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A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS
Alice A. Bailey
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COPYRIGHT 1962 BY LUCIS TRUST
First printing, 1936
Sixth printing, 1970
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A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS
Volume I Esoteric Psychology
Volume II. Esoteric Psychology
Volume III. Esoteric Astrology
Volume IV. Esoteric Healing
Volume V. The Rays and the Initiations
A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS
I. Introductory Remarks
II. Certain Questions and Answers
III. Ten Basic Propositions
I. The Seven Creative Builders the Seven Rays
II. The Rays and the Kingdoms in Nature
III. The Rays and Man
IV. Some Tabulations on the Rays
I. The Egoic Ray
II. The Ray of the Personality
III. Humanity Today
I. The Zodiac and the Rays
II. The Nature of Esoteric Astrology
III.The Science of Triangles
IV. The Sacred and Non-Sacred Planets
V. The Three Major Constellations
VI. The Three Crosses
VII.The Rays, Constellations and Planets
I. The Basic Causes of Disease
II. The Basic Requirements for Healing
III The Fundamental Laws of Healing
I. Stanzas for Disciples
II. The Fourteen Rules for Disciples and Initiates The Rays and the Initiations
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The Three Objectives in studying the Rays: 3
a. Light is thrown on history 3
b. The nature of man is clarified 4
c. The new psychology is formulated 8
2. A definition of the words:
3. The Seven Rays enumerated 22
4. The Function of Christianity z8
Certain Questions and their Answers:
1. What is the Soul and its Nature? 3C
a. It is the Son of Father-Spirit and Mother-
b. It is the Principle of Intelligence 38
c. It is Light and Energy 41
d. It is the Principle of Sentiency 53
2. What are the Origin, Goal, Purpose and Plan of
the Soul? 59
a. The Three Rays of Aspect 62
b. The Four Rays of Attribute 70
3. Can the Fact of the Soul be proved? 89
4. Of What Value is it to study the Rays? 109
Table of Contents
5. What is the meaning of:
b. Consciousness or Awareness
c. Energy of Light
Ten Basic Propositions:
1. There is one Life 141
2. There are seven Rays
3. Life-Quality-Appearance constitute Existence
4. The seven Rays are the seven Creative Force
5. The seven Rays manifest through the seven Planets
6. Every Human Being is on one of the Rays
7. There is one Monad, seven Rays and myriad
8. The Laws of Evolution embody the Life of the seven Rays
9. Man develops through Self-expression and realisation
10. Individualisation leads eventually to Initiation
1. The Seven Creative Builders, the Seven Rays:
1. The Rays and Life-Quality-Appearance
2. The Present Ray Plan and the Workers:
The Origin of the Plan and its immediate Application
3. Three Major Propositions:
a. Every Ray Life is an expression of a Solar Life b. Every Ray Life is the
Custodian of energies
c. The Quality of a Ray Life determines its' phenomenal Appearance
4. Quality in the World of Appearances
5. An Analysis of the Rays and their Expression
The Rays and the Kingdoms in Nature:
Table of Contents
1. The Mineral Kingdom: 223
2. The Vegetable Kingdom: z33
a. Life, Radiance and Magnetism z35
b. The Five Secrets of the Kingdoms in Nature z38
c. The Planets and the Kingdoms in Nature z45
3. The Animal Kingdom:
a. Human Relations to Animals 254
b. Individualisation 258
c. The Five Points of Contact 262
d. Cyclic Manifestation
e. The Problem of Sex 2688
III. The Rays and Man:
Introductory Remarks. 3311
1. The Ray of the Solar System 334
2. The Planetary Ray-Earth 335
3. The Ray of the Fourth Kingdom 34z
4. The Racial Rays 348
5. The Rays in Cyclic Manifestation: 357
a. The outgoing sixth Ray 358
b. The incoming seventh Ray 3G1
c. The functioning Ray Laws 375
6. The Nations and the Rays: 379
a. The major Nations and their Rays 38'
b. The Jewish Problem 391
7. The Ray of the Ego 4of
Some Tabulations on the Rays 4411
THE question arises, each time a book is written which is to be read by earnest aspirants:
What line of instruction will carry forward their training with the most speed?-for speed is an
essential factor, if the present day unfoldment is to be rightly utilised and the stress and strain
in the world relieved. The teaching to be given must likewise increase their mental competency,
and lead to that stabilisation of the emotional body which will most rapidly set them free for
service. It must be remembered that constant study (of papers), and the apprehension by the
ear and eye of statements anent the Ageless Wisdom, serve only to increase responsibility, or
produce brain fatigue and soreness, with subsequent revolt from instruction. Only that which
is brought into use in the life is of practical value and retains its livingness. Sincerity is the
first thing for which those of us who teach inevitably look.
Let me remind those I reach through these books that the main result I look for
is one of group co-operation and understanding, and not that of individual benefit. By studying
and reading with care, a group interplay is set up, the group becomes more closely integrated,
the units in it more closely linked together and as a group more closely blended in the unfolding
Plan of the treat Ones. We are building and planning for the future and for humanity, and not
for the personal unfoldment of any particular aspirant. The individual growth is of no
tremendous significance. The formation and development of a band of pledged aspirants,
trained to work together and to respond in unison to a teaching, is of real mo-
ment to those of us who are responsible for the training and for the preparation of the group of
world disciples who will function with freedom and power in a later cycle. You see a tiny portion
of the Plan. We see the Plan as it unfolds for a series of lives ahead, and we are today seeking
those who can be taught to work in group formation and who can constitute one of the active
units in the vast happenings that lie ahead, connected with that two-thirds of humanity who
will stand upon the Path at the close of the age, and with that one-third who will be held over
for later unfoldment. We are training men and women everywhere so that they can be
sensitive to the Plan, sensitive to their group vibration, and thus able to co-operate intelligently
with the unfolding purpose. It is a mistake to think that the Plan is to train aspirants to be
sensitive to the vibration of a Master or to the Hierarchy. That is but incidental and of minor
It is for the purpose of training aspirants so that group awareness may be developed
that these books have been written. Recognise clearly that you personally do not count, but
that the group most surely does. Teaching is not given only in order to train you or to provide
you with opportunity. All life is opportunity, and individual reaction to opportunity is one of the
factors which indicate soul growth. For this, the training school of the world itself suffices.
There should be in all impartation of truth no imposition of authority. Aspirants must
be left free to avail themselves of the teaching or not, and spiritual work must go forward
because of the free choice and self -initiated effort of the individual student.
In the books already published three basic lines of teaching can be traced:
First, a relatively new technique has been given as to the control of the body.
Second, teaching has been given anent the formation of the New Group of World
Third, the general lines of the magical work of creation have received attention.
The first line of teaching concerns the individual and his development; the second
indicates the nature and ideals of the group into which he may find his way if he profits by the
teaching and learns control; the third, could you but realise it, details in some measure the
methods and modes of work during the coming new age.
Ponder upon these three main approaches to truth, and think upon them with clarity of
thought. Mental appreciation of their significance will produce understanding and will likewise
increase the group apprehension of the teaching which I have sought to impart. Any student
who thinks clearly and applies the teaching to his daily life is contributing most valuably to the
Oft an aspirant says to himself: "Of what real use am I? How can I, in my small sphere,
be of service to the world?" Let me reply to these questions by pointing out that by thinking this
book into the minds of the public, by expressing before your fellow men the teaching it imparts,
and by a life lived in conforming with its teaching, your service is very real.
This will necessarily involve a pledging of the entire personality to the helping of
humanity, and the promise to the Higher Self that endeavour will be made to lose sight of self
in service-a service to be rendered in the place and under the circumstances which a man's
destiny and duty have imposed upon him. I mean a renewal of the effort to bring about the
purification of all the bodies so that the entire lower man may be a pure channel and
instrument through which spiritual force may flow unimpeded. I mean the attaining of an
tude wherein the aspirant desires nothing for the separated self, and in which he
regards all that he has as something which he can lay upon the altar of sacrifice for the aiding
of his brethren. Could all who read this book see the results of such a united effort, there
would emerge a group activity, intelligently undertaken, which would achieve great things. So
many people run hither and thither after this individual or that, or this piece of work or that,
and, working with lack of intelligent co-ordination, achieve nothing and no group results. But
united group effort would eventuate in an inspired reorganisation of the entire world, and the
elimination of hindrances; there would be the making of real sacrifices and the giving up of
personal wishes and desires in order that group purposes may be served.
Above all, there must be the elimination of fear. With this I have dealt at
length in A Treatise on White Magic, and have given likewise certain rules and formulas for its
control. How many who have read the teaching profited by the informationz mating imparted?
Will you not, with determination and because the world cries out for help, cast away fear and
go forward with joy and courage into the future?
There has been, behind all the books which I have written, a definite
purpose and a planned sequence of teaching. It may be of interest to you if I trace them for
The first book issued was Initiation, Human and Solar. This book was
intended for the average aspirant, to lead him on from where he was to a vision of an organised
band of teachers who were seeking to aid humanity (and incidentally himself), and to give some
idea of their technique of work and modes of procedure.
Letters on Occult Meditation indicated how these teachers could be
reached and the discipline of life that the treading of the Path involved. These two are
especially for aspirants.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire is in an entirely different category. In the last analysis, it is
for the guidance of the initiates of the world, and will lift the aspirant's eyes away from himself
and his own growth to a vaster conception and a universal ideal. The mark of the initiate is his
lack of interest in himself, in his own unfoldment and his own personal fate, and all aspirants
who become accepted disciples have to master the technique of disinterestedness. Their eyes
have also to be lifted
may be developed and the power of the intuition be brought to bear on all problems and on the
phenomena of life itself. This book was given the name The Light on the Soul.
Here I am fulfilling my intention to write a book on the subject of the Seven Rays. This
topic has always been of real interest for students, but about these rays little is known. We
know, from The Secret Doctrine, that they are the building Forces and the sum total of all that
is in the manifested universe, but their effect in the human kingdom, and their essential
quality and nature, remain as yet a mystery. It will be necessary for me to avoid the cosmic
note, if I may so call it, for I seek to make the information of practical value to the student and
to the intelligent reader. I shall therefore approach the subject entirely from the standpoint of
the human family and deal with the subject in terms of psychological values, laying the
foundation for that new psychology which is much needed, and so dealing primarily with the
human equation. What I have to say will be a commentary upon an expansion of the words
found in the proem of The Secret Doctrine, that "All Souls are one with the Oversoul."
We shall, from the outset, accept the fact of the soul. We shall not consider the
arguments for or against the hypothesis of there being a soul-universal, cosmic, and divine, or
individual and human. For our purposes of discussion, the soul exists, and its intrinsic reality
is assumed, as a basic and proven principle. Those who do not admit this assumption can,
however, study the book from the angle of a temporarily accepted hypothesis, and thus seek to
gather those analogies and indications which may substantiate the point of view. To the
aspirant, and to those who are seeking to demonstrate the existence of the soul because they
believe in its existence, this expression of its laws and tradition, its nature, origin and
potentialities will become a gradually deepening and experienced phenomenon.
What I indicate and the suggestions I may make, will, I forecast, be demonstrated, in
the scientific sense, during the coming Aquarian Age. Science will then have penetrated a little
further into the field of intangible yet real phenomena; it will have discovered mayhap it has
already made this discovery) that the dense and concrete do not exist; it will know that there is
but one substance, present in nature in varying degrees of density and of vibratory activity, and
that this substance is impelled by urgent purpose and expressive of divine intent.
We shall seek to avoid as far as possible those loose generalities which are so distressing
to the academic and critical mind, and in which the mystic finds such relief and joy. I will
however ask those who study this treatise to reserve their opinion and come to no crystallised
judgment until the entire proposition has been presented to them, and its outlines have been
clearly sensed and its detail somewhat elaborated.
It will be necessary for us to introduce the subject on a wide basis and to link the
individual with the general, and this may fat the first) seem too vast a theme, too speculative a
presentation and too misty and vague an outline. But this situation cannot be avoided, for the
argument-as must be the case in all truly occult work-must be considered from the universal to
the particular, from the cosmic to the individual. Men are, as yet, too interested in the
particular and the individual to find it easy to apply the same interest to the greater Whole in
which they "live and move and have their being," nor do they at this time (as a general rule)
possess that inner mechanism of thought and that intuitive perception of truth which will
enable them easily to grasp the significance of that which underlies the symbolism of words, or
to see clearly the subjective
outline under the objective form. But the effort to understand carries its own reward, and the
attempt to grasp and comprehend the Soul-cosmic, universal, planetary and individual leads
inevitably to an unfoldment of the mental apparatus (with a subsequent development of the, as
yet, quiescent brain cells) which must eventually produce a co-ordination of the thinking
faculty, and resultant illumination.
The nature of our septenary universe must be considered, and the relation of the
threefoldz old human being to the divine Trinity must be noted. A general idea of the entire
symbolic picture is of value. Each student, as he takes up the study of the rays, must steadily
bear in mind that he himself -as a human unit-finds his place on one or other of these rays.
The problem thus produced is a very real one. The physical body may be responsive to one type
of ray force, whilst the personality as a whole may vibrate in unison with another. The ego or
soul may find itself upon still a third type of ray, thus responding to another type of ray energy.
The question of the monadic ray brings in still another factor in many cases, but this can only
be implied and not really elucidated. As I have oft told you, it is only the initiate of the third
initiation who can come in touch with his monadic ray, or his highest life aspect, and the
humble aspirant cannot as yet ascertain whether he is a monad of Power, of Love or of
In concluding, I ask for your sincere cooperation in the work which we are undertaking.
It may be of more general and public value than any other of my writings. I shall seek to make
this treatise upon the soul relatively brief. I shall seek to express these abstract truths in such
a way that the general public, with its profound interest in the soul, may be intrigued and won
to a deeper consideration of what is as yet a veiled surmise. The Aquarian Age will see the fact
of the soul demonstrated. This is an attempt, carried forward in the difficulties
of a transition period which lacks even the needed terminology, to aid that demonstration.
Let me also add that your attitude to the imparted instruction should be that of the
student who is seeking truth that can be verified and information that can be applied to the
daily life and tested in the crucible of life experience. If, for instance, there are indeed seven
rays, embodying seven types of divine energy, then a man should be able to recognise these
types and energies in the particular field of phenomena in which he plays his little part. If the
truth given is veiled in symbolism and offered as an hypothesis, it should at the same time be
unveiled sufficiently so as to be recognisable, and should have in it if sufficient chined
intelligent appeal to warrant its investigation. The words "All souls are one with the Oversoul"
may and do, I believe, embody a basic and essential piece of information, but unless there is
evidence in the world that there is appearing a living relation between all sentient beings, then
the statement is meaningless. But the fact is that universal sentiency and a general
awareness are recognised everywhere as existing and as developing. The world is full of
knowledge, which is in the last analysis sentient response to conditions which exist, by minds
which are developing but are not fully developed. It is becoming gradually apparent that under
diversity lies a basic unity, and that our awareness is right and true and correct in so far as we
can identify ourselves with this unity.
In closing, may I beg all of you to go forward. Let nothing in the past-physical inertia,
mental depression, lack of emotional control-keep you from taking fresh hold and with joy and
interest making that needed progress which will fit you for more active and useful service.
That none of you may be hindered by the past or by the present, but may live as Onlookers, is
the prayer, constant and believing, of your teacher.
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of Light within the Mind of God Let light stream forth into the
minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of love within the Heart of God Let love stream forth into the
hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the centre where the Will of God is known Let purpose guide the little wills
of men -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the race of men Let the Plan of Love and Light
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
"The above Invocation or Prayer does not belong to any person or group but to all
Humanity. The beauty and the strength of this Invocation lies in its simplicity, and in its
expression of certain central truths which all men, innately and normally, accept - the truth of
the existence of a basic Intelligence to Whom we vaguely give the name of God; the truth that
behind all outer seeming, the motivating power of the universe is Love; the truth that a great
Individuality came to earth, called by Christians, the Christ, and embodied that love so that we
could understand; the truth that both love and intelligence are effects of what is called the Will
of God; and finally the self -evident truth that only through humanity itself can the Divine Plan
ALICE A. BAILEY
EXTRACT FROM A STATEMENT BY THE TIBETAN
Published AUGUST 1934
Suffice it to say, that I am a Tibetan disciple of a certainz" lain degree, and this tells you
but little, for all are disciples from the humblest aspirant up to, and beyond, the Christ
Himself. I live in a physical body like other men, on the borders of Tibet, and at times (from the
exoteric stand. point) preside over a large group of Tibetan lamas, when my other duties permit.
It is this fact that has caused it to be reported that I am an abbot of this particular lamasery.
Those associated with me in the work of the Hierarchy (and all true disciples are associated in
this work) know me by still another name and office. A.A.B. knows who I am and recognises
me by two of my names.
I am a brother of yours, who has travelled a little longer upon the Path than has the
average student, and has therefore incurred greater responsibilities. I am one who has wrestled
and fought his way into a greater measure of light than has the aspirant who will read this
article, and I must therefore act as a transmitter of the light, no matter what the cost. I am
not an old man, as age counts among the teachers, yet I am not young or inexperienced. My
work is to teach and spread the knowledge of the Ageless Wisdom wherever I can find a
response, and I have been doing this for many years. I seek also to help the Master M. and the
Master K.H. whenever opportunity o8offers, for I have been long connected with Them and with
Their work. In all the above, I have told you much; yet at the same time I have told you nothing
which would lead you to offer me that blind obedience and the foolish devotion which the
Extract from a Statement by the Tibetan
offers to the Guru and Master whom he is as yet unable to contact. Nor will he make that
desired contact until he has transmuted emotional devotion into unselfish service to
humanity,-not to the Master.
The books that I have written are sent out with no claim for their acceptance. They
may, or may not, be correct, true and useful. It is for you to ascertain their truth by right
practice and by the exercise of the intuition. Neither I nor A.A.B. are the least interested in
having them acclaimed as inspired writings, or in having anyone speak of them (with bated
breath) as being the work of one of the Masters. If they present truth in such a way that it
follows sequentially upon that already offered in the world teachings, if the information given
raises the aspiration and the will-to-serve from the plane of the emotions to that of the mind
(the plane whereon the Masters can be found) then they will have served their purpose. If the
teaching conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of the worker in the world,
and brings a flashing forth of his intuition, then let that teaching be accepted. But not
otherwise. If the statements meet with eventual corroboration, or are deemed true under the
test of the Law of Correspondences, then that is well and good. But should this not be so, let
student accept what is said
I. Introductory remarks.
1. The three Objectives in studying the Rays.
2. Definition of the words: Life-Quality-Appearance.
3. The Seven Rays enumerated.
4. The Function of Christianity.
1. The Three Objectives in Studying the Rays
The study of the rays, and a true and deep comprehension of the inner significance of the
teaching, will do for us three things:
A. It will throw much light upon the times and cycles in the unfolding panorama of
history. In the last analysis, history is an account of the growth and development of man from
the stage of the cave man, with his consciousness centred in his animal life, up to the present
time wherein the human consciousness is steadily becoming more inclusive and mental, and so
on and up to the sage of a perfected son of God. It is an account of the apprehension, by man,
of the creative ideas which have moulded the race and are establishing its destiny. It gives us a
dramatic picture of the progress of those souls who are carried in or out of manifestation by the
appearance or disappearance of a ray. We shall find, as we study, that words will greatly
handicap our expression of the realities involved, and we must endeavour to penetrate beneath
the surface meaning to the esoteric structure of truth. These rays are in constant movement
and circulation, and demonstrate an activity which is progressive and cyclic and evidences in.
creasing momentum. They are dominant at one time and
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quiescent at another, and according to the particular ray which is making its presence felt at
any particular time, so will be the quality of the civilisation, the type of forms which will make
their appearance in the kingdoms of nature, and the consequent stage of awareness (the state
of consciousness) of the human beings who are carried into form life in that particular era.
These embodied lives (again in all four kingdoms) will be responsive to the peculiar vibration,
quality, colouring and nature of the ray in question. The ray in manifestation will affect
potently the three bodies which constitute the personality of mind, and the influence of the ray
will produce changes in the mind content and the emotional nature of the man and determine
the calibre of the physical body.
I am aware, therefore, that in giving out this relatively new teaching upon the rays I
may, in my endeavour to shed fresh light, temporarily increase the complexity of the subject.
But as experiment is made, as people are studied in the laboratories of the psychologists and
the psychoanalysts in connection with their ray indications, and as the newer sciences come
into wise use and their proper sphere, we shall gain much and the teaching will find
corroboration. We shall see emerging a new approach to the ancient truths, and a new mode of
investigating humanity. In the meantime let us concentrate upon the clear enunciation of the
truth anent the rays, and seek to tabulate, outline and indicate their nature, purpose and
The seven rays, being cyclic in appearance, have continuously passed in and out of
manifestation and have thus left their mark down the apes upon mankind, and therefore hold
the clue to any true historical survey. Such a survey still remains to be made.
B. A second result of the study of the rays will be to clarify our knowledge as to the
nature of man. Modern psychology, experimental and academic, has done much to gather
information as to how a man functions, what is the nature of his reactions, the calibre of his
thought apparatus and the quality of his physical mechanism, the mode of his thinking and
the sum total of complexes, psychoses, neuroses, instincts, intuitions and intellectual fixations
which he undoubtedly is. Medical psychology has also given us much, and we have learnt that
the human being is entirely conditioned by his instrument of expression and can express no
more than his nervous system, brain and glands permit. We find, however, that some of the
theories, even the best proven, break down, given varying conditions. The field covered by
psychology today is so vast, its schools so many and varied, and its terminology so cumbersome,
that I can make no attempt to deal with it here.
The indebtedness of the world to the trained psychologists cannot be estimated, but
unless there is a key idea interjected into the whole field of thought, it will fall of its own
weight, and produce (as it is already producing) problems, complexes and diseases of the mind
which are direct results of its own methods. The knowledge we now have of how men work on
the physical plane as integrated personalities, and of how they can be expected to work, given
certain conditions, is broad and sound, and the wideness of its grasp can be somewhat gauged
if we compare what we know today with what was known a hundred and fifty years ago. But it
has been largely based upon a study of the abnormal, and upon the form aspect (this latter
being the true scientific method), and is therefore limited and circumscribed when it is put to
the test in the last analysis and in the light of the undoubtedly existent supernormal. What I
seek to do, and the contribution I seek to make to the subject, have to do with the emphasis we
shall lay upon the nature of the integrating principle found within all coherent forms and on
that which can (for lack of
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a better word) be called the soul or self. This principle, which informs the body nature and
expresses its reactions through the emotional and mental states, is of course recognised by
many schools of psychology, but remains nevertheless an unknown and undefinable quantity.
They find it impossible to discover its origin; they know not what it is, whether or no it is an
informing entity, detached and separate from the body nature; they question whether it is an
integrated energetic sum total brought into existence through the fusion of the body cells, and
therefore, through the process of evolution, constituting a thinking, feeling entity; or whether it
is no more than the aggregated life and consciousness of the cells themselves.
The above is a generalisation which will serve our purpose and will cover the general
proposition. It will appear, as we study, that the energies which inform the personalities and
which constitute the nature of the human being fall naturally into three groups:
r. Those energies which we call "the spirits in men." You note here the utter superficiality of
that phrase. It is meaningless and misleading. Spirit is free, but within that essential unity
the "points of fire" or "the divine sparks" can be seen and noted. These unities, within the
unity, are coloured by and react qualitatively to, three types of energy, for it is scientifically
true, and a spiritual fact in nature, that God is the Three in One and the One in Three. The
spirit of man came into incarnation along a line of force emanation from one or other of these
three streams, which form one stream, emanating from the Most High.
s. These streams of energy differentiate into a major three. yet remain one stream. This is an
occult fact worthy of
the deepest meditation. In their turn they differentiate into seven streams
which "carry into the light," as it is called, the seven types of souls. It is with these seven that
we shall deal.
3. The energies into which the three distribute themselves, thus becoming seven, in their turn
produce the forty-nine types of force which express themselves through all the forms in the
three worlds and the four kingdoms in nature. You have therefore:
a. Three monadic groups of energies. The essential Unity expresses, through these
three, the qualities of Will, Love and Intelligence.
b. Seven groups of energies which are the medium through which the three major
groups express the divine qualities.
c. Forty-nine groups of forces to which all forms respond and which constitute the body
of expression for the seven, who in their turn are reflections of the three divine qualities.
In some mysterious ways, therefore, the differentiations which manifest in nature are
found in the realm of quality and not in the realm of reality.
It is with the seven groups of souls for soul energies) that we shall deal, and with the
threefold forms in the fourth kingdom of nature which they create, and through which they
have to express the quality of their ray group and the energy of that one of the three essential
groups to which their soul ray is related. We shall therefore, if possible, endeavour to add to
modern psychology and enrich its content with that esoteric psychology which deals with the
soul or self, the ensouling entity within the form.
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C. The third effect of the study of these rays should be twofold. Not only shall we
understand somewhat the inner side of history, not only shall we gain an idea of the divine
qualities emerging from the three aspects and determining the forms of expression on the
physical plane, but we shall have a practical method of analysis whereby we can arrive at a
right understanding of ourselves as ensouling entities, and at a wiser comprehension of our
fellowmen. When, through our study, we ascertain for instance that the tendency of our soul
ray as that of will or power, but that the ray governing the personality is that of devotion, we
can more truly gauge our opportunity, our capacities and our limitations; we can more justly
determine our vocation and service, our assets and our debits, our true value and strength.
When we can add to that knowledge an analysis which enables us to realise that the physical
body is reacting preeminently to the soul ray, whilst the emotional body is under the influence
of the personality ray which is historically in manifestation at the time, we are then in a
position to gauge our particular problem with judgment. We can then deal more intelligently
with ourselves, with our children and with our friends and associates. We shall find ourselves
able to cooperate more wisely with the Plan as it is seeking expression at any particular time.
It is a platitude to say that the true meaning of "psychology" is the "word of the soul." It
is the sound, producing an effect in matter, which a particular ray may make. This is in some
ways a difficult way of expressing it, but if it is realised that each of the seven rays emits its
own sound, and in so doing sets in motion those forces which must work in unison with it, the
entire question of man's free will, of his eternal destiny and of his power to be self-assertive
comes up for solution. These questions we shall seek to answer as we proceed.
Some of the points which I may seek to make clear will not be capable of substantiation
and cannot be proved by you. These it would be wise to accept as working hypotheses, in order
to understand that whereof I seek to speak. Some of the points I may make you may find
yourself capable of checking up in your own life experience, and they will call forth from you a
recognition coming from your concrete mind; or they may produce in you a reaction of the
intensest conviction, emanating from your intuitively aware Self. In any case, read slowly; apply
the laws of analogy and of correspondence; study yourself and your brethren; seek to link what
I say to any knowledge you may possess of the modern theories, and remember that the more
truly you live as a soul the more surely you will comprehend that which may be imparted.
As you study you must not forget the basic concept that in all occult work one is
occupied with energy-energy units, energy embodied in forms, energy streams in flow; and that
these energies are made potent and embody our purpose through the use of thought; they
follow along the well-defined thought currents of the group.
It must be remembered, however, that it is in this region of thought that the cleavage
comes between black and white magic. It is in the use of thought power that the two aspects
of magic can be seen functioning, and therefore it is true that there is no black magic, per se,
until one reaches the realm of mind. No one can be a black magician until the will and the
thought work in unison, until mind control and the creative work of the focussed mind can be
seen. It has oft been said the black magician is rare, indeed, and that is verily true, because
the creative thinker, with power to use the sustained will, is also rare.
Let me illustrate. There is need for clear thinking on these matters, for as we study the
psychology of the microcosm
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and arrive at an understanding of his ray impulses and energies we shall need to see clearly the
way we go so that we shall tread the path of selflessness, leading to group awareness, and not
the path of individualism, leading eventually and inevitably (as the mind aspect becomes
organised) to the left hand path of black magic.
Those strong souls who consciously and knowingly enter into the realms of spiritual
force and take thence that which they need and that which they choose, must work with
intelligence, so that there may be a subsequent wise distribution of force within a chosen area.
Those who know themselves to be in the rank and file of aspirants, but who possess the
persistence which will drive them forward to the goal, need to remember that theirs is the
responsibility of adding their quota to the sum total, and that this is done every time they think
of the group, correspond with a fellow aspirant or meditate.
Extend the idea, then, from the student in a group to the group itself, regarding it as a
group unit within a larger group. You have there a perfect analogy to the way the Great Ones
work at this time. Regard, therefore, all your work as group work, causing effects which are
inevitable and contributing to the potency of the group thought form.
The second thing upon which I seek to touch concerns the testing going on inevitably
among the aspirants and disciples at this time. This is not so much a testing of their place
upon the Path, as of their power to live in the world as citizens of another kingdom, and as the
custodians of that which the world as a rule does not recognise. In so far as that testing is
applied, and in so far as it can be gauged, I seek to point out that the testing is not applied, as
some think, because of their affiliation with any group or because of their one-pointed
determination to tread the Path. It is applied because the aspirants' own souls so ordained it,
prior to incarnation, and it
was the will of their souls that a certain measure of growth, hitherto unknown, should be
attained, a certain degree of detachment from form should be achieved, and a certain
preparation should be undergone which would lead to a liberation from the form life. The idea
that a renewed effort towards the goal of spiritual light is the cause of trouble or precipitates
disaster is not a statement of fact. The extent of the discipline to be undergone by a disciple is
settled and known by his soul before he even takes a body; it is determined by law.
It is this problem of energy units and their mutual interplay which underlies the entire
subject of the rays which we shall seek to investigate. Every group in the world is a nucleus for
the focussing and interplay of the seven types of force, just as every human being is also a
meeting place for the seven types of energy,-two in the ascendant and five less potent. Every
group can consequently be a creative centre and produce that which is an expression of the
controlling energies and of the directed thought of the thinkers in the group. From the
standpoint of Those Who see and guide, therefore, every group is constructing something that
is relatively tangible and governed by certain building laws. The great work of the Builders
proceeds steadily. Often that which is built is inchoate, futile and without form or purpose,
and of no use to either gods or men. But the race as a whole is now coming into an era wherein
the mind is becoming a potent factor; many are learning to hold the mind steady in the light,
and consequently are receptive to ideas hitherto unrecognised. If a group of minds can be so
drawn together and fused into an adequate synthesis, and if they (in their individual and daily
meditation) keep focussed or oriented towards that which can be apprehended, great concepts
can be grasped and great ideas intuited. Men can train themselves-as a group-to think these
intuited ideas of the true and the beautiful and of the Plan into manifested
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existence, and thus a creation of beauty, embodying a divine principle, can be built. Ponder on
this, seek to fit yourselves for the registering of these ideas, and train yourselves to formulate
them into thoughts and to transmit them so that others can apprehend them also. This is the
nature of the real work to be done by the new groups, and students today who can grasp this
idea have the opportunity to do some of this pioneering work.
Always the individual of advancement and of poise has been able to do this intuiting,
and to concretise the idea. Groups of students meditating synchronously should now attempt
to do the same. The effort to synchronise effort does not relate so much to the time element as
to unity of intent and of purpose.
There is to be found today in the realm of the intuition much of wonder; this can be
contacted. It is now the privilege of the race to contact that "raincloud of knowable things" to
which the ancient seer Patanjali refers in his fourth book; the race, through its many
aspirants, can today precipitate this "raincloud" so that the brains of men everywhere can
register the contact. Hitherto this has been the privilege of the illumined and rare seer. In this
way the New Age will be ushered in and the new knowledge will enter into the minds of
This can be practically demonstrated if those who are interested in this Treatise on the
Seven Rays can attune themselves to think clearly, and with a poised and illumined mind seek
to understand what is relatively a new aspect of truth.
In undertaking to reveal something anent the nature of the seven rays, I feel it
necessary to remind all of you who take up this study that any speculation as to the emanating
source of the rays must remain profitless until there is developed within each student that
apparatus of response and that sensitive mechanism which will enable him to register a wider
field of contacts than is at present possible. Many are as yet in
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the initial stage of registering an awareness of a field of expression which they know exists-the
field of soul awareness-but which is not yet for them their normal field of expression. Many
know a great deal about it, theoretically but the practical effects of applied knowledge are not
yet theirs. Many are conscious of consciousness, and are aware of the kingdom of the soul and
of an occasional reaction to impression from that kingdom, but they are not yet consciousness
itself, nor so identified with the soul that consciousness of all else drops away. To achieve that
is their aim and objective.
Let me also remind you that the career of the Monad (an aspect of energy found on one
or other of the three major rays) can be roughly divided into three parts, leading to a fourth:
1. A lower realisation of a unity which is the unit of the form nature. In this unity, the soul
is so closely identified with the matter aspect that it sees no distinction, but of the form, and
knows not itself as soul. This often reaches its height in some life of full personality
expression, wherein the soul is completely centred in personality reactions; the lower life is so
strong and vital that a powerful and material expression eventuates.
A subsequent and painful differentiation of the consciousness into a realised
duality. In this condition, the man is distinctly aware of what is termed his essential duality;
he knows he is spirit -matter, is form-life, and is the soul in manifestation. During this sage,
which covers many lives and carries the man along the path of probation and discipleship as far
as the third initiation the centre of gravity (if I may so express it) shifts steadily out of the form
side and centres itself more and more in that of the soul. There is a growing consciousness
that there is a
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Reality which embraces, and at the same time extinguishes, duality.
Remember that the entire story of evolution is the story of consciousness, and of a
growing expansion of the "becoming-aware" principle, so that from the microscopic interest of
the self -conscious man-for we shall retain the parable within the confines of the fourth
kingdom in nature-we have a slowly developing inclusiveness which finally leads him into the
consciousness of the cosmic Christ.
3. The higher realisation of unity follows upon this sense of duality, and in this final stage the
sense of being soul and body is lost. The consciousness identifies itself with the indwelling Life
of the planet and of the solar system. When this happens, there is the registering of a state of
being which lies beyond word, mind and form expression of any kind.
The great Jewish seer sought to convey these three stages in the words, I Am-That-I-
Am. He thus expressed them tritely and succinctly and adequately, had we but the
development to know it. The third (however understood) defies expression, and hints at a
fourth type of realisation which is that of Deity itself, about which it profits us not to
2. Life-Quality -Appearance
In our study of the rays it must therefore be remembered that we are dealing with life-
expression, through the medium of matter-form. The highest unity will be cognised only when
this dual relation is perfected. The theory of the One Life may be held, but I deal not basically
with theory but with that which may be known, provided there is growth and intelligent
application of truth. I deal with possibility and with that which is capable of achievement.
Many these days like to
talk and think in terms of that One Life, but it remains but speech and thought, whilst the
true awareness of that essential Unity remains a dream and an imagining. Whenever this
reality is put into words duality is emphasised and the spiritual controversy (using the word in
its basic meaning and not in its ordinary warlike connotation) is enhanced. Take for example
the words: "I believe in the One Life" or "To me, there is but one Reality," and note how they are
in their phraseology an expression of duality. Life cannot be expressed in words nor can its
realised perfection. The process of "becoming," which leads to "being," is a cosmic event,
involving all forms, and no son of God lies separated from that mutable process as yet. As long
as he is in form he cannot know what Life is, though, when he has attained certain steps and
can function on the higher planes of the system in full awareness, he can begin to glimpse that
awful Reality. Certain great initiates, down the ages, have fulfilled their function of revealers,
and have held before the eyes of the pioneering disciples of life the ideal of Oneness and of
Unity. It has nevertheless been a matter of shifting the focus of attention progressively out of
one form into another, and thus, from a higher standpoint getting a fresh glimpse of a possible
truth. Each age (and the present is no exception) has believed its grasp of Reality and its
sensitivity to the inner Beauty to be greater and nearer the True than was ever previously
possible. The highest realisation of what is termed the One Life is the awareness (of the
initiate of high degree) of the embodied Logos, of Deity, and his identification with the
consciousness of that stupendous Creator Who is seeking expression through the medium of
the solar system. No initiate on the planet can identify himself with the consciousness of that
Identified Being (in the esoteric sense of the term) Who, speaking in the Bhagavad &Gita, says:
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pervaded the entire universe with a fragment of Myself, I remain."
These thoughts I commend to your consideration and to your careful pondering, begging
you to see to it that there is a steady expansion of your sense of awareness and a growing
capacity to make understanding contacts with that emerging Truth, Reality and Beauty which
the universe declares. Guard yourself at the same time from mystical rhapsodies anent the
One Life, which are apt to be no more than the negation of all mental apprehension and a
luxuriating in the sensuous perception of a highly developed and high grade emotional nature.
All our considerations therefore in this Treatise on the Seven Rays will necessarily be
held within the realm of thought which involves awareness of duality. I shall employ the
language of duality, and this I shall do, not because I seek to emphasize it to the neglect of
unity (for this unity is to me somewhat of a reality and I glimpse more than a possibility), but
because all aspirants and disciples and all initiates up to the third initiation-as I earlier said-
are swinging as a pendulum between the pairs of opposites, spirit and matter. I speak not here
of the pairs of opposites of the astral or emotional plane, which are illusory reflections of the
true pairs of opposites, but of the basic duality of manifestation. I seek to deal with that
material which is of practical value and which can be grasped by the illumined intelligence of
the average man. It is necessary for all students who seek illumination and a right
apprehension of truth to drop the emphasis so often laid upon certain aspects and
presentations of truth being spiritual and others being mental. It is in the realm of so-called
mind that the great principle of separateness is found. It is also in the realm of mind that the
great at-one-ment is made. The words of the initiate Paul have here a fitting place, wherein he
says: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ," and adds
in another place that Christ had made "in himself, of twain, one new man". It is through the
mind that theory is formulated, truth distinguished and Deity apprehended. When we are
more advanced upon the Path, we shall see naught but spirit everywhere, and the aphorism,
enunciated by that great disciple, H.P.B., that "matter is spirit at the lowest point of its cyclic
activity" and "Spirit is matter on the seventh plane. z , or the highest, will be a realised fact in
our consciousness. It is as yet but an intellectual phrase which means little except the
enunciation of a truth, incapable of proof. Everything is an expression of a spiritual
consciousness, which spiritualises by its inherent life all matter-forms. A grub or worm
working out its little life in a mass of decaying substance is as much a spiritual manifestation
as an initiate working out his destiny in a mass of rapidly changing human forms. It is all
manifested Deity; it is all divine expression and all a form of sensitive awareness and of
response to environment, and therefore a form of conscious expression.
The seven rays are the first differentiation of the divine triplicity of Spirit-
Consciousness-Form, and they provide the entire field of expression for the manifested Deity.
We are told in the scriptures of the world that the interplay, or the relation between, Father-
Spirit and Mother-Matter produces eventually a third, which is the Son, or the consciousness
aspect. That Son, the product of the two, is esoterically defined as "the One Who was third but
is the second." The reason for this wording is that there first existed the two divine aspects,
Spirit-Matter, or matter impregnated with life, and it was only when these two realised their
mutual unity (note the necessary ambiguity of that phrase) that the Son emerged. The
esotericist, however, regards Spirit-Matter as the first unity, and the Son therefore is the
second factor. This Son, Who is divine Life incarnate in matter, and consequently the producer
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of the diversity and immensity of forms, is the embodiment of divine quality. We might
therefore utilise-for the sake of clarity-the terms Life-Quality-Appearance as interchangeable
with the more usual trinity of Spirit-Soul-Body, or Life-Consciousness-Form.
I shall utilise the word Life when referring to Spirit, to energy, to the Father, to the first
aspect of Divinity, and to that essential dynamic electric Fire which produces all that is, and is
the sustaining, originating Cause and Source of all manifestation.
I shall use the word Appearance to express that which we call matter, or form, or
objective expression; it is that illusory tangible outer appearance which is animated by life.
This is the third aspect, the Mother, overshadowed and fertilised by the Holy Ghost, or Life,
united with intelligent substance. This is fire by friction-a friction brought about by life and
matter and their interplay, and producing change and constant mutation.
I shall use the word quality as expressive of the second aspect, the Son of God, the
cosmic Christ incarnate in form-a form brought into being by the relation of spirit and matter.
This interplay produces that psychological Entity which we call the Christ. This cosmic Christ
demonstrated to us His perfection, as far as the human family is concerned, through the
medium of the historical Christ. This psephological Entity can bring into functioning activity a
quality within all human forms which esoterically can "obliterate the forms" and so engross the
attention as to be regarded eventually as the main factor and as constituting all that is. This
truth as to life and quality and form is made most clearly apparent to us in the stop of the
Christ of Galilee. He was constantly reminding the people that He was not what He appeared to
be, neither was He the Father in Heaven, and He is ever referred
to by those who know and love Him in terms of quality He demonstrated to us the quality of the
love of God, and in Himself He embodied not only that which He had evolved of the seven ray
qualities, but also-as do few of the sons of God-a basic principle of the ray of the Solar Logos
Himself, the quality of Love. This we shall study more closely when we take up the
consideration of the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
The seven rays are therefore embodiments of seven types of force which demonstrate to
us the seven qualities of Deity These seven qualities have consequently a sevenfold effect upon
the matter and forms to be found in all parts of the universe, and have also a sevenfold
interrelation between themselves.
Life-quality-appearance are brought together into a synthesis in the manifested
universe and in man incarnate, and the result of this synthesis is sevenfold, producing seven
types of qualified forms which emerge on all planes and in all kingdoms. It must be
remembered that all the planes which we, from our little point of view, regard as formless are
not really so. Our seven planes are but the seven subplanes of the cosmic physical plane. We
shall not deal with the planes, except in their relation to man's unfoldment, nor shall we deal
with the macrocosm, or with the developing life of the Cosmic Christ. We shall confine our
attention entirely to man and to his psychological reactions to the qualified forms in three
directions: to those in the subhuman kingdoms in nature, to those with whom he associates in
the human family and to the guiding Hierarchy and the world of souls. The seven ray types
must be dealt with entirely from the human angle, for this treatise is intended to give the new
psychological approach to man through an understanding of the energies, seven in number,
with their forty-nine differentiations, which animate him and make him what he is. Later, as
we take up each ray
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type, we shall subject man to a close analysis and study his reactions in these three directions.
These seven rays are the seven streams of force issuing from a central energy after (in
point of time) that vortex of energy had been set up. Spirit and matter became mutually
interactive and the form or appearance of the solar system began its process of becoming,-a
process leading to an eventual being. This idea is ancient and true. We find reference to the
seven aeons and the seven emanations and to the life and nature of the seven "Spirits which
are before the Throne of God" in the writings of Plato and of all initiates who laid down in
ancient times the basic propositions which have guided the human mentality down the ages.
These great Lives, functioning within the boundaries of the solar system, gathered to
Themselves that substance which They required for manifestation and built it into those forms
and appearances through which They could best express Their innate qualities. Within the
radius of Their influence, They gathered all that now appears. This aggregated, qualified
material constitutes Their body of manifestation, just as the solar system is the body of
manifestation of the Trinity of aspects.
This idea can best be apprehended if one remembers that every human being is, in his
turn, an aggregate of atoms and cells built into form and having scattered throughout that
form organs and centres of differentiated life which function in rhythm and relation, but
which have varying influences and differing purposes. These aggregated and animated forms
present an appearance of an entity or central life which is characterised by its own quality, and
which functions according to the point in evolution, thus making an impress by its radiation
and life upon every atom and cell and organism within the radius of immediate influence and
also upon every other human being contacted. Man is a psychic entity, a Life Who,
through radiatory influence, has built a form, coloured it with His own psychic quality and thus
presented an appearance to the environing world which will persist for as long a time as He
lives in form.
This statement covers also the life story and the qualified appearance of any one of the
seven rays. God, Ray, Life, and Man are all psychological entities and builders of forms.
Therefore a great psychological life is appearing through the medium of a solar system. Seven
psychological lives, qualified by seven types of force, are appearing through the medium of the
seven planets. Each planetary life repeats the same technique of manifestation-life-quality-
appearance-and in its second aspect of quality demonstrates as a psychological entity. Every
human being is a miniature replica of the entire plan. He is also spirit-soul-body, life-quality-
appearance. He colours his appearance with his quality and animates it with his life. Because
all appearances are expressions of quality and the lesser is included in the greater, every form
in nature and every human being is found upon one or other of the seven qualifying rays and
his appearance in a phenomenal form is coloured by the quality of his basic ray. It is qualified
predominantly by the ray of the particular life upon whose emanation he issued forth, but it
will include also in a secondary measure the six other ray types.
Let us therefore posit-as a symbolical analogy-the fact of a Central Life (extraneous and
outside our solar system yet within it during the process of manifestation) Which decides
within Itself to take a material form and to incarnate. A vortex of force is set up as a
preliminary step and we then have God immanent and God transcendent at the same time.
This vortex, as a result of this initial activity, demonstrates through the medium of what we
call substance or (to use a technical term of modern science, which is the best we can do at this
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through the ether of space. The consequence of this active interplay of life and soul, stance is
that a basic unity is constituted. Father and mother are at-one. This unity is characterised by
quality. Through this triplicity of life-quality-form, the central Life evokes and manifests
consciousness, or awareness of response to all that is eventuating, but in a degree which it is
impossible for us to cognise, limited as we are by our present relatively undeveloped point in
Students of this treatise must bear in mind, from the very start of their studies, the
necessity for familiarising themselves with these four conditioning factors-life-quality-
appearance-and their result or synthesis which we call Consciousness.
Always, therefore, we predicate that which stands outside of the appearance and which
is conscious of that appearance. This involves awareness of its material development and
consequent adequacy of expression, and also awareness of its psychic unfoldment. No study of
the rays is possible apart from this fourfold recognition. Our grasp of the subject will be much
facilitated if we train ourselves to regard ourselves as an accurate (though as yet undeveloped)
expression and reflection of this initial creative quaternary. We are lives, making an
appearance, expressing quality and slowly becoming aware of the process and the objective, as
our consciousness becomes more like that of Divinity Itself.
3. The Seven Rays Enumerated
As part of the initial Plan, the one Life sought expansion, and the seven aeons or
emanations came forth from the central vortex and actively repeated the earlier process in all
its details. They too came into manifestation and in the work of expressing active life, qualified
by love and limited by an outward phenomenal appearance, they swept into a secondary activity
and became the seven Builders, the seven Sources of
life and the seven Rishis of all the ancient scriptures. They are the original psychic Entities,
imbued with the capacity to express love (which involves the concept of duality, for the loving
and the loved, the desiring and the desired, must here be posited) and to emerge from subjective
being into objective becoming. We call these seven by various names, as follows:
r. The Lord of Power or Will. This Life wills to love, and uses power as an expression of divine
beneficence. For His body of manifestation He uses that planet for which the sun is regarded
as the esoteric substitute.
z. The Lord of Love-Wisdom, Who is the embodiment of pure love, is regarded by esotericists as
being as close to the heart of the Solar Logos as was the beloved disciple close to the heart of
the Christ of Galilee. This Life instils into all forms the quality of love, with its more material
manifestation of desire, and is the attractive principle in nature and the custodian of the Law
of Attraction, which is the life-demonstration of pure Being. This Lord of Love is the most
potent of the seven rays, because He is on the same cosmic ray as the solar Deity. He expresses
Himself primarily through the planet Jupiter, which is His body of manifestation.
3. The Lord of Active lntelligence. His work is more closely linked to matter and He works in
cooperation with the Lord of the second ray. He is the motivating impulse in the initial work of
creation. The planet Saturn is His body of expression within the solar system, and through the
medium of matter (which beneficently obstructs and hinders) He provides humanity with a
vast field of experiment and experience.
I should like to point out here that when I speak in terms of
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personality and perforce employ the personal pronoun, I must not be accused of personalizing
these great forces. I speak in terms of entity, of pure Being, and not in terms of human
personality. But the handicap of language persists; and in teaching those who think in terms
of the lower concrete mind, and whose intuition is dormant or only manifesting in flashes, I am
compelled to speak in parables and use the language of word symbols. Let me point out also
that all statements which I may make are in relation to our particular planet and couched in
terms that can be understood by the humanity which our planet has produced. The work, as I
outline it, constitutes only a fraction of the work undertaken by these Beings; They each have
Their own purpose and radius of influence, and as our Earth is not one of the seven sacred
planets (nor the body of manifestation of one of the basic seven rays), They have purposes and
activities in which our Earth plays only a minor part.
4. The Lord of Harmony, Beauty and Art. The main function of this Being is the creation of
Beauty (as an expression of truth) through the free interplay of life and form, basing the design
of beauty upon the initial plan as it exists in the mind of the solar Logos. The body of
manifestation of this life is not revealed, but the activity emanating from it produces that
combination of sounds, colours and word music that expresses-through the form of the ideal-
that which is the originating idea. This fourth Lord of creative expression will resume activity
upon the Earth about six hundred years hence, though already the first faint impress of His
influence is being felt and the next century will see a re-awakening of creative art in all its
5. The Lord of Concrete Knowledge and Science. This is a Great Life in close touch with the
mind of the creative
Deity, just as the Lord of the second ray is in close touch with the heart of that same
Deity. His influence is great at this time, though not as potent as it will be later. Science is a
psychological unfoldment in man due to this ray influence, and is only entering into its real
work. His influence is waxing in power, just as the influence of the sixth Lord is waning.
The Lord of Devotion end Idealism This solar Deity is a peculiar and characteristic expression of
the quality of the solar Logos. Forget not that in the great scheme of the universal universe (not
just our universe) our solar Logos is as differentiated and distinctive in quality as are any of the
sons of men. This ray force, with the second ray, is a true and vital expression of the divine
nature. A militant focussing upon the ideal, a one-pointed devotion to the intent of the life
urge, and a divine sincerity are the qualities of this Lord, and set their impress upon all that is
found within His body of manifestation. Advanced esotericists debate as to whether Mars is, or
is not, the planet through which He manifests. You must remember that only a few of the
planets are the bodies of expression of the Lords of the rays. There are ten "planets of
expression" (to use the term employed by the ancient Rishis), and only seven ray Lives are
regarded as the Builders of the system. The great mystery, which is finally revealed in the
higher initiations, is the relation of a ray to a planet. Therefore seek not full information at
this time. The influence of this sixth Lord is now passing out.
The Lord of Ceremonial Order or Magic is now coming into power and is slowly but surely
making His pressure felt. His influence is most potent upon the physical plane, for there is a
close numerical interrelation between (for
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instance) the Lord of the seventh ray and the seventh plane, the
physical, just as the seventh root race will see complete conformity to and a perfect expression
of law and order. This ray of order and its incoming is partially responsible for the present
tendency in world affairs toward governmental dictatorship and the imposed control of a
central governing body.
It may be of value here if I give you the following statement as to the activity, or
non-activity, of the rays, begging you to bear in mind that this statement refers only to our
Earth and its evolutions:
Ray One.....Not in manifestation.
Ray Two.....In manifestation since 1575 A.D.
Ray Three..In manifestation since 1425 A.D.
Ray Four.....To come slowly into manifestation
after 2025 A.D.
Ray Five.....In manifestation since 1775 A.D.
Ray Six...... Passing rapidly out of manifestation. It began to
pass out in 1625 A.D.
Ray Seven....In manifestation since I675 A.D.
These are of course all lesser cycles within the influence of the sign Pisces. You will see that
four rays are in manifestation at this time -the second, third, fifth, and seventh. ,
The question arises here: How does it happen that we find people in incarnation
on all the rays at practically the same time? The reason is that, as you can easily see, the
fourth is beginning to approach and the sixth is passing out, which puts six of the rays in the
position of having their egos in manifestation. There are however very few of the fourth ray
egos on the Earth at this time, and a very large number of sixth ray egos, for it will be about
two hundred years before all the sixth ray egos pass out of incarnation. As to the first ray egos,
there are no pure first ray types on the planet. All so-called
first ray egos are on the first subray of the second ray, which is in incarnation. A pure first ray
ego in incarnation at this time would be a disaster. There is not sufficient intelligence and love
in the world to balance the dynamic will of an ego on the ray of the destroyer.
Just as the human family has a relation to the planetary Logos of our Earth which is
best expressed by stating that it constitutes His heart and brain, so does the sum total of
analogous evolutions within the entire solar system constitute the heart and brain of the solar
Logos. Intelligent activity and love are the outstanding characteristics of a developed son of
God, whilst their lower reflections-sex and desire-are the characteristics of the average man
and the undeveloped sons of God.
These seven living qualified emanations from the central vortex of force are composed of
untold myriads of energy units which are inherently and innately aspects of life, endowed with
quality and capable of appearance. Below the human, the combination of these three produces
conscious response to the environment, regarding the environment as composed of the sum
total of all lives, qualities and appearances,-the synthesis of the seven rays or emanations of
the Deity. They produce in the human kingdom a self-conscious awareness, and in the
superhuman world a synthetic inclusiveness. All human monads, carried into manifestation by
the will and desire of some ray Lord, are part of His body of manifestation. Potentially they
express His quality and appear phenomenally according to the point in evolutionary expression
which has been reached. "As He is, so are we in this world," but only as yet potentially-the goal
being to make the potential into the real, and the latent into the expressed. The work of the
esotericist is just this very thing: to bring out of latency, the hidden quality.
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4. The Function of Christianity
I have now laid down the basic premise that all that is known to us is a manifesting divine
Entity, expressing Itself through three aspects which (for the purposes of this treatise and
because they are more in line with the terminology of emerging modern thought) I choose to call
Life-Quality-Appearance. These are but other names for the Trinity of all the great religions,
and are synonymous with the Christian phrase, Father, Son and Holy Ghost (those old
anthropomorphic terms!); with Spirit, Soul and Body, the current phraseology; and with the
Life, Consciousness and Form of the Indian philosophy.
May I interpolate here the comment that modern thinkers would do well to bear in mind
that the importance of Christianity lies in the realisation that it is a bridging religion. This is
symbolised for us by the fact that the Master of all the Masters took incarnation in Palestine,
that slice of land which is midway between Asia and Europe, and which partakes of the
character of both. Christianity is the religion of the transitional period which links the era of
self-conscious existence with that of a group-conscious world. It is extant in the age which will
see that type of thought prevailing which (when rightly applied) will serve as the connecting link
between the worlds of concrete and of abstract mind. The Old Commentary puts it thus:
"When the hour arrives wherein the light of the soul reveals the
antaskarana (the bridge between the personality consciousness and the soul consciousness,
A.A.B.) then shall men be known by their knowledge, be coloured by the despair of desire
unappeased, be divided into those who recognise their dharma (meet all implied obligations and
duties) and those who only see the working out of karma, and from the very nature of their
need find light and peace at last."
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Christianity is primarily a religion of cleavage, demonstrating to man his duality and so
laying the foundation for future unity". This is a most needed stage and has served humanity
well; the purpose and intent of Christianity has been definite and high, and it has done its
divine work. Today it is in the process of being superseded, but by what new formulation of
truth is not yet revealed. The light is slowly pouring into man's life, and in this lighted radiance
he will formulate the new religion and arrive at a fresh enunciation of ancient truth. Through
the lens of the illumined mind, he will shortly see aspects of divinity hitherto unknown. Has it
ever dawned on you that there may be qualities and characteristics of the divine nature, latent
as yet within the form, that have hitherto remained totally unknown and not even dimly
sensed, and which, as yet, are literally unprecedented and for which we have neither words nor
other adequate medium of expression? So it is. Just as the phrase "group-consciousness" would
carry, for early primitive man, no significance whatsoever, and would have been only a
meaningless string of alphabetical forms, so (lingering just below the surface of our manifested
world) lie divine qualities and a purpose which is as far removed from the consciousness of our
present humanity as the idea of collective awareness was from the consciousness of prehistoric
humanity. Take courage from this thought. The past guarantees the infinite expansion of the
II. Certain Questions and their Answers.
1. What is the soul and its nature?
2. What is the origin, goal, purpose and plan of the soul?
3. Can the fact of the soul be proved?
4. Of what value is it to study the rays?
5. What is the meaning of: Sentiency; Consciousness
Awareness; Energy or Light?