Devas and elementals constitute
a separate evolution from that of the human being. All evolutions or
involutions are, however, intimately integrated, and together compose the body
of the Planetary Logos. Each of these vast systems is independently controlled
by Hierarchies functioning on parallel levels and status. The intention is not
to make a close study of these other vast fields of expression, but the
esoteric student should at least be aware of these related evolutions, with a
general idea of how they are related to and affect our own immediate system.
Elementals - The elementals are
sub-human forms which have not yet reached the evolutionary stage. They are in
fact still in process of involution, on the downward arc - the stage where
spirit is still being involved in matter. Evolution, in contrast, denotes the
upward gradient, where that which has been created evolves, or is being
transmuted into forms on higher levels of development, and thus refers to the
ascent or return of Spirit to its Source, carrying with it the gains in
experience of passing through matter.
Elementals are etheric forms of
being, occurring on all planes, and which have traditionally been known as
gnomes, brownies and pixies.
They may also be classified as:
Earth or Physical Elementals
Air or Etheric Elementals
Water or Astral Elementals
Fire or Mental Elementals.
These elementals are the essence or primordial phase of all creation in both
our Solar System and the Universe. Within certain limits these elemental
forces may be controlled or guided by man. They can as a rule be harnessed by
particular rites and rituals, but this is an entirely separate study, and the
uninformed are warned that it is definitely undesirable to meddle with these
matters unless thoroughly understood. The present purpose is merely to point
to the existence of these forces.
With more advanced spiritual
development the disciple will acquire knowledge and proficiency, based on the
laws of nature, enabling him to co-operate successfully with the involutionary
realms, and thereby also to promote the evolutionary processes.
Devas - In contrast to the
elementals, the devas are already on the evolutionary path. They are the
builders of the material system, in which they work in their myriads in
'serried ranks', and where they are grouped into many grades.
Devas of every status are to be
found, somewhat paralleling those of the human evolution, and grading from
ranks comparable to that of a Planetary Logos, through the many intermediate
hierarchical grades down to the lesser ranks of the building devas, who work
unconsciously and automatically in large groups, building the many forms known
to human evolution. These lower groups are guided only by vibration and sound.
The devas avail themselves of
the elemental forces, and the deva builders control these blindly working
forces to perform their involutionary functions. The devas in their
constructive work produce cohesion, harmony and beauty out of elemental chaos.
The lower strata of the devas, the practical builders, comparatively speaking,
vary from the unthinking, automatically working labourers, rising
progressively until the foreman quality is encountered, then the supervisor,
eventually arriving at the controllers, the industrial executives or 'Great
Building Devas', who are on a comparable level with the Masters of Wisdom. On
the physical plane man is, mostly unconsciously, in daily and constant contact
with the deva world. All matter, and every physical form, whether mineral,
vegetable, animal or human, is constituted of the vital substance of the many
lesser ranks of deva entities, and these are held together by a higher ranking
deva providing the coherence of form to the object. Thus every crystal, drop
of water, and every plant or animal, has its own controlling deva-life.
The Dark Forces have also
acquired the technique of handling the elementals or involutionary forces, and
pervert these unwitting lesser forms of life to their evil and selfish
purposes. For man the correct procedure, as practised by the Masters, is not
to attempt direct control over the elementals and lower grade devas, but
rather to effect such control through co-operation with their senior ranks,
such as the deva Lords or Angels. It is therefore not for man to control the
deva world, but to collaborate with them by intelligent and loving
understanding of their functions.
Adepts have been taught the art
of calling specific devas or elementals to serve their purpose, by the use of
mantrams. By a mantram is understood arranging words or syllables in some
rhythmic order, which when thus sounded will generate the desired vibrations.
These vibrations may then serve as a call-note for the required devas or
elementals. Such powers will be accorded to the disciple when he is ready for
their use, and when his work demands it. Danger is, however, definitely
provoked when the lesser devas and forces are called by the unqualified in
attempts to further selfish ambitions.
As man is the custodian of the
mental principle, so the deva evolution is the custodian of the life
principle, and therefore also of magnetism and vitality - those qualities
playing such an important role in the three worlds of human manifestation. For
their mutual benefit close co-operation is essential between these two
evolutions, neither of which can develop effectively without the support of
the other and, as far as the form is concerned, they are actually
indispensable partners. On the other hand, man should increasingly orient
himself towards spiritual relationships, thus striving to evolve away from
dependence on form and matter.
The aspirant should recognize
that it is not only his physical body which consists of deva life, but also
his etheric and emotional bodies, and that even thoughts are nothing but deva
substance. It is for this reason that the average man, still functioning on
emotional levels, remains largely under the control of astral devas, and his
objective must therefore be to liberate himself as soon as possible from these
influences, allowing the soul to dominate his life and the Spirit to become
It is perhaps interesting to
know that a group of entities has been gathered from the ranks of the most
advanced devas, who are serving as 'guardian angels' over the human race. Each
human being has thus been furnished with his own particular guardian angel,
whose function it is to remain with him night and day, warding off
unfavourable energies which might constitute a menace to the physical
well-being of the protégé. These guardian angels must not be confused with
those spiritual helpers who on etheric levels stand by the disciple providing
him with Spiritual support when needed and invoked. The guarding devas have
much to give to humanity, but their own attainment also lies in this kind of
On hierarchical levels there is
close collaboration between human and deva evolutions. Evolved devas may be
recognized on etheric levels as great Angels, and according to the Sages at
least four groups of these Angels are assembled around the Christ, pledged to
his service and that of humanity. One of the responsibilities with which the
Christ has charged them is to make men aware of certain concepts or conditions
which today may still seem far-fetched:
1. Humanity must be
taught to see etherically. This the devas will achieve through
heightening vibration by devic interaction.
2. Man must be taught the use of colour and sound for healing
certain diseases. Violet light, for instance, seems to be
particularly effective for treating disturbances originating in
the etheric body.
3. Materialistic thinkers must be convinced of the existence of
the etheric worlds, where the 'spirit' of both men and angels may
4. Men must be made aware of 'super-human physics' - how to
eliminate gravitation and attain weightlessness, and how to
eliminate fatigue by moving without resistance and with the
rapidity of thought. These 'impossible' conditions will only be
accomplished by gaining control over the etheric vehicle.
5. Humanity will be taught how to nourish the body by drawing
sustenance from etheric energy. This will mean that life
activities will increasingly have to be focused on etheric
existence, with a simultaneous withdrawing of active attention
from physical functions, allowing the latter to become largely
6. To encompass the above will involve penetrating and eventually
destroying the 'etheric web', which today still separates the
physical world of human existence so effectively from the
invisible etheric spheres.
To the ordinary human being
these conceptions may seem fantastic and even beyond all consideration, and
many will consequently ridicule these visions. But just think how impossible
many of our present day scientific inventions, such as television,
computers, electronics, nuclear power, spacecraft, etc, would have sounded
if prophesied to our forebears of only 100 years ago. Nobody at that time
would have taken any notice of such utter nonsense!
Those with an open mind and
unbiased outlook must already be aware of the steadily spreading influence
of these Deva Angels, which is slowly but surely permeating human life,
affecting its many activities and fields of consciousness. Everywhere there
are signs of increasing psychic awareness; science is rapidly discovering
and accepting several aspects of 'extra-sensory perception' (ESP), and these
are now receiving widespread attention. At long last science has ascertained
the existence of the etheric world (or at least certain aspects thereof),
although the scientific approach is being wrapped up in such complicated
technical terminology that it becomes nearly unrecognizable to the esoteric
The existence of telepathic
faculties of communication are also being recognized, and with growing human
sensitivity it is expected that there will be a corresponding increase in
the practical application of these powers.
The fulfillment of some of
these prophecies must therefore be regarded as imminent, and it is merely a
question of time before a more refined sensitivity will be developed for
recognizing the surrounding etheric world, with its many active Entities and
influences. This will again lead to further expansion of consciousness and a
deeper comprehension of the reality of the inner worlds.
Jurriaanse wrote a number of compilations from the books of Alice A. Bailey.
Among these are: Of Life and other worlds; Prophecies; Ponder on this; Serving
Humanity; The Soul; The Quality of Life; and he is also the author of Bridges
which is a Commentary on these teachings.