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The Ray Words of Power
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Sanskrit & Name Sanat Kumara

Antahkarana of Sanat Kumara


The Science of the Antahkarana




The New Education is the Science of the Antahkarana.
by Stephen D. Pugh © 2002

It is the true science of the mind and the greatest of the three major sciences that will dominate the esoteric world of thought in the Aquarian Age. It is the fundamental science that will guide the students and teachers of the New Education.

Along with its two preparatory and subsidiary branch sciences - meditation and service - the study of the Science of the Antahkarana will amply provide the modern student a comprehensive grasp of the ideas upon which the teaching of the New Education is based. The antahkarana is the true science of occult bridge building or bridging in consciousness. It is the major building technique employed by all seven Ray types and is destined to dominate the curricula of the new educational methods.

The new educational ideology commences with the Science of the Antahkarana as its major mode of instruction. Why is this the case? It is the case because the sevenfold antahkarana itself represents the Path symbolically. The true education is consequently the science of linking up the integral parts of man, and also of linking him up in turn with his immediate environment, and then with the greater whole in which he has to play his part. My entire exegesis of the mind on the Science of the Antahkarana with the accompanying Ray Words is but the practical explanation of the truth of the occult aphorism that "before a man can tread the Path he must become that Path itself."

This rainbow bridge or pathway is that "way back" which we evolve out of ourselves; it is that Way which we also find and tread.I have now laid the ground for the psycho-scientific occult consideration of the Seven Ray Words of Power which will dominate the future subjective thought of the psychologists and educators of the Esoteric Schools.

The practical results of the technique of the construction of the bridge coupled with the effective utilization of the Ray Words of Power through the New Education will induce a sense of wholeness and the ability to see life whole. The scientific study of the antahkarana will foster the sense of synthesis and therefore cultivate the group spirit, develop the intuition, capacity for abstract thought, the ability to enter the world of ideas, and train the higher spiritual will. As an educational system and process, the construction of the antahkarana deals with the methods of "bridging the gap" which exists in man's consciousness between the three worlds of ordinary human experience, and the higher levels of spiritual development - the world of ideas, of intuitive perception, of spiritual insight and understanding.

The different building methods and Ray Words employed by the seven different types of human beings lead to the overcoming of the limitations - physical and psychological - that limit man's free expression of his innate divinity. In the countless strands of light, woven by the aspirants, disciples and initiates, we see humanities rainbow bridge gradually appearing. On this rainbow path, humanity as a whole will eventually abstract and withdraw itself from all contact with planetary matter and form on earth. The building of the group antahkarana is therefore, the great and ultimate planetary service that all true aspirants, disciples and initiates can render.I shall write for you as one who sees the ray patterns of the Words of Power emerging more clearly than you because I can see based on my own self-initiated knowledge of the archetypal ray forms, sacred numbers and geometric blueprints.

It is for you to make accurate deduction, to draw intelligent inferences, and to think along the lines indicated. I seek to have you steep yourselves in the Science of the antahkarana so that my work with your minds may be facilitated and the group building of the needed bridges of light may go on apace, and thus grasp somewhat of the purpose of the New Education.


In this book I have presented seven lines of occult instructions and facts concerning the Science of the Antahkarana coupled with the Ray Words of Power used in conjunction with the building of the "rainbow bridge" along with some explanation of their significance and meanings. These will enable the occult students in the world today to use them in their bridge building process with greater fervor and with greater understanding and, consequently, with greater success. It has been my intention to give not only a theoretical but practical insights into the seven different modes of activity and states of being to which the initiates have attained through the correct exercise of the corresponding Ray Word of Power.

At the same time, having just stated the preceding let me also, in the same breath say that you always need to remember in discussing the Ray Words that words themselves but dim the meaning, and serve but as suggestions and not as elucidations. I shall give you the numerological significances, the esoteric concepts involved and key aspects of the occult meaning of which these archaic word-forms are the embodiments.

It is impossible for me to over emphasize the radical importance of this subject to the modern student of the Seven Rays. The Ageless wisdom teaches through the development of the antahkarana and its conscious, scientific use, the initiate becomes aware of what transpires in the Council Chamber of Shamballa; he can then efficiently begin to work as an exponent of the Will aspect of divinity.

As we consider the Science of the Antahkarana with the accompanying Words of Power, you must bear carefully in mind that we are dealing entirely with the Will aspect. The center of the initiate consciousness is in the Will nature, and is no longer in the love nature. Activity and love are still present in full measure, but the focus of the initiate's attention is in the will aspect of divinity. Initiates beyond the 3rd degree are oriented to the Council Chamber at Shamballa and the Way to the higher Evolution engrosses their attention, not the life of the Ashram with which they are affiliated and the Way of Initiation. Shamballa, the Secret Place where the will of God is formulated for the immediate present and for the long range future is the goal.

I have considered the Ray Words of Power to invoke the Father in Heaven, the Monad and have carried this study to a point into realms that are those which make the initiate an integral part of monadic experience. I have dealt definitely with initiate experience and certain high stages of unfoldment which remain impossible to any human comprehension outside that of Those who can function in the three worlds of the Spiritual Triad - (atma-buddhi-manas).

Thinking that this phase of the work is advanced, some well meaning students may initially evidence a strong reaction against beginning this specific stage of mind training. I remind them that the period covered by the conscious building of the antahkarana is that from the final stages of the Path of Probation to the third initiation. I strongly suggest therefore that they consciously begin to work with more effectiveness and knowingness in this important major phase of their lifework.

There is far too much inertia demonstrated by disciples at this time, in this important phase of group work. Candidly, my brothers, I know of no modern individuals or groups that are at present working consciously, and therefore effectively with the Ray Words of Power. I commend this thought to your earnest appreciation.

Once firmly established upon the Path, the sound and colors or the ray laws and geometric truths become self-evident and individual application and verification is made, leading the disciple inevitably to the Portal of Initiation. You will note in your theoretical study of the Ray Words that they are all definite assertions, based on definite knowledge leading to definite conviction.

It is wise to advise students that a Ray Word of Power will be impotent to most disciples and they will not derive its true benefit because even when using it correctly if they are not holding its geometrical and numerical significance firmly in their consciousness.

When correctly uttered, a Ray Word, according to the Tibetan, produces three effects:

When adequate stability has been acquired, the disciple utters a Word of Power which serves to carry the light still further on and up. When correctly uttered, this Word produces three effects:

a. It keeps the channel for the descending light of the Spiritual Triad clear of all impediments.

b. It reaches (by means of its vibratory activity) the center of power which we call the Spiritual Triad, focused temporarily in the manasic permanent atom, and evokes a response in the form of a thread of descending triadal light.

c. It causes a vibration throughout the antahkarana which in its turn evokes response from the "rainbow bridge" as built by all other disciples. Thus the work of constructing the racial antahkarana is furthered.

The profound importance of the Ray words can not be underestimated. In the many strands of light, woven by the aspirants, disciples and initiates of the world, we can see the group antahkarana gradually appearing - "that bridge whereby humanity as a whole will be able to abstract itself from matter and form".

This building of the antahkarana is the great and ultimate service which all true aspirants can render. The study of the science of the antahkarana and use of the Ray Words involves much scientific experience in the art of living, and only the highly trained human enquirer can soundly and safely build the bridge between the monad and the fully conscious soul on the physical plane.

I have sought to carefully explain key aspects of the meaning of the Ray Words whereby the mind, trained in meditation, and therefore soul-conscious, can - through the construction of the antahkarana - reach heights and stages of inclusiveness which will introduce to it certain aspects of the so-called Universal Mind, the mind of Sanat Kumura.

What I have done is to deal very briefly with the seven Ray Words whereby the disciple or the initiate can, with increasing power, tune in on the mind the KING, the Lord of the World, Sanat Kumara, the Youth of Endless Summers, and the Fountainhead of the Will, (showing forth as Love) of the Planetary Logos.

Consider, if you will, the following correspondence. Just as the disciple can when soul conscious, tune in on the mind of his Master, so the initiate, upon a higher turn of the spiral, can register the thoughts of Sanat Kumura. The initiate knows what it is to be a creative agent, using the creative faculties of the mind and conforming increasingly (as he creates) to the Plan of the Creator, the Lord of the World.

With purified endeavor the task of the initiate is - to speak in symbols - mount nearer to the sound of the Ray Word. The music of the word comes to him note by note and in their rhythmic tone lies secret revelation. From out of the environing ether strike the tonal notes upon his ear unlike the tones that sound within the world terrestrial. When the ray sound of the word strikes in colorful vibration upon the inner sense the initiate knows a point has been achieved marking a great transition because the inner hearing becomes "expanded feeling" and gives place to sight and perfect comprehension.

Through an understanding and knowledge of the "Words of Power" and by using the potency of sound, the initiates work and are building the new world with its distinctive culture and civilization. From the use of the Ray Words and from a study of their tonal values, their numerological indications and their inherent potency, the initiates have arrived at vast magical achievements and creations, producing group activity and the appearance of definite forms of expression upon the outer plane.

After all, scientific formulas have reduced the most intricate and abstruse discoveries to a few signs and symbols. Just as modern sciences have evolved a complete new terminology of their own during the past century so the Science of the Antahkarana with the Ray Words of Power is developing its own highly specialized vocabulary. In the meantime, I have done the best I can with the words at my disposal.

The inner esoteric science that will concern us in this book is that which deals with conscious unfoldment of the divine recognitions (which is true awareness) to the recognition of the Self, the Knower, the Beholder, the Observer. Ever hold the thought in mind; the initiate has educated himself in the process of using knowledge in reference to the conscious self-aware Identity, or to the self-contained, self-initiating Individual.

The study of the science of the antahkarana and the deliberate and conscious building of the "rainbow bridge" in "lighted mental substance", produces an extension in consciousness. This extension marks the first definite attempt made upon the Path to bring in the monadic influence with full awareness, and finally directly. When the individual antahkarana has been successfully started, and there is even a tenuous thread of living energy connecting the threefold personality and the Spiritual Triad, then the inflow of the powerful monadic inspired will-energy commences.

When an initiate has mastered his corresponding Word of Power and has found his own major note then he will sound the Ray Word with exactitude and thus reach the desired end; his alignment will be perfect, the bodies will be pure, the channel free from obstruction, and the higher inspiration will be possible. This is the aim of the antahkarana bridge building process and can be reached by the right scientific use of the Ray Word, working on the "laws of the rays", and studying color and sound. Each ray line has its specific forms whereby those results under strict order, rule and law are achieved, The Ray Words are a form of words, syllables and sounds rhythmically arranged, so that when sounded certain vibrations are generated.

Ultimately, the "sounders "of the Ray Words become the Word of Power itself. This is a profoundly interesting and vast subject. Definite geometrical forms, built up on the numerical aspect of the seven rays, are the special property of those rays and embody their geometrical significance, demonstrating their place in the system. It will be wise here for the student to differentiate carefully in his mind between the words of power and their sounds, for the ray words veils the thought or intended idea or purpose, and the sounds makes it possible to manifest in matter of some kind, on one or other of the seven planes. I ask you to think carefully over what I have herein given, it contains much. It may give those who wisely assimilate it the ray key they seek for their next step on.

As the initiate passes more and more along the path of the antahkarana, these ray word-forms assume less and less importance, and only the concentrated thought, based on understanding comprehension, can achieve the desired results. It is into this somewhat new form of work that I am now pioneering. Remember that you are not creating now upon the outer plane.

The physical sound or sounds of the Ray words are therefore of relatively no importance. What does matter is the ability to feel the meaning of the Word of Power as you silently utter it. It is the quality of your idea which will bring the right effect, and not the way in which you make a sound with the aid of your vocal cords and your mouth. It is your concentrated thought behind the word form, the registered feeling of the Ray Words, and the understanding of their significance which are of importance; it is the ability to think, to feel and silently to send out the call of quality to quality, of meaning to meaning, of nature to nature, of form to spirit which matters, remembering ever that that which is found upon the physical plane is not a principle. The physical sound is not that which will lead to a successful building of the antahkarana.

The following of the process is, of course, another matter and your success is dependent upon more than a theoretical grasp of process. It is dependent upon your ability to live more definitely in the world of meaning, upon your knowledge of your soul and personality rays and upon your capacity to focus in your blended consciousness, and from that point - holding the mind steady in the light - "utter the Word of Power which will carry your created thread of light forward towards the Spiritual Triad." You will note that in all these Ray Words of Power, two clear thoughts emerge; first, that the goal of all activity is the complete fusion of the three Aspects, and secondly, that consciousness of this comes through the building and use of the rainbow bridge between the Spiritual Triad and the Personality.

You will note that these are all definite assertions, based on knowledge leading to conviction. The following of the process is, of course, another matter and your success is dependent upon more than a theoretical grasp of process. It is dependent upon your ability to hold your mind steady in the light and from that point, utter the Ray Word which will carry your created thread of light forward towards the Spiritual Triad.

You can see from all the above that the conscious effective use of the Ray Words in the antahkarana building constitutes a definitely planned process of a basic scientific occult nature, and requires as careful following as the procedure of any scientist in search of some advanced chemical formula. The only difference, scientifically speaking, is that the whole process is carried forward upon subjective levels and in the realm of consciousness.

Forget not, my brothers, I remind you; tthe hierarchical emphasis is today upon the states of consciousness which follow the third initiation. Hence the giving of these teachings upon the Science of the Antahkarana" coupled with the magical Ray Words of Power. One point I would touch upon here before taking up the analysis and commentary on the Science of the Antahkarana with the accompanying seven Ray Words. The bridge to be built is called the "rainbow bridge" because it is composed of all the colors of the seven rays.

The antahkarana is composed of seven strands of energy, or seven streams of force. The initiate uses all the seven rays but his soul ray dominates, and in his rainbow bridge the "colors of his rays are heard vibrating; the note of his ray is seen."



ANTAHKARANA 1+5+2+1+8+2+1+9+1+5+1 = 36 = 9.

The word ANTAHKARNA is composed of 11 sounds that produce a [Reduced Alpha Number] value of "9". The symbolism of the two "1's", of the "11" sounds of the word connote in the initiate's mind the Science of the Antahkarana which is fundamentally the Science of the Path itself. The two "1's stand for the ingoing and the outgoing energies that constitute two great stations of energy, the 1st "1", for Power and the 2nd "1", for Love.

The Science of the Antahkarana deals with the entire incoming system of energy, with the processes of usage and transformation and fusion. In the second place it deals with the outgoing energies and their relationship to the environment and is the basis of the science of the force centers. The dual incoming and the outgoing energies are all directed to the illumination of the individual and of humanity as a whole, through the medium of the Hierarchy composed of individuals.

The two "1's" placed one on top of the other indicate the dual expression of the basic duality of manifestation - Life and Form, Spirit and Matter. Placed side-by-side they indicate that personality or form and Monad or Spirit is a related fact.

The two "1's", therefore, stand for the dual nature of the antahkarana that unites the individual "1", with the universal "1". In the system of esoteric numerology number "11", is spoken of as the "number of the initiate".

Let me explain why this is the case. In numerical symbolism, it is (10+1=11) or the Perfect 10 plus "1" that produces the magical number of the initiate. Pictorially, we visualize the single straight line or the vertical "1" as representing the figure of "man standing "erect", with the "Perfect 10". I am here speaking to you in symbols. There is, literally speaking, no up or down or higher and lower, as you know, nor do any of the separative actions as outlined by the occult sciences exist. Yet the truth has to be thus presented owing to the mind consciousness of the disciple.

In the two "1's", therefore we see the symbolism of the "alignment" between a recognized duality, the razor narrow edged path that lies between the opposites - the antahkarana. The rainbow bridge must perforce be used, because there is now no other medium of intercourse between the "initiate and the One Whom he now knows to be himself". He ascends in full consciousness into the sphere of monadic life It is the "11", that is the true symbol of alignment, involving as it does the sense of duality but indicating at the same time the way through "the walls of limitation."

Ultimately we see the "11", as the outstanding symbol of the individual man with his monadic source. The "11", connotes in the initiate's mind the words "I and my Father are one". The Monad , or the "1", is dynamic will or purpose; it is Life, the sustaining force, a "Lord of persevering and ceaseless devotion to the pursuit of a seen and determined objective. The number "11", therefore best stands for the antahkarana itself, and is the symbol of the (the form aspect) and the power (the Spirit aspect) which acts as a great creative agency and bridges across all barriers and separative states of consciousness, thus establishing complete unity. The significance of number "9", the [RAN] value of antahkarana, the "number of initiation", is profound.

The Old Commentary says in this connection, when dealing with the Word of Power for each ray:

"When there is no shadow, for the Sun is clear, and no reflection for the water is no more, then naught remains but the one who stands with eyes directing life and form. The threefold shadow now is one. The three of self exists no more. The higher three descends and all the nine are one. Await the time."

Ever keep firmly in mind; the goal of all the initiatory process is to admit mankind into realization of and identification with the will or purpose of Deity. In the "nine of initiation" we see the transmuting of the nine forces into divine energies.

The symbolism of the [AN] value of antahkarana, the"36", connects in our minds not only the idea that the antahkarana is composed of three cables but, further, that its construction process contains six distinctive or successive stages. The number "36", also contains the idea that the antahkarana is sixfold as each one of its three major cables or strands are dual. These three major threads are in reality six, if the creative thread is differentiated into its component parts. The initiate is fully consciously aware of this stream of energy in its various diversifications and can consciously employ these energies in two ways: interiorly in self-unfoldment, and in the service of the plan for humanity.

The Science of the Antahkarana teaches "3", fundamental truths about the thread:

1. The life thread originates from the monad and is anchored in the heart during incarnation. There is the seat of life.

2. The consciousness thread originates from the soul. It is seated in the head. There is the seat of consciousness.

3. The thread of creative activity is constructed by the human being. It is grounded, when constructed, in the throat.

The threefold thread connects:

a. The monad, the soul and the personality, linking all three major aspects and unifying all seven principles.
b. The triple personality and its environment in the three lower worlds
c. The consciously creative man and the world of ideas.

The three words of the complete phrase connote many various triplicities in the initiate consciousness but chief among them are the threefold thread or "cables" of the rainbow bridge and that the goal of all activity is the complete fusion of the three aspects of the monad: or, monad-soul-personality.

The three monadic centers are distinguished by three different types of energy:

1. Monadic - dynamic energy - electric impulse - pure fire.
2. Egoic - magnetic energy - radiatory impulse - solar fire.
3. Personal - individual energy - rotary impulse - fire by friction.

The "3" symbolizes the three aspects of mind, the "three keys" which permit the initiate to delve into the knowledge, wisdom and reason of the Universal Mind. It stands for the "triple light" of the Spiritual Triad, and indicates that consciousness of the fusion of the three aspects comes through the building and use of three factors:

1.The bridge or antahkarana.
2. between the Spiritual Triad.
3. and the Personality.

In the initiate's mind, the three words refer to the simultaneous preservation of three lines of thought:

1. Awareness of the blended personality and soul.
2. Awareness of the point of focused tension.
3. Awareness of the 1st Ray energy in its will aspect.

The three words also signify that the initiate of higher degree utilizes the potencies of "three worlds" to implement the purpose of Sanat Kumara:

1. The world of meaning.
2. The world of causes.
3. The world of being.

The three words also signify the success of the three stages of the process employed in the "miracle of crossing" via the rainbow bridge or antahkarana:

1. Penetration
2. Polarization
3. Precipitation

Finally, the three words assert the fact that the Universal Mind, the higher mind and the lower concrete mind are blended through the projected antahkarana. The significance of the "6" in the "36", is connected with the six steps or methods of building the Antahkarana:


The six steps or methods of building the Antahkarana.

1. Intention.

a.The achieving of right orientation Towards the soul Towards the Spiritual Triad.

b.A mental understanding of the work to be done is necessary.

c.A ring-pass-not of consciously gathered energies must be created and held in a state of tension.

d. A period of clear thinking anent this process of Intention must be attempted.

e. Then follows the preservation of a point of tension.

2. Visualization.

a.The use of the creative imagination or the picture-making faculty.

b.Response to intuitional or buddhic impression.

c.Preoccupation with two energies: The energy held at a point of tension within the previously created ring-pass-not. The active picture-forming energy brought into action by the mind of the builder.

3. Projection.

a.The calling in of the will through the method appropriate to the Ray of the disciple, the soul ray.

b.The simultaneous preservation of three lines of thought: Awareness of the blended personality and soul. Awareness of the point of focused tension. Awareness of the Ray energy in its will aspect.

c. The use of one or other of the seven Ray methods of projection, according to the Ray of the disciple.

d.The use of a Word of Power.

4. Invocation and Evocation.

a. The blended soul and personality are now invocative, and their united intention is expressed in the previous three stages.

b.Then a response comes from the Spiritual Triad, which that intention, propelled by an act of will from a point of tension has evoked.

5. Stabilization.

This is brought about by long patient use of the fourprevious processes and followed by a conscious use of the antahkarana.

6. Resurrection and Ascension.

This is the rising up of the consciousness out of soul and personality limitations (from the angle of the Monad) and its passing into that of the Spiritual Triad. [RI513]




Ray One - "I assert the fact". Number Value: 1

Ray Two - "I see the greatest light" Number Value: 6

Ray three - "Purpose itself am I" Number Value: 6

Ray Four - "Two merge with One" Number Value: 6

Ray Five - "Three Minds unite" Number Value: 4

Ray Six - "The highest Light controls" Number Value: 2

Ray Seven - "The highest and the lowest meet". Number Value: 1

Carefully note how the 1st and the 7th rays both equal the number value of "1". The remaining five Ray Words have number values which relate them to the feminine 2-4-6 consciousness ray line. Reflect on this. The 1st and 7th ray are masculine polar opposites and represent the two units spirit, the monad, and matter, or the form.


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