What inspiration and joy the plant kingdom brings.
Can we not hear the planetary Being speaking of a vaster life than the petty ideals that have disappointed?
Every return of the seasons seems to echo the promise of the return of the World Teacher
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others;” I Thessalonians 5:2-6
…that mighty renewal of life which will be so much more than mere worldly expectations.
The vision which many have of the influence and work of the [coming] Avatar …is that of a Great Appearance which will end all strife, inaugurate the new era of peace and goodwill, soothe the hearts of the people and lead mankind into realms of beauty and of happiness. He will be the consummation of the wishful thinking of countless minds down the ages. He will be the solace of distressed humanity. He will sweetly love and quietly deal with His Own people and will sweep the evil doer out of the Earth and prevent him from again molesting the peace of the world.
I tell you that such a picture does not enter into the vision of reality at all. It is based on theological interpretations and human selfishness; it is founded on the misery of mankind and on the failure of disciples and aspirants everywhere to grasp the true nature of love and the real vision of the hierarchical Plan.
It is the Fire of Love which He will bring; it is the message of the purificatory fire which He will sound; He will not teach anent the waters of purification, as has hitherto been the symbolic imparted truth; He will impart the fire which burns and destroys all barriers in man’s nature, all separating walls between individuals, between groups and between nations…” Discipleship in the New Age I, page 722
And in the Agni Yoga writings we read:
Regarding the various qualities of love, let us note the love that holds back and the love that impels forward. Essentially, the first type is earthly, while the second is heavenly. What a multitude of creations have been destroyed by the first, and what a similar number have been winged on by the second! The first is aware of all the limitations of space and consciousness, but the second has no need to measure things by earthly standards. It is unimpeded by distances or considerations of death. While the first views the world as a planet, the second is not hampered even by the possibility that the planet may be destroyed, because all the worlds lie before it. Actually, the second love extends to the physical world as well as the Subtle and Fiery Worlds. It kindles hearts, giving them the highest joy, and is therefore indestructible. So let us expand the heart—not for Earth but for Infinity.” Heart, 242
The dire situations in many places around our world require us to shift into a higher resonance of that mighty energy we call love.
In August 1940 the Tibetan (known as DK) advised a disciple about drawing in the heart’s love:
You are, under the glamour of idealism, apt to sacrifice the spirit of love in order to preserve the form of your ideal. …Ideals must go as they are now formulated because we are entering into a new age wherein all things will become new. They can safely be relinquished when their place is taken by a real soul love for humanity— inclusive, sane and practical. Ideals are formulations by the human mind. The [Spiritual] Hierarchy has no ideals. The Hierarchy is simply the channel for pure love and where love exists there is no danger of harshness, of cruelty, of misunderstanding, of evasion of facts or of harmfulness.
….Much also that many regard as harmless is definitely harmful in its general effects. Ideals, as usually held, feed pride, lead to stubbornness, and engender a separative superiority; they produce impractical attitudes and negative activities. The one who thus holds them frequently serves only in the limited field, conditioned by his chosen work and coloured by his idealism. He excludes the Whole and thinks in terms of the past and as he wants to think. There is no real understanding of an opposing idealism and often no real attempt to comprehend its basis. His emphasis upon his own ideals …prevents understanding, and he is so busy upholding them and defending them …and being conditioned by them that the larger human issues escape his attention…
…One thing only will prevent this happening: Loving understanding and a consequent sacrifice of the life to humanity as a whole. The greatest good of the greatest number becomes his life theme and to this the whole man is subordinated.” Discipleship in the New Age II, page 530 – 531
The heart is the point of balance where all things come together in true relationship.
There is another facet of meditation taught by Our Brother DK which remains sadly underutilized. It involves the building aspect of the mind, whose full capacity can be attained through the energies of the heart. If you would become builders of the future, you could start with even a single element known to you, adding fuel to that element every day, immersing it in the light of mind, ‘watering it’ through the tendrils of the heart. By this means you will pave the avenues and boulevards of the new City.
Building the new world also occurs through the total clearing of the mind, by withdrawing your awareness from all exterior stimuli and creating the experience of emptiness. Dwell in that space for a while, allowing the Silence to waft over you, filling you with itself until the self is no longer aware of breathing and the mind is devoid of thought. When the emptiness settles in, you will enter a state in which a higher octave of building work is possible, for there We can commune with you if invited to do so.” Instructions on Group Discipleship, August 13 2014
When we can share heart to heart we may enter the realm where the heart’s flow reflects soul to soul.
…love brings all earthly karma to an end. Love induces that radiation which invokes and evokes not only the heart of God but the heart of humanity also. Love is the cause of all creation and the sustaining factor in all living.” Discipleship in the New Age II, page 541
And from the Agni Yoga teachings:
Let us accept love as the motive force in the expansion of consciousness. The heart will not be aflame without love; it will not be invincible, nor will it be self-sacrificing. So let us bring gratitude to every receptacle of love, for love lies on the border of the New World, where hatred and intolerance have been abolished. The path of love unfolds with the intensity of cosmic energy. So on this path everyone will find his place in the Cosmos. Not as dried leaves but as lotuses aflame will people find kinship with the Highest World.” Heart, 243
…love can call forth from the kernel of the smallest things an unsurpassable glory.