[xii] 12: The quaternary is composed of
the four lower principles and the sheaths through which they manifest as a
coherent unit, being held together during manifestation by the life force of
the indwelling entity.
[xiii]13 These terms, Lower
Self, Higher Self, Divine Self, are apt to be confusing until the student
apprehends the various synonyms connected with them. The following table may
be found helpful:
See S. D., I, 169, 562, 567, 569; II, 258, 390, 547, 551, 552.
[xv] 15: In the Study of Consciousness Mrs. Besant says (page 37): "Consciousness is the
one reality, in the fullest sense of that much-used phrase; it follows from
this that any reality found anywhere is drawn from consciousness. Hence,
everything which is thought, is. That consciousness in which everything is,
everything literally, "possible" as well as "actual"—actual
being that which is thought of as existent by a separated consciousness in time
and space, and possible all that which is not so being thought of at any
period in time and any point in space—we call Absolute Consciousness. It is
the All, the Eternal, the Infinite, the Changeless. Consciousness, thinking
time and space, and of all forms as existing in them in succession and in
places, is the Universal Consciousness, the One, called by the Hindu the Saguna
Brahman—the Eternal with attributes—the Pratyag-Atma—the Inner Self; by the
Parsi, Hormuzd; by the Mussulman, Allah. Consciousness dealing with a definite
time, however long or short, with a definite space, however vast or restricted,
is individual, that of a concrete Being, a Lord of many universes, or a
universe or of any so-called portion of a universe, his portion and to him
therefore a universe—these terms varying as to extent with the power of the
consciousness; so much of the universal thought as a separate consciousness can
completely think, i.e., on which he can impose his own reality, can think of as
existing like himself, is his universe."
[xvi] 16: Universal consciousness,
manifesting as consciousness in time and space, as Mrs. Besant so ably
expresses it, includes all forms of activity and spiral cyclic evolution from
the standpoint of cosmic evolution, and in termsof absolute
consciousness, may againbe rotary.
"The divine essence that, pervading the entire universe of millions of
solar systems, is caught up by our sun and passed out in a manifested form to
the utmost boundaries of our solar system, so that this manifested essence may
be the basic soil of the growth, preservation and destruction of our worlds,
that divine essence is simple Nadam of our yogic philosophy and that Nadam or
OM subsequently manifests itself as seven streams. The unmanifested is
manifested by or borne by the subsequent ramifications. These streams are the
seven vowels or seven notes. These seven vowels and notes must have special
correlations with the seven vedic metres, since in the Vishnu Purana, Parasara
describes the vedic metres as the coursers of the solar essence."—Some
Thoughts on the Gita, p. 74.
[xviii] 18: T. Subba Rao says on page 20, of
Esoteric Writings: "As a general rule, whenever seven entities are
mentioned in the ancient occult science of India in any connection whatsoever,
you must suppose that those sevenentities came into existence from three
primary entities and that thesethree entities again are evolved out
of a single entity or monad. To take a familiar example, the seven
coloured rays in the solar ray are evolved out of three primary coloured rays;
and the three primary colours co-exist with the four secondary colours in the
solar ray. Similarly the three primary entities which brought man into
existence co-exist in him with thefour secondary entities which
arose from different combinations of the threeprimary entities."
In Christian terminology these are the three Persons of the Trinity, andthe
seven Spirits which are before the Throne. Compare "Our God is a
consuming fire." Heb: 12.29.
[xix] 19: "I have already said in
speaking of this Logos, that it was quite possible that it was the Logos that
appeared in the shape of the first Dhyan Chohan, or planetary Spirit, when the
evolution of man was recommenced after the last period of inactivity on this
planet, as stated in Mr. Sinnett's book, Esoteric
Buddhism, and after having set the
evolutionary current in motion, retired to the spiritual plane congenial to its
own nature, and has been watching since over the interests of humanity, and now
and then appearing in connection with a human individuality for the good of
mankind. Or you may look upon the Logos represented by Krishna as one
belonging to the same class as the Logos which so appeared. In speaking of
himself Krishna says, (chap. x, verse 6):
"The seven great Rishis, the four preceding Manus, partaking of my nature
were born from my mind: from them sprang, was (born) the human race and the
He speaks of the sapta Rishis and of the Manus as his manasaputras, or
mind-born sons, which they would be if he was the so-called Prajapati, who
appeared on this planet and commenced the work of evolution."--The
Theosophist, Vol. VIII, p. 443.
[xx]20 The following
tabulation should be borne in mind:
Seven branch races make
Seven subraces make
Seven rootraces make
one world period
Seven world periods make
Seven rounds make
one chain period
Seven chain periods make
one planetary scheme
Ten planetary schemes make
one solar system
[xxi] 21: "It should be remembered
that the mere scale does not matter, for greatness and smallness are
essentially relative. The destiny of each atom is to create a brahmanda.
Brahmandas like or smaller or larger than ours, held together by a sun, are
present in every atom. Vishvas, great world-systems, exist in an atom, and
atoms again exist in these vishvas. This is the significance of 'many from
one'; wherever we see the one we should recognise the many also, and
conversely. After securing the ability of, and then actually, creating a
brahmanda, the next step is the creation of a jagat, then a vishva, then a
maha-vishva and so on, till the status of maha-vishnu is
reached."—Bhagavan Das in the Pranava
Vada, p. 94.
[xxii] 22: Atma means as you all know
the self or the ego or an individualised centre of consciousness around which
all worldly experiences in their dual aspect of subjective and objective cluster
and arrange themselves. It is as it were one of the foci from which emerge
rays of light to illumine the cosmic waters and in which also converge the rays
sent back by those waters. In Theosophical writings, it is called the
selfconscious individuality or the Higher Manas. From this point of view, you
will see that the Higher Manas is the most important principle or the central
pivot of the human constitution or the true soul. It is the thread which ought
to be caught hold of by one who wants to know the truth and lift himself out of
this conditioned existence. To this it may be objected that Atma represents
the seventh principle of the theosophical septenary and that the Manas is far
lower in the scale. But the plain answer is that the seventh principle is the
ultimate state attainable by the self after crossing the ocean of conditioned
existence or samsara."—Some Thoughts on the Gita, p. 26.
He is the sumtotal of the
energy of the seven Spirits, Who are the sumtotal of the Logos.—S. D., I, 169.
[xxiv] 24: Chohan (Tibetan).
A Lord or Master. A high Adept. An initiate who has taken more Initiations
than the five major Initiations which make man a "Master of the
[xxv] 25: The seven Brothers. See S. D., I, 105. These seven are the seven differentiations
of primordial electric energy. Plane. As used in occultism, the term denotes the range or extent of
some state of consciousness or of the perceptive power of a particular set of
senses or the action or a particular force, or the state of matter corresponding
to any of the above.
[xxvi] 26: Permanent Atom.
An appropriated point of atomic matter. A tiny centre of force which forms the
central factor and the attractive agency around which the sheaths of the
incarnating Monad are built. These are strung like pearls upon the sutratma,
or thread. Ray. A stream of force or an emanation. The solar Logos, or the
Macrocosm, manifests through three major rays and four minor rays. The Monad
or microcosm likewise manifests through three rays as mentioned in the text
above. All rays express a peculiar and specialised type of force. Triad. This is literally Atma-buddhi-manas, the expression of the
Monad, just as the personality is the expression of the Ego. The Monad
expresses itself through the Triad, and in its lowest or third Aspect forms the
Egoic or Causal body, the infant or germinal Ego. Similarly, the Ego expresses
itself through the threefold lower man, mental, emotional, and etheric (these
being the reflection of the higher Triad) and these three give riseto
the dense physical manifestation.
[xxvii] 27: Spirilla: "In order to
examine the construction of the atom, a space is artificially made, then, if an
opening be made in the wall thus constructed, the surrounding force flows in,
and three whorls immediately appear, surrounding the "hole" with
their triple spiral of two and a half coils, and returning to their origin by a
spiral within the atom; these are at once followed by seven finer whorls, which
following the spiral of the first three on the outer surface and returning to
their origin by a spiral within that, flowing in the opposite direction form a
caduceus with the first three. Each of the three coarser whorls, flattened
out, makes a closed circle; each of the seven finer ones, similarly flattened out,
makes a closed circle. The forces which flow in them, again, come from
"outside," from a fourth-dimensional space. Each of the finer whorls
is formed of seven yet finer ones, set successively at right angles to each
other, each finer than its predecessor; these we call spirillae.
"Each spirilla is animated by the life-force of a plane, and four are at
present normally active, one for each round. Their activity in an individual
may be prematurely forced by yoga practice."—Occult Chemistry, p. 28.
[xxx] 30: "Buddhas of
Activity." The 'Pratyeka Buddhas.' This is a degree which belongs
exclusively to the Yogacharya School, yet it is only one of high intellectual
development with no true spirituality....It is one of the three paths to
Nirvana, and the lowest, in which a yogi—"without teacher and without
saving others"—by the mere force of will and technical observances,
attains to a kind of nominal Buddahood individually."—Theosophical Glossary.
[xxxi] 31: "From the view taken of
Karma as I have done it, you will see that no plane of the highest
spirituality, be that the plane of the nirvanees, is outside the karmic wheel
and when it is said in the Sanskrit writings and even in the Bhagavat Gita that
men cross the karmic ocean, it must be understood with some allowance. The
entities that have now succeeded in going outside the karmic wheel, have done
so, only if that wheel be taken as the one that turns now. The cosmos is not
going in one groove all the days of Brahma, but it is going on a higher and
higher status as it fulfils its mission. Those who have attained unto a rest
in a state of spirituality not reachable now, will therefore in a future day
come within the action of the wheel, with perhaps a punishment for the great
duties neglected for long ages."—Some
Thoughts on the Gita, p. 40
[xxxii] 32: The Lipika are
the Spirits of the Universe. They are connected with the Law of Cause and
Effect (Karma) and its recorders. Lipika comes from "Lipi" writing.
For information concerning the Lipika Lords see S. D., I, pp. 152, 153. The Buddhas of Activity, are the Triad Who stands closest to Sanat
Kumara, The Lord of the World. They are the planetary correspondences to the
three Aspects of the logoic third Aspect and are concerned with the force
behind planetary manifestation. Monadic Essence, the matter of the atomic (or highest) subplane of each
plane. Elemental Essence, the matter of the six subplanes which are nonatomic. It is molecular matter.
[xxxiii] 33: "Karma may
be defined to be the force generated by a human centre to act on the exterior
world, and the reactionary influence that is in turn generated from the
exterior world to act on him may be called karmic influence and the visible
result that is produced by this influence under proper conditions may be called
karmic fruit."—Some Thoughts on the Gita, p. 53.
[xxxiv] 34: "Prana, or the vital
principle, is the special relation of the Atma with a certain form of matter
which by the relation of Atma organises and builds up as a means of having
experience. This special relation constitutes the individual Prana in the
individual body. The cosmic all-pervading Prana is not Prana in the gross
sense, but is a name for the Brahman as the author of the individual
Prana....All beings, whether Devatas, men or animals, exist only so long as the
Prana is within the body. It is the life duration of all....Prana, or
vitality, is the common function of the mind and all the senses."—Serpent Power, pp.
[xxxvi] 36: "This whole solar system
being conceived of as one vast mechanism, with an exquisite adjustment of its
parts in all major details, is only the physical expression of Vishnu, or the
ethereal basic substance, as we may understand the word for the present. All
the harmonies observable in the manifested cosmos are only the result of the
harmoniously working energies that resolve ether into the expression that we
recognise. All planets, worlds, human beings, etc., are only parts of the
body, each functioning in subordination to the law which governs the whole.
The evolution, preservation and destruction of the world is therefore one vast
process called Yagna, which takes place in the body of Yagna Purusha, or the
psychical body of nature. Humanity taken collectively is the heart and brain
of this Purusha and therefore all the Karma generated by humanity, physical,
mental, or spiritual, determines mainly the character of this Yagnic
process....Sri Krishna therefore calls the process the Yagnic life that he has
been giving out to Arjuna as Yoga (1st Sloka 4th Chr). In fact, Yoga and Yagna
are very closely allied and even inseparable, though at the present day people
seem to disconnect the two. Yoga derived from the root Yuj to join means an
act of joining. Now as the heart is the great centre in man, likewise the
Yogee of the heart keeps his central position in the universe and hence his
individuality. The individuality or the Higher Manas being the pivot of the
human constitution or the centre on which two hemispheres of higher and lower
existence turn as I have already said, the Yogee of the heart has a heavenly
dome above and earthly abyss below and his yoga becomes twofold as a
consequence. He joins himself on to the thing above in dhyana and the thing
below in action. The word yagna derived from the root Yaj—to serve also means
a twofold service, service done to the thing above through service done unto
its expression thething below."—Some Thoughts on the Gita, pp.
[xxxvii] 37: Principles, the
basic differentiations, essential qualities or types of energy upon which all
things are built; they give the distinctive nature ofall forms.
[xxxviii] 38: Pralaya....A period of
obscuration or repose—planetary, systemic or cosmic. An interlude between two
periods of manifestation.
[xxxix] 39: S. D., I, 232-238. The whole
cosmos is guided, controlled and animated by an almost endless series of
Hierarchies of sentient Beings, each having a mission to perform.—S. D., I,
295. Among these the Hierarchy of human Monads has a place.
Arc isthe term applied to the
first part of the evolutionary process. It covers the "path of
descent," or the coming down of Spirit into ever denser matter until the
lowest point is reached, the point of densest concretion. The latter half of
the process is called evolutionary and marks the ascent or return of
Spirit to its emanating source, plus the gains of the evolutionary process.
[xliii] 43: "The Three Outpourings. In
the diagram the "symbols of the threeAspects (of the Logos) are
placed outside of time and space, and only the streams of influence from them
descend into our system of planes....They represent in due order what are
commonly called the three Persons of the Trinity....It will be seen that from
each of them an outpouring of life or force is projected into the planes
below. The first of these in order is the straight line which descends from
the third Aspect; the second is that part of the large oval which lies on our
left hand—the stream which descends from the second Aspect until it has touched
the lowest point in matter, and then rises again up the side on our right hand
until it reaches the lower mental level. It will be noted that in both of
these outpourings the divine life becomes darker and more veiled as it descends
into matter, until at the lowest point we might almost fail to recognise it as
divine life at all; but as it rises again when it has passed its nadir it shows
itself somewhat more clearly. The third outpouring which descends from the
highest aspect of the Logos differs from the others in that it is in no way
clouded by the matter through which it passes, but retains its virgin purity
and splendour untarnished. It will be noted that this outpouring descends only
to the level of the buddhic plane (the fourth plane) and that the link between
the two is formed by a triangle in a circle, representing the individual soul
of man—the reincarnating ego. Here the triangle is contributed by the third outpouring
and the circle by the second...."—The Christian Creed, by C. W.
Leadbeater, pp. 39, 40.
1. The root of life was
in every drop of the ocean of immortality. Every atom in matter was
impregnated with the life of the Logos.
2. The ocean was radiant
light, which was Fire, Heat, Motion. Thesethree are the subjective
life manifesting objectively. Fire: The essence of the first Logos.
Electric fire. Spirit. Heat: Duality. The essence of the second
Logos. Solar fire. The Son aspect. Consciousness. Motion: The
essence of the third Logos. Fire by friction. Matter.
The will to live or to be.
Duality, or love between
The fire of mind, the
Fire by friction.
[xlvi] 45: In the Secret Doctrine, Vol. I,
p. 473, footnote, the destruction of Lemuria by fire is hinted at, and in the
Secret Doctrine, II, 149, footnote, the words occur, "Lemuria was not
submerged but was destroyed by volcanic action, and afterward sank."
[xlvii] 46: The planetary Spirit is another
term for the Logos of our planet, one of the "seven Spirits before the
Throne," and therefore one of the sevenHeavenly Men. He is on the
evolutionary arc of the universe, and haspassed many stages beyond the
The planetary Entity is on the involutionary arc and is a very low grade
Entity. He is the sum total of all the elemental lives of the planet.
[xlviii] 47: The keys to the Secret Doctrine, by H. P. Blavatsky. See S. D., I, 343; note; II,
1. Every symbol and allegory has seven keys.—S. D., II, 567; III, 3.
2. Only three keys available in the nineteenth century.—S. D., II, 543.
Compare II, 617, 842.
3. There are seven keys to the Entrance door to the Mysteries.—S. D., III,
178. Compare I, 346; II, 330; II, 668, II, 731.
4. The keys, as hinted by H. P. B., are:
a. Psychological.—S. D., II, 25, note; I, 389.
b. Astronomical.—S. D., II, 25, note; I, 389; III, 198.
c. Physical or physiological.—S. D., II, 25, note; III, 198.
d. Metaphysical.—S. D., II, 25, note; II, 394.
e. Anthropological.—S. D., I, 389; III, 198.
f. Astrological.—S. D., II, 343.
g. Geometrical.—S. D., II, 494; III, 176.
h. Mystical.—S. D., I, 401.
i. Symbolical.—S. D., II, 561.
j. Numerical.—S. D., II, 198.
5. Each key must be turned seven times.—S. D., I, 22.
6. The Jews availed themselves of two keys out of the seven.
7. The Metaphysical key is available.—S. D., I, 338. Compare III, 198.
[xlix] 48: "The seven keys open the
mysteries, past and future, of the seven great rootraces and of the seven
kalpas." Every occult book, symbol and allegory can be subjected to seven
interpretations. There are three locks to be opened. Seven keys. Every book
can be read exoterically, subjectively and spiritually. All the keys are not
yet available. (See Secret Doctrine, I, 330, 343.) There is the physiological
key, the psychological, the astrological and the metaphysical. The fifth key
is the geometrical.
[l] 48a: "Ring-pass-not.
The circumference of the sphere of influence of any centre of positive life.
This includes the fire sphere of magnetic work of the solar orb, viewing it as
the body of manifestation of a solar Logos and inclusive of an entire solar
system. This term is also applied to the sphere of activity of a planetary
Logos or to a planetary scheme and could equally well be applied to the sphere
of activity of the human Ego."—S. D., I, 346.
[li] 49: The four Lipika Lords stand
between the first and second plane.—S. D., I, 155.
a. They can pass the ring-pass-not.—S. D., I, 157.
b. They are connected with karma.—S. D., I, 153.
c. They are concerned with the Hereafter.—S. D., I, 151.
d. They are in three groups.—S. D., I, 153.
e. They are the spirits of the Universe.—S. D., I, 153.
[lii] 50: The four rays of mind are the
four minor rays which form the logoic Quaternary and which are synthesised
eventually into a fifth ray, the third major ray of active intelligence, or
adaptability. The names of the rays are as follows:
The three major rays:
1. The Ray of Will or Power.
2. The Ray of Love or Wisdom.
3. The Ray of Active Intelligence.
The four minor Rays:
4. The Ray of Beauty, Harmony, Art or Rhythm.
5. The Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science.
6. The Ray of Abstract Idealism.
7. The Ray of Ceremonial Order or Organisation.
[liii] 51: Sutratma. The "silver thread"
which incarnates from the beginning of a period of manifestation until the end,
stringing upon itself the pearls of human existence. It is the line of energy
which connects the lower personal man with his Father in Heaven via the ego,
the mediating middle principle. Upon it are found those focal points of energy
we call the permanent atoms.
[liv] 52: S. D., I, 136, 354. See also
note page No. 8.