The One Existence, the
Supreme, from Whom all manifested life proceeds, expresses Himself in a
threefold manner, as the Trimurti, the Trinity. This of course, is recognised in
practically every religion, under many names: e.g.., Sat, Chit, Ananda: Brahma, Vishnou, Shiva:Ichchha,Jnana, Kriya: Cochma, Binah, Kepher:Father, Son and Holy Spirit:Power, Wisdom, Love:Will, Wisdom and Activity, etc.etc.
Group-Souls remain separate
and distinct, throughout all the vicissitudes of their evolution: that is to
say, the seven types evolve in parallel streams, the streams never uniting or
merging into one another. The seven types are clearly distinguishable in all
kingdoms, the successive forms taken by anyone of them making a connected series
of elementals, minerals,vegetables,or animals, as the case may be.
Evolving life takes place viz
- Individualisation of the animal the formation of the causal body, the entry
into the human kingdom. The three methods of individualisation - through
intellect, affection, and will.
Causal body has two main
To act as a vehicle for the
Ego: the causal body is the "body of Manas", the form- aspect of the individual
, the true man, the Thinker.
To act as a receptacle or
storehouse for the essence of the man's experiences in his various incarnations.
The causal body is that into which is woven everything which can endure, and in
which are stored the germs of qualities, to be carried over to the next
Thought Power -
The Mental Body, the mental
body serves for the concrete mind, which deals with concrete thoughts; the
causal body similarly is the organ, for abstract thinking.
Any idea will manifest itself
externally if one's attention be deeply concentrated upon it. Similarly, an
intense volition will be followed by the desired results. This of course, is the
secret of all true "magic".
Higher Manas is divine because
it has positive thought, which is Kriyashakti, the power of doing things. Manas,
mind, is thus by its very nature, activity. All work is really done by thought
The Chit, or intelligence
aspect of man is the first to be evolved: this is the analysing faculty which
perceives multiplicity and differences ; then comes Ananda, the wisdom that
realises the unity of things, and that accomplishes union, thus finding the joy
or bliss that is at the heart of life; lastly, comes the third or highest
aspect, Sat, self-existence, the Unity that is beyond even union.
Nothing good, that is once
woven into the causal body, can ever be lost or dissipated: for this is the man
that lives, so long as he remains man.
So many of the causes which
influence life, cannot be seen on this lower plane. But, when the consciousness
is raised to higher planes, we can see more of the causes, and so can come
nearer to calculating the effects.
The growth and development of
the causal body is greatly assisted by the work of the Masters, for they deal
more with egos in their causal bodies than with the lower vehicles of men. They
devote themselves to the pouring of spiritual influence upon men, raying out, as
the sunlight radiates upon flowers, thereby evoking from them all that is
noblest and best in them, and so promoting their growth.
From this highest level of the
mental plane come down most of the influences, poured out by the Masters of
Wisdom, as They work for the evolution of the human race, acting directly on the
souls, or egos, of men, shedding upon them the inspiring energies which
stimulate spiritual growth, which enlighten the intellect, and purify the
Trishna – that "thirst" which
is the primary reason why the ego seeks reincarnation. Trishna will arise and
drive him out to seek new experiences.
Such good karma naturally
binds the man to earth just as effectually as evil karma.If he forgets himself
entirely, and does good actions out of the fulness of his heart, then the whole
force of the result is spent in the building of his own character, and nothing
of it remains to bind him to the lower planes
There is always a link or line
of communication between the higher self, or ego, and the lower self, or
personality. This link is known as antahkarana.
In the average man there is a
perpetual strain going on between the astral and mental bodies, and also neither
of these bodies is in the least in tune with the ego, or prepared to act as his
vehicle. What is needed is the purification of the personality, and also the
channel between it and the ego must be opened and widened.
Ego & The
Until this is done, the
personality sees everything and everybody from its own very limited point of
view. The ego cannot see what is really going on; he perceives only the
distorted picture of the personality, which is like a camera, with a defective
lens, that distorts the light-rays, and a faulty plate, which makes the result
blurred, indistinct, and unequal.
A man may find himself for
example, overflowing with affection or devotion, and quite unable on the
physical plane to explain why. The cause is usually the stimulation of the ego
or, on the other hand,it may be that the ego is taking some special interest in
the personality for the time being.
The physical meditation is not
directly for the ego, but for the training of the various vehicles to be a
channel for the ego.
A man who grasps that he is
himself that Immortal Ruler, seated within his Self created vehicles of
expression, gains a sense of dignity and power which grows ever stronger, and
more compelling on the lower nature. The knowledge of the truth makes us
in the Personality
Life teaches us in two ways,
by tuition that the world gives us, and by intuition the working of the inner
self. As men develop, their intuition increases, and they do not depend so much
as before on the instruction that the world gives.
Before we invite the inflow of
the higher forces, it is all-important first to purify the lower nature. As the
Buddha taught, the first rule is: "Cease to do evil".
If a man is to hear the "still
small voice" with certainty and accuracy, he must be still: the outer man must
be unshaken by all external things, by the clamour of the big breakers of life
that dash against him, as well as by the delicate murmur of the softer ripples.
He must learn to be very still, to have no desires and no aversions. Except on
rare occasions, when it is unusually strong, it is only when personal desires
and aversions have ceased to exist, when the voice of the outer world can no
longer command him, that a man can hear the inner voice which should be his
The Ego on his
It is by passing up this
channel of the Sushumna that a yogi leaves his physical body at will, in such a
manner that he can retain full consciousness on higher planes, and bring back
into his physical brain a clear memory of his experiences.
The more highly the ego is
developed, the more fully is he able to express himself through the thought
images, these becoming steadily fuller expressions of himself. When he gains the
level of a Master, he consciously employs them as a means of helping and
instructing his pupils.
The blessing given by the
Officiant at Initiation means: " I bless you; I pour my force and blessing into
you; see that you in your turn constantly pour out this blessing to
When the consciousness is
raised to the buddhic vehicle, a very remarkable thing happens to the causal
body: it vanishes, and the Initiate is under no compulsion ever again to take it
up; but naturally this cannot be done until all the karma of the lower planes is
When the buddhic consciousness
fully impresses the physical brain, it gives such a new value to the factors of
life that a man no longer looks upon a person or object, but is that person or
object. He is able to recognise the motives of others as his own motives, even
though he perfectly understands that another part of himself, possessing more
knowledge, or a different view point, may act quite differently.
When once a man enters upon
the Path, and converges all his energies upon it, his rate of progress is
enormously accelerated. His progress will not be by arithmetical progression,
i.e., in the ratio 2,4,6,8 etc., nor by geometrical progression, i.e., in the
ratio 2,4,8,16, etc., but by powers, in the ratio 2,4,16,256, etc.,. This fact
should afford great encouragement to the serious student.
As the consciousness rises
still further up into the higher planes, it will be seen that it overlaps those
on either side of it more and more, until eventually when the "centre" is
reached, there is practically a complete merging of consciousness.
A selfish man could not
function on the buddhic plane, for the essence of that plane is sympathy and
perfect comprehension, which excludes selfishness.
It must be recollected that,
whilst the buddhic consciousness brings a man in to union with all that is
glorious and wonderful in others, into union, in fact, with the Masters
Themselves, yet it also, and necessarily, brings him into harmony with the
vicious and the criminal.
When separateness is
abandoned, and unity is realised, a man finds that he is merged in the Divine
Life, and that the attitude of love is the only one which he can adopt, towards
any of his fellowmen, whether they be high or low.
When we raise our
consciousness to the buddhic level, we find the consciousness of the other man
as part of ourselves. We find a point of consciousness which represents him -
we might call it a hole rather than a point. We can pour ourselves down that
hole, and enter into his consciousness, at any lower level that we wish, and
therefore can see everything precisely as he sees it - from inside him, instead
of from outside. It will easily be understood how much that lends itself to
perfect understanding and sympathy.
In the Yoga system, turiya, a
lofty state of trance, is related to the buddhi consciousness, just as sushupti
is related to the mental consciousness,svapna to the astral, and jagrat to the
physical. niruddha , or Self-controlled, corresponds to activity on the buddhic
The extension of the buddhic
plane is so great, that what may be called the buddhic bodies of the different
planets of our chain meet one another, so that there is one buddhic body for the
whole chain. Hence it is possible for a man, in his buddhic body, to pass from
one of these planets to another.
All desires for lower things,
such as craving for power, money, position, and so forth. All such desires
necessarily cause disturbance and suffering: hence, from this point of view,
what is most needed for progress is serenity.
Âtma is not the Self, but is
this consciousness knowing the Self. Buddhi is this consciousness, knowing the
life in the forms, by its own direct perception. Manas is the same consciousness
looking out upon the world of objects.
Jivanmukhta, a liberated life,
a free being,His will is one with the Universal Will, that of the One without a
second. He stands ever in the light of Nirvana, even in His waking
consciousness, should He choose to remain on earth in a physical body.
If we think of the ego as the
soul of the physical body, we may consider the Monad as the soul of the ego in
In attempting the cure of
First Ray – draw health and
strength from the great fountain of Universal Life.
Second Ray – know how to
exercise his will-power upon it to the best advantage
Third Ray – invoke Great
Planetary Spirits, and choose a moment when astrological influences were benefit
for the application of his remedies
Fourth Ray – physical means,
such as massage.
The Fifth Ray - employ
The Sixth Ray - employ
The Seventh Ray man - use
mantras, or magical invocations.
Master - Discipleship
The Masters aid, in countless
ways, the progress of humanity. From the highest sphere, They shed down on all
the world light and life, that may be taken up and assimilated, as freely as the
sunshine, by all who are receptive enough to take it in.
While the earlier stages of
progress are so slow as to be almost imperceptible, when the Master turns His
attention upon the man, develops him, and arouses his own will to take part in
the work, the speed of his advancement increases in geometrical
In the stage of Probation, the
Master makes a living image of the pupil, moulding out of mental, astral and
etheric matter an exact counterpart of the causal, mental, astral and etheric
bodies of the neophyte, and keeps this image at hand, so that He may look at it
When the pupil is Accepted,
the Master dissolves the "living images", because, they are no longer necessary.
The consciousness of the pupil is then united with that of his Master, in such a
way that whatever the pupil feels or thinks is within the astral and mental
bodies of his Master. If and when necessary, the Master can erect a barrier, and
so for the time shut off the consciousness of the pupil from His own
At the stage of Sonship, the
link with the Master is such that not only the lower mind, but also the ego in
the causal body of the pupil, is enfolded within that of the Master, and the
Master can no longer draw a veil to shut off the pupil.
The whole earth is divided
into special areas,each in the charge of a Master. These areas, consisting of
huge countries or even continents.