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[xcv] * First the  (Point), the Monad, Bythus(the Deep), the unknown and unknowable Father.  Then the  (Triangle), Bythus and the first emanated pair or Duad, Nous (Mind) and its syzygy Aletheia (Truth).  Then the  (Square), the dual Duad, Tetractys or Quaternary, two males  , the Logos (Word) and Anthropos (Man), two females, their syzygies, = Zoe (Life) and Ekklesia (the Church or Assembly), Seven in all.  The Triangle the Potentiality of Spirit, the Square the Potentiality of Matter; the Vertical Straight Line the Potency of Spirit, and the Horizontal the Potency of Matter.  Next comes the Pentagram, the Pentad, the mysterious symbol of the Manasaputras or Sons of Wisdom, which together with their syzygies make 10, or the Decad; and last of all, the Hexalpha or interlaced Triangles    the Hexad, which with their syzygies make 12, or the Dodecad.  Such are the Contents of the Pleroma or Completion, the Ideas in the Divine Mind, 28 in all for Bythus or the Father is not reckoned as it is the Root of all.  The two small circles within the Pleroma are the syzygy Christos-Pneuma (Christ and the Holy Spirit); these are after-emanations and, as such, from one aspect, typify the descent of Spirit to inform and evolve Matter, which essentially proceeds from the same source; and from another, the descent or incarnation of the Kumaras or the Higher Egos of Humanity.  From "Lucifer" for May, 1890.


[xcvi] 93: Bible. Ep., 4:13.

[xcvii] 94 "Matter, it must be remembered, is that totality of Existence in the Kosmos which falls within any of the planes of possible perception."—S. D., I, 560.

These Existences might be enumerated as follows:

1. The Seven Heavenly Men.  In their totality they make up the Body of the Grand Man of the Heavens, the Logos.

Other names for these Beings:

a. The seven planetary Logoi or Spirits.

b. The Prajapatis.

c. The seven Lords of the Rays.

d. The Dyhan Chohans.

e. The seven Spirits before the Throne.

f. The seven Archangels.

g. The seven Logoi.

h. The seven Builders.

—S. D., I, 115, 130, 152, 535.

They are the informing Entities of the Divine Ray, the Ray of the Second Logos, in much the same sense as Fohat and his seven Brothers are the totality of the Primordial Ray.—S. D., I, 100, 108, 155.

  1. Matter is fecundated by the Primordial Ray of Intelligence.  This is the anima mundi, the soul of the world.
  2. The Primordial Ray is the vehicle for the Divine Ray of Love and Wisdom.  The merging of these two is the aim of evolution.
  3. The Divine Ray is sevenfold.  It brings in seven Entities.
  4. These seven are:

1. The Logos of Will or Power.

 5. The Logos of Concrete Science.

2. The Logos of Love and Wisdom.

 6. The Logos of Devotion or Abstract Idealism.

3. The Logos of Activity.

 7. The Logos of Ceremonial Law or Order.

4. The Logos of Harmony.



2. Men, The Monad, The Units of Consciousness.  They, in their totality, make up the Bodies of the seven Heavenly Men.  Each Monad is found upon one of the seven Rays.—S. D., I, 197, 285, 624; S. D., II, 85, 176, 196.

3. Devas.—S. D. I, 308; S. D., II, 107.

Such devas are, for instance:

a. The deva Lord of a plane.  The sphere of his body is the entire plane.

b.  Groups of building devas.

4. Entities involved in the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms.—S. D., I, 210, 298.

a. The life of the third Logos—the atom of matter.

b. The life of the second Logos—groups of atoms built into forms, plant, animal.

c. The life of the first Logos—the forms indwelt by highest Spirit.

5. The spirit of a planet.—S. D., I, 178; S. D., II, 251, 500.

He is the sum-total of the many involutionary lives upon a planet.

6. The atom.—S. D., I, 559, 620-622.

Summing Up:  For the purpose and the goal see S. D., I, 70, 132.


[xcviii] 95: Serpent swallowing its tail.—S. D., I, 704; II, 531.

[xcix] 96: Students might compare the following references and then form their own conclusions.—S. D., I, 711 note, 545, 439; II, 811, 830, 581, 582, 426, 454, 654, 371.

[c] 97: S. D., I, 42-44.

[ci] 98:  S. D., I, 74.

[cii] 99 "Consciousness is the kosmic seed of superkosmic omniscience.  It has the potentiality of budding into divine consciousness."—S. D., III, 555.

The universe is an aggregate of states of consciousness.—S. D., II, 633.

Consciousness may be roughly divided into:

1. Absolute or God Consciousness

Unmanifested Logos.  "I am That I am."

2. Universal or Group Consciousness

Manifested Logos.  Consciousness
of planetary Logos.  "I am That."

3. Individual or Self-Consciousness

Human consciousness.  "I am."

4. Consciousness or Atomic Consciousness

Sub-human consciousness.


The goal of consciousness for:

1. A planetary Logos

Absolute consciousness.

2. Man

Group consciousness.

3. Atom



The Logos is the Macrocosm for Man.—S. D., I, 288, 295.

Man is the Macrocosm for the Atom....

Summation:  The Life and the Lives.—S. D., I, 281, 282.


[ciii] 1 In connection with the Atom, the Secret Doctrine says:

1. Absolute intelligence thrills through every atom

S. D., I, 298.

2. Wherever there is an atom of matter, there is life

S. D., I, 245, 269, 279.

3. The atom is a concrete manifestation of the Universal Energy

S. D., I, 281.

4. The same invisible lives compose the atoms, etc.

S. D., I, 218.

5. Every atom in the universe has the potentiality of self-consciousness

S. D., I, 132; II, 742.

6. Atoms and souls are synonymous in the language of Initiates

S. D., I., 620, 622.

7. The atom belongs wholly to the domain of metaphysics

S. D., I, 559.

8. Deity is within every atom

S. D., I, 89, 183.

9. Every atom is doomed to incessant differentiation

S. D., I, 167.

l0. The object of the evolution of the atom is Man

S. D., I, 206.

11. A germ exists in the centre of every atom

S. D., I, 87; II, 622.

12. There is heat in every atom

S. D., I, 112.

13. Every atom has 7 planes of being

S. D., I, 174.

14. Atoms are vibrations

S. D., I, 694.


[civ] 2: Inner Life:  Vol. II, 177-179.  Occult Chemistry, p. 22.  Occult Chemistry, Appendix II and III.  Babbitt's "Light and Colour," pp. 97-101

[cv] 3: These Heavenly Men are:
1. The sum-total of consciousness...S. D., I, 626,
2. The Creators...S. D., I, 477, 481-485.
Compare S. D., II, 244.
a. They are the seven primary creations, or the taking of the etheric body by a Heavenly Man.
b. They are the seven secondary creations, or the taking of the dense physical body.
Trace this in the Microcosm, and the work of the devas of the ethers in building the body.
c. The aggregate of divine intelligence...S. D., I, 488,
d. The mindborn Sons of Brahma...S. D., I, 493, S. D., II, 610, 618.
They are the logoic Quaternary, the Five, and the Seven.
e. The seven Rays...S. D., I, 561, S. D., II, 201.
They are the seven paths back to God......Spirit.
They are the seven principles metaphysically.
They are the seven races physically.
f. The Lords of ceaseless and untiring devotion...S. D., II, 92,
g. The failures of the last system...S. D., II, 243,
h. The polar opposites to the Pleiades...S. D., II, 579, 581.
Our system is masculine occultly and the Pleiades is feminine.
A Heavenly Man in His planetary scheme creates in a similar manner.  See S. D., II, 626.

[cvi] 4: S. D., I, 136.

[cvii] 5: S. D., I, 439, 221, 107.

[cviii] 6: S. D., I, 42-44.

[cix] 7: S. D., I, 107.

[cx] 8: Kamamanas—That blending of the mental and desire element that forms the personality or common brain-intelligence of the man.
"The energies that express themselves through the lower kinds of mental matter are so changed by it into slower vibrations that are responded to by astral matter that the two bodies are continually vibrating together, and become very closely interwoven."—
The Ancient Wisdom by Mrs. Besant.

[cxi] 9  1. There are two main cosmic principles in nature:—

a. Active and passive, male and female.—S. D., II, 556.  I, 46.

b.      Buddhi and mahat.  See also S. D., I, 357.  II, 649.  III, 273.

2. These higher principles united produce the three and the seven.—S. D., I, 46.

a. They are called the three Rays of Essence and the four Aspects.—S.  D., I, 147.

b.      They can be called the three Vehicles with their three Aspects and Atma.—S. D., I, 182.

c. They are also called the three-tongued Flame of the Four Wicks.—S. D., I, 257.

This is true cosmically and humanly.

The Principles of the Logos

the seven Planetary Logoi.—S. D., I, 358, 365.

The Principles of the planetary Logos

The vehicle called a chain.—S. D., I, 194, 196.  II, 626.

The Principles of man

The different vehicles.  Note also:—S. D., I, 176, 177.  II, 630, 631.  I, 189.

Summation:—S. D., III, 475.

3. Cosmic Ideation, focussed in a principle results as the consciousness of the individual.—S. D., I, 351.

  1. Appropriation by the individual of a vehicle produces a display of energy of any particular plane.  This energy will be of a peculiar colour and quality, according to the plane involved.

4. The seven principles are the manifestation of the one Flame.—S. D., 45.  III, 374.

Note also the function of the Gods in furnishing man with his principles.  S. D., I, 308.


[cxii] 10 Enumeration of the Principles.—S. D., II, 627, 631.

1st Principle

Dense physical body.  Sthula Sharira.

2nd Principle

Etheric body.  Linga Sharira.

3rd Principle

Prana.  Vital energy.

4th Principle

Kama-rupa.  The energy of desire.

—S. D., I, 136

.(These are the lower four principles.)


5th Principle

Manas.  The energy of thought.  The middle principle.—S. D., II, 83, 84.  II, 332.  S. D., II, 669.

6th Principle

Buddhi.  The energy of love.—S. D., II, 649, 676.  S. D., III, 58.

7th Principle

Atma.  The synthetic principle.—S. D., I, 357, 201.  S. D., III, 142.

See S. D., III, 201, note.

a.  Buddhi is the vehicle for atma.

b. Manas is the vehicle for buddhi.

c.  Kamarupa is the vehicle for manas.—S. D., II, 171.

d. The etheric body is the vehicle for prana.

Remember also:—

a.  That the physical body is not a principle.—S. D., II, 652.  III, 445.  III, 652.

b. That atma is not a principle.  See also S. D., III, 62, 63.  III, 293.

(Other enumerations, differing in certain particulars will be found:—S. D., 177, 181, 685.  II, 669.  III, 476, 560.  The latter is more esoteric.)

[cxiii] 11: H. P. Blavatsky says in the Secret Doctrine in connection with the Principles.
a. That mistakes in the classification are very possible.—S. D., II, 677.
. That we must seek the occult meaning.—S. D., II, 652.
That there are really six not seven principles.
c. That there are several classifications.—S. D., III, 374, 446.
d. That the esoteric enumeration cannot be made to correspond with the exoteric—S. D., III, 476.
e. That the numbering of the principles is a question of spiritual progress.—S. D., III, 456, 460.

[cxiv] 12: S. D., III, 456

[cxv] 13: In the Secret Doctrine the Heavenly Men are spoken of as:
1. Agents of creation.  They are the totality of manifestation.—S. D., I, 470.
2. They are pre-cosmic.—S. D., I, 470.
3. They are the sumtotal of solar and lunar entities.—S. D., I, 152, 470.  Compare II, 374.
4. They are the seven Biblical Archangels.
They are the seven Forces or creative Powers.
They are the seven Spirits before the Throne.
They are the seven Spirits of the Planets.—S. D., I, 472, 153.
5. In Their totality They are the Secret Unpronounceable Name.—S. D., I, 473.
6. They are the collective Dhyan Chohans.—S. D., I, 477.
7. They are the seven Kumaras.  The seven Rishis.—S. D., I, 493.  III, 196, 327.
8. They are the Sons of Light.—S. D., I, 521, 522.
9. They are the Hierarchy of creative Powers.—S. D., I, 233.
10. They are the veiled synthesis.—S. D., I, 362.
11. They are our own planetary deities.—S. D., I, 153.
12. They are all men, the product of other worlds.—S. D., I, 132.
13. They are closely connected with the seven stars of the Great Bear.—S. D., I, 488.  S. D., II 332.  II, 579, 668.  S. D., III, 195.
14. They are symbolised by circles.—S. D., II, 582.
15. They are collectively the fallen Angels.—S. D., II, 284, 541.

[cxvi] 14: The Sons of Mind:  are known by various terms, such as:—"The Manasaputras, the Prajapatis, the Kumaras, the Primordial Seven, the Rudras, the Heavenly Men, the Rishis, the Spirits before the Throne.

[cxvii] 15: The Secret Doctrine says:
1. The Universe is in reality but a huge aggregation of states of consciousness.—S.  D., II, 633.  I, 70, 626,
2. Spirit and consciousness are synonymous terms.—S.  D., I, 43, 125, 349, 350, 592, 593.
3. Every atom in the universe is endowed with consciousness.—S.  D., I, 105.  II, 709, 742.
4. Six types of Consciousness as embodied in the Kingdom of Nature on the five planes of Human Evolution.—S.  D., I, 123.  II, 678.
a. The Mineral Kingdom 1.
Intelligent activity.  All atoms show ability to select, to discriminate intelligently under the Law of Attraction and Repulsion.—S. D., I, 295.
b. Vegetable Kingdom 2.
Intelligent activity plus embryo sensation or feeling.
c. Animal Kingdom 3.
Intelligent activity, sensation plus instinct, or embryo mentality.—S. D., III, 573, 574.
These three embody the sub-human consciousness.
d. Human consciousness 4.
Intelligent activity, love or perfected feeling or realisation and will, or intelligent purpose.  The three aspects.  S. D., I, 215, 231.—S. D., II, 552.  III, 579.
This is Self-Consciousness—the middle point.—S. D., I, 297.
e. Spiritual Consciousness 5.
Buddhic realisation.  The unit is aware of his group.  The separated unit identifies himself with his ray or type.—S. D., III, 572.  I, 183, 623.
f. Atmic Consciousness 6.
The consciousness of the unit of the Septenary solar system.—S. D., II, 673.  II, 741.
These two embody super-consciousness.
The seventh type embraces them all and is God Consciousness.—S. D., II, 740 note.
Study also S. D., I, 300, 301, 183, 221, 623.  S. D., II, 32 note, 741, 552 note.—S. D., III, 573, 574, 558, 557, 584.

[cxviii] 16: In the Secret Doctrine we are told that there are seven branches of knowledge mentioned in the Puranas.  S. D., I, 192.
Correspondences can here be worked out in connection with:—
a. The seven Rays, the Lords of Sacrifice, Love and Knowledge.
b. The seven states of consciousness.
c. The seven states of matter or planes.
d. The seven types of forces.
e. The seven Initiations and many other septenates.
The Gnosis, the hidden knowledge, is the seventh Principle, the six schools of Indian philosophy are the six principles.—S. D., I, 299.
These six schools are:—
a. The school of Logic..Proof of right perception.
b. The atomic school...System of particulars.  Elements.  Alchemy and chemistry.
c. The Sankhya school...System of numbers.  The materialistic school.  The theory of the seven states of matter or prakriti.
d. The school of Yoga...Union.  The rule of daily life.  Mysticism.
e. The school of Ceremonial religion...Ritual.  Worship of the devas or Gods.
f. The Vedanta school...Has to do with non-duality.  Deals with the relation of Atma in man to the Logos.
The Gnosis or hidden knowledge is the same as Atma vidya, or Theosophy, and includes the other six.

[cxix] 17: S. D., II, 33.  I, 323.

[cxx] 18: S. D., I, 258.

[cxxi] 19: S. D., I, 191.

[cxxii] 20: "Manas is the individuality or the spiritual Ego on the side of the higher Triad, and the personality or the kamic ego on the side of the lower quaternary.  Manas is the pivot of the human structure, or the centre on which the spiritual and material parts of man are made to turn."
"Lower manas is only a ray of the higher manas let into the fleshly tabernacle for illuminating its being and giving it thought, desire and memory."
"It is because manas is the turning point in the cycle that H. P. B. has considered it under the two aspects—higher and lower—the higher the attainer and experiencer of spiritual heights and the lower, the soul of the lower three, the triangle that completes embodiment.  Manas is therefore the battle-ground of forces contained in the microcosm....The stage of evolution which we have reached is the very starting point of the great struggle."—Some Thoughts on the Gita.

[cxxiii] 21: Electricity:
..."We know of no phenomenon in nature—entirely unconnected with either magnetism or electricity—since, where there are motion, heat, friction, light, there magnetism and its Alter Ego (according to our humble opinion)—electricity will always appear, as either cause or effect—or rather both if we but fathom the manifestation to its origin.  All the phenomena of earth currents, terrestrial magnetism and atmospheric electricity, are due to the fact that the earth is an electrified conductor, whose potential is ever changing owing to its rotation and its annual orbital motion, the successive cooling and heating of the air, the formation of clouds and rain, storms and winds, etc.  This you may perhaps find in some text book.  But then Science would be unwilling to admit that all these changes are due to Akasic magnetism incessantly generating electric currents which tend to restore the disturbed equilibrium."
..."The sun is neither a Solid nor a Liquid, nor yet a gaseous glow; but a gigantic ball of electro-magnetic Forces, the store-house of universal Life and Motion, from which the latter pulsate in all directions, feeding the smallest atom as the greatest genius with the same material unto the end of the Maha Yug."—Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, pp. 160, 165.

[cxxiv] 22: S. D., I. 567. II, 258.

[cxxv] 23: "Through perfectly concentrated meditation on the light in the head comes the vision of the Masters who have attained."
"The tradition is that there is a certain centre of force in the head, perhaps the 'pineal gland,' which some of our Western philosophers have supposed to be the dwelling of the soul,—a centre which is, as it were, the doorway between the natural and the spiritual man.  It is the seat of that better and wiser consciousness behind the outward looking consciousness in the forward part of the head; that better and wiser consciousness of "the back of the mind," which views spiritual things, and seeks to impress the spiritual view on the outward looking consciousness in the forward part of the head.  It is the spiritual man seeking to guide the
natural man, seeking to bring the natural man to concern himself with the things of his immortality.  This is suggested in the words of the Upanishad already quoted.  "There, where the dividing of the hair turns, extending upward to the crown of the head'; all of which may sound very fantastical, until one comes to understand it."
"It is said that when this power is fully awakened, it brings a vision of the great Companions of the spiritual man, those who have already attained, crossing over to the further shore of the sea of death and rebirth.  Perhaps it is to this divine sight that the Master alluded, who is reported to have said:  'I counsel you to buy of me eye salve, that you may see.'"—Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book III, 32. (C. Johnston's Edition.)

[cxxvi] 24: The Pairs of Opposites:—
—From The
Science of Social Organization, by Bhagavan Das.

[cxxvii] 25: The Divine Hermaphrodite—this is the great Being, planetary or solar, who manifests in Himself the pair of opposites.

[cxxviii] 26: "A Group-soul is a collection of permanent Triads in a triple envelope of monadic essence.  The permanent Triads are a reflection upon the lower planes of the spiritual Triads on the higher.  This description is true of all group-souls functioning on the physical plane, but gives no idea of the extreme complexity of the subject."—From A Study in Consciousness, by Annie Besant.

[cxxix] 27: S. D., I, 119, 493; II, 111, 112.

[cxxx] 28: The period of the individualisation of a solar Logos goes back further still and need not concern us here, save to remember that the Law of Analogy holds good.

[cxxxi] 29: The above information about the "Rods" is taken out of Initiation Human and Solar, page 126.

[cxxxii] 30: "The Secret of the Pleiades and of their relation to the Seven Rishis of the Great Bear, and therefore to our Seven Heavenly Men, is not yet to be revealed.  It is known only in detail to the Chohans of the Seventh Initiation, though the fact that there is such a relation is now exoteric."  H. P. B. speaks of it in the Secret Doctrine.

[cxxxiii] 31: See S. D., II, 711, 725, 726.

[cxxxiv] 32: A hint of this triangle of force was conveyed in Letters on Occult Meditation, page 79-84, when speaking of man and his centres.

[cxxxv] 33: S. D., I, 493.

[cxxxvi] 34 Compare also the following correspondences:

The sacred Tetraktys

The manifested Logos.

The Fourth Creative Hierarchy

The Human.

The Fourth Principle

Lower Mind.

The Fourth Race


The Fourth Element

Water, S. D., I, 95.  I, 640.

The Four Truths

S. D., I, 70.

The Four Propositions

S. D., I, 107.

The Four Initiations

S. D., I, 227.

The Fourth Plane

Buddhi, fourth cosmic ether.

The Fourth physical sub-plane

The Fourth Ether.

The Fourth Round

The Present.


[cxxxvii] 35: S. D., I, 187.  II, 33-36, 626.

[cxxxviii] 36: Students must carefully differentiate between the five Mind born Sons of Brahma, the five true Kumaras and their representatives on our earth planet, Those Who stand around Sanat Kumara Who may be stated (esoterically understood) to represent Himself.