I am going to make a change in the spelling of Djwahl Khul. Alice A. Bailey spells Djwahl two ways in the books: (1) Djwahl and (2) Djwhal I have been using #1, but #2 is used most often and by almost all teachers on the web so I am changing my spelling of the name as of this date. Personally I like Djwahl the best but since most will use Djwhal on the search engines it is probably wise to use that.
Diane O asks what the purpose is of learning about the Rays and the sub-aspects.
Let me state a principle for your consideration around this question:
The understanding of all principles, and knowledge leading to principles, no matter how mundane or unimportant they seem in the present, will at some point become a missing piece to a puzzle and become a key to greater vision.
For example, as a teenager I hated to study history and always questioned the sanity of the school system forcing us to learn it. I reasoned that history was a useless record of how things were done in past eras that have little connection to the present.
Fortunately as time passed I found out how wrong I was. History is a key to understanding the present as well as making it better. A study of history also reveals many underlying principles governing human nature.
Indeed that subject which I once though useless is now a strong influence on all my teachings of the present.
There is no principle or accumulation of truth which is useless. It is true that some knowledge is more useful in the present than others, but everything will be useful at one time or another.
As far as metaphysical or spiritual truth goes, the knowledge of the seven Rays is essential for a wholeness of understanding.
The Seven Rays are the key principles behind all creation, behind why astrology works, behind many of our differences as human beings, behind the keys to predicting future cycles, behind color, music, sound and many other aspects of creation.
Once knowledge of them is obtained the disciple will have many opportunities in his future to put it to use.
What we currently have from Djwhal Khul is foundational material which will be followed by much more extensive writings when he speaks again around 2025. When this more advanced knowledge comes then we will be lost if we do not at least have a basic understanding of the rays.
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