In the old mystical writings are numerous references to the origins and substance of mind. The following brief statements are representative of the opinions of the ancient initiated philosophers, both Eastern and Western.
1 In the ancient mysteries Man, the Son of Manu, is called the Thinker.
2 Man is the personification of the Universal Thinker.
3 The Human Mind is a limited area in the substance of Universal Mind.
4 The Mental World is the Mental Body of Solar Logos (Lord of the Sun).
5 The Solar Logos has Seven Worlds which form His Seven Bodies.
6 The Seven Worlds are seven areas of consciousness presided over by Seven spiritual hierarchies called in Christian symbolism the Seven Spirits before the Throne, or the seven Archangels.
7 These Spiritual hierarchies are known in the East as the Chohans, the Seven Vowels and the Seven Sacred Colors.
8 The substance of Mind being, therefore, immortal, in its own right, is merely loaned to man that through experience he may gain a knowledge of himself.
9 The Lords ·of Mind were called the “Fathers” of man because the human ego was differentiated from mental substance.
By means of a series of diagrams, we will try to show you how these conclusions are reached. First, let us consider the three primary parts into which the created universe is divided. Let us consider the following chart:
The small letters under each of these columns are for reference to the matter that follows. The reader must bear in mind that the line marked 2, and called the link in j, represents the mental solvent, which unites the above and the below in each of the trinities of power shown in the diagram. Therefore, Buddhi connects Adi and Manas (see a) ; and Man connects God and Nature (see k). All of the words on the lines marked 1 represent one power as it expresses itself in the different planes of Nature. The same is true of the lines 2 and 3, which are in each case the differentiated aspects of the first principle. The fundamental symbol of .each of these groups is a triangle, one force in three consistent manifestations.
Diagram II represents the Seven World Planes, which together form our scheme of existence. The Three Higher Planes, called the Spiritual World, are shown above; while the Three Lower Planes, called The Below, are grouped together under the word Nature. Between these two groups stands Man, who contains within himself all seven of these Worlds. His lower nature chains him to the three inferior planes, while his Divine nature unites him with the wisdom and power of the Gods. The mind, which is born into activity at the twenty-first year, is the living Link which connects God and Nature within the system of Manas, the Thinker.
In Diagram III we see the nine worlds which form the body of our Solar System. The two higher, marked with the 0, surround the entire Solar System; while the other seven form the structure of each of the planets. Nine is the number of creation. It represents the nine bodies that are exuded from the Atman, or Ain Soph, The Harmless. As said in the Mysteries, they are the numbers born from 0, the no-number. The nine and the sacred 0 form the ten and are the decimal system.
Here we have the Magic Figure of the Universe as given by Pythagoras, the Great White Mahatma, as he is still known in the Far East. The earliest form of the Hebrew Alphabet contained only ten letters, three vowels and seven consonants. These represented the three-fold God and His Seven Worlds. By using the numbers, instead of the dots, we are able to reconstruct the magical system of this ancient Adept. The 0 represents the Unnamed One from whom all things come, and the numbers are the outpourings of the 0. The dots now give us the key to the powers of the One and Its Three Worlds, or Outpourings. The four dots opposite Manas are the four elements of the Physical World; the three dots opposite Buddhi give us the three phases of the Soul or Mind Sphere; the two dots remind us that spirit is manifesting through two poles, positive and negative, which we recognize as the Superior and Inferior Worlds; while the single dot opposite The Divine Atman bears witness to The One Life, which is above and superior to all of the others. There£ ore, we see, again, that all of the symbols of the ancients are derived from a study of man, his parts, and members.
This diagram shows the original letters of the ancient Hebrew alphabet in the form of the Pythagorean Triangle (Tetrad). The first three letters frqm the top downward form the name of God. A means a Man; E means a Woman; they are the Divine Adam and Eve in the Nature of the Divine One, who is symbolized by the letter I. The letters in the third row represent the astrological signs of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, which are the builders of the Cosmic System; while the four letters of the last line are symbolical of 1the elements of the physical world and the forces that manipulate it. The seven together are the Elohim, the Ammonean Gods, the builders of the first dawn.
In Diagram VI we have first, a large circle, t.o be called Parabrahm. This means the One Universal Life, impersonal and without dimension. It has Its Center nowhere and Its Circumference everywhere. It is the Absolute Source and Ultimate End of everything, which is a part of Itself. Parabrahm is personified in Atman-The Formless assumes the Divine Form. The One assumes the first veil of Maya, namely, the error of personification. The All becomes the active foundation of creation. It then creates through three powers or attributes, which are represented by the small circle, the cross, and the square. Thus, Atman, the personified One, is represented by the Trinity. Buddhi, symbolized by a cross, is the link between Adi (Spirit) arui Manas (Matter). (See section a of Diagram 1). The initiate, in passing from material sense to spiritual understanding, must cross (be crucified) as part of his initiation. The dotted line represents the veil that divides the lower world from the higher. Above is the invisible spiritual sphere and below is the visible material universe, both united by Buddhi, the spiritual mind. As has been noted, Man consists of ten parts; these are the nine numbers-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (the sum of the points of the three triangles )-and the 0, which is the Atman or the Divine germ. Atman is symbolized by the thread which connects the three triangular beads. (See sections g, h, i, of Diagram I).
The three triangles represent the three Suns that are in every Solar System, BRAHMA, VISHNU, and SHIVA (written in capital letters). These in turn represent the rulers of the Three Worlds. (See section a Diagram I). These three triangles represent the nine£ old structure of God, man, and the universe. The upper triangle shows the Divine Spirit, Adi (Brahma) , as the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the Spiritual World; the center triangle represents the Divine Soul, Buddhi (Vishnu), as the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the Soul W odds; the lower triangle represents the Divine Body, Manas (Shiva), as the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the sidereal universe. These three powers the concrete world knows as Consciousness, Intelligence, Force. (See section c in Diagram I). The mind, as we know it, is the Vishnu point of the SHIV A triangle, or the second outpouring of the Lord of the Manas universe. The mind is linked up with the middle triangle by means of Initiation, the fourth initiation, to be exact. Man is a very complex creature, and the knowledge of his parts and mysteries can come only as the result of a lifetime of study and investigation. But the thing gained is well worth the time that is spent in securing the information. MAN KNOW THYSELF was the great motto of the ancient philosophers, and in this day of confusion it is especially necessary to understand the occult construction of not only the human body but the invisible bodies which lie behind the physical. It has been said that man’s physical body is only a tail-end appendage of consciousness. This is very true. If, therefore, a person is willing to spend many years in the study of bones and muscles, how much longer must he labor to gain an understanding of his divine nature.