MAN’S FATHER, THE SUN

17. THE BREATH ( human Monad ) NEEDED A FORM; THE FATHERS GAVE IT. THE BREATH NEEDED A GROSS BODY; THE EARTH MOULDED IT. THE BREATH NEEDED THE SPIRIT OF LIFE; THE SOLAR LHAS BREATHED IT INTO ITS FORM. THE BREATH NEEDED A MIRROR OF ITS BODY ( astral shadow ); “WE GAVE IT OUR OWN,” SAID THE DHYANIS. THE BREATH NEEDED A VEHICLE OF DESIRES ( Kama Rupa ); “IT HAS IT,” SAID THE DRAINER OF WATERS ( Suchi, the fire of passion and animal instinct ). THE BREATH NEEDS A MIND TO EMBRACE THE UNIVERSE; “WE CANNOT GIVE THAT,” SAID THE FATHERS. “I NEVER HAD IT,” SAID THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH. “THE FORM WOULD BE CONSUMED WERE I TO GIVE IT MINE,” SAID THE GREAT ( solar ) FIRE . . . . ( nascent ) MAN REMAINED AN EMPTY, SENSELESS BHÛTA . . THUS HAVE THE BONELESS GIVEN LIFE TO THOSE WHO BECAME ( later ) MEN WITH BONES IN THE THIRD ( race ) ( a ).

As a full explanation is found in Stanza V. [ Vide paragraph ( a )], a few remarks will now suffice. The “Father” of primitive physical man, or of his body, is the vital electric principle residing in the Sun. The Moon is its Mother, because of that mysterious power in the Moon which has as decided an influence upon human gestation and generation, which it regulates, as it has on the growth of plants and animals. The “Wind” or Ether, standing in this case for the agent of transmission by which those influences are carried down from the two luminaries and diffused upon Earth, is referred to as the “nurse”; while “Spiritual Fire” alone makes of man a divine and perfect entity.

Now what is that “Spiritual Fire”? In alchemy it is HYDROGEN, in general; while in esoteric actuality it is the emanation or the Ray which proceeds from its noumenon, the ” Dhyan of the first Element.” Hydrogen is gas only on our terrestrial plane. But even in chemistry hydrogen “would be the only existing form of matter, in our sense of the term,” 1 and is very nearly allied to protyle, which is our layam. It is the father and generator, so to say, or rather the Upadhi (basis), of both AIR and WATER, and is “fire, air and water,” in fact: one under three aspects; hence the chemical and alchemical trinity. In the world of manifestation or matter it is the objective symbol and the material emanation from the subjective and purely spiritual entitative Being in the region of noumena. Well might Godfrey Higgins have compared Hydrogen to, and even identified it with, the TO ON , the “One” of the Greeks. For, as he remarks, Hydrogen is not Water, though it generates it; Hydrogen is not fire, though it manifests or creates it; nor is it Air, though air may be regarded as a product of the union of Water and Fire – since Hydrogen is found in the aqueous element of the atmosphere. It is three in one.

If one studies comparative Theogony, it is easy to find that the secret of these “Fires” was taught in the Mysteries of every ancient people, pre-eminently in Samothrace. There is not the smallest doubt that the Kabeiri , the most arcane of all the ancient deities, gods and men, great deities and Titans, are identical with the Kumâras and Rudras headed by Kartikeya – a Kumâra also. This is quite evident even exoterically; and these Hindu deities were, like the Kabeiri , the personified sacred Fires of the most occult powers of Nature. The several branches of the Aryan Race, the Asiatic and the European, the Hindu and the Greek, did their best to conceal their true nature, if not their importance. As in the case of the Kumâras , the number of the Kabeiri is uncertain. Some say that there were three or four only; others say seven. Aschieros, Achiosersa, Achiochersus, and Camillus may very well stand for the alter egos of the four Kumâras – Sanat-Kumâra, Sananda, Sanaka, and Sanâtana. The former deities, whose reputed father was Vulcan, were often confounded with the Dioscuri , Corybantes , Anaces , etc.; just as the Kumâra, whose reputed father is Brahmâ, (or rather, the “Flame of his Wrath,” which prompted him to perform the ninth or Kumâra creation, resulting in Rudra or Nilalohita [Siva] and the Kumâras ), were confounded with the Asuras , the Rudras , and the Pitris , for the simple reason that they are all one – i.e., correlative Forces and Fires. There is no space to describe these “fires” and their real meaning here, though we may attempt to do so if the third and fourth volumes of this work are ever published. Meanwhile a few more explanations may be added.

The foregoing are all mysteries which must be left to the personal intuition of the student for solution, rather than described. If he would learn something of the secret of the FIRES, let him turn to certain works of the Alchemists, who very correctly connect fire with every element, as do the Occultists. The reader must remember that the ancients considered religion, and the natural sciences along with philosophy, to be closely and inseparably linked together. Æsculapius was the Son of Apollo – the Sun or FIRE of Life; at once Helios , Pythios , and the god of oracular Wisdom. In exoteric religions, as much as in esoteric philosophy, the Elements – especially fire, water, and air – are made the progenitors of our five physical senses, and hence are directly connected (in an occult way) with them. These physical senses pertain even to a lower creation than the one called in the Purânas Pratisarga , or secondary Creation. “Liquid fire proceeds from indiscrete fire,” says an Occult axiom.

“The Circle is the THOUGHT; the diameter (or the line) is the WORD; and their union is LIFE.” In the Kabala , Bath-Kol is the daughter of the Divine Voice, or primordial light, Shekinah . In the Purânas and Hindu exotericism, Vâch (the Voice) is the female Logos of Brahmâ – a permutation of Aditi , primordial light. And if Bath-Kol, in Jewish mysticism, is an articulate præter-natural voice from heaven, revealing to the “chosen people” the sacred traditions and laws, it is only because Vâch was called, before Judaism, the “Mother of the Vedas ,” who entered into the Rishis and inspired them by her revelations; just as Bath-Kol is said to have inspired the prophets of Israel and the Jewish High-Priests. And both exist to this day, in their respective sacred symbologies, because the ancients associated sound or Speech with the Ether of Space, of which Sound is the characteristic. Hence Fire, Water and Air are the primordial Cosmic Trinity. “I am thy Thought, thy God, more ancient than the moist principle, the light that radiates within Darkness (Chaos), and the shining Word of God (Sound) is the Son of the Deity.” (” Pymander ,” § 6.) 2

Thus we have to study well the “Primary creation,” before we can understand the Secondary. The first Race had three rudimentary elements in it; and no fire as yet; because, with the Ancients, the evolution of man, and the growth and development of his spiritual and physical senses, were subordinate to the evolution of the elements on the Cosmic plane of this Earth. All proceeds from Prabhavâpyaya , the evolution of the creative and sentient principles in the gods, and even of the so-called creative deity himself. This is found in the names and appellations given to Vishnu in exoteric scriptures. As the Protologos (the Orphic), he is called Pûrvaja , “pregenetic,” and then the other names connect him in their descending order more and more with matter.

The following order on parallel lines may be found in the evolution of the Elements and the Senses, or in Cosmic terrestrial “MAN” or “Spirit,” and mortal physical man:

1. Ether
Hearing
Sound
2. Air
Touch
Sound and Touch
3. Fire or Light
Sight
Sound, Touch and Colour
4. Water
Taste
Sound, Touch, Colour and Taste
5. Earth
Smell
Sound, Touch, Colour, Taste and Smell 
As seen, each Element adds to its own characteristics, those of its predecessor; as each Root-Race adds the characterizing sense of the preceding Race. The same is true in the septenary creation of man, who evolves gradually in seven stages, and on the same principles, as will be shown further on.
Thus, while Gods or Dhyan Chohans ( Devas ) proceed from the First Cause – which is not Parabrahm , for the latter is the ALL CAUSE, and cannot be referred to as the “First Cause,” which First Cause is called in the Brahmanical Books Jagad-Yoni, “the womb of the world,” mankind emanates from these active agents in Kosmos . But men, during the first and the second races, were not physical beings, but merely rudiments of the future men: Bhûtas , which proceeded from Bhûtadi , “origin,” or the “original place whence sprung the Elements.” Hence they proceeded with all the rest from Prabhavâpyaya , “the place whence is the origination, and into which is the resolution of all things,” as explained by the Commentator. Whence also our physical senses. Whence even the highest “created” deity itself, in our philosophy. As one with the Universe, whether we call him Brahmâ, Iswara , or Purusha , he is a manifested deity, hence created, or limited and conditioned. This is easily proven, even from the exoteric teachings.
After being called the incognizable, eternal Brahma (neuter or abstract), the Punda-Rikaksha , “supreme and imperishable glory,” once that instead of Sadaika-Rupa, “changeless” or “immutable” Nature, he is addressed as Ekanaka-Rupa, “both single and manifold,” he, the cause, becomes merged with his own effects; and his names, if placed in esoteric order, show the following descending scale:
1. Mahapurusha or Paramatman
Supreme Spirit
2. Atman or Pûrvaja ( Protologos )
The living Spirit of Nature
3. Indriyâtman , or Hrishikesa
Spiritual or intellectual soul (One with the senses)
5. Bhutâtman
The living, or Life Soul
6. Kshetrajna
Embodied soul, or the Universe of Spirit and Matter
7. Bhrântidarsanatah
False perception – Material Universe
The last name means something perceived or conceived of, owing to false and erroneous apprehension, as a material form, but, in fact, only Maya , illusion, as all is in our physical universe.
It is in strict analogy with ITS attributes in both the spiritual and material worlds, that the evolution of the Dhyan Chohanic Essences takes place; the characteristics of the latter being reflected, in their turn, in Man, collectively, and in each of his principles; every one of which contains in itself, in the same progressive order, a portion of their various “fires” and elements.

1   See ” Genesis of the Elements ,” by Prof. W. Crookes, p. 21.
2   The opponents of Hinduism may call the above Pantheism, Polytheism, or anything they may please. If Science is not entirely blinded by prejudice, it will see in this account a profound knowledge of natural Sciences and Physics, as well as of Metaphysics and Psychology. But to find this out, one has to study the personifications, and then convert them into chemical atoms. It will then be found to satisfy both physical and even purely materialistic Science, as well as those who see in evolution the work of the “Great Unknown Cause” in its phenomenal and illusive aspects .
The Secret Doctrine , ii 105–108

H. P. Blavatsky

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