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Part I - Fourteen Rules for Group Initiation

Preliminary Remarks
Introductory Statement

Rule One

  • For Applicants: Let the disciple search within the heart's deep cave. If there the fire burns bright, warming his brother yet heating not himself, the hour has come for making application to stand before the door.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Within the fire of mind, focused within the head's clear light, let the group stand. The burning ground has done its work. The clear cold light shines forth and cold it is and yet the heat - evoked by the group love - permits the warmth of energetic moving out. Behind the group there stands the Door. Before them opens out the Way. Together let the band of brothers onward move - out of the fire, into the cold, and toward a newer tension.

Rule Two

  • For Applicants: When application has been made in triple form, then let the disciple withdraw that application and forget it has been made.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: The Word has now gone forth from the great point of tension: Accepted as a group. Withdraw not now your application. You could not, if you would; but add to it three great demands and forward move. Let there be no recollection and yet let memory rule. Work from the point of all that is within the content of the group's united life.

Rule Three

  • For Applicants: Triple the call must be and long it takes to sound it forth. Let the disciple sound the call across the desert, over all the seas and through the fires which separate him from the veiled and hidden door.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Dual the moving forward. The Door is left behind. That is a happening of the past. Let the cry of invocation issue forth from the deep center of the group's clear cold light. Let it evoke response from the bright center, lying far ahead. When the demand and the response are lost in one great Sound, move outward from the desert, leave the seas behind and know that God is Fire.

Rule Four

  • For Applicants: Let the disciple tend the evocation of the fire, nourish the lesser lives and thus keep the wheel revolving.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group see that all the eighteen fires die down and that the lesser lives return unto the reservoir of life. This they must bring about through the evocation of the Will. The lesser wheels must not for aye revolve in time and space. Only the greater Wheel must onward move and turn.

Rule Five

  • For Applicants: Let the applicant see to it that the Solar Angel dims the light of the lunar angels, remaining the sole luminary in the microcosmic sky.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: In unison let the group perceive the Triad shining forth, dimming the light of the soul and blotting out the light of form. The macrocosmic Whole is all there is. Let the group perceive that Whole and then no longer use the thought "My soul and thine."

Rule Six

  • For Applicants: The purificatory fires burn dim and low when the third is sacrificed to the fourth. Therefore let the disciple refrain from taking life and let him nourish that which is lowest with the produce of the second.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group know that life is one and naught can ever take or touch that life. Let the group know the vivid, flaming, drenching Life that floods the fourth when the fifth is known. The fifth feeds on the fourth. Let then the group - merged in the fifth - be nourished by the sixth and seventh and realize that all the lesser rules are rules in time and space and cannot hold the group. It onward moves in life.

Rule Seven

  • For Applicants: Let the disciple turn his attention to the enunciating of those sounds which echo in the hall where walks the Master. Let him not sound the lesser notes which awaken vibration within the halls of Maya.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group life emit the Word of invocation and thus evoke response within those distant Ashrams where move the Chohans of the race of men. They are no longer men as are the Masters but having passed beyond that lesser stage, have linked Themselves with the Great Council in the highest Secret Place. Let the group sound a dual chord, reverberating in the halls where move the Masters but finding pause and prolongation within those radiant halls where move the Lights which carry out the Will of God.

Rule Eight

  • For Applicants: When the disciple nears the Portal, the greater seven must awaken and bring forth response from the lesser seven upon the double circle.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group find within itself response to the greater seven groups which carry out the hierarchical will with love and understanding. The group contains all seven, the perfect group. The lesser seven, the greater seven and the planetary seven form one great whole, and these the group must know. When this is realized and the Law of the Supplementary Seven is understood let the group understand the Three and then the One. This they can do with the united breath and the unified rhythm.

Rule Nine

  • For Applicants: Let the disciple merge himself within the circle of the other selves. Let but one color blend them and their unity appear. Only when the group is known and sensed can energy be wisely emanated.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group know there are no other selves. Let the group know there is no color, only light; and then let darkness take the place of light, hiding all difference, blotting out all form. Then - at the place of tension, and at that darkest point - let the group see a point of clear cold fire, and in the fire (right at its very heart) let the One Initiator appear Whose star shone forth when the Door first was passed.

Rule Ten

  • For Applicants: The Army of the Voice, the devas in their serried ranks work ceaselessly. Let the disciple apply himself to a consideration of their methods; let him learn the rules whereby the Army works within the veils of maya.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: The rules for work within the veils of maya are known and have been used. Let the group widen all the rents within those veils and thus let in the light. Let the Army of the Voice be no more heard and let the brothers onward move within the Sound. Then let them know the meaning of the OM and let them hear that OM as it is sounded forth by Him Who stands and waits at the very center of the Council Chamber of the Lord.

Rule Eleven

  • For Applicants: Let the disciple transfer the fire from the lower triangle to the higher and preserve that which is created through the fire at the midway point.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group together move the fire within the jewel in the Lotus into the Triad and let them find the Word which will carry out that task. Let them destroy by their dynamic Will that which has been created at the midway point. When the point of tension is reached by the brothers at the fourth great cycle of attainment, then will this work be done.

Rule Twelve

  • For Applicants: Let the disciple learn to use the hand in service; let him seek the mark of the Messenger in his feet and let him learn to see with the eye which looks out from between the two.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group serve as Aquarius indicates; let Mercury speed the group upon the upward Way and let Taurus bring illumination and the attainment of the vision; let the mark of the Savior, as the group toils in Pisces, be seen above the aura of the group.

Rule Thirteen

  • For Applicants: Four things the disciple must learn and comprehend before he can be shown the inmost mystery: first, the laws of that which radiates; the five meanings of magnetization make the second; the third is transmutation or the secret lost of alchemy; and lastly, the first letter of the Word which has been imparted, or the hidden name egoic.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group get ready to reveal the hidden mystery. Let the group demonstrate the higher meaning of the lessons learnt, and these are four and yet are one. Let the group understand the Law of Synthesis, of unity and fusion; let the threefold mode of working with that which is dynamic carry the group together towards the Higher Three where the Will of God holds sway; let Transfiguration follow Transformation and may Transmutation disappear. Let the OM be heard right at the center of the group, proclaiming God is All.

Rule Fourteen

  • For Applicants: Listen, touch, see, apply, know.
  • For Disciples and Initiates: Know, express, reveal, destroy and resurrect.

     1. Know
     2. Express
     3. Reveal
          A Catechism
     4. Destroy
     5. Resurrect


Part II - The Rays and the Initiations

Introductory Remarks

Section One - The Aspirant and the Mysteries of Initiation

The Entering of the two Doors of Initiation
     The Door of Initiation
     The Door to the Way of Higher Evolution

The Entering of the Ashram
     The Seven Groups of Ashrams within the Hierarchy

The Seven Paths confronting the Master
     1. The Path of Earth Service
     2. The Path of Magnetic Work
     3. The Path of Training for Planetary Logoi

Certain Hierarchical Changes
     4. The Path to Sirius
     5. The Ray Path
     6. The Path the Logos Himself is on
     7. The Path of Absolute Sonship

The World Tension Analyzed

The Dual Life of the Initiatory Process
     The Dual Life of the Disciple
     The Dual Existence of the Master

The Science of the Antahkarana
     Building the Antahkarana
     The Nature of the Antahkarana
     The Bridge between the three Aspects of the Mind
     The Bridge as the Agent of Alignment
     The Technique of Construction
          The Construction of the Antahkarana - Past
          The Construction of the Antahkarana in the Aryan Race - Present
          The Six Stages of the Building Process
               1. Intention
               2. Visualization
               3. Projection
               4. Invocation and Evocation
               5. and 6. Stabilization and Resurrection
          The Immediate Task Ahead
          The Seven Ray Methods used in the Construction Process
          Outline for Reflective Contemplation on Constructing the Antahkarana

The Meaning of the Initiatory Process
     Fusion of the Master's Consciousness with that of the Disciple
     Impression on the Mind of the Disciple of Hierarchical Intent


Section Two - The Aspirant and the Major Initiations

The Aspirant and the Major Initiations

The Relation of the Seven Rays to the Initiations

The Rays and the Five Initiations confronting Humanity
     Initiation I - The Birth at Bethlehem - Ray VII
     Initiation II - The Baptism in Jordan - Ray VI
     Initiation III - The Transfiguration - Ray V
     Initiation IV - The Renunciation - Ray IV
          The particular Type of Energy involved and its Initiatory Effect
          The Effect of the Energy of Harmony through Conflict upon Humanity
          The Factor of the Ray of Love-Wisdom as it controls the Ray of
                Harmony through Conflict and implements the Return of the Christ
          The Effect of the Ray of Harmony through Conflict in the modern
               World of Nations
          The Results of Fourth Ray Activity upon the individual Disciple
          A Summation and Forecast

The  Rays of Aspect and the Higher Initiations
     Initiation V - The Revelation - Ray I
          The Effect of Ray I on Humanity Today
     Initiation VI - Decision - Ray III

The Seven and the Nine Initiations of our Planetary Life
     The Significance of the Initiations
          Initiation I - The Birth at Bethlehem
          Initiation II - The Baptism in Jordan
          Initiation III - The Transfiguration
          Initiation IV - The Great Renunciation or Crucifixion
          Initiation V - The Revelation
               The Part which Energy Plays in Inducing Revelation
               The Place that the Will Plays in Inducing Revelation
          Initiation VI - The Decision
          Initiation VII - The Resurrection
          Initiation VIII - The Great Transition
          Initiation IX - The Refusal


Appendix

Five Great Spiritual Events
     1. The Crisis of the Ideologies
     2. Man's steady Awakening to better Understanding
     3. The Growth of Goodwill and the Revelation of Cleavages
     4. The partial Sealing of the Door where Evil dwells
     5. The Use of the Great Invocation

Stanzas for Disciples
     The Path
     The Cup of Karma
     The Listening Pilgrim
     An Esoteric Fragment
     Healing
     The Hidden Portal
     The Key
     An Occult Message
    
The Crucifixion
     The Cross
     The Chalice
     A Fire Mantram

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