“3. WHEN ONE BECOMES THE TWO – THE “THREEFOLD” APPEARS.
THE THREE ARE (LINKED INTO) ONE; AND IT IS OUR THREAD, O LANOO, THE HEART OF THE MAN-PLANT, CALLED SAPTAPARNA.
In order to form a clear conception of what is meant by the One becoming two, and then being transformed into the “threefold”, the student has to make himself thoroughly acquainted with what we call “Rounds”.
By a “Round” is meant the serial evolution of nascent material nature, of the seven globes of our chain with their mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms (man being there included in the latter and standing at the head of it) during the whole period of a life-cycle.
It is, in short, one revolution of the “Wheel” (our planetary chain), which is composed of seven globes (or seven separate “Wheels”, in another sense this time).
When evolution has run downward into matter, from planet A to planet G, or Z, as the Western students call it, it is one Round.
In the middle of the Fourth revolution, which is our present “Round”: “Evolution has reached its acme of physical development, crowned its work with the perfect physical man, and, from this point, begins its work spirit-ward.”
Now every “Round” (on the descending scale) is but a repetition in a more concrete form of the Round which preceded it, as every globe – down to our fourth sphere (the actual earth) – is a grosser and more material copy of the more shadowy sphere which precedes it in their successive order, on the three higher planes.
On its way upwards to the ascending arc, Evolution spiritualizes and etherealizes, so to speak, the general nature of all, bringing it on to a level with the plane on which the twin globe on the opposite side is placed;
the result being, that when the seventh globe is reached (in whatever Round) the nature of everything that is evolving returns to the condition it was in at its starting point – plus, every time, a new and superior degree in the states of consciousness.
The concluding sentence of this sloka shows how archaic is the belief and the doctrine that man is seven-fold in his constitution.
“The Man-plant”, Saptaparna, thus refers to the seven principles, and man is compared to the seven-leaved plant of this name so sacred among Buddhists.”
H. P. Blavatsky