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worldserviceworld is for seekers after methods to world service by "everyday people" for everyday "livingry" application. This knowledge developed into wisdom is only to be read, absorbed and applied for the betterment of the world.
If you are seeking self-aggrandisement, CEASE NOW ! ! !
When such men can be gathered together in large numbers on the mental [/conscious thought] & astral [/desire/emotional] planes (and they are gathering/activating rapidly) we shall have the fulfilment of "On earth peace, good will toward men.
brother(s)/hood, son(s), he/him/himself/his, man, men etc. is a transmittive mental symbol in toto’ is an inclusive spiritual term for FEMALE & MALE aspirants-on-up-to-the-highest-Chohan.
Race- the one human race, not the separative human sub-races based upon the false premise of COLOUR , geography, religious system, etc..
spirrior / "knower" Definitions of REAL-ity:
The constitution of the Ego, Thinker, Triangle(s) or Soul, is the factor of paramount importance to the Master in the task of training the disciple/noo for hierarchical work. This necessarily involves the three higher centres (head, heart and throat). It is with the so-called egoic lotus that He is concerned and this is a point which the ‘noo is very apt to forget. The thinker/soul is preoccupied with its own life; the details of the personality life (its inadequate expression or shadow in the three worlds) simply make no impact whatsoever upon the soul consciousness. As the violence of the personality life grows, the soul which has been increasingly the recipient of the best the aspiring personality has to offer and which has been slowly turning its attention towards the mind of the personality, becomes also aware of an opposing factor to true thinker expression upon the outer periphery of life. Then the battle of the higher pairs of opposites begins_ the battle between soul/thinker and personality, consciously waged on both sides. That is the point to have in mind. This conflict culminates, prior to each of the first three initiations, in the confronting of the two opponents; the Dweller on the Threshold (of initiation, brother/sister and the Angel of the Presence stand face to face. But with that battle, we are not here concerned.
The brotherhoods are group forms and are in the nature of being the personality aspects of the egoic groups. The expression or term, Hierarchy, is only a word applied to the transfigured personality aspect of all these egoic groups of liberated egos. Thinkers, lotuses or souls which function on the higher levels of the mental plane, and from there seek to aid the sons of men. Contact with the Hierarchy is, therefore, on mental levels.
licence is personality freedom to do as the lower nature chooses and is not Liberty of soul and conscience.
Love, which is not emotion or sentiment, and which is not related to feeling (which is a distortion of true love), but is the fixed determination to do what is best for the whole of humanity, or for the group (if the larger concept is not possible to you), and to do this at any personal cost and by means of the uttermost sacrifice.
DivineLove is wisdom, understanding, and effective, skilful activity.
Wisdom is the enlightened application of knowledge, through love, to the affairs of man. It is understanding, pouring out everywhere as the result of experience.
Those people today who work only mentally or who sit and send thoughts of love broadcast into the world, and who bask thus in the beauty of their own idealism (making frequently no adequate balancing physical effort to bring this present evil situation to an end through right choice, sacrifice and strenuous service), are in reality of no service at all to any except themselves. There are those who send thoughts of love to the group of evil men who are responsible for world disaster, believing thereby to influence them for good. We would remind them that love is essentially an impersonal potency or energy, dependent for its effect upon the type of form which it contacts and upon which it makes an impact.
In that resurrection, evolution and death are only preparatory and familiar stages. The note and message sounded by the Christ when last on Earth was resurrection, but so morbid has been mankind and so enveloped in glamour and illusion, that His death has been permitted to sidestep understanding; consequently, for centuries, the emphasis has been laid upon death, and only on Easter Day or in the cemeteries is the resurrection acclaimed.
Before, however, They could do anything, our present civilisation had to die. During the coming century, the meaning of the resurrection will be unfolded and the new age will reveal its true significance. The first step will be the emergence of humanity from the
its moving into the clear light of the resurrection life.
definitions of REALity
In the Heavenly Man and His body, a chain of globes likewise can be seen and we need here to remember very carefully that the seven chains of a scheme are the expression of a planetary Logos.
The idea of groups of Egos forming centres in the Heaven;y Men is nevertheless correct, but in this connection the reference is to the centres of force on buddhic and Monadic levels.
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Re: The Laws in the Three Worlds:
We will now take up and briefly study the three most important laws affecting the evolving human being, as he/she lives his/her life in the three worlds. These laws are:
1. The Law of Fixation.
2. The Law of Love.
3. The Law of Sacrifice and Death.
These laws are all dominated and controlled eventually by the three higher laws in the system_ the Laws of Magnetic Control, of Disintegration, and of Cohesion. There is a direct connection between these seven laws and the seven Rays or Vibrations, and if we study the correspondence we shall recognise the fact that the first law, that of Vibration, is the controlling Law of the six, demonstrating through the second law, that of Cohesion, just as the solar Logos is at this time manifesting Himself through His second aspect in this the second solar system.
The first Ray of Will or Power is the first aspect of the All-self, and in the third outpouring, came down to the fifth plane, along with the other Monads. A subtle correspondence exists between the Monads of Will on the fifth plane, the fifth law, and the fifth Ray.
The second Ray or the Love-Wisdom aspect wields a control on the fourth and sixth planes, and dominates the Laws of Cohesion and Magnetic Control, and the astral Law of Love. There is a direct interlinking between the abstract Rays and the laws of the planes where they specially control.
The third Ray which is the Activity aspect, controls the Laws of Disintegration and of Death, on the third and seventh planes.
Therefore, it will be apparent to the careful student of the wisdom that:
1. The Power Aspect_ Ray 1, Planes 1 and 5, and the Laws of Fixation and Vibration, form one interlocking whole.
2. The Love Aspect_ Ray 2, Planes 2, 4, 6, and the Laws of Cohesion, Magnetic Control, and of Love, form another unit.
3. The Activity Aspect_ Ray 3, Planes 3 and 7, and the Laws of Disintegration, Sacrifice and Death, make still another group.
It is logical for the first Ray only to have control, as yet, on two planes, for the Power Aspect waits for another system in order to demonstrate in full development. Ray two, the synthetic Ray for our system, controls on three planes; it has the preponderance, for paramountly we are the Monads of Love, and Love is our synthesis. Ray three, the dominant Ray of the system which is past, its synthetic Ray, controls on two planes, and on one that is little understood, for, just as the physical body is not considered a principle, so there is a sphere of activity that is not included in our enumeration, it is past and gone. Some explanation of this lies hid in the psyientific words, "The Eighth Sphere."
In regard to the four minor Rays of Harmony, Concrete Science, Devotion and Ceremonial Order, their control exists in degrees on all the planes, but they have their particular emphasis in the evolution of the reincarnating ego in the three worlds at this time. These four Rays control, in a subtle and peculiar manner, the four kingdoms in nature_ mineral, vegetable, animal and human_ and at their merging into the three Rays of Aspect (the Activity Ray of the Mahachohan being the synthesiser of the lower four in our planetary scheme) have a correspondence with the merging of man (the product of the three kingdoms and the fourth) into the superman kingdom, the spiritual. The fourth Ray and the fourth Kingdom form a point of harmony for the lower three, and all four then pass into the major or upper three. This is worthy of our serious thought, and the analogy of the fourth plane will also be apparent. For this system, the buddhic plane, the human kingdom, and the fourth Ray of Harmony or Beauty or Synthesis, have a point of correspondence, just as the fourth rootrace is the one in which the synthesis is first observed_ the door into the fifth kingdom of Spirit being then opened; the fourth rootrace also developed the astral/emotional capacity that made contact with the fourth or buddhic level possible.
In a subtle way too (we use the word subtle for lack of a better, meaning a statement of actuality that seems an illusion), the three minor Rays, Concrete Science, Devotion and Ceremonial Law, have each a connection with the three kingdoms in nature below the human, and with the three laws of the three lower worlds.
The Ray of Ceremonial Order has special significance at this time; it controls life in the mineral world, and in the final stages of involutionary life at the point where the upward turn of evolution is made. Through Ceremonial Order comes the control of the lesser builders, the elemental forces, the point of synthesis in the lowest plane of all, the period of transition. In all such periods the seventh Ray comes in (as now) the Ray of Law and Order, of accurate arrangement and formation. It is the reflection on the physical plane of the Power and Activity Aspects working in synthesis. Rays 1, 3, 7, have an interplay, as we know. Ray seven is the appearance in combination of the forces of evolution. It is the manifestation of Power and Activity on the lowest plane of all. It is allied to the laws of the third and seventh planes, Disintegration and Death, for all periods of transition are periods of the destruction and building of forms, and the shattering of the old in order that newer and better chalices of life may be constructed.
The Ray of Devotion has a definite though little known connection with the vegetable kingdom. We must remember that it is linked to a subsidiary Law of the Kosmic Law of Attraction. It is in the vegetable kingdom that we find one of the first and temporary approximations between the evolving human Monad, and the evolving deva/angel Monad. The two parallel evolutions touch in that kingdom, and then again follow their own paths, finding their next point of contact on the fourth or buddhic level, and a final merging on the second.
The concrete Rays have an especial effect on the negative evolution of the deva/angels, who form the feminine aspect of the divine hermaphroditic Man, working along the lines of more positive development. The abstract Rays do a similar work on the positive human hierarchy, tending towards a more receptive attitude. This hierarchy forms the masculine aspect of the divine Hermaphrodite.
The Divine Hermaphrodite_ this is the great Being, planetary or solar, Who manifests in Himself the pair of opposites. Ray influences work equally on the deva/angel and human Hierarchies, as they function in a planetary or logoic body. Clarity of thought might eventuate if we ever bear in mind that all forms are dual, both in evolution and in essential nature. They are the product of the work of the Builders (deva/angel forces) and of active intelligence (the human units) and the two are indivisible in the Divine Hermaphrodite, or Heavenly Man. They are stimulated in both aspects of their Being by the ray influence.
Let us now tabulate these ideas somewhat:
Entity Force Centres Manifestation Manifestation
1. Solar Logos Heaven;y Men Deva/angel Builders A solar system
They energise They work in
and are matter and
active life. hold the life.
2. Planetary Human group Deva/Angel Builders A Scheme.
3. A Man Seven etheric Elemental Bodies.
Each of these divisions can be studied separately and in due course of time (when it may be safe to transmit information more freely anent the deva/angel) it will be seen that a deva/angel Lord of a plane, for instance, works through force centres, manifests objectively through the colour which is his psychical display, and ensouls the matter of a plane just as a Heavenly Man ensouls His scheme. The idea can be extended likewise to chains, globes, races, and rounds. Duality always will be seen,_ human and deva/angel manifestation forming the sumtotal, and always will energy and quality progress in parallel lines. But at three points on the path of evolution the Monads of Love, working on the abstract qualities, touch the deva/angels of activity working on concrete faculty.
The perfection of the two evolutions marks the point of attainment of the divine Heavenly Man; it is the perfecting of the two major centres, creative activity and love, of the Logos. In their lower aspect these centres are known as the centres of generation and the solar plexus, but are transmuted, as evolution proceeds, into the throat and heart centres. Then, in a dual synthesis, they will pass on into the third system, that in which the Power aspect is developed, and the head centres will be complete. This achieved, our Logos has triumphed, and measured up to the sixth cosmic Initiation, just as He should measure up in this system to the fourth.
The Ray of Concrete Science has a peculiar relationship to the animal kingdom, in that it is the Ray that governs the merging of that kingdom into the human. The planet, Venus, in her fifth round, gave the impetus which produced the spark of mind in animal man_ a fact well known. It is also the fifth Ray, and has an interesting connection with the fifth Law of Fixation. We might study, too, with profit, the analogy that can be seen between these factors and the fifth root-race, the race of peculiarly strong development of the concrete mind. The Law of Analogy always holds good.
With this as a basis, the three laws of the personality become replete with life, and can be summed up in the well-known term, "The Law of Rebirth and Death in the three worlds." The fifth law governs a fixed point in the personality, that of the fifth principle.
The Law of Love in the astral/emotional body also has its points for consideration. There is a direct link between the astral/emotional body (love in the personality), the buddhic vehicle (love in the Triad), and the Monads of Love. Later on, this will be understood more fully, but it is the main channel for the basic Law of the system, Love. These three points mark periods of completion, and likewise starting-points for fresh endeavour in the life of the evolving Monad_ from the personality to the Triad, from the Triad to the Monad, from the Monad back again to its source.
5. The Law of Fixation._ This is the governing Law of the mental plane, finding its greater correspondence in the Law of karma on kosmic mental levels. "As a man thinks, so is he/she];" according to his/her thoughts are his/her desires and acts, and so results the future. He/She fixes for him/herself the resultant karma. The word "Fixation" is chosen for two purposes: First, because the word implies the capacity of the thinker to shape his/her own destiny, and secondly because the word implies a stabilising idea, for as evolution progresses, the Ego / soul / Thinker evolves the faculty of forming definite concrete thought-forms, and, through these stable products, of subduing the fluctuations of the astral/emotional body.
This Law of the fifth, or mental plane is one of the most important laws with which we have to do at any time, and it will find its most complete demonstration in the next, or fifth round. In relation to this fourth round the following facts may be gathered about its working:
It is the law under which the evolving personality builds up, during the course of many lives, the causal body; it fixes the matter inhering in that body, placed there by the man as the ages slip away, and crystallises it. Before the fourth Initiation the crystallisation is complete, and the inevitable shattering that is the result of crystallisation in all forms, takes place, setting the indwelling life free for further progress. All forms are but hindrances and limitations, and ultimately must go, but they have their needed place in the development of the race. Eventually the causal body of the entire race itself disintegrates.
This law governs the crystallisation of all forms prior to their shattering in the process of evolution.
It governs the time of rebirth, being one of the subsidiary branches of the Law of karma. Each of the seven subsidiary laws is linked to one of the kosmic laws, or with the Sirian Law of karma. We need always to remember that the consciousness of the cosmic mental plane is the logoic goal of attainment, and that the Sirian Logos is to our solar Logos what the human Ego is to the personality. The Law of karma, or cosmic Fixation, is the Law of the cosmic mental plane, and controls the corresponding law in our system.
In the fifth round this law will act as the divider, temporarily crystallising and fixing into two great classes the human Monads, as they evolve. One group then (containing those who will reach the goal), will pass gradually out from under the domination of this law, and will come under the Law of Magnetic Control. The other will remain under the law in a static condition, until in a later period a fresh opportunity will come; old forms will break, and in another mahamanvantara, and in its fifth period, will come the chance for which they will have waited, when they can again swing into the current of evolution and the imprisoned spirits may mount again towards their source.
In a psyientific sense this law is for us the one with which we are the most intimately concerned. It plays an important part in the hands of the Lords of Flame, and is one of Their main factors in controlling the three worlds. Note here an interesting fact, that Venus is the sixth planet (esoterically the second), and is in her fifth round, and hence is ahead of us along every line.
This law demonstrates the static quality of love, static temporarily, but necessarily so when viewed from the standpoint of time, the great deluder. On the path of involution this law again works with the permanent atoms in the three worlds, with the building in of material around those atoms, in connection with the building deva/angels and the reincarnating Egos. The deva/angels are the mother aspect, the builders of the body, and the reincarnating Jivas are the son/daughter aspect; yet the two are but one, and the result is the divine hermaphroditic man.
6. The Law of Love._ It is not easy, in this brief digest, to approach the tremendous problem of the place love plays in the evolving scheme of things as understood by three-dimensional man. A treatise could be written on the subject, and yet leave it unexhausted. Much light comes if we can ponder deeply on the three expressions of Love: Love in the Personality, Love in the Ego, and Love in the Monad.
Love in the Personality gradually develops through the stages of love of self, pure and simple and entirely selfish, to love of family and friends, to love of men and women, until it arrives at the stage of love of humanity or group love consciousness which is the predominant characteristic of the Ego. A Master of Compassion loves, suffers with, and remains with His kind and with His kin. Love in the Ego gradually develops from love of humanity into love universal_ a love that expresses not only love of humanity, but also love of the deva/angel evolutions in their totality, and of all forms of divine manifestation.
This term "The Law of Love," is after all too generic a term to apply to one law governing one plane, but will have to suffice for the present, as it conveys the type of idea that is needed, to our minds. The Law of Love is in reality but the Law of the system in demonstration on all the planes.
In System I, Activity, Desire for Expression, and the Impulse to Move was the basic note. That activity produced certain results, certain permanent effects, and thus formed the nucleus for the present system. Ordered Activity is the foundation of this system of ordered Love, and leads to system three, wherein ordered Activity, with ordered Love for its impulse, results in ordered loving Power.
The sixth Ray of Devotion and the sixth Law of love have a close alliance, and on the sixth plane comes the powerful working out in the lower Triad, the Personality, of the Law of Love. On the astral/emotional plane, the home of the desires, originate those feelings which we call personal love;
The astral/emotional plane is, at the present time, the most important for us, for in desire_ not corrected or transmuted_ lies the difference between the personal consciousness and that of the Ego.
In the sixth Scheme, that of Venus, this can be seen clearly; it is the scheme of love. Viewed from one angle, the Venusian Scheme is the second, and from another it is the sixth. It depends upon whether we reason from the circumference to the centre or the reverse.
It is the home of the planetary Logos of the sixth Ray. This may sound like a contradiction, but it is not so really; we must remember the interlocking, the gradual shifting and changing, that takes place in time on all the Rays. In the same way the Earth chain is the third if viewed from one aspect and the fifth viewed from another.
In the sixth chain of each scheme, this sixth law and the sixth Ray have a very important significance, whilst the seventh chain of each scheme is always synthetic_ Love and Activity in a perfect balance. The same effect can be demonstrated in the sixth Round. In the sixth Round of the present chain of the Earth scheme, the sixth law will demonstrate with great clarity and force, as love shown in brotherhood, love translated or transmuted from the astral/emotional to the buddhic. So in the sixth rootrace and the sixth subrace a similar analogy will be seen. Out of the shattered form of the fifth subrace of the fifth root race, built up under the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge, with the aid of the fifth Law of Fixation, will emerge the sixth subrace of brotherly/sisterly love_ love shown in the realisation of the one life latent in each Son of God.
7. The Law of Sacrifice and Death. This law links itself to the third law, that of Disintegration following the connection that always exists between the atmic and the physical plane. The Law of Disintegration controls the fivefold destruction of forms in the five lower worlds, and the Law of Death controls similarly in the three worlds. It is subsidiary to the third law. The Law of Sacrifice is the Law of Death in the subtle bodies, whilst what we call death is the analogous thing in the physical body. This law governs the gradual disintegration of concrete forms and their sacrifice to the evolving life, and is closely linked in its manifestation with the seventh Ray. This Ray is the one that largely controls, that manipulates, that geometrises and that holds sway over the form side, governing the elemental forces of nature. The physical plane is the most concrete exemplification of the form side; it holds the divine life imprisoned or enmeshed at its densest point, and it works at this time in line with the seventh law. In a mysterious way this law is the reverse side of the first, or the Law of Vibration. It is Vulcan and Neptune in opposition, which is as yet an almost incomprehensible thing for us. The densest form of expression on the physical plane is after all but a form of synthesis; just as the rarest form of expression on the highest plane is but unity or synthesis of a finer kind. One is the synthesis of matter, and the other the synthesis of life.
This law governs the seventh chain in each scheme; each chain having achieved the fullest expression possible in the scheme, comes under the Law of Death, and obscuration and disintegration supervenes. In a cosmic sense and analogy, it is the law that governs the coming in of pralaya at the end of a system. It is the law that shatters the cross of the cosmic Christ, and places the form of the Christ within the tomb for a period of time.
The Principle of Mutation. In concluding the above information about the laws, it is needful that we all recognise the extreme danger of dogmatising about these matters, and the risk of laying down hard and fast rules. Much must remain unexplained and untouched, and much also will serve to raise only questions in our minds. Comprehension is as yet impossible. Until fourth-dimensional sight is ours, it will scarcely be possible for us to do more than hint at, and get a passing vision of, the complexity and the interweaving in the system. It is not easy for us to do more than grip as a mental concept the fact that the rays, schemes, planets, chains, rounds, races and laws form a unit; seen from the angle of human vision the confusion seems unimaginable, and the key of its solution to be so hidden as to be useless; yet, seen from the angle of logoic sight, the whole moves in unison, and is geometrically accurate. In order to give some idea of the complexity of the arrangement, we would like here to point out that the Rays themselves circulate, the Law of karma controlling the interweaving. For instance, Ray I may pass around a scheme (if it is the paramount Ray of the scheme) with its first subray manifesting in a chain, its second in a round, its third in a world period, its fourth in a root race, its fifth in a subrace, and its sixth in a branch race. We give this in illustration, and not as the statement of a fact in present manifestation. This gives us some idea of the vastness of the process, and of its wonderful beauty. It is impossible for us, sweeping through on some one Ray, to visualise or in any way to apprehend this beauty; yet, to those on higher levels and with a wider range of vision, the gorgeousness of the design is apparent.
This complexity is for us very much increased because we do not yet understand the principle governing this mutation. Nor is it possible for even the highest human mind in the three worlds to do more than sense and approximate that principle. By mutation we mean the fact that there is a constant changing and shifting, an endless interweaving and interlocking, and a ceaseless ebb and flow, in the dramatic interplay of the forces that stand for the dual synthesis of Spirit and matter. There is constant rotation in the Rays and planes, in their relative importance from the standpoint of time which is the standpoint most closely associated with us. But we can rest assured that there is some fundamental principle directing all the activities of the Logos in His system, and by wrestling to discover the basic principle on which our microcosmic lives rest, we may discover aspects of this inherent logoic principle. This opens to our consideration a wide range of vision, and though it emphasises the complexity of the subject, it also demonstrates the divine magnitude of the scheme, with its magnificent intricacies.
The major root races are chosen under the Law of Correspondence. In the third root race came the third Outpouring, the merging and the point of contact between the Spiritual Triad and the Lower Quaternary. The fifth root race marks a point where higher and lower man as approximate, and where the concrete mind, meeting its highest development of this round, gives place to the intuition from above. Here again we have a twofold reason. The seventh root race again demonstrates dual attainment, love in activity, the basis of the third system of Will or Power.
The three major Rays, being dual, are their own sufficient explanation. They are at present the mode of expression of the three aspects, and demonstrate under their appropriate Logoi, Who manipulate world affairs through the three departments, of which the rulers on our planet are the Lord Maitreya, the Manu, and the Mahachohan. The three major planes demonstrate easily their unique position_ on plane two we have the home of the Monads of Love, on plane five we find the habitat of their reflections, the reincarnating Egos, and on the physical plane we find the working out at its densest point of the life of the Spirit.
This principle of mutation governs every department in the Law of Correspondences, and certain things can be stated as regards the system, and its component parts which will be found illuminating if we remember that they are facts for the present. Let us again illustrate: we have been told that the three major Rays at this time are the first, the second, and the seventh. But later, the Rays now major may become subsidiary, and others take their place, though for this solar system the second Ray, being the synthetic Ray, will always be a major Ray. Perhaps we can here get a hint on this great principle, though we must be careful not to draw it out to too fine a conclusion. For this system the major Rays will always be the dual Rays_ the negative-positive Rays, the masculine-feminine Rays_ this being the dual system. The major Rays for system three will be those in triple manifestation.
The following table may be found of interest, if regarded as relative, and as holding information for the present time, but also as being subject to change and circulation:
7 Rays Major 1-2-7 Four subsidiary converging on the fifth.
7 Principles 3 Major Monad, Ego and Personality, synthesising at various stages the four subsidiary.
7 Chains Major 1-4-7
7 Planes Major 2-5-7
7 Manvantaras Major 3-4-7
7 Rounds Major 4-5-7
7 Root races Major 3-5-7
7 Sub races Major 1-5-6
7 Initiations Major 1 4 5 if viewed from the angle of human attainment, and 1-5-7 if viewed from a higher.
VIII. WHY IS KNOWLEDGE BOTH EXOTERIC AND ESOTERIC?
We can now take up the question next in order, which was worded: "Why do we consider certain aspects of knowledge esoteric and other aspects as exoteric?"
The answer to this practically involves the realisation that
Therefore it will be apparent that until the faculty of ascertaining subjective information is achieved, whole ranges of facts will remain outside the scope of the consciousness of the majority.
As we have been told,
These two factors of the senses and of experimental contact can be seen working out in the animal and human kingdoms; the difference between the two exists in
The animal uses the solar plexus in the same way that a man uses the brain; it is the organ of instinct.
All that can be acquired by instinct and by the use of the concrete mind functioning through the physical brain can be considered as dealing with that which we call exoteric. It is thus evident how the range of fact will differ according to:
a. The age of the soul.
b. Experience developed and used.
c. Condition of the brain and the physical body.
d. Circumstances and environment.
As time progresses and man reaches a fair state of evolution, mind is more rapidly developed, and a new factor comes gradually into play. Little by little the intuition, or the transcendental mind, begins to function, and eventually supersedes the lower or concrete mind. It then utilises the physical brain as a receiving plate, but at the same time develops certain centres in the head, and thus transfers the zone of its activity from the physical brain to the higher head centres, existing in etheric matter. For the mass of humanity, this will be effected during the opening up of the etheric subplanes during the next two races. This is paralleled in the animal kingdom by the gradual transference of the zone of activity from the solar plexus to the rudimentary brain, and its gradual development by the aid of manas.
As we consider these points, it will become apparent that the esoteric aspects of knowledge are really those zones of consciousness which are not yet conquered, and brought within the radius of control of the indwelling Entity.
The point to be emphasised is that when this is realised the true significance of the esoteric and the psyientific will be appreciated, and the endeavor of all KNOWERS will be to draw within the zone of their knowledge other units who are ready for a similar expansion of consciousness. In this thought lies the key to the work of the White Brotherhood. They attract by Their force into certain fields of realisation and endeavor and by that attraction and the response of those human atoms who are ready, the group soul on the upward arc, or a particular centre of a Heavenly Man, is co-ordinated.
In the same way the animal is brought at a certain stage into the zone of influence of the lesser sons of mind_ human beings who are the elder brothers of the animals, as the Masters of the Wisdom are the Elder Brothers where humanity is concerned. So the interlocking proceeds and the division of responsibility.
WHAT IS THE RELATION BETWEEN:
a. The ten planetary schemes?
b. The seven sacred planets?
c. The seven chains in a scheme?
d. The seven globes in a chain?
e. The seven rounds on a globe?
f. The seven root-races and the seven subraces?
We have in this question a vast quantity of matter to deal with and it will be impossible for us to do more than to get a broad and general idea.
The subject is so vast and the comprehensiveness of the interrelated points is so great that we shall only attain lucidity if we confine our attention to certain broad general conceptions, leaving the subsidiary points for more detailed elucidation at some later period.
[1. The Inter-related Parts]
Primarily we would suggest that we consider this subject only as it concerns a Heavenly Man, that we omit from our immediate calculations the consideration of the cellular composition of His body (those separated units of consciousness which we call deva/angels and human beings), and that we view the matter from what is to the human being, the group concept, and not the individual.
The entire middle section of this treatise on the Fires has to do with
This is His work in the same sense that the work of the cells within His body is to develop the mind principle. When through experience in the three worlds the human units have accomplished this, they can then gain_ through the final initiations_ something of the group concept, or the conscious realisation of place, and of energised activity within the ring-pass-not of their particular planetary Logos. Therefore, we might consider the following points:
First: The work of the units who go to the make-up of a particular planetary Logos. This is of a threefold nature:
a. To attain the consciousness of the realised control of their own individual ring-pass-not, or of their own sphere of activity. This covers the period of evolution up to the first Initiation, or their entrance upon the Path, and thus into the spiritual kingdom. It concerns the awakening of consciousness on the three lower planes.
b. To attain the consciousness of the particular centre in the body of one of the planetary Logoi_ which centre embodies their group activity. This carries them to the fifth Initiation, and covers the period wherein consciousness is awakened on the five planes of evolution.
c. To attain to the consciousness of the centre in the Body of the Logos of which any particular planetary Logos is the sumtotal. This carries them to the seventh Initiation and covers the period of the awakening of consciousness on the seven planes of the solar system.
These expansions are attained by the aid of mind, transmuted in due course of time into love-wisdom, and entail the conscious control of the entire seven planes of the solar system, or of the lowest cosmic plane.
Second: The work of the Heaven;y Men Who in their totality are the seven centres in the body of the Logos. This work is again threefold:
a. To attain to full self-consciousness, or to individual consciousness on the five planes; to vibrate with conscious activity within Their Own ring-pass-not, a planetary scheme. This covers a period in the scheme of involution, and of that period during the evolutionary stage which is comprised within the first three rounds up to the entrance upon the fourth round.
b. To attain to the consciousness of the solar Logos, within Whose body They form the centres. It entails the attainment by a Heavenly Man of a group consciousness of a sevenfold nature, or the achievement of accurate vibratory relationship with the other Heaven;y Men Who form the other centres. It carries with it the capacity to have full conscious control on the seven planes of the solar system, and covers that period of development which is undergone in a planetary chain during the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds. It should be borne in mind that a paralleling recognition should here be given to the fact that the solar Logos holds an analogous position in the body of a cosmic Entity to that held by a Heavenly Man in the body of a solar Logos.
c. To attain to the consciousness of a greater centre on cosmic levels. This covers the period of the seventh round, and gives to a Heavenly Man (when these rounds are viewed in the light of the Eternal Now, and not from the standpoint of time and of space) the consciousness of the cosmic astral/emotional, or the second lowest plane of the cosmic planes. A great deal of the problem to be seen slowly working out at this time to a solution is due to the fact that the control of the Heavenly Man, Whose body our scheme may be, is as yet but partial, and His cosmic experience is as yet but imperfect. This necessarily affects the cells in His body in the same way that lack of astral/emotional control in the case of a human being, affects His vehicle. It might here be pointed out that the evolution of the Heaven;y Men is unequal, and that our planetary Logos has not the control, for instance, that the Heavenly Man of the Venus chain has achieved. In each round one subplane of the cosmic astral plane is brought under control, and the consciousness of the Heavenly Man expands to include one subplane more. The planetary Lord of Venus has dominated and controlled the five subplanes and is working on the sixth. Our planetary Logos is engaged in a similar work on the fourth and fifth. The work, as in all cycles, overlaps and it might be explained thus:
He is perfecting the control of the fourth subplane on the cosmic astral plane, and has nearly completed it. He is beginning to work at the control of the fifth subplane_ a control which will be perfected in the fifth round.
He is sensing and responding to the vibration of the sixth subplane, but is not as yet fully conscious on that subplane.
We have a corresponding reflection to this in the fourth and fifth root-races on this planet, in which the astral/emotional consciousness of the Atlantean cycle is being perfected, the fifth principle is being developed, and the sixth is being gradually sensed. This deserves thoughtful consideration.
Third: The work of a solar logos is again of a corresponding nature:
a. He has to attain to the full consciousness of His entire ring-pass-not, or of the seven planes of the solar system. This covers a period wherein five of the Heaven;y Men, or five of His centres, and therefore, five schemes, reach a stage of accurate response to contact and stimulation.
b. He has to attain to the consciousness of the cosmic Logos within Whose body He is a centre. He must find by experience His place within the cosmic group of which He is a part, in much the same way as a planetary Logos pursues a similar course. This is achieved when all the Heaven;y Men or each of the seven centres are awakened and functioning consciously and freely, with their systemic inter-relation adjusted and controlled by the Law of Action and Reaction. It brings within His control not only the seven subplanes of the cosmic physical plane (our seven major planes) but necessarily also the cosmic astral plane.
c. To attain to the consciousness of the centre in the body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NOUGHT MAY BE SAID. This centre is formed by the sphere of influence of a cosmic Logos. In the body of a cosmic Logos, a solar Logos is a centre.
We must bear in mind that this enumeration is given from the standpoint of the present, and from the angle of vision (relatively limited) of the Heavenly Man of our particular scheme, and that it is therefore circumscribed by His peculiar conditions, which govern the intelligence of the cells in His body; it is given from the point of view of differentiation and not of synthesis. A synthetic absorption proceeds eventually in connection with all these Entities, and each undergoes a process, paralleling on His Own level that undergone by the Microcosm; in the case of the Microcosm the causal body or the body of the Ego acts as the synthesiser of the energy of the Quaternary or lower Self, and the spiritual
EVOLUTION IN THE UNIVERSE
Entity Vehicle Centre Space Time
The Unknown 7 constellations. cosmic Logos 5 cosmic planes.
A cosmic Logos 7 solar systems solar Logos 4 cosmic planes.
A solar Logos 7 planetary schemes Heavenly Man 3 cosmic planes. Period of three solar systems.
A Heavenly Man 7 planetary chains Chohans and groups 2 cosmic planes. Period of one solar system.
A Man 7 etheric centres a Principle 1 cosmic plane Period of one planetary scheme.
or Monadic sheath as the synthesiser of the seven principles, making thus the three, the seven, and the ten.
In closing we would point out that the mind must carefully be kept from reducing all these ideas into a rankly materialistic concept. It must be rigidly borne in mind that we are dealing with the subjective life, and not with the objective form, and that we are considering, for instance, the synthesis of the principles or the qualitating energies and not the synthesis of form.
Through each etheric centre man is bringing to perfect vibration some one principle or quality through which the subjective life may express itself.
Through each chain in a scheme a Heavenly Man is endeavoring to do the same.
Through each scheme in a system, a solar Logos is working at the same thing; the goal is synthetic quality and not primarily the perfection of the form. The response of the energised form to the qualitative life is naturally_ under the law_ equal to the demand, but this is of secondary importance and is not the object in view.
We have seen that the work to be accomplished in all the above cases is necessarily threefold:
First. The development of individual consciousness.
Second. The development of group consciousness.
Third. The development of God consciousness, of that consciousness in each case which represents the highest spiritual Source, and which is recognised as the same in essence as the God within the individual, whether man or solar Logos.
This concept must be IDtated upon by all souls/thinkers and its synthesis emphasised. The relation of the cell to the group, of the group to the aggregate of groups, and of them all to the indwelling Entity Who holds them in synthetic correlation by means of the Law of Attraction and Repulsion is of vital moment. Two main ideas must always be borne in mind:
That the terms "cell, group, or congery of groups" relate entirely to the form of vehicle, and thus to the matter aspect.
That the idea of an Entity Who synthesises the groups and is the animating life of the cell has to do with the Spirit aspect.
These two concepts lead necessarily to a third, that of the development of consciousness, which is the gradual expansion of the realisation of the Indweller in the form, the apprehension by the Self of the relation of the form to Itself, and of its slow utilisation and control. This persists until that Realisation includes the cell, the group, and the totality of groups. These ideas can be applied to the three grades of consciousness referred to. As follows:
When the place of the solar planes within the cosmic scheme is duly apprehended it will be recognised that on cosmic levels of a high order the solar Logos is an Intelligence as relatively low in the order of cosmic consciousness as man is in relation to solar consciousness. He is but a cell in the body of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID. His work parallels on cosmic levels the work of man on the solar planes. He has to undergo on the three lower cosmic planes a process of developing an apprehension of His environment of the same nature as man in the three worlds. This fact should be remembered by all students of this central division of our subject; above all the analogy between the cosmic physical planes and the solar physical planes must be pondered upon. It holds hid the fourfold mystery:
1. The mystery of the Akasha.
2. The secret of the fifth round.
3. The esoteric significance of Saturn, the third planet.
4. The psyientific nature of cosmic kundalini, or the electrical force of the system.
One hint on this fourth point may be given for wise consideration. When the electrical interplay between the planets is better ascertained (and by this we mean their negative or positive interplay), then it will be revealed which are related or connected, and which are nearing the point of balance. We would here point out very briefly certain facts, not pausing to elaborate or to elucidate, but simply making various statements which_ as the knowledge of man progresses_ will assume their rightful place in the ordered scheme. They will then be seen as enlightening and revealing the necessary sequence of development.
2. The Work of the Atomic Units.
a. The seven Heaven;y Men, considered in relation to the Entity of Whom the solar Logos is a reflection, are as the seven centres in the physical body of a human being. This will be realised as the correspondence between the cosmic physical plane and the systemic physical plane is studied.
b. Three of these centres, therefore
Concern the lower centres of the cosmic Being.
Have their analogies on the dense, liquid and gaseous planes.
Are at present the object of the attention of cosmic kundalini.
c. One of these centres corresponds to the solar plexus and is the synthesiser of the lower three, thus making a quaternary.
d. The centre which is analogous to that at the base of the spine, or the reservoir of kundalini, has a permanence which is not seen in the other two lower centres. The Heavenly Man Who embodies this principle and is the source of generative heat to His Brothers, must be sought for by the aid of the intuition. Concrete Mind will not here avail.
e. The three higher centres, or the Heaven;y Men Who correspond to the head, the heart and the throat of the solar Logos, have Their etheric analogies on the three higher etheric levels of the cosmic physical plane, just as the Heavenly Man Who embodies the logoic solar plexus finds His manifesting source on the fourth etheric.
f. This Heavenly Man, with His etheric vortex or wheel of force on the fourth cosmic ether, is in this fourth round, a vital factor in planetary evolution.
g. When the Heavenly Man, Who is at present demonstrating through the Earth scheme, has succeeded in vitalising His middle centre, or in directing the force of planetary kundalini away from the lower centres to the solar plexus centre, a new cycle will be reached, and much of the present distress will be ended. His work is as yet in an embryonic condition, and two and a half more cycles must transpire before He has accomplished the necessary work. When that is done, the result in connection with the human units in incarnation will be threefold:
We would here point out the inadvisability of the method whereby the names of the globes in a chain, just as the names of a chain in a scheme, follow the planetary nomenclature. This has led to c onfusion.
A clue tending towards the correct undertanding lies hid in the words: "Venus is the Earth's primary."
It is not permissible to say much about this mystery, that "Venus is the Earth's alter ego," nor is it advisable, but certain ideas may be suggested which_ if brooded on_ may result in a wider grasp of the beauty of nature's synthesis, and of the wonderful correlation of all that is in process of evolution.
Perhaps some idea may be gained if we remember that, in an psyientific sense, Venus is to the Earth what the higher Self is to man.
The coming of the Lords of Flame to the Earth was all under law and not just an accidental and fortunate happening; it was a planetary matter which finds its correspondence in the connection between the mental unit and the manasic permanent atom. Again, as the antaskarana is built by individual man between these two points, so_ again in a planetary sense_ is a channel being built by collective man on this planet to its primary, Venus.
In connection with these two planets, it must be remembered that Venus is a sacred planet and the Earth is not. This means that certain of the planets are to the Logos what the permanent atoms are to man. They embody principles. Certain planets afford only temporary homes to these principles. Others persist throughout the mahamanvantara. Of these Venus is one.
Three of the sacred planets, it should be remembered, are the home of the three major Rays, of the embodied forms of the three logoic aspects or principles. Other planets are embodiments of the four minor rays. We might consider_ from the standpoint of the present_ that Venus, Jupiter and Saturn might be considered as the vehicles of the three super-principles at this time. Mercury, the Earth and Mars are closely allied to these three, but a hidden mystery lies here. The evolution of the inner round has a close connection with this problem. Perhaps some light may be thrown upon the obscurity of the matter by the realisation that just as the Logos has (in the non-sacred planets) the correspondence to the permanent atoms in the human being, so the middle evolution between these two (God and man) is the Heavenly Man, whose body is made up of human and deva/angels monads, and Who has likewise His permanent atoms. Always the three higher principles can be distinguished in importance from the four lower.
The key is hidden in the fact that between the number of a globe in a chain and its corresponding chain lies a method of communication. The same is true likewise of the correspondence between a chain of globes and a scheme of analogous number. The connection between Venus and the Earth lies hid in number, and it took a moment of mysterious alignment between a globe, its corresponding chain and the scheme of allied number to effect the momentous occurrence known as the coming of the Lords of Flame. It occurred in the third rootrace in the fourth round. Here we have an analogy between the quaternary and the Triad, carrying the interpretation up to a Heavenly Man. The chain was the fourth chain and the globe, the fourth. The fourth chain in the Venus scheme and the fourth globe in that chain were closely involved in the transaction.
h. The progress of development of the Heaven;y Men is by no means uniform. One point has not been emphasised hitherto, and that is, that the problem before each of Them is dissimilar, and, therefore, it is not possible for man correctly to gauge the work done by Them and Their relative point of attainment. It has been said that as Venus is in the fifth round, the Venusian Lord is further progressed than His brothers. This is not altogether so. Just as in the development of humanity three main lines may be seen with four lesser lines merging into one of the three main lines, so in connection with the Heaven;y Men, there are three main lines of which the Venusian is not one. The Lord of Venus holds place in the logoic quaternary, as does the Lord of Earth.
The main idea underlying the question we have been endeavoring to answer has to do with the relationship between the schemes, chains, rounds, and races, and it should be borne in mind that these manifestations bear the same relationship to a Heavenly Man as incarnations do to a human being. This gives the opportunity here to bring out perhaps a little more clearly the place of cycles in the evolution of all these Entities from a man up to a cosmic Logos, via a Heavenly Man and a solar Logos. Just as it is pointed out in the [- -] that there are greater and lesser cycles in the evolution of a solar system, so it can be predicated equally of a Heavenly Man, of a human being, and of an atom. This brings us, therefore, to another statement:
i. The cycles in the evolutionary process of all these Entities may be divided mainly into three groups, though necessarily these groups can be extended into septennates and into an infinity of multiples of seven.
In connection with a solar Logos the cycles might be called:
1. One hundred years of Brahma.
2. A year of Brahma.
3. A day of Brahma.
These periods have been computed by the Hindu students and are the sumtotal of time as we understand it or the duration of a solar system.
In connection with a Heavenly Man we have the corresponding cycles to those of the Logos:
1. The period of a planetary scheme.
2. The period of a planetary chain.
3. The period of a planetary round.
Within these three divisions, which are the differentiations of the three great cycles of incarnation of a planetary Logos, are numerous lesser cycles or incarnations but they all fall within one or other of the three main divisions. Such lesser cycles might be easily comprehended if it were pointed out that they mark such periods as:
a. The period of manifestation on a globe.
b. The period of a root-race.
c. The period of a sub-race.
d. The period of a branch race.
In order to apprehend even cursorily the identity of manifestation of a planetary Logos in a root-race, for instance, it must be remembered that the sumtotal of human and deva/angel units upon a planet make the body vital of a planetary Logos, whilst the sumtotal of lesser lives upon a planet (from the material bodies of men or deva/angels down to the other kingdoms of nature) form His body corporeal, and are divisible into two types of such lives:
a. Those on the evolutionary arc, such as in the animal kingdom.
b. Those on the involutionary arc, such as the totality of all elemental material forms within His sphere of influence. All the involutionary lives, as earlier pointed out, form the vehicles for the spirit of the planet, or the planetary entity, who is the sumtotal of the elemental essences in process of involution. He holds a position (in relation to a Heavenly Man) analogous to that held by the different elementals that go to the make-up of man’s three bodies, physical, astral/emotional and mental, and he/she is_ like all manifesting beings_ threefold in his/her nature, but involutionary. Therefore, man and deva/angels (differentiating the deva/angels from the lesser Builders) form the SOUL of a Heavenly Man. Other lives form His BODY, and it is with body and soul that we are concerned in these two divisions of our thesis on FIRE. One group manifests the fire of matter, the other group the fire of mind, for the deva/angels are the personification of the active universal mind, even though man is considered manasic in a different sense. Man bridges in essence; the deva/angels bridge in matter.
In connection with Man the cycles are equally threefold:
1. The Monadic cycle, which corresponds in man to the 100 years of Brahma, and to a planetary scheme.
2. The Egoic cycle.
3. The Personality cycle.
In these thoughts on cycles we have opened up a vast range of thought, especially if we link the idea of egoic and personality cycles to the vaster periods in connection with a planetary Logos. The idea is capable of vast expansion, and is governed by certain fundamental ideas that must be carefully considered and contemplated.
The cycles in a man’s personality manifestation demonstrate in groups of fours and sevens, and follow the usual evolutionary sequence, as:
a. Differentiation, the involutionary process, or the one becoming the many, the homogeneous becoming the heterogeneous.
b. Balance, or the process of karmic adjustment.
c. Synthesis, or spiritualisation, the many again becoming the One.
d. Obscuration, or liberation, the end of the evolutionary process, or the freeing of Spirit from the limitations of matter.
By this we must understand that all incarnations on the physical plane are not of equal importance, but some are of more moment than others; some, from the point of view of the Ego, are practically negligible, others count; some are to the evolving human Spirit of importance analogous to the incarnation of a planetary Logos in a globe, or through a root-race, whilst others are as relatively unimportant to him/her as the manifestation of a branch-race is to a Heavenly Man.
As yet, owing to the small point of development of the average man, the astral/emotional incarnations or cycles count for little, but they are by no means to be discounted, and are oft relatively of more importance than the physical. In due course of time the astral/emotional cycles will be better comprehended and their relation to the physical. When it is realised that the physical body is not a principle but that the kama-manasic principle (or desire-mind principle) is one of the most vital to man then the period or cycle in which a man functions on the fifth subplane of the astral/emotional (the fundamentally kama-manasic plane) will assume its rightful place. It is so again with the mental cycles and so with the causal. The causal cycles or the egoic cycles, which include all the groups of lesser cycles in the three worlds correspond to a complete round in the cycles of a Heavenly Man. There are seven such cycles, but the number of lesser cycles (included within the seven) is one of the secrets of Initiation.
The egoic cycles proceed in groups of sevens and of threes, and not in groups of fours and sevens as do the personality cycles, and the same ratio must be predicated of the central cycles of a Heavenly Man and of a solar Logos. The Monadic cycles proceed in groups of ones and of threes as do the basic cycles of those great Entities of which man is the microcosmic reflection. If the general concept here laid down is studied in relation to the schemes, and other forms of manifestation to each other and, if the microcosm him/herself is studied as the clue to the whole, some idea will begin to permeate the mind as to the purpose underlying all these manifestations. It should be borne also in mind that just as the average man in each incarnation achieves three objects:
1. The development of consciousness or the awakening of the faculty of awareness,
2. The achievement of a certain proportion of permanent faculty, or the definite increase of the content of the causal body,
3. The making of karma, or the setting in motion (by action), of causes which necessitate certain unavoidable effects, so a Heavenly Man at one stage of His evolution does the same. As man progresses and as he/she enters upon the Probationary Path and the subsequent Path of Initiation, he/she succeeds in bringing about some further noticeable developments.
1. As before, his/her consciousness expands, but he/she begins to work intelligently from above and does not work blindly on the lower planes.
2. The building of the causal body is carried to full completion, and he/she begins next to shatter what he/she earlier wrought, and to destroy the Temple so carefully constructed, finding it too to be a limitation.
3. He/She ceases to make karma in the three worlds, but begins to work it off, or, literally, to "wind up his/her affairs."
So do the Heaven;y Men, for They likewise have a cosmic path to tread, analogous to that trodden by man, as he/she nears the goal of his/her endeavor.
Again we can with exactitude carry the concept further still, and predicate action of a similar nature by the solar Logos.
The consideration of this question is nearly concluded and it must be apparent that the relation between the aforementioned manifestations is of a psychic nature (using the word psychic in its true sense, as having reference to the psyche, or soul, or consciousness) and deals with the gradual expansion of Soul-Knowledge in a Heavenly Man. A word of warning should here be sounded. Though all these cosmic Beings find in man a reflection of Their Own Nature, yet the analogy of resemblance must not be pushed to extremity.
Throughout all these graded manifestations the law holds good, and the lesser is included in the greater. Hence the need for the student to preserve with care a due sense of proportion, a discrimination as to time in evolution, and a just appreciation of the place of each unit within its greater sphere. Having sounded this note of warning we can now proceed with the concluding remarks anent this final question.
It has been stated that a mystery lies hid in the 777 incarnations. This figure provides room for much speculation. It should be pointed out that it does not hold the number of a stated cycle of incarnations through which a man must pass, but holds the key to the three major cycles previously mentioned. Primarily this number applies to the planetary Logos of our scheme and not so much to other schemes. Each Heavenly Man has His number and the number of our Heavenly Man lies hid in the above three figures, just as 666 and 888 holds the mystery hid of two other Heaven;y Men. This number 777 is also the number of transmutation, which is the fundamental work of all the Heaven;y Men. The basic work of man is accumulation and acquisition, or the acquiring of that which must later be transmuted. The work of transmutation, or the true cycle of 777 commences on the Probationary Path, and is definitely the activity of a Heavenly Man being realised and responded to by the cells in His Body. Only when His Body has reached a certain vibratory movement can He truly influence the individual cells. This work of transmuting cell activity was begun on this planet during the last root-race, and the divine alchemy proceeds. The progress made is as yet but small, but each transmuted conscious cell increases the speed and the accuracy of the work. Time alone is needed for the completion of the work. In connection with this matter of transmutation comes the legend of the Philosopher's Stone, which is literally the application of the Rod of Initiation, in one sense.
Why AM I HERE? / LIFE / INCARNATION
1. The soul has communicated with his instrument in the three worlds.
2. The man on the physical plane recognises the contact, and the light in the head shines forth, sometimes recognised and sometimes unrecognised by the aspirant.
3. The soul sounds forth its note. A thought-form is created in consonance with the united meditation of the soul and the man, his instrument
4. This thought-form, embodying the will of the ego or soul, cooperating with the man in the mirror"vitalized through the activity and by the emanations from the heart, throat and ajna centres of the light magician_ the soul in conjunction with its instrument.
5. The personality sheaths, each with its own individual life, feel they are losing their power and the battle between the forces of matter.
6. This battle must be fought out on the astral/emotionalplane and will decide three things:
a. Whether the soul will, in any one life (for some life holds the critical stage), be the dominant factor and the personality from henceforth be the servant of the soul.
b. Whether the astral/emotional plane is no longer the plane of illusion, but can become the field of service.
c. Whether the man can become an active co-operator with the Hierarchy, able to create and to wield mental matter, and so work out the purposes of the Universal Mind, which are prompted by boundless and infinite love, and are the expression of the One Life.
This is the crux of the entire situation, and when the man has mastered the forces opposed to him/her, he/she is ready for the second initiation which marks the release of the soul from the prison of the astral/emotional body. Henceforth the soul will use the astral/emotional body, and mould desire into line with divine purpose.
It is of value for the student to know where he/she stands and what his/her particular problem is.
The battle is spread over quite a series of lives, but in some one life it becomes critical; the final stand is made and Arjuna assume the reins of control,
Speaking symbolically the substance of the astral/emotional plane is animated by three types of divine force, which, when brought together, produce the great Illusion. These are:
First, the force of selfish desire. This involutionary energy plays a big part in bringing about evolution, for selfishness is the nursery of infant souls. Hence the aspirant refuses to be held by it.
Second, the force of fear. This is the product of ignorance, and in its initial stages it is not the product of wrong thinking. It is basically instinctual and is found dominating in the non-mental animal kingdom as well as in the human kingdom. But in the human, its power is increased potently through the powers of the mind, and through memory of past pain and grievance and through anticipation of those we foresee, the power of fear is enormously aggravated by the thought-form we ourselves have built of our own individual fears and phobias. This thought form grows in power as we pay attention to it, for "energy follows thought" till we become dominated by it. Second ray people are peculiarly a prey to this. For the majority of them it constitutes the "dweller on the threshold", just as ambition and love of power, backed by frantic desire and unscrupulousness form the "Dweller" for the first ray types. The crystallized thought form of intellectual achievement for selfish ends, and the use of knowledge for personality objectives stand before the portal of the path in the case of the third ray person, and unless broken up and destroyed will dominate him/her and turn him/her into a black magician.
You oft have been told that fear is an illusion. Yet this statement does not help. It is a generalisation that one can admit, yet which remains profoundly difficult to apply individually. The fears to which aspirants are subject (note the mode of wording this) are seldom of a selfish nature except insofar as suffering has caused them to recoil from a further continuation of untoward happenings. Their fears are wrapt in seeming love around their loved ones. Yet should each ‘noo ask him/herself a most practical question: How many of the torturing hours have been expended on realities and on tangible happenings, and how many on illusory premonitions and on doubts and questionings, based on that which has never happened? We would like to point out to our brothers that they need to do two things: To meditate on truth in daily life, using the concept of truth practised and lived by as their seed thought in meditation; to this end we would suggest that they memorise and use at all times when swept by illusory fears and needless foreboding the following formula or prayer:
"Let reality govern my every thought, and truth be the master of my life."
Let each say this to him/herself as constantly as need requires, forcing his/her mind to focus attention upon the significance of these spoken words.
We would suggest also sound common sense and the cultivation of an attitude of mind which refuses to permit time for illusory fears to grow.
Fear is the main obstacle frequently to a very vital step forward which could be taken in this life, but may have to be delayed to another if due opportunity is not taken and the will nature powerfully excited.
The individualised Spirit expresses itself through the various ray types in the following manner:_
Power realised selfishly.
A longing for power and authority.
Desire to dominate.
Expressed strength and self-will,
A dynamic use of energy for the furtherance of the Plan.
The use of destructive forces in order to prepare the way for the Builders.
The will to power in order to cooperate.
Power realised as the major weapon of love.
Identification with the rhythm of the Whole.
The cessation of isolation.
The power to build for selfish ends.
Capacity to sense the Whole and to remain apart.
The cultivation of a separative spirit.
The hidden light.
The realisation of selfish desire.
Longing for material well-being.
Selfishness, and subordination of all soul powers to this end,
SANE / Will-to-Good:
Building wisely, in relation to the Plan.
A longing for wisdom and truth.
Sensitivity to the Whole.
Renunciation of the great heresy of separativeness.
The revelation of the light.
Right speech through generated wisdom.
Force manipulation through selfish desire.
Intelligent use of force with wrong motive.
Intense material and mental activity.
The realisation of energy as an end in itself.
Longing for glory, beauty and for material objectives.
Submergence in illusion, glamour, and maya,
SANE / Will-to-Good:
The manipulation of energy in order to reveal beauty and truth.
The use of forces intelligently for the furtherance of the Plan.
Ordered rhythmic activity in cooperation with the Whole.
Desire for right revelation of divinity and light.
Adherence to right action.
The revelation of glory and good will.
The realisation of that which is high and that which is low.
The darkness which precedes form expression.
The veiling of the intuition.
The sensing of inharmony, and cooperation with the part and not the whole.
Identification with humanity, the fourth Creative Hierarchy.
Undue recognition of that which is produced by speech.
Abnormal sensitivity to that which is the Not Self.
Constant points of crisis,
SANE / Will-to-Good:
Unity and harmony.
The evocation of the intuition.
Right judgment and pure reason.
The love which works through the Angel of the Presence.
We could here point out a constant misconception on the part of esotericists is Fourth ray of Harmony, Beauty and Art is not the ray, per se, of the creative artist. The creative artist is found equally on all rays, without exception. This ray is the ray of the intuition and of the harmonising of all that has been achieved through the activity of form life, as later synthesised and absorbed by the solar angel; it manifests eventually as all that can be evoked and evolved through the power of the One Life working through form expression. It is the point of meeting for all the energies flowing through the higher spiritual triad and the lower triplicity.
The energy of ignorance.
The power to rationalise and destroy.
Desire for knowledge. This leads to material activity.
Intense materialism and temporarily the negation of Deity.
Intensification of the power to isolate.
The implications of wrong emphasis.
Distorted views of truth.
Mental devotion to form and form activity.
A knowledge of reality.
The realisation of the soul and its potentialities.
Power to recognize and contact the Angel of the Presence.
Sensitivity to Deity, to light and to love.
Spiritual and mental devotion.
The power to take initiation. (This is a point of real importance.)
Violence. Fanaticism. Willful adherence to an ideal.
Short sighted blindness.
Militarism and a tendency to make trouble with others and with groups.
The power to see no point except one's own.
Suspicion of people's motives.
Rapid reaction to glamour and illusion.
Emotional devotion and bewildered idealism.
Vibratory activity between the pairs of opposites.
Intense capacity to be personal and emphasise personalities,
SANE / Will-to-Good:
Directed, inclusive idealism.
Steadiness of perception through the expansion of consciousness.
Reaction to, and sympathy with, the point of view of others.
Willingness to see the work of other people progress along their chosen lines.
The choosing of the middle way.
Peace and not war. The good of the Whole and not the part.
Black magic, or the use of magical powers for selfish ends.
The power to "sit upon the fence" till the selfish values emerge.
Disorder and chaos through misunderstanding of the Plan.
The wrong use of speech to bring about chosen objectives.
Sex magic. The selfish perversion of soul powers.
SANE / Will-to-Good:
White magic, the use of soul powers for spiritual ends.
The identification of oneself with reality.
Right order through right magic working out of Will of God on Earth.
Power to cooperate with the Whole.
Understanding of the Plan.
The magical or Will based work of interpretation.
Manifestation of divinity.
A close study of the above suggested phrases, showing as they do the wrong and the right major expressions of ray force, will aid the student correctly to comprehend his/her own ray nature, and also whereabouts he/she stands in his/her development. One of the major faults of noos today is the paying of too close attention to the faults, errors and activities of other noos, and too little attention to their own fulfillment of the law of Iove, and to their own dharma and work. A second failing of noos (and particularly of the working and accepted noos in the world at this present time) is incorrect speech conveying ambiguous meanings and motivated by criticism, or by an individual desire to shine. In olden days, the neophyte was forced into a prolonged silence. Speech was not permitted. This was inculcated as a check upon physical utterance of wrong words and ideas, based on inadequate knowledge. Today, the neophyte must learn the same lesson of attention to personal perfection and to personal work through the means of that inner silence which broods over the ‘noo and forces him/her to attend to his/her own work and business, leaving others free to do the same, and so learn the lesson of experience. A great deal of present right activity is hindered by the speech interplay between noos, and much time is lost through wordy discussion of the work and activities of other noos. Humanity, as a whole, needs silence at this time as never before; it needs time in which to reflect, and the opportunity to sense the universal rhythm. Modern noos, if they are to do their work as desired and to cooperate with the Plan correctly, need that inner reflective quiet which in no way negates intense outer activity but which does release them from wordy criticisms, feverish discussions, and constant preoccupation with the dharma, dark or light karma, the motives and the methods of their fellow noos ."
AVOIDING INSANITY / GLAMOURS / DELUSIONS
"The consideration of the many glamours / INSANE modes which are produced by and related to certain ray types:
The glamour of physical strength.
The glamour of personal magnetism.
The glamour of self-centredness and personal potency.
The glamour of "the one at the centre."
The glamour of selfish personal ambition.
The glamour of rulership, of dictatorship and of wide control.
The glamour of the Messiah complex in the field of politics.
The glamour of selfish destiny, of the divine right of kings/queens, personally exacted.
The glamour of destruction.
The glamour of isolation, of aloneness, of aloofness.
The glamour of the superimposed will_ upon others and upon groups.
The glamour of the love of being loved.
The glamour of popularity.
The glamour of personal love.
The glamour of selfish responsibility.
The glamour of too complete an understanding, which negates right action.
The glamour of self-pity, a basic glamour of this ray.
The glamour of the Messiah complex, in the world of religion and world need.
The glamour of fear, based on undue sensitivity.
The glamour of self-sacrifice.
The glamour of selfish unselfishness.
The glamour of self-satisfaction.
The glamour of selfish service.
SELF-ABSORPTION / INSANITY
The glamour of being busy.
The glamour of cooperation with the Plan in an individual and not a group way.
The glamour of active scheming.
The glamour of creative work_ without true motive.
The glamour of good intentions, which are basically selfish.
The glamour of "the spider at the centre."
The glamour of "God in the machine."
The glamour of devious and continuous manipulation.
The glamour of self-importance, from the standpoint of knowing, of efficiency.
SELF-ABSORPTION / INSANITY
The glamour of harmony, aiming at personal comfort and satisfaction.
The glamour of war.
The glamour of conflict, with the objective of imposing righteousness and peace.
The glamour of vague artistic perception.
The glamour of psychic perception instead of intuition.
The glamour of musical perception.
The glamour of the pairs of opposites, in the higher sense.
SELF-ABSORPTION / INSANITY
The glamour of materiality or over-emphasis of form.
The glamour of the intellect.
The glamour of knowledge and of definition.
The glamour of assurance, based on a narrow point of view.
The glamour of the form which hides reality.
The glamour of organisation.
The glamour of the outer, which hides the inner.
SELF-ABSORPTION / INSANITY
The glamour of devotion.
The glamour of adherence to forms and persons.
The glamour of idealism.
The glamour of loyalties, of creeds.
The glamour of emotional response.
The glamour of sentimentality.
The glamour of interference.
The glamour of the lower pairs of opposites.
The glamour of World Saviours and Teachers.
The glamour of the narrow vision.
The glamour of fanaticism.
SELF-ABSORPTION / INSANITY
The glamour of magical work.
The glamour of the relation of the opposites.
The glamour of the subterranean powers.
The glamour of that which brings together.
The glamour of the physical body.
The glamour of the mysterious and the secret.
The glamour of sex magic.
The glamour of the emerging manifested forces.
We have here enumerated many glamours. But their names are legion, and we have by no means covered the possibilities or the field of glamour."
SOME SUGGESTIONS to ACHIEVING WORLD SANITY
SANITY: "the peace of the mind stuff brought about through the practice of sympathy, tenderness, steadiness of purpose, and dispassion in regard to pleasure or pain, or towards all forms of good or evil." Patanjali
"Here we are dealing with the physical body, which undergoes experiences on the physical plane and which utilises the brain consciousness. The tendency of that body is towards all other objective forms, and it is apt (in its unregenerate state) to gravitate with facility towards material objects. The nature of those objects will be dependent upon the point in evolution of the experiencing ego. This must be carefully remembered when studying this data, otherwise there will be a misapprehension of the final clause. Discriminative action must ever be taken with reference to all demonstrations of good and evil force, and the law works in this connection, but emancipation from all the physical forms which that energy may take, eventuates when dispassion towards these objective forms is practiced. It might be useful if we note that the sympathy dealt with concerns our relation to all other pilgrims, or towards the human kingdom in nature; tenderness covers our relation to the animal kingdom; steadiness of purpose deals with our relation to the love-wisdom Human Hierarchy of the planet, and dispassion concerns our attitude to all the reactions of the lower personal self. The comprehensiveness of this data is therefore apparent and concerns all the brain vibrations of the ‘noo_ one actively controlling his/her self-serving instincts in favour of harmony & group focused, greater good. Diverse world sectarian visions of Paradise can become balanced by practise of the SANE tenet of the Will-to-Good.
The physical body is consequently looked upon as a vehicle for the expression of:
a. Helpfulness to our fellow men,
b. Tender handling of the animal kingdom,
c. Service on the physical plane in cooperation with the Hierarchy of Love and Light,
d. Discipline of the physical appetites and dispassion in regard to all forms which appeal to the appetites and to the senses, whether called harmful or not. All alike must be transcended.
Thus peace is achieved, peace of the mind stuff, peace of the brain reactions and eventually complete quiet and calm… and the man expresses wholesomeness, a rounded out nature, and complete sanity of thought and act. All bodily disability is in this way overcome, and wholeness expresses the nature of the manifestation."
What exactly are the Seven RAYS of
the COSMOS AKA HEAVEN AKA the UNIVERSE(s)
The RAYS Data
Analysis of the Rays of Universal Energy and Their SANE & INSANE Expression.
PREMISE: Every individual in all seven kingdoms in Nature has three RAYS:
FIRST RAY OF WILL or POWER
WILL-TO-GOOD / SANITY:
Sanity to be acquired:
This has been spoken of as the ray of power, and is correctly so called, but if it were power alone, without wisdom and love, a destructive and disintegrating force would result. When however the three characteristics are united, it becomes a creative and governing ray. Those on this ray have strong will power, for either good or evil, for the former when the will is directed by wisdom and made selfless by love. The first ray man will always "come to the front" in his/her own line. He/She may be the burglar or the magistrate/judge who condemns him/her, but in either case he/she will be at the head of his/her profession. He/She is the born leader in any and every public career, one to trust and lean on, one to defend the weak and put down oppression, fearless of consequences and utterly indifferent to comment. On the other hand, an unmodified first ray can produce a man of unrelenting cruelty and hardness of nature.
The first ray man often has strong feeling and affection, but he/she does not readily express it; he/she will love strong contrasts and masses of colour, but will rarely be an artist; he/she will delight in great orchestral effects and crashing choruses, and if modified by the fourth, sixth or seventh rays of universal energy, may be a great composer, but not otherwise; and there is a type of this ray which is tone-deaf, and another which is colour-blind to the more delicate colours. Such a man will distinguish red and yellow, but will hopelessly confuse blue, green and violet.
The literary work of a first ray man will be strong and trenchant, but he/she will care little for style or finish in his/her writings. Perhaps examples of this type would be Luther, Carlyle, and Walt Whitman. It is said that in attempting the cure of disease the best method for the first ray man would be to draw health and strength from the great fount of universal life by his/her will power, and then pour it through the patient. This, of course, presupposes knowledge on his/her part of psyientific methods.
The characteristic method of approaching the great Quest on this ray would be by sheer force of will. Such a man would, as it were, take the kingdom of heaven "by violence." We have seen that the born leader belongs to this ray, wholly or in part. It makes the able commander-in-chief.
THE SECOND RAY OF LOVE-WISDOM
WILL-TO-GOOD / SANITY:
Sanity to be acquired:
This is called the ray of wisdom from its characteristic desire for pure knowledge and for absolute truth_ cold and selfish, if without love, and inactive without power. When both power and love are present, then you have the ray of the Buddhas and of all great teachers of humanity,_ those who, having attained wisdom for the sake of others, spend themselves in giving it forth. The student on this ray is ever unsatisfied with his/her highest attainments; no matter how great his/her knowledge, his/her mind is still fixed on the unknown, the beyond, and on the heights as yet unscaled.
The second ray man will have tact and foresight; he/she will make an excellent ambassador, and a first-rate teacher or head of a college; as a man of affairs, he/she will have clear intelligence and wisdom in dealing with matters which come before him/her, and he/she will have the capacity of impressing true views of things on others and of making them see things as he/she does. He/She will make a good business man, if modified by the fourth, fifth and seventh rays of universal energy. The soldier on this ray would plan wisely and foresee possibilities; he/she would have an intuition as to the best course to pursue, and he/she would never lead his/her men into danger through rashness. He/She might be deficient in rapidity of action and energy. The artist on this ray would always seek to teach through his/her art, and his/her pictures would have a meaning. His/Her literary work would always be instructive.
The method of healing, for the second ray man, would be to learn thoroughly the temperament of the patient as well as to be thoroughly conversant with the nature of the disease, so as to use his/her will power on the case to the best advantage.
The characteristic method of approaching the Path would be by close and earnest study of the teachings till they become so much a part of the man-w-c's consciousness as no longer to be merely intellectual knowledge, but a spiritual rule of living, thus bringing in intuition and true wisdom.
A bad type of the second ray would be bent on acquiring knowledge for him/herself alone, absolutely indifferent to the human needs of others. The foresight of such a man would degenerate into suspicion, his/her calmness into coldness and hardness of nature.
THE THIRD RAY OF HIGHER MIND
WILL-TO-GOOD / SANITY:
Sanity to be acquired:
This is the ray of the abstract thinker, of the philosopher and the metaphysician, of the man who delights in the higher mathematics but who, unless modified by some practical ray, would hardly be troubled to keep his/her accounts accurately. His/Her imaginative faculty will be highly developed, i.e., he/she can by the power of his/her imagination grasp the essence of a truth; his/her idealism will often be strong; he/she is a dreamer and a theorist, and from his/her wide views and great caution he/she sees every side of a question equally clearly. This sometimes paralyses his/her action. He/She will make a good business man; as a soldier he/she will work out a problem in tactics at his/her desk, but is seldom great in the field. As an artist his/her technique is not fine, but his/her subjects will be full of thought and interest. He/She will love music, but unless influenced by the fourth ray he/she will not produce it. In all walks of life he/she is full of ideas, but is too impractical to carry them out.
One type of this ray is unconventional to a degree, slovenly, unpunctual and idle, and regardless of appearances. If influenced by the fifth ray as the secondary ray this character is, entirely changed. The third and the fifth rays of universal energy make the perfectly balanced historian who grasps his/her subject in a large way and verifies every detail with patient accuracy. Again the third and the fifth rays together make the truly great mathematician who soars into heights of abstract thought and calculation, and who can also bring his/her results down to practical scientific use. The literary style of the third ray man is too often vague and involved, but if influenced by the first , fourth, fifth or seventh rays of universal energy, this is changed, and under the fifth he/she will be a master of the pen.
The curing of disease by the third ray man would be by the use of drugs made of herbs or minerals belonging to the same ray as the patient whom he/she desires to relieve.
The method of approaching the great Quest, for this ray type, is by deep thinking on philosophic or metaphysical lines till he/she is led to the realisation of the great Beyond and of the paramount importance of treading the Path that leads thither.
THE FOURTH RAY OF HARMONY THROUGH CONFLICT
WILL-TO-GOOD / SANITY:
1. Strong affections, sympathy, physical courage, generosity, devotion, quickness of intellect and perception.
Sanity to be acquired:
2.Serenity, confidence, self-control, purity, unselfishness, accuracy, mental and moral balance.
This has been called the "ray of struggle" for on this ray the qualities of (activity) and (inertia) are so strangely equal in proportion that the nature of the fourth ray man is torn with their combat, and the outcome, when satisfactory, is spoken of as the "Birth of Horus," of the Christ, born from the throes of constant pain and suffering.
Inertia induces love of ease and pleasure, a hatred of causing pain amounting to moral cowardice, indolence, procrastination, a desire to let things be, to rest, and to take no thought of the morrow. Activity is fiery, impatient, ever urging to action. These contrasting forces in the nature make life one perpetual warfare and unrest for the fourth ray man; the friction and the experience gained thereby may produce very rapid evolution, but the man may as easily become a ne'er-do-well as a hero.
It is the ray of the military/industrial/entertainment leader, reckless of risks to him/herself or his/her followers. It is the ray of the man who will lead a forlorn hope, for in moments of excitement the fourth ray man is entirely dominated by rajas; of the wild speculator and gambler, full of enthusiasm and plans, easily overwhelmed by sorrow or failure, but as quickly recovering from all reverses and misfortunes.
It is pre-eminently the ray of colour, of the artist whose colour is always great, though his/her drawing will often be defective. The fourth ray man always loves colour, and can generally produce it. If untrained as an artist, a colour sense is sure to appear in other ways, in choice of dress or decorations.
In music, fourth ray compositions are always full of melody, and the fourth ray man loves a tune. As a writer or poet, his/her work will often be brilliant and full of picturesque word-painting, but inaccurate, full of exaggerations, and often pessimistic. He/She will generally talk well and have a sense of humour, but he/she varies between brilliant conversations and gloomy silences, according to his/her mood. He/She is a delightful and difficult person to live with.
In healing, the best fourth ray method is massage and magnetism, used with knowledge.
The method of approaching the Path will be by self-control, thus gaining equilibrium amongst the warring forces of the nature. The lower and extremely dangerous way is by Hatha Yoga.
THE FIFTH RAY OF LOWER MIND
WILL-TO-GOOD / SANITY:
1. Strictly accurate statements, justice (without mercy), perseverance, common-sense, uprightness, independence, keen intellect.
Sanity to be acquired:
2.Reverence, devotion, sympathy, love, wide-mindedness.
This is the ray of science and of research. The man on this ray will possess keen intellect, great accuracy in detail, and will make unwearied efforts to trace the smallest fact to its source, and to verify every theory. He/She will generally be extremely truthful, full of lucid explanation of facts, though sometimes pedantic and wearisome from his/her insistence on trivial and unnecessary verbal minutiae. He/She will be orderly, punctual, business-like, disliking to receive favours or flattery.
It is the ray of the great chemist, the practical electrician, the first-rate engineer, the great operating surgeon. As a statesman, the fifth ray man would be narrow in his/her views, but he/she would be an excellent head of some special technical department, though a disagreeable person under whom to work. As a soldier, he/she would turn most readily to artillery and engineering. The artist on this ray is very rare, unless the fourth or seventh be the influencing secondary rays; even then, his/her colouring will be dull, his/her sculptures lifeless, and his/her music (if he/she composes) will be uninteresting, though technically correct in form. His/Her style in writing or speaking will be clearness itself, but it will lack fire and point, and he/she will often be long-winded, from his/her desire to say all that can possibly be said on his/her subject.
In healing, he/she is the perfect surgeon, and his/her best cures will be through surgery and electricity.
For the fifth ray, the method of approaching the Path is by scientific research, pushed to ultimate conclusions, and by the acceptance of the inferences which follow these.
THE SIXTH RAY OF DEVOTION
WILL-TO-GOOD / SANITY:
Sanity to be acquired:
This is called the ray of devotion. The man who is on this ray is full of religious instincts and impulses, and of intense personal feeling; nothing is taken equably. Everything, in his/her eyes, is either perfect or intolerable; his/her friends are angels, his/her enemies are very much the reverse; his/her view, in both cases, is formed not on the intrinsic merits of either class, but on the way the persons appeal to him/her, or on the sympathy or lack of sympathy which they shew to his/her favourite idols, whether these be concrete or abstract, for he/she is full of devotion, it may be to a person, or it may be to a cause.
He/She must always have a "personal God," an incarnation of Deity to adore. The best type of this ray makes the saint, the worst type, the bigot or fanatic, the typical martyr or the typical inquisitor. All religious wars or crusades have originated from sixth ray fanaticism. The man on this ray is often of gentle nature, but he/she can always flame into fury and fiery wrath. He/She will lay down his/her life for the objects of his/her devotion or reverence, but he/she will not lift a finger to help those outside of his/her immediate sympathies. As a soldier, he/she hates fighting but often when roused in battle fights like one possessed. He/She is never a great statesman nor a good business man, but he/she may be a great preacher or orator.
The sixth ray man will be the poet of the emotions (such as Tennyson) and the writer of religious books, either in poetry or prose. He/She is devoted to beauty and colour and all things lovely, but his/her productive skill is not great unless under the influence of one of the practically artistic rays, the fourth or seventh. His music will always be of a melodious order, and he/she will often be the composer of oratories and of sacred music.
The method of healing for this ray would be by faith and prayer.
The way of approaching the Path would be by prayer and meditation, aiming at union with God.
THE SEVENTH RAY OF CEREMONIAL ORDER or MAGIC
WILL-TO-GOOD / SANITY:
1. Strength, perseverance, courage, courtesy, extreme care in details, self-reliance.
2.Realisation of unity, wide-mindedness, tolerance, humility, gentleness and love.
This is the ceremonial ray, the ray which makes a man delight in "all things done decently and in order," and according to rule and precedent. It is the ray of the high priest and the court chamberlain, of the soldier who is a born genius in organisation, of the ideal commissary general who will dress and feed the troops in the best possible way. It is the ray of the perfect nurse for the sick, careful in the smallest detail, though sometimes too much inclined to disregard the patients' idiosyncrasies and to try and grind them in the iron mill of routine.
It is the ray of form, of the perfect sculptor, who sees and produces ideal beauty, of the designer of beautiful forms and patterns of any sort; but such a man would not be successful as a painter unless his/her influencing ray were the fourth. The combination of four with seven would make the very highest type of artist, form and colour being both in excelsis. The literary work of the seventh ray man would be remarkable for its ultra-polished style, and such a writer would think far more of the manner than of the matter in his/her work, but would always be fluent both in writing and speech. The seventh ray man will often be sectarian. He/She will delight in fixed ceremonials and observances, in great processions and shows, in reviews of troops and warships, in genealogical trees, and in rules of precedence.
The bad type of seventh ray man is superstitious, and such a man will take deep interest in omens, in dreams, in all psyientific practices, and in spiritualistic phenomena. The good type of the ray is absolutely determined to do the right thing and say the right word at the right moment; hence great social success.
In healing, the seventh ray man would rely on extreme exactness in carrying out orthodox treatment of disease. On him/her the practices of yoga would have no physical bad results, as often happens with other types.
He/She will approach the Path through observance of rules of practice and of ritual, and can easily evoke and control the elemental forces.
From many of the above remarks it may have been inferred that the characteristics of any given ray find closer correspondence with one of the other rays of universal energy than with the rest. This is a fact. The only one which stands alone and has no close relationship with any of the others is the fourth. This brings to mind the unique position which the number four occupies in the evolutionary process. We have the fourth root race, the fourth planetary chain, the fourth planet in the chain, the fourth planetary manvantara, etc. The human race is, as you know, the fourth kingdom in Nature.
Between the third and the fifth rays there is a close relationship. In the search after knowledge, for example, the most laborious and minute study of detail is the path that will be followed, whether in philosophy, the higher mathematics or in the pursuit of practical science.
The correspondence between the second and the sixth rays shows itself in the intuitive grasp of synthesised knowledge, and in the common bond of faithfulness and loyalty.
Masterfulness, steadfastness, and perseverance are the corresponding characteristics of the first and the seventh rays."
MORE Definitions of Reality
Before we proceed further we want to touch upon the apparent contradictions which occur (and which may continue to occur) in this data. Sometimes a ray will be spoken of as being in manifestation. At other times it may be referred to as being out of manifestation. We may speak about its influence upon a particular kingdom in nature, and then again still another ray may be regarded as of prime importance. These discrepancies are only apparent, and their cause lies hid in the right understanding of the Law of Cycles. Until this basic Law of Periodicity is comprehended (and this will not be possible until man has succeeded in developing fourth dimensional vision) it will not be easy to avoid what may look like contradictions. At one time a certain ray may be in incarnation and thus of paramount influence, and yet, at the same time, still another ray may govern the major cycle, a cycle of which the ray under consideration may be only a temporary aspect. For instance, the seventh ray of Ceremonial Organisation is now coming in, and the sixth Ray is going out; of major proposition of which the two previous are:
a. Every ray Life is an expression of a solar Life, and every planet is therefore linked with every other planet, animated by energy from one or other of the seven solar systems, and actuated by a triple stream of force.
b. Every one of the rays of universal energy is the recipient and custodian of various energies, coming from varying sources.
To these two we add:
c. It is the quality of a ray Life, in time and space, which determines the phenomenal appearance.
In these three propositions you have summed up the basic teaching of this Section. Here we can point out with success, we believe, the practical efficacy of a true understanding of these rather advanced psyientific teachings. If, for instance, you study the first proposition, you will note how a ray Life is an expression of a solar Life. Now take this broad idea and make it personally specific by referring the same proposition to an individual man, grasping the fact that every personality is intended to be an expression of a solar angel, and is consequently linked to every other solar angel in the kingdom of souls. Each is animated by the energies coming from all the seven groups of solar angels, and is likewise in touch with the life of the planet, of the solar system, and with extra-systemic force also. Is this not of vital, practical import? Does it not warrant close study and consideration of the attitude of the personality towards life, and of the measure of success of the solar angel at any given point in time and space (which is all that the personality is, in the last analysis) as it builds and qualifies its phenomenal appearance? Here we can see the scientific value of the study of ideals, of concentration upon the virtues and divine qualities, and upon an intellectual analysis of the divine attributes of any of the great sons of God.
Again, the second proposition states that the seven Rays, being each the recipient and custodian of energies coming from the universe, bring in the basic concept of inter-relation, of inter-communication, of inter-dependence, of cooperative responsibility, and of service. These relationships, as we well know, underlie the principle of Brotherhood, which the human race is just beginning to grasp and to discuss. Thus one of the major propositions which govern the building forces of the universe is of real practical application to the mental life and attitude of men today.
Nevertheless, though the consciousness is other than all that has been hitherto known, and though it can only be expressed in terms of negation, the truth must be borne constantly in mind that the greater awareness must always include the lesser awarenesses. Consequently all possible actions and reactions, identifications and focussings, awarenesses and contacts, ray impulses, approaches and withdrawals, and all possible expressions of the divine activity and qualities, phenomenal and non-phenomenal, are included in the state of Being which is now the natural state of the liberated and enlightened spiritual Existence. All are possible of recovery through the will or in response to a need, but the spiritual Being is no longer held by them or identified with them. Each of the stages on the great Path of Liberation or Enlightenment with which we have been concerned_ Individualisation, Initiation and Identification_ have led the Life \ the spiritual, interior man, from point to point, from quality to quality, from realisation to realisation, from phenomenal appearance to spiritual living, from physical awareness to sentient, emotional awareness, and from that to mental differentiation and separateness. He/She has been carried from hell to heaven, from heaven to Nirvana, from the life-conditioning of the personal Ego to that of the group soul, and thence to that of the liberated state of pure intuitional life. He/She has passed from form experience as a whole to that complete freedom from all vibratory impressions which it is the nature of pure Being (divorced from phenomenal existence) to demonstrate. But at the same time, nothing is lost of capacity, or quality or of sentient awareness. This is beautifully expressed for us in the words of the Old Commentary, found in the archives of the Masters.
"The quality of life fades out. It flickers and is gone. Yet the Blessed Ones reveal at will that quality. The colour pure remains.
The nature of life in form fails to appear. It flashes forth a little while, then disappears. The Blessed Ones, at will, can take a form, yet are not then the form.
The seven great rays sweep into manifested life. They are, and then are not. All is and all is not. But the Blessed Ones at any time can sweep forth into manifested light. They carry then the potencies of spirit to meet the need expressed. Light holds Them not; Their purpose is not imprisoned; Their will is not subdued. They appear and disappear at will."
(An expression of the truth of this can be seen demonstrating in the world each full moon of May, when the Buddha flashes forth into manifestation, for the fulfillment of the Plan and at the urgent behest of His own spiritual will.)
"Naught holds the Blessed Ones. Neither the deities nor form; neither desire nor mind; nor any quality of life. Pure life they are; pure being and pure will; pure love and pure intent; this is all that unenlightened men can grasp, and only that in part.
The Blessed Ones are not, and yet They are.
The Blessed Ones know naught, and yet know all.
The Blessed Ones love not, yet offer love divine.
The Blessed Ones remember not, yet all is recollection.
The Blessed Ones remain in isolation pure; and yet at will can take a form.
The Blessed Ones dwell ever in the high and lofty place, yet oft can walk on earth in light phenomenal.
The Blessed Ones manifest not through form; yet are all forms and all intents."
Then the Old Commentary runs through what would constitute many pages of writing, shewing that the Blessed Ones are naught and yet are all there is; that They possess nothing and yet are in Themselves the expression of all reality; that They dwell nowhere and yet are found everywhere; that They have faded out and yet are shining in full radiance and can be seen. Negation after negation is piled up, only promptly to be contradicted in an effort to shew how divorced from, and yet inclusive of, form is the life of the Blessed Ones. It ends with the wonderful injunction:_
"Therefore be full of joy, O pilgrim on the Way towards enlightened Being, for gain and loss are one; darkness and light eternally reveal the True; love and desire eternally invoke the Life.
Naught disappears but pain. Nothing remains but bliss,_ the bliss of knowledge true, of contact real, of light divine, the Way to God."
Such is the true goal, as yet unrealisable by us. What is it that we are endeavoring to do? We are treading the Way of Release, and on that way, all drops from our hands; everything is taken away, and detachment from the world of phenomenal life and of individuality is inevitably forced upon us. We are treading the Way of Loneliness, and must learn eventually that we are essentially neither ego nor non-ego. Complete detachment and discrimination must finally lead us to a condition of such complete aloneness that the horror of the great blackness will settle down upon us. But when that pall of blackness is lifted and the light again pours in, the ‘noo sees that all that was grasped and treasured, and then lost and removed, has been restored, but with this difference_ that it no longer holds the life imprisoned by desire. We are treading the Way that leads to the Mountain Top of Isolation, and will find it full of terror. Upon that mountain top we must fight the final battle with the Dweller on the Threshold, only to find that that too is an illusion. That high point of isolation and the battle itself are only illusions and figments of unreality; they are the last stronghold of the ancient glamour, and of the great heresy of separateness. Then we, the Beatific Ones, will eventually find ourselves merged with all that is, in love and understanding. The isolation, a necessary stage, is itself but an illusion. We are treading the Way of Purification and step by step all that we cherish is removed,_ lust for form life, desire for love, and the great glamour of hatred. These disappear and we stand purified and empty. The distress of emptiness is the immediate result; it grips us and we feel that the price of holiness is too high. But, standing on the Way, suddenly the whole being is flooded with light and love, and the emptiness is seen as constituting that through which light and love may flow to a needy world. The purified One can dwell then in that place where dwell the Blessed Lords, and from that place go forth to "illumine the world of men and of the deities".
There are four ways which stretch before the noos of the Logos_ Lord of the World. They must all be trodden before the inner Being is released, and the liberated Son of God can enter, at will, what are symbolically called "the four gates into the City of Shamballa",_ that city of the Most High God, which is ever swept by the Life of Those who have achieved liberation through loneliness, detachment, isolated unity, and purification. A realisation of the goal and the way to that goal is of service at this time, and it is to this realisation that the teachers of humanity seek to stimulate the Sons of God.
According to the ray type or quality, so will be the reaction of the life to the great stages of Individualisation, Initiation, and Identification. This is a major psyientific platitude, but it is one that is much in need of consideration and reflection. Let us bear in mind always that we are considering qualities which govern appearances and express the life. What is called in the Eastern literature "the Blessed One" refers to One who is perfectly expressing some ray quality through some chosen phenomenal appearance, which is assumed at will for purpose of service, but which in no way constitutes a limitation and in no way holds the Blessed One a prisoner, because His consciousness is in no way identified with the phenomenal appearance, nor with the quality it expresses.
INDIVIDUALISATION AND THE SEVEN RAY UNIVERSAL MIND ENERGY TYPES
We will express the reaction of these seven ray types of Universal Mind Energy to the process of Individualisation (which is the process of identification with form/body) by seven psyientific statements which can, if properly understood, give the keynote of the new psychology. They state the major impulse, the native quality, and the technique of unfoldment.
"The Blessed One flies like an arrow into matter. He destroys (or ruptures) the way by which he might return. He grounds Himself deeply in the depths of form.
He asserts: 'I will return. My power is great. I will destroy all obstacles. Nothing can stop my progress to my goal. Around me lies that which I have destroyed. What must I do?'
The answer comes: 'Order from chaos, O Pilgrim on the way of death, this is the way for you. Love you must learn. Dynamic will you have. The right use of destruction for the furtherance of the Plan, must be the way for you. Adherence to the rhythm of the planet will release the hidden Blessed One and order bring.'"
"The Blessed One built Him an ark. Stage by stage he built it, and floated upon the bosom of the waters. Deeply he hid Himself, and His light was no more seen,_ only His floating ark.
His voice was heard: 'l have built and strongly built, but am a prisoner within our building. My light is hidden. Only my word goes forth. Around me lie the waters. Can I return from whence I came? Is the word strong enough to open wide the door? What shall I do?'
The answer came: 'Build now an ark translucent, which can reveal the light, O Builder of the ark. And by that light you shall reveal the lighted way. The power to build anew, the right use of the Word, and the using of the light,_ these will release the Blessed One, deep hidden in the ark.'"
"The Blessed One gathered force. He hid Himself behind a veil. He rolled Himself within that veil, and deeply hid His face. Naught could be seen but that which veiled, and active motion. Within the veil was latent thought.
The thought reached forth: 'Behind this veil of maya I stand, a Blessed One, but unrevealed. My energy is great, and through my mind I can display the glory of divinity. How can I, therefore, demonstrate this truth? What shall I do? I wander in illusion.'
The word went forth: 'All is illusion, O Dweller in the shadows. Come forth into the light of day. Display the hidden glory of the Blessed One, the glory of the One and Only. The glory and the truth will rapidly destroy that which has veiled the truth. The prisoner can go free. The rending of the blinding veil, the clear pronouncing of the truth, and practice right will render to the Blessed One that golden thread which will provide release from all the maze of earth existence.'"
"The Blessed One rushed forth to combat. He saw existence as two warring forces, and fought them both. Loaded with the panoply of war, he stood midway, looking two ways. The clash of battle, the many weapons he had learned to use, the longing not to fight, the thrill of finding those he fought were but brother-sisters and Himself, the anguish of defeat, the paean of His victory,_ these held Him down.
The Blessed One paused and questioned: 'Whence come the victory and whence defeat? Am I not the Blessed One Himself? I will invoke the angels to my aid.'
The trumpet sound went forth: 'Rise up and fight, and reconcile the armies of the Lord. There is no battle. Force the conflict to subside; send for the invocation for the peace of all; form out of two, one army of the Lord; let victory crown the efforts of the Blessed One by harmonising all. Peace lies behind the warring energies.'"
"The Blessed One came forth in ignorance. He wandered in a darkness deep of spirit. He saw no reason for this way of life. He sought among the many threads that weave the outer garment of the Lord, and found the many ways there be, leading to the centre of the web eternal. The forms that weave that web hide the divine reality. He lost Himself. Fear entered in.
He asked Him: 'Another pattern must be woven; another garment formed. What shall I do? Shew me another way to weave.'
The Word for Him came forth in triple form. His mind responded to the vision clear evoked:_ 'The truth lies hidden in the unknown Way. The Angel of the Presence guards that Way. The mind reveals the Angel and the door. Stand in that Presence. Lift up thine eyes. Enter through that golden door. Thus will the Angel, who is the shadow of the Blessed One, reveal the open door. That Angel too must disappear. The Blessed One remains and passes through that door into the light sublime.'"
"The Blessed One caught the vision of the Way, and followed the Way without discretion. Fury characterised His efforts. The way led down into the world of dual life. Between the pairs of opposites, he took His stand, and as he swung pendent between them, fleeting glimpses of the goal shone forth. He swung in mid-heaven. He sought to swing into that radiant place of light, where stood the door upon the higher Way. But ever he swung between the pairs of opposites.
He spoke at last within Him: 'I cannot seem to find the Way. I try this way, and tread with force that way, and always with the keenest wish. I try all ways. What shall I do to find The Way?
A cry went forth. It seemed to come from deep within His heart: 'Tread thou, O Pilgrim on the Way of sensuous life, the middle, lighted way. It passes straight between the dual worlds. Find thou that narrow, middle way. It leads you to your goal. Seek that perceptive steadiness which leads to proved endurance. Adherence to the chosen Way, and ignoring of the pairs of opposites, will bring this Blessed One upon the lighted way into the joy of proved success.'"
"The Blessed One sought the pathway into forms but held with firmness to the hand of the Magician. He sought to reconcile the Pilgrim, who was Himself, to life in form. He sought to bring the world of disorder in which he found Himself into some kind of order. He wandered far into the deepest depths and became immersed in chaos and disorder. He could not understand, yet still held to the hand of the Magician. He sought to bring about that order that His soul craved. He talked with all he met, but His bewilderment increased.
To the Magician thus he spoke: 'The ways of the Creator must be good. Behind all that which seems to be, must be a Plan. Teach us the purpose of it all. How can I work, immersed in deepest matter? Tell me the thing that I must do?'
The Magician said: 'Listen, O Worker in the furthest world, to the rhythm of the times. Note the pulsation in the heart of that which is divine. Retire into the silence and attune yourself unto the whole. Then venture forth. Establish the right rhythm; bring order to the forms of life which must express the Plan of Deity.'
For this Blessed One release is found in work. He must display His knowledge of the Plan by the sounding of those words which will evoke the Builders of the forms and thus create the new."
WHAT TIME IS IT?
THE RAYS OF UNIVERSAL ENERGY IN AND OUT OF MANIFESTATION
"Ray I Not in manifestation.
Ray II In manifestation since 1575 A.D.
Ray III In manifestation since 1425 A.D.
Ray IV To come slowly into manifestation around 2025 A.D.
Ray V In manifestation since 1775 A.D.
Ray VI Passing rapidly out of manifestation. Began to pass out in 1625 A.D.
Ray VII In manifestation since 1675 A.D."
UNIVERSAL MENTAL ENERGY / RAY METHODS OF TEACHING TRUTH
Ray I Higher expression: The science of statesmanship, and of government.
Lower expression: Modern diplomacy and politics.
Ray II Higher expression: The process of initiation as taught by the Hierarchy of Masters.
Lower expression: Religion.
Ray III Higher expression: Means of communication or interaction. Radio, telegraph, television telephone media and means of transportation.
Lower expression: The use and spread of money and gold.
Ray IV Higher expression: The Masonic work, based on the formation of the Hierarchy and related to Ray II
Lower expression: Architectural construction. Modern city planning.
Ray V Higher expression: The science of the Soul. Esoteric psychology.
Lower expression: Modern educational systems.
Ray VI Higher expression: Christianity and diversified religions. Note relation to Ray I
Lower expression: Churches and religious organizations.
Ray VII Higher expression: All forms of white/light magic
Lower expression: Spiritualism in its lower aspects.
"Three final points…
… we wish to touch upon. As you may have noted from some of our earlier tabulations, there is a definite relation between the first kingdom in nature, the mineral kingdom, and the final kingdom, the solar kingdom, the seventh and last to appear in manifestation upon our planet. There is a mysterious unity of response existing between the lowest kingdom in the scale of nature and the highest, between that which expresses the densest manifestation of the divine life and that which embodies its final and glorious consummation. This response is fostered by the play of the Seventh ray, which produces those initial reactions to organised movement and ritual which, at the close of our great world period, will demonstrate the response of our entire solar system to the same basic Seventh ray influence. What can now be seen in the organisation of a crystal, a jewel and a diamond, with their beauty of form and line and colour, their radiance and geometrical perfection, will appear likewise through the medium of the universe as a whole. The Grand Geometrician of the universe works through this Seventh ray, and thus sets His seal upon all form life, particularly in the mineral world. This, the Masonic Fraternity has always known, and this concept it has perpetuated symbolically in the great world cathedrals, which embody the glory of the mineral world and are the sign of the work of the Master Builder of the universe.
When the great work is consummated we shall see the Temple of God, the solar system, organised objectively and subjectively; its courts and holy places will then be accessible to the sons of men, who will work then without limitation, and will have free access to all parts of the building. Through the magic of the Word which will then have been recovered, all doors will fly open, and the consciousness of men will respond to every divine manifestation. More of this we may not here say, but the work of the Craft is symbolic of the ritualistic organisation of the universe. Of this the mineral kingdom (with which the work is done, and through which the geometrical plan expresses itself) is at the same time the symbol and the undertaking, the beginning and also the concrete expression of divine purpose.
Secondly, we referred earlier to the work of the Seventh ray in connection with the phenomena of electricity, through which the solar system is coordinated and vitalised. There is an aspect of electrical phenomena which produces cohesion, just as there is an aspect which produces light. This has not yet been recognised. It is stated that the electricity of the solar system is threefold: there is fire by friction, solar fire, and electric fire_ the fire of body, of soul and of spirit. Fire by friction is coming to be somewhat understood by the scientists of the world, and we are harnessing to our needs the fire which heats, which gives light, and which produces motion. This is in the physical sense of the words. One of the imminent discoveries will be the integrating power of electricity as it produces the cohesion within all forms and sustains all form life during the cycle of manifested existence. It produces also the coming together of atoms and of the organisms within forms, so constructing that which is needed to express the life principle. Men today are investigating such matters as electro-therapeutics and studying the theory of the electrical nature of the human being. They are working rapidly towards this coming discovery, and much will be revealed along these lines during the next fifty years. The principle of coordination about which men talk has reference, in the last analysis, to this concept, and the scientific basis of all meditation work is really to be found in this basic truth. The bringing in of force and the offering of a channel are all mystical ways of expressing a natural phenomenon as yet little understood, but which will eventually give the clue to the second aspect of electricity. This will be released in fuller measure during the Aquarian age, through the agency of the Seventh ray. One of its earliest effects will be the increase of the understanding of brotherhood and its really scientific basis.
We referred to the fact that man must before long function as freely on the astral/emotional plane and through the astral/emotional consciousness as he/she now does on the physical plane. We are today laying the emphasis upon the vital aspect of man; the nature of the life principle is under discussion, and the need for "vital" action everywhere emphasized. We talk of the necessity of increasing human vitality and the vitality of animals and plants; the quality of the vitality_ producing factors_ food, sun and the coloured rays so widely used now_ is creeping slowly into all medical thought, whilst even the advertisers of the tinned goods of our modern civilisation lay the emphasis upon the quota of vitamins. This, esoterically speaking, is due to the shift of human consciousness on to etheric levels. Paralleling the growth of modern knowledge as to the "soul as intellect", we find a growth of understanding as to "the soul as life", though it remains as yet, the great and apparently insoluble mystery.
There are two happenings of close and imminent occurrence. Today the bulk of human beings are polarised on the lower levels of the astral/emotional plane, but are conscious in the physical body. This distinction must be studied. Soon, many will be conscious in the vital body and beginning to be conscious on the higher levels of the astral/emotional plane, and some few upon the mental plane. But large numbers of people today are ready to be fully conscious in the astral/emotional body and polarised either on the mental plane entirely or centred in the soul. This produces the wonder and the difficulty of the present time.
Through the scientific ritual of meditation (for that is what it really is) this refocussing can be brought more rapidly about. Through the scientific culture of the ritual of service it can be still further developed. The ritual of the solar system is the result of the meditation of God and the act of divine service, carried on throughout the entire period of manifestation. The subordination of the lower life to the ritual of service is literally the tuning-in of the individual to the rhythm of the life, heart and mind of God Himself. From that tuning-in, automatically a spiritual development follows.
THE FUNCTIONING RAY LAWS
There are certain great laws, connected with the seven Rays, that are effective in determining the lines of demarcation, the cleavages which produce separation and the differentiations of the manifested life of God into_
1. The septenary constitution of the solar system.
2. The ten schemes which indicate solar achievement.
3. The inner constitution, or so-called "chains", which distinguish each planetary existence.
4. The planetary constitution of our Earth into the various kingdoms of nature.
5. The basic distinctions between the kingdoms; these produce the types, groupings, families, branches, empires and nations.
These Laws of Cleavage are too difficult for general comprehension. They govern form life, and are the result of the united working, or rather the simultaneous manifestation, of three laws. These are:
1. The Law of Synthesis, determining the future, certifying the goal, and concerned with the life or spirit aspect.
2. The Law of Attraction, determining the present, and governing the immediate condition of the planetary types. It is concerned with the consciousness or the soul aspect.
3. The Law of Economy. This law determines the past, conditions the planetary consciousness, and concerns itself with the form or matter aspect.
When these three function together, during this particular cycle and in our particular race, they produce a fusion of forces which imposes a certain rhythm, a definite materialisation of energies, and a specific type of civilisation which functions under what we (esoterically) call the Laws of Cleavage. It is the mind which separates and divides; it is mental activity (divine and superhuman, as well as human) which produces the many differentiations. This process of divisioning comes to its climax during this world period in the Aryan race, the Fifth race. We are today governed by the Law of Cleavages,_ a divine law and one of fruitful objective. This must not be forgotten.
The activity of the three divine aspects, in relation to the human family in the first nebulous race (of which science knows nothing), produced what we call the Law of Immersion. It caused that growing diversification of matter, clothing the life, which ultimately produced the early manifestation of the incarnating Sons of God. It is not a physical incarnation in the sense that we understand that term.
In the next race, of which again man knows little, the fusion of the three divine energies produced a second law. It should be remembered that a law is but the effect of the continued intelligent activity of the Life aspect as it works in conjunction with matter. This second law is called (by those of us who deal with law and energy) the Law of Capitulation, because the momentum set up by the desire of the Sons of God to incarnate proved too strong for the opposing forces of matter. Nothing then could stop the coming into tangible existence of the incarnating spirits. Matter capitulated to spirit, the divine desire and the divine will set their signature upon the rapidly assembling forms. It must be borne in mind that these laws are called by names which indicate their relation to humanity. When active in the other kingdoms of nature their influence is different, and they are called by other nomenclatures.
In the next race, the Lemurian, the triple activity of the divine essential attributes demonstrated as the Law of Materialisation, or (as it is sometimes called) the Law of Hidden Radiance. This law concerns the Light which is in man, and the covering of that Light, in time and space, in order to produce its intensification and its consequent and subsequent radiation, so that, through humanity, light may eventually reach all forms of divine expression. Through men's achievement, and through the conquest of darkness by light, the light of consciousness in all forms must be brought to a condition of a "shining glory which will irradiate the planet, and shine forth into the world of planets as a testimony to the glory_
The fourth law controlling human destiny is known by the curious name of the Law of the Tides. It concerns the life of desire and of sensory perception and of feeling. It is closely concerned with the development of awareness, and is an aspect of the Law of Cycles which controls solar evolution. It is a basic human law, protective and developing. It controls the cyclic or "tidal" life of all souls who are carried by the great river of life_ on the crest of desire_ into incarnation, and is one of the laws with which the aspirant must work, early in his/her training. Until he/she can function as a soul, independent of the cyclic turmoil of terrestrial life, and free from the control of the tides of his/her emotional existence, he/she cannot take initiation. It was the inability to do this which brought on Earth the great Atlantean floods which brought that ancient civilisation to an end.
We come now to a consideration of the Law of Cleavages, for our human race is controlled by the great heresy of separativeness. Through these cleavages (symbolically speaking) the fires of destruction may emerge and end our civilisation, as the Atlantean civilisation was ended, unless the conscious Sons of God can build those bridges and develop that understanding which will offset this law, thus bringing into functioning activity the law which governs the coming race. The work that the noos of the world must seek to do is analogous to that which they as individuals have to do in their own private development: build the antahkarana, which will bridge the gap between the human consciousness and the spiritual, and make the race eventually as intuitional as it is, today, intellectual.