Introduction: This excerpt is from discussion of the third of seven esoteric stanzas passed on by Alice A. Bailey concerning the respective seven paths leading to the way of higher evolution, which take the master who undergoes high spiritual initiation into more advanced stages of evolution.


Path III. The Path of training for Planetary Logoi.

It is difficult to express in words the method employed by a Master of the Wisdom as he enters this cosmic Path. It has been called the method of prismatic identification, for it concerns the colour veils which shroud the spiritual energy. Another mode of expressing the same truth is to say that it is the method of understanding the song of life. As the "stars sing together," as the "chant of the Gods" peals forth in the great choir of the Heavens, it produces a corresponding colour symphony. This particular mode of identification enables the adept to act as a director in the chorus and to produce the needed colour effects and chords. When he can do this to perfection he is then in a position to take up office as a planetary Logos. More it is not permitted to say and the above is but a symbolic way of expressing a basic and difficult truth.

The symbol of this Path (and the only one it is possible to make exoteric) is a radiant Cross of coloured light; it has the long limb formed of the seven colours of the solar spectrum, and the transverse limb is composed of twelve gradations of colours as yet unknown to man. In the centre of the Cross is to be seen a five-pointed star in a deep indigo shade, and behind it is a blazing sun of a warm dark blue. Above the whole are certain Sensa characters, depicted in gold, and conveying to the initiated adept the name of one or other of the planetary Schools in which this particular line of study is undertaken. There are, as has been already said, seven such schools and candidates for this Path from our planetary scheme are transferred to the inner round and from thence to the Jupiter scheme.

The quality gained is cosmic etheric vision, the extent of the vision developed being within the seven systems which form (along with our solar system) the seven centres in the cosmic Life with whom our solar Logos is allied. This is sometimes called septenary cosmic clairvoyance.

One more fact of interest might here be added. This Path is sometimes called the "Lotus Path," as it concerns itself with the construction of the logoic Lotuses of solar Logoi. The schools which prepare for this work are called in the mystic parlance of the adepts the "lotus lands." The curriculum is termed at times the "Lotus sleep," as it involves a condition of complete negation where the form side of manifestation is concerned and an entire abstraction, thus producing a type of solar samadhi. Whilst this is being undergone the adept functions in a form or vehicle which is a correspondence upon the plane of atma to the mayavirupa on the plane of mind.

  • Attributes - cosmic vision, deva hearing and psychic correlation.
  • Source - Betelgeuse, via the sign Sagittarius.
  • Hierarchy - the fifth.
  • Method - prismatic identification.
  • Symbol - a coloured Cross, with a star at the centre, and backed by a blazing sun, surmounted by a Sensa Word.
  • Quality - cosmic etheric vision or septenary clairvoyance.


Path III Esoteric Stanza
From A Treatise on Cosmic Fire

3. The Path of Training for Planetary Logoi
From The Rays and the Initiations via


Excerpt is from Alice A. Bailey's A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (p. 1256–1258)
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