The Gayatri is an ancient and simple prayer, claimed by some to be the first prayer. Here is a recent slight modification of that mantram, which I use in my daily meditaion:
"Oh Thou Who gives sustencance to the Universe,
From Whom all things proceed,
To Whom all things return,
Unveil to us the Heart of the true Spiritual Sun,
Hidden by our ignorance and blindness,
That we may know the truth and do our Whole duty,
As we journey to Thy sacred heart."
Below is a link to SOHO with its contest winner on images of the sun.
"If one were to expound the condition and aims of Yoga, the number of applicants would not be great. For them the renunciation of selfhood would be dreadful. When a Yogi feels the same during want or plenty; when he feels himself only a disposer of means; when he feels his destination in bringing service to the world and his holiday in communion with the Higher Forces-such a way of life, with the assumption of all the burdens of surrounding imperfections, will not be pleasant to many. Many are altogether incapable of thinking about the future, lulling themselves with the misunderstood letters of the Scriptures. We must not think too much of the earthly, yet it is not said anywhere that we should not think of the future. The thought of the future is already like gates to the Infinite. Thus, think of the future, and you may be sure that this thought will be supported by Hierarchy." Hierarchy, 451.To understand the concept of "Pilgrim of the Heart", one must become open to the essential meaning of "yoga", as there is much confusion and materialistic distortion. Simply put, "yoga" is "from Sanskrit: a yoking, union...". Even this original meaning requires exploring the word "yoke" to deepen one's understanding. Among the definitions of "yoke" the Seeker finds this: "to put a yoke on; join or couple by means of a yoke."
Moreover, if "yoga" is union, the question must be addressed: To what does one seek union or "yoking"? In arriving at the answer lies one's true orientation: materialistic or spiritual.From the standpoint of Hearts Incorporated, that union can be with the Universal Heart of Humanity. Why this union through right yoga may have significance for those of spiritual aspiration, I offer another "image and likeness of God" in which Humanity is created.If we are made in that image, yet we see no anthropomorphic God (see Hubble space telescope images elsewhere on this webpage) and the human physical body degenerates after only a few years - whereas God is inifinite - just what aspects of God might humans be endowed with - aspects that constitute a "likeness" to God, enabling an "image"?The most intangible aspects of our human constitution are these: 1. Will; 2. Love; 3. Mind *I offer that these essential, non-material aspects of being human may constitute the true "image and likeness" in which we are made. These are the "everlasting" and "infinite" qualities in us that are "fractal-like elements" of the Will, Love and Mind of God. Put another way, after the body ceases to exist, Will, Love and Mind persist precisely because they are fractal elements of God.** Most significantly for us, it is these aspects of the "image and likeness of God" that constitute our true "entanglement" and quality of "non-locality" whose lower correspondences are "entanglement" and "non-locality" of physical quantum science. We are "entangled" and partake in "non-locality" through the Mind, Heart and Will comprising the fractal-type elements of God in each of us. It remains for us to undertake the development - the "evolution" - of those infinite and divine aspects within us individually at first, then collectively at some point of our choosing. It is offered that the more humanity develops these aspects of Will, Love and Mind collectively, the more these aspects can be known and realized - made real. It is in consideration of these elements within ourselves as "infinite" fractal-like aspects of God that we can begin to discern and hope for a practical , even simple universal approach to and relationship with God, transcending ALL (r)eligions without discarding any of them. Each (r)eligion becomes simply a means or instrument through which adherents come to union with that essential universal triplicity of infinite elements. The goal and result for all (r)eligions - when properly and non-materialisticly pursued - is the same. It is just that the paths are many. Put in terms of the Ageless Wisdom, "All paths meet at the centre." If, as according to major traditions, God is Love, then perhaps - just perhaps - it may be through the Universal Heart of Humanity that we and the Planet can come to a greater realization of this divine/infinite quality through striving for union with, through and in our collective "image and likeness of God."I close with thoughts that are hopeful....for all of us and the Planet:"The responsibility of the kindled heart is great. It transmits rhythms and currents along the line of Hierarchy....this should be understood as a basis of Existence" Fiery World I, para. 82The meditation here is offered as one small effort to "make practical" these spiritual concepts. * We must consider the Mind as separate from the brain, just as we must consider the quality of love as distinct from the physical heart, although we feel love in the heart region and we "think" in the brain region. Personal will is a little more nebulous, but essentially it can be considered as our purpose and plan in life to which we give our energies to accomplish.** These three aspects are candidates for the concept of the Trinity or the 3-in-1 concept of God: the 3 persons of the Trinity in some religious traditions. Further, these 3 aspects go toward the constitution of the soul.
Simply put, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Prov 29:18.
A simple experiment in Meditative Communion is here. There are many, many "favorite" quotes of mine from the book Heart, as perusal of www.heartsincorporated.org will reveal. So it is a challenge to choose one for this particular topic and link. Yet when trying to help us see and realize - that is, "to make real" - the concept of a Universal Heart of Humanity, some vision must be offered. The following quote from Heart may make a small step to help readers gain a vision of our collective heart and its potential to renew the Earth.
"Rather than regard the heart as personal property, it is preferable to convince oneself that the heart is not entirely one's own organ but has been granted one for attainment of the highest communion. Perhaps if people began to think of the heart as something on loan from Above they would handle it with greater care.
"A certain hermit emerged from his solitude with a message, saying to everyone he met, 'You have a heart." When he was asked why he did not talk about mercy, patience, devotion, love, and all the beneficial foundations of life, he replied, 'Just so long as we don't forget the heart, the rest will come.' Indeed, how can we turn to love if there is nowhere for it to dwell? Or where will patience lodge if its dwelling is closed? So to avoid torturing oneself by seeking virtues that find no application, one has to build a garden for them, a garden that will open up thanks to an understanding of the heart. Let us stand firm on the foundation of the heart, and let us understand that without the heart we are no more than discarded husks." Heart, 389.
Crises give us the opportunity, through "choosing wisely", to find communion with the Universal Heart. It is that simple. Choosing wisely in a crisis - sometimes defined as "dangerous opportunity" - brings us into rapport with the energies of the Universal Heart. This closeness is to a greater or lesser degree, depending upon the nature or severity of the crisis. Nevertheless, continuous "right choice" through manysmall crises create a "pattern of approach" to the Universal Heart. The significance here is this: put in the scales of time, where do most of our choices during small crises rest? The scales will fall toward right or wrong choice over time, thus revealing increasingly the Universal Heart and its energies. Small "wise" choices provide the training for significant crises that do occur in most lives. Correctly handled by virtue of "rehearsals" in the small choices, these crises lead to at-one-ment with the Universal Heart. Here is one person's understanding of heart energies. It was written by Ansel Adams in 1937. Follow this link for a story about the letter."June 19, 1937
"A strange thing happened to me today. I saw a big thundercloud move down over Half Dome, and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me; things that related to those who are loved and those who are real friends.
"For the first time I know what love is; what friends are; and what art should be.
"Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things. Children are not only of flesh and blood — children may be ideas, thoughts, emotions. The person of the one who is loved is a form composed of a myriad mirrors reflecting and illuminating the powers and thoughts and the emotions that are within you, and flashing another kind of light from within. No words or deeds may encompass it.
"Friendship is another form of love — more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptance of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality.
"Art is both love and friendship, and understanding; the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of Things, it is more than kindness which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these.
"I wish the thundercloud had moved up over Tahoe and let loose on you; I could wish you nothing finer.
"After our daily labors, let us gather in conversation about the heart. It will lead us through the earthly domains to the Subtle World and thereby bring us closer to the realm of Fire." Heart, IntroThrough the sincere effort to become a "pilgrim of the heart," we come to know our soul - to contact it and be guided by it. Prior to that, the major "communion" we have with the soul is through the "still small voice" of conscience. There may also be momentary, usually unexpected, contact wherein a meaningful fleeting experience of beauty, harmony, inspired thought, etc. impresses our consciousness. However, we are all too free, like Pinocchio, to ignore these small wisperings in our heart. In today's hectic pace of life, it seems all the more challenging to hear that voice deep within. Yet, through simple and sincere practice, we can become more sensitive to our soul. (Try to regard the soul as a real entity, capable - even willing - to commune with us.) The soul responds to the quality of rhythm set up by the personality - a rhythm of endeavor at contact. Right meditation, regularly practiced, is the prime attractive rhythm for the soul. By right meditation, I mean aspirational meditation for non-materialistic purpose and intent. Ponder on that phrase. This is so simply because the soul is not interested in us individually as long as we are selfish and separative. The soul is one with all souls and does not foster separative attitudes and selfishness in the personality. It only becomes truly interested in the personality when that personality strives with sincerity, tension and rhythm to serve - not the personality but serve others, thus demonstrating waning selfishness and separativeness. Prior to becoming oriented toward selflessness, all the effort of the soul is to aid the personality in becoming reoriented to that ideal. It has been said that true service is the "spontaneous effect of soul contact." Soul contact, by the way, is the true communion - the true yoga or union. Before we can know on higher levels, we become "at-one" with the soul. Put another way: in true communion/yoga, we become "yoked" to the soul in our daily waking. The goal is easily and simply defined. The process, however, involves right aspiration, intent and rhythm of regular effort.Union/communion with the soul is a process, not a static state or achievment. Therefore, we can begin making simple steps, both to commence the journey and to "try out" the heart approach to the soul. Meditation with selfless intent is one important - probably the most important - step. We begin to be "pilgrims of the heart."There is another practice to supplement meditation, or perhaps to use prior to starting a life of meditation. And it is to this second practice that the above quote from Heart applies, at least to a certain degree. Prior to going to sleep, take a few moments to genuinely pose a selfless question to your soul. An example might be: How can I be of greater service to others? To my community? To humanity? As service is another fundamental quality of the soul, this is a vitally significant question to pose. (A later post on "What the Buddha Knew" will elaborate on service.) The best practice is to let the question be the thought held in your mind as you go to sleep. Then in the morning, briefly take a quiet moment to assume an attitude of receptivity to the answer. A simple attitude of assuming "as if" you are open to the answer. Because the soul is most responsive to rhythm, it is the regularity of this effort that should prove effective of results.
"It must be understood that the process toward perfection [of the heart] lies at the basis of evolution. It summons one to simplification and to direct communion with higher worlds. It can be seen how pranayama [breathing exercises] and other artificial methods of various yogas [hatha, tantra, e.g.] can be replaced by a simple, fiery heart. Certainly this simplicity is relative [to mindfulness of aspiration]. The flaming fiery path leads to it. Yet it brings into life precisely that which was rejected as abstraction and fiction [rejected through materialism]. I consider that each striving to knowledge should be speedily brought to fulfillment. People ask why We do not compel the striving toward evolution. But even a plain nurse tells a child, "Be like a grown-up, find by yourself!'" Hierarchy, para. 297 This is a lovely quote, yet practical. It contains much in its simplicity. For example, Religion is a basic impulse of humanity, as Lisa Miller is demonstrating. Religious organizations - (r)eligion - is the materialization of that impulse, which - mostly unintentionally -directs that impulse away from its origin. On this point, we have an indirect hint through the phrase "direct communion" about the failure of (r)eligion to "K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid", to borrow a term from the business world. Elsewhere on this blog are quotes about the heart and the place it plays in the individual life, as a means for contact and communion. And through the "simplicity of the soul" (also explored elsewhere on these pages), anyone can bring oneself into alignment with - and eventual communion with - higher levels of consciousness and spirituality. Through alignment, we approach the Universal Mind and Heart, wherein true "yoga" - linking with - occurs. Such alignment in simple ways produces increasing synchronicity of the individual consciousness with the quality of higher levels of consciousness, the dimensions wherein the Universal Heart is known and experienced. An example of the "complexification" by (r)eligion of the essential but ubiquitous spiritual impulse (i.e. Religion) is the concept of "heaven." Heaven, Nirvana, Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Soul, Samadhi, even "salvation" - all these are efforts to define a "state of consciousness" that is within the reach of every human when the mind is rightly oriented, disciplined and used as the instrument of contact. Yet these concepts have been increasingly distorted through the materialism of (r)eligion. (Materialistic religion can only define "heaven" in materialistic terms.) The mind can be used - must be used - to "vibrate" in sync with those dimensions. If any mind does not so vibrate, then those dimensions are, essentially and quite naturally, non-existent. We cannot know any territory that we do not explore. Because we each possess a mind, we do not need any externalities of religion, per se, to achieve - although (r)eligion can be an instrument for expression of personal heart-knowing through a service of bringing what we have learned from "the far land" back to those who have not traveled thereto. Herein is the salient point: we can serve - should so serve - in the community of lives with which we are entangled, even when that community is (r)eligion. It results in spiritual manifestation of the phrase: "Think Globally [in the Universal Heart] and act [by distributing that Heart energy] locally". In a seeming paradox, it is when the mind is linked with the heart that simplicity commences and "direct communion" can occur. The resolution of this seeming paradox of communion is addressed in the simple aphorisms: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he", because, simply, "energy follows thought."
Elsewhere in this website, I make a dedication to the millennial generation. It is to this generation and those immediately following.that so much responsibility falls - but also much opportunity. This is tied intimately to discovering - or perhaps rediscovering - their natural spiritual tendency. I ponder their dilemma daily, because the future of the world is so tied to their response to life. They are frequently - and increasingly - members of the "none" generation, in terms of religiosity. This is actually a good thing as it opens the door to the (re)discovery of their innate childhood spirituality. Yet the world is in such a state of chaos and "busy-ness" that one can quite fairly inquire, "How is there time and opportunity to discover one's spirituality?" This is the essence of my thought for a while now.
The key lays, it seems to me, in the massed appreciation by these generations of the spirituality of daily labor. It is through a conscious endeavor of linking in thought one's daily labors to the Hearts of many others that spiritual regeneration of the Planet and Human relations will occur. It is not the great conscious labor of the heart of a few, but the massed achievement and labor of the heart of many that creates the receptivity of the Mundane world of our daily existence to the "Supermundane" world of regenerating energies. Through a deeper appreciation of the heart as the link to the Planetary Heart by many comes the synchrony and synthesis of human aspirations for the Common Good. This is labor of and through the heart. Essentially, it is the Will-to-Brotherhood of Humanity - the core quality of unified hearts.
"When any step of ascent is achieved in earthly life, without departing from one's daily routine, it can be called the highest test. True, it is difficult to hold one's torch high amidst crude vibrations, malice, and ignorance, but then the greater is the achievement. By maintaining a constant striving toward the Higher Worlds without turning away from daily life, that containment will be found which people call synthesis. But how rarely does one find in life the toilers who have dedicated themselves to the service of the Higher World!
"People sometimes talk about the Common Good, yet this goal will only be possible through the embracing of the Higher World. Only then will the process of perfectment become a wise one, and unite all quests of humanity. The varied paths of all pilgrims will then be accepted and understood. They all walk the one path, and only their words differ.
"The Thinker said to the disciples, 'Embrace all, understand, and love.'" Supermundane IV, 722.
"Communion, like fragrance, spreads far. If it is beautiful, the quality of broad dispersion is a blessed one. Let space be saturated with the best thoughts; many of them will join harmonious radiations. Though not all can absorb the full expression of thoughts, yet the beneficent substance formed by them will be a healing one. One should offer gratitude to the unknown Senders, who impregnate space with beneficial substance. Thoughts manifested in lofty communion are as a spring in the midst of a desert. Pursuing the direction of such springs one may find the Brotherhood." Brotherhood, para. 556 In the Christian "dispensation of spiritual teaching", the Last Supper communion feast is another "elegant" teaching because of its simplicity. Sincerely participated in, it requires and results in a "communion" of thinking along spiritual lines, even if momentarily. That is its essence, pure and simple. It is not so much that the bread and wine are in actuality the body and blood of the Christ. It is the resulting focus upon a "communion" that is of importance and value. Even the struggle to understand and "believe" that it is actually the body and blood stimulates the mind along spiritual lines. "How can this be?" pondered upon stretches the mind in an upward "arc of consciousness." The result is masses of people down through the years stretching their thinking in ways that otherwise, left to their own demises, might fail to do. Unfortunately and true to form, "churchianity" has made a materialistic teaching of the Last Supper commemoration. People therefore sought "personal" salvation and "personal" communion rather than Brotherhood. The "cart" got put before the "horse." Nevertheless, the minds of participants have received an evolutionary impulse toward recognition of Brotherhood - even if misinterpretation ensued. Herein lies the "elegance" of the presentation of the Last Supper - stimulation toward a concept that requires an open and receptive mind which also incorporates contemplation along the lines of Love. The core concept is Brotherhood through Communion of Hearts. It is Communion in and through the heart wherein the Higher Communion occurs and actually exists as a state of consciousness. It is in and through Higher Communion that "salvation" occurs and the Planet thrives. It is the next stage of consciousness that is a possible and "natural" achievement, not only for the individual, but for much of humanity - provided that it is desired enough. And how is that desire to be realized - or more to the point - demonstrated? Simply: One-Heart-At-A-Time. It will not be imposed because we have the means, if our will-to-Brotherhood is strong enough. This means, quite simply, each person, no matter what their personal circumstances, taking responsibility for contributing to the Heart of Humanity through personal effort at communion with that Heart. It is both a "communion leap of faith" as well as an intentional alignment effort with the "unseen, unheard" Heart of Humanity.
It is the collective will-to-Brotherhood that fundamentally matters. Pure and simple.
Probably the greatest distortion of spiritual truth lies in the non-recognition and non-understanding of the soul as a real, almost tangible aspect of one's existence. It is hardly some vague "thing" which we must endeavor to "save" during this life in order, presumably, to live as that very soul after we die - even for eternity, no less!! (With tongue in cheek, this is the religionist's correspondence to a "mail order bride. :-) )The soul - our individual soul - can be "touched" and we can be "touched" by it. Knowing how this occurs, understanding the soul's "workings" within us is key to moving forward in consciousness, to joy and reward of understanding in this life, no matter under what circumstances we are in (which circumstances, if we could but realize it, is related to and determined by the soul in the first place.) "Churchianity" (to distinguish from simple but true Christianity) and religionists down through the ages have misunderstood and/or mis-characterized the soul. This has resulted in Humanity's failure - particularly in the West - to understand what is termed "The Constitution of Man" (using the term "man" in its loose Sanskrit connotation as "one who thinks.") This misunderstanding has led to much distortion, glamour and illusion because of the innate human tendency to "materialize" concepts. Unfortunately, human materialization of spiritual concepts is all too frequently distorted and even in reverse expression to initial, pure impression or teaching concerning those concepts. Put another way, humans tend to interpret materially that which is spiritual. One example of distortion and wrongful materialization is the near universal concept that man is made in the "image and likeness of God." This is a veritable truth and is the reason for hope in progress of understanding and wisdom through experience upon the plains of Earth. As we shall see later, the truth of this aphorism lies in the essence of God and man, not man's physical expression which is not his essence because it is limited and temporary. Moreover, if we did not contain within us the "likeness" to God, then truly life on Earth is meaningless. It is precisely through the literally "God-given" components of the human soul that enable a gradual but eventual "synchronization" of personal soul components with their "higher and greater" correspondences. This is the process of coming to know "universality" - simply because we are a part of that very universality through our essential "likeness" to God. This is the true "amazing grace".
Nevertheless, despite the existence of essential components of human life that are in the "image and likeness of God", the tendency to materialize this concept drives the anthropomorphism of some religions. This anthropomorphism then directly generates so many materialistic distortions of life and the afterlife which are blatantly inconsistent with modern science - thus driving many scientists toward an unhealthy agnosticism or outright atheism. So what is the essence of the belief that humans are made in the "image and likeness of God"? Can a thread of truth be ascertained - a thread that then can be grasped and followed to greater truth? And does that thread hold up to the litmus test of universal application? That is, can the essential teaching of the soul as it is - its constitution, personal applicability, universality - align with and be coherent with religious and spiritual teachings and even psychological science (the origin of psychology being the study of the psyche or soul)? Can the essential teachings of religions lead back to the universal simplicity of the Soul - the foundation of all religious teachings? Scientists, engineers, artists, mathematicians employ the term "elegant" to describe any solution to a problem that posseses: "...simplicity and consistency of design...(in math) The proof of a mathematical theorem exhibits mathematical elegance if it is surprisingly simple yet effective and constructive...In engineering, a solution may be considered elegant if it uses a non-obvious method to produce a solution which is highly effective and simple. An elegant solution may solve multiple problems at once, especially problems not thought to be inter-related. (emphasis added) " (Wikepedia). Indeed, describing a solution as elegant is a foundational reassurance that the solution is the ultimate one. It becomes a touchstone for evaluating other "solutions". Perhaps through the "simplicity of the soul," the key to the "door" containing the "elegant" solution for human life and life on this planet can be found. It has seemed to me that through the concept of the Trinity (at the core of materialistic distortion) that humanity can begin to understand just how we are made in the image and likeness of God. To be continued......
"How greatly...must the disciple realize the power of perception and the comprehension that there exists only one law which governs the entire Cosmos...; along this line the evolution of the spirit is created. This law unites all related and manifested magnitudes. Striving toward fulfillment... leads to sensitiveness of perception. Only this path affords a decision in correspondence with realization and fulfillment... Thus, We also offer Our creative striving..., and thus the arcs of consciousness blend in the One Flaming Heart...Thus the great cosmic step is created!" (Hierarchy, para. 88)
Behind all sincere religions - and significantly, spiritual tendency - stands aspiration. The word "aspiration" has its root in "aspire" (explore definition and origins here.) Aspiration is essentially a "breathing toward." Through varying intensity of aspiration comes relative achievement of the "aspired to" goal. That is to say, the greater the aspiration, the greater the realization of that to which one aspires. Moreover, the greater the quality of aspiration, the quicker the achievement. We can aspire to anything and eventually achieve it, so long as the aspiration remains steady and strong, i.e. persistent. The root of aspiration is "the breath." When we aspire to some goal, we "breathe into it" our energy. This is simple in its concept but also "elegant" precisely because of its simplicity. Its simplicity would seem, at first glance, to belie its potency. Yet precisely the opposite is true: simplicity of aspiration, when true and accurate, produces precipitation of that aspired for. The challenge is to find the correct thread of aspiration. The more that goal or thread is "in synchrony" with the spiral and flow of Planetary Life, the more potent the simplicity of the aspiration. Herein lies the great challenge for Humanity - to find the correct collective aspiration in order to unify all effort, large/global and small/local, to bring Humanity into the Spiritual Age of the New (New) World Order of brotherhood and sharing. It is no dim ideal to strive for. It "simply" takes an "elegant" and therefore simple focus that can apply to Pan-Humanity and is "in sync" with the Life of the Planet. The Heart of Humanity is a simple goal to aspire toward in achieving synchrony, for the collective - incoporated - Heart of Humanity can quickly become "in sync" with the Planetary Heart. Truly, "as (hu)man thinks in his heart, so is he." Fortunately for us, there exist Those Who have learned to contact and work within - and actually shift Their consciousness to BE - the Planetary Heart. It is this Heart with which the collective Human Heart can become "in sync." While They are known by many names down through the ages, they can be known simply as the Brotherhood of Light. They exist to aid Humanity's aspiration to the Common Good. They do battle daily with the Brothers of the Dark Path that seek to divide and keep separate and extinguish Love within Humanity. The excerpt below gives insight into the role of the Heart in its connecting and relating function between Humanity and the Brotherhood. As you read and ponder on the passage, seek to feels its "rightness" within your own heart. There is hope, and "Remember...Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." "The Shawshank Redemption" "Merging into the waves of the Infinite, we may be compared to flowers torn away by a storm. How shall we find ourselves transfigured in the ocean of the Infinite?
"It would be unwise to send out a boat without a rudder. But the Pilot is predestined and the creation of the heart will not be precipitated into the abyss. Like milestones on a luminous path, the Brothers of Humanity, ever alert, are standing on guard, ready to lead the traveler into the chain of ascent.
"Hierarchy is not coercion, it is the law of the Universe. It is not a threat, but the call of the heart and a fiery admonition directing toward the General Good.
"Thus, let us cognize the Hierarchy of Light.
"How to transmute the most bitter into the most sweet? Naught save Hierarchy will transform life into a higher consciousness.
"It is impossible to imagine a bridge into the Infinite, because a bridge is in need of abutments. But Hierarchy, like the abutments of a bridge, brings one to the shore of Light. And imagine the entire effulgence that the eyes behold! And understand the Song of Light.
"Let us labor for Light and Hierarchy!" Hierarchy, preface