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|The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Book 3 - Union achieved and its Results|
meditation upon the five forms which every element takes, produces mastery over every
element. These five forms are the gross nature, the elemental form, the quality, the
pervasiveness and the basic purpose.
It should be remembered that this will have a dual reference, to the macrocosm and to the microcosm. It can refer to the five planes of monadic evolution, or to the five forms which every  element takes on each and every plane, bearing in mind that this is the case as regards the mind apprehension and the modifications of the thinking principle, for mind is the fifth principle, and man is the five pointed star and therefore can (as man) achieve only a fivefold illumination. There are, however, two higher forms and two other modes of perception, i.e., the intuitional and spiritual realization. With these, however, the present sutra has not to do. The head center is dual in itself and is composed of the center between the eyebrows and the highest chakra, the thousand petalled lotus.
The study and understanding of this sutra would result in the complete equipping of the white occultist for all forms of magical work. Students must remember that this does not refer to the elements as we have them, but has relation to the elemental substance out of which all gross forms are made. According to the Ageless Wisdom there are five grades of substance having certain qualities. These five grades of substance form the five planes of monadic evolution; they compose the five vibratory spheres in which man and superhuman man are found. These five planes have each an outstanding quality, of which the five physical senses are the correspondence.
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in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, these senses and their correspondences are dependent
upon the point in evolution of the man, just as H. P. Blavatsky stated in connection with
the enumeration of the principles.
The above sutra therefore can be applied to the mastery of each plane as well as to the mastery of elements composing that plane. It has reference to the mastery and utilization of all the subtler sheaths through which a man contacts a plane or peculiar rate of vibration.
Ganganatha Jha in his able commentary says: "The specific qualities, sound and the rest belonging to the earth, together with the properties of shape and the rest, are named 'gross.' This is the first form of the elements. The second form is their respective generic characteristic: Shape for the earth, viscidity for the water, heat for fire, velocity for air and omnipresence for the akasha. The specific forms for these generic ones are sound and the rest." He gives a translation of this fourty-fourth sutra which is analogous to all the others with the exception of Johnston's, and which runs as follows:
When, through concentrated meditation upon the five distinctive forms of all the elements, the knower has arrived at a knowledge of all their qualities, characteristics and nature, he can then cooperate intelligently in the plan and become a white magician. For the majority it is as yet only possible for us to arrive at three of the forms, and this is touched upon in Light on the Path in  the words: "Inquire of the earth, the air and the water, of the secrets they hold for you. The development of your inner sense will enable you to do this."
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