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17 DAYS OF SPIRITUAL WISDOM
This post is based on an address given by Rt. Rev. Richard Lawrence on 7th August 2016 at The Aetherius Temple in London to launch the concept of King Yoga to the world on behalf of The Aetherius Society.
On January 23rd 1919 a Cosmic Avatar was born upon Earth. On May 8th 1954 he was activated by his Master, The Master Aetherius. On July 12th 1997 he departed this world leaving the greatest path to God for ordinary people to follow in these days. This path is practised and taught by The Aetherius Society and its name could be termed: King Yoga.
The last book Dr. George King wrote, Realize Your Inner Potential, includes many aspects of King Yoga.
It is the ideal primer and as such it is unequalled on this and, I would suggest, most other realms too.
The Third Edition of this book has just been published under the following title:
Realize Your Inner Potential
through the Path of Spiritual Service – King Yoga.
I have the honour to launch it today.
I would like to read the introduction I wrote to this 3rd Edition which is very short but I hope very clear.
Dr. George King was, in my opinion, the greatest exponent of Karma Yoga the world has ever seen. Some of the spiritual techniques in this book were transmitted through him by his Cosmic Teacher, The Master Aetherius; others, drawn from his vast knowledge of numerous ancient yoga practices, he put in a safe and usable form for today; and the remainder he devised himself from his own profound experience. When used in conjunction with the global service he devised, they take Karma Yoga to a whole new level – one which could be fittingly termed: King Yoga.
Of course King Yoga stretches beyond the remit of Realize Your Inner Potential. It includes some of the highest Cosmic Missions ever performed on Earth such as Operation Sunbeam for example. However, the book spells out the path he left us to follow featuring, as you may remember, the Third Freedom, Service, delivered by Mars Sector 6.
If I was to describe King Yoga in one phrase, I would call it “Karma Yoga in overdrive”.
In this edition, there is a new introduction to the author covering our Master’s journey from childhood to yoga mastery prior to receiving the historic Command in 1954.
There are additional excerpts by The Master Aetherius amplifying the wonderful practices he delivered to Earth.
We have gone through the whole book with a fine-tooth comb and I want to thank Nikki Perrott, Mark Bennett, Pete Higginson and Bryan Craig for making the finished result as near perfect as we could. I must also thank Noemi Perkin for her superb cover design and Rodney Crosby for making several technical improvements to the book and liaising with the printers in Los Angeles.
It is now available either as a book or as a book with the DVD inserted.
I am very grateful to Brian Keneipp for writing a Postface to this edition which concludes with the following words from a fax sent by our Master to The Aetherius Society worldwide on May 2nd, 1996, just over 20 years ago. It reads as follows:
Accomplishments are becoming more and more difficult for Spiritual Workers all over Earth. As the amount of good performed by an individual or organisation increases, so too does the degree of difficulty.
This does not mean that those working for the good of the world should stop.
It means the exact opposite!
An individual is never given a task they are not capable of.
This is a Law of God.
With perseverance, enthusiasm and hard work – you can succeed. Each success in these days is beautifully glorious, not only to you and I and the world, but also to the Divine Plan.
It is now time for all Spiritual Workers to strengthen their Karmic armour by increasing their spiritual practices. The practices of Aetherius, deep breathing, recitation of Holy Mantra, attendance at services and study of your Holy works are more essential than ever before.
It is time to rally around your chosen spiritual organisation with renewed vigor and light.
With help from all of you – we will prevail. Go always with God.
This would turn out to be one of his last statements to The Aetherius Society. It reveals our Master’s thinking in the last years of his life and why he decided to focus some of his energies, despite his very poor health, on this book.
As well as writing the Preface, he personally approved not only its format but every single practice in it. With his usual foresight, he authorised me in a notarised document to complete the project after his demise, which turned out to be about half the book.
In the 2nd Edition we devoted single pages throughout the book to a quotation by such great people as Sir Francis Bacon, Michelangelo and others. Inspiring though these are, in the 3rd Edition they have been replaced, so that all these quotations now are either by our Master, The Master Aetherius or Mars Sector 6. This takes the book, I feel, to a much higher level.
I would now like to focus on a selection of these quotations.
The Master Aetherius
Reach inwards and upwards to the Light there, so that you can give this Light to others. You cannot give it to others unless you realise it.
This is the whole motivation behind the book: realize your inner potential so that you can give the light to others. It is a path of service, not development for development’s sake, but develop to serve. Become more enlightened so that you enlighten others more.
The difference between the advanced person and the ordinary person is that the ordinary person is a conscious individual, whereas the advanced person is a superconscious individual.
The life of an advanced person is generally not understood by the ordinary person because it is motivated by something beyond the conscious mind. This realm is ruled by the conscious mind – it would be very different on one of the highest realms of Earth. That in a nutshell is our journey: from consciousness to superconsciousness.
The Master Aetherius
Your Spiritual exercises will help you. You are told that you will have certain experiences of a Spiritual Nature and you do so. You would normally need to live thousands of years, in order to gain this evolutionary advancement.
The advanced person travels through thousands of years of experience while the ordinary person may travel just a few years. Your evolution is virtually turbo-charged by performing spiritual exercises and, in my view, there is no finer selection than those in Realize Your Inner Potential with the exception of The Twelve Blessings delivered by The Master Jesus. But I must say that we were taught how to practise the Twelve Blessings by our Master so that too could be an aspect of King Yoga.
Mars Sector 6
Service is the Jewel in the Rock of Attainment.
This is The Aetherius Society motto taken from the Third Freedom. It is a very profound statement which means that everything you do or accomplish, whether in your private life, your working life, your creative life, your philanthropic life or even your spiritual life, the only element which shines, the jewel, is the service you perform to others. All the rest is rock, just stone. It is service which really counts, has real value, real beauty, real power.
You send out power and more power still comes back. You send out more power still and even more power still comes back!
So simple, but so brilliant. Sending out energy enables you to send out even more energy and so it continues, all the while you must advance because you have to receive energy to send it out.
Mars Sector 6
Serve – and the mighty power of kundalini will rise in natural, unforced fashion and open the chakra jewels in your higher bodies. In will pour inspiration and you will be standing on the verge of the initiation into adeptship.
This is a technical explanation of how that advancement takes place within you. The process of service automatically causes energies to move, and these energies must impact upon kundalini which is our ultimate motivating force. A selfless thought pattern causes an internal reaction, an unforced demand, and so kundalini moves not up the front but up the back of the spine gradually opening the higher chakras until you are on the verge – and I think we should note the words ‘on the verge’ – of adeptship.
May I conclude with the last quotation in the book which summarises, I feel, the title which our Master chose for it. Since these words were delivered by Mars Sector 6, who is a Lord of Karma, they should be taken, I believe, as even more than a teaching – as a virtual commandment. He said this:
“The potential is lying dormant within you… Realize it.”
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About the author
Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe and a Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. He has devoted his life to the work of his master and personal friend, Dr. George King (1919-1997), who founded the Society. He is also an international bestselling author of more than 10 books.
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