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    Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

    “The strengthening of a stronger connection with the higher Logoic Triad alone can return the wanderer to a state of original wholeness.”

    — Aquarian Almanac

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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

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    Oct. 29, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle
    “All nature’s structuring, associating and patterning must be based on triangles, because there is no structural validity otherwise. This is nature’s basic structure.”
    —Buckminster Fuller
    “Vision is to be concentrated there where the triad — the seer, the seeing and the seen — vanishes.”
    —Shankaracharya

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      When we encounter dichotomies in our thinking: right and wrong, good and bad, high or low, universal and particular is it wise to find a third point and form a triangle?

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        What is the third point associated with good and evil, right and wrong, universal and particular?

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        OK here is a try. Maybe we could add a third point to good and evil with intention. Maybe we could add a third point to right and wrong with motive. Maybe we could add a third point to universal and particular with dialectic. A third point might be like a fulcrum upon which dichotomy swings back and forth.

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      Manifested Man symbolically came from a Triangle, is now a cube, who after taking his own evolution in hand unfolds this cube, which is the cross of matter he is to be crucified upon on his return path. This leads him to be focused in the Triad, the upper Triangle of Atman Buddhi Manas. (Shankaracharya quote above-see also cube picture SD 2 602)

      For this reason some Raja Yogi/Occults connect daily in groups of three in creative meditation, visualising their triangle as part of a network of Triangles world wide, in order to assist evolving humanity manifest it own Triangles.

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    October 30, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

    “Ideas, for me, are means of transformation — consequently they are phases or moments of change.”

    — Paul Valery

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    October 31, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

    “Man must needs understand the language of forms.”

    — Plato

    “The crown of these

    Is made of love and friendship, and sits high

    Upon the forehead of humanity.”

    — John Keats

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    November 1, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

    “The lower triangle, with the apex downward, is the symbol of Vishnu…. while the triangle, with its apex upward, is Shiva.”

    —H.P. Blavatsky

    “Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu, Guru is God Shiva, Guru is verily the Supreme Brahman; to that Guru I bow.”

    —Gandhi’s Morning Hymn

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    November 2, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

    “Philosophy is written in the grand book — I mean the universe — which stands continually open to our gaze… It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it.“

    — Galileo Galilei

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      What does theosophy say about the connection between philosophy and mathematics?

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        A useful statement by Blavatsky:
        “Theosophy…Its doctrines, if seriously studied, call forth, by stimulating one’s reasoning powers and awakening the inner in the animal man, every hitherto dormant power for good in us, and also the perception of the true and the real, as opposed to the false and the unreal. Tearing off with no uncertain hand the thick veil of dead-letter with which every old religious scriptures were cloaked, scientific Theosophy, learned in the cunning symbolism of the ages, reveals to the scoffer at old wisdom the origin of the world’s faiths and sciences. It opens new vistas beyond the old horizons of crystallized, motionless and despotic faiths; and turning blind belief into a reasoned knowledge founded on mathematical laws – the only exact science …”

        Is Theosophy a Religion?

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          Odin would you say Karma is a mathematical law?

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            In the words of H.P. Blavatsky, the Law of Karma is “the ultimate Law of the Universe,” being such Karma must include mathematical laws. Further she wrote: “KARMA is an Absolute and Eternal law in the World of manifestation;” — in this sense, since it returns the EXACT results of causes set in motion, it certainly equates with an “exact science,” and the ultimate exact science.

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        The connection is pretty extensive and important, Alex; you could say it’s based on Pythagorean Sacred Mathematics – explanations start as early as Isis Unveiled, Vol. I, Chapt. 1 – a basic starting notion could be something like – mathematics are fundamentally related to a metaphysical essence and are used to explain cosmological principles:
        http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/isis/iu1-01.htm
        see page 7 et seq:
        ”The sacred numbers of the universe in their esoteric combination solve the great problem and explain the theory of radiation and the cycle of the emanations. The lower orders before they develop into higher ones must emanate from the higher spiritual ones, and when arrived at the turning-point, be reabsorbed again into the infinite. ”
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        What does theosophy say about the connection between philosophy and mathematics?>>>

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          Many thank Mark. I will check all this out. Thanks again.

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          Also, we find it stated: “Nature geometries universally in all her manifestations.” See passage below from The Secret Doctrine:

          (b) Next we see Cosmic matter scattering and forming itself into elements ; grouped into the mystic four within the fifth element — Ether, the lining of Akasa, the Anima Mundi or Mother of Kosmos. “ Dots, Lines, Triangles, Cubes, Circles ” and finally “ Spheres ” — why or how ? Because, says the Commentary, such is the first law of Nature, and because Nature geometrizes universally in all her manifestations. There is an inherent law — not only in the primordial, but also in the manifested matter of our phenomenal plane — by which Nature correlates her geometrical forms, and later, also, her compound elements ; and in which there is no place for accident or chance.
          (SD I 97; emphasis added)

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            Folks might also like to check out the section Vol 1, p 610 “Gods, Monads and Atoms” where the following occurs (p 612): “Theophilosophy proceeds on broader lines. From the very beginning of AEons — in time and space in our Round and Globe — the Mysteries of Nature (at any rate, those which it is lawful for our races to know) were recorded by the pupils of those same now invisible “heavenly men,” in geometrical figures and symbols. The keys thereto passed from one generation of “wise men” to the other. Some of the symbols, thus passed from the east to the west, were brought therefrom by Pythagoras, who was not the inventor of his famous “Triangle.” The latter figure, along with the plane cube and circle, are more eloquent and scientific descriptions of the order of the evolution of the Universe, spiritual and psychic, as well as physical, than volumes of descriptive Cosmogonies and revealed “Geneses.” The ten points inscribed within that “Pythagorean triangle” are worth all the theogonies and angelologies ever emanated from the theological brain. For he who interprets them — on their very face, and in the order given — will find in these seventeen points (the seven Mathematical Points hidden) the uninterrupted series of the genealogies from the first Heavenly to terrestrial man. And, as they give the order of Beings, so they reveal the order in which were evolved the Kosmos, our earth, and the primordial elements by
            which the latter was generated. Begotten in the invisible Depths, and in the womb of the same “Mother” as its fellow-globes — he who will master the mysteries of our Earth, will have mastered those of all others.

            “…Philosophy, however, could never have formed its conception of a logical, universal, and absolute Deity if it had no Mathematical Point within the Circle to base its speculations upon. It is only the manifested Point, lost to our senses after its pregenetic appearance in the infinitude and incognizability of the Circle, that made a reconciliation between philosophy and theology possible — on condition that the latter should abandon its crude materialistic dogmas. And it is because it has so unwisely rejected the Pythagorean Monad and geometrical figures, that Christian theology has evolved its self-created human and personal God, the monstrous Head from whence flow in two streams the dogmas of Salvation and Damnation.”

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    November 3, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

    “Man is an instrument through which all the three worlds — the spiritual, the astral and the elementary

    world — are acting.”

    — Paracelsus

    “A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

    — Ecclesiastes

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    November 4, 2016 Theme for Contemplation: The Triangle

    “Three pillars support the world: Study, worship and good deeds.”

    — Hasidic Sayings

    “It is great to be great but it’s greater to be human.”

    — Will Rogers

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      What do you suppose Will Rogers means here and how is it related to the Triangle?

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    “Does your B.T.S. know the meaning of the white and black interlaced triangles, of the Parent Society’s seal that it has also adopted? Shall I explain? — the double triangle viewed by the Jewish Kabalists as Solomon’s Seal, is, as many of you doubtless know the Sri-antara of the archaic Aryan Temple, the “mystery of Mysteries,” a geometrical synthesis of the whole occult doctrine. The two interlaced triangles are the Buddhangums of Creation. They contain the “squaring of the circle,” the “philosophical stone,” the great problems of Life and Death, and — the Mystery of Evil. The chela who can explain this sign from every one of its aspects — is virtually an adept …”

    “The interlaced triangles — the upper pointing one — is Wisdom concealed, and the downward pointing one — Wisdom revealed (in the phenomenal world). The circle indicates the bounding, circumscribing quality of the All, the Universal Principle which, from any given point expands so as to embrace all things, while embodying the potentiality of every action in the Cosmos.”

    The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett
    Theosophical University Press Online Edition
    Letter No. 59

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