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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter VI - The Use of Form in Meditation
Mantric Forms connected with Fire

August 19th, 1920

Perhaps it would be of value if I touched somewhat upon the part fire plays in evolution and on the various departments connected with fire that may be found within our solar system. I especially emphasize it because in meditation the domain of fire is entered, and because of its prime importance. The departments in which fire plays its part are five. Let us therefore enumerate them. I will deal first with fire in the Macrocosm, and later show its microcosmic correspondence.

  1. The vital fire that animates the objective solar system. For instance, as evidenced in the internal economy of our planet, and the central ball of fire, the sun.
  2. That mysterious something called by H. P. B. Fohat, of which some of the manifestations are electricity, certain forms of light, and the magnetic fluid wherever encountered.
  3. The fire of the mental plane. [184]
  4. The fire elementals who, in their essence, are fire itself.
  5. The vital spark we call the divine flame, latent in each human being, which distinguishes our Solar Logos from all other Logoi, and which is the sum of all His characteristics. "Our God is a consuming Fire."

All these differentiations of fire are practically differentiations of one and the same thing; they are basically the same though in manifestation they are diverse. They originated fundamentally from cosmic fire found on the cosmic mental levels. In the Microcosm you find this fivefold differentiation again, and it is in the recognition of this correspondence that illumination comes, and the purpose of meditation is achieved.

  1. The vital fires that keep the internal economy of the human being, - the microcosmic system - in full manifestation. At the cessation of that inner burning, death ensues, and the physical objective system passes into obscuration. So it is in the Macrocosm. Just as the sun is the center for our system, so the heart is the focal point for the microcosmic heat; similarly, as the earth is vitalized by the same heat and is, for our chain, the point of densest matter, and of greatest physical heat, so the lower generative organs are the secondary center in the majority of cases for the internal fire. The correspondence is accurate, mysterious and interesting.
  2. The correspondence in the Microcosm to Fohat is found in the pranic currents that, through the etheric body, keep the dense physical vitalized and magnetized. The resources of the pranic fluid are illimitable and little understood, and in their [185] proper comprehension lies the secret of perfect health. We will touch upon this later.
  3. The correspondence to the fire of the mental plane is easily demonstrable. For the work of the Lords of Flame in implanting the spark of mind has so developed and grown, that now the fire of intellect is to be seen burning in all civilized peoples. All energies are turned to the feeding of that spark and the turning of it to the greatest profit.
  4. The fire elementals are known in some measure in the microcosm by the thought-forms conjured up and vitalized by the man whose thought power suffices to do so. These thought-forms, built by the man who can think strongly, are vitalized by his life or capacity to heat, and last as long as he has the power so to animate them. This is not for long at this time as the real power of thought is little comprehended. In the fifth great cycle, which for this chain will see the culmination of the fifth principle of mind, this correspondence will be more understood. At present the connection is necessarily obscure.
  5. The vital spark latent in each human being which marks him out as of the same nature as the Solar Logos.

Here you have fire as it may be seen in the greater and the lesser systems. I would here sum up for you the purpose of fire in the microcosm, and what must be aimed at. You have the three fires:

  1. The vital divine spark.
  2. The spark of mind.
  3. Kundalini, the twofold blending of the internal heat and of the pranic current. The home of this [186] force is the center at the base of the spine and the spleen as a feeder of that heat.

When these three fires - that of the quaternary, of the triad and of the fifth principle - meet and blend in proper geometrical manner, each center is adequately vitalized, every power is sufficiently expressing itself, all impurity and dross is burnt away, and the goal is reached. The spark has become a flame, and the flame is part of the great egoic blaze which animates all of the objective universe.

Therefore, we are brought logically to the position that there will be for these three types of mantrams another mantram which will bring about their union and merging.

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