"Water of Life Am I Poured Forth for Thirsty Men"
Water of life and Electricity in The Secret Doctrine
In The Secret Doctrine the "water of life" is equated with electricity—the ONE Life at the upper rung of Being, which is described as the sacred generator of fire, light, heat, adhesion and sound as well as the foundation of all manifestations which lies back of all evolution.
Water as Eternal Life in the Bible
In John 4:13/14 Jesus talks with a Samaritan woman at the well from which she is drawing water, Jesus makes the following statement with regard to water: "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
The Water Carriers
"The water-carrier (another name for the world server) is starting upon his self-appointed task. Hence the anchoring upon earth of the New Group of World Servers, whose representatives are found in every land and in every great city. This, I would remind you, has taken place without exception in every land and they work on all the different rays; they express many points of view; their field of service is widely differing and their techniques so diverse that in some cases comprehension is not easy to the smaller minded person. But, they all carry the pitcher containing the water of life upon their shoulder, reverting to the language of symbolism, and they all emit the light in some degree throughout their environment.
"...In this sign [Aquarius] the waters of the Piscean age will, symbolically speaking, be absorbed into the water-pot carried on the shoulder of Aquarius in the symbol which is distinctive of this sign, for Aquarius is the water-carrier, bringing the water of life to the people-life more abundantly.
"In the Aquarian Age, the Risen Christ is Himself the Water-Carrier; He will not this time demonstrate the perfected life of a Son of God, which was His main mission before; He will appear as the supreme Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy, meeting the need of the thirsty nations of the world - thirsty for truth, for right human relations and for loving understanding. He will be recognised this time by all and in His Own Person will testify to the fact of the resurrection, and hence demonstrate the paralleling fact of the immortality of the soul, of the spiritual man. The emphasis during the past two thousand years has been on death; it has coloured all the teaching of the orthodox churches; only one day in the year has been dedicated to the thought of the resurrection. The emphasis in the Aquarian Age will be on life and freedom from the tomb of matter, and this is the note which will distinguish the new world religion from all that have preceded it." The Destiny of the Nations, Alice A. Bailey, pp. 146/150-151*
"This sign, that of the water-carrier, is a living sign and an emotional sign. It will (through the effect of its potent force) stimulate the astral bodies of men into a new coherency, into a brotherhood of humanity which will ignore all racial and national differences and will carry the life of men forward into synthesis and unity. This means a tide of unifying life of such power that one cannot now vision it, but which-in a thousand years-will have welded all mankind into a perfect brotherhood. Its emotional effect will be to "purify" the astral bodies of men so that the material world ceases to hold such potent allure, and may in its later stages bring about a state of exaggeration as potent in the line of sentiency as that which we have undergone in the line of materiality! The final stages of all signs produce over-development of the factor on which they most potently work. At present the effect of this sign is constructive among the pioneers of the race, and destructive among the rank and file of humanity." (A Treatise on White Magic, Alice A. Bailey, pp. 313-314)
Betrayers of the Carriers of the Water of Life
"Urusvati knows that the true measure of a toiler is the extent of his labor for the Common Good. Regarding the truth of this let us recall a simple tale from ancient India.
"On the outskirts of a village an unknown man settled down. The newcomer observed that the villagers were using unhealthy water from a muddy stream. He started to dig a well for them. The place for the well was a good one, and the well was quickly filled. But evil neighbors, instead of showing gratitude, whispered, 'The newcomer is laboring not for us. He opened this well-spring for himself.'
"The newcomer said, 'Then I will carry the water for myself from afar.' Then the evil neighbors invented a new slander, that the water in the well had been poisoned or had an evil spell on it, that the entire village would be destroyed. After that, the newcomer left this inhospitable place for good.
"The villagers avoided the well, but the cattle drank from it and were soon invigorated. After a period of time a sick little girl, suffering from thirst, drank water from the well and shortly was healed. Soon the new generation of villagers forgot the slander and discovered the healing power of the well. The newcomer who had built the well was now seen as a saint, and legends grew about him. Sadly, before the 'poisoner' could become a saint, a whole new generation had to come into being. Thus one can see how the people's consciousness judges labors for the Common Good.
"The Thinker knew a similar story from the life of ancient Greece, but instead of the digging of a well, it was the planting of a tree. Every nation has its unjust judges, and its valid judgments by ordinary people." [Supermundane III, Agni Yoga Society, (659)]*
The Coming One-Dispenser of the Water of Life and World Service in the Aquarian Age
"In June, 1945, at the time of the full moon (so significant a day in the spiritual experience of the Christ), He definitely and consciously took over His duties and responsibilities as the Teacher and Leader during the Aquarian solar cycle. He is the first of the great world Teachers to cover two zodiacal cycles-the Piscean and the Aquarian. This is a statement easily made and written down, but again it involves the three modes or techniques of appearance to which I have already referred. His outpouring love and spiritual vitality (augmented by the energies of the Spirit of Peace, the Avatar of Synthesis and the Buddha) were refocussed and channelled into a great stream, pulled through into expression (if I may word it so inadequately) by the words of the Invocation, 'Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.... Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.'
"In those three words—light, love and power—the energies of His three Associates (the great Triangle of Force which stands in power behind Him) are described: the energy of the Buddha: Light, for the light ever comes from the East; the energy of the Spirit of Peace: Love, establishing right human relations; the energy of the Avatar of Synthesis: Power, implementing both light and love. At the centre of this Triangle the Christ took His stand; from that point His Aquarian work began, and it will continue for two thousand five hundred years. Thus He inaugurated the new era and, upon the inner spiritual planes, the new world religion began to take form. The word 'religion' concerns relationship, and the era of right human relations and of a right relation to the Kingdom of God began. Such a statement as this is easily made but its implications are far-reaching and stupendous.
"At that time also, the Christ assumed two new functions: one is connected with the second mode of His physical appearance and the other with the mode of over-shadowing. Over the masses, light, love and power are being poured forth and the growth of the Christ-consciousness is, therefore, being constantly stimulated. By His physical Presence, He will become the 'Dispenser of the Water of Life'; through the over-shadowing of those sensitive to His impression and of His focussed Mind, He becomes what is technically known as the 'Nourisher of the little ones.'
"...If we say that life is the livingness which enables, the words are relatively meaningless, are they not? If, however, the livingness is referred to the physical plane life, to the spiritual life of the disciple and to the living purpose of God, then some faint concept may come of the wonder of the work undertaken by the Christ in the past, and foreseen by Him as His future responsibility. Christ can draw upon the energies which are defined by the phrase 'life more abundantly,' because they will set loose (in the Aquarian Age) in a new and dynamic manner the new energies needed in order to bring about restoration and resurrection. This new energy is the 'implementing force of universality'; it concerns the future. This inflow of Aquarian energy is one of the factors which will enable the Christ to complete His task as world Saviour and world Teacher. It was to the definite performance of His duties as Distributor, Nourisher and Dispenser that He pledged Himself in June, 1945, and entered upon His responsibilities as the Forerunner and the Teacher of the Aquarian Age." (The Reappearance of the Christ, Alice A. Bailey, pp. 82-83/85-86)
Water of Life and the Sign of Aquarius
"Aquarius—The expression of this influence has been beautifully given to us in the story of the Last Supper. Christ sent His disciples into the city to find the man 'bearing a pitcher of water' upon his shoulder. This is the symbol of the sign Aquarius—-the sign in which the universality of the water of life will become a factor in human consciousness; then we shall indeed all sit down eventually to the communion of bread and wine. He referred indirectly to the same idea when He spoke of Himself as the 'water of life,' assuaging the thirst of humanity." (Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey, p. 566)
"The influence which emanates from the Pole Star and which is such a potent factor in our solar system reaches our planet via the sign Aquarius. The reasons will be noted if the student bears in mind the significance of water as a symbol of the emotions, which are but a lower manifestation of love-desire. Aquarius is a force centre from which the adept draws the "water of life" and carries it to the multitude. This force from the Pole Star, via Aquarius, is of special power at this time and the day of opportunity is therefore great. It is one of the agencies which make the coming of the Great Lord a possibility." (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Alice A. Bailey, p. 1263)
The Distribution of the Water of Life by the Masters of the Wisdom and Their Disciples
"The statement is of vital importance; it expresses our immediate objectives and the nature of the field of service in which you—as a group and not as individuals—can function. This manipulation of energies has (for centuries) been carried forward by us but its effects have only been registered unconsciously by man. We have (speaking symbolically) rayed forth the light and distributed the water of life in a wide and general distribution with here and there (and rarely) some one isolated individual, responding actively and consciously. He thus became a tiny focal point of spiritual energy and light. Now it has seemed to us possible to focus the light and knowledge much more definitely and to form groups on earth—composed of the isolated, responding individuals—so that more light and more knowledge can be spread abroad. This we decided to do in two ways:
"Through the first method, the New Group of World Servers came into being and the disciples and aspirants of the world, working on all the rays and under the guidance—consciously or unconsciously recognised—of the Masters Who are specifically pledged to help humanity. Thus a vast powerhouse and station of light has been formed. It is a diffused and widespread light and its channels are to be found all over the world, in every country and in every major city. This you know and with this branch of the work (to which I am personally pledged) you are actively cooperating and should cooperate.
"But it was felt that it should also be possible to focus the light still more intensively through smaller and more carefully chosen and selected groups. Through these much smaller groups of disciples, the phenomenal appearance of certain types of energy could be expressed; certain powers could be unfolded and a more specialised experiment be possible. Peculiar powers could be studied and focussed, intensified light and power could be so clearly demonstrated that the sons of men would come to recognise the influence and to give proof of the supernormal which is the heritage of future centuries." (Discipleship in the New Age, Volume I, Alice A. Bailey, pp. 53-54)
The World Initiates and the Water of Life
"What is samadhi, from the initiate point of view and esoterically comprehended? Simply those interludes in the initiate's life of service wherein he withdraws all his forces into a 'well of silence'—-a well, full of the water of life. In this state of consciousness two definite activities transpire: Tension and Recognition. Without these interludes of abstraction, his work would slowly weaken as the tension, earlier initiated, weakened; his ability to attract and to hold others true to the vision would likewise slowly disappear, as his power to recognise became myopic. The initiate, therefore, as he works within the Ashram, withdraws at the needed times. As he inhales the life of the Hierarchy, and increasingly that of the Monad (which he gradually learns to do), and as he exhales the living essence into the 'world of serving lives,' he becomes steadily more and more dependent upon the 'interludes' wherein both these phases of activity cease and he becomes immersed in Being and in Consciousness—the intrinsic parts of the animating Whole." (Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, p. 453)
"The first demand is made possible because 'the desert life is passed; it flourished and it flowered, and then the drought arrived and man removed himself. That which had nourished and contained his life became an arid waste and naught was left but bones and dust and a deep thirst which naught in sight could satisfy.' Yet to the initiate consciousness it remains clear that the desert land must be made anew to flourish like a rose and that his task is the restoration (by the distribution of the waters of life) of its pristine beauty, and not the beauty of its false flowering. He demands, therefore, upon the note of the lower aspect of the personality (I am talking in symbols), that this flowering forth should take place according to the Plan. This involves upon his part a vision of that plan, identification with the underlying purpose, and the ability-through the medium of the higher mind, which is the lowest aspect of the Spiritual Triad—to work in the world of ideas and to create those forms of thought which will aid in the materialising of the Plan in conformity with the Purpose. This is the creative work of thoughtform building and that is why, we are told, that the first great demand 'sounds forth within the world of God's ideas and towards the desert, a long time left behind. Upon that great demand the initiate who has pledged himself to serve the world returns into that desert, bringing with him the seed and water for which the desert cries'." (The Rays and the Initiations, Alice A. Bailey, pp. 63-64)
"The formula runs as follows, speaking esoterically: '.. the fish goddesses who have leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ) who introduces the water of life into the ocean of substance and thus brings light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.' This is, however, a great mystery, revealed only at the time of the second initiation in which the control of the fluidic astral plane is demonstrated." (Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey, p. 220)
"The bulk…of the world initiates climax their experience in Aquarius and become liberated world servers. They turn their backs upon all further progress for themselves in this cycle and on all satisfaction of their own spiritual aspiration and become carriers of the water of life to humanity, joining thus the ranks of the Hierarchy." (Esoteric Astrologyy, Alice A. Bailey, p. 141)
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