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Here are a series of suggestions and associations which can be used in attempting to interpret these Stanzas. It is probable that the entire TCF is the Tibetan’s interpretation of these Stanzas of Dzyan (and perhaps even more of them), so we are probably very limited in our ability to ascertain the correct interpretation. But we can at least discuss what is suggested to our mind by the Stanzas.

As well there will be many questions posed. The attempted preliminary interpretation of these Stanzas is hardly the place for assertions. Questions may open the group mind and illumination descend.

What is important is for us to develop an ability to relate the presented symbolism to the more literal teaching we have been given. This will not be easy, as a kind of ‘level blind’ persists throughout this work.

These Stanzas may not at all be sequential but may describe different phases of the cosmic, solar systemic and planetary Creative Process.

This preliminary work on the Stanzas is meant to offer to interested students a way of “getting started” with the difficult process of interpreting them. I suspect that no definitive interpretation can be offered exoterically as it may well be that secrets of initiation pervade these Stanzas (which may be one of the reasons for their rather opaque –opaque to us -- presentation).

What we are doing here is making a small attempt to ‘prepare the field’ for a type of study which may go on for a number of lifetimes. The Stanzas have often been considered impenetrable and few have ventured into them with any confidence or degree of certainty. This is also true of my attempt to penetrate some of the possible meanings; there is no true confidence or certainty—only the will to offer some of the associations which arise when considering these words in the hope that they may stimulate further inquiry—and it must be, I would think, group inquiry if there is to result a degree of illumination sufficient to the effort expended.

STANZAS OF DYZAN

[Page 11]

STANZA I

The Secret of the Fire lieth hid in the second letter of the Sacred Word. The mystery of life is concealed within the heart. When the lower point vibrates, when the sacred triangle glows, when the point, the middle center, and the apex, connect and circulate the Fire, when the threefold apex likewise burns, then the two triangles—the greater and the lesser—merge into one flame, which burneth up the whole.

[Discussion of Stanza I of the Stanzas of Dzyan

from A Treatise on Cosmic Fire]



The secret of the Fire lies hid in the second letter of the sacred Word. The mystery of life is concealed within the heart. When that lower point vibrates, when the Sacred Triangle glows, when the point, the middle centre, and the apex likewise burn, then the two triangles—the greater and the lesser—merge into one flame which burneth up the whole.

  1. At this point it would be profitable to insert what was said of this Stanza early in our work. There are a few possible interpretations and it is impossible to be dogmatic about which should prevail.

  2. Of one thing we can be certain: we are speaking of a great liberation. Does the liberation refer to the soul level, the triadal level, or to the level of the Monad, or perhaps to all three? Perhaps persistent, contemplative pondering will reveal.



  1. Is Stanza I ultimately about pralaya—any pralaya?

  2. A group member suggested that this Stanza offers a picture of the Culmination of the process of illumination]

  3. Or does it have an entirely lower correspondence in relation to the destruction of the causal body?
  4. Scenario I: When considering this Stanza in relation to the process of the destruction of the causal body or in relation to a much larger process which is analogous to such a destruction, then—


  5. The term “point” may mean the triangle of permanent atoms (atomic triangle): physical permanent atom, astral permanent atom, and the mental unit.

  6. Then, the “middle center” would be considered the Jewel in the Lotus (representing all the petals) or simply the causal body as a whole.

  7. The “sacred triangle” would be considered equivalent to the spiritual triad. Sacred means spiritual.

  8. Why would the sacred triangle glow? Perhaps because it would be coming into greater life as the time comes for the destruction of the causal body.

  9. In this scenario the “apex” could mean:

  10. another name for the spiritual triad, for the apex is threefold like the triad; i.e., it is called “the threefold apex”.

  11. Or the apex could also be the atmic aspect of the spiritual triad.

  12. Or the apex could suggest the monad (a stream of energy from which) is energetically involved in the destruction of the causal body.

  13. A group member suggested: is the “middle center” perhaps the spiritual triad? In that case the monad would be the apex (which is also threefold) and the destruction discussed would be a greater destruction than simply that of the causal body (or analogous structures at levels of evolution higher than the human).

  14. If, however, the process described is the destruction of the causal body (or a macrocosmic parallel) it would be unlikely that the “middle center” would be the spiritual triad. We know that the causal body is often known as “a” or “the” “middle center” and that the process of destroying the causal body, this “middle center” does get burned up. At least at the destruction of the causal body, the spiritual triad is not consumed by flame, so, if we are only discussing the destruction of the causal body, the “middle center” cannot be the spiritual triad.
  15. IF, however, this Stanza indicates a far greater process than the destruction of the causal body (such as the sixth initiation), the “middle center” might be the spiritual triad. Such a process would indicate the release of the monad from the five lower planes of superhuman evolution—atmic, buddhic, manasic, astral, etheric-physical. In this case the “apex” would be the monad.


  16. Scenario II: If such a scenario indicated a greater process than the destruction of the causal body:

  17. The “lower point” could be considered…

  18. The middle center would be the spiritual triad.

  19. The “sacred triangle that glows” would be the spiritual triad.

  20. The apex would be the monad, which is threefold and thus a “threefold apex”

  21. As we study the Stanza we note that the threefold apex is also burning. Does this simply mean that it is stimulated or that it is entirely consumed?

  22. The “atomic triangle” represents the personality which is now soul-infused.

  23. Looking at the process geometrically, we could say that the threefold triad, merges with the threefold personality, and the monad stands as the point in the middle, the central point of inspiration. Geometrically, we would have a six-pointed star with a central point.

  24. Stanza I has, perhaps, a general application to a number of fiery processes of release, but can (with reason) refer also to the destruction of the causal body.

  25. The Sacred Word will not be OM consisting of only two letters, as the term “second letter” would make less sense than if there were a triplicity of letters.

  26. If the Sacred Word, in this instance, were the OM, then the second letter would be the “M” which is unlikely to hold the “Secret of Fire”, being a material letter.

  27. So probably AUM, in this instance, is the Word, even though it has a lower third-aspect meaning described by the Tibetan. “U” has much to do with relationship. It is the chalice. It also indicates descent and ascent.

  28. It was suggested that the U is possessed of a lower arc, indicating descent into lower experience to learn how to unite the opposites.
  29. The Second Ray Lord is called the “Cosmic Mystery”


  30. U = 21 or = 3

  31. AUM = 8 A = 1, U = 21 = 3, M = 13 = 4 = 35 (proposed number of the 5th ray—see the writings of Stephen Pugh).

  32. Can AUM be the word of the Holy Spirit?

  33. Is there a difference between AUM and A.U.M.? Does one indicate a final synthesis, while the A.U.M. indicates separation? The periods or stops between the three letters could be symbols of the separation of the aspects which exists during the more personal/material phases of evolution.

  34. The word AUM, equaling 35, seems to reference the Triads and the Solar Angels, for the “Triads” are the Third Creative Hierarchy and the Solar Angels the Fifth.

  35. The number 35 is given importance in Letters on Occult Meditation, as when souls are counter in relation to the first subplane of the mental plane, there are 35 groups of them. (cf. LOM 38)

  36. From chemistry the AU of AUM is the symbol for gold,
    which is the symbol for the self (spirit and soul) as opposed to the material vehicle of the self the “M”. The letters AU suggest Self and M suggest the matter in which the Self is expressed.

  37. A + U = 22. AU is the Self (pure gold) and 22 relates to the Self.

  38. The AU as 22 relates to the combination of the soul and personality rays of the Solar Logos—both of which are the second ray.

  39. The word “auto” (related to the AU), again suggests the Self.

  40. The “A” suggests God the Father; the “U”, God the Son; and the “M”, God the Holy Spirit (third aspect), related to the M of Mother, Matter and Mind

  41. The configuration of the “M” as ‘IVI’ must also be considered.
  42. When we move from the AUM to the OM, we are uniting the first and second aspects—the AU into the O (God the Father and the Son) The O is a symbol of the first and second ray combined—let us call the “O” a second ray symbolization of the first ray. Jupiter (a planet with much second ray) and probably (as Zeus, the ‘Wielder of Thunderbolts’) some of the first ray, has for its letter symbol, the “O”. See Rudolf Steiner in this regard.


  43. OM is the symbol of the relationship of soul to matter.

  44. In the progressive changing of and coalescing of the various letters of the AUM into OM, AM (missing the middle letter) and A (missing the middle and last letter), we are speaking of the destruction of the “Middle Principle” and, finally, the liberation of the spirit from any association with the five subplanes of human and superhuman evolution.

  45. The 1 + 3 + 4 of the AUM totals to 8 and is, thus, a word related to the Christ vibration. The 8 can also be negative, and thus the very material meaning of the AUM.

  46. Eliminate the U of AUM, you get AM. AM = 1 + 4 = pyramid (consisting of the square and the elevated point of initiation) n the process of initiation, the “I AM” is made apparent. One discovers who one really is.

  47. The AM can be considered the ‘Temple of Initiation’ which is the Pyramid.

  48. The “I AM” sums to 23 (9 + 1 + 13). The 23 suggests the ration of 2/3 or 3/2, which is the perfect fifth or dominant related to the soul. When one becomes soul conscious the “I AM” appears.

  49. Another way to combine the letters of AUM (1 + 3 + 4) shows that 1 = Spirit/Monad, 3 = Triad (reflected in the soul body), 4 = Personality

  50. Another name for the soul is the “Triangle”..
  51. The 4 of “M” tells us about the 4th initiation (approaching the fifth), where the “A” or first ray becomes most powerful (cf. R&I 340). The AUM (interpreted on a higher turn of the spiral) is relevant at the 4th and 5th initiation. At the fourth initiation the fourth ray is dominant. At the fifth initiation, the first ray dominates. The 1 + 4 can represent Aether plus the fourth elements. The Master focuses on plane of Atma, the fifth plane from below.


  52. We can consider that AM in relation to the chakras—the A correlating with the top of the head (ruled by the first ray) and the M with base of the spine (presently, a fourfold chakra)

  53. Thus, we have in the AM, two symbols of the Master—the Five-pointed Star and the Pyramid.

  54. We can profitably consider musical notes in relation to the AUM:

  55. The note of the M is the FA or F, or “God the Holy Spirit”

  56. The note of the U is the SOL or G of “God the Son”

  57. Note of the A is the “DO” or (esoterically) C of “God the Father”

  58. The U is the heart of the AUM, as the causal body is the heart of the monad. The concept of U-as-You brings in the theme of relationship, which is the province of the second ray and the number two.

  59. From another point of view, this Stanza may indicate the destruction of everything ‘under’ the monad.

  60. Points Emerging in Group Discussion:

  61. This is an archetypal process, the entire story of fire.

  62. Does this process reflect events at the fourth initiation or the sixth?

  63. Could it be that the “sacred triangle” can be three higher permanent atoms.

  64. Be alert to the idea that the “middle center” could be the Jewel in the Lotus.

  65. Remember that fire from the monad is involved in the destruction of the causal body.

  66. The apex can be the monad

  67. Scenario III, which is a case for the sixth initiation:

  68. The lower point is the manasic permanent atom,

  69. The “middle center” is the buddhic permanent atom

  70. The apex (not the threefold apex) is the atmic permanent atom
  71. Thus, the lower point, the middle center and the first apex (different from the threefold apex) all occur within the spiritual triad.


  72. The spiritual triad is destroyed at the sixth initiation.

  73. The “threefold apex” is, then, the monad

  74. The “lower point” could not mean the mental unit, because there is no mental unit at the sixth initiation, but there is a manasic permanent atom.

  75. Counter arguments to Scenario III:

  76. What then is the lower triangle in this scenario?

  77. There is no personality triangle, so the two triangles cannot be spiritual triad and personality.

  78. The only possibility is the monad and the triad.

  79. At the point of identification as a monad, one becomes a six-pointed star. At a far lower stage of evolution one can also be considered a six-pointed star (entirely subject to form and desire the number for which is six.

  80. Scenario IV:

  81. This stanza may describe in general the process of radioactivity. It would then indicate how the human atom is burned up, and comes into the radius of a larger whole. The human atom is burned up over an incredibly long process. Higher and lower merge and the human unit as a whole becomes liberated as part of the greater whole.

  82. In this scenario, it would have to be the monadic body (and all associated with the monadic body) that is burned.

  83. The greater mystery concealed in this Stanza lies more in the realm of consciousness than in relation to changes of form.

  84. Counter argument to Scenario IV:

  85. Can the monad be truly destroyed if different types of monads pursue different Paths of Higher Evolution?
  86. Or would it be simply the monadic vehicle that is destroyed, liberating the “volatile essence”. (Think of the “volatile essence” as an extension of the ‘RAY of the ABSOLUTE’.) From this perspective, all lives have the same volatile essence—undetached sparks of the One Flame.


  87. A comment was made concerning the crux of the matter. The crux is, “what is the meaning of the term “the whole” in the phrase “burneth up the whole”?

  88. Is it the causal body?

  89. Is it the five lower permanent atoms—the five pointed star (i.e., the five permanent atoms) would be destroyed?

  90. Is it the monadic sphere, and all the extensions of the monad?

  91. Points Emerging in Group Discussion as the attempt was made to arrive at conclusions concerning this stanza, and to understand how we arrive at conclusions.

  92. It is not an “either or” between analysis and intuition. Both are needed. Analysis and intuition are aspects of a duality. Another aspect of the duality concerns questions and comments.

  93. What we are doing in this class should not descend into an “either/or”—we should not separate related dualities. Our process should use dualism but not be used by it.

  94. We must have a process which is aided by both analysis and the intuition.

  95. The best minds when looking for an answer, take it to the limits of what you can understand rationally, and then move away from it. If we go away from it, additional information can come in.
  96. It was thought by one group member that this Stanza feels like the blue print for transcendence, the key to the alchemical process. In this stanza we are, therefore, dealing with the ‘Science of Transcendence’. We have the technology to combine spirit (“nous”) with form, through the nexus (soul), by aligning our spiritual center through the Christ. What is destroyed (the whole) is the level that we are transcending. When we transcend, we are at a different level—what we leave behind is what is destroyed. Figure eights indicate transcendences. We can create the nexus between spirit and form to experience direct knowledge.


  97. A summary was offered of important thoughts relating to the Sacred Word and to the context in which Stanza I can be seen to occur:

  98. The “Secret of the Fire” is the Solar Fire of Love-Wisdom—the major ray of Solar God.

  99. The second letter of the Sacred Word indicates relationship. Thus, the U indicates relationship.

  100. The U can also represent the seven chains of scheme (for they are typically presented in a somewhat ‘U’ formation—i.e., the upper arc of the circle of globes is apparently missing.

  101. If we want to know the Solar Logos we have to become great Hearts like the Christ.

  102. When can we become great Hearts? At the fourth initiation.

  103. To the Solar God, the lower three planes are dense and do not ‘live’.

  104. The U + A = 22; on the 22nd plane (the lowest of the systemic buddhic subplanes, we begin to live.

  105. When we reach the buddhic plane we begin to enter the life of the Solar Logos.

  106. At the fourth initiation we polarize our consciousness upon the buddhic plane.

  107. At the fourth degree we are liberated from the shroud of the soul.

  108. The ‘shroud of the soul’ is the causal body.

  109. At the sixth initiation we are integrated into the program of the Solar Logos—the monad is “:that which has its home within the Sun”.

  110. The ‘smoke clears’ at the fifth initiation.

  111. You have just had a spiritual ‘supernova’ at the fourth initiation and there is still a lot of debris ‘in the air’.

  112. The name of the fifth initiation is the “Illumination”.

  113. A Master is still a man and that is His limitation when compared to a Chohan. A Master is still related to the first solar system. One is truly and completely human at the fifth initiation, and some say at the third.
  114. At the sixth initiation, one is no longer a “man”. You have become a “Planetary Life”. Members of the “Kingdom of Souls” can be considered human.


  115. A summary succinct tabulation of the possible scenarios:

  116. The Sacred Word referenced in this Stanza is likely the AUM.

  117. The “lower point” is likely the atomic triangle representing the lower triangle of personality (mind, emotions and body).

  118. The “sacred triangle” is likely the spiritual triad.

  119. The “middle center” is likely the causal body (at least from one perspective). The “apex” could then be conceived as the spiritual triad. “Apex” and “spiritual triad” would then be equivalent or the “apex” would be the higher part of the triad.

  120. From a higher perspective the “middle center” could be considered the “spiritual triad” which is found ‘between’ the monad and the lower triangle (personality). In this case the “apex” would be the monad, and the monad is threefold. The only problem here is that the term “middle center” seems so often related to the soul body, the causal body.

  121. In this stanza we may be discussing:

  122. The immediate fiery antecedents to all pralayic processes

  123. The destruction of the causal body (a possibility which certainly should be included).

  124. The destruction of the human apparatus within the five worlds (atmic, buddhic, manasic, astral, physical-etheric) leaving only the indestructible monad (in this case the threefold “apex”). This is a prospect which, at least, must be considered.

  125. Exactly how this stanza should be interpreted will have to be left to the light of intuition. Rather good reasons can be found for all three scenarios, as well as counter-indications.

  126. If we choose option ii., we have to give the same meaning to the term “apex” and “sacred triangle”
  127. If we choose option iii., we have to ignore the usual meaning of “middle center” as meaning the causal body.


  128. So let us hold all this ‘in suspension’ awaiting confirmatory intuitive light.

  129. The following is a tabulation offering various scenarios and the manner in which the words of Stanza I would be interpreted in each of these scenarios.



Factors Involved in the Process

Scenario I: Destruction of the Causal Body

Scenario I.2

Destruction of the Causal Body

Scenario II:

Less Important

Destruction of the Spiritual Triad—Do not forget the triangle on the highest levels of the atmic pn

Scenario III:

Less Important

Rewrite This

Destruction of the Monadic Vehicle—liberating the essential Monad and

The heart

The soul

The second aspect of divinity

The second aspect of divinity

The second aspect of divinity

Point, Lower Point

The atomic triangle

The atomic triangle

Manasic permanent atom

The lspt ower triangle of man


Middle Center

The causal body

The causal body

Buddhic permanent atom

The threefold Monad

Sacred Triangle

The spiritual triad

The spiritual triad

The spiritual triad

The spiritual triad

Apex

The spiritual Triad (or just the manasic permanent atom)

The monad

Atmic permanent atom

Essence of the Monad

Threefold Apex

The spiritual triad

The monad

Monad

The monad

Greater Triangle

The spiritual triad

The spiritual triad

The monad

The spiritual triad

Lesser Triangle

The personality triangle

The personality triangle

The spiritual triad

The

One Flame

The fiery process which destroys the causal body

The fiery process which destroys the causal body


The entire fiery process which destroys everything ‘under’ the monad.

The entire process which releases the monad into a higher sphere of life—ie. The logoic plane

The Whole

The causal body

The causal body

All aspects ‘under’ the monad

The entire human atom—but retaining the volatile essence which is liberated on to the seventh plane



  1. Immediately below is a restatement of Stanza I to help orient our thought.

STANZA I

The Secret of the Fire lieth hid in the second letter of the Sacred Word. The mystery of life is concealed within the heart. When the lower point vibrates, when the sacred triangle glows, when the point, the middle center, and the apex, connect and circulate the Fire, when the threefold apex likewise burns, then the two triangles—the greater and the lesser—merge into one flame, which burneth up the whole.



  1. In the following difficult stanzas, the words ‘probably’ and ‘possibly’ will often be used. There is no way at this time to ascertain the accuracy of the interpretations.

[Page 12]

STANZA II

["AUM," said the Mighty One, and sounded forth the Word. The sevenfold waves of matter resolved themselves, and varied forms appeared. Each took its place, each in the sphere ordained. They waited for the sacred flood to enter and to fill.

The Builders responded to the sacred sound. In musical collaboration they attended to the work. They built in many spheres, beginning with the third. Upon this plane their work commenced. They built the sheath of atma and strung it to its Primary.

"AUM," said the Mighty One. "Let now the work proceed. Let the Builders of the air continue with the plan."

The Deva-Lord and Builders upon the plane of air worked with the forms within that sphere which is reckoned mainly theirs. They wrought for union, each in his group assigned. The moulds grew fast beneath their hands.

The sacred plane of juncture, the fourth great plane, became the sphere within the greater circle which marked the goal for man.

"AUM," said the Mighty One, He breathed forth to the fifth, the plane which is the burning-ground, the meeting place for fire. This time a cosmic note is heard beneath the sound systemic. The fire within, the fire without, meet with the fire ascending. The guardians of the cosmic fire, the devas of fohatic heat, watched o'er the forms that formless stood, waiting a point in time.

[Page 13]

The builders of a lesser grade, devas who work with matter, wrought at the forms. They stood in fourfold order. Upon the threefold levels in empty silence stood the forms. They vibrated, they responded to the key, yet useless stood and uninhabited.

"AUM," said the Mighty One, "let the waters too bring forth." The builders of the watery sphere, the denizens of moisture, produced the forms that move within the kingdom of Varuna. They grew and multiplied. In constant flux they swayed. Each ebb of cosmic motion increased the endless flow. The ripple of the forms was seen.

"AUM," said the Mighty One, "let the Builders deal with matter." The molten solidified. The solid forms were built. The crust cooled. The rocks congealed. The builders wrought in tumult to produce the forms of maya. When the rocky strata were completed the work stood in completion. The builders of the lowest grade announced the work was finished.

Forth from the rocky strata emerged the covering next. The builders of the second agreed the work was done. The first and second on the upward way stood forth in fourfold form. The inner five was somewhat seen by those whose sight was keen.

"AUM," said the Mighty One, and gathered in His Breath. The spark within the peopling third impelled to further growth. The builders of the lowest forms, manipulating densest maya, merged their production with the forms built by the watery ones. Matter and water merged produced the third in time. Ascension thus progressed. The builders worked in union. They called the guardians of the fiery zone. [Page 14] Matter and water mixed with fire, the inner spark within the form were blended all together.

The Mighty One looked down. The forms met His approval. Forth came the cry for further light. Again He gathered in the sound. He drew to higher levels the feeble spark of light. Another tone was heard, the sound of cosmic fire, hid in the Sons of Manas. They called to their Primaries. The lower four, the higher three, and the cosmic fifth met at the great inbreathing. Another sheath was formed.

"AUM," said the Mighty One, and sounded forth the Word. The sevenfold waves of matter resolved themselves, and varied forms [of molecular matter] appeared. [Molecules on the six subsidiary subplanes are forms, formed by the Second Outpouring] Each took its place, each in the sphere ordained. They waited for the sacred flood [flood of energy] to enter and to fill.


  1. This verse speaks of preparing matter and building form.

  2. We are dealing with events in our own universe, and the “Mighty One” is probably the Solar Logos.

  3. The phraseology suggests the chart which shows us the “Three Outpourings”.

  4. The resolving of the “sevenfold waves of matter” suggests the action of Fohat (considered as an aspect of the Solar Logos) acting to create the atomic matter of our solar system. [There is a precipitation occurring from wave-form to particulate form]

  5. However the appearance of the “varied form” suggests the action of the form building aspect of divinity—the second aspect of divinity, which builds the forms which are the matter of the six subplanes of every solar plane. This is molecular matter and such matter is a form.

It will be remembered that the first great outpouring from the Logos vivified universal substance and caused every atom of matter within the "ring-pass-not" of His system to vibrate in seven different measures of vibration. [The work of logoic Fohat] [Fohat only differentiates matter on the atomic sub-planes] The second outpouring caused molecular combinations, thus forming the six subplanes below the atomic on each plane, and produced form. It was at the time of the second outpouring that each of the divine centres of consciousness put forth a thread of being into an atom of the highest sub-planes of the atmic, the buddhic, and the manasic planes,—atoms destined to be the nuclei of the future bodies, each on its respective plane, the three forming the upper triad so often referred to. [No bodies yet] (EP I 168)



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