by Fr. E.S.Q.S.
Cont. from PART I., Sec. I.
NOTE: Please bear in mind that I am not perfect in my formulation. I have undoubtedly made many mistakes throughout. If something I say happens to war against Pythagorean Hylozoics a la HTL and LA, please disregard what I say. I am no infallible authority. In other words, please, take care to think for yourself.
NOTE: This work presupposes that you are at least somewhat familiar with the new esoteric numeric nomenclature introduced by HTL. If you are not familiar with this, then you will probably experience some difficulties in reading this material.
That being said, “man” – the true Self – is not actually the causal envelope (47:1-3); rather, “man” or the true Self is found in the causal envelope (47:1-3), does not live in the envelopes of incarnation. “Man”, according to Esoterics – and especially Pythagorean Hylozoics – is a single evolutionary monad, involved into a first triad of semi-permanent atoms and molecules (one physical atom 49:1, one emotional atom 48:1, and one mental molecule 47:4), and contained in the causal envelope (47:1-3). “Man”, the monad, during incarnation is seated in one of these semi-permanent atoms or molecules. Where most people are concerned, they are seated in the first triad emotional atom 48:1 and, thus, are called, “emotional selves”.
The Indestructible Monad
As was mentioned previously, “man” is not properly the causal envelope (47:1-3); rather, “man” is an evolutionary monad in the fourth natural kingdom, involved into a first triad (49:1, 48:1, and 47:4), and contained in a causal envelope (47:1-3). The monad consciousness is the true Self. The monad, a permanent primordial atom, one of the fundamental building blocks of the cosmos, is indestructible. The Self cannot be destroyed. The Self does not dissolve. The envelopes (of incarnation) – and their corresponding consciousnesses - dissolve because they are built up from primordial atoms, but a single primordial atom is not built up of anything. The primordial atom is a point of force, a point of consciousness, in a sea of force and a sea of consciousness. Everything else in the cosmos is envelopes. Thus, in reality, it is the monad, contained in its higher, finer envelopes (i.e.: 47:1-3 in this case) that is “reincarnating” or, more precisely, repeatedly involving into denser material worlds. Analogically, it is like telescoping into and out of the denser material worlds. This is a necessary process for the growth and development of the monad’s consciousness. It will continue “reincarnating” or involving into denser material worlds until it has finally activated and mastered all the types and kinds of consciousness and energies there are in those kinds of matter. Then, eventually, it will have no need of “incarnating” or involving into some denser material worlds.
Probably someone will say, “But what about the fact that we do not remember our past lives – isn’t that sufficient proof that there is no such thing?” This is an understandable conclusion; however, it is incorrect. For starters, we might remind ourselves of the fact that most of us do not even remember our own childhood, let alone past lives – and, yet, not a one of us would deny having had a childhood. To understand the forgetting, we need to better understand memory. Probably there are many people who think that there is just one kind of memory; after all, this is what they are taught in their psychology courses. The professors will natter on and on about memory, as if they knew even the first thing at all about consciousness. What they are espousing, however, is a theory and not a fact.
According to Pythagorean Hylozoics a la HTL and LA – and in my understanding of it – there are as many different kinds of memory as there are kinds of matter. Thus, for example, in man, we have physical memory (49), emotional memory (48), and mental memory (47) to name just a few; likewise, the substrata – the molecular kinds there are in each envelope – have their own particular kinds of memories: 6 physical molecular kinds have their own memories (49:2-7), 6 emotional molecular kinds have their own memories (48:2-7), and 4 mental molecular kinds have their own memories (47:4-7). We could go even further and say that each and every atom and molecule, itself, has its own particular kind of memory. More permanent kinds of memory in man include the memory of the units in the first triad (the physical atom 49:1, the emotional atom 48:1, and the mental molecule 47:4), our causal memory (47:1-3), and even the monads memory – albeit, this is inaccessible at this juncture. We say that these are more permanent kinds of memory in that these forms are more permanent in man. For example, man keeps the same units of his first triad and the same causal envelope (his so-called “undying soul”) throughout his sojourn in the fourth natural kingdom – the human kingdom. Seeing as these do not dissolve at the end of an incarnation, their memories extend across many lives. The problem is that most of man’s envelopes dissolve at the end of an incarnation – which leads into the reasons why man forgets his previous lives.
The reason for incarnating, in the first place, is so that the monad has an opportunity of activating the types and kinds of matter and consciousness there are in its various envelopes; also, learning how to master the corresponding types and kinds of energies and will that go along with these. Without this mastery, the monad cannot possibly move on to the next higher kingdom in nature – the fifth kingdom, a superhuman kingdom. The goal, where man is concerned, is to eventually activate the causal consciousness there is in his causal envelope (47:1-3). Doing that, however, requires a certain requisite activation of the denser envelopes (of incarnation): 49:3 at least in the physical-etheric envelope, 48:3 at least in the emotional envelope, and 47:5 at least in the mental envelope. Then, and only then, can man begin to activate the causal molecular kinds 47:2,3. What this means in developmental respects is that man is trying to live rationally in a physical sense, is working to ennoble his emotions, and is striving to develop clear thinking. He must be cultivating all aspects of himself – nothing can be denied if he will succeed in passing from the fourth natural kingdom to the fifth natural kingdom. By activating these higher types and kinds of matters and consciousness, the monad is able – eventually - to identify with these higher types and kinds. The more these higher types and kinds of consciousness are activated, the easier it becomes for the monad to identify with them, the more permanent these states of consciousness become.
Where most people are concerned, they never succeed in activating – even momentarily – their causal consciousness. They are often living in their emotions or in their thoughts (the emotional envelope consciousness or the mental envelope consciousness), they are bound up in their personality for the whole of their life (i.e.: in other words, their monad is identified with at least some part of the personality for the whole of its incarnation). Thus, when they die, and the envelopes (of incarnation) dissolve, the personality they were identified with also dissolves. Thus, they “forget themselves”. When all of the envelopes (of incarnation) have dissolved, the monad moves into its one permanent envelope, the causal envelope (the “undying soul”) and slips into a dreamless sleep seeing as it is, as of yet, incapable of activity in its causal envelope. When a new incarnation begins, the monad in its first triad is involved into a new set of envelopes (of incarnation) and these envelopes do not have any memory of the previous lives. Those memories - the memories accessible to the monad at the time - where properly the memories of the previous envelopes that had long since dissolved.
What it All Means
That all said and done, we can finally address just what it all means. The importance of this, the first fundamental law of Esoterics – the law of rebirth or reincarnation – is that it clearly indicates that one life is simply not enough for the growth and development of consciousness. The growth and development of consciousness, evolution actually, is a slow process and takes considerable expanses of time – the more so if we choose to neglect it. Man is in an interesting position for man has the possibility of hastening the growth and development of his consciousness if he will but choose to work for it; elsewise, he must wait for nature to run its course and push the laggard to the finish line some number of eons later. A knowledge of this fundamental Esoteric law is a necessity, for then man will not be so inclined to throw up his hands and say, “Well, if all I have is 70 years to become perfect, then why bother?” Indeed. If all we had was 70 years or so, then no one would ever achieve anything; likewise, it would never give us a satisfying answer to questions such as, “Why is this individual so capable of helping the world, but I am not?” If we understand that there is more than one life, then we see why it is that way: clearly, he is such a one that has developed in previous lives. Thus, nature is not unfair or unjust, having given special powers of contribution to some men and not to others with no rhyme or reason, but – rather – they had been earned, by hard work and toil; by striving to develop consciousness in both himself and in others.
Thanks for your time,
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