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Arjuna, human Icon of the Path of Action

by Athos A. Altomonte

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Arjuna, human Icon of the Path of Action which introduces to the 12 Yogas of the inner Illumination

The words of a sacred text or belonging to the initiatory Tradition can be interpreted in an exoterical (moral) sense or in an esoterical (mysterial) one.

The moral sense is given by a reading (evaluation) of the text which is rigidly literal; whereas the mysterial sense, that is the occult one, is given by the esoterical study of the words and the position they have in the text (as for Hebrew kabalah). The ability to distinguish and appreciate them both depends on the reader.

The researcher is first of all a scholar, therefore he is taught not to underestimate any of these two meanings and not to "prefer" one to the other.

Both the exoterical and the esoterical aspect are means of knowledge.

Nevertheless, even if the esoterical vehicle is the major one, they both must be acknowledged, because it is the only way for the researcher to relate both with the exoterical and the initiatory parts of the Idea. Every thought, in fact, must include in itself both "hemispheres of consciousness" in order to be complete. This is the "esoterical sense" that every Candidate should wish to reach. We&rsquoll give an example, read it carefully and then analyze it.

Let's start from a sentence by the Master D. K.: "...The sentence "the man who meditates" refers to the soul. Arjuna, the disciple, renounces the fight and gives his weapons and the reins of power to Krishna, the soul, and eventually gets his reward, that is he sees the divine form that veils the Son of God, which is himself.."



1. If you think that the attitude of the mind is more important than action, why do you impose this terrible war on me?

2. My mind is confused, because I see a contradiction in your words. Will you tell me definitely which journey I have to go through to meet the Most High?


3. As I have already told you, oh spotless hero, you can walk through two paths, in this world: one is the discipline of cognition through reason and the other is the discipline of action through Yoga.

4. It is not through abstention from action that men can reach freedom to act; renunciation is not enough to reach perfection.

5. Because, actually, a man can&rsquot be without acting not even for an instant; willing or not, human beings are forced to action by nature.

6. The man who refrains from acting but recalls the pleasures of action in his heart, will feel disappointment and he is a false follower of the Path.

7. Great is the man who, free from any attachment, can control in harmony his faculties through his mind and goes through the Yoga of Action.

8. Action is superior to inaction: therefore accomplish your task in life. Without action even your physical existence might not reproduce.

9. Except for the sacrificial actions, all man's actions connect him to this world. Do your best for your actions to be pure, uninterested and free from desire.


Beyond the "metaphorical" contest in which the inner dialogue between an impermanent self and the divine Entity has been placed, the terms of an "occult" teaching are pointed very clearly.

To let it stand out, though, we need to take apart the text and gather the "key words" which reveal the deep nature of the dialogue, which is based on the principle of intelligent Action (3rd Ray).

Maybe the "clear reading" of some indications will let us understand how the Way that leads to the Spiritual Principle of Humanity (White Hierarchy) is made of Action and not of poetic mawkishness.

Every word is a door that "opens" on a world of meanings which are different from the literal sense.

"For those who have eyes to see" every word is the seed of a thought whose meanings are often invisible. They are brought to the surface (see "Fragments of an initiatory reality – Postulate on the meaning of surface esotericism and deep esotericism") only through a deep understanding of the word that transmits it.

The word, therefore, is a kind of access code to initiatory statements which are invisible to a profane eye, because they are confused in the text that protects them.

These codes, or more correctly principles, cannot be seen through a superficial reading, where they remain unknown, therefore "secret".

The announced work on the "Languages of the Rays" moves towards this direction. It deals with the use of languages, which are referable to the seven human tempers, in esoterical terms.

Languages are only "exoterical containers" used to transmit many "keys" of the Living Teaching.

Since reading and thinking are connected, we must consider the esoterical ability to read a text as a proper initiatory instrument.

To break apart a text means to point one's Attention on what every single word represents and Focus one's mind to penetrate its deep meanings.

The esoterical process of "Occult meditation" consists of entering the inside of words (seeds of a deep thought), which is different from simple thinking. Therefore, by recognizing what one is reading, it is possible to see the thought (see visualization) of the man who "planned" the Idea and his reasons.

If the Idea is the expression of a Master, through the use of the word we will be able to understand his intentions towards us. And this is really important for a Disciple. Through the right education, then, it is possible to find all the "seed-thoughts" available in a text.

By opening them the access to the occult meanings of any sacred text can be earned. Now let's see how we can find out some words by breaking apart the key words pronounced by Arjuna (the Disciple) and Krishna (the spiritual Master). These words are the key to access some meanings which are less obvious than the text. They are, at the same time, an indication to some kind of Yogas that someone "wanted to communicate to us" through this dialogue.

To make it easier, we&rsquoll place an asterisk next to each reference to a different Yoga; we will then leave it to the reader's intuition to find the correspondence with the twelve Yogas mentioned below.


Arjuna's Words:

1. ...attitude of the mind* ...action* ...

2. ...confused mind (see Maya), ...words ...journey go through - to meet ...

Krishna's Words:

3. ...hero* (see heroic path) ...paths (are) two: discipline of cognition through reason* ...(and) ...discipline of Action* through Yoga (in sanskrit: ùnione or Bridge; Editor's note.).

4. It is not through abstention from action (non-action)*...reaches ...freedom to act* (see "Act of spiritual Will" or "Free Will" of the superior Ego, which many postulants mix up with the "freedom of choice" of the inferior self; Editor's note); ...renunciation* ...perfection *.

5. Because, ... without acting; human beings ... forced to action.

6. The man who refrains from acting a false follower of the Path*.

7. Great is .... who, free from any attachment*, can control in harmony his faculties through his mind*, goes through the path of the Yoga of Action* (see also Raja Yoga)

8. Action (Will of action, 1st Ray) intelligent (3rd ray) is superior to inaction of Devotion (the 6th Ray) ...

9. ...sacrificial actions, ...uninterested and pure actions, actions which are free from desire* (of others' approval; Editor's note).

Every Candidate must "practice" the occult meaning of words. The esoterical and mysterial sense hidden in every word can be reached through analogy (see the principles of initiatory science), starting from its exoterical meaning. This invitation, although it looks personal, is "repeated again and again" on each occasion by the Masters of Wisdom.

Now we will deal with the "official" conclusion of our short journey, with:


The 12 Yoga Philosophies are the "12 Stages of the inner Illumination"

The 12 Yoga Philosophies (ùnion or Bridge) are the "12 Stages of Illumination"; going through them, humanity, or the single initiate, can turn back from material conscience to spiritual essence.

It would be necessary to know the 12 "Yogas" or at least their most common meanings, in order to understand their aims and their useful application.

We'll give a short explanation starting from the most ancient:

1) Hata Yoga; it is the ùnion of mind with vital strength, through the use of 40 asana (positions) of the physical body.

2) Laya Yoga; it is the ùnion of the centers of the ethereal body with the physical conscience, which activates and purifies the 6 spinal centers (chakra), it awakens Kundalini (the Serpentine Fire sleeping in the coccyx) which leads in the "re-ascent" to the mind.

a. Kundalini Yoga; it is the minor branch of the Laya Yoga which is directed to the activity of the magmatic forces of the physical body (sacral center). These forces must be awaken only to be directed towards the activities of the superior centers of the head.

By practising this branch of yoga outside of its main Yoga, we might have: risk of discouragement; risk of sexual unbalance; risk of atrophy of the inferior self (see egotism); risk of physical and mental insanity (see priapism, erethism, sexual hyper-excitability); risk of freeing undesirable forces and contact with hidden entities; risk of loosing the sense of reality; risk of satisfaction.


3) Bhakti Yoga; it is the ùnion with the divine ideal through devotion and cult.

a. Mantra Yoga; it is the science of sound and word: the living energy, vibrating, re-sounds and creates resonant forms which the initiate as well can create. A very interesting activity is the one of learning how to build resonant images or forms of thought, through the "sound of word", which doesn't have anything to do with the common talking.

b. Shiva Yoga; it is the ùnion through contemplation, with Self, the Supreme Self and God.

c. Asparsha Yoga; through contemplation occurs the detachment, addressed mainly to the dissolution of one's (Maya-Illusion) and others' (see oneiric cultures) dimming.


4) Karma Yoga; it is the ùnion with the spiritual Principle through the uninterested and impersonal Act of Service. It is an important step for the devoted (see Bhakti Yoga) to enter this spirit of Service, in order to move his devotion from the personal axis to the Services unconditioned by personal aspirations. The way of action without action or non-action is also to serve without desire for acknowledgments.


5) Jnana Yoga; it is the ùnion through wisdom which is consciousness of:

Seeing that all that changes is illusory or illusion;

Feeling that in every living form the unique Self (God) lives;

Seeing the difference between real and unreal (see discrimination and Free Will),

Feeling the detachment for the changing world, for the world of changing thoughts, going towards the world of Ideas where unchangeable principles rule; these principles can be reached by developing intellect and intuition; and then realize the fusion with the Knowledge of the superior Self (knowing through contact) can be realized. Its "instruments" are active intelligence (3rd ray), love (2nd ray) and will (1st ray).


6) Raya Yoga; it means "Royal ùnion" (in the West Ars Regia); it is the ùnion, through the full power of intellect (see Siddhi) on "one's own matter" with the Inner Master (see spiritual Monad).

It is based on the so-called "Four Points of Observation" (the four stages of occult development) also described by Patanjali. The full psychic development is the essence of Esoterical Psychology (see article in Esonet). It helps to perceive the "Consciousness of the Soul" and to reach the part of our conscience called Solar Angel.

The instruments that the raja yogi (the initiate) commonly uses are, together with the deep visualization, the respiration and concentration of prana (vital energy), which it transforms into energy to be used for the construction and the sending of "forms of thought".

a. Samadhi Yoga; includes the most evolved status of consciousness of the raya yogi (the Initiate):

Status of beatitude;

Status of peace (nirvana);

Status of freedom (maha-nirvana);

Status of silence, which resounds of Knowledge, preceding the Agni Yoga.


7) Agni Yoga; it is the Yoga of Fire and it means the ùnion of the self (transpersonal) with the Fire of spiritual Ideas. In other words: this Yoga is the philosophy that takes to the inner, therefore spiritual, illumination.

The Master Morya (1st ray) teaches that: "the Agni Yoga leads to the simplest way; if any youngster asks what Agni Yoga is, the Disciples can answer that it is to perceive and to apply to life the fire element, which embraces everything and feeds the seed of spirit"; furthermore, he adds: "all the forms of previous Yogas, issued by the highest Sources, are based on a specific quality of life. But now that the Age of Maitreya is imminent, we need a Yoga which includes the whole essence of life, which contains everything and excludes nothing".

Then, he says: "....just like those youngsters who, in the biblical myth, heroically sacrificed themselves by leaping into the burning furnace, but they came out of it unhurt and became, therefore, powerful. It is just the fire element that gives its name to this Yoga of the Sacrifice of self.

Whereas in other forms of Yoga the dangers decrease through practice, in this one they increase. The fire, in fact, element which connects everything, expresses itself everywhere and therefore it allows to realize the most subtle energies of the true human essence, which is of a spiritual origin.

Fire doesn't estrange from life but, like a safe guide, leads to far-off worlds (see Great Lodge of Sirius). Besides, what else if not Fire (of the spirit) floods the immensity of space? Let's contemplate with a smile, then, the burning life".

Comparing the several Yoga Philosophies, Master Morya said:

"Let's analyze similarities and differences between the Agni Yoga and the Yogas which preceded it. When the Karma Yoga acts with earth elements it has many contact points with Agni Yoga, but when Agni Yoga leads to realize "far-off worlds" (more subtle dimensions), the distinction is clearer.

Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga are all extraneous to the reality that surrounds them and therefore they can't participate to the evolution of the future.

It is understood that an agni yogi (the Initiate) must have been already a perfect bhakti yogi and then a jnana yogi, so that the development of his spiritual strengths could turn him into a raja yogi as well. The Agni Yoga overcomes the limitations of the previous Yogas, because it is direct to the exploration of the superior kingdoms, like the intuitive, the animistic, the monodical and the divine one which is inside every Man, in the planet, in the solar system and in the cosmos.

Agni Yoga is also the process of construction of the most interior part of the Antahkarana. The first part, which goes from the personality to the Soul, is built with the best mental substance (intellect). The second part of the Antahkarana, which goes from the personality pervaded by the Soul to the spiritual Triad, is made of substance of light. The "substance of light" is made of the fourth and third ether. Let's not forget that the Buddhist plane is the physical substance of the Planetary Logos (see Anima Mundi).

The main goal of this Yoga, therefore, is to elevate the consciousness of the Adept up to the point of reaching the consciousness of the spiritual Triad and get in touch with the Sources of Fire on the planet. Some teachings call them Shamballa, others Tower or White Island. This is the Yoga of the New Era, through which it is nice to prepare oneself to the tasks of the future evolution, without rejecting the spiritual conquests of the past. There isn't any innovation to be proud of, because it is only the combination of the elements that "regenerates" the possibilities. "

In conclusion, the superior Yogas Raja and Agni include all the previous Yogas, so much that their use is out of date.

As an epilogue we'll synthesize the whole journey.

The Bhakti Yoga is the path of the heart, because it is based on the development of feeling and devotion, even religious. It is the yoga of feeling and heart, but also of the astral body, in which it encourages the submission of desires and emotions, bringing them at the feet of the Loved one, seen and met in the heart. It becomes, then, the sublimation of all the inferior loves. All the desires become prisoners of only one yearning: to know the loving face of Divinity and love of God.

Bhakti Yoga was the initiatory science of the last mother race, the Atlantides', while the Raja Yoga is the highest science of the Aryan civilization.

The Bhakti Yoga turned a high Initiate into an Arhat (Master of Compassion) and guided him towards the fourth initiation. Whereas the Raja Yoga leads to the Threshold of the fifth initiation. Both Yogas liberate the Adept from the cycle of re-births, but the Raja Yoga let him free to serve as white Wizard in the Great Work of "Consecration of the Matter".

This ancient Yoga finds a development which is still actual, in the soul of those who can perceive the devotion not as a personal feeling or as an expression of faith for a particular religion, but as an altruistic and fully comprehensive feeling which makes devotion grow, up to become the immaterial Devotion for an abstract and most of all impersonal Ideal.

The Karma Yoga is specifically linked with physical activity and with the expression of all the inner impulses. In its most simple and ancient form it has been the yoga of the Lémure race which, together with the Hatha Yoga, was meant for students without an evolved reason, to teach them to consciously control the co-ordination of the physical body, as they were still unable to dominate. This happened through physical practices which allowed the control of the different organs and the whole physical mechanism. The Laya Yoga, on the other hand, penetrates the mysteries of the ethereal body and its centers of strength (the chakra). It distributes its vital currents and awakens the serpentine fire (see kundalini). The Karma Yoga leads to the domain of the physical condition, that is all those aspects in relation with the Law of Cause and Effect (see Karma).


If we consider the human body divided into three parts we must observe that:

The Karma Yoga in its evolution awakens the four centers placed under the diaphragm.

The Bhakti Yoga in its evolution transmutes and transfers the inferior energies in the two centers above the diaphragm, that is in the heart and the throat.

The Raja Yoga in its evolution synthesizes in the chakra of the head all the vital strengths of the centers underneath (the coronal center), and re-distribute them according to the priorities of the superior Ego or Self.

The Raja Yoga is the science of the fifth race (the actual) and is based on the development of the latent faculties (siddhi) of the mind (not of the brain) through the intelligent use of will.

It is the Yoga of the intellectual synthesis which occurs at the intellectual development of humanity.

It is the science of mind and of will directed to a precise goal: the one for which the human being abandons his "profane being" to subdue it voluntarily to the inner Power of the Soul. Here, Raja Yoga co-ordinates the inferior triplicity of man, helping him to become an instrument of the soul. It includes and uses all the results realized by the ancient Yogas.

It is the synthesis of the individual evolutionary work and it gives man the crown of King of his own kingdom. But we can already see the effects of another Yoga, which is directed to the essence of life, which contains everything and excludes nothing. This is the Agni Yoga.

It is a Yoga that acts on the manifestation of fire, giver of life and creator of will.

The man who is able to build himself and his life, according to a discipline which is invisible from the outside, is called to the Yoga of Fire. He co-operates with far-off worlds and is able to understand the fundaments of evolution. The main characteristic of the School of the "Red Dresses" is the lighting of the fires of knowledge, which allows their Disciples to interact with the more subtle energies and to develop, in this way, the direct-knowledge and the "knowledge through contact" with the Soul.

Many Adepts already work to the advent of the Agni Yoga, which will be the "science" of the next Sixth race.


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