Evolution of The Great Invocation
about how The Great Invocation wording is presented
Our Update of The Great Invocation is in order to be more
Since The Great Invocation has been called the Christ's Own Mantram, we are reminded that this use of the term Christ does not refer exclusively to the historical Christ, but to the universal Principle of Love-Wisdom, as inclusively embodied by the historical Christ; AND by all human units who respond to this energy and make it part of their own consciousness, who radiate its energies to others. The reason for changing it to say "May love increase on earth" is to invoke this quality ~ that of the Spiritual Hierarchy ~ in words based on the Christos principle, and wherein it can be voiced together by people of all faiths, in unison. "Forget not that the Hierarchy is the expression of the energy of love," Bailey tells us. (1)
And for this updated version, the last line from the original 1945 Great Invocation is said three times, with a slight change in the final repetition to lend triple empowerment to the stanza and thus to emphasize the planetary focus.
It is with these considerations that this version of The Great Invocation was revised by the creators of the SouledOut.org website. As a meditation group observing the major and lesser full moon festivals throughout the yearly cycles, because of our experiences in the larger world setting, we were impressed with a clear sensing that The Great Invocation needed to be updated, in order to share it in multicultural settings. The changes eventually made were evolved over 15 years, to the version presented here on the Internet. It has for this group of aspirants and servers stood the test of time since 1992.
The Tibetan on Changing the Words to The Great Invocation
Previous Generations of The Great Invocation
The Great Invocation was twice given out by Djwhal Khul by way of Alice Baileys writings prior to the rendition most people recognize. It was first introduced in 1936, prior to World War II, then an update came during the War in 1940, and the last update in 1945, just before the end of World War II. It has since been printed on millions of bookmarks and in the front of every Alice Bailey book published by Lucis Trust.
The Great Invocation is known as the "Invocation for Power and Light" in the archives of the Masters. In these archives, it has a symbol beside it which indicates the era or period it can be used, the Tibetan tells us. "It is interesting to us," he adds, "that the evolution of humanity is in line with the indicated timing."(3)
While the energies leading up to World War II were building to their climax, the Inner Government of the world (D. K.s words) was working strenuously to confine the conflict between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness to the mental plane, and to prevent its outbreak onto the physical. By 1936, however, it became apparent that the energies could not be contained on the plane of mind, and that the conflict would descend to the physical arena.
And in 1936, the Tibetan, through telepathic communication with Alice A. Bailey, released the first stanza (the Tibetan's term) of The Great Invocation.
[It is helpful to remember throughout the Tibetans teachings that the term "men" refers to the "thinking entity," to humanity as a whole ~ men, women and children ~ and not to the masculine sex exclusively. The word "men" derives from the Sanskrit term "Manes," the mind, the thinker.]
the Forces of Light bring illumination to mankind.
In the midst of converging forces, strife and conflict, the keynote of Forgiveness was proclaimed ~ the need to unite, and to remember that the souls of human units are ONE.
As the conflict escalated, the second stanza of The Great Invocation was released in 1940, and the Coming One was clearly and deliberately invoked.
the Lords of Liberation issue forth.
the souls of men awaken to the light.
Light and Love and Power and Death
The inception of the United Nations occurred with the Declaration of the United Nations, signed by 26 states on January 1, 1942. The United Nations Conference on International Organization convened on April 25, 1945 in San Francisco, for five days right at the time of the Wesak. (That year the Taurus full moon fell on April 27.)
At this time the world catastrophe was winding down and drawing to its close. The Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26 (exactly one month after the Gemini full moon of 1945, on May 26) and enacted on October 24, 1945, with the 51 signatures representing all sections of the planet.
An interesting sidelight to note is that Germany surrendered in World War II on May 7, right after the U.N. conference and the Wesak full moon, and Japan followed on September 9, a month after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This time in history yielded the climate of the world and of humanity in which the third stanza ~ which most usually think of as The Great Invocation ~ was released.
In a communication through Alice A. Bailey on April 17, 1945 the Tibetan gave the "new stanza" of The Great Invocation, the version currently still in use. In that important message, a year old prediction from a previous communication was re-stated, validating the Invocation's use and purpose:
And so it was that the "final" rendition of The Great Invocation, was given.
The Great Invocation (1945)
the point of Light within the mind of God
the point of Love within the Heart of God
the Centre where the Will of God is known
the Centre which we call the race of men
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
The Tibetan asked his disciples to dwell on the phrase, "May Christ return to Earth." This return was not to be understood in its usual mystical Christian sense. What was referred to was the externalisation of what he termed the Hierarchy ~ that is, the senior disciples, initiates and Masters, in or out of incarnation, who are Custodians of the Plan for this world period. And by point of reference, the Tibetan had predicted the increasing externalization of the Hierarchy to begin its rollout in 1975.
Many believe that this externalization is going forward continuously through those initiates, disciples and human units who seek to embody the principles and energies of the Plan and Purpose, and who seek to create the climate in which the further emergence can take place.
The Great Invocation is a synthesis of meditation, prayer and affirmation. The term invocation means "calling down," "calling forth," "calling into." It is a request, a demand, an appeal to higher energies and intelligences. It involves all three: the mind, feeling and will natures. It is based on inner action, which is no less effective than outer action.
Credits for information and synthesis:
collected volumes of writings by Alice A. Bailey;
Great Invocation" article by Frances Adams Moore,
SouledOut.org Links on The Great Invocation
Read other translations of The Great Invocation at
Musical video presentation of The Great Invocation
The Great Invocation ~ Formula for Electricity