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.
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.”
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’—”
“There are two kinds of Siddhis,” says the Voice of the Silence, “one group embraces the lower, coarse, psychic and mental energies, the other exacts the highest training of Spiritual powers.” IONS senior scientist, Dean Radin, explains.
“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.” This sea change “asserts itself,” Blavatsky says
“…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 in man, 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.”
A Mysterious Case
“Like turning back the pages of a book,” amateur hypnotist Morey Bernstein told his young subject, Colorado housewife Virginia Tighe. “I’m going to turn back, turn back through time and space… and when I next talk to you, you will be seven years old.”
What is Spirit?
“Is this void an emptiness”, asks Deepak Chopra, “or could it be the womb of creation, the source of Life itself?”
Blavatsky articulated the concept of the zero point or singularity origin of the Cosmos, says Christopher Holmes in his book “God, Science and The Secret Doctrine.”
Blavatsky pointed to the spiritual underpinnings of cosmos from a meta-scientific viewpoint: “‘Material points without extension'(zero-points) are…the materials out of which the ‘Gods’
“…and other invisible powers clothe themselves in bodies…the entire universe concentrating itself, as it were, in a single point.”
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 writes. “A death struggle,” she observes
“…between Mysticism and Materialism is no longer at hand, but is already raging.
“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.”
“Modern science has taught us much about the world,” but, the publisher 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.”
In her article The Tidal Wave, Blavatsky wrote:
“The Spirit in man—the direct ray of the Universal Spirit— has at last awakened.”
“As taught for thousands of years, reincarnation is the process of living through a series of lifetimes, for the purpose of soul development.
Edge Cayce discussed this process in nearly two-thousand of his life readings.
“According to Cayce, our lives do not begin at the moment of our physical birth. Our natural state is Spirit — and in this state, we have existed for many millenia.”
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.”
Is it possible to be both “spiritual” and “selfish” as the same time? Apparently yes. The Buddhists have a word for it: “pratyeka.” In Northern Buddhism, Blavatsky writes:
“… a ‘Pratyeka Buddha’ is a synonym of spiritual Selfishness.”
One who becomes a “Pratyeka-Buddha,” says The Voice of the Silence, “makes his obeisance but to his Self”— in other words, selfish and self-centered.
According to The Voice, “Pratyeka Buddhas are those Bodhisattvas who strive after and often reach the Dharmakaya robe after a series of lives. “Caring nothing for the woes of mankind or to help it,
“but only for their own bliss, they enter Nirvana, and disappear from the sight and the hearts of men.”
Past Life Recall
According to both Blavatsky and Cayce, in each new life we pick up our relationships exactly where we left off. It is feelings that make past life experiences come alive and real for us.
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 Third Eye
“The possession of a physical third eye, we are told,” Blavatsky writes, “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.
“Psychically and spiritually, however, its mental and visual perceptions — owing to the materiality and depraved condition of mankind —
“…died out altogether before the submersion of the bulk of the Atlantean continent.”