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THE SECRET DOCTRINE (1)

Updated: Apr 15



 

By Marguerite dar Boggia

The Secret Doctrine establishes three fundamental propositions:--

 

 (a) An omnipresent, eternal PRINCIPLE on which all speculation is impossible since it transcends the power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human expression or similitude. It is beyond the range and reach of thought--in the words of MNDUKYA, "unthinkable and unspeakable."

 

To render these ideas clearer to the general reader, let him set out with the postulate that one absolute Reality precedes all manifested, conditioned beings. This infinite and Eternal Cause--dimly formulated in the "Unconscious" and "Unknowable" of current European philosophy -- is the rootless root of "all that was, is, or ever shall be." It is devoid of all attributes and does not relate to manifested, finite Being. It is "Be-ness" rather than Being (in Sanskrit, Sat) and is beyond all thought or speculation.


This "Be-ness" is symbolized in the Secret Doctrine under two aspects. On the one hand, absolute abstract space represents bare subjectivity, which no human mind can exclude from any conception or conceive of by itself. On the other hand, absolute abstract motion represents unconditioned Consciousness. Even our Western thinkers have shown that Consciousness is inconceivable to us apart from change, and motion best symbolizes change, its essential characteristic. This latter aspect of the one Reality is also symbolized by the term "The Breath," a symbol sufficiently graphic to need no further elucidation. Thus, the first fundamental axiom of the Secret Doctrine is this metaphysical ONE ABSOLUTE -- Be-ness -- symbolized by finite intelligence as the theological Trinity.

 

It may, however, assist the student if a few further explanations are given here.

 

Parabrahm (the One Reality, the Absolute) is the field of Absolute Consciousness, i.e., that Essence which is out of all relation to conditioned existence and of which conscious existence is a conditioned symbol. But once we pass in thought from this (to us) Absolute Negation, duality supervenes the contrast of Spirit (or Consciousness) and Matter, Subject, and Object.

 

However, Spirit (or Consciousness) and Matter are to be regarded not as independent realities but as the two facets or aspects of the Absolute (Parabrahm), which constitute the basis of conditioned Being, whether subjective or objective.


Considering this metaphysical triad as the root of all manifestation, the great breath assumes the character of precosmic Ideation. It is the fons et origo of force and all individual Consciousness and supplies the guiding intelligence in the vast scheme of cosmic Evolution. On the other hand, precosmic root-substance (Mulaprakriti) is that aspect of the Absolute that underlies all the objective planes of Nature.

 

As precosmic Ideation is the root of all individual Consciousness, precosmic Substance is the substratum of matter in the various grades of its differentiation.

 

Hence, it will be apparent that the contrast of these two aspects of the Absolute is essential to the existence of the "Manifested Universe." Apart from Cosmic Substance, Cosmic Ideation could not manifest as individual Consciousness since it is only through a vehicle of matter that Consciousness wells up as "I am I," a physical basis necessary to focus a ray of the Universal Mind at a certain stage of complexity. Again, apart from Cosmic Ideation, Cosmic Substance would remain an empty abstraction, and no emergence of Consciousness could ensue.

 

The Manifested Universe," therefore, is pervaded by duality, which is, as it were, the very Essence of its existence as "manifestation." But just as the opposite poles of subject and object, spirit and matter, are. Still, aspects of the One Unity in which they are synthesized, so, in the manifested Universe, there is "that" which links spirit to matter, subject to object.

 

This something, at present unknown to Western speculation, is called Fohat by the occultists. It is the bridge by which the "ideas" existing in the "Divine Thought" are impressed on Cosmic Substance as the "laws of Nature." Fohat is thus the dynamic energy of Cosmic Ideation; or, regarded from the other side, it is the intelligent medium, the guiding power of all manifestation, the "Thought Divine" transmitted and made manifest through the Dhyan Chohans (called Archangels), the Architects of the visible World. Thus, from Spirit, or Cosmic Ideation, comes our Consciousness; from Cosmic Substance the several vehicles in which that Consciousness is individualized and attains to self -- or reflective -- Consciousness; while Fohat, in its various manifestations, is the mysterious link between Mind and Matter, the animating principle electrifying every atom to life.

 

Further, The Secret Doctrine affirms: --

 (b) The Eternity of the Universe in toto as a boundless plane;  periodically, "the playground of numberless Universes incessantly manifesting and disappearing," called "The manifesting stars."

The second assertion of The Secret Doctrine is the absolute universality of that law of periodicity (reincarnation).

The Secret Doctrine teaches:--

 

(c) The fundamental identity of all Souls with the Universal Over-Soul, the latter being itself an aspect of the Unknown Root, and the obligatory pilgrimage for every Soul -- a spark of the former -- through the Cycle of incarnation in accordance with Cyclic and Karmic law, during the whole term.

 

Real brotherhood will manifest when all of humanity knows that they are all part of the One Universal Over-Soul! We will give up our prejudices of race, color, and creed. Our world will be harmonious, and the Hierarchy will be proud of us. We are meant to have a Golden Age. The spiritual Hierarchy will live with us again. The Second Coming will wake up the people. Sages have said it will come when Jupiter, the Sun, and the Moon are in the sign of Cancer. That will be on July 21, 2037. That is not too long to wait. It is easier to love than to hate!

 

References:

 

Blavatsky, H.P. "The Secret Doctrine". I, pp. 14-17.

 

H.P. Blavatsky was the greatest Disciple of the Masters. She was taught by them in Tibet. There are several biographies written about her daring life. She could lift up a baby grand piano with her hand, etc. Scientists are now asked to read her works.

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