Tejas is the third emanation to proceed from Akasha, the all pervading substance. Tejas is not separate from Akasha, but a special sub-quality of it. In his Essays on the Gita, Eknath Easwaran translates Tejas (pronounced te-yus) as 'Splendor, Inner Power, and Radiant Vitality.' These are all qualities given Alchemical Fire in western traditions. The geometric symbol for Tejas is a red, upright, equilateral triangle. Its very shape suggests a tongue of flame. It is equivalent the Black Flame of the god, Kali, in Hindu philosophy since the Scintillating Light is a black light.
In OCCULT GEOMETRY (see same), a triangle may be analyzed two ways. First we can look at the figure as number 3, for its three sides. Summing to 3 is a key Hebrew word AB, Father, one title for the second sphere, Wisdom, on the Tree. Moreover, the Qabalistic alchemical text, The Purifying Fire (Aesch Mezareph), commented upon by Dr. W.W. Westcott, assigns the Root of Fire to Chokmah and Wisdom. Since 'Splendor, Inner Power, and Radiant Vitality' are three noted translations of Tejas, we may conclude that the Father in Mother, or Prana in Akasha, is that influence which gives the First Matter its shimmering, scintillating quality, witnessed by all who have been blessed with the inner vision. Tejas heats and vivifies. It ignites. It evolves from Vayu as Vayu evolves from within Akasha.
Pure Space (Akasha) evolves first stirrings; whirlings of motion (Vayu). Within the whirlings evolve flicks of ideation, a lick of the Fire of Idea. Tejas renders the quality of expansion in Prima Materia and evolves the principle of sight. Earliest simple-celled animal life forms on the oceans' bottom (physical counterpart of the Great Salt Sea of Akasha) could not develop physical organs with which to see, until heat of the sun was felt. Vayu, the second emanation from Akasha, first evolved the principle of touch, through motion. All life forms contain the required consciousness for evolution within themselves. Capability of sight was inherent (Inner Power) within the earliest conscious forms...insight. Not as we possess insight, but a form of intrinsic intuitive 'knowing' from deep within its DNA (see ARCHAEUS). From intuitive responses deep within the Universal Mind-Matter, life forms deduced the heat felt made light, through which space could be seen. Organisms knew how, through the Inner Power of Tejas, to develop external organs of vision by Universal Imagination contained within Akasha, impregnated by Father-Life, Prana (see AMA and AIMA). This Consciousness did, and produced new (later improved) physical organs with which to see and explore Itself through a series of evolutionary micro-steps.
All the Universe's evolution has been and is now performed through the Universal Subconscious up to the point of Homo-Sapiens. At some point within Homo-Sapiens-Sapiens, which some authors call "the spark in the heart," any further evolution must be performed consciously by the recipient feeling the pull toward Homo Divinitatis, or Spiritualis.
Another investigation of the red Tejas triangle can be made by taking each of its three sides as a straight line with numeral value 2; the figure then totals 6. By Hebrew gematria, גבא, gebeh, 'reservoir,' equals 6. If we remember the downward pointing triangle, the symbol for elemental water, sums to the same number, 'reservoir' makes perfect sense as the idea behind both elements. Fire holds all the potencies of the First Matter, while Water holds all the potential forms in suspension. The use of Tejas Tattva in meditation over a period develops keener insight, an expanded virtue of the ability to see into and through the superficial nature of people and things. From Akasha surfaces intuition. This aids one to discover the true nature of any circumstance. The long term effect is improved exterior vision as well. The new conscious and subconscious vision allows one to read Liber M, the Book of Nature.
Please refer to TATTVAS, AKASHA, APAS, PRITHIVI and VAYU in conjunction with TEJAS.