Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2005 No. 4
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Initiation and the Teachings of
the Buddha and the Christ
People will ask: "Who is greater, Christ or Buddha?" Answer: "It is impossible to measure the far-off worlds. We can only be enraptured by their radiance." The Ray of Christ feeds the Earth as much as the Rainbow of Buddha bears the affirmation of the law of life. The New World will manifest the affirmation of fearless cognition. There the Images of the Teachers will enter into life as Friends. The Decree of the Teachers will be upon the shelf dedicated to beloved books...customs make one customary. Therefore, I urge you to look at the sky as if for the first time. I urge you to view with horror the filth of cities as if for the first time. I urge you to think about Christ and Buddha as if for the first time.*

Among the great Teachers within the planetary Occult Hierarchy are the Buddha and the Christ—Two Great Brothers, working to help humanity transfer its focus of attention from its current imprisonment in matter towards the Great Eternity. The esoteric wisdom tells us that these two Great Teachers embodied in Themselves certain cosmic principles, and as a result of Their work and sacrifice, certain divine potencies poured through and upon the human race, stimulating intelligence into wisdom and emotion into love.

It was the Buddha who clarified for humanity the burdensome nature of desire and the suffering it creates when it is persistent and unenlightened. As a result of His achieved illumination and the work of His disciples who taught the Four Noble Truths, humanity was flooded with a light previously unavailable.

Urged on by His love of humanity, through His explorations, experimentation and strivings, the Buddha arrived at the three methods whereby the personality can be changed and prepared to be a conscious expression of divinity. He taught Detachment, Dispassion and Discrimination as the Way of Release which can bring an end to suffering and provide a more rapid liberation from the wheel of rebirth.

By practicing detachment, the individual's awareness is withdrawn or abstracted from the things of the senses and from the calls of the lower nature. By practicing dispassion, the Soul is freed from the appeals of the emotional nature and from the dictates of the desire nature. By practicing discrimination the mind learns to distinguish between the temporal and the eternal, between the Self and the not-self, and between the world of the lower personal self and the world of the Good, the Beautiful and the True.

Upon this point of lighted understanding, the Christ was then able to bring forth three new evolutionary ideas for humanity. He taught Individualisation, Initiation** and Identification. With these three concepts, He emphasized the value of the individual, the need for self-initiated effort, the possibility of a new spiritual birth and the need to love one's neighbor as oneself.

These three stages of Individualisation, Initiation and Identification mark the progress of the consciousness from that of identification with the form to that of identification with the Self. Desire has been transmuted into aspiration, and the "will of God"—a Transpersonal Will, which would bring about the Good, both in the individual life and in the planetary life, is known and expressed. The individual then recognizes that consciousness is free and unlimited and can function in form or out of form, according to the purpose of the Soul. Form no longer imprisons or hides the spiritual nature, providing instead, a means by which the Soul uplifts and serves, a direct result of Its identification with the greater Whole.

The continuity of consciousness is such that always, when humanity's invocative appeal is powerful enough, some great Teacher by His/Her living example and by the Truths imparted, comes to pave the way into a wider, more inclusive field of consciousness. Through His Four Noble Truths, the Buddha provided the platform upon which the Initiate of the third initiation takes a stand. The third degree Initiate desires nothing of a personal nature as he/she is liberated from the three worlds. Through His life and work, the Christ then emphasized the tremendous transition possible via the Fourth Initiation of Renunciation and the consequent identification with the "Father's House" or Shamballa.

Thus, when the work of the Buddha, or of the embodied buddhic principle is consummated in the aspiring disciple and in his/her integrated personality, then the full expression of the work of the Christ or the embodied principle of love can also be consummated. Light and love, impulsed by the spiritual will, can then freely radiate their beneficence. What is possible for the individual eventually will be possible for the whole of humanity. Towards that end, may we all strive.

* Illumination, III:IV:8, Agni Yoga Society.
** The word "initiation" comes from the Latin root, meaning the first principles of any science. Initiation is the process of penetrating into the mysteries of the science of the Self and of the one Self in all selves. The Path of Initiation is the final stage of the path of human evolution, and is divided into five stages, called the Five Initiations.