Third Principle

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In the Theosophical septenary model of the universe and man as found in the writings of H. P. Blavatsky and later Theosophists the third principle in cosmos refers to the universal life, while in human beings it is prāṇa.

However, it is important to note that in the early description of the seven principles of man by A. O. Hume[1] and A. P. Sinnett[2] prāṇa is the second, instead of the third principle.


  1. See Fragments of Occult Truth No. 1 at Blavatsky Study Center
  2. Alfred Percy Sinnett, Esoteric Buddhism (San Diegon, CA: Wizards Bookshelf, 1987), 24.