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330. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - 48. DIVISION D - II. THOUGHT ELEMENTALS AND DEVAS. 3. THE SOLAR ANGELS, THE AGNISHVATTAS. - Part 7 - A. BAILEY

DIVISION D - THOUGHT ELEMENTALS AND FIRE ELEMENTALS

II. THOUGHT ELEMENTALS AND DEVAS.

3. THE SOLAR ANGELS, THE AGNISHVATTAS. - Part 7


The word "lunar" is here an anachronism and is technically inaccurate.  The moon or moons in any scheme are systemic effects, and are not causes.  In certain planetary relationships, they are considered causes, but in connection with our solar system they are not.  Yet also, in connection with a system, there exist cosmically certain bodies in space which have as definite an effect upon the system as the moon has upon the earth.  This is something as yet unknown and incomprehensible to metaphysicians, scientists and astronomers.  War wages cosmically as yet between the systemic "lunar" lords, and those Entities who are analogous to the solar Lords on cosmic levels.  Until our students extend their concept to include in their calculations the logoic astral and mental bodies as the Logos seeks to express emotion and mind on the physical plane (through His physical body, a solar system) they will not progress far towards the heart of the solar mystery.  Until the force of the cosmic lunar Lords is sought for, the fact of there being entire constellations beyond our solar system in process of disintegration in time and space in a manner similar to [835] the disintegration of the moon will not be known nor the effects of this traced.  Eventually our solar system will pass into a similar state.  The true mystery of evil lies here, and the true reality of the "War in Heaven" must here be sought.  Similarly it must be remembered that planetary schemes pass into obscuration and "die out," through the withdrawal in all cases of the positive life and energy and of the electric fire which is the animating principle of every system, scheme, globe, kingdom in nature, and human unit.  This produces again in every case the dying out of the "solar radiance," or of the light produced by the commingling of the negative and positive energy.  All that is left in every case again is the habitual energy of the substance upon which, and through which, the positive energy has had such a remarkable effect.  This negative type of force gradually dissipates, or disperses itself, and seeks the central reservoir of energy.  The spheroidal form is thus disintegrated.  This can be seen working out now in the case of the moon, and the same rule holds good for all bodies.  We might word it otherwise:—The solar Devas (or radiant energy) return to the central Heart or to the source which breathed them out.  This leaves the lesser deva substance dependent upon its own internal heat, as it involves the withdrawal of that which built substance into form.  This deva substance is of many kinds and perhaps the consequent procedure can be more clearly understood if we say that as the form breaks up the lesser builders and devas return to their group soul.  Certain of them, those who form the bodies of the fourth kingdom in nature, and who are therefore the highest kind of substance through which consciousness can manifest in the three worlds, are on the road towards individualisation,—they are nearer the human stage than the substance of the three other kingdoms.  They occupy a place in the deva evolution analogous to that which a man holds in the human kingdom (note that I say kingdom, not evolution) who is nearing the Path.  The goal for the devas (below the rank of solar Pitris) is individualisation, and their objective is to become men in some future cycle.  The goal for a man is initiation, or to become a conscious Dhyan Chohan, and in some distant cycle to do for the humanity of that age what the solar Pitris have done for him, and make their self-conscious expression a possibility.  The goal for a solar Pitri is, as said earlier, to become a logoic Ray. 
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To return to the matter which we were considering:—Just as the moon is a deterrent or malefic force where the Earth is concerned, and productive of evil "influences," so all such disintegrating bodies are equally destructive.  Such bodies exist within the solar ring-pass-not, unrecognised as yet, and disintegrating constellations (of which there are many in the universe, unknown and unrecognised by scientists) have an equally malefic effect upon our system, and upon all that passes into their sphere of influence.
There is one such constellation, situated between the lesser Dipper and our system, and another, interrelated with the Pleiades and our system which still have a profound effect upon the physical body of the solar Logos.
The above paragraph is specifically worded thus because the effects are felt in the lowest sheath of all, and are responsible for much that is ignorantly termed "black magic."  These two constellations have run their cycles and are "dissolving."  Some of their life force and energy has been transferred to our solar system, [838] just as the lunar life force was transferred to our earth, and this it is that is the cause of much cyclic evil.  The process of decay and the evil emanations induced still have power to influence forms which are responsive to what was for them an earlier vibration.  The substance of these forms is magnetically linked with the decaying body, much as the etheric double is connected with its dense sheath, and effects are therefore manifested.  Purificatory fire is the only cure for this magnetic corruption, and this is being utilised freely by the planetary Logoi in Their schemes, and by the solar Logos in the system.
PURIFICATORY FIRE
"The fire burned low.  A dull red glow slumbered within the Heart of Mother.  Its warmth was scarcely felt.  The first and second of the inner lines throbbed with the burning, but the rest were cold.
The Sons of God looked down from the innermost centre.  They looked, then turned away Their gaze and thoughts to other spheres.  Their hour had not yet come.  The elemental fires had not prepared the altar for the Lords.  The sacrificial fire waited in its high place and the steady glow beneath increased.
The fire burned clearer, and the first and second slowly lighted up.  Their glow became a line of brilliant fire yet the five remained untouched.  The Sons of God again looked down.  For one brief second They thought upon the Mother, and as They thought the third caught fire.  Swiftly They looked away for the form as yet relayed to Them no call.  The heat was latent and no outer warmth ascended to Their place.
The aeons passed.  The glow increased.  The Spheres took form, but dissipated rapidly, lacking coherent force.  They passed.  They came again.  Action incessant, noise and fire and smouldering heat characterised Their cycles.  But the Lhas in Their high heaven spurned this elemental work and gazed within Themselves.  They meditated.
The glow became a steady burning and tiny flames were seen.  The first, the second, and the third became three lines of fire and one triangle was consummated.  Yet the four are seen quiescent [839] and respond not to the heat.  Thus do the cycles and the elemental lives pass and repass, and their work continues.
The forms are set, yet brief their span.  They move not, yet they pass.  The hour has come for the great awakening.  They pass no longer down but mount.
This is the interlude for which the Lhas in Their high place have waited.  They may not enter yet the forms prepared, but feel Their hour approaching.  They meditate anew, and for a minute gaze upon the myriad threefold fires until the fourth responds.
The sixty seconds passed in dynamic concentration produce forms of triple kind, three sets of forms, and myriads in the three.  The Heart of Mother contracts, and expands with these sixty fiery breaths.  The lines become allied, and cubes are formed, shielding the inner fire.  The altar is prepared, and four square stands.  The altar glows, red at the centre and warm without.
The altar flames.  Its heat mounts up, yet it burns not, nor is consumed.  Its heat, which has no flame, reaches a higher sphere; the Sons of God for a brief period warm Themselves, yet approach not nearer to it until the passing of another cycle.  They await the hour, the hour of sacrifice.
The solar Lords, taking the Word as sounded by the Sons of God, arise in the fierceness of their solar life and approach the altar.  The four lines glow and burn.  The sun applies a ray; the solar Lords pass it through Their substance and again approach the altar.  The fifth line awakens and becomes a glowing point, and then a dull red line, measuring the distance 'twixt the altar and the One Who watches.
The fivefold fire dynamic begins to flicker and to burn.  It lights not yet without; it simply glows.  The aeons pass away, the cycles come and go.
Steadily the solar Lords sacrifice Themselves; They are the fire upon the altar.  The fourth provides the fuel.
The Sons of God still watch.  The work nears its final consummation.  The Eternal Lhas in Their high place call each to each, and four take up the cry:  "The fire is burning.  Does the heat suffice?"
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Two answer to each other:  "'The fire is burning; the altar is well-nigh destroyed. What happens next?'"  "Add to thefire with fuel from Heaven.  Breathe on the blazing fire and fan its flame to utter fierceness."
Thus the command goes out from One Who watches, silent hitherto, through countless aeons.  They send forth breath.  Something prevents the passage of the breath.  They call for aid.  One makes His appearance Who has not yet been seen.
He lifts His hand.  The one, the two, the three, the four and five merge into one and mingle with the sixth.  The flame mounts up, responding to the breath.  The final disappearance of the cube is needed and then the work stands forth."
From the archives of The Lodge.
(c) The Names of the Egoic Lotuses.  We might consider briefly the work of forming the egoic lotus on its own plane; this is as the result of the work of the Agnishvattas, after its segregation in space, and the formation of its ring-pass-not.  We have touched upon the remotest and earliest stages.  One point we have not yet emphasised but which is of interest to the thoughtful student.  This is the fact of the difference existing between the egoic bodies owing to their varying stages of development.  For instance, up till the middle of the Atlantean rootrace  (when the door of individualisation was closed), Egos were to be seen at many differing stages from the newly organised "buds," representing freshly individualised men, to the highly developed causal bodies of the different disciples and initiates, who were superintending the evolution of the race.  Now the egoic bodies might be grouped from the evolutionary standpoint as follows:
On the third subplane of the mental plane:
Bud egos.  Our planetary scheme, being at the midway point in its evolution, there are therefore no unopened "buds" strictly speaking.  All the egoic lotuses have at least one petal open.  All the lotuses are organised, but there are vast differences among those of small development, [841] showing forth in the brilliancy of the permanent atoms, and in the stage of petal unfoldment.
Brahmic lotuses in which the first or knowledge petal is fully unfolded.  They are so called as they represent on the physical plane the fully active intelligent unity, the man of small mental development, the lowest type of workers, agriculturists, and peasants on every continent.  They are also called "third class creators," as they express themselves only through the act of physical creation on the physical plane, and their function is largely to provide vehicles for those of their own group.
The lotuses of Brahman, in which the second petal is showing signs of opening and the second aspect in its lowest manifestation is showing signs of demonstration.  They stand as representing certain groups of Egos from certain planetary schemes, notably Jupiter and Venus, who are a grade higher than the class above, but which have as yet a long way to go.  They are called "second class creators," for though they demonstrate on the physical plane in the act of physical creation, yet they are more swayed by love than by animal instinct as in the first case.  They are to be found incarnating at this time in the Orient, particularly in India and in the Latin countries, and just lately in America.
Primary lotuses.  These are a group of special interest brought in under the influence of the Lord of the fifth Ray, and therefore fundamentally allied to the energy which is the special manifestation in this system and the basis of all achievement, that is, manas.  They were quiescent during the Atlantean root-race but have come in during the fourth and fifth subraces of this rootrace.  They are a group a good deal more advanced than the earlier classes but need much to develop the second petal.  With them the first and the third petals in the first circle are opening, but the middle petal is yet shut.  The middle tier also shows no signs of vitality.  Owing [842] to conditions in their emanating planet, their development has been one-sided, and hence their entering on a wave of energy into this scheme in order to "round" themselves out, as it is called.  They may be seen in the purely intellectual selfish scientific type.  They are responsible for much of the advanced application of mechanical science to the needs of men, and for the introduction of certain types of machinery; they work largely in connection with the energy of the mineral kingdom.  By this it must be inferred that the solar Lords who embody this type are linked with a group of lunar Lords who respond magnetically to the devas of the mineral kingdom.  Their work for the race has at present a deleterious effect, but when the second petal is opened, the wonders then to be achieved by them in loving service along their own particular line will be one of the factors which will regenerate the fourth kingdom.  They will achieve emancipation in the fifth round, four fifths of them passing on to the Path and one fifth set back for another cycle.
Lotuses of passion or desire.  They are so called because their fundamental nature is embodied love in some one or other form.  The bulk of the Monads of Love are among this large group and they are to be seen incarnating in the bulk of the well-to-do, kindly people of the world.  They are divided into five groups, of whom three individualised upon this planet, and two were the very latest to individualise upon the moon chain.  They have two petals unfolded and the third is for them at this time the object of their attention.  Many may succeed in unfolding it before the seventh rootrace of this round but the bulk of them will unfold it in the second rootrace of the next round, and will stand ready before the close of the round to pass on to the probationary path, having unfolded one tier of petals, and organised the second.  All these lotuses of the first circle are divided into groups but interplay goes on between them; energy in any centre [843] produces reflex energy in another.  It must be remembered that in closing the door in Atlantean times to the animal kingdom, and the consequent temporary cessation of the forming of any more "bud lotuses" the effect was dual, in directions other than the human or the animal.  It was the result of the internal decision on the part of the planetary Logos to turn His attention away from the act of creation on the systemic mental plane to the work of progressive evolution.  This caused a cessation of certain types of activity, producing a quiescence in certain of His centres, and an increased activity in others.  It also had an effect upon the solar Angels, and consequently upon the Heart of the solar system from whence they are drawn.  Floods of energy or streams of force from the heart of the sun (the subjective Sun) were arrested and directed elsewhere, while the Pitris already active began to centre their attention upon the work begun, and temporarily new beginnings were out of order.  It must not be forgotten here that the work of the solar Pitris from their point of view, is not primarily the evolution of man, but is the process of their own development within the plan of the solar Logos.  The evolution of the human race is, for them, but a method.
Perfected men are in the councils of the planetary Logos of their particular ray; the solar Pitris are in the council of the solar Logos.
It might be of value here if we temporarily stopped our consideration of the egoic groups and briefly tabulated the evolutions, remembering that in this tabulation, the planes of differentiation alone are concerned; on the plane of the unmanifest or of the subjective, only unity is known.  It must again be remembered that the term "unmanifest" is one of relative importance only, and concerns man's apprehension of all that is.  To the solar Logos the planes of the unmanifest are objective.  Man has not as yet achieved etheric vision, and the etheric
TABULATION VI

Lives
Goal



1.
Planetary Logoi
Cosmic liberation; the final cosmic Initiations.

The major Three.




2.
The minor four planetary Logoi
Cosmic Initiation, or the first four Initiations.



3.
The informing Lives of a planetary globe
Manus of a cosmic chain.  Not a seed manu, but a periodical manu of lesser degree.  This involves an unrevealable mystery, connected with certain Hierarchies of color.
4.
The informing life of a kingdom in nature
Transference in one of three directions:
a.        To the line of the solar Pitris.
b.        To Sirius, as a karmic adjuster.
c.        To the solar system of the next order to work in connection with the planetary Logos of his own line as ruler of a kingdom or life wave in the system, and not just in a scheme.
5.
The solar Pitris.
The highest three groups will become major planetary Logoi; the lower four groups will become minor planetary Logoi.
6.
The human evolution.
To become the solar Pitris of another cycle.  To follow any of the paths earlier enumerated.  Those who become solar Pitris, being the bulk of humanity, return to Sirius to be breathed out again into activity.
7.
The lunar Pitris
To become men. They will in their higher grades pass directly into the animal evolution of the next cycle and so eventually individualise. Their three higher grades will become animal-men, and the lower four will contribute to the quaternic forms of the men of the next creation.
8.
The animal evolution
Human kingdom.
9.
The vegetable evolution
The animal kingdom.
10.
The mineral evolution
The vegetable kingdom.
11.
The four higher grades of lesser
They will form the manifested double or form of that mysterious third evolution of the

Builders on all planes
next system; that is, the etheric body of the planetary entity. This mysterious life is as yet an unfathomable mystery and one which will not be revealed till the final one of the triplicity of solar systems of our solar Logos.
12.
The three lower grades of the lesser Builders
The physical body in its densest form of the planetary entity.

subplanes are to him as yet unmanifest.  The solar Logos has cosmic etheric vision fully developed, and because He is on the cosmic Path all is known and fully revealed to Him within the solar System.
It might here be noted that the planetary Entity is the sumtotal of all the elemental lives of the lesser Builders functioning as, or forming, the substance of any particular globe in physical objectivity.  The mystery of the whole subject lies hidden in three things:
First, the fact that our three planes, physical, astral, and mental, form the dense body of the solar Logos, and are therefore not considered as forming principles.
The second fact is that the lesser "lives" or the elemental essence are the "refuse" of an earlier system, and react to inherent impulses so powerfully that it was only possible to control them through the dynamic will of the Logos, consciously applied.  The word "refuse" must be interpreted analogically, and as is understood when it is said that man gathers to himself in each fresh incarnation matter to form his dense physical body which is tinged with the earlier vibrations of preceding incarnations.  These "lives" have been gradually drawn in during the entire mahamanvantara as it became safe and possible to control and bend them to the will of the greater Builders.  Much of the earlier energy-substance in systemic construction has been passed on into that force-matter which we call that of the lunar Pitris, and its place has gradually been taken by this type of energy, gathered in from the greater sphere in which our Logos has place.  The twelve evolutions are after all but the twelve types of energy, manifesting ever in three groups of forces, and again as one group when synthesised during the process of manifestation.  They are fourfold in interaction, and have a systemic ebb and flow about which little is known.
Third, the fact of the coming into incarnation of the [846] informing "life" of this low grade substance, who is an entity from a point in the Heavens which may not be mentioned:  He embodies influences of a manasic nature, but manas at its very lowest vibration.  Perhaps some idea of this may be gathered if it is stated that there is a resemblance between this vibration, or this energising life, and the basic vibration of the solar system preceding this one.  We must remember that our basic vibration was the result of the evolutionary process of the entire earlier system.  This entity has the same analogous relation to the deva evolution as the mysterious "bridges" which baffle scientists, and which are found between the vegetable and the animal kingdom, and the mineral and the vegetable; they are neither the one nor the other.  On a large scale, this "life" or the informing entity of the lower life of the physical plane of the solar system is neither a full exponent of the subconscious life of the earlier system, nor of the elemental life of this; only in the next system will be seen the manifestation of a form of consciousness of a type at present inconceivable to man.  Esoterically he is stated to have "neither sight nor hearing"; he is neither deva nor human in essence.  He is occultly "blind," utterly unaware; he is capable only of movement, and resembles the foetus in the womb; that which is coming to the birth only the next greater cycle will reveal.  The mystery of the moon [cclxix]70 or of the "divine lunatic" is connected somewhat with the revelation (through the premature compassion of our planetary Logos) of the life of this nature, informing the dense globe of the moon chain.  On His high level, pity awoke in the heart of the planetary Logos for certain involutionary existences within the moon chain, and (like the Buddha on a lesser scale and at a much later date) compassionate zeal brought the karmic results with which we are still concerned.  The "beast" must be driven back [847] for his own good to run his cycle, hidden in his den and confined within safe limits until the dawning of a new system brings him conscious opportunity.
More we may not say.  It must be remembered that the mysteries of existence are as yet but little cognised by man.  In cases where profound mysteries lie, man is often totally unaware of it; and frequently man remains blind and deaf where no mystery is but only revelation for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.  When man has penetrated to those secrets which lie behind the lower kingdoms in nature, when he has solved the problem of the constitution of the interior of the Earth, and has from there worked his way back to knowledge of the working of the involutionary path and the lives which tread that path, then and then only will he begin to realise the strangeness of that which lies beyond his ken.
One further hint may be given, which will serve to throw a beam of light upon the problem for those who are ready, and will add to the confusion of the non-intuitive:—From the standpoint of the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, to Whom our solar system is but a centre (which centre being one of the three truths revealed at the seventh Initiation)
a. System I......was characterised by the organisation of a centre, and the mysterious life we have been speaking about was produced by the "lowest vibration of the centre."
b. System II.....is characterised by the activity in three dimensions of this centre, and the evolution of three types of consciousness, deva, human and subhuman, in all their many grades and hierarchies.  It is the period of the balancing of the forces in the centre.
c. System III....will be characterised by the fourth dimensional activity of the centre, and the twelve types of evolution will become four types of force.
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This is next to impossible for man to understand and will seem inexplicable, but this hint is imparted in order that man may realise the interdependence of the various systems, and the place they hold in a greater scheme; the intent is not to give the student uncorrelated facts of no apparent use to him.  Without the premise of our position within a vaster scheme, man's deductions will remain inaccurate.
We will now proceed with our enumeration of the groups of Egos according to their characteristics, but it might be wise to deal first with a problem which may be in some minds and see if it is not capable of solution.  Two problems come before the mind of the thoughtful student; one concerns the position (in connection with any particular planetary scheme) of those vast groups of Egos, which are embodied by Lives, emanating from any one of the seven Rays, and associated with any of the various schemes.  The other deals with the effect produced by the "coming-in" of Egos on the mental plane which are not "bud" Egos, but are possibly very fully developed, such as disciples and initiates.
These thoughts may be clarified if certain statements are made relating to the mental plane, and which will serve as indications as to the direction in which the solution of these problems may be sought.
The mental plane is, as H. P. B. has pointed out, the vastest of all the planes with which we are concerned.  It is the key plane of the solar system.  It is the pivotal plane upon which the great Wheel turns.  It is the meeting place of the three lines of evolution and has been for this reason esoterically termed "the council chamber of the Three Divinities."  On this plane, the three Persons of the logoic Trinity meet in united work.  Below two Persons may be seen associated; above another duality functions, but only on this plane do the Three make an at-one-ment.
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All the Logoi of the differing schemes are expressing Themselves upon this plane.  There are certain schemes in the system which find their lowest manifestation on this plane, and have no physical body such as the Earth, and the other dense planets.  They exist through the medium of gaseous matter, and their spheres of manifestation are simply composed of the four cosmic ethers and the cosmic gaseous.  But all the great Lives of the solar system do possess bodies of our systemic mental matter, and therefore on that plane communication between all these Entities becomes a possibility.  This fact is the basis of occult realisation, and the true ground for the at-one-ment. Matter of the abstract levels of the mental plane enters into the composition of the vehicles for all these greater Existences and through the medium of this energised substance each can get en rapport with each, no matter what Their individual goal of attainment may be.  The units, therefore, in Their bodies can equally get in touch with all other Egos and groups once they have achieved the consciousness of the mental plane (causal consciousness) and know the varying group "keys," the group tones and colors.
It will consequently be apparent to the careful student that in this fact lies the true relationship between the various groups of Egos, no matter what degree of evolution, or what ray and in which scheme they may be.  The basic truth here involved may be better grasped if the following occult phrases are studied:
"Within the Hall of Ignorance kama-manas rules.  The man, weighed down by much misplaced desire, seeks for the object of his heart's attention within the murky halls of densest maya.  He finds it there but dies ere garnering all the longed-for fruit.  The serpent stings him, and the joy desired recedes from out his grasp.  All seeking thus the selfish fruits of karma must each despise each other; hence strife and greed, ill-will and hatred, death and retribution, karmic invocation and the thunderbolt of vengeance characterise this Hall.
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Within the Hall of Learning intellect rules and seeks to guide.  Desire of a higher kind, the fruit of manas and its use, supplants the lower kamic urge.  Man weighs and balances, and in the twilight Halls of Intellection seeks for the fruit of knowledge.  He finds it but to realise that knowledge is not all; he dies upon the open field of knowledge, hearing a cry beat on his dying ears:  Know that the knower greater is than knowledge; the One who seeks is greater than the sought.
Within the Hall of Wisdom the Spirit rules; the One within the lesser ones assumes supreme control.  Death is not known within these halls, for its two great gates are passed.  Discord and strife both disappear and only harmony is seen.  The knowers see themselves as One; they recognise the field wherein knowledge grows as Brahmic dissonance and differentiation.  Knowledge they know as method, an instrument of purpose utilised by all and just a germ of eventual recognition.  Within this hall union of each with each, blending of one and all, and unity of action, goal and skill marks every high endeavor."
If these words are pondered on, it will be realised that true union exists in the realisation that the greater life ever includes the lesser, and that each expansion of consciousness brings man closer to this realised Oneness.
Therefore, if one might venture to express an abstraction and a state of consciousness in terms of time and space, and through the limitation of language, it might be stated that on egoic levels, or on the three higher subplanes of the mental plane, there exists a channel of communication, based on similarity of vibration and oneness of endeavour, between every one of the planetary schemes, within the solar ring-pass-not.  Here, and here alone (as regards the three worlds and the human kingdom), becomes possible the establishing of egoic relationships and the transmission of thought substance between
a. Units and egoic groups.
b. Groups and other groups.
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c. Greater groups with still greater or with lesser ones.
d. Egos in one planetary scheme with those in another.
The Ah-hi, the greater Builders, Who are the Lords working out the will of the solar Logos, mainly use two planes for communication with each other and with Their cohorts:
First, the second plane, where They communicate by means of a spiritual medium incomprehensible to man at present.
Second, the mental plane, where They communicate with all lesser lives by means of a type of mental telepathy.
The "coming-in" of advanced Egos from the inner round, or from other planetary schemes, or from subtler spheres where they have been in pralaya awaiting opportunity is produced in a triple manner and is the result of a triple activity.  It is caused by an understanding between the planetary Logos of a scheme, and a brother planetary Logos whereby an exchange is effected.  The student must here think in terms of force and energy, of magnetic interaction and the conscious transmission of energy out of the body of the planetary Logos, via centres or a centre, into the body of another planetary Logos.  The cause here is the will or purpose, the object is sensation, and the method is force transference.  Exactly the same understanding lies back of the coming in of egos from the inner round, only this time the energy is sent forth by certain existences (working in connection with any planetary Logos) who are the "custodians of the inner circle."  This touches upon a mystery and deals with the coming-in of high Egos, of Avatars, of Buddhas, [852] of masters, of initiates, and of disciples, and of all who have to wait for group, and not individual, urge for the fulfillment of cyclic karma on a large scale, and whose "wheels" are controlled by cosmic forces and not by purely systemic forces.
Another factor might be termed the karmic results of seeds sown in days long past, and hidden in the mysteries of the earlier system, scheme, or chain as the case may be.  All these three groups of manifestation follow karmic impulse, and this impulse it is which controls the time period, and method of the appearance in any group of planetary egos, of newly born lotus buds, or of lotuses which are termed "mystically transplanted."  These latter are probably of a high degree of unfoldment.  This is possible in individual cases and in the case of entire groups.
A third factor has to do with the transference of Egos or lotuses from one sphere of activity to another and this necessarily produces conditions calling for the appearance of similar centres to take their place.  Energy transmitted must be supplied from elsewhere, and this is another predisposing factor for the appearance of egoic lotuses in any scheme.  The law of the conservation of force holds good on any plane.
This whole question of the transference of egoic lotuses from any one scheme to another, or from chain to chain, on the mental plane is one of very real intricacy, and cannot be elucidated to the unpledged disciple.  Only these general indications are in any way possible.
It must also be remembered in connection with our planet that Egos appear in those groups whose lotuses are not produced as the result of the Law of Attraction working between the animal kingdom of the globe and the higher Triads, but which are Egos who have individualised elsewhere, and who therefore come in with their petals already organised, and perhaps with several [853] petals unfolded.  This has necessarily a profound effect both upon the groups in which they appear, and upon the type of man who will make his appearance subsequently in physical plane incarnation.  This is touched upon in the Secret Doctrine when the question of the early teachers and divine kings who occupied the ill-favoured bodies of the early humanity, is broached.
To continue with our consideration of egoic groups:  It might be briefly stated that the egoic groups in connection with our planet may be roughly grouped according to the stage of lotus organisation, as follows:
a. Egos who were produced through the individualisation process in Lemurian days.  They are the true Earth humanity, along with the second group.
b. Egos who have individualised during the Atlantean root-race until the door was shut.
c. Egos who have "come-in" from the moon chain and who are much more evolved than the earth humanity.
d. Egos who have been swept in since Atlantean days to take the place of those Egos who have achieved liberation, and whose causal bodies have disappeared, or whose lotuses have "died out" leaving a vacuum in force substance which must be supplied and filled.  They usually come in from one of two schemes:
1. From the scheme embodied by the polar opposite of our planetary Logos.
2. From that scheme which is allied with these two in forming a systemic triangle.
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These cases are necessarily rare at present but will become more frequent as more and more of the human race take the fourth Initiation.
e. Certain rare Egos or lotuses from schemes not enumerated in the above triplicity.  They are usually only brought in so that they may perfect certain developments in their own nature, to carry out experimental work in connection with the deva kingdom, or to produce certain group results desired by the planetary Logos.  They frequently do not descend into dense physical incarnation but work primarily on mental and astral levels, returning to their own spheres eventually for the final stages of liberation.
All these lotuses in their myriad differentiations have specific effects upon each other on mental levels, and these effects are as yet utterly unrealised by man.  Nevertheless, they are the basis of the true psychology, and the grounds of all true activity.  The student would do well to ponder upon the effect any advanced Ego would be likely to have upon:
a. Other Egos in his group.
b. The solar Pitris who are the substance of the group.
c. The lunar Pitris, who are linked with the solar Pitris through the permanent atoms.
We have enumerated above certain classifications of groups of Egos to be found on the causal levels of the mental plane, so as to give students some idea of the vastness of the subject, and the complexity of the problem.  It must be remembered that on the third subplane of the mental plane there is no individual separation such as we find when in physical manifestation, but nevertheless group separation is to be seen.  These groups are far too many to enumerate in detail.  We have outlined and named five of the larger groups as catalogued under [855] one scheme of tabulation in the Hall of Records.  Other methods of enumeration exist, and even under the one here used, these five groups are each subdivided into ten groups, and these again are broken up into lesser units, all of them being known and portrayed under certain symbols.
When we come to the second subplane of the mental plane (the plane whereon the egoic bodies of advanced humanity, of disciples, and of initiates are found) the method of grouping will be according to:
a. Ray.
b. Subray.
c. Department (whether under the Manu, the Mahachohan or the Bodhisattva on our earth scheme or their analogies on other schemes).
d. The Master's group.
These egoic lotuses are all organised, and have a number of petals unfolded whilst some are in the final stages of development.
They have also been grouped under the following three heads:
Lotuses of revelation.  Those in which the "jewel" is just about to be revealed.
Lotuses with perfume.  Those whose occult "smell" or aroma is permeating their environment.  They are those Egos who have not yet completely unfolded the final tier of petals, but whose lives are of magnetic force in the three worlds, and whose careers are distinguished by altruistic service.

Radiant lotuses, or those whose light is beginning to shine forth as lights in a dark place.

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