The Master G, when speaking about substances and forces, stated:
"Returning to the law of three, one must learn to find the manifestations of this law in everything we do and in everything we study. The application of this law in any sphere at once reveals much that is new, much that we did not see before. Take chemistry, for instance. Ordinary science does not know of the law of three and it studies matter without taking into consideration its cosmic properties. But besides ordinary chemistry there exists another, a special chemistry, or alchemy if you like, which studies matter taking into consideration its cosmic properties. As has been said before, the cosmic properties of each substance are determined first by its place, and secondly by the force which is acting through it at the given moment. Even in the same place the nature of a given substance undergoes a great change dependent upon the force which is being manifested through it. Each substance can be the conductor of any one of the three forces (First, Second, and Third Logos) and, in accordance with this, it can be active, passive, or neutralizing. And it can be neither the first, nor the second, nor the third, if no force is manifesting through it at the given moment or if it is taken without relation to the manifestation of forces. In this way every substance appears, as it were, in four different aspects or states. In this connection it must be noted that when we speak of matter we do not speak of chemical elements. The special chemistry of which I speak looks upon every substance having a separate function, even the most complex, as an element. In this way only is it possible to study the cosmic properties of matter, because all complex compounds have their own cosmic purpose and significance. From this point of view an atom of a given substance is the smallest amount of the given substance which retains all its chemical, physical, and cosmic properties. Consequently the size of the 'atom' of different substances is not the same. And in some cases an 'atom' may be a particle even visible to the naked eye.
"The four aspects or states of every substance have definite names.
"When a substance is the conductor of the first or the active force, it is called 'carbon,' and, like the carbon of chemistry, it is designated by the letter C.
"When a substance is the conductor of the second or the passive force, it is called 'oxygen,' and, like the oxygen of chemistry, it is designated by the letter 0.
"When a substance is the conductor of the third or neutralizing force, it is called 'nitrogen,' and, like the nitrogen of chemistry, it is designated by the letter N.
"When a substance is taken without relation to the force manifesting itself through it, it is called 'hydrogen,' and, like the hydrogen of chemistry, it is designated by the letter H.
"The active, the passive, and the neutralizing forces are designated by the figures 1, 2, 3, and the substances by the letters C, 0, N, and H. These designations must be understood."
"Do these four elements correspond to the old four alchemical elements, fire, air, water, earth?" asked one of us.
"Yes, they do correspond," said G., "but we will use these (C, O, N, H). You will understand why afterwards." — P. D. Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous
Well, here we finish with Master ‘G’s quotation. Now, let us go deeply into this alchemical formulary…
We already spoke in our previous 1968-1969 Christmas Message about the Ain Soph or super divine atom that abides within the unknowable profundities of our own Being…
In the final synthesis, each one of us is nothing more than an atom from the Abstract Absolute Space, which is the interior atomic star that has always smiled upon us.
A certain author said: “I raise my eyes towards the utmost, towards the stars, from which, for me, all help has to come, but I always follow the inner star which guides my interior...”
We must make a specific differentiation between the Ain Soph and the Ain Soph Paranishpanna. In the Ain Soph, there is no interior Self-realization, but in the Ain Soph Paranishpanna, there is realization of the Innermost Self…
Any Mahatma knows very well that before entering into the Absolute, the solar bodies must be dissolved. It is obvious that four atom-seeds remain from these Christic vehicles. It is indubitable that such atom-seeds correspond to the physical, astral, mental, and causal bodies… It is obvious that the four atom-seeds are absorbed within the super divine atom, the Ain Soph Paranishpanna, along with the Essence, spiritual principles, laws, and the three primary forces… Afterwards, the profound night of the mahapralaya arrives.
The Ain Soph without intimate Self-realization does not possess the four atom-seeds; it is just a simple atom of the Abstract Absolute Space. That is all.
In Alchemy, the letter ‘C’ symbolizes the conscious body of willpower; it is the carbon of esoteric chemistry.
In Alchemy, the letter ‘O’ symbolizes the solar mental body that was built in the forge of the Cyclops, the oxygen of sacred chemistry.
In Alchemy, the letter ‘N’ symbolizes the authentic solar astral body, which is very different from the body of desires. It is obvious that the legitimate sidereal body is the nitrogen of esoteric chemistry.
In Alchemy, the ‘H’ symbolizes the physical body, the three-dimensional vehicle of flesh and bones.
We do not exaggerate if we emphasize the alchemist’s transcendental idea that an Ain Soph Paranishpanna atom has within itself the four atom seeds: carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen.
With these four alchemical atoms, the Ain Soph Paranishpanna rebuilds the Mercabah, the chariot (the solar bodies), in order to enter into any universe when it is necessary…
Let us not forget that Mercabah is the chariot of the centuries, the heavenly human being of the Kabbalah…
As a sequence or corollary, we can, and we must affirm that those who have not performed the work in the Ninth Sphere (sex) certainly do not possess the chariot, the Mercabah.
It is unquestionable that everything changes in the active field of the Prakriti, due to the modifications of the Trigunamayashakti, and that we, the human beings, also modify ourselves in a positive or negative way. But, if we do not build the chariot, the Mercabah, the Ain Soph remains without realization of the Innermost Self.
Those who have not eliminated the Abhayan Samskara, the innate fear, will flee from the Ninth Sphere by telling to others that the work in the forge of the Cyclops (sex) is worthless.These are the hypocritical Pharisees who “strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” These are the failed ones who “neither go into the kingdom themselves, neither suffer they those who are entering to go in.” Indeed, sex is a stumbling rock and a rock of offense…