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The Rays and the Initiations
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*Fourteen Rules for Group Initiation: Preliminary Remarks. Introductory Statements. Rule One to Fourteen. The Rays and The Initiations: Introductory Remarks. The Aspirant and the Mysteries of Initiation: The entering of the Two Doors of Initiation. The Entering of the Ashram. Certain Hierarchical Changes. The Path to Sirius - The Ray Path - The Path of the Logos Himself - The Path of Absolute Sonship. Extract from A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. The Dual Life of the Initiatory Process. The Science of the Antahkarana. The Bridge as the Agent of Alignment. The Meaning of the Initiatory Process. The Aspirant and the Major Initiations: The Relation of the Seven Rays to the Initiations. The Rays and The Five Initiations Confronting Humanity. The Rays of Aspect and the Higher Initiations. The Seven and Nine Initiations of our Planetary Life. The Significance of the Initiations. Five Great Spiritual Events Today. Stanzas for Disciples. Index.

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*Alice A. Bailey, (1880-1949) From her conservative British background, Alice Bailey's life led her in many directions, but always in one direction--towards the time when through drastic personal experience of many kinds she had acquired a synthesis of outlook and understanding, and an absolute conviction that one divine life pervades and animates the one humanity; that the Plan for humanity requires the cooperation and service of trained and dedicated human beings intelligently informed about world affairs, in collaboration with those who form the spiritual Hierarchy, the inner government of the planet. Her life work became an integral part of this synthesis and this realization. Without in the least losing any of her very human qualities and involvement, her soul took up its commitment to her Master, and her personality provided full cooperation in the field of her accepted service. Basically her work developed as a duality--her discipleship service which included the establishment of an esoteric school; and her initially reluctant agreement to work with the Tibetan, Djwhal Khul, in the writing of a series of books presenting the next phase in the continuity of the Ageless Wisdom teaching for the present and the immediate future. An extract from the Tibetan teacher, written in 1934 briefly explains the intent of these teachings: "The books that I have written are sent out with no claim for their acceptance. They may, or may not, be correct, true and useful. It is for you to ascertain their truth by right practice and by the exercise of the intuition. Neither I nor A.A.B. is the least interested in having them acclaimed as inspired writing, or in having anyone speak of them (with bated breath) as being the work of one of the masters. If they present truth in such a way that it follows sequentially upon that already offered in the world teachings, if the information given raises the aspiration and the will-to-serve from the plane of the emotions to that of the mind (the plane whereon the Masters can be found) then they will have served their purpose. If the teaching conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of the worker in the world, and brings a flashing forth of the intuition, then let that teaching be accepted. But not otherwise. If the statements meet with eventual corroboration, or are deemed true under the test of the Law of Correspondences, then that is well and good. But should this not be so, let not the student accept what is said."

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