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Volume 1:325-358

H.P. Blavatsky continued her discussion on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Logos in the Kosmos in Chapters III, IV, and V in the second part of "Cosmogenesis."

  1. (Chapter III). PRIMORDIAL AND DIVINE THOUGHT: Divine Thought is the 1st Logos; Primordial Substance is its shadow, the 2nd Logos. In The Secret Doctrine 1:333, H.P. Blavatsky returned to the theme of "the Circle" or "boundless Infinity." The male Brahma is the "first unit"(a phallic vertical line) in the Circle (a female womb) and is referred to as "10" or the "Decade." The number 10 is considered perfect because the male and female are figuratively joined. At this stage, he is not masculine at all. He he is only considered masculine after the female womb has expelled him from herself. Then he is called Brahma (as opposed to Brahman or Parabrahman) and begins to populate the "Septenary" worlds. In the "Unified Decade" in the realm of ultimate reality, this male Brahma or the 3rd Logos (masculine since he no longer represents the Esoteric Wisdom in its hidden fullness but androgynous since a part of her still resides within him) is "an illusion." In the ten-fold system of a universe, Brahma's relation to Parbrahman is like the "countless undetected sparks" shining in the "one Flame," per The Secret Doctrine 1:120. The central point as the 3rd Logos never really detaches from the immaculate white disk as the 1st Logos but merely tinctures the Paramatman as the 7th cosmical principle at the head of the secondary universe. Each one of the seven principles of the secondary universe as a Cosmos is ten-fold, but the higher three layers of the universe as Kosmos (8th, 9th, and 10th cosmical principles) transcend them. Therefore, the male Brahma predominantly possesses a conventional temporal reality, not an ultimate permanent reality. When this Brahma dies in his manifested realms, it means that his lower four cosmical principles ranging from Sthula-Sarira to Cosmic Kama are destroyed and left behind. The Maha-Pralaya begins with the devastation of the solar system in Cosmic Kama. In a Second Death struggle, Mahat, the lowest of his three middle principles, pulls upwards and blends into Alaya and Paramatman, per Fountain-Source on page 437. The spiritual consciousness of Paramatman as the highest middle principle is withdrawn into the central point (the base of the upper three principles) which receives its energies from the galactic font of the immaculate white disk. At some period in the Maha-Pralaya, these energies of the immaculate white disk cause the central point to vibrate once again and bring about a new dawn of differentiation in a more highly evolved secondary universe.

  2. (Chapter IV). CHAOS-THEOS-KOSMOS: In The Secret Doctrine 1:344, the triple Chaos-Theos-Kosmos draws its life from the galactic font of the immaculate white disk as "SPACE." The central point in the immaculate white disk vibrates to spread itself over "endless space" (the whiteness of the disk) to conceal its existence behind Mulaprakriti. Here, Mulaprakriti is the Chaos of the 2nd Logos, the central point is the Theos of the 3rd Logos, and the Kosmos is the playground of their twin Souls. This playground is the interplay of light and shadow produced by the "indivisible point" spreading and forming a veil (a hazy background) in which to hide. These are the aspects of the "first triangle" before it is transformed "through the perfect quadrature of the infinite Circle into the 'four-faced Brahma.'" The four-faced Brahma is the first triangle combined with Paramatman as the 7th cosmical principle. It is his life that stretches throughout the Great Age. He is the "Tetragrammaton" at the head of the "Seven lower Sephiroth." He is the "First-Born" of Chaos (2nd Logos) and the "Primordial Light" (3rd Logos) in the "Central Sun" (7th cosmical principle). The four-faced Brahma is born from Kosmos, a "single point" either "itself God" or "that in it is God." The four-faced Brahma issues from the "infinite chaos" (2nd Logos) as "light" (the Central Sun). He (3rd Logos) "moves" on "the eternal waters" (2nd Logos) with the "spirit of God" (1st Logos) within himself. In his "capacity of mover of the waters he is Vishnu, or Narayana" (previously identified with either the 2nd or 3rd Logos). Even though Brahma is technically "light," he can be equated with the "mover" of the waters since his light is still covered in darkness, like an earthworm crawling through the dirt. The wrinkles on the surface of the soil are seen but not the earthworm.

  3. (Chapter V). ON THE HIDDEN DEITY, ITS SYMBOLS AND GLYPHS: In the Gnostic tradition, the "PROPATOR" is known only by the "begotten Son," who corresponds to "Brahma" as the "mind." This "PROPATOR" transcends "Bythos," which is the "second Logos." Therefore, "PROPATOR" is the 1st Logos, Bythos is the 2nd Logos, and the Son is the 3rd Logos. Only the Son knows Propator since he returns to the Father as the central point returns to the immaculate white disk. So, there are two Propators: 1) the Propator (an Aion or Circle which encompasses the primary Universe) who "springs as a Ray from Ain-Soph" but "does not create" 2) the Propator (an Aion or Circle who encompasses the secondary universe) "through whom" everything is "created" or "evolves." These two Circles or orbs are the 1st and 3rd Logos. By now, readers should be familiar with the statement in The Secret Doctrine 1:130 that there are "two 'ONES.'" H.P. Blavatsky originally dealt with these themes in Isis Unveiled 2:169-172. The "Unknown Deity"as the 1st Logos of "Thought Divine" in conjunction with Bythos as the 2nd Logos of "silence and darkness" produces Ennoia as the 3rd Logos of the "revealed Mind." Further, there is the "supreme god" Abraxes who creates "mind." From this "mind" comes the "Logos," then the Divine Light, the Principalities, Powers, and Angels. Here, Abraxes is the 1st Logos, the "mind" is the 3rd Logos, the Divine Light is the Central Sun streaming its rays into a solar system, and the Principalities-Powers-Angels are various planetary chains. In the Kabbalistic tradition, Ain-Soph and the sephirah Kether are united in the 1st Logos as the "Crown" of the sephiroth or ten-fold universe. The "Primordial Point," per Daniel C. Matt's diagram on the Frontispiece of Volume 1 in The Zohar, is the 2nd Logos or the sephirah Hokhmah but in the sense that it spreads "in every direction," which means that the "Absolute Point," in The Secret Doctrine 1:346, is immediately covered in haziness with its first vibration. This is why the haziness is spoken of as being "circumscribed within a circle" in Isis Unveiled 2:212. With the 2nd Logos as a Mulaprakritic darkness spreading to "encompass the whole triangle" emanating from the circle, the 3rd Logos as the sephirah Binah must be spoken of as a "Womb." An "invisible Dew" (the primordial point breaking out of the womb) falls from the upper triad to create a secondary Chaos as the "primeval waters" of the sephirah Hesed. But, as Daniel C. Matt noted, this is a "White Water," which corresponds to the reflection of the immaculate white disk in the Central Sun. Here, in the 7th cosmical principle, is the "first stage towards the solidification of spirit which through various modifications will produce earth," as explained in The Secret Doctrine 1:354.


H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1998).

H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 2019).

Daniel C. Matt, trans., The Zohar (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004).

G. de Purucker, Fountain-Source of Occultism (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1974).

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