Laya Yoga and Super-Human Physics
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S piritual force in its various grades circulates around the three points of the triangle, eventually becoming the electrical and magnetic funnel or vortex of receptivity that lifts up and simultaneously draws down the needed forces for transmutation and reconstruction.
There are five major triangles within the etheric body of the disciple, and there are five major triangles within the etheric body of the planet. This is the protective grid that "seals the door where evil dwells." In acts of white magic it is helpful to the disciple or group to understand how the energy travels around the three points of the triangles, and how the triangles are connected together to form an over-arching grid. As the energy is circulating from point to point the triangle eventually becomes the rotating vortex. Through the power of rotary motion the heavier atoms are thrown out of these various centers, and lighter, more ethereal ones are built in. As each triangle and its subsequent vortex becomes activated, it becomes the foundation and basis for the next triangle and vortex until all are connected by these ever widening funnels of spiritual fire and light.
This work with triangles, astrology, and laya yoga is the basis of the new super-human physics that the Tibetan hinted at and will be instrumental in bringing spiritual transmutation and transformation into the realm of a true Aquarian science.
"This Science of Triangles of Energy underlies the new esoteric science both in astrology and in the science of laya-yoga or the science of the centres. Both this ancient yoga and the still more ancient astrological science have now to be studied upon a higher turn of the spiral. Up till the present time, the teaching about the centres has been inherited from Atlantean times and couched in the old forms and formulas which are basically unsuited to our present greatly advanced stage of development. The same can be said of orthodox or exoteric astrology. Both these sciences must be reoriented and rearranged, and astrology must be based upon a deeper understanding of the relation of the planets — sacred and non-sacred — to the centres and to certain prominent 'cycles of polarisation' emerging as the fore-ordained results of "periods of crisis." This last sentence embodies a basic and important statement of truth." (EA:77)
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Understanding the chakra system and how each rotating vortex within the etheric body of the disciple relates to all other rotating spherical lives be they planetary, solar, or cosmic, is one of the important insights of initiation. This knowledge is validated through the great law of correspondences which is infallible if followed back correctly to initiating causes, hence the value of the study of geometry, color, sound, and number.
Laya yoga — the yoga of the fiery force centers (and the yoga of final dissolution) — must be lifted out of its past focus on individual development and emphasize a group focus and its potential for wider and more dynamic types of service. Contrary to popular opinion, the long term goal of laya yoga is not personal development and does not lie in the development of the petals or outer walls of the vortex rings, but in awakening the latent and embryonic point of fohat/will or the bindu found at the center of all rotating spiritual lives.
Let us now examine the chakra system in its most superficial form knowing that we are primarily dealing with the third divine aspect, yet always with the intent of revealing the essence that hidden lies behind the forms.
In the chart with the word "Monad" at the top, each of the colored chakras has three different levels — etheric, astral and mental — which should be visualized as vortices that allow energy in and energy out. Each center should be visualized as being a dual vortex within a sphere. How these centers are connected and aligned at the different stages of development are the secrets of initiation that must be mastered by those who seek progress on the path.
"The Mysteries are revealed, not primarily by the reception of information anent them and their processes, but by the action of certain processes, carried out within the etheric body of the disciple; these enable him to know that which is hidden; they put him in possession of a mechanism of revelation and make him aware of certain radiatory and magnetic powers or energies within himself which constitute channels of activity and modes whereby he may acquire that which it is the privilege of the initiate to own and to use." (R&I:337)
Although all the primary centers active from the first to the fifth initiations are given in this chart, only some of the rays are provided for each center. It is meant to be only a general outline hinting at one of the cornerstones of the new laya yoga the goal of which is to assist the student in understanding the amazing sequence of alignments between personal, solar, and cosmic centers. When these relationships can be scientifically established along the lines of correct corresponding numbers, colors, and sounds, a variety of opportunities will present themselves for group alignments only hinted at here and there in the Tibetan's work. Compilations which were difficult to construct in the past because key material was scattered through thousands of pages of information, can now be electronically indexed for greater clarity and in a much shorter period of time.
The following is another quote by the Tibetan indicating the importance of color at this advanced level of work. What can be said of color can equally be applied to sound.
"Colours have certain effects on the different vehicles, and on the planes on which those vehicles function. When it is known by the occultist which colour is applicable to which plane, and which colour therefore is the basic hue for that plane, he has grasped the fundamental secret of microcosmic development, and can build his body of manifestation by means of the same laws that that Logos employed in building His objective solar system. This is the secret that ray meditation will eventually yield up to the wise student." (LOM:206)
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Leadbeater's version of the chakras.
Barbara Brenan has done some original pioneering work in esoteric healing, and some of her illustrations from her book Healing Hands of Light are helpful for visualizing the vortex system and the approximate location of the chakras in the etheric body.
Nearby is a modified picture from her works showing all three levels of the chakra system: the etheric, astral, and mental levels, with each tier of the chakra emerging from out of the throat or body of the preceding one. This image, for all of its limitations, nevertheless helps one to understand how the force centers are not independent organisms but clearly nest each within the other and are mainly spherical in composition. The vortices are simply the throat of the sphere where energy either moves in or out and must be taken as one part of a greater composite of all seven spheres which nest in each other when fully developed. The centers shown here do not completely coincide with the force centers defined in the Bailey books. New and better versions of the chakra system will emerge, represented in three-dimensional and animated form.
Charles Leadbeater in The Chakras describes in great detail these complex and multifaceted force centers in the human constitution that must eventually be linked. Here are a few excerpts from his book which is considered a classic on the subject. It has been suggested that many of the concepts and ideas that he expresses were influenced by the earlier publications.
Leadbeater's Descriptions of the Centers:
- Saucer-like depressions or vortices. . .
- The chakras or force centers are points of connection at which energy flows from one vehicle or body of man to another. . .
- When quite undeveloped they appear as small circles about two inches in diameter, glowing dully in the ordinary man; but when awakened and vivified they are seen as blazing coruscating whirlpools, much increased in size, and resembling miniature suns.
- When quite undeveloped they appear as small circles or wheels.
"The number of undulations is determined by the number of spokes in the wheel, and the secondary force weaves itself under and over the radiating currents of the primary force, just as basket-work might be woven around the spokes of a carriage-wheel. The wave-lengths are infinitesimal and probably thousands of them are included within one of the undulations. As the forces rush around in the vortex, these oscillations of different sizes, crossing one another in this basket-weave fashion, produce the flower-like form to which I have referred." (Charles Leadbeater. The Chakras, p. 2)
All chakras or spiritual-spherical entities composed of lighted substance share a common characteristic much like fractals or holograms — that no matter how much you step them down in some graded hierarchy they always contain some original element of the initiating parent. This is a key statement because through geometry and motion we can see how the "law of analogy" and the "law of correspondence" may actually work in practical terms, not as some vague abstraction or theory but demonstrated through dynamic visual symbols.
The Law of the Supplementary Seven
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The Law of the Supplementary Seven
"For Applicants: When the disciple nears the Portal, the greater seven must awaken and bring forth response from the lesser seven upon the double circle."
"For Disciples and Initiates: Let the group and within itself response to the greater seven groups which carry out the hierarchical will with love and understanding. The group contains all seven, the perfect group. The lesser seven, the greater seven and the planetary seven form one great whole, and these the group must know. When this is realised and the Law of the Supplementary Seven is understood, let the group understand the Three and then the ONE. This they can do with the united breath and the united rhythm." (R&I:148)
"First let us clearly define the various septenates referred to in this rule. I will first tabulate them in the order of their appearance and define them, and then I will enlarge upon them in order to point out where the training enters in, where the rule applies, and how the embodied rule is in the nature of a Law which the initiate may not evade."
"I would ask you here to refer to what I earlier said anent rules, laws and orders when starting with you this particular study.
1. The seven greater groups - The seven groups or Ashrams within the Hierarchy.
- These carry out the hierarchical will, which is love.
- They work through love and understanding.
- Each is presided over by a Chohan and a group is called an Ashram.
- These major Ashrams have many affiliated Ashrams, presided over by a Master on the same ray as the Chohan, and are capable at any moment of being absorbed into the primary Ashram.
- The perfect or complete group is the Hierarchy itself, containing all the seven major Ashrams and their affiliates.
2. The Planetary seven groups - The seven rays, the central septenate of energy.
- These embody the will of Shamballa, which is divine purpose.
- They work as life energy, as quality, and produce appearance.
- Each is presided over by one of the seven Spirits before the Throne; by one of the seven Ray Lords.
- Each of these rays has its seven subrays which relate it to all the other rays.
- These seven rays can, under divine purpose, be re-absorbed into the Three and then into the One.
3. The lesser seven - The seven types of men and also the seven root races.
- These embody the intelligence of the Logos as it expresses itself through creativity.
- They are learning to work intelligently with matter in order to develop love in response to divine purpose — which is will or life.
- Each of the seven types, responsive to one or other of the seven rays, is conditioned or ruled by its prototype, the soul on its own plane.
- These major types or races of men have many subraces and subsidiary types, developed during the evolutionary process; all will eventually demonstrate the seven major types.
- The perfect type is the Christ, the Heavenly Man, Who expresses all the major types and Who is the 'pattern of things as they are.'
4. The supplementary seven - The seven centres of energy in the individual man.
- These together embody the combined forces of the planetary life as registered by the perfected individual. They will eventually enable the man to achieve perfection.
- They enable the individual to respond to material forces, to soul energy and spiritual life, and they constitute a complete response apparatus to the planetary life, purpose, intent and form.
- Each of the seven centres is responsive to one or other of the seven rays and their qualities under the conditioning energy of the soul ray and the forces, emanating from the environment.
- These centres develop progressively and under the impact of circumstances and the Law of the Supplementary Seven, but all will eventually express in some measure the seven types of ray energy.
- The Law of the Supplementary Seven can be worded as follows:
"'The Law demands the entrance of that which can effect a change.
The Law demands that right direction should then guide the entering forces.
The Law demands that the changes thus effected remove the form, bring quality to light and lay the emphasis upon life.
The Law demands that this is brought about by the One, working through the Three, energising the Seven and creating the straight line from there to here, and ending in a point which ignores the Three.'" (R&I:150-52)
"The Law of the Supplementary Seven is the great synthetic Law of Life or of Spirit and is the law with which the initiate works; it is this law he wields. From acceptance of the laws of nature and obedience to the laws of the soul, he passes into the positive phase of understanding and wielding the Law of Life. Because this is a governing law for all initiates, and because we know that the nature of life-energy or of spirit cannot be grasped until after the third initiation, it is exceedingly difficult for me to write in explanation of this law. You have not yet the initiate consciousness. I have therefore had to express this law in terms of form, whereas the initiate understands it from its formless angle."
"This law is concerned with the wielding of energy in the world of the Spiritual Triad and not with the distribution or the transmission of this energy to the three worlds in which average humanity habitually dwells. Right wielding of this law (controlling energy in the initiatory world of causes) automatically brings about activity, movement, force expression, and right distribution of these forces in the lower three worlds. These are, under the evolutionary law, direct reflections of the three higher worlds of the triadal light and life. Motivation, the use of the eye of vision (turned this time by the initiate functioning in the world of causes upon the worlds of human living), and the correct direction of force in cooperation with the hierarchical Plan condition all the activities of the initiate working with this law. Clearer than this I cannot be."
"This Law of the Supplementary Seven is concerned with the inflow of energy from the seven planetary centres to the seven groups or types of men, via the seven groups within the Hierarchy. In this work of transmission the seven centres of the initiate are used as agencies; their work, therefore, is not the interrelated work of right transmission of energy within the septenary constitution of the etheric body of the individual initiate, implementing his life expression, but is the task of being responsive to the seven types of planetary energy which are received in a pure state. It is then channeled through the seven centres in the initiate's etheric vehicle and out into the world of men as regenerative and constructive forces. These living spiritual energies — transmitted by the individual initiate from the planetary centres — are handled by him under a great uniform plan and are the means whereby salvation (to use an old familiar word) can come to the aid of humanity. This is the 'saving force' in its various aspects, of which the Great Invocation speaks: 'The hour of service of the Saving Force has now arrived'. (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, page 249.) The high Initiates (Those above the rank of Master) work with the energies coming from the seven planets of the solar system at this time active; these feed or implement the seven planetary centres. But the Law of the Supplementary Seven is applied by initiates below the rank of Master, and they are therefore working solely with the seven centres within the Form of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being." (R&I:157-59)
"In considering this Law of the Supplementary Seven, I would like to point out that the word 'supplementary' is of real significance. It brings in a factor of great interest, from the angle of initiation. You must bear in mind that when the antahkarana is constructed and in use, there is consequently a free play of energy in a direct line between the Spiritual Triad and the personality; i.e., between the Monad and its 'earthly anchor.' You will also remember that the soul body, the form on the higher levels of the mental plane which has 'shrouded' the soul, eventually disappears. This, as you know, takes place at the fourth initiation and is one of the best recognised facts in the occult teaching. In the three worlds, the correspondence to this disappearance of the form of the second divine aspect, the soul, is the dissolution of the astral body — the second aspect of the personality. Then the personality stands free from its control. Sensitivity and reaction to contact in the three worlds has been perfectly developed, but it no longer holds the disciple a prisoner.
"Then, at a later stage upon the Path of Initiation, the causal body also disappears and the initiate stands free in the three worlds. The astral body and the causal or soul body are — in the language of esotericism — supplementary to reality. They have had a temporary reality during the evolutionary process, but (having served their purpose and having endowed man with certain required assets — consciousness, feeling, sensitivity, the ability to establish and register contact) they pass away and the initiate remains, possessed of power over form and a fully awakened consciousness. He is a soul and the fusion is complete.
"What is true of the individual is true too of the Heavenly Man, the planetary Logos. In the long period of a world cycle there comes a time when the Hierarchy itself, as a body organised and functioning in order to implement certain evolutionary ends, is no longer needed. It is then regarded as 'supplementary,' and under the Law its life, its potency and its entire consciousness are absorbed into the planetary head centre, Shamballa. A great process of abstraction or of withdrawal takes place, covering necessarily a long period of time, and which is consummated only when evolution — as we know it — comes to an end and the planetary Life (again as we know it) also comes to an end. This process of abstraction is always going on. Men become disciples and then initiates. Some stay as hierarchical workers, choosing to work with the planetary forces of evolution. Others pass on into the great Council Chamber of the Lord of the World, and still others pass out of our planetary ring-pass-not altogether.
"Thus the Law of the Supplementary Seven is ever in force. It functions in the processes going on in the seven centres of the individual man, gathering energy from one centre into another until all are centred, controlled and directed in the head. In the stage of what the Hindus call 'samadhi' the vital energies from all the centres are concentrated in the highest head centre in the etheric body, in the area just above the physical head. Thus the analogy is complete. The processes of abstraction are (as you may thus see) connected with the life aspect, are set in motion by an act of the spiritual will, and constitute the 'resurrection principle which lies hidden in the work of the Destroyer,' as an old esoteric saying expresses it. The lowest manifestation of this principle is to be seen in the process of what we call Death — which is in reality a means of abstracting the life principle, informed by consciousness, from the form or the bodies in the three worlds.
"Thus, the great synthesis emerges, and destruction, death, and dissolution are in reality naught but life processes. Abstraction is indicative of process, progress and development."
"It is this aspect of the Law of Life (or the Law of Synthesis as it is called in certain larger connotations) with which the initiate specifically deals when wielding the Law of the Supplementary Seven." (R&I:161-63)
Fractals provide a useful model of this arcane process because we can clearly see how many rotating spherical lives can nest one within the other stretching in any direction towards infinity. This spiraling grid of rotating spheres also gives us insight into the "Law of the Supplementary Seven" where deity for purposes of creative expression keeps duplicating septenary patterns from the grand cosmos to man. Everything in the Universe is connected in the theory and laws of holism by an interpenetrating grid of lighted and toroidal etheric substance.
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It is the goal of all occult study to find those lighted threads of redemptive fire and build the necessary bridges from one luminous sphere to another, following them back to their place of original emanation. Finding an interior "directional sound" by tuning the inner "etheric ear" first from the level of the soul and then later the One monadic life is facilitated and guided by the science of laya yoga and mantra yoga. This will allow the initiate in time to find his cosmic path and find from which constellation or star system the original sound emanated.
The law of correspondence and analogy seen visually.
As above, so below...
Fractal curves have also been discovered in cross-sections of magnetic field borders, implying that there is a 3D equivalent that is closely tied to electromagnetism and therefore a deep structural and fundamental aspect of life. Often we think of the higher triadic levels as formless, but this is an over-simplification based on our lack of alignment, comprehension, or sensitivity, since everything on the cosmic physical plane must be composed, however ethereally, out of some type of lighted substance.
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It must be kept in mind that the inertia or resistance that we normally associate with motion on the physical plane is lessened as each succeeding body, ray, or plane is developed or penetrated — cones within cones, spheres within spheres, or "wheels within wheels" all nested or positioned in a graded hierarchy in which each ring, wheel, or sphere creates the foundation for the next more ethereal wave of circulating and expanding life.
The Tibetan has stated that the Hierarchy, the divine ego, and all the force centers found within the etheric body of any organism, no matter what level, are vortical in nature. The chakra system is an important concept to understand because it clearly shows the inner constitution of a human being, and how these inner energies and forces can be built into a series of electrical and magnetic whirlpools of light and sound. The petals we see associated with each center historically are outlined in an attempt show how many energies or forces may be circulating through that center.
When two different levels of energy and force that are rotating at high speed meet, a vacuum is created and an opening is made. The invoked forces rush into this spiritual vacuum. There is in every occult spherical form a place of entry and a place of exit.
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The antahkarana or rainbow bridge is essentially a vortex of light and sound that, driven from two different directions simultaneously, connects two different levels. It is in the fusion of two levels of energy from above and below, that a saving force can now descend into the attentive meditator.
When any individual physically blows on a plate of still water, the concentric ripples formed are toroidal in nature and are the result of one type of energy or force impacting upon another. These circular rings will only return to their original state of stillness when the initiating breath is withdrawn or ceases. This is equally true on macrocosmic levels.
We are told by many great religious and metaphysical systems that "in the beginning" or place of original causes, a great "Word-Sound" went forth and all the worlds and physical creation came into existence. This original out-breath created a series of energy reverberations that are spherical in nature. When the Divine Will or Breath of God is breathed out, it descends downward as concentric toroidal waves that we designate as "the rays and the planes." These waves are circular and rotate in electrical and magnetic bands. Once God has completed His great out-breath it reverses this process and breathing-in, these same rays and planes cycle back into themselves in the reverse order, back into a state we call pralaya or total abstraction. Only when the divine has withdrawn back into itself will all motion or activity cease in the manifested worlds.
One of the purposes of this commentary is to assist in elevating the lower type of perception to the higher mind through new and dynamic techniques. It will be found that a whole new presentation of these occult subjects is required to assist in this shift. Why is that so? Primarily it is because visual images, assuming that they are correctly constructed and conform to some type of inner occult truth or law, appeal to the imagination which is foundational to opening the intuition.
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"The 'Eye of Shiva' in the human being has its position, as is already known,
in the center of the forehead between the two physical eyes.
"It is not to be confounded with the pineal gland, which is distinctly a physical center
or gland. The third eye exists in etheric matter, and is an etheric center of force, being
made of the substance of the ethers, whereas the pineal gland is formed of matter of the
three lower subplanes of the physical plane. The latter, nevertheless, has to be
functioning more or less before the 'Eye of Shiva' becomes in any degree active,
and it is this fact that has led writers of occult books in the past purposely to confound
the two, in order to protect the knowledge.
"The third eye is formed through the activity of three factors:
"First, through the direct impulse of the Ego on its own plane. During the
greater part of evolution the Ego makes its contact with its reflection, physical plane
man, through the center at the top of the head. When man is more highly evolved, and is
nearing or treading the Path, the indwelling Self takes a more complete grasp of its lower
vehicle, and descends to a point in the head or brain which is found approximately in the
center of the forehead. This is its lowest contact. It is interesting here to note the
correspondence with the evolution of the senses. The three major senses and the three
first to demonstrate in order are, hearing, touch, sight. For the greater part of
evolution, hearing is the guiding impulse of human life through egoic contact with
the top of the head. Later, when the Ego descends a little lower, the etheric center which
is active in connection with the pituitary body, is added, and man becomes
responsive to subtler and higher vibrations; the occult correspondence to the physical
sense of touch awakens. Finally, the third eye opens and the pineal gland
simultaneously begins to function. At first, the sight is dim, and the gland is only
partially responsive to vibration, but gradually the eye opens fully, the gland is fully
active, and we have the 'fully awakened' man. When this is the case, the alta
major center vibrates and then the three physical head centers are functioning.
through the coordinated activity of the major head center, the many petalled lotus above
the top of the head. This center directly affects the pineal gland, and the interplay of
force behind the two (the correspondence, on a tiny scale, of the pairs of opposites,
spirit and matter), produces the great organ of consciousness, the 'Eye of
Shiva.' It is the instrument of wisdom, and in these three centers of energy we have
the correspondence of the three aspects within the head of man.
eye is the director of energy or force, and thus an instrument of the will or Spirit; it
is responsive only to that will as controlled by the Son-aspect, the revealer of the
love-wisdom nature of gods and man, and it is therefore the sign of the white magician.
- Major head
center - Will Aspect - Spirit - Father in Heaven.
- Pineal gland
- Love-Wisdom aspect - Consciousness - Son.
- Third eye -
Activity aspect - Matter - Mother.
"Third, the reflex action of the pineal gland itself.
"As these three types of energy, or the vibration of these three centers, begin to
contact each other, a definite interplay is set up. This triple interplay forms in time
a vortex or center of force, which finds its place in the center of the forehead, and
takes eventually the semblance of an eye looking out between the other two. It is
the eye of the inner vision, and he who has opened it can direct and control the energy of
matter, see all things in the Eternal Now, and therefore be in touch with causes more than
with effects, read the akashic records, and see clairvoyantly. Therefore, its possessor
can control the builders of low degree.
"The 'Eye of Shiva,' when perfected, is blue in
color, and as our solar Logos is the 'Blue Logos' so do His children occultly
resemble Him; but this color must be interpreted esoterically. It must be remembered also
that prior to the final two Initiations (the sixth and seventh), the eye of the white
magician, when developed, will be colored according to the man's ray - again esoterically
understood. More anent this question of color may not be communicated. According to the
color, so will be the type of energy manipulated, but here it must be borne in mind that
all magicians work with three types of energy:
work, therefore, either along the line of least resistance, or through attraction, and
- That which is the same as their own Ray,
- That which is complementary to their own type of force,
- Their polar opposite,