by Joann S. Bakula
In this meditation we seek to emphasize the qualities of universality, group consciousness, brotherhood, service, and intuition. It is preeminently the sign of the new age and intuition, dispelling as it does, the illusion of time, closing the gap between past, present and future, bringing to life the truth of who we are now, underneath it all, who we have always been and will always be, the only changeless whole in which these endless forms dance away the time.
In this meditation on the world and for the world, the water of life can be applied to a new age, already called the Age of Aquarius, in which new understanding and a new structure of thought releases the beauty in the world perceived with new eyes. The water of new life leaves evidence, like flowers in the desert, of a renaissance of spirit and of life energy set free to create anew. The Tibetan for whom Alice Bailey wrote predicted that just such a time is drawing near and that all educators “must prepare for a renaissance of all the arts and for the new and free flow of the creative spirit.” The incoming new age brings with it a “spiritual renaissance” whose quality will affect all avenues of human endeavor. ((POH 45-46)
This yearly meditation of 12 festivals ponders on the mysteries of human existence, combined with practical application of values and principles working out into the world. The ageless wisdom and the perennial philosophy form the foundation of truth from which new revelation springs, bringing a new spring to the winter of the old Piscean Age. New life comes to the arts and sciences, as well as government, education, economics and religion. As these mysteries find appropriate response in planetary ritual, the Mysteries themselves will be restored, the Tibetan predicts. “The Mysteries will restore colour and music as they essentially are to the world and do it in such a manner that the creative art of today will be to this new creative art as the child's building of wooden blocks is to a great cathedral such as Durham or Milan. The Mysteries, when restored, will make real…the nature of religion, the purpose of science and the goal of education. These are not what you think today” ( The Rays and the Initiations , p. 332).
One of the greatest mysteries is the polarity of past and future, both existence only in the present. Is it this duality that the new age makes single as in “Behold, I make all things new” and “out of twain, one new man”? Is this a resolution of the mystery of time itself freeing us to see a greater purpose than endlessly trudging through a small, recursive history from which we cannot come clean? The Tibetan describes the ineffable beauty of the greater divine purpose with these incredible words: “Does it mean anything to you when I say that the ceremonial ritual of the daily life of Sanat Kumara, implemented by music and sound and carried on waves of colour which break upon the shores of the three worlds of human evolution, reveal—in the clearest notes and tones and shades—the deepest secret behind His purpose?” ( ibid. p. 246). Vincent Van Gogh himself, very aware of the group nature of a movement in art, stated that “the painter of the future [would] be a colorist such as has never yet existed” ( The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh , Vol. III, # 482) Perhaps he had a glimpse of this greater truth. It is by the spirit-aligned-soul expressing itself through each avenue of beauty that the reign of love washes the earth.
Recently a multimedia celebration of art, “In the Track of Hercules” (DVD and print available from Lucis London or NY), was held. One of the poems by Andrew Nellist called “Aquarius” celebrates this truth that washes the world clean from corruption—a condition prevalent today much needing the water of life for purification:
Born in a manager, Jesus allowed the life and love of universal light to enter
Our dark world…Hercules diverted the course of two rivers to cleanse the dark stables of Augeas. This is the muck of millennia, the selfishness and hate, the pride and separation, connivings of fate, the squalor of centuries, the cause of our condition and discontent….
Heroes today should strive and work together to make this fractured world whole, allowing the frightened and hungry, the bewildered and battered, the oppressed to find strength and sustenance from the cup of the water-carrier. The last supper of millions has been made by betrayal or indifference….
As guru and avatar, as the prophet, as the compassionate Maitreya, Christ works for past, present and future, cleansing our stables with water of universal understanding….Now let all disciples pour this energy throughout the world….”
We all know the agony “of every true disciple who…is now giving birth to the Christ, within the animal stable and in the manger of the world. In the sum total of the general accomplishment will the entire group achieve and the Christ again appear on earth, incarnated this time in the many and not in the one personality. Yet each member of the group is a Christ in manifestation, and all together present the Christ to the world, and constitute a channel for the Christ force and life” ( Esoteric Psychology , Vol. I, p. 314).
Beauty touches our one soul, yours and mine, revealing us to ourselves. This is the gift of art, whether poetry or painting, music or monument. And no one pours forth the water of poetry like timeless Rumi, where, in “A Presence like Rain,” love washes us free from pain:
There is a kind of spirit like fresh rain, a water that carries away to the Ocean whatever's foul and rotten.
There, water itself gets washed, and the next year it comes again….This is the watery work of the souls who wash us.
We exhaust their clarity with our silt, and then the clouds lift them, and the sun takes them as vapor….What is meant by this Water is the Spirit of the Enlightened Ones.
Think of these rivers and streams as Medicine Shops. .Let them take you to be healed in that wide water…Where, look, you can see their cloudy robes raining down.”
And “Like Mercy itself, [the helpers] run toward the screaming….Where the lowland is, that's where water goes. All medicine wants is pain to cure. And don't just ask for one mercy. Let them flood in. Let the sky open under your feet.” (Coleman Barks, Ed. Delicious Laughter, Stories…of Jelalludin Rumi, pp. 140-141, 108).
Sky bound on gift waves of light and beauty, in this Mozart anniversary year, we make our ascent to spiritual worlds as one group of disciples the world around knowing that the water of life is ours to rain down.
Wishing you full perception of your singular beauty and the beauty of the world washed clean,
Joann S. Bakula