The Physical Sun, the Heart of the Sun, the Central Spiritual Sun
From Whom all things proceed,
To Whom all things return,
Unveil to me the face of the true Spiritual Sun
Hidden by a disc of golden Light
That I may know the Truth
And do my whole duty
As I journey to Thy sacred feet.1
The mystery of the sun is the grandest of all the innumerable mysteries of occultism. The sun's influence is potent both exoterically and esoterically. In antiquity the sun symbolized the source of Reality, the source of Light and Life. In ancient Egypt the Sun-God, Re, was worshiped as the "glorious King of the gods" and Plato used the image of the sun to represent the idea of the One, the Good and the Beautiful.
In the Secret Doctrine the sun is referred to as matter and spirit. And, it is pointed out that the Greek word for sun-Helios meant "Most High." This "Most High," the Self, the one and the universal was symbolized on the plane of mortals by the sun, its life-giving effulgence being in its turn the emblem of the soul. As the soul is able to "kill the terrestrial passions which have ever been an impediment to the reunion of the Unit Self (the Spirit) with the All-Self"2so is Self-Realization or enlightenment possible.
The Ageless Wisdom tells us that the Sun, as all life, has three aspects-the Physical Sun, the Heart of the Sun and the Central Spiritual Sun. This idea may be made clearer if we consider the fact that the Physical Sun is to the form/personality as the Heart of the Sun is to soul/consciousness and the Central Spiritual Sun is to Life:
These three aspects of life are also represented by the trilogy of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost; Atma, Buddhi, Manas or electric fire, solar fire and fire by friction. The whole manifested universe is an interplay of these three basic and inseparable realities of existence. By its differentiation and sub-division, the all-inclusive and all-embracing Life-giving energy underlies all phenomena of nature and produces all kinds of forms. These forms of various degrees of complexity built up by long processes of evolution provide vehicles for consciousness, enabling Life to function on different planes in an infinite variety of ways, both affecting and being affected by the phenomena of these planes.
In the Ageless Wisdom our Solar System is known as the embodiment of a Second Ray Solar Logos of Love-Wisdom. Thus, the Life-giving essence is recognized as a perpetual flow, a ray or stream of essential love-a constant, ever-present permeation of all planes and states of planetary consciousness.
Translating from the original Sanskrit, the Hindu scholar-philosopher, I.K. Taimni provides the following example of the "magnificent conception which Hindu sages have been able to put in words" regarding this Solar Logos.
"The Spiritual Light which is hidden within the sun is the most excellent light. It is shining through the hearts of all living creatures in the form of consciousness. The Spiritual Light which is shining within the physical sun also shines within the heart of every being. This Light is more brilliant than Fire or comet. The Light which is shining in the heart of all jivas [individuals] in the form of consciousness is also shining through the universe in the form of the Heavenly Man and making it a living organism."3
The esoteric wisdom of the East and the West recognizes that the outer sun-tremendously glorious and awe-inspiring as it is-is but a mere physical vehicle of an even more stupendous Consciousness, which pervades the solar system in layer after layer of unimaginable glory. It is our non-receptivity and lack of refinement that prevents us from recognizing and connecting to this exalted inner Reality.
As radio sets bathed in a sea of electrical waves, we catch only those waves to which we can tune ourselves. Because our radio sets are either improperly adjusted or poorly developed, we are unable to tune in to the subtler and more rarified states of consciousness emanating from the Heart of the Sun and the Central Spiritual Sun.
Mr. Taimni offers the following example as a "crude illustration" of the role of the recipient:
"One can get the reflection of the sun in a cup of water or on the mirror of a 200 degree telescope. The former is a faint image while the latter is an image of such blinding brightness that no one can look at it. It is the receiver which determines the reception and makes all the difference. The sun remains unaffected by these different conditions. Similarly the different kinds of divine consciousness which we contact on the different planes are really the reflections of the ultimate Reality in different grades of chitta or mind."4
It is the awakened heart centre within the human being that "opens the door" into the Heart of the Sun. This centre is brought into functioning activity after the second initiation. The second initiation marks the completion of the process whereby the emotional nature (with its outstanding quality of desire) is brought under the control of the Soul with the result that the desires of the personal self are transmuted into love of the whole.5
And, it is the awakened and functioning head centre that eventually opens the way to the Central Spiritual Sun. The head centre, frequently called "the thousand-petalled lotus" or the Brahmarandra is brought into functioning activity after the third initiation. The Four Noble Truths enunciated by the Buddha provide a succinct summary of the platform upon which the third degree initiate takes a stand. The transfigured and soul-infused initiate demonstrates complete freedom from the claims and demands of the three worlds (physical, emotional, mental) of the personality as his/her service and life demonstration remain unmoved by the limitations still present within the personal lower self. This third planetary initiation is also the first solar initiation.
In the book, Esoteric Astrology, the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, indicates that "the microcosm, when known, holds ever the clue to the Macrocosm. The Macrocosm," in turn, "eternally reflects itself in man, the microcosm, and hence man has within himself the possibility and the potentiality of total comprehension."(p. 415)
The average distance from the Earth to the Sun is 93,000,000 miles. It takes light eight and a half minutes to travel from the Sun to the Earth.
The diameter of the Sun is 870,000 miles, 109 times larger than the Earth's. Its volume is big enough to hold over 1 million Earths.
The Sun is a ball of hot gases. By weight, it is 70% hydrogen, 28% helium, 1.5% carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, and 0.5% all other elements. The Sun's temperature is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface and 27,000,000 degrees Fahrenheit at the center.
The Sun gives us heat, light, our food, and the air that we breathe. It powers the atmosphere to give us the winds and rain. Even the coal and oil that generate electricity for light and power come from plants and animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago and depended on the Sun for life. The Sun heats the land, oceans, and air. It evaporates water from lakes and oceans. When the water vapor cools, it drops as rain or snow, giving us the moisture we need for drinking water and for plants and animals to grow.
Green plants use the Sun's rays to turn carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates. At the same time, they release oxygen that we use to breathe. This process of production of carbohydrates by green plants is called photosynthesis. The carbohydrates formed by the plants are used by them to grow, and we use plants for our nourishment.
Without the Sun, the Earth would be a dark, cold, dead place.
1 The Gayatri
is one of the oldest mantric prayers. The esoteric wisdom
of the East refers to Gayatri as the mother of the
Vedas focusing on the relationship between the individual
and the universe and the Reality which underlies both.