A Crisis In Consciousness – And The Laws That Will See Us Through
The Age of Pisces, the Ageless Wisdom Teaching tells us, has given humanity the new qualities of individuality and idealism. While these qualities are essential attributes to bring into our expression of humanity’s fundamental oneness, the current unbalanced emphasis they receive in the way we have organized society has led the world to the edge of the abyss. For, if we look at the state of the world in 2017, when eight individuals are now as wealthy as the poorest 50 per cent of humanity (Oxfam), while more than a billion people still live on less than US $1.25 a day, and more people than ever are employed on less-than-living wages, we can see how the manifestation of these two qualities has reached its apex – reinforcing each other’s vices of separativeness and extremism in a dysfunctional system where competition has become a necessity and greed a virtue.
At the same time, in the face of growing injustice and human suffering, we see all around us a marked movement towards the expression of unity and synthesis – the qualities of Aquarius. Apparently, inwardly we know that we are one species, one race, but, as Benjamin Creme pointed out time and again, our present societal structures do not allow us to express this oneness, and this has led to the current crisis that manifests most visibly in the socio-economic field.
As a result, humanity is deeply polarized about which way to go from here. Those who are steeped in the old ways want to hold on to what they know and argue for reinforced separation between groups and greater competition, leading to more conflict. Others are looking to find new ways towards greater openness, justice and co-operation.
If we look for guidance, we will see that the essence of all the major religions share several crucial points of agreement that have always pointed humanity the way out of our perplexity. This time is no exception, as the presence in the world of our Elder Brothers – Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the Masters of Wisdom – reinstates in modern language the age-old signposts out of our current crisis.
In summary, all the major religions agree on a cyclical revelation (1) through the return of a teacher, at the beginning or end of each cosmic cycle or Age, (2) and about the source and evolution of consciousness, which (3) needs to be given expression by living according to the Golden Rule to establish right human relations. Students of the Ageless Wisdom Teaching will immediately recognize in this iteration three major laws that have been held before humanity by our teachers since time immemorial: (1) the Law of Cyclic Return; (2) the Law of Evolution; (3) the Law of Harmlessness.
The Law Of Cyclic Return
Christians are waiting for the Second Coming, Jews are waiting for the Messiah, Buddhists expect Maitreya Buddha, Hindus the 10th incarnation of Vishnu, or Kalki Avatar, while sections of Islam await the 12th Mahdi, the Imam Mahdi. This esoteric Law of Cyclic Return is confirmed in pronouncements from the ancient scriptures in many traditions.
The Law Of Evolution
The Law of Evolution — the evolution of consciousness to realize, ultimately, its ultimate oneness with the Source — can also be found in the scriptures of every religious tradition. According to Hinduism, in order to attain liberation from the world one must achieve wholeness: a human being must acquire self-knowledge about one’s true self (Atman) and realize that it is identical with the transcendent self, Brahman, or the ultimate reality. In Jewish mysticism the building of the tabernacle is seen as a symbol of our growing unity with the Source and gradual return to perfection through the soul’s many incarnations. In Buddhism the evolution of consciousness is expressed as achieving the cessation of thought. In Christianity Jesus encourages us to apply and sharpen our conscious faculties and growing expression of our innate divinity. In Sufism, the mystical approach to Islam, followers seek to find a direct personal experience of God by strengthening the heart’s connection to the divine so that one becomes re-united with the divine.
The Law Of Harmlessness
Expanding our consciousness to restore our awareness of our innate divinity, by living the Laws of Life that come to us through cyclical revelation, we must necessarily also expand our awareness to include the well-being of our fellow human beings, wherever they may be. Therefore, any true expression of this growth in consciousness must manifest itself in right human relations through the Law of Harmlessness, better known around the world as the Golden Rule.
Hinduism: “One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of Righteousness.” (Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8)
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Law; all the rest is commentary.” (Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
Buddhism: “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Gautama Buddha, Udana-Varga 5:18)
Christianity: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Jesus, Matthew 7:12)
Islam: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for your brothers what you wish for yourself.” (Mohammed, Al-Nawawi, 13th Hadith)
Indeed, this Golden Rule is so ingrained in our being as humanity’s highest aspiration, that it is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25, paragraph 1: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
The fragments from the age-old teachings presented above show unequivocally that no other pronouncement would provide a safer roadmap out of the crisis in consciousness that is plaguing humanity at this crossroads between two Ages. They also highlight the striking simplicity and beauty of Maitreya’s teaching: “When you share, you recognize God in your brother.” (Message No.82)
Adapted from Share International magazine, Jan-Feb 2018.
Gerard Aartsen is an author, speaker, researcher and educator from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has a master of education degree from the Amsterdam University of Applied Science and has been a lifelong student of the Ageless Wisdom Teaching and co-worker of Share International. Gerard’s books about the extraterrestrial presence on Earth have been translated and published in various languages. For more information: www.bgapublications.nl.