Lectures by
Charlie Lutes:

Lectures by

Charlie Lutes

Charles F. Lutes
Charlie Lutes

"So straight is the gate and narrow is the way and few there be that find it."

                                                                                                           - Charlie Lutes

The Inner Meaning of Initiation

Ever since the human being has been on the path of evolution there has been an inner urge for him to return from whence he came, a silent urging for him to return home. To forsake this world of shadows and to stand vertical in the eternal light, that is his real destiny. There are some who have heeded this call and set about to discover the best means of accomplishing this task. The answer has always been the same down through the ages, “Ye must be born again,” that is, you must be reborn of the spirit and forsake the material and physical life of birth and death.

How can this best be done now that we recognize the purpose and end goal of such a transformation? The way is through initiation. Initiation means to be taken through the secret door of redemption by one empowered to do so for those seeking the inner path to eternal salvation. Initiation, especially of this nature, is not to be taken lightly. In the case of Transcendental Meditation, one is sponsored before God. One is reconnected to God. One is given the means to purify oneself and to be raised up to become one with the Almighty.

Initiation carries a very deep and sacred meaning, not to be lightly bantered about. It is said that if one takes the initiation of the Master and then betrays the Master, it is a thousand fold better that he had never been born. To betray the Master means to betray what was given to you in great trust (the initiation, the word). One may fall away from the Master for one reason or another, but never to betray what he gave you. For in you was planted the seed of eternal life.

The word and the seed are one and the same (“and the word shall free them”). The word manifests the power of the Absolute and frees you; it grows in you as the eternal light. It has to remove all of the contamination of the ages in order to shine forth in you and ultimately make you one with the light that knows no shadows. This is the sleeping word (the mantra) that comes to life in you and unfolds you into what you truly are. So revere the word. Use the word. Rely on the word for comfort when you are troubled, for you are now the word and the word is you.

To betray the living word in you is to betray the real purpose of life itself; it would be like selling a diamond of incalculable worth for the price of a bowl of porridge.

Down through the ages it was very hard for one to find the way to initiation. Yet, the sacrifice no matter how great was eagerly sought because the prize was so very great. It meant to be lifted from the grave forever, the final resurrection of the soul. The human has always mourned the loss of his spiritual awareness and has lived on through the ages in hope that sometime he would again find his way back from whence he came, through the subjugation of his lower nature by the higher Self.

The noble Self, through love must be awakened. The sacrifice on the cross must be acknowledged. The segmented, fragmented self must be made whole (holy). The seven initiations must be undergone; the opening of the seven centers of light contained in the body. The sixth sense must be awakened. All this is embodied in the initiation when the eternal word is bestowed in the inner Self. This is the sword that slays the dragon.

The thirst for higher knowledge must come, and through knowledge comes understanding and compassion. The heart responds to a higher vibration, and thereby love for Self, for God and for humanity is quickened. This is growth towards cosmic consciousness where the universal and the individual mind join in a cosmic status, beyond the boundaries of relativity.

It is for certain that no one can travel the inner path unless he is first initiated onto the path and this can only be done by one who is empowered to do so. The earth has only recently passed the middle point of its evolution. So, as far as humanity is concerned, few there are that are at the present time seeking, or are even so willing, to step onto the path no matter how graphically the benefits of so doing is pointed out to them. It does not register on their consciousness as a need for them. So straight is the gate and narrow is the way and few there are who find it.

In the past, great initiations were known as the mysteries and later on came the mystery schools. Only the purest and noblest were given an initiation, and they were true seekers. In every age, those who were initiates of the mysteries were known as the lights of this world, even though they were unknown to the mass of humanity. Still, humanity benefited from their being here. Initiations and the mysteries can be traced back to Atlantis, onto Egypt, Chaldea, Greece, Persia, India, China, Europe and America. An initiate is not only told the mysteries, he is also shown and given the experiences necessary for him to know the inner truths. As a result, the secret teachings also become factual. As down through the ages, the same applies today; initiation is the way to expansion of consciousness and this aids one to understand and travel the straight and narrow inner path to liberation.

Where before one was blind to the inner truths, he now sees, and where before he only had faith, he now knows. One now begins to operate in life through expanded awareness rather than through limited reason.


Editor’s note: Transcendental Meditation is said to be the highest teaching because it connects you with your inner Being. Since its introduction to the Western world by the Maharishi over fifty years ago, the Transcendental Meditation technique as a means of personal development has been the subject of over 600 scientific research studies conducted at 200 independent universities and research institutions in thirty-three countries. These studies have been published in such leading journals as Academy of Management Journal, American Journal of Physiology, American Journal of Psychiatry, Hypertension, The Lancet, Science, and Scientific American. No other system of personal development has received such scrutiny and acclaim.

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