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* THE MONAD AND MONADIC ESSENCE *
“It would be very misleading to imagine a Monad as a separate Entity trailing its slow way in a distinct path through the lower Kingdoms, and after an incalculable series of transformations flowering into a human being.” – H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
What is the Monad that is spoken of in the teachings of Theosophy and what is the real nature of the highermost part of our being to which we give that name?
The literal definition of the term “Monad” (which has its origins in the spiritual teachings of Pythagoras) is “primary unit” or “ultimate unit.” In my article “31 Important Differences between Original Theosophy and Neo-Theosophy” (http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/31-important-differences-between-theosophy-and-neo-theosophy/) I defined the Theosophical conception of the Monad in this way:
The Monad (meaning “ultimate unit” or “primary unit”) is a term used to describe the conjunction of Atma and Buddhi which are the two highest Principles of man’s constitution. There is nothing higher than Atma; Atma is the highermost and supreme part of man’s spiritual being. Because Atma is literally Divinity Itself, it has to have a vehicle through which to radiate its light to the individual soul. This vehicle is called Buddhi. The two in conjunction with each other are called the Monad.
Although the human being is comprised of seven parts – called the Seven Principles in Theosophy – we can also group these seven parts into three major parts and call them…
* The Monad
* The Ego
* The Personality
There is nothing individual or separate about the Monad. The true individuality in man is his Ego (literally his “I”) which is the Principle called Manas, the Mind Principle. This is the part of us which incarnates and reincarnates and is in fact the human soul. Manas, the Ego, can be thought of in terms of the “permanent Individuality” whereas each passing persona (name, form, and everything that goes along with it) in, through, and as which it incarnates on Earth can be described as the “present personality.”
The personality lasts only for one lifetime, the Ego is that permanent individual entity which experiences each lifetime, and the Monad is something above that…something which is eternal, non-individual, non-separate, and entirely changeless. We mentioned that the Monad is the conjunction of the Atma principle and Buddhi principle in the human being. In that article I gave the link to above, I briefly described Atma and Buddha as follows:
ATMA: Atma (also written “Atman”) is the highermost and supreme part of man’s spiritual being. It is pure eternal Spirit. It is the Higher Self, the Divine Self, the Real Self of the human being and it is literally one and the same in essence and identity as the Infinite Supreme Self. This is in accordance with the fundamental teaching of Hinduism; that our Self (the Atman) IS the Supreme Self (Brahman). Atman literally means Self. It is the only one of our Principles to which the unqualified term “the Self” may be applied. It is not an individual thing. There is no such thing as “my Atman” or “your Atman.” There is only THE Atman, the ONE Universal Self of all. It is here that all is truly one.
BUDDHI: Buddhi is the second highest Principle of man’s constitution and is referred to as the Spiritual Soul, the vehicle through which Atma (the highest Principle) radiates its light. There is nothing individual about the Buddhi principle. As with Atma, we cannot talk in terms of “my Buddhi” or “your Buddhi.” Buddhi is not the faculty or quality of intuition and has nothing to do with this. It has nothing to do with anything except serving as the vehicle for Atma. To quote direct from HPB: “The mission of Buddhi is simply to shadow divine light [from the Atman] on Manas, otherwise Manas will be always falling into the Kamic principle, into the principle of matter; … The Buddhi per se, has nothing to do with any qualification of anything, it is simply the vehicle of Atman, of Spirit. … Buddhi can neither have intuition, nor non-intuition, nor anything; it is simply the cementing link, so to say, between the higher spirit and Manas. … Buddhi can have the apprehension of nothing … Atma and Buddhi cannot be predicated as having anything to do with a man, except that man is immersed in them. So long as he lives he is overshadowed by these two; but it is no more the property of that than of anything else.”
So the relation between Atma and Buddhi on the microcosmic scale corresponds to that between the Absolute and the Logos on the macrocosmic scale. The latter is the reflective radiation of the former. One is unthinkable without the other and the second is the necessary vehicle of the first. In fact, when viewed from the higher perspective, Atma and Buddhi are the Absolute and the Logos or, as we could say in Hindu terminology, Brahman and Narayana.
Many Theosophical books and teachings talk in terms of the evolution and development of the Monad and describe how the Monad (Atma-Buddhi) descends to the physical plane and progresses its way through the lower kingdoms of nature – such as the mineral, vegetable, and animal – until it finally becomes “individualised” by unfolding an individual soul or Ego (Manas) out of its inner nature. Then, it is often said, the Monad proceeds to evolve and progress through the human kingdom and beyond.
But in The Secret Doctrine, Madame Blavatsky states that “Metaphysically speaking, it is…an absurdity to talk of the ‘development’ of a Monad, or to say that it becomes ‘Man.’ … It stands to reason that a MONAD cannot either progress or develop, or even be affected by the changes or states it passes through. It is not of this world or plane, and may be compared only to an indestructible star of divine light and fire.”
This emphasises the fact that IT never comes down onto this plane, IT never manifests here, IT doesn’t belong here…IT is not a physical, material, or objective thing in any way. After all, since the Atman is Brahman – Absolute Infinite Existence Itself, the One Supreme Ultimate Eternal Reality – there would be no way in which It ITSELF could descend, evolve, progress, and develop, since It is the Divine Allness itself.
HPB herself sometimes speaks of “the evolving Monad” as she says it is often far simpler just to use this brief term than to repeatedly have to explain the whole extremely intricate matter as it really is. But in The Secret Doctrine, she along with the Master Koot Hoomi and the Master Morya (who even went to the extent of writing and signing certificates on a number of occasions to officially assert that they were co-authors in the work with their “brother HPB” – see the article “Morya and Kuthumi: Fact not Fiction” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/morya-and-kuthumi-fact-not-fiction/) explain the issue of the Monad as it really is.
There it is written that the personalities and individualities on Earth must raise themselves up towards the Monad – towards the highermost, Divine part of their own being, which is a RAY of the ONE Monad (the Absolute) – “and thus partaking of its divine nature, obtain immortality.”
In “The Mahatma Letters” the Master K.H. writes that “The sixth [Buddhic] and seventh [Atmic] principles apart from the rest constitute the eternal, imperishable, but also unconscious Monad.” He also goes on to talk of “that perfectly subjective condition of pure spirituality from which the Monad emerged to descend into matter and to which at the completion of the grand cycle it must return.”
Here he is describing things in the simplest way possible, for ease of understanding. But if in fact the Monad “cannot either progress or develop” and “may be compared only to an indestructible star of divine light and fire,” then what is it really which descends into matter and evolves and advances its way up to the point of acquiring individual self-consciousness or self-conscious individuality (Manas), and beyond?
What it actually is is described in The Secret Doctrine as MONADIC ESSENCE. In a way which is barely possibly to explain or illustrate, the essence of Divinity Itself is sent forth into objectivity when the Universe comes into being. Some “waves” of the Divine or Monadic Essence progress and evolve at a swifter pace than others, although all evolution is necessarily extremely slow, gradual, and almost imperceptible, spreading over an incredibly lengthy period of time. This is not the Monad itself (Atma-Buddhi) which is evolving, since neither Atma nor Buddhi have any need or even ability to evolve, since they are universal divine perfection itself. It is the ESSENCE of this “ultimate unit” which works its way, downward at first through the shadowy arc of involution, descending into matter, and then finally upward through the luminous arc of evolution, reascending to “that perfectly subjective condition of pure spirituality.” In one of the Mahatma Letters, the Master Morya calls this “the downward and upward cyclic rotation” of the Monad.
In The Secret Doctrine, a quotation from the Esoteric Catechism of the Trans-Himalayan Esoteric School (to which the Masters M. and K.H. and HPB belong) states that, “…once attracted into the sphere of terrestrial activity, the Monadic Essence, passing through the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms, becomes man.”
In regard to our Earth, the “tidal wave of spiritual evolution” of Monadic Essence, as HPB puts it, consists of seven different stages of progression or development. These are called the 7 Classes of Monads or 7 Hierarchies of Monads which “cycle round the planetary chain of seven globes.” For an explanation of what is meant by chains, globes, and rounds in Theosophy, please see the article I wrote titled “Chains, Globes, Rounds and Root Races” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/chains-globes-rounds-and-root-races/. For the purpose of making the next part of the present article more comprehensible, I will briefly quote a few paragraphs from the article just mentioned:
Our Earth evolution is to consist of 7 Chains in total, as all manifestation is of a septenary nature. Each of these 7 Chains is a chain of 7 Globes as shown in the diagram.
The chain which is in evolution now (and which we call the “Earth Chain”) is the 4th of these 7 Chains. The preceding 3 Chains of our evolutionary scheme have already run their course, completed their evolution, and ceased to be. The future 3 Chains have not yet come into existence but they will do so in the future, successively, as each chain is the product of its predecessor.
The 3rd of these 7 Chains is known as the “Lunar Chain” or “Moon Chain” because the dead planet called the Moon, which is the satellite of our current Earth, was the 4th Globe of the 3rd Chain. In other words, the sphere which is now our Moon was at one time the former living “Planet Earth,” on which we ourselves were evolving in much lower kingdoms of nature. This was of course untold billions of years ago and is virtually incomprehensible to us.
The evolutionary Life Wave passes through each of the chains 7 times and these are referred to as the 7 Rounds. Each Round sees humanity reaching a significantly higher level of evolution, both inward and outward, but the inward being the most important.
Thus the 7 Classes of Monads – or to be more precise, the 7 Classes of Monadic Essence – connected with our Earth Chain (the 4th Chain) were previously evolving on the preceding chain, the 3rd, referred to as the Moon Chain or Lunar Chain, prior to the coming into existence of this current 4th Chain.
The Secret Doctrine teaches that during the 1st Round of this Earth Chain, it was only the 1st Class of Monads from the preceding Moon Chain which attained the human state of development.
During the 2nd Round, the 2nd Class of Monads reached the human stage. The 2nd Round human stage is of course far inferior to our current human stage in this 4th Round in terms of physical form and development, etc., but obviously any Monad which was progressed enough to reach the human stage in the 2nd Round was, and is, far in advance of us.
During the 3rd Round, it was the 3rd Class of Monads that attained the human state of development.
In the 4th Round, which is this current Round, it was the 4th Class of Monads that reached the human state and it is in this Round that “the human stage will be fully developed.” At the mid-point of the 4th Round (which was the exact mid-point of the Atlantean Root Race) “the ‘Door’ into the human kingdom closed” and those Monads which had not yet reached the human stage of evolution by that point – i.e. the 5th, 6th, and 7th classes of Monads – “will reach the human stage only at the close of the 7th and last Round.”
That 1st Class of Monads is referred to in The Secret Doctrine under various names such as the Lunar Gods, Lunar Pitris (meaning “Fathers” in Sanskrit), Lunar Spirits, Lords of the Moon, Barhishad Pitris, etc. They are described as being the very highest “humanity” from the Moon Chain when it came to its end. This 1st Class, having reached the human stage on our Earth Chain in the 1st Round of the Earth Chain, became the leaders and guides to the humanity of the 2nd Round (the 2nd Class of Monads) and the humanity of the 3rd Round (the 3rd Class of Monads).
In the 4th Round, this 1st Class of Monads from the Lunar Chain “project their shadows” at the beginning of that Round, for “those who come behind them,” namely the 4th Class of Monads which includes ourselves. The Lunar Pitris provided 4th Round Humanity with that humanity’s original rudimentary astral form which was then covered over in time by the physical material body that developed.
“THE GREAT CHOHANS (Lords) CALLED THE LORDS OF THE MOON, OF THE AIRY BODIES. ‘BRING FORTH MEN, (they were told) MEN OF YOUR NATURE. GIVE THEM (i.e. the Jivas or Monads) THEIR FORMS WITHIN. SHE (Mother Earth or Nature) WILL BUILD COVERINGS WITHOUT (external bodies)…”
— Stanza III from The Book of Dzyan in Vol. 2 (Anthropogenesis) of The Secret Doctrine
[See “The Secret Book of Dzyan” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/the-secret-book-of-dzyan/
for interesting details of how The Book of Dzyan, long believed to be nonexistent by sceptics and even by some Theosophists, has recently been identified as the Mula Kalachakra Tantra of Tibetan Buddhism.]
This is called “the doctrine that the first Race of mankind [i.e. the 1st Root Race, called the Polarian Root Race, on our planet during this 4th Round] was formed out of the chhayas (astral images) of the Pitris.” This took place at the North Pole and the region surrounding it, described by Blavatsky and the Masters as the seven zones of the “Imperishable Sacred Land,” for at the beginning of the 4th Round on this 4th Globe the whole earth was covered with tepid water, apart from the North Pole.
A Commentary from the esoteric records, referred to in The Secret Doctrine, says, “There man was born on the seven zones of the immortal, the indestructible of the Manvantara [this “Imperishable Sacred Land” or “the eternal central land”]. There was eternal spring in darkness. (But) that which is darkness to the man of today, was light to the man of his dawn.”
HPB writes, “It is averred in Occultism that the land or island, which crowns the North Pole like a skull-cap, is the only one which prevails during the whole Manvantara of our ‘Round.’ All the central continents and lands will emerge from the sea bottom many times in turn, but this land will never change.”
“The first race of men [on our Earth in this 4th Round] were, then, simply the images, the astral doubles, of their Fathers [the Lunar Pitris], who were the pioneers, or the most progressed Entities from a preceding though lower sphere, the shell of which is now our Moon.”
“Evolutionary Law compelled the lunar ‘Fathers’ to pass, in their monadic condition, through all the forms of life and being on this globe; but at the end of the Third Round, they were already human in their divine nature, and were thus called upon to become the creators of the forms destined to fashion the tabernacles of the less progressed Monads, whose turn it was to incarnate.”
More than one Theosophical teacher and writer has stated that the Lunar Pitris are none other than ourselves, seeing as the initial astral form of the men of the 1st Root Race was projected from them. “They ‘ooze out’ their astral doubles from the ‘ape-like’ forms which they had evolved in Round III,” says The Secret Doctrine. But it makes no sense to conclude that WE are the Lunar Pitris just because of their providing the first mankind with their astral bodies. This idea is also contradicted by The Secret Doctrine itself. The question of “What do the Lunar Pitris do once they have provided 4th Round humanity with its initial astral form?” is answered by a Commentary quoted in The Secret Doctrine which tells us, “Having projected their shadows and made men of one element (ether), the progenitors re-ascend to Maha-loka” and “The subtle bodies remain without understanding (Manas) until the advent of the” Agnishvattas, also called the Manasaputras or Solar Angels. If the Lunar Pitris were ourselves, then we would be the 1st Class of Monads but we are not; we belong to the 4th Class.
The 1st Class of Monads, the Lunar or Barhishad Pitris, have to do their job of contributing to and helping evolution on this Earth Chain “in order that their ‘Monads’ may reach a higher plane of activity and self-consciousness, i.e. the plane of the Manasa-Putras, those who endow the ‘senseless’ shells, created and informed by the [Lunar] Pitris, with ‘mind’ in the latter part of the Third Root Race.”
This first of the Seven Classes of Monads, called the Lunar Pitris, the progenitors of mankind at the beginning of the 4th Round, are – collectively and symbolically – the Root Manu of the 4th Round, called elsewhere Vaivasvata Manu. In the “31 Important Differences between Original Theosophy and Neo-Theosophy” article, I wrote the following in the section on The Manu:
The nature and functions of the Root Manu can only be properly understood if we clearly understand the nature and functions of the Lunar Pitris, the very highest class of Monads from the Moon Chain, the planetary chain which preceded our own. It is the Lunar Pitris who are the progenitors of mankind at the beginning of the 4th Round on our globe and these Lunar Pitris – collectively and symbolically – are the Root Manu of the 4th Round, also known as Vaivasvata Manu. This is clarified even further by HPB in her “Secret Doctrine Commentaries” where she says, “Manu is not individuality. It is not one. It is the whole of mankind. … Certainly, it is not an individual. … these Manus are simply figures of speech – they are symbols, the beginning of humanity [the Root Manu] and the end [the Seed Manu], and the Manus are simply synonymous with the Pitris, the fathers, the progenitors of mankind, the Lunar ancestors. These are Manus.”
We human beings belong to the 4th Class of Monads, meaning that the human kingdom on our earth consists of the 4th Class of Monadic Essence, which was the last of the Classes or Hierarchies to achieve individualisation into separate and distinct inward entities on this Earth Chain.
For the mass of humanity, this began to occur during the 3rd Root Race, called the Lemurian Root Race, when the Manas Principle in man – or rather, animal-man as he then was – was “called to life,” aroused, awakened, and unfolded by the aid of those Beings mentioned above as the Agnishvattas, Manasaputras, or Solar Angels. This mysterious hierarchy of spiritual entities, “the mysterious beings that preside over the constellation Capricornus” and some of whom were “Adepts and Yogis of long past preceding Manvantaras; another mystery,” are described in The Secret Doctrine under a variety of names other than the three just mentioned, including Solar Pitris, Manasadevas, Fire Dhyanis, Dhyanis, Dhyan Chohans, Kumaras, and the Sons of Wisdom.
This enabled “the connecting of the Monad with this Earth” and was the Monad emerging “from its state of spiritual and intellectual unconsciousness” by means of getting “direct into the plane of Mentality.”
Monads do not become separated, individual “things” until “the sweep of the life-impulse reaches the evolutionary stage of man-birth. The tendency towards segregation into individual Monads is gradual, and in the higher animals comes almost to the point.” But until that point we cannot say that it is an individual, particular Monad which is working its way – as a specific unit, alongside many other specific units – through the various forms of the various lower kingdoms. In other words, there is no such thing as “individual Monads” in the mineral kingdom, vegetable kingdom, or animal kingdom.
Again – “It would be very misleading,” writes H.P. Blavatsky, “to imagine a Monad as a separate Entity trailing its slow way in a distinct path through the lower Kingdoms, and after an incalculable series of transformations flowering into a human being.”
The 5th, 6th, and 7th Classes of Monads are the waves of Monadic Essence gradually evolving their way towards individualisation as the Animal Kingdom, Vegetable Kingdom, and Mineral Kingdom respectively. As we saw earlier, the possibility of entrance into the Human Kingdom on this planetary chain came to an end during the middle of the Atlantean Root Race. From that point on, the numbers of the Human Kingdom were “fixed” for the remainder of not only this 4th Round but also the entirety of the 5th Round, 6th Round, and 7th Round, i.e. the immensely long remainder of this current chain period.
Here we touch upon a possibly sensitive point as regards animals in general and our pets in particular, since we would all like to believe that our beloved dog or cat is a fully individual entity in its inner nature rather than a non-individual, non-separate expression of a class of Monadic Essence. Some of us would also like to believe that our pet will be reborn into the Human Kingdom sometime soon, maybe even after the close of its current lifetime, and that we may meet it as a human being in one of our next few incarnations. As nice as these ideas might be, they are not the case according to the Esoteric Philosophy.
To quote again from The Secret Doctrine…
* “On this Fourth Round in which the human stage will be fully developed – the ‘Door’ into the human kingdom closes; and henceforward the number of ‘human’ Monads, i.e. Monads in the human stage of development, is complete. For the Monads which had not reached the human stage by this point will, owing to the evolution of humanity itself, find themselves so far behind that they will reach the human stage only at the close of the seventh and last Round. They will, therefore, not be men on this chain, but will form the humanity of a future Manvantara and be rewarded by becoming ‘Men’ on a higher chain altogether [as the 5th Chain will be], thus receiving their Karmic compensation. To this there is but one solitary exception [referring to the apes, who are in fact descended from human beings of Lemurian times rather than humans being descended from the apes, some of whom will become humans of a very low and undeveloped type during the 5th Round of this 4th Chain], for very good reasons, of which we shall speak farther on.”
* “After the middle point in the Fourth Race in the Fourth Round on our Globe – no more Monads can enter the human kingdom.”
* “Karma…, whose bond-maid is Nature, adjusted everything in the most harmonious manner; and that, therefore, the fresh pouring-in, or arrival of new Monads, had ceased as soon as Humanity had reached its full physical development. No fresh Monads have incarnated since the middle-point of the Atlanteans.”
* “The fourth member of a series occupies a unique position. Unlike the others, the fourth has no ‘sister’ Globe on the same plane as itself, and it thus forms the fulcrum of the ‘balance’ represented by the whole chain. It is the sphere of final evolutionary adjustments, the world of Karmic scales, the Hall of Justice, where the balance is struck which determines the future course of the Monad during the remainder of its incarnations in the cycle. And therefore it is, that, after this central turning point has been passed in the Great Cycle, – i.e. after the middle point of the Fourth Race in the Fourth Round on our Globe – no more Monads can enter the human kingdom. The door is closed for this Cycle and the balance struck.”
* “In the middle of the fourth revolution, which is our present ‘Round’: ‘Evolution has reached its acme of physical development, crowned its work with the perfect physical man, and from this point, begins its work spirit-ward’.”
* “Those still occupying animal forms after the middle turning-point of the Fourth Round – will not become men at all during this Manvantara. They will reach to the verge of humanity only at the close of the Seventh Round to be, in their turn, ushered into a new chain after pralaya.”
It will be noticed that this teaching also authoritatively quashes the theory, currently popular in some New Age circles, that souls from other planets are coming and taking incarnation on this Earth. They are not…and any human being on this Earth today has been a part of the Human Kingdom on this planet since at least the mid-point of the Atlantis epoch. This was when “the door [was] closed for this Cycle and the balance struck.”
The Masters and HPB tell us that the animal monads, or rather that class of Monadic Essence evolving itself as the Animal Kingdom, will “reach the human stage only at the close of the seventh and last Round… They will reach to the verge of humanity only at the close of the Seventh Round to be, in their turn, ushered into a new chain after pralaya.” What this tells us is that each lower, or subhuman, class of Monads, gains its individualisation, its “humanisation,” TOGETHER – as a CLASS, as a GROUP, as the MONADIC HIERARCHY that it is.
Whenever we see groups of seven mentioned in Theosophical teachings, such as the Seven Principles, Seven Planes, Seven Root Races, Seven Rays, etc., we should always remember that each one of the sevens is itself sevenfold. Thus each of the seven classes of Monads is comprised of seven sub-classes. Each of the lower classes of Monads (the 5th, 6th, and 7th) contains Monads in very different stages of development from each other – think of the fly and the dog for example – but nonetheless each lower class is still an “evolutionary wave” of non-separate, non-individual Monadic Essence. It might be pleasant to think that our favourite pet is already on the verge of individualisation and that this will be its last lifetime in an animal form or to think that there are animals which are attaining to the human stage all the time but how can separate individual parts of the Animal Kingdom become individualised, humanised, at separate, different times from each other? They cannot, for there is nothing truly separate or individual yet about that class of Monadic Essence.
Since that class is, by its inherent nature, non-separate and non-individual, – in other words, possesses no truly individual PARTS as yet – it can only become individualised, humanised, all as one class, all as one group. It is only one group, one class of Monadic Essence, and that one class, as a whole, will reach and enter the human stage together, as a WHOLE. Then the individualisation, the humanisation, occurs for the Animal Kingdom which is the “Animal” class of Monadic Essence.
And this is only at the close of the 7th (the last and final) Round of this Earth Chain. By then, animal forms will be infinitely higher and superior to what they are now – the Master Morya says in one of the Mahatma Letters that even the lowest animal form will then be higher than the highest human form was prior to the mid-point of the cycle – and we who are now humans will then be equivalent to “gods.” Although it is generally so gradual as to be virtually imperceptible, all life is moving ever onward, ever upward, ever Godward and a glorious and divine future awaits those who will go with the flow of the inner evolution rather than fighting against it and insisting on living below their par.
You are not an animal so don’t ever allow yourself to think or live like one. You are not a physical being. You are pure eternal Spirit. In your Real Self, your essential nature, you are the Atman, the Supreme Reality. Keep your consciousness ever uplifted, raised, and elevated towards the highermost part of your being, towards THAT which you truly and really are. That is the Monad and it “may be compared only to an indestructible star of divine light and fire.” Tat tvam asi…thou art That.
By MW, December 2012
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I, at last, have reached the Goal,
And solved the mystery of my Soul;
I am That to which I prayed,
That to which I looked for aid;
I am That which I did seek,
I am my own mountain peak;
I upon creation look
As a leaf in my own book;
For I, THE ONE, “the many” make
Of substance which from me I take;
For all is me, there are no two;
Creation is myself, all through;
What I grant unto myself,
I take down from my own shelf,
And give to me – THE ONLY ONE –
For I’M the Father and the Son.
When I want, I do but see,
My wishes coming forth in me;
For I’m the Knower, and the Known,
Ruler, Subject, and The Throne;
The “Three in One” is what I am,
Hell itself is but my dam,
which I did put in my own stream,
When in a nightmare I did dream
“That I was not, THE ONLY ONE.”
Thus by me was pain begun,
which ran its course till I awoke,
And found that I with me did joke,
So now that I do stand awake,
I, my throne, do wisely take,
And rule my kingdom, which is me,
A Master through Eternity.
(by Retsama aka Earl. G Barr)
NOTE: The topic of the Monad is a very lengthy and extremely intricate one.
Not only is it impossible to say everything about it in a single article but in some aspects it is also a subject which defies adequate expression and explanation in language. I hope that everything I’ve included here will be beneficial, informative, and clarifying to the reader but I must stress that this article barely touches the surface. For example, I haven’t even mentioned anything here about the Monad’s connection with the Seven Rays or Seven Hierarchies of the Seven Sacred Planets. For those who want to know and understand more, I can but point you in the direction of “The Secret Doctrine” and other works by that great Teacher, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. It was in this regard that I wrote my article “An Invitation to The Secret Doctrine” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/an-invitation-to-the-secret-doctrine/.
* For further details about Atlantis and the Atlantean Root Race, from the letters of the Master Koot Hoomi, please see the article “Insights from the Mahatma Letters” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/insights-from-the-mahatma-letters/.
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