E.I. Introductory Remarks
We have now concluded our consideration of thought forms,
having viewed the whole universe (including man) as an
embodied thought, and having dealt with the ability 
of man himself to create forms for the clothing of his
We now return once more to the realm of technicalities, and
to the more scientific part of our thesis. I use the word
"scientific," for that which will be said concerns that
which is proven and known to occultists, and deals with
facts. The modern fact of the modern scientist is
his approximation of a part, and often an infinitesimal
part, of some greater whole, and even then it concerns only
the most objective part of manifestation, for that which is
the essence is not regarded as a reality at all by them as
it is by the real occult knower. That which we see and can
touch is but an effect of inner underlying causes. The
occultist does not concern himself with effects, but only
with their originating cause. The modern scientist,
therefore, is not as yet occupying himself with causes, and
during the past only approached the realm of these
initiatory impulses when he began to comprehend the energy
aspect of matter, and to consider the nature of the atom.
When he can pass more directly in his thoughts to the
discussion and consideration of the etheric substratum
which underlies the tangible, then and only then will he be
entering the domain of causes, and even in this case, only
those physical causes which underlie the grossly objective;
he will not really have ascertained the vital impulses
which produce Being. Yet a great step will have been made
for, under the Law of Analogy, he will then be in a
position to comprehend some of the major secrets of solar
manifestation; for the planes of our solar system
constitute, as we know, and as this Treatise seeks to
demonstrate, the seven subplanes of the cosmic physical
It is apparent to all careful students of this Treatise
that in this section we are concerned with:
- First, that mode of activity which distinguishes the
Vishnu aspect of Deity, or the motion of the Divine
 Manasaputras. This involves, therefore, a
consideration of the effects of this motion:
- Within the planetary schemes, Their bodies.
- Upon the atoms or "Points" in those bodies, the
human and deva Monads.
- Second, that impulse which is the basis of the Law of
Periodicity, and which results in the cyclic incarnation
of all Beings. This impulse manifests in three cycles or
in three turns of the wheel of Being.
- The activity which produces involution, or the
submergence in matter of Life or Spirit.
- The activity which produces the equilibrium of
these two forces, matter and Spirit, or
manifestation, or the processes of evolution.
- The activity which withdraws the central energy
from out of the responsive form and produces
- Third, that activity which causes the interplay –
attraction and consequent repulsion – between all atoms,
from the great cosmic atom, a solar system, to the tiny
atom of the chemist or the physicist. This activity,
therefore, may be viewed as:
- Inter-cosmic, or affecting constellations.
- Interplanetary, or affecting the schemes.
- Interchain, or affecting the chains.
- Inter-globular, or producing an interchange of
force between the globes of the chains.
- Inter-sectional, or affecting the transference of
force between the five kingdoms of nature.
- Inter-human, or relating to the interplay between
the various human units.
- Inter-atomic, or the passage of force from one
atom to another atom.
Students need here to remember that we are concerned
with the energy or activity which produces forms
and,  therefore, with the forces which tend to
coherence, to concretion, and to the stabilization of the
work of the builders. If they but realized it, the key to
much that is connected with the production of forms, or of
the Son, the second aspect, is contained in the above
tabulation, for all nature holds together, and the life of
any scheme, globe, kingdom, or atom, becomes in turn the
animating principle of another scheme, globe, kingdom, or
atom. Everything in the solar system is in a state of flux,
as is everything in the universe, and the vital energy
circulates, as the blood or the nervous energy of the body
circulates, throughout the entire system. This is the basis
of the occult fact that all in nature, for instance, will
be, is, or has been, through the human
Under this type of solar activity,
the ultimate good is attained by the method of interplay,
interchange, and in mutual attraction and repulsion.
305 S. D., I, 215, 242, 295.
It would be advisable here if students would study that
which was communicated in the early part of this treatise
upon motion upon the physical and astral planes. Under the
Law of Analogy, much will be noted as necessarily
translated on to the higher plane, and to be transmuted
into the energy of the form-building impulse. We will
consider what we have to say in this section under the
- The nature of this motion – spiral cycling.
- The results of its activity. These results can be
viewed as four subsidiary laws or adjuncts to the major
law of Attraction, and may be called:
It will, therefore, be apparent that, as we
consider these laws, we are dealing with matters that
- The Law of Expansion.
- The Law of Monadic Return.
- The Law of Solar Evolution.
- The Law of Radiation. 
- The process of initiation.
- The life of the divine pilgrims upon the upward
- The impulse which produces the Son, and which
drives Him to gain experience through the medium of
the solar system.
- Magnetism, or Divine Alchemy.
- The turning of the wheel,
This will involve our taking up the consideration
of the orbital paths of these various spheres, their
centers, interplay and inter-communication, and of
force transference, and will bring out the concept that
all spiral-cyclic activity is not the result of the
rotary action of matter itself, but of an impulse
emanating from without any particular atom, and
therefore extraneous to it.
- The solar wheel,
- The planetary wheel,
- The human wheel.
- Motion, or the form-building impulse latent in:
- The mental sheath itself, both cosmically and
- The causal body of the macrocosm and the
- The centers, divine and human.
- The effects of the united activity of the sheath, the
centers, and the causal body as it produces:
- Periodic manifestation.
- The linking of the triangles.
- The relation between the throat center, the alta
major center, and the mental center, macrocosmically
and microcosmically considered. 
E.II. The Nature of this Motion
As we well know, the nature of the motion on the plane of
matter is rotary. Each atom of matter rotates on its
own axis, and each larger atom, from the purely physical
standpoint, likewise does the same; a cosmic atom, a solar
system, a planetary atom, and a human atom, man, can be
seen equally rotating at differing degrees of velocity upon
their own axis or around their own pole. When we arrive at
the plane of mind, and have to consider the activity of the
second aspect of divinity, that which builds and holds the
forms in coherent form, and which is the basis of the
phenomenon we call time (literally, the awareness of
the form), a different type of force or motion becomes
apparent. This type of energy in no way negates or renders
useless the atomic rotary type, but involves it, and yet at
the same time it brings the atoms of all degrees under the
influence of its own activity, so that in every form which
is in manifestation, the two types are manifested. I would
here remind the student that we are primarily considering
the force of the second aspect as it concerns the human and
superhuman kingdoms, or as the Manasaputras and their
various groups are concerned. On the involutionary arc, the
Vishnu force is likewise felt, but until the nature of the
group soul is more apprehended, and the quality of the Life
who informs each of the subhuman kingdoms of nature is
known with greater accuracy, it will profit us more to deal
with force as it affects the human being, the planet on
which he may be found, and the system in which that planet
is playing its part.
The activity of the second aspect has been called
spiral-cyclic, which in itself involves the concept
of duality. This activity is the cause of all cyclic
evolution, and has been called in the occult phraseology
"the activity of Brahma's year." It is that which brings
about the  periodical appearing and disappearing of
all existences, great or small. It is intimately linked
with the will aspect of Divinity, and with the Lipika Lords
of the highest degree and its origin is, therefore,
difficult for us to comprehend. Perhaps all that can be
said about it is that it is largely due to certain impulses
which (as far as our solar system is concerned) can be
traced to the sun Sirius. These impulses find their analogy
in the impulses emanating in cyclic fashion from the causal
body of man, which impulses bring about his appearance upon
the plane of maya for a temporary period. A hint may here
be given to the earnest student; in the threefold Ego (the
lives who form the central bud, the lives of the petals,
and the triple group of lives who form the three permanent
atoms) is seen a correspondence to the three groups of
Lipika Lords who are the karmic cause of solar
manifestation, and who control its periodic manifestation.
These three groups are related to Their guiding
Intelligences on Sirius.
The Law of Periodicity is the effect produced by the
amalgamation of these two types of force with a third
The two types of force or energy are the activity of the
first Aspect, the logoic will or purpose, and the energy of
the second aspect. This purpose is hidden in foreknowledge
of the Logos and is completely hidden even from the Adept
of the fifth Initiation. The Adept has achieved a
comprehension of the purpose of the Son, and for Him there
remains the problem to recognize the purpose of the Father.
The one is the impulse behind the forward
of all life, and the other the impulse behind its cyclic
activity, and this is called spiral-cyclic. When this
blended dual force is brought in touch with the rotary
activity of matter itself, we have the triple activity of
the Ego, for instance, which is rotary-spiral-cyclic, and
that which results in the stimulation of the self-contained
atom, in the periodical emergence of form, and in the
 steady, though slow, progress towards a goal. We
might, for the sake of clarity, differentiate the effects
- Rotary activity – The internal activity of
every atom viewed as a unity, the activity of Brahma or
the Holy Spirit, perfected in the first solar system. It
is unified individual consciousness – "I am."
- Cyclic activity – The activity of all forms,
viewing them from the aspect of consciousness, and of
time. It is unified group consciousness – "I am That,"
the activity of Vishnu in process of being perfected in
this the second solar system.
- Spiral activity – The influence which
impresses all forms, which emanates from their greater
center, and which merges itself a little, a very little,
with the two other modes of motion, being practically
lost sight of in the stronger vibration. It is the
activity which will be perfected in the third solar
system, and is the Shiva form of motion, and the unified
consciousness of all groups. It is the consciousness
which proclaims "I am That I am."
One of the primary things the occult student should
remember when considering the nature of spiral-cyclic
activity, is that it has two effects.
- First, it is an attractive force, gathering the
rotating atoms of matter into definite types and forms,
and holding them there as long as necessity demands.
- Secondly, it is itself gradually dominated by another
and higher vibration, and through its spiraling progress
through matter it sweeps those forms systematically
nearer and nearer to another and stronger point of
These effects are to be seen clearly demonstrated in
man's evolution in the approach he makes uniformly through
the cycles to the center of the spiral-cyclic 
energy, and subsequently to the still more impressive
point, that of his "Father in Heaven." The Angel first
attracts animal man; cyclically He actuates the material
sheaths, thus giving them coherence, and ever swings them
into closer relation to himself. Later, as the momentum is
increased, the man is swung more definitely into relation
with the monadic aspect, until that higher rhythm is
imposed upon him. This is equally true of a planetary
Logos, and of a solar Logos.
The spiral-cyclic force demonstrates, as might be expected,
in seven ways; of these, the three major methods of
demonstration are symbolized in the Rod of Initiation of
Sanat Kumara. The Rod most frequently recognized by men is
that of the Hierophant, the Bodhisattva, which consists of
the straight central serpent with the two others entwined
around it, thus picturing, among other things:
- The three outpourings,
- The three worlds,
- The spinal column and its channels,
or those main factors with which the initiate concerns
himself. He has to understand somewhat the nature of matter
and what is occultly involved in that expression, his own
triple constitution, the three worlds in which he has to
play his part, and the instrument which he has to use. This
rod of the Bodhisattva is surmounted by a diamond which is
not as great a diamond as the "Flaming Diamond" of the
first Kumara, but is of rare beauty. At the time of
initiation when the electrical forces are tapped, this
diamond revolves on its axis, picturing the rotary nature
of atomic matter.
The Rod of Sanat Kumara is far more intricate, and instead
of the central Rod, or Serpent, standing on the tip of its
tail, all the three serpents are interwoven in a spiral
fashion, and the Flaming Diamond which  surmounts it
is of such radiance that the effect is produced of a
spheroidal aura, cast around the interlaced serpents,
typifying the form-building nature of the Vishnu activity.
According to the initiation taken, a reflection will be
seen from a part of the interlaced serpents, and the
illusion will be created that the diamond is cycling up and
down between the summit, and the irradiated portion.
At the same time, each serpent revolves upon itself, and
likewise cycles around its neighbor, producing an effect of
extraordinary brilliance and beauty, and typifying
The seven types of spiral-cyclic energy are suggestive of
the nature of the planetary Logoi which they represent, and
produce, therefore, the distinctions which exist between
men; they are accountable for the nature of cycles, and
this is a point oft overlooked. Students discuss the
periods of the emergence of the Rays, setting arbitrary
dates, such as 2500 years, for the manifestation of any
particular ray. One ray does pass through its cycle in that
length of time, but only one, the others being either
longer or shorter. The difference has a great effect upon
the egoic cycles, and is responsible for the length of time
between incarnations. Some Egos cycle through their
incarnations and their pralayas very rapidly; others spend
untold aeons, and hence it is impossible to say that there
are even "averages" connected with the appearance of Egos
on the astral plane, for instance. This fact has bearing
upon the statement of H. P. B. anent the Lodge effort each
one hundred years. Under the particular type of cyclic
force emanating from the Lodge, the high water mark of its
activity is to be found once in every seven cycles. All
that originates on that Ray is controlled by spiral-cyclic
efforts based upon the number 10 and its multiples, and
finding its highest cyclic vibration, as it happens, during
the last  quarter of each century. What our more
modern students are apt to forget in this connection is
that this activity is but the demonstration of one type of
force out of seven possible and that it concerns primarily
that group of adepts who are on that particular line of
energy, and will necessarily affect greatly all disciples
and people on a similar line. At the same time, the work it
initiates is endorsed by the Lodge as a whole, for it is
part of the force emanation of the planetary Logos. It is
naturally of great importance owing to the fact that this
ray-energy is that of one of the three major Rays; but it
will be, in the equilibrising process, balanced by
analogous cyclic emanatory activity from the two other
It might be added here that when this is recognized it will
become apparent that the revolutionizing scientific
discoveries which can be traced down the centuries, such as
the formulation of the Law of Gravitation, the circulation
of the blood, the ascertainment of the nature of steam, the
discovery by man of that form of electrical phenomena which
he has harnessed, and the more recent discovery of radium,
are in their own department (that of the Mahachohan),
analogous to the effort made during the last quarter of
each century to stimulate the evolution of men through a
further revelation of some part of the Secret
Doctrine. Newton, Copernicus, Galileo, Harvey, and the
Curies are, on their own line of force, lightbringers of
equal rank with H. P. B. All revolutionized the thought of
their time; all gave a great impulse to the ability of man
to interpret the laws of nature, and to understand the
cosmic process, and only those of circumscribed vision will
fail to recognize the unity of the many force impulses
emanating from the one Lodge.
These cycles will not coincide, for they are not all
similar to the one hundred year spiral. Some idea as to the
Mahachohan's cycle of emanatory impulses may be 
gathered by considering the dates of the foremost
scientific discoveries since Plato's time; the cycles of
the second ray may also be averaged by a summary of the
appearances of the great Teachers down the ages.
The force emanations from the Manu, or those of the first
Ray, are easily traced when the races are considered, and
this has been done in the recognition of the races and
subraces. What is oft overlooked is that each of these rays
of energy demonstrates constructively, through the
form-building agencies, and destructively through
the ability of the force to destroy prior to building. Thus
the cycles can be viewed from two angles.
It is at this point that students in one branch of our
theosophical movement must recognize the fact that just as
H. P. B. came forth on a cyclic tide of energy to destroy
the limiting forms to be found in the world of science and
religion, so his work must fit in with other force
emanations, such as the constructive work of the second ray
in conjunction with the energy of the seventh at this time.
When students learn to blend the one hundred year cycles of
the first type of energy with the equally powerful impulses
from the second Ray and the third, we shall then have a
cessation of many controversies. No great impulse will
come from the Lodge along the line of the first Ray of Will
or Power till the close of a century. One such impulse
along another line of force came when the discovery of the
nature of the atom was arrived at through the study of
electricity, and of radioactive substances, and an
impulse from the second aspect is imminent. It is not
safe for students with limited vision to dogmatize anent
this question of cycles. Apart from the cyclic impulses
continuously going forth, overlapping and superseding, and
intermingling with each other, there are many which we
might call lesser impulses (and the cycle of one hundred
years to which H. P. B. refers  is but one of the
lesser impulses. There is a one thousand year cycle of
greater moment). There are vaster cycles, of 2500 years, of
7,000 years, of 9,000 years, of 15,000 years, and many
others which only advanced initiates know of or can follow;
these can break in upon any of the lesser impulses, and can
be seen appearing, unexpectedly, as far as average man's
knowledge is concerned, and yet they are but the returning
impulses set in cyclic motion perhaps thousands of years
H. P. B. is right in his affirmation as far as the impulse
of the first ray is concerned; but his followers are not
right, in so far as they overlook and negate the six other
types of impulses, of equal or of more importance, which
may emanate cyclically from the Lodge, and which will meet
with response from those who vibrate to that particular
type of energy.
E.III. Results of its Activity
These results can be studied in four ways, considering each
as a subsidiary Law of the basic Law of Attraction and
Repulsion. All motion is the result literally of the
impact, or intercourse, between atoms, and there is no atom
anywhere which escapes this force. In the case of
rotary motion, which governs the activity of the
atom of substance, the impulse emanates from within the
ring-pass-not, and is produced by the impact of the
positive charge upon the negative charges. This is true of
all atoms, cosmic, solar, individual, chemical, and so
When, however, the effect of the rotation of the atom is so
strong that it begins to affect other atoms outside its
individual ring-pass-not, another influence begins to make
itself felt, which draws together, or dissipates, those
contacting coalescing atoms. Thus forms are built under the
impulse of aggregated forces of some one kind, and these
forms in turn produce effects on other cohering atomic
forms, until the rhythm is built up, and a  vibration
instigated which is a continuation of the rotary motion of
the individual atoms, and the modification produced on them
by their group activity. This causes progression and
simultaneous rotation. The movement forward is modified
considerably by the internal atomic activity, and this it
is which causes that motion we call spiral cyclic. It
demonstrates in all forms as a tendency to repeat, owing to
the backward pull of the rotating atoms, and yet is offset
by the strong progressive impulse of the form activity.
Students can work this out in connection with:
- The planetary Logos, as He manifests through
the rounds, each one of which, in its earlier stages,
recapitulates all that has preciously occurred.
- Man, in the antenatal period, in which he runs
through the various stages of development.
- Spiritual man, as he creates that which will
destroy the "Dweller on the Threshold.
This spiral-cyclic activity, which is distinctive of
all forms, can perhaps be comprehended more practically if
we study it as an expression of four laws, taking each one
briefly in turn:
E.III.1. The Law of Expansion
This law of a gradual evolutionary expansion of the
consciousness indwelling every form is the cause of the
spheroidal form of every life in the entire solar system.
It is a fact in nature that all that is in existence dwells
within a sphere.306 The chemical atom is
spheroidal; man  dwells within a sphere, as does the
planetary Logos and the solar Logos, this sphere being the
form matter takes when its own internal activity, and the
activity of the form are working in unison. It requires the
two types of force – rotary and spiral-cyclic – to produce
this. Scientists are beginning to recognize this more or
less, and to realize that it is the Law of Relativity, or
the relation between all atoms, which produces that which
is called Light, and which, in its aggregated phenomena,
forms that composite sphere, a solar system. The motion of
the constellations external to the solar sphere is
responsible for its form in conjunction with its own rotary
motion in space. As the wave lengths of the light from the
constellations, and their relation to the sun are better
understood, and as the effect of those wave lengths or
light vibrations (which are either attractive to, or
repulsive to, the sun) are understood, much will be
revealed. Little has as yet been grasped as to the effect
 those constellations in the heavens (which are
antagonistic to the solar system), have upon it, and whose
wave lengths it will not transmit, whose rays of light do
not pierce (if it might be expressed in so unscientific a
manner) through the solar periphery.
306 The Atom
. – S. D., I, 113, 566. It is
on the illusive nature of matter and the infinite
divisibility of the atom that the whole Science of
Occultism is built.
- Everything is atomic – God, Monads, atoms.
- The sphere of solar manifestation – God.
The mundane egg. The logoic auric egg –
- The sphere of monadic manifestation – Monads.
The monadic auric egg – Microcosm.
- The sphere of the ultimate physical atom –
- The solar system is a cosmic atom.
- Each plane is an atom or complete sphere.
- Each planet is an atom.
- Each Heavenly man is an atomic unit.
- Each human Monad is an atom in the body of one of the
- The causal body is an atom, or sphere.
- The physical plane elemental is an atomic unit.
What is an atom?
- A sheath formed of the matter of the solar system in
one or other of its seven grades and indwelt by life of
- Absolute intelligence informs each atom. – S. D.,
- Absolute life informs each atom. – S. D., I, 278,
281; II, 742, note.
- Atoms and souls are synonymous terms. – S. D., I,
- In this solar system atoms and souls are
The Primordial Ray plus the Divine Ray of
- In the previous solar system atoms and mind were
probably synonymous terms. It resulted in the
Primordial Ray of active intelligent matter, the
basis of the present evolution.
- In the next system atoms and the third factor,
pure spirit may be synonymous terms. The Primordial
Ray and The Divine Ray plus the third cosmic Ray of
Will or Power.
- Atoms are inseparable from Spirit. – S. D., I, 367.
- They are the sheaths through which the informing
- The form of the sheath is a sphere.
- The quality of the sheath is latent love.
- The matter of the sheath is active intelligent
The four subdivisions of desire should
be studied in the Brahmana of the Sama-veda.
- The desire to know; whence
- the desire to possess; thereafter
- the desire to secure possession, i.e., to take the
necessary steps, the action, that will bring possession;
- the attainment – these respectively are the four
subdivisions, cognitive desire, desire proper, active
desire and summation desire.
"The ruler of desire is Shiva and his instruction to his
subhierarchs takes this shape: Behold, our work is the
work of destruction. The order and the way thereof are
these. This should be destroyed first, this afterwards;
and such and such work of the nature of negation should
be performed. First, make enquiry, entertain the 'desire
to know,' and thoroughly and fully understand the nature
of the I and the This. Then entertain the desire to
possess, 'I shall obtain the This and the I.' Having
obtained them, you will pass on to the Negation, to the
declaration, 'no (I want them no more).' In the Negation
is the summation, sam-a–hara, 'bringing all together,'
and it is the sam-hara also, the 'taking all in,'
– Pranava-Vada, p. 304.
We are told in the Secret Doctrine that "the seven
solar Rays dilate to seven suns and set fire to the whole
cosmos." (S. D., II,72) This it is which produces that
final burning which ushers in the great pralaya, and brings
to an end the logoic incarnation. It is produced under this
Law of Expansion, and causes that eventual merging and
blending of the seven sacred planetary schemes which marks
the achievement of the goal, and their eventual perfection.
In occult literature this term "Law of Expansion" is
limited to the discussion of the seven Rays, and to the
subject of the planetary initiations. When dealing
with the expansions of consciousness of the human being,
and his initiations, we group them under the second "Law of
Students should here remember that we are dealing with the
expansions of consciousness of a planetary Logos through
the medium of:
- The chains.
- The rounds.
- The kingdoms of nature.
- The root races.
It should be remembered that the consciousness He is
in process of developing is that of the absolute will and
purpose of the solar Logos, as it is the expression of the
of the cosmic Logos.308
the expansions might be grouped as follows: 
- The solar Logos expands His consciousness to include
the desire of the cosmic Logos.
- The planetary Logos expands His consciousness to
measure up to the will and purpose of the Solar
- The Lords of the Chains are working at the desire
consciousness (the love nature) of the planetary
- The informing Lives of the globe in the chain are
working at the intelligent consciousness of the planetary
This can be worked out in connection with a globe in a
chain (such as our earth-chain) in the following manner.
- The Lord of the world, the planetary Logos, in
physical incarnation, works at His own peculiar problem,
the bringing through (into physical manifestation upon
the planet) of the purpose or will of the solar
Logos in any particular scheme. This He does through
- The totality of Dhyan Chohans of the fifth or
spiritual kingdom are occupied with the working out into
active manifestation of the will and purpose of the
- The human family, or the fourth kingdom, is seeking
to make manifest the desire, or love nature, of the
- The three subhuman kingdoms have for objective the
 manifesting of the intelligent nature of the
All this done under the Law of Expansion, by the
method of spiraling progression, cyclic growth, rotary
repetition, and the summation of each greater spiral is the
expansion of the consciousness into that of the sphere
which enclosed the lesser ovoid, and the escape of the life
imprisoned in the sphere. It is merged in its greater
whole. As the fires of the sphere concerned blaze up, the
"fire by friction" which produces rotary motion, and "solar
fire," which is the basis of the spiral-cyclic activity,
blend and merge. The ring-pass-not of the confining
spheroidal wall is negated, and a blaze results. The old
Commentary expressed this as follows in connection with the
planets, and it is equally, though relatively, true, of the
atom of substance, or the solar atom:
- "The life pulsates, and the pole performs its
function. The sphere revolves in many cycles. As it
revolves it senses other spheres, and seeks to know
- They meet each other. They seek a greater intimacy
or reject with hatred any more approach. Some pass
away; others return and marry. They know each other.
They spiral through their courses hand in hand. Through
union the fires blaze up, the two become the one, and
live again in their Son, who is the Third."
Through the study of these significant words
students may learn somewhat concerning "polar affinity,"
the "Marriage in the Heavens," the transference of the
germs of life from the male attractive planet to the
negative and receptive one, and finally, at a later period,
the absorption of the life of the two planets by a third
planet, who is called occultly "the Son." This refers to
the synthesizing planet which forms the apex of the solar
In summing up the effect of the union of individual atomic
rotary motion and the spiral cyclic activity of all 
atomic groups, it is necessary to point out, therefore,
that the following units are affected.
- The essential individual atom. Its
evolutionary progress towards self-determination is
brought about by the effect of its group activity, or the
motion of the form modifying its own inherent
- The atomic form, likewise an atomic unit,
rotating on its own axis and influenced and driven
towards the center of force of a higher macrocosm by the
activity of its embracing kingdom.
- The human atom, self-determined and
individual, yet driven progressively forward by the
influence of its group, or the potent activity of the
Heavenly Man in Whose body it is the cell.
- The planetary atom, equally self-determined, a
composite of all planetary groups, rotating on its own
axis, yet conforming to the cyclic-spiraling action,
induced by the activity of the greater sphere in which it
finds its place.
- The solar Atom, also an individualized Life,
the Son in incarnation, through the medium of the Sun,
pursuing its own inherent cycle, yet spiraling in cyclic
fashion through the heavens, and therefore, progressing
through the effect of the extra-cosmic active Lives who
either attract or repulse it.
These are the main sets of atomic groups, but there
are many intermediate forms upon which it is not possible
as yet to touch. All in nature affects that which it
contacts, and these effects work either as
- Attractive or repulsive impulses.
- Retarding or accelerating impulses.
- Destructive or constructive impulses.
- Devitalizing or stimulating impulses.
- Energizing or disintegrating impulses.
Yet all can be expressed in terms of negative and
 positive force, manifesting as rotary or spiral
activity. The lesser cycle can, from certain angles of
vision, be regarded as appertaining to the rotary activity
of certain atomic forms, and the greater cycles, which are
so much more difficult for man to follow, as relating to
the spiral action of the enclosing Life of the greater
sphere. Every atom is part of a greater whole, even the
solar atom is not a separated Life but a fragment of an
immensity of Existence beyond the ken of man, and which is
but dimly cognized by the most advanced Dhyan Chohan.
- The Names of the Sun mentioned in the Secret
- Marttanda. – S. D., I, 61, 126-129, 483; II,
- Agni. – S. D., II, 60, 400.
- Surya. – S. D., I, 127, 643.
- Helios. – S. D., II, 47.
- Apollo. – S. D., II, 6,129.
- The Sun in the S. D. is used in the three following
Consider the Microcosm, manifesting through the
causal body, which contains the three permanent atoms,
the centers of force for the three bodies, the mental,
astral and physical.
- The Central Spiritual Sun. – S. D., I, 519, 520,
700, 736; S. D., II , 120, 249, 251.
- The visible physical Sun. – S. D., I, 628.
- The three secondary Suns. – As above.
- Consider the following three statements. – S. D. I.,
Hence 'rejection' as it is called ensues because
consciousness or the development of the Ego (logoic or
human) is the goal of evolution, and not the matter
aspect. "The Primordial Ray is only the vehicle of the
Divine Ray." – S. D., I, 108.
- In the Cosmos – The Sun is the kama-rupa, or
desire body of Akasha (the second aspect of
Compare 'Son of necessity.' – S. D., I, 74.
- In the System – The Sun is the sixth principle,
buddhi, and its vehicle. (The Dragons of Wisdom
taking form on the fourth cosmic ether, our buddhic
- As an Entity – The Sun is the seventh principle
of Brahma, or the aspect of active intelligent
E.III.2. The Law of Monadic Return
Here it is possible to study the Monad from the cyclic and
energetic standpoint, and divorce our minds temporarily
from that aspect of manifestation we call the human, or
In considering the "Divine Pilgrim" we can study him as
demonstrating in the form of:
- Three focal points of energy or force.
- Three fires, each producing a definite effect, and
each in turn producing effects upon each other.
In relation to a solar system, these three fires on
the cosmic planes are called:309
- The central spiritual sun (essential).
- The sun (subjective), called 'the heart of the
- The physical sun (objective).
and the same thought can be carried through the
monadic manifestation. The three monadic centers are
distinguished by different types of energy:
- Monadic – dynamic energy – electric impulse – pure
- Egoic – magnetic energy – radiatory impulse – solar
- Personal – individual energy – rotary impulse – fire
The first produces light, the second heat, and the
third moisture or concretion.
By the interplay of the three types of force which
constitute the three monadic aspects, a rhythm is set up
which eventuates in the formation of:
A ring-pass-not, or ovoidal sphere, wherein the
pilgrim is confined, and which contains within itself
three major centers of force, corresponding to
- The three major logoic centers when the
subjective or force side of existence is
- The three permanent atoms if the purely objective
side is in question.
- A cyclic pulsation, which is the cause of
every evolutionary impulse. 
These evolutionary impulses may be regarded as three
in number for a solar system, or for a Monad:
- There is the impulse which drives every atom to
self-determination, and is the secret of the phenomenon
called individualization. It is largely the force called
- There is the impulse which forces the individual atom
towards group determination, and is the secret of the
phenomenon termed "Initiation," or the process of passing
out of the human or self-determined individualized Life
into the higher kingdom. It is the sum total of the force
of Vishnu, the second aspect, and produces the higher
states of consciousness.
- There is finally the impulse which forces the
planetary groups, the sum total of all atoms and forms,
to a conscious realization of the nature of the
all-enclosing group, the solar atom.
The Monad, acted upon by the Heavenly Man,
intelligently forms his ring-pass-not. There his work
ceases from the purely monadic standpoint; the inherent
life of the atomic matter thus constituted produces the
later phenomena. The rotary life of the atoms, and their
interplay, modified by the Life of the planetary group, or
Heavenly Man, pursued through long aeons, causes the
phenomena of the various involutionary stages up to the
point where certain of the atoms have evolved to the
consciousness of animal-man. All through this inconceivable
period (that is, in connection with our earth sphere) the
milliards of atomic lives have pursued their courses,
energized by the Life of the Monad, as it pulsates through
the medium of the monadic heart on the spiritual plane; and
equally they have responded to the larger rhythm of the
Heavenly Man. This it is which has produced graded
concretion, and brought animal-man to the stage where the
upward pull of the Monad itself began to be felt. At the
same time, the Monad on its  own plane began to
respond to the self-engendered energy of the lower form,
the two rhythms contacted, individualization occurred and
the pilgrim manifested in his true nature.
Then – as far as concerns the Monad – progressive life
forward begins. It is truly cyclic, repetitive and
spiraling. At first the action, or the interplay between
the rotary lower atomic form, and the influence of the
Monad, is lethargic, slow and heavy, and the form retards
the action of the Monad, and its heavy vibration tends to
offset the higher. Gradually, as the sweeping spirals play
their part, the higher vibration makes itself felt, and the
activity, or motion, is more balanced, but lighter. Thus
the cycles run until the higher rhythm or vibration is so
dominant that the influence of the form is negated, and
leads to its eventual discarding. Simultaneously with this,
the highest rhythm of all makes itself felt, leading to
increased activity upon the highest planes, and producing
in time a negation of the sheath life of the Ego. As the
old Commentary again says:
"The drops of moisture grow heavier. They break as
rain upon the lowest plane. They sink into the clay and
cause it to blossom. Thus do the waters cover the earth
and all the cycles.
Two are the objectives of the fathering drops, and
each attained in vastly separated cycles; one is to sink
and lose itself in the dark soil of earth; the other to
rise and merge itself in the clear air of heaven.
Between the two vast periods the heat doth play its
part. But when the heat grows fierce, and the fires
within the earth and beneath the waters burn hot and
flow, the nature of the many drops is seen to undergo a
change. They dissipate in steam. Thus doth the heat
perform its part.
Later again the fire electric flashes forth, and turns
the steam to that which will permit its passage through
We will now sum up briefly the various
vibratory impulses which have a definite effect upon the
Monad, and which must be borne in mind as we consider the
evolution  of the Divine Pilgrim. It is not the
purpose of this Treatise
to enlarge upon each
distinctive impulse. It but seeks to indicate, leaving to
later individual students the expansion of the imparted
- Three impulses inherent in the three periodical
vehicles, as H. P. B. terms the three main centers of
energy through which the Monad manifests:
- The energy of the monadic ring-pass-not, viewing
it as a unit.
- The energy of the causal body, within the monadic
- The energy of the physical body, the synthesis
upon the physical plane of the force pouring through
into manifestation through the three permanent
- The activity set up in the seven etheric centers of
force, the result of the activity of the seven
- The head center – an esoteric seven with an
- The throat center.
- The heart center – an esoteric three and exoteric
- The solar plexus – an esoteric three and exoteric
- The organs of generation – an esoteric two.
- The base of the spine – an esoteric unity.
- The inherent activity of every atom in every sheath,
which produces the rhythm of the sheath.
- The unified activity of every sheath or form which
the divine Pilgrim uses.
- The united active motion produced by the unification
of the three vehicles, the seven sheaths, the force
centers, and the atomic substance.
- The effect produced by the action of the groups
karmically allied with the Pilgrim. They are: 
- His Ray vibration, his monadic group.
- His subray vibration, or the vibration of the
- His personality affiliations, such as his family,
racial, and national energy. All of these play upon
the sensitive atoms in the various bodies and produce
- The activity or motion initiated and stimulated by
the life of any of the three lower kingdoms in nature, –
all of which produce definite results.
- The vibration of the particular planet upon which the
monad may be seeking expression and experience.
- The effect produced in the substance of the sheaths
by the influences, or vibrations, of the various planets.
This, esoterically understood, is the influence of some
one or other of the solar centers, as the forces
emanating from them play upon the planetary centers and
thereby affect the involved monadic units. This is hidden
in the karma of the Heavenly Man, and when true esoteric
astrology comes into being then more anent this will be
given out. Astrology as now studied and taught misleads
more than it helps, and astrological students are as yet
learning but the a-b–c of this stupendous subject, and
are occupied with the exoteric fringes of that great veil
which has been wisely thrown over all planetary
- Another form of energy which must ever be considered
is that of the planetary Logos, as He pours His force
through some one chain or some one globe upon the groups
of evolving human units. This – from the human standpoint
– cannot as yet be calculated, as it is dependent upon
the occult "turning of the attention" by the planetary
Logos in meditation upon any center in His body
corporate. It is, of course, all under cosmic law, but
beyond the realization of man. It involves 
cognizance of the planetary individual purpose, which is
not revealed until the later initiations.
- The inherent energy of the solar atom itself has
likewise a rhythmic effect upon the individual Monad, and
though it only reaches the monad via the greater centers
of Existence yet it has its effect upon one and all. This
is another factor not sufficiently recognized.
- Finally, the energy of the greater life (in which our
solar system but forms a part) has to be reckoned with,
and the impulses emanating from the cosmic Logos, the ONE
ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID reach the monadic lives and
produce stimulation or retardation according to the
nature of the cosmic ideation. These are necessarily
entirely outside the ken of average man and are only
touched upon as no tabulation would be complete without
- There is also to be borne in mind the play of energy
which emanates from any one of those "Twelve signs of the
Zodiac" with which astrology concerns itself. This type
of force is primarily concerned with planetary
stimulation, with the planetary Logoi, and is hidden in
Their cyclic karma, – a karma which of course will
incidentally involve those monads and devas which form
Their bodies and centers.
- We must not ignore the three great waves of energy
which sweep cyclically through the entire solar system
- The seven stars of the Great Bear. The strength
of these vibrations depends upon the closeness of the
connection and the accuracy of the alignment between
any particular Heavenly Man and His Prototype. The
mystery here is profound; it is connected with the
stage in evolution of the "imperfect gods" and the
objective of the planetary deities. 
- The Seven Sisters, or the Pleiades, and from that
one in particular who is occultly termed "the wife"
of the planetary Logos whose scheme will eventually
receive the seeds of life from our planet, which is
not considered a sacred planet, as has before been
- The sun Sirius.
There are other streams of energetic force which have
an effect upon the Pilgrim everywhere, but the above
enumeration will serve to show the complexity of the
subject and the vastness of the scheme of evolution. All
these vibratory emanations pass through the sphere
cyclically; they come and go, and according to their
presence or their non presence and according to the stage
of evolution of the emanating Existence will depend the
phenomenal character of all life, will depend the nature of
any specific period, and the quality of the manifesting
Monads. It is the appearance or the disappearance of these
waves of life-force (planetary, interplanetary, systemic,
cosmic and inter-cosmic) which sweeps into incarnation the
divine pilgrims, and which brings about the cyclic
manifestation of such great Lives as the "Silent Watcher"
and the "Great Sacrifice"; it is this which causes also the
dissolution of a scheme, and its reappearance, and is
responsible for the transportation of the life seeds from
one scheme to another, or from one solar system to another.
In this great tide of forces, the Monads are swept along;
their aggregate is termed the "force of evolution," and the
life and persistence of the initiatory Being sets the term
for their duration. Man is but the plaything of the forces
which gather him up and carry him on, just as the atom, in
the human frame is but the obedient servant of the man's
imposing direction; yet within limits man is the controller
of his destiny; within  limits he wields forces and
energies, he manipulates lesser lives and controls lesser
centers of energy, and as time slips away his radius of
control becomes ever more extensive.
The atom controls its own central life; man can control the
sets of lives who form his three bodies; the initiate and
the adept are controlling energies of many kinds in the
three worlds, as the Chohan does on the five planes of
evolution. Thus the plan is carried forward until the Army
of the Voice become themselves the Sounder of the Words,
and the Sounders of the Words become the Word itself.
It will, therefore, be apparent, that the "Law of Monadic
Return" which we have just been considering, is the
sumtotal of those influences which have a direct bearing
upon the monadic atoms, which affect its progress
cyclically, and which stimulate it, or retard its activity
according to the strength of the initiating life. It is
only after initiation that the human atom reaches a stage
in its development where forces and influences begin to be
comprehended. When the methods are understood whereby
adjustment is consciously made to extraneous force
currents, resistance to retarding forces is initiated
consciously and with scientific accuracy, and the
man consciously puts himself into line with forces which
will swing him along on the path of return. There is in
this thought no undue complexity or cause for
discouragement, for ever the potent force of electrical
energy will offset the more lethargic vibration of solar
fire, and solar fire itself in due time will negate the
effects of fire by friction."
E.III.3. The Law of Solar Evolution
It is, of course, a truism to state that the Law of Solar
Evolution is the sumtotal of all the lesser activities.
 We might consider this point in connection with the
planetary atom, and the solar atom.
The planetary atom has, as all else in nature, three main
First. It rotates upon its own axis, revolves cyclically
within its own ring-pass-not, and thus displays its own
inherent energy. What is meant by this phrase? Surely that
the milliards of atoms which compose the planetary body
(whether dense or subtle) pursue an orbital course around
the central energetic positive unit. This dynamic force
center must be considered as subsisting naturally in two
locations (if such an unsuitable term is permissible)
according to the stage, usage, and particular type of the
indwelling planetary entity.
- In what corresponds to the head center in man, if the
planetary Logos is of very advanced development.
- In the planetary correspondence to the heart
The throat center is, of course, ever vibrant in all
the Logoi, as all are fully intelligent Creators, having
perfected this capacity in an earlier solar system.
Students should here bear in mind that these centers of
force are to be found depicted in the central Triangles
upon the chart on page 373,Chart VI though no
indication is to be found through a study of such triangles
as to the relative attainment of the planetary Logos.
Within the chains likewise, will be found corresponding
centers of energy, and also within the dense physical body
of the Logos of any scheme, the physical planet.
One such center is to be found at the North Pole, and two
more are located within the planetary sphere, and
frequently the inflow of force or energy to these internal
centers (via the polar center) results in those disasters
we call earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
There is, as we know, a cyclic shifting of polar
inclination,  due to the gradually increasing
responsiveness of the planetary Logos to His heavenly
Prototype, whereby influences from the Great Bear draw, or
occultly, "attract," the attention of the Logos, and bring
Him more into line with a greater impulsive Will. This
shifting causes disruption in His lower manifestation,
which is a condition on the cosmic Path of Initiation
analogous to that undergone by a disciple.
The planetary atom revolves upon its axis and comes
periodically under influences which produce definite
effects. These influences are, among others, those of the
moon, and of the two planets which lie nearest to it on
either side – nearer and farther away from the Sun. The
moon's influence is exceedingly strong, and has a curious
resemblance (as far as the physical planet is
concerned) to the "Dweller on the Threshold," which has
such a familiar and potent effect upon the human atom. The
resemblance must not be strained, for it should be borne in
mind that the moon has no effect upon the Heavenly Man
Himself, as His stage of evolution negates such a thing,
but that the influence felt is by the planetary Entity –
the sumtotal of the elemental essences of the planet.
Scientific occult students will learn much anent the
planetary scheme when they consider the influence of the
moon's karmic pull upon the earth, coupled with the
effect of the two neighboring planets, occultly understood.
Second, the planetary atom also revolves orbitally around
its solar center. This is its expression of
rotary-spiral-cyclic action, and its recognition of the
divine central magnet. This brings it under the constant
impression of other schemes, each of which produces effects
upon the planet. It likewise brings it under the inflowing
streams of energy from what are termed the zodiacal
constellations which reach the planetary scheme via the
great center, the Sun. It will be apparent to any student
 who has even slightly developed the power of
visualization, and has some realization of the force
currents of the solar system, that all can be regarded as
the swirling tide of intermingling currents, with numerous
focal points of energy demonstrating here and there, yet in
no way static as to location.
The third activity of the planetary atom is that which
carries it through space along with the entire solar
system, and which embodies its "drift" or inclination
towards the systemic orbit in the heavens.
The solar atom must be considered as pursuing analogous
lines of activity and as paralleling on a vast scale the
evolution of the planetary atom. The entire solar sphere,
the logoic ring-pass-not, rotates upon its axis, and thus
all that is included within the sphere is carried in a
circular manner through the Heavens. The exact figures of
the cycle which covers the vast rotation must remain as yet
esoteric, but it may be stated that it approximates one
hundred thousand years, being, as might be supposed,
controlled by the energy of the first aspect, and therefore
of the first Ray. This of itself is sufficient to account
for varying and diverse influences which may be traced over
vast periods by those with the "seeing eye," for it causes
a turning of varying parts of the sphere to the differing
zodiacal constellations. This influence (in connection with
the planets) is increased or mitigated according to the
place of the planets on their various orbital paths. Hence
the immense complexity of the matter and the impossibility
for the average astronomical and astrological student to
make accurate computations or to draw accurate horoscopes.
Within the Hall of Wisdom, there exists a department of
which the modern varying astrological organizations are but
the dim and uncertain reflections. The Adepts connected
with it work not with humanity but concern Themselves
specifically with "casting the horoscopes" (thus 
ascertaining the nature of the work immediately to be done)
of the various great lives who inform the globes and
kingdoms of nature, with ascertaining the nature of the
karmic influences working out in the manifestation of three
of the planetary Logoi:
- Our own planetary Logos.
- The planetary Logos of our polar opposite.
- The planetary Logos of the scheme which makes with
the two above mentioned a planetary triangle.
Beyond that, They may not go. They progress these
various horoscopes for the next stated cycle, and Their
records are of profound and significant interest. I would
conjure students here to refrain from attempting (in years
to come) to form cyclic computations of any kind, for as
yet the many constellations which exist only in physical
matter of an etheric nature are unknown and unseen. Yet
they are potent in influence and until etheric vision is
developed, all calculations will be full of error. It
suffices for man as yet to master his own dharma, to fulfil
group karma, and to dominate what is called "his stars."
Like the planetary atom, the solar atom not only rotates on
its axis but likewise spirals in a cyclic fashion through
the Heavens. This is a different activity to the drift or
progressive dynamic motion through the Heavens. It deals
with the revolution of our Sun around a central point and
with its relation to the three constellations so oft
referred to in this Treatise
- The Great Bear.
- The Pleiades.
- The Sun Sirius.
These three groups of solar bodies are of paramount
influence where the spiral cyclic activity of our system is
concerned. Just as in the human atom the spiral cyclic
 activity is egoic and controlled from the egoic
body, so in connection with the solar system these three
groups are related to the logoic Spiritual Triad,
atma-buddhi-manas, and their influence is dominant in
connection with solar incarnation, with solar evolution,
and with solar progress.
Further, it must be added that the third type of motion to
which our system is subjected, that of progress onward, is
the result of the united activity of the seven
constellations (our solar system forming one of the seven)
which form the seven centers of the cosmic Logos. This
united activity produces a uniform and steady push (if it
might so be expressed) toward a point in the heavens
unknown as yet to even the planetary Logoi.
The confines of the Heavens Themselves are illimitable and
utterly unknown. Naught but the wildest speculation is
possible to the tiny finite minds of men and it profits us
not to consider the question. Go out on some clear starlit
night and seek to realize that in the many thousands of
suns and constellations visible to the unaided eye of man,
and in the tens of millions which the modern telescope
reveals there is seen the physical manifestation of as many
millions of intelligent existences; this infers that what
is visible is simply those existences who are in
incarnation. But only one-seventh of the possible
appearances are incarnating. Six-sevenths are out of
incarnation, waiting their turn to manifest, and holding
back from incarnation until, in the turning of the great
wheel, suitable and better conditions may eventuate.
Realize further that the bodies of all these sentient
intelligent cosmic, solar and planetary Logoi are
constituted of living sentient beings, and the brain reels,
and the mind draws back in dismay before such a staggering
concept. Yet so it is, and so all moves forward to some
unfathomable and magnificent consummation which will only
in part begin to be visioned by us when our 
consciousness has expanded beyond the cosmic physical
plane, and beyond the cosmic astral until it can "conceive
and think" upon the cosmic mental plane. That supposes a
realization beyond that of the Buddhas who have the
consciousness of the cosmic physical plane, and beyond that
of the planetary Logoi. It is the consciousness and
knowledge of a solar Logos.
To the occult student, who has developed the power of the
inner vision, the vault of Heaven can therefore be seen as
a blazing fire of light, and the stars as focal points of
flame from which radiate streams of dynamic energy.
Darkness is light to the illumined Seer, and the secret of
the Heavens can be read and expressed in terms of force
currents, energy centers, and dynamic fiery systemic
E.III.4. The Law of Radiation
It will be found that more time will be given to this
expression of divine activity than to any other in this
section, as it is the one of the most practical utility.
This Law of Radiation is one that is beginning to be
recognized by scientists since their acceptation of the
radioactivity of certain substances, and when they are
willing to approximate the occult conception of the
radiatory, or emanatory condition, of all substances at a
specific point in evolution, then they will very definitely
Radiation is the outer effect produced by all forms in
all kingdoms when their internal activity has reached such
a stage of vibratory activity that the confining walls of
the form no longer form a prison, but permit of the escape
of the subjective essence. It marks a specific point of
attainment in the evolutionary process, and this is equally
true of the atom of substance with which the chemist and
physicist deal, when working with the elements, as it is of
the forms in the vegetable kingdom, the  forms in the
animal kingdom, in the human, and, like-wise, in the
From some angles of vision, it might be regarded as the
"true form" (which is to be understood occultly as the
etheric form of energy) making its presence felt in such a
way that it becomes apparent even to the scientist.
Students should here remember two things:
- First, that in all occult conclusions, it is the body
of energy which is dealt with and the subjective life
back of the form which is recognized as being of supreme
- Second, that the dense objective manifestation, as
has been reiterated frequently, is not regarded as a
principle at all; the occultist deals with principles
It might be of value here to remind the student also
that three things have to be recognized in all
- First, that the tangible objective exterior,
negative, receptive, and occultly unorganized, is without
form and usefulness apart from the inner
- Second, that the "true form" or the force-vehicle
energizes and produces the cohesion of that which is
Third, that the "volatile essence," or the spiritual
essential Life, focuses itself in some one point within the
Form: "The model according to which nature
does its external work. – S. D., II, 107; see S. D., I,
- 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, 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,
- Spirit evolves through form and out of form. – S. D.,
- 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.,
- Spirit informs all sheaths – S. D., I, 669,
- Spirit passes through the cycle of Being. – S.
D., I, 160.
- The devas are the origin of form – S. D., I, 488.
They exist in two great groups:
- The Ahhi are the vehicle of divine thought. – S.
D., I, 70.
- 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,
In studying the subject of radiatory activity, we are
dealing with the effect produced by the inner essence as it
makes its presence felt through the form, when the form has
been brought to a stage of such refinement that it becomes
When this realization is applied to all the forms in all
the kingdoms, it will be found possible to bridge the gaps
existing between the different forms of life, and the
"elements" in every kingdom, and those unifying radiating
centers will be found. The word "element" is yet confined
to the basic substances in what is called essential matter,
and the chemist and physicist are busy with such lives; but
their correspondence (in the occult sense of the term) is
to be found in every kingdom in nature, and there are forms
of life in the vegetable kingdom which are occultly
regarded as "radioactive," the eucalyptus tree being one
such form. There are forms of animal life equally at an
analogous stage and the human unit (as it approaches
"liberation") demonstrates a similar phenomenon.
Again, as a planetary scheme nears its consummation, it
becomes "radioactive," and through radiation transfers its
essence to another "absorbent planet," or planets, as is
the case with a solar system also. Its essence, or true
Life, is absorbed by a receiving constellation, and the
outer "case" returns to its original unorganized condition.
Under our consideration of the law of radiation, we will
first of all take up the topic of the cause of radiation.
E.III.4.a. The Cause of Radiation
The student will only be able to get a true view of this
matter if he views the subject in a large way. Two aspects
of the matter naturally come before his mental vision, both
of which must be dealt with if any adequate concept of this
subject is to be reached, – a subject which has engrossed
philosophers, scientists and alchemists for hundreds of
years consciously or unconsciously. We must, therefore,
- That which radiates.
- That which is the subjective cause of radiation.
It might be very briefly stated that when any form
becomes radioactive, certain conditions have been fulfiled
and certain results brought about, which conditions and
results might be summed up as follows:
The radioactive form is one which has run through its
appointed cycles, through its wheel of life, great or
small, which has been turned with adequate frequency, so
that the volatile life-essence is ready to escape from that
form and merge itself in the greater form of which the
lesser is but a part. It must be remembered in this
connection that radiation occurs when the etheric or true
form becomes responsive to certain types of force.
Radiation, as it is occultly understood, does not concern
itself with the escape from the physical or dense form, but
with that period in the life of any living entity (atomic,
human or divine) wherein the etheric or pranic body is in
such a state that it can no longer limit or confine the
Radiation comes about when the internal, self-sufficient
life of any atom is offset by a stronger urge, or pull,
emanating from the enveloping greater existence of whose
body it may form a part. This is nevertheless only true
when it is caused by the pull upon the essential
 life by the essential life of the greater
form; it is not due to the attractive power of the form
aspect of that greater life. A very definite distinction
must here be made. It is the failure to recognize this that
has led so many alchemical students and scientific
investigators to lose their way, and thus negate the
conclusions of years of study. They confuse the impulse of
the atom to respond to the vibratory magnetic pull of the
more powerful and comprehensive form with the true esoteric
attraction which alone produces "occult radiation," – that
of the central essential life of the form in which the
element under consideration may have place. It is very
necessary to make this clear from the start. Perhaps the
whole subject may be clearer if we consider it in the
The atom in a form revolves upon its own axis, follows its
own revolution, and lives its own internal life. This
concerns its primary awareness. As time progresses it
becomes magnetically aware of the attractive nature of that
which envelops it on all sides, and becomes conscious of
the form which surrounds it. This is its secondary
awareness but it still concerns what we might, for lack of
a better term, call matter. The atom, therefore, has an
interplay with other atoms.
Later, the atom in a form becomes aware that it not only
revolves upon its axis, but that it also follows an orbit
around a greater center of force within a greater form.
This is tertiary awareness, and is caused by the
magnetic pull of the greater center being felt, thus
causing an urge within the atom which impels it to move
within certain specific cycles. This awareness,
esoterically understood, concerns itself with substance or
with the true form within the objective form.
Finally, the attractive pull of the greater center becomes
so powerful that the positive life within the atom
(whatever type of atom it may be and in whatever kingdom)
feels the force of the central energy which holds it,
 along with other atoms, coherently fulfiling their
function. This energy penetrates through the ring-pass-not,
evokes no response from what might be called the electronic
or negative lives within the atomic periphery, but does
evoke a response from the essential, positive nucleus of
the atom. This is due to the fact that the essential life
of any atom, its highest positive aspect, is ever of the
same nature as that of the greater life which is drawing it
to itself. When this is felt sufficiently strongly, the
atomic cycle is completed, the dense form is dispelled, the
true form is dissipated, and the central life escapes to
find its greater magnetic focal point.
Through this process (which is found throughout the solar
system in all its departments) every atom in turn becomes
an electron. The positive life of any atom in due course of
evolution becomes negative to a greater life toward which
it is impelled or drawn, and thus the process of evolution
carries every life invariably through the four stages
enumerated above. Within the three lower kingdoms of
nature, the process is undergone unconsciously, according
to the human connotation of that term; it is consciously
passed through in the human kingdom, and in the higher
spheres of existence, with an enveloping consciousness
which can only be hinted at in the ambiguous term
"self-conscious group realization."
It was in connection with this transmutative process that
the alchemists of old occupied themselves, but seldom did
they reach the stage wherein it was possible for them to
concern themselves with the response of the two types of
positive energy to each other, and with the consequent
escape of a lesser positive force to its greater attractive
center. When they did (with a few exceptions) they were
brought up against a dead wall, for though they had
succeeded in locating the radiating principle in substance,
or in the true form, and had managed to pierce through (or
to negate) both the dense physical  body and the
etheric form, yet they had no perception of the nature of
the central force which was drawing the life they were
concerned with out of its apparently legitimate sphere into
a new realm of activity. Some few did possess this
knowledge but (realizing the danger of their conclusions)
refused to put in writing the result of their
If students will study the laws of
transmutation,311 as already apprehended, and
above all, as incorporated in the writings of Hermes
Trismegistus, bearing this in mind, some interesting
results might be brought about. Let them remember that that
which "seeks liberty" is the central electric spark; that
this liberty is achieved first of all through the results
brought about by the activity of the "frictional fire"
which speeds up its internal vibration; then by the work
upon the atom, or the substance of solar fire, which
In connection with Transmutation the
following ancient formula is of interest. It was the basis
of the alchemical work of olden days.
"True, without error, certain and most true; that
which is above is as that which is below and that which
is below is as that which is above, for performing the
miracles of the one Thing; and as all things were from
one by the mediation of one so all things arose from this
one thing by adaptation.
The Father of it is the sun, the mother of it is the
moon; the wind carries it in its belly and the Mother of
it is the earth. This is the Father of all perfection,
and consummation of the whole world. The power of it is
integral if it be turned into earth.
Thou shalt separate the earth from the fire and subtle
from the gross, gently with much sagacity; it ascends
from earth to Heaven, and again descends to earth; and
receives the strength of the superiors and the inferiors
– so thou hast the glory of the whole world; therefore
let all obscurity fly before thee. This is the strong
fortitude of all fortitudes, overcoming every subtle and
penetrating every solid thing. So the world was
– Emerald Tablet of Hermes.
- Orbital progression,
- Simulative vibration,
- Awakened internal response,
until finally electric fire is contacted. This is true
of all atoms: 
- The atom of substance,
- The atom of a form whatsoever it be,
- The atom of a kingdom in nature,
- The atom of a planet,
- The atom of a solar system.
In every case the three fires or types of energy play
their part; in every case the four stages are passed
through; in every case transmutation, transference, or
radiation takes place, and the result of the escape of the
central positive energy is achieved, and its absorption
into a greater form, to be held in place for a specific
cycle by the stronger energy.
This process of rendering radioactive all the elements has,
as we have seen, occupied students down the ages. The
alchemists of the middle ages beginning with the simpler
elements and starting with the mineral kingdom sought to
find out the secret of the liberating process, to know the
method of release, and to understand the laws of
transmutation. They did not succeed in the majority of
cases because, having located the essence, they had no idea
how to deal with it when released, nor (as we have seen)
had they any conception as to the magnetic force which was
drawing the released essence to itself.
To comprehend the law and therefore to be able to work
perfectly with it, the experimenting student must have the
ability to release the essence from its form. He must know
the formulae and words which will direct it to that
particular focal point in the mineral kingdom which stands
in the same correspondential relation to the mineral monad
as the Ego on its own plane stands to the man who casts off
his physical and true forms through death. This involves
knowledge only committed to the pledged disciple; if chance
students stumble upon the law, and theoretically know the
process, they would do well to proceed no further until
they have learned how  to protect themselves from the
interplay of forces. As we well know, the workers with
radium, and those who experiment in the world's
laboratories, suffer frequently from loss of limb or life;
this is due to their ignorance of the forces they are
dealing with. The liberated essences become conductors of
the greater force which is their magnetic center, because
they are responsive to it, and it is this force which
produces the distressing conditions sometimes present in
connection with radioactive substances. Every radioactive
atom becomes, through this conductive faculty, a releasing
agent; and they consequently cause what we call burns.
These burns are the result of the process of releasing the
essential life of the atom of physical substance being
There might here be noted the curious phenomenon, in the
human kingdom which is erroneously termed the prolongation
of life; it might more truthfully be called the
perpetuation of the form. Medical science today strains
every effort to retain life in forms diseased and
inadequate; these Nature, if left to herself, would long
ago have discarded. They thereby imprison the life, and
force back the life essence again and again into the sheath
at the moment of liberation. In course of time and with
more knowledge, true medical science will become purely
preventative. It will concentrate its ability on preserving
the atomic life of the human atom, and at furthering the
preservative protective processes, and the functionary
smoothness of the atomic rotary life, thus conducing to the
correct following of the human orbital path. But further
than that it will not go, and when the course of nature has
been run, when the wheel of life has run down, when the
hour for liberation has struck, when the time has come for
the return of the essence to its center, then the work will
be recognized as completed, and the form discarded. But
this will not, however, be possible until the human family
has reached a stage  when, through pure living and
clean thinking, the present corruptions have been
eliminated. Men will then function on into old age, or
until the Ego, realizing the particular work to be
accomplished in any one life has been duly worked out,
calls in the lower spark of life, and withdraws the central
point of fire. This naturally presupposes knowledge and
faculties at present lacking.
All these thoughts can be extended to include entire
kingdoms of nature, the globes of a chain, the chains
themselves, a planetary scheme or a solar system.
The moon is an interesting instance of the transmutative or
liberating process practically completed in a globe: the
essential life of the human kingdom has withdrawn and found
a new field of expression. All animal life has equally been
absorbed by a greater center in another chain. Practically
the same can be said of the vegetable kingdom on the moon
though there are a few of the lower forms of the vegetable
life (of a kind unrecognizable by us) still to be found
there; whilst the mineral kingdom is radioactive and the
essence of all mineral forms is fast escaping.
In connection with the kingdoms of nature, it must be
remembered that their growth and eventual radiation is
dependent upon the cyclic purpose of the planetary Logos,
and upon the currents of force which play upon His
planetary body, and which emanate from other planetary
All atoms become radioactive as the result of a response to
a stronger magnetic center which response is brought about
through the gradual evolutionary development of
consciousness of some kind or another. This is known to be
true in a small degree in connection with the mineral
kingdom though scientists have not yet admitted that
radiation is thus caused. Later they will, but only when
this general theory which is here laid down in connection
with all atoms is admitted by them to be a plausible 
hypothesis. Then the goal of their endeavor will be
somewhat changed; they will seek to ascertain through clear
thinking and a study of the involved analogy what focal
points of magnetic energy may be regarded as existing, and
how they affect the atoms in their environment. One hint
only can here be given. Light upon these dark problems will
come along two lines.
First, it will come through the study of the place of the
solar system in the universal whole, and the effect that
certain constellations have upon it; secondly, it will come
through a close study of the effect of one planetary scheme
upon another, and the place of the moon in our own
planetary life. This will lead to a close investigation of
polar conditions in the earth, of the planetary magnetic
currents, and of the electrical intercourse between our
earth, and the Venusian and Martian planetary schemes. When
this has been accomplished, astronomy and esoteric
astrology will be revolutionized, and the nature of solar
energy as an expression of an Entity of the fourth rank
will be appreciated. This will come at the close of this
century after a scientific discovery of even greater
importance to the scientific world than that as to the
nature of the atom. Until that time it will be as difficult
to express the hylozoistic conception in terms of exact
science as it would be for the sixteenth century ancestor
of present humanity to conceive of the atom as being simply
an aspect of force, and not objective and tangible. Hence
further elucidation will but serve to confuse.
In considering this vast subject of radiation, which is the
result of spiral-progressive movement, it might be of
interest if I here pointed out that in every kingdom of
nature there are certain focal points of energy which, as
the aeons gradually sweep along, bring the atomic substance
of which all forms in all kingdoms are composed to the
point where they become radioactive and achieve 
liberation. (The term "liberation" really means the ability
of any conscious atom to pass out of one sphere of
energized influence into another of a higher vibration, of
larger and wider expanse of conscious realization.)
Broadly speaking, it might be said that:
The mineral kingdom
is responsive to that type of
energy which is the lowest aspect of fire, of those
internal furnaces which exert an influence upon the
elements in the mineral world, and which resolve these
atomic lives into a gradual series of ever-higher types of
mineral energy. For instance, the type of energy which
plays upon iron ore, or which produces tin, is emanated
from a different center in the body of the Entity informing
the mineral kingdom to that which converts the elements
into those wondrous jewels, the diamond, the sapphire, the
emerald or the ruby. The energy of the particular center
involved is likewise responsive to force originating in the
center in the body of the planetary Logos – which center
depends upon the kingdom to be vivified. In dealing with
these kingdoms, therefore, the relations might be briefly
- Kingdom – Planetary Center
- Human – Heart center.
- Animal – Throat center.
- Vegetable – Solar plexus.
- Mineral – Spleen.
The planetary egoic center is, of course, the
transmitter to all the others, and it should be borne in
mind in this connection that every center transmits three
types of force, with the exception of the spleen which
hands on the solar fires, pranic force, pure and simple.
Students will eventually ascertain how to group the various
types in the different kingdoms according to the type of
energy they display in fullest measure, remembering that
only in the fourth kingdom, the human, is the highest of
the three types (that which produces self-consciousness)
 manifesting; in the others it is latent. This will
become apparent if the method of lunar individualization,
The vegetable kingdom is responsive to the
particular type of energy which produces the phenomenon of
water, or moisture. Through the effect of water every
higher type of plant life is evolved, and through the
combination of heat and water results are brought about
which produce new types. The herbal scientist who is
producing new species is really occupied with the effect of
sex energy in the second kingdom of nature; he will do well
to deal with all plant life as energy points responsive to
other and greater energy centers. Much will be learned
along this line when electricity and colored lights are
more freely used in experimental stations. Sex, in the
mineral kingdom, or chemical affinity, is the display in
that kingdom of the second type of magnetic force; in the
vegetable kingdom the same thing can be studied in the seed
life, and in the fertilization processes of all plants.
Neptune, the God of the Waters, has a curious relationship
to our planetary Logos, and also to the Entity Who is the
informing life of the second kingdom.
The animal kingdom is responsive to a type of energy
which is neither fire nor water but is a combination of the
two. They are also the first of the kingdoms on the
physical plane to be responsive to sound, or to the energy
emanating from that which we call noise. This is an occult
fact worthy of close attention. The energy emanating from
the Entity Who is the informing Life of the third kingdom
in nature has five channels of approach, that is five
centers. That animating the fourth kingdom has seven, for
the mind and the intuition are added. In the second kingdom
there are three centers, but their manifestation is so
obscure as to seem practically non-existent to the human
mind. In the first or mineral kingdom, the avenue of
approach is limited to one center.  It will be
observed, therefore, that the stimulation of magnetic
energy proceeds from what might be regarded as jumps,
1-3–5-7. Each kingdom starts with a specific equipment, and
during the process of evolution within the kingdom adds to
it so that the liberated life enters the next kingdom with
its old equipment plus one.
The human kingdom is equally responsive to energy.
This time it is the energy of fire at its highest
manifestation in the three worlds. It must be borne in mind
that we are referring to the positive energy of the greater
Whole as it affects the lesser positive energetic points.
We are not referring to form energy.
The atom becomes responsive to form energy or to that which
surrounds it. It becomes conscious and then becomes
responsive to the force of the kingdom in which it is a
part. It gradually becomes responsive to stronger
influences or to the force emanating from the Entity Who is
the life of that kingdom.
Finally, the atom becomes conscious of planetary energy, or
responsive to the Heavenly Man Himself. It then transcends
the kingdom in which it has been, and is elevated into
another kingdom in which the cycle is again repeated.
This can all be expressed in terms of consciousness but in
this section we will limit the thought simply to that of
energy. In summation it might be said that:
- The planetary Logos has seven centers, as has
- The informing Life of the animal kingdom has five
centers, and the animal kingdom has five prototypes on
the archetypal plane, whereas man has seven
- The informing Life of the vegetable kingdom has three
centers of force on His Own plane, and there are,
therefore, but three basic types of plant life. 
All that we know are but differentiations of those
- The informing Life of the mineral kingdom works
through one center.
E.III.4.b. Radiation in the Five Kingdoms
We have seen that the cause of radiation is the response of
the positive life in any atom to the attractive power of
the positive life in a greater atom. Expressed in other
words, we might say that the deva life of any atomic form
proceeds with its evolution, and by a series of "releases"
transfers itself during the manvantaric cycles out of one
kingdom into another until every atom has achieved
self-determination, and thus the purpose of the Heavenly
Man for any particular mahamanvantara is satisfactorily
accomplished. As might be expected, therefore, when the
subject is viewed as a whole and not from the standpoint of
any one kingdom, there are in the evolutionary process five
- At-one-ment with the mineral kingdom.
- At-one-ment of the mineral monad with the vegetable
- At-one-ment of the vegetable monad with the animal
The progressive life has now made three at-one-ments or
expanded its realization three times.
- At-one-ment with the human kingdom.
- At-one-ment with the Heavenly Man or with the great
Along these five stages, one of them is considered in
this solar system to be the most important, and that is the
at-one-ment with the human kingdom. For this particular
greater cycle, the goal of evolution is man; when
individualization is achieved and self-determination is
awakened, the Monad or Divine Pilgrim has attained that
which expresses the logoic purpose most perfectly. The
 later stages but set the crown upon the victor, and
the final at-one-ment with the divine Self is but the
consummation of the fourth stage. Students will find it of
interest to work out the correspondence between the five
initiations and these five unifications. There is a close
connection between the two. By understanding the laws of
the different kingdoms, much can be learned anent the
conditions governing the five Initiations. It will be found
that the initiations mark stages in response to contact and
to realization which have their interesting germs in the
It might here be pointed out with propriety that radiation
is the result of transmutation; transmutation marks the
completion of a cycle of rotary-spiraling activity. No atom
becomes radioactive until its own internal rhythm has been
stimulated to a point where the positive central life is
ready for the imposition of a higher vibratory activity,
and when the negative lives within the atomic periphery are
repulsed by the intensity of its vibration, and are no
longer attracted by its drawing qualities. This is due to
the coming in and consequent response to the magnetic
vibration of a still stronger positive life which releases
the imprisoned central spark and causes what might from
some aspects be called the dissipation of the atom. This
process, nevertheless, in the majority of cases covers such
a vast period of time that the human mind is unable to
follow the process.
The radioactive period is much the longest in the mineral
kingdom, and shortest of all in the human. We are not
concerned with radiation in the spiritual kingdom at the
close of the mahamanvantara, so no comment will here be
It is interesting to note that during this round, owing to
planetary decision, the process of producing human
radiation or "release" is being artificially stimulated
through the method which we call initiation, and the 
short cut to intensive purification and stimulation is open
to all who are willing to pass through the divine
alchemical fire. Simultaneously, in the other kingdoms of
nature a process somewhat similar in kind though not in
degree is being attempted. The tremendous manipulation of
ores, the scientific work of the chemist, and scientific
investigation is analogous in the mineral kingdom to the
world processes which are being utilized to liberate the
human spark. Out of the chaos and turmoil of the World War,
for instance, and the weight of metal undergoing violent
disintegration the mineral monad emerged as from an
initiatory test, incomprehensible as this may seem. It will
be apparent that a great simultaneous movement is on foot
to produce more rapid radiation in all the kingdoms of
nature so that when the cycle is run the process of
planetary radiation may be consummated. This intensive
culture is not proceeding upon all the planets but only
upon a very few. The others will run a longer cycle. The
initiatory cultural process which has in view the
stimulation of magnetic radiation or transmutation is but
an experiment. It was tried first on Venus, and on the
whole proved successful, resulting in the consummation of
the planetary purpose in five rounds instead of seven. This
was what made it possible to utilize Venusian energy upon
the Venus chain and the Venus globe of our scheme and thus
cause the phenomenon of forced individualization in
Lemurian days. It was the intensive stimulation of the
third kingdom of nature during the third root race which
artificially unified the three aspects. The process of
stimulating through the medium of Venusian energy was
really begun in the third round when the triangle of force
was completed, and ready to function. It is this factor
which occultly makes the third Initiation of such
tremendous importance. In it the human triangle is linked,
the Monad, the  Ego and the personality, or Venus,
the Sun and the Earth are symbolically allied.
Enough has here been indicated to give the student room for
thought, though one more word in this connection might be
added. In the potentially radioactive qualities of the four
kingdoms of nature with which we are most concerned will be
found an interesting analogy to the functions of the four
planetary schemes which (in their totality) form the logoic
quaternary. This applies also in a lesser degree to the
four chains which form the planetary quaternary. All have
to become radioactive and all their principles have to be
transmuted and the form for which they are responsible
When the subject of radiation is more completely
comprehended, it will be found that it demonstrates one
more instance of the unity of all life, and furnishes one
more corroborative indication of the synthetic nature of
the entire evolutionary process. In every instance that
which radiates from each kingdom of nature is one and the
same. The radioactive human being is the same in nature
(differing only in degree and in conscious response) as the
radioactive mineral; in every case it is the central
positive life, the electric spark or that which is its
correspondence, which radiates. There are, therefore, seven
correspondences in this connection in the solar system,
seven types which radiate, or seven classes of entities
which demonstrate ability to transcend their normal motion
and to transfer themselves into some greater sphere in due
course of evolution. These are:
- The mineral monad of the mineral kingdom, or the
central positive nucleus in all atoms and elements.
- The monad in the vegetable kingdom, or the central
positive life of every plant and vegetable growth.
- The monad in the animal kingdom or the positive life
of each type. 
- The human Monads in their myriads of groups.
- The Monad of any particular type, or form.
- The planetary Monad, the sum total of all the lives
within a planetary scheme.
- The solar Monad or the sum total of all lives in the
Each of these is first rotary in its activity, or
self-centered; later each simultaneously with its original
motion demonstrates spiral-cyclic activity. Thereby it
becomes "aware" of form, and finally becomes radioactive.
During this final period it transcends the form, and
escapes from out of it, becoming thus conscious of, and
able to participate in, the activity of the still greater
E.III.4.c. Radiation and Cyclic Law
Scattered throughout this Treatise, are numerous
indications of the cyclic nature of this phenomenon, and
students should bear in mind that in all which concerns
radiation, as in all else, there will be periods of
quiescence, and periods of intensified activity. This will
be seen quite clearly in connection with the fourth kingdom
of nature. A period of radioactivity is being entered upon
now in which men and women will achieve a larger
realization, they will begin to transcend their human
limitations, and to enter the fifth kingdom one by one, and
unit by unit. This period, as far as the larger cycle is
concerned, began when the Door of Initiation was opened in
Atlantean days, but many lesser cycles have occurred, for
the influx into the fifth kingdom is equally governed by
cyclic law, by periodic ebb and flow. At the close of the
fourth root race there was a period of distinctive
radioactivity, and many hundreds of men passed out of the
fourth Creative Hierarchy into another and a higher one.
Many posts held hitherto by Venusian Entities were vacated
in order that our humanity might occupy them, and a vast
interchain  radiation went on as many of the Kumaras
and certain lesser existences quitted our earth chain, and
entered upon subtler, and more advanced work. Then the
activity gradually ebbed until a recurring cycle brought in
influences which produced a new radiation, though not of
such a strength as in the preceding period.
Another period of radioactivity occurred during the time of
the Buddha and many achieved Arhatship in those days. That
period was the highest point of what is occultly termed "a
cycle of the third degree," and a similar degree of
radiatory activity has not been reached since that time.
Human radiation of a very slight nature was felt about the
time of Christ, but it only lasted for a couple of hundred
years, and though individuals here and there have since
achieved the goal, yet no large numbers have passed
successfully through the fires of transmutation, and thus
transcended the fourth kingdom. The cycle is again on the
upward turn; about the fourteenth century the human kingdom
began to be noticeably radioactive, and we are on the way
to the fulfilment of a "cycle of the second order" or of a
period of transcendence of a still greater activity than in
the time of the Buddha. It will become demonstrably great
when certain conditions have been fulfiled.
- First, when the present world chaos has
- Next, when the present generation has consummated its
work of reconstruction.
- Third, when the coming great Lord has entered upon
His mission upon earth, thereby increasing the vibration
in every kingdom of nature, but particularly in the
second and fourth.
- Fourth, when the movement, inaugurated at the close
of each century by the Trans-Himalayan Lodge is under
way, and the psycho-scientific Egos who are its agents
have made their presence felt.
- Finally, when a movement is instituted by the Lodge,
working in connection with the fourth root-race; it will
 also be part of the simulative process, and will
result in the rendering radioactive of some of the
foremost thinkers of that race. It will be their day of
opportunity, and so great is the importance attached to
this that a Member of the Lodge, Confucius as he has been
called in the past, will incarnate in order to
superintend the work. The preliminary steps are being
taken now, and Egos are coming in who will endeavor to
direct the energies of this race on to the right line
though the peak of the cycle of stimulation will not be
until the middle of the next century. It is needless for
me to point out that all such movements are first felt as
disturbing, and only when the dust of turmoil, and the
noise of clashing forces have died away will purpose be
seen emerging. This is very apparent in Russia at the
A great factor and one that it is hard to explain so
that the average thinker can understand it is the cyclic
coming in of egos who are at a point in evolution where
they are ready for their first radioactive life. In one
great department of hierarchical endeavor all Egos are
divided into two groups, according to their cycle and
according to their type of energy. These grades are in turn
subdivided according to the quality and the vibratory
effect to be induced upon any one kingdom of nature by
their united, or single, incarnation. This might be
illustrated by pointing out that by the gradual coming in
of human beings who are vegetarians by natural inclination
and by the appearance of egos who are interested
specifically in the welfare and nurture of the animals (as
is the case so noticeably now) we have the cyclic
appearance of a whole group of human units who have a
definite karmic relation to the third kingdom. This
relation is of a kind differing in specific detail from the
meat-eating, and oft inhuman, groups of the past five
It might be of profit and of interest if we here enumerated
some of the occult terms applied to some of these 
differentiated groups, remembering that we are only
touching upon a few out of a vast number, and only name
those the terminology of which conveys information and
educational benefit to the student:
- The units of inertia,
- Atoms of rhythmic centralization,
- Units of primary radiation,
- The sons of heavy rhythm,
- The points of fiery excellence (a name given oft to
magnetic, highly-evolved types),
- Tertiary points of secondary fire,
- Magnetic flames (given to chelas and initiates of
- Positive sons of electricity,
- Rotating units of the seventh order,
- Points of light of the fourth progression,
- Electric sparks,
- Units of negative resistance,
- The equilibrized atoms.
Many more names might be given but these will suffice
to indicate the general nature of these energy summations,
under which all the members of the human family are
gathered and placed according to:
- Their rhythm,
- Their quality,
- Their heat,
- Their light,
- Their magnetic influence,
- Their radiation,
- Their activity.
This tabulation is but an extension of the major one
which grouped all Egos under the divisions of color, sound
and vibration. A similar enumeration has also grouped the
atoms in the other kingdoms of nature, and  even the
Dhyan Chohans of the highest rank find their place in the
hierarchical archives of this fifth (or third) department.
A cyclic tabulation is of equal interest but is of a
totally different nature, carrying to the initiated and
intuitive investigator many hints of an evolutionary and
historical value. Again we might append a brief epitome of
some of the expressions used and of some of the names under
which human beings are grouped in the archives of this the
- Units of the fire-mist stage,
- Points of lunar origin,
- Sons of the sun,
- Devas of the fourth degree,
- Flames from interplanetary spheres,
- Atoms from the crimson sphere – a reference to
certain Egos who have come to the earth from the
planetary scheme whose note is red,
- The successful Vyasians,
- The points in the third planetary petal, and groups
of others related to the twelve petalled planetary
- The lovers of low vibration,
- The rejectors of the eighth scheme,
- The points of triple resistance,
- The followers of the ARHAT,
- The cyclic sons of peace,
- The recurring sons of war,
- The specks within the planetary eye,
- The recognized points within the chakras. These
naturally exist in ten groups.
Each name conveys to the mind of the initiate some
knowledge as to the place in evolution of the Monad
concerned, the nature of its incarnations, and its place in
cyclic evolution. 
The same method of grouping is used in connection with all
the kingdoms though only in the case of the fourth and the
fifth kingdoms are individual atoms dealt with; the
tabulations and records for the other kingdoms are
concerned with groups. When a group is known, the nature,
vibration, and rhythm of the atom within that group is
E.IV. The Turning of the Weel312
Man must understand the nature of the wheel in which he
is turned, called in Sanskrit the wheel of Samsara. This
latter word derived from the root Sru, to move, indicates
a motion wheel or the great wheel of changing life in
which the human entities have been called upon to work
and which must never be abandoned out of compassion for
man and in obedience to the law of oneness which connects
the many, in the opinion of all true yogis and Shri
Krishna. The Teacher gives the nature of the samsaric
wheel in a certain peculiar way which deserves to be
thought over by you all. He says "all bhutas spring up
from food and food from Parjanya or rain. Rain comes out
of yagna and yagna out of Karma. Karma is out of the Veda
and Veda is of the Eternal." Here you see a Septenary
gamut is given with the bhuta, (or manifested form) at
one end and the eternal substance unmanifested to us at
the other end. If we divide this seven according to the
theosophical plane of a lower four dominated over by a
higher triad, we get form, food, rain and yagna as the
lower four and karma, Veda and eternal substance as the
higher triad. The eternal substance that pervades all
space, worked on by the world song and giving rise to all
the laws of karma that govern the development of the
world, develops a lower four and this four is started by
yagna – the spirit of evolution that connects the higher
and lower or in Puranic fashion, the spirit that seeks to
add to the harmony of the unmanifested by giving it a
field of disharmony to work upon and establish its own
greatness. This spirit of yagna in its way to produce the
manifested form gives rise to the Parjanya or rain. The
word Parjanya is applied to rain and often times to a
spirit whose function is to produce rain.
– Some Thoughts on the Gita, p. 127.
We come now to the consideration of another point, and one
of very real moment; it emerges out of what we have been
saying anent cycles and is the basis of all periodic
phenomena. One of the most elementary of scientific truths
is that the earth revolves upon its axis, and that it
travels around the sun. One of the truths less recognized,
yet withal of equal importance, is that the entire solar
system equally revolves upon its axis but in a cycle so
vast as to be beyond the powers of ordinary man to
comprehend, and which necessitates mathematical formulae
 of great intricacy. The orbital path of the solar
system in the heavens around its cosmic center is now being
sensed, and the general drift also of our constellation is
being taken into consideration as a welcome hypothesis.
Scientists have not yet admitted into their calculations
the fact that our solar system is revolving around a cosmic
center along with six other constellations of even greater
magnitude in the majority of cases than ours, only one
being approximately of the same magnitude as our solar
system. This cosmic center in turn forms part of a great
wheel till – to the eye of the illumined seer – the entire
vault of Heaven is seen to be in motion. All the
constellations, viewing them as a whole, are impelled in
The old Commentary expresses this obscure truth as follows:
"The one wheel turns. One turn alone is made, and
every sphere, and suns of all degrees, follow its course.
The night of time is lost in it, and kalpas measure less
than seconds in the little day of man.
Ten million millions kalpas pass, and twice ten
million millions Brahmic cycles and yet one hour of
cosmic time is not completed.
Within the wheel, forming that wheel, are all the
lesser wheels from the first to the tenth dimension.
These in their cyclic turn hold in their spheres of force
other and lesser wheels. Yet many suns compose the cosmic
Wheels within wheels, spheres within spheres. Each
pursues his course and attracts or rejects his brother,
and yet cannot escape from the encircling arms of the
When the wheels of the fourth dimension, of which our
sun is one and all that is of lesser force and higher
number, such as the eighth and ninth degrees, turn upon
themselves, devour each other, and turn and rend their
mother, then will the cosmic wheel be ready for a faster
It will, therefore, be apparent that the power
of man to conceive of these whirling constellations, to
measure their interaction, and to realize their essential
unity is not as yet great enough. We are told that even to
the  liberated Dhyan Chohan the mystery of that which
lies beyond his own solar Ring-Pass-Not is hid.
Certain influences indicate to Him and certain lines of
force demonstrate to Him the fact that some constellations
are knit with His system in a close and corporate union. We
know that the Great Bear, the Pleiades, Draco or the Dragon
are in some way associated with the solar system but as yet
He knows not their function nor the nature of the other
constellations. It must also be remembered that the turning
of our tiny systemic wheel, and the revolution of a cosmic
wheel can be hastened, or retarded, by influences emanating
from unknown or unrealized constellations whose association
with a systemic or a cosmic Logos is as mysterious
relatively as the effect individuals have upon each other
in the human family. This effect is hidden in logoic karma
and is beyond the ken of man.
The wheels in order of their importance might be enumerated
The wheel of the universe, or the sumtotal of all
stars and starry systems.
A cosmic wheel
, or a group of seven constellations.
These are grouped according to:
- Their magnitude,
- Their vibration,
- Their color,
- Their influence upon each other.
These cosmic wheels, according to the esoteric books,
are divided into forty-nine groups, each comprising
millions of septenary constellations. For purposes of study
by the Adepts, they are each known by a symbol, and these
forty-nine symbols embody all that can be apprehended anent
the size, magnitude, quality, vibratory activity, and
objective of those great forms through which an Existence
is experiencing. The Chohans of high  degree know the
forty-nine sounds which give the quality of the
consciousness aspect of these great Beings Who are as far
removed from the consciousness of our solar Logos as the
consciousness of man is removed from that of a crystal. The
knowledge thus appreciated by the Chohans is naturally but
theoretical and conveys only to their relatively limited
consciousness the general nature of the group of
constellations, and the force occasionally emanating from
them which has at times to be taken into calculation. For
instance, the interest awakened in the public mind lately
by the giant star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion
is due to the fact that at this particular time there has
been an interplay of force between our tiny system and this
giant one, and communication between the two informing
or the atomic life of individual
constellations. These again are divided into 343 groups,
known to the Adept again through a series of characters
forming a word which – through its ideographic nature –
conveys essential information to the Adept. The ideograph
for our solar system may in part be disclosed – not the
characters themselves but a digest of that for which the
characters stand. Our solar system is disclosed as being:
- A system of the fourth order, having its force
centers upon the fourth cosmic plane, and making its
objective manifestation from the fourth systemic plane,
via the fourth subplane of the systemic physical
- Blue in color, esoteric orange and green.
- A system which is occultly known to the Adept as "in
an airy sign in which the Bird can fly."
- A system formed of "three fires which form a
- A system in which the Bird has "four tail feathers"
 and hence can occultly "mount to a higher plane
and find its fifth."
- A system which has four major cycles, and minor
periods of manifestation which are multiples of that
- A system which in the alchemical phraseology of the
Masters is viewed as being "a product of the fourth; the
fourth itself in process of transmutation; and the living
stone with four shells." All this can be seen at one
glance by the Master who has the ideographic word before
Him. Other ideograms are available for His use which give
Him the immediate information as He studies the
influences contacting our solar system.
. For these there are ten modes
, called in some of the books rounds.
- The revolution of any one globe.
- The cycle of the three worlds.
- The wheel of a plane.
- The revolution or cyclic appearance of a kingdom in
nature. This applies within a scheme but only to the four
kingdoms in objective appearance.
- The revolution of a planetary center producing
- The monadic wheel, or the periodic appearance of
units of the fourth Creative Hierarchy. Thus we pass down
the scale through all the kingdoms and forms till we
arrive at the tiny revolution of an atom of
In concluding our remarks concerning the diverse
wheels of the universe, we will touch with brevity upon the
"wheels" which concern the human monad. This is a subject
but little dealt with as yet, though a few words have been
spoken anent the egoic wheel.
It must be borne in mind that the evolution of the 
Monad is a much more intricate thing than appears in the
books as yet given to the public. In those books the
development of consciousness and its transition through the
kingdoms of nature are the points dwelt upon. Yet there
have been earlier cycles which it will be only possible to
comprehend as the history and evolution of the planetary
Logoi become gradually revealed. They are parts of His body
of manifestation, cells within that greater vehicle, and
thus vitalized by His life, qualified by His nature, and
distinguished by His characteristics. This will take the
history, therefore, of a Monad back to the earlier kalpas.
Such history it is not possible to reveal, and no purpose
would be served by such a revelation. The fact only can be
touched upon as it must be considered along general lines
if the true nature of the Self is to be accurately known.
We might consider that the Monad of the human being passes
through cycles analogous to those through which the
Heavenly Man travels. There is, first, the vast cycle of
unfoldment through which a "spark" passes. This covers the
period of three major solar systems – that preceding this
one, the present, and the succeeding one. In these three,
the totality of the cosmic Past, Present, and Future,
embodying the three aspects of the divine Life of the solar
Logos, are carried to the point of perfection in an
individualized Monad. It must be remembered that in this
solar system, for instance, certain developments are only
recapitulations of evolutionary processes undergone in an
earlier solar system; the clue to this lies in the
consideration of the manasic or mind principle. The solar
Angels, the intelligent individualizing factor, were (from
certain angles of vision) the product of an earlier system,
and only waited for the time in the present system when the
forms in the three kingdoms had reached the point of
synthetic development which made it possible for them to be
impressed and influenced from on high. We  have in
this concept an idea analogous to the entering in of those
Monads, during Atlantean days, who, having individualized
upon another chain, tarried in the interplanetary spaces
until earth conditions were such that the occupation of
adequate forms became possible. The correspondence is not
exact but is indicative of the truth. The vast cycle of
unfoldment (which rendered later evolution possible)
preceded this solar system, and might be regarded as the
monadic correspondence to a cosmic wheel. In the old
Commentary this point of development is hinted at in the
"The fifth did not appear as the product of the present.
The five spokes of that wheel had each a cycle of
development, and one in which they were welded at the
The Monad has cycles analogous, though on a
miniature scale, to those of the one Life Who permeates and
animates all lesser lives. (Bible. I Peter 2:4.) Certain of
these cycles cover periods of time so vast, and so long
past, that their history can only be conveyed to the
investigating Adepts through the medium of sound and
symbol. The details of that development are lost in the
night of other kalpas, and all that can be seen are the
, – the cause must be accepted as existing,
though for us remaining inexplicable until the higher
initiations are taken.
In the fact of the turning of the monadic Wheel covering
the period of three solar systems, lies hid the mystery of
monadic self-will, and the secret as to why some of the
Monads refused to incarnate, whilst others "fell," and thus
proceeded along the present lines of evolution. They
refused to incarnate because of internal group conditions
brought about through the evolutionary processes of the
past kalpas. It will, therefore, be apparent that the
question of what constitutes sin and evil is far more
intricate than even appears upon the surface. From our
 limited vision, it appears to be "sin" to fall into
incarnation, and equally sin or self-will,
self-satisfaction, to remain unevolved upon the higher
planes. Yet both groups followed the law of their being,
and the solution of the mystery lies in that which is to
If the student will with care meditate upon the fact that
the three lower planes – the mental, the astral, and the
physical – form the dense physical body of the planetary
Logos and are, therefore, no principle, it will become
apparent to him that through necessity certain units or
cells in the body are more active in space and time than
others. He must also bear in mind that groups of Monads
come into incarnation according to which center in a
Heavenly Man of a particular planetary scheme, or which
center of the solar Logos, is in process of vivification or
cyclic activity, and that certain of the centers of a solar
Logos and this particular solar system are in a
condition of partial pralaya through the process of the
absorption of the lower solar life forces by the centers of
higher vitality. Again, he must remember that the entire
aspect of the Divine Life is not intended to reach its full
unfoldment at any time in this solar system but must wait
for the vitalizing impulses of a later. This is due to the
fact that there exist in this solar system effects of
causes originating in earlier kalpas or – to word it
otherwise – the karmic seeds of earlier logoic activities.
Our solar Logos has not yet attained true rhythm, but for
millennia of cycles the equilibrising process must go on.
Nor has our planetary Logos achieved equilibrium, and the
even balancing of forces, therefore until His point in
evolution and His objective vision is known and it is known
also which center in the solar body is vitalized by His
life, it will be the part of wisdom to refrain from
dogmatic assertion, and a too free utterance in connection
with incarnating, and non-incarnating, Monads. All are
turning upon the monadic cosmic wheel; each is being 
swept into some form of activity upon the lesser revolution
of this particular systemic wheel, but not all in any
particular cycle are to be found revolving upon a specific
planetary wheel. Many wait for development and for more
appropriate seasons in interplanetary spaces, and some must
wait until the entering in of a new mahamanvantara.
Students should bear carefully in mind the words of H. P.
B. where he tells students of the Secret Doctrine
that the stanzas and their Commentary deal primarily with
our particular planetary Logos. This is oft forgotten.
It may interest students to know that there are certain
colors, veiling these groups of non-incarnating Monads, at
present totally unknown to humanity. These will sweep into
the consciousness of the human being in another solar
system, or after the taking of the sixth Initiation. All
that we have on earth are reflections of the true colors,
and likewise the reflection of the lowest aspect.
Every color in the cosmos exists in three forms
- The true color.
- The illusory appearance of the color.
- Its reflection.
The reflection is that with which we are familiar; the
appearance, or that which veils the reality, is contacted
and known when we see with the eye of the soul, the Eye of
Shiva, and the true color314
is contacted after
the fifth kingdom has been passed through, and group
consciousness is merging in that of the divine. Students
will, therefore, note that the monadic cosmic wheel can be
 visioned in terms of "true color," and is seen by
the illumined seer as the combined blending of the primary
colors of the three solar systems.
Color. – Originally meant a "covering." From
root "celare" to cover or hide. Also Occultare, to hide.
Symbology of colors. The language of the prism, of which
"the seven mother colors have each seven sons," that is to
say, forty-nine shades or "sons" between the seven, which
graduated tints are so many letters or alphabetical
characters. The language of colors has, therefore,
fifty-six letters for the initiate. Of these letters each
septenary is absorbed by the mother color, as each of the
seven mother colors is absorbed finally in the white ray,
Divine Unity symbolized by these colors.
The monadic systemic wheel, which concerns this solar
system alone, is distinguished by being the totality of the
seven colors of the seven Heavenly Men, and from the vision
of the adept of the fifth Initiation is the sumtotal of the
primary colors of the egoic groups of the differing
The monadic planetary wheel, which concerns the particular
group of Monads incarnating in a particular scheme, is seen
by the seer as the blending of egoic groups, but with the
difference that the color is a dual one, and the coloring
of the personality ray of the incarnating Ego is also seen.
The egoic cycle, or the turning of the wheel of the
incarnating Ego, is of the most practical interest to man,
and has already been somewhat dealt with. For purposes of
clarity and elucidation, this wheel may also be seen as
turning in three cycles and as making three kinds of
revolutions, covering varying periods of time.
There is first, the Wheel of the chain, or the
cycling of the Monad around an entire chain, and its
passage through all the globes and kingdoms. The
consideration of this is complicated by the fact that in
any particular chain, the Monads seldom begin and end their
evolution; they seldom emerge, pass through their cycle and
achieve their objective. It is not possible to dissociate a
chain from its preceding or succeeding chain. Many Monads
who achieved self-consciousness in the moon chain only
entered into renewed activity in the middle of the fourth
root race; others, who have individualized on this earth,
will not succeed in reaching their goal upon this planet.
There is here a correspondence to systemic evolution, and
there is an analogy between the Monads who refused to
 incarnate and the Egos who were unable to take
bodies in the Lemurian or third root race.
There is next, the Wheel of a globe, or the process
of evolution upon any particular globe. The student must
bear in mind that the Monad, after planetary dissolution,
passes the time between incarnations on other and subtler
globes, which are the correspondence to the interplanetary
and intersystemic spheres.
There is also, the Wheel of a race, or the lesser
cycle of incarnations – forming a definite series – wherein
the incarnating Monad cycles through a number of lives in a
All these cycles of periodic manifestation are concerned
primarily with the appearance, or the manifesting of the
"sparks" upon one or other of the three planes in the three
worlds, or in some part of the physical body of the
planetary Logos. The lesser cycles deal with this; the
greater turning of the wheel concerns also the appearance,
or flashing forth, of the sparks in the planetary or
systemic etheric body, or on the four higher planes of our
solar system. We can picture to ourselves the glory of this
concept; the downpouring of the streams of fiery sparks;
their flashing forth into points of intensified fire as
they meet conditions which produce occult "ignition"; and
the constant circulation of the forty-nine fires
constructed of the sixty thousand million human Monads and
the countless streams of deva monads: fire on every side –
a network of fiery rivers of living energy, focal points of
intensified brilliancy and everywhere the sparks.
There are a few more remarks to be made anent the turning
of the various wheels, and we can then take up the
consideration of motion and the sheaths.
Within all those wheels which we have enumerated, are many
lesser wheels all governed by the same laws, actuated by
the same three forms of activity, and all (in their
totality) forming one great whole. It will be apparent
 to all conscientious students that the founders of
the symbolical method managed to convey in the symbol of
the wheel an idea of the triplicity of all atomic activity:
- The central point of active positive force – the
- The negative stream of life – the radiating
- The sphere of activity itself, the effect of the
interplay of these two – the circumference of the
If the student can picture those wheels in activity,
if he can visualize all parts of the wheel as composed of
lesser living wheels, and if he can work into his picture a
hint of the interplay of all these fiery essences, colored
with certain predominant hues, he will become aware of
conditions, and see before him a picture which is ever
apparent to the illuminated seer. If, before doing this, he
can vision the whole of the systemic wheel as in a constant
state of circulation, in which the tiny lesser lives are
impelled by the force of the central solar life to pass
throughout the extent of the wheel so that they come in
contact with all parts of the wheel, and are impressed by
all the varying types of "power-substance," then the
general nature of the method can be somewhat ascertained.
We use the term "motion," but what do we really mean?
Simply and literally, the manifestation of the energy
generated through the bringing together of certain aspects
of energy, and the triple result thereby produced; the
activities resulting from this stream of dynamic electrical
energy, emanating from some center, which sweeps into
response all that it contacts, and which holds the
responsive units in some form or another.
From the occult standpoint, all that manifests is
spheroidal in form, and is appropriately called a wheel,
yet (in dense physical manifestation) the forms are
diverse, and many, and unless etheric vision is present,
the spheroidal forms of all lives are not apparent. How can
this  be explained? There are three major reasons for
this illusion, and these we might here touch upon, finding
in the word "illusion"315 the key to the
315 Maya or Illusion. The word Maya is one which
has to be properly understood by you in order that you may
catch the spirit of the ancient philosophy. The derivation
that is given for the word is Ma + Ya or not that. Maya is
therefore a power that makes a thing appear as what it is
not, or a power of illusion that arises out of
limitation in the ancient concept of a true unity
periodically appearing as multiplicity by the power of Maya
that coexists with that unity.
We have been told in connection with the dense physical
body that it is not considered a principle and is not (in
this second solar system) expressing those qualities which
are characteristic of the solar Logos and His present
incarnation. We are told, further, that the grosser dense
forms of substance, all that is objective and tangible upon
the physical plane, are vibrating to a key which is
characteristic of the preceding system, being a left-over
(if so it might be expressed) of an earlier kalpa.
These two points must be carefully borne in mind and
latitude allowed for them, when endeavoring to express the
truth anent motion. Therefore, a number of the atoms of
matter are as yet governed by an internal life which has
for its main, distinctive feature, the faculty of a much
closer adhesion, and a decisiveness of grouping that is
inherently characteristic of the present body of
manifestation of the solar system. We must remember when
considering this, that all that is dense and gross in all
forms, concerns only those forms on the three lower
subplanes of the lowest systemic planes; the forms are
constructed of matter of all the planes, but the percentage
of gross matter is as we can plainly see but small.
Interaction for the mineral monad exists, and completely
negatives the vibration of the three lower subplanes of the
physical plane; it passes eventually into forms which are
more closely allied to the "true form."
The mineral monad has a problem slightly at variance with
that of the other kingdoms, for it is specifically an
 expression of the lives which were classed as the
failures of a previous solar system, and which were doomed
to immerse themselves in the forms of the mineral kingdom.
Liberation for man comes when he succeeds in freeing
himself from the vibration of the three lower planes of our
solar system, from that part of the logoic manifestation
which constitutes His dense
body, and which He does
not therefore regard as a principle. It will, consequently,
be apparent that there is a correspondence worthy of study
to be found in the relation between the mineral monad, a
human being, and a solar Logos. Viewing these three as an
esoteric triplicity much light may be gained by meditation
upon them as
- The residual vibration of system 1,
- The medial point of activity of system 2,
- The subjective energy of the present system.
In the comprehension of this, and in the realization
that there are forces present in nature which are in the
nature of left-overs, we have the clue to much of the
puzzling side of manifestation, to the cruelty and death,
the suffering, and the agony which are seen in the
vegetable and animal kingdoms. In the term animal kingdom I
include man's physical body. We have also the clue to some
aspects of the left hand Path, and a clue to the problem of
the basic cause of the appearance of such existences as
black magicians. Just as no human being can escape the
effects of energy generated by him in an early life, so the
solar Logos Himself is working out and so held back by
influences which are the result of His earlier activities
in System 1.
The dense physical forms are an illusion because they are
due to the reaction of the eye to those forces about which
we have been speaking. Etheric vision, or the power to see
energy-substance, is true vision for the human being, just
as the etheric is the true form. But until  the race
is further evolved, the eye is aware of, and responds to
the heavier vibration only. Gradually it will shake itself
free from the lower and coarser reactions, and become an
organ of true vision. It might be of interest here to
remember the occult fact that as the atoms in the physical
body of the human being pursue their evolution, they pass
on and on to ever better forms, and eventually find their
place within the eye, first of animals and then of man.
This is the highest dense form into which they are built,
and marks the consummation of the atom of dense
matter. Occultly understood, the eye is formed through the
interplay of certain streams of force, of which there are
three in the animal, and five in the human being. By their
conjunction and interaction, they form what is called "the
triple opening" or the "fivefold door" out of which the
animal soul or the human spirit can "look out upon the
The final reason why the spheroidal true form of everything
is apparently not seen on the planet can only at this stage
be expressed through a quotation from an old esoteric
manuscript in the Masters archives:
"The vision of the higher sphere is hidden in the destiny
of the fourth form of substance. The eye looks downwards
and, behold, the atom disappears from view. The eye looks
sideways and the dimensions merge, and again the atom
disappears. Outward it looks but sees the atom out of all
proportion. When the eye negates the downward vision, and
sees all from within outwards, the spheres again will be
E.V. Motion and the Form-Building Impulse
E.V.1. Motion and the Mental Sheath
In the first section of this treatise we dealt somewhat
with various phases of activity when considering "fire by
friction," and the fiery motion of substance itself. We
will only touch on some further aspects of the matter, for
it is necessary that the student should bear in mind 
certain things. He should endeavor to ascertain the
relationship between the universal mind (or the systemic
mind) and cosmic mind, and seek to comprehend the purpose
of the mental sheath, which is one of the most interesting
of the various bodies on account of its fiery gaseous
constitution. He should also seek to bring about through
meditation that mental control and alignment which will
result in stabilization, and a responsiveness to causal
impression. This will lead to the transmission of egoic
instruction to the man on the physical plane.
Certain points in connection with the mental sheath require
emphasizing, though it is not our purpose to do more than
call attention to their nature. Under the law of
correspondence, the student should be able to arrive at
certain conclusions and judge wisely the assignment of
purpose and place to the particular set of lunar pitris who
form the vehicle.
The mental body is composed of only four types of essence,
whereas the astral body and the physical are formed of
seven types. The devas who compose this body are grouped
together as "the cohorts of the fourth order" and have a
close connection with that group of cosmic Lives who
(through the impress of their influence upon solar matter)
are responsible for the fact that our solar system is a
system of the fourth order. This group of Lives is
manipulated and controlled, in the macrocosmic sense, from
cosmic mental levels via the central spiritual sun, and
through what is called in esoteric parlance "the fourth
solar cavity." If students will meditate upon the nature of
the human heart and its various divisions, and particularly
upon one of the valves, light upon this complex problem may
be forthcoming. There is a constant inflow of energy from
these great Entities on cosmic mental levels; this inflow
is the very life itself of the solar units who are the
sumtotal of the four lower subplanes of the mental plane,
and consequently the life  of the individual units
who form the mental bodies of all human beings.
It will be apparent to all careful students that on all the
planes, the fourth subplane has a peculiar and close
relation to the fourth Creative Hierarchy, that of the
human monads, and this is peculiarly the case in connection
with the mental body. Through the medium of the plane
number (five), and the subplane number (four), the
possibility of initiation for the human being becomes a
fact and that particular form of activity which
distinguishes his progress is brought about. There are,
therefore, two main streams of energy responsible for the
form of the mental sheaths,
- That emanating from the fourth subplane of the cosmic
mental plane, including consequently the remaining three
- That emanating from the aggregate of those lives who
form the fourth Creative Hierarchy. As we know, the
esoteric number of this Hierarchy is nine, the exoteric
number being four.
It is the blending of these two streams of force which
(within the confines of the three worlds) results in the
activity of man. When this is coupled
with the self-engendered action of the individual atoms of
any sheath, we have spiral-progressive motion. This is true
macrocosmically and microcosmically, for the activity of
the cosmic physical plane (our seven systemic planes), is
largely dependent upon the coordinated activity of certain
force manifestations, which might be enumerated as follows:
- That of the fourth Creative Hierarchy, who, in their
aggregate, form the force centers.
- The emanating influences of the fourth cosmic ether,
the buddhic plane, upon which is dependent, 
throughout the system, the manifestation of that which is
tangible and objective.
- The opening up, both macrocosmically and
microcosmically, of the fourth aspect of the solar and
human egoic lotus; this is the revelation of the "Jewel
in the Lotus," and macrocosmically is the perfect
coordination of the three aspects through the medium of
substance; this is the completion of logoic purpose,
which is that of the fourth group. It might be expressed
"When all is known of the significance of fourth
dimensional existence, then the fourth order with the
fifth will complete the sacred nine."
- The specific alignment, interplay or free circulation
of force simultaneously through the following
manifestations of the one life:
- The logoic Quaternary and equally the human.
- The fourth systemic ether.
- The fourth cosmic ether, the buddhic.
- The fourth Creative Hierarchy.
When this has been completed, the goal universal will
have been reached, and the Logos will have assumed the
desired control of His physical body; the human units will
be then functioning upon the buddhic plane, and the groups
of lives who form the mental bodies of the human beings
(who are numerically allied with the above progression)
will have equally achieved.
Certain influences and forces play upon the mental sheath
of any human being, and produce in it that activity which
is termed "spiral progressive." These forces might be
briefly considered as comprising the following:
- The energies of the atoms of substance which compose
the mental body.
- The energies of the lunar father who is the coherent
 life of the mental group body. These two groups
concern the Not-Self, the third aspect of monadic
- The energies of the solar Angel, or Father, which is
the coordinating principle behind manifestation in the
- The energies of the intelligent lives who form the
body egoic. These lives find their emanating source on
other levels than the systemic. These two groups concern
the egoic principle, the middle principle which links the
above and the below, and is the second aspect of monadic
- The energy emanating from the "Jewel in the Lotus"
itself, the focal point of energy in the Upper Triad.
This concerns the Self, the highest aspect of monadic
The effects produced by the play of these five types
of energy upon each other produce (through the medium of
the mental unit) that which we term the mental sheath. This
sheath is after all only the aggregate of those atoms
within a specific area with which the Thinker has to do,
which he holds magnetically within his ring-pass-not, and
which serve as the medium for his mental expression,
according to his point of evolution. This same definition
will be recognized as true of all atomic sheaths, and one
of the things which students of the occult sciences will
eventually do is to investigate the nature of the informing
lives of the sheaths, the qualities of the energies
influencing such lives, and the character and force of the
basic underlying principles. They will thus arrive at facts
concerning energies in the human kingdom which will prove
of inestimable value.
In order to keep the basic idea of this Treatise
corresponding in its various divisions, I might call your
attention to the four points we considered relative to
motion  in the physical and astral sheaths. We found
that the effects of such motion might be regarded as four
- Frictional Activity.
This separation is brought about through the initial
activity of the Ego who produces the first of those forms
which he intends to use during the cycle of incarnation,
through the bringing together of these energies through
self-engendered impulse. He, for purposes of development,
identifies himself with that form, and thus temporarily
separates himself off from his own real Self. Through the
veil of mental matter he first knows separation, and
undergoes his first experiences of the three worlds. This
deals with separation from the highest aspect. Viewing it
from the personality standpoint, separation is again to be
seen, for the activity of the monadic sheath, its own
internal volition produces the formation of a sphere of
activity, distinct in its nature and governed by laws of
its own, which – until a certain amount of alignment has
been achieved during evolution – lives its own separate
existence apart from the two lower sheaths, astral and
physical. Thus it can be truly said that the "mind slays
the Real"316 and serves as the "great Deluder"
of the Self in the one case, and as the "great Separator"
in another; it comes between the centralized egoic life and
the personality existences.
316 "Mind the Slayer of the Real." – Voice of
the Silence, pp. 14-15.
This life of separation becomes steadily stronger as the
rotary-spiral action of the mental body becomes intensified
during the cycles of manifestation, and the
"individualized"  Idea becomes daily more dominant.
The "Ahamkara" principle,317 as it is called in
the Secret Doctrine, does its work, and man becomes
strongly self-centered, and self-conscious in the lower
connotation of the term. Later, as higher energies come
into play and the effort is made to balance the three types
of force manifestations in the three worlds through the
three vehicles, the Ego becomes aware of delusion and
eventually frees himself. When this is in process of
consummation during the final stages of evolution, the
mental body becomes a transmitter for force currents from
the egoic mind, the antahkarana between the higher mind and
the mental sheath is built, and the "transmitting mind
body" blends itself with the "reflecting astral body." Thus
separation is negated.
317 Ahamkara. The "I" making principle
necessary in order that self-consciousness may be evolved,
but transcended when its work is over.
Students will note, therefore, that the goal for the mental
body is simply that it should become a transmitter of the
thoughts and wishes of the solar Angel, and should act as
the agent for the Triad. The goal for the astral body is
that it should be the reflector in a similar way of the
buddhic impulses, which reach the emotional body via
certain petals in the egoic lotus, and the astral permanent
atom. The process of equilibrising the forces in the
personality (thus producing stability, and alignment) is
brought about through the scientific manifestation of the
electrical reactions of the three sheaths.
The mental sheath is regarded in its totality of
force as positive. The physical bodies are regarded
as negative to the mental. The astral vehicle is the
point of the at-one-ment of the energies; it is the
battleground whereon the dualities are adjusted to each
other, and equilibrium is attained. This is the underlying
thought when the words "kama-manasic" body are used,
because for two-thirds of the pilgrim's journey this body
serves a dual purpose. It is only during the later stage
that a  man differentiates between will and desire,
and between his mental body and his desire body.
The activity of the mental sheath and its gradually
increasing rate of vibration is brought about by the inflow
of energies of different kinds. These various factors, as
they are brought to bear upon the mental sheath produce an
increased activity and speed in the rotary motion of the
individual atoms, and also greater speed in the progress of
the entire sheath. This means a more rapid transference of
the atoms of low vibration out of the sheath and the
substitution of atoms of high quality.
It involves also more rapid transition of the various
energies, or increased spiral action. This is one of the
factors resulting in more rapid incarnation, and more rapid
assimilation of the experiences learnt. Curiously enough,
from the standpoint of the average thinker, this factor
causes longer devachanic periods, for these cycles of
interior mental consideration are of ever increasing
activity. They are cycles of intense mental adjustment, and
of the generation of force until (towards the close of the
cycle of incarnation) the activity which has been generated
is so strong that continuity of consciousness becomes an
accomplished fact. The man frequently then foregoes
devachan as he needs it no more. Other results are the
fourth dimensional activity of the various "wheels," which
begin not only to rotate but to "turn upon themselves," and
the vivification of the four spirillae of the mental unit.
Some of the energies which produce increased momentum in
the mental sheath might be enumerated, and as the students
consider them it will again become apparent what a
complicated thing human unfoldment really is. These
- The direct increasing influence of the solar Angel.
This influence is felt in four stages:
- As the three rows of petals unfold. 
- As the "interior jewel" rays forth more
- The reflex action from the physical personality, or
the thought currents sent through in course of time from
the physical brain.
- The activities of the astral body.
- The thought currents or energy units initiated by
identification with groups, national, family, racial and
- The currents which impinge upon the mental bodies of
all human beings as different Rays pass in and out of
- The forces and energies which become active or latent
during different cycles.
- The interplay between planets, or between systems and
constellations, of which an illustration can be seen in
the effect of Venusian energy upon our Earth
and many more factors too numerous to mention. All
these energies have their effects, and serve either to
speed, or in some cases, to retard the evolutionary
It should be borne in mind by students that all egoic
groups come under the Law of Karma, but only as it affects
the Heavenly Man, and not the law as it demonstrates in the
three worlds. This karmic law, which is the governing
impulse of His centers, will show itself in peculiar ways,
and as the human monads compose those centers, each group
will have its own "activity" problems, will spiral through
the round of Being in its own peculiar manner, and will
demonstrate qualities and motions different from its
brothers. For instance, through withdrawal of energy and
not through basic inertia those monads who are the sum
total of the center of creative force of the Heavenly Man
show qualities of violent  reaction on the physical
plane against certain "laws of nature" and in the period of
their transition from the lowest center to the throat
center of the Heavenly Man, betray qualities of revolt
which make them a puzzle to their brothers.
We have now to consider the "frictional activity" of the
mental sheath, and the activity of the sheath as it
manifests as absorption. These two concern, let us
remember, the motion of the mental sheath as a whole. The
result of this activity is rotary-spiral progressive
E.V.1.c. Frictional Activity
This, as is apparent from the words, deals with the "Fire
by friction" aspect of substance, and therefore with the
lowest aspect of the energy of the mental sheath. The force
of the Life within the sheath manifests in the attractive
and repulsive action of the individual atoms, and this
constant and ceaseless interplay results in the "occult
heat" of the body, and its increased radiation. It is one
of the factors also which produces the gradual building in
of new atoms of substance (ever of a better and more
adequate quality) and the expulsion of that which fails to
suffice as a medium for intelligent expression.
The mental unit is the synthesis of the four types of force
with which we are dealing, and of the four expressions of
it which we are in process of considering.
Each of the groups of lives which are the living essence of
four subplanes and which focalize through one of the
spirillae of the unit and thus influence
- The sheath itself
- The man on the physical plane
- Part of the head center
express in greater or less degree these four
qualities. It might be noted here that the groups are
called certain names by some occult teachers, which names
convey  the idea of the active enterprise which is
their predominant function.
The "Lives" on the fourth subplane (that on which the
mental unit has its place) are called "The absorbers of the
above and the below" or the "Transmitting faces of the
fourth order." They receive energy and absorb from the Ego
on the one hand in the first stage of the incarnation
process, and on the other absorb the energies of the
personality at the close of the period of manifestation.
They have, therefore, an activity which might be regarded
as corresponding to the first aspect. When it is remembered
that the cosmic process repeats itself on every plane, and
that the Ego in the three worlds stands for the
unmanifested, it will be seen that they are the primal
separators, and the final "destroyers."
The lives of the next plane (which utilize the second
spirilla of the mental unit) are called "The interacting
points of cyclic momentum." These points which gather
momentum through the process of attraction and repulsion
represent, in the mental body, dual force, for it is
only through the coming together and the separation of
atoms, great and small, macrocosmic and microcosmic, that
manifestation of any kind becomes possible.
On the subplane which is formed of lives functioning
through the third spirilla, are found "the points of
frictional activity" or the "heat producers" and these
three – the absorbers, the points of momentum, and the heat
producers, pour their united forces through the "separated
lives" which form the real barrier between the next body
and the mental sheath. This is only possible when their
work is unified and synthesized. The student must here
remember that the lives are the expression of one Life but
that one or other of the spirillae will be the agency for
lives which express specific qualities. We are dealing
specifically with the fourth effect of motion in  the
mental sheath as it manifests throughout the entire
This is the faculty which produces the forms of the mental
ring-pass-not, and which (at the close of the cycle) is the
active principle behind devachanic manifestation.
The student, through a consideration of the macrocosmic
process, can arrive at a knowledge of the separation of the
mental body and its individual functioning. It is anent the
process of "heavenly withdrawal" that we are speaking;
under the law of analogy it is not easily possible to
follow the various steps and stages and this for the
All our planes, being the cosmic physical subplanes, form
the logoic physical body. At His final withdrawal from
manifestation, He functions in His cosmic astral body, and
the cosmic devachan is as yet far from Him, and impossible
to conceive of. Certain points, therefore, anent man's
"rest in Heaven" are all that is possible for us to deal
Absorption into devachan is absorption into a definite
stage of consciousness within the logoic physical body;
devachan, therefore, is occultly a state of consciousness,
but of consciousness thinking in terms of time and space in
the three worlds. It has therefore no location for the unit
of consciousness, but has location from the standpoint of
the Heavenly Man. Prakriti (matter) and consciousness are –
in manifestation – inseparable.
The "devachan" of the occult books is connected with the
consciousness of the logoic planetary body, and with the
gaseous subplane of the cosmic physical plane. It is,
consequently, transcended the moment a man begins to
function in the cosmic ethers, such as the fourth cosmic
ether, the buddhic plane. It is closely allied with certain
karmic forces for, whilst in devachan, the man is occupied
with the aggregate of the thought forms he has built,
 which are essentially of an occult, a mental, and a
It is in devachan that the man shapes and polishes the
stones which are built into the Temple of Solomon. It is
the workshop to which the individual stones (good deeds and
thoughts) are taken for fashioning, after being extracted
from the quarry of the personal life.
Being of mental matter, devachan might be regarded as a
center, or heart of peace, within the periphery of the
sphere of influence of the mental unit. The four spirillae
form four protecting streams of force. A correspondence to
this stream of force can be seen in the four rivers which
emanated from the Garden of Eden. Out of this garden man is
driven into the world of physical incarnation and the Angel
with the flaming sword protects the entrance, driving him
back from entry until the time comes when evolution has
progressed so far that he can come to the portal laden with
stones which can withstand the action of fire. When he
submits these stones to the fire and they stand the test,
he can enter "Heaven" again, his time though being limited
by the nature and the quality of what he brought.
When the consciousness within devachan has absorbed all the
essences of life experience even that locality, or that
aspect of matter, cannot enfold him, and he escapes from
limitation into the causal vehicle.
E.V.2. Motion in the Causal Body
We have studied somewhat this activity as it manifests in
fourfold fashion in the mental sheath, and the reason that
there has not been much to say anent this matter has been
that the mental sheath comes under the laws of the matter
aspect, and is subject to the same rules as are the
material vehicles of all existences. It is only matter of a
finer grade. The student, therefore, can apply what has
been earlier said anent the astral and physical bodies
 to the mental body, and thus negate the necessity of
our entering upon the subject in greater detail. The causal
body differs from the Brahma aspect in that it is a fuller
embodiment of the life of the second aspect, its
predominant characteristics are those of the second aspect.
To study the nature of motion in the causal vehicle
involves much clarity of thought, and due appreciation of
the nature of that body.
It should here be remembered that in considering the causal
body, we are dealing specifically with the vehicle of
manifestation of a solar Angel who is its informing life
and who is in process of constructing it, of perfecting it,
and of enlarging it, and thus reflecting on a tiny scale
the work of the Logos on His own plane.
Each part of the causal body is actuated by a type of force
emanating from some one or other great center, and it might
be of interest, therefore, if we considered the component
parts of this "Temple of the Soul," if we studied the type
of animating activity and arrived at a knowledge of the
forces playing upon it and through it. We will take them
one by one, beginning with the outer row of petals.
E.V.2.a. The Knowledge Petals
These are the petals which represent the lowest aspect of
the Triad and are responsive to the lowest forms of egoic
force. These petals are three in number and come under the
influence of certain streams of activity.
- One stream of energy emanates from the lower triad of
permanent atoms, particularly the physical permanent
atom, via that one of the three petals called 'the
knowledge petal. The stream of force engendered in the
lower self circulates in a triple stream (the reflection
in the lower self of the threefold Path to God) around
the atomic triangle at the base of the egoic lotus. When
of sufficient strength and  purity, it affects the
outer row of petals. This begins to be felt during the
third period of man's evolution when he is an average
intelligent unit or atom. This energy, when it blends
with the inherent life of the atomic lives which form the
petals, produces eventually that intimate fusing of soul
and body which makes man a living soul.
- Another stream of energy emanates in time from the
second tier of petals when in activity; this second tier
is peculiarly instinctive with the life and quality of
the Manasaputra in manifestation. The second tier of
petals in any egoic lotus is the one that gives us the
key to the nature of the solar Angel, just as the outer
tier is – to the inner vision of the Adept – a clue to
the point in evolution of the personality. By looking at
the egoic lotus, the seer can tell the nature of the:
In all these petals, groups of lives, solar and
otherwise, are concerned, and streams of energy from
them focus through the petals. This is apparent to the
man who has the key. It is a curious fact that the
streams of force which form the petals and  which
are in constant flux produce apparently "key symbols"
within the periphery of the egoic wheel, and thus
reveal themselves through their activity.
- Personal self through the condition of the
atomic triangle, and the outer tier of petals.
- Higher Self, through the color and
arrangement of the central tier of petals. This tier
gives the "family" of the solar Angel through the
arrangement of atomic lives which form the petals,
and the circulation of the streams of forces in those
- Monad, through the inner circle of petals;
its stage of lower awareness is revealed in a similar
- The number of the Ray concerned is known
through the quality of the "light" of the concealed
- A third type of energy is that which – at the close
of evolution – makes itself felt through the inner circle
of petals, and which is the result of an inflow of
monadic force, or atma.
- Finally, therefore, when the petals are unfolded they
are therefore transmitters of life or energy from three
It then becomes possible for a still higher form
of energy to be felt, that which is the energy of the
center of the body of the Heavenly Man or planetary
Logos, and which uses the "Jewel in the Lotus" as its
- The lower self – Lunar Pitri – Knowledge
- Ego – Solar Angel – Love petals.
- Monad – Father in Heaven – Sacrifice petals.
In this summation, we have dealt with the main types
of energy manifesting in the egoic or causal body.
Certain other influences must likewise be considered in
connection with the outer tier of petals.
- There is the energy reaching directly to the
knowledge petals from the manasic permanent atom. The
permanent atoms of the Spiritual Triad, as well as the
bodies which are built around them, bring in certain
groups of deva lives which have not as yet been much
considered. They are not the lunar pitris, as that term
is commonly understood, but have a direct connection with
what is called "the cosmic moon" or to that dying solar
system which has the same relation to our system as the
moon has to the earth chain. This "cosmic  moon"
transmits its energy to the manasic atomic subplane, via
the planet Saturn. It is a triple energy and there is an
esoteric connection between this triple energy, and
The old Commentary expresses this truth about an
interesting group of sons of manas as follows:
The energy transmitted from the manasic
permanent atom of each incarnating jiva, its union with
its reflection, the energy of the mental unit, and the
triple stream of force thus created on the mental
plane, has its planetary reflection in the relation of
Saturn to another planetary scheme, and the three rings
which are energy rings, and symbols of an inner verity.
"These Sons of mind clung to the old and dying
form, and refused to leave their Mother. They chose
to pass into dissolution with her, but a younger son
(Saturn) sought to rescue his brothers, and to this
end he built a triple bridge between the old and new.
This bridge persists, and forms a path whereon escape
Some escaped and came to the help of the
incarnating Sons of Mind who had left the Mother for
the Father. The greater gulf was bridged. The lesser
gulf persisted, and must be bridged by the living
Sons of Mind themselves."
(This latter clause, refers to the building of the
- Energy also pours in upon the knowledge petals from
the egoic group, or from the aggregated knowledge petals
of all the other lotuses in the group affiliated with any
particular solar Angel.
These groups have been earlier dealt with.
- Energy is transmitted also to the petals via the
groups and emanations from those planetary schemes and
streams of force which form the outer petals of that
great center which is our solar system, and which we are
told is seen from the higher planes as a twelve-petalled
lotus. These streams  do not emanate from the seven
sacred planets but from other planetary bodies within the
solar Ring-Pass-Not. Streams of force from the Sacred
Planets play upon the central tier of petals. Herein
lies a hint to the wise student, and a clue to the nature
of the lower aspect of the solar Angel.
E.V.2.b. The Love Wisdom Petals
The streams of energy playing upon and through this second
tier of petals closely resemble those already dealt with,
but originate in differing groups of lives (lunar and
- The lowest form of energy, reaching this circle,
emanates from the lower self, via the astral permanent
atom, and the second petal of the outer tier. It is
transmuted astral energy; it is more powerful than its
correspondence in the first tier, owing to the inherent
nature of the astral body, and the fact that it is
augmented by the energy of the outer tier itself. This is
one of the factors which brings about the more rapid
progress made towards the close of the evolutionary
period. There are certain streams of force in the
evolution of the Monad which might be regarded as
embodying for it the line of least resistance and they
are specifically, beginning at the lowest:
This is, of course, only true of this solar
system, being the system of regenerative love.
- Emanations from the vegetable kingdom.
- Astral energy.
- The energy of the second circle of petals.
- Buddhic force.
- The activity of the second Logos, planetary or
- Another form of influencing energy originates in the
inner circle of petals, which is the focal point 
of force for the Monad, considered as atma. It must be
pointed out that the streams of force which form the
"petals of will" have a dynamic activity and (when in
action) produce very rapid unfoldment. It is the inner of
the two types of force; their mutual interplay provides
the necessary stimulus, and results in the opening of the
bud and the revelation of the Jewel.
The other types of energy find their correspondence
with those already enumerated but I seek only to
mention one of them, – that one which reaches the
second tier of love petals, via the buddhic permanent
atom. The energy thus originating is of a peculiarly
interesting kind being the basic energy of all
manifestation, and the sum total of the forces which
form the sevenfold heart of the physical sun, and which
are located within its sheltering luminosity. They in
their turn are transmitters of the life-impulses from
the heart of the central Spiritual Sun, so that we have
a direct graded chain of transmitting energies.
This buddhic energy is the sumtotal of the life
force of Vishnu or the Son, Who is the transmitter and
representative of a still greater cosmic Deity.
- The Heart of the central Spiritual Sun.
- The sevenfold heart of the physical Sun.
- The buddhic devas
- The central circle of petals.
- The astral permanent atom.
- The heart center within the Head.
- The heart center.
All the above serves to demonstrate the oneness of
the tiniest unit with the one great informing Life, and
shows the integral beauty of the scheme. The life of
the greatest cosmic Lord of Love pulsates in
infinitesimal degree  in the heart of His tiniest
reflection, and for this reason the atom man can
likewise say "I too am God; His Life is mine."
E.V.2.c. The Sacrifice Petals
The energies or forces flowing through, and thus producing
activity in the inner tier of petals, the Sacrifice
Petals, are again similar in nature to those already
enumerated, plus a definite stimulation of power in two
One stimulating influence comes from the Will Aspect of the
Monad, and thus (through transmission) from the first
Aspect of the planetary Logos, and the other emanates from
the "Sacred Bud which veils the Jewel." This is a
particularly strong vibration because, when the inner
circle is unfolded, the jewel is revealed, and the three
"veils" or "sacred petals" open successively when the three
It is thus apparent what numerous energizing agencies are
responsible for the "motion," occultly understood, of the
egoic lotus. There is the inherent life of the atomic units
forming each petal, and the circulatory life of the petal
itself, regarding it as an individual unit. There is
likewise the life of the circle of three petals and to this
we must add the unified activity of the outer three
circles, or the blending of knowledge forces
absorbed from the personal self, of love forces
which are the natural energies of the solar Angel, and of
sacrifice forces pouring in from the Monad. Thus we
have a marvelous aggregate of streams of energies, all
representing interior and still greater (because cosmic)
Finally, we have the dynamic force of the "Jewel" at the
Heart, which is itself the focal point for the life of the
planetary Logos, and through the planetary Logos of all the
Thus the potentialities latent in the incarnating jiva are
stupendous, and he can become as God, provided he submits
to the evolutionary process, and does not  "refrain
from being stretched upon the wheel." Thus the expansions
of consciousness, which will admit an individual point of
spiritual life into the councils, and the Wisdom of the
Deity, are no idle promise but are guaranteed by the very
constitution of the vehicle employed, and the place in the
scheme of the "developing Point," as the Ego is sometimes
called. Naught in time and space can hinder, for every form
being simply an expression of energized life, tends to
serve every other form. Stimulation of some kind, the
tendency to increase the vibration of contacting streams of
energy, the accentuation of the activity of each
centralized point as it contacts other points in the
general heightening of the vibration through the interplay
of those forces, all this sweeps the entire system on to
its consummation, and to the revelation of the "glory which
shall some day be revealed." (Bible. I. Peter, 5:1.) All
these forces form the aggregate of what is called "fohatic
life." As the system, or the body of the Logos, is carried
forward through the energy in all its parts, so is each
infinitesimal part speeded on to its similar individual
glorification. The many which form the All, and the units
which constitute the One, cannot be differentiated as the
consummation is achieved. They are merged, and lost in the
general "beatific light," as it is sometimes called. We can
then extend the concept somewhat further, and realize the
cosmic interplay which is likewise being carried forward.
We can picture the cosmic stimulation and intensification
which proceeds as constellations form the units in the
Whole instead of planets or human atoms. Whole suns with
their allied systems in their immensity play the part of
atoms. Thus some idea may be gained of the unified purpose
underlying the turning of the great Wheel of the cosmic
Heaven, and the working through of the life purposes of
those stupendous Existences Who  hold a position in
the cosmic Hierarchy similar to that of the "ONE ABOUT WHOM
NAUGHT MAY BE SAID."
It is not possible to give students an adequate idea of the
beauty of the egoic lotus when it has reached the stage of
complete unfoldment. The radiance of its color is not here
referred to, but the brilliancy of the fires, and the rapid
scintillation of the ceaselessly moving streams and points
of energy. Each petal pulsates with quivering fire
"points," and each tier of petals vibrates with life,
whilst at the center glows the Jewel, raying forth streams
of energy from the center to the periphery of the outermost
The fires of living energy circulate around each individual
petal and the method of interweaving and the circulation of
the fires is (as may be well realized) sevenfold in nature
according to the sevenfold nature of the Logos involved.
Each circle of petals becomes, as evolution proceeds,
likewise active, and revolves around the central Jewel, so
that we have, not only the activity of the petals, not only
the activity of the living points or the deva lives within
the petal circumference, but likewise the unified activity
of each tier of the threefold lotus. At a specific stage in
evolution, prior to the opening of the central veiling bud,
the three tiers of petals, considered as a unit, begin to
revolve, so that the entire lotus appears to be in motion.
At the final stages the central circle of petals opens,
revealing that which is hid, and revolves around the Jewel,
only in a contrary direction to the rapidly circulating
outer lotus. The reason may not here be revealed for it is
hid in the nature of the electric Fire of Spirit itself.
The Jewel itself remains occultly static, and does not
circulate. It is a point of peace; it pulsates rhythmically
as does the heart of man, and from it ray forth eight
streams of living fire which extend to the tips of the four
love petals and the four sacrifice petals. This eightfold
 energy is atma-buddhi. It is this final raying forth
which produces the eventual disintegration of the body of
the Ego. The knowledge petals, not being the subject of the
attention of this central fire in due time cease to be
active; knowledge is superseded by divine wisdom and the
love petals have their forces equally absorbed. Naught is
eventually left but the desire to "sacrifice," and as the
vibratory impulse is akin to the nature of the living
Jewel, it is synthesized in the central living unit and
only the Jewel of fire remains. When all the petals have
merged their forces elsewhere, the process of revelation is
completed. The lower fires die out; the central fire is
absorbed, and only the radiant point of electric fire
persists. Then a curious phenomenon is to be seen at the
final Initiation. The Jewel of fire blazes forth as seven
jewels within the one, or as the sevenfold electric spark,
and in the intensity of the blaze thus created is
reabsorbed into the Monad or the One. This process is
paralleled at the final consummation of solar evolution
when the seven Suns blaze forth before the great Pralaya.
All these modes of expression are but pictures which serve
to convey some small idea of the beauty, and the intricacy
of the divine process as it is carried on in the microcosm,
and in the macrocosm. They all serve to limit and
circumscribe the reality, but to the man who has the divine
eye in process of opening, and to him who has the faculty
of the higher intuition awakened, such pictures serve as a
clue or key to the higher interpretation. They reveal to
the student certain ideas as to the nature of fire.
In concluding what is to be said anent motion in the causal
body, I would like to point out that it too – on its own
plane – has the three characteristics of inertia, mobility
Inertia characterizes the stage prior to the
revolution of the different tiers of petals, and this
revolution only  begins to be felt when the petals
are becoming active. It might be stated that the passing of
the Pilgrim through the Hall of Ignorance corresponds to
the period of "egoic inertia." During this period, the
permanent atoms are the most noticeable points of light in
the lotus; they constitute the "energy feeders" of the
petal. Later, as the Pilgrim on the physical plane becomes
more active and the egoic lotus is consequently unfolding
with greater rapidity, the stage of mobility
supervenes, and the circles commence their revolution.
Finally, when the man treads the Path and his purpose is
intensified, the central bud unfolds, the revolution is
unified, and through the raying forth of the fires of the
Jewel, a specific rhythm is imposed upon the lotus, and its
energies are stabilized. This rhythm is diverse according
to the type of Monad concerned, or the nature of the
planetary Logos of a man's ray, his divine Prototype.
By the use of certain terms, information is conveyed to the
Workers of the planet, the Brotherhood of Light, as to the
nature of Ego concerned, the quality of his
Ray, the number of his vibration, and the point of
evolution attained. It will be apparent therefore, why it
is not permitted here to make public the names of the seven
One of the effects produced in the lower man via the
centers, through the unified activity of the causal body,
is the coordination of the lower energies of the human
being. These lower energies, as we know, demonstrate
through the medium of:
- The three groups of centers in the three bodies.
- The etheric body itself.
- Certain centers in the physical body such as the
pineal gland, the pituitary body and the spleen.
We are not here referring to the work of those centers
as it is self-initiated because inherent in their very
nature,  but to the effects to be seen in them as the
three tiers of petals function with increasing coherence,
and the force latent in the Jewel makes its presence felt.
It might specifically be said that these effects show
themselves in a threefold manner:
- First, they cause the group of "wheels" or centers on
each plane (or in each of the subtler vehicles) to become
fourth dimensional, and to function as "wheels which turn
- Secondly, they produce the orderly distribution of
force by the forming of various triangles of energy
within the bodies. This has been earlier dealt with, and
it is only necessary here to point out that it is the
energy, accumulating in the causal body and from thence
making its presence felt, which produces among the
centers the esoteric circulation of force which
eventually links each center up in a peculiar geometrical
fashion, thus bringing every part of the nature of the
lower man into subjection.
- Thirdly, they bring about the stimulation of certain
of the glands of the body which are deemed at present
purely physical, and thus enable the solar Angel to grip
and hold to His purpose the dense physical
It may be helpful if the student bears in mind the
fact that every center may be considered as an evidence of
solar energy or fire, manifesting as a medium of lower
energy or fire by friction. Where these centers exist the
solar Angel is enabled gradually to impose his rhythm and
vibration upon that which vibrates to what is regarded as a
lower rhythm. Thus He gradually swings the entire lower
form-substance into His control.
Before the final liberation but after the
major part of the purificatory and aligning processes are
complete, the vehicles of the initiate present a wonderful
appearance, due to the streams of energy from the egoic
body which  can reach him. The egoic lotus is
unfolded, and the central "fire" displayed. Each petal and
each circle of petals is pulsating with life and color, and
is in active movement, revolving with great rapidity and
with the stream of living energy circulating in every part
of the lotus. The three permanent atoms glow and blaze and
form, through their rapid revolution and interplay, what
appears to be a blazing point of fire, so that it has been
called at times "the reflection of the Jewel in the
Mother's forehead." The eighteen centers on the three
planes (four on the mental and seven on each of the two
lower planes) are radiant wheels of fire, each group
distinguished by a specific color, and revolving with such
rapidity that the eye can scarce follow them. The bodies
are formed of the highest grades of substance, each
individual atom, therefore, being capable of intensified
vibration, and glowing with the light of its own central
fire. The etheric body especially is to be noticed as it is
a transmitter at this stage of the purest type of prana,
and deserves the name sometimes given to it of "the body of
the Sun." It is the envelope which holds the fires of the
microcosmic system; in it are centered not only the pranic
fires, but those seven centers which are the transmitters
of all the higher energies from the Ego, and from the two
higher material bodies. All is centralized, and the etheric
vehicle waits for use on the physical plane in cooperation
with the dense medium until the man can succeed in linking
the consciousness of the two aspects of the dense body so
that the continuity is preserved. This work accomplished,
the three centers which are of a strictly physical nature –
the pineal gland, the pituitary body and the spleen –
themselves become luminous and radiant, and all the fires
of the body are so stimulated that the atoms which form the
physical sheath appear to radiate. This is the occult truth
behind the belief that every messenger from the Lodge and
every Savior  of man is naturally a healer. The
forces which flow through a man whose atoms, centers,
sheaths, and causal body form a coherent unit in full and
radiant activity are of such strength and purity as to have
a definite effect upon the nature of those they contact.
They heal, stimulate and increase the vibration of their
All this must be somewhat realized and visioned before a
man on the physical plane will be willing to undergo the
purifying discipline, and tread the Path whereby he finds
his center and works from that standpoint of power. He has
to align these various factors, or energy centers, and thus
bring on to the physical plane power to be used in the
healing of the nations. When the glory of a man's inner God
is seen, when his radiance shines forth then will it be
said of him as of those who have preceded him along the
Path: "Then shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with
healing in his wings." (Bible. Malachi, 4:2.)
There are, in connection with human evolution, certain
factors which produce definite and important results, when
connected with each other through linking streams of energy
and therefore consciously functioning. These factors might
be considered as follows, dividing them into two groups,
each of them emphasizing the duality of the microcosmic
- The Knowledge Petals.
- The knowledge petal in each of the two inner
- The centers on the mental plane.
- The throat center in etheric matter.
- The alta major center.
- The physical brain.
- The Love Petals.
- The love petal in each circle. 
- The centers on the astral plane.
- The heart center in etheric matter.
- The pituitary body.
- The sympathetic nervous system.
These various alignments (when functioning with due
adjustment) result in the transmission of energy in the
first case from the manasic permanent atom, and in the
second case from the buddhic permanent atom. It will be
apparent, therefore, how important it is that the student
duly considers the process of bringing about a uniform
alignment, and a conscious appreciation of the vibratory
processes of these two groups. As he brings this adjustment
about, the effect upon the physical plane will be the
manifestation of the powers of the Soul, and of the healing
capacity; the man will become a focal point for egoic
energy and a server of his race. The black magician brings
about similar results by means of the first group, only
with the exception that he cannot align the knowledge
petals in the two inner groups, as the love-wisdom aspect
is atrophied in his case. He does, however, bring through
the energy of the manasic permanent atom, for the force of
Mahat (of which Manas is an expression) is closely
connected with what is erroneously called "evil." Mahat and
cosmic Evil have a close connection.
The great Existences Who are the principle of Mahat in its
cosmic sense are connected with the lesser existences who
express systemic evil. They are the sum total of the
separative instrument, and where separation in any
form exists, there is to be found ignorance, and
therefore evil. Separation negates comprehension, or
knowledge of that which is to be found outside the
separated consciousness, for separative knowledge entails
identification with that which is expressing itself through
the medium of a form. Therefore, the Brothers of the Shadow
can, and do, reach high levels along one aspect of
consciousness, and touch certain specific heights of 
spiritual evil, going a great way along the line of Mahat,
or knowledge, the principle of Universal Mind. They can
reach, in their later stages, expansions of consciousness
and of power that will take them far beyond the confines of
our solar system, and give them attributes and capacities
which prove a menace to the unfolding of the second Aspect.
The first group of alignments, when not balanced by the
second group, is the line of the black magician; it will
lead him eventually out of the stream of fivefold energy we
call manasic on to the cosmic path of fohatic
energy, the strictly mahatic. When on that Path two
directions are possible to him; one will keep him in touch
with the natural substance aspect concerned with the cosmic
incarnations of our solar Logos; the other will
sweep him on to that center in the universe which is the
emanating source of the mahatic principle; it is the focal
point where is generated that type of energy which makes
possible the dense physical manifestation of Gods
In making this statement, it is necessary to bear in mind
that the dense physical sheath is never considered a
principle. It is ever deemed occultly evil. The
matter might be more simply expressed by stating that the
black adept is frankly concerned with what is termed "the
residue of that which earlier was." He responds to the
vibration of the solar system of an earlier greater cycle
in which the knowledge, or the manasic principle, was the
goal of achievement. He does not respond to the impulse of
this solar system, but this lack of response is hid in the
karma of the earlier manifestation. As we know, the Sons of
Mind or the incarnating jivas are the returning nirvanis of
a previous logoic incarnation. They have achieved mind, and
need love. Some few, through a mysterious cycle of events
inexplainable to man in this solar system, repudiated
opportunity and linked themselves with that great deva
existence which is the impulse  of the dense
physical, and they cannot loose themselves. Their
destination, as well as his, is hidden in the plans of the
ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, and in this solar system
there is no hope for them. Fortunately, they are little
likely to make themselves known to average man; it is the
Adepts of the Good Law Who meet them the most often.
The subject is most intricate, but some light may come, if
we remember that manas on the mental plane is found in two
expressions: – the mental unit on the form levels and the
manasic permanent atom on the formless planes. These two
types of manas may be regarded as embodying the qualities
of the two kinds, white and black. The mental unit or the
mind aspect of a man, for instance, is after all but the
sixth sense, and has to be transcended by the higher mind
and the intuition. The black brother carries the evolution
of the senses on to a stage inconceivable to man now and
this sixth mahatic sense is of vaster extent and service to
them than it ever is to the white Adept. Therefore, it will
be apparent that for a long cycle of time, the black
magician can persist and develop his powers because
one-third of the force of the egoic lotus is his and he
knows well how to utilize it to the best advantage. He
builds also an antahkarana, but of quality and objective
different to that of the student of the white magic. It is
called "the path of manasic evil," and bridges a gap
between the mental unit of the magician concerned, and
certain correspondences on mental levels in the vehicles of
the devas of that plane. Through this medium, and through
identification with the devas, he can escape from
the three worlds to spheres of evil incomprehensible to us.
The point to be remembered here is that the black magician
remains ever a prisoner; he cannot escape from substance
and from form.
There is no need to enlarge further on this subject. I
would like to enumerate the lines of alignment of the
 third group which eventually transcends the other
two, and effects the final illumination and liberation of
- The sacrifice Petals.
- The sacrifice petals in the two outer groups.
- The three major centers in each of the three
planes of the three worlds, producing thus absorption of
the lower four centers on each plane.
- The head center, or the thousand-petalled lotus.
- The pineal gland, producing the vivification and
irradiation of the entire lower nature.
These three groups of forces in man, when synthesized,
produce eventually that perfect coordination and adaptation
to all conditions, forms and circumstances which eventuate
in the escape of the liberated vital spark. This is
technically accomplished when the "bud" opens, and it
becomes possible for the Hierophant at initiation to
liberate the energy of the Monad, and to direct that energy
(through the agency of the Rod) so that eventually it
circulates free and untrammeled through every part of the
lower threefold manifestation. As it circulates, it
destroys by burning, for it arouses the kundalini aspect
perfectly by the time the fifth Initiation is taken. The
destroyer aspect becomes dominated, and the form is "burnt
upon the altar."
These ideas can also be studied in their larger aspect; a
clue to the mystery of cosmic evil may be found in the
difference existing between the sacred and non-sacred
planets, and in the purpose and place, hitherto
unrecognized, of the lives of the informing existences of
the many planets and planetoids in the solar system. Some
are purely mahatic or of the third Aspect, dominated by the
devas. Others (of which the sacred planets are examples)
are controlled by the second Aspect, and that second aspect
will work through unconquerably into manifestation. 
A few, like our Earth planet, are battlegrounds, and the
two Aspects are in collision, with the indication of the
eventual triumph of the "white" magic.
E.VI. Effects of Synthetic Motion
E.VI.1. Introductory Remarks on Alignment
The effects of the synthetic activity of the centers,
sheaths and causal body produce:
- Periodicity of manifestation.
- The linking of the Triangles.
- The relation between:
- The alta major center.
- The throat center.
- The centers on the mental plane.
If we summarize the thoughts conveyed here, we will
find that it deals with some aspects of that very necessary
alignment which must take place prior to full ability to
serve in final liberation. We have studied from many angles
the component parts of man, the microcosm, and the mode
whereby he manifests on earth in order to express that
which lies hidden, and to make his energy felt in the group
and place where he finds himself. The constitution of the
causal body has been seen to consist of a triple form of
energy, with a fourth and more dynamic type of force latent
at the heart, ready to demonstrate when the other three
forms are active, thus utilizing them as a vehicle. We have
noted also that there are also three forms of energy which
we call the sheaths of the personal self, and which have
also to be actively functioning before the triple egoic
force can make itself felt through their medium. Added to
these factors, must be mentioned the seven centers in
etheric matter which find their place in the etheric body,
and which awaken and become active as the sheaths swing
into rhythmic activity. Of these centers the three major
are of the main importance where  egoic alignment is
concerned, and their vital force only begins to make itself
the lower four are fully active.
A second factor which works into the general scheme here is
the latent triple kundalini fire which is aroused and
mounts through the triple spinal channel just as soon as
the three major centers (the head, the heart and the
throat) form an esoteric triangle, and can thus pass the
fiery energy hidden in each center in circulatory fashion.
To summarize therefore: we have perfected alignment just as
soon as the following factors have been put in touch with
each other, or as soon as their motion or activity is
synthesized; this is a most important subject for students
of meditation, and for those who tread the Path of
attainment to consider and practically realize.
- The three tiers of petals.
- The three sheaths.
- The three major centers.
- The threefold Kundalini fire.
- The threefold spinal channel.
- The three head centers, the pineal gland, the
pituitary body, the alta major center.320
320 The alta major center, which is formed at
the point where the spinal channel contacts the skull and
is therefore situated in the lowest part of the back of the
head is formed of the lowest grade of etheric matter,
matter of the fourth ether, whereas the etheric centers of
the disciples are composed of matter of the higher ethers.
Another factor which must be allowed for in advanced stages
of development, is the third eye which is to the occultist
and true white magician what the fourth energy center (the
jewel in the lotus) is to the lotus, or to the three tiers
of petals. The correspondence is interesting:
- The jewel in the lotus is the director of energy from
the monad, whilst the third eye directs the energy of the
Ego on the physical plane.
- The jewel in the Lotus is the center of force which
links  the buddhic and mental planes. When it is to
be seen and felt, the man can function consciously on the
buddhic plane. The third eye links the awakened physical
plane man with the astral or subjective world, and
enables him to function consciously there.
- The jewel, or diamond concealed by the egoic lotus,
is the window of the Monad or Spirit whereby he looks
outward into the three worlds. The third eye is the
window of the Ego or soul functioning on the physical
plane whereby he looks inward into the three worlds.
- The jewel in the lotus is situated between manas and
buddhi whilst the third eye is found between the right
and left eyes.
One of the main functions of the Master in this cycle
(though not in all cycles) is to teach His pupil how to
reconcile all these factors, how to synthesize their
various modes of motion or expression, and how to
coordinate them all so that the vibration is uniform. When
energy from the Ego controls, or imposes its rhythm upon
the various sheaths via their respective major centers,
when the triple fire is mounting in orderly fashion via the
triple channel, and when the three head centers are united
in triangular fashion, then we have illumination or the
irradiance of the entire personality life, darkness gives
place to light, and the Sun of Knowledge arises and dispels
the darkness of ignorance. The minor centers are concerned
with the internal coordination of the sheath, the major
with the group coordination or the interrelation of one
sheath to another. The man becomes a burning and a shining
light, radiating forth a light which burns from within.
When the next step is accomplished, and the energy of the
Monad, focused through the jewel, makes itself felt also on
the physical plane, passing through the triple egoic lotus
via the channels already utilized by the Ego,  we
have a man who is "inspired," who is a spiritual creator,
and who is himself "a Sun of Healing Radiance."
These are the objectives before all those who tread the
path and the goal ahead for those who follow the necessary
discipline of life, and the stages of unfoldment through
meditation. There are, needless to say, certain modes of
work and mantric formulas known to the Masters which enable
Them to hasten the process (when necessary) for Their
disciples, but these are secrets scrupulously guarded and
not frequently used. The usual method, a lengthy and
laborious one, is to let the pupil find out each step of
the way for himself, to teach him the constitution of his
own body, the nature of the sheaths, and the function and
apparatus of energy and so let him gradually become aware
of the forces latent in himself. What is meant by the
"three periodical vehicles" and the seven principles or
qualities of force, is slowly revealed to him, and through
experience, experiment, frequent failures, occasional
success, mature reflection and introspection, and frequent
incarnation, he is brought to the point where he has
produced a certain measure of alignment through
self-induced and continuous effort. He is then taught how
to utilize that alignment, and how to manipulate energy
consciously so that he can bring about on the physical
plane results in service that for many lives have been
probably a dream or an impossible vision. When he is
proficient in these two things – stabilization and
manipulation – then, and only then, are committed to him
the words and secrets which produce the demonstration on
the physical plane of spiritual, or monadic, energy by
means of the soul or egoic energy, utilizing in its turn
the energy of the material forms in the worlds, or what we
might call bodily energy. This has been expressed in the
following mystical and occult phrase:
"When the jewel sparkles as does the diamond under the
influence of the rays of the blazing sun, then the
setting likewise  gleams and rays forth light. As
the diamond shines with increasing brilliance, the fire
is generated which sets on fire that which held and
E.VI.2. Motion produces Periodic Manifestation
We must here bear in mind, that we are considering
synthetic alignment in connection with the second aspect,
and are therefore dealing with the activity of those forms
of divine manifestation which are nearing their objective.
This objective might be defined as ability to vibrate
synchronously with the greater unit of which it is a part.
This must, therefore, be considered by the student in seven
- The first three ways concern the relation of the
perfected or nearly perfected units in the three kingdoms
of nature with their immediate group soul, and their
continued manifestation in any particular kingdom.
- Fourth, the relation of the disciple, or man on the
path, to his immediate group, and the laws which govern
his reappearance in physical incarnation.
- Fifth, the relation of a planetary Spirit to His
group of planets, and the processes of man's obscuration,
or withdrawal, from physical plane manifestation.
- Sixth, the relation of the major three planetary
Spirits, or the three major aspects of the Logos and
- Seventh, the relation of the informing Life of a
solar system to the group of constellations of which He
forms part, and His periodic manifestation.
These subjects have been touched upon when we studied
incarnation and, earlier still, when considering pralaya or
obscuration, but we dealt then with them in general terms.
We might now deal more specifically with the final
activities, or modes of motion, in these various congeries
of lives, and see what occurs during the final stages of
conscious existence, and of limited manifestation. The
subject  is peculiarly abstruse, particularly where
the elemental groups are concerned, but certain interesting
points might here be brought out which will bear the
closest study. Let us consider the three lower kingdoms
first and pass later to the methods and activities of a
human being, of a planetary Logos, and of a solar Logos.
The appearance, and the final disappearance, of any
manifested Life is intimately concerned with the
possession, the evolutionary development, and the final
disintegration, of the permanent atom. Permanent atoms, as
the term is usually understood, are the property of those
lives only who have achieved self-consciousness, or
individuality, and therefore relative permanence in time
and space. The permanent atom may be viewed as the focal
point of manifestation on any particular plane. It serves,
if I may use so peculiar a term, as the anchor for any
particular individual in any particular sphere, and this is
true of the three great groups of self-conscious Lives:
- The incarnating Jivas, or human beings,
- The planetary Logoi,
- The solar Logos.
We must remember here that all the atomic subplanes of
the seven planes form the seven spirillae of the logoic
permanent atom, for this has a close bearing upon the
subject under consideration.
The units, therefore, in the three lower kingdoms possess
no permanent atoms but contribute to the formation of those
atoms in the higher kingdoms. Certain wide generalizations
might here be made, though too literal or too identified an
interpretation should not be put upon them.
First, it might be said that the lowest or mineral
kingdom provides that vital something which is the
essence of the physical permanent atom of the human being.
It provides that energy which is the negative basis for the
 positive inflow which can be seen pouring in through
the upper depression of the physical permanent atom.
Secondly, the vegetable kingdom
the negative energy for the astral permanent atom of a man,
and thirdly, the animal kingdom
negative force which when energized by the positive is seen
as the mental unit. This energy which is contributed by the
three lower kingdoms is formed of the very highest
vibration of which that kingdom is capable, and serves as a
link between man and his various sheaths, all of which are
allied to one or other of the lower kingdoms.
- The mental body – mental unit – animal kingdom.
- The astral body – astral permanent atom – vegetable
- The physical body – physical permanent atom – mineral
In man these three types of energy are brought
together, and synthesized, and when perfection of the
personality is reached, and the vehicles aligned, we have:
- The energy of the mental unit – positive.
- The energy of the astral permanent atom –
- The energy of the physical permanent atom –
Man is then closely linked with the three lower
kingdoms by the best that they can provide, and they have
literally given him his permanent atoms, and enabled him to
manifest through their activity. The above three groups
might be studied also from the standpoint of the three
"Hence every manifested God is spoken of as a Trinity.
The joining of these three Aspects, or phases of
manifestation, at their outer points of contact with the
circle, gives the basic Triangle of contact with Matter,
which, with the three Triangles made with the lines
traced by the Point, thus yields the divine Tetraktys,
sometimes called the Cosmic Quaternary, the three divine
Aspects in contact with Matter, ready to create. These,
in their totality, are the Oversoul, of the cosmos that
is to be.
"Under Form we may first glance at the effects of
these Aspects as responded to from the side of Matter.
These are not, of course, due to the Logos of a system,
but are the correspondences in universal Matter with the
Aspects of the universal Self. The Aspect of Bliss, or
Will, imposes on Matter the quality of Inertia – Tamas,
the power of resistance, stability, quietude. The Aspect
of Activity gives to Matter its responsiveness to action
– Rajas, mobility. The Aspect of Wisdom gives it Rhythm –
Sattva, vibration, harmony. It is by the aid of Matter
thus prepared that the Aspects of Logoic Consciousness
can manifest themselves as Beings."
– A Study in Consciousness, by Annie Besant, p.
- Tamas – inertia – mineral kingdom – physical
- Rajas – activity – vegetable kingdom – astral
- Sattva – rhythm – animal kingdom – mental unit.
All these must be regarded only from the point of view
of the personality, the lower self, or not-self. In
illustration of this idea, it might be pointed out that
when the animal body of prehuman man was rhythmically
adjusted, and had attained its highest or sattvic
vibration, then individualization became possible, and a
true human being appeared in manifestation.
Each kingdom is positive to the one next below it,
and between them is found that period of manifestation
which bridges the two, and connects the positive and the
negative. The types of most intense rajas or activity in
the mineral kingdom are found in those forms of life which
are neither mineral nor vegetable but which bridge the two.
Similarly in the vegetable kingdom, the rajas period is
seen in fullest expression just before the activity becomes
rhythmic and the vegetable merges in the animal. In the
animal kingdom the same is seen in the animals which
individualize, passing out of the group soul into separated
identity. These types of activity must be regarded as
constituting for the mineral, physical activity, for the
vegetable, sentient activity, and for the animal,
rudimentary mental activity.
When this triple activity is achieved it might be noted
that the dense physical body of the solar or planetary
Logos is fully developed, and conscious contact can then
 be made with the etheric or vital body. It is
this contact which produces man, for Spirit (as man
understands the term) is after all but the energy,
vitality, or essential life of the solar, or planetary
Logos. Its correspondence in man is prana. A comprehension
of this will be brought about if man realizes that all the
planes of our solar system are but the seven subplanes of
the cosmic physical plane. It is the realization of this
which will eventually unite science and religion, for what
the scientist calls energy, the religious man calls God,
and yet the two are one, being but the manifested purpose,
in physical matter, of a great extra-systemic Identity.
Nature is the appearance of the physical body of the Logos,
and the laws of nature are the laws governing the natural
processes of that body. The Life of God, His energy, and
vitality, are found in every manifested atom; His essence
indwells all forms. This we call Spirit, yet He Himself is
other than those forms, just as man knows himself to be
other than his bodies. He knows himself to be a will, and a
purpose, and as he progresses in evolution that purpose and
will become to him ever more consciously defined. So with
the planetary Logos and solar Logos. They dwell within, yet
are found without, the planetary scheme or solar system.
It is useful to remember that in the three lower kingdoms,
manifestation, or appearance on the physical plane, is ever
group manifestation and not the appearance of
separated units. Each group soul, as it is called, is
divided into seven parts which appear in each of the seven
races of a world period, and there is an interesting
distinction between them and the units of the human
kingdom. When portions of the group soul in one of its
seven parts are out of incarnation they are to be found on
the astral plane, even though the Mother group soul is
found on the mental plane. Human units of the fourth
kingdom when out of incarnation pass through the astral to
the mental and descend again to incarnation from mental
levels.  Each group soul, therefore, subjectively
forms a triangle of force with one point (the highest) to
be found on the mental plane, the lowest on the etheric
levels of the physical plane, and another on the astral
plane. The third point for the mineral group-soul is found
on the second subplane of the astral, the vegetable on the
third, and the animal on the fourth. It is owing to the
fact that a center of force for the animal group soul is
found on the fourth subplane of the astral plane that it is
possible for transference eventually to be made out of that
kingdom into the fourth.
Certain laws govern the appearance periodically of the
three kingdoms of nature, which are the laws of involution,
the laws of the elemental kingdoms, and the laws of the
three great groups which hold the germs and seeds of all
manifested forms. We have in logoic manifestation the
following seven groups for consideration:
- 1. 2. 3. Three groups of superhuman existence:
- The group forming the Father aspect of which
little can here be predicated.
- The group of seven planetary Logoi.
- The group of seven raja devas, or the life of
each of the physical planes.
- 4. A group of solar lives who are the manasaputras or
- 5. 6. 7. Three groups of elemental lives, who form
the three involutionary elemental kingdoms.
These three lower groups achieve concretion, and enter
the upward arc, through the medium of the three lower
kingdoms. The fourth group is the most important in some
ways during the present cycle for it borrows from all the
other six groups and is therefore the synthesis of energies
taken from each and manifested. The higher three groups are
closely allied, and until a man has passed out of the
period of existence wherein he is controlled by  that
which he has borrowed from the three lower kingdoms, he
cannot comprehend the nature and purpose of the three
higher. We might express the matter as follows:
- The three higher groups are sattvic.
- The three lower groups are tamasic.
- The fourth group, or human, is rajasic.
Again, the three higher groups are energized by three
streams of force which enter along the line of the three
spirillae of the logoic permanent atom. The three lower
groups are energized by energy entering by the three lowest
spirillae (which we call the three lowest planes) and these
spirillae energize the logoic dense body, were vitalized in
the previous solar system, and are no longer in any way
controlling factors in logoic existence. The fourth group,
the human, is energized by the force of the fourth
spirilla, to which we give the name of buddhic energy, and
this fourth group has, therefore, the problem of bringing
about conditions whereby the buddhic vibrations may
dominate the other, and lower, three. It is this imposition
which eventually releases the human units, and permits of
their passing into the higher group. The elemental group
souls find correspondences in the higher – first, in the
human kingdom in the three main groups of Egos, in whom the
three types of energy predominate; again in the three main
or major planetary groups, and finally in the three
- Elemental group – animal kingdom – Sattvic – Solar
Logos – Uranus.
- Elemental group – vegetable kingdom – Rajasic –
Planetary Logoi – Neptune.
- Elemental group – mineral kingdom – Tamasic – Plane
devas – Saturn.
Mother, Brahma aspect. 
The fourth or human group, unites all three lives. The
periodic manifestation of the three elemental groups
(through the medium of the three lower kingdoms) is,
therefore, governed by factors hidden in the nature of that
great vibration which we call tamasic
, or heavy
rhythm. It is the vibration of Brahma, the third aspect,
the mother or matter aspect. Their appearance, therefore,
is one of a very slow manifestation, the seven subsidiary
vibrations bringing in one or other of the seven groups of
each group soul in a very slow alternation. The cycles
cannot be given; two things only can be said: the
appearance of these groups as units in manifestation is
controlled by three factors:
- The moon, for these are the many lunar fathers.
- The ray in manifestation at any time.
- The karma of the informing Life of any kingdom.
The second consideration is the karma and life-history
of the planetary entity. He sleeps and awakes; he is the
embodiment of tamas, and as he progresses and evolves so do
the lower kingdoms.
The lunar pitris are to the planetary entity what the three
major centers are to man or to the Logoi. The lunar Pitris
who contribute the human form are (to the planetary entity)
the correspondence to the head center. Those who are
the fathers of the vegetable forms correspond to his
heart center, whilst the Pitris of the mineral
kingdom are analogous to the throat center. This is
all very obscure but hints of much value lie here.
It is not possible to give much further information
relative to the periodical appearing of the subhuman forms
of life. The subject is too obscure, and the detail too
vast. Until the student has fitted himself to appreciate
 the symbolic, or hieroglyphic writings of the
adepts,322 it is impossible for him to grasp the
matter. Much of the teaching on this matter is found in
records in the department of the Manu, as it concerns
primarily the initial stages of form building. It might be
said that the appearance of any life in manifestation is
due to primary activity on the part of some Entity, which
activity is largely the expression of the first Ray. This
concerns the periodical manifestation of the life or lives
of any round just as it concerns also the ephemeral
existence of a dragon fly; it deals with the form through
which what we call a race is evolving and concerns itself
with the tiny life of an individual in that race. The same
laws govern all, though the response to the law may be
relative and in degree. This law has the generic name of
the "Law of Cycles," and is expressed in terms of time;
 but the secret to the cycles may not as yet be given
as it would convey to the intuitive too much dangerous
information. It is the knowledge of this law as it concerns
rounds, races, subraces, groups (involutionary and
evolutionary) and individuals (human and superhuman) which
enables the Lords of Karma, and the Adepts of the good Law,
to manipulate force or energy, and so carry all that is, on
to its triumphant conclusion. In connection with this,
students may get much light on this difficult question of
force if they bear in mind that every form in every kingdom
on the downward, and the upward arc, is in itself a
negative force impelled into activity by a positive force
and demonstrating as a combination of the two. The
distinctions are demonstrated in the fact that some forms
are negative-positive, others positive-negative, whilst
still others are at the point of equilibrium. This includes
all the intermediate stages. The Builders of the cosmos
work under cyclic law consciously, and utilize the
aggregate of these forces in any kingdom, any group or any
unit to bring about the consummation of the plan.
"In a symbol lies concealment or revelation." –
- Symbols are intended for:
- The little evolved. They teach great truths in
- The bulk of humanity. They preserve truth intact
and embody cosmic facts.
- The pupils of the Masters. They develop
- Symbolic books in the Master's archives used for
instruction. These books are interpreted:
- By their color.
- By their position, i.e. above, on and beneath a
- By their connection with each other.
- By their key. One page may be read four
- From above downwards – involution.
- From beneath upwards – evolution.
- Right to left – greater cycles, etc.
- Left to right – lesser cycles.
- The three keys:
- Cosmic interpretation. The symbols standing for
cosmic facts. i.e., Darkness. Light. The cross. The
- Systemic interpretation. Dealing with evolution
of system and all therein.
- Human interpretation. Dealing with man himself.
The cross of humanity. Seven-branched
- Four kinds of symbols:
- Symbols of extraneous objects – physical plane
- Symbols of emotional nature – astral plane
- Numerical symbolism – lower mental. Man used
himself to count by.
- Geometrical symbolism – abstract symbolism,
It would interest men much if they could see and interpret
some of the records in the hierarchical records, for in
them men and angels, minerals and elements, animals and
vegetables, kingdoms and groups, Gods and ants are
specified in terms of energy formulas and by a
scrutiny of these records the approximate increase of
vibration in any form of any kind can be found out at any
time. This might be expressed in terms also of the Gunas;
it will be found by disciples (when permitted access to the
records) that they themselves, along with every other
expression of the divine life, are described by a triple
formula which conveys to the mind of the initiate the
proportions of tamas or inertia, of rajas or activity, and
of sattva or rhythm to be found in any form. This,
therefore, through correspondences, imparts knowledge as to
past achievement, present opportunity and the immediate
 future of any unit or embodied life, manifesting
under any of the three aspects.
Another series of files in the records give – under a
different formula – information as to what is esoterically
called "the heat content" of any unit, "the radiating
light" of any form, and the "magnetic force" of every life.
It is through this knowledge that the Lipikas control the
bringing in, and the passing out, of every Life, divine,
superhuman, solar and human, and it is through a
consideration of that formula which is the basic formula
for a solar system that the physical plane appearance of a
solar Logos is controlled, and the length of a cosmic
pralaya settled. We must not forget that the Lipika Lords
of the solar system have Their cosmic prototypes, and that
These have Their feeble and groping human reflections in
the great astronomical scientists who endeavor to ascertain
facts anent the heavenly bodies, being subconsciously aware
of the existence of these cosmic formulas conveying
information as to the specific gravity, constitution,
radiation, magnetic pull, heat and light of any sun, solar
system, or constellation. Many of them in future and remote
ages will pass to a full comprehension, and will have the
formulas committed to their care, thus joining the ranks of
the Lipikas. It is a peculiar line, requiring cycles of
careful training in divine mathematics.
The Lipika Lords, controlling the periodical manifestation
of life are, roughly speaking, divided into the following
groups, which it might be of interest to note:
- Three extra-systemic or cosmic Lords of Karma, Who
work from a center in Sirius through the medium of three
representatives. These form a group around the solar
Logos, and hold to Him a position analogous to the three
Buddha's of Activity Who stand around Sanat Kumara.
- Three Lipika Lords Who are the karmic agents working
through the three aspects.
- Nine Lipikas Who are the sumtotal of the agents for
the Law working through what the Kabalah calls the
- Seven presiding agents of karma for each one of the
These four groups correspond in manifestation to the
Unmanifested, manifesting through the triple Aspects, and
under Them work an infinity of lesser agents. These lesser
agents might again be somewhat differentiated, each of the
following groups being found in every scheme and on every
- The Lipika Lords of a scheme Who, through the
manipulation of forces, make it possible for a planetary
Logos to incarnate under the Law, and work out His cyclic
- Those who (under the first group) control the destiny
of a chain.
- Those who are the energy-directors of a globe.
- Agents of every kind Who are concerned with the
karmic adjustments, incident upon the periodical
manifestation of such forms as:
- A round, seven in all.
- A kingdom in nature, seven in all.
- The human kingdom.
- A root-race, subraces and branch race.
- A nation, a family, a group, and their
correspondences in all the kingdoms.
- A plane.
- The reptile and insect world.
- The bird evolution.
- The devas.
- Human units, egoic groups, monadic lives,
and myriad's of other forms, objective and subjective,
planetary and interplanetary, in connection with the Sun,
and in connection with the planetoids.
All work with energy emanations, and with force units under
cyclic law, and all have the same objective, – the
producing of perfected activity, intensification of heat,
and of radiant magnetic light as an expression of the will
or purpose of each embodied life.
Periodicity of manifestation is the cyclic appearance of
certain forms of specified energy, and this is true whether
a man is speaking of a solar system, of a Ray, of the
appearance of a planet in space, or of the phenomenon of
human birth. Certain factors extraneous to any energy unit
under consideration, will inevitably affect its appearance,
and act as deflecting or directing agents. The Law of
Cycles has ever been regarded as one of the most difficult
for a man to master, and it has been truly said that when a
man has mastered its technicalities, and can understand its
methods of time computation, he has attained initiation.
Its intricacies are so numerous and so bound up with the
still greater law, that of cause and effect, that
practically the whole range of possible knowledge is
thereby surmounted. To comprehend this law involves ability
- Deal with the higher mathematical formulas of the
- Compute the relationship between a unit of any degree
and the greater whole upon whose vibration that unit is
swept into periodic display.
- Read the akashic records of a planetary system.
- Judge of karmic effects in time and space.
- Differentiate between the four streams of karmic
effects as they concern the four kingdoms of nature.
- Distinguish between the three main streams of 
energy – the units of inertia, mobility and rhythm – and
note the key of each unit, and its place in the great
group of transitional points. These latter units are
those who are on the crest of one of the three waves, and
ready, therefore, to be transferred into a wave of a
higher vibratory capacity.
- Enter the Hall of Records and there read a peculiar
group of documents dealing with planetary manifestation
in a fourfold manner. It concerns the planetary Logos,
and deals with the transference of energy from the moon
chain. It concerns the transmission of energy to another
planetary scheme, and concerns the interaction between
the human Hierarchy (the fourth Kingdom) and the great
informing Life of the animal kingdom.
When a man can do all these things and has earned the
right to know that which produces the phenomenon of
manifestation, he has earned the right to enter into the
councils of the planetary Hierarchy, and himself to direct
streams of energy upon, through and out of the planet.
Some idea of the complexity governing the periodical
manifestation of a human being may be gathered by a
consideration of the forces which bring human units into
manifestation, which produce individualization; this is,
after all, the appearing of a third stream of energy in
conjunction with two others. A man is the meeting ground of
three streams of force, one or other preponderating
according to his peculiar type.
Let us briefly enumerate these factors and thus get some
idea as to the complexity of the matter:
- The first and paramount factor is the ray upon which
a particular human unit is found. This means, that there
are seven specialized force streams, each with its
peculiar quality, type and rhythm. The matter is further
complicated by the fact that though the Ray of the Monad
is its  main qualifying factor, yet two subsidiary
Rays, those of the Ego and of the personality, have
likewise to be considered.
- Secondly, it must be borne in mind that the human
units now upon this planet fall naturally into two great
groups – those who reached individualization, or became
"units of self-directing energy," upon the moon, and
those who attained self-consciousness upon the earth.
There are important distinctions between these two
groups, for the units of the moon chain are
distinguished, not only by a more advanced development,
owing to the longer period of their evolution, but also
by the quality of great and intelligent activity, for (as
might be expected) on the third or moon chain, the third
Ray was a dominant factor. In this fourth chain, the
quaternary dominates, or the synthesis of the three so as
to produce a fourth, and this is one reason for the
intensely material nature of those who entered the human
kingdom on this planet. The distinctions between the two
groups are very great, and one of the mysteries lying
behind the main divisions of humanity – rulers and the
ruled, capitalists and laborers, the governed and those
who govern – is found right here. No system of
sociological reform will be successfully worked out
without a due consideration of this important fact. Other
distinguishing features might be enumerated but would
only serve at this stage to complicate the matter.
- A third factor differentiating the groups of human
units who reached self-consciousness on our planet is
hidden in the methods employed by the Lords of the Flame
at that time. They, we are told, employed three methods.
- First, They themselves took bodies and thus
energized certain of the higher forms of the animal
kingdom, so that they appeared as man, and thus
initiated a particular group. Their descendants can
be seen in the highest  specimens of the earth
humanity now on earth. They are not even now,
however, as far advanced as the groups of units from
the moon chain who came in in Atlantean days. Their
heredity is peculiar.
- They implanted a germ of mind in the secondary
group of animal-men who were ready for
individualization. This group, for a long time, was
unable to express itself, and was most carefully
nurtured by the Lords of Flame, nearly proving a
failure. By the time, however, that the last subrace
of the Lemurian root race was at its height it
suddenly came into the forefront of the then
civilization, and justified hierarchical effort.
- Thirdly, They fostered the germ of instinct in
certain groups of animal-men until it flowered into
mind. It must never be forgotten that men have within
themselves (apart from any extraneous fostering) the
ability to arrive, and to achieve full
These three methods bring us to the fourth factor
which must be remembered, that of the three modes of motion
which powerfully affect the incarnating jivas.
The Sons of Mind are distinguished by the three qualities
of matter as has been earlier brought out, and they have
been generically called:
- The Sons of sattvic rhythm,
- The Sons of mobility,
- The Sons of inertia.
These qualities are the characteristics of the three
major Rays, and of the three Persons of the Godhead; they
are the qualities of consciousness – material, intelligent,
and divine. They are the predominating characteristics of
the chains of which our earth is one.
- First Chain – Archetypal.
- Second Chain – Sattvic Rhythm. 
- Third Chain – Mobility.
- Fourth Chain – Inertia.
- Fifth Chain – Mobility.
- Sixth Chain – Sattvic Rhythm.
- Seventh Chain – Perfection.
The factors which we have considered as affecting the
different incarnating units have a vital effect on their
cyclic evolution, and the ray and the three main types
produce varying periodic appearance. Certain statements
have been made in occult books as to the length of time
varying between incarnations. Such statements are in the
main inaccurate, for they make no allowance for Ray
difference, and permit of no calculations as to whether the
human unit involved is a unit of inertia, a sattvic point,
or a rajasic entity. No hard and fast rule can be laid down
at this time for the general public, though such rules
exist, and are governed by seven different formulas for the
three main types. Within this sevenfold differentiation,
exist many lesser, and the wise student refrains from
dogmatic assertion on this most peculiar and difficult
subject. The fringe of the matter has but been touched upon
here. It should be remembered that in the earlier stages of
incarnation, the unit is governed mainly by group
appearance, and comes into incarnation with his group.
As time progresses and his own will or purpose becomes more
distinctive, he will at times force himself into
manifestation independently of his group, as will other
group units, and this leads to an apparent confusion which
is detrimental to the surface calculations of the
superficial student. When this is the case, the particular
unit concerned has his record transferred into another file
in the hierarchical archives, and becomes what is occultly
termed "a self directed point of fire." He is then strongly
individualized, entirely self-engrossed, free of  all
group sense, except the earthly affiliations to which he
adheres from the instinct of self-protection and personal
well-being. In this stage he remains for a vast period of
time, and has before him the mastering of a later stage in
which he returns to the earlier group recognition on a
higher turn of the spiral.
The rules governing the incarnations of average man have
been considered elsewhere, and much information has been
given in this treatise and in Letters on Occult
Meditation which – if collated – will provide
sufficient data for study for a long time. Not much has
been given anent the incarnations of disciples and the
methods involved in the later stages of evolution.
It should here be borne in mind that (for a disciple)
direct alignment with the Ego via the centers and the
physical brain is the goal of his life of meditation and of
discipline. This is in order that the Inner God may
function in full consciousness and wield full control on
the physical plane. Thus will humanity be helped and group
concerns furthered. Again it must be remembered that the
basic Ray laws and the disciple's particular type will
paramountly dictate his appearances, but certain other
forces begin to hold sway which might here be touched upon.
The factors governing the appearance in incarnation of a
disciple are as follows:
- First, his desire to work off karma rapidly
and so liberate himself for service. The Ego impresses
this desire upon the disciple during incarnation, and
thus obviates any counter desire on his part for the
bliss of devachan, or even for work on the astral plane.
The whole objective, therefore, of the disciple after
death is to get rid of his subtler bodies, and acquire
new ones. There is no desire for a period of rest, and as
desire is the governing factor in this system of desire,
and particularly in this planetary scheme, if it exists
not, there is no incentive to fulfilment.  The man,
therefore, absents himself from the physical plane for a
very brief time, and is driven by his Ego into a physical
body with great rapidity.
- Second, to work out some piece of service
under direction of his Master. This will involve some
adjustments, and occasionally the temporary arresting of
his karma. These adjustments are made by the Master with
the concurrence of the disciple, and are only possible in
the case of an accepted disciple of some standing. It
does not mean that karma is set aside, but only that
certain forces are kept in abeyance until a designated
group work has been accomplished.
- Third, a disciple will return into incarnation
occasionally so as to fit into the plan of a greater than
himself. When a messenger of the Great Lodge needs a
vehicle through which to express Himself, and cannot use
a physical body Himself, owing to the rarity of its
substance, He will utilize the body of a disciple. We
have an instance of this in the manner the Christ used
the body of the initiate Jesus, taking possession of it
at the time of the Baptism. Again when a message has to
be given out to the world during some recurring cycle, a
disciple of high position in a Master's group will appear
in physical incarnation, and be "over-shadowed" or
"inspired" (in the technically occult sense) by some
teacher greater than he.
- Fourth, a disciple may, through lack of rounded
development, be very far advanced along certain lines but
lack what is called the full intensification of a
particular principle. He may, therefore, decide (with the
full concurrence of his Ego and of his Master) to take
a series of rapidly recurring incarnations with the
intention of working specifically at bringing a certain
quality, or series of qualities, to a point of higher
vibratory content, thus completing the rounding of his
sphere of manifestation. This accounts for the peculiar,
yet powerful, people who are  met at times; they
are so one-pointed and apparently so unbalanced that
their sole attention is given to one line of development
only, so much so that the other lines are hardly
apparent. Yet their influence seems great, and out of all
proportion to their superficial worth. A
realization of these factors will deter the wise student
from hasty judgments, and from rapid conclusions
concerning his fellowmen.
- Occasionally a variation of this reason for rapid and
immediate incarnation is seen when an initiate (who has
nearly completed his cycle) appears in incarnation to
express almost entirely one perfected principle. This he
does for the good of a particular group which – though
engaged in work for humanity – is failing somewhat in its
objective through the lack of a particular quality, or
stream of force. When this becomes apparent on the inner
side, some advanced disciple puts the energy of that
particular quality at the disposal of the Hierarchy, and
is sent forth to balance that group, and
frequently to do so for a period of rapidly succeeding
These are a few of the causes governing the periodic
manifestation of those who are grouped in the Hierarchical
records as "the aligned points of fire." They are
distinguished by the energy flowing through them, by the
magnetic quality of their work, by their powerful group
effects, and by their physical plane realization of the
The coming into manifestation of the superhuman lives (such
as greater liberated Existences, or the raja-devas of a
plane), the appearing of the planetary Logoi and the solar
Logoi in physical incarnation is governed by laws similar
in nature to those governing the human unit, but of a
cosmic scope. It will be apparent to the most superficial
student that the gradual emergence of a plane out of the
darkness which exists between systems is produced not only
as the result of vibratory response to the enunciated Word,
but as the working out of the karma of a  cosmic Life
and the relationship existing between that particular Life
and the cosmic Existence Whom we call Brahma or the third
Person of the Trinity. The deva Ruler of a plane is a
superhuman Entity Who comes in under a great cosmic impulse
to provide the vibratory form which will make possible the
appearing of other and lesser forms. The Lords of the Rays,
or the planetary Logoi, are similarly and karmically linked
with the second aspect logoic, or with that manifesting
Life we call Vishnu. It will thus be seen that three main
impulses, each emanating from the will, plan, or conscious
purpose of a cosmic Entity are responsible for all that is
seen and known in our solar system. This, of course, has
been oft emphasized in different occult books but the
following tabulation may be of service:
||Number of Impulses
||The Raja Lords
||The Planetary Logoi
||The Solar Logos
It should be noted here that the above tabulation
will apply to the microcosm as well as the macrocosm, and
students will find it interesting to work it out.
E.VI.3. Triangular Linking
Enough has been indicated in this Treatise to show
the general plan underlying and accounting for systemic
emergence or incarnation, and it is not my purpose here to
enlarge at great length. Just as it is not possible for a
man in an early incarnation to conceive of the effects of
evolution upon him and to realize the nature of the man
upon the Path, so it is not possible for even great 
systemic existences to conceive (except in the broadest and
most general terms) of the nature of the solar Logos, and
of the effect evolution will have on Him. Suffice it to
add, anent this matter, that when certain vast cosmic
alignments have been made and the energy from the logoic
causal ovoid on the cosmic mental planes is able to flow
unimpeded through to the physical plane atom (our solar
system) great eventualities and unconceived of
possibilities will then take place.
Certain phenomena likewise of a secondary nature to this
major happening will also take place as the cycles slip
away which may be generally summarized as follows:
- First. Certain systemic triangles will
be formed which will permit of the interplay of energy
between the different planetary schemes, and thus bring
to more rapid maturity the plans and purposes of the
Lives concerned. It should be noted here that when we are
considering the transmission of energy through alignment
and through the forming of certain triangles, it is
always in connection with the energy of the first aspect.
It deals with the transmission of electric fire. It is
important to bear this in mind, as it preserves the
analogy between the macrocosm and the microcosm with
Second. A final systemic triangle will be
formed which will be one of supreme force, for it will
be utilized by the abstracted essence and energies of
the septenate of schemes as the negative basis for the
reception of positive electric energy. This electric
energy is able to circulate through the schemes owing
to the bringing about of a cosmic alignment. It is the
bringing in of this terrific spiritual force during the
final stages of manifestation which results in the
blazing forth of the seven suns.323 Though
the seven have become the three, this is only in 
connection with the dense physical planets. The blazing
forth spoken of in the occult books and in the
Secret Doctrine is in etheric matter; it is this
etheric fiery energy which brings to a consummation
(and so destroys) the remaining three major schemes. In
this we have a correspondence to the burning of the
causal body at the fourth Initiation through the
merging of the three fires. It is only a
correspondence, and the details must not be pushed too
far. The Saturn scheme is esoterically regarded as
having absorbed the "frictional fires of systemic
space"; Neptune is looked upon as the repository of the
"solar flames," and Uranus as the home of "fire
electric." When, through extra-systemic activity based
upon three causes:
these three schemes are simultaneously stimulated
and the fires pass from one to another in a triangular
manner, they then too pass into obscuration. Naught is
left save the blazing etheric suns and these – through
very intensity of burning – dissipate with great
- Logoic alignment,
- The taking of a logoic Initiation,
- The action of the "ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE
The rising and setting of the Sun symbolizes
manifestation and obscuration. – S. D., II, 72.
Pralaya is of different kinds:
- Cosmic pralaya – The obscuration of the three
suns, or of three solar systems.
- Solar pralaya – The obscuration of a system at
the end of one hundred years of Brahma. Period between
- Incidental pralaya – The obscuration of a
scheme. Period between manvantaras.
Man repeats this at seventh, fifth initiations and at
each rebirth in three worlds.
The Pleiades are the center around which our solar
system revolves. – S. D., II, 251, 581, 582.
The Sun is the kernel and matrix of all in the solar
system. – S. D., I, 309, 310, 590, 591.
Kernel comes from the same word as corn.
Compare the words in Bible:
"Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it
abideth alone, but if it die it bringeth forth much
The Sun is governed by the same laws as all
other atoms. – S. D., I, 168, 667.
E.VI.4. Relation between the Throat, Alta Major and Mental
The question of the centers has always had a great deal of
interest for men, and much harm has been done through the
directing of attention upon the physical centers.
Unfortunately, names have been given to the centers which
have their counterparts in the physical form, and with the
usual aptitude of man to identify himself with that which
is tangible and physical, a mass of data has accumulated
which is based (not on spiritual knowledge) but on a study
of the effects produced through meditation on the physical
centers. Such meditation is only safely undertaken when a
man is no longer polarized in the lower personal self but
views all things from the standpoint of the Ego with whom
he is completely identified. When this is the case, the
centers in physical matter are recognized as being simply
focal points of energy located in the etheric body, and
having a definite use. This use is to act as transmitters
of certain forms of energy consciously directed by
the Ego or Self, with the intent of driving the physical
body (which is not a principle) to fulfil egoic purpose. To
do this the Ego has to follow certain rules, to conform to
law, and to have attained not only conscious control of the
physical body, but a knowledge of the laws of energy, and
of the constitution of the etheric body, and its relation
to the physical. The attention of students must be called
to certain fundamental facts anent the centers and thus
supplement, correlate, and summarize that already given in
this Treatise. That a certain amount of repetition
will be necessary is of value, and the information here
given and the correspondences indicated, should provide all
followers of raja yoga with a basis for sane consideration,
wise meditation and a fuller comprehension of the truths
involved. Owing to the rapid development of the race, and
the future  quick unfoldment of etheric vision, the
gain will be very real if occult students have at least a
theoretical concept of the nature of that which will be
seen relatively so soon.
The centers, as we know, are seven in number and are formed
in matter of the etheric subplanes of the physical plane.
As we have been told, there are literally ten, but the
lower three are not considered as subjects for the
direction of egoic energy. They relate to the perpetuation
of the physical form and have a close connection with:
- The three lower kingdoms in nature.
- The three lower subplanes of the physical plane.
- The third solar system, from the logoic
It must be borne in mind that though the three solar
systems (the past, the present and that which is to come)
are differentiated in time and space where the
consciousness of man is concerned, from the point of view
of the Logos they represent more accurately, highest,
intermediate and lowest, and the three form but one
expression. The past system, therefore, is deemed
esoterically the third, being the lowest and being related
to the dense and negative matter. It will be apparent that
the past solar system has consequently a close relation to
the third or animal kingdom, and this, man has presumably
The seven centers, with which man is concerned are
themselves found to exist in two groups: a lower four,
which are related to the four Rays of Attributes, or the
four minor rays, and are, therefore, closely connected with
the quaternary, both microcosmic and macrocosmic, and a
higher three which are transmitters for the three rays of
These energy centers are transmitters of energy from 
many and varied sources which might be briefly enumerated
- From the seven Rays, via the seven subrays of any
specific monadic ray.
- From the triple aspects of the planetary Logos as He
manifests through a scheme.
- From what are called "the sevenfold divisions of the
logoic Heart," or the sun in its sevenfold essential
nature, as it is seen lying esoterically behind the outer
physical solar form.
- From the seven Rishis of the Great Bear; this pours
in via the Monad and is transmitted downward, merging on
the higher levels of the mental plane with seven streams
of energy from the Pleiades which come in as the
psychical force demonstrating through the solar
All these various streams of energy are passed through
certain groups or centers, becoming more active and
demonstrating with a freer flow as the course of evolution
is pursued. As far as man is concerned at present, this
energy all converges, and seeks to energize his physical
body, and direct his action via the seven etheric centers.
These centers receive the force in a threefold manner:
- Force from the Heavenly Man and, therefore, from the
seven Rishis of the Great Bear via the Monad.
- Force from the Pleiades, via the solar Angel or
- Force from the planes, from the Raja Devas of a
plane, or fohatic energy, via the spirillae of a
It is this fact which accounts for the gradual growth
and development of a man. At first it is the force of the
plane substance, which directs him, causing him to identify
 himself with the grosser substance and to consider
himself a man, a member of the fourth Kingdom, and to be
convinced, therefore, that he is the Not-Self. Later as
force from the Ego pours in, his psychical evolution
proceeds (I use the word "psychical" here in its higher
connotation) and he begins to consider himself as the Ego,
the Thinker, the One who uses the form. Finally, energy
from the Monad begins to be responded to and he knows
himself to be neither the man nor the angel, but a divine,
essence or Spirit. These three types of energy demonstrate
during manifestation as Spirit, Soul, and Body, and through
them the three aspects of the Godhead meet and converge in
man, and lie latent in every atom.
The sevenfold energy of the planes, and therefore of
substance, finds its consummation when the four lower
centers are fully active. The sevenfold energy of the
psyche, the consciousness aspect, demonstrates when the
three higher in the three worlds are vibrating with
accuracy. The sevenfold activity of spirit makes itself
felt when each of these seven centers is not only fully
active but is rotating as "wheels turning upon themselves,"
when they are fourth dimensional and are not only
individually alive but are all linked up with the sevenfold
head center. A man is then seen as he is truly – a network
of fire with flaming focal points, transmitting and
circulating fiery energy. These centers not only receive
the energy through the top of the head, or through a point
slightly above the top of the head, to be more accurate,
but pass it out through the head center likewise, that
which is being passed out being seen as differing in color,
being brighter and vibrating more rapidly than that which
is being received. The etheric body is formed of a negative
aspect of fire, and is the recipient of a positive fire. As
the various types of fire blend, merge, and circulate, they
gain thereby and produce definite effects in the fires of
the microcosmic system. 
The center at the base of the spine (the lowest with which
man has consciously to deal) is one of a peculiar interest,
owing to its being the originating center for three long
streams of energy which pass up and down the spinal column.
This triple stream of force has most interesting
correspondences which can be worked out by the intuitive
student. Some hints may here be given. This channel of
threefold energy has itself three points of supreme
interest, which (to word it so as to convey sense to the
interested) may be regarded as:
- The basic center at the extreme lowest point of the
- The alta major center at the top of the spine.
- The supreme head center.
It is, therefore, a miniature picture of the whole
evolution of spirit and matter for,
- The lowest center corresponds to the
- The middle center to the Ego, or the Thinker,
- The supreme head center to the Monad.
In the evolution of the fires of the spine, we have a
correspondence to the sutratma with its three points of
interest, the monadic auric egg, its emitting point, the
egoic auric egg, the medial point, and the body or gross
form, its lowest point.
Another hint of interest lies in the fact that there exist
between these spinal centers, certain gaps (if I may so
express it) which have (in the course of evolution) to be
bridged by the energetic action of the rapidly growing
vibration of the force unit. Between the triple energy of
the spinal column and the alta major center, there is a
hiatus, just as there exists that which must be bridged
between the triple lower man and the egoic body, or between
the mental unit on the fourth subplane of the mental plane
and the solar Angel on the third subplane. Though we are
told that the permanent atomic triad is enclosed in the
 causal periphery, nevertheless, from the
standpoint of consciousness there is that which must be
bridged. Again, between the alta major center and the
supreme head center, exists another gulf – a correspondence
to the gulf found between the plane of the Ego and the
lowest point of the Triad, the manasic permanent atom. When
man has constructed the antahkarana (which he does during
the final stages of his evolution in the three worlds) that
gulf is bridged and the Monad and the Ego are closely
linked. When man is polarized in his mental body, he begins
to bridge the antahkarana. When the center between the
shoulder blades, referred to earlier in this
Treatise as the manasic center, is vibrating
forcefully, then the alta major center and the head center,
via the throat center can be united.
Man, when he reaches this stage, is a creator in mental
matter of a caliber different from the unconsciously
working average man. He constructs in unison with the plan
and the divine Manasaputra, the Son of Mind, will turn his
attention from being a Son of Power in the three worlds and
center his attention in the Spiritual Triad, thus
recapitulating on a higher turn of the spiral, the work he
earlier did as man. This becomes possible when the growth
of the triangle just above dealt with (base of spine, alta
major center and throat, as they unify in the head) is
paralleled by another triplicity, the solar plexus, the
heart and the third eye; the energy merging through them is
similarly unified in the same head center. The third eye is
an energy center constructed by man; it is a correspondence
to the energy center, the causal body, constructed by the
Monad. The alta major center is similarly constructed by
other streams of force and corresponds interestingly to the
triple form constructed by the ego in the three worlds.
When this dual work has proceeded to a certain evolutionary
point, another triplicity becomes alive within the 
head itself as the result of these dual streams of triple
energy. This triangle transmits fiery energy via the pineal
gland, the pituitary body and the alta major center and
this reaches the head center. In this way in these three
triangles we have nine streams of energy converging and
passing into the highest head lotus. The correspondence to
certain macrocosmical forces will here be apparent to all
We have seen the close connection between the different
centers and the gradually demonstrating effects to be noted
as they are linked up and eventually produce a synthetic
circulatory system for egoic energy in conjunction with the
energy of the lower man, which forms a kind of medium by
which the egoic force makes itself felt. Macrocosmically,
but little can be said which would prove intelligible to
man at his present stage of evolution. Some brief
statements might, nevertheless, be given which (if pondered
on and correlated with each other) may throw some light on
planetary evolution and on the relation of the planetary
Logoi to the solar Logos.
A solar Logos uses for His energy centers the planetary
schemes, each of which embodies a peculiar type of energy,
and each of which, therefore, vibrates to the key of the
logoic solar Angel, of which the human solar Angel is a dim
reflection. It is interesting here to note that as the
human solar Angel is a unity, manifesting through three
tiers of petals, the logoic correspondence is even more
interesting, for that great cosmic Entity demonstrates on
the cosmic mental plane as a triple flame working through
seven tiers of petals, and it is the energy from these
seven circles of energy which pulsates through the medium
of any scheme. All this is hidden in the mystery of the ONE
ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, and it is not possible for
men to solve it, – the truth being obscure to even the
highest Dhyan Chohan of our system.
The energy centers of the solar Logos are themselves 
in the form of vast lotuses324 or wheels, at the
center of which lies hidden that central cosmic Life, we
call a planetary Logos. He is the meeting place for two
types of force, spiritual or logoic, which reaches Him (via
the logoic Lotus on cosmic mental planes) from the seven
Rishis of the Great Bear on Their own plane, and, secondly,
of buddhic force, which is transmitted via the Seven
Sisters or the Pleiades from a constellation called the
Dragon in some books, and from which has come the
appellation "The Dragon of Wisdom."
See Section VIII, Secret Doctrine
The Lotus is symbolical of both the Macrocosm and of the
- The seeds of the Lotus contain in miniature the
- It is the product of fire and matter.
- It has its roots in the mud, it grows up through the
water, it in fostered by the warmth of the sun, it
blossoms in the air.
- The mud – The objective physical solar system.
- Water – The emotional or astral nature.
- Flower on water – Fruition of the spiritual.
- Method – Cosmic fire or intelligence.
- The mud – The physical body.
- Water – Emotional or astral nature.
- Flower on water – Fruition of the buddhic or
- Method – Fire of mind.
"The significance of the tradition that Brahma is born
from or in the lotus, is the same. The lotus symbolizes a
world-system, and Brahma dwells therein representing
action; he is therefore called the Kamal-asana, the
Lotus-seated. The lotus, again, is said to arise from or
in the navel of Vishnu, because the navel of Vishnu or
all-knowledge is necessary desire, the primal form of
which, as embodied in the Veda-text, is: May I be born
forth (as multitudinous progeny). From such central and
essential desire, the will to live, arises the whole of
becoming, all the operations, all the whirls and whorls,
of change and manifestation which make up life. In such
becoming dwells Brahma, and from him and by him, i.e., by
incessant activity, arises and manifests the organized
world, the trib huvanam, the triple world. Because first
manifested, therefore is Brahma named the first of the
gods; by action is manifestation, and he is the actor;
and because actor, therefore is he also sometimes called
the preserver or protector of the world; for he who makes
a thing desires also the maintenance and preservation of
his handiwork, and, moreover, by the making of the thing
supplies the basis and opportunity for the operation of
preservation, which, in strictness, of course, belong to
– Pranava-Vada, pp. 84, 311.
A third type of energy is added and, therefore, can be
detected in these centers, that of manasic type. This
reaches the logoic centers via the star Sirius, and is
transmitted from that constellation which (as earlier I
have  hinted) must remain obscure at present. These
three great streams of energy form the total manifestation
of a logoic center. This is known to us as a planetary
Within the planetary scheme, these streams of energy work
paramountly in the following manner:
- Spiritual energy – three higher planes – the
- Buddhic force – fourth plane – the solar Angels.
- Manasic force – two lower planes – the four kingdoms
Physical energy, the left-over of a previous solar
system, demonstrates through the dense physical form and in
the material which is energized during the involutionary
cycle. It is not considered a principle; and is regarded as
the basis of maya or illusion.
The various planetary schemes are not all alike and differ
- Type of energy,
- Point in evolution,
- Position in the general plan,
- Karmic opportunity,
- Rate of vibration.
The main distinction exists in the fact, as we have so
oft repeated, that three of them form the three higher
etheric energy centers of the Logos, and four constitute
the lower centers.
Saturn is of interest to us here because the Logos of
Saturn holds a position in the body logoic similar to that
held by the throat center in the microcosm. Three centers
towards the close of manifestation will become aligned in
the same way as the center at the base of the spine, the
throat center and the alta major center. Here it must be
pointed out that there are three planetary schemes which
 hold a place analogous to that held by the pineal
gland, the pituitary body, and the alta major center, but
they are not the schemes referred to as centers, or known
to us as informed by planetary Logoi. Certain of the
planetoids have their place here, and one scheme which has
passed out of activity, and is in a condition of quiescence
and non-activity. This latter scheme is the correspondence
in the logoic body to the atrophied third eye in the fourth
kingdom of nature. When man has developed etheric vision
and thus has expanded his range of vision, he will become
aware of these facts, for he will see. Many planetary
schemes which are found only in etheric matter will be
revealed to his astonished gaze, and he will find that (as
in the body microcosmic) there are seven (or ten),
paramount centers but numbers of other centers for the
purpose of energizing various organs. So likewise the body
macrocosmic has myriads of energy focal points or feeders
which have their place, their function, and their felt
effects. These centers, with no dense physical globe,
constitute what has sometimes been called "the inner round"
and transmit their force through those greater centers
which have been spoken of in occult books as having a
connection with the inner round.
Each of these planetary schemes can be seen as a lotus
having seven major petals, of which each chain forms one
petal, but having also subsidiary petals of a secondary
color according to the nature and karma of the Entity
concerned. It is in the enumeration of these solar lotuses
that occult students go astray. It is, for instance,
correct to say that the planetary scheme corresponding to
the microcosmic base of the spine is a fourfold lotus and
has, therefore, four petals. There are four outstanding
petals of a peculiar hue, but there are three of a
secondary color, and nine of a tertiary nature. (To
students with intuition the hint here conveyed may reveal
the name of the planet, and the nature of its evolution).
Each of these solar lotuses, or planetary schemes, unfolds
in three great stages of activity, in each one of which one
of the three types of energy dominates. As the unfolding
proceeds, the vibratory activity increases, and the
appearance of the manifesting activity changes.
- The motion of the lotus or wheel for a long time is
simply that of a slow revolution.
- Later, for a still vaster period, each petal revolves
within the greater whole, and at an angle different to
that of the whole revolution.
- Finally, these two activities are increased by the
appearance of a form of energy which, originating from
the center, pulsates so powerfully that it produces what
look to be streams of energy passing backwards and
forwards from the center to the periphery.
- When these three are working in unison, the effect is
wonderful in the extreme, and impossible for the eye to
follow, the mind of man to conceive, or the pen to
express in words. It is this stage, macrocosmic and
microcosmic, which constitutes the different grades of
alignment, for it must never be forgotten by students
that all that manifests is a sphere, and alignment really
consists in unimpeded communication between the heart of
the sphere and the periphery or the bound of the
influence of the dynamic will and the center.
Within each planetary scheme, are found the seven
chains which are the seven planetary centers, and again
within the chain are the seven globes which are the chain
centers, but students would do well not to study the globes
from the point of view of centers until their knowledge of
the mystery underlying dense physical substance is greater,
or they will be led into error. The lower down one seeks to
carry the correspondence, the more the likelihood of error.
The correspondence must lie in quality and in principle
expressed, but not in form.