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The Great Invocation was provided through Alice Bailey by Master Djwhal Khul in 1945, and the traditional version uses the accepted gendered language of that time:

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men,
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

The following is an adapted version from Lucis Trust with language that is intended to be more inclusive:

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into human minds.
Let Light descend to Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into human hearts.
May the Coming One return to Earth.

From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide all little human wills,
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the center which we call the human race
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

While many assert that the wording of the 1945 Great Invocation should not be changed, the Tibetan indicated that: "All whom you can reach in the countries of the world must be instructed and helped to spread the use of the Invocation in their own language, and with the wording that will make it acceptable" (EP2:692-693, italics added).

The beauty and strength of this Invocation lie in its simplicity. It expresses certain central truths that a spiritual person innately and normally accepts:

  • The truth of the existence of a basic Intelligence to Whom we give the name of God.
  • The truth that, behind all outer seeming, the motivating power of the universe is Love.
  • The truth that a great Individuality came to Earth, called by Christians the Christ, and embodied that love so that we could understand the truth that both love and intelligence are effects of what is called the Will of God.
  • The self-evident truth that only through humanity itself can the divine Plan work out.

The urgent need for a better world is framed in this threefold invocation. It is a cry for Light upon our way and for light to flow into the dark places of the Earth. It is a cry for more Love in the world, more sense of brotherhood and right relationship with our fellow beings. It is an appeal for the will-to-good, the Will of God, to be expressed more fully upon Earth and more truly in the hearts and minds of all people.

In the past, prayer has been used largely for personal ends; people have prayed for themselves. They have invoked divine help for those they love. They have given a material interpretation to their basic needs. The Great Invocation is a World Prayer. It expresses humanity's need and pierces through the difficulties, doubts, and questionings straight to the Mind and Heart of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being.

As part of our service, the School delivers cards with The Great Invocation in different languages globally through The International Network for the Distribution of the Great Invocation. Cards are available in the following languages: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Send your request (maximum 25 cards) to: outreach@esotericstudies.net. When requesting cards, please include your name, e-mail address, address, and card language desired.