Compilation Dark Brothers

(OM 92) 3—Dangers arising from the subtle forces that you ignorantly call evil; such dangers consist in attack on the pupil by extraneous entities on some one plane.  These entities may simply be discarnate human beings; they may be the denizens of the other planes who are nonhuman; later on, when the student is of sufficient importance to attract notice, the attack may come from those who deal purely with matter to the hindrance of spiritual growth,—the black magicians, the dark brothers, and other forces that appear destructive.  This appearance is only such when viewed from the angle of time and in our three worlds, and is but incidental to the fact that our Logos Himself is also evolving, and (from the standpoint of the infinitely greater Ones Who assist Him in His development) it is dependent upon His transitory imperfections.  The imperfections of nature—as we term them—are the imperfections of the Logos, and will eventually be transcended.

I have therefore outlined for you this morning the material I shall seek to impart during the coming days.

(OM 125) A still rarer cause of obsession is definitely the work of the dark Brothers.  It takes the form of snapping the magnetic link that attaches the Ego to the lower physical body, leaving him in his emotional and mental bodies.  This would normally result in the death of the physical body, but in cases such as these the dark Brother, who is to use the physical body, enters it and makes connection with his own cord.  These cases are not common.  They involve only two classes of people:—

Those who are highly evolved and on the Path, but who through some wilful shortcoming fail for some one incarnation and so lay themselves open to the evil force.  Sin (as you call it) in the Personality of a disciple leads to a weakness in some one spot, and this is taken advantage of.  This type of obsession shows itself in the transformation that is sometimes seen when a great soul suddenly plunges on an apparent downward path, when he changes the whole trend of his existence and besmirches a fair character with mud.  It carries with it its own punishment, for on the inner planes the disciple looks [Page 126] on, and in agony of mind sees his lower vehicle dishonouring the fair name of its real owner and causing evil to be said of a loved cause.

The little evolved, weakly organised, and so unable to resist.

The Kinds of Obsessing Entities.

These are too numerous to mention in detail but I might enumerate a few.

l—Discarnate entities of a low order awaiting incarnation, and who see, in cases one and two, their wanted opportunity.

2—Suicides, anxious to undo the deed and to again get into contact with earth.

3—Earth-bound spirits, good and bad, who from anxiety over loved ones, over their business affairs, or eager to do some wrong or to undo some evil act, rush in and take possession of cases one and two.

4—Dark Brothers as aforesaid, who avail themselves principally of the third and fourth cases already cited.  They require highly developed bodies, having no use for weak or unrefined bodies.  In case three the weakness is entirely relative, due to over-accentuation of the mental vehicle.

5—Elementals and subhuman entities of a malicious nature who rush in on the slightest opportunity and where kindred vibration may be felt.

6—Some of the lower devas, harmless but mischievous who, from sheer freakishness and fun, enter another body in much the same way that a child loves to dress up.

7—Occasional visitors from other planets who enter certain highly evolved bodies for purposes of their own.  This is very, very rare....

Let me now give you some of the methods that eventually will be the first attempts at cure.

In the first type of cases, those due to physical plane weakness, the stress of the cure will be laid first on building up a strong physical body in both its departments, though especially the etheric body.  This will be done in future years with the direct aid of the devas of the shadows (the violet devas or devas of the ethers).  The strengthening of the etheric web will be aided by means of the violet light, with its corresponding sound, administered in quiet sanitariums.  Coincident with this treatment will be the attempt to strengthen the mental body.  With the strengthening of the physical body will come longer and longer periods of freedom from attack.  Eventually the attacks will cease altogether.

When the cause is lack of co-ordination between the physical and the emotional vehicles the first methods of cure will be definite exorcism by the aid of mantrams and ceremonial (such as religious ritual).  Qualified persons will use these mantrams at night when the obsessing entity may be supposed to be absent during the hours of sleep.  Those mantrams will call the real owner back, will build a protective wall after his re-entry and will seek to force the obsessing one to stay absent.  When the real owner has returned, the work then will be to keep him there.  Educative work during the day and protective measures at night for longer or shorter periods will gradually eliminate the evil occupant, or unwanted tenant, and in the course of time the sufferer will continue to procure immunity.  More anent this can later be given.

Where mental obsession is involved the matter is more difficult.  Most of the first cures achieved in the future will centre around the first two groups.  Mental obsession must await greater knowledge, though experimentation [Page 128] from the very first should be undertaken.  The work will have to be done mostly from the mental plane by those who can function there freely and so contact the Thinker in his mental body.  The co-operation of the Thinker must then be procured and a definite attack conjointly made on the obsessed physical and emotional bodies.  During the night much of the work in the first two cases of cures will be done, but in the latter case the Thinker has to win back his physical and his emotional bodies as well, hence the exceeding difficulty.  Death often eventuates in these cases.

In the severing of the magnetic cord naught can be done as yet.

(OM 131) August 4, 1920.

Danger from the Dark Brothers.

I think I gave you earlier practically all that I can as [Page 131] yet impart anent the Brothers of Darkness, as they are sometimes termed.  I only want at this point to lay emphasis upon the fact that no danger need be feared by the average student from this source.  It is only as discipleship is approached and a man stands out ahead of his fellows as an instrument of the White Brotherhood that he attracts the attention of those who seek to withstand.  When through application to meditation, and power and activity in service, a man has developed his vehicles to a point of real achievement, then his vibrations set in motion matters of a specific kind, and he learns to work with that matter, to manipulate the fluids, and to control the builders.  In so doing he encroaches on the domain of those who work with the forces of involution and thus he may bring attack upon himself.  This attack may be directed against any of his three vehicles and may be of different kinds.  Let me briefly point out some of the methods employed against a disciple which are the ones which alone concern the student of these letters:

a—Definite attack on the physical body.  All kinds of means are employed to hinder the usefulness of the disciple through disease or the crippling of his physical bodyNot all accidents are the result of karma, for the disciple has usually surmounted a good deal of that type of karma and is thus comparatively free from that source of hindrance in active work.

b—Glamour is another method used, or the casting over the disciple of a cloud of emotional or mental matter which suffices to hide the real, and to temporarily obscure that which is true.  The study of the cases wherein glamour has been employed is exceedingly revealing and demonstrates how hard it is for even an advanced disciple always to discriminate between the real and the false, the true and the untrue.  Glamour may be either on the [Page 132] emotional or mental levels but is usually on the former.  One form employed is to cast over the disciple the shadows of the thought of weakness or discouragement or criticism to which he may at intervals give way.  Thus cast, they loom in undue proportion and the unwary disciple, not realising that he is but seeing the gigantic outlines of his own momentary and passing thoughts, gives way to discouragement, aye even to despair, and becomes of little use to the Great Ones.

Another form is to throw into his mental aura suggestions and ideas purporting to come from his own Master but which are but subtle suggestions that hinder and help not.  It takes a wise disciple always to discriminate between the voice of his real Teacher and the false whispers of the masquerading one, and even high initiates have been temporarily misled.

Many and subtle are the means used to deceive and thereby curtail the effective output of the worker in the field of the world.  Wisely therefore have all aspirants been enjoined to study and work at the development of viveka or that discrimination which safeguards from deception.  If this quality is laboriously built in and cultivated in all events, big and little, in the daily life, the risks of being led astray will be nullified.

c—A third method frequently employed is to envelop the disciple in a thick cloud of darkness, to surround him with an impenetrable night and fog through which he stumbles and often falls.  It may take the form of a black cloud of emotional matter, of some dark emotion that seems to imperil all stable vibration and plunges the bewildered student into a blackness of despair; he feels that all is departing from him; he is a prey to varied and dismal emotions; he deems himself forsaken of all; he considers that all past effort has been futile and that naught remains but to die.  At such times he needs much the gift [Page 133] of viveka, and to earnestly weigh up and calmly reason out the matter.  He should at these times remind himself that the darkness hides naught from the God within, and that the stable centre of consciousness remains there, untouched by aught that may betide.  He should persevere until the end,—the end of what?  The end of the enveloping cloud, the point where it merges itself into sunlight; he should pass through its length and out into the daylight, realising that nothing can at any time reach to and hurt the inner consciousness.  God is within, no matter what transpires without.  We are so apt to look out at environing circumstances, whether physical, astral or mental, and to forget that the inmost centre of the heart hides our points of contact with the Universal Logos.

d—Finally (for I cannot touch on all the methods used), the means employed may be to cast a mental darkness over the disciple.  The darkness may be intellectual, and is consequently still more difficult to penetrate, for in this case the power of the Ego must be called in, whereas in the former frequently the calm reasoning of the lower mind may suffice to dispel the trouble.  Here, in this specific case, the disciple will be wise if he not only attempts to call his Ego or Higher Self for the dispelling of the cloud, but calls likewise upon his Teacher, or even upon his Master, for the assistance that they can give.

These are but a few of the dangers encircling the aspirant, and I hint at them solely for the purpose of warning and guidance, and not to cause alarm.  You can here interpolate the earlier letter with the rules that I there give for the assistance of the disciple.

September 25, 1919.

The Dark Brotherhood.

Today I seek to speak to you on the powers of the Dark Brotherhood.  Certain laws that govern their actions, [Page 134] certain methods employed by them in work need to be realised and certain methods of protection apprehended and utilisedAs before I have told you the danger is as yet inappreciable to the majority, but more and more as time elapses shall we find it necessary to teach you, the physical plane workers, how to shield and guard yourselves from attack.

The Dark Brothers are—remember this always—brothers, erring and misguided yet still sons of the one Father though straying far, very far, into the land of distances.  The way back for them will be long, but the mercy of evolution inevitably forces them back along the path of return in cycles far ahead.  Anyone who over-exalts the concrete mind and permits it continuously to shut out the higher, is in danger of straying on the left-hand path.  Many so stray...but come back, and then in the future avoid like errors in the same way as a child once burnt avoids the fire.  It is the man who persists in spite of warning and of pain who eventually becomes a brother of darkness.  Mightily fights the Ego at first to prevent the Personality so developing, but the deficiencies of the causal body (for forget not that our vices are but our virtues misused) result in a lop-sided causal body, over-developed in some direction and full of great gulfs and gaps where virtues should be.

The dark brother recognises no unity with his species, only seeing in them people to be exploited for the furtherance of his own ends.  This then, on a small scale, is the mark of those who are being used by them wittingly or unwittingly.  They respect no person, they regard all men as fair prey, they use everyone to get their own way enforced, and by fair means or foul they seek to break down all opposition and for the personal self acquire that which they desire.

The dark brother considers not what suffering he may cause; he cares not what agony of mind he brings upon an opponent; he persists in his intention and desists not from the hurt of any man, woman or child, provided that in the process his own ends are furthered.  Expect absolutely no mercy from those opposing the Brotherhood of Light.

On the physical plane and on the emotional plane, the dark brother has more power than the Brother of the Light,—not more power per se but more apparent power, because the White Brothers choose not to exert Their power on those two planes, as do the Dark Brothers.  They could exert Their authority but They choose to refrain, working with the powers of evolution and not of involution.  The elemental forces to be found on these two planes are manipulated by two factors.

a—The inherent forces of evolution that direct all on to eventual perfection.  The White Adepts co-operate in this.

b—The Dark Brothers who occasionally employ these elemental forces to wreak their will and vengeance on all opponents.  Under their control work sometimes the elementals of the earth plane, the gnomes and the elemental essence as found in evil form, some of the brownies, and the fairy folk of colours brown, grey and sombre-hued.  They cannot control the devas of high development, nor the fairies of colours blue, green and yellow, though a few of the red fairies can be made to work under their direction.  The water elementals (though not the sprites or sylphs) move on occasion to their assistance, and in the control of these forces of involution they at times damage the furtherance of our work.

Oft too the Dark Brother masquerades as an agent of the light, oft he poses as a messenger of the gods, but for your assurance I would say that he who acts under the guidance of the Ego will have clear vision, and will escape deception.

At this time their power is ofttimes mighty.  Why?  Because so much exists as yet in the Personalities of all men that respond to their vibration, and so it is easy for them to affect the bodies of men.  So few of the races, comparatively speaking, have as yet built in the higher vibration that responds to the key-note of the Brotherhood of Light, who move practically entirely on the two highest levels (or the atomic and sub-atomic subplane) of the mental, emotional and physical planes.  When moving on these subplanes the attacks of elementals on lower planes may be felt but effect no harm, hence the necessity of pure living and controlled pure emotions and elevated thought.

You will notice that I said that the power of the Dark Brotherhood is dominant apparently on the physical and emotional planes.  Not so is it on the mental, which is the plane on which the Brothers of the Light work.  Mighty dark magicians may be located on the lower mental levels, but on the higher, the White Lodge dominates, the three higher subplanes being the levels that They beg the evolving sons of men to seek; it is Their region, to which all must strive and aspire.  The Dark Brother impresses his will on human beings (if analogous vibration exists) and on the elemental kingdoms of involution.  The Brothers of Light plead as pleaded the Man of Sorrows for an erring humanity to rise upward to the light.  The Dark Brother retards progress and shapes all to his own ends; the Brother of Light bends every effort to the hastening [Page 137] of evolution and—foregoing all that might be His as the price of achievement—stays amid the fogs, the strife, the evil and the hatred of the period if, in so doing, He may by all means aid some, and (lifting them up out of the darkness of earth) set their feet upon the Mount, and enable them to surmount the Cross.

And now what methods may be employed to safeguard the worker in the field of the world?  What can be done to ensure his safety in the present strife and in the greater strife of the coming centuries?

1—A realisation that purity of all the vehicles is the prime essential.  If a Dark Brother gains control over any man it but shows that that man has in his life some weak spot.  The door whereby entrance is effected must be opened by the man himself; the opening whereby malignant force can be poured in must be caused by the occupant of the vehicles.  Therefore the need of scrupulous cleanliness of the physical body, of clean steady emotions permitted in the emotional body, and of purity of thought in the mental body.  When this is so, co-ordination will be present in the lower vehicles and the indwelling Thinker himself permits no entrance.

2—The elimination of all fear.  The forces of evolution vibrate more rapidly than those of involution and in this fact lies a recognisable security.  Fear causes weakness; weakness causes a disintegration; the weak spot breaks and a gap appears, and through that gap evil force may enter.  The factor of entrance is the fear of the man himself, who opens thus the door.

3—A standing firm and unmoved, no matter what occurs.  Your feet may be bathed in the mud of earth, but your head may be bathed in the sunshine of the higher regions.  Recognition of the filth of earth involves not contamination.

4—A Recognition of the use of common-sense and the application of this common-sense to the matter in hand.  Sleep much and, in sleeping, learn to render the body positive; keep busy on the emotional plane and achieve the inner calm.  Do naught to overtire the body physical, and play whenever possible.  In hours of relaxation comes the adjustment that obviates later tension.

(OM 192) It is on the misuse of this knowledge that much of what we call black art or evil magic is based.  By means of invocation and forms the Dark Brothers (or those who tamper with what you ignorantly term the powers of evil) tap forces connected with dark intelligences in high places.  Thus they set in motion happenings on the physical plane that have their origination in the dark mysterious caves of cosmic evil as found within our solar system.  Equally so, it is possible to tap the still greater forces of light and good and to make application of them on the side of evolution.

(RI 348) I would point out also that even the black magician possesses these qualities, for they are the sine qua non of all magical art, both black and white; the black magician passes through the door of initiation as it opens twice for the first two initiations.  He passes through on the strength of his will and his character accomplishments and because the group-conscious aspect of the soul is active in him as in his brother seeking affiliation with the Great White Lodge.  The love aspect is, however, lacking in the black magician.  Forget not that all is energy and there is nothing else.  The energy which [Page 349] is an aspect of the soul and which we call magnetic attraction (t he group-building quality) he shares with the spiritual aspirant.  He is essentially group conscious, and though his motives are separative, his methods are those of the group, and these he can get only from the soul.

You see again another reason why the first and second initiations are not regarded by the Lodge of Masters as major initiations.  Only the third is so regarded, because at that initiation the entire personality life is flooded with energy coming from the Spiritual Triad, via the "sacrifice petals" of the will and purpose aspect of the soul.  To this type of energy the black magician is not responsive.  He can and does respond to the knowledge—most ancient and hardly won—stored up in the "knowledge petals" of the souls he can appropriate and utilise the energy of attraction (erroneously called love by some students) stored up in the "love petals" of the soul, but he cannot respond to and use the energy of divine love, working out in the divine Plan which controls all knowledge and converts it into wisdom, and which actuates and clarifies the motive which brings loving magnetic attraction into action and which we call true group consciousness and group cohesion.  It is at this point that the two ways—of darkness and of light—become widely divergent.  Until the third initiation is taken, glamour may condition the attitude of those seeking to understand the life of a man upon the Path, and they may mistake the spurious for the real.  The black magician leads a disciplined life, analogous to that of the spiritual aspirant; he practices purity for his own safeguarding and not in order that he may become a channel for the energy of light; he works with power (the power of magnetic attraction) with and in groups, but he does this for his own selfish ends and for the fulfillment of his own ambitious purposes.  But at the third initiation there comes to the true spiritual initiate the revelation which is the reward of perseverance and purity rightly motivated—the revelation of the divine purpose, as the soul records it in terms of the hierarchical plan, though not yet in terms of the Monad.  To this purpose and [Page 350] to the loving Will of God (to use a trite Christian phrase) the black brother cannot respond; his aims are different.  You

have here the true meaning of the oft-used and misunderstood phrase, "the parting of the ways."

But both groups of aspirants (the black and the white) stand before the door of initiation and take the needed steps to open it on two similar occasions.  Both overcome glamour after the second initiation, and see their way clearly ahead; but their goals emerge as widely different; one treads the broad way which leads ever deeper into matter and materialism, into darkness and "black power"; the other leads to the straight and narrow way, to the razor-edged path which leads into light and life.  One group has never freed itself from the principles which governed the first solar system.  They were principles entirely related to matter and substance, and were at that time and in that period (so remote that the number of years of distance can be stated only in super-astronomical figures) the conditioning factors for the initiation of the time.  Certain units of humanity—then existent—were so completely conditioned by these material principles and so deliberately unready for moving on to the comprehension of another set of principles (more expressive of the divine nature) that they remained of "fixed and selfish material purpose" and a planned distortion of the divine will was intelligently created by them.  You have here a hint as to the nature of evil and a clue to a part (though only a part) of the mystery to be noted in the statement that evil and good are reverse aspects of the same one reality, and evil is that good which we should have left behind, passing on to greater and more inclusive good.  Forget not that the black magicians of today were the initiates of a previous solar system.  (here it is in a nutshell, the black brothers of the 2nd order (those who take the 2nd initiation but are blocked at the 3rd) are drawn exclusively from the group of 3rd ray Monads (the failures) from the last Solar system)  When the door of initiation is ready to open for the third time, the parting of the ways takes place.  Some follow selfish intention and the fixed determination to remain with the separative condition of matter; and to others, the divine will is clearly impressed upon them and becomes the motivating power in their lives.  It was under instructions from the Great White Lodge on Sirius that the door remains [Page 351] closed the third time to the dark brothers.  Evil, as we understand it, has absolutely no place on Sirius.

To the black magician, at this third opportunity, the door of initiation presents an insuperable barrier and obstacle; to the true spiritual neophyte, the door connotes "overcoming."  We shall not consider further the approach of the black brothers to that door, but shall confine ourselves to a consideration of the initiations of the Great White Lodge.

(CF 992)      ……..The few who do not do so in this manvantara are the "failures"  who have to continue the struggle at a later date……….In the case of the "failures" the Ego severed itself from the personality or lower self, entailing a setback for a lesser period, but still having opportunity within the system. (within the life of the solar system)

(CF 992) A tiny percentage wilfully refuse  (presumably after the 2nd and before the 3rd initiation) to "pass on," and they become the true "black magicians."  For them the end is ever the same, first, severance of the Ego from the Monad, entailing a wait for many aeons until another solar system has its being…………… Second, a cycle of existence, spent in unlimited evil, and dependent upon the vitality of the severed egoic body and its innate persistence.  These are the ordinary "lost souls" spoken of in the Secret Doctrine.1  If students will study these conditions, and will extend the same concept to an earlier and more matured solar system, they will get [Page 993] some light upon the problem of the origin of evil in this solar system.