“IT is the ONE LIFE, eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end, yet periodical in its regular manifestations, between which periods reigns the dark mystery of non-Being.
“. . . unconscious, yet absolute Consciousness; unrealisable, yet the one self-existing reality; truly, ‘a chaos to the sense, a Kosmos to the reason.
“Its one absolute attribute, which is ITSELF, eternal, ceaseless Motion, is called in esoteric parlance the ‘Great Breath,’ which is the perpetual motion of the universe, in the sense of limitless, ever-present SPACE.
“That which is motionless cannot be Divine. But then there is nothing in fact and reality absolutely motionless within the universal soul.”
“From the beginning of man’s inheritance, from the first appearance of the architects of the globe he lives in, the unrevealed Deity was recognized and considered under its only philosophical aspect —
universal motion, the thrill of
the creative Breath in Nature.
“Occultism sums up the ‘One Existence’ thus: ‘Deity is an arcane, living (or moving) fire, and the eternal witnesses to this unseen Presence are Light, Heat, Moisture,’ — this trinity including, and being the cause of, every phenomenon in Nature.”
- H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine Vol 1, p. 2
The Earth Breathes
“‘Entity’ may be thought a strange term to use in the case of a globe; but the ancient philosophers, who saw in the earth a huge ‘animal,’ were wiser in their generation than our modern geologists are in theirs; and Pliny, who called the Earth our kind nurse and mother, the only element which is not inimical to man. But this only shows how admirably the occult philosophy fits everything in Nature, and how much more logical are its tenets than the lifeless hypothetical speculations of physical science.” (The Secret Doctrine 1:154)
“Almost five centuries b.c. Leucippus, the instructor of Democritus, maintained that Space was filled eternally with atoms actuated by a ceaseless motion, the latter generating in due course of time, when those atoms aggregated, rotatory motion, through mutual collisions producing lateral movements.
Epicurus and Lucretius taught the same, only adding to the lateral motion of the atoms the idea of affinity — an occult teaching.
“Intra-Cosmic motion is eternal and ceaseless; cosmic motion (the visible, or that which is subject to perception) is finite and periodical. As an eternal abstraction it is the ever-present; as a manifestation, it is finite both in the coming direction and the opposite, the two being the alpha and omega of successive reconstructions.
“In the universe of manifestation the ever-present electrical energy and ceaseless destructive and formative power. Esoterically, it is Fohat the universal propelling Vital Force, at once the propeller and the resultant.”
– H. P. Blavatsky, Fohat: The Cosmic Electricity
“The esoteric doctrine teaches, like Buddhism and Brahminism, and even the Kabala, that the one infinite and unknown Essence exists from all eternity, and in regular and harmonious successions is either passive or active.
“Matter (or nature) acting by her own peculiar energy,” the Master K.H. wrote, “must have always existed — its materials ever changing form, combinations and properties, but its principles or elements being absolutely indestructible.
Its motion is due to the force
which is inherent in itself.
“In other words we believe in MATTER alone, in matter as visible nature and matter in its invisibility as the invisible omnipresent omnipotent Proteus with its unceasing motion which is its life, and which nature draws from herself since she is the great whole outside of which nothing can exist.”
the Fundamental State of Matter
“We believe in the much laughed at phlogiston … and in what some natural philosophers would call nisus the incessant though perfectly imperceptible (to the ordinary senses) motion or efforts one body is making on another — the pulsations of inert matter — its life.” – (Mahatma K.H.)
“A Birkeland current usually refers to the electric currents in a planet’s ionosphere that follows magnetic field lines (i.e., field-aligned currents), and sometimes used to describe any field-aligned electric current in a space plasma. They are caused by the movement of a plasma perpendicular to a magnetic field. Birkeland currents often show filamentary, or twisted “rope-like” magnetic structure.”
“In the poetical phraseology of Manu these conditions are called the ‘Days’ and the ‘Nights’ of Brahma. The latter is either ‘awake’ or ‘asleep.’
“The Svabhavikas, or philosophers of the oldest school of Buddhism (which still exists in Nepal), speculate only upon the active condition of this ‘Essence,’ which they call Svabhavat, and deem it foolish to theorize upon the abstract and ‘unknowable’ power in its passive condition.
“Hence they are called atheists by both Christian theologians and modern scientists, for neither of the two are able to understand the profound logic of their philosophy.”
“Plato proves himself an Initiate, when saying in Cratylus that [theos] is derived from the verb [theein], ‘to move,’ ‘to run,’ as the first astronomers who observed the motions of the heavenly bodies called the planets [theoi], the gods. Later, the word produced another term, [aletheia] — ‘the breath of God.’
“Upon inaugurating an active period, says the Secret Doctrine, an expansion of this Divine essence from without inwardly and from within outwardly, occurs in obedience to eternal and immutable law, and the phenomenal or visible universe is the ultimate result of the long chain of cosmical forces thus progressively set in motion.”
“The Initial Existence in the first twilight of the Maha-Manwantara (after the Maha-Pralaya that follows every age of Brahma) is a conscious spiritual quality. In the manifested worlds (solar systems) it is, in its objective subjectivity, like the film from a Divine Breath to the gaze of the entranced seer. It spreads as it issues from Laya throughout infinity as a colourless spiritual fluid. It is on the seventh plane, and in its seventh state in our planetary world. It is Substance to our spiritual sight. It cannot be called so by men in their waking state; therefore they have named it in their ignorance ‘God-Spirit.’”
“In like manner, when the passive condition is resumed, a contraction of the Divine essence takes place, and the previous work of creation is gradually and progressively undone.
The visible universe becomes disintegrated, its material dispersed; and ‘darkness’ solitary and alone, broods once more over the face of the ‘deep.’
“To use a Metaphor from the Secret Books, which will convey the idea still more clearly, an out-breathing of the ‘unknown essence’ produces the world; and an inhalation causes it to disappear. This process has been going on from all eternity, and our present universe is but one of an infinite series, which had no beginning and will have no end.”
- H. P. Blavatsky –The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, p. 2.
As Above, So Below
“Spirituality is, then, a condition of Being which is beyond expression in language,” William Q. Judge wrote. “Call it a rate of vibration, far beyond our cognizance. Its language is the language of motion, in its incipiency, and its perfection is beyond words and even thought.
the key to it all.
“The different states are only differences of vibration, and we do not recognize the astral or other planes because we are out of tune with their vibrations.
“Ten thousand Adepts can do one no great good unless we ourselves are ready, and They only act as suggestors to us of what possibilities there are in every human heart.”
“This is why we now and then dimly feel that others are peering at us, or as if a host of people rushed by us with great things on hand, not seeing us and we not seeing them. It was an instant of synchronous vibration.
But the important thing is to develop the Self in the self, and then the possessions of wisdom belonging to all wise men at once belong to us.
“Each one would see the Self differently and would yet never see it, for to see it is to be it. But for making words we say, ‘See it.’ It might be a flash, a blazing wheel, or what not.
“Then there is the lower self, great in its way, and which must first be known. When first we see it, it is like looking into a glove, and for how many incarnations may it not be so? We look inside the glove and there is darkness, then we have to go inside and see that, and so on and on.
“The mystery of the ages is man; each one of us. Patience is needed in order that the passage of time required for the bodily instrument to be altered or controlled is complete.”
- William Quan Judge
Letters That Have Helped Me, Vol. 1, Letter 11.
God in Nature
In our Solar world, the One Existence is Heaven and the Earth, the Root and the flower, the Action and the Thought. It is in the Sun, and is as present in the glow-worm. Not an atom can escape it. Therefore, the ancient Sages have wisely called it the manifested God in Nature. . . .
WOWW…Thank you so so much, TW, this post is magnificent, and what’s more, exactly what this student was in need of. Fohat, in particular. The references, The Occult Aphorisms in the Secret Doctrine, such a magical, potent section of the book to me. But sadly, takes studying, reading over and over to overcome a compartmentalized, commercial mind…HPB and TW to the rescue!!! Thank you! NAMASTE.