The World’s Greatest Secret: What is Life?


Soul reborn in a new body.

STANDARD MODEL science creates an almost insurmountable obstacle to understanding the real nature of life because of one persistent belief.

The belief that life not a universal, independent force, and in so doing our modern science blocks all understanding of the nature of reality.

“The greatest problem of philosophy, is the physical and substantial nature of life,” H. P. Blavatsky declared:

its independent nature, which is denied by modern science — because that science is unable to comprehend it.

“The reincarnationists and believers in Karma alone dimly perceive,” she declared, “that the whole secret of Life is in the unbroken series of its manifestations: whether in, or apart from, the physical body.”

(The Secret Doctrine 1:238)

“Modern science’s definition of life still rests on  Herbert Spencer’s old definition, one that describes the phenomenon, but gives no hint of its real cause.” 

(“Moxon’s Master” – Ambrose Bierce)

What is Life?

Spencer wrote: “Life is a definite combination of heterogeneous changes,

both simultaneous and successive in correspondence with external coexistences and sequences.

Spencer’s assertion is preserved as the consensus view today because “most researchers still believe they can build from one side of nature, the physical,” says the biocentrist Dr. Robert Lanza … concluding, crucially: “without the other side, the living.”

The Anthropic Principle

Dr. Lanza details his frontier science view in his book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.

He shows that his Biocentrism — an extension of the Anthropic Principle, described by the Einstein disciple physicist John Wheeler — asserts a view of life incompatible with modern materialism.

“The Anthropic Principle was proposed in Poland in 1973, during a special two-week series of synopsia commemorating Copernicus’ 500th birthday,” a physics website explains:

It was proposed by Brandon Carter, who had the audacity to proclaim that humanity did indeed hold a special place in the Universe, an assertion that is the exact opposite of Copernicus’ now universally accepted theory.


The premise of Biocentrism is, with important modifications, asserts an intelligent hierarchical structure to nature, is also a central premise of Theosophy.

The ancients held that the universe is created by life, and not the other way around.

“The point in the hitherto immaculate Disk, Space and Eternity … denotes the dawn of differentiation,” H. P. Blavatsky explains at the outset of The Secret Doctrine (Vol. 1, Pg. 1).

“It is the Point in the Mundane Egg [see Wikipedia “World Egg”] … the germ within the latter which will become the Universe, the all, the boundless, periodical Kosmos, this germ being latent and active, periodically and by turns.”

The Milky Way Galaxy

“The one circle is divine Unity, from which all proceeds, whither all returns. Its circumference — a forcibly limited symbol, in view of the limitation of the human mind — indicates the abstract, ever incognisable presence, and its plane, the Universal Soul, although the two are one.”

Both Sides Now

“I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall,
I really don’t know life at all.”

– Joni Mitchell

Sung by: Hayley Westenra

The ‘Great Breath’

“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,” (Secret Doctrine 1:2):

truly, ‘a chaos to the sense, a Kosmos to the reason.’

“Its one a  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.”

Conscious Life

More than a century ahead of British theoretical physicist Julian Barbour’s model (that people cannot capture time because it does not exist), Mme. Blavatsky had already established this in her occult teaching of “Time and Universal Mind” in (The Secret Doctrine 1:37), establishing the principle that

The present is only a mathematical line which divides that part of eternal duration which we call the future, from that part which we call the past.

She further insisted that “time is only an illusion produced by the succession of our states of consciousness as we travel through eternal duration, and it does not exist where no consciousness exists in which the illusion can be produced — but ‘lies asleep.’”


Sleep: one of the 7 States of Consciousness

“Nothing on earth has real duration, for nothing remains without change — or the same — for the billionth part of a second,” she wrote, “and the sensation we have of the actuality of the division of ‘time’ known as the present comes from the blurring of that momentary glimpse, or succession of glimpses…

Of things that our senses give us, as those things pass from the region of ideals which we call the future, to the region of memories that we name the past.

In one of his last letters, Einstein wrote: “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion.”

The Universe is Self

Help Nature and work on with her, and Nature will regard thee as one of her creators and make obeisance.

The Voice of the Silence

Life in Nature

“The farther we peer into space,” say fellow researchers Robert Lanza and Bob Berman, in their Discovery article

The Biocentric Universe Theory:
Life Creates Time, Space, and the Cosmos Itself

Dr. Robert Lanza in his laboratory

“…the more we realize that the nature of the universe cannot be understood fully by inspecting spiral galaxies or watching distant supernovas.” Rather, they maintain:

It lies deeper.
It involves our very selves.

Listening to Nature

Author Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar at Yale University, explains that humanity “has overextended its presence, technologies and sense of control. We need to once again listen to the voices of nature and become co-creators not dominators.”

The One Life

A stem-cell pioneer, Robert Lanza is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. The term Biocentrism represents his persuasive, eloquently intuitive ‘theory of everything,’ and closely parallels the teachings of H. P. Blavatsky.

In his central theme, Lanza argues (theosophically) that our consciousness plays a central role in creating the cosmos.

The idea is related to what quantum physics terms “the observer effect,” which points to conscious mind as a necessary presence in the universe.

The Observer Effect

In her article The Life Principle, Blavatsky wrote:

“Modern Science, tracing all vital phenomena to the molecular forces of the original protoplasm, disbelieves in a Vital Principle, and in its materialistic negation laughs, of course, at the idea. Ancient Science, or Occultism, disregarding the laugh of ignorance, asserts it as a fact.

THE ONE LIFE is deity itself, immutable, omnipresent, eternal.

And “The distinction between organic and inorganic matter [is] fallacious and nonexistent in nature – matter in all its phases, [is] merely a vehicle for the manifestation through it, of LIFE.

The Builder

(Readers are invited to click the link below to view
or download a copy of the original sheet music):

The Theosophy
School Song Book ©

Life is the Builder of Forest and Glade
Life is the Hand that hath hewn and made the
Peak of the mountain the green of the lea—
Life is the Maker of worlds that be.

Life is the Builder of Suns and Seas, the
Maker of human destinies,
Man’s is the glory of Life and Soul—
Man’s are the Powers of Vastest Whole.


Are We Only
Carbon-Based Units?

V’Ger and its Ilia probe used the term carbon unit to describe the humanoid crew of the USS Enterprise. V’Ger considered carbon units to be inferior, and not true lifeforms. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)   😉

The Mysterious Link

“The opposite poles of subject and object, spirit and matter,” she wrote in The Secret Doctrine (1:16), “are but aspects of the One Unity in which they are synthesized.

In the manifested Universe, there is ‘that’ which links spirit to matter, subject to object – Fohat.


“In its various manifestations, [Fohat] is the mysterious link between Mind and Matter,” insisting the mysterious link is:

the animating principle electrifying every atom into life.

Click here for more:

Fohat the Great

The Lotus

That ‘mysterious link,’ it is made clear by Theosophy, is in reality ‘conscious electricity’—a property of matter or energy that is foreign to mainstream Western thought and science. But this only shows how few neuroanatomists are connecting all the dots of their own evidence.

The Möbius Strip

Spirit and Matter are One

‘Spirit (or consciousness) and matter are … to be regarded, not as independent realities, but as the two facets or aspects of the Absolute (Parabrahm), which constitute the basis of conditioned being whether subjective or objective.’ (The Secret Doctrine 1:15)

A surface with only one side and only one boundary component, the Möbius Strip has the mathematical property of being non-orientable. It may be the best demonstration of Blavatsky’s inseparability of matter and spirit.

The Soul of Life

When researchers place electrodes on the scalp are they not measuring the electrical potential outcome of thought and emotion?

Yes, the link is mysterious and has spiritual overtones — but is that a reason to reject the physical evidence? Such blind rejection is not science, but a dogmatic masquerade called “scientism” — and is the reason for much of the dead-end materialism of modern science, East and West.


Eastern Occultism insists “that Electricity is an Entity,” Blavatsky points out in The Secret Doctrine (1:76) – that which

electrifies into life, and separates primordial stuff or pregenetic matter into atoms, themselves the source of all life and consciousness.

“Nature taken in its abstract sense, cannot be ‘unconscious’,” Mme. Blavatsky wrote, “as it is the emanation from, and thus an aspect (on the manifested plane) of the Absolute consciousness.

Chrystal Pendulums

“Where is that daring man who would presume to deny to vegetation and even to minerals a consciousness of their own? All he can say is, that this consciousness is beyond his comprehension.”

The Big Picture

In The Secret Doctrine, taking aim at orthodox religion Blavatsky wrote “we connote by the word God, (not the crude anthropomorphism, which is still the backbone of our current theology,) but

the symbolic conception of [the] Life and Motion of the Universe.


The Secret of Life

Corresponding to Dr. Lanza’s main idea is one of the foundation teachings of The Secret Doctrine: “the whole secret of Life is in the unbroken series of its manifestations: whether in, or apart from, the physical body. Because if —

Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass, stains the white radiance of Eternity — yet it is itself part and parcel of that Eternity — for life alone can understand life.

Stained Glass Ceiling

The Numbers Game


By inclination and training scientists are obsessed with mathematical descriptions of the world.

– Robert Lanza, MD

The Epiphany

“If only, after leaving work, they would look out with equal seriousness over a pond,” he writes, “and watch the schools of minnows rise to the surface.

The fish, the ducks, and the cormorants, paddling out beyond the pads and the cattails, are all part of the greater answer.


“Between us and a golden orb web spider, Dr. Lanza observes, “there is something kindred…”

We humans, too, lie at the heart of a great web of space and time whose threads are connected according to laws that dwell in our minds.



Continuing his thread of thought, Dr. Lanza wonders:

Is the web possible without
the spider?

“Are space and time physical objects that would continue to exist even if living creatures were removed from the scene?

Web of Life

Consciousness is the matrix upon which the cosmos is apprehended. In the broadest sense, we cannot be sure of an outside universe at all.

“Instead of assuming a reality that predates life and even creates it, we propose a biocentric picture of reality. From this point of view, life — particularly consciousness — creates the universe, and the universe could not exist without us.”

James Taylor

(Live at Al Capolinea di Milano)

When we understand, with Theosophy, that the universe and everything in it, are parts of a sentient, interdependent web of life, that changes everything. We are happier and more content with ourselves and each other.

The secret of life is enjoying
The passage of time

Any fool can do it
There ain’t nothing to it…

Einstein said he could never understand it all
Planets spinning through space
The smile upon your face
Welcome to the human race.




How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe

2 responses to “The World’s Greatest Secret: What is Life?

  1. Thank you so much for this, TW. This is a wonderful exercise and opportunity to learn, having not a lot of acquaintance with the world of science and the consciousness of its people on that path. Slightly astonishing to me that the scientific world insists that worlds and things create life. I feel Dr. Lanza is quite a find, an eye opener to what and how the scientific world thinks, and a good example of a quote I read somewhere in the Theosophical writings saying that science would be our ally. And the music! I’ve always found James Taylor’s music to be full of wisdom, and the song “Both Sides Now”, I’m sure I heard thousands of times and never really knew the meaning of those words. And how adorable, the song “The Builder”…quite a beautiful karma, to have those seeds planted in the mind at an early age. Rambling…anyway, THANK YOU! ❤️🙏🏾


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