Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2009 No. 2
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Love As Pure Reason
The subtle, intensified heart creates an impetus like a dynamo, thus proving that it is a vessel of universal energy. But the culture of the heart is not accumulated if it does not receive proportionate nourishment.1

Our planet exists within the body or "stream" of our current second ray solar system of Love-Wisdom葉o be distinguished from the past third ray solar system of creative intelligence or the future first ray solar system of pure Will. Whereas the lower concrete mind was unfolded in the first solar system, in the current solar system, it is the higher abstract intuitional mind葉he faculty of love as pure reason葉hat is today being stimulated and unfolded.

Thus, "essential love" permeates all planes and states of planetary consciousness and indeed, underlies the motive of creation. It is this love that is referred to in the Mantram of Unification: "Let the soul control the outer form, and life and all events; And bring to light the love that underlies the happenings of the time." This recognition converts into a scientific truism the familiar affirmation that "love is all there is."

However, this is not the love to which humanity commonly refers in a sentimental and emotional way, which is entirely a phenomenon of the astral plane. Instead, from the perspective of the esoteric sciences, love is a quality or effect of pure reason葉he "clear cold light" of infallible intuitive perception through which "the initiate discovers the depths of evil, and at the same time is enticed forward by the heights of a growing sense of divinity."2

Here, it might be helpful to recollect that pure reason is an activity of the plane of Buddhi, that plane of consciousness葉he lowest of the cosmic etheric level, wherein the Masters of the Wisdom work. Love as pure reason is Their outstanding characteristic. It defines who They are.

From the perspective of the body's seven energy centers or "chakras," pure reason is a function of an awakened ajna center葉hat energy center located between the eyes and active only as the individual personality reaches a high stage of co-ordination. When fully developed, pure reason results in that stage of inquiry referred to as "straight knowledge"葉hat simple, yet profoundly inclusive stage upon the Path of Return, wherein hope and vision give place to realization.

As the disciple approaches this highly developed stage, there comes the ability to "think in the heart." To what exactly does this refer? The Tibetan Master explains this process, while linking it to the awakening of the third eye:

"What is meant here by the words, 'in the heart'? The soul is the heart of the system of the spiritual man; it is the seat of the life and consciousness, which animate the personality, and it is the motivating potency in every incarnation, according to the experience conditioning the expression of the spiritual man in any particular rebirth. In the early stages of experiencethere is present no capacity for thought and no ability to think in the heart: i.e., from soul levels. As the intellect develops and the power to focus upon the mental plane grows, the fact of the soul's existence becomes known and the goal of attention changes. There follows the ability to focus in the soul consciousness and so to fuse the soul and the mind that an at-one-ment takes place and a man can then begin to think 'in his heart.' Then also the 'eye of the soul' opens and energy from soul levels, intelligently utilised, becomes directed from those levels and pours into what is now ambiguously called 'the third eye.' Immediately, the personality in the three worlds begins to express itself as the soul upon the physical plane, and will, purpose and love begin to control."3

The ability to think in the heart is the result of transmuting desire into love; it occurs as the disciple is able to elevate the forces of the solar plexus into the heart centre. At this stage, thinking is substituted for personal sensitivity.

The illuminating energy of pure reason pours forth from the buddhic plane into the clarified and organized body of sensitive response, which is all that remains of the astral body that hitherto had been the focal point of the life. This produces complete freedom from the inherent glamours of the emotional plane and the result is the creation of "a limpid pool of such reasonable response to the love of divine relationship" that the then, initiate becomes a sensitive revealer of love as pure reason.

The Agni Yoga wisdom synthesizes this compelling truth into the following axiomatic and profound statement: "Absolute Reason and the Perfect Heart are one and the same Source." (Infinity I, par. 300)

1 Heart, par.9, Agni Yoga Society, 1932, New York.
2 The Rays and the Initiations, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust, ゥ renewed 1988, p. 39.
3 Ibid.,, pp. 289-290.