We must be ready for an immense event in the divine order which we are travelling towards with an accelerated speed that must astound all those who watch. Awesome oracles have already pronounced that the time is now. ~ Joseph de Maistre
Rene Guenon closed the King of the World with the above quote. The point is not that de Maistre is a fortune teller, but rather he could read the signs of the times. In Chapter IX of the Reign of Quantity, Guenon explains how to become ready, when he writes:
Those who have not effectively attained to such a state must at least, as far as their capabilities permit, use every endeavor to reach it
The state he is referring to is the supra-individual state, as he explains:
The being who has attained a supra-individual state is, by that fact alone, released from all the limiting conditions of individuality, that is to say, he is beyond the determinations of “name and form” which constitute the essence and the substance of his individuality as such.
Clearly, there is some frustration possible, since there is no instruction on how to reach that state, nor a definitive description of it, yet we are supposed to be single-pointedly dedicated to it. So men begin to wander aimlessly, looking here or there for an answer, defending their favorite theories, attacking those they dislike. They seek in vain for an initiation, because of this situation that Guenon describes:
Organizations provide an effective initiation only where an authentic traditional doctrine still exists, offering but a shadow when the spirit of the doctrine no longer vivifies the symbols that are merely its external representation; this happens when the conscious connection with the supreme spiritual centre of the world is finally broken.
Can we still be satisfied with that? Has not Guenon taught us traditional doctrines? The centre is everywhere, so that conscious connection can be instantly re-established. After all, Guenon always takes pains to point out that he is describing states of being, not places. So Guenon offers this encouragement:
It is important to realize that we should be talking of something that is hidden rather than truly lost, because it is not lost to everybody but still possessed in its entirety, albeit by a very few. This gives rise to the possibility for other to rediscover it, provided they search in the proper manner.
In the Ancient City, it was often claimed that the founder had hid the city’s constitution in a tree trunk, or some such place. Finding a secret text is not what is meant, but rather the secret is unveiled in consciousness provided one has the right intention and is endeavoring.
Guenon hints that the effective initiatory knowledge can be found in Tibet. He points to Swedenborg as authority in this regard as well as the ‘Mount of Prophets’ of Anne-Catherine Emmerich. (If anyone has located either of these specific references, please share them.) He alludes also to Agarttha as described in Saint-Yves d’Alveydre’s Mission of India. I will be making his description of Agarttha available in English for the first time in the near future.
Meanwhile, there is no excuse to not make endeavors. Learn the doctrines, practice the many suggestions in the spiritual literature we have recommended (or you own favorite), and learn to recognize the different states of being in you own consciousness.