The human being can be analyzed from a biological, philosophical, spiritual or psychological point of view. These and other disciplines refer to man from a concrete dimension. However, there are some approaches that try to explain human nature from a global perspective. One of these approaches is the septenary constitution , a vision proposed by the Russian philosopher Helena Blavatsky, one of the founders of modern Theosophy.
The human being is something more than a person of flesh and blood, as it is integrated spiritual and energetic way through the universe . In this sense, the corporeal is just a part of our individual existence.
There are several planes that interact with each other (what we are materially, our energetic part, the human spirit and our connection with the universe). This view of the human condition is the fundamental axis of Theosophy, more specifically of the theory known as the septenary constitution.
The septenary constitution of man is a synthesis of several traditions: Hinduism, esoterism, Platonism, Christianity and Western psychology .
The seven principles that govern human existence
– The first dimension is Sthula Sarira or physical body, from which our most elementary vital functions regulate.
– At a higher stage the body finds itself in a higher material reality known as Linga Sarira, also called astral matter. According to theosophists, this dimension of man is the one that makes it possible to explain phenomena such as clairvoyance or hypnosis. Linga Sarira comes to be duplicated as an individual. For a clairvoyant it is something visible, but it is invisible to one who lacks that power.
– Everything that exists, including human beings, is immersed in the higher organism, also known as Jiva. Thus, each being in this world (a mineral, a plant or a star) is part of a whole.
– The fourth principle refers to kama or desires. In other words, the set of sensations, emotions and motivations form our human nature. This principle is the one that regulates daily life in the most direct and evident way.
– The fifth principle or Manas refers to human thought . It is the dimension that constitutes us as thinking individuals. According to the septenary constitution, the thinking self is incarnated in a concrete body, consequently, Theosophy believes in the reincarnation of the human being.
– As a complement to Manas there is a sixth principle, Atma Buddhi or spirit soul. So we have an intellect self and a spiritual self. The first thinks from human reason, but the second depends on a universal principle.
– Lastly, the Atmam or the real self expresses human nature in its pure state , as it is a question of a greater development of consciousness .