The mental body by Aart JurriaanseOver the ages man progresses steadily, at first with all his energies focused in the physical body, then through that difficult stage where the emotional body unfolds and must gradually be brought under mental control, until serenity and stability are finally attained, and all desires, greed, depression and self-pity are eliminated. This goal however, is only reached with the development of the mental vehicle, and the effective utilisation of that built-in computer, the physical brain, which has always been at man's disposal but has till now been used only in a very limited way, because the attention has largely been concentrated on satisfying physical and emotional requirements. For adequate functioning the computer should be properly programmed, and therefore suitable information, facts and knowledge should be gathered, arranged, classified and fed into this instrument, through the medium of the mental body. This will ultimately give rise to divine wisdom.During the earlier stages of incarnation, with the life focus still largely centred in the physical and astral vehicles, the soul is present but remains neutral and withdrawn, since these bodies are not yet receptive to its influence, and the suitable channels for effective communication are lacking. But with the development of the mental sheath the position begins to change. The mental body may be regarded as charged with positive energies, the physical body at the opposite pole is negative, and the emotional vehicle is the intermediate field where the opposing forces meet, and where the battle between the confronting dualities is fought, until equilibrium is finally achieved.The Rainbow Bridge The soul must be regarded as the arbitrator, using its influence to guide the course of these battles and supervising the evolutionary programme towards the required balance. During this process the mental body becomes the transmitter of force currents from the Abstract Mind, via the subjective bridge known as the 'Rainbow Bridge' (or 'antahkarana') to the astral boiling pot. The function of a disciple oriented on the mental plane is to develop a receptive mind and intuitive understanding for thoughts directed towards him from higher Entities, and to transmute those thought-forms into appropriate speech or writing, thus enabling him to transmit his version of the message to his fellow men. The intellect is an attribute of the mental body, and final achievement of mental control is attained by its sound and correct application.This is implemented in three stages: (a) By means of the five senses, relayed through the computing brain, the mind receives impressions from the physical world. (b) The mind is brought into activity by these sensations, but simultaneously initiates its own activities, and in this function the intellect plays the dominating role. These two currents — the physical and the mental — interact and produce a third activity, wherein the reasoning and discriminating principle combines the information from the two informing currents, and thus the 'thoughts' of the mind are formulated and registered in conjunction with those received from external sources. (c) By concentration and meditation the contents of the mind may be held 'steady in the light' of the soul. Through this technique the soul imposes its ideas and impressions upon the mind, and thus becomes the channel from the spiritual worlds to the mental plane.The main clash of forces occurs when a sound and sensitive physical body and a well equipped mentality are brought into contact. This battle is decided in the emotional body; it is only after the battle, when the mental body has reached equilibrium, that the soul can play its appropriate role. Most men still live in the world of feeling and sense preception, or the emotional body, and only few are as yet thinkers, oriented in the mental body, which when activated and correctly aligned, serves as the transmitter of soul energy, and thus as the mediator between the soul and the lower vehicles. Every esoteric student at some stage must needs learn to understand something of his own mental processes; he must be able to form a reasonable concept of the mental tools at his disposal, how to apply them, and finally what use to make of that which he learns and gains through the proper use of this mental equipment.The mind is the faculty of logical deduction and reasoning, and this rational activity distinguishes man from the animal. It is the medium through which the intelligent Will, the active Purpose and the fixed idea of Deity finds expression through its creation — the human being. By utilizing the human form, all units within its sphere of influence are driven towards the fulfilment of a set divine Purpose. The mind is the means and channel through which these spiritual energies operate, whereby evolution is made feasible, understanding is achieved, and activity is generated and applied. The mind may also be regarded as a subjective organ of sense, and as an instrument of discovery by means of which the consciousness systematically unfolds. Through the mind man learns to protect himself, to guard his interests, and to preserve his identity; it serves purposes of discrimination and slowly builds a sense of values, which eventually enables the emphasis to be laid on the ideal and the spiritual, instead of on the material and physical. It is the role of every thinker, even if only of limited capacity, to contribute his modest share to the pool of mental energy, which is being combined into a force of mighty power and applied towards the progressive evolution of mankind.Right thinking is based on many aspects, but for clearer understanding it may be useful to indicate the more crucial steps:1. Sensitivity to egoic impression and intuition must be developed. This does not mean an understanding of the divine Plan, but requires only the touching of the fringes of the Absolute Mind — thus intuitive ideas and thoughts are stimulated which may contribute to the furthering of the Plan. 2. Having recognised a flash of such vision, with perhaps a glimpse of its supernal beauty, the disciple has the opportunity to bring down to the mental plane that part of the Plan which he has grasped. He may find it difficult to retain anything from the first flashes experienced, but in due course and with sustained efforts at apprehension clearer contacts may be obtained, and gradually certain ideas will penetrate the concrete mind. These ideas will then become concrete thoughts, which can be visualized and appropriated. 3. The next step is a period of gestation, wherein a thought-form is being built of as much of the vision as the disciple has managed to bring through into consciousness. As this vision slowly takes on definite shape, a longing will develop to share what has been received with the rest of mankind. The thought-form is thus being vitalized through the power of the will, and gradually the thought-form of the vision begins to take on mental stature. 4. The disciple who can finally materialize his vision on the physical plane by word of mouth, by writing or by painting is greatly favoured. It should be remembered, however, that such materialization of any aspect of the vision is never the work of one man. It is only through the united work and efforts of many that it can be brought to outer manifestation, and this is where the need of educating public opinion arises — it brings the many helpers to the aid of the few visionaries. This is therefore how the process works: the few intuitively sense the Plan; their thought sweeps the mental plane into activity; the thinkers of the public grasp the ideas and bring them into materialization. This may also be expressed in terms of a mantram: "I listen, express and reveal the subtle truth that pervades my consciousness".
Aart Jurriaanse, wrote a number of compilations from the books of Alice A. Bailey. Among these are: Of Life and other worlds; Prophecies; Ponder on this; Serving Humanity; The Soul; The Quality of Life; and he is also the author of Bridges which is a Commentary on these teachings.
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