Welcome friends. Thank you for your perseverance and steadfastness in enduring the cold and the snowstorm in order to be with us today. We note that there were several people who were kept from participating because of the snowstorm, and there are several who are subjectively joining us this afternoon who have sent in written contributions, which I will later share with you. To acknowledge and honor their participation, allow me to voice their first names and mention the geographic localities in which they live. Also, let us be aware too, of the "Invisible Helpers" that are adding Their Fiery Energy to our endeavors here today.
In ancient Greece, the injunction carved over the entrance of the Delphi Temple read, "Man Know Thyself." Today, given humanity's progress in the development of mind and heart, and given the influence of the available Aquarian energies, we can say, "Humanity Know Thyself," for we are recognizing that humanity is one interconnected center, a living organism within the greater body of planet Earth.
As the letter inviting you to this Roundtable indicated, from the Agni-Puranas, the Upanishads and other ancient Covenants to the contemporary esoteric wisdom brought forth, for example, in the books of the Agni Yoga Society and the Intermediate Teachings of the Ageless Wisdom given out by the Tibetan Master within the books authored by Alice A. Bailey, the Great Teachers of Humanity have long sought to liberate humanity from the yoke of ignorance and darkness. They hold out the promise of a Higher Way of life that can be attained if humanity but would follow certain spiritual principles and precepts.
In the Theosophical Glossary the Sanskrit term, Upanishad, is translated as "esoteric doctrine." It is explained that Upanishad is "that which destroys ignorance, and thus produces liberation of the spirit, through the knowledge of the supreme though hidden truth."
In the on-line version of The Principal Upanishads by S. Radhakrishnan, this same word is defined as "Brahma-knowledge by which ignorance is loosened or destroyed."
This same truth is also expressed in the Biblical statement: "You will know the truth and the truth shall make you free." As we avail ourselves of the sacred teachings that have been given for the benefit of humanity's evolution, and as we strive to understand and implement these teachings into our daily lives, so shall we be able to destroy and loosen the ignorance that oppresses the spirit and defines our planet as a non-sacred planet.
The Fiery Heart is a product of the Law of Loving Understanding—one of the Laws of the incoming Aquarian Age, which reflects an understanding of unity, of synthesis and of brotherhood. In the Light we shall see greater Light; that is, in the development of the Fiery Heart, we can open up to the inspiration of the 5th kingdom in nature and seek to cooperate with Spiritual Law.
This to me is what the Tibetan Master means when he says that "esoterically speaking, a point of contact, a moment of "spiritual intercourse," is imminent, and out of that moment a new world can be born."
However, this will require the cooperation of each and every one of us with our individual gifts and strengths for the full mandala of humanity will come alive and become vibrant and whole as each of the members of the center humanity realize their full potential and offer it in loving service for the Greater Good.
As we begin our afternoon of reflection and service, let us hold in mind the following most practical thought from the teachings of the Agni Yoga Society in the book, New Era Community:
Verily, the Earth is to be saved by earthly hands, and the Heavenly Forces are sending the best manna; but if ungathered it is transformed into dew. How then not to rejoice when gatherers are found? When, ignoring derision, these seekers proceed, remembering Our Shield. (53)
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