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Though Their function 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 tird initiation one of these Kumaras transmits to the causal body of the initiate that energy which destroys third sub-plane 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 sub-plane force is similarly passed into the remaining atoms of the acusal vehicle, producing the final liberation.

The work done by the second Kumara with second sub-plane 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 find him-self. 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 ocult 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. Though Their function 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 sub-planes 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 sub-plane 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 sub-plane force is similarly passed into the remaining atoms of the acusal vehicle, producing the final liberation. The work done by the second Kumara with second sub-plane 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 find him-self. 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. Suffice it to say, in concluding this brief statement, that the making of an initiate is an affair with dual effect, for it involves ever a passing on some adept or initiate to a higher grade or to other work, and the coming in under the Law of some human being who is in the proves of attainment.

Therefore it is a thing of great moment, involving group activity, group loyalty, and united endeavour, and much may depend upon the wisdom of admitting a man to high office and to a place in the council chambers of Hierarchy.


  • The Department Heads
    The Manu
    The Bodhisattva
    The Mahachohan

As has been said these three Great Beings, represent the triplicity of all manifestation, and might be expressed under the following form, remembering that all this deals with subjectivity, and therefore with the evolution of consciousness and primarily with self-consciousness in man.

Consciousness

  • The Manu                         The Bodhisattva                           The Mahachohan
    Matter aspect                    Spirit aspect                                 Intelligence aspect
    Form                                 Life                                               Mind
    The Not-Self                     The Self                                       The relation between
    Body                                 Spirit                                             Soul

  • Or, in words strictly dealing with self-conscious realisation.
    Politics                      Religion                      Science
    Government              Beliefs                        Civilisation
    Races                        Faiths                          Education

All human beings to one or other of these three departments, and all are of equal importance, for Spirit and matter are one. All are so interdependent, being bit expressions of one life, that the endeavour to express the functions of the three departments in tabular form is liable to lead to error. The three Great Lords closely co-operate in the work, for that work is one, just as man, though a triplicity, is yet an individual unit. The human being is a form through which a spiritual life or entry is manifesting, and employing the intelligence under evolutionary law.

Therefore the Great Lords are closely connected with the initiations of a human unit. They are too occupied with greater affairs and with group activities to have any relationship with a man until he stands upon the probationary path. When he has, through his own effort, brought himself unto the path of Discipleship, the particular Master Who has him under supervision reports to the Head of one of the three departments (this being dependent upon a man's ray) that he is nearing the portal of Initiation and should be ready for the great step during such and such a life.

Each life, and later each year, report is made, until the final year upon the Path of Probation, when closer and more frequent reports are handed in. During this final year also, the applicant's name is submitted to the Lodge, and after his own Master has reported upon him, and his record has been briefly summarised, his name is balloted, and sponsors are arranged.

  • During the initiation ceremony the important factors are:-
    The Initiator
    The triangle of force formed by three adepts or three Kumaras
    The sponsors

In the case of the first two initiations, two Masters stand, one on each side of the applicant, within the triangle; at the third, fourth and fifth initiations, the Mahachohan and the Bodhisattva perform the function od sponsor; at the sixth and seventh initiations two Great Beings, Who must remain nameless, stand within the esoteric triangle. The work of the sponsors is to pass through  Their bodies the force of electrical energy emanating from the Rod of Initiation. This force, through radiation, circles around the triangle and is supplemented by the force of three guardians; it next passes through the centers of the sponsors, being transmitted by an act of will to the initiate.

Enough has been said elsewhere in these pages anent the Lodge of Masters and Their relation to the applicant for initiation, whilst the work of the initiate himself has been likewise touched upon. That work is not unknown to the children of men everywhere, but remains as yet an ideal and a far-off possibility. Yet when a man strives to reach that idea, to make it a demonstrating fact within himself, he will find that it becomes not only a possibility, but something attainable, provided he strives sufficiently.

The first initiation is within the reach of many, but the necessary one-pointedness and the firm belief in the reality ahead, coupled to a willingness to sacrifice all rather than turn back, are deterrents to the many. If these pages serve no other purpose than to spur some one to renewed believing effort, they will not have been written in vain.

 

Reference: Initiation Human and Solar: Alice A Bailey