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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Division A - Manas or Mind and its Nature
2. Manas is Electricity 21

The fire of Mind is fundamentally electricity, shown, in its higher workings, and not considered so much as [311] force in matter. Electricity in the solar system shows itself in seven major forms, which might be expressed as follows:

Electricity on the first plane, the logoic or divine, demonstrates as the Will-to-be, the primary aspect of that force which eventually results in objectivity. Cosmically considered, it is that initial impulse or vibration, which emanates from the logoic causal body on the cosmic mental plane, and makes contact with the first cosmic etheric, or the solar plane of adi.

Electricity on the monadic plane demonstrates as the first manifestation of form, as that which causes forms to cohere. Matter (electrified by "fire by friction") and the electric fire of spirit meet and blend, and form appears. Form is the result of the desire for existence, hence the dynamic fire of Will is transmuted into the burning fire of Desire. I would call attention to the choice of those two phrases, which might also be expressed under the terms:

  • Dynamic electrical manifestation.
  • Burning electrical manifestation.

Here on the second plane, the sea of electrical fire, which distinguished the first plane, is transformed into the akasha, or burning etheric matter. It is the plane of the flaming Sun, just as the first plane is that of the fire mist [312] or the nebulae. This idea will be easier to comprehend if it is borne in mind that we are dealing with the cosmic physical plane.

Certain things take place on the second plane which need realization, even if already theoretically conceded:

  • Heat or flaming radiation is first seen.
  • Form is taken, and the spheroidal shape of all existence originates.
  • The first interplay between the polar opposites is felt.
  • Differentiation is first seen, not only in the recognized duality of all things, but in differentiation in motion; two vibrations are recognized.
  • Certain vibratory factors begin to work such as attraction, repulsion, discriminative rejection, coherent assimilation, and the allied manifestation of revolving forms, orbital paths and the beginning of that curious downward pull into matter that results in evolution itself.
  • The primary seven manifestations of logoic existence find expression and the three, with the four, commence Their work.
  • The seven wheels, or etheric centers in the body etheric of that great cosmic Entity, of Whom our solar Logos is a reflection, begin to vibrate and His life activity can be seen.

21 Electricity: ..."We know of no phenomenon in nature - entirely unconnected with either magnetism or electricity - since, where there are motion, heat, friction, light, there magnetism and its Alter Ego (according to our humble opinion) - electricity will always appear, as either cause or effect - or rather both if we but fathom the manifestation to its origin. All the phenomena of earth currents, terrestrial magnetism and atmospheric electricity, are due to the fact that the earth is an electrified conductor, whose potential is ever changing owing to its rotation and its annual orbital motion, the successive cooling and heating of the air, the formation of clouds and rain, storms and winds, etc. This you may perhaps find in some text book. But then Science would be unwilling to admit that all these changes are due to Akashic magnetism incessantly generating electric currents which tend to restore the disturbed equilibrium."

..."The sun is neither a Solid nor a Liquid, nor yet a gaseous glow; but a gigantic ball of electro-magnetic Forces, the store-house of universal Life and Motion, from which the latter pulsate in all directions, feeding the smallest atom as the greatest genius with the same material unto the and of the Maha Yug."

- Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, pp. 160, 165.

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