The Wesak Festival 2015
May 3, 2015
The full moon of the Buddha
Wesak Festival Taurus Full moon May 3, 11:43 pm EDT
"...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 Master Djwhal Khul
The time has now come when the West should understand the true significance of this event. As men understand and avail themselves of the opportunity offered at the Festival, they place themselves in line with a particular spiritual force. They become vitalized by it, and spiritually stimulated, and are consequently rendered available for service...
In some parts of India the Wesak Festival has for centuries been regarded as a public holiday. It is a day of reunion, of pilgrimage and of rejoicing expectancy. It is a holy day. That the inner significance of the day is recognized by only a handful of the spiritually minded is of course true...
The dates of the Christian Festivals are all of them established by past events or by happenings which occurred centuries ago... The Wesak Festival is in recognition of a present living event. This heavenly event takes place annually at the time of the full moon of Taurus (often called the "May Full Moon"), and at that event there is released upon Earth (according to the measure of man's demand) the blessing of God Himself, transmitted through the Buddha and His Brother, the Christ.
This happening, however, can and does work out into physical manifestation and has its physical counterpart. Paralleling the subjective and spiritual ceremony, an event of some importance takes place simultaneously in a little valley in Tibet, on the further side of the Himalayas. It is there that the earthly ceremony of blessing is supposed to take place, and to that valley many people in and around the district find their way, as pilgrims towards the light. There, at the time of the full moon, a solemn ritual is performed, which can be as definitely seen and heard as can any ceremonial in any of our great cathedrals...
The dream, the legend, the fact can be described as follows: There is a valley, lying at a rather high altitude in the foothills of the Himalayan-Tibet ranges. It is surrounded by high mountains on all sides except towards the northeast, where there is a narrow opening in the mountain ranges. The valley is, therefore, bottle-shaped in contour, with the neck of the bottle to the northeast, and it widens very considerably towards the south. Up towards the northern end, close to the neck of the bottle, there is to be found a huge flat rock. There are no trees or shrubs in the valley, which is covered with a kind of coarse grass, but the sides of the mountains are covered with trees.
At the time of the full moon of Taurus, pilgrims from all the surrounding districts begin to gather; the holy men & lamas find their way into the valley & fill the southern & the middle parts, leaving the northeastern end relatively free. There, so the legend runs, there gathers a group of those great Beings Who are the Custodians on Earth of God's Plan for our planet & for humanity. By what name we call these Beings does not greatly matter. The Christian believer may prefer to speak of Christ & His church, & regard Them as constituting that great Cloud of Witnesses who guarantee to humanity ultimate salvation. The esotericists of the world may call Them the Masters of the Wisdom, the planetary Hierarchy, Who in Their varied grades are ruled & taught by the Christ, the Master of all Masters, and the Teacher alike of angels & of men. Or we can call Them the Rishis of the Hindu Scriptures, or the Society of the Illumined Minds, as in the Tibetan teaching.
They are the Great Intuitives & the Great Companions of our more modern presentation, & are the aggregate of perfected humanity who have followed in Christ's steps & have entered They, with Their wisdom, love & knowledge, stand as a protective wall around our race, & seek to lead us on, step by step (as They Themselves were led in Their time) from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, & from death to immortality. This group of knowers of divinity are the main participants in the Wesak Festival. They range Themselves in the northeastern end of the valley, & in concentric circles (according to the status & grade of Their initiatory development) prepare Themselves for a great act of service. In front of the rock, looking towards the northeast, stand Those Beings Who are called by Their disciples "the Three Great Lords." These are the Christ, Who stands in the center; the Lord of living forms, the Manu, Who stands on His right; & the Lord of Civilization, Who stands on His left. These three face the rock, upon which there rests a great crystal bowl full of water...
All who have dreamt of participating in it are always well aware of the exact position in the lower part of the valley where they themselves stood. One who described it to me spoke of standing well off to one side, close to a tree to which a horse was tethered; & others seemed to know equally well where they found themselves. Some few realised that the place & the position, within the body of onlookers, indicated quite clearly the evolutionary status of the participant.
Behind the grouped Masters, adepts, initiates and senior workers under God's plan, are to be found the world disciples and aspirants in their various grades and groups (either "in the body or out of the body" to quote the words of St. Paul), who constitute at this time the New Group of World Servers. Those present in their physical bodies have found their way there by ordinary means. Others are present in their spiritual bodies and in the dream state...
As the hour of the full moon approaches, a stillness settles down upon the crowd, & all look towards the northeast. Certain ritualistic movements take place in which the grouped Masters and Their disciples of all ranks take up symbolic positions, and form on the floor of the valley such significant symbols as the five-pointed star, with the Christ standing at the highest point; or a triangle, with the Christ at the apex; or a cross, and other well known *formations, all of which have a deep & potent meaning. This is all done to the sound of certain chanted words and esoteric phrases, called mantrams.
The expectancy in the waiting, onlooking crowds becomes very great, and the tension is real and increasing. Through the entire body of people there seems to be felt a stimulation or potent vibration which has the effect of awakening the souls of those present, fusing & blending the group into one united whole, & lifting all into a great act of spiritual demand, readiness, and expectancy. It is the climax of the world's aspiration, focussed in this waiting group. These three words--demand, readiness & expectancy--best describe the atmosphere surrounding those present in this secret valley.
The chanting and the rhythmic weaving grows stronger, & all the participants and the watching crowd raise their eyes towards the sky in the direction of the narrow part of the valley. Just a few minutes before the exact time of the full moon, in the far distance, a tiny speck can be seen in the sky. It comes nearer & nearer, & grows in clarity and definiteness of outline, until the form of the Buddha can be seen, seated in the cross-legged Buddha position, clad in His saffron-colored robe, bathed in light and color, and with His hand extended in blessing. When He arrives at a point exactly over the great rock, hovering there in the air over the heads of the three Great Lords, a great mantram, used only once a year, at the Festival, is intoned by the Christ, & the entire group of people in the valley fall upon their faces.
This Invocation sets up a great vibration or thought current which is of such potency that it reaches up from the group of aspirants, disciples or initiates who employ it, to God Himself. It marks the supreme moment of intensive spiritual effort throughout the entire year, and the spiritual vitalization of humanity & the spiritual effects last throughout the succeeding months. The effect of this Great Invocation is universal or cosmic, and serves to link us up with that cosmic center of spiritual force from which all created beings have come. The blessing is poured forth, & the Christ--as the Representative of humanity--receives it in trust, for distribution...
Slowly then the Buddha recedes into the distance, until again only a faint speck can be seen in the sky, and this eventually disappears. The whole ceremonial blessing, from the time of the first appearance in the distance until the moment the Buddha fades out of view, takes just about eight minutes. The Buddha's annual sacrifice for humanity (for He comes back only at great cost) is over, and He returns again to that high place where He works and waits.
Year after year He comes back in blessing; year after year the same ceremony has taken place. Year after year He and His great Brother, the Christ, work in the closest cooperation for the spiritual benefit of humanity. In these two great Sons of God have been focussed two aspects of divine life, and They act together as Custodians of the highest type of spiritual force to which our humanity can respond. Through the Buddha, the wisdom of God is poured fourth. Through the Christ, the love of God is manifested to humanity; and it is this wisdom and this love which pour fourth upon mankind each "May" full moon...
When the Buddha has again disappeared, the crowd rises to their feet; the water in the bowl is distributed in tiny portions to the Masters, initiates and disciples, and They go Their way to the place of service. The crowd, who have all brought their little cups and vessels of water, drink of them, and share with others...Thus blessed, the crowd silently disperses; the Masters and the disciples return with renewed strength, to undertake another year of world service...
To some living people (in the world today) this Festival stands for certain most definite and clearly marked ideas, and for a great proffered opportunity. The ideas for which it stands might be enumerated as follows:
First this Festival links the past with the present in a way that no other festival, connected with any of the great world religions, has ever done. It stands for a living truth, and for a present opportunity. In their mutual service to the race, the Buddha and the Christ bring about this linking; They also blend the East with the West, and unite in one whole the Christian tradition, the Buddhist and the Hindu faiths, and the aspiration of all believers in the world today, orthodox and unorthodox. Religious distinctions disappear.
Secondly, this festival marks the high-water mark of spiritual blessing in the world. It is a time of an unusual inflow of life and of spiritual stimulation, and serves to vitalize the aspiration of all mankind.
Thirdly, at the time of the Festival and through the united effort of the Christ and the Buddha, working in the closest cooperation, there is opened a channel of communication between humanity and God, down which the love and wisdom of God himself can pour to a waiting and needy world.
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.
At the time of the full moon of Taurus, it is as if a door "into Heaven" were opened (still speaking symbolically) so that contact can be then made with those still greater Lives Who are to our planetary Hierarchy what It is to humanity. Once this is recognized, it will be possible to develop a Science of Approach to the deeper truths and forces of life which are as yet hidden behind a veil. This the New Age will reveal. It is part of the true emerging technique of the Path, and of spiritual progress.
Again, at this time, great expansions of consciousness become possible which are not possible at other times. Disciples and initiates everywhere can be aided and stimulated spiritually to take those great steps which we call initiations, and which enable a man to penetrate a little more deeply and consciously into the mysteries of the kingdom of God. They reveal to him more clearly the wonder of his own divinity, the beauty of the divine in every man, and a little of the Plan to which humanity is conforming and with which he can cooperate.
Thus 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, is therefore the Wesak Festival.
Its influence has been there always but unknown to the majority. Now its influence is to be recognized and consciously utilized...By means of the united rhythm of certain groups and their voiced invocations, groups of aspirants can be put in touch with the consciousness of great Lives and Intelligences, after they have learnt to align their personalities and have placed themselves in rapport with their own souls.
These groups can establish a contact with the subjective world of Intelligences, through the medium of two focal points. One focal point, the Buddha, represents the overshadowing world of subjective realities, & the other focal point, the Christ, acts as the Representative of the world of aspiring human beings. This fact is symbolized for us in our church rituals, where the priest acts as a focal point. Here however, is a momentous point of difference: Priesthood in these great and future "ceremonies of contact" will not be a separative and separated body of men. All can be priests, and a layman can also hold that office. The only qualification required will be the capacity to align oneself and be in rapport with the soul, and thus be able to cooperate with all other souls.
Finally it might be said that at a stated period in the year the Lodge of Masters meet...At this period which coincides with the full moon of Taurus and the Wesak Festival...for three major purposes: To contact spiritual force which is transmitted to our planet through the medium of the Buddha and the Christ; to confer together as the immediate necessity and the work to be done for humanity; and to admit to initiation those who are ready, and to stimulate Their disciples to increased activity and service.
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.
This was excerpted from 'THE WESAK FESTIVAL --A Technique of Spiritual Contact', by Alice Bailey — a 22 page pamphlet distributed by the Arcane School, a part of the Lucis Trust. To obtain a copy of this pamphlet, contact the publishers.
The Lucis Trust is a non-profit tax-exempt educational corporation founded in 1922. No royalties are paid on the books. Training for new age discipleship is provided by the Arcane School. The principles of the Ageless Wisdom are presented through esoteric meditation, study and service as a way of life. Contact the publishers for information.
The Three Major Spiritual Festivals http://www.mindlight.info/aab/dkfest.htm
Lucis Trust has a new 14-page introductory PDF booklet about the festivals
WESAK Fest is mentioned in the Bible
KJV - Rev. 7: 9-17 9 After this I saw a great multitude, which no man could count, from every nation, kindred, people, and tongue, standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and with palms in their hands. 10 They cried with a loud voice saying, "Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb." 11 All the angels who were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God. 12 They said, "Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom, and thanksgiving and honor, and power and might, to our God for ever and ever. Amen." 13 One of the elders spoke to me saying, "Who are those who are clothed in white robes? And where did they come from?" 14 I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the people who survived the great trial. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple. He that sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They will never hunger or thirst any more, nor will the sun or any heat beat down on them, 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and will lead them to the springs of the water of life. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
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 Centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men --
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the Centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and 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.
The Great Invocation is a world prayer, translated into over 50 languages & dialects. It is an instrument of power to aid the Plan of God find full expression on Earth. To use it is an act of service to humanity & the Christ -- the World Teacher. Many religions believe in a World Teacher, knowing him under such names as the Lord Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi, the Messiah, & the Kalki Avatar.
The Great Invocation used by the Christ for the first time in June 1945, was released by Him to humanity to enable man himself to invoke the energies which would change our world, and make possible the return of the Christ and Hierarchy. This is not the form of it used by the Christ. He uses an ancient formula, seven mystic phrases long, in an ancient sacerdotal tongue. It has been translated (by Hierarchy) into terms which we can use and understand, and, translated into many languages, is used today in every country in the world.
More reading Material:
THE WORLD SERVERS AND THE MAY FULL MOON
Excerpt from: Esoteric Psychology II by A.A.Bailey - Chapter III - Humanity Today
psyc2266.html - pages 684-701
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)
Transmission Meditation Groups
It is the creation, in co-operation with the Hierarchy of Masters, of a vortex or pool of higher energy for the benefit of humanity. There are more than 600 Transmission groups in 40 countries worldwide meeting on a regular basis. You may join an existing group in your area, or form your own group by simply inviting a few interested friends to meet with you at least once a week. All you need is the intention to do so and the desire to serve. There is never any fee to participate. http://www.transmissionmeditation.org
An excellent online catalogue and library documents the stages of return to the modern world of Maitreya & the Masters of Wisdom. An ongoing process for which some have been preparing humanity since 1875.
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.
The Alice Bailey books were published by Lucis Trust and can be purchased directly from them, or from fine bookstores everywhere: http://www.lucistrust.org
Lucis Trust has a ~new 14-page introductory PDF booklet about the 3 major full festivals