The Sixth Ray of Devotion
This Council is unique in its relation to Christianity, Guru Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and the Astral Plane.
Bhakti is a Sanskrit word that means devotion, and Yoga means union. Thus, a union with the primordial consciousness ("God") is sought through devotion.
The Astral Plane is the sixth plane, and this Council synchronizes with the sixth sub-plane of all the seven planes.
Council number 6 is governed by the sixth ray of Devotion and Abstract Idealism.
This ray displays a pink color as it descends through the causal aura onto the crown of the head in those who incarnate under its influence.
Among individuals, this is a very common ray. It gives rise to the devotee and the person who finds their emotions and feelings to be of paramount importance.
The special qualities of the sixth ray include transcendent idealism, intense devotion, and self-sacrificial ardor. In general, these are very nice people, but when aroused into an argumentative mood, they resort to that terrifying quality: The Berserk!
Please refer to Jesus and the Money-changers in the Temple:
Many missionaries, lawyers, public servants, sociologists, blue collar workers, farmers and business people are influenced by this ray.
The leader of the 6th Council is said to be the Master Sananda who is best known for his life as Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus is believed to have been a high priest in the order of Melchizedek and was overshadowed during His life by Lord Maitreya.
According to Alice A. Bailey, the Master Jesus was previously incarnated as Joshua the Hebrew military leader in the 13th century BC, and Joshua the High Priest in the 6th century BC.
Theosophists and those adherent to the Ascended Master Teachings alike believe that the Master Jesus underwent the fourth level of initiation (the crucifixion) at his death in Jerusalem. According to Alice A. Bailey, most people undergoing the fourth initiation experience the crucifixion as a symbolic event, but for Jesus it was literal.
Some authors, such as C.W. Leadbeater and Alice A. Bailey, have written that Jesus lived as (<).Apollonius of Tyana after his incarnation as Jesus of Nazareth. It is believed that he attained the fifth level of initiation (the resurrection) when he became an Ascended Master at the end of his life as Apollonius.
6.1 Mahachohan . . . The Supreme Guru
This is the seventh Transhimalayan Initiation, correlating to the Adi plane and the Ain Soph Aur of The Tree of Life.
As the leader of the 3rd Council, we previously found The Mahachohan, The Lord of Civilization.
Here we are examining the process that is known as the Mahachohan initiation.
The former (at Council 3) is an "Officer" position, the present subject (6.1) is a "Level of Consciousness" - one that has been attained only by a small handful of human beings.
The esoteric literature from a century ago said that The Mahachohan was a Venusian (see portrait above). Then we heard that he had been replaced by the human being, the Count of Saint Germaine. Some schools of thought name other people as holding the Chohan and Mahachohan positions.
Setting aside all these political ambitions and attributions, we choose to simply designate this Level of Consciousness as being reserved for The Supreme Guru in the hierarchy of the Gurus of Devotion.
6.2 .Chohan. . . Ray Lord
This is the sixth Transhimalayan Initiation, correlating to Kether of The Tree of Life.
The western Great White Brotherhood has been known to call this grade Ipsissimus.
There are seven Chohans, or Ray Lords. Each Chohan is responsible for transmitting one of the seven rays.
Of course, these are simply the seven known ray lords. There are a few additional Chohans (perhaps many.), who are unproclaimed and unknown to the public or even to the general body of initiates.
The Chohan has access to extra-planetary levels of consciousness; that is to say, his awareness is capable of expanding beyond the Earth's ring-pass-not. Actually, he always had this access, but at this level he becomes fully aware of it.
To thine own Ray be true!
6.3 .Sat Guru. . . "True" Guru
Metaphorically, a Sat Guru is a teacher of gurus - A "teacher of teachers."
He has reached a state of "Being" without conditions, questions or answers.
Theoretically, there are seven Sat Gurus under each Chohan. Thus, 7 x 7 = 49 Sat Gurus. But this is merely a potential number - an indication of the varieties available.
Realistically, the number is probably much less, but the number is also inconsequential. A devotee is attached to only one "master."
The Sat Guru is one who can reveal the form of the Formless.
He teaches the simple way of attaining his state, through directness that includes neither rites nor ceremonies.
He does not make you close the doors (for secret meetings), nor hold the breath (in pranayama), nor renounce the world.
He makes you perceive the Supreme Spirit wherever the mind attaches itself.
He teaches you to be still in the midst of all your activities.
Ever immersed in bliss, having no fear in his mind, he keeps the spirit of union in the midst of all enjoyments.
The Sat Guru is the real Sadhu.
A Sadhu is a practitioner of yoga who has given up pursuit of the first three Hindu goals of life: kama (enjoyment), artha (practical objectives) and even dharma (duty). The Sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving liberation through meditation.
Sadhus are considered to be dead unto themselves and are legally deceased in the country of India. They may be required ritually to attend their own funeral before entering the Path.
6.4 Guru. . . Light and Dark
The Master of Samadhi or "primordial consciousness."
A teacher of devoted students. The Head of an Ashram.
Remember that an Ashram is really not a place (although this is the common usage), but rather it is the field of energetic influence of a Guru.
Technically speaking, there are 7 Gurus under each Sat Guru. Thus, 49 Sat Gurus x 7 = 343 Gurus.
The actual numbers are closer to 7 Chohans and 49 Gurus (some of whom may be Sat Gurus).
The usage of numbers in this matter is theoretical, for there are thousands of teachers who use the title Guru. Guess what? Many of them are either outright phonies or disillusioned.
Guru Yoga is a form of Bhakti Yoga, wherein the devotee assigns his consciousness to the devotion of his or her Guru ("Master" or "Teacher").
The Guru may be the practitioner's actual contemporary teacher or may be an historical master of the spiritual art. Some western students choose to be devoted to a (so-called) "ascended master" like Saint Germaine or the master Morya.
In some applications, the devotee creates a mental image of the Guru (through Dharana or "concentration") and places it in a special compartment that is located within his or her own heart chakra.
Constant devotion to this image is intended to bring about a state of Dhyana (meditation) or "oneness" with the Guru, thus transmitting the consciousness of the teacher to the practitioner by overshadowing or union.
Guru does not really mean "teacher." That is just the common translation.
Guru means "light and dark."
6.5 Dhyana . . . Meditation
The Advanced Yogi.
Dhyana is "meditation" or "fusion of object and subject."
Success in Meditation is accompanied by light, sound and ego-loss.
This is the Manas (mind) component of Kama-Manas.
A one-pointed mental focus is required. In the case of guru-yoga, the Guru is the focal point.
Dhyana is actually a "result." It is attained by losing awareness of one's self (ego) and becoming the object of one's concentration.
This "ego loss" is usually accompanied by a clicking or popping sound and a flash of light. These are audio-visual representations of the "ego bubble" collapsing.
There are no practical techniques for inducing dhyana except for the continual performance of dharana (concentration).
Most expounders of yoga state that dhyana is not describable (as it is beyond time and space and all that).
They then proceed to fill up several pages of description.
6.6 Yogi . . . The Adherent
The Intermediate Practitioner.
Performing pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (introspection and sublimation), and dharana (mental concentration).
Yoga means "union," which implies union with primordial consciousness.
This is the Kama (desire) level of Kama-Manas.
There are many forms of yoga: Raja yoga, Hatha yoga, Bhakti yoga, Jnana yoga, Karma yoga, Kriya yoga, Agni yoga, Guru yoga, Kundalini yoga, Tantra yoga, and Mantra yoga.
When Siddhis (magical powers) become available, the yogi is warned not to utilize them.
6.7 The Devotee . . . Discipleship
The Beginning Practitioner.
Practicing asana (posture control) and yama/niyama (restraint and virtue).
The early stages of devotion to a guru, or at least to an ashram.
An individual can be devoted to one of many things: A church, a teacher, a concept, a school of thought, a philosophy, a god, a prophet, a particular mode of expression, etc.
Bhakti is a Sanskrit word that means devotion. For Hindus, this word is used to signify devotion to a deity or an aspect of God.
Bhakti yoga is described in the Bhagavad Gita, where it is depicted as the supreme form of divine expression for which all other practices should be discarded.
The word Bhakti comes from the root Bhaj, which means "to be attached to God." There is neither selfish expectation nor fear involved.
The devotee simply feels, believes, and directly experiences his deity to be an Ocean of Love.
There is no bargaining or expectation of any rewards. The result is indescribable. It simply and sincerely must be experienced by the devotee.
Unconditional Love is the basis of devotion.
The sixth ray oversees Guru Yoga
the ashrams of devotional worship
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