Significance of The Great Invocation

The beauty and the strength of this Invocation lie in its simplicity, and in its expression of certain central truths which all men, innately and normally, accept — the truth of the existence of a basic Intelligence to Whom we vaguely give the name of God; the truth that behind all outer seeming, the motivating power of the universe is Love; the truth that a great Individuality, called by Christians the Christ, came to earth and embodied that love so that we could understand; the truth that both love and intelligence are effects of what is called the Will of God; and finally the self-evident truth that only through humanity itself can the divine Plan work out.

This entire Invocation refers to that impending, overshadowing and revelatory storehouse of energy, the immediate cause of all events on earth which indicate the emergence of that which is new and better; these events demonstrate the moving onward of the human consciousness into greater light.

The usual invocative appeal has hitherto been selfish in nature and temporary in its formulation. Men have prayed for themselves; they have invoked divine help for those they love; they have given a material interpretation to their basic needs. This Invocation is a world prayer; it has no personal appeal or temporal invocative urge; it expresses humanity’s need and pierces through all the difficulties, doubts and questionings straight to the Mind and the Heart of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being-the One Who will stay with us until the end of time itself and “until the last weary pilgrim has found his way home.”

From the point of light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

In the first three lines, we have reference to the Mind of God as a focal point for divine light. This refers to the soul of all things. The term soul with its major attribute of enlightenment includes the human soul and that consummating point of light which we regard as the “overshadowing” soul of humanity. That soul brings light and spreads enlightenment. It is necessary always to remember that light is active energy.

When we invoke the Mind of God and say: “Let light stream forth into the minds of men, let Light descend on Earth,” we are voicing one of the great needs of humanity and — if invocation and prayer mean anything at all — the answer is certain and sure. When we find present in all people at all times, in every age and in every situation, the urge to voice an appeal to the unseen spiritual Centre, there is a fixed surety that such a centre exists. Invocation is as old as humanity itself.

We are told by the Christ that men “love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.” Nevertheless, one of the great emerging beauties of the present time is that light is being thrown into every dark place, and there is nothing hidden which shall not be revealed. People recognise the present darkness and misery and consequently welcome light. The illumination of men’s minds so that they can see things as they are, can apprehend right motives and the way to bring about right human relations is now a major need. In the light which enlightenment brings, we shall eventually see light, and the day will come when thousands of the sons of men and countless groups will be able to say with Hermes and with Christ: “I am (or we are) the light of the world.”

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

In the second three lines, the Heart of God is involved and the focal point of love considered. This “heart” of the manifested world is the spiritual Hierarchy — that great transmitting agency of love to every form in the divine manifestation.

Love is an energy which must reach the hearts of men and which must fecundate humanity with the quality of loving-understanding; that is what is expressed when love and intelligence are brought together.

When disciples are working under the recognition of the Christ, there will then come the time when He can again move among men in a public manner; He can be publicly recognised and thus do His work on the outer levels of living as well as upon the inner. Christ said when bidding farewell to His disciples: “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the days.”

When Christ comes, there will be a flowering in great activity of His type of consciousness among men; He will let loose into the world of men the potency and the distinctive energy of intuitive love. The results of the distribution of this energy of love will be two-fold:

First, the active energy of loving-understanding will mobilise a tremendous reaction against the potency of hate. To hate, to be separate, and to be exclusive will come to be regarded as the only sin, for it will be recognised that all the sins as listed, and now regarded as wrong, only stem from hate or from its product, the anti-social consciousness. Second, countless men and women in every land will form themselves into groups for the promotion of goodwill and for the production of right human relations. So great will be their numbers that from being a small and relatively unimportant minority, they will be the largest and most influential force in the world.

From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men –
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

In the third three lines, we find a prayer that the human will can be brought into conformity with the divine will, even though that may not be understood. There is indication in these three lines that humanity itself cannot as yet grasp the purpose of God, that aspect of the divine will which seeks immediate expression on earth. But surely, as the purpose of the Will of God seeks to influence human will, it is expressed in human terms as goodwill, as living determination or as a fixed intention to bring about right human relations.

The divine will, as it is essentially, remains the great mystery. Even Christ Himself struggled with the problem of the divine will, and addressed Himself to the Father at the moment when He first realised the extent and the complexity of His mission as world saviour. He then cried aloud: “Father, not my will but thine be done.” Those words marked the relinquishing of the means through which He had been attempting to salvage humanity; it indicated to Him what might at that time have appeared to be an apparent failure and that His mission was not accomplished. For nearly two thousand years, He has waited to bring that mission into fruition. He cannot proceed with His assigned mission without reciprocal action by humanity.

This Invocation is peculiarly and essentially Christ’s Own Mantram and its “sound has gone forth” to the entire world through the medium of His enunciation of it and through its use by the spiritual Hierarchy. Now its words must go out throughout the entire world by means of its enunciation by men everywhere and its meaning must be expressed by the masses in due time. Then Christ can again “descend on earth” and “see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied.”

From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

In the fourth three lines, having invoked the three aspects or potencies of Mind, Love and Will, we have indication of the anchoring of all these powers in humanity itself, in “the centre which we call the race of men.” Here, and here alone, can all the three divine qualities – in time and space – express themselves and find fulfillment; here and here alone can love be truly born, intelligence correctly function, and the Will of God demonstrate its effective will-to-good. By humanity, alone and unaided (except by the divine spirit in every human being), can the “door where evil dwells” be sealed.

This final line of the fourth stanza is perhaps in need of explanation. This is a symbolic way of expressing the idea of rendering evil purposes both inactive and ineffectual. There is no particular location where evil dwells; in the Book of Revelations, the New Testament speaks of evil and of the destruction of the devil and of the rendering of Satan impotent.

The “door where evil dwells” is kept open by humanity through its selfish desires, its hatreds and its separateness, by its greed and its racial and national barriers, its low personal ambitions and its love of power and cruelty. As goodwill and light stream forth into the minds and hearts of men, these evil qualities and these directed energies which keep the door of evil open will give place to a longing for right human relations, to a determination to create a better and more peaceful world and to a world-wide expression of the will-to-good. As these qualities supersede the old and undesirable ones, the door where evil dwells will symbolically slowly close through the sheer weight of public opinion and through right human desire. Nothing can possibly stop it.

Thus the original Plan will be restored on earth. Simultaneously, the door into the world of spiritual reality will open before mankind and the door where evil dwells will be closed. Thus through the “centre which we call the race of men,” the Plan of Love and Light works out and strikes the death blow of evil, selfishness and separateness, sealing it into the tomb of death forever; thus also the purpose of the Creator of all things will be fulfilled.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

It is apparent that the first three stanzas or verses invoke, call for, or appeal to, the three aspects of divine life which are universally recognised — the mind of God, the love of God and the will or purpose of God; the fourth stanza points out the relation of humanity to these three energies of intelligence, love and will, and mankind’s deep responsibility to implement the spread of love and light on earth in order to restore the Plan. This Plan calls mankind to the expression of Love and challenges men to “let their light shine.” Then comes the final solemn demand that this “Plan of Love and Light,” working through mankind, may “seal the door where evil dwells.”

The final line then contains the idea of restoration, indicating the keynote for the future, and that the day will come when God’s original idea and His initial intention will no longer be frustrated by human freewill and evil, pure materialism and selfishness; the divine purpose will then, through the changed hearts and goals of humanity, be achieved.

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