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311. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - 29. DIVISION B - IV. THE FUTURE OF MANAS - Part 3 - A. BAILEY

DIVISION B - MANAS AS A COSMIC, SYSTEMIC AND HUMAN FACTOR

IV. THE FUTURE OF MANAS - Part 3



The remainder were rejected, and as a group they became temporarily quiescent, and will not manifest in physical form until the next round.
In the fifth round, a corresponding division will take place in the fourth kingdom, and the lives in that kingdom will be subjected to an analogous test; some will be passed and will continue their evolution on this planet, while others will be rejected, and will go into temporary pralaya.
After the rejection in the fourth rootrace of three-fourths of the animal units, the remaining triads (or one-fourth) proceeded on their way holding the promise of opportunity for all in time, and the guarantee of their [462] own attainment in the next round.  Just as the human Monads, who are passed in the fifth round, will enter into the fifth kingdom, or respond to its vibration before the climax of the seventh, so the animal monads (if I may employ such a term) who were passed in this round will achieve individualisation during the fifth and enter the fourth kingdom.  This will be brought about by the strong manasic impulse which will characterise the whole cycle of the fifth round, and will thus be effected normally and as the result of due evolutionary growth.  An electrical stimulation of the nature of the occurrence in Lemurian days will not be required.
Since the great division in the fourth rootrace, the animal kingdom has been primarily occupied with the stimulation and development of kama.  This is the basis of the endeavour being made by the Brotherhood by the aid of man to fan the emotional instinct (or the embryo love aspect) through the segregating of the domestic animals, and the consequent play made upon the third spirilla in the animal atoms by human magnetism or radiatory energy.  The sumtotal of the domestic animals—the animal units brought into closest connection with man—form the heart centre in the body of that great Entity Who is the life of the animal kingdom.  From the heart flow all the influences which will eventually permeate the entire body.  These units are those which will be finally separated from the group soul at the reopening of the door into the human kingdom in the next round.
Let us now consider the immediate present, and the advent of this seventh ray of ceremonial magic.  The effect upon the animal kingdom of the force of this ray will be far less than upon the human, for it is not yet ready to respond to the vibration of this planetary Logos, and will not be until the sixth round when His influence will bring about great events.  Nevertheless, certain effects might here be noticed.
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Owing to the increased activity of the deva evolution, and specially of the devas of the ethers, the lesser builders will be stimulated to build, with greater facility, bodies of a more responsive nature, and the etheric bodies of both men and animals and also their responsiveness to force or prana will be more adequate.  During the sixth subrace, disease as we know it in both kingdoms will be materially lessened owing to the pranic response of the etheric bodies.  This will likewise bring about changes in the dense physical body and the bodies of both men and animals will be smaller, more refined, more finely attuned to vibration, and consequently more fitted to express essential purpose.
Owing to the recognition by man of the value of mantrams, and his gradual comprehension of the true ceremonial of evolution, coupled with the use of sound and colour, the animal kingdom will be better understood, and better trained, considered and utilised.  Indications of this already can be seen; for instance, in all our current magazines at this time, stories which deal with the psychology of animals, and with their mental attitude to man, are constantly appearing, and by the means of these and through the force of the incoming Ray, man may (if he cares to do so) come to a much wider sympathy with his brothers of less degree.  Thus by the turning by man of his thought force upon the animals, stimulation of their latent mentality will ensue, leading in due course of time to the crisis in the next round.  More attention should be paid by occult students to the effect of the consciousness of one group upon another group, and the advancement of the lesser, by the means of the stimulating power of the greater, should be studied.  The following facts should be realised:
a. The powerful vibration of the Lords of the three Rays, and of Their radiation, stimulates the four Heavenly [464]Men and develops Their apprehension, enabling Them to expand Their consciousness.
b. The consciousness of the Heavenly Men stimulates all the units in Their bodies, but causes specialised response from those who are actively and intelligently working at the development of group consciousness.  The vibration, for instance, of a planetary Logos has a peculiar effect upon all those who are initiates, adepts and chohans, and brings their three major spirillae to the necessitated vibration.  This work is begun when the sixth spirilla (in the minor group of seven) is active.
c. The consciousness of man is stimulated and developed when—at a certain stage—he can respond to the vibration of members of the Occult Hierarchy, and is thus nearing the portal into the fifth kingdom.  This coincides with the vibratory activity of the fifth spirilla.
d. In like manner, the less evolved units of the race, who are scarcely more than animals, are brought to the necessary stage of vibration by the play upon their mental bodies of the combined vibrations of men, whose fourth spirilla is functioning adequately.  In these last two cases we are dealing with the spirillae of the mental permanent atom.  In the other two we are dealing with occult mysteries, bound up in the vivification of solar and not human permanent atoms.
e. The fourth Creative Hierarchy, viewed as a unit functioning on this planet (and leaving out of consideration its manifestation in other schemes) works in a magnetic manner, and in a stimulative capacity upon the animal kingdom, the force of its vibration pouring on to the astral bodies of the animals, and producing response.  This awakens to a more effective apprehension all the units of the animal kingdom.  Hence it can be seen how close is the interplay, and the interdependence, and how closely united all these greater and lesser lives are with each other.  Growth and development in one part of the [465] body logoic produces a corresponding advance in the whole.  No man, for instance, can make definite and specialised progress without his brother benefiting,—this benefiting taking the form of:
The increase of the total consciousness of the group.
The stimulation of units in the group.
The group magnetism producing increased healing or blending effects upon allied groups.
In this thought lies, for the servant of the Master, incentive to effort; no man who strives for mastery, who struggles to attain, and who aims at expansion of consciousness but is having some effect—in ever widening spirals—upon all whom he contacts, devas, men, and animals.  That he knows it not, and that he may be totally unaware of the subtle stimulating emanation which proceeds from him may be true, but nevertheless the law works.
The third effect of the coming in of this ray is one that may at first repel—it will cause a great destruction in the animal kingdom.  During the next few hundred years many of the old animal forms will die out and become extinct.  To supply the wants of man, through disease, and through causes latent in the animal kingdom itself, much destruction will be brought about.  It must ever be borne in mind that a building force is likewise a destroying one, and new forms for the animal evolution are, at this time, one of the recognized needs.  The immense slaughter in America is part of the working out of the plan.  The inner life or fire which animates the animal groups, and which is the life expression of an Entity, will, under this seventh influence, blaze up and burn out the old, and permit the escape of the life, to newer and better forms.
Our subject for immediate consideration concerns the [466] deva evolution, and the effect of the incoming ray upon them.
The first point to be noted is that this influence at this time affects primarily the devas of the physical plane, the devas of the ethers, or of the shadows, as they are sometimes called, and not, to the same extent, the devas of the astral or mental planes.  Every Ray affects in more or less degree the plane or subplane which is its numerical correspondence; the student should bear this in mind, and should therefore recollect that for all purposes of investigation at this time the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Magic will have a powerful influence:
On the seventh or physical plane, regarding it as a unit.
On the seventh subplane or the lowest subplane on the physical, the astral and the mental planes.
On the seventh or lowest human principle: prana in the etheric body.
On all Monads in incarnation who are seventh Ray Monads.
On a peculiar group of devas who are the agents, or "mediates" between magicians (either white or black) and the elemental forces.  This group is occultly known as "The Mediatory Seventh," and is divided into two divisions:
a. Those working with evolutionary forces.
b. Those working with involutionary forces.
One group is the agent of constructive purpose, and the other of destructive.  More need not be submitted anent this group as they are not easily contacted, fortunately for man, and can as yet only be reached by a particular group ritual accurately performed,—a thing as yet practically unknown.  The Masons eventually will be one of the chief agents of contact, and as men are as yet not ready for such power as this will put into their hands, [467] true masonry will develop but slowly.  Nevertheless, under the magnetic force of this seventh Ray, the growth of masonry is inevitably sure.
This Ray of Ceremonial Magic will consequently have a very profound effect upon the physical plane, for not only is this plane coming under its cyclic force but at all times its planetary Logos has a special effect upon it; the Raja-Lord of this plane is what is occultly termed the "Reflection in the Water of Chaos" of the planetary Logos.  Hence in the matter of this plane (which is the body of the Raja-Lord) certain very definite events are occurring which—though invisible to the ordinary man—are apparent to the eye of the spiritual man or adept.
The matter of the plane becomes receptive to positive force for the feminine or deva aspect, being negative, becomes responsive to the positive energy of the Heavenly Man.  This energy, finding the line of least resistance, pours into the substance of the plane, or the substantial body of the Deva Lords.  Owing to the receptive condition of this body it follows certain lines and produces definitely constructive results.
Constructive results transpire in the negative etheric matter of the plane and on the four higher subplanes.  On the lower three a contrary effect is produced, and the energy of the Heavenly Man will lead to the destruction of form, preparatory to the building work.  The building ever originates on, and proceeds from, etheric levels.  Cataclysms of a world wide nature will occur during the next one thousand years; continents will be shaken; lands will be raised and submerged, culminating in the profound material disaster which will overtake the world towards the close of the fourth branch race of the sixth subrace.  This will usher in the infant sixth rootrace.
The devas of the ethers, with which we are most concerned, [468] will be affected in several ways, and the results upon the other evolutions will be far-reaching.  We must remember always that the devas are the qualities and attributes of matter, the active builders, who work consciously or unconsciously upon the plane.  Here I would point out that all the devas of the higher levels of the mental plane, for instance, and of the systemic planes from there on to the centre (the divine plane, the plane of the Logos, sometimes called Adi) co-operate consciously, and are of high rank in the system, and of position equal to all the ranks and grades of the Hierarchy from a first degree initiate up to, but not including, the Lord of the World Himself.  Below these higher levels, where the concrete is touched, we have lesser grades of devas who work unconsciously, with the following exceptions, who are conscious forces and entities and of high position:
a. The Raja-lord of a plane.
b. Seven devas who work under Him, and are the entities who inform the matter of the seven subplanes.
c. Fourteen representatives of the Rays, Who cycle into and out of power, according to the Ray, waxing or waning.
d. Four devas who are the plane representatives of the four Maharajahs (the Lords of Karma) and are the focal points for karmic influence in connection with man.  The four Maharajahs are the dispensers of karma to the Heavenly Men, and thus to the cells, centres, and organs of His body necessarily; but the whole system works through graded representatives; the same laws govern these agents of plane karma as govern the systemic and cosmic, and during plane manifestation they are, for instance, the only unit in form [469] permitted to pass beyond the plane ring-pass-not.  All other units in manifestation on a plane have to discard the vehicle through which they function before they can pass on to subtler levels.
c. Types of Karma.  We might here enumerate the different types of KARMA, even though we have not the time to enlarge upon the subject.  A book by itself of vast proportions could not contain all that might be said.  We should bear in mind that KARMA is imposed upon the ensouling entity through the medium of matter or of substance itself (which is coloured by it) and that this matter or substance is intelligent material composed of deva essence.
Cosmic Karma—Imposed upon the solar Logos from outside of the system.
Systemic Karma—The working out by the Logos of effects set in motion in previous Kalpas, and which influence His present type of Body.
Planetary Karma—The individual karma of a Heavenly Man, which is just as different from that of another Heavenly Man, as is the karma of the different members of the human family.
The Karma of a chain, which is bound up in the life experience of that entity who ensouls a chain, and is a centre in the body of a Heavenly Man, in the same sense as a Heavenly Man within His scheme is a centre in the body of the solar Logos.
Globe Karma—The individual destiny of the entity who is a centre in the body of the ensouling Life of a chain.
These five existences above enumerated, who are worked upon by karma, are all cosmic and solar Lords of Light, Who achieved intelligence, and passed through the human kingdom many kalpas ago.
Plane Karma—This is inextricably mixed up with the [470] karma of the planetary Logos and of the Raja-Lord, and is dependent upon the interplay between these two opposite poles,—the masculine and feminine aspect of the Divine Hermaphrodite.
The Karma of a subplane, or the destiny of certain lesser entities who manifest through these planes.
In these two types of karma, we have what one might term the "Karma of the Hierarchies" as it has been brought about since the manifesting of the solar system.  It is the result of the past of this system, and not so much the working out of effects originating in previous solar systems.
The Karma of the kingdoms of nature as we know them on our planet:
a. The mineral kingdom.
b. The vegetable kingdom.
c. The animal kingdom.
This is necessarily the karma of the different lunar Lords who ensoul these kingdoms, and who are working out their purposes through them.  We must note that we have touched therefore upon cosmic, solar, and lunar karma.  In the latter is hid the great mystery of the Moon, and her place in the planetary scheme.
The Karma of the Human Hierarchy [clvi]54, [clvii]55, [clviii]56 in its seven groups, and of the individual Monads.  This in itself is a vast and intricate subject and—during the particular cycle of the Earth globe—can be divided into:
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a. World karma.  (The seven root-races.)
b. Racial karma, or the destiny and purpose of each root-race.
c. Subrace karma, for each subrace has its own destiny to work out.
d. National karma.
e. Family karma.
f. Individual karma.
All these different types of karma are intermingled and bound up in a manner inconceivable and inextricable [472]to man; even the adepts cannot untangle the mystery beyond that of the groups affiliated with them, while the Chohans of the higher degrees work with the karma of the larger groups (which are the aggregates of the lesser groups).
All the lesser grades of devas, "The Army of the Voice," on each plane, the lesser builders and elementals in their myriads, work unconsciously, being guided and directed by words and sound.  In this way vibrations are set up in the essence of the planes by the conscious Builders.
There is not much to be added at this point anent the deva evolution; much that might be imparted is perforce withheld owing to the danger arising from superficial knowledge, unaccompanied by wisdom and the inner vision.  There are three more points to add to the four already given, concerning primarily the relationship of the devas to man in the future, and their closer approximation to him through the incoming type of force.  This approximation, though inevitable, will not have for the human hierarchy results entirely beneficent, and before the true method of contact is comprehended, and the consequent association wisely utilised, much suffering will eventuate and much bitter experience will be undergone.  When it is remembered that the devas are, in their totality, the mother aspect, the great builders of form, and the nourishers of that which is as yet unable to guard itself, any return of man to a closer dependence upon the devas is as if a full grown man returned to the care of his mother, offering up his self-reliance in exchange for material benefit.  The devas are the mother of the form, but the self-conscious unit, MAN, should realize his independence of the form, and should follow the path of Self-expression.  This should be pondered on, for in days to come (when units here and there contact the devas, and inevitably pay the penalty) it may be helpful [473] if the reason is understood, and man realises his necessary separation from these Essences inthe three worlds.  Approach between the two lines of evolution becomes possible on the plane of buddhi, but then it is an approach of two essences, and not an approach of the concrete to the essence.  Man, while functioning in material, substantial forms in the three worlds, may not trespass across the separating line between the two evolutions.  Only on the planes of solar fire or on the cosmic etheric levels may contact be permitted; on the planes of the cosmic dense physical plane (our mental, astral and physical planes) disaster only results from contact.  I have dwelt on this point, for the danger is real, and near at hand.
The deva evolution will, through this seventh Ray force have much to do with the transmission of prana to units of the three higher kingdoms of nature, and this easier transmission (from the etheric levels of the physical plane) will parallel a correspondingly easier transmission of spiritual or psychical force from the fourth cosmic ether, the buddhic plane.  The results of this pranic transmission will be more healthy physical bodies among the sons of men.  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.
The etheric levels of the plane will be full of an increased activity, and slowly but surely, as the decades slip away, man will become conscious of these levels, and aware of their inhabitants.  The immediate effect of this greater etheric energy will be that a numerically larger number of people will possess etheric vision, and will be able normally and naturally to live consciously on etheric levels.  The majority of men only function consciously on the three lower levels of the physical—the gaseous, the liquid, and the dense—and the etheric levels are as sealed to them as are the astral.  In the coming centuries, man's normal habitat will be the entire physical plane up to, though not including, the second subplane.  The fourth and third etheric levels will be as familiar to him as the usual physical landscape to which he is now accustomed.
The centre of attention of medical and scientific students will be focussed on the etheric body, and the dependence of the physical body upon the etheric body will be recognised.  This will change the attitude of the medical profession, and magnetic healing and vibratory stimulation will supersede the present methods of surgery and drug assimilation.  Man's vision being then normally etheric, will have the effect of forcing him to recognise that which is now called the "unseen world," or the superphysical.  Men in their etheric bodies will be noted, and communicated with, and the devas and elementals of the ethers will be studied and recognised.  When this is so, then the true use of ceremonial ritual as a protection and safeguard to man will assume its right place.
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The work of the devas in connection with the animal and the vegetable kingdoms will be likewise recognised, and much that is now possible through ignorance will become impossible and obsolete.  The time will come, when the attitude of man to the animal kingdom will be revolutionised, and the slaughter, ill-treatment, and that form of cruelty called "sport," will be done away with.
A mysterious change in the attitude of men and women to the sex question, marriage and the work of procreation will result from the development of etheric vision, and the consequent recognition of the devas.  This change will be based on the realisation of the true nature of matter, or of the mother aspect, and of the effect of the Sun upon substance.  The unity of life will be a known and scientific fact, and life in matter will no longer be a theory but a fundamental of science.  This cannot be enlarged upon here.
3. Manas in the Final Rounds.
a. The transmutative process.  Transmutation is a subject that from the earliest ages has occupied the attention of students, scientists and alchemists.  The power to change, through the application of heat, is of course universally recognised, but the key to the mystery, or the secret of the systemic formula is advisedly guarded from all searchers, and is only gradually revealed after the second Initiation.  The subject is so tremendous that it is only possible to indicate in broad general outlines how it may be approached.  The mind of the public turns naturally to the transmutation of metals into gold with the aim in view of the alleviation of poverty.  The mind of the scientist seeks the universal solvent which will reduce matter to its primordial substance, release energy, and thus reveal the processes of evolution, and enable the seeker to build for himself (from the primordial base) the desired forms.  The mind of the alchemist searches for the Philosopher's Stone, that effective transmuting agent which will bring about revelation, and the power to impose the will of the chemist upon the elemental forces, which work in, by, and through matter.  The religious man, especially the Christian, recognises the psychic quality of this transmutative power, and frequently speaks in the sacred books, of the soul being tried or tested seven times in the fire.  All these students and investigators are recognising one great truth from their own constricted angle, and the whole lies not with one or another, but in the aggregate.
In defining transmutation as it is occultly understood, we might express it thus:  Transmutation is the passage across from one state of being to another through the agency of fire.  The due comprehension of this is based on certain postulates, mainly four in number.  These postulates must be expressed in terms of the Old Commentary, which is so worded that it reveals to those who have eyes to see, but remains enigmatic to those who are not ready, or who would misuse the knowledge gained for selfish ends.  The phrases are as follows:
I. He who transfers the Father's life to the lower three seeketh the agency of fire, hid in the heart of Mother.  He worketh with the Agnichaitans, that hide, that burn, and thus produce the needed moisture.
II. He who transfers the life from out the lower three into the ready fourth seeketh the agency of fire hid in the heart of Brahma.  He worketh with the forces of the Agnishvattas, that emanate, that blend, and thus produce the needed warmth.
III. He who transfers the life into the gathering fifth seeketh the agency of fire hid in the heart of Vishnu.  He worketh with the forces of the Agnisuryans, that blaze, that liberate the essence, and thus produce the needed radiance.
IV. First moisture, slow and all enveloping; then heat with ever-growing warmth and fierce intensity; then force that presses, drives and concentrates.  Thus is radiance [477] produced; thus the exudation; thus mutation; thus change of form.  Finally liberation, escape of the volatile essence, and the gathering of the residue back to primordial stuff.
He who ponders these formulas and who meditates upon the method and suggested process will receive a general idea of the evolutionary process of transmutation which will be of more value to him than the formulas whereby the devas transmute the various minerals.
Transmutation concerns the life of the atom, and is hidden in a knowledge of the laws governing radioactivity.  It is interesting to note how in the scientific expression 'radioactivity,' we have the eastern conception of Vishnu-Brahma, or the Rays of Light vibrating through matter.  Hence the usually accepted interpretation of the term 'atom' must be extended from that of the atom of chemistry to include:
a. All atoms or spheres upon the physical plane.
b. All atoms or spheres upon the astral and mental planes.
c. The human being in physical incarnation.
d. The causal body of man on its own plane.
e. All planes as entified spheres.
f. All planets, chains and globes within the solar system.
g. All monads on their own plane, whether human monads or Heavenly Men.
h. The solar Ring-Pass-Not, the aggregate of all lesser atoms.
In all these atoms, stupendous or minute, microcosmic or macrocosmic, the central life corresponds to the positive charge of electrical force predicated by science, whether it is the life of a cosmic Entity such as a solar Logos, or the tiny elemental life within a physical atom.  The lesser atoms which revolve round their positive centre, and which are at present termed electrons by science, are the negative aspect, and this is true not only of the atom on the physical plane, but of the human atoms, held to their central attractive point, a Heavenly Man, or the [478] atomic forms which in their aggregate form the recognised solar system.  All forms are built up in an analogous manner and the only difference consists—as the text-books teach—in the arrangement and the number of the electrons. [clix]57  The electron itself will eventually be found to be an elemental, tiny life.
The second point I seek to make now is:  Radiation is transmutation in process of accomplishment.  Transmutation being the liberation of the essence in order that it may seek a new centre, the process may be recognised as radioactivity technically understood and applied to all atomic bodies without exception.
That science has but recently become aware of radium (an example of the process of transmutation) is but the fault of science.  As this is more comprehended it will be found that all radiations, such as magnetism or psychic exhalation, are but the transmuting process proceeding on a large scale.  The point to be grasped here is that the transmuting process, when effective, is superficially the result of outside factors.  Basically it is the result of the inner positive nucleus of force or life reaching such a terrific rate of vibration, that it eventually scatters the electrons or negative points which compose its sphere of influence, and scatters them to such a distance that the Law of Repulsion dominates.  They are then no more attracted to their original centre but seek another.  The atomic sphere, if I might so express it, dissipates, the electrons come under the Law of Repulsion, and the central essence escapes and seeks a new sphere, occultly understood.
We must remember always that all within the solar system is dual, and is in itself both negative and positive: positive as regards its own form, but negative as regards its greater sphere. Every atom therefore is [479] both positive and negative,—it is an electron as well as an atom.
Therefore, the process of transmutation is dual and necessitates a preliminary stage of application of external factors, a fanning and care and development of the inner positive nucleus, a period of incubation or of the systematic feeding of the inner flame, and an increase of voltage.  There is next a secondary stage wherein the external factors do not count so much, and wherein the inner centre of energy in the atom may be left to do its own work.  These factors may be applied equally to all atoms; to the mineral atoms which have occupied the attention of alchemists so much, to the atom, called man who pursues the same general procedure being governed by the same laws; and to all greater atoms, such as a Heavenly Man or a solar Logos.
The process might be tabulated as follows:
1. The life takes primitive form.
2. The form is subjected to outer heat.
3. Heat, playing on the form, produces exudation and the factor of moisture supervenes.
4. Moisture and heat perform their function in unison.
5. Elemental lives tend all lesser lives.
6. The devas co-operate under rule, order and sound.
7. The internal heat of the atom increases.
8. The heat of the atom mounts rapidly and surpasses the external heat of its environing.
9. The atom radiates.
10. The spheroidal wall of the atom is eventually broken down.
11. The electrons or negative units seek a new centre.
12. The central life escapes to merge with its polar opposite becoming itself negative and seeking the positive.
13. This is occultly obscuration, the going-out of the light temporarily, until it again emerges and blazes forth.
More detailed elucidation will not be possible here nor advisable:
It will be apparent, therefore, that it should be possible, [480] from the standpoint of each kingdom of nature, to aid the transmuting process of all lesser atoms.  This is so, even though it is not recognised; it is only when the human kingdom is reached that it is possible for an entity consciously and intelligently to do two things:
First:  aid in the transmutation of his own positive atomic centre from the human into the spiritual.
Second:  assist at the transmutation
a. From the lower mineral forms into the higher forms.
b. From the mineral forms into the vegetable.
c. From vegetable forms into the animal forms.
d. From animal forms into the human or consciously and definitely to bring about individualisation.
That it is not done as yet is due to the danger of imparting the necessary knowledge.  The adepts understand the transmuting process in the three worlds, and in the four kingdoms of nature, which make them a temporary esoteric three and exoteric four.
Man will eventually work with the three kingdoms but, only when brotherhood is a practice and not a concept.
Three points must now be considered in this connection:
Conscious manipulation of the fires.
Devas and transmutation.
Sound and colour in transmutation.
It is necessary here to point out, as I have done in other matters under consideration, that only certain facts can be imparted, whilst the detailed work concerning process may not be dealt with owing to the inability of the race as yet to act altruistically.  Much misapprehension crept in, owing to this very thing, in the early days of hierarchical effort to give out some of the Wisdom fundamentals in book form, and this is bravely dealt [481] with by H. P. B. [clx]58, [clxi]59  The danger still persists, and greatly handicaps the efforts of Those, Who—working on the inner side—feel that the thoughts of men should be lifted from the study of the ways of physical existence to broader concepts, wider vision, and synthetic comprehension.  Indication only is possible; it is not permissible here to give out the transmutative formulas, or the mantrams that manipulate the matter of space.  Only the way can be pointed to those who are ready, or who are recovering [482] old knowledge (gained through approach to the Path, or latent through experience undergone in Atlantean days) and the landmarks indicated hold sufficient guidance to enable them to penetrate deeper into the arcana of knowledge.  The danger consists in the very fact that the whole matter of transmutation concerns the material form, and deva substance.  Man, being not yet master even of the substance of his own sheaths, nor in vibratory control of his third aspect, incurs risk when he concentrates his attention on the Not-Self.  It can only be safely done when the magician knows five things:
1. The nature of the atom.
2. The keynote of the planes.
3. The method of working from the egoic level through conscious control, knowledge of the protective sounds and formulas, and pure altruistic endeavour.
4. The interaction of the three fires, the lunar words, the solar words, and later a cosmic word.
5. The secret of electrical vibration, which is only realised in an elementary way when a man knows the keynote of his own planetary Logos.
All this knowledge as it concerns the three worlds is in the hands of the Masters of the Wisdom, and enables Them to work along the lines of energy or force, and not with what is usually understood when the word 'substance' is used.  They work with electrical energy, concerning Themselves with positive electricity, or with the energy of the positive nucleus of force within the atom, whether it is the atom of chemistry, for instance, or the human atom.  They deal with the soul of things.  The black magician works with the negative aspect, with the electrons, if I might so term it, with the sheath, and not with the soul.  This distinction must be clearly borne in mind.  It holds the clue to the non-interference of the [483] whole Brotherhood in material matters and affairs, and Their concentration upon the force aspect, upon the centres of energy.  They reach the whole through the agency of the few centres in a form. With this preamble we will now take up the consideration of the
Conscious Manipulation of the Fires
It will now be apparent that the whole process of transmutation, as we can deal with it at present, concerns itself with the two fires which reached a high stage of perfection in a past solar system:
a. The fire of an atom in its twofold aspect—internal and radiatory.
b. The fires of mind.
It is with these that transmutation concerns itself from the human standpoint, and the third fire of Spirit is not at this stage to be considered.
This conscious manipulation of the fires is the prerogative of man when he has reached a certain point in his evolution; the unconscious realisation of this has led naturally to the attempts of the alchemist to transmute in the mineral kingdom.  A few of the older students right through the ages have comprehended the vastness of the endeavour of which the transmutation of the baser metals into gold was but preliminary and a symbol, a pictorial, allegorical, concrete step.  The whole subject of transmutation is covered by the work of the Hierarchy in all its three departments on this planet, and we might get some idea of the matters involved if we studied this vast hierarchical standpoint, getting thereby a concept of the work done in aiding the evolutionary process.  It is the work of transferring the life from one stage of atomic existence to another, and it involves three distinct steps, which can be seen and traced by means of the higher clairvoyance, and from the higher planes.  These steps or stages are:
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The fiery stage—the blending, fusing, burning period, through which all atoms pass during the disintegration of form.
The solvent stage, in which the form is dissipated and substance is held in solution, the atom being resolved into its essential duality.
The volatile stage, which concerns primarily the essential quality of the atom, and the escape of this essence, later to take a new form.
Radioactivity, pralayic solution, and essential volatility might express the thought.  In every transmuting process without exception these three steps are followed.  Occultly expressed in the old Commentary they are thus stated:
"The fiery lives burn within the bosom of Mother.
"The fiery centre extends to the periphery of the circle and dissipation supervenes and pralayic peace.
"The Son returns to the bosom of Father, and Mother rests quiescent."
The Masters, in concert with the great Devas, concern Themselves with this transmutative process, and each department might be considered as dealing with one of the three stages:
The Mahachohan's department in its five divisions deals with the burning of the fiery lives.
The Manu's department concerns itself with the form or the ring-pass-not which encloses the burning lives.
The Bodhisattva's department deals with the return of the Son to the bosom of the Father.
Within the department of the Mahachohan, a secondary division along these lives might be outlined:
The seventh and fifth Rays are occupied with the return of the Son to the Father and are largely centred in pouring forth energising power when it becomes necessary to transfer the life of the Son from an old form into a new, from one kingdom of nature to another on the Path of Return.
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The third and sixth Rays deal with the burning of the fiery lives.
The fourth blends the two fires within the atomic form.
It will be seen from a close study of these subdivisions, how close is the co-operation between the different groups, and how inter-related are their activities.  The work of the Hierarchy can be interpreted always in terms of alchemy, and Their activities deal with a threefold transmutation.  This work is carried on by Them consciously, and supervenes upon Their own emancipation.
Master transmutes in the three worlds and principally concerns Himself with the process upon the eighteen subplanes, the great field of human evolution, and with the passage of the life throughout the dense physical body of the Logos.  The Chohans of the sixth Initiation work in the fourth and fifth ethers of the logoic etheric body (the buddhic and atmic planes), and deal with the passage of the life of Spirit from form to form in those worlds, having in view the transmutation of units in the spiritual kingdom into the monadic.  Those on still higher levels—the Buddhas and their Confreres of the first and third Rays—deal with the passage of the life into the sub-atomic, and atomic planes of the cosmic physical.  What has been said applies to all hierarchical efforts in all schemes and on all globes, for the unity of effort is universal.  In every case, conscious self-induced control, or authority, precedes ability to transmute.  Initiates learn to transmute and superintend the passage of the life out of the animal kingdom into the human after the third Initiation, and during the earlier stages of initiation, formulas that control the lesser devas, and which produce results in the merging of the second and third kingdoms are communicated; they work under safeguards and supervision.
Advanced intellectual man should be able to co-operate in the synthesis of the work, and deal with the transmutation[486] of the metals, as the ratio of their intellectual development to that of the mineral elements, and builders whom they would control, is the same as in the above mentioned cases and grades of consciousness, but owing to the disastrous developments in Atlantean days, and the consequent stultification of spiritual evolution for a time until karma has been adjusted, the art has been lost; or rather, the knowledge has been safeguarded until a period is reached in the racial progress wherein the physical body is pure enough to withstand the forces contacted, and to emerge from the process of chemical transmutation enriched, not only in knowledge and experience, but strengthened in its own inner fibre.
As time proceeds, man will gradually do four things:
1. Recover past knowledge and powers developed in Atlantean days.
2. Produce bodies resistant to the fire elementals of the lower kind which work in the mineral kingdom.
3. Comprehend the inner meaning of radioactivity, or the setting loose of the power inherent in all elements and all atoms of chemistry, and in all true minerals.
4. Reduce the formulas of the coming chemists and scientists to SOUND, and not simply formulate through experiment on paper.  In this last statement lies (for those who can perceive) the most illuminating hint that it has been possible as yet to impart on this matter.

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