RE: Additional notes on SYMBOLOGY : January 08, 2006
Jan 11, 2006 05:21 AM
by W.Dallas TenBroeck
1/11/2006 5:15 AM
Additional notes on SYMBOLOGY
"The six-pointed Star refers to the six Forces or Powers of Nature, the
six planes, principles, etc., etc., all synthesized by the seventh, or
the central point in the Star. All these, the upper and lower
hierarchies included, emanate from the "Heavenly or Celestial Virgin,"
the great mother in all religions, the Androgyne, the Sephira-Adam-
Kadmon. In its Unity, primordial light is the seventh, or highest,
principle, Daivi-prakriti, the light of the unmanifested Logos. But in
its differentiation it becomes Fohat, or the "Seven Sons." The former is
symbolized by the Central point in the double-Triangle; the latter by the
hexagon itself, or the "six limbs" of the Microprosopus the Seventh being
Malkuth, the "Bride" of the Christian Kabalists, or our Earth."
THE SECRET DOCTRINE, I p. 216.
INTERLACED TRIANGLES SYMBOL – Master on
“Does your B.T.S. know the meaning of the white and black interlaced
triangles, of the Parent Society's seal that it has also adopted? Shall I
explain? -- the double triangle viewed by the Jewish Kabalists as Solomon's
Seal, is, as many of you doubtless know the Sri-antara of the archaic Aryan
Temple, the "mystery of Mysteries," a geometrical synthesis of the whole
The two interlaced triangles are the Buddhangums of Creation. They contain
the "squaring of the circle," the "philosophical stone," the great problems
of Life and Death, and -- the Mystery of Evil. The chela who can explain
this sign from every one of its aspects -- is virtually an adept.
How is it then that the only one among you, who has come so near to
unravelling the mystery is also the only one who got none of her ideas from
books? Unconsciously she gives out -- to him who has the key -- the first
syllable of the Ineffable name! Of course you know that the double-triangle
-- the Satkiri Chakram of Vishnu -- or the six-pointed star, is the perfect
seven. In all the old Sanskrit works -- Vedic and Tantrik -- you find the
number 6 mentioned more often than the 7 -- this last figure, the central
point being implied, for it is the germ of the six and their matrix. It is
then thus . . .
[At this point in the original there is a rough drawing of the interlaced
triangles inscribed in a circle. -- ED.]
-- the central point standing for seventh, and the circle, the Mahakasha --
endless space -- for the seventh Universal Principle. In one sense, both are
viewed as Avalokitesvara, for they are respectively the Macrocosm and the
The interlaced triangles -- the upper pointing one -- is Wisdom concealed,
and the downward pointing one -- Wisdom revealed (in the phenomenal world).
The circle indicates the bounding, circumscribing quality of the All, the
Universal Principle which, from any given point expands so as to embrace all
things, while embodying the potentiality of every action in the Cosmos.
As the point then is the centre round which the circle is traced -- they are
identical and one, and though from the standpoint of Maya and Avidya --
(illusion and ignorance) -- one is separated from the other by the
manifested triangle, the 3 sides of which represent the three gunas --
finite attributes. In symbology the central point is Jivatma (the 7th
principle), and hence Avalokitesvara, the Kwan-Shai-yin, the manifested
"Voice" (or Logos), the germ point of manifested activity; -- hence -- in
the phraseology of the Christian Kabalists "the Son of the Father and
Mother," and agreeably to ours -- "the Self manifested in Self -- Yih-sin,
the "one form of existence," the child of Dharmakaya (the universally
diffused Essence), both male and female.
Parabrahm or "Adi-Buddha" while acting through that germ point outwardly as
an active force, reacts from the circumference inwardly as the Supreme but
The double triangles symbolize the Great Passive and the Great Active; the
male and female; Purusha and Prakriti. Each triangle is a Trinity because
presenting a triple aspect. The white represents in its straight lines:
Gnanam -- (Knowledge); Gnata -- (the Knower); and Gnayam -- (that which is
known). The black-form, colour, and substance, also the creative,
preservative, and destructive forces and are mutually correlating, etc.,
Well may you admire and more should you wonder at the marvellous lucidity of
that remarkable seeress, who ignorant of Sanskrit or Pali, and thus shut out
from their metaphysical treasures, has yet seen a great light shining from
behind the dark bills of exoteric religions. How, think you, did ...come to
know that Adonai was the Son and not the Father; or that the third Person of
the Christian Trinity is -- female?
Verily, they lay in that work several times their hands upon the keystone of
Occultism. Only does the lady -- who persists using without an explanation
the misleading term "God" in her writings -- know how nearly she comes up to
our doctrine when saying: -- "Having for Father, Spirit which is Life (the
endless Circle or Parabrahm) and for Mother the Great Deep, which is
Substance (Prakriti in its undifferentiated condition) -- Adonai possesses
the potency of both and wields the dual powers of all things."
We would say triple, but in the sense as given this will do. Pythagoras had
a reason for never using the finite, useless figure -- 2, and for altogether
The ONE, can, when manifesting, become only 3. The unmanifested when a
simple duality remains passive and concealed. The dual monad (the 7th and
6th principles) has, in order to manifest itself as a Logos, the
"Kwan-shai-yin" to first become a triad (7th, 6th and half of the 5th);
then, on the bosom of the "Great Deep" attracting within itself the One
Circle -- form out of it the perfect Square, thus "squaring the circle" --
the greatest of all the mysteries, friend -- and inscribing within the
latter the -- WORD (the Ineffable name) -- otherwise the duality could never
tarry as such, and would have to be reabsorbed into the ONE. The "Deep" is
Space -- both male and female. "Purush (as Brahma) breathes in the Eternity:
when 'he' in-breathes -- Prakriti (as manifested Substance) disappears in
his bosom; when 'he' out-breathes she reappears as Maya," says the Sloka.
The One reality is Mulaprakriti (undifferentiated Substance) -- the
"Rootless root," the. . .
MAHATMA LETTERS (Barker) , pp. 345-7
From: W.Dallas TenBroeck
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 4:59 AM
Subject: : digest: January 08, 2006
1/11/2006 4:45 AM
Dear Cass and Friends:
I do not get the connection between the two quotes. Please help.
HPB in the SECRET DOCTRINE offers this on SYMBOLOGY
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