Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2005 No. 1
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The Good The Beautiful and the True In the Age of Aquarius
Therefore we must ascend again towards the Good, the desired of every Soul. Anyone that has seen This, knows what I intend when I say that it is beautiful. It is desired as the goal of desire. To attain it is for those that will take the upward path, who will set all their forces towards it, who will divest themselves of all that we have put on in our descent; so that those that approach the Holy Celebrations of the Mysteries, ...shall behold that solitary-dwelling Existence...that from Which all things depend.1

In Plato's "Cave Allegory" we learn of the strange prisoners living in an underground den who apprehended truth to be nothing but the shadows of the images that the fire casts on the walls of the cave. Plato explains that if the prisoners were to be freed from the darkened cave, initially they would continue to see the shadows. Next, they would develop the ability to see themselves and objects as reflected in the water; later, they would be able to decipher the objects themselves. As these prisoners became accustomed to their growing sense of light, they would then be able to gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars. And, only lastly could they behold the light of the sun by day. Only lastly could they, in Plato's words, turn "from the world of becoming into that of being, and learn by degrees to endure…the GOOD."2

"In the world of knowledge," Plato affirms, "the idea of good appears last of all" and it is seen only with great effort.

In the book Esoteric Healing, The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, describes the effect of the Good, the Beautiful and the True on the vehicles of the three-fold personality. He tells us that the Good is the expression of the will-to-good. It is an aspect of the Soul, which seeking to conform to the Plan of Love and Light endeavours to impel the threefold expression, the personality, to express this will-to-good in the form of goodwill.

The Beautiful and the True are described respectively, as pertaining to the second and third divine aspects, which concern the quality and manifestation of life. However, the form, more often than not, is unprepared for these divine expressions. Therefore, the Soul meets resistance and the immediate response is one of friction and conflict. Because of its failure to respond, the individual personality and concentrically, the group and humanity as a whole, again and again thwart the Soul as it seeks full expression of its inherent divine qualities.

The effects of this resistance are clearly seen in the following simple parable from ancient India as recounted in the third volume of Supermundane, published by the Agni Yoga Society. The story describes a people's capacity to resist and thwart one person's labor for the Good, thereby depriving themselves.

"On the outskirts of a village an unknown man settled down. The newcomer observed that the villagers were using unhealthy water from a muddy stream. He started to dig a well for them. The place for the well was a good one, and the well was quickly filled. But evil neighbors, instead of showing gratitude, whispered, 'The newcomer is laboring not for us. He opened this well-spring for himself.'

"The newcomer said, 'Then I will carry the water for myself from afar.' Then the evil neighbors invented a new slander, that the water in the well had been poisoned or had an evil spell on it, that the entire village would be destroyed. After that, the newcomer left this inhospitable place for good.

"The villagers avoided the well, but the cattle drank from it and were soon invigorated. After a period of time a sick little girl, suffering from thirst, drank water from the well and shortly was healed. Soon the new generation of villagers forgot the slander and discovered the healing power of the well. The newcomer who had built the well was now seen as a saint, and legends grew about him. Sadly, before the 'poisoner' could become a saint, a whole new generation had to come into being. Thus one can see how the people's consciousness judges labors for the Common Good." (659)

Because of the divine principle of free will, which allows humanity to learn from its mistakes, the enlightened Masters—the Hierarchy of Love and Wisdom, cannot impose the higher aspects of the Good, the Beautiful and the True. This good way of life must freely emerge from the depths of human thinking and feeling.

However, impelled by the energies of the incoming Aquarian Age, increasing numbers within the human family are turning their faces towards these noble aspects, and thus creating points of friction and conflict within groups and within the human race for as the Agni Yoga book, Hierarchy, indicates, "Each striving towards the Good undoubtedly calls forth attacks." Thus, it will be obvious that intentional striving towards these higher realms of Energy falls under the practice and expression of the Science of Applied Purification and the Science of Applied Energy. The objective is the transmutation of the lower instincts into the higher divine qualities, involving the elimination of the undesirable, which hinders the light, and thus provides space and entry for the Good, the Beautiful and the True.

1 Plotinus, The Enneads, I.6.7-8 (McKenna tr.).
2 Exploring Plato's Dialogues. A Virtual Environment on the World-Wide Web. Republic 29 (514a-521b), a Jowett Translation