Spiritual Inquiries: 3. The One, The Three and the Seven
Nov 20, 2005 09:04 AM
Before we think about the seven planes of Nature, their constituents
and inhabitants, we need to think about the various forms and
aspects of the One God.
Why? Because these forms and aspects build, maintain and dissolve
the universes, their solar systems, and life forms. This One-in-all
and all-in-One aspect of God is very well known to all Hindus,
illiterate and literate.
Our discussions in this posting are based on the book titled
Theosophy Explained in Questions and Answers by P. Pavri.
Theosophy performs a comparative study of the truths of major
religions, unites them, and presents a holistic worldview which is
intuitive, logical and scientific. The investigations of Theosophy
are backed by observation using advanced psychic powers and are
mostly verifiable by people having such powers.
The One, the Three and the Seven. Unity, Trinity and Septenary.
All religions aver that God is One. The One Existence who is the
centre of all life. An Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Eternal,
Boundless and Immutable Principle on which all speculation is
impossible. The One only without a Second. The Unmanifested Logos.
The formless, impersonal God.
He is the Paramatman of Hinduism. The Nirguna Brahman -- the Brahman
without attributes, remaining unmanifested.
He is the Boundless Space --Zarwane Akrane-- of Zoroastrianism. The
Thrice-unknown Darkness of the Greek Orphic System.
>From That all comes forth; to That all returns. That includes within
itself all that ever has been, is and can be. He is called That
because He is formless and unconditional. When He is formless, He
remains as the All, the Mulaprakriti, the root-matter or Koilon out
of which every form is shaped.
Even though He is formless, He is not still. He is Pure
Consciousness, Pure Motion, Pure Energy.
Universes arise out of Him, like the waves from an ocean. Universes
sink into Him, like the waves sink back. The wave is the form or
manifestation of the water underneath.
Did this One, the formless God build our Solar System?
Yes and no. Yes because, as the Upanishad says, 'He willed: I will
multiply.' No because, He did not do it directly.
When He willed to multiply, out of Him came the manifested
Brahman--the Saguna Brahman, the Personal God.
We should understand that the manifested and unmanifested are merely
two states of Brahman. The Saguna Brahman is not a Second, but the
One in manifestation. Like a wave from the ocean.
Theosophy calls the Saguna Brahman the Cosmic Logos, the Supreme
Ruler of the universe. He is further described as the self-existing
One, the Root and Cause of all beings, also sometimes called
Purusha, the Supreme Spirit, the Self.
The One builds the universe, with a portion of Himself, manifesting
as the Supreme Spirit.
He then unfolds Himself into a threefold form, the three great Logoi
of cosmic evolution, the Trimurti or Trinity aspect towards the
universe of the Manifested God.
The seven Embodiments of His nature are then formed into the Seven
Cosmic Planetary Logoi, who are associated with the work of the
three Cosmic Logoi of the Universe.
Thus, the One manifests as the Trimurti or the Trinity. The Three
are His aspects and are not separate from Him. He is the sum-total
and the All of the Three. They are in Him and He is in Them all.
The aspect of Isvara (another name for the One) in which he creates
the world is named Brahma by the Hindus, and the Holy Ghost by the
That aspect in which Isvara preserves and maintains the worlds is
named Vishnu by the Hindus, the Son by the Christians.
The aspect in which he dissolves the worlds when they are of no
further use is named Siva or Mahadeva by the Hindus, the Father by
There are innumerable universes, and countless solar systems in each
universe. Each solar system is energized and controlled by a mighty
Being called the Solar Logos or the Solar Deity. For our solar
system, the Solar Deity is called Savitri by the Hindus.
Next below the Solar Deity are the seven Solar Planetary Logoi or
the Planetary Spirits. Just as the seven Cosmic Planetary Logoi
mentioned above are the seven Embodiments of the nature of the One,
the seven Solar Planetary Logoi are the seven expressions of the
nature of the Solar Deity.
These seven aspects are known as the seven Prajapatis (Lords of
Creatures) in Hinduism; the seven Amesha Spentas (Immortal Holy
Ones) in Zoroastrianism; the Seven Spirits before the throne of God
in Hebrew and Christian tradition.
The energies of these Seven control and direct all that takes place
within the solar system. They are the rulers of the planets Vulcan,
Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. (More on these
Seven Schemes of Evolution later).
Each of the Seven is the Head and Ruler of hierarchies of creative
entities who work under his direction in the building and sustaining
of the solar system.
The hierarchies include Devas (or Shining Ones or Angelic hosts)
called Adityas, Vasus, Dhyan Chohans, etc. in Oriental religions, or
Angels, Archangels, Thrones, etc. in the Christian tradition --
manifestations of the One, the innumerable ministers of the Supreme
Thus God manifests Himself under a triple form, a Trinity (the
Regenerator, Preserver and Creator), spoken of by the Theosophist as
the First, Second and Third Logos; the Father, Son and Holy Ghost of
the Christian; Siva, Vishnu and Brahma of the Hindu; the Kepher,
Binah and Chochmah of the Hebrew Kabbalist; Ahura, Mazda and
Ahuramazda --the Life, Wisdom and the One Existence-- of the
Thus God being immanent in all, all are sharers in one Life, and
form one great Brotherhood.
We can now turn our thoughts to the actual building of our solar
system and the seven planes of Nature, in the next instalment.
Tat twam asi - That Thou art. -- Chandogya Upanishad
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