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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter IV - The Use of the Sacred Word in Meditation
2. The Growth and Development of the Centers

June 25, 1920

We will now enumerate the centers again, this time considering their psychic correspondences and will note the colors and the number of the petals.

  1. The base of the spine. Four petals. These petals are in the shape of a cross, and radiate with orange fire. [78]
  2. The solar plexus. Ten petals. The color rosy, with an admixture of green.
  3. The heart center. Twelve petals. Color glowing golden.
  4. The throat center. Sixteen petals. Color silvery blue, the blue predominating.
  5. The head centers. These are in a twofold division:
    1. Between the eyebrows. Ninety-six petals. Color, one-half of the lotus is rose and yellow, and the other half is blue and purple.
    2. The top of the head. There are twelve major petals of white and gold, and 960 secondary petals are arranged around the central twelve. This makes a total of 1068 petals in the two head centers, or 356 triplicities. All these figures have an occult significance.

This description is taken from "The Inner Life." This description applies to the etheric centers, which are themselves the working out into physical plane manifestation of corresponding vortices on the emotional plane, with emotional vitality playing through. They have their mental counterparts, and in their awakening as aforesaid, and in their growth and development, comes the final vivification, and the resultant liberation.

The connection between the centers, the causal body and meditation lies hid in the following hint: it is through the rapid whirling and interaction of these centers and their increased force through meditation (the ordered occult meditation) that the shattering of the causal body is effected. When the inner fire is circulating through each center and when kundalini is spiraling [79] accurately and geometrically from vortex to vortex, the intensification interacts in three directions.

  1. It focuses the light or the consciousness of the Higher Self into the three lower vehicles, drawing it downward into fuller expression and widening its contact on all the three planes in the three worlds.
  2. It draws down from the threefold Spirit more and more of the fire of the Spirit, doing for the causal body what the Ego is doing for the three lower vehicles.
  3. It forces the unification of the higher and lower, and it attracts the spiritual life itself. When this is done, when each successive life sees an increase of vitality in the centers, and when kundalini in its sevenfold capacity touches each center, then even the causal body proves inadequate for the influx of life from above. If I might so express it, the two fires meet, and eventually the egoic body disappears; the fire burns up entirely the Temple of Solomon; the permanent atoms are destroyed, and all is reabsorbed into the Triad. The essence of the Personality, the faculties developed, the knowledge gained, and the remembrance of all that has transpired becomes part of the equipment of the Spirit and eventually finds its way to the Spirit or Monad on its own plane.

Now let me enumerate for you the things as to which it will not be possible as yet to furnish more information; the risks involved would be too great.

  1. The method of arousing the Sacred Fire.
  2. The order of its progression.
  3. The geometrical forms it makes as it mounts.
  4. The order of the development of the centers, according to the ray of the Spirit. The complexity is too great. [80]

You will therefore observe that the subject really becomes more abstruse, the longer it is studied. It is complicated by ray development, by the man's own place upon the ladder of evolution, by the uneven awakening of the different centers due to the type of a man's lives; it is rendered more complex by the threefold nature of the centers themselves, - etheric, emotional and mental - by the fact that some people have one or other emotional center completely awakened and demonstrating etherically whilst the mental counterparts may be quiescent; others may have the mental centers awake and the emotional not so vivified and be etherically quiet. Therefore, it will be obvious how great is the need for conscious clairvoyant teachers, who can judiciously work with the pupils, stimulating through scientific knowledge and methods the dormant or sluggish centers, and aligning them so that the current can freely flow back and forth between the external vortices and the inner center. Later the teacher can train the pupil in the safe awakening of the inner fire, in its scientific culture and transmission, and instruct him in the order required for its convolutions along the path of the triangles until it reaches the head centers. When kundalini has traversed these geometrical lines the man is perfected, the personality has served its purpose, and the goal is reached. Hence the fact that all the centers have petals whose numbers are multiples of four, for four is the number of the lower self, of the quaternary. The total number of petals in the centers, if we eliminate the spleen which has a purpose all its own, and the three lower organs of creation, is one thousand, one hundred and ten, the total number signifying the perfection of the microcosm, - ten the number of perfected personality, one hundred the number of causal perfection, and one thousand the number of spiritual [81] achievement. When every petal vibrates in all the dimensions, then the goal for this manvantara is reached. The lower lotus is full blown, and reflects the greater with precision.

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