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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section One - Division E - Motion on the Physical and Astral Planes
c. Sight. This sense, as said before, is the paramount correlating sense of the solar system.

Under the Law of Economy man hears. Sound permeates matter and is the basis of its subsequent heterogeneity.

Under the Law of Attraction, man touches and makes contact with that which is brought to his attention [199] through sound waves of activity. This leads to a condition of mutual repulsion and attraction between the one who apprehends and that which is apprehended.

Having apprehended and then contacted his eyes are opened and he recognizes his place in the whole order under the Law of Synthesis.

  • Hearing - Unity
  • Touch - Duality
  • Sight - Triplicity.

In these three senses the present is summed up for us. The work of evolution is to recognize, utilize, coordinate, and dominate the whole till the Self, by means of these three, becomes actively aware of every form, of every vibration, and of every pulsation of the not-self; then, through the arranging power of mind, the objective of the self will be to find the truth, or that center in the circle of manifestation which is, for the Self, the center of equilibrium, and the one point where the coordination is perfected; then the Self can dissociate itself from every veil, every contact, and every sense. This leads in every manifestation to three types of separation:

  • Involution. The separation of matter, or the one becoming the many. The senses are developed, and the apparatus is perfected by the Self for the utilization of matter. This is under the Law of Economy.
  • Evolution up to the time of the Probationary Path. The merging of Spirit and matter, and the utilization of the senses in a progressing identification of the Self with all forms from the lowest to those relatively refined. This is under the Law of Attraction.
  • Evolution on the Path. Again the separation of spirit from matter, its identification with the One, and the ultimate rejection of form. The senses then are synthesized into acquired faculty, and the Self has no [200] further use for the not-self. It blends with the All-Self. This is under the Law of Synthesis.

If this is borne in mind it leads to a realization that the separation of the Spirit from the material vehicle involves two aspects of the One great All; herein is seen the work of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.

In the final perfection of this third sense of sight, the term used is the wholly inadequate one of realization. Let the student study carefully the lowest and highest demonstration of the senses as laid down in the tabulation earlier imparted, and note the occult significance of the expressions used in the summation.

  • Hearing - Beatitude.
    This is realized through the not-self.
  • Touch - Service.
    The summation of the work of the Self for the not-self.
  • Sight - Realization.
    Recognition of the triplicity needed in manifestation, or the reflex action of the Self and the not-self.
  • Taste - Perfection.
    Evolution completed through the utilization of the not-self and its realized adequacy.
  • Smell - Perfected Knowledge.
    The principle of manas in its discriminating activity, perfecting the interrelation between the Self and the not-self.

This all concerns the perfected, realized Personality.

In all these perfections is seen the awareness of the Self, and the graded process of identification, utilization, manipulation and final rejection of the not-self by that Self who is now consciously aware. He hears the note of nature and that of his monad; he recognizes their identity, utilizes their vibration, and passes rapidly through the three stages of Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. [201]

He touches or feels the vibration of the form or not-self in all its various grades, recognizes his identity in time and space, and for purposes of existence or being and by means of the three Laws of Economy, Attraction and Synthesis utilizes, blends and eventually dissociates himself. He sees the threefold evolutionary process and by means of the development of the inner vision, sees within the heart of the system macrocosmic and microcosmic, the ONE SELF in many forms, and finally identifies himself with that one Self by the conscious rejection of the not-self after its complete subjugation and utilization.

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