STELLAR SONS OF LIGHT: LIPIKA, KARMIC BOARD, SCRIBES
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
The truths about the ‘recording angels’, the Lords & Ladies of Karma, the Karmic Board, the ‘scribes’, and related divine beings are known across cultures. Esoteric and yoga circles have popularized the same truths in most recent times, so let us do some more reflection on the subject. Lipika is the term given to the same.
I have already discussed in previous articles the Karmic Laws, which includes the laws of karma and reincarnation. The subject of Cosmic Justice I also discussed in a distinct article, just to give seekers some background information regarding the dispensation of karma.
The arrival (evolution) to the fore of the Lipika was the subject of Sloka 6 of Stanza 4, Book of Dzyan. The Perfected Ones thus declared in the Sloka 6:
‘. . . . . THEN THE SECOND SEVEN, WHO ARE THE LIPIKA, PRODUCED BY THE THREE (Word, Voice, and Spirit). THE REJECTED SON IS ONE, THE “SON-SUNS” ARE COUNTLESS.’
Without further ado, let me present the discussion by HPBlavatsky articulated on the sloka, in Volume I, Secret Doctrine:
The Lipi-ka, from the word lipi, “writing,” means literally the “Scribes.”* Mystically, these Divine Beings are connected with Karma, the Law of Retribution, for they are the Recorders or Annalists who impress on the (to us) invisible tablets of the Astral Light, “the great picture-gallery of eternity”—a faithful record of every act, and even thought, of man, of all that was, is, or ever will be, in the phenomenal Universe. As said in “Isis,” this divine and unseen canvas is the BOOK OF LIFE. As it is the Lipika who project into objectivity from the passive Universal Mind the ideal plan of the universe, upon which the “Builders” reconstruct the Kosmos after every Pralaya, it is they who stand parallel to the Seven Angels of the Presence, whom the Christians recognise in the Seven “Planetary Spirits” or the “Spirits of the Stars;” for thus it is they who are the direct amanuenses of the Eternal Ideation—or, as called by Plato, the “Divine Thought.” The Eternal Record is no fantastic dream, for we meet with the same records in the world of gross matter. “A shadow never falls upon a wall without leaving thereupon a permanent trace which might be made visible by resorting to proper processes,” says Dr. Draper. . . . “The portraits of our friends or landscape-views may be hidden on the sensitive surface from the eye, but they are ready to make their appearance as soon as proper developers are resorted to. A spectre is concealed on a silver or a glassy surface, until, by our necromancy, we make it come forth into the visible world. Upon the walls of our most private apartments, where we think the eye of intrusion is altogether shut out, and our retirement can never be profaned, there exist the vestiges of all our acts, silhouettes of whatever we have done.”† Drs. Jevons and Babbage believe that every thought, displacing the particles of the brain and setting them in motion, scatters them throughout the Universe, and they think that “each particle of the existing matter must be a register of all that has happened.” (Principles of Science, Vol. II. p. 455.) Thus the ancient doctrine has begun to acquire rights of citizenship in the speculations of the scientific world.
[Philippines, 14 March 2012]
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