Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2006 No. 4
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Attenuating the Sheaths; The Relationship Between Spirit and Matter
In the press of the work and in the burden and toil of the day's labours it is an encouragement to know that there are those who watch, and that every loving deed, every aspiring thought and every unselfish reaction is noted and known. Bear in mind, however, that it comes to the recognition of the Helpers through the increased vibration of the aspirant and not through a specific knowledge of the deed accomplished or the thought sent out. Those who teach are occupied with principles of truth, with vibratory rates and with the quality of the light to be seen.1

In the Ageless Wisdom we are told that the Hierarchical Records for "men and angels, minerals and elements, animals and vegetables, kingdoms and groups, Gods and ants"2 are all specified in terms of energy formulas. If we had the eyes with which to see, it would be obvious to us, as it is to the Hierarchical Beings who watch over such affairs, that these formulas change with the vibration generated by any form. These formulas demonstrate the proportions of the three main qualities of the energy pulsating within each and any form. By observing these records, and by applying an understanding of correspondences, the Guiding Ones are able to decipher past achievement, present opportunity and the immediate future of any embodied life.

Referred to in the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and in Ayurvedic medicine as gunas, these properties are the three qualities of energy/matter itself. Every form on every plane vibrates according to these three properties. The word, "guna" itself is a Sanskrit term meaning "string" or "a single thread or strand of a cord or twine." This primary definition points to the fact that this triple characterization of energy/matter is only a differentiation in time and space of the one eternal primordial spirit-essence. The correspondences may be described as follows:

Sattva rhythm spirit life   Energy spirit life
Rajas mobility soul light OR Force soul light
Tamas inertia substance   Matter form substance

Sattva Energy of Spirit Monad/Father rhythm, harmonious vibration, equilibrium
Rajas Energy of Soul Ego/Son mobility or activity
Tamas Energy of Matter Personality/Holy Ghost inertia

As we see, these qualities correspond then to the trinity fundamental to all religions-the three aspects, which express the one Life and are otherwise referred to in the first volume of The Secret Doctrine thusly: "Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this plane of existence; and soul is the vehicle on a higher turn of the spiral for the manifestation of spirit."3

Why should this triple differentiation of energy and the relationship between spirit and matter be of concern and interest to us? The degree to which anyone expresses or exhibits any of these three qualities depends upon one's responsiveness to the indwelling spiritual life. If, for example, we transfer our conscious thinking state from a low objective to a high one, this will produce a flow of energy of a vibratory quality equivalent to the higher objective. That is, in so far as the spiritual Indweller can impress the substance of the vehicles, which make up his/her personal self, bending them to the spiritual will, controlling them and subjecting them to the authority of the Spiritual Life, to that degree will the individual be able to express the qualities of Light, Love and the Will-to-Good, and to that degree will life on our planet be improved.

A noteworthy fact is that unless we are able to vibrate with the energy of Rajas or Sattva, we cannot recognize this vibration in others, so that, for example, unless we ourselves are resonating to the energy of the indwelling Soul, we cannot recognize this vibration in a fellow brother/sister.

Under the great evolutionary urge, each life naturally sees the individual moving closer to the higher vibration. However, through discipline, perseverance in meditation and selfless service, energy/matter can be more quickly transformed and transfigured, leading thus more quickly to greater harmony in the individual and, ultimately, the planetary life. The current state of planetary affairs provides a compelling call and challenge to each one of us to thus achieve.

1 A Treatise on White Magic, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co. 1951, p. 639.
2 A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co. 1951, p. 1141.
3 The Secret Doctrine, Vol. I, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Theosophical Press, 1977, p. 80.