Prayer and Meditation
Here we are
offering prayers and meditations appropriate to the Mysteries of the
Second Coming. We hope to embrace the great treasury of spiritual
traditions in the life of humankind. This subsection will include
prayers, spiritual formulas, mantras and quotations from Holy Scriptures
and Initiatic books. We warmly recommend the reader to reflect and
meditate on the suggested prayers in the context of the Second Coming
One of the main tasks of the Mandala of the Heavenly Jerusalem is to provide a basis for reflection, meditation and initiation. For
this purpose it converts some of the greatest visions in the spiritual
history of humankind, such as those of the prophet Ezekiel, the apostle
St. John and the Tibetan guru Tomo Geshe Rimpoche, into a constructive
field for inspiring spiritual work.
instance, the New Jerusalem in St. John's vision can be identified with
a colossal cosmic-spiritual Zodiac-Mandala with the Lord God Almighty
at its centre who, as an immense spiritual Sun, radiates Light
sustaining the whole of Creation. The
four universal directions (East, South, North and West), with three
gates on each side, symbolise the four seasons of the great
cosmic-spiritual year and the twelve signs of the celestial Zodiac. Each one of the twelve gates is a gate of a particular initiation and leads to the celestial Temple of that initiation.
The celestial Temples symbolise the three-fold structure of the Universe revealed by the world religions. We
can call them Temples, Mansions, Palaces, Gardens, Worlds, but in
essence they encompass the totality of the Universe and enshrine life in
the presence of the Living God. Each celestial Temple represents a unique aspect of Creation and the wholeness of the human being as its micro-model. Figuratively speaking, we can relate each celestial Temple to a unique metaphysical architecture modelling the Universe.
The Highest Priests and Priestesses in the Temples are the Masters themselves and their feminine counterparts. They manifest one or another universal principle of God and fill the whole Temple with Divine Light, Love, Wisdom and Truth. The
Masters, surrounded by their closest disciples (initiates, saints,
apostles, bodhisattvas), in union with their feminine counterparts,
perform an eternal Divine Service before myriads of their followers. They shine with dazzling white light which integrates all colours of the Divine Rainbow and reveals the ultimate Truth about God, Creation and the Human Being. All
Temples have a common altar - the Throne of God from where the Masters
and their feminine counterparts perform the eternal Service. In
each Temple, however, the altar (the concept of the Throne of God)
takes a different form, the one most appropriate and inspiring for the
followers of the particular tradition. In these celestial Temples we will receive the initiations of the Masters. The spiritual work on the Mandala of the Heavenly Jerusalem can take many different forms. These
range from a single Mandala-meditation (lasting about an hour) through a
wide variety of workshops, seminars and initiatic cycles, up to
extended Summer gatherings and spiritual schools. One of the richest forms of course is the one-year initiatic school consecrated to Step Four. In
this school the meditative work based on the Mandala becomes a great
milestone on the Rainbow Path and leads to an entry into the Holy City
through the various gates.
In this section it is impossible to describe, even to list, the great variety of types of meditations based on the Mandala. For illustration let us give just one example of a Mandala meditation. Figuratively speaking, we can name this meditation 'Knocking at the doors of the Heavenly Jerusalem'.
we meditate on mantras and spiritual formulas from the various
religions, they will serve as keys which will enable us to enter into
the spiritual worlds of these religions. For instance, the great Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum symbolises the mystery of the three perfect bodies of Buddha - Dharmakäya, Sambhogakäya and Nirmänakäya - related to the three-fold structure of the Universe (see part One, p. 21):
In the OM we experience the Dharmakäya and the mystery of the universal body;
in the MANI the Sambhogakäya and the mystery of the mantric sound, as the awakener of psychic consciousness, of inner vision and inspiration;
in the PADMA we experience the Nirmänakäya and the mystery of the all-transforming mind;
So, by meditating on Om Mani Padme Hum, we can link with the Buddhist spiritual world and taste the flavour of this approach to the essence of Being. Thus, metaphorically speaking, we will knock at the doors of the Buddhist Temple. In a similar way we can find appropriate mantras or formulas fitting for each spiritual tradition - for example, Om Tat Sat Chit Ananda (Hinduism), I am that I am (Judaism), I am the Resurrection and the Life (Christianity) and so forth.
For many spiritual groups and movements meditation begins and ends with the singing of Om - the sacred word-vibration of the Universe. Our Mandala meditation could also adopt this practice. Then, a possible format for this Mandala meditation could be as follows:
To begin Sing Om three times in rich harmony;
Hinduism Om Tat Sat Chit Ananda
Buddhism Om Mani Padme Hum
Judaism I am that I am
Christianity I am the Resurrection and the Life
Islam Lä iläha ill' Alläh
The Master God is Love
Peter Deunov's God is Wisdom
Tradition God is Truth
The Holy Spirit Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, who is, and who is to come
Close Sing Om three times in rich harmony
Beginning with the singing of Om three times in rich harmony concentrates the mind on the highest vibration of Being and creates the spiritual atmosphere within the group. After 3-5 minutes the group continues by saying three times the first mantra, Om Tat Sat Chit Ananda. This mantra activates the vibrations of the Hindu Holy Trinity (Om Tat Sat), the ability to understand it (Chit) and the state of bliss and ecstasy in its contemplation (Ananda).
5-10 minutes (depending on the spiritual stream within the group and
the spiritual contact of the leader of the meditation, if there is such)
the group concentrates and meditates on the Hindu spiritual world. The purpose of this short meditation is to link with the love and light emanating from the Hindu spiritual culture, to feel the blessings of the great Hindu Masters, to enter the Heavenly Jerusalem through this gate and to receive living fruits of illumination from the Hindu celestial Temple. We have to experience this Temple as one of the 'many mansions' in the Heavenly Jerusalem. In a similar way we meditate on each of the other spiritual formulas and then finish the meditation with the singing of Om.
Groups performing this Mandala meditation can of course vary the formulas and mantras. Moreover,
it is very important to include formulas which invoke the spiritual
presence of the feminine counterparts of the Divine Masters. For example, a perfect formula for linking with Our Lady, the mother of Jesus Christ, is 'I am the Immaculate Conception'. Groups are also encouraged to add appropriate mantras and formulas for other traditions if they know the spiritual gates which these traditions open. Whatever the choice, however, each group should adhere to the main purpose of this Mandala meditation - to link in love, joy and harmony with many existing spiritual traditions, and to knock at their initiatic doors leading to the Heavenly Jerusalem.
Mandala meditation can be done not only with formulas and mantras but
also with music (appropriate to each spiritual tradition), with pictures
or with various combinations of these elements. Any time of the day is suitable for performing the meditation but of course the most powerful times are sunrise, noon, sunset and midnight. The
Mandala meditation can also be done in any place, but obviously sacred
places, hills, mountains and the outdoors are preferable. The number of participants may vary from a single person to groups of thousands.
suggested Mandala meditation, 'Knocking at the doors of the Heavenly
Jerusalem', is just one example of a possible Mandala meditation. It
is evident that the Mandala of the Heavenly Jerusalem contains an
enormous potential for reflection, contemplation and meditation. We can summarise that through Mandala meditations human consciousness will enter a new cosmic-spiritual system of co-ordinates. In
it will be balance, synchronisation and constructive harmony between
all polarities: between heavenly and earthly forces, masculine and
feminine Divine energies, micro and macro, inner and outer planes of
existence of the human being, between the past, present and future in
the spiritual history of humankind, between East and West, North and
South in human culture and so forth.
Successful Mandala meditations will result in illumination, transfiguration and self-realisation. In love, joy and ecstasy we will enter into the reality of the Holy City, the 'new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God'. It
will appear before us as a living heavenly Mandala illuminated by the
great light of all the Divine Masters and their feminine counterparts. In
this high state of consciousness we will merge with the universal
bodies of the Divine Masters and will receive their initiations in the
Temples of the Holy City. Thus the prophetic words will be fulfilled:
'Now God's home is with mankind! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God.' (Revelation 21: 3)
The name of the city from now on will be, 'The-Lord-Is-Here!' (Ezekiel, 48: 35)