Section Two – The Fire of Mind – Solar Fire
Division C. The Egoic Ray and Solar Fire
C.I. The Nature of the Egoic or Causal Body
The subject of the egoic Ray and its relation to the second
fire is one of vital import to three types of people: Those
who are interested in the true psychology, or in the
evolution of the psyche; those who are on or nearing the
Path, and hence are coming more and more into touch with
their own Ego; those who work with the souls of men, the
servers of the race.
The reason for this is because in the due comprehension of
this subject, that of the Ego functioning in the causal
body, comes the ability to work scientifically with the
problem of one's own evolution, and to do good work in
aiding the evolution of one's brother.
1. Egoic manifestation is produced through the medium of
Let us therefore consider somewhat the subject of the egoic
Ray and the causal body, viewing it from the standpoint of
the microcosm, and leaving the student to work out for
himself the analogies where the Logos is concerned,
conjuring him to bear in mind that the analogy must ever be
drawn with due emphasis upon the fact that all that the
human unit can comprehend is the manifestation of the solar
Logos in a physical body.
In all manifestation, as we well know, we have duality
producing triplicity. Spirit meets and contacts matter; the
result of that contact is the birth of the Son, or the Ego,
the consciousness aspect. The egoic manifestation is
therefore the middle aspect, the place of at-one-ment,
 and (after due evolutionary cycles) the place of
balance, or of equilibrium. It should be noted that the
analogy between the Logos and man is not accurate, for man
has to undergo the whole process within the solar
periphery, whilst the Logos (within that periphery) goes
through the stage analogous to that which the man undergoes
when his astral sheath clothes itself with etheric matter
and he takes physical incarnation, which was touched upon
when considering the subject of "Fire by friction." It will
consequently be apparent that, in considering the
manifestation of the Ego, we are dealing with the point of
central emphasis in man's threefold manifestation. We are
concerning ourselves with that division of his nature which
concerns the process of making him the perfect six-pointed
star during the preliminary stage (the threefold
personality and the threefold Triad merged and blended and
perfectly produced through the intermediate point the
causal body) and which, when the physical body is
eliminated, makes him the five-pointed star or perfected
To state the whole in terms of fire: The causal body is
produced by means of the positive life, or fire, of the
Spirit (electric fire) meeting the negative fire of matter,
or "fire by friction"; this causes the blazing forth of
solar fire. This central blaze inevitably in due course
burns up the third fire, or absorbs its essence, and is
itself eventually blended with the fire of Spirit and
passes out of objective display.
I seek here to deal with the subject of the causal body in
two different ways – one along the old lines and the other
strictly along the lines of occult electrical phenomena.
2. Egoic manifestation is produced at individualization.
The causal body is that sheath of mental substance which is
formed at the moment of individualization by  the
contact of the two fires. The force or energy that pours
through from the higher planes (the breath of the Monad, if
you care so to term it) produces a vacuum, or something
analogous to a bubble in koilon, and the sheath of the
causal body – the ring-pass-not of the central Life is
formed. Within this sheath are to be found three atoms,
which have been termed the mental unit, the astral
permanent atom and the physical permanent atom; they
correspond individually to the seventh principle of each of
the three persons of the microcosmic triad, a reflection
(in the three worlds of the microcosm) of the three Persons
of the logoic Trinity. H.P.B. hints at this in connection
with the Logos when she speaks of the visible sun being the
seventh principle of the Brahma aspect, the physical
permanent atom of the Logos. (S. D., III, 143. S. D., I,
C.II. The Nature of the Permanent Atoms
C.II.1. The Purpose of the Permanent Atoms
The three permanent atoms are in themselves centers of
force, or those aspects of the personality which hold hid
the fires of substance, or of objectivity; it cannot be too
strongly pointed out at this juncture that, in considering
the threefold man in the three worlds, we are dealing with
substance which (in connection with logoic manifestation)
is considered the dense physical. Surrounding these three
atoms is the causal sheath, answering the following
It separates one unit of egoic consciousness from another
unit of consciousness, yet is itself part of the gaseous
body (the fifth cosmic physical subplane) in the physical
body of the planetary Logos, Who is the central life of any
particular group of Monads. This fact has been little
appreciated, and merits careful consideration. 
It holds hid spiritual potentialities in its inherent
ability to respond to the higher vibration; from the moment
of individualization till it is discarded at initiation,
the life within steadily develops these potentialities, and
produces certain definite results by the utilization of the
three permanent atoms. It gradually vivifies and awakens
them until, on the three planes, the central life has an
adequate point of contact which can originate the
necessitated vibration in the matter of the plane.
The permanent atoms on each plane serve a fourfold purpose
as regards the central or egoic life:
- They are the distributors of a certain type of
- They are the conserves of faculty or ability to
respond to a particular vibration.
- They are the assimilators of experience and the
transmuters of that experience into quality. This is the
direct result of the work of the egoic Ray as it plays
upon the atom.
- They hold hid the memory of the unit of
consciousness. When fully vibrant they are the raison
d'être for the continuity of the consciousness of the
man functioning in the causal body. This distinction must
be carefully made.
We must always remember in studying these difficult
matters that we are dealing with the logoic, dense physical
body and that:
- The mental unit is found in logoic gaseous
- The astral permanent atom in logoic liquid
- The physical permanent atom in dense physical
And they therefore have their place in matter of the
three lowest subplanes of the physical body of the Logos.
Consequently when in the process of evolution, and through
initiation, man achieves the consciousness of the Spiritual
Triad, and transfers his polarization into the three 
triadal permanent atoms, he is simply able to function
in the etheric body of his particular
planetary Logos. Work out the analogy in the microcosmic
development and note how in order to function consciously
in his individual etheric body a man has to burn through
what has been called the etheric web, and study how the
fires of initiation produce something analogous in the
planetary etheric body, and eventually in the cosmic
etheric. As each unit of consciousness, through
self-induced effort, achieves the goal and crosses the
'burning-ground,' a microscopic portion of the etheric web
of the planetary etheric body is consumed by fire; this
results in a definite gain for that great Entity, the
planetary Logos, through the relatively unimportant
liberation of the force of one cell in His body. When all
the units or cells in His body have achieved, He too is set
free from dense manifestation and physically dies.
This stage is succeeded by the comparatively brief one of
etheric existence (covering the period of planetary
obscuration), and then He is liberated from incarnation
Viewing this process from the standpoint of the Logos, the
Brahma aspect passes out, or the life withdraws from the
physical permanent atom, leaving later stages on cosmic
levels, with which we need not concern ourselves. These
cover the withdrawal of the logoic life from out of the
other two aspects. In a solar system, which is a physical
incarnation of the Logos, the Brahma aspect is apparently
the most important, it being the medium of expression, yet
it is the subjective aspect, or the life-desire of the
Logos which is fundamentally of moment; this concerns His
endeavor on high levels, and on cosmic planes beyond the
ken of the highest Chohan.
It might be of value here if I pointed out that the Egoic
Ray of the human Unit167
with which we are 
concerning ourselves, manifests as regards each ray
just as does the logoic manifestation. Each
seven Rays, viewed in connection with the causal bodies of
men, demonstrates as a unity on the first subplane, as a
triplicity on the second and as seven on the third, forming
there the forty-nine groups which most concern evolving
man. According to the angle of vision, this numbering of
groups may be increased or lessened, but for purposes of
studying the aspects of mind, the above enumeration
suffices. In the course of his many septenary lives, and as
the cyclic sevens pass over him, man passes under the
influence of the seven subrays of his own Ray. Then he
begins to synthesize and merge the seven into the major
three subrays, returning thus to unity on his own egoic
- First. The septenary status governs the time
from individualization till he enters upon the Path.
- Second. The threefold status governs the time
up till the third Initiation.
- Third. He achieves the unity of his Ray by the
fifth Initiation, and is then consciously a part
of the body of the Heavenly Man.
The same idea can be worked out in connection with the
awakening of the life forces within the permanent atoms,
viewing each atom as the seventh principle in each of the
three aspects of the personality.
167 The human Ray. "Each human center is a
crystallized ray of the Absolute One that has worked
through processes of evolution into what is known as a
human being." - Some Thoughts on the Gita.
C.II.2. Their Place in the Egoic Body
C.II.2.a. The Importance of the Astral Permanent Atom
There is one fact to be grasped in connection with the place of
the permanent atom within the causal periphery and its
evolution, that needs to be emphasized with care, and that is
that the astral permanent atom in this solar system is
the recipient of a great flow of force or energy, and receives
more stimulation and energizing than any of the others, and
this for the following reasons: 
First. The center of polarization for the fourth,
or human kingdom, is in the astral consciousness viewing this
kingdom as a unity in expression. From the astral, and through
the desire nature, the majority of men inevitably direct and
control the physical vehicle. The astral body is in the direct
line of force via the buddhic from monadic levels, 2-4-6.
Second. The goal set before humanity is that of
becoming Masters of the Wisdom, or conscious units in the Body
of the Dragon of Wisdom or of Love. This a man achieves when he
can function consciously in the buddhic vehicle, or when the
astral permanent atom is superseded by the buddhic permanent
The next reason is that the second aspect
of the Logos (that of love or the manifestation of the love
nature of the Logos through the medium of the Son) is the one
demonstrated in this system. This system is:
- A Son of Necessity, or of desire.
- Vibrant to the key of the cosmic Ray of Love.
- The form through which this ray of cosmic Love (shown in
the interrelation between the Self and the Not-Self, or
through duality) is expressing itself.
- Governed by the cosmic Law of Attraction. The monads of
love are the dominating quality. (I choose this word
The center in the cosmic body of the
ONE ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID of which our solar Logos is
the embodied force is the heart center.
Here we have one
of the clues to the mystery of electricity. The sacred planets,
with certain allied etheric spheres within the ring-pass-not,
are parts of that heart center, and are 'petals in the Lotus,'
or in the heart center of that great unknown Existence Who
stands to the solar Logos as He in His turn stands to the
Heavenly  Men Who are His centers, and specially as He
stands to the particular Heavenly Man Who is the embodied force
of the logoic Heart center. Therefore, it will be apparent to
the careful student that the entire force and energy of the
system and its life quality will be that which we call (having
perforce to use handicapping, misleading words) LOVE. This will
account for the fact that the force that plays through that
cosmic heart center will be the paramount force found in the
manifestation of a solar Logos, and of a Heavenly Man; it will
likewise produce its microcosmic analogy, and reflective
reactions; hence the relative importance of the astral
permanent atom within the causal periphery. It is in the direct
line of active force emanating from the cosmic existence, and
passing to it in ever lessening degree, via the solar Logos in
His system of love, and the planetary Logos within a scheme,
the Dragon of Wisdom-Love.
This force when rightly directed and properly controlled is the
great transmuting agency, which eventually will make of the
human unit a Master of the Wisdom, a Lord of Love, a Dragon of
Wisdom in lesser degree.
Finally: this solar system, the objective
physical manifestation of the Logos, is interpenetrated by His
astral body, as is the case with the human manifestation. As
the Logos is polarized in His cosmic astral sheath and has not
yet attained cosmic mental polarization His force or desire
nature is the main incentive for the subjective Life and Eves
that underlie the form.
If the student will ponder with care these five facts, he will
get a clue to the problems of existence as realized around us,
to the causes of the heat of the solar system, to the method of
the cosmic Law of Attraction and Repulsion, which governs all
atomic forms, and to the question of SEX which is apparent in
every kingdom of nature. They give the clue also to the
constitution of the Divine Hermaphrodite. 
Therefore, it is necessary to bear in mind the relative
importance of the permanent atom of the second aspect of the
personality within the causal periphery, and to remember that
the force which flows through that atom and which is the
animating force of the astral body is following the lines of
least resistance and really might be considered as bearing upon
his physical manifestation in a manner twice as strong as that
reaching him through the other two. The Logos expresses Himself
now through the Divine Ray, His second aspect, and this Ray is
the sumtotal of the radiation of the Lords of Wisdom, the
Heavenly Men, the Dragons Who are Unity and Who are Love.
Through Them this force flows, and They in turn clothe
Themselves with form, or as H. P. B. expresses it 'The
primordial Ray becomes the Vahan for the Divine
Ray.'168 Their life animates every atom of substance
when built into form, and Their life is the sumtotal of Logoic
magnetism, or the great desire nature of the Logos going out
after the Not-Self, producing the cosmic Marriage; it is the
logoic demonstration of the sex appeal, His search for His
polar opposite, and their mystic union.
68 The Divine Ray contains within itself seven other rays. It
is the swan with the seven young ones. It is the Logos of
love-wisdom with the seven planetary Logoi. It is the Grand Man
of the Heavens, with the seven Heavenly Men. It is the One
Boundless Principle, with the seven principles. This is
subjectively. It is the seven planets with their informing
entities. It is the seven planes with their animating
principles. Love-Wisdom is the manifestation of the astral (or
desire) nature of the Solar Logos. – S. D., I, 103.
This process is repeated by the microcosm following the line of
his being, and this brings him likewise into incarnation, or
into mystic union with form.
C.II.2.b. The Atomic Triangle
The causal sheath is to the clairvoyant therefore a sphere of
vibrant living substance; within it can be seen three fiery
points. At the heart of the sphere is a central blaze of light,
emitting  rays; these rays are given as seven in number,
and play upon these points or circles (analogous to the
electrons in the atoms of science) and at this stage produce
most effect upon the astral permanent atom. The physical
permanent atom has a position relatively close to the positive
center, and the force plays through it, and passes on to the
astral permanent atom in the form of five rays of parti-colored
light which blend with the intensely vivid hue of the astral
permanent atom, and increase its intensity until the blaze is
so excessive that it appears to the onlooker as if the two
points blended, or the two electrons merged, and (in merging)
produce such an intensity of light that they are seen as
dissolving. The mental unit, having a position within the
causal body analogous to the planet furthermost from the sun,
becomes vibrant likewise, and the two other points (considered
now as one) begin to interact with the mental unit, and a
similar process is set up and is pursued until these two points
– circulating around their positive center – also approach each
other, blend, merge, and dissolve. The center of positive life
gathers or synthesizes the three points, and thus the three
fires of the personality repeat on their tiny scale the
microcosmic procedure as seen in the synthesis of electric
fire, solar fire, and fire by friction, and only a blazing unit
is left. This blazing unit, through the combined heat of its
being, burns up the causal body, and escapes back on to the
planes of abstraction. Thus man is the Path itself, and also
the pilgrim upon the Path; thus does he burn, but is also the
The analogy holds true in the case of the microcosm viewed from
monadic levels in his manifestation as Monad, Ego and
Personality, and thus the process is carried on as it concerns
a Heavenly Man, and likewise a solar Logos. Should the brain
suffice to hold the concept, thus  is the process also on
cosmic levels for such high existences as the seven Rishis of
the Great Bear, and that still greater Being, the ONE ABOUT
WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID.
C.II.3. The Spirillae and the Egoic Ray
We will take up now the subject of the spirillae within the
permanent atom, and see in what manner they are affected by the
egoic ray, remembering always that we are considering them as:
First. The interior economy of the life germ on the
three planes which concern man in the three worlds; second, as
the seventh principle in each of the three sheaths; and third,
as the positive nucleus of force which holds together the
matter of the three sheaths.
Let us therefore study two things:
- The composition of the permanent atom.
- The difference between the mental unit and the astral and
physical permanent atoms.
To do this with clarity, and so bring some kind of
definite concept into being from the dark regions of
abstraction, let us tabulate:
C.II.3.a. The Composition of the Permanent Atom
The permanent atom of the astral and physical planes is a
sphere of physical or astral substance, composed of atomic
matter, and characterized by the following qualities:
- Responsiveness. This is its inherent power
to respond to the vibration of some one of the Heavenly Men,
as it is transmitted via the deva, or Brahma aspect, of His
threefold nature. The permanent atom finds its place within
the sphere of influence of one or other of the great devas
who are the Raja-Lords of a plane.
- Form Building Power. These devas sound
forth two syllables of the threefold microcosmic word and are
each (on their own plane) the coherent agency which gathers
 substance into form, and attracts matter for purposes
of objectivity. The astral sound produces the
microcosmic 'Son of Necessity,' and when it reverberates on
the physical plane produces physical incarnation, and
the sudden appearance on etheric levels of the seven centers.
The building of the dense physical is the result of
consequent automatic action in deva essence, for it must ever
be borne in mind that man is essentially (as regards the
physical plane) an etheric being, and his dense physical body
is esoterically regarded as 'below the threshold' and is not
considered a principle.
- Relative Permanency. In the seventh
principle of all manifesting entities is stored up and
developed capacity, acquired ability, and the atomic memory,
or in other words the heredity of the Thinker, viewing
him from the physical standpoint or from the emotional. There
is no permanence whatever in the sheaths; they are built into
temporary forms, and dissolved when the Thinker has exhausted
their possibilities, but the seventh principle of each sheath
gathers to itself the achieved qualities and stores them up –
under the Law of Karma – to work out again and to demonstrate
as the plane impulse at each fresh cycle of
manifestation. This permanency is itself likewise only a
relative one, and as the inner fire within the atom burns
more brightly, as the external fires of the ego or solar fire
beat upon it with ever increasing intensity, the atom in due
time is consumed, and the inner blaze becomes so great that
it destroys its encompassing wall.
Heat. Herein lies the distinction between the
permanent atoms on all planes, and the atomic matter of
which they form a part. It is not easy to make this
distinction clear, nor is it desirable at this time; the
true facts of the case are one of the guarded secrets of
initiation, but the distinction between the permanent atom,
and atomic matter, may be somewhat comprehended if we
Remember that in these affirmations we are concerning
ourselves with the microcosm, and with the permanent atoms
which are related to him; as regards the solar Logos
manifesting in the system, we are concerned with but one
permanent atom, and this is His physical permanent atom. It
is thus true that within the permanent physical atom of the
solar Logos lies hid the ability to respond consciously to
the vibration of all the planes, lies hid the secret of the
karmic purpose of His incarnation,  and lies concealed
the mystery of His functional activity; but we cannot
penetrate the secret as yet of His three lower permanent
atoms as they function as a unity within His causal
vehicle. Until we can do this it is useless for us to
conjecture as to His fundamental Being.
- The permanent atom is one that has been appropriated
by one of the lives that form the centers in the
body of a solar Lord, whilst atomic matter per se
goes to the formation of other parts of His great body of
- A permanent atom is one which has come under the
attractive power of the second aspect, whilst atomic
matter itself is vitalized by the life of the third
- A permanent atom follows the line of the least
resistance of force, and is passing out of the control of
the Deva Lord and coming under the control of positive
life. This concerns the evolution of consciousness in
- A permanent atom comes under the direct control of
the lower of the three groups of Lipika Lords, and is the
agency through which They work in the imposition of karma
upon the particular entity who may be utilizing it. They
work directly with the permanent atoms of men, and
produce results through the agency of form until they
have exhausted the vibratory capacity of any particular
atom; when this is the case the atom passes into the
stage of obscuration, as does the seventh principle of
any sheath. It comes under the influence of the first
aspect, manifesting as the Destroyer.
- The difference between them: The mental
unit is in a unique and peculiar position as regards man, the
Thinker in the causal body. This point will be discussed
shortly, suffice it to say here that its mystery lies hid in
the nature of the Heavenly Men Themselves. The following
correspondence holds the key to this mystery, but it can only
be indicated, leaving it to the student to work out the truth
for himself. On the three planes of logoic manifestation –
the highest three – we have the three aspects manifesting; on
the buddhic plane, the fourth cosmic ether, we have the
logoic etheric centers demonstrating, or those force vortices
which animate the three lower planes of the dense physical
manifestation. In connection with the Heavenly Men we have a
secondary manifestation, and on the buddhic plane we have
Their third aspect found, leaving for Their paramount
manifestation of force, the cosmic gaseous plane, or the
manasic plane; They are essentially the divine Thinkers, the
Manasaputras. In connection, therefore, with the Microcosm,
viewing him as part of a center in the body of a Heavenly
Man, we have a lesser descent within the gaseous or fire
manifestation of a solar Lord. This concerns the three higher
subplanes of what might be considered as the manifestation of
Man's three higher aspects in mental matter, whilst on the
fourth subplane we have the mental centers of man within the
periphery of his mental body, of which the mental unit is the
unifying factor. This is – as has been earlier said – a deep
mystery, and one that can be no further amplified.
C.II.3.b. The Planes and Fiery Energy
It seems desirable  that we should here discuss the
analogies on each plane,169 with the seven
subplanes, reminding the student that we are speaking of the
planes as the field of evolution of a solar Logos, and not only
as a field for the development of man. In the solar system we
- The seven systemic planes are:
- Divine plane (Logos) – 1st cosmic ether.
- Monadic plane (Monad) – 2nd cosmic ether.
- Spiritual plane – 3rd cosmic ether.
- Intuitional plane – 4th cosmic ether.
- Mental plane (Ego) – gaseous plane.
- Astral plane – liquid plane.
- Physical – gross.
- The seven differentiations in terms of fiery energy are:
Thought – Thought-forms – Materialization.
- Plane of divine life (Father) – Sea of fire.
- Plane of monadic life (Son) – Akasha.
- Plane of atma (Holy Ghost) – Aether.
- Plane of buddhi, intuition (Central) – Air.
- Plane of mind – Fire.
- Plane of desire – Astral Light.
- Plane of physical – Ether.
Microcosm – Macrocosm.
- Planes of logoic evolution – the seven planes.
Planes of Son's evolution – the six planes.
Planes of monadic evolution – the five planes.
Planes of human evolution – the three worlds.
Seven is the number of the totality of manifestation.
Three is the number of consciousness.
One is the number of Life or Spirit.
- Electric fire – Solar fire – Fire by friction.
Father – Son – Holy Ghost.
Spirit – Consciousness – Matter.
First, the three higher planes, which have been rightly called
the planes of the three aspects; second, the seventh logoic
principle is on the first plane, and we can consider it as the
impulse in physical matter which produced His body of
On the second plane are found the seven Heavenly Men, Who are
His principal centers of force. There are others, but we are
not here concerned with Them. These latter have achieved a
certain specific goal, and are the  embodiment of centers
which are now quiescent or out of manifestation, the logoic
kundalini having turned its attention elsewhere. Under another
enumeration they make the ten of the esoteric life, and can
also be enumerated as twelve, thus forming the twelve-petalled
Lotus, or the heart center in the Body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM
NOUGHT MAY BE SAID.
On the fourth cosmic ether the buddhic plane, are found the
etheric centers of the Logos. There are to be found the
esoteric planets and the Sun, viewed as the center of the
buddhic principles, and from thence the Logos animates His
dense physical manifestation.
Finally, on the three lower planes we have His gaseous, liquid,
and dense bodies or sheaths, forming in themselves a unity in
one peculiar sense; they are as much a coherent whole as the
three higher planes form a unified triple expression of the
three persons of the Trinity.
We have a similar analogy in the subplanes of each plane in the
system, and this will become ever more apparent as man achieves
a greater clarity of vision, and can consciously ascertain for
himself the truth about the subjective life. Let us briefly
take these planes and study the life or force manifestation on
each, laying the emphasis upon the lower four, and not so much
upon the planes which do not concern man so closely.
The Logoic Plane. The first, the second, and the third
subplanes of the first cosmic ether respond specifically to the
vibration of one of the three aspects, or to those cosmic
Entities Whose influence reaches the matter of the planes from
without the system altogether. On the fourth subplane comes a
primary blending of the three fiery Lives, producing
archetypally that force manifestation of electricity which
eventually causes the blazing forth of the Sons of Light on the
next plane. In this electrical connotation we have the three
higher planes ever embodying the threefold Spirit aspect, the
lower  three embodying the threefold substance aspect, and
then a plane of at-one-ment whereon an approximation is made
which, on the path of return, marks the moment of achievement,
and the point of triumph. This is succeeded by obscuration.
Hence on every plane in the solar system we have a fourth plane
whereon the struggle for perfect illumination, and subsequent
liberation takes place, the battle ground, the Kurukshetra.
Though for man the fourth plane, the buddhic, is the place of
triumph, and the goal of his endeavor, for the Heavenly Man it
is the battleground, while for the solar Logos it is the
This differentiation of the subplanes of the systemic planes
into a higher three, a lower three, and a central plane of
harmony is only so from the standpoint of electrical phenomena,
and not from the standpoint of either pure Spirit, or pure
substance, viewed apart from each other. It concerns the
mystery of electricity, and the production of light. The
three higher planes concern the central Forces or Lives, the
three lower concern the lesser Forces or Lives. We must bear
this carefully in mind, remembering that to the occultist there
is no such thing as substance, but only Force in varying
degrees, only Energy of differentiated quality, only Lives
emanating from different sources, each distinctive and apart,
and only Consciousness producing intelligent effect through the
medium of space.
I would point out that the Lord Agni shows forth His fiery life
on the atomic subplane of each plane; He shows forth as solar
fire on the second, third and fourth, and as 'fire by friction'
on the fifth, sixth and seventh. From the point of view of the
microcosm, the Spark in the Flame, man demonstrates as electric
fire on the second plane, or the second cosmic ether; as solar
fire on the third, fourth and the three higher subplanes of the
fifth  plane, and as fire by friction on the lower
subplanes of the fifth, on the sixth, and seventh planes.
C.II.3.c. The Planes and the Three Fires
On every plane we have, relatively speaking:
- Electric fire demonstrating as the prime condition on the
- Fire by friction as the most significant factor on the
- Solar fire, showing forth as the blaze produced by union
on the central plane.
In the solar system this is to be seen in connection with
a Heavenly Man on the buddhic plane, where They blaze forth
through Their etheric centers. In connection with man on the
mental plane, we have a similar condition: the three higher
subplanes concern the Spirit aspect in the causal body, the
three lower subplanes concern primarily the mental sheath, or
fire by friction; the fourth subplane is that on which the
force centers of the mental body are to be found. So it is on
the physical plane for man – his etheric centers being located
in matter of the fourth ether.
Each of the three Persons of the Trinity manifests equally as
does a man, as Spirit, Soul or Ego, and Substance. In
connection with Brahma, we have the Spirit aspect animating the
three higher subplanes of every plane, or the first fire
aspect. His soul aspect is found on the fourth subplane of each
plane whereon are situated the etheric centers of all
manifested entities. His substance aspect is primarily
contacted on the three lower subplanes. Hence we have the
forty-nine fires of matter, or the seven fires of each plane,
the union of the higher three and the lower three producing
that blaze which we call the wheels of fire or the centers on
the fourth subplane of each plane.
In connection with the second aspect there is a similar 
condition. Solar fire blazes forth in its electrical aspect on
the second plane, and demonstrates thus also on the third and
fourth planes, but finds its central demonstration on manasic
levels, shining through the causal vehicles of the egoic
groups. Only two and a half planes then remain through which
the fire by friction aspect may manifest, eighteen subplanes in
all which concern the third aspect of the second Person of the
For man, the microcosm, a similar differentiation is possible;
His Monad can be studied in its threefold essence on its own
plane, his egoic aspect likewise, and the Brahma aspect of the
Ego is found within the permanent atoms. Students should
therefore study with care:
- The Planes. The manifestation of Brahma,
the third or substance aspect, and should apply to this
Entity the same triple constitution as is apparent in the
other two. The planes of electric fire, the planes of his
lower nature, and the point of blazing forth or conflagration
for him (the etheric centers) must be carefully studied.
Brahma is the positive life of matter; He is the revelation
of substance and the blaze that can be seen.
- Vibration. The manifestation of the second
aspect. These vibrations of consciousness are the major three
words which are the sumtotal of egoic life, the minor three
which govern the third aspect of the Ego, and the chord of
at-one-ment which is that which is sounding forth now.
The three aspects of Spirit as they are seen can only be
expressed in terms of the other two in this solar system, and
of their nature extra-systemically naught can profitably be
said at this stage of cognition.
The above thoughts upon the planes, and the ninefold nature of
all that is, take one into regions as yet almost beyond the
grasp of man; yet only when the substance  aspect
is studied by the scientist in its triple nature will truth be
approximated, and the true nature of electrical phenomena be
comprehended; then and only then will electricity be harnessed
and utilized by man as a unity, and not just in one of its
aspects as at present; the negative electricity of the planet
is all that is as yet contacted for commercial purposes. It
must be remembered that this term is used in the sense of
negative in relation to solar electricity. When man has found
out how to contact and utilize positive solar electricity in
combination with negative planetary electricity, we shall have
a very dangerous condition brought about, and one of the
factors which will eventually manifest in the destruction of
the fifth root race by fire. At that great cataclysm – as the
Bible says "the Heavens will melt with fervent heat." (Bible.
II Peter, 3:10) This will be seen in a still greater degree in
the next round, and will cause that destruction by fire of the
forms of the men who have failed, which will liberate the lives
on a stupendous scale, and thus temporarily 'purify' the Earth
from elements which would tend to hinder the evolutionary
process. As the cycles pass away, the balancing of these fiery
currents will be gradually brought about, and will result in a
planetary condition of harmony, and of esoteric equality, which
will provide ideal environment for harmonious man.
Only when the soul aspect is studied by the psychologist
in its threefold essential nature will the mystery of
consciousness become apparent, and the nature of the three
magnetic groups, in their various subdivisions with their
consequent effectual radiation become a factor in the public
life. This concerns itself with the definite development of the
psyche under law, with the scientific expansion of the
consciousness, and will eventually bring about conditions
wherein the work, preliminary to the first initiation, will be
purely exoteric, and no longer  part of an esoteric
process. In due course of time, it will be found that the
self-induced efforts whereby a man consciously prepares his
centers for the application of the Rod of Initiation at the
first Initiation, will be the subject of books, and of
lectures, and form part of the ordinary thought of the masses.
This again will eventuate in a cleavage between the two groups
in the middle of the fifth round. It must be remembered that
this cleavage will be part of a natural process, and not a
drastic ruling, imposed upon an unwilling people. The KNOWERS
and the students of the Knowledge – actuated by group
consciousness, and working consciously – will separate
themselves in group formation from those who know not,
and from those who care not. This cleavage will be
self-induced, and a natural outgrowth of the group life; it
will in itself be of a temporary nature for the fundamental aim
in view will be the bringing about of an eventual closer
merging; it will mark primarily the line of demarcation between
the lower four Rays of consciousness, and the higher three. It
is also a mystery hid in the relationship between the four
exoteric Kumaras (S. D., I, 116, 493; II, 112, 149.) and the
esoteric three, and from the point of view of man separates
those who are developing the consciousness of the Triad from
those who as yet are living the life of the Quaternary. It
concerns those who respond to the solar Lords, distinguishing
them from those who recognize as yet only the control of the
lunar Lords. In terms of Fire: those who warm themselves by
means of fire by friction and respond not to the heat of solar
fire remain within the cavern, thus living in the dark; whilst
those whose being is irradiated by the Sun of Wisdom, and who
bask in the rays of solar heat dwell in the light, and enjoy an
ever increasing freedom, and vital existence.
The true significance of the three aspects of Spirit is only
becoming apparent to the initiate of high degree,  and
cannot be expressed in words, nor comprehended by man before he
has passed out of the human kingdom into the spiritual.
Therefore, it is needless for us to pause here to consider it
at greater length.
We might sum up the matter in terms of the Old Commentary from
which source H.P.B. quoted so often:
"The Blessed Ones hide Their threefold nature, but reveal
Their triple essence by means of the three great groups of
atoms. Three are the atoms, and threefold the radiation. The
inner core of fire hides itself and is known only through
radiation and that which radiates. Only after the blaze dies
out and the heat is no longer felt can the fire be known. "
We can now resume our consideration of the mystery
of the mental unit, and note wherein it differs from the other
permanent atoms; we might then briefly summarize a mass of
esoteric information anent the permanent atoms, which will
suffice for many years to come as the basis of investigation
for occult students. The permanent atoms, and their internal
economy, will remain a mystery for a long time, and only a few
general indications can here be given.
The fundamental difference between the mental unit and the
other two atoms consists in the fact that it contains only four
spirillae instead of seven. This is brought about by the very
facts of evolution itself, for the mental unit is the first
aspect of the personality triad, or of man functioning in the
human kingdom on the three lower planes. At his transference
into the spiritual kingdom, these three aspects – the mental
body, the astral body, and the physical body – are synthesized
into the higher by a dual process:
- His polarization shifts from out of the lower three atoms
into the Triadal atoms.
- The force which these atoms generate and embody is merged
and blended into the higher force points. 
A permanent atom is the positive nucleus or germ substance
to the sheath wherein it is found. It is that which is the
basis of form-building, and it is literally a vibrant point of
force, emanating from the second aspect of the Monad, which
aggregates to itself, and subsequently builds into form, the
negative or third aspect. But it must here be remembered that
this second aspect is itself dual, and that in considering the
permanent atoms we are dealing with the feminine aspect of the
second Person. The spirillae therefore are but streams of
force, or second aspect vitality which circulates geometrically
within the circumscribing wall of substance, composed of third
aspect force or substance. What has been said of objectivity,
or of the cosmic atom can be equally well predicated of the
permanent atom of man the microcosm:
"The primordial ray is the vehicle of the divine Ray." (S.
D., I, 108.) Negative force forms a receptacle for
positive force. Atoms are but force centers, and the centers
as we know of them are but aggregates of force points which
have reached a specific point in evolution, and are
responding to the first great aspect in some degree, or to
This sentence, is one to be seriously pondered,
for it holds hid much information for the student, and when
duly comprehended will result in the light of knowledge being
shed upon the problems of manifestation. It concerns the secret
of the position of the different kingdoms of nature within the
logoic body, and their place and part, for all depends upon the
type of force which animates, upon the interplay of that force
in substance, upon the dual, triple, or united aspect of force,
and upon its septenary demonstration in form-building.
Every atom is a focal point of force, the force of substance
itself, the life or vitality of the third aspect, the 
life of that cosmic Entity Who is to the Logos the
negative aspect of electricity.
Every form173 and aggregate of atoms, is simply a
force center produced by the action of positive force and its
interaction with negative energy. It is the vitality of the
second aspect working in conjunction with the third, and
producing – in time and space – that illusion or maya which
temporarily blazes forth, and attracts attention, creating the
impression that matter is a concrete something. There is no
such thing as concretion in reality;  there is only force
of different kinds, and the effect produced on
consciousness by their interplay.
Divine ideation passes from the abstract to the concrete
or visible form.
- The objective is an emanation of the subjective. – S.
D., I, 407.
- Impulse is spirit energy causing objectivity. – S.
D., I, 349; S. D., I, 683.
- The Logos renders objective a concealed thought. – S.
D., II, 28.
Three things required before any form of energy can
become objective – S. D., I, 89.
- Privation – Separation. Initial impulse. Energy.
- Form – Quality or shape. Nature. Love.
- Matter – Objective sphere. Intelligent activity. See
S. D., III, 561.
Life precedes form. – S. D. I, 242.
- The Thinker ever remains. – S. D., II, 28.
- Force of life is the transformation into energy of
the thought of the Logos. – See S. D., III, 179.
Spirit evolves through form and out of form. – S.
D., I, 680.
- Spirit has to acquire full self-consciousness. – S.
D., I, 215.
- Form imprisons spirit. – S. D., II, 775.
- The principle of limitation is form. – S. D., III,
- Spirit informs all sheaths. – S. D., I, 669
- Spirit passes through the cycle of Being – S. D., I,
The devas are the origin of form. – S. D., I,
They exist in two great groups:
- The Ahhi are the vehicle of divine thought. – S. D.,
- The Army of the Voice. – S. D., I, 124.
They are the sumtotal of the substance of the four higher
planes and of the three lower.
There is a form which combines all forms. – S. D.,
I, 118. See S. D., I, 77.
This Form is the sumtotal of all that is manifested, or the
entire solar sphere or system. This contains:
- The ten planetary schemes and all that is
- All the lesser interplanetary bodies.
- The deva and human evolutions.
- The kingdoms of nature everywhere.
- The involutionary and evolutionary Gods.
- Every atom of substance on every plane.
- All forms are destroyed periodically.
Read carefully S. D., I, 397-401.
Back of all forms and of all substances (as yet but little
contacted and realized) lies a third type of force, which
utilizes these two other factors to produce eventual harmony,
and which is itself on its own plane the sumtotal of the
second. It can be called:
- The one synthesizing Life.
- Electric fire.
- The point of equilibrium.
- Unity or harmony.
- Pure Spirit.
- Dynamic Will.
It is a Force, working through a dual manifestation of
differentiated force, through the energy of matter, the
coherency of forms, through force centers, and force points. It
is FOHAT in triple demonstration, of which the final or third
is as yet unknown and inconceivable.
This brings me to the consideration of the fact earlier stated
that the mental unit possesses but four of the streams of
force. Each of the streams of force in the permanent atoms
vibrates to the note of a particular subplane, and serves as
the medium for the vitalization of the matter of the subplane,
which is built into any particular body around a permanent
atom. It is the force of the Heavenly Man as it animates the
cells of His form, and holds them as a coherent unity. Here it
must be remembered that, from the point of view of the
microcosm, the aspect of pure Spirit or of Electric Fire
remains in this solar system as an abstraction. A man can
attain group consciousness; he can vibrate to the note of the
Heavenly Man in Whose body he is a cell; he can demonstrate in
relative perfection fire by friction and solar fire, but it
remains for a later mahamanvantara to reveal  the true
nature of Spirit. Therefore in man, functioning in the human
family, this fact is apparent and the correspondence to be
seen. Until he passes out of the three worlds, and until he
becomes a Master of the Wisdom, he has this truth concealed in
these three aspects. The mental is not a septenary permanent
atom, but only responds to four types of force, and not to the
entire range of vibrations. Herein lies a reason for tolerance.
Until a man is coming consciously under the control of the Ego
and is beginning to sense the vibration of the manasic
permanent atom, it is useless to expect him to respond to
certain ideals, or to grasp certain aspects of truth. The
mental unit suffices for his need, and no bridge exists between
it and the manasic permanent atom.
Two and a half planes are concerned with the evolution of man,
per se, in the fourth kingdom, and he only begins to transcend
them as he nears the Path and treads it. From the standpoint of
average man in physical incarnation, the egoic consciousness,
within the causal periphery, is as abstract as is the Logos
viewed as the Dweller within the system. These two and a half
planes are of peculiar interest to the Logos, as they embody:
- That which, for Him, lies below the threshold of
- Those centers from which logoic kundalini is
- That which is not considered a principle.
- That which is gradually passing into obscuration.
It is impossible to enlarge further upon this mystery.
Before proceeding further, however, it might be well to sum up
some of the facts anent the spirillae and the atom, and then we
can take up the subject of the causal body and man, the
- The four lower spirillae are definitely under the
influence of the personality Ray.
- The fifth and sixth spirillae are more specifically under
the egoic Ray, whatever that Ray may be.
- The fifth spirilla has a peculiar value inasmuch as it
synthesizes the lower four. It is the third when counting the
streams of spiral force from the standpoint of the atomic
pole. It vibrates to five types of force.
- The spirillae are literally ten in number, three major
and seven minor. But from the unity point of view, they are
the four and the major three, the remaining lesser three
being counted as one with their major, inasmuch as they are
- The permanent atoms are not heart-shaped as portrayed in
certain books. A certain number of atoms are of that type but
they are not the permanent atoms which are more definitely
spheroidal and are slightly flattened at the top, where the
correspondence to the polar depression may be found, and
equally flattened at the under surface.
- The arrangement of the spirillae within the permanent
atoms varies on each plane and the ones most frequently
described are those of the physical plane. The arrangement of
these tiny force vortices and their internal economy on each
plane is one of the secrets of initiation and may not be
revealed. One hint only may be given to guide the student:
The astral permanent atom has its internal streams of force
arranged so that the spirals do approach quite closely the
conformation of a heart, though the pointed end is
eliminated. The buddhic permanent atom has its spirillae
arranged so as to form approximately a figure eight with a
central stream bisecting the double spiral.
- The closer the approach to reality the simpler will be
found the arrangement of the spirillae. These streams of
force show a septenary arrangement in the  lower three
permanent atoms of man, while the higher three contain but
three spirillae – the major three.
- It should be noted that there are but six permanent atoms
connected with human evolution, while a Heavenly Man has but
five, and even then only one in the solar system. (The
mystery of a planet and its central life has not yet been
revealed. It is connected with another manifestation of which
as yet naught is known.)
- It should be remembered that we are dealing with a
physical incarnation of these great Entities and that Their
permanent atoms, with the exception of the physical, are
- The causal body of the Heavenly Men is upon the third
subplane of the cosmic mental plane, while that of the solar
Logos and those of the three Persons of the logoic Trinity
are upon the first subplane.
- The permanent atoms of men are upon the atomic subplane
of each plane, with the one exception of the mental unit.
Those of the animal groups are upon the second subplane;
those of the vegetable groups are upon the third subplane;
those of the mineral groups are upon the fourth subplane.
There is, therefore, a close analogy between these focal
points of force of the group – human or otherwise – and a
chain, a globe, and a round, and in their due application
comes enlightenment. The sumtotal of the permanent atoms of
any particular kingdom form the streams of force or spirillae
in the greater atoms of solar entities or of lunar entities,
while the sumtotal of the permanent atoms of man in the
spiritual kingdom (the three triadal atoms,
atma-buddhi-manas) form the spiral streams of force within
- As the permanent atoms become radioactive in due course
of evolution, the result within the center is a marked
increase of vibration.
- The permanent atoms concern solar entities when they are
found on or above the higher mental. They  concern lunar
entities on the lower mental, the astral and the physical
- It should be noted that in this solar system the
following entities manifest through:
One permanent atom – the physical.
- A solar Logos.
- The three major Rays, or Lords of Aspect.
- The seven Heavenly Men.
- The forty-nine Regents of the planetary
Two permanent atoms – the physical and the
- The seven Lords of the globes in every
- The forty-nine Root Manus.
- The seventy-seven Embodiers of form – a group of
solar Lords Who are concerned with form building,
working primarily on the first ray.
- Certain of the Avatars, Who are selected by the
Logos to carry a certain type of force at stated
intervals and thus further the evolution of the
Three permanent atoms – physical, astral, and
- The Lords of the third Kingdom, the animal. They
are seven Entities whose bodies are made up of animal
souls just as the Heavenly Men embody for man the
Buddhic principle, so these lords embody for the
animal kingdom the manasic principle, which is the
goal of the evolutionary process for them.
- Certain great entities who embody a whole range
of existences upon five of the planets, of which the
earth is not one, but who in due course of time will
come to be recognized as having a powerful effect
upon man on the earth, via the three Buddhas of
Activity. A hint as to this esoteric influence comes
to man in the close connection existing between the
Earth and Mercury. As yet it is not possible to
- The entities who are the sumtotal of those group
souls who contain definite permanent triads. Nine
triads constitute the body of one of these
Through four permanent atoms – physical, astral,
mental and buddhic.
- Eight groups of solar Entities Who form the
subjective life of the seven centers in the body of
Brahma, viewing Him as a separate cosmic Entity,
 dissociated from His two brothers. They are the
seven Sons of Fohat, with the eighth Son included,
and They are the final differentiation of the
forty-nine fires, prior to Their union with the fire
of Eros. Thus is it expressed by H. P. B. (S. D., I,
- That Entity Who works through the FORM of a
planetary occult Hierarchy, using it as His body of
manifestation, and regarding it as the center through
which His force can flow. It should by remembered
that all such groups on every planet form a vehicle
for the life of a great Individual Who gives to that
Hierarchy its distinctive coloring and its unique
- A number of solar Deities Who are the radiators
of solar magnetism, and the life of form.
- A peculiar group of Beings connected with a
certain constellation and the lesser Dragon, who have
their habitat on Neptune and work with the sixth
principle in the solar system. They take physical
form, animated by purified desire, controlled by
mind, and are the dispensers of love-wisdom by means
of certain of the "Halls of Wisdom" on the various
planets. The words "Halls of Wisdom" in their
esoteric significance describe a stage of
consciousness not a location.
Through five permanent atoms – physical, astral,
mental, buddhic and atmic.
- The Lords of certain subplanes who work under the
Raja-Lord of a plane and who are themselves vibration
- The lesser Heavenly Men on the buddhic level, Who
reflect Their higher prototypes on the second plane
of the system.
- The entities who are the sumtotal of group
consciousness on egoic levels, remembering that these
groups are differentiated and are formed of
aggregates of seven, until there are formed
forty-nine groups of seven egoic vehicles forming one
group which is the body of this lesser solar Deity.
There is a multiplicity of these groups of
forty-nine. This has been somewhat stated before when
it has been  announced that a Master with His
particular band of disciples and initiates form a
group or force center. These groups have their
permanent atoms as do all lives seeking objective
- The entities who are the sumtotal of the
vegetable kingdom in its diversity of manifestation
in different globes, chains and schemes.
- Through six permanent atoms – physical, astral,
two mental, buddhic and atmic. – MAN.
All that is here stated is an enlargement of the data
given about the "Army of the Voice," (S. D, I, 121.) and an
endeavor to show that many diverse lives (all embodying lesser
lives, or embodied in greater ones themselves) are to be found
within the various schemes. We have dealt only with those
likewise which are superhuman or human, with those who have
been or are MEN. We have not dealt with the subhuman, or with
the lunar lords or lesser pitris, for their day is not yet, and
they progress as the tide of evolution progresses,
unconsciously and not self-consciously, We have dealt with
these entities and their permanent atoms in connection with
their manifestation in a solar system, and have not carried it
beyond the solar ring-pass-not. All the permanent atoms
concern physical matter and manifestation
. The highest
permanent atom of man, the atmic, is, after all, an atom of the
third cosmic ether, and this should be pondered upon and
studied. We have considered these various personalities (and
the word 'personality' is chosen deliberately, for what are
They but personalities, or Beings, in physical incarnation?)
from the standpoint of Their lowest force point first. We have
discussed the permanent atom as a point of contact with the
force of a plane, of a planet, of a chain, of a scheme, or of a
system. This should ever be borne in mind.
It is to be recognized that much that is written above 
may seem incomprehensible, but when scientists come to
understand and regulate force, that which is written
here will become plainer; it will be seen that we have dealt
with the positive force in all negative forms above, and
including the human kingdom.
C.III. The Egoic Lotus176
We must now deal with the subject of the causal body on its own
plane from the point of view of FIRE. We have studied it
briefly from the more ordinary angle, and in materialistic
terms, considering it as a vehicle of rarefied substance,
containing within itself the seventh principle of each of the
two lower sheaths of the microcosm, and the mental unit. This
latter is that which embodies the first aspect in
manifestation, and which is analogous to the first logoic
aspect – one that in this solar system does not come to full
176 The Egoic Lotus
"...the laws of karma are
adjusted, the clue being found in the mastery of the sixteen
rays of the Ego, for which sixteen rays, sixteen mantras or
words are given, the real pronunciation being however reserved
for initiates only." -Kali Upanishad.
"The mystery of the sixteen rays of the Ego will be revealed
when the force of the Sacred Tetraktys is merged with that of
the Holy Twelve. - The Old Commentary.
The Primordial is the Ray and the direct emanation of the
first Sacred Four. - S. D., I, 115, 116.
The Sacred Four are:
- Father – Spirit. Existence. Unity.
- The Son – Soul. Love-Wisdom. Duality.
- Mother – Matter. The Trinity.
and their united manifestation making the active evolving
solar system, the logoic ring-pass-not. This is the Macrocosm.
I would like to point out here that in studying the solar
system as the physical manifestation of a solar Logos, we are
- The physical permanent atom of a solar Logos as contained
within the logoic causal body on its own plane.
- The seven types of force, or the seven logoic spirillae
within that permanent atom. This, if realized,  gives a
new outlook upon the subject of plane vibration.
- The close correspondence between the planes and the seven
spirillae in the permanent atom of a solar Logos.
We have touched upon these spirillae and their function
very briefly, and can now approach the question of the egoic
Ray and the fire of mind from the subjective point of view, or
in terms of fire.
C.III.1. Centers or Wheels of Energy
Centers of Force
We shall again reach the clarity of vision desirable if
we study the subject of monadic development from the angle
of vision of the human unit. It has been taught in many
occult text books that man has seven centers of force (or
ten, according to some calculations); that three of these
centers are paramount, and eventually synthesize the other
four, or absorb their force or energy. This produces their
eventual obscuration, or their passing out of
manifestation; they occultly 'die.' This is paralleled in
the logoic centers, the planetary schemes, which also in
due course of time pass into obscuration, and transmit
their energy to the major three schemes. The three main
centers in the Microcosm are the Head, the Heart and the
It will, therefore, be apparent that just as in man
these centers are related to the threefold spiritual man in
his total development, so the three types of centers –
microcosmic or macrocosmic – come gradually more and more
under the vitalizing power of one of the three aspects of
the Logos. These centers are recognized also as focal
points of active force, manifesting to the vision  of
the clairvoyant as fiery wheels or the flaming petals of a
- The Head center – The Monad – Will – Spirit.
- The Heart center – The Ego – Love –
- The Throat center – The Personality – Activity –
The Causal Body – Monadic Heart Center
In studying the egoic body it should be remembered that
the causal body is the correspondence in the monadic
manifestation to the heart center. It is a flaming wheel of
fire within the monadic auric egg, which embraces the five
planes of monadic manifestation; it is also seen as the
twelve-petalled Lotus. Of these twelve petals, the
innermost three are unrevealed, or are embryonic, and hence
the causal body is frequently considered as a nine-petalled
Lotus, or as a wheel of fire with only nine spokes or
whorls. This is essentially true as regards the
evolutionary process, but when a man has succeeded in
awakening or unfolding the nine petals, or in arousing the
fire of the nine spokes or whorls (which is practically
consummated at the three major Initiations) the inner three
are revealed. They respond to the monadic vibration, to the
aspect of pure Spirit; it is the stimulation or revelation
of these inner petals, by the One Initiator at the third
and fourth Initiations which brings about the final
conflagration and the blazing up of the causal body with
the subsequent liberation of the central positive Life or
C.III.2. The Twelve-Petalled Egoic Lotus
Solar Fire is dual. It is the fire of matter or substance and
the fire of mind blended. This makes man the six-pointed Star
of Light, for each of these fires is triple. The fire of mind
is also in essence dual, bringing in another triplicity, thus
making the nine. When a man has awakened the nine fires, and
has unfolded the nine petals, and when he has received the
stimulus which is imparted at initiation, through being brought
into conscious contact with the electric spark of his own
particular Heavenly Man, they all blend and merge. The 
inner three which complete the twelve, and which are concerned
with the final, and essentially spiritual stages, of his
evolution, are really related more intimately to the evolution
of the Heavenly Man, and are connected with the stimulus which
He receives Himself in contacting the logoic electric spark, or
the pure Spirit aspect of the Logos.
It should here be noted that this ninefold development is
hinted at in the Secret Doctrine in the various places where H.
P. B. deals with the Kumaras (S. D., II, 257.) or the Heavenly
Men, of Whom the microcosm is a reflection. She calls Them the
Lords of Knowledge, the Lords of Love and the Lords of
Sacrifice. Each of Them is a nine-petalled Lotus in the logoic
body. They are the flaming Wheels, and in Their various names,
as found in the Secret Doctrine, may be discovered the clue to
the mystery. Let us realize this clearly, nevertheless, as
regards the microcosm, and later extend the idea to the
Heavenly Men. Let us picture the nine-petalled egoic lotus, the
heart center in the monadic consciousness, unfolding each of
its petals in groups of three upon the three subplanes of the
higher mental. Their unfoldment is worked out through the
evolutionary process, undergone on the three planes in the
three worlds, or within the three Halls of Ignorance, of
Learning, and of Wisdom.
First Group of Petals – Knowledge Petals:
- The Petal of Knowledge for the physical plane.
Through the breaking of the Law and the ensuing suffering
the price of ignorance is paid and knowledge is achieved.
This unfoldment is brought about through physical plane
- The Petal of Love for the physical plane.
Unfolds through physical relationships, and the gradual
growth of love from love of self to love of others.
The Petal of Sacrifice for the physical plane.
This unfoldment is brought about through the driving
force of circumstances, and not of free will. It is the
offering up of the physical body upon the altar of
desire – low desire to begin with, but aspiration
towards the end, though still desire. As man in the
early stages of his evolution is polarized on the
physical, much of this is undergone unconsciously and
without any realization of what is being consummated,
but the result in the causal body is seen in a twofold
increase of heat or of activity:
- The physical permanent atom becomes radioactive
or a radiant point of fire.
- The lower three petals become vibrant and begin
to unfold until fully developed.
Second Group of Petals – Love Petals:
- The Petal of Knowledge, for the astral plane;
unfoldment is brought about by the conscious balancing of
the pairs of opposites, and the gradual utilization of
the Law of Attraction and Repulsion. The man passes out
of the Hall of Ignorance where, from the egoic point of
view, he works blindly and begins to appreciate the
effects of his physical plane life; by a realization of
his essential duality he begins to comprehend
- The Petal of Love for the astral plane;
unfoldment is brought about through the process of
gradually transmuting the love of the subjective nature
or of the Self within. This has a dual effect and works
through on to the physical plane in many lives of
turmoil, of endeavor and of failure as a man strives to
turn his attention to the love of the Real.
The Petal of Sacrifice for the astral plane;
unfoldment is brought about by the attitude of man as
he  consciously endeavors to give up his own
desires for the sake of his group. His motive is still
somewhat a blind one, and still colored by the desire
for a return of that which he gives and for love from
those he seeks to serve, but it is of a much higher
order than the blind sacrifice to which a man is driven
by circumstances as is the case in the earlier
unfoldment. As this threefold enlightenment or
unfoldment proceeds, again a dual result is seen:
- The astral permanent atom comes into full
activity and radiance, as regards five of its
spirillae, and the two atoms of the physical and the
astral planes are equally vibrant.
- The three petals of the central ring of the egoic
lotus come also into full unfoldment, and the heart
center of the Monad is seen as a wheel of fire with
six of its spokes in full display of energy and
Third Group of Petals – Sacrifice Petals:
- The Petal of Knowledge for the mental plane;
its unfoldment marks the period wherein the man
consciously utilizes all that he has gained or is gaining
under the law for the definite benefit of humanity.
Each of the groups of petals is distinguished by a
predominant coloring; Knowledge, on the physical
plane, with the coloring of the other two subsidiary;
Love, on the astral plane, with the light of
sacrifice weaker in tone than the other two, which
practically show forth in equal brilliancy. On the mental
plane, the light of sacrifice comes to its full display,
and all that is seen is colored by that light.
- The Petal of Love on the mental plane is
unfolded  through the conscious steady application
of all the powers of the soul to the service of humanity
with no thought of return nor any desire for reward for
the immense sacrifice involved.
The Petal of Sacrifice for the mental plane:
demonstrates as the predominant bias of the soul as
seen in a series of many lives spent by the initiate
prior to his final emancipation. He becomes in his
sphere the "Great Sacrifice."
This stage can be seen objectively to the eye of the
clairvoyant as dual in effect:
The causal body is then (expressed in terms of
fire) a blazing center of heat, radiating to its group
warmth and vitality. Within the periphery of the egoic
wheel can be seen the nine spokes rotating with intense
rapidity and – after the third Initiation – becoming
fourth dimensional, or the wheels "turn upon"
themselves. (Bible. Ezekiel, 1:15:21.) In the midst
forming a certain geometrical triangle (differing
according to the ray of the Monad) can be seen three
points of fire, or the permanent atoms and the mental
unit, in all their glory; at the center can be seen a
central blaze of glory growing in intensity as the
three inner petals respond to the stimulation. When the
fire of matter, or "fire by friction," becomes
sufficiently intense; when the fire of mind, or solar
fire (which vitalizes the nine petals) becomes equally
fierce, and when the electric spark at the innermost
center blazes out and can be seen, the  entire
causal body becomes radioactive. Then the fires of
substance (the vitality of the permanent atoms) escape
from the atomic spheres, and add their quota to the
great sphere in which they are contained; the fire of
mind blends with its emanating source, and the central
life escapes. This is the great liberation. The man, in
terms of human endeavor, has achieved his goal. He has
passed through the three Halls and in each has
transferred that which he gained therein to the content
of his consciousness; he has in ordered sequence
developed and opened the petals of the lotus – first
opening the lower three, which involves a process
covering a vast period of time. Then the second series
of petals are opened, during a period of time covering
his participation intelligently in world affairs until
he enters the spiritual kingdom at the first
Initiation; and a final and briefer period wherein the
three higher or inner ring of petals are developed and
- The mental unit becomes a radiant point of light;
its four spirillae transmit force with intense
- The three higher petals unfold, and the
nine-petalled lotus is seen perfected.
In closing what may be said on this subject of the egoic
Ray and fire of mind, I would request the student to bear the
following points in mind:
- First. That the order of the development of the
petals and the stimulation of the fires depends upon the Ray
of the Monad, and the subray upon which the causal body finds
itself. This thought would bear expansion, and would prove a
fruitful source of study to the occult investigator.
Second. That this unfoldment proceeds slowly in the
early stages, and only proceeds with rapidity as the man
himself works at it with conscious effort.
The Ego takes no active interest in the development
until the second petal in the second series is beginning to
open. Before that time, the work proceeds under the 
law of its being and through the inherent life of the
second Logos which is the life of the petals of the lotus.
The life of the first Logos, working through the SELF (who
dwells in a form built by the life or energy of the second
Logos out of force-substance animated by the life of the
third Logos) only responds to opportunity when the above
mentioned stage is reached.
- Finally: The ceremony of initiation is only
undergone when the causal body is in a condition to respond
to the Will aspect of the Heavenly Man (the first aspect) and
to do this through the glad cooperation of the fully
More on this is not now possible, but enough has here been
indicated to open up various lines of study. These, if
followed, will lead the student to much of practical value and
Our next subject concerns itself with the elementals of the
mental plane, with the thought forms they animate, and with the
consideration of them as force centers, capable of producing
results – constructive, if rightly directed; destructive, if
left blindly to follow their own course. Before taking up this
matter, however, I want to gather together some threads of
thought in connection with the matter just dealt with. If we
have carefully followed the data given about the egoic
manifestation on its own plane, and the fires of the causal
body, we shall have noted the close resemblance between that
egoic body, viewed as a force center, and certain aspects of
The causal body has been seen as a wheel of fire, containing
within its periphery three focal points of energy, the
permanent atoms. They are analogous, as earlier pointed out, to
the seventh principle of each of the three aspects – will or
power, love-wisdom, and active intelligence.  Each of
these focal points has its own internal economy, as seen in the
spirillae, which are essentially streams of force, responding
to stimulation and vibration, aroused within and without their
limiting ring-pass-not. The internal life of the permanent
atom, and that which animates and produces its activity, is the
life of the third aspect; the force playing upon it and through
it is the life of the second aspect. As evolution proceeds the
intensity of the life forces from within and those which affect
it from without, grows gradually stronger and stronger, and the
light of the permanent atoms increases, the petals of the lotus
unfold, and the spokes of the radiatory fire come into action.
Bear in mind here, that the permanent atoms are concerned
with the substance aspect of Existence or Becoming, while the
petals of the lotus, or the fiery spokes of the wheel, deal
specifically with the psychical aspect, or the development of
consciousness; the central nucleus, or the three inner petals,
embodies the aspect of pure Spirit.
All three lines of evolution are proceeding simultaneously, and
have a reflex action the one upon the other; it is this which
produces the consequent perfection of unfoldment. It is neither
possible nor desirable to follow each line of this threefold
evolution separately, nor to consider them as dissociated from
each other. The interplay is too accurate, and the mutual
stimulation too important to be neglected by the student of
It is, as stated elsewhere, through the permanent atoms that
the Ego comes en rapport with his objective world; he works
upon and through his environment successfully or blindly just
in so far as he can energize his permanent atoms, and bring the
spirillae out of latency into potency. This only becomes
possible as he unfolds the petals of the lotus. It must be
remembered that the three lower petals when fully unfolded
affect, through  their vitality, the three major spirillae
in the physical permanent atom. As the second ring of petals
gradually opens, the astral permanent atom undergoes a similar
process, leading up to the full arousing of the spirillae
within the mental unit.
Here I would point out that there is a slight difference in the
case of the mental unit, for the four spirillae of the mental
unit are aroused to full activity when the knowledge
petal of the final three opens. The opening of the
remaining two reveal the glowing threefold flower which lies at
the center of egoic manifestation.
It would be wise to sound a note of warning here in connection
with this question of egoic unfoldment. What has been said here
has been but the formulation of the general plan of egoic
unfoldment as interpreted in terms of consciousness or of fire.
In studying the subject with due personal application, the
student should bear in mind the following facts:
- First, that according to the Ray of the Monad, so
will the petals unfold. For instance, if the Ray of the Monad
is the second Ray, the knowledge petal will be the first to
open, but the second petal of love will almost parallel its
development, being for that particular type of Ego the line
of easiest unfoldment; the knowledge petal will be for it the
most difficult to open.
- Second, that the effects of one circle of petals
opening will be felt within the next circle at an early stage
and will cause a vibratory response, hence the greater
rapidity of the later stages of unfoldment as compared with
- Third, that there exist many cases of uneven or
unequal unfoldment. Quite frequently people are found with
perhaps two petals unfolded in the first circle and one still
in latency, while a petal within the central or second ring
may be in full development. This is the explanation
frequently of the power in service along  certain lines
displayed by some, coupled with a comparatively low stage of
development or of consciousness (egoically speaking). This is
due to varying causes, such as the karma of the Monad itself
on its high plane and the strength of the monadic grip upon
the ego; many lives given to a particular line of action,
resulting in the setting up of a strong vibration – one so
strong that it renders the development of response to
subsidiary vibrations difficult of attainment; certain
peculiar conditions hidden in the evolution of any particular
Lord of a Ray, and the effect of that condition upon a
particular group of cells; the group karma of a collection or
congery of causal bodies, and their mutual interplay. Every
egoic unit or monadic force center has a definite effect upon
the group or community of Egos in which it may have a place,
and as the interaction proceeds results are sometimes
produced of a temporarily unexpected nature.
These points should be carefully borne in mind by the
student of egoic evolution. This whole subject is of interest
in that it is the next step ahead for the students of occult
psychology. Much will be eventually ascertained which will
throw new light upon the possibility ability of work upon the
physical plane for man. The whole secret of success in any
endeavor or enterprise is primarily based on two things:
- First, the ability of the Ego to work through the
personality, using it simply as the medium of
- Second, the karma of the egoic group as it becomes
more apparent on the physical plane. Hitherto, much has been
said and taught about individual karma. Group karma in the
future will slowly assume its rightful place in the thought
of students, and this will lead to more intelligent
cooperation, to a more sympathetic understanding of group
responsibilities, and to a more adequate solution of group
The study of occult psychology involves a true conception
of the nature of the Ego, or the arousing of the Ego to full
activity in manifestation; it will necessitate the sound
formulation of the laws of egoic unfoldment, of the methods
whereby, petal by petal, the lotus may be brought to
perfection, and of the triple nature of its evolution; it will
bring about an eventual apprehension of the true meaning of
force, and of energy in its dual aspect – internal vibration
and external radiation; it will produce the centering of the
attention of all advanced students upon the centers – in this
the physical centers on etheric levels but upon
the psychical centers, such as the Ego in the causal body and
egoic groups. This will produce later a better comprehension of
the effect of one consciousness upon another consciousness on
the physical plane, and this knowledge will be scientifically
utilized to produce specific results in group evolution, and
thus some of the world problems will find solution. Finally,
the laws of fire will be studied, the nature of heat, of
radiation and of flame will be occultly investigated, and the
action of one fire upon another fire, the result of radiation
from one conscious sphere to another will be realized; the
method of arousing consciousness on the different planes by
action upon the fires of the causal body and their stimulation
will be gradually revealed.
The whole question is slowly, very slowly, coming to the fore
in human thought (even though this is little realized) through
the study of vocational education, business efficiency, and the
place of the human unit in any trade or enterprise. Men are
being spoken of and considered in terms of potential force
factors, and this is a step in the right direction.
Approaching the same question from the personality standpoint
and not the egoic, the time is fast approaching when the
emphasis will be laid in education upon  how best the
young can be taught to contact their own ego or higher energy;
how best they can be led to appropriate the knowledge and
ability of their higher self for use on the physical plane; how
best they can ascertain their group formation, and thus work
along with their group, and in unison with the total energy of
that group; how best their threefold lower self – physical,
astral, and mental – can be brought into direct alignment with
their higher center of force, and thus draw down a continuous
supply of energy for the strengthening of their three vehicles,
and their wise manipulation; how best the various spirillae can
be awakened and the energy within their own cells released for
action. All this will be a thing of gradual evolution, but I
have here outlined the trend of the future study, as in the
formulation of possibility lies its eventual realization. Such
a process must necessarily be slow. The powers of the ego are
stupendous and if released now through the agency of an unready
personality would lead to dire disaster. But the time will
come, and in the meantime a due apprehension of inherent
capacity will profit all who have the intuition to recognize
the goal.