Reference "Initiation Human and Solar", Chapter 3 'The Work of the Hierarchy' https://www.lucistrust.org/books/ponder_on_this/ponder_online/contents/part_2/books_ponder_on_this_ponder_online_contents_part_2_071_073#71
(1) This Hierarchy of forces has four pre-eminent lines of work: a. To develop self-consciousness in all beings. b. To develop consciousness in the three lower kingdoms. As is well known, the five kingdoms of nature on the evolutionary arc might be defined as follows: the mineral kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, the animal kingdom, the human kingdom, and the spiritual kingdom. All these kingdoms embody some type of consciousness, and it is the work of the Hierarchy to develop these types to perfection through the adjustment of Karma, through the agency of force, and through the providing of right conditions. c. To transmit the will of the Planetary Logos. They act as the transmitter to men and devas or angels, of the will of the Planetary Logos, and through Him of the Solar Logos. d. To set an example to humanity. . . . This Hierarchy is composed of Those Who have triumphed over matter, and Who have achieved the goal by the very self-same steps that individuals tread today. These spiritual personalities, these adepts and Masters, have wrestled and fought for victory and mastery upon the physical plane, and struggled with the miasmas, the fogs, the dangers, the troubles, the sorrows and pains of everyday living. They have trodden every step of the path of suffering, have undergone every experience, have surmounted every difficulty, and have won out . . . Their apprehension of the freedom that comes through the sacrifice of the form by the medium of the purificatory fires, suffices to give Them a firm hand, an ability to persist even when the form may seem to have undergone a sufficiency of suffering, and a love that triumphs over all setbacks, for it is founded on patience and experience. These Elder Brothers of humanity are characterised by a love which endures, and which acts ever for the good of the group; by a knowledge which has been gained through a millennia of lives, in which They have worked Their way from the bottom of life and of evolution well nigh to the top; by an experience which is based on time itself and a multiplicity of personality reactions and interactions; by a courage which is a result of that experience, and which, having itself been produced by ages of endeavour, failure, and renewed endeavour, and having in the long run led to triumph, can now be placed at the service of the race; by a purpose which is enlightened and intelligent, and which is co-operative, [Page 164]adjusting itself to the group and hierarchical plan and thus fitting in with the purpose of the Planetary Logos ... (1 - 20/5). (2) This Hierarchy of Brothers of Light still exists, and the work goes steadily on. They are all in physical existence, either in dense physical bodies, such as many of the Masters employ, or in etheric bodies, such as the more exalted helpers and the Lord of the World occupy. It is of value for men to remember that They are in physical existence, and to bear in mind that They exist upon this planet with us, controlling its destinies, guiding its affairs, and leading all its evolutions on to an ultimate perfection. (1 - 32). (3) The central home of this Hierarchy is at Shamballa, a centre in the Gobi desert, called in the ancient books the "White Island". It exists in etheric matter, and when the race of men on earth have developed etheric vision, its location will be recognised and its reality admitted. The development of vision is rapidly coming to pass . . . but the location of Shamballa will be one of the latest etheric sacred spots to be revealed, as it exists in the matter of the second ether. Several of the Masters in physical bodies dwell in the Himalaya mountains, in a secluded spot called Shigatse, far from the ways of men, but the greater number are scattered all over the world, dwelling in different places in the various nations, unrecognised and unknown, yet forming each in His own place a focal point for the energy of the Lord of the World, and proving to His environment a distributor of the love and wisdom of the Deity. (1 - 33). (4) The entire planetary Hierarchy, though cognisant of the present endeavour, and therefore participating in the plans of the Council, are not all occupied with the problem of humanity in this present moment of crisis. There are many other lines of activity and of evolutionary expediency and undertaking, which must parallel the present endeavour. Work in relation to other kingdoms in nature (both subhuman and superhuman), and work in preparation for the period which must succeed this present time of crisis, must be continued as usual. (15 - 716). (5) The spiritual Hierarchy cannot work through people whose tongues are critical, whose ideas and attitudes are separative, and who are violently partisan in their beliefs and comments. This is a statement of fact. I seek to have you train yourselves in such right activity, beginning with your own lives, and your personal expression in the world. (15 - 748). (6) The Hierarchy works only with the spiritual nature or with the soul of humanity, and - to the Master - the form is regarded as relatively of no importance. (17 - 661). (7) The fact of the Hierarchy is to many thinkers an established fact; [Page 165] the hypothesis that there may be a Hierarchy, is a widespread recognition. Information concerning its grades, its modes of working and its objectives, are now common property; much has been accepted and much provided by those who believe this teaching.
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