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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Introductory Questions
4. The Heavenly Men and Man

The final part of question six is: Who are the Manasaputras?

This will be dealt with in greater detail in connection with our planet when taking up the subject of the coming of the Lords of Flame. It is desirable now to make certain facts clear which must form the basis of any thought upon this subject. [270] The Divine Manasaputras 13, 14 Who are known in the Secret Doctrine by diverse names, are the Mind-born Sons of Brahma, the third aspect logoic.

They are the seven planetary Logoi, and are the Lords of the Rays, the seven Heavenly Men. They developed the mind aspect in the first solar system, that in which Brahma was paramount, and in Himself embodied objective existence. This He did in the same sense as that in which the second aspect (the Vishnu or Dragon of Wisdom aspect) is the sumtotal of existence in this the second system.

The cells in Their bodies are made up of the units of the human and deva evolutions in the same manner (only on a higher turn of the spiral) as the bodies of human beings are made up of living organisms, the various animated cells, or the lesser lives. This is a basic fact in occultism, and the relationship between the cells in the human vehicles, and the cells in the bodies of a Heavenly [271] Man, will be productive of illumination if carefully studied.

Just as a human being has an originating source, the Monad, and a semi-permanent vehicle, the causal body, but manifests through his lower principles (of which the dense physical is not one) so a Heavenly Man has an originating source, His Monad, a semi-permanent body on the monadic levels of the solar system, but manifests through three lower sheaths, our atmic, buddhic, and manasic levels. He is extraneous to the astral and physical planes just as a human being is to the physical. Man vitalizes the physical vehicle with his force or heat but he does not occultly count it as a principle. So the Heavenly Man is extraneous to the two lower planes of manifestation though He vitalizes them with His force. The human being realizes his relationship (as a cell in the body) to a Heavenly Man only when he is developing the consciousness of the Ego on its own plane. If it might be so expressed, the groups of causal bodies are the lowest forms through which a Heavenly Man manifests, just as the physical body is the lowest through which a human being manifests, and this in its etheric connotation.

It should be borne in mind that the manifesting Existences embody certain planes, and have Their points of deepest involution on diverse levels:

  1. A Man originates on the monadic level, has his main focal point on the fifth level, the mental, but is seeking full conscious development on the three lower planes, the mental, the astral and the physical.
  2. A Heavenly Man has His source outside the solar system (as man outside the three worlds of his endeavor), has His main focal point on the second plane of the system, the monadic, and is seeking consciousness on the Planes of the Triad - this in relation to all the cells in His body. He developed consciousness on the three [272] lower planes of the three worlds during the first solar system, again in relation to the cells in His body. Man is repeating His endeavor up to the fifth Initiation which will bring him to a stage of consciousness achieved by a Heavenly Man in a much earlier mahamanvantara. In connection with the initiations this should be carefully borne in mind.
  3. A solar Logos has His origin on a still higher cosmic level, has his main focal point on the cosmic mental plane but is expressing Himself through the three lower cosmic planes just as man is seeking self-expression in the three worlds. Therefore, the seven major planes of the solar system are in the same relation to Him cosmically as the physical plane is to a human being. They form His etheric and dense bodies. It might be stated that:
    1. He vitalizes them by His life and heat.
    2. He animates them.
    3. He is fully conscious through them.
    4. The etheric is in time His lowest principle, but the dense physical is not counted. The dense cosmic physical body is composed of matter of the three lower planes of the solar system, the mental, the astral and the physical. The buddhic plane is consequently the fourth cosmic ether.
  4. The Heavenly Men form the seven centers in the body of the Logos. Therefore, They are the spheres of fire which animate His body, and each of Them expresses one form of His force manifestation, according to Their place within the body.
  5. Human beings, when centered within their groups on causal levels, form one or other of the seven centers in the body of a Heavenly Man.
  6. The solar Logos forms one center in the body of a still greater cosmic ENTITY. Human beings therefore [273] find their place within one of the forty-nine centers (not groups, for a center may be made up of many groups, corresponding to the different parts) of the seven Heavenly Men.
    A Heavenly Man, with His seven centers, forms one center in the body of the solar Logos. I would here point out to you the close connection existing between the seven Rishis of the Great Bear and the seven Heavenly Men. The seven Rishis of the Great Bear are to Them what the Monad is to the evolving human unit.

13 In the Secret Doctrine the Heavenly Men are spoken of as:

  1. Agents of creation. They are the totality of manifestation. - S. D., I, 470.
  2. They are precosmic. - S. D., I, 470.
  3. They are the sumtotal of solar and lunar entities. - S. D., I, 152, 470. Compare II, 374.
  4. They are the seven Biblical Archangels.
    They are the seven Forces or creative Powers.
    They are the seven Spirits before the Throne.
    They are the seven Spirits of the Planets - S. D., I, 472, 153.
  5. In Their totality They are the Secret Unpronounceable Name. - S. D., I, 473.
  6. They are the collective Dhyan Chohans. - S. D., I, 477.
  7. They are the seven Kumaras. The seven Rishis. - S. D., I, 493. III, 196, 327.
  8. They are the Sons of Light - S. D., I, 521, 522.
  9. They are the Hierarchy of creative Powers - S. D., I, 233.
  10. They are the veiled synthesis. - S. D., I, 362.
  11. They are our own planetary deities. - S. D., I, 153.
  12. They are all men, the product of other worlds. - S. D., I, 132.
  13. They are closely connected with the seven stars of the Great Bear. - S. D., I, 488. S. D., II, 332. II 579, 668. S. D., III, 195
  14. They are symbolized by circles - S. D., II, 582. I
  15. They are collectively the fallen Angels. - S. D., II, 284, 541.

14 The Sons of Mind: are known by various terms, such as: "The Manasaputras, the Prajapatis, the Kumaras, the Primordial Seven, the Rudras, the Heavenly Men, the Rishis, the Spirits before the Throne.

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