THE THREE MAJOR SPIRITUAL FESTIVALS 2015
Easter – April 4th
Wesak – May 3rd
Goodwill – June 2nd
EASTER Festival: Aries full moon Full moon April 4, 8:07 am EDT
WESAK Festival: Taurus Full moon May 3, 11:43 pm EDT
HUMANITY Festival: Also called The Christ’s festival Gemini
Full moon June 2, 12.20 pm EDT
Each festival covers a special period of five days (two days preceding, the day of the Festival, and the two following days), with the climax on the day of the Festival itself, when women and men of goodwill can cooperate much more effectively than at other times, in meditation and through the direction of energy, with the spiritual Hierarchy and those who stand behind the evolution of consciousness of our planet.
Aries full moon; Keynote: Love
"I come forth and from the plane of mind, I rule."
This is the Festival of the risen, living Christ, the Teacher of all men and the Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy. He is the expression of the love of God. On this day the Hierarchy, which He guides and directs, will be recognized and the nature of God's love will be emphasized.
This Festival is determined always by the date of the first Full Moon of spring and is the great Western and Christian Festival.
Esoteric ruler: Mercury - 4th Ray (see keynotes 3 and 4 below). Exoteric ruler: Mars - 6th Ray Ray 1 and Ray 7 are transmitted through Aries.
Aries is the expression of will as it expresses itself through the great creative process.Aries initiates the cycle of manifestation. It is the place where the initial idea to institute activity takes place. It is the birthplace of ideas. Aries is the sign of beginnings: Creation - Being - Activity - Strife - Synthesis
The keynotes of this sign:
1. Express the will to be and do.
2. Unfold the power to manifest.
3. Enter into battle for the Lord.
4. Arrive at unity through effort.
Aries transmits the energy of the first Ray of Will or Power, a power that can be destructive or creative and purifying depending upon the vehicle which it contacts. It is a fire sign and the purveyor to our solar system of pure, electric fire which fosters and nourishes heat as well as burning and destroying all limitations both individual and within the world at large. In Aries it is said that the “jungles of experience are set on fire and dissolve in flames and…the Path stands clear and unobstructed vision is achieved.” Fire is the great liberator, clearing away obstacles and bringing forth the truth. And through the agency of fire, Aries is said to “fuse the beginning and the end, to blend the opposites and dispel both time and space”.
Aries coincides with the Easter Festival, the great Christian festival of rebirth. The Crucifixion experience was meant to demonstrate the reality of “life more abundant”, not the focus upon death that has characterised the church’s interpretation of the event. The keynote of the new age understanding of this festival will be upon resurrection, symbolising the precipitation on Earth of a new kingdom in which all will be free from death and released from the cross of matter. Christ came to show us the nature of the “saved life”, to demonstrate the quality of the eternal self which is in everyone.
This is the Festival of the Buddha, the spiritual Intermediary between the highest spiritual center, Shamballa, and the Hierarchy. The Buddha is the expression of the wisdom of God, the Embodiment of Light and the Indicator of the divine purpose. This will be fixed annually in relation to the Full Moon of May, as is at present the case. It is the great Eastern Festival.. the greatest event upon our planet, from the stand point of the Spiritual verities, and the one which has the greatest effect upon the human race.
The full moon (Gemini) of the Christ.
Keynote: humanity, aspiring to God
"I recognize my other self and in the waning of that self, I grow and glow."
This will be the Festival of the spirit of humanity aspiring towards God, seeking conformity with the will of God and dedicated to the expression of right human relations. This will be fixed annually in relation to the Gemini Full Moon. It will be a day whereon the spiritual and divine nature of mankind will be recognized.World Invocation Day is a world day of prayer and meditation when men and women of every spiritual path join in a universal appeal to divinity and use the Great Invocation (see below). Together they focus the invocative demand of humanity for the light, the love and the spiritual direction needed to build a world of justice, unity and peace.
On this Festival for two thousand years the Christ has represented humanity and has stood before the Hierarchy and in the sight of Shamballa as the God-Man, the Leader of His people, and "the Eldest in a great family of brothers" (Romans VIII:29). Each year at that time He has preached the last sermon of the Buddha, before the assembled Hierarchy. This will, therefore be a festival of deep invocation and appeal, of a basic aspiration towards fellowship, of human and spiritual unity, and will represent the effect in the human consciousness of the work of the Buddha and of the Christ.
Relationship of the Two Festivals (Wesak & World Invocation Day)
(From the Wesak Message 1944)
At the time of the Wesak Festival , the Buddha will sound out a great mantram and become the "absorbing Agent" of the first ray force. He will use the magnetic power of the second ray to attract this force to Himself and hold it steady, prior to redirecting it. The Christ will then ---on behalf of the Hierarchy--- become the "receiving Agent" of this potent energy and the seven groups of Masters Who work with the human and sub-human kingdoms will (in response to His demand) become the "directing Agents" for the seven fold expression of this force.
At the time of the Festival of Humanity (World Invocation Day), the Hierarchy will, under the guidance of the Christ, let loose this will-to-good upon Humanity, producing seven great results, according to the seven sub-rays of this first ray of will or power:
1. Power will be given to the disciples of the world and the initiates among men, so that They can direct efficiently and wisely the coming process of rebuilding.
2. The will-to-love will stimulate the men of goodwill everywhere that hatred will gradually be overcome and men will seek to live together cooperatively...
3. The will-to-action will lead intelligent people throughout the world to inaugurate those activities which will lay the foundation for a new, better and happier world.
4. The will-to-cooperate will steadily increase also. Men will desire and demand right human relations - a result more general than that produced by the activity of the first three aspects of this ray, but which will be a natural outcome of this aspect.
5. The will-to-know and to think correctly and creatively will become an outstanding characteristic of the masses. Knowledge, my brothers, is the first step towards wisdom.
6. The will-to-persist (which is an aspect of devotion and fixed idealism) will become a human characteristic - a sublimation of the basic instinct of self-preservation. This will lead to a persistent belief in the ideals presented by the Hierarchy, and the demonstration of immortality.
7. The will-to-organize will further a building process which will be carried forward under the direct inspiration of the Hierarchy. The medium will be the potency of the will-to-good of the New Group of World Servers and the responsive goodwill of mankind.
At the time of the full moon festivals, the moon stands on the far side of the earth, away from the sun. This leaves a full, direct and unimpeded relationship between the earth and the sun, the source of our life, energy and consciousness, symbolic of the relationship between the human personality and the soul.
Speaking symbolically, and remembering that symbols always veil a truth, it might be stated that, at the time of the full moon it is as if a door were suddenly opened wide, which at other times stands closed. Through that door, aspirants and disciples can contact energies which are otherwise not easily available. Through that door, approach can be made to Those Who guide the race and to truth and reality, which at other times is not possible. Of this, all who stand on either side of the door can avail themselves, and this will be so increasingly.
Most of the above text is from 'THE WESAK FESTIVAL --A Technique of Spiritual Contact' --a 22 page pamphlet distributed by the Arcane School, published by Lucis Trust: http://lucistrust.org
Lucis Trust has a new 14-page introductory PDF booklet about the festivals
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May *Christ return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men --
The purpose which the Masters know & serve.
From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love & Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light & Love & Power
restore the Plan on Earth.
The word "men" is used to refer to human beings of both genders.
*In the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish translations of the Great Invocation, the name by which the Coming One is known in these religions is sometimes used ---the Lord Maitreya, Krishna, the Imam Mahdi, and the Messiah.
Leaves Of Morya's Garden Book One The CallInto the New World my first message. You who gave the Ashram, And you who gave two lives, Proclaim. Builders and warriors, strengthen the steps. Reader, if you have not grasped — read again, after a while. The predestined is not accidental, The leaves fall in their time. And winter is but the harbinger of spring. All is revealed; all is attainable. I will cover you with My shield, if you but tend to your labors. I have spoken.--- The Agni Yoga books can be freely downloaded (available in seven languages): http://agniyoga.org/index.html
There is no salvation surer than that through devotion. One can forgive much where there is unswerving devotion. The man who is devoted in heart can be relied upon. It is cause for rejoicing when Hierarchy is upheld by devotion. At present it is especially needed. If yesterday's confusion seemed enormous, what can one say of tomorrow's? I have already prepared you for the growth of Armageddon, and you know that the black wings of darkness will not withstand the Fiery Sword. Be not astonished, the Battle increases!
Agni Yoga: Fiery World I, 605.
Excerpts from some of the books by the Master Djwhal Khul (also known as the Tibetan and the Master DK)
For Newcomers: Extract from a Statement by the Tibetan
Harmlessness (the scientific method, par excellence...of cleaning house & purifying the centres)
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Collection of articles by Aart Jurriaanse
He wrote some compilations from Alice A. Bailey's books along with commentaries on those teachings. His work has helped many students of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings.
Agni Yoga Teachings (all the books in seven languages can be downloaded at www.agniyoga.org)
Agni Yoga Teachings regarding sex
If we compare two individuals, of whom one dissipates the vital substance while the other consciously conserves it, we will be amazed at how much more sensitive the spiritual apparatus of the second becomes. The quality of his labors becomes entirely different, and the quantity of his projects and ideas multiplies. The centers of the solar plexus and brain are being heated, as it were, by an invisible fire.
This article was dictated by the Tibetan teacher, Djwhal Khul, in 1934. It is printed in the book, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, pp. 3-20, published by the Lucis Publishing Company. The need for trained esotericists is more urgent today than it was then.
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Lucis Trust has a ~new 14-page introductory PDF booklet about the 3 major full festivals