous Sitting, Torturous Walking about Lucille, devotes a whole chapter to an excellent discussion about the differences and similarities between Lucille’s and AAB’s methods. Nothing, apparently, was communicated in word form to Lucille, but only a stream of abstract mental concepts – which she gave form to the best she could.

    The section on Station Training in Applied Wisdom goes into the causes of “error in communication” between Hierarchy and humanity. I find this quite useful when sorting through the various teachings of Lucille. Here’s an example. Sorry for the length, but it bears directly on this issue:

    “First, it would be wise for us to face head-on, so to speak, the problem of apparent misinterpretation of instruction being projected from a member of the Hierarchy to a group through a station—a problem which is uppermost in the minds of some of you who have been particularly close to this type or kind of activity. Until we discuss the questions regarding this subject—which are within many of your minds—until we clarify the problem, face the issues involved, communication of a useful nature between us is impossible.

    Therefore, I am going to begin by presenting you with certain basic factors of major importance which must always be borne in mind if communication of this kind is to be carried out successfully to the benefit of all concerned.

    It must always be realized and held in mind that any communication from one individual to another, or to a group, will be first colored by the individual or individuals who are acting as interpreters. It is colored, first, by the station who is interpreting a communication projection from one language into another.

    Second, it is again colored by every individual who hears or reads the communication, according to his own state of consciousness, according to his own interpretation of that which has been projected.

    Third, one of the most important factors ever to be held in mind by any group receiving instruction by this means, and which is too often overlooked, is that misinterpretation can take place in the actual projection, at the point of the projection from the station to the group, by the astral consciousness of the group itself.

    If the individuals receiving a particular instruction are focusing will-force into an astral desire or fear, that in itself can so communicate itself to the station that misinterpretation takes place as the station endeavors to interpret that which is being projected. This is something that the recipient of instruction must ever hold in mind, if he would receive Truth, if he would receive that which is of Soul value to him, rather than that which is only a personality value.

    And fourth, of course, there is always the misinterpretation by the recipient of instruction in that he believes he has been told—or that he has received—one thing when it is something else entirely. You are all familiar with this type of misinterpretation.

    And, there is, too, that which you consider to be error in instruction, or misinterpretation, when it is not error or misinterpretation, but only your misunderstanding of that which has been projected.”

    Master R goes on to say later in this section:

    “Instruction from Hierarchial levels to humanity cannot be of benefit until that humanity is able and willing to take the responsibility of their own actions, is willing to set forth upon their own planned activity, is willing to make mistakes and to learn by those mistakes, and to take the responsibility of them. They cannot evolve through placing the responsibility for their actions upon another’s shoulders. This is the whole problem, and until the group is able to recognize it and each one resolve it within himself, instruction between Hierarchy and group is of very little use, actually a greater hindrance than it is a help. And this applies to the problems involved in the function of a station as well as it does to any other problems.”

    One last thought about Lucille’s process. Early in her career as a telepathic communicator, she worked with a “power station” – a male figure with a lot of first ray who helped “protect her alignment” while she was working as a “station”. After many years, she was able to function successfully without one. There seems to be something similar (whether conscious or unconscious) in the process of other well know Hierarchical intermediaries – Peter and Eileen Caddy, Alice and Foster Bailey and Helena and Nicolas Roerich.

    3. In one of your comments about the type of teaching expected from the various ashrams, you say, “I can certainly see Master R. working in the field of economics, ritual and international organization but not so much dealing with second ray issues like, “the nature of the soul”.

    Later on, in a seemingly different regard, you say, “I know some of the LC writings which explain to certain students how it was that they (based upon their past) are now members of the Ashram of Synthesis—it was actually you who showed them to me long ago. However, I persist in thinking that this Wisdom Ashram of which DK writes, is very high in its nature and that most who say they are “members” of such an Ashram, could not qualify for the rigors involved in membership in even a lesser Ashram directed by a Master (necessitating the third degree for real membership)—let alone enter an Ashram inspired by the Buddha, the Christ and the Mahachohan for which even Masters, in general, might be unqualified.”

    My reply to both of these concerns is that the Ashram of Synthesis, from which Lucille claims inspiration, works primarily with the energy of, well, Synthesis – emanating at this time from the Avatar of Synthesis. Of course, this is a big subject and I don’t intend to comment on that here, other than to say that, as Master R explains it, the energy of Synthesis is not a combination of rays (all 7, but primarily 1,2 & 7 at present), but something entirely new. As such, what may have been separate areas of responsibility (ray-wise) may not be so now in the same way.

    Master R explains that he is the primary “Spokesperson” for the Ashram of Synthesis (if such an irreverent term can be used) because of His special relationship to the 7th Ray throat center in the Pacific Northwest. It was intended that that center would be responsible for “public relations” and the outer organizational aspects of the ashram in relation to humanity – just as the head center in Washington DC would be more directly related to Master M and the heart center in the LA area would be more directly related to Master DK.

    Another characteristic of the “New Thoughtform Presentation of the Wisdom” emanating from the Ashram of Synthesis is that it includes “every school of thought, every walk of life, every level in the human consciousness.” It requires aspirants, disciples and initiates at all levels of human consciousness – and many members of the deva kingdom as well.

    As a matter of fact (or esoteric fiction perhaps) according to Lucille, you too are a member of the Ashram of Synthesis (don’t let it go to your head) – at least the original plan was said to be for all disciples in the Ashrams of Master M, Master DK and Master R to be integrated into the Ashram of Synthesis by the end of last century. It was predicted to be a bumpy road, especially at personality levels, but I think you will admit, there has been a measure of integration between disciples affiliating themselves with these three teachers over the past decade or so.

    I look forward to your thoughts on synthetic initiation and other matters of mutual interest.

    In Love and Light,

    Lyn

  8. Phillip Lindsay
    Phillip Lindsay says:

    Thanks Lyn and Michael for your excellent dialogue, I hope students of both Bailey and Cedercrans are following this conversation or sharing it with others, it is most illuminating. Lyn, you said above, “7th Ray throat center in the Pacific Northwest” – what do you mean by this? DK has given Washington as the head and New York as the throat – so there is a seeming contradiction here? As you may know, I have studied the planetary centres in a bit of depth and have several essays about them, one of which is here: http://esotericastrologer.org/articles/five-planetary-centres-and-five-cities/

  9. Michael Robbins says:

    Letter from LRH Received 22Jun16

    Dear Lyn, Thank you for your thoughtful letter below. As usual let me offer my interleaved comments after MDR:

    But first I want to go on record as saying that when students gather together around some teaching, giving it their best meditative and studential approach, good may well arise and probably will, regardless of whether there are some errors in the teaching. I do not wish to imply that all concepts must necessarily be correct in a given teaching for students to benefit and make a significant contribution in service to the world. I hope to be understood in this regard. My present search is for Truth in Esotericism, using, I hope, the soul illumined mind and the most trustworthy hierarchical sources in this search. At least it may cause some to question and think carefully about that which they have simply assumed to be true. This approach is, I believe, conducive to spiritual maturity—and we all need that.
    Dear Michael,

    LH: Thanks for your additional comments. Here are a few thoughts from my side.

    1. Regarding your initial Assertion 2 – that Lucille’s teachings are all that students of esotericism will need during the impending Age of Aquarius, you comment that you are sure I have “heard this spoken and maybe can locate this assertion or something similar in her writings.”

    The passage that comes to mind is one from Ashramic Projections:

    “The Nature of the Soul series contains, within a particular frequency, the totality of the Thought-form Presentation. That means that that Thought-form Presentation finds its entry into the world via concepts contained within The Nature of the Soul.

    MDR: Lyn, what is the “totality of the Thought-form Presentation”. I am reminded that as Master DK dictated to A.A.B., she became aware of vast vistas of thought and realization that would never make it into the books the Master was dictating. Perhaps the key lies in the words “within a particular frequency”. Just what is that frequency? I am always cautious when I read words like “totality”, especially given the Principle of the Continuity of Revelation.

    LH: If, in receiving an impression from The New Thought-form Presentation as it is held in solution, you receive a concept that seems to be entirely new, look for it in The Nature of the Soul series and you will find it there.

    MDR: Is this not quite a claim? I want to make sure I understand and do not jump to conclusions. I do imagine that entirely new concepts (new to humanity) will, for instance, be revealed throughout the Greater Platonic Age of Aquarius of some 25,000 + years, and I also imagine that such concepts will not be found in the present Nature of the Soul Work nor in any revelation, including those given by Master DK or Master M. at this time.

    LH: It will be new only insofar as your own understanding is concerned. By the time the student has completed The Nature of the Soul, he has touched on the point of entry for every concept held in solution within The New Thought-form Presentation of The Wisdom.”

    MDR: I know Lucille was an Aries Sun-sign and that for such people the word “new” is often used, as I, another Aries type, have also used it. But what is it that really makes what LC presented the new thoughtform presentation of the Teachings. If Master DK is good to His word, within about nine or ten years, the third installment in His series of “bridging Treatises” will begin to be offered, perhaps with a different amanuensis. What should this concluding offering (for this time) be called? Is it somehow not as new as the New Thoughtform Presentation of the Teachings which LC has offered? Is it “old”? When it presents knowledge from the Hierarchical and Shamballic Libraries, which are ageless what should it be called? Neither “new” nor “old” would suffice, at least in my view.

    As I have been reading some LC books I have, or LC documents which you gave to me, I struggle to find that which is really “new”—or any newer than Agni Yoga, the Blue Books or H.P.B. These authors deal with timeless Wisdom which I think should be held in high regard. The word “new” can be used for separative purposes, implying that other Teachings are old, outworn and should be superseded—which is strange as that which is timeless, ageless cannot be superseded.

    So please clarify for me the use of the word “new” as applied to the LC teachings.

    LH: While similar to your assertion, I think you will agree that what Master R is saying isn’t exactly what some students might have understood. The tree is in the seed, but the tree and the tree are not the same thing.

    MDR: Is there planned a continuity of revelation with respect to the presently extant LC material? Is this in the works? If so, how will it be recognized? If not, how can one possibly imagine that any teaching, no matter how valuable, will not be greatly enlarged and deepened, perhaps by other authors or amanuenses as the centuries elapse? Will the Tibetan’s next installment be read as eagerly by the LC students as they now read LC? Or will Master DK be claimed as a Member of the Ashram of Synthesis? There is always a danger when the principle of the Continuity of Revelation is not respected. I think a revelatory challenge in this respect is imminent.

    LH: 2. Your thought that Lucille might be working under ashramic impression rather than taking dictation from a Chohan is right on. In fact, Master R suggests to Lucille’s students that they read what Master DK had to say about the Science of Impression in Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle.

    MDR: As Francis Bacon, the Count (Master R.) was one of the undisputed masters of the English language. I would imagine reading His exemplary wording in any real dictation He offered. But, as I understand it, LC said she provided the words. So then, we might say that the teaching purporting to come from Him was more impression than dictation. Impression of course is more subject to error and to the interpretation of the receiver, station or amanuensis.

    I have no trouble at all with various disciples tuning into the Ashram with which they are affiliated. By the way, given that by the early 1940’s and perhaps even earlier, Master R. was already the Mahachohan, the stream of His influence would be in the inclusive third ray—including as a Ray of Brahma, the fourth, fifth sixth and seventh rays as well as the normal Third Ray Ashram headed by Paul the Venetian. As for the first and second rays, they would have to come from other Sources.

    I still hold the likelihood that the Chohans on these rays had other things to do, as Master DK set forth in the quotation with which you are familiar and which I earlier shared.

    LH: Here’s another quote from Ashramic Projections:

    “I, the Master R., do not hesitate at this time, to ask you to aid my disciple, Lucille Cedercrans, in whatever way you can, thus aiding my own as well as your own service effort. I do not ask you to consider or accept her as perfect or infallible, nor to pay her homage, nor to place her upon any pedestal of illusion and glamour, but to see and to accept her in the Light of what she is—a disciple with a specific job to do, plus the training, the experience, and the capacity to fulfill the obligations she has undertaken.

    I ask you not to judge the persona or its life and affairs, but only the work. In so doing, you may come to know and love the Soul. Let it be remembered that Lucille’s work with Me is not that of a machine which takes down words, phrases, and sentences; but rather it is that of the creative artist whose function, in part, is to create the form which will carry a specific concept and energy to a waiting humanity.

    MDR: This is similar to the way Mme. Roerich regarded her role. As DK said in one of His rare commentaries on Agni Yoga regarding the book “Heart”: some of the words were provided directly by Master M.; some were written under His impression; and others were provided by the publishers. I believe that the process with AAB and DK was more linguistically exacting.

    Basically in the paragraphs you have offered above, the process is similar to any disciple tuning in on his or her Ashram (and perhaps, I would conservatively say, on the Master) and then offering in his or her own words (apparently much edited by certain members of the group?) a response to the impression. Of course, we must remember what the Mahachohan is—the Leader of five Ashrams! The charts in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire will demonstrate this.

    My impression is that of LC reaching in a general direction towards this larger heavenly group but, herself, being largely responsible for what was written. When we say, “Master R. said or wrote” it would seem more accurate to say LC “said or wrote” while under the impression of the Ashram which she considered to be her own. You already know that I think of the new Wisdom Ashram as being intra-hierarchical, and factually unattainable except by those who are actually members of Hierarchy or Shamballa. (This is a strong point to be considered.) That there may be many students aspiring towards Synthesis I do not doubt, but much more needs to be understood about the Nature of Synthesis than is customarily understood by most students. It will require an antahkarana completed to the monadic level, and only a Chohan has accomplished this. This is why the Members of the new Wisdom Ashram are Chohans of the sixth or seventh degrees, and some Masters Who are rapidly developing such capabilities. On Phillip’s Website, I have written a few points offering my understanding of Synthesis.

    If one studies the Seed Groups carefully, one notices that the 10th Seed Group is the synthetic one. BUT, and this is a big BUT, membership in this 10th group of Synthetic Magical Workers is drawn from the other nine groups—three from each I believe. First must come the ability to prove oneself in a lesser Ashram before one earns the right to enter the synthetic phase. I think a little humility in this regard would be well placed by unready aspirants towards synthesis—and by the way, I consider all of us as unready aspirants towards true synthesis. It is nice word to use, but mostly, students know too little of Pure Being to come anywhere near a state of true Synthesis.

    LH: Reread any paragraph in The Nature of The Soul and understand my meaning. It is not just any or every disciple on the thread who could have created precisely that form.”

    MDR: Well occasionally the Source makes a comment about the condition of the amanuensis. This is one of those comments.

    LH: Gretchen Groff, in her book Luminous Sitting, Torturous Walking about Lucille,

    MDR: Gretchen is a wonderful, luminous individual whom I am happy to know even a little as a result of her attendance at SRI/USR Conferences.

    LH: devotes a whole chapter to an excellent discussion about the differences and similarities between Lucille’s and AAB’s methods.

    MDR: Yes, she is a bridging individual and I would like to read what she has written in this regard.

    LH: Nothing, apparently, was communicated in word form to Lucille, but only a stream of abstract mental concepts – which she gave form to the best she could.

    MDR: OK, then, we are establishing that the process was not one of “dictation”. This would require a reassessment of DK’s statement that the Chohans were not working through dictation.

    Don’t we all, as gravitating towards certain Ashrams, receive such a stream when we are well attuned? It must be difficult to translate such an impression. So much will depend upon the state of mind of the receiver.

    The section on Station Training in Applied Wisdom goes into the causes of “error in communication” between Hierarchy and humanity.

    MDR: Yes, of course, it can happen.

    LH: I find this quite useful when sorting through the various teachings of Lucille. Here’s an example. Sorry for the length, but it bears directly on this issue:

    MDR: OK—I appreciate the care with which you are seeking to make your point.

    LH: “First, it would be wise for us to face head-on, so to speak, the problem of apparent misinterpretation of instruction being projected from a member of the Hierarchy to a group through a station—

    MDR: It is a very dignified way of referring to “channeling”.

    LH: a problem which is uppermost in the minds of some of you who have been particularly close to this type or kind of activity. Until we discuss the questions regarding this subject—which are within many of your minds—until we clarify the problem, face the issues involved, communication of a useful nature between us is impossible.

    Therefore, I am going to begin by presenting you with certain basic factors of major importance which must always be borne in mind if communication of this kind is to be carried out successfully to the benefit of all concerned.

    It must always be realized and held in mind that any communication from one individual to another, or to a group, will be first colored by the individual or individuals who are acting as interpreters. It is colored, first, by the station who is interpreting a communication projection from one language into another.

    Second, it is again colored by every individual who hears or reads the communication, according to his own state of consciousness, according to his own interpretation of that which has been projected.

    Third, one of the most important factors ever to be held in mind by any group receiving instruction by this means, and which is too often overlooked, is that misinterpretation can take place in the actual projection, at the point of the projection from the station to the group, by the astral consciousness of the group itself.

    MDR: Yes, I am understanding these qualifications. The use of “words” in the A.A.B./DK interplay, was, so it appears, much more intensive, and the process was, shall we say, “more concrete” Given the kinds of words which appear in Esoteric Astrology, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire and The Rays and the Initiations (and given A.A.B.’s lack of understanding of the technicalities of these matters) it would have to be! A.A.B. could not formulate such words. I do not believe there is any receiver who could—maybe H.P.B., (as the former initiate Cagliostro) would come closest in ability.

    LH: If the individuals receiving a particular instruction are focusing will-force into an astral desire or fear, that in itself can so communicate itself to the station that misinterpretation takes place as the station endeavors to interpret that which is being projected.

    MDR: This may shed light on why A.A.B. kept to herself in her dialogues with the Tibetan.

    LH: This is something that the recipient of instruction must ever hold in mind, if he would receive Truth, if he would receive that which is of Soul value to him, rather than that which is only a personality value.

    And fourth, of course, there is always the misinterpretation by the recipient of instruction in that he believes he has been told—or that he has received—one thing when it is something else entirely. You are all familiar with this type of misinterpretation.

    MDR: I think the foregoing covers the bases when it comes to possible reasons for error or misinterpretation.

    LH: And, there is, too, that which you consider to be error in instruction, or misinterpretation, when it is not error or misinterpretation, but only your misunderstanding of that which has been projected.”

    Master R goes on to say later in this section:

    “Instruction from Hierarchial levels to humanity cannot be of benefit until that humanity is able and willing to take the responsibility of their own actions, is willing to set forth upon their own planned activity, is willing to make mistakes and to learn by those mistakes, and to take the responsibility of them.

    MDR: This, of course, is common sense.

    LH: They cannot evolve through placing the responsibility for their actions upon another’s shoulders. This is the whole problem, and until the group is able to recognize it and each one resolve it within himself, instruction between Hierarchy and group is of very little use, actually a greater hindrance than it is a help. And this applies to the problems involved in the function of a station as well as it does to any other problems.”

    MDR: If a disciple does not take responsibility for his or her actions, then he or she is no real disciple. This is clear.

    LH: One last thought about Lucille’s process. Early in her career as a telepathic communicator, she worked with a “power station” – a male figure with a lot of first ray who helped “protect her alignment” while she was working as a “station”. After many years, she was able to function successfully without one. There seems to be something similar (whether conscious or unconscious) in the process of other well know Hierarchical intermediaries – Peter and Eileen Caddy, Alice and Foster Bailey and Helena and Nicolas Roerich.

    MDR: I am not familiar with such “protectors” in the cases of A.A.B., FB, and the Roerichs. It is an interesting thought and I am sure that hierarchical Sources do their best to make sure that what they say or impress gets through in the best possible form.

    LH: 3. In one of your comments about the type of teaching expected from the various ashrams, you say, “I can certainly see Master R. working in the field of economics, ritual and international organization but not so much dealing with second ray issues like, “the nature of the soul”.

    Later on, in a seemingly different regard, you say, “I know some of the LC writings which explain to certain students how it was that they (based upon their past) are now members of the Ashram of Synthesis—it was actually you who showed them to me long ago. However, I persist in thinking that this Wisdom Ashram of which DK writes, is very high in its nature and that most who say they are “members” of such an Ashram, could not qualify for the rigors involved in membership in even a lesser Ashram directed by a Master (necessitating the third degree for real membership)—let alone enter an Ashram inspired by the Buddha, the Christ and the Mahachohan for which even Masters, in general, might be unqualified.”

    My reply to both of these concerns is that the Ashram of Synthesis, from which Lucille claims inspiration, works primarily with the energy of, well, Synthesis – emanating at this time from the Avatar of Synthesis.

    MDR: Lyn, I must be frank with you in considering this a very high stretch. We are dealing with an inter-planetary Avatar Who may, in some respects, be more advanced that the Planetary Logos He is overshadowing. I simply share my impression that that claim is exaggerated. That there are student who aspire to the understanding of and conscious participation in Synthesis, there can be no doubt—and the trend is good, considering that the Yoga of Synthesis is being released in various ways. Given, however that the Avatar of Synthesis is overshadowing that becoming-seventh degree initiate we call the Christ, I do not see any direct contact between a “station” or between the students and that Great Being. It is would be a filter down situation at best. Perhaps, however, you are not actually claiming that there was direct contact, but only a stream inspired by the Avatar of Synthesis. Frankly, I will leave it to the Christ to understand what is intended.

    LH: Of course, this is a big subject and I don’t intend to comment on that here, other than to say that, as Master R explains it, the energy of Synthesis is not a combination of rays (all 7, but primarily 1,2 & 7 at present), but something entirely new.

    MDR: I always am a bit concerned when I hear about “something entirely new”. (We know how often such statements are used to negate that which has been tried and true and is well established. One leaves the ‘old’ which really works, because the so-called ‘new’ is inviting. I am very watchful about all such claims.)

    I also think that the Third Ray of Aspect (on which ray the Monad of Master R. must necessarily be) is always left out of the line-up when the sources of Synthesis are discussed. If anything, Master R., as Mahachohan, is synthesizing the five Rays of Brahma, through the use of the third ray of Creative Intelligence. That the seventh ray is focally powerful at this time, and that Master R. through His Egoic Ray (i.e., Triadal Ray) has a very close relation to the seventh ray, are not to be denied, but without the 1, 2, 3—one does not have triune Synthesis.

    LH: As such, what may have been separate areas of responsibility (ray-wise) may not be so now in the same way.

    MDR: As with all claims, maybe, maybe not. The Ashrams still have distinct things to accomplish as Master DK sets forth clearly. There are indeed separate areas of responsibility and there is no use blurring these areas. KH deals with the Reappearance of the Christ focally. Master H. deals with scientific discovery and application. Master M. deals with leadership and politics, focally. Master DK deals with training aspirants for initiation. Master R. as Mahachohan with the restructuring of Europe along the line of economics.

    Here is the quotation from The Rays and the Initiations, p. 586:

    “1. The group in which the initiate is working upon the physical plane and which is an externalisation (existing on the mental and astral planes) of some phase of work sponsored by the New Group of World Servers. All disciples and initiates in physical manifestation are at this time members of that group, which is the focal point of the present effort being made by the Hierarchy. Through it spiritual energy from five of the Ashrams is flowing. These five are:

    a. The Ashram of the Master K.H., particularly in regard to the work of education.
    b. The Ashram of the Master D.K. (myself), particularly in regard to aspirants for initiation.
    c. The Ashram of the Master R., particularly in regard to the reorganising and the reconstruction of Europe, from the point of view of economics.
    d. The Ashram of the Master Morya, as He seeks to find, influence and direct the activities of workers in the political field throughout the planet.
    e. The Ashram of the Master Hilarion, as He supervises the discoveries (and the application of such discoveries) of the scientific movement in the world today.

    You will note, therefore, the profound and widespread interest of this field of energy wherein ray energy is now active.”

    MDR: Shall we doubt this, written just a few years before LC began receiving?

    LH: Master R explains that he is the primary “Spokesperson” for the Ashram of Synthesis (if such an irreverent term can be used) because of His special relationship to the 7th Ray throat center in the Pacific Northwest.

    MDR: It’s quite a claim. Can it be rationally justified according to the Law of Correspondences? What type of center is this—in the USA, or planetary, and if so how does it square with the Five Planetary Centres given by DK—their rays as cities and as global centers. This must be investigated.

    LH: It was intended that that center would be responsible for “public relations” and the outer organizational aspects of the ashram in relation to humanity – just as the head center in Washington DC would be more directly related to Master M and the heart center in the LA area would be more directly related to Master DK. MDR: What happened to KH?

    MDR: What do you think of the idea that Washington D.C. will soon no longer be the head center or at least the center of power?

    “Like Russia, this country is in the making and — as I have told you elsewhere — as the nation’s power shifts, as it will and as it now really is shifting from Washington to New York, the Cancerian influence will steadily lessen and the country will take its place as an adult among the nations.” (DON 89)

    MDR: All the above are assertions. Time will tell in all cases.

    LH: Another characteristic of the “New Thoughtform Presentation of the Wisdom” emanating from the Ashram of Synthesis is that it includes “every school of thought, every walk of life, every level in the human consciousness.” It requires aspirants, disciples and initiates at all levels of human consciousness – and many members of the deva kingdom as well.

    MDR: If we are dealing with what has thus far been given, my reservations are strong. It seems an excessive claim. To me, given the present evidence, it is over-reach. The scientific aspect, especially, would need much more work, as would the artistic aspect. Why should Master DK bother with further “revelatory” writing through the last of the three “bridging Treatises”? Does one include such writings as He intends to make within the NTPOTW? If so, we may have to discuss right appropriation and its opposite.

    Of course, I know that the LC teaching includes Master DK and Master M. in the Ashram of Synthesis, and so maybe what DK writes, imminently, will be claimed as a revelation from the Ashram of Synthesis? Maybe it is not only Master R. who is ‘projecting’ etc.

    That the Seven Ashrams contain all this—that is necessarily true and each will play its precise part in the coming Revelation for the Age of Aquarius, just as each nation has its role to play according to its soul and personality rays and its astrological equipment—and this regardless of the fact that synthesis among the nations is intended. That the Factor of Synthesis is necessarily growing under the influence of the Avatar of Synthesis and the incoming energies of Aquarius is also true, but I think we must walk before we can run. To me, I see a significant number of aspirants reaching towards an intra-hierarchical Ashram for which even some Masters cannot qualify. I do not see evidence in the character or service of these aspirants and disciples that they are any different from the aspirants and disciples who seek to serve and who are applicants for the privilege of standing on the periphery of some ‘ordinary’ Ashram. Claims aside, this is what I see after close observation over quite a few years.

    LH: As a matter of fact (or esoteric fiction perhaps) according to Lucille, you too are a member of the Ashram of Synthesis (don’t let it go to your head) – at least the original plan was said to be for all disciples in the Ashrams of Master M, Master DK and Master R to be integrated into the Ashram of Synthesis by the end of last century.

    MDR: There is no doubt in my mind that the objective of realizing the Nature of Synthesis and participating in it is an objective of all those who are focally working on building the antahkarana, and not just its initial stages. However, the third initiation, minimally will be required to participate in what Synthesis really is, and a Chohan is the One Who can claim to be truly synthetic—as a Self-realized Monad. I also go on record as saying that I am doubtful in the extreme that any kind of “synthetic initiation” (which jumps over life-times of necessary training for initiation) will solve the problem. The great majority of aspirants for initiation are focused somewhere between the first and second initiation, though not all have taken even the first. I am familiar with hundreds of aspirants, some of them who claim to be members of the Ashram of Synthesis. I do not see any contrast between them (the supposed members of the Ashram of Synthesis) and the many aspirants who simply are working towards the second initiation.

    I will stick to the Seed-Thought Model and look to the formation of the Tenth Seed Group for hints about how a Synthetic Ashram is reached—by paying one’s dues in the lesser Ashrams I am quite sure (though I did read LC’s explanation concerning why certain people were rightfully members of the Ashram of Synthesis). While I respect the striving of any aspirant or disciple, I remained entirely unconvinced by her words. I would say, let those who are clearly unqualified for true ashramic membership in ordinary Ray Ashrams prepare with due diligence for this more humble but exacting task!

    LH: It was predicted to be a bumpy road, especially at personality levels, but I think you will admit, there has been a measure of integration between disciples affiliating themselves with these three teachers over the past decade or so.

    MDR: I personally, have always worked for this, especially in integrating the teachings of DK, M. and H.P.B. With respect to the Teachings of Master R., I continue to reserve judgment. When I see that which truly convinces me that the claims of LC are hierarchically correct, I will not hesitate to accept them. So far, I see a number of claims which I consider to be incorrect, though I certainly do not say there is no disciplic value in her work.

    Further, my reservation does not mean that I do not honor the aspiration and efforts of those who have gathered around the LC teaching. They are fellow aspirants and disciples and I wish them well in all their efforts to unfold spiritually and serve humanity and the planet. I think they will achieve some measure of success, because they are all souls and are attempting to cooperate, and because there is much of value in the LC teaching.

    As time goes by, errors in thought and understanding will be seen and corrected. I am sure that people gathered around the Blue Books and the Agni Yoga Books are making many errors in understanding and interpretation.

    My goal is to clarify certain relationships between concepts and practices which cannot all be true and useful. Erroneous teaching, wherever it appears, may seem harmless at first, but eventually is will lead its devotees into various delays and traps. In speaking of this, I am surveying the entire field of modern esotericism and not focusing on any one teaching.

    MDR: I hope that we may examine these apparent conflicts from the plane of mind illumined by the soul and with a necessary detachment. In the end, we will accept what we will accept. For many, only bitter experience will reveal the nature of the glamours or illusions (or both) in which they have been willingly ensnared. The awakening (and I am ready to be awakened to my errors in thought and understanding) can be at first painful, but in the long run will save the awakened one much time and grief—perhaps a number of incarnations. So different teachings have to be examined carefully for self-consistency and also for consistency or contradiction amongst themselves. This is far from an easy task and the astral body of many will rebel before the task has hardly begun. The most careful thought must be applied and then greater light may come. And perhaps, one day, it shall be so, that the occult groups will no longer be the most glamoured of all world groups!

    Always with appreciation for your thoughts and your intention to clarify important points.

    Light, Love and Power, Michael

    LH: I look forward to your thoughts on synthetic initiation and other matters of mutual interest.

    In Love and Light,

    Lyn

  10. Luka Kovač says:

    Thank you all for starting this important discussion.
    The question of Hierarchical inspiration is actually also addressing the unity of the light workers of the world. This was a profound problem in the past and it remains one today. It is a problem of not being able to look past the form of a teaching. Hierarchical inspiration can be ascertained through the essence of a teaching and this can be sensed only by intuition and realized by a soul illumined mind and also common sense.
    It is my understanding this discussion aims at two things:
    1. To question the authenticity of those teachings that claim to be hierarchically inspired, by comparison to those teachings that are accepted as being hierarchically inspired.
    2. To shed light on the glamours and distorted presentations of those teachings proclaiming to be hierarchically inspired.
    Hierarchy can be viewed from two angles. It can connote that group of enlightened beings that serve as guides for the developing humanity and are the custodians of the Plan, the Masters and their ashrams. This is the narrow angle. The wider angle would be that the word Hierarchy is simply another word for the kingdom of souls, the fifth kingdom.
    The same distinction can be made of the teachings. The primary ones could be attributed to inspiration by the Hierarchy of Masters, the secondary and tertiary teachings to soul illumined personalities (of various degrees). There exists a difference in quality and depth between the two groups of teachings, yet in my opinion both are hierarchically inspired. The outstanding qualities of such teachings, something they can be recognized by, are the fundamental hierarchical ideas, the essence of hierarchical teachings, for example unity, sacrifice, respect, tolerance and many others.
    There is however a great distinction in form of these teachings. We are many and diverse, so also must the teachings reflect that diversity if they hope to find entrance into the human consciousness. The differences in karma, culture, ray, stage of development, and many others, all must be taken into account. It is therefore the secondary and tertiary teachings are so necessary. They step down and adapt the various hierarchical ideas and make them appealing and accessible to a wider circle of humanity. Of course this necessarily means many of the original ideas are distorted. Glamour creeps in and things tend to become complicated, but there is no other way.
    The difficulty is to look past the form of the teaching. The task of senior students of ancient wisdom is to approach any teaching from the world of meaning and to emphasize that within the teaching that does resonate with the essence of hierarchical teachings. If we battle a lie we strengthen it and will lose. If we fight for truth, as little as is accessible to us, we just might contribute something that will help to penetrate the veils of glamour and illusion.

    So, to return to the two points above, I believe we should be cautious when establishing authenticity of a teaching and gauging if it is hierarchically inspired or not. For many of us the teachings presented by DK represent the highest teaching publicly available at this moment and we recognise it incontrovertibly as a hierarchically inspired one. These are the path we have trodden to approach the truth, the deepest well we have dug in search for it. But as we stand on the bottom of our well if we look up the view of the sky is narrow. It is then we must remind ourselves that is the water below that is important, the same water that is reached by any well if it is deep enough, and not our particular well that is the way we have approached truth.
    For example about a year ago I came across a book called The Book of Knowledge, written by Mevlana (a pseudonym) under supposed inspiration of a supreme center that was responsible also for the Bible and Koran. They have strict rules how to disseminate the teachings of the book, so I was allowed only to get a glimpse into the first booklet of it. I was not very impressed by the words; they were simplistic, repetitive and foreign to me in their approach that is based on Islam. I did however sense that there was something good and true these words were connected to, so I agreed to participate in reading of the book which is a form of group meditation. In this reading I came in contact with energies which were incontrovertibly (for me) similar to hierarchical energies. As I explored The Book of Knowledge further I came to a conclusion this was a sixth ray teaching method from a high source (does it really matter if it is hierarchical or not). Sixth ray is peculiar and so are the teachings tailored to sixth ray types. I presented this book to sixth ray friends and there was an immediate resonance. Its presentation is foreign to me, but familiar to them. To someone that could be interested I am attaching some links:
    https://archive.org/stream/TheKnowledgeBook/TheKnowledgeBook_djvu.txt
    http://www.dkb-mevlana.org.tr/
    http://www.bulentcorak.com/
    Had I not sensed the energies connected to its teaching, I could easily dismiss the book as being one of the tertiary inspired writings at best. But it is far more than that. Such experiences remind me how different we really are and how different must necessarily be the forms through which our guides and watchers are attempting to lift us and bring us closer to the truth and how cautious I must be not to judge too quickly.
    There is also the aspect of time that has to be considered. All teachings come out tinged by energies of that particular time. The form of any teachings hierarchically inspired or not, becomes outdated as the world changes. But with hierarchically inspired teachings their essence is timeless. The ideas of Bhagavad-Gita are contemporary and relevant and will remain so, yet its form may be foreign to many. Jose Becerra addressed this in a couple of his points. The forms of a teaching must in my opinion change and adapt to the need of the world so that its essence is brought closer to the existing state of mind of the people – something that is changing quite rapidly in these times. Yet to do that, to adapt the form, one has to understand the essence, and therein lies the problem, doesn’t it?

    As for the second point it is a real problem of the moment. In the last 150 or so years the West has received an immense influx of esoteric teachings from the East. It was a time of very strong sixth ray influence and its accompanying idealism. It was easy for westerners to adopt the high ideals of the teachings but somewhat ignore the more down to earth teachings on discipline, sacrifice, watchfulness, mindfulness and other basic requirements for treading the path. The many so-called hierarchically inspired writings are a continuation of the same delusion – for example that there can be achievement without self induced effort, or that supreme achievement can be attained without taking into account the necessary time factor. If there is one thing that dignifies hierarchically inspired teachings, it is the difficulty of spiritual progress, the supreme effort that is necessary to achieve anything and also the time it takes to mount one step at a time that winnows through them. This of course does not appeal to the personality. It appeals however to the soul, the Lord of Sacrifice. Many so-called spiritual teachers have consciously ‘modified’ the spiritual teachings so that these would appeal to a wider circle of people. This is not what I had in mind above where I mention that the form of hierarchical teaching should be adapted to the world need and the consciousness of the young generation. Many teachings, ancient ones and more contemporary ones have been seriously distorted. So what can the more experienced workers do to help clear the overwhelming confusion and to turn the eyes of the public from the distortion towards truth?
    I do not presume to know the answer to that question, but I would suggest one thing. Wherever some truth is found within a teaching however distorted, deluded or glamoured it may be, that truth should be emphasized and everything else well… ignored. Why do I propose this somewhat gentle approach? Because it conserves energy and uses it to strengthen only that part that is good and worth cultivating. Emphasizing what is false in the teaching (any teaching) and bringing the glamour to the light, as desirable as it may seem, is rather futile. In most cases it fosters conflict and really strengthens the glamoured position. Much energy is so expended with little hope of success.
    One of the most effective ways of battling glamour is by attrition. With joy I observe how many people are now slowly becoming sick of the teachings with empty promises and high but unrealistic ideals. Slowly the new age spirituality will realize that the true spiritual work is necessarily hard and slow. With this realization better discernment what is a hierarchically inspired teaching and what is far from it will dawn.

    • Michael Robbins says:

      Dear Luka,

      Thank you for your thoughtful letter below. I will offer a few thoughts after MDR:
      Luka Kovač says:
      June 22, 2016 at 3:28 pm
      LK: Thank you all for starting this important discussion.

      LK: The question of Hierarchical inspiration is actually also addressing the unity of the light workers of the world.
      MDR: Agreed, and at a time when the unity of such workers is a very important part of preparation for the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ.

      LK: This was a profound problem in the past and it remains one today. It is a problem of not being able to look past the form of a teaching.

      MDR: I would say, “perhaps”, because there should be reasonably close correlation between substance and form. The words which are used will often convey the substance and word-forms cannot be entirely dismissed as irrelevant.

      LK: Hierarchical inspiration can be ascertained through the essence of a teaching and this can be sensed only by intuition and realized by a soul illumined mind and also common sense.

      MDR: All these are necessary, of course, and these are the factors which a number of us have tried to apply when looking for the truth-value of all kinds of writings in the esoteric field. Still, may I say that I do not sense there is necessarily a great disjunction between the substance meant to be conveyed and the words which are used to convey it. That relationship must be studied carefully and may often be closer than we think.

      LK: It is my understanding this discussion aims at two things:
      1. To question the authenticity of those teachings that claim to be hierarchically inspired, by comparison to those teachings that are accepted as being hierarchically inspired.

      MDR: From my perspective, this is partially true. If real authenticity is to be determined, more than comparison with other valued sources is to be utilized: illumined reason and pure reason (as much as possible) must be applied, and, as you say, “common sense”. Comparison, however, can be useful, especially when certain standards are firmly maintained. I think there are very few who doubt the integrity of Master DK’s Teaching, whether through H.P.B. or A.A.B. Master DK’s Teaching is not the only “touchstone”, but it is extremely useful in this regard.

      LK: 2. To shed light on the glamours and distorted presentations of those teachings proclaiming to be hierarchically inspired.

      MDR: The important thing here is to clarify the mental and astral fields of disciples within the esoteric community. Everyone must see to his or her own condition, of course, but there is a necessity to turn one’s eyes upon the general mental and emotional condition of the esoteric world group—at a time when so much may be expected of them in cooperation with Hierarchy.

      LK: Hierarchy can be viewed from two angles. It can connote that group of enlightened beings that serve as guides for the developing humanity and are the custodians of the Plan, the Masters and their ashrams. This is the narrow angle.

      MDR: I am not sure the word “narrow” applies. I would call it “elevated and “specific”.

      LK: The wider angle would be that the word Hierarchy is simply another word for the kingdom of souls, the fifth kingdom.

      MDR: A legitimate definition, I think, though we must be careful, as one does begin to enter the fifth kingdom at the very first initiation, and is, at that time, nowhere near membership in Hierarchy defined as the “society of organised and illumined minds”. For me, the true Spiritual Hierarchy begins at the fifth initiation, though I can see a more inclusive, less intensive way of regarding Hierarchy.

      LK: The same distinction can be made of the teachings. The primary ones could be attributed to inspiration by the Hierarchy of Masters, the secondary and tertiary teachings to soul illumined personalities (of various degrees).

      MDR: This makes sense.

      LK: There exists a difference in quality and depth between the two groups of teachings, yet in my opinion both are hierarchically inspired.

      MDR: It is simply a question of degree, intensity and depth. In a way, the soul (considered as the Higher Self of the individual—either within the egoic lotus or spiritual triad) is a member of Hierarchy, and soul-inspiration is, in this sense, hierarchical inspiration. This is not the same thing, however, as the perspective of a Master of the Wisdom or a Chohan.

      LK: The outstanding qualities of such teachings, something they can be recognized by, are the fundamental hierarchical ideas, the essence of hierarchical teachings, for example unity, sacrifice, respect, tolerance and many others.

      MDR: These are all sound and to them I would add impersonal love and ageless wisdom.

      LK: There is however a great distinction in form of these teachings. We are many and diverse, so also must the teachings reflect that diversity if they hope to find entrance into the human consciousness.

      MDR: By “we” do you mean those intelligent individuals who can at this time benefit from hierarchically inspired teaching?

      LK: The differences in karma, culture, ray, stage of development, and many others, all must be taken into account.

      MDR: Of course, and this is one of the reasons why there will be, spread across the globe, Fourteen Preparatory Schools and Fourteen Advanced Schools. Many types of needs will have to be met, but the “ancient landmarks” and the foundational principles must not be ignored or supplanted.

      LK: It is therefore the secondary and tertiary teachings are so necessary.

      MDR: Simplified, yes, and preferably not glamour-ridden and full of illusion. When I studied what Richard Feynman said to the layman about nuclear physics, I found brilliant simplification but no distortion. Distortion is not necessary at foundational levels; simplification is. With simplification there need not be distortion, though some might disagree.

      LK: They step down and adapt the various hierarchical ideas and make them appealing and accessible to a wider circle of humanity.

      MDR: Yes, reasonable—even what we are receiving from Masters DK and M. is much stepped-down for our level of understanding. I would not, however, call it “distorted”.

      LK: Of course this necessarily means many of the original ideas are distorted.

      MDR: Here is where I must disagree with you. I think it is possible to simplify without distorting. One simply says less; does not go into such ramifying detail; does not overwhelm. What the Christ said to the masses and to His perhaps first degree initiates, was simplified and sometimes in need of interpretation, but not distorted.

      There are ten thousand technical things we could say about “the Kingdom of Heaven is within”, but the statement is not a distortion.

      LK: Glamour creeps in and things tend to become complicated, but there is no other way.

      MDR: Well, we have our different perspectives here. The great gift of great Teachers like the Christ and the Buddha is the ability to speak simply yet without distortion. A study of the words of the Buddha will reveal this in a remarkable way. He eschewed complicated esoteric doctrine in order to present the fundamental Laws of Life, in a very simple way. Check out DINA II 518, concerning simplicity opening the Door to Shamballa.

      LK: The difficulty is to look past the form of the teaching.

      MDR: As long as the form is not responsible for distortion.

      LK: The task of senior students of ancient wisdom is to approach any teaching from the world of meaning and to emphasize that within the teaching that does resonate with the essence of hierarchical teachings.

      MDR: Good things can be found in many teachings which contain distortions and rather serious errors—but the good can indeed be found and emphasized and perhaps, in time, it will dissolve the distortions.

      LK: If we battle a lie we strengthen it and will lose.

      MDR: In my view, this is partially true, but it was not true for the Christ with His ray one mind and the direct pronouncements He made to the perpetrators of falsehoods. His words were amazingly direct and often confrontational.

      LK: If we fight for truth, as little as is accessible to us, we just might contribute something that will help to penetrate the veils of glamour and illusion.

      MDR: Of course, we must fight for truth. Of course! Taking an analogy however, it may indeed be possible to overcome a serious cancer by strengthening the archetypal defense systems of the body, but sometimes, this strengthening is not enough, and preliminary surgery is needed. Then the body can recover. Once the cancer of glamorous, illusory thought has infected the many, it may be too late to save the esoteric body.

      LK: So, to return to the two points above, I believe we should be cautious when establishing authenticity of a teaching and gauging if it is hierarchically inspired or not.

      MDR: Of course, and this is where reason and “pure reason” (intuition) and the factor of comparison with firm standards come into play.

      LK: For many of us the teachings presented by DK represent the highest teaching publicly available at this moment and we recognise it incontrovertibly as a hierarchically inspired one. These are the path we have trodden to approach the truth, the deepest well we have dug in search for it.

      MDR: There will always be more, of course, according to the principle of the Continuity of Revelation. The Teaching is more than the books, but all that can be reasonably and intuitively generated from the ideas within the books, and many authors could be included. Every solid teaching invites intuitive extension. I find that in Master DK’s actual words in His tangible books, ten times as many books are implicate—maybe more.

      LK: But as we stand on the bottom of our well if we look up the view of the sky is narrow. It is then we must remind ourselves that is the water below that is important, the same water that is reached by any well if it is deep enough, and not our particular well that is the way we have approached truth.

      MDR: I know this analogy and it has served many. Again, I must say, not all wells will reach water. One has to be digging in the right place. There are many legitimate approaches to Truth—each Ashram has its ways. AND there are distorted approaches which lead to delay or nowhere.

      LK: For example about a year ago I came across a book called The Book of Knowledge, written by Mevlana (a pseudonym) under supposed inspiration of a supreme center that was responsible also for the Bible and Koran. They have strict rules how to disseminate the teachings of the book, so I was allowed only to get a glimpse into the first booklet of it. I was not very impressed by the words; they were simplistic, repetitive and foreign to me in their approach that is based on Islam. I did however sense that there was something good and true these words were connected to, so I agreed to participate in reading of the book which is a form of group meditation. In this reading I came in contact with energies which were incontrovertibly (for me) similar to hierarchical energies. As I explored The Book of Knowledge further I came to a conclusion this was a sixth ray teaching method from a high source (does it really matter if it is hierarchical or not).

      MDR: There are number of transmitting sources. Some sources are simply disciples of the Great Ones who have something of value to say. The soul too is a source for inspired writings, about 8% of the time says Master DK.

      The following from Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle (75-77), pretty well covers likely sources of “inspired writings” in what appears to be a fairly accurate way

      “1. Messages emanating from the relatively nice, well-trained subconscious nature of the recipient. These well up from the subconscious but are regarded by the recipient as coming from an outside source. Introspective people frequently penetrate into the layer of subconscious recollection and are quite unaware of so doing. Their interest in themselves is so intense. Not knowing that they have done this, [Page 76] they regard what they find as unusual, beautiful and important, and then proceed to formulate it into messages, which they expect their friends and the general public to regard as spiritually based. These messages are normally innocuous, sometimes beautiful, because they are a mixture of what the recipients have read and gathered from the mystical writing or have heard from Christian sources and the Bible. It is really the content of their right thinking along spiritual lines and can do no one any harm, but is of no true importance whatsoever. It accounts, however, for eighty-five percent (85%) of the so-called telepathic or inspired writings so prevalent at this time.

      2. Impressions from the soul, which are translated into concepts and written down by the personality; the recipient is deeply impressed by the relatively high vibration which accompanies them, forgetting that the vibration of the soul is that of a Master, for the soul is a Master on its own plane. These are true soul impressions but usually have in them nothing new or of major importance; they are, again, the result of past ages of soul development (as far as the personality is concerned); they are, therefore, that which an awakening personality has contributed to the soul of the good, the true and the beautiful, plus that which has entered into the personality consciousness as a result of soul contact. This accounts for eight percent (8%) of the writings and communications put before the general public by aspirants today.

      3. Teachings given by a senior or more advanced disciple on the inner planes to a disciple under training or who has just been admitted into an Ashram. These teachings bear the impress and conclusions of the senior disciple and are frequently of value; they may—and often do—contain information of which the recipient is totally unaware. The criterion here is that nothing (literally nothing) will concern [Page 77] the recipient, either spiritually or mentally or in any other way connected with his personality, nor will they contain the platitudes of the religious background of the recipient. They will account for five percent (5%) of the teaching given, but this is in relation to the entire world and the percentage does not refer to some one occult group, one religious faith or one nation. The recognition of this is of vital importance.

      4. Communications from a Master to His disciple. This accounts for two percent (2%) of the entire telepathic receptivity, demonstrated by humanity as a whole throughout the entire world. Western students would here do well to remember that the subjective Eastern student is far more prone to telepathic receptivity than is his Western brother; this has a definite bearing on all the above classifications, which is somewhat humiliating for the Western mystic and occult student. The World Scriptures emanate from another department of the second ray teaching faculty. In this statement I do not include The Old Testament except such passages as the Twenty-third Psalm and certain passages out of the Prophets, particularly the Prophet Isaiah. The World Scriptures were written for mystics, occupied with beauty, comfort, and encouragement, and were not written for occultists. I would call this to your attention.”

      LK: Sixth ray is peculiar and so are the teachings tailored to sixth ray types. I presented this book to sixth ray friends and there was an immediate resonance. Its presentation is foreign to me, but familiar to them. To someone that could be interested I am attaching some links:

      MDR: Many good ideas and much inspiration can come from many authors who may be inspired by their soul or by an Ashram with which they are consciously or unconsciously affiliated. Advancing the Knowledge of Hierarchy in the mind of humanity is another matter. Such uplifting writings are one thing and The Secret Doctrine or A Treatise on Cosmic Fire another.

      https://archive.org/stream/TheKnowledgeBook/TheKnowledgeBook_djvu.txt
      http://www.dkb-mevlana.org.tr/
      http://www.bulentcorak.com/

      LK: Had I not sensed the energies connected to its teaching, I could easily dismiss the book as being one of the tertiary inspired writings at best. But it is far more than that.

      MDR: We all make our own evaluations and entitled to do so.

      MDR: I would also consider triggers. We may be sensing our own higher sources triggered by exposure to what—sometimes to anything, even things which are not especially spiritual. At least, so I have found it in my life.

      LK: Such experiences remind me how different we really are and how different must necessarily be the forms through which our guides and watchers are attempting to lift us and bring us closer to the truth and how cautious I must be not to judge too quickly.

      MDR: The advice is sound. Further every modern student of these things has the influence of a Solar Angel pervading the egoic lotus. This Solar Pitri is a member of the Council within the Sun:

      “Perfected men are in the councils of the planetary Logos of their particular ray; the solar Pitris are in the council of the solar Logos.69” (TCF 843)

      We certainly are connected with amazing heights through the agency of that solar angelic Being which supervises our development. There are as many ways to Truth as there are antahkaranas and as many antahkaranas are there are human Monads. So each individual is, in fact, a Way to the Truth of Spirit.

      That said, there are Busiric teachings which delay, mislead and can even cause disaster. These must be noted to help clear the way of the less experienced, aspiring ones. The Master does “protective work” and His disciples must undertake some such work, on their own levels, when necessity is indicated.

      LK: There is also the aspect of time that has to be considered. All teachings come out tinged by energies of that particular time. The form of any teachings hierarchically inspired or not, becomes outdated as the world changes. But with hierarchically inspired teachings their essence is timeless.

      MDR: Teachings on the Seven Laws of the Soul, on the Seven Solar systemic Laws, on the Fourteen Rules for Disciples and Initiates…etc. So many Teachings from the Archives of Hierarchy and Shamballa. And these are the very kinds of Teaching which less experienced students, unable to assimilate them, declare to be outdated and outmoded. Can we not agree that it would be foolish to adopt that point of view yet think one is moving ahead spiritually?

      LK: The ideas of Bhagavad-Gita are contemporary and relevant and will remain so, yet its form may be foreign to many.

      MDR: It all depends how deeply we want to go into the translations available to us, or, should we choose, to learn Sanskrit and deal with the original. Your discussion is very much on substance vis-à-vis form. DK has translated for us many classics of times more ancient than Atlantis. The form in which He presented them (such as the Six Trumpeted Words, DINA II 285) have given us access to Timeless Truth.

      LK: Jose Becerra addressed this in a couple of his points. The forms of a teaching must in my opinion change and adapt to the need of the world so that its essence is brought closer to the existing state of mind of the people

      MDR: As long as in the process the essence is preserved and not distorted by the purportedly ‘new’ word-forms chosen. Curiously, following the death of A.A.B., and not at all long after, various teachings emerged. My assessment is that the forms of words were not so very different from those used by DK/A.A.B. (though not as polished, in my evaluation). Such teachings claim to be “new”, but the world and world need had not changed dramatically in a few short years.

      Making a general statement now, much distorting novelty lies associated with the word “new”. People like that word. Master M. does like it very much—for Him every moment is “new” and I surely agree. But too often the use of this term is a way of ignoring or dismissing the “ancient landmarks” which never change—at least on our globe and for millions of years. Thus the truly ageless Teaching is dismissed by the attractive word “new”, when that which is offered has far less substance to it than that which is found in the Libraries of Hierarchy and Shamballa.

      LK: – something that is changing quite rapidly in these times.

      MDR: Yes, but not so rapidly that the “ancient landmarks” should be ignored. So often people who do not wish to assimilate what has been given by Hierarchy rush forward into the “new” simply because it relieves them of the necessary assimilation.

      LK: Yet to do that, to adapt the form, one has to understand the essence, and therein lies the problem, doesn’t it?

      MDR: I think you are correct here. This is where Master DK, translating from the Old Commentary and from the Archives, really excels. It was also, I believe, Master KH Who translated the Slokas in The Secret Doctrine into English for H.P.B.’s commentary.

      The ‘new clothing’ may not fit very well at times and may entirely disguise the one who wears it.

      LK: As for the second point it is a real problem of the moment. In the last 150 or so years the West has received an immense influx of esoteric teachings from the East. It was a time of very strong sixth ray influence and its accompanying idealism. It was easy for westerners to adopt the high ideals of the teachings but somewhat ignore the more down to earth teachings on discipline, sacrifice, watchfulness, mindfulness and other basic requirements for treading the path.

      MDR: Well stated.

      LK: The many so-called hierarchically inspired writings are a continuation of the same delusion – for example that there can be achievement without self induced effort,

      MDR: Yes, as in the case in which the entire dense physical plane is expected to disappear into etherealization in a rather few years. Not much you can do about it! Or in the case of what is called “synthetic initiation” (about which I hope to write in some depth)—it is conferred, and you who may not even be a first degree initiate, emerge (as a result of this conferred process) as a Master of the Wisdom. This turns all we know about initiation, and the careful presentation over years and years DK’s writing, on its head. But more later.

      LK: or that supreme achievement can be attained without taking into account the necessary time factor.

      MDR: Inexperienced students are impatient, just as the novice is always more conceited than the more experienced disciple. Initiation is labour-intensive and takes time. What happened to the “battle-scarred warrior” who over lives and lives had to fight his or her way into the light? Well, in no time at all, and with no scars—that warrior emerges as a Master! Very satisfying to the personality! I think we have to get serious now about time, effort, struggle, pain, etc. No one likes these necessities and so, a teaching appears which does away with them. For me, such teaching did not emanate from Hierarchy.

      LK: If there is one thing that dignifies hierarchically inspired teachings, it is the difficulty of spiritual progress, the supreme effort that is necessary to achieve anything and also the time it takes to mount one step at a time that winnows through them.

      MDR: With this I must totally agree.

      LK: This of course does not appeal to the personality. It appeals however to the soul, the Lord of Sacrifice. Many so-called spiritual teachers have consciously ‘modified’ the spiritual teachings so that these would appeal to a wider circle of people.

      MDR: This is an important perception and, in my view, exactly what has happened.

      LK: This is not what I had in mind above where I mention that the form of hierarchical teaching should be adapted to the world need and the consciousness of the young generation.

      MDR: An important distinction. Adaptation need not be dilution or distortion.

      LK: Many teachings, ancient ones and more contemporary ones have been seriously distorted. So what can the more experienced workers do to help clear the overwhelming confusion and to turn the eyes of the public from the distortion towards truth?

      MDR: OK, so now you are getting into the very concern which impelled some of us to undertake this analysis of certain types of thoughts and doctrines which are circulating with misleading effect in the consciousness of the world esoteric group.

      LK: I do not presume to know the answer to that question, but I would suggest one thing. Wherever some truth is found within a teaching however distorted, deluded or glamoured it may be, that truth should be emphasized and everything else well… ignored.

      MDR: I understand your reasoning, and I do agree with it in part. There is much good to be found in many teachings which contain serious distortions. Of course, it is not so easy to emphasize the positive and ignore the negative, because the adherents of such teachings tend to find acceptance of the entire body of teaching a necessity. They will be damaged by the distortions, even if the good aspects are there.

      LK: Why do I propose this somewhat gentle approach? Because it conserves energy and uses it to strengthen only that part that is good and worth cultivating.

      MDR: Is this a practical approach? Maybe. I do not fully know.

      LK: Emphasizing what is false in the teaching (any teaching) and bringing the glamour to the light, as desirable as it may seem, is rather futile.

      MDR: Here I cannot agree. Pluto serves a purpose in the general cleansing of the aura of each of us and of humanity as a whole. And Pluto is doing its work before the Reappearance of the Christ becomes possible. It is best, of course, if each individual and each group discovers for themselves what is undesirable, but this is unlikely as glamors and illusions are notoriously hard to see, within oneself or within one’s group.

      LK: In most cases it fosters conflict and really strengthens the glamoured position.

      MDR: It may or may not, in my view. And conflict may as easily result in that which is good as that which is bad. I had rather a dentist tell me the full story, than let me blissfully walk away with a tooth that needed a root canal—only to return later with a greater infection and in much greater pain.

      I do understand your concern for the conservation of energy. I also know that ray two types (and I am one—I think you have that strongly in your nature, too) may prefer the gentler path which tends to disrupt the form—less.

      LK: Much energy is so expended with little hope of success.

      MDR: I realize that this is your perspective—that there will be little hope of success. But the Teacher spends quite a bit of time pointing out (however tactfully, though sometimes very directly) what the student needs to change or improve. When He does that, are some of us who have perhaps fifty years in the esoteric field, to do nothing similar within the lesser range of activity in which we may be effective. Though it is not very pleasant—subjectively, I can tell you—sometimes one must point out the abuse and be ready to have one’s own abuses pointed out—in love or in retaliation!

      LK: One of the most effective ways of battling glamour is by attrition.

      MDR: Yes, you are correct. Yet, nine years remain in the Era of the Forerunner until the big decisions of 2025 are made at the Hierarchical Conclave. Time is apparently short.

      LK: With joy I observe how many people are now slowly becoming sick of the teachings with empty promises and high but unrealistic ideals. Slowly

      MDR: Ah, Luka—“the wise use of slow action”—a ray two giveaway!

      LK: the new age spirituality will realize that the true spiritual work is necessarily hard and slow.

      MDR: I appreciate you saying this because one of the most prevalent glamours related to the exaltation of the lower ego is (let us call it) the Glamour of Remarkably Rapid Spiritual Achievement. Of course the time equation is in our hands, but within reason. There cannot be a sudden break from the record of past achievements. One just cannot encapsulate perhaps 5000 years of struggle (I am being conservative) into one sublime and all-inclusive initiatory experience. Common sense militates against this assumption.

      LK: With this realization better discernment what is a hierarchically inspired teaching and what is far from it will dawn.

      MDR: I think you have presented a very reasonable point of view. I have responded as best I can, given my present perspective. I think your thoughts are sound and where I have a different point of view, I have simply said so. Many are the perspectives and difference does not necessarily equate to distortion in one or the other.

      Thank you for the knowledge, wisdom and insight conveyed.

      Light, Love and Power,
      Michael

  11. Lyn Hebenstreit says:

    Dear Michael,

    1. You ask, “what is the “totality of the Thought-form Presentation”. I’m not sure that isn’t a rhetorical question, but it’s one I have pondered for a long time. My best guess is that it includes everything humanity needs in the way of spiritual understanding to establish the Fifth Kingdom of Nature on earth over the coming age. In my opinion, it goes back to the Hierarchical conclave in 1775 when (so it is said) Master M and Master KH first suggested that the teachings of the mysteries, formerly the province of secret societies like those spearheaded by Master R, be brought to the attention of the inquiring public. I would include within this purview the work of HPB and the Theosophical Society, AAB’s 30 years work, Agni Yoga, Lucille’s work and, to a lesser degree possibly, the work of such teachers as Rudolf Steiner and Henry T Laurency – all of these “thought-form presentations” being expressions or interpretations of the same living Truth we call the Ageless Wisdom, or in the case of Lucille, simply the Wisdom.

    2. You ask, “what is it that really makes what LC presented the new thoughtform presentation of the Teachings?” and say, “please clarify for me the use of the word “new” as applied to the LC teachings.”

    The world is always changing, and as Master DK has informed us, Hierarchy is always changing its methods to meet evolving conditions:

    “You who read and study the ways of the Ashrams at this time are witnessing a period of extreme change and adjustment and of a far-reaching reorganization.” DINA II, pg. 357

    “This ancient and intelligent effort has created and conditioned what you know as the Hierarchy. However, it is constantly subject to change in response to new situations and developments.” Externalization, pg. 564

    “People are apt to forget that with each forward advance of humanity, the demands upon the Hierarchy change, new needs must be met, new techniques used, new and experimental methods must be employed.” Rays & Initiations, pg. 245

    Lucille’s work describes some of these changes in Hierarchical approach as embodied in the new Ashram of Synthesis – at least this is my working hypothesis. There are a number of “new” concepts introduced, but much of this “new” information concerns practical application of the Wisdom via a 7th ray orientation.

    Here in Lucille/Master R’s words are a few of the characteristics which differentiate the “new” approach of the Ashram of Synthesis from those that have preceded it.

    1. The hierarchical approach to humanity is more direct and inclusive. While the Senior Disciple at hierarchical levels continues to work with humanity as a group life, he does, nonetheless, work directly with every level of development within that group life. Thus, the ashramic presentation of The Wisdom is formulated for, and has its application to, every state of consciousness from the heights to the depths of human development. It does not exclude those who do not “measure up”, so to speak, but works with that state of consciousness which the man or woman is, where he is. The aspirant or the group of aspirants cannot “fall out of Grace” with his Senior, through any act, or series of acts, which are deemed unworthy. His acts will produce their karma, and more quickly than would otherwise be the case; but so long as he maintains his higher alignment and perseveres in his effort, regardless of the mistakes he makes, his new hierarchical focus will include him (as an evolving Son of God a Soul) in Its attention.
    The connotations of this are great and will undoubtedly cause much controversy within the field of discipleship itself. The aspirant, probationer, and disciple, working within the new ashram may not be a perfect example of The Wisdom, but they will be a perfect example of Its action or growth within the self-initiated evolutionary process.
    2. The hierarchical experiment (for such it is) handles the opposition in a uniquely different and more functional way. The three masters who are responsible for the new Synthetic Ashram and Its efforts on behalf of humanity pre-cognize the seeds of opposition within the presentation itself, its methodology and techniques, and relate or equate that opposition to its correspondence within the body of humanity and the world of affairs at any given moment. Then, working in cooperation with the Lords of Karma, They focus upon that related opposition through their service group in the world, evoking such opposition into appearance within the life and affairs of the group as a problem of humanity to be met and overcome in that specific time and place.

    3. The organizational structure of the serving group in the world of affairs will follow the Seventh Ray or Order with the emphasis being placed upon etheric organization around a group center system rather than an outer framework, or form. Every effort will be made from higher levels to guide the group away from an outer legal structure, which would limit and confine its service effort to any class, sect, or section of humanity. The individual disciples must remain outwardly free from group affiliation via a legal organization (that is, insofar as the ashramic group is concerned); his brotherhood and his cooperation resulting from a commonly realized purpose and goal which he shares in consciousness with his group brothers. Thus, the ring-pass-not of the group life never descends below the frequency of the etheric network, the group being in the physical plane of affairs unlimited by fixed boundaries.

    4. Continuity of the effort from incarnation to incarnation will be attempted through the application of newly created meditative recall techniques. Every disciple of a certain degree serving within this Thought-form Presentation will undergo a process of Spiritual Soul analysis via meditation techniques which recall the past experience and state of consciousness into the present awareness. Thus, continuity of effort, growth, and function will, it is hoped, be established and kept on record.

    As a reminder, here’s some advice from Master DK about opening to the “new”:

    “One of the great needs of all disciples and aspirants is the detached relinquishing of pet theories as to life, discipleship and the Plan; the preserving of that open mind which is ever ready for the unexpected presentation and able (when the spiritual vision is strong enough) to achieve a quick reversal of all preconceived ideals. This must be done when it is deemed spiritually wise and it involves also that waiting attitude which expects the new vision to appear, the newer truths to emerge into formulated clarity and the new potencies to become increasingly effective. Such attitudes are peculiarly difficult for those disciples who have the sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism dominant in their energy equipment, for the ideals of a sixth ray aspirant crystallise most rapidly and are quickly distorted thereby. The temporary ideal (intended to guide the undeveloped aspirant) can become a barrier, separating him from truth and from the realisation of a truer vision.

    “So I would beg you, my disciples, to aim at a wide open simplicity which waits expectant of that new thing which is so ready today to precipitate but which is being hindered from so doing by the idealists of the world far more than by the man in the street. The latter is simpler in his reactions and more ready to grasp and see a way out of the immediate impasse than the mystic or the occultist because he thinks in terms of humanity. The disciples of the world (with their nicely formulated ideals and their neatly expressed idealistic concepts) are oft glamoured by the future beauty because they are oblivious of the present opportunity. Many of them will find out later that they have been left behind as far as registering the new truths is concerned. To this Christ referred when He said that it was not possible to put new wine into old bottles for that which is old will be destroyed by the expanding new life.

    “The initiate, therefore, stands ready, for what? For the instant recognition of what is new, for its immediate grasp and the treading of the new step in the unfoldment of the pioneering human consciousness, for the revelation—steadily and constantly presented—of the new and superseding concepts. These concepts possess a dynamic expulsive power and satisfactorily meet human need in the immediate cycle. He is ready for the instant relinquishing of all that seems futile and unnecessary and inadequate to the need of the hour, and for the reception of the power from on high which breaks and destroys that which has become crystallised, which has served its purpose and become old and useless; he is ready to work as a practical occultist (and not only as a mystical idealist) upon the levels of vision as well as upon the levels of practical human affairs.” DINA I

    5. I may be wrong, but I sense some reservation on your part to enthusiastically embrace all that Lucille has to say about the Ashram of Synthesis, its membership and the characteristics of the energy of Synthesis itself. It’s probably best to go straight to the source. I recommend that you temporarily put aside your own interpretation of the Ashram of Synthesis while reading this (rather long) excerpt because the way Synthesis is characterized by Lucille may be different from what you are accustomed to (I heard that).
    “The Synthesis of First, Second, and Seventh Ray energies brings the planet and humanity a new energy, a new force, and a new substance with which to shape and mold a new civilization.
    The Synthesis reaches us from the Avatar of Synthesis, Who, acting under the direction of a greater Cosmic Life, synthesizes the energies into a lower correspondence of a Cosmic energy as yet of too high and subtle a frequency for us to reach.
    The Avatar releases the new Synthesis to the Planetary Logos and the Christ, Who, in turn release it to the new Ashram of Synthesis via its focal point, the Masters M., R., and D.K.
    These three use several methods of release for the distribution of the energy to humanity and through humanity into the devic lives of the planet. Among these methods is that with which we are here concerned, is released to seven disciples on the thread, each functioning as a Soul in the Ashram and each serving in incarnation as disciples in a particular department of human living. The seven disciples, each in his own field, continue the distribution of the Synthesis energy via a threefold method:
    1. Through a creative service activity which gives body and form to the incoming energy. We are referring here to creativity such as in the fields of art, literature, music, medicine, psychology, etc.
    2. Via groups of disciples working with them both esoterically and exoterically in all fields of human endeavor for human betterment.
    3. Via special meditation effort carried out both individually and in company with co-workers, which directs the energy along those paths of manifestation indicated by the Divine Plan for humanity.
    The many disciples who are attracted into a relationship with one or another of the seven disciples on the thread form seven major groups which continue the distribution process via:
    1. Their chosen service activities.
    2. An application of the Synthesis energy into their daily lives and affairs.
    3. And via a radiation of it through that network which is humanity.

    In addition to the above, these seven groups of disciples step the energy down to the lower kingdoms in nature, both consciously and unconsciously, thus further conditioning the planetary life with the new Synthesis.
    It might be of interest as a side note to those for whom this instruction is specifically projected to know that The Nature of’ The Soul series is a specific instance of a disciple on the thread having created a body and a form for an incarnation of the new Synthesis energy. So also are other works such as this one; therefore, a certain quantity and quality of the energy, force, and substance of Synthesis has already been released to humanity in this way and one might add has also been placed in availability for humanity’s direct appropriation.
    The question has been placed before me—what determines the choice of those disciples on the thread for the function of Ashramic focal points in the reception and distribution of the Synthesis? I am going to endeavor to answer that question for the benefit of the many interested individuals both in the present and the future who have the right to know.
    First, however, let me clarify one major point in all of this questioning and wondering. Each of these seven has been chosen by a Council made up of seven members of the Hierarchy, plus the Avatar of Synthesis and the Christ, acting in an advisory capacity. The initial choice was made by the then Masters of the First, Second, and Seventh Ray Ashrams. It was then passed upon by the others after due consideration of the total Council.

    The seven were chosen from among a group of disciples on the thread, because for various reasons (not always the same in each case) they were more readily receptive and adaptive to the new energy; more in tune, as it were, with the mind and consciousness of one or more of the Masters directly involved, and thus more capable of communication with Him, and finally each in his own way had earned the right to both office and function.

    One other point of interest I should like to make here: each of these seven were chosen long before this incarnation, their training began, and even their service initiated, several hundred years ago within the Ashrams of the Masters M., R., and K.H.

    These seven disciples of Synthesis, for such they truly are, should not be expected or requested to demonstrate perfection in the persona nor to be very different in the outer sense from other disciples in the field, yet they should receive the respect, love, and cooperation that is due them. Their task is one of the most difficult to be undertaken in any Ashram, and for three or more incarnations they have been hard at it, so to speak, building an instrument in the three worlds sufficient to that task.

    If it is difficult to understand them, it is primarily because they are becoming an embodiment of Synthesis in what might appear to be both its positive and negative aspects. They do not manifest exactly the characteristics of the rays with which we are familiar, but rather they manifest the characteristics of the new Synthesis energy. They do not readily understand themselves (but then my brothers, who among you does?), nonetheless they are learning to do so. They have not as yet learned the most economical use of this energy, force, and substance, but their time is coming.”

    You may note the similarity between this teaching and some of that emanating from Findhorn at a slightly later date. In Revelation: Birth of a New Age by David Spangler, “Limitless Love and Light” speaks of a new heaven and a new earth – “in preparation for a Being whom you have invoked in your desire to embody and to pioneer a new dimension of consciousness for mankind, a Being who is the Regent for energies brought from beyond your system.”

    Interestingly, Master R was the overshadowing Presence of both Findhorn and the groups Lucille was forming in the US. A highly evolved being known as John also provided a great deal of teaching under Master R’s direction in both centers. As I mentioned before, both centers also understood themselves as outposts of the Ashram of Synthesis (or Brotherhood of Synthesis in the case of Findhorn).

    5. You ask, “What happened to KH?” Beats me. I assume that Master DK advanced to the point that he was able to fulfill the role that Master KH had served in the incipient ashram which allowed KH the opportunity to focus his attention upon the Reappearance of the Christ.
    6. You say, “I am doubtful in the extreme that any kind of “synthetic initiation” (which jumps over life-times of necessary training for initiation) will solve the problem.” I have doubts about many aspects of initiation as well. This is a big subject that will probably arise in another of your missives, but I will preface that discussion with a quote from Master DK:
    “As you together study this subject of initiation, I would ask you to keep an open mind. I have told you that changes are imminent in the training of the initiates of the future, and that the techniques of developing a disciple’s consciousness will be different to those used in the past.” DINA II

    With respect and much love,

    Lyn

  12. Lyn Hebenstreit says:

    Hi Phillip,

    The throat center in the Pacific Northwest is particular to the Ashram of Synthesis – not the US or the planet. There is also a “Synthetic” or “Cave” center in the area of Estes Park, Colorado – with correlated centers in the Canadian Rockies and the South American Andes according to the teachings.

    Best,

    Lyn

    • Phillip Lindsay
      Phillip Lindsay says:

      Lyn, Where did this information come from, the LC teachings or was it “divined” by other students?

      • Lyn Hebenstreit says:

        The center locations were based on information transmitted to the groups Lucille established in each particular location. The teachings primarily concerned Master R’s instructions for the activation and function of each center – head, heart, throat and center of synthesis.

  13. Lyn Hebenstreit says:

    I appreciate the deep wisdom in your comments Luka.

  14. Jerry Salem says:

    Michael, heartfelt thanks for the work you have put into this. I agree wholeheartedly with the points you have presented which will give us all much food for thought and meditation.

  15. Glen Knape says:

    Muchael and Lyn, sorry i missed this discussion. Only heard about it a couple days ago. I have been contemplating whether or not there is sufficient subjective demand to justify writing a book on the common misunderstandings of the R/Cedercrans works by the students of the DK/Bailey works. As demonstrated here, there is certainly much to discuss, and the quality and patience shown here is admirable.
    However, i must also consider the effectiveness of such an effort.
    To date, i do not know of anyone who has come to a useful understanding of the R/Cedercrans works through any other method than performing them (as was intended). Study alone will not accomplish it, nor will rational discourse or mental examination.
    Now this is hardly unique to these teachings. The same can be said about anything that is intended to be experiential in nature. But, while recognizing that some are called to serve via such discussions, some of us are called to serve in other ways.
    Thus, while i find these sorts of discussions interesting, and there is much i could contribute, i would prefer not to engage in them.

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