|Initiation III - The Transfiguration - Ray V
Energy of Concrete Knowledge.
As all disciples have to be focused on the mental plane and must operate from that
level of consciousness, the understanding of this type of consciousness is one of major
importance. It is glibly and most easily said that disciples and (necessarily so)
initiates must use the mind, and that their polarization must be mental. But what does
this mean? Let me give you some concise definitions of this ray energy, leaving you to
make your own individual application, and from your study of these concepts anent the
mind, learn to gauge your own mental condition. 
(as far as mankind is concerned) is the thought-form making energy, and all impressions
from the physical, etheric and astral planes force it into activity on the level of
concrete knowledge, with a resultant kaleidoscopic presentation of thought-forms. 
fundamentally the most potent energy at this time in the planet, because it was brought to
maturity in the first solar system, that of active intelligence.
It is the
energy which admits humanity (and particularly the trained disciple or initiate) into the
mysteries of the Mind of God Himself. It is the "substantial" key to the
profoundly susceptible to the energy of Love-Wisdom, and its fusion with the love aspect
is given the name of "wisdom" by us, because all wisdom is knowledge gained by
experience and implemented by love.
in its three aspects, is related in a peculiar sense to the three Buddhas of Activity.
These great Lives reached Their present state of development in the previous solar system.
in so far as it is considered as the mental energy of a human being - and this is one of
its minor limitations though a major one for a human being - is the higher correspondence
of the physical brain. It might be said that the brain exists because the mind exists and
needs a brain as its focal point upon the physical plane.
of this energy of concrete knowledge or science is twofold:
- The energy
of what is so peculiarly called "concrete science" is the quality or the
conditioning nature of the fifth ray.
- It is
pre-eminently the substance of the mental plane. This plane corresponds to the
third subplane of the physical plane, and is therefore gaseous in nature - if you care to
use its correspondence as a symbol of its nature. It is volatile, easily dispersed, is the
receptive agent of illumination, and can be poisonous in its effect, for there are
undoubtedly conditions in which "the mind is the slayer of the Real."
- This energy
is characterized by three qualities:
- The quality which is the result of relationship with the Spiritual Triad. We call this
"abstract mind" and the impact which affects it comes from the atmic level of
the Spiritual Triad, that of spiritual will.
- The quality which in this solar system is easily responsive to the major ray of the
planet, that of love-wisdom. So responsive is it that - in conjunction with emanations
from the three worlds - it has produced the one existent form upon the mental plane. This
form (in the planetary sense) is that of the Kingdom of God and, in the individual sense,
is that of the ego or soul.
- The quality which is basically related to the emanations or vibrations arising from the
three worlds; these creatively result in the myriads of thought-forms which are found upon
the lower levels of the mental plane. It might therefore be said that these qualities or
aspects of the fifth ray of spiritual energy produce:
thinker or the Son of Mind
impressions received come from three sources and are sequentially revealed to man. These
- It is extraordinarily responsive to impressions coming from some source or other.
- It is rapidly thrown into forms in response to impression.
is essentially a light-bearer. It responds - again sequentially in time and space - to the
light of the Logos. It is for this reason that the mind is regarded both as illumined when
higher contacts are present and as an illuminator where the lower planes are concerned.
is (from the human standpoint) awakened and brought into activity through the action of
the five senses which are the conveyors of information from the three worlds to the mental
plane. It might be said that
- Impressions from the three worlds; these come, first of all, from the individual and
then, secondly, from the levels of planetary consciousness.
- Impressions from the soul, the Son of Mind, upon the level of mentality itself.
- Impressions from the Spiritual Triad, via the antahkarana; these come when the
antahkarana is constructed or in process of construction. 
of this fifth ray might be regarded as the common sense, because it receives all
these impacts of varying energies, synthesizes them, produces order out of the many
ceaseless impacts and interprets them, thus creating the multiplicity of forms to which we
give the name of "world thought."
transforms the divine ideas into human ideals, relating the knowledges, and sciences of
humanity to these ideals, thus making them workable factors in human evolution, its
cultures and civilizations.
- Five streams of informative energy, therefore, make their impact upon the concrete mind
and emanate from the physic-astral plane.
- Three streams of energy, coming from the soul, also make an impression upon the concrete
- One stream of energy - during the initiatory process - contacts the mind. This comes
from the Spiritual Triad and utilizes the antahkarana.