STANZA 4, BOOK OF DZYAN: SEPTENARY HIERARCHY OF CONSCIOUS DIVINE POWERS
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Let us proceed to the Stanza 4 of the Book of Dzyan. “Learn what we who descend from the primordial seven, we who are born from the primordial flame, have learnt from our Fathers,” declares the Perfected Ones in Line 2 of the Stanza.
Below is the English translation of the Stanza 4 of the said book, as contained in Volume I/Cosmogenesis of the divine opus Secret Doctrine.
1. . . . LISTEN, YE SONS OF THE EARTH, TO YOUR INSTRUCTORS—THE SONS OF THE FIRE. LEARN, THERE IS NEITHER FIRST NOR LAST, FOR ALL IS ONE: NUMBER ISSUED FROM NO NUMBER.
2. LEARN WHAT WE WHO DESCEND FROM THE PRIMORDIAL SEVEN, WE WHO ARE BORN FROM THE PRIMORDIAL FLAME, HAVE LEARNT FROM OUR FATHERS. . . .
3. FROM THE EFFULGENCY OF LIGHT—THE RAY OF THE EVER-DARKNESS—SPRUNG IN SPACE THE RE-AWAKENED ENERGIES; THE ONE FROM THE EGG, THE SIX, AND THE FIVE. THEN THE THREE, THE ONE, THE FOUR, THE ONE, THE FIVE—THE TWICE SEVEN THE SUM TOTAL. AND THESE ARE THE ESSENCES, THE FLAMES, THE ELEMENTS, THE BUILDERS, THE NUMBERS, THE ARUPA, THE RUPA, AND THE FORCE OF DIVINE MAN—THE SUM TOTAL. AND FROM THE DIVINE MAN EMANATED THE FORMS, THE SPARKS, THE SACRED ANIMALS, AND THE MESSENGERS OF THE SACRED FATHERS WITHIN THE HOLY FOUR.
4. THIS WAS THE ARMY OF THE VOICE—THE DIVINE MOTHER OF THE SEVEN. THE SPARKS OF THE SEVEN ARE SUBJECT TO, AND THE SERVANTS OF, THE FIRST, THE SECOND, THE THIRD, THE FOURTH, THE FIFTH, THE SIXTH, AND THE SEVENTH OF THE SEVEN. THESE “SPARKS” ARE CALLED SPHERES, TRIANGLES, CUBES, LINES, AND MODELLERS; FOR THUS STANDS THE ETERNAL NIDANA—THE OEAOHOO, WHICH IS:
5. “DARKNESS” THE BOUNDLESS, OR THE NO-NUMBER, ADI-NIDANA SVÂBHÂVAT:—
I. THE ADI-SANAT, THE NUMBER, FOR HE IS ONE.
II. THE VOICE OF THE LORD SVÂBHÂVAT, THE NUMBERS, FOR HE IS ONE AND NINE.
III. THE “FORMLESS SQUARE.”
AND THESE THREE ENCLOSED WITHIN THE ARE THE SACRED FOUR; AND THE TEN ARE THE ARUPA UNIVERSE. THEN COME THE “SONS,” THE SEVEN FIGHTERS, THE ONE, THE EIGHTH LEFT OUT, AND HIS BREATH WHICH IS THE LIGHT-MAKER.
6. THEN THE SECOND SEVEN, WHO ARE THE LIPIKA, PRODUCED BY THE THREE. THE REJECTED SON IS ONE. THE “SON-SUNS” ARE COUNTLESS.
Oneness is again re-echoed in the Stanza 4, Oneness that equally stresses the beginnings of sentient life as monad. Just like the previous stanzas, Stanza 4 can inspire a chela or mystic to write a voluminous treatise on the subject. Which is what the Secret Doctrine is all about, the divine opus that took on the Book of Dzyan as its guiding premises.
The Stanza is packed with numbers, as it is one vehicle for reminding us about the science of numbers as understood from the purview of Theos Sophia or divine wisdom. Such a science isn’t the popular numerology that is bandied by moneybag fortune tellers, but a science the proceeds from the original meanings and significations of numbers as they emanated from the Godhead.
Stanza 4 also revealed very succinctly the Divine Man, from which emanated the cosmic characteristics of Man prior to descent into the lower dimensions or planes. Below is the synopsis of the Stanza 4 from HPB, in Volume I of the same opus:
Stanza IV. shows the differentiation of the “Germ” of the Universe into the septenary hierarchy of conscious Divine Powers, who are the active manifestations of the One Supreme Energy. They are the framers, shapers, and ultimately the creators of all the manifested Universe, in the only sense in which the name “Creator” is intelligible; they inform and guide it; they are the intelligent Beings who adjust and control evolution, embodying in themselves those manifestations of the ONE LAW, which we know as “The Laws of Nature.”
Generically, they are known as the Dhyan Chohans, though each of the various groups has its own designation in the Secret Doctrine.
This stage of evolution is spoken of in Hindu mythology as the “Creation” of the Gods.
[Philippines, 25 November 2011]
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