The Seven Major Centers
It would be of value here if we consider the energy body which UNDERLIES the dense physical vehicle.
There are many focal points of force within the body, but we shall deal only with the MAJOR SEVEN which CONTROL in some degree ALL the remaining.
1. The head Center. This is located at the very top of the head. It is frequently called “the thousand-petalled lotus” or the Brahmarandra.
a. It corresponds to the central SPIRITUAL SUN.(this would correspond to the Monadic Essence or the divine Spirit of the Sun. The Heart of the Sun, correlates to the Soul of the Sun or Solar Logos . Mdb)
b. It is brought into functioning activity after the third initiation and is the organ for the distribution of monadic energy, of the will aspect of divinity.(the WILL aspect is the first aspect of divinity. It is the Father aspect in the Christian religion. Monadic energy is that of the Spirit or real Self.Mdb)
c. It is related to the triple personality by the antahkarana, (an immaterial bridge uniting the personality with the soul) which disciples and initiates are in process of constructing and which reaches its full usefulness only after the destruction of the causal body at the fourth initiation. (When man individualized the causal (subtle) body was formed. It is in the process of being built & developed by man. It is the body for the Ego or soul. More on this later. Mdb)
d. It is the Shamballa center in the physical body and the agent of the Father or of the first divine aspect. (The 3 centers in the Lord of the World are: Shamballa, the Hierarchy and Humanity. Initiates of very high degrees i.e. the 8th & 9th degree make up Shamballa. The 3 centers correspond to the head, heart and throat chakras for the Lord of the World. Mdb)
e. It registers purpose, corresponds to the “electric fire” of the solar system, and is DYNAMIC in quality. (The 3 fires are electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction. They correspond to spirit, soul and body. Mdb)
f. Its dense physical externalization is the PINEAL gland in the head. This remains active during infancy and until the WILL-TO-BE is sufficiently established so that the incarnating person is firmly anchored in physical incarnation. In the final stages of divine expression in man it again comes into activity and usefulness as the agent for the accomplishment on earth of the WILL ENERGY of established Being.
g. It is the organ of synthesis because, after the third initiation and prior to the destruction of the causal body, it gathers into itself the energies of all the three aspects of manifested life. Where man is concerned, this means the energies of the Spiritual Triad, of the threefold egoic lotus (soul) and of the triple personality, thus again making the nine of initiation. The energies thus synchronized and focused in, around and above the head are of great beauty and extensive radiation, plus dynamic effectiveness. They serve to relate the initiate to all parts of the planetary life, to the Great Council at Shamballa, and to the Lord of the World, the final Initiator—via the Buddha and one of the three Buddhas of Activity. The Buddha, in a most peculiar sense relates the initiate to the second aspect of divinity—that of love—and therefore to the Hierarchy; The Buddhas of Activity relate him to the third aspect of divinity, that of active intelligence. Thus the energy of will, of consciousness and of creativity meet in him, providing the synthesis of the (three) divine aspects.
h. This is only one of the 7 centers which at the time of perfected liberation, retains the position of an inverted lotus, with the stem of the lotus (the antahkarana, in reality) reaching up into “the 7th Heaven” thus linking the initiate with the first major planetary center, Shamballa. (The centers or chakras have the appearance of a lotus, the heart center with 12 petals, others with or more or less petals. Mdb)
2. The Ajna Center. This is the center between the eyebrows and is found in the region of the head just above the two eyes, where it “acts as a screen for the radiant beauty and the glory of the spiritual man.”
A. It corresponds to the physical sun and is the expression of the personality, integrated and functioning—first of all as the disciple, and finally as the initiate. This is the true persona or mask.
B. It achieves this functioning activity fully by the time the third initiation is taken. It is the organ for the distribution of the energy of the third aspect—the energy of active INTELLIGENCE.
C. It is related to the personality by the creative THREAD of LIFE, and is therefore closely connected with the throat center, just as the head center is related to the center at the base of the spine. An active interplay, once established between the ajna center and the throat center, produces a creative life and a manifested expression of the divine idea on the part of the initiate. (they can express creatively as writers, composers, artists, generals, inventors, scientists, diplomats, CEO’s, etc. Mdb) The forces of the ajna and the throat centers when combined, produce the highest manifestation of “fire by friction”, just as the energies of the head center and the center at the base of the spine produce the individual “electric fire” which, when fully expressing itself, we call the kundalini fire. (The fire in the threefold etheric spinal column. Mdb)
D. The head center RELATES the monad and the personality. The ajna center relates the Spiritual Triad (the expression of the monad in the formless worlds) to the personality. Ponder on this statement, because you have here—in the symbolism of the head center, physically considered—the reflection of the spiritual will, Atma, and spiritual love, Buddhi. (these are other names for the two aspects of divinity: Atma, the 1st aspect and Buddhi the 2nd aspect. The third aspect of deity is called: Manas or intelligence. Concentrate on the Ajna center in your Meditation. Mdb) Here also comes in the teaching on the place of the eyes in the development of conscious expression, creatively carrying forward the divine purpose.
The Third Eye…………………the head center……………… .WILL……………..ATMA
The eye of the Father, the Monad. SHAMBALLA
The first aspect of Will or Power and Purpose.
Related to the pineal gland.
The Right Eye………………………..the Ajna center…………….LOVE……………BUDDHI
The eye of the Son, the Soul. HIERARCHY
The second aspect of Love-Wisdom
Related to the pituitary body
The Left Eye………………………..the throat center………….…ACTIVE INTELLIGENCE
The eye of the Mother, the personality. HUMANITY
The third aspect of intelligence.
Related to the carotid gland.
When these 3 eyes are functioning you will then have insight into divine PURPOSE (the initiate), intuitive vision of the PLAN (the disciple), and a spiritual direction of the resulting creative activity (the Master).
e. The Ajna center registers or focuses the INTENTION TO CREATE. It is not the organ of creation in the same sense that the throat center is, but it embodies the idea lying behind active creativity.
f. Its dense externalization is the pituitary body; the two lobes of this gland correspond to the two multiple petals of the ajna center. It expresses imagination and desire in their two highest forms and these are the dynamic factors lying behind all creation.
g. The ajna center is the point in the head where the dualistic nature of manifestation in the three worlds is symbolized.
h. This center, having only two real petals, is not a true lotus in the same sense as are the other centers. Its petals are composed of 96 lesser petals or units of force (48+48=96) but these do not assume the flower shape of the other lotuses. They spread out like the WINGS of an airplane to the right and left of the head, and are symbolic of the right hand and the left hand path, of the way of MATTER and the way of SPIRIT. They constitute symbolically, therefore the two arms of the Cross upon which the man is crucified….two streams of energy or light placed athwart the stream of life descending from the Monad to the base of the spine and passing through the head.
Pg. 150 The idea of relativity must be held in mind in order to comprehend the centers interiorly related within the etheric body, related at the same time to the subtler bodies, to the states of consciousness, which are synonymous to states of being and of expression, to RAY energies, to environing conditions, to the three periodical vehicles (as H.P.B. calls the personality, the threefold soul and the Spiritual Triad), to Shamballa and to the totality of manifested lives. (The seven Ray energies express through the planets which color the expression of our personality, the vehicle for the soul. Their energies affect all creation manifest or unmanifest. Mdb) The complexity of the subject is extreme, but when the disciple or initiate is functioning in the three worlds and the various energies of the whole man are ‘grounded’ in the earthbound man, then the situation becomes clearer. Certain ray influences appear more dominant than others. Certain “patterns of being” appear. The student must concentrate upon the appearance of the man (himself or another) and upon the emerging QUALITY.