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The Restoration of the Mysteries and the Age of Aquarius

"It is essential to recognize the higher realms, and to begin thinking about them, so as to revive the memory of the entrusted grains of Goodness. One should recall that in the early dawn of mankind it was ordained that subtle and beautiful ideas be brought to Earth."
Supermundane Vol I (105)

As we delve into the deepest recesses of our minds and hearts in an attempt to understand the greater cosmos of which we are a part, we are left incredulous at how little we truly comprehend. As we turn the searchlight of understanding on our own lives and within our own inner microcosmic world, the mystery increases. For humanity, the fourth kingdom of consciousness upon our planet, the unanswered questions are many. Where does humanity come from? How did humanity's defining spark of intelligence come into existence? Are planet Earth and the solar system of which it is a part, manifestations of superhuman intelligence? How is humanity related to the planetary and cosmic lives around us? Where goest the human being and to what end?

Such questions have ever been the purview of the Lesser and the Greater Mysteries of Initiation taught, in days of old, in the Mystery Schools which have existed in all areas of our planet at different times and in different cultures. Described, for example, in such classics as the late Manly P. Hall's tome, The Secret Teachings of All Ages and in The Mystery Schools by Grace P. Knoche, these Schools had a pivotal influence on the development of our planetary culture. The arts and sciences that enrich the modern world, for the most part, were discovered, developed and perfected by the initiate philosophers of these Schools. "The Mysteries," wrote Manly P. Hall, "were devoted to instructing man concerning the operation of divine law in the terrestrial sphere."1

The Master Djwhal Khul, one of the Masters of the fifth kingdom, tells us that these ancient Mysteries were originally given to humanity by the planetary Hierarchy and were-in their turn-received by the Hierarchy from the Great White Lodge on Sirius. He further tells us that these Mysteries "contain the clue to the evolutionary process, hidden in numbers and in words. They veil the secret of man's origin and destiny, picturing for him in rite and ritual the long, long path which he must tread. They provide also, when rightly interpreted and correctly presented, the teaching which humanity needs in order to progress from darkness to Light, from the unreal to the Real and from death to Immortality."2

In the book, Signs of Agni Yoga, emphasis is placed on the continuity and the evolution of the one stream of "psychic energy" that informs the Mysteries of all ages. "Calling it psychic energy, we speak of the same Sophia of the Hellenic world or Sarasvati of the Hindus. The Holy Ghost of the Christians manifests signs of psychic energy, just as do the creative Adonai of Israel, and Mithra, full of solar power. Certainly, no one doubts that the Fire of Zoroaster is the Fire of Space which you [now] study." (518)

Reminding us that mysteries are only such to the uninitiated, H.P. Blavatsky wrote in The Secret Doctrine that "The whole essence of truth [cannot be known]unless man finds the answer in the sanctuary of his own heart, in the innermost depths of his divine intuitions." (2:516) Only as the organs of perception are purified and cleansed and the ability to become centered in the abstract levels of the mental plane is developed, can humanity enter the higher (inner), more rarefied and formless world upon which is found the blueprint of the Mysteries.

In this Aquarian Age, on a higher turn of the spiral, suited to the humanity of today, the promise exists that the Masters of the Wisdom will once again restore and openly teach the ancient Mysteries of Initiation. These Mysteries, we are told, will reveal much that is now hidden. They will unveil information and teach the acquisition of faculties and skills that are now unknown. These Mysteries will restore colour and music "in such a manner that the creative art of today will be to this new creative art what a child's building of wooden blocks is to a great cathedral such as Durham or Milan."3

However, there is a huge stumbling block that presents a deterrent. It is the warring, unstable, unjust and conflict-ridden planetary environment. The raging sea, a symbol of humanity's emotional body, must be brought to a point of relative calm. Only then can humanity begin to develop the needed responsiveness and sensitivity to the higher, more subtle energies. Only then can humanity safely be instructed in the esoteric sciences. Only then can there be established on planet earth the prophesied station of light and power which will make possible the restoration of the Mysteries of Initiation.

1 The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall, p. 21.
2 The Rays and the Initiations, Alice A. Bailey, p. 330.
3 The Rays and the Initiations, Alice A. Bailey, p. 33.

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