Compilation Fifth Ray Qualities
Aug 2003


(EA 354) Mars, therefore, rules Aries from the orthodox angle and Scorpio esoterically, and does not again appear in the life of the individual except as that individual responds to mass vibration in Sagittarius, where Mars appears as ruling the sixth Creative Hierarchy, the lunar lords of the form nature who must eventually be sacrificed to the higher spiritual aspect and brought under the control of the solar Angel. The effect of Mars is, therefore, largely mass effect and group results, producing great struggles but leading finally to great revelation. In Aries, it is the final revelation of the nature of knowledge and the purpose of [Page 211] incarnation; in Scorpio, it is the revelation of the vision of liberation and service; in Sagittarius, it is the revelation of the purpose of soul control over the lower kingdoms in nature, via the human centre of energy. It must consequently never be forgotten that Mars establishes relations between the opposites and is a beneficent and not a malefic factor, as is so often supposed.


technique of integration for 5th ray souls and personalities

(EPII 369)  Ray Five.


"'Towards me I draw the garment of my God.  I see and know His form.  I take that garment, piece by piece.  I know its shape and colour, its form and type, its parts component and its purposes and use.  I stand amazed, I see naught else.  I penetrate the mysteries of form, but not the Mystery.  I see the garment of my God.  I see naught else.'

Love of the form is good but only as the form is known for what it is—the veiling vase of life.  Love of the form must never hide the Life which has its place behind, the One who brought the form into the light of day, and preserves [Page 369] it for His use,—The One Who lives, and loves and serves the form, the One Who Is.

The Word goes forth from soul to form:  'Behind that form, I am.  Know Me.  Cherish and know and understand the nature of the veils of life, but know as well the One Who lives.  Know Me.  Let not the forms of nature, their processes and powers prevent thy searching for the Mystery which brought the mysteries to thee.  Know well the form, but leave it joyously and search for Me.

'Detach thy thought from form and find Me waiting underneath the veils, the many-sided shapes, the glamours and the thoughtforms which hide my real Self.  Be not deceived.  Find Me.  Know Me.  Then use the forms which then will neither veil nor hide the Self, but will permit the nature of that Self to penetrate the veils of life, revealing all the radiance of God, His power and magnetism; revealing all there is of form, of life, of beauty and usefulness.  The mind reveals the One.  The mind can blend and fuse the form and life.  Thou art the One.  Thou art the form.  Thou art the mind.  Know this.'"


This fifth ray formula is of exceeding potency at this time and should be used often, but with care, by those upon this line of divine energy.  It has most powerful integrating properties, but the person who employs it must be mindful to visualise and hold in his mind's eye the even, balanced, equilibrised distribution of the divine energy set in motion by the use of this fifth ray formula so that the three aspects of the spiritual entity concerned—the mind, the One Who uses it (the Self) and the form nature—may be equally stimulated.  This statement means, for instance, that if all the emphasis of the soul energy available (it is safest to use the formula of the Soul ray although if an accepted disciple the personality ray formula can also be used (EPII 368) is poured into the lower nature, the natural man, it might result in the shattering of the form and the consequent uselessness of the man in service.  If all of it, on the other hand, is poured into the receiving chalice of the astral nature, it might only serve to intensify the glamour and to produce fanaticism.


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1. The lower psychic man—physical and astral—must receive a balanced quota of force.

2. The mind must receive its share of illuminating energy.

3. A third part of that energy must be retained within the periphery of the soul nature to balance thus the other two.


This is a replica of the experience of the Monad when coming into manifestation, for the monad retains a measure of energy within itself, it sends energy forth which is anchored in that centre of energy which we call a soul.  Still more energy pours forth also, via the soul, for the production of a human being—an expression of the soul upon the physical plane, just as the soul is an expression of the monad upon the mental plane, and both are expressions also of that one monad.


The use of this formula, which produces eventually a definite relation between the soul and the various aspects of the form, brings about a needed alignment, and again (as in the other cases considered previously) produces also, and evokes, a crisis.  This crisis must be regarded as producing two lesser crises in the consciousness of the personality:


1. That in which there comes the achieving of equilibrium and what might be called a "balanced point of view." This balanced vision causes much difficulty and leads to what might be called the "ending of the joy-life and of desire."  This is not a pleasant experience to the disciple; it leads to much aridness in the life-experience and to a sense of loss; it often takes much wise handling, and frequently time elapses before the disciple emerges on the other side of the experience.


2. This balanced condition in which the not-Self and the Self, the life-aspect and the form-aspect, are seen as they [Page 371] essentially are (through the aid and the use of the discriminating faculty of the mind), leads eventually to a crisis of choice, and to the major task of the disciple's life.  This is the detaching of himself from the grip of form experience, and consciously, rapidly, definitely and with intention preparing himself for the great expansions of initiation.


When this dual crisis is over and that which it has evoked has been rightly handled, then the light streams forth, leading to the revelation of the relationships of form to soul.  These two are then seen as one in a sense never before realised and are then regarded as possessing a relation quite different to the theoretical relationships posited in ordinary occult and religious work.  It will be apparent, therefore, how a new relationship and a new type of integration then becomes possible and how the mind quality of the fifth ray (critical, analytical, separative and over-discriminating) can become, what in the middle ages it used to be called, the "common sense."


When this takes place, form and life are indeed one unity and the disciple uses the form at will as the instrument of the soul for the working out of the plans of God.  These plans are at-one with the intention of the Hierarchy.  We now have five words for disciples upon the five rays to study:


Ray One......................Inclusion.

Ray Two.....................Centralisation.

Ray Three....................Stillness.

Ray Four.....................Steadfastness.

Ray Five......................Detachment.

The above concludes the Technique of Integration for the 5th ray personality (if an Accepted Disciple) and soul ray (only use this if the soul ray is the 5th and are not yet an accepted disciple)


The threefold Technique of Fusion

(EPII 385)   Certain questions therefore arise:


1. What are the techniques, producing fusion upon the three major rays.


2. How do these techniques bring about


a. Illumination of the mind.

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b. Imaginative capacity of the sentient body.

c. An inspired life.


Another point should here be made; Disciples upon the minor rays likewise employ one or other of these three major techniques.  Fourth ray disciples employ the second ray technique, as do sixth ray disciples; disciples upon the fifth ray employ the first ray technique.  It is interesting to note that (prior to the first initiation) the personalities of all aspirants to this great expansion of consciousness will be found upon the third ray which is—like the solar plexus centre—a great clearing house for energies, and a great transmuting station, if I may use this term.


(EPII 387)  It will interest students to note how the first ray disciple, when employing this first ray technique of fusion, ends by producing second ray characteristics of which illumination, producing understanding love and sympathetic cooperation, is the predominant note.  The second ray disciple, through rightly applied technique, produces curiously enough, third ray results, of which the use of the creative imagination is the outstanding characteristic.  The third ray disciple through the development of the "power to inspire" adds to his innate qualities certain definitely first ray potencies.  All are, however, subordinated to the second ray nature of the divine expression in this solar system.


When Techniques of Integration and Fusion have done their work the third initiation can be taken

(EPII 390)  The result of this inflow of supremely high energies is that the processes set in motion by the Technique of Integration are completed and the rays of the lower man are welded or fused into the Personality Ray.  This itself is later blended with the egoic ray, enabling that spiritual Identity which we recognise as standing behind phenomenal man to work through both these rays, thus bringing about a correspondence to that grouping within the divine expression which we call the major and minor rays.  The rays of the triple lower nature then form one single avenue through which the soul, and later the energy of spirit can contact the larger Whole [Page 391] in manifestation upon the physical, astral and mental planes.  When the Techniques of Integration and Fusion have done their intended work, this spiritual Identity can work in service to humanity and in cooperation with the Plan in the three worlds of human endeavour and in the five states of consciousness, human and superhuman.  This brings the disciple to the period wherein the third initiation can be taken; then still higher forces can be brought into play and the Technique of Duality can be considered, mastered and used.  It will be obvious to you that I cannot give you the rules of this technique, as they constitute part of the veiled secrets of initiation.  Though duality is emphasised, it is a duality which produces simplification, merging and synthesis.  Man is then viewed as a duality of spirit and matter and not as the well known triplicity of spirit, soul and body.


Now let us for a moment consider the Technique of Fusion.  The keynotes of the three techniques are as follows:


First Ray.........................Isolated Unity.

Second Ray.....................Inclusive Reason.

Third Ray........................Presented Attributes.


5th ray souls have to use the 1st ray Technique of Fusion to take the 3rd initiation

(EPII 391)  Isolated Unity is that stage of consciousness which sees the whole as one and regards itself, not theoretically but as a realised fact, as identified with that whole.   (realised fact-not with the mediating mind or personality-the soul has all the detailed knowledge necessary-he must now feel and know as realised fact that he is the whole)  It is a whole which is "isolated" in the consciousness of the man, and not the man himself who regards himself as isolated.  The word "isolated" [Page 392] refers to that complete organised organism of which the man can feel and know himself to be a part.  The word "unity" expresses his relationship to the whole.  It will be apparent therefore that this whole is something progressively realised.  For the bringing about of this progressed realisation the great expansions of consciousness, called initiations, have been temporarily arranged as a hastening or forcing process.  This progression of realised "isolations in unity" may begin with the disciple's group, environment or nation and, through right use of the understanding, will end by enabling him to isolate the whole divine scheme or living structure, and to identify himself with it in an active capable manner.


I must say I cannot really see much difference between isolated unity and the 2nd ray technique of Inclusive reason


The result of meditation upon this theme will be:


1. A definite illumination of the mind, for it will then be at-one with the Universal Mind and all the ways of God and the plans of God will stand revealed to him.


2. The creative imagination will be powerfully evoked in response to this revelation, and modes and methods of cooperation will be sentiently developed and the disciple will become a creative cooperator and not just an obedient servant of the Plan.


3. His life will be then inspired by the desire to serve humanity and to cooperate with the Custodians of the Plan.  This will bring in the full tide of soul life, producing temporarily a violent conflict between the personality ray and the soul ray, but also producing a steady subordination of the lower to the higher, of the minor to the major.


I cannot too strongly call to your attention that I am not here dealing with the normal service and the self-enforced cooperation of the aspirant—a cooperation based upon theory and a determination to prove theory and plan and service to [Page 393] be evolutionary facts—but with that spontaneous illumination, creativity and inspiration which is the result of the use of the Technique of Fusion by the soul—by the soul, and not by the aspiring struggling disciple.  Here lies the clue to meaning.  We are dealing consequently with that stage of development wherein, in deep contemplation, the man is consciously merged with the soul and that soul, in meditation, decides, plans and works.  He functions as the soul and has achieved a definite measure of success in living as a soul, consciously upon the physical plane.


This particular technique of meditation involves the use of the head centre, demands the ability to focus the consciousness in the soul form, the spiritual body, and, at the same time, to preserve soul consciousness, mind consciousness and brain consciousness—no easy task for the neophyte and something which lies far ahead for the majority of students who read these words.  This condition has been described as "the intensest reflection of the man, isolated in God Who is the negation of isolation and is nevertheless the Whole which is set apart from other Wholes."  When this state of awareness has been achieved (and Patanjali hints at it in the last book of the Sutras) the disciple becomes invincible upon the physical plane, for he is completely unified and linked up with all aspects of himself in the greater Whole of which he is a part, is fusing all attributes and is at-one with the Whole, not simply subjectively and unconsciously (as are all human beings) but in full, waking, understanding awareness.


Interesting that the 5th ray soul will use the 1st ray formula - whereas 2nd 4th and 6th ray souls will use this 2nd ray formula of inclusive reason based on detailed knowledge or detailed unity-this suggests the 5th ray personality is knowledgeable enough and needs identification, etc.

(EPII 393)  Inclusive Reason, which is the theme for the initiatory meditation of the second ray disciple, produces that inherent divine capacity which enables the detail of the sensed Whole to be grasped in meticulous entirety.  This wide, yet detailed, scope or universal recognition is extremely difficult for me to explain or for you to understand.  The second ray has been [Page 394] called the Ray of Detailed Knowledge and where this term has been employed, the beginner has necessarily laid the emphasis upon the word "detail".  It might rather be called the Ray of Detailed Unity or the Ray of the Divine Pattern, or of beauty in relationship.  It involves on the part of the disciple a very high point of synthetic comprehension.


(EPII 460)  We are primarily engaged with those problems which arise in the mental nature of man and from his power to create in mental substance.


2nd , 4th and 6th ray personalities remain mentally introverted and work always towards a crisis


1. Those who remain mentally introverted, and profoundly and deeply pre-occupied with their self-created thought forms and with their created world of thought, centered around the one dynamic thought form they have built.  These people work always towards a crisis and it is interesting to note that this crisis may be interpreted by the world—


a. As the revelation of a genius, such as emerges when some great scientist unfolds to us the conclusions of his focussed attention and period of thought.

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b. As the effort of a man to express himself along some creative line.

c. As the violent and often dangerous expressions of frustration in which the man attempts to release the result of his inner brooding along the chosen line.


These all vary in expression, because of the original equipment with which the man began his life of thought upon the mental plane.  In the first case, you have genius; in the other (if paralleled by a rich emotional nature) you will have some creative imaginative production, and in the third case, you will have what will be regarded by the world as insanity, curable in time and not permanent in its effects, provided some form of creative imaginative emotional release is provided.  This is often the struggle point of the 2nd, the 4th and the 6th ray personality.


1st (inclusion) and 5th (detachment) ray personalities can become aware of themselves as centres of thought, wisdom, power and creative capacity


2. Those who become amazingly self-conscious and aware of themselves as centres of thought.  They are obsessed with their own wisdom, their power and their creative capacity.  They pass rapidly into a state of complete isolation or separateness.  This can lead to acute megalomania, to an intense pre-occupation with and an admiring satisfaction with the self, the lower self, the personality.  The emotional, feeling, desire nature is utterly under the control of the dynamic self-centred point of thought which is all of which the man is aware at this time.  Consequently, the brain and all the physical plane activities are equally controlled and directed towards the planned aggrandisement of the man.  This condition is found in varying degrees, according to the point in evolution and the ray type, and—in the early stages—it is curable.  If it is persisted in, however, it makes the man eventually untouchable, for he becomes entrenched in a [Page 462] rampart of his own thought forms concerning himself and his activities.  When curable, the effort should be made to decentralise

(the opposite of the 2nd ray formula for integration  of the personality) the subject by the evocation of another and higher interest, by the development of the social consciousness and—if possible—by contact with the soul.  This condition is often the struggle point of the first and fifth ray personalities.


3rd (stillness) and 6th (stillness) ray personalities can become strongly extroverted by the desire to impose the conclusions of their one pointed thought upon others

3. Those who become strongly extroverted   (an excessive going out to others to get what they want-lack of self reliance)  by the desire to impose the conclusions they have reached (through their one-pointed mental focus) upon their fellow men.  This constitutes quite often the crux of the difficulty for the third and sixth ray people.  These people will be found ranging in consciousness all the way from the well-meaning theologian and dogmatic doctrinaire, found in practically all schools of thought, to the fanatic who makes life a burden to all around him as he seeks to impose his views upon them, and the maniac who becomes so obsessed with his vision that, for the protection of society, he must be locked away.


an example of a 5th ray astral body

(EPII 102)  Therefore, psychologically speaking, and when greater knowledge has been gained of the energies determining the type of a man, a person, for instance, whose Monad is presumably upon the third ray, his ego being on the fourth ray, and his personality on the seventh ray, will be described as a Three, IV.7.  Within this simple formula there will be lesser differentiations and a seventh ray personality may have a first ray mental body, a fifth ray astral body, and a third ray [Page 102] physical body.  The formula which would describe him would be



Three, IV. 7. 1,5,3



This, when interpreted, means


Monad   third ray.

Ego         fourth ray.

Personality            seventh ray.

Mental body         first ray.

Astral body fifth ray.

Physical body       third ray.


(EPII 293) Ray Five




1. The power to develop thought.

2. The spirit of materialistic enterprise, the divine urge, as it evidences itself in the early stages.

3. The tendency to enquire, to ask questions and to find out.  This is the instinct to search and to progress, which is, in the last analysis, the urge to evolve.

4. The tendency to crystallise, to harden, or to have an "idee fixe."  In this connection, it will usually be discovered that the man who succumbs to an "idee fixe" has not only a fifth ray mental body but either a sixth ray personality or a sixth ray emotional body.




1. The true thinker, or mental type—awake and alert.

2. The one who knows the Plan, the purpose and the will of God.

3. The one whose intelligence is being transmuted into wisdom.

4. The scientist, the educator, the writer.


(EPII 295)  The problem can be posited and its extent made clear by the following tabulation which gives the rays that may be supposed or imagined to govern or control a problematical or hypothetical man in a particular incarnation.


1. The Ray of the Monad (the life aspect)                      Second Ray of Love-Wisdom.

2. The Ray of the Soul (the consciousness aspect)       First Ray of Will or Power.

3. The Ray of the Personality (the matter aspect)           Second Ray of Love-Wisdom.

a. Ray of the mental body                         Fifth Ray of Concrete Science.

b. Ray of the astral body                                               Sixth Ray of Devotion.

c. Ray of the physical body                                            Second Ray of Love-Wisdom.


3. Taking the hypothetical chart given above, students should notice how the rays of the personality relate them, within the sphere or periphery of their own manifestation, to the major rays of the monad, ego or personality.  This is a correspondence (within the microcosmic manifestation) to the macrocosmic situation, touched upon in the previous paragraph.  In the case cited (which is one of quite usual occurrence) we find that


a. The fifth ray of the mental body relates the man to his egoic ray, thereby facilitating soul contact.  Had it related him to his monadic ray a very different situation would have eventuated. 


 I wonder if the mental body ray needs to relate to the Monadic ray when the time for the 3rd initiation comes


The line of must ever be remembered.


b. The sixth ray of the astral body relates the man to his [Page 297] monadic ray, and it will finally constitute his astralbuddhic approach to life, and will be employed when he takes the fourth initiation.  This ray relates him also to his personality and intensifies his natural problem.


The line of 2.4.6. must also be carefully borne in mind.


c. The second ray quality of his physical body relates him both to the personality and finally to the monad.  It is, therefore, for him a great problem, a great opportunity, and a great "linking" energy.  It makes the life of the personality exceedingly dominant and attractive, and at the same time facilitates the future contact (whilst in a physical body) with the monad.  His problem of soul consciousness will not, however, be so easily solved.


You will note also that the monad (2nd ray), the astral body (6th ray) and the physical body (2nd ray) are all along the same line of activity, or of divine energy, creating a most interesting psychological problem.  The soul (1st ray) and the mental body (5th ray) are along another line entirely, and this combination presents great opportunity and much difficulty.


4. In the lower expression of the man whose psychological chart we are considering, the psychologist will find a person who is intensely sensitive, inclusive and self-willed.  Because of the fact that the second ray personality and the physical body are related by similarity of ray, there will also be a clearly pronounced tendency to lay the emphasis upon material inclusiveness and tangible acquisition, and there will, therefore, be found (in this person) an exceedingly selfish and self-centred man. [Page 298] He will not be particularly intelligent, as only his fifth ray mental body relates him definitely and directly to the mind aspect of Deity, whilst his first ray egoic force enables him to use all means to plan for himself, and to use the will aspect to acquire and to attract the material good he desires or thinks he needs.  His predominant second ray equipment, however, will eventually bring the higher values into play.


The following is interesting because it shows that as the soul takes over from the personality the whole vocational direction can change

(EPII 335) A man who—being, through personality predilection, a creative artist—suddenly takes a deep and profound interest in mathematics, might be inferred to be coming under the influence of a second ray soul; or a man, whose whole personality was definitely upon the sixth ray of fanatical idealism or devotion to an object of his idealism, and who had functioned during life as a religious devotee, and who then switched the centre of his life interest into scientific investigation, might be, therefore, responding to a fifth ray soul impression.


(EPI 320)  The human entity is a curious synthesis, on the subjective side of his nature, producing a fusion of life, of power, of harmonious intent and of mental activity.  The following should be noted, for it is of profound psychological interest and import:


Rays I, IV and V....predominate in the life of humanity and govern with increasing power man's mental life and determine his mental body.


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Rays II and VI....govern potently his emotional life and determine the type of his astral body.


Rays III and VII....govern the vital physical life and the physical body.


Here you have, if you note carefully, a summation of the rays which govern and differentiate the life of the personality forms, and therefore bring in other factors which psychologists will have to consider as time goes on.  You will see therefore that:


1. The human soul or ego is found on one or other of the seven rays, in one or other of the seven ray groups.


2. The mind nature and mental body are governed by the Rays of Purpose, of Harmony or Synthesis, and of Knowledge.


3. The emotional nature and form are governed by the Rays of Love, Wisdom and of idealistic Devotion.


4. The vital life and physical body are governed by the Rays of Intelligence in matter and of Organising Power.


(EPI 321) Through the active work of the two rays above discussed, we find the fourth ray producing eventually in man the appearance of the intuition.  The fifth ray is responsible for the development in him of the intellect.


(EPI 343)  The ray which governs the sum total of the human kingdom is the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.  It might be symbolically stated that the egoic ray of the Life which informs the human family is this fourth ray, and that the personality ray is the fifth ray of knowledge through discrimination,—the Ray, as it is called, of Concrete Knowledge or Science  Harmony through conflict, and the power to achieve knowledge through discriminating choice—these are the two rays or major influences which sweep through humanity as a whole, and drive it forward towards its divine destiny.  They are the predisposing factors upon which a man may count and infallibly depend.  They are the guarantee of attainment, but also of turmoil and temporary duality.  Harmony, expressing itself in beauty and creative power, is gained through battle, through stress and strain.  Knowledge, expressing itself eventually through wisdom, is attained only through the agony of successively presented choices.  These, submitted to the discriminating intelligence during the process of the life experience, produce at last the sense of true values, the vision of the ideal, and the capacity to distinguish reality behind the intervening glamour.


(EPI 76)  Before enumerating the names of this great Life, I should [Page 76] like to point out that the fifth ray is one of unique and peculiar potency in relation to the human kingdom.  The reason is that the fifth plane of mind is the sphere of His major activity and it is on this plane that we find the triple aspects of mind:


1. Abstract or higher mind, the embodiment of a higher triad.


2. The concrete or lower mind, the highest aspect of the

lower self.


3. The ego or solar Angel, the pure Son of Mind, Who expresses intelligence, both abstractly and concretely, and is the point of unification.


This Life has also much power today in connection with the fifth root-race and with the transference of the consciousness of humanity into the fifth or spiritual kingdom.  Students would learn much if they contrasted the building power of the higher mind with the destroying power of the lower.  Just as the personality has no other function in the divine plan than to be a channel for, and the medium of expression of, the soul, so the lower mind   (which planet is most indicative of the higher mind?)  is intended to be the channel for the pure inflow of higher mind energy.


This fifth ray is a Being of the intensest spiritual light   (we may here remind ourselves that the Monad is to the Planetary Logos what the third eye is to Man-Venus and the Ajna/third eye) and in His manifestation on this fifth plane, which is peculiarly His, He symbolises the three aspects in a way achieved by no other ray.  Through His quality of higher mind, this ray is a pure channel for the divine will.  Through the septenary grouping of the solar lives on the mental levels whereon they appear, He brought into functioning activity seven corresponding reflections of the seven centres of Deity, as far as our planet is concerned, a thing which none of His six brother rays have done.  This statement means little to you, but the tremendous sacrifice and effort thus involved are paralleled only by the life of the Buddha, and this is one of the reasons why, [Page 77] in this fifth race, love and mind must eventually and mutually reveal each other.


Some of the names given to the Lord of this ray are as follows:

The Revealer of Truth

The great Connector

The Divine Intermediary

The Crystallizer of Forms

The Three-fold Thinker

The Cloud upon the Mountain-top

The Precipitator of the Cross

The Dividing Sword

The Winnower of the Chaff

The Fifth great Judge

The Rose of God

The Heavenly One

The Door into the Mind of God

The Initiating Energy

The Ruler of the Third Heaven

The Guardian of the Door

The Dispenser of Knowledge

The Angel with the Flaming Sword

The Keeper of the Secret

The Beloved of the Logos

The Brother from Sirius

The Master of the Hierophants


This fifth ray has so many names, owing to His close connection with man (since man was originally created), (created by the Monads from Venus) that it has not been easy to choose those which are of the most use in enabling the student to form an idea of the fifth ray characteristics and mission; but the study of the six aphorisms, and the qualities which they indicate, will show how potent and important is this ray Lord.  These six aphorisms were chanted by His six Brothers at that momentous crisis wherein the human family came into existence and the solar Angels sacrificed themselves.  Esoterically speaking, they "went down into hell, and found their place in prison." On that day souls [Page 78] were born.  A new kingdom of expression came into being, and the three highest planes and the three lower were brought into a scintillating interchange.


1. God and His Angels now arise and see.  Let the mountaintops emerge from out the dense wet mist.  Let the sun touch their summits and let them stand in light.  Shine forth.

                Quality...... emergence into form and out of form.


2. God and His Angels now arise and hear.  Let a deep murmur rise and let the cry of seeking man enter into their ears.  Let man listen.  Let man call.  Speak loud.

                Quality......power to make the Voice of the Silence heard.


3. God and His Angels now arise and touch.  Bring forth the rod of power.  Extend it outward toward the sons of men; touch them with fire, then bring them near.  Bring forth.

                Quality...... initiating activity.


4. God and His Angels now arise and taste.  Let all experience come.  Let all the ways appear.  Discern and choose; dissect and analyse.  All ways are one.

                Quality......revelation of the way.


5. God and His Angels now arise and sense the odor rising from the burning-ground of man.  Let the fire do its work.  Draw man within the furnace and let him drop within the rose-red centre the nature that retards.  Let the fire burn.

                Quality......purification with fire.


6. God and His Angels now arise and fuse the many in the One.  Let the blending work proceed.  Let that which causes all to be produce the cause of their cessation.  Let one temple now emerge.  Produce the crowning glory.  So let it be.

                Quality......the manifestation of the great white light.  (The Shekinah. A.A.B.)


There is much of practical usefulness to the reader in a study of these qualities.  When he believes himself to be upon a particular ray, they will indicate to him some of the characteristics for which he may look, and perhaps demonstrate [Page 79] to him what he has to do, what he has to express, and what he has to overcome.  These qualities should be studied from two angles: their divine aspect and their reverse aspect or the form side.  This ray, for instance, is shown to be the revealer of the way, and it should be remembered therefore that this fifth ray reveals the way down into death or into incarnation (which is the death-like prison of the soul), or it reveals the way up and out of darkness into the pure light of God's day.  I mention this as I am exceedingly anxious that all who read this treatise should make application of this teaching to their daily lives.  I am not interested in imparting weird or unusual items of information anent these matters for the delectation of an unhealthy mental appetite.  The stocking of the memory with occult detail which serves no useful purpose only strains the brain cells and feeds the pride.


(EPI 178)  You will note that so strenuous is the work of breaking down national group isolation and separativeness that it takes the united energies of three groups of workers to bring about the desired results.  The seven groups of workers are organised therefore as follows:


1. In the department of politics          First, sixth and seventh rays.

2. In the department of religion          Second and fourth rays. 

3. In the department of education             Third and fifth rays.


(EPI 202) The first ray man often has strong feeling and affection, but [Page 202] he does not readily express it; he will love strong contrasts and masses of colour, but will rarely be an artist; he will delight in great orchestral effects and crashing choruses, and if modified by the fourth, sixth or seventh rays, may be a great composer, but not otherwise; and there is a type of this ray which is tone-deaf, and another which is colour-blind to the more delicate colours.  Such a man will distinguish red and yellow, but will hopelessly confuse blue, green and violet.


The characteristic method of approaching the great Quest on this ray would be by sheer force of will.  Such a man would, as it were, take the kingdom of heaven "by violence."  We have seen that the born leader belongs to this ray, wholly or in part.  It makes the able commander-in-chief, such as Napoleon or Kitchener.  Napoleon was first and fourth rays, and Kitchener was first and seventh, the seventh ray giving him his remarkable power of organisation.


(EPI 208)  The artist on this ray (5th ray Soul) is very rare, unless the fourth or seventh be the influencing secondary rays-this quote makes it clear that the secondary ray is the personality ray-and this formula should be applied to the refs below


2nd ray souls with a 4th (Jupiter in relation to Mercury), 5th (Jupiter in relation to Venus) or 7th (Jupiter in relation to Uranus) ray personality will make good business men


(EPI 203)  The second ray man will have tact and foresight; he will make an excellent ambassador, and a first-rate teacher or head of a college; as a man of affairs, he will have clear intelligence and wisdom in dealing with matters which come before him, and he will have the capacity of impressing true views of things on others and of making them see things as he does.  He will make a good business man, if modified by the fourth, fifth and seventh rays.  The soldier on this ray would plan wisely and foresee possibilities; he would have an intuition as to the best course to pursue, and he would never lead his men into danger through rashness.  He might be deficient in rapidity of action and energy.  The artist on this ray would always seek to teach through his art, and his pictures would have a meaning.  His literary work would always be instructive.


3rd ray Souls  with 5th ray personalities make the perfectly balanced historian, and also the truly great mathematician-literary style of 3rd ray soul is vague and involved unless has 1st, 4th, 5th or 7th ray personality-3rd ray soul with a 5th ray personality will be master of the pen


(EPI 205)  One type of this ray (3rd ray) is unconventional to a degree, slovenly, unpunctual and idle, and regardless of appearances.  If influenced by the fifth ray as the secondary ray this character is, entirely changed.  The third and the fifth rays make the perfectly balanced historian who grasps his subject in a large way and verifies every detail with patient accuracy.  Again the third and the fifth rays together make the truly great mathematician who soars into heights of abstract thought and calculation, and who can also bring his results down to practical scientific use.  The literary style of the third ray man is too often vague and involved, but if influenced by the first, fourth, fifth or seventh rays, this is changed, and under the fifth he will be a master of the pen.




Special Virtues:


Strictly accurate statements, justice (without mercy), perseverance, common-sense, uprightness, independence, keen intellect.


Vices of Ray:


Harsh criticism, narrowness, arrogance, unforgiving temper, lack of sympathy and reverence, prejudice.


Virtues to be acquired:


Reverence, devotion, sympathy, love, wide-mindedness.


This is the ray of science and of research.  The man on this ray will possess keen intellect, great accuracy in detail, and will make unwearied efforts to trace the smallest fact to its source, and to verify every theory.  He will generally be extremely truthful, (Saffi) full of lucid explanation of facts, though sometimes pedantic and wearisome from his insistence on trivial and unnecessary verbal minutiae.  He will be orderly, punctual, business-like, disliking to receive favours or flattery.


It is the ray of the great chemist, the practical electrician, the first-rate engineer, the great operating surgeon.  As a statesman, the fifth ray man would be narrow in his views, but he would be an excellent head of some special technical department, though a disagreeable person under whom to work.  As a soldier, he would turn most readily to artillery and engineering.  (EPI 208)  The artist on this ray is very rare, unless the fourth or seventh be the influencing secondary rays;  5th ray souls rarely artists unless have 4th or 7th ray personalities  even then, his colouring will be dull, his sculptures lifeless, and his music (if he composes) will be uninteresting, though technically correct in form.  His style in writing or speaking will be clearness itself, but it will lack fire and point, and he will often be long-winded, from his desire to say all that can possibly be said on his subject.


In healing, he is the perfect surgeon, and his best cures will be through surgery and electricity.


For the fifth ray, the method of approaching the Path is by scientific research, pushed to ultimate conclusions, and by the  acceptance of the inferences which follow these.


(GAWP 223) Fifth ray people suffer the least from glamour but are primarily the victims of illusion, and for them the Technique of the Presence is all-important because it brings in a factor which the true fifth ray person is apt to negate and refuse to admit, the fact of the Higher Self. He feels self-sufficient. They respond so easily and with such satisfaction to the power of thought; pride in their mental competence is their besetting sin and they are, therefore, set in their purposes and preoccupied with the world of the concrete and the intellectual. The moment that the Angel of the Presence is a reality to them, their response to illusion weakens and disappears. Their major problem is not so much the negation of the astral body, for they are apt to despise its hold, but they have a major difficulty in recognising that which the mind is intended to reveal—the divine spiritual Self. Their lower concrete mind interposes itself between them and the vision.


Many Christian scientists are either 5th or 6th ray Egos

(DINAII 685) In this connection and in order to enlarge your perspective, I would add that Christian Science is a fifth ray expression of thought and was one of the effects of the incoming fifth ray life. A very large number of Christian Scientists are either fifth or sixth ray egos, for this particular school of thought was one of the means whereby the fanatical emotional idealism (engendered by the potency of the sixth ray influence dominant for so many centuries) could be offset, and the mental grasp of truth and of life carefully fostered. Under its influence, the stage was set on which many mystics could begin to organise their mental bodies and discover that they had minds which could be used, and thus be prepared for the occult way. It is therefore a masculine or positive influence in its general effect, but its positivity is in relation to the personality—the mind as the factor dominating [Page 686] the human expression. It can, and eventually will, be negative to the soul, revealing the higher mind. It is interesting whilst considering the pairs of opposites (the negative and positive factors) to study the following groupings:


(DON 57)  The Ray of Love or Inclusiveness, the Ray of Active Intelligence showing itself so predominantly in the electrical civilisation of modern times, and the fifth Ray of Exact Science are all potently active at this time, for they are all pouring their energies onto our planetary life.


(DON 58)  If, for instance, the energy of the fifth ray, which is the soul ray of the French nation, can make its potency felt in the stress and misery of the present world condition, then to France may be given the ultimate glory of proving to the world the fact of the soul and of giving a demonstration of soul control.  The soul pattern may be translated by the genius of the French intellect into terms which humanity can understand and a true psychology of the soul may come into being.


(DON 72)  The egoic ray of France is that of Concrete Science and this, working in conjunction with the energy of the fifth zodiacal sign, Leo, has given the French people their intellectual brilliance and their scientific bias.


(DON 124)  This interlocking directorate of energies will engage the attention of some of the best minds and when that takes place much will be learnt.  This information is, however, of negligible use at this time and will remain so until such time as men are sensitive to the vibration of the different rays and can isolate a ray rhythm in their consciousness.  When this sensitivity is developed, then many rapid, significant and revolutionary discoveries will be made.


(DON 143)  RAY V — This ray has been in manifestation for nearly seventy years.  It will pass out (by special and unique arrangement) in another fifty years, thus breaking into its own normal cycle, because it is deemed that the needed special impulse has been adequate and that the impetus given to the human "spirit of discovery" has served its purpose.  Any further intensification of the mental processes just now (except through the general pervasive effect of the third ray) might prove disastrous.  The ray cycles are usually set and determined, but, in collaboration with each other and because of the imminent spiritual Crisis of Approach, the Lord of the Fifth Ray and the Lord of the World have decided temporarily to withdraw this type of force.  It will take about fifty years to do this.


(DINAI XIV)  5. The fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science. Scientists and people who are purely mental and governed only by the mind.


(DINAI 120)  The mental body in your case is governed by fifth ray energy. This is a pronounced condition and constitutes much of your life difficulty. It is, in the case of all aspirants thus conditioned mentally, the paramount cause of their non-magnetic behaviour, using that word in its psychological implications. I would remind you that being non-magnetic at your stage of development means that (even though you may have some measure of soul contact) you cannot radiate that soul life to others as you would like to do, for your dominant fifth ray mental body (the Ray of Concrete Science, as you know) is insulated, isolated and has a natural tendency to that discrimination which leads to separativeness. The reverse effect is also true. The radiation of others can be also shut off and hence your inability to register telepathic impressions. The value of a fifth ray mind is however very great, for it means a keen and useful mind and (ponder on this) an open door to inspiration.


You have a third ray (the Ray of Intelligent Activity) physical body. This is largely controlled, interiorly, by your fifth ray mind. Again you see the dominance of this type of energy in your equipment of expression. Your rays are, therefore:


1. The soul ray—the third Ray of Active Intelligence.

2. The personality ray—the sixth Ray of Devotion.

3. The ray of the mind—the fifth Ray of Concrete Science.

4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.

5. The ray of the physical body—the third Ray of Activity.


(DINAI 126)  First, your egoic or soul ray focusses itself in and through your fifth ray mental body. This—as I told you in an earlier [Page 126] instruction—has given you your defined mental focus, your critical attitude and your isolation, relatively speaking. It is this combination which has always enabled you to rationalise yourself into a confidence in the rightness of your decisions and into a surety that your particular life choices and your preferred circumstances are correct and justified. This energy and force are reinforced also by the controlling force of your physical body which gives you a third ray brain.


(DINAI 198) 1. The soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.

2. The personality ray—the fifth Ray of Concrete Science.

3. The ray of the mind—the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict.

4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion or Idealism.

5. The ray of the physical body—the third Ray of Active Intelligence.


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What, therefore, constitutes your major difficulty, for you are not satisfied yourself with your progress, and rightly so?


The main reason lies in your fifth ray personality, wherein the emphasis is laid upon the critical, analytical mind. This leads you to watch and criticise and to argue with yourself and with circumstances. It also lies in your third ray physical body which, again upon the mental line, increases the activity of your critical personality. It is yourself, however, whom you mainly criticise, but this can be as wrong and as unnecessary as criticising others. If you will let your soul influence your personality more definitely, working through your fourth ray mind and your sixth ray astral body, studying and utilising these lines of least resistance, you will make rapid progress towards that goal you have set yourself in this life—the integration of soul and personality.


(DINAI 304)  You will probably find (as you are a first ray soul) that you can make an impression upon their minds more easily than they can impress yours, but your fifth ray personality will offset some of this, as you function more easily on the mental plane than on the astral on account of your ray polarisation.


(DINAI 315)  The ray of your mental body is the fifth, and because it is the same ray as that of your personality, you will have to guard with care against mental crystallisation, and the undue influence of the critical mind. This ray gives you ability in the field of knowledge, but it must be balanced by the unfoldment of the intuition; it gives you the power to master your chosen field of knowledge, but that power must be balanced by the simultaneous mastering of the world wherein love and wisdom control.


Your rays therefore are:


1. The egoic ray—the first Ray of Will or Power.

2. The personality ray—the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge.

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3. The ray of the mental body—the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge.

4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.

5. The ray of the physical body—the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Magic.



5th ray mental body can build a protecting wall

(DINAI 316)  It is dangerous work, my brother, and I am mentioning it to you in this place because your fifth ray quality of mind can serve a useful group purpose. You are in a position to build a protecting wall (but not a separating barrier) around the group as a whole; it is to this activity I call you at this time. You can begin to prepare the way for the group activity. I am, therefore, giving you a meditation which has this service intent and I would ask you to do it for the next six months. It will strengthen your fifth ray quality, which is that of knowledge, and which, when present, can produce illumination. It is that quality which permits the man who has it, to stand steady in the light, to rest in pure being, and to become the true Observer. These qualities of steadiness with the intent to reflect light, of centralisation of the self, and of right observation are essential [Page 317] to this group. They must be developed as group qualities, if the work planned is to be safely undertaken. The producing of these group attitudes can be greatly assisted by you and through their intensification in your own life you can foster their growth in others. In a letter written to you a year or so ago, you will find another reason why you have this special service to render along these lines. Will you re-read that letter?


One of the things which I have endeavoured to do with this group of disciples is to give them a grasp of their personality problem by telling them the rays with which they predominantly work in order to help them subordinate the lower man to the spiritual man. You would profit by making a study of the fifth ray and by assimilating, as far as you can, the information anent this ray found in my books. It would be a profitable thing if students would gather together all the information they can anent their two major rays, with the view to practical work with themselves. This is for you a peculiarly valuable thing for both your personality ray and your mind ray are on the fifth line of force. You have, consequently, a real problem in connection with yourself and at the same time a real asset in connection with the group. You can aid them in gaining the needed group poise for the work to be done.


(DINAI 318)  In reference to your meditation work, continue as before, but when you have finished the work of building the symbols, and have sounded the O.M. three times, then take as your seed thoughts the following and meditate upon the themes indicated below:


1. The power to stand within the light, leading to right reflection of the light.


2. The power to rest in spiritual being, so as to focus the soul within the chosen field of service.


3. The power to attain right observation, so as to see correctly that which should be done.


These are really 5th ray themes

Do this meditation with the consciousness focussed in your fifth ray mind but with your attention turned towards the astral world whereon your group is planning to work. This may at first produce an intensification of your own point of glamour and to guard against this you will have to institute watchfulness. Much good will eventuate if you make one definite and lasting gesture or act of freedom from your glamour (if you know what it is and face it with precision) and opportunity to do so may come to you in a few weeks' time. I wonder if you will recognise it, my brother, and have the spiritual independence to seize it.


I ask your assistance in this preparatory work and would ask you also to get in touch with L.U.T. who is also doing some work for me along another line. In conclusion I would point out that

1. Your soul energy normally finds expression through your fifth ray mind and it is wise for you to link this up with my earlier comments on this matter.


(DINAI 320)  I would point out to you, however, the problem which emerges when you have a straight line of contact between the first ray soul, the fifth ray personality, a fifth ray mind and a seventh ray brain. This leads to intelligent high grade work in your chosen profession but negates the free play of the intuition. This latter, however, is aided by the fact that at this time, your first ray soul focusses itself in the astral body and, therefore, greatly aids its expression by giving you emotional power (if you care to use it) and enabling you to release much magnetic force—again if you care to, which is seldom. The reason for this is that—through your definite soul contact—you tend to express the outstanding quality of the first ray which is loneliness, isolation (not separativeness with you, my brother, for that is not one of your faults), the ability to stand alone and unmoved. Your personality, as you have probably guessed, finds its focus of expression in the mental body. There is an easy line of fusion there.


(DINAI 344) This seventh ray personality enables you to work actively in many ways upon the physical plane, bringing together the subjective reality and the outer form. Your feeling that there is in you indication of a fifth ray activity is due to the fact that it was your personality ray in your last life and is, for you, the line of least resistance therefore.


(DINAI 350)  Your mental body is on the fifth ray. This is definitely what I might call a "left over" from the fifth ray personality in which you functioned in your previous incarnation. This fifth ray mind gives you the enquiring, questioning nature which is one of your outstanding characteristics—a great asset when rightly used; a major problem and real deterrent to the inflow of soul light when over-emphasised. Eight years ago it was thus over-emphasised.


1. The egoic ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.

2. The personality ray—the seventh Ray of Order or Magic.

3. The ray of the mental body—the fifth Ray of Concrete Science.

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4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.

5. The ray of the physical body—the seventh Ray of Order or Magic.


(DINAI 352)  Your sixth ray astral body has given you your idealism, and the one-pointedness of your fifth ray mind has determined the nature of your mental approach to problems and to people; but you lack certain qualities which would supplement your life expression and which would round out your nature. You need more skill in action, a more firmly focussed will to understand; thus you will bring more of your brain cells into activity through the exercise of the third ray qualities. Ponder on this, but become not over-serious about it.


(DINAI 379)  Your mental body is not on one of the usual rays, but is strongly second ray in its nature, and is, therefore, responsive to your second ray soul force. This is an asset but also a liability, for the sharpening of the mind which is the result of the effect of the usual fourth or fifth ray forces (the usual effects) is lacking. There is a lack of precision, of clear cut decision in you. Theoretically, my brother, this condition leads you—again theoretically—to be too nice, too kind, too appreciative, but not in reality. Fortunately (though unfortunately at times) this is offset by your first ray personality which nips your second ray mental reactions in the bud and re-asserts isolation for inclusiveness and understanding. Yet, if you once [Page 379] grasp the implications of this first ray personality and the difficulties engendered thereby in your group relations, you can most easily put the matter straight, for your second ray soul can come in, in full tide, via your second ray mental body. Your task is not, therefore, difficult and you have no cause for discouragement.


(DINAI 383)  Forget not to love with detachment. That is your main lesson, my brother, and you have only grasped its true importance when the lengthier part of life has gone. The ties through attachment over many years hold firm and on the physical plane they must not, may not, be severed but ever within yourself they must be completely snapped. This can be done before this life episode closes, leaving you thus free in your next life cycle for service, a service to be rendered with undivided attention. This breaking can be done almost instantaneously if your first ray soul power is brought into play, or it can be accomplished more slowly if you work through the medium of your fifth ray personality force. Ponder on this.


(DINAI 437)  Your mental body is on the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science. Hence your interest and usefulness in the science of astrology which is in many ways the science of sciences. Hence also your keen mind, your untiring search for truth and your power to achieve light on many matters. The one point you should remember is that the fifth ray is a crystallising factor and (in conjunction with the will and power developed by you in your last life) could tend to make you dogmatic and consequently separative. This must be offset by your second ray soul.


Criticism and analysis

(DINAI 449)  How shall I make clear to you the nature of the glamour which at this time can hinder your close integration into this group of brothers? It is of so subtle a kind that, perhaps, I cannot make it present as a fact in your consciousness; only where glamour is recognised and seen for what it is, is it possible to dissipate it. It is not the glamour of criticism or of undue analysis that is your problem. It is in some way a result or sequence, growing out of these two aspects of mental activity and yet it is neither of them exactly. Perhaps I might call it the "glamour of the Judge"—trained, wise, experienced but forever exercising (as a life habit) the prerogative of the judgment seat. A case in point, my brother, which may serve to illustrate my point was your reaction to the ——. For several days I watched your inner turmoil and distress until you escaped by the door of decisive judgment distributing the blame, exonerating some and resting back upon the assumed correctness of your decision. Yet you knew not enough—even about your own group.


The glamour of dissection, analysis and conclusions of the 5th ray personality

At the same time, your rays are such that they constitute a deep pool or well of loving understanding; it is only your fifth ray personality that stands in the way of a full expression of the love which is truly your major and outstanding quality. This, your mental and astral vehicles (being both along the line of the second ray) will aid you in expressing. But it is the task of the fifth ray (when dominating the personality) to dissect, to analyse, and to come to  conclusions and this is a glamour, requiring most careful handling or a barrier will be set up—in your case—between the soul and the three vehicles through the medium of the synthesising of personality energy. Ponder on [page 450] this. Think it out, for when you have clarified the issue in your own mind, you will have cleared away one of the most potent of the relatively few things which hold you back from a very important step forward.


(DINAI 452)  Those of you who are in a position to aid unfolding minds, as you are today, and who possess fifth ray personalities as you do, can affect many minds and lay the foundation for lives and activities based upon right thought. It is in your field of activity that the world must eventually find the instruction which will lead to right action, based on right understanding of the Plan, and to a right handling of the younger generation (a thing hitherto totally unknown)……


expansion of consciousness to larger issues is not easy for 5th ray personalities

The process of expanding your consciousness to grasp the larger issue is never easy, particularly with a fifth ray personality and a sixth ray astral body. That is why you have a mental body which is conditioned by the fourth ray; your battle for vision and inclusiveness must be fought out in the mind and on realised mental levels; that is for you definitely a mental issue. Your task is to link the emotional and the intuitional nature and so evoke spiritual sensitivity to revelation. To that, you must add the conscious bringing through of the unfolding light into the area of the physical brain, thus making what [page 453] you know and see available to others. This must be done in three ways:


Fifth ray minds are analytical but not discriminating

(DINAI 520)  Your mental body is on the fifth ray and, therefore, you have an intensely analytical mind. I would, however, remind you that you are analytical but not discriminating. Ponder on this distinction.


1. The soul ray—the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.

2. The personality ray—the sixth Ray of Devotion.

3. The ray of the mind—the fifth Ray of Concrete Science.

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4. The ray of the astral body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.

5. The ray of the physical body—the sixth Ray of Devotion.


(DINAI 540)  Your mental body is on the fifth ray, giving you your grip of facts and your grasp of the contours of the occult sciences. But this mental body must be guided into being an instrument of illumination and not simply a recorder of facts; this only becomes possible when head and heart vibrate in unison.


(DINAI 541)  Part of the problem is connected with your third ray physical body which demands change and requires variety; it dislikes quietness and stability; part of it is the result of your fifth ray mentality (your personality focus is pre-eminently there) which renders you non-magnetic and gives you a vertical and not a horizontal attitude to life. Your personality ray, being the fourth, opens wide the door for soul contact and (when that contact is made and established) it will bring in your second ray energy. This, in your case, will express itself as love more than wisdom, and it will render you creative in a newer and more powerful sense, and make you so magnetic that you will become a focal point of inspiration and loving service to all around you.


Resume your creative work, my brother, and let the love that is deeply hidden in your nature emerge more fully to the surface in relation to the many and not only to the few.

I would suggest that you follow the meditation suggested below. It is definitely a fifth ray meditation and has for its purpose the revelation of the science of service. The fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge is, in reality, that on which a man learns to use all acquired knowledge of the "form divine" in such a way that the inner life is served and the outer form becomes the magnetic expression of the divine life. It is the ray of intelligent love above all else, just as the second ray is the ray of intuitive love—a fact which is seldom remembered or known.




1. Alignment. Focus attention in the mind nature to the vibration, the quality of the overshadowing second ray soul.


2. Then make the effort to achieve a point of fusion, holding the consciousness at that point as steadily and for as long as possible.


3. Then sound the O.M. as the aspiring personality and again as the overshadowing soul, and once more from the attained point of fusion.


4. Ponder then on the following fifth ray seed thoughts or symbolic phrases, endeavouring to see them visually in symbol form.


First month            The great Wheel turns—the Potter's wheel. The vase of life is formed.


Second month      The ivory puzzle box contains the many lesser forms, all true to type, conforming to the pattern. They veil a central ball—the seed of life.


Third month          A chrysalis appears. Upon its outer shell, upon the inner side, appears the pattern of the form which is to be. What is that future form?


Fourth month        A block of marble, deep within the quarry lies. Hidden within it lies [page 543] likewise a form of beauty rare. The sculptor works, patterning true to that which lies revealed unto the inner sight. He patterns true and beauty comes to life.


Fifth month           A bridge is built. Two forms are brought within each other's reach. Build thou a form, a bridge.


Sixth month           I saw all forms gathered within the Form of God. Thus one great Form appeared.


5. Sound the O.M. and vitalise the pictorial vision which you have succeeded in evoking in your imaginative consciousness whilst pondering on the monthly seed thoughts.


(DINAI 556)  You see, my brother, you are essentially the occultist, being a first ray soul and working through a fifth ray personality. This is a combination of great value but it carries with it its limitations because it is entirely along one major line of energy, [page 556] 1-3-5-7, and this is intensified by the fact that your mental body is on the third ray and your physical body is on the first. This last force type utilised by you in the physical body runs counter to the usual rule but with disciples the rule is not unchangeable. You will see, therefore, how the line of the will or power energy, intelligently applied, dominates your equipment in this life.


5th ray personality makes it easy to put on rapport the intellect and intuition-it is not the same for the 5th mental body?

(DINAI 556) You have done much of mind preparation and of personality coordination. Your fifth ray personality makes the reception of illumination easy, for your intellect and your intuition could be put en rapport with facility. You have achieved much that others are still struggling to achieve.


(DINAI 573)  My problem is, therefore, to aid you to do this—as easily and as intelligently as possible. The secret of success lies for you, in an effort to shift your focus of attention out of the head and into the heart. This, incidentally, may aid the head condition of which you complain. Your monadic ray is the second ray and hence your soul, being on a minor ray, must transfer to that line. As you know, the sequence of activity is ever the transfer of the fourth and sixth rays on to the second and the third, of the fifth and the seventh rays on to the first ray.


(DINAI 718)  Isolated unity is connected with the mental plane, is governed by the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science, and is a reflection of the will-to-know. Isolated identity is connected with the astral plane, is governed by the sixth Ray of Devotion or Idealistic Sensitivity and is a reflection—distorted and unstable—of the will-to-love. Isolated individuality is connected with expression upon the physical plane, is governed by the third Ray of Active Intelligence, and is a reflection—again distorted and unsure—of the will-to-be.


(DINAII 221)  The fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge is also expressing itself powerfully in the meditation and the reflection of the world scientists in all fields of human interest; in their hands the form of the new civilisation is being constructed. I would remind you that when I use the word "scientist," I refer to all who are working in the social sciences and the economic [Page 221] sciences as well as the large group of chemists, biologists, physicists, etc., who are usually covered by that term. The organising, defining power of the mental plane is being brought to bear upon all phases of human life by the scientists of all the many schools of thought; out of this meditative and creative thought which they all so admirably demonstrate will come the structure of the new civilisation.


(DINAII 336)  Many have taken the second initiation, particularly those who are working in fifth ray Ashrams and in third ray Ashrams, for such disciples are distinguished by a lack of emotional emphasis.


(DINAII 577)  For yourself, my brother, I have but a word. Deepen your understanding and remember that owing to the fact that you have two rays upon the first line of outgoing energy, [Page 577] aloofness must be carefully avoided by you. It is the first step towards isolation. Disciples must ever remember that any over-emphasis of the energies which govern the personality lays the foundation of the form nature in the next incarnation. In your case, for instance, an undue emphasis of your fifth and seventh lines of force in this life might produce a powerfully dangerous form nature in your next incarnation—one which would probably bring about a personality upon the first ray with a third ray mentality, the same sixth ray astral body and a fifth ray physical body. You can see the danger of this combination where a disciple is concerned and the problem with which he would be confronted. I have here given a hint as to the mode of unfoldment in connection with karmic responsibility for the future. Such a hint has not hitherto been made available to the public. In this paragraph I have given you much food for thought.


(DINAII 646)  You have a particularly interesting group of life forces or energies conditioning you, interesting because of the specific combination. The saving grace of your life expression has been your second ray astral body because the combination of a first ray soul, a fifth ray personality and a third ray physical expression might have resulted in a hard, concrete materialistic person. These rays are the ones which have produced what is called the Prussian type of mind. Incidentally, this ray combination produced your karmic relationships in this life. Fortunately for you, your past immediate incarnation as a personality was overwhelmingly second ray and of this you brought over a second ray astral nature and a fourth ray mental equipment. Hence the balancing in two directions and hence also the general trend of your life conditioning.


LTS-K will come into incarnation with a 1st ray personality

(DINAII 731)  You have, as you know, a third ray soul and a sixth ray personality. Your task as regards the latter is to transit on to [Page 731] the first ray, so that next life you will come into incarnation with the difficult combination of three and one. For this the training, discipline and discoveries of the present incarnation should have prepared you, and you can therefore face the future with caution but with surety.


Your mental body is on the fifth ray and hence your interest in things scientific; but the calibre of your mind is not yet of such a nature that you can profit from this, and this is a fact which you must accept.



(EOH 56)  The work of the seventh group, which is in the field of science, is closely allied to that of the seventh ray and is one with a most practical physical purpose. It is strictly magical in its technique, and this technique is intended to produce a synthesis between the three aspects of divinity upon the physical plane, or between life, the solar energies and the lunar forces. This involves a difficult task and much understanding; the work to be done is not easy to comprehend. It will be carried forward by first ray workers, assisted by seventh ray aspirants, but using fifth ray methods. They will thus combine, in their personnel, the work of the destroyer of outgrown forms, the findings of the scientists who penetrated behind the outer form to its motivating energy, and the practical work of the magician who—under the law—creates the new forms, as expressions of the inflowing life.


(EOH 57)  I doubt that it will be possible to do much in connection with the forming of this group, and this for several reasons. [Page 58] The first is that such a group cannot be formed until a certain scientific discovery has been made of such moment that our present scientific inhibition in recognising the fact of the soul as a creative factor, will disappear. This discovery will be part of the acknowledged "facts of science" by the year 1975. Secondly, A.A.B. has not the necessary scientific knowledge to do more than grasp the broader outlines of the intended work, and then only primarily from the angle of the more mystical and philosophical approaches. Nor, my brothers, have I. It will take a fifth or seventh ray initiate to deal with this matter, and though I could invoke the assistance of such a brother, it does not seem to me a profitable expenditure of force at this time. The sigh of relief from A.A.B. as she grasps the fact that there is one less group to tackle on my and your behalf would almost warrant my making this a major reason!


(EOH 89)  V.          The materialistic forces       Planetary sacral centre        Fifth Ray aspect  Mind

                The Matter aspect.              Conditioning substance.    of First Ray.                                                                                                          Generation.


(EOH 548)   As the forerunner of that release of energy which will change the mode of human living and inaugurate the new age wherein we shall not have civilisations and their emerging cultures but a world culture and an emerging civilisation, thus demonstrating the true synthesis which underlies humanity. The atomic bomb emerged from a first ray Ashram, working in conjunction with a fifth ray group; from the long range point of view, its intent was and is purely beneficent.


(EOH 577)   The Ashram of a Master on the fifth ray, the custodian, among other things, of science and of that which relates and brings into expression the duality of spirit-matter. This Ashram has an important part to play in the work of preparation, for it is through the scientific use of energy that the world will be rebuilt and the factual nature of the Hierarchy be proved.


Through the pressure of education (second ray energy), through the growth of the concept of synthesis (first ray energy), and through the correct use of energy (fifth ray energy), this world can be brought into a condition of preparedness for the externalisation of the Hierarchy.


(EOH 579)  Allied to the efforts of these two groups of disciples and initiates will be those disciples on the fifth ray, whose task it will be to lead mankind into the benefits of the atomic age.  The occultist has ever proclaimed that the field wherein the Hierarchy works is that of energy; they have taught that there is nothing in existence but energy in some form or other, and that all we see, all with which we daily work (including our own material natures, mental, emotional and physical), and all that produces phenomena is energy in relation to forces, or forces as they are directed by energy.


(EOH 667) We now come to a consideration of the vast Ashram controlled by the Master R. He is the Lord of Civilisation and His is the task of bringing in the new civilisation for which all men wait. It is a third ray Ashram, and therefore enfolds within its ring-pass-not all the Ashrams to be found upon the third Ray of Active Intelligence, upon the fifth Ray of Concrete Science and upon the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order. All these Ashrams are working under the general direction of the Master R. He works primarily through the Masters of these three types of ray energy. He Himself at this time is occupied with seventh ray energy, which is the order-producing energy upon our planet.


Every October and every March, the Master R. gathers [Page 669] together His council of helpers, the Masters and the senior initiates in the Ashrams of the third, the fifth and the seventh rays. Though He is the Head of the third Ray of Aspect and is in control, therefore, of the two Rays of Attribute mentioned above, He does not Himself wield these forces, because He is One of the three Heads of the Hierarchy and His work cannot be confined to the activity of any one ray. He works through the Ashrams of these rays, but He Himself works primarily in cooperation with the Christ and the Manu.


(GAWP 64)  Through wrong embodiment of ideas. This refers primarily to the difficulties encountered by those developed souls who do touch the world of the intuition, who do intuit the great spiritual ideas, [Page 64] and whose responsibility it is to embody them in some form, automatically and spontaneously, through a trained and rhythmic activity of the soul and mind, working always in the closest collaboration. The idea is contacted, but is wrongly clothed in mental matter and therefore wrongly started on its way to materialisation. It finds itself, for instance, integrated into a group thoughtform of a colouring, keynote and substance which is entirely unsuited to its right expression. This happens far more often than you might think. It concerns the higher interpretations of the Hindu aphorism: Better one's own dharma than the dharma of another.


This is illusion through wrong discrimination where substance is concerned.

This is really interesting because DK has said that the 5th ray mind is analytical but not discriminating- And here the illusion is caused through wrong discrimination-so which ray is the most discriminating?  Its cause is lack of esoteric training in creative activity.


Its cure is the application of fifth ray methods, which are the methods of the mental plane.

This form of error seldom applies to the average aspirant and concerns an illusion which is the testing applied to many initiates of fairly high degree. The ordinary disciple, such as you and others in this group, seldom touch a pure idea, and  hence seldom need to embody it.


5th Ray Monads pass to the path of Magnetic work

(HIS 187)  2. The Path of Magnetic Work.


Those who do the work of wielding forces, or electrical magnetism for the use of the Great Ones on all the planes, pass to this Path.  They wield the elemental formative energy, manipulating matter of every density and vibration.  [Page 187] Great waves of ideas and surging currents of public opinion on astral levels, as well as on the higher levels where the Great Ones work, are manipulated by them.  A large number of fifth ray people, those who have the Ray of Concrete Knowledge for their monadic ray, pass to this line of endeavour.  The inherent quality in the type of the monad settles usually the line of activity.  The karma of the fifth ray is one of the factors which produces this.  These monads work with Fohat, and must, to the end of the greater manvantara.  They have their eventual position on the cosmic mental plane, but as yet the capacity for abstract thought is so little developed that it is impossible for us to comprehend the significance of this expression.


Method of meditation for 5th ray Soul

(OM 15)  The ray on which a man's causal body is found, the egoic ray, should determine the type of meditation.  Each ray necessitates a different method of approach, for the aim of all meditation is union with the divine.  At this stage, it is union with the spiritual Triad, that has its lowest reflection on the mental plane.  Let me illustrate briefly:


(OM 18)  When the fifth ray, the Ray of Concrete Science or Knowledge is a man's ray, the method is very interesting.  It takes the form of the intense application of the concrete mind to some problem for the helping of the race; it is the bending of every mental quality and the [Page 18] controlling of the lower nature so that one supreme endeavor is made to pierce through that which hinders the downflow of the higher knowledge.  It involves also the will element (as might be expected) and results in the wresting of the desired information from the source of all knowledge.


As the process is continued, the piercing of the periphery of the causal body becomes so frequent that in the end disintegration is produced and a man is set free.  It is mentality driving a man on to perfection and forcing him to utilise all knowledge in the loving service of his race.


An example of a 2nd ray soul who in a particular incarnation has a 5th ray personality and who advances in this life through focussing on the acquisition of scientific knowledge

(OM 21)  A practical illustration.


Let me illustrate, if in any way I can elucidate the matter; accuracy of comprehension is desired.


We will assume that the egoic ray of A is that of the Love or Wisdom Ray, whilst the ray of his lower self is that of the fifth or the Ray of Concrete Knowledge.  A in past lives has demonstrated love and has made real progress in the method of the synthetic ray, that of expansion.  He loves much and expands with fair facility his consciousness to include a just part of his environing [Page 21] circumstances.  But, though of average intelligence, he lacks the stabilising vibration that attaches to the fifth ray.  He has not that concentration that forces results, and he needs the basic foundation of facts before he can wisely and safely proceed much further.  The wise teacher, in apprehending this necessity, uses the method of expansion inherent in the egoic ray  (Jupiter) and applies it to the expansion of the mental body.  By a wisely adjudicated method, he will apply the faculty of expansion (hitherto used only to include others through love) to the one-pointed effort likewise to expand for the purpose of apprehending knowledge.  When this is done, every effort of the personal life may apparently (in one particular incarnation) be given to the acquirement of scientific position and to the development of mind.  Intellectual progress may seem of too paramount importance to the uninstructed onlooker; yet, after all, the work proceeds as desired by the inner guide, and only the life succeeding will demonstrate the wisdom of the egoic choice.


Intellectual expansion by the combination of second ray methods with fifth ray application will be achieved.  Have I made this matter clear?  I write for clarity for this question of meditation is of much vital importance to many.


It will, therefore, be clear to you on careful perusal, that as one knows more, one judges less.  A person may be well-developed on the love side, yet in some particular incarnation that side may lie in abeyance, and the line of development most apparent may be the purely intellectual.  Reservation of opinion is the best line for the wise onlooker to take, for he has not yet the inner vision that sees the colour, nor the occult hearing that recognises the note.


(OM 148)  The mystic works through the Rays of Love, Harmony and Devotion, or by the path of the second, the fourth and the sixth rays.  The occultist works through the Rays of Power, Activity, and Ceremonial Law, or the first, the third and the seventh.  Both meet and blend through the development of mind, or through the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge (a fragment of cosmic intelligence), and on this fifth ray the mystic is resolved into the occultist and works then with all the rays.


(OM 318)  As aforesaid, these different occult schools will be practically ray schools, and will have for their personnel teachers on some one ray or its complementary ray, with pupils on the same ray or complementary ray.  For instance, if the school is a second ray school—such as the one in Ireland is purposed to be—teachers and pupils on the second, fourth and sixth rays will be found in it.  At least one fifth ray teacher will be found in every school of occultism.  If a first ray school, the personnel and pupils will be first, third and seventh ray, with again a fifth ray teacher among the others.


A group of 5th ray souls will reveal next three truths of electricity

(CF 456)  A group of scientists will come into incarnation on the [Page 456] physical plane during the next seventy-five years who will be the medium for the revelation of the next three truths concerning electrical phenomena.  A formula of truth concerning this aspect of manifestation was prepared by initiates on the fifth Ray at the close of the last century, being part of the usual attempt of the Hierarchy to promote evolutionary development at the close of every cycle of one hundred years.  Certain parts (two fifths) of that formula have worked out through the achievements of such men as Edison and those who participate in his type of endeavour, and through the work of those who have dealt with the subject of radium and radioactivity.  Three more parts of the same formula have still to come, and will embody all that it is possible or safe for man to know anent the physical plane manifestation of electricity during the fifth subrace.


5th ray Egos will benefit enormously from the incoming 7th ray cycle

(CF 474)  This need not be looked for at this time, and will only begin to be noticeable about three hundred years hence, when the incoming seventh Ray Egos will be numerically strong enough to be recognised as the prevailing type for a certain period.  Their physical bodies, owing to their being built for seventh Ray force will respond more readily than the others, though first Ray egos and fifth Ray Egos will benefit enormously from this influence.  The etheric devas will build during a peculiarly favourable period, and the physical bodies then constructed will be distinguished by:


a. Resilience,

b. Enormous physical magnetism,

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c. Ability to reject false magnetism,

d. Capacity to absorb solar rays,

e. Great strength and resistance,

f. A delicacy and refinement in appearance as yet unknown.


(CF 553)   5. Vibrations from the seven Rishis of the Great Bear, and primarily from those two Who are the Prototypes of the Lords of the seventh and fifth Rays.  This is a most important point, and finds its microcosmic correspondence in the place which the seventh Ray has in the building of a thoughtform, and the use of the fifth Ray in the work of concretion.  All magicians who work with matter and who are occupied with form-building (either consciously or unconsciously) call in these two types of force or energy.


All Egos must spend some time on the 5th ray-probably personality ray before remaining on his monadic ray

(CF 586)  This harmony is reached through the fifth plane, and the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge acts as a step to the fourth, for many who work on the fifth Ray pass eventually to the fourth.  In this system the fifth Ray is of paramount importance in the development of all egos.  Each must pass some time on it before definitely remaining on his monadic Ray.   In many incarnations much time is spent on the fifth subplane of each plane, which is governed principally by the fifth Ray.  All pass [Page 586] then on the fourth subplane governed by the fourth Ray, and in this particular period of the fourth round in the fourth chain, more time is spent on the fourth subplane by evolving Egos than on any other.  Many come into incarnation directly on to this plane, and it is here that they begin to think harmoniously.


(CF 590)  The Ray of Concrete Science has a peculiar relationship to the animal kingdom, in that it is the Ray that governs the merging of that kingdom into the human.  The planet, Venus, in her fifth round, gave the impetus which produced the spark of mind in animal man—a fact well known.  It is also the fifth Ray, and has an interesting connection with the fifth Law of Fixation.  We might study, too, with profit, the analogy that can be seen between these factors and the fifth root-race, the race of peculiarly strong development of the concrete mind.  The Law of Analogy always holds good.


(CF 596)  Out of the shattered form of the fifth subrace of the fifth root race, built up under the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge, with the aid of the fifth Law of Fixation, will emerge the sixth subrace of brotherly love—love shown in the realisation of the one life latent in each Son of God.


(CF 1022)   Four Rules for the Physical Plane.  In the magical work of form creation, we have carried the thought form down from the mental plane where the solar Angel initiated the work, through the astral, where the equilibrising work was done, to the physical plane, or to the etheric levels.  Here the work of producing objectivity is carried forward, and here the worker in magic is in critical danger of failure should he not be cognisant of the forms and mantrams by which the new group of builders can be reached, and the gap between the astral plane and the gaseous subplane of the physical be bridged.  It might be useful here to remember that in the work of creation [Page 1022] the white magician avails himself of the current Ray influence.  When the third, fifth and seventh rays are in power, either coming in, at full meridian, or passing out, the work is much easier than when the second, sixth or fourth are dominant.  At the present time, the seventh Ray, as we know, is rapidly dominating, and it is one of the easiest of the forces with which man has to work.  Under this Ray it will be possible to build a new structure for the rapidly decaying civilisation, and to erect the new temple desired for the religious impulse.  Under its influence the work of the numerous unconscious magicians will be much facilitated.  This will eventuate in the rapid growth of unconscious psychic phenomena, in the spread of mental science, and the consequent ability of thinkers to acquire and to create those tangible benefits they desire.  Nevertheless, this magic of the unconscious or selfish kind leads to karmic results of a deplorable nature, for only those who work with the law and who control the lesser lives through knowledge, love and will, evade the consequences entailed on those who manipulate living matter for selfish ends.


(EPI 52)  The fifth ray has produced what we call science.  In science we find a condition which is rare in the extreme.  Science is separative in its approach to the differing aspects of the divine manifestation which we call the world of natural phenomena, but it is non-separative in actuality, for there is little warring between the sciences and little competition between scientists.  In this the workers in the scientific field differ profoundly from those of the religious.  The reason for this is to be found in the fact that the true scientist, being a coordinated personality and working therefore on mental levels, works very close to the soul.  The developed personality produces the [Page 52] clear distinctions of the dominant lower mind, but (if one may use such a symbolic way of expression) the close proximity of the soul negates a separative attitude. 


The 5th ray is the point of consummation for the personality

(EPI 88)   Two rays are largely the goal of human endeavour, the first ray and the second ray.  One ray is the goal of the deva or angel evolution, the third ray.  All these three rays contact the two poles, and the attainment of the goal at the end of the cycle marks the achievement of the solar Logos. This again is hidden in mystery.  The seventh ray and the first ray are very closely allied, with the third ray linking them, so that we have the relation expressed thus,— 1. 3. 7.  There is a close association also between rays 2. 4. 6., with the fifth ray in a peculiar position, as a central point of attainment, the home of the ego or soul, the embodied plane of mind, the point of consummation for the personality, and the reflection in the three worlds of the threefold monad.


(EPI 121)  There is, for instance, a definite reason why the bulk of the wild flowers and garden flowers in the occident, and also those found during the autumn season, are at this time found in tones of yellow and orange; and the mental calibre of the later sub-races of the Aryan race, as well as its general tone throughout the Aryan age, is also related to the same reason.  The influence of the fourth Ray of Harmony and Beauty, and the developing power of the fifth Ray of Knowledge (synonymous to the merging of the intuition and the intellect in highly evolved man) have a definite effect upon the vegetable kingdom and upon the human aura.  Yellow-orange shines forth in both.  I mention this as an illustration of an externalisation of ray force, and as an indication of the value of the esoteric science when applied to the exoteric.


(EPI 320)  Two rays of divine energy are peculiarly active in bringing this kingdom into manifestation.  These are:


1. The fourth Ray of Harmony, beauty and unity, attained through conflict.


2. The fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge, or the power to know.


(EA 166)  The third and fifth rays   (this combination produces the master of the pen and the truly great mathematician or historian) are peculiarly active upon the Path of Discipleship, just as the sixth and fourth are dominant upon the Path of Evolution and the first and seventh upon the Path of Initiation. The second ray   (Jupiter as king of the Gods)  controls and dominates all the other rays, as you well know.

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Path                        Rays                            Planets                              Constellations


Evolution               6 and 4   Mars. Mercury     Aries. Gemini. Cancer.

                                                                Virgo. Scorpio

Discipleship          3 and 5   Venus. Saturn       Gemini. Sagittarius.


Initiation                1 and 7   Vulcan. Uranus.    Taurus. Libra. Pisces.



An example of the rays in relation to the Sun sign and the whole cross of which it is a part

(EA 249)  The following planets and their rays govern the Cardinal Cross of which Libra is one of the points:


1. Mars                  6th Ray   Idealism Devotion               (Aries)

2. Mercury             4th Ray  Harmony through Conflict. (Aries)

3. Uranus               7th Ray  Ceremonial Order, Law or Magic. (Aries/Libra)

4. Venus                5th Ray   Concrete Knowledge or Science.  (Libra/Capricorn)

5. Saturn                3rd Ray  Active Intelligence.  (Capricorn/Libra/Aries)

6. Neptune             6th Ray  Idealism Devotion.     (Cancer)


(EA 249)  Here we have six planets and five rays of energy and the expression of the two lines of spiritual energy; Love-Wisdom in two of the rays and planets, and three of the rays and planets upon the first major stream of energy, will or power. You will note how three of these rays definitely predispose the Libran subject to concrete understanding, to intelligent will and to knowledge: the first ray (functioning through the 3rd and 5th rays) the fifth ray and the third ray. Hence the effectiveness of Libra upon the physical plane and the power of the developed Libran to project the inner spiritual purpose or intended will into physical expression. An instance of a person, equipped to do this, can be seen in H. P. Blavatsky.


(EA 354)  It is for this reason that you have the exoteric ruler given as Mercury and the esoteric ruler as Venus, for they embody between them the energies of the fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict and the fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science which is embryonic understanding of causes and conditions resulting therefrom and also of the Plan.


Taurus is directly affected by the 1st and 5th rays-this means that anyone with Sun or Asc in Taurus has 1st and 5th ray qualities as subrays to the soul or personality rays

(EA 394)  Thus from every angle, illumination remains the theme of this sign.


We have somewhat considered the rays and their effect and relationship as they, through Taurus and its rulers, pour their force and energy into individual man, or into humanity as a whole. The two rays which directly affect the sign are, as we have seen, the fifth (through Venus) and the first (through Vulcan). These two when viewed in combination with the Earth (which is an expression of the third ray) demonstrate a most difficult combination of rays, for all are along the line of the first Ray of Energy:

Ray 1.—The ray of Will or Power.

Ray 5.—The ray of Concrete Knowledge.

Ray 3.—The ray of Active Intelligence.


This combination tremendously increases the already difficult task of the Taurian subject. Only indirectly does the second Ray of Love-Wisdom and its subsidiary line of energies appear and, therefore, love and wisdom are often noticeably lacking in the person born in this sign. Such a man will have much self-love, self-esteem, self-respect and a good deal of selfish centralisation or personality focus. He will be intelligent but not wise; aspirational but at the same time stubborn and set so that his aspiration does not take him very far very rapidly. He will move spasmodically and in wild rushes; steady measured progress upon the Way is very hard for him. He finds it difficult to apply practically the knowledge gained. It is apt to remain a mental acquisition and not a practical experience. He will be almost painfully conscious of duality but, instead of its producing a struggle for unity, it produces often a set and static depression. He will be destructive because "bull-headed" and because the hammer aspect of Vulcan will be dominant. Because he has a measure of light—his power to be thus destructive will distress him.


(EA 600) RAY V.—The energy of Concrete Science or Knowledge. To understand this expression of the divine will, the student should bear in mind the occult aphorism that "matter is spirit at its lowest point of manifestation and spirit is matter at its highest." Basically this is the will which produces concretion and yet at the same time constitutes the point at which spirit and matter are balanced and co-equal. That is the reason why human perfection is carried forward consciously upon the mental plane, the fifth plane; this is brought about by the fifth ray and upon this plane liberation takes place at the time of the fifth initiation. This is the will which is inherent in substance and which actuates all atoms of which all forms are made. It is closely related to the first solar system even whilst liberating members of the human family who will constitute the nucleus around which the third solar system is constructed. The energy of this ray is intelligence; it is the seed of consciousness but not of consciousness as we understand it; it is the inherent [Page 600] life of matter and the will to work intelligently; it is that living something for which we have no name which was the product of the first solar system. It is one of the major assets of God, the Father and also of the human Monad. This is the Will to Action.


Today, as regards humanity, its highest expression is liberation—through death or initiation.


(EH 302)  V. "The Great One arose in His wrath and separated Himself.  He swept aside the great dualities and saw primarily the field of multiplicity.  He produced cleavage on every hand.  He wrought with potent thought for separative action.  He established barriers with joy.  He brooked no understanding; He knew no unity, for He was cold, austere, ascetic and forever cruel.  He stood between the tender, loving centre of all lives and the outer court of writhing, living men.  Yet He stood not at the midway point, and naught He did sufficed to heal the breach.  He widened all cleavages, erected barriers, and sought to make still wider gaps."


It has been most difficult to describe the nature of the imperfection of the energy of the Lord of the fifth ray.  In the activity of this energy which demonstrates primarily upon the fifth or mental plane will be found eventually the source of many psychological disorders and mental trouble.  Cleavage is the outstanding characteristic—cleavage within the individual or between the individual and his group, rendering him anti-social.  I have dealt with this in an earlier part of this treatise and need not further enlarge upon the difficulties here (In Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II of A Treatise on the Seven Rays).  Other results are certain forms of insanities, brain lesions and those gaps in the relation of the physical body to the subtle bodies which show as imbecilities and psychological troubles.  Another form of disease, emerging as a result of this fifth ray force is migraine, which is caused by a lack of relationship between the energy around the pineal gland and that around the pituitary body. (symbolizing a gap between the soul and the personality)


Methods of Healing for different rays

(EH 650)  Healers on the second, third and fifth rays use more generally the mode of laying on of hands or magnetic healing.  This term applies to the direct act of laying on of hands upon the patient's physical body, and not to the action of the hands in the second method, when the hands are immersed in the etheric body of the patient and are definitely working in etheric matter.  Healers on the first, fourth and seventh rays use the mode of "hand immersion," as it is sometimes called.  The sixth ray healer is rare and is successful only when highly developed; he will then use both methods interchangeably.   All spiritually advanced healers use both hands.  Healers are, however, advised first of all to ascertain their ray, and then to perfect themselves in the type or mode of healing best suited to that ray; then, when adequately efficient and able to use facility and skill, they can add the mode of healing which is not so adaptable to their ray type.  People on the sixth ray are advised to abstain from the healing art until they have arrived (consciously) at the [Page 651] initiate stage.  When both modes of magnetic healing have been mastered, the healer may employ both alternately in the act of healing, or he may use the mode of magnetic passes first so as to set up a changed activity in the diseased area, and then finally use a definite laying on of hands.


(EH 710) 5. The fifth ray technique.


That which has been given must be used; that which emerges from within the given mode will find its place within the healer's plan.  That which is hidden must be seen and from the three, great knowledge will emerge.  For these the healer seeks.  To these the healer adds the two which are as one, and so the fifth must play its part and the five must play its part and the five must function as if one.  The energies descend, pass through and disappear, leaving the one who could respond with karma yet to dissipate and taking with them him who may not thus respond and so must likewise disappear.


The obvious and simplest meaning of the fifth ray mode of healing is that the healer, working scientifically and largely on concrete levels, employs all aids to bring about a cure, starting with appropriate physical care and passing on to subtler modes of healing.  Again I would point out that physical aid can be as divinely used as the more mysterious methods which the metaphysical healer of the present time believes to be so profoundly more effective.  Just as all modern knowledge, developed on the physical plane, through the personalities of men and women of insight and genius everywhere, is useful to the disciple and initiate, in time and space, so it is with the medical sciences.  Just as right application of these varying sciences has to be made by the disciple or the initiate in order to bring about spiritual results, so must it be when the healer is at work.


All work becomes spiritual when rightly motivated, when wise discrimination is employed and soul power is [Page 711] added to the knowledge gained in the three worlds.  The dynamic use of energy in one of its seven streams, added to the sane understanding and work of the modern physician, aided by the healer (who works as does a catalyst), can produce miracles when destiny so ordains.  The metaphysical healer who works solely on the subtler levels is like the spiritual worker who fails so constantly to precipitate the needed financial assets on the physical plane.  This is caused frequently by a subtle—though usually unrecognised—sense of superiority with which the average healer and the esotericist views his problem of materialisation of either physical health or money.  Ponder on this and realise that fifth ray methods carry through to the physical plane; there they engender conflict and eventually produce a physical precipitation of the desired nature.  In what I have said anent the fifth ray techniques, I have given more hints and information than in any of the others.


(RI 401)  2. The Path of Magnetic Work (many 5th ray Masters go this way and work in a great 2nd ray vortex of energy-Venus and Jupiter)


In referring to this Path, I have stated that Those Who find Their way on to this Path work with fohat, or with the essential energy of our solar system which differentiates into seven major types of energy.  Our planet with its ruling Lord is an integral part of the life expression of a still greater Entity, the solar Logos, and it is with the astral energy incident to His cosmic nature that the Master has to work.  He learns to direct the currents of this essential energy, and because of His past relation to the Earth, He is part of the directing agency for astral energy within the planetary ring-pass-not.  I also said that many Masters Who leave reached liberation upon the fifth ray find Their way to this Path, thus proving the statement that it is not the ray which determines decision.  These fifth ray Masters (among many others, of course) will be working in a great second ray vortex of energy.


Many 1st and 2nd ray souls follow this 5th path-and therefore work in 5th ray energy

(RI 420)  It is, however, with these ray intentions that the Initiate of the sixth degree is occupied when He passes on to the fifth or Ray Path.  His decision and the intention of the ray [Page 420] Lord at first, and the united intention of all of Them eventually, are curiously and uniquely connected.  The Master on this Path works at the comprehension of the intention and the life purposes of the ray Lords.  Many first ray souls find their way on to this Path, for there is a close connection between the decision at the sixth initiation and this fifth Path; this might be expected for two reasons:  one, that every Master is on one of the three major rays, and secondly, every Master has to develop an understanding of the world of cosmic Purpose.  It is a connection based upon the use of the will; it is the will-to-power, the will-to-love and the will-to-know, plus the other four aspects of will* which form the elementary basis of the training given on this fifth Path.  Souls from other rays reach the same goal and occasionally choose this Path, but it is not the one which constitutes for Them the line of least resistance, as it often is for Masters on the first ray.


Masters from the first ray and the second ray tread it often, and each of Them has a different mode of approach, technique and type of realisation:


(RI 460)  I would like here also to point out some further relationships.  You know well that upon the mental plane the three aspects of mind, or the three focal points of mental perception and activity, are to be found:


Venus and the lower concrete mind

1. The lower concrete mind.  This expresses itself most completely through the fifth Ray of Concrete Science, reflecting the lower phase of the will aspect of divinity and summarising within itself all knowledge as well as the egoic memory.  This lower concrete mind is related to the knowledge petals of the egoic lotus and is capable of pronounced soul illumination, proving eventually to be the searchlight of the soul.  It can be brought under control through the processes of concentration.  It is transient in time and space.  Through conscious, creative work, it can be related to the manasic permanent atom or to the abstract mind.


2. The Son of Mind.  This is the soul itself, governed by the second aspect of all the seven rays—a point I would ask you seriously to register.  It reflects the lower phase of the love aspect of divinity and summarises in itself the results of all accumulated knowledge which is wisdom, illuminated [Page 461] by the light of the intuition.  Another way of expressing this is to describe it as love, availing itself of experience and knowledge.  It expresses itself most fully through the love petals of its innate being.  Through dedicated and devoted service it brings the divine Plan into activity in the three worlds of human accomplishment.  It is therefore related to the second aspect of the Spiritual Triad and is brought into functioning activity through meditation.  It then controls and utilises for its own spiritual ends the consecrated personality, via the illumined mind, referred to above.  It is eternal in time and space.


3. The abstract mind.  This reveals itself most completely under the influence of the first Ray of Will or Power, reflecting the higher aspect of the will of divinity or of the atmic principles it summarises in itself when fully developed the purpose of Deity, and thus becomes responsible for the emergence of the Plan.  It energises the will petals until such time as the eternal life of the soul is absorbed into that which is neither transient nor eternal but which is endless, boundless and unknown.  It is brought into conscious functioning through the building of the antahkarana.  This "radiant rainbow bridge" unites the illumined personality, focussed in the mind body, motivated by the love of the soul, with the Monad or with the One Life, and thus enables the divine manifesting Son of God to express the significance of the words:  God is Love and God is a consuming Fire.  This fire, energised by love, has burnt out all personality qualities, leaving only a purified instrument, coloured by the soul ray and no longer necessitating the existence of a soul body.  The personality has by this time completely absorbed the soul, or to put it perhaps more accurately, both soul and personality have been fused and blended into one instrument for the use of the One Life.


(RI 589)  nitiation III.  The Transfiguration.  Ray V. 

The Energy of Concrete Knowledge.


As all disciples have to be focussed on the mental plane and must operate from that level of consciousness, the understanding of this type of consciousness is one of major importance.  It is glibly and most easily said that disciples and (necessarily so) initiates must use the mind, and that their polarisation must be mental.  But what does this mean?  Let me give you some concise definitions of this ray energy, leaving you to make your own individual application, and from your study of these concepts anent the mind, learn to gauge your own mental condition.


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1. The energy of what is so peculiarly called "concrete science" is the quality or the conditioning nature of the fifth ray.


2. It is pre-eminently the substance of the mental plane.  This plane corresponds to the third subplane of the physical plane, and is therefore gaseous in nature—if you care to use its correspondence as a symbol of its nature.  It is volatile, easily dispersed, is the receptive agent of illumination, and can be poisonous in its effect, for there are undoubtedly conditions in which "the mind is the slayer of the Real."


3. This energy is characterised by three qualities:


a. The quality which is the result of relationship with the Spiritual Triad.  We call this "abstract mind" and the impact which affects it comes from the atmic level of the Spiritual Triad, that of spiritual will.

b. The quality which in this solar system is easily responsive to the major ray of the planet, that of love-wisdom.  So responsive is it that—in conjunction with emanations from the three worlds—it has produced the one existent form upon the mental plane.  This form (in the planetary sense) is that of the Kingdom of God and, in the individual sense, is that of the ego or soul.

c. The quality which is basically related to the emanations or vibrations arising from the three worlds; these creatively result in the myriads of thoughtforms which are found upon the lower levels of the mental plane.  It might therefore be said that these qualities or aspects of the fifth ray of spiritual energy produce:

Pure thought

The thinker or the Son of Mind



4. This energy (as far as mankind is concerned) is the thoughtform making energy, and all impressions from the physical, etheric and astral planes force it into activity on the level of concrete knowledge, with a resultant kaleidoscopic presentation of thoughtforms.


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5. It is fundamentally the most potent energy at this time in the planet, because it was brought to maturity in the first solar system, that of active intelligence.


6. It is the energy which admits humanity (and particularly the trained disciple or initiate) into the mysteries of the Mind of God Himself.  It is the "substantial" key to the Universal Mind.


7. It is profoundly susceptible to the energy of Love-Wisdom, and its fusion with the love aspect is given the name of "wisdom" by us, because all wisdom is knowledge gained by experience and implemented by love.


8. This energy, in its three aspects, is related in a peculiar sense to the three Buddhas of Activity.  These great Lives reached Their present state of development in the previous solar system.


9. This energy, in so far as it is considered as the mental energy of a human being—and this is one of its minor limitations though a major one for a human being—is the higher correspondence of the physical brain.  It might be said that the brain exists because the mind exists and needs a brain as its focal point upon the physical plane.


10. The quality of this energy of concrete knowledge or science is twofold:


a. It is extraordinarily responsive to impressions coming from some source or other.

b. It is rapidly thrown into forms in response to impression.


11. The impressions received come from three sources and are sequentially revealed to man.  These three are:


a. Impressions from the three worlds; these come, first of all, from the individual and then, secondly, from the levels of planetary consciousness. 

b. Impressions from the soul, the Son of Mind, upon the level of mentality itself.

c. Impressions from the Spiritual Triad, via the antahkarana; these come when the antahkarana is constructed or in process of construction.


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12. This energy is essentially a lightbearer.  It responds—again sequentially in time and space—to the light of the Logos.  It is for this reason that the mind is regarded both as illumined when higher contacts are present and as an illuminator where the lower planes are concerned.


13. This energy is (from the human standpoint) awakened and brought into activity through the action of the five senses which are the conveyors of information from the three worlds to the mental plane.  It might be said that


a. Five streams of informative energy, therefore, make their impact upon the concrete mind and emanate from the physico-astral plane.

b. Three streams of energy, coming from the soul, also make an impression upon the concrete mind. 

c. One stream of energy—during the initiatory process—contacts the mind.  This comes from the Spiritual Triad and utilises the antahkarana. 


14. The energy of this fifth ray might be regarded as the commonsense, because it receives all these impacts of varying energies, synthesises them, produces order out of the many ceaseless impacts and interprets them, thus creating the multiplicity of forms to which we give the name of "world thought".


15. This energy transforms the divine ideas into human ideals, relating the knowledges and sciences of humanity to these ideals, thus making them workable factors in human evolution, its cultures and civilisations.


There is much more that I could add, but the above gives you a series of simple definitions of value as you study the mental unfoldment of the disciple, as he undergoes the initiatory process which is our theme at this time.  It also throws light upon the ray effects upon humanity as a whole.  This ray energy is indeed sadly concrete in its expression in our Aryan race—a race, however, which will see more people take initiation than ever before in human history, and which will, in a peculiar sense, see the descent of the Kingdom of God to Earth as a result of the ascent of so many upon the ladder of evolution.  Just as the disciple [Page 593] or the initiate is a soul-infused personality, so will humanity—upon the physical plane—be also soul-infused, thus precipitating the Kingdom of God and giving birth to a new kingdom in nature.  This great spiritual descent will be prefaced (if I may use such a word) by the appearance of the Christ among the peoples of the world and by a stupendous inflow of love-wisdom.  There is a tendency in the minds of esotericists always to refer to the great lines of force: 1-3-5-7 and 2-4-6.  I would have you remember with still greater emphasis the relation of rays II and V and of the second plane, the monadic plane, and the fifth plane, the mental plane; it is the relation of these major energies which makes the initiation of the Transfiguration possible.


What is the effect of this ray upon humanity as a whole and at this time?  The effect of these influences is very great and of supreme importance in this fifth root race, the Aryan race, in this second solar system.  Again you can see the clarity of the correspondences which are emerging.  I would have you note them again.


1. Ray II, the Ray of Love-Wisdom; and Ray V, the Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science. 


2. The second plane, the monadic plane; and the fifth plane, the mental plane.


3. The second solar system of love; and the fifth root race, the Aryan race, of active intelligence.


In all these basic relationships, that which is the fifth in order is destined to be the instrument, the vehicle or the implementing factor for the second.  The Universal Mind, as it works through all the planes of our conscious planetary life, is the creative agent and the form-building factor which makes the revelation of love possible.


Today in our Aryan age and race, we see the vital expression of this fifth ray energy.  When I use the word "race" I deal not with man-made or pseudo-scientific differentiations of nations and races or types.  I deal with a state of consciousness which is the Aryan or mental consciousness or state of thinking; this finds its exponents and [Page 594] its "race members" in every nation, without any distinction or omissions.  This I would have you carefully remember, for there is no new race in process of appearing, from the territorial angle; there is only a general distribution of those persons who have what have been called the sixth root race characteristics.  This state of consciousness will find its expression in people as far apart racially as the Japanese and the American or the Negro and the Russian.  It posits an ability to function with clarity upon the mental plane, to collate information, rightly to interpret and relate that information, and to create the needed thoughtforms or concepts for those interpretations.


These thoughtforms fall into three major fields of thought or thoughtform areas of consciousness:


1. Science.  Under this word I include all that which the educational processes cover or are supposed to cover, and such a useful science as medicine. 


2. Philosophy, with its presentation of great conditioning ideas.


3. Psychology, with its effort to account for humanity and to discover what man is essentially and how he functions.


You will note that I have not included religion in this analysis.  The reason for this is that IF the world religions were really controlled by concrete knowledge or science, they would not be the vague, speculative, mystical and glamour-controlled systems which they are at present.  Some day the minds of men—illumined by the light of the soul—will formulate the One universal religion, recognisable by all.  Then the Kingdom of God will be known for what it is, another kingdom in nature.  Speculation, wishful thinking and hopeful aspiration will disappear.  The science of occultism is the first step upon the way of true religion, and the scientific investigation of human psychology will greatly help toward this end.


Today we find this ray energy expressing itself mainly through science—a science sadly debased and corrupted by materialism and human greed, but a science which (when [Page 595] animated entirely by goodwill) will lift humanity on to higher levels of consciousness, thus laying the foundation for that time when humanity on a large scale can pass through the Transfiguration Initiation.  Steps in this direction are already being laid and the existence of the press, the radio and the rapid means of transportation have done much to further the revelation of that unity and that Oneness which is the major characteristic of the Universal Mind.


These developments can be regarded as the initial steps of the initiatory process for the third initiation—far ahead as that initiation may lie for the mass of men.  It is unification and a growing sense of oneness which is required in order to take this initiation, and it is the integrated personality which takes it.  The major sin of Russia, and that which has prostituted and warped the initial divine impulse underlying the ideology of that country, is the determination she demonstrates at this time to be separative and to shut the Russian people away from world contact, using the implements of deception and the withholding of information.  It is not the totalitarian nature of the Russian government which is the prime disaster; it is the refusal to develop the universal consciousness.  Many governments today are totalitarian in nature, either openly or subtly, but—at the same time—their peoples have free access to press and radio and are not kept in ignorance of world events.  Russia is drifting into a pronounced expression of the great heresy of separateness.  There lies her problem—a problem which is refused recognition by her rulers.


The existence of a closed mind on a national scale is dangerous in the extreme, just as the individual is in a dangerous "state of mind" when he closes it to world contact, world news and world understanding, and when he refuses to admit new ideas and new modes of behaviour.  Fortunately, the influence of this fifth ray energy—which is always present, whether the ray is in incarnation or not—is steadily leading humanity towards illumination.


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This ray energy operates always in connection with the Law of Cleavages.  Today, tremendous cleavages between the past and the present are in order.  The importance of this statement is to be found in the fact that—for the first time in human history—humanity is aware of cleavage at the time it is being brought about.  Hitherto cleavages have been noted during an historical retrospect.  Today, all men everywhere are conscious of the fact that the old order, the old cultures and civilisations are rapidly passing away, and they are universally clamouring for the new.  Everywhere men are laying the foundation for the new order, the coming of which is threatened only by one country, Russia, owing to its separativeness (and not because of its ideology), and by one world group in every country, those guilty of financial greed and consequent aggressiveness.


Before humanity can pass through the Transfiguration Initiation the new world order must be functioning and the coming civilisation must be at its height.  It is useless for me to consider with you this third initiation in connection with humanity as a whole, or its preparatory or subsequent initiatory process.  All this lies too far ahead for even advanced humanity to consider; there are, however, senior disciples who are preparing for this initiation, just as there are a few who are passing through the initiatory process, prior to taking the fourth initiation.


The outstanding expression of this fifth ray energy can be seen in the rapid formulating of the many ideologies which have taken place since the year 1900.  Such words as Fascism, Communism, National Socialism, Socialism as the British accept it, and the names of many schools of psychology and philosophy, were unknown one hundred years ago; today they are the common talk and phrases of the man in the street.  The inflow of this mental energy into the world of men, the attainment in consciousness of mental ability by many thousands, and the achievement of mental polarisation by aspirants all the world over, are all due to the activity of this fifth ray energy; this may be [Page 597] regarded as preparatory work for the first and the second initiations.  Some of this success is due also to a little-realised function of this fifth ray energy—that of telepathic interplay.  Few people realise in the slightest degree how naturally telepathic every human being is or how impressionable are their minds; this again is an effect of fifth ray influence.


The creation (and, I should add, the over-creation) of the millions of material things which men everywhere regard as essential to their well-being is also the result of the creative activity of the fifth ray consciousness.  This is, of course, as it demonstrates upon the physical plane.  When it demonstrates upon the mental plane, we then talk of ideas, concepts, philosophies and ideologies.  When it demonstrates upon the astral plane, we are aware of the religious impulse, of mysticism and of the emotional and conditioning desires.  All these aspects are present in the consciousness of men everywhere today.  Everything is crystallising in human consciousness, and this takes place in order to make man aware of where he stands upon the ladder of evolution, and of what is wrong and what is right.  All this again is due to the influence of fifth ray energy.  This will begin to transform human living and human desires and also human affairs and attitudes, and will lead eventually (in the middle of the sixth root race) to the great Transfiguration Initiation in which the reality that lies behind all human phenomena will stand revealed.


Let us now consider the effect of this ray energy upon the life of the individual, as he faces the third initiation.  This third initiation is, as earlier said, the first initiation, from the angle of the Hierarchy; it is the one in which the spiritual man demonstrates his complete control of the personality.  The physical body has been controlled through the medium of the physical disciplines; the emotional nature has been reorganised and made receptive to spiritual impression coming from the plane of pure reason (the buddhic plane) through the transforming processes of the mind or the fifth principle.  In this connection, the mind has acted as an organiser of astral reaction and as a dispeller [Page 598] of glamour.  The disciple is now focussed in his everyday consciousness upon the mental plane, and the triangular relation of the three aspects of the mind upon this plane is now dominant.  In the next initiation, the Renunciation, this relationship becomes a dual one instead of a triangular one, through the destruction of the soul vehicle which is no longer needed.  Soul fusion with the personality is now completed.


During the initiatory process preceding the third initiation, the mind works in a new manner.  Its transmuting work with the physical body has been accomplished; its transforming work with the emotional nature has been successful, and now its transfiguring work with the personality as a whole is carried forward, making the initiation of the Transfiguration possible.  It is of value to the student to consider these three activities of the mind.  The transmuting agent in the first case is the lower or concrete mind; the transforming agent is the soul, whilst the transfiguring agent is the Spiritual Triad, working through the higher or abstract mind.  You will here note the wonderful synthesis of the spiritual work.  When this work is concluded, you have the initiation of the third degree made possible.  This produces impelling and new contacts.  It should here be remembered that when I use the word "new" I mean that which is new in consciousness, for the basic synthesis and fundamental relationship always exists in factual recognition, but is only progressively realised by the evolving spiritual man.


It is well nigh impossible to differentiate the results of fifth ray energy in the various aspects of the personality, for the reason that the initiate is now functioning as a soul-infused personality, and therefore the three aspects of that personality are nothing more or less than agents of the soul, and thus are progressively responsive to the inflow of triadal energy.  It might therefore be said that, as a result of the Transfiguration Initiation—the culminating point of strictly human unfoldment—the three types of energy which are expressed through the Spiritual Triad [Page 599] man begin—only begin—to flow through the reflection of itself in the three worlds.  Let me state this as follows:


1. The directing energy of the higher mind is—as a result of the Transfiguration Initiation and via the antahkarana—thrown into the brain; therefore the man upon the physical plane is guided, directed and controlled by group purpose and by the hierarchical plan.


2. The illuminating energy of pure reason, emanating from the buddhic plane, pours down into the clarified and organised body of sensitive response which is all that remains of what has been called the astral body.  This produces complete freedom from glamour and the creation of "a limpid pool of such reasonable response to the love of divine relationship" that the initiate becomes a sensitive revealer of that love.


3. The dynamic energy from the atmic plane (the highest aspect of the Spiritual Triad) pours into the mind and begins slowly to reveal the will-to-good, which is essentially the will of God.


Behind these three differentiations which are all of them expressions or aspects of the divine or the universal mind, the initiate dimly senses or becomes consciously aware of what has been called the Monad or Spirit or Life.  This is subtly revealed in the Transfiguration Initiation of the Master Jesus Who re-enacted all the five human initiations for the benefit of humanity.  In this dramatic picturing of the third initiation, the three disciples (or the three vehicles of the personality) prostrate themselves upon the ground and the Master Himself (the glorified personality) is transfigured before them.  At this climaxing point they hear that which is called "the voice of the Father" speaking to the transfigured Jesus.


The personality is now possessed of knowledge, for fifth ray energy has done its needed work; the disciple is also aware that he is in possession of the wisdom which enables him to use knowledge in the furtherance of the Plan, and therefore to work as an illuminating factor in the world of men.  He knows clearly what has been accomplished [Page 600] and senses something of what lies ahead.  The great principle of cleavage (which the fifth ray governs) is the dominating factor in his time sense; he now differentiates sharply between past and present and that which has to be ascertained in the future.  Cleavage, in the sense of separateness, is finished for him and he now feels and knows something of the essential unity of all manifested life; therefore, from the angle of space, he has dominated and overcome cleavage and division; in the sense of time he has not.  The great heresy of separateness no longer exists in his consciousness; the consciousness of the initiatory process is not yet over, however for that involves the recognition of time.


During the initiatory process between the second and the third initiations, the initiate has to battle with illusion in exactly the same sense as he earlier had to battle with glamour.  Illusion is, in the last analysis, the control of the mental processes by great and massive thoughtforms; this conflict persists from the moment that the disciple has achieved mental polarisation (at a midway point between the second and the third initiations) until he stands before the Initiator at the sixth Initiation of Decision, when the last illusion disappears.  You will feel and comment that the Masters are therefore subject to illusion.  This They definitely are, and there are great and basic illusions governing life within the Hierarchy.  Nevertheless, they are illusions of such a high order that—for advanced humanity—they would signify achievement.  I may not give you more than one instance of such illusion, but that should prove clear and sufficient.  It is not until the sixth Initiation of Decision that the illusion of the planetary ring-pass-not finally disappears.  The Master then knows that such a limitation is non-existent.  For Him, the choice between the seven Paths becomes possible.  This basic illusion constitutes for mankind a great hierarchical mystery and is based upon the Principle of Privation, by means of which the planetary Logos chooses to circumscribe His freedom and to limit His activities.


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This curious freedom from successive limitations is experienced at the third, the sixth and the ninth initiations; these are, all three of them, related in a mysterious manner to each other.  Transfiguration leads eventually to Decision, which culminates in due time with a final refusal to accept any planetary limitations whatsoever.


It will be obvious to you that the higher the initiation, the less will any involved energy have a personality control or connection.  Progressive and recognised fusions have taken place as one initiation after another is undergone; the effect of the energy involved will be noted in relation to humanity as a whole, to the work of the Ashram within the Hierarchy and to the planetary life.  This must ever be borne in mind and must necessarily limit the scope of the teaching which I am able to give you.


Let me now summarise the effects of this fifth ray energy in relation to humanity and to the individual initiate:


1. I gave, first of all, fifteen items of information anent this fifth ray energy, or fifteen definitions of its activity.  These will warrant careful study.


2. The effect of this fifth ray energy upon humanity in this fifth root race was considered; it was noted that this Aryan effect was dominant and dynamic in the extreme and that it has greatly hastened human evolution.


3. I pointed out the close relation between love and mind, as follows:


a. Ray II and Ray V

b. Plane II and plane V

c. Solar system II and root race V


In all of these relationships, the fifth in order is the prime agent and the revealer of the second type of spiritual energy


4. The fifth ray energy produces three major areas of thought, or three prime conditions wherein the thought-form-making energy expresses itself:


a. Science    ...  education  ...  medicine

b. Philosophy ...  ideas      ...  ideals

c. Psychology ...  in process of modern development


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5. This fifth ray energy operates in connection with the Law of Cleavages.


6. It is also responsible for the rapid formation of great conditioning ideologies.


7. This fifth ray energy is the important factor in making possible the first major initiation, the Transfiguration Initiation.


8. Fifth ray energy works in three ways in connection with the three aspects of the personality:


a. As the transmuting agent    ...  the physical body

b. As the transforming agent   ...  the astral body

c. As the transfiguring agent  ...  the mental body


This gives you much food for thought; it indicates the personality goal and the mode whereby it is attained.  After the third initiation, we reach out in consciousness to higher expansions of consciousness and will then enter a realm of ideas which are not yet easy for the disciple to appreciate or to understand.  Much that I will have to say anent ray energy and the higher initiations will mean little to many, but it will mean much to the initiate-consciousness.  The world initiates will be coming into incarnation at this time, and will read my words towards the end of this century with great understanding.—

The above completes refs to the 3rd initiation and the 5th ray(6 pages)



(RI 646) I would ask you to consider the relation of the fifth initiation, the fifth Ray of Science and the first Ray of Will, for there lies the key to the revelation accorded to the initiate-Master.   We should consider these facts from the point of view that the two direct ray influences on Taurus are Vulcan and Venus


(RI 688)  You will note, therefore, how this third initiation is a climaxing point and also inaugurates a new cycle of activity leading to the seventh Initiation of Resurrection.  I would call your attention to the fact that the third, fifth and seventh initiations are under the control of the fifth, first and second rays.  These, as you might expect, will constitute the emanating energies transmitted through the application of the Rod of Initiation.


Initiation III.  The fifth Ray of Science.  This inflowing energy produces its major effects upon the mind, or upon manas, the fifth principle; it enables the initiate to use the mind as its major instrument in the work to be done, prior to passing through the fourth and fifth initiations.


Initiation V.  The first Ray of Will or Power.  At this initiation the disciple appreciates for the first time the significance of the will and uses it to relate the head centre and the centre at the base of the spine, thus completing the integration started at the third initiation.


Initiation VII.  The second Ray of Love-Wisdom is here active, as the major planetary ray.  The application of the Rod of Initiation by the Initiator (working this time from the highest plane, the logoic plane) produces in a [Page 689] mysterious way an effect on the totality of humanity and—to a lesser extent—upon the allied kingdoms.  The effect is similar to that produced in the individual at the fifth initiation, wherein the head centre and the centre at the base of the spine became closely en rapport—through the use of the will.


(RI 709)  In connection with the energy generated by the disciple, it will be obvious that this will include the energy of the soul ray, until the fifth initiation when it will be superseded by the energy of the Monad.  This will reach him, first of all, as the energy of the Spiritual Triad, and later that (in its turn) will be superseded by the direct energy of the Monad itself; the initiate will then know practically (and not just theoretically) what Christ meant when He said, "I and my Father are one."


(WM 289)  Fifth Ray:—"Let the three forms of energy electric pass upward to the Place of Power.  Let the forces of the head and heart and all the nether aspects blend.  Then let the soul look out upon an inner world of light divine.  Let the Word triumphant go forth:  'I mastered energy for I am energy Itself.  The Master and the mastered are but One.'"