Division A. Certain Basic Statements
"The wind (prana or Spirit) bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof but canst not tell whence it cometh nor whither it goeth. So is everyone that is born of the Spirit."Two ideas are conveyed in this thought-form, – those of an emanating sound and direction, and that which is  the result of the sound. This is evolution and the effect of the directing energy or activity of Spirit. From the point of view of consciousness these are the only things which the disciple can intelligently comprehend.
"The secret of the Fire lies hid in the second letter of the Sacred Word. The mystery of life is concealed within the heart. When the lower point vibrates, when the Sacred Triangle glows, when the point, the middle center and the apex, connect and circulate the Fire, when the threefold apex likewise burns, then the two triangles – the greater and the lesser – merge into one Flame, which burneth up the whole."Thirdly, through the consideration of the various charts and word pictures which will be found also scattered through the Treatise. The student of the new era will approach much that he has to master through the medium of the eye, learning thereby to appreciate and solve that which is presented to him in the form of lines and diagrams. All is symbol and these symbols must be mastered.
Key to Diagram of Solar and Planetary Hierarchies
THE SOLAR HIERARCHY
The Solar Logos.
The Solar Trinity or Logoi
I. The Father - Will.
II. The Son - Love-Wisdom.
III. The Holy Spirit - Active Intelligence.
The Seven Rays
Three Rays of Aspect.
Four Rays of Attribute.
|I. Will or Power||II. Love-Wisdom||III. Active Intelligence.|
|4. Harmony or Beauty.|
|5. Concrete Knowledge.|
|6. Devotion or Idealism.|
|7. Ceremonial Magic.|
THE PLANETARY HIERARCHY
Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World.
(The Ancient of Days. The One Initiator.)
The Three Kumaras.
(The Buddhas of Activity.)
1 2 3
The reflections of the 3 major and 4 minor Rays.
The 3 Departmental Heads.
|I. The Will Aspect||II. The Love-Wisdom Aspect.||III. Active Intelligence.|
|A. The Manu.||B. The Bodhisattva. (The Christ. The World Teacher.)||C. The Mahachohan. (Lord of Civilization)|
|b. Master Jupiter.||b. A European Master.|
|c. Master M.||c. Master K.H.||c. The Venetian Master.|
|d. Master D.K.|
|4. The Master Serapis.|
|5. Master Hilarion.|
|6. Master Jesus.|
|7. Master R.|
Four grades of initiates.
Various grades of disciples.
People on the Probationary Path.
Average humanity of all degrees.
- Whilst in manifestation and therefore during the
period of an entire solar system, it is not possible for
the highest Dhyan Chohan to think in terms of the
negation of organized substance and of the non-existence
of form. The goal of realization for man is consciousness
of the nature of the Soul, the medium through which the
Spirit  aspect, ever works. More it is not possible
for him to do. Having learnt to function as the soul,
detached from the three worlds, man then becomes a
conscious corporate active part of that Soul which
permeates and pervades all that is in manifestation.
Then, and only then, the pure light of Spirit per
se becomes visible to him through a just appreciation
of the Jewel hidden at the heart of his own being; then
only does he become aware of that greater Jewel which
lies hidden at the heart of solar manifestation. Even
then at that advanced stage all that he can be aware of,
can contact and visualize, is the light which emanates
from the Jewel and the radiance which veils the inner
The seer (see-er) has then become pure vision. He perceives but as yet comprehends not the nature of that which is perceived, and it remains for another solar system and another kalpa to reveal to him the meaning of that revelation, the source of that illumination, and the essence of that Life whose quality is known to him already by its vibratory rate, its heat and its light. Needless it is, therefore, for us to study and consider that which the initiate of high degree can only dimly sense; useless it is for us to seek for terms to express that which lies safely hidden behind all ideas and all thought, when thought itself is not perfectly understood, and the machinery for comprehension is not perfected. Man himself – a great idea and a specific one – knows not the nature of that which he is seeking to express.
All that we can do is to apprehend the fact that there exists THAT which may not as yet be defined, to realize that a central life persists which permeates and animates the Soul and which seeks to utilize the form through which the soul expresses itself. This can be stated to be true of all forms, of all souls, human, subhuman, planetary and solar. 
- The wise student will likewise regard all forms of
expression as in the nature of symbols. A symbol has
three interpretations; it is itself an expression of an
idea, and that idea has behind it, in its turn, a purpose
inconceivable as yet. The three interpretations of a
symbol might be considered in the following way:
The exoteric interpretation of a symbol is
based largely upon its objective utility, and upon
the nature of the form. That which is exoteric and
substantial serves two purposes:
- To give some faint indications as to the idea or the concept. This links the symbol in its exoteric nature with the mental plane, but does not release it from the three worlds of human appreciation.
- To limit and confine and imprison the idea and so adapt it to the point in evolution which the solar Logos, the planetary Logos and man have reached. The true nature of the latent idea is ever more potent, complete and full than the form or symbol through which it is seeking expression. Matter is but a symbol of a central energy. Forms of all kinds in all the kingdoms of nature, and the manifested sheaths in their widest connotation and totality are only symbols of life – what that Life itself may be remains as yet a mystery.
- The solar Logos, Who is constructing a "Temple in the Heavens not made with hands."
- The Planetary Logoi, who – in Their seven groups – create through seven ways and methods, and thus produce a diversity of symbols and are responsible for concretion. 
- Man, who builds forms and creates symbols in his work of every day, but who as yet works blindly and largely unconsciously. Nevertheless, he merits the name of creator, because he utilizes the faculty of mind and employs the rational quality.
The subjective interpretation is the one
which reveals the idea lying behind the objective
manifestation. This idea, incorporeal in itself,
becomes a concretion on the plane of objectivity,
and as stated above, an idea lies behind every form
without exception and no matter which group of
creators is responsible for its construction. These
ideas become apparent to the student after he has
entered the Hall of Learning, just as the exoteric
form of the symbol is all that is noted by the man
who is as yet in the Hall of Ignorance. As soon as
a man begins to use his mental apparatus and has
made even a small contact with his ego three things
- He reaches out beyond the form and seeks to account for it.
- He arrives in time at the soul which every form veils, and this he does through a knowledge of his own soul.
- He begins then himself to formulate ideas in the occult sense of the term and to create and make manifest that soul-energy or substance which he finds he can manipulate.
A man can then (as his soul contact and his subjective perception is strengthened and developed) become a conscious creator, cooperating with the plans of the Hierarchy of Adepts who work with ideas, and who seek to bring these ideas (planetary ideas) into manifestation upon the physical plane. As he passes through the different grades in the Hall of Learning his ability so to work and his capacity to get at the thought lying behind all symbols increases. He is no longer taken in by the appearance but knows it as the illusory form which veils and imprisons some thought.
The spiritual meaning is that which lies
behind the subjective sense and which is veiled by
the idea or thought just as the idea itself is
veiled by the form it assumes when in exoteric
manifestation. This can be regarded as the purpose
which prompted the idea and led to its emanation
into the world of forms. It is the central dynamic
energy which is responsible for the subjective
These three aspects of a symbol can be studied in connection with all atomic forms. There is, for instance, that unit of energy which we call the atom of the physicist or chemist. It has itself a form which is the symbol of the energy which produces it. This form of the atom is its exoteric manifestation. There are likewise those atomic aspects which we call – for lack of a better term – the electrons; these electrons are largely responsible for the quality of any particular atom, just as the soul of a man is responsible for his peculiar nature. They represent the subjective aspect or life. Then, finally, there is the positive aspect, the energy responsible for the coherence  of the whole and for the uniformity of the dual manifestation, exoteric and subjective. This is analogous to the spiritual meaning, and who can read that meaning?
In man likewise, the human atom, these three aspects are found. Man on the physical plane is the exoteric symbol of an inner subjective idea which is possessed of quality and attributes and a form through which it seeks expression. That soul in its turn is the result of a spiritual impulse, but who shall say what that impulse is? Who as yet shall define the purpose behind the soul or idea, whether logoic or human? All these three factors are yet in process of evolution; all are as yet "imperfect Gods," each in their degree and therefore unable to express fully that which is the spiritual factor lying behind the conscious soul.
- The exoteric interpretation of a symbol is based largely upon its objective utility, and upon the nature of the form. That which is exoteric and substantial serves two purposes:
- The wise student will also ponder well the words "the
mystery of electricity," which is the mystery surrounding
that process which is responsible for the production of
light and therefore of vibration itself. We have
concerned ourselves in the other two sections primarily
with effects, with the results produced through
the operation of the subjective side of nature (that
alone which the occultist considers and works with) and
the consequent production of objective manifestation. Now
we arrive at the realization that there is a cause lying
behind that which has hitherto itself been regarded as a
cause, for we discover that behind all subjective
phenomena there lies an essentially spiritual incentive.
This incentive, this latent spiritual cause, is the
object of the attention of the spiritual man. The man of
the world is occupied with objective phenomena, with that
which can be seen, be touched, and handled; the occult
student is engaged in studying the subjective side of
life, and is occupied with the forces which produce all
that is familiar  upon the terrestrial plane. These
forces fall into three main groups:
- Forces emanating from the mental plane in its two divisions.
- Forces of a kamic nature.
- Forces of a purely physical description.
The spiritual man is he who having been both a man of the world and an occult student has reached the conclusion that behind all those causes with which he has been hitherto engaged is a CAUSE; this causal unity then becomes the goal of his search. This is the mystery lying behind all mysteries; this is the secret of which all that has hitherto been known and conceived is but the veil; this is the heart of the Unknown which holds hid the purpose and the key to all that is, and which is only put into the hands of those exalted Beings Who – having worked their way through the manifold web of life – know Themselves indeed and in truth to be Atma, or Spirit itself, and veritable sparks in the one great Flame.
Three times the cry goes out to all the Pilgrims upon the Path of Life: "Know thyself" is the first great injunction and long is the process of attaining that knowledge. "Know the Self" comes next and when that is achieved, man knows not only himself but all selves; the soul of the universe is to him no longer the sealed book of life but one with the seven seals broken. Then when the man stands adept, the cry goes forth "Know the One" and the words ring in the adepts' ears: "Search for that which is the responsible Cause, and having known the  soul, and its expression, form, search for THAT which the soul reveals."
Here is to be found the clue to the search which the adept or perfected man undertakes when He puts His foot upon one of the seven possible paths. The only way in which any light can be thrown upon the mystery lies in the consideration of those seven cosmic Paths, of their names, and symbols. Very little can be said for the secrets of the higher initiations may not be revealed, nor the information given in a book for exoteric publication. All that can be done is to make certain suggestions, caution against certain conclusions, and indicate certain symbols which, if pondered upon, may bring a certain amount of illumination.