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Treatise on Cosmic Fire
Section 1: The Internal Fires
The etheric body and Prana 1
Main Topics in Section 1:
Div. A The Internal Fires of the Sheaths
Div. B The Personality ray and its relationship to Fire
Div. C Prana and the Etheric Body
Div. D Kundalini and the Spine
Div. E Motion on the Physical and Astral lanes
Div. F The Law of Economy
IV. MACROCOSMIC AND MICROCOSMIC ETHERS 2
1. The Planetary Logos and the Ethers 2
Logoi pass out of their ring-pass-not cyclically, under the law of karma
The importance of the number four, the fourth plane or sub-planes, the fourth ether (cosmic, systemic, or planetary), and the fourth earth chain in the evolution of the planetary Logos
When a man takes the fourth Initiation, he functions in the fourth plane vehicle, the buddhic, and has ‘escaped’ permanently from the personality ring-pass-not, on the fourth sub-plane of the mental. 4
2. Cosmic and Systemic Ethers 5
a. The lowest cosmic plane is the ‘cosmic physical plane’. It is the only one which the finite mind of man can in any way comprehend
b. This ‘cosmic physical plane’ exists in matter differentiated into seven qualities, groups, grades, or vibrations
c. These seven differentiations are the seven major ‘planes’ of our solar system
CHART III — THE SEVEN PLANES OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM 6
THE PLANES 7
Plane of Union or At-One-Ment
The Lower Three Worlds
d. The seven major ‘planes’ of our solar system are but the seven ‘sub-planes’ of the ‘cosmic physical plane’
e. Our solar system is what is called a system of the fourth order. It has its ‘location’ on the fourth ‘cosmic etheric plane’, counting from above downwards. [Page 119] 8
f. The fourth ‘cosmic etheric plane’ forms the meeting ground for the past and the future, and is the present. 8
g. The fourth, buddhic or intuitional, systemic plane (the correspondence in the system of this ‘fourth cosmic ether’) is the meeting ground, or plane of union, for that which is man and for that which will be superman, and links the past with that which is to be.
h. The following correspondences in time repay careful meditation. They are based on a realisation of the relationship between the fourth ‘cosmic ether’, (the buddhic plane), and the fourth physical etheric sub-plane.
i. The three major rays are organised on the three higher sub-planes of the monadic plane in the same way that the three abstract sub-planes of the mental are the ‘group of transference from off the personality ray on to the egoic’
j. Another synthesis takes place on the synthetic second (2nd) ray on the second (2nd) sub-plane of the buddhic (4th) plane and the monadic (2nd) plane
k. The comparatively few Monads of will or power (1st ray) are synthesised on the atomic sub-plane of the atmic (3rd). 9
The fourth etheric plane
holds the key to the dominance of matter
The Heavenly Men are 10
the grouped consciousness of the human and deva Monads
l. On these (cosmic) etheric levels, therefore, the Logos of our system repeats, as a grand totality, the experiences of His tiny reflections on the physical planes
m. Observe that just as in man the dense physical body and its three grades — dense, liquid and gaseous — is not recognised as a ‘principle’, so in the cosmic sense the physical (dense) astral (liquid) and mental (gaseous) levels are likewise regarded as ‘non-existing’, and the solar system has its location on the fourth ether. 10
n. The past solar system saw 11
Ø The surmounting of the three lowest cosmic physical planes (5th-7th planes), viewed from the matter standpoint, and
Ø The co-ordination of the dense threefold physical form in which all life is found, dense matter, liquid matter, gaseous matter.
3. The Protective Purpose of the Etheric Body 12
1. The ‘etheric web’ acts as a ‘separator’ (or dividing web) between the astral and dense physical bodies
2. It circulates the ‘inflowing vitality’ or ‘pranic fluid’ and carries on its work in three stages:
¤ Note how important is the etheric vehicle’s role as ‘the separator of the fires’
¤ Respect the dangers of tampering injudiciously, ignorantly or wilfully with these fires
The reality of this dire disaster must be emphasized 16
All who approach this subject of ‘the fires of matter’ must take due care – it has hidden dangers
The blending of the fires must be the result of spiritualised knowledge, and must be directed solely by the Light of the Spirit,
The Light of the Spirit
þ Works through love and is love
þ Seeks this unification and this utter merging not from the point of view of sense or of material gratification, but because liberation and purification is desired in order that the higher union with the Logos may be effected
þ This union is then desired, not for selfish ends, but because group perfection is the goal and scope for greater service to the race must be achieved
V. DEATH AND THE ETHERIC BODY 17
I seek to indicate the development and correspondence of the threefold whole that the solar system is.
The solar system is the vehicle through which a great cosmic Entity, the solar Logos, manifests:
¤ Active intelligence with the
¤ Purpose of demonstrating perfectly the
¤ Love side of His nature
Underlying this design is a more esoteric purpose, hidden in the Will Consciousness of the Supreme Being; it will be demonstrated when the present objective is attained
Manifestation and non-manifestation is a prime, or essential duality:
What is the result of this withdrawal? Or rather: What causes that ‘something’ we call ‘death’ or pralaya? The withdrawal of the etheric double of a man, a planet, and a system is brought about by the following causes: 18
a. The cessation of desire
b. By the slowing down and gradual cessation of the cyclic rhythm, the ‘adequate vibration’ is achieved, and ‘the work’ accomplished.
c. By the severing the physical from the subtler body on the inner planes, through the ‘shattering of the web’ 19
The subjective life, the synthesis of will and love taking active form, is withdrawn, but the faculty or inherent quality of matter persists. 21
At the end of each period of manifestation, matter (though distributed again into its primal form) is
\ active intelligent matter plus
\ the gain of objectivity, and
\ the increased radiatory and latent activity
it has gained through experience
The aim of each life (whether human, planetary or solar) is the carrying out of a definite purpose: 23
The purpose of each life is the development of a more adequate form for the use of the spirit
Man, the indwelling thinker, passes out of his etheric ring-pass-not at night and functions elsewhere.
So too, under the law, the planetary Logos can pass His ring-pass-not at seasons corresponding in the planet to the hours of man's temporary repose, or pralaya.
The solar Logos does the same, during cycles, which are not the cycles succeeding those we term ‘solar pralaya’, but are lesser cycles succeeding the 'days of Brahma' or ‘periods of lesser activity’.
All these are governed by karma, and just as the true Man himself applies the law of karma to his vehicles, and in his tiny system is the correspondence to the fourth group of karmic entities we call the Lipika Lords; He applies the law to his threefold lower nature.
The fourth group of extra-cosmic Entities (Who have Their place subsidiary to the three cosmic Logoi Who are the threefold sum total of the logoic nature), can pass the bounds of the solar ring-pass-not in Their cycles.
This is a profound mystery; its complexity is increased by the recollection that
Ø The fourth Creative Hierarchy of human Monads, and
Ø The Lipika Lords in Their three groups:
(i.e. the first group, the second, and the ‘four Maharajahs’, making the totality of the threefold ‘karmic rulers who stand between the solar Logos and the seven planetary Logoi’),
are more closely allied than the other Hierarchies, and their destinies are intimately interwoven. [Page 112]
Ø A further link in this chain is that the four rays of mind (which concern the karma of the four planetary Logoi (Which ones? Are they the ones that carry the four rays of mind – 4, 5, 6, 7 – Mercury, Venus, Mars/Neptune, Uranus? Ed.)) in their totality hold in their keeping the present evolutionary process for Man, viewing him as the Thinker.
Ø These four, with the karmic four, work in the closest co-operation.
Therefore, we have the following groups interacting:
Ø Buddhi, or the plane of spiritual Intuition,
Ø Manas, or the mental plane,
Ø Desire, and the
who are allied to human evolution in more closely than the higher three.
Further correspondence is found in the following, which even now is in process of development:
Note here the correspondence to the fact, that many can even now ‘escape from the etheric body’, and ‘function in their astral sheath’, which is the personality reflection of that same second aspect (Ego, soul, Ed.). [Page 114]
There is naught to hold him to the three worlds.
At the first Initiation he ‘escapes from a ring-pass-not’ in a more temporary sense, but he has yet to ‘escape from the three higher mental levels’, which are mental correspondences to the higher ethers, and to develop full consciousness on these three higher sub-planes.
Ø We have here a correspondence to the work to be done by the initiate after he has achieved the fourth solar plane, the buddhic.
There yet remains development of full consciousness on the three higher planes of spirit before he can ‘escape from the solar ring-pass-not,’ which is achieved at the seventh Initiation, taken somewhere in the system, or in its cosmic correspondence reached by the cosmic sutratma, or cosmic thread of life 
[I get the sense that ‘escape’ in this context means ‘to develop consciousness beyond the previous confines – on to whatever is the next plane or sub-plane for the advancing unit”, Ed.]
Ø This fourth earth chain is in this connection one of the most important, for it is the appointed place for the domination of the etheric body by the human monad, with the aim in view of both human and planetary ‘escape from limitations’.
Ø This fourth earth chain, though not one of the seven sacred planetary chains, is of vital importance at this time to the planetary Logos, who temporarily employs it as a medium of incarnation, and of expression.
Ø This fourth round finds the solution of its strenuous and chaotic life in the simple fact of the ‘shattering of the etheric web’ in order to effect liberation, and permit a later and more adequate form to be employed. [Page 115]
Follow a further chain of ideas by recalling that:
Ø The fourth ether is even now being studied and developed by scientists, and is already somewhat harnessed to the service of man
Ø The fourth sub-plane of the astral plane is the normal functioning ground of the average man and that in this round ‘escape from the etheric vehicle’ is being achieved
Ø The fourth sub-plane of the mental plane is the present goal of endeavour of one-fourth of the human family
Ø The fourth manvantara will see the solar ring-pass-not offering ‘avenues of escape’ to those who have reached the necessary point
Ø The four planetary Logoi will perfect Their escape from Their planetary environment, and will function with greater ease on the cosmic astral plane, paralleling on cosmic levels the achievement of the human units who are the cells in Their bodies.
Ø Our solar Logos, being a Logos of the fourth order, will begin to co-ordinate His cosmic buddhic body, and as He develops ‘cosmic mind’ He will gradually achieve, by the aid of that mind, the ability to touch the cosmic buddhic plane.
These correspondences help us to realise the work to be done with the etheric web as we take up the matter of the various hindrances to the desired progress and the appointed ‘escape’ and ‘destined liberation’
Later we will consider the etheric web, and its ‘static condition’. Remember two things:
It is termed so to make plainer the changes that must be effected, and the dangers that must be offset.
Evolution moves so slowly from man's point of view that it seems to be almost stationary, especially where ‘etheric evolution’ is concerned. [Page 116]
This is because our system is on the cosmic etheric levels, and hence is of prime importance to us.
Let us here briefly recapitulate certain fundamental hypotheses, to clear up any confusion concerning the solar system.
Some of these ‘facts’ are well known, others are inferential, while some are the expression of old and true correspondences couched in a more modern form.
For purposes of clarity, we tabulate under headings physical, systemic, and cosmic, so the relationship and correspondences may be apparent, and the connection to that which is above, and to that which is below, or included, may be more easily seen. [Page 117]
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1. Atomic plane
1st etheric sub-plane
1st cosmic ether
Second etheric sub-plane
2nd cosmic ether
Third etheric sub-plane
3rd cosmic ether
4. Fourth etheric sub-plane
4th cosmic ether
7. Dense physical
We can consequently see the reason for the emphasis laid by H. P. B.  on the fact that ‘matter’ and ‘ether’ are synonymous terms and that this ‘ether’ is found in some form on all the planes
‘Ether’ is but a gradation of ‘cosmic atomic matter,’ called when undifferentiated, mulaprakriti or ‘primordial pre-genetic substance’, and when differentiated by Fohat (or the energising Life, the third Logos or Brahma) it is termed prakriti, or ‘matter’. 
Ø The fourth sub-plane of mind (the correspondence on the mental plane of the physical etheric), is likewise a ‘point of transition from out of a lower into a higher,’ and is the ‘transferring locality’ into the next higher body (personality to soul? Ed.).
Ø The fourth sub-plane of the monadic plane is the ‘place of transition from off the egoic ray (whichever that ray may be) on to the monadic ray’ (soul to Monad, Ed.)
Ø The four lesser rays blend with the third (3rd) major ray of active intelligence on the mental (5th) plane and on the atmic (3rd) plane.
Ø The four Logoi or planetary Spirits work as one, (1) on the atmic plane.
All three groups of Monads work in triple form on the mental plane under the Mahachohan, the Manu, and the Bodhisattva, or the Christ
Ø On the second or monadic plane they work as a unit,
Ø They demonstrate their dual work on the atmic plane, and
Ø They demonstrate their essential triplicity on the buddhic plane.  [Page 120]
Ø On the fourth physical ether man begins to co-ordinate his astral, or emotional body, and to ‘escape’ at ever more frequent intervals into that vehicle.
Ø ‘Continuity of consciousness’ is achieved when a man has mastered the four ethers.
Ø On the fourth sub-plane of the mental plane, man begins to control his causal or egoic body, and to polarise his consciousness therein until the polarisation is complete. (He begins to ‘escape the limitations’ of his concrete mind and personality, Ed.)
Ø He functions consciously on it (the whole mental plane? Ed.) when he has mastered the correspondences to the ethers on the mental plane.
Ø On the buddhic plane (the fourth cosmic ether) the Heavenly Men (or the grouped consciousness of the human and deva Monads) begin to function, and to ‘escape’ eventually from the cosmic etheric planes.
Ø When these three cosmic ethers are mastered, the functioning is perfected, polarisation is centred in the monadic vehicles, and the seven Heavenly Men have achieved Their goal.
He co-ordinates His cosmic astral body, and attains continuity of consciousness when He has mastered the three cosmic ethers.
The seven sacred planets are composed of matter of this fourth ether, and the seven Heavenly Men, whose bodies they are, function normally on the fourth plane of the system, the buddhic or the fourth cosmic ether.
When man has attained the consciousness of the (4th) buddhic plane, he has raised his consciousness to that of the Heavenly Man in whose body he is a cell.
This is achieved at the fourth Initiation, the liberating initiation.
At the fifth Initiation he ascends with the Heavenly Man on to the fifth plane, the atmic (from the human standpoint, fifth plane counting from below upwards)
At the sixth Initiation he has dominated the second cosmic ether and has monadic consciousness and continuity of function (from the human standpoint, the sixth plane from below upwards)
At the seventh Initiation he dominates the entire sphere of matter contained in the lowest cosmic plane, escapes from all etheric contact, and functions on the cosmic astral plane (from the human standpoint, the seventh plane from below upwards)
A correspondence may be seen here in the work achieved in the first three rootraces. 
Let us leave things cosmic and almost incomprehensible, and come down to practical evolution.
We now study man's etheric body and the harm that may ensue should that body (through the breaking of the law) no longer perform its protective function.
Let us see first of all what those protective functions are:
When perfectly accomplishing its object, it protects from disease. Ills of the flesh are unknown to one who absorbs and distributes prana with accuracy.
This hint is recommended to all physicians. When properly comprehended, it will result in a change in medicine from a curative to preventive foundation.
This is a long slow process when left to the unaided force of nature; but it is just here that (in a few cases) a quickening of the process is permitted in order to equip workers in the field of human service.
This is the object of all occult training.
We will take this up in greater detail when we handle our next point, "Kundalini and the Spine."
[From later: In the second stage this ‘vitalising blended fire’ reaches a ‘centre between the lower part of the shoulder blades’, the ‘point of conjunction and complete merging’ of the ‘fire from the base of the spine’ and the ‘fire circulating along the pranic triangle’. [Page 124]
Remember how one point of the pranic triangle originates there? When the threefold ‘basic fire’ and the threefold ‘pranic fire’ meet and merge, then evolution proceeds with greatly increased velocity.
This is effected definitely at the first Initiation when the polarisation becomes fixed in one of the three higher centres, which centre being dependent on a man's ray]
In the second stage this ‘vitalising blended fire’ reaches a ‘centre between the lower part of the shoulder blades’, which is the ‘point of conjunction and complete merging’ of the ‘fire from the base of the spine’ and the ‘fire circulating along the pranic triangle’. [Page 124]
This is one point of the pranic triangle.
When the threefold ‘basic fire’ and the threefold ‘pranic fire’ meet and merge, then evolution proceeds with greatly increased velocity.
This is effected definitely at the first Initiation, when the ‘polarisation’ becomes fixed in one of the three higher centres,—which centre being dependent upon a man's ray.
Ø From being three centres reacting but faintly to each other's vibratory movement (feeling the ‘warmth’ and ‘rhythm’ of each other, yet separated), the ‘fire’ leaps from centre to centre
Ø Each ‘whirling wheel’ becomes ‘linked by a chain of fire’ till there is a triangle of fire through which the kundalini and pranic fires radiate back and forth
Circulation is also carried on
Ø The ‘fire of kundalini’ produces the ‘heat’ of the centre, and its intense ‘radiance’ and ‘brilliance’;while
Ø The ‘pranic emanatory fire’ produces ever-increasing ‘activity’ and ‘rotation’
Ø As time elapses between the first and fourth Initiation, the ‘threefold channel in the spine’, and the entire etheric body is gradually cleansed and purified by the action of the fire till all "dross" (as the Christian expresses it) is ‘burnt away’, and naught remains to impede the progress of this ‘flame’
Ø As the ‘fire of kundalini’ and ‘prana’ proceed with their work, and the ‘channel becomes more and more cleared’, the centres more ‘active’, and the body purer, the ‘flame of spirit’, or the ‘fire from the Ego’, comes more actively downwards till a ‘flame’ of real brilliance issues from the top of the head. [Page 125]
Ø This ‘flame’ surges upwards through the bodies towards its source, the causal body.
These are ‘the fires given at individualisation’
Ø They are fed continuously by the ‘fire of matter’
Ø Their ‘heat’ is augmented by ‘solar emanatory fire’, which originates on the cosmic levels of mind.
Ø It is this aspect of ‘the manasic fire’ that develops under the forms of instinct, animal memory, and functional recollection, which are so apparent in the little evolved man.
As time progresses the ‘fire of mind’ burns more brightly
Ø Eventually it reaches a point where it begins to ‘burn through the etheric web’ — that portion of the web guarding the centre at the very top of the head, and admitting entrance to the down-flow from the Spirit.
By its means certain things are brought about:
1. The kundalini fire is consciously directed and controlled by the mind or will aspect from the mental plane.
2. The two fires of matter by the power of the mind of man are blended first with each other, and, secondly, with the fire of mind.
3. The united result of this blending is the destruction (under rule and order), of the etheric web
4. This produces continuity of consciousness, and admits "Life more abundant," or the ‘third fire of Spirit’ into the personal life of man.
5. The down-rush of Spirit, and the uprising of ‘the inner fires of matter’ (controlled and directed by the conscious action of ‘the fire of mind’) produce corresponding results on the same levels on the astral and mental planes. A parallel contact is brought about. The great work of liberation proceeds in an ordered manner.
The three first initiations see these results perfected, and lead to the fourth, where the intensity of the united fires results in the complete ‘burning away of all barriers’, and the ‘liberation of the Spirit’ by conscious directed effort from out its threefold lower sheath. [Page 126]
Man has consciously to bring about his own liberation.
These results are self-induced by the man himself, as he is ‘emancipated from the three worlds’, and has ‘broken the wheel of rebirth’ himself instead of being broken upon it.
The reason for this is that
Ø The matter of his body is not yet pure enough to stand ‘the uniting of the flames’
Ø ‘The channel up the spine is still clogged and blocked’, and therefore ‘acts as a barrier, turning the flame backwards and downwards’
Ø The ‘flame’ (being united by the power of mind and not being accompanied by a simultaneous down-flow from the plane of spirit), permits entrance, through the ‘burning’ etheric, of undesirable and extraneous forces, currents, even entities
Ø These wreck, tear and ruin what is left of the etheric vehicle, the brain tissue, and even the dense physical body itself.
Ø The unwary man, being unaware of his Ray and therefore of the proper geometrical form of triangle for correctly circulating ‘fire’ from centre to centre, will ‘drive the fire in unlawful progression’ and thus ‘burn up tissue’. [Page 127]
Ø This will (if in nothing worse) set back his progress for several lives to be spent rebuilding where he destroyed, and recapitulating on right lines all the work to be done.
r If a man persists from life to life in this line of action
r If he neglects his spiritual development and concentrates on intellectual effort turned to manipulation of matter for selfish ends
r If he continues this in spite of the promptings of his inner self, and in spite of the warnings that may reach him from Those who watch, and
r If this is carried on for a long period
he may bring upon himself a destruction that is final for this manvantara or cycle.
He may, by the uniting of ‘the two fires of matter’ and the ‘dual expression of mental fire’, succeed in the complete destruction of the physical permanent atom, and thereby sever his connection with the higher self for aeons of time.
H. P. B. has somewhat touched on this when speaking of "lost souls" 
I do not purpose to give facts for scientists to verify, nor to point out the next step for investigators; that I may do so is purely secondary.
[It also is reminiscent of the mystery of infinity and zero, Ed.]
The alternation of objective manifestation and subjective obscuration, (periodic out-breathing, an in-breathing of all that has been carried forward through evolution) embodies in the system one of the basic cosmic vibrations, the key-note of that cosmic ENTITY whose body we are.
The ‘heart beats of the Logos’ (if it might be so expressed) are the source of all cyclic evolution.
Hence the importance attached to development of the "heart" or "love aspect," and the interest awakened by the study of rhythm.
This is true, not only cosmically and macrocosmically, but also in the human unit.
Underlying all physical sense attached to rhythm, vibration, cycles and heartbeat, lie their subjective analogies—love, feeling, emotion, desire, harmony, synthesis and ordered sequence.
Behind these lies the source of all, the identity of the Supreme Being Who thus expresses Himself.
Objective physical items
cycles and rhythm
emotion, desire, harmony
synthesis and ordered sequence
[Page 129] The effect is the same and the consequences similar.
This should be the result of all evolutionary process
True ‘death’, under the law, is brought about by the attainment of the objective, and hence by the cessation of aspiration
This, as the perfected cycle draws to its close, will be true
¤ Of the individual human being,
¤ Of the Heavenly Man, and
¤ Of the Logos Himself.
These three are experienced in the above sequence, implying a period of slow activity (Tamas) succeeded by one of extreme or rapid movement (Rajas)
The middle period (Rajas) produces (as the true note and rate is sought) cycles of chaos, experiment, experience and comprehension
Following on these two degrees of motion (which are characteristic of the atom, Man, of the Heavenly Man or group, and of the Logos or the Totality) comes a period of rhythm and of stabilisation wherein the point of balance is achieved (Sattva). [Page 130]
By the force of balancing the pairs of opposites, and thus producing equilibrium, pralaya is the inevitable sequence.
This has a threefold effect:
This "plane of abstraction" is a different one for the entities involved:
1. For the physical permanent atom, it is the atomic level
2. For man, it is the causal vehicle
3. For the Heavenly Man, it is the second plane of monadic life, His habitat.
4. For the Logos, it is the plane of Adi
These mark the points for the ‘disappearance of the unit into pralaya’
Remember that it is pralaya when viewed from below
From the higher vision, that sees the subtler continuously overshadowing the dense when not in objective manifestation, pralaya is simply subjectivity
It is not ‘that which is not,’ but simply ‘that which is esoteric’
Likewise, the planetary Logos in His greater cycle (the synthesis or the aggregate of the tiny cycles of the cells of His body) pursues the same course
¤ He ceases to be attracted ‘downward’ or ‘outward’
¤ He turns His gaze ‘within’
¤ He gathers inward the aggregate of the smaller lives within His body, the planet
¤ He severs connection
¤ Outer attraction ceases and all gravitates towards the centre instead of scattering to the periphery of His body
In the system, the solar Logos follows the same process
¤ From His high place of abstraction, He ceases to be attracted by His body of manifestation
¤ He withdraws His interest and
¤ The two pairs of opposites, the spirit and the matter of the vehicle, dissociate
¤ With this dissociation the solar system, that "Son of Necessity," (or of desire), ceases to be, and passes out of objective existence
¤ The partnership is dissolved
¤ The form then breaks up
¤ The magnetism that held it in coherent shape is no longer present, and dissipation is complete
¤ Matter persists, but the form no longer persists.
¤ The work of the second Logos ends, and the divine incarnation of the ‘Son’ (soul, consciousness, love…) is concluded. [Page 132]
¤ But the faculty or inherent quality of matter persists
¤ At the end of each period of manifestation, matter (though distributed again into its primal form) is active intelligent matter plus the gain of objectivity, and the increased radiatory and latent activity it has gained through experience
Let me illustrate for the solar system, the incarnation of the solar Logos:
\ The matter of the solar system, when undifferentiated, was ‘active intelligent matter’, which is all that can be predicated of it.
\ This ‘active intelligent matter’ was ‘matter qualified by an earlier experience, and coloured by an earlier incarnation’
\ Now this matter is in form, the solar system is not in pralaya but in objectivity
\ This period of objectivity has in view the addition of another quality to the logoic content, that of love and wisdom
\ Therefore at the next solar pralaya, at the close of ‘the one hundred years of Brahma’, the matter of the solar system will be coloured by active intelligence, and by active love.
\ This means that the aggregate of solar atomic matter will vibrate to another key than it did at the first dawn of manifestation.
This can be worked out similarly in connection with the planetary Logos and the human unit, for the analogy holds good.
In these thoughts lies much, if carefully studied and logically extended
This cannot be enlarged on
I simply make the statement, and leave those students whose karma permits and whose intuition suffices to work it out
This is an interesting ‘reflex action’.
The reflex action here is:
\ On the path of out-breathing (whether human, planetary or logoic) these building devas (on the same Ray as the unit desiring manifestation, or on a complementary Ray) are attracted by his will and desire, and perform their office of construction.
\ On the path of in-breathing (whether human, planetary or logoic) they are no longer attracted, and the form begins to dissipate
\ They withdraw their interest and the forces (entities) who are the agents of destruction, carry on their necessary work of breaking up the form
\ They scatter it—as it is occultly expressed—to "The four winds of Heaven," or ‘to the regions of the four breaths’, — a fourfold separation and distribution (What are they? Ed.)
A hint is here given for careful consideration.
In all of the above, no pictures have been drawn of deathbed scenes, nor of the ‘dramatic escape of the palpitating etheric body from the centre in the head’, as might have been anticipated
Yet some of the rules and purposes governing this withdrawal have been mentioned.
\ When this purpose is achieved then the Indweller turns his attention away, and the form disintegrates, having served his need
\ This spiritual purpose is not always achieved in every human life
\ It is not always achieved, even in each planetary cycle
\ The so-called ‘mystery of the moon’ is ‘the mystery of failure’
\ These understandings lead, when comprehended, to a life of dignity and offer an aim worthy of our best endeavour
\ When this angle of truth is universally recognised (as it will be when the intelligence of the race suffices), then evolution will proceed with greater certainty, and ‘failures’ will be less numerous
 The Lipika Lords: The four Lipika Lords stand between the first and second plane. S. D., I, 155.
a. They can pass the ring‑pass‑not. S. D., 1, 157.
b. They are connected with karma. S. D., I, 153.
c. They are concerned with the Hereafter. S. D., I, 151.
d. They are in three groups. S. D., I, 153.
e. They are the spirits of the Universe. S. D., I, 153.
 The four ‘Rays of Mind: The four ‘Rays of Mind’ are the four minor rays which form the logoic Quaternary and which are synthesized eventually into a fifth ray, the third major ray of active intelligence, or adaptability. The names of the seven rays are:
The three major rays:
1. The Ray of Will or Power.
2. The Ray of Love or Wisdom.
3. The Ray of Active Intelligence.
The four minor Rays:
4. The Ray of Beauty, Harmony, Art or Rhythm.
5. The Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science.
6. The Ray of Abstract Idealism.
7. The Ray of Ceremonial Order or Organization
 Sutratma: The ''silver thread'' which incarnates from the beginning of a period of manifestation until the end, stringing upon itself the pearls of human existence, it is the line of energy which connects the lower personal man with his Father in Heaven via the ego, the mediating middle principle. Upon it are found those focal points of energy we call the permanent atoms.
 S. D., I, 136, 354. See also note page No. 8., S. D., I, 87, 136, 731, 732
 Mulaprakriti. The Parabrahmic root, the abstract deific feminine principle, undifferentiated substance. Akasa. Literally, the root of Nature or matter (Mula-root, Prakriti - matter)
 The monads of the fourth Creative Hierarchy, the human Monads, exist in three main groups:
a. The Monads of Will.
b. The Monads of Love.
c. The Monads of Activity.
Mahachohan. The officer in our planetary Hierarchy who presides over the activities carried on in the four minor rays and their synthesising third ray. He has to do with civilization, with the intellectual culture of the races, and with intelligent energy. He is the head of all the Adepts.
Bodhisativa. The exponent of second ray force, the Teacher of the Adepts of men and of Angels. This office was originally held by the Buddha, but His place was taken (after His Illumination) by the Christ. The work of the Bodhisattva is with the religions of the world, and with the spiritual Essence in Man.
The Manu. The One Who presides over the evolution of the races. He is the ideal man. He has to work with the forms through which Spirit is to manifest; he destroys, and builds up again.
These three Individuals preside over the three Departments into which the Hierarchy is divided, and therefore represent in their particular sphere the three Aspects of divine manifestation.
 Root race: The Secret Doctrine teaches us that in this evolution or Round on this planet the Jivatma ‑ the human soul ‑ passes through seven main types or ''root-races" In the case of the two earliest of these, known as the ''Adamic'' and the ''Hyperborean," the forms ensouled were astral and etheric respectively: ''huge and indefinite'' they were with a low state or outward‑going consciousness exercised through the one sense (hearing) possessed by the first race, or through the two senses (hearing and touch) possessed by the second. But with the third race, the Lemurian, a denser and more human type was evolved, this being perfected in the fourth or Atlantean race. The fifth race, the Aryan, is now running its course on this globe concurrently with a large part of the fourth race and a few remnants of the third. For it must be noted that, although each race gives birth to the succeeding race, the two will overlap in time, coexisting for many ages. Of existing peoples the Tartars, Chinese, and Mongolians belong to the fourth race, the Australian aborigines and Hottentots to the third. (Perhaps the ‘root-races’ are best regarded as states of consciousness, and not genetic or ethnic ‘races’ as the term is understood today, Ed.)
In the co‑ordination of the Monadic, Atmic and Buddhic vehicles of the Heavenly Man, the vehicles of spiritual life, the higher esoteric correspondence to the prana flowing through the lower reflection, the etheric physical body, the point of synthesis is always on the atomic sub-plane, and the six merge and become the seventh.
In this solar system the plane of synthesis is not included in the evolutionary scheme. It is the plane of gathering in and of pralaya.
In the earlier system the fourth aetheric was in this position; it was to the evolving units of that period what the atomic plane is now, the highest point of achievement. The goal for all was the buddhic plane or the fourth cosmic aether.
Three other planes are the goal now ‑ the buddhie, atmic and monadic, each time three planes and their eventual synthesis.
In the future solar system the cosmic physical atomic aether (the plane of Adi in the system now) will be the starting point, and the three planes to be dominated will be the three lowest cosmic astral planes.
Man starts in where he leaves off, with cosmic physical matter perfected. His lowest body, therefore, will be the monadic or the body of the second cosmic aether. This will not be then counted as a ‘principle’ any more than the threefold lower physical body of present day man is recognized as a principle.
The present solar system will see the surmounting of the three next cosmic physical planes, the fourth, third, and the second aethers, and the coordination of the ‘cosmic etheric body’.
 Lost souls: See Isis Unveiled: Vol. II, p. 368; also S.D., I, 255; S.D., III, 493, 513-6, 521, 525, 527, See also: S.D., III, 523-529.