The soul is
the attractive force of the created universe and (when functioning) holds all forms
together so that the life of God may manifest or express itself through them.
- The soul,
macrocosmic and microcosmic, universal and human, is that entity which is brought into
being when the spirit aspect and the matter aspect are related to each other. 
- The soul therefore, is neither spirit nor matter but is the relation between
- The soul is the mediator between this duality; it is the middle principle, the link
between God and His form.
- Therefore the soul is another name for the Christ principle, whether in nature or in
manifests differently in the various kingdoms of nature, but its function is ever the
same, whether we are dealing with an atom of substance and its power to preserve its
identity and form, and carry forward its activity along its own lines, or whether we deal
with a form in one of the three kingdoms of nature, held coherently together,
demonstrating characteristics, pursuing its own instinctual life and working as a whole
towards something higher and better. 
- Therefore the soul is the form-building aspect, and is that attractive factor in every
form in the universe, in the planet, in the kingdoms of nature and in man (who sums up in
himself all the aspects) which brings the form into being, which enables it to develop and
grow so as to house more adequately the indwelling life, and which drives all God's
creatures forward along the path of evolution, through one kingdom after another, towards
an eventual goal and a glorious consummation.
- The soul is the force of evolution itself and this was in the mind of St. Paul when he
spoke of the "Christ in you, the hope of glory."
The qualities, vibrations, colors, and characteristics in all the kingdoms of nature are
soul qualities, as are the latent powers in any form seeking expression, and demonstrating
potentiality. In their sum total at the close of the evolutionary period, they will reveal
what is the nature of the divine life and of the world soul, - that oversoul which is
revealing the character of God.
the soul is that which gives distinctive characteristics and differing form
- The soul
plays upon matter, forcing it to assume certain shapes, to respond to certain vibrations
and to build those specified phenomenal forms which we recognize in the world of the
physical plane as mineral, vegetable, animal and human, - and for the initiate certain
other forms as well.
The soul of the universe is - for the sake of clarity of differentiation or rather
(owing to the limitations of the form through which that soul has to function) capable of
recognition at differing rates of vibration and stages of development. The soul nature in
the universe therefore manifests in certain great states of awareness with many
intermediate conditions, of which the major can be enumerated as follows:
- Therefore the soul, through these qualities and characteristics, manifests as conscious
response to matter, for the qualities are brought into being through the interplay of the
pairs of opposites, spirit and matter, and their effect upon each other. This is the basis
- The soul is the conscious factor in all forms, the source of that awareness which all
forms register and of that responsiveness to surrounding group conditions which the forms
in every kingdom of nature demonstrate.
- Therefore the soul might be defined as that significant aspect in every form (made
through this union of spirit and matter) which feels, registers awareness, attracts and
repels, responds or denies response and keeps all forms in a constant condition of
- The soul is the perceiving entity produced through the union of Father-Spirit and
Mother-Matter. It is that which in the vegetable world, for instance, produces 
response to the sun's rays, and the unfolding of the bud; it is that in the animal kingdom
which enables it to love its master, hunt its prey, and follow out its instinctual life;
it is that in man which makes him aware of his environment and his group, which enables
him to live his life in the three worlds of his normal evolution as the onlooker, the
perceiver, the actor. This it is which enables him eventually to discover that this soul
in him is dual and that part of him responds to the animal soul and part of him recognizes
his divine soul. The majority however, at this time will be found to be functioning fully
as neither purely animal nor purely divine, but can be regarded as human souls.
- Consciousness, or that state of awareness in matter itself, due to the fact that
Mother-Matter has been fecundated by Father-Spirit and thus life and matter have been
brought together. This type of consciousness concerns the atom, molecule and cell of which
all forms are constructed. Thus the form of the solar system, of a planet, and of all that
is found upon or within a planet is produced.
- Intelligent sentient consciousness, i.e. that evidenced in the mineral and
vegetable kingdoms. It is this which is responsible for the quality, shape, and coloring
of the vegetable and mineral forms and for their specific natures.
- Animal consciousness, the awareness of soul  response of all
forms in the animal kingdom, producing their distinctions, species and nature.
consciousness, or self-consciousness, towards which the development of the life, form
and awareness in the other three kingdoms has gradually tended. This term concerns the
individual consciousness of man; and in the early stages is more animal than divine, owing
to the dominance of the animal body with its instincts and tendencies. H.P.B. defines man
accurately as "an animal plus a God". Later it is more strictly human,
neither purely animal nor entirely divine, but fluctuating between the two stages, thus
making the human kingdom the great battleground between the pairs of opposites, between
the urge or pull of spirit and the lure of matter or mother-nature, and between that
called the lower self and the spiritual man.
consciousness, which is the consciousness of the great sum totals, is arrived at by
man through the development, first of all, of his individual consciousness, the sum total
of the lives of his animal, emotional and mental natures, plus the spark of divinity
dwelling within the form which they make. Then comes awareness of his group, as specified
for him in that group of disciples, working under some one Master who represents to him
the Hierarchy. The Hierarchy might be defined as the sum total of those sons of men who
are no longer centered in the individualized self-consciousness, but who have entered into
a wider realization, that of the planetary group life. There are stages in this
realization, mounting all the way from that tiny group recognition of the probationary
disciple up to the completed group awareness of the life in Whom all forms have their
being, the consciousness of the planetary Logos, that "Spirit before the Throne"
Who manifests through the form of a planet,  as man manifests through his form in the