“15. SEVEN TIMES SEVEN SHADOWS (CHHA YAS) OF FUTURE MEN (OR AMANASAS) WERE (THUS) BORN, EACH OF HIS OWN COLOR (COMPLEXION) AND KIND. EACH (ALSO) INFERIOR TO HIS FATHER (CREATOR). THE FATHERS, THE BONELESS, COULD GIVE NO LIFE TO BEINGS WITH BONES. THEIR PROGENY WERE BHUTA (PHANTOMS) WITH NEITHER FORM NOR MIND, THEREFORE THEY WERE CALLED THE CHHA YA (IMAGE OR SHADOW) RACE.
Manu comes from the root “man”, to think. Hence these shadows are called amanasa, “mindless”.
Each class of Creators endows man with what it has to give: the one builds his external form; the other gives him its essence, which later on becomes the Human Higher Self owing to the personal exertion of the individual;
but they could not make men as they were themselves – perfect, because sinless; sinless, because having only the first, pale shadowy outlines of attributes, and these all perfect – from the human standpoint – white, pure and cold as the virgin snow.
Where there is no struggle, there is no merit.
Humanity, “of the Earth earthy”, was not destined to be created by the angels of the first divine Breath; therefore they are said to have refused to do so, and man had to be formed by more material creators, who, in turn, could give only what they had in their own natures, and no more.
Subservient to eternal law, the pure gods could only project out of themselves shadowy men, a little less ethereal and spiritual, less divine and perfect than themselves – shadows still.
The first humanity, therefore, was a pale copy of its progenitors; too material, even in its ethereality, to be a hierarchy of gods; too spiritual and pure to be MEN, endowed as it is with every negative (Nirguna) perfection.
Perfection, to be fully such, must be born out of imperfection, the incorruptible must grow out of the corruptible, having the latter as its vehicle and basis and contrast.
The creating powers produce Man, but fail in their final object.
All these logoi strive to endow man with conscious immortal spirit, reflected in the Mind (manas) alone; they fail and they are represented as being punished for the failure, if not for the attempt.
What is the nature of the punishment? A sentence of imprisonment in the lower or nether region, which is our earth; the lowest in its chain; an “eternity” – meaning the duration of the life cycle – in the darkness of matter, or within animal Man.”
H. P. Blavatsky