Reflections on Initiation
Aquarius Solar Festival
Friday, 2 February 2007
Quest Book Shop, 3rd Floor Meditation Room
240 E. 53rd Street; New York, NY 10022
Quotes to Ponder
Remember that we are occupied with the Great Illusion, which it is the major task of man in this particular world cycle to master and dissipate, and so to inaugurate the reign of the Real. It is the revelation of the Real which is the task all initiates undertake after the final experience of the twelve final tests in the twelve signs.
Know ye, the soul must be cleansed of its darkness,
The “sharp shears of sorrow must separate the real from the unreal; the lash of pain must awaken the sleepy soul to exquisite life; the wrenching away of the roots of life from the soil of selfish desire must be undergone, and then the man stands free.” So runs the Old Commentary in one of its more mystical stanzas. Thus it points prophetically to the close of the Aryan Race-not a close in the sense of completion, but a closing of a cycle of mental perfecting, preparatory to a cycle wherein the mind will be rightly used as an instrument of alignment, then as the searchlight of the soul, and as the controller of the personality.
Initiation is a process of developing inclusiveness.
Initiation is the demonstration of intuitive understanding put to practical expression.
In ancient initiations the disciple had to pass through a chamber filled with most frightful images. The disciple had to proceed with open eyes, but it was up to him not to notice the surrounding horrors. This test of will preceded entrance into the Chamber of Beauty. Similar tests take place at the entrance to the Supermundane World. The traveler must strengthen his will and learn to focus his thinking toward the final consummation. The Thinker said, “Be able to fly above all barriers.”