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The House of Sound

Joann S. Bakula
July 2009


The energies and forces seeking to impress humanity come from three major sources, or transmission lines, and their recipients: 1) the will center of God, stepped down by the Buddhas of Activity; 2) from the love of God, through attraction to purpose and plan, carried forward by the Nirmanakayas; and 3) from the active intelligence of God, to which the new group of world servers is receptive. These linking and bridging groups translate divine impression. Each of these groups acts, intrinsically, as "both recipients of impression and agents later of the impressing agent." But "when we arrive at the human family, this reciprocal activity is blocked by human selfishness; it is this 'interruption of impression' and this 'interference with the divine circulatory flow' which … is responsible for sin, for disease, and for all the various factors which make humanity today what it is. When the free flow of divine energy, of divine interplay and of spiritual purpose is re-established, then evil will disappear and the will-to-good will become factual goodwill upon the outer physical plane."1

Transmission Lines
Is it the interrupted free flow of spiritual energy through its transmission lines that is analogous to the interrupted free flow of money today? Have we restricted the free flow of the teaching? Has the West, so intrigued by Buddhism today, created a procrustean bed for it to lie in, foreshortening it to fit into preexisting parameters and ideologies? Have we swept out the gold with the dust? That death shall have no dominion is a promise of Shamballa; it is the center from which death is destroyed. Can we accept this? The Tibetan acted as a "transmitting agent" to his disciples when he gave us the seven "newer truths"2 including the teaching on Shamballa, on the new discipleship, on the seven rays, and on the new group of world servers, for instance. Our part is to act as transmitting agents, with many transmission lines leading out into the world and fields of service.

Right view, right values
Perhaps the most controversial of the Tibetan's translation of the Buddha's eight-fold noble path is the first, called right view, which is, in the Bailey books, called right values. Values is a subject that is often mentioned in the 24 volumes of the Tibetan’s, even though some references were inadvertently omitted from the Master Index. The five most commonly highlighted values are truth, justice, cooperation, responsibility, and the common good; in addition to the overarching theme of spiritual values contrasted to material values. The many schools of Buddhism discuss at length what right view means to the meditator. Put simply, right view is right philosophy of mind. The 17th Karmapa writes:

What is view? View cuts through all that we superimpose onto reality. In Tibetan, the word means 'to look at' or 'to see' and refers to seeing with the eyes of wisdom. Viewing in this way cuts through our assumptions that veil the unity of the two truths: the relative truth of our daily life and the ultimate truth of mind's nature. Another way of expressing this is to say that the view pacifies all confused thinking that would take phenomena to be truly existent …. The mind creates labels, mere names that are imposed upon phenomena, but these verbal marks do not exist for the phenomena themselves. Coming to see phenomena this way-through to their very nature-is the actual view of Buddhism.3
This is the underlying meaning of view in the Bailey books also: not to confuse the world of appearances with the world of meaning, but seeing life in expression as life, quality, and appearance, all three. For those who are clear and have right view, things are seen as they are in themselves, rather than as quality or appearance.

One way meditators have of bringing about this penetration is through the study of symbols as evocative of the intuition, buddhi or bodhi. In an article in the April 1939 Beacon, reprinted in this summer's Beacon (2009)4 , Alice Bailey classifies symbols in three main groups: 1)"all objective forms as found in the four kingdoms of nature," or nature itself, 2) symbols which express the "basic truths upon which the universe is founded," and 3) archetypal symbols. All of these are externalizations of forces or energies; they exist as ideas in the "Universal Mind" made manifest through form, quality and purpose. Through these the intuitive mind can see deep designs, processes of evolution and future plans. "Many of these symbols are the mental forms which lie back of the outer physical forms." But only now at this point in cognitive development has it become possible to "contact these mental forms, and the seed forms which will eventually flower forth into the physical world of the coming race, civilization and continent." The Secret Doctrine is the supreme example of this, especially in cosmogenesis and anthropogenesis. Phillip Lindsay has furthered this theme in his books, and articles in the Esoteric Quarterly.

Archetypes and the Power of Sound from Pop Music to Creation
Whether Elvis, Jim Morrison or Michael Jackson, the recognition that an expression of the archetypal Dionysian god of energy and sound has touched earth in the form of a man electrifies the world. Archetypal artists mirror the world to itself in forms so compelling that the art-form is transformed by their art. They change their world. The romanticized poet-musician inspires the passion of youth and youthfulness. In the world right now, we have the global outpouring of celebration for the latest incarnation of the archetypal Orpheus, recognition of the Dionysian energy of music in its latest incarnation from Elvis, the King, to Jim Morrison, the God of Rock, to Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Every age loves its Orpheus and pays tribute to his music.

Jung's lifelong investigation of the archetypes led him to the startling conclusion that they are biologically grounded in the unconscious mind, as manifestations of the organs of the body and their powers. Maslow also saw the meta-motivations of truth, goodness and wholeness, for instance, as what he called the "biological rooting of the value-life." These psychologists, who are the founders of the transpersonal or spiritual movement in psychology, sought to take the field into the study of higher consciousness, beingness and archetypes. After behaviorism has run its course, we can hope for a return to a deeper focus, including the relationship of the organs, glands and etheric centers to consciousness. Freud's unconscious, in contrast to Jung's, is biographically, not biologically rooted. It is the more superficial subconscious level of repressed traumatic experiences in a person's personal life. These do not explain the sociological phenomenon of Michael Jackson's affect through music, dance and image. Something more universal and archetypal is in evidence here. The muse had a human instrument and the world is responding.

The archetypal nature of music can awaken energy on all levels, from above the diaphragm to below. For youth it commonly strikes the chord from personal passion to social justice to world peace. For the archetypal energy itself, the transmission begins with formless energy, life, which is transformed into the mythological archetypes per se, and finally makes an appearance on earth in the archetypal images of a time. This is the threefold record of the manifestation of life seeking expression in quality, and finding form in appearance. From energy to myth to myth-maker the gods of sound, image and color paint the world in hues of itself.

On a more metaphysical level, the sound of the word became our flesh in Genesis; the "Vibration" is traced through creation in the Cosmogenesis of the Secret Doctrine; it is Nada Brahma in Hinduism, meaning 'all the world is sound' or 'God is sound' and forms the basis of their religion and philosophy. Pythagoras taught the Music of the Spheres and linked geometry to sound. The Tibetan elaborates: "Forget not that…the planet itself has its own note or sound…each form can be evoked into music and each human being has his peculiar chord and all chords contribute to the great symphony which the Hierarchy and Humanity are playing now …. As the centuries slip away, all these sounds slowly unite and are resolved into each other until some day the planetary symphony which Sanat Kumara is composing will be completed and our Earth will then make a notable contribution to the great chords of the solar system-and this is a part, intrinsic and real, of the music of the spheres."5

From the life-surge of creation to the quality aspect of sound and music for healing and developing, the field broadens into a wide ocean of techniques. The profound affect of music on the individual was recognized by the Tibetan, who gave meditation instruction to one disciple, for instance, for subjugating his warring first ray personality by his second ray soul with orchestral music. "The soul on its tiny scale can create 'the new man' by the power also of sound, and a musical rhythm can usefully be imposed upon the personality life by the disciple …. This is what you need — music in your life, literally and figuratively …. Let the great music of the masters of sound enter (in a new and powerful way) into your consciousness. If you take this advice, in three years, I suggest great and significant changes will be brought about in your life."6 There are more methods than the written words of esoteric philosophy to evoke the god and tame the beast within. In terms of the group, the Tibetan writes, "I look at my groups of disciples always subjectively and as a group. It is the total radiance which I see; it is the united rhythm which I note and the united tone and colour; it is the sound they collectively emit which I hear."7

The Sound of the Keynotes
Each of the 12 meditations at the full moon has its own note, it is said, just as each plane has its own kind of light. The term 'keynote' literally means its note. Behind the words of the keynotes used as seed thoughts given for each month or constellation of the zodiac is a sound that can be heard in the silence of meditation. The key 'note' of Cancer is considered by many to be the womb or place of origin, the influence which led to "the formation of the human family, of the race, the nation, and the family unit."8 In this sign, the idea becomes a form, the energy of the archetype becomes the archetype per se, the instrument of the archetypal energy-- for a time. The opposite of Cancer being Capricorn, the potentiality expressing in Cancer reaches consummation in the expression of Capricorn. The two gates of the solstices are called the 'gates of the sun.' They mark time as beginning and end in archetypal and primordial ways. The natural rhythm of the earth spinning around the sun, while the sun appears to circle around our day, is music of a basic kind; within this song the heart beats and lungs breathe in the twelve month breath of the spiritual year, Cancer being the first month in the three months of exhalation, following the high held breath of the spiritual interlude of Aries, Taurus and Gemini.

We follow the sound of silence through now in meditation deep as we join the music and rhythm of the worldwide group of meditators linking the three centers of Will, of Heart and of humanity as we serve the world in meditation. We act as recipients of impression and in turn become transmitting agents of enlightened mind, compassionate heart and purposeful plans, as we use the powerful words and sound of the Great Invocation.

References
1.Bailey, Alice A. Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle. NY: Lucis, pp. 46-47.
2. — The Rays and the Initiations, p. 251.
3. Martin, Michele. Music in the Sky: the Life & Teachings of the 17th Karmapa. New Delhi: New Age Books (Snow Lion), p. 174.
4. Bailey, Alice A. "The Study of Symbolism". The Beacon, July-Sept, 2009, pp. 17-19.
5.— Glamour: A World Problem, p. 260.
6.— Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, p. 700
7.— Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 9.
8.— The Labours of Hercules, p. 81.

 
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