The Divine Trinity

The inherent power of the number three has amazed philosophers and mathematicians for thousands of years. A three-legged stool (tripod) is always stable regardless of the length of each leg. Both space and time are measured in three dimensions — height, width, and depth; past, present, and future (beginning, middle, and end).
"Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the Seven Spirits who are before His throne..."
— Revelation 1:4


"The Spirit is one in name but sevenfold in virtues."

— Saint Beatus of Lungern

Throughout the Ageless Wisdom teachings, the Supreme Creator (Godhead / Brahman) is said to radiate in Seven Rays or Streams of Spirit. The first three Rays manifest as the Holy Trinity — God's primary emanation. The remaining four Rays are attributes or subsidiary Rays. Similarly, three primary colors are sufficient to create all seven colors plus infinite variations. And three musical notes (1,3,5) from a scale of seven blend into a complete, harmonious chord.


From the Tao comes forth the one,
From the one comes forth the two,
From the two comes forth the three,

And from the three comes
forth all things.
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

The Rosicrucian Cross
1 Spirit - 2 Consciousness - 3 Matter


The vertical bar represents the Spiritual World -1- and the horizontal is the material world -3-. The Rose at the center or Soul -2- of the cross is Consciousness, the intersection of Spirit and matter. Notice, also, that the cross calvary is a trinity of steps.

Many expressions of the Divine or Holy Trinity can be seen in the grid below. In each row, the Spiritual Path (Soul/Consciousness -2-) connects the Creator (Spiritual Cause -1-) with His Creation and its creatures (material effect -3-). A better understanding of each element of the Trinity can be found by also reading the yellow area as three columns.

Note: In the following model, the Spiritual Path by which man evolves back home to the Godhead is not vertical, but the horizontal connection of Spiritual Cause to material effect. The grid below would probably be more easily understood if it were rotated clockwise 90-degrees so that God stands above Soul, and Soul above Man, etc. It's simply the limitations of page width that requires us to lay out the Trinities left to right so we can scroll down the chart.

System
1 Cause
2 The Path
3 Effect (Receptive)




Generic
God
Soul
Mankind / Physical
Involution
(Creation)
>>>
>>>
>>>
Evolution
(Redemption)
<<<
<<<
<<<
Causative Triangle
Spirit
Consciousness
Matter
Christian
Father
Son / Christos
Holy Spirit / Mother
Divine Source
Creator
Redeemer
Savior
Disciple
Sinner
Catholic
Sign of the Cross

Head
Mental

Heart
Emotional
Shoulders
Physical
Theosophy
(H.P. Blavatsky)
Atma
Buddhi-Christ
Manas

Will
Thought

Love-Truth
Feeling
Intelligence
Activity
Alice A. Bailey
Life
Quality
Appearance
Magic
Energy
Force
Substance
Western Mysteries
Unity
Magnetic
Diversity / Separate
Good
True
Beautiful
Philosophy

Transcendent

Consciousness
Immanent
Eternity/Void
Permanence
Consciousness
Time/Space
Impermanence

Omnipotence
All Powerful

Omnipresence
Everywhere
Omniscience
All Knowing
Esoteric & Arcane
One
Group
Many
One Life
Divine Homesickness
Separate Forms
Power
Source
Light
Radiated
Form
Reflected Light
Purpose
Evolution
Activity
Bliss
Joy
Happiness
Shamballah
Planetary Head
Hierarchy
Heart
Humanity
Throat Centers
Electric Fire
Solar Fire
Fire by friction
Astrology
Sun
Moon
Earth
Alchemy
Sulfur
Mercury
Salt
Rosicrucian
Spirit
Soul
Coagulation
Freemasons
Architect
Builder
Building
Strength
Wisdom
Beauty
Esoteric Motion
Forward
Progressive
Spiralic
Uplifted / Redeemed
Rotary
Cyclic / Seasonal
Cabbala
(Jewish)
Kether
Crown

Chokmah
Wisdom

Binah
Understanding
Sufi
(Islam/Muslim)
Beloved
Love
Lover
Taoism
Unity
Love
Peace
Buddhist
Buddha
Pure / Awake
Dharma
Law
Sangha
Practitioner
Hindu
Sat
Existence
Chit-Tapas
Knowledge
Ananda
Bliss
Hindu
Cosmic
AGNI
Fire
VAYU
Air
SURYA
Life
Hindu
Exoteric
Brahma
Creator
Vishnu
Preserver
Shiva / Mahesha
Dissolver
Hindu
Esoteric
Shiva
Vishnu
Brahma
Hindu
OM / AUM
Sky
Atmosphere
Earth
Sattwa
Goodness
Rajas
Passion
Tamas
Delusion
Zoroastrian
Virtue
Wisdom
Intelligence
Gnostic
Pneuma
Logos
Nous
Mithraic
Phanes
Chronos
Zeus
Greek
Zeus
Apollo
Athena
Greek
Logos
Word
Christos
Light
Sophia
Knowledge
Roman
Jupiter
Mars
Venus
Egyptian
Osiris
King
Horus
Prince

Isis
Queen

Allegory
Positive pole
Magnetic field
Negative Pole
Allegory
Current
Potential
Voltage
Force
Resistance
Opposition
Allegory
Management
Head
Mediator
Heart
Labor
Hands
Allegory
Ocean
Ocean Wave
Drop / River / Pond
Georg W. F. Hegel
Thesis
Synthesis
Antithesis
Lower Correspondence in Man

Mental
Scarecrow

Emotional / Astral
Tinman
Physical Etheric
Lion
Stimulus
Perception
Response
or Reaction

 


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This page was updated on Saturday, October 18, 2003 1:34 AM