ARVINDUS

Secret Wisdom Teaching

The New Age

THE NEW AGE

Introduction

According to the Secret Wisdom Teaching we are standing at the beginning of a new age.1 Outside the Secret Wisdom Teaching this term refers specifically to the astrological age of Aquarius and more general to a wide spreading new (sub) culture of spiritual thought and living.2 The Secret Wisdom Teaching acknowledges both but mentions that the first is coupled by other occurrences and that the latter is (one of) the result(s) of the first (along with the aforementioned other occurrences).3 In this contemplation we shall have a closer look at the regarded occurrences inaugurating the new age.

Constellation Change

Of the to be thematized occurrences inaugurating the new age is the factor of the incoming of Aquarius the best known as it is also acknowledged outside the Secret Wisdom Teaching. Aquarius is a constellation and that it is 'coming in' means astrologically that our sun is moving into the constellation of Aquarius and that we are thus coming into the influence of Aquarian energies.4 In this is Aquarius relieving Pisces, the constellation under which influence we have been for the last two thousand years.5 Where such a constellational age lasts for about two thousand years is the transition period estimated at five hundred years.6 Around 1937, the year when Alice Bailey's book 'From Bethlehem to Calvary' was published, already two hundred years of this transition period are mentioned to have passed,7 placing us at present thus just beyond the midway point of the transition period.

So we are leaving the Pisces and entering the Aquarius influences. Now Pisces is the sign of the mediating world savior,8, 9 and being a water sign it is closely related to the astral or emotional plane.10 Pisces is also considered as a sign of death.11 All these factors can be recognized in the life of Jesus Christ and Christianity and the Piscean age is thus also mentioned as the 'Christian age'.12 It is probably safe to summarize the age of Pisces as the age of emotional martyrdom for a (presumed) world saving medium.

Aquarius is an air sign13 and is thus related to the buddhic or intuitional plane,14 which is the plane of union or at-one-ment.15 This union however is not the union into a fundamental unity but a union into a group,16 (one could say into a unity in diversity).17 Thus in the coming age of Aquarius we may expect to see fusions, unions, synthesizes and group forming in all fields of human endeavor.18 It is this thought which makes people belonging to the new age (sub) culture so hopeful and expectant towards the future.

Ray Change

One type of occurrence coupling the leaving and incoming of the constellations of Pisces and Aquarius is the leaving and incoming of certain rays. The rays cannot be treated here elaborately. Very shortly it can be said that a ray can be understood as a qualifier imbibing everything under its influence with a certain quality.19 There are seven of such rays.20 They originate from the seven stars of the Great Bear, are each through three of the constellations brought into our solar system and express themselves through the seven planetary logoi of our solar system who again manifest these rays through their embodied seven sacred planets.21 Ray I, the ray of will or power, is at this moment not in manifestation on our planet. Ray II, the ray of love-wisdom, is in manifestation since the year 1575. Ray III, the ray of active intelligence, is in manifestation since 1425. Ray IV, the ray of harmony, beauty and art, will come into manifestation after 2025. Ray V, the ray of concrete knowledge or science, is in manifestation since 1775. Ray VI, the ray of devotion or of abstract idealism, is moving out of manifestation since 1625. Ray VII, the ray of ceremonial magic or order, is in manifestation since 1675.22, 23  

In the Secret Wisdom Teaching is in reference to the new age especially attention given to the passing out of manifestation of the sixth ray and the coming into manifestation of the seventh ray. The sixth ray is related to the astral plane just like the constellation of Pisces, as we have seen.24 This means that Pisces and the sixth ray have enhanced each other's qualities greatly in the age we are now leaving.25 The devotion and abstract idealism of the sixth ray have enhanced the emotional martyrdom for a (presumed) world saving medium of Pisces, and the latter has done the same for the first.

Like Pisces is the sixth ray however rapidly losing influence and instead is the seventh ray gaining it. This ray is related to the etheric sub planes of the physical plane (though not to the dense physical plane to which the third ray is related).26 Combined with the unifying qualities of Aquarius are intuitional group unifications in ceremonial magic to be expected and also shall we see a greater human activity and awareness on the etheric levels. The Aquarian qualities can expected to be greatly enhanced when the fourth ray comes into manifestation, for like Aquarius is the fourth ray too related to the buddhic plane.27 Plenty of glances into the future of the coming new age can be found scattered throughout the Secret Wisdom Teaching but these shall not be enumerated in this short contemplation. Here only the very large lines are mentioned.

Destruction of the Planetary Etheric Web

The etheric web acts as a separator between the astral and the dense physical body.28 This goes not only for humans but also for our planet.29 And this planetary etheric web is in process of being destroyed, and will continue to be further destroyed in the new age.30 Several causes are mentioned in the Secret Wisdom Teaching, whereby the possibility must be kept open that one cause may very well be the result of another. As a first cause can be mentioned the coming in of cosmic rays that constitute aspects of the planetary kundalini (analogous to the etheric web in humans being destroyed by the raising of the kundalini).31 Interestingly is in this regard the activity of the incoming seventh ray mentioned. A second mentioned cause regards the intensification of light on our planet since the discovery of electricity.32 Thirdly is the first world war mentioned which, through the power of its sound on the battlefields, has torn the etheric web asunder.33 Fourthly then is mentioned the use of atom bombs, which also disrupted the planetary etheric web.34 At the time of writing that remark (January 1945, published in 1955 in Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II) only three atom bombs had been brought to explosion. But testing of atom bombs has of course since then been going on in many places during the cold war.

As a result of the destruction of the planetary etheric web we may expect a blending of the astral with the physical world.35 This will result in the development in humanity of etheric vision,36 and the letting loose of psychic forces will on the one hand lead to more understanding, brotherhood and illumination37 and on the other hand to a(n initial) spread of disease, insanity, neurotic conditions and mental unbalance.38

The Externalisation of the Hierarchy

Another important (and for humanity probably the most important) occurrence in the new age is the externalisation of the Hierarchy. The term 'Hierarchy' is in general used to refer to a group of beings working on inner planes on the evolutionary processes. As such may the term refer to the solar hierarchy but most often does the term refer to our planetary hierarchy.39 This latter hierarchy regards the fifth kingdom on the evolutionary ladder on our planet,40 (following the mineral, vegetable, animal and human kingdoms),41 and as such it is also known as 'the spiritual kingdom', 'the Kingdom of God'42 and 'the Kingdom of Souls'.43 Without elucidating their individual functions can the Hierarchy be said to consist of Sanat Kumara (or the Lord of the World, the Ancient of Days or the One Initiator), the three Kumaras (or the Buddhas of Activity), the Manu, the Bodhisattva (or the Christ or the World Teacher) and a number of masters.44 Because these workers on the inner planes work through their disciples45 are also initiates, disciples and probationers of the human kingdom included the overview of the Hierarchy. The latter can be seen as functioning as an intermediate group between the spiritual kingdom and the human kingdom.

So in the new age the hierarchy is externalising (and with the new age already in process of arriving has the process of externalisation of the Hierarchy too already begun). Hitherto the Hierarchy has worked from the inner world through disciples and initiates of the human kingdom who are placed in the outer world.46 With the externalisation process the masters and the Christ will however increasingly appear openly in the world.47 The results of this externalisation shall be the creating and vitalizing of a new world religion, the gradual reorganization of the social order, the public inauguration of the system of initiation and the exoteric training of disciples and of humanity.48

Problems During the Transition Period

Above were four occurrences mentioned inaugurating the new age. They are the constellation change, the ray change, the destruction of the etheric web and the externalisation of the hierarchy. It was also mentioned that we are at this moment in a transition period and also that the tearing of the planetary etheric web is leading at the moment to certain unpleasant conditions. These unpleasant conditions however are not only caused by the tearing of the etheric web but by the whole of new influences and stimulations that humanity is undergoing in the present transition period. Now besides the already touched four occurrences there are still other influences mentioned causing problems in this time period. That these influences do cause problems in this time period does not necessarily mean however that they too inaugurate the new age. This distinction must be kept in mind.

Now the additional occurrences to be mentioned under this paragraph are not always extensively discussed in the Secret Wisdom Teaching and where they are shall in this contemplation still only a mentioning take place as the primary focus of this contemplation is laid on those occurrences inaugurating the new age.

Now the first occurrence causing problems during this transition period regards the welling up of magnetic force on Sirius effecting our solar system and especially our earth.49 A second regards a shift in the earth's polarity due to the pull of a great cosmic centre. This occurrence is responsible for many of the present earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A third factor causing problems is the now rapid disintegration of our moon, effecting too terrestrial results. Fourth to mention is the cycle of our sun around the greater zodiac which was completed when our sun entered Pisces around two thousand years back. Because the transition period of this large, two hundred and fifty thousand years lasting cycle lasts for five thousand years we have not yet surpassed the troublesome effects of this transition period. Interestingly has our earth too completed a similar cycle, namely that around the lesser zodiac, lasting for twenty five thousand years.50 This occurrence (along with the incoming of Aquarius and the seventh ray) is enabling Sanat Kumara  to take a cosmic initiation and for that he is rearranging humanity as a whole. This occurrence may thus probably be considered as also constituent of the inauguration of the new age.

Summary

Let us summarize and overview what has brought to the fore in this contemplation. We intended to have a closer look at the regarded occurrences inaugurating the new age and started out with the most familiar; that of the constellation change from Pisces to Aquarius. Less familiar were the ray changes. Special attention was given to the outgoing of the sixth ray and the incoming of the seventh ray. In the paragraph that followed it was uncovered that the incoming of the latter ray was (among other factors) related to the destruction of the planetary etheric web. Probably the most important occurrence however to inaugurate the new age was deemed the externalisation of the Hierarchy. All these occurrences were in the subsequent paragraph found to cause problems during the present transition period, and other causes, not necessarily inaugurating the new age, were mentioned too. May the recognition of these occurrences support our transition into the new age.

Notes
  1. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Externalisation of the Hierarchy', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section One, The Period of Transition. "It would be of value here to remember that the condition of humanity at this time is not the result of simply one factor, but of several—all of them being active simultaneously, because this period marks the close of one age and the inauguration of the new."
  2. Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0), Oxford University Press, 2009, under 'New Age'.
  3. Alice A. Bailey, 'Esoteric Astrology, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume III', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. II, 3, Aquarius, The Water Carrier. "This constellation is one of supreme importance to our solar system at this time, for it is the sign into which our Sun is rapidly moving and its influence is gaining in momentum and added potency with each vanishing decade."
  4. 'The Externalisation of the Hierarchy', Section One, The Period of Transition. "It would be of value here to remember that the condition of humanity at this time is not the result of simply one factor, but of several—all of them being active simultaneously, because this period marks the close of one age and the inauguration of the new."
  5. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Rays and the Initiations, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume V', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Part Two, Section Two, The Rays and the five Initiations confronting Humanity, Initiation II. "2. The stream of energy, coming into our planetary life from the constellation Pisces, has for two thousand years conditioned human experience and is peculiarly fitted to blend with and complement this sixth ray energy and to produce exactly the situation which is today governing world affairs."
  6. 'Esoteric Astrology', Ch. III, Introductory Remarks. "4. The passing of our Sun out of the sign Pisces into the sign Aquarius is another of the conditions bringing about the present confusion. This confusion of forces in the solar system is notably affecting our planet. In the process of passing from sign to sign, as for instance transitting out of Pisces into Aquarius as is now the case, the period covered is approximately five hundred years."
  7. Alice A. Bailey, 'From Bethlehem to Calvary', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. Three, 2. "When we began to enter this sign, about two hundred years ago, water became for the first time of general interest and of general use for sanitation and irrigation."
  8. 'From Bethlehem to Calvary', Ch. Two, 4. "We have already seen that the age of Christianity is the Piscean Age, and Christ came to the Holy Land when our sun transitted into that sign. Therefore that which was started and had its being in Virgo (the birth of the Christ Child) is consummated in Pisces when that Christ Child, having attained maturity, comes forth as the world Saviour."
  9. 'The Rays and the Initiations', Part One, Rule Twelve. "[...] Piscean energy.  This is, as you know, the energy which produces mediation and which develops sensitivity in the individual."
  10. 'The Rays and the Initiations', Part Two, Section Two, The Rays and the five Initiations confronting Humanity, Initiation II. "The work of sixth ray energy, the result of the long cycle of Piscean energy, and the impact of the incoming Aquarian energy will bring a potent transformation in the "watery realm" of the astral plane. The symbol of that plane has ever been water—fluid, stormy, reflecting all impressions, the source of mist and fog, and yet ever essential to human living. The Piscean Age, now in process of passing away, is also closely related to this plane and to the symbol of water; it fixed in the human consciousness the realisation that "men are as fishes, immersed in the sea of emotions.""
  11. 'Esoteric Astrology', Ch. III, 1. "a. Pisces is particularly potent at present in the life of Humanity owing to its being the sign which is now passing out of influence as we progress upon the great wheel of the zodiac. It is this sign with its combination of energies which has produced such a potent vibratory activity in Humanity that it can successfully and eventually enact the role of World Saviour. Of this salvation, Pisces is the sign. Pisces is also the sign of death, as you know, and in its death aspect we see the Piscean correspondence to the first aspect, the destroyer aspect of the Logos. This death aspect is naturally active at the close of the Piscean age and is consequently bringing about the present death of form in all the three worlds."
  12. Alice A. Bailey, 'Education in the New Age', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. IV, Reasons for the Present World Unrest. "[…], as has the Piscean or Christian Age, […]."
  13. 'Esoteric Astrology', Ch. II, 3, Aquarius, The Water Carrier. "It [Aquarius] is, therefore, largely responsible for the changes now being effected in our planetary life in all the kingdoms of nature, and, because it is an air sign, its influence is all pervasive and inter-penetrating."
  14. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Consciousness of the Atom', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Lecture VI. "There is a great vibratory sphere, or plane, in the solar system, called in some occult books  the intuitional plane; it is called in the Eastern literature the Buddhic plane, and its symbol is the air."
  15. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Light of the Soul', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Book III, Sl. 41. "These two triplicities of God and man are connected by the middle plane of at-one-ment or union whereon God and man are made one.  This is the Christ plane in Christian phraseology, the buddhic plane in the eastern terminology."
  16. Alice A. Bailey, 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section Two, Division A, II, 2. "In both the cosmic and solar physical planes, the plane of buddhi is ever the plane of at-one-ment, or the meeting ground of diversities, and of their blending—not into a fundamental unity—but into group unity."
  17. 'The Rays and the Initiations', Part One, Rule Eleven. "3. Attaining the power to work as a miniature Hierarchy, and as a group to exemplify unity in diversity. "
  18. Alice A. Bailey, 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume I, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume I', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section Two Ch. II, 3, E. "The coming in of the Aquarian age also stimulates in man a spirit of universality and a tendency towards fusion. This can be seen working out in the present trend towards synthesis in business, in religion and in politics. It produces an urge towards union, and among other unions, towards religious understanding and tolerance.  But these influences, playing upon the sensitive bodies of the undeveloped and the over-psychic, lead to a morbid tendency towards unions, legitimate and illegitimate; they produce an extreme aptitude to sexual intercourse in many directions, and to relations and fusions which are not along the intended or the evolutionary line, and which outrage oft the very laws of nature itself. Energy is an impersonal thing, and is dual in its effect,— the effect varying according to the type of substance upon which it plays."
  19. ‘A Treatise on Cosmic Fire’, Section Two, Division B, IV, 2, a. "One permanent cosmic Ray is the ray of our Logos Himself, and the subrays of this ray permeate His entire system. Six other cosmic Rays, animating other systems, influence ours, finding their reflections in the subrays of our logoic Ray. To these six cosmic influences our Heavenly Men respond. They absorb the influence, being centres in the body logoic, pass it through Their schemes, circulate it through Their own centres (chains), and transmit it on to other schemes, coloring it with Their Own peculiar shade and qualifying it by Their own peculiar tone or note."
  20. 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume I', Section One, Ch. III. "2. There are seven Rays."
  21. 'Esoteric Astrology', Ch. VII, 1. "The seven stars of the Great Bear are the originating sources of the seven rays of our solar system. The seven Rishis of the Great Bear express Themselves through the medium of the seven planetary Logoi Who are Their Representatives and to whom they stand in the relation of Prototype. These seven planetary Spirits manifest through the medium of the seven sacred planets.
    Each of these seven rays, coming from the Great Bear, are transmitted into our solar system through the medium of three constellations and their ruling planets. The following tabulation will make this clear, but must be interpreted only in terms of the present turn of the great zodiacal wheel of 25,000 years."
  22. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Introductory Postulates.
    "Ray I Ray of Will or Power 1st Aspect
    Ray II Ray of Love-Wisdom 2nd Aspect
    Ray III Ray of Active Intelligence 3rd Aspect
    These are the major Rays.
    Ray IV Ray of Harmony, Beauty and Art.
    Ray V Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science.
    Ray V Ray of Devotion or of Abstract Idealism.
    Ray VII Ray of Ceremonial Magic or Order."
  23. 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume I', Section One, Ch. I, 3.
    "Ray One Not in manifestation.
    *Ray Two In manifestation since 1575 A.D.
    *Ray Three In manifestation since 1425 A.D.
    Ray Four To come slowly into manifestation after 2025 A.D.
    *Ray Five In manifestation since 1775 A.D.
    Ray Six Passing rapidly out of manifestation. It began to pass out in 1625 A.D.
    *Ray Seven In manifestation since 1675 A.D."
  24. 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume I', Section One, Ch. II, Question 1.
    "Ray I Will or Power Plane of divinity.
    Ray II Love-Wisdom Plane of the monad.
    Ray III Active Intelligence Plane of spirit, atma.
    Ray IV Harmony Plane of the intuition.
    Ray V Concrete Knowledge Mental Plane.
    Ray VI Devotion, Idealism Astral Plane.
    Ray VII Ceremonial Order Physical Plane."
  25. 'The Rays and the Initiations', Part Two, Section Two, The Rays and the five Initiations confronting Humanity, Initiation II. "1. The sixth Ray of Idealism or of Devotion is the ray which normally governs the astral plane, controlling its phenomena and colouring its glamour.
    2. The stream of energy, coming into our planetary life from the constellation Pisces, has for two thousand years conditioned human experience and is peculiarly fitted to blend with and complement this sixth ray energy and to produce exactly the situation which is today governing world affairs."
  26. Alice A. Bailey, ' The Destiny of the Nations', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, 6. "The seventh ray governs predominantly upon the etheric levels of the physical plane.  It does not govern the dense physical form which is under the control of the third ray."
  27. See note 24.
  28. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section One, Division C, IV, 3. "First.  The etheric web acts as a separator or a dividing web between the astral and the dense physical body."
  29. 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume I', Section Two, Ch. III, 5, b. "Just as there is a veil called "the etheric web" dividing off the various force centres in the human body, and protecting the head centres from the astral world, so there is a separating web between the world of physical life and the astral world.  This will be destroyed, slowly and certainly, by the play of the cosmic rays upon our planet."
  30. Ibidem.
  31. Ibidem. "The cosmic rays of which the modern scientist is aware constitute aspects of the planetary kundalini, and their effect will be the same in the body of the planetary Logos, the Earth, as it is in the human body; the etheric web between the physical and astral planes is in process of destruction, and it is of this event which the sensitives of the world and the spiritualists prophesy as an imminent happening.
    Much of profound interest is on its way as a result of this seventh ray activity."
  32. Ibidem, Section One, Ch. II, Question 3. "An intensification of the light is going on all the time, and this increase in intensity began on the earth at about the time when man discovered the uses of electricity, which discovery was a direct result of this intensification.  The electrification of the planet through the wide-spread use of electricity is one of the things which is inaugurating the new age, and which will aid in bringing about the revelation of the presence of the soul.  Before long this intensification will become so great that it will materially assist in the rending of the veil which separates the astral plane from the physical plane; the dividing etheric web will shortly be dissipated, and this will permit a more rapid inflow of the third aspect of light.  The light from the astral plane (a starry radiance) and the light of the planet itself will be more closely blended, and the result upon humanity and upon the three other kingdoms in nature cannot be over-emphasized.  It will, for one thing, profoundly affect the human eye and make the present sporadic etheric vision a universal asset."
  33. 'The Externalisation of the Hierarchy', Section One, The Period of Transition. "2. The world war marked a climax in the history of mankind, and its subjective effect was far more potent than has hitherto been grasped. Through the power of prolonged sound, carried forward as a great experiment on the battlefields all over the world during a period of four years (1914-1918), and through the intense emotional strain of the entire planetary populace, the web of etheric matter (called the "veil of the temple") which separates the physical and astral planes was rent or torn asunder, and the amazing process of unifying the two worlds of physical plane living and of astral plane experience was begun and is now slowly going on."
  34. Alice A. Bailey, 'Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Section One, Group Instructions. "I would remind you that the release of atomic energy has had a far more potent effect in the etheric web than in the dense physical vehicle of the planet. Three times the atomic bomb was used, and that fact is itself significant. It was used twice in Japan, thereby disrupting the etheric web in what you erroneously call the Far East; it was used once in what is also universally called the Far West, and each time a great area of disruption was formed which will have future potent, and at present unsuspected, results."
  35. See notes 32 and 33.
  36. See note 32.
  37. 'The Externalisation of the Hierarchy', Section One, The Period of Transition. "It will be obvious, therefore, that this must bring about vast changes and alterations in the human consciousness. Whilst it will usher in the age of understanding, of brotherhood and of illumination, it will also bring about states of reaction and the letting loose of psychic forces which today menace the uncontrolled and ignorant, and warrant the sounding of a note of warning and of caution."
  38. Ibidem. "All true spiritual thinkers and workers are much concerned at this time about the growth of crime on every hand, by the display of the lower psychic powers, by the apparent deterioration of the physical body, as shown in the spread of disease, and by the extraordinary increase in insanity, neurotic conditions and mental unbalance. All this is the result of the tearing of the planetary web, and at the same time it is a part of the evolutionary plan and the providing of the opportunity whereby humanity may take its next step forward."
  39. Alice A. Bailey, 'Letters on Occult Meditation', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Glossary. "Hierarchy.  That group of spiritual beings on the inner planes of the solar system who are the intelligent forces of nature, and who control the evolutionary processes. They are themselves divided into twelve Hierarchies. Within our planetary scheme, the earth scheme, there is a reflection of this Hierarchy which is called by the occultist the Occult Hierarchy. This Hierarchy is formed of chohans, adepts, and initiates working through their disciples, and, by this means, in the world."
  40. Alice A. Bailey, 'Initiation, Humand and Solar', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. III, To develop consciousness in the three lower kingdoms. "In the fifth kingdom, which is entered at the first initiation, and which covers all the period of time wherein a man takes the first five initiations, and that wherein he works as a Master, as part of the Hierarchy, the love-wisdom, or second aspect, comes to its consummation."
  41. Ibidem, Ch. XV, The Solar Words. "By their means the five kingdoms of nature on the evolutionary arc came into being:—
    a. The mineral kingdom.
    b. The vegetable kingdom.
    c. The animal kingdom.
    d. The human kingdom.
    e.  The spiritual kingdom."
  42. Alice A. Bailey, 'Esoteric Psychology, Volume II, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume II', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. III, 3, d. "1. The planetary Hierarchy, which is the spiritual Hierarchy, called in the West, the kingdom of God."
  43. Ibidem, Ch. II, 2, a. "6. Upon the Path of Discipleship, the process of integration into the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Souls, proceeds until the third initiation is undergone."
  44. 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire', Section Three, Division A, Key to Diagram of Solar and Planetary Hierarchles.
  45. See note 35.
  46. ‘The Rays and the Initiations’, Part One, Rule Twelve. "You need ever to remember that at this time the main technique of the Hierarchy is that of conveying inspiration.  The Masters are not openly lecturing or teaching in the great cities of the world; They work entirely through Their disciples and initiates. It will, however, be possible for Them to appear increasingly among men and evoke recognition as the influence of Aquarius is more firmly established. The Masters, in the meantime, must continue to work "within the silence of the universal Ashram," as it has been called, and from there They inspire Their workers, and these latter in their time and way, inspire the New Group of World Servers."
  47. Alice A. Bailey, 'The Reappearance of the Christ', in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Ch. Five. "The Masters will walk openly among men; the Christ will reappear in physical Presence."
  48. 'The Externalisation of the Hierarchy', Section Four, The Externalisation of the Ashrams. "The Work of the Externalised Ashrams.
    Creating and vitalising the new world religion.
    The gradual reorganising of the social order.
    The public inauguration of the system of initiation.
    The exoteric training of disciples and of humanity in this new cycle."
  49. 'Esoteric Astrology', Ch. III, Introductory Remarks. "Briefly it might be said that the following cosmic and systemic causes are responsible for the present world crisis and the present difficult world situation: 1. A welling up of magnetic force on Sirius, which produces effects upon our solar system and particularly upon our Earth, via the Hierarchy.
    2. A shift in the Earth's polarity, due to the pull of a great cosmic centre. This powerfully affects the Earth's orientation and is responsible for the present earthquakes, and for the volcanic eruptions and the many earthquakes during the past one hundred and fifty years.
    3. The great sweep of the sun around the greater zodiac (a period of 250,000 years, or a complete round) came to an end when the sun entered Pisces over two thousand years ago. This process of passing out of, or entering into, a particular sign and cyclic influence covers a period of five thousand years where this greater round or cycle is concerned. This period of five thousand years covers the complete cycle of transition until complete freedom to function under the inspiration of the new sign is completed. We are, therefore, not yet free from incidental turmoil. […].
    5. Another factor little known is that the Moon today is disintegrating with increasing rapidity and this necessarily affects the Earth and produces terrestrial results."
  50.  'The Rays and the Initiations', Part Two, Section One, The Meaning of the Initiatory Process, Impression on the mind of the disciple of hierarchical intent. "It is due to the will of Sanat Kumara Himself as He prepares for a certain cosmic initiation. This initiation requires the reorganisation of the energies flowing through and composing that "centre which we call the race of men"; this creates a rearrangement within the centre itself, and thus brings into manifested expression certain aspects and qualities—always inherent in those energies—which have not hitherto been recognised.  This creative crisis has been made possible by three major happenings:
    1. The conclusion of a twenty-five thousand year cycle or movement around what is called the lesser zodiac.  This connotes a major cycle of experience in the life of our planetary Logos.  It is related to the interplay between the planetary Logos and the solar Logos as the latter responds to energies emanating from the twelve zodiacal
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