Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
The Universal Urge to Service
By Merwyn Claire Johnston
Humanity’s mission is one of planetary service, of acting as a bridge between the world of spirit and the world of material forms: “All grades of matter meet in man, and all states of consciousness are possible to him. Mankind can work in all directions and lift the subhuman kingdoms into heaven and bring heaven down to earth.”
Students of the Ageless Wisdom speak frequently of service. The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, tells us “service is another word for the utilization of soul force for the good of the group”1 and that “God is the Great Server and expresses His divine life through the Love of His heart for humanity.”2
For most of humanity’s evolutionary journey, the emphasis is placed upon the growth and development of the lower self or personality. Until we begin nearing the end of the long period of the development of the personality and its relationship to its environment, the emphasis is on personal self- satisfaction and self-interest. Others are always secondary.
Eventually, like the prodigal son, we discover that the world’s delights pall and we seek to return to the Father’s home. Then we seek information that relates to a sensed higher turn of the spiral. As our point of identification shifts from the self-centered personality into the higher group-centered awareness of the Soul, we begin to perceive the Unity of all Life. “As the linking up of soul and personality proceeds, and as the knowledge of the plan and the light of the soul pour into the brain consciousness, the normal result is the subordination of the lower to the higher. Identification with group purposes and plans is the natural attribute of the soul. As this identification is carried forward on mental and soul levels, it produces a corresponding activity in the personal life and this activity we call service.”3
The Tibetan Master warns aspirants, “Remember always that material gain in knowledge for the individual causes stagnation, obstruction, indigestion and pain, if not passed on with wise discrimination.”4 The esoteric knowledge we gain is intended to be given out for the greater good of humanity, not held for oneself.
Humanity’s mission is one of planetary service, of acting as a bridge between the world of spirit and the world of material forms: “All grades of matter meet in man, and all states of consciousness are possible to him. Mankind can work in all directions and lift the subhuman kingdoms into heaven and bring heaven down to earth. ” 5
We learn in our studies that there is a Law of Service and there is a Science of Service6 and none on the upward Way can avoid or evade service, for it is a soul attribute and part and parcel of our divine birthright, relating us back to our Spiritual Source. But there are many levels and stages of service. “Service is, par excellence, the technique of correct group relations, whether it be the right guidance of an anti-social child in a family, the wise assimilation of a trouble-maker in a group, the handling of anti-social groups in our big cities, the correct technique to be employed in child guidance in our educational centres or the relation between the religious and political parties, or between nation and nation. All of this is part of the new and growing Science of Service. The imposition of this soul law will eventually bring light into a distracted world, and release human energies in right directions.” 7
The Law of Service was expressed for the first time by the Christ two thousand years ago and is the governing law of the future.8 Christ demonstrated this law graphically when he knelt and washed the disciples’ feet and taught them “whosoever will be chief among you, shall be servant of all.” 9 The incoming Aquarian and seventh ray energies will see the real demonstration of love and service.
One of the hallmarks of a soul-infused server, the Tibetan Master tells us, is harmlessness. Harmlessness is esoterically defined as an active refraining from those acts and that speech which might hurt or cause any misunderstanding. Harmlessness, the Tibetan tells us, is “a state of mind and one which in no way negates firm or even drastic action; it concerns motive and involves the determination that the motive behind all activity is goodwill.”10 True harmlessness “brings about in life caution in judgment, reticence in speech, ability to refrain from impulsive action, and the demonstration of a non-critical spirit.”11
The esoteric server is one who has glimpsed a greater vision, strives to manifest that vision and whose efforts are characterized by a growing skill in action and harmlessness in thought, speech and deed.
1 A Treatise on White Magic, p. 205
2 Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p. 158
3 Education in the New Age, p. 97
4 Letters on Occult Meditation, p. 343
5 A Treatise on White Magic, p. 538
6 Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, pp.118-138
7 Ibid, pp. 130-131
8 Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 551 and Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, pp. 118-123
9 St. John 13: 1-20; St. Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10: 42-45; Luke 22:24-27
10 Esoteric Healing, p. 670
11 A Treatise on White Magic, pp. 401-3