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If there are obstacles, not 'the infinite

If you can count, not the stars

If you tremble or shake, and not 'a mountain

If increases or decreases, is not 'an ocean

If it passes over the bridges, not 'a river

If you can 'grasp, and not' the rainbow

Here are the parables of the six external perceptions

Milarepa



NOTRE DAME: THE SOUL OF PARIS Phillip Lindsay

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Phillip Lindsay

NOTRE DAME: THE SOUL OF PARIS

In 2015 I had the good fortune to visit Notre Dame with some Parisian friends and experienced the beauty, grandeur and spiritual power of this extraordinary place. The soul of Paris is Virgo the Virgin - and Notre Dame (Our Lady) is its personification. The building celebrates the beauty of the second ray of Love-Wisdom, transmitted through Virgo - more powerfully than any other zodiac sign. It was built upon the site of an ancient temple of Isis, one of the three goddesses of Virgo – Eve, Isis and Mary.

In the event chart for the outbreak of the fire, the Moon was in Virgo, square to fiery Mars in Gemini. As the ferocious fire burned for the next four hours, the moon moved into an even closer square with Mars, reaching exactitude at 5 am the next day - when Notre Dame was a smouldering ruin. The Sun was in Mars-ruled Aries, but Mars’ placement in air sign Gemini seemed to fan the flames.

Pisces is also the soul of France, hence this profound Virgo-Pisces pair of opposites between the nation and its capital Paris. In some ways the utter destruction of the cathedral signals the end of the Piscean Age, even if the building is going to be restored. The fire is also however a symbol of renewal – Aries is a sign of death and rebirth. Given the fact that Notre Dame is not only the heart of France, but at the heart of Europe, its destruction may spark a sense of European unification during this Brexit crisis. Whilst Paris is a Virgo soul, it has Capricorn as its personality ruler:

“The forces of crystallisation pour through Paris which is ruled by Capricorn in its personality and yet the soul of the French nation is nurtured in that great capital through the soul of the city, energised by Virgo and, forget not, that Virgo is the polar opposite of Pisces and the infant Christ in Virgo comes to full flower in Pisces. Here lies the hope of France.” (The Destiny of the Nations, Alice A. Bailey. p.73.)

Saturn is currently in its own sign of Capricorn conjunct Pluto, both square to the Aries sun (in fact, a grand cross with Earth and the nodal axis) – right there is this destructive and renovative event, as the soul of Paris is scorched and its personality battered, reportedly to the point of shame for some Parisians. The “coincidence” of the fire with the beginning of Holy Week and Easter is quite obvious - this fire is unquestionably a major spiritual event, and many of us have felt it deeply, before during and after.

There was an ominousness about the fire that appears to herald the return of the Masters of Wisdom and the Christ. Indeed, the words of Christ come to mind, “I come not to bring peace, but a sword” - to shock people into a keener sense of values which the world has today largely lost. When all these cathedrals were built many centuries ago, despite their occult and spiritual significance, many people suffered acute poverty whilst huge sums were invested in the buildings; there is a paralell today with the recent Gilets Jaunes demonstrations:

“An intensely materialistic attitude. The Church of Rome stands for great stone structures—cathedrals, churches, institutions, convents, monasteries. In order to build them, the policy down the centuries has been to drain the money out of the pockets of rich and poor alike. The Roman Catholic Church is a strictly capitalistic church. The money gathered into its coffers supports a powerful ecclesiastical hierarchy and provides for its many institutions and schools.”(Problems of Humanity, Alice A. Bailey.p.130.)

“The vast cathedrals and the pompous ceremonies of the orthodox are far removed from the humble way of the life of the Christ, the Master of all the Masters and the Teacher alike of angels and of men, and from the simplicity of His present way of life as He watches and waits for the return of His people to the simple way of spiritual realisation.” (Glamour: A World Problem, Alice A. Bailey. p.186.)

“How can the starving children of the world—and of Europe in particular [written WW2] —be salvaged when pleas go out from Popes and Bishops for money to build cathedrals and erect more churches when the existent churches now stand empty? How can light shine again in the minds of men when churchmen keep the people in a state of fear unless they accept the old theological interpretations and the old ways of approaching God.” (The Reappearance of the Christ, Alice A. Bailey. p.142.)

“The churches—materialistic, hide-bound and submerged in their theological concepts, seeking political power or possessions, emphasising stone buildings and cathedrals whilst neglecting "the Temple of God, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens"—are occupied with the symbols and not with the reality.” The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A. Bailey. p.471.)

Only recently has the author written about the Catholic Church (https://esotericastrologer.org/…/aries-2019-blue-moon-equ…/…) - and the Notre Dame fire signifies:

1. Primarily a great cleansing and purification of Paris and France that will lay the groundwork for real spiritual progress for itself and for Europe.

2. That the Catholic Church is all but finished, along with the Age of Pisces. But, because it still spiritually serves millions around the world, it must go through a renewal, as part of its overall purification process, such as the recent convictions of widespread sex abuse.

Notre Dame cathedral is one of a group that were all dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Notre Dame. The physical locations of these cathedrals form a pattern that venerates the constellation of Virgo. The tradition of the Knights Templar and the sacred geometry of these buildings are well known to students of The Mysteries. May the soul of Paris rise forth from the ashes!

 

THE TRIANGLE, THE ROD OF INITIATION AND THE FLASHING FORTH

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THE TRIANGLE, THE ROD OF INITIATION AND THE FLASHING FORTH

1. “For the minor initiations administered by the Bodhisattva, all of which are in the department of the Mahachohan, and on one or other of the four lesser rays, the rays of attribute.

2. For the major initiations on one or other of the three major rays, the rays of aspect, which are administered by the Bodhisattva, and are therefore the first two initiations.

3. For the higher three initiations at which Sanat Kumara wields the Rod.

At all initiations the Lord of the World is present, but at the first two He holds a position similar to that held by the Silent Watcher, when Sanat Kumara administers the oath at the third, fourth and fifth initiations. His power streams forth and the flashing forth of the star before the initiate is the signal of His approval, but the initiate does not see Him face to face until the third initiation.

The function of the three Kumaras, or the three Buddhas of Activity at initiation is interesting. They are three aspects of the one aspect, and the pupils of Sanat Kumara. Though Their functions are many and varied, and concern primarily the forces and energies of nature, and the direction of the building agencies, They have a vital connection with the applicant for initiation, inasmuch as They each embody the force or energy of one or other of the three higher subplanes of the mental plane. Therefore at the third initiation one of these Kumaras transmits to the causal body of the initiate that energy which destroys third subplane matter, and thus brings about part of the destruction of the vehicle; at the fourth initiation another Buddha transmits second plane force, and at the fifth, first subplane force is similarly passed into the remaining atoms of the causal vehicle, producing the final liberation. The work done by the second Kumara, with second subplane force, is in this solar system the most important in connection with the egoic body, and produces its complete dissipation, whereas the final application causes the atoms themselves (which formed that body) to disperse.

During the initiation ceremony, when the initiate stands before the Lord of the World, these three great Beings form a triangle, within whose lines of force the initiate finds himself. At the first two initiations, wherein the Bodhisattva functions as the Hierophant, the Mahachohan, the Manu, and a Chohan who temporarily represents the second department perform a similar office. At the highest two initiations, those three Kumaras who are called "the esoteric Kumaras" form a triangle wherein the initiate stands, when he faces the Planetary Logos.

“These facts are imparted to teach two things, first, the unity of the method, second, that the truism "as above so below" is an occult fact in nature.

At the final two initiations many members of the Hierarchy who are, if one might so express it, extra-planetary, and who function outside the dense physical and the etheric globe of our planet, take part, but a stricter enumeration is needless. Sanat Kumara is still the Hierophant, yet in a very esoteric manner it is the Planetary Logos Himself who officiates. They are merged at that time into one Identity, manifesting different aspects.” (Initiation Human and Solar 107-109)

 

Il Gruppo a Stella e le Leggi del Suono ital. T P S

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Landing The Temples and Templing the land - bruce Lyon

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Landing The Temples and Templing the land

Updated:Sep 21, 2018

Fold your wings, my soul,

those wings you had spread wide

to soar to the terrestrial peaks

where the light is most ardent:

it is for you simply to wait

the descent of the Fire --

supposing it to be willing

to take possession of you.

~ from HYMN TO THE UNIVERSE by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

It is difficult to force fast-flying birds to fly slowly. There is no greater sacrifice than when a consciousness, already expanded, consecrates itself to manifest reality. Agni Yoga 359.

If the end of all our exploring ( as T.S. Eliot reminds us ) is to arrive at the place we first left and know it for the first time, why bother setting out in the first place? If everything is always already sacred, why bother creating temples at all? When we understand that there is nowhere to get to and no self to get it, why not trash the whole self realisation gig and simply enjoy whatever and wherever we find ourselves?

All good questions Bruce and no doubt you will have some jazzy answers for us but will they be sexy? Will they help us come alive? Will we want them as much as they want us?

I don’t know but I do have a couple of observations that you can flirt with before you decide to invest in the denser text below. Firstly, not all people with their feet on the ground have learned to fly.

Choosing to land is quite different from not being able to take off. Secondly temple is not just a noun but a verb that requires conscious alive relationship between humans and the earth. To ‘temple’ is to be able to, and to choose to, treat all beings with respect and in a sacred manner. Place may be inherently sacred but it is the interaction with dedicated human consciousness that makes it a temple. To love freely requires choice, even if that choice is to simply surrender to what already IS.

 

In transpersonal psychology, Ken Wilber talks about the pre-trans fallacy which essentially means that pre- personal attributes of the self are confused with trans-personal attributes. An example would be the difference between a childish ( pre-personal ) belief in magic and a child-like ( trans-personal ) one. In pre personal states we are unable to distinguish between ourselves and our surroundings and so we internalise and explain outer events according to internal experiences or vice versa. For example a parent dies, we experience abandonment and secretly believe they left because we were unloveable or didn’t clean up our room. Collectively pre-personal states in early cultures often involve superstition.

The crops fail after an eclipse or a volcano erupts and it is attributed to the decadence of the tribe or a scapegoated individual. The essence of pre personal experience is always taken as deeply personal - the event revolves around the self because it is the self which is trying to stabilise and develop. Trans-personal magic is different.

The self is still there but it has been transcended so the events are seen as linked or mutually arising out of the same ground that the self arises from. They are related and interactive but one does not ‘cause’ the other. Meaning is not inherent or given in either outer or inner experience but comes from the interaction of awareness and form.

And so in the process of landing temples we can talk about pre-flight and trans-flight or pre-liberation and trans-liberation communities. The first are full of seekers trying to make a better world but still trapped within it. They are like fledging birds huddling together on the edge of cliffs summoning the courage to jump. They have yet to individualise - a painful and often difficult journey that requires standing alone in the light of ones own soul, trusting to the wings of spirit - making one’s living ( and life ) from the core of one’s inherent gifts as a unique being rather than from family, function or fit.

One can often tell pre-flight communities because they are usually polarised ‘against’ the existing status quo of material civilisation. This active rejection is really the summoning of the courage to fly. They are also often still struggling with survival issues and drawing on the land, the body and materiality itself for security while at the same time professing to reject it.

The generation that set out on the journey of liberation en masse ( many individuals and pockets of society have gone before ) was that of the 60’s and 70’s.

In 1970 Richard Bach published a book that immediately found resonance amongst them. it was called Jonathan Living Seagull and here is the quote from the blurb.

"For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. For him, flying is life itself. Against the conventions of seagull society, he seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best at doing what he loves."


Many set out on this journey to fly or what we might call soul initiation. Most eventually went back to the old civilisation and got jobs again either regretting their idealism or putting it down to youthful enthusiasm. Some flew and many of those are still flying. Since then more and more souls are being born with wings or more correctly - not having them ripped off at birth by a society that is bent on survival - or waiting to open them…one day.

We can see the lines of demarcation in the world becoming clearer and clearer. There are those who are still trapped in a decaying civilisation bent on surviving even at the cost of the ecosystem and the rest of humanity. There are those who have made the transition into soul and who are sourcing themselves in their creativity, their love of all life and the inherent invincibility of the human spirit. And then there are those caught between the worlds, rejecting the first but not yet anchored in the new.

And so we are at a time of critical transition for life on earth and what the temples represent are places where those still ascending can meet and mingle with those who are now folding their wings and coming down from the celestial heights. In practise we have all these three stages at play in us the same way we have three types of brain but it is the centre of gravity of the self which determines our actions.

In esoteric traditions the temples are like the chakras and nadi points of the energy body of the earth activating as human souls are drawn through resonance into these vortexes of transformation. They are places where the currents of ascent and descent are balanced and harmonise. To found them we need free flying birds willing to fold their wings and ascend by descending. Once the individual achieves his or her own freedom and exercises their joy of flight they begin to see themselves more fully as part of the greater whole - as that part in fact that was able to get free and now is in a position to help - if they choose. It is this choice that marks the difference between pre and trans-flight landing.

Pre-flight people feel they have no choice - spirit or circumstances - inner or outer phenomena greater than them - are driving them. Trans-flight people know there is nothing inside or out that is more powerful than what lies beyond both and makes up their core as well as the core of all things. They can choose. And what they choose is an act of free and unconditional love. The true sacrifice of the temples is the willingness of the free soul to fully land and embody itself.

According to Maori myth, Tane-mahuta, god of the forest, was worried about his children, the trees, as bugs were eating away at them. He consulted his brother Tane-hokahoka, god of the birds, who asked his children to come down from the forest roof and live on the floor. But the Tui was scared of the darkness on the forest floor, the Pukeko didn’t like its dampness, and every bird had another excuse. Only the Kiwi agreed to sacrifice his beautiful wings and feathers to live on the forest floor.

This story is part of the tradition of this land, NZ where the temple at Highden is landing and I think it speaks to the generation of flyers in the same way the the story of Jonathan Living Seagull spoke to those in the seventies. I would modify it slightly to reflect the modern situation:

For most birds who have learned to fly life consists of enjoying their freedom, creating beauty and art, eating organic food and experiencing blissful orgasmic union with each other and/as the divine.

Landing is simply a means of gathering resources for the next flight and inspiring others to ascend into the purified air of the subtle realms of energy and ecstasy. But Kiwi is no ordinary bird. For her the land is the living face of the goddess herself. Land and the physical body is the final wrapping of her divinity, the last sacrifice in the descent of Inanna.

The fulfilment of her capacity to fly and be free is her decision to land and live that freedom unashamedly in a dense 3d world that is still afraid, where many are yet to find their wings and many who have are yet to fold them and fall with her into the depths. `As she turns the rich dark soil to plant sweet potatoes, she sings to that which is buried deep in her own flesh and bones. A song of return, a song of hope, a song of love and a future where heaven and earth are one and the garden of eden is restored.

All civilisations are created and destroyed from a state of ecstasy says Peter Kingsley and we are right in the middle of a cycle of such creation and destruction. The temples are not just places of refuge for those fleeing a civilisation in decline or looking for an alternative culture within the prevailing system

They are more radical than that. They are the very breath of the new arriving. They are not a place to retreat but to advance in a new direction; towards the earth. Towards the earth, not as mother but lover.

They are landed by free souls who have liberated themselves from the gravity of survival and necessity, yet have come back to kiss the ground, to co-create and listen to that which has been waiting in their own bodies and the earth itself, longing to be met with love and danced in freedom. Come on Down.

Bruce Lyon

 
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