1. The Three Channels
2. Fire Elementals and Devas
DIVISION A 2
THE INTERNAL FIRES OF THE SHEATHS
I. The three channels.
II. Fire elementals and devas.
I. THE THREE CHANNELS FOR THE FIRE
The Dense Physical Body
In the physical body we have the ‘fires of the lower nature’ (the animal plane) centralised at the base of the spine.
CHART I — EVOLUTION OF MATTER 3
The Etheric Body
In the etheric body, an exact replica of its denser counterpart, we have the organ of active or radiatory fire, the vehicle of prana.
Its function is to store up the rays of radiatory light and heat which are secured from the sun, and to transmit them, via the spleen, to all parts of the physical body.
Blending the two fires: Blending ‘active radiatory fire’ with ‘latent fires of matter of the lower nature’ 4
The subject of the blending of these two fires, which is complete in a normal and healthy person, should engross the attention of the modern physician.
Remember that in both astral and mental sheaths there exist counterparts of the centres as found in the physical body. These centres concern matter and its evolution
A statement about ‘the internal fires’ of all four (sun, planet, man, and atom):
a. The Sun 5
Within the sun, right at its very heart, is a ‘sea of fire’ or ‘heat’, but not a ‘sea of flame’.
1. The akasha, itself ‘vitalised matter’, or ‘substance animated by latent heat’
2. Electricity, ‘substance of one polarity’, ‘energised by one of the three aspects logoic’
3. Light Rays of pranic aspect, some of which are being now recognised by the modern scientist.
The matter of ‘fire’ is as complex as that of the ‘rays’: 5When the term "channel, or ray, of approach" is used, it means approach from the centre of solar radiation to the periphery.
The point to be grasped in all these aspects is that one and all have to do with matter or substance, and not with mind or Spirit. 6
b. The Planet
1. Productive substance, or the ‘matter of the planet vitalised by heat’
2. Electrical fluid, a ‘fluid’ which is ‘latent in the planet’ and as yet little recognized
3. That emanation of the planet which we might term Planetary Prana.
c. The Man. 7
1. Bodily warmth, the channel along which the heat radiates and which finds the goal of its attention to be the heating of the corporeal frame.
2. Nervous response
3. Pranic emanation
We might express this ‘fire in its triple manifestation’ (physical, astral and mental, Ed.) as the ‘sumtotal of the essential fire, or life activity’ of the third Logos.
The manifestation of the work of the three Logoi is the expression of the mind of some cosmic Entity.
In the same way, the seven planetary Entities (the seven Heavenly Men), are seven Logoi (cosmic Beings) Who in Their totality form the Body of the threefold Logos.
1. The undifferentiated Logos—a cosmic Entity. 8
2. The (solar, Ed.) Logos, threefold in manifestation:
3. The triple Logos, sevenfold in manifestation., i.e. The seven planetary Logoi.18,19,20
Each of these three cosmic Entities is, in His essential essence, ‘Fire’
The Cosmic Lord of Active Intelligence (considered from the standpoint of cosmic evolution), is more evolved than His two Brothers, in this point of time. 9
He is the ‘life of matter’, its ‘latent internal Fire’
His is ‘the fire essence that lies at the heart of the Sun, of the planet, and of man's material forms’
He is the sumtotal of the Past.
The Lord of Cosmic Love now seeks union with His Brother
In point of time, he embodies all the Present.
He is the sumtotal of all that is embodied; He is conscious Existence.
He is the ‘Son divine’ and ‘His life and nature evolve through every existent form’
The Lord of Cosmic Will
holds hid the future within His plans and consciousness.
They are 10
Ø all three the Sons of one Father,
Ø all three the aspects of the One God,
Ø all three are Spirit,
Ø all three are Soul, and
Ø all three are Rays emanating from one cosmic centre.
All three are substance, but in the past one Lord was the elder Son, in the present another Lord comes to the fore, and in the future still another.
But this is so only in Time...
From the standpoint of the Eternal Now, none is greater nor less than another, for ‘the last shall be first, and the first last’
Out of manifestation time is not, and freed from objectivity, states of consciousness are not.
The ‘Fire of Spirit’ is ‘the essential fire of the first Lord of Will plus the fire of the second Logos of Love’.
A hint as to the secret of the excessive ‘heat’ of the astral body at this period 11
d. The Atom
II. FIRE ELEMENTALS AND DEVAS 12
Agni – the Lord of Fire, Ruler of the three lowest Planes 12
The Seven Brothers, Fohat and the seven Planes
1. Physical Plane. 13
Agnichaitans – terrestrial and solar 14
Certain of the deva kingdom who ‘ensoul certain of the great light rays’, and Who are in Themselves the essence of those rays
2. The Astral Plane.
The term "sheath" is used to indicate we are considering the ‘fires’ which manifest through the medium of external veils of substance which conceal the inner Reality.
We shall not here take up the subject of the sheaths on the higher planes. We will deal here with the ‘fires’ that animate the three lower vehicles,—the physical body/sheath in its two divisions (etheric and dense), the emotional or astral body/sheath, and the mental body/sheath.
It is frequently overlooked that both the astral and the mental bodies are material, and just as material in their own way, as is the dense physical body. Also, their substance is animated by a triple fire, as is the physical.
They are situated at a spot which stands in (metaphorical, Ed.) relation to the physical body as the physical sun to the solar system.
This ‘central point of heat’ radiates in all directions, using the spinal column as its ‘main artery’, working in close connection with ‘certain central ganglia’, and having a special association with ‘the spleen’.
[There might be a research project here to see, in the development of the human embryo, how the initial change from a spherical embryo to an elongated one occurs. I wonder, does it start from this ‘central point of heat’ which eventually becomes the ‘centre at the base of the spine’, apparently related to the adrenal glands? Ed.]
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In the future it will be recognised that ‘the spine’ and ‘the spleen’ are of the utmost importance to the physical well-being of man, and that
Ø when the spinal column is duly adjusted and aligned, and
Ø when the spleen is ‘freed from congestion’ and in a healthy condition,
there will be little trouble in the dense physical body.
When ‘the physical furnace’ burns brightly and when the fuel of the body (pranic rays) is adequately assimilated, the human frame will function as desired.
The modern physician should interest himself in the subject of the blending of these two fires, [‘active or radiatory fire’ (etheric body and spleen), and ‘fires of the lower nature’ (base of spine)] which is complete in a normal and healthy person. He will concern himself with removal of ‘nerve congestion’ or ‘material congestion’, so as to leave a ‘free channel for the inner warmth’.
This ‘blending of the two fires’, which is in this period natural and usual in every human being, was one of the signs of attainment or of initiation in an earlier solar system.
In the earlier period, the effects in manifestation of the divine Flame, though dimly there, were deeply hidden as to be scarcely recognisable.
A correspondence is seen in the animal kingdom, in which instinct holds intuition in latency, and Spirit dimly overshadows.
Yet, all is part of a divine whole. [Page 58]
The subject of the Radiatory Heat of the Macrocosmic and microcosmic systems will be dealt with in detail in a later subdivision. In this section we will be dealing with the ‘latent interior fire’ of the
There exists in the Sun, planet, man, and atom, a ‘central point of heat’, ‘a central cavern of fire’, or ‘nucleus of heat’, and this central nucleus reaches the bounds of its sphere of influence, its ring-pass-not, by means of a threefold channel. 
Herein may lie a distinction that perhaps will convey no meaning to some.
It is the ‘centre of the sphere’, and the point of fiercest internal burning, but has little relation to the flames or burning gases (whatever terms you care to use) that are generally understood to exist whenever the sun is considered. [Page 59]
It is the point of fiercest incandescence, and the objective ‘sphere of fire’ is but the manifestation of that ‘internal combustion’.
This ‘central heat’ radiates its ‘warmth’ to all parts of the system by means of a triple channel, or through its "Rays of Approach" which in their totality express to us the idea of "the heat of the sun."
To express it more occultly, substance showing forth the quality of the cosmic Lord Whose energy it is.
They are but aspects of the ‘latent heat of the sun’ as it approaches the Earth by a particular line of least resistance.
What is encountered during that approach—such as planetary bodies, for instance—will be affected by
Ø the akashic current,
Ø the electrical current, or
Ø the pranic current in some way,
but all of these currents are only ‘the internal fires’ of the system when viewed from some other point in universal, though not solar, space.
It is, therefore, obvious that this matter of ‘fire’ is as complex as that of the rays.
Ø The internal fires of the solar system become external and radiatory when considered from the standpoint of a planet, while
Ø The internal fires of the planet will affect a human being as radiation in exactly the same way as
Ø The pranic emanations of his etheric body affect another physical body as radiatory.
Deep in the heart of the planet—such a planet as the Earth, for instance—are the ‘internal fires that occupy the central sphere’, or the ‘caverns filled with incandescent burning’, which make life upon the globe possible at all.
The ‘internal fires of the moon’ are practically burnt out, and, therefore, she does not shine save through reflection, having no ‘inner fire’ to blend and merge with light external.
These ‘inner fires of the earth’ can be seen functioning, as in the sun, through three main channels:
This heat and matter together act as the ‘mother of all that germinates’, and as the ‘protector’ of all that dwells therein and thereon.
This corresponds to the akasha, the ‘active vitalised matter of the solar system’, that nourishes all as does a ‘mother’.
It is perhaps better expressed by the term "animal magnetism."
It is the distinctive quality of the atmosphere of a planet, or its electrical ring-pass-not.
It is the opposite pole to the solar electrical fluid. Contact of the two and their correct manipulation is the aim—perhaps unrealised—-of all scientific endeavor at this time.
It is that which is referred to when one speaks of ‘the health-giving qualities of Mother Nature’, and which is behind the cry of the modern physician, when he wisely says "Back to the Earth."
It is the ‘fluidic emanation’ of this prana which acts on the physical body, though in this case not via the etheric body. It is absorbed through the skin purely, and the ‘pores’ (?acupuncture points? Ed.) are its line of least resistance. [Page 61]
At the ‘base of the spine’ lie hid the ‘fires of the human system’, or the ‘internal fires of the Microcosm’.
The ‘centre’ is located there, and from it the ‘radiations’ go forth along the three channels in the spine.
This vitalises the dense matter of the body and finds its correspondence in the systemic ‘akasha’, and in planetary ‘productive substance’.
This is the ‘vitalising tenuous fluid’ which applies itself to the ‘stimulation of the nervous centres’, and which creates electrical response to contact between the nerves and the brain.
It should now be more closely studied.
It corresponds to systemic electricity, and to planetary electricity.
The emanation, via the etheric body, which corresponds in man to solar prana and to planetary prana.
This demonstrates principally in the health aura and has naught to do with ‘magnetic qualities’, as generally interpreted when considering a personality, or man as a unit.
I make this repetition as it is very necessary that no mental confusion exists between that ‘magnetism’ which is a spiritual emanation and that which is purely animal.
This triple manifestation of fire also demonstrates in the astral and mental bodies, having to do with the substance of those bodies. [Page 62]
Each manifests as fire in a threefold manner.
These two cosmic Entities blend, merge, and demonstrate as Soul, utilising for purposes of manifestation the aid of the third Logos.
The three fires (Will, Love, and Intelligence, Ed.) blend and merge.
In this fourth round and on this fourth globe of our planetary scheme, the ‘fires of the third Logos of intelligent matter’ are fusing somewhat with ‘the fires of cosmic mind, showing as will or power, and animating the Thinker on all planes’. [Page 64]
The object of Their co-operation is the perfected manifestation of the cosmic Lord of Love.
This should be pondered upon for it reveals a mystery.
Ø The blending of ‘the three fires’,
Ø The merging of ‘the three Rays’, and
Ø The co-operation of ‘the three Logoi’
have in view (at this time and within this solar system) the development of the Essence of the cosmic Lord of Love, the second Person in the logoic trinity.
Earlier it was not so, later it will not be, but now it is.
When viewed from the cosmic mental plane the above Three constitute the PERSONALITY OF THE LOGOS, and are seen functioning as one.
Hence the secret (well recognised as fact, though not understood) of the excessive ‘heat’ (occultly expressed), of the astral or central body of the triple personality.
It animates and controls the physical body, and its desires hold sway in the majority of cases
It demonstrates in time and space the correspondence of the temporary union of spirit and matter, the ‘fires of cosmic love’ and the ‘fires of matter’ blended.
A similar analogy is found in the heat apparent in this second solar system.
The ‘inner fires of the atom’ can be seen functioning along similar lines, their demonstration being already somewhat recognised by science.
This being so there exists no necessity for further elaboration.21
We now consider the fire elementals and devas, and then the relation of the Personality Ray to the ‘internal fire of the system in its threefold manifestation’.
Certain facts are known in connection with ‘the fire spirits’ (if so they may be termed).
He Who rules over all ‘the fire elementals and devas on the three planes of human evolution’, the physical, the astral, and the mental, and rules over them not only on this planet, called the Earth, but on the three planes in all parts of the system, is called AGNI, the Lord of Fire,.
Agni is one of ‘the seven Brothers’ (to use an expression familiar to students of the Secret Doctrine)
Ø The seven Brothers each embody one of the seven principles, or
Ø The seven Brothers are in Themselves the seven centres in the body of the cosmic Lord of Fire, called by H. P. B. "Fohat."
Fohat is that ‘active fiery Intelligence’, Who is the basis of ‘the internal fires of the solar system’.
On each plane one of the seven Brothers holds sway
The three ‘elder Brothers’ (for always the three are seen, and later the seven, who eventually merge into the primary three) rule on the first, third and the fifth planes, or on the plane of adi, of atma  and of manas. (1st , 3rd, 5th Planes)
Remember that They are ‘fire’ viewed in its third aspect, the ‘fire of matter’.
Ø In Their totality these seven Lords form the essence of the cosmic Lord, called in the occult books, Fohat. 23 [Page 66]
Ø This is so in the same sense as the seven Chohans,24 with Their affiliated groups of pupils, form the essence or centres in the body of one of the Heavenly Men, one of the planetary Logoi.
Ø These seven again in Their turn form the essence of the Logos.
Each of the seven Lords of Fire or Seven Brothers 25 are differentiated into numerous groups of fire entities, from the ‘Deva-Lords of a plane’ down to the ‘little salamanders of the internal furnaces’.
We are not dealing with the ‘fiery essences of the higher planes’ at this stage in our discussion.
We will only enumerate some of the better known groups, contacted in the three worlds.
These are the little ‘fire elementals’ who can be seen dancing in every flame, tending the fires of the hearth, home, and factory.
They are of the same group as the ‘fire spirits’ who can be contacted deep in the fiery bowels of the planet.
These are latent in all focal points of heat. They are themselves the essence of warmth. They can be contacted [Page 67] in ‘the heat of the bodily frame’, whether human or animal, and are likewise the ‘warmth terrestrial’.
These are a higher grade of fire spirit. They form a ‘vortex of fire’ when viewed on a large scale, such as in volcanoes and large destructive burnings.
They are closely allied to a still more important group of devas, who form ‘the fiery envelope of the sun’.
These are minute fiery essences who have ability to permeate the texture of the human body, of a tree, or of all that may be found in the human, vegetable and animal kingdoms, and who ‘blend with the fires of the microcosmic systems’.
Other forms of elemental lives and deva groups might be enumerated, but the above tabulation will suffice for our present purpose.
The ‘fiery essences’ of this plane are more difficult for us to comprehend, since we do not, as yet, have the ‘seeing eye’ upon that plane.
They are in themselves ‘the warmth and heat of the emotional body’, the ‘body of feeling’.
They are of a low order when upon the path of desire,
They are of a high order when upon the path of aspiration, for the elemental is then transmuted into the deva.
The grades and ranks of ‘fiery essences’ on the astral plane are many; their names matter not save in one instance:
It may be of interest to know the appellation applied to the ‘devas of fire’ whose part it is to ‘tend the fires that will later destroy the causal body’.
Remember that it is the upspringing of the latent fire of matter and its merging with two other fires that causes ‘destruction’.
These elementals and devas are called the Agnisuryans, and in their totality are the ‘fiery essences of buddhi’, hence their lowest manifestation is on the sixth plane, the astral. [Page 68]
Further information concerning these deva lives will be found further on in the Treatise, where they are dealt with at some length. [Page 69]
 "The divine essence that pervades the entire universe of millions of
solar systems is caught up by our sun and passed out in a manifested form to
the utmost boundaries of our solar system, so that this manifested essence may be the basic soil of the growth,
preservation and destruction of our worlds.
That divine essence is simple Nadam
of our yogic philosophy and that Nadam
 T. Subba Rao says on page 20, of Esoteric Writings: "As a general rule, whenever seven entities are mentioned in the ancient occult science of India in any connection whatsoever, you must suppose that those seven entities came into existence from three primary entities and that these three entities again are evolved out of a single entity or monad. To take a familiar example, the seven coloured rays in the solar ray are evolved out of three primary coloured rays; and the three primary colours co‑exist with the four secondary colours in the solar ray. Similarly the three primary entities which brought man into existence co‑exist in him with the four secondary entities which arose from different combinations of the three primary entities."
In Christian terminology these are the three Persons of the Trinity, and the seven Spirits which are before the Throne. Compare "Our God is s consuming fire.'' Heb: 12.29.
"I have already said in speaking of this Logos, that it
was quite possible that it was the Logos that appeared in the shape of the
first Dhyan Chohan, or planetary
Spirit, when the evolution of man was recommenced after the last period of
inactivity on this planet, as stated in Mr. Sinnett’s book, Esoteric Buddhism, and after having set the evolutionary current
in motion, retired to the spiritual plane congenial to its own nature, and has
been watching since over the interests of humanity, and now and then appearing
in connection with a human individuality for the good of man kind. Or you may
look upon the Logos represented by
He speaks of the sapta Rishis and of the Manus as his manasaputras, or mind‑born sons, which they would be if he was the so‑called Prajapati who appeared on this planet and commenced the work of evolution." The Theosophist. Vol. VIII. n. 443.
The following tabulation can be borne in mind:
Seven branch races make one sub-race
Seven sub-races make one root race
Seven root races make one world period
Seven world periods make one round
Seven rounds make one chain period
Seven chain periods make one planetary scheme
Ten planetary schemes make one solar system
 "It should be remembered that the mere scale does not matter, for greatness and smallness are essentially relative. The destiny of each atom is to create a brahmanda. Brahmandas like, or smaller, or larger than ours, held together by a ‘sun’, are present in every atom. Vishvas, great world systems, exist in an atom, and atoms again exist in these vishvas. This is the significance of 'many from one'; wherever we see the one we should recognize the many also, and conversely. After securing the ability of, and then actually, creating a brahmanda, the next step is the creation of a jagat, then a vishva, then a maha‑vishva and so on, till the status of maha-vishnu is reached.' ‑ Bhagavan Das in the Pranava Vada, p. 94.
 Atma means the self, ego or individualized centre of consciousness, around which all worldly experiences in their dual aspect of subjective and objective cluster and arrange themselves. It is one of the foci from which emerge ‘rays of light’ to illumine ‘the cosmic waters’ and in which also converge ‘the rays sent back by those waters’. In Theosophical writings, it is called the self-conscious individuality or the Higher Manas. From this point of view, you will see that the Higher Manas is the most important principle, or the central pivot, of the human constitution, or the true soul. It is the thread which ought to be caught hold of by one who wants to know the truth and lift himself out of this conditioned existence. To this it may be objected that Atma represents the seventh principle of the theosophical septenary, and that the Manas is far lower in the scale. But the plain answer is that the seventh principle is the ultimate state attainable by the self after crossing the ocean of conditioned existence or samsara.' '‑ Some Thoughts on the Gita, p. 26.
 Fohat, or ‘electricity’, is an Entity.
He is the ‘primordial electric Entity’ S. D., 1,105.
He is Will S. D., 1,136.
He is Love-Wisdom S. D., 1,100, 144, 155,
He is Active Intelligence S. D., 1,136.
Therefore He is God S. D., I, 167.
He is the sum total of the energy of the seven Spirits,
Who are the sum total of the Logos. S. D., I, 169.
 Chohan (Tibetan). A Lord or Master. A high Adept. An initiate who has taken more than the five major Initiations which make man a "Master of the Wisdom.''
 The seven Brothers. See S. D., I, 105. These seven are the seven differentiations of ‘primordial electric energy’.
Plane. As used in occultism, the term denotes the range or extent of some state of consciousness, or of the perceptive power of a particular set of senses, or the action of a particular force, or the state of matter corresponding to any of the above.