Lord of Shamballa
J. Mitchell © 2003
of Sanat Kumara
It is said
by the Tibetan Buddhists that there is a land in the north named Shambhala,
where everyone is happy. This land is ruled by a king, named Raudra Chakri.
In the Alice Bailey and Theosophical literature he is called Sanat Kumara.
Raudra Chakri is the Buddhist "Ruler of Shambhala" and the "Lord of the
World." Sanat Kumara is also the being that is the earthly representative
of our Planetary Logos--the personality aspect of the Heavenly Man. This
article is a brief description of Sanat Kumara, derived from the western
many other names for Sanat Kumara:
The Great Sacrifice
The One Initiator
The Voluntary Exile
The Silent Watcher
The One Kumara
The Lord of Flame
The Ancient One
The Mighty Lord of Fire
The Point of Blue within the hidden diamond
The Root-Base (relating to the Earth as the base center)
The Son of Will and Yoga (the first ray Monad--the first ray Rishi)
The One Set Apart (as all initiates are set apart)
The Tree (the chain of Hierarchy)
The First Hierophant
He who changes form, yet remains ever the same
Lord of the Sacred Isle (or Shambhalla)
The First of the First
The One and the Supreme
The Youth of Eternal Summers
The Youth of Endless Summers
The Youth of Timeless Aeons
The Light of Life Itself
The Wondrous One
The Lord of Venusian Love
The Great Kumara within the Flaming Sword
The Peace of All the Earth
Fountainhead of the Will of the Planetary Logos
Jagan-Natha, Sanskrit for Lord of the World. ("Jagernath" is the common
pronunciation. Hence the word: "juggernaut," irresistible force.)
Lokapati and LocanČtha, the Lord of the World
Padmapani Chenresi (the lotus-bearer) or Avalokitesvara
Chenresi Vanchug, the powerful and all-seeing
Protector of Tibet
Savior of Humanity
Chantong, he of the 1,000 eyes
Jigten-gonpo, Protector and Savior against evil
Hermes, the Interpreter
is thus the incarnation of our Planetary Logos, the manifestation of the
Lord of the Ray of our Earth Scheme. He keeps the world together in His
awareness and in one sense, is the source and root of that which we call
human consciousness. It is He who makes human evolution and initiation
exoteric Kumaras, known as the Buddhas of Activity, work with Sanat Kumara.
Yet another set of three Kumaras are also associated with Him in a more
subjective manner, making seven Kumaras. The six other Kumaras are representatives
of the energies of other schemes. This makes four exoteric (Sanat Kumara
and the Buddhas of Activity) and three esoteric Kumaras.
It is said
that of these seven, "We have the four exoteric Kumaras, of Whom two fell,
and the three esoteric, of whom One gathers the life forces of the four
exoteric, making with Them the five" (Alice Bailey, A Treatise on Cosmic
Fire, pp. 829) Thus we find these five Kumaras are concerned primarily
with humanity and transmit the energy of MIND from Sirius. These Kumaras
are also related to the five major initiations and also to the five major
etheric centers that relate the human being to the five planes of superhuman
is, thus, the personality, and the three Buddhas of Activity act as the
three aspects of that personality. The three hidden Kumaras stand in the
same relationship to Sanat Kumara as the three hidden Kingdoms of elemental
lives--composing the elemental life of the etheric, astral, and mental
vehicles--stands to the human being. The "Silent Watcher" is, in this
theory, the soul aspect. These, in turn are manifestations of the Planetary
Logos just as the human soul-integrated personality is the manifestation
of the monad.
Logos is the initiator of the four kingdoms via Sanat Kumara and the three
Buddhas of Activity, initiating each kingdom via one of these Kumaras.
Thus Sanat Kumara is the initiator for the fourth, or human, kingdom.
Thus of all the Kumaras, the most important to us is the one named Sanat
Kumara, or Highest Kumara.
of Sanat Kumara
Let us identify
the major functions of Sanat Kumara that we may ponder.
Kumara is the Lord of Shambhalla.
It is said
that Sanat Kumara dwells "in Jana Loka, his own sphere or spiritual state"
along with the other 7 and 105 Kumaras. The Jana Loka is the fifth Divine
Loka, which is located, it is said, "beyond the Solar System."
In this sense,
Shambhalla is composed of Kumaras, just as the Hierarchy is composed of
Egos or the Spiritual Triads, and Humanity is composed of humans or personalities.
These three Kingdoms form the Head, Heart, and Throat centers of the planetary
Shambhalla -- Head Center
Consciousness -- Spiritual Hierarchy -- Heart Center
Form -- Humanity -- Throat Center
To say that
Shambhalla is composed of Kumaras is another way of saying that Shambhalla
is composed of groups of Monads Therefore the world or environment of
the Monad is Shambhalla, just as the threefold world of the Triad is the
Hierarchy, and the three worlds (the mental, astral, and physical planes)
the realm of the personality.
It is intended,
at the end of this cycle, to have each of the three lowest subplanes of
the physical plane--the fire, water, and earth subplanes--to be fully
responsive to the energies of Shambhalla, the Spiritual Hierarchy, and
Humanity respectively. At that time, the three centers will have merged
into their higher coordinating center--the planetary ajna--and physical
plane experience will be transcended in this Scheme. This transcendence
will not be due to pralaya, but rather by the achievement of a relative
This is the
higher correspondence to the achievement of initiation by the human being.
The human being normally achieves an exit of the physical plane by way
of death. Initiation is, in one sense, a different exit which does not
lead to further incarnation. For example, a first degree initiate will
not have his or her physical elemental reincarnate--it has been transcended.
Of course, the consciousness will still need a physical vehicle for each
incarnation until the fourth initiation is taken, but the physical elemental
life has reached a peculiar point in evolution.
perfection at the end of this cycle will be achieved through the process
of individualization, initiation, and identification. Sanat Kumara has
led Humanity to individualization ages ago in "Lemurian" days. Sanat Kumara
today leads Humanity on the path of Initiation in this era, and will one
day be the focal point of the process of Identification. Therefore:
Kumara is the One Initiator.
is thus the First Hierophant, the Maha-Guru or Greatest Guru, and the
head of all evolution in this Fourth Globe of the Earth Scheme. He acts
as the Hierophant at the third, fourth, and fifth initiations, wielding
the rod of initiation to bring about dramatic changes within the consciousness
of the initiate and sealing certain achievements. The previous two initiations,
the first and the second, are presided over by the Christ.
have sacrificed themselves, and taken upon themselves the substance of
the five lower planes, and evolved through countless ages through the
mineral, plant, animal, and human kingdoms in order to "gain experience"
and "achieve contact." Without this sacrifice, neither Humanity or the
Hierarchy would exist.
is a "Voluntary Exile" from the realms of Shambhalla. We have chosen to
take incarnation and gain experience, and learn in this manner, in order
to further the development of our Monadic essence (if such a phrase has
any meaning) and to further the planetary and solar evolution as well.
Our Monads were driven forth to creation by the Sound of the solar AUM,
and that Word still is sounding forth, driving each tiny life in every
planetary Scheme onwards in cyclic growth.
We have sacrificed
ourselves in part for the sake of the evolution of the elementals of the
vehicles. When we gain control and mastery over our vehicles, these devas
also attain a relative perfection. When the vehicles are fully purified
and refined, and the individual is liberated from their limitations, the
devas of the vehicles--etheric, astral, and concrete mind--also reach
the goal of their lesser cycle of activity.
Just as we
refine our threefold vehicle and lift their elemental lives, so does Sanat
Kumara refine the sevenfold cosmic physical plane. Just as we have sacrificed
ourselves for the sake of the evolution of our vehicles, so has Sanat
Kumara taken incarnation, and will not attain His own particular goal
in evolution until a relative perfection has been achieved for the entire
planet. This is a tremendous sacrifice on the part of Sanat Kumara, on
an unprecedented scale; consequently:
Kumara is the Great Sacrifice.
as the Ego holds the personality vehicles in incarnation by the force
of its Will, so does Sanat Kumara hold the planet, and the subjective
vehicles of the planet, together into one functioning unit.
get the idea from this that Sanat Kumara is to the Earth Scheme what the
Ego is to the personality; and in one sense, that is correct. But in truth,
the matter is far more difficult and the analogy is not exact. Consider
that Sanat Kumara is but one tiny unit within the etheric head center
of the planetary Life. From this angle, Sanat Kumara is hardly of any
significance to the entire scheme. There is, then, something that makes
Sanat Kumara unique from all other Kumaras. We come to what is perhaps
the most important definition of Sanat Kumara:
Kumara is the focal point through which the planetary Life of the Earth
Scheme comes into contact with our Globe.
This is a
deep mystery, and there have been many attempts to find analogies to explain
this unique relationship between the planetary Life and Sanat Kumara.
It has been said, for example, that Sanat Kumara is the personality of
the planetary Life, or the Ego of the planetary Life, or the incarnation
of the planetary Life—each of these is partly true, but do not explain
the truth in full. As the Tibetan puts it,
is the planetary Logos yet He is not. A reflection of this method of direct
incarnation can be seen when a disciple steps out of his body and permits
his Guru, or a more advanced chela, to use it.” (Alice Bailey, A Treatise
on Cosmic Fire, pp. 753)
In such cases,
the disciple has willingly and deliberately allowed the Guru, Initiate
or Master to use his personality vehicles for a set time and in a set
place in order to perform a service project. In the case of the planetary
Life, this service project is in part what we call Initiation.
Kumara and the planetary Life are both distinct entities; one is not an
aspect of the other. Yet at the same time they are very closely related.
(Note: It should be noted that sometimes statements concerning Sanat Kumara
are relevant to Sanat Kumara being the planetary Life or Logos, and other
statements about Sanat Kumara are relevant only insofar as Sanat Kumara
is a Kumara. Readers of the Wisdom books should carefully keep these possibilities
in mind.) It should be understood, then, that Sanat Kumara (as a kumara)
is a much lesser Being than the planetary Life. Sanat Kumara is but the
physical form expression of Monadic Life or Spirit.
is thus the means by which the planetary Life comes into dense physical
plane expression. Sanat Kumara is the manifestation of the appropriation
of a dense physical body of the planetary Life. This first occurs at the
time of human individualization, and necessitates 1) the development of
the three worlds to a particular rate of vibration and 2) the vitalization
of the heart center of the Heavenly Man, the Spiritual Hierarchy.
Life uses Sanat Kumara just as the soul uses a temporary personality "when
that personality is at an advanced stage of initiate consciousness." (Alice
Bailey, The Rays and the Initiations, pp. 206) This is a parallel,
not an analogy.
Kumara is the planetary Logos of our scheme in physical incarnation.
This is now
to be understood with the qualifications given above. Sanat Kumara is
not the planetary Life itself, but is the means by which that Life incarnates.
By means of Sanat Kumara, the planetary Life can reach and intelligently
contact the individualized units within the Scheme. This makes it possible
for Initiates and above to contact and speak to the planetary Life by
means of Sanat Kumara. Sanat Kumara is the individualized mind of the
Thus as an
analogy or comparison rather than as a fact, it is said that Sanat Kumara
is the personality aspect of the Lord of the World, the planetary Life.
The planetary Life is, on His own plane, to Sanat Kumara what the soul
is to the personality.
We have seen
that Sanat Kumara is a manifestation or avatar of the intelligence of
the Planetary Logos, the Planetary Life in incarnation. In turn, Sanat
Kumara sends his intelligence outwards and downwards into form, resulting
in the appearance of Divine Beings who are avatars of Sanat Kumara. As
H. P. Blavatsky said, "A certain Ray (principle) from Sanat Kumara spiritualized
(animated) Pradyumna, the son of Krishna during the great Mahabharata
period...." Thus on occasion Sanat Kumara appears as an avatar to humanity,
bringing certain new energies and principles into manifestation, primarily
the principle of our planetary Life.
Kumara is the embodiment of a principle of the planetary Life of the Earth
Scheme is one of the four schemes that compose the quaternary or lower
fourfold aspect of the solar Life. Just as each of our four vehicles--the
physical, etheric, astral, and concrete mental vehicles--has its own characteristics
and principles, so does each of these schemes, including the Earth Scheme,
have its own principle. This principle of the planetary Life manifests
through Sanat Kumara. The other Kumaras transmit energies from the other
schemes, not only of the solar quaternary, but also the seven and the
ten solar schemes.
then, are the means by which the planetary Life comes into contact with
the seven rays and other extra-planetary energies. They are a mechanism
of contact, just as the personality is a mechanism of contact for the
soul, or an etheric center is the mechanism of contact for the inner Observer.
This is a part of the function of the planetary head center, Shambhalla.
Thus taken as a whole, the Kumaras are the head center of the planetary
Kumaras that are each related to a principle have a special relationship
within the planetary head center. They are the equivalent of the seven
head centers in the head. Thus:
Kumara is one of the seven head centers within Shambhalla, the head center
of the planetary Life.
and the other Kumaras are "focal points for the energy of the planetary
Logos on His own plane." (Alice Bailey, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire,
thus each related to:
a. A planetary
principle or vehicle, and thus to the seven Sacred Planets.
b. One of
the seven Rays, emanating from the constellation of the Great Bear. The
force and energy of one of the principles of the planetary Life--from
the constellation of the Great Bear--pours from the planetary Life to
what corresponds to the monad of the Kumara. From there it reaches the
consciousness of the Kumara, and is transmitted to the Earth Scheme.
c. One of
the seven major planetary centers or kingdoms (humanity, the animal kingdom,
etc.). Sanat Kumara is closely related to the center we call Humanity,
producing definite effects within that center. Sanat Kumara is in one
sense the energy of individual identity within humanity, and the other
three Kumaras are closely related to the three lower kingdoms, producing
their motion and grades of consciousness.
d. One of
the seven schemes. The three Buddhas of Activity, or the three exoteric
Kumaras Who work with the Lord of the World, relate our scheme to the
other three schemes of the Solar quaternary. The other three, hidden or
esoteric Kumaras relate this scheme to the higher three schemes (among
the seven). They represent energies that are not yet manifesting within
this planet, but the energies of the fourth Kumara will soon begin to
make their impact.
e. One of
the seven Ashrams.
is thus one of these head centers within the planetary Life. Each of the
seven Kumaras is one of the head centers in the planetary Life of Earth
in the same way that the seven Stars of the Great Bear are the seven head
centers of the One About Whom Naught May Be Said.
7 Head Centers
-- 7 Kumaras -- 7 Stars of Great Bear
7 Etheric Centers -- 7 Ashrams -- 7 Solar Systems
of words "Sanat Kumara" is of interest. Our planetary Life has a first
ray monad, a second ray soul, and a third ray personality. These find
their reflection in the numerological meaning of Sanat Kumara.
1-1-5-1-2 + 2-3-4-1-9-1 = 10 + 20 = 30 = 3.
For the Earth,
the second ray is in power at this time, for our little planet is in many
ways a reflection of the solar Life. Thus Sanat Kumara, the representative
in form of the Spirit aspect embodied in the Lord of Shambhalla is of
necessity second ray, seeking to develop the first ray aspect. Consequently,
as it is the second ray that is in force at this time, He has delegated
the task of the guidance of the Hierarchy to the Christ; i.e.,:
the Knower: the Field of Knowledge
the Spirit: the sphere of influence
Hierarchy: the Christ: the Seven Hierarchies
Sanat Kumara: the Seven Sacred Planets
This is not
to say that the Spiritual Hierarchy is the highest Hierarchy or that Sanat
Kumara is the Highest Planetary Life; they are definitely not. This is
to illuminate the place of Sanat Kumara and the Spiritual Hierarchy within
the sphere of the solar Life. This position is, as the Tibetan pointed
out, the mid-way point. We might clarify the place of the Earth within
the solar Life by the following table:
The 4 rays
of attribute - their unifying 3rd Ray - the 7 Rays
4 + 1 + 7
down each of the 4 rays of attribute and the 7 rays we have:
22 -- 1 -- 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 = 28 / 22+1+28 = 61 = 7
= 25 -- 1 -- 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 = 28 / 25+1+28 = 64 = 10 = 1
The 4 Kumaras
-- Sanat Kumara -- The 7 Planetary Logoi
The 4 Non-Sacred
Mars, Pluto, Vulcan, Moon -- Earth -- The 7 Sacred Planets
Making the 12 petals of the solar heart center
Each receptive to one of the 12 constellations
Thus in the
four non-sacred planets besides the Earth, the duality of Human and Deva
monads continues, with the Deva evolution dominant. In the sacred planets,
the monadic life is triumphant, and duality has been transcended. On Earth,
the battle between the Human and Deva monads continues with the introduction
of a third or intermediary aspect, the Manasaputras, the Solar Angels,
which make the peculiar and unusual possibility of initiation a fact in
is thus the battleground between spirit and matter within the solar system,
and Sanat Kumara the focal point of that battle. Our own personal spiritual
development is intrinsically part of the work of Sanat Kumara to save
all the lesser lives within this Scheme. The cosmic battleground is reflected
in Sanat Kumara, which in turn is reflected in our own lives by the conflict
between personality and soul. All is interconnected by the golden chain
From beginning to end
Of beginningless and endless Samsara
I will live a life
Devoted to the benefits of beings,
In the presence of the Lord of the World
I form an enlightened attitude.
(Tibetan Buddhist prayer)
Mitchell © 2003
105 Kumaras, otherwise known as the Lords of Flame,
are fiery centers within the body of the Planetary Logos.
system, including the sun and all its various planets, is the physical
plane embodiment of a vast life that we call the Solar Logos. Within this
Solar Logos are an infinitude of lesser lives, from those that inform
an entire planet down to the life of the tiny atom. Each of the many planets
- both the physical and the invisible etheric planets - form centers within
this solar Life called the planetary schemes. Our Earth Scheme forms one
of these centers, and is the physical plane embodiment of Planetary Logos,
the life of our scheme. Our physical earth is the form and outer manifestation
of our Planetary Logos, just as the physical body of a human being provides
a form for the indwelling Monad.
Logos (like the human being) has seven centers, which are the seven Kingdoms.
The highest three of these centers are:
- Shambhalla - The Kingdom of Spiritual Lives
- The Spiritual Hierarchy - The Kingdom of Souls
- Humanity - The Human Kingdom
is the etheric embodiment of the planetary head center, through which
the seven ray energies manifest on our planet. The Spiritual Hierarchy,
again divided into seven ray ashrams, is the embodiment of the planetary
heart center. Humanity is the throat center of our Planetary Logos, and
manifests in seven great civilizations or root races which are again related
to the seven ray energies. Thus in Shambhalla is found the prototype of
all the forms that exist on our planet, including the human being. This
archetypal ray energy flows from Shambhalla through the Spiritual Hierarchy
and out to Humanity just as the energy of the Monad flows outward through
the seven head centers to produce the personality.
scheme, such as our Earth Scheme, consists of seven chains or enormous
centers of energy that exist on subjective planes and last for vast periods
of time. In our Earth Scheme, there was a major transfer of energy between
these chains some 17 million years ago (in terms of time on this plane).
Monadic groups - points of cosmic vitality - were transferred from Chain
2 to Chain 4 of the Earth Scheme. We call this transference the coming
of the Kumaras, the Lords of Flame, from the "Venus Chain" to the "Earth
Chain." These Kumaras are highly evolved beings and lives that have sacrificed
themselves for the sake of the evolution of our planet. They have responded
to the call and made the transference out of compassion, and in response
to the Love aspect of the Solar Logos.
from chain 2 to chain 4 was the equivalent of the awakening of the higher
heart center, leading to a resultant illumination of the mind. Our Planetary
Logos achieved a certain level of self-awareness and began a process of
self-examination that continues to this day and will continue until "the
last weary traveler finds his way home."
emerged from a highly subjective chain (Chain 2) to a chain that has one
of its seven globes (the earth globe) in dense physical form. This is
akin to the process by which the Soul moves from its relatively subjective
location on the higher subplanes of the mental plane and projects its
consciousness downward in order to take incarnation as a human being.
The Kumaras came out of planetary pralaya into incarnation and manifested
on our dense physical earth globe.
A total of
105 Kumaras came into incarnation at that time and the significance of
this number can be seen in the following formula:
1 X 3 X
5 X 7 = 105
the SOLAR TETRACTYS. This is represented by the following diagram.
Tetraktys can be seen as representative of the four constellations of
the Greater Zodiac and their influence upon our system and planet. These
four constellations (out of the ten that make up the Greater Zodiac) are
the constellations of Draco, the Great Bear, Sirius, and the Pleiades.
The constellation Draco represents the one Spirit, Monad, or Life that
pervades the universe and is the universe itself. The constellation of
the Great Bear manifests the three major rays of aspect - the rays of
Will, Love, and Intelligence (and in its turn this ray of Intelligence
again manifests as the four subsidiary rays of attribute - the rays of
Harmony through Conflict, Concrete Knowledge, Devotion or Idealism, and
Ceremonial Order). From Sirius arises the five aspects of manas or mind.
For the human being, these five aspects are: instinct, concrete mind,
soul, abstract mind, and intuition. Finally from the Pleiades radiate
what we call the seven levels of substance, vibratory activity, or energy
that we call the seven planes. These four constellations of the Greater
Zodiac radiate the energies and forces that manifest as all that is within
our solar system, the planetary scheme, the human being, and the infinitesimal
Solar Tetraktys from left to right, there are seven columns, each of differing
number: 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1. These can be seen as symbolic of the rotary
motion of the centers in all beings, where the first is the one unmanifested
Spirit or Monad. The second column is where the great duality of Spirit
and Matter appears. The third is where (as at the third or Lemurian root
race) the three aspects of Spirit, consciousness, and form appear together
for the first time. The fourth column is the point of densest expression
and the veils of illusion hide the inner light. This is followed by a
series of cycles in which that which has been manifested is resolved back
into the One. This has its correspondences in the incarnation of a human
soul, the seven root races, the densification and etherialization of the
globes, and the sequence of the chains within the Planetary Logos.
We can see
this Solar Tetraktys again in the relationships between the Solar Logos
and the planetary schemes. There is first the One, the Solar Ego or Soul,
hanging from the Triadal thread. There are then the three major schemes
through which the three major rays express themselves:
- a. Uranus,
First Ray, Will Aspect
- b. Neptune,
Second Ray, Love Aspect
- c. Saturn,
Third Ray, Active Intelligence
Saturn Scheme radiates six other schemes, making the seven major centers
of the Solar Logos. These include Vulcan, Venus, Mars, Earth, Mercury,
and Jupiter, which together with Saturn make the solar septenary nature.
On our Earth
Scheme this Solar Tetraktys manifests itself in the various centers that
make up the human being. We can see this when, at the consummation of
human evolution, the seven centers are fully interrelated and coordinated
on the five planes of human evolution (counting from the physical plane
upwards to the spiritual). Each of the seven centers has an expression
on the physical-etheric, astral, mental, intuitional, and spiritual planes.
This makes a total of 35 radiant vortices of fire through which the 3
aspects of the Monad (Will, Love, and Activity) are manifested. When all
of the centers on all of the five planes are fully developed, the result
is the appearance of a perfected Adept. These three groups, five planes,
and seven centers upon each plane are represented by the numerical expression:
3 X 5 X
7 = 105
On a higher
turn of the spiral, the 105 Kumaras, otherwise known as the Lords of Flame,
are fiery centers within the body of the Planetary Logos. As the Kumaras
develop, evolve, and return back to their original source, the Planetary
Logos achieves and takes initiation on Its own level. Most of the Kumaras
have fulfilled their purpose and have returned to their originating chain.
can also be viewed as 3 groups of 35 Kumaras, who are the higher correspondence
of the three major Departments of the Spiritual Hierarchy: the Manu, the
Christ, and the Mahachohan. This is represented by the numerical expression:
3 x 35
group of Kumaras is concerned with the expression of the Will aspect of
the Solar Logos, the second with the expression of Solar Love, and the
third the expression of Solar Intelligence. In this, the second solar
system, the Love aspect is to become dominant and supersede the energy
of Solar Intelligence or Mind. It is therefore the task of our Planetary
Logos (in this solar system) to learn to fully contact, respond to, and
express the Love aspect of our Solar Logos. It is for this reason that,
down the ages, Sanat Kumara has designated the Christ to be the head of
the Spiritual Hierarchy (and not the first ray Manu or third ray Mahachohan)
so that the energy of cosmic Love may be brought down in direct line from
the Heart of the Sun to the heart of each human being.
Kumaras can be viewed as the 7, or:
7 X 15
of Shambhalla is called Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World, the Ancient
of Days, the Great Sacrifice, and the One Initiator. This Being is the
embodiment of the consciousness of the Planetary Logos, and is the means
by which the Logoic intent brought into manifestation on the cosmic physical
is assisted by three exoteric Kumaras (sometimes called the "Buddhas of
Activity") and three esoteric Kumaras, making the seven Kumaras that direct
the evolutionary processes of this planet. This leads to the following
- a. The
Kumaras are representatives of the seven sacred planets.
- b. The
Kumaras are the planetary representatives of the seven ray energies,
for the rays are the consciousness aspect of the planet and the solar
system, just as they are the consciousness aspect for man. These ray
energies pass through and express themselves through a center, giving
that center its quality and meaning. This is true whether that center
is a human etheric vortex, a Kumara, or a Planetary Scheme. These seven
groups of Kumaras form, in this relationship, the prototypes of the
seven major ashrams of the Spiritual or Planetary Hierarchy, which are
formed along ray lines. These, in turn, and the emanating causes of
the various ashrams of the Masters.
- c. The
Kumaras are the directing forces for each of the seven major planetary
centers or Kingdoms of Nature. Sanat Kumara is closely related to the
center we call Humanity, producing definite effects within that center.
Sanat Kumara is in one sense the energy of individual identity within
humanity. The three "Buddhas of Activity" are closely related to the
three lower kingdoms, producing their motion and grades of consciousness.
The three "esoteric" Kumaras are related to the three elemental or devic
Kingdoms that are the inner counterpart to the animal, plant, and mineral
- d. The
Kumaras are related to the seven schemes. Four of these schemes (of
which our Earth Scheme is one) make up the Solar quaternary. These four
schemes make up (in one sense) the "personality" aspect of our Solar
Logos. The three "Buddhas of Activity" relate our scheme to the other
three schemes of the Solar quaternary. This leaves three other schemes
within the seven schemes, and the three esoteric Kumaras have the task
of relating our Earth Scheme to these solar centers. These three schemes
represent energies that are not yet manifesting within this planet,
but the energies of one of the esoteric Kumaras will soon begin to make
- e. Each
of the seven Kumaras is one of the head centers in the Planetary Logos
of Earth in the same way that the seven Stars of the Great Bear are
the seven head centers of the One About Whom Naught May Be Said.
Kumaras have a close relationship with the human being. It is said that
Sanat Kumara is grouped among the "exoteric" Kumaras, making the three
and the four. One of the "esoteric" Kumaras is the synthesizing factor
for the four exoteric Kumaras, making with them the five Kumaras concerned
primarily with humanity. These are related to the five initiations and
also the five major centers that relate the human being to the five planes
of superhuman evolution.
there are other "sevens" which correspond to the seven Kumaras and their
seven groups, and the list could be extended indefinitely.
Kumaras represent the nine, or:
9 + 96
In this case,
the nine Kumaras correspond to the petals of the planetary Egoic Lotus,
and the 96 correspond to the petals of the planetary ajna center. These,
working together, for the Third Eye of the Planetary Logos, just as the
human ajna center, working together with the unfolded petals of the Egoic
Lotus produce the Third Eye in the human being. This gives us a hint as
to the true nature of the Third Eye, commonly considered synonymous with
the brow center, but in fact the Egoic Lotus finding expression and alignment
via the ajna center. When the energies of the soul (the nine petals of
the Egoic Lotus) can be poured through the personality and its various
centers, the "higher heart center" or "cave" awakens into activity. It
then becomes possible to align the personality with the Soul in full conscious
We can also
see the influence of the Solar Tetraktys in the number of petals in the
human centers. The purely human centers have the following number of petals:
Ajna - 2
Heart - 12
Base - 4
the sum of the five-fold lower aspect of the human being, or humanity.
The development of the purely human nature was the goal of the first solar
system, and Individualization was its crowning achievement. The five aspects
of Mind became fully developed, and these have their correspondence to
the five Creative Hierarchies that have transcended the cosmic physical
plane. The 50 petals also correspond to the five rays of Intelligence
(the Ray of Active Intelligence and its four subsidiary rays) that make
up the Brahma aspect. In this second solar system, a further development
is possible that builds upon the earlier achievement. The energy of Vishnu
must be developed to the point where it supersedes the energy of Brahma.
This occurs when the "Third Eye" is awakened and the Monad is capable
of "seeing" through the instrumentality of the personality. We thus add
to our table of the centers the ajna center (with 96 petals within the
two major petals) and the head center (the seat of the Monad). We then
Head - 960
Throat - 16
Heart - 12
Solar Plexus - 10
Base - 4
can be broken into 104 + 1000. The "104" represent the Kumaras, with the
"1000" as the number of the highest Kumara, Sanat Kumara, (the "thousand
petaled lotus") making the 105th. In this way, we are each a reflection
of the 105 Kumaras and the Solar Tetraktys.
Twelve Constellation Lives and the Earth:
Some Paradoxes Explored
Brett J. Mitchell ©
What could this possibly imply? Excuse me, but my head spins.
offer the following musings regarding constellations as being entities.
No conclusions are offered, just some thoughts for consideration and lots
and lots of questions.
We are taught
that the twelve constellations are entities, cosmic lives, and living
beings that have an informing Life. For example, the constellation Aquarius
is a Life, as shown by the following quote:
is on its way to a right understanding of services; it is becoming responsive
to this new law and is learning to react to the steadily imposing will
of that great Life who informs the constellation Aquarius, just as our
solar Logos informs our solar system and our planetary Logos informs our
earth planet." (Esoteric Psychology Vol.II, pp. 122)
It can hardly
get clearer than this. It would seem that constellations of the zodiac are
indeed entities, and not simply arbitrary designations made by human beings.
what could this possibly imply? Excuse me, but my head spins.
seem to imply that a constellation of the zodiac is of a higher order,
perhaps the next order up, from a solar Logos. No problem there. The problem
is with the nature of how these constellation "Lives" are arrived at.
It seems, from the human standpoint, that they exist because of the apparent
association of stars as they appear to exist from earth, which happen
to fall into the path of the sun through the sky. Indeed, in referencing
the constellations, The Alice Bailey books often speak of the stars within
see. These vast cosmic beings (a Constellation Life?) therefore have the
1. This group
of twelve cosmic beings happen to have its location in the cosmos in approximate
correspondence of the apparent path of the sun through the sky as seen
from earth. Is this some kind of amazing coincidence? Is the earth actually
at the center of some vast cosmic scheme? For this isn't simply heliocentric
thinking, this is geocentric thinking... that the earth is at the center
of our local galaxy, and the plane of its axis affects the organization
and locations of cosmic Beings. Perhaps I don't understand this but it
seems to me to be exceedingly unlikely, improbable, and fantastic for
this to be the case.
2. Are all
the stars that are identified as a part of the constellation collectively
the body of this life? From the writings, again, it would seem so. Thus
I must assume that a Constellation Life may have as its manifestation
a collection of stars that have no logical relationship to each other,
from the cosmic standpoint. Indeed, the only logical grouping is the grouping
arbitrarily made by a small group of people of an insignificant planet
called earth (and there are many differing groupings given the culture
and society you are speaking of). Do earth humans from the ancient realm
of Babylon (?) then control what centers a Constellation Life has? I would
think not. But otherwise, how is it arrived at; how do we arrive at the
nature of the outer form of a Constellation Life? Were the stars in each
sign of the zodiac carefully selected to correspond with that of a Constellation
Life? We seem to be simply accepting the designations given by the zodiac.
Indeed the Teachings seems to do so. Perhaps it doesn't matter, since
we are indeed geocentric beings. But what is the relationship, from a
cosmic standpoint? I would... hope? think? suppose? that it is different
from what the zodiac would give us. But how would we tell? Apparently
we cannot tell.
3. Is the
fact that there are twelve of them a cosmic fact, or are there twelve
simply because our zodiac has twelve constellations? One might think that
there are twelve because it is a cosmic fact, and the selection of twelve
signs of the zodiac is because we are responding to these cosmic lives.
However, I understand that some astrologers suppose we had fewer constellations
in the past, and will have more in the future. If we then add signs to
the zodiac and make a set of, say, fourteen, does that mean we now have
fourteen Constellation Lives? So perhaps there are not twelve constellations
because it is a cosmic fact. Perhaps there are actually, say 16, or 323,
and we only respond to 12. But if that is the case, where are the other
4. I understand
that some of the constellations of the zodiac are made up of stars that
are very far apart in the cosmos. Some are close to us, and others are
very far away. They only seem nearby because of the position of the sun
and the earth with respect to these stars. Is it the case that these Constellation
Lives include these highly distant stars in their own constitution? If
so, how is this possible, given the distance? How is this likely, given
that the association between these two stars is because of their apparent,
illusory nearness based upon our position in the galaxy? And if these
stars of a constellation of the zodiac are not all a part of a Constellation
Life, how is one to select which are a part of the Life and which are
not? And are we to believe that only the stars that are visible from earth
within a particular sign are a part of a Constellation Life? Surely there
are more... but which ones?
all these Constellation Lives are in a plane which is not quite the same
plane as the plane of our galaxy, does that mean the axis of these lives,
and the axis of our earth correspond somehow with some local alignment
that is not true through the rest of the galaxy? And that our earth's
tilt and the line of the Constellation Lives are somehow mysteriously
identical? What of the many varying axial tilts of the other plants of
our solar system; they are mostly out of alignment with the Constellation
Lives? How does this affect the other planets? Or is that correspondence
actually only a local earth phenomena? Is, once again, the earth the center
of our entire local universe?
6. The stars
have their own motion. In ages past, the night sky looked exceedingly
different. In ages to come, the constellations will appear differently
as well. The stars that are close together (apparently) will no longer
be so, etc. Thus the zodiac will be different. But if the zodiac is different,
will the Constellation Lives be different? I doubt it. But are the stars
of the Constellation Lives then fixed and determined by this tiny moment
in history? I doubt that too. Do Constellation Lives exchange stars based
on the appearance of the stars from earth? Not likely. How then can we
determine the stars that make up a Constellation Life? Really? All the
answers seem completely impossible.
the thoughts that are buzzing around in my brain. No one that has been
asked these questions has even begun to supply an answer. If you have
some comments on these matters, I would appreciate some light on the subject.
Scholars in Denial of Blavatsky
Brett J. Mitchell ©
the Greek Philosopher, tells us that a land called Atlantis sank in
the ocean some 10,000 years ago. This atlantian continent, he said,
was the size of Europe and Lybia (North Africa) combined.
is a great deal of scientific evidence regarding the existence of Atlantis.
There have been innumerable researchers on this topic, and much evidence
has been accumulated, both for and against. However, it would seem to
me that all these researchers are looking in the wrong era, and thus
fail to find the Atlantis that they are seeking. If, on the other hand,
they believed the writings of H.P. Blavatsky had any truth in them,
they might look for Atlantis in a much eariler era, and thus find it.
are two fundamental mistakes being made in research about Atlantis.
all of the researchers assume that Plato was speaking of Atlantis at
its height, rather than at its end. Therefore they believe that Atlantis
was at the peak of its civilization some 8,000 years B.C.
actuality, Plato was indeed describing Atlantis at its height--but not
the way it was only 10,000 years ago. At that late date, only a vestige
of the former power and glory of Atlantis remained. Its height, says
Blavatsky, was many hundreds of thousands of years earlier.
all of the researchers assume that when Atlantis fell, nothing whatsoever
remained. They assume, therefore, that the whole of the Atlantean continent,
in its original size, still existed at a late date. They therefore look
for the sinking of the entire continent of Atlantis around some 8,000
to 10,000 years B.C.
actuality, as Blavatsky pointed out, only a small portion of Atlantis
remained at that late period, the major continent sank some 850,000
years ago. Atlantis was at its height hundreds of thousands of years
ago and the great deluge--the worldwide disaster--was at that time.
But this disaster did not sweep everything away; some tiny lands were
left, gradually to be destroyed, and some were still in existence even
in Egyptian times, making it possible for Solon to hear about it from
them. The Atlantis of 10,000 years B.C. was in fact only a small remainder,
a vestige of the former continent.
described the atlantean continent as it was in its glory, not as it
was 8,000, years before him. Not all of Atlantis went under the sea
in the great catastrophe. The combination of these two pieces of information
has apparently fooled everyone.
no one is looking for the sinking of the atlantean continent at 850,000
years B.C. Everyone is instead looking for some kind of gigantic global
disaster at around 10,000 B.C.
all of the evidence gathered to prove that Atlantis exists, attempts
to prove that it existed in only the recent past. Hardly any of the
evidence helps us prove that Atlantis existed 850,000 years B.C.
the atlantean researchers attempt to find the whole continent of Atlantis
in such a recent past, they are encountering some problems. Not surprisingly,
these searchers for Atlantis fail to see how such a gigantic disaster
could occur only ten thousand years ago without more visible damage
to the rest of the planet. Something so big that would wipe out the
ENTIRE CONTINENT of Atlantis so recently in recorded history without
leaving more evidence in the rest of the world, is probably not to be
is a continent so big, mind you, that Plato says it required the Atlanteans
to build a canal that was 1,100 miles in length. This continent was
the size of Europe and North Africa combined, according to Plato. This
huge continent, mountains and all, is supposed to have passed away,
from end to end, in a day and a night, as recently as about 8,000 B.C.?
famous atlantean scholar, Lewis Spence, is specific about his intensions:
"I have confined most of the geological evidence to that part of it
which deals with the possible existence of Atlantis at the period indicated
in Plato's myth." (Lewis Spence, "The History of Atlantis" p59) How,
then, are we to ever discover the Atlantis of Blavatsky if this attitude
continues to prevail?
made these fundamental errors, they are compounded when the authors
of books on Atlantis attempt to describe the civilization, customs,
races, cities, and other characteristics of that land. Once again, they
assume that Plato's account described Atlantis at it's height, and that
it's height was a mere 10,000 years ago. Therefore they assiduously
compare the peoples, cultures, and societies of 10,000 years ago and
hope, thereby, to identify something Atlantean. This seems to me about
as effective as performing archaeological digs on New York's Manhattan
Island today for indian remains. It seems to me highly unlikely that
it is possible to identify anything that is related to Atlantis at its
height by analyzing cultures and peoples of 10,000 years ago, who have
not had any contact with the mainland of Atlantis for over 800,000 years.
one appears to pay any attention to Blavatsky's account of Atlantis.
They will accept any evidence at all--vague references in myths and
legends of tribes and nomads, unconfirmed stories out of Roman history--anything
at all but pay attention to Blavatsky and her chronology for Atlantis.
oh, to admit that Blavatsky's chronology might be valid might mean that
her other statements--even something of her philosophy--might be valid:
horrors! But they cannot claim ignorance; Blavatsky is usually referenced
in these books, as a by-the-way "arcane" teaching. Blavatsky is too
well known. We have every right to expect them to understand what Blavatsky
said about Atlantis.
they don't. Thus, one writer, desperate to find the existence of the
ancient lands within the approved Platonic time frame, concludes that
Lemuria fell at 15,000 B.C. and that Atlantis was at its height at 9,000
B.C. All that continent shifting, and the rise and fall of global civilizations,
in only 17,000 years!
submit that the time frame presented by Blavatsky is necessary. This
gives time for humans to evolve, time for lands to rise and fall, and
time for the effects of these disastrous worldwide changes to be nearly
completely erased from the globe. I submit that evidence from the Masters
and the Hierarchy is worthy of consideration, at least, rather than
being patently ignored. Let us at least begin looking for an Atlantis
that's 850,000 years in the past. Who knows, we might even be fortunate
enough to find it.