The Great Wesak Blessing
Bishop Charles W. Leaderbeater a renowned
theosophist and occultist writes:
"The Lord Gautama Buddha,
instead of devoting Himself wholly to other and higher work after His
Mahaparanirvana, has remained sufficiently in touch with our world to be
reached by the invocation of His successor when necessary, so that His
advice and help can still be obtained in any great emergency.
He also undertook to return to the world once in each
year and shed upon it a flood of blessing.
The Lord Buddha has His
own special type of force, which He outpours when He gives His blessing
to the world, and this benediction is a unique and very marvellous
thing; for by His authority and position, a Buddha has access to
planes of nature which are altogether beyond our reach, hence He can
transmute and draw down to our level the forces peculiar to those
planes. Without this mediation of the Buddha these forces would
be of no use to us here in physical life; their vibrations are so
tremendous, so incredibly rapid, that they would pass through us
unsensed at any level we can reach, and we should never even know of
their existence. But as it is, the force of the blessing is scattered
all over the world; and it instantly finds for itself channels through
which it can pour (just as water instantly finds an open pipe), thereby
strengthening all good work and bringing peace to the hearts of those
who are able to receive it.
The occasion selected for this wonderful outpouring is
the full moon day of the Indian month of Vaisakh (Wesak), and
usually corresponding to the month of May, the anniversary of all the
momentous occurrences of His last earthly life—His birth, His attainment
of Buddhahood and His departure from the physical body.
In connection with this visit of His, and quite apart
from its tremendous esoteric significance, an exoteric ceremony is
performed in the physical plane at which the Lord actually shows Himself
in the presence of a crowd of ordinary pilgrims. All Members of the
Great Occult Hierarchy, except the Lord of the World and the
three Kumaras, usually attend this ceremony.
The place selected for this stupendous occasion is a
small plateau surrounded by low hills, which lies on the northern side
of the Himalayas, not far from the frontier of Nepal, about 400 miles
west of Lhasa. This location is commonly referred to as the Wesak
Valley and the occasion is referred to as the Wesak Festival."
Bishop C. W. Leadbeater gave a first-hand account from
his personal participation and the Wesak Festival is described in
great detail in his book The Masters And The Path which was first
published in 1925. There are several entries in Geoffrey Hodson’s occult
diary, Light of the Sanctuary, chronicling his attendance at the
Wesak Festival. In his entry of May 30, 1949 he writes “This is a
most vivid conscious experience and completely satisfies me concerning
C.W. Leadbeater’s account”.
Normally this day coincides with the 15th (full-moon) day
of the Fourth Month in the Chinese Lunar calendar, which is always a
public holiday in Singapore. This year, Wesak Day, as we know it
esoterically, falls on 28 April 2010 while the official Wesak Day
public holiday is on 28 May 2010. We shall hold our traditional annual
Wesak Day celebration on the public holiday on Friday, 28 May 2010 at
White Lotus Day
Madame H. P. Blavatsky
has always been a tremendous source of inspiration for all students of
occultism. Not only was she well loved and remembered by members of the
original Theosophical Society, she also had many friends and followers
outside of the Theosophical Society. Indeed, many movements were founded
outside the Theosophical Society to study her teachings. Even today,
more than a century after her death, new movements are still being
formed pledging personal allegiance to H.P.B. and faithfully adhering to
her original teachings. This is especially true in the cyberworld of the
Internet. We could almost say that many people are fiercely loyal to our
founder, Madame Blavatsky.
We join all these followers and students throughout the
world to commemorate the passing of Madame H.P. Blavatsky on May
8. This is the 119th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest
occultists in recent history. We call this day White Lotus Day to
remember with fondness the founder of the Theosophical Society.
White Lotus Day was declared by the co-founder and President
Col. H. S. Olcott in 1892 as a Day of Remembrance to "express the
feeling of loving regard for her who brought us the chart of the
climbing Path which leads to the summit of knowledge".
We shall celebrate Wesak Day on Friday 28 May
at 11 a.m. As we normally do, we will have a talk giving a detailed
account of the esoteric Wesak Festival including a video recording made
by an Australian TV station of pilgrims gathering at the legendary Wesak
Valley. We will then have group meditation for 49 mins. A vegetarian
buffet lunch will be served thereafter.