ARVINDUS

Secret Wisdom Teaching

The Age of the Mother of the World

THE AGE OF THE MOTHER OF THE WORLD

In the secret wisdom teaching, and then especially in the Agni Yoga teachings of Helena Roerich,1 is often made mention of the Mother of the World. The coming age is there presented as “the age of the Mother of the World”.2 In ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching, The New Age’ the age of the Mother of the World was not mentioned.3 Here this age shall be explained in relation to one of the to be expected developments in the new age.

We shall start with a few words about the Mother of the World. The Mother of the World basically is a mother in the esoteric philosophical sense of the word. This means that the Mother of the World represents the matter aspect of a certain entity or given.4, 5 And since She is the Mother of the World She is the material counterpart of the spiritual Father (or Lord) of the World.6 Now that the Mother of the World is what Her name indicates means that She is not the Mother of the Universe, Who represents the matter aspect on a larger scale. The Mother of the World is basically Mother Earth.7 She is symbolized by religious figures like Isis, Ishtar and Mary.8 When the Mother of the World truly manifests Herself as an individual on the planet She is called 'the World Mother'. However this has not happened (fully) on our planet Earth, where the World Mother is only symbolized as mentioned before.9

So why then is the coming age named ‘the age of the Mother of the World’? In ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching, The New Age’ were four important changes in the new age mentioned, namely the constellation change from Pisces to Aquarius, the ray change from ray six to ray seven, the destruction of the planetary etheric web and the externalisation of the Hierarchy.10 Now this externalisation of the Hierarchy shall culminate in or go along with the reappearance of the Christ or Maitreya.11, 12 This term ‘Christ’ can in general be understood in three different ways. In the first sense, in random order, can ‘Christ’ be understood as the name of an office that is held within the Hierarchy.13, 14 In the second, and most familiar, sense ‘Christ’ refers to the person Jesus of Nazareth.15 And in the third sense ‘Christ’ refers to the love-wisdom aspect of the soul in man.16 Now it is this last mentioned aspect which may be born in humanity as a whole in the coming new age.17, 18 So the birth of the Christ principle in humanity shall in the new age be accompanied by the reappearance of the Christ as World Teacher and is symbolised by the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Now it is well known that Jesus is born from the virgin or mother Mary.19 And Mary counts as the symbol of the Mother of the World. Before Jesus is born Mary carries him in her body and nurtures him. And this latter she also does right after his birth. And this is why the coming new age is also called 'the age of the Mother of the World'. The Christ principle has not yet been born in humanity,20 however in embryo it is present and growing in the matter aspect of humanity. In the new age we may expect the Christ principle to ripen in the womb of the Mother of the World after which the latter will bear and continue to nurture the former.21, 22 It is thus why in the Agni Yoga teachings of Helena Roerich, part of the secret wisdom teaching, much mention is made of the Mother of the World, especially in relation to Maitreya (the Christ) and the new age.23

Notes
  1. Secret Wisdom Teaching, ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching’’, Index: 201211101.
  2. Helena Roerich, Supermundane, The Inner Life, Book Three, Agni Yoga Society, New York, 2003, Sl. 638.At present, in the age of the Mother of the World, […].”
  3. ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching, The New Age’, Index: 201405031.
  4. Alice A. Bailey, 'A Treatise on White Magic’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Introductory Remarks. “This duality which is seen when objectivity is present and which disappears when the form aspect vanishes is covered by many terms, of which for the sake of clarity, the most usual might be here listed:
    Spirit Matter
    Life Form
    Father Mother
    Positive Negative
    Darkness Light"
  5. Alice A. Bailey, ‘Esoteric Healing, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume IV’, in: Twenty-Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy, (CD-ROM, Release 3), Lucis Trust, London / New York, 2001, Part One, Ch. IV. “On the Phrase "Mother of the World." The various ways in which the phrase can be used can mean quite a number of differing things. It can mean: 1. The feminine aspect in manifestation, symbolised for us in many of the world religions as a virgin mother and in the Christian religion as the Virgin Mary. It is that substance which enables Deity to manifest.”
  6. Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach, New Light and Life for Humanity, Share International Foundation, London, 2001, p. 195. “The Mother of the World is the ‘Shakti’ (female counterpart) of the Lord of the World. She is the Female Principle, manifesting down through the ages as Mary in the Gospel story, as Ishtar of Assyria and Babylonia, and as Isis in ancient Egyptian times. Throughout history, the Mother of the World has taken outer manifestation as the Divine Female Principle. Our God is male/female, and those two aspects of divinity functioning together create the universe.”
  7. Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission, Volume Three, Share International, Foundation, London, 1997, p. 51, 52. “(7) What is the difference between: “the Divine Mother”, “the Mother of the World” and “Mother Earth”? […]. (7) They are the same.”
  8. See note 6.
  9. ‘Esoteric Healing, A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volume IV’, Part One, Ch. IV. “On the Phrase "Mother of the World." […]. 4. The concentration of the feminine force in nature in some individual in female form who is then called the "World Mother."  Such an individual has never existed in our particular planetary life, though the avatars of a previous solar system, expressing itself through planetary life, always took this form.  But not in this solar system.  The tradition of such appearances is purely symbolic, inherited from the previous solar system from which we inherited the matter of which all manifested forms are made.  This symbolism has come down from the far-off period of the Matriarchate, which had a religion that recalled the ancient ways of the earlier system and in which period of time Lilith symbolised the World Mother, until Eve took her place.”
  10. See note 3.
  11. 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 Four, Organising the Ashrams into Form on Earth. “2. The reappearance of the Christ at a date somewhat later than the externalisation of the Ashrams and their physical plane organisation.”
  12. 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, Bodhisattva. “As used in these letters the Bodhisattva is the name of the office which is at present occupied by the Lord Maitreya, Who is known in the Occident as the Christ.  This office might be translated as that of World Teacher.  The Bodhisattva is the Head of all the religions of the world, and the Master of the Masters and the Teacher of angels and of men.”
  13. Ibidem.
  14. ‘Secret Wisdom Teaching, The Constitution of the Hierarchy’, Index: 201506171.
  15. Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0), Oxford University Press, 2009.
  16. 'A Treatise on White Magic’, Part One, Ch. I, 4, B, The Body, Phenomenal Appearance. “b. The heart, the love-wisdom of the soul, the buddhi or Christ principle.”
  17. 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. Two, 4. “As we study the meaning of these three gifts brought by the disciples of old to the infant Jesus, and as we see their meaning as it applies to our individual situation, it becomes equally apparent that today humanity, as a race, stands before the infant Jesus, in the House of Bread, at the end of a long journey, and can now offer, if it so will, the gifts of material life, of purification through the fires of adversity, and of the suffering to which it has been subjected.”
  18. 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 I. “The major effect, as far as humanity is concerned, is to make possible the presentation of thousands of aspirants and applicants for the first initiation; men on a large scale and in mass formation can today pass through the experience of the Birth Initiation.  Thousands of human beings can experience the birth of the Christ within themselves and can realise that the Christ life, the Christ nature and the Christ consciousness are theirs.  This "new birth" initiation of the human family will take place in Bethlehem, symbolically understood, for Bethlehem is the "house of bread"—an occult term signifying physical plane experience.”
  19. The Holy Bible, Index 20140811, The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Ch. 2, v. 11. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, […].”
  20. ‘From Bethlehem to Calvary’, Ch. Two, 5. “1. Hidden in every human being is the "Word incarnate," the Son of God made flesh. This is "Christ in us, the hope of Glory," but as yet only a hope for the mass of men. Christ is not yet made manifest. He is hidden and veiled by the form. Mary is seen, not the Christ.”
  21. Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission, Volume One, Share International, Foundation, London, undated, p. 67.The coming age of Aquarius, the age of Maitreya, is also the age in which the female, nurturing aspect regains expression. The age of Maitreya, therefore, is the age of Tara.”
  22. Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission, Volume Two, Share International, Foundation, London, undated, p. 497. “The coming age is the age in which the Mother Principle will come into its own. The age of Maitreya is the age of Tara, the World Mother. The mother nourishes the child, nourishes the family, and the female principle nourishes the civilization.”
  23. Helena Roerich, Hierarchy, Agni Yoga Society, New York, 1977, Sl. 13. “The Epoch of Maitreya proclaims woman. The manifestation of Maitreya is linked with the confirmation of the Mother of the World, in the past, present, and future.”
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