Mudrashram Institute of Spiritual Studies
The Form of the Disciple
By George A. Boyd © 2004
The Form of the Disciple is encountered on the first nodal point on the Transcendental portion of the Bridge Path. The sacred well in the heart (Hridaya Center) of this form contains an inner six-pointed star that becomes purified as the disciple on the path ascends through the levels of the Great Continuum of Consciousness. This star looks like the image shown below.
When all six vertices have been purified to their core, the Soul of the Bridge Path ascends directly under this well in the heart. Purification of the six realms makes an individual eligible for Accepted Discipleship in the Mudrashram® tradition. [See the article on this web site on Accepted Discipleship to understand what this entails].
This six-pointed star becomes purified when the disciple on the Path has liberated the ensouling entities in these six realms
Choices on the Upward Path
Accepted discipleship is not forced upon the disciple on the Path, but is chosen. As this commitment requires the highest self-sacrifice and responsibility, not all individuals may be ready or willing to take on Accepted Discipleship when they have otherwise achieved its prerequisites.
When the ensouling entity upon the Bridge Path has ascended to this nodal point and the individual accepts the mantle of Accepted Discipleship, the lineage activates all three aspects of the empowerment triad pictured below.
Those that do not choose to commit to Accepted Discipleship have only the Wisdom Aspect activated. As they make their ascension on the Bridge Path, they are conscious of the higher worlds, but cannot utilize ministerial powers and they are not enabled to make an empathic attunement with the ensouling entities or spirits of other individuals.
Alternately, some individuals may be moved into attunement with the 7th Transcendental Path, where their transformational mantra no longer operates and they shift to purely Nada Yoga practice to open themselves at this level.
These will-activated centers confer on the disciple the ability to initiate others in the Mudrashram® tradition. These centers correspond to the different types of meditation and the Mudras of Empowerment that are incorporated in this Integral meditation system. They correspond to:
Training in the use of these will-activated functions of the Form of the Disciple takes place in an individualized teacher training. Not all nodes of the right channel, central channel, and left channel may be initially empowered. This will depend on the Accepted Disciple's particular ministry. For example, only select disciples who have affiliation with Kriya Yoga lineages will typically have the left channel of the heart center opened. Only those Accepted Disciples who are involved in counseling and therapy will typically have the left and center channels of the Feet Center opened.
While the amount of the Great Continuum of Consciousness that must be traversed to become an Accepted Disciple in the Mudrashram® tradition seems overwhelming to many seekers, it is genuinely possible to do this work in one lifetime. Swami Prabhu Maharaj says,
"Through very intensive work under the Grace and guidance of the lineage, an individual who has a highly salutary background and extensive meditation experience can accomplish this work in seven to ten years. Even regular moderate practice with regular Light Immersion may yield this same result in 18 to 25 years."
If this teaching strongly resonates with you and you feel called to become a teacher and initiator in this tradition, you may be encouraged that this attainment is possible, and the teachers of the Mudrashram® lineage stand ready to support and assist you in achieving this goal.