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Fellowship of Cosmic Fire

Commentary Semester I Section VI

Sem. I Sec. V is a REVIEW of process and focus

(TCF 69-76)

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I. The work of the three rays.

1. The personality ray.

2. The egoic ray.

3. The monadic ray.

II. The personality ray and the permanent atom.

III. The personality ray and karma.





We here touch upon a matter of wide general interest yet which is withal very little comprehended.  I refer to the subject of the permanent atoms.26


1.                  It is amazing how much fascination there is with the theme of the permanent atoms. Interestingly the Tibetan has warned of an excessive interest in this subject as it tends towards materialism:

I do not here advise much reflection on the subject, as it is an exceedingly difficult one, constituting, in itself, a very advanced science, and embodying the mystery of the first solar system, the past—again the memory cells give their contribution. It is through the permanent atoms that the Forces of Materialism can [Page 304] work; the Great White Lodge works through the seven centres. (EA 303-304)


(26: Permanent Atom.  An appropriated point of atomic matter.


2.                  It is the monad that has appropriated the permanent atom before beginning its pilgrimage.


 A tiny centre of force which forms the central factor and the attractive agency around which the sheaths of the incarnating Monad are built.


3.                  We note the centrality of the permanent atoms to the sheaths. We also note their magnetism.


  These are strung like pearls upon the sutratma, or thread.


4.                  The sutratma is the “life thread”. The sutratma is that which the monad ‘extends’ when it “goes forth” into the lower planes.

5.                  Before an atom is appropriated by the monad, it is simply an atom.


Ray.  A stream of force or an emanation.


6.                  Hiding behind these ordinary words are deep mysteries.

7.                  What is a “stream”? It involves ‘flow’, which requires an especially loose or fluid relationship among the items that flow.

8.                  An emanation is not only an extension of influence but an extension of identity. The emanating source is present at all points along the emanation.

9.                  The idea of a “Ray” includes the relation between things. Since the second aspect of divinity is the aspect of relationship, the concept of a ray in connected to the second aspect.

10.             In other words, the study of the Seven Rays is a study especially undertaken by those upon the second ray.


  The solar Logos, or the Macrocosm, manifests through three major rays and four minor rays.  The Monad or microcosm likewise manifests through three rays as mentioned in the text above.  All rays express a peculiar and specialised type of force.


11.             The concept of a “Ray” is inseparable from the concept of “Quality”—an essential structural division within any whole.


Triad.  This is literally Atma-buddhi-manas, the expression of the Monad, just as the personality is the expression of the Ego.  The Monad expresses itself through the Triad, and in its lowest or third Aspect forms the Egoic or Causal body, the infant or germinal Ego.


12.             The egoic lotus or causal body is an extension or creation of the third aspect of the spiritual triad.



  Similarly, the Ego expresses itself through the threefold lower man, mental, emotional, and etheric (these being the reflection of the higher Triad) and these three give rise to the dense physical manifestation.)


13.             The personality is a reflection of the Ego in the causal body and a correspondence to the spiritual triad.

14.             In a reflection, there is an inversion of order.


  Each body or form wherein Spirit functions has, for its focal point on each plane, an atom composed of matter of the atomic subplane of each plane.


15.             It must be remembered that permanent atoms are found on the “atomic subplane” of each plane. In this respect, they are related to systemic Law of Vibration and to Vulcan.

16.             We note the implication that “Spirit” is functioning through each of the bodies or vehicles, even the lower ones.

17.             All that we think of as ourselves is merely an extension of “Spirit” or monad.


  This serves as a nucleus for the distribution of force, for the conservation of faculty, for the assimilation of experience, and for the preservation [Page 70] of memory. 


18.             Let us fasten on the functions of the permanent atoms:

a.      It is a nucleus

b.      The distribution of force

c.      Conservation of faculty

d.      The assimilation of experience

e.      The preservation of memory

19.             These various functions can be related to the first three rays.


These atoms are in direct connection with one or other of the three Great rays in connection with the microcosm:—


a. The Monadic Ray, the synthetic ray of the microcosm.

b. The Egoic Ray.

c. The Personality Ray.


20.             The monadic ray expresses through the three triadal permanent atoms and especially through the atmic and buddhic permanent atoms. Much will depend upon the major ray of the monad, as monads primarily on the first ray will express through atma; those primarily on the second ray through buddhi and those primarily on the third ray through manas

21.             The egoic ray has a close connection with the manasic permanent atom (for the causal body is build upon the manasic permanent atom), and (in different lives) with one or other of the permanent atoms (or mental unit) in the personality.

22.             The personality ray expressed through the lower atomic triangle consisting of the mental unit and the astral and mental permanent atoms.

23.             Generically, the monadic ray expresses through the mental unit and the mental body; the egoic ray through the astral permanent atom and the astral body; and the personality ray through the physical permanent atom and the etheric-physical body.

24.             Since the egoic ray is related to the second aspect of divinity, it will also be related to the buddhi permanent atom, for buddhi is an expression of the second aspect of divinity.

25.             Some thoughts on the planes, ideas, spatiality and “extension”:

a.      Planes are spheres. The bodies of man are spheres within spheres.

b.      Forms on the higher mental plane are still spatial and have dimension, otherwise we could not speak of the shape and “specific gravity{ of the causal body.

c.      Extension is the perception of ‘matter’ as occupying ‘space’. From this perspective, causal bodies have extension.

d.      Thoughtforms have extension; ideas may not.

e.      Is there what we call shape and form on the higher planes? An idea may, in fact, be an “energy center”; does an idea necessarily have a location?


Each of these rays has a connection with one or other of the permanent atoms in the lower threefold man, and has a direct action upon the spirillae 27 found within the atom.


26.             The spirillae are coils of energy of different qualities the animation of which reveal the stage of development of any atom—microscopic, microcosmic or macrocosmic.

27.             Spirillae are stimulated according to ray impacting them and the point in evolution of the evolving entity.


  We have noted in "Letters on Occult Meditation" that the atoms of the lower threefold man underwent a twofold process:—


28.             The atoms of the threefold lower mind are not all literally permanent atoms: the physical and astral permanent atoms are full permanent atoms, but the mental unit (arising in animal man from “instinct approximating mentality”) is not.


They were first vivified in rotation, and each held the light in ordered sequence until the lower triangle was entirely illumined.

29.             During the process of evolution the physical permanent atom was first vivified, then the astral and then the mental unit.


(1.) Directing the vibration towards the atomic triangle.  Here a very interesting fact must be borne in mind.  The three permanent atoms, or the three points of the triangle, do not always hold the same relative position as regards the centre of the lotus, but according to the stage of development so will be the position of the atoms, and so will be the apprehension of the inflowing force.  In the earlier stages, the physical permanent atom is the first to receive the inflow, passing it through its system to the astral permanent atom and the mental unit.  This force is circulated four times around the triangle (this being the fourth round) until the mental unit is again contacted and the energy becomes centralised in the fourth spirilla of the mental unit.  Then and only then do the lunar Pitris begin their work, and commence the co-ordination of the substance which will form the mental sheath, next working with the astral body and finally with the etheric body.


30.             The paragraph above describes the physical permanent atom as dominant in the triangle.


At a later stage in the evolution of man (the stage wherein the average man is now) the astral permanent atom is the first contacted, and the energy circulates through it to the other two.  At the stage of advanced intellectual man, the mental unit takes the primary place.  In this case there is now the possibility of the alignment of the three bodies which will later be an accomplished fact.  The fifth spirilla in the lower two atoms increases its vibration.  As we know, there are only four spirillae in the mental unit and the moment that that is in full activity, the co-ordination of the antaskarana becomes a possibility.  Changes are now taking place in the egoic lotus, and the petals are unfolding, that unfoldment being partially dependent upon the vibration in the spirillae and their awakening.


31.             The paragraph above describes the astral permanent atom and mental unit as sequentially as dominant in the triangle.


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The student should bear in mind the fact that as soon as the mental unit has become the apex of the atomic triangle a condition is brought about wherein force in the future will enter the three atoms simultaneously through the three unfolded petals of the outer circle, and the man has therefore reached a very definite stage in evolution.  The direction of force, and its application to the atoms is the work of the solar Pitris.  As evolution proceeds, their work in this connection becomes more complex, for the petals are unfolding, and the triangle is revolving more rapidly. (TCF 775-776))


32.             The paragraph above describes the a point in evolution in which force enters all three atoms simultaneously. This is a climactic point of development.


Eventually transmutation took place, or (to word it otherwise) the polarisation eventually shifted into the three permanent atoms of the Triad, and out of the three permanent atoms of the lower triangle.


33.             Here is given an unique definition of transmutation as a the shifting in polarization from the atomic triangle to the three permanent atoms of the spiritual triad.

34.             When we think of transmutation it is often in terms of improving the vibratory quality of the matter of the lower vehicles. As polarization from the lower to higher atoms occurs this enhancement of vibratory quality automatically occurs.

35.             Probably, however, we are dealing with a ‘virtuous circle’ in which elevation of vibration assists with the shift and the shift contributes to elevation of vibration.


Definition of Transmutation: Transmutation has been defined as "the passage across from one state of being to another, through the agency of fire." (TCF 476)


36.             From the above, it is apparent that this shift is accomplished through the medium of fire and in relation to the various burning grounds.

37.             The fires of aspiration feed the process of transmutation. Aspiration carries on onto the burning ground.


 The physical permanent atom is transcended and the polarisation becomes manasic or mental, the astral permanent atom is transcended and the polarisation becomes buddhic, while the mental unit is superseded by the permanent [Page 71] atom, of the fifth plane, the atmic.


38.             The correspondential relationship between the lower atomic triangle and the higher three permanent atoms is evident.

39.             We note the use of the word “transcended”. The concept of transcendence should be compared with that of “transmutation”. There is a close relation.

40.             Vibratory elevation through a fiery process leads to transcendence.


 This is all brought about by the action of the three rays upon the atoms and upon the life within each atom.  The relationship between these three rays and the permanent atoms might be summarised as follows:


41.             The relationship between the spiritual triad and the lower atomic triangle is not a reflection but a superimposition. Above I called this relationship a “correspondence” rather than a “reflection”.

42.             We are discussing the relationship between the three major rays, and the atomic triangle (consisting of the mental unit, and the physical and astral permanent atoms).

43.             As transmutation and transcendence occur, the mental unit begins to carry the influence of first ray and of atma; the astral permanent will carry the influence of the second ray and of buddhi; the physical permanent will carry the influence of the third ray and of manas.

44.             This shift of polarization must necessarily occur later than the first initiation and, more likely, in preparation for the second initiation when the antahkarana can be built.

45.             The Kingdom of God (entry into the Hall of Wisdom) begins at the first initiation, when the mental unit connects with the first sacrifice petal and becomes illumined (a little). Also the spiritual repatterning of the etheric body begins in earnest at this point.


At the first initiation, that of the birth of the Christ, the heart centre is the one usually vivified, with the aim in view of the more effective controlling of the astral vehicle, and the rendering of greater service to humanity.  After this initiation the initiate is taught principally the facts of the astral plane; he has to stabilise his emotional vehicle and learn to work on the astral plane with the same facility and ease as he does on the physical plane; he is brought in contact with the astral devas; he learns to control the astral elementals; he must function with facility on the lower sub-planes, and the value and quality of his work on the physical plane becomes of increased worth.  He passes, at this initiation, out of the Hall of Learning into the Hall of Wisdom.  At this time, emphasis is consistently laid on his astral development, although his mental equipment grows steadily. (IHS 34)

46.             Is there a connection between the beginning of Accepted Discipleship and the beginning of building the antahkarana? This may well be the case?


The Personality Ray has direct action upon the physical permanent atom.

The Egoic Ray has a similar action upon the astral permanent atom.

The Monadic Ray has a close connection with the mental unit.


47.             We note that whereas the personality ray and egoic ray have direct action upon the permanent atoms with which they are respectively associated, the monadic ray has only a “close connection” with its representative—the mental unit. Perhaps the monadic ray has “direct action” upon the manasic permanent atom.

48.             The direct action of the monadic ray upon the mental unit or manasic permanent atom can be expected after the third initiation.

49.             What are the practical results of these relationships:

a.      Generically, the personality ray has for its main vehicle of expression the physical body. Thus, through the physical body we are directly connected to the personality ray.

b.      Through the transformation of the astral body we can begin to ‘feel’ the presence of the soul.

c.      Can we truly say we have ever felt monadic influence within the mental body (controlled as it is by the mental unit)? We are being told that the nature and quality of our thinking is affected by our monadic ray.


The effect which they [the three rays—monadic, egoic and personality ray] have is threefold, but is not simultaneous; they work ever, as do all things in Nature, in ordered cycles.


50.             During such cycles, the different points in the “atomic triangle” undergo sequential emphasis, beginning with the physical permanent atom and ending with the mental unit.


  The stimulation, for instance, that is the result of the action of the monadic Ray upon the mental unit is only felt when the aspirant treads the Path, or after he has taken the first Initiation.  The action of the egoic Ray upon the astral permanent atom is felt as soon as the Ego can make good connection with the physical brain; when this is so the egoic ray is beginning to affect the atom powerfully and continuously; this occurs when a man is highly evolved and is nearing the Path.  


51.             We are given an important sequence. The effect of the monadic ray will naturally be felt after the effect of the egoic ray.

52.             The monadic ray becomes effective after the first initiation when the aspirant treads the “Path”.

53.             Really, treading the Path (of Probations) means to have taken the first initiation. Subjected to the Will. All true aspirants will have taken the first initiation.

These stages are all of them related to one or other of the initiations. This one, called Little Chelaship, is related to the first initiation. This initiation is connected with the physical plane and, for a very large number of people (as I have several times pointed out) lies far behind. All true aspirants have taken the first initiation. This fact is indicated by their intensive struggle to grow into the spiritual life, to follow the way of determined orientation to the things of the spirit and to live by the light of that spirit. I believe that many who read my words will recognise these determinations as the basic motivation of their lives. (DINA I 716)

54.             The egoic ray affects the astral permanent atom when nearing the Path. This effect naturally precedes the first initiation, for the true Path begins at the first initiation.  The effect of the egoic ray upon the astral permanent atom occurs during the later stages of the Mutable Cross.

55.             We might say that entry upon the Path of Aspiration occur before one can truly be said to be treading the Path.

56.             We gather that the man will begin to feel the effect of the soul upon his astral body before he is actually treading the Path. He is an “aspirant” but not yet a “true aspirant” who is a probationary disciple, having taken the first initiation.

57.             We should consider that the Path of Aspiration as that time when elementals are being transmuted into devas (astral devas). (TCF 67)

58.             The term ‘Agni-Surya-ns’ (means Fire/Sun), and thus Solar Fire. They can be hypothesized as connected to Neptune—ruler both of the astral waters and of the “solar flames” (hence solar fire). “Neptune is looked upon as the repository of the ‘solar flames’,…” (TCF 1154)


This threefold force [of the monadic, egoic and personality rays] is felt in the following way:

First.  It [i.e., the threefold force—i.e. monadic, egoic and personality force] plays upon the wall of the atom as an external force and affects its rotary and vibratory action.


59.             Rotation and vibration are third aspect effects.


Second.  It stimulates the inner fire of the atom and causes its light to shine with increasing brilliancy.


60.             Light is strongly (by not exclusively) connected with the second aspect, which is why, for instance, second ray souls are considered the most luminous.

61.             This shining with increasing brilliancy is a second aspect effect.



Third.  It works upon the spirillae, and brings them all gradually into play.


62.             This is the first aspect effect. The activation of the spirillae determine the livingness of any atom.

63.             The effects of greater energies upon lesser most often proceed from the periphery to the interior—at least that is the normal sequence during the evolutionary process. Later, the nucleus may be first to be affected.


(27: Spirilla:  "In order to examine the construction of the atom, a space is artificially made,


64.             Fohat has ‘dug a hole’ in space.


 then, if an opening be made in the wall thus constructed, the surrounding force flows in, and three whorls immediately appear, surrounding the "hole" with their triple spiral of two and a half coils,


65.             …a two and a half self-conscious root-races have thus far transpired



and returning to their origin by a spiral within the atom; these are at once followed by seven finer whorls, which following the spiral of the first three on the outer surface and returning to their origin by a spiral within that, flowing in the opposite direction form a caduceus with the first three.


66.             One will have to refer to the picture below for clearer idea.

67.             We certainly have the greater three and a lesser seven. This model somewhat answers the question as to whether the seven are contained within a greater three, or whether there are only seven—the higher three of the seven being counted twice to make the ten.


  Each of the three coarser whorls, flattened out, makes a closed circle; each of the seven finer ones, similarly flattened out, makes a closed circle.  The forces which flow in them, again, come from "outside," from a fourth-dimensional space.


68.             When fourth dimensional space is here referenced, we can simply think of influence from the normally invisible higher planes.



  Each of the finer whorls is formed of seven yet finer ones, set successively at right angles to each other, each finer than its predecessor; these we call spirillae.


69.             This is an excellent definition of “spirillae”. We note that the spirillae coil around the seven finer whorls (not the three coarser, larger ones).

70.             That the spirillae become progressively finer tells us something about the process of refinement which occurs as a result of the evolutionary process.


"Each spirilla is animated by the life-force of a plane, and four are at present normally active, one for each round.


71.             In terms of humanity, this is true for the average man. There are “fifth-rounders” among us who have five spirillae activated, and also “sixth-rounders” with six. The Christ and Buddha are becoming “seventh-rounders”.

72.             If each spirillae is animated by the life-force of a plane, during this fourth round and this fourth globe of the fourth chain, humanity will be working on achieving deep contact with the buddhic plane.


  Their activity in an individual may be prematurely forced by yoga practice."—Occult Chemistry, p. 28.)


73.             Obviously, it is very dangerous to do so unless one knows exactly what one is doing or is under the supervision of a higher soul who knows.




74.             Even this finest part of matter (considered as created by the third aspect of divinity) is (we can see) created by spiral cyclic action, and is definitely  form—thus relating to the second aspect of divinity (the form building aspect).

75.             The making of the opening in Mulaprakriti, is an action of the first aspect. Digging a hole in space is an act of Fohat.




The Personality Ray deals with the first four spirillae, and is the source of their stimulation.  Note here the [Page 72] correspondence to the lower quaternary and its stimulation by the ego.  The Egoic Ray concerns itself with the fifth spirilla and with the sixth, and is the cause of their emerging from latency and potentiality into power and activity.  The Monadic Ray is the source of the stimulation of the seventh spirilla.


76.             Personality is always connected with the number four.

77.             The “lower quaternary” consists of the four lower principles, manifesting through personality.

78.             The numbers four, two and one are here given, relating respectively to the influence of the personality, soul and monad upon spirillae.

79.             The development of spirillae is related to “rounds” in the Planetary Logos and to various evolutionary cycles in the development of a human being.

80.             Entry into the Kingdom of God coincides with the development of the fifth spirilla.

81.             The sixth spirilla can be associated with the period of triadal infusion, and the seventh with monadic infusion. The stimulation of the sixth spirilla signifies a definite relationship to the Planetary Logos. Numerologically, it relates to the Kingdom of Planetary Lives, which is the sixth kingdom.

82.             Fifth-Rounders and Sixth-Rounders are, historically, well-known human being. Plato, Confucius, Pythagoras are called Fifth-Rounders. Buddha, and Shankara have been called Sixth Rounders. The Christ and the Buddha, having taken at least the preliminary aspects of the fifth initiation, may be inferred to be “Seventh-Rounders”.

83.             Several quotations below enlarge upon the nature and functions of the spirillae.


b. The consciousness of the Heavenly Men stimulates all the units in Their bodies, but causes specialised response from those who are actively and intelligently working at the development of group consciousness.  The vibration, for instance, of a planetary Logos has a peculiar effect upon all those who are initiates, adepts and chohans, and brings their three major spirillae to the necessitated vibration.  This work is begun when the sixth spirilla (in the minor group of seven) is active. (TCF 464)


84.             The group of seven is considered a minor group and there is a major group consisting of three.

85.             The activation of the three major spirillae may coincide with very high initiations.

86.             If the processes here discussed developed as similar processes do, there will be an overlap between the development of the spirillae in the minor group and those in the major group.

87.             The exact correspondence between the initiations and the development of the minor and major spirillae is not here given.


c. The consciousness of man is stimulated and developed when—at a certain stage—he can respond to the vibration of members of the Occult Hierarchy, and is thus nearing the portal into the fifth kingdom.  This coincides with the vibratory activity of the fifth spirilla. (TCF 464)


88.             This does not mean that the fifth spirilla is completely stimulated.

89.             Entry into the Fifth Kingdom, the stimulation of the fifth spirilla, the taking of the first initiation and entry into the Hall of Wisdom are processes which are closely related.

6. The arrangement of the spirillae within the permanent atoms varies on each plane and the ones most frequently described are those of the physical plane.


90.             We must, therefore, be careful about generalizing too broadly on the basis of the information and diagrams we have been given.


 The arrangement of these tiny force vortices and their internal economy on each plane is one of the secrets of initiation and may not be revealed.


91.             It helps to know what pieces of information are considered secrets of initiation.

92.             Probably, very much about the structure of matter would be revealed if the arrangements were revealed.



  One hint only may be given to guide the student:  The astral permanent atom has its internal streams of force arranged so that the spirals do approach quite closely the conformation of a heart, though the pointed end is eliminated.


93.             This tells us a great deal about how the energy which the astral plane is meant to express—namely the energy of love.


  The buddhic permanent atom has its spirillae arranged so as to form approximately a figure eight with a central stream bisecting the double spiral. (TCF 531)


94.             The figure here described as the form of the buddhic permanent atom relates it to Mercury (“Guardian of the eighth gate”) and to the Caduceus. Mercury (creator and destroyer of illusion) is closely related to the buddhic faculty of pure reason.

95.             We probably cannot make too much of these forms (given our present state of knowledge), however, they seem to contain profound hints about  the structure of matter, and the relation of that structure to the meaning of the vibratory level upon which the matter is found.

96.             The “fifth kingdom” is the “Kingdom of Souls” and the “Kingdom of God” and corresponds to the “vibratory activity of the fifth spirilla”. It should also correspond to heart center development and to the first initiation.


There is great interest attached to this subject and wide reaches of thought and vast fields for investigation open up before the earnest student.


97.             The power to manipulate matter comes with a thorough knowledge of the permanent atoms.

98.             This type of knowledge has been mastered by the Solar Angels who are experts in its application.


  This threefold action  [threefold action is the action of the three rays upon their respective permanent atoms.] varies in point of time and sequence according to the ray itself upon which the Monad may be found; but the subject is too vast to be handled at this time.


99.             All proceeds in order depending upon the ray of the monad.

100.         The periods of influence of the different monadic rays depends upon the duration of the ray cycles for the particular ray upon which the monad will be found.

101.         Independently of time and cycle, however, progress can be made through the “forcing process” of initiation.


In looking at the matter from the standpoint of fire the idea may be grasped a little through the realisation that the latent fire of matter in the atom is brought into brilliance and usefulness by the action of the personality Ray which merges with this fire and stands in the same position to the permanent atom in the microcosm as FOHAT does on the cosmic plane. [to the permanent atom which controls the entire cosmic physical plane].


102.         DK brings our attention to the relation existing between the “latent fire of matter in the atom” (the permanent atom) and the personality ray.

103.         The analogy given here: personality ray/latent forces of matter in the permanent atom = Fohat/permanent atoms of controlling the lower cosmic planes.

104.         More specifically and accurately: Fohat/Saturn, i.e. physical permanent atom of cosmic physical plane = Personality Ray/physical permanent atom.

105.         For the equivalence of Saturn to the physical permanent atom of the cosmic physical plane see TCF 406.

106.         We do note the value of the personality ray, bringing the latent fire of matter “into brilliance and usefulness”


 The fire is there hidden within the sphere (whether the sphere systemic [solar systemic] or the sphere atomic) and the personality Ray in the one case, and Fohat in the other, acts as the force which brings latency into activity and potentiality into demonstrated power.


Neptune, Uranus, and Saturn will, therefore, have absorbed the essence of manifestation and (in connection with the solar Logos) they correspond to the three permanent atoms in the causal body of a man.  We say "correspond" for the analogy is not in detail.  Uranus and Neptune are reflections of the logoic astral and mental permanent atoms. Saturn is in fact the correspondence to the logoic physical permanent atom.  This is an occult mystery and must not be separated from its allied truth in the cosmic scheme. (TCF 406)


107.         Sirius/Sun = Venus/Earth = Soul/Personality

108.         Thus, we ponder the analogical similarity between the personality ray and Fohat (both related to the third aspect of divinity).

109.         We are given however, a very occult hint—that there is a “cosmic scheme” related to the fact that Saturn is the correspondence to the logoic physical permanent atom.

110.         What is a “cosmic scheme”. Saturn is a planetary scheme. Perhaps Solar Logoi are to be considered ‘solar schemes’.

111.         Speculatively, we might ask, “What is the higher correspondence to Saturn and to Fohat (as here considered)?” The higher correspondence to Saturn will be one of the Seven Solar Systems of Which Ours is One—that one of them which expresses the third ray. The higher correspondence to Fohat, as here considered, will be a super-cosmic Fohat.


  This correspondence should be thought out with care and judgment.


112.         Through the use of the Tibetan’s words, one suspects the importance of the constellation Libra (sign of judgment).

113.         Saturn is the hierarchical ruler of Libra and we have been talking of Saturn. We should not think that the word “judgment” is used casually.


  Just as Fohat has to do with active manifestation or objectivity, so the personality Ray has to do with the third, or activity aspect in the microcosm.


114.         The analogy between Fohat and the personality ray is useful to remember when attempting to clarify their nature.

115.         Agni in the body of the Solar Logos is an aspect of a greater Fohat.

116.         Remember that Fohat is a generic term and can have meaning at all levels upon the ladder of universal evolution.

117.         If we can grasp the essence of any generic name, we will understand the various levels of expression of the entities to which the name is applied.


 The work of the third aspect logoic was the arranging of the matter of the system so that eventually it could be built into form through the power of the second aspect.


118.         A succinct comparison between two aspects of logoic activity is here given.

119.         The third ray is a ray of intelligence, and one of the major functions of intelligence is arrangement. The function of the “third aspect logoic” is, thus, the preparation of matter. This preparation amounts to creating the ordered diversity of matter (all types of matter arising from undifferentiated matter).

120.         The third ray is not only the ‘arranger’, but the “Divine Separator”. Its activity upon undifferentiated matter is both to separate and arrange.


  Thus the correspondence works out.  By life upon the physical plane (that life wherein the physical permanent atom has its full demonstration) the matter is arranged and separated that must eventually be built into the Temple of Solomon, the egoic body, through the agency of the egoic life, the second [Page 73] aspect.  In the quarry of the personal life are the stones prepared for the great Temple.


121.         These Masonic analogies are of great value for understanding that we are allTemple Builders’.

122.         Freemasons build their individual temples. When they come together, a greater temple is built.

123.         “Egoic life” is the builder.

124.         The matter which is arranged and separated upon the physical plane must be ‘translated’ or alchemized into the field of the egoic body—the Temple of Solomon. It cannot be transferred directly, as it is of too low a vibration, so its quintessence must be extracted and occultly transported to higher vibratory levels.

  In existence upon the physical plane and in the objective personal life is that experience gained which demonstrates as faculty in the Ego.


125.         All faculty is earned through hard labor. Saturn, the planet of labor yields Venus, the planet of quality.

126.         “Faculty” is simply ability and capacity. Causal bodies are differentiated by the amount of unfolded faculty.

127.         The “Ego”, in this context, is the human consciousness within the causal body (augmented by the presence of the Solar Angel)


  What is here suggested would richly repay our closest attention, and open up before us reaches of ideas, which should eventuate in a wiser comprehension, a sounder judgment, and a greater encouragement to action.


128.         The practical motives for writing this great book appear.

129.         The control of the personality is a great issue. Man has much to do before he masters matter. This section of the book is designed to help us do that.




It might be wise here to recapitulate a little so that in the refreshing of the memory may come the basis of further knowledge.


130.         We can learn much pedagogy from the Master DK’s approach.


 We dealt first with the three fires of the system, macrocosmic and microcosmic, and having laid down certain hypotheses we passed to the consideration of the first of the fires, that which is inherent in matter.


131.         The word “inherent” is important. These fires are internal, inherent and one of them is deeply interior. We note the fact that the word “in” is in all these adjectives.


  Having studied it somewhat in its threefold manifestation in the various parts of the system, including man, we took up the matter of the personality Ray and its relationship to this third fire.


132.         This ray is not fully emergent in a great majority of human beings. It is relatively advanced people in whose lives the personality ray has emerged.

133.         One must never forget the essentially material nature of the personality ray.


 We must recall here that all that has been dealt with has been in relation to matter, and for the whole of this first section this thought must be borne carefully in mind.


134.         There have been many allusions to other and higher states of consciousness, but the main theme has been the fires of matter.


In our second section we will consider all from the standpoint of mind, and in the final from the standpoint of the Divine Ray.


135.         This is the basic outline of the entire book—from matter to mind to monad/life/spirit.


  Here we are dealing with what H. P. B. calls the primordial ray and its manifestations in matter.28 [28: See S. D., I, 108; II, 596.] All these Rays of Cosmic Mind, Primordial Activity, and Divine Love-Wisdom are but essential quality demonstrating through the agency of some one factor.


136.         Interesting names are here given for the three major rays. The term “Cosmic Mind” may be associated, in this context, with the first ray (though not exclusively so). Divine Love-Wisdom is obviously associated with the second ray as “Primordial Activity” is clearly with the third ray.


The Primordial Ray is the quality of motion, demonstrating through matter.


137.         Matter is not the ray. Matter, essentially, is the passive object to be animated by different fires.

138.         We are presented with an important phrase: “the quality of motion”. This quality is determined basically by rhythm or frequency of the vibrating constituents; it is also determined by the type of patterning induced in the constituents.

139.         There are many qualities of motion. The quality of motion is sometimes described by the terms tamas, rajas and sattva. Another way of describing the quality of motion is rotary, spiral-cyclic and progressive (“driving forward”).

140.         Sometimes, the Primordial Ray is described as if it is unrelated to intelligence, but we know that the great Third Ray (the Primordial Ray) is expressive of a highly intelligent Entity—the Cosmic Third Ray Lord.


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The Ray of Mind is the quality of intelligent organisation, demonstrating through forms, which are the product of motion and matter.


141.         We are being given different names for the different rays. The Ray of Mind is associated (in various ways) with all three aspects of divinity. All the major three rays are Rays of intelligence—Intelligent Activity, Intelligent Love and Intelligent Will.

142.         A certain aspect of the Ray of Mind is closely related to the Ray of Primordial Activity.

143.         A higher aspect of the Ray of Mind is related to the Ray of Love-Wisdom.

144.         We must remember that the quality of “organization” is one of the three energies emerging from Shamballa. The Ray of Mind cannot be dissociated from the divine aspect of will.


The Ray of Love-Wisdom is the quality of basic motive that utilises the intelligent organisation of matter in motion to demonstrate in one synthetic whole the great Love aspect of the Logos.29   [29: S. D., I, 99, 108; II, 596.]


145.         Here we have one of Master DK’s amazingly synthetic statements. Stating such syntheses is one of his pedagogical techniques.

146.         Ray of Mind holds the second position.

147.         The Ray of Love holds the first position because this is a system of Love-Wisdom.

148.         The “intelligent organization of matter in motion” is the instrument. This intelligent organization is to demonstrate, synthetically, “the great Love aspect of the Logos”.

149.         Love is the second aspect of divinity, but in our solar system, it is paramount.


This line of thought can be worked out also correspondingly in the Microcosm, and will show how individual man is engaged in the same type of work on a lesser scale as the solar Logos.


150.         Each human being is to create an “intelligent organization of matter in motion” (via the personality ray), and this is to be used by the soul to demonstrate the love aspect focussed in the soul.


At this point in the treatise we are confining our attention to the Ray of Active Matter, or to that latent heat in substance which underlies its activity and is the cause of its motion.


151.         Another definition of the third ray. “Ray of Active Matter,

152.         The Ray of Active Matter is related to “latent heat”, but we should also consider it related to “active heat”.

153.         We are dealing with the Ray of Active matter as the cause of motion.

154.         Let us list some names of the cosmic Lord of the Third ray:

a.      The Ray of Active Matter

b.      The Primordial Ray

c.      The Ray of Primordial Activity

d.      The Ray of Creative Intelligence

e.      The Ray of Active Intelligence

f.        The Ray of Abstract Intelligence

155.         It must be clear that when we come to the second cosmic Lord, the Ray of Cosmic Mind—there is no easy way to define it exclusively to rays one, two or three, for it has relations to all of them.

156.         This theme has been developed in the book thus far and has been pointed out in the commentary.


 If we think with sincerity and with clarity we will see how closely therefore the Lipika Lords or the Lords of Karma are associated with this work.


157.         The Lipika Lords are particularly associated with the manipulation of matter for karmic purposes.


  Three of Them are closely connected with Karma as it concerns one or other of the three great Rays, or the three FIRES, while the fourth Lipika Lord synthesizes the work of his three Brothers and attends to the uniform blending and merging of the three fires.


158.         Lipika Lords are working with causes.

159.         The fourth Lord is related to Sirius and to the Intermediate Law of Karma emanating from Sirius.

160.         Another esoteric analogy can be offered. Three Great Lords of Karma on Sirius/Fourth Lord of Karma = The Three Buddhas of Activity/Sanat Kumara

161.         The converse of this analogy is as follows: Fourth Karmic (Lipika) Lord from Sirius/Three Lesser Karmic (Lipika) Lords = Sanat Kumara (the Fourth Kumara)/Three Buddhas of Activity

162.         Conclusion: Sanat Kumara and the Three Buddhas of Activity are all Agents of Karma

163.         Another Proportion: Solar Logos/Systemic Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva = Sanat Kumara/ The three Buddhas of Activity

164.         “Lipika” is a term associated with scribes and recorders and is, thus, related to Mercury and Thoth. Master R. (whose monadic ray is necessarily the third, is deeply related to Thoth-Hermes and the Emerald Tablets.

165.         Karmic Lords are First Ray Beings, operating in a Third Ray Sphere for Second Ray Motives. They gain their power of equilibration from Libra, which transmits the third ray, but is deeply associated with the second ray and is an instrument for the law and justice of the first ray.

166.         The Lipika Lords are experts in what we might call ‘Divine Mathematics’. Libra, interestingly, is a sign closely associated with mathematics.

167.         Several themes which should be related are Saturn, Karma, Libra, and the permanent atom of the Cosmic Physical plane.


The symbol, which is first given to the pledged disciple to study but which may, however, be described, is a duality of interlocked wheels revolving at a great pace in opposite directions, and producing a unified whole.  These wheels are portrayed as manifesting electric blue flame, rotating and revolving with great rapidity around an equal-armed Cross.  The Cross is pictured in orange fire with a deep emerald green circle, flaming at the point in the centre where the four arms of the Cross meet.  The symbolism of these colours links this fourth path to the solar system preceding this one.  In that system the Sirian influence was more potent than in the present one. (TCF 1260)


168.         This is a remarkable paragraph dealing with the symbolism meant to reveal (or conceal) the nature of the Path to Sirius.

169.         We will study this symbol later, but one cannot help but think of the Wheel of the Law, and the Wheel of Karma.

170.         Sirius is coming into increasing power in relation to our present solar system, so it is interesting to think that it was even more potent in relation to the last solar system—i.e., the most recent incarnation of our Solar Logos.

171.         The colors orange and green were prominent in our previous solar system (we are told) and thus the color-symbolism above relates Sirius to this system.

172.         We must think about the rays of Sirius. Its fifth ray would link it to the previous solar system. Its second ray would be an important link to this system.

173.         Sirius is potently manasic, and those who are to further develop manas “go there”, via the Fourth Path. The previous solar system was also strongly manasic, and so a manasic Sirius would naturally have a strong line of connection.

174.         Yet, in the present solar system our Logos is developing the power of Love-Wisdom, with which Sirius is also potently endowed. Could it be the lack of advancement of our Solar Logos along this line that prevents Sirius from being a potent in relation to this solar system as it was to the last?


  On our planet, the Earth, They find Their points of contact through the three "Buddhas of Activity,"30 (the correspondence should be noted here) and the fourth Kumara, the Lord of the World. 

175.         Sanat Kumara is the Fourth Kumara.

176.         We are talking about the ways in which the Four Lipika Lords influence our planet and the beings they use as agents.


Therefore, we arrive at the realisation that the personality Ray, in its relation to the fire of matter, is directly influenced and adjusted in its working by one of the Buddhas of Activity.


177.         Each of the periodical vehicles is under the influence of one of the Buddhas of Activity. The egoic nature is related to another Buddha and the monadic nature to still another.

178.         This means that each of the three lower Lipikas Lords is related to one of the three periodical vehicles (whether of man or of the Planetary Logos, or of the Solar Logos).


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The karma31,32,33 of matter itself is an abstruse subject and has as yet scarcely been hinted at.


179.         Not only has it not been fully discussed, but scarcely hinted at.


 It is nevertheless indissolubly mixed up with the karma of the individual.


180.         It takes elaborate organization within the Department of Karma to administrate and regulate the development of matter.


 It involves a control of the evolution of the monadic essence, the elemental essence and of the atomic matter of the plane; it is concerned with the development of the four spirillae, with their activity, with their attachment to forms when atomic, and with the development of the inner latent heat and its gradual fiery increase until we have within the atom a repetition of what is seen within the causal body:  the destruction of the periphery of the atom by the means of burning.


  It deals with the subject of the building of matter into form by the interaction of the two rays, the Divine and the Primordial, producing thereby that fire by friction which tends to life and fusing.


181.         The sections immediately above are pregnant with significance.

182.         Are there three types of matter— monadic essence, elemental essence, and atomic matter?

183.         Or two types of matter: elemental essence and monadic essence as atomic matter, for the two, from certain references, seem equivalent.

184.         Let us tabulate the processes connected with the karma of matter:

a.      It is mixed with the karma of the individual

b.      It involves a control of the development of elemental essence, monadic essence, and atomic matter (though the latter two are perhaps the same)

c.      It is concerned with the development and activity of the four spirillae and their attachment to atomic forms.

d.      It is concerned with the development of inner latent heat

e.      It deals with the building of matter into form.

185.         We note that in the process of destruction it is the “periphery” of the causal body and the atom that is destroyed.

186.         Karma applies only to individuals (to a self-conscious being)great individuals are leaders of kingdoms with many unconscious members.

187.         We are given important occultly scientific hints about the origin of fire by friction. IT seems that the interaction of the Divine Ray and the Primordial Ray produces fire by friction.

188.         It might also have been thought that the Primordial Ray was, alone, the cause of fire by friction.

189.         Fire by friction is not simply inharmonious and destructive; we are told here that it “tends to life and fusing”. Does this mean that it leads to the emergence of the “life” aspect (first ray) and to the fusion characteristic of the second aspect of divinity?

190.         We do know that the function of the fire of the third ray is to lead towards the second and first rays.


(31: "From the view taken of Karma as I have done it, you will see that no plane of the highest spirituality, be that the plane of the nirvanees, is outside the karmic wheel and when it is said in the Sanskrit writings and even in the Bhagavat Gita that men cross the karmic ocean, it must be understood with some allowance.


191.         Even the greatest Beings are subject to Karma. The entire universe has its karma.

192.         The point is that relief from karma is not absolute relief.


  The entities that have now succeeded in going outside the karmic wheel, have done so, only if that wheel be taken as the one that turns now.  The cosmos is not going in one groove all the days of Brahma, but it is going on a higher and higher status as it fulfils its mission.  Those who have attained unto a rest in a state of spirituality not reachable now, will therefore in a future day come within the action of the wheel, with perhaps a punishment for the great duties neglected for long ages."—Some Thoughts on the Gita, p. 40)


193.         These are profound thoughts informing us that rest is never permanent.

194.         Master Morya offers His students only “endless labour”—presumably throughout the duration of the universe.

195.         Man seeks rest from his labors. According to the Law of Cycles there are periodic rests (apparently), but perhaps we should think deeply on the thought proposed by Master M—“rest is a change of labour”!


(32: The Lipika are the Spirits of the Universe.  They are connected with the Law of Cause and Effect (Karma) and its recorders.  Lipika comes from "Lipi" writing.  For information concerning the Lipika Lords see S. D., I, pp. 152, 153.


196.         This is a clear and succinct description of the Lipika Lords. When the term “Universe” is used, does it mean the entirety of the “Universe”? Perhaps, perhaps not. The term “Universe”, as frequently used in this teaching, often means simply a solar system.

197.         There is a sense in which the Universe itself must have its Karmic Lords.


The Buddhas of Activity, are the Triad Who stands closest to Sanat Kumara, The Lord of the World.  They are the planetary correspondences to the three Aspects of the logoic third Aspect and are concerned with the force behind planetary manifestation.


198.         The important thing to note is that each of the three aspects of divinity is threefold. The Buddhas of Activity (though divided along the lines of the first three rays) are, overall, related to the “logoic third Aspect”.

199.         What we might also notice is that there must be three solar entities whoa re the “three aspects of the logoic third Aspect”.


(33:  "Karma may be defined to be the force generated by a human centre to act on the exterior world, and the reactionary influence that is in turn generated from the exterior world to act on him may be called karmic influence and the visible result that is produced by this influence under proper conditions may be called karmic fruit."—Some Thoughts on the Gita, p. 53.


200.         We see that for karma to exist, “rings-pass-not” must exist (i.e., individualities. There can be no karma unless there are differentiated centres.

201.         Should such centers be seen to blend into one being, there is no distinct one to act upon a distinct other.

202.         The fact is, then, that the execution of karma necessitates division.

203.         We might call karma, ‘equilibrizing adjustments within the World of Illusion’.


64: Elemental Essence is seen to consist of aggregations of matter, on one of the six non-atomic subplanes of the mental and the desire planes—aggregations which do not themselves serve as forms for any entity to inhabit, but as the material out of which such forms may be built. (TCF 144)


204.         It is by being built into forms, that essence (monadic or elemental) evolves.

205.         Does this mean that free essence has not yet entered the forms which will help it evolve?

206.         We may say, therefore, that relationship promotes evolution.

207.         Form confines and puts under pressure and, thus, the resultant stimulation and constructive, rhythmic interchange.

208.         The ideas of karma, the individual, and responsibility are related. When an entity is self-conscious it has individual karma.

209.         Elemental essence responds to God the Son, the Form Builder, and thus evolves in a system subject to spiral-cyclic motion. If left to itself it is only subject to rotary motion. This is an important point and shows how God the Son contributes to the evolution of isolated units by building them into forms.


Monadic Essence, the matter of the atomic (or highest) subplane of each plane.  Elemental Essence, the matter of the six subplanes which are non atomic.  It is molecular matter.)


210.         Earlier, it seemed that the monadic essence was being differentiated from atomic matter. Here they are shown to be equivalent.

211.         When we speak of “molecular matter” it is matter that is aggregated (in increasing complexity as the subplanes descend), whereas atomic matter is (relative to molecular matter) non-aggregated.

212.         It must be said, however, that even atomic matter is fundamentally aggregated (i.e., an aggregation of still lesser particles).

213.         If the essence of the first subplane of each plane is called “monadic essence” it must be that the spirit aspect can have an especially impactful emphasis on this essence.


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214.         Karma of form is distinct from the karma of matter.

215.         The units of matter are the building blocks of forms.

216.         If the subject of the karma of matter is abstruse and difficult to follow, the karma of form is even more so.

217.         We might say it deals with the question of the birth, endurance, death and modifications of forms.


 Everything is, in its totality, the result of action taken by cosmic Essences and Entities in earlier solar systems,


218.         Note the possible hint that our solar system has been preceded by more than one solar system.


 which is working out through the individual atoms, and through those congeries of atoms which we call forms.


219.         A straightforward definition of forms is given: “congeries of atoms”.

220.         The word “congeries” is important, for it suggests a magical process—conjuration—by which atoms are gathered into forms.


  The effect of the personality Ray upon the internal fires is therefore, in effect, the result of the influence of the planetary Logos of whatever ray is implicated, as He works out that portion of Karma which falls to His share in any one cycle, greater or lesser.


221.         Karma is worked out through the “personal Ray” As karma is worked out the internal fires are affected.

222.         Through  the personality ray, karma is administered. This is fitting, as the personality is associated with the third aspect and the field of karmic adjustment is the world of matter/form and of time, space and motion.


  He thus brings about and eventually transmutes, the effects of causes which He set in motion earlier in relation to His six Brothers, the other planetary Logoi.


223.         There are seven sacred planets, who are seven Ray Lords? Planetary groupings come in sevens.

224.         Karma appears—thus the Planetary Logos “works out”. We are speaking of the personality ray of the Planetary Logos.

225.         Our Planetary Logos has been in inharmonious relations with other Planetary Logoi, and must adjust. Adjustment is called transmutation.

226.         Planetary karma is a group phenomenon—resulting from the relationship of one Planetary Logos with others.


  We get an illustrative parallel in the effect which one individual will have upon another in worldly contact, in moulding and influencing, in stimulating or retarding.


227.         Some Important karmic words are moulding, influencing, stimulating, retarding.

228.         We should ponder on our relations with others; in what ways do we mould or have we been moulded, influence or been influenced, stimulate or been stimulated, retard or been retarded?

229.         A close study of our effects upon other and theirs upon us is in order. Perhaps we do not often pause to do this.


  We have to remember that all fundamental influence and effects are felt on the astral plane and work thence through the etheric to the dense physical thereby bringing matter under its sphere of influence, yet not itself originating on the physical plane.


230.         A reason for the existence of astral plane is here given. It is not a vibrational domain created simply by humans. It is a necessary sphere of sentiency.

231.         Matter comes under the influence of “fundamental influences and effects” as these influences work through the astral and etheric planes and are finally received on the dense physical level.

232.         We are studying the astral plane and karmic adjustments. How does one know when one is out of harmony—one feels it. The astral body is a vibratory domain where balancing is meant to occur. Karma has to do with achieving right relations, through the use of our astral bodies.