It helps us to find the light that will illuminate our path through our daily attainment of integration and to help fill the gap between theory and practice, between mental knowledge and integrated soul-infused living. I can see that the major task is to intensify the mental life and let the mind principle control the emotional nature and the physical activities. No man becomes an accepted disciple until his whole lower nature is controlled by his illumined mind. I can see the three stages in the integration process”
1. The integration of the personality and the close co-ordination of the three instruments of the soul.
2. The integration later brought about between the integrated personality and the soul.
3. A higher integration in which the soul contact is superseded and the integration is directly between the soul-infused personality and the Spiritual Triad.
The three lower vehicles are appropriated by the soul for service in the three worlds:
1. To gain control in the three worlds.
2. To give opportunity to the substance of the forms…. To reach a higher point of perfection through the impact upon it of life, via the soul.
Intelligent grasp is one thing. The application of the knowledge by the mind in the lower nature is another. The latter involves the emphasis of the essentials and the elimination of the non-essentials. Until this is somewhat accomplished, the deeper aspects of esoteric training are neither safe nor possible. The soul is the true esotericist, and until the mental link between the soul and the integrated personality is strong and continuously utilised, the esoteric aspect of the training for discipleship will escape the personality. The mind is the integrating factor.
To understand the bolts and nuts of the soul better we have to study it on its own plane as far as it is possible for the mind to grasp this matter; after all it is still the mental plane. Where did it all start?
In all manifestation, as we well know, we have duality producing triplicty. Spirit meets and contacts matter; the result of that contact is the birth of the Son, or the Ego, the consciousness aspect. The egoic manifestation is therefore the middle aspect, [neither bad nor good] the place of at-one-ment, and [after due evolutionary cycles] the place of balance, or equilibrium. It is the point of central emphasis in man’s threefold manifestation. It is the division of his nature which concerns the process of making him the perfect six-pointed star during the preliminary stage [the threefold personality and the threefold Triad merged and blended and perfectly produced through the intermediate point the causal body] and which, when the physical body is eliminated, makes him the five-pointed star or perfected manasaputra.
The causal body is that sheath of mental substance which is formed at the moment of individualisation by the contact of the two fires. The force or energy that pours through from the higher planes [the breath of the Monad] produces a vacuum, and the sheath of the causal body – the ring-pass-not of the central Life is formed. Within this sheath are to be found three atoms, which have been termed the mental unit or atom, the astral permanent atom and the physical permanent atom; a reflection of the three Persons of the logoic Trinity.
The three permanent atoms are in themselves centre of force, or those aspects of the personality which hold hid the fires of substance, or of objectivity.
1. It separates one unit of egoic consciousness from another unit of consciousness, yet is itself part of the gaseous body in the physical body of the planetary Logos, who is the central life of any particular group of Monads.
2. It holds hid spiritual potentialities in its inherent ability to respond to the higher vibration; from the moment of individualisation till it is discarded at initiation, the life within steadily develops these potentialities, and produces certain definite results by the utilisation of the three permanent atoms. It gradually vivifies and awakens them until, on the three planes, the central life has an adequate point of contact which can originate the necessitated vibration in the matter of the plane.
The permanent atoms on each plane serve a fourfold purpose as regards the central or egoic life:
1. They are the distributors of a certain type of force.
2. They are the conservers of faculty or ability to respond to a particular vibration.
3. They are the assimilators of experience and the transmuters of that experience onto quality. This is the direct result of the work of the egoic Ray as it plays upon the atom.
4. They hold hid the memory of the unit of consciousness. When fully vibrant they are the raison d’etre for the continuity of the consciousness of the man functioning in the causal body.
The mental unit is found in logoic gaseous matter, the astral permanent atom in logoic liquid matter and the physical permanent atom in dense physical substance, the three lowest subplanes of the physical body of the Logos. Consequently when in the process of evolution, and through initiation, man achieves the consciousness of the Spiritual Triad, and transfers his polarisation into the three triadal permanent atoms, he is simply able to function consciously in the etheric body of his particular planetary Logos. As each unit of consciousness, through self-in-duced effort, achieves the goal and crosses the ‘burning-ground,’ a microscopic portion of the etheric web of the planetary etheric body is consumed by fire; this results in a definite gain for that great Entity, the planetary Logos, through the relatively unimportant liberation of the force of one cell in His body. When all the units or cells in his body have achieved, He too is set free from dense manifestation and physically dies. This stage is succeeded by the comparatively brief one of etheric existence [covering the period of planetary obscuration], and then He is liberated from incarnation altogether.
The egoic Ray of the human unit with which we are concerning ourselves, manifests as regards each ray just as does the logoic manifestation. Each of the seven Rays, viewed in connection with the causal bodies of men, demonstrates as a unity on the first subplane, as a triplicity on the second and as seven on the third, forming there the forty-nine groups which most concern evolving man. In the course of his many septenary lives, and as the cyclic sevens pass over him, man passes under the influence of the seven sub-rays of his own Ray. Then he begins to synthesise and merge the seven into the major three sub-rays, returning thus to the unity on his own egoic Ray.
First. The septenary status governs the time from individualisation till he enters upon the path.
Second. The threefold status governs the time up till the third Initiation.
Third. He achieves the unity of his Ray by the fifth Initiation, and is then consciously a part of the body of the Heavenly man.
The same idea can be worked out in connection with the awakening of the life force within the permanent atoms, viewing each atom as the seventh principle in each of the three aspects of the personality.
The astral permanent atom in this solar system is the recipient of a great flow of force or energy, and receives more stimulation and energising than any of the others, and this for the following reasons:
1. The centre of polarisation for the fourth, or human kingdom, is in the astral consciousness viewing this kingdom as a unity in expression. From the astral, and through the desire nature, the majority of men inevitably direct and control the physical vehicle.
2. The goal set before humanity is that of becoming Masters of the Wisdom, or conscious units in the Body of the Dragon of Wisdom or of Love. This a man achieves when he can function consciously in the buddhic vehicle, or when the astral permanent atom is superseded by the buddhic permanent atom.
3. The second aspect of the Logos [that of love or the manifestation of the love nature of the Logos through the medium of the Son] is the one demonstrated in this system. The system is:
a. A Son of Necessity, or of desire.
b. Vibrant to the key of the cosmic Ray of Love.
c. The form through which this ray of cosmic Love [shown in the inter-relation between the Self and the Not-Self, or through duality] is expressing itself.
d. Governed by the cosmic Law of Attraction. The monads of love are the dominating quality.
4. The centre in the cosmic body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID of which our solar Logos is the embodied force, is the heart centre. Hence the relative importance of the astral permanent atom within the causal periphery. It is in the direct line of active force emanating from the cosmic existence, and passing to it in ever lessening degree, via the solar Logos in His system of love, and the planetary Logos within a scheme, the Dragon of Wisdom-Love.
5. This solar system, the objective physical manifestation of the Logos, is interpenetrated by His astral body, as is the case with the human manifestation. As the Logos is polarised in His cosmic astral sheath and has not yet attained cosmic mental polarisation His force or desire nature is the main incentive for the subjective Life and lives that underlie the form.
If we ponder with care these five facts, we will get a clue to the problems of existence as realised around us. [The imperfect Gods of the Secret Doctrine.] Therefore, it is necessary to bear in mind the relative importance of the permanent atom of the second aspect of the personality within the causal periphery, and to remember that the force which flows through that atom and which is the animating force of the astral body is following the lines of least resistance and really might be considered as being upon his physical manifestation in a manner twice as strong as that reaching him through the other two.
The causal sheath is to the clairvoyant a sphere of vibrant substance; within it can be seen three fiery points. At the heart of the sphere is a positive central blaze of light, emitting rays; seven in number which play upon these points or circles [like the electrons of the atom] and produce, at this stage, most effect upon the astral permanent atom. [electron] the physical permanent atom’s position is relatively close to the positive centre, and the force plays through it, and passes on to the astral permanent atom in the form of five rays of parti-coloured light which blend with the hue of the astral permanent atom, and increase its intensity until the blaze is so excessive that it appears as if the two points blended, or the two electrons merged, producing such an intensity of light that they are seen as dissolving. The mental permanent atom whose position is further away from the positive centre, becomes vibrant likewise, and the two other points [considered now as one] begin to interact with it, and a similar process of integration takes place. They blend, merge, and dissolve. The centre of positive life gathers or synthesises the three points, [and thus the three fires of the personality repeat on their tiny scale the microcosmic procedure] till only a blazing unit is left. This blazing unit, through the combined heat of its being, burns up the causal body, and escapes back on to the planes of abstraction. Thus man is the Path itself, and also the pilgrim upon the Path; thus does he burn, but is also the burning-ground.
The Spirillae; is found within the permanent atom and is affected by the egoic ray. It is but streams of force, or second aspect vitality which circulates geometrically within the circumscribing wall of substance. We consider them in the following manner:
1. As the interior economy of the life germ on the three planes which concern man in the three worlds.
2. As the seventh principle in each of the three sheaths.
3. As the positive nucleus of force which holds together the matter of the three sheaths.
4. The spirillae are literally ten in number, three major and seven minor. But from the unity point of view, they are the four and the major three, the remaining lesser three being counted as one with their major, inasmuch as they are direct reflections.
5. The Seven rays, or Seven Deva Lords are literally the seven spirillae, or force vibrations within the logoic physical permanent atom.
6. The four lower spirillae are definitely under the influence of the personality Ray.
7. The fifth and sixth spirillae are more specifically under the egoic Ray, whatever that Ray may be.
8. The fifth spirillae has a peculiar value inasmuch as it synthesises the lower four. It is the third when counting the streams of spiral force from the atomic pole. It vibrates to five types of force.
9. The arrangement of the spirillae within the permanent atoms varies on each plane and the ones most frequently described are those of the physical plane.
10. The closer the approach to reality the simpler will be found the arrangement of the spirillae.
11. As the permanent atoms become radioactive in due course of evolution, the result within the centre is a marked increase of vibration.
The building of the causal body is the result of dual energy, that of the lower self with its reflex action upon the higher unit, and that of the natural energy of the self as it makes its direct impress upon the substance of the egoic lotus. The body of the Ego may be viewed in the following four ways:
1. As nine vibrations, emanating from a central point, which, in its pulsation or radiations produces three major vibrations of great force pursuing a circular activity around the centre; the nine vibrations pursue a diagonal path until they reach the periphery of the egoic sphere of influence. At this point they swing around, thus forming the well-known spheroidal form of the causal body.
2. As nine petals of a lotus, radiating from a common centre, and hiding within themselves three central petals, which conceal a central point of fire. The radiations from the tip of each petal are those which cause the illusion of a spheroidal shape.
3. As nine spokes of a wheel, converging towards a central hub, which is in itself threefold, and which hides the central energy or dynamo of force—the generator of all the activity.
4. As nine types of energy which produce definite emanations from a threefold unit, again itself an outgoing from a central unit of force.
Working with the second definition, the egoic lotus consists of three circles,--each circle being composed of three petals, and all shielding the inner bud where hides the jewel. It is with the evolution of these petals that we are concerned, with their formation, their vitalisation, their nurturing, and eventual unfoldment. These three circles of petals are called in the esoteric terminology:
1. The ‘outer knowledge’ triad, or the lords of active wisdom.
2. The middle ‘love’ triad, or the lords of active love.
3. The inner ‘sacrificial’ triad, or the lords of active will.
The first is the summation of experience and developed consciousness; the second is the application of that knowledge in love and service, or the expression of the Self and the Not-Self in reciprocal vibration; and the third is the full expression of knowledge and love turned toward the conscious sacrifice of all to the furthering of the plans of the planetary Logos, and to the carrying out of His purpose in group work. Each of these three groups of petals comes under the definite guidance of three groups of Agnishvattas, who form them out of their own substance and who in essence are the threefold Ego during its manifestation. Through them flows the force and coherent energy of those mysterious Entities whom we call:
1. The Buddhas or Lords of Activity.
2. The Buddhas or Lords of Compassionate Love.
3. The Buddhas of Sacrifice, of whom the Lord of the World is one. [Christ]
Through these three groups flows that threefold energy which, on the mental plane, finds its medium of expression in connection with the human kingdom in the three groups of solar Pitris or souls. These groups form the substance of the three circles of petals, and each group has a special influence upon the particular petal belonging to their especial scale of vibrations.
We can tabulate the process of development as follows:
1. The outer ‘knowledge’ triad:
Petal 1……….Knowledge on the mental plane.
Petal 2……….Love on the physical plane.
Petal 3……….Sacrifice on the physical plane.
These three petals are organised and vitalised in the Hall of Ignorance, but remain unopened and only begin to unfold as the second circle is organised.
2. The middle ‘love’ triad:
Petal 1……….Higher Knowledge applied through love on the physical and astral planes.
Petal 2……….Higher intelligent love on the physical and astral planes.
Petal 3……….Loving intelligent sacrifice on the physical and astral planes.
These petals are organised and vitalised in the Hall of Learning, but remain unopened. The outer tier of petals simultaneously unfolds till it is open entirely, revealing the second circle; the third remains shielded.
3. The inner ‘sacrificial’ triad:
Petal 1……….The will to sacrifice through knowledge on the mental plane, and thus intelligently to dominate the entire threefold lower man.
Petal 2……….The will to sacrifice through love on the mental plane, and thus to serve.
Petal 3……….The utter sacrifice of all forever.
This circle of petals is organised and vitalised in the Hall of Wisdom, and simultaneously the middle circle unfolds, so that two rows of petals are duly opened, and only the third remains to be unclosed. This final opening is affected during the period of treading the stages of the Path of Initiation, and in this round it is hastened by the rites of initiation and by the strenuous and abnormal efforts of the man himself, aided by the electrical work of the Initiator, wielding the Rod of Power.
By the time the first initiation is taken, the inner circle of petals is opened and the full-blown lotus in all its beauty can be seen. At the fourth initiation the inner bub bursts open through the effect of the electrical force of the Rod, which brings in the power of the synthetic ray of the solar system itself; the inner jewel is thus revealed. The work has been accomplished; the energy resident in the permanent atoms, have vitalised all the spirillae whilst the perfected force of the lotus, and the dynamic will of the central spark are brought into full and united activity. This brings about a threefold display of vital force which causes the disintegration of the form and the following results:
1. The permanent atoms become radioactive, and their ring-pass-not is therefore no longer a barrier to the lesser units within; the electronic lives in their various groups escape, and return to the eternal reservoir. They form substance of a very high order, and will produce the forms of those existences who, in another cycle, will seek vehicles.
2. The petals are destroyed by the action of fire, and the multiplicity of deva lives which form them and give to them their coherence and quality are gathered back by the solar Pitris of the highest order into the Heart of the Sun; they will be directed outward again in another solar system. The atomic substance will be used for another manvantara, but the Pitris will not again be called upon to sacrifice themselves until the next solar system when they will come in as planetary Rays, thus repeating upon monadic levels in the next system what they have done in this. They will then be the planetary Logoi.
3. The central Life electric returns to its source, escaping out of prison and functioning as a centre of energy on planes of cosmic etheric energy.
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