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by Duane Carpenter
Appendix IV: Trumpeted Words
"...that vast mountain top which pierceth through the circumscribing wheel. This mountain top shineth with radiant light, reflected from the face of Him Whom the Lords of worlds within our solar sphere have never seen."
Taurus, the Vortex and the Divine Will
Although the intuition must often be activated to be able to understand many of the more abstract concepts presented by the Tibetan, sometime bringing together a number of isolated facts or insights into one collective whole can also bring clarity. This following commentary on the Wesak Full Moon in Taurus will attempt to do some of both.
Wesak is a high point for our planetary Logos. The three spring festivals create a wave of powerful energy that carries through the rest of the year. Taurus with its upturned horns symbolizes duality and the ability to break through all barriers until the goal is reached and the one Shamballic life pours forth. Taurus distributes through Vulcan first ray force and lies secretly behind the bull of duality or form nature. When the forms are adequately built and sufficiently energized the first ray destroys those forms by an outpouring of light and sound.
Service is a concept that has unfortunately been overly interpreted in personality terms by well-intentioned aspirants. The esoteric idea behind the concept of service is the discarding of those forms that are hindering, limited and are no longer needed. One does not esoterically "give up" but occultly "takes over" new vistas of energy and force. This is the joy and ecstasy of occult death and will define a whole new interpretation of service as we move into the age of Aquarius and come under the influence of the 1st, 4th and 7th rays.
"When the true nature of Service is comprehended, it will be found that it is an aspect of that divine energy which works always under the destroyer aspect, for it destroys the forms in order to release. Service is a manifestation of the Principle of Liberation, and of this principle, death and service, constitute two aspects. Service saves, liberates and releases, on various levels, the imprisoned consciousness. The same statements can be made of death. But unless service can be rendered from an intuitive understanding of all the facts in the case, interpreted intelligently, and applied in a spirit of love upon the physical plane, it fails to fulfil its mission adequately." (WM:537)
It is this 1st ray force that is the agency that opens the doorway to the constellation Taurus through which 4th ray buddhic healing life can pour down unimpeded onto our planet. Spiritual Love and Divine Will perfectly fused and blended can now be used for the redemption of man and the lower kingdoms.
The dual vortex is the medium through which this can work in several important ways. Energy or force first starts its movement from one level or plane to another by fiery lines of descending force. These connecting lines are then triangulated as energy now flows down and contacts three different levels of spiritual life. When the rotating force between these 3 points reaches a certain speed the vortex is created. The vortex is the crossover point between initial rotary motion and more advanced spiral-cyclic. One expresses the 3rd aspect of deity the other the second.
When the vortex or rotating center goes 4th dimensional and becomes "a wheel turning upon itself" the highest and lowest are connected and the divine initiatory experience take place. The triangle and the subsequent vortex design that emerges from this movement of energy forms the basis for all energy contact and distribution through the many of God's inner dimensions. It is this dual vortex dynamic that allows, when fully built and energized, energy to travel from the center to the periphery of any organism and then back again unimpeded.
The Tibetan gives us some key insights into this process through his discussion of the sign Taurus and its relationship to Shamballa in Esoteric Astrology in a somewhat guarded and cryptic form. Let us review some of these key statements. In speaking of the fixed cross on page 565 he quotes the Bible: "If thine eye be single thy whole body shall be full of light." On page 593 he says:
"Taurus is the mother of illumination, and the eye of the bull is the symbol of the eye to which Christ made reference."
These next few statements by the Tibetan clarify a deep mystery of initiation around the "occult going up" or "mystic raising" of humanity into Hierarchy and Shamballa. The Aries ram, the Taurian bull, and the Capricornian goat, although representing different aspects of astrological life, are horned animals and have certain similarities in the symbolism of their dual horns. All are distributors of first ray force, and all three can be studied in connection with rotary and spiral-cyclical motion.
When rotary and spiral-cyclical motion are transcended we arrive at a place of Great Peace, a still point around which spiral and rotate the various types and grades of devic force that are used for building. Here in complete and total abstraction the Silence of High Places supervenes. The Aries ram, the Taurian bull and the Capricornian goat have all played their part and the Unicorn of Spirit has slain all the lower forms of material life. Duality has been overcome and the spiritual eye has now become single. It has been said that the physical sun is but an immense eye in which the Solar Logos looks out over its creation.
"The mystery of the Lion and the Unicorn. This secret is preserved for us in the ancient nursery rhyme about the "lion and the unicorn going up to town," and contains in a peculiar way the secret of initiation and the "going up" of the human being to the portal of admittance into the Hierarchy as well as the "mystic raising" of which Masonry holds the key. This deals with the emergence of the consciousness of the initiate (white and one-pointed) and the defeat of the king of beasts (the personality) leading to the triumph of group and world consciousness, of selflessness and illumination over self-consciousness and selfishness. In the true rendition of this ancient myth the king of beasts is blinded and killed by the piercing of his eye and heart by the long horn of the unicorn." (EA:155)
"The symbol of this sign [Capricorn] is undecipherable and intentionally so. It is sometimes called the 'signature of God.' I must not attempt to interpret it for you, partly because it has never yet been correctly drawn and partly because its correct delineation and the ability of the initiate to depict it produces an inflow of force which would not be desirable, except after due preparation and understanding. It is far more potent than the pentagon and leaves the initiate 'unprotected.'" (EA:155)
The two horns mentioned here by DK are symbols of duality and esoterically relate the right and left channels of the great Kundalini force Ida and Pingala. These two force centers or channels run up and down to the right and left side of the disciple's etheric body. When both can become linked and fused there is now a free flow of energy and force from the highest levels to the lowest and the higher initiations can be taken.
This fusion is facilitated by the dynamic release of the great Kundalini force that begins at the 3rd initiation and climaxes at the 6th. The central channel of the kundalini fire, or sushumna, is symbolized by the unicorn's golden horn to which DK refers. The sinuous twisting of the great serpent Fire parallels in many respects rotary, spiral-cyclic motion as it makes its ascent up the spine and out the top of the head. The unicorn's golden horn best approximates exoterically these hidden and esoteric truths. The horn is "golden" because it is only through the great 4th ray of buddhic-love that this whole process can proceed with any degree of safety and according to occult law. The buddhic plane and the 4th ray occupy the position of divine mediators between spirit and matter.
We are told by DK that the 7th ray works through the base center in average humanity, through the 1st ray in advanced disciples, and through the 4th ray through the base of the spine in advanced initiates. This is also the basis of the great enunciation by the Christ "that no man goes to the Father (Spirit), but by way of the Son/Sun." Mercury, transmitting the great 4th ray, is the distributor of liberating force for humanity until much later, when the 2nd ray can be contacted and known.
The dual vortex creates the encasement or shell in which the central vacuum is created and the "thread of Fohat" flashes forth. Words are wholly inadequate here since at these refined levels words such as "encasement and shell" are completely misleading and lose almost entirely their esoteric meaning.
The Word of Life and the Word of Death
Esoteric Healing, pp. 468-69
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The golden disk so often referred to in esoteric literature is the electrical doorway to the infinite and a bridge to Shamballa. The great 4th ray, as well as the great second ray of indigo blue, eventually become absorbed when the greater cycles end in pure praylayic darkness -- the unborn and the uncreated state of pure Being or primal darkness that exists prior to manifestation. It is the central laya point of fohatic Will that exists prior to form expression. It is the mysterious point within the circle whose circumference is everywhere and yet simultaneously is nowhere.
What is the mountain top of initiation so frequently referred to in esoteric literature but another symbol of the vortex-cone that each disciple must create in the meditative state in its different stages to reach perfection? What is the long horn of the unicorn but a symbol of rotary spiral-cyclic motion that climaxes in a searing point of piercing Will -- an inner trumpet out of the throat of which issues forth the sounds of God's hidden Purpose and Will, not language as we understand it, but pure first subplane devic fire? What distinguishes the new agni yoga teachings from all past work? The revelation that at the heart of each occult organism, chakra or force center, whether cosmic, systemic, or planetary, all are connected and fused by that point of pure fohatic Will? It is this identification that brings all diverse principles and laws into one synthetic whole.
Let me give a visual example of these three principle components -- color, the triangle, and the vortex -- and how they can be intimately connected for the full expression of some ray life from the highest levels to the lowest. An example of sixth ray force can be seen in Figure 37.
Here, through these different stages of descent, we see an unbroken
continuity through the color rose of high redemptive energy that once making
its impact on the human level circulates back to its originating source.
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What we have outlined here about the sixth ray can equally be stated about the other six divine rays. There is always an unbroken continuity and link between all the various ray expressions if one can learn the technique of following the light back to its original emanating point through the Law of Analogy. Human astral energy need not be a part of the great illusion if it can link back to its originating source.
An alignment with the cosmic astral plane begins with the color rose and conforms to the triangular relationship that leads to the vortex described in this commentary. The first point of the triangle starts from the cosmic astral plane from which this rose light descends to our Planetary Logos' astral body, which is the second point of the triangle. Then the third point of the triangle anchors itself in the purified astral energy of the Masters' ashrams. From this advanced triangle it can further descend into the astral body of humanity, the groups with whom disciples work, and then end with the individual astral body of the disciple -- one unbroken continuity of descending spiritual life connected through the principles of color, the triangle and the vortex.
The concepts above are very important because they concern how the "sound" and the "voice" can be contacted and used to destroy the four hindering veils through advanced group meditative work. These statements are important qualifications or lead-ins to working with the third formula of initiation.
"For long the teaching, given in the clear cold light, anent the door and the emphasis put upon the presentation of the door lying ahead of the aspirant has been made familiar, but that has been working with the lower aspects of the symbolism, even if aspirants did not realize it; they have been taught the fact of the light in the head, which is the personality correspondence to the clear cold light to which I refer. At the very center of that light, as many aspirants know theoretically or factually by inconstant experience, is a center or point of dark indigo blue - midnight blue. Note the significance of this in view of what I have been saying anent the "dark night," the midnight hour, the zero hour in the life of the soul. That center is in reality an opening, a door leading somewhere, a way of escape, a place through which the soul imprisoned in the body can emerge and pass into higher states of consciousness, untrammeled by form limitations; it has also been called 'the funnel or the channel for the sound'; it has been named the "trumpet through which the escaping AUM can pass." The ability to use this door or channel is brought about by the practice of alignment; hence the emphasis laid upon this exercise in the attempt to train aspirants and disciples." (R&I:42)
"Trumpeted words" is a key phrase the Tibetan uses, to describe the third formula for group integration (see the DNA2 quote below). It is this formula which is according to him the "seed of all philosophies" and is instrumental in consummating the third initiation.
The vortex design which makes up the main body of the trumpet form creates the confining walls through which fohat or the enunciated "sound" can travel from higher levels to the lower with the least expenditure of energy and with the least resistance. (See Figure 38.) The main body of this trumpet design can be seen to be the color red symbolizing the 1st aspect of deity. From out of its flanged throat the thread of pure fohat fire blasts fourth. All of the seven rays in their potentiality or embryonic state can be seen in the rainbow ring around its inner throat. The first ray or aspect of deity always contains the other six rays latently or embryonically within its constitution.
The trumpet, a percussive instrument, is loud and shrill and parallels on the inner planes in miniature the blast of first ray force as it is directed by an advanced group of first ray devas who work on the first atomic subplane of all the planes. It is those groups of devas whose task it is to bring an end to form life when the usefulness of those forms has expired. Although the Tibetan may be specifically referring to the disintegrative sound of the first ray in this formula, which brings death to all outer forms, the vortex or trumpet design is equally found in all ray expressions in some variation. Since all occult energies or forces from the highest levels to the lowest are the result of sound enunciated by some entity expressing one of the seven rays, they will by nature conform in spite of their unique differences to some type of vortex or funnel configuration because of their rotary and spiral-cyclical motion.
"It [the energy set loose in sacrifice] deals with the purposes and plans of the Silent Watchers over the three planes -- the five, and the seven; it deals with the dynamic force of the great Destroying Angels on all the planes, who will eventually -- through the manipulation of the three forms of energy -- bring to an end all that is. These angels are a mysterious group of fohatic Lives Who sound forth the trumpets of destruction, and by means of the notes sounded produce that shattering which will set loose the energy of forms." (CF:882-83)