The Great Invocation
Spiritual Significance


Embodies Divine Intent

The Great Invocation is essentially an abstract form of meditation, and its meaning is hinted at by D.K. the Tibetan, as he introduced it, with these words (given in 1945):

It is my intention this year to have you concentrate upon the new Invocation from the point of view that it embodies the divine intent and summarises the conclusions of the thinking of the planetary Logos. It is the most abstract form of meditation with which you have yet been presented. The meaning of this Invocation has been expressed in terms which are understandable, in a measure, to the average person because of its familiar wording, based on many Scriptural terms. But the true inner implications and significances are of very deep import and are not superficially apparent. I challenge you to penetrate, through meditation, more deeply into the vital meaning of these words, these amazing words. They embody, as far as is possible in modern language, a formula which was in possession of the Hierarchy ever since it was founded on Earth, but which is only now available for use, owing to the point in evolution reached by humanity. The wonder of these mantric stanzas is that they are comprehensible to members of the human family and to members of the Kingdom of God. (1)


Synthetic Group Appeal

The Invocation has many levels of meaning, depending on one's level of understanding. Implemented over many years as a shared group practice of invoking, it is yet another grade of meditative work than individual meditation or prayer ~ it is a true example of invocative group appeal.

Each of the four verses of this prayer refers to one or other of the three aspects of divine energy ~ Light, Love and Will ~ in connection with humanity, where these three aspects meet.

This Invocation is comprehensive in its approach, working with all three divine aspects. This is the first time in human history that this potent manner of synthesis was given by the spiritual Hierarchy, as we are told by the Tibetan, until the last century humanity was not yet adequately developed. Nor until more recently were people yet connected by modern travel and media so that it could be voiced all over the globe.

While the human kingdom is the only Kingdom of Nature in which Light, Love and Will are expressed, imperfectly at first, later in our advanced expression these will be developed to their full balance and potential.

All lines meet in humanity. In the words of the Tibetan, "The subhuman kingdoms find their consummation in humanity, and the superhuman kingdoms their opportunity, and through the human kingdom all superhuman lives have at some time passed." (2)


Energy Follows Thought

Energy follows thought by the direction of the mind's eye.

Indeed, energy descends in response to appeal and demand. The inner, invisible, meditative work of the contemplatives impulses and energises the work of those who carry out the more visible, objective, outer activities.

We become part of the precipitation as well as participants in the Purpose as we voice The Great Invocation in full awareness, with intent and directed purpose ~ thoughtfully, prayerfully, meditatively ~ holding also that the response will be nearly simultaneous.

Those who use The Great Invocation for Light, Love and Purpose experience powerful changes in attitudes, life and goals. Each one's own life becomes more spiritually useful and meaningful. Other lives will also become resonant and responsive.

Light and Love are truly active energies. Their being shared touches all lives everywhere, thus bringing about evolutionary change.


Continuity of Revelation

In the way this invocation has been and continues to be used, the united belief is shared that The Great Invocation's significance goes forth continuously through those who endeavor to embody the principles and energies of the Plan and Purpose, and to create the requisite climate in which further emergence can take place.


Raincloud of Knowable Things

This entire invocation refers, esoterically ~ that is, from the standpoint of energy ~ to what Pantanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, called the "raincloud of knowable things."

This raincloud is that overriding, overshadowing and revelatory storehouse of energy, as is the immediate cause of all events on Earth, and indicates the emergence of that which is new, better and correct on behalf of the greater group including each individual, as well.

The Great Invocation is a potent instrument for piercing this raincloud of knowable things in order to release insight, revelation and energy. The now available energies in this raincloud are of a higher nature and on a larger scale than ever before.

A massed invocative appeal of the entire human family at any one period precipitates the revelation for the next step or for the next cycle. These knowable things are the sources of all revelation and human realization and lead to what we call civilization ~ the body of knowledge known as our culture.

For a verse by verse look at holding the vision
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3 Ways of Approaching The Great Invocation

The general public will regard it as a prayer to God ~ a prayer of hope for light, love and peace and for the enlightenment of world rulers and leaders.

Aspirants and disciples will have a deeper understanding, aware as they are of the world of cause and meaning, of Hierarchy, and the inner government of the world. They will help to strengthen others with true visioning so to help them recognise the reality behind the world of appearance, enabling humanity to move forward into greater light.

Members of the Hierarchy, we are told, use this mantram every day, according to the Tibetan. Their use will bring about a response of spiritual will in humanity and reveal the Divine Will for the benefit of hierarchical workers.


Contact ~ Humanity's Direct Appeal

Formerly, humanity's invocative appeal has been to the spiritual Hierarchy but since 1975, when a direct descent of Will energy ~ bypassing Hierarchy ~ impacted humanity directly from Shamballa, humanity has been making its own direct appeal.

The Tibetan has said, regarding our current cycle in world events, "There has never been a period in our planetary history in which opportunity has loomed so large or when so much spiritual light and force could be contacted and utilised by humanity." (3)

Effects so far of this concentrated, potent and available energy include

• Coordination on the physical plane of the New Group of World Servers. This loosely organised group of serving disciples ~ all Servers of the Light ~ is drawn from all segments of humanity.

• The cleavage between the Forces of Darkness and the Forces of Light brought about World War II ... and as the direct cause of humanity's seething emotional and psychic turmoil, still persists, to some extent, to this day.

• The release of atomic energy ~ The Tibetan indicated that when humanity produced a "Light on Earth which it could not face," the entire body of humanity would take a major step forward, upward or inward ~ however we want to phrase it.

The coordination of the New Group of World Servers, World War II, and the release of atomic energy are the immediate result of pressure of the overshadowing resources of this raincloud of knowable things.

The spiritual energies have, therefore, impersonally and with a "vivid directive of pure intent," penetrated from the highest point of spiritual purpose to the lowest aspect of matter, the atom; they have thus proved the truth of the statement that matter is spirit at its lowest point and spirit is matter at its highest, and that the apparent duality is but an essential unity. (4)

Spiritual and humanitarian people of the world have been blended into one group on the inner planes, it is said ~ even if this remains outwardly unrealised.

This world prayer is a major key to unlocking the great opportunity of our present world cycle, for the Tibetan also said that The Great Invocation "... if given widespread distribution, can be to the new world religion what the Lord's Prayer has been to Christianity and the 23rd Psalm has been to the spiritually minded Jew." (5)

For more about the symbolism of The Great Invocation, how its use causes us to connect with the Planetary Logos, see One with the Divine.


References for information and synthesis:

The collected volumes of writings by Alice A. Bailey,
much here is from Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, p. 157–169
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"The Great Invocation" article by Frances Adams Moore,
reprinted from The Beacon, Lucis Press, May/June 1990 by
Meditation Group Inc., P. O. Box 566, Ojai, California 93024 Links on The Great Invocation

Invoking the Divine~The Great Invocation

Evolution of The Great Invocation

Holding the Vision~Verse by Verse

One with the Divine~Hookup to the Planetary Logos

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(1) Discipleship in the New Age Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, p. 156
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(2) Discipleship in the New Age Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, p. 158
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(3) Discipleship in the New Age Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, p. 162
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(4) Discipleship in the New Age Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, p. 163
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(5) The Reappearance of the Christ, Alice A. Bailey, p. 32
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