“5. THE SPARK HANGS FROM THE FLAME BY THE FINEST THREAD OF FOHAT. IT JOURNEYS THROUGH THE SEVEN WORLDS OF MAYA.
IT STOPS IN THE FIRST (KINGDOM), AND IS A METAL AND A STONE;
IT PASSES INTO THE SECOND (KINGDOM, AND BEHOLD – A PLANT;
THE PLANT WHIRLS THROUGH SEVEN FORMS AND BECOMES A SACRED ANIMAL (THE FIRST SHADOW OF THE PHYSICAL MAN).
FROM THE COMBINED ATTRIBUTES OF THESE, MANU (MAN), THE THINKER, IS FORMED.
WHO FORMS HIM? THE SEVEN LIVES; AND THE ONE LIFE.
WHO COMPLETES HIM? THE FIVEFOLD LHA.
AND WHO PERFECTS THE LAST BODY? FISH, SIN, AND SOMA (THE MOON).
The phrase “through the seven Worlds of Maya” refers here to the seven globes of the planetary chain and the seven rounds, or the 49 stations of active existence that are before the “Spark” or Monad, at the beginning of every “Great Life-Cycle” or Manvantara.
The “thread of Fohat” is the thread of life before referred to.
What is that “Spark” which “hangs from the flame”? It is JIVA, the MONAD in conjunction with MANAS, or rather its aroma – that which remains from each personality, when worthy, and hangs from Atma-Buddhi, the Flame, by the thread of life.
The well-known Kabbalistic aphorism runs: “A stone becomes a plant; a plant, a beast; the beast, a man; a man, a spirit; and the spirit a god.”
The Monad or Jiva (the “spark”) is, first of all, shot down by the law of Evolution into the lowest form of matter – the mineral.
After a sevenfold gyration encased in the stone (or that which will become mineral and stone in the Fourth Round), it creeps out of it, say, as a lichen.
Passing thence, through all the forms of vegetable matter, into what is termed animal matter, it has now reached the point in which it has become the germ, so to speak, of the animal that will become the physical man.
All this, up to the Third Round, is formless, as matter, and senseless, as consciousness.”
H. P. Blavatsky