In the Alice Bailey teachings the Wesak Festival is said to take place at the time of the Taurus full moon - in other words when the sun is in the sign of Taurus, and when the light of the sun (conditioned by Taurus) reflects off the moon onto the earth. In the Buddhist community Wesak marks the Festival of the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama, the Lord Buddha. In most of parts of the world it is celebrated at the time of the May full moon - although different Buddhist communities celebrate Wesak on different dates because of the various lunar calendars. This year the Taurus full moon takes place in April - so the world service meditations inspired by the vision of the Bailey teachings will be held a month earlier than the meditations of many in the vast network of Buddhist communities. Yet on the inner planes the Work is surely One - and may it be of use to humanity during this time of transition. [There is a good summary of the different Buddhist approaches to Wesak on Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesak]
Alice Bailey presents a vision of Wesak as a universal festival - for peoples of all faiths and spiritual heritages. It is suggested that this is a time of blessing - a time when the Buddha blesses humanity with a wave of light.
This blessing is not some sensational event, zapping the psyche of human beings and leading to out of the body experiences. The Wesak blessing is, more than anything else, concerned with the clarifying of purpose. It can help groups, communities, nations and that interdependent whole we speak of as 'the one humanity' grow in wisdom. It is a blessing that we can think of as a gift: a gift to sustain and nourish we human beings in our gradually maturing will to serve the purposes and plans we sense in our higher nature, and to do so with harmlessness, self-forgetfulness and right speech.
At the hour when the moon is full, the Buddha is said to return to a remote area on Earth from His dwelling in the sacred realms of Shamballa (the Fathers House, the centre of 'peaceful silent will'). He returns to bring an impulse of light to the mental body of humanity. That gift is delivered to the Christ who stands before him, as representative of humanity. So we can be mindful throughout this period of these two great Elders of the human family, the Christ and the Buddha, meeting eye to eye, heart to heart: the Prince of Peace standing face to face with the Supremely Enlightened One.Critical to this understanding is a sense of the Buddha and the Christ as living Beings and not simply historical figures.
Legend has it that the Wesak blessing occurs every year in a hidden valley in the Himalayas, within sight of the sacred Mount Kailash. The Christ together with other Masters and various representatives of the human family gather in the valley. We are told that there is an atmosphere of intense expectancy, as if the world's aspiration is focussed, concentrated and potentised into this archetypal event. Three words 'demand, readiness and expectancy' best describe the atmosphere in the valley. Just a few minutes before the time of the full moon the Buddha can be seen to descend in the sky until, bathed in light and colour, with His hand extended in blessing He hovers over the heads of the Christ and the two great Lords accompanying Him. An invocation is intoned by the Christ: "It marks", Alice Bailey writes, " the supreme moment of intensive spiritual effort throughout the entire year, and the spiritual vitalisation of humanity and the spiritual effects last throughout the succeeding months". The blessing is poured forth, received in trust, for distribution by the Christ as representative of humanity.
[more from: 'A Wesak Blessing', May 2009
In 1985 filmmaker Albert Falzon and a group of co-workers traveled to Tibet and made their way to the sacred Mount Kailash at the time of the Wesak full moon. After an incredibly arduous journey they were led into a remote valley where pilgrims were gathered for meditation and rituals in observance of Wesak. Two new 30-minute films of the journey and the ceremonies in the valley have just been released along with a magnificent 80-page book of photographs. The films, Journey to the Wesak Valley in Tibet, are each in their own way photographic records of an inner experience. Sights and sounds and, in one of the films a commentary, lead the viewer into the Legend itself. Find out more at: http://www.wesakfilm.com