A Treatise on Cosmic Fire – Stanzas of Dzyan by Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul

Stanza II

“AUM,” said the Mighty One, and sounded forth the Word. The sevenfold waves of matter resolved themselves, and varied forms appeared. Each took its place, each in the sphere ordained. They waited for the sacred flood to enter and to fill.

The Builders responded to the sacred sound. In musical collaboration they attended to the work. They built in many spheres, beginning with the third. Upon this plane their work commenced. They built the sheath of atma and strung it to its Primary.


“AUM,” said the Mighty One. “Let now the work proceed. Let the Builders of the air continue with the plan. “

The Deva-Lord and Builders upon the plane of air worked with the forms within that sphere which is reckoned mainly theirs. They wrought for union, each in his group assigned. The moulds grew fast beneath their hands.

The sacred plane of juncture, the fourth great plane, became the sphere within the greater circle which marked the goal for man.


“AUM,” said the Mighty One, He breathed forth to the fifth, the plane which is the burning-ground, the meeting place for fire. This time a cosmic note is heard beneath the sound systemic. The fire within, the fire without, meet with the fire ascending. The guardians of the cosmic fire, the devas of fohatic heat, watched o’er the forms that formless stood, waiting a point in time.

The builders of a lesser grade, devas who work with matter, wrought at the forms. They stood in fourfold order. Upon the threefold levels in empty silence stood the forms. They vibrated, they responded to the key, yet useless stood and uninhabited.


“AUM,” said the Mighty One, “let the waters too bring forth.” The builders of the watery sphere, the denizens of moisture, produced the forms that move within the kingdom of Varuna. They grew and multiplied. In constant flux they swayed. Each ebb of cosmic motion increased the endless flow. The ripple of the forms was seen.


“AUM,” said the Mighty One, “let the Builders deal with matter.” The molten solidified. The solid forms were built. The crust cooled. The rocks congealed. The builders wrought in tumult to produce the forms of maya. When the rocky strata were completed the work stood in completion. The builders of the lowest grade announced the work was finished.

Forth from the rocky strata emerged the covering next. The builders of the second agreed the work was done. The first and second on the upward way stood forth in fourfold form. The inner five was somewhat seen by those whose sight was keen.


“AUM,” said the Mighty One, and gathered in His Breath. The spark within the peopling third impelled to further growth. The builders of the lowest forms, manipulating densest maya, merged their production with the forms built by the watery ones. Matter and water merged produced the third in time. Ascension thus progressed. The builders worked in union. They called the guardians of the fiery zone.  Matter and water mixed with fire, the inner spark within the form were blended all together.

The Mighty One looked down. The forms met His approval. Forth came the cry for further light. Again He gathered in the sound. He drew to higher levels the feeble spark of light. Another tone was heard, the sound of cosmic fire, hid in the Sons of Manas. They called to their Primaries. The lower four, the higher three, and the cosmic fifth met at the great inbreathing. Another sheath was formed.

A Treatise on Cosmic Fire – Section Three – Division C – Seven Esoteric Stanzas


(From Archive 63)

PATH VII. The Path of Absolute Sonship.

That which hath no beginning and no end; That which is seen and yet remains unknown; That which we touch and yet find unattained, That is the One Who passeth on His WAY.

That which we call the Father and the Son; That which we deem too high for words to grasp; That which the Mother deems her Lord and God, That is the One Who mounts the cosmic stair.

That which is seen when each point of heavenly light sends out its beam upon the midnight blue; That which we hear in every cosmic note and sense beneath the sound of every form, That is the One Who chants the heavenly lay and lends His light to swell the cosmic fire.

That which is known by every Son of God, who masters step by step the Path of Gold; That which is heard by every deva lord who hears the Word go forth as the aeons pass away; That which sounds forth the triple cyclic AUM, reserving yet another sound for higher cosmic planes, That is the One unknown, the Unrevealed, the One Who chants a note within a cosmic chord.

That which in every aeon cometh forth and passeth through His cycle upon a cosmic Path; That which in greater kalpas will play a godlike game; That which in all the cosmic spheres is called “the One above the Son of violet hue,” That is the One Who shineth in the galaxy of stars.

Such is the One to Whom the sons of glory give everlasting homage as He passes on His WAY. To Him be glory as the Mother, Father, Son, as the One Who hath existed in the past, the now and That which is to come.

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.