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MACROCOSMIC AND MICROCOSMIC ETHERS
The Planetary Logos and the Ethers: Man, the indwelling thinker, passes at night from out of his Etheric ring-pass-not and functions elsewhere. Therefore, under the law, the planetary Logos likewise can pass His ring-pass-not at stated seasons which correspond in the planet to the hours of man's temporary repose, or pralaya. The Solar Logos likewise does the same during stated cycles, which are not the cycles succeeding those which we term solar pralaya, but lesser cycles succeeding the "days of Brahma" or periods of lesser activity, periodically viewed. All these are governed by karma.
A further link in this chain which is offered for consideration lies in the fact that the four Rays of mind (which concern the karma of the four planetary Logoi) in their totality hold in their keeping the present evolutionary process for Man, viewing him as the Thinker. These four, with the karmic four, work in the closest cooperation.
Therefore, we have the following groups interacting:
The fourth plane of Buddhi is the one on which the planetary Logoi begin to make Their escape from Their planetary ring-pass-not, or from the Etheric web that has its counterpart on all the planes. When man begins in a small sense to coordinate the Buddhic vehicle or, to express it otherwise, when he has developed the power to contact ever so slightly the Buddhic plane, then he begins simultaneously and consciously to achieve the ability to escape from the Etheric web on the Physical plane. Later he escapes from its correspondence on the Astral plane, and finally from the correspondence on the fourth subplane of the Mental plane, this time via the mental unit. This leads eventually to Causal functioning, or to the ability to dwell, and to be active in, the vehicle of the Ego, who is the embodiment of the love and wisdom aspect of the Monad.
When a man takes the fourth Initiation, he functions in the fourth plane vehicle, the Buddhic, and has escaped permanently from the personality ring-pass-not, on the fourth subplane of the mental. There is naught to hold him to the three worlds. At the first Initiation he escapes from the ring-pass-not in a more temporary sense, but he has yet to escape from the three higher mental levels, which are the mental correspondences to the higher Ethers, and to develop full consciousness on these three higher subplanes.
This fourth earth chain is in this connection one of the most important, for it is the appointed place for the domination of the Etheric body by the human Monad, with the aim in view of both human and planetary escape from limitations. This earth chain, though not one of the seven sacred planetary chains, is of vital importance at this time to the planetary Logos, who temporarily employs it as a medium of incarnation, and of expression. This fourth round finds the solution of its strenuous and chaotic life in the very simple fact of the shattering of the Etheric web in order to effect liberation, and permit a later and more adequate form to be employed.
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