The Soular Lotus

Om mane padme hum

Here are various excerpts from a Treatise on Cosmic Fire by Alice Bailey and Djwhal Khul

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These egoic lotuses are all organized, and have a number of petals unfolded whilst some are in the final stages of development.

They have also been grouped under the following three heads:

  • Lotuses of revelation. Those in which the “jewel” is just about to be revealed.
  • Lotuses with perfume. Those whose occult “smell” or aroma is permeating their environment. They are those Egos who have not yet completely unfolded the final tier of petals, but whose lives are of magnetic force in the three worlds, and whose careers are distinguished by altruistic service.
  • Radiant lotuses, or those whose light is beginning to shine forth as lights in a dark place.

Each of the three circles of lotus petals is closely connected with one of the three Halls. This has been earlier referred to. Much of the work connected with the first tier of petals is part of the experience in the Hall of Ignorance. The act of organizing and preparing for unfoldment is the most important stage, and that with which man is the most concerned. The act of petal opening is of briefer duration, and is produced by the pouring in of solar heat or fire, and thus bringing about a fresh access of energy. This is produced in our earth scheme through the cooperation of the Mahachohan, of the Chohan of a man’s egoic group, and the particular Ego concerned.

The following tabulation may be found helpful:

  1. Knowledge Petals – First circle
    1. Organized in the Hall of Ignorance.
    2. Guided by the force and energy of the Mahachohan.
    3. The third group of solar Pitris affected.
  2. Love Petals – Second circle
    1. Organized in the Hall of Learning.
    2. Guided by the force of the Bodhisattva.
    3. The second group of solar Lords affected.
  3. Will or Sacrifice Petals – Third circle
    1. Organized in the Hall of Wisdom.
    2. Guided by the force and energy of the Manu.
    3. The first group of solar Angels affected.

At the stage which we are considering (that of the organization and unfoldment of the first tier of petals), the egoic influence felt at the beginning is but small, but when the three petals become sufficiently active and alive through the energy accumulated and stored up in the ego during the activities of the personal life, a form of initiation then takes place which is a reflection (on a lower plane) of the great manasic initiations. The energy in the outer circle of petals causes it to spring apart from the next circle, and to unfold. This threefold energy becomes interactive and a very definite stage is thus reached. This series of initiations is seldom recognized within the physical brain consciousness owing to the relatively inchoate stage of the bodies, and the unresponsiveness of the brain matter. Yet they are nevertheless initiations of a definite though less important character, and they involve primarily the display (within the personal life of the man) of an intelligent recognition of his group relationships on earth. This recognition is frequently selfish in character, as, for instance, that which the union worker displays, but it is indicative of group interplay.

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It will consequently be apparent to the careful student that in this fact lies the true relationship between the various groups of Egos, no matter what degree of evolution, or what ray and in which scheme they may be. The basic truth here involved may be better grasped if the following occult phrases are studied:

Within the Hall of Ignorance kama-manas rules. The man, weighed down by much misplaced desire, seeks for the object of his heart’s attention within the murky halls of densest maya. He finds it there but dies ere garnering all the longed-for fruit. The serpent stings him, and the joy desired recedes from out his grasp. All seeking thus the selfish fruits of karma must each despise each other; hence strife and greed, ill-will and hatred, death and retribution, karmic invocation and the thunderbolt of vengeance characterize this Hall.

Within the Hall of Learning intellect rules and seeks to guide. Desire of a higher kind, the fruit of manas and its use, supplants the lower kamic urge. Man weighs and balances, and in the twilight Halls of Intellection seeks for the fruit of knowledge. He finds it but to realize that knowledge is not all; he dies upon the open field of knowledge, hearing a cry beat on his dying ears: “Know that the knower greater is than knowledge; the One who seeks is greater than the sought.

Within the Hall of Wisdom the Spirit rules; the One within the lesser ones assumes supreme control. Death is not known within these halls, for its two great gates are passed. Discord and strife both disappear and only harmony is seen. The knowers see themselves as One; they recognize the field wherein knowledge grows as Brahmic dissonance and differentiation. Knowledge they know as method, an instrument of purpose utilized by all and just a germ of eventual recognition. Within this hall union of each with each, blending of one and all, and unity of action, goal and skill marks every high endeavor.”

If these words are pondered on, it will be realized that true union exists in the realization that the greater life ever includes the lesser, and that each expansion of consciousness brings man closer to this realized Oneness.

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Sacrifice involves even more than what has been already pointed out. It involves the following factors:

  1. Knowledge of the purposes and intentions of the planetary Logos,
  2. Realization of the particular and peculiar type of energy, and of the quality of his own Ray Lord,
  3. Comprehension of the different groups of existences who are participating in planetary evolution and in solar manifestation,
  4. A revelation as to certain cosmic enterprises in which our planetary Logos is acting as an intelligent cooperator. Thus is brought in the factor of extra-systemic force.

When all these and other factors are considered, it is evident that the energy set loose in sacrifice to these plans and intentions involves such a vast field of comprehending wisdom that it is not possible for the average man ever to sense it. It deals with the purposes and plans of the Silent Watchers over the three planes – the five, and the seven; it deals with the dynamic force of the great Destroying Angels on all the planes, who will eventually – through the manipulation of the three forms of energy – bring to an end all that is. These angels are a mysterious group of fohatic Lives Who sound forth the trumpets of destruction, and by means of the notes sounded produce that shattering which will set loose the energy of forms.

The second point is very briefly given. It concerns the innermost circle of petals, or that set of three petals, or those three streams of whirling energy, which immediately surround the “jewel in the lotus.” Each of these three petals is related to one of the three circles, and is organized as each of the three circles is unfolded. They form, therefore, a synthesis of knowledge, love or sacrifice, and are closely connected through the type of force flowing through them with one of the three higher centers of the planetary Logos of a man’s particular ray. This central unit of threefold force is dealt with in a specific manner at initiation.

At the first, the second, and the third Initiations, one of the three petals opens up, permitting an ever freer display of the central electric point. At the fourth Initiation, the jewel (being completely revealed) through its blazing light, its intense radiatory heat, and its terrific outflow of force, produces the disintegration of the surrounding form, the shattering of the causal body, the destruction of the Temple of Solomon, and the dissolution of the lotus flower. The work of the Initiator in this connection is very interesting. Through the medium of the Rod of Initiation and of certain Words of Power, He brings about results of a coordinating, transmuting and liberating nature.

Through the action of the Rod as wielded at the first two Initiations, the two outer circles unfold, the energy of the two is set free and the two sets of force as embodied in the six petals are coordinated and become interactive. This stage of petal adjustment succeeds upon that called earlier “unfoldment” and has to do with the simultaneous action of the two tiers of petals. The interplay between the two circles is completed, and the circulation of the force currents perfected. According to a man’s ray and subray, so is the Rod applied to what might be termed the “key” petal. This of course differs according to the unit of force involved. It is of interest to note here that, as the petal substance is deva substance and as the energy of the petals is the energy of certain manasadevas (one of the three higher orders of Agnishvattas) the initiate is over-shadowed (the word is not entirely satisfactory in explaining the type of deva service here necessitated, but it must suffice) by a great deva who represents the equilibrium of substantial vibration which is brought about by the efforts of the initiate, aided by the adepts who present him, and who each represent one of the two polarities of force. This is temporarily stabilized by the Initiator. These three factors,

  1. The representing deva,
  2. The two adepts,
  3. The initiator,

form, for a brief second, a triangle of force with the initiate at the center. Through them circulates the terrific power, the “fire from Heaven,” which is brought down from the higher triad through the agency of the electrical rod.

This application of extra-egoic force is in itself of a threefold nature, as symbolized by the three protective agencies and the threefold nature of the Rod itself. It emanates in a primary sense from the planetary Logos of a man’s ray, and proceeds from that one of the planetary centers which corresponds to either the head, heart, or throat center in a human unit. This energy is applied to the corresponding tier of petals and to the corresponding petal in a tier according to the initiation taken, and according to the primary and secondary ray. A close connection can be traced here between the petals and the centers on the etheric level of the physical plane, and thus it can be seen how (when the necessary work is done) it is possible to have a direct transmission of force from the higher planes to the lower in the following order:

  1. From the logoic center, or the planetary Logos, to the Monad on its own plane.
  2. From that Monad to one of the three tiers of petals, according to the aspect or ray concerned.
  3. From the tier of petals, viewed as a unit, to one of the petals in the circle, according to the quality and type of force, using the petal as a transmitting agency.
  4. From the particular petal in which the force is momentarily centered to one of the permanent atoms, again according to ray and type of force.
  5. From the permanent atom via the atomic triangle, and the mental, and astral centers, to that one of the three higher centers in the etheric body particularly concerned.
  6. From the etheric center to the physical brain.

We have here put very briefly the process of force transmission from the Monad to man on the physical plane, and hence it will be apparent why the emphasis is so consistently laid upon the necessity for bodily purity (in all the three bodies), and upon the alignment of those bodies so that the flow of force may be unimpeded. The effects of this downflow of force may be viewed in a twofold manner, that is, in a material and in a psychic sense.

The Crown Chakra Heart Chakra Channel

I’ll talk about a thought from which I built as a part of a raja yoga meditation. I’ll make the comment that this form was augmented in its construction using several mantras, OM AH HUM and OM MANE PADME HUM {the Jewel in the Centre of the Lotus}. It might seem strange, but I am able to chant and visualize simultaneously.

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Sit comfortably, breathe easy and close your eyes.

To begin with visualize a closed golden lotus bud, free in space around six inches in front of your Anja centre. Build this form with care, the lotus is situated on an auric pin, made of gold. Neither the lotus nor the pin has the lustre of physical plane gold it is slightly more yellow and imbued with an almost pastel gentle radiance.

Hold the lotus in space and slowly rotate it, “drink it in” with your inner eye. Behold, is a good phrase for this.

Now strike a rotating sea of blue electric fire such that it forms a complete, vivacious and radiant ring around the auric pin. The bud of the lotus floats gently on this blue electric sea.

{Think the rings on a gas cooker, ignited and without the kitchen lights on as a seed image for building this blue electric fire}.

Stabilize the image.

Now allow the lotus bud to rise slightly such that one has room to open the petals.

Om Mane Padme Hum

Begin to open the golden bud such that there are three petals open, do this slowly and with anticipation much like a time lapse photograph. Open the petals such that they are just above the blue electric sea but not immersed or wet by it.

Om Mane Padme Hum

Begin to open the next set of three petals in a similar manner to above. Noting that they fall between the first set of petals.

Om Mane Padme Hum

Repeat for the next set of petals.

Behold resplendent the Jewel in the Centre of the Lotus.

Visualize a multi-facetted diamond of brilliant clarity and a feeling of white sparkle.

{Note I said feeling not image here.}

Start to rotate the diamond around its axes very slowly. Enjoy the flashes of sparkle as it rotates.

Allow the diamond to rise slightly so that it is above the layers of petals and positioned on the auric pin.

Strike the blue electric fire so that it forms an additional circulating sea sat on top of the golden petals and upon which the diamond rotates.

Stabilize the image and increase slightly the speed of rotation. Let the image imprint slightly via the Anja centre. You may start to become sensationally aware of the Anja centre.

Now via the Anja centre allow your consciousness to rise up above the rotating diamond and “you” are now looking down on the top face of the diamond.

Slow the diamond down to a stop.

Check that the blue electric fire is still circulating on the lotus petals and underneath them. Bring your consciousness back to above the diamond.

You are now ready to circulate an electric fire on the top of the diamond. “Call” or “invoke” that fire from above.

{It may take many goes at building this form until it works.}

When the first hint of Monadic flame arrives circulate it with care.

{The colour you generate will inform you.}

You only need a very small circulation something like one tenth of the radius of the diamond.  Allow this circulation to stabilize, noting that although it is more energetic it is much less substantial.

Place your consciousness in the exact central axes of the diamond above the circulating fire.

Then will your consciousness upwards. You will hit what feels like a manhole cover and the fontanelle may start to tingle.

You are just below the crown chakra; you haven’t entered it yet. You may note that it is somewhat offset from Ajna but directly above heart.

Do not try to enter it unless you have constructed the buddhic and atmic sheaths.

This channel above the heart and below the crown will, in time, be the exit passage at time of passing.

Now in order to return to the physical plane you must retrace your steps.

Slowly lower your consciousness so that you are just above the circulating monadic flame. Pause.

Start to slow the flame down and gradually allow it to dim.

Start to rotate the diamond.

With your Anja centre take your consciousness so that it has a side on view of the diamond.

Pause there and do the equivalent of what divers do, allow time to equilibrate.

Start to slow the diamond. Then allow the blue electric fire to stop circulating and let it dim.

Allow the diamond to rest back on to its petals.

Then with your mind’s eye wrap the diamond in the petals as if it were a most precious gift for a Maharajah.

Allow the blue electric fire to slow and dim.

Now all you have left is that closed golden lotus bud in the “space” in front of your Ajna.

Bring you mind back inside your body allowing the image to fade.

Now feel the sensation of your body, your hands your seat and hear the sounds of the room.

Clap your hands three times.

Open your eyes, you are back on planet earth…