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.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey, p. 131

Know ye, the soul must be cleansed of its darkness,
Ere ye may enter the portals of Light.
Thus, I established among ye the Mysteries
So that the Secrets may always be found.

Aye, though man may fall into darkness,
Always the Light will shine as a guide.
Hidden in darkness, veiled in symbols,
Always the way to the portal will be found.
Man in the future will deny the mysteries
But always the way the seeker will find.

.In every land, form ye the mysteries.
Make the way hard for the seeker to tread.

Thus will the weak and the wavering be rejected.
Thus will the secrets be hidden and guarded,
held till the time when the wheel shall be turned.

Through the dark ages, waiting and watching,
My Spirit shall remain in the deep hidden land.
When one has passed all the trials of the outer,
Summon ye me by the Key that ye hold.
The Emerald Tablets of Thoth; Tablet 14

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.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in The Rays and the Initiations by Alice A. Bailey, p. 499

Initiation is a process of developing inclusiveness.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey, p. 503

Initiation is the demonstration of intuitive understanding put to practical expression.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey, p. 39

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.”
Supermundane IV (813), Agni Yoga Society