Two lifetimes ago…
La fraternité de la Rose-Croix?
Two lifetimes ago…
La fraternité de la Rose-Croix?
The Rule of the Three Pronged Nagal – First Insight
Toltecs have long been contemplating the deeper implications inherent within the act of incarnation. Although it is true that, since they are attached to the wheel of rebirth, the majority of beings have no choice in this matter, how do we define the urge that drives free beings into incarnation as if they too have no choice?
A difficult question this and one that appears to have no easy answer.
Toltecs have for a long time known that, in dealing with life, technical answers are but a convenient way in which to arrive at clarity. But technicalities cannot explain, much less probe, the subjective. Therefore our models of both man and the universe are just that, models of objective reality that allow us to explore our past, and map out the unknown. But how does one build a model of that which gives rise to the objective universe? How does one build a model of life? How does one model that which is pure feeling?
Therefore, although we can define the cause of existence, we cannot define that subjective something which gives rise to that cause, other than to say its expression is love in action. But although love in action is clear to see, love itself is as irrational as is life. We know neither the purpose of life nor the intent which imbues it with that meaning we term love in action.
The Mayavirupa is literally the illusory form; it is the body of temporary manifestation which the Adept creates on occasion through the power of the will and in which He functions in order to make certain contacts on the physical plane and to engage in certain work for the [human] race. CF 761
Mayavi Rupa. Sanskrit, “Illusive Form.” It is the body of manifestation created by the adept by an act of will for use in the three worlds. It has no material connection with the physical body. It is spiritual and ethereal and passes everywhere without let or hindrance. It is built by the power of the lower mind, of the highest type of astral matter. IHS 221
…The stage wherein–after the fourth initiation–there is direct unbroken relation between the Monad, via the Triad, and the form which the Master is using to do His work among men. This form may be either His temporary personality, arrived at along the normal lines of incarnation, or the specially created form to which Theosophists give the technical but cumbersome word “mayavirupa.” It is the “true mask, hiding the radiant light and the dynamic energy of a revealed Son of God.” RI 50-51
He [the initiate] can work through a physical body (with its subtler sheaths) or not, as he sees fit. He realizes that he, as an individual, no longer needs a physical body or an astral consciousness, and that the mind is only a service instrument. The body in which he now functions is a body of light which has its own type of substance. The Master, however, can build a body through which He can approach His incoming disciples and those who have not taken the higher initiations; He will normally build this body in semblance of the human form, doing so instantaneously and by an act of the will, when required. The majority of the Masters who are definitely working with humanity either preserve the old body in which They took the fifth initiation or else They build the “mayavirupa” or body of maya, of physical substance. This body will appear in the original form in which They took initiation. This I personally did in reference to the first case; i.e., preserving the body in which I took initiation. This the Master K.H. did in creating a body which was made in the form in which He took the fifth initiation. RI 705
The Master Jesus on the Cross could not respond to any saving process (even had He desired to do so) because the soul body–as is always the case at the fourth initiation–was destroyed; there was nothing to respond to the evocative power of an outside person, interested or loving. As an adept and as one in whom monadic consciousness was firmly established, the powers then available to Jesus could not be used in the saving of His physical body. At the same time, it must be remembered that He would have no desire to save it, because He now possessed the power (demonstrated later in the Gospel story) to create a body at will in order to meet His needs. EH 654
Some of the Masters will create what is called in the language of the East the “mayavirupa”–a vehicle of expression which is built of atomic physical and astral substance and of concrete mental substance. This They can create at will, use at will and cause to vanish at will; Their problem is not, therefore, so acute in the matter of appearing and of reappearing as is that of the initiate who cannot thus create to suit his purpose and his service. EX 697
Applicants for initiation and initiates up to the third initiation use both the sutratma and the antahkarana, employing them as a unit. The power of the Triad begins to pour through, thus energizing all human activities upon the physical plane, and vitalizing in ever increasing degree the man’s thought forms. The key to the formation of the Mayavirupa is found in the right comprehension of the process. CF 959-960 [See also: ENA 31]
The three aspects of the will, as focused in the Spiritual Triad, are now in full expression; the initiate is animated by Purpose, but faces still greater evolutionary developments; of these I do not need to speak, as they concern divine aspects as yet unknown and unregistered by man. The reason for this complete ignorance is that the vehicles of any man below the third initiation contain too much “impure matter” to record the impact of these divine qualities. Only the “created body” (the mayavirupa) of an initiate of the fourth initiation can begin to register these divine impacts; it is therefore a waste of our time to consider even the possibility of their existence. RI 317
The soul then prepares itself for the coming fourth initiation. This is basically a monadic experience and results–as you know–in the disappearance or destruction of the soul vehicle or causal body, and the establishment, therefore, of a direct relation between the monad on its own plane and the newly created personality, via the antahkarana. EH 518
The causal body is itself eventually done away with when the pupil takes the fourth initiation and can freely create his own body of manifestation. LOM 275
In the mode whereby the liberated disciple can now create a body for physical plane contact and for service in the three worlds–this time not under the Law of Necessity but under the Law of Service, as understood by the initiate. EH 505
The fourth initiation marks the complete realization of this relation by the initiate. It enables him to say: “I and my Father are one.” It is for this reason that the crucifixion, or the Great Renunciation, takes place. Forget not that it is the soul that is crucified. It is Christ Who “dies.” It is not the man; it is not Jesus. The causal body disappears. The man is monadically conscious. The soul-body no longer serves any useful purpose; it is no more needed. Nothing is left but the sutratma, qualified by consciousness–a consciousness which still preserves identity whilst merged in the whole. Another qualification is creativity; thus consciousness can be focussed at will on the physical plane in an outer body or form. This body is will-created by the Master. RI 455
When the antahkarana is built, and the mental unit is superseded by the manasic permanent atom, and the causal body disappears, then the adept knows that the lower mind, the mental body, is also an illusion and is, for him, non-existent. There are then–as far as his individual consciousness is concerned–only three focal points or anchorages (both of these expressions are inadequate to express the full meaning):
1. Humanity, in which he can focus himself at will through the medium of what is called technically the “mayavirupa”–a bodily form which he creates for the fulfillment of monadic purpose. RI 481
At the fourth initiation, the initiate is brought into the Presence of that aspect of Himself which is called “His Father in Heaven.” He is brought face to face with his own Monad, that pure spiritual essence on the highest plane but one, which is to his Ego or higher self what that Ego is to the personality or lower self….For the remainder of his appearances in the three worlds he is governed only by will and purpose, self-initiated, and creates his body of manifestation, and thus controls (within karmic limits) his own times and seasons. The karma here referred to is planetary karma, and not personal. IHS 117
This marks the fourth Initiation; after that Initiation, the Adept makes for Himself a body of manifestation, a free creation–there is nothing in Him to call into objectivity a body for use in the three worlds and evolved under the Law of Causes. LOM 11
The intuition (or buddhi) being the unifying principle and thus welding all, at the fourth initiation the lower vehicles go, and the adept stands in his intuitional body, and creates from thence his body of manifestation. LOM 339
Since buddhi is the unifying principle (or the welder of all), at the fifth initiation the adept lets the lower vehicles go, and stands in his buddhic sheath. He creates thence his body of manifestation. IHS 16-17
It must be remembered that a Master has no personality at all. His divine nature is all that He has. The form through which He works (if he is working through and living in a physical vehicle) is a created image, the product of a focussed will and the creative imagination; it is not the product of desire, as in the case of a human being. This is an important distinction and one which warrants careful thinking. The lesser lives (which are governed by the Moon) have been dispersed. They no longer respond to the ancient call of the reincarnating soul, which again and again has gathered to itself the lives which it has touched and colored by its quality in the past. The soul and the causal body no longer exist by the time the fourth initiation is undergone. What is left is the Monad and the thread, the antahkarana which it has spun out of its own life and consciousness down the ages and which it can focus at will upon the physical plane, where it can create a body of pure substance and radiant light for all that the Master may require. This will be a perfect body, utterly adapted to the need, the plan and the purpose of the Master. None of the lesser lives (as we understand the term) form part of it, for they can only be summoned by desire. In the Master there is no desire left, and this is the thought held before the disciple as he begins to master the significance of the fourth Rule. RI 101
If the deva, or solar Angel, is no longer attracted by matter, then there is no identification, and objective life is no longer the law of his existence. He identifies himself then with quality, or energy, and becomes an expression of the divine attributes. Objectivity may then ensue as a voluntary offering to the good of the group or planetary existence, but identification with the separated form is no longer the case. The human vehicle then created is as much a thought form in this case as any other particularized idea, and the greatest act of conscious magic is to be seen. All other magical creations are subsidiary to this. Through manipulation of negative and positive energy, thus bringing them to the point of equilibrium before informing them, the perfected body of the Adept is formed. CF 1013-1014
In the case of all avatars it is the will aspect which is brought into play, and which produces appearance–either the will of the perfected adept, such as the Buddha Himself, or (as in the case of the true Avatar, Who is, and Who has not achieved) the will of the planetary Logos or of the solar Logos, taking form for a specific purpose. It involves a higher display of the creative faculty than that displayed by the Adept in the creation of His body of manifestation, the Mayavirupa. CF 760-761
I am back doing a little detective work this evening concerning my putative second Buddhist life. Whilst still at school I was almost obsessed by a TV programme “Monkey” which dramatizes that transport of the Tripitaka to China
Around 2004-5 I started having dreams both sleeping dreams and waking dreams of me as a Buddhist monk. In these dreams I had tattoos in Sanskrit on my inner arms as per the dragon and tiger on Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu. These tattoos said om mane padme hum. Later I had my Sanskrit Senzar dream.
In Thailand there is Sak Yant or yantra tattooing, it has been around for 2000 years (apparently). So if the dreams and visions are indicators of physical plane reality, then my second life was as a Thai monk. My statue of Avalokiteśvara is Thai.
So, I might have looked like these.
I would have been Theravada. Just checked the front of this book,
Dr Malalasekera stayed with Mrs. Rhys Davids for two years as her pupil and attendant. His daughter was the pen-pal of my mother-in-law and now, my wife. It was this connection that led me towards the Pali cannon.
When I went to our local Buddhist monastery in the UK it was of the Thai Forest tradition.
A bit more circumstantial evidence.
The feeling is that this life was sometime before 800 AD.
Hmm, maybe a Thai Green Curry should be on the menu for tomorrow.
Application for Knowledge Transfer Officer for detectors and related technologies
IPT-KT-IP-2016-28-LD at CERN
The answer was NO….
Do you have any experience managing innovation in industry, involving technology partnerships (technology licensing, collaborative R&D and / or open innovation)?
I helped manage, at board level and in the lab, the technology in Powerlase. This involved overseeing putative technology road-maps. The basic lesson is that however long you think it will take, it will take longer. There is a shortage of highly skilled people to work entrepreneurially. One of the major barriers is always communication between mind-sets. No matter what ideals you have there is no way around the physics. The experience of EUV for lithography, as a whole, is an example in case, people did the engineering without understanding the physics. Budgets were over spent. One has to be grounded. In partnerships there are always mixed agendas and these need to be discussed not avoided. There is no point in burying your head in the sand.
Do you have experience in management of intellectual property?
I have two US patents of my own. For Powerlase ltd. I was effectively the pipe-cleaner. This involved meeting with various patent attorney firms and selecting one, then learning the ins and outs of the various stages of priority date, filing and examination. I learned that one has to translate academic stuff into claims and to be very thorough in one’s research, because patents are expensive. In the case of patents clarity is very important. Having gone through this process I then advised on the other patents as they were prepared for filing. A major part of the success of the start-up funding was a strong patent portfolio. IP was deemed to be very important. As the company grew we had various patent review meetings to decide strategy. I was a major part of these reviews. The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) used us as a case study of good patent practice. One has to think very strategically when resource is limited. In fact, patents leave a trail of the difficulties encountered. If one looks at the patents of a company one can see where they are struggling and what problems they encounter in their technology road-map, it tells a story for one “skilled in the art”.
Since that time, I have looked into working for a number of companies and as part of my research I have reviewed their patent portfolios. It is something I enjoy. I can scan very many patents quickly to get an over view and then drill down into the detail.
Please give an example of your experience engaging industrial partners, technology commercialisation and contract negotiation.
Whilst at Imperial I engaged with Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) in order to ascertain if the reflectance difference spectrometer which we were developing would be suitable for online monitoring the plasma etch back of gate oxide on silicon. The technique works well for single crystal Si substrates but may not work with polycrystalline Si. This involved talking with TEL in Japan via conference calls and then arranging a visit. This involved flying out to Japan and being hosted at the company country club, having an onsen with people I had only just met and several formal dinners. I had to then present and pitch to around 20-30 TEL employees including senior vice presidents. I was questioned thoroughly. In Japan how you interact with the seniors is very important and I seemed to get on well. There are several unwritten “tests” which you have to pass.
We then negotiated a £270k contract (all cash) which was to build and deliver a bespoke version of the spectrometer whilst doing tests on oxides of varying thickness in the labs. The negotiation was a little complex in that deliverables are not easily defined for a new project. In the end it was fairly open. We had to do regular progress reports both written and by conference call. At the end of the contract we shipped a trial device to Yamanashi and I installed and tested it live….
During this process I overcame the language barrier and the difference in expectations between process engineers and scientists. It was a steep learning curve. In this case they did not take up a licence for the technology because it did not really fit their needs.
Please give brief examples of experience in business development, start-up companies or project management.
I have co-founded start-up company Powlerase Ltd. I have personal experience of the trials and tribulations. I could, without doubt, support the set-up of new CERN start-ups. The technology behind Powerlase was based upon high power diode pumped solid state lasers and laser produced plasma(LPP)extreme ultraviolet(EUV) light sources. Myself and two others founded the company. I was, perhaps, the lead. To do this we wrote and filed patents under the auspices of Imperial Innovations. I designed and built a LPP-EUV source and we readied a prototype laser for demonstration purpose. We did this on the back of a £1.6 million Joint Infrastructure grant. We incorporated a company. I then did extensive market research and prepared a business plan. We engaged a financial house to help us in the fund raising. I wrote the business plan with some help from an accountant at the financial house (Gordon House Asset Management). After several drafts the business plan was ready. We practiced pitching with the financial company. In one day we then pitched to six venture capital groups. We hit five out of six and were told by the others to come back when we needed a much larger tranche of funds. After this there was a period of due diligence and investors visited the labs. We engaged a CEO and the £5 million funds were released. I was responsible for handling the finances in the early days. As a part of this process we had a very large foundation agreement document drawn up by a top flight city firm. In retrospect this was a waste of money.
We then initially rented offices near Imperial with view to moving off campus fast. The CEO took over operational responsibility and we rented space in Crawley. We looked to relationship build with Canon, Nikon and Gigaphoton in Japan, in which I acted as the expert. I then acted as non-executive director. I designed a second generation light source in collaboration with BOC Edwards and this was joint funded. The CEO wanted to do things his way and I effectively took a back seat. In time the company grew to a turnover of ~£9 million with > 50 employees. It went into liquidation in the downturn and was reborn as Powerlase Photonics.
Briefly describe your experience with detectors or related technologies.
I have over 20 years’ experience of using detectors. These range from photomultipliers using boxcar or digital storage oscilloscope detection, through to those configured for single photon counting using on board or off board discriminators. I have used infrared detectors (usually cooled), photodiodes and ion detectors in very high sensitivity time of flight mass spectrometers. I have used photodiode array broad spectrum detectors and CCDs. I have used micro channel plate detectors for very high temporal resolution. I have used microphones in photoacoustic spectroscopy. I have used multiple laser beam experiments in heterodyne detection and lock in amplifiers. I have used EUV detectors to quantify in band (though multilayer stack filter) EUV output. One has to know the spectral sensitivity, temporal response and noise characteristics (and their thermal variation) of whichever detector one uses. All measurements need to be corrected for detector response. There is sometimes a compromise between the detector you want and the one you can afford.
Because of my background in semiconductor growth I understand how solid state detectors are made and what their failure modes might be. I am confident that I can “get my head around” any detector. I am also confident that I can present these effectively to others both technically skilled and those less so.
What is your motivation for applying for this job.
I am looking for a change. When I saw the job advertisement I thought that sounds interesting and it is something that I could definitely do. I enjoy getting things off the ground and setting them in motion. I am very novelty focussed in many ways. I enjoy thinking strategically and am very much a self-starter. I can do strategy and business plans. I am good with budgets. I am sure that I can stimulate entrepreneurial thinking in CERN staff and have sufficient academic gravitas to communicate with them effectively
I am very good at organisation having organised multiple residential events from venue selection, through programme and down to menu. I have had a pastoral care role, this required confidentiality. Part of my consultancy is about team working and self-development. I am happy to help others develop and evolve.
I enjoyed Switzerland when I was at Bern.
The position has many things which appeal very strongly to me. I am confident that I can do it and would enjoy it.
Written circa 1940.
It is well known to you that the great Law of Rebirth is the controlling and major law in all the processes of manifestation. It governs the exoteric expression of a solar Logos or of a human being, and the object of this constantly recurring process is to bring an increasingly perfect form to the expanding service of the soul. For the first time since its inception, the human family is in a position to note for itself the processes of the rebirth of a civilization as an expression of spiritual culture at a particular point in evolution. Hence the magnitude of this crisis as it assumes its place in the human consciousness. Many lesser crises, initiating specific tribal, national and racial experiments in the renewal of form have gone on and have been registered by some group within a nation or by a nation itself (if advanced enough). Such a national registration took place for the first time in connection with the French Revolution. Such registrations of evolutionary intent have taken place with increasing clarity and understanding during the past two hundred years. Such crises have taken place in practically every nation in modern times and have been recognized to some degree, and upon them historians have enlarged and philosophers speculated. But the crisis today is far vaster, embracing as it does the majority of nations in both hemispheres. No nation remains at this time unaffected and the results are and must be registered in some aspect of the national life.
Owing to the factual interrelation between nations everywhere and to the rapidity of inter-communication, the present crisis is the first major international crisis in human affairs and covers a period of twenty-eight years (from 1914 till 1942). These are interesting numbers, for 28 is 4 x 7, which are the years of a complete personality cycle. I do not wish you to infer from the above that the period of active combat and conflict must necessarily be prolonged until 1942. Such is not the case. The early termination of the conflict or its indefinite extension lies in the keeping of humanity itself; men must increasingly determine their own fate as they emerge from the stage of adolescence into that of maturity, responsibility and achievement. This period of twenty-eight years is, however, of paramount importance and upon the next three years much depends.
Again I tell you that even the Hierarchy itself, with all its knowledge, vision and understanding and with all its resources, cannot coerce and cannot forecast what mankind will do. It can and does stimulate to right action; it can and does indicate possibility and responsibility; it can and does send out its teachers and disciples to educate and lead the race; but at no point and in no situation does it command or assume control. It can and does bring good out of evil, illuminating situations and indicating the solution of a problem, but further than this the Hierarchy cannot go. If it assumed authoritative control, a race of automatons would be developed and not a race of responsible, self-directed, aspiring men. This must surely be apparent to you and may serve to answer the question which is uppermost in the minds of the unthinking, occult students today: Why could not the Hierarchy have prevented this catastrophe? Unquestionably the Masters of the Wisdom with Their knowledge and Their command of forces could have interfered, but in so doing They would have broken an occult law and hindered the true development of mankind. This They will never do. At all costs, man must learn to stand and act alone. Instead, having done all that was permissible, They now stand beside suffering and bewildered humanity and – with the deepest compassion and love – will help men to right the wrongs they have initiated, to learn the needed lessons and to come through this crisis (which they have themselves precipitated) enriched thereby, and purified in the fires of adversity. These are not platitudes but eternal truths.
This world crisis, with all its horror and suffering, is – in the last analysis – the result of successful evolutionary processes. We are ready to recognize that when a man’s life cycle has been run and he has learnt the lessons which the experience of any particular life has been intended to teach, his physical body and the inner form aspects (making the sum total of his personality expression) will begin to deteriorate; destructive agencies within the form itself will become active and eventually death will take place, resulting in the liberation of the indwelling life in order that a new and better form may be built. This, we perforce accept either blindly or intelligently, regarding it as a natural and unavoidable process, but normal and inevitable. We are apt, however, to forget that what is true of the individual is true of humanity. Cycles of civilization such as that we call our modern civilization are analogous to a particular, individual, human incarnation with its inception, its progress and growth, its useful maturity and its ensuing deterioration and subsequent death or the passing away of the form.
Forms are ever open to attack. A strong subjective life and spiritual detachment are the two safeguards. Where the form is more potent than the life, danger is imminent; where attachment to the material aspect or organization is present, spiritual values are lost.
Today we are watching the death of a civilization or cycle of incarnation of humanity. In all fields of human expression, crystallization and deterioration had set in. Worn-out religious dogmas and the grip of theology and the orthodox churches have no longer sufficed to hold the allegiance of the potent, inner, spiritual life; humanity is deeply spiritual and innately religious but needs today a new form with which to clothe the ancient verities. Old political schools have been deemed inadequate and new ideologies bear witness to the strength of the life which is seeking more adequate expression; the educational systems, having served their purpose, are fast being recognized as inadequate to meet the need of the demanding life of the race; there is everywhere a cry for change and for those new forms in the religious, political, educational and economic life of the race which will allow of freer and better spiritual expression. Such a change is rapidly coming and is regarded by some as death – terrible and to be avoided if possible. It is indeed death but it is beneficent and needed. It is this realization of the passing of a civilization which gives rise to the recurrent and foreboding cry, “This is the death of civilization; it must not be”; “This is the end of the order, and the old order must be saved”; “This is the destruction of the old and loved values, and it must not be permitted.”
That humanity is bringing about this needed change in unnecessary, cruel and painful ways is indeed true, just as it is true today that human beings by their wrong thinking, foolish habits of physical living and undesirable emotional attitudes do precipitate a final, physical breakdown and eventually death. Nevertheless, for the progress of the soul of the individual and the soul of humanity, death is inevitable, good and necessary; it is also a practice with which we are all most familiar in our own experience and in watching it in others. But we need to remember that the worst death of all (as far as humanity is concerned) would be if a form of civilization or a body form became static and eternal; if the old order never altered and the old values were never transmuted into higher and better ones, that would indeed be a disaster.
We need to bear in mind also that the forces of destruction or death are two-fold: first, the rapidly emerging and developing life with its demand for more room for expression and fuller experience, and its spiritual aspiration for change and progress; and secondly, the reactionary forces and the conservative attitudes which adhere to the well-known and the familiar, and which hate the new, the untried and the unknown. Both of these produce the great and divine transition from the past into the future, and from the old into the new, from experience into fruition and then into experience again. The realities are eternal and undying; the forms are ephemeral and temporary; the soul is persistent and deathless; the form is changing and doomed to die. The processes of evolution have in the past and will in the future prove successful in bringing forms to birth, to maturity and to death.
But (and this is the interesting and significant point) humanity is for the first time, aware of process. It has for the first time chosen intelligently to observe what is going on and to relate it to experience and to environment. This in itself indicates a stage of true and much to be desired development. Reasoning, analysis and the presentation of differing viewpoints are going on in every country on a large scale with varying results, based on differences of temperament, of tradition, of development and of training.
This stage of death and of birth (for the two are proceeding simultaneously) can be easily grasped by the esotericist as he studies the world war in its two distinctive periods: 1914 to 1918, and 1939 until 1942. The first stage (if you could see the situation as it truly is) was most definitely the death stage; the second stage, in which we now find ourselves, is literally the stage of birth – the birth pangs of the new order and of the new civilization through which humanity’s sense of life can express itself. The mother dies in order that the child may live; the form is sacrificed to the life. But today, the form aspect, the Mother or matter aspect, is dying consciously, and just as consciously the child, the infant civilization, is coming into being. This is the new thing and it is in this that we are all participating. It is the death of the personality of humanity and the coming in of the soul.
Such a dying is ever a painful process. Pain has always been the purifying agent, employed by the Lords of Destiny, to bring about liberation. The accumulated pain of the present war and the inherited pain of the earlier stage (begun in 1914) is bringing about a salutary and changing world consciousness. The Lord of Pain has descended from His throne and is treading the ways of earth today, bringing distress, agony and terror to those who cannot interpret His ends, but bringing also a restimulation of the instinct to self-preservation which – in its higher aspect – is the instinct to immortality; it tends to focus humanity’s attention upon the life aspect and not upon the form. The names of the Lords of Karma signify, symbolically and from the angle of their inner meaning, Relationship, Enlightenment, Pain and Return. Ponder on this. They are all peculiarly active at this time, and in their activity lies the hope of humanity.
The Externalization of the Hierarchy – Section II – The General World Picture
By Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul
I have not seen this Latin text since the first time I came to Brittany in the summer of 1980.
I had been given the task of translating much of Caesar to keep me quiet in Latin Class.
Some of it came up in the exam….
I was still able to get the gist of it 40 years later. An English translation follows.
COMMENTARIORUM LIBRI VII DE BELLO GALLICO
C. IULIUS CAESAR
 In omni Gallia eorum hominum, qui aliquo sunt numero atque honore, genera sunt duo. Nam plebes paene servorum habetur loco, quae nihil audet per se, nullo adhibetur consilio. Plerique, cum aut aere alieno aut magnitudine tributorum aut iniuria potentiorum premuntur, sese in servitutem dicant nobilibus: in hos eadem omnia sunt iura, quae dominis in servos. Sed de his duobus generibus alterum est druidum, alterum equitum. Illi rebus divinis intersunt, sacrificia publica ac privata procurant, religiones interpretantur: ad hos magnus adulescentium numerus disciplinae causa concurrit, magnoque hi sunt apud eos honore. Nam fere de omnibus controversiis publicis privatisque constituunt, et, si quod est admissum facinus, si caedes facta, si de hereditate, de finibus controversia est, idem decernunt, praemia poenasque constituunt; si qui aut privatus aut populus eorum decreto non stetit, sacrificiis interdicunt. Haec poena apud eos est gravissima. Quibus ita est interdictum, hi numero impiorum ac sceleratorum habentur, his omnes decedunt, aditum sermonemque defugiunt, ne quid ex contagione incommodi accipiant, neque his petentibus ius redditur neque honos ullus communicatur. His autem omnibus druidibus praeest unus, qui summam inter eos habet auctoritatem. Hoc mortuo aut si qui ex reliquis excellit dignitate succedit, aut, si sunt plures pares, suffragio druidum, nonnumquam etiam armis de principatu contendunt. Hi certo anni tempore in finibus Carnutum, quae regio totius Galliae media habetur, considunt in loco consecrato. Huc omnes undique, qui controversias habent, conveniunt eorumque decretis iudiciisque parent. Disciplina in Britannia reperta atque inde in Galliam translata esse existimatur, et nunc, qui diligentius eam rem cognoscere volunt, plerumque illo discendi causa proficiscuntur.
 Druides a bello abesse consuerunt neque tributa una cum reliquis pendunt; militiae vacationem omniumque rerum habent immunitatem. Tantis excitati praemiis et sua sponte multi in disciplinam conveniunt et a parentibus propinquisque mittuntur. Magnum ibi numerum versuum ediscere dicuntur. Itaque annos nonnulli vicenos in disciplina permanent. Neque fas esse existimant ea litteris mandare, cum in reliquis fere rebus, publicis privatisque rationibus Graecis litteris utantur. Id mihi duabus de causis instituisse videntur, quod neque in vulgum disciplinam efferri velint neque eos, qui discunt, litteris confisos minus memoriae studere: quod fere plerisque accidit, ut praesidio litterarum diligentiam in perdiscendo ac memoriam remittant. In primis hoc volunt persuadere, non interire animas, sed ab aliis post mortem transire ad alios, atque hoc maxime ad virtutem excitari putant metu mortis neglecto. Multa praeterea de sideribus atque eorum motu, de mundi ac terrarum magnitudine, de rerum natura, de deorum immortalium vi ac potestate disputant et iuventuti tradunt.
Throughout all Gaul there are two orders of those men who are of any rank and dignity: for the commonality is held almost in the condition of slaves, and dares to undertake nothing of itself, and is admitted to no deliberation. The greater part, when they are pressed either by debt, or the large amount of their tributes, or the oppression of the more powerful, give themselves up in vassalage to the nobles, who possess over them the same rights without exception as masters over their slaves. But of these two orders, one is that of the Druids, the other that of the knights. The former are engaged in things sacred, conduct the public and the private sacrifices, and interpret all matters of religion. To these a large number of the young men resort for the purpose of instruction, and they [the Druids] are in great honor among them. For they determine respecting almost all controversies, public and private; and if any crime has been perpetrated, if murder has been committed, if there be any dispute about an inheritance, if any about boundaries, these same persons decide it; they decree rewards and punishments; if any one, either in a private or public capacity, has not submitted to their decision, they interdict him from the sacrifices. This among them is the most heavy punishment. Those who have been thus interdicted are esteemed in the number of the impious and the criminal: all shun them, and avoid their society and conversation, lest they receive some evil from their contact; nor is justice administered to them when seeking it, nor is any dignity bestowed on them. Over all these Druids one presides, who possesses supreme authority among them. Upon his death, if any individual among the rest is pre-eminent in dignity, he succeeds; but, if there are many equal, the election is made by the suffrages of the Druids; sometimes they even contend for the presidency with arms. These assemble at a fixed period of the year in a consecrated place in the territories of the Carnutes, which is reckoned the central region of the whole of Gaul. Hither all, who have disputes, assemble from every part, and submit to their decrees and determinations. This institution is supposed to have been devised in Britain, and to have been brought over from it into Gaul; and now those who desire to gain a more accurate knowledge of that system generally proceed thither for the purpose of studying it.
The Druids do not go to war, nor pay tribute together with the rest; they have an exemption from military service and a dispensation in all matters. Induced by such great advantages, many embrace this profession of their own accord, and [many] are sent to it by their parents and relations. They are said there to learn by heart a great number of verses; accordingly some remain in the course of training twenty years. Nor do they regard it lawful to commit these to writing, though in almost all other matters, in their public and private transactions, they use Greek characters. That practice they seem to me to have adopted for two reasons; because they neither desire their doctrines to be divulged among the mass of the people, nor those who learn, to devote themselves the less to the efforts of memory, relying on writing; since it generally occurs to most men, that, in their dependence on writing, they relax their diligence in learning thoroughly, and their employment of the memory. They wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another, and they think that men by this tenet are in a great degree excited to valor, the fear of death being disregarded. They likewise discuss and impart to the youth many things respecting the stars and their motion, respecting the extent of the world and of our earth, respecting the nature of things, respecting the power and the majesty of the immortal gods.
I have been deep in the archives I could find of Breton folklore this morning. Finding among others, legends pertaining to places round here.
But it has led me back to The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Vol. I., Welsh bardic literature.
This below from a Thesis from a Stanford and Oxford scholar submitted in Rennes.
The “Evans” is a bit of a give away…
Immediately after death, and particularly if cremation has taken place, the man, in his kama-manasic body, is as much aware and alert to his environment as he was upon the physical plane when alive. This phrasing permits latitude as to the extent of the awareness and of observation, for a similar latitude must be allowed for those on the physical plane. People are not all equally awake or equally conscious of circumstances or immediate experience. However, as most people are more conscious emotionally than they are physically, and live to a great extent focused in their astral vehicles, the man is quite familiar with the state of consciousness in which he finds himself. Forget not that a plane is essentially a state of consciousness and not a locality, as so many esotericism seem to think. It is recognized by the focused reaction of the self-conscious person who – constantly and distinctly aware of himself – is sentient to the theme of his environment and of his outgoing desires, or (where advanced people are concerned, functioning upon the more advanced levels of the astral plane) sentient of outgoing love and aspiration; the man is engrossed with what engrossed his attention and involved the kamic principle during his incarnated experience. May I again remind you that there is now no physical brain to respond to impacts generated by the inner man, and also that sex, as it is physically understood, is non-existent. Spiritualists would do well to remember this and so grasp the foolishness as well as the impossibility of those spiritual marriages which certain schools of thought in the movement teach and practice. The man, in his astral body, is now free from the strictly animal impulses which, upon the physical plane, are both normal and right, but which now have no meaning to him in his kamic body.
Therefore, taking the average man, what are his first reactions and activities after the restitution of the physical body to the universal reservoir of substance? Let me enumerate some of these reactions:
“These seeds of determining recognition are not unique to me and you, but also for the group; within the group they relate one to the other in time and space. Only in the lower three shall those related find their true existence. When soul knows soul and in the meeting-place within the Master’s call, these seeds shall disappear.”
It will be apparent, therefore, how necessary it is to train children to recognize and profit by experience, for this, once learnt, will greatly facilitate this third activity upon the astral plane after death.
These four activities cover varying periods of time – from the angle of “those who live below,” though there is no time recognized on the part of the man on the astral plane. Gradually the lure and glamor (of a low or high order) wears off, and the man enters into the stage where he knows – because the mind is now more incisive and dominating – that he is ready for the second death and for the entire elimination of the kamic body or of the kama-manasic vehicle.
One of the things to remember here is that once restitution of the physical in its two aspects has taken place, the inner man is, as I have earlier said, fully conscious. The physical brain and the swirl of etheric forces (mostly somewhat disorganized in the case of the majority of men) are no longer present. These are the two factors which have led students to believe that the experiences of the man on the inner planes of the three worlds are those of a vague drifting, of a semi-conscious experience, or indicate a repetitive life, except in the case of very advanced people or disciples and initiates. But this is not the case. A man on the inner planes is not only as conscious of himself as an individual – with his own plans, life and affairs – as he was on the physical plane, but he is also conscious in the same manner of the surrounding states of consciousness. He may be glamored by astral existence or subject to the telepathic impression of the varying thought currents emanating from the mental plane, but he is also conscious of himself and of his mind (or of the measure of manasic life developed) in a far more potent manner than when he had to work through the medium of the physical brain, when the focus of his consciousness was that of the aspirant, but anchored in the brain. His experience is far richer and fuller than he ever knew when in incarnation. If you will think this out for a little, you will realize that this necessarily would be so.
It may therefore be assumed that the Art of Elimination is practiced more definitely and more effectively than was the restitution of the physical vehicle. Another point must also be considered. On the inner side, men know that the Law of Rebirth governs the experience-process of physical plane living, and they realize then that, prior to the elimination of the kamic, kama-manasic or manasic bodies, they are only passing through an interlude between incarnations and that they consequently face two great experiences:
These two critical moments are consciously faced by the discarnate man and he knows what he is doing within the limits set by his point in evolution.
Excerpted from “Esoteric Healing – Chapter VI – The Art of Elimination”
By Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul
Is it necessary to have a model with which to understand living as a human being on this planet and in our times?
The short answer to this is no. There are many people who have but a passing notion of God and some vague concern about heaven and hell but that is as far as it goes. If one does genuinely believe in heaven and hell and sin, then it would be pretty stupid to carry on sinning. If one thinks that there is only one life and after than nothing, even that as a philosophy has implications, namely that time is precious one might seek to make the most of that time. I think the trouble is people think a whole bunch of different things at different times and don’t have a core life philosophy, it is too inconvenient.
They may be interested in money, self-advancement, lots of clothes, lots of sex, lots of food etc. They may like attention, fame and praise. I suspect that the vast majority of people haven’t really considered what life is all about or they have swallowed what they have been told at whichever temple they subscribe to and without thinking about it over much, let the clergy do that for us. Life is a social interaction thing without much meaning. People may be seeking romantic love and the building of a family, which is very time consuming.
I’ll speculate as a whole we are getting increasingly secular and materialistic and that our morals are declining. The obsession with image is a pandemic which outstrips coronavirus, and it is one that lock down and vaccine cannot ease.
There are a whole range of belief systems out there. Some of them describe the same things but from slightly different angles.
My model for understanding is based on one which might be described nagal (or spirit), dreamer, dreamed or monad, causal vehicle, personality. So, the causal vehicle acquires for itself a new human body and personality, each time it incarnates, or the dreamer dreams in another dreamed, a being and a life.
I have only used one concept here which differs from the outlines in the first paragraph, namely reincarnation. For some this is a nice concept and for others it is absurd. I personally am confident that reincarnation happens not because I read it in a book nor because someone in a funny costume told me. It is a concept which is consistent with my own experiences. I have memories of previous lives. If one wished one could argue that I have made up these memories, they are my delusion. It is impossible to prove either way, certainly to the standard of six sigma statistical proof. I know philosophically that I am placing a bet. The light could go out and that is the end, I could end up on a barbecue or at the pearly gates. I am betting that that isn’t the case. I won’t be having loads of virgins at my disposal. I have clarity at least on that bet.
From my meditations outside the crown chakra, it seems likely to me that my abstract awareness persists in a non-corporeal state and will do so after death. This could be termed monad or expression of nagal’s awareness.
If, as I have been “told” I will never incarnate again, then what happens? My awareness persists in an abstract formless state a kind of quasi-eternal Jhana, a state of contemplation, until the end of this Kalpa.
I will no longer be separate as a causal entity, I will have returned to “the source” and blended back as a piece of that totality, into that awareness. There is still some measure of differentiation, but I can no longer say I or even us. Perhaps a part of a wider awareness, yet intermingled with it, without boundary or distinction, is a way to look at it. Though eyes do not exist in this state, conceptualize it perhaps. Free of the limitations of a brain who knows what is possible? I will not hanker after another piece of meat to live in.
I have a notion that I am on my way to my home world from whence I came somewhere up by Sirius. This would be seen as the flakiest thing someone from my background would say. It would be pounced upon as being ridiculous. But then they have never met the Great White Lodge on Sirius, nor The Nameless One. It is only a notion, not even a hypothesis.
If I strip it down, I believe that awareness exists in non-corporeal states and that from time to time that awareness takes on form, a form prone to physical plane death or mortality. Immortality is not living for ever it is not being born to flesh again, no more mortality.
That sentence says a lot and does not need much embellishment. Good models are not complicated.
Perhaps this one suffices?
Following on from a theme brought about by two people I am in contact with I have been taken back to 2008 and my early morning walks at the National Trust Ashridge Estate, near Tring. These walks were carried out in the woods shown here usually not long after dawn when there was nobody about. Typically I saw first human, usually plus dog, as I was returning to car.
As an aside I used to go off the beaten path and there I had a number encounters with a magnificient stag. It was this chap who inspired many of my mentions of Hern or Herne in some of my poetry.
I had been doing the Master in the Heart, Arcane School, meditation for a number of months and had constructed a stable Antahkarana.
During the week the wife commuted into town around the M25 so it was her custom to get up very early. I did this too and often after she had left I would head up to the National Trust property near Tring for a contemplative walk. Prior to this I had started noting smells of incence in and around the house. I use incence but this was not my kind of incence.
One morning when I was walking peacfully along the ridge, I noted a prescence at the peripherpy of my conciousness in my “mind” for want of a better word. This prescence told me that He and I had worked togther in my previous life around 200 or so years ago. He said that he had been keeping an eye on me of late and that he was going to introduce me to two of his friends and colleagues. This he did and I now had three of them “in my mind’s eye”. Two were from the second ray ashrams and the other from the seventh ray one.
They told me that this is my very last incarnation here on earth and that I would not be coming back, ever.
Needless to say I have researched this topic with all the thoroughness of a science academic. If this is indeed the case then that makes me a anāgāmin and I am most likely according to Theravada Buddhism heading off for the world of:
“Devas not Falling Away (Aviha deva): The world of the “not falling” devas, perhaps the most common destination for reborn Anāgāmins.”
That is quite a lot to take in and bear in mind I do not behave like a Buddhist monk!! So, should this snippet be true then there is probably a bit more significance to it than a retired university teacher wandering around some woods in the English countryside.
Or I have lost my marbles and I am several cards short of a full deck.
They told me that I was in for a tough time and that whatever it took I should stay alive. They would send protectors. Sure enough, two crows “Russell and Sheryl” nested directly above our back door. The building to the right is the old village school and we were renting the teacher’s cottage. There is a little opening in the wall to the left of the big window.
I went back to my car a little non plussed. It was very real to me.
I had several more encounters of this nature. One in which they told me of my five immediate previous lives which was kind of like putting the last piece in the jigsaw puzzle. They were Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Buddhist, Christian and then Dandy. If four of these lives I was associated with what might be called the priesthood. The seventh ray presence said that I had become way too pious and needed rounding off with a little more riot. They told me that I had been very close to Siddhartha in my first Buddhist life. I later had a dream pointing at a named individual.
Quite a number of strange things happened that year.
What then transpired was that I would read up on some things, say from the blue books and ask questions as I walked through the woods. This changed to me making statements and then getting minor tweaks.
They told me that I had deliberately incarnated blind to all of my knowledge.
The revelations about the previous lives made sense, particularly the Buddhist ones. You try teaching Chemical Kinetics to about 100 people when you are getting flashbacks to a previous life!! It is difficult to maintain control. Imagine getting on the tube and feeling a Sanskrit tattoo on your forearms, feeling the weight of a monk’s robe.
It was there at National Trust Ashridge Estate that these things started to happen to me.
It is snowing on and off here now and unless I am mistaken there is first otter sign. There are pieces of what looks like ripped off toad skin in the pond. I am not 100% certain but the path up from the river is wet and no sign of Coypu poo, so it could be the otter(s)….