Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2006 No. 4
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Searching Out the World of the Soul In the Age of Aquarius
The whole essence of truth cannot be transmitted from mouth to ear. Nor can any pen describe it, not even that of the recording Angel, unless man finds the answer in the sanctuary of his own heart, in the innermost depths of his divine intuitions.1

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the first written record of truths, which previously had been given orally, we read that ignorance or, "the state of avidya" is the condition of confusing the permanent, pure, blissful Self, with that which is impermanent, impure, painful and the not-self. It is the condition characteristic of all those who cannot discriminate between the real and unreal, death and immortality, and light and darkness. Because they pertain to the constitution of the human being, these 195 Yoga Sutras are as relevant today as when they were first written down thousands of years BCE. They provide the meditative discipline, which when followed precisely, will allow the practitioner to gain self-understanding, eventually leading to the world of the Soul—to the true Knowledge that will result in union and identification with the One—the Source of All.

Originally written in Sanskrit, one of the oldest of the Indo-European languages still in active use, these Sutras have been translated by a number of well-known teachers/authors, so that the on-line bookstore, Amazon, now offers as many as 470 books, providing interpretation and commentary. This is a testament to the fact that the Soul and the non-material, spiritual dimensions of life are becoming the subject of increasing interest.

To the students of the Ageless Wisdom, this will come as no surprise. As it has been prophesied and often quoted in the literature of the Aquarian Age Community, belief in the soul was the hallmark of the past Piscean Age, and knowledge of the Soul will be the result of the incoming Age of Aquarius.

As a result of progress in such fields as neurobiology and neurophysiology, many in the scientific community are well on their way to recognizing the existence of the Soul. Among the multiple examples we can cite is the distinguished scientist and Nobel Prize winner Sir John Eccles, also referred to by some as the greatest neurologist of the 20th century. Dr. Eccles devoted his life to the study of the brain/mind phenomena, concluding towards the end of his life that the Soul does exist: "It is my thesis that we have to recognize that the unique self-hood is the result of a supernatural creation of what in the religious sense is called a soul."2

What science is beginning to prove, the Ageless Wisdom has been holding in trust since the dawn of time, waiting only for the interested seeker to search out the wisdom therein contained. This ancient and ageless wisdom points to the fact that the mind—the great sixth sense, can be used in three distinct ways: commonly, as most people use it to gather information and knowledge about the temporal, physical plane world; secondly, it transmits to the conscious brain the wishes and will of the world of the Soul; and, finally, it becomes the organ of vision whereby the realm of the Soul itself is contacted and known.

The discipline demanded of the practitioner who seeks out the kingdom of the Soul is exacting indeed. Within the Yoga Sutras it is written that knowingly entertaining even one thought contrary to yoga adds to the veil of ignorance and submerges the Soul further into the darkness of the personal self. However, as humanity proceeds on its evolutionary journey, it becomes obvious that this next dimension of life must be sought and known. As this ancient and ageless discipline is practiced by more and more within our midst, so we will arrive at a common understanding of the world of causes, eventually gaining a clear understanding of the forces that create our every-day reality.

Then, will we be able to respond as participants to the vision posed in the form of the following questions by the Tibetan Master in the book, A Treatise on White Magic: "What will be the effect of the mission of a group of world Saviours, all Knowers of God in some degree, who supplement each other's efforts, reinforce each other's message, and constitute an organism through which the spiritual energy and principle of spiritual life can make their presence felt in the world, under the direction of the Christ in Visible Presence?"3

Earnest application of the Mind and Heart by each one of us to the task at hand will yield the answers to these profound and potentially life-altering questions.

1 1 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Theosophical Press, 1977, p. 516.
2 Mind and Brain: The Many-faceted Problems, John C. Eccles, Paragon House, 1982, p. 97.
3 A Treatise on White Magic, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co. 1951, p. 183.