Fellowship of Cosmic Fire

Commentary Semester VI Section VI

TCF 620 – 635 : S6S6

10 December – 24 December 2007
Version 1

(Most of the Tibetan’s text is put in font 16, to provide better legibility when projected during classes. Footnotes and references from other AAB Books and from other pages of TCF are put in font 14. Commentary appears in font 12. Underlining, Bolding and Highlighting by MDR)

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1.                  Our work continues with a close examination of the deva kingdom in relation to several orders of ”man”.

2.                Point “a.” (in the previous commentary) offered a discussion on the following:

The Mystery of Electricity.  The greater Builders are the positive aspect of substance or of electrical phenomena whilst the lesser Builders are the negative aspect.

b. The Functions of the Devas.

Having predicated certain basic facts about the devas, viewing them as the sum total of the energy of substance and of substance itself, we come down to more technical details and to the more detailed consideration of these building forces as they construct the thought-form of the Logos, the solar System.

3.                  Substance itself is energy-force. We should not think of substance as matter only, and energy-force as that which animates matter. The devas we are studying are substance considered as energy-force.

4.                  We remind ourselves that the thoughtform of the Solar Logos is the solar system.

  From this consideration of them certain practical knowledge will eventuate:

        First.  Knowledge of how to build in mental matter in the three worlds, and how to employ the devas of the gaseous plane of the cosmic physical.

5.                  This is the beginning (for us) of the white magical process. This process is extensively considered later in this book and also in A Treatise on White Magic.

6.                  We remind ourselves that the systemic mental plane is the gaseous plane of the cosmic physical plane.

        Second.  Realisation of how to combine the pairs of opposites, and thus give body and form to concept.

7.                  Essentially the pairs of opposites are Spirit and matter. The pairs of opposites here referenced are the thought (i.e., the concept) and the thing—the product of the systemic mental plane and of the systemic etheric-physical plane.

8.                  The true form is found upon the etheric plane and its building begins on the plane of thought, then augmented on the plane of sentiency.

        Third.  Materialisation upon the physical plane of the embodied idea.

9.                  This third point references the art and science of precipitation.

10.             Not all forms upon the physical plane are embodied ideas. Some are embodied thoughts. We may, however, suppose that thoughts are derivative of ideas even if the one engaged in the act of precipitation is not accessing the originating idea but only its representative thought.

1. Manifestation of the Logoic Aspects.  This is achieved through the close consideration of the laws of being, and of the method pursued by the Logos in giving His conception form, thus working out His purpose, or will, through that form.  In the three planes of man's endeavour we have reflected the three aspects of the Logos as they produce manifestation:

11.             DK is referencing the “laws of being”. We must determine whether the word “being” is being used in a general sense, or whether He is referring to a very high set of laws related to the central life of the Solar Logos:

The Mental Plane...reflection of the first aspect.

12.             The will consistently works through the mind. Manas and purpose are (according to definitions given in this treatise) inseparable.

  The plane of concept, of the union of Father-Spirit-Will and Mother-Matter-Energy.

13.             The substance of the mental plane is “Mother-Matter-Energy”. The “Father-Spirit-Will” aspect shapes substance upon the mental plane into concepts.

14.             In a way, concepts represent the “Son” aspect of divinity.

 This is the work of the Logos, and this union produces the Son, for Divine Thought takes form.  The body of the Ego is there found.

15.             From this perspective, the body of the Ego is both a “son” and a concept.

16.             The true “Ego” is consciousness. That which arises in substance upon the higher mental plane is the body of the Ego.

Astral Plane...reflection of the second aspect, the Son.  Materialisation proceeds through desire, and the form grows and evolves, becoming more adequate.

17.             DK is dealing in essence with the white magical process.

18.             Upon the astral plane the initial mental form grows and is filled out.

19.             Just as the mind reflects the Monad and the astral body reflects the second aspect, the soul aspect.

Physical Plane...Manifestation.  The thought-form (of man or the Logos) appears in activity.

20.             The third aspect is the activity aspect and is the primary influence upon the physical plane. Activity brings about manifestation.

  The Son is born on the physical plane, the thought of the Thinker (divine or human) becomes an entity, separated [Page 621] from its originating source, yet energised by the vitality emanating from him.

21.             This is the “Birth of the Christ” to be understood in various ways.

22.             The “Divine Son” is “the thought of the Thinker”.

23.             It is important to grasp that the “entity” (which the “thought of the Thinker” has become) is both separate from its originating source and, yet, connected to its originating source which vitalizes it.

24.             Man upon the physical plane finds himself exactly in this position—separated from and yet connected to his source the systemic higher mental plane.

All this becomes possible—speaking now from the human standpoint—through the action of the devas who are that which embodies thought, and that which give it its separated energy, as distinct from the purpose which will work out to fruition as the form becomes adequate as a medium of expression.

25.             We can gather that two functions of the devas here mentioned (i.e., the function of embodying thought and the function of providing the substance-energy apparently separated from the sustain source of energy) are the means through which the purpose works out to fruition in the apparently separated form upon the physical plane.

2. Deva force substance.  As we consider the devas of the seven planes of the solar system, and especially as we consider those who work in the three worlds, we must bear in mind the following statements:

26.             Although the higher devas are of essential importance to the outworking of logoic purpose through man, the devas with which man is most intimately concerned are those of the three worlds—including (if we wish to be complete) those Agnishvattas which influence the higher mental plane through the building and maintenance of the egoic lotus.

        The First Statement.  They are the devas who are the dual force-substance of the lowest cosmic plane, the cosmic physical. 

27.             Just as the systemic (or solar) physical plane is divided into two portions, the same is true of the cosmic physical plane. It is divided into the etheric body of the Solar Logos and the dense physical body of the Solar Logos.

28.             On the cosmic physical plane there are devas which are particular concerned with the dense physical body of the Solar Logos and those concerned with His etheric body—found upon the higher four systemic planes of the cosmic physical plane.

As regards the three worlds, they are the deva force and substance2 which compose the dense physical body of the Logos, hence man is limited, as he works on these planes, to those devas who are primarily regarded (from the higher levels) as having no part in the seven principles of the Logos;

29.             This is a most important statement. From this perspective, man is working within substance which is inherited from the previous solar system—unprincipled substance.

30.             The tendencies of such devas conditioned by the patterns of the previous solar system  do not correlate with the program of the Solar Logos which was conceived specifically for this second solar system. During the redemptive process which the Logos must, perforce, undertake in this solar system, these tendencies must be repatterned.

31.             Below are other ways of describing these same devic lives.

to those devas who form the gaseous, liquid, and concrete form of the Logos, the devas of concrete fire, of water and of earth in its densest aspect;

32.             We note that the devas of the lower mental plane are called “devas of concrete fire”. It is hard to find specific names for these devas. Whether they are to be called “Agnishvattas” of a lower kind is still not ascertained though all indications point in that direction.

33.             The devas of water are astral devas.

34.             We note that the earth devas here referenced are related to the “densest aspect” of the physical plane and, apparently, not to the etheric levels which are considered to be in a separate category.

35.             The descriptions of the lower devas continues.

to those devas who are the automatic, subconscious builders, carrying on the work of the dense physical vehicle of the Logos in the same sense as the builders in man's body work automatically and unconsciously, producing the cells and energising the bodily functions. 

36.             It is important to note that these devas are definitely unconscious and automatic in their response.            

The Solar Angels are dual in Nature.

"Manas is dual—Lunar in the lower, Solar in its upper portion."—S. D., II, 520, 675.

37.             Here is a most important statement. Usually, Solar Angels are considered as expressing only through the higher mental plane. In this footnote, we are led to believe that the devas of concrete mental fire can be called Solar Angels (or Agnishvattas).

38.             From another perspective, the fire (agni) of the Agnishvattas is not always solar fire.

39.             We are told that the Fifth Creative Hierarchy is dual. Does this duality consist of the devas of the higher mental plane and those of the lower mental plane?

40.             We cannot, however, call the devas of concrete mental fire “returning Nirvanis”.

a. The solar aspect is attracted towards Buddhi.

41.             We are speaking of the solar aspect of mind or “solar fire”.

b. The other descends into, or is attracted by the lower animal.

42.             Here we are speaking of concrete mental fire or lunar fire.

43.             There is a close connection between all things lunar and the animal kingdom.

c. The Solar Angels form the "Soul" or Second Aspect.

44.             Soul is always present, but what is here referenced is that condition of consciousness characteristic of the higher mental plane.

45.             The Solar Angels here concerned are not the lunar Agnishvattas (if such can be said to exist=.

d. The chief "Soul" is Manas, or mind."—S. D., II, 521.

46.             There are many forms of “soul”—i.e., many forms of consciousness . HPB is saying that the chief form of consciousness (for man, at least) is that which is qualified by and limited by manas.

        This is the basis of the danger to man in tampering with these forces.  He is too close to them in many ways; he identifies himself with them and until [Page 622] he has attained the consciousness of the Ego, and has with full knowledge established his identity with the Spirit aspect and not with substance, he is liable to be swept into the line of blind force, and become a lost soul should he trespass ignorantly, and curiously, into their domain.

47.             Here is a potent warning. We see that the danger discussed lifts when the level of man’s identification changes and his normal consciousness becomes that of the Ego on the systemic higher mental plane.

48.             Some have wondered how the fate of “lost soul” may befall. Here we learn that it is not only selfishness which may lead to this dire consequence, but foolish tampering with forces which cannot yet be controlled by man who is not egoically polarized.

49.             An important point emerges: that with which we identify has power over us. When we disidentify from it, the power subsides.

50.             Man is other than the devas which express the dense physical body of the Solar Logos. He must realize this factually before it is safe for him to deal directly with these lower energies and forces.

He is concerned also with those devas who are as yet animated by the life and purpose which distinguished the evolution of the first solar system.

51.             The powers of the past are still, with respect to man, overpowering. Humanity is still subject to patterns and purposes which should have been outlived—probably in the first solar system. It is not yet ascertained whether human tendencies from the first solar system were Plan-intended to be transferred to this solar system.

  That life is the life of God, and that purpose is the working out of His will, but it is evil from our present standpoint, for it is superseded as far as man is concerned by a different purpose and goal.

52.             Evil is always related to an identification with the past. God (the Solar Logos) has had a number of incarnations as a Solar Logos. To be unduly influenced by His own agenda in the previous solar system cannot help but mean identification with what, from the perspective of our present solar system, must be considered evil.

 There­fore, identification with that which is past, retrogression and the methods of the old are for a man a return along the path of self-conscious evolution,

53.             This means that man, who should be emerging into group consciousness, would (if treading the path of evil) re-identify with egoist consciousness, thus allowing himself to be motivated by first solar system influences and objectives.

 and lead eventually to a loss of the egoic principle, or of ego-ism, which distinguishes a man (human or heavenly) from the rest of evolution.

54.             An identification with lower ego (which is not true Ego) will result in the animalization of human consciousness. This will ultimately mean a dissociation from the Solar Angel and, thus, a loss of inspiration from that spiritual source higher than the human personality. Man would again become the plaything of the lunar lords and would fail to establish himself within the solar consciousness.

        The Second Statement.  The hope for the devas and for the form aspect lies in the fact that each of the subplanes of the cosmic physical plane comes under the direct influence of cosmic forces, originating on the six other cosmic planes.

55.             This is quite an amazing statement. In effect we are being told that redemption comes from the six cosmic planes ‘higher’ than the cosmic physical plane.

56.             We are also being told that each of the systemic planes (the subplanes of the cosmic physical plane) is under the direct influence of one of the higher cosmic planes.

57.             This will mean the following:

a.                  The systemic astral plane will be under the direct influence of the cosmic astral plane.

b.                  The systemic mental plane will be under the direct influence of the cosmic mental plane.

c.                  The systemic buddhic plane will be under the direct influence of the cosmic buddhic plane.

d.                  The systemic atmic plane will be under the direct influence of the cosmic atmic plane.

e.                  The systemic monadic plane will be under the direct influence of the cosmic monadic plane.

f.                    The systemic logoic plane will be under the direct influence of the cosmic logoic plane.

58.             The means of this transmission or direct influence must remain mysterious to us as we know little of the originating sources on the higher cosmic planes. We simply grasp the fact of the analogy.

  Of these forces everything is unknown and inconceivable, except the vague and general indications of these currents and forces as they may be felt as emanating from the cosmic planes.

54.             Chart V in TCF gives us some idea of the kinds of Beings which can be found on various of the cosmic planes, but of Their true nature we really know nothing.

55.             Such Beings as the Solar Logos expressing through His causal body; the Logoi of the Pleiades; the Logoi Who are the Seven Rishis of the Great Bear; and Logoi of far greater scope and power are the ‘Residents’ of these higher cosmic planes.

        The cosmic mental plane.  This manifests for us in the three types of force to be seen on the systemic mental plane.  These three types have not been sufficiently studied, and are:

56.             That which we find manifesting on the systemic mental plane has its origins, we are told, on the cosmic mental  plane. We are not yet told on what level or levels of the cosmic mental plane.

a. The force which plays through all the manasic permanent atoms, and which produces basically that manifestation which we call the three worlds.

57.             It is suggested that the manasic permanent atom on the first subplane of the systemic mental plane is the source of all manifestation in the three worlds. This makes sense when we realize the importance of the manasic permanent atom in the creation of the egoic lotus. The ray of the manasic permanent atom and the ray of the causal body or egoic lotus are the same. (cf. EPI, 168-169)

b. The force which animates those groups of "lotuses" [Page 623] which we call egoic groups or centres-aggregations of causal bodies.

58.             Groups of causal bodies or egoic lotuses are also “lotuses”.

59.             It would be of great interest to understand the modus operandi by which lesser lotuses combine to become still greater lotuses.

c. The force which vitalises all the mental units and which is distributed thence to all the other permanent atoms.

56.             Even the force animating the mental units of the systemic mental plane originates from the cosmic mental plane.

57.             It has yet to be established whether mental units are always found present in the development of the different types of “men”—human, heavenly and solar. The indications point to the existence of a mental unit as part of the equipment of a Solar Logos.

These three types of force deal with the substance aspect—permanent atoms, causal vehicle, and mental units, and are therefore directly impressing themselves upon the devas who build these forms out of their own substance, and thus develop the divine plan

60.             We are considering both forces and forms, even though forms are really aggregates of forces.

61.             The source (as here discussed) of the three forces we are considering is the cosmic mental plane. That cosmic mental forces naturally become attenuated as they ‘descend’ onto lower planes. These forces and their attenuations impress themselves upon the devas who build the manasic permanent atoms, the causal bodies and the mental units out of their own substance.

These three types of force affect substance, but with a psychic intent, being themselves swayed and actuated according to divine purpose, and from high levels.

62.             It is clear that when DK is speaking of the “three types of force” He means not the very highest cosmic forces, but the systemic attenuations of cosmic forces which are directly responsible for building the forms of the three structures we have been considering—mental permanent atoms, causal bodies, and mental units.

63.             The term “psychic intent”, as here used, means that the descending forces are divinely, cosmically purposeful.

 They emanate from the concrete levels of the cosmic mental plane (being therefore the force flowing through the mental unit of the Logos), and are concerned with the force centre which focalises the logoic mental body.

64.             Here the analogy between the forces of the cosmic mental plane and those of the systemic mental plane seems to break down. One would expect that the forces which build the systemic egoic lotuses would emanate from the egoic lotus of the Solar Logos and that the forces building systemic mental permanent atoms would emanate from the very highest levels of the cosmic mental plane, those on which the solar logoic manasic permanent atom would be found.

65.             In fact, however(at least at this point in the text), we are told that all these forces which eventually appear on the systemic mental plane emanate from the concrete levels of the cosmic mental plane.

66.             Later, it will be indicated that the concrete levels of the cosmic mental plane are not the ultimate source of these forces.

67.             There are force centers which focalize the logoic mental body. These centers many be considered the mental aspects of certain of the Planetary Logoi.

68.             Even though the three types of cosmic forces which eventually impress and condition the systemic mental plane, may emanate from the mental unit of the Solar Logos, it is conceivable that two of the forces originated on the higher levels of the cosmic mental plane before focusing within the solar logoic mental unit. Later text seems to bear this out.

  They are the force of Agni in His first aspect.

69.             This statement implies that Agni has a second and third aspect, for the effects of which we must be watchful.

70.             We can see that first ray force enters the systemic mental plane via the cosmic mental unit on the concrete levels of the cosmic mental plane.

71.             We remind ourselves that the mind is ever the conveyor of the first aspect. The first and third aspects are really inseparable.

  He is that fire which is distinctive of the cosmic mental plane,

72.             Here is it not specified whether Agni is the fire distinctive of all levels of the cosmic mental plane. In other references Agni seems to be the entire personality of the Solar Logos which embraces the eighteen lowest cosmic subplanes. If this is the case (i.e., if Lord Agni is another name of the solar logoic personality), His jurisdiction would extend no higher than the concrete levels of the cosmic mental plane.

73.             Yet, what shall we call that Being Who is the Fire of the higher levels of the cosmic mental plane? Is such cosmic higher mental fire an aspect of the energy of Cosmic Vishnu? Or as later suggested, shall the name “Surya” be applied?

 reflected in the cosmic gaseous subplane of the cosmic physical plane—our systemic mental plane.

58.             It is always helpful to remember the equivalence between the gaseous and mental states.

59.             Perhaps we can say that the energy of Agni is most distinctive of the cosmic mental plane (especially its lower levels) but that it includes the demonstrations of devic fire on the cosmic astral  plane and the cosmic physical plane.

        The Cosmic Astral Plane.  The force from this plane plays through our systemic astral plane, the cosmic liquid physical sub-plane, and it is practically subject only to two different­iations, each of them occultly embodied in two great groups of devas:

60.             The differentiation about to be made is most significant and occult.

        First.  The devas who are the substance or force of the astral plane, viewing it as the sumtotal of desire, of feeling and of sensation.

61.             Three words are given which characterize astral force:

a.      Desire

b.      Feeling

c.      Sensation

  They are, therefore, the nerve centers, or nerve plexi, of the logoic physical body, for the systemic astral plane provides the nervous system of the logoic physical body.

62.             We must remember that the logoic dense physical body consists of the lower twenty-one subplanes.

63.             Within these subplanes, the astral devas are to be considered nerve centers or nerve plexi.

64.             These astral devas are, from the logoic standpoint, densely physical. They are not etheric. When thinking of the analogy which DK here proposes, we must remember this.

65.             For the human being, the nervous system is dense and the nadis are etheric. Within the lower twenty-one subplanes, nothing corresponding to the nadis are to be found; logoically, we must enter the cosmic ethers to found the higher correspondences to the etheric nadis in the human being.

66.             We may consider the astral devas as related to logoic responsiveness—the sensitive responsiveness of the logoic nervous system.

  It is the body of intensest vibration from the physical standpoint,

67.             I.e., from the standpoint of the logoic physical body.

68.             In our astral-buddhic solar system, the solar logoic astral body is, temporarily, the Logos’ most potent personality vehicle.

 and the vehicle through which all is transmitted to that portion of the logoic physical body which corresponds to the brain [Page 624] in man.

69.             When thinking of the logoic physical body (its dense aspect), we may imagine that the logoic dense brain is to be found on what we call the systemic mental plane.

70.             In man, the nervous system transmits impulses to human brain. We may conceive that the systemic astral devic force is the means of transmission to the dense logoic brain.

71.             There is also a logoic etheric brain which will be found (if analogy holds) on the cosmic etheric planes.

  I can elucidate this no further, but the few words here imparted open up a tremendous range of thought, and give the key to much which transpires and which is distressing in solar evolution as well as human.

72.             The analogies just opened are new to the thought of many.

73.             When the terms “distress” or “distressing” are used, we may presume that the astral body (whether human, planetary logoic or logoic) is involved.

74.             Can the distress be related to the intensity of vibration felt within the logoic astral body and maladjustment in the process of transmission of systemic astral impulses to the logoic brain? Much pondering will be required of us.

75.             Distress is caused by a lack of balance, and, clearly, the intensity of the logoic astral body is out of balance with the intensity of the Logos’ other vehicles.

        Second.  Those devas who are the sumtotal of the astral light.  They are the agents of the karmic lords, who are in themselves deva entities of an inconceivably advanced evolution

76.             It is important to realize that karmic lords are devic.

77.             When, on the Way of Higher Evolution one becomes a karmic lord, one is becoming a higher deva.

78.             We recall that the Path of Absolute Sonship leads to the dharma of Lipika Lord. Thus Their inconceivable advancement of which DK speaks.

79.             The responsiveness of those systemic astral devas who embody desire, feeling and sensation is of a lower order than those systemic astral devas who embody the astral light and who are directly responsible to the Karmic Lords.

80.             The distinction being offered is not much discussed and bears much pondering.

81.             Can the difference in these devas be partially related to their sub-planar focus on the systemic astral plane?

82.             We are discussing the manner in which karma is imposed upon the astral plane through the agency of those systemic astral devas who are the force of the astral light.

83.             The term “astral light” is usually used in a number of ways. It sometimes refers to etheric substance.

 and who, in their own substance,

1. Record.

2. Produce effects from cause.

3. Direct force.

84.             It is the high Karmic Lords Who record, produce effects from cause

85.             We are reminded that desire is such an important force in determining the nature and direction of karma.

86.             DK is speaking of three powers of high Karmic Lords emanating from Sirius. These Lords of Karma work through the lower devas of the astral light, producing, may we say, the ‘images of fate’.

87.             The substance of the devas of the astral light is an extension of the substance of the great Deva Lords.

This particular group of devas emanate from a great force centre which we generalise by calling it by the name of the sun Sirius.

88.             This is a very peculiar statement. In these commentaries we have sometimes spoken of the Cosmic Logos Who is Lord of the Sirian System, in which the Logos of the star Sirius is simply a participant (one of seven major participating Solar Logoi). Could DK be hinting at the existence of the Logos of the "Seven Solar Systems of Which Ours is One" and saying that we generalize this Cosmic Logos and His system under the name “Sirius”?

 Sirius-kama-manas—the cosmic astral plane—and the systemic astral plane—make a close interlocking chain, and form the line of least resistance for a particular type of negative force to pour through.

89.             Why negative? By this term do we mean “feminine”? Or are we referring to true cosmic negativity, since the real Black Lodge is focussed on the cosmic astral  plane?

90.             The factors listed are as follows:

a.      Sirius

b.      Kama-manas

c.      The cosmic astral plane

d.      The systemic astral plane

91.             We see that for all its association with manas, Sirius is also closely associated with kama-manas and with astrality. This is fitting as, within the listing of the three great constellations, Sirius is placed in relation to the second divine aspect and the destination of those Monads who tread their ay to Sirius is he cosmic astral  plane.

92.             Further, if the Sirian System is really the solar plexus center of our local "One About Whom Naught May Be Said", we can understand the close association of the Logos of the Sirian System with kama-manas.

93.             Perhaps the star Sirius, itself, is less kama-manasic than the entire sevenfold system “which we generalise by calling it by the name of the sun Sirius”.

        The Cosmic Physical Plane.  This is the force (external and internal) of the solar system itself, and of its environing space.

94.             The cosmic etheric part of the cosmic physical plane is the “internal” force. The force of the dense aspect of the cosmic physical plane is the external force.

95.             Our solar system, per se, does not extend beyond the cosmic physical plane.

 It might be regarded as the pranic forces, pouring through the logoic etheric body (our four higher subplanes) which are positive to the lower three, impregnating these lower three planes (a reflection in substance, or in the Brahma aspect, of the union of Father-Mother) and producing the purely concrete manifestation.

96.             Cosmic prana is not to be considered “purely concrete”.

97.             The “purely concrete manifestation” is a kind of “Son” in lower or Brahmic substance.

98.             Prana is always positive to that which is a purely concrete manifestation.

99.             It is implied that the true solar system is etheric and that is force is pranic force. The dense physical body of the Solar Logos is simply an aggregated reflection of higher principles.

 This is why the physical vehicle has such control during long stages of man's evolution, for the force of this type of energy is necessarily felt more strongly than any other.

100.         That which is concrete is of long duration. That which is most identified with the third aspect of divinity endures for a longer period than that which identified with the second or first aspects of divinity.

101.         This type of concrete force is the matter-substance in which man’s consciousness is primarily (though temporarily) focussed.

102.         Eventually towards the more spiritual arc of his career in consciousness, man outgrows this focus within the logoic concrete manifestation.

  It is deva force, and substance, which is so close to us as powerfully to delude us.

103.         In relation to that which is very close to us, we have little objectivity. That which we cannot see objectively and understand, can delude. The main delusion is that such matter-substance seems more important than it really is. Essentially, and from the perspective of the principles which are under development in this second solar system, this lower type of deva force or substance is un-real.

  Here lies the mystery of maya, and here is to be found the secret of illusion.

104.         Maya is a term equivalent to illusion. Maya/illusion is focussed in the dense physical plane of the Solar Logos. This means that even the higher mental plane is a plane of maya/illusion.

 Here exists for man the first great stage of the battle for full Self-consciousness, and for identification with the God-aspect, and not with the [Page 625] matter-aspect.

105.         When man can extricate his consciousness from the matter aspect (solar logoically considered) he can (by identifying with the higher aspects of himself) enter the realm of the cosmic ethers and begin to live.

 Here lies the occult reason why man is called by his father's name and not his mother's.

106.         This process of naming is sometimes considered arbitrary or purely conventional. It is neither. If man is to fulfill his destiny, he must learn to identify with his “Father” aspect.

 When man has dominated the deva essences of the physical plane, he controls next those of the astral and dominates the mental essences.

107.         All these dominations occur progressively within the solar logoic dense physical body.

108.         Achieving control is, we see, a gradual and sequential process. Each ascending layer of deva essence is harder to subdue than the previous layer.

  Having achieved this in his own nature he can then safely become a magician and contact, control and work with, the devas in connection with the plans of the Heavenly Man.

109.         It is by now a truism that man must learn to control himself (as a microcosm) before he can possibly control devic substance in the wider, environing sphere.

  In the realisation of the three types of force, will be found for man the key to the mystery of his centres.

110.         Each center is primarily an expression of one of the three types of force expressing within the logoic dense physical body but originating, of course, on logoic etheric planes and beyond.

The secret of the note of the head, the heart, and the throat centre is found here and their blending with the lower centres so that the note of the higher sounds out, and the lower produces only harmony.

111.         We observe that the term “note” is singular rather than plural. Is the note of each of these centers the same or are they different (and does their sounding together produce one, greater composite note)? This is a probability.

112.         The three major centers are the head, heart and throat. These three set the tone (or chord) to which the lower centers must harmoniously respond.

113.         The higher must blend with the lower but the blending must be harmonious.

114.         The three notes of the three higher centers when sounding together produce a chord. The chord of the lower centers must come to sound in harmony with the higher chord.

115.         We observe that the note of the three higher centers is a “secret” note. Will each of the centers have a specific note? It would seem so. Perhaps the chord formed through the sounding of these notes is, itself, considered a higher form of note for often notes have many ‘partials’ or subsidiary aspects. A note is not necessarily monochromatic.

116.         The note or notes sounding through the three higher centers may be secret because derived from the nature and note of the Monad.

  Upon the note of nature the Logos has to superimpose a higher note.

117.         The art and science of the superimposition of higher notes upon lower are critical for an understanding of hierarchy, integration and magic.

118.         The “note of nature” is usually considered to be FA, or F, the green note. The Solar Logos has for His soul note the note SOL, the blue note of the second ray.

To the natural note of the centre (which is found through the development of the lower centre, which is its reflection or correspondence)

119.         Every note has a “natural note”. Perhaps we can call this note the “tonic” or base note.

120.         The method of finding the natural note of a higher center is most interesting. It seems that one must work first through a lower (and corresponding) center to find the natural note of the higher center.

121.         This is like saying that in order to find the natural note of the heart center one must first work through the solar plexus center. Equally to find the natural note of the throat center one must work through the sacral center. The same would apply in relation to the head center and the base of the spine center. The greater centers are really qualitatively inclusive of their lower corresponding centers.

 must be added the dominant note of the higher centre, and, in the dual harmony the centre vibrates as desired.

122.         The term “dominant” is a technical term in music and indicates a note which is a fifth (or five notes—three whole tones and one semi-tone) ‘above’ the tonic or base note.

123.         In each of the higher centers two notes must sound, the tonic and the dominant. This will produce, when correctly tuned, a perfect fifth which is the musical interval correlated with soul expression.

124.         For a center (especially a higher center, so it seems) to vibrate as desired, two notes (or an interval) must be sounding harmoniously.

125.         Another way of saying this is that the center must respond to soul energy as well as to its own fundamental energy. The “fundamental” is another way of denoting the tonic or base note.

 The note is the result of correct activity.

126.         What does DK mean by “the note”? Does He mean the correctly sounding interval, or does He mean only the “dominant” of the higher center?

127.         If the latter, we can see that the emergence of the “dominant” would occur through that form of correct activity which allowed the soul to express through the personality.

  That is why the lower centres of man are (in the early stages of his career) the controlling factor.  He has to learn their note, and from it to attain the key of the higher.

128.         At first man is controlled from below. When the wheel is reversed, this control is gradually challenged until the higher centers become the controlling factors.

129.         Each note can serve as the tonic, base note or fundamental of a given key in music. The key is named after the note itself.

130.         For instance, the note C forms the tonic for the key of C. The note D forms the tonic for the key of D, etc. Different keys (or scales), however, can be based on the same note. For instance, if the tonic is the note D, then the key may be either D major or D minor (and a number of minor keys are possible—such as the melodic minor, the harmonic minor, the natural minor, etc.).

131.         In any case, in early days of evolution, man is controlled from his lower centers. Eventually through the principal of resonance, he has to come into cognizance of the functioning of the higher center to which the lower center is correlated. When he can do this he attains the “key of the higher”.

132.         When dealing with the keynotes of the corresponding lower and higher centers, those keynotes will be initially harmonious even if not yet perfectly attuned.

133.         From another perspective, the keynotes of corresponding centers may sound in a octave relationship to each other. In other words, the note of the higher center will be the same as the note of the lower center, but it will sound (for example) a higher octave of the note of the lower center.

  Then the higher takes the prominent place, and the lower only serves the purpose of providing that which is understood as occult "depth."

134.         From choral and orchestral music we know the value of tonal depth. We want to avoid a shallow sound which is superficial and unpleasant to the ear.

135.         Depth of tone is the analogy to “occult depth”. Occult depth arises when higher principles resound within the lower substance, conditioning that substance and rendering it harmonious with the higher, originant tone.

  Why is this?  Because in these notes those groups of devas who are the force and energy of the centres (which are centres in substance) are contacted and controlled.

136.         When the lower devas (lower substance) work in harmony or in unison with higher devic forces a full sound with occult depth is achieved. God’s Plan (as known on the higher planes) is reflected accurately in the lower planes.

137.         The notes of Nature are naturally lower than the notes of higher planes and subplanes. That which is to be achieved is a harmonious coordination of the two kinds of notes—i.e., the two types of devas, the two types of force-substance.

138.         We see that the lower devas are subdued and controlled through the power of sound—through music, essentially. This could give a new perspective on the “Army of the Voice”.

  Through their activity, directed through the centres, the material sheaths—physical, astral and mental—are built.

139.         When the devas which are the force and energy of the centers (higher and lower) are rightly harmonized and, thus, the lower controlled, the vehicles or sheaths which these centers animate can be properly built.

140.         It also seems necessary to include in this model the permanent atoms (higher and lower), for the vehicles are actually built by the lower permanent atoms.

141.         It is probable that the lower permanent atoms must be sonically subdued by the notes of the higher permanent atoms. Yet, as well, one can imagine that the notes of the lower permanent atoms must be tuned to sound either in harmony or in octaval-unison with the notes of the higher permanent atoms to which they correspond.

142.         These considerations give new depth of meaning and greater specificity to such subjects as “attunement”—a term so often very loosely used in spiritual circles.

143.         It is coming to seem that music is a great agent of control in building and maintaining any system in cosmos.

These ideas of force and the sheaths are the basis of the astrological teaching that is one of the keys to the Secret Doctrine.3 [The Astrological Key is referred to in the S. D., Vol. II, 26.]

144.         Various sheaths are clearly vibrating to different musical notes and these notes (and combinations of note) are clearly to be correlated with astrological influences.

145.         There is an archetypal “harmony of the spheres”. These spheres eventually control all subsumed within them through the factors of sound and music.

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146.         These are the Raja Deva Lords of the three lower subplanes of the cosmic physical plane.

 whilst the force aspect as flowing through the etheric body of the Logos is considered under various names, such as Shiva, Surya, Brahma.

147.         We are being given the names of great Raja Deva Lords—those Who manifest through the cosmic etheric plane of the Solar Logos.

148.         “Surya” is a name which means “Sun”. It is to be correlated with the second aspect of divinity. In this case it appears that Surya and Vishnu are interchangeable.

149.         Earlier we asked whether there was a name for the Deva Lord Who manifested through the cosmic higher mental plane. Perhaps “Surya” could be considered an appropriate name. On this plane the causal bodies of great Logoi are to be found. The causal body is a reflection of the Sun and “Surya” means Sun.

150.         From this perspective, if we were to name the Raja Deva Lords of the cosmic physical plane (both in its etheric and dense aspects) we would have, numbering from above to below:

a.      Plane 1, Shiva

b.      Plane 2, Vishnu

c.      Plane 3, Brahma

d.      Plane 4, Indra

e.      Plane 5, upper part, Surya

f.        Plane 5, lower part, Agni

g.      Plane 6, Varuna

h.      Plane 7, Kshiti

  Yet the two aspects are but one.

151.         DK is careful to prevent us from creating an artificial cleavage in our minds. Both the etheric and dense levels are physical.

FOOTNOTE 4: Agni, the God of Fire in the Veda; the oldest and the most revered of the Gods in IndiaHe is the triple aspect of Fire and therefore the sum total of manifestation.  He is regarded also as the Lord of the mental plane (the 5th plane) whose symbol is Fire.

152.         While Agni is the Lord of the mental plane (systemically considered) He is also more—the Lord of the lower cosmic mental plane and of the entire solar logoic personality.

153.         From the perspective given above, i.e., that of the cosmic physical plane, Agni embodies fire by friction, solar fire and electric fire.

Varuna, the God of Water, in the sense of the waters of space, or the waters of matter.  He is regarded also as the Ruler of the astral plane (the 6th plane) whose symbol is water.

154.         Just as there is a systemic Varuna, it is probable that a cosmic Varuna related to the cosmic astral plane must also be considered.

155.         All of “matter” is considered, occultly, “water”. Even the substance of the lower eighteen cosmic subplanes would, from this perspective, be considered cosmic “water”.

Kshiti, the God of the Earth in the sense of dense substance, and not a planetary body; he is the God of the physical plane, the seventh plane.

156.         Kshiti is both the Lord of the systemic physical plane as well as of the cosmic physical plane.

157.         How shall we consider the distinction between “dense substance” and the “planetary body”? May we say that the substance ruled by Kshiti extends far beyond the planetary body. Its extent is, in fact, system-wide.

158.         These cosmic Raja Deva Lords probably have still higher correspondences on super cosmic planes and beyond.

        The Third Statement.  The final point I seek to make here is that in connection with these three lower planes and their many groups of devas it must be remembered that their polar opposites are to be found in the great devas of the highest three planes.

159.         All lower devas have their polar opposites or higher correspondences. Sometimes they are called by the same names, as in the case of agnisuryans (agnisuryans of the astral plane and their higher correspondences, the agnisuryans of the buddhic plane).

160.         We note that there are many groups of devas on the lower planes. We note, too, that, thus far, DK has not enumerated or named them. Throughout the book, however, some of these deva groups are brought to our attention.

161.         Immediately below we speak of the highest three planes of the cosmic physical plane and their corresponding lower planar forces.

162.         We note that the divine plane corresponds to the mental plane; the monadic plane to the astral plane and the atmic plane to the physical plane.

163.         In some sets of correspondences we begin with the atmic plane which corresponds to the mental plane; the buddhic plane then corresponds to the astral and he higher mental plane corresponds to the physical plane.

164.         There are also mirror image sets of correspondences which are more reflections than superimpositions. An example of one such would be the reflection of the atmic plane in the physical plane, the reflection of the buddhic plane in the astral; and the reflection of the higher mental plane in the lower mental.

Divine........1st Cosmic.......Primordial

                    ether..............Fire...........Mental Plane.....Fire.

Monadic....2nd Cosmic.....Akasha......Astral Plane......Astral

                    ether                                                         light.


 or Atmic...3rd Cosmic.......Aether......Physical Plane...Ether


165.         Here we are speaking of the Raja Deva Lords Who go under the names: “Shiva”, “Vishnu” and “Brahma”.

The particular type of differentiated force which they embody, when brought into union with each other is that which causes concretion, or the appearance, in space and time, of the dense physical body.

166.         We are being told that all concretion or appearance (of a dense physical body) is the result of the union of the three highest forces of the cosmic physical plane.

167.         Concretion, therefore, has its origins on levels of cosmic vibration which are not, technically considered, concrete.

 This should be carefully considered, along with the very interesting fact that on the fourth plane of our system (the fourth cosmic ether, or buddhic plane) we have the sphere of certain occult happenings which cannot be more than hinted at, because their true significance is one of the secrets of initiation.  They are an aspect of the plan of the Logos which can be con­tacted direct by those who have expanded their consciousness adequately.

168.         Now we are speaking of the realm of Indra, the God of the systemic buddhic plane.

169.         Concretion within the lower worlds may originate in the interaction of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma but without the functioning of Indra (through those solar logoic chakras found on the systemic buddhic plane) that concretion could not occur, just as dense physical concretion in human terms requires the action of the fourth systemic ether (analogous to the buddhic plane) and the human chakras found thereon.

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The buddhic plane, or fourth cosmic ether, is the plane whereon:

a. The sacred planets function.

170.         We must be careful in our analysis of the word “function” for the planets corresponding to the chakras found on the fourth systemic ether are not (in some principal charts) sacred planets.

171.         We could say, however, that every sacred Planetary Logos has coordinated His buddhic vehicle whereas the non-sacred Planetary Logoi are more strictly manasic.

b. Man will eventually function freed from the triple lower man.

172.         To function on the fourth cosmic ether or systemic buddhic plane requires the passing of the fourth initiation.

c. The true meaning of the words "Divine Hermaphrodite" is there to be comprehended.

173.         On this plane the potencies of Venus and Mercury are blended. Venus is a Logos Who has achieved a great measure of buddhic expression. Mercury is one of the rulers of the buddhic plane.

d. It is predominantly the plane of life-force, and one of the planes of generation.

174.         Are all cosmic etheric planes, planes of generation?

175.         Perhaps the buddhic plane is most focally a plane of generation because through the action of its chakras the dense physical body of the personality is precipitated. This applies to both the human and solar logoic spheres.

176.         In any case it is reasonable to assume that cosmic prana flows on the cosmic buddhic plane (but also on others of the cosmic etheric planes).

177.         It has often been stated in these commentaries that man does not begin to live until he achieves the consciousness of the cosmic buddhic plane.

e. Here man will for the first time understand and utilize his relationship with the devas.

178.         The following quotations are important for understanding the relationship here referenced:

It is in the vegetable kingdom that we find one of the first and temporary approximations between the evolving human Monad, and the evolving deva Monad.  The two parallel evolutions touch in that kingdom, and then again follow their own paths, finding their next point of contact on the fourth or buddhic level, and a final merging on the second. (TCF 589)

Further, the two great evolutions (human and deva) find their group unity on the buddhic plane, and portions of both hierarchies blend and merge so as to form the body of the divine Hermaphrodite.24,25  (TCF 328)

Earlier, at certain fixed points, they may temporarily approximate each other.  On the buddhic plane definite and permanent alliance may be seen. (TCF 328-329) 

The fourth plane is the plane of at-one-ment for certain deva and human units, and certain groups (the fourth Creative Hierarchy and the sixth Deva Hierarchy) have a pronounced karma to work out together.  One can now see the supreme importance of the human Hierarchy, the fourth in this sequence of planes and ideas. (TCF 432)

f. It will see the fruition of the combined evolutionary process of the two solar systems.

179.         Before the possibility of focusing on the buddhic plane, the two evolutionary processes cannot combine and merge.

180.         The unifying of the human and devic kingdoms on the buddhic plane is symbolic of this merging.

181.         Fire by friction is characteristic of life within the logoic dense physical vehicle. By the time we reach the systemic buddhic plane, solar fire (as an aspect of Agni) is in increasing expression and thus the merging of the two aspects can occur.

g. It is the plane from whence all planetary avatars emanate.

182.         This is an important statement. Can it be said that the Christ and the coming seventh ray Avatar both emanate from the buddhic plane? Certainly there will be much of buddhi (the quality of Hierarchy) in Their expression but especially in the expression of the Great Avatar, the Christ.

h. The Heavenly Men take the first Initiation on this plane.

183.         This is a profound occult hint. The coming of the Lords of the Flame may have had much to do with the first initiation of our Planetary Logos in Lemurian times. These great devas (as “hearts of fiery love”) were imbued with the quality of buddhi and implanted not only manas, but the qualities of latent buddhi and latent atma in animal man. The so-called “spark of mind” was triple.

184.         There came a time when the opening of the planetary heart was the order of the day. We can correlate this opening with the individualization of man and the first initiation of the Planetary Logos.

185.         All first initiations require the infusion of the quality of buddhic energy.

i. On this plane the true inner significance of the "Sun" is apprehended.

186.         Here we are speaking of the Heart of the Sun, the true subjective Sun expressing the second aspect of divinity.

187.         Only those human beings who can focus on the buddhic plane truly understand what it means to be a “Son of God”. They are directly in touch with the Christ Aspect, which is buddhi.

More I cannot say, but careful study of that which is here given may open up much that is of significance in the study of the macrocosm and the microcosm.

188.         Yes, the Tibetan has offered some profound occult hints which will be found as instrumental pieces of knowledge in bringing closure to patterns in consciousness which await closure.

c. The Devas and the Planes.

        Preliminary Remarks.  We have considered in broad and general terms the various types of force which animate deva substance, and its origin.

189.         We have been considering cosmic forces from cosmic planes higher than the cosmic physical plane as these forces animate lower deva substance.

190.         We have also considered lower types of deva forces found on the lower systemic planes. These forces are extensions or attenuations of the energies from the higher cosmic planes.

  Now we can study more specifically the deva entities in their various groups, having laid down the fundamentals in connection with them.

191.         This is ever the way of proceeding in occultism—from the general to the particular.

In this particular section students must remember that we are not considering those builders of involutionary development which are spoken of in theosophical and occult literature as the elemental essences.

192.         Though some devas may be unconscious as are the elemental essences, devas and elementals are not equivalent.

193.         Devas, at least, can become self-conscious; elementals must become devas before this transition to self-consciousness is possible.

  We are discussing those who are on the evolutionary arc, and who are the agents of cosmic force, whilst the lesser builders are the agents specifically of solar and of lunar force.

194.         We are considering self-conscious deva forces, though there are deva forces which are unconscious.

195.         Are there 140,000,000,000 of such evolutionary devic units? This is a figure applied to the number of deva Monads in our solar system, but it not stated whether it applies to both self-conscious and un-self-conscious devas, or only to the self-conscious kind.

196.         We note that lesser builders can be agents of not only lunar force but of solar force as well.

197.         There are a number of types of manasic devas which are the substance of the egoic lotus. Are these to be considered lesser builders which are specifically agents of solar force? Probably their nature, imbued with “I-ness” is too high.

  Solar force implies the various differentiations of the threefold cosmic force as it manifests within the solar [Page 628] system.

198.         DK is careful to define the nature of “solar force” within the present context.

199.         Cosmic forces are primarily threefold in nature. When such forces manifest “within the solar system” they are to be considered solar forces.

200.         It may be that such forces manifest (at first) specifically through the objective sun.

  Solar force can also (as far as the creative or building faculty of man is concerned) be termed planetary force, for every human being (be he Adept or ordinary man) builds and creates his thought forms—consciously or unconsciously—within the planetary spheres in the three worlds.

201.         When solar force is further transformed or attenuated such that it expresses within the planetary sphere, it is to be termed “planetary force”.

202.         We can see that both solar and planetary forces are essential cosmic in origin.

203.         When DK speaks of planetary force, does He mean “lunar force”? He does not say.

204.         When human beings create thoughtforms, they are working with planetary force, which is, more essentially, solar force and originally, cosmic force.

We shall now come to a considerable amount of tabulation, for all that it is wise and possible to give at this time are certain facts, names and outlines which can only be dem­onstrated through the law of correspondence.

205.         DK will present in such a manner that some degree of clarity can enter our minds. He is careful, however not to divulge too much at this early stage of our understanding. From the presented tables and correspondences we must deduce and intuit what we can.

  The key to comprehension is always this law. 

206.         As we have studied TCF, have we realized the power of the Law of Correspondences? We should be gaining increased facility in working with this law.

207.         DK does not tell us merely that one of the keys to comprehension is the Law of Correspondences, but that this law is always the key.

The basic differentiation in the solar system is as follows:

Agni........Electric fire.........Spirit......Central Spiritual Sun..Energy

Surya......Solar fire............Vishnu....Heart of the Sun.........Light

Brahma...Fire by friction..................Physical visible Sun....Fohat

208.         We note the apparent equivalence of Surya and Vishnu. It is interesting that in these enumerations “Surya” is consistently substituted for “Vishnu” in the usual sequence “Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva”.

209.         As well, Agni which is usually associated with the mental plane or with the cosmic mental plane is here designated as electric fire or Spirit. The term Spirit, however, may refer to Spirit as it manifests on the systemic planes (the subplanes of the cosmic physical plane) and not Spirit as it manifests on the cosmic planes.

210.         Energy is also put into a position superior to both “Light” and “Fohat”.

211.         In some ways it makes sense to correlate Agni with Fohat.

212.         We note that the triplicity of “Spirit-Vishnu…” is not completed.

213.         In general there is a mixture of terms in this tabulation, but the mixture can offer new insights.

214.         We are speaking of the differentiated expressions of the Solar Logos.

        As electric fire the Logos manifests as the seven aspects of Will, spiritual impulse or purpose.

215.         The seven aspects of will are those aspects manifesting on the cosmic physical plane, but they also manifest on the cosmic astral plane and on the lower subplanes of the cosmic mental plane.

216.         Probably we are not yet speaking of cosmic electric fire as it manifests through the solar logoic Monad.

217.         Will, spiritual impulse and purpose are equated. They can be associated with the energies of the seven stars (or, rather, Logoic of the Great Bear) expressing in their will aspect.

        As solar fire He manifests as the seven Rays, or as the Light of Wisdom, the Consciousness, radiating through the form.

218.         Let us look at the equivalences:

a.      Seven Rays

b.      Light of Wisdom

c.      Consciousness radiating through the form.

d.      The seven rays can manifest through a first aspect and also through a second aspect. The first aspect manifestation of the rays relates to will and purpose; the second aspect manifestation relates to consciousness. There is also a third aspect of the rays which relates to intelligent activity and form.

e.      The Great Bear is associated with the will aspect of the seven rays; Sirius (the Sirian System) and (on a higher turn of the spiral) the Little Bear are associated with the consciousness aspect of the seven rays; the Pleiades are associated with the intelligent activity aspect of the seven rays.

        As fire by friction He manifests as the seven Sons of Fohat, the seven great fires, or the active heat of intelligent substance.

219.         Upon the cosmic physical plane, the “seven Sons of Fohat” manifest especially on the five lower subplanes, and yet active intelligent substance exists on all seven subplanes of the cosmic physical plane.

220.         Note the association of heat, activity, intelligence and substance.

221.         Since the personality of the Solar Logos includes all the lower eighteen cosmic subplanes, the thee modes of manifestation apply to all of these cosmic subplanes.

222.         All these modes of manifestation are considered to occur within Agni considered as the personality of the Solar Logos (i.e., the Being expressing through the lower eighteen cosmic subplanes).

These three aspects of the God of Fire, and of the fire of God, are the three Entities of the logoic Trinity, and each in turn manifests through seven other Entities Who form their total manifestation.

223.         We continue to speak of Shiva, Surya and Brahma; of Energy, Light and Fohat.

224.         Each of three cosmic aspects manifests through seven subsidiary Entities or Fires. Such secondary Entities are emanated mind-born “Sons”.

225.         We are speaking of the three aspects of the Solar Logos as these aspects manifest through the three vehicles of Agni but especially upon the cosmic physical plane (which is the plane on which our spiritual development is, perforce, focussed).

226.         We can correlate these three cosmic aspects of the Solar Logos with the three energies emanating from the solar logoic mental unit which animate the mental permanent atoms, egoic lotuses and mental units on the systemic mental plane.

227.         There are different ways to understand the term “logoic Trinity”.  The lower mode of understanding sees the logoic Trinity expressing through Agni as the personality of the Solar Logos. A higher way of understanding the logoic Trinity places Agni as the lowest aspect of the Trinity, the solar logoic Ego as the second aspect and the solar logoic Monad as the first aspect.

228.         The twenty-one Entities, seven representing each of the three Persons of the logoic Trinity, are named below.

        Sevenfold electric fire.  The seven types of spiritual existences, or the seven Spirits before the Throne in Their essential essence; the dynamic force or will lying back of all manifestation.

229.         There are a number of “Thrones”; the Throne of Shamballa is one. The Throne of the Solar Logos is another.

230.         The Ray Lords of Earth are Spirits before the Throne of Shamballa.

231.         The planetary Ray Lords (cosmic Beings within our solar system) are the Spirits before the Throne of the Solar Logos.

232.         When the phrase “in Their essential essence” is used, we must wonder whether DK is referring to the cosmic monadic plane.

233.         And yet, the focus may not be that high, as “all manifestation” occurs within the body of expression of Agni, the personality of the Solar Logos expressing through the lowest eighteen cosmic subplanes.

234.         From this perspective, the higher levels of the cosmic mental plane may also lie “back of all manifestation”. We know that planes still higher (such as the cosmic buddhic plane, or cosmic atmic plane, etc.) definitely do.

235.         Let us tabulate the names of these seven Existences related to the first aspect of divinity:

a.      Sevenfold electric fire

b.      The seven types of spiritual existences

c.      The seven Spirits before the throne in Their essential essence

d.      The dynamic force of will lying back of all manifestation

 They form on their own plane in a peculiar sense the logoic "Jewel in the Lotus," and [Page 629] hence are inconceivable to our intelligence in this solar system, as They are not revealed until the "Son be made perfect," or the logoic consciousness is fully awakened.

236.         This is a highly esoteric section. Microcosmically, we usually understand the Jewel in the Lotus as focussed on the systemic higher mental plane. If we are speaking in cosmic terms, then the Jewel in the Lotus should, analogously, be a structure found on the cosmic higher mental plane.

237.         We know that Jewels in the Lotus are sevenfold, i.e., they have seven facets.

238.         Each one of the Spirits of Darkness can be considered a radiation of the logoic Jewel in the Lotus on the cosmic higher mental plane.

239.         BUT, the true source of the Jewel in the Lotus is the Monad, which, itself, has been suggested as a “Jewel”.

When the adept enters through the "luminous door" he has before him four very peculiar and esoteric IDENTIFICATIONS.  This entrance takes place after he has passed the fifth Initiation and has demonstrated his fitness so to do through a long period of service in connection with our planetary evolution.  These identifications eventually bring about within the jewel, which is essentially the true spiritual unit, a momentous happening, and are undergone within the monadic consciousness after the transcendence of the atmic sheath.  (TCF 1246)

240.         From the above it is obvious that the “jewel” as represented in this paragraph is monadic in nature because the Jewel in the Lotus on the higher mental plane has long ago (well before mastership is attained) been destroyed.

241.         Therefore, we may be forced to think of the true monadic Jewel in the Lotus as also sevenfold, and of the causal Jewel in the Lotus as the sevenfold reflection of the sevenfold monadic original.

242.         From this perspective, the Seven Spirits of Darkness may be related not only to the cosmic causal plane (the cosmic higher mental plane) but also to the cosmic monadic plane which may well be the source of the sevenfold radiations known as the Spirits of Darkness.

243.         If we consider this higher source of the Spirits of Darkness, then we would designate the logoic Trinity as the Monad, Ego and personality of the Solar Logos.

244.         The “Son made perfect” (presumably our Solar Logos at His fifth initiation or, minimally, at His fourth= will not appear until after the causal body of the Solar Logos is destroyed. Therefore, the seven Spirits of Darkness cannot be sourced only in the causal body of the Solar Logos, but must necessarily have Their source above that plane.

They are esoter­ical­ly the "Spirits of Darkness."

245.         We may often have noted that when the term “esoteric” is used, it has reference to the Monad.

246.         This may be established on EP I 420, in which the three planets expressing the three major rays “esoterically” are tabulated—Uranus, Neptune and Saturn. It is obvious that DK is speaking of monadic rays.

        Sevenfold solar fire.  The seven Heavenly Men, the sumtotal of Light, the seven Rays of manifestation of the Spiritual Sun.

247.         If the seven Heavenly Man are the Planetary Logoi, what are the Spirits of Darkness? Can they be considered the seven monadic aspects of the seven sacred Heavenly Men?

248.         What also is the “Spiritual Sun”? The term “Central Spiritual Sun” is not here used, so we are not necessarily speaking of the monadic aspect of the Solar Logos. Probably we are speaking of the soul aspect of the Solar Logos. From this perspective, the seven Rays can be thought of as emanating from the solar logoic Heart of the Sun (the logoic egoic lotus).

249.         We also know that there are a number of higher sources of these Rays. Probably they have emanative sources within the Central Spiritual Sun and also, as we have been taught, within the seven stars of the Great Bear. Their true Sources lie even beyond the Bear.

250.         Let us tabulate the names of these seven Beings Who represent the Vishnu aspect of the Solar Logos.

a.      Sevenfold solar fire

b.      Seven Heavenly Men

c.      The sumtotal of Light

d.      The seven Rays of manifestation of the Spiritual Sun

e.      The seven Rays of Light

 In time and space these seven Rays of Light become the nine (the major three, with the third demonstrating as seven) and are thus esoterically the nine petals of the logoic Ego as He manifests in His physical vehicle.

251.         If we reference Chart VI, TCF 373, we shall see the nine here discussed. Each one of the planetary schemes depicted is an expression of one of the seven or nine Rays of Light.

252.         Nine is the number of the third ray. This ray is particularly related to physical manifestation—in this case cosmic physical manifestation.

253.         The Rays of Light are clearly expressions of the nine petals of the logoic Ego. For our purposes, they are to be understood primarily as they manifest in the physical vehicle of the Solar Logos. This physical vehicle (consisting of both its etheric and dense physical parts) is located on the cosmic physical plane.

  They are esoterically the "Sons of Light."

254.         The “Sons of Light” are the mind-born Sons of Brahma, the Prajapatis. They are also known as the Planetary Logoi.

        Sevenfold fire by friction.  The seven brothers of Fohat.  The seven manifestations of electricity, or of electrical phenomena.  These are the seven Raja-Lords or Devas of the seven planes; they are the seven Fires, or those seven states of activity through which consciousness is expressing itself.  They are the vehicles of consciousness and the seven vibrations.  They are esoterically the "Brothers of energy."

255.         The “seven brothers of Fohat” are connected especially with the cosmic physical plane. They are the Raja Deva Lords of the seven systemic planes.

256.         Let us look at some of their names:

a.      Sevenfold Fire by Friction

b.      Seven “Brothers of Fohat”

c.      Seven manifestations of electricity or of electrical phenomena

d.      The Raja Deva Lords of the seven systemic planes

e.      Seven Fires

f.        Seven states of activity through which consciousness is expressing itself

g.      Vehicles of consciousness of the seven vibrations

h.      “Brothers of energy”

257.         How shall we consider Fohat? Is He not equivalent to Agni considered as the personality of the Solar Logos? If so, the range of expression of the “seven brothers of Fohat” (or also the ‘seven sons of Fohat’) must be higher than only the cosmic physical plane (though this plane is the principal focus of our present thought).

Therefore it will be apparent that the sumtotal of logoic manifestation as it can be seen in existence in time and space is:

Seven Spirits...............sevenfold will.

Seven Rays.................sevenfold quality or psyche.

Seven Deva Lords......sevenfold form.

258.         What is the realm of time and space? Different reasonable answers might be as follows:

a.      The realm of humanity’s physical brain consciousness

b.      The eighteen lower subplanes

c.      The entire cosmic physical plane

d.      The lower eighteen cosmic subplanes

259.         DK seems largely to be confining His focus to the cosmic physical plane even though the origin of the Energies and Entities He is discussing is obviously higher than the cosmic physical plane.

260.         From one perspective, the Seven Deva Lords, the Seven Rays and the Seven Spirits are all to be understood in relation to the cosmic physical plane and yet, if we do not consider still higher cosmic planes, we shall never be able to trace the true origin of these Entities.

261.         From a higher perspective, while the Seven Raja Deva Lords are to be understood in relation to the cosmic physical plane, the Seven Rays and the Seven Spirits have a definitely higher focus as well as Their focus on the cosmic physical plane. The Monads of all three types of these Beings must certainly be located on cosmic planes higher than the cosmic physical plane.

262.         We recall that the Seven Rays are expressions of the ninefold logoic causal body and that the Seven Spirits are expressions of the logoic Jewel in the Lotus (both in its causal and its monadic ‘locations’).

The latter are literally the seven spirillae, or force vibrations within the logoic physical permanent atom.  This needs to be carefully borne in mind and pondered upon.

263.         Here we have an idea of profound importance—that the seven Raja Deva Lords are really spirillae “within the logoic physical permanent atom”.

264.         We must put this idea together with the thought that “Saturn is in fact the correspondence to the logoic physical permanent atom”. (TCF 406)

265.         The two ideas are not easy to unite. We might say that while Saturn is the correspondence to the logoic physical permanent atom, it is not the logoic physical permanent atom. That logoic physical permanent atom seems to have a systemic extension far greater than that of Saturn for the Raja Deva Lords are found everywhere without our solar system and are not confined to a particular systemic location or orbit.

266.         What we have to grasp is that the Raja Deva Lords are at once logoic spirillae and vibrations.

  The seven Rays are the sumtotal of the psychic nature of the Logos, as it radiates through His physical form—His seven qualities, the aggregate of the expression of His desire, or love nature.

267.         The “seven Rays” are psychic in nature. Here They are related to the physical form of the Solar Logos, but They express His desire or love nature.

268.         It seems reasonable to think that ‘above’ the Logos’ physical form (which is found on the cosmic physical plane) these Rays would still be called “Rays” and would still have a psychic and qualitative effect—for instance on the logoic astral body (on the cosmic astral  plane) and on the logoic mental body on the logoic mental plane.

269.         While this may be the case, we are confining our consideration primarily to the cosmic physical plane.

 The seven Spirits are the sumtotal of His Will-to-be aspect, the synthetic Life of His total manifestation, that which causes the persistence [Page 630] of the form, and its evo­lution for as long as the logoic Ego seeks physical existence.

270.         The true plane of the “seven Spirits” is obviously not the cosmic physical plane. We are, however, speaking of the effect of these Spirits on the cosmic physical plane, causing the “persistence of the form, and its evolution for as long as the logoic Ego seeks physical existence”.

271.         Upon what cosmic plane is the cosmic “Will-to-be” found? If we are considering the “Will-to-be” in cosmic physical manifestation then the cosmic “Will-to-be” emanates from the plane of the solar logoic Ego (the cosmic higher mental plane).

272.         If we are considering the “Will-to-be” as impulsing both cosmic egoic and cosmic triadal expressions, then it will emanate from the cosmic monadic plane.

273.         But it must be  born in mind that during this second ray solar system, it is unlikely that anything like pure solar logoic Will can be expressed or experienced. Thus, for practical purposes, the solar logoic “Will-to-be” should be considered as emanating from the cosmic higher mental plane on which the logoic Ego can be found.

To carry the simile, or analogy, even further back and thus bear in mind the resemblance between microcosmic and macrocosmic development we have:

1. The seven Spirits who find Their originating incentive on:

a. The cosmic lower mental levels.

b. The logoic "Jewel in the Lotus."

c. The cosmic atmic plane.

274.         DK now shows definitely that it is legitimate to think of the originating incentive of the seven Spirits on planes higher than the cosmic lower mental plane (i.e., within the mind nature of cosmic Agni).

275.         If we were to be entirely accurate, we would carry the incentive back to the cosmic monadic plane. Chart VII on TCF 817 shows that whatever emanates from the atmic permanent atom is directly related to the highest aspect of the human Monad. We can extend the analogy, imagining that the cosmic atmic plane is directly connected to the cosmic monadic plane.

2. The seven Heavenly Men are in the line of force from:

a. The cosmic astral plane.

b. The logoic nine-petalled lotus.

c. The cosmic buddhic plane (the seven Rishis of the Great Bear).

276.         Again as is suggested in the Chart V , TCF 344, the “seven Rishis of the Great Bear” are associated with the cosmic buddhic plane, and yet on TCF 1162, the true plane of the seven Rishis is hinted as the cosmic atmic  plane, for it is the Pleiades (presumably seven or nine of them) that are given as representatives of cosmic buddhi.

277.         It is interesting and important to realize that a stream of energy has a number of sources, each higher than the next. We cannot reasonably imagine that the highest of the sources here listed is the ultimate source.

3. The seven Sons of Fohat find their vital force emanating from:

a. The cosmic physical plane.

b. The logoic permanent atoms (within the causal body).

c. The cosmic higher mental levels.

278.         The very sources for these energies which seemed to be implied in the foregoing pages are at last given explicitly, though probably not completely.

279.         We now see that although the expression of the “seven Sons of Fohat” on the cosmic physical plane is the main focus of the foregoing pages, the origin of these energies is much higher, including the logoic permanent atoms (the cosmic physical permanent atom, the cosmic astral permanent atom and the logoic mental unit) and also, presumably, the manasic permanent atom on the higher cosmic mental plane—an aspect of the logoic spiritual triad (which seems to be implicated in the descent).

280.         Apparently, the “seven Sons of Fohat” have sources that rise no higher than the manasic nature of the Solar Logos. Given, however, that Cosmic Brahma extends all the way to the cosmic atmic plane, and that atma is intelligence as well as will, we may be justified in tracing the source of “seven Sons of Fohat” to that cosmic plane on which cosmic Brahma is most fully represented—the cosmic atmic plane.

Yet these three are but the expressions of One Existence, for behind the Logos in physical incarnation is to be found the logoic Monad, expressing Itself through the logoic Ego, and its reflection, the logoic Personality.

281.         While taking pains to carefully differentiate one aspect from another, the Tibetan always closes such a discussion on note of unity. The factors which has been differentiated are yet, essentially, all expressions of One Existence.

282.         Here we see DK having recourse to the ultimate logoic Trinity—the logoic Monad, the logoic Ego and the logoic Personality. There are, as previously stated, a number of logoic Trinities, the lesser of them contained within the greater.

All these spiritual Essences are individualised self-conscious Identities, and the "Fiery Lives" are real, and conscious, vital Existences.  Thus we see the Logos manifesting as One Unity yet Three in One; we see the threefold Unity differ­ent­iating into the seven great Lives, containing within Them­selves all lesser lives.

283.         Here is a synthetic statement. DK speaks of the Great Existences as real, individualized, self-conscious “Fiery Lives”.

284.         The differentiation proceeds from the One to the Three and ,thence, to the Seven—every member of the Three differentiating into a Seven, just as the One differentiated into a Three.

285.         DK affirms the reality of the logoic Trinity and yet its essential oneness.

286.         All the lives in our solar system are contained within the One Existence, its threefold differentiation, and the twenty-one fold differentiation arising from the Three.

287.         Truly the great “Fiery Lives” are within us (as human beings) tiny though we are. In fact, we are, in essence, those very Fiery Lives. Can we in any way feel this?

Another broad differentiation must next be touched upon:

288.         DK proceeds with still further differentiations, for the “seven Fires” are each to be differentiated into forty-nine.

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a. The seven Fires form the forty-nine Fires.

289.         From the perspective above the cosmic physical plane, the forty-nine fires would each of them be associated with one of the forty-nine systemic subplanes of the cosmic physical plane.

b. The seven Heavenly Men manifest through forty-nine lesser Rays.

290.         Each of these forty-nine lesser rays is to be considered as a subray of one of the major seven Rays.

c. The seven Spirits shew forth as forty-nine Existences.

291.         When DK uses the term “Existences” it is usually always to denote a Being of considerable stature.

292.         Another way of looking at the forty-nine Existences, is as monadic subrays of the seven major monadic types. Although, ultimately, there are only three principal monadic rays, from the planetary logoic standpoint there are seven monadic rays to be expressed. Each of these seven can, apparently, have seven subrays, though usually only the subrays of the three principal monadic rays are emphasized. (cf. TCF 176)

In connection with the Spirit aspect it will prove unprofitable to carry the thought any further.  Of Spirit per se we can know nothing, and beyond predicating the forty-nine5 solar Manus (each of the Heavenly Men is expressing Himself on the physical plane through seven Manus) it is impossible to go.

293.         The Manus through which each Heavenly Man expresses Himself is considered a solar being.

294.         A Manu is typically at least a sixth degree initiate and thus a direct expression of a Monad. Each of the seven Manus is not only a human Monad in expression, but is a differentiated expression of the Monad of a particular Heavenly Man.

295.         Since we are speaking of Manus expressing on the physical plane we are probably speaking of Manus associated with rootraces.

296.         DK advises that we can carry this speculation no further. We do see that sevenfold differentiations apply not only to the “seven Rays” as qualitative and psychic emanations, but also to the Spirit aspect.

The forty-nine Manus.  They are the patrons or guardians of the race cycles in a manvantara, or Day of Brahma.  There are seven races in a world period, and there are seven world periods.

297.         Each of the forty-nine solar Manus can be related to a planetary logoic chain. There are also lesser Manus related to each globe. There are still lesser Manus related to the rootraces. It may be that the lesser of such Manus are to be considered as overshadowed by greater Manus who Whom they correspond. Perhaps, when dealing with the highest type of Manus, the phenomenon of being mind-born may come to apply.

298.         A manvantara (in this context) is one seventh of world period or that portion of a round (manvantara) which passes through a particular globe.

299.         From a higher perspective, a world period can be considered a chain period in relation to a scheme round. Such a world period would be one seventh of a complete scheme round or that portion of a scheme round which passes through a particular chain within a planetary scheme.

Therefore, in discussing these abstract questions, we will concern ourselves only with the seven Rays of Light, or Heavenly Men, and the seven Fires.

300.         We are confining ourselves to a discussion of the second and third aspects, leaving the first aspect temporarily to the side.

Each of the seven Rays of Light differentiates into seven making the forty-nine aspects of the logoic psychic nature, as it shews itself on the cosmic physical plane, and each of the seven Fires manifests as seven lesser Fires, making the forty-nine Fires referred to by H. P. B. in the Secret Doctrine.6 [See S. D., I, 567.]

301.         Again our attention is drawn to the cosmic physical plane and the forty-ninefold differentiations of energy upon that plane.

302.         The forty-nine aspects of the logoic psychic nature are forty-nine modes of consciousness, or forty nine subrays.

303.         The forty nine Fires are forty-nine modes of activity on the cosmic physical plane.

 The seven Heavenly Men manifest each through seven lesser Entities, Who form the psychic centres in Their body

304.         Such lesser Entities can be considered as Chain Lords Who are qualitatively different from each other and have differing modes and scopes of consciousness.

 in the same manner as They—in Their turn—form the psychic centres in the logoic vahan or vehicle.

305.         The Seven Heavenly Men are psychic centers in the logoic vehicle. The logoic consciousness is qualitatively sevenfold. The consciousness of each of the Seven Heavenly Men is also sevenfold.

306.         We can see that, taking into account all differentiations, the solar logoic consciousness is essentially forty-nine fold, though when lesser differentiations are admitted the differentiations of consciousness become far more complex.

307.         Psychic centers (according to their qualitative nature) are centers of conditioned consciousness. The one solar logoic consciousness is qualified and limited through each of its major seven and minor forty-nine psychic centers. After these major differentiations, the differentiations of solar logoic consciousness become multitudinous.

  Each of the seven Fires, or Deva Lords, of a plane manifest through seven lesser devas, who form the central fire, and con­sciousness of the substance of a subplane.

308.         We are given the structure of the seven major systemic planes and seven subplanes associated with each of the seven systemic planes.

  It is with their mutual interplay and work that we are now con­cerned, or with the study of matter as it is affected and built into form through the medium of Divine Thought or Will.

309.         The interplay of matter and consciousness is our concern.

310.         We note that Will is not left out of the picture as (in our solar system) it is ‘contained’ within the second aspect.

Of the higher Fires (the Lords of the four higher planes) I do not seek to deal, for it only profits us to [Page 632] study the construction of thought-forms in the three worlds through the medium of deva essences;

311.         Our focus is still the cosmic physical plane as especially its densest dimensions. The four higher systemic planes (in this context) are the planes comprising the cosmic ethers.

312.         The Lords of the four higher planes are Shiva, Vishnu/Surya, Brahma and Indra.

313.         DK is confining His attention to purposeful form-building as it works out in the dense physical body of the Solar Logos.

314.         Basically, the forms in the three lower worlds are thoughtforms. It is in this magical context that we will study form creation.

315.         In the lower three worlds, thoughtforms are composed of structured devic essences and, as well, of elemental essences.

these are vitalised and manipu­lated by the Builders, the Dhyan Chohans, the Heavenly Men through the force of Their Life, through Their knowledge of the logoic Will or purpose, and through the power of Their psychic nature.

316.         We are speaking of the magical work of the Seven Heavenly Men.

317.         They are called by the following terms:

a.      The Seven Heavenly Men

b.      The Builders

c.      The Dhyan Chohans

318.         We are speaking of the building and manipulation of thoughtforms in the three lower worlds. That manipulation, impulsed by the Heavenly Man, occurs through—

a.      the force of Their life

b.      their knowledge of the logoic Will or purpose,

c.      the power of Their psychic nature

319.         We see that thoughtform building is accomplished through planetary logoic life, through the knowledge or logoic Will or purpose, and through the planetary logoic psychic nature.

320.         Life can be placed at the center of a triangle with will-purpose, psychic quality and manipulative activity at the vertices.

 Thus They are occupied in building the logoic physical body, and in carrying out His plans in that body, in this way fulfilling the purpose for which He incar­nated.

321.         From this perspective, the Heavenly Men are the Greater Builders involved in carrying out the will of the Solar Logos as that will is intended to be expressed in the logoic physical body.

 Their work is infinitely greater than this, for it lies primarily on cosmic levels,

322.         This is a point never to be forgotten, but it is seldom referenced because there is so little we can know of what a Heavenly Man accomplishes on the cosmic astral plane and cosmic mental plane.

 but this is what concerns us, and all that we can, in any way grasp.

323.         Now the parallel will be offered comparing the work of man to the work of the Heavenly Man.

 Man in the three worlds of human endeavour works at two things:

        First.  The building of his body of manifestation, a threefold body.

324.         This must not only be built but refined. Man as Ego accomplishes this with every new incarnation.

        Second.  The construction of thought-forms, which he builds of mental matter and vitalises by desire, and which he holds within his aura, thus constructing a tiny system of his own.

325.         Man thereby is learning to become a creator. Man is a created being but also a lesser creator.

326.         Actually, it is possible to say this of every self-conscious B/being. All such are both created/emanated beings and creators.

Both man, and the Heavenly Men, work in deva substance; both co-operate with the devas; both manifest will, psychic quality and intelligent activity as they pursue their work but a difference lies, not only in degree, but in consciousness.  Man works usually unconsciously.

327.         The parallels are clear but the major distinction must be held in mind.

328.         Man should be a conscious builder but, instead, he is mostly unconscious as he builds. The more soul conscious he becomes, the more his building in devic substance will become conscious.

 The Heavenly Men, on cosmic levels, work for the most part consciously.  Herein lies a hint as to the stage of evolution of our Logos.

329.         Our Solar Logos is a cosmic initiate of the second degree, working gradually upon His third cosmic initiation.

330.         May it be said that man, when he becomes at least an initiate of the second degree, will be known for his conscious building?

331.         The principal lower aspects of man are unconscious and lunar; the principal lower aspects of a Solar Logos are definitely self-conscious and solar.

332.         Both the Solar Logos and the Planetary Logoi are group conscious Beings. This reveals much about their spiritual status on Their respective Paths of Cosmic Initiation.

This matter is of real difficulty, for the subject is abstruse and profound.

333.         Though this is the case, we can be grateful that DK is introducing the subject to us.

334.         We note that there is a distinction in the meaning of the terms “abstruse” and “profound”. Much of real simplicity (and accessibility) can be profound. If something is abstruse as well as profound, it is far removed from what we normally call simplicity. Rather it is recondite, quite inaccessible and hard to grasp.

We will now leave these basic ideas, and deal more specifically with the devas with whom we are immedi­ately concerned, or with the three groups I have outlined—the Agnichaitans, the Agnisuryans, and the Agnishvattas.  They are concerned primarily with the evolution of the dense body of the Logos, the liquid, gaseous and dense subplanes of the [Page 633] cosmic physical, or the three worlds of human endeavour; with the magnetic radiation of the Logos through His physical vehicle, and with the radiatory ema­nations of the particular Heavenly Man Who is expressing Himself through our planet. 

335.         It has sometimes been questioned whether the term “Agnishvattas” refers only to the Solar Angels or to the devas of the lower mental plane as well.

336.         From what is said above it seems like the term “Agnishvattas” is to be applied to the entire gaseous subplane of the cosmic physical plane.

337.         The “magnetic radiation of the Logos through His physical vehicle” seems to concern the second aspect as it manifests through all lower twenty-one systemic subplanes.

338.         The “radiatory emanations of the particular Heavenly Man Who is expressing Himself through our planet” seem to emanate from a source higher than the three lower worlds.

339.         In general the term “magnetism” refers to the second aspect of divinity and “radiation” to the first. We see, therefore, all three aspects of divinity represented in the section of text above.

340.         Although the Agnichaitans, Agnisuryans and Agnishvattas are here related more focally to the lower twenty-one subplanes (i.e., the dense physical body of the Solar Logos), the Agnisuryans and Agnichaitans may have higher correspondences of planes higher than the systemic mental.

341.         Within this paragraph we are actually being given an extended view of the arena of expression of these devic lives.

Finally they are concerned with the evolution of consciousness7 in the three worlds, and particularly with the individualisation of the human unit of consciousness, and with the vitalisation of the centres in the body of the Heavenly Man with Whom we are peculiarly connected.

342.         These three orders of devic lives are not related only to the activity aspect. They contribute to the development of human consciousness.

343.         If they also contribute to the vitalization of the centers in the body of a Heavenly Man, they are concerned as well with the cosmic etheric planes on which the centers of a Heavenly Man can be found. Therefore, their effectiveness cannot be limited to the lower three systemic planes.

344.         Let us tabulate the areas in which the Agnichaitans, the Agnisuryans and Agnishvattas are influential:

a.      The evolution of the dense physical body of the Logos or Planetary Logos

b.      The magnetic radiation of the Logos through His physical vehicle. This obviously concerns the egoic nature of the Planetary Logos.

c.      The radiatory ema­nations of the particular Heavenly Man Who is expressing Himself through our planet. May we say that “radiatory emanations” concern the Spirit nature of the Planetary Logos?

d.      The evolution of consciousness in the three worlds

e.      The individualization of the human unit of consciousness

f.        The vitalisation of the centres in the body of the Heavenly Man with Whom we are peculiarly connected

345.         If we survey the scope of influence of these devas, we shall see that it both wide and diverse. They may well be active on all five lower systemic planes of the cosmic physical plane.

The Lunar Angels have to reach the plane of the Solar Angels.—S. D., I, 203.

346.         This will happen only very gradually as the tabulation on TCF 844 shows. The Lunar Angels have first to become animal and then human before they can become Solar Angels.

They have to win immortality.—S. D., III, 518, 519.

347.         Immortality is a matter of consciousness. It is not about the preservation of a single form.

Self-consciousness is their goal.—S. D., I, 205; II, 622.

348.         This stage, too, will not be achieved immediately.

The subject of our consideration now is the fire devas of the physical plane, those great building devas who are working out the purposes of the Logos in his dense, physical body.

349.         When we consider the “physical plane” we shall have to perceive it from the perspective above of the Solar Logos. The dense physical body of the Solar Logos includes the lower twenty-one systemic subplanes.

350.         When we learn that we are seeking to understand “fire devas” we are alerted to the fact that the name of each of the devas under discussion begins with the Sanskrit word for “fire”—i.e., “Agni”.

 Let us get our ideas as clear as possible on this matter; in the following tabulation, the status of these devas will be apparent at a glance:


   Name      Cosmic Plane       Plane           Nature          Ruler

Agnichaitan.......7th subplane.....Physical...........Densest........Kshiti

                     cosmic physical                             concretion

Agnisuryan.......6th subplane......Astral..............Liquid..........Varuna

                   cosmic physical

Agnishvatta......5th subplane......Mental............Gaseous........Agni

                   cosmic physical

351.         The higher form of Agnisuryan is not mentioned, nor the (hypothesized) higher form of Agnichaitan.

352.         Again, we do not see that the devas of the lower mental plane are excluded from the category of Agnishvattas.

353.         We note as well that each of these devas works within the cosmic physical plane.

        The Agnichaitans.  These are the devas who construct, and build in matter of the densest kind in connection with logoic manifestation.  They function on the seventh subplane of the cosmic physical plane, and are the producers of the greatest concretion.

354.         There are less dense forms of concretion. The lowest Agnichaitans concern the densest form of concretion—that which is to be found upon the seventh and lowest systemic subplane.

355.         Agnichaitans in general are found on all the seven systemic physical and etheric subplanes.

  In the planetary body of our planetary Logos they are the builders of the Earth, His densest form, and throughout the entire solar system they are the sum-total of that activity and vibration [Page 634] which demon­strates through what we call "solid substance."

356.         They are also concerned with systemic etheric manifestation.

357.         It is important to remind ourselves that apparently “solid substance” is not “solid” at all and really a condition of atomic congestion.

Therefore, it will be apparent that under the law they will have a peculiarly powerful effect on the lowest subplane of the systemic physical plane; hence their esoteric appellation of the "Agnichaitans of the inner or central heat."

358.         The Agnichaitans have a wider range of effect than is emphasized in this section of text. Here they are most related to the very densest of all the systemic subplanes—the forty-ninth and lowest systemic subplane.

359.         The inference to be gathered is that the “inner or central heat” is to be found within matter of the very lowest kind—that found upon the lowest subplane of the systemic physical plane.

360.         This “inner or central heat” is a form of “latent fire”, as we have studied in the earliest sections of this treatise.

 They are the totality of the lowest vibration in the cosmic physical vehicle.

361.         We are not here discussing the possibility of a category of matter even lower in vibration than the seventh and lowest physical subplane. Speculations about an eighth (and lower) level of matter are reasonable and hints about such a level are given in the text.

362.         We must remember, however, that although the very lowest subplane of the systemic physical subplane is emphasized in relation to the Agnichaitans, they are active and influential on all the seven dense and etheric subplanes (and perhaps in relation to the systemic atmic plane).

The Agnisuryans are the builders on the sixth subplane of the cosmic physical plane, our systemic astral plane.

363.         We note that the Agnisuryans are spoken of in relation to the entire sixth subplane of the cosmic physical plane, and not just its lowest level.

 They represent, as I have before hinted, the sympathetic nervous system in the logoic physical body, just as their brothers of the seventh vibration represent the sumtotal of the circu­la­tory or blood system. 

364.         Let us tabulate the hinted relationship:

a.      Agnisuryans—the sympathetic nervous system in the logoic physical body

b.      Agnichaitans—the circulatory or blood system

365.         The following quotation from EH, 143, may shed some unexpected light upon the relationship between the devic brothers of the sixth and seventh orders.

1. The etheric vehicle from the circulatory angle, is governed by the Moon, as it veils Vulcan.

2. The nervous system is ruled by Venus.

3. The endocrine system is governed by Saturn.

4. The blood stream is governed by Neptune. (EH 143)

366.         The Agnichaitans are particularly associated with Vulcan and we do see Vulcan here associated with etheric circulation.

367.         The circulation of the blood however is governed by Neptune, a planet far more closely related to the Agnisuryans (in both their astral and buddhic expressions) than to the Agnichaitans.

A hint to the student who is interested in the physiological key lies in the relationship between the two great groups of devas who build and construct the most objective portion of logoic manifestation, and the two groups of corpuscles which in their mutual interaction hold the body in health;

368.         It is suggested that we study both the white and red corpuscles of the blood in order to understand the relationship between the Agnisuryans and Agnichaitans.

369.         Perhaps we can relate the white corpuscles to the Agnichaitans and the red corpuscles to the Agnisuryans.

 there is an analogy also in the relationship between the devas of the astral plane, and the motor and sensory nerves of the physical body.  I will not enlarge upon this angle of vision.

370.         We can leave the elucidation of this analogy to the medical students of this treatise.

371.         From a qualitative angle, however, we do know that the astral plane is associated with the guna of “rajas” or mobility.

372.         Is DK suggesting that there are two kinds of devas of the astral plane? Earlier He mentioned devas associated with desire, feeling and sentiency and those related to the astral light. Are these the two categories of devas under discussion and are they related to Venus and Mars—the devas of the astral light to Venus and he devas of desire and feeling to Mars?

373.         In one of the references from EH immediately above, we find Venus related to the nervous system, presumably to its sensory aspect. It makes sense to consider Mars (so influential in relation to the astral plane) as the planet conditioning the motor nerves.

These devas have to do, in a very esoteric sense, with the nerve plexus in the:

a. Solar system. (Physical Sun)

b. Planetary scheme. (Dense Planet)

c. Human physical body. (Dense Body)

374.         In the human physical body the nerve plexus concerned is that which is associated with the solar plexus center.

375.         We know the location of the nerve plexus in the human physical body but not within the dense planet and certainly not within the physical sun.

376.         The nervous system itself is a dense physical construct underlain by etheric nadis. The responsiveness of the nervous system, however, seems to have much to do with astral forces.

377.         The nature of our planet as a living being is now slowly coming into human consciousness. The parts of our planet which correspond to the human physical body will gradually be discovered. Humanity is probably not yet ready for such sensitive knowledge.

and are therefore a powerful factor in the eventual vitalisa­tion of the centres in man.

378.         DK seems to be suggesting that all the centers in man owe much to the astral devas in the matter of their vitalization.

379.         We do know that aspiration (a largely astral activity) plays a significant role in the activation of the centers.

  The etheric centres, or the focal points of force of a Heavenly Man are on the fourth cosmic ether, the buddhic plane.

380.         As Chart VIII in TCF shows, this is true as regards some of the etheric centers, but probably not all, if the analogy between the positions of the human etheric centers and those of a Planetary Logos is to be maintained.

  The astral plane is closely allied to the buddhic, and as the etheric centres of our Heavenly Man, for instance, come into full activity, the force is trans­mitted through the astral correspondence [Page 635] to the fourth physical ether, in which the centres of man exist.

381.         Again, a number of these centers in man do exist within the fourth physical ether, but not all.

382.         The paths of transmission are governed by the principle of numerical resonance. We do not know, however, the exact method of transmission.

383.         The etheric centers of a Heavenly Man may be considered as Ashrams containing the higher principles of the human being. We certainly do not bring our lower principles into the Ashram.

The Agnishvattas are the builders on the fifth or gaseous subplane of the cosmic physical, and—from the human standpoint—are the most profoundly important, for they are the builders of the body of consciousness per se.

384.         The lower mental body is, apparently, also considered an aspect of the body of consciousness.

385.         The egoic lotus on the higher mental plane is for most human beings the destined body of consciousness per se. Meanwhile the lower mental body serves this function.

  From the psychic standpoint of occult physiology, they have a close connection with the physical brain, the seat or empire of the Thinker, and as at this stage all that we can know must be viewed kama-manasically, it will be apparent that between the sympathetic nervous system and the brain is such a close interaction as to make one organised whole.

386.         The implication is that the kama-manas and the sympathetic nervous system are closely allied.

387.         Agnishvattas (apparently of two main varieties—one solar and one lunar) are closely related to the human physical brain.

388.         We have a further implication that man, presently, is a very kama-manasic being and finds his thought process almost inextricably entangled with kama.

389.         The relationships expressed in this section of text are reflections of the very close relationship between Mercury (manas) and Venus, (kama-manas).

  This microcosmic correspondence is of interest, but in studying these groups of devas at present we will view them prin­cipally in their work as systemic and planetary builders, leaving the student to trace out for himself the human analogy.

390.         If we study carefully, we will be equipped to trace the human analogy.

  He will learn thereby.  Having indicated certain lines of thought, we will now take up these groups one at a time and consider them.

391.         The general outline has been presented. We are given a view of the Agnichaitans, the Agnisuryans, and the Agnishvattas in their role as planetary builders.

392.         We will now learn something more specific about them.