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TO THE DEAR MOTHER WHO GAVE THE PHYSICAL VEHICLE FOR THIS INCARNATION. SO THAT AN ETERNAL PILGRIM COULD CARRY ON IN HIS GREAT WORK. THIS LITTLE BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED .
And lead us not into temptation. And forgive us our debts. as we forgive our debtors. Give us this day our daily bread. therefore. . Matthew 6:9.13. Thy kingdom come. pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven. Thy will be done in earth. But deliver us from evil. as it is in heaven.After this manner. Hallowed be thy name.
study the greatest prayer to be found in one of the principal religions of the world. viz. It is within the simple spiritual facts dealt with in this simple prayer that the deepest occult truths lie concealed.THE LORD’S PRAYER The thesis of this interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer is: All systems of religion reveal by their mantrams and prayers that their foundations are deeply embedded in the Sacred Science. or God. and through. archangels and guiding spirits in the Christian teachings. there has been developed a method of approach to God. begin to live in the current of higher spirituality. for it is derived from the Latin “precari. he can. When man can understand and practice meditation. To search for these truths with an unbiased mind leads to an understanding which enables the earnest student to see how full of wisdom and power are the mysterious links which bind together the spiritual life of humanity. This fact is plainly revealed by the esoteric study of prayer. Through the teaching of the Sacred Science. If he has the patience to persevere until the power flows into him in a sufficient measure.. This will serve as the key to the inner un derstanding of the prayers of every other religion. spiritual and dynamic forces of the Universal Self. merge himself in spirit with the Divine Spiritual currents flowing through the universe. with regard to the universe. A power will stream through him of which he will steadily grow more and more conscious. We can. and a keener alertness and joy in the pursuit of knowledge. imperceptibly. and letting the formula live in his consciousness. It makes man receptive to the forces flowing from the Masters of the Wisdom. he will experience increased physical energy. This method is meditation. Even when one does not understand meditation. Anyone meditating in this simple way. It is manifestly impossible to analyze the prayers of all religious systems in a treatise of this length. Such a thought is a living force and is always sustained by the power and inspiration of the consciousness of the Spiritual Elder Brother who first gave expression to it. however. The generally accepted or orthodox Christian concept of prayer is one of humble supplication. one can receive great benefit by dwelling in thought on one or the other of the formulæ which have originated with the great Spiritual Leaders of mankind. will. other than implied in this traditional concept of prayer —a way that will lift up the human consciousness until it comes in touch with the divine. indicated by more spontaneous enjoyment of wholesome pleasure. at least. . It is a means for higher realization and definite spiritual experience.” which means “to ask”. a partial understanding of the relation of the Self of man to the Logos. a cleaner emotional tone. without exception. The very word “prayer” indicates this conception. and from other orders of Being who are spoken of as angels. by being absorbed therein. or the occult wisdom. The Lord’s Prayer.
This increased physical. purposeful application demanded in this work. desires sunshine. engaged in battle. Even with the most undeveloped and untrained individuals it is merely a matter of time before the higher degrees of intuition. from the smallest gain in moral strength and power to the highest attainments of four-dimensional clairvoyant faculty. each side praying for victory and regarding its cause as the only just and holy one! In the recent World War this was most incomprehensible to our Oriental brothers. The Christian strives to gain entrance into the higher states of Immortal consciousness by means of supplicatory prayer. It is of peculiar interest to note that when. Christ Jesus. even though he does it in accordance with the highest Christian ideal of prayer. may wish for rain to favor the growth of some particular crop. if Thou be willing. but Thine.” That is the true Christly example for all prayer. Only few are willing to pay the price of steady. owing to a concrete or objective state of development. the second for sunshine. It is assumed that the Deity specially gratifies the selfish wish of the individual regardless of others. he quite naturally and naively forgets his God in the evanescent enjoyment of his new possession. by this kind of meditation. be done. the results will follow inevitably. If. People who pray in this way take no account of the prayer in which Christ Jesus set forth the fundamental attitude of mind which should prevail in all prayers—that prayer which asks: “O my Father. for instance. A cultivator of the soil. the form of petition and entreaty must be retained in prayer. Petitions such as these make it at once obvious that there is little universality and common humanity in prayers arising out of personal wishes. or of the same country. moral and intellectual strength will in time be followed by an awakening of those latent spiritual faculties and powers which are the heritage of every Ego. clairvoyance and supersensible faculties of consciousness are attained. to whose countries the Christian nations involved has sent missionaries to convert them to this very Christian doctrine. The larger vision of the universal good is entirely lacking in such a prayer. through entreaty. but where one is found who will conscientiously persevere. an individual obtains gratification of some personal wish. and that God could answer acceptably only one side of those who pray. not my will. The Elder Brothers in the Sacred Science have never taught this Christian method or concept of prayer. while his neighbor. realization of expanded consciousness comes. Truly has it been said that Western peoples have not as yet tried Christianity. for a similar purpose. nevertheless. remove this cup from me. When an individual asks his God for something to satisfy his own personal and selfish wishes he is not praying. It has been demonstrated in the lives of hundreds of true devotees of the Most High that. . If God could hear such prayers. Himself. Since the advent of Christianity they have always made it clear to their students that what is now often looked upon as prayer would not have been regarded as such in early Christian times. The first prays for rain. and least of all by the Founder of the Christian religion. what would He do? How could the Divine Ruler of the world give equal satisfaction to the armies of two Christian countries. In Christian countries this use of meditation in attaining unity with God is thought to be peculiar to the Orient.
for the Master said. will be transformed into the man of regeneration (Son of God). the basis of meditation is more in the mental nature.” The man of generation (son of man) whose basic state is desire (personal will). “When thou prayest. If it were not for the fact that the real man. Should this unified temper of mind be attained as the actual attitude of prayer. if he is to pray in a Christ-like way. prompting all thought and action for self. In the downflow of bliss. . In prayer. in Christian teaching. This union on the higher or Atmic levels of the Soul’s nature has been called. and the early Christian fathers. by the spirit of the words. prayer was nothing else but meditation. the disciples. therefore.” This will result in the overcoming of the personal sense of separation and the lifting up and absorption of the son of man into the divine state of the Son of God. “When ye have lifted up the Son of man. in the School of the Sacred Science. this form of prayer will expel every selfish wish and impulse of the personal will. It is plain. or mystic union with the Logos. The inception of this union is in prayer and meditation. even as does the technique of the musician in the exquisite beauty of harmony. manifesting its nature (activity) as Divine Wisdom. through one’s thought and. only characterized by a more emotional coloring. whose basic state is the Will aspect of the Father. pray to thy Father which is in secret. one attempts to get into harmony with the divine currents streaming through the world. be done. The driving force in the man concept of separation is desire. then prayer would become identified with meditation. the same thing is attempted through the emotions. where the inflow of Divine power will be felt. When this state is reached. through the thoughts of the Spiritual Leaders of humanity. then shall ye know that I AM he. Moreover. as Divinity Itself is experienced in the soul. the form of prayer will pass unnoticed. the Unio Mystica. which is transmuted into the dynamic power of Spiritual Will in the consciousness of unity with the Father. that the consummation sought in both prayer and meditation is the union in consciousness of the Soul or Ego with the currents of Spiritual Force raying out into the world through those centers of Divine Power which. Originally. but Thine. In meditation. as realized by the Master. the form of prayer will be only the means of expanding the consciousness into the superpersonal realms of Being. enter into thy closet. were not in essence divine—an integral part of point in God—he could never be united with his God. and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. and when thou hast shut thy door. The Master said. “Not my will. which is the Power to be conscious of man.” While the basis of prayer lies chiefly in the emotional nature.this fundamental temper of mind must echo in the soul of the petitioner like a clear undertone. are known as the Masters of the Wisdom. by its means.
is conscious.e. Spiritual Body (Atma). as a reflection or representation of the state or manner in which It is conscious of Itself. better still. Astral or Desire Body. or the Divine and human in manifestation as man. is self-evident. we should go back to the beginning of human evolution. or realization. The potentialities for future evolution into the Universal or Logoic levels inhere in the higher states of the Immortal Soul or Ego with which we are not now concerned. we speak of the Ego as an individualized aspect of the Universal Life. represents a blending of the two natures: the three higher principals. It therefore follows that these seven principles of the twofold nature of man are seven vehicles of expression representing seven different states of the Ego’s awareness or consciousness of Itself. The Power to be conscious IS before there can be any object of consciousness. The regaining of this union. This is the dual nature of man. the Ego brings out all objective manifestation. and if God is All then it must follow that in essence man is one with God. I am therefore I think. The human nature or personality of man is constituted of four principles: Physical Body. all objective manifestation of form is brought out by the Ego: i. and this separation is overcome as the realization of fundamental union through prayer and meditation is regained. Man. because the Power to be conscious. all forms. is marvelously simplified when we understand the nature of man himself. This twofold nature of man. from the standpoint of the greater truth expressed in Sum ergo cogito. For the purposes of this study we are concerned only with the Immortal Soul or Ego and the human soul or personality. According to the teaching of the Sacred Science. as he is now conscious of himself. Intuitional or Bliss Body (Buddhi). Cogito ergo sum. or man. Immortal Soul or Ego and human soul or personality. is the son of man and Son of God. This is true not only from the standpoint of Descartes’ famous maxim. Man is a trinity: Universal Spirit. I think therefore I am. As such. when the phenomena of life and form are regarded from our present limitation of consciousness. In his Immortal Soul or Ego we find three principles: Abstract Mental or Causal Body (Manas). . Etheric or Vital Body. the human and the Immortal.. To properly understand this and the connection between the two natures in man. It is the Knower of all of which It. which is the essential man.We know man IS. Only in his concept of himself is man separated. but. Concrete Mental Body.
and also the safest. North Africa. as an individualized center or aspect of that Absolute or Universal Life. This took place on a continent called Atlantis. with its four principles. This has gradually grown until we have it so well developed in the higher man of today that he has become the twofold being which we know. before the realization began to dawn in its consciousness that it was the eternal or Immortal Soul. successively. Approximately one million years ago. The usual course. From the one it may be regarded as the Absolute Life in form. symbolized by the triangle. The development of the physical body and especially the etheric counterpart still continued. is through the development of the intellect into the causal level or abstract mind. and the four lower ones. During this period. the lower nature of man. for in the distant past. then the causal and. the Immortal Soul may be looked at from two points of view. on the area now covered by the Atlantic Ocean. The only exception to this is where one realizes the higher consciousness through the mystic path. Those who manifested this mental development in the highest degree formed the nucleus of the Aryan race at the time of the submergence of the Atlantean continent. and in the most undeveloped it will not awaken for many incarnations to come. at last. This was not always so. astral body and concrete mind or intellect. In many the germ of the Immortal nature has not yet awakened. This physical body. in the early stages of the Aryan race. Those who did not keep up with this development are also here. symbolized by the square. which was located between South Europe. was developed through immense periods of time. The higher or eternal part. In fact. and America. which brings out the intuitional or bliss body first. together with its etheric counterpart. in whom the Immortal Soul had come into manifestation. the triangle surmounting the square was used as a symbol of the human being. intuition and spirituality. Thus. he had only a rudimentary consciousness of himself as physical. it will pass through many more incarnations in the lower principles before it overcomes the belief that it is these lower principles. The immortal Soul of man will manifest its three principles even as it developed the four lower principles of its human nature. according to our human concept of time. especially in the Pythagorean school. the accompanying diagram represents the component parts of the whole man. he was conscious only of the physical. This is the occult path. still in the process of perfecting the lower nature. the Spiritual or Atmic. physical body. From the present level of human evolution. Toward the latter part of the Atlantean period the development of the concrete mental body began. in the changing processes of the earth’s formation. paralleled at this later period by the development of the astral. Being consciously centered in the latter four he is consequently giving them expression. etheric body. was sufficiently developed to allow the latent germ of the Immortal Soul to come out in manifestation. In studying this . man began the development of his astral or desire body. compared with the perfected physical consciousness of the present day.abstract mind. into which he is beginning to expand. in what is called the Lemurian period of the world’s evolution. had passed through a great many incarnations in the lower part. until. In Spiritual or occult science. from the other.
The intuition (Buddhi) reflects itself as instinct. Not until man becomes a pupil of the Initiates can he form anything more than a mere concept of these higher states.thought. All dualistic theories of man’s relation to God have been built up on this very error. while the vast majority are still based in the astral or emotional state. the objective intellect. or develop an incorrect concept. giving the impression that the life in human beings is a drop or spark of Divinity individualized independently. students of the Sacred Science should be careful not to fall into an erroneous belief. what to us is inconceivable dynamic force. This appears yet more clearly. As we have seen. This will contains within itself. He will then do everything directly by will..e. they are: physical. The abstract-mental becomes. astral. etheric. It is so easy to fall into an error. or Absolute. This idea is purely an illusion. These higher forces. Some state it as a fact that the three highest principles of human nature are the three lowest principles of the Divinity nearest to man. will grow stronger . real only within the limitation of human consciousness. because. separate and apart from Its Nature. he lives less in the sense of time and more in the realization of the eternal present. which as a unit we designate the Immortal Self. very little is known by humanity at its present level of development. abstract-mental (or causal). At that time. must guard against making dogmatic assertions as to the eternal verities. and the bliss condition of that state is reflected as joy and happiness. beginning with the physical. by reflection. In the first place. and thence into the fourfold human vessel. This is making man some thing. there is no space or time to the Absolute. and only by faint indications. from the standpoint of separation. any creation needed for expression will be instantaneously brought forth by will. At the conclusion of human evolution on this planet. when we understand that both space and time are illusions. or concrete brain-consciousness of man. In his “Textbook of the Sacred Science” this point has been thoroughly elucidated by the author. Of these last three. concrete-mental. i. It is also due to this very error that man has come to look upon the three higher aspects of the immortal essence of human nature only as the three highest principles of man. Students. these apparent principles are in reality states of consciousness. intuitional and spiritual. or aspect. These higher states of the Immortal Soul are reflected. while yet living in a limited state of consciousness. man will perfect the Spiritual or Atmic state of consciousness. faintly reflected in the man of today. and at the same time remain Whole or Absolute. of Divinity Itself. The will (Atmas) becomes the will of human nature. the Absolute Life could not extend or project a drop or spark from Itself. Comparatively few in present-day humanity are as yet in the process of developing the abstract mental principle. when in reality he is the state of consciousness of the individualized center. it appears as if the Cosmic Life. extended or projected a portion of Its divine essence into the universe. into which It could project Itself or extend a part of Its substance. As man expands his consciousness out of this limitation. separate from Divinity. as its very nature. and in the second place. or of the conceptual life of man. knowing by impression (the sixth sense). in the lower states of the man of today. and when enumerated.
until they become the predominant characteristics of the man of the future. due to the reflection of the higher mind. or to surrender joyously a lesser thing for a greater. a willingness to give up his lesser concept of personal life and be absorbed into the force of the Greater Life. Man is at present essentially an intellectual. the Father. in its universality. by the intuitional element. This process of infinite differentiation and multiplicity. Due to the great sacrifice. expressing Itself in infinite diversity.) This means not only the sacrifice of all that a man with his feeble powers of feeling and will has to offer. and the activity of the Will manifesting in all of its points. As in the macrocosm so in the microcosm. to sacrifice himself wholly and completely. The great law of correspondence is applicable here. which in the Science of Self is called “the great sacrifice”. the Kingdom—as distinguished from the Will. The nature of this . the Will aspect is represented by the Spiritual principle.and stronger as man expands his consciousness. Divinity Itself is poured into it. and his will is limited in many different ways. (To sacrifice in this sense is to make a lower thing sacred. till he attains the great goal. the Will aspect is the center. his will will become mightier and mightier. or Buddhi. But what is not yet his will come to him in the future. a group or unit is formed. up to a certain point. and synthesizes them into one whole on the causal level. and of that which he understands he can command but a small part. this manifestation of Divinity in all of Its points. Others. is a universe in process of formation. for the whole universe is animated by the Universal Will. This is the command of such a strength of will as enables the one who wills. or man. he creates a world of which he is the center. together with the appearance which is brought out by that activity (the act of being conscious of Itself in an infinite number of points) is the Kingdom of God. Of all these things which he is able to apprehend he has only a slight understanding. no matter how small. To such a group will be given a definite commission in the great plan which is supervised and being carried into effect by the Elder Brothers of the race. thinking being. or Atma. In the microcosm. is called in the teaching of the Sacred Science. This world becomes infilled with the force and power of the creative activity of his awakened will. Of every universe. great or small. Out of those drawn into the force rayed out by the awakened will of such an one. are drawn into this world for the purpose of receiving instruction and to receive the play of the higher vibratory forces of his awakened consciousness upon their own subtle bodies. or the manifested appearance of the Will. but the surrender of his whole existence. How little power he has over what he knows is astonishing when we come to consider it closely. and the Kingdom. This group. gradually bringing about an alignment between them. When the Power to be conscious in man has reached such a degree of expansion into the Immortal Soul that through the awakened and developed will he is able to accomplish the great sacrifice out of the force of the will. this organizes and harmonizes the matter in their bodies. ensouling it with creative life. less in degree of development than himself. He can apprehend the world around him.
through which the Whole is perceived. The instinct of unity in the animal. through the multiplicity of his conceptions of relative knowledge. in his ongoing. he finds that they.Kingdom is such that it reflects the Being of the Whole. comes to see the face of God. the various members of this multiplicity of Being. When the consciousness of man has expanded so far that he is able to merge it with that consciousness expressed in the infinite minutiæ of manifestation. The classification and naming are arbitrary acts relative to the state of consciousness of the Ego in Its sense of separation. in its infinite variety. but is also an opening. flowing into and ensouling with the Divine Spirit the individualized aspects or points in the infinite diversity. The name given is that which distinguishes. sees the very face of God in His Kingdom reflected in an infinitely graded series of beings—infinite in diversity and dimensionality. trees. When man. too. the sense of brotherhood with rocks. thus. or mind. This very individualization. through the spiritualization of his own consciousness in meditation. he will respond to the Manas aspect of the Divine. and the seeming individualization of all other points of the Divine manifestation—all this is a part of the great plan. man. all of these are due to the dimly felt contact with Divinity at every point. When the hunger for knowledge. he will find that this can be accomplished only through the Will aspect of the Divine manifested in his own Soul. as it were. in his limited state of consciousness. Man. Man sees this infinite diversity of manifestation in proportion to the limited state of his consciousness. the national and communal spirit. reaches the point where an urge arises within the Self to be lifted up from the lower world of manifestation. It is. in fact. and the concerted action in the interests of progress and evolution to which the civilized man responds. classifies and names all that It sees as separate points in the manifestation of the one indivisible Whole. as manas. The student of the Sacred Science. not for purposes of personal aggrandizement. manifested in individualization. has been awakened in the soul of man. plant. In each of them the Whole is reflected. animals and human beings. atoms. In the nihilistic or dualistic religions of the world. electrons. he will grow into the appreciation of the rhythmic harmony and law of the universe. and all lower forms of life to which the tribal man responds. for each is not only an expression and image of the Divine as Its very nature or activity. an aspect of the Divinity Itself reflected in the microcosm. the Ego. or the Buddhi aspect in manifestation. one from another. plants. and expand his consciousness to the abstract or synthetical grasp of its infinite diversification. It appears as the visible phenomena of ethers. are doorways opening into the Infinite Whole. he must be responsive to the Kingdom. . Man dimly senses this stupendous truth in a variety of ways. as a tiny dewdrop on a leaf images the vast sweep of the starry heavens. In each division and in every particle of each division the whole Kingdom is manifested. this aspect of Divinity has been called the third outpouring of the Divine emanation. the development of the Ego’s mental vehicle. because of the sense of separation which comes with the development of the mental body. but for the sake of knowledge itself. At the time of individualization. looking at him in reciprocal recognition through every mineral. animal and human being. minerals. If he aspires to raise himself in thought to the realization of the Infinite in all things.
made manifest in His Kingdom. formless. and when this ceases. consists of the Father’s Will. also. Similar processes and conditions manifest with regard to the etheric counterpart of the physical body. and with regard to the astral and mental bodies. we may look upon the physical body as a part of our planet. i. is used to represent the expression or manifestation of the state in which the Self is conscious of Itself. as the higher triad or Immortal Soul. because of the crystallization of the matter within the body. As the three higher principles of human nature may be considered the manifestation of the divine man. astral and mental bodies in their relation to corresponding strata of the universe. or the infinite diversity of the Self continues. which forms the eternal part of human nature. (It must be remembered that the word activity. formless. At one time it was believed that nature required a period of about seven years to renew all of the material in a human body. So long as individualization obtains. since its substance is taken from the material portion of the planet and returns to it. so long will matter appear . All this matter of which the lower vehicles of man are composed is. In order to understand fully the Lord’s Prayer in its application to the spiritualization of the consciousness of man. or of any infinitesimal essential point thereof.In this brief description of the three great aspects of Divinity.e. This is true. One who lives in a more concrete or objective state of consciousness has difficulty in grasping the abstract principle that form can be “arupa”. or of the infinite. Just as we considered the three higher principles of human nature as parts of Divinity. and known to the consciousness of man by name: the Atma-Buddhi-Manas reflected in the microcosm.) In this conceptual view of the divine order. for the time being. or as the human vehicles of the Ego in man. the matter of the whole Universal Self. we observe that it is composed of the same substances and forces as the apparently inanimate world around it. part or individualized aspect. at the same time. in the metaphysics of this teaching. We learn from it that the principle of Divinity. When we consider the physical body. let us now review the four lower principles of perishable human nature. arrested and molded into form by the superior dynamism or Will aspect of the Divine Self in its point. in the finite. man. we have set forth what has ever been a part of the ancient teaching of the Sacred Science. so we may consider its four lower principles as portions of the Divine Self or Its activity. so the four lower principles may be considered as principles of the perishable world. Where the sense of separation or individualization is relinquished. advanced physiologists now believe that this is accomplished within one year. Intuitive or abstractly based students have no difficulty in grasping the idea that what has a form can be. of the etheric. the life of the physical body depends upon the continuous flow through it of the matter of the universe. Yet the state in which the Ego is conscious of Itself is a formless mold around which matter is gathered. the life of man as a physical being comes to an end. Apparently.. will be used as the vehicle of expression.
passionate disposition as a child. just as does the causal body of the Ego throughout the incarnations of the individual. There is. The process is consummated in a complete breaking up of the old responses due to racial and traditional values. or his original disposition. and this in spite of the fact that there is no element or atom in his body which was present in his childhood. Because of this enduring quality of the etheric body. The student will notice the result of this activation in a definite change in temperament or character. The astral body is the vehicle of everything which is active in the consciousness of man as impulse. desire and passion. in the midst of the ebb and flow of the matter of the physical body. The etheric body transmits the vital force of the Ego. into the physical. however. This evanescent nature of the emotions is due to the more rapidly changing matter of the astral body through which they are expressed. This is because the etheric body is the most stable of the four lower principles of man. most people keep those qualities and characteristics which form the basis of their nature through an entire incarnation. which forms the basis of individual human nature. which persist throughout the years. the etheric body remains the same throughout the numerous changes of personality in the lower three worlds in one lifetime. pleasure and pain. and with the rousing of evolutionary tendencies in the organism of that body which otherwise would remain inert. or through the mantric effect of meditation or prayer. A student has accomplished much if he has been able to change even one of these qualities of his temperament. however. If one has a fiery. There are other emotional tendencies of temperament. leaving barely a trace in the memory.structural in form. one thing which has remained practically unchanged throughout the physical life of the individual. but commences with the definite breaking up of the etheric body. the chances are that he will have the same disposition as an adult. likes or dislikes. and to replace it with a new and higher one. flowing down through the astral body. As a vehicle. True occult training in the School of the Sacred Science does not consist of mere acquisition of theoretical knowledge. and is the vehicle of these.. It changes very slowly and gradually as the more enduring characteristics are outgrown. and also of everything that surges through the human soul of man as joy and sorrow. This etheric or vital body is the vehicle in which the enduring traits of character are held. the etheric body —even as on a higher level the abstract-mental or causal body of the Ego endures throughout the many incarnations of the Ego in the lower three worlds. character. The vehicle for the retention of these characteristics is the etheric body. In this it will be seen that form itself is the reflection of the state of consciousness of the individual. and have their counterparts in the plexi of the sympathetic nervous system of the physical body. Everyone has had many experiences of joy and sorrow which have passed away. and also preserves some more permanent and abiding qualities of the soul. viz. This activation of new evolutionary tendencies in the centers of the etheric body is accomplished through a vibratory force from the awakened consciousness of a teacher. and the building in of a complete set of new values or standards. These centers are called chakras. .
When this point is reached he is a wanderer. Whether this change is effected through contact with a teacher. or through meditation or prayer. the student will soon become what is called. hate and passion. the length of time to accomplish this change is immeasurably shortened. Men of each race. Imagine. because he is obliged to change his etheric body through which he has been connected with the race. the focal point of his consciousness is transferred from the etheric body of the lower human nature to the causal body of his immortal nature. and through which he feels himself related to the individuals of that nation. in occult teachings. and abiding habits of life are gradually developed within the etheric body. In this change. infatuations. All fleeting affections. in the same way that the superpersonal and impersonal traits are developed in the causal body of the Ego. the basic point of his consciousness will undergo a change and he will become established in the higher nature. The sense of loss. His etheric body would have too little resemblance to that of the man of the present day for a common basis of interest between them. If a man will look at life in the community into which he is born. temperamental qualities. temperaments and permanent tendencies. Thus the individual members of a nation may be recognized by the similarity of their habits and temperaments. for example. are very much the qualities that characterize the whole century in which he lives. for truly “attachment is the womb of future pain”. national and racial habits. When this focalization of consciousness is maintained over the required length of time in the causal body (the length of time depending upon karmic conditions of the individual. or a homeless one. in this day and age.These lasting tendencies. but in all those with whom he is in any way connected. to his life in the external world. should he come into our life. He will find that all who have not reached the superpersonal consciousness of the Ego possess and reflect the common family traits. When the student comes in contact with a teacher who stimulates and activates these centers in the etheric body. as well as of each age. how little we. a lone dweller. If the student will apply this knowledge to man’s environment. The great occult principle enunciated by Paul: “Come out from among them and be ye separate. anger. the very foundation of his disposition and habits of life must be changed so that he can achieve a higher spiritual development. would have in common with one of the ancient Hindus or Greeks. “the Eternal Pilgrim”. This is because the old moorings in the etheric body are being irresistibly torn out and the new anchorage is not as yet attained. are located in the matter of the astral body.” is the very first requirement with which the beginner on the path of spiritual unfoldment is confronted. Those qualities of a person which are fixed and abiding will be found not only in him. understand each other by . To square with this principle and make it operative as a force in the consciousness of the beginner in occultism. and darkness which overwhelms the soul at this point of transition is terrifying to some. and his point in evolution). he will find that the qualities by virtue of which he belongs to a family or nation. His sense of loss and grief at this time will be commensurate with his former affection and attachments. he will see that everyone is indissolubly bound up with the period of time in which he lives. despondency.
are operative and binding upon him. But there is a fault greater than either of these: it is a sin of the human soul. and identification of itself with its physical body. The Master was not speaking to such when he said. or in its causal body. by developing within it a sense of separation from unity with . and by reason of these the personality sets itself directly against the urge of the divine in man to fulfill its destiny. or personality proper. that which is a sin against the community. It is this element of contention within the human will. and which make human intercourse possible and agreeable. he is a sinner toward his fellowmen. The word in ordinary usage always refers to the human code of conduct. As long as his consciousness is focused in the etheric body. Upon this basis of identification with the physical body. Man may fall into error. In like manner. The astral body. to a far greater degree. rules and conventions of mankind. but. so long as the basic or focal point of his consciousness is in the etheric body. not only through his etheric and astral bodies. One so focused is required by dharma. and which are committed by him only as a separate personality. and through this reflection becomes the personal part of man as distinct from his family or race.means of common qualities of the etheric body. the defective quality which causes the personality to sin against itself. therefore.” He was speaking to those whose focal point was in the Ego. to observe such duties and customs. he is responsible to a greater extent for the observance of those social duties which are enjoined between one man and another. From what has been said in regard to the etheric body. which constitutes it a greater sin or evil. Therefore. and denotes what one man owes to another from an ethical point of view. In his conduct. or Father’s Will. reflects the individual. The sins which are of a more individual nature. the codes. through his mental body. In the School of the Sacred Science. Those qualities in human nature through which individuals are able to rise above the common characteristics of the race and exhibit distinct traits as separate beings within their families and nations. it will be seen that when one acts contrary to the established nature of this body. or the law of his own being. That is to say. is inherent in the astral body and is called “temptation”. pertain to the astral body. concepts of values are created at variance with the normal course in evolution of the Ego. and his sin against the race is due to a fault in the etheric body. has ever been termed a “debt”. for it is in this department of human nature that personal will (as opposed to the Father’s Will) is developed. man is one with his race. which is the Immortal Soul or Holy Spirit. are failings brought about by the qualities of the astral body. “All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men. and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme. or the race. Their violation will bring inevitable karmic reaction. arrayed against the Divine urge. From time immemorial the concrete mind of man or the intellect has been called “the slayer of the real”. This is due to a defect in the mental body. of which he is a part. which sins more grievously against the Immortal Soul than any other one thing can sin against it. and originates in a faulty etheric body. This comes about through the awakening of the consciousness of the Ego to objective self-realization. one’s debts in this significance are always traceable to defective qualities of the etheric body.
at a time when the human soul in its instinctive innocence walked and talked with God. In the Laws of the Manu. are verily impossible. Evil is the rebellion of the human mind against the Divine urge or order. Many contend that the evolutionary needs of the Ego Itself require this very personal opposition to the Divine Will. through prayer or meditation. is not a universally conditioned necessity of the Ego. Without Duty. Dharma is that scheme. given to humanity at the beginning of the fifth root race. man now has to retrace his steps. to usurp the throne of the Spirit within the Holy Temple. the word evil is never used for any transgression other than one which proceeds from the mental body of man. The physical body is continually taking in physical . and which is the cause of all the trouble in individuals and nations. but this is not so. we find this great admonition. the intellect must become a wise man. which holds together all the children of Manu in organic cohesion. willingly following the star of intuition across the desert sands of personality until it can render its full offering of itself at the feet of the new-born Christ. or debt. man has allowed this concrete mind. The Sacred Science has always taught that this sense of separation. because it springs from desire qualities peculiar to the personality. nor will Egoic needs at that point find satisfactory expression. or mental body. is a fault committed by the etheric body of man. Profit and Pleasure. The self-dependence which it is necessary for man to develop will never be safely and harmoniously achieved. it is a natural necessity of the Ego to expand Its consciousness out of the instinctive animal state into the objective self-conscious state of man. Barren rock shall sooner yield rich harvest than lack of righteousness yield riches and their joys. Within this consciousness of individualization or self-dependence lies the possibility of sinning against the Holy Spirit. In the Sacred Science. Through neglect of the sound principles laid down in the sacred teachings of the Spiritual Leaders of the race. that network of the duty of each. or intellect. from Duty is born happiness here and hereafter. A trespass. Temptation is that which assails the astral body. To recapitulate: Let us now consider the relation of the four lower principles of human nature to their environment. Because of this error of the mental body introduced into the Garden of Eden.” On the evolutionary path to the full conscious realization of Itself. ruin and destruction. “Dharma is that which uplifts to heights of honor and greatness. Verily.the Divine Life. back to that consciousness of unity. This has resulted in leading him deeper and deeper into the desert waste of separateness. the dawning light of the Immortal Soul. the other two. to wage warfare against the higher impulses of the Divine Will inherent in the Ego. and prevents them from falling apart in pieces. Dharma is the fulfillment of the object of the soul’s taking birth in flesh. in social intercourse with his fellows. both arise unfailingly. but it is not normally necessary to use this objective self-conscious state. until the whole nature of man is brought into accord with the Father’s Will (inherent in the Immortal Soul) and ceases to rebel. the fundamental Reality of its existence. From righteousness and steady observance of one’s Duty. inhering in the mental body. or self-dependence.
each vehicle higher in the scale interpenetrating the ones below it until the three aspects of the Immortal Soul are reached within and rayed out through the four lower bodies as a dazzling effulgence. Let the student. When he calls them by name. free and clear from the values of the human consciousness in separation. Not only must this be maintained by the power of the Spiritual Will. This is the consciousness of Eternal Oneness. The fruits or results of all action belong to God. payment or service is rendered. Beyond all these. things and conditions. like rays of light piercing the surrounding darkness. gradually transmute his own being into it. use his power of imagination to create a mental picture of man as a whole. In this realization. whatever comes to him will be received as coming from God. this will enable him to maintain the physical body in rhythmic. If this picture is taken as a subject for meditation. so long as the Ego’s consciousness remains focused therein. in this consciousness. and whenever. and in the course of his evolution. they are the expression of God’s own nature. and surrender his personal will to the Will of the Father. and realized intensely and constantly. to purge the astral body of lower vibrating matter so that he shall not fall into temptation through desire. as the very activity by which the Eternal Self knows Itself.substance as nourishment. and to keep the mental body free from evil and subservient to the higher urge of the Father. the power of all action is the power of God. buoyant health. the Kingdom and the Will. or wherever. and the etheric body in perfect adjustment with the evolution of the race of which he is a part. It is this fire which lies hidden in the human soul which shines before men as the great goal that is called the Father in Heaven. at this point. must be so thought of that it becomes hallowed. the student will begin to express in outward life that deep interior nature as the one imperishable fact of his existence. in order that he may be perfect. but man must strive upward through the three higher principles: the Name. or the Name of the images in the Infinite Consciousness. as his Father in Heaven is perfect. whoever comes to him is received as a messenger from the Father. The causal realm. whatever one may have in his environment will be sacred. he draws nearer and nearer to the realization that that center of light is the Immortal Substratum—the innermost essence of his own being. the evolutionary process of the Immortal Soul is unfolded in a right and harmonious way when the arbitrary intellection of the mental body does not succumb to what is called evil. and. seeing the multifarious objects. extending beyond the farthest limits of these vehicles. seeing with his mind’s eye the four vehicles of the lower nature as occupying one point in space. . The etheric body is best kept in condition when man maintains fellowship with those into whose community he has grown. In this degree of development the student learns to look around him. One who desires to expand his consciousness of himself to this extent must awaken the power of the Will aspect of his own Immortal nature. As the student views this picture in imagination. and is maintained by a constant flow of forces and matter of the physical world in and through itself. he realizes them as integral parts in the Divine order of the world. let him say this: Within every man is a center of Divine Life. Seen in this light. He will. The astral body is purified and becomes a perfect reflecting medium of the higher states of the Immortal Soul by not yielding to the temptations or desires of the lower human nature. through persistence in this meditation.
Even when this prayer is used . desire and action to the Will of the Father.” Then He passed from the kingdom of the Immortal Soul to the earthly kingdom.” Passing on to the etheric.” In this expression He comprehends the whole lower human nature of man.” thus directing the attention and minds of the disciples to the innermost or deepest foundation of the Immortal Soul. but is rendered to the One. adjustment is made of everything which takes place through the transgressions of the etheric body. who.it is not rendered unto separate personalities. He says of that arbitrary force of the mental body: “Deliver us from evil. when He said: “Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven. as the motive power of all his actions. Realizing as He did that all desire resides within the astral body temptation enters the consciousness of man. Every name is hallowed. or the Kingdom. Then think of this great Master. the consciousness of the individual is opened to the outrush of the creative currents of life. and with which he is so greatly concerned. how would He sum up the whole process of evolution and comprehend the seven principles of that evolution in seven expressions of one prayer? In order to declare the aim of the prayer. thy will be done. of which He Himself is a part. and evoking the downpouring of force from the greatest height to which man. and before He uttered the seven invocations. in His consciousness of the full meaning of evolution. This being the only prayer He ever taught. In all things. He says: “Lead us not into temptation. The devotee may make use of the Lord’s Prayer in such a manner as to rise to the true understanding of the evolution of every part or principle of his own nature in relation to the Universal Life at each stage in the expansion of his consciousness. in the lower human concepts of life. and mindful of the subtle pitfalls and disastrous consequences of thinking contrary to the Will of the Father. in the very fullest measure. then. concerned with the three higher principles of human nature. Through living in the constant outpouring of creative forces and currents from Divinity Itself. may aspire. and by that fact he identifies himself with the Will aspect of the Father. He begins with the physical: “Give us this day our daily bread. for a moment of the great Master. Then He gives utterance to the last four petitions referring to the four lower principles of human nature in which the consciousness of man is so involved. or the three aspects of the divine essence in man: “hallowed be thy name. By the name man gives to a thing he makes that thing a principle of Divine Being. He harmonizes the forces in it to stabilize it in equilibrium with the race in which man lives: “Forgive us our debts. Then followed the first three invocations. thy kingdom come. being asked by the disciples to teach them how to pray.” Properly understood and responsive to the mantric effect of the forces liberated by this petition. This living in the conscious outpouring of creative forces is living in Buddhi. Think.” Greater than all these. realizes all these principles as dynamic facts of the one existence. his consciousness expands to the conscious control of those currents. as we forgive our debtors. indicating the complete surrender of the personal will in thought. and at every turn it is the Self saluting the Self.” Thus the student can see in the seven invocations of the Lord’s Prayer nothing but the expression of the aspiration of the human soul imploring from the Divine Self such a development of the several parts of human nature as may enable man to find his right course in life and develop all parts of his nature in the correct way. He said: “Our Father which art in Heaven.
And through the intuitive perception of the Kingdom of God. the outer form only is seen and the power of the Spirit resident in the form is entirely missed. It is the living power of realization put into the prayer at the time of its utterance which causes the Lord’s Prayer to live today on the highest planes of humanity as a definite thought form. can the deeper occult principles contained within this prayer be grasped. The great Master of masters had the seven principles of human nature clearly in mind when he taught the prayer containing the seven invocations corresponding to those seven principles. they invoke the creative force or power which automatically leads him aright. The forms have a deep occult significance known only to the Initiates. The prayers. charged with the creative force of the Master’s consciousness. are looked upon through the objective and concrete state of consciousness of dogmatic creeds and religions. or the emotional basis of consciousness. In this way. . When these prayers or formulæ of meditation are used by a spiritual devotee. given to humanity by the Master.by the most simple people they unconsciously evoke the forces which will harmonize every part of their nature in an orderly process of development. all systems of religion reveal by their mantrams and prayers that their foundations are deeply rooted in the Sacred Science. There is no true form of prayer which did not have its birth in that profound Wisdom. which have been given to the world by the Elder Brothers of the race. are not a collection of words arbitrarily strung together. The Masters of the Wisdom took these forms of prayer from the Wisdom teaching. only the outer form has been seen. can the power of that prayer become a living force in his own life. mantrams or formulæ originating in the Ancient Wisdom. before its consciousness will expand to that point where its mind can become one with that mind which was in Christ Jesus. For two thousand years. Not from the outer. but only through the synthesizing faculty of the abstract mind. In this way all true prayers were ordained. but are exact expressions corresponding to exact fundamental principles of the Divine order of life. This whole manifestation is the activity of the Self in Its eternal awareness or consciousness of Itself. When these words. alone. and this present humanity will develop through many more thousands of years and have numerous reincarnations in the lower three worlds. can the Prayer of the Master be understood. Not until the form itself is lost sight of. and the consciousness of the devotee communes with the consciousness of the Master who uttered the prayer. which ever recognizes the seven principles of man and shows that in the Father’s Will they are synthesized into one complete whole. or they could not have exercised the power and influence over mankind that they have for thousands of years.
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