- The work of
each individual aspirant is therefore to arrive at an understanding of:
- His egoic ray.
- His personality ray.
- The ray governing his mind.
- That governing his astral body.
- The ray influencing his physical body.
When he has
achieved this fivefold knowledge, he has fulfiled the Delphic injunction: "Know
thyself," and can consequently take Initiation.
being is also governed by certain group rays: 
rays, at this time, are the third and fifth, for our Aryan race, and this powerfully
affects every human being.
- Those of the
fourth kingdom in nature. This will have different effects, according to the ray of the
personality or soul. The fourth kingdom has:
- The fourth ray as its egoic ray.
- The fifth ray as its personality ray.
these control the personality life of each man. The egoic ray of the individual, plus the
egoic ray of the fourth kingdom, gradually negate the rays governing the personality as
the man nears the path of probation and discipleship.
therefore is an aggregate of forces which dominate him serially and together; these color
his nature, produce his quality, and determine his "appearance," using this word
in its occult sense of exteriorization. For ages he is wielded by one or other of
these forces, and is simply what they make him. As he arrives at a clearer understanding,
and can begin to discriminate, he definitely chooses which of them shall dominate, until
he eventually becomes controlled by the Soul ray, with all the other rays subordinated to
that ray and used by him at will.
the egoic ray of man we have to grasp:
- The process followed - externalization.
- The secret to be found - manifestation.
- The purpose to be known - realization.
We have also to understand the dominant ray influences of the kingdom of souls, the
fifth kingdom. These are:
ray finds its major field of activity and expression in the physical body. It
determines its life trend and purpose, its appearance and occupation. It is selective of
quality, when influenced by the egoic ray.
- Ray five - working through the personality. 
- Ray two - working through the intuition.
The Egoic ray has direct and specific action upon the astral body. Hence the
battlefield of the life is ever on the plane of illusion; as the soul seeks to dispel the
ancient glamor, the aspirant is enabled to walk in the light.
The Monadic ray influences the mental body, after integration of the personality
has been brought about. It causes the mind nature to achieve that clear vision which finds
its consummation at the fourth initiation, and releases the man from the limitations of
form. There is an analogy to this triplicity and an interesting symbolic relation in the
The egoic or
soul ray begins to make its presence actively felt, via the astral body, as soon as
alignment has been achieved. The process is as follows:
- The first Initiator - the soul of man.
This controls gradually the personality.
- The second Initiator - the Christ.
Releasing the love nature.
- The final Initiator - the Planetary Logos.
Illumining the mind.
- It plays on the astral body externally.
- It stimulates it internally to greater size, color and quality.
- It brings it and all parts of the physical life into activity and under control.
above propositions could be summed up in the statement that the personality ray induces a separative
attitude and causes a detachment from the group of souls of  which the
personality is an externalization, and a consequent attachment to the form side of
manifestation. The egoic ray induces group consciousness and detachment from
external forms, causing attachment to the life side of manifestation and to the subjective
whole. The monadic ray has an effect which can be understood only after man has taken the
divide what we have to say in the next section of our treatise, which deals with the egoic
ray, into the four following parts:
- THE GROWTH OF SOUL INFLUENCE
- THE SEVEN LAWS OF EGOIC LIFE
- THE FIVE GROUPS OF SOULS
- RULES FOR INDUCING SOUL CONTROL