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"Great Beings"

Theosophy:   

"Orientalists and their Dictionaries tell us that the term 'Manu' is from the root Man, 'to think'; hence 'the thinking man.' But, esoterically, every Manu, as an anthro-pomorphized patron of his special cycle (or Round), is but the personified idea of the 'Thought Divine' (as the Hermetic 'Pymander'); each of the Manus, therefore, being the special god, the creator and fashioner of all that appears during his own respective cycle of being or Manvantara. Fohat runs the Manus (or Dhyan-Chohans') errands, and causes the ideal prototypes to expand from within without..." (Secret Doctrine I, p. 63)

"It is from IT that issues the great unseen Logos, who evolves all the other logoi, the primeval MANU who gives being to the other Manus, who emanate the universe and all in it collectively, and who represent in their aggregate the manifested Logos." (Secret Doctrine II, p. 310)

"Manu is the synthesis perhaps of the Manasa, and he is a single consciousness in the same sense that while all the different cells of which the human body is composed are different and varying consciousnesses there is still a unit of consciousness which is the man. But this unit, so to say, is not a single consciousness: it is a reflection of thousands and millions of consciousnesses which a man has absorbed.

"But Manu is not really an individuality, it is the whole of mankind. You may say that Manu is a generic name for the Pitris, the progenitors of mankind." (Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, p. 100)

"Pratyeka Buddhas are those Bodhisatvas who strive after and often reach the Dharmakaya robe after a series of lives. Caring nothing for the woes of mankind or to help it, but only for their own bliss, they enter Nirvanna and - disappear from the sight and the hearts of men. In Northern Buddhism a 'Pratyeka Buddha' is a synonym of spiritual Selfishness." (Voice of the Silence, p. 47)  [31]

"The fact is, that to the last and supreme initiation every chela ...is left to his own device and counsel. We have to f ight our own battles..." (Mahatma Letters, #54, p. 309)

(Comte St. Germain) "No wonder you find it cloudy, for it was never meant for the uninitiated reader. Eliphas studied from the Rosicruscian MSS. (now reduced to three copies in Europe). These expound our eastern doctrines from the teachings of Rosencrauz, who, upon his return from Asia dressed them up in a semi-Christian garb intended as a shield for his pupils, against clerical revenge. One must have the key to it and that key is a science per se. Rosencrauz taught orally. Saint Germain recorded the good doctrines in figures and his only cyphered MS. remained with his staunch friend and patron the benevolent German Prince from whose house and in whose presence he made his last exit - HOME." (Mahatma Letters, p. 280, #49)

"(1 ) An adept - the highest as the lowest - is one only during the exercise of his occult powers.

"(2) Whenever these powers are needed, the sovereign will unlocks the door to the inner man (the adept,) who can emerge and act freely but on condition that his jailor - the outer man will be either completely or partially paralyzed - as the case may require; viz: either (a) mentally and physically; (b) mentally - but not physically; (c) physically but not entirely mentally; (d) neither, - but with an akasic film interposed between the outer and the inner man... no adept can be supposed to keep his will in constant tension and the inner man in full function, when there is no immediate necessity for it. When the inner man rests the adept becomes an ordinary man, limited to his physical senses and the functions of his physical brain. Habit sharpens the intuitions of the latter, yet is unable to make them supersensuous. The inner adept is ever ready, ever on the alert, and that suffices for our purposes. At moments of rest then, his faculties are at rest also." (Mahatma Letters, p. 180, #24B)

"I tell you, my dear friend, that I am far less free to do as I like than you are in the matter of the Pioneer. None of us but the highest Chutuktus are their full Masters." (Mahatma Letters, p. 113, #16)

"...a high adept whose powers are not in the Chohan's chancery sequestered by Him to prevent him from squandering them upon the unworthy objects of his personal predilections..." (Mahatma Letters, p. 181, #24B)

"... if a lst - 5th round man devoted himself to occultism and became an adept, would he escape further earthly incarnations?

"No; if we except Buddha - a sixth round being... Yet even he escaped further reincarnations but on this earth; and, when the last of the sixth round men of the third ring is gone out of this earth, the Great Teacher will have to get reincarnated on the next planet." (Mahatma Letters, p. 117, #17)

"...having become a full adept (which unhappiuly I am not) I arrest the hand of Death at will,, and when finally obliged to submit to it, my knowledge of the secrets of nature puts me in a position to retain my consciousness and distinct perception of Self as an object to my own reflective consciousness and cognition; and thus avoiding all such dismemberments of principles, that as a rule take place after the physical death of average humanity, I remain as Koothoomi in my Ego throughout the whole series of births and lives across the seven worlds and Arupa-lokas until finally I land again on this earth among the fifth race men of the full fifth Round beings. I would have been, in such a case - 'immortal' for an inconceivable (to you) long periodi embracing many milliards of years. And yet am 'I' truly immortal for all that? Unless I make the same efforts as I do now, to secure for myself another such furlough from Nature's Law, Koothoomi will vanish and may become a Mr. Smith or an innocent Babu, when his leave expires." (Mahatma Letters, pp. 120-30, # 20C)

"And this weary round of birth upon birth must be ever and ever run through, until the being reaches the end of the seventh round, or - attains in the interim the wisdom of an Arhat, then that of a Buddha and thus gets relieved for a round or two..." (Mahatma Letters, p. 196, #25)

Neo-Theosophy:

"The Manu, or temporal leader , is practically an autocratic monarch who arranges everything connected with the physical-plane life of the new race, and endeavors in every way...  to male it as perfect an expression as possible of the idea which the LOGOS has set before Him for realization." (C. W. Leadbeater, The Inner Life I, pp. 8-9)

"The Root-Manu of the terrene Chain, Vaivasvata, who directs the whole order of its evolution, is a mighty Being from the Fourth Chain of the Venus Scheme ... A Root-Manu of a Chain must achieve the level fixed for the Chain or Chains on which He is human, and become one of its Lords; ... then he becomes the Manu of a Race; then a Pratyeka Buddha; then a Lord of the World; then the Root-Manu, then the Seed-Manu of a Round, and only then the Root-Manu of a Chain."   (Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater, Man: Whence, How and Whither, p. 82)

"The Adept of the First Ray who takes the seventh Initiation usually enters thereafter upon the arduous duties of the Manu of a Root Race on a globe. His term of office begins with the slow gathering of the egos who are going to work under Him at the commencement of the new race, and through all the successive sub-races as they appear one by one. During the hundreds of thousands of years of the history of a Root Race, He directs the building of variant after variant of the sub-races, and Himself incarnates in each sub-race to set the form for it." (C. Jinarajadasa, First Principles of Theosophy, p. 209)

"When the life-wave shall pass from Earth to Mercury, it is these Three who shall become in turn Lords of Mercury, and guide all evolution on that globe. They are known in Buddhism as Pratyeka Buddhas, the 'solitary Buddhas;' for They do not teach ... But They stand at the level of the Buddha, though Theirs is not the role of the World-Teacher. Hence the curiously misleading description in popular Buddhism of Them as 'so1itary' or 'se1fish' Buddhas." (C. Jinarajadas, First Principles of Theosophy, p. 208)

(St. Germain: ) "The last survivor of the Royal House of Rakoczi, known as the Comte de S. Germain in the history of the eighteenth century; as Bacon in the seventeenth; as Robertus the monk in the sixteenth, as Hunyadi Janos in the fifteenth; as Christian Rosencreuz in the fourteenth - to take a few of His incarnations - was disciple through these laborious lives and now has achieved Masterhood, the 'Hungarian Adept' of The Occult World, and known to some of us in the Hungarian body ... They live in different countries. . . the Master Rakoczi in Hungary but travelling much..." (Annie Besant, The Masters, pp. 80-2)

"An accepted pupil is taken into his Master's consciousness to so great an extent that whatever he sees or hears is within the knowledge of his Master - not that the Master necessarily sees or hears it at the same moment (though this often happens) but that it lies within the Master's memory exactly as it does within the memory of the pupil. Whatever the pupil feels or thinks is within the astral and mental bodies of his Master . . . If , for example, the pupil is writing a letter or giving a lecture, the Master is sub-consciously aware of the fact, and may at any moment throw into the mind of the pupil a sentence to be included..." (C. W. Leadbeater, The Inner Life I, p. 27)

"Just in the same way the Great White Brotherhood has nothing to do with the relations between the Master and His pupil; that is a matter solely for the private consideration of the Master himself." (C. W. Leadbeater, The Inner Life I, p. 27)

"A Master is a term applied by Theosophists to denote certain human beings, who have completed their human evolution, have attained human perfection, have nothing more to learn so far as our part of the solar system is concerned..." (Annie Besant, The Masters, p. 73)

"...one day one of the Masters made a suggestion to me with regard to a certain kind of meditation which would evoke this force (the kundalini)." ( C . W. Leadbeater, The Chakras, p. 87) [32]