Bibliography & References
Since the Cao Đài Religion/ Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Độ (大道三期普度, Third Amnesty of God in the East, The Great Way of the Third Universal Salvation) was founded, God established Pháp Chánh Truyền (法正傳, The Religious Constitution of Caodaism), and guided the high dignitaries to form the Tân Luật (新律, The New Canonical Codes) and Thế Luật (世律, Secular Rules/ Laws On The Secular Life of the Faithful) in order to govern the religious administration and maintain truth and justice in the Religion.
In 1926, God (Đức Cao Đài, The Supreme Being) indicated that the Religion was to have three branches/ boards: the Bát Quái Ðài, the Hiệp Thiên Ðài and the Cửu Trùng Ðài. In order to operate the Religion, the three branches/ boards must act in concert.
1) The Bát Quái Ðài (the Council of the Divine Beings which heads the Eight States of Soul, the Eight-sided Palace of God's presence, the Eight-Trigram Palace, 八卦臺)
The Bát Quái Ðài is the Supreme Holy Body who directs all activities of the universe under the leadership of God and Divine Beings. The Bát Quái Ðài is the invisible part, representing the Spirit or the Soul of the New Religion.