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THE GREATER SIXTH RAY

1500 years

 

Ray VI - Passing rapidly out of manifestation.
Began to pass out in 1625 A.D.

Past period: 125 - 1625 A.D.
Outgoing period: 125 - 875 A.D.
Sub-rays: 107 years.

The sixth Ray governs Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and other diversified religions. It is easy to pick up the numerically threads of its spiral-cyclic efforts through the centuries coeval with previous 1500year period. The greater cycle of the 6th Ray may easily be historically traced through the study of the history of the institution of the Roman Catholic, the largest body of Christians in the world. Since the record of the Roman Church, in a special sense, is the history of Western Christendom and Europe especially, its study provides the Esoteric Historian with key landmark events, persons and monumental examples of sixth Ray activities and methods.

 

Outgoing Cycle: 125 - 875 A.D.

Christianity parts company with Judaism on a mission to convert the gentiles to the saving truth that the Jews had been keeping to themselves. The early Christian ideal became the martyr to be replaced later, as persecution ceased, by the model of the monk. The solitary life of a hermit or life in organized monastic communities became the two basic models for future Christian monastic life. The key landmark and historical symbol of the sixth Ray period is the Papacy. Coeval with the duration of its "outgoing period", the Papacy successfully asserted its claim to be the presiding institution in the medieval Western Christian Commonwealth.

 

First sub-ray: 125 - 235

Under the constructive Vulcan period, in spite of Roman persecution, the number of Gentile churches continued to expand from out of Jerusalem to Antioch in Syria, Alexandria in Egypt, and especially Rome.

 

Second sub-ray: 235- 340

Under the Teaching sub-ray we find the lives of Basilides, Carpocrates, and Valentins, the Egyptian Gnostics of the second century. During this period, the purely esoteric alethia, the Truth of the Mysteries, were taught and the theogony of the ancient Wisdom-Religion. In A.D. 313 the freedom to worship without persecution was granted to all religious groups by Constantine.

 

Third sub-ray: 340 - 445

Under the intellectual influence of the Saturn sub-ray some of the most distinguished literature in church history was produced. The most notable writers of this period include the theologian Saint Augustine, and the Biblical scholar Saint Jerome. The keynote process of the period, monasticism began to develop in the 300's and played a central role in church history. True to the nature of Saturn, monks isolated themselves, withdrew from worldly affairs and completely devoted themselves to religious affairs.

 

Fourth sub-ray: 445- 550

Before the 400's a single Christian church existed consisting of several nationalities. Gradually, cultural, geographic, political and religious differences led to the development of several churches in the East Roman Empire. Under the dualistic influence of the Mercurial sub-ray of Conflict, beginning in the 400's, the Eastern churches begin to drift away from the authority of Rome and from the church of the West.

 

Fifth sub-ray: 550- 660

Under the mental influence of the 5th sub-ray period, the creation of Monastic centers of learning helped transform a dying Western culture into Christian civilization. The key symbol of this period is the Benedictine Order that was founded in the early 500's. It rules were strict though humane in setting forth how its followers should live and it greatly influenced the rule of many later Orders.

 

Sixth sub-ray: 660- 770

The 6th sub-ray period of the 6th ray on the positive breath or cycle marks the most intense concentration of the 6th type of force since the 6th sub-ray period numerically is identical to the greater 6th ray period. This is an important point to historically note in conjunction with all of the ray cycles on both the outgoing cycle but as well on the negative or ingoing cycle as well. Under the stimulation of the Red Ray the church sets out to create a Christian world in the West. Its two chief instruments were the papacy and monasticism.

Perhaps, however, the most illuminating symbol of the sixth sub-ray period however, is the hegira, Mohammed's flight from Mecca to Medina in 622, from which the Moslem era is reckoned. This was the turning point in his rise to power in Arabia and in his effort to establish his teaching and community. Islam spreads on an immense scale with rapid speed by great military and political successes. The Islamic state conquered vast territories and populations almost in one blow. The whole of Arabia, the Sasanian Empire, the best part of the Roman Empire, or what we would call Syria and Egypt came under their dominion.

Seventh sub-ray: 770 - 875

Under the inspiration of the 7th sub-ray, Charlemagne (742-814) laid the foundation for the organized, civilized society later built in Western Europe. Charlemagne's ideas were of orderly government, religious reform, and the expansion of the Christian world through conquest and missionary activity. He protected the church and continually extended its power. On Christmas day in 800 A.D. Pope Leo III crowned him emperor of the Romans that led to the birth of the Holy Roman Empire.

 

OUTGOING PEAK: 875 A.D.

By the late 800's Charlemagne's empire had ceased to exist but the cultural revival it created had a lasting effect on Christendom and European civilization.

Ingoing Cycle: 875 - 1625 A.D.

The spatial limits of Western Christendom had reached its zenith in Western and Central Europe and the boundaries now begin to shrink. The bloody record of the ingoing period of the sixth ray has been recorded in the annals of the world's religious history. Even the idolatrous Hebrews and fierce Muslims, pale before the murderous fanaticism of the Christians. At the end of Charlemagne's empire, Europe was again divided into many kingdoms. Most of Western Europe was divided into feudal estates.

The wrecking sub-rays of the ingoing epoch led to the decline of the influence and power of the Roman Catholic Church. The original issue of conflict between Empire and Papacy finally led to the Protestant reformation and counter reformation, the Church's self-reforming reaction to the Protestant reformation. By the late 1500's the Reformation had divided Western Europe into Protestant and Roman Catholic lands. With the death of the medieval idea of a Christian community of nations harmoniously directed by the supreme authority of Pope and Emperor, the 1,500 year sixth ray cycle closed its period. The great slaughter house of the Christian Church was then in ruins and found itself left to its own resources and responsibilities.

 

First sub-ray: 875 - 980

Internal abuses and misuse of power in the Church had become rampant. Under the ingoing influence of the Vulcan sub-ray, we find the period of the Cluniac Reform movement. Internal abuses of power and wrong influence within the Church had grown to ridiculous proportions.

 

Second sub-ray: 980 - 1090

The most illuminating symbol of the destructive nature of the ingoing second period is the split that emerged from the internal dispute within the Roman Church. This dispute which began in the 400's, finally led to a formal division between the Eastern churches that employed the Byzantine rite and the Western church that followed the Latin rite. A major issue in the dispute was the pope's claim to authority over Eastern Christians.

 

Third sub-ray: 1090 - 1195

The key historical symbol of the abstracting Saturn sub-ray is the system of thought known as medieval scholasticism. The scholastics tried, unsuccessfully, to resolve the major conflicting viewpoints in Christian theology by attempting to put the various doctrines and the explanations of those doctrines into systematic organization.

 

Fourth sub-ray: 1195 - 130

The landmark symbol of the period is the institution of the Inquisition. The reign of Pope Innocent III laid the groundwork for the founding of the Dominican order and led to establishment of the religious court called the Inquisition in 1231. Under the highly destructive, mutated, distorted and evil aspects of the recessive fourth sub-ray, both institutions proved effective tools in fighting heresy.

 

Fifth sub-ray: 1300 - 1410

This is the Church epoch marked by the Avignon papacy. Due to raging civil wars in Italy the Pope moved to France and did not return to Rome until 1377. The keynote event, under the divisive and destructive power of the abstracting fifth sub-ray, is the Great Schism that divided the church, lasting from 1378 to 1417. As several churchmen claimed to be the rightful pope at the same time the dispute hurt the influence of the Church and caused criticism of its affairs and teachings. The religious unity of Western Europe was weakened leading directly to the Protestant Reformation.

 

Sixth sub-ray: 1410 - 1515

In 1412 (?) Jan. 6, Joan of Arc is born. She is the outstanding landmark monument of the entire 6th Ray ingoing period and not just the 6th sub-ray period which she perfectly exemplifies in historical terms - the intensity - of the 6th ray in its own destructive 6th sub-ray period. She was executed on May 30 , 1431.

Under the sixth sub-ray of Fanaticism the papacy suffered its greatest moral decline. During the 6th cycle of withdrawal, we find the the landmark destructive activities of Tomas De Torquemada, the Dominican friar who became the inquisitor general of the Spanish Inquisition. He laid down rules of procedure and established branches of the inquisition in various cities. Torquemada burnt over ten thousand persons and sentenced to torture eighty thousand more. Over two hundred thousand Jews were forced to leave Spain by the royal edict of 1492. Reform efforts within the church slackened while piety was further divorced from its roots in theology. Theology itself continued to hardened into crystallized schools of thought and lost much of its vitality.

Seventh sub-ray: 1515 - 1625

The landmark symbol of the destructive aspects of the seventh sub-ray period is the Jesuit Order. After it was founded it became the leading force of Counter Reformation and proved perfectly suited to counteract and stop the large advances of Protestantism. A number of religious wars broke out during the Counter Reformation in France and Germany. This is the period of Catherine de Medicis, the faithful daughter of Rome.

During the first half of the seventeenth century multitudes of persons were tortured and burned alive by the Jesuits, the worthy sons of Loyola, in Bamberg and Wurzburg in Germany. The hatred of the Catholics for the Protestants reached new heights. The Peace of Westphalia, in 1648 that ended the Thirty Years War greatly weakened the Holy Roman Empire and ended the idea of papal authority over sovereign nations.

S.D.P.

 

 

 

 

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