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Joy and The Restoration of the Mysteries

Joy and livingness are the outstanding qualities of the Soul. Just as there is a discipline of pain and sorrow, so there is a discipline of joy and achievement.  Joy refers not to happiness, which is a reaction to personal circumstances.  It refers rather to that joyous confidence in the spiritual law and in those Guiding Lights and Teachers who ever hold out the vision of the eternal possibilities.  “From the far-off worlds down to the smallest flower joy offers herself to people,” state the Agni Yoga teachings. “A new supply of strength comes to you every time you allow yourself to be joyous, for there is an intensity in joy that opens the next gate….Sadness will be forgotten, but sparks of joy shine forever.”1

Joy is a special wisdom. It does not come from wealth or self-satisfaction, but is often experienced amidst the most grievous difficulties and persecutions.  It does not depend on personal circumstances, success, or profit.  Joy has no earthly reasons.  It comes as a forerunner of the highest currents, which spiritualize the entire surrounding atmosphere.2   It grows out of self-realization and is evoked as we learn to forget the fragmentary personal self, awakening to the One Self in all selves. 

Joy, lovely divine spark,
Daughter from Elysium,
O heavenly one…
Your magic reunites
What custom sternly separated;
All men shall be brothers
There where your
gentle wings tarry.

The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul further extols the nature of joy:  “Some day the appearances which were called personalities, that mask or veil reality, will fully reveal the qualities of Deity.  When that time comes, the purpose for which all creation waits will burst upon the awakened vision, and we shall know the true meaning of bliss, and why the morning stars sang together.  Joy is the strong basic note of our particular solar system.”3

More than a century ago Beethoven, through an astounding act of the will was able to extend himself into the realms of eternal glory in spite of—or perhaps because of—his personal suffering and afflictions.  As a culmination to a remarkable life, he embodied his vision and experience in the monumental Ninth symphony.  In its last movement, inspired by Schiller's “Ode to Joy,” he expresses a sublime joy that transcends the world of human suffering—a joy that can unite what “custom sternly separated;” a joy that can be known as we become aware of our true Selves and our true Heritage.

Joy and resurrection are an integral part of each other for joy releases the energy of the inner life and reaches others in a most essential and vital way.  In the second volume of Esoteric Psychology, joyfulness is mentioned as one of three outstanding characteristics of the true server in the Age of Aquarius. It takes the place of criticism—”that dire creator of misery”— and is the silence that sounds.  Joy cannot be defined and its true meaning cannot be conveyed in words.  It is the result of a life dedicated to the newer rhythms and to the service of the whole. 

We can each consciously and actively choose to cultivate the strengthening and fiery quality of joy, recognizing it as an antidote to the gloom, despair and depression that we witness all around us.  In succumbing to these latter qualities, we cannot but act as negative and destructive focal points in our environment.  If we believe that divinity truly guides the world, if we fully grasp the fact that we are the family of Humanity, birthed from the same divine Source—cannot these potent ideas hold us joyously steady in the midst of a world in constant flux?  Simply and succinctly, the Agni Yoga teaching tells us, “Joy is fire” and many are the attainments that can be achieved through the manifestation of joy. ¨

1 Supermundane, Book One, par. 231.
Supermundane Book Two,  par. 281.
The Reappearance of the Christ by Alice A. Bailey, p. 49.
From Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 based on Schiller's Ode to Joy, translated from the German by William Mann, c1961.

Sometimes the Thinker gathered His disciples for a discourse,
which He called a Festival of Joy.
Supermundane II, par. 281

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