Just as the past two thousand years of the Piscean Age has seen humanity focused on death, sacrifice and pain, so the Aquarian Age is sounding the keynotes of Joy and Resurrection. The reason for this change is twofold: the higher evolutionary status of humanity itself and the solar and cosmic energies now available on our planet. The Age of Aquarius as we have been stating in the pages of the Diamond Light and as many increasingly attest, will witness the flowering of the Soul—the spiritual essence at the heart of each human being, alternately referred to as the Higher Self, the Buddha nature or the Christ principle.
Humanity is slowly but surely emerging out of the dark cave of death and isolation into the light of a new experience. The past insistence on selfish, separative and materialistically oriented values has brought us the experience of the warring and “bloody” 20th century. Confronted with the limiting and obstructive walls of a worldview focused exclusively on the physical plane, humanity has begun to focus the light of knowledge inwardly—searching out the inner world of Life and Livingness. Death is the “ante-chamber” of resurrection, states the esoteric wisdom. Faced with material, psychological and mental death, a search is on for the more vital and true dimensions of life.
Resurrection is an eternal theme. It is the objective of the entire evolutionary process. The great Hierarchy of the Wisdom Teachers throughout the ages has constantly sought to lead humanity from death to immortality, from darkness to light and from the unreal to the real. Individuals throughout the ages have heeded the Wisdom and—through persistent struggle—found their way on to the Path of Life. Today, this state of consciousness is possible on a planetary scale.
AFFIRMATION OF A DISCIPLE1
I am a point of light within a greater Light.
Spirit is the highest point of matter and matter is the lowest point of spirit, stated Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Just as spirit clothes itself with matter, so must matter eventually reveal its Cause—the spiritual essence pulsating at the heart of every form. This was not a new teaching, but one that she helped bring to public attention.
The seed must die so that the plant may live; the flower must yield to the fruit. The phoenix arises from its ashes, the historic Christ died on the cross only to be resurrected in the spirit. The same story is also told of Hercules, Mithra and Osiris to mention only a few. The form dies to give a more adequate dwelling place to the spirit within. Consciousness ever lives on. The historic Christ, a living symbol of the eternal Christed principle that is a part of our universe as well as a part of each human being gave us the promise of “life more abundantly.” Sri Krishna, representing the Originating Cause earlier proclaimed, “Having pervaded this whole universe with a fragment of Myself, I remain.”
To those who know and live the eternal verities, it is incarnation and the taking on of a form that is darkness, imprisonment and temporary death to the divine spirit. It is only because humanity is so focused on the material plane and so attached to the form aspect that death becomes a fearful and dreaded experience. However, the maya, glamour and illusion that have so grossly imprisoned the human spirit are slowly dissipating. The dictionary definition of resurrection refers to the return to an original state by rising. It brings to mind the story in The New Testament of the Prodigal Son who said, “I will arise and go to my Father.” Out of the cycles of light and darkness, the seed, because of its inherent life, struggles into the light of the sun. So, the son of God must find his way back to the Father, the originating Source.
The development of
the human being is essentially the passing from one
stage of consciousness to another. It is a succession of
expansions, a quickening and “electrification” of the
faculty of awareness. As we shift our emphasis and
enter the inclusive and expansive world of the eternal
Soul, we can live constructively and meaningfully within
the material vehicles that we have chosen as our
temporary means of expression. Likewise, the qualities
of loss, sorrow, loneliness, and unhappiness
will yield to a radiant and joyous way of Life. ¨