Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2009 No. 3
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The Role of the Sacred Mysteries in the Evolution of Humanity (Continued)
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

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky referred to these "Eternal Verities," as she called them, as the "Secret Doctrine." Each major cycle receives new forms of the same ancient yet basic teaching. Discerning relationships between newly presented and already known facts makes possible the revelation of new and deeper aspects of the teachings. Alternately, teachings that initially may have been considered fanciful or even heretical, by the unenlightened, eventually come to be accepted as commonplace. Witness, for example, our current understanding in so many of the sciences such as geometry, algebra, astronomy and chemistry that once were part of the esoteric curriculum.

From a variety of multicultural sources such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead (The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between), The Egyptian Book of the Dead (The Book of Going Forth By Day) and the relatively more recent texts such as The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall, we learn about the profound and Ageless Wisdom that has influenced the "rational Soul of the World" as per the dedication in Mr. Hall's tome.

Within the introductory forward, Lama Anagarika Govinda explains that The Tibetan Book of the Dead was written because "the time has come to break the seals of silence." Humanity "has come to the juncture where it must decide whether to be content with the subjugation of the material world, or to strive after the conquest of the spiritual world, by subjugating selfish desires and transcending self-imposed limitations."

Within this same forward we are reminded of humanity's evolutionary attainment and unique opportunity. Hinduism, Lama Govinda states, recognizes 8,400,000 graded kinds of births culminating in the human being. The Buddha correspondingly taught that it is a privilege to be born as a human being for only human beings have the rare opportunity of liberation through their own decisive effort. Only human beings can achieve liberation "through a 'turning-about in the deepest seat of consciousness."

The perspective and tendency of the divine life is always one of wholeness and synthesis. Each major world cycle receives new forms of the same ancient yet basic teaching. Thus, it is no surprise that the spiritual light that for many long years has spread westward from the East must reach a comparable climax in the West.

With the intent to fan the flames for that spiritual awakening and attainment in the Western mind, certain of the Masters of the Wisdom have given forth a body of teaching, adapted for our contemporary time. Via telepathic rapport and in closest cooperation with these Masters of the Wisdom, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky brought us what are referred to (for our current times) the "Preparatory Teachings" of the Ageless Wisdom. These are contained within The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled, published in the latter part of the 19th century. Via the same telepathic rapport and cooperation, Alice A. Bailey brought us the "Intermediate Teachings" contained within 20 books written during the period of 1919 to 1949. Complementing these two series of teachings are the 17 books published by the Agni Yoga Society.

It is expected that when humanity can begin applying this Wisdom in the day-to-day life, a third and final phase of this cycle of the Sacred Mysteries will be given out in the early part of this century. On this eve of a new decade, it is helpful to recollect that the promise of this 21st century—although not yet the certainty—is that humanity, arising from its difficult experience in the densest of matter, can now avail itself of a great evolutionary opportunity as revealed within these Teachings.

However, every step of the way must be carved out by each individual and there is no short or easy road out of darkness into light. The Sacred Mysteries of the Ages are never imposed in a totalitarian, dogmatic or assertive manner—nor can these be purchased or conferred by any outer teacher. A wise and dedicated mind, for example, cannot be forcefully created, nor can love and wisdom be coerced or conferred. These attributes are a product of personal striving, will and motivation and must unfold and evolve from within each individual. The great opportunity and the "wonders of revelation" that are the promise of the Aquarian Age are available to all who seek and steadfastly strive to apply themselves to this Great Work of the Ages.

1 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. II, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, London: The Theosophical Publishing Co., Ltd., p.516.
2 W.Y. Evans-Wentz, translator and editor, Oxford, 3rd ed., 1957, Introductory Forward, p. lll.