The Old Commentary

The Old Commentary

Some of the greatest words written by DK (Djwahl Khul) come from a book in the archives of the Masters called The Old Commentary. DK said this work is so ancient he was reluctant to give its age.

I found it amusing that shortly after I introduced the Alice A. Bailey books to my nephew, Curtis, he came across some quotes from the Old Commentary and was very impressed. So impressed that he wrote a letter to Lucis Trust asking them what the cost of the book was.

They wrote back a nice letter explaining that the book was not available to mortal man but was retained in the lodge of the Masters.

I’m going to give a quote from the Old Commentary from time-to-time as a seed thought for the group to contemplate and then give their thoughts.

In every field of human expression, men and women are becoming definitely self-assertive. The Old Commentary refers symbolically to this in the following words.

“The Lion begins to roar. He rushes forth and, in his urge to live, he wields destruction. And then again he roars and – rushing to the stream of life – drinks deep. Then, having drunk, the magic of the waters works. He stands transformed. The Lion disappears and he who bears the water pot stands forth and starts upon his mission.” Destiny of the Nations Pages 145-146

Contemplate, run by your soul and ascertain the meaning.

Let us examine another quote from the Old Commentary.

The Old Commentary, in speaking of the work of those whose Dharma it is to dissipate world glamour, uses the following expressions:

 “They come and stand. Within the midst of whirling forms-some of a beauty rare and some of horror and despair-they stand. They look not here or there but, with their faces turned towards the light, they stand. Thus through their minds the pure light streams to dissipate the fogs.

 “They come and rest. They cease their outer labours, pausing to do a different work. Within their hearts is rest. They run not here and there, but form a point of peace and rest. That which upon the surface veils and hides the real begins to disappear and from the heart at rest a beam of dissipating force projects, blends with the shining light and then the mists of man’s creation disappear.

“They come and they observe. They own the eye of vision; likewise they own the eye of right direction of the needed force. They see the glamour of the world, and seeing, note behind it all the true, the beautiful, the real. Thus through the eye of Buddhi comes the power to drive away the veiling swirling glamours of that glamorous world.

“They stand, they rest, and they observe. Such are their lives and such the service that they render to the world of men.” Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, pages 317-318

Glamour is indeed a tremendous hurdle for the disciple to overcome as he treads the path. What insights do you get on this when you read the above words?

The Selfish Lion

Question: Do you think the Old Commentary is profound just because it is old?

There is nothing I have written that even indicates that older must be better. I am impressed with the Old Commentary because of the intelligence revealed in the words, not because it is old. I would be impressed whether it was old or new; whether it was written by male, female, old, young, high or low, etc.

When eternal words are written, words that do not pass away, then they do tend to be preserved by disciples and eventually the records of them will become old, or ancient.

Here are my comments on the first quote given out

    “The Lion begins to roar.”

The pilgrim grows in self-awareness and develops a powerful personality. He grows in personal power and exercises his influence.

    “He rushes forth and, in his urge to live, he wields destruction.”

Because he is so centered on self he has little empathy for the needs of others and causes pain and destruction as he seeks fulfillment of his own desires.

    “And then again he roars and – rushing to the stream of life – drinks deep.”

After a long period of time his joy seems shallow and he concludes that there must be more satisfaction to life than he has heretofore found. He takes a second look at life, excerts himself and descends into all parts of his feeling nature. Here he finds feelings that he has never before experienced, most notably spiritual love.

    “Then, having drunk, the magic of the waters works. He stands transformed.”

When he tastes the benefits of spiritual love the core of the heart center begins the magical transformation through soul energy.

    “The Lion disappears and he who bears the water pot stands forth and starts upon his mission.”

The selfishness of Leo is put in its right place and the positive side of the Aquarian nature surfaces. He now sees that true self interest involves service to others and assisting the whole of which he is a part. If the whole prospers then he prospers and if the whole is, sick then he is also.

He thus chooses a mission and proceeds upon his way.


DK (Djwhal Khul) uses this word a little differently than the typical Buddhist.

In regular Buddhist philosophy finding your Dharma means to find your true philosophy of life (an aspect of Buddhism) and then to live by it.

The way DK uses it basically has this definition, though you have to read between the lines to see it.

In each life you have a basic lesson you must learn. Aspirants have to find that lesson and master it before they can be successful in devoting themselves to higher spiritual work. For disciples it may be a spiritual work or something that clears up past karma.

This lesson or mission is your Dharma. It is different for each person and in each lifetime.

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way. Josh Billings (1818 – 1885)

June 11, 2007

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