Teaching planned by the Hierarchy:
"Another revolutionary thing that the Tibetan did
was when He dictated the contents of A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. In this book He gave what H.P.B. prophesied He would give,
the psychological key to cosmic creation. H.P.B. stated that in the 20th century a disciple would come who would give information
concerning the three fires with which The Secret Doctrine deals: electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction. This prophecy
was fulfiled when A Treatise on Cosmic Fire was given out to the public. This book concerns the fire of pure spirit or life;
the fire of the mind that vitalizes every atom of the solar system and creates the medium through which the Sons of God develop.
It also concerns the fire of matter producing that attraction and repulsion which is the basic law of evolution, and holding
forms together so as to provide vehicles for the evolving life and later, when they have served their purpose, repulsing those
forms so that the evolving lives can move on their way to higher evolution. The true significance of this book will only be
appreciated towards the close of this century. It is of a profundity and a depth of technical knowledge which lies beyond
the understanding of the ordinary reader. It is also a bridging book because it takes certain basic, oriental ideas and phrases
and introduces them to the occidental student, whilst at the same time it makes practical the sometimes vague, metaphysical
concepts of the East." UA 237. AAB.
"A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. This book was an expansion
of the teaching given in The Secret Doctrine on the three fires - electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction - and it
was an awaited sequence. It also presented the psychological key to The Secret Doctrine and is intended to offer study to
disciples and initiates at the close of this century and the beginning of the next century, up until 2025 A.D." DINA1 779.
JPC: AAB' TCF was an expansion and an awaited sequence
on "electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction." This is verified in the Secret Doctrine of HPB with the following remembering
always that "these two volumes had to serve as a PROLOGUE and "a prelude for Volumes III. and IV" of which HPB informs us
that the near completed third volume, not published, is the more practical teaching to be understood. This work was completely
overhauled in 'A Treatise on Cosmic Fire' and the five volume 'Treatise on the seven rays' and the Tibetans other books.
"A commencement has been made to fell and uproot
the deadly upas trees of superstition, prejudice, and conceited ignorance, so that these two volumes should form for the student
a fitting prelude for Volumes III. and IV. Until the rubbish of the ages is cleared away from the minds of the Theosophists
to whom these volumes are dedicated, it is impossible that the more practical teaching contained in the Third Volume should
be understood. Consequently, it entirely depends upon the reception with which Volumes I. and II. will meet at the hands of
Theosophists and Mystics, whether these last two volumes will ever be published, though they are almost completed. SD2 798.
JPC: We might note that HPB sated that the rubbish
of the ages has to be cleared from the minds of theosophists or a third volume would not be understood. Notably, the deadly
superstition, prejudice and ignorance were to be felled, uprooted and cleared away.
"It was remarked by the writer in "Isis Unveiled"
some ten years ago that: "The said key must be turned seven times before the whole system is divulged. We will give it but
one turn, and thereby allow the profane one glimpse into the mystery. Happy he, who understands the whole!" [IU2 461]
"The same may be said of the whole Esoteric system.
One turn of the key, and no more, was given in "Isis." Much more is explained in these volumes. In those days the writer hardly
knew the language in which the work was written, and the disclosure of many things, freely spoken about now, was forbidden.
In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed,
and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a Science
called Gupta-Vidya; and that, like the once-mysterious sources of the Nile, the source of all religions and philosophies now
known to the world has been for many ages forgotten and lost to men, but is at last found." SD1 xxxviii. HPB.
"A Treatise on Cosmic Fire endeavored to
give the psychological key to The Secret Doctrine and to interpret the underlying consciousness which the Beings (considered
in The Secret Doctrine) express, so in A Treatise on the Seven Rays, I am carrying on the same idea and, at the same time,
seeking to give the needed key to modern exoteric psychology." EA 291.
"As there are seven keys of interpretation
to every symbol and allegory, that which may not fit a meaning, say from the psychological or astronomical aspect, will be
found quite correct from the physical or metaphysical." SD2 22.
JPC: It might be noted that an interpretation from
the second psychological key may not fit a meaning or be disputed from the angle of the physiological key. Perfect interpretation
may not be available to one that differs on a certain key point, so to speak. A broad understanding and occult approach must
"Three out of these seven systems: the anthropological,
the psychic, and the astronomical." SD1 363.
JPC: Here we again consider the prophecy of Helen
Blavatsky and the Secret Doctrine.
Preparatory. One turn of the Key = HPB, Physical
or 'the purely anthropological, or rather physiological key'.
"In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed,
and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom."
Intermediate. The second turn of the Key
= AAB, Psychological or 'the psychic or psychological key'
"But our explanations are by no means complete,
nor do they pretend to give out the full text, or to have been read by the help of more than three or four keys out of the
sevenfold bunch of esoteric interpretation, and even this has only been partially accomplished. The work is too gigantic for
any one person to undertake, far more to accomplish. Our main concern was simply to prepare the soil. This, we trust we have
done." SD2 797.
JPC: HPB prepared the soil and this dovetails
with the prophesied work of the masters of the wisdom... "In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed, and far better
fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom". Three or four keys we used to partially read the explanations given in the
Secret Doctrine. We know that HPB directly referred to this in the the following reference to the 'astronomical and astrological
keys'. The Tibetan DK gave further hints as to the astrological key in his works.
It is here important to note that hints only
were given of these two keys being 'partially accomplished' and stands as an aid or as hints to the texts of the first and
second keys of HPB and AAB respectively.
HPB again makes mention that the revelation
of the Secret Doctrine is to large for any one person to undertake. Thus AAB was her prophesied co worker to come in the next
century the twentieth. This she did and the Master DK dictated as AAB was his amanuensis just as some of the Secret Doctrine
was dictated by DK to HPB.
HPB was DK' first amanuensis. It is mentioned
in 'collected writings' that DK had taken the fifth Initiation and it is recorded in 'Initiation Human and Solar' as follows..."He
is the latest of the adepts taking initiation, having taken the fifth initiation in 1875." Hence as one of the Masters of
Wisdom he worked with AAB that disciple far better fitted and informed to bring forth the second major dissemination of the
wisdom. The Secret Doctrine is often referred to and referenced by DK in AAB' books.
"The astronomical and astrological keys opening
the gate leading to the mysteries of Theogony can be found only in the later glossaries, which accompany the Stanzas." SD2
"The Ancient Wisdom teaches that "space is
an entity." It is with the life of this entity and with the forces and energies, the impulses and the rhythms, the cycles
and the times and seasons that esoteric astrology deals. H. P. B. stated this in The Secret Doctrine. I would remind you that
there is an astrological key to The Secret Doctrine which cannot yet be given in completeness. I can, however, give you some
hints and suggest some lines of approach, and these, if carried in the consciousness of the illumined astrologers, may enable
one of them at a later date to discover that key and then - turning it on behalf of humanity - reveal the fourth great fundamental
of the Ageless Wisdom of which three are already given in the proem of The Secret Doctrine." EA 8.
"Just as A Treatise on Cosmic Fire endeavored
to give the psychological key to The Secret Doctrine and to interpret the underlying consciousness which the Beings (considered
in The Secret Doctrine) express, so in A Treatise on the Seven Rays, I am carrying on the same idea and, at the same time,
seeking to give the needed key to modern exoteric psychology and also some indications as to the astrological key to The Secret
Doctrine to which H.P.B. refers. The Entities dealt with in her masterpiece of esoteric truth are here revealed as cosmic,
solar and planetary influences evoking - in response to Their outpoured energy or vibratory activity - an awakening of consciousness
in the form so that it becomes aligned to or closely related to Their Own. All revelations appear to emerge into the consciousness
of the race in their lowest or most material form because the "ascent of knowledge towards wisdom" is always the key to progress,
and, therefore, exoteric psychology and exoteric mundane astrology had to precede the revelation of their significance; the
nature of the form had to be made apparent and man accustomed to it before the meaning behind the form could be revealed."
* Each key must be turned seven times. - S. D.,
"The seven keys open the mysteries, past
and future, of the seven great root-races and of the seven kalpas." Every occult book, symbol and allegory can be subjected
to seven interpretations. There are three locks to be opened. Seven keys. Every book can be read esoterically, subjectively
and spiritually. All the keys are not yet available. (See Secret Doctrine, I, 330, 343.) There is the physiological key, the
psychological, the astrological and the metaphysical. The fifth key is the geometrical. TCF 110.
JPC: DK remarks on the physiological key, and this quotation
indicates that he dealt with many other instances of this first key. Each key may be turned seven times and he here provides
an instance of a higher turn of the first key. It should be apparent to students that this is so throughout his works, as
well as laying out the thesis for various turns of the second psychological key. This should provide students of occultism
with much to think out.
"A hint to the student who is interested
in the physiological key lies in the relationship between the two great groups of devas who build and construct the most objective
portion of logoic manifestation, and the two groups of corpuscles which in their mutual interaction hold the body in health;
there is an analogy also in the relationship between the devas of the astral plane, and the motor and sensory nerves of the
physical body. I will not enlarge upon this angle of vision.
These devas have to do, in a very esoteric sense,
with the nerve plexus in the:
* Solar system. (Physical Sun)
* Planetary scheme. (Dense Planet)
* Human physical body. (Dense Body)
and are therefore a powerful factor in the
eventual vitalization of the centers in man." TCF 635.
"From the standpoint of the lower self, the
two most vital moments in the work of the reincarnating Ego, are those in which the mental unit is re-energized into cyclic
activity, and in which the etheric body is vitalized. It concerns that which links the center at the base of the spine with
a certain point within the physical brain via the spleen. This is dealing purely with the physiological key." TCF 788.
"...Contrast alone can
enable us to appreciate things at their right value; and unless a judge compares notes and hears both sides he can hardly
come to a correct decision." H.P. Blavatsky. The Theosophist, July, 1881, p. 218.