THEOSOPHY teaches the progressive development of everything, “worlds as well as atoms,” according to The Secret Doctrine.
This “stupendous development,” say the ancient sages, “has neither conceivable beginning nor imaginable end.”
To them, our ‘Universe’ is “only one of an infinite number of Universes, all links in the great Cosmic chain of Universes.”
In this view, each individual cosmos, or single human life, is the effect of its predecessor. Under karmic law, “a cause as regards its successor.”
(The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, p. 43)
If lifetimes and universes are analogous to schools, then the classrooms are stages of consciousness, pushing us to ever greater self-awareness and self-development — only if we are wise enough to pursue the path offered.
Thus our lives are complex creations, a series of ‘progressive awakenings,’ advanced or retarded drop by drop, by our individual, family, racial, national and global karma.
Everyone, in this way, settles into his or her own unique rhythm in which a lifetime meditation empowers a mixture of past karma, and present choices.
We all must be then at slightly differing points on an ascending evolutionary arc, paying off old debts, making new ones — pushing forward or slipping back, and the mind thus ever awakens to newer realities.
The choices that shape our character each lifetime, are self-chosen—compounded of physical, sensory, emotional, mental, psychic and spiritual energies.
The ancient Egyptian after death judgement, weighed symbolically a person’s heart against the ‘feather of truth.’
The challenges of life, the occult doctrine notes, are the result of our being grounded in a personal level of consciousness, a limited world view. The Secret Doctrine 1:39-40 teaches that “whatever plane our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities.”
Nothing is permanent except the one hidden absolute existence which contains in itself the noumena of all realities.
“Only when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from delusions.”
“As we rise in the scale of development we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities.
and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached ‘reality’—
“There are two kinds of Siddhis,” the Voice of the Silence insists — “one group embraces the lower, coarse, psychic and mental energies, the other exacts the highest training of Spiritual powers. Says Krishna in Śrîmad Bhâgavatam: —
He who is engaged in the performance of yoga, who has subdued his senses and who has concentrated his mind in me (Krishna), such yogis all the Siddhis stand ready to serve.
Senior scientist, Dr. Dean Radin (The Institute of Noetic Sciences) references the Siddhis in this informative video clip:
“The great psychic and spiritual change now taking place in the realm of the human Soul,” wrote H. P. Blavatsky in The Tidal Wave, “is quite remarkable.” Yet this sea change “asserts itself,” Blavatsky wrote,
amid a loud din of busy, boisterous tongues,
a clash of public opinion.
This signal event began towards the beginning of the last quarter of the 19th century, she wrote, “and will end — so says a mystic prophecy— either for the weal or the woe of civilized humanity.”
“But the great change is not effected in solemn silence, nor is it perceived only by the few,” she wrote. By comparison, the roar even of the noisiest political agitation seems like the rustling of the young forest foliage, on a warm spring day.”
“Verily the Spirit, so long hidden out of public sight, so carefully concealed and so far exiled from the arena of modern learning, has at last awakened.
“It now asserts itself and is loudly re-demanding its unrecognized yet ever legitimate rights. It refuses to be any longer trampled under the brutal foot of Materialism — speculated upon by the Churches — and made a fathomless source of income by those who have self-constituted themselves its universal custodians.”
Me Too (hashtag)
“The phrase had been used more than 200,000 times by October 15, 2017 and tweeted more than 500,000 times by October 16. On Facebook the hashtag had been used by more than 4.7 million people in 12 million posts during the first 24 hours. The platform reported that 45% of users in the United States had a friend who had posted using the term.”
So frequently turned by ignorance into a blind wanderer, deafened by the din and roar of civilization and culture, the Spirit in man has returned today like King Lear, from seeming insanity to its senses. “And the party which will win the day at this supreme hour will become the master of the situation and of the future.”
“The age of crass materialism, of Soul insanity and blindness, is swiftly passing away,” Blavatsky wrote in her article The Tidal Wave:
A death struggle between Mysticism and Materialism is no longer at hand, but is already raging.
“The Spirit in man—the direct ray of the Universal Spirit— has at last awakened. It will become the autocrat and sole disposer of the millions of men already born and to be born. If the signs of the times can be trusted it is not the materialists and atheists who will remain conquerors.”
“So frequently turned by ignorance into a blind wanderer, deafened by the din and roar of civilization and culture, the Spirit in man has returned today like King Lear, from seeming insanity to its senses. And the party which will win the day at this supreme hour will become the master of the situation and of the future.”
Spiritual or Religious?
“Modern science has taught us much about the world,” but, the publisher of The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together by Charles Tart, asks “will science ever make spirituality obsolete?”
“Today, the need for spiritual explanations remains strong — some 20 percent of the population describes themselves as ‘spiritual, but not religious,’ that is, unaffiliated with a specific church or synagogue but engaged in spiritual seeking.”
According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted between April 25 and June 4 of this year (2017), about a quarter of U.S. adults (27%) now say they think of themselves as spiritual but not religious, up 8 percentage points in five years.”
More Americans now say they’re spiritual but not religious.
Some people may see the term “spiritual but not religious” as indecisive and devoid of substance. Others embrace it as an accurate way to describe themselves. What is beyond dispute, however, is that the label applies to a growing share of Americans.
The Atlantean Decline
“According to H. P. Blavatsky, black magic, or the misuse of spiritual powers, led to loss of spiritual vision by the end of the fourth (Atlantean) race, as well as the gradual disappearance of the third eye, until its functions, “owing to the materiality and depraved condition of mankind:
‘died out altogether before the submersion of the bulk of the Atlantean continent.’
“The Mysteries of Carnac and Atlantis”
“The possession of a physical third eye, we are told,” Blavatsky wrote, “was enjoyed by the men of the Third Root-Race down to nearly the middle period of Third Sub-race of the Fourth Root-Race. [But], the consolidation and perfection of the human frame, made it disappear from the outward anatomy of man.”
The Final Chapter?
Even the Earth reincarnates. The final chapter of life on Earth, H. P. Blavatsky claimed in The Secret Doctrine 1:269, is still in draft form. Stay tuned.
The History of Creation and of this world from its beginning up to the present time is composed of seven chapters. The seventh chapter is not yet written.
Further reading in
The Secret Doctrine:
The Races with the Third Eye
Some odd things about Theosophy:
1. “Everybody” (the vast majority) keeps referring to The Secret Doctrine, yet almost no one refers to either Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 of Blavatsky’s earlier “Isis Unveiled”
2. Before Theosophy’s books, the Spiritualists did *not* believe in reincarnation (Allan Kardec is a rare exception). I believe that Isis Unveiled (which was written before The Secret Doctrine) doesn’t teach it, either. That came later, after Blavatsky went to Adyar and later published the Secret Doctrine.
3. While some Theosophical books like Isis Unveiled and The Key to Theosophy can be fascinating, Theosophy is largely its own worst enemy:
A) while it mentions “planes”, it can’t prove them.
B) There is no way to prove some earlier rounds of existence such as the Polarian, Hyperborean and Lemurian. We are left to take it on faith, if we believe in them at all.
C) one of the three objects of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) is: 3. To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man. (end quote) But then, in the books, it doesn’t tell you how to *do* anything! So, apparantly there are “powers latent in man” but we aren’t told how to develop them. I don’t think there are even any step-by-step exercises mentioned, other than perhaps listening to the Silence.
Given the above, and the sheer SIZE of both Isis Unveiled and also The Secret Doctrine, and thousands of readers will become exhausted and give up, and move on to some other spiritual “path”. Something simpler. Theosophy, while it can be interesting in the beginning, is too unproven and too complex of a whole system. No wonder that membership isnt higher. Even amongst its believer, it is likely that few have actually read either Isis Unveiled or The Secret Doctrine, completely. That—is a 2-edged sword. On the one hand, if people haven’t read it completely, and if the books are “big”, this keeps it from being criticized and helps it last (it is still with us today). However, among those who have read completely, many of them will find too much that is too complex and too unverifiable. So they leave and look for something else.
HPB states clearly what are the Three Objects of the TS (in the Key):
“Enq. What are the objects of the ‘Theosophical Society’?
Theo. They are three, and have been so from the beginning. (1.) To form the nucleus of a Universal Brotherhood of Humanity without distinction of race, colour, or creed. (2.) To promote the study of Aryan and other Scriptures, of the World’s religion and sciences, and to vindicate the importance of old Asiatic literature, namely, of the Brahmanical, Buddhist, and Zoroastrian philosophies. (3.) To investigate the hidden mysteries of Nature under every aspect possible, and the psychic and spiritual powers latent in man especially. These are, broadly stated, the three chief objects of the Theosophical Society.”
Blavatsky shows spiritual searchers that faculties like astral travel, mind-reading & predicting the future are psychic and not necessarily spiritual, and she promotes a simple and unwavering ethic based on brotherhood and focuses on the study of metaphysics as the basis of a healthy psychology, one that puts man’s latent capacities to use in the service of humanity, as she did herself.
These ethics of Theosophy are of the very highest importance to humanity as they have the proven power of raising men’s minds and sweetening their hearts, whose basis rests on a perennial and well-researched metaphysics. She writes:
“Learn, then, well the doctrines of Karma and Reincarnation, and teach, practice, promulgate that system of life and thought which alone can save the coming races.”
Pure and simple philosophy as this kindles a Sacred Fire in the heart of the serious student and is capable of transforming and elevating the too-worldly desires that materialism is unthinkingly and unwisely promoting. By the study and practice of this ancient system the aspirant is lead safely on the path of true human and social reform.