Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2006 No. 1
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The Mysteries of the Ageless Wisdom and the Age of Aquarius
There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony. It is owing to this law of spiritual development superseding the physical and purely intellectual, that mankind will become freed from its false gods, and find itself finally-SELF-REDEEMED.1

Throughout humanity's long history, it is the ever-burning inner fire that has provided the impetus towards the path of growth and realization. Experienced first as desire, then as aspiration and eventually as identification with Life, the "Divine Flame" propels the individual into ever ascending and inclusive states of consciousness.

In the ancient texts of the esoteric wisdom, the great and divine prophets are referred to as the Agnishwatta or the "Sons of the Flame of Wisdom." During the days of Plato, these divine beings were personified by the mythological Prometheus in the often-performed play, "Prometheus Bound." However, in that epic tome, The Secret Doctrine, we learn that the story of Prometheus belongs to the dawn of human consciousness. The crucified Titan is none other than the divine spark, the divine flame within the heart of every human being who is held captive and "tortured" by all that would obliterate or diminish the indwelling inner fire.

It is by way of the Secret Doctrine, some of which is revealed in the two epic volumes of that name that we learn about the origins—"the one fountain head, the ever-flowing perennial source, at which were fed all its streamlets—the later religions of all nations-from the first down to the last." This Secret Doctrine, it is explained, belongs neither to the Hindu, the Zoroastrian, the Chaldean, nor the Egyptian religion, neither to Buddhism, Islam, Judaism nor Christianity exclusively. The Secret Doctrine, rather, is the source from which every mystery and dogma has grown, developed and become materialized.

In the language of the Mysteries described in this Ageless Wisdom, or Secret Doctrine, Prometheus is likened to the suffering "Chrest" within each human being. This is the good but as yet unredeemed nature, which can only be redeemed and saved by Christ—"the divine principle in every human being." In the esoteric doctrine, it is explained that the term Christ is derived from the Christos of the ancient Greek Mysteries wherein this term was applied to the "Anointed One"—the candidate who had become a full Initiate—a Knower of the Mysteries. Christos was synonymous with Logos, or the spirit of true divine wisdom, as distinct from the spirit of intellectual or mere materialistic reasoning. (SD, Vol. 2, p. 231)

In a letter of 22 July 1935, in the second volume of her collected Letters, Helena Roerich, further explains the meaning of this term and how it came to be used by the first Christians to refer to the Great and Holy Teacher now almost singly referred to by that name. She writes, "Only after a disciple went through all the sufferings and passed all the tests, in the last ritual of initiation he was anointed and became according to the language of the Mysteries, Christ, 'the purified.' His finite personality was fused with his infinite individuality and he then became an immortal Ego. For the first Christians, the word Christos or Christ was synonymous with our higher Ego. In this sense, one should understand that Christ is the Redeemer of sins."

Drawing attention to this soul aspect within every human being as the force of evolution itself and referring to it as the "Mystery that has been kept hidden for ages" in Colossians 1:27, St. Paul draws on the esoteric tradition of his day, referring to "the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

At this point, we need to emphasize the clear distinction between the Christ principle as addressed above, which is a high spiritual aspect, awaiting each individual who strives to attain, and the same term applied to a personage of exalted rank, such as the Christ, Who first demonstrated this Principle on our planet some 2,000 years ago. Just as Siddhartha attained the title of Buddha, the enlightened one, so, Jesus of Nazareth attained the title of Christ, the Redeemer, the Soul incarnate and the Way to the Father (John: 14-6). Thus, for example, when we call for Christ to "return to Earth" in The Great Invocation, we are appealing to both the Christ principle within each human being as well as to that Great Spiritual Teacher Who embodies the perfection of the Christ principle on our planet. In this evolving Age of Aquarius, each of us has the privileged opportunity and responsibility to cooperate with both.

1 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2, Theosophical University Press, Pasadena, CA 1977, p. 420.