Sept 5, 2016
The Law of Synthesis
As usual, DK does not clearly state this law and define what it is in layman’s terms. It is interesting that he stresses the importance of this law yet neither HPB or Roerich specifically mentions it, though they do talk of the general idea of synthesis.
We’ve covered the Law of Economy, associated with the third ray and the first solar system, the Law of Attraction associated with the second ray and the second solar system. Now we move on to the Law of Synthesis, the foundation of all creation, associated with Ray One and the next solar system.
Before we get into DK’s comments on the law let us look at the principle of synthesis itself from a more common perspective.
To synthesize is to take diverse elements or parts and gather from them what is needed to create something that is new and useful.
All the tools and items we see about us that we find useful are the result of synthesis – your car, the house you live in, your computer, phone, television etc. They are all made of diverse materials that may not have much value by themselves, yet combined with other elements, often much different than themselves, they make a complete whole which is of much more value than the part by itself. What good is a nail if it is never used to create something of which it is just a part? Not much. But when used synthetically to build the nail becomes an essential ingredient of a greater whole.
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who are synthesizers and those who are not. What is the difference? Here are a few.
(1) The ordinary person only uses the tools that are commonly available.
The synthesizer makes new tools by gathering and combining what he has available.
(2) The ordinary person only sees the obvious in people.
The synthesizer sees more and helps others merge together to create something useful.
(3) The ordinary person just puts in his time at work and does his job.
The synthesizer is always looking for ways to improve, not only his performance, but the whole company.
(4) The ordinary person merely believes what he has been taught through a chain of authority.
The synthesizer looks at all possible beliefs and gathers from them that which is useful and makes sense.
(5) The ordinary person when on a team will concentrate on his performance.
The synthesizer will go beyond this and focus on the performance benefit of the team as a whole.
(6) The ordinary person only acquires and applies knowledge as needed or required.
The synthesizer throws out a wide net, gathers in more knowledge than required and discovers wonderful ways to put it to use.
Obviously the true seeker needs to become a synthesizer, for without using this principle his usefulness will be limited.
One of the most obvious characteristics of a synthesizer is that he or she will not see or judge things with a black and white attitude. Instead of seeing black and white he will often see many shades of gray. This expanded vision though will not make him indecisive but will allow him to make wiser decisions and judgments than the non synthetic person.
He will value the words of Solomon who gave us these words of wisdom:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
This gives us a good perspective of synthesis as it applies to general humanity. Is this what DK had in mind when he talked about the Law of Synthesis?
Partially. The Law of Synthesis embraces this but goes deeper.
To understand what DK means by speaking of this law we have to conceive in our minds the beginning and end of all creation and evolution which is the world of pure spirit where all is synthesized into one unified whole. The great pralaya, the rest in pure spirit between creations is an example of the consummation of this law. Even though there is a great oneness he says that “pralaya is simply subjectivity, and is not that ‘which is not,’ but simply that which is esoteric.” Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 130
What the final synthesis is then is esoteric, or hidden from our present consciousness. Even though much is hidden we perceive enough from our Source to be attracted to it, and this is the basis of the Law of Attraction leading to the Law of Synthesis.
We have two poles, spirit and matter. Matter is really spiritual energy in a scattered condition that allows creation and form building to proceed. After the forms are built and used there is perceived by the intelligence in matter (includes you and me) that something (Spirit) is pulling on us to synthesis and unify in order to return to our Source, or home.
The fact that all lives in the universe will eventually sense and follow this pull back to Spirit is the Law of Synthesis. It is like the associated Law of Gravity. It is just there and when the pull becomes greater than the resistance the law decrees that the form must go in the direction of the pull.
The Law of Synthesis is more involved than the Law of gravity, which merely pulls objects toward a center. With Synthesis, the pull is toward cooperation and unity that creates greater life out of the blending of many lives.
When creation wraps up and we all go home we will find that we are much more than just a part of the whole, but identify with that whole in a synthetic way.
The Tenth Law of Healing Sums it up:
Both soul and form together must renounce the principle of life and thus permit the Monad to stand free. The soul responds. The form then shatters the connection. Life is now liberated, owning the quality of conscious knowledge and the fruit of all experience. These are the gifts of soul and form combined.
When we return we will own, “the quality of conscious knowledge and the fruit of all experience.” Thus when we return to the ultimate home we will have grown and enlarged in intelligence and will savor this until the next creation.
Below are some quotes from DK on the Law of Synthesis for further light.
the Law of Synthesis which is the new emphasis pouring through from Shamballa.
Destiny of the Nations, Page 97
Later, after the fourth initiation, the disciple comes increasingly under the Law of Synthesis, which is the major Law of the Spirit in the universe. His capacity then to include rapidly develops and his sense of awareness can (after the sixth Initiation of Decision) begin to range in an extra-planetary fashion. The meaning of all this may be only theoretical, as far as your understanding may be concerned; its significance must be carefully sought and this will not, by any means, prove an easy matter. Revelation will, however, come if you study what is said about these three major laws in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire.
Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 2, Page 423
This Being (Avatar of Synthesis) is closely related to the Will Aspect of divinity, and His cooperation has been made possible through Christ’s Own attainment along the line of the highest, spiritual will. He works under the great natural Law of Synthesis, producing at-one-ment, unification and fusion. His function (in unison with the energy of Christ) is to generate spiritual will in humanity, the will-to-good; His potency works in three fields of activity at this time:
The Reappearance of the Christ, Page 77
The Law of Synthesis….the law governing spirit, or the first aspect.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 11
This ray (First) is governed by the Law of Synthesis, and is the basis of the systemic movement which may be best described as that of driving forward through space, or forward progression. Little can be predicated anent this ray and its expression. It controls the movements of the entire ring-pass-not in connection with its cosmic centre.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 41
The working of the flame divine under the Law of Synthesis a generic term which will be seen eventually to include the other two laws as subdivisions.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 50
Law of Synthesis, the cosmic law governing the tendency to unification
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, page 147
the Law of Synthesis, which is the law of a coherent will-to-be, persisting not only in time and space, but within a still vaster cycle.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pages 149-150
Sight – The recognition of totality, the synthesis of all, the realisation of the One in Many, the first Logos. The Law of Synthesis, operating between all forms which the self occupies, and the recognition of the essential unity of all manifestation by the means of sight.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 196
It blends with the All-Self. This is under the Law of Synthesis.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 200
The first Aspect, or the will to exist, is governed by the Law of Synthesis, and the activities of the cosmic entities who are its embodiments are governed by the law of enforced unity, and of essential homogeneity. It is the law that eventually comes into play after spirit and matter are blending, and adapting themselves each to each; it governs the eventual synthesis of Self with Self, and finally with the All-Self, and also of essence with essence in contra-distinction to the synthesis of matter and Spirit. It demonstrates as:
- Spiritual liberation,
- Destruction of form through the withdrawal of Spirit (the Destroyer aspect)
- Absolute homogeneity and absolute essential unity,
- Progressive forward motion.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Pages 215-216
The solar Logos is governed by the Law of Synthesis. He holds all in synthetic unity or homogeneity. His subjective life is governed by the Law of Attraction; His material form is governed by the Law of Economy.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 257
Three Cosmic Laws. The first of the cosmic laws is the Law of Synthesis. It is almost impossible for those of us who have not the buddhic faculty in any way developed, to comprehend the scope of this law. It is the law that demonstrates the fact that all things—abstract and concrete—exist as one; it is the law governing the thought form of that One of the cosmic Logoi in Whose consciousness both our system, and our greater centre, have a part. It is a unit of His thought, a thought form in its entirety, a concrete whole, and not the differentiated process that we feel our evolving system to be. It is the sumtotal, the centre and the periphery, and the circle of manifestation regarded as a unit.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 568
the Law of Synthesis governs pralaya and obscuration
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 577
The Nature of Pralaya. We can view pralaya as the work of “abstraction,” and as the method which brings the form under the Destroyer aspect of Spirit, working ever under the Law of Attraction, of which the Law of Synthesis is but a branch.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 734
The Law of Economy is the basic law of one pole, that of the negative aspect; the Law of Synthesis is the basic law of the positive pole, but the ***Law of Attraction is the law for the fire which is produced by the merging during evolution of the two poles. From the standpoint of the human being, it is that which brings about the realisation of self-consciousness; … the Law of Synthesis is the Law of the positive central life; whilst the Law of Attraction governs that which is produced by the relation of these two, and is itself controlled by a greater cosmic law which is the principle of the intelligence of substance. It is the law of Akasha.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Pages 1166-1167
- The Law of Economy demonstrates as an urge,
- The Law of Attraction as a pull,
- The Law of Synthesis as a tendency to concentrate at a centre, or to merge.
Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 1182
- The Law of Synthesis, determining the future, certifying the goal, and concerned with the life or spirit aspect.
- The Law of Attraction, determining the present, and governing the immediate condition of the planetary types. It is concerned with the consciousness or the soul aspect.
- The Law of Economy. This law determines the past, conditions the planetary consciousness, and concerns itself with the form or matter aspect.
Esoteric Psychology Vol I, Page 376
The energy of Mind. The force of manas. The reflection of divine will and purpose. Motivation. The impulse to plan, under the Law of Synthesis.
Esoteric Psychology Vol II, Page 284
Integration eventually produces synthesis. The many cyclic integrations which are carried forward in the great life cycle of an incarnating soul lead to the final synthesis of spirit and soul, which is the goal of the evolutionary process where humanity is concerned. After the third initiation, this results in the complete liberation of the man from the “pull” of substance in the three worlds and in his consequent ability to wield, with full understanding, the Law of Attraction in its various phases, as far as the creative process is involved. Other phases will then be later mastered.
Esoteric Healing, Pages 434-435
Let the group understand the Law of Synthesis, of unity and fusion;… (This is the law which governs the thinking of those great Lives Who form the Council of Sanat Kumara in Shamballa.) … It has enabled him to gather around him his own group and thus begin to form his own ashram. The personnel of the world group which will reveal the hidden mystery will all of them be “radiant centres” to a greater or lesser degree. They will thus be invocative and evocative. This thought holds the clue to the Law of Synthesis, of unity and of fusion as given in Rule XIII for initiates.
From Rays and initiations
Of the Law of Synthesis, I can tell you but little. It is the law governing the activities of the Spiritual Triad, and the conditioning law of monadic living. It works neither through the use of the energy of love nor through the application of the principle of economy. The fulfillment of these laws is necessary and preparatory to an understanding of the Law of Synthesis, and under the Law of Synthesis the worlds of illusion and glamour are mastered and the control of maya is negated; under the Law of Attraction the nature of love is revealed, first of all through desire for form life, and then through attraction to the soul and a consequent resolution of the dualities of soul and personality. This brings about a unity which – in due time – serves to reveal a greater potential dualism – that of soul and spirit; this fundamental duality must also be resolved, leaving the essential, universal planetary duality, Spirit-matter, present in time and space.
The Law of Synthesis has reference to this relationship and to the factual nature of the tremendous assertion of H. P. Blavatsky that “Matter is spirit at its lowest point of manifestation and spirit is matter at its highest.” It is of this synthesis that the group must learn; it is this relation which they must begin to comprehend, and the distinction (for there is a distinction) between synthesis, unity and fusion must in due time be mastered.
Rays and initiations, Page 264
Copyright 2016 by J J Dewey (Excluding AAB Quotes)
JJ’s Amazon page HERE
Gather with JJ on Facebook HERE