The New World Religion

(1) The Spiritual Hierarchy has been steadily drawing nearer to humanity as men have become more conscious of divinity, and more fitted for contact with the divine.

Another great Approach of divinity and another spiritual revelation are now possible. A new revelation is hovering over mankind, and the One Who will bring it and implement it is drawing steadily nearer to us. What this great approach will bring to mankind, we do not yet know. It will surely bring us as definite results as did all the earlier revelations, and the missions of Those Who came in response to humanity’s earlier demands. The World War has purified mankind. A new heaven and a new earth are on their way. What does the orthodox theologian and churchman mean when he uses the words “a new heaven”? May these words not signify something entirely new, and a new conception as to the world of spiritual realities? May not the Coming One bring us a new revelation as to the very nature of God Himself? Do we yet know all that can be known about God? If so, God is very limited. May it not be possible that our present ideas of God, as the Universal Mind, as Love, and as Will, may be enriched by some new idea or quality for which we have as yet no name or word, and of which we have no slightest understanding?

(2) On the fact of God, and of man’s relation to the divine, on the fact of immortality and of the continuity of divine revelation, and upon the fact of the constant emergence of Messengers from the divine centre, the new world religion will be based. To these facts must be added man’s assured, instinctive knowledge of the existence of the Path of God, and of his ability to tread it, when the evolutionary process has brought him to the point of a fresh orientation to divinity, and to the acceptance of the Fact of God Transcendent and of God Immanent within every form of life. . . .

The great theme of the new world religion will be recognition of the many divine approaches and the continuity of revelation which each of them conveyed.

(3) The establishing of a certain uniformity in the world religious rituals, will aid men everywhere to strengthen each others work, and enhance powerfully the thought currents directed to the waiting spiritual Lives. At present, the Christian religion has its great festivals, the Buddhist keeps his different set of spiritual events, and the Hindu has still another list of holy days. In the future world, when organised, all men of spiritual inclination and intention everywhere, will keep the same holy days. This will bring about a pooling of spiritual resources, and a united spiritual effort, plus a simultaneous spiritual invocation. The potency of this will be apparent.

(4) Churchmen need to remember that the human spirit is greater than all the churches, and greater than their teaching. In the long run, that human spirit will defeat them and proceed triumphantly into the Kingdom of God, leaving them far behind, unless they enter as a humble part of the mass of men. Nothing under heaven can arrest the progress of the human soul on its long pilgrimage from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, from death to immortality, and from ignorance to wisdom.

(5) The day is dawning when all religions will be regarded as emanating from one great spiritual source; all will be seen as unitedly providing the one root out of which the universal world religion will inevitably emerge. Then there will be neither Christian nor heathen, neither Jew nor Gentile, but simply one great body of believers, gathered out of all the current religions. They will accept the same truths, not as theological concepts, but as essential to spiritual living; they will stand together on the same platform of brotherhood and of human relations; they will recognise divine sonship and will seek unitedly to co-operate with the divine Plan as it is revealed to them by the spiritual leaders of the race, and as it indicates to them the next step to be taken on the Path of Approach to God. Such a world religion is no idle dream, but something which is definitely forming today.

(6) Humanity is recognising the need for a more vital approach to God and one more intelligently presented; men are tired of doctrinal and dogmatic differences and quarrels; the study of Comparative Religion has demonstrated that the foundational truths in every faith are identical. Because of this universality, they evoke recognition and response from all men everywhere. The only factor in reality which militates against the spiritual unity of all men everywhere, is the existent clerical organisations and their militant attitude to religion and to faiths other than their own.

In spite of all this, the structure of the New World Religion is being raised by the dissenting groups within the institutional churches, by the many world groups who present the concept of God immanent, even when they do so with selfish motive and with an unwholesome emphasis upon the powers of the indwelling divinity to provide perfect health, plenty of money, serene business success, and unbroken popularity!

The New World Religion is also being brought into expression through the work of the esoteric groups throughout the world, because of their particular emphasis upon the fact of the spiritual Hierarchy, upon the office and the work of the Christ, and upon the techniques of meditation whereby soul-awareness (or the Christ consciousness) can be achieved. Prayer has expanded into meditation; desire has been lifted into mental aspiration. This is supplanted by a sense of unity and by the recognition of God immanent. This leads eventually to at-one-ment with God transcendent.

(7) The keynote of the New World Religion is Divine Approach. “Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you” is the injunction, emanating in new and clear tones from the Hierarchy today. The great theme of the New World Religion will be the unifying of the great divine Approaches; the task ahead of the churches is to prepare humanity, through organised and spiritual movements, for the fifth imminent Approach; the method employed will be the scientific and intelligent use of Invocation and Evocation, and the recognition of its stupendous potency; the objective of the coming Approach, of the preparatory work and of the Invocation, is revelation – a revelation which has ever been cyclically given and which today is ready for man’s acceptance.

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