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Dateline Atlantis: Are We Sinking Again?

gaia-earthseaGAIA the Greek Goddess of the Earth, was mother to all the Gods according to the ancient Greeks.

In the beginning there was only Chaos, out of which there appeared Gaia they taught, and she gave birth to more than fifty symbolic deities.

In Gaia’s role as mother to the Gods, and employing many fathers, she gave birth to numerous entities, for example Python, Antaeus, Ceto, Charybdis, Echidna, Creusa, Erichthonius, Eurybia, Typhon.

They may have represented the titanic formative and creative forces of Earth’s early history.

The ancients were fond of personifying the natural forces in nature and man, and for good reason.

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For them nature was a conscious entity, (Secret Doctrine 1:277-8), “in reality an aggregate of forces manipulated by semi-intelligent beings guided by High Planetary Spirits, whose collective aggregate … constitutes at one and the same time the mind of the Universe and its immutable law.”

“‘Entity’ may be thought a strange term to use in the case of a globe, but, H. P. Blavatsky insists in The Secret Doctrine, “the ancient philosophers, who saw in the earth a huge ‘animal,’ were wiser in their generation than our modern geologists are in theirs.”

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Disappearance of the Third Eye

Awakening

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.”

If lifetimes and universes are like schools, then the classrooms are stages of consciousness, pushing us to ever greater self-awareness and spiritual development—only if we are wise enough to pursue that path.

Thus our lives are complex creations, a series of “progressive awakenings,” enhanced drop by drop, by our individual, family, racial, national and global karmas.

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Every person settles into his or her own unique rhythm in which a lifetime meditation reflects a mix of past karma, and present choices.

We are all at slightly differing points on an ascending evolutionary arc, paying off old debts, making new ones—pushing forward or slipping back, and the mind awakens to new 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 judgement after death, symbolically weighed the individual’s heart against the “feather of truth.”

The challenges of life, the occult doctrine notes, are the result of our being stuck in a personal plane of consciousness, a world view. Whatever that may be, “both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities.”

Weighing the Heart

Then, as our spiritual insight grows, “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’—”

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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

torch-of-truthYOU must not think that the gods are without employment, Synesius the Greek bishop of Ptolemais once declared.

The idea is developed by Theosophical Co-Founder W. Q. Judge in his article “Cycles,” concerning the duty of the ancient gods to watch over humanity.

Synesius: “For this providence is divine and most ample, which frequently through one man pays attention to and affects countless multitudes of men.”

“For they descend according to orderly periods of time:

“… for the purpose of imparting a beneficent impulse in the republics of mankind.”

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Describing these descending Gods, Synesius of Cyrene, a Neoplatonist Bishop continues: “For there is indeed in the terrestrial abode the sacred tribe of heroes who pay attention to mankind, and who are able to give them assistance even in the smallest concerns.”

Olympia Flame

“This heroic tribe is, as it were,” as quoted in the article, “a colony from the gods established here in order that this terrine abode may not be left destitute of a better nature.”

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Saving the World

SYOU must not think that the gods are without employment, declared Synesius, the Greek bishop of Ptolemais.

The idea is developed by theosophist W. Q. Judge in his article “Cycles,” about the duty of the ancient gods to watch over humanity.

“For this providence is divine and most ample, which frequently through one man pays attention to and affects countless multitudes of men.”

“For they descend according to orderly periods of time,” Synesius wrote,

“… for the purpose of imparting a beneficent impulse in the republics of mankind.”

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Describing these descending Gods, Synesius of Cyrene, a Neoplatonist as well as a bishop says: “For there is indeed in the terrestrial abode the sacred tribe of heroes who pay attention to mankind, and who are able to give them assistance even in the smallest concerns.”

“This heroic tribe is, as it were,” Judge quotes in his article, “a colony from the gods established here

“…in order that this terrine abode may not be left destitute of a better nature.”

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Waking the Third Eye

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.”

If lifetimes and universes are like schools, then the classrooms are stages of consciousness, pushing us to ever greater self-awareness and spiritual development—only if we are wise enough to pursue that path.

Thus our lives are complex creations, a series of “progressive awakenings,” enhanced drop by drop, by our individual, family, racial, national and global karmas.

ζ

Every person settles into his or her own unique rhythm in which a lifetime meditation reflects a mix of past karma, and present choices.

We are all at slightly differing points on an ascending evolutionary arc, paying off old debts, making new ones—pushing forward or slipping back, and the mind awakens to new 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 judgement after death, symbolically weighed the individual’s heart against the “feather of truth.”

The challenges of life, the occult doctrine notes, are the result of our being stuck in a personal plane of consciousness, a world view. Whatever that may be, “both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities.”

Weighing the Heart

Then, as our spiritual insight grows, “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’—”

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Death of the Goddess

GAIA the goddess of Earth, was the primordial mother of all the Gods to the ancient Greeks.

In the beginning there was only Chaos, out of which there appeared Gaia they taught, and she gave birth to more than fifty symbolic deities.

In Gaia’s role as mother to the Gods, and employing many fathers, she gave birth to numerous entities.

Python, Antaeus, Ceto, Charybdis, Echidna, Creusa, Erichthonius, Eurybia, Typhon were the main attractions.

Ancient mythology may well have personified the titanic formative and creative forces of Earth’s early history, forces well known to their seers and mystics.

The old sages were fond of personifying the natural forces in nature and man, and for good reason.

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For them, nature was conscious, as she was in reality “an aggregate of forces manipulated by semi-intelligent beings guided by High Planetary Spirits,” a teaching the fundamental axiom of The Secret Doctrine.

“‘Entity’ may be thought a strange term to use in the case of a globe,” wrote H. P. Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine.

“But the ancient philosophers, who saw in the earth a huge ‘animal,’” she writes,  “were wiser in their generation than our modern geologists are in theirs.”

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Sinking Feeling

GAIA the Greek Goddess of the Earth, was mother to all the Gods according to the ancient Greeks.

In the beginning there was only Chaos, out of which there appeared Gaia they taught, and she gave birth to more than fifty symbolic deities.

In Gaia’s role as mother to the Gods, and employing many fathers, she gave birth to numerous entities, for example Python, Antaeus, Ceto, Charybdis, Echidna, Creusa, Erichthonius, Eurybia, Typhon.

They may have represented the titanic formative and creative forces of Earth’s early history.

The ancients were fond of personifying the natural forces in nature and man, and for good reason.

ψ

For them, nature was conscious, and she is, “in reality an aggregate of forces manipulated by semi-intelligent beings guided by High Planetary Spirits,” a fundamental axiom of The Secret Doctrine.

“‘Entity’ may be thought a strange term to use in the case of a globe,” wrote H. P. Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine.

“But the ancient philosophers, who saw in the earth a huge ‘animal,’” she writes,  “were wiser in their generation than our modern geologists are in theirs.”

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The Watchers

YOU must not think that the gods are without employment, declared Synesius, the Greek bishop of Ptolemais.

The idea is developed by theosophist W. Q. Judge in his article “Cycles,” about the duty of the ancient gods to watch over humanity.

“For this providence is divine and most ample, which frequently through one man pays attention to and affects countless multitudes of men.”

“For they descend according to orderly periods of time,” he wrote,

“… for the purpose of imparting a beneficent impulse in the republics of mankind.”

μ

In describing these descending Gods, Synesius explained: “For there is indeed in the terrestrial abode the sacred tribe of heroes who pay attention to mankind, and who are able to give them assistance even in the smallest concerns.”

“This heroic tribe is, as it were,” Judge quotes, “a colony from the gods established here

“…in order that this terrene abode may not be left destitute of a better nature.”

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Waking Up

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.”

If lifetimes and universes are like schools, then the classrooms are stages of consciousness, pushing us to ever greater self-awareness and spiritual development—only if we are wise enough to pursue that path.

Thus our lives are complex creations, a series of “progressive awakenings,” enhanced drop by drop, by our individual, family, racial, national and global karmas.

ζ

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Superorganism

GAIA the Greek Goddess of the Earth, was mother to all the Gods according to the ancient Greeks.

In the beginning there was only Chaos, out of which there appeared Gaia they taught, and she gave birth to more than fifty symbolic deities.

In Gaia’s role as mother to the Gods, and employing many fathers, she gave birth to numerous entities, for example Python, Antaeus, Ceto, Charybdis, Echidna, Creusa, Erichthonius, Eurybia, Typhon.

They may have represented the titanic formative and creative forces of Earth’s early history.

The ancients were fond of personifying the natural forces in nature and man, and for good reason.

ψ

For them, nature was conscious, and she is, “in reality an aggregate of forces manipulated by semi-intelligent beings guided by High Planetary Spirits,” a fundamental axiom of The Secret Doctrine.

“‘Entity’ may be thought a strange term to use in the case of a globe,” wrote H. P. Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine.

“But the ancient philosophers, who saw in the earth a huge ‘animal,’” she writes,  “were wiser in their generation than our modern geologists are in theirs.”

Continue reading

Descent of the Gods

YOU must not think that the gods are without employment, declared Synesius, the Greek bishop of Ptolemais.

The idea is developed by theosophist W. Q. Judge in his article “Cycles,” about the duty of the ancient gods to watch over humanity:

“For they descend according to orderly periods of time,” Synesius wrote,

“… for the purpose of imparting a beneficent impulse in the republics of mankind.”

“For this providence is divine and most ample, which frequently through one man pays attention to and affects countless multitudes of men.”

Synesius, describing these Gods, continues: “For there is indeed in the terrestrial abode the sacred tribe of heroes who pay attention to mankind, and who are able to give them assistance even in the smallest concerns. . . .

“This heroic tribe is, as it were, a colony from the gods established here in order that this terrene abode may not be left destitute of a better nature.”

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Atlantis Ascending

ATLANTIS sank beneath the ocean waves before its time, say occult records, due to the depravity of many  of its inhabitants.

And here we are, the long since reincarnated inhabitants of that ill-fated continent.

With no divine bailout in sight, the karmic debt of that Atlantic past still looms large, as were its inhabitants’ physical stature.

The old karma is unresolved and still “on the books,” but the real question is: are we going to continue to be part of the problem, repeating our former mistakes, or  commit to being part of a spiritual renaissance?

The momentous failure of Atlantis will continue to throw its shadow on our future. Yet, there is still time to pay off the debts we owe our fellow humans, to nature, and the planet.

“Arise, then, O Atlanteans,” W. Q. Judge writes in his Article Cycles — “and repair the mischief done so long ago!” —But how?

According to H. P. Blavatsky, black magic, “or the misuse of spiritual powers,” Paul Johnson writes, “led to loss of spiritual vision by the end of the fourth (Atlantean) race, as well as the gradual disappearance of the third eye.”

Eventually, its functions, owing to the materiality and depraved condition of mankind, Blavatsky wrote, “died out altogether with the submersion of the bulk of the Atlantean continent.”

On a Tight Rope

We are now in the “ascending” arc of the Fourth Round* explains The Secret Doctrine, between the stages on the “descending” side of First and Second Races in development.

*Jim Stratos‘ Chart of Fourth Round: Click here

Additional study:  “The Races with the Third Eye”

This is where things get interesting — in the great struggle for balance between the spiritual and material sides of human nature.

The cycles of human races are described in The Secret Doctrine, Volume 2:289, and to: “Remember well, as we are in the ‘manasa’ [mind] period of our cycle of races, or in the Fifth…[that]

“… we have, therefore, crossed the meridian point of the perfect adjustment of Spirit and Matter – or that equilibrium between brain intellect and Spiritual perception.” Continue reading

Spiritual Beings 2

THEOSOPHY teaches the progressive development of everything, “worlds as well as atoms,” according to The Secret Doctrine.

This “stupendous development,” say these 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, and “a cause as regards its successor.”

If these lifetimes and universes are like schools, then the classrooms are stages of consciousness, urging us to greater self-awareness and spiritual development, if we are wise enough to choose that path.

Thus our lives are complex creations, a series of “progressive awakenings,” drop by drop, of individual, family, racial, national karma.

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A Solar Puzzle

TODAY marks the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, and the return of an ancient solar festival.

Significantly there will also be a total lunar eclipse, lending additional power and importance to this cycle.

The Earth, Moon and Sun will be lined up together with the Earth in the middle — say, between a rock and a hot place? ;)

“With Mercury Retrograde, and Pluto thrown into the mix,” astrologer Lauren counsels, “we have a lot of healing, renewing, and rebuilding energy.”

“It’s time to throw out the old and make way for the new,” she says.

It is both the Sun, Theosophy teaches, and our hearts, that are the great renewers. Each continuously radiates a mysterious force — indissolubly connected, they both have a similar physical and a spiritual function.

Occult astrology and astronomy identify many ancient temples, chambers and pyramids around the world as being connected to sun and moon symbology. Such sites and mounds are usually considered mere burial tombs by archeologists ignorant of the occult traditions.

Please note: This post has been updated and republished at:

Wake-up Time

Orbs of Influence

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Euterpe

DEJA VU is an awakened familiar reminiscence of place, or in the case of meeting a stranger, an uncanny feeling of recognition.

We have an unmistakable sense of prior knowing that person or place — though the encounter is seemingly, in this life,  for “the first time.”

Invisible entities called “elementals” or “elementaries” in Theosophy, can be thought of as “orbs of influence,” in the sense that such hidden entities attach to and manifest hidden patterns of intention.

They are attracted to, mirror and preserve fields of information — reflecting the  influences, beneficent or maleficent, of persons, places and things. The Greeks called them Muses.

Similarly, “sacred space” and “spirit of place” are ideas that, for man, refer to a lingering spiritual resonance of certain locations. Continue reading

Third Eye and Counting

thirdeye1In Theosophy, evolution is a custom blend of spirit-mind-matter. As implied in our last article, The Eye of Light, spiritual evolution is a top-down process.

The key to self-development is seeing the whole pyramid, that we are “spiritual beings having a human experience”— as Brian Weiss famously said. Self-knowledge is usually acquired by plodding through a challenging series of reincarnations in human form.

Initializing our “Third Eye,” we come to recognize, is the only sure stimulant to spiritual growth— upgrading ho-hum cogitation with intuitive flash. Coffee shop brew with French Roast. Because “altruism,” once awakened, “is an integral part of self-development.” (The Key to Theosophy)

Socrates vs Aristotle

Bottom-up experience also works. We benefit both from deductive and inductive methods. “The Secret Doctrine points where the lines of evolution and involution meet,” William Q. Judge writes in The Synthesis of Occult Science.

This is the point, where matter and spirit clasp hands; and where the rising animal stands face to face with the fallen god; for all natures meet and mingle in man.

holdinghandsOur Moment

The stage humanity is at now, this is our opportunity, the moment we “struggled so hard to reach,” as Judge says in the above article. — “Self-consciousness, which from the animal plane looking upward is the beginning of perfection,” he writes, “from the divine plane looking downward is the perfection of selfishness and the curse of separateness.”

In The Eye of Light, we promised a fuller discussion of these evolutionary stages, and further details about the endless reincarnations needed to achieve, in Judge’s words, conscious god-hood — while still on Earth.

Café Klatch

Before our main meal of metaphysics, let’s warm up our spiritual minds for a few minutes, and get inspired by an intriguing proof of reincarnation with the promised James’ Story Part 2:

Middle Managers

Theosophy’s plan includes the whole of Nature, atoms to zebras. But in this post we are considering only the human cycles leading to an enhanced mind function. We are caught in the middle, according to Theosophy, between spiritual and material concerns. Arjuna between two armies.

“Human” or Humanity means-the Thinker on earth humus-earth; man-to think. (EV,200) “Man” comes from the Sanskrit root “manas” or mind. The early races of humans had a working “Third Eye,” but today the great majority of us do not. Why not?

tightropeOn a Tight Rope

We are now in the “ascending” arc of the Fourth Round, between the stages on the “descending” side of First and Second Races in development. This is where things get interesting—the struggle between the spiritual and material evolutions. (See graph below) The cycles of these races are described in The Secret Doctrine, Volume 2:289:

Remember well, as we are in the manasa [mind] period of our cycle of races, or in the Fifth, we have, therefore, crossed the meridian point of the perfect adjustment of Spirit and Matter – or that equilibrium between brain intellect and Spiritual perception.

Experiences that shock us out of a one-life belief system can be useful stages in our spiritual development, as this video about Jeffrey Keene’s story depicts:

The Graphic Details

Earthlife is a school, the classrooms are stages of consciousness, self-awareness and growth in spirituality. Everyone settles into his/her own rhythm determined by a mix of past individual, family, racial and national karma, and at differing points on the now ascending evolutionary arc.

Mind is awake, and therefore free will is active now in our individual and collective life. “The Spirit in man—the direct ray of the Universal Spirit—has at last awakened,” Blavatsky confirms in The Tidal Wave.  But the final chapter of life on Earth is still in draft form— The Secret Doctrine 1:269:

“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.”

Turning the Page

pineal1“It becomes comprehensible, now,” Blavatsky writes, “why the ‘odd eye’ has been gradually transformed into a simple gland, after the physical Fall of those we have agreed to call the ‘Lemurians’ [the Second>Third Race].”

Blavatsky continues:

…we find that during that transitional period – namely, in the second half of the First Spiritual ethero-astral race [1½ descending]— nascent mankind was devoid of the intellectual brain element. As it was on its descending line [1½], and as we are parallel to it, on the ascending [5½], we are therefore, devoid of the Spiritual element, which is now replaced by the intellectual.

This is akin to the transition from childhood to youth. See graph below showing the spiral Evolution of Root Races in the Fourth Round, SD 2:300: (note the similarity between the the brain and the graph. Buried deep in the brain, the pineal gland, seat of the third eye, is positioned at about the position of the “1st R. Race” shown on the graph.)

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The Atlantis Connection

The continent of Atlantis sank beneath the Atlantic waves prematurely, due to the depravity of its inhabitants (us.) With no foreseeable gratuitous bailout, our karmic debt load from our past is huge, and is still on the books. This has, and will continue to influence our future. But we still have time to write-down the debt. “Arise, then, O Atlanteans,” W. Q. Judge exhorts in his Article Cycles — “and repair the mischief done so long ago!” —But how?

Paul Johnson writes:“According to HPB, 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 full  quote from H. P. Blavatsky:

“The possession of a physical third eye, we are told, 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, when the consolidation and perfection of the human frame made it disappear from the outward anatomy of man. Psychically and spiritually, however, its mental and visual perceptions lasted till nearly the end of the Fourth [Sub] Race, when its functions, owing to the materiality and depraved condition of mankind, died out altogether before the submersion of the bulk of the Atlantean continent. (SD 2:306)

“One important point has, however, to be borne in mind,” she says.

buddha3We are only in the Fourth Round, and it is in the Fifth that the full development of Manas [Sanskrit=mind], as a direct ray from the Universal mahat [Sanskrit=universal mind] a ray — unimpeded by matter — will be finally reached. Nevertheless, as every sub-race and nation have their cycles and stages of developmental evolution repeated on a smaller scale, it must be the more so in the case of a Root-Race.

Our race then [general humanity] has, as a Root-race, crossed the equatorial line and is cycling onward [ascending] on the Spiritual side; but some of our sub-races still find themselves on the shadowy descending arc of their respective national cycles; while others again — the oldest — having crossed their crucial point, which alone decides whether a race, a nation, or a tribe will live or perish, are at the apex of spiritual development as sub-races.

Breakthrough!

breakthroughWilliam Q. Judge refers to this “crucial point” as “the moment of choice.” We might liken it to a “point of no-return,” i.e. an airplane with only enough fuel to reach it’s destination but unable to return. That is, IF we actually make it to the median line or crucial point. There are analogues to this critical point in the various growth stages we go through. Mr. Judge continues:

Humanity passes from globe to globe in a series of Rounds, first circling about each globe, and reincarnating upon it a fixed number of times. Concerning the human evolution on the concealed planets or globes little is permitted to be said. We have to concern ourselves with our Earth alone. The latter, when the wave of humanity has reached it for the last time (in this, our Fourth Round), began to evolute man, subdividing him into races.

breakthrough21Each of these races when it has, through evolution, reached the period known as “the moment of choice” and decided its future destiny as an individual race, begins to disappear. The races are separated, moreover, from each other by catastrophes of nature, such as the subsidence of continents and great natural convulsions. Coincidentally with the development of races the development of specialized senses takes place; thus our fifth race has so far developed five senses. (An Epitome of Theosophy )

A Transition Age

dendera2“The race is, as a whole, in a transition state, and many of its units are kept back by the condition of the whole,” Mr. Judge writes in Letter 2. And further:– “the Masters have said this is a transition age, and he who has ears to hear will hear what has thus been said. We are working for the new cycles and centuries.”

We are working for “a change in the Manas and Buddhi of the Race,” he writes. “That is why it may seem indefinite, but it is, nevertheless, very defined and very great in scope.”

“Let once man’s immortal spirit take possession of the temple of his body,” Blavatsky assures us, “and his own divine humanity will redeem him.”

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To be continued . . .