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 teaches: — “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.”
An example of a major awakening today is from The New York Times:
“Passionate but peaceful crowds took to American streets as protests cohered into a movement. Demonstrations across the United States, which began as spontaneous eruptions of outrage after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police less than two weeks ago, appeared to have cohered by Saturday into a nationwide movement protesting systemic racism.”
The ‘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
Thank you for this, TW, great to visit this post again. TW is an amazing and fun blog in itself, but so great, how you cross-reference as you zero in on specific topics – really clarifying for a student trying to navigate the monumental Secret Doctrine… love it. NAMASTE!
Theosophy urges us to remember how all people and things are connected under universal karmic law – as above, so below. Namaste!
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Yes, our class was really wonderful! So great having the opportunity to listen to all of you, ask questions of students, so far ahead. But thank you for this clarification here, about duality, spirit and matter. I really misunderstood. Remembering the Occult Aphorisms in SD I, top of page 290, I was thinking that at death, the dhatu, the substances that form the body, are regenerated, and along with the skandas, is what comes back with the reincarnating ego… But here, “nothing goes out from him to the other world for his rebirth…” Some mix of misunderstood Theosophical ideas and old erroneous religious ideas, I think, lol. Thank you!
Namaste! Talk soon, please bring your insights and questions, always so valuable.
Thank you, TW, for this post, incredibly timely! The image of the above of art work, “The Awakening”, certainly describes my thought-feeling regarding the world’s focus right now with the Peaceful Protests…it’s as if a very specific aspect of the human heart chakra was powerfully activated, very exciting to see that we still, very fundamentally have not become soulless, hard hearted and without compassion, a very strong thing to witness. It also seems to speak to what Theosophy refers to as the divisions of time and the Masters of Wisdom as it’s Guardian and protector. As all this would not have happened before this particular time in this particular way.Very beautiful. Of course, we are in duality, so we’ll see down the road, how it all plays out, lol…Thank you! NAMASTE!
“Duality supervenes” as the SD 1:15 says. Super class thanks to you and the others. Namaste!
“duality supervenes in the contrast of Spirit (or consciousness) and Matter, Subject and Object.”
Men being, as to their material envelope, derived from the moon, must follow the law of their origin, and therefore the Buddhist priest says, as quoted: “At the death of a being nothing goes out from him to the other world for his rebirth; but by the efficacy — or, to use a more figurative expression, by the ray — of influence which Kamma emits, a new being is produced in the other world very identical with the one who died away,” for in this “new being” is held all the life of the deceased. The term “being,” as applied to it, may be taken by us with some qualification. It is more properly a mass of energy devoid of conscience and crowded with desires of the person from whom it emanated; and its special province is to await the return of the individuality and form for that the new body in which it shall suffer or enjoy. Each man is therefore his own creator under the great Cosmic laws that control all creations. A better term in place of “creation” is “evolution,” for we, from life to life, are engaged in evolving out of the material provided in this Manvantara new bodies at every turn of the wheel of rebirth. The instruments we use in this work are desire and will. Desire causes the will to fix itself on objective life; in that plane it produces force, and out of that comes matter in its objective form.
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