The National "Big Pit" Mining Museum of Wales is in Blaenavon in South Wales and dedicated to the Welsh heritage of coal mining.

The mine reopened for visitors in 1983. Big Pit is adjacent to the preserved Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway.


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Beauty Beauty is, after all, as much of divinity as can be expressed in any one form.


Being Awareness, self-consciousness and self-expression, and of this the head and brain are the exoteric symbols.


Black magic The use of power and the manipulation of matter for selfish ends. Materialistic focus of forces that negate the evolutionary urge. The moment that there is the least tendency on the part of a group, or of an individual in a group, to force an issue, to bring so much mental pressure to bear that an individual group is helpless under the impact of other minds, you have what is called black magic.


Bliss The nature of the spirit; the consummation of which the Monad bestows upon the initiate.


Bodhisattva Literally, "He whose consciousness has become intelligence or buddhi." Those who need but one more life to become perfect buddhas. Name of office Lord Maitreya, known in the west as the Christ. The World Teacher is the Master of Masters and teacher of angels and humanity.


Brahma The third aspect of the Hindu trinity - Siva (father/ray 1- will), Krishna (son/ray 2 - love) and Brahma (mother/ray 3 - intelligence)


Brain The brain is like the eye of the soul, looking out into the physical world, in the same sense the soul is the eye of the Monad, and in a curious and occult sense, the fourth kingdom in nature constitutes on our planet, the eye of the planetary Deity.


Brotherhood An expression of the relation which the planetary Logos (on the cosmic mental plane) bears to His personality as it expresses itself through the planet with all its forms of life, upon the cosmic physical plane. This relationship is focussed through Sanat Kumara Who is the individualised mind of that great Life, the relation between forms, the manifestation of the unity of Life.


Buddha One Who is "enlightened" and has attained the highest degree of knowledge possible for humanity in this solar system. Last Avatar of the age of Aries. Previous World Teacher who historically manifested through the Prince Gautama around 500 BC. The Embodiment of Wisdom, he currently acts as the "Divine Intermediary" between Shamballa and Hierarchy.


Buddhi (1) The Universal Soul or Mind; the spiritual soul (the sixth principle) and therefore the vehicle of Atma, the Spirit, which is the seventh principle, the unifying principle of groups. (2) Buddhi is the Buddhic Plane, the 4th plane of perception of pure intuition, reason or true Love, and the state that all humanity is evolving toward.


Buddhism A rational, deep and sphoisticated approach to human life which does not emphasize something eternal but rather emphasizes personal responsibility for inner development.


Causal body It isn't really a body, objectively or subjectively, but is the centre of Egoic or Soul consciousness, formed by the conjunction of buddhi and manas. It is relatively permanent throughout our long series of incarnations, but is destroyed after the 4th initiation is reached and we have achieved mastery over the three lower worlds. This body is, from the standpoint of the physical plane, no body, either subjective or objective: the centre of the egoic consciousness and is formed by the union of buddhi and manas, or Love and Mind; relatively permanent and lasts throughout the long cycle of incarnations, and is only dissipated after the fourth initiation, when the need for further rebirth on the part of a human being no longer exists.


Center and periphery The closer one gets to realization, the clearer becomes the concept that the point at that center and the periphery are one.


Center, head The dynamic Agent of the extra-planetary Purpose, the expression of the divine planetary Will as focussed in Shamballa. This is the energy of synthesis, the source of all planetary life; it connotes essential Being.


Center, heart The Agent of the Plan of evolution. This is the expression of divine Love or pure Reason, the Hierarchy. It is essentially the energy of Attraction, the kingdom of souls.


Center, throat The agent of all three Aspects in relation to the three subhuman kingdoms in nature, the expression also of the divine Intelligence, Humanity. This is the center of the active mind and makes humanity the macrocosm of the microcosm, the three subhuman kingdoms. Humanity is to these kingdoms what the Hierarchy is to the fourth kingdom in nature, the human kingdom.


Centers Whirlpools of force that swirl etheric, astral and mental matter into activity of some kind; force vertices in matter which demonstrate as activity; centers of existence.


Centers, three planetary A closer linking of the three divine centers (Shamballa, Hierarchy, Humanity) so that the flow of divine energy will be increasingly unimpeded, and Purpose, Plan and their precipitation upon the physical plane will be precipitated. These three centers are closely interrelated and must be thought of as expressions of divine livingness, as embodying three stages in the unfoldment of God's plan, and as constituting the tree magic centers - heart, head and throat - in the body of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being.


Chain Seven "chains" of evolution within a planetary "scheme". There are seven "globes" of evolution within a planetary chain.


Chakra Sanskrit - "wheel or disc". An energy centre within one of the subtle bodies, formed by the intersection of many "nadis" or strands of etheric substance, forming the seven main chakras of the human being and the 22 minor chakras. There are also 343 "points of light" which correspond to the acupuncture points. Chakras can be energy centres in the solar system or the cosmos, or a human being. (see Our Magnetic Chakra System.)


Chela A "disciple" or pupil of a spiritual teacher or Master.


Chohan Lord, Master, a Chief, an Adept. A 6th degree initiate, a "Master of the Wisdom". A custodian of one of the seven rays.


Christ The World Teacher of humanity and angels alike, head of the Spiritual Hierarchy. The Master of Masters. Embodier of the 2nd or Love aspect of Deity. Known as Maitreya in the East. Set to "reappear" to fulfill His mission started 2000 years ago.


Christ and Buddha Together, the two sons of God - the one in the east and the other in the west - present to humanity a complete and perfect representation of Deity.


Civilization The reflection in humanity of some particular cyclic influence, leading to an initiation; the reaction of humanity to the purpose of any particular world period; concerns the masses and the racial consciousness, while either culture concerns the individual and the unseen spiritual.


Chohan A Lord, Master, Chief, an Adept, an initiate Who has taken more inituations than the five major initiations which make the initiate a Master of the Wisdom.


Clairaudience Hearing on the astral plane. It means the ability to hear sounds of the astral plane. It is a faculty that demonstrates throughout the entire astral body, and a person hears all over their vehicle and not only through the specialized organs, the ears, the product of physical plane action and reaction. This would necessarily be so, owing to the fluidic nature of the astral body.


Color The form assumed by force of some kind when that force is moving at a certain measure and when its actions and movement is impeded or unimpeded by the material through which it plays; originally, "color" meant a "covering" (from the root "celare" - to cover or hide).


Co-measurement Understanding what is great and what is small; what is distant and what is near; what we can attain and what we would be fools to attempt. A true sense of proportion.


Compassion Love in action, fellowship in suffering; the right use of the pairs of opposites; an expression of the spiritual light in humanity; the Law of Compassion is the certainty of right relationship, of loving understanding, of actively expressed love.


Concrete Mind The form-building faculty; thoughts are things.


Conditioning (Occultly) concerns the response innate and inherent, of matter or substance to the pattern; conditioning provides the invluence and the conditions wherein the best in the race can flower forth to a state of perfection.


Conscience The exercise of the discriminative sense, developed as the mind assumes increasing control.


Consciousness Comes form the two Latin words "con" - with, and "scio" - to know; literally, "that with which we know," the reaction of active intelligence to the pattern.


Contact The recognition of an environment, an area of the hitherto unknown, of that which has somehow been evoked, of a something other which has made its presence felt.


Contemplation An activity of the soul, detached from the mind, which is held in a state of quiescence; the turning of the soul light upon that which is to be known or investigated; the lull between two activities.


Cosmic Intermediary A term given to the etheric body, which is part and parcel of the universal ether. It is throught the etheric body that all the energies flow, whether emanating from the soul, or from the sun, or from a planet. Along those living lines of firey essence pass all the contacts that do not emanate specifically from the tangible world.


Creativity Creativity is a consequence of a particular state of mind and a specific state of being; it signifies a point in evolution wherein the disciple is definitely radioactive. He can no more help creating in some form or another than he can help living.


Crisis Point of examination as to strength, purpose, purity, motive and the intent of the soul; such a point evokes confidence when surmounted, and produces greatly expanded vision; crises are points which foster compassion and understanding, points which release the light of wisdom within the field of knowledge and the world is thereby enriched.


Culture The approach of two ways - feeling and mind, sensitivity and thought; the attitudes which will enable the individual to live as an intelligent, subjective being in a tangible physical world (see Civilization).


Cycles The ebb and lfow in individual and group experience; the periods in a cycle that are of real significance are "the termini" and "those where overlapping and merging occurs." At the points of merging cross-currents occur creating chaotic conditions. At the middle part of a cycle the incoming vibration stabilizes, and calm and apparent equilibrium results (see Crises).


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