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Wesak as the Supreme Festival of Light and Enlightenment

Steve Nation
May, 2014

For the esoteric community the Wesak Festival is not a celebration of something that has happened in the past — even though the Festival occurs within an environment of thought created by millions of Buddhists from around the world who are celebrating the historic birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha Gautama.

As esotericists we are called upon to observe the light generated in the field of mind by the Buddhist community during the period of the Wesak full moon. This field of light in and of itself is significant and magical. It is generated by the thoughts of millions of people, penetrating at times into the overshadowing mind of the Buddha nature.

Observing this field of light in the Buddhist community, our task in the esoteric community is to recognize another level of light that moves to a peak of illumination every year during the time of the Taurus full moon. Our task in meditation as a world group is to imaginatively witness and be present to this higher light and to the great annual coming together of the worlds of Humanity and Hierarchy.

Wesak is the supreme moment of approach — the heavenly worlds approach the human and there are those within the human who collectively, as a group, approach the heavenly. This is a living event — it is a great ritual of light and overshadowing enlightenment — the light of the soul, the light of the ashram, the light of Life itself become for a time accessible to the world esoteric group in a way that only happens at Wesak.

It is one thing to ponder the meaning of the stories of the lives of those two great brothers: The Buddha and the Christ. It is something quite different to approach the Buddha and the Christ as if they are a Real Living Presence reaching into our world of 2014 — Points of Radiation: Points of living, electric light, within us and within the collective world of mind and heart.

Every year during the full moon when the sun is in the sign of Taurus, there is a legend of these two Great Living Beings, the Christ, the Prince of Peace, and the Lord Buddha, the Enlightened One, meeting in a hidden valley in the Himalayas: eye to eye, heart to heart. At the exact hour of the full moon, the Buddha symbolically enters the physical world of this remote valley from the sacred realm of Shamballa, bringing with him a blessing of Light.

Some have experienced this event in their dream life. They speak of an atmosphere of intense expectancy in the valley, as if the world's aspiration is focused, concentrated and raised up into this annual ritual. Just a few minutes before the time of the full moon, the legend describes the Buddha descending in the sky. Bathed in light and color, 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.

This is what Alice Bailey has to say about the day of the Wesak Full Moon:

We must regard the Festival itself as a day of silence (I refer to an inner peace and silent solemnity that can be preserved unbroken though the individual may be serving through speech and spoken interest), a day of service carried forward entirely on esoteric levels, and of complete self-forgetfulness in the remembrance of humanity and its need. During that period, two thoughts only will hold our constant attention — the need of humanity and the necessity of providing a group channel whereby the spiritual forces can be poured through the body of humanity under the expert guidance of the chosen members of the Hierarchy.
Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, , p. 687

So as we prepare ourselves for the Taurus full moon, let us remember how very special an event this is in the inner planes. Imagine what it might mean, in a multi-dimensional sense, for the Guides and Guardians of humanity to be absorbed in a peak of spiritual effort. In the realms of Soul, and of the dimensions beyond or within soul, there is a heightened focus and attention and a flood of light. Imagine, worlds within worlds flooded with light. And imagine this light being directed into the field of human thinking and seeing and being. Imagine how this impacts response to the big global issues like Sustainable Development Goals; appropriate response to climate change; Education for All regardless of gender, faith or economic status; questions of health and healing, food and the environment. Every year we can imagine a Grand Stimulation of Light taking place at Wesak: human affairs, human relationships, human thinking and the evolution of a more compassionate world is at this time, supremely, held in the Light of a Greater Wisdom and a Greater Presence.

The Taurus keynote for meditation is: I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light. Each one of us will have had the experience of the light that lies within us — a light within the mind and a light within the heart. We find this in meditation — and the light shines for us during moments of significant recognition. Recognition, true authentic recognition of a principle or law or state of being is the way we experience revelation. When the light within opens a doorway into a higher light there is a recognition (a private, secret recognition of the Real).

Alice Bailey and the Tibetan write: The whole theme of revelation is the revelation of light, and that implies many different interpretations of the word 'light'; it concerns the lighted areas of being which otherwise remain unknown, and therefore hidden. We create light; we employ light; we discover greater lights which serve to reveal to us the Unknown God. It is the guiding light within us which eventually reveals those brighter lights which usher in the process of revelation.

Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, p. 436

Elsewhere it is written that LIGHT and the full expression of perfect LIGHT, is the engrossing life-purpose of our planetary Logos. We human beings know this as we walk upon the path towards the Light of Knowledge, the Light of Wisdom and, ultimately, the Light that is revealed through direct apprehension of Truth.

The Soul, we are told, is a body of Light, and when we experience a physical Light within the head, something that is experienced by many seekers and students of spirituality, DK tells us that this is brought about by the junction or fusion of the light inherent in substance itself and the light of the soul.

From the very centre of Life on Earth, presided over by the great mythical figures of The Eternal Youth and the Lord of the World, we are told that the Light of Life, the Light Supernal streams forth. For light is a symptom and an expression of Life, and … essentially, occultly and in a most mysterious way the terms, Light and Life, are interchangeable ….

only when the will of the personality and the will of the soul come together — evoked by love — does the light of the soul dominate the material light of the personality. This is a statement of importance. Only when the will of the Monad and the will of the Hierarchy of souls meet and blend in the "upper brackets" (if I may use such a modern business phrase) can the radiant light of Life dominate the blended lights of Humanity and of the Hierarchy. Faintly this group fusion and junction can be seen to be taking place.
The Rays & The Initiations, pp. 142 - 4

And so with this theme of light and revelation in mind - let us imaginatively sit with the Buddhists of the world in a great circle of human beings. Let us imagine that together we hear these words spoken by Buddha — imagining that we are hearing them for the first time: hearing them so that they reach right into the core of our being; hearing them as if the sound of the words reaches deeply into the core of the circle of Buddhists celebrating Wesak at this time; hearing the echo of these words penetrating into the core of all human beings who seek to be of service during this time of transition:

Our minds should remain unsullied. Neither should evil words escape our lips. Kind and compassionate will we ever remain, loving of heart, not harbouring secret hate. And we will bathe them with the unfailing stream of loving thought. And proceeding further we will embrace and flood the whole wide world with constant thoughts of loving kindness, wide, ample, expanding, immeasurable as the world, free from enmity, free from ill-will. Thus my disciples must you train yourselves.
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