A Second Ray Approach
to the Yoga of Fiery Synthesis

Agni Yoga is a heart-centered, serenely expectant and profoundly attentive way of living which endows its seasoned practitioner with a perfect sense of adaptation to life and its circumstances.


VBA's Agni Yoga represents a Second Ray approach to the Yoga of Fiery Synthesis, as the First Ray approach had already been revealed by Master M. through Helena Roerich (1924-38). 

According to VBA, the Agni Yoga is the way to Shamballa. However, VBA made it very clear that the Agni Yoga is not a shortcut to bypass spiritual disciplines, but a synthesis of all previous yogas. 

Agni Yoga is a heart-centered, serenely expectant and profoundly attentive way of living which endows its seasoned practitioner with a perfect sense of adaptation to life and its circumstances.
--Adapted from the VBA Teachings

Ray 1
Ray 2
Attentive observation/alertness
Profound attentiveness
"vigilance of consciousness"
Serene expectancy

Goalfitness Perfect adaptability
(Magic: Sound/Color/Form)
Banner of Peace New Age Symbol
Beauty Ray 4: Harmony through Synthesis
Benevolence Goodwill
Chalice Holy Grail
Co-measurement Equilibrium
Eastern Cosmogony Western Mysticism
Faith Knowledge
Fiery World Devic World
Hermes Trismegistus Hermetic Principle (analogy)
Infinity Space: multidimensional, multimolecular,  multigeometric
Karma Yoga/Labor Service
Leader/Hierarch Group leadership
Living Ethics Social responsibility
Maitreya Buddha The Christ
Materia Lucida/Matrix Alkahest
Mother of the World Angelic Kingdom
Orion Sirius
Podvig Self-sacrificial fiery will
Prayer The Great Invocation
Psychic Energy Consciousness
Remedies Mantrams
Rosicrucians J. Krishnamurti
Senzar Book of the Initiates
Shambhala Shamballa
Silence Void; neutral space
Solitude Mystery of loneliness
(isolated unity)
Stone Talisman
Straight-knowledge Intuition; heart-knowledge
Stronghold of Light Hierarchy of Light
Tactica Adversa Skill in action
Triangle Buddha/Peace/Synthesis

[ Does not imply equivalence of terminology, but related concepts ]


The "heart" that VBA refers to is not an emotional attitude, but the spiritual intuition --the "pure reason"--  accessible in the "buddhic" planes, an experience that transcends any intellectual approach to reality, very similar to Roerich's "straight-knowledge."

Unlike Roerich, however, VBA's approach fully integrates the Science of the Seven Rays and the Science of Invocation and Evocation, as presented in the AAB-DK Teachings. The Fourth Ray of Beauty and Harmony Through Synthesis is pivotal in VBA's approach to the Agni Yoga, as well as the use of the Great Invocation and other mantrams in the AAB-DK Teachings.

In VBA's own words,

"Agni Yoga may be simply defined as the Mystic Science of the Heart. This Yoga represents the most important foundation for the spiritual Initiation of many spiritual disciples in this crucial era.

The idea of the heart as a dynamic center of life –and not as a mere instrument of human feelings—has been constantly present in my approach to life and its circumstances. We do not need to force our minds to sequentially uncover layers of deeper spiritual meanings. In fact, I am convinced that forcing the mind to reveal the Truth is doomed to fail.

According to this function of the heart, I strongly believe that the choice presented to the discerning spiritual aspirants today --and the challenge that must be accepted with a noble sense of dignity—is the sincere and selfless adaptation of the heart to the extraordinary events of our era, as we attempt to live as fluidly as possible in the mystical sense, and still be tremendously dynamic in the quest for spiritual perfection."
[Extracts from the Foreword to VBA's Introduction to the Agni Yoga;
translated by]


"This Introduction to the Agni Yoga must be exquisitely simple, totally free of ideas or concepts whose understanding require mental effort or discipline. Such discipline is always a sign of rigidity and shows the existence of psychological attachments based on tradition, dogma or an irrational fear of the future… It is obvious, then, that such an exquisitely simple presentation of the esoteric dimensions of life will require a profound simplification of my vision of the Truth, and the sincere acknowledgment of the psychological needs among the spiritual aspirants in the world today. In their hands, in their goodwill and in their earnest quest for self-realization, lies the future of humanity and the success of cosmic activities initiated by the Lords of Karma, through the Great Avatar of Aquarius, in support of the supreme Intention of the Lord of the World. The Externalization of the Hierarchy on Earth is a joint cosmic effort to prove, once again in history, the Love of God and the Fulfillment of the solar Plan as it relates to our world.

I hope to succeed in this task. I intend to present --for the spiritual aspirants of our times to consider-- a very clear and understandable vision of the Agni Yoga, the Yoga of Synthesis, as I have learned it in the Ashram, according to modern requirements. 

The Truth --found everywhere in the pure and immaculate breath that underlies everything-- is a discovery that should matter to all of us. If in the exposition of this Introduction to the Agni Yoga we could jointly sort out some positive and conclusive Truth that may help us to discover the pure essence of the Truth within our own Being and in our own Life, I would be very satisfied. For, one way or the other, both you and I would have gone deeper into the heart, where, according to the Agni Yoga, is found the immense body of Truths that must be revealed at each planetary era."
[Extracts from the Introduction to VBA's Introduction to the Agni Yoga; translated by]

Lastly, VBA always emphasized that

"the mind may go astray,
but the heart is never wrong."


Main Ray Approaches to the Agni Yoga, and their Words of Power

AAB-DK: "I am faced with difficulty in making these Words of Power clear to you, because essentially it is the Word made flesh or the soul in incarnation which at this point registers power; it is the symbol (the form aspect) and the power (the Spirit aspect) which acts as a great creative agency and bridges across all barriers and separative states of consciousness, thus establishing complete unity."


Adapted from AAB-DK's TSR-V, The Science of the Antahkarana
First Ray Approach to the Agni Yoga (Roerich's Agni Yoga Series books or Living Ethics).
Word of Power:  "I ASSERT THE FACT." 
A little deep reflection on these words will show that if uttered with an understanding of their meaning, they are of terrific potency.  The disciple who utters them assumes and then asserts:
1. The Spiritual Triad is a fact.
2. The relation between the fused and blended personality and the soul is a fact.
3. The antahkarana is also a fact.
4. The dual expression of the basic duality of manifestation—personality or form and Monad or Spirit—is a fact.
5. The will of the Monad is the factor to be evoked.
6. The knowing, purposeful One can be depended upon to contact the instrument of its will upon the physical plane.
7. The work is done.
This factual assumption is not faith, but knowledge and conviction, and upon this realised conviction the disciple rests, acts and depends.  It becomes an unalterable and unchangeable attitude.  The meaning of the above seven-fold statement will become clearer if the disciple will ponder the distinction between faith and conviction.  It is this divine assertion which holds the universe in being; it is this divine assertion which is the embodied summation of all knowledge and love, and the first ray disciple must begin to use this technique, resting back upon his divine prerogative of assertion.  Ponder on this statement.  It is the [Page 516] technique of Shamballa and the established right, prerogative and privilege of all first ray souls.
Second Ray Approach to the Agni Yoga (AAB-DK's "Technique of the Presence").
Word of Power:  "I SEE THE GREATEST LIGHT." 
This statement has relation to the Central Spiritual Sun and not to the Heart of the Sun; it involves, if I might so express it, the most intense effort to see in the light the relation of the whole, and this is one of the most potent experiences to which the disciple can be subjected.  It is not vision or even aspiration to see the vision.  It is complete sight and of this the Masonic symbol of the "Eye of God," the "All-Seeing Eye," is the expression.  It involves realisation of the light of the divine countenance; of this the light of the soul is the dim reflection.  The disciple has learnt the significance of solar and lunar light (soul and form light), but this is something other.  It is the great obliterating light of reality itself, revealing the fact of the higher Lighted Way which leads to Nirvana; Of this, the projected antahkarana is the stage first consciously realised by the disciple.
Third Ray Approach to the Agni Yoga (Kalachakra mandala)
Word of Power: "PURPOSE ITSELF AM I"
It is not easy for the disciple on this ray to achieve the necessary focal point of silence; his intense fluidity leads to many words or to great mental activity, frequently carried forward under the impulse of glamour.  This lessens the potency of what he seeks to do.  But when he has succeeded in achieving "mental silence" and is simply a point of intelligent concentration, then he can use the Word of Power with great effectiveness.  The difficulty is that he has to overcome the tendency to use it with the idea of physical plane results in his consciousness.  Always he works from the angle of that divine quality which characterises matter; just as the second ray disciple works always from the angle of quality and the first ray disciple from the positivity of spirit.  But once he intuitively comprehends and factually grasps the concept that spirit-matter are one reality, and once he has achieved within himself the sublimation of matter, then he can divorce himself from all that the human being understands in relation to form.  He can then utter the Word of Power which will make possible his complete identification with spirit, via the antahkarana.

Adapted from AAB-DK's TSR-V, The Science of the Antahkarana




David Reigley: D.K. and Kalachakra
The Beacon, Jan.-Feb. 1991
The Kalachakra system consists of three parts, termed outer, inner, and other, presented in a system of detailed correspondences. Outer is a detailed presentation of the cosmos, the macrocosm, including our planet earth. Inner is a detailed presentation of the human being, the microcosm, including its subtle bodies and energy systems. These two together comprise the “basis to be purified.” Other is a detailed presentation of the Kalachakra mandala, the initiations permitting its use in meditation, instructions on how to correctly visualize it with its symbolic inhabitants, and all the associated mantras. In brief, the Kalachakra mandala is a cosmogram representing the outer and inner worlds in idealized form, i.e., as they should be, free of imperfections. The Kalachakra yoga then, in broad terms, is meditative practice utilizing the correspondences presented in the system to allow the meditator, the microcosm, to identify with the macrocosm, and with their idealized form in the Kalachakra mandala, for the purpose of purifying the microcosm and the macrocosm.


*Symbol: The nine perfections of Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World. The Cosmic Triangle comprised of the Lord Buddha, the Spirit of Peace and the Avatar of Synthesis. The five-pointed star of the Christ, which also represents the mystical star of Sanat Kumara.