The White Horses

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Nicholas Roerich, Oirot Messenger of the White Burkhant, 1924

The last Full moon period went under the strong influence of the 1st and 7th Ray energies released. The key message at the peak moment was: incarnate, embody, transfigure, and this powerful process started more than a month before, gradually culminating these days. It was definitely a complex transfiguration challenge on the Soul level that touched several vibrational manifestations within the One Life. The clear spiritual narrative had the character of the 1, 4 and 7 Rays, indicative of a mission in the Love-Wisdom (2nd Ray) embrace.

The symbol of the White horse is used in a number of myths to describe the victory of the Soul, taking full control over the Persona. The regular meditation practice can ease the process of such a desired union but it is not the only condition for this „achievement“. Overcoming unique challenges along the path, gradually, we raise our frequency in order to coalesce with the Spiritual Soul. Let’s analyse some of the layers of that profound experience.

The Hindu tradition introduces to the world the story of Arjuna (4th Ray) – the remarkable hero from Mahabharata, the best archer in the ancient times deeply loved by Lord Krishna (compassion, tenderness and love, Ray 2, the Will to Love), who was ready to sacrifice anything for him. It is told in the Bhagavad Gita (the sixth of the eighteen books, called the Song of the God) which takes the form of a dialogue. The Prince Arjuna leads his inevitable wars (tests in Scorpio), asks questions and Lord Krishna gives his advices – the conversation is honoured as one of the Holy Scriptures in the Hinduism and a great Sanskrit poem.

Many Upanishad and Vedic researchers talk about the horses as a symbol of sacrifice. They are an embodiment of the speed, faithfulness, devotion (Ray 6), but also the ability to get out of control if not tightened. This wild temper can be well harmonized by the mental facultiues and the sincere persistent efforts in cultivating a higher level of selfawareness, selfcontrol, inner balance and harmony. Horses are told to symbolize the command over senses, i.e. the lower bodies. In all the images of Arjuna riding the chariot, he is depicted together with Krishna (Ray 2) who is pulling up the 5 horses. The Ray 2 (Love-Wisdom) as a dominating, ever present and sustaining power for our Solar system is the higher octave in the triplicity (Persona, Spiritual Soul, Monad). So, the chariot is the body, Arjuna – the soul and Lord Krishna – the God’s Will.

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Krishna and Arjuna, unknown author

We can interpret this beautiful symbolism of Mahabharata as a metaphor of the process of redemption from the outer world’s attachments thus lifting the consciousness up to the awareness of our Soul purpose and unification with Monad. On the other hand, as horses represent the senses, it can be confirmed that during meditation, we gradually shut them and surrender to a higher spiritual level of beingness. Finding the seed of Soul in the center of the head, we experience divine peace and unique oneness with the group Soul and the Ashram of Synthesis.

A similar symbolic dynamic we can find in the Greek myth of Pegasus – a mythical winged divine stallion. The fight between light and darkness is taking place in the story of the Greek hero Bellerophon, who caught Pegasus (4th Ray, son of Poseidon – god of seas, waters, earthquakes and horses and Gorgon Medusa) to ride him in the fight with monstrous Chimera (subconsciousness, samskaras).  Pegasus is able to lift up the warrior to the heavens or drop him down to earth (matter) – a great revelation for the path of the Soul and its final stages in the battlefield of Scorpio. The „ascension to the 7th sky“ can be victorious when the „conflicts, tests and trials“ are overcome and transmutation of the physical, etheric, astral and mental body (incl. devas) achieved.  Often, Pegasus is depicted with the Muses by the Spring of Inspiration (4th Ray) which draws our imagination to the expansion of awareness and illumination – a Divine creative effort in transformation and self-healing.

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Alexander Ivanov, Bellerophon, 1829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Christian religion, the beginning of May (Taurus, the sign of Buddha, 4th Ray) marks the celebrations in the name of Saint George, beautifully painted as riding a white horse and slaying the Dragon. What we see behind the iconic plot is the test that humanity still needs to undergo. St. George is a great miracle worker and martyr, an embodiment of courage and divine Will to Good, a faithful disciple of Christ. During one of his most difficult conversations with the Emperor Diocletian who admired his courage, Saint George heard a voice from heaven: “Do not fear, George, I am with you.” In the brave character we can grasp not only the parallel with the fight inside the Persona (killing the Dragon, Scorpio), but also with the sign of Sagittarius (Archer, Warrior, Centaur) advancing on the Path of Discipleship. The subjugated lower nature finally releases the triumphant warrior (Scorpio) who becomes a one-pointed disciple of Christ. Scorpio marks the point where the wheel reverses direction, indicating the most profound change in series of lifetimes.

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St. George, East Orthodox Icon

Another dimension of the methaphor connected with the white horses from spiritual point of view is the Wind horse in the Tibetan Buddhism. Inspiring to a great extent the art of the prominent Russian painter, philosopher and theosophist Nicholas Roerich, the Wind horse is an embodiment of the speed of the wind and the strength of the horse to carry the prayers from Earth to Heavens. In the Tibetan Buddhism the Wind horse (Lung Ta, in Sanscrit) carries on his back Chintamani – the wish-fulfilling jewel of Enlightenment (the philosopher’s stone in Western alchemy, one of several Mani Jewel images found in Buddhist scriptures). It is the most prevalent symbol used in Tibet as prayer flags and represents the good opportunities, success, the final resolution of one’s karma issues bringing healing and higher level of awareness. When on a Mani stone the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra is inscribed, the magical jewel manifests whatever one wishes for. According to one’s desires, treasures, clothing and food can be manifested, while sickness and suffering can be removed, as well as water purified. It is one of the most important symbols in the teachings of Buddha.

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Nicholas Roerich, A Depiction of the Cintamani Being Carried by the Lung Ta, 1936

As we know, Scorpio is on the fixed cross, an embodiment of the 4th Ray destined to transform the turbulent threefold world of human endeavor using creative imagination, beauty, harmony, healing and/or artistic expressions. The opposite sign on the axis is Taurus, another representative of the 4th and 1st Ray frequencies. Under this influence, we can describe the origin of the last Full moon tension between the polar opposites – the Angel of the Presence and the Dweller on the Threshold, the darkness and light, the ignorance and illumination. We live in an important historical period, which brings unexpected changes and challenges that need to be addressed by the Disciples of the Ashram of Synthesis. In front of the gates of new Initiations they need proper „equipment“ in order to sustain and work with the new synthetic energy with qualities of 1st, 2nd and 7th rays.

That crucial process of gradual expansion in individual consciousness may generally take place in a number of incarnations until the subtle bodies are purified and healed, the lessons learned. Life after life, the individual spiritual mastery culminate towards a level needed in order to impress and fulfill the Divine Plan – in Divine law and Order, and looking ahead to the Hierarchical conclave in 2025.

 

 

 

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ON A JOURNEY

“Yes, in our body everything is concentrated. Only know how to use it, and how not to misuse it. Do you in the West know something about the Great Stone in which magic powers are concentrated? And do you know from which planet came this stone? And who possessed this treasure?”

“Lama, about the Great Stone we have as many legends as you have images of Chintamani. From the old Druidic times many nations remember these legends of truth about the natural energies concealed in this strange visitor to our planet. Very often in such fallen stones are hidden diamonds, but these are nothing in comparison with some other unknown metals and energies which are found every day in the stones and in the numerous currents and rays.

“Lapis Exilis, thus is named the stone, which is mentioned by the old Meistersingers. One sees that the West and East are working together on many principles. We do not need to go to the deserts to hear of the Stone. In our cities, in our scientific laboratories, we have other legends and proofs. Would any one have thought that the fairy tales regarding the flying man would ever be fulfilled? Yet now, each day’s mail, each day’s visitors, may come flying.”

IN: N. ROERICH, SHAMBHALA, THE RESPLENDENT
One must remark the style of Roerich—it has the unrepeatable quality and synthesis of life. He transmits to us the essentials and we discern that these fragments of seeming fantasy are weaving themselves into a pattern of essential truth and essential beauty.
http://www.roerich.org/roerich-writings-shambhala.php

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Adelaide Claxton, Wonderland, 1870

The Expansion Of Mind

Treasure of Angels, Nicholas Roerich

Treasure of Angels, Nicholas Roerich

If you read the stories of saints and sages, you will find that their values, approach to problems, deductions, conclusions, ideas and predictions were entirely different. Why, because they were mad? No, because their minds had crossed over the border of the senses, and when you go beyond that barrier, it is called expansion of mind.

With expansion of mind comes liberation of energy. When your mind is expanding by practices or by itself, then a certain type of energy is released. In yoga and tantra that energy is called kundalini shakti. Shakti and kundalini are the two terms used to denote this force, which has to be liberated as you liberate butter from milk. Here I am using the word ‘liberation’, but not in the religious sense. You know how butter is released from milk by a certain process; in the same way, the force or energy can be liberated from matter, because matter contains energy, or matter is a state of energy, and by a certain process you can extract that force. Beyond the body are the senses. Beyond the senses is the mind. Beyond the mind is the intellect. Beyond the intellect is the psyche. Beyond the psyche is the self, and beyond the self is the universe or the cosmos. This is how you have to extract the force from within this body and this person, and that shakti is known as kundalini.

Something about this force is known by most yoga teachers and practitioners, because nowadays people are talking about it and many books have been written concerning it. Kundalini is not a myth or a metaphorical poem. It is a force lying dormant beneath our animal instinct. This force is supposed to be the evolutionary energy in humans.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, In: “Introduction to Kriya Yoga”

 

Love, Beauty and Action

Nicholas Roerich, Scarlet Sails

Nicholas Roerich, Scarlet Sails

“Art will unify all humanity. Art is one – indivisible. Art has its many branches, yet all are one. Art is the manifestation of the coming synthesis, Art is for all. Everyone will enjoy true art. The Gates of the ‘Sacred Source’ must be wide open for everybody, and the light of art will influence numerous hearts with a new love. At first this feeling will be unconscious, but after all it will purify human consciousness. How many young hearts are searching for something real and beautiful! So, give it to them. Bring art to the people – where it belongs. We should have not only museums, theatres, universities, public libraries, railway stations, and hospitals, but even prisons decorated and beautified. Then we shall have no more prisons.

The values of great art are victoriously traversing all storms of earthly commotions. Even the ‘earthly’ people already understand the vital importance of active beauty. And when we proclaim: Love, Beauty, and Action, we know verily that we pronounce the formula of the international language. And this formula, which now belongs to the museum and stage, must enter everyday life. The sign of beauty will open all sacred gates. Beneath the sign of beauty we walk joyfully. With beauty we conquer, through beauty we pray, in beauty we are united. And now we pronounce these words – not on the snowy heights, but amidst the turmoil of the city. And realising the path of true reality, we greet with a happy smile the future.”

Nicholas Roerich