Vol. 17 No. 38 - Beloved Djwal Kul - September 22, 1974
4 The Challenge of the Mind
If you are in earnest in your determination to expand the aura, it is time that you challenge the carnal mind even as Jesus challenged the Pharisees who derided the Christ, saying: “Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” <1>
The carnal mind deviously employs the human intellect, the human emotions, and the human will to justify itself before mankind; and thereby it gains the esteem of the world. And thereby there is formed the personality that is popular with the people.
The carnal mind is the manipulator of the mass energies of the mass consciousness. Since the carnal mind is in control of the world, the flesh, and the devil, Jesus said to the children of light, “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye fail they may receive you into everlasting habitations.” <2> Thus the Lord showed the initiates of the sacred fire that there was a time to challenge the carnal mind and a time to be wise in the ways of the world.
I come to distinguish these precepts of the law of the Father and of the grace of the Son, that you might understand your place in society. For the fire which you bear is not of this world, yet the frame that you wear is of the “earth, earthy.” <3>
When to agree with the adversary and when to disagree with the adversary, then, is a matter that must be settled once and for all. For to antagonize the carnal mind is most dangerous to our cause. To poke the sleeping serpent with a stick is to invite trouble.
You must understand that in many among mankind, the innocence of the soul predominates over the pride and the ambition of the ego; for in many, the ego has not been awakened as a deleterious force. The carnal mind has not been aroused, and therefore it has not overtaken the Christ Child cradled within the heart.
These are the sheep of the Good Shepherd that are grazing upon the hillsides of the world waiting for the voice of the Son of God. Meek and mild are they, and without guile. They do not respond to the temptations of the tempter; for they are moved and impelled by the energies of the Holy Spirit, the momentum of the soul to move Godward.
Although their consciousness of God and Christ is the simple message of salvation in the Lord, yet they remain firm in their conviction of the promised one. The level of their awareness does not compel the search for the understanding of the complexities of the law.
We do not challenge their belief. We remand their souls to the cloudlike forcefields of the Holy Spirit, which seal them in the love of God until that age when they shall find themselves in another fold of the Creator’s consciousness, prepared to receive the strong meat of the Word. <4>
Take care, O chelas of the masters, as you walk among the flocks of the Good Shepherd, that you do not arouse the carnal mind that remains dormant in these blessed ones—whether by direct confrontation, by challenging their seemingly simplistic view of life, or by superimposing upon their hearts and minds grids and forcefields of God’s consciousness that will prematurely rend the veils of innocence, causing them much grief, unnecessary guilt, and even despondency.
With these, the precepts and the parables of the Christ will form a common meeting ground of heavenly love abiding on earth, sealing the bonds of brotherhood and allowing for the free expression of the faith of the Galilean Master. For freedom of religion is a tenet of the law and of the Lord that allows for agreement in disagreement, whereby the children of God agree to disagree in love, in respect, and in honor for the many rays of the Son consciousness that lead to the one path of the ineffable light.
To impose the teachings of the ascended masters upon those who are unprepared to receive them because the Christ is yet a babe and the carnal mind doth sleep can truly be an imposition whereby carnal energies are stirred and the child is overpowered by the strong meat when the milk of the Word would suffice. Take care, then, that you do not preempt the cycles of the Creator when dealing with the sheep of the many folds of God’s heart.
And realize that an encounter with anyone is always an exercise in the psychology of the Christ as well as in the psychology of the carnal mind. It is always an opportunity to balance these two factors of identity so as to produce the greatest soul advancement and the greatest blessing to all.
When you encounter those such as the covetous Pharisees, the hypocrites, and the children of this world, you find that the carnal mind is not only awakened, but that it has total command of the consciousness. And it is absolutely necessary to deal with that mind and its energies at its own level.
In this instance, it is mandatory that in the devotee the fire of the heart remain sealed in an ovoid, and that in all relationships with the earth-minded, the devotee allow that aspect of himself which equates with the form and the form consciousness of the “earth, earthy” to predominate. Thus the carnal-minded may entertain the spirits of the flaming ones without reacting or overreacting to the light that is encased within the form, and thus you can make your way in this world and make a mark for the Lord free of the encumbrances of the carnal mind.
It is not necessary to make those whose consciousness is dominated by the carnal mind uncomfortable in your presence by spouting platitudes and displaying holy virtue or condemning amorality. This is but to arouse the antagonism of the world; and to put it bluntly, it is no way to win friends and influence people for the light.
When there are so many souls receptive to the teaching and the inner fires of the heart, why bring upon the masters, our emissaries, and our organization a holocaust of controversy from those who are already committed to the way of the lesser self?
And so to agree with thine adversary quickly while thou art in the way with him <5>can also be a means of learning the mastery of time and space in the cycles of Mater. And you may learn the lesson of faithfulness in the responsibilities of the world whereby, working among the mammon of unrighteousness which is built in to the very structure of civilization itself, you may by and by learn the mastery of the coils of the Spirit and therefore have committed to your trust the true riches because you have been faithful in the “unrighteous mammon.”
There comes a time in the life of every disciple when the injunction “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you!” <6>must be obeyed. In that moment there is no substitute for the fierce rebuke of the Christ “Get thee behind me, Satan!” <7>
While the evolving soul consciousness is to be forgiven seventy times seven, <8>the serpentine mind that would override the innocence of the soul must be firmly put in its place and kept there. Above all, take care that you do not destroy “these little ones” <9>while you are destroying the carnal mind.
Now then, if you are still perplexed concerning what may seem to be a double standard of the presentation of the law and the promulgation of the prophecies of the prophets, I will let you ponder my words and juggle for a bit the ball-like precepts, variegated in hue, with which the fingers of the mind must become familiar if you are to advance in the higher studies of the human aura.
For you see, as you rise in the dimensions of the Christ consciousness, you will begin to realize that every teaching of the law and every parable of the Christ gains new meaning as you approach closer and closer to the center of the heart.
Let us take, then, as an example of this spiritual phenomenon the statement of the Lord “The law and the prophets were until John [meaning John the Baptist]; since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” <10> Do you see that this is exactly what I am talking about?
In a certain dimension of consciousness for a cycle of two thousand years, the law and the prophets as these are expressed in the Old Testament predominated as the rod of understanding—the lexicon of learning. But with the coming of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Christ, suddenly the kingdom of God—“behold, the kingdom of God is within you” <11>—is preached, and every man, not the privileged few, presses into this kingdom that is within.
I would also speak of the kingdom of God that is within you in reference to the heart chakra. For the kingdom of God that must come into manifestation in the planes of Mater begins with (1) the threefold flame within the hidden chamber of the heart, (2) the twelve petals, or frequencies, of God’s consciousness that blossom from the stem of the heart chakra, (3) the interlaced triangles that make up the six-pointed star, and (4) the name of God “I AM THAT I AM” written in the heart.
Specifically the soul’s awakening to the consciousness of the kingdom begins in the hidden chamber of the heart. I would speak of this chamber as the house of the Lord of which David spoke when he said, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” <12>
David knew his Lord as the hidden man of the heart dwelling in the hidden chamber of the heart. When David said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want,” <13>he spoke of his guru, his own Christ Self, upon whose law he meditated day and night.
Throughout all time, the sons and daughters of God who have come into the initiations of hierarchy have been received in sacred audience in the hidden chamber of the heart by the hidden man of the heart. To Hindus and Buddhists, this hidden chamber is the secondary heart chakra, an eight-petaled lotus that is identified within the twelve-petaled heart chakra.
It is the place where the chela contacts the guru. It is the place where the laws of cosmos are written in the inward parts of man, the laws handed down through the world’s religions—the precepts of the Vedas and Upanishads, the Avesta, the Tao Te Ching, the Dhammapada and Eightfold Path of the Buddha, the Torah and the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Koran.
For the law is inscribed upon the inner walls of the hidden chamber of the heart. Here the psalmist delighted in the law of the Lord. <14> Here he visualized, like his counterpart in the East, the sea of nectar, the island of gems, fragrant flowers, trees symbolizing the branches of spiritual teaching bearing the fruit of the Spirit. Here the Eastern devotee visualizes the platform and the throne constructed of fiery jewels.
Here on the throne ensconced in lotus flame is the guru, the Christ Self, who receives the soul of the initiate. Here the psalmist also walked. Here he became like the tree of life planted by the rivers of water bringing forth the fruit, the flow of the energies of the heart chakra, in season and in cycle. <15>
This chamber is the sanctuary of meditation, the place to which the souls of the lightbearers withdraw. And here in this chamber we shall pursue the Master Presence, that each disciple of the Christ might come to know him as he is. <16>
Thus God knoweth your hearts. And the pure in heart see God <17>within the chamber of the heart, whereas those who dwell in outer darkness, esteemed among men, are an abomination in his sight.
We shall continue our discourse to those who would become just stewards of the heart.
I am your initiator in the flame.
1. Luke 16:15.
2. Luke 16:9.
5. Matt. 5:25.
6. James 4:7.
[Taken from book version, The Human Aura]
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