THEOSOPHY, Vol. 52, No. 3, January, 1964
(Pages 84-86; Size: 8K)
THE PIVOTAL DOCTRINE(1)
GODS, created as such, would evince no personal merit in being gods. A Dhyan Chohan has to become one: he cannot be born or appear suddenly on the plane of life as a full-blown angel. Spirit per se is an unconscious negative abstraction. Its purity is inherent, not acquired by merit; hence to become the highest Dhyan Chohan it is necessary for each Ego to attain to full self-consciousness as a human, i.e., conscious Being, which is synthesized for us in Man.
Man proceeds from the Dhyan Chohan, and is a "fallen Angel," a god in exile. There is an eternal cyclic law of re-births, and the series is headed at every new Manvantaric dawn by those who had enjoyed their rest from re-incarnations in previous Kalpas from incalculable Æons -- by the highest and earliest Nirvanees. It was the turn of those "Gods" to incarnate in the present Manvantara; hence their presence on Earth. These heavenly men or Dhyanis were the future Egos ... commissioned to inform mankind. These Dhyan Chohans do not pass through the three kingdoms as do the lower Pitris; nor do they incarnate in man until the third Root Race.
The pivotal doctrine of the Esoteric philosophy admits no privileges or special gifts in man, save those won by his own Ego through personal effort and merit throughout a long series of metempsychoses and reincarnations. As from the highest Archangel (Dhyan Chohan) down to the last conscious "Builder" (the inferior class of Spiritual Entities), all such are men, having lived æons ago, in other Manvantaras, on this or other Spheres; so the inferior, semi-intelligent and non-intelligent Elementals are all future men. That fact alone, that a Spirit is endowed with intelligence, is a proof to the Occultist that that Being must have been a man, and acquired his knowledge and intelligence throughout the human cycle.
The soul emerges from the Unknown, begins to work in and with matter, is reborn again and again, makes Karma, develops the six vehicles for itself, meets retribution for sin and punishment for mistakes, grows strong by suffering, succeeds in bursting through the gloom, is enlightened by the true illumination, grasps power, retains charity, expands with love for orphan humanity, and thenceforth helps all others who remain in darkness until all may be raised up to the place with the "Father in Heaven" who is the Higher Self.
Like the grub which becomes chrysalis and butterfly, Man, or rather that which becomes man, passes through all the forms and kingdoms during the first Round and through all the human shapes during the two following Rounds. Arrived on our Earth at the commencement of the Fourth in the present series of life-cycles and races, MAN is the first form that appears thereon, being preceded only by the mineral and vegetable kingdom -- even the latter having to develop and continue its further evolution through man. During the three Rounds to come, Humanity, like the globe on which it lives, will be ever tending to reassume its primeval form, that of a Dhyan Chohanic Host. Man tends to become a God and then -- GOD, like every other atom in the universe.
The hierarchies of Dhyan Chohans or Angels "vary infinitely in their respective degrees of consciousness and intelligence." The highest are "the Lords of Light," the divine Intelligences charged with supervision of Kosmos. Yet, although only to the Highest can be ascribed any governance or guidance of nature and mankind, the very least occupies an important place in the whole scheme. Each class or hierarchy corresponds to one of the Rounds, the first and lowest hierarchy to the first and less developed Round, the second to the second, and so on till the seventh Round is reached, which is under the supervision of the highest Hierarchies of the Seven Dhyanis. Of the Dhyan Chohans and the Adepts we may know something, and are often given, as it were, tangible proof of their existence. The Adepts, Brothers, Mahatmas, are living men, using bodies similar to our own; they have times when they meet together and are presided over by some among their number who are more advanced in knowledge and power than the rest; and these higher Adepts have their communications, at which that One who presides is the highest; from these latter begins the communication with the Dhyan Chohans.
It is by eating of the fruit of knowledge which dispels ignorance, that man becomes like one of the Elohim or the Dhyanis; and once on their plane the Spirit of Solidarity and perfect Harmony, which reigns in every Hierarchy, must extend over him and protect him in every particular. Withal, the Monad of every living being, unless his moral turpitude breaks the connection and runs loose and "astray into the lunar path" -- to use the occult expression -- is an individual Dhyan Chohan, distinct from others, a kind of spiritual individuality of its own, during one special Manvantara. "The thread between the silent watcher and his shadow (man) becomes stronger" -- with every re-incarnation. The "Watcher" and his "Shadows" -- the latter numbering as many as there are re-incarnations for the monad -- are one.
The day when "the spark will re-become the Flame (man will merge into his Dhyan Chohan) myself and others, thyself and me," means ... when everything will have re-entered the Great Breath. Ordinarily, a man is said to reach Nirvana when he evolutes into a Dhyan Chohan. The condition of a Dhyan Chohan is attained in the ordinary course of Nature, after the completion of the seventh Round in the present planetary chain.
After becoming a Dhyan Chohan, a man does not, according to the Law of Nature, incarnate again in any of the other planetary chains of this Solar system. The whole Solar system is his home. He continues to discharge his duties in the Government of this Solar system until the time of Solar Pralaya, when his monad, after a period of rest, will have to overshadow in another Solar system a particular human being during his successive incarnations, and attach itself to his higher principles when he becomes a Dhyan Chohan in his turn.
There is progressive spiritual development in the innumerable Solar systems of the infinite Cosmos. Until the time of the Cosmic Pralaya, the Monad will continue to act in the manner above indicated, and it is only during the inactivity, that the highest condition of Nirvana is reached.
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