“(Stanza VII continues the history, tracing the descent of life down to the appearance of Man, and thus closes the first Book of The Secret Doctrine.)
1. BEHOLD THE BEGINNING OF SENTIENT FORMLESS LIFE.
FIRST, THE DIVINE (VEHICLE), THE ONE FROM THE MOTHER-SPIRIT (ATMAN); THEN THE SPIRITUAL (ATMA-BUDDHI, SPIRIT-SOUL);
(AGAIN) THE THREE FROM THE ONE,THE FOUR FROM THE ONE, AND THE FIVE, FROM WHICH THE THREE, THE FIVE AND THE SEVEN – THESE ARE THE THREEFOLD AND THE FOURFOLD DOWNWARD; THE “MIND-BORN” SONS OF THE FIRST LORD (AVALOKITESVARA), THE SHINING SEVEN (THE “BUILDERS”).
IT IS THEY WHO ARE THOU, ME, HIM, O LANOO; THEY WHO WATCH OVER THEE AND THY MOTHER, BHUMI (THE EARTH).
The hierarchy of Creative Powers is divided into seven (or 4 and 3) esoteric, within the twelve great Orders, recorded in the twelve signs of the Zodiac; the seven of the manifesting scale being connected, moreover, with the Seven Planets. All this is subdivided into numberless groups of divine Spiritual, and ethereal Beings.
The highest group is composed of the divine Flames, so-called. They are the formless Fiery Breaths, identical in one aspect with the upper Sephirothal TRIAD which is place by the Kabbalists in the “Archetypal World”.
The Second Order of Celestial Beings, those of Fire and Aether, whose names are legion, are still formless, but more definitely “substantial”. They are the first differentiation in the Secondary Evolution or “Creation” – a misleading word.
As the name shows, they are the prototypes of the incarnating Jivas or Monads, and are composed of the Fiery Spirit of Life.
The Third Order corresponds to the Atma-Buddhi-Manas; Spirit, Soul, and Intellect, and is called the “Triads”.
The Fourth are substantial Entities. This is the highest group among the Rupas (Atomic Forms). It is the nursery of the human, conscious, spiritual Souls.
The Darwinian theory, of the transmission of acquired faculties, is neither taught nor accepted in Occultism. Evolution, in it, proceeds on quite different lines; the physical, according to esoteric teaching, evolving gradually from the spiritual, mental, and psychic.
The Fifth group is a very mysterious one, as it is connected with the Microcosmic Pentagon, the five-pointed star representing man.
The Sixth and Seventh groups partake of the lower qualities of the Quaternary.
This sixth group, moreover, remains almost inseparable from man, who draws from it all but his highest and lowest principles, or his spirit and body, the five middle human principles being the very essence of this Dhyanis.”
H. P. Blavatsky