I would like to offer a few thoughts on esoteric issues which may underlie the imminent world crisis. I will tabulate these thoughts numerically for the sake of clarity and easier comprehension. In offering these ideas, I wish to thank all the thinkers who, from various humanistic, spiritual and esoteric perspectives, have contributed their illuminative thought to the world group over the course of the last week.
1. The soul ray of the planetary scheme known as Earth is the second Ray of Love Wisdom.
2. Presently, upon our little planet, there are momentous occurrences at very deep spiritual levels. The following quotation from A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, 384, illustrates this fact:
“It might here be stated in connection with the planetary Logos of our scheme that:
a. He is in physical incarnation.
b. He is midway through His career upon the cosmic Path of Initiation, and consequently is to take the fourth Initiation in this chain. Well may this globe, therefore, be considered the globe of sorrow and of pain, for through it our planetary Logos is undergoing that which the mystic calls “the Crucifixion.”
c. The cells in His body – those cells through which He feels, and senses, and experiences,- are, in this world period, rent by pain and suffering, for His is the consciousness at the centre of the Body, and theirs is the capacity to suffer, so that by means of them He may learn the meaning of systemic dispassion, be dissociated from all forms and material substance, and upon the cross of matter eventually find liberation and the freedom of the Spirit.
3. We see, therefore, that humanity (His “cells”) and the entire planet are in the throes of a deep initiatory process originating on levels of spiritual expression over which humanity has absolutely no control.
4. Through this “crucifixion” or “renunciation” process, the Love-Wisdom soul of our planet is in process of emergence. The emergence of true Love requires the rending of the heart. The processes of the fourth initiation are particularly related to the liberation of the energies of the heart center or chakra. (cf. The Rays and the Initiations, 340)
5. During the centuries marking the beginning of the Aquarian Age (the exact commencement of which is stated by the Tibetan Teacher to occur in 2117) the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ are the two most important planetary events (really one event). The evolutionary progress of humanity depends upon the successful accomplishment of the Externalization and Reappearance.
6. The Externalization and Reappearance are planetary processes which will strongly promote the emergence of our planets second ray soul, and the gradual control and redemption of the Earths materialistic third ray personality by that soul. If our planet is eventually to become a sacred planet, its second ray soul must, of course, dominate its third ray personality.
7. As a reflection of the planetary initiatory process, related initiatory processes are occurring in the various kingdoms of nature.
8. The human kingdom faces the imminent opportunity for the first initiation, the Birth of the Christ within the Heart.
9. In relatively large numbers, members of the human family will be experiencing this birth, which means the growing influence and importance of the soul in their lives. When soul energy (Christ energy, Love energy) pours consistently through large numbers of people, the human kingdom will enter a new and transformational phase of its long development. The beauty of soul is on its way.
10.The first initiation marks, really, a revolution in consciousnessa deliberate (albeit gradual) turning away from the demands of the personality and the attempt to fulfill the demands of the soul.
11.This initiatory revolution comes at a dire cost to the form life (called in the language of esotericism, the lunar nature or the three lunar vehicles).
12.In the tragic events of present days we may be witnessing a humanity that is preparing (largely unconsciously) to pay that cost and pass through the tests which precede the first initiation.
13.During the first initiation process, two planets (both of them planets of the first ray of Will and Power) are of great significance: Vulcan and Pluto. The following quotation from Esoteric Astrology, 70, articulates their significance: At the first initiation, the disciple has to contend with the crystallising and destroying forces of Vulcan and Pluto. The influence of Vulcan reaches to the very depths of his nature, whilst Pluto drags to the surface and destroys all that hinders in these lower regions.
14. Both of these planets (related as they are to Shamballa) are drastic in their effect, and hardly promote the comfortable continuation of the status quo.
15.There are many ways to interpret their meaning, but, in terms of the present planetary crisis, Pluto represents the eruption of the lunar forces connected with the past, and Vulcan represents growing power and radiance of the solar forces, allied to the soul and the spiritual will.
16. Although every nation has its Plutonic and Vulcanian elements, the terrorists, in their methods and objectives, are clearly most representative of Pluto. They are, principally, fundamentalists. Fundamentalism, when allied to the fanaticism of the sixth ray (the presumed soul ray of the majority of those in the terrorist camp), is an extremely dangerous combination.
17.Fundamentalism is dangerous because it seeks to force humanity into subjugation to lunar values. It represents a deliberate march backwards towards a lunar past, and away from the solar possibilities of the Aquarian Age. (I do not isolate Islamic Fundamentalism as the only culprit; Christian or Jewish fundamentalism can be equally retrogressive. There is also atheistic, ideological fundamentalism which has manifested under Fascist and Communist regimes) Always fundamentalism (under the pretense of returning to fundamental basics) seeks to eliminate imminent evolutionary possibilities, especially of a truly spiritual nature.
18. We are told the following by the Tibetan Teacher in Esoteric Psychology I, 209. He must always have a personal God, an incarnation of Deity to adore. The best type of this ray makes the saint, the worst type, the bigot or fanatic, the typical martyr or the typical inquisitor. All religious wars or crusades have originated from sixth ray fanaticism. The man on this ray is often of gentle nature, but he can always flame into fury and fiery wrath. He will lay down his life for the objects of his devotion or reverence, but he will not lift a finger to help those outside of his immediate sympathies. As a soldier, he hates fighting but often when roused in battle fights like one possessed. (Note this last sentence). In this paragraph we clearly see the danger of narrowness, fanaticism and religious fury in an age of atomic weapons and lethal poisons (Pluto, again)
19. Pluto is the god of destruction, and when allied to the sixth ray, at a time when will force is dramatically stimulated because of the Shamballic Impact and the Great Decision, can contribute to a war which would mean the end of humanity.
“If none of these things happen, humanity is headed towards a religious war which will make the past war appear like child’s play; antagonisms and hatreds will embroil entire populations and the politicians of all the nations will take full advantage of the situation to precipitate a war which may well prove the end of humanity. There are no hatreds so great or so deep as those fostered by religion.” (Externalisation of the Hierarchy, 545-546)
Those who wish to pursue this frightening prospect further can turn to the pages indicated, and judge whether you think humanity has fulfilled the Tibetans stated requirement to avoid such a war.
Even more dire is the following statement by the Tibetan telling us what must be done following WW II.
“For two complete generations there must be a peace which will be unbroken, because behind it and protecting it will stand the Armies of the Lord. At the close of that time, if the educational work done has been adequate, sane, wise and sound, then these Armies can rest from their labours and the sword be turned into the ploughshare. If this program of supervision, education and spiritual direction is not thus enforced, the war that would then take place would wipe out humanity — as happened once before in human history.” (EXH 443)
We can all assess. Have there been two complete generations of unbroken peace?
20.Thus much for Pluto – “God of Death”.
21.Vulcan, my friends, though not yet ”discovered”, is the planet of Spiritual Will, and “Vulcan and the Sun are one”.
22. Men and women of goodwill all over the world need the power of Vulcan as they have never before needed it.
23. Vulcan must oppose and transmute Pluto. Light must oppose and transmute darkness. The persistent Will-to-Good must oppose and transmute the will-to-power and the will-to-destroy.
24.This world crisis cannot be solved by love alone. Love united to Will is required.
25. People of goodwill everywhere must stand together under law, and potently will the Good in Love.
26. A great point of spiritual tension is now needed. This tension must be held by every one of us and by all of us collectively.
27. Now is the time to fight fire with fire. We must fight the dark Plutonic fires, with the divine fire of the Will-to-Good and the Will-to-Love.
28. As the second stanza of the Great Invocation states, humanity must stand with massed intent and, united in love, united in the Will-to-Good, will that the Plutonic forces (in no matter what nation they may be found) be subdued, quieted and transformed. These forces must not be allowed to thwart human progress and the Divine Plan.
29. Men and women of goodwill, united with the Christ (the Supreme Commander of the Forces of Light) and with His Hierarchy, can will the Good into existence if their hearts are fiery enough.
30.Therefore, my friends, during these next two weeks, prior to the Great Decision Moment (the Libra Full Moon), I would suggest that we all, with massed intent
a. Deliberately and decisively invoke the all-consuming Love of the Heart of the Sun.
b. Deliberately and decisively invoke the steadfast will of Vulcan, the planet of Spiritual Will which I would call the planet of the blinding and revealing light (directly related to the unfettered enlightenment of Shamballa.)
c.Deliberately and decisively invoke Christ and His Hierarchy, standing with Them in utmost solidarity.
d.Deliberately and decisively love each other and humanity as potently and fierily as we possibly can.
e. Deliberately and decisively invoke the Will of God to be done on this little planet, and resolve to sacrifice what we can and must (individually and as a group within the New Group of World Servers) to see this Divine Will expressed.
31. If we work esoterically, spiritually, occultly, meditatively, prayerfully in this manner, we will be doing all we can to help humanity decide for Peace and not for war; decide for the Sun and not the Moon; decide for Vulcan and not for Pluto; decide for Christ and His Hierarchy and not for the forces which deliberately and with hateful intent, oppose Them.
32. As Winston Churchill said to the House of Commons immediately before the Battle of Britain: Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour. As men and women of goodwill, as students of spirituality and esotericism, and as those who love their fellow human beings, we can, in our own ways, rise to the imminent global emergency, and do the same. We do not face what Churchill faced. It may never become so bad. Or it might become far worse.
33.Friends, aligned with the Spiritual Hierarchy, and full of Love and Will, let us act on the inner planes of life as if much depends on us. It does!
Upon reflection, I would like to add a few more thoughts relative to the esoteric implications of the world crisis (physical, psychological and spiritual) that we are now experiencing. Again, I ask your understanding if you receive this document more than once due to emailing list overlap. The attached file contains full formatting and is arranged for easier reading.
In the last email we explored the importance of the first ray planets Vulcan and Pluto in the process of Humanity’s imminent first initiation. We saw that (although Vulcan can be substituted for the Moon) in the present world events, Vulcan takes on a solar role, relating to the Will-to-Good and Spiritual Will, and Pluto serves as a planet of karmic confrontation with the unredeemed lunar past. Now a few more thoughts to enrich the consideration.
1. The New Group of World Servers, mediating between Hierarchy and Humanity, must play a pivotal role in bringing illumination, sanity and perspective to the historical decisions which Humanity as a whole is now making.
2. The New Group of World Servers (comprised of men and women of goodwill of all nations, cultures and religions) is astrologically ruled by Taurus, the “Mother of Illumination”.
3. The NGWS is, therefore directly related to both Venus and Vulcan, the two planets which rule Taurus.
4. From Vulcan, the NGWS is inspired with “enlightened enthusiastic will”, and the steadfast will to stand in love as the Divine Plan is manifested.
5. The Vulcanian forces of the NGWS must be willfully, lovingly, understandingly and transformationally pitted against Plutonic terrorism.
6. All true disciples and spiritual workers in the world are necessarily members of the New Group of World Servers. Our task, therefore is to stand as Taurean illuminators and with the steadfast, enduring will and “massed intent” of Vulcan-in counterpoise to the forces of destruction.
7. I would now like to discuss Venus, which I did not do in my last emailing.
8. The New Group of World Servers serves as the energy-directing ajna center within the sphere of manifestation of Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World. In this perspective, Shamballa is the head center, Hierarchy the heart and Humanity the throat. The NGWS is a mediating center, standing between heart and mind, and, as well, between the second ray (Hierarchy) and the third ray (Humanity).
9. Taurus is related to the ajna center and to the “Eye of the Bull” (the synthesizing “third eye” within the etheric head).
10. Venus is always considered the ruler of the ajna center (Esoteric Astrology, 517)
11. Just as Vulcan and Pluto form a contending pair of forces within the present world crisis, so do Venus and Mars.
12. Venus represents the forces of the soul and the forces of the Christ (call Him by whatever name we wish-Maitreya Buddha, the Imam Madhi, Krishna, the Messiah, the World Teacher, etc.)
13. Venus is one of the major planets of “Love-Wisdom”, and is related to the Christ, just as Mercury is the planet of “Mind-Wisdom” and is related to the Buddha.
14. Venus confers upon the New Group of World Servers, soul-comprehension and soul-understanding.
15. Venus is definitely one of the major planets of the New Age (the Age of Aquarius) and will rule the last third of that Age about 1500 years from now-the Age of Brotherhood.
16. Mars, on the other hand, is most significantly the planet of the sixth ray- thoughts concerning which I quoted in my first letter.
17. Because of the Precession of the Equinoxes, the Age of Pisces, co-ruled by the devoted, idealistic and often fanatical sixth ray, is fast fading, and the Age of Aquarius, co-ruled by the magical and transformational seventh ray is emerging into power.
18. Before the fading of every Precessional Age, the forces of the receding Age will reassert themselves; they fear their inevitable decline. Similarly, before each initiation, the forces inimical to that initiation will rise to challenge the forward progress of the would-be initiate.
19. In our present world situation, these two uprisings combine and endanger the spiritual progress of Humanity. Mars and the sixth ray become inflamed with ‘holy’ wrath, and seek to destroy the newly emerging energies. The energies of Mars are, as far as Humanity is concerned, essentially “lunar”, and the triple lunar nature (aroused against the will of the soul) is 666, the Number of the “Beast” and, as well, the number of Mars.
20. Not only must the energies of Pluto be transformed, as I discussed in Letter I, but the energies of Mars, as well, must be met, elevated and transformed.
21. Mars represents the solar plexus of humanity. Many of the people of the Middle-East and related areas also represent the solar plexus of Humanity, and the terrorists represent and inflammation of the solar plexus of Humanity.
22. Just as Vulcan must subdue Pluto, so Venus (the planet of the soul and of Earth’s future) must subdue Mars.
23. Venus is the symbol, among other things of womanhood, the Divine Feminine. The fundamentalist forces (and especially those within Islam) seek to put “woman” in “her place”-a dark, unprivileged and uneducated place. Their retrogressive culture calls for the domination of Venus by Mars. It is an anti-hierarchical position, and cannot survive into the Aquarian Age (an Age in which Venus will be very important-being either a ruler of decanate ruler in all of the air signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, which will be empowered during the Aquarian Age).
24. The New Group of World Servers, therefore, as they seek to “save” this potentially disastrous situation, must call upon the forces of both Vulcan and Venus-Will and Love.
25. Humanity is now challenged, from within itself, by the forces of retrogression. These forces are fed by the so-called “Black Lodge”, the Lodge of Materialism.
26. The Tibetan tells us that the “door where evil dwells” was left partially ajar when, after WWII, Palestine was partitioned. I do not wish to enter into the fervently felt pros and cons of this partition. I only with to state that a situation leading to aggravated and prolonged conflict was then established, and is one of the contributing causes of the present world crisis.
27. I do not want to call this problem, “The Jewish Problem”, though I understand why the Tibetan did so, and I, myself, am a Jew. Rather, I want to call it “The Solar-Plexus Problem of Humanity”.
28. Humanity must solve the problem of its aggravated and inflamed solar plexus. Mars rules this solar plexus and Pluto, also, has a part to play in solar plexus dynamics. Mars and Pluto together, the sixth ray and the first ray, are the most violent combination of energies imaginable and must be both contained and transformed.
29. What faces Humanity is not only the transference of the sacral center energy to the throat (found powerfully dynamic at the time of the first initiation-imminent for Humanity), but also, and perhaps even more important at this time-the transference of the solar plexus energy to the heart center-the transformation from passion to compassion, and from desire to love.
30. This transference is crucial and does not occur without suffering. The sixth ray, conditioning so many millions of people in this conflict, unconsciously seeks martyrdom. Its way of progress is self-immolation; this we saw with the voluntary and fiery suicides of some nineteen airborne terrorists. I am hoping it is not the case (as there are other wiser, saner and more beautiful ways of transformation) but it is possible that the unconsciously impelled quest for martyrdom (coming at a time when the sixth ray is cycling out of incarnation-it will be out within 130 years, taking the majority of sixth ray souls with it) may become the means by which millions of sixth ray souls would be unnaturally removed from incarnation and the extreme suffering of war would unite the heart of humanity. In the strange alchemy of spiritual progress, both groups, apparently enemies, would be served. While this scenario is a possibility, it does not have to occur, just as the Second World War did not have to occur upon the physical plane.
31. The New Group of World Servers, under Taurus, Venus, Vulcan, and the righteously-compromising fourth ray of Harmony Through Conflict, now has the task of absorbing and transmuting the violent forces of Mars and Pluto. Only if they, aided powerfully by the Hierarchy, succeed, will Humanity progress.
32. Let us all resolve that it is unnecessary for Humanity to always learn its lessons the hard way-through war, pain and suffering. The fourth ray can work through Harmony (not only conflict) in this period of planetary crucifixion (see Letter I).
33. At this Hour of Great Decision, let us, Brothers and Sisters, by meditative means, draw as close to the Great Ashram of the Christ as possible, and use all spiritual energies and forces at our disposal (astrological, rayological and of the blended spirit/soul) to see Humanity through this decisive moment in the history of the Human Race.