Re: INITIATION (continued)
Aug 10, 2006 06:55 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
8/10/2006 6:46 AM
Re: INITIATION (continued)
This goes on: --
".a system of initiation is spoken of which is the mother of all others, and
that all the rest are mere exoteric copies or perversions of the real.
In order that the idea intended to be expressed may be made clear, it is to
be stated that the system is not confined to India, but at the same time it
is true that the Western world has up to this time been so deeply engaged in
the pursuit of mere money and external enjoyment that no body of Hierophants
has taken up its actual residence in Europe or America as yet.
There is very little force in the objection that, if those Adepts have such
powers as have been ascribed to them, they could very easily have a
residence here and overcome all the influences of the place. If it were in
the least necessary that they should be here, no doubt can there be that
they would come.
But as all of the work required to be done, all that could possibly be
accomplished, is to be achieved by the messengers sent out into each country
who, so to say, prepare the ground, with the assistance of the Adepts, for
others who follow them, there would be a waste of energy if the Hierophants
appeared in person.
Nor are those messengers dismayed by the critical attitude of those persons
who, wanting a sign, continually deny that the help for the workers is
afforded because the givers of it cannot be seen; and it can also be
admitted that even the workers themselves are not continually in receipt of
instruction or telegrams showing how and where to work.
They are men and women who possess a faith that carries them through a long
course of effort without a glimpse of those who have sent them. Yet at the
same time some of them now and then see very plain evidence of the fact that
they are constantly assisted.
"That we all labor together transmitting the same charge and succession,
We few equals indifferent of lands, indifferent of times,
We, enclosers of all continents, all castes, allowers of all theologies,
Compassionaters, perceivers, rapport of men,
We walk silent among disputes and assertions, but reject not the disputers:
nor anything that is asserted,
We hear the bawling and din, we are reach'd at by divisions, jealousies,
recriminations on every side,
They close peremptorily upon us to surround us, my comrade,
Yet we walk unheld, free, the whole earth over, journeying up and down till
we make our ineffaceable mark upon time and the diverse eras,
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to
come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are." [ W. Whitman
WORLD'S WORK ]
So all this preparation is similar to that of the primeval forest by the
early settlers in America; it is as yet hardly a tilling of the soil, but
rather a clearing off of trees and weeds. This is not because they are
unable to do more, but because the weeds and trees are there requiring to be
removed before the Elder Ones can usefully push on in person the further
"When the materials are all prepared and ready the architects shall
All human beings are working through this system of initiation, and for that
reason it includes all the exoteric societies.
Very often the Masters in this have appeared in those when they saw an
opportunity for sowing the seed, which, although for a time to be enclosed
in the shell of formalism, was to be preserved for future use; just as the
Egyptian mummy held in its hand for centuries the germ that blossomed and
bore fruit in our day.
And since man in all his struggles must be helped, they have assisted in
political changes where a hope was held out for the rise of a beneficent
The great mass of men are not with their own knowledge engaged in the work
of this powerful and impregnable Lodge, but they will knowingly engage
therein at some point in the course of their long evolution. And yet at
every hour of each day these Masters are willing and anxious to meet those
who are clear-eyed enough to see their true destiny, and noble-hearted so as
to work for "the great orphan, humanity." (extracts from B. GITA NOTES pp
I found these ideas most helpful.
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