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Nature Spirits-How Did They Come About

Nature Spirits-How Did They Come About

The Nature Spirits are extensions of a Plane of Existence called the Angelic realm. The ancient writings of Theosophy suggest that although they live on a higher plane than the Physical Plane of Existence, these Nature Spirits (or Elementals) are at a low level of spiritual evolution. They have no will of their own and come under direction from a higher level. Nature Spirits-How did they come about

However, as the human consciousness is limited by the form of the human body and the physical world we live in, the Devas who may be at a lower level of spiritual evolution than their human counterparts, they are always conscious of their cosmic environment; they do not have the veils that humanity has placed over itself, through our identification, in Lemurian times, of material possessions.

Nature Spirits – How Did They Come About?

So, the Nature Spirits may work within the Physical Plane of Existence, they are always ‘aware’ of the Cosmos and the Cosmic Beings, something we humans have lost sight of. The Devas want to be a part of this cosmic consciousness and their evolution is directed to expansion and they want to become ever more conscious of everything that they are aware of – which is infinite.

In contract humans tend to want to ‘do’ things and as the Devic beings concentrate on creating, physical beings focus on developing. Of course, the Devas have instinctive knowledge, they are aware of the Cosmos and do not need to acquire the knowledge of the Cosmos, which is left to the floundering human. The Devas already have instinctive knowledge of the cosmic patterns and harmony and their interchange of thought is carried out by colour, light symbol and not words.

At the beginning of the ‘Earth Chain’s Manvantara’, the Devas were so far behind in evolution that they could not form physical bodies. They still do not have form, as we understand it in the Physical Plane of Existence. If they were visible, which they clearly are on the Astral Plane, they would look like ethereal vortices of cosmic consciousness. However, humans will generally make them into the shape they expect them to be, from movies and magazines – with big wings and human faces. So we tend to see them in a more or less human form, but in essence they are only vortices of energy and they certainly do not have wings.

Slowly over billions of years, Devas learnt from their various experiences. The Nature Spirits (Positive Negative Energy) did the lowly work on the Physical Plane of Existence but they also remembered and learnt from this experience. Eventually, as their knowledge grew they evolved into higher intelligences with different responsibilities, to eventually become the Archangels and Angels that we so revere.

The highest Level of Angels are called “The Gandharvas” – the Gods of Music.

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Meditation: A Spiritual Discipline

Meditation: A Spiritual Discipline

The following information is provided by the Lucis Trust.  The Lucis Trust is a nonprofit service organization incorporated in the United States in 1922 by Alice Bailey and her husband Foster Bailey, to act as a trust for the publishing of twenty-four books of esoteric philosophy publised under Alice Bailey’s name, and to fund and administer activities concerned with the establishment of “right human relations”. These include the Arcane School, a school for esoteric training, World Goodwill, Trianglesa lending library, The Beacon magazineas well as the publishing company.

MEDITATION: A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE

Since the word “spiritual” applies virtually to the whole of life, it describes anything that leads to greater vision, understanding, and integration with the various forms life takes. Spirituality involves an ever-widening sphere of influence and responsibility.

The key word in spiritual development is discipline. A life that is self-disciplined mentally, emotionally and physically, can be depended upon by the soul. The initial occasional contacts between soul and personality, fostered by meditation, can be increased both in duration and intensity as the disciplined personality offers a ready channel for the soul to use. The careful, non-fanatical discipline of the self-centered personality vehicles-or states of awareness-establishes a working relationship between the personality and the soul, bringing the personality life into alignment with soul intention.

The discipline of daily meditation as a means of contacting the soul and of developing soul consciousness and soul fusion, is a major means of spiritualising life on this planet and helping to externalise the Kingdom of God.

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What is Meditation? Why is it a Science

What is Meditation? Why is it a Science

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Webster’s dictionary defines the term “to meditate” as “to engage in contemplation or reflection.” This is an accurate description of one effective form modern meditation can take. It goes beyond the mystical method of seeking the ecstasy of union with the divine or with God for its own sake. It transcends the goal of many modern types of meditation which emphasise “peace of mind” by detaching the mind from all its normal functions, often inducing a sense of mental paralysis rather than peace. The mind is thus incapable of registration, interpretation and application.

These three words probably supply the most accurate definition of creative meditation- -registration, interpretation, application. They imply mental activity, involving cause and effect, contact with a source of inspiration, and the consequent ability to use and apply the fruits of meditation.

There is a way, which can be learned and practiced by which the consciousness can be focussed aligned and turned towards the first source of spiritual inspiration–the soul This starts with mental activity; not only that of the lower mind, the analysing, directing faculty, but also the ability to bring the lower mind, through conscious direction into alignment with the higher mind and soul. A thought or “seed idea” contemplated in the light of the soul produces new thoughts, mental illumination, which the lower mind interprets and applies.

Because meditation is concerned with mental receptivity, it is essentially a means of channelling energy. Scientists today tend to agree that ”all is energy”–a basic occult aphorism. The life force that holds all manifestation in being, is energy; consciousness is response to the energy infusing human hearts and minds. Clearly directed thought in meditation, with the mind held steady in the light of the soul, is a scientific means of contacting those major aspects of the life force we call light and love and power, giving them right interpretation, and directing them, in the form of ideas and planning, into specific activity.

Meditation is a scientific technique which can be relied upon to produce results if followed through with care and precision. While the techniques of meditation can be learned, the way the techniques are applied varies for each one. Each must find that way for himself, for it is in experimentation that we gain experience in the right use of the mind, bring the consciousness into alignment with soul energy, and learn how to give right expression in meditation to the abundant spiritual resources available in service.

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Lucifer Angel or Devil

Lucifer Angel or Devil

Question: Lucifer Angel or Devil.  Why Lucifer the only angel whose name does not end in –el?

Lucifer: What’s in a Name

An article by: By John Algeo, National President – The Theosophical Society of America

Answer: The name Lucifer Angel or Devil. Most of the angelic names are from Hebrew. The element -el in Hebrew means “God” and is widely used in names, both angelic and human: Gabriel “God is my warrior, ” Immanuel “God is with us,” Joel  “Yah(weh) is God,” Michael, “Who is like God?” Raphael “God has healed, ”Uriel “Light of God,” and so on. Because the angels were especially near to God, their Hebrew names often include the element -el. But Lucifer is a Latin name meaning literally “light bringer” or “light bearer” (lux, luci– “light” and-fer “bear” or “carry,” as also in Christopher “He who carries Christ,” the saint of that name often being depicted in religious paintings as carrying an infant Jesus on his shoulder).

Lucifer Angel or Devil

How Lucifer got to be used as a name for a devil is a complicated story. In the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (chapter 14), there is a passage talking about the King of Babylon, who was not a favorite of Isaiah’s. Verse 12 of that chapter runs (in the oldest known version of the Bible): “How you are fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! How you have been cut down to the ground-you who laid low the nation” (Dead Sea Scrolls Bible 292).

The King of Babylon had apparently been given (or perhaps himself assumed) the title “Day-Star,” which is a name for the planet Venus, the first planet or star seen in the morning just before the sun rises, hence the King was also called “son of the morning.” The identification of important monarchs with heavenly bodies has always been common, as for example King Louis XIV of France was called the “Sun King.” Now, the word Lucifer “light bearer” was the Latin term for the “day-star” or Morning Star because it brought in (or bore) the light of the day.

So when the Hebrew scriptures were translated into Latin, the word lucifer was used in this verse, rendered into Latin as Quomodo cecidistide cælo, lucifer, qui mane oriebaris? That is literally, “How have you fallen from heaven, light bearer, who are born in the morning?” The reference to falling from heaven was doubtless Isaiah’s way of putting the Babylonian king in his place by sarcastically observing in effect: “OK, you call yourself the Day Star of Heaven, you who think you’re so high and mighty, but look at you now–you, the so-called Day Star, have fallen from your place in the heavens and have yourself been cut down to the ground.”

However, the early Christian interpreters misunderstood the expression “fallen from heaven” and, instead of recognizing it as a figure of speech playing on the destruction of the wicked King of Babylon, who called himself the Day Star, they thought it was a literal statement about a fall from heaven and identified the event with the legendary fall of Satan. So they thought that the term “Day Star,” or “Lucifer” in Latin, referred to Satan. And thus a term for the planet Venus became one of the names of a devil. It was a mistake caused by misunderstanding figurative language as a literal statement, a common problem among fundamentalists.

The story does not end there, however, at least not for Theosophists. When Helena Blavatsky moved to London in 1887, she decided to start a new magazine, and she chose to name it Lucifer, against the advice of some of her friends. The choice of that name was surely due, at least in part, to Blavatsky’s wicked sense of humor. She knew very well that the literal-minded and unimaginative other day would associate the name with the devil. She was saying in effect: Very well, you think I’m a devil well, here’s another little tidbit for you to chew on. That is, she used the name to tweak the noses of the literalists.

The very first article in the first issue of the magazine was “What’s in a Name?” and was by Blavatsky herself. In it she explained what the name really means and how it came to be misunderstood and misapplied. She also explained why it was the right name for her magazine, which was intended (as St. Paul says in 1 Cor. 4.5) to bring “to light the hidden things of darkness.” She wrote that the purpose of her new magazine was “to fight prejudice, hypocrisy and shams in every nation, in every class of Society, as in every department of life.” To top it off, the illustration on the cover of the magazine depicted a brilliant youth holding aloft a blazing star that he is bringing to earth.

Blavatsky furthermore pointed out that in the Book of Revelation, Christ referred to himself as “the bright and morning star,” that is, Lucifer. And the Gospel of St. John (1.4) says, “In him . . . was the light of men.” Blavatsky identified Christ with Prometheus, who brought fire and thus light to humanity and who was thus etymologically a Lucifer or Light-bearer. Christ, Prometheus,and Lucifer were all symbolic bringers of light to the world and consequently savior figures.

Blavatsky certainly did not believe in the existence of any literal devil, under whatever name. And she doubtless thought that ideas about the devil were a mixture of legends and misunderstandings of metaphorical and symbolic language, of which the name Lucifer is a prime example. For that reason also, it was a good name for her magazine.

The answer to the question we started with, then, is that Lucifer was not originally an angel at all (good or bad), but the planet Venus as the morningstar. The morning star or light bringer Lucifer was associated with Christ and Prometheus as mythic figures who brought light to humanity.

This paragraph was the introduction to this article:

Questions on many subjects come across the desk of the National President of theTheosophical Society in America. Indeed, every question that no one else at the national center knows how to respond to sooner or later finds its way to my in-box. Of course, some of them, I don’t know how to respond to either, but many questions that are puzzling at first will give way to answers with a bit of poking and persistence. An example is the following.

Originally printed in the SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2001 issue of Quest magazine.
Citation: Algeo, John. “Viewpoint: Lucifer: What’s in a Name.” Quest  89.5 ( September-October 2001): 162-163.

By John Algeo, National President

The Theosophical Society of America

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