|A Treatise on the Seven Rays:
eighteen fires must die down; the lesser lives (embodying the principle of form, of desire
and of thought, the sumtotal of creativity, based upon magnetic love) must return to the
reservoir of life and naught be left but that which caused them to be, the central will
which is known by the effects of its radiation or breath.
This dispersal, death or dissolution, is in reality a great effect produced by the central
Cause, and the injunction is consequently: "This they must bring about by the
evocation of the Will"... The disciple finds his group in the Master's Ashram
and consciously and with full understanding masters death - the long-feared enemy of
existence. He discovers that death is simply an effect produced by life and by his
conscious will, and is a mode whereby he directs substance and controls matter. This
becomes consciously possible because, having developed awareness of two divine aspects -
creative activity and love - he is now focused in the highest aspect and knows himself to
be the Will, the Life, the Father, the Monad, the One.
- Vol. V.
upheaval in all the kingdoms in nature has characterized this day and generation; a
stupendous destruction of all forms of divine life and in every kingdom has been the
outstanding note of this upheaval. Our modern civilization has received a death blow from
which it will never recover, but which will be recognized some day as the "blow of
release" and as the signal for that which is better, new and more suitable for the
evolving spirit, to make its appearance. Great and penetrating energies and their 
evoked forces have met in conflict which has, figuratively speaking, elevated the mineral
kingdom into the skies and which has brought down fire from heaven. I am talking to you
factually and not just symbolically. The bodies of men, women and children, as well as
animals, have been destroyed; the forms of the vegetable kingdom and the potencies of the
mineral kingdom have been disintegrated, distributed and devastated. The coherent life of
all the planetary forms has been temporarily rendered incoherent. As an ancient prophecy
has put it: "No true united Sound goes out from form to form, from life to life. Only
a cry of pain, a demand for restitution and an invocation for relief from agony, despair
and fruitless effort goes out from here to There."
All this upheaval of the "soil" of the world - spiritual, psychological and
physical - all this disruption of the forms and of the familiar contours of our planetary
life, had to take place before there could come the emergence of the Hierarchy into
the public consciousness; all this had to do its work upon the souls of men before the New
Age could come in, bringing with it the Restoration of the Mysteries and the
rehabilitation of the peoples of the Earth. The two go together. This is one of the major
points which I am seeking to make. The disruption, disintegration and the completely
chaotic conditions existing for the past five hundred years within all the kingdoms of
nature have at last worked their way out into paralleling physical conditions. This is
good and desirable; it marks the prelude to a better building of a better world, and the
construction of more adequate forms of life and of more correct human attitudes, plus a
sounder orientation to reality. The best is yet to be.
Everything is being rapidly brought to the surface - the good and the bad, the desirable
and the undesirable, the  past and the future (for the two are one); the plow of
God has nearly accomplished its work; the sword of the spirit has severed an evil past
from the radiant future, and both are seen as contributory in the Eye of God; our material
civilization will be seen as giving place rapidly to a more spiritual culture; our church
organizations, with their limiting and confusing theologies, will soon give place to the
Hierarchy with its emerging teaching - clear, factual, intuitive and non-dogmatic.
- Vol. V.
Light of the Soul:
desire for sentient existence or attachment. This is inherent in every form, is
self-perpetuating and known even to the very wise.
When the life or Spirit withdraws itself, the form dies, occultly. When the thought of the
ego or higher self is occupied with its own plane, there is no energy outgoing towards the
matter of the three worlds, and so no form-building and form-attachment is there possible.
This is in line with the occult truism that "energy follows thought," and is in
line, too, with the teaching that the body of the Christ principle (the Buddhic vehicle)
only begins to coordinate as the lower impulses fade out...Attachment to form or the
attraction of form for Spirit is the great involutionary impulse. Repulsion of form and
consequent form disintegration is the great evolutionary urge.
- Pages 137-138.
cause, desire, has produced its effect, the personality or form aspect of man, then as
long as the will to live exists, so long will the form persist. It is kept in
manifestation through mental vitality. This has been demonstrated time and again in the
annals of medicine, for it has been proven that as long as the determination to live
persists, so will be the probable duration of the physical plane  life; but that the
moment that will is withdrawn, or the interest of the dweller in the body is no longer
centered upon personality manifestation, death ensues and the disintegration of that
mind-image, the body, takes place.
- Page 397.
two main lines of evolution, that which concerns matter and form, and that which concerns
the soul, the consciousness aspect, the thinker in manifestation. For each of these the
path of progress differs, and each pursues its course. As has been noted, for a long
period of time the soul identifies itself with the form aspect and endeavors to follow the
"Path of Death," for that is what the dark path is in fact to the thinker.
Later, through strenuous effort, this identification ceases; the soul becomes aware of
itself, and of its own path, or dharma, and follows then the way of light and of life. It
should ever be borne in mind, however, that for the two aspects their own path is the
right path, and that the impulses which lie hidden in the physical vehicle or in the
astral body are not in themselves wrong. They become wrong from certain angles when
twisted from their right use, and it was this realization that led the disciple in the
Book of Job to cry out and say, "I have perverted that which was right." The two
lines of development are separate and distinct, and this every aspirant has to learn.
- Pages 402-403