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“The Stanzas of Dzyan – A Study Guide” by Nick Mojzesz.

 

The Stanzas of Dzyan — A Study Guide

Table of Contents

Cosmogenesis
The Absolute
      Five Aspects of the Absolute
Spirit and Matter
Father
      Spirit
      Purusha
      First Logos
Mother
      Mulaprakriti
      Pre-matter
      Second Logos
      Swabhavat
Non-Mother Terminology
Father-Mother
First vs. Second Creation
Unmanifested, Manifested, Arupa, Rupa
Fohat
Ray
Eggs
Mahat (The Son)
      Avalokiteshvara (Lower Aspect)
      Brahmâ
      Ishvara
      Kwan Yin
      The Son
      Third Logos
Sound, Silence, Voice, Word
Monads
From Monads to physical atoms
From Monads to human “souls”
Logos
      Oi-ha-hou
      First Logos
      Second Logos
      Third Logos
Three and Four
Various Falls
      The Primordial Fall
      The Fall of the Asura
      The Fall of humans into generation
Three
From Three to Four
Four
Sacred (Holy) Four
From Four to Seven
Primordial Seven (Dhyani-Chohans of the Universe)
Second (“Outer”) Seven
      Lipika
Distinguishing the “Sons”
Pitris
      Lunar Pitris
      Solar Pitris
            Lhas
Great Breath
Planes of Existence
Chain
Round
Manvantara
Solar Manvantara
Seven Rounds of our Present-Day Manvantara
        First Round
        Second Round
        Third Round
        Fourth Round
        Fifth Round
        Sixth Round
        Seventh Round
Seven Divine Elements (one new Element per Round)
        Fire
        Air
        Water
        Earth
        Ether
        Mind
        Understanding
Four elements
        Fire
        Air
        Water
        Earth
Seven Principles in Man
        Atman
        Buddhi
        Manas
        Desires
        Life-Principle
        Astral Body
        Physical Body
        Air
One Principle is Developed per Round
Fires and Flames
      Primordial (Spiritual, Logos) Fire
      Fire as the Basic Building Material of the Universe
      Fire as the first of four (actually seven) Elements of the Universe
      Fires and Flames as Members of a Hierarchy
            Four Cosmic Angels
            Dhyani-Chohan
                  Primordial Seven
                  Solar Pitris
                  Dhyani-Chohans of each Round
                  Lunar Pitris
            Pavaka, Pavamana, and Suchi
            Solar Pitris (Agnishvatta)
            Lunar Pitris (Barhishads)
            Sons of Ad, Sons of the Fire-Mist, Sons of Will and Yoga
      The Seven Principles in Man are “The Seven Fires”.
Sutratman — The Thread Through A Line Of Incarnations
        Thread
        Flame
        Spark
        Silent Watcher
        Shadow
        First-Born

Anthropogenesis

First Root-Race: The Chhayas
Second Root-Race: The Hyperboreans
Third Root-Race: The Lemurians
Lack of a Mind-Principle
Half-Human Abominations
      The Fall of the Asura
Arrival of The Lords of the Flame (Solar Pitris)
Fourth Root-Race: The Atlanteans
Giants
Cyclops
The Third Eye
Noah and The Flood
Ulysses, Homer, and the Odyssey
Easter Island
Pyramids and Egypt
Stonehenge
Fifth Root-Race: The Aryans
Sixth Root-Race (Unnamed)
Seventh Root-Race (Unnamed)

Book 1


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Book 2


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      Madame Blavatsky‘s greatest book, The Secret Doctrine, is the key centerpiece to the body of literature that is Theosophy. This book sold out within weeks of its release in 1888, and catapulted H. P. Blavatsky into the limelight. Still the best-selling book of the nineteenth century, The Secret Doctrine’s impact on present-day, reincarnation-oriented religions and new-age ideas in western culture cannot be overstated.

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      The central core of The Secret Doctrine is a poem called the Stanzas of Dzyan. The two volumes of The Secret Doctrine are essentially an explanation of this poem. We will now take a look at the ideas presented in the Stanzas of Dzyan. PART ONE: CONCEPTS defines the terms and concepts in the Stanzas. PART TWO: THE STANZAS OF DZYAN gives a word-by-word explanation of the Stanzas, according to one man’s interpretation of the Stanzas.


PART ONE: CONCEPTS

      Universes appear and disappear, one after another, in a constant chain of universes. The Stanzas of Dzyan is an ancient record of the spiritual beginnings of our present universe, our solar system, our planet, and the human race. Here is a synopsis of the concepts presented in the Stanzas. We begin with the Absolute.

The Absolute

      The Absolute is the one constant, unchanging from universe to universe.

 

Figure 1. The Absolute

      The Absolute is the one life, the one Reality, with all other aspects of the universe merely being an illusion.

      [The Absolute is] “ … the ONE LIFE, eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end, yet periodical in its regular manifestations, between which periods reigns the dark mystery of non-Being; unconscious, yet absolute Consciousness; unrealisable, yet the one self-existing reality; truly, ‘a chaos to the sense, a Kosmos to the reason.’ Its one absolute attribute, which is ITSELF, eternal, ceaseless Motion, is called in esoteric parlance the ‘Great Breath,’ which is the perpetual motion of the universe, in the sense of limitless, ever-present SPACE.” (SD vol 1 p 2)

      Before any of the events occurred at the beginning of the universe, there was only the Absolute.

      “ … there is one absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being. This Infinite and Eternal Cause — dimly formulated in the ‘Unconscious’ and ‘Unknowable’ of current European philosophy — is the rootless root of ‘all that was, is, or ever shall be.’ It is of course devoid of all attributes and is essentially without any relation to manifested, finite Being. It is ‘Be-ness’ rather than Being (in Sanskrit, Sat), and is beyond all thought or speculation.” (SD vol 1 p 14)


— Darkness —

Darkness is the most common symbology used for the Absolute.

      “Darkness [The Absolute] alone filled the boundless all….” (Shloka i-1-5)

The Darkness of the Absolute, however, is Absolute Light.

      “The essence of darkness [is] absolute light, Darkness is … the appropriate allegorical representation of … the Universe during Pralaya, or the term of absolute rest, or non-being….” (SD vol 1 p 69)

“Darkness” is a symbol common to many religions.

      “ … darkness was upon the face of the deep….” (Genesis 1:1)

      “In the oldest traditions to which we have access the Ultimate Reality, what in Hinduism is termed the Parabrahman, was symbolised as Darkness [Shloka i-1-5]. In the Rig Veda we read,

      ‘Darkness there was; at first hidden in the Darkness all this was undiscriminated Waters.’

      This same symbolism is to be found in ancient Egyptian cosmogony and also in those verses of Genesis that tell how Darkness was on the face of the Waters.” (Man the Measure, p. 62)

      Darkness is the best way to describe the Absolute — it cannot be described in any other way. (Darkness is also the best way to describe the Absolute, because it is something totally beyond the understanding of man. It is as if the Absolute were behind a dark cloak, impervious to any examination by man.)

      “…we call the Absolute, ‘Darkness,’ because to our finite understanding it appears quite impenetrable….” (SD vol 1 p 56)

      “… Unitary Reality … if it is to be referred to at all (and, indeed, most were reluctant to do so), must be symbolised as Darkness since no words or thoughts of ours can compass its being…. Here, a state is being described in which no distinctions are possible. To us, therefore, the sense is better conveyed by the image of all-pervasive darkness.” (Man the Measure, pp. 62-63).

      Be careful not to confuse (1) the Darkness that symbolzes the Absolute with (2) the Darkness that symbolizes Mulaprakriti.

      “…Darkness (matter)…. This must not be confused with precosmic ‘DARKNESS,’ the Divine ALL.” (SD vol 1 p 250 and note)


— Descriptions of the Absolute —

      There are, however, terms which attempt to label the state or condition of the Absolute.

    • Absolute Being

            “The Absolute; the Parabrahm of the Vedantins or the one Reality, SAT, which is … both Absolute Being and Non-Being.” (SD vol 1 p 16)

  • Be-ness

          “…there is one absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being. This Infinite and Eternal Cause — dimly formulated in the ‘Unconscious’ and ‘Unknowable’ of current European philosophy — is the rootless root of ‘all that was, is, or ever shall be.’ It is of course devoid of all attributes and is essentially without any relation to manifested, finite Being. It is ‘Be-ness’ rather than Being (in Sanskrit, Sat), and is beyond all thought or speculation.” (SD vol 1 p 14)

  • Darkness

          “The Darkness that breathes over the slumbering waters of life….” (Shloka i-3-2)

          “… darkness was upon the face of the deep….” (Genesis 1:1)

  • Non-Being.

          “Non-Being … is absolute Being.” (SD vol 1 p 53)

          “The causes of existence had been done away with; the visible that was, and the invisible that is, rested in eternal Non-Being — the One Being.” (Shloka i-1-7)

          “The producers of form from no-form — the root of the world — the Devamatri and Svabhavat, rested in the bliss of Non-Being.” (Shloka i-2-1)

      Please note that these terms are often a negation, saying what the Absolute is not, rather than saying what it is.


— Other Names for the Absolute —

      One of the difficulties of studying the Stanzas of Dzyan is that a number of different names are used for the Absolute. Here is a list of the various names used for the Absolute.

  • Adi-Buddha

          “In the esoteric, and even exoteric Buddhism of the North, Adi Buddha (Chogi dangpoi sangye), the One unknown, without beginning or end, identical with Parabrahm and Ain-Soph, emits a bright ray from its darkness. ” (SD vol 1 p 571)

    • Ain-Soph

            “Ain Soph (Heb.). The ‘Boundless’ or Limitless; Deity emanating and extending. [w.w.w.] Ain Soph is also written En Soph and Ain Suph, no one, not even Rabbis, being sure of their vowels. In the religious metaphysics of the old Hebrew philosophers, the ONE Principle was an abstraction, like Parabrahmam, though modern Kabbalists have succeeded now, by dint of mere sophistry and paradoxes, in making a ‘Supreme God’ of it and nothing higher. But with the early Chaldean Kabbalists Ain Soph is ‘without form or being’, having ‘no likeness with anything else’ (Franck, Die Kabbala, p. 126). That Ain Soph has never been considered as the ‘Creator’ is proved by even such an orthodox Jew as Philo calling the ‘Creator’ the Logos, who stands next the ‘Limitless One’, and the ‘Second God’. ‘The Second God is its (Ain Soph’s) wisdom’, says Philo (Quaest. et Solut.). Deity is NO-THING; it is nameless, and therefore called Ain Soph; the word Ain meaning NOTHING.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 12)

  • The Boundless

          “Infinity cannot comprehend Finiteness. The Boundless can have no relation to the bounded and the conditioned.” (SD vol 1 p 56)

  • Brahma (as opposed to Brahmâ)

          “The student must distinguish between Brahma the neuter, and Brahmâ, the male creator of the Indian Pantheon. The former, Brahma or Brahman, is the impersonal, supreme and uncognizable Principle of the Universe from the essence of which all emanates, and into which all returns, which is incorporeal, immaterial, unborn, eternal, beginningless and endless. It is all-pervading, animating the highest god as well as the smallest mineral atom. Brahmâ on the other hand, the male and the alleged Creator, exists periodically in his manifestation only, and then again goes into pralaya, i.e., disappears and is annihilated.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 62)

    • Causeless Cause

            “Alone the one form of existence stretched boundless, infinite, causeless, in dreamless sleep….” (Shloka i-1-8)

            “That, which is neither Spirit nor matter — that is IT — the Causeless CAUSE of Spirit and Matter, which are the Cause of Kosmos.” (SD vol 1 p 258)

            “There is no cause in the manifested universe without its adequate effects, whether in space or time; nor can there be an effect without its primal cause, which itself owes its existence to a still higher one — the final and absolute cause having to remain to man for ever an incomprehensible CAUSELESS CAUSE.” (SD vol 1 p 569)

            Please note that “First Cause” does not refer to the Absolute, it refers to the Logos or Father.

            “The ‘first’ presupposes necessarily something which is the ‘first brought forth, the first in time, space, and rank’ — and therefore finite and conditioned. The ‘first’ cannot be the absolute, for it is a manifestation. Therefore, Eastern Occultism calls the Abstract All the ‘Causeless One Cause,’ the ‘Rootless Root,’ and limits the ‘First Cause’ to the Logos, in the sense that Plato gives to this term.” (SD vol. 1 pp 14-15 note)

    • Darkness

            “Darkness radiates Light, and Light drops one solitary Ray into the Mother-deep.” (Shloka i-3-3)

            “The essence of darkness [is] absolute light, Darkness is … the appropriate allegorical representation of … the Universe during Pralaya, or the term of absolute rest, or non-being….” (SD vol 1 p 69)

            “…the state of the Unitary Reality before its polarisation into Light and Forms, subject and object, if it is to be referred to at all (and, indeed, most were reluctant to do so), must be symbolised as Darkness since no words or thoughts of ours can compass its being.” (Man the Measure, p. 62)

            “…no nation has ever conceived the One principle as the immediate creator of the visible Universe, for no sane man would credit a planner and architect with having built the edifice he admires with his own hands. On the testimony of Damascius (IIερί’αρχώυ) they referred to it as ‘the Unknown DARKNESS.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 425)

  • Ever-Darkness

          “From the effulgency of Light — the ray of the Ever-darkness — sprung in space the re-awakened energies….” (Shloka i-4-3)

          “Ever-Darkness [equals] Oeaohoo [equals] Parabrahman” (Man the Measure, p. 60)

  • Infinite Unity

    “…in the Zohar it is stated: ‘The Infinite Unity, formless and without similitude, after the form of the heavenly man was created, used it. The Unknown Light (Darkness) used the … (heavenly form) as a chariot … through which to descend….’ ” (SD vol 1 p 356)

    • No-Number

            “There is neither first nor last, for all is One: number issued from no number.” (Shloka i-4-1)

            “…no manifested thing can be thought of except as part of a larger whole: the total aggregate being the One manifested Universe that issues from the unmanifested or Absolute — called Non-Being or ‘No-Number,’ to distinguish it from BEING or ‘the One Number.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 88)

  • Non-Being

          “…Absolute — called Non-Being or ‘No-Number,’….” (SD vol 1 p 88)

  • Oeaohoo

          “The root remains, the light remains, the curds remain, and still Oeaohoo is One.” (Shloka i-3-5)

          “The Oeaohoo (Oi-ha-hou) is the ‘Darkness’ the Boundless, or the No-number….” (Shloka i-4-5)

          “Ever-Darkness [equals] Oeaohoo [equals] Parabrahman” (Man the Measure, p. 60)

    See also Oi-ha-hou.

  • One Form of Existence

          “Alone the One Form of Existence stretched boundless, infinite, causeless, in dreamless sleep; and life pulsated unconscious in universal space, throughout that all-presence which is sensed by the opened Eye of the Dangma.” (Shloka i-1-8)

          “The Secret Doctrine … postulates a ‘One Form of Existence’ as the basis and source of all things. But perhaps the phrase, the ‘One Form of Existence,’ is not altogether correct. The Sanskrit word is Prabhavapyaya, ‘the place, or rather plane, whence emerges the origination, and into which is the resolution of all things,’ says a commentator.” (SD vol 1 p 46)

    • (The) One Life

            “It is the ONE LIFE, eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end, yet periodical in its regular manifestations, between which periods reigns the dark mystery of non-Being; unconscious, yet absolute Consciousness; unrealisable, yet the one self-existing reality; truly, ‘a chaos to the sense, a Kosmos to the reason.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 2)

  • One Reality

          “…there is one absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being.” (SD vol 1 p 14)

          {The Absolute is] “…unconscious, yet absolute Consciousness; unrealisable, yet the one self-existing reality….” (SD vol 1 p 2)

    • Parabrahm

            “Parabrahm, being the ‘Supreme ALL,’ [the Absolute,] the ever invisible spirit and Soul of Nature, changeless and eternal, can have no attributes; absoluteness very naturally precluding any idea of the finite or conditioned from being connected with it.” (SD vol 1 p 7)

  • Parabrahman

          “…Parabrahman, having no relation, as the absolute all, to the manifested world — the Infinite having no connection with the finite — can neither will nor create….” (SD vol 1 p 451)

          [Brahman] “…is known to Hindu thought as the Parabrahman in which knower, known, and knowledge are all one unity, and Buddhist thought as Shunya the ‘Void’, or as the Tathagata Garbha, the Womb of Buuddhahood; sometimes also as the Bhutakoti, the limit of being.” (Man the Measure, p. 48)

  • Root of Consciousness

          “The Eternal Parent [in Shloka i-1-1] is not isolated from its source, the unitary Root of consciousness [the Absolute]….” (Man the Measure, p. 48)

  • Rootless Root

          “…there is one absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being. This Infinite and Eternal Cause — dimly formulated in the ‘Unconscious’ and ‘Unknowable’ of current European philosophy — is the rootless root of ‘all that was, is, or ever shall be.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 14)

  • Source

          “This Source is known to Hindu thought as the Parabrahman [the Absolute]….” (Man the Measure, p. 48)

    • Space

            “Space, … viewed as a ‘Substantial Unity’ — the ‘living Source of Life’ — is as the ‘Unknown Causeless Cause’… ” (SD vol 1 pp 9-10 note)

            “ ‘What is that which was, is, and will be, whether there is a Universe or not; whether there be gods or none?’ asks the esoteric Senzar Catechism. And the answer made is — SPACE.” (SD vol 1 p 9)

            Space refers to the Absolute. It is called “Universal Space” in Shloka i-1-8 and “Dark Space” in Shloka i-3-7. (Please note that the phrase “Bright Space” in Shloka i-3-7 refers to Mahat (The Son) and not to the Absolute.)

       

    • That

            “Spirit is the first differentiation from That, the causeless cause of both Spirit and Matter.” (SD vol 1 p 35)

            “In the sense and perceptions of finite ‘Beings,’ THAT is Non-‘being,’ in the sense that it is the one BE-NESS; for, in this ALL lies concealed its coeternal and coeval emanation or inherent radiation, which, upon becoming periodically Brahma (the male-female Potency) becomes or expands itself into the manifested Universe. ” (SD vol 1 p 7)

  • Universal Space

          “Alone the one form of existence stretched boundless, infinite, causeless, in dreamless sleep; and life pulsated unconscious in universal Space, throughout that all-presence which is sensed by the opened eye of the dangma.” (Shloka i-1-8)

          “Universal Space is another of the symbols of the Darkness….” (Man the Measure, p. 72)

    • Unknown (and Unknowable)

            “To know itself or oneself, necessitates consciousness and perception (both limited faculties in relation to any subject except Parabrahm), to be cognized. Hence the ‘Eternal Breath which knows itself not.’ Infinity cannot comprehend Finiteness. The Boundless can have no relation to the bounded and the conditioned. In the occult teachings, the Unknown and the Unknowable MOVER, or the Self-Existing, is the absolute divine Essence.” (SD vol 1 p 56)

  • (The) Unspeakable

          [The Absolut] “…is beyond the range and reach of thought — in the words of Mandukya, ‘unthinkable and unspeakable.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 14)

      Please note that HPB prefers to use the names Absolute and Parabrahm, while Prem and Ashish prefer to use the names Darkness and Source.


— Five Aspects of the Absolute —


      It has been said the Absolute is unknowable, and has no attributes that we can understand. However, we are told that the Absolute has five attributes: Space, Duration (Time), The Great Breath (Motion), Primordial Matter (Mulaprakriti), and Divine Thought.

(1) Space

      “Space is called in the esoteric symbolism ‘the Seven-Skinned Eternal Mother-Father.’ It is composed from its undifferentiated to its differentiated surface of seven layers. ‘What is that which was, is, and will be, whether there is a Universe or not; whether there be gods or none?’ asks the esoteric Senzar Catechism. And the answer made is – SPACE.” (SD vol 1 p 9)

(2) Duration (Time)

      Time does not exist within a Pralaya, but there is something called Duration.

      “Kronos stands for endless (hence immovable) Duration, without beginning, without an end, beyond divided Time and beyond Space.” (SD vol 1 p 418)

The phrase “limitless Time” is used.

      “The Circle was with every nation the symbol of the Unknown – ‘Boundless Space,’ the abstract garb of an ever present abstraction – the Incognisable Deity. It represents limitless Time in Eternity.” (SD vol 1 p 113)

Time does not exist during a Pralaya. However, a periodic measurement called “Seven Eternities” passes and ends.

      “The Eternal Parent (Space) wrapped in Her ever invisible robes had slumbered once again for seven eternities.” (Shloka i-1-1)

(3) Great Breath (Motion)

      The Great Breath is the name of Eternal Motion, a Motion that continues even during a Pralaya.

      [The Absolute’s] “…one absolute attribute, which is ITSELF, eternal, ceaseless Motion, is called in esoteric parlance the ‘Great Breath,’ which is the perpetual motion of the universe, in the sense of limitless, ever-present SPACE.” (SD vol 1 p 2)

(4) Primordial Matter (Mulaprakriti)

      Undifferentiated Mulaprakriti (Father-Mother) “exists” even during a Pralaya.

      “…precosmic root-substance (Mulaprakriti) is that aspect of the Absolute which underlies all the objective planes of Nature.” (SD vol 1 p 15)

See also Mother.

(5) Divine Thought

      Divine Thought is a term used often in The Secret Doctrine.

      “…the whole Kosmos has sprung from the DIVINE THOUGHT. This thought impregnates matter, which is co-eternal with the ONE REALITY….” (SD vol 1 p 340)

“…during the prologue, so to say, of the drama of Creation, or the beginning of cosmic evolution, the Universe or the “Son” lies still concealed “in the Divine Thought,” which had not yet penetrated “into the Divine Bosom.” ” (SD vol 1 p 61)

“The solitary ray dropping into the mother deep may be taken as meaning Divine Thought or Intelligence, impregnating chaos.” (SD vol 1 p 65)

Divine Thought is never defined, but it is an aspect of the Absolute.

      “Divine thought cannot be defined, or its meaning explained, except by the numberless manifestations of Cosmic Substance in which the former is sensed spiritually by those who can do so.” (SD vol 1 p 327)

Divine Thought is not similar to conscious, human-like thought.

      “The Absolute cannot be said to have a consciousness, or, at any rate, a consciousness such as we have here. It has neither consciousness, nor desire, nor wish, nor thought, because it is absolute thought, absolute desire, absolute consciousness, absolute “all.” ” (SD vol 1 p 15)

Divine Thought is eternal, while Divine Ideation is periodical.

      “In the ABSOLUTE or Divine Thought everything exists and there has been no time when it did not so exist; but Divine Ideation is limited by the Universal Manvantaras.” (Transactions, vol 2 pp. 10-11)

Here are some equivalent names for Divine Thought.

• Absolute Consciousness

      “It is absolute consciousness eternally, which consciousness becomes relative consciousness periodically, at every “Manvantaric dawn.” ” (Transactions, vol 2 p 18)

• Absolute Mind

      “A distinction had to be made between the Absolute Mind, which is ever present, and its reflection and manifestation in the Ah-hi, who, being on the highest plane, reflect the universal mind collectively at the first flutter of Manvantara.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 17)

• Absolute Thought

      “In the ABSOLUTE or Divine Thought everything exists and there has been no time when it did not so exist; but Divine Ideation is limited by the Universal Manvantaras.” (Transactions, vol 2 p 10)

• Divine Mind

      “The Logos is the mirror reflecting DIVINE MIND, and the Universe is the mirror of the Logos, though the latter is the esse of that Universe.” (SD vol 2 p 25)

      “As the Logos reflects the Universe in the Divine Mind, and the manifested Universe reflects itself in each of its Monads, as Leibnitz put it, repeating an Eastern teaching, so the MONAD has, during the cycle of its incarnations, to reflect in itself every root-form of each kingdom.” (SD vol 2 p 186)

• Mind

      “Here it is evident that “Mind” (the primeval universal Divine Thought) is neither the Unknown unmanifested One, since it abounds in both sexes (is male and female), nor yet the Christian Father….” (SD vol 2 p 237)

• Pre-cosmic Ideation

      “…pre-Cosmic Ideation is the root of all individual consciousness….” (SD vol 1 p 15)

      See also Cosmic Ideation.

• Thought Divine

      “…the ‘Blazing Dragon of Wisdom,’ … is that which the Greek philosophers called the Logos, the Verbum of the Thought Divine….” SD vol 1 p 71)

• Universal Mind

      “Universal Mind was not, for there were no Ah-hi (Celestial Beings) to contain (hence to manifest) it.” (Shloka i-1-3)

      “Universal or Absolute Mind always is during Pralaya as well as Manvantara; it is immutable.” (Transactions, vol 2 p 8)

“Simultaneously with the evolution of the Universal Mind, the concealed Wisdom of Adi-Buddha – the One Supreme and eternal – manifests itself as Avalokiteshwara (or manifested Iswara), which is the Osiris of the Egyptians, the Ahura-Mazda of the Zoroastrians, the Heavenly Man of the Hermetic philosopher, the Logos of the Platonists, and the Atman of the Vedantins. By the action of the manifested Wisdom, or Mahat, represented by these innumerable centres of spiritual Energy in the Kosmos, the reflection of the Universal Mind, which is Cosmic Ideation and the intellectual Force accompanying such ideation, becomes objectively the Fohat of the Buddhist esoteric philosopher. Fohat, running along the seven principles of AKASA, acts upon manifested substance or the One Element, as declared above, and by differentiating it into various centres of Energy, sets in motion the law of Cosmic Evolution, which, in obedience to the Ideation of the Universal Mind, brings into existence all the various states of being in the manifested Solar System.” SD vol 1 p 110)

      It is important to note that Prem and Ashish in their book, Man the Measure of All Things, use the term Universal Mind to refer to Mahat (The Son, The Third Logos). It is this writer’s contention that Universal Mind more correctly refers to an aspect of the Absolute, rather than Mahat (The Son), as Prem and Ashish suggest.

Spirit and Matter

      Spirit, along with Matter (also called Root-Matter), pictured below in Figure 2, are the two aspects which emerge from the Absolute at the beginning of our universe.

Figure 2. Spirit and “Matter”

      Figure 3, shown below, displays the naming convention most often used in the Stanzas of Dzyan for the Absolute, Spirit, and Matter (Darkness, Father, and Mother).

      The act of Father and Mother appearing is called Differentiation. Spirit and Matter are said to be merely two differentiations of the One.

 

Figure 3.

      “Darkness alone was Father-Mother.” (refers to the idea that, before the beginning of our universe, the Father and Mother had not yet appeared.) (Shloka i-2-5)

Figure 4.

      The naming convention shown above in Figure 4 is commonly used in The Secret Doctrine.

Father

      Father, also called Spirit or Purusha, is one of the two differentiations that emerge from the Absolute at the beginning of a Maha-Manvantara.

      Here is a list of the various names used for Father.

  • Adi-Nidana

          “The Oeaohoo (Oi-Ha-Hou) is the “Darkness” the Boundless, or the No-NumberAdi-Nidana Svabhavat……” (Shloka i-4-5)

          “Enumerating the principles of causation, the verse first mentions the Darkness itself, Oeaohoo, the No-Number and Primal Self-becoming Cause (Adi Nidana Svabhavat).” (Man the Measure, p. 212)

    Adi-Nidana refers to Spirit (Purusha), the First Cause.

          Adi; the ‘First’ (SD vol 1 p 129)

          “Nidanas; the chief causes of existence” (SD vol 1 p 38)

          Please note Adi-Nidana refers to Father (Spirit), and Swabhavat refers to Mother (Mulaprakriti), so the term “Ani-Nidana Swabhavat” in Shloka i-4-5 refers to Father-Mother.

  • Avalokiteshvara (Avalokiteshwara) (higher aspect of)

          “ … Avalokiteshvara is both the unmanifested Father and the manifested Son, the latter proceding from, and identical with the other….” (Barker, The Mahatma Letters, p. 344)

  • Father

          “Darkness alone filled the boundless all, for Father, Mother and Son were once more one, and the Son had not awakened yet for the new Wheel, and his pilgrimage thereon..” (Shloka i-1-5)

          “Darkness vanished and was no more; it disappeared in its own essence, the body of fire and water, or Father and Mother.” (Shloka i-3-6)

  • Father-Light

          [The Father has not yet appeared as of Shloka i-2-4.] “Just as the Spirit or Father-Light is not yet ready to flash forth its great ‘I am’ [in Shloka i-2-4], so the Matrix or Root of Matter is not yet ready, not sufficiently differentiated from the ‘sleeping’ unity of the Night, to undertake its role of receptivity, of being ‘That is’.” (Man the Measure, p. 93)

  • Fire

          “It (the Web) expands when the breath of fire (the Father) is upon it; it contracts when the breath of the Mother (the root of matter) touches it..” (Shloka i-3-11)

          [Fire stands] “… in every philosophical and religious system as a representation of the Spirit of Deity, the active, male, generative principle….” (SD vol 1 p 57)

          “The ‘Spirit of God moving on Chaos’ was symbolized by every nation in the shape of a fiery serpent breathing fire and light upon the primordial waters, until it had incubated cosmic matter….” (SD vol 1 p 74)

  • Heavenly Man

          “…the ‘ten limbs’ of the Heavenly Man are the ten Sephiroth; but the first Heavenly Man is the unmanifested Spirit of the Universe….” (SD vol 1 p 215)

  • “I am.”

          “The Builders are [in Shloka i-2-1] still in the darkness of latency, since the two Poles between which they work, the Mother and the Father, are still undifferentiated…. The latter is the subjective Pole of Being, the Father who, becoming Self, says ‘I am’, the transcendent Self of all that is.” (Man the Measure, p. 90)

          See also “I am.” vs. “That is.” in Man the Measure, p. 93.

  • Purusha

          “Father-Mother spin a web whose upper end is fastened to Spirit (Purusha)….” (Shloka i-3-10)

          “Spirit and Matter, or Purusha and Prakriti are but the two primeval aspects of the One and Secondless….” (quoted in SD vol 1 p 51)

  • Root of Consciousness

          “…the Purusha or unchanging Root of Consciousness….” (Man the Measure, p. 80 note)

  • Root of Self (as opposed to Root of Matter)

          “The Father-Light [is the] Transcendent Self or Root of Self (Shanta Atman).” (Man the Measure, p. 94)

  • Shanta Atman

          “The Father-Light [is the] Transcendent Self or Root of Self (Shanta Atman).” (Man the Measure, p. 94)

  • Silence (as opposed to Sound)

          “Where was Silence? Where the ears to sense it? No, there was neither Silence nor Sound; naught save ceaseless Eternal Breath (motion) , which knows itself not.” (Shloka i-2-2)

          “…the two Poles are mentioned [in Shloka i-2-2], this time under the symbols of Silence and Sound; apt symbols for the Two, the Silent Sky watching in calm the Sounding Sea below.” (Man the Measure, p. 90)

  • Spirit

          “Spirit is the first differentiation from That, the causeless cause of both Spirit and Matter.” (SD vol 1 p 35)

          “Father-Mother spin a web whose upper end is fastened to Spirit (Purusha) — the light of the one darkness — and the lower one to its (the spirit’s) shadowy end, Matter (Prakriti)….” (Shloka i-3-10)

          [Shloka i-3-10] “…describes Spirit as the ‘light of the One Darkness’, and [Shloka i-3-8] told us that light is the ‘white brilliant Son’ or Universal Mind, the Subject of the universe. This ‘Spirit’ is then the light of integral consciousness shining in every point within universal Space.” (Man the Measure, p. 153)

  • Subjective aspect of the One Reality

          “The subjective and objective aspects of [The] One are known symbolically as the Father and Mother respectively.” (Man the Measure, p. 58)

  • That which impregnates or illuminates the dark Mother

          “The Father, on the other hand, is the subjective aspect of the same Reality, the invisible Light of which we have spoken before and which is destined to impregnate, i.e. illuminate, the dark Mother, and so, by uniting with Her, to produce the offspring who is sometimes described as androgynous, the Universal Mind mentioned in [Shloka i-1-5].” (Man the Measure, p. 63)

  • Transcendent Self

          “The Father-Light [is the] Transcendent Self or Root of Self (Shanta Atman).” (Man the Measure, p. 94)

Mother

      Mother, also called Matter, Pre-matter, or Mulaprakriti, is one of the two differentiations that emerge from the Absolute at the beginning of a Maha-Manvantara.

      “The Mother is that Eternal Parent …, the Great Mother of so many religions in the ancient world, She who, philosophically conceived, appears as the Matrix, the eternal root of all objectivity and womb of creation.” (Man the Measure, p. 63).

      The use of the word “matter” can be confusing. It is used with two different meanings in different parts of the Stanzas of Dzyan. Here are the two meanings.

  • original (pre-cosmic) matter, which is called undifferentiated matter
  • atomic matter (of today’s universe), which is called differentiated matter

      Original matter (also called Pre-matter or Mulaprakriti is the basic substance of the universe. It is the substance from which atoms are made. Mulaprakriti (original matter) is “eternal”, in that it lasts even during periods of cosmic rest.

      Atomic matter is Mulaprakriti that has been formed into atoms. These atoms only appear periodically (during periods of cosmic activity), and disappear (devolve back into Mulaprakriti) during periods of cosmic rest.

      Please note the word Matter usually refers to Mulaprakriti (original matter) not atomic matter in The Secret Doctrine.

      “Matter is eternal, becoming atomic (its aspect) only periodically.” (SD vol 1 p 552)

      Here is a list of the various names used for Mother.

    • Aditi

            “The Mulaprakriti of the Vedantins is the Aditi of the Vedas.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 6)

            “…the Mother, who is also Aditi, mother of Adityas, the luminous gods or bright Spaces.” (Man the Measure, p. 142)

    • Alaya (from Tibetan)

            “Alaya [means] indissoluble; equivalent to Akasa. The Universal Soul. The name belongs to the Tibetan system of the contemplative Mahayana School. Identical with Akasa in its mystic sense, and with Mulaprakriti, in its essence, as it is the basis or root of all things.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 14)

    • Avidya

            [Mother] “…is also known as Avidya, a word which plays on the double meaning of the root vid, to know and to be, for Avidya is the great non-knowing as well as the great non-being.” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

    • Darkness

            Be careful not to confuse (1) Darkness that symbolzes Mulaprakriti with (2) Darkness that symbolizes the Absolute.

            “…Darkness (matter)…. This must not be confused with precosmic ‘DARKNESS,’ the Divine ALL.” (SD vol 1 p 250 and note)

  • Devamatri

          “In the unknown darkness in their Ah-hi Paranishpanna. the producers of form from no-form — the root of the world — the Devamatri and Svabhavat, rested in the bliss of non-being.” (Shloka i-2-1)

          “… Mother [is] Devamatri, the Mother of the Gods….” (Man the Measure, p. 90)

  • Matri-padma

          “The Ray had not yet flashed into the germ; the Matripadma (Mother Lotus) had not yet swollen..” (Shloka i-2-3)

          “…in [the] compound word matri-padma is set forth the whole idea of the Universal Mind already existing in germ as a potentiality or possibility of manifestation within the Matrix, awaiting that which shall call it forth, as the lotus awaits the sun’s rays to cause it to bloom.” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

    Matri is Mother and Padma is the Lotus plant.

          “…the seeds of the Lotus contain – even before they germinate – perfectly formed leaves, the miniature shape of what one day, as perfect plants, they will become: nature thus giving us a specimen of the preformation of its production…. This explains the sentence ‘The Mother had not yet swollen’….” (SD vol 1 p 57)

  • Matrix

          [The] “Eternal Parent [of Shloka i-1-1] is the great Matrix, the great Mother, Universal Nature, known to Hindu philosophy as Mulaprakriti and to Spinoza as Natura naturans. She is the Womb out of which is born all that will be born in the Universe. ” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

  • Matter

          In The Secret Doctrine, the word matter usually refers to atoms, i.e., physical atoms, astral atoms, mental atoms, etc.

          “…the fall of man into matter….” (SD vol 1 p 5)

          Physical matter is called differentiated matter, which is derived from undifferentiated matter (the basic substance of the universe called Mulaprakriti).

          [Mulaprakriti, or Mother, is not physical matter,] “…for ‘matter’ does not yet exist [in the period of time before our universe existed]; yet she is that out of which what is called matter will emerge and is, so to speak, the ontological basis of what seems to us ‘stuff’. It is useless to try and describe her in neat intellectual counters for, even when not ‘slumbering’, i.e. even when a cosmos is manifested, she is still what Hindu thought terms avyakta, unmanifest.” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

    (It is important to note that “Cosmos” refers to the entire universe, while “kosmos” only refers to our solar system. See SD vol 1 p 199 note).

    However, Matter comes in two forms, undifferentiated matter (Mulaprakriti) and differentiated matter (Vyaktra or Akasha).

          “Matter is dual in religious metaphysics, and septenary in esoteric teachings, like everything else in the universe. As Mulaprakriti, it is undifferentiated and eternal; as Vyakta, it becomes differentiated and conditioned….” (SD vol 1 p 10 note)

    The Secret Doctrine sometimes uses the word “matter” to mean undifferentiated matter, and sometimes uses it to mean differentiated matter. (Such useage is quite confusing).

    Here, matter refers to undifferentiated matter (Mulaprakriti).

          “Spirit (or Consciousness) and Matter are, however, to be regarded, not as independent realities, but as the two facets or aspects of the Absolute (Parabrahm), which constitute the basis of conditioned Being whether subjective or objective.” (Sd vol 1 p 15)

    Here, matter refers to differentiated matter (Vyaktra).

          “…Astral Matter.” (Sd vol 1 p 75)

          “…according to the Orientalists, there are five Dhyanis who are the “celestial” Buddhas, of whom the human Buddhas are the manifestations in the world of form and matter. Esoterically, however, the Dhyani-Buddhas are seven, of whom five only have hitherto manifested, and two are to come in the sixth and seventh Root-races.” (Sd vol 1 p 108)

          “We view the Universe and the Earth as matter composed of definite chemical molecules.” (Sd vol 1 p 121)

          “…in our or any other chain, the upper worlds are spiritual, while the lowest, whether Moon, Earth, or any planet, is dark with matter.” (Sd vol 1 p 198)

          “…the lonely, sore-footed pilgrims on their way back to their home are never sure to the last moment of not losing their way in this limitless desert of illusion and matter called Earth-Life.” (Sd vol 1 p 208)

          “When evolution has run downward into matter, from planet A to planet G, or Z, as the Western students call it, it is one Round.” (Sd vol 1 p 232)

          “…between the Spirit-world and the world of Matter….” (Sd vol 1 p 234)

          “…the seven Cosmocratores of the world, (‘The World-Pillars,’) mentioned likewise by St. Paul, are double — one set being commissioned to rule the superior worlds the spiritual and the sidereal, and the other to guide and watch over the worlds of matter.” (Sd vol 1 p 235)

          “…The Monad or Jiva, as said in “Isis Unveiled,” vol. i., p. 302, is, first of all, shot down by the law of Evolution into the lowest form of matter — the mineral.” (Sd vol 1 p 246)

          “…our planetary chain [is] three “Earths” on the descending arc, and three “heavens” which are the three Earths or globes … on the ascending or spiritual arc: by the first three we descend into matter, by the other three we ascend into Spirit….” (Sd vol 1 p 250)

          “Matter has extension, colour, motion (molecular motion), taste, and smell, corresponding to the existing senses of man, and by the time that it fully develops the next characteristic — let us call it for the moment PERMEABILITY — this will correspond to the next sense of man — let us call it ‘NORMAL CLAIRVOYANCE’….

          “Matter in the second Round, it has been stated, may be figuratively referred to as two-dimensional.” (Sd vol 1 p 252)

          “Wherever there is an atom of matter, a particle or a molecule, even in its most gaseous condition, there is life in it, however latent and unconscious.” (Sd vol 1 p 258)

          “There is no such thing as either “dead” or “blind” matter….” (Sd vol 1 p 274)

          “Matter or Substance is septenary within our World, as it is so beyond it.” (Sd vol 1 p 289)

          “The first is the . . . . ‘Mother’ (prima MATERIA). Separating itself into its primary seven states, it proceeds down cyclically; when** having consolidated itself in its LAST principle as GROSS MATTER, it revolves around itself and informs, with the seventh emanation of the last, the first and the lowest element (the Serpent biting its own tail).” (Sd vol 1 p 291)

    It is important to keep the two useages of the word matter separate and distinct.

  • Mother

          “Darkness vanished and was no more; it disappeared in its own essence, the body of fire and water, or Father and Mother..” (Shloka i-3-6)

          [The] “Eternal Parent [of Shloka i-1-1] is the great Matrix, the great Mother, Universal Nature, known to Hindu philosophy as Mulaprakriti and to Spinoza as Natura naturans. She is the Womb out of which is born all that will be born in the Universe.” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

    • Mulaprakriti, Man the Measure, p. 46

            “Mulaprakriti (from Mula, ‘the root,’ and prakriti, ‘nature’), or the unmanifested primordial matter….” (SD vol 1 p 10)

            “… precosmic root-substance (Mulaprakriti) is that aspect of the Absolute which underlies all the objective planes of Nature … pre-Cosmic Substance is the substratum of matter in the various grades of its differentiation.” (SD vol 1 p. 15)

            “Root-nature is … the source of the subtile invisible properties in visible matter. It is the Soul, so to say, of the ONE infinite Spirit. The Hindus call it Mulaprakriti, and say that it is the primordial substance, which is the basis of the Upadhi or vehicle of every phenomenon, whether physical, mental or psychic.” (SD vol 1 p 15)

            “Parabrahmam is an unconditioned and absolute reality, and Mulaprakriti is a sort of veil thrown over it.” (SD vol 1 p 10)

            “Mulaprakriti, the VEIL….” (SD vol 1 p 426)

  • Necessity, from which is born the Universe (The Son)

          “The Seven Sublime Lords and the Seven Truths had ceased to be, and the Universe, the Son of Necessity, was immersed in Paranishpanna, to be outbreathed by that which is and yet is not.” (Shloka i-1-6)

          “The Necessity, of which the universe is here said to be the son, is the Eternal Parent, the Matrix.” (Man the Measure, p. 66)

  • Objective aspect of the One Reality

          “The subjective and objective aspects of [The] One are known symbolically as the Father and Mother respectively.” (Man the Measure, p. 58)

  • Pradhana

          “Pradhâna [is] Undifferentiated substance, called … Mulaprakriti or Root of Matter by the Vedantins. In short, Primeval Matter.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 259

  • Pre-Cosmic Root-Substance

          “…Mulaprakriti (pre-cosmic Root-Substance)….” (Divine Plan, p. 31

  • Pre-Matter

          “The term Protyle is due to Mr. Crookes, the eminent chemist, who has given that name to pre-Matter, if one may so call primordial and purely homogeneous substances, suspected, if not actually yet found, by Science in the ultimate composition of the atom.” (SD vol 1 p 328)

  • Primordial Matter

          “…primordial (hence indestructible) matter….” (SD vol 1 p 55)

          “The idea of the ‘breath’ of Darkness moving over ‘the slumbering Waters of life,’ which is primordial matter with the latent Spirit in it, recalls the first chapter of Genesis.” (SD vol 1 p 64)

          “Primordial matter, then, before it emerges from the plane of the never-manifesting, and awakens to the thrill of action under the impulse of Fohat, is but ‘a cool Radiance, colourless, formless, tasteless, and devoid of every quality and aspect.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 82)

    See also Aspects of the Absolute.

 

 

  • Root of Matter

          Mulaprakriti is the root-substance from which physical matter is composed, so Mulaprakriti is called the root of physical matter, or root-matter.

          “Mûlaprakriti [is] Literally, ‘the root of Nature’ (Prakriti) or Matter.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 218)

  • Second of the Two Poles

          “The subjective and objective aspects of that One are known symbolically as the Father and Mother respectively.” (Man the Measure, p. 58)

  • Source of Akasa

          “The Hindus call it Mulaprakriti, and say that it is the primordial substance, which is the basis of the Upadhi or vehicle of every phenomenon, whether physical, mental or psychic. It is the source from which Akasa radiates..” (SD vol 1 p 36)

  • Sound (as opposed to Silence)

          “Where was silence? Where the ears to sense it? No, there was neither silence nor sound; naught save ceaseless eternal breath which knows itself not..” (Shloka i-2-2)

          “Again the two Poles are mentioned [in Shloka i-2-2], this time under the symbols of Silence and Sound; apt symbols for the Two, the Silent Sky watching in calm the Sounding Sea below..” (Man the Measure, p. 90)

  • Swabhavat (Svabhavat)

          “Svabhavat” (Swabhavat) is the same as Mulaprakriti, the basic matter of the universe, from which atoms are made.” (SD Vol 1 p 83).

  • That out of which physical matter will emerge

          “… the great Matrix, the great Mother, Universal Nature … is the Womb out of which is born all that will be born in the Universe. Her being must not, however, be conceived as an ocean of ‘matter’, though it is often symbolised as the great dark Waters, the waters of chaos-in Greek mythology the goddess Rhea, the ‘flow’. Matter she is not, even by courtesy, for ‘matter’ does not yet exist; yet she is that out of which what is called matter will emerge and is, so to speak, the ontological basis of what seems to us ‘stuff’.” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

  • Undifferentiated Cosmic matter (substance)

          “…undifferentiated Cosmic Matter…..” (SD vol 1 p 35 & 452 note)

          “Mûlaprakriti [is] The Parabrahmic root, the abstract deific feminine principle-undifferentiated substance. (Theosophical Glossary, p. 218

  • Universal Nature

          “… the great Matrix, the great Mother, Universal Nature….” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

  • Waters (of Chaos, of Life)

          “The darkness that breathes (moves) over the slumbering Waters of Life….” (Shloka i-3-2)

          “Darkness vanished and ws no more; it disappeared in its own essence, the body of fire and water, or Father and Mother.” (Shloka i-3-6)

          “Behold, oh Lanoo! The radiant Child of the Two, the unparalleled reflugent Glory; Bright Space Son of Dark Space, which emerges from the depths of the Great Dark waters.” (Shloka i-3-7)

          “Light is cold flame, and flame is fire, and fire produces heat, which yields water: the water of life in the Great Mother (Chaos).” (Shloka i-3-9)

          [The Great Mother’s] “… being must not, however, be conceived as an ocean of ‘matter’, though it is often symbolised as the great dark Waters, the waters of chaos….” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

          “The idea of the ‘breath’ of Darkness moving over ‘the slumbering Waters of life,’ which is primordial matter with the latent Spirit in it, recalls the first chapter of Genesis. Its original is the Brahminical Narayana (the mover on the Waters), who is the personification of the eternal Breath of the unconscious All (or Parabrahm) of the Eastern Occultists. The Waters of Life, or Chaos — the female principle in symbolism — are the vacuum (to our mental sight) in which lie the latent Spirit and Matter.” (SD vol 1 p 64)


Non-Mother Terminology

      It is important to note that some terms are easily confused with Mulaprakriti (Mother).

  • Aether is a lower principle than Akasha.

          “Ether … is the third principle of the Kosmic Septenary; the Earth being the lowest, then the Astral light, Ether and Âkâsa (phonetically Âkâsha) the highest.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 8)

    • Akasha (Akasa, Akâsa)

            Akasha is a word from the Vedas (Divine Plan, p 144 note) meaning “shining substance.”

            “Now the root of [Akasha] is KASH, which means ‘to shine.’ It is literally ‘the shining substance,’ and we are told that esoterically it signifies the primordial light, which manifests through divine Ideation.” (Joy Mills, The Living Web of Meaning)

      Akasha is a primordial substance.

            “Akâsa [is] The subtle, supersensuous spiritual essence which pervades all space; the primordial substance erroneously identified with Ether.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 13)

      However, Akasha is described as radiating from Mulaprakriti

            “…Akasa, the radiation of Mulaprakriti….” (SD vol 1 p 10)

            “Mulaprakriti … is the source from which Akasa radiates….” (SD vol 1 p 35)

            Akasha is also called undifferentiated consciousness, which comes from Mulaprakriti.

            “The Akasa is the eternal divine consciousness which cannot differentiate….” (Transactions, vol 2 p 11)

      Akasha is described as being Space.

            “Akâsa … is, in fact, the Universal Space in which lies inherent the eternal Ideation of the Universe….” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 13)

      Akasha is also described as occupying all of Space.

            [Akasha is] “The subtle, supersensuous spiritual essence which pervades all space….” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 13)

            “…there is no such thing as empty space in the universe. Esoteric Science teaches that the entire cosmos is pervaded by Akasha….” (Basic Ideas of Theosophy)

  • Astral Light; the seventh and lowest principle of Akasha.

          “…the seven principles of Akasha….” (Theosophy, May 1963 pp 185-189)

          “… Akasa … has several degrees … in fact, ‘seven fields.’ “(Transactions, vol 2 p 11)

          “The lowest region of Akasha, immediately above the gross physical plane, is termed the Astral Light.” (Basic Ideas of Theosophy)

  • Fohat

          “Fohat, running along the seven principles of Akasha, acts upon manifested substance or the One Element, and by differentiating it into various centres of energy, sets in motion the Law of Cosmic Evolution, which, in obedience to the Ideation of the Universal Mind, brings into existence all the various states of being in the manifested solar system.” (Theosophy, May 1963 pp 185-189)

  • Prakriti vs. Mulaprakriti

          Mulaprakriti is the undifferentiated source of matter, while Prakriti is differentiated matter.

          “There is a difference between manifested and unmanifested matter, between pradhana [Mulaprakriti], the beginningless and endless cause, and prakriti, or the manifested effect.” (SD vol 1 p 545)

          “… while Mulaprakriti, the noumenon, is self-existing and without any origin … Prakriti, its phenomenon, is periodical and no better than a phantasm of the former….” (SD vol 1 p 62)

          “…the term Mulaprakriti [root-matter or root-of-nature] [is] (from Mula, ‘the root,’ and prakriti, ‘nature’…. ” (SD vol 1 p 10)

    Prakriti is differentiated matter, and has seven forms.

          “…the seven-fold differentiated Prakriti….” (SD vol 1 p 256)

    Prakriti is also described as Nature.

          “…before evolution began, Prakriti (Nature) was in a condition of laya or absolute homogeneity….” (SD vol 1 p 522)

          “… Prakriti [is] … nature or matter in all its forms….” (SD vol 1 p 552)

  • Primordial Light

          “In its Unity, primordial light is the seventh, or highest, principle, Daivi-prakriti, the light of the unmanifested Logos. But in its differentiation it becomes Fohat, or the ‘Seven Sons.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 216)

          “ ‘When the ONE becomes two, the three-fold appears’: to wit, when the One Eternal drops its reflection into the region of Manifestation, that reflection, ‘the Ray,’ differentiates the ‘Water of Space’; or, in the words of the ‘Book of the Dead’; ‘Chaos ceases, through the effulgence of the Ray of Primordial light dissipating total darkness by the help of the great magic power of the WORD of the (Central) Sun.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 231)

  • Swabhava vs. Swabhavat

    Swabhava means nature.

          “…svabhava (essential nature)….” (Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary)

    Svabhava evolves from Svabhavat.

          “The difference in meaning between svabhavat and svabhava is very great and is not generally understood; the two words often have been confused. Svabhava is the characteristic nature, the type-essence, the individuality, of svabhavat — of any svabhavat, each such svabhavat having its own svabhava. Svabhavat, therefore, is really the world-substance or stuff, or still more accurately that which is causal of the world-substance, and this causal principle or element is the spirit and essence of cosmic substance. It is the plastic essence of matter, both manifest and unmanifest.” (G. de Purucker, The Occult Glossary)

    Svabhava = Prakriti

          “ ‘Gods, Men, Gandharvas, Pisachas, Asuras, Rakshasas, all have been created by Svabhava (Prakriti, or plastic nature), not by actions, nor by a cause’ — i.e., not by any physical cause.” (SD vol 1 p 571)

          Svabhat (Mulaprakriti) is undifferentiated matter. Svabhava (Prakriti) is differentiated matter.

 

Father-Mother

      Father-Mother refers to Father and Mother being combined as one (within the Absolute) before a Manvantara starts.

      “… the gods still sleep in the bosom of ‘Father-Mother.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 109)

      “… evolved from the ONE Element in its second stage (Father-Mother)….” (SD vol 1 p 140)

      “… into the depths of Father-Mother AEther.” (SD vol 1 p 564)

      “ ‘Darkness is Father-Mother: light their son,’ says an old Eastern proverb.” (SD vol 1 p 40)

      “Thus Adam Kadmon and Adam-Adami came to mean: — ‘The first emanation of the Father-Mother or divine nature,’ ” (SD vol 2 p 43)

      As a new Manvantara beings, Mother (Mulaprakriti) emerges from the Absolute, then Father (Spirit) emerges from Mother.

      “At the first flutter of differentiation, the Subjective proceeds to emanate, or fall, like a shadow into the Objective, and becomes what was called the Mother Goddess, from whom proceeds the Logos, the Son and Father God at the same time, both unmanifested, one the Potentiality, the other the Potency….

      “…the first [differentiation from the Absolute] is the Mother Goddess, the reflection or the subjective root, on the first plane of Substance. Then follows, issuing from, or rather residing in, this Mother Goddess, the unmanifested Logos, he who is both her Son and Husband at once, called the ‘concealed Father.’ ” (Transactions, vol 1 pp. 4-5)

Figure 5. The feminine aspect appears first.

      Here is a list of the various names for Father-Mother.

  • Adi-Nidana Swabhavat

          “The Oeaohoo (Oi-Ha-Hou) is the “Darkness” the Boundless, or the No-Number, Adi-Nidana Svabhavat….” (Shloka i-4-5)

          Adi-Nidana Swabhavat (Father-Mother) is a combination of the two terms Adi-Nidana (Father) and Swabhavat (Mother).

  • Eternal Parent

          “The Eternal Parent (space) wrapped in her ever Invisible Robes had slumbered once again for seven Eternities.” (Shloka i-1-1)

    Eternal Parent refers to Eternal Father-Mother.

          “Space is called in the esoteric symbolism ‘the Seven-Skinned Eternal Mother-Father.’ ” (Transactions, vol 1 p 4)

          In Shloka i-1-1, Eternal Father-Mother is first referred to in the feminine (“her robes”) because the Mother aspect emerges first.

          “It is the goddess and goddesses who come first. The first emanation becomes the immaculate Mother from whom proceed all the gods, or the anthropomorphized creative forces.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 4)

          It is for this reason the Eternal Father-Mother is first referred to as being only the feminine Mulaprakriti.

          “…the ‘Eternal Parent’ … is the Vedantic Mulaprakriti, and the Svabhavat of the Buddhists….” (Transactions, vol 1 p 5)

          “This Eternal Parent is the great Matrix, the great Mother, Universal Nature, known to Hindu philosophy as Mulaprakriti and to Spinoza as Natura naturans. She is the Womb out of which is born all that will be born in the Universe.” (Man the Measure, p. 46)

Figure 5. The feminine aspect appears first.

      The Father and Son then proceed from the Mother.

      “At the first flutter of differentiation, the Subjective proceeds to emanate, or fall, like a shadow into the Objective, and becomes what was called the Mother Goddess, from whom proceeds the Logos, the Son and Father God at the same time, both unmanifested, one the Potentiality, the other the Potency.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 4)

Figure 5. Mother appears, then Father, then Son.
  • Link between the unmanifest First Logos and the manifest Third Logos

          “This First Point or First Logos does not come forth into manifestation, hence it is often referred to as the Unmanifested Logos. Nevertheless, the potentizing energy which radiates and emanates from the First Logos comes forth into manifestation by means of the Third Logos. Thus it is the Third Logos which acts as the focus for the energy and material from which all in the cosmos evolves and develops. This energic stimulus is transmitted from the unmanifest center to the manifest by means of an intermediary — which is partially unmanifest and partially manifest: this is termed the Second Logos.” (Transactions vol 1 p 33)

  • Second Logos

          “Spirit-matter, LIFE; the ‘Spirit of the Universe,’ the Purusha and Prakriti [Father and Mother], or the second Logos.” (SD vol 1 p 16)

  • Spirit-Matter

          “Spirit-matter, LIFE; the ‘Spirit of the Universe,’ the Purusha and Prakriti, or the second Logos.” (SD vol 1 p 16)

  • Svabhavat (Svabhâvat, Swabhavat, Swabhâvat)

          “…this Web is the universe spun out of the two substances made in one, which is Svabhavat.” (Shloka i-3-10)

          “Then Svabhavat sends Fohat to harden the atoms..” (Shloka i-3-12)

          “The Oeaohoo (Oi-Ha-Hou) is the “Darkness” the Boundless, or the No-NumberAdi-Nidana Svabhavat……” (Shloka i-4-5)

          “Explained by the Orientalists as ‘plastic substance’, which is an inadequate definition. Svabhâvat is the world-substance and stuff, or rather that which is behind it—the spirit and essence of substance. The name comes from Subhâva and is composed of three words — su, good, perfect, fair, handsome; sva, self; and bkâva, being, or state of being. From it all nature proceeds and into it all returns at the end of the life-cycles. In Esotericism it is called ‘Father-Mother’. It is the plastic essence of matter.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 314)

          “Svabhavat is … the Buddhistic concrete aspect of the abstraction called in Hindu philosophy Mulaprakriti.” (SD vol 1 p 61)

 

yFirst vs. Second Creation

      According to Theosophy, Mulaprakriti appeared, then Spirit (Purusha) appeared.

      “…the first [differentiation from the Absolute] is the Mother Goddess, the reflection or the subjective root, on the first plane of Substance. Then follows, issuing from, or rather residing in, this Mother Goddess, the unmanifested Logos, he who is both her Son and Husband at once, called the ‘concealed Father.’ ” (Transactions, vol 1 pp. 4-5)

      However, many religions refer to an event called Creation, which puts things into a different order of occurance. Theosophy refers to this “Creation” as the Second Creation.

      “Primary Creation is called the Creation of Light (Spirit); and the Secondary — that of Darkness (matter). [Darkness here refers to Mulaprakriti, not the Absolute.] Both are found in Genesis, chap. i., v. 2, and at the beginning of chapter ii. The first is the emanation of self-born gods (Elohim); the second of physical nature.” (SD vol 1 p 450)

     

Unmanifested, Manifested, Arupa, Rupa

      There are a few terms used in the Secret Doctrine that are confusing, and need to be defined. They are Unmanifested, Manifested, Arupa (being in the Formless Worlds), and Rupa (being in the Worlds of Form). We will discuss each term, working our way from the bottom up.

 

Figure 5

— Rupa —

      Rupa means having form, having a body. (SD vol 1 p 89)

“These are the essences … the Arupa, the Rupa….” (Shloka i-4-3)

“Thus were formed the Rupa and Arupa….” (Shloka i-5-6)

      Everything in the physical world (plants, animals, humans, etc.) is said to be in the World of Form. Humans occupy bodies of definite form, which are physical, astral, and mental bodies. These worlds of form are said to be Rupa (“form”) worlds.

— Arupa —

      In the higher Planes of Existence, beings are said to not have specific forms or shapes. These beings are said to exist in the Arupa (“formless”) worlds, and not have a definite form.

      Where is the exact division between Arupa and Rupa levels? A chart on vol 1 p 200 of The Secret Doctrine shows the three highest Planes of Existence to be Arupa, and the four lower Planes to be Rupa.

— Manifested and Unmanifested —


      Mahat (The Son) is the first object of the universe to manifest.

      “… the manifested Logos [is] also called the ‘Son’ in all cosmogonies.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 4)

      Everything at the level of Mahat and below are part of the manifested universe. The two objects above Mahat are Father and Mother. Father has emerged from the Absolute, but the Father is said to be unmanifest. Father and Mother combine into Father-Mother, which is said to be manifest-unmanifest.

      “… there must be a ‘bridge’ between the unmanifested and the manifested…. This is represented philosophically as the Second Logos: that which links the unmanifested with the manifested.” (Questions and Answers, p. 65)

      [The First Logos] “… does not come forth into manifestation, hence it is often referred to as the Unmanifested Logos. Nevertheless, the potentizing energy which radiates and emanates from the First Logos comes forth into manifestation by means of the Third Logos. Thus it is the Third Logos which acts as the focus for the energy and material from which all in the cosmos evolves and develops. This energic stimulus is transmitted from the unmanifest center to the manifest by means of an intermediary — which is partially unmanifest and partially manifest: this is termed the Second Logos.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 33)

— Differentiated —

      Differentiation is a Theosophical concept that is the same as Manifestation. The universe is said to have differentiated from the Absolute. The First Logos (Father) is undifferentiated, The Second Logos (Father-Mother) is only in the beginning stages of differentiation, and the Third Logos (Son) is fully differentiated.

      “There is no differentiation with the First Logos; differentiation only begins in latent World-Thought, with the Second Logos, and receives its full expression, i.e., becomes the ‘Word’ made flesh — with the Third.” (Transactions, vol 2 p 10)

Fohat

      Fohat is the dynamic energy-bridge that links spirit and matter. It is the energy that energizes every piece of matter (physical and higher) of the universe.

      “Fohat … is Cosmic Electricity.” (SD vol 1 p 76)

      “Fohat is … that aspect of the One Darkness which appears as Power or Energy…. it is the Divine and Fiery creative power….” (Man the Measure, 161-162)

      [Fohat is that] “… which links spirit to matter, subject to object…. It is the ‘bridge’ by which the ‘Ideas’ existing in the ‘Divine Thought’ are impressed on Cosmic substance as the ‘laws of Nature.’ Fohat is thus the dynamic energy of Cosmic Ideation; or, regarded from the other side, it is the intelligent medium, the guiding power of all manifestation … Fohat, in its various manifestations, is the mysterious link between Mind and Matter, the animating principle electrifying every atom into life.” (SD vol 1 p 16)

      “The Central Sun causes Fohat to collect primordial dust in the form of balls, to impel them to move in converging lines and finally to approach each other and aggregate.” (SD vol 1 p 201)

      [Fohat is the] “ … electric, vital power, which, under the Will of the Creative Logos, unites and brings together all forms…. When the ‘Divine Son’ breaks forth, then Fohat becomes the propelling force, the active Power which causes the ONE to become TWO and THREE — on the Cosmic plane of manifestation. The triple One differentiates into the many, and then Fohat is transformed into that force which brings together the elemental atoms and makes them aggregate and combine… Fohat, running along the seven principles of AKASA, acts upon manifested substance or the One Element, as declared above, and by differentiating it into various centers of Energy, sets in motion the law of Cosmic Evolution, which, in obedience to the Ideation of the Universal Mind, brings into existence all the various states of being in the manifested Solar System.

      “Fohat, then, is the personified electric vital power, the transcendental binding Unity of all Cosmic Energies, on the unseen as on the manifested planes, the action of which resembles — on an immense scale — that of a living Force…. On the earthly plane his influence is felt in the magnetic and active force generated by the strong desire of the magnetizer. On the Cosmic, it is present in the constructive power that carries out, in the formation of things — from the planetary system down to the glow-worm and simple daisy — the plan in the mind of nature, or in the Divine Thought, with regard to the development and growth of that special thing. In his secondary aspect, Fohat is the Solar Energy, the electric vital fluid, and … Electricity.” (SD vol 2 pp. 109-110)

 

      Fohat is the workhorse of The Primordial Seven, Mahat (The Son), and The Will of the Creative Logos.

      [Fohat is the] “…Messenger of [The Primordial Seven’s] will’ ” (Shloka i-5-2)

      “Fohat runs the Manus’ (or Dhyan-Chohans’) errands, and causes the ideal prototypes to expand from within without — viz., to cross gradually, on a descending scale, all the planes from the noumenon to the lowest phenomenon, to bloom finally on the last into full objectivity — the acme of illusion, or the grossest matter.” (SD vol 1 p 63)

      “It is through Fohat that the ideas of the Universal Mind are impressed upon matter. Some faint idea of the nature of Fohat may be gathered from the appellation ‘Cosmic Electricity’ sometimes applied to it; but to the commonly known properties of electricity must, in this case, be added others, including intelligence.” (SD vol 1 p 76)

      “Manvantaric impulse commences with the re-awakening of Cosmic Ideation (the ‘Universal Mind’) concurrently with, and parallel to the primary emergence of Cosmic Substance — the latter being the manvantaric vehicle of the former — from its undifferentiated pralayic state. Then, absolute wisdom mirrors itself in its Ideation; which, by a transcendental process, superior to and incomprehensible by human Consciousness, results in Cosmic Energy (Fohat). Thrilling through the bosom of inert Substance, Fohat impels it to activity, and guides its primary differentiations on all the Seven planes of Cosmic Consciousness.” (SD vol 1 p 328)

 

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Now, back to our story.

The Ray

      A ray from the Father enters the Mother and fertilizes the Egg, as shown in Figure 6 below.

 

Figure 6. Fertilizing the egg.

      “The Ray had not yet flashed into the Germ….” (Shloka i-2-3)

      “Light [Father] drops one solitary Ray into the Mother-Deep. The Ray shoots through the Virgin Egg, the Ray causes the Eternal Egg to thrill….” (Shloka i-3-3)

      “The Ray causes the Eternal Egg to thrill, the breath of life ripples the undifferentiated waters of the Mother, and the surface is covered with a myriad facets in each of which the Sun of consciousness is reflected.” (Man the Measure, pp. 106-114)

      “The one ray multiplies the smaller rays.” (Shloka i-7-2)

Eggs and Mahat (The Son)

      A series of events occur involving eggs, which culminates in the appearance of Mahat (The Son).

Figure 7. The Eggs and Mahat (The Son)

      The series of events:

1. From the Eternal Egg appears the Germ.

      “The Ray had not yet flashed into the Germ….” (Shloka i-2-3)

      “The ray of the ‘Ever Darkness’ becomes … a ray of effulgent light or life, and flashes into the ‘Germ.’ ” (SD vol I 57)

2. The World Egg appears.

      “The Ray causes the Eternal Egg to thrill, and drop the Non-Eternal Germ, which condenses into the World-Egg.” (Shloka i-3-3)

      [The] “ … non-eternal germ of manifest consciousness spreads throughout the waters of life and they ‘curdle’. The singleness of the Ray, uniting with the multiplicity of the Waters, gives rise neither to a single lump, nor to an infinitely extended homogeneous continuum, but to a finite though ‘countless’ multitude of conscious individuals, or rather the rooted seeds or nuclei of what will become individuals, from atoms to stars, from amoebae to men. These are the milk-white ‘Curds’ which spread throughout the depths of the now delimited ocean of Life. And this is the ‘condensation’ of the eternal Egg into the World-Egg.” (Man the Measure, p. 128)

3. Mahat (The Son) appears.

      “Behold, oh Lanoo [Disciple]! The radiant child of the two [Father and Mother] … He shines forth as the Son….” (Shloka i-3-7)

      “Mahat, in the Esoteric interpretations, is in reality the Third Logos or the Synthesis of the Seven creative rays, the Seven Logoi.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 14)

      Mahat is the first “manifestation” of the universe.

      “… we come to the most dramatic point of the whole creation, namely the flashing forth into full and conscious manifestation of the Universal Mind….” (Man the Measure, p. 138)

      It is important to note that Mahat is the God which is worshipped by most of the world’s religions.

      “From the Unknown One, the Infinite TOTALITY, the manifested ONE, or the periodical, Manvantaric Deity, emanates; and this is the Universal Mind….” (SD vol 1 p 110)

      “… the manifested Logos [is] also called the ‘Son’ in all cosmogonies.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 4)

      “This is the birth of that which the Greeks called the Cosmos, or the adorned one, and worshipped as God…. Blazing with unimaginable Light, a Light that does not dazzle; vibrant with power, yet calmly peaceful as the eyes of Buddha; strong with the male, life-giving splendor of the sun; yet soft with the cool magic of the moon; the strength of man yet the grace of woman; such is this Universal Mind….” (Man the Measure, p. 141)

      Here is a list of the various names used for Mahat.

  • Adi-Sanat; the same as Brahmâ the Creator, Shloka i-4-5, SD vol 1 p 98.

 

 

  • Anima Mundi

          “…Maha-Atma, Brahmâ, the Spirit of Life, … are all identical with Anima Mundi, or the ‘Universal Soul’….” (SD vol 1 p 365 and note)

  • Avalokiteshvara (Lower Aspect)

          Avalokiteshvara is an important concept in Buddhism. Let’s look at the origin of the name Avalokiteshvara.

          “ … some eastern scholars maintain that the original term was Avalokita-svara, literally the looked-at-sound…. [There is no way] the past participle Avalokita (+ Iswara or + svara) [can] mean he who looks down or the down-looking: it has to be looked, seen, viewed, or observed.” (Man the Measure , p. 204)

          Avalokiteshvara, in its lower aspect, represents Mahat (The Son).

          “ … Avalokiteshvara is both the unmanifested Father and the manifested Son, the latter proceding from, and identical with the other….” (Mahatma Letters, p. 344)

          Avalokiteshvara, in its lower aspect, also represents the Second Logos.

          “ … there are two Avalokiteshwaras in Esotericism; the first and the second Logos.” (SD vol 1 p 72 note)

  • Brahmâ

          “…Brahmâ [is] the vehicle of Brahma….” (SD vol 1 p 17)

          “Brahma (neuter), the unmanifested, is that Universe in abscondito, and Brahmâ, the manifested, is the Logos, made male-female in the symbolical orthodox dogmas.” (SD vol 1 p 9)

          “..Brahmâ the cosmic Logos….” (SD vol 2 p 247)

    (Editor’s note. Be careful to distinguish Brahma (no accented final-a) from Brahmâ (accented final-a). Brahma is the Absolute, while Brahmâ is the Logos.)

    (Editor’s note #2. Brahmâ sometimes refers to the Third Logos, and at other times refers to the single Father-Mother-Son Logos.)

  • Bright Space, Son of Dark Space, Shloka i-3-7

          “ ‘Bright Space, son of dark Space,’ corresponds to the Ray dropped at the first thrill of the new ‘Dawn’ into the great Cosmic depths, from which it re-emerges differentiated as Oeaohoo the younger….” (SD vol 1 p 71).

  • Dragon of Wisdom, Shloka i-3-7Shloka i-5-1

          “The great Dragon of Wisdom is born of Fire and Water, and into Fire and Water will all be re-absorbed with him.” (SD vol 1 p 470).

          “…the blazing Dragon of Wisdom ….” (Man the Measure, p. 146)

          “…the ‘Blazing Dragon of Wisdom,’ … is that which the Greek philosophers called the Logos, the Verbum of the Thought Divine….” SD vol 1 p 71)

          The symbol of the serpent swallowing its tail is an important symbol in Theosophy, and is part of the Theosophical Seal.

          “… we consider [the] symbol of the serpent swallowing its tail as a circle. A circle immediately establishes in our minds something fixed and limited. However extended the circumference, it is something which the mind can comprehend. It becomes the boundary of a universe, the ‘Ring-pass-not’ beyond which that universe may not extend or the time cycle setting the limits of the endurance of a universe. The Hindus called this time cycle a Manvantara or a Maha-Manvantara. The circle limits or sets aside a certain field in the Cosmos in which a Solar Logos may bring forth and evolve His particular universe. Vast as that universe may be, so long as the human mind conceives of it in terms of space and time, it must have its limits — its circumference. It must also be true that, however long the Manvantara (or Maha-Manvantara — great cycle), there must come a time of dissolution, which the Hindus term Pralaya or period of rest and cessation of Cosmic activity. (The Theosophical Seal, by Athur Coon)

  • First Manifested Principle

          “…the first manifested principle, the farthest shore of the Cosmos.” (Man the Measure, p. 56)

  • Great Self

          “…it is the Great Intelligence (Mahat-Buddhi) of the Sankhya, the Great Self (Mahan Atman) of the Kathopanishad.” (Man the Measure, p. 56)

    • Ishvara (Iśvara, Iswara, Isvara, Ishwara, Isvar)

            “…Isvara, (‘The Lord,’…)….” (Sd vol 1 p 296)

            “…the self-reflecting consciousness of Universal Mind (Iśvara).” (Man the Measure, p. 126)

            “The Logos, or both the unmanifested and the manifested WORD, is called by the Hindus, Iswara, ‘the Lord,’ though the Occultists give it another name.” (Sd vol 1 p 573)

            “…Avalokita Isvar literally interpreted means ‘the Lord that is seen.’ ‘Iswara’ implying moreover, rather the adjective than the noun, lordly, self-existent lordliness, not Lord. It is, when correctly interpreted, in one sense ‘the divine Self perceived or seen by Self,’ the Atman or seventh principle ridded of its mayavic distinction from its Universal Source — which becomes the object of perception for, and by the individuality centred in Buddhi, the sixth principle, — something that happens only in the highest state of Samadhi.” (Mahatma Letters, p. 343)

      See also Avalokita-svara.

       

  • Kwan-Shai-Yin (Shloka i-6-1), also spelled Kwan-Shi-Yin (SD vol 1 p 472), which is the male aspect of Mahat (The Son).

          “Kwan-shi-yin, then, is ‘the Son identical with his Father’ mystically, or the Logos — the word.” (SD vol 1 p 472)

  • Kwan-Yin (Shloka i-6-1), which is the female aspect of Mahat (The Son).

          “Kwan-Shi-Yin and Kwan-Yin are the two aspects (male and female) of the same principle in Kosmos, Nature and Man, of divine wisdom and intelligence.” (SD vol 1 p 473)

          Kwan-Yin (called The Goddess of Mercy in English and Kannon in Japanese) is an important deity in Buddhism. She is commonly depicted as a statue of a woman with a piled-high hairdo, wearing a hooded white robe, and pouring water from a vase.

          Thousands of temples have been built in her honor, and hundreds of thousands of people pray to Kwan-Yin everyday.

          Here are links to information on Kwan-Yin and some of her temples.
    Kuan Yin Avalokiteshvara
    Webshots – Images of Richmond Buddhist Temple
    Kwan Yin Temple — Portland, Oregon
    Li Ka Shing Foundation
    Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple)
    A Guide to Buddhist Statues
    Kannon Bosatsu – Goddess of Mercy – Photo Dictionary
    Kannon – Goddess of Mercy — Nationwide Pilgrimage in Japan

  • Mahat

          “……Mahat (the Universal Intelligence limited by Manvantaric duration). With some schools, Mahat is ‘the first-born’ of Pradhana (undifferentiated substance, or the periodical aspect of Mulaprakriti, the root of Nature), which (Pradhana) is called Maya, the Illusion.” (SD vol 1 p 62)

  • Mahat Atman

          “…it is the Great Intelligence (Mahat-Buddhi) of the Sankhya, the Great Self (Mahan Atman) of the Kathopanishad.” (Man the Measure, p. 56)

    • Maha-Budhi

            “Cosmic Ideation [is] MAHAT or Intelligence, the Universal World-Soul; the Cosmic Noumenon of Matter, the basis of the intelligent operations in and of Nature, also called MAHA-BUDDHI.” (SD vol 1 p 16)

            “The divine, purely Adi-Buddhic monad manifests as the universal Buddhi (the Maha-buddhi or Mahat in Hindu philosophies) the spiritual, omniscient and omnipotent root of divine intelligence, the highest anima mundi or the Logos. This descends ‘like a flame spreading from the eternal Fire, immoveable, without increase or decrease, ever the same to the end’ of the cycle of existence, and becomes universal life on the Mundane Plane.” (SD vol 1 p 572)

            “Cosmic Buddhi, the emanation of the Spiritual Soul Alaya, is the vehicle of Mahat only when that Buddhi corresponds to Prakriti. Then it is called Maha-Buddhi. .” (Transactions, vol 1 p 24)

  • Manifested Logos

          “… the manifested Logos [is] also called the ‘Son’ in all cosmogonies.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 4)

  • Oeaohoo the Younger

          “Behold, oh Lanoo! the radiant Child of the Two, the unparalleled refulgent glory: Bright Space Son of Dark Space, which emerges from the depths of the Great Dark Waters. it is Oeaohoo the Younger….” (Shloka i-3-7)

  • Sephiroth

          “…Oeaohoo, ‘the Son of the Son,’ contains in himself the Seven Creative Hosts (The Sephiroth)….” (SD vol 1 p 72)

  • Son

          “Darkness alone filled the boundless all, for Father, Mother and Son were once more one, and the Son had not awakened yet for the new wheel, and his pilgrimage thereon.” (Shloka i-1-5)

          “Where was the germ and where was now darkness? Where is the spirit of the flame that burns in thy lamp, oh Lanoo? The germ is that, and that is light, the white brilliant Son of the dark hidden Father.” (Shloka i-3-8)

          “… the manifested Logos [is] also called the ‘Son’ in all cosmogonies.” (Transactions vol 1 p 4)

  • Soul of the World

          “…‘primordial Substance’ is called by some Chaos: Plato and the Pythagoreans named it the Soul of the World after it had been impregnated by the Spirit of that which broods over the Primeval Waters, or Chaos.” (SD vol 1 p 338)

          “In the Hindu Katakopanishad, Purusha, the divine spirit, already stands before the original matter, ‘from whose union springs the great soul of the world,’ Maha-Atma, Brahmâ, the Spirit of Life, etc., etc.” (SD vol 1 p 365)

  • Universal Mind

          It is important to note that Prem and Ashish in their book, Man the Measure of All Things, use the term Universal Mind to refer to Mahat (The Son, The Third Logos). It is this writer’s contention that Universal Mind more correctly refers to an aspect of the Absolute, rather than Mahat (The Son), as Prem and Ashish suggest.

  • Varuna, the vedic god

          “…the first manifested principle, the farthest shore of the Cosmos. In Vedic times it was symbolised as the god Varuna, the over-arching sky which embraces all that is.” (Man the Measure, p. 56)

  • The Universe

    “The seven sublime lords and the seven truths had ceased to be, and the universe, the Son of Necessity, was immersed in Paranishpanna….” (Shloka i-1-6 )

          “The Father-Mother are the male and female principles in root-nature, the opposite poles that manifest in all things on every plane of Kosmos, or Spirit and Substance, in a less allegorical aspect, the resultant of which is the Universe, or the Son.” (SD vol 1 p 41)

          “The Necessity, of which the universe is here said to be the son, is the Eternal Parent….” (Man the Measure, p. 66)

 

 

Figure 8. The Triad

      We now have the Three, which encompass the first part of the story. Collectively, these Three are called the Logos.

Logos

      We are familiar with the terms Spirit (Father), Matter (Mother), and Unversal Mind (Son) to describe the beginning of our universe. There is another term with the same general idea — Logos. Here are the equivalents in meaning.

  • First Logos = Father
  • Second Logos = Father-Mother
  • Third Logos = Son

      It may seem strange that we have this extra set of terms, but Blavatsky uses these terms often. Therefore, a student of Theosophy needs to be familiar with these terms.

      Let’s look at the origin of the word Logos.

      “The term comes from the Greek, derived from the verbal root lege in, meaning to speak; thus logos originally signified the ‘word’ by which the inward thought is expressed; the inward thought itself. Thus the philosophical concept in associating the term with the coming into being of a cosmos, or a system, is this: there must be a reason for the coming into being of a system, hence divine thought is instrumental in the process. With the formulation of the idea there must also be a means of expressing it, that is, carrying out of the idea. The same thing is present in the utterance of a word. Before the word may be produced as sound, there must be the ideation or thought of it; there must also be the desire of sufficient potency to produce the sound of it. When the idea is transmitted by means of the sound, the resultant effect is the word — the Logos.” (Transactions, vol 2 p 9)

— Oi-Ha-Hou —

The term Oeaohoo is introduced in Shloka i-3-5.

      “The root remains, the light remains, the curds remain, and still Oeaohoo is One.” (Shloka i-3-5)

Oeaohoo stands for the Absolute.

      “The root remains, the light remains, the curds remain, and still Oeaohoo [the Absolute] is One.” (Shloka i-3-5)

      “As one syllable, Oeaohoo is the totality of dormant powers within the Darkness. [in Shloka i-3-5].” (Man the Measure, pp. 134-135)

The term Oi-Ha-Hou is introduced in Shloka i-4-4.

      “…thus stands the eternal Nidana — the Oeaohoo (Oi-Ha-Hou).” (Shloka i-4-4)

Oi-ha-hou stands for the Triple Logos.

      “As a trinity, it represents the power aspect of the three creative outpourings (Logoi), the [three-syllable] Oi-Ha-Hou [in Shloka i-4-4].” (Man the Measure, pp. 134-135)

Oi-Ha-Hou, in its triple-Logos aspect, includes the idea of motion.

      “The literal signification of [Oi-Ha-Hou] is … a circular wind, whirlwind; but in this instance, it is a term to denote the ceaseless and eternal Cosmic Motion; or rather the Force that moves it, which Force is tacitly accepted as the Deity but never named. It is the eternal Karana, the ever-acting Cause.” (SD vol 1 p 93 note)

Oeaohoo the Younger in Shloka i-3-7 refers to the Son.

      “Behold, oh Lanoo! the radiant Child of the Two, the unparalleled refulgent glory: bright Space Son of Dark Space, which emerges from the depths of the great dark Waters. it is Oeaohoo the Younger….” (Shloka i-3-7)

      “ ‘Bright Space, son of dark Space,’ corresponds to the Ray dropped at the first thrill of the new ‘Dawn’ into the great Cosmic depths, from which it re-emerges differentiated as Oeaohoo the younger [the Son]….” (SD vol 1 p 71).

(Oeaohoo also has seven letters, which stands for the septenary nature of the universe.)

      “As a septenary, it is the differentiated totality of the Son, Universal Mind, or ‘Oeaohoo the Younger’….” (Man the Measure, p 135)

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Oeaohoo, then, can be seen to have one, three, and seven aspects. This is also true of the word Om.

      “Similar ideas are attached to the Om, which can be taken as composed of one, three or seven elements.” (Man the Measure, p 135)

Here are equivalent terms for Logos in the Stanzas of Dzyan and The Secret Doctrine.

— First Logos —
  • First Cause

          “The first … unmanifested Logos, … is the ‘First Cause’ …. ” (SD vol 1 p 16)

  • Ray from the Absolute

          “… the One unknown [the Absolute], without beginning or end, identical with Parabrahm [Hindu] and Ain-Soph [Jewish], emits a bright ray from its darkness. This is the Logos (the first), or Vajradhara, the Supreme Buddha (also called Dorjechang).” (SD vol 1 p 571)

  • The First Aspect

          “The First Logos represents the first aspect which leads to the awakening of a system and its consequent manifestation: it is that which causes the system to come into being as well as the focus for the energizing of the cosmos.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 33)

  • Unimanifest Logos

          [The] “… First Point or First Logos does not come forth into manifestation, hence it is often referred to as the Unmanifested Logos.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 33)

          “The first … unmanifested Logos, the precursor of the ‘manifested.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 16)

— Second Logos —
  • Spirit-Matter

          “Spirit-matter, LIFE; the ‘Spirit of the Universe,’ the Purusha and Prakriti, or the second Logos.” (SD vol 1 p 16)

  • Father-Mother

    Father-Mother corresponds to Spirit-Matter.

  • Unmanifest-Manifest Logos

          [The energy from which all in the cosmos evolves and develops] “ … is transmitted from the unmanifest center [the First Logos] to the manifest [the Third Logos] by means of an intermediary — which is partially unmanifest and partially manifest: this is termed the Second Logos.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 33)

— Third Logos —


  • Brahmâ

          “… the three Logoi [are] the unmanifested ‘Father,’ the semi-manifested ‘Mother’ and the Universe, which is the third Logos of our philosophy or Brahmâ.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 31)

  • Manifested Logos

          “…the Third or manifested Logos….” (Transactions, vol 2 p 4)

  • Son

          “…the manifested Logos, [which is] called the ‘Son’ in all cosmogonies.” (Transactions, vol 2 p 4)

  • Universe

    “…the Universe or the ‘Son’….” (SD vol 1 p 61)

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Figure 9. The Absolute and the Three Logoi

      Above is a chart of the from the Absolute which culminate in the Three. (Each blue-colored word is clickable.)

Sound, Silence, Voice, Word

      These four symbolic words are used often in The Secret Doctrine.

      Spirit (“Sound”) emerges from Darkness (“Silence”). Spirit causes differentiation within the Waters. These Waters are the Voice. From the Waters (“Voice”) Mahat (“Word”).

      “Q. What is the difference between Spirit, Voice and Word?

      “A. The same as between Atma, Buddhi and Manas, in one sense. Spirit emanates from the unknown Darkness, the mystery into which none of us can penetrate. That Spirit — call it the ‘Spirit of God’ or Primordial Substance — mirrors itself in the Waters of Space — or the still undifferentiated matter of the future Universe — and produces thereby the first flutter of differentiation in the homogeneity of primordial matter. This is the Voice, pioneer of the ‘Word’ or the first manifestation; and from that Voice emanates the Word or Logos, that is to say, the definite and objective expression of that which has hitherto remained in the depths of the Concealed Thought. That which mirrors itself in Space is the Third Logos. We may express this Trinity also by the terms Color, Sound, and Numbers.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 47)

Here are the four words.

  • Silence (Father)

          “… there was neither Silence [Father] nor Sound.” (Shloka i-2-2)

  • Sound (Mother)

          “… there was neither Silence nor Sound [Mother].” (Shloka i-2-2)

          “Kwan-Yin-Tien [a place-name in Shloka i-6-1] means the ‘melodious heaven of Sound,’ ” (the abode of Kwan-Yin, or the ‘Divine Voice’). (SD vol 1 p 137)

          “ ‘Sound’ is synonymous with Logos (Verbum, or the Son).” (SD vol 1 p 537)

          “the second logos, or ‘Sound’ ” (SD vol 2 p 563)

          It is important to note the connection between Sound and the Buddhist concept of Avalokiteshvara.

          “… some eastern sholars maintain that the original term was Avalokita-svara, literally the looked-at-sound…. [There is no way] the past participle Avalokita (+ Iswara or + svara) [can] mean he who looks down or the down-looking: it has to be looked, seen, viewed, or observed.” (Man the Measure, p. 204)

  • Voice (Mother)

          “Thought … lifts his voice, and call the innumerable Sparks (atoms) and joins them together.” (Shloka i-5-2)

          “ ‘Voice, Spirit, and Word, this is the Holy Spirit.’ (Sepher Jezireh, chap. 1, Mishna IX.)” (SD vol 1 p 448)

          “The … Mother [Svabhavat] … is called the Voice because it is her power which gives the Father’s silent Word (logos) expression as Sound….” (Man, the Measure, p. 212)

          “In the Kabala, Bath-Kol is the daughter of the Divine Voice, or primordial light, Shekinah. In the Puranas and Hindu exotericism, Vach (the Voice) is the female Logos of Brahma — a permutation of Aditi, primordial light. And if Bath-Kol, in Jewish mysticism, is an articulate praeternatural voice from heaven, revealing to the ‘chosen people’ the sacred traditions and laws, it is only because Vach was called, before Judaism, the ‘Mother of the Vedas….’ ” (SD vol 2 p 107) 

  • Word (Logos)

          “the Verbum, the Word or the Logos” (SD vol 1 p 256)

Monads

      From the Waters appear an uncountable number of “Monads”, which are also called

      The Stanzas use symbolism to describe the process by which Monads appear: The Mother is the Waters. The Father shines his light on the Waters of the Mother, and an uncountable number of reflections on the waves appear. These reflections (“points of light”) are the Monads.

Figure 10. Sparks (Monads)

      “The Ray causes the Eternal Egg to thrill, the breath of life ripples the undifferentiated waters of the Mother, and the surface is covered with a myriad [of] facets in each of which the Sun of consciousness is reflected.” (Man the Measure, p. 111)

      “Every [Monad] feels itself to be separated because the divine self-affirmation of the Logos is forcing it to look outwards into the vortices of form; thus it ceases to pay attention to the inner unity. … under the influence of the third Logos, the points in Mind rush out into separateness.” (Man the Measure, pp. 324 & 192)

      “The sons [Monads] dissociate and scatter, to return into their Mother’s bosom at the end of the Great Day.” (Shloka i-3-11)

      “Svabhavat sends Fohat to harden the atoms [Monads]. Each is a part of the web. Reflecting the ‘Self-Existent Lord’ like a mirror, each in turn becomes a world.” (Shloka i-3-12)

      “Just as milliards of bright sparks dance on the waters of an ocean above which one and the same moon is shining, so our evanescent personalities — the illusive envelopes of the immortal MONAD-EGO — twinkle and dance on the waves of Maya. They last and appear, as the thousands of sparks produced by the moon-beams, only so long as the Queen of the Night radiates her lustre on the running waters of life: the period of a Manvantara; and then they disappear, the beams — symbols of our eternal Spiritual Egos — alone surviving, re-merged in, and being, as they were before, one with the Mother-Source.” (SD vol 1 p 237).

 

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      There is some confusion over the relationship of Monads to the physical universe. On the one hand, Monads are portrayed in the Stanzas as pre-mineral building-blocks from which physical atoms are built. On the other hand, Monads are portrayed as something like “guardian-angels”, a higher-self from which human “souls” have emerged, and will eventually merge back into. The answer is both; Monads are the basic building blocks from which both physical atoms as well as human “souls” are built.

From Monads to physical atoms

— Monads are formed into points —

 

      “ … the whirling action of Fohat results in the organization of experience content in vortices around central points or ‘sparks.’ ” (Man, the Measure, p. 237)

 

— Monads are grouped into clouds —

 

      “The uniting power of Fohat, the divine Eros, joins the Sparks together to form the Germs or prototypes of Wheels. These Wheels are the first swirling organisations in the clouds of Sparks which will gradually settle out into galactic systems. … the Clouds … split up into numerous revolving systems of a flattened or wheel-like structure, placed throughout the whole volume of Space…. [This is the] … first organzation of the clouds of Sparks in dimensioned space….” (Man, the Measure, pp. 242 & 245)

      “The ‘Light’ … has entered and now fecundated the Divine Egg, and calls cosmic matter to begin its long series of differentiations. The curds are the first differentiation, and probably refer also to that cosmic matter which is supposed to be the origin of the ‘Milky Way’ — the matter we know. This ‘matter,’ … radical and cool, becomes, at the first reawakening of cosmic motion, scattered through Space; appearing, when seen from the Earth, in clusters and lumps, like curds in thin milk. These are the seeds of the future worlds, the ‘Star-stuff.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 69)

 

— Monads experience separateness and are veiled in matter —

 

      “The fiery clouds of [Shloka i-5-4] become the fiery dust of [Shloka i-5-5], and the now separated orphans of existence, the Anupapadaka, are clothed in their first garment of ‘material’ form.” (Man, the Measure, p. 247)

 

— Monads travel the full cycle —

 

      “This is the journey of the Spark: into form, through form, and finally beyond form. It travels through Time and Space, descending from Spirit into Matter and ascending again to Spirit in its long pilgrimage of self discovery.” (Man, the Measure, p. 328)

      “Monads … may be separated into three distinct Hosts, which, counted from the highest planes, are, firstly, ‘gods,’ or conscious, spiritual Egos; the intelligent architects, who work after the plan in the Divine Mind. Then come the Elementals, or Monads, who form collectively and unconsciously the grand Universal Mirrors of everything connected with their respective realms. Lastly, the atoms, or material molecules, which are informed in their turn by their apperceptive monads, just as every cell in a human body is so informed. (See the closing pages of Book I.)” (SD vol 1 p 632)



From Monads to human “souls”

      A human being is a combination of two things — a human body and a “soul”.

      A human body is made up of organs, which are made up of molecules, which are made up of atoms. Each atom results from a Monadic spark, and each atom is “overseen” by its respective Monad.

      Each human “soul” is also the result of a Monadic spark.

      “The Souls (Monads) are pre-existent…. They descend from the pure air to be chained to bodies….” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 111)

      “That which is man’s very self, that by which he is man and not animal, is the divine spark flickering in the core of his being.” (Man the Measure, p. 200)

      “The Spark, the so-called husband of the soul, is none other than a spark of the divine nature, a divine light, a ray, an imprint of divinity. Our essential being is that Spark, given, as it were, a lease of separate existence for the period of manifestation. We cannot refuse participation in the growth and decay of the physical body, for there is very little freedom, but in our higher being the presence of that Spark which makes us men enables us to choose whether we will give ourselves to the realization of the divine effort or whether we will preserve our separate egotism with a hard shell of selfishness.” (Man the Measure, p. 296)

      “We are motes of dust dancing within [the Universal Mind’s] Light which surrounds us everywhere. More, it pervades us through and through. We are but moments of that Light: it is our very Self. Inside and outside we are nothing but that Light; even our outer structure is the impress of its thought, and it is for this reason that, in actual truth, man is the measure of all things and contains within himself — even within his physical body — all the wonders of the universe…. The Father-Light shines in the Son, Universal Mind, it shines in the minds of men, and it shines in every particle of matter…. If we look at the world in one way, we see the varied forms of being dancing in its Light, and if we look at it the other way, we see the divine Light standing in the forms. It is this paradox which makes it so difficult for us to understand ourselves….” (Man the Measure, pp. 171 & 178)

Our task is to reunite with the Mond that supplied our spark.


Three and Four

      The next part of the story is the Fall of the Three, creating the Four.

 

Figure 11.

“Then the Three fall into the Four.” (Shloka i-3-4)

      Who are the Three? Who are the Four? The answer is not clearly stated in the literature, and it is open to speculation. Sri Prem, in his book Man, Son of Man (p. 2), list the Three as Absolute, Father, & Mother, and list the Four as Absolute, Father, Mother, & Son. Father (pure spirit) and Mother (“pure” matter) cause the Son (the universe) to appear. Some people describe this as a negative Fall, while other people describe this as a positive occurance, a necessary cloaking of spirit with matter for the purpose of having experiences.


The Various Falls

      More than one Fall is mentioned in the literature.

      “The ‘Fall’ is a universal allegory. It sets forth at one end of the ladder of Evolution the ‘rebellion,’ i.e., the action of differentiating intellection or consciousness on its various planes, seeking union with matter; and at the other, the lower end, the rebellion of matter against Spirit, or of action against spiritual inertia. And here lies the germ of an error which has had such disastrous effects on the intelligence of civilized societies for over 1,800 years.” (SD vol 2 p 62)

      Theosophy teaches there were three Falls.


— The Primordial Fall —


      The entire evolution of our universe can be summed up in two ideas; Spirit descends down into matter, and then ascends back up again (to reunite with the Absolute). To some, this descent is seen as a sinful Fall. Theosophy disagrees. It is seen as a normal progress of our spiritual evolution. Nevertheless, it is sometimes referred to as a Fall in Theosophical literature.

      “Then the Three fall into the Four” (Shloka i-3-4)

      “The sons [Monads] dissociate and scatter, to return into their Mother’s bosom at the end of the Great Day.” (Shloka i-3-11)

      “…the [Biblical] Deluge has more than one meaning. It refers in Theogony, to pre-cosmic transformations, to spiritual correlations — however absurd the term may sound to a scientific ear — and also to subsequent Cosmogony; to the great FLOOD of WATERS (matter) in CHAOS, awakened and fructified by those Spirit-Rays which were swamped by, and perished in, the mysterious differentiation — a pre-cosmic mystery, the Prologue to the drama of Being.” (SD vol 2 p 144)

      “The ‘Fall’ is a universal allegory. It sets forth at one end of the ladder of Evolution the ‘rebellion,’ i.e., the action of differentiating intellection or consciousness on its various planes, seeking union with matter; and at the other, the lower end, the rebellion of matter against Spirit, or of action against spiritual inertia. And here lies the germ of an error which has had such disastrous effects on the intelligence of civilized societies for over 1,800 years.” (SD vol 2 p 62)

      [the Babylonian] “…Nuah is Noah, floating on the waters in his ark; the latter being the emblem of the Argha, or Moon, the feminine principle; Noah is the ‘spirit’ falling into matter. We find him, as soon as he descends upon the Earth, planting a vineyard, drinking of the wine, and getting drunk on it, i.e., the pure spirit becomes intoxicated as soon as it is finally imprisoned in matter. The seventh chapter of Genesis is only another version of the First. Thus, while the latter reads: ‘and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,’ in ch. 7 it is said ‘ . . . and the waters prevailed . . . and the ark went (with Noah, the spirit) upon the face of the waters.’ Thus Noah, if identical with the Chaldean Nuah, is the spirit vivifying matter, which latter is Chaos, represented by the DEEP, or the Waters of the Flood.” (SD vol 2 p 145)

      The Jewish/Christian Scriptures skip the First Creation, and start their story mistakenly with the Second Creation.

      “The writer cannot give too much proof that the system of Cosmogony and Anthropogony as described actually existed, that its records are preserved, and that it is found mirrored even in the modern versions of ancient Scriptures.

      “The Puranas on the one hand, and the Jewish Scriptures on the other, are based on the same scheme of evolution, which, read esoterically and expressed in modern language, would be found to be quite as scientific as much of what now passes current as the final word of recent discovery. The only difference between the two schemes is, that the Puranas, giving as much, and perhaps more attention to the causes than to the effects, allude to the pre-Cosmic and pre-Genetic periods rather than to those of so-called Creation, whereas the Bible, saying only a few words of the former period, plunges forthwith into material genesis, and, while nearly skipping the pre-Adamic races, proceeds with its allegories concerning the Fifth Race.” (SD vol 2 pp 251-252)

      Perhaps the negativity of the experience can be explained by the sense of separateness experienced at that time.

      “Every [Monad] feels itself to be separated because the divine self-affirmation of the Logos is forcing it to look outwards into the vortices of form; thus it ceases to pay attention to the inner unity. … under the influence of the third Logos, the points in Mind rush out into separateness.” (Man the Measure, pp. 324 & 192)

Thus, we have the Primordial Fall.

      (Please note that there was also a second Fall, which occured on Earth during the creation of the Human Race. That was the Fall of the Asuras, as decribed in Shloka ii-10-38, The “Sura become the Asura”).

The Three

      “The THREE (Father, Mother, Son)” (SD vol 1 p 58).


From Three to Four:

      [Mother’s] “ … heart had not yet opened for the Ray to enter, thence to fall, as three into four….” (Shloka i-2-4)

      “The Primordial Substance … differentiates, and the Three (Father, Mother, Son) are transformed into four.” (SD vol 1 p 58).

      “The union of these three principles depends upon a fourth — the Life which radiates from the summits of the Unreachable….” (SD vol 1 p 59)


The Word “Four”

      The word “four” appears several times in the Stanzas of Dzyan, and has several meanings:

The Sacred (Holy) Four: (Shlokas i-2-4i-3-4i-3-7i-4-3i-4-5i-5-5, & i-7-1)

      “The ‘Four Holy Ones’ are the four Angels or Regents who rule over the Cosmic Forces. They are given the names North, East, West, and South, each force having a distinct occult property.” (SD vol 1 p 122).

      [Tetraktys, Tetrad, The sacred Four] “… is Unity, or the ‘One’ under four different aspects; then it is the fundamental number Four, the Tetrad containing the Decad, or Ten, the number of perfection; finally it signifies the primeval Triad (or Triangle) merged in the divine Monad…. The One is the impersonal principle ‘God’; the Two, matter; the Three, combining Monad and Duad and partaking of the nature of both, is the phenomenal world; the Tetrad, or form of perfection, expresses the emptiness of all; and the Decad, or sum of all, involves the entire Kosmos.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 326)

      “Tetragrammaton. The four-lettered name of God, its Greek title: the four letters are in Hebrew ‘yod, hé vau, hé’,or in English capitals, IHVH. The true ancient pronunciation is now unknown; the sincere Hebrew considered this name too sacred for speech, and in reading the sacred writings he substituted the title ‘Adonai’, meaning Lord. In the Kabbalah, I is associated with Chokmah, H with Binah, V with Tiphereth, and H final with Malkuth. Christians in general call IHVH Jehovah, and many modern Biblical scholars write it Yahveh. In the Secret Doctrine, the name Jehovah is assigned to Sephira Binah alone….” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 325)

      “These four are the major modes in which what is ‘inner’ and unmanifest can be projected as ‘outer’ and manifest…. They are the modes of the four-faced Brahmâ, the Creator.” (Man the Measure, p. 120)

      “They are the Tetraktys of Pythagoreans, the four-faced Brahma of the Hindus, the four-square Heavenly Jerusalem of the Christians, and the four-lettered Tetragrammaton of the Kabbala.” (Man the Measure, p. 144)

Here are some other names for the Sacred Four:

  • Avengers (karmic balancers)

          “They are the protectors of mankind and also the Agents of Karma on Earth….” (SD vol 1 p 126)

  • Cherubim and Seraphim

          “… the four Maharajahs … are the four living creatures … called by the translators of the Bible, ‘Cherubim,’ ‘Seraphim’, etc….” (SD vol 1 p 126)

  • Angels or Devils

          “Belief in the ‘Four Maharajahs’ — the Regents of the Four cardinal points — was universal and is now that of Christians, who call them, after St. Augustine, ‘Angelic Virtues,’ and ‘Spirits’ when enumerated by themselves, and ‘Devils’ when named by Pagans.” (SD vol 1 p 123)

  • Biblical Messengers bringing evil

          “There is occult philosophy in that Roman Catholic doctrine which traces the various public calamities, such as epidemics of disease, and wars, and so on, to the invisible ‘Messengers’ from North and West. ‘The glory of God comes from the way of the East’ says Ezekiel; while Jeremiah, Isaiah, and the Psalmist assure their readers that all the evil under the Sun comes from the North and the West — which proposition, when applied to the Jewish nation, sounds like an undeniable prophecy for themselves. And this accounts also for St. Ambrose (On Amos, ch. iv.) declaring that it is precisely for that reason that ‘we curse the North-Wind, and that during the ceremony of baptism we begin by turning towards the West (Sidereal), to renounce the better him who inhabits it; after which we turn to the East.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 123)

  • Four Holy Ones

          “Fohat takes five strides and builds a winged wheel at each corner of the square, for the Four Holy Ones and their armies (hosts).” (Shloka i-5-5)

  • Four Maharajahs

          “Each leads an army of spiritual beings to protect mankind and Buddhism. With the exception of favoritism towards Buddhism, the four celestial beings are precisely this.” (SD vol 1 p 126)

  • Regents of the Four cardinal points

          “ ‘Four winged wheels at each corner….’ …are the ‘four Maharajahs’ or great Kings of the Dhyan-Chohans, the Devas who preside, each over one of the four cardinal points. They are the Regents or Angels who rule over the Cosmical Forces of North, South, East and West, Forces having each a distinct occult property.” (SD vol 2 pp 122-123)

  • Serpents of Heaven

          “The Seraphim are the fiery Serpents of Heaven….” (SD vol 1 p 126)

  • Winged Wheels

          “Fohat takes five strides and builds a winged wheel at each corner of the square, for the Four Holy Ones and their armies (hosts).” (Shloka i-5-5)

          “… the four Maharajahs … are called the Avengers, and the ‘Winged Wheels.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 126)

  • Wheels

          “The Wheels watch the Ring.” (Shloka i-5-6)



From Four to Seven

The Three and the Four produce the Seven.

      “The union of the Four and the Three constitutes the Sapta or Seven.” (Man the Measure, p. 145)

 

Figure 12. The Primordial Seven, the Dhyani-Chohan

The Primordial Seven

These are the First, Inner, Primoridal Seven, the Dhyani-Chohan of the Universe.

      “ ‘The Primordial Seven’ are the Archangels of Christianity, the Dhyan Chohan.” (SD vol 1 p 88).

      “Where were the Builders, the luminous Sons of Manvantaric Dawn?” (Shloka i-2-1)

      “The ‘Builders,’ the ‘Sons of Manvantaric Dawn,’ are the real creators of the Universe….” (SD vol 1 p 53)

      “Learn what we, who descend from the Primordial Seven … have learned from our Fathers.” (Shloka i-4-2)

      “… the Shining Seven.” (Shloka i-7-1)

      “The seven archetypes [are] the Primordial Seven of [Shloka i-4-2.] and the Seven Inside of [Shloka i-3-4.].” (Man, the Measure, p. 205)

      “A fragment of occult commentary quoted by H.P.B. likens the inner seven to ‘the embrasures of that black impenetrable fortress’, the Absolute, and the Outer Seven to ‘the light of eternity escaping therefrom’, and it is only through those seven embrasures that the universe can be shot forth or projected from the Darkness. To vary the metaphor: the inner Seven are reflected in the calm mirror of the passionless Witnessing Consciousness and then projected outwards upon the Heaven of the Universal Mind, there to become the shining Sons of fire, the windows of the palace of the Cosmos through which alone can come all light that is within it….

      “From the one Darkness have come the Two Parents, and from these three fundamental moments of Reality have sprung all the myriads of patterns and sub-patterns that forms the worlds of our experience. These are the ‘Seven’, the possible number of combinations of ‘Three’. From the three moments spring the Inner Seven, and from that seven arise the ‘sevenfold’ nature of all manifestation….

      “The Inner Seven, then, are the Fathers or seven moments of the primoridal flame, and their sons are the Sons of the fire, the seven or more aspects of those moments in manifestation. We may term them the unmanifest and manifest archtypes. These Sons of fire, sprung from the Light that Lights all worlds, share in the wisdom of their Fathers (the Inner Seven) which is incorporate within that light. Knowing that Light, they know the universe which that same Light reveals or manifests from out of the Darkness. They are not inanimate stages of an entirely material evolution, but conscious powers, manifesting in their different modalities what, in the human world, are know as planetary types….” (Man the Measure, pp. 174-175)

      Here is a list of the various names used for The Primordial Seven (Dhyani-Chohan).

    • Ah-Hi

            “… for there was no Ah-Hi to contain it.” (Shloka i-1-3)

            “… in their Ah-Hi Paranishpanna….” (Shloka i-2-1)

            “ … in their Ah-Hi (Chohanic, Dhyani-Buddhic) Paranishpanna….” (SD vol 1 p 53)

    • Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel, etc., in Christianity

      “… the Dhyan Chohans, the Architects of the visible World…. Called by Christian theology: Archangels, Seraphs, etc….” (SD vol 1 p 16)

      “… the Dhyan-Chohans … [are] the same hierarchy of Archangels to which St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and others belong, in the Christian theogony.” (SD vol 1 p 42)

      “… it was the duty of the first ‘differentiated Egos’ — the Church calls them Archangels — to imbue primordial matter with the evolutionary impulse and guide its formative powers in the fashioning of its productions.” (SD vol 2 p 242)

  • Architects

      “… the ‘Architect’ is the generic name for the Sephiroth, the Builders of the Universe….” (SD vol 1 p 579)

    • Army

            “An army stands at each angle…..” (Shloka i-5-4)

            “The ‘Army’ [in Shloka i-5-4] is the Host of angelic Beings (Dhyan-Chohans)….” (SD vol 1 p 119)

    • Builders

            “Where were the Builders…?” (Shloka i-2-1)

            “And these are the Essences, the Flames, the Elements, the Builders….” (Shloka i-4-3)

            “The ‘Builders,’ the ‘Sons of Manvantaric Dawn,’ are the real creators of the Universe….” (SD vol 1 p. 53)

            “The Second Logos … is the abstract collectivity of creators called ‘Demiurgi’ by the Greeks or the Builders of the Universe.” (Transactions, vol 1 p 33)

            “The ‘Builders’ are the representatives of the first ‘Mind-Born’ Entities…. They build or rather rebuild every ‘System’ after the ‘Night.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 31)

            “…the ‘Builders’ reconstruct the Kosmos after every Pralaya….” (SD vol 1 p 104)

            “…there are centres of creative power for every ROOT or parent species of the host of forms of vegetable and animal life. …there are certainly ‘designers,’ though these are neither omnipotent nor omniscient in the absolute sense of the term. They are simply Builders, or Masons, working under the impulse given them by the ever-to-be-unknown (on our plane) Master Mason…. That they work in cycles and on a strictly geometrical and mathematical scale of progression, is what the extinct animal species amply demonstrate; that they act by design in the details of minor lives (of side animal issues, etc.) is what natural history has sufficient evidence for. In the creation of new species, departing sometimes very widely from the Parent stock, as in the great variety of the genus Felis — like the lynx, the tiger, the cat, etc. — it is the ‘designers’ who direct the new evolution by adding to, or depriving the species of certain appendages, either needed or becoming useless in the new environments. Thus, when we say that Nature provides for every animal and plant, whether large or small, we speak correctly.” (SD vol 2 p 732)

            “…as the work of each Round is said to be apportioned to a different group of so-called ‘Creators’ or ‘Architects,’ so is that of every globe; i.e., it is under the supervision and guidance of special ‘Builders’ and ‘Watchers’ — the various Dhyan-Chohans.” (SD vol 1 p 233)

            We are warned that there are various Builders, that the topic of the Builders is complicated, and that we do not have the whole story.

            “There are three chief groups of Builders and as many of the Planetary Spirits and the Lipika, each group being again divided into Seven sub-groups. It is impossible, even in such a large work as this, to enter into a minute examination of even the three principal groups, as it would demand an extra volume.” (SD vol 1 p 127)

    • Cosmic Seven

            It is important to distinguish the Cosmic Seven (The Creators of the Universe) from the Kosmic Seven (The Creators of our Solar System).

    • Creators

            “There were battles fought between the Creators and the Destroyers….” (Shloka i-6-6)

            [The Creators] “ … are the framers, shapers, and ultimately the creators of all the manifested Universe, in the only sense in which the name ‘Creator’ is intelligible; they inform and guide it; they are the intelligent Beings who adjust and control evolution, embodying in themselves those manifestations of the ONE LAW, which we know as ‘The Laws of Nature.’

            “Generically, they are known as the Dhyan Chohans, though each of the various groups has its own designation in the Secret Doctrine.

            “This stage of evolution is spoken of in Hindu mythology as the ‘Creation’ of the Gods.” (SD vol 1 p 22)

            “The ‘Seven Sons’ … are the creators of …” [our solar system]. (SD vol 1 p 60).

    • Dhyani-Chohan

            “The AH-HI (Dhyan-Chohans) are the collective hosts of spiritual beings — the Angelic Hosts of Christianity, the Elohim and ‘Messengers’ of the Jews — who are the vehicle for the manifestation of the divine or universal thought and will. They are the Intelligent Forces that give to and enact in Nature her ‘laws,’ while themselves acting according to laws imposed upon them in a similar manner by still higher Powers….” (SD vol 1 p 38)

  • Divine Serpents

          “We also learn from the phrase Ah-hi Parinishpanna that the Builders are identical with the Ah-hi [Shloka i-1-3] or Divine Serpents….” (Man, the Measure, p. 88).

  • Elohim

          “The seven sublime lords are the Seven Creative Spirits, the Dhyan-Chohans, who correspond to the Hebrew Elohim.” (SD vol 1 p 42)

 

      “In the beginning of Time, after the Elohim … or the ‘Builders’ … had shaped out of the eternal Essence the Heavens and the Earth, they formed the worlds….” (SD vol 1 p 239)

  • Primordial Seven

          “Learn what we who descend from the Primordial Seven….” (Shloka i-4-2)

          “The Primordial Seven … produce … the Fiery Whirlwind.” (Shloka i-5-1)

  • Seven Inside

          “The seven archetypes [are] the Primordial Seven of [Shloka 4-2.] and the Seven Inside of [Shloka i-3-4.].” (Man, the Measure, p. 205)

  • Seven Sons

      “The Seven Sons were not yet born from the Web of Light. Darkness alone was Father-Mother.” (Shloka i-2-5)

  • Sons of Manvantaric Dawn

          “Where were the Builders, the luminous Sons of Manvantaric Dawn?” (Shloka i-2-1)

          “ ‘The Luminous Sons of Manvantaric Dawn’ are the primordial seven rays from which will emanate in their turn all the other luminous and non-luminous lives, whether Archangels, Devils, men or apes.” (Transactions, vol 2 pp. 45-46)

  • (Seven) Sublime Lords

          “The seven Sublime Lords and the seven Truths had ceased to be.” (Shloka i-1-6)

          “The seven sublime lords are the Seven Creative Spirits, the Dhyan-Chohans, who correspond to the Hebrew Elohim. It is the same hierarchy of Archangels to which St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and others belong, in the Christian theogony. Only while St. Michael, for instance, is allowed in dogmatic Latin theology to watch over all the promontories and gulfs, in the Esoteric System, the Dhyanis watch successively over one of the Rounds and the great Root-races of our planetary chain. They are, moreover, said to send their Bodhisattvas, the human correspondents of the Dhyani-Buddhas (of whom vide infra) during every Round and Race.” (SD vol 1 p 42)

  • Teachers

          [The] “…Builders … are the Teachers….” (Man, the Measure, p. 89)



The Second (“Outer”) Seven:

      “The radiant essence becomes seven inside, seven outside.” (Shloka i-3-4)

      [The Inner Seven precede] “ … the outer seven or worlds of form.” (Man, the Measure, p. 119)

      The Builders take the plan from the Universal Mind, and create it into an objective reality.

      “… it is the Lipika [Builders] who project into objectivity from the passive Universal Mind the ideal plan of the universe, upon which the ‘Builders’ reconstruct the Kosmos after every Pralaya….” (SD vol 1 p 104)

      “The ‘Builders’ … as the architects of [our Planetary System], are also called the ‘Watchers’ of the Seven Spheres, which exoterically are the Seven planets, and esoterically the seven earths or spheres (planets) of our chain also.” (SD vol 1 p 53)

      “ ‘The seven higher make the Seven Lhas create the world,’ states a Commentary; which means that our Earth, leaving aside the rest, was created or fashioned by terrestrial spirits, the ‘Regents’ being simply the supervisors.” (SD vol 1 p 23)

      Here is a list of the various names used for the Second Seven in the Stanzas of Dzyan.

  • Builders of Our Planetary System

          “The Second group of the Builders is the Architect of our planetary chain exclusively….” (SD vol 1 p 128).

    • Karmic Scribes

            “A better word [for Lipika] than Lords of Karma would be Karmic Scribes, as this gives the literal meaning of the word Lipika, which is derived from the Sanskrit verbal root lip — to write.” (Divine Plan, p. 32)

            “Lipikas — The celestial recorders, the ‘Scribes’, those who record every word and deed, said or done by man while on this earth. As Occultism teaches, they are the agents of KARMA — the retributive Law.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 190)

  • Kosmic (Solar) Seven

          It is important to distinguish the Cosmic Seven (The Creators of the Universe) from the Kosmic Seven (The Creators of our Solar System).

    • Lipika

            “Then the Second Seven, who are the Lipika, produced by the Three.” (Shloka i-4-6)

            “… Fohat [is] the swift son of the Divine Sons, whose sons are the Lipika.” (Shloka i-5-2)

            “An army of the Sons of Light stands at each angle, and the Lipika in the middle wheel.” (Shloka i-5-4)

            “The Lipika, a word deriving from the Sanskrit word of that form, are here the Second or outer Seven, the written characters (lipi) or impressions of the archetypal patterns in the outer though still invisible worlds.” (Man the Measure, p. 220)

            “The Lipika separate the world (or plane) of pure spirit from that of Matter.” (SD vol 1 p 130)

            “As it is the Lipika who project into objectivity from the passive Universal Mind the ideal plan of the universe, upon which the “Builders” reconstruct the Kosmos after every Pralaya, it is they who stand parallel to the Seven Angels of the Presence….” (SD vol 1 p 53)

      The Lipika are the keepers of the Akashic Record.

            “The Lipi-ka, from the word lipi, ‘writing,’ means literally the ‘Scribes.’ Mystically, these Divine Beings are connected with Karma, the Law of Retribution, for they are the Recorders or Annalists who impress on the (to us) invisible tablets of the Astral Light, ‘the great picture-gallery of eternity’ — a faithful record of every act, and even thought, of man, of all that was, is, or ever will be, in the phenomenal Universe. As said in ‘Isis,’ this divine and unseen canvas is the BOOK OF LIFE. As it is the Lipika who project into objectivity from the passive Universal Mind the ideal plan of the universe, upon which the ‘Builders’ reconstruct the Kosmos after every Pralaya, it is they who stand parallel to the Seven Angels of the Presence, whom the Christians recognise in the Seven ‘Planetary Spirits’ or the ‘Spirits of the Stars;’ ” (SD vol 1 p 104)

  • Lords of Karma

          “Since [the] recording process [of Karma] in connection with the Akasa is going on continuously, there must be entities or beings associated with the process. In The Secret Doctrine these beings are called Lipikas, sometimes rendered ‘Lords of Karma’.” (Divine Plan, p. 32)

  • Second Seven

          “Then the second Seven, who are the Lipika….” (Shloka i-4-6)

          “The Lipika, a word deriving from the Sanskrit word of that form, are here the Second or outer Seven….” (Man the Measure, p. 220)

  • Seven Outside

          “The radiant essence becomes seven inside, seven outside.” (Shloka i-3-4)

  • Watchers

          “The ‘Builders’ … as the architects of [our Planetary System], are also called the ‘Watchers’ of the Seven Spheres, which exoterically are the Seven planets, and esoterically the seven earths or spheres (planets) of our chain also.” (SD vol 1 p 53)

 

Figure 13

      From Mahat appear the Seven Builders (Dhyani Chohan). The Second Seven then appear, creating levels all the way down to the physical level. The concept of Planes of Existence is covered below.

Distinguishing the “Sons”

      The word “Sons” is used several times in the Stanzas of Dzyan, and it is important to keep track of the different meanings.

Divine Sons (The Dhyani-Chohan)

      “The Dzyu becomes Fohat, the swift son of the Divine Sons….” (Shloka i-5-2)

Mind-born Sons of the First Lord (Solar Pitris)

      “These are the Three-fold, the four-fold downwarrd, the ‘Mind-Born’ Sons of the First Lord….” (Shloka i-7-1)

Seven Sons (The Dhyani-Chohan)

      “The Seven Sons were not yet born from the web of light.” (Shloka i-2-5)

      “The ‘Seven Sons’ … are the creators of …” [our solar system]. (SD vol 1 p 60).

Sons (Monads or Sparks)

      “The sons [Monads] dissociate and scatter, to return into their Mother’s bosom at the end of the Great Day.” (Shloka i-3-11)

      “Then come the ‘Sons’….” (Shloka i-4-5)

      “At the Fourth, the Sons are told to create their own images.” (Shloka i-6-5)

Sons of Darkness

      “The Hebrew Elohim, called in the translations ‘God,’ and who create ‘light,’ are identical with the Aryan Asuras. They are also referred to as the ‘Sons of Darkness’ as a philosophical and logical contrast to light immutable and eternal.” (SD vol 2 p 488)

Sons of Manvantaric Dawn

      “…Where were the Builders, the luminous Sons of Manvantaric Dawn?” (Shloka i-2-1)

Son of Necessity (the Universe)

      “…The Universe, the Son of Necessity, was immersed in Paranishpanna….” (Shloka i-1-6)

      “The Secret Doctrine teaches the progressive development of everything, worlds as well as atoms; and this stupendous development has neither conceivable beginning nor imaginable end. Our ‘Universe’ is only one of an infinite number of Universes, all of them ‘Sons of Necessity,’ because links in the great Cosmic chain of Universes, each one standing in the relation of an effect as regards its predecessor, and being a cause as regards its successor.” (SD Vol 1 p 43.)

Sons of the Earth (humanity)

      “…Listen, Ye Sons of the Earth, to your instructors….” (Shloka i-4-1)

Sons of the Fire (Solar Pitris) Son of the Divine Sons (Fohat, son of the Dhyani-Chohans)

      “The Dzyu becomes Fohat, the swift son of the Divine Sons….” (Shloka i-5-2)

Sons of Light (The Dhyani-Chohan)

      “An army of the Sons of Light stands at each angle….” (Shloka i-5-4)

      “The ‘Army’ at each angle is the Host of angelic Beings (Dhyan-Chohans) appointed to guide and watch over each respective region from the beginning to the end of Manvantara.” (SD vol 1 p 119)

      “These beings are the ‘Sons of Light,’ because they emanate from, and are self-generated in, that infinite Ocean of Light, whose one pole is pure Spirit lost in the absoluteness of Non-Being, and the other, the matter in which it condenses, crystallizing into a more and more gross type as it descends into manifestation.” (SD vol 1 p 481)

Son of the Sons (Fohat, son of Dhyani-Chohans)

      “The Son of the Sons [Fohat] [calls upon] … the illusive form of Sien-Tchzng and the Seven Elements.” (Shloka i-6-1)


The Pitris

      Here is a chart of the Hierarchy so far, including the Solar and Lunar Pitris. (Click on each blue-colored word.)

 

Brahma
Parabrahm
Darkness
One Reality
Space
Duration
Motion (Breath)
   Primordial Matter (Father-Mother)
Divine Thought (Universal Mind)
Differentiation begins.
The Logos (Cosmic Differentiation) appears.
A Ray flashes forth.
Manifestation begins.
FATHER:
Purusha
Spirit
First Cause
   MOTHER:
Mulaprakriti
Pre-Matter
Water
Brahmâ
Kwan Yin
Mahat
The Son
Brahmâ
Logos
Archangels
Builders (of the Universe)
Cosmic (Universal) Seven
Dhyani-Chohan
   Elohim
Primordial Seven
Sons of Manvantaric Dawn
Builders of our Planetary System
Karmic Scribes
Kosmic (Solar) Seven
Lipika
   Second Seven
Seven Outside
Watchers
Agnishvatta
Fivefold Lha
Kumaras
Lords of the Flame
   Lords of Wisdom
Manasaputras
Minds
Sons of the Fire
Asuras
Barhishads
Fathers
Inferior Lha
Lords of the Moon
   Moon-Gods
Progenitors
Sons of Soma
Sons of Twilight
Figure 14

Lunar Pitris vs. Solar Pitris (“Pitris” is the plural of “Pitri”.)

      There are two kinds of Pitris, Lunar Pitris and Solar Pitris. (The Solar Pitris are higher in the Hierarchy than The Lunar Pitris.) The Lunar Pitris were an integral part of the original creation of Mankind. The Solar Pitris enter our story during the Third Root-Race, providing unplanned assistance. (The Solar Pitris were undoubtedly also part of the original plan at a level above the Lunar Pitris, but that part of the story has been left out of the Stanzas of Dzyan.)

— Lunar Pitris —

The Lunar Pitris set forth the beginning of mankind.

      “… the initial impetus given to human evolution on this globe in this Fourth Round was due to the assistance provided by the Lunar Pitris.— or again Solar Gods.” (Divine Plan, p. 133)

      “It is from the material Worlds that descend they, who fashion physical man at the new Manvantaras. They are inferior Lha (Spirits), possessed of a dual body (an astral within an ethereal form). They are the fashioners and creators of our body of illusion.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 57)

      The Lunar Pitris appear in Theosophical literature under many names, as appearing in this list of names adapted from Barborka’s Divine Plan, p. 118:

    • Ancestors

            “…the Pitris are lunar deities and our ancestors, because they created the physical man.” (SD vol 1 p 86)

    • Asuras

            “…the Asuras, the Rudras, and the Pitris … are all one….” (SD vol 1 p 106)

    • Barhishads

            “A class of the “lunar” Pitris or “Ancestors”, Fathers, who are believed in popular superstition to have kept up in their past incarnations the household sacred flame and made fire-offerings. Esoterically the Pitris who evolved their shadows or chhayas to make there-with the first man.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. (51)

    • Barhishad-Pitris

            “… Angels who, in the exoteric legends, obeyed the law … must be identical with the Barhishad Pitris, or the Pitar-Devata, i.e., those possessed of the physical creative fire. They could only create, or rather clothe, the human Monads with their own astral Selves….” (SD vol 2 p 94)

    • Celestial Ancestors

            “… the ‘celestial men,’ called rightly in Indian philosophy the ‘Lunar Ancestors’ or the Pitris….” (SD vol 1 p 160)

    • Celestial Men

            “… the ‘celestial men,’ called rightly in Indian philosophy the ‘Lunar Ancestors’ or the Pitris….” (SD vol 1 p 160)

    • Dhyanis

            “The Dhyanis (Pitris) are those who have evolved their BHUTA (doubles) from themselves, which RUPA (form) has become the vehicle of monads (seventh and sixth principles) that had completed their cycle of transmigration in the three preceding Kalpas (Rounds). Then, they (the astral doubles) became the men of the first Human Race of the Round. But they were not complete, and were senseless.” (SD vol 1 p 183)

            (Editor’s note. Theosophy uses the terms Dhyanis, Lunar Dhyanis (Lunar Pitris,) and Solar Dhyanis (Solar Pitris). The term Dhyanis (by itself) usually refers to Lunar Dhyanis.

       

  • Fathers

          “… the Holy Fathers, the ancestors of the Arhats.” (Shloka ii-7-27)

  • Four Lower Classes of Pitris

          “…the four lower classes [of Pitris] are called Barhishads — commonly Lunar Pitris who fashion mankind’s vehicle, i.e., the Monads undergoing evolution in the Lunar Chain who, transfer their energies to the Earth-chain at the time of its reimbodiment.” (Collation of Theosophical Glossaries, Pe – Pi)

  • Inferior Lha

          “ ‘It is from the material Worlds that descend they, who fashion physical man at the new Manvantaras. They are inferior Lha (Spirits), possessed of a dual body (an astral within an ethereal form). They are the fashioners and creators of our body of illusion.’ . . . . ” (SD vol 2 p 57)

  • Lords of the Moon

          “The Geat Chohans (Lords): called the Lords of the Moon….” (Shloka ii-3-12)

    “Who are the Lords of the Moon? In India they are called Pitris or ‘lunar ancestors’….” (SD vol 2 p 75)

  • Lunar Ancestors

          “The Pitris are not the ancestors of the present living men, but those of the first human kind or Adamic race; the spirits of human races, which, on the great scale of descending evolution, preceded our races of men, and were physically as well as spiritually, far superior to our modern pigmies. In Manava-Dharma-Sastra they are called the Lunar ancestors.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 91 note)

  • Lunar Fathers

          “…nevertheless, in spite of the aid given by the Lunar Fathers, the progress of human evolution during the First and Second Root-Races continued very slowly….” (, p. 133)

  • Lunar Gods

          “Lunar Gods. Called in India the Fathers, ‘Pitris’ or the lunar ancestors.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 192)

  • Lunar Monads

          “The ‘Lunar Monads’ or Pitris … [were] the ‘Monads’ who [entered our] cycle of evolution on Globe A….” (SD vol 1 p 180)

  • Lunar Pitris

          “… the initial impetus given to human evolution on this globe in this Fourth Round was due to the assistance provided by the Lunar Pitris….” (Divine Plan, p. 133)

  • Lunar Sons

          “The men of the Lord of Wisdom (Budha, Mercury), not the lunar sons, are immortal.” (Shloka ii-1-3)

  • Lunar Spirits

          “These ‘Monads’ or ‘divine sparks’ are thus the ‘Lunar’ ancestors, the Pitris themselves. For these ‘Lunar Spirits’ have to become ‘Men’ in order that their ‘Monads’ may reach a higher plane of activity and self-consciousness, i.e., the plane of the Manasa-Putras, those who endow the ‘senseless’ shells, created and informed by the Pitris, with ‘mind’ in the latter part of the Third Root-Race.” (SD vol 1 pp. 180-181)

  • Mind-born Sons

          “The ‘Mind-Born’ Sons of the First Lord” (Shloka i-7-1)

          “The Seven Hosts, the ‘Will (or Mind)-Born Lords….’ ” (Shloka ii-4-14)

    (Note: The name “Mind-Born Sons” refers to both Solar Pitris in Shloka i-7-1 and Lunar Pitris in Shloka ii-4-14.)

  • Moon-Gods

          “They (the Moon-Gods) went, each on his allotted land: seven of them, each on his lot.” (Shloka ii-3-13)

  • Pitaras

    “The Progenitors of Man, called in India ‘Fathers,’ Pitara or Pitris, are the creators of our bodies and lower principles.” (SD vol 2 p 88)

  • Pitar-devata

    “As to their fashioners or ‘Ancestors’ — those Angels who, in the exoteric legends, obeyed the law — they must be identical with the Barhishad Pitris, or the Pitar-Devata, i.e., those possessed of the physical creative fire. They could only create, or rather clothe, the human Monads with their own astral Selves, but they could not make man in their image and likeness.” (SD vol 2 p 94)

  • Pitris

    “… the Pitris are lunar deities and our ancestors, because they created the physical man.” (SD vol 1 p 86)

  • Prajapatis

          “Prajâpatis [are the] Progenitors; the givers of life to all on this Earth. They are seven and then ten — corresponding to the seven and ten Kabbalistic Sephiroth; to the Mazdean Amesha-Spentas, etc. Brahmâ the creator, is called Prajâpati as the synthesis of the Lords of Being.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 259)

  • Progenitors

          “The Secret teachings show the divine Progenitors creating men on seven portions of the globe ‘each on his lot’ — i.e., each a different race of men externally and internally, and on different zones.” (SD vol 2 p 77)

          “The Progenitors of Man, called in India ‘Fathers,’ Pitara or Pitris, are the creators of our bodies and lower principles.” (SD vol 2 p 88)

  • Sons of the Moon

  • Sons of Soma (the Moon)

          “ … the Moon … relates to the ‘Lunar’ ancestors, the Pitris.” (SD vol 1 p 264)

  • Sons of Twilight

          “The name ‘Sons of Twilight’ shows that the ‘Self-born’ progenitors of our doctrine are identical with the Pitris….” (SD vol 2 p 120)


— Solar Pitris —

      Things were not going well in the middle of the Third Root-race on Earth. The human race was behind schedule, so the Solar Pitris took an active role to help speed up the process.

      “… the initial impetus given to human evolution on this globe in this Fourth Round was due to the assistance provided by the Lunar Pitris…. Nevertheless, in spite of the aid given by the Lunar Fathers, the progress of human evolution during the First and Second Root-Races continued very slowly…. Something was lacking. As the words of the Stanza graphically described the situation:

      ‘Man remained an empty senseless Bhuta.’ (Anthropogenesis Stanza IV, Sloka 17)

      “This state of existence as a senseless bhuta — meaning as a phantom — due to the non-functioning of the Manas-principle, would have continued for cycle upon cycle but for the assistance provided by exalted Beings on the hierarchial Ladder of Life, still more lofty than the Moon-Gods. Because of having themselves developed the faculty of Mind in previous Manvantaras, as well as the ability to use it with full consciousness, they were able to awaken the dormant faculty of Manas during the Third Race, so that man was able to function intellectually in his turn. These lofty Beings are therefore termed the Lords of the Flame, or Sons of Mind — Manasaputras — or again Solar Gods.” (Divine Plan, p. 133)

      The Solar Pitris appear in Theosophical literature under many names, as appearing in this list of names adapted from Barborka’s Divine Plan, p. 134:

 

    • 3 Higher Classes of Pitris
    • Agnishwatta, Agnishwatha, Agnishvatta, Agnishvatta Pitris

            “The Agnishwatha … are solar dieties … and these are the ‘fashioners of the Inner Man.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 87)

            “the Agnishwatta [Solar] Pitris are devoid of fire (i.e., of creative passion), because too divine and pure (vide supra, Sloka 11th); whereas the Barhishad, being the lunar spirits more closely connected with Earth, became the creative Elohim of form, or the Adam of dust.” (SD vol 2 p 78)

    • Fire Dhyanis

            “That class of the ‘Fire Dhyanis,’ which we identify on undeniable grounds with the Agnishwattas, is called in our school the ‘Heart’ of the Dhyan-Chohanic Body; and it is said to have incarnated in the third race of men and made them perfect.” (SD vol 2 p 91)

            (Editor’s note. The word Dhyanis usually refers to Lunar Dhyanis (Lunar Pitris), but here it refers to Solar Dhyanis (Solar Pitris). The word Fire indicates the Solar Dhyanis.)

    • Fivefold Lha

            “Who completes him? The five-fold Lha.” (Shloka i-7-5)

    • Holy Ascetics, Holy Yogis

            “In the Aryan allegory the rebellious Sons of Brahma are all represented as holy ascetics and Yogis. Re-born in every Kalpa, they generally try to impede the work of human procreation. When Daksha, the chief of the Prajapati (creators), brings forth 10,000 sons for the purpose of peopling the world, Narada — a son of Brahma, the great Rishi, and virtually a ‘Kumara,’ if not so in name — interferes with, and twice frustrates Daksha’s aim, by persuading those Sons to remain holy ascetics and eschew marriage.” (SD vol 2 p 82)

    • Kumaras

            “… the Kumara (the seven mystic sages) … are … ‘The Sons of Fire’….” (SD vol 1 p 87)

    • Lhas

            “Lha is the ancient word in trans-Himalayan regions for ‘Spirit,’ any celestial or superhuman Being, and it covers the whole series of heavenly hierarchies, from Archangel, or Dhyani, down to an angel of darkness, or terrestrial Spirit.” (SD vol 2 p 22)

            [Shloka i-7-5 asks] “ ‘Who completes him?’ [and] the answer is given ‘The fivefold Lha.’ A short and direct response, truly, but involving a mystery. Lha is the Tibetan word equivalent in meaning to Dhyanis, hence, referring to the Solar Pitris. Why fivefold? One suggestion may be offered: Because the Solar Lhas awaken the fifth principle of man.” (Divine Plan, p. 140)

            “The Lha which turns the fourth (Globe, or our Earth) is subservient to the Lha of the Seven….” (Shloka ii-1-1)

    • Lords of the Flame

            “The Lords of the Flame remain behind.” (Shloka ii-3-13)

            “ ‘In these we shall dwell,’ said the Lords of the Flame.” (Shloka ii-7-24)

            “These lofty Beings are … termed the Lords of the Flame, or Sons of Mind — Manasaputras — or again Solar Gods.” (Divine Plan, p. 133)

    • Lords of Wisdom

            “…The Lords of Wisdom said: “Now shall we create.” (Shloka ii-7-26)

    • Manasa (Mânasa, Manâsa)

            “How did the Manasa, the Sons of Wisdom, act? They rejected the self-born. They are not ready. They spurned the sweat-born. They are not quite ready. They would not enter the first egg-born.” (Shloka ii-7-25)

    • Manasa-Dhyanis

            “The highest Pitris in the Purânas; the Agnishwatthas, or Solar Ancestors of Man, those who made of Man a rational being, by incarnating in the senseless forms of semi-ethereal flesh of the men of the third race.” (Theosophical Glossary, p. 203)

            “It is the Manasa-Dhyanis who fill up the gap [between Intelligence and no Intelligence], and they represent the evolutionary power of Intelligence and Mind, the link between ‘Spirit’ and ‘Matter’ — in this Round.” (SD vol 1 p 182)

    • Manasaputras

            “…Manasaputras — ‘mind-born men.’” (SD vol 1 p 543)

            “The Anupadaka (or Dhyani-Buddhas) are thus identical with the Brahminical Manasaputra, ‘mind-born sons’ ” (SD vol 1 p 571)

  • Manasam

          “All these are the Manasam and Rajasas: the Kumaras, Asuras, and other rulers and Pitris, who incarnated in the Third Race, and in this and various other ways endowed mankind with Mind.” (SD vol 2 p 89)

  • Manasas

          “Manasa is no inappropriate name for a deity associated with the Rajasas. We appear to have in it Manasam — the same as Manas — with the change of termination required to express male personification.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 89)

    • Manasvin

            “Of the nature of intelligence; those essentially intellectual and even spiritual dhyanis or solar pitris who endowed man with intellectually spiritual and mental powers of understanding and self-consciousness. A variant of manasas, kumaras, vairajas, manasaputras, and agnishvattas; hence the manasvin are identified with the human egos.” (Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary: Man-Mar )

    • Mind-born Sons (of the First Lord, of Brahmâ)

            “These are the Three-fold, the four-fold downward, the ‘Mind-Born’ Sons of the First Lord….” (Shloka i-7-1)

            (Note: The name “Mind-born” refers to both Solar Pitris in Shloka i-7-1 and Lunar Pitris in Shloka ii-4-14.)

    • Minds

            “ ‘The Sons of Fire’ … are called ‘Minds’….” (SD vol 1 p 87)

  • Solar Ancestors
  • Solar Angels

          “The Endowers of man with his conscious, immortal EGO, are the ‘Solar Angels’ — whether so regarded metaphorically or literally.” (SD vol 2 p 88)

  • Solar Devas

          “…the Manasa-Dhyanis (the Solar Devas, or the Agnishwatta Pitris) the “givers of intelligence and consciousness” to man….” (SD vol 1 p 181)

  • Solar Fathers
  • Solar Lhas

          “The Breath needed the Spirit of Life; the Solar Lhas breathed it into [the human] form.” (ii-4-17)

    • Solar Pitris
    • Sons of the Fire

            “…Listen, Ye Sons of the Earth, to your instructors — The Sons of the Fire.” (Shloka i-4-1)

            “ … the ‘Sons of the Fire,’ the ‘Sons of the Fire-Mist,’ and the like, require explanation…. Now these names, ‘Fire,’ ‘Flame,’ ‘Day,’ the ‘bright fortnight,’ etc., as ‘Smoke,’ ‘Night,’ and so on, leading only to the end of the lunar path are incomprehensible without a knowledge of Esotericism. These are all names of various deities which preside over the Cosmo-psychic Powers. We often speak of the Hierarchy of ‘Flames’ (see Book II.) of the ‘Sons of Fire,’ etc. Sankaracharya the greatest of the Esoteric masters of India, says that fire means a deity which presides over Time (kala)….” (SD vol 1 p 86)

    • Sons of the Fire-Mist
    • Sons of Mahat

            “The Sons of MAHAT are the quickeners of the human Plant.” (SD vol 2 p 103)

    • Sons of Manas
    • Sons of Mind
    • Sons of Wisdom

            “ ‘Sons of Wisdom’ … or angels from higher spheres….” (SD vol 2 p 236)

            “The ‘Sons of Wisdom’ … spurned the early Third Race, i.e., the non-developed, and are shown incarnating in, and thereby endowing with intellect, the later Third Race.” (SD vol 2 p 185)

            “As to those ‘Sons of Wisdom’ who had ‘deferred’ their incarnation till the Fourth Race, which was already tainted (physiologically) with sin and impurity, they produced a terrible cause, the Karmic result of which weighs on them to this day.” (SD vol 2 p 228)

  • Spiritual Dhyanis

          “The Sons of Wisdom, or the spiritual Dhyanis, had become ‘intellectual’ through their contact with matter, because they had already reached, during previous cycles of incarnation, that degree of intellect which enabled them to become independent and self-conscious entities, on this plane of matter.” (SD vol 2 p 167)

  • Vairajas

          “…the Harivansa … distinguishes the Virajas as one class of the Pitris only — a statement corroborated in the Secret Teachings, which, however, identify the Virajas with the elder Agnishwattas….” (SD vol 2 p 89)

  • Virgin Ascetics

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      Other levels in the Hierarchy are referred to, but only vaguely. Here is a reference to:

• Fifth group in the Hierarchy, who made the human-animal form into a Rational Man.
• Sixth group in the Hierarchy, who formed man’s shadowy form.
• Seventh group in the Hierarchy (Elementals), who built man’s physical body.

      “The group of the hierarchy which is commissioned to ‘create’ men is a special group, then; yet it evolved shadowy man in this cycle just as a higher and still more spiritual group evolved him in the Third Round. But as it is the Sixth — on the downward scale of Spirituality — the last and seventh being the terrestrial Spirits (elementals) which gradually form, build, and condense his physical body — this Sixth group evolves no more than the future man’s shadowy form, a filmy, hardly visible transparent copy of themselves. It becomes the task of the fifth Hierarchy — the mysterious beings that preside over the constellation Capricornus, Makara, or ‘Crocodile’ in India as in Egypt — to inform the empty and ethereal animal form and make of it the Rational Man. This is one of those subjects upon which very little may be said to the general public.” (SD vol 1 p 233)

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      More concepts in the Stanzas of Dzyan need to be discussed. They are presented here.


Great Breath

      The Great, Eternal, Ceaseless Breath is the pulsation of the Absolute, even during a universal Pralaya.

      “Life pulsated unconscious in universal space.” (Shloka i-1-8)

      “The ‘Breath’ … is … matter … [in] perpetual motion…. This Breath … can never cease, not even during [a Pralaya].” (SD vol 1 p 55)

      “ … the ‘pulsation’ … continues even in pralaya. … the verbal description is not to be taken as a philosophical statement and dismissed as nonsense because it is illogical to say that pulsation, which involves time and differentiation, could not exist in the timeless and undifferentiated state of pralaya. We repeat that the words are symbolic and refer to something that cannot be expressed in any other way….

      “The one Reality … and the pulsation of its life continues ceaselessly even in, what might seem to us to be, the frozen sterility of the Cosmic Night.” (Man, the Measure, pp. 72-73)

 


Planes of Existence

      Theosophy divides the manifested universe into seven Planes of Existence. For example, in the sentence quoted below, only the top two Planes of Existence have been created up to that point in the story, and the lower five Planes (strides) are then created.

 

Figure 15. The first five Planes appear.

      “Fohat takes five strides….” (Shloka i-5-5)

      “From a Cosmic point of view, Fohat taking ‘five strides’ refers here to the five upper planes of Consciousness and Being, the sixth and the seventh (counting downwards) being the astral and the terrestrial, or the two lower planes.” (SD vol 1 p 122)

      The (total) seven strides are the seven planes of existence. The first two planes of existence have already been created, and Fohat now continues on, creating the remaining five planes of existence, from the Atma plane down to the physical plane

      The “Twice Seven” of Shloka i-4-3 and the “Seven Regions Above and Seven Below” of Shloka i-5-2 are the Seven Planes Of Existence.

      “This is the sum total [of Cosmic levels]: the seven unmanifest or inner levels and their manifest counterparts.” (Man, the Measure, p. 199)


Chain

      Planets are grouped into groups of seven planets. Such a group of planets is called a Chain.

Figure 16. A Chain of seven planets

      A Chain always has planets on different Planes of Existence. Our earth is the only planet in our Chain that is on the Physical Plane. The other six planets are on higher Planes.

Figure 17. Planets in our Earth Chain, on different Planes of Existence

      “Out of these seven [planets] only one, the lowest and the most material of those globes, is within our plane or means of perception, the six others lying outside of it and being therefore invisible to the terrestrial eye.” (SD vol 1 p 152).

      “The older wheels [Rounds] rotated downwards and upwards…. [manifesting on the various Planes of Existence one by one]” (Shloka i-6-6)

      “It is a Vedic teaching that ‘there are three Earths corresponding to three Heavens, and our Earth (the fourth) is called Bhumi.’ … it refers to our planetary chain, three ‘Earths’ on the descending arc, and three ‘heavens’ which are the three Earths or globes also, only far more ethereal, on the ascending or spiritual arc: by the first three we descend into matter, by the other three we ascend into Spirit; the lower one, Bhumi, our Earth, forming the turning point….” (SD vol 1 p 250 note).

      Our Earth is called Bhumi in The Secret Doctrine(Shloka i-7-1)

      There are two graphics in The Secret Doctrine that portray our Chain.

 

Figure 18. graphic from SD vol 1 p 200

      Figure 18 portrays the seven globes of our Chain as compared to the Kabala. Note the names of the Planes of Existence that are used in this graphic.

  • “Archetypal World” = Buddhic Plane
  • “Intellectual or Creative World” = Mental Plane

          “…on the mental [plane]….” (SD vol 1 p 534)

  • “Substantive or Formative World” = Astral Plane

          “…the sixth [plane of Consciousness] being the astral….” (SD vol 1 p 122)

          “The root of the Lotus sunk in the mud represents material life, the stalk passing up through the water typifies existence in the astral world….” (SD vol 1 p 58)

          “…which becomes Astral Matter. ” (SD vol 1 p 75)

          “When our Soul (mind) creates or evokes a thought, the representative sign of that thought is self-engraved upon the astral fluid….” (SD vol 1 p 93)

          “…every thought, in addition to its physical accompaniment (brain-change), exhibits an objective … aspect on the astral plane.” (SD vol 1 p 124)

  • “Physical Material World” = Physical Plane

The next graphic shows both the Earth Chain and the Moon Chain.

 

Figure 19. graphic from SD vol 1 p 172

      Note the corresponding planets on each Plane of Existence for both Chains (indicated by different shades of gray).

Click here for the use of the word “Chain” as a measurement of time.


Round

      A Round is the amount of time a life-wave (human, animal, etc.) spends on each of the seven planets in one revolution around a Chain.

Figure 20. A Round

      Our human life-wave started the Round on Globe A, moved to Globe B, then moved to Gobe C, and is presently on Earth (Globe D).

Figure 21. The Earth Round

      “At the fourth [Round], the sons are told to create their own images…” (Shloka i-6-5)

      “Make Thy calculations, Lanoo [disciple], if Thou wouldest learn the correct age of Thy small wheel [Round]. Its fourth spoke [planet] is our Mother Earth.” (Shloka i-6-7)

      When our alloted time on Earth has ended, our life-wave will move onto the fifth planet of the Round (the next planet of our Chain, which is on the Astral Plane).

Other chains exist, as indicated by the graphic above, and these quotes.

      “…besides our own septenary chain of world-planets, there are many more in the solar system.” (SD vol 1 p 654)

      “… of … chains there are seven in our system….” (SD vol 2 p 311)

      The total length of time of our present Round will be 617.1 million years. (C W XIII p. 303)


Manvantara

      A life-wave (human, animal, etc.) spends time on each of the seven planets in a Chain, in a time-period called a Round. After finishing its time on the seventh planet of the initial Round, it then returns to the first planet, starting the process all over again, and beginning a new Round. This process repeats itself for a total of seven Rounds.

Figure 22. A Manvantara: seven cycles around seven planets, or 49 “stops”

      Our life-wave travels through each of the seven planets (globes) of our Chain, evolving through the elemental, mineral, plant, animal, and human levels of existence.

      “… during the First, Second, and Third Rounds, … MAN was, in turn, ‘a stone, a plant, and an animal…’ ” (SD vol 1 p 185)

      This process repeats itself for a total of seven Rounds, or 49 “World-Periods”. This period of 49 “World-Periods” is called a Manvantara.

 

Figure 23. 49 World-Periods in a Manvantara

      Our present-day Earth is the fourth planet of the fourth Round of our Manvantara. This is exactly mid-way through the Manvantara, and mid-way through the fourth Round of that Manvantara.

Figure 24. Present-day Earth, in the middle of the Fourth Round

      This is the lowest possible level of physical manifestation in the universe.

      Our present Manvantara will last 4.3 billion years (SD vol 2 p 70). Please note that the word “Chain” is sometimes used to refer to the same 4.3 billion-year time period.

      “…we cannot understand how any danger could arise from the revelation of such a purely philosophic doctrine, as, e.g., the evolution of the planetary chains.” (quoted in SD vol 1 p xxxv)

      The word “Chain” refers to the existence of seven planets. The word “Manvantara” refers to the time spent by various life-waves on 49 world-periods. The seven planets are created specifically for that Manvantara, and will disappear when that Manvantara is finished.

— Omitted Information on Rounds and Chains in our Manvantara —

      More information on Rounds and Chains was left out of The Secret Doctrine due to space limitations.

      “Among the eleven Stanzas omitted there is one which gives a full description of the formation of the planetary chains one after another….” (SD vol 1 p 152)

      Our present Manvantara is in its 25th world-period, yet The Secret Doctrine only discusses conditions on the fourth world-period of the First Round (the 4th world-period), the fourth world-period of the Third Round (the 18th world-period), and our present-day fourth world-period of the Fourth Round (present-day Earth, the 25th world-period). Descriptions of conditions on the other previous 22 world-periods have been omitted.

      “We are not concerned with the other Globes in this work except incidentally.” (SD vol 1 p 160 note)

      “Only forty-nine Slokas out of several hundred are [given in Book Two].” (SD vol 2 p 15)


      Pralaya

      A Pralaya is a period of rest and non-activity. One example of a Pralaya is the 4.3 billion years of rest that will follow our present Manvantara. There is also a Solar Pralaya, which will be 311 trillion years of rest following our Solar Manvantara.

      “…the wear and tear of the body of the Universe is steadily going on, and that it will finally lead to the extinction of the Solar fires and the destruction of the Universe ….” (SD vol 1 p 552)

      The Christian “Last Judgement” actually refers to the upcoming 311 trillion Maha (“Great”) Pralaya or period of rest.

      “…the whole period of Mahapralaya [is] the ‘Great NIGHT,’ namely, 311,040,000,000,000 years of absorption in Brahm. The day of “Be-With-Us” is this period of rest or Paranirvana…. It corresponds to the Day of the Last Judgment of the Christians, which has been sorely materialised by their religion.” (SD vol 1 p 88)

      The word “Sabbath”, as used in the Bible, refers to a Pralaya. If the writers of the Bible had used the genuine meaning of the word, we would be having seven-day work-weeks, which would be followed by seven-day weekends!


Solar Manvantara

      A Solar Manvantara is the total active life of our solar system. This corresponds to 311 trillion years (SD vol 2 p 70).


      The Seven Rounds of our Present-Day Manvantara

      Our presently-human life-wave has traveled through three and a half Rounds, evolving through the first (mineral), second (vegetable), third (animal), and fourth (human) Rounds.

      “… during the First, Second, and Third Rounds, … MAN was, in turn, ‘a stone, a plant, and an animal…’ ” (SD vol 1 p 185)

Let’s take a look at each Round.

  • First Round

          “The globe was ‘fiery, cool and radiant as its ethereal men and animals during the first Round,’ says the Commentary….” (SD vol 1 p 252)

          “…in the first Round, the globe, having been built by the primitive fire-lives, i.e., formed into a sphere — had no solidity, nor qualifications, save a cold brightness, nor form nor color….” (SD vol 1 p 259)

          “Man in the First Round and First Race on Globe D, our Earth, was an ethereal being (a Lunar Dhyani, as man), non-intelligent but superspiritual; and correspondingly, on the law of analogy, in the First Race of the Fourth Round. In each of the subsequent races and sub-races . . . he grows more and more into an encased or incarnate being, but still preponderatingly ethereal….” (SD vol 1 p 188)

          “…the First Round, we are taught, developed but one Element, and a nature and humanity in what may be called one aspect of Nature — called by some, very unscientifically, though it may be so de facto, ‘One-dimensional Space.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 250)

  • Second Round

          “The globe was… ‘luminous and more dense and heavy during the second Round…’ ” (SD vol 1 p 252)

          [Man] “…has now a perfectly concrete or compacted body, at first the form of a giant-ape, and now more intelligent, or rather cunning, than spiritual. For, on the downward arc, he has now reached a point where his primordial spirituality is eclipsed and overshadowed by nascent mentality….” (SD vol 1 p 188)

    • Third Round: We had huge astral animal-forms.

            “The globe was… ‘watery during the Third [Round]!’ ” (SD vol 1 p 252)

            “… the ancestors of man … [created] ‘ape-like’ forms … in Round III.” (SD vol 2 p 188)

            “In the last half of the Third Round his gigantic stature decreases, and his body improves in texture, and he becomes a more rational being, though still more an ape than a Deva. . . . (All this is almost exactly repeated in the third Root-Race of the Fourth Round.)” (SD vol 2 pp. 188-189)

            “It is not denied that in the [Third] Round man was a gigantic apelike creature; and when we say ‘man’ we ought perhaps to say, the rough mould that was developing for the use of man in [the fourth] Round only….” (SD vol 2 p 261)

            “Let us remember … the esoteric teaching which tells us of Man having had in the Third Round a GIGANTIC APE-LIKE FORM on the astral plane. And similarly at the close of the Third Race in this Round.” (SD vol 2 p 688)

            Our evolution during the Third Round was controlled by members of the Fourth Hierarchy, while our intellectual evolution during the early part of our present Fourth Round was controlled by members of the Fifth Hierarchy,

            “The group of the hierarchy which is commissioned to “create” men is a special group, then; yet it evolved shadowy man in this cycle just as a higher and still more spiritual group evolved him in the Third Round. But as it is the Sixth — on the downward scale of Spirituality — the last and seventh being the terrestrial Spirits (elementals) which gradually form, build, and condense his physical body — this Sixth group evolves no more than the future man’s shadowy form, a filmy, hardly visible transparent copy of themselves. It becomes the task of the fifth Hierarchy — the mysterious beings that preside over the constellation Capricornus, Makara, or “Crocodile” in India as in Egypt — to inform the empty and ethereal animal form and make of it the Rational Man. This is one of those subjects upon which very little may be said to the general public.” (SD vol 1 p 233)

  • Fourth Round: We are the humans on Globe D (present-day Earth).

          “Up to the Fourth Round… Man — if the ever-changing forms that clothed the Monads during the first three Rounds and the first two and a half races of the present one can be given that misleading name — is, so far, only an animal intellectually. It is only in the actual midway [fourth] Round that he develops in himself entirely the fourth principle [intelligence] as a fit vehicle for the fifth.” (SD vol 2 p 161)

          “Intellect has an enormous development in this Round. The (hitherto) dumb races acquire our (present) human speech on this globe, on which, from the Fourth Race, language is perfected and knowledge increases. At this half-way point of the Fourth Round (as of the Fourth Root, or Atlantean, race) humanity passes the axial point of the minor Manvantara cycle . . . . the world teeming with the results of intellectual activity and spiritual decrease . . . .” (SD vol 2 p 189)

  • Fifth Round

          “… Manas [intellectual ability] will be relatively fully developed only in the [Fifth] Round, when it will have an opportunity of becoming entirely divine until the end of the Rounds. As Christian Schoettgen says in Horae Hebraic, etc., the first terrestrial Adam ‘had only the breath of life,’ Nephesh, but not the living Soul.” (SD vol 2 p 162)

          “Nor is it part of the evolutionary law that the Fifth principle (Manas), should receive its complete development before the Fifth Round. All such prematurely developed intellects (on the spiritual plane) in our [present-day] Race are abnormal; they are those whom we call the ‘Fifth-Rounders.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 167)

  • Sixth Round

    No information is given on the Sixth Round.

  • Seventh Round

          “On [our presently] ascending arc [from materialism to spirituality], Spirit is slowly re-asserting itself at the expense of the physical, or matter, so that, at the close of the seventh Race of the Seventh Round, the Monad will find itself as free from matter and all its qualities as it was in the beginning; having gained in addition the experience and wisdom, the fruition of all its personal lives, without their evil and temptations.” (SD vol 2 pp. 180-181)


Seven Divine Elements (one new Element per Round) (“Seven Truths” in Shloka i-1-6(Shloka i-4-3)

  • Fire
  • Air
  • Water
  • Earth
  • Ether
  • Mind
  • Understanding

      The characteristics of matter change as evolution takes matter on its journey through the Rounds, and there is a corresponding and simultaneous change to the perceptive faculty or sense of man.

      “The succession of primary aspects of Nature with which the succession of Rounds is concerned, has to do … with the development of the ‘Elements’ (in the Occult sense) — Fire, Air, Water, Earth.” (SD vol 1 p 252).

      “Universe evolves, when its primary substance is transformed from the state of fire into that of air, then into water, etc.” (SD vol 1 p 77).

There is one new element for each Round.

      “… every new Round develops one of the Compound Elements….” (quoted in SD vol 1 p 250).


Four Elements So Far

      Four elements have evolved in the four Rounds that have appeared so far — Fire, Air, Water, and Earth.

      “Of the seven (elements) … four produced, three hidden….” (Shloka i-6-3)

      “Out of the Seven Truths and Revelations, or rather revealed secrets, four only have been handed to us, as we are still in the Fourth Round…..” (SD vol 1 p 252)

      “From the ONE LIFE formless and Uncreate, proceeds the Universe of lives. First was manifested from the Deep (Chaos) cold luminous fire (gaseous light?) which formed the curds in Space. (Irresolvable nebulae, perhaps?)…. These fought, and a great heat was developed by the encountering and collision, which produced rotation. Then came the first manifested MATERIAL, Fire, the hot flames, the wanderers in heaven (comets); heat generates moist vapor; that forms solid water (?); then dry mist, then liquid mist, watery, that puts out the luminous brightness of the pilgrims (comets?) and forms solid watery wheels (MATTER globes). Bhumi (the Earth) appears with six sisters. These produce by their continuous motion the inferior fire, heat, and an aqueous mist, which yields the third World-Element — WATER; and from the breath of all (atmospheric) AIR is born. These four are the four lives of the first four periods (Rounds) of Manvantara. The three last will follow.” (quoted in SD vol 1 p 250).

      “It is a Vedic teaching that ‘there are three Earths corresponding to three Heavens, and our Earth (the fourth) is called Bhumi.’ … it refers to our planetary chain, three ‘Earths’ on the descending arc, and three ‘heavens’ which are the three Earths or globes also, only far more ethereal, on the ascending or spiritual arc: by the first three we descend into matter, by the other three we ascend into Spirit; the lower one, Bhumi, our Earth, forming the turning point…. ” (SD vol 1 p 250 note).

      “… in the first Round, the [newly-formed Earth], having been built by the primitive fire-lives, i.e., formed into a sphere — had no solidity, nor qualifications, save a cold brightness, nor form nor color; it is only towards the end of the First Round that it developed one Element which from its inorganic, so to say, or simple Essence became now in our Round the fire we know throughout the system…. The Second Round brings into manifestation the second element AIR, that element, the purity of which would ensure continuous life to him who would use it…. The Third Round developed the third Principle — WATER; while the Fourth transformed the gaseous fluids and plastic form of our globe into the hard, crusted, grossly material sphere we are living on. ‘Bhumi’ [Earth] has reached her fourth principle.” (SD vol 1 pp. 259-260).

The fifth aspect is being developed now (in the fourth Round).

      [This is the order] “ … in which things created appear — namely, Fire (light), Air, Water, and MAN (or the Earth).” (SD vol 1 p 254).

      “The succession of primary aspects of Nature with which the succession of Rounds is concerned, has to do, as already indicated, with the development of the ‘Elements’ (in the Occult sense) — Fire, Air, Water, Earth. We are only in the fourth Round, and our catalogue so far stops short. The centers of consciousness (destined to develop into humanity as we know it) of the third Round arrived at a perception of the third Element Water. Those of the fourth Round have added earth as a state of matter to their stock as well as the three other elements in their present transformation.” (SD vol 1 pp. 252-253).

      “… the Earth, such as we know it now, had no existence before the 4th Round, hundreds of million years ago, the commencement of our geological Earth. The globe was ‘fiery, cool and radiant as its ethereal men and animals during the first Round,’ says the Commentary … ‘luminous and more dense and heavy during the second Round; watery during the Third!’ ” (SD vol 1 p 252 note).

The fifth aspect is Aether (Ether) or Astral Light.

      “… man is composed of all the Great Elements: Fire, Air, Water, Earth and Ether — the ELEMENTALS.” (SD vol 1 p 294 note).

      “The elements are the five tanmatras of earth, water, fire, air and ether….” (SD vol 1 p 536 note).

      “It will only be in the next, or fifth, Round that the fifth Element, Ether — the gross body of Akasa, if it can be called even that — will, by becoming a familiar fact of Nature to all men, as air is familiar to us now, cease to be as at present hypothetical, and also an “agent” for so many things. And only during that Round will those higher senses, the growth and development of which Akasa subserves, be susceptible of a complete expansion. As already indicated, a partial familiarity with the characteristic of matter — permeability — which should be developed concurrently with the sixth sense, may be expected to develop at the proper period in this Round. But with the next element added to our resources in the next Round, permeability will become so manifest a characteristic of matter, that the densest forms of this will seem to man’s perceptions as obstructive to him as a thick fog, and no more.” (SD vol 1 pp. 257-258).

      After the fifth element is developed, two more elements will appear, for a total of seven elements.

      “The Golden Egg was surrounded by seven natural elements (ether, fire, air, water), ‘four ready, three secret.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 65).

      “‘Bhumi’ [Earth] has reached her fourth principle. Earth will reach her true ultimate form … — her body shell — only toward the end of the manvantara after the Seventh Round….” (SD vol 1 pp. 259-260).

The two missing Elements are Mind and Understanding.

      [The seven elements are] … “the five elements plus mind (Manas) and Self-Consciousness (Ahamkara),…. when saying of these (five elements, or ‘five portions of form’) (rupa, plus Manas and Self-Consciousness) that they constitute the ‘seven purusha,’ or principles, called in the Puranas the ‘Seven Prakritis.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 335).

      “… the principles [of] the Cosmic Self… ‘The six appear rather to be the manas plus the five principles of Ether, air, fire, water, earth….’ ” (SD vol 1 p 334).

      Geoffrey Barborka lists the last two Elements as Spirit and The Original Principle. (Divine Plan, p. 142)

      Here, then, are the seven Elements as described by Blavatsky and Barborka.

1 Fire
2 Air
3 Water
4 Earth
5 Ether
6 Mind (Spirit)
7 Understanding (Original Principle)

 

      “Only some know me truly. Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space (or Akasa, Aether), Mind, Understanding and Egoism (or the perception of all the former on the illusive plane)….” (quoted in SD vol 1 p 535).

      In summary, seven divine Elements (symbolizing seven divine attributes) are being developed in this Round. The first four have already been developed, we are in the process of developing the fifth, and two more will appear later, for a total of seven Elements (perceptive faculties in man.)


Seven Principles in Man:

 

Figure 25. The Seven Principles of Man

There are seven principles in Man, three higher, and four lower.

      “Man needs four flames and three fires to become one on Earth….” (SD vol 2 p 57)

      “Give them (i.e., the Jivas or Monads) [human beings] their [3] forms within. She (Mother Earth or Nature) will build them [4] coverings without(external bodies).” (Shloka ii-3-11)

      “The ‘Three-tongued flame’ that never dies [Shloka i-7-4] is the immortal spiritual triad — the Atma-Buddhi and Manas …. The ‘four wicks’ that go out and are extinguished [Shloka i-7-4], are the four lower principles, including the body.” (SD vol 1 p 237)

      It is the initial attaching of the three higher principles to the lower four principles that constitute the first Individualization of a human being.

Here are the seven principles, from highest to lowest.

— The Three Higher Principles —


    • 7th: Atman

            “the Seventh — the Crown” Shloka i-5-4

            [The Seventh (principle in Man) is] “… Atma … Spirit….” (SD vol 1 p 119)

    • 6th: Buddhi, in Shloka i-5-4

            “The Sixth [principle in Man] [is] Buddhi, the Divine Soul….” (SD vol 1 p 119)

    • 5th: Manas

            “In Egypt, the defunct man … is the ‘Dragon of Wisdom’ or Manas, the ‘Human Soul,’ Mind, the Intelligent principle, called in our esoteric philosophy the ‘Fifth’ principle.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 219)

— The Four Lower Principles —

    • 4th: Passions and Animal Desires (“Kama”)

            “The astral through Kama (desire) is ever drawing Manas down into the sphere of material passions and desires. ” (SD vol 1 p 244)

    • 3rd: The Life-Principle (“Prana”)

            “Prana [is] LIFE, the active power producing all vital phenomena.” (SD vol 2 p 593)

  • 2nd: Astral Body (“Linga Sarira”)

  • 1st: Physical Body (“Sthula-Sarira”)


One Principle is Developed per Round

      “One Element-Principle is developed during each Round.” (Divine Plan, p. 142)

      “Nature is never stationary during manvantara, as it is ever becoming, not simply being; and mineral, vegetable, and human life are always adapting their organisms to the then reigning Elements, and therefore those Elements were then fitted for them, as they are now for the life of present humanity. It will only be in the next, or fifth, Round that the fifth Element, Ether — the gross body of Akasa, if it can be called even that will, by becoming a familiar fact of Nature to all men, as air is familiar to us now, cease to be as at present hypothetical, and also an ‘agent’ for so many things. And only during that Round will those higher senses, the growth and development of which Akasa subserves, be susceptible of a complete expansion. As already indicated, a partial familiarity with the characteristic of matter – permeability – which should be developed concurrently with the sixth sense, may be expected to develop at the proper period in this Round. But with the next element added to our resources in the next Round, permeability will become so manifest a characteristic of matter, that the densest forms of this will seem to man’s perceptions as obstructive to him as a thick fog, and no more.” (SD vol 1 p 257)

Here are the seven Elements and the corresponding seven Principles.

1 – Fire – Physical Body
2 – Air – Astral Body
3 – Water – The Life-Principle (“Prana”)
4 – Earth – Passions and Animal Desires (“Kama”)
5 – Ether – Manas (“Mind”)
6 – Mind (Spirit) – Buddhi
7 – Understanding (Original Principle) – Atma

For further reading on The Seven Principles in Man:

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/gdpmanu/7princ/seven-1.htm

http://www.katinkahesselink.net/faq/ex_prin.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sd/sd1-1-08.htm

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/DP5/princs.htm

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Fire and Flames

      The terms Fire, Fires, Flame, and Flames are important Theosophical concepts, and are used in several ways in the Stanzas. They can be very confusing to the reader. Let’s take a close look at the five main definitions of Fire.

• Primordial (Spiritual, Logos) Fire
• Fire as the Basic Building Material of the Universe
• Fire as the first of four (actually seven) Elements of the Universe
• Fires and Flames as Members of a Hierarchy
      Four Cosmic Angels
      Dhyani-Chohan
            Primordial Seven
            Solar Pitris
            Dhyani-Chohans of each Round
            Lunar Pitris
      Pavaka, Pavamana, and Suchi
      Solar Pitris (Agnishvatta)
      Lunar Pitris (Barhishads)
      Sons of Ad, Sons of the Fire-Mist, Sons of Will and Yoga
• The Seven Principles in Man are “The Seven Fires”.

Let’s look at examples of each.

— Primordial (Spiritual, Logos) Fire —

Fire refers to the First Principle, the Logos, the Father.

      “It (the web) expands when the breath of fire (the Father) is upon it….” (Shloka i-3-11)

      “Occultism sums up the ‘One Existence’ thus: ‘Deity is an arcane, living (or moving) . FIRE….’ ” (Sd vol 1 p 2)

      “In the Zohar, Darkness is called the strongest fire of the many different coloured (i.e. manifest) fires….” (Man, the Measure, p. 105)

      “…fire standing in every philosophical and religious system as a representation of the Spirit of Deity, the active, male, generative principle; …. Hence, Ether or Water is the Mother, and Fire is the Father.” (Sd vol 1 p 57)

      “Fire and Water, or Father and Mother, may be taken … to mean the divine Ray and Chaos.” (Sd vol 1 p 70)

      “Mahat … descends ‘like a flame spreading from the eternal Fire, immoveable, without increase or decrease, ever the same to the end’ of the cycle of existence, and becomes universal life on the Mundane Plane.” (Sd vol 2 p 572)

      This Fire-as-Logos is often referred to as being a Primordial Substance. Here are three examples.

  • The One Cosmic Element (or One of Two or Three)
  • The Primordial Flame
  • A Sea or Ocean of Fire

Let’s take a look at each one.

    • The One Cosmic Element (or One of Two or Three)

            “… the One Cosmic Element. This ‘One Element’ is called figuratively ‘FIRE.’ ” (Sd vol 1 p 101)

            “The great Dragon of Wisdom [Mahat] is born of Fire and Water, and into Fire and Water will all be re-absorbed with him.” (SD vol 1 470).

            “… Fire, Water and Air are the primordial Cosmic Trinity.” (Sd vol 2 p 107)

            “In the Zohar, Darkness is called the strongest fire of the many different coloured (i.e. manifest) fires….” (Man, the Measure, p. 105)

  • The Primordial Flame

          “Learn what we … who are born from the Primordial Flame, have learned from our fathers.” (Shloka i-4-2)

  • A Sea or Ocean of Fire

          “The Root of Life was in every drop of the Ocean of Immortality (Amrita) and the Ocean was radiant Light, which was fire and heat and motion.” (Shloka i-3-6)

          “The ‘Sea of Fire’ is then the Super-Astral (i.e., noumenal) Light, the first radiation from the Root, the Mulaprakriti, the undifferentiated Cosmic Substance, which becomes Astral Matter. It is also called the ‘Fiery Serpent,’ as above described.” (SD vol 1 p 75)

          This Fire was hidden from us by what is called the Firmament in Genesis 1:6-7, and the Veil in Shloka i-3-7.

          “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament….” (Genesis 1:6-7)

          “Behold [Mahat] lifting the veil and unfurling it from east to west. He shuts out the above, and leaves the below to be seen as the Great Illusion. He marks the places for the shining ones, and turns the upper into a shoreless sea of fire, and the one manifested into the great waters.” (Shloka i-3-7)

          [Referring to the line in Shloka i-3-7 above,] “We are … asked to behold the Mind lifting the Veil and unfurling it from East to West; lifting, as a banner is lifted and unfurled for display, which is here the display of manifestation. [Footnote: ‘…Compare the thought of this line with the Psalms of David, 104.2: “Who coverest thyself with light as which a garment Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain.” ’] This Veil, the Abyss of the Kabbala, is that which separates the manifested cosmos from the unmanifest principles beyond, namely the utterly unmanifest One and the, to us, unmanifest Parents. It is the firmament which divided the waters which were above from the waters which were beneath [the firmament in Genesis 1:6]; the veil of appearances which bright consciousness interposes between itself and the dark background out of which it arises. It is unfurled from the East, the Gateway of the Day, the Universal Mind, to the West, the Sunset Gate which leads to the Death Kingdoms, the world of the senses. Thus the whole gamut of manifested levels, from the highest to the lowest, is isolated from its background and emerges as a finite Cosmos. The Above, or unmanifest principles, are ‘shut out’, while the Below, or manifest principles, are left as the Great Illusion, the magic play or Maya.” (Man, the Measure, pp. 146-147)

      Do not confuse this “Fire-as-Logos as a Primordial Substance” with Mulaprakriti, which is also referred to as the Primordial Substance.

— Fire as the Basic Building Material of the Universe —

      The universe is described as being molded out of varying gradients of Fire.

      “The ‘fire,’ ‘heat,’ and ‘motion’ … spoken of, are, of course, not the fire, heat, and motion of physical science, but the underlying abstractions, the noumena, or the soul, of the essence of these material manifestations ….” (SD vol 1 p 69)

      “Before our globe became egg-shaped (and the Universe also) ‘a long trail of Cosmic dust (or fire mist) moved and writhed like a serpent in Space.’ ” (SD vol 1 p 74)

      “…there are two ‘Fires’ and a distinction is made between them in the Occult teachings. The first, or the purely Formless and invisible Fire concealed in the Central Spiritual Sun, is spoken of as ‘triple’ (metaphysically); while the Fire of the manifested Kosmos is Septenary, throughout both the Universe and our Solar System. ‘The fire or knowledge burns up all action on the plane of illusion,’ says the commentary.” (SD vol 1 p 87)

— Fire as first of four (actually seven) Elements of the Universe —

     

      “The succession of primary aspects of Nature with which the succession of Rounds is concerned, has to do … with the development of the ‘Elements’ (in the Occult sense) — Fire, Air, Water, Earth.” (SD vol 1 p 252)

 

— Fires and Flames as Members of a Hierarchy —

      Various principles, Beings, and groups within the Theosophical Hierarchy are referred to as Fires and Flames.

      “The highest group [of Creative Powers] is composed of the divine Flames, so-called, also spoken of as the ‘Fiery Lions’ and the ‘Lions of Life,’ whose esotericism is securely hidden…. It is the nucleole of the superior divine World…. They are the formless Fiery Breaths, identical in one aspect with the upper Sephirothal TRIAD….” (SD vol 1 p 213)

      “The ‘Flames’ are a Hierarchy of Spirits parallel to, if not identical with, the ‘burning’ fiery Saraph (Seraphim) mentioned by Isaiah (vi. 2-6), those who attend, according to Hebrew Theogony, ‘the Throne of the Almighty.’ Melha is the Lord of the ‘Flames.’ When he appears on Earth, he assumes the personality of a Buddha, says a popular legend. He is one of the most ancient and revered Lhas, a Buddhist St. Michael.” (SD vol 2 p 63)

      “It is because those who have acquired ‘the Fire’ and have burned up ‘all actions on the plane of illusion’ — this world of Maya — that such ‘freed ones’ are able to enter Nirvana….” (Divine Plan, p. 518)

      “…the ‘Primordial’ [Flames] proceed from ‘Father-Mother’….” (SD vol 1 p 88)

      “…those who have acquired [the Fire of the manifested Kosmos] and are emancipated, are called ‘Fires’. ” (SD vol 1 p 87)

      “The Logos, being no personality but the universal principle, is represented by all the divine Powers born of its mind — the pure Flames, or, as they are called in Occultism, the ‘Intellectual Breaths’ — those angels who are said to have made themselves independent, i.e., passed from the passive and quiescent, into the active state of Self-Consciousness.” (SD vol 2 p 318)

      “… the FLAMES born of the Universal Mind (Mahat), owing to the mysterious workings of Karmic Will and an impulse of Evolutionary Law, had … landed on this Earth, having broken through the seven Circles of fire, or the seven intermediate Worlds, in short.” (SD vol 2 p 232)

      “Now these names, ‘Fire,’ ‘Flame,’ ‘Day,’ the ‘bright fortnight,’ etc., as ‘Smoke,’ ‘Night,’ and so on, leading only to the end of the lunar path are incomprehensible without a knowledge of Esotericism. These are all names of various deities which preside over the Cosmo-psychic Powers. We often speak of the Hierarchy of ‘Flames’ (see Book II.) of the ‘Sons of Fire,’ etc…..” (SD vol 1 p 86)

      “The … ‘Primordial’ [Flames] … are the Ray and direct emanation of the first ‘Sacred Four,’ the Tetraktis….” (SD vol 1 p 88)

Biblical quotes:

      “The Lord is a consuming Fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24)

      “The Lord (Christos) shall be revealed with his mighty angels in flaming fire” (2 Thessal. 1:7-8)

      “…there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Revelation 4:5)

      The term Fire(s) is used to describe six different groups of Beings. Here are their various names.

• Four Cosmic Angels
• Dhyani-Chohan
• The “Three Fires,” Pavaka, Pavamana, and Suchi
• Solar Pitris (Agnishvatta, Kumaras, Lords of the Flame, the Asuras who “Fell”)
• Lunar Pitris (Barhishads, “Pitris”, Progenitors, Prajapatis) — Possessors of the “Creative Fire”
• Sons of Ad, Sons of the Fire-Mist, Sons of Will and Yoga

Let’s look at examples of each.

• Four Cosmic Angels

      “…Ezekiel plainly describes the four Cosmic Angels: ‘I looked, and behold, a whirlwind, a cloud and fire infolding it . . . also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures . . . they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces and four wings . . . the face of a man, and the face of a lion, the face of an ox, and the face of an eagle . . . ’ ” (SD vol 1 p 127)

• Dhyani-Chohan

      The term Dhyani-Chohan refers to different levels of beings.

      “Three levels of Dhyani-Chohan, the first governing by fire…” (SD vol 1 p 197)

      “Generically, they are known as the Dhyan Chohans, though each of the various groups has its own designation in the Secret Doctrine.” (SD vol 1 p 22)

      Different groups are referred to as Dhyani-Chohans in The Secret Doctrine.

• Primordial Seven (Dhyani-Chohans of the Universe)
• Solar Pitris (Solar Dhyanis)
• Dhyani-Chohans of each Round
• Lunar Pitris (Lunar Dhyanis)

      A point of confusion needs to be covered. The name Dhyani-Chohans refers to both Cosmic (Universe) Dhyani-Chohans and Kosmic (Solar) Dhyani-Chohans. It is important for the reader to distinguish the two. In The Secret Doctrine, the name Dhyani-Chohans most often refers to Kosmic (Solar) Dhyani-Chohans.

      Let’s take a look at each group referred to as Dhyani-Chohans.

— Primordial Seven (Dhyani-Chohans of the Universe) —

     

      “The ‘Builders,’ the ‘Sons of Manvantaric Dawn,’ are the real creators of the Universe….” (SD vol 1 p 53)

      “Mahat … descends ‘like a flame spreading from the eternal Fire, immoveable, without increase or decrease, ever the same to the end’ of the cycle of existence, and becomes universal life on the Mundane Plane. From this Plane of conscious Life shoot out, like seven fiery tongues, the Sons of Light [The Dhyani Chohan]….” (Sd vol 2 p 572)

      “Esoteric doctrine teaches that the Dhyan Chohans are the collective aggregate of divine Intelligence or primordial mind, and that the first Manus — the seven ‘mind-born’ Spiritual Intelligences — are identical with the former. Hence the ‘Kwan-shi-yin’ — ‘the golden Dragon in whom are the seven,’ of Stanza III. — is the primordial Logos, or Brahma, the first manifested creative Power; and the Dhyani-Energies are the Manus, or Manu-Swayambhuva collectively. ” (SD vol 1 p 452)

      “…the seven names of the first seven emanations, or the ‘Sons of the Fire’ [Dhyani-Chohan]….” (SD vol 1 p 438)

— Solar Dhyani-Chohans (Solar Pitris) —

      The Solar Dhyani-Chohans are called the Solar Pitris.

      “The Lha which turns the fourth (Globe, or our Earth) is subservient to the Lha of the Seven….” (Shloka ii-1-1)

— Dhyani-Chohans of each Round —

      Each Round is controlled by a group of Dhyani-Chohans.

      “…as the work of each Round is said to be apportioned to a different group of so-called ‘Creators’ or ‘Architects,’ so is that of every globe; i.e., it is under the supervision and guidance of special ‘Builders’ and ‘Watchers’ — the various Dhyan-Chohans.” (SD vol 1 p 233)

— Lunar Dhyani-Chohans (Lunar Pitris) —

      The Lunar Dhyani-Chohans are called the Lunar Pitris.

      “… the ‘celestial men,’ called rightly in Indian philosophy the ‘Lunar Ancestors’ or the Pitris….” (SD vol 1 p 160)


• The “Three Fires,” Pavaka, Pavamana, and Suchi

      “…the Spirit of the Earth called to his help the Solar Fire (Suchi, the Spirit in the Sun). these three (the Pitris and the two Fires) produced in their joint efforts a good Rupa.” (Shloka ii-4-16)

      “The Breath needed a vehicle of desires (Kama Rupa); ‘It has it,’ said the Drainer of Waters (Suchi, the fire of passion and animal instinct).” (Shloka ii-4-17)

      “Pavamana, the fire produced by friction, (or Nirmathya): and Suchi is solar (or Saura) fire — all these three being the sons of Abhimanin, the Agni (fire), eldest son of Brahma and of Swaha.” (SD vol 1 p 521)

      “The ‘Three Fires’, Pavaka, Pavamana, and Suchi, who had forty-five sons, who, with their three fathers and their Father Agni, constitute the 49 fires. Pavamana (fire produced by friction) is the parent of the fire of the Asuras; Suchi (Solar fire) is the parent of the fire of the gods; and Pavaka (electric fire) is the father of the fire of the Pitris (See Vayu Purana). But this is an explanation on the material and the terrestrial plane. The flames are evanescent and only periodical; the fires — eternal in their triple unity. They correspond to the four lower, and the three higher human principles.” (SD vol 2 p 57)

      “…the ‘Fathers,’ the lower Angels, are all Nature-Spirits and the higher Elementals also possess an intelligence of their own; but this is not enough to construct a THINKING man. ‘Living Fire’ was needed, that fire which gives the human mind its self-perception and self-consciousness, or Manas; and the progeny of Parvaka and Suchi are the animal electric and solar fires, which create animals, and could thus furnish but a physical living constitution to that first astral model of man.” (SD vol 2 p 102 note)

      “The three Fires, it is said (whose names are Pavaka, Pavamana and Suchi) were condemned by a curse of Vasishta, the great sage, ‘to be born over and over again.’ (Bhagavata-Purana iv. 24, 4.) This is clear enough. Therefore, the FLAMES, whose functions are confused in the exoteric books, and who are called indifferently Prajapati, Pitris, Manus, Asuras….” (SD vol 2 p 247)

• Solar Pitris (Agnishvatta, Kumaras, the Asuras who “Fell”)

      “That class of the ‘Fire Dhyanis,’ which we identify on undeniable grounds with the Agnishwattas….” (SD vol 2 p 91)

      “… the Asuras, the Rudras, and the Pitris … are all one — i.e., correlative Forces and Fires.” (SD vol 2 p 105-106)

      “The Agnishwatha, the Kumara (the seven mystic sages), are solar deities, though the former are Pitris also; and these are the ‘fashioners of the Inner Man.’ (See Book II.) They are: — ‘The Sons of Fire’ — because they are the first Beings (in the Secret Doctrine they are called ‘Minds’), evolved from Primordial Fire…. ‘The fire or knowledge burns up all action on the plane of illusion,’ says the commentary. ‘Therefore, those who have acquired it and are emancipated, are called “Fires.” ’ ” (SD vol 1 p 87)

      “Therefore, the FLAMES, whose functions are confused in the exoteric books, and who are called indifferently Prajapati, Pitris, Manus, Asuras, Rishis, Kumaras, etc. etc., are said to incarnate personally in the Third Root-Race and thus find themselves ‘reborn over and over again.’ In the Esoteric doctrine they are generally named the Asuras, or the Asu-ra Devata or Pitar-devata (gods) for, as said, they were first Gods — and the highest — before they became ‘no-gods,’ and had from Spirits of Heaven fallen into Spirits of the Earth — exoterically, note well, in orthodox dogma.” (SD vol 2 p 248)

• Lunar Pitris (“Pitris”, Barhishads, Progenitors, Prajapatis) — Possessors of the “Creative Fire”

      “…the physical creative fire of Barhishad-Pitris….” (SD vol 2 p 94)

      [The Agnishvattas could not create bodies, so they are seen as negative beings:] “It thus becomes clear why the Agnishwatta, devoid of the grosser creative fire, hence unable to create physical man, having no double, or astral body, to project, since they were without any form, are shown in exoteric allegories as Yogis, Kumaras (chaste youths), who became ‘rebels,’ Asuras, fighting and opposing gods, etc., etc. Yet it is they alone who could complete man, i.e., make of him a self-conscious, almost a divine being — god on Earth. The Barhishad, though possessed of creative fire [emphasis added], were devoid of the higher MAHAT-mic element. Being on a level with the lower principles — those which precede gross objective matter — they could only give birth to the outer man, or rather to the model of the physical, the astral man.” (SD vol 2 p 78-79)

      In the following quote, Creative Fire is called Creative Passion.

      “Exoteric Hindu books mention seven classes of Pitris, and among them two distinct kinds of Progenitors or Ancestors: the Barhishad and the Agnishwatta; or those possessed of the ‘sacred fire’ and those devoid of it…. Thence the Agnishwatta are represented as devoid of, and the Barhishad as possessed of, fires. But esoteric philosophy explains the original qualifications as being due to the difference between the natures of the two classes: the Agnishwatta Pitris are devoid of fire (i.e., of creative passion) [emphasis added], because too divine and pure (vide supra, Sloka 11th); whereas the Barhishad, being the lunar spirits more closely connected with Earth, became the creative Elohim of form, or the Adam of dust.” (SD vol 2 p 77-78)

• Sons of Ad, Sons of the Fire-Mist, Sons of Will and Yoga

      The Sons of the Fire-Mist (also called the Sons of Will and Yoga) were a group of semi-divine and semi-human beings who incarnated in the Third Race, in order to form the nursery for future human adepts.

      “In the first or earlier portion of the existence of this third race, while it was yet in its state of purity, the ‘Sons of Wisdom,’ who, as will be seen, incarnated in this Third Race, produced by Kriyasakti a progeny called the ‘Sons of Ad’ or ‘of the Fire-Mist,’ the ‘Sons of Will and Yoga,’ etc. They were a conscious production, as a portion of the race was already animated with the divine spark of spiritual, superior intelligence. It was not a Race, this progeny. It was at first a wondrous Being, called the ‘Initiator,’ and after him a group of semi-divine and semi-human beings. ‘Set apart’ in Archaic genesis for certain purposes, they are those in whom are said to have incarnated the highest Dhyanis, ‘Munis and Rishis from previous Manvantaras’ — to form the nursery for future human adepts, on this earth and during the present cycle.” (SD vol 1 p 207)

— The Seven Principles in Man are “The Seven Fires” —

 

      “It is in strict analogy with ITS attributes in both the spiritual and material worlds, that the evolution of the Dhyan Chohanic Essences takes place; the characteristics of the latter being reflected, in their turn, in Man, collectively, and in each of his principles [emphasis added]; every one of which contains in itself, in the same progressive order, a portion of their various ‘fires’ and elements.” (SD vol 2 p 108)

      Our Human Higher Self (Manas or Intellect), one of our seven Principles, is described as a Fire.

      “The first Race had three elements, but no living Fire.” (SD vol 2 p 113)

      “The first Race had three rudimentary elements in it; and no fire as yet….” (SD vol 2 p 107)

      “The doctrine teaches that the only difference between animate and inanimate objects on earth, between an animal and a human frame, is that in some the various ‘fires’ are latent, and in others they are active. The vital fires are in all things and not an atom is devoid of them. But no animal has the three higher principles awakened in him; they are simply potential, latent, and thus non-existing.” (SD vol 2 p 267)

      “It is said: ‘The Father of THAT ONE ONLY THING is the Sun; its Mother the Moon; the Wind carries it in his bosom, and its nurse is the Spirituous Earth.’ In the occult rendering of the same it is added: ‘and Spiritual Fire is its instructor (Guru).’ This fire is the higher Self, the Spiritual Ego, or that which is eternally reincarnating under the influence of its lower personal Selves, changing with every re-birth, full of Tanha or desire to live.” (SD vol 2 p 109)

      In the following quote (quoted above, and repeated here), Fire (Manas) is called passion; the lower Barhishad had it, the higher Agnishvatta did not.

      “Exoteric Hindu books mention seven classes of Pitris, and among them two distinct kinds of Progenitors or Ancestors: the Barhishad and the Agnishwatta; or those possessed of the ‘sacred fire’ and those devoid of it…. Thence the Agnishwatta are represented as devoid of, and the Barhishad as possessed of, fires. But esoteric philosophy explains the original qualifications as being due to the difference between the natures of the two classes: the Agnishwatta Pitris are devoid of fire (i.e., of creative passion) [emphasis added], because too divine and pure (vide supra, Sloka 11th); whereas the Barhishad, being the lunar spirits more closely connected with Earth, became the creative Elohim of form, or the Adam of dust.” (SD vol 2 p 77-78)

      The Flame in Shlokas i-7-4 and i-7-5 refers to Atma-Buddhi (& Manas).

      “It is the root that never dies, the Three-Tongued Flame of the Four Wicks.” (Shloka i-7-4)

      “The ‘Three-tongued flame’ that never dies [in the above quote] is the immortal spiritual triad — the Atma-Buddhi and Manas….” (SD vol 1 p 237)

      “The spark hangs from the flame by the finest thread of Fohat.” (Shloka i-7-5)



Sutratman — The Thread Through A Line Of Incarnations

 

Figure 26. The Sutratman Thread, adapted from **The Divine Plan p. 20, by Geoffrey Barborka

      The Stanzas make references to several parts of the Sutratman, and to the Sutratman itself.

“The Spark hangs from the Flame by the finest thread of Fohat.” (Shloka i-7-5)

“From the First-born the Thread between the Silent Watcher and his Shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change [reincarnation]. The morning sun has changed into noon-day glory….” (Shloka i-7-6)

“This is thy present Wheel, said the Flame to the Spark. Thou art Myself, My Image, and my shadow. I have clothed Myself in Thee, and Thou art my vahan [vehicle]. To the Day, ‘Be With Us,’ when Thou shalt re-become Myself and Others, Thyself and Me.” (Shloka i-7-7)

      The Sutratman is a thread which passes from the universal Flame, into a person’s Atman, through all of their preceeding incarnations, and into their present incarnation.

      The Sutratman Thread (“Thread of Fohat” in Shloka i-7-5 and “Thread” in Shloka i-7-2) starts in the universal Flame. It passes through the Monad (also called the Jiva of SD vol 2 p 46 & SD vol 1 p 238, the Jivatman of Divine Plan p. 89, The Silent Watcher of Shloka 1-7-6, and the Spark).

      The Sutratman passes through each incarnation (“Shadow” in Shloka 1-7-6 & 1-7-7), and links up with the present incarnation.

      In review, here are some key terms.

    • Thread — the Fohatic connection called Sutratman. This is a link between a person’s incarnations.

      “A thread through many jewels” (Shloka i-7-2)

      “…the finest thread of Fohat.” (Shloka i-7-5)

      “… expresses the conception … of a life-thread, Sutratma, running through successive generations.” (SD Vol 1 p 222)

    • Flame — A person’s Monad (Shloka i-7-7)

      The spark hangs from the flame….” (Shloka i-7-5)

      “Just as milliards of bright sparks dance on the waters of an ocean above which one and the same moon is shining, so our evanescent personalities — the illusive envelopes of the immortal MONAD-EGO — twinkle and dance on the waves of Maya. They last and appear, as the thousands of sparks produced by the moon-beams, only so long as the Queen of the Night radiates her lustre on the running waters of life: the period of a Manvantara; and then they disappear, the beams – symbols of our eternal Spiritual Egos — alone surviving, re-merged in, and being, as they were before, one with the Mother-Source.” (SD vol 1 p 237).

      See also Monads.

       

  • Spark — A person’s Atma-Buddhi-Manas

    “The spark hangs from the flame….” (Shloka i-7-5)

    “What is that ‘Spark’ which ‘hangs from the flame’? It is … that which remains from each personality, when worthy, and hangs from Atma-Buddhi, the Flame, by the thread of life….” (SD vol 1 p 238).

  • Silent Watcher — A person’s Monad

    “From the first-born the thread between the Silent Watcher and his shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change.” (Shloka i-7-6)

    “The ‘Silent Watcher’ stands for Jivatman, or the Monad…. It is regarded as the Silent Watcher because of not being able to manifest in material sphere and therefore is an onlooker rather than a participator in the imbodiment on earth. (Divine Plan, pp. 23-24)

  • Shadow — A person’s previous incarnations

“…the thread between the Silent Watcher and his shadow…” (Shloka i-7-6)

“The ‘shadow’ is the personality or the evanscent ego, albeit linked with the Silent Watcher. ‘Every change’ means every incarnation. (Divine Plan, p. 24)

  • First-Born – A person’s first incarnation

“From the first-born the thread between the Silent Watcher and his shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change.” (Shloka i-7-6)

“The ‘first-born’ signifies … the one who commences the Cycle of Necessity [the first incarnation], resulting in the innumerable series of incarnations on earth. (Divine Plan, p. 23)

 


Anthropogenesis

      We now begin the study of the Stanzas of Dzyan in Book II of The Secret Doctrine, which tell the story of the appearance of Humanity on Earth.

      We humans have traveled a long journey. We spent the previous Round as animals, and then came to Earth to be the human race.

Root-Races

      Humanity on Earth is scheduled to appear in seven races called Root-Races. Five Root-races have already appeared, and two more will appear in the future. However, things at the beginning of our human race did not turn out as planned. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step creation of our humanity, along with the problems that accompanyed that process.

First Root-Race: The Chhayas

      It may come as a surprise, but the first Root-Race, the Chhayas, only existed on the astral plane, and did not have physical bodies.

“Chhaya … is the astral image.” (SD vol 2 p 101)

“But men, during the first and the second races, were not physical beings, but merely rudiments [astral entities] of the future men: Bhutas….” (SD vol 2 p 108)

“Hence we believe in races of beings other than our own in far remote geological periods; in races of ethereal, following incorporeal, “Arupa,” men, with form but no solid substance….” (SD vol 2 p 194)

“…primeval humanity had at first an ethereal … form, evolved by gods or natural “forces,” which grew, condensed throughout millions of ages, and became gigantic in its physical impulse and tendency, until it settled into the huge, physical form of the Fourth Race Man….” (SD vol 2 p 151)

“In those early ages, astral evolution was alone in progress, and the two planes, the astral and the physical, though developing on parallel lines, had no direct point of contact with one another.” (SD vol 2 p 157)

The astral bodies of the Chhyas were created by the Lunar Pitris.

“…the progenitors created man out of their own astral bodies….” (SD vol 2 p 112)

“…primeval humanity had at first an ethereal … form, evolved by gods or natural “forces,” which grew, condensed throughout millions of ages, and became gigantic in its physical impulse and tendency, until it settled into the huge, physical form of the Fourth Race Man….” (SD vol 2 p 151)

“The Progenitors of Man, called in India ‘Fathers,’ Pitara or Pitris, are the creators of our bodies and lower principles…. As stated, they were ‘lunar Beings.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 88)

“It is from the material Worlds that descend they, who fashion physical man at the new Manvantaras. They are inferior Lha (Spirits), possessed of a dual body (an astral within an ethereal form). They are the fashioners and creators of our body of illusion.” (SD vol 2 p 57)

“As to their fashioners or ‘Ancestors’ — those Angels who, in the exoteric legends, obeyed the law — they must be identical with the Barhishad Pitris, or the Pitar-Devata, i.e., those possessed of the physical creative fire.” (SD vol 2 p 94)

The astral bodies of the Fourth-Round Chhyas were created from astral matter carried over from the Third Round.

“The astral prototypes of the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms up to man have taken that time (300 million years) to evolve, re-forming out of the cast-off materials of the preceding Round, which, though very dense and physical in their own cycle, are relatively ethereal as compared with the materiality of our present middle Round. At the expiration of these 300 million years, Nature, on the way to the physical and material, down the arc of descent, begins with mankind and works downwards, hardening or materialising forms as it proceeds.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 68)

      The Chhayas are called The Sons of the Self-Born. They are also referred to as Shadows, because they only existed on the astral plane, lacking physical bodies.

“The ‘shadows,’ or Chhayas, are called the sons of the ‘self-born,’ as the latter name is applied to all the gods and Beings born through the WILL, whether of Deity or Adept.” (SD vol 2 p 120)

The Chhayas are also called The Sons of Yoga.

      “The Commentaries explain that the first Race — the ethereal or astral Sons of Yoga [are] also called ‘Self-born’ ” (SD vol 2 p 198)

“The First [Race] were the Sons of Yoga.” (Shloka ii-5-18)

      These ‘Forms’ are called ‘Sons of Yoga,’ because Yoga (union with Brahma exoterically) is the supreme condition of the passive infinite deity, since it contains all the divine energies and is the essence of Brahma, who is said (as Brahmâ) to create everything through Yoga power.

The Chhaya are also called the Sons of the Sons of Twilight.

      “The Sons of the Sons of Twilight” (SD vol 2 p 109)

      Chhayas — The First Race — appeared initially as astral off-shoots from the Progenitors (and never had physical bodies.)

      “The First Race, the ‘Self-born,’ [were] the (astral) shadows of their Progenitors.” (SD vol 2 p 164)

It is [The Barhishad] … who project the senseless model (the Astral) of the physical Being … they could only give birth to the outer man, or rather to the model of the physical, the astral man. (SD vol 2 p 79)

The process by which the Chhayas were created is called Fission.

Fission … As seen in the division of the nucleated cell, in which the cell-nucleus splits into two sub-nuclei … and multiply outside as independent entities.” (SD vol 2 p 166)

The Chhayas have completely disappeared.

“The ‘moon colored’ (i.e., the First and the Second Races) [are] gone for ever — ay, without leaving any traces whatever….” (SD vol 2 p 351)


Second Root-Race: The Hyperboreans

      The Hyperboreans, like the Chhayas before them, existed only on the astral plane (not incarnating into physical bodies).

“But men, during the first and the second races, were not physical beings, but merely rudiments [astral entities] of the future men: Bhutas….” (SD vol 2 p 108)

      The Second Race (Hyperboreans) appeared initially as astral buds from The First Race (Chhayas).

“The Second Race was the product by budding and expansion….” (Shloka ii-5-19)

“What will be most contested by scientific authorities is this a-sexual Race, the Second, the fathers of the ‘Sweat-born’…. ‘Budding’ is the very word used in the Stanza [to describe how they procreated]. How could these Chhayas reproduce themselves otherwise; viz., procreate the Second Race, since they were ethereal, a-sexual, and even devoid, as yet, of the vehicle of desire, or Kama Rupa?, which evolved only in the Third Race? They evolved the Second Race unconsciously, as do some plants.” (SD vol 2 p 116)

“When the season of reproduction arrives, the sub-astral [Chhaya] ‘extrudes’ a miniature of itself from the egg of surrounding aura. This germ grows and feeds on the aura till it becomes fully developed, when it gradually separates from its parent, carrying with it its own sphere of aura; just as we see living cells reproducing their like by growth and subsequent division into two.” (SD vol 2 p 117)

      The Hyperboreans are called the Sweat-Born, because later members of their race were produced by budding.

      “The Sons of Wisdom … spurned the Sweat-born.” (Shloka ii-7-25)

      “The early Second (Root) Race were the Fathers of the ‘Sweat-born’; the later Second (Root) Race were ‘Sweat-born’ themselves.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 117)

      “When the race became old, the old waters [Chhayas] mixed with the fresher waters [Hyperboreans]; When the drops became turbid, they vanished and disappeared, in the new stream, in the hot stream of life. The outer of the First became the inner of the Second…. [Shloka ii-5-21] The old (primitive) Race merged in the second race, and became one with it…. This is the mysterious process of transformation and evolution of mankind. The material of the first forms — shadowy, ethereal, and negative — was drawn or absorbed into, and thus became the complement of the forms of the Second Race. The Commentary explains this by saying that, as the First Race was simply composed of the astral shadows of the creative progenitors, having of course neither astral nor physical bodies of their own — this Race never died. Its ‘men’ melted gradually away, becoming absorbed in the bodies of their own ‘sweat-born’ progeny, more solid than their own. The old form vanished and was absorbed by, disappeared in, the new form, more human and physical. There was no death in those days of a period more blissful than the Golden Age; but the first, or parent material was used for the formation of the new being, to form the body and even the inner or lower principles or bodies of the progeny…. When the shadow retires, i.e. when the astral body becomes covered with more solid flesh, man develops a physical body. The ‘wing,’ or the ethereal form that produced its shadow and image, became the shadow of the astral body and its own progeny.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 121)

      The Chhayas lived out their entire time in a single astral body, and eventually made the transition into the Hyperboreans. There must have been significant differences between the two races, but that information has been left out of The Secret Docrtrine.

            The Chhayas and Hyperboreans have completely disappeared, without leaving any fossil remains (as they never had physical bodies).

“The ‘moon colored’ (i.e., the First and the Second Races) [are] gone for ever — ay, without leaving any traces whatever….” (SD vol 2 p 351)


Third Root-Race: The Lemurians

The Lemurians were the first to incarnate into physical bodies.

“…the Lemurian, the first physical man….” (SD vol 2 p 46)

The initial humans of the Third Race were formed by “budding” from the previous Race.

“The Second Race … evolved out of itself … the Third Androgyne Race…. …the very earliest of that race were: — ‘The Sons of Passive Yoga. They issued from the second Manushyas (human race), and became oviparous. The emanations that came out of their bodies during the seasons of procreation were ovulary; the small spheroidal nuclei developing into a large soft, egg-like vehicle, gradually hardened, when, after a period of gestation, it broke and the young human animal issued from it unaided, as the fowls do in our race.’ ” (SD vol 2 pp. 165-166)

Here is another example of the Third Race being called the Sons of Passive Yoga.

“This Third Race is sometimes called collectively ‘the Sons of Passive Yoga,’ i.e., it was produced unconsciously by the second Race, which, as it was intellectually inactive, is supposed to have been constantly plunged in a kind of blank or abstract contemplation, as required by the conditions of the Yoga state. In the first or earlier portion of the existence of this third race, while it was yet in its state of purity, the “Sons of Wisdom,” who, as will be seen, incarnated in this Third Race….” (SD vol 1 p 207)

Subsequent generations of the Third Race were called the “Egg-born”, which refers to Budding on the physical plane.

“The early Third Race, then, is formed from drops of ‘sweat,’ which, after many a transformation, grow into human bodies.” (SD vol 2 p 177)

“The First Race having created the Second by ‘budding,’ as just explained, the Second Race gives birth to the Third — which itself is separated into three distinct divisions, consisting of men differently procreated. The first two of these are produced by an oviparous method, presumably unknown to modern Natural History. While the early sub-races of the Third Humanity procreated their species by a kind of exudation of moisture or vital fluid, the drops of which coalescing formed an oviform ball — or shall we say egg? — which served as an extraneous vehicle for the generation therein of a foetus and child, the mode of procreation by the later races changed, in its results at all events.” (SD vol 2 p 132)

The separation of the sexes occured during the Lemurian Root-Race.

“…the men of the Third Race became physiologically and physically ready … when they had separated into sexes.” (SD vol 2 p 228)

The Third Race, then, can be divided into three periods.

  • Early Period (Sweat-Born, the same process as the Second Race)
  • Middle Period (Egg-Born)
  • Last Period (Sex-Born, the same process as today)


The Fall of Man (into Generation)

      (Please note there were three Falls.)

The separation of the sexes quickly led to the the Fall of Man. As soon as the sexes separated, sexual activity began, which was quickly misused. This led to Half-Human Abominations.

“…the so-called SONS OF WILL AND YOGA … were generated sexually after the separation of sexes, the Fall of Man.” (SD vol 2 p 173)

“The THIRD RACE FELL — and created [single-person procreated] no longer: it begot [sexually] its progeny. Being still mindless at the period of separation it begot, moreover, anomalous offspring, until its physiological nature had adjusted its instincts in the right direction. Like the ‘lords the gods’ of the Bible, the ‘Sons of Wisdom,’ the Dhyan-Chohans, had warned them to leave alone the fruit forbidden by Nature: but the warning proved of no value. Men realized the unfitness — we must not say sin — of what they had done, only when too late: after the angelic monads from higher spheres had incarnated in, and endowed them with understanding.” (SD vol 2 p 267)

The early Lemurians are referred to as androgynous or a-sexual. The middle-group of Lemurians are referred to as hermaphrodite or bi-sexual.

Intermediate Hermaphroditism: — Male and female organs inhering in the same individual; e.g., the majority of plants, worms, and snails, etc.; allied to budding. (Cf. Second and early Third Root-Races.)” (SD vol 2 p 167)

The last group of Lemurians are referred to as normally-sexual, or male and female.

True sexual union: — (Cf. later Third Root-Race.)” (SD vol 2 p 167)

“Once that Androgyne ‘humanity’ separated into sexes, transformed by Nature into child-bearing engines, it ceased to procreate its like through drops of vital energy oozing out of the body.” (SD vol 2 p 170)

“The little ones of the earlier races were entirely sexless — shapeless even for all one knows; but those of the later races were born androgynous. It is in the Third Race that the separation of sexes occurred. From being previously a-sexual, Humanity became distinctly hermaphrodite or bi-sexual; and finally the man-bearing eggs began to give birth, gradually and almost imperceptibly in their evolutionary development, first, to Beings in which one sex predominated over the other, and, finally, to distinct men and women.” (SD vol 2 p 132)

“The History of the Races begins at the separation of the Sexes, when the preceding egg-bearing androgynous race perished rapidly, and the subsequent sub-races of the Third Root-Race appeared as an entirely new race physiologically.” (SD vol 2 p 313)

“Though we apply the term ‘truly human,’ only to the Fourth Atlantean Root-Race, yet the Third Race is almost human in its latest portion, since it is during its fifth sub-race that mankind separated sexually, and that the first man was born according to the now normal process. This ‘first man’ answers in the Bible (Genesis) to Enos or Henoch, son of Seth (ch. iv.).” (SD vol 2 p 715)

The physical part of humanity is eighteen million years old, which a point of time within the Third Race.

“Humanity is eighteen million and odd years old. We say, yes; but only so far as physical, or approximately physical, man is concerned, who dates from the close of the Third Root-Race. Beyond that period MAN, or his filmy image, may have existed for 300 million years, for all we know….” (SD vol 2 p 250)

This process of evolution did not happen overnight. Aeons of time were required for each step.

“…this mode of procreation [sexual intercourse] did not occur suddenly, as one may think, and required long ages before it became the one ‘natural’ way.” (SD vol 2 p 182)

The Third Race is grouped into three groups:

First third: The Sons of Wisdom who incarnated into human bodies, and humans who had “prematurely developed intellects”. (SD vol 2 pp. 167-168)

Second third: Humans who were “ ‘half-ready’, who received ‘but a spark’ [constituting] the average humanity….” (SD vol 2 pp. 167-168)

Third third: “… those which ‘were not ready’ at all, the latest Monads, which had hardly evolved from their last transitional and lower animal forms at the close of the Third Round, remained the ‘narrow-brained’ ….” (SD vol 2 pp. 167-168)

      Early members of the Third Race are grouped into three categories — advanced, average, and lagging. The Solar Pitris chose the first group, and incarnated into bodies of that group. The Solar Pitris were the Divine Leaders, the Divine Kings that are referred to in titles that British monarchs have used.

Today’s Ceylon was part of the Lemurian continent.

The sinking and transformation of Lemuria beginning nearly at the Arctic Circle (Norway), the Third Race ended its career in Lanka, or rather on that which became Lanka with the Atlanteans. The small remnant now known as Ceylon is the Northern highland of ancient Lanka, while the enormous island of that name was, in the Lemurian period, the gigantic continent described a few pages back.” (SD vol 2 p 332)



Problems Emerge

All was not going well. Two problems emerged.

  • lack of a Mind-Principle
  • half-human abominations



Lack of a Mind-Principle

      The Lunar Pitris were able to provide astral forms for the new humans, but were unable to provide Manas or higher minds.

“The Barhishad [Lunar Pitris], though possessed of creative fire, were devoid of the higher MAHAT-mic element. Being on a level with the lower principles — those which precede gross objective matter — they could only give birth to the outer man, or rather to the model of the physical, the astral man.” (SD vol 2 p 79)

“… we find primeval man, issued from the bodies of his spiritually fireless progenitors, described as aeriform, devoid of compactness, and MINDLESS. He had no middle principle to serve him as a medium between the highest and the lowest, the spiritual man and the physical brain, for he lacked Manas. The Monads which incarnated in those empty SHELLS, remained as unconscious as when separated from their previous incomplete forms and vehicles.” (SD vol 2 p 80)

“Thus physical nature, when left to herself in the creation of animal and man, is shown to have failed. She can produce the first two and the lower animal kingdoms, but when it comes to the turn of man, spiritual, independent and intelligent powers are required for his creation, besides the ‘coats of skin’ and the ‘Breath of animal Life.’ The human Monads of preceding Rounds need something higher than purely physical materials to build their personalities with, under the penalty of remaining even below any ‘Frankenstein’ animal.” (SD vol 2 p 56)

More was needed.

“… two connecting principles are needed: Manas and Kama. This requires a living Spiritual Fire of the middle principle from the fifth and third states of Pleroma. But this fire is the possession of the … ‘Flames’ (the Agnishwatta) who, as shown in [Shloka ii-3-13], ‘remain behind’ instead of going along with the others to create men on Earth. But the true esoteric meaning is that most of them were destined to incarnate as the Egos of the forthcoming crop of Mankind. The human Ego is neither Atman nor Buddhi, but the higher Manas: the intellectual fruition and the efflorescence of the intellectual self-conscious Egotism — in the higher spiritual sense.” (SD vol 2 p 79)

Humans finally developed Manas or intelligence.

“Then all men became endowed with Manas. They saw the sin of the Mindless.” (Shloka ii-9-35)

“ ‘Nature,’ the physical evolutionary Power, could never evolve intelligence unaided — she can only create ‘senseless forms’…. The ‘Lunar Monads’ cannot progress, for they have not yet had sufficient touch with the forms created by ‘Nature’ to allow of their accumulating experiences through its means. It is the Manasa-Dhyanis who fill up the gap, and they represent the evolutionary power of Intelligence and Mind, the link between ‘Spirit’ and ‘Matter’ — in this Round.” (SD vol 2 pp. 181-182)

“The Dhyanis who incarnate in the human forms of the Third Root-Race and endow them with intellect (Manas) are called the chyuta, for they fall into generation.” (SD vol 2 p 47 note)

“ ‘The subtle bodies remain without understanding (Manas) until the advent of the Suras (Gods) now called Asuras (not Gods),’ says the Commentary.” (SD vol 2 p 92)

“…the Third Root-Race shows three distinct divisions or aspects physiologically and psychically; the earliest, sinless; the middle portions awakening to intelligence; and the third and last decidedly animal: i.e., Manas succumbs to the temptations of Kama.” (SD vol 2 p 254)

“The monad of the animal is as immortal as that of man, yet the brute knows nothing of this; it lives an animal life of sensation just as the first human would have lived, when attaining physical development in the Third Race, had it not been for the Agnishwatta and the Manasa Pitris.” (SD vol 2 p 525 note)

“…the Manasaputras, the Sons of Wisdom who informed the mindless man, and endowed him with his mind (manas).” (SD vol 2 p 608)

Manas, or Intelligence, first appeared in the Third Race and became well-established in the Fourth Race.

“It is only at the mid-point of the 3rd Root Race that man was endowed with Manas.” (SD vol 2 pp. 254-255)

“The intellectual, on the physical plane, was reached during the Fourth Root-Race.” (SD vol 2 p 167)



Half-Human Abominations

      Strange, half-human monsters such as minotaurs, satyrs, and mermaids appeared.

“Oannes (or Dagon, the Chaldean ‘Man-fish’) divides his Cosmogony and Genesis into two portions. First the abyss of waters and darkness, wherein resided most hideous beings — men with wings, four and two-faced men, human beings with two heads, with the legs and horns of a goat (our ‘goat-men,’) hippocentaurs, bulls with the heads of men, and dogs with tails of fishes. In short, combinations of various animals and men, of fishes, reptiles and other monstrous animals assuming each other’s shapes and countenances.” (SD vol 2 p 54)

“According to the [Chinese] commentator Kwoh P’oh, in the work called Shan-Hai-King, ‘Wonders by Sea and Land,’ a work which was written by the historiographer Chung Ku from engravings on nine urns made by the Emperor Yu, (B.C. 2255), an interview is mentioned with men having two distinct faces on their heads, before and behind, monsters with bodies of goats and human faces, etc.” (SD vol 2 p 54 note)

“In the initial period of man’s Fourth evolution, the human kingdom branched off in several and various directions. The outward shape of its first specimens was not uniform, for the vehicles (the egg-like, external shells, in which the future fully physical man gestated) were often tampered with, before they hardened, by huge animals, of species now unknown, and which belonged to the tentative efforts of Nature. The result was that intermediate races of monsters, half animals, half men, were produced. But as they were failures, they were not allowed to breathe long and live, though the intrinsically paramount power of psychic over physical nature being yet very weak, and hardly established, the ‘Egg-Born’ Sons had taken several of their females unto themselves as mates, and bred other human monsters. Later, animal species and human races becoming gradually equilibrized, they separated and mated no longer. Man created no more — he begot. But he also begot animals, as well as men in days of old.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 192)

“But who were the Nephilim of Genesis vi. 4? There were Palaeolithic and Neolithic men in Palestine ages before the events recorded in the book of the Beginnings. The theological tradition identifies these Nephilim with hairy men or Satyrs, the latter being mythical in the Fifth Race and the former historical in both the Fourth and Fifth Races. We have stated elsewhere what the prototypes of these Satyrs were, and have spoken of the bestiality of the early and later Atlantean race.” (SD vol 2 p 775)

      “Those races … which ‘remained destitute of knowledge,’ or those again which were left ‘mindless,’ remained as they were, even after the natural separation of the sexes. It is these who committed the first cross-breeding, so to speak, and bred monsters…. Adam and Eve were supposed, with Cain and Abel, to be the only human family on Earth. Yet we see Cain going to the land of Nod and taking there a wife.” (SD vol 2 p 286)

      These monsters, the first result of ensouling physical bodies, are called the Second Humanity.

      “…the First Root-Race, the “Shadows” of the Progenitors, could not be injured, or destroyed by death. Being so ethereal and so little human in constitution, they could not be affected by any element — flood or fire. But their “Sons,” the Second Root-Race, could be and were so destroyed. As the “progenitors” merged wholly in their own astral bodies, which were their progeny; so that progeny was absorbed in its descendants, the “Sweat-born.” These were the second Humanity — composed of the most heterogeneous gigantic semi-human monsters — the first attempts of material nature at building human bodies.” (SD vol 2 p 136)

The Lords of the Flame balked at the idea of incarnating into those bodies.

“She evolved water-men, terrible and bad.” (Shloka ii-2-5)

“The water-men terrible and bad She [Earth] herself created. From the remains of others (from the mineral, vegetable and animal remains) from the first, second, and third (Rounds) She formed them…. The Dhyani came and looked…. Displeased they were…. This is no fit rupa for our Brothers of the Fifth.” (Shloka ii-2-6 and Shloka ii-2-7)

Earthly evolution at that point could be called a failure.

“The Chaldean fragments of Cosmogony on the Cuneiform inscriptions, and elsewhere, show two distinct creations of animals and men, the first being destroyed, as it was a failure.” (SD vol 2 p 54)

The physical abominations were destroyed.

“The explanations given in our Stanzas are far more clear than that which the legend of creation from the Cutha tablet would give, even were it complete. What is preserved on it, however, corroborates them. For, in the tablet, ‘the Lord of Angels’ destroys the men in the abyss … who ‘were destroyed’ because they were not ‘perfect’….” (SD vol 2 p 55)

The Fall of the Asura

      (Please note there were three Falls.)

“The history begins by the descent on Earth of the ‘Gods’ who incarnate in mankind, and this is the FALL.” (SD vol 2 p 483)

“Satan and his rebellious host would thus prove, when the meaning of the allegory is explained, to have refused to create physical man, only to become the direct Saviours and the Creators of ‘divine Man.’ The symbolical teaching is more than mystical and religious, it is purely scientific, as will be seen later on. For, instead of remaining a mere blind, functioning medium, impelled and guided by fathomless LAW, the ‘rebellious’ Angel claimed and enforced his right of independent judgment and will, his right of free-agency and responsibility, since man and angel are alike under Karmic Law. [Footnote: Explaining Kabalistic views, the author of the ‘New Aspects of Life’ says of the Fallen Angels that, ‘According to the symbolical teaching, Spirit, from being simply a functionary agent of God, became volitional in its developed and developing action; and, substituting its own will for the Divine desire in its regard, so fell. Hence the Kingdom and reign of Spirits and spiritual action, which flow from and are the product of Spirit-volition, are outside, and contrasted with, and in contradiction to the Kingdom of Souls and Divine action.’ So far, so good; but what does the Author mean by saying, ‘When man was created, he was human in constitution, with human affections, human hopes and aspirations. From this state he fell — into the brute and savage’? This is diametrically opposite to our Eastern teaching, and even to the Kabalistic notion so far as we understand it, and to the Bible itself. This looks like Corporealism and Substantialism colouring positive philosophy, though it is rather hard to feel quite sure of the Author’s meaning (see p. 235). A FALL, however, ‘from the natural into the supernatural and the animal’ — supernatural meaning the purely spiritual in this case — means what we suggest.]” (SD vol 1 p 194)

“…the ‘Self-created’ and the ‘Self-existent’ projected their pale shadows; but group the Third, the Fire-Angels, rebelled and refused to join their Fellow Devas.” (SD vol 2 p 242)

“…tradition shows the celestial Yogis offering themselves as voluntary victims in order to redeem Humanity — created god-like and perfect at first — and to endow him with human affections and aspirations. To do this they had to give up their natural status and, descending on our globe, take up their abode on it for the whole cycle of the Mahayuga, thus exchanging their impersonal individualities for individual personalities — the bliss of sidereal existence for the curse of terrestrial life. This voluntary sacrifice of the Fiery Angels, whose nature was Knowledge and Love, was construed by the exoteric theologies into a statement that shows ‘the rebel angels hurled down from heaven into the darkness of Hell’ — our Earth.” (SD vol 2 p 246)

Arrival of The Lords of the Flame (Solar Pitris)

The Lords of the Flame (Solar Pitris) came down to assist our human evolution. They succeeded in helping us develop our mental abilities.

“The Endowers of man with his conscious, immortal EGO, are the ‘Solar Angels’ — whether so regarded metaphorically or literally…. It has already been explained why the trans-Himalayan Occultists regard them as evidently identical with those who in India are termed Kumaras, Agnishwattas….” (SD vol 2 p 88)

“… the Kumaras, Asuras, and other rulers and Pitris, who incarnated in the Third Race, and in this and various other ways endowed mankind with Mind.” (SD vol 2 p 90)

The assistance of the Lords of the Flame was received during the Third Race.

Humans as we know them today — physical humans with accompanying astral and mental bodies, and using bisexual reproduction — finally appeared.

Fourth Root-Race: The Atlanteans

 

“…the Atlanteans were a very ancient northern nation, long prior to the Hindoos, the Phoenicians, and the Egyptians.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 265)

“Atlanteans were developed from a nucleus of Northern Lemurian Third Race Men, centred, roughly speaking, toward a point of land in what is now the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Their continent was formed by the coalescence of many islands and peninsulas which were upheaved in the ordinary course of time and became ultimately the true home of the great Race known as the Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 p 334)

“The term ‘Atlantean’ must not mislead the reader to regard these as one race only, or even a nation. It is as though one said ‘Asiatics.’ Many, multityped, and various were the Atlanteans, who represented several humanities, and almost a countless number of races and nations, more varied indeed than would be the ‘Europeans’ were this name to be given indiscriminately to the five existing parts of the world; which, at the rate colonization is proceeding, will be the case, perhaps, in less than two or three hundred years. There were brown, red, yellow, white and black Atlanteans; giants and dwarfs (as some African tribes comparatively are, even now).” (SD vol 2 p 433)

“…the Mediterranean barbarians … marvelled at the prowess of the Atlanteans. ‘Their physical strength was extraordinary (witness indeed their cyclopean buildings), the earth shaking sometimes under their tread.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 753 note)

Atlanteans were the first physical, intellect-using race.

“…it is only from the time of the Atlantean, brown and yellow giant Races, that one ought to speak of MAN, since it was the Fourth race only which was the first completely human species, however much larger in size than we are now.” (SD vol 2 p 227)

“…the Atlanteans were really the first purely human and terrestrial race – those that preceded it being more divine and ethereal than human and solid.” (SD vol 2 p 266)

The appearance and disappearance of races is gradual, and the different races always overlap.

“Since the beginning of the Atlantean Race many million years have passed, yet we find the last of the Atlanteans, still mixed up with the Aryan element, 11,000 years ago. This shows the enormous overlapping of one race over the race which succeeds it, though in character and external type the elder loses its characteristics, and assumes the new features of the younger race. This is proved in all the formations of mixed human races.” (SD vol 2 p 444)

Atlanteans were giants.

“The giants of Genesis are the historical Atlanteans of Lanka, and the Greek Titans.” (SD vol 2 p 236)

“…if Noah was an Atlantean, then he was a Titan, a giant….” (SD vol 2 p 265)

Atlantis ended when its continent sank under the ocean.

“…the Atlanteans were post diluvian to the Lemurians, and Lemuria was not submerged as Atlantis was….” (SD vol 2 p 266)

Atlantis was the last part of history where newly-individualized humans had their first incarnation.

“No fresh Monads have incarnated since the middle-point of the Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 p 303)

The Greeks came from the Atlanteans.

“…The Greeks were but the dwarfed and weak remnant of that once glorious nation…. What was this nation? The secret doctrine teaches that it was the latest, seventh sub-race of the Atlanteans, already swallowed up in one of the early sub-races of the Aryan stock….” (SD vol 2 p 743)

“For a full discussion of the relations between the old Greeks and Romans, and the Atlantean colonists, cf. Five Years of Theosophy. ” (SD vol 2 p 743)

Atlantis was a time of negativity.

“…many of us are now working off the effects of the evil Karmic causes produced by us in Atlantean bodies.” (SD vol 2 p 303)

“The Atlantean races were many, and lasted in their evolution for millions of years: all were not bad. They became so toward their end, as we (the fifth) are fast becoming now.” (SD vol 2 p 272 note)

“It was the Atlanteans, the first progeny of semi-divine man after his separation into sexes — hence the first-begotten and humanly-born mortals — who became the first ‘Sacrificers’ to the god of matter. They stand in the far-away dim past, in ages more than prehistoric, as the prototype on which the great symbol of Cain was built, as the first anthropomorphists who worshipped form and matter. That worship degenerated very soon into self-worship, thence led to phallicism, or that which reigns supreme to this day in the symbolisms of every exoteric religion of ritual, dogma, and form.

“Thus the first Atlantean races, born on the Lemurian Continent, separated from their earliest tribes into the righteous and the unrighteous; into those who worshipped the one unseen Spirit of Nature, the ray of which man feels within himself – or the Pantheists, and those who offered fanatical worship to the Spirits of the Earth, the dark Cosmic, anthropomorphic Powers, with whom they made alliance.” (SD vol 2 p 273)

“…the ‘Lemurians’ and the Atlanteans, ‘those children of Heaven and Earth,’ were indeed marked with a character of SORCERY….” (SD vol 2 p 286)

“…the ungodly Atlanteans perished, and ‘were seen no more….’ ” (SD vol 2 p 350)

The mysteries of Heaven and Earth, revealed to the Third Race by their celestial teachers in the days of their purity, became a great focus of light, the rays from which became necessarily weakened as they were diffused and shed upon an uncongenial, because too material soil. With the masses they degenerated into Sorcery, taking later on the shape of exoteric religions, of idolatry full of superstitions, and man-, or hero-worship.” (SD vol 2 p 281)

“…the Atlanteans became the terrible sorcerers, now celebrated in so many of the oldest [manuscripts] of India, only toward their fall, the submersion of their continent having been brought on by it.” (SD vol 2 p 636)

The negativity of Lemuria and Atlantis led to the creation of today’s mystery religions.

“An impenetrable veil of secrecy was thrown over the occult and religious mysteries taught, after the submersion of the last remnant of the Atlantean race, some 12,000 years ago, lest they should be shared by the unworthy, and so desecrated…. It is this secrecy which led the Fifth Race to the establishment, or rather the re-establishment of the religious mysteries, in which ancient truths might be taught to the coming generations under the veil of allegory and symbolism. .” (SD vol 2 p 124)

Other Physical Characteristics

      The Third and Fourth Root-races were marked by other physical characteristics. They were

  • Giants
  • Cyclops Humans



Giants

“…all ancient writings — prose and poetry — are full of the reminiscences of the Lemuro-Atlanteans, the first physical races, though the Third and the Fourth in number. Hesiod records the tradition about the men of the age of Bronze, whom Jupiter had made out of ash-wood and who had hearts harder than diamond. Clad in bronze from head to foot they passed their lives in fighting. Monstrous in size, endowed with a terrible strength, invincible arms and hands descended from their shoulders, says the poet (Hesiod, in oper. and dieb. v. 143). Such were the giants of the first physical races.” (SD vol 2 p 772)

“…the Mediterranean barbarians … marvelled at the prowess of the Atlanteans. ‘Their physical strength was extraordinary (witness indeed their cyclopean buildings), the earth shaking sometimes under their tread. Whatever they did, was done speedily. . . . . . They were wise and communicated their wisdom to men’ ” (SD vol 2 p 753)

“That Third and holy Race consisted of men who, at their zenith, were described as, ‘towering giants of godly strength and beauty….’ ” (SD vol 2 pp. 171-172)

“…the Atlanteans [were] giants whose physical beauty and strength reached their climax, in accordance with evolutionary law, toward the middle period of their fourth sub-race.” (SD vol 2 p 319)

“While it is very probable that the Gibborim (the giants) of the Bible are the Rakshasas of the Hindus, it is still more certain that both are Atlanteans, and belong to the submerged races.” (SD vol 1 p 415)

“To speak of a race nine yatis, or 27 feet high, in a work claiming a more scientific character than ‘Jack the Giant-Killer,’ is a somewhat unusual proceeding. ‘Where are your proofs?’ the writer will be asked. In History and tradition, is the answer. Traditions about a race of giants in days of old are universal; they exist in oral and written lore. India had her Danavas and Daityas; Ceylon had her Rakshasas; Greece, her Titans; Egypt, her colossal Heroes; Chaldea, her Izdubars (Nimrod); and the Jews their Emims of the land of Moab, with the famous giants, Anakim (Numbers xiii. 33). Moses speaks of Og, a king who was nine cubits high (15 ft. 4 in.) and four wide (Deut. iii. 11), and Goliath was ‘six cubits and a span in height’ (or 10 ft. 7 in.).” (SD vol 2 p 336)

Biblical quotes:

“There were giants in the earth in those days….” (Genesis 6:4)

“And there we saw the giants….” (Numbers 13:33)

“Which also were accounted giants….” (Deuteronomy 2:11)

“For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants….” (Deuteronomy 3:11)

The giants disappeared, and the centuries marched on. Humanity continued to get smaller and smaller, reaching its five- to six-foot stature of today.

“Gradually, mankind went down in stature, for, even before the real advent of the Fourth or Atlantean race, the majority of mankind had fallen into iniquity and sin, save the hierarchy of the ‘Elect,’ the followers and disciples of the ‘Sons of Will and Yoga’ — called later the ‘Sons of the Fire Mist.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 319)

“…it is after the destruction of ‘Lemuria’ by subterranean fires that men went on steadily decreasing in stature — a process already commenced after their physical FALL — and that finally, some millions of years after, they reached between six and seven feet, and are now dwindling down (as the older Asiatic races) to nearer five than six feet.” (SD vol 2 pp. 331-332)

Evidence exists today of these prehistoric giants.

“…we may turn to the scientific journals of 1858, which spoke of a sarcophagus of giants found that year on the site of that same city. As to the ancient pagan writers — we have the evidence of Philostratus, who speaks of a giant skeleton twenty-two cubits long, as well as of another of twelve cubits … nevertheless, it was that of a giant, as well as that other one discovered by Messecrates of Stire, at Lemnos — ‘horrible to behold,’ according to Philostratus….” (SD vol 2 p 278)

“… the Abbe Pegues (cited in de Mirville’s Pneumatologie) affirms in his curious work on ‘The Volcanoes of Greece’ that ‘in the neighbourhood of the volcanoes of the isle of Thera, giants with enormous skulls were found laid out under colossal stones….’ ” (SD vol 2 p 278)

“Certain excavations in America in mounds and in caves, have already yielded in isolated cases groups of skeletons of nine and twelve feet high. These belong to tribes of the early Fifth Race, now degenerated to an average size of between five and six feet. But we can easily believe that the Titans and Cyclopes of old really belonged to the Fourth (Atlantean) Race, and that all the subsequent legends and allegories found in the Hindu Puranas and the Greek Hesiod and Homer, were based on the hazy reminiscences of real Titans — men of a superhuman tremendous physical power….” (SD vol 2 p 293)

“It is at the entrance of some of these [viharas in Bamian] that five enormous statues, of what is regarded as Buddha, have been discovered or rather rediscovered in our century, as the famous Chinese traveller, Hiouen-Thsang, speaks of, and saw them, when he visited Bamian in the VIIth century…. The Buddhist Arhats and Ascetics found the five statues, and many more, now crumbled down to dust…. The largest is made to represent the First Race of mankind, its ethereal body being commemorated in hard, everlasting stone, for the instruction of future generations, as its remembrance would otherwise never have survived the Atlantean Deluge. The second — 120 feet high — represents the sweat-born; and the third — measuring 60 feet — immortalizes the race that fell, and thereby inaugurated the first physical race, born of father and mother, the last descendants of which are represented in the Statues found on Easter Isle; but they were only from 20 to 25 feet in stature at the epoch when Lemuria was submerged, after it had been nearly destroyed by volcanic fires. The Fourth Race was still smaller, though gigantic in comparison with our present Fifth Race, and the series culminated finally in the latter…. These are, then, the ‘Giants’ of antiquity, the ante- and post-diluvian Gibborim of the Bible. They lived and flourished one million rather than between three and four thousand years ago.” (SD vol 2 pp. 338-340)

The Bamian statues are the Afgan statues that were blown up by the Taliban. (The Taliban, along with everyone else, mistook these as statues of Buddhist origin.)

Bamian Buddha Statues and Theosophy — A travelogue in the footsteps of Helena Blavatsky

Bamian Statue

The Bamian Statues: Their Mysterious Origin, By H. P. Blavatsky


Cyclops

Cyclops, well-known in Greek mythology, actually did exist.

“The evidence for the Cyclopes — a race of giants — will be pointed out in forthcoming Sections, in the Cyclopean remnants, so called to this day.” (SD vol 2 p 294)

“…we can easily believe that the Titans and Cyclopes of old really belonged to the Fourth (Atlantean) Race, and that all the subsequent legends and allegories found in the Hindu Puranas and the Greek Hesiod and Homer, were based on the hazy reminiscences of real Titans — men of a superhuman tremendous physical power, which enabled them to defend themselves, and hold at bay the gigantic monsters of the Mesozoic and early Cenozoic times — and of actual Cyclopes — three-eyed mortals.” (SD vol 2 p 293)

“The oldest remains of Cyclopean buildings [of Lemurian sixth sub-race buildings] were all the handiwork of the Lemurians of the last sub-races; and an occultist shows, therefore, no wonder on learning that the stone relics found on the small piece of land called Easter Island by Captain Cook, are ‘very much like the walls of the Temple of Pachacamac or the Ruins of Tia-Huanuco in Peru,’ (The Countries of the World,” by Robert Brown, Vol. 4, p. 43); and that they are in the CYCLOPEAN STYLE.” (SD vol 2 p 317)

 


The Third Eye

 

“Then the Third Eye acted no longer.” (Shloka ii-10-42)

“Then, ‘the third eye acted no longer,’ says the Stanza, because MAN had sunk too deep into the mire of matter.” (SD vol 2 p 288)

“There were … armed human creatures in those early days of the male-females (hermaphrodites); with one head, yet three eyes. They could see before them and behind them. A KALPA later (after the separation of the sexes) men having fallen into matter, their spiritual vision became dim; and coordinately the third eye commenced to lose its power…. The third eye, likewise, getting gradually PETRIFIED, soon disappeared…. The Inner sight could henceforth be acquired only through training and initiation, save in the cases of ‘natural and born magicians,’ sensitives and mediums, as they are called now…. The ‘deva-eye’ exists no more for the majority of mankind. The third eye is dead, and acts no longer; but it has left behind a witness to its existence. This witness is now the PINEAL GLAND.” (SD vol 2 pp. 294-295)

“… as the cycle ran down toward that point when the physiological senses were developed by, and went pari passu with, the growth and consolidation of the physical man, the interminable and complex vicissitudes and tribulations of zoological development, that median ‘eye’ ended by atrophying along with the early spiritual and purely psychic characteristics in man.” (SD vol 2 p 298)

“The [third eye] did not become entirely atrophied before the close of the Fourth Race. When spirituality and all the divine powers and attributes of the deva-man of the Third had been made the hand-maidens of the newly-awakened physiological and psychic passions of the physical man, instead of the reverse, the eye lost its powers. But such was the law of Evolution, and it was, in strict accuracy, no FALL. The sin was not in using those newly-developed powers, but in misusing them; in making of the tabernacle, designed to contain a god, the fane of every spiritual iniquity.” (SD vol 2 p 302)

A third eye did physically exist, giving us psychic abilitiies, but withered away as man became more mired in the physical world.

“The possession of a physical third eye, we are told, was enjoyed by the men of the Third Root-Race down to nearly the middle period of Third SUB-race of the Fourth Root-Race, when the consolidation and perfection of the human frame made it disappear from the outward anatomy of man. Psychically and spiritually, however, its mental and visual perceptions lasted till nearly the end of the Fourth Race, when its functions, owing to the materiality and depraved condition of mankind, died out altogether before the submersion of the bulk of the Atlantean continent.” (SD vol 2 p 306)

“…after the separation of the sexes [Men fell into matter, and] their spiritual vision became dim; and coordinately the third eye commenced to lose its power. . . . The third eye, likewise, getting gradually PETRIFIED, soon disappeared.” (SD vol 2 p 294)

“On the Acropolis of Argos, there was a [Zoanon], a rudely carved wooden statue (attributed to Daedalus), representing a three-eyed colossus, which was consecrated to Zeus Triopas (three-eyed). The head of the ‘god’ has two eyes in its face and one above on the top of the forehead.” (SD vol 2 p 294 note)

“Even at the date of Cook’s visit [to Easter Island], some of the statues, measuring 27 feet in height and eight across the shoulders were lying overthrown, while others still standing appeared much larger. One of the latter was so lofty that the shade was sufficient to shelter a party of thirty persons from the heat of the sun. The platforms on which these colossal images stood averaged from thirty to forty feet in length, twelve to sixteen broad. . . . all built of hewn stone in the Cyclopean style, very much like the walls of the Temple of Pachacamac, or the ruins of Tia-Huanuco in Peru.” (quoted in SD vol 2 pp. 336-337)



Noah and The Flood

 

“Atlantis … sunk and its chief portions … disappeared before the end of the Miocene period.” (SD vol 2 p 8)

[It has been] “…850,000 [years] since the submersion of the last large peninsula of the great Atlantis….” (SD vol 2 p 10)

“…most of the later islander Atlanteans perished in the interval between 850,000 and 700,000 years ago, and that the Aryans were 200,000 years old when the first great ‘island’ or continent was submerged….” (SD vol 2 p 395)

“It is the submersion of the great Atlantis which is the most interesting. It is of this cataclysm that the old records (See the ‘Book of Enoch’) say that ‘the ends of the Earth got loose;’ and upon which the legends and allegories of Vaivasvata, Xisuthrus, Noah, Deukalion and all the tutti quanti of the Elect saved, have been built…. The cataclysm which destroyed the huge continent of which Australia is the largest relic, was due to a series of subterranean convulsions and the breaking asunder of the ocean floors. That which put an end to its successor — the fourth continent — was brought on by successive disturbances in the axial rotation. It began during the earliest tertiary periods, and, continuing for long ages, carried away successively the last vestige of Atlantis, with the exception, perhaps, of Ceylon and a small portion of what is now Africa. It changed the face of the globe, and no memory of its flourishing continents and isles, of its civilizations and sciences, remained in the annals of history, save in the Sacred records of the East.” (SD vol 2 p 314)

“Lemuria [was] destroyed by fire, Atlantis by water. The Flood.” (SD vol 2 p 316)

“The remnants of the first two races disappear[ed] for ever [except for groups] of the various Atlantean races saved from the Deluge along with the Forefathers of the Fifth.” (SD vol 2 p 351)

“… is … the story of Moses himself and many others, simply another version of the legends told of the Atlanteans … [with] finally the Egyptians and their Pharaoh drowned in the Red Sea…[?]” (SD vol 2 p 426)

“Noah’s Deluge is astronomical and allegorical, but it is not mythical, for the story is based upon the same archaic tradition of men — or rather of nations — which were saved during the cataclysms, in canoes, arks, and ships. No one would presume to say that the Chaldean Xisuthrus, the Hindu Vaivasvata, the Chinese Peirun — the ‘beloved of the gods,’ who rescued him from the flood in a canoe — or the Swedish Belgamer, for whom the gods did the same in the north, are all identical as a personage. But their legends have all sprung from the catastrophe which involved both the continent and the island of Atlantis.” (SD vol 2 p 774)

“Noah [symbolizes] both the Root-Manu and the Seed-Manu, or the Power which developed the planetary chain, and our earth, and the Seed Race (the Fifth) which was saved while the last sub-races of the Fourth perished — Vaivasvata Manu — the number Seven will be seen to recur at every step. It is he (Noah), who represents, as Jehovah’s permutation, the septenary Host of the Elohim, and is thus the Father or Creator (the Preserver) of all animal life. Hence verses 2 and 3 of chapter vii. of Genesis, ‘Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male (3), and the female (4); of fowls also of the air by sevens,’ etc., etc., followed by all the sevening of days and the rest.” (SD vol 2 pp. 597-598)

“Vaivasvata Manu … saves the Fifth Race during the destruction of the last Atlanteans, the remnants that perished 850,000 years ago, after which there was no great submersion until the day of Plato’s Atlantis, or Poseidonis, known to the Egyptians only because it happened in such relatively recent times.” (SD vol 2 pp. 313-314)

There have been several Floods throughout history — not a single Flood, as written in the Bible.

“The ‘Deluge’ is undeniably an universal tradition. ‘Glacial periods’ were numerous, and so were the ‘Deluges,’ for various reasons. Stockwell and Croll enumerate some half dozen Glacial Periods and subsequent Deluges — the earliest of all being dated by them 850,000, and the last about 100,000, years ago. But which was our Deluge? Assuredly the former, the one which to this date remains recorded in the traditions of all the peoples, from the remotest antiquity; the one that finally swept away the last peninsulas of Atlantis, beginning with Ruta and Daitya and ending with the (comparatively) small island mentioned by Plato. This is shown by the agreement of certain details in all the legends. It was the last of its gigantic character. The little deluge, the traces of which Baron Bunsen found in Central Asia, and which he places at about 10,000 years B.C., had nothing to do with either the semi-universal Deluge, or Noah’s flood — the latter being a purely mythical rendering of old traditions — nor even with the submersion of the last Atlantean island; at least, only a moral connection.

“Our Fifth Race (the non-initiated portions), hearing of many deluges, confused them, and now know of but one. This one altered the whole aspect of the globe in its interchange and shifting of land and sea.” (SD vol 2 p 141)

“…neither the Chaldean nor the Biblical deluge (the stories of Xisuthrus and Noah) is based on the universal or even on the Atlantean deluges….” (SD vol 2 p 4)

“…that there were many such deluges as that mentioned in Genesis, and three far more important ones, which will be mentioned and described in the Section devoted to the subject of pre-historic continents.” (SD vol 2 p 306)

The Biblical flood was not the first flood.

“The Second Flood — the so-called ‘universal’ — which affected the Fourth Root Race (now conveniently regarded by theology as “the accursed race of giants,” the CAINITES, and “the sons of Ham”) is that flood which was first perceived by geology.” (SD vol 2 p 146)

In Theosophy, “Flood” refers to several different events.

“The First Cosmic Flood refers to primordial creation, or the formation of Heaven and the Earths; in which case Chaos and the great Deep stand for the ‘Flood,’ and the Moon for the ‘Mother,’ from whom proceed all the life-germs. But the terrestrial Deluge and its story has also its dual application. In one case it has reference to that mystery when mankind was saved from utter destruction, by the mortal woman being made the receptacle of the human seed at the end of the Third Race, and in the other to the real and historical Atlantean submersion. In both cases the ‘Host’ — or the Manu which saved the seed — is called Vaivasvata Manu. Hence the diversity between the Puranic and other versions; while in the Sathapatha Brahmana, Vaivasvata produces a daughter and begets from her the race of Manu; which is a reference to the first human Manushyas, who had to create women by will (Kriyasakti), before they were naturally born from the hermaphrodites as an independent sex, and who were, therefore, regarded as their creator’s daughters. The Puranic accounts make of her (Ida or Ila) the wife of Budha (Wisdom), the latter version referring to the events of the Atlantean flood, when Vaivasvata, the great Sage on Earth, saved the Fifth Root-race from being destroyed along with the remnants of the Fourth.” (SD vol 2 p 139-140)


Ulysses, Homer, and the Odyssey

The Odyssey is a story that refers to real interactions between “normal-sized” humans and Atlantean giants.

“All the ‘fables’ of Greece were built on historical facts, if that history had only passed unadulterated by myths to posterity. The ‘one-eyed’ Cyclopes, the giants fabled as the sons of Coelus and Terra — three in number, according to Hesiod — were the last three sub-races of the Lemurians, the ‘one-eye’ referring to the Wisdom eye; for the two front eyes were fully developed as physical organs only in the beginning of the Fourth Race. The allegory of Ulysses, whose companions were devoured while the king of Ithaca was saved by putting out with a fire-brand the eye of Polyphemus, is based upon the psycho-physiological atrophy of the ‘third’ eye. Ulysses belongs to the cycle of the heroes of the Fourth Race, and, though a ‘sage’ in the sight of the latter, must have been a profligate in the opinion of the pastoral Cyclopes. His adventure with the latter — a savage gigantic race, the antithesis of cultured civilization in the Odyssey — is an allegorical record of the gradual passage from the Cyclopean civilization of stone and colossal buildings to the more sensual and physical culture of the Atlanteans, which finally caused the last of the Third Race to lose their all-penetrating spiritual eye. That other allegory, which makes Apollo kill the Cyclops to avenge the death of his son Asclepios, does not refer to the three races represented by the three sons of Heaven and Earth, but to the Hyperborean Arimaspian Cyclopes, the last of the race endowed with the ‘Wisdom-eye.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 769-770)

“Ulysses was wrecked on the isle of AEaea, where Circe changed all his companions into pigs for their voluptuousness; and after that he was thrown into Ogygia, the island of Calypso, where for some seven years he lived with the nymph in illicit connection (Odyssey and elsewhere). Now Calypso was a daughter of Atlas (Odys. Book XII.), and all the traditional ancient versions, when speaking of the Isle of Ogygia, say that it was very distant from Greece, and right in the middle of the ocean: thus identifying it with Atlantis.” (SD vol 2 p 769 note)

There are other stories of a small race fighting with a race of giants.

“…from the first appearance of the Aryan race, when the Pliocene portions of the once great Atlantis began gradually sinking and other continents to appear on the surface, down to the final disappearance of Plato’s small island of Atlantis, the Aryan races had never ceased to fight with the descendants of the first giant races. This war lasted till nearly the close of the age which preceded the Kali Yug, and was the Mahabharatean war so famous in Indian History.” (SD vol 2 p 395)



Easter Island

The statues on Easter Island give a clue.

“The Easter Island relics are, for instance, the most astounding and eloquent memorials of the primeval giants. They are as grand as they are mysterious; and one has but to examine the heads of the colossal statues, that have remained unbroken on that island, to recognize in them at a glance the features of the type and character attributed to the Fourth Race giants.” (SD vol 2 p 224)

“Easter Island was … taken possession of … by some Atlanteans; who, having escaped from the cataclysm which befell their own land, settled on that remnant of Lemuria only to perish thereon, when destroyed in one day by its volcanic fires and lava.” (SD vol 2 p 326)

“…most of the gigantic statues discovered on Easter Island, a portion of an undeniably submerged continent — as also those found on the outskirts of Gobi, a region which had been submerged for untold ages — are all between 20 and 30 feet high. The statues found by Cook on Easter Island measured almost all twenty-seven feet in height, and eight feet across the shoulders.” (SD vol 2 p 331)

“The Easter Isles in ‘mid Pacific’ present the feature of the remaining peaks of the mountains of a submerged continent, for the reason that these peaks are thickly studded with Cyclopean statues, remnants of the civilization of a dense and cultivated people, who must have of necessity occupied a widely extended area.” (SD vol 1 p 322)

“ ‘Even at the date of Cook’s visit, some of the [Easter Island] statues, measuring 27 feet in height and eight across the shoulders were lying overthrown, while others still standing appeared much larger. One of the latter was so lofty that the shade was sufficient to shelter a party of thirty persons from the heat of the sun. The platforms on which these colossal images stood averaged from thirty to forty feet in length, twelve to sixteen broad. . . . all built of hewn stone in the Cyclopean style, very much like the walls of the Temple of Pachacamac, or the ruins of Tia-Huanuco in Peru…. THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT ANY OF THE STATUES HAVE BEEN BUILT UP, BIT BY BIT, BY SCAFFOLDING ERECTED AROUND THEM’ — adds the journal very suggestively — without explaining how they could be built otherwise, unless made by giants of the same size as the statues themselves.” (SD vol 2 p 337)

 



Pyramids and Egypt

The Egyptians were descendents of the Atlanteans.

“The civilization of the Atlanteans was greater even than that of the Egyptians. It is their degenerate descendants, the nation of Plato’s Atlantis, which built the first Pyramids in the country….” (SD vol 2 p 429)

“The Pyramids are closely connected with the ideas of both the Great Dragon (the constellation), the ‘Dragons of Wisdom,’ or the great Initiates of the Third and Fourth Races, and the Floods of the Nile, regarded as a divine reminder of the great Atlantic Flood.” (SD vol 2 p 353)

“The human Dynasty of the older Egyptians, beginning with Menes, had all the knowledge of the Atlanteans, though there was no more Atlantean blood in their veins.” (SD vol 2 p 436)

Egyptian culture was a remnant of older cultures.

“…the civilizations of such archaic nations as the Egyptians, Aryans of India, Chaldeans, Chinese, and Assyrians are the result of preceding civilizations during “myriads of centuries”; and the latter points to the fact that, “Egypt at the beginning appears mature, old, and entirely without mythical and heroic ages, as if the country had never known youth. Its civilization has no infancy, and its art no archaic period. The civilization of the Old Monarchy did not begin with infancy. It was already mature.” To this Professor R. Owen adds that, “Egypt is recorded to have been a civilized and governed community before the time of Menes”; and Winchell (“Pre-Adamites,” p. 120), that “at the epoch of Menes the Egyptians were already a civilized and numerous people.” (SD vol 2 p 334)

“Egypt is far older than Europe as now traced on the map. Atlanto-Aryan tribes began to settle on it, when the British Islands and France were not even in existence.” (SD vol 2 p 746)



Stonehenge

Stonehenge was built by Cyclopean giants.

“…the rocking stones of Ireland, or those of Brinham, in Yorkshire … them are evidently the relics of the Atlanteans…” (SD vol 2 p 347)

“…had there been no giants to move about such colossal rocks, there could never have been a Stonehenge, a Carnac (Brittany) and other such Cyclopean structures….” (SD vol 2 p 341)

“…had there been no giants to move about such colossal rocks [as in a Stonehenge], there could never have been a Stonehenge…. Who then, if not giants, could ever raise such masses (especially those at Carnac and West Hoadley), range them in such symmetrical order that they should represent the planisphere, and place them in such wonderful equipoise that they seem to hardly touch the ground, are set in motion at the slightest touch of the finger, and would yet resist the efforts of twenty men who should attempt to displace them. We say, that most of these stones are the relics of the last Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 pp. 341-343)



Fifth Root-Race: The Aryans

 

“The Aryan race was born and developed in the far north, though after the sinking of the continent of Atlantis its tribes emigrated further south into Asia.” (SD vol 2 p 768)

“The rapid progress of anthropomorphism and idolatry led the early Fifth, as it had already led the Fourth Race, into sorcery….” (SD vol 2 p 503)

“The Aryan races, for instance, now varying from dark brown, almost black, red-brown-yellow, down to the whitest creamy colour, are yet all of one and the same stock — the Fifth Root-Race — and spring from one single progenitor, called in Hindu exotericism by the generic name of Vaivasvata Manu….” (SD vol 2 p 250)

“Nor is Bailly wrong again in assuring us that the Hindus, Egyptians, and Phoenicians came after the Atlanteans, for the latter belonged to the Fourth, while the Aryans and their Semitic Branch are of the Fifth Race.” (SD vol 2 p 266)

“The Aryan nations … trace their descent through the Atlanteans from the more spiritual races of the Lemurians, in whom the “Sons of Wisdom” had personally incarnated.” (SD vol 2 p 318)

“From verse 24 to 34, ch. xxv. of Genesis contains the allegorical history of the birth of the Fifth Race.” (SD vol 2 p 705)


Sixth Root-Race (Unnamed)

 

“… the Sixth [Root-Race] will [rapidly grow] out of its bonds of matter, and even of flesh.” (SD vol 2 p 446)

“The Fifth will overlap the Sixth Race for many hundreds of millenniums, changing with it slower than its new successor, still changing in stature, general physique, and mentality, just as the Fourth overlapped our Aryan race, and the Third had overlapped the Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 p 445)

“In the Sixth Root-Race … new forms — though fewer and ever wider apart as ages pass on and the close of the Manvantara approaches — will develop from the ‘cast off’ types of the human races as they revert once again to astral, out of the mire of physical, life.” (SD vol 2 p 263)

[Someday, in the distant future,] “…the Sixth Root-Race will have appeared on the stage of our Round. When shall this be? Who knows save the great Masters of Wisdom, perchance, and they are as silent upon the subject as the snow-capped peaks that tower above them. All we know is, that it will silently come into existence; so silently, indeed, that for long millenniums shall its pioneers — the peculiar children who will grow into peculiar men and women — be regarded as anomalous lusus naturae, abnormal oddities physically and mentally. Then, as they increase, and their numbers become with every age greater, one day they will awake to find themselves in a majority.” (SD vol 2 p 445)

“Since the beginning of the Atlantean Race many million years have passed, yet we find the last of the Atlanteans, still mixed up with the Aryan element, 11,000 years ago. This shows the enormous overlapping of one race over the race which succeeds it, though in character and external type the elder loses its characteristics, and assumes the new features of the younger race. This is proved in all the formations of mixed human races. Now, Occult philosophy teaches that even now, under our very eyes, the new Race and Races are preparing to be formed, and that it is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced…. Thus the Americans have become in only three centuries a ‘primary race,’ pro tem., before becoming a race apart, and strongly separated from all other now existing races. They are, in short, the germs of the Sixth sub-race, and in some few hundred years more, will become most decidedly the pioneers of that race which must succeed to the present European or fifth sub-race, in all its new characteristics. After this, in about 25,000 years, they will launch into preparations for the seventh sub-race; until, in consequence of cataclysms — the first series of those which must one day destroy Europe, and still later the whole Aryan race (and thus affect both Americas), as also most of the lands directly connected with the confines of our continent and isles — the Sixth Root-Race will have appeared on the stage of our Round.” (SD vol 2 pp. 444-445)

[The] “process of preparation for the Sixth great Race must last throughout the whole sixth and seventh sub-races (vide supra, the diagram of the Genealogical Tree of the Fifth Race). But the last remnants of the Fifth Continent will not disappear until some time after the birth of the new Race; when another and new dwelling, the sixth continent, will have appeared above the new waters on the face of the globe, so as to receive the new stranger. To it also will emigrate and settle all those who shall be fortunate enough to escape the general disaster.” (SD vol 2 p 445)

“Mankind will not grow again into giant bodies as in the case of the Lemurians and the Atlanteans; because while the evolution of the Fourth race led the latter down to the very bottom of materiality in its physical development, the present Race is on its ascending arc; and the Sixth will be rapidly growing out of its bonds of matter, and even of flesh.” (SD vol 2 p 446)



Seventh Root-Race (Unnamed)

 

“… the great Adepts and Initiated ascetics will ‘multiply,’ i.e., once more produce Mind-born immaculate Sons — in the Seventh Root-Race.” (SD vol 2 p 275)

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Final Thoughts

Three observations come to light as a result of studying the Stanzas.

  • Evolution is a very slow process.
  • Evolution was (and is) a lot of hard, meticulous work.
  • All of nature was first perceptualized at a higher level, then appeared. It is not the other way around.

Evolution is a very slow process.

      One of the problems Theosophy has with beliefs like the Biblical Creation Story is that complex organisms (humanity, planets, galaxies, etc.) appear in a very short time. Madame Blavatsky, in the quote below, refutes “evolution by sudden laps and bounds”.

“M. Naudin declares that evolution has progressed by sudden leaps and bounds, instead of extending slowly over millions of years….” (SD vol 2 p 120)

      Theosophy, on the other hand, teaches that these organisms take a long time, eons, to appear.

Evolution was (and is) a lot of hard, meticulous work.

      One thing that jumped out at this writer (after having read the Stanzas) is that the Dhyani Chohan have worked very diligently at creating humanity, having put out a great deal of effort. A Human Race does not just appear — a great deal of details must be worked out along the way, and humans must be crafted and formed in intimate details at every step along the way.

All of nature was first perceptualized at a higher level, then appeared.

      We humans think objects and ideas just appear here in the physical world. Theosophy teaches us just the opposite. Every object, every concept that appears is first conceived on a higher plane, then is crafted and caused to manifest on the physical plane. This is clearly against the concept of evolution as taught by the Darwinians. Species are not accidents.

“…every physical organ, and psychic, and spiritual function, is a reflection, so to say, a copy on the terrestrial plane of the model or prototype above.” (SD vol 2 p 92)

Each species is first conceived of as an idea in the mind of the respective Elemental, then created on Earth.


PART TWO: THE STANZAS OF DZYAN

      We have come to the end of the study of the concepts in The Stanzas of Dzyan. It is time to look at the 19 Stanzas, arranged into two Books.

Book 1

• Stanza i-1: Rest, non-activity, nothing exists.

• Stanza i-2: An inkling of things to come. The Two.

• Stanza i-3: The re-awakening of the universe to Life. Mahat (The Son). Monads. Consciousness and Manifestation.

• Stanza i-4: The septenary Hierarchy and the Dhyani Chohan. The “Creation” of the universe, so familiar to the world’s religions.

• Stanza i-5: The formation of cosmic matter, nebulae, solar systems, and planets.

• Stanza i-6: A continuation of the formations started in Stanza Five, down to the Fourth Period of our world.

• Stanza i-7: The appearance of Man.

Book 2

• Stanza ii-1: Invocation of the Earth to the Sun, and the Sun’s answer.

• Stanza ii-2: Nature unaided fails. Monsters appear and are destroyed.

• Stanza ii-3: Attempts to create Man. The Gods refuse to cooperate.

• Stanza ii-4: Creation of the First Races. The Creators are perplexed how to create a THINKING man.

• Stanza ii-5: The Evolution of the Second Race.

• Stanza ii-6: The Second Race creates the Third and perishes.

• Stanza ii-7: The Higher Creators reject in their pride the forms evolved by the “Sons of Yoga.” The first man endowed with mind.

• Stanza ii-8: Evolution of the animal mammalians. — The First Fall

• Stanza ii-9: The Creators repent and atone for their neglect. Men become endowed with minds. Every androgynous unit is separated and becomes bisexual.

• Stanza ii-10: The Birth of the Fourth, Atlantean Race. They fall into sin and beget children and monsters. The first germs of Anthropomorphism and sexual religion. They lose their “third Eye.”

• Stanza ii-11: Lemuria destroyed by fire, Atlantis by water. The Flood. The destruction of the last antediluvian monster-animals.

• Stanza ii-12: The Fifth Race and Its Divine Instructors.

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THE STANZAS OF DZYAN

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BOOK ONE

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COSMIC EVOLUTION

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In Seven Stanzas translated from the Book of Dzyan.

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STANZA i-1.

 

i-1-1. THE ETERNAL PARENT (Space) WRAPPED IN HER EVER INVISIBLE ROBES HAD SLUMBERED ONCE AGAIN FOR SEVEN ETERNITIES[interpretation]

i-1-2. TIME WAS NOT, FOR IT LAY ASLEEP IN THE INFINITE BOSOM OF DURATION. [interpretation]

i-1-3. UNIVERSAL MIND WAS NOT, FOR THERE WERE NO AH-HI (Celestial Beings) TO CONTAIN (hence to manifest) IT. [interpretation]

i-1-4. THE SEVEN WAYS TO BLISS (Moksha [Footnote: Mokhsa is Indian for Nirvana] or Nirvana) WERE NOT. THE GREAT CAUSES OF MISERY WERE NOT, FOR THERE WAS NO ONE TO PRODUCE AND GET ENSNARED BY THEM. [interpretation]

i-1-5. DARKNESS ALONE FILLED THE BOUNDLESS ALL, FOR FATHER, MOTHER AND SON WERE ONCE MORE ONE, AND THE SON HAD NOT AWAKENED YET FOR THE NEW WHEEL, AND HIS PILGRIMAGE THEREON. [interpretation]

i-1-6. THE SEVEN SUBLIME LORDS AND THE SEVEN TRUTHS HAD CEASED TO BE, AND THE UNIVERSE, THE SON OF NECESSITY, WAS IMMERSED IN PARANISHPANNA, TO BE OUTBREATHED BY THAT WHICH IS AND YET IS NOT. NAUGHT WAS. [interpretation]

i-1-7. THE CAUSES OF EXISTENCE HAD BEEN DONE AWAY WITH; THE VISIBLE THAT WAS, AND THE INVISIBLE THAT IS, RESTED IN ETERNAL NON-BEING — THE ONE BEING. [interpretation]

i-1-8. ALONE THE ONE FORM OF EXISTENCE STRETCHED BOUNDLESS, INFINITE, CAUSELESS, IN DREAMLESS SLEEP; AND LIFE PULSATED UNCONSCIOUS IN UNIVERSAL SPACE, THROUGHOUT THAT ALL-PRESENCE WHICH IS SENSED BY THE OPENED EYE OF THE DANGMA[interpretation]

i-1-9. BUT WHERE WAS THE DANGMA WHEN THE ALAYA OF THE UNIVERSE WAS IN PARAMARTHA AND THE GREAT WHEEL WAS ANUPADAKA[interpretation]

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STANZA i-2.

 

i-2-1. . . . WHERE WERE THE BUILDERS, THE LUMINOUS SONS OF MANVANTARIC DAWN? . . . IN THE UNKNOWN DARKNESS IN THEIR AH-HI PARANISHPANNA. THE PRODUCERS OF FORM (Rupa) FROM NO-FORM (Arupa), THE ROOT OF THE WORLD — THE DEVAMATRI AND SVABHAVAT, RESTED IN THE BLISS OF NON-BEING[interpretation]

i-2-2. . . . WHERE WAS SILENCE? WHERE THE EARS TO SENSE IT? NO, THERE WAS NEITHER SILENCE NOR SOUND; NAUGHT SAVE CEASELESS ETERNAL BREATH (Motion), WHICH KNOWS ITSELF NOT. [interpretation]

i-2-3. THE HOUR HAD NOT YET STRUCK; THE RAY HAD NOT YET FLASHED INTO THE GERM; THE MATRIPADMA (Mother Lotus) HAD NOT YET SWOLLEN[interpretation]

i-2-4. HER HEART HAD NOT YET OPENED FOR THE ONE RAY TO ENTER, THENCE TO FALL, AS THREE INTO FOUR, INTO THE LAP OF MAYA[interpretation]

i-2-5. THE SEVEN SONS WERE NOT YET BORN FROM THE WEB OF LIGHT. DARKNESS ALONE WAS FATHER-MOTHER, SVABHAVAT; AND SVABHAVAT WAS IN DARKNESS[interpretation]

i-2-6. THESE TWO ARE THE GERM, AND THE GERM IS ONE. THE UNIVERSE WAS STILL CONCEALED IN THE DIVINE THOUGHT AND THE DIVINE BOSOM. . . . [interpretation]

 

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STANZA i-3.

 

i-3-1. . . . THE LAST VIBRATION OF THE SEVENTH ETERNITY THRILLS THROUGH INFINITUDE. THE MOTHER SWELLS, EXPANDING FROM WITHIN WITHOUT, LIKE THE BUD OF THE LOTUS. [interpretation]

i-3-2. THE VIBRATION SWEEPS ALONG, TOUCHING WITH ITS SWIFT WING (simultaneously) THE WHOLE UNIVERSE AND THE GERM THAT DWELLETH IN DARKNESS: THE DARKNESS THAT BREATHES (moves) OVER THE SLUMBERING WATERS OF LIFE. . . [interpretation]

i-3-3. DARKNESS RADIATES LIGHT, AND LIGHT DROPS ONE SOLITARY RAY INTO THE MOTHER-DEEP. THE RAY SHOOTS THROUGH THE VIRGIN EGG, THE RAY CAUSES THE ETERNAL EGG TO THRILL, AND DROP THE NON-ETERNAL (periodical) GERM, WHICH CONDENSES INTO THE WORLD-EGG[interpretation]

 

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STANZA i-3.

 

i-3-4. THEN THE THREE FALL INTO THE FOUR. THE RADIANT ESSENCE BECOMES SEVEN INSIDE, SEVEN OUTSIDE. THE LUMINOUS EGG (Hiranyagarbha), WHICH IN ITSELF IS THREE, CURDLES AND SPREADS IN MILK-WHITE CURDS THROUGHOUT THE DEPTHS OF MOTHER, THE ROOT THAT GROWS IN THE DEPTHS OF THE OCEAN OF LIFE. [interpretation]

i-3-5. THE ROOT REMAINS, THE LIGHT REMAINS, THE CURDS REMAIN, AND STILL OEAOHOO IS ONE. [interpretation]

i-3-6. THE ROOT OF LIFE WAS IN EVERY DROP OF THE OCEAN OF IMMORTALITY, AND THE OCEAN WAS RADIANT LIGHT, WHICH WAS FIRE, AND HEAT, AND MOTION. DARKNESS VANISHED AND WAS NO MORE; IT DISAPPEARED IN ITS OWN ESSENCE, THE BODY OF FIRE AND WATER, OR FATHER AND MOTHER[interpretation]

i-3-7. BEHOLD, OH LANOO! THE RADIANT CHILD OF THE TWO, THE UNPARALLELED REFULGENT GLORY: BRIGHT SPACE SON OF DARK SPACE, WHICH EMERGES FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE GREAT DARK WATERS. IT IS OEAOHOO THE YOUNGER, THE * * * HE SHINES FORTH AS THE SON; HE IS THE BLAZING DIVINE DRAGON OF WISDOM; THE ONE IS FOUR, AND FOUR TAKES TO ITSELF THREE, AND THE UNION PRODUCES THE SAPTA, IN WHOM ARE THE SEVEN WHICH BECOME THE TRIDASA (OR THE HOSTS AND THE MULTITUDES). BEHOLD HIM LIFTING THE VEIL AND UNFURLING IT FROM EAST TO WEST. HE SHUTS OUT THE ABOVE, AND LEAVES THE BELOW TO BE SEEN AS THE GREAT ILLUSION. HE MARKS THE PLACES FOR THE SHINING ONES, AND TURNS THE UPPER (space) INTO A SHORELESS SEA OF FIRE, AND THE ONE MANIFESTED (element) INTO THE GREAT WATERS[interpretation]

** i-3-8 **. WHERE WAS THE GERM AND WHERE WAS NOW DARKNESS? WHERE IS THE SPIRIT OF THE FLAME THAT BURNS IN THY LAMP, OH LANOO? THE GERM IS THAT, AND THAT IS LIGHT, THE WHITE BRILLIANT SON OF THE DARK HIDDEN FATHER. [interpretation]

i-3-9. LIGHT IS COLD FLAME, AND FLAME IS FIRE, AND FIRE PRODUCES HEAT, WHICH YIELDS WATER: THE WATER OF LIFE IN THE GREAT MOTHER (Chaos). [interpretation]

i-3-10. FATHER-MOTHER SPIN A WEB WHOSE UPPER END IS FASTENED TO SPIRIT (Purusha) — THE LIGHT OF THE ONE DARKNESS — AND THE LOWER ONE TO ITS (the Spirit’s) SHADOWY END, MATTER (Prakriti); AND THIS WEB IS THE UNIVERSE SPUN OUT OF THE TWO SUBSTANCES MADE IN ONE, WHICH IS SVABHAVAT[interpretation]

i-3-11. IT (the WebEXPANDS WHEN THE BREATH OF FIRE (the Father) IS UPON IT; IT CONTRACTS WHEN THE BREATH OF THE MOTHER TOUCHES IT. THEN THE SONS DISSOCIATE AND SCATTER, TO RETURN INTO THEIR MOTHER’S BOSOM AT THE END OF THE GREAT DAY, AND RE-BECOME ONE WITH HER; WHEN IT (the Web) IS COOLING IT BECOMES RADIANT, AND THE SONS EXPAND AND CONTRACT THROUGH THEIR OWN SELVES AND HEARTS; THEY EMBRACE INFINITUDE. [interpretation]

i-3-12. THEN SVABHAVAT SENDS FOHAT TO HARDEN THE ATOMS. EACH IS A PART OF THE WEB (Universe). REFLECTING THE “SELF-EXISTENT LORD” (Primeval Light) LIKE A MIRROR, EACH BECOMES IN TURN A WORLD[interpretation]

 

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STANZA i-4.

 

i-4-1. . . . LISTEN, YE SONS OF THE EARTH, TO YOUR INSTRUCTORS — THE SONS OF THE FIRE. LEARN, THERE IS NEITHER FIRST NOR LAST, FOR ALL IS ONE: NUMBER ISSUED FROM NO NUMBER[interpretation]

i-4-2. LEARN WHAT WE WHO DESCEND FROM THE PRIMORDIAL SEVEN, WE WHO ARE BORN FROM THE PRIMORDIAL FLAME, HAVE LEARNT FROM OUR FATHERS. . . . [interpretation]

i-4-3. FROM THE EFFULGENCY OF LIGHT — THE RAY OF THE EVER-DARKNESS — SPRUNG IN SPACE THE RE-AWAKENED ENERGIES (Dhyan Chohan); THE ONE FROM THE EGG, THE SIX, AND THE FIVE. THEN THE THREE, THE ONE, THE FOUR, THE ONE, THE FIVE — THE TWICE SEVEN THE SUM TOTAL. AND THESE ARE THE ESSENCES, THE FLAMES, THE ELEMENTS, THE BUILDERS, THE NUMBERS, THE ARUPA (formless), THE RUPA (with bodies), AND THE FORCE OF DIVINE MAN — THE SUM TOTAL. AND FROM THE DIVINE MAN EMANATED THE FORMS, THE SPARKS, THE SACRED ANIMALS, AND THE MESSENGERS OF THE SACRED FATHERS (the Pitris) WITHIN THE HOLY FOUR[interpretation]

i-4-4. THIS WAS THE ARMY OF THE VOICE — THE DIVINE MOTHER OF THE SEVEN. THE SPARKS OF THE SEVEN ARE SUBJECT TO, AND THE SERVANTS OF, THE FIRST, THE SECOND, THE THIRD, THE FOURTH, THE FIFTH, THE SIXTH, AND THE SEVENTH OF THE SEVEN. THESE “SPARKS” ARE CALLED SPHERES, TRIANGLES, CUBES, LINES, AND MODELLERS; FOR THUS STANDS THE ETERNAL NIDANA — THE OEAOHOO (OI-HA-HOU) [interpretation]

i-4-5. THE OEAOHOO (OI-HA-HOU) IS THE DARKNESS” THE BOUNDLESS, OR THE NO-NUMBER, ADI-NIDANA SVABHAVAT: —

 

I. THE ADI-SANAT, THE NUMBER, FOR HE IS ONE.

II. THE VOICE OF THE LORD SVABHAVAT, THE NUMBERS, FOR HE IS ONE AND NINE.

III. THE “FORMLESS SQUARE.” (Arupa)

 

AND THESE THREE ENCLOSED WITHIN THE  ARE THE SACRED FOUR; AND THE TEN ARE THE ARUPA UNIVERSE. THEN COME THE “SONS,” THE SEVEN FIGHTERS, THE ONE, THE EIGHTH LEFT OUT, AND HIS BREATH WHICH IS THE LIGHT-MAKER. [interpretation]


i-4-6. THEN THE SECOND SEVEN, WHO ARE THE LIPIKA, PRODUCED BY THE THREE (Word, Voice, and Spirit). THE REJECTED SON IS ONE. THE “SON-SUNS” ARE COUNTLESS. [interpretation]

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STANZA i-5.

 

i-5-1. THE PRIMORDIAL SEVEN, THE FIRST SEVEN BREATHS OF THE DRAGON OF WISDOM, PRODUCE IN THEIR TURN FROM THEIR HOLY CIRCUMGYRATING BREATHS THE FIERY WHIRLWIND[interpretation]

i-5-2. THEY MAKE OF HIM THE MESSENGER OF THEIR WILL. THE DZYU BECOMES FOHAT, THE SWIFT SON OF THE DIVINE SONS WHOSE SONS ARE THE LIPIKA*, RUNS CIRCULAR ERRANDS. FOHAT IS THE STEED AND THE THOUGHT IS THE RIDER. HE PASSES LIKE LIGHTNING THROUGH THE FIERY CLOUDS; TAKES THREE, AND FIVE, AND SEVEN STRIDES THROUGH THE SEVEN REGIONS ABOVE, AND THE SEVEN BELOW. HE LIFTS HIS VOICE, AND CALLS THE INNUMERABLE SPARKS, AND JOINS THEM. [interpretation]

* The difference between the “Builders,” the Planetary Spirits, and the Lipika must not be lost sight of. (See Nos. 5 and 6 of this commentary.) (SD vol 1 p 107 note)

i-5-3. HE IS THEIR GUIDING SPIRIT AND LEADER. WHEN HE COMMENCES WORK, HE SEPARATES THE SPARKS OF THE LOWER KINGDOM THAT FLOAT AND THRILL WITH JOY IN THEIR RADIANT DWELLINGS, AND FORMS THEREWITH THE GERMS OF WHEELS. HE PLACES THEM IN THE SIX DIRECTIONS OF SPACE, AND ONE IN THE MIDDLE — THE CENTRAL WHEEL. [interpretation]

i-5-4. FOHAT TRACES SPIRAL LINES TO UNITE THE SIXTH TO THE SEVENTH — THE CROWN; AN ARMY OF THE SONS OF LIGHT STANDS AT EACH ANGLE, AND THE LIPIKA IN THE MIDDLE WHEEL, THEY SAY: THIS IS GOOD, THE FIRST DIVINE WORLD IS READY, THE FIRST IS NOW THE SECOND (world). THEN THE “DIVINE ARUPA” REFLECTS ITSELF IN CHHAYA LOKA, THE FIRST GARMENT OF THE ANUPADAKA[interpretation]

i-5-5. FOHAT TAKES FIVE STRIDES AND BUILDS A WINGED WHEEL AT EACH CORNER OF THE SQUARE, FOR THE FOUR HOLY ONES AND THEIR ARMIES (hosts). [interpretation]

i-5-6. THE LIPIKA CIRCUMSCRIBE THE TRIANGLE, THE FIRST ONE, THE CUBE, THE SECOND ONE, AND THE PENTACLE WITHIN THE EGG. IT IS THE RING CALLED “PASS NOT” FOR THOSE WHO DESCEND AND ASCEND. ALSO FOR THOSE WHO DURING THE KALPA ARE PROGRESSING TOWARDS THE GREAT DAY “BE WITH US.” THUS WERE FORMED THE RUPA AND THE ARUPA: FROM ONE LIGHT SEVEN LIGHTS; FROM EACH OF THE SEVEN, SEVEN TIMES SEVEN LIGHTS. THE WHEELS WATCH THE RING. . . . [interpretation]

 

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STANZA i-6.

 

** i-6-1 **. BY THE POWER OF THE MOTHER OF MERCY AND KNOWLEDGE — KWAN-YIN — THE “TRIPLE” OF KWAN-SHAI-YIN, RESIDING IN KWAN-YIN-TIENFOHAT, THE BREATH OF THEIR PROGENY, THE SON OF THE SONS, [CALLS UPON], FROM THE LOWER ABYSS, THE ILLUSIVE FORM OF SIEN-TCHANG AND THE SEVEN ELEMENTS[interpretation]

i-6-2. THE SWIFT AND RADIANT ONE PRODUCES THE SEVEN LAYA CENTRES, AGAINST WHICH NONE WILL PREVAIL TO THE GREAT DAY “BE-WITH-US,” AND SEATS THE UNIVERSE ON THESE ETERNAL FOUNDATIONS, SURROUNDING TSIEN-TCHAN WITH THE ELEMENTARY GERMS[interpretation]

i-6-3. OF THE SEVEN (elements) — FIRST ONE MANIFESTED, SIX CONCEALED, TWO MANIFESTED, FIVE CONCEALED; THREE MANIFESTED, FOUR CONCEALED; FOUR PRODUCED, THREE HIDDEN; FOUR AND ONE TSAN REVEALED, TWO AND ONE HALF CONCEALED; SIX TO BE MANIFESTED, ONE LAID ASIDE. LASTLY, SEVEN SMALL WHEELS REVOLVING; ONE GIVING BIRTH TO THE OTHER. [interpretation]

** i-6-4 **HE BUILDS THEM IN THE LIKENESS OF OLDER WHEELS, PLACING THEM ON THE IMPERISHABLE CENTERS.

HOW DOES FOHAT BUILD THEM? HE COLLECTS THE FIERY DUST. HE MAKES BALLS OF FIRE, RUNS THROUGH THEM, AND ROUND THEM, INFUSING LIFE THEREINTO,THEN SETS THEM INTO MOTION; SOME ONE WAY, SOME THE OTHER WAY. THEY ARE COLD, HE MAKES THEM HOT. THEY ARE DRY, HE MAKES THEM MOIST. THEY SHINE, HE FANS AND COOLS THEM. THUS ACTS FOHAT FROM ONE TWILIGHT TO THE OTHER, DURING SEVEN ETERNITIES. . [interpretation]

** i-6-5 **AT THE FOURTH (Round, or revolution of life around the “seven smaller wheels”), THE SONS ARE TOLD TO CREATE THEIR IMAGES. ONE THIRD REFUSES — TWO (thirdsOBEY.

THE CURSE IS PRONOUNCED; THEY WILL BE BORN ON THE FOURTH (Race), SUFFER AND CAUSE SUFFERING; THIS IS THE FIRST WAR[interpretation]

i-6-6. THE OLDER WHEELS ROTATED DOWNWARDS AND UPWARDS. . . . THE MOTHER’S SPAWN FILLED THE WHOLE (Kosmos). THERE WERE BATTLES FOUGHT BETWEEN THE CREATORS AND THE DESTROYERS, AND BATTLES FOUGHT FOR SPACE; THE SEED APPEARING AND RE-APPEARING CONTINUOUSLY. [interpretation]

i-6-7. MAKE THY CALCULATIONS, LANOO, IF THOU WOULDEST LEARN THE CORRECT AGE OF THY SMALL WHEEL [(Chain)]. ITS FOURTH SPOKE IS OUR MOTHER (Earth). REACH THE FOURTH “FRUIT” OF THE FOURTH PATH OF KNOWLEDGE THAT LEADS TO NIRVANA, AND THOU SHALT COMPREHEND, FOR THOU SHALT SEE . . . . . [interpretation]

 

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STANZA i-7.

 

i-7-1. BEHOLD THE BEGINNING OF SENTIENT FORMLESS LIFE.

FIRST THE DIVINE [VEHICLE], THE ONE FROM THE MOTHER-SPIRIT [ATMAN]; THEN THE SPIRITUAL (Atma-BuddhiSpirit-soul); THE THREE FROM THE ONE, THE FOUR FROM THE ONE, AND THE FIVE FROM WHICH [EMERGE] THE THREE, THE FIVE, AND THE SEVEN. THESE ARE THE THREE-FOLD, THE FOUR-FOLD DOWNWARD; THE “MIND-BORN” SONS OF THE FIRST LORD (Avalokiteshwara); THE SHINING SEVEN.

IT IS THEY WHO ARE THOU, ME, HIM, OH LANOO. THEY, WHO WATCH OVER THEE, AND THY MOTHER, BHUMI [EARTH]. [interpretation]

i-7-2. THE ONE RAY MULTIPLIES THE SMALLER RAYS. LIFE PRECEDES FORM, AND LIFE SURVIVES THE LAST ATOM OF FORM. THROUGH THE COUNTLESS RAYS PROCEEDS THE LIFE-RAY, THE ONE, LIKE A THREAD THROUGH MANY JEWELS. [interpretation]

i-7-3. WHEN THE ONE BECOMES TWO, THE THREEFOLD APPEARS, AND THE THREE ARE ONE; AND IT IS OUR THREAD, OH LANOO, THE HEART OF THE MAN-PLANT CALLED SAPTAPARNA[interpretation]

i-7-4. IT IS THE ROOT THAT NEVER DIES; THE THREE-TONGUED FLAME OF THE FOUR WICKS. THE WICKS ARE THE SPARKS, THAT DRAW FROM THE THREE-TONGUED FLAME SHOT OUT BY THE SEVEN — THEIR FLAME — THE BEAMS AND SPARKS OF ONE MOON REFLECTED IN THE RUNNING WAVES OF ALL THE RIVERS OF EARTH. [interpretation]

i-7-5. THE SPARK HANGS FROM THE FLAME BY THE FINEST THREAD OF FOHAT. IT JOURNEYS THROUGH THE SEVEN WORLDS OF MAYA. IT STOPS IN THE FIRST [KINGDOM], AND IS A METAL AND A STONE; IT PASSES INTO THE SECOND [KINGDOM] AND BEHOLD — A PLANT; THE PLANT WHIRLS THROUGH SEVEN CHANGES AND BECOMES A SACRED ANIMAL.

FROM THE COMBINED ATTRIBUTES OF THESE, MANU [MAN], THE THINKER IS FORMED. WHO FORMS HIM? THE SEVEN LIVES, AND THE ONE LIFEWHO COMPLETES HIM? THE FIVE-FOLD LHA. AND WHO PERFECTS THE LAST BODY? FISH, SIN, AND SOMA [THE MOON]. . . . . [interpretation]

i-7-6. FROM THE FIRST-BORN THE THREAD BETWEEN THE SILENT WATCHER AND HIS SHADOW BECOMES MORE STRONG AND RADIANT WITH EVERY CHANGE [REINCARNATION] . THE MORNING SUN-LIGHT HAS CHANGED INTO NOON-DAY GLORY. . . . . [interpretation]

i-7-7. THIS IS THY PRESENT WHEEL, SAID THE FLAME TO THE SPARK. THOU ART MYSELF, MY IMAGE, AND MY SHADOW. I HAVE CLOTHED MYSELF IN THEE, AND THOU ART MY VAHAN [VEHICLE] TO THE DAY, BE WITH US,” WHEN THOU SHALT RE-BECOME MYSELF AND OTHERS, THYSELF AND ME. THEN THE BUILDERS, HAVING DONNED THEIR FIRST CLOTHING, DESCEND ON RADIANT EARTH AND REIGN OVER MEN — WHO ARE THEMSELVES. [interpretation]

 

 

BOOK TWO

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ANTHROPOGENESIS IN THE SECRET VOLUME.

(VERBATIM EXTRACTS)

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STANZA ii-1

 

ii-1-1. THE LHA WHICH TURNS THE FOURTH (Globe, or our Earth) IS SUBSERVIENT TO THE LHA(S) OF THE SEVEN (the planetary Spirits), THEY WHO REVOLVE, DRIVING THEIR CHARIOTS AROUND THEIR LORD, THE ONE EYE. HIS BREATH GAVE LIFE TO THE SEVEN (gives light to the planets); IT GAVE LIFE TO THE FIRST. “THEY ARE ALL DRAGONS OF WISDOM,” adds the Commentary. [interpretation]


ii-1-2. SAID THE EARTH: —

      “LORD OF THE SHINING FACE (the Sun); MY HOUSE IS EMPTY . . . . SEND THY SONS TO PEOPLE THIS WHEEL (Earth). THOU HAST SENT THY SEVEN SONS TO THE LORD OF WISDOM. SEVEN TIMES DOTH HE SEE THEE NEARER TO HIMSELF, SEVEN TIMES MORE DOTH HE FEEL THEE. THOU HAST FORBIDDEN THY SERVANTS, THE SMALL RINGS, TO CATCH THY LIGHT AND HEAT, THY GREAT BOUNTY TO INTERCEPT ON ITS PASSAGE. SEND NOW TO THY SERVANT THE SAME.” [interpretation]

 


ii-1-3. SAID THE “LORD OF THE SHINING FACE”: —

“I SHALL SEND THEE A FIRE WHEN THY WORK IS COMMENCED. RAISE THY VOICE TO OTHER LOKAS; APPLY TO THY FATHER, THE LORD OF THE LOTUS (Kumuda-Pati), FOR HIS SONS . . . . THY PEOPLE SHALL BE UNDER THE RULE OF THE FATHERS (Pitri-pati). THY MEN SHALL BE MORTALS. THE MEN OF THE LORD OF WISDOM (Budha, Mercury), NOT THE LUNAR SONS, ARE IMMORTAL. CEASE THY COMPLAINTS. THY SEVEN SKINS ARE YET ON THEE . . . . THOU ART NOT READY. THY MEN ARE NOT READY.” [interpretation]

 


ii-1-4. AFTER GREAT THROES SHE (The EarthCAST OFF HER OLD THREE AND PUT ON HER NEW SEVEN SKINS, AND STOOD IN HER FIRST ONE.

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STANZA ii-2

 

ii-2-5. THE WHEEL WHIRLED FOR THIRTY CRORES MORE (of years, or 300,000,000). IT CONSTRUCTED RUPAS (forms): SOFT STONES THAT HARDENED (minerals); HARD PLANTS THAT SOFTENED (vegetation). VISIBLE FROM INVISIBLE, INSECTS AND SMALL LIVES. SHE SHOOK THEM OFF HER BACK WHENEVER THEY OVERRAN THE MOTHER.

      ….AFTER THIRTY CRORES SHE TURNED ROUND. SHE LAY ON HER BACK; ON HER SIDE . . . SHE WOULD CALL NO SONS OF HEAVEN, SHE WOULD ASK NO SONS OF WISDOM. SHE CREATED FROM HER OWN BOSOM. SHE EVOLVED WATER-MEN, TERRIBLE AND BAD. [interpretation]


ii-2-6. THE WATER-MEN TERRIBLE AND BAD SHE HERSELF CREATED FROM THE REMAINS OF OTHERS (from the mineral, vegetable and animal remains), FROM THE DROSS AND SLIME OF HER FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD (Rounds), SHE FORMED THEM. THE DHYANI CAME AND LOOKED — THE DHYANI FROM THE BRIGHT FATHER-MOTHER, FROM THE WHITE (Solar-lunar) REGIONS THEY CAME, FROM THE ABODES OF THE IMMORTAL MORTALS. [interpretation]


ii-2-7. DISPLEASED THEY WERE. OUR FLESH IS NOT THERE (they said). NOT FIT RUPAS FOR OUR BROTHERS OF THE FIFTH. NO DWELLINGS FOR THE LIVES. PURE WATERS, NOT TURBID, THEY MUST DRINK. LET US DRY THEM (the waters). [interpretation]


ii-2-8. THE FLAMES CAME. THE FIRES WITH THE SPARKS; THE NIGHT FIRES AND THE DAY FIRES. THEY DRIED OUT THE TURBID DARK WATERS. WITH THEIR HEAT THEY QUENCHED THEM. THE LHAS OF THE HIGH, THE LHAMAYIN OF BELOW, CAME. THEY SLEW THE FORMS WHICH WERE TWO- AND FOUR-FACED. THEY FOUGHT THE GOAT-MEN, AND THE DOG-HEADED MEN, AND THE MEN WITH FISHES’ BODIES. [interpretation]


ii-2-9. MOTHER-WATER, THE GREAT SEA, WEPT. SHE AROSE, SHE DISAPPEARED IN THE MOON WHICH HAD LIFTED HER, WHICH HAD GIVEN HER BIRTH. [interpretation]


ii-2-10. WHEN THEY (the Rupas) WERE DESTROYED, MOTHER-EARTH REMAINED BARE. SHE ASKED TO BE DRIED. [interpretation]

 

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STANZA ii-3

 

ii-3-11. THE LORD OF THE LORDS CAME. FROM HER BODY HE SEPARATED THE WATERS, AND THAT WAS HEAVEN ABOVE, THE FIRST HEAVEN (the atmosphere, or the air, the firmament). [interpretation]


ii-3-12. THE GREAT CHOHANS (Lords): CALLED THE LORDS OF THE MOON, OF THE AIRY BODIES. “BRING FORTH MEN, (they were told), MEN OF YOUR NATURE. GIVE THEM (i.e., the Jivas or Monads) THEIR FORMS WITHIN. SHE (Mother Earth or Nature): WILL BUILD COVERINGS WITHOUT (external bodies). (For): MALES-FEMALES WILL THEY BE. LORDS OF THE FLAME ALSO . . . . ” [interpretation]


ii-3-13. THEY (the Moon-Gods) WENT EACH ON HIS ALLOTTED LAND: SEVEN OF THEM EACH ON HIS LOT. THE LORDS OF THE FLAME REMAIN BEHIND. THEY WOULD NOT GO, THEY WOULD NOT CREATE. [interpretation]

 

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STANZA ii-4

 

ii-4-14. THE SEVEN HOSTS, THE “WILL (or Mind)-BORN LORDS,” PROPELLED BY THE SPIRIT OF LIFE-GIVING (Fohat), SEPARATE MEN FROM THEMSELVES, EACH ON HIS OWN ZONE.


ii-4-15. SEVEN TIMES SEVEN SHADOWS (chhayas) OF FUTURE MEN (or Amanasas) WERE (thus) BORN, EACH OF HIS OWN COLOR (complexion) AND KIND. EACH (also) INFERIOR TO HIS FATHER (creator). THE FATHERS, THE BONELESS, COULD GIVE NO LIFE TO BEINGS WITH BONES. THEIR PROGENY WERE BHUTA (phantoms), WITH NEITHER FORM NOR MIND. THEREFORE THEY ARE CALLED THE CHHAYA (image or shadow) RACE. [interpretation]


ii-4-16. HOW ARE THE (realMANUSHYA BORN? THE MANUS WITH MINDS, HOW ARE THEY MADE? THE FATHERS (Barhishad (?) ) CALLED TO THEIR HELP THEIR OWN FIRE (the Kavyavahana, electric fire); WHICH IS THE FIRE THAT BURNS IN EARTH. THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH CALLED TO HIS HELP THE SOLAR FIRE (Suchi, the spirit in the Sun). THESE THREE (the Pitris and the two fires) PRODUCED IN THEIR JOINT EFFORTS A GOOD RUPA. IT (the form) COULD STAND, WALK, RUN, RECLINE, OR FLY. YET IT WAS STILL BUT A CHHAYA, A SHADOW WITH NO SENSE . . . .


ii-4-17. THE BREATH NEEDED A FORM; THE FATHERS GAVE IT. THE BREATH NEEDED A GROSS BODY; THE EARTH MOULDED IT. THE BREATH NEEDED THE SPIRIT OF LIFE; THE SOLAR LHAS BREATHED IT INTO ITS FORM. THE BREATH NEEDED A MIRROR OF ITS BODY;

      “WE GAVE IT OUR OWN,” SAID THE DHYANIS.

      THE BREATH NEEDED A VEHICLE OF DESIRES; “IT HAS IT,” SAID THE DRAINER OF WATERS.

      BUT BREATH NEEDS A MIND TO EMBRACE THE UNIVERSE; “WE CANNOT GIVE THAT,” SAID THE FATHERS.

      “I NEVER HAD IT,” SAID THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH.

      “THE FORM WOULD BE CONSUMED WERE I TO GIVE IT MINE,” SAID THE GREAT FIRE . . . .

      MAN REMAINED AN EMPTY SENSELESS BHUTA . . . . THUS HAVE THE BONELESS GIVEN LIFE TO THOSE WHO BECAME MEN WITH BONES IN THE THIRD.

 

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STANZA ii-5

 

ii-5-18. THE FIRST (Race) WERE THE SONS OF YOGA. THEIR SONS THE CHILDREN OF THE YELLOW FATHER AND THE WHITE MOTHER.


ii-5-19. THE SECOND RACE WAS THE PRODUCT BY BUDDING AND EXPANSION, THE A-SEXUAL (form) FROM THE SEXLESS (shadow) – THUS WAS, O LANOO, THE SECOND RACE PRODUCED.


ii-5-20. THEIR FATHERS WERE THE SELF-BORN. THE SELF-BORN, THE CHHAYA FROM THE BRILLIANT BODIES OF THE LORDS, THE FATHERS, THE SONS OF TWILIGHT.


ii-5-21. WHEN THE RACE BECAME OLD, THE OLD WATERS MIXED WITH THE FRESHER WATERS. WHEN ITS DROPS BECAME TURBID, THEY VANISHED AND DISAPPEARED IN THE NEW STREAM, IN THE HOT STREAM OF LIFE. THE OUTER OF THE FIRST BECAME THE INNER OF THE SECOND. THE OLD WING BECAME THE NEW SHADOW, AND THE SHADOW OF THE WING. [interpretation]

 

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STANZA ii-6

 

ii-6-22. THEN THE SECOND EVOLVED THE EGG-BORN, THE THIRD (Race). THE SWEAT GREW, ITS DROPS GREW, AND THE DROPS BECAME HARD AND ROUND. THE SUN WARMED IT; THE MOON COOLED AND SHAPED IT; THE WIND FED IT UNTIL ITS RIPENESS. THE WHITE SWAN FROM THE STARRY VAULT (the Moon) OVERSHADOWED THE BIG DROP. THE EGG OF THE FUTURE RACE, THE MAN-SWAN (Hamsa) OF THE LATER THIRD. FIRST MALE-FEMALE, THEN MAN AND WOMAN. [interpretation]


ii-6-23. THE SELF-BORN WERE THE CHHAYAS: THE SHADOWS FROM THE BODIES OF THE SONS OF TWILIGHT. NEITHER WATER NOR FIRE COULD DESTROY THEM. THEIR SONS WERE (so destroyed).***

 

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STANZA ii-7

 

ii-7-24. THE SONS OF WISDOM, THE SONS OF NIGHT (issued from the body of Brahma when it became Night), READY FOR REBIRTH, CAME DOWN, THEY SAW THE (intellectually) VILE FORMS OF THE FIRST THIRD (still senseless Race), “WE CAN CHOOSE,” SAID THE LORDS, “WE HAVE WISDOM.” SOME ENTERED THE CHHAYA. SOME PROJECTED THE SPARK. SOME DEFERRED TILL THE FOURTH (Race). FROM THEIR OWN RUPA THEY FILLED (intensified) THE KAMA (the vehicle of desire). THOSE WHO ENTERED BECAME ARHATS. THOSE WHO RECEIVED BUT A SPARK, REMAINED DESTITUTE OF (higher) KNOWLEDGE; THE SPARK BURNED LOW. THE THIRD REMAINED MIND-LESS. THEIR JIVAS (Monads) WERE NOT READY. THESE WERE SET APART AMONG THE SEVEN (primitive human species). THEY BECAME NARROW-HEADED. THE THIRD WERE READY. “IN THESE SHALL WE DWELL,” SAID THE LORDS OF THE FLAME[interpretation]


ii-7-25. HOW DID THE MANÂSA, THE SONS OF WISDOM, ACT? THEY REJECTED THE SELF-BORN(the boneless). THEY ARE NOT READY. THEY SPURNED THE (First) SWEAT-BORN. THEY ARE NOT QUITE READY. THEY WOULD NOT ENTER THE FIRST EGG-BORN.


ii-7-26. WHEN THE SWEAT-BORN PRODUCED THE EGG-BORN, THE TWOFOLD (androgyne third Race) AND THE MIGHTY, THE POWERFUL WITH BONES, THE LORDS OF WISDOM SAID: “NOW SHALL WE CREATE.” [interpretation]


ii-7-27. THE THIRD RACE BECAME THE VAHAN (vehicle) OF THE LORDS OF WISDOM. IT CREATED “SONS OF WILL AND YOGA,” BY KRIYASAKTI IT CREATED THEM, THE HOLY FATHERS, ANCESTORS OF THE ARHATS. .

 

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STANZA ii-8

 

ii-8-28. FROM THE DROPS OF SWEAT; FROM THE RESIDUE OF THE SUBSTANCE; MATTER FROM DEAD BODIES OF MEN AND ANIMALS OF THE WHEEL BEFORE; AND FROM CAST-OFF DUST, THE FIRST ANIMALS WERE PRODUCED.


ii-8-29. ANIMALS WITH BONES, DRAGONS OF THE DEEP, AND FLYING SARPAS WERE ADDED TO THE CREEPING THINGS. THEY THAT CREEP ON THE GROUND GOT WINGS. THEY OF THE LONG NECKS IN THE WATER BECAME THE PROGENITORS OF THE FOWLS OF THE AIR.


ii-8-30. DURING THE THIRD RACE THE BONELESS ANIMALS GREW AND CHANGED: THEY BECAME ANIMALS WITH BONES, THEIR CHHAYAS BECAME SOLID (also).


ii-8-31. THE ANIMALS SEPARATED THE FIRST (into mate and female). THEY (the animals) BEGAN TO BREED. THE TWO-FOLD MAN (then) SEPARATED ALSO. HE (man) SAID: “LET US AS THEY; LET US UNITE AND MAKE CREATURES.” THEY DID….


ii-8-32. AND THOSE WHICH HAD NO SPARK (the “narrow-brained”) TOOK HUGE SHE-ANIMALS UNTO THEM. THEY BEGAT UPON THEM DUMB RACES. DUMB THEY WERE (the “narrow-brained”) THEMSELVES. BUT THEIR TONGUES UNTIED. THE TONGUES OF THEIR PROGENY REMAINED STILL. MONSTERS THEY BRED. A RACE OF CROOKED RED-HAIR-COVERED MONSTERS GOING ON ALL FOURS. A DUMB RACE TO KEEP THE SHAME UNTOLD.


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STANZA ii-9

 

ii-9-33. SEEING WHICH (the sin committed with the animals), THE LHAS (the spirits, the “Sons of Wisdom”) WHO HAD NOT BUILT MEN (who had refused to create), WEPT, SAYING: —


ii-9-34. “THE AMANÂSA (the ‘mindless’) HAVE DEFILED OUR FUTURE ABODES. THIS IS KARMA. LET US DWELL IN THE OTHERS. LET US TEACH THEM BETTER, LEST WORSE SHOULD HAPPEN.” THEY DID . . . .


ii-9-35. THEN ALL MEN BECAME ENDOWED WITH MANAS (minds)THEY SAW THE SIN OF THE MINDLESS.


ii-9-36. THE FOURTH RACE DEVELOPED SPEECH.


ii-9-37. THE ONE (androgyne) BECAME TWO; ALSO ALL THE LIVING AND CREEPING THINGS THAT WERE STILL ONE, GIANT FISH-BIRDS AND SERPENTS WITH SHELL-HEADS.


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STANZA ii-10

 

ii-10-38. THUS TWO BY TWO ON THE SEVEN ZONES, THE THIRD RACE GAVE BIRTH TO THE FOURTH-RACE MEN; THE GODS BECAME NO-GODS; THE SURA BECAME A-SURA.


ii-10-39. THE FIRST (Race), ON EVERY ZONE, WAS MOON-COLORED (yellow-white); THE SECOND YELLOW LIKE GOLD; THE THIRD RED; THE FOURTH BROWN, WHICH BECAME BLACK WITH SIN. THE FIRST SEVEN HUMAN SHOOTS WERE ALL OF ONE COMPLEXION. THE NEXT SEVEN (the sub-races) BEGAN MIXING (their colors)[interpretation]


ii-10-40. THEN THE THIRD AND FOURTH (races) BECAME TALL WITH PRIDE. WE ARE THE KINGS, IT WAS SAID; WE ARE THE GODS. [interpretation]


ii-10-41. THEY TOOK WIVES FAIR TO LOOK UPON. WIVES FROM THE MINDLESS, THE NARROW-HEADED. THEY BRED MONSTERS. WICKED DEMONS, MALE AND FEMALE, ALSO KHADO (DAKINI), WITH LITTLE MINDS.


ii-10-42. THEY BUILT TEMPLES FOR THE HUMAN BODY. MALE AND FEMALE THEY WORSHIPPED. THEN THE THIRD EYE ACTED NO LONGER.


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STANZA ii-11

 

ii-11-43. THEY (the Lemurians) BUILT HUGE CITIES. OF RARE EARTHS AND METALS THEY BUILT, AND OUT OF THE FIRES (lava)) VOMITED, OUT OF THE WHITE STONE OF THE MOUNTAINS (marble) AND OF THE BLACK STONE (of the subterranean fires), THEY CUT THEIR OWN IMAGES IN THEIR SIZE AND LIKENESS, AND WORSHIPPED THEM.


ii-11-44. THEY (the Atlanteans) BUILT GREAT IMAGES NINE YATIS HIGH (27 feet), THE SIZE OF THEIR BODIES. INNER FIRES HAD DESTROYED THE LAND OF THEIR FATHERS (the Lemurians). THE WATER THREATENED THE FOURTH (Race).


ii-11-45. THE FIRST GREAT WATERS CAME. THEY SWALLOWED THE SEVEN GREAT ISLANDS. [interpretation]


ii-11-46. ALL HOLY SAVED, THE UNHOLY DESTROYED. WITH THEM MOST OF THE HUGE ANIMALS, PRODUCED FROM THE SWEAT OF THE EARTH.

 

——-
STANZA ii-12

 

ii-12-47. FEW MEN REMAINED: SOME YELLOW, SOME BROWN AND BLACK, AND SOME RED REMAINED. THE MOON-COLORED (of the primitive Divine Stock) WERE GONE FOREVER. [interpretation]


ii-12-48. THE FIFTH PRODUCED FROM THE HOLY STOCK REMAINED; IT WAS RULED OVER BY THE FIRST DIVINE KINGS.


ii-12-49. THE “SERPENTS” WHO RE-DESCENDED, WHO MADE PEACE WITH THE FIFTH, WHO TAUGHT AND INSTRUCTED IT. . . . . .

 

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For further reading on the Stanzas of Dzyan and The Secret Doctrine, Geoffry Barbosa’s The Divine Plan is an essential (advanced) textbook which should be read before attempting to read The Secrect Doctrine:

http://www.questbooks.net/title.cfm?bookid=64

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      H.P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine Commentary: Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, a question-and-answer interview on parts of the Secret Doctrine, is invaluable in understanding the Secret Doctrine.

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sdcommnt/sdc-hp.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/ts/sdcomtbl.htm

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A Recommended Glossary:

http://www.phx-ult-lodge.org/Aglossary.htm

http://www.theosophycompany.org/cart_blavatsky.html

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See also:

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu-hp.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/ts/isis.htm

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For further reading on the Stanzas of Dzyan and The Secret Doctrine:

http://www.katinkahesselink.net/other/ashish.htm

http://www.theos-talk.com/archives/200309/tt00228.html

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http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/mahatma/ml-hp.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/ts/mahatlet.htm

http://www.tphta.ws/TPH_EVUN.HTM

http://www.theosophical.ca/SecDoctrineStudy.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/invit-sd/invsd-hp.htm

http://dzyan.net/

http://www.easterntradition.org

http://www.blavatskyarchives.com/2scope.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/lifeatom/lifeatom.htm

http://blavatskyarchives.com/kuhnthesecretdoctrine.htm

http://downloads.members.tripod.com/~pc93/tsphyraw.htm

http://www.kessinger.net/searchresults_orderthebook.php?Author=Kuhn,%20Alvin%20Boyd#13

http://www.questbooks.net/title.cfm?bookid=107

http://blavatskyarchives.com/reiglecon.htm

http://www.theosociety.org/cgi-bin/hpb.cgi

http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/books/archaic/archaic1.htm

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