Personality, Soul and Monad

Personality, Soul and Monad

Here are my best “guesses” for my Ray make up. Excerpted from Esoteric Psychology 1 by Alice Bailey & Djwhal Kuhl. {See if you can see traces of these “colours” in this blog.}

We shall now express the ray purpose in the form of an ancient teaching preserved on leaves that are so old that the writing is slowly fading. I now translate it into modern language though much is lost thereby.

Personality.

The Seventh Purpose of Deity
Ray VII. Ceremonial Order or Magic

“Let the Temple of the Lord be built”, the seventh great Angel cried. Then to their places in the north, the south, the west and east, seven great sons of God moved with measured pace and took their seats. The work of building thus began.

The doors were closed. The light shone dim. The temple walls could not be seen. The seven were silent and their forms were veiled. The time had not arrived for the breaking  forth of light. The Word could not be uttered. Only between the seven Forms the work went on. A silent call went forth from each to each. Yet still the temple door stayed shut.

As time went on, the sounds of life were heard. The door was opened, and the door was shut. Each time it opened, the power within the temple grew; each time the light waxed stronger, for one by one the sons of men entered the temple, passed from north to south, from west to east and in the center of the heart found light, found understanding and the power to work. They entered through the door; they passed before the Seven; they raised the temple’s veil and entered into life.

The temple grew in beauty. Its lines, its walls, its decorations, and its height and depth and breadth slowly emerged and entered into light.

Out from the east, the Word went forth: Open the door to all the sons of men who come from all the darkened valleys of the land and seek the temple of the Lord. Give them the light. Unveil the inner shrine, and through the work of all the craftsmen of the Lord extend the temple’s walls and thus irradiate the world. Sound forth the Word creative and raise the dead to life.

Thus shall the temple of the light be carried from heaven to earth. Thus shall its walls be reared upon the great plains of the world of men. Thus shall the light reveal and nurture all the dreams of men.

Then shall the Master in the east awaken those who are asleep. Then shall the warden in the west test and try all the true seekers after light. Then shall the warden in the south instruct and aid the blind. Then shall the gate into the north remain wide open, for there the unseen Master stands with welcoming hand and understanding heart, to lead the pilgrims to the east where the true light shines forth.

“Why this opening of the temple?” demand the greater Seven. “Because the work is ready; the craftsmen are prepared. God has created in the light. His sons can now create. What can else be done?”

“Naught!” came the answer from the greater Seven. “Let the work proceed. Let the sons of God create.”

These words will be noted by many as of deep significance and as indicating a wide intention (during the coming cycle) to open the door wide into the temple of the hidden mystery to man. One by one we shall undergo the esoteric and spiritual counterpart of the psychological factor which is called “a mental test.” That test will demonstrate a man’s usefulness in mental work and power, it will show his capacity to build thought-forms and to vitalize them. This I dealt with in A Treatise on White Magic, and the relation of that treatise to the magical work of the seventh ray and its cycle of activity will become increasingly apparent. A Treatise on White Magic is an attempt to lay down the rules for training and for work which will make it possible for the candidate to the mysteries to enter the temple and to take his place as a creative worker and thus aid in the magical work of the Lord of the Temple.

The names whereby this ray Lord is known are many, and their meaning is of prime significance today. The work of the future can be seen from a study of these names:

  • The Unveiled Magician
  • The Worker in the Magical Art
  • The Creator of the Form
  • The Bestower of Light from the Second Lord
  • The Manipulator of the Wand
  • The Watcher in the East
  • The Custodian of the Seventh Plan
  • The Invoker of Wrath
  • The Keeper of the Magical Word
  • The Temple Guardian
  • The Representative of God
  • The One Who lifts to Life
  • The Lord of Death
  • The One Who feeds the Sacred Fire
  • The Whirling Sphere
  • The Sword of the Initiator
  • The Divine Alchemical Worker
  • The Builder of the Square
  • The Orienting Force
  • The Fiery Unifier
  • The Key to the Mystery
  • The Expression of the Will
  • The Revealer of Beauty

This ray Lord has a peculiar power on earth and on the physical plane of divine manifestation. His usefulness to His six Brothers is therefore apparent. He makes Their work appear. He is the most active of all the rays in this world period, and is never out of manifestation for more than fifteen hundred years. It is almost as if He whirled in and out of active work under a very rapid cycle, and His closest relation, symbolically, is to His Brethren of the second and fifth rays in this world period.

He builds (using second ray cooperation) through the power of thought (thus cooperating with the Lord of the fifth ray and on the physical plane, which is His own essential and peculiar sphere). In another world period His relation with the other ray Lords may undergo change, but at this time His work will be more easily understood when He is recognized as aiding the building Lord of the second ray and utilizing the energies of the Lord of concrete thought.

The aphorisms embodying His qualities run as follows, and were esoterically whispered into His ears when He “left the most high place and descended into the seventh sphere to carry out the work assigned.”

  1. Take thy tools with thee, brother of the building light. Carve deep. Construct and shape the living stone.
    Quality – power to create.
  2. Choose well thy workers. Love them all. Pick six to do thy will. Remain the seventh in the east. Yet call the world to enter into that which thou shalt build. Blend all together in the will of God.
    Quality – power to cooperate.
  3. Sit in the center and the east as well. Move not from there. Send out thy force to do thy will and gather back thy forces. Use well the power of thought. Sit still.
    Quality – power to think.
  4. See all parts enter into the purpose. Build towards beauty, brother Lord. Make all colors bright and clear. See to the inner glory. Build the shrine well. Use care.
    Quality – revelation of the beauty of God.
  5. Watch well thy thought. Enter at will into the mind of God. Pluck thence the power, the plan, the part to play. Reveal the mind of God.
    Quality – mental power.
  6. Stay in the east. The five have given thee a friendly Word. I, the sixth, tell thee to use it on the dead. Revive the dead. Build forms anew. Guard well that Word. Make all men seek it for themselves.
    Quality – power to vivify.

Soul, Reincarnating Jiva, Dreamer, Causal Vehicle

The Second Purpose of Deity
Ray II. Love-Wisdom

The Word is issuing from the heart of God, emerging from a central point of love. That Word is love itself. Divine desire colors all that life of love. Within the human hierarchy, the affirmation gathers power and sound.

The Word in the beginning was. The Word hath dwelt and dwells with God. In Him was light. In Him was life. Within His light we walk.

His symbol is the thunder, the Word that cycles down the ages.

Some of the names of this ray Lord which convey his purpose are as follows:

  • The Displayer of Glory
  • The Lord of Eternal Love
  • The Cosmic Magnet
  • The Giver of Wisdom
  • The Radiance in the Form
  • The Master Builder
  • The Conferrer of Names
  • The Great Geometrician
  • The One Who hides the Life
  • The Cosmic Mystery
  • The Light Bringer
  • The Son of God Incarnate
  • The Cosmic Christ

The legend tells us that the six Brothers summarize His qualities in the following aphorisms:

  1. Send forth the Word and speak the radiant love of God. Make all men hear.
    Quality – love divine.
  2. Let the glory of the Lord shine forth. Let there be radiant light as well as radiant love.
    Quality – radiance.
  3. Draw to thyself the object of thy search. Pull forth into the light of day from out the night of time the one thou lovest.
    Quality – attraction.
  4. When light and love are shewn forth then let the power within produce the perfect flower. Let the word that heals the form go forth. That secret word that then must be revealed.
    Quality – the power to save.
  5. Salvation, light, and love, with the magnetic power of God, produce the word of wisdom. Send forth that word, and lead the sons of men from off the path of knowledge on to the path of understanding.
    Quality – wisdom.
  6. Within the radius of the love of God, within the circle of the solar system, all forms, all souls, all lives revolve. Let each son of God enter into this wisdom. Reveal to each the oneness of the many lives.
    Quality – expansion or inclusiveness.

Monad

The First Purpose of Deity
Ray I. Will or Power

Behind the central sacred sun, hidden within its rays, a form is found. Within that form there glows a point of power which vibrates not as yet but shines as light electric.

Fierce are its rays. It burns all forms, yet touches not the life of God incarnate.

From the One who is the seven goes forth a word. That word reverberates along the line of fiery essence, and when it sounds within the circle of the human lives it takes the form of affirmation, an uttered fiat or word of power. Thus there is impressed upon the living mold the thought of… (the hidden, inexpressible ray name.)

Let dynamic power, electric light, reveal the past, destroy the form that is, and open up the golden door. This door reveals the way which leads towards the center where dwells the one whose name cannot be heard within the confines of our solar sphere.

His robe of blue veils his eternal purpose, but in the rising and the setting sun his orb of red is seen.

His word is power. His light, electric. The lightning is his symbol. His will is hidden in the counsel of his thought. Naught is revealed.

His power is felt. The sons of men, reacting to his power, send to the utmost bounds of light a question:

Why this blind power? Why death? Why this decay of forms? Why the negation of the power to hold? Why death, Oh Mighty Son of God?

Faintly the answer comes: I hold the keys of life and death. I bind and loose again. I, the Destroyer, am.

This ray Lord is not yet in full expression, except as He causes destruction and brings cycles to an end. The Monads of power are much fewer in number than any others. Egos upon the power ray are relatively not so few. They are characterized by a dynamic will, and their power within the human family works out as the force of destruction, but in the last analysis it is a destruction that will produce liberation. We shall see as we continue to study first ray egos and personalities that death and destruction are always to be found in their work, and hence the apparent cruelty and impersonality of their reactions. Form does not count with first ray types; their energy produces death to form, but ushers in great periods of cyclic pralaya; the first ray is the controller of the death drama in all kingdoms – a destruction of forms which brings about release of power and permits “entrance into Light through the gateway of Death.” The intent of the Lord of the first ray is to stand behind His six Brothers, and when They have achieved Their purpose, to shatter the forms which They have built. This He does by passing His power through Their bodies, and Their united effort leads to abstraction and a return to the center whence the initial impulse came. The first ray purpose therefore is to produce death, and some idea of that purpose may be gleaned if we study some of the names by which the ray Lord is called:

  • The Lord of Death
  • The Opener of the Door
  • The Liberator from Form
  • The Great Abstractor
  • The Fiery Element, producing shattering
  • The Crystallizer of the Form
  • The Power that touches and withdraws
  • The Lord of the Burning Ground
  • The Will that breaks into the Garden
  • The Ravisher of Souls
  • The Finger of God
  • The Breath that blasts
  • The Lightning which annihilates
  • The Most High

The qualities and characteristics of this Lord Who brings release may be gathered from the following six aphorisms which, an ancient legend says, His six Brothers gave to Him, as They begged Him to hold His hand till They had had time to work out Their purposes:

  1. Kill out desire when desire has fulfiled its work. Thou art the one who indicates fulfilment.
    Quality – clear vision.
  2. Seek out the gentle way, Oh Lord of Power. Wait for thy brother on the path of Love. He builds the forms that can withstand thy power.
    Quality – dynamic power.
  3. Withhold thy hand until the time has come. Then give the gift of death, Oh Opener of the Door.
    Quality – sense of time.
  4. Stand not alone, but with the many join thyself. Thou art the One, the Isolated. Come forth unto thine own.
    Quality – solitariness.
  5. Lead thine own forth but learn to know thine own. Hate not attachment but see its plan and purpose.
    Quality – detachment.
  6. Through thee the life pulsates, the rhythm is imposed. The life is all. Love life in all its forms.
    Quality – singleness of purpose.

The six qualities enumerated above express the force of this ray as it makes its presence felt in the fourth kingdom in nature. The effects in other kingdoms differ, but we shall confine our attention to the standpoint of humanity. The purpose of the first ray, and its main work, is to produce cessation and the death of all forms in all kingdoms in nature and on all planes. The energy of this ray Lord brings about the death of an ant or of a solar system, of an organization, a religion, or a government, of a race type or of a planet. His will or purpose works out through the

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