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RE: [bn-study] LOWER MIND

Nov 10, 2004 12:17 PM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck

Nov 10 2004

Dear Friend:

Please consider the following:


We have in each of us two (2) Egos: the Higher and the Lower. And yet, we
function as though there was only ONE CENTER OF CONSCIOUSNESS that operates
in us.  

It is important to realize first of all, that the REAL PERCEIVER within is
aware of several planes or "principal divisions of his own nature."  

Broadly we can say that (1) there is the EMOTIONAL nature in which may be
seen as our desires, our aversions and likes and dislikes. Then, (2) there
is that area of our being that is wise, because it has learned the Laws that
operate everywhere, and it chooses to live and work in harmony with those

These make for two divisions of the MIND. Theosophy in employing the
doctrine of the "Seven Principles," states that on one side is BUDDHI
(Wisdom), and on the other side of the Mind is the Kamic principle of
EMOTION, passions and desires. This is usually called the "Personality" --
it is the "mask" we wear for this incarnation.

When our Mind allies itself with Wisdom it is called the Higher Mind or
Buddhi-Manas. This Higher Mind is part of the Spiritual Individual and does
not alter from incarnation to incarnation. 

When the Mind allies itself with our EMOTIONAL, passional and desire nature
(Kama) it is called the Lower Mind or Kama-Manas. This changes each
incarnation. As a "principle" it does not reincarnate.

A psychological study of the mind shows that it is further subdivided into
several working areas. They can be named correct cognition, misconception,
fancy, sleep (or unconsciousness), and memory.  

The real perceptive faculty is to be seen directed by the INNER PERCEIVER
through the use of the will. It employs concentration, selection and
attention. To achieve these and use them, a firm position [ "I am I - the
Immortal Individual"] has to be assumed.  

Dispassion (overcoming the distractions of the EMOTIONS of the
desire-principle - Lower Manas) is to be used. Dispassion can lead to a
perception of the "Soul" as all-present. It leads to our use of
Buddhi-Manas when we need to.

Meditation is the faculty of concentration and attention used to investigate
and discover the meaning and relationship of a selected subject to Nature,
and to ourselves. It may be broadly divided into argument and contrast of
data, deliberation, ecstasy or 'beatitude,' and EGOISM (or a knowledge of
all the powers and range of the Soul's energies). In this case the MOTIONS
of the Mind are subdued and controlled. We, the REAL INDIVIDUAL -- as a
SPIRITUAL AND ETERNAL SELF -- do the controlling using the superior power of

The Soul is another word used for the Mind. Man IS a MIND-SOUL. 

The perceptive faculty is the power of the Higher Mind ( and of the
employment of the will). this becomes usable when it is detached from the
distractions of the sense impressions, the EMOTIONAL nature, and any aspects
of memory or fancy that might divert it from its chosen goal: to know and
understand a TRUTH. This has also been called the "Higher-Mind."

The Lower Mind [Personal consciousness] is that aspect which is enveloped in
desires, distractions, amusement, fancy, and has a general lack of continued

It is called the "Lower-Mind, or Lower Manas."  

In the case of the average man and woman, this is the predominant
intelligence that we speak of as "my Self." Its chief instrument to contact
the body, is the brain. The brain records the sense impressions, and
monitors the innumerable operations that relate to actions and the support
and the health of the physical body. It also, when impelled by either
wisdom, or, desire and EMOTION, the organ that energizes the physical body
for the expression of volition through the medium of feelings, thoughts and

In this manner, Theosophical psychology divides man's nature into two
cooperative yet, at times, seemingly antagonistic portions. It also teaches
in its doctrines that man's nature can be divided into seven chief
"principles" or divisions that may work independently of each other, and yet
are all required to effect a complete living at any one time.

There are three "higher principles" : 

1. Atma - a "ray" of the UNIVERSAL ONE SPIRIT focused in each of us - the
source of our CONSCIOUSNESS.  

2. Wisdom acquired over billions of years of experience - called "Buddhi" -
a bridge between SPIRIT and the embodied personality - the mask we wear in
each "life." [ Note: these two are said to be the "divine duad," or
Spirit-&-Divine-Matter," each different from the other in function, yet,
eternally conjoined. And,  

3. Mind - or Manas -- a "principle" which is linked closely to Buddhi and
which is the active experiencer, the thinker, feeler, willer, inquirer,
imaginer and rememberer. 

A link between these three (sometimes called the "Triple-Monad"), and the
"personality" [or the four-fold "mask"] is formed by a "ray" of Manas thrown
as a "bridge" on to the receptive surface of the physical brain, which acts
in turn as a "bridge" for the highest aspect of the "personality" of each
life. This 'highest aspect' of the personality is called the Kamic
principle - its characteristics are chiefly desire, passion and wants and
needs - all directed to the selfish and sole benefit of the life, work,
responsibilities and pleasures of the present "personality." 

The second division of man's "principles" is called the "Personality," (or
the "mask" of the Spiritual Individuality). It is constituted of:

1.	Kama - desire & passions, and EMOTIONS,

2.	Of the vitality or Life-principle called sometimes personal
electricity or "animal" magnetism (Prana);  

3.	The model body or electro-magnetic framework on which all the cells,
molecules and atoms of the  

4.	Physical body, (the 4th principle).
Mind (Manas) being the link between the two natures of man, is said to be
3-fold [details may be read in KEY TO THEOSOPHY, pp. 173-176]. It is also
called "Soul."  

In Theosophical psychology, the "soul" is triune.  

1.	There is the "Spiritual Soul" when Manas is linked to Buddhi (wisdom
and discrimination) - as during meditation on high ethical themes and when
one actively seeks to do good to others. Then, 

2.	there is the "Human Soul" - or Manas (the mind) per se - as when one
does work with mathematics, or engineering, or studies to increase one's

3.	Finally, there is the "Animal Soul" - which is the Mind allied to
Kama (passions, EMOTIONS and desires). In this lower relationship it
allows itself to be used to assist the desires (Kama) to frame methods of
attaining selfish goals and ambitions. It is, when in that condition
totally immoral or rather, a-moral.

To give a quick over-view: Every "form of matter" from the 'life-atom' on
up to the greatest UNIVERSE we can conceive of (in time and space) runs
under the LAW OF KARMA - the WHOLE as well as all the parts. Karma has also
been called the "LAWS OF NATURE," and the Law of "cause and effect. It
operates on the ethical plane of the creative faculties of the human mind
and marks and responds to 'motive.' Its basis is what is called, in short:

THE ONE SPIRIT pervades all SPACE without any exceptions. [ There is no
remote hell or limbo into which a refuse of dust, or "rejected" souls, etc.,
that can be swept away and 'forgotten' or 'isolated.' Such an isolation
would be illogical and impossible in an eternal and limitless Universe. ]

THE ONE SPIRIT in its periodical "manifestations" under KARMA which is a
part of it, sends out, or rather, emanates an aspect of Itself - Manifested
SPIRIT. Simultaneously there is a 'condensation' of the 'opposite
contrasting 'pole' of Primordial Matter, these are each in themselves the
ultimate divisions of "matter" or "substance." They have been named MONADS,
or what we could term the universally divided, yet, all-present units of

These are as permanent, immortal and eternal as is the manifested Universe.
Our SELF, Ego, and all the "matter" of which our six "vehicles" (or
principles) are formed, consists of such MONADS, each at its own level and
stage of intelligent development.  

Each cooperates under the universal and impersonal LAW of Karma, with all
the others. There is a vast field of living, responsive, magneto-electric
substance that serves to effect the intelligent and living connection which
is at all times present between every MONAD and all the rest. It has been
called "Jiva." In any "personality" it is named "Prana," (breath), or that
aspect of Jiva which is needed for that personality to live as a ray of its
consciousness in a sheath of gross matter.

What is being developed or evolved by an Ego in earth-life? Is it not the
"perception of Self" - of various degrees of consciousness which show up as
innate qualities and properties in each MONAD?  

If this is taken as a probable, then the whole UNIVERSE may be considered as
a vast SCHOOL in which every level and kind of experience is to be found.
And, the rate of progress and individual advancement is chosen by those
immortal MONADS from time to time as well as all the time.  

At first they can be seen to emerge from the general and apparent "chaos" of
the "Monadic Essence." Then there is a gradual individualization and a
passing through the various stages of progressive intelligent development in
all the divisions of Nature - akasic, astral, elemental, metals, vegetable,
animal until the human-stage is reached.  

In other words each MONAD as it advances in experience becomes responsible
for an increasing numbers of other MONADS (of lesser experience), who ally
themselves to it through attraction or repulsion and are its "attendants"
(skandhas or 'aggregates') for a longer or shorter period of time. If we
extend in thought this process, we can understand why it is said that we
are, in truth, Universal beings (as eternal and indestructible MONADS)
because we embrace the farthermost boundaries of infinitude - the UNIVERSE.
We are a 'center,' -- a center of THOUGHT -- but, the effects of our
thinking move and stir all other beings -- we can say that our
'circumference' is unlimited.

In the man-form each individual Monad undergoes the experience of the
"LIGHTING UP OF MANAS." By this process it becomes a "self-conscious" unit.
It acquires the power to see and in a self-reflective way, it can consider
itself. This is a "gift" bestowed on it by Higher and More advanced Humans
who have already passed through our stage and have "graduated" from it, so
to say. They are known in various ways as the "Fathers," the Prophets, the
Buddhas, the Seers, the Wise, the Dhyanis, the Mahatmas, the Masters of
Wisdom, Adepts, etc.

Simultaneously, a well-advanced MONAD - one which has reached full
SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS earlier, takes over the chore of assisting and guiding
(by suggestion and not by any compulsion) the self-devised development of
the "newly" aware and self-conscious Monad. It takes up residence along
with the MONAD that is developing through its own decisions - assisting when
referred to (as the Intuition or the Voice of Conscience). 

The "LIGHTING UP OF MANAS" is an event that occurs in the Manvantaric cycle
for a certain class of MONADS as they "graduate" from the "animal
consciousness class" into the "human-consciousness class." Such a change is
said to have occurred a little over 18 million years ago. We as humans, are
all in this particular class, living, interacting and working together. It
is a change in the type of consciousness and level of responsibility. One
might say we are now in the process of mastering our EMOTIONS and developing
the power of THINKING about universal and eternal matters -- and as how we
can put them to work in our daily lives. The Monad, which is our true
SELVES, is aware of the presence of the vast brotherhood of self-conscious
Egos who are its personal family, parents, elders, siblings, children,
compatriots, etc. And it is only natural that we meet those again from life
to life in analogous relationships.

REINCARNATION is the process (under karma) whereby the learning process of
this immortal MONADIC pupil is perpetuated and held to its individual line.
Each personal 'life' is like a 'day' at School.

The ultimate "Goad" we can think of, for ourselves as an EGO-MONAD, is to
become a "universally-conscious MONAD." That is the condition of an Adept,
a Rishi, or, a Mahatma [great-soul]. The one thing we have as a barrier is
the PERSONAL vitality and ego-centered Kamic EMOTIONS, or the
desire-principle which gives us our present waking-life sense of personality
when we incarnate into a physical body.  


The desire-principle, active in us, is selfish and focused on its likes and
dislikes. A concept that the 'lower-mind' in humanity does not like, is the
fact and idea that it is subordinate (as intelligence) to the inner Monitor
(or Tutor) the HIGHER SELF [Atma-Buddhi]. This ADVANCED MONADIC EGO is an
aspect of the ONE UNIVERSAL SELF that pervades the Universe. It even
penetrates our sense of selfishness and desire for secrecy and isolation.
We cannot "escape" from it. But we can learn to understand and appreciate
it, and thereby form a path that can lead us to a condition similar to its
present wise state. We, to, can become WISE. It is for the purpose of ever
holding out this potential "goal" that the Higher Self sacrifices its
freedom and liberty - so that we may also eventually achieve a parity with
it. This is the "great sacrifice" and it is done out of compassion and a
recognition of the universal brotherhood of all in Nature. [ see S D I 207
-210 ]


The personal, EMOTIONAL and selfish self is the "Lower Manas." And one of
its characteristics is the well-known desire to see if it can break the Laws
of the Universe and the World without having to pay the price of suffering.
And in such attempts we can recognize the developing of a false sense of
independence. It is termed false, because it is short-sighted and does not
fully address the question: "After you have achieved your desire and goal,
what will you do next?" In every case, if we examine ourselves, we will see
that at the back of our consciousness as a "personal being" is a firm and
ineradicable knowledge that the Laws of Nature --KARMA-are immutable - the
same for everyone and no one can escape the scope of their action. We
always get what we desire. So let us desire HIGH and TRUE. Why suffer

This is a brief exposition as there are many arguments pro and con that can
be used to review the accuracy of such a concept

That UNITY OF THE ONE SPIRIT forms a great symphonic harmony during those
periods when there is manifestation - the "music of the spheres." The
influence of the small and the great intermingle and each is important to
all the others.  

If we are inter-responsible then the Law Of Karma resolves itself into the
reasonable treatment of others, the giving to others that which we expect to
receive from them - the "Golden Rule."

The duality of Manas which is explained by HPB in the KEY TO THEOSOPHY, p.
173-76, SD II 167.  

There are many references to this in Theosophical literature, as for
instance in SD II 79-80 87 94 186 233 241 246 294 342 109-110 273-5 ; and
SD I 267 210 416-7 574 105 130 (the 2 ONES) 295fn, also HPB articles in
THEOSOPHIST Vol. 5, pp. 246 (to be found in the ULT Edn. Of HPB Articles III
p. 265 and Blavatsky Collected Works : Vol 6, pp 248-9 "ISIS UNVEILED AND

In this last mentioned article HPB states on the authority of the SECRET
DOCTRINE that no MONAD ever totally looses its identity during the great
time intervals of Pralaya, between any two periods of manifestation. This
great and universal "sleep" ends and all MONADS emerge back on to the stage
of manifestation and individual progress at the stage and in conditions
similar to those when the went "to sleep." 

We are in truth, the "eternal pilgrims," and existence is the eternal

Best wishes,


-----Original Message-----
From: cassilva48
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 2:46 AM

Does the lower mind reincarnate?

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