Introduction: This excerpt is from discussion of the second of seven esoteric stanzas passed on by Alice A. Bailey concerning the respective seven paths leading to the way of higher evolution, which take the master who undergoes high spiritual initiation into more advanced stages of evolution.
Path II. The Path of Magnetic Work.
The attributes which the adept on this path has to possess prior to taking the needed training for the seventh cosmic method of approach is responsiveness to heat and a knowledge of rhythm. These words will, of course, mean nothing to the uninitiated but to some it will convey much and when it is noted that there will be found coupled with these two attributes an ability to "see the dancing of the particles of heat and the waves of warm vibration" (as it is called in an old manual which those in training for this path employ) it will be apparent that the effects of fire and the laws of fiery energy and vibration are here dealt with. Those sons of men who at this time search for the "heat of the love nature" of the human unit and who add to that search a cultivation of a vivid imagination and an intense power to visualise are laying a groundwork upon which this later knowledge may be superimposed. But this is not the easy thing it sounds, for it involves an identification at present impossible to the majority, and a power to realise the nature of that which is visualised which negates the idea of duality,—that which visualises and that which is visualised.
The method employed can only be expressed as the "entering of the burning ground." The power to do this is gained through passing through three preliminary burning-grounds, as is easily to be seen:
1. The burning-ground which lies between the Hall of Ignorance and the Hall of Learning. This is the destructive fire which man creates under the working of the Law of Karma.
2. The burning-ground of the dead personality which lies between the Hall of Learning and the Hall of Wisdom. It is found upon the shores of the river of life and has to be passed prior to the third Initiation.
3. The burning-ground which is found when a man is ready to pass out of the Hall of Wisdom as a full adept. It is a triple burning-ground and is found "upon the mountain top, being kept alive and flaming by all the winds of heaven." It is responsible for the destruction of the egoic or causal body.
The third produces a spiritual alchemicalisation, whereas the other two produced results in the objective or form side and the subjective or consciousnessness aspect of his triple nature. When these three burning grounds are passed then the adept is prepared for another and fiercer experience.
The hierarchies connected with this Path are mainly the third and fourth. Only the human units can pass onto these two paths. The deva hierarchies of the third order have already passed upon them, and it is their previous work which enables man to do so. This is a great mystery and more must not be reavealed about it. The group of the Silent Watchers of all degrees are closely connected with this second cosmic path. All of Them are Lords of Sacrifice, and are animated solely by love, and all have therefore passed through the sacrificial burning grounds.
It is only possible to give the most elementary of the exoteric symbols. It takes the form of a funeral pyre in full conflagration, and with four flaming torches one at each corner. From the centre of the pyre a fivefold star mounts like a rocket towards a flaming sun of a predominantly rosy hue.
II Esoteric Stanza
The Path of Magnetic Work
Seven Cosmic Paths