“”There is a ninth, the Kumara Creation, which is both primary and secondary”, says the Vishnu Purana, the oldest of such texts.
“The Kumaras’, explains an esoteric text, “are the Dhyanis, derived immediately from the supreme Principle, who reappear in the Vaivasvata Manu period, for the progress of mankind.”
The Kumaras are, exoterically, “the creation of Rudra or Nīlalohita, a form of Siva, by Brahma…and of certain other mind-born sons of Brahma.”
But, in the esoteric teaching, they are the progenitors of the true spiritual SELF in the physical man – the higher Prajapatis, while the Pitris, or lower Prajapatis, are no more than fathers of the model, or type of his physical form, made “in their image.”
Four (and occasionally five) are mentioned freely in the exoteric texts, three Kumaras being secret.
The exoteric four are: Sanat-kumara, Sananda, Sanaka, and Sanatana; and the esoteric three are: Sana, Kapila, and Sanat-sujata.
Special attention is once more drawn to this class of Dyhani-Chohans, for herein lies the mystery of generation and heredity hinted at in stanza 7 [in part 1, on the Four Orders of Celestial Beings].
Of all the seven great divisions of Dhyani-Chohans, or Devas, there is none with which humanity is more concerned than with the Kumaras.
The Kumaras, the “mind-born Sons” of Brahma-Rudra (or Siva), the howling and terrific destroyer of human passions and physical senses, which are ever in the way of the development of the higher spiritual perceptions and the growth of the inner eternal man – mystically, are the progeny of Siva, the Mahayogi, the great patron of all the yogis and mystics of India.
They themselves, being the “Virgin-Ascetics”, refuse to create the material being MAN.”
H. P. Blavatsky