Preamble to Semester 6; Section 10, Part I
6 February 2008
Dear Fellow Students of A Treatise on Cosmic Fire,
As Commentary S6S10 was becoming lengthy, I decided to split it into two parts and will send you the second half next week. The process will lead to easier digestion of the ideas.
We are continuing with the study of the Fifth Principle and its relation to the cosmic mental plane, the “Divine Manasaputras” (Who are the Prajapatis or Planetary Logoi) and the Solar Angels, Who are most often called manasadevas and manasaputras but rarely “Divine Manasaputras”.
There are so many names for the Solar Angels that we need to become familiar with some of them. They give different insights into the nature of these beings.
We address ourselves to a challenging selection from the Old Commentary finding various ways to interpret it, none of them entirely satisfactory:
“The higher Three in cyclic unison sought to know and to be known. The lower Three (for we count not here the eighth) knew not nor saw; they only heard and touched. The fourth had not a place. The Fifth (which also is the fourth) formed at the middle point a cosmic TAU, which was reflected on the cosmic Seventh."
It becomes clear that the interrelationship between five types of B/beings must be thoroughly understood for satisfactory interpretation:
1. The Seven Creative Hierarchies
2. The Seven Kingdoms
3. The Seven Raja Deva Lords and their subsidiary devas
4. The Seven Principles of Man
5. The method of bridging the highest cosmic planes with the lowest via the higher counterpart of the Solar Angels with which man is familiar.
6. As well there is the very necessary distinction between the Fourth Creative Hierarchy and the Fourth or Human Kingdom .
7. Along with this comes the need to discriminate between the Fifth Creative Hierarchy and the Fifth Kingdom —the Kingdom of Souls .
Does the individualized Monad have more spiritual consciousness than the Monad on its own plane? This is a matter for debate. HPB seems to say, “Yes”: The Tibetan hints that it may be otherwise.
The thought emerges that man can only experience the Planetary Logoi and Solar Logos physically. He cannot know anything about Their spiritual development on planes higher than the cosmic physical plane.
DK takes up the subject of numerology (as He does at various points throughout His Teaching) relating it to the development of consciousness rather than to activity in matter. Special consideration is given to the numbers three, four and five.
An interesting point arises—are all the chakras of a Planetary Logos to be found upon the fourth cosmic ether? Sometimes DK seems to suggest this, but other charts in TCF (cf. Chart VIII, TCF 823) definitely point to the possibility that the Planetary Logoi’s etheric centers are to be found as well on ethers higher than the fourth cosmic ether.
Of great interest is the manner of the appearance of the egoic groups on the systemic higher mental plane. Stimulation from the cosmic mental plane and from the four cosmic ether both promote this appearance.
There are also two modes for a Planetary Logos or Solar Logos to take incarnation:
1. One method provides for the relatively sudden appearance of the entire dense cosmic physical plane at the dawn of solar systemic creation.
2. The other method deals with the coming of the infusing presence of the higher aspects of the Planetary Logos or Solar Logos into Their already established dense physical body.
In this section of text, it is confirmed that there are indeed seven types of Monads, but not seven types of major Monads. This means that all Monads will be found, ultimately, on one of the major three rays (as well as on any of the seven subrays).
DK in speaking of the cosmic mental plane is offering us some correspondences which we cannot possibly understand. They are even beyond the apprehension of the initiate. Yet, we try…
We may not have realize it but there are two types of Prajapatis or Progenitors:
1. The Seven Planetary Logoi’
2. The Seven Rishis of the Great Bear
In this section three types of “appropriation” are given, and each type has two applications:
1. The appropriation by the Solar Logos of His dense physical vehicle
2. The appropriation by the Planetary Logos of His dense physical vehicle
3. The appropriate by the human Monad of his dense physical vehicle
As earlier stated, appropriation can mean:
1. The actual appearing of the dense physical vehicle
2. The infusion through higher presence of the dense physical vehicle
There follows a close study of the vitalization of various spirillae—the fifth paramountly.
Of particular interest is the correlation between:
1. The vitalization of the fifth spirilla of the atoms in the three lower vehicles of the human being
2. The full unfoldment of the fourth and especially the fifth petal of the human egoic lotus
3. The entering of the human being into the Kingdom of God
The exact time of the entry into the Kingdom of God relative to the vitalization, organization and unfoldment of the petals is a matter of considerable complexity.
What is important to realize is that the initiate is initiate before he is initiated. This means that even as the fifth petal is unfolding, he will be doing work within the sacrifice tier of petals which prove to the Initiator that He is initiate and can undergo the application of the Rod of Initiation thereby promoting the unfoldment of the seventh petal if not the full unfoldment of that petal
Thus the seventh and fifth petals have an interplay and the eighth and the sixth.
Although we usually do not think in cosmic terms, it becomes evident that energy from the cosmic mental plane is very much involved in the process of elevating humanity through the process of initiation.
It is interesting to realize that the devas within the dense physical body of both the Planetary Logos and Solar Logos can be considered as derived from the previous solar system. Our Solar Logos is still very much involved in integrating tendencies from the previous solar system with those of the present solar system. This integration process is that which lies behind so much difficulty in our solar system and especially on our planet.
There is a very interesting piece on the five-pointed star and how to interpret it in relation to various planes. It becomes clear that the Star of Initiation flashes forth on the buddhic plane much earlier than one would expect. It would seem that from the very beginning of the initiation process the buddhic star is present. Initiation is always buddhic in intent—at least initially, for the first four initiations.
An interesting consideration arises. Granted that the first three initiations take place in the causal body and that part of even the fourth initiation may be considered as taking place there, how many of the other bodies of the candidate (bodies below and bodies above) are simultaneously visible to the Initiator at the Ceremony of Initiation?
How is it that the “head” of the initiate should be a factor in the initiation ceremony when within the causal body there is no “head”? We begin to gather some interesting views of the compound aura present before the Eye of the Initiator.
The vivid stimulation of the astral body at the first two initiations is discussed. This is natural as Neptune is so prominent at both these initiations.
Some beautiful descriptions of the of the five-pointed star and seven-pointed star at the higher initiations is also offered. One sees that the stars are no longer objects to be seen or from which energy flows, but the initiate becomes the stars. Much food for though about identification is offered.
It becomes clear that initiation is a steady incorporation into the very being of the Planetary Logos and then the Solar Logos—absorption.
I realize, Dear Friends, that some of this material is a “tough go”, but we have to learn to think as DK thinks—holistically, analogically and with inclusive reason.
One day the Divine Vision opens before our eyes or Eye and we see the wholeness in which we have been living—not just mystically, but occultly and in detail with identity fully achieved.
Towards that day we, individually and as a group, strive.
In Light, Love and Power,