Diet discipline and discipleship
A definition of the Alignment by the Tibetan Master: You have been apt to think of alignment in terms of the process whereby the personality is brought into relation with the soul. This is entirely accurate, yet alignment is a term which in reality covers four processes:
- The alignment of soul and personality, resulting in a conscious relation to the Kingdom of God.
- The alignment of soul and personality with the Ashram, resulting in a conscious relation with the Master of the Ashram.
- The alignment of the initiate of higher degree with the Spiritual Triad and the consequent result of a recognition of monadic energy.
- The alignment of all the centres in the etheric body of the disciple. This results in the ability of these centres to register and transfer energies which enter into the lower mechanism as a consequence of the three higher alignments – listed above. (Discipleship in the New Age Vol. II– 152/3). More on Alignment can be found here.
The Science of the Antahkarana. This is the new and true science of the mind, which will utilize mental substance for the building of the bridge between personality and the soul, and then between the soul and the spiritual triad. This constitutes active work in substance subtler than the substance of the three worlds of ordinary human evolution. It concerns the substance of the three higher levels of the mental plane. These symbolic bridges, when constructed, will facilitate the stream of flow of consciousness and will produce that continuity of consciousness, or that sense of unimpeded awareness, which will finally end the fear of death, negate all sense of separateness, and make a man responsive in his brain consciousness, to impressions coming to him from the higher spiritual realms or from the Mind of God. Thus he will be more easily initiated into the purposes and plans of the Creator. (Education in the New Age by Alice A. Bailey, p. 95/6). Also see the Aart Jurriaanse article Bridge of Light and Quotes by the Tibetan on the Antahkarana.
Elementals. Spirits of the elements are forces of nature. The creatures evolved in the four kingdoms, or elements earth (gnomes), air (sylphs), fire (salamanders) and water (undines). These sub-human entities also known as nature spirits are points of consciousness that indwell the elements. They are on the involutionary path or downward arc into matter. This contrasts with the angelic or devic kingdom which is on the evolutionary path evolving toward spirit. The Angelic (Devic) kingdom can control the elemental kingdom. Although humans can contact elementals on the emotional (astral) plane through rituals, ceremonies, and mantras, it is advised that they not contact them directly but work through the angelic kingdom who can safely control them. Some Shamans and ceremonial magicians do work with them directly but in order to do so safely, it helps to be able to see them and to know the words of power to control them.
Monad/Self ― Pure Spirit reflecting the triplicity of Deity: (1) divine Will or Power (the Father); (2) Love-Wisdom (the Son); (3) active Intelligence (the Holy Spirit). The spark of God resident in every human being.
Permanent atoms ― These are 6 in number. Three relate to the spiritual triad, the mental, buddhic, and atmic permanent atoms. Three relate to the three atoms of the personality vehicle ― physical and astral permanent atoms, and the mental unit ― around which the bodies for a new incarnation are formed. They retain the vibratory rate of the individual at the moment of death, guaranteeing that the energetic evolutionary status thus far achieved will be carried over into successive lives.
Personality– The characteristics of an individual. The threefold lower man – mental, emotional, physical-etheric. The personality is the lower self, the reflection of the Soul, the conscious thinking identity, or Higher Self.
“No set diet could be entirely correct for a group of people of different ray, temperament and equipment and of various ages. No enforced elimination of meat is required, or strict vegetarian diet compulsory. There are phases of life and sometimes entire incarnations, wherein an aspirant subjects himself to a discipline of food. But there are other life cycles and incarnations wherein a disciple’s interest lie in other directions”. (p. 80)
“Each disciple should be strictly vegetarian. The lower nature becomes clogged and heavy, and the inner blaze cannot shine forth when meat is included in the diet. This is a drastic rule for applicants, and may not be violated. “(p. 81) Science has now caught up with the teachings of the Tibetan and has documented the carcinogenic effects of eating red meat and the inflammatory effect on the body of eating chicken. See “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger MD for thorough scientific documentation. Also view his video on the leading causes of death and how to prevent them at http://nutritionfacts.org/ video/uprooting-the-leading- causes-of-death/
“It must, of course, here be recognized that no hard or fast rules can ever be la > himself to vegetables, grains, fruits, and nuts. Only thus, can he build the type of physical body which can stand the entry of the real man who has stood in his subtler bodies before the Initiator. ..For those who can stand it, eggs and cheese are sometimes better eliminated from the diet, but this is not in any way compulsory. It is advisable always that those who are in the process of developing psychic faculties of any kind should not permit themselves to eat eggs and very little cheese. Milk and butter come under a different category and most initiates and applicants find it necessary to retain them in diet”. ( p.81)
The Tibetan recommends that we eat whole wheat bread, all the vegetables that contact the sun, oranges (above all, oranges), bananas, raisins, nuts, some potatoes, unpolished rice, milk, honey, and drink plenty of water (p. 195, Serving Humanity: A Compilation by Alice A. Bailey).