The Seven Rays
A talk by Chong Sanne
on the Seven Human Temperaments, or what is often referred to as The
Seven Rays, the seven divisions of Nature. Please note that this talk
which is brought back by special request is
for members only.
Also note that the talk starts at
It was in The Secret
Doctrine of H. P. Blavatsky that the modern world was first presented
with the phrase “The Seven Rays”. It went along with a statement that
all things and beings in the world—all forms of mind and matter—arose from
combinations of seven fundamental impulses.
“There are seven chief
groups of such Dhyan Chohans, which groups will be found and recognised in
every religion, for they are the primeval SEVEN Rays. Humanity, occultism
teaches us, is divided into seven distinct groups…”
The essential thing to
understand is that there is a certain sevenfold division of everything that
exists in the manifested world, whether of life or matter. All life which
exists in our chain of worlds passes through and belongs to one or other of
Seven Rays, each having seven subdivisions. Relatively little has been
written about the Seven Rays, and that little so guardedly expressed as not
to be at all readily intelligible. The subject of the Seven Rays is
therefore not as simple as one may think. We are told by C. W. Leadbeater
that occult teachers are markedly reticent when questioned about it. Indeed,
a Master once told a pupil, “Well, I cannot tell you all about
them until you have reached a very high Initiation. Will you have what I
can tell you, which will be partial and inevitably misleading, or will
you wait until you can be told the whole thing?” One may naturally ask
why is there this need for secrecy and reticence regarding the Seven Rays?
It probably has something to do with the rules of Occultism. Bear in mind
the aphorism, “Knowledge is power”, and that power may be abused. Presumably
one engaged in practical occultism who has an in-depth knowledge of the
Seven Rays could take advantage of it for selfish purposes.
So what we know about the
Seven Rays may be necessarily fragmentary, but surely something is better
than nothing at all. Perhaps, some knowledge of the Seven Rays will help you
understand yourself better. More importantly, we would conceivably
appreciate others better. We would know that humanity is divided into seven
categories with distinctly different temperaments. So when the people around
us appear to be very different from ourselves, we need not be too surprised
Would you care to know
more about the Seven Rays?
In the course of the
lecture, you will also be given some tests to determine your probable
It may be of interest to know that this is only the third time we are
conducting this lecture, with two-year intervals in between. Those who have
previously ‘determined’ their rays may wish to go through the tests again
and check if their conclusions are consistent after a lapse of two years.
The seven sets of six
tests will be given in stages, progressively, during the lecture. So missing
any part of the lecture will mean an incomplete assessment of yourself. As
this session will take at least two hours, we will have to start on time at
In other words, for your own sake, don't be late.
Please take note that the
lecture on The Seven Rays is
for members only.