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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Division D - Thought Elementals and Fire Elementals
The secret of the note of the head, the heart, and the throat center is found here and their blending with the lower centers so that the note of the higher sounds out, and the lower produces only harmony. Upon the note of nature the Logos has to superimpose a higher note. To the natural note of the center (which is found through the development of the lower center, which is its reflection or correspondence) must be added the dominant note of the higher center, and, in the dual harmony the center vibrates as desired. The note is the result of correct activity. That is why the lower centers of man are (in the early stages of his career) the controlling factor. He has to learn their note, and from it to attain the key of the higher. Then the higher takes the prominent place, and the lower only serves the purpose of providing that which is understood as occult "depth." Why is this? Because in these notes those groups of devas who are the force and energy of the centers (which are centers in substance) are contacted and controlled. Through their activity, directed through the centers, the material sheaths - physical, astral and mental - are built.

These ideas of force and the sheaths are the basis of the astrological teaching that is one of the keys to the Secret Doctrine. 3 We should therefore bear in mind that [626] the Deva Lords, Agni, Varuna, Kshiti, 4 represent in the exoteric teaching the substance aspect of the dense body of the Logos, whilst the force aspect as flowing through the etheric body of the Logos is considered under various names, such as Shiva, Surya, Brahma. Yet the two aspects are but one.

The Third Statement. The final point I seek to make here is that in connection with these three lower planes and their many groups of devas it must be remembered that their polar opposites are to be found in the great devas of the highest three planes.

 
Divine 1st Cosmic
ether
Primordial Fire Mental Plane Fire.
Monadic 2nd Cosmic
ether
Akasha Astral Plane Astral light.
Spiritual
or Atmic
3rd Cosmic
ether
Aether Physical Plane Ether.
 
The particular type of differentiated force which they embody, when brought into union with each other is that which causes concretion, or the appearance, in space and time, of the dense physical body. This should be carefully considered, along with the very interesting fact that on the fourth plane of our system (the fourth cosmic ether, or buddhic plane) we have the sphere of certain occult happenings which cannot be more than hinted at, because their true significance is one of the secrets of initiation. They are an aspect of the plan of the Logos which can be contacted direct by those who have expanded their consciousness adequately. [627]

The buddhic plane, or fourth cosmic ether, is the plane whereon:

  1. The sacred planets function.
  2. Man will eventually function freed from the triple lower man.
  3. The true meaning of the words "Divine Hermaphrodite" is there to be comprehended.
  4. It is predominantly the plane of life-force, and one of the planes of generation.
  5. Here man will for the first time understand and utilize his relationship with the devas.
  6. It will see the fruition of the combined evolutionary process of the two solar systems.
  7. It is the plane from whence all planetary avatars emanate.
  8. The Heavenly Men take the first Initiation on this plane.
  9. On this plane the true inner significance of the "Sun" is apprehended.

More I cannot say, but careful study of that which is here given may open up much that is of significance in the study of the macrocosm and the microcosm.


3 The Astrological Key is referred to in the S. D., Vol. II, 26.

4 Agni, the God of Fire in the Veda; the oldest and the most revered of the Gods in India. He is the triple aspect of Fire and therefore the sum total of manifestation. He is regarded also as the Lord of the mental plane (the 5th plane) whose symbol is Fire.

Varuna, the God of Water, in the sense of the waters of space, or the waters of matter. He is regarded also as the Ruler of the astral plane (the 6th plane) whose symbol is water.

Kshiti, the God of the Earth in the sense of dense substance, and not a planetary body; he is the God of the physical plane, the seventh plane.

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