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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section One - Division C - The Etheric Body and Prana
2. Eight Statements

It is with the etheric bodies of all we are dealing, and with their vivification by prana (whether cosmic, solar, planetary or human), with the organs of reception and with the basis of emanations. Here, therefore, we can arrive at certain dicta anent the etheric body which for purposes of clarity might well be enumerated:

  • First. The etheric body is the mould of the physical body.
  • Second. The etheric body is the archetype upon which [82] the dense physical form is built, whether it is the form of a solar system, or of a human body in any one incarnation.
  • Third. The etheric body is a web or network of fine interlacing channels, formed of matter of the four ethers, and built into a specific form. It forms, a focal point for certain radiatory emanations, which vivify, stimulate and produce the rotary action of matter.
  • Fourth. These pranic emanations when focalized and received, react upon the dense matter which is built upon the etheric scaffolding and framework.
  • Fifth. This etheric web, during incarnation, forms a barrier between the physical and astral planes, which can only be transcended when consciousness is sufficiently developed to permit of escape. This can be seen in both the microcosm and the macrocosm. When a man has, through meditation and concentration expanded his consciousness to a certain point he is enabled to include the subtler planes, and to escape beyond the limits of the dividing web. [83] When the Logos has expanded His Consciousness on cosmic levels He can then transcend the logoic etheric web, and escape beyond the ring-pass-not of His objective manifestation. In thinking out this analogy we must hold closely in mind the fact that the seven major planes of our solar system are the seven subplanes of the cosmic physical or the lowest cosmic plane.

    We might note here the accurate working out of the correspondence in matter and the radiatory correspondence is equally accurate.

PHYSICAL SUBPLANES SOLAR SYSTEM PLANES
1. First ether - Atomic plane Adi
(Divine)
Sea of fire.
First cosmic ether.
2. Second ether - Subatomic Anupadaka
(Monadic plane)
Akasha.
Second cosmic ether.
3. Third ether - Super-etheric Atmic
(Spiritual plane)
Aether.
Third cosmic ether.
4. Fourth ether - Super-gaseous Buddhic
(Intuitional plane)
Air.
Fourth cosmic ether.
DENSE PHYSICAL PLANES OF HUMANITY
5. Gaseous - Subetheric Mental Fire.
Cosmic gaseous.
6. Liquid Astral
(Emotional plane)
Water.
Cosmic liquid.
7. Earthly Physical
(Dense)
Earth.
Cosmic dense.
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