The Ageless Wisdom is a body of teaching that underlies all of the world religions. Called ageless because it has been handed down, mostly in verbal form, across the ages at a level suitable to the development of humanity, it is also known as esoteric philosophy and the perennial wisdom.
The latest installments which were intended to inform the unfolding intelligence and consciousness of humanity in recent times were contributed by:
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophy and the author of The Secret Doctrine, whose work was to bridge Western and Eastern spiritual traditions, in the late 1800s.
- Alice A. Bailey, who wrote 24 books on Esoteric Philosophy* between 1919 and 1949 and founded The Arcane School. Both of these authors worked in cooperation with Djwhal Khul, known as the Tibetan.
- Helena Roerich presented further teachings in conjunction with Master Morya.*
Although the teachings are considered esoteric, now that they have passed beyond the oral tradition of dissemination into written form to accommodate the greater demand of the evolving human consciousness, they can be found by any seeker to higher knowledge. The Ageless Wisdom is not dogmatic or doctrinal in nature, and remains undistorted and undiluted by contemporary trends or the culture of any particular period in human history.
A mind-expanding cosmology
The teachings encompass a cosmology of the origin, nature and evolution of the universe, and man’s role and evolutionary path within it. Concerned with the establishment of right relationships between all aspects of our planetary life, the Ageless Wisdom explains the spiritual laws and principles governing life in the macrocosm, the wider universe, and their correspondence and application to man’s daily life in microcosm.
As above, so below
“As above, so below; as below, so above” is a spiritual maxim explaining this law of correspondences, through which we can draw analogies and arrive at a comprehension of the nature of life through the spiritual truths governing man and cosmos alike, and their reflection in relation to the individual and particular, as well as to the universal.
True or false?
The Ageless Wisdom is scientific in nature, and as a student you are asked to put the teachings to the test in daily life, and to learn their value for yourself. As such they become practical wisdom garnered from direct experience, and you attain proof of their validity.
A statement from the Tibetan at the beginning of the Alice Bailey books says:
“The books that I have written are sent out with no claim for their acceptance. They may, or may not, be correct, true and useful. It is for you to ascertain their truth by right practice and by the exercise of the intuition… If the teaching conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of the worker in the world, and brings a flashing forth of his intuition, then let that teaching be accepted. But not otherwise. If the statements meet with eventual corroboration, or are deemed true under the test of the Law of Correspondences, then that is well and good. But should this not be so, let not the student accept what is said.”
Nothing is lost in the life of the soul
While the Ageless Wisdom can no doubt improve our functioning in our daily lives, its initial focus is on developing the higher aspects of our human nature through the alignment of our vehicles of expression (physical, emotional and mental bodies) with the soul, and thereby gaining access to the qualities of the soul that we have developed across countless incarnations, and the soul’s intended purpose for this lifetime.
Nothing is lost in the life of the soul, and through the process of reincarnation we start each new life experience with all the hard-won gains from previous lives at our disposal. Whether we choose to use them is another matter! Enter the thorny topic of Karma! But I’ll save that one for another day… (It’s a whopper!)
Infinite and infinitesimal
The Ageless Wisdom is such a vast and all-encompassing topic that I risk overwhelming myself, let alone you, by trying to include too much information here in this article. So I will continue in other posts to talk about various aspects of this wonderful body of knowledge that has transformed my life and become my life’s main interest.
Here are a few fundamental concepts:
- All is one – each human life can be considered as a cell in the body of a greater life that ensouls the planet. And just as our bodies contain cells that make up the organs that comprise the physical body, so too do human lives comprise the planetary life, as do the various planetary lives form a part of the greater entity giving life to the solar system. These entities are known as the Planetary Logos and the Solar Logos respectively.
- As such we are interconnected and have a responsibility to further the good of the whole.
- Everything is evolving – minerals, plants, animals, humans, and as a whole we contribute our part to the evolution of the planetary life and the solar life.
- Everything is therefore divine in nature, although manifesting that divinity at differing levels of consciousness.
- All is spirit – all is energy. Even rocks!
And on that note I will leave you with a fascinating quotation from Helena Blavatsky to ponder, that first captured my interest and led me to the Ageless Wisdom teachings:
“Matter is spirit at its lowest point of manifestation and spirit is matter at its highest.”
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* You can read the Alice Bailey books online at the Lucis Trust website.
* You can download the Helena Roerich books free for e-readers at the Agni Yoga website. Beware though, they are heavy reading!