Re: Daily Thoughts - The Positive Energy File
The Wesak Legend & Ritual*
May 13th 2006 6:52 Am U.T.
(* For Ritual go to the Rituals page)
“In the faces of men and women, I see God.” Walt Whitman
On Friday evening as the Sun sets, the Moon and Jupiter will rise together and the festival of Wesak begins. This Full Moon with its Sun in Taurus and Scorpio Moon, is a time celebrated around the world as the day of Buddha’s birth and enlightenment. It is a time where Buddha, Christ and all the planetary lightworkers gather together high in the Himalayas and transmit a blessing of love to the world. To sit in meditation at this time is to partake of, and contribute to, the abundance of incoming spiritual energies blessing the planet.
This year the Taurus Sun is joined with the planetary messenger, Mercury, creating an energetic combination that enhances the power of thought. The Moon positioned across the zodiac with Jupiter, promotes well-being, kindness and generosity as well as an expansion of ones emotional state. There is also a planetary grand trine occurring between Mars, Uranus and Jupiter in the water signs stimulating psychic sensitivity and a greater desire for peace and escape from turmoil. Neptune, the planetary ruler of dreams and visions, is positioned in a square to the Sun and Moon further emphasizing the need for tranquility and sanctity. For those of you who can take time away from mundane affairs to meditate, journal, walk in nature, envision and dance your prayers this Full Moon is the perfect time. Wherever one is at this Full Moon it will be important to be aware of the thought forms you generate. Thoughts focused on planetary and personal health and harmony are supportive of the Wesak energies, whereas negativity and egotism serve as deleterious.
The Wesak Legend Visualization
There is a green valley, high in the foothills of the Himalayan-Tibet ranges. Towering mountains surround the valley on all sides except towards the northeast, where there is a narrow opening in the mountain ranges. The valley is bottle-shaped with the neck of the bottle to the northeast, and it widens considerably towards the south. Up towards the northern end, close to the neck of the bottle, there a huge flat rock. There are no trees or shrubs in the valley, only a kind of coarse grass. At the time of the full moon of Taurus, pilgrims from the surrounding districts begin to gather. The holy men and the lamas find their way into the valley and fill the southern and the middle parts, leaving the northeastern end relatively free. It is there that a group of great wisdom beings who are the Earth’s guardians of God's plan gather together. This group of enlightened ones are the main participants in The Wesak Festival. They arrange themselves in the northeastern end of the valley in concentric circles, in front of the rock where a large crystal bowl with water is placed and Christ stands. Gathered throughout the valley are the masters and adepts, and other planetary lightworkers. Some are present in their physical bodies while others are in their spirit bodies.
As the hour of the full moon approaches, stillness settles down upon the crowd, and all look towards the northeast. Certain ritualistic movements take place, in which the grouped Masters and their disciples of all ranks take up symbolic positions, and form on the floor of the valley such significant symbols as the five-pointed star, with The Christ standing at the highest point; of a triangle, with The Christ at the apex; or a cross, and other well known formations, all of which have a deep and potent meaning. This is all done to the sound of chanted words and esoteric phrases.
The expectancy in the waiting, onlooking crowd becomes very great, and the tension is real and increasing. Throughout the valley there can be felt a potent vibration. The chanting and the rhythmic weaving grow stronger, and all the participants and the watching crowd raise their eyes towards the sky in the direction of the narrow part of the valley. Just a few minutes before the exact time of the full moon, in the far distance, a tiny speck can be seen in the sky. It comes nearer and nearer, and grows in clarity until the form of The Buddha can be seen, seated in the cross-legged position, clad in his saffron-colored robe, bathed in light with his hand extended in blessing.
When the Buddha arrives at a point exactly over the great rock, hovering there in the air over the heads of The Great Lords, a great mantram, used only once a year, at The Festival, is intoned by The Christ, and the entire group of people in the valley fall upon their faces. This invocation sets up a great vibration or thought current which is of such potency that it reaches up from the group of aspirants, disciples and initiates who employ it, to the Being we know as God. It marks the supreme moment of intensive spiritual effort throughout the entire year, and the spiritual vitalization of humanity and the spiritual effects last throughout the succeeding months.
The effect of this great Invocation is universal and serves to link us up with that cosmic center of spiritual force from which all created beings have come. The blessing is poured forth, and The Christ, as the representative of humanity, receives it in trust, for distribution. The Buddha transmits renewed spiritual life, through The Christ. Slowly the Buddha recedes into the distance, until again only a faint speck can be seen in the sky, and this eventually disappears. The whole ceremonial blessing, from the time of the first appearance in the distance until the moment The Buddha fades out of view, takes just eight minutes.
When The Buddha has again disappeared, the crowd rise to their feet; the water in the bowl is distributed in tiny portions to the participants, who have all brought their little cups to drink from and share with others. In this ceremony is perpetuated for us the story of the universality of God's love, the need for our individual purification, and the opportunity to share with each other that which belongs to all. The water, which has been magnetized by the presence of The Buddha and of The Christ, carries certain properties and virtues of a healing and helpful nature. Thus blessed, the crowd silently disperses.
From “The Wesak Festival” by Alice Bailey