GREATER SIXTH RAY
VI - Passing rapidly out of manifestation.
Began to pass out in 1625 A.D.
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.
125 - 875 A.D.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.