The Aquarius-Leo Age - 6
An Age of Management of Power
It is fashionable today to think — or rather to dream! — of the Aquarian Age as an age of wonderful peace and spirituality, indeed as a utopian Millenium. If I am right in thinking of this coming Age as Phase Two of the Great Sidereal Year, such a dream seems to be quite unrealistic and indeed greatly misleading. The Phase Two of a cycle should witness, I repeat, the substantiation and concretization of the ideals and the spiritual impulse which could manifest during Phase One only in a transcendental manner. What I call "the Christ Impulse" (cf. my book Fire Out of the Stone) produced a relatively few great personages aflame with "agape-love" — the most publicly known being probably St. Francis. But this new Christ-power was not able to make of Europe a Christically organized society; nor could the wisdom and infinite compassion of the Buddha and of later Bodhisattvas really transfigure the societies of India and China. Jesus spoke essentially to individuals, and only to individuals. He was content to let Caesar take care of the organization of the Mediterranean world, thus accepting implicitly the dochotomizing of society into a sacred and a profane sphere, controlled respectively by Church and State.
This has some advantages, because by creating inevitable conflicts between the two spheres of power (for instance Pope and Emperor during the Middle Ages) it gives more chances for smaller groups and individuals to develop as relatively free agents. We see the same process operating today in relation to the "cold war" in which two national super-powers are stalemated, allowing for some free play among smaller nations. If, however, this new Phase Two of the great cycle having its spiritual source in the Christ-impulse of two thousand years ago, is to see the concrete actualization of what such an Impulse implies, a new situation will have to develop. The key to such a situation may be found in the often used motto "unity in diversity," which perhaps would be more significantly phrased as: unity through diversity.
The point is that we are dealing here actually with two factors: power and consciousness — a dualism greatly stressed in the Tantric philosophy of India. "Power" in the coming Age refers to the Aquarius polarity (the vernal equinox); "Consciousness" to the Leo polarity (the fall equinox). The kind of power which will be consistently used during the coming Age may differ entirely from the type of energies which we produce today by destroying a variety of materials (wood, coal, oil, atoms), thus leaving inevitably a residuum of highly toxic waste-products poisoning slowly the whole biosphere. It may be power produced by tuning in, or resonating to a unitarian flow of cosmic energy pulsing rhythmically through space — power also related to what is the essential or "divine" source of what we know at a lower level as "imagination" and "will" (in the old Hindu system, of kriyashakti and Ichchashakti) — power also related to "sound" and its effect upon the formative agencies which structure and control all existential concrete wholes.
Whatever is the source or nature of such powers, the essential point is that they have to be managed. And I believe that the problem of managing enormous powers potentially awesome in their effect will be the fundamental problem of the first half of the Aquarian Age. It is, of course, already the fundamental problem of the coming decades of this century. This problem — as I pointed out in a book inadequately titled (by the publisher) as Modern Man's Conflicts: The Creative Challenge of a Global Society (Philosophical Library, New York 1948) — is twofold. "The democratic reliance upon the individual person must stay; but total productivity on a global scale must be established for all men, and also in all men — thus by all men. The values arising from the five-century old development of nations as cultural fields for the integration of diverse races, and superseding those of archaic societies based on the tribal ideal, must be retained in a form purified from political exclusivism and from the fallacy of the principle of absolute sovereignty; but atomic power must become the foundation of a global economy and an all-human world-society which will leave no one out and will discriminate against no race, no class, no group."
"These two pairs of apparent opposites can only be reconciled as the man of tomorrow harmonizes within himself the still more basic conflict between the ego, structuring his conscious life and his newly acquired sense of individual responsibility as a self, and those powers which, because they are rooted in the usually unconscious depths of man's common humanity, belong, not to the individual, but to Man as a whole." (Page 5).
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