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Sides to a Salmon


Sides to a Salmon

Let us assess some salmon sides metaphorically, shall we? The salmon serves to suggest inner sides to the human being.


  1. PSYCHE. The psyche is the salmon's head.
  2. HEART. The middle section is your interior heart and the seat of art and confluent thinking, largely.
  3. SPIRIT. The salmon's tail is the divine side - die Göttlichkeit of some German mystics.

The high and lofty salmon's tail inhabits eternity. The salmon's tail is greater than anything else - you can believe that: The overall shape of the vertically tilted salmon relates to the levels that Alice Bailey lays bare in A Treatise of Cosmic Fire (1973), rendered and made use of in one of a book on radionics. (Tansley 1977, 27).

The monad sphere: The monadic egg is a spirit form, a pure Spirit. It is the microcosmic absolute intelligence and prepares for love and wisdom. Vehicles of the monad downwards are the following "balloons", or sheet or spheres, the subtler enveloping the grosser somehow.

  1. Atmic: Spiritual nature. Synthetic principle. Domain of will.
  2. Buddhic: Intuition, pure reason, wisdom level over causal level, and love.
  3. Causal, egoic:
  4. Mental: (a) Abstract mind, higher mind (manas), Pure mind. Higher mind. Intelligence nature, Activity. (b) Concrete mind, lower mind.
  5. Emotional (astral) desire-body
  6. Vitality, prana
  7. Etheric
  8. Dense physical body

Abstracted from Alice Bailey (1973, 261-70). - Compare: [◦ Chart V: "The Science of Meditation"] or [◦"Chart VI: "The Egoic Lotus and the Centers"]

After considering the table along with the salmon figure, this may be clear, starting from bottom with these:

  • The dense physical body is like the skin of the salmon mouth.
  • The etheric field is what makes it sense the surroundings it is adapted to pretty well.
  • Its vitality aspects are seen in how good it is at flopping and wriggling - such life outlets.
  • Its feeling level has to do with what the salmon loves and hates and so on, to the degree it does such things.
  • The mind of the salmon contains what it thinks about, for example "Food! Food!"
  • Deep inside is still more, and some can talk about a causal level too, a concept adopted and modified by Theosophy from the yogic and Vedantic concept karana sarira. It includes the sense of ego, and stands for the "innermost subtle body that veils the soul".
  • The wise reasoning of the salmon is still subtler than its "I am", and the spiritual will of it is subtler still.
  • The inmost side of a salmon is balloon-like, a sphere with subtle boundaries, as Bailey suggests. This refers to what is called the monad unit, the essence of a human.

Refinements of "salmonist" thinking are exposed by text and a Buddhist map of inner states presented by Daniel Goleman in a comparative book, The Varieties of the Meditative Experience (1975).

In conclusion: Adhere to the inward salmon as you can. Do it by focusing on your heart after catching your salmon in deep meditation, and the salmon strives to preserve you. It manifests from within in nightly dreams and so on, to preserve sides of yourself and keep you in balance, depending on what others are up to in your surroundings and wider.

1 - Hard to describe

See if the cap fits before you wear it. There are many fishes in the sea. Certain things that are hard to detect are hard to describe. Subtleties can be nicely hinted at through figurative ways of speaking and writing. Through them, some perplexity can be avoided and lessened. You can cater to a gradual process.

2 - The astonished may be nibbled along the road

You could be astonished to find how well fed salmon-eaters are. Many there are who keep feasting of salmons of others, on that glorious life, until the day the time has come to pay, if it comes.

The salmon forbids that his darling falls victim. Try to keep on having a lot of nice days ahead too. A long life tends to come with a price.

3 - The life and its means

Wherever we happen to be, we should go far to be without effort, and preferably without undue strain on one's personal part. Find means to rest well and deeply where you are.

The body-and-mind receives its life from within somehow (too). A frequent term about it, is prana breathing. Gurus teach some ways to tap that inner source. "Prana is inherent to a being. We are born with a certain quantum of prana, and we maintain it, increase or decrease it through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the thoughts we think, the actions we perform and the kind of life we lead," writes Niranjanananda in Prana and Pranayama [2009:4]

Niranjanananda links the concept of prana (vital force) to the system of nadis (channels, vessels, of delicate energy in the body-and-mind), and most notably to the ida, pingala and sushumna channels along the astral spine. These are yogic concepts. Ways to direct and possibly augment the flows of prana, are specified inpranayama teachings. There are many such methods. Kriya yoga is one form. [Ibid. 43ff]

Salmon, salmonism, END MATTER

Salmon, salmonism, LITERATURE  

Bailey, Alice. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. New York: Lucis Publishing Company, 1973. On-line. []

Goleman, David. The Varieties of the Meditative Experience. London: Rider, 1975.

Niranjanananda, Swami. Prana and Pranayama. Munger, Bihar: Yoga Publications Trust, 2009.

Tansley, David. Dimensions of Radionics. Bradford: Health Science, 1977.


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