Tuesday, October 13, 2020

140- Lesson 2 - A Treatise on Cosmic Fire




The Master D. K. continues to with his preliminary remarks:
No book gains anything from dogmatic claims or declarations as to the authoritative value of its source of inspiration.  It should stand or fall solely on the basis of its own intrinsic worth, on  the value of the suggestions made, and its power to foster the spiritual life and the intellectual apprehension of the reader.  If this treatise has within it   anything of truth and of reality, it will inevitably and unfailingly do its work, carrying its message, and thus reach the hearts and minds of searchers everywhere.  If it is of no value, and has no basis in fact, it will disappear and die, and most rightly so.  All that is asked from the student of this treatise is a sympathetic approach, a willingness to consider the views put forth and that honesty and sincerity of thought, which will tend to the development of the intuition, of spiritual diagnosis, and a discrimination which will lead to a rejection of the false and an appreciation of the true.

The words of the Buddha most appropriately have their place here, and make a fitting conclusion to these preliminary remarks:


that we must not believe in a thing and merely because it is said; nor traditions because they have been handed down from antiquity; nor rumors, as such; nor writings by sages, because sages wrote them; nor fancies that we may suspect to have been inspired in us by a Deva (that is, in presumed spiritual inspiration); nor from inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption we may have made; nor because of what seems an analogical necessity; nor on the mere authority of our teachers or masters.  But we are to believe when the writing doctrine, or saying is corroborated by our own reason and consciousness.  "For this," says he in concluding, "I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard, but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly."
Secret Doctrine III, 40

May this be the attitude of every reader of this "Treatise on Cosmic Fire"

"What says the esoteric teaching with regard to Fire?"
Fire is the most perfect and unadulterated reflection
in Heaven as on earth, of the One Flame.  It is life and 
death, the origin and the end of every material thing.
It is divine Substance."
                                        __Secret Doctrine I. 146
  Our earth and man (are) the products of the Three
                                    ___Secret Doctrine II. 258
  Fire and flame destroy the body of an Arhat*; their
essence makes him immortal.
                                   ___Secret Doctrine I. 35
* Arhat is a Mahatma and/or "Great Soul"


I.  The internal Fire or Fire by Friction.
"There is heat internal and heat external in every atom, the breath of the Father (Spirit) and the breath (or heat) of the Mother (matter)."
                        ___Secret Doctrine I. 112

II.  The Fire of Mind or Solar Fire.
"The fire of knowledge burns up all action on the plane of illusion, therefore, those who have acquired it and are emancipated are called 'Fires.'"
                    ___Secret Doctrine I. 114

III.  The Fire of Spirit or Electric Fire.
"Lift up thy head, O Lanoo*; dost thou see  one, or countless lights above thee, burning in the dark midnight sky?" 

"I sense one Flame, O Gurudeva**; I see countless undetached sparks shining in it." 
                    ___Secret Doctrine I. 145
* O Lanoo - student and/or aspirant
** O Gurudeva - Spiritual Angelic Teacher


The teaching which is given in the Treatise on Cosmic Fire might be formulated in the following terms.  These postulates are simply extensions of the three fundamentals to be found in the Proem in the first volume of the Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky. Students are recommended to study them carefully; in this way their understanding of the Treatise will be greatly aided.

I.  There is one Boundless Immutable Principle; one Absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested conditioned Being.  It is beyond the range and reach of any human thought or expression.

The manifested Universe is contained within this Absolute Reality and is a conditioned symbol of it. In the totality of this manifested Universe, three aspects are to be conceived:
1.  The First Cosmic Logos, impersonal and unmanifested, the precursor of the Manifested.
2.  The Second cosmic Logos, Spirit-Matter, Life, the Spirit of the Universe.
3.  The Third Cosmic Logos, Cosmic Ideation, the Universal World - Soul.

From these basic creative principles, in successive gradations there issue in ordered sequence the numberless Universes comprising countless Manifesting Stars and Solar Systems.

Each Solar System is the manifestation of the energy and life of a great Cosmic Existence, Whom we call, for lack of a better term, a Solar Logos. 

This Solar Logos incarnates, or comes into manifestation, through the medium of a solar system.

This solar system is the body, or form, of this cosmic Life, and is itself triple.

This triple solar system can be described in terms of three aspects, or (as the Christian theology puts it) in terms of three Persons. (The Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit)

Electric Fire, or Spirit
1st Person . .Father. Life. Will. Purpose. Positive Energy

Solar Fire, or Soul.
2nd Person . .Son. Consciousness. Love-Wisdom. Equilibrised Energy

Fire By Friction, or Body, or Matter
3rd Person....Holy Spirit. Form. Active Intelligence. Negative Energy

Each of these three is also triple in manifestation, making therefore
a.  The nine Potencies or Emanations.
b.  The nine Sephiroth.
c.  The nine Causes of Initiation.

These, with the totality of manifestation or the Whole, produce 
the ten (10) of perfect manifestation, or the perfect Man.

These three aspects of the Whole are present in every form.
a.    The solar system is triple, manifesting through the three above mentioned.
b.    A human being is equally triple, manifesting as Spirit, Soul and Body, or Monad, Ego and Personality.
c.    The atom of the scientist is also triple, being composed of a positive nucleus, the negative electrons and the totality of the outer manifestation, the result of the relation of the other two.

These three aspects of God, the solar Logos, and the Central
Energy or Force (for the terms are occultly synonymous) demonstrate through seven centers of force, --three major centers and four minor.  These seven centers of logoic Force* are themselves so constituted that they form corporate Entities.  They are known as
a.  The seven planetary Logoi.
b.  The seven Spirits before the Throne.
c.  The seven Rays.
d.  The seven Heavenly Men.
* Logoic = Cosmic Energy and/or force

The Seven Logoi embody seven types of differentiated force, and in this Treatise are known under the name of Lords of the Rays.  The names of the Rays are:

Major Rays
Ray I    Ray of Will or Power . . . . .1st Aspect
Ray II    Ray of Love-Wisdom . . . . . 2nd Aspect
Ray III    Ray of Active Intelligence . . . . . 3rd Aspect

Minor Rays
Ray IV    Ray of Harmony, Beauty and Art
Ray V    Ray of Concrete Knowledge or Science
Ray VI    Ray of Devotion or of Abstract Idealism
Ray VII    Ray of Ceremonial Magic or Order

The above information is to be printed out and studied as it is the basis upon this Treatise on Cosmic Fire.  Note that the "Electric Fire" or 
Spirit manifesting in terms of three Persons -i.e. 

First Person - The Father - Will. Life Purpose - Positive Energy can be found in Ray 1 - Will or Power

Second Person - Son Love/Wisdom can be found
in Ray II - Love/Wisdom

Third Person - Holy Spirit -Active Intelligence can be found in Ray III - Ray of Active Intelligence

Now it becomes clear why the First Three Rays are the Major Rays, as they are a reflection of the Divine Trinity. D.K. wrote a whole book on the Rays.

What we need to remember here is that when we took our original initiations before our "first embodiment" upon planet Earth, we were given the opportunity by Helios and Vesta (God and Goddess of our Physical Sun) to pass through the Seven concentric Rings surrounding Their Sun, we could spend as much time as possible on each one of the Rays I through VII.  At our birth we were "two beings" in one - each having a Threefold Flame, this triune flame is what makes us "sons and daughters of the most High God I AM THAT I AM," as this threefold flame is a replica of the Father/Mother God.  Each flame is of a different color - Blue - represents the Father or Will or Power - Ray I; the Second Flame is Yellow - represents the Son or love-Wisdom - Ray II - the Third Flame is Pink - represents the Holy Spirit or Active Intelligence - Ray III. Again we are the "microcosm of our Divine Parents". 

The first three Rings surrounding the Physical Sun consist of these three Major Rays - I, II, and III - again we could spend as much time as we liked on any of these Seven Rings and usually the Ring that we spent the most time on would be the major Ray that we would embody with - we had to pass through all Seven Rings understanding each of the Rays and making sure that we could radiate one particular Ray that we would then carry into the planet - this  "God Quality"(each Ray represents one of God's Qualities)  was to be our contribution to the  planet as representatives of the Father/Mother God on Earth.

So, although this seems a difficult lesson at the beginning of this Treatise, our Souls and Spirits already are familiar with all the above as it was part of our training within the Seven Concentric Rings of our Physical Sun - this is why we need to meditate and concentrate upon these first postulates, mainly allowing this information to resonate at the deepest level of being.  I am not writing as much as usual because this is heavy but very necessary reading, so meditate upon each part of our cosmology and as the Buddha says, "make sure that you are to believe when the writing, doctrine, or saying is corroborated by your own reason and consciousness. For this," says the Buddha in concluding, "I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard; but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly."

Next week's lesson will be studying the various Laws.
End of Lesson Two