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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Div. B - Manas as a Cosmic, Systemic and Human Factor
Manasic Characteristics and the Planes

I. On the Physical Plane: Here this quality demonstrates as:

  1. The selective power of the atoms of the body.
  2. The adaptability of the physical form to its environment and to its circumstances.
  3. The ordered purpose of the informing Life, as it affects the physical form and atoms.
  4. The transmutative power, inherent in man though as yet unrecognized by him, which has brought him to his present stage of physical existence from that of animal man. It concerns also the transference of the life on to manasic levels.

II. On the Astral Plane:

  1. The discriminative power of man to choose between the pairs of opposites.
  2. His adaptability to emotional conditions, and his power to attain eventual equilibrium.
  3. The power of man, through conscious purpose, to clear his astral body of foreign matter, and to ensure its translucence.
  4. The transmutative inherent power which transmutes, or transfers the life into buddhic forms eventually.

III. On the Mental Plane:

  1. In the selective power of man to choose the form through which to manifest. [501]
  2. His adaptability to mental currents and vibration, and his utilization of them to control the lower forms.
  3. The working out of purpose through the medium of the two lower vehicles. Impulse emanates from the mental plane.
  4. The transmutative power which transforms the entire lower threefold man into a new form, the causal body. This process of transmutation is carried on through the entire series of incarnations.

IV. On the, Abstract Levels of the Mental Plane.

  1. The ability of the Ego to discriminate as to time and space in the three worlds.
  2. Egoic adaptation of matter and circumstance of time and environment to the specific need under the Law of Karma.
  3. The 'Intelligent Purpose', which lies back of all physical objectivity, and which is seen working out in every life.
  4. The transmutation or transference into the Triad of the life of the Ego as it functions in the causal body. This results in dissociation from manifestation in the three worlds. To effect this transmutation (which is a point at times overlooked) the Thinker in the causal vehicle has to do three things:
    1. Build and equip the causal body.
    2. Bring about conscious connection or control of the threefold lower nature through the agency of the permanent atoms.
    3. Bridge the interlude between the causal body on its own level, and the manasic permanent atom. [502]

V. On Buddhic Levels:

  1. Discriminative power here demonstrates as ability to distinguish between the abstract and the concrete, and to arrive at conclusions apart from the ordinary apparatus - the mental body and the physical brain.
  2. Adaptability to Hierarchical enterprise shown by the Initiate or Master, and His receptivity to life impulses and spiritual currents emanating from the planetary Logos of His Ray - a thing at this stage impossible of conscious realization.
  3. In the ordered purpose which guides the choice by a Master of one of the seven Paths of endeavor. Thus choice is based on KNOWLEDGE, and not on desire.
  4. In the conscious transmutation He undertakes in the work of evolution, and in the gradual transference of His own life, and the life of His group, into the monadic aspect which is reflected in the buddhic.

VI. On Atmic Levels:

  1. In the selective work of the adept as it relates to planetary manifestation, and the discriminative power which guides all action relating to His own planet, and the two others associated with the Earth, as a systemic triangle.
  2. The adaptation of groups (deva and human) to certain types of influence, and vibration, which emanate extra-systemically, and which from high cosmic levels play upon groups, fostering certain attributes for which we have, as yet, no terminology.
  3. The synthesizing work of the Brahma aspect as it works out in the blending of the four minor rays into the third major. [503]
  4. The transmutation which results in planetary obscuration in connection with five of the Heavenly Men and which - as in the previous work of synthesis - concerns microcosmic evolution and is participated in by man. I would call attention to an interesting point: as more and more of the Monads are resolved back into their source it produces a gradual obscuration of the particular Heavenly Man in Whose body they are the cells. Though this may look to human vision as extending over a profoundly long period, from the point of view of universal or group consciousness it is occurring NOW. For instance, such an event as the obscuration of the manifestation of the Logos of our Earth scheme is already in process and began in Lemurian days.

VII. As regards monadic discrimination, adaptability, purpose and transmutative power it is needless to enlarge.

All these ideas and concepts are of value only in so far as they produce within the Thinker a more intelligent appreciation of the grandeur of the divine plan, an appropriation of the energy and force which is his by right of participation in the processes of manifestation, and a wise cooperation in the furtherance of the evolutionary plan as it affects him individually and his groups. [504]

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