Esoteric Science and Philosophy

Esoteric Science and Philosophy

THOUGHT FORMS              AND ITS RIGHT COGNITION

Fancy rests upon images which have no real existence.

This means that these images have no real existence in so far as they are conjured up by men themselves, constructed by their will or desire and are consequently dissipated when attention is directed elsewhere.

“Energy follows thought” is a basic tenant of the Raja Yoga system and is true even where these images of fancy are concerned. These fancied images fall primarily into three groups, which the student would do well to consider.

[1] Those thought, forms which he constructs himself, which have an evanescent life and which are dependent upon the quality of his desires; being therefore neither good nor evil, low nor high, can be vitalized by low tendencies or idealistic aspirations, with all the intermediate stages to be found between these extremes. The aspirant has to guard himself in order that he may not mistake these for reality. An illustration might well be given here, in respect to the facility with which people judge they have seen one of the Brothers [or Masters of the Wisdom], whereas all they have perceived is a thought form of one of Them; the wish being father to the thought, they are the victim of that form of incorrect perception called by Patanjaly, fancy.

[2] Those thought forms which are created by the race, the nation, the group or the organization. Group thought forms of any kind [from the planetary form to that constructed by any band of thinkers] form the sum total of the “great illusion”. Herein lies a hint to the earnest aspirant.

[3] That thought forms created by a man since his first appearance in physical forms, and called the “Dweller on the Threshold.” Being created by the lower personal self and not by the soul, it is impermanent and is simply held together by the man’s lower energy. When the man begins to function as the soul this “image” he has created, through his “fancy” or his reaction to delusion, is dissipated by a supreme exertion. It has no real existence once there is nothing in the aspirant to feed it, and the realization of this enables him to free himself from its thraldom.

This is one of the sutras which, though apparently short and simple, is of the most profound significance; it is studied by high initiates who are learning the nature of the creative process of the planet, and who are concerned with the dissipation of planetary maya or illusion. [Sutra 9, The Light of the soul]  

Mental perception

Through the use of the mind the onlooker becomes aware of another grade of phenomena and is put en rapport with the thought world, or with that condition of substance in which is registered the thought impulses of our planet and its inhabitants, and with forms created by those vibratory impulses which express certain ideas and desires,--primarily at present the latter.  Owing to the erroneous perception brought about through the use of the senses and the wrong interpretation of the things sensed, these thought forms are in themselves distortions of the reality, and express only those lower impulses and reactions which emanate from the lower kingdoms in nature. Students should remember that it is only when man is really beginning to use his mental body [and is not used by it] that he contacts the thought forms created by the guides of the race and justly perceives them.                     

CORRECT KNOWLEDGE

Through sense perceptions, the dweller in the body ascertains the nature of the objective world through the medium of his five senses. Objectivity or tangibility becomes known to him and he hears, sees, touches, tastes and smells the things of the physical world. He deals, however, with the effects produced by the subjective life, but has no clue to the causes or to the subjective energies of which they are the product. His interpretation of them is consequently false, leading to wrong identification and an erroneous set of values.

Our existing concepts colour and provide most of the material of our thinking. We have to make sure that our basic assumptions or ideas are correct, and that we are not building our thoughtforms on “incorrect knowledge”.

The evolution of man is not completed yet and therefore it can be understood that the intellect of which man is today so proud off, is infinitesimal compared with that which the average man will possess at the culminating point of the next, or fifth round. Our consciousness is a unit, and the divisions we make in it are either [1] made for purposes of study, or [2] illusions due to our perceptive power being limited by the organs through which it works in the lower worlds. The mental body of the average man today is much less developed, than the astral and physical bodies. The average man is conscious, but not self-conscious, on the astral and mental planes. He recognises astral and mental changes within himself, but does not distinguish between those initiated by himself from within, and those caused by impacts from without on his astral and mental vehicles. To him, they are all alike changes within himself. Hence, the physical plane is the only real world for him, and all phenomena of consciousness belong to the astral and mental worlds are what he calls “unreal”, “subjective”, and “imaginary”. He regards them as created by his own “imagination”, and not as results of impacts upon his astral and mental bodies from external worlds. He is, in fact, an infant on the astral and mental planes.

Hence, in the undeveloped man, the mental body cannot function separately on the mental plane, as an independent vehicle of consciousness during his earth-life. When such a man exercises his mental faculties these must clothe themselves in astral and physical matter before we can become conscious of their activity.

We must keep in mind that there are two main lines of evolution, that which concerns matter and form, and that which concerns the soul, the consciousness aspect, the thinker in manifestation. For each of these the path of progress differs and each pursues its course. For a long period of time the soul identifies itself with the form aspect and endeavours to follow the “Path of Death” for that is what the dark path is to the thinker. Later, through strenuous effort, this identification ceases; the soul becomes aware of itself, and of its own path, or dharma, and follows then the way of light and of life. It should ever be borne in mind, however, that for the two aspects their own path is the right path and that the impulses which lie hidden in the physical vehicle or in the astral body are not in themselves wrong. They become wrong from certain angles when twisted from their right use. 

When this is grasped, he seeks to aid the evolution of his forms in two ways; first by refusing to identify himself with them, and secondly, by stimulating them. When the aspirant brings in more spiritual force and he has reached the stage where he can mentally discriminate between right and wrong, the real and the unreal and the intuition starts to make itself felt, then he can be sure that he will be able to make the basic assumptions that will be the right ones for him at his stage of development.

Every form in manifestation is the result of God’s thought; every objective vehicle through which the life impulses of the universe flows is produced and kept in objective manifestation through the steady flow of thought currents emanating from one stupendous cosmic thinker. His mysterious ways, His secret hidden Plan, the Great Purpose towards which He is working in his solar system, is as yet not apparent to man. However, as man’s capacity to think in large terms, as his power to visualise the past as a whole, and to unify what knowledge he has of the life of God as it works through the kingdoms of nature, and as his understanding of the nature of consciousness grows, the will of God [based on loving activity] will become apparent.

The clue to the how and the why lies in man’s comprehension of his own mental activities. An appreciation of God’s great thought form, a solar system and its maintenance, will grow as man comprehends his own thought forms and the way he builds and creates his own environment and colours his own life. He constructs his own worlds by the power of his mental processes and the modifications of that fragment of the universal thinking principle which he has appropriated for his own use.

These formes are cognised or not, according to the qualities latent in the perceiving consciousness. Or, “An object is perceived or not, according as the mind is, or is not, tinged with the colour of the object.

We see what we are ourselves; we become aware of that in other forms which is developed in ourselves. We fail to see aspects of life because as yet in ourselves, those aspects are undeveloped and latent…..we fail to see the divine in our brother because as yet the divine in ourselves is uncontacted and unknown…..the form aspect and its limitations are developed in us and the soul is so hidden that we only become aware of the form of our brother, and fail to see his soul. The moment we contact our own soul and live by its light we see the soul of our brother, become aware of his light and our entire approach to him is changed.

Herein lays the clue to our limitations. Herein lays the promise of our success. Latent faculty, when developed, will reveal to us a new world. The hidden powers of the soul when brought to full expression will make us aware of a new world and reveal to us a scheme of life and a kingdom of being hitherto negated by us, because not seen. Hence the need for every investigator of the mysteries of existence to bring to his search his full equipment, and hence the necessity therefore for this process of soul unfoldment to be carried forward and potential faculties to be developed if the truth in its fullness is ever to be realised. 

Pantanjali gave the following:

  • Up till now the inner man has identified himself with his forms and with their active modifications.
  • The mind states are five, and are subject to pleasure or pain; they are painful or not painful.
  • These modifications are correct knowledge, incorrect knowledge, fancy, passivity and memory.
  • The basis of correct knowledge is correct perception, correct deduction, and correct witness.
  • Incorrect knowledge is based upon perception of the form and not upon the state of being.
  • The control of these modifications of the internal organ, the mind, is to be brought about through tireless endeavour and through non-attachment.
  • The obstacles to soul cognition are bodily disability, mental inertia, wrong questioning, carelessness, laziness, lack of dispassion, erroneous perception, inability to achieve concentration, failure to hold the meditative attitude when achieved.
  • To him whose vrittis [modifications of the substance of the mind] are entirely controlled, there eventuates a state of identity with, and similarity to that which is realised. The knower knowledge and the field of knowledge becomes one, just as the crystal takes to it-self the colours of that which is reflected in it.

The super contemplative state

There is last the super contemplative state where perception is unfailingly accurate and the other modes of vision are seen in their right proportions. The senses are no longer required by the onlooker except in so far as he utilizes them for purposes of constructive work on their respective planes. He is now in possession of a faculty which safeguards him from error and of a sense which only reveals to him things as they are. This conditions governing this stage might be enumerated as follows:

1.       The man is polarized in his spiritual nature.

2.       He recognizes himself and functions as the soul, the Christ.

3.       He has the mind under control.

4.       The sutratma or thread is functioning adequately and the lower bodies are aligned upon it, producing a direct channel of communication with the physical brain.

5.       The brain is trained to serve only as a delicate receiver of truth impressions.

6.       The third eye is in process of unfoldment.

Later, as the centres are awakened and brought into conscious control, they place the man en rapport with the various energy septenates in seven planes of the system, and because the truth-perceiving faculty is developed, the man is thereby safeguarded from error and from danger.

Each state or field of the mind, each field of knowledge, so to speak, which is reached by mental and emotional energies, is a psychical state, just as the mind picture of a stage with the actors on it, is a psychical state or field. When the pure vision, as of the poet, the philosopher, the saint, fills the whole field, all lesser views and visions are crowded out. This high consciousness displaces all lesser consciousness.

This is the state of consciousness wherein the world in which the spiritual man functions and the formless levels or planes of our solar systems are contacted, seen and known.  The field of knowledge of the three worlds, the realm of maya and of illusion, can be contacted at will by the seer using the instrument provided for him, but a new world opens up in which he sees his consciousness as one with all other energies, or conscious expressions of divine life. The last veil of illusion is withdrawn, the great heresy of separateness is seen in its true nature.

BALANCING OF THE OPPOSITES

Each moment of every day I stand at the midway point and each moment must I choose between the Left Hand and the Right Hand path – it never ends. It is so easy to lose concentration and to stumble and fall that we cannot let our guard down for a moment. The path between the two opposites is very difficult to sustain and we have this constant movement from one to the other. As the initiate Paul have said “I die daily.” Every time we fall to the left hand path we die, and when we get back on tract we get born again.

Patanjali said: “When thoughts which are contrary to yoga are present there should be the cultivation of their opposite.”

The science of the balancing of the opposites can be tabulated as follows:

1)      As a man thinketh so is he. That which works out into physical objectivity is always a thought, and according to that thought or idea so will be the form and life-purpose.

2)      Thoughts are of two kinds; those tending to form-building, to limitation, to physical plane expression; those tending away from the lower three planes and therefore from the form aspect as we know it in the three worlds, and leading to union [yoga or at-one-ment] with the soul, the Christ aspect.

3)      When it is found that the thoughts habitually cultivated are productive of astral and physical reactions and results it must be realised that they are inimical to yoga; they hinder the at-one-ing process.

4)      Contrary thoughts to these must then be cultivated; these can be easily ascertained for they will be the direct opposite of the inhibiting thoughts.

5)      The cultivation of the thoughts which will tend to yoga and lead a man to a knowledge of his real self and consequent union with that self, involves a triple process.

a)      The new thought concept, definitely formulated and found to be contrary to the old thought  current, must be ascertained and considered.

b)      The use of the imagination comes next in order to bring the thought into manifestation. This brings in the realm of desire and consequently the astral or emotional body is affected.

c)       Then follows definite visualization of the effect of that which has been thought and imagined, as it will manifest in the physical plane life.

 This will be found to generate energy. This means consequently that the etheric body becomes vitalized or energized by the new thought current and certain transformations and re-organizations take place which eventually cause a complete change in the activities of the physical plane man. The constant cultivation of this effects an entire transformation in the threefold lower man.

 

We are moved by ideas.

The following idea, which was expressed by the Christ, will show that one becomes moved more by ideas than by sensations: [If he has the mental capacity to comprehend.]  

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast love them, as thou hast loved me.”

The main problem of world government is the wise use of ideas. It is here that the power of speech makes itself felt, just as in the department of religion or of education the power of the written word, of the printed page, is felt. In the field of politics, the masses are swayed by their orators, and never more so than now through the use of the media. Great ideas are dinned into the ear of the public without cessation – theories as to dictatorship, communism, Nazism, fascism, Marxism, nationalism and democratic ideals. Methods of rule by this or that group of thinkers are presented to the public, leaving them no time for consideration, or clear thinking. Racial antipathies are spread, and personal preferences and illusions find expression, bringing about the deception of the unthinking. The man who has a golden tongue, the man who has the gift of playing with words and can voice with emphasis people’s grievances, the juggler in statistics, the fanatic with a certain and sure cure for social ills, and the man who loves to fan race hatreds, can ever get a following. Such men can with facility upset the balance of the community and lead a body of unthinking adherents to a transient success and power, or to obloquy and oblivion.

In the aggregate of this play with ideas, and in the constant impact upon the human consciousness of the great concepts which lie back of our evolutionary process, the race is developing the power to think, to choose, and to build a sure foundation. Through the evolutionary presentation of these ideas there is a steady march towards a liberty of thought [through the old method of experiment, of discard, and of renewed effort with ever newer concepts] which will enable mankind to build true to the great thought patterns which underlie the outer structure of our world. The attentive mind of the age are constantly being made sensitive to these patterns, so that the individual mind can recognise them and wrest them out of the darkness into light of day. Thus will the true patterns be made available, to play their part in leading the race towards its destiny, towards those deeper realisations which mould the racial types, and to that synthesis of understanding which will result in a realisation of Brotherhood. Thus thoughts play their part, and the problem of ideas will be increasingly understood, until the time may come when we shall have our trained intuitives  and thinkers who will be able to work directly in the world of concepts and bring through [for the use of the race] the pattern ideas upon which to build.

 The world structure emerges from and is built upon certain inner thought patterns, and it is these thought patterns which are producing the present flood of governmental experiments among nations. But today there is no training given upon the process of contacting the world of patterns and upon the true interpretation of ideas, and hence the problems. Later, when the race sees its problem with clarity, it will act with wisdom and train with care its Observers and Communicators. These will be men and woman in whom the intuition has awakened at the behest of an urgent intellect; they will be people whose minds are so subordinated to the group good, and so free from all sense of superlativeness, that their minds present no impediment to the contacts with the world of reality and of inner truth. They will be men of good will, of high mental calibre, with minds well stocked and equipped; they will be free from personal ambition and selfishness, animated by love of humanity and by desire to help the race. Such a man is a spiritual man. 

Based on the works of AAB and DK.

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