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Earthly Travail and the Age of Aquarius

Especially now, at the end of Kali Yuga, we should realize that the brighter future is a reality, and that only human malice can retard the coming of the new, luminous age.

They will ask you how it is possible to reconcile the threatening signs of the destruction of the planet with the possibility of a harmonious and auspicious future. The fact is that humanity has a free choice, either to enter the new life, the age of great discoveries, the Era of Happiness, or, by the power of free will to choose catastrophe. .Free choice is man's birthright. It provides endless possibilities.

Psychology tells us that two of the manifestations of despair are hopelessness and violence. We see evidence of both of these manifestations on every hand. Despair these days is easy to find. And, if everyone were to focus only on the obvious turmoil, the daily tragedies, the unending news of corruption, scandal and acts and plots of terrorism, despair, hopelessness and violence would engulf humanity and the planet.

Yet, for those who look deeper and are able to see beyond the outer seeming, it is also obvious that the ongoing crisis touching the lives of everyone on the planet is but one dimension of our current experience and further, that this crisis is but the result of the violent resistance to beneficent energies seeking to manifest on our planet.

This truth is well encapsulated in one of the following Agni Yoga sutras: "Truly, when a large ship increases its speed the resistance of the waves increases too." Similarly, much resistance is awakened by those on the planet who today tirelessly strive to bring in the "Era of Happiness" for all life on planet earth. As the power of the striving increases, so the resistance and obstacles multiply. The Agni Yoga sutra continues, "Many obstacles are brought about by our own striving." And, "it is this process that attracts to us unexpected actions by an opposing will. If they are very strong, our own counterstroke will develop accordingly. Most important, the currents opposing us should be strong, because then our flame is ignited." [Agni Yoga, (257)]

On the one hand we have those who labour for the Common Good, seeking to liberate humanity from the oppressing and imprisoning limitations that are inherent to the lower planes of consciousnesses on which most of humanity currently dwells and on the other hand, we have those who mightily oppose such a liberation, personifying and perpetuating instead, hatred, greed, violent aggression and enslavement.

"I would remind you that hatred and separateness have brought humanity to the present sad condition," intones the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul. He continues, "I would add to that reminder, however, the fact that there is in the world today a large enough number of liberated men to produce a change in the attitudes of mankind and in public opinion, if they measure up by an act of the will to what they know and believe."2

Little by little people are waking up to the realization that their sufferings are not accidental and that courageous striving, mindfulness, right thought and right action are but some of the methods by which that suffering can come to an end. "Do not give in to thoughts of sorrow," encourages the Agni Yoga wisdom. "Such thoughts are like rust on a conqueror's sword. There can be no sorrow near the fiery crucible of life." [Agni Yoga (407)]

As if in echo, in the first volume of Discipleship in the New Age by Alice Bailey, the Tibetan Master affirms, "pain is the smashing of the form and the reaching of the inner fire;" it is "the cold of isolation which leads to the warmth of the central Sun."

It is prophesied that in time to come, the phrase "life in the three worlds" will be discontinued and humanity instead will refer to "life in the five worlds"-a testament to humanity's ability to be inspired by the realms of higher consciousness. As the disciples of the world replace "The Bridge of Sighs" with the radiant Rainbow Bridge, so will the Light serene of the higher realms of consciousness be made available for a struggling humanity, revealing thus, the kingdom of the Soul and that life more abundant for which all creation today awaits. Only thus can the crisis of our day be transformed into the endless possibilities of the "Era of Happiness," which is but another name for the Age of Aquarius.

1 Supermundane, Vol. I (111) Agni Yoga Society.
2 Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co., p. 187.

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