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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Division D - Thought Elementals and Fire Elementals
(e.) Individualization, a form of Initiation

There is but little more that can be said at this time anent individualization. What has been said here and in the Secret Doctrine is but a manner of endeavoring to express profound and significant facts, concerning existence and manifestation, in terms of human thought, and through the limiting medium of language. From the most esoteric standpoint "Man is a deva;" he is Spirit and deva substance, united through the work of conscious deva energy. He unites within himself the three aspects of the Deity. He is, while in objectivity:

  1. The Self, the Not-Self, and the intelligent link in a very vital sense.
  2. He is Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, in synthetic manifestation.
  3. He is the medium whereby the Will of God, the Love of God, and the Mind of God become intelligible and apparent.
  4. He is positive electrical force, plus negative electrical force, plus the equilibrising medium.
  5. He is the Flame, the Fire, and the Spark in essential manifestation.
  6. He is electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction. [730]

But the point which it is necessary here to emphasize, is that man does not, in space and time and in the three worlds, demonstrate all these aspects simultaneously, but only simultaneously towards the close of the process of evolution. As in the Macrocosm, Brahma manifests activity first, then the second or middle aspect and finally the first or purposeful will makes itself seen, so with the microcosm.

The Brahma aspect, that in which the Not-Self or material aspect is apparent and predominant. This covers the subhuman stages, and the first three cycles of the Personality Life:

  1. First cycle - savage state.
  2. Second cycle - average man.
  3. Third cycle - intellectual successful man.

The Vishnu aspect, that in which the love-wisdom aspect gradually predominates and emerges through the medium of the Brahma aspect. It covers the final two stages of the human personality life, and that period of egoic growth which embraces the final two Initiations:

  1. First cycle - The Path of Probation.
  2. Second cycle - The Path of Initiation (till the third Initiation).
  3. Third cycle - That covering the fourth and fifth Initiations.

This is the temporary consummation, but just as in the animal kingdom, the human mind was latent and instinctive, and just as in the human kingdom the buddhic aspect is latent and instinctive, so during the final cycle of human endeavor, the Atma, or highest aspect of the Monad, is also latent and instinctive. This must produce later stages of development. There are no gaps in evolution, and no periods wherein there is total absence of any one aspect; all are ever present but they [731] "show forth" in alternation. Only when the fires of matter are blazing brightly, and become radiatory, does it become possible for the fire of mind to show forth, even though ever inherently present. Only when these two fires of matter and of mind have reached a stage of energetic heat and light, can the electric fire of Spirit show forth in its glory. Only again when these three are unitedly burning does the fire of matter die down for lack of that which it may consume, and only when that occurs is it possible for the fires of mind (on mental levels) to burn up that which it has hitherto animated. When this is accomplished, the fire of pure Spirit (increased and intensified by the gaseous essence of the fire of matter, or "fire by friction," and colored, and rendered radiatory by the fire of mind) blazes forth in perfected glory, so that naught is seen save one vibrant flame. This idea can be extended away from Man to a Heavenly Man, and again to the Logos in His cosmic relationship.

  • Individualization marks one stage of the process in the intensification of "fire by friction." It has relation to the achievement of Brahma, and marks a point in the energizing of substance. Certain forms are ready for self-consciousness. Two cosmic Rays of differing polarities are mutually attracted.
  • Initiation marks a stage in the intensification of "solar Fire." It has relation to the achievement of Vishnu, and marks a point in the evolution of consciousness, through self-consciousness to group consciousness, or universal consciousness.
  • Identification with the aggregate of all groups might be the term used to express the final stages of the evolutionary process; it marks a period towards the close of the mahamanvantara when all groups begin consciously to work out the eternal Will. It involves a type of realization, incredible to man now but which is conceivable [732] (though not yet practicable) to the Chohans of the Hierarchy now on Earth. They work consciously carrying out the Will of the planetary Logos in the planet, but even They are as yet far from appreciating fully the Will and purpose of the Logos as He works through the system. Glimpses They may get, and an idea of the general plan, but the details are as yet unrecognizable.
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