Path 4 of Higher Evolution ~ August 18

Path to Sirius

Cosmic rapture and rhythmic bliss are the attributes of the fourth path.
- Alice A. Bailey, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire

Path 4 of Higher Evolution

Of the 7 Cosmic Paths comprising the Way to Higher Evolution, the constellation Leo corresponds to Path IV, the Path to Sirius.

Tying in with our focus this month on Leo~Sirius and cycles and rhythms, an attribute of the Path to Sirius is rhythmic bliss. We strive to participate in the rhythm of the monad, while “… bliss is the consummation which the monad bestows upon the initiate.” (1)

This passage from Alice Bailey’s discussion of the 4th Path to Higher Evolution elucidates further ...

As progress is made in the course of taking the higher initiations, it becomes apparent to the initiate that two major streams of energy enter our planetary life:

a. A stream of energy coming from the cosmic mental plane and from that focal point which is to Sanat Kumara what the egoic lotus, the soul, is to the spiritual man; it carries the life principle of our planet and centres itself in Shamballa. From there it is dispersed throughout all forms upon the planet and we call it LIFE. It must be remembered that this life principle embodies or is impregnated with the will and purpose of THAT which overshadows Sanat Kumara as the soul overshadows the personality.

b. A stream of energy coming from the sun, Sirius; this enters directly into the Hierarchy and carries with it the principle of buddhi, of cosmic love. This, in a mysterious way, is the principle found at the heart of every atom.

The life principle follows the line of 1.3.5.7, whilst the buddhic flow follows the line of 2.4.6. Thus atma-buddhi becomes the blended reality which is brought to full unfoldment as evolution proceeds. The energy of Sirius by-passes (to use a modern word) Shamballa and is focussed in the Hierarchy. Its effect is not felt until after the third initiation, though the Masters use this energy whilst training disciples for the second, the fourth and the sixth initiations.

The entire work of the Great White Lodge is controlled from Sirius; the Ashrams are subjected to its cyclic inflow; the higher initiations are taken under its stimulation, for the principle of buddhi, of pure love (i.e., love-wisdom) must be active in the heart of every initiate prior to the initiation of the great decision; it is therefore only initiates of the fifth, sixth and higher initiations who can work consciously with the potent buddhic "livingness" which permeates all Ashrams, though unrecognised by the average disciple.

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(1) Alice A. Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 181

(2) Alice A. Bailey, The Rays and The Initiations, p. 414-415