The seven rays are the sum total of the divine Consciousness, of the universal Mind; They might be regarded as seven intelligent entities through Whom the plan is working out. They embody divine purpose, express the qualities required for the materialising of that purpose, and They create the forms and are the forms through which the divine idea can be carried forward to completion. Symbolically, They may be regarded as constituting the brain of the divine Heavenly Man. They correspond to the ventricles of the brain, to the seven centres within the brain, to the seven centres of force, and to the seven major glands which determine the quality of the physical body. They are the conscious executors of divine purpose; They are the seven Breaths, animating all forms which have been created by Them to carry out the plan.
It may perhaps be easier to understand the relation of the seven rays to Deity if we remember that man himself (being made in the image of God) is a seven-fold being, capable of seven states of consciousness, expressive of the seven principles or basic qualities which enable him to be aware of the seven planes upon which he is, consciously or unconsciously, functioning. He is a septenate at all times, but his objective is to be consciously aware of all the states of being, to express consciously all the qualities, and to function freely on all the planes.
The seven ray Beings, unlike man, are fully conscious and entirely aware of the purpose and the Plan. They are "ever in deep meditation," and have reached the point where, through Their advanced stage of development, They are "impelled toward fulfillment." They are fully self-conscious and group-conscious; They are the sum total of the universal mind; They are "awake and active." Their goal and Their purpose is such that it is idle for us to speculate about it, for the highest point of achievement for man is the lowest point for Them. These seven Rays, Breaths and Heavenly Men have the task of wrestling with matter in order to subjugate it to divine purpose, and the goal—as far as one can sense it—is to subject the material forms to the play of the life aspect, thus producing those qualities which will carry the will of God to completion. They are therefore the sum total of all the souls within the solar system, and Their activity produces all forms; according to the nature of the form so will be the grade of consciousness. Through the seven rays, the life or spirit aspect flows, cycling through every kingdom in nature and producing thus all states of consciousness in all fields of awareness.
For the purpose of this treatise students will have to accept the hypothesis that every human being is swept into manifestation on the impulse of some ray, and is coloured by that particular ray quality, which determines the form aspect, indicates the way he should go, and enables him (by the time the third initiation is reached) to have sensed and then to have cooperated with his ray purpose. After the third initiation he begins to sense the synthetic purpose towards which all the seven rays are working; but as this treatise is written for aspirants and disciples, and not for initiates of the third degree, it is needless to speculate upon this ultimate destiny.
The human soul is a synthesis of material energy, qualified by intelligent consciousness, plus the spiritual energy which is, in its turn, qualified by one of the seven ray types.
Thus the human being emerges, a son of God incarnate in form, with one hand (as the Old Commentary says) holding firmly to the rock of matter and with the other hand plunged into a sea of love. An ancient scripture puts it thus:
"When the right hand of the man of matter grasps the flower of life and plucks it for himself, the left hand remains in emptiness.
"When the right hand of the man of matter grasps the golden lotus of the soul, the left descends seeking the flower of life, though he seeks it not for selfish ends.
"When the right hand holds the golden lotus firm and the left hand grasps the flower of life, man finds himself to be the seven-leaved plant which flowers on earth and flowers before the Throne of God."
The purpose of Deity, as it is known to the Creator, is totally unknown to all save the higher initiates. But the purpose of each ray Life may be sensed and defined, subject of course to the limitations of the human mind and to the inadequacy of words. The planned activity of every ray qualifies every form found within its body of manifestation.
We come now to a technical statement which must be accepted for the sake of argument, being incapable of proof.. All the Lords of the rays create a body of expression, and thus the seven planets have come into being. These are their major expressions.
The Sun (Veiling Vulcan)
The energies of these seven Lives however are not confined to their planetary expressions, but sweep around the confines of the solar system just as the life impulses of a human being—his vital forces, his desire impulses, and his mental energies—sweep throughout his body, bringing the various organs into activity and enabling him to carry out his intent, to live his life, and to fulfill the objective for which he created his body of manifestation.
Each of the seven kingdoms in nature reacts to the energy of some particular ray Life. Each of the seven planes similarly reacts; each septenate in nature vibrates to one or another of the initial septenates, for the seven rays establish that process which assigns the limits of influence of all forms. They are that which determines all things, and when I use these words I indicate the necessity of Law. Law is the will of the seven Deities, making its impression upon substance in order to produce a specific intent through the method of the evolutionary process.
As part of the initial Plan, the one Life sought expansion, and the seven aeons or emanations came forth from the central vortex and actively repeated the earlier process in all its details. They too came into manifestation and in the work of expressing active life, qualified by love and limited by an outward phenomenal appearance, they swept into a secondary activity and became the seven Builders, the seven Sources of life and the seven Rishis of all the ancient scriptures. They are the original psychic Entities, imbued with the capacity to express love (which involves the concept of duality, for the loving and the loved, the desiring and the desired, must here be posited) and to emerge from subjective being into objective becoming. We call these seven by various names, as follows:
1. The Lord of Power or Will. This Life wills to love, and uses power as an expression of divine beneficence. For His body of manifestation He uses that planet for which the sun is regarded as the esoteric substitute.
2. The Lord of Love-Wisdom, Who is the embodiment of pure love, is regarded by esotericists as being as close to the heart of the Solar Logos as was the beloved disciple close to the heart of the Christ of Galilee. This Life instils into all forms the quality of love, with its more material manifestation of desire, and is the attractive principle in nature and the custodian of the Law of Attraction, which is the life-demonstration of pure Being. This Lord of Love is the most potent of the seven rays, because He is on the same cosmic ray as the solar Deity. He expresses Himself primarily through the planet Jupiter, which is His body of manifestation.
3. The Lord of Active Intelligence. His work is more closely linked to matter and He works in cooperation with the Lord of the second ray. He is the motivating impulse in the initial work of creation. The planet Saturn is His body of expression within the solar system, and through the medium of matter (which beneficently obstructs and hinders) He provides humanity with a vast field of experiment and experience.
I should like to point out here that when I speak in terms of personality and perforce employ the personal pronoun, I must not be accused of personalizing these great forces. I speak in terms of entity, of pure Being, and not in terms of human personality. But the handicap of language persists; and in teaching those who think in terms of the lower concrete mind, and whose intuition is dormant or only manifesting in flashes, I am compelled to speak in parables and use the language of word symbols. Let me point out also that all statements which I may make are in relation to our particular planet and couched in terms that can be understood by the humanity which our planet has produced. The work, as I outline it, constitutes only a fraction of the work undertaken by these Beings; They each have Their own purpose and radius of influence, and as our Earth is not one of the seven sacred planets (nor the body of manifestation of one of the basic seven rays), They have purposes and activities in which our Earth plays only a minor part.
4. The Lord of Harmony, Beauty and Art. The main function of this Being is the creation of Beauty (as an expression of truth) through the free interplay of life and form, basing the design of beauty upon the initial plan as it exists in the mind of the solar Logos. The body of manifestation of this life is not revealed, but the activity emanating from it produces that combination of sounds, colours and word music that expresses—through the form of the ideal—that which is the originating idea. This fourth Lord of creative expression will resume activity upon the Earth about six hundred years hence, though already the first faint impress of His influence is being felt and the next century will see a re-awakening of creative art in all its branches.
5. The Lord of Concrete Knowledge and Science. This is a Great Life in close touch with the mind of the creative Deity, just as the Lord of the second ray is in close touch with the heart of that same Deity. His influence is great at this time, though not as potent as it will be later. Science is a psychological unfoldment in man due to this ray influence, and is only entering into its real work. His influence is waxing in power, just as the influence of the sixth Lord is waning.
6. The Lord of Devotion end Idealism. This solar Deity is a peculiar and characteristic expression of the quality of the solar Logos. Forget not that in the great scheme of the universal universe (not just our universe) our solar Logos is as differentiated and distinctive in quality as are any of the sons of men. This ray force, with the second ray, is a true and vital expression of the divine nature. A militant focussing upon the ideal, a one-pointed devotion to the intent of the life urge, and a divine sincerity are the qualities of this Lord, and set their impress upon all that is found within His body of manifestation. Advanced esotericists debate as to whether Mars is, or is not, the planet through which He manifests. You must remember that only a few of the planets are the bodies of expression of the Lords of the rays. There are ten "planets of expression" (to use the term employed by the ancient Rishis), and only seven ray Lives are regarded as the Builders of the system. The great mystery, which is finally revealed in the higher initiations, is the relation of a ray to a planet. Therefore seek not full information at this time. The influence of this sixth Lord is now passing out.
7. The Lord of Ceremonial Order or Magic is now coming into power and is slowly but surely making His pressure felt. His influence is most potent upon the physical plane, for there is a close numerical interrelation between instance) the Lord of the seventh ray and the seventh plane, the physical, just as the seventh root race will see complete conformity to and a perfect expression of law and order. This ray of order and its incoming is partially responsible for the present tendency in world affairs toward governmental dictatorship and the imposed control of a central governing body.
It may be of value here if I give you the following statement as to the activity, or non-activity, of the rays, begging you to bear in mind that this statement refers only to our Earth and its evolutions:
Ray One Not in manifestation.
*Ray Two In manifestation since 1575 A.D.
*Ray Three In manifestation since 1425 A.D.
Ray Four To come slowly into manifestation after 2025 A.D.
*Ray Five In manifestation since 1775 A.D.
Ray Six Passing rapidly out of manifestation. It began to pass out in 1625 A.D.
*Ray Seven In manifestation since 1675 A.D.
These are of course all lesser cycles within the influence of the sign Pisces. You will see that four rays are in manifestation at this time—the second, third, fifth, and seventh.
The question arises here: How does it happen that we find people in incarnation on all the rays at practically the same time? The reason is that, as you can easily see, the fourth is beginning to approach and the sixth is passing out, which puts six of the rays in the position of having their egos in manifestation. There are however very few of the fourth ray egos on the Earth at this time, and a very large number of sixth ray egos, for it will be about two hundred years before all the sixth ray egos pass out of incarnation. As to the first ray egos, there are no pure first ray types on the planet. All so-called first ray egos are on the first subray of the second ray, which is in incarnation. A pure first ray ego in incarnation at this time would be a disaster. There is not sufficient intelligence and love in the world to balance the dynamic will of an ego on the ray of the destroyer.
Just as the human family has a relation to the planetary Logos of our Earth which is best expressed by stating that it constitutes His heart and brain, so does the sum total of analogous evolutions within the entire solar system constitute the heart and brain of the solar Logos. Intelligent activity and love are the outstanding characteristics of a developed son of God, whilst their lower reflections—sex and desire—are the characteristics of the average man and the undeveloped sons of God.
These seven living qualified emanations from the central vortex of force are composed of untold myriads of energy units which are inherently and innately aspects of life, endowed with quality and capable of appearance. Below the human, the combination of these three produces conscious response to the environment, regarding the environment as composed of the sum total of all lives, qualities and appearances,—the synthesis of the seven rays or emanations of the Deity. They produce in the human kingdom a self-conscious awareness, and in the superhuman world a synthetic inclusiveness. All human monads, carried into manifestation by the will and desire of some ray Lord, are part of His body of manifestation. Potentially they express His quality and appear phenomenally according to the point in evolutionary expression which has been reached. "As He is, so are we in this world," but only as yet potentially,—the goal of evolution being to make the potential into the real, and the latent into the expressed. The work of the esotericist is just this very thing: to bring out of latency, the hidden quality. [A TREATISE ON THE SWEVEN RAYS, VOL I, p22/7]
There is a vast fund of interesting knowledge as to the action and results of the ray activity in the lower kingdoms of nature, but on this point no details can be given; and the following summary of what we have been told is necessarily imperfect and admits of endless amplification.
Strength, courage, steadfastness, truthfulness arising from absolute fearlessness, power of ruling, capacity to grasp great questions in a large-minded way, and of handling men and measures.
Vices of Ray:
Pride, ambition, wilfulness, hardness, arrogance, desire to control others, obstinacy, anger.
Virtues to be acquired:
Tenderness, humility, sympathy, tolerance, patience.
This has been spoken of as the ray of power, and is correctly so called, but if it were power alone, without wisdom and love, a destructive and disintegrating force would result. When however the three characteristics are united, it becomes a creative and governing ray. Those on this ray have strong will power, for either good or evil, for the former when the will is directed by wisdom and made selfless by love. The first ray man will always "come to the front" in his own line. He may be the burglar or the judge who condemns him, but in either case he will be at the head of his profession. He is the born leader in any and every public career, one to trust and lean on, one to defend the weak and put down oppression, fearless of consequences and utterly indifferent to comment. On the other hand, an unmodified first ray can produce a man of unrelenting cruelty and hardness of nature.
The first ray man often has strong feeling and affection, but he does not readily express it; he will love strong contrasts and masses of colour, but will rarely be an artist; he will delight in great orchestral effects and crashing choruses, and if modified by the fourth, sixth or seventh rays, may be a great composer, but not otherwise; and there is a type of this ray which is tone-deaf, and another which is colour-blind to the more delicate colours. Such a man will distinguish red and yellow, but will hopelessly confuse blue, green and violet.
The literary work of a first ray man will be strong and trenchant, but he will care little for style or finish in his writings. Perhaps examples of this type would be Luther, Carlyle, and Walt Whitman. It is said that in attempting the cure of disease the best method for the first ray man would be to draw health and strength from the great fount of universal life by his will power, and then pour it through the patient. This, of course, presupposes knowledge on his part of occult methods.
The characteristic method of approaching the great Quest on this ray would be by sheer force of will. Such a man would, as it were, take the kingdom of heaven "by violence." We have seen that the born leader belongs to this ray, wholly or in part. It makes the able commander-in-chief, such as Napoleon or Kitchener. Napoleon was first and fourth rays, and Kitchener was first and seventh, the seventh ray giving him his remarkable power of organisation.
Calm, strength, patience and endurance, love of truth, faithfulness, intuition, clear intelligence, and serene temper.
Vices of Ray:
Over-absorption in study, coldness, indifference to others, contempt of mental limitations in others.
Virtues to be acquired:
Love, compassion, unselfishness, energy.
This is called the ray of wisdom from its characteristic desire for pure knowledge and for absolute truth—cold and selfish, if without love, and inactive without power. When both power and love are present, then you have the ray of the Buddhas and of all great teachers of humanity,—those who, having attained wisdom for the sake of others, spend themselves in giving it forth. The student on this ray is ever unsatisfied with his highest attainments; no matter how great his knowledge, his mind is still fixed on the unknown, the beyond, and on the heights as yet unscaled.
The second ray man will have tact and foresight; he will make an excellent ambassador, and a first-rate teacher or head of a college; as a man of affairs, he will have clear intelligence and wisdom in dealing with matters which come before him, and he will have the capacity of impressing true views of things on others and of making them see things as he does. He will make a good business man, if modified by the fourth, fifth and seventh rays. The soldier on this ray would plan wisely and foresee possibilities; he would have an intuition as to the best course to pursue, and he would never lead his men into danger through rashness. He might be deficient in rapidity of action and energy. The artist on this ray would always seek to teach through his art, and his pictures would have a meaning. His literary work would always be instructive.
The method of healing, for the second ray man, would be to learn thoroughly the temperament of the patient as well as to be thoroughly conversant with the nature of the disease, so as to use his will power on the case to the best advantage.
The characteristic method of approaching the Path would be by close and earnest study of the teachings till they become so much a part of the man's consciousness as no longer to be merely intellectual knowledge, but a spiritual rule of living, thus bringing in intuition and true wisdom.
A bad type of the second ray would be bent on acquiring knowledge for himself alone, absolutely indifferent to the human needs of others. The foresight of such a man would degenerate into suspicion, his calmness into coldness and hardness of nature.
Wide views on all abstract questions, sincerity of purpose, clear intellect, capacity for concentration on philosophic studies, patience, caution, absence of the tendency to worry himself or others over trifles.
Vices of Ray:
Intellectual pride, coldness, isolation, inaccuracy in details, absent-mindedness, obstinacy, selfishness, overmuch criticism of others.
Virtues to be acquired:
Sympathy, tolerance, devotion, accuracy, energy and common-sense.
This is the ray of the abstract thinker, of the philosopher and the metaphysician, of the man who delights in the higher mathematics but who, unless modified by some practical ray, would hardly be troubled to keep his accounts accurately. His imaginative faculty will be highly developed, i.e., he can by the power of his imagination grasp the essence of a truth; his idealism will often be strong; he is a dreamer and a theorist, and from his wide views and great caution he sees every side of a question equally clearly. This sometimes paralyses his action. He will make a good business man; as a soldier he will work out a problem in tactics at his desk, but is seldom great in the field. As an artist his technique is not fine, but his subjects will be full of thought and interest. He will love music, but unless influenced by the fourth ray he will not produce it. In all walks of life he is full of ideas, but is too impractical to carry them out.
One type of this ray is unconventional to a degree, slovenly, unpunctual and idle, and regardless of appearances. If influenced by the fifth ray as the secondary ray this character is, entirely changed. The third and the fifth rays make the perfectly balanced historian who grasps his subject in a large way and verifies every detail with patient accuracy. Again the third and the fifth rays together make the truly great mathematician who soars into heights of abstract thought and calculation, and who can also bring his results down to practical scientific use. The literary style of the third ray man is too often vague and involved, but if influenced by the first, fourth, fifth or seventh rays, this is changed, and under the fifth he will be a master of the pen.
The curing of disease by the third ray man would be by the use of drugs made of herbs or minerals belonging to the same ray as the patient whom he desires to relieve.
The method of approaching the great Quest, for this ray type, is by deep thinking on philosophic or metaphysical lines till he is led to the realisation of the great Beyond and of the paramount importance of treading the Path that leads thither.
Strong affections, sympathy, physical courage, generosity, devotion, quickness of intellect and perception.
Vices of Ray:
Self-centredness, worrying, inaccuracy, lack of moral courage, strong passions, indolence, extravagance.
Virtues to be acquired:
Serenity, confidence, self-control, purity, unselfishness, accuracy, mental and moral balance.
This has been called the "ray of struggle" for on this ray the qualities of rajas (activity) and tamas (inertia) are so strangely equal in proportion that the nature of the fourth ray man is torn with their combat, and the outcome, when satisfactory, is spoken of as the "Birth of Horus," of the Christ, born from the throes of constant pain and suffering.
Tamas induces love of ease and pleasure, a hatred of causing pain amounting to moral cowardice, indolence, procrastination, a desire to let things be, to rest, and to take no thought of the morrow. Rajas is fiery, impatient, ever urging to action. These contrasting forces in the nature make life one perpetual warfare and unrest for the fourth ray man; the friction and the experience gained thereby may produce very rapid evolution, but the man may as easily become a ne'er-do-well as a hero.
It is the ray of the dashing cavalry leader, reckless of risks to himself or his followers. It is the ray of the man who will lead a forlorn hope, for in moments of excitement the fourth ray man is entirely dominated by rajas; of the wild speculator and gambler, full of enthusiasm and plans, easily overwhelmed by sorrow or failure, but as quickly recovering from all reverses and misfortunes.
It is pre-eminently the ray of colour, of the artist whose colour is always great, though his drawing will often be defective. (Watts was fourth and second rays.) The fourth ray man always loves colour, and can generally produce it. If untrained as an artist, a colour sense is sure to appear in other ways, in choice of dress or decorations.
In music, fourth ray compositions are always full of melody, and the fourth ray man loves a tune. As a writer or poet, his work will often be brilliant and full of picturesque word-painting, but inaccurate, full of exaggerations, and often pessimistic. He will generally talk well and have a sense of humour, but he varies between brilliant conversations and gloomy silences, according to his mood. He is a delightful and difficult person to live with.
In healing, the best fourth ray method is massage and magnetism, used with knowledge.
The method of approaching the Path will be by self-control, thus gaining equilibrium amongst the warring forces of the nature. The lower and extremely dangerous way is by Hatha Yoga.
Strictly accurate statements, justice (without mercy), perseverance, common-sense, uprightness, independence, keen intellect.
Vices of Ray:
Harsh criticism, narrowness, arrogance, unforgiving temper, lack of sympathy and reverence, prejudice.
Virtues to be acquired:
Reverence, devotion, sympathy, love, wide-mindedness.
This is the ray of science and of research. The man on this ray will possess keen intellect, great accuracy in detail, and will make unwearied efforts to trace the smallest fact to its source, and to verify every theory. He will generally be extremely truthful, full of lucid explanation of facts, though sometimes pedantic and wearisome from his insistence on trivial and unnecessary verbal minutiae. He will be orderly, punctual, business-like, disliking to receive favours or flattery.
It is the ray of the great chemist, the practical electrician, the first-rate engineer, the great operating surgeon. As a statesman, the fifth ray man would be narrow in his views, but he would be an excellent head of some special technical department, though a disagreeable person under whom to work. As a soldier, he would turn most readily to artillery and engineering. The artist on this ray is very rare, unless the fourth or seventh be the influencing secondary rays; even then, his colouring will be dull, his sculptures lifeless, and his music (if he composes) will be uninteresting, though technically correct in form. His style in writing or speaking will be clearness itself, but it will lack fire and point, and he will often be long-winded, from his desire to say all that can possibly be said on his subject.
In healing, he is the perfect surgeon, and his best cures will be through surgery and electricity.
For the fifth ray, the method of approaching the Path is by scientific research, pushed to ultimate conclusions, and by the acceptance of the inferences which follow these.
Devotion, single-mindedness, love, tenderness, intuition, loyalty, reverence.
Vices of Ray:
Selfish and jealous love, over-leaning on others, partiality, self-deception, sectarianism, superstition, prejudice, over-rapid conclusions, fiery anger.
Virtues to be acquired:
Strength, self-sacrifice, purity, truth, tolerance, serenity, balance and common sense.
This is called the ray of devotion. The man who is on this ray is full of religious instincts and impulses, and of intense personal feeling; nothing is taken equably. Everything, in his eyes, is either perfect or intolerable; his friends are angels, his enemies are very much the reverse; his view, in both cases, is formed not on the intrinsic merits of either class, but on the way the persons appeal to him, or on the sympathy or lack of sympathy which they shew to his favourite idols, whether these be concrete or abstract, for he is full of devotion, it may be to a person, or it may be to a cause.
He must always have a "personal God," an incarnation of Deity to adore. The best type of this ray makes the saint, the worst type, the bigot or fanatic, the typical martyr or the typical inquisitor. All religious wars or crusades have originated from sixth ray fanaticism. The man on this ray is often of gentle nature, but he can always flame into fury and fiery wrath. He will lay down his life for the objects of his devotion or reverence, but he will not lift a finger to help those outside of his immediate sympathies. As a soldier, he hates fighting but often when roused in battle fights like one possessed. He is never a great statesman nor a good business man, but he may be a great preacher or orator.
The sixth ray man will be the poet of the emotions (such as Tennyson) and the writer of religious books, either in poetry or prose. He is devoted to beauty and colour and all things lovely, but his productive skill is not great unless under the influence of one of the practically artistic rays, the fourth or seventh. His music will always be of a melodious order, and he will often be the composer of oratories and of sacred music.
The method of healing for this ray would be by faith and prayer.
The way of approaching the Path would be by prayer and meditation, aiming at union with God.
Strength, perseverance, courage, courtesy, extreme care in details, self-reliance.
Vices of Ray:
Formalism, bigotry, pride, narrowness, superficial judgments, self-opinion over-indulged.
Virtues to be acquired:
Realisation of unity, wide-mindedness, tolerance, humility, gentleness and love.
This is the ceremonial ray, the ray which makes a man delight in "all things done decently and in order," and according to rule and precedent. It is the ray of the high priest and the court chamberlain, of the soldier who is a born genius in organisation, of the ideal commissary general who will dress and feed the troops in the best possible way. It is the ray of the perfect nurse for the sick, careful in the smallest detail, though sometimes too much inclined to disregard the patients' idiosyncrasies and to try and grind them in the iron mill of routine.
It is the ray of form, of the perfect sculptor, who sees and produces ideal beauty, of the designer of beautiful forms and patterns of any sort; but such a man would not be successful as a painter unless his influencing ray were the fourth. The combination of four with seven would make the very highest type of artist, form and colour being both in excelsis. The literary work of the seventh ray man would be remarkable for its ultra-polished style, and such a writer would think far more of the manner than of the matter in his work, but would always be fluent both in writing and speech. The seventh ray man will often be sectarian. He will delight in fixed ceremonials and observances, in great processions and shows, in reviews of troops and warships, in genealogical trees, and in rules of precedence.
The bad type of seventh ray man is superstitious, and such a man will take deep interest in omens, in dreams, in all occult practices, and in spiritualistic phenomena. The good type of the ray is absolutely determined to do the right thing and say the right word at the right moment; hence great social success.
In healing, the seventh ray man would rely on extreme exactness in carrying out orthodox treatment of disease. On him the practices of yoga would have no physical bad results.
He will approach the Path through observance of rules of practice and of ritual, and can easily evoke and control the elemental forces.
From many of the above remarks it may have been inferred that the characteristics of any given ray find closer correspondence with one of the other rays than with the rest. This is a fact. The only one which stands alone and has no close relationship with any of the others is the fourth. This brings to mind the unique position which the number four occupies in the evolutionary process. We have the fourth root race, the fourth planetary chain, the fourth planet in the chain, the fourth planetary manvantara, etc.
Between the third and the fifth rays there is a close relationship. In the search after knowledge, for example, the most laborious and minute study of detail is the path that will be followed, whether in philosophy, the higher mathematics or in the pursuit of practical science.
The correspondence between the second and the sixth rays shews itself in the intuitive grasp of synthesised knowledge, and in the common bond of faithfulness and loyalty.
Masterfulness, steadfastness, and perseverance are the corresponding characteristics of the first and the seventh rays. [A TREATISE ON THE SWEVEN RAYS, VOL I, p2OO/12]
Consequently, in dealing with the human family, we must endeavour to think in larger terms than those of the individual man as we know him. We must look upon humanity itself as an integrated entity, as a being, as a Life in a form. In this unified form Life every human being is a cell, and the seven races constitute the seven major centres, with the polarisation shifting ever into the higher centres, and the lower centres fading away into quiescence, until the time comes when all of the seven will be coordinated and energised, at the end of the age. We might here make the following suggestions (note this word) as to the relation between the races and the centres in the body of humanity:
Races Centre Expression
7th and final
rootrace The head centre Will. Plan.
The next The centre between the
eyebrows Intuitive integration.
The present The throat centre Creative power.
4th and past
rootrace The solar plexus centre Psychic sensitivity.
3rd and first
human race The sacral centre Physical appearance.
2nd and etheric
race The heart or vital centre Life forces coordinated.
1st race The base of spine The Will to be, to exist
It is with only the last four evolving races that we shall concern ourselves (the first four dealt with in the above tabulation), for the first three races are too far off for anyone under the degree of initiate to grasp their mode of development, their type of consciousness, and their procedure towards their goal. The point I seek to emphasize is the necessity of seeing the picture whole, and not in terms of individual man.
It may here be helpful if we note down our tabulation of certain points anent the human kingdom, as we did in connection with the three subhuman kingdoms.
Two rays of divine energy are peculiarly active in bringing this kingdom into manifestation. These are:
1. The fourth Ray of Harmony, beauty and unity, attained through conflict.
2. The fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge, or the power to know.
The fourth ray is the ray par excellence which governs humanity. There is a numerical relation to be noted here, for the fourth creative Hierarchy of human monads, the fourth ray, in this fourth round, on the fourth globe, the Earth, are extremely active. It is their close interrelation and interplay which is responsible for the emergence into prominence of humanity. In other rounds, humanity has not been the dominant evolution or the most important. In this round it is. In the next round, the dominant evolution will be that of souls on the astral level, and the deva kingdom. Humanity now walks in the light of day, symbolically speaking, on Earth, and these two rays were responsible for the process of initiating the human evolution in this major cycle. Our objective is the harmonising of the higher and the lower aspects, or principles, both in the individual and in the whole. This involves conflict and struggle, but produces eventually beauty, creative power in art, and synthesis. This result would not have been possible had it not been for the potent work of the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge which—in conjunction with the fourth ray—produced that reflection of divinity we call a man.
The human entity is a curious synthesis, on the subjective side of his nature, producing a fusion of life, of power, of harmonious intent and of mental activity. The following should be noted, for it is of profound psychological interest and import:
Rays I, IV and V....predominate in the life of humanity and govern with increasing power man's mental life and determine his mental body.
Rays II and VI....govern potently his emotional life and determine the type of his astral body.
Rays III and VII....govern the vital physical life and the physical body.
Here you have, if you note carefully, a summation of the rays which govern and differentiate the life of the personality forms, and therefore bring in other factors which psychologists will have to consider as time goes on. You will see therefore that:
1. The human soul or ego is found on one or other of the seven rays, in one or other of the seven ray groups.
2. The mind nature and mental body are governed by the Rays of Purpose, of Harmony or Synthesis, and of Knowledge.
3. The emotional nature and form are governed by the Rays of Love, Wisdom and of idealistic Devotion.
4. The vital life and physical body are governed by the Rays of Intelligence in matter and of Organising Power.
But in the midst of this complexity of rays and forces, the third and fifth rays hold paramount place, and govern the major cycles of the individual. He is controlled not only by his own ray cycles (determined by his egoic ray) and by the lesser cycles of the personality, but he comes also under the influence of the major and minor cycles in the ray life of humanity as a whole.
Through the active work of the two rays above discussed, we find the fourth ray producing eventually in man the appearance of the intuition. The fifth ray is responsible for the development in him of the intellect. Here again we find appearing in man his great gift of synthesis and his prerogative of unification, for—as earlier said—he blends in himself the qualities of three kingdoms in nature, including the one before and the one after his own.
1. The kingdom of souls..........................Intuition.
2. The human kingdom............................Intellect.
3. The animal kingdom............................Instinct.
Hence his problem, and hence his glory. We might also say that through the union of the positive intuition and the negative instinct the intellect is born, for man repeats in himself the great creative process as enacted in the universe. This is the inner creative side of consciousness, just as we have the outer creative side in the creation of forms.
In the human family, owing to the presence within the human physical form of a thinking entity, called by us the Soul, the procedure followed in order to produce conscious control is that of adaptation. All forms in the three lower subhuman kingdoms are also subjected to the process of adaptation, but that is a group adaptation to environment, whereas in humanity we have the adaptation of the individual to his environment. The person who works consciously and intelligently at adapting himself to that situation and those conditions in which he finds himself is relatively rare. Conscious adapting of oneself to circumstances is the result of evolutionary development. The stages by which man arrives at this capacity may be enumerated as follows:
1. That unconscious adaptation to his environment of the man who is primarily an unintelligent animal. Low grade savages are in this class, and many purely agricultural peasants who have not been subjected to modern education. The man at this stage is little better than an animal and is governed entirely by instinct.
2. An unconscious adaptation to environment carried on by the man who is beginning to evidence some faint flickers of mental perception. This is partly instinctual and is based on a growing self-love. There is more of the "I" consciousness in him, and rather less of group instinctual awareness. You find this growing self-realisation in the low grade slum dwellers, for instance, and in the petty criminal who is instinctual enough and bright enough to live by his wits and to show quickness in reactions and deftness manually. It is the stage of animal cunning.
3. A conscious and purely selfish adapting of oneself to the environment. In these cases, the man is definitely aware of his motives; they are consciously thought out and recognised, and the man makes "the best of his circumstances". He forces himself to live as far as possible harmoniously in his surroundings. In this there is really good motive, but principally the man is governed by a desire for comfort—physical, emotional and mental—to such a degree that he will discipline himself into such a condition that he fits wherever he may be and can get on with anyone.
4. From this stage on the differentiations become so numerous that they are difficult to follow, being mixtures of pure selfishness (developed often to the nth degree), of a growing recognition of the group, of an awakening realisation of the right of other people to a similar degree of comfort and harmony, and of a steady effort to adapt conditions of character and personality life, so that the purely selfish interests do no real damage to others, until we arrive at...
5. The average really good man who is struggling to adapt himself to his surroundings, to his group relations and responsibilities in such a way that some measure of love can be seen. I refer not here to that instinctual love for family and children and herd which men share in common with the animals and which often breaks down when the loved individuals assert themselves. The tie is not strong enough to hold, and the motive is too selfish to resist the pull. I refer to that motivated love which recognises the rights of others and consciously strives to adapt itself to those recognised rights whilst tenaciously holding on to the rights of the personality.
6. Then we have the work of adaptation as carried on by the aspirants of the world who are theoretically convinced of their group relation, of its paramount importance, and of the need of every personality to develop its powers to the fullest capacity in order to bring real value to the group and to serve adequately the group need. In true esotericism, there is no such motive as "killing the personality", or of disciplining it to such an extent that it becomes a dead poor thing. The true motive is to train the threefold lower nature, the integrated personality, to the highest demonstration of its powers, latent or developing, in order that those powers may be brought to the helping of the group need, and the personality of the aspirant may be integrated into the group. Thereby the group life is enriched, the group potency is increased, and the group consciousness is enhanced.
What is therefore to be seen going on in the life of the true aspirant today (his developing recognition of group responsibility) can also be seen going on in groups, in organisations and nations. Hence the many experiments. A process is going forward whereby these groups, large or small, are being subjected to a housecleaning, to a discarding of the rubbish of old and worn-out ideas, and to a period of disciplining and training which must precede all real group life. When this process is over, we shall have these groups approaching each other in a new and real spirit of cooperation, of religious fusion, and in an international attitude which will be new indeed. Then they will have something of a surer and greater value to offer to the whole. Within all these groups which are struggling towards this newer realisation and integration, and which express what we might call "the sixth stage of adaptation,", are those who are already at the seventh stage.
7. Here we have complete unselfish adaptation to the group need and purpose. Those who have reached this point in their evolution are decentralised as regards their own personality life. The focus of their mental attention is in the soul and in the world of souls. Their attention is not directed towards the personality at all, except in so far as is needed to force it to adhere to group or soul purpose. These servers who are expressions of soul radiance and attractive power are knowers of the Plan, and in every organisation they constitute the new and slowly growing group of World Servers. In their hands lies the salvation of the world.
8. The final group in this scale of adaptation is that of the higher initiates, the perfected Elder Brethren and Great Companions. They are perfectly adapted to Their personalities, to each other and to world conditions; but as a group They are learning how to adapt the forces of nature, the energies of the rays and the potencies of the zodiacal signs to the world need and the world demand in a practical manner and at any particular time. It is here that the work of the disciples of the world, and of the higher types of aspirants, proves helpful as a field of experiment, and it is in the new group of World Servers that the process of adaptation goes on.
I have endeavoured to outline these stages of the process of adaptation in terms of consciousness, viewing the subject therefore philosophically and psychologically. It should be remembered that this process, as it goes on in consciousness, produces (surely and inevitably) corresponding changes in mechanism and structure, and in sense perception through the apparatus of the body. On these changes I lay no emphasis in this treatise, for they are beautifully dealt with by modern science, which is steadily forging ahead in the right direction. I lay the emphasis upon consciousness as the pre-disposing factor, and on the developed sense of awareness which produces an inner demand for improved equipment. The improving of equipment as a result of the demand of consciousness is the secret of the evolutionary impulse, down the ages. This inner demand in man awakens the centres, and the awakening of the centres determines the response of the endocrine system, governs the nervous system in its threefold capacity, and also the blood stream. Thus the outer form or mechanism is ever an indication of the point of evolution of the inner subjective and spiritual man.
This is called, in esotericism, "the secret of translation". I might bring the general concept underlying those words down to the intelligence of the average student by telling him that when a man really understands the elevating power of the aspiration, he can begin to work with the secret of translation. Students must lose sight of the foolish and erroneous idea that aspiration is really an emotional attitude. It is not. It is a scientific process, governing evolution itself. When given free scope and duly followed, it is the mode par excellence whereby the matter aspect, or the whole personality, is "raised up into heaven". The effect of continued aspiration, when followed by right action, is to bring about three things:
1. A stimulation of the higher atoms of the three bodies.
2. The discarding, as a result of this stimulation, of those atomic substances which (when present) occultly hold the aspirant down to earth.
3. The increasing of the magnetic attractive power of the higher atoms, which draw to themselves atoms of high vibration to take the place of those of low vibration. One point I should like to make here, in order to correct an almost universal wrong mental attitude. Right atoms of high vibration are attracted into a man's body or bodies by the power of the united attraction of the atoms already present, and not primarily by the will of the soul, except in so far as that will acts upon the high grade atoms already present and responsive.
Aspiration is an activity of an occult and scientific nature, and is instinctual in substance itself. This point needs emphasis when instructing groups.
It is an interesting side-light thrown upon the phenomena of aspiration that the power to levitate the body, which is so oft today the subject of psychic interest and research, is dependent upon having produced a peculiar alignment of the personality through aspiration and an act of the will. It presupposes in the three bodies a certain percentage of atoms of the adequate vibrations and lightness.
This secret of translation is the underlying cause of the caste system, and caste is a symbol of translation. In the last analysis, souls pass from caste to caste as they "translate" their bodies. The clue to the translation is to be found in the fact that no act of translation ever involves one body alone, and no "passing on and up" into another dimension, into another state of consciousness and another "caste," ever takes place unless an alignment has been produced between (for instance):
a. The physical body and the emotional body.
b. These two and the mental body.
c. These three and the soul.
d. These four and the group of World Servers.
In these four alignments we have the esoteric parallels of which the outer caste system is the prostituted symbol. Ponder on this, for the caste system is universal in the world. It is when the third alignment has been truly accomplished and when the light of the fourth constituent to the relationship dominates the inherent light of the other three, that the objective of man's evolution is reached. This brings us to the point next to be considered.
This purpose is the Transfiguration. This is the esoteric goal set before humanity. This was the tremendous event which was enacted before humanity by the greatest of all the sons of God in His Own Body, Whom I and all true disciples regard as the Master of all the Masters, the Christ. What shall I say about this culminating event for which the entire personality of man waits? This third great initiation marks a crisis in the initiatory work, and produces a further synthesis experienced in the life of the spiritual man. Up to the third initiation, man has been occupied with the process of fusing soul and body into one unity. After the third initiation (and owing to an event which takes place) man is oriented towards, and becomes occupied with, a further fusion in consciousness, that of spirit-soul-body. I speak of a fusion in consciousness. The unity is ever there, and man in evolution is really becoming aware of that which already exists.
These are five in number from the standpoint of this treatise on esotericism. They can here be only briefly indicated, as elucidation of them would involve too much.
1. The racial divisions. These can be considered in two ways:
a. From the standpoint of modern esoteric science.
b. From the standpoint of The Secret Doctrine, with its septenary divisions of mankind and its forty-nine subdivisions.
2. The division of humanity into seven main ray types, which might be enumerated as follows:
a. The power type full of will and governing capacity.
b. The love type full of love and fusing power.
c. The active type full of action, and manipulating energy.
d. The artistic type full of the sense of beauty and creative aspiration.
e. The scientific type full of the idea of cause and results. The mathematical type.
f. The devotee type full of idealism.
g. The business type full of organising power. given to ritualistic ceremony.
3. The twelve astrological groups. These we shall consider in dealing with The Rays and the Zodiac, and so shall not touch upon them here.
4. The division of human beings into three esoteric groups:
a. Those unawakened to the "I" consciousness.
These are called esoterically "the darkened sparks."
b. Those awakened to the condition of individuality.
These are called "the flickering lights."
c. Those awakened to the knowledge of the soul.
These are called "the radiant sons of light."
5. The division of humanity into three types of aspirants:
a. Those watched from a distance by the guiding Hierarchy.
b. Those awakened by and attracted to the Hierarchy.
c. Those who, from the angle of the personality, belong
to the world of forces, but are awakened souls whose consciousness is being integrated into, that of the Hierarchy. These are the new group of World Servers.
To these three last groups the Hierarchy Itself may well be added.
The table as a whole shows the main divisions into which esoteric psychology divides humanity, and if you study it with care you will note how all-inclusive it is. I commend it to modern psychologists for study.
In the case of the human being, in whom the senses (slowly developed in the lower kingdoms) are already functioning, the outer agency whereby he grows is the world of experience, the tangible physical plane world. There he dwells in the flesh, and it is for him an adequate field of unfoldment; in the process of developing group consciousness he finds that multiplicity of contacts which is needed to awaken his response to his environment. This environment itself is part of the life and expression of Deity, and through its means he arrives at a knowledge of some aspects of God's manifestation. Using the five senses, and working with earth, air, fire and water, he thereby gathers to himself all that is available for his use, and works in, and with, and through the outer world of daily living.
Here we find the mind being employed as an organ of sense, as a synthetic or common sense, and as an instrument of discovery by means of which a man unfolds the truly human consciousness. Through the use of the mind, he learns to protect himself, to guard his interests, and to preserve his identity. Through the use of the mind, he begins to discriminate and to cultivate slowly a sense of values which enables him eventually to lay the emphasis upon the ideal and the spiritual, and not upon the material and the physical.
This quality is the development of sattva or rhythm within the human kingdom. This is really harmonious response to vibration, and leads to the integration of the unit in the whole and to the production of that "understanding" which will enable the man to eliminate all barriers in his consciousness, and to render (simply and naturally) a rhythmic and complete response to all conditions and states of awareness. Let it ever be remembered that the secret of the quality of humanity (if I may use so cumbrous a phrase) is the power to identify the human consciousness with all other forms of consciousness and of awareness, with all forms of unconscious and instinctual response, and with all forms of the superconscious or divine sense of being. This can ultimately be done at will.
We must now begin what really constitutes an outline of the new psychology This will work out to its fulfillment and true usefulness in the Aquarian age. It will then become the basic and fundamental science of that age, just as electrical science (the electricity of matter) is the basic achievement of the Piscean age. What we are really going to consider are the influences which make a man what he is, and which determine the quality of his appearance. This appearance must be studied in terms of the entire integrated personality, and not just from the outer and objective physical condition. The influences which determine him are his own personal and soul rays which play upon him and affect his consciousness, finding entrance into his form equipment through the energy units of which that form is made. Other determining influences are also the solar, cosmic and environing factors which likewise play upon him.
It might here be asked: What are the differences between the influences which are ray influences and those which are of an astrological nature, such as the rising sign, or the governing planets?
The energies which astrologically affect a human being are those which play upon him as a result of the apparent progress of the sun through the heavens, either once every twenty-five thousand years or once every twelve months. Those that constitute the ray forces do not come from the twelve constellations of the zodiac, but emanate primarily from a world of being and of consciousness which lies behind our solar system, and which themselves come from the seven constellations which form the body of manifestation of the One About Whom Naught May Be Said. Our solar system is one of these seven constellations. This is the world of Deity Itself, and of it a man can know nothing until he has passed through the major initiations. When we come later to study the zodiac and its relation to the rays we shall work this out more carefully and so make the idea clearer. It is with the ray influences that we are dealing here, and not with the zodiacal.
One of the first things we need to grasp, as we study man and the rays, is the large number of these ray influences which play upon him, and which form him, and "enliven" him, and make him the complexity he is. It would be wise for us to enumerate them one by one and consider them for a while. There is no real reason for bewilderment in this connection. As time progresses and the rays are more widely studied, man's relation to them will be subjected to careful analysis, and there will then be possible a wide checking up of information and of facts. There will later come a tabulation and an understanding of the ray forces. This will lead to a science of psychology of a more sure and accurate nature, instead of the speculative science it now is. At present modern psychology concerns itself with the more apparent aspects of incarnated man and with a discussion of certain speculative subjective possibilities.
It might therefore be noted that the following rays and influences must be considered in the case of every individual man, for they make him what he is and determine his problem:
1. The ray of the solar system itself.
2. The ray of the planetary Logos of our planet.
3. The ray of the human kingdom itself.
4. Our particular racial ray, the ray that determines the Aryan race.
5. The rays that govern any particular cycle.
6. The national ray, or that ray influence which is peculiarly influencing a particular nation.
7. The ray of the soul, or ego.
8. The ray of the personality.
9. The rays governing:
a. The mental body.
b. The emotional or astral body.
c. The physical body.
There are other rays, but the above are the most powerful and have the greater conditioning power.
[A TREATISE ON THE SWEVEN RAYS, VOL I, p318/34]
In starting our study of the ray of the Ego or Soul, certain major premises might be briefly stated and incorporated into a series of propositions, fourteen in number. They are as follows:
1. The egos of all human beings are to be found upon one or another of the seven rays.
2. All egos found upon the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and the seventh rays must eventually, after the third initiation, blend with the three major rays, or monadic rays.
3. The monadic ray of every ego is one of the three rays of aspect, and the sons of men are either monads of power, monads of love, or monads of intelligence.
4. For our specific purposes, we shall confine our attention to the seven groups of souls found upon one or other of the seven rays or streams of divine energy.
5. For the major part of our racial and life experience we are governed sequentially, and later simultaneously by:
a. The physical body, which is dominated by the ray governing the sum total of the atoms of that body.
b. The emotional desire nature, which is to be found influenced and controlled by the ray which colours the totality of astral atoms.
c. The mind body or mental nature, and the calibre and quality of the ray determining its atomic value.
d. Later, on the physical plane, the soul ray begins to work in and with the sum total of the three bodies, which constitute—when aligned and functioning in unison—the personality. The effect of that general integration is actively to produce an incarnation and incarnations wherein the personality ray emerges clearly, and the three bodies or selves constitute the three aspects or rays of the lower personal self.
6. When the personality ray becomes pronounced and dominant, and the three body rays are subordinated to it, then the great fight takes place between the egoic ray or soul and the personality ray. The differentiation becomes clearly marked, and the sense of duality becomes more definitely established. The experiences detailed in the Bhagavad Gita become the experiences of the path of discipleship; Arjuna stands "at the midway point" on the field of Kurukshetra, between the two opposing forces, and, owing to the smoke of the battle, finds himself unable to see clearly.
7. Eventually, the soul ray or influence becomes the dominating factor, and the rays of the lower bodies become the sub-rays of this controlling ray. This last sentence is of basic importance, for it indicates the true relation of the personality to the ego or soul. The disciple who understands this relation and conforms to it is ready to tread the path of initiation.
8. Each of the seven groups of souls is responsive to one of the seven types of force, and all of them are responsive to the ray of the planetary Logos of our planet, which is the third Ray of Active Intelligence. All are therefore upon a sub-ray of this ray, but it must never be forgotten that the planetary Logos is also upon a ray, which is a sub-ray of the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
[A TREATISE ON THE SWEVEN RAYS, VOL I, p401/3]
Ray I Not in manifestation.
Ray II In manifestation since 1575 A.D.
Ray III In manifestation since 1425 A.D.
Ray IV To come slowly into manifestation around 2025 A.D.
Ray V In manifestation since 1775 A.D.
Ray VI Passing rapidly out of manifestation. Began to pass out in 1625 A.D.
*Ray VII In manifestation since 1675 A.D.
Ray I Higher expression: The science of statesmanship, and of government.
Lower expression: Modern diplomacy and politics.
Ray II Higher expression: The process of initiation as taught by the Hierarchy of Masters.
Lower expression: Religion.
Ray III Higher expression: Means of communication or interaction. Radio, telegraph, telephone and means of transportation.
Lower expression: The use and spread of money and gold.
Ray IV Higher expression: The Masonic work, based on the formation of the Hierarchy and related to Ray II
Lower expression: Architectural construction. Modern city planning.
Ray V Higher expression: The science of the Soul. Esoteric psychology.
Lower expression: Modern educational systems.
Ray VI Higher expression: Christianity and diversified religions. Note relation to Ray II
Lower expression: Churches and religious organizations.
Ray VII Higher expression: All forms of white magic.
Lower expression: Spiritualism in its lower aspects.
1st Ray Force Energy Action The Occultist
2nd Ray Consciousness Expansion Initiation The true Psychic
3rd Ray Adaptation Development Evolution The Magician
4th Ray Vibration Response Expression The Artist
5th Ray Mentation Knowledge Science The Scientist
6th Ray Devotion Abstraction Idealism The Devotee
7th Ray Incantation Magic Ritual The Ritualist
From: Initiation, Human and Solar.
Note: Much information and several interesting hints are scattered here and there in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire and in this series of Instructions. I have gathered some of it together and students would find it useful to familiarise themselves with the tabulations and points noted below. A. A. B.
THE NUMERICAL INFLUENCE OF THE RAYS
The Mineral Kingdom.............Rays 7 and 1.
The Vegetable Kingdom.........Rays 2, 4 and 6.
The Animal Kingdom..............Rays 3 and 6.
The Human Kingdom..............Rays 4 and 5.
The Soul Kingdom..................Rays 5 and 2.
The Planetary Kingdom...........Rays 6 and 3.
The Solar Kingdom.................Rays 1 and 7.
The Mineral Kingdom.......Ray 7........Radiation.
The Vegetable Kingdom....Ray 2........Magnetism.
Ray 4........Harmony of colour.
Ray 6........Growth towards light.
The Animal Kingdom.........Ray 3........Instinct.
Ray 6....... Domesticity.
The Human Kingdom.........Ray 4........Experience.
The Kingdom of Souls........Ray 5........Personality.
The Planetary Kingdom.......Ray 6.......The Plan.
Ray 3.......Creative Work.
The Solar Kingdom.............Ray 1.......Universal Mind Will.
Ray 7.......Synthetic Ritual.
I. Mineral Gonads Sacral Centre.
Base of Spine.
Vegetable Heart Heart.
Animal Stomach Solar Plexus.
Human Brain The two Head Centres.
II Mineral Base of Spine Adrenals.
Vegetable Heart Centre Thymus.
Animal Solar Plexus Pancreas.
Human Sacral Centre Gonads.
Egoic Throat Centre Thyroid.
Planetary Ajna Centre Pituitary.
Solar Head Centre Pineal.
III. Process Secret Purpose
Mineral Condensation Transmutation Radiation.
Vegetable Conformation Transformation Magnetisation.
Animal Concretisation Transfusion Experimentation.
Human Adaptation Translation Transfiguration.
Egoic Externalisation Manifestation Realisation.
1. The Mineral Kingdom is divided into three main divisions:
a. The base metals.
b. The standard metals.
c. The crystals and precious stones.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 588.
2. The Vegetable Kingdom is...
a. The transmitter of the vital pranic fluid.
b. A bridge between the so-called conscious and the unconscious.
c. In an esoteric relation to the deva or angel kingdom.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 564.
3. The four minor rays control the four kingdoms:
a. The 7th ray controls the mineral kingdom.
b. The 6th ray controls the vegetable kingdom.
c. The 5th ray controls the animal kingdom.
d. The 4th ray controls the human kingdom.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 588.
4. The 4th ray and the 4th kingdom form a point of harmony for the three lower kingdoms.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 588.
5. The 5th ray has a peculiar relation to the animal kingdom in that it is the ray governing the merging of that kingdom in the human.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 590.
6. The human kingdom is seeking to make manifest the desire or the love nature of the planetary Logos.
The three subhuman kingdoms seek to manifest the intelligent nature of the planetary Logos.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, pp. 1043, 1044.
7. The mineral kingdom is responsive to the lowest type of energy, the lowest aspect of fire.
The vegetable kingdom is responsive to that type of energy which produces the phenomenon of water.
The animal kingdom is responsive to the type of energy which is a combination of the two above mentioned, fire and water.
The human kingdom is responsive to the energy of fire at its highest manifestation in the three worlds.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, pp. 1071, 1072.
8. The period of radiation is longest in the mineral kingdom and shortest in the human kingdom.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire , pp. 1075.
9. The mineral kingdom provides that negative yet vital something which is the essence of the human permanent atom.
The vegetable kingdom provides the negative energy for the astral permanent atom in the human kingdom.
The animal kingdom provides the negative force which when energised by positive force becomes the mental unit.
Sattva Rhythm Mental body Mental Unit Animal.
Rajas Activity Astral body Astral permanent atom Vegetable
Tamas Inertia Physical body Physical permanent atom Mineral
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 1134.
10. Each kingdom in nature is positive to the one next below.
1. The animal kingdom is to the human body what the dense physical body is to the seven principles.
2. The animal kingdom is the mother aspect, prior to the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost.
3. The animal kingdom is the field of individualisation.
4. Since Atlantean days the animal kingdom has been occupied with the development of karma.
5. Domestic animals constitute the heart centre in the life of the Entity Who ensouls the animal kingdom.
6. The animal kingdom does not react strongly to the 7th ray.
7. The human kingdom does, but the 7th ray will have three effects in relation to the two kingdoms and their interplay:
a. It will refine the animal bodies.
b. It will bring about a closer relation between men and animals.
c. It will cause a great destruction of the present animal forms.
These are twenty-one in number, making in their synthesis the twenty-two methods which are the expression of the great Law of Attraction.
I. The Ray of Will or Power.
1. Destruction of forms through group interplay. I.
2. Stimulation of the self, the egoic principle. 2.
3. Spiritual impulse or energy. 3.
II. The Ray of Love. Wisdom.
1. Construction of forms through group intercourse. 4.
2. Stimulation of desire, the love principle. 5.
3. Soul impulse or energy. 6.
III. The Ray of Activity or Adaptability.
1. Vitalising of forms through group work. 7.
2. Stimulation of forms, the etheric or pranic principle. 8.
3. Material impulse or energy. 9.
IV. The Ray of Harmony or Union.
1. Perfecting of forms through group interplay. 10.
2. Stimulation of the solar Angels, or the manasic principle. 11.
3. Intuitional or buddhic energy. 12.
V. Ray of Concrete Knowledge.
1. Correspondence of forms to type, through group influence. 13.
2. Stimulation of the Logoic dense physical body, the three worlds. 14.
3. Mental energy or impulse, Universal manas. 15.
VI. Ray of Abstract Idealism or Devotion.
1. Reflection of reality through group work. 16.
2. Stimulation of man through desire. 17.
3. Desire energy, instinct or aspiration. 18.
VII. Ray of Ceremonial Order.
1. Union of energy and substance through group activity. 19.
2. Stimulation of etheric forms. 20.
3. Vital energy. 21.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 1222.
"Let the Forces come together. Let them mount to the High Place, and from that lofty eminence let the Soul look upon a world destroyed. Then let the word go forth: 'I will persist'."
"Let all the life be drawn to the Centre, and enter thus into the Heart of Love Divine. Then from that point of sentient Life, let the Soul realise the consciousness of God. Let the word go forth, reverberating through the silence: 'Naught is but Me!',
"Let the Army of the Lord, responsive to the word, cease their activities. Let knowledge end in wisdom. Let the point vibrating become the point quiescent, and all lines gather into One. Let the Soul realise the One in Many, and let the word go forth in perfect understanding: 'I am the Worker and the Work, The One that Is: ' "
"Let the outer glory pass away and the beauty of the inner Light reveal the One. Let dissonance give place to harmony, and from the centre of the hidden Light let the soul speak, let the word roll forth: 'Beauty and glory veil Me not. I stand revealed. I Am.
"Let the three forms of energy electric pass upward to the Place of Power. Let the forces of the head and heart and all the nether aspects blend. Then let the Soul look out upon the inner world of light divine. Let the word triumphant go forth: 'I mastered energy for I am energy itself. The Master and the mastered are but One.'
"Let all desire cease. Let aspiration end. The search is over.
Let the Soul realise that it has reached the goal, and from that
gateway to eternal Life and cosmic Peace let the word sound: 'I am the seeker and the sought. I rest.'"
"Let the builders cease their work. The Temple is completed. Let the Soul enter into its heritage and from the Holy Place command all work to end. Then in the silence subsequent let him chant forth the word: `The creative work is over. I, the Creator, Am. Naught else remains but Me.'"
Planet………………………………Sun, substituting for the veiled planet Vulcan.
Exoteric…………………………..Colour Orange. S.D.III. p. 478.
Human Principle………………Prana or life-vitality.
Divine Principle……………….The One Life. Spirit. This is regarded as a principle only when our seven
planes are seen as the seven sub-planes of the cosmic physical plane.
Element…………………………..The Akasha. "It is written."
Instrument of Sensation ….The Light of Kundalini.
Bodily location ………………Vital airs in the skull.
Plane governed ……………..The logoic plane. Divine Purpose or Will.
Sense………………………………A synthetic sense, embracing all.
Esoterically. this power is viewed as the life principle seated in the heart.
Exoteric Colour……………….Indigo with a tinge of purple.
Esoteric Colour……………….Light blue. S.D.III. p. 461.
Human Principle……………..The auric envelope.
Element…………………………..Ether. "It is spoken." The Word.
Instrument of Sensation…Ears. Speech. The Word.
Bodily location……………….The heart.
Plane……………………………….The Monadic. ..
Esoterically, this power is the consciousness or soul principle, seated in the head.
Exoteric Colour ………………Black.
Human Principle…………….Lower mind.
Divine Principl………………..Universal mind.
Element………………………….Fire. "Fire by friction."
Sensation……………………….Nervous system. "It is known."
Bodily location………………Centres up spine.
Plane……………………………..The atmic, or plane of spiritual will.
Esoterically, this principle of creative mind is seen as seated in the throat.
Divine Principle……………….Buddhi. Intuition. Pure reason.
Human Principle……………..Understanding. Vision. Spiritual perception.
Element…………………………..Air. "Thus is Unity produced."
Instrument of Sensation ….Eyes. Right eye particularly.
Plane……………………………….The Buddhic or Intuitional plane.
Esoterically, this is the pure reason, seated in the ajna centre, between the eyes. Functioning when the personality reaches a high stage of co-ordination.
Planet………………………………..Venus. The Lords of mind came from Venus.
Esoteric Colour …………………Indigo.
Human Principle………………..Higher mind.
Divine Principle………………….Higher knowledge. "God saw that it was good."
Instrument of Sensation…..Astral body.
Plane…………………………………Lower mental plane.
Sense………………………………..Consciousness as response to knowledge.
Esoterically, this principle of sentiency is seated in the solar plexus.
Exoteric Colour ………………….Red.
Esoteric Colour………………….Silvery Rose.
Human Principle………………..Kama-manas. Desire.
Divine Principle………………….Desire for form.
Element……………………………..Water. "I long for habitation."
Instrument of Sensation……Tongue. Organs of speech.
Plane………………………………….Astral or emotional Plane. Desire plane.
Esoterically, this principle of desire is seated in the sacral centre, with a higher reflection in the throat.
Planet………………………………..The Moon. She is the mother of form.
Human Principle………………….Etheric force or prana.
Element……………………………….Earth. "I manifest."
Instrument of Sensation……..Nose.
Plane……………………………………Physical plane, etheric levels.
Esoterically, this principle of vitality or prana is seated in the centre at the base of the spine.
Note:—Esoterically speaking, the planets which are the expression of the three major rays are:
Ray I....... Uranus.
Ray II...... Neptune.
Ray III..... Saturn.
A study of this will make it apparent why Saturn is ever the stabiliser. In this present cycle, the two rays of Power and Love are directing their energies to Vulcan and Jupiter, whilst Saturn's attention is turned towards our planet, the Earth.
Thus we have the ten rays of perfection, the vehicles of manifestation of what H.P.B. calls, "the imperfect Gods," the planetary Logoi. See A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, where this is elaborated. Use the Index.
Ray I.....Will, dynamically applied, emerges in manifestation as power.
Ray II....Love, magnetically functioning, produces wisdom.
Ray III...Intelligence, potentially found in substance, causes activity.
1. Hearing 7th Ray Magic The Word of Power.
2. Touch 1st Ray Destroyer The Finger of God
3. Sight 3rd Ray Vision The Eye of God
4. Taste 6th Ray Idealism The Desire of Nations.
5. Smell 4th Ray Art The Beauty of Revelation.
6. The Intellect 5th Ray Mind The Knowledge of God.
7. The Intuition 2nd Ray Love-Wisdom Understanding of God.
The four rays of attribute, which find their synthesis in thethird ray of aspect, produce the varying qualities in greater detail than do the rays of aspect. It might generally be stated that the three rays of aspect find their main expression in relation to mankind through the medium of the three periodical vehicles:
Ray I Power Life Ideas The Monad.
Ray II Love-Wisdom Consciousness Ideals The Soul.
Ray III. Active Intelligence Appearance Idols The Personality.
They find their secondary expression in the three bodies which form the personality of man:
Ray I Power Ideas Mental Body Purpose. Life
Ray II Love Ideals Astral Body Quality.
Ray III Intelligence Idols Physical Body Form.
The rays of attribute, though expressing themselves equally on all the planes, and through the periodical vehicles and the three aspects of the personality, find their main expression through one or other of the four kingdoms in nature.
Ray IV Harmony through Conflict 4th kingdom Human.
Ray V Concrete Knowledge 3rd kingdom Animal.
Ray VI Devotion 2nd kingdom Vegetable.
Ray VII Ceremonial Ritual 1st kingdom Mineral.
These are their main fields of influence in the three worlds and upon this we shall later enlarge.
In relation to mankind, these four rays of attribute find a wide expression in connection with the four aspects of the personality, or with the quaternary. The relationship is as follows:
Ray IV Harmony through Conflict the physical body.
Ray V Concrete Knowledge the etheric body.
Ray VI Devotion the astral body.
Ray VII Organisation the mental body.
No. Kingdom Ray Expression
1. Mineral 7. Ceremonial Organisation Radio-Activity
1. Will or Power The basic reservoir of Power.
2. Vegetable 2. Love-Wisdom Magnetism.
4. Beauty or Harmony Uniformity of colour.
6. Idealistic Devotion Upward tendency.
3. Animal 3. Adaptability Instinct.
6. Devotion Domesticity.
4. Human 4. Harmony through Conflict Experience. Grow
5. Concrete Knowledge Intellect.
5. Egoic or Soul 5. Concrete Knowledge Personality.
2. Love-wisdom Intuition.
6. Planetary Lives 6. Devotion to ideas The Plan.
3. Active Intelligence Creative Work.
7. Solar Lives 1. Will or Power Universal Mind.
7. Ceremonial Magic Synthetic Ritual.
Influence: The seventh Ray of Organisation and the first Ray of Power are the dominant factors.
Results: The evolutionary results are radiation and potency, a static potency, underlying the rest of the natural scheme.
Secret: Transmutation. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire defines this as follows: "Transmutation is the passage across from one state of being to another through the agency of fire."
Purpose: To demonstrate the radio-activity of life. Divisions..........Base metals, standard metals, precious stones.
Objective Agency: Fire. Fire is the initiating factor in this kingdom.
Subjective Agency: Sound.
Quality: Extreme density. Inertia. Brilliance.
Influences The second Ray of Love-Wisdom, working out in a vastly increased sensibility.
The fourth Ray of Harmony and Beauty, working out in the general harmonisation of this kingdom throughout the entire planet.
The sixth Ray of Devotion or (as it has been expressed symbolically in The Ancient Wisdom) the "urge to consecrate the life to the Sun, the giver of that life," or again, the "urge to turn the eye of the heart to the heart of the sun:.
Results These work out in the second kingdom as magnetism, perfume, colour and growth towards the light. These words I commend to you for your earnest study, for it is in this kingdom that one first sees clearly the glory which lies ahead of humanity.
a. Magnetic radiation. The blending of the mineral and vegetable goals.
b. The perfume of perfection.
c. The glory of the human aura. The radiant augoeides.
d. Aspiration which leads to final inspiration.
Process Conformation, or the power to "conform" to the pattern set in the heavens, and to produce below that which is found above. This is done in this kingdom with greater pliability than in the mineral kingdom, where the process of condensation goes blindly forward.
Secret Transformation, those hidden alchemical processes which enable the vegetable growths in this kingdom to draw their sustenance from the sun and soil and "transform" it into form and colour.
Purpose Magnetism. That inner source of beauty, loveliness, and attractive power which lures to it the higher forms to consume it for food, and the thinking entities to draw from it inspiration, comfort and satisfaction of a mental kind.
Divisions Trees and shrubs. The flowering plants.
The grasses and lesser green things which do not come under the other two categories. A group of vegetable growths which are found under the general heading of "sea growths".
Objective Agency Water.
Subjective Agency Touch.
Quality Rajas or activity.
"One-pointed meditation upon the five forms which every element takes produces mastery over every element. These five forms are the gross nature, the elemental form, the quality, the pervasiveness and the basic purpose."
You have, therefore, an analogy for consideration:
1. The gross nature. .............the mineral kingdom.
2. The elemental form.. ........the vegetable kingdom.
3. The quality.. ....................the animal kingdom.
4. The pervasiveness. ..........the human kingdom.
5. The basic purpose. ..........the kingdom of souls.
All of this is from the standpoint of consciousness.
1. The body mineral kingdom the dense prison of life
2. The akasha vegetable kingdom the fluid conscious life
3. Ascension out
of matter animal kingdom the evolutionary goal of
the relation between body
4. Power to travel
in space human kingdom the goal of the human
the realisation of the
Influences The third Ray of Active Intelligence or of Adaptability is potent in this kingdom and will express itself increasingly as time goes on, until it has produced in the animal world that reaction to life and to environment which can best be described as "animal one-pointedness". Then, at this point and cyclically, the sixth Ray of Devotion or Idealism can make its pressure felt as the urge towards a goal, and thus [Page 426] produce a relation to man which makes of him the desired goal. This is to be seen through the medium of the tamed, the trained and the domestic animals.
Results In the one case we find the third ray producing the emergence of instinct, which in its turn creates and uses that marvellous response apparatus we call the nervous system, the brain, and the five senses, which lie behind and which are responsible for them as a whole. It should be noted that, wide as we may regard the difference between man and the animals, there is really a much closer relation than that existing between the animal and the vegetable. In the case of the sixth ray, we have the appearance of the power to be domesticated and trained which is, in the last analysis, the power to love, to serve and to emerge from the herd into the group. Ponder on the words of this last paradoxical statement.
Process This is called concretisation. In this kingdom we have for the first time a true organisation of the etheric body into what are called "the true nerves and the sensory centres" by the esotericists. Plants also have nerves, but they have in them nothing of the same intricacy of relation and of plexus as we find in the human being and in the animal. Both kingdoms share the same general grouping of nerves of force centres and channels, with a spinal column and a brain. This organisation of a sensitive response apparatus constitutes, in reality, the densification of the subtle etheric body.
Secret This is called transfusion, which is a very inadequate word to express the early blending in the animal of the psychological [Page 427] factors which lead to the process of individualisation. It is a process of lifegiving, of intelligent integration and of psychological unfoldment to meet emergency.
Purpose This is called experimentation. Here we come to a great mystery and one that is peculiar to our planet. In many esoteric books it has been stated and hinted that there has been a mistake, or serious error, on the part of God Himself, of our planetary Logos, and that this mistake has involved our planet, and all that it contains, in the visible misery, chaos and suffering. Shall we say that there has been no mistake, but simply a great experiment, of the success or failure of which it is not yet possible to judge? The objective of the experiment might be stated as follows: It is the intent of the planetary Logos to bring about a psychological condition which can best be described as one of "divine lucidity". The work of the psyche, and the goal of the true psychology is to see life clearly, as it is, and with all that is involved. This does not mean conditions and environment, but Life. This process was begun in the animal kingdom and will be consummated in the human. These are described in the Old Commentary as "the two eyes of Deity, both blind at first, but which later see, though the right eye sees more clearly than the left". The first dim indication of this tendency towards lucidity is seen in the faculty of the plant to turn towards the sun. It is practically non-existent in the mineral kingdom.
Divisions First, the higher animals and the domestic animals, such as the dog, the horse and the elephant.
Secondly, the so-called wild animals, such as the lion, the tiger and other carnivorous and dangerous wild beasts.
Thirdly, the mass of lesser animals that seem to meet no particular need nor to fill any special purpose, such as the harmless yet multitudinous lives found in our forests, our jungles and the fields of our planet. Instances of these in the West are the rabbits and other rodents. This is a wide and general specification of no scientific import at all; but it covers adequately the karmic divisions and the general conformation into which these groupings of lives fall in this kingdom.
Objective Agency Fire and water,— fierce desire and incipient mind. These are symbolised in the animal power to eat and drink.
Subjective Agency Smell or scent,—the instinctual discovery of that which is needed, from the activity of ranging forth for food, and the use of the power to scent that food, to the identification of the smell of a beloved master or friend.
Quality Tamas or inertia,— but in this case it is the tamasic nature of mind and not that of matter, as usually understood. The chitta or mind-stuff can be equally tamasic.
1. Head Centre Ray of Will or Power. First Ray.
2. The Ajna Centre Ray of Concrete Knowledge. Fifth Ray
3. The Throat Centre Ray of Active Intelligence. Third Ray.
4. The Heart Centre Ray of Love-Wisdom. Second Ray.
5. The Solar Plexus Ray of Devotion. Sixth Ray
6. The Sacral Centre Ray of Ceremonial Magic. Seventh Ray.
7. Base of Spine Ray of Harmony. Fourth Ray
Ray Full Expression Major Influence
Ray I Will In the 7th rootrace , 1st and 7th sub-races.
1st ray souls Perfection of Plan.
Ray II Love-wisdom In the 6th rootrace, 2nd and 6th sub-races.
2nd ray souls Perfected intuition.
Ray III. Intelligence In the 5th rootrace, 3rd and 5th sub-races.
3rd ray souls Aryan race Perfected intellect.
Ray IV Harmony In the 4th rootrace, 4th and 6th sub-races.
4th ray souls Perfected astralism.
Ray V Knowledge In the 3rd rootrace, 5th and 3rd sub-races.
5th ray souls Lemurian.
Ray VI Devotion In the 2nd root race 6th and 2nd sub-races.
6th ray souls
Ray VII Ceremonial In the 1st root race 7th and 1st sub-races.
7th ray souls
1. The ray of the solar system itself.
2. The ray of the planetary Logos of our planet.
3. The ray of the human kingdom itself.
4. Our particular racial ray, the ray that determines the Aryan race.
5. The rays that govern any particular cycle.
6. The national ray, or that ray influence which is peculiarly influencing a particular nation.
7. The ray of the soul, or ego.
8. The ray of the personality.
9. The rays governing:
a. The mental body.
b. The emotional or astral body.
c. The physical body.
Each of the seven sacred planets (of which our Earth is not one) is an expression of one of the seven ray influences. The student however must remember three things:
1. That every planet is the incarnation of a Life, or an Entity or Being.
2. That every planet, like a human being, is the expression of two ray forces,—the personality and the egoic.
3. That two rays are therefore in esoteric conflict in each planet.
Nation Personality Ray Egoic Ray Motto
India 4th ray of Art 1st ray of "I hide the Light."
China 3rd ray of Intellect 1st ray of "I indicate the Way."
Germany 1st ray of Power 4th ray of Art "I preserve.'
France 3rd ray of Intellect 5th ray of "I release the Light."
Great Britain 1st ray of Power, 2nd ray of Love "I serve."
Italy 4th ray of Art 6th ray of "I carve the Paths"
U. S. A 6th ray of Idealism 2nd ray of Love "I light the Way.."
Russia 6th ray of Idealism 7th ray of "I link two Ways."
Magic and Order
Austria 5th ray of Knowledge 4th ray of Art "I serve the Lighted Way."
Spain 7th ray of Order 6th ray of "I disperse the Clouds."
Brazil 2nd Ray of Love 4th ray of Art "I hide the seed.
[From the books of DK/AAB]