"Arhan" The fourth grade of initiation.
Tara – (Sk.). Tara is a goddess, the feminine
equivalent of the Arhat or a sister of the White Brotherhood. (LHR I, p 383)
The attainment of the inner Fire, the degree reached
by the Mother of Agni Yoga, is the rarest achievement. This degree of Fire is called the degree of attained Arhat. INF1.
Arhat (Sans.), also pronounced and written Arahat,
Arhan, Rahat, etc., "the worthy one"; a perfected Arya, one exempt from reincarnation. KEY. HPB.
There are four grades of initiation mentioned in exoteric
works, which are known respectively in Sanskrit as "Srotapanna," "Sagardagan," "Anagamin," and "Arhan" -- the four paths to
Nirvana, in this, our fourth Round, bearing the same appellations. The Arhan, though he can see the Past, the Present, and
the Future, is not yet the highest Initiate; for the Adept himself, the initiated candidate, becomes chela (pupil) to a higher
Three further higher grades have to be conquered by
the Arhan who would reach the apex of the ladder of Arhatship. SD 206. HPB.
Vast is the field for the manifested approaching Tara.
We, the Arhats, ascending to the Fire of Space, prostrate Ourselves before the entire Fiery Bosom of the Mother of the World.
By the Rev. J. Edkins they are given as:
2. Sagardagam; 3. Anaganim, and 4. Arhan. Voice of the Silence. HPB.
When a disciple is ready, he receives a Ray of Illumination,
which corresponds with the degree of purification he has achieved, as well as of the broadening of his consciousness and the
fiery transmutation of his centers.
For your satisfaction, I shall give you the names of
some ancient Egyptian degrees of initiation in their Greek equivalents.
The first degree was called Pastoforis;
the third, Melaneforis;
the fourth, Christoforis;
the fifth, Balahat;
the sixth, Astrologos;
seventh, Propheta or Safknaf-Pankah. Helena Roerich Letters Vol1.
Christos, it is all one and the same thing. In each
case it is "the Father," who is in the Son, and the Son in "the Father." The immortal spirit overshadows the mortal man. It
enters into him, and pervading his whole being, makes of him a god, who descends into his earthly tabernacle. Every man may
become a Buddha, says the doctrine. And so throughout the interminable series of ages we find now and then men who more or
less succeed in uniting themselves "with God," as the expression goes, with their own spirit, as we ought to translate. The
Buddhists call such men Arhat. An Arhat is next to a Buddha, and none is equal to him either in infused science, or miraculous
powers. Isis1 291. HPB.
The word Christos, [[Christos]], like all Greek words,
must be sought in its philological origin -- the Sanscrit. In this latter language Kris means sacred, and the Hindu deity
was named Chris-na (the pure or the sacred) from that. Isis2 158. HPB.
Fourth Degree. Then the Egyptian neophyte was made
a Kristophores. In this degree the mystery-name of IAO was communicated to him.
The fifth degree was that of Balahala, and he was instructed
by Horus, in alchemy, the "word" being chemia.
In the sixth, the priestly dance in the circle was
taught him, in which he was instructed in astronomy, for it represented the course of the planets.
In the seventh degree, he was initiated into the final
Mysteries. After a final probation in a building set apart for it, the Astronomus, as he was now called, emerged from these
sacred apartments called Manneras, and received a cross -- the Tau, which, at death, had to be laid upon his breast. He was
a hierophant. Isis 365. HPB.
Astrology existed before astronomy, and Astronomus
was the title of the highest hierophant in Egypt. SD3 325.
At the fourth initiation not much remains to be done,
he is rapidly exhausting the resources of the Hall of Wisdom, and is mastering the most intricate plans and charts. He becomes
adept in the significance of color and sound, can wield the law in the three worlds. IHS 90. adapted jpc.
Knowledge of the cycles involves knowledge of number,
sound and color. Full knowledge of the mystery of the cycles is the possession only of the perfected adept. TCF 7.
The Adept of the fifth Initiation. TCF 1033.
To achieve the sixth initiation the Adept has to take
a very intensive course in planetary occultism. IHS 90.
A Chohan of the sixth initiation wields the law in
the chain on all levels. IHS 90.
A Chohan of the seventh initiation wields the law in
the solar system. IHS 90.
At the fifth initiation, when the adept stands Master
in the three worlds, He controls more or less (according to His line of development) the five rays that are specially manifesting
at the time He takes the initiation.
At the sixth initiation, if He takes the higher degree,
He gains power on another ray.
At the seventh initiation He wields power on all the
rays. IHS 17.
Alas! by no means are we all "gods";
especially when you remember that since the palmy days of the "impressions" and "precipitations" -- "K.H." has been born into
a new and higher light, and even that one, in no wise the most dazzling to be acquired on this earth. Verily the Light of
Omniscience and infallible Prevision on this earth -- that shines only for the highest CHOHAN alone is yet far away from me!
Letter 59. Mahatma Letters.