Book of Dzyan. STANZA V.

With commentary by Manly P. Hall extracted from here.


In Seven Stanzas translated from the Book of Dzyan.


  1. The Primordial Seven, the First Seven Breaths of the Dragon of Wisdom, produce in their turn from their Holy Circumgyrating Breaths the Fiery Whirlwind.

The seven breaths poured out from the Mouth of the third Logos create the first principle of friction. The third Logos is the one here referred to as the Dragon of Wisdom. The seven spirits before his throne, by their strivings, create Fohat, the fiery whirlwind. It is a mistake to say that Fohat is electricity; but he is certainly the thread of vitality running through all the universe. It is said in the ancient writings that the worlds are knots upon the cord of Fohat. In one sense of the word they are plexi. Electricity is one of the manifestations of Fohat. The gods make Fohat the messenger of their will, and He goes forth.

  1. They make of him the messenger of their will. The Dzyu becomes Fohat, the swift son of the Divine sons whose sons are the Lipika, runs circular errands. Fohat is the steed and the thought is the rider. He passes like lightning through the fiery clouds; takes Three, and Five, and Seven strides through the Seven regions above, and the Seven below. He lifts his voice, and calls the innumerable sparks, and joins them.

The great latent wisdom, which is called Dzyu, becomes active and operative through the medium of Fohat in the same way that thought becomes activity through the medium of the nerves. Fohat, the universal nerve fluid, is called the Steed, or Vahan, and thought or intelligence becomes the Rider. Fohat passes, in the form of nerve impulses, through the fiery mass of the world to be. In this way the gods gain control of the atoms, for they can later send their orders along the threads of force spun by Fohat. He passes with three, five and seven strides through the worlds and cosmic planes which constitute the Three Worlds, for the Three, Five and Seven of Free Masonry are the same as those referred to in this ancient Tibetan book. His voice is his activity. He calls the sparks from primordial substance, and they gather round his threads of activity. An endless droning sound, like the purr of a great engine, is heard. It is Fohat, born of the friction of space.

  1. He is their guiding spirit and leader. When he commences work, he separates the sparks of the Lower Kingdom that float and thrill with joy in their radiant dwellings, and forms therewith the germs of wheels. He places them in the six directions of space, and One in the middle—the central wheel.

Fohat is the power that rules the sparks, as the nerves rule the organs of the body. He separates the denser particles that dwell in the darkness below and forms of them nerve plexi or seed atoms which will later become planets. He places them in the six directions in the form of an interlaced triangle, and in the center he places the seventh; and this seventh is one of the great Seven. So the body of the universe is ordained.

  1. Fohat traces spiral lines to unite the Sixth to the Seventh—the crown; an army of the Sons of Light stands at each angle, and the Lipika in the middle wheel. They say: This is good, the first Divine world is ready, the First is now the Second. Then the “Divine Arupa” reflects itself in Chhaya Loka the first garment of the Anupadaka.

As all parts of the body are connected with the brain, so the Lords of the Six Angles are connected with spiral threads to the crown who dwells in the center. The builders, who are called the Sons of Light, take their places upon the Six Great Atoms, while the ruling hierarchy dwells in the center. Thus the abstract body of the Logos is made. This body is invisible and intangible to such senses as we now possess, but was nevertheless far denser than its preceding state. Condensation had begun in space, and the Formless Lord assumed his first body and began the process of being enmeshed in the Great Illusion of Creation.

  1. Fohat takes five strides and builds a winged wheel at each corner of the square, for the four holy ones and their armies.

The process of descending into the denser substances continues. Fohat builds the four great thrones or centers for the Maharajas of the Four Angles. They are the Lords and Kings of the Dhyan Chohans and rulers of the four cardinal angles of Kosmos. The are the Beasts of Revelation who bow before the throne of the Infinite. The Rosicrucians called them the Lords of Form. They are the Lion, the Bull, the Man and the Eagle. They are the four great body centers in man. They are also the winged wheels filled with eyes, referred to in Ezekiel.

  1. The Lipika circumscribe the triangle, the First One, the cube, the Second One, and the Pentacle within the egg. It is the ring called “Pass Not” for those who descend and ascend. Also for those who during the Kalpa are progressing towards the great day “Be with us.” Thus were formed the Rupa and the Arupa: from One light Seven Lights; from each of the Seven, Seven times Seven lights. The wheels watch the ring….”

The Lipikas begin the process of organizing. They also separate the permanent from the impermanent, giving to each its appointed place. They build the ring “Pass Not,” which is to separate Cause and Effect. This ring also is the outer boundary of Kosmos, and separates the gleaming, glistening bubble from the dark space that surrounds it. It can be called the Invisible Shell, which nothing can pass through until the Great Day be with us. Each of the primitive Seven Great Lights casts off seven Suns. Each of these casts off seven planets. Each of these planets differentiates seven globes within their own bodies. The globes and the wheels face the ring, prepared to follow the orders of the Central Light, which is their Cause and Ultimate.

*I personaly have a slightly differening perspective, more metaphorical as is my want, on the meanings but this is good.