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Mrs. Masciunos lived in the Palmer House in Mamaroneck, New York. She was up in years but she still got out on the fire escape to clean the window and there was always joy of life in her heart. At the time I knew her she was translating books for the Agni Yoga Society in New York City. Mrs. Masciunos had words of wisdom for me in a time when I was going through difficult life experiences that were given to me for the purpose of paying my karmic debt of unfinished Business and stimulating the desire for a deeper understanding of the Purpose of our lives here on Planet Earth.
When Mrs. Masciunos could no longer afford the cost of living on her own she told me she was going to live with her daughter. She told me our lives are closely related and she will always be in touch with me - even after she leaves this incarnation. She talked of changes that will be coming in the world that we are beginning to experience. Before she left she gave me a copy of the book Agni Yoga. I did not like the Agni Yoga book. I held on to it only because Mrs. Masciunos gave it to me. I felt there was something important in this difficult to understand book that she wnted me to know.
Yoga has existed through all ages. Agni Yoga is a discipline by which one seeks liberation of the personality self to attain Cosmic Consciousness and then on to build higher and higher levels of consciousness until Christ Consciousness, or Conscious Union with the Supreme Spirit is reached. Agni Yoga is the time of Maitreya.
Signs of Agni Yoga. 1. They will ask, "Can the time of Maitreya create an epoch?". Answer, "If the crusades created a complete epoch, then truly the Epoch of Maitreya is a thousandfold more significant." In such consciousness should one pass. 2. People do not realize the meaning of God and Bodhisattva. As though blind, they ask, "What is the light?" But people even lack words to describe its properties, though daily they perceive the light.
So wary are people of the unusual that they have confused the boundaries of light and darkness. It is simplest for them to conceive of God's palace as upon the largest star. Otherwise their God would remain dwellingless. Their manifest lack of co-measurement impels them to demean what exists. (from the Agni Yoga book)
Agni Yoga can be compared with the morning Star in The Revelation of Saint John the Divine 2:28 "And I will give him the morning star". The morning star symbolizes the Divine Love that heralds the coming day of full illumination.
For the future we must arise out of sleep. The Great Work of self-development must be undertaken before true Self-knowledge can be unfolded. Old World thought filled with prejudices will lose power as New World Cosmic Consciousness grows. This is a time for learning to control the flow of false thoughts. Of all creative energies, thought remains supreme.
In the beginning the growth to higher knowing seems to demand unacceptable surrender of our most treasured beliefs about our personalities. It took years of independent study, volunteer work and life experience before I understood what Agni Yoga is all about and how it dovetails into everything else that new straight-knowledge is unfolding today. Most of all I learned about The Mother of the World that I had not heard of before.
Awakening to recognize that my personality was not qualified to satisfy the ever-growing challenges that I was presented with was not a pleasant experience. I began to give my personality permission to dissolve everything in my programming that was not for the Highest Good of all mankind. Words were not enough. It took mental effort, patience, endurance and discrimination to question the validity of what I was learning for years without any visible results before I finally began to understand Agni Yoga and the Cosmic Age have to do with waking up from our dream of separateness by way of purification and transmuting energy that is no longer useful for our cultural development. Manifesting God's Love for Creation is manifestation of a cosmic process at work through human thoughts, words and deeds. Something higher than personal knowledge guides the course of human events down to the smallest detail. Light dawns on us as new straight-knowledge is literally built into the cells of our bodies.
The Old World rejected the Mother of the World! The New World is beginning to perceive the Mother because she is shaking us to awaken us. There is only one stream of energy. It is called Psychic energy. It has a very close relation to fire. Psychic energy is called different names in all religions. It is the Holy Ghost of the Christians. Psychic waves are far stronger than all other threads of space. The waves of psychic energy act as astro-chemical rays. The fire of space and psychic energy are linked and represent the basis of our maturation process. Psychic energy binds fire with virgin substance. Fire is Light. The Mother is the Primary Matter Itself. It is through the power of the enlightened mind that all things are possible through the instrument of personalty.
We create through thought. The study of psychic energy will give a completely new relation to our surroundings. We have latent powers and it is time to awaken them in order to meet the demands of human consciousness for the Cosmic Age. Without new straight-knowledge to unfold wisdom and understanding it is impossible to progress to the higher levels of consciousness that go beyond five-sense will.
God gave man dominion over every living thing. The will of thinking makes him have his desires. The will makes man have unnatural desires which instinctively control his thoughts, ideas, words and actions. The false self-image, which man has made, has lost the basic unity of all Life with God Father and Mother. Man must know God Father and Mother to know the truth that will set us free to reclaim that dominion by mastering our hidden powers that will enable us to contribute creatively to our world.
God made provision for the development of man's (male and female) nature. Genesis 2:18 - "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam (generic humanity), and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of man (male and female). Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.
Help meet - referring to woman - who is man's spiritual and intellectual equal and who can thus be his companion shows the close relationship that exists between the sexes and the feelings that each should have for the other. The woman is from from man's (male and female) side, and it is therefore a wife's natural duty to cleave to her husband, and it is the husband's duty to cherish his wife.
Man's consciousness separated from God and this caused a delay in unfolding the growth of the Soul, or Self. "My Son, hear the instruction (inner hearing) of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Take fast hold of instruction: let her not go for she is thy life. Through knowledge shall the just be delivered" - The Proverbs. The Mother of the World has been rejected!!! The mother is our life and life does not die. She is the Mother Church within every human being - the kingdom of spirit that is embodied in our flesh that we have been told to seek first. The Mother Church is belonging to God, the Supreme Power and Ruler - She is the spirit, the subtle body. She is the soul, or the whole psychic nature of man. She is Primary Matter Itself. She is the channel through which we receive higher levels of consciousness. She is the inner consciousness that may be directed to become a pure mirror of Universal Spirit by building the temple, or house, of the Living God that is within every man. This building has to do with the completion of the function of the pineal gland to know with full consciousness that we are one with the Life-Force Itself, the power that sustains life. At this point it is an unfinished house. If we do not integrate book learning with inner development, the results are still darkness.
The mother is the subtle fluid in our veins, our arteries, our nerves and our lymphatic ducts. Her currents running through our nerves are shaped by our mental imagery. It is we who change as our consciousness changes to a higher being with other brain cells and different body chemistry from the man who is still part of the unknowing interpreters of Mother Nature. We are gradually unfolding the secrets of the universe cosmically to point the way for man to restore our basic foundation which is our connection to the Primal Source of Power that every area of cosmic research is revealing. Negative thoughts poison the walls of the nerve channels and spread through the entire organism.
As new straight-knowledge reveals the fact that our cells have intelligence, we grasp the idea that we can speak to our cells. We can give our cells permission to transmute any programmed thoughts that are not manifesting God's Love for Creation. The human body functions as a whole because all organs, glands and tissue speak and understand a common language, the results of which is metabolism. This is possible through the direction of innate Intelligence through the nervous system. Innate Intelligence is an inborn force, an individual unit of Universal Intelligence, or God. The whole universe runs with precision because it is governed by law.
The Life Power reproductive energy is escalating wrong thoughts and actions in the senses of man as the Propelling Force is pressing humankind to go beyond five-sense consciousness to connect with the Original Light Power. When man replaces Old World thought with New World thinking, they begin to awaken the cells of the body to right use of the God force and the body responds. The One Force that creates and sustains the universe is the Life Force that flows through the centers in the human body. There is no lack, no want and no limitation because there is no separation in God.
The book Agni Yoga that Mrs. Masciunos gave me tells that the Old World rejected the Mother of the World, but the New World begins to perceive Her lustrous veil. It is time to pass from the coarse layers of matter to research into the most subtle energy - Spirit. Spirit is Fire. Fire is Light. Fire influences consciousness.
"I shall say that you can become participants in the evolution of the Cosmos. You can possess the inheritance of the ages. You can manifest understanding of infinity. You can ameliorate the fate of the planet, BUT let the fires be kindled! Do not extinguish the sacred fire of spirit. Do not reject the Hand. Besides the radiance of the Mother of the World, the evidence of our existence is like a grain of sand; but the cumulation of the Chalice is like a radiant mountain. Can the time of Maitreya create an epoch? If the Crusades created a complete epoch, then truly the Epoch of Maitreya is a thousandfold more significant. In such consciousness should one pass." - Agni Yoga
Wow! I knew I needed to hold onto that book for some good reason. The Mother is the Virgin. Substance - the Root Substance - the Limitless Light - of all things.
Agni Yoga is progressive development of human possibilities. Deep suffering is caused by our gradual decline following wrong development, achievement, glory, etc., and by fear of change. Nothing can stop the next stage of human growth to Mind Knowing. The Lord our God is a consuming fire. It is necessary to learn intelligent cooperation. The Mother of the World will one day rule the whole world.