RE: Globes & Planes
Oct 24, 2001 05:22 PM
October 24, 2001
May I make an interjection here ?
On this plane of matter all "trees" (even symbolical ones) seem
rooted "below in matter." Thus we start with the little that we
know of this plane. And since our knowledge of superior planes
with a wider coverage and linkage is in the condition of being
acquired (This Tree of Wisdom -- the Ashwatta tree is described
in the 15th Chapter of the Gita. This is almost the end of the
book. What has Krishna taught Arjuna (the pupil) so far?
1. Reincarnation is a universal process.
2. The Spiritual nature is fixed and invariable. It is shared
between all beings who have their solidarity in and through it as
the ONE ROOT of all EXISTENCE.
3. The Material aspect (molecules, cells, crystals,
structures...) is constantly changing. A finer SUBSTANCE (linga
sarira) acts like a pattern to hold its movements restricted to a
pattern of physical usefulness. The Life Breath ( Prana)
apparently oversees this process.
4. Reaction exactly follows and relates to the force used in
ACTION. This is Universal and individual KARMA. It pertains to
the power of desire and this is regulated by Manas, the Mind.
Karma is invoked whenever there is a deviation from the balance
of the even progress of life-events anywhere. It is both
individual and distributive, isolated and communal.
5. Nature the Universe is a three-fold set of qualities and these
are to be seen everywhere:
A. SPIRIT, TRUTH, ONENESS, SOLIDARITY, PURITY, WISDOM, PEACE,
HAPPINESS, PLEASURE, BALANCE, DISCRIMINATION, RIGHTEOUS ACTION,
AN ALL-INCLUSIVE UNIVERSALITY AND GENEROSITY, CHARITY....
B. ACTION, DESIRE, PASSION, GREED, RESTLESSNESS, EXAGGERATION,
C. IDLENESS, IGNORANCE, DELUSION, SLEEP, FOLLY, HEEDLESSNESS,
INDIFFERENCE, SENSELESSNESS, ISOLATION....
D. The WISE MAN is said to perceive these three [Gunas or
"qualities"] as "agents of action" and therefore seeing beyond
[or 'within'] them, he is able to attain to the condition
represented by Krishna -- who has infinite knowledge, knows how
to do sacred actions, and avoids indifference and inertia.
To me, it suggests that is where we may all be seen to start
In the BHAGAVAD GITA, Krishna, the Adept Teacher, uses the symbol
of the ASHWATTA -- the Tree of Wisdom.
He shows it growing inverted to us because its SPIRITUAL ROOTS
are in the ONE UNIVERSAL SPIRIT -- the plane of
non-differentiation, and therefore of controlled knowledge or
WISDOM under UNIVERSAL LAW. It is the SUPERIOR SPIRITUAL PLANE,
and is placed figuratively above the 2nd plane of unregulated
instinctive "ACTION." And these two are located in the symbol
above the 3rd. plane of inert, ignorant, indifferent "MATTER."
For this reason the visions we secure from the "Astral Plane"
appear inverted. [Possibly this inversion has something to do
with the "cross-over" effect we witness in the physical brain,
whereby the pathways of left and right sensation, storage,
evaluation and memory, are made to cross over to the opposite
side of the brain in the process of recognition and sensation.
But even in this, the highest most sensitive organ, no physical
linkage is specifically made to an "astral brain" which would be
the "doorway" to psychic and spiritual faculties. ]
He places the DIVINE Man, who is endowed with all the potential
wisdom and knowledge of the Universe, with his feet in the
The rest of his body and organs are then placed midway, and
consist of two divisions: DESIRE and PASSION on one hand, and
the ASPIRATIONS and NOBLE IMPULSES, on the other. This makes
Mind and Passion / Desires the two great opponents on the
battle-field of KURUKSHETRA -- which is within the physical
frame -- the plane on which Karma operates.
Above the first two, "feet in matter," and "body in the
center," is the "Head" which is a symbol for thought,
discrimination, memory, and being aware of law, transforms
"knowledge" into WISDOM or the ability to so SPIRITUAL ACTIONS.
Krishna states that He (as ATMAN) is in all beings. And in those
who are inclined to study the SPIRIT (as Arjuna his pupil is) he
is the Manas -- the Divine Mind or ATMA-BUDDHI. He therefore
states that reincarnation is a fact.
It is the universal law of Karma which drives each Monad
(Atma-Buddhi) to spiritualizing itself. He then declares that
the ETERNITY of the Monad, which includes its individualized
CONSCIOUSNESS and the development and use of its individualized
and INTELLIGENT MIND is a fact.
But that the whole of manifestation is a passage of the ignorant
and indifferent matter (as the feet of the divine Man), through
the ACTION "center of his body (Desires, passions, vices,
attempts to circumvent and break LAW ) to a position of
Then, finally this individual, the ATMA-BUDDHI-MANAS, reaches
through these transformations, to the stability of itself
becoming one with the "resident "RAY" of the ONE SPIRIT"
Man is therefore a self-making and self-made being of
INTELLIGENCE, whose potential is equal to Krishna's as "Lord of
all Universes, and King of all WISDOM."
H P B in providing this may well not only have indicated the
time-period of study, but also the importance of relating any
event not only individually but also universally.
Symbols are used in their peculiar way to rouse our attention to
some plans and operations of secret nature which our physical
attention does not yet extend to
Very interesting comparison
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 9:59 AM
Subject: Globes & Planes of Consciousness & B. Gita
Some say that "tree" was a descended offshoot of the hindu
which interestingly was always pictured upside down with its
roots in heaven
, so to speak.
H.P.B. may have been one to try and bridge the gap between the
periods where knowledge became inverted and all there was was an
tree to use as a symbol for "the same thing" ? Whacha think ,
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