Current Theme:  Cyclic Evolution

Triple Evolution                 The Secret Doctrine book i p.181-185

The Spark and the Flame           SD i 238-240

The Cyclic Descent                     SD i 246-250

The Seven Creations                  SD i 445-457

Human Evolution                        SD ii 152-158

The Third Eye and Karma           SD ii 294, 302-306

War in Heaven                            SD ii 498-502

Organic Evolution                       SD ii 731-734

Ancient Myth and Human Evolution     Isis Unveiled  i 152-158

Causality and Vibration              Transactions 40-45

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From: Triple Evolution    The Secret Doctrine book i p.181-185

It now becomes plain that there exists in Nature a triple evolutionary scheme, for the formation of the three periodical Upadhis; or rather three separate schemes of evolution, which in our system are inextricably interwoven and interblended at every point. These are the Monadic (or spiritual), the intellectual, and the physical evolutions. These three are the finite aspects or the reflections on the field of Cosmic Illusion of ATMA, the seventh, the ONE REALITY.

1. The Monadic is, as the name implies, concerned with the growth and development into still higher phases of activity of the Monad in conjunction with:—

2. The Intellectual, represented by the Manasa-Dhyanis (the Solar Devas, or the Agnishwatta Pitris) the "givers of intelligence and consciousness" * to man and:—

3. The Physical, represented by the Chhayas of the lunar Pitris, round which Nature has concreted the present physical body. This body serves as the vehicle for the "growth" (to use a misleading word) and the transformations through Manas and—owing to the accumulation of experiences—of the finite into the INFINITE, of the transient into the Eternal and Absolute.

Each of these three systems has its own laws, and is ruled and guided by different sets of the highest Dhyanis or "Logoi." Each is represented in the constitution of man, the Microcosm of the great Macrocosm; and it is the union of these three streams in him which makes him the complex being he now is.

"Nature," the physical evolutionary Power, could never evolve intelligence unaided—she can only create "senseless forms," as will be seen in our "ANTHROPOGENESIS." The "Lunar Monads" cannot progress, for they have not yet had sufficient touch with the forms 

created by "Nature" to allow of their accumulating experiences through its means. It is the Manasa-Dhyanis who fill up the gap, and they represent the evolutionary power of Intelligence and Mind, the link between "Spirit" and "Matter"—in this Round.

Also it must be borne in mind that the Monads which enter upon the evolutionary cycle upon Globe A, in the first Round, are in very different stages of development. Hence the matter becomes somewhat complicated. . . . Let us recapitulate.

The most developed Monads (the lunar) reach the human germ-stage in the first Round; become terrestrial, though very ethereal human beings towards the end of the Third Round, remaining on it (the globe) through the "obscuration" period as the seed for future mankind in the Fourth Round, and thus become the pioneers of Humanity at the beginning of this, the Fourth Round. Others reach the Human stage only during later Rounds, i.e., in the second, third, or first half of the Fourth Round. And finally the most retarded of all, i.e., those still occupying animal forms after the middle turning-point of the Fourth Round—will not become men at all during this Manwantara. They will reach to the verge of humanity only at the close of the seventh Round to be, in their turn, ushered into a new chain after pralaya—by older pioneers, the progenitors of humanity, or the Seed-Humanity (Sishta), viz., the men who will be at the head of all at the end of these Rounds.

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Hi Gerry;   An attempt to add a little more to your posts

The Triple Evolution; Our earth and man,” says the Commentary, “being the products of the three Fires” — whose three names answer, in Sanskrit, to “the electric fire, the Solar fire, and the fire produced by friction,” — these three fires, explained on the Cosmic and human planes, are Spirit, Soul, and Body, the three great Root groups. SD 2-247

Point 1..Monadic..The fire of Spirit (Pavaka) when blended with the two other fires, forms a basis of spiritual life or existence. As evolution precedes these three fires blaze forth simultaneously, producing perfected consciousness. This blaze results in the final purification of matter at the close of physical manifestation and the termination of existence as understood on the lower planes..  Fire and Flame destroy the body of an Arhat, their essence makes him immortal.” (proem 6)

Point 2..Intelligence.. Solar Fire (Suchi) or the Fire of Mind, when blended with the internal fires, is the basis of life in the human kingdom, and united they control partially now and later entirely the lower threefold man as he evolves.  The mind when correctly used is the slayer of Illusion eg. Suchi, “who drinks up water”, i.e., destroys material desires. Glossary.

This Intelligence aspect came in at Individualisation and gave Animal man the ‘spark of the mind’ which allowed him to evolve into an intelligent thinking human being an member of the 4th Kingdom in nature. It also when applied correctly, gifts him with the ability to move into the 5th or Spiritual Kingdom and eventually evolve into the higher worlds.

Point 3..Physical..The internal fire of matter is called  “Fire by Friction.” (Pavamâna) It is an effect and not a cause, It is produced by the two fires of spirit and of mind (electric and solar fire) contacting each other through the medium of matter. These internal fires are the basis of life in the lower three kingdoms of nature, and in the human kingdom in connection with his lower vehicles The fire of matter does not persist apart from substance itself and when individual evolution ends it is left behind

 

 

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James, are each found within the other?

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Hi Gerry and Grace, sorry about the delay getting back to you both, I shifted to the next suburb, consequently was without internet for a period.

Grace;  are each found within the other?  As you can see by the original post there are three separate schemes of evolution, but as they are all part of the one life they are interconnected in their own way.

As far as man is concerned they are connected unconsciously, and it is his job to consciously make that connection.

This is done in either of two ways, 1; by the long slow process of evolution, or, 2; by taking control and following the Occult/Raja Yoga path straight up to the Mountain top.

As you will notice they are referred to as Spirit, Soul, and body. Body referring to our lower vehicles in the World of forms.

To make this connection consciously one has to build the Antahkarana or Rainbow Bridge, firstly to the Soul, then on to the Spiritual Triad

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James can you say more about how you see the distinction between spirit and intelligence?  No doubt they are intertwined but what is the main distinction between the two?

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Gerry;  This is a hard one to grasp fully just by study alone, but becomes clearer on the occult path.

One needs to get a good grasp of what happened when animal man was given the spark of the mind, then study what and how this progressed through each of the Root Races.

I have a post almost finished to add in a day of so. 

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Hi Gerry, I hope this gives you a little more understanding of  Solar Fire 

 The givers of intelligence and consciousness to man; Solar Angels/ Solar Devas/Agnishwattas

Could HPB’s use of Solar Angels in the following quote be an attempt to give an English title to the specific ‘job’ of these particular Angel/Devas, thus separating them from any of the other Deva that may or may not exist on this level.

Quote SD 2-88;  The Endowers of man with his conscious, immortal EGO, are the “Solar Angels”—whether so regarded metaphorically or literally The mysteries of the Conscious EGO or human Soul are great The esoteric name of these “Solar Angels” is, literally, the “Lords” (Nath) of “persevering ceaseless devotion” (pranidhâna)

 To expand on this from various places in HPB’s work;

The Reincarnating Ego and/or Causal Body are spun from the SOLAR ANGELS own Essence – (evolved the protoplasmic forms of the future Egos from their own essence. SD1- 282)- This Ego (Egoic Lotus) is within/or is part of the Causal Body. It represents the best in consciousness one can demonstrate and houses all the beautiful qualities which its owner has developed during the course of all his Lives –often referred to as ‘The Good, The Beautiful, and the True’.

The Causal Body also records all the Skandas, Karma yet to be worked out. Therefore the Cause of all our problems, but also our ‘Salvation’ as we become aware of the Laws of Karma and our ability to work off existing karma and negate any new karma. . Also called Karmic Body by HPB

These Beings are returning Nirvanis from a preceding Mahamanvantara and they Literally came down from higher levels to build and assist the development of the Human Soul 18 million years ago and are still with us guiding our evolution(hence the name ‘Lords of persevering ceaseless devotion’) until we become spiritually independent, --which is at the 4th or Arhat Initiation,- When we are off wheel of rebirth,  Symbolized by Jesus Crucifixion on the Cross of Matter. When evolution ends the Causal Body burns up as it is needed no more and man is a fully evolved Soul.  "Fire and Flame destroy the body of an Arhat, their essence makes him immortal.” (proem 6)

 They have evolved through all seven races in the seven chains of a previous Maha-Manvantara gaining All Wisdom.

 They are said to be the ‘Intelligence behind the mind’ and to use an Allegory, could be likened to a ‘University Professor’ teaching and getting the best out of his student.

 (“They have lit our fire in Lemurian times with a basic instinctual mind” and now “ fan the flame” --so to speak)

 The whole package is within the formless area between the lower mind and the Spiritual Triad, can be simply referred to as ‘The Developing Human Soul/Causal Body, and its Guide and Guardian, the SOLAR ANGEL

 The Mind is still A Spark in the 3rd or Lemurian Race---As the Kama or Desire Body has to be Developed first in the 4th or Atlantian Race,---Before Proper Mind can be Developed in the 5th or Aryan Race,

 

 

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I suppose the context in which these terms are used are all important in comparing their meanings.  Sometimes intelligence is used in an highly elevated meaning, in other place it has a more pedestrian meaning concerning perhaps the workings of the lower mind.

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In the three streams of evolution that are mentioned in our study text on pp181-185 (see Gerry's passage above) the Lunar-Pitris, as their name implies, are said to have come from the previous Lunar Chain (Manvantara).  Where have the Manasa-Dhyanis (Agnishwatta-Pitris) come from?

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SD 2 81

 We find, in short, that the higher Angels had broken, countless æons before, through the “Seven Circles,” and thus robbed them of the Sacred fire; which means in plain words, that they had assimilated during their past incarnations, in lower as well as in higher worlds, all the wisdom therefrom—the reflection of MAHAT in its various degrees of intensity.  No Entity, whether angelic or human, can reach the state of Nirvana, or of absolute purity, except through æons of suffering and the knowledge of EVIL as well as of good, as otherwise the latter remains incomprehensible.

There are various references to this through out her work, a more precise one in SD vol 3, I have forgotten page No.  From memory it was the Greeks that often referred  them Higher Angels

 

 

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Thank you, James - yes, there are a number of references throughout the SD and Collected Writings where HPB says the Manasa Dhyanis come from previous manvantaras.  I should have been more specific in my question, namely, do the Manasa Dhyanis come from the Moon Chain, as some theosophists like Purucker believe, or do they come from another planetary chain/manvantara?

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Hi Peter,

 I think the answer is in my post as ‘countless æons before’ one would suggest is a lot longer than just the Moon Chain. Also I would suggest that the “Seven Circles” may mean seven chains, not just the Moon Chain thus making it at least a previous Solar System. If my memory is correct somewhere else HPB mentions from a previous Maha-Manvantara or similar, but definitely not just a previous Planetary System.

 I am very careful about what Purucker believes as at times he appears to contradict HPB.

 David Reigle has a good article ‘Invoking the Solar Angel’ on his site that is worth reading if you have not already done so.

 Lastly I would like to say that unfortunately I will have very limited time available in the near future for research and posts as I have a lot on for the coming year. 

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Permalink Reply by Peter on January 12, 2015 at 6:23am
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Hi James, thanks for your thoughts.  Sorry you won’t be able to contribute for a while.  I’m just adding a few thought to your own for anyone interested so don’t feel I’m expecting a reply.

Yes, I would agree with you that the Manasa-Dhyanis don’t appear to have come from the Moon Chain, at least not according to what I understand of the SD and HPB writings.  I’m not sure whether the reference to them having broken through “Seven Circles” countless aeons before necessarily supports our view on this or that this happened in a previous Solar Manvantara.  The “Seven Circles” which they are said to have broken through may simply be a reference to the seven rounds of a planetary chain. It’s not clear from that passage alone when that might have taken place.  

The term Maha-Manvatara doesn’t appear to be used consistently in HPB’s writings and in the Mahatma Letters. In some places it appears to be used in relation to the great cycle of a Solar System and in others to refer to any great period consisting of a number of minor manvantaras and pralayas. For example, in The Mahatma Letters to Sinnett the Mahatma KH refers to a Maha-manvatara as the complete period of seven rounds of a planetary chain. (See Letter 62 of Chronological Edition, p160; or Letter 18 of Barker Edition).

Permalink Reply by Pierre Wouters on February 1, 2015 at 11:41am
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"Where have the Manasa-Dhyanis (Agnishwatta-Pitris) come from?"

Indeed a tough cookie to answer Peter. We would have to go with a fine comb through all the literature to cull all the references and then hope that we could make sense out of it. It is a very convoluted subject.

As you pointed out, the term Maha-Manvantara is not always used consistently in its application and may well be - like virtually all the other terminologies we use - be used as a kind of formula. We are not even sure whether names such as Kumaras and Agnishwattas have exact the same connotation, as they may well apply to different hierarchies or at least different aspects of the same. We find the same throughout antiquity in east and west with regard to the many names - within the same language - used for the sun and the moon. Also, there are human beings occasionally rising up in their progress to virtually the same level of consciousness, but that doesn't make them necessarily a Manasa-Putra (yet).

It is pointed out in our literature that Manasa-Putras have the capacity to awaken (lighten up) the consciousness in lesser developed monads, but that does not necessarily imply that all their hierarchies have that capacity or to what extent they can do so - we simply don't know as there are so many levels of Manasa-Putras.

The only thing we're pretty sure about - as referenced in the SD - is that they come from previous solar systems and/or manvantara(s), but that doesn't help very much because it is very difficult to understand what is meant by this. Is this a reference to a previous incarnation of "our" solar system or to another solar system? If so, then what is the meaning of the references to the planet Venus or Mercury or the Sun? - and why the use of the word Solar Angels?

Are the references to be used in a linear (spatial) and concrete context? Or do they refer to "vertical" subjective applications - or both and how? Do they apply to space and time?

Just to give one example of the difficulty involved is that both the Mahatmas and HPB point out that the Moon was on a lower plane than our earth, i.e., for instance, that our globe D would have been - relative to the Moon's rupa planes - on the plane of globe C and E of the Moon-chain (there is a shift upwards of one plane after every new incarnation of a planetary chain). If we apply this to Venus from our perspective (the future stage upwards for our Earth), that would mean that globes A and G of Venus would now be on the third arupa plane (counting from above) of our our Earth-chain. (still rupa for Venusians on that plane, but arupa from the Earth's perspective) Yet, we can still see globe D of the Moon (referred to by HPB as a kama rupa by the way, not its physical globe - albeit physical to us now!) and globe D of Venus! If we interpret all this from the perspective of states of consciousness rather than physical planes, then the whole subject becomes so much more complex.

If they are called solar angels, is it perhaps because Venus, Mercury and the inter mercurial planet (sometimes popularly referred to as Vulcan) are in reality the Rajah stars referred to in the SD? If Venus gives 1/3rd of its OWN light to earth, doesn’t that make it (partially) a sun and even more so for Mercury, etc.? Was not Mercury (as also Mars and perhaps any other planet for that matter) a Nyima (a sun) and will be again so in future “Days”? (see Voice of the Silence, pp.38-39) Why are they referred to as Maharajas?

As usual, more questions than answers, but there will be no answers without solving the questions :-) I guess all we can do is keep on trucking’!

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on February 3, 2015 at 10:19am
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Thanks for chiming in Pierre.  A quest is a long chain of questions.

Permalink Reply by Pierre Wouters on February 3, 2015 at 4:11pm
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Nice pun Gerry :-)

Permalink Reply by Casady on February 3, 2015 at 11:57am
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Barborka's Peopling of the Earth, chapter 13 gives a good study of the Solar Pitris, btw :

http://www.theosophyforward.net/special.html

Permalink Reply by Pierre Wouters on February 3, 2015 at 4:11pm
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Thanks Casady, it's a long document to wade through :-)

Permalink Reply by Peter on February 5, 2015 at 7:05am
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Thank's Cassidy - Barborka does some really helpful work in bringing all these references and material together.

Permalink Reply by Peter on February 5, 2015 at 7:19am
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Pierre, many thanks for your thoughts.  I guess we tend to assume that all the Manasa-Dhyanis come from the same previous planetary chain.  But I wonder if that is the case, given that there is more than one type and 'level' of Manasa-Dhyani.

Permalink Reply by Pierre Wouters on February 5, 2015 at 9:19am
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Indeed Peter, I would certainly not assume that they all come from the same previous planetary chain, Venus was just one example. As they are higher developed monads of different levels we may perhaps involve more of the higher developed planets and who knows even the Sun as well. 

This is a very deep subject and obviously not everything has been said, in fact more kept secret than what is given. Also we're dealing more with states of consciousness than places, but our human tendency is to see it in a material and objective way.

It also calls into question what is actually meant by a spiritual sun and is that necessarily the same as the central spiritual sun?

Long way to go :-)

Permalink Reply by Casady on February 17, 2015 at 3:46pm
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Barborka's 'Peopling of Earth' and 'Story of Human Evolution' cover vol 2 of the SD pretty well - his 'Divine Plan' takes care of Vol. 1 quite nicely, and there's a series of online classes available - (very fancy hi-tech whistles and bells on this, most impressive):

https://www.theosophical.org/programs/webinars/recorded-webinars/29...

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The Spark and the Flame           SD i 238-240

(5) THE SPARK HANGS FROM THE FLAME BY THE FINEST THREAD OF FOHAT. IT JOURNEYS THROUGH THE SEVEN WORLDS OF MAYA (a). IT STOPS IN THE FIRST (Kingdom), AND IS A METAL AND A STONE; IT PASSES INTO THE SECOND (Kingdom), AND BEHOLD—A PLANT; THE PLANT WHIRLS THROUGH SEVEN FORMS AND BECOMES A SACRED ANIMAL; (the first shadow of the physical man) (b).

FROM THE COMBINED ATTRIBUTES OF THESE, MANU (man), THE THINKER, IS FORMED.

WHO FORMS HIM? THE SEVEN LIVES; AND THE ONE LIFE (c). WHO COMPLETES HIM? THE FIVEFOLD LHA. AND WHO PERFECTS THE LAST BODY? FISH, SIN, AND SOMA (the moon) (d).

(a) The phrase "through the seven Worlds of Maya" refers here to the seven globes of the planetary chain and the seven rounds, or the 49 stations of active existence that are before the "Spark" or Monad, at the beginning of every "Great Life-Cycle" or Manvantara. The "thread of Fohat" is the thread of life before referred to.

This relates to the greatest problem of philosophy—the physical and substantial nature of life, the independent nature of which is denied by modern science because that science is unable to comprehend it. The reincarnationists and believers in Karma alone dimly perceive that 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.

What is that "Spark" which "hangs from the flame?" It is JIVA, the MONAD in conjunction with MANAS, or rather its aroma—that which remains from each personality, when worthy, and hangs from Atma-Buddhi, the Flame, by the thread of life. In whatever way interpreted, and into whatever number of principles the human being is divided, it may easily be shown that this doctrine is supported by all the ancient religions, from the Vedic to the Egyptian, from the Zoroastrian to the Jewish. In the case of the last-mentioned, the Kabalistic works offer abundant proof of this statement. The entire system of the Kabalistic numerals is based on the divine septenary hanging from the Triad (thus forming the Decade) and its permutations 7, 5, 4, and 3, which, finally, all merge into the ONE itself: an endless and boundless Circle.

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From the Section: The Cyclic Descent                     SD i 246-250

The Occult doctrine teaches that while the monad is cycling on downward into matter, these very Elohim—or Pitris, the lower Dhyan-Chohans—are evolving pari passu with it on a higher and more spiritual plane, descending also relatively into matter on their own plane of consciousness, when, after having reached a certain point, they will meet the incarnating senseless monad, encased in the lowest matter, and blending the two potencies, Spirit and Matter, the union will produce that terrestrial symbol of the "Heavenly Man" in space—PERFECT MAN.

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Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on December 16, 2014 at 10:39am
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The Seven Creations                  SD i 445-457

The Seven Creations are found in almost every Purâna. They are all preceded by what Wilson translates—"the indiscrete Principle," absolute Spirit independent of any relation with objects of sense. They are—(1) Mahattattwa, the Universal Soul, Infinite Intellect, or Divine Mind; (2) Bhûta or Bhûtasarga, elemental creation, the first differentiation of Universal indiscrete Substance; (3) Indriya or Aindriyaka, organic evolution. "These three were the Prâkrita creations, the developments of indiscrete nature preceded by indiscrete principle"; (4) Mukhya, the fundamental creation of perceptible things, was that of inanimate bodies †; (5) Tairyagyonya, or Tiryaksrotas, was that of animals; (6) Urdhwasrotas, or that of divinities ‡ (?); (7) Arvaksrotas, was that of man. (See Vishnu Purâna.)

This is the order given in the exoteric texts. According to esoteric teaching there are seven primary, and seven secondary "creations;" the former being the Forces self-evolving from the one causeless FORCE; the latter, showing the manifested Universe emanating from the already differentiated divine elements.

Esoterically, as well as exoterically, all the above enumerated Creations stand for the (7) periods of Evolution, whether after an "Age" or a "Day" of Brahmâ. This is the teaching par excellence of Occult Philosophy, which, however, never uses the term "creation," nor even that of evolution, "with regard to primary 'Creation':" but calls all such forces "the aspects of the Causeless Force." In the Bible the seven periods are dwarfed into the six days of creation and the seventh day of rest, and the Westerns adhere to the letter. In the Hindu philosophy, when the active Creator has produced the world of gods, the germs of all the undifferentiated elements and the rudiments of future senses (the world of noumena, in short), the Universe remains unaltered for a "Day of Brahmâ," a period of 4,320,000,000 years. This is the seventh passive period or the "Sabbath day" of Eastern philosophy, that follows six periods of active evolution. In the Satapatha Brahmana "Brahma" (neuter), the absolute Cause of all Causes, radiates the gods. Having radiated the gods (through its inherent nature) the work is interrupted. In the 1st Book of Manu it is said, "At the expiration of each night (pralaya) Brahmâ, having been asleep, awakes, and, through the sole energy of the motion, CAUSES to emanate from itself the spirit, which in its essence is, and yet is not."

 

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From the Section: Human Evolution              SD ii 152-158

Analogy is the guiding law in Nature, the only true Ariadne's thread that can lead us, through the inextricable paths of her domain, toward her primal and final mysteries. Nature, as a creative potency, is infinite, and no generation of physical scientists can ever boast of having exhausted the list of her ways and methods, however uniform the laws upon which she proceeds. If we can conceive of a ball of Fire-mist becoming gradually — as it rolls through æons of time in the interstellar spaces — a planet, a self-luminous globe, to settle into a man-bearing world or Earth, thus having passed from a soft plastic body into a rock-bound globe; and if we see on it everything evolving from the non-nucleated jelly-speck that becomes the sarcode * of the moneron, then passes from its protistic state † into the form of an animal, to grow into a gigantic reptilian monster of the Mesozoic times; then dwindles again into the (comparatively) dwarfish crocodile, now confined solely to tropical regions, and the universally common lizard * — how can man alone escape the general law? "There were giants on earth in those days," says Genesis, repeating the statement of all the other Eastern Scriptures; and the Titans are founded on anthropological and physiological fact.

And, as the hard-shelled crustacean was once upon a time a jelly-speck, "a thoroughly homogeneous particle of albumen in a firmly adhesive condition," so was the outward covering of primitive man, his early "coat of skin," plus an immortal spiritual monad, and a psychic temporary form and body within that shell. The modern, hard, muscular man almost impervious to any climate, was, perhaps, some 25,000,000 years ago, just what the Hæckelian Moneron is, strictly "an organism without organs," an entirely homogeneous substance with a structureless albumen body within, and a human form only outwardly.

No man of science has the right, in this century, to find the figures of the Brahmins preposterous in the question of Chronology; for their own calculations often exceed by far the claims made by esoteric science.

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The Third Eye and Karma           SD ii 294, 302-306

Now that which the students of Occultism ought to know is that THE "THIRD EYE" IS INDISSOLUBLY CONNECTED WITH KARMA. The tenet is so mysterious that very few have heard of it.

The "eye of Siva" did not become entirely atrophied before the close of the Fourth Race. When spirituality and all the divine powers and attributes of the deva-man of the Third had been made the hand-maidens of the newly-awakened physiological and psychic passions of the physical man, instead of the reverse, the eye lost its powers. But such was the law of Evolution, and it was, in strict accuracy, no FALL. The sin was not in using those newly-developed powers, but in misusing them; in making of the tabernacle, designed to contain a god, the fane of every spiritual iniquity. And if we say "sin" it is merely that everyone should understand our meaning; as the term Karma * would be the right one to use in this case; while the reader who would feel perplexed at the use of the term "spiritual" instead of "physical" iniquity, is reminded of the fact that there can be no physical iniquity. The body is simply the irresponsible organ, the tool of the psychic, if not of the "Spiritual man." While in the case of the Atlanteans, it was precisely the Spiritual being which sinned, the Spirit element being still the "Master" principle in man, in those days. Thus it is in those days that the heaviest Karma of the Fifth Race was generated by our Monads.

Permalink Reply by ModeratorTN on December 28, 2014 at 11:40pm
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Organic Evolution    SD ii 731-734

IT is argued that the Universal Evolution, otherwise, the gradual development of species in all the kingdoms of nature, works by uniform laws. This is admitted, and the law enforced far more strictly in Esoteric than in modern Science. But we are told also, that it is equally a law that "development works from the less to the more perfect, and from the simpler to the more complicated, by incessant changes, small in themselves, but constantly accumulating in the required direction." It is from the infinitesimally small that the comparatively gigantic species are produced.

Esoteric Science agrees with it, but adds that this law applies only to what is known to it as the Primary Creation — the evolution of worlds from primordial atoms, and the pre-primordial ATOM, at the first differentiation of the former; and that during the period of cyclic evolution in space and time, this law is limited and works only in the lower kingdoms. It did so work during the first geological periods, from simple to complex, on the rough material surviving from the relics of the Third Round, which relics are projected into objectivity when terrestrial activity recommences.

No more than Science, does esoteric philosophy admit design or "special creation." It rejects every claim to the "miraculous," and accepts nothing outside the uniform and immutable laws of Nature. But it teaches a cyclic law, a double stream of force (or spirit) and of matter, which, starting from the neutral centre of Being, develops in its cyclic progress and incessant transformations. The primitive germ from which all vertebrate life has developed throughout the ages, being distinct from the primitive germ from which the vegetable and the animal life have evolved, there are side laws whose work is determined by the conditions in which the materials to be worked upon are found by them, and of which Science — physiology and anthropology especially — seems to be little aware. Its votaries speak of that "primitive germ," and maintain that it is shown beyond any doubt that the "design" and the "designer," if there be any, in the case of man, with the wonderful structure of his limbs, and his hand especially, "must be placed very much farther back, and (the design) is, in fact, involved in the primitive germ," from which not only all vertebrate life, but, "probably all life, animal and vegetable, have been slowly developed" (p. 94 of "Modern Science and Modern Thought").

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Organic Evolution   

IT is argued that the Universal Evolution, otherwise, the gradual development of species in all the kingdoms of nature, works by uniform laws. This is admitted, and the law enforced far more strictly in Esoteric than in modern Science. But we are told also, that it is equally a law that "development works from the less to the more perfect, and from the simpler to the more complicated, by incessant changes, small in themselves, but constantly accumulating in the required direction." It is from the infinitesimally small that the comparatively gigantic species are produced.

Esoteric Science agrees with it, but adds that this law applies only to what is known to it as the Primary Creation — the evolution of worlds from primordial atoms, and the pre-primordial ATOM, at the first differentiation of the former; and that during the period of cyclic evolution in space and time, this law is limited and works only in the lower kingdoms. It did so work during the first geological periods, from simple to complex, on the rough material surviving from the relics of the Third Round, which relics are projected into objectivity when terrestrial activity recommences.

No more than Science, does esoteric philosophy admit design or "special creation." It rejects every claim to the "miraculous," and accepts nothing outside the uniform and immutable laws of Nature. But it teaches a cyclic law, a double stream of force (or spirit) and of matter, which, starting from the neutral centre of Being, develops in its cyclic progress and incessant transformations. The primitive germ from which all vertebrate life has developed throughout the ages, being distinct from the primitive germ from which the vegetable and the animal life have evolved, there are side laws whose work is determined by the conditions in which the materials to be worked upon are found by them, and of which Science — physiology and anthropology especially — seems to be little aware. Its votaries speak of that "primitive germ," and maintain that it is shown beyond any doubt that the "design" and the "designer," if there be any, in the case of man, with the wonderful structure of his limbs, and his hand especially, "must be placed very much farther back, and (the design) is, in fact, involved in the primitive germ," from which not only all vertebrate life, but, "probably all life, animal and vegetable, have been slowly developed" (p. 94 of "Modern Science and Modern Thought").

  SD ii 731-734