SEVEN (7) PRINCIPLES IN MAN
Erle Frayne D. Argonza / Ra
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As to the applications of the Septenary Law in man, we speak of this in answer to the question of “what constitutes man?” Man here refers to its root meaning as ‘thinking being’ and has nothing to do with the purely masculine element.
For reference purposes, let me quote the following notes from The Key to Theosophy by Helena P. Blavatsky, noble chela of the mahatmas:
(a) Rupa, or Sthula-Sarira // Physical body // Is the vehicle of all the other "principles" during life.
(b) Prana // Life, or Vital principle // Necessary only to a, c, d, and the functions of the lower Manas, which embrace all those limited to the (physical) brain.
(c) Linga Sharira // Astral body // The Double, the phantom body.
(d) Kama rupa // The seat of animal desires and passions // This is the centre of the animal man, where lies the line of demarcation which separates the mortal man from the immortal entity.
THE UPPER IMPERISHABLE TRIAD.
(e) Manas -- a dual principle in its functions // Mind, Intelligence: which is the higher human mind, whose light, or radiation links the MONAD, for the lifetime, to the mortal man // The future state and the Karmic destiny of man depend on whether Manas gravitates more downward to Kama rupa, the seat of the animal passions, or upwards to Buddhi, the Spiritual Ego. In the latter case, the higher consciousness of the individual Spiritual aspirations of mind (Manas), assimilating Buddhi, are absorbed by it and form the Ego, which goes into Devachanic bliss.*
(f) Buddhi // The Spiritual Soul // The vehicle of pure universal spirit.
(g) Atma // Spirit // One with the Absolute, as its radiation.
The term atma, which other mystics understand as soul (endowed with spirit), is synonymous to the term alma in Latin which denotes the same. The buddhi seems to have found its moorings in ancient Filipino communities, as the Filipino word budhi, which means conscience, is still in use till these days.
The word prana gave birth to the term ‘pranic healing’, a healing method that addresses the subtle body and involves a non-touch healing. I was trained by my initiating guru FF in pranic healing, which I use primarily to detoxify the aura, induce healing in the wounds of the astral-etheric-mental bodies, and hopefully help balance a person.
[Philippines, 27 May 2011]
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