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327. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - 45. DIVISION D - II. THOUGHT ELEMENTALS AND DEVAS. 3. THE SOLAR ANGELS, THE AGNISHVATTAS. - Part 4 - A. BAILEY

DIVISION D - THOUGHT ELEMENTALS AND FIRE ELEMENTALS

II. THOUGHT ELEMENTALS AND DEVAS.

3. THE SOLAR ANGELS, THE AGNISHVATTAS. - Part 4



Naturally, the first group will be the largest, for it does not necessitate so much knowledge, but more risk is entailed with them than with the others—the risk of a perversion of the plans, and of disaster to the unit involved.  The second group will be less numerous, and the last group will involve only a handful, or two or three in certain countries.  In this case, it will be verily true that, through sacrifice, the Son of Man will again tread the highways of men, and His physical incarnation be a fact.  Very few will be thus available for His use, as the force He carries requires a peculiarly resilient instrument, but due preparation is being made.
Again the method of direct incarnation will be employed by certain of the Masters and initiates through the process of:
a. Physical birth.
b. Appropriation of a suitable vehicle, or body.
c. Direct creation by an act of will.  This will be rare.
The second, or middle, method will be the one most frequently employed.  Six of the Masters, as yet quite unknown to the average occult student by name, have already sought physical incarnation—one in India, another in England, two in northern America, and one in central Europe, whilst another has made a great sacrifice, and taken a Russian body in the desire to act as a peace centre in that distracted land.  Certain initiates of the third Initiation have taken feminine bodies,—one in India will in due time do much toward the emancipation of the women of India, whilst another has a peculiar work to do in connection with the animal kingdom which likewise is awaiting the day of His appearing.
The Master Jesus will take a physical vehicle, and with certain of His chelas effect a re-spiritualisation of the Catholic churches, breaking down the barrier separating the Episcopal and Greek churches from the Roman.  This may be looked for, should plans progress as hoped, about the year 1980.  The Master Hilarion will also come forth, and become a focal point of buddhic energy in the vast spiritualistic movement, whilst another Master is working with the Christian Science endeavour in an effort to swing it on to sounder lines.  It is interesting to note that those movements which have laid the emphasis so strongly on the heart or love aspect, may respond more rapidly to the inflow of force at the Coming than other movements which consider themselves very advanced.  The "mind may slay" the recognition of the Real, and hatred between brothers swing the tide of love-force away.  The three Masters so closely allied with the theosophical movement are already making Their preparations, and will also move among men, recognised by Their Own and by those who have eyes to see.  To those of Their chelas on earth who undergo the necessary discipline, opportunity will be offered to work on the astral plane and, should they so choose, an immediate incarnation, provided they have achieved continuity of consciousness.  He Who is known as D. K. is planning to restore—via His students—some of the old and occult methods of healing and to demonstrate:
a. The place of the etheric body.
b. The effect of pranic force.
c. The opening up of etheric vision.
It is not permissible to say more in connection with the plans of the Great Ones.  Their appearing will not be simultaneous in time, for the people could not stand the tremendously increased inflow of force, and recognition of Them and of Their methods will depend upon the intuition, [760] and the training of the inner senses.  They come with no herald, and only Their works will proclaim Them.
(e.) Impulse and Incarnation.  Perhaps light upon this very difficult question of the incarnating jivas, of adepts and of avatars may come if the student remembers that:
1. An ordinary man demonstrates the third aspect of intelligent activity in his personality life, and is evolving consciously the second aspect, or the egoic manifestation on the physical plane.
2. An adept in incarnation is demonstrating fully the second aspect as well as the third, and in his own internal life is in process of evolving the first aspect, or is endeavouring to bring through the monadic life into conscious activity on the buddhic plane.
3. An avatar demonstrates one of two things, according to his peculiar karma:
a. The pure light of the Monad, brought through by means of the perfected Ego and personality on to the physical plane.  The line of force extends straight through from monadic levels to the physical.
b. The light of the Logos Himself in one or other aspect, this being transmitted consciously via the Monad straight through to the physical plane from the planetary Logos, or even from the solar Logos Himself.
In the first two cases, desire for sentient existence, or desire for service to humanity, are the factors which produce physical manifestation (one through the force of evolution itself, the other through a conscious act of the will).  Desire for sentient existence is but the latent second aspect seeking expression by means of the Not-Self, and in the other case the manifested second aspect consciously utilises form as a means to an end.  In the case [761] of all avatars it is the will aspect which is brought into play, and which produces appearance—either the will of the perfected adept, such as the Buddha Himself, or (as in the case of the true Avatar, Who is, and Who has not achieved) the will of the planetary Logos or of the solar Logos, taking form for a specific purpose.  It involves a higher display of the creative faculty than that displayed by the Adept in the creation of His body of manifestation, the Mayavirupa. The terms "appropriation of a physical body" and "creation of a physical body" must be extended to include all the planes of the solar system, and not just our physical plane, the seventh subplane of the cosmic physical.
The causes which combine to produce incarnation, are seen to be three:
1. Egoic impulse.
2. The activity of the solar and lunar Angels.
3. Karma, or the place which antecedent action plays in producing manifestation.
We can hardly dissociate them in the consideration of our subject owing to the innate constitution of the egoic body itself and the factor the indwelling consciousness plays in producing appearance through an act of will.  Let us briefly, therefore, reconsider what we have learned anent the egoic body and its constitution, and then take up the steps followed by the Ego in producing results in the three worlds.
We have seen that on the third level of the mental plane, the egoic lotus is found and the student should picture it to himself as follows:
Concealed at the very centre or heart of the lotus is a brilliant point of electric fire of a blue-white hue (the [762]jewel in the lotus) surrounded, and completely hidden, by three closely folded petals.  Around this central nucleus, or inner flame, are arranged the nine petals in circles of three petals each, making three circles in all.  These petals are formed out of the substance of the solar angels, as are the central three,—substance which is not only sentient as is the substance of the forms in the three worlds and the lunar bodies, but which has an added quality of "I-ness" or of self-consciousness, enabling the spiritual unity at the centre (by means of it) to acquire knowledge, awareness, and self-realisation.  These nine petals are of a predominant orange hue, though the six other colours are found as secondary colours in a varying degree.  The inner three petals are of a lovely lemon-yellow hue.  At the base of the lotus petals are the three points of light which mark the position of the permanent atoms, and which are the medium of communication between the solar Angels and the lunar Pitris.  By means of these permanent atoms the Ego, according to its state of evolution can construct his lunar bodies, acquire knowledge on the lower three planes, and thus buy his experience, and becomes aware.  On a higher turn of the spiral, the Monad through the egoic petals, and thus with the aid of the solar Angels, acquires knowledge and equally on more exalted levels becomes aware.
The light within these permanent atoms has a dull red glow and we have, therefore, all the three fires demonstrating in the causal body—electric fire at the centre, solar fire enclosing it as the flame encloses the central nucleus or essence in a candle flame, and fire by friction, this latter fire resembling the glowing red wick which lies at the base of the higher flame.
These three types of fire on the mental plane—meeting and unified in the egoic body—produce in time a radiation or warmth which streams out from all sides of the lotus, and forms that spheroidal shape noted by investigators.[763] The more fully developed the Ego may be, and the more the petals are unfolded, the greater the beauty of the surrounding sphere, and the more refined its colouring.
At the early stages after individualisation, the egoic body has the appearance of a bud.  The electric fire at the centre is not apparent, and all the nine petals are closed down upon the inner three; the orange colour has a dead aspect and the three points of light at the base are just points and nothing more; the triangle which is later seen connecting the points is not demonstrated.  The surrounding sphere is colourless and is only to be appreciated as undulatory vibrations (like waves in the air or ether) reaching barely beyond the petal outline.
By the time the third Initiation is reached, a wondrous transformation has transpired.  The outer sphere is palpitating with every colour in the rainbow, and is of wide radius; the streams of electrical energy circulating in it are so powerful that they are escaping beyond the periphery of the circle, resembling the rays of the sun.  The nine petals are fully unfolded, forming a gracious setting for the central jewel, and their orange hue is now of a gorgeous translucence, shot with many colours, that of the egoic ray predominating.  The triangle at the base is now quickened and scintillating, and the three points are small blazing fires, showing to the eye of the clairvoyant as sevenfold whorls of light, circulating their light from point to point of a rapidly moving triangle.
By the time the fourth Initiation is reached, the activity of this triangle is so great that it looks more like a wheel in rapid revolution.  It has a fourth dimensional aspect.  The three petals at the centre are opening up, revealing the "blazing jewel."  At this initiation, through the action of the Hierophant wielding the electric Rod of Power, the three fires are suddenly stimulated by a downflow of electric, or positive force, from the [764] Monad, and their blazing out in response produces that merging which destroys the entire sphere, dissipates all appearance of form, and produces a moment of equilibrium, or of suspension, in which the "elements are consumed with fervent heat."  The moment of highest radiation is known.  Then—through the pronouncement of a certain Word of Power—the great solar Angels gather back into themselves the solar fire, thus producing the final dissipation of the form, and hence the separation of the life from the form; the fire of matter returns to the general reservoir, and the permanent atoms and the causal body are no more.  The central electric fire becomes centralised in atma-buddhi.  The Thinker or spiritual entity stands free of the three worlds, and functions consciously on the buddhic plane.  Between these two stages of quiescent (though self-conscious) inertia and of that radiant activity which produces a balancing of forces, is a long series of lives.
In our consideration of the subject of the reincarnating jivas, we have touched upon three subjects:
a. Avatars, with the intent of disposing of the confusion in the minds of students as to certain types of appearances.  In our present study we shall deal only with the process followed by ordinary men.
b. Pralayas, with the intent of arousing in the mind of the student the idea of interludes of quiescence dependent upon the intervening periods of activity.
c. The appearance of the body egoic and its general conformation, with the intent of awakening the realisation of the student to the fact that evolution affects that body also, and not only man's forms in the three worlds.  The effects of the process are interdependent, and as the lower self develops, or the personality becomes more active and intelligent, results are produced in the higher body.  As these effects are cumulative, and not ephemeral [765] as are the lower results, the egoic body becomes equally more active and its manifestation of energy is increased.  Towards the close of the evolutionary period in the three worlds a constant interchange of energy is seen to be taking place; the lower forms become irradiated with light, and reflect the higher radiance; the egoic body is the Sun of the lower system, and its bodies reflect its rays, as the moon reflects the light of the solar sun.  Similarly the egoic Sun,—through the interaction—shines with ever greater intensity and glory.  On the higher levels a similar interaction takes place for a brief period between the Monad and its reflection the Ego, but only in the coming solar system will this interaction be carried to its logical conclusion.
Having, therefore, very briefly dealt with these three topics, we can now proceed to consider the process followed by the Ego when seeking manifestation in the three worlds.  Let us endeavour in our thoughts to interpret all these processes in terms of energy and of force.
The old Commentary says:
"When the Spark is touched to the four wicks, and when spiritual Fire in its threefold essence meets with that which is combustible, the Flame bursts forth.  Faint the flicker at the first appearing, and near to death it seems, but the wicks smoulder and glow, and the heat is retained.  This is cycle the first, and is called that of the glowing wheel.
The flicker grows into a tiny flame and the four wicks burn, but are not consumed, for the heat does not suffice.  The light of these three fires is yet so small that the cave is not illumined.  Nevertheless, the flame and the essential heat can be felt by the One Who approaches and watches.  This is the second cycle, and is called that of the warmingwheel.
The tiny flame becomes a lighted lamp.  The fire flares up, but much smoke is there, for the wicks are burning fast, and the heat suffices for their quick destruction.  The lamp, set in the midst of darkness, makes the thick blackness manifest itself; the light and warmth are felt.  This, the third cycle, is called that of the lighted wheel.
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The four wicks and the flame appear as one, and nearly all the smoke is gone, for flame is mostly seen.  The cave itself is lighted up, though the lamp is yet apparent.  Cycle the fourth is called the hour of the flaming wheel.
The final cycle comes when even the lamp itself is burned, destroyed through the intensity of heat.  The One Who watches, seeing the work accomplished, fans the central point of fire and produces a sudden flaming.  The wicks are naught—the flame is all.  This, so the Sacred Science says, is called the cycle of the wheel consumed."
Here in the arcane symbology is hid (in terms of energy and of radiant activity) the whole secret of egoic energy, and of impulse making its presence felt in the substance of the lower planes; the student should interpret the above sentences both macrocosmically and microcosmically.  In all manifestation, the originating impulse comes from the first aspect which is hidden at the heart of the egoic lotus, but this hidden Identity works under law, and in the earlier stages (the first three cycles) the process goes on under the Law of Economy, which is the law of substance itself; in the final two cycles this law becomes merged (though not superseded, being still potent) with the Law of Attraction, which is the fundamental law of the divine Self.  It is the failure to realise this which has resulted in the confusion existing in the minds of many metaphysicians as to which demonstrated first, desire or will, and as to the distinction between them, between impulse and purpose, and between instinct and intention.  In the earlier stages man reincarnates under the Law of Economy, and though the will aspect lies back of the process, yet for a long time it is the pull of sensation and its reflex in consciousness, desire, which produces rebirth.  Sensation, being a quality in matter or substance, the Self in the beginning identifies Itself with sensation.  Later, when the Self is beginning to identify Itself with Itself, and to recognise the nature of the Not-Self, the Law of Attraction and Repulsion becomes [767] more active, and conscious will and purpose are displayed.  Here it should be remembered that a profound difference in time and space exists between the Logos, or Macrocosm, and Man, the Microcosm.  Average man comes into incarnation through egoic impulse, based on desire and on the relation of the second aspect to the third aspect or of the Self to the Not-Self.  He will eventually bring about (through evolution) the revelation of the first aspect, and then egoic impulse (based on conscious mental apprehension of the purpose in view) will be the dominant factor, and will demonstrate through a definite will to act.  In connection with the Logos, the first stage has been left far behind, and logoic manifestation is based on will and purpose and on conscious intelligent activity.  The reason for this is that the Logos, and the planetary Logoi likewise, are on the path of cosmic initiation.
Therefore, though the originating impulse comes from the central point, it is not at first apparent.  At the moment of individualisation, the dim outline of a form such as earlier described has made its appearance on mental levels, and (which is a point not as yet recognised by students) it becomes apparent that a period on mental levels has transpired given over to a preparation for the imminent event.  Through the activity of the solar Angels the twelve petals have gradually taken form, as the point of electric fire at the heart has begun to make itself felt even though not as yet localised.  Then the first three petals take shape, and close down upon the vibrant point, or "jewel" under the potency of the Law of Attraction.  One by one the nine other petals take shape as the vibrations begin to affect solar substance, the three types of petals being each under the influence of one or other of the major Rays; these, in their turn, come under the influence of force from cosmic centres.
As earlier said, these petals form a bud, each being closely folded.  Only faint vibrations are to be seen pulsating in the bud, just enough to testify to its being a living organism.  Shadowy and dim can the ring-pass-not be seen, the encircling limit of the activity of the coming Consciousness.  It is an ovoid or sphere, and very small as yet.  This process of forming the egoic lotus has gone on silently from the moment that the lower animal man, or the lower four principles, had reached a point where the energy (generated by him) could begin to make itself felt on mental levels.  When the fire of the lower prepared sheaths (the threefold fire of substance itself) becomes radioactive, this nebulous appearance on the third subplane of the mental plane begins to be organised, as the result of the downward pull of the higher by the lower, and as the response of the Spirit aspect to the radiations, or attraction, of matter.  But individualisation as we understand it is not yet effected.  This process of radioactivity on the part of the lower, and of a downflow of energy from the higher, covers a long period wherein the solar Angels are working on Their Own plane and the lower Pitris are also working on theirs; one group is producing the nucleus of the egoic body, and the other the receptacle for the life of God, or the Monad in the three worlds.
Then comes a set time in the life of the planetary Logos wherein His centres become active in a particular manner; this is coincident with the incarnation of the Monads, and their descent into the three worlds.  A systemic triangle is formed (for ever the three produce the seven), and through this setting loose of threefold energy, the work of the solar and lunar Pitris is co-ordinated, and the three permanent atoms are appropriated by the jiva concerned, and appear at the base of the egoic lotus.  Individualisation has taken place and the work of at-one-ment is completed; the fourth kingdom [769] in nature is a "fait accompli;" the Monad has clothed itself in material sheaths, and the self conscious unit appears on the physical plane.  If all that H. P. B. has to say anent the first three rounds of our Earth scheme is read as dealing with the period of condensation of the causal body upon the mental level, and as covering the time leading up to the appearance in the fourth round of man as we now have him, some light may be thrown upon this difficult matter.
The egoic lotuses can be seen grouped together, and each of them forms part of a group.  These groups in their turn form part of a vaster lotus which embodies the consciousness of a still greater Entity whose "jewel" may be found on the second subplane.  All these in their turn may be divided into seven fundamental groups.  These seven groups or aggregates of egoic lotuses form the seven types of consciousness of those Entities Who are the seven centres of force for our own planetary Logos. These seven in their turn will be synthesised on higher levels into the three higher centres, till the entire energy and force which they represent is gathered up, and absorbed by the centre corresponding to the highest head centre of the planetary Logos.  Each Logos embodies one type of cosmic energy.  Each of His centres embodies this type of energy in one of its seven differentiations.  Each of these seven in turn manifests through egoic groups, and these again are composed of those points of energy we call Egos.
These multitudes of egoic groups form a radiant interlocking whole, though all are diverse and differing, both as to their point of development, and their secondary colouring.  Just as the petals in the egoic lotus of the incarnating jivas unfold in differing order and at different periods, so the egoic groups also unfold diversely as to time and sequence.  This produces a wonderful appearance.  Again just as the Master can (by [770] studying the group or larger lotus of which He is a part), ascertain the condition of the human units who go to its constitution, so theplanetary Logos can ascertain through conscious identification (note the term) the condition of the various groups through whom His work must be accomplished.
It will now be apparent to the student that the appearance of the incarnating jivas on the physical plane will be governed by three things:
First of all, on impulse based on the will-purpose of the Life animating the aggregate of groups on any subray, or one of the seven larger groups.
Second, on impulse based on the will, tinged by desire, of the Life animating a man's egoic group.
Third, on impulse, based on the desire of the Ego for physical plane manifestation.
As identification of a man with his group becomes matured the desire impulse becomes modified until it is eventually superseded by group will.  If these facts are pondered upon it will be apparent that Egos come into incarnation therefore not singly but according to group urge, and thus collectively.  This is the basis of collective karma, and of family karma.  The individual urge, which is, of course, a reaction to group urge, is the result of personal karma.  Hence, though we may by these reflections, have thrown some light upon this question of reincarnation, we have nevertheless said much to increase the magnitude of the question, and its complexity.  Average man is confined to the use of the physical brain, and is, therefore, unable to think in group terms.
This egoic impulse in any group or any group unit makes itself felt as a pulsation, or access of energy, emanating from the central point.  This central activity is produced by the action of the planetary Logos working through the groups in His centres, and according to the centre under stimulation so will the groups concerned be affected.  Beyond mentioning this fact, we cannot enlarge, for the subject is stupendous, and beyond a man's comprehension; it is only necessary for him to appreciate his dependence in this matter upon the planetary Logos.
From the group centre, therefore, emanates an urge to renewed activity, and this spreads throughout the group lotus until the units who respond to that particular ray vibration occultly "awaken."  All this time (as far as the jivas are concerned) this aspect of force has been that of the first aspect, and has passed from the central points to other central points.  The positive nuclei in each case are affected by this flashing forth of electric fire, or energy.  Each point concerned responds by a primary contraction followed by an outgoing or expansive display of energy.  Each Identity concerned proceeds to sound a WORD.  This sound expands into a mantram and the solar angels vibrate in response.  There is a point of interest to be noted here.
a. The first aspect works through a Word of Power.
b  The second aspect works through mantric combinations.
c. The third aspect works through mathematical formulas.
Having sounded the Word the first aspect, represented by the electric fire at the centre of the lotus, sinks back into quiescence, and becomes an abstraction as far as the self-conscious unit is concerned.  The work has been begun, the necessary vibration has been set up, and the whole process then proceeds under law.  The solar angels have begun their activity, and until their work has reached a very high stage, the Spirit aspect must become, in the causal body, an analogy to the Silent Watcher.  As the solar Angels continue sounding out the mantram which is the basis of their work, the lunar Pitris respond [772] to certain sounds in that mantram (not to all by any means at first) and gather out of those sounds the formula under which their work must proceed.  So the Word is the basis of the mantram, and the mantram is the basis of the formula.
At each incarnation, finer forms are required, and the formulas therefore grow more complicated, and the sounds on which they are based become more numerous.  In time, the formulas are completed, and the lunar Pitris respond no more to the sounds or mantrams chanted on the mental plane.  This is indicative of the stage of perfection, and shows that the three worlds have no more a downward pull for the jiva concerned.  Desire for lower manifestation and experience has no more sway, and only conscious purpose is left.  Then, and only then, can the true Mayavirupa be constructed; the Master then sounds the mantram for Himself, and builds without formulas in the three worlds.  At the time too that man begins to tread the Probationary Path, the mantrams of the solar Angels begin to die down, and slowly (as the petals of the inner circle open up) the true Word emerges until the three enshrining petals burst open, and the central spark is revealed.  Then the Word is fully known, and mantrams and formulas have no further use.  Thus is the beauty of the scheme revealed.  When the planetary Logos is concerned, the Word sounded on cosmic levels is being resolved into mantrams on the cosmic etheric planes, for He is in a position to create consciously on those levels; He works nevertheless through formulas on the dense physical planes of His scheme, our three worlds of endeavour.
To return to the reincarnating jivas:  When the initiatory impulse has been given, the vibration thrills through the petals, and activity starts in those of them which respond to the note of that Word.  The solar Angels direct the vibration, and the mantram for that particular [773] type of Ego is begun.  Finally the vibration reaches the mental unit at the base of the lotus bud, and the lunar Pitris are called into activity.  They begin to work out their formulas for the particular type of vehicle which is required.
(f.) Activity of the Pitris.  The joint activity of the solar and the lunar Pitris  in the process pursued by the reincarnating Ego is our next subject of consideration.  The Ego, driven by desire for physical experience, has made the initial move and a vibration, emanating from the centre of the lotus bud, has reached the lotus petals, and has consequently vibrated in deva substance, or inmatter vitalised by the Agnishvattas.  As they are galvanised into activity (according to the group affected) the vibration is increased, and a dual sound is emitted.  This dual sound is the basis of the mantram upon which the Ego's cycle of incarnation is founded.  The vibration, pulsating through the outer circle of petals (for the two inner circles and the three central petals are not as yet responsive) arrives at the triangle formed by the three permanent atoms, and vivifies the three lower spirillae, causing a slight response in the fourth, and leaving the higher three yet dormant.  In each round one of the spirillae has been 'created,' and in this fourth round (through the creation of the fourth spirilla) the fourth or human kingdom can come into being.  The word 'creation' must be occultly understood, and means the appearance in active manifestation of some form of energy.  Only in the next round will the fifth spirilla be an active functioning unit in a sense incomprehensible now.
Students should bear in mind that this applies primarily to the humanity individualised on this globe, and was also equally true in the earlier chain; units, however, which come into this fourth or Earth Chain from the earlier ones are much ahead of earth's humanity, and their fifth spirilla is awakening into organised activity in this round.  All in Nature overlaps.
When therefore this vibration from the central Will has arrived at the atomic triangle it is an indication that the entire lotus is turning its force downwards, and for the period of manifestation the flow of egoic energy is towards the lower, and consequently away from the higher.  There is at this stage very little turning of egoic energy in the direction of the Monad, for it has not yet generated enough force, and is not as yet radioactive towards the Spirit aspect.  Its activities are primarily internal and self-centred for the greater part of the time, or are directed towards arousing the permanent atoms, [775] and not towards the unfolding of the petals.  This should be carefully borne in mind.
The work of the solar Angels is of a triple nature:
(1.) Directing the vibration towards the atomic triangle.  Here a very interesting fact must be borne in mind.  The three permanent atoms, or the three points of the triangle, do not always hold the same relative position as regards the centre of the lotus, but according to the stage of development so will be the position of the atoms, and so will be the apprehension of the inflowing force.  In the earlier stages, the physical permanent atom is the first to receive the inflow, passing it through its system to the astral permanent atom and the mental unit.  This force is circulated four times around the triangle (this being the fourth round) until the mental unit is again contacted and the energy becomes centralised in the fourth spirilla of the mental unit.  Then and only then do the lunar Pitris begin their work, and commence the co-ordination of the substance which will form the mental sheath, next working with the astral body and finally with the etheric body.
At a later stage in the evolution of man (the stage wherein the average man is now) the astral permanent atom is the first contacted, and the energy circulates through it to the other two.  At the stage of advanced intellectual man, the mental unit takes the primary place.  In this case there is now the possibility of the alignment of the three bodies which will later be an accomplished fact.  The fifth spirilla in the lower two atoms increases its vibration.  As we know, there are only four spirillae in the mental unit and the moment that that is in full activity, the co-ordination of the antaskarana becomes a possibility.  Changes are now taking place in the egoic lotus, and the petals are unfolding, that unfoldment being partially dependent upon the vibration in the spirillae and their awakening.
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The student should bear in mind the fact that as soon as the mental unit has become the apex of the atomic triangle a condition is brought about wherein force in the future will enter the three atoms simultaneously through the three unfolded petals of the outer circle, and the man has therefore reached a very definite stage in evolution.  The direction of force, and its application to the atoms is the work of the solar Pitris.  As evolution proceeds, their work in this connection becomes more complex, for the petals are unfolding, and the triangle is revolving more rapidly.
(2.) Pronouncing the mantram which will make possible the 777 incarnations.
Each of the figures in this triplicity stands for:
a. A cycle of egoic manifestation.
b. A particular sound which will enable the Ego to express some subray of this egoic ray.
c. The three circles of petals which will unfold as the result of incarnation.
d. The particular group of manasadevas who form the causal body of the Ego concerned.
The mantric sounds are therefore based on these figures, and through the mantram (which grows in volume, depth and number of sounds involved as time elapses) the force is directed, the petals concerned are stimulated into activity, and the lunar Pitris become aware of the work to be done in preparation for any incarnation.
(3.) Building into the causal body that which is required for its completion.
In the early stages this work is comparatively small but as the third stage of development is reached, and the man is demonstrating character and ability, their work is rapidly increased, and they are kept fully occupied in the work of perfecting the egoic body, in expanding the egoic consciousness, if metaphysical terms are preferred.  All [777] this is accomplished by means of the material furnished by the lower self.  When that lower Personality becomes gradually radioactive, these radiations are attracted to the positive ego, and are absorbed into its nature through the activity of the solar Angels.
These three activities are the main work of the solar Pitris where man is concerned.  Where the group, and not the individual, is concerned, their work lies along the line of adjusting the egoic units in their groups, and of making them group conscious, but this is only possible towards the final stages of evolution when the work of the highest group of Agnishvattas is in order.  The middle group who form the nine petals are always the most active.  They work in connection with the lower group who are the direct transmitters of energy to the atomic triangle, receiving it from the middle group.  More of their work it is not possible to detail, for the work of the Agnishvattas is vast and intricate, and differs also in the various schemes in certain particulars.  Those who are working in the Uranus, the Neptune, and the Saturn scheme work somewhat differently to those functioning in the Venus, the Vulcan, the Mars, the Mercury, the Jupiter, the Earth and the exoteric Saturn scheme, and so do the Manasadevas of the inner round.  We should note here that we again have a triplicity of groups, representing a triplicity of force, and herein lies a hint.  In the central list of schemes the middle and lower group of Agnishvattas are active.  In the others the higher group and middle group hold sway as these planets are the most occult and sacred in manifestation, and are concerned only with egos who are on the Path, and who are therefore group-active.  In connection with Uranus, Neptune and Saturn, this might be expected as they are the synthesising planetary schemes, and provide conditions suitable only for the very advanced stages.  They are the "reaping" planets.
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Much confusion in connection with Egos exists in the minds of our students on account of their failure to realise that (as H. P. B. has pointed out) the Secret Doctrine is primarily concerned with the planetary scheme of our Earth, and has little to impart anent the other schemes, and their methods of evolving self-consciousness.  The general procedure on the mental levels is the same, but as each scheme embodies one particular type of force, the peculiarity of that force will colour all its evolution, and the work of the Agnishvattas will correspond.  It is not possible to state what is the peculiar colouring of the Ray which is embodied in our scheme, as it is one of the most secret of the mysteries revealed at initiation, but students must bear in mind that in the fundamentals laid down here we are not dealing specifically with our scheme.
A great deal has been said in modern occult literature anent the process followed in the perfecting of those Egos who choose to remain with the Hierarchy of our planet, and their methods of development (through chelaship to adeptship).  But nothing practically has been imparted anent the many egos who reach a certain high stage of evolution in our scheme and who are then transferred to one of the three synthesising schemes, passing first to the scheme which is the polar opposite to ours, and from thence to the synthesising scheme.  They are numerically more than those who remain within the Earth scheme.  Whichever may be the synthesising scheme to which they are attracted, it marks and initiates their start upon one of the three cosmic paths.  The work of the Manasadevas is carried on throughout the entire system, and a constant circulation transpires, and a constant transmission of energy, and of force units embodying that energy, goes on throughout the entire system.  This transmission becomes possible in any scheme when the [779] fourth or human kingdom becomes radioactive; it really marks the setting in of the period of obscuration.  Venus is a case in point.  Metaphysically stated, it marks the point when the Logoi begin to dissociate Themselves from Their dense physical bodies, or from the three worlds of human endeavour.
The three groups of Agnishvattas concerned with the evolution of man on the mental level have each a specific function, as we have already seen, and the lowest of the three deal primarily with the transmission of force or energy to the three permanent atoms.  In the dual sounding of the egoic mantram by the lowest of the three groups changes are brought about and the lunar Pitris (who concern themselves with the lower three vehicles) enter upon their work, the key being given to them by the solar Angels.
These lunar Pitris embody the substance of man's lower bodies, just as the solar Pitris sacrifice themselves to give him his egoic body, and his consciousness. They are substance in its dual aspect, and the Lunar Pitris in their higher grades are the positive energy of atomic substance, and in their lower are the negative[780] aspect of the same substance.  They might be considered, in connection with man, as triple in their ranks:
a. The highest group of all receives the energy from the higher levels, and ensouls the spirillae of the three permanent atoms.
b. The second group, being the positive energy that attracts, builds and forms the body of man on the three planes.
c. The lowest group are the negative aspect of energised substance and the matter of the three sheaths.
In connection with the solar system they embody the Brahma aspect, being the product of earlier cycles wherein conscious activity was achieved, but self-consciousness was only arrived at by certain cosmic entities who passed through conscious substance, and gave to it that potentiality which will enable atomic substance—after many kalpas—to develop self-consciousness.  In connection with a planet, they are called by a mysterious name which may not be revealed, as it conceals the mystery of the scheme which preceded ours, and of which ours is a reproduction.  There are Pitris who work in connection with a planet, and with a solar system as well as those working in connection with the human kingdom.  They embody the energy of substance as demonstrated in a system, a scheme and a human cycle.
There are also in connection with our peculiar Earth scheme, those lunar Pitris who reached their present stage of activity in the moon chain.  They are deva groups but (unlike the Agnishvattas) they have not passed through the human stage; for them it has yet to be achieved, and their present experience in connection with the human Hierarchy has that end in view.  It should be remembered that it is a fundamental law in occult development that any life can only give out that [781] which it has possessed, and possession of the varying attributes of consciousness from that of the atom up to the consciousness of a solar Logos, is the result of long cycles of acquirement.  The solar Pitris, therefore, could give to man his consciousness; the lunar Pitris could give to him the instinctual consciousness of his vehicles.  In their aggregate in all the kingdoms of nature, on this planet and elsewhere, they give to the planetary Logos and to the solar Logos the sumtotal of the form consciousness of Their respective bodies.  This is the case in every scheme in the system, but in the Earth chain a peculiar condition of affairs was brought about through the planetary failure coincident with the moon chain; this is the cause of the present balancing of forces on this chain.  The fourth chain in every scheme sees the work of the solar Pitris in connection with man begun.  It sees also the Pitris of his sheaths in activity through the impulse given by the solar Angels.  The matter of those sheaths has passed through three chains and three rounds and is vibrant to a note which is tuned to the....To word it otherwise, the third can be clearly sounded, and is followed naturally by the fifth, or the dominant.  The simultaneous sounding of the third and the fifth, basing it upon the planetary keynote, produces the effect of a threefold chord, or a fourth tone, a complex sound.  I am here dealing with the chord of the human hierarchy as a whole.  Within the hierarchy there is again diversity, based upon the hierarchical chord, and this produces the many egoic chords and notes; these produce in their turn objective manifestation.
We can now trace the progress of egoic energy as it passes down from the abstract levels to the permanent atoms.  On each plane the work is threefold, and might be tabulated as follows:
1. The response within the permanent atom to the vibration set up by the solar Pitris; to word it otherwise: [782] the response of the highest group of lunar Pitris to the chord of the Ego.  This definitely affects the spirillae of the atom, according to the stage of evolution of the Ego concerned.
2. The response of the substance to the atomic vibration upon the particular plane involved.  This concerns the second group of Pitris, whose function it is to gather together the substance attuned to any particular key, and to aggregate it around the permanent atom.  They work under the Law of Magnetic Attraction, and are the attractive energy of the permanent atom.  On a tiny scale each permanent atom has (to the substance of a man's sheaths) a position relative to that which the physical sun holds to the substance of the system. It is the nucleus of attractive force.
3. The response of the negative substance concerned and its moulding into the desired form through the dual energy of the two higher groups of Pitris.  Some thought of the unity of this threefold work has been given in the differentiation of the substance of any plane into:
a. Atomic substance.
b. Molecular substance.
c. Elemental essence.
This differentiation is not entirely accurate, and a truer idea of the underlying concept might be conveyed if the word "energy" took the place of "substance and essence."  This third group of Pitris is really not correctly termed Pitris at all.  The true lunar Pitris are those of the first and highest group, for they embody one aspect of the intelligent will of Brahma, or of God-in-substance.  The third group are literally the lesser Builders, and are blind incoherent forces, subject to the energy emanating from the two higher groups.  Occultly these three groups are divided into the following:
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a. The Pitris who see, but touch nor handle not.
b. The Pitris who touch but see not.
c. The Pitris who hear but neither see nor touch.
As they all have the gift of occult hearing, they are characterised as the "Pitris with the open ear"; they work entirely under the influence of the egoic mantram.  If these differentiations are studied a great deal may become apparent anent a very important group of deva workers.  They are a group who only come into manifestation as a co-ordinated triplicity in the fourth round in order to provide vehicles for man; the reason for this lies hid in the karma of the seven Logoi, as They energise the fourth, fifth and sixth Hierarchies.  In the earlier round in each scheme these three groups attain a certain stage of necessitated growth, and embody the highest evolution of the substance aspect.  Only the highest and most perfected of the atoms of substance find their way into the vehicles of man,—those which have been the integral parts of the higher evolutionary forms.
(g.) The Work of Form-building.  This work of form-building proceeds under definite laws, which are the laws of substance itself; the effect is the same for human, planetary and solar vehicles.  The different stages might be enumerated as follows:
1. The Nebulous.  The stage wherein the matter of the coming sheath begins to separate itself gradually from the aggregate of plane substance, and to assume a nebulous or milky aspect.  This corresponds to the "fire-mist" stage in the formation of a solar system and of a planet.  The Pitris of the Mist are then active as one of the many subsidiary groups of the three major groups.
2. The Inchoate.  Condensation has set in but all is as yet inchoate, and the condition is chaotic; there is no definite form.  "The Pitris of the Chaos" hold sway, and are characterised by excessive energy, and violent activity, for the greater the condensation prior to co-ordination [784] the more terrific are the effects of activity.  This is true of Gods, of men, and of atoms.

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