In this meditation in March/Aries the principal Christian event of Easter is also celebrated, as the principal Buddhist event of Wesak will be celebrated next month. They are symbolic of the unity of all religions in their essence, both East and West, and sound out the keynote of inclusiveness of these world service meditations at the time of the full moon.
The Way of the Disciple: Love and Truth
Christ taught the way of love and truth as always being the way of the disciple. This love is demonstrated through goodwill as intelligent love, or love and truth combined, using right methods and eventuating in right policies. As Gandhi said, the way of truth and love often means using the method of "non-violent, non-cooperation with evil," which he always identified as evil policies, never as evil people. He made clear that the policy of occupying another's home country, like the British occupation of India, was evil, but that the British as people were longtime friends and would remain so. Consequently, when India regained independence it remained part of the British Commonwealth of nations. This method of non-violent, non-cooperation with evil policies became the driving force of the Civil Rights era, and stands today as right method for those who follow the way of love and truth. The will-to-good is often deflected and fouled by wrong method. It is a well known method of the selfish and materialistic forces today to use spurious logic to convince people that doing good is doing bad, and doing bad is doing good. This is what illusion is made of. Things are not what they seem to be. Confusion abounds. So we can fall into methods that destroy love or truth or both, and the right human relations which is the sound bite summary of the Tibetan's work. Love is based upon goodwill, honesty, openness, caring and kind treatment. Ill will, deception, lying, and cruel treatment are the opposite of love, as we all know. Policies based upon these methods will fail in the end, as they should.
With people of goodwill organized around issues and committed to using this right method, we can work to use "the knowledge which is [ours] and adjust its application to the world's need so that recognition of the truth may be rapid," (Alice A. Bailey, Rays & the Initiations, p. 11) as the Tibetan enjoins us to do. This unified effort of goodwill towards people's issues and planet earth's issues can generate light through meditation, intuitive perception and a mind aware of what concepts can be related to the mainstream today and what would be wasted effort. It's a combination of intuitive vision, right method, and an intelligent, educated mind able to discern the difference between commonly accepted truths, scientifically based, and that which has already been discarded as superstitious or fallacious. Combining intuition with a mind able to make correct and useful interpretations appealing to an educated populace is the keynote of the new yoga of synthesis, as the Tibetan and Alice Bailey describe it. "The work you have to do is to take the knowledge which is yours and adjust its application to the world's need so that recognition of the truth may be rapid. In the heart of every [human being] lies hid the flower of the intuition. On that you can depend, and no eternal or cosmic fact clothed in a suitable form will fail to receive its need of recognition and understanding." (Alice A. Bailey, Rays & the Initiations, p. 11). Through the intuitive perspective comes an orientation toward reality, the deep ocean of wisdom and spacious mind in which the light of enlightenment can transform the world.
The Will to Good and Synthesis
"From synthesis to synthesis the life of God passes. First the synthesis of the atomic lives into ever more perfect forms until the three kingdoms of nature appear; then the synthesis in consciousness, enabling the human being to enter into the larger awareness of the Whole and finally to enter into that mysterious event which is the result of the effect of all preceding development and to which we give the name of Identification. From the first identification, which is the higher correspondence of the stage of individualisation, progressive absorption into ever larger wholes takes place." (Alice A. Bailey, Rays & the Initiations, p. 58) The new yoga or method of enlightenment for our time, is, as we know, union through identification with the Whole, called agni (fiery) yoga or the yoga of synthesis, described in the Agni Yoga books of Helena Roerich. This new method synthesizes the previous yogas of karma, bhakti, raja and jnana, like the 7th ray meeting the 1st ray synthesizes all the rays within it, and thus in an instant of fiery illumination, like a flash of lightning, spirit joins directly with matter. The barriers separating units of the whole are broken through eliminating the limitations of each aspect in a whole new functioning union. This is the way of renunciation, of 'self-sacrifice and beauty,' as Helena Roerich described it. Few there are as yet whose will-to-good is pure enough to have reached the new synthesis. This is our work and our method, enhanced by the fiery quality of Aries 'coming forth from the plane of mind to rule.' Five keywords are said to be associated with Aries: Creativity, Being, Activity, Strife and Synthesis.
The meditation in Aries is said to stimulate the will-to-good and to lead to psychological restoration, energies most needed now in this time of deep recession, widespread unemployment, and nations facing bankruptcy from high interest on credit. Will is fundamentally an expression of the Law of Sacrifice, as we know. The forces of restoration and resurrection are also registered at this time of new beginnings with its consequent will-to-live. The spirit of Resurrection is the polar opposite of death. "Physical death takes place only when the psychological and mental vitality of the individual, of a nation, or humanity drops below a certain level…. psychologically mankind has been ruled by selfishness, and selfishness is the potent seed of death-material death, psychological death and mental death." (Alice A. Bailey, Externalization of the Hierarchy, p. 458 The spirit of resurrection is seen in the restoration of hope, based upon breakthrough, and with greater conviction that a better world can be achieved through clear thinking and careful planning. It is also seen in the preservation of what is of value and the refusal to restore the conditions which should not be restored. The preservation of values and the things of value include the preservation of goodwill in a time when ill will is prevalent and used as a tactic to divide and divorce; the preservation of art and architecture in a time of terrorist attacks on buildings and the people in them, and on whole cultures through cultural genocide; the preservation of the world of reality behind all outer appearance; and the preservation of principles, on which there should be no compromise.
The Lord's Prayer and The Great Invocation
Incorporating the prayers of many traditions is one way we have of affirming the inclusive attitude of these meditations. The Aries/Easter Festival is the perfect time to include the Lord's Prayer, written by Jesus Christ, with its famous line: "thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven," which expresses the essence of the Christian hope for this world, and the essence of agni yoga as the 'coming forth' of the fifth kingdom, or superhuman kingdom, a transfigurative moment when the long history of evolution, and the short path of initiation come together.
The Great Invocation, which is said at the conclusion of the precipitation phase of the meditation, is a powerful mantra releasing the universal energies of mind, heart and will in beautiful and simple language. No language expresses ideas perfectly and all carry nuances that lead toward one bias or another. Among the various gender-free versions, is one in which the word 'men' is replaced with the word 'all', reinforcing the sense of the synthesis of all life. It is recommended for all those who are so inclined. An amazing display of light and expanded relationship can occur as light, love and purpose radiate outward in ever greater circles of life.
Many blessings and good wishes to all of you for a celebratory Palm Sunday, Passover and Easter.