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Date Posted: 15:21
Author: ketch - 1 July 2002
Subject: The homeward journey

When the disciple is initiated, he reaches the starting point of his
actual homeward journey. With the ever-present help of the Master, he
will now break every fetter that binds him to the lower worlds and, borne
upward on the wings of the Divine Power that is the Word, will reach
the regions of eternal life.

This journey is started while the disciple is living on earth in the
physical body. For, as has many times been pointed out, we are not confined
to the physical body even while still living in it. We are imprisoned
in the body only because we do not know how to get out of it. How to
leave the body at will and enter the higher regions is one of the first
lessons which the Masters teach to their disciples.

Essentially, the method commences with the daily practice of meditation
in which the attention is concentrated and centered at the Third Eye
-- the gateway to the higher worlds. Sooner or later, according to the
rate of progress made, the disciple.....will pass out through the 'Tenth
Door' in the forehead and will enter the astral region. This is situated
just beyond the topmost border of the physical universe. It is in the
lowest part of the Brahmand, the second grand division.

The disciple 'is now in the position of a man who has been all of his
life confined in a semi-dark prison and has just been given his freedom,'
says Dr. Julian P. Johnson in his book, "With a Great Master In India."
'He steps out from behind prison walls into a beautiful park or garden
in front of the prison, ready to begin his journey home. In fact, he
is now ready to actually begin to live, his freedom is intoxicating,

'At this point the student traveler enjoys so many new sensations that
he is quite bewildered, He is fairly intoxicated with delight. He is
conscious of a marvelous influx of power. His vision is lucid. Space
is obliterated. Time has disappeared; for now all events stand before
him clearly outlined, the past, the present, and the future."

'He now realizes the shadowy nature of the lower worlds from which he
just escaped. He beholds its pitiful limitations.......its panorama of
births and deaths, under the wheel of karma, or the law of cause and
effect. All of these things are now clear to his illuminated consciousness,
and yet he has taken but the first step on the Path of the Masters.
For the royal highway begins just as you step through the Tenth Door,
out of the physical body, and into the first astral zone." (Julian Johnson)

This is the true interpretation of Plato's famous 'myth of the cave.'

It is here that the disciple first meets his Master in his Radiant Form.
From that moment on, the Radiant Form is his constant companion, and
leads the way of the upward journey.

The disciple is now in a world he never saw before and of the very existence
of which most people are unaware. But it is a world which impresses itself
upon the traveler as being much more real than this world. It is also
much finer and more beautiful, and full of light and joy.

Taken from "Yoga and the Bible"
by Joseph Lemming.

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