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Egoic Manifestation is produced at Individualization
The Causal body, that sheath of mental substance, is formed at the moment of individualization by the contact of the two fires. The force that pours through the higher planes of the Monad produces a vacuum, and the sheath of the Causal body, the ring-pass-not of the central Life, is formed. Within this sheath are to be found three permanent atoms; the mental, Astral and physical. They correspond individually to the seventh principle of each of the three persons of the microcosmic triad, a reflection of the Logoic Trinity.
The Causal sheath serves three purposes:
THE NATURE OF THE PERMANENT ATOMS
The Purpose of the Permanent Atoms
Permanent atoms on each plane serve a fourfold purpose as regards the central, or Egoic life:
The mental permanent atom is found in logoic gaseous matter, the Astral in logoic liquid, and the physical atom in the dense Physical plane. As each unit of consciousness, through self-induced effort, achieves the goal and crosses the ‘burning-ground’ a microcosmic portion of the Etheric web of the planetary Etheric body is consumed by fire. This results in a definite gain for that great Entity, a planetary Logos, through the relatively unimportant liberation of one cell in His body. When all the units of cells in His body have achieved, He too is set free from dense manifestation, and physically dies. This stage is succeeded by the comparatively brief one of Etheric existence (covering the period of the obscuration of the vehicle) and then He is liberated from incarnation altogether.
Each of the seven Rays, viewed in connection with the Causal bodies of men, demonstrates as a unity on the first plane (Adi), a triplicity on the second (Monadic) and as seven on the third (Atmic), which form the forty-nine groups which most concern evolving man. In the course of his many septenary lives, and as the cyclic sevens pass over him, man passes under the influence of the seven subrays of his own Ray. Then he begins to synthesize and merge the seven into the major three subrays, thus returning to unity on his own Egoic Ray.
The same idea can be worked out in connection with the awakening of the life forces within the permanent atoms, viewing each atom as the seventh principle in each of the three aspects of the personality.
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