Study Set 1:
The Three Periodic Vehicles
Seed Thought and Reading Assignment
Written Work to be Completed
Letter from the Teaching Staff
The Inner Constitution of Man
The Three Periodic Vehicles
The Egoic Lotus
The Diverse Sounds of the Whole Man
The "Rules of the Road" comprise the twelve seed-thoughts
for this year's meditation. The Tibetan writes of these rules: "They are imposed by
the conditions of the Path itself; they carry the warrant of a man's own soul and are the
result of the experience of millions of travelers upon that Path."
The Road is trodden in the full light of day, thrown upon the Path by
those Who know and lead. Naught can then be hidden, and at each turn, a man must face
TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS
Vol. One: Esoteric Psychology 1: pages: 3-22, 28-44, 53-62,
Vol. Two: Esoteric Psychology 2: pages: 3-8, 259-270, 283-290
1) Spiritual creativity has been defined as bringing something good or something needed
into one's environment that has not been there before.
Q) How does one bring tranquility into one's environment?
2) Occult reticence is an important aspect of esoteric training.
Q) What does occult reticence mean to you? (Please give your own ideas in your own
words rather than quoting from anything you have read.)
Q) Why is occult reticence important?
Q) In what way would the practice of occult reticence bring beauty and harmony to your
3) We are taught that impersonality will be a salient characteristic of the next world
Q) Do you see a growing trend toward impersonal love?
Q) If you do, how do you feel about it?
Dear Fellow Student,
As we travel the Way of Group Progress together, this fact becomes
increasingly clear: -- no matter where we go our inner lives go with us. We know that man
functions in a dual environment, one external, the other internal. The external
environment is made up of the outer world with its problems and attachments. The internal
environment is a compound of instincts, impulses, emotions, thoughts and ideals. Our daily
life is an interplay of these often-in-conflict seldom-under-control internal and external
Regardless of whether or not the idea is appealing, there is little hope that the
average person will be successful in dominating the conditions of his external
environment. However, there is every reason to believe that he can master the state of
affairs within himself. And by the wise governing of his inner life he may hope to
eventually achieve liberation from the ever-encroaching pressures of daily living which
threaten to destroy the last remnants of his peace of mind.
As individuals we respond to varying levels and types of pressure. External pressure is
usually related to worldly problems of home, family, business and friends. The diverse
elements within each man's sphere of influence make sometimes exhausting, often
competitive demands upon his resources of time, skill and energy. As the demands increase,
the feeling of pressure rises.
Internal pressure is of two kinds. One arises from a lack of proper mental and
emotional direction. If one's attitudes are unreasonable, and emotions are uncontrolled,
the individual is susceptible to an internal condition made up of a discordant clamour:
physical urges, insistent ideas, ideals, ambition, aspiration, plus erratic fluctuations
of happy and unpleasant feeling states -- all crowding for expression into word or deed;
and in addition, in the midst of the other voices, the Voice of Conscience and the Call of
While both internal and external pressures are all too common in the daily experience
of the average person, not all are to be considered valid or desirable. True, they are
part of an inevitable personality re action to its inherent inadequacy at a certain stage
of growth. But many pressures that plague us are not to be indulged, encouraged, or in any
way sustained. They are to be outgrown.
The only valid pressure within man is the natural pressure to grow in spiritual
stature. This pressure is a foreordained, divinely planned urge toward universal maturity.
This pressure is the working of the Law of Life. It is the spiritual will of the Soul
motivating the personality instrument to fulfill its proper role in the evolution of the
human race. It is an impersonal pressure. It does not seek to satisfy the arbitrary
demands of man's mental, emotional, or physical equipment, but instead aims to further
integrate that equipment, making it a fit tool for the purposes of the indwelling Soul.
A little quiet retrospection will clearly indicate to the sincere student of Life the
need for further exploration into the resources of his own inner being. What he seeks is
not to create an inner life, but to further reveal the inner life that is already there.
He realizes his need for a long range program which will structure a solid foundation for
the building of his inner strength and stability and the revealing of his inner divinity.
At the nucleus of such a long range program stand three major disciplines: meditation,
study and service. In Series IV, THE FABRIC OF LIFE, we shall strive to
deepen the student's meditative experience, to present a more comprehensive study program,
and to enhance the student's ability to be spiritually discriminating in his service
endeavors. As the title indicates, we shall engage in a careful study of the inner
composition of life. We shall analyze the arrangement and the interrelation of all of the
parts which make up the dynamic whole of Consciousness. A thorough understanding of this
structural knowledge is essential to our efforts to comprehend the nature of those
energies which condition man and which manifest through him to re-create his world. The
study work will deal with planetary energies as well as extra planetary sources of energy.
The study set subjects to be studied are as follows:
1 The Periodic Vehicles (Monad, Soul, Personality)
2 The Etheric Body
3 The Emotional Body
4 The Mental Body
5 The Seven Energy Centers
6 The Major Septenaries of Life
7 The Five Senses and Lower and Higher Psychism
8 The Sun's Passage Through Zodiacal Signs
9 The Seven Ray Energies
10 More On the Seven Rays
11 More On the Seven Rays
12 Summary and Evaluation
Careful emphasis, as always, will be placed upon the importance of keeping the daily
disciplines. An individual venturing inward must in living faith devote part of each day
to attuning his inner ear to instruction in the Laws of the Soul.
The man in search of his Soul begins with a willingness to learn. The first thing he
learns is how to achieve a certain measure of quietude. He learns to relax the body, to
calm the emotions, and to focus the mind upon an assigned meditation outline. During his
daily period of meditation he gives his whole attention to the meditation work assigned.
Even during periods of personal difficulty or personal crisis, he does not permit his
personal problems to intrude upon the meditation work.
(For some students, this is not an easy lesson. Some students try to bring their
personal problems into the meditation, hoping thereby to solve the problems. Instead, they
only further energize and perpetuate the states of mind that led to the problems in the
Practicing this quieting, aligning, detaching exercise day after day, he gradually
strengthens the communicating signal of that stream of energy which connects the Higher
Self with the lower self. He establishes a clear and powerful energy relay system between
the Soul, which is transmitting spiritual ideas, and Its receiving triple instrument, the
During meditation the interplay between the positive, high tension, light energy of
Soul consciousness and the negative, low tension, dense energy of the personality has a
refining, up-lifting, and stabilizing effect upon the three lower bodies (the lower
mental, the emotional, and the physical). Using the carefully strengthened transmission
line, the Soul slowly infuses Its dynamic energy into the purified vehicles, thereby
giving the personality a magnetic quality.
The Soul infused person then knows himself to be a Soul, and consciously uses Soul
energy in the service of all of life. He is more loving, because the energy of Soul
consciousness is Love; more enlightened, because the energy of Soul consciousness is
Light; and more effective, because the energy of Soul consciousness is Power. He becomes
wise as the Soul is wise; he then applies to the rightful duties of each day the wise
judgment and calm loving understanding of the Soul who has seen aeons of living and has
known so much of human nature.
As a result of this gradual increase of inner awareness the individual is able to see
more clearly, and to better define, the different levels of pressure to which he is
responding. He distinguishes useful motivation from harmful chaos. With the aid of the
Soul's Love, Light and Power, he is able to relax away from external pressure, and to
transmute negative internal pressure into problem-solving energy.
The Soul oriented person learns not to permit his mind to dwell overly long upon
immediate problems of success or failure. He is more concerned with understanding
Universal Laws and revealing the eternal values within his own nature. He voluntarily
accepts part of the world's unfinished business as his own. He becomes responsible for
some constructive work from which he, as an individual, has nothing to gain -- except,
perhaps, an even greater capacity for work. Doing the Soul's work begins to absorb and
condition his life.
Please note, we said his life. Unfolded Soul consciousness is not the reward of some
snap course in the mechanics of metaphysical magic. It is the natural result of many years
and lifetimes of honest and intelligent spiritual effort. Esotericism is for thinking
people, and the thoughtful person realizes that there is no such thing as an Instant
There are only endless groups of living souls sequentially, steadily, and inevitably
moving up along the spiral path of expanding consciousness. Therefore, dear group brother,
we bid you,
Grow in peace.
The Staff of ARCANA
THE INNER CONSTITUTION OF MAN
The constitution of man is basically threefold, as follows:
I. The Monad, or pure Spirit, the Father in Heaven.
This aspect reflects the three aspects of the Godhead:
1. Will or Power..................................The Father
2. Love-wisdom...................................The Son
3. Active Intelligence..........................The Holy Spirit
and is only contacted at the final initiations, when man is nearing the end of his
journey and is perfected. The Monad reflects itself again in
II. The Ego, Higher Self, Individuality, or Soul.
This aspect is potentially:
1. Spiritual Will...................................Atma
2. Intuition......................Buddhi, Love-Wisdom, (the Christ
3. Higher or abstract Mind.................Higher Manas
The Ego begins to make its power felt in advanced man, and increasingly on the
Probationary Path until by the third initiation the control of the lower self by the
higher is perfected, and the highest aspect begins to make its energy felt.
The Ego reflects itself in
III. The Personality, or Lower Self.
This aspect is also threefold:
1. A mental body..........................lower manas
2. An emotional body....................astral body
3. A physical body........................the dense physical and the etheric
The aim of evolution is therefore to bring man to the realization of the Egoic aspect
and to bring the lower nature under its control.
from INITIATION HUMAN AND SOLAR
THE THREE PERIODIC VEHICLES
Man, in essential essence, is the higher triad [Spiritual Will, Intuitive Perception,
and Abstract Mind] demonstrating through a gradually evolving-form, the egoic or causal
body, and utilising the lower threefold personality [mental, emotional, and physical
bodies] as a means to contact the lower three planes. All this has for purpose the
development of perfect self-consciousness. Above the triad stands the Monad or the Father
in Heaven -- a point of abstraction to man as he views the subject from the physical
plane. The Monad stands to him in the position of the Absolute, in the same sense as the
undifferentiated Logos stands to the threefold Trinity, to the three Persons of logoic
manifestation. The parallel is exact.
The threefold lower nature is in essence a quaternary -- the etheric vehicle, animating
life or prana, kama-manas, and lower mind. Manas [mind] or the fifth principle, forms the
link between the lower and the higher.
We have, therefore, our lower four, our higher three, and the relation between them,
the principle of mind. Here we have the seven formed by the union of the three and the
four, and another factor, making eight. The ultimate seven will be seen when buddhi and
manas are merged. Much has been hinted at in certain of out occult books about the eighth
sphere. I would suggest that in this linking factor of intelligent mind, we have a clue to
the mystery. When mind becomes unduly developed and ceases to unite the higher and the
lower, it forms a sphere of its own. This is the greatest disaster that can overtake the
Therefore we have:
Monad, the microcosmic absolute.
The one and only.
The monadic trinity.
First aspect....................Atma or spiritual will.
Second aspect................Buddhi, the Christ principle.
Third aspect....................Manas, or higher mind.
The Son aspect in objectivity.
The body egoic or causal body (Egoic Lotus).
The lower quaternary.
1. The mental body.
2. The astral or emotional body,
3. Prana, or vital energy.
4. Etheric body.
COSMIC FIRE 260-262
THE EGOIC LOTUS
Let us picture the nine-petalled egoic lotus, the heart centre in the monadic
consciousness, unfolding each of its petals in groups of three upon the three planes of
the higher mental. Their unfoldment is worked out through the evolutionary process,
undergone on the three planes in the three Worlds, or within the three Halls of Ignorance,
of Learning, and of Wisdom.
a. First Group of Petals -- Knowledge Petals:
1. The Petal of Knowledge for the physical plane. Through the breaking
of the Law and the ensuing suffering the price of ignorance is paid and knowledge is
achieved. This unfoldment is brought about through physical plane experience.
2. The Petal of Love for the physical plane. Unfolds through physical
relationships, and the gradual growth of love from love of self to love of others.
3. The Petal of Sacrifice for the physical plane. This unfoldment is
brought about through the driving force of circumstances, and not of free will. It is the
offering up of the physical body upon the altar of desire -- low desire to begin with, but
aspiration towards the end, though still desire. As man in the early stages of his
evolution is polarised on the physical, much of this is undergone unconsciously and
without any realisation of what is being consummated, but the result in the causal body is
seen in a twofold increase of heat or of activity:
The physical permanent atom becomes radio-active or a radiant point of fire.
The lower three petals become vibrant and begin to unfold until fully developed.
b. Second Group of Petals -- Love Petals:
1. The Petal of Knowledge, for the astral plane; unfoldment is brought
about by the conscious balancing of the pairs of opposites, and the gradual utilisation of
the Law of Attraction and Repulsion. The man passes out of the Hall of Ignorance where,
from the egoic point of view, he works blindly and begins to appreciate the effects of his
physical plane life; by a realisation of his essential duality he begins to comprehend
2. The Petal of Love for the astral plane; unfoldment is brought about
through the process of gradually transmuting the love of the subjective nature or of the
Self within. This has a dual effect and works through on to the physical plane in many
lives of turmoil, of endeavor and of failure as a man strives to turn his attention to the
love of the Real.
3. The Petal of Sacrifice for the astral plane; unfoldment is brought
about by the attitude of man as he consciously endeavors to give up his own desires for
the sake of his group. His motive is still somewhat a blind one, and still coloured by the
desire for a return of that which he gives and for love from those he seeks to serve, but
it is of a much higher order than the blind sacrifice to which a man is driven by
circumstances as is the case in the earlier unfoldment. As this threefold enlightenment or
unfoldment proceeds, again a dual result is seen:
The astral permanent atom comes into full activity and radiance, as regards five of its
spirillae, and the two atoms of the physical and astral planes are equally vibrant.
The three petals of the central ring of the egoic lotus come also into full unfoldment,
and the heart center of the Monad is seen as a wheel of fire with six of its spokes in
full display of energy and rapidly rotating.
c. Third Group of Petals -- Sacrifice Petals:
1. The Petal of Knowledge for the mental plane; its unfoldment marks
the period wherein the man consciously utilises all that he has gained or is gaining under
the law for the definite-benefit of humanity.
Each of the groups of petals is distinguished by a predominant
colouring; Knowledge, on the physical plane, with the colouring of the other two
subsidiary; Love, on the astral plane, with the light of sacrifice weaker in tone than the
other two, which practically show forth in equal brilliancy. On the mental plane, the
light of sacrifice comes to its full display, and all that is seen is coloured by that
2. The Petal of Love on the mental plane is unfolded through the
conscious steady application of all the powers of the soul to the service of humanity with
no thought of return nor any desire for reward for the immense sacrifice involved.
3. The Petal of Sacrifice for the mental plane; demonstrates as the
predominant bias of the soul as seen in a series of many lives spent by the initiate prior
to his final emancipation. He becomes in his sphere the "Great Sacrifice." This
stage can be seen objectively to the eye of the clairvoyant as dual in effect:
a. The mental unit becomes a radiant point of light; its four spirillae transmit force
with intense rapidity.
b. The three higher petals unfold, and the nine-petalled lotus is seen perfected.
The causal body is then (expressed in terms of fire) a blazing center of heat,
radiating to its group warmth and vitality....... When the fire of matter, of "fire
by friction," becomes sufficiently intense; when the fire of mind, of solar fire
(which vitalises the nine petals), becomes equally fierce, and when the electric spark at
the innermost center blazes out and can be seen, the entire causal body becomes
radioactive. Then the fires of substance (the vitality of the permanent atoms) escape from
the atomic spheres, and add their quota to the great sphere in which they are contained;
the fire of mind blends with the emanating source, and the central life escapes. This is
the great liberation. The man, in terms of human endeavor, has achieved his goal. He has
passed through the three Halls and in each has transferred that which he gained therein to
the content of his consciousness; he has in ordered sequence developed and opened the
petals of the lotus -- first opening the lower three, which involves a process covering a
vast period of time. Then the second series of petals are opened, during a period of time
covering his participation intelligently in world affairs until he enters the spiritual
kingdom at the first Initiation; and a final and briefer period wherein the three higher
or inner ring of petals are developed and opened.
I would request the student to bear the following points in mind:
First. That the order of the development of the petals and the
stimulation of the fires depends upon the Ray of the Monad, and the subray upon which the
causal body finds itself. This thought would bear expansion, and would prove a fruitful
source of study to the occult investigator.
Second. That this unfoldment proceeds slowly in the early stages, and
only proceeds with rapidity as the man himself works at it with conscious effort.
The Ego takes no active interest in the development until the second petal in the
second series is beginning to open. Before that time, the work proceeds under the law of
its being and through the inherent life of the second Logos which is the life of the
petals of the lotus. The life of the first Logos, working through the SELF (who dwells in
a form built by the life of energy of the second Logos out of force-substance animated by
the Life of the third Logos) only responds to opportunity when the above mentioned stage
Finally: The ceremony of initiation is only undergone when the causal
body is in a condition to respond to the Will aspect of the Heavenly Man (the first
aspect) and to do this through the glad co-operation of the fully conscious self.
The causal body [egoic lotus] has been seen as a wheel of fire, containing within its
periphery three focal points of energy, the permanent atoms. They are analogous, as
earlier pointed out, to the seventh principle of each of the three aspects -- will or
power, love-wisdom, and active intelligence.
All three lines of evolution are proceeding simultaneously, and have a reflex action
the one upon the other; it is this which produces the consequent perfection of unfoldment.
It is neither possible nor desirable to follow each line of this threefold evolution
separately, nor to consider them as dissociated from each other. The interplay is too
accurate, and the mutual stimulation too important to be neglected by the student of egoic
It is, as stated elsewhere, through the permanent atoms that the Ego comes en rapport
with its objective world; he works upon and through his environment successfully or
blindly just in so far as he can energise his permanent atoms and bring the spirillae out
of latency into potency. This only becomes possible as he unfolds the petals of the lotus.
It would be wise to sound a note of warning here in connection with this question of
egoic unfoldment. What has been said here has been but the formulation of the general plan
of egoic unfoldment as interpreted in terms of consciousness or fire. In studying the
subject with due personal application the student should bear in mind the following facts:
First, that according to the Ray of the Monad, so will the petals
unfold. For instance, if the Ray of the Monad is the second Ray, the knowledge petals will
be the first to open, but the second petal of love will almost parallel its development,
being for that particular type of Ego the line of easiest unfoldment; the knowledge petal
will be for it the most difficult to open.
Second, that the effect of one circle of petals opening will be felt
within the next circle at an early stage and will cause a vibratory response, hence the
greater rapidity of the later stages of unfoldment as compared with the first.
Third, that there exist many cases of uneven or unequal unfoldment.
Quite frequently people are found with perhaps two petals unfolded in the first circle and
one still in latency, while a petal within the central or second ring may be in full
development. This is the explanation frequently of the power in service along certain
lines displayed by some, coupled with a comparatively low stage of development or of
consciousness (egoically speaking)..... Every egoic unit or monadic force center has a
definite effect upon the group or community of Egos in which it may have a place, and as
the interaction proceeds results are sometimes produced of a temporarily unexpected
.....This whole subject is of interest in that it is the next step
ahead for the student of occult psychology. Much will be eventually ascertained which will
throw new light upon the possibility of work upon the physical plane for man. The whole
secret of success in any endeavor or enterprise is primarily based on two things:
First, the ability of the Ego to work through the personality, using it simply as the
medium of expression.
Second, the karma of the egoic group as it becomes more apparent on the physical plane.
Hitherto, much has been said and taught about individual karma. Group karma in the future
will slowly assume its rightful place in the thought of students, and this will lead to
more intelligent cooperation, to a more sympathetic understanding of group
responsibilities, and to a more adequate solution of group problems.
COSMIC FIRE, pages 539-547
All forms, in themselves, are not expressions of a personality. To warrant the term,
three types of energy must be present, -- three types, fused, blended and coordinated into
one functioning organism. A personality is therefore a blend of mental energy, of
emotional energy and of vital force, and these three are masked, hidden or revealed (note
this terminology) by an outer shell or form of dense physical matter. This outer crust is
in itself a form of negative energy. The result of this union of three energies in an
objective form is self-consciousness. Their fusion produces that sense of individuality,
which justifies the use of the word 'I', and which relates all occurrences to a self.
Where this central conscious entity exists, utilising the mind, reacting sensuously
through the emotional body, and energising the dense physical (via the vital body) then
one has a personality. It is self-conscious existence in form. It is awareness of identity
in relation to other identities, and this is equally true of God or man. It is a sense of
identity, however, which persists only during the creative process, and for as long as the
matter aspect and the consciousness aspect present the eternal duality of nature.
Personality is that state of awareness which has its conditioning factor in the mind
stuff, but this can be transcended when that mind stuff no longer controls. As the
individual mind stuff is an integral part of the Universal Mind, and as the principle of
mind is inherent in all forms, the sense of individuality and of self-awareness is always
eternally possible. In the higher states of consciousness, it is however, eventually
relegated to a subordinate position.
For us there is the achieving of personality, or of a full registration or awareness of
the indwelling self; there lies then the utilisation of that personality, and its
sacrifice eventually to group good, with a consequent merging of the self in the one Self
and the fusion of the individual soul (consciously and willingly) in the Oversoul.
'I am' -- the cry of every human being. 'I am that' -- the cry of every personality,
who realises his selfhood and uses his personality in order to express the will of the
indwelling entity, the true person. 'I am that I am' -- the cry of the individual soul as
it is lost in the whole and realises its oneness with the soul or self of all.
The characteristics of the individual who is beginning to function as a personality
might be briefly enumerated as follows. They are simple and clear and preeminently
selfish. Let it not be forgotten that the primitive step on the way to selfhood of
necessity is selfishness. Let it be equally well remembered that the prime hindrance to
the advanced and highly evolved personality is selfhood, or the prolongation of the
selfish attitude. The characteristics therefore are in their sequential development as
1. The ability to say I am, I wish, I desire, I will.
2. The consciousness of being in the centre of one's tiny universe. "Around me the
Heavens move and the stars in their courses revolve" is the motto of this stage.
3. The sense of drama and the capacity to visualise oneself as the centre of one's
4. The sense of responsibility and the aptitude to regard the surrounding members of
the human family as dependent upon one.
5. The sense of importance -- the outgrowth of the above.
This demonstrates in power and influence where there is a real and steadily awakening
entity behind the 'persona', and in braggadocio and bombast where a small selfish creature
6. The power to use the entire equipment so that the mind and brain function
synchronously and the emotional nature is thereby subordinated, inhibited or controlled.
This involves the steady growth of the power to use thought.
7. Capacity to live a coordinated life so that the entire man functions and is guided
by purpose (expressing the energy of will), by desire (expressing the energy of the
emotional or psychic nature), and by vitality which swings the physical vehicle into line
with purpose and desire.
8. Power to influence, sway, guide and hold others within the range of individual
purpose and desire.
When this stage has been reached the three energies which constitute a personality have
been successfully fused and merged and the mechanism or instrument of the indwelling self
is a usable and valuable asset. The man is a potent personality and becomes the centre of
a group; he finds himself to be a focal point for other lives, and is an influential
magnetic individual, swaying others, coordinating human units into groups, and organisms.
He becomes the head of organizations and of parties, of religious and political bodies and
of nations in some cases. Thus do the dominant personalities come into being and find
themselves; they discover thus the distinction between the centre of power, the self, and
the equipment; they finally become conscious of vocation in the truest sense of the term.
A TREATISE ON WHITE MAGIC pages 391-395
THE DIVERSE SOUNDS OF THE WHOLE MAN
The Physical Body says I AM CONTENT:
to be comfortable
to eat and drink and eat and drink and eat and
to take my time
to read; watch TV
- for fun
- to relieve boredom
to perpetuate my family and my kind
to increase my family and my kind
The Emotional Body says I WANT:
a Cadillac and things and things and things and
to be liked
to be loved
to be praised
to be noticed
to be thrilled
to be extraordinary
to be nervous
to be excited
to be irregular
to be mysterious
to fluctuate drastically
to be vague and elusive
-food - highly seasoned
-drink - ice cold or burning hot
-depth of despair
-"dark night of the soul"
-strong likes and dislikes
- in clothes
The Mental Body says I INTEND:
to penetrate beneath the surface
to prove and disprove
The Personality says I AM COMPULSIVELY MOVED:
The Soul says I REJOICE:
in another's welfare
in another's progress
in multiple interplay (group experience)
in "the world of meaning"
in significant relationships, i.e.:
spirit - matter
cause - effect
plan - action
guidance - program
etc. - etc.
The Monad says I WILL: