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CAUSES PRODUCING WORLD GLAMOUR



Glamour 7

Pages 98-101


Man, now recognizes a far more difficult situation. The pairs of opposites upon the astral p lane confront him. He is now lost in the fogs and glamours of the astral plane. This is the plight of many well-meaning disciples currently. How can the world glamour be dissipated except by those who recognize it for what it is.

The masses in all lands are wrestling with the first pair of opposites, that upon the physical plane. When “resolution” has taken place, these masses will step on to the Path of Purification. This is rapidly taking place.

The stage of glamour is oft called the Arjuna Experience. Today the world Arjuna is facing the pairs of opposites, and when these pairs have been resolved into a unity, He treads the path of Discipleship. The average educated citizen in all lands is facing today the Arjuna experience and the pairs of opposites upon the astral plane. Hence the intense feeling abroad in the world: hence also the search for illumination, through education, through religion and through the many agencies of mental instruction with the consequent growth of knowledge, wisdom and right relationships. These people fall normally into two classes:

Those who are aware of the necessity for discrimination in thinking and in choice but who are not yet aware of the implications or of the indications.

Those who have emerged out of this condition and are becoming aware of their problem. They see the pairs of opposites and are entering upon the “recognition stage of Arjuna’s release.” They see the Form of God and the indwelling Reality within the form and are arriving at a decision to let the Warrior carry on the fight. When they stand up and fight, they will find themselves on the Path of Discipleship.

The resolution of these dualities takes place when the soul, the true spiritual man, no longer identifies itself with either of the opposites, but stands free upon this middle way.

There is the stage wherein the intelligent man, has to learn to distinguish between the truth and the truths, between knowledge and wisdom, between reality and illusion. When this stage has been passed through, it leads to the third initiation, wherein the personality (which is prone to glamour, maya, and illusion) stands free. It again experiences a sense of at-one-ment.


This is due to the development of the sense of the intuition.


Pages 103-107

In the first initiation, the disciple demonstrates that he has resolved the dualities of the physical plane and can rightly impose etheric energy (the higher of the two) upon physical energy.

In the second initiation the initiate demonstrates that he can choose between the pairs of opposites and proceed with decision upon the middle way.

In the third initiation the initiate can employ the intuition for the right perception of truth and in that initiation, he catches the first real glimpse of the Dweller on the Threshold and the Angel of the presence.

In the fourth initiation the initiate demonstrates his ability to produce complete at-one-ment between the higher and lower aspect of the soul in manifestation and sees the Dweller on the Threshold Merge into the Angel of the Presence. In the fifth Initiation, here words fail to express the truth. He sees the Dweller on the Threshold, the Angel and the presence merged into a divine synthesis.


CAUSES PRODUCING WORLD GLAMOUR

They fall into three groups:

Planetary causes

Causes initiated by humanity itself

Causes induced by any individual person which are, nevertheless, founded and based in the two above groups of conditioning factors.

Planetary Causes. Causes inherent in substance itself. The atoms have been inherited from a former solar system and are tinged with the results of that great creative manifestation. The effects constitute predisposing causes in this solar system.

The life or manifestation of the planetary Logos, the “one in Whom we live and move and have our being” is determined by His Own Nature. He is among the “imperfect Gods.” (Although to us, perfect)


CAUSES INITIATED BY HUMANITY ITSELF.

Page 108-112

In Lemurian times, the physically centered man who was on the verge of admission to the path was aware of 1. The physical duality wherein his consciousness was accustomed to function normally and of the conflict between the physical body pr se and the vital etheric body. 2. A dimly sensed higher consciousness which was distinguished by quality and sentiency. 3. A growing sense of self-identity which was the awakening soul, the master who was to lead him into the astral consciousness.


Today such is the magnitude of astral glamour that humanity as a whole, is wandering in the fogs and miasmas of the world of sentient consciousness. When I use the word “sentient” I do not refer to the sensory apparatus of the physical nervous system, but to the sentient awareness of the Self which is today so immersed in glamour that the mass of men are entirely IDENTIFIED with the world of feeling, of quality, of sentient interplay and of emotional reactions with their likes and dislikes, and their dominant self-pity. SELF-PITY is one of the major glamours of the advanced and sensitive man. It is the advanced people who contribute the most to the world glamour. The major glamour is the reaction of the aspirant to the truth, to reality when he first becomes aware of that which lies beyond the astral plane. He interprets all that he sees in terms of emotional understanding of a sentient fanaticism. He forgets that truth lies beyond the world of feeling altogether, unaffected by it and can only be sensed in its purity when feeling is transmuted. The 2nd major glamour is self-pity.


The world today is divided into three groups, all of whom are subject to certain phases of glamour.

1. Those who are Atlantean in their consciousness and are completely glamoured by:

a. That which is material and is desired.

b. That which they feel in all relationships.

c. That which they believe to be ideal, based on their reactions to the thinkers of the day, but which they themselves do not mentally understand.

d. That which they demand of beauty and of emotional comfort.

e. That which brings them spiritual comfort in the realm of religion and religious desire. Note the phrasing.

2. Those who are more Aryan in their consciousness. This means that the mind factor is awakening and thus constituting a difficulty and that the illusions of the mental plane are now added to the glamours of the astral plane. These illusions are theoretical and intellectual in nature.

3. Today we have aspirants at all stages of unfoldment and find the masses recapitulating the different steps upon the evolutionary way, with the lowest layer of the human race definitely Lemurian in their consciousness, even though few in numbers relatively speaking.

Illusion is rapidly growing as the mental power of the race develops, for illusion is the succumbing to the powerful thoughtforms which the thinkers of the time and of the immediately preceding age have formulated, and which at the time of their creation constituted the hope of the race. They embodied then the emerging ideas by means of which the race was intended to progress. These forms, when old become a menace to the expanding life. The realization of the problems of illusion lies centuries ahead when the race will have left glamour behind. have formulated. The time when humanity will be predominantly distinguished by the Aryan consciousness is not as far ahead as might be generally supposed. I speak NOT in terms of the Aryan race as it is generally understood today or in its Nordic implications.


Pages 114-116


CAUSES INITIATED BY THE INDIVIDUAL.

The vehicles through which the soul is seeking experience is subject to world glamours, and to the glamours of humanity as well as illusion. When the soul, in the EARLY stages of experience falls into the snare of Maya, of glamour and eventually of illusion, the reason is that the soul is identifying itself with those forms and therefore with the surrounding glamour. Thus, it fails to achieve identification with itself. Every soul which succeeds in releasing its consciousness from the world of illusion and of glamour is definitely serving the race and helping to free humanity from this potent thralldom.

But when a man is nearing the stage of consciousness when both the astral body and the mental body are active, HE HIMSELF BECOMES A MANUFACTURER OF GLAMOUR. He struggles with forces within himself and within the world in which he lives and the increasing potency of the inflowing soul energy (which comes in conflict with personality forces) gradually produces around him a field of glamour and an environment of illusion that brings this third category of glamour into full play. These forces are dependent upon a man’s lower nature of which he is becoming aware. The struggling soul sits down in the midst between the two opposing forces between the personality and the soul energy. He asks himself: Which is right? This or that? How can I distinguish where y duty or my responsibility lies? Why must I hurt that which I love and though which I have expressed myself for ages? How can I see God? Or else the Form of God?

The individual glamours of which the disciple becomes aware are consequently of 5 types of force. These when brought into activity simultaneously, produce those glamours which are strictly initiated and produced by the man himself.

They are:


1. The forces of his dense physical nature and of the vital body which latter, functioning through the dense physical nature, produce a condition of Maya or of UNCONTROLLED ENERGY.


2. The forces of the astral nature based upon desire and upon sentiency. Their potency is accentuating for the disciple is polarized in the majority of cases in his astral body and is, therefore, subject to the glamours produced by the interplay of the opposites, plus the condition of Maya, referred to above.



3. The forces of the lower mental nature. This is colored by past activity, as is the substance composing ALL the vehicles.


4. The personality ray then intensifies all these 3 aspects of expression. Then it emerges into one major glamour.


5. The soul ray is seeking to impose its will upon the personality.


To Learn more Please consult the Book 'Glamour, a World Problem By Alice Bailey


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