STUDENTS do not demand acceptance of Theosophy, pointing rather to its fundamental principles and their application.
Theosophy is not a ‘faith’ because faiths are changeable, and it is not dependent upon dogma or revelation as are modern science and religion.
The object of Theosophy is to show that all beings in nature are souls in evolution, and for humans the necessity of knowing ourselves — and becoming our own authority.
The “Wisdom-Religion” has existed from immemorial time. It offers a theory of nature and man which is founded upon knowledge acquired by the Sages of the past. It has been expressed in different ages by Krishna, Confucius and Buddha in the East, by Pythagoras, Plato and Jesus in the West.
Plato wrote about the quest for self-knowledge: “The light and spirit of the Divinity are the wings of the soul. They raise it to communion with the gods, above this earth — to become like the gods, is to become holy, just and wise.”
“That is the end for which man was created, and that ought to be his aim in the acquisition of knowledge.”
“Every one of us possesses the faculty, the interior sense, that is known by the name of intuition,” H. P. Blavatsky exclaims, “but how rare are those who know how to develop it! It is only by the aid of this faculty that men can ever see things in their true colours.”
This power is “an instinct of the soul, which grows in us in proportion to the employment we give it,” she wrote, “which helps us to perceive and understand the realities of things with far more certainty than the simple use of our senses and exercise of our reason.”
“The shell only of the spirit, soul and astral body of the Kosmos,” she comments in The Secret Doctrine (1:67), “has now fallen into the hands of Modern Science.”
Physicists now are busy studying that shell in the guise of hypothetical sub-atomic particles.
Using the atom-smashing power of The Large Hadron Collider, scientists hope to unmask the so-called “god particle,” their imagined ultimate substratum of the universe. The accumulation of large amounts of data from collisions, according to physicists, “is crucial to increasing the chances of a discovery.”
Atoms live in a strange world dubbed quantum entanglement where they can be in two places at once. Everything changes at the sub-atomic level, though with science’s limited tools, atoms seem to be mostly ’empty’ space. It’s a seductive place, it seems, where one can free-fall into the unknown fields of an inexplicable universe.
Is there no room for ‘consciousness’ to exist in that “empty space?”
If atoms or some exotic energetic field underpins all substance, what of something as omnipresent as water? Almost 90% of our body, like the planet we live on, is water. We are conscious like our blue planet Gaia. Many researchers are convinced that water is capable of ‘memory’ by storing information and retrieving it, and research into water is just beginning.
Universal and divine mind (Transactions 94) is “reflected in the waters of Space,” says ancient Cosmogenesis: “In Absolute Divine Thought “everything exists, and there has been no time when it did not so exist.”
Water has Memory
Some think of the invisible energy field as the ultimate ‘god-space.’ Dubbed the “God particle” by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman, the Higgs boson is a hypothetical particle which, like divinity, dark matter and dark energy, are all pervading — yet is still undetectable.
Albert Einstein said it best: “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”
The ancient teaching as given in The Secret Doctrine reads: “‘the ‘Parent Space’ “is the eternal, every-present cause of all —
the incomprehensible deity, whose ‘invisible robes’ are the mystic root of all matter, and of the Universe.”
With huge atom smashers like CERN and Fermilab, scientists around the world are racing to find the wily god particle. Hey, just maybe the mother of matter is hiding in a state of consciousness undetectable by a machine?
“The ‘Robes’ stand for the noumenon of undifferentiated Cosmic Matter,” says the esoteric teaching: “It is not matter as we know it, but the spiritual essence of matter — it is co-eternal, and even one with Space in its abstract sense.”
“The Hindus call it Mulaprakriti, and say that it is the primordial substance, which is the basis or vehicle of every phenomenon, whether physical, mental or psychic.” In other words, the source-mind of the universe.
The materialistic-reductionist scale of CERN’s projects are more expensive, and more incredible than a top Hollywood sci-phi. The international center hopes to recreate the “Big Bang” which they assert jump-started the universe.
Self-described as “the world’s biggest machine,” the LHC is out to discover in the process of “how energy became matter”— (believing that energy and matter are somehow distinct realities.) Try telling that to Captain Kirk ….
The LHC will be smashing particles together at the speed of light, then examining the “debris” hoping to find “the smallest building blocks that make up the universe.”
In a previous post, The Body Electric, it was shown that a biological version of an attractive force (bio-gravity?) clearly exists — but, mysteriously, no ordinary magnet field was detected when these so-called “human magnets” were tested.
When will modern science stop violently beating-up on atoms and particles to torture out their secrets — we know nothing about these energetic kingdoms, and for all we can tell they are conscious entities in their own right. Can we report this as particle abuse?
Most scientists today agree they have yet to discover what the mind is, and how the brain produces consciousness. What makes us ‘us’ has always been a mystery. The question is one of the oldest most formidable and exciting challenges that science has yet to solve.
“Those alone, whom we call adepts,” Blavatsky wrote (SD 1:166), “who know how to direct their mental vision and to transfer their consciousness — physical and psychic both — to other planes of being, are able to speak with authority on such subjects.”
“We do not bow our heads in the dust before the mystery of mind — for we have solved it ages ago,” one of Mme. Blavatsky’s Teachers wrote (Letter 10). “Rejecting with contempt the theistic theory we reject as much the automaton theory, teaching that states of consciousness are produced by the marshaling of the molecules of the brain.”
Says Occult Science: “Everything in the Universe throughout all its kingdoms is conscious,
endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.”
Everything manifested has its origin in a universal mind or consciousness. This is the “one absolute Reality” spoken of in The Secret Doctrine, “which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being.”
“We men must remember,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote, “that because we do not perceive any signs — which we can recognise — of consciousness, say, in stones, we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there.”
“There is no such thing as either ‘dead’ or ‘blind’ matter, as there is no ‘Blind’ or ‘Unconscious’ Law,” she says (SD 1:274), “these find no place among the conceptions of Occult philosophy. The latter never stops at surface appearances, and for it the noumenal essences have more reality than their objective counterparts.”
These essences are described by H. P. Blavatsky in the First of Three Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine as an “Infinite and Eternal Cause — the rootless root of ‘all that was, is, or ever shall be.'” It is not a personal god, she wrote:
It is ‘Be-ness’
rather than Being.
Mind at Death
Direct experience of “be-ness” appears to be routine for Eastern monks and yogis, but is still a rare event for most Westerners. Near-Death experiences (NDEs) give us a window into an unplanned and unexpected phenomenon, reported in the West by otherwise ‘normal’ people.
The consciousness of near-death is an intriguing mind mystery, an unforgettable, life changing event for those like Pam Reynolds who experienced one (and obviously) lived to tell of it.
It took a life-threatening aneurysm, and risky surgery in which Pam’s heart was stopped and the blood drained from her brain.
Soon after the surgery began, Pam had a powerful (NDE) and consciously entered the be-ness state. The extraordinary event provided incontrovertible scientific evidence for the existence of mind outside the brain. Pam’s case represents the ultimate in human conscious superpositioning.
People who have near-death and near-death-like experiences sometimes report receiving visions of the future. NDE visions can be especially comforting to those grieving the loss of a loved one.
“The Breath of God”
Excerpt from the BBC film: “The Day I Died: The Mind,
the Brain, and Near-Death Experiences.”
After her NDE, Pam remembered the experience of “standing in the breath of God,” perhaps the quintessential state of oneness being in the light of our highest consciousness.
How was Pam able to keep from losing contact with her all but lifeless bodily form during hours of brain surgery? And when, during the time she entered spiritual realms, and confabulated with people she once knew now living in the light, and then stood in the “breath of God,” how was she able find her way back?
According to occult teachings, none of us ‘go’ anywhere really — as Higher Mind beings we remain safe and secure in our spiritual body. All experiences, in or out-of our physical body occur within that overseeing field.
Our Higher Self is the light of god we experience. We die back into that omnipresent God-Self, and after a period of rest are reincarnated by karma out of it into another baby body.
“Theosophists are the first to recognize the intrinsic value of science. But when its high priests resolve consciousness into a secretion from the gray matter of the brain, we protest against the doctrine as being unphilosophical, self-contradictory, and simply absurd, from a scientific point of view — as much, and even more than from the occult aspect of the esoteric knowledge.”
“Our DEITY is neither in a paradise, nor in a particular tree, building, or mountain,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote, “it is everywhere, in every atom of the visible as of the invisible Cosmos—in, over, and around every invisible atom, and divisible molecule —
“…for IT is the mysterious power of evolution and involution, the omnipresent, omnipotent, and even omniscient creative potentiality.”