Chapter 0


This introductory chapter focuses on the Monad in relation to the Soul vehicles, as a "Jewel of seven facets," which expresses the present 7 principles through the 5 types of inherited and conditioned substance — in other words, the 35 Fires.   This provides the basic framework for the 7 chapters to follow – each chapter covering one of the seven planes, as each plane functions/expresses through five substantial levels or bases.
  Atom, Plane, and Ray
  Permanent Atoms
  The Four Creative Hierarchies related to Humanity
  Systems and Periodical Vehicles
  The Skandhas
  The Kingdoms (Ks), Egoic Groups (EGs), and Creative Hierarchies (CHs)
B. CONCEPTS of CHs, EGs, KINGDOMs, and SKANDHAs from the Manasic Point of View
  VIth Creative Hierarchy
  Vth Creative Hierarchy
  IVth Creative Hierarchy
  Humanity and Our 4th Order Solar System
C. NAMES of SIRIAN, SOLAR, PLANETARY and HUMAN Beings on the Planetary Planes
  Which Planes are to be Used?
  The 35 Fires
  Humanity's "Location"

Abbreviations within the text itself will occasionally include CHs for Creative Hierarchies, EGs for Egoic Groups, Ks for Kingdoms, and RRs for Rootraces, the psychic life of a nation (not the physical/material/socioeconomic).   All simple page notations refer to A.A. Bailey's A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, unless otherwise indicated by a 2/3-letter abbreviation.   All references to H.B. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine are to the Theosophical University Press's 1988 Centennial facsimile edition.


This chapter will be divided into three major sections:   (1)   an Introduction for the purpose of clarifying the terminology used throughout this study;   (2)   a review of the concepts of Skandhas, Kingdoms, Egoic Groups, and Creative Hierarchies from the point of view of the mental plane, pursued on five levels;   (3)   and a brief summary to serve as an introduction to the next 7 chapters.
The body of this work will follow in 7 chapters or articles, discussing the names given by the Tibetan DK to the Logoi on the seven planes of our solar system.   Each of the planetary 'names' is discussed on 5 levels:   human, planetary, solar, star Sirius, and the Sirian System of 7 solar systems.

•   Sons of Fohat

[spirit of the Earth,] or the Fires of the physical globe

•   Planetary Entity

(inherited Form aspect, astrally polarized [687])

•   Divine Manasaputra

(mentally focused personality aspect)

•   Heavenly Man

(soul or causal aspect)

•   Ray Lord

(triadic aspect)

•   Spirit Before the Throne;   Flame    

(monadic aspect)

•   Planetary Logos

(solar systemic function within the greater Whole)

This presentation is essentially a cross between a compilation of paraphrases and a synthetic study paper in progress, an outline for future research.   Its main purpose is to clarify the distinct names and terminology DK uses throughout his books to 'place' his discourse in relation to the planes; to allow contrast and differentiation to deepen reflection and enhance cognizance of a "meticulous Entirety."   In these articles I will be using terminology from HPB and AAB, supplemented with expansionson these authors' usage of Buddhist and Vedantin terminology, as well as that of other major traditions.   This I will integrate with astronomical terminology, along with current and future discoveries of the scientific community.   For HPB and AAB I cite chapter and verse, hoping readers will find it helpful for study and reflection in their various fields.   Its main purpose is to clarify the outlines of a vast visualization form for meditative practice and contemplation.

This preliminary material is necessary before we go straight to discussion of theplanes because, for instance, very few Bailey or Blavatsky students know much about the skandhas or their importance in the psychic constitution of planetary life.   Additionally, few students distinguish among soul as solar lotus, jewel, causal body, in its constitution on abstract or formless manasic subplanes, or have a technical understanding of ahamkara, or of antahkarana science.   Finally, the drastic distinctions to be made among humanity considered as a Kingdom, as Egoic Groups, or as a Creative Hierarchy are seldom recognized, admitted, or propounded;   and almost no one discusses the differences among personality, egoic, or monadic cycles of reincarnation and transfers of units between globes, chains, and schemes.   Even if we cannot recongize individually within ourselves – as a soul – the different lives that go to constitute our own causal vehicles of expression, we can enumerate them for intelligent consideration as a preliminary step to expansion of soul consciousness.   This introductory material is crucial before discussing humanity's place within the planetary and solar constitutions.

To clarify the question of the Planes in planetary, solar, and cosmic functioning lives, it is a good idea to define and correlate terms from a planetary perspective first, particularly with regard to the three major centers (Departments), the creative Hierarchies, Kingdoms, and Skandhas as they relate to the vehicle of the Heavenly Man, the soul aspect of the Planetary Logos.   To further this purpose I have utilized underlining as a means to draw attention to critical aspects of DK's terminological usage, namely distinctions among:   ray, energy, force, and substance;   cosmic, solar, planetary, and lunar lives;   system, entity, or spirit;   periodic vehicles versus principles;   systems versus constellations;   Creative Hierarchies (of monads), Egoic Groups (of souls), Kingdoms (of souls or personalities), or Rootraces (of evolving humanity);   the three aspects; etc.   Our primary consideration of the Monad leads directly to discussion of the nature of the esoteric Atom.

1.   ATOM, PLANE and RAY

Brahma as Anu, 'Atom' or Monad   (SD1.576)
Here in these 8 chapters we are dealing primarily with the nature of the solar Logos' physical permanent atom.   Treatment of the Threefold Sun (Book III) will follow some time in the future, because it demands much more synthesis and absorption.   However, three points regarding the illusions surrounding Motion should be kept clearly in mind in attempting to ascertain the nature of the (single incarnating) solar physical vehicle through its 'atomic' aspect, and its correspondences on wider levels, explicitly — Atom, Ray, and Plane.   Regarding motion in the ATOM, there is found the 1st Aspect forward motion of the Downflow Vortex.   This is succeeded by the 3- and 7-fold RAY vortical and longitudinal cycling on the north-south axis, of the 2nd spiral-cyclic aspect of motion.   The 3rd aspect involves the PLANES that rotate latitudally 'east' to 'west,' and which constitutes familiar rotational/orbital motion — seen, from our 'low' position within the Great Body of Illusion, as though 'external' planets, solar systems, and galaxies.   (See larger version of Atom graphic.)

Planes as "Accretion Disks" in the Time Continuum
Why should not the squashed accretion disks of our solar system and galaxy be considered Planes?   The term Plane infers a static spatial extension — a ground or platform which depends primarily upon relative periodicities.   Planes provide a field of evolution for hierarchies or hosts of (relatively) tiny lives within the living systems of a greater Entity.   We don't see these systems as pulsating atoms or spheres per se, or as the atomic spirillae tubes of the "Long Body of the Solar System" or the Long Body of the Galactic System, because we are constrained to look only spatially (from within) at a vaster system from the midget, man's, point in time.   These higher-order form factors can only be seen in the mind's eye when systems are examined over extended time periods.   We see the sun basically as an atom/sphere at the center of a plane-like system of planets, and our galaxy similarly as a plane with atomic characterstics when graphed in two dimensions.   On Earth we see the Milky Way as a plane-like cloud which intersects both the sky overhead and the more abstract celestial equator.   What we see of our solar system —or any "system" for that matter— depends upon both our angle of vision and the capacity of our mechanisms of response.   Here it should be evident that each and every cosmic spiritual Impulse traveling along a Spirilla constitutes within itself a 'plane' (as a Period in Time) for all involution and evolution contained and illuminated therein and below (speaking relatively).   We might call these structural form factors in time the spiritual/astronomic mechanical engineering of the redemption of the matter aspect.   All three types of motion taken together could be said to constitute 4th dimensional motion, a higher correspondence to what is continuously being rediscovered in new guises by science as radio-activity in time.

In this model we have a fundamental explanation of the duality found in human, planetary and solar life.   Since the 1st or life aspect is established beyond consciousness, and is seldom discussed even academically, only the 2nd and 3rd aspects are apparent or distinguishable in any concrete sense from the human point of view, or receive any appreciable recognition.   This basic, and incomplete, Duality of the 2nd and 3rd Aspects precedes the lower dualities or dichotomies on the planes of human activity, which are mediated by dialogue, dialectic or communication – as you prefer – in the psychological or spiritual reintegration process.   Duality in action or process constitutes a trialectic, or synthesis.   Thus the 1st Aspect is brought back in to the evolutionary current through the participation of humanizing consciousness.   > The atom — both human and solar — essentially represents the macrocosmic theme of involution and evolution in the Three Outpourings.

The Centers within the Atom
Since dealing with this material inevitably implicates a study of planetary centers on the different vehicular levels (as distinct from, but involved in the fields delimited by planes or strata), it is good here to reiterate DK's warning not to publish a compilation from his books organizing all material relating to the centers.   One understanding of this warning is that material relating to the human chakras in esoteric training and meditation assignment is best transmitted in the traditional yogic manner — oral teachings and hints from one's own soul or chosen mentor, who are in a better position to judge relative development and the need for balance, and who also can monitor progress long-term.   The same principles hold an analogous relation to the profession of psychological counseling.   Another understanding of schematic teachings on the centers (human, planetary or otherwise) is to strictly differentiate between the dead-letter ossified formulae of external chitinous "magic," which serve to generate a complex congestion of illusory glamors and maya, from the inner transformative living processes of yoga (termed by AAB, `white magic') which have ultimate impact from and upon the soul, and generate a constructive "thought creativeness," which leaves the will of self and others free.

Here we will start each section by dealing strictly from the line of sight of the unit, Humanity, functioning in its various capacities as distinct centers on differing levels within the Heavenly Man, the term that I assume DK uses to denote the soul aspect of the planetary Logos.   This assumption is probably not unwarranted, but may be incomplete.

There are many passages where DK relates humanity as a unit to the planetary centers and solar planes.   These identifications of humanity with different planetary centers will be found at the beginning of each of the following 7 articles.   Interpretations of these passages will follow, and will be stated categorically (not as absolutes), and presented taxonomically under the planetary name headings, in the interests of clarity rather than of dogmatism. (See TABLE C, The Planes.)

Breaths, Rays, Energies, Forces   (WM.291)
These four could be said to correspond to the radiatory emanations of Monad, Spirit, Soul and Personality periodic vehicles, respectively.   A Treatise on Cosmic Fire is introduced by the statement that "... the seven Logoi ... in this Treatise are known under the names of Lords of the Rays." (5)   I have identified this name (Lords of Rays) of the Logoi with our Atmic plane, the plane almost never mentioned technically in the above treatise, perhaps because just this is its topic.   (See Chapter 6 below.)

Since DK defines force esoterically as that energy which is contained within a limiting form, and energy as that which operates upon the forms contained within a greater form (EH.583-4), we can see how fluidly the term may be used upon differing planes and strata.   Similarly with the terms deva and pitri (SD_.___; CF_____).   This is reflected as well in the VIth and VIIth Creative Hierarchies, those that compose the etheric forms of all higher entities, and which are the atomic lives of the sparks which ensoul all cells, respectively.   This definition makes more plain the terminological usage placing and contextualizing the boundaries between form (rupa) and formless (arupa) realms and subplanes.

Breaths are extra-solar or extra-systemic energies which are at least partially identified with the Rays or Ray Paths (WM.274-5, 289).   As these extra-solar energies flow into the solar system, they form the Seven Paths — totally distinct from the 7 Ray Paths — that lead out of the same system (RI.423).


Without discussing the 7 groups of lunar pitris and their associated "returning nirvanis" from the previous solar system or lunar chain, we can note with DK that "the history of the lunar bodies is stored up in the permanent atoms" (856).   The permanent atoms are gathered together within the sphere of influence of one of the Raja Lords of the Planes (515).   We will discuss their relation to the human psychological constitution further, below, under the IVth Creative Hierarchy.

We are discussing the nature of the Monad or Atom again, because we want to understand the human and psychological implications of our lives as units within the 7 solar Spirillae of the cosmic physical plane (our 7 "solar" planes).

Although very few human beings perceive themselves on a day-to-day basis as `Atoms,' considerable attention has been paid by philosophers to this analogy of ultimate atoms or monads (SD1.630-3, 2.88), especially Plotinus, Proclus, and Spinoza.   Here it is important to distinguish between 'ultimate' atoms associated with the expression of a single unitary entity or system, and the "permanent" atoms associated with the entity's more abstract principles and substantial vehicles, both of which are situated on planetary and solar planes.   This brings in the question of psychological identity — what is it in our nature which persists through various experiences of death?   While HPB and AAB tend to encourage their students (from an occult/esoteric-science perspective) by asserting the technical or actual nature of the (evolving) soul and spirit which persists, the more public (mystically-oriented and religious-training) Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta schools assert that permanence of self or phenomena is illusory and transient, standing outside the 3rd Aspect "stream of evolution."   For instance, the monad cannot be said to evolve.   HPB and Subba Row at one time declared the causal body or karana sarira itself as illusory (SD_____).   This is from the perspective of the 4th or 5th initiation.   The antahkarana bridge represents the Path for the probationer and disciple, and a temporary process (many lifetimes) of coordination of the higher vehicles with our lower centers.   Gurdjieff-related schools tend to assert that no one can assume a soul or causal body who has not worked upon oneself and "earned" it, thus awakening from humanity's characteristic semi-conscious dreaming and sleeping states.   Both approaches have merit on the path of the Heart.   For most of us stuck in duality, the truth still "lies in the eyes of the beholder."   In this context it is important to remember that human incarnation cycles take place on the levels of personality, soul, and monad — or on scheme, chain, and globe round levels.

To get an idea of the specific nature of these permanent atoms on human and planetary levels, let's take another look at astronomical `atoms,' whose structure is more clear due to their distance, in particular the Galactic Atom.   It might not be out of order to describe the Spirillae of our Galactic Atom, surrounding the "atomic vortex" FIRST LOGOS as:

[LOCAL GALAXY] Figure 1.   The Galactic Atom.

        Black Hole / Vertical Jets
        Dwarf Galaxy (9-12) Systems*
        Subgalaxy (4) Systems*
  1)   Dwarf Galaxy (9-12) Systems;
  2)   Arms, or Ripple-Rings (4) (including "Spurs");
  3)   H2 / Association Systems (17 along the Orion Arm);
  4)   "7"-Cluster / Constellation Systems within one H2 Association;
  5)   "7"-Star/Sun Systems or Clusters, within one (7-Cluster) 7-Constellation System;
  6)   Solar Systems within one Cluster System;
  7)   Planetary Systems of 7 Sacred Planets (See Jour Eso Psych 4/2 [1988], 63; 5/2 [1989], 72-4).
*   Subgalaxies (4) include the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, a 3rd Cloud in Gemini-Auriga, and the 4th in Cancer, "Snickers."
*   Dwarf galaxies (9-12) are much smaller and at a greater distance from the galactic core.   They include Leo I, Leo II, Ursa Major, Sextans, Ursa Minor, Draco, Sculptor, Pegasus, and Fornax (Please see Jour Eso Psych 4/2 [1988] 47, for background to this model).   Globular Clusters are not covered in this model.   [Dwarf galaxies in the Local Galactic Region (the 3 major spiral galaxies M31, M33 and our own Milky Way) are now said to number 35 (Nature 395 [29 October 1998]).
This makes 7 Spirillae in all, spiralling round the downflow VORTEX at right angles to the systems both above and below (70), very similar to Babbit's model of the esoteric atom (1181).   In the context of Time and because they constitute Spirillae, perhaps these systems at `right angles' should be visualized more like spheres being turned inside-out as they sequentially subdivide into a lower 7 and move up and down the `sutratmic' `chain.'   In our presumably familiar Galactic System perhaps, after all, we are looking at the ATOM and CHAKRA Systems of a UNIVERSAL LOGOS (1085).

Thus, these 7 Spirillae can be associated directly with our 7 permanent atoms, inasmuch as the permanent atoms of our 7 principles and vehicles are situated upon the planes (and their graded subplanes), depending upon the coordination of "individual," group, and planetary karmic causes, impulses and predispositions.   For example, as souls or causal bodies we are cells (not centers) in the brain of God — Hierarchy representing the lower head centers of Deity.   In fact, this is how DK describes the 7 subrays of a single Ray (EH.____).

Perceiving Matter in Time (or Atoms, for that Matter)
What appears as Time to us, sequential programs and agendas for days, months & years in a human lifetime, might appear as a single day's program of activities for our planetary system; as a single activity or event for our solar system; or as an insignificant sensation — if it had not already dropped completely below the threshold of consciousness as an autonomic solar response.   Since we are attempting to clarify the Time aspect and the part it plays in the "Great Illusion" of (local) Universal Maya, the following Figure 1 may help to visualize Globes, Rounds, Chains, and Schemes in the dimension of Time, in addition to Space.   Once again, in the context of vast time cycles, are [science's described] "accretion disks" really planes?   Or are they "circular rays," as Elizabethan scientist/magus John Dee once expressed it?   Distinguishing among axial-rotary, orbital-cyclic, and spiral-cyclic motions in these Globes, Rounds, and Chains, the Time Cone is an interesting way of definitely depicting the nature of spiral-forward motion in four dimensions — the Great Illusion.   These are the four modes of HPB's (and St. Augustine's) conception of the Universal Life or God as the One Motion, or Primum Mobile.

Figure 2.   Space and Time.

Human perception of time illustrated by light years, a key to human apprehension of the (decreasing) number of the perceptible permanent atoms (on our solar planes) in increasingly greater Systems/Entities in the "Present" (532-5; Ferris 169-173).


This Figure depicts what have been called by astronomers "Time Cones," which are defined as the light which is able to reach us at any given moment at the speed of light, i.e., Orion is approximately 1000 light years distant and so its light takes 1000 years to reach us.     This also means we see Orion as it appeared 1000 years ago.   Therefore our `knowable' past is limited to the area within this time/light cone.   The straight lines of time at the center of each cone are purely a convention; they could look like a squiggle or, more probably, an elliptical curve — not because the speed of light fluctuates, but because relative position in space and relative motion (`proper motion') of a galaxy can alter over time.   For this reason one could say that spatial velocity traces out various interactive patterns within the light cone over time and this fact rather thoroughly illustrates the principle of relativity.   I say "Unknown Present," since the vertical line joining our galaxy with Andromeda and Maffei I represents an "unperceivable" 5th dimension in relation to [our non-philosophic "sense" of] Time.
To suggest an analogy, on a physical or systems level these time/light cones relate directly to our year-to-year lives.   It is often difficult to know the locations and developmental phases of all our loved ones and acquaintances.   We rely more on [physical methods of] remote communication, and on psychic levels or psychological rapport to `keep up.'   Here I am metaphorically using the "unknown" in the dimension of Space when discussing the former, and the "unknown" in psychologically evolving Time in the latter — and these on a miniscule level.   Only when discussing spiritual evolution in the context of `vertical' hierarchies of vehicles and group associations does interaction on the human plane begin to look `astronomical.'

The Logos Ensouling the Atom
The planetary Logos (or Monad) as a planetary scheme embodies one of the solar principles; this planetary Logos' body is composed of 7 chains which are solar centers, in the "remote space of time" (673).   While these 7 chains represent solar physical centers, for the planetary Logos they represent Principles (SD1.153, 159).   As such, He works out the will and purpose of the solar Logos (1043) through His systemic constitution.

The body of a single Heavenly Man (planetary Soul) is composed of a chain of 7 globes.   These chain Lords focus on the buddhic desire consciousness of the planetary Logos (204-6, 1043).   The Divine Manasaputra globe Lives (planetary Personality) are absorbed in the intellectual consciousness of the planetary Logos, and since their bodies are composed of 7 lesser globes, only one of which is visible to human perception (SD1.152, 2.607), They are said to be Manus of a cosmic chain (844).   Presumably, these 7 sets of 7 globes are related to the 14 root (beginning) and seed (ending) Manus (actually 49 Manus in total) of our 7 terrestrial Rounds (SD2.308).   (See Chapter 1, TABLE A.)


Just as the Atom, or Brahmic Egg is ensouled by the Logos or Vishnu principle, so the Monads, or human atomic units, are ensouled by the Creative Hierarchies.   Similarly the causal bodies on the mental plane are ensouled by the Egoic Groups of souls, which are later termed Ashrams when those entities become fully conscious as souls on their own plane.   On a lower level the threefold human personalities are ensouled by the Kingdoms in Nature (the 4th or 5th where humanity is concerned).

The Solar Threefold Personality Reflected Down into the Logoic Dense

CH III Planetary Buddhic Saturn (Libra) Jñanashakti
  Ist, IInd, IIIrd Creative Hierarchies, corresponding to Sun, Jupiter, Saturn (EA 34-5), and conveying solar Logoic mental, astral (and physical) vibrations, respectively (1196).      
  The Planetary Threefold Personality (EA 362)
"He who sees in the dark light of Shamballa penetrates to that which lies beyond our little sphere to that which can be sensed behind the holy triangle (Venus, Mercury and Earth, AAB)..." (EA 594)
CH IV Planetary Mental Mercury (Scorpio) Mantrikashakti
  If human monads are the force centers of a planetary Logos, this is the limit of incarnation for the planetary Logos and the Creative Hierarchies of monads (356), but not for the (buddhic plane) Heavenly Men.
  * (See "The Grand Trigon in Scorpio," Jour Eso Psych 7/2 [1992], 62-124), keeping in mind that Mercury (Thoth, Hermes, Christ) is the hierarchical ruler of Scorpio.
CH V Planetary Psychic Venus (Capricorn) Icchashakti
  If the human units found in the egoic groups indicate the limit of physical incarnation in a dense physical Globe (356) for the Heavenly Man of a scheme (271) as cells in His body (353, 358), this is the limit of incarnation for the (buddhic) Heavenly Men and the egoic groups (271), but not for the (mental plane) Divine Manasaputras. (See Chapters 3 & 4 below)
CH VI Planetary Physical Earth /Mars     (Sagittarius)     Kundalinishakti
  The Divine Manasaputras incarnate through the Kingdoms in Nature, but particularly the Animal Kingdom in the 3rd (Lunar) Chain (687) and Round, the Human during the 4th Chain and Round, and the Kingdom of Souls during the 5th Chain and Round (EP2.4-8)   As the Monad produces the personality, so the Universal Mind produces the Manasaputra (WM 359-61), ruling the Brahma or creative aspect (EP2.4).      


The psychical aspect of the interdependent incarnation processes of these 7 levels of SYSTEMS may be made plain by the following tabulation.   This should be suggestive regarding the two types of Rounds, as well as Manvantaras, not to mention three usages for Globe.

Figure 3.   Physical Systems.

[Phys. Globe/Ring] [Globe/Round]   [Chain] [Scheme]
Planetary Globe Solar System Sirian System     7-Constellation System
Solar System Sirian System     7-C System Association
Sirian System 7-C System Association Galactic Arm/Ring
7-Constellation System     Association G. Arm/Ring 4-Arm or 4-Ring Galaxy

This tabulation should help to make it clear why DK chose the System of 7 Constellations as the topmost system discussed directly in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire.   It occupies the middle or 4th position in a galactic or Cosmic Wheel (solar Egoic) Group context (a solar CHAIN).   In the above table it is found at the lower left-hand corner.   Other rationales include a nod to HPB's chart of only 4 Kosmic planes above her 7 Prakritic planes (AAB's cosmic planes), implying the unknowable 5th;   the 7 Rishis found on the cosmic (or Samkhyan Prakritic) Buddhic plane;   4 major Upadhis in the Vedantin system;   the 4 Major Constellations discussed at EA 427;   the Sirian Systemic LORD incarnating through the 3-fold Sirian Systemic DENSE physical constituted of our 3 lower cosmic planes;   HPB's summary compilations of all the Lower and Higher Quarternaries;   AAB's focus on 4 Cosmic Decanates (Jour Eso Psych 5/2 [1989]);   and 4 major Subgalaxies as well as galactic Arms or Rings, whichever you prefer.   It might also be mentioned that "our world," the planetary World Period or Ring, is found on the 4th strata in the above 2 tables.   The above are all related in one way or another to the 3 Solar Laws under the great Law of AKASHA, or 7-fold Mulaprakriti.

This is most likely the reason Alice Bailey noted that the planetary centers are identified somewhat with the Rootraces (EA 294).   It is implied that they are involved in the revolution of the planetary centers, sequentially introducing the monadic (or CH) groups (1087 ¶9) in the context of Kingdom manifestation.   And yet these RRs are reflected down into the human and deva groups which make up the Logos' chakra and etheric Body while in physical incarnation (in a RR), since from our point of view their evolution covers vast periods of time, not just energetic centers in one spatio-temporal Body (301).   The revolution of the Monadic Wheel takes place over the period of 3 solar systems (1089), so this is an indication of our identification as a Creative Hierarchy — the will-to-life behind the psychical life which controls life on the systemic subplanes.   Then again, it must be noted that the planetary Principles (identified with the 6/7 Schools of Indian Philosophy [285]) are associated with the centers during the period of incarnation (294), just as the planetary Schools are probably associated with the solar centers.

It is also more than likely that the above possibilities were hinted at by HPB, when she remarked upon a "Cosmic Chain of Universes" (SD1.43).   And, indeed, I am following her method, as well as AAB's, in enumerating only 5 Kosmic planes (with a `K') in the present study (these 8 chapters), reflecting the fact that throughout our Universe, only 5 spirilla seem to be active and awakened (1182).   Forty-nine Fires are the goal, but only 35 are as yet vitalized and active.   Universal Evolution on these 5 Kosmic planes is clarified somewhat by a closer examination of Tabulation II (CF 293).   The student may add at least 3 more columns to this table — the systems, the principles, and the centers.


The skandhas are those seeds which emerge out of pralaya, given the stimulation of energetic Outpourings of the greater Life in which they "live, move, and have their being," as St. Paul observed.   In Buddhist cosmology, Pralaya is understood on several planes of activity:   1) as the end of a Mahakalpa age; 2) as the entrance of a Buddha into highest samadhi; 3) the achievement of nirvana (or paranirvana) at one time cycle or another (thus arose the much-maligned translation of nirvana as `annihilation' or `extinction' by the Hinayanists); 4) as physical (and psychological) death (See Kloetzli, 83-4, 110-1).

The skandhas are mentioned in a few instances through DK's work.   He considered it important enough to mention (LP.393), and there is no reason not to imagine he decided a sufficient treatment existed in the voluminous references throughout traditional yogic, Hindu, and Buddhist literatures, not to mention the synthetic work of HPB (Esoteric Writings, 460).   Simply enumerated, they are form, feeling, perception, volition, and mentation/ cognition or scope of consciousness; all understood as interdependent.

In the Buddhist doctrine of pratityasamutpada, the 12 constituent Nidanas, are variously translated as dependent co-arising or interdependent origination (say, relativity continuum of causally conditioned human consciousness, as distinct from pervading awareness of ultimates).   The 5 skandhas undergo this 12-fold interdependent process of 12 causes engaged in mutual entropic conditioning, until the astrological Wheel is reversed.   Astrologically, this 12-fold cycle is depicted by the transient, changeable, and aggregate human personality serving under the Wheel of the Roman goddess Fortuna or the Mutable Cross of the Heavens.   This continues until the choice is made to pass through the 12 Labors of Hercules, thereby reversing the Wheel and stepping onto the Fixed Cross of the Heavens, the cross of the light bearers.

The 12 Nidanas have been associated with the state of "Name and Form," or the phenomenal world as constituted by conditioned, conventional and necessarily inadequate verbal reification, or the world as 3rd aspect logos.   They have been depicted as a boat (form skandha) carrying 4 passengers (the remaining skandhas) across the ocean of Samsara, or relativity.   It should be noted here that "Reality" is understood in 3 major aspects of actuality:   ultimate, relative, and conventional.   The term `absolute' is eschewed due to its revolting connotations in western philosophy and history.   Using a holographic metaphor, ultimate and relative truths, or unity and multiplicity matrix might be seen as laser beam and its generated "illusory" form.   Under this metaphor, conventional understanding would here be seen as the resultant illusory image which is then discussed conventionally, rather than addressing or aspiring to its antecedent causes.

Understood esoterically, skandhas are all the forms, form predispositions and form-making tendencies inherited from the matter aspect, from previous lives and karmic entanglements which include those as well from previous planetary and solar cycles of individualization, incarnation, and manifestation, carried over through their respective pralayas (733-46).   They can even be understood in their collectivity as emanations of the 5 Kumaras or Dhyani Buddhas or Their consorts, the 5 Wisdom Dakinis (initiatory goddesses) of the 5 bhuta elements (See Evans-Wentz; Thrinle Norbu). <  The infinitely changeable form or appearance aspect is most intimately related to the personality in manifestation, until that personality becomes soul-infused.   From the spiritual student's point of view, mastery of the skandhas and autonomic personality reactions is what distinguishes the true spiritual human being from an instinctive, karmically conditioned and driven puppet or ego-centric caricature of one's Self.   However, from the point of view of the Triad, life in the Three Worlds, until fully redeemed by the soul, can be experienced as particularly and sometimes pointedly phantasmagoric (RI 209).   At any rate, in the individual case, there can be no judgment ultimately imposed by unenlightened humans.

Self is not considered permanent in Buddhism, nor is the Soul for that matter (given up, for instance, through destruction of the causal body at the 4th initiation).   It is rare, however, to find a scholarly or reflective Buddhist who denies the existence of a soul outright.   The sentient manasic body (manomayakaya) embedded in the primordial ground consciousness (alayavijñana) is discussed in relation to continuity of consciousness throughout the various schools of orthodox Buddhist philosophy, as well as the esoteric doctrines of the Tibetan books of the dead (See Lauf; Chang; Suzuki).   Yet all these vehicles of expression, or sheathes, have their times and seasons in increasingly vast time frames as evolution proceeds.   This observation serves to address those who would like to reify ultimate emptiness of self and phenomena.   The last defilement along the stages (bhumi) of the Bodhisattva Path is this very attachment to voidness (Sunyata), or `empty logic' (See Cheng, Hopkins).   It is only here that the Third Wheel of Vajrayana, with its nine yogas, takes off from the basis of fundamental Mahayana precepts.   Even so, these basic forms (rupa) are often unrecognizable from less informed, inclusive, or identified corners and angles of vision, for those who would like to overstate the ("self")-perpetuation of one's Ego/ego.   This statement of the fact of impermanence cuts both ways.   Here we are beginning to experience the principle, the Plenum, of transitoriness or mutability as Heraclitus or Hermes Trismegistus might have pointed out; what the Gnostics termed Pleroma, and what Isa Upanishad in its first Mantra (quatrain) termed purna.


It is important to remember that the 7 or 12 Creative Hierarchies are completely distinct from both the 7 Egoic Groups and from the 7 Kingdoms in Nature (WM 47), just as the 7 ensouling principles are to the 7-fold Ray constitution, and they in turn to the 7 chakras of the physical constitution.   The Creative Hierarchies are neither planetary nor systemic (EA 268), and it is suggested by the present writer that they are Sirian, cosmic, or solar causal, in nature.   One of the keys to this mystery is the fact that the middle Human Kingdom is the first of our 7 Kingdoms to be able to anticipate, glimpse and begin to understand the great solar mysteries, initially found on the 4th or buddhic plane.   Another key is the fact that 5th, 6th, and 7th Kingdoms incarnate on the physical plane in the Three Worlds, whereas the Vth (or IIIrd) Creative Hierarchy (the Triads) cannot appropriate these lower sheathes (EA.41).   Explicit remark on this fact is made by DK in relation to the incarnation in Cancer of the Anima Mundi, or planetary psychic nature of the 5 Liberated Hierarchies (representing the Kumaras or Dhyani Buddhas) through the 7 Creative Hierarchies.   The 4 Liberated Hierarchies are focused on the cosmic astral plane (EA.33), and yet the 5 Liberated Hierarchies are said to be, collectively, the sumtotal of manas (Table at EA.38).   This is to be understood as "Kama-Manas" of a particular (Sirian) nature.   The incarnation of the 4th Creative Hierarchy through the 4th kingdom in nature (EA 113) (by way of the 7 egoic groups and Ashrams of the 5th Kingdom) is a parallel occurrence.   There was an exception, however, in the transfer of "many hundreds" of human monads into one of the higher Creative Hierarchies at the end of the 4th RR in Atlantis (1078).

Simply put, the Creative Hierarchies are groups of monads, the Egoic Groups include both egoic groups and Ashrams, while the Kingdoms subsume the inherited human personality or combined pitri natures.

The Kingdoms are the phenomenal externalization of the solar Logos (EP1 216), working with the solar and planetary skandhas available in any given planetary cycle or era, and are related to the anima mundi (WM 21).   The 7 Kingdoms are "correspondences in the life of the planetary Logos [not Logoi] to the 7 solar systems" (WM 275).   This figuratively suggests the 7 Globes, or planetary centers (204-6).   They represent the Brahma Aspect (680.n), or a single Sirian Systemic Spirilla administered by Kshitigarbha or Earth-Store Bodhisattva.   At the same time the Kingdoms represent the 7 solar physical Spirillae, the Egoic Groups the solar sentient Spirillae governed by Varuna, and the Creative Hierarchies of monads the solar mental Spirillae ruled by Agni (684-90; EP2.4).

On the solar cosmic mental plane, the Creative Hierarchic human Monads who make up the body of the Dhyani Buddhas are named Lords of Sacrifice, of Compassion/Wisdom, or of Knowledge — the "quality names" of the Agnishvattas (EA 188; SD1.570-1).   On the solar cosmic astral sentient plane the human Egos who make up the body of the Dhyani Bodhisattvas are named solar Lords (manasadevas), solar Angels, and solar Pitris (687; IHS 136; 712, 630.1a-c).   On the solar cosmic physical plane the Kingdom names suffice.

In the Vedas, Varuna was said to rule the "seven rivers of the sky (the descending creative gods) and the seven rivers of earth (the 7 primitive mankinds)..." (SD2.605-6).   A tradition found hinted at in Homer's Iliad and ancient Greek religion was the origin of the Hellenic races born of river gods, all sons of Okeanos (Chaos is its masculine aspect), as HPB noted (SD1.345).   The Egoic Groups stream forth from the "7-fold divisions of the logoic Heart, or the sun in its 7-fold essential nature, as it is seen lying esoterically behind the outer physical solar form." (1157)   These 3 groups and 7 classes of Agnishvattas are called in esotericism the Heart of the Dhyan Chohanic Body (869; SD2.88-91).   These collective Dhyan Chohans, as Hierarchies of Beings or as a monadic host, "are spoken of as the `7 cosmic Initiates Who have passed within the Heart, and there remain until the test is passed.'" (1184)   This refers to the human Monads on the 3 higher Rays, to be found on 1st, 2nd and 3rd monadic subplanes (578).   The 7 classes of Egos sweep through the 7 planets along the 7 rays or Spirillae from the Heart of the Sun (WM 433; SD1.572-4).   All these Egoic Groups come under the karma of the (buddhic) Heavenly Man, not the (mental) Divine Manasaputra (1105).   Their names are given at (840-55).   There is a ceaseless circulation through the Three Worlds and 4 higher planes of the 60 trillion human monads composing the 49 fires of the "Heart of the Sun."

The 3 groups of solar Angels or Agnishvattas have close relation to Sirian kama-manas and arrive here from the solar Logoic head, heart and throat centers as:   1) the egos on the 1st and 2nd mental subplanes related to the heart center in the head (578); 2) the egos who form the causal bodies of humanity in this cycle; and 3) those egos who make up the mental units (698-9).   During the 1° contact is made with the solar Pitri (IHS.114); during the 3° with the solar Angel (IHS 115) or Agnishvattas of the Earth chain (742); and during the 5° with the solar Lord or manasadeva (IHS 117-8, 136) of the solar system (742).   This is why it is said that the 3 major groups of solar Lords return to their position in the solar Causal vehicle via the central spiritual Sun (878) to become planetary Logoi of the next Kalpa, collectively as 49 groups in connection with the 7 solar systems (879).   Sirius governs the solar Causal (EA 416), the central spiritual Sun (EA 301), and the planetary heart (EA 421).   This seems to be its 3-fold relationship to Leo and the star Regulus (EA 300).   These are some of the reasons why the goal of the human evolution is to become the solar pitris of another cycle; the highest 3 groups becoming major planetary Logoi, the 4 lower groups the minor (844).   This is a clue as to why those who pass on to the 4th "Path to Sirius" must return to that sun, if not "Lords of Wisdom," as "Lords of Compassion," there to "undergo a tremendous manasic stimulation." (1243)

While HPB, at certain places, emphasized 7 Kingdoms with humanity at the crown and 3 lower elemental kingdoms below the mineral kingdom, this was discussion in the context of Earth round evolution, and served to trace human genealogy through the ancient geological evolution of Earth within the solar systemic body.   There the first, or involutionary, Outpouring was treated in a context much greater than simply the Kingdom aspect of human (creative) personalities; and this long before the moon chain, and before earth chain individualization took place in our present 4th round (SD1.176; EP1.215).   It is said that the Agnichaitans of (solar) Group B help the linking process between developing Kingdoms with what, to us, approximates the antahkarana (643-4).   The solar Angels do similar work with the 3rd, 4th and 5th Kingdoms (706-7).

When it is realized that the 3rd Kingdom is sacrificed for the development and growth of the 4th Kingdom, i.e., humanity's strictly 3rd K animal nature is sacrificed to the civilizing and domesticating forces of strictly human 4th Kingdom society, just as 4th Kingdom personalities are self-sacrificed for the 5th Kingdom life of the human soul in each individual case, we are in a better position to set up some coherent correspondences between Creative Hierarchies and Kingdoms (RI 129). <  HPB also expressed this as the animal kingdom esoterically representing the "mother" of the human kingdom in nature.   At present, the IVth Creative Hierarchy incarnates through the 4th and 5th Kingdoms in Nature; likewise the IIIrd Creative Hierarchy through the 6th and 7th Kingdoms.   Looking back, the Vth Creative Hierarchy (CH) manifests through the 2nd (vegetable) and 3rd (animal) Kingdoms; the VIth CH through the 1st (mineral) Kingdom (K) and the 1st elemental K; and the most mysterious VIIth CH organizes the "blinded lives" of the 2nd and 3rd elemental Ks.   Perhaps this is why HPB refused to elaborate upon the strangeness of these lower elemental kingdoms in the planetary `geologic' life (SD1.176; CF 847, 891).

Figure 4.   Schematic on the 12 Creative Hierarchies.

5 Liberated Hierarchies (EA 50, 427)

CH 1     Pisces/Virgo    
CH 2 UMaj Dynamic Aries/Libra Sun, Vulcan Spirit
CH 3 SSyst Magnetic Taurus/Scor Mars Consciousness
CH 4 Pleiades Dynamic Gemini/Sagit Mercury Form
CH 5 Sirius Dynamic Cancer/Cap Saturn (Neptune)  

7 Creative Hierarchies (1196; EA 40)
CH 1 cosmic mental vibration
divine instinct/intuition (EA 594)
Leo Sun    
CH 2 cosmic astral vibration
pure incentive ( " )
Virgo Jupiter  
CH 3 (cosmic physical)
directed impersonal energy ( " )
Libra Saturn CH IV & the Kingdoms :
CH 4 planetary mental (EA 594, 362) Scorpio Mercury 7th K Shambhala (cos mental)
CH 5 planetary astral as kama-manas Capricorn Venus 6th K Hierarchy (cos astral)
CH 6 planetary vital Sagittarius Earth 5th K Human Souls
CH 7 planetary gross (refuse) Aquarius Moon 4th K Personalities

12 Creative Hierarchies

"The 12 Creative Hierarchies are themselves the branches of one cosmic Hierarchy." (IHS 4)
"The 12 Creative Hierarchies express (EA 41):
    1.   Septenary-cosmic energy
    2.   Cosmic prana; 7-constellational force (EA 38)
    3.   Solar energy, the Three Fires (or Septenary cosmic substance")

The Creative Hierarchies represent the work of the previous solar system carried over into our second Ray II system — our three solar systems understood in the light of an Eternal Now, or Present, in the consciousness of the solar Logos (350).   It is Sirius which facilitates transfer of all the "life seeds" through solar Pralaya to a new solar system (CF 444-5) through the (7th Ray) agency of the 5th Kumara of the Brahma Aspect (440-1).   This is made even more illustrative if the 7 Kingdoms are seen to represent the solar systemic Spirillae, as suggested above, the 1st and 7th inactive until the process of pralaya, during which the Vishnu Aspect takes charge to plan out the next solar systemic manifestation.

Constituting the sumtotal of (Kama-)manas (38), the five liberated hierarchies are to be found conditioning the five lower subplanes of the cosmic astral plane, with Neptune and the 7th Ray acting as intermediary to our 7 solar systemic planes (33-34).   Neptune is considered analogous to the Solar astral permanent atom, since it is the repository of the solar Flames (1154) found on the 1st or Adi cosmic physical subplane, which represent the inlet for the spiritual seeds of solar psychic life.   Of the 5 Rays manifesting at present, this 7th Ray predominates (WM 373).   This is analogous to Neptune as the Law of Vibration bringing Mulaprakriti into Motion (574) and the 5-fold nature of Akasha (45).   The Creative Hierarchies can be apprehended by the 7 Kingdoms only through adequate mechanisms of response.
Our 7 Creative Hierarchies are all Sons of Desire, receiving their primary impulse from the cosmic astral plane and express a vibration from the third tier of petals of the planetary Logoic causal body (1225). The planetary Logoic causal is both a reflection of Sirian Psychic and solar Egoic Life.   Our Egoic Groups and Hierarchic Ashrams express the conditioning of the second tier of love-wisdom petals.   Our Kingdoms (or Human RR evolutions) represent the Logoic knowledge petals.   The relationship of the IVth Creative Hierarchy to the Egoic Groups or the human Ego is expressed primarily by the dynamic electrical force applied by the Hierarchy to Humanity during the process of initiation (IHS 94).

Figure 5.   The Initiations and the CHs, EGs, Ks, and Rays (EP1.412-3)

CHs Ks Rays Initiations Kingdoms & Initiations
IVth 4th IV, V 1° 2° 3° Planetary "Initiations of the Threshold" (_____)
There is a question whether 1°-3° are included in the 5th K (See IHS.192-208).
  5th V, II 3° 4° 5° Solar Initiations
New Group of World Servers
IIIrd 6th VI, III 5° 6° 7° Sirian Initiations
Nirmanakayas; "Blessed Ones" (EP2.35) perfectly expressing a particular Ray energy, transmitted from the much higher Ray Lords (RI.733-5)
  7th VII, I 7° 8° 9° Ray Lords
Planetary Nirmanakayas; higher correspondence to Nirmanakayas, absorbed in cosmic meditation upon the Antahkarana between our planet Earth and Venus (RI.734)


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("blinded lives," "baskets of nourishment")

1.   VIth CREATIVE HIERARCHY   HUMAN PERSONALITY — Lunar Lords, Sacrificial Fires   (EA.34-5, 45-9, 676-7)
During Earth individualization in the Lemurian period, humanity expressed the solar plexus aspect or the lower animal brain;   the animal Kingdom the sacral aspect;   and the vegetable Kingdom the base chakra (WM.360).
The Lunar skandhas represent the 5 instincts (WM.626-9) inherited through the Saturn synthesizing scheme, literally a "carry over" from the previous solar system (1156) into subsequent planetary rounds, and hence their great strength to build or distort.   Of course, the instincts are directly related to lower (exoteric) Saturnian fear, the goad of the animal Kingdom, subjected to constant terror by the feeder/food dilemma.   Although human bipeds are presumed to have outgrown the predator elite's "food as weapon" psychological complex, the professional savages among us persist in their vile 'work.'   This is truly the arena of the subhuman or animal brain so prevalent among predator elite, and mimicked by the lower sort of professional classes.   There is some cause for hope, however, in the growing electoral power of our modern "lumpen logocrat" managers, if the wider and more inclusive group idea takes hold through enlightened public opinion.

In contrast, fear and the instincts' effects have been enhancing consciousness within primitive humanity through coercing alertness;   through quickening of the instincts as a form of instruction (training, rather) among animals in their proper sphere;   by stimulating territorial or "turf" consciousness – the precursor of the awareness, encouragement, and facilitation of law;   and by enhancing herd/hive organization in combination with natural/national selection and environment.   It is the instinct of inquiry which should have brought the human and animal Kingdoms into 'humane' cooperation long ago, but we still seem to be just waiting around.

By the human stage, fear no longer serves enhancement of consciousness, except perhaps temporarily "on the street."   As "prisoners of the planet," humankind faces more that sociopolitical theorists describe as the "prisoner's dilemma," quite useful in behavioral, argumentation, and resourcefulness analysis and assessment.   The end result of such dilemmas involving competition are usually (and statistically optimally) cooperation (See Axelrod).  
The animal instincts evolving into human intellect) by this time should have "dropped below the threshold of consciousness" in their lower aspect, serving as automatic or autonomic reflexes serving human intelligence.   Simultaneously, on a strictly human level, these instincts undergo enhancement through transmutation in conjunction with the 5 planes of mental or manasic expression (RI.463).   Here it must be remembered that the mental sheathes of current humanity are created from only 4 subplanes of manasic substance (1098), and that only the antahkarana can be said to be composed of 7 such subplanes, viz.:

Figure 6.   The Instincts and their Transmutation.

1.   self preservation         immortalityspiritual research
2.   sexspiritual union (of soul & body)         religion; at-one-ment through Mysticism (380)
3.   herdgroup consciousnessBrotherhood
4.   inquiryassertion of Self as Soulpsychology
5.   self assertionintuition / Hall of Wisdomeducation

The instincts are related to the 5 senses and to their quality of object perception.   These, of course, are transmuted eventually by the IVth Creative Hierarchy into 5 inner senses on 5 distinct manasic levels (188-9), used to observe and participate in the life of the subtler realms.   Reflecting upon this is one way to understand Mars as ruling the 5 senses (EA.215) and the integrating human personality, and helps explain DK's unusual wording — "Mars rules not only the physical body but the entire form vehicles which we call the personality ..." (EA.210).

2.   Vth CREATIVE HIERARCHY — HUMAN SOUL, the Makara — solar or Agnishvatta Pitris

On Earth, the skandhas unfold within the great Life, Nature, by being utilized by the Kingdoms, and might reverently be said to represent the gestation process, or unfinished solar work on the planetary Entity (845-6), said to be now, in this fourth round, in an analogous position to the 4th month of gestation (371).   He has his solar correspondence (933).

Here the Buddhist characterization of the 5 skandhas is presented:

Figure 7.   The Five Skandhas.

1.   form, sensation, 5 sense organs and their objects
2.   feelings and emotions
3.   perception, discrimination — discursive and reflective
4.   volition, form creating tendencies, karmic predispositions and consequences
5.   consciousness attached to all the foregoing, in 6 discrete classes

It should be mentioned that in this tradition manas, the 7th such class of this 5th and last skandha of consciousness, is considered as being outside the purview of the skandhas proper, or "Five Heaps." nbsp: This might be seen to be the case since it is the first stage where choice or free will is definitely recognizable. nbsp: The inherited skandhas are the faculties with which humanity starts out at the commencement of each major planetary cycle, the human adventure into the future always beginning with "Mind on the Threshold." nbsp: It is hinted that there are eventually 12 skandhas (845).

The 3-fold human personality and its liabilities/opportunities to transcend can be depicted well by the 9-fold Tests in Scorpio, adding the 3 primitive forms of self-will.

Figure 8.   The Twelve Tests in Scorpio/Capricorn.

(kama-manasic)   Fixed Intention       PrideAmbition       Money
(astral) DeterminationSeparativenessHateSex
(physical) StrengthCrueltyFearPhysical Comfort

In its transition into the 5th Kingdom of the Soul, midwived by the fivefold manasic influences of Venus, humanity transmutes its inherited five senses (ruled by Mars until the formless levels) into their higher correspondences upon the higher planes. nbsp: The full tabulation from A Treatise on Cosmic Fire covers the period up to the 5th initiation of adeptship. nbsp: This present tabulation extends to the 3°, generally speaking.

Figure 9.   Microcosmic Sensory Evolution (188-189)

1.   Hearing5th (gaseous) 1. Clairaudience
2.   Touch, feeling   4th (first etheric) 2. Psychometry
3.   Sight3rd (super-etheric)     3. Clairvoyance
4.   Taste2nd (sub-atomic) 4. Imagination
5.   Smell1st (atomic) 5. Emotional idealism

1.   Higher clairaudience 7th |
2.   Planetary psychometry 6th |
3.   Higher clairvoyance5th|
4.   Discrimination4th| FORM
5.   Spiritual discernment3rd| FORMLESS
[6]   Response to group vibration     2nd|
[7]   Spiritual telepathy1st|


One of the primary qualities of the soul in form is its power to preserve identity and its form through the forces of will and magnetic coherence, while providing the basis and substance for the illuminating activity of consciousness (WM.33,36).   This it accomplishes in all Kingdoms in Nature, not just the 4th and 5th.   The Soul of the Universe is depicted by DK as 5 forms of consciousness associated with the Kingdoms in Nature, the 5th of these being group consciousness (WM.37-8).   The soul is limited in expression by its form and can expand only through the principle of inclusiveness or love.

The Manasic "Lower Quarternary" and its `Logical' Character
It should be reiterated here that the mental sheath or envelope is composed from only 4 subplanes of manasic substance at present (1098).   Therefore, this subject will be treated from the point of view of the 5, not the 4 — the strategic situation of the manasic plane where the 3 divinities (Mahadeva, Vishnu, Brahma) meet (848), reflecting the Atmic, or `higher manasic' plane of the Rays, whereupon the Ray Lords may be found.   The reflection of the atmic in the manasic plane has its planetary correspondence in the 5 Liberated Hierarchies reflected in the Makara, or Vth Creative Hierarchy human RR personalities.   This position most basically illustrates our 4th Order solar system, ensouled by our solar Logos Who is developing response to vibrations of the 5th Order.   It must also be considered that it is on the lower 3rd (5th) subplane of the Three Planes in the Three Worlds that the majority of humanity finds its consciousness imprisoned as souls (324), during this 2nd Ray solar system.

The Ego assumes control when 4th subplane matter is built into, and 5th, 6th and 7th subplane matter has been virtually eliminated from the sheathes.   When 3rd subplane substance dominates the vehicles, the Ego finds itself upon the Path (WM.113).   These 4 lower mental subplanes associated with the "lower quarternary" of the human personality, house 4 aspects of logic which have been delineated by Edwin Shneidman (1966), who ignores or leaves unnamed the implicit 5th or synthesizing faculty or principle.   I have also reversed Shneidman's categories of contralogic and psychologic purposely, because it seems fit to do so in their context as corrolaries of emotional and mental subplanes of the Manasic plane.

7th Subplane   (positive)   IDIOLOGIC
Idiological faculties, idiosyncrasies and fallacies of reasoning, and cognitive habits, tactics, and maneuvers; personal mental equipment and strictly conventionally conditioned communicative faculties. Idiosyncrasies imply limits and habits afflicting choice, resourcefulness, or freedom, yet enhance or aggravate the personality focus.

6th Subplane   (negative)   CONTRALOGIC
Contralogic underlies and discloses devotional-religious and epistemic belief justifications based upon Idiologic.   Attachments to these belief systems, with "intellectual" rationales and "rational" justifications, are essentially reactionary.   Attachment to the inevitable consequence of brute force, dysfunction, or simple limitation which these unreflective ideological addictions/reactions necessarily imply or generate.

5th Subplane   (positive)   PSYCHOLOGIC
What kind of a person can this be, given the Idiologic and Contralogic equipment, capacity, and foci? <  Capacity and ability to coordinate faculties and beliefs with society and environment;   cognitive maneuverability;   ability to make choices based upon analytic appraisal of content, meaning, and personal character.

4th Subplane   (negative)   PAEDALOGIC
Paedalogic, which might well be denominated dialogic, dialectic, or Bateson's deutero-[logic] learning process by which we learn our distinctly human style of metacommunication (Berman 217), among strata of affect, logic, and both.

Paedalogic is the refinement of using the 3 lower logical modes and interactions to modify and modulate communicative voice and metacommunicative appeal.   In actuality it prepares the 4-fold ground of the Mental Unit (technically speaking), found focused upon this subplane, for intelligent use by the 3rd subplane Soul or divine Ego.   It is at this stage that a true system of rational metaphysics (as distinct from 4th subplane doctrinal or epistemic formulations — or 6th subplane raw dogma) can be constructed and subjected to human intellectual and spiritual discourse.

3rd Subplane   (positive)   METALOGIC
If some schools of philosophy describe consciousness as being aware of being aware, or conceiving the thinker thinking, then metalogic can be construed as the apprehension of constructive logic or structural modes of logic by an inherently necessary higher or more inclusive logical rationale, paradigm, or view; what might better be termed the threshold of intuition.   It has aptly been pointed out that logic serves only to clarify or delineate what is not.   As to what is perceived, sensed or apprehended, logic has very little to say, as the mystical philosopher Jakob Boehme once remarked.   This realization is but a lower correspondence to what has been called, on the philosophic plane, the "doctrine of negation" expressed most cogently in Buddhist metaphysics.

Just as thinking of thinking of thinking can be regarded alternately as infinite regress or as holographic paradigm threshold upon the Infinite, conducing to intuition — depending upon the directed point of view or point of awareness — so metalogic can be regarded as the Eye of the Soul directed upon the 4-fold ground of cognitive permutations engaged with their phenomenological matrices (See Guenther, Matrix of Mystery).

In another sense, metalogic might be termed trialogic or trialectic, bringing in a stabilizing third factor &mdash viewed in ascending/descending order as an inclusive communicative exchange incentive, as a reconciling, interactive, or synergistic participating factor or force, or as heuristic, communicative, or spiritually orienteering synthetic force.

In Buddhist practice, the above can be understood as the 5-fold mandala offering of the mind itself in all its multileveled symbolic significance (see any text on Mahamudra).   It is on this level that conflict resolution and waging peace, expressing the 4th Ray Soul of Humanity, become real psychosocial options.


Just as a reminder, it is important to note that the 7 or 12 Creative Hierarchies are completely distinct from the 7 Egoic Groups and 7 Kingdoms in Nature (WM.47), just as the 7 ensouling principles are to the 7-fold Ray constitution, and they in turn to the 7 chakras of the physical constitution.
The great Life or Being Who embodies the 4th Kingdom in Nature is on the 5th Ray (EP1.120, 343), while the 4th Ray governs the soul of this Entity as it ensouls the human family of the 4th Kingdom (EP1.343).   However, the 4th Ray rules the personality aspect of the IVth Creative Hierarchy as it ensouls and governs the human Kingdom via the egoic Ray groups or Ashrams (EP1.344).   The present alignment of 4th chain, globe and round is said to be responsible for the present initiatory crisis and opportunity for spiritual reorienteering with which Humanity is confronted (EP1.344-7).

On the three lower levels of our RR Tree "Rings" (SD2.434, diagram), and at the transition from 6th to 7th Ray, Piscean to Aquarian Ages, different rays are given for the confrontation of the Soul of Humanity with the "great human Dweller on the Threshold." nbsp: This is expressed on the RR Tree level as the transition from a Piscean Humanity's 3rd Ray personality with 5th Ray mind to our present Humanity's 5th Ray personality operating through a 4th Ray creative mind in the Aquarian Age (GWP.152-9); our Hierarchy of Souls standing for the Soul of Humanity, Humanity itself representing the Dweller. nbsp: Will Humanity's 5th ray strictly empirical mind subordinate itself to the creative holism of the 4th ray and indeed of human balance and sanity, and return to its essential nature? nbsp: Will Humanity's 3rd Ray Piscean personality relent and assimilate to its 5th Ray scientific personality under the dominion of a Ray II Soul (of RR Humanity, Planet Earth, and 2nd Solar System)? nbsp: It is these factors, incompletely taken into consideration, which indirectly led to the recent unwitting (and unwise) production of an article for Foreign Affairs on the "Clash of Civilizations" (Summer 1993).

The Crucial Role of the Manasic Plane
Rank intellect was covered under the Vth Creative Hierarchy as a sort of instinctive inheritance from the previous solar system.   Manas proper is dealt with in its 7-fold nature when related to the Soul or consciousness principle (500-3; RI 463).   This will be dealt with at length in Chapter 3.

The Principles

Similarly, the principles found active in the human kingdom shift somewhat at different stages of development, and so are enumerated differently in each case as a result.   While the references to Humanity's position in terms of `location' are found scattered throughout DK's works, those concerning the principles are gathered together at CF (262ff), along with three earlier delineations for probationers, aspirants, and humanity at large to be found in HPB's Secret Doctrine, plus her discussion with Chatterjee and Subba Row on the causal body (karana sharira, pp. 18-22) and mayavirupa.   See T. Subba Row, Discourses on the Bhagavat Gita (1888); Mohini Chatterjee, trans. of Shankara's Atmanatma Vivekah (399, 403), in Five Years of Theosophy (1885).

It might make more sense to tabulate these for easier immediate comparison, rather than place them disaggregated within the article on the 7 planes proper.   Human identity formation is drastically conditioned both by the scope of consciousness and the nature of its attachments as an ego/Ego.   Our Self concept depends critically upon those subjective and objective phenomena with which we identify.   While we can see this would take a treatise to examine fairly, we can remember that this fact is at the core of the inauguration of the yogas during different cycles (See Bhagavad Gita).   If one cannot identify with the monad, then perhaps one can identify with the triad, or else the causal body, etc.   This is the reason for HPB's cautious and sequential presentation of the different sets of "7" principles during the 19th century, before psychology as a science had made any real "headway," so to speak.   T. Subba Row preferred 4 principles directly related to the upadhis (1888: 5), as explicated in Taraka Raja Yoga (SD2.592-3).   The Upadhis are defined as ontological, causal and substantial Bases for manifestation.

AAB's rendition of the upadhis (WM.262-4) allows the student to grasp at once the variety of combinations seen during the course of human evolution of consciousness, as well as the distinct limitations to be encountered in this 4th Round.   She enumerates four kinds of the Form principle in this 4th Round:
1) The Form of the Personality (vibration of personality sheathes) sthula sharira      
2) The Form of the Environment ("... the working out of the involutionary group soul.")       Atma-Buddhi
3)   The Form of the Devotee (that for which one lives) sukshma sharira
4) The Form of the Causal Body karana sharira

Indeed, relating the different sets of principles to the Vedantin and Samkhyan upadhis helps.   If one assumes the gross physical (sthula sharira) as the most elementary basis or upadhi and recognizes the linga sharira, sukshma sharira, and karana sharira as upadhis subordinate to the present ultimate upadhi, Atma-Buddhi or Sutratma, one can link many different vehicles to each of these upadhis to make up 7 principles, depending upon psychological development or evolution of consciousness (some of these possible combinations depend upon whether one is in incarnation or out, absorbed in the inner group aura and life), viz. :

Figure 10.   The Upadhis.

sthula sharirapranalinga sharirakama-prana
sukshma sharira       kama-pranakamakama-manas
karana sharirakama-manaslower manashigher manas
Atma-Buddhi   higher manas       buddhi-manas       buddhi   and so on . . .

It is interesting that HPB relegates the most `primitive' enumeration of the principles to that of the Lemurian period, when Humanity first individualized in this Round during the Third Outpouring (SD2.255), i.e., 1) physical, 2) vital, 3) astral, and 4) kamic; nbsp: `vital' standing for prana, and `astral' for linga sharira or etheric body). (Compare McDavid)

Alice Bailey's Rendition of the Principles

Bailey gave at least 6 different enumerations qualified by spiritual and developmental context in her Treatise on Cosmic Fire (261-273). nbsp: From the Monadic point of view the 7 principles include the Life of the Logos in Whose body the Heavenly Man finds his place, the Heavenly Man in whom the human monad finds its place, the monad's twofold active intelligent and latent love-wisdom nature, plus the 3-fold triad. nbsp: This rendition represents manas as Will (353).

From the Triadic point of view there is an interesting 9-fold development which includes Monad, Triad, causal body, lower mind, kama-manas, prana, and the etheric vehicle. nbsp: Prana is included as "the special relation of Atma with a certain form of matter which by the relation of Atma organizes and builds up as a means of having experience. nbsp: This special relationship constitutes the individual Prana in the individual body." (77)

There is an enumeration from the point of view of the psyche or soul having transcended the physical vehicles. nbsp: This includes the monadic egg, atma-buddhi-manas, lower mind, kama-manas, and pure emotion or feeling. nbsp: The other two tabulations of the principles are quite close to HPB's, and the technicalities deserve a separate article, rather than treatment here.

The Monad

While most contemporary theosophists assume that the monad is strictly unrelated to Atma as a "lunar monad," or strictly related in identity terms with Atma, HPB disagrees. nbsp: She describes the monad as above the 7th principle (Atma) (SD1.574); nbsp: as "a spark of the primeval uncreated Ray" related in turn to the 7 Rays ruling 7 groups of Dhyanis who are ourselves (SD1.570-1); nbsp: as above the spirit as a Ray (SD1.246-7); nbsp: as a trinity or triad of Atma-Buddhi-Manas (SD1.570-1); nbsp: and as the 7th principle by virtue of its relation to the 3-fold Sun (SD2.251).

DK has an interesting way of explicating, by means of the "life" principle, these points in relation to characterizing the Monads, Sparks, Rays, and 7th principle related to 3 Aspects of the Sun. nbsp: In Esoteric Astrology (EA.591-2) the 7 permutations (related to the Rays) of the "will, as the conditioner of the life aspect" are laid out. nbsp: The 3-fold "life" principle of life-quality-appearance is "that which synthesizes spirit, soul, and body." nbsp: Monad ("life") synthesizes Spirit (Atma), Soul (3-fold vehicle of Triad, conditioned by the Rays), and Body (a 7th Principle at the base of the 6 higher principles). nbsp: Of course, the physical body is not a principle (SD1.___). nbsp: The "will as the conditioner of the life aspect" is Atma in its higher metaphysical sense, the metaphysical MONAD and its group relations in the context of our planetary Life. nbsp: Distinctions are brought to light among the will, life, and spirit (atma) as principles in esoteric terminology. nbsp: DK then refers back to a passage in Blavatsky (SD1.50) on jivatma, including its relation to pradhana and prakriti, or the primordial substance of the solar system.

RI.272   Ahamkara and ParamAtma here

The Puranas depict a number of the ascetic Rishis as sporting in the Cosmic Ocean between Manvantaras and even Kalpas; Markandeya is one instance (Bhagavat Purana, 12.8.2-5; 12.9ff). nbsp: In speaking of the history of the Monad in previous Kalpas, DK has a significant observation for modern empiricists.
...[T]heir history can only be conveyed to the investigating Adepts through the medium of sound and symbol. nbsp: The details of that development are lost in the night of other Kalpas, and all that can be seen are the results, — the cause must be accepted as existing, though for us remaining inexplicable until the higher initiations are taken. (1089)


The following 4 subheadings are an attempt to represent and reflect the 3 manifesting planetary periodical vehicles with their 4th transient "Body," the 4 spirillae and awakening 5th; nbsp: the 4 active principles and developing 5th, or manasic; nbsp: the 4th and 5th planetary and solar principles manifesting through the 4th and 5th Rounds and Orders (251-7), the 4 cosmic Lives responsible for our solar system being of the 4th Order (1078). nbsp: It should help make clearer the critical distinction between Creative Hierarchies, Egoic Groups, Kingdoms, and RRs — in other words the Lives (Lords), Angels, Fathers (Pitris), and `men' in the multilayered process of anthropogenesis through planetary Rings, Globes, Chains, and Schemes.
The Planetary 3-fold Personality (EA 362)
"He who sees in the dark light of Shamballa penetrates to that which lies beyond our little sphere to that which can be sensed behind the holy triangle (Venus, Mercury and Earth, AAB)..." (EA 594)

[Planetary] Skandhas of Humanity (as a Unit)

VIth Creative Hierarchy Planetary Physical Earth (Mars) (Sagittarius) Kundalinishakti

The Divine Manasaputras incarnate through the Kingdoms in Nature, but particularly the Animal Kingdom in the 3rd (Lunar) Chain (687) and Round, the Human during the 4th Chain and Round, and the Kingdom of Souls during the 5th Chain and Round (EP2.4-8).   As the Monad produces the personality, so the Universal Mind produces the Manasaputra (WM 359-61), ruling the Brahma or creative aspect (EP2.4).

The residue (845) of the previous solar system, from the point of view of the Heavenly Man, has a:
1)   systemic elementary aspect (skandha, lunar "refuse" or planetary aggregate [833] aspect);   the 3 classes of lunar pitris associated with the subhuman kingdoms (1139);   the human animal, related to the 3rd Kingdom in Nature;
2)   personality aspect (kingdom, or inherited solar Pitri form and substance);   the five classes of strictly 4th Kingdom reincarnating egoic or soul groups (840-55);
3)   soul aspect (more strictly solar Angel form and substance); nbsp: the five incarnating groups of the 5th Kingdom associated with our Earth and 4 other planetary evolutions (WM 47) carried over from previous planetary and solar cycles (manvantaras and mahamanvantaras);
4)   triadic aspect (subordinate to the 9-fold coordination of the antahkarana by the Sirian-substance Agnishvatta through its solar Lord aspect);   the 6th Kingdom of planetary lives ("overshadowing triads" or nirmanakayas) associated with the 5 Rays in manifestation at any given time (EA 488-94; WM 47,373; DN 142-4)
5)   which reflects the monad aspect (Creative Hierarchy aspect [1209], or solar and Sirian System form and substance);   the 7th kingdom of solar lives, associated with and responsible for the 5 groups of individualizing and evolving souls, and their esoteric location and arrangement.

Of course, from the planetary viewpoint, these basic or elementary form and formless skandha realms divide on the 3rd (5th) subplane of the mental plane, where the causal body is found.   In other words, between the Vth and VIth Creative Hierarchies.   From the solar viewpoint the division is found between the IVth and Vth Creative Hierarchies (EA 43).   On Sirian levels, between the IIIrd and IVth.   These three CH interfaces reflect the work of the three major planetary centers &mdash Humanity, Hierarchy, and Shambhala.

[Solar] Personality of Humanity (as a Unit)

Vth Creative Hierarchy Planetary Psychic Venus (Capricorn [in this World Period]) Icchashakti

If the human units found in the egoic groups indicate the limit of physical incarnation in a dense physical Globe (356) for the Heavenly Man of a scheme (271) as cells in His body (353, 358), this is the limit of incarnation for the Heavenly Men and the egoic groups (271), but not for the Divine Manasaputras.

The 7 Kingdoms in Nature, through the Law of Cycles, alternately imprison in form and liberate into higher vehicles, conscious units found on the levels immediately below them (WM 534).   In planetary Logoic life, the 7 Kingdoms are correspondences to the 7 solar systems (WM 276).   Devas and humans from previous planetary and solar cycles are brought into contact with each other through the new systems after their respective pralayas (695).

Our Sun, the solar Logoic physical permanent atom (1180), has only 5 of its 7 spirillae vivified, which do not include the highest or lowest (1182).   These are the 5 Kumaras (Root Manus), Rishis (Seed Manus), or the Lords of 5 Rays manifesting through 5 planets (703).   This is made evident in regard to its skandha nature by way of the 5 egoic groups of souls (EP2 201-207), juxtaposed with the souls associated with the Plan and Purpose of the solar Logos expressing themselves through 5 planets which represent the 5 Mind-Born Sons of Brahma as the 5th Kingdom (WM47) of ashramic group consciousness and groups of souls.   Venus rules over these solar and planetary group interrelationships as far as the Earth is concerned — as its polar opposite, alter ego, or Ray II Soul.

The initial 5-fold group of souls on planetary levels (mentioned in the paragraph above) may be that which is referred to under comments on the planetary School of Mars (1179), as representing the energy expressed by what constitutes an analogy to the developed members of the 4 castes in all parts of the world.   These previously mentioned groups are ruled en masse by the asura class, or status-quo preserving integrated personalities symbolized by Mars, the integrated form vehicle and personality (EA 210) which brings the human unit into contact with and control over the lunar lords, or the VIth Creative Hierarchy (EA 218).   As such, the Venus scheme is the home, or systemic environmental headquarters, for the VIth Ray Logos of the solar Anima Mundi, Kamarupa, or divine desire and emotion of love (EA 600; CF 595).   Mars is found similarly active on the chain level (EP1.25).

[Sirius] — Soul of Humanity (as a Unit)

IVth Creative Hierarchy Planetary Mental Mercury (Scorpio) Mantrikashakti

If human monads are the force centers of a planetary Logos, this is the limit of incarnation for the planetary Logos and the Creative Hierarchies of monads (356), but not for the Heavenly Men.

Here "Sirius" stands for the systemic interaction of our Sun with the 7 Solar Systems (solar `Principles') through the solar Causal Body or Sirius (592).

The second 5-fold group of souls almost certainly involves 5 sacred planets, though we cannot automatically assume this.   From the point of view of our Earth round and on chain levels, they are most probably ruled by Venus, the Logos of the 5th Ray of the Brahma aspect (703 ff), the origin of planetary manas and individualization.   Individualization being brought about through the arrival of the Lords of the Flame being the primary method in our solar system [711], implicitly signifies organization from higher cosmic or Sirian levels, from Venus and Earth scheme and chain interaction (_____).

The abovementioned two, Venus and Mars, may be what DK refers to, esoterically, when he remarks on the influences found coming from the planets on either side and nearest to the Earth (1056), in its physical permanent atomic aspect.   We must remember that we are here dealing only with the unit, Humanity, as it unfolds planetary and solar evolutionary Purpose.   It is said that the influence of Venus will supercede that of Mars (and [exoteric] Saturn) in the coming Aquarian Age (EP2 721).   Some reasons for this will be obvious, even exoterically.

Strictly speaking, the Sirian consciousness aspect, by means of the 7 Creative Hierarchic forms subsumed under 12 Creative Hierarchies — which include the 5 liberated Hierarchies to be recognized as embodying subplanes of the cosmic astral plane — evolves through the utilization of the 5(7) planetary kingdoms (847) as vehicles of response.   In other words, the Creative Hierarchies represent that portion of the Sirian System solar form or matter aspect which is capable of being expressed locally, on our planet, through the solar Logos and the (buddhic) Heavenly Man's astral polarization.   As it has been said, the present group of incarnating Egos are from the IVth Creative Hierarchy (379).   Their denomination as Creative Hierarchies, as well as their focus on the consciousness aspect, make clear their correspondence with the planetary heart center — the planetary Hierarchy of vital divine Love, as distinct from the mahatic volition of Shambhala per se.

[Sirian System (7 solar systems)] — Monad of Humanity (as a Unit)

IIIrd Creative Hierarchy Planetary Buddhic Saturn (Libra) Jñanashakti

Ist, IInd, IIIrd Creative Hierarchies, corresponding to Sun, Jupiter, Saturn (EA 34-5; _____), and conveying solar Logoic mental, astral (and physical) vibrations, respectively (1196).

From a solar systemic or scheme viewpoint, the Manasadevas or Lords of the Flame arrived during a scheme/chain alignment (EA 680-87) associated with the arrival of the Sons of Necessity or Creative Hierarchies of Monads, `lunar' or otherwise (EA 39,116,188; EP1.48-9; SD_.___).   From the Chain angle, these manasadevas form the 7 (3/4) classes of Agnishvattas of the egoic groups.   As a Globe (of 7 Rings) these solar Angels organize the 7 classes of lunar pitri substance associated with the evolving Kingdoms in Nature as well as the evolution through the RR cycles of Humanity itself, as a unit.   Altogether these 3 represent what DK has called the Lives (Lords), Angels and Pitris (1194-5) — in other words the Creative Hierarchies of monads, the Egoic Groups of souls, and the Kingdom RR personalities of our planetary Life and evolution.

These 3 groups are intimately connected with the planetary Logoic Triad which "receives spiritual or logoic energy from Ursa Major, buddhic energy from the Pleiades, and manasic energy from Sirius (1162,904).   These Three Major or Intimate Constellations stand for the 3 types of energy expressed by the Creative Hierarchies — septenary cosmic energy (7 constellations), cosmic prana (7 solar systems), and solar 3-fold energy or the Three Fires (1199).   This relates on solar levels to the 3 great solar Laws of Synthesis, Attraction, and Economy under the guidance of AKASHA.   In other words, "... the 7 Heavenly Men circulate electrical force through 3 Globes or principal vehicles [Principles] in atmic, buddhic and manasic matter, distributing this to the cells." (352)

The above helps explain somewhat why DK said that the positive Creative Hierarchies (Lives) come in on the negative Rays (vehicles) (1195) — this occurs on the monadic level of the planetary Logos as one of the 7 Spirits Before the Throne, incarnating through the atmic plane Ray Lords (See Chapter 5, below).   While Humanity is essentially the Ego in this solar system, it will be the Monad in the next, or 3rd solar system (1191).   This explains why although the 7 Creative Hierarchies carry force from the 7 Constellations, all 7 Creative Hierarchies are found under the Great Law of Attraction in this 2nd solar system (1197).

This IVth Creative Hierarchic Monad is inadequately reflected, during this present 4th Round, in the 4th Kingdom in Nature.   It is better expressed through the emerging 5th Kingdom of Souls.   In future, one can imagine a higher focus for the human monads, on planes correspondingly higher, as higher plane and subplane matter is substituted for the `receding' lower vehicles (TEV 156-62), which ultimately drop below the threshold of consciousness — as in the case of (autonomic) human cells in the constitution of the planetary Logoic Body with regard to the Consciousness of the Heavenly Man ensouling It.   For the purposes of further inquiry, the 7 Creative Hierarchies, which include our 3 Ray types of human monads to be found within the IVth Creative Hierarchy, can be considered in five ways:

1)   the unfolding physical subplane work of the Sirian System Lord upon systemic levels of solar and planetary globes and chains;

2)   the focus and testing of the Earth School work on the 3rd (5th) subplane of the cosmic astral plane;

3)   the 3-fold lower personality aspect of the solar Logos as 5-fold Brahma, i.e., the Rishi/Kumaras or Manus as they exist and circulate among the three solar systems ruled by Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahadeva of "the ETERNAL NOW";

4)   the 3 periodic vehicles of the planetary Logos focused through the planetary causal Being (Heavenly Man) or Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahadeva;   Humanity working through human causal vehicles and forming the planetary causal body (302).   This is the work of the Greater Builders of the IIIrd Creative Hierarchy, the Ah-hi (613-15) working out the will of the solar Logos on the 2nd and 5th planes (851) through the 4th and 5th Human Kingdoms in Nature;   which subject can be understood more thoroughly through meditation on the Mahavishnu Aspect in relation to the solar Logos. (brahmanda cite)

5)   the monadic/triadic aspect of the Logos in relation to the Three great Planetary Departments, under the rule of Sanat Kumara, the individualized planetary Personality Aspect (RI.277).

The above 4 categories of section B.3 might be said to describe and correspond to Vedanta's 4 Upadhis, or bases for manifestation, expounded upon by T. Subba Row (1895) in their relation to Parabrahman and the Three Logoi (See Chapter 1 next).


Which Planes Are to be Used?

Starting out, it became my impression that schemes of evolution of increasingly larger physical systems —from planetary, to solar, to clusters like UMaj, Pleiades, and Sirian System— should be graphed out in a similar fashion to the solar Logos with His systemic planes, since Their Logoic Lives are at least 7 times the magnitude of their physical vehicle manifestation, or our single solar system. (See Table C)

As work progressed on these study papers, it began to make more sense to restrict examination of the effects of these Lives to the 7 cosmic planes — the 7-Sun Sirian System to our cosmic astral or kama-manasic plane, the 7-System LOGOS to the cosmic mental plane, and just mention that the seven stars of the Great Bear are cosmic buddhic plane chakra conduits for an even larger physical system, the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, understood as H2 Associations and Subgalaxies (such as our local Gould Belt) on our 4 galactic Arms or Rings.

All in all, though, DK seems to address both of the above approaches to tabulation during his many remarks and hints found throughout the The Treatise on Cosmic Fire.

The 35 Fires

While clarity in distinguishing among Sea of Fire, Akasha, and Fohat in re the 7 Heavenly Men (buddhic soul aspect) on cosmic, solar, and planetary levels is essential to understanding, it is potentially more significant to see their respective roles behind the planetary and solar Universal Mind, Anima Mundi, and physical Systems.   Akasha is said to have "a five-fold manifestation on the plane of the solar system" (45), for good reason.   Only 5 Rays are in manifestation at one time, for instance (WM.47,373; DN.42-4; EA.488-94).   While the 49 Fires are present or latent to the consciousness of planetary and solar Logoi, and the vivification of these Fires represents the goal for our system, only 35 would seem to be active and vitalized at the present point in time.

Because of the 5-fold causal focus of our solar Logos expressed through only 5 vivified solar atomic spirillae conditioning planetary life, we will be dealing with (only) 5 systemic entities on the 7 planes in this denominative outline.   This numerological aspect of 35 mentioned in Stanza 5 of Treatise on Cosmic Fire (19), may be a direct correspondence to the Buddhist tradition of the "35 Buddhas of Previous Kalpas."   Revealingly, in some traditions, the Rishis are called the 35 Buddhas of Confession (SD2.423; Olschak, 136-43).   It has relation to the central significance of the Mental Plane in revealing the interrelationship to be found throughout planetary, systemic and, indeed, Sirian life.   This is found illustrated in the "35 Stanzas" mystically associated with the keys to the 5th plane (928), and described in Stanza 5 of the Stanzas of Dzyan (19).

Humanity's Location

As mentioned above, we may examine DK's varying tabulations of the planetary center correspondences as related to the 7 major Names with which he denominates our Planetary Logos on vehicular or plane levels.   To reiterate:

  •   Sons of Fohat   [spirit of the Earth,] or the Fires of the physical globe;
  •   Planetary Entity   (inherited Form aspect, astrally polarized [687]);
  •   Divine Manasaputra   (mentally focused personality aspect);
  •   Heavenly Man   soul or causal aspect);
  •   Ray Lord   (triadic aspect);
  •   Spirit Before the Throne;   Flame       (monadic aspect);
  •   Planetary Logos   (solar systemic function within the greater Whole).

Along these same lines, Mankind is variably "named" as the cells in the body, the brain, brain plus endocrine glands, the sacral center, the solar plexus aspect, throat center, heart center, and ajna center.   To make sense of this, it should be clear that DK has give names to the "same" identity — whether human spirit or planetary Logos — on the different planes of expression and at the different stages in evolutionary time, for good reason.   What follows is a tentative rationale centered on an investigation of the central importance of the fivefold mental plane, from the Sirian perspective, as the meeting place of the Three Divinities, Periodic Vehicles, or Fires.


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Source:   The Agni Yoga Books, published by the Agni Yoga Society, Inc. (http://www.agniyoga.org/)

Peter Kubaska, Cambridge MA, 1988.   © 1993.   Loaded to Webpage, Thanksgiving 1998.