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Esoteric Psychology I - Section Two - II. The Rays and the Kingdoms in Nature
2. The Vegetable Kingdom
  • Influences: The second Ray of Love-wisdom, working out in a vastly increased sensibility.
    The fourth Ray of Harmony and Beauty, working out in the general harmonization of this kingdom throughout the entire planet.
    The sixth Ray of Devotion or (as it has been expressed symbolically in The Ancient Wisdom) the "urge to consecrate the life to the Sun, the giver of that life," or again, the "urge to turn the eye of the heart to the heart of the sun."
  • Results: These work out in the second kingdom as magnetism, perfume, color and growth towards the light. These words I commend to you for your earnest study, for it is in this kingdom that one first sees clearly the glory which lies ahead of humanity:
    1. Magnetic radiation. The blending of the mineral and vegetable goals.
    2. The perfume of perfection.
    3. The glory of the human aura. The radiant augoeides.
    4. Aspiration which leads to final inspiration. [234]
  • Process: Conformation, or the power to "conform" to the pattern set in the heavens, and to produce below that which is found above. This is done in this kingdom with greater pliability than in the mineral kingdom, where the process of condensation goes blindly forward.
  • Secret: Transformation. Those hidden alchemical processes which enable the vegetable growths in this kingdom to draw their sustenance from the sun and soil, and to "transform" it into form and color.
  • Purpose: Magnetism. That inner source of beauty, loveliness and attractive power which lures to it the higher forms of life, leading the animal forms to consume it for food, and the thinking entities to draw from it inspiration, comfort and satisfaction of a mental kind.
  • Divisions: Trees and shrubs.
    The flowering plants.
    The grasses and the lesser green things which do not come under the other two categories. A group of vegetable growths which are found under the general heading of sea growths.
  • Objective agency: Water.
  • Subjective agency: Touch.
  • Quality: Rajas or activity.

It is not my intention to give in this treatise what the reader can discover in the academic textbooks of our colleges. It is not my work to parallel the information found in the exoteric teachings and theologies of our modern sciences. I seek to indicate the synthesis which underlies the whole, and to point out the continuity of consciousness which can be noted by the esotericist. In so doing the part is seen to be integrated in the [235] sum total, in a manner different to that which can be seen when considering the form. It is the world of causes with which we are primarily concerned, and even when we consider and study that which we include under the heading of "results," it is as they demonstrate as initiated causes that we best arrive at their significance. It is as we grasp the radiatory potency of the mineral kingdom that we can begin to investigate the base of the evolutionary ladder and grasp the first steps taken by the life of God, through the medium of manifested forms. If, at the close of this writing, the student can grasp somewhat the meaning of those symbolic words, - Radiation, Magnetism, Experiment, Transmutation and Realization - and can understand that they embody the purpose and goal of each of the five kingdoms in nature with which we are basically concerned, then the emerging reality of consciousness will be seen, and the prevailing synthesis will be grasped.

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