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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Div. B - Manas as a Cosmic, Systemic and Human Factor
II. The Position of Manas

1. Manas and Karma

Having seen that manas is the intelligent purpose of some Being, working out in active objectivity, and having touched upon the interrelation existing between certain of these Entities, it may now be possible to vision - even if somewhat cursorily and dimly - the true position of the manasic principle in all three cases. The whole mystery of this principle is hidden in two fundamentals:

  • The mystery of the resolution of the six-pointed star, into the five-pointed star.40, 41
  • The mystery of the Lords of Karma, Who are, in themselves, the sole recipients of the Mind purposes [396] of that cosmic ENTITY Who enfolds our solar Logos within His consciousness.

When, therefore, the esoteric side of astrology, and of mystical geometry, has been studied, and alliance has been made between these two sciences, a flood of light will be thrown upon this matter of the intelligent principle; when the inner workings of the Law of Cause and Effect (the law whereby the Lipika Lords govern all Their action) is better comprehended, then - and then only - will the sons of men be able to study with profit the place of manas in the evolutionary scheme. At the present time it is not possible to do more than point out the direction of the path which must be trodden before this [397] abstruse matter can be made clear, and to indicate certain lines of investigation which might (if strenuously and scientifically followed) yield to the student a rich reward of knowledge. Until the intuition is better developed in the average man, the very principle of manas itself forms a barrier to its due understanding.


40 "It might be of interest to note the correspondences between these six forces and the "shaktis" of the Hindu philosophy. The Secret Doctrine says that:

  • The Six are the six forces of Nature.
    What are these six forces? See S. D., I, 312.
    1. They are types of energy.
    2. They are the dynamic quality or characteristic of a planetary Logos.
    3. They are the life force of a Heavenly Man directed in a certain direction.
  • These "shaktis" are as follows:
    1. Parashakti - Literally, the supreme force, energy and radiation in and from substance.
    2. Jnanashakti - The force of intellect or mind.
    3. Ichchhashakti - The power of will, or force in producing manifestation.
    4. Kriyashakti - The force which materializes the ideal.
    5. Kundalini shakti - The force which adjusts internal relations to the external.
    6. Mantrikashakti - The force latent in sound, speech and music.

    These six are synthesized by their Primary, the Seventh.

41 The Secret Doctrine says that: It is on the Hierarchies and the correct number of these Entities that the mystery of the universe is built.

  • Ten - The line and the circle. The symbol of the Heavenly Men. - S. D., I, 117.
    • The ten are the arupa universe - S. D., I, 125.
    • The ten are manifested existence - S. D., I, 467.
    • The ten are sumtotal - S. D., I, 428.
  • Six - The six-pointed star. The subjective life and the objective form, over-shadowed by Spirit.
    • The six are the six forces of nature - S. D., I, 236.
    • The six Heavenly Men - S. D., I, 402.
    • The six planes - S. D., I, 236.

    Force or energy, matter or substance, and Spirit.

    • The six are the double triangle - S. D., I, 143.
    • The six are the symbol of objectivity - S. D., II, 625.
    • They are the deva aspect of manifestation - S. D., I, 241.
  • Five - This is the pentagon, the Makara, the five pointed Star. Compare S. D., I, 218, 219.
    • Five is the symbol of a planetary Logos - S. D., II, 618.
    • Five is the symbol of the microcosm - S. D., II, 608.
    • Five is the symbol of creation - S. D., II, 613.
    • It is the second and the third Logos united in evolution.

In the merging of the five and the six you have the totality of manifestation, the male and female blended in the Divine Hermaphrodite. Summing up, S. D., I, 235-239. II, 610, 638.

  • The first order - The essential Lives - Spirit - The Self.
  • The sixth order - The objective form - Matter - The Not-Self.
  • The fifth order - Intelligence, Manas - The relation between.
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