Series IV –
THE FABRIC OF LIFE
Study Set 6
THE MAJOR SEPTENARIES OF LIFE
Written Work to be Completed and Mailed
Letter from the Teaching Staff
The Seven Principles
Kingdoms and Rays
Corresponding Centers, Rays, Kingdoms
The Physical Body is not a Principle
Humanity and the Number Three
Planetary and Human Centers
Variations to Consider
Chart: Cosmic Physical Plane
Each Pilgrim on the Road must carry with him what he needs: a pot of fire, to warm his fellowmen; a lamp, to cast its rays upon his heart and show his fellowmen the nature of his hidden life; . . .
WRITTEN WORK TO BE COMPLETED
1. ) a. What relationship do you see between the daily quieting of the emotions during the morning, and ones emotional expression the rest of the day?
b. What relationship do you see between concentrating the mind on the seed thought in meditation, and the way the mind is used throughout the day?
2.) The Tibetan suggests, "This is one way wherein the new ideas will be
disseminated and spread; some one must think them and some one speak them and some one
must respond to them."
(D.I.N.A. Vol. I, 651)
We need to look for the ways to disseminate new ideas. One of these ideas is that emotions can be controlled. This idea of controlling the emotions is something that the esoteric students know and the public does not know but needs to know.
The world is full of neuroses, allergies and innumerable diseases caused directly or indirectly by uncontrolled emotion. Painful and even violent human relations would be healed or need never have developed if emotions had been kept under control.
Write a paper on "The Merit of Controlling Emotions". Write as though you were addressing your thinking to an average intelligent person. Try not to use esoteric terms or psychological language. Use clear simple thoughtforms to express simply and convincingly what you have learned from your studies and meditation experience about emotional control.
Dear Fellow Student,
Between the point in your life when you first entered Arcana, and your present point of development, important changes have surely taken place in your consciousness. Many students enter this training for one reason, and continue it for another reason. By this we mean that as the soul increasingly enlightens ones thought life and expands ones capacity to love, the motivation for everything we do throughout the day changes. With refinement and purification of motive, our whole point of view changes. As we learn, slowly, gradually, to look at life from the souls point of view, the view appears to change. Such is the transforming effect of persistent meditation, which all of us in Arcana are together experiencing.
In aspiring to new ideals a man takes on something of the greatness of the souls vision. He creates a link in consciousness with a spiritual goal. When the new ideal directs the whole life there will be continuity of effort, because the ideal is taking root and growing in his consciousness, and is destined to be realized through its own evolutionary process.
Esoteric study, leading to a practical and well-rounded knowledge of all that makes up life, is part of the process of attaining our spiritual goal. Aspiration alone is not enough; we must know what causes certain conditions and how to change them when necessary. Esotericism is not just an accumulation of theoretical facts; it is a way of life. Series IV, entitled THE FABRIC OF LIFE, is giving you an almost overwhelming abundance of esoteric knowledge. But digestion of knowledge leading to expansion of consciousness alone does not make a competent server. Esoteric training is meant to produce a skilled server. And isnt that the idea all of us hold most dear? to be a skilled and dependable server of the Great Ones?
The disciple knows that he is related to other forms of life and is part of a Greater Life. He is striving diligently to hold the inner vision of possibility and to become a constructive thinker and inspired server. He realizes the worlds need for new methods of procedure, but may be overwhelmed by the enormity of the need and the many lives affected wherever change and reform are attempted. At that stage, where there is awareness of world need, but before the soul controls its instrument for service (the personality), he is likely to feel inadequate and doubt that his small effort can help to improve the world situation.
Common sense comes to the aid of the disciple if he will but realize that the individuals work is proportioned to his capacity and not to the overwhelming need. No one need doubt the results of right effort, nor the importance of any contribution to world need. The effort to change the self-interested attitude of mind into the service intent of the soul will light the way to right action in human affairs. By assuming the responsibility to liberate the soul from the limitations of self-interest, the individual is pointed in the direction of spiritual progress and becomes a light bearer to his world.
Mans consciousness had been identified with form for so long that he has come to think that the purpose of his evolution is the perfection of form. The esoteric student should, however, know that the evolution of consciousness comes first, and that changes in the form automatically result from changes in consciousness. The personality is usually emotionally polarized, separative in nature, and tends to compete with other personalities. At the same time the person can respond to the soul on the mental plane. It is on the mental plane that we consciously respond to soul impressions.
The first sign of mental polarization is the growing inclination to face up to the facts about oneself. It is not easy to confront personality failings honestly; and it is even harder to change the life-long habit of thinking of oneself first and blaming others for the state of the world. Thoughts, whether good or evil, merge with similar thinking of other minds and we are continually adding to either constructive or destructive trends of thought. The future of the world will depend upon mans dominant line of thought and motivation.
We must transfer our attention from the world of forms to the world of meaning in order to see in the light of the soul and to work with the cause of outer conditions. The tendency to selfish interest is still the strongest factor in the world today, therefore every effort to direct our thoughts and attention to higher ideals will strengthen unselfishness of the souls in incarnation in the world. The effort to discipline the mind and improve the ideals is the individuals responsibility. He cannot contribute to group life or to world betterment what he does not possess. The ultimate goal of being a skilled and reliable server may be beyond our reach at present, but we are on our way.
Man have been led to believe that without effort on their part a Messiah would deliver them from evil, redeem the world and establish the kingdom of God on earth. The disciple knows that the kingdom of God will be established on earth when the soul within man controls and directs the conduct of human affairs.
In White Magic, pages 639-640 we read: " The urgency of the hour is upon us, and I call upon all of you to join the strenuous effort of the Great Ones. They are working day and night in an effort to relieve humanity and to offset those evils and disasters which are immanent in the present situation. I offer you opportunity and I tell you that you are needed even the very least of you. I assure you that groups of students, working in unison and with deep and unfaltering love for each other, can achieve significant results.
"That each of you may so work, and that each of you may lose sight of self in the realization of world need, is the earnest prayer and deepest aspiration of your brother. THE TIBETAN."
We, your loving fellow students, blend our prayer and aspiration with His.
The Staff of ARCANA
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES
In manifestation we might regard the principles as follows:
..The sphere of manifestation, the monadic
Second Principle Atma Will.
Third Principle Buddhi ...Pure reason, wisdom.
Fourth Principle Manas ...Pure mind, higher mind.
Fifth Principle ...Manas Lower mind.
Sixth Principle ..Kama-manas . . . .
Seventh Principle ..Pure emotion, or feeling.
These are the principles for the microcosm viewed as having transcended the physical bodies altogether, and thus the tabulation deals entirely with the subjective life, or the development of the psyche or soul.
This should be born carefully in mind else confusion will ensue. In our enumeration we are here dealing with subjectivity and not with form. We have, therefore, considered:
It might be useful here to consider another enumeration of the principles of man as he manifests in the three worlds, the planes whereon the subjective and the objective are united. What have we there? Let us begin where man begins, with the lowest:
7. The etheric body
..1. The vital body.
6. Prana 2. Vital force.
5. Kama-manas 3. Desire Mind.
4. Lower mind ..4. Concrete mind.
3. Manas ...5. Higher or abstract mind.
2. Buddhi ..6. Wisdom, Christ force, intuition.
1. Atma . 7. Spiritual Will.
This is the lowest enumeration for little evolved man at present time.
COSMIC FIRE, 263-265
Enumeration of the Principles. S.D., II, 627, 631.
..Dense physical body, Sthula
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.)
..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.
Remember also: --
(Other enumerations, differing in certain particulars will be found: -- S.D., I, 177, 181, 685. II, 669. III, 476, 560. The latter is more esoteric.)
Footnote 10, COSMIC FIRE, 264-265.
The objective development
This is sevenfold in evolution and in time, ninefold during obscuration, and tenfold at dissolution.
There are ten centers in the Grand Heavenly Man.
A Heavenly Man
There are ten centers in a planetary logos.
2. Two synthesizing
a. The causal body.
b. The physical body.
a. The monadic sheath.
There are seven centers in the physical vehicle which correspond to these bodies, with the synthesizing centers at the heart and throat; the head is then the ultimate synthesizer. This tabulation deals entirely with the form side, and with the vehicles indwelt by the Logos, the Manasaputras and by Man.
The Subjective Development
This is also sevenfold:
This deals with sevenfold development of inherent love-wisdom by the aid of mind. This proceeds macrocosmically through the seven Heavenly Man, Who are actively intelligent, inherently love, and are objectively seen through Their forms, the planetary schemes. In Their totality They are the Logos, the Grand Man of the Heavens. In the case of a Heavenly Man the development proceeds through the seven groups of human entities who form Their psychic centers. These groups are on their own plane developing intelligence, are inherently love, and can be objectively contacted on the seven chains of a scheme. In the case of individual man, the development proceeds through his seven centers, which are the key to his psychic evolution. A man is also developing intelligence, is inherently love, and is objectively seen through one or other of his bodies.
Let us now consider how this can be expressed in terms of Fire:
|1. Sea of fire...............1||Out God is a consuming fire........Energizing will|
|2. The akasha..............2||The Light of God.........................Form aspect|
|3. The aether...............3||The heat of matter........................Activity aspect|
|4. The air.....................4||The illumination of the intuition.|
|5. Fire.........................5||The fire of mind.|
|6. The astral light.........6||The heat of the emotions.|
|7. Physical plane..........7||Kundalini and prana|
COSMIC FIRE, 263-269
All forms exist in order to express truth. By the steady application of Gods will in the Whole is truth revealed through the medium of matter. When the truth or basic principle is known spirit will then stand revealed. When the disciple realizes what principle his various forms, sheaths, or bodies are intended to express, then he will know how to direct his will with exactitude so as to bring about the desired conditions. The sheaths and vehicles are simply his bodies of manifestation on the various planes of the system, and those sheaths must express the principle which is the characteristic or quality underlying each plane. For instance, the seven principles with which man is concerned are:
And that which corresponds to the "boundless immutable principle" in the
macrocosm, the Monad (on its own plane) constitutes the seventh principle. There are other
ways of enumerating the principles, for Subba Rao is correct in one respect when he says
there are only five principles. The two highest, atma and the life monadic, are not
principles at all.
THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL, 73-74
KINGDOMS AND RAYS
The Mineral Kingdom
Ray 7 .Radiation, radioactivity.
Ray 1 .The basic reservoir of power.
The Vegetable Kingdom
Ray 2 ..Magnetism.
Ray 4 ..Harmony of color.
Ray 6 ..Upward tendency.
The Animal Kingdom
Ray 3 ..Instinct.
Ray 6 ..Domesticity.
The Human Kingdom
Ray 4 ..Experience, Growth.
Ray 5 ..Intellect.
The Kingdom of Souls
Ray 5 ..Personality.
Ray 2 ..Intuition.
The Planetary Kingdom
Ray 6 ..The Plan.
Ray 3 ..Creative Work.
The Solar Kingdom
Ray 1 ..Universal Mind Will.
Ray 7 ..Synthetic Ritual.
SEVEN RAYS Vol. I, 412-413 & 422
Vegetable ...Heart Center Thymus ...Ray 2.
Animal Solar Plexus Pancreas ..Ray 6.
Human Sacral Center ...Gonads Ray 7.
Egoic ..Throat Center ...Thyroid ... Ray 3.
Planetary .Ajna Center .Pituitary ..Ray 5.
Solar Head Center Pineal ..Ray 1.
SEVEN RAYS Vol. I, 413 & 428
The fourth kingdom has:
We have also to understand the dominant ray influences of the kingdom of souls, the fifth kingdom. These are:
CORRESPONDING CENTERS, RAYS, KINGDOMS
Center Kingdom Ray Root Race Goal
1st & 7th
Seven centers awakened and functioning.
In first root-race alive and faintly vibrating.
In seventh root-race fully awakened.
Identification. Achievement of fusion.
Six centers functioning.
The focal point of the egoic consciousness of divinity.
The fifth kingdom. The Kingdom of God.
The energy of
Initiation. Development of inclusiveness.
Five centers rapidly awakening.
The focal point of personality.
The human kingdom, the fourth kingdom in nature.
The energy of
Illumination. Creating in the Light.
Four centers functioning.
Focal point of the instinctual consciousness.
The third kingdom in nature.
|5. Solar Plexus||Vegetable||
The energy of
Aspiration. Unfoldment of sensitivity.
Three centers functioning.
Focal point of psychic response.
The second kingdom in nature.
|6. Sacral||Deva evolution||
The energy of
magnetism. Power to build.
Two centers functioning.; heart and sacral centers.
Focal point of vibratory response to the "eye of God".
|7. Base of Spine||Mineral||
The energy of
foundational synthesis. Completion.
All centers functioning as one.
Focal point of evolution.
The first kingdom in nature.
Humanity was at one time the correspondence to planetary solar plexus and some day will
shift the focus of its receptivity to the planetary heart center; when this takes place.
The Hierarchy will shift its focus of receptivity into the sphere of influence of
Shamballa. Of this shift, the presence of the twelve-petalled lotus in the highest head
center (the relating point between the heart center and the soul on its own plane) is the
ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY, 454-456
THE PHYSICAL BODY IS NOT A PRINCIPLE
One of the things which frequently puzzle students is the statement that the dense physical body is not a principle. H.P.B states this fact with emphasis; people are apt to think (unless they are theosophical fanatics) that he was incorrect or was intentionally misleading students. One of the points, little understood, is the nature of a principle. Yet only by understanding what a principle is can the beauty and accuracy of his statement be grasped. What, in the last analysis, is a principle? A principle is that which, macrocosmically speaking, is being developed upon each plane of our seven planes the seven subplanes of the cosmic physical plane. It is the germ or the seed on each subplane which embodies some aspect of the divine unfolding consciousness; it is that which fundamentally related to some form of sensitivity; It is that which the bodies, as they evolve, find that they can respond. A principle is a germ of awareness, carrying all the potentiality of full consciousness on some particular level of divine activity. It is that which makes knowledge and conscious response to environment possible; it is that which connotes a sequential and "unrolling" sensitive activity, resulting in divine understanding, possible and inevitable.
The physical body, and to a far less extent the astral and mental bodies, are automatic in their activity as aspects of a divine response apparatus, of a mechanism which enables the Heavenly Man, the planetary Logos and the spiritual man to register conscious response to that which is to be contacted under the divine plane and through the medium of mechanism. At present, the physical body is the only one which is as yet so fully developed that it has in this planetary scheme of ours no further evolutionary development, except in so far as the spiritual man can affect it and most of the effect is produced in the etheric body and not in the dense physical. This is point little grasped but of major importance.
The dense physical body reached its high point of development and of interest (from the angle of mental attention and of hierarchical action) in the previous solar system. It was then the divine goal of the entire evolutionary process. This is not an easy point for humanity today to grasp. It is not possible or advisable for me to indicate the evolutionary stages through which this divine mechanism passed in preparation for the task to be undertaken in the present solar system. In this divine incarnation of our planetary Logos through the medium of this little planet, the Earth, the physical body is not a goal, but simply something which exists and must be accepted, and which must be adapted and incorporated into the general evolutionary plan. That plan has to do entirely with consciousness. The physical body is simply (no more and no less) the vehicle of consciousness upon the physical plane, but the emphasis of attention is the etheric body as an expression of the subtler vehicles and their state of embodied consciousness. The physical body is important because it has to house and respond to every type of conscious response, from that of the lowest type of human being up to and inclusive of the consciousness of an initiate of the third degree. The bodies and forms of the indwelling conscious life in the three subhuman kingdoms have an analogous but less difficult problem; I am here, however, considering only the physical body of a human being, which is not a principle because it is not in any way a goal; it is not the seed or germ of anything. Any changes wrought in the physical body are secondary to the goal of conscious response to the revelation of an emerging divinity. I have felt it necessary to emphasize this because of the confusion in men's minds anent the subject.
To sum up: the physical body is not a principle; it is not a main object of attention of the aspirant; it automatically responds to the slowly unfolding consciousness in all the kingdoms of nature; it constantly remains that which is worked upon and not that which has an innate influence of its own; it is not important in the active process, for it is a recipient and not that which initiates activity. That which is important is the unfolding consciousness, the response of the indwelling spiritual man to life, circumstances, events and environment. The physical body responds. When the physical body becomes, in error, the object of attention, retrogression is indicated; and this is why all profound attention to the physical disciplines, to vegetarianism, to diet and to fasting, and to the present modes of (so-called) mental and divine healing, are undesirable and not in line with the projected plan. Therefore undue consideration and excessive emphasis upon the
physical body is reactionary and is like the worship of the golden calf by the children of Israel; it is reversion to that which at one time was of importance but today should be relegated to a minor position and below the threshold of consciousness.
I have dealt with this here because in Law VII the fact of the endocrine glands is
brought to our attention, and it is necessary that we approach this subject from the right
point of view. The endocrine glands are a tangible part of the physical body; they are
therefore a part of that created manifestation which is not regarded as a principle. They
are, however, effective and potent and may not be ignored. It is essential that students
regard these glands as effects and not causes of events and happenings and conditions in
the body. The physical body -- no matter what its victims may believe and declare
-- is always conditioned by inner causes; it is never, intrinsically, itself a cause.
It is, in this solar system and on our planet, automatic and affected by causes generated
on the inner planes or by the action of the soul. Please note the importance of this
statement. The physical body has no true life of its own, but is simply -- in this cycle
-- responsive to impulses emanating from elsewhere. Its achievement and its triumph is
that it is an automaton.
ESOTERIC HEALING, 611-614
Occidental thinkers should remember that the Eastern occultist does not consider the
organs to be the physical organs. The reason far this is that the physical body in its
dense or concrete form is not regarded as a principle, but simply as the tangible outcome
of the activity of the real principles.
THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL, 73
HUMANITY AND THE NUMBER THREE
The first initiation is closely related to the planetary center which is humanity itself. It will produce, when over, an increased stimulation of the intellect as it expresses itself as ordered activity upon the physical plane. It is also closely connected with the third Ray of Active Intelligence. This third ray has been in objective manifestation since 1425 A.D. and will remain in incarnation throughout the Aquarian Age. Its cycles are the longest of any of the ray cycles. However, within these mayor cycles there are periods of intensified activity which are like the beat or pulsation of the heart and these periods last approximately three thousand years. They are, when out of incarnation, called "cycles of withdrawal but not of abstraction." They are three thousand years also in incarnation. One of these three thousand year periods of expression is now here and we can look for much development of the intellectual faculty and a marked increase of creative work during this time. This particular cycle of expression marks a climaxing point in the larger cycle. During the coming age, the intelligence of the race and its active development will assume real proportions and this with much speed.
The intensification of the life of the human center will proceed apace and this is the reason why so many people (as I have earlier hinted) will take the first initiation. Students are apt to forget that the first initiation can be described in reality as:
These are a few of the correspondences which it is helpful for us to bear in mind in so far as they reveal divine quality, spiritual intent and universal objectives.
During the Aquarian Age and during one third of its expression, that is, during the
first decanate, esoterically considered, the vitalizing of the human center (spiritually
considered) and in relation to the Plan and the steady growth of widespread creative
activity, both in the individual and the race, will be increasingly seen. This will be due
to the work and influence of Saturn, which is governed by the third ray. This planet is
the planet of opportunity, of discipleship and of testing and the race can look for an
increasing expression of Saturnian activity as that great divine Life continues His
THE DESTINY OF THE NATIONS, 136-138
PLANETARY AND HUMAN CENTERS
1. The planetary Logos works through the medium of the three major centers:
a. Shamballa, the planetary head center, the expression of the divine Will; "where the Will of God is known". This center is created by the Ray of Will or Power.
b. Hierarchy, the planetary heart center, the expression of divine Love or pure Reason, "where the Love of God holds sway". This center is created by the Ray of Love-Wisdom.
c. Humanity, the planetary throat center, the expression of the divine Intelligence; where the Intelligence of God is producing the evolutionary process". This center is brought into being by the Ray of Active Intelligence.
2. These three major energy centers are closely related to each other and through his
own individual major centers (the head, the heart and the throat) the disciple is in
relation with the three planetary centers. I would have you ponder on this statement for
it has practical value.
Extracted from TELEPATHY, 125, 149, 159-160, 183-185
VARIATIONS TO CONSIDER
Two [points] must form part of your thinking as you study this science:
It must be remembered also that the Rays of Attribute shift and change constantly; for instance, humanity as the planetary throat center is under the constant influence of the seventh ray, as is the solar plexus center of the planet. To that sub-diaphragmatic center I give no name. Though the human throat center is primarily expressing the third ray, there is an interesting situation to be noted in this connection: two ray energies control this center at this time.
The throat center of the average integrated personality is governed by the third ray
and is strongly energized by third ray energies (again seven in number), whilst the throat
center of the spiritual aspirant, of disciples and initiates below the third initiation is
responding primarily to seventh ray influence, and this is peculiarly the case now as the
seventh ray is in incarnation.
see picture in cosmic fire p-817