THEOSOPHY, Vol. 17, No. 10, August, 1929
from Blavatsky Website
The seven Stanzas given represent the seven terms of this abstract formula. Stanza IV shows the differentiation of the "Germ" of the Universe into the septenary hierarchy of conscious Divine Powers, who are the active manifestations of the One Supreme Energy.
They are the framers, shapers, and
ultimately the creators of all the manifested Universe, in the only
sense in which the name "Creator" is intelligible; they inform and
guide it; they are the intelligent Beings who adjust and control
evolution, embodying in themselves those manifestations of the ONE
LAW, which we know as "The Laws of Nature."
They are the Intelligent Forces that give to and enact in Nature her "laws," while themselves acting according to laws imposed upon them in a similar manner by still higher Powers.
A Dhyan Chohan has to become one; he cannot be born or appear suddenly on the plane of life as a full-blown angel.
Gods, created as such, would evince no personal merit in being gods. Being is an endless cycle within the one absolute eternity, wherein move numberless inner cycles finite and conditioned.
The Celestial Hierarchy of the present
Manvantara will find itself transferred in the next cycle of
life into higher, superior worlds, and will make room for a new
hierarchy, composed of the elect ones of our mankind.
The term Anupadaka "parentless,"
or without progenitors, is a mystical designation having several
meanings in the philosophy. By this name
Dhyan-Chohans or Dhyani-Buddhas, are generally meant.
The Agnishwatha, the Kumara (the seven mystic sages), are solar deities, though the former are Pitris also. It is on the Hierarchies and correct numbers of these Beings invisible (to us) except upon very rare occasions, that the mystery of the whole Universe is built.
To the Hierarchies of the Dhyan-Chohans, called Devas (gods) in India, or the conscious intelligent powers in Nature, correspond the actual types into which humanity may be divided.
...have all their synonyms in our Secret Doctrine, as well as in the Kabala and the Hebrew Angelology.
But it is useless to give their ancient
names, as it would only create confusion. Many of these may be also
found now, even in the Christian hierarchy of divine and celestial
Each Entity must have won for itself the right of becoming divine, through self-experience.
The Mind-born Sons, the Rishis, the
Builders, etc., were all men - of whatever forms and shapes - in
other worlds and the preceding Manvantaras. The Lipika project into
objectivity from the passive Universal Mind the ideal plan of the
universe, upon which the "Builders" reconstruct the Kosmos after
The "Builders" are the representatives of the first "Mind-Born" Entities, therefore of the primeval Rishi-Prajapati. The Spirits referred to therefore, as those who "ascend and descend" are the "Hosts" of what we loosely call "celestial Beings."
But they are, in fact, nothing of the kind. They are Entities of the higher worlds in the hierarchy of Being, so immeasurably high that, to us, they must appear as Gods, and collectively - GOD.
"Going up and down" means an untrammeled
communication and intercourse between the two worlds.
The mysteries of Heaven and Earth, revealed to the Third Race by their celestial teachers in the days of their purity, became a great focus of light, the rays from which became necessarily weakened as they were diffused and shed upon an uncongenial, because too material soil.
With the masses they degenerated into Sorcery, taking later on the shape of exoteric religions.
Alone a handful of primitive men - in whom the spark of divine Wisdom burnt bright, and only strengthened in its intensity as it got dimmer and dimmer with every age in those who turned it to bad purposes - remained the elect custodians of the Mysteries revealed to mankind by the divine Teachers.
There were those among them, who
remained in their Kumaric condition from the beginning; and
tradition whispers, what the secret teachings affirm, namely, that
those Elect were the germ of a Hierarchy which never died since that
The secret doctrine gives a long genealogy of Rishis, but separates them into many classes. Like the Gods of the Egyptians, who were divided into seven, and even twelve, classes, so are the Indian Rishis in the Hierarchies.
The first three groups are:
We are only concerned with the pre-cosmic, divine gods, the Praj‚pati or the "Seven Builders," the seven creative Rishis now connected with the constellation of the Great Bear.
It is said by Krishna in the Bhagavat-gita,
Here, by the seven great Rishis, the seven great rupa hierarchies or classes of Dhyan Chohans, are meant.
The Saptarshi (the seven Rishis) are
the regents of the seven stars of the Great Bear, therefore, of the
same nature as the angels of the planets, or the seven great
The Chief Hierarchies among these are hinted at in the great Quaternary, or the "four bodies and the three faculties" of Brahm‚ exoterically, and the Panch‚syam, the five Brahm‚s, or the five Dhyani-Buddhas in the Buddhist system.
The highest group is composed of the divine Flames, so-called, also spoken of as the "Lions of Life." It is the nucleole of the superior divine World. They are the formless Fiery Breaths. The same hierarchy, with the same numbers, is found in the Japanese system, in the "Beginnings" as taught by both the Shinto and the Buddhist sects.
The more one studies their Hierarchies
and finds out their identity, the more proofs one acquires that
there is not one of the past and present personal gods, known to us
from the earliest days, that does not belong to the third stage of
For each of these Beings either was, or
prepares to become, a man, if not in the present, then in a past or
The first humanity, therefore, was a pale copy of its progenitors:
The evolution of Spirit into matter
could never have been achieved; nor would it have received its first
impulse, had not the bright Spirits sacrificed their own respective
super-ethereal essences to animate the man of clay, by endowing each
of his inner principles with a portion, or rather, a reflection of
The primary Breath informs the higher Hierarchies; the secondary - the lower, on the constantly descending planes.