IN THE SECRET DOCTRINE
From PAGES I TO 67, Vol. I
A PROPHECY. In the 20th century -1900-the scholars of our
era will begin to recognize that the Secret Doctrine has
neither been invented nor exaggerated, but simply outlined-Vol.I,
Intro. p. xxxvii. In other places the author hints at surprises
in store in the way of manuscripts, etc. It would seem that by
1900 some "discoveries" will be made by scholars that
will support our author. "Once the door permitted to be
kept a little ajar, it will be opened wider with every new century.
The times are ripe for a more serious knowledge than hitherto
permitted." Vol, I, p. xxxviii, footnote. "We
have not long to wait, and many of us will witness the Dawn of
the New Cycle, at the end of which not a few accounts will be
settled and squared between the races." V.I, Intro. xliv.
AN ARCHAIC MANUSCRIPT. Some of the doctrines given out are
found by her in a collection of palm-leaves made impervious to
the elements by some unknown process. Proem V. I, p.I.
It is well known that some of the most ancient eastern manuscripts
are on palm-leaves which are cut in oblong, narrow form and tied
with a string. How is this seen by her? Either in the astral
light or objectively, being brought to her table. By whom or
CONTINUITY OF PLAN FROM ONE MANVANTARA TO ANOTHER. In this
old MS. it is said (Proem) that during the pralaya the
plan for the next manvantara slumbers until the dawn of the next
evolution, when its potential power goes forth to action. There
is, therefore a continuity from manvantara through pralaya to
succeeding manvantara. Continued on pp. 4 and 5 of V.I.
THE BASIS OF AFFINITY, hence for all correlations of force.
It is stated that Leucippus taught an occult law when he declared,
500 B.C., that the lateral motion of atoms is the root
for affinity and correlation of force. V.I, p. 2.
EACH PERIOD OF EVOLUTION is sui generis. "Yet at each
new manvantara, its organization [speaking of the cosmos] may
be regarded as the first and the last of its kind, as it evolutes
every time on a higher plane." V. I, p. 3.
A NEW ELEMENT AT THE END OF OUR 4TH ROUND. "Occult science
recognizes Seven Cosmical Elements, four entirely physical,
the fifth -Ether-semi-material, as it will become visible
in the air toward the end of our 4th Round, to reign supreme
over the others during the whole of the 5th Round." Vol.
I, p. 12.
AKASA AND MANAS CORRESPOND. See footnote p. 13, Vol. I.
"That Akasa, the fifth universal Cosmic Principle-to which
corresponds and from which proceeds human Manas-is, cosmically,
a radiant, cool, diathermanous, plastic matter, creative in its
physical nature, correlative in its grossest aspects and portions,
immutable in its higher principles." It must therefore follow,
under the law of correspondences, that manas in the seven-fold
division is creative, correlative, and immutable in the same
way and portions as stated for Akasa.
MANAS IN THE 5TH ROUND. By following out the correspondence
we find that as Ether, the lower form of Akasa, now semi-material,
will become visible in the air at the end of this Round-the 4th-so
manas, now only semi-developed in this race, will be further
evolved in the 5th Round, at the same time with the parent source,
and as the form of Ether spoken of will then be the superior
element in nature, so at the same time the superior principle
reigning in the septenary constitution of man will be manas.
The full development of manas imposes full responsibility
on the race, and thus we see how the turning point is reached
and what it may mean, and also what is the meaning of the "moment
of Choice." With full responsibility the choice must be
made by the race which thus has perfect manas. It is for
and towards that period that the Masters of Wisdom are now working
so as to prepare the present Egos for the momentous days when
the choice of the good or evil path must be intelligently made.
And as in many places in the Secret Doctrine the author
says that we are the same egos who were in the Atlantean bodies,
and that they had a very weighty karma, we may perceive why it
is that are those who will be compelled to make the great choice
for good or evil destiny in the next Round.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EFFECT OF GREAT AND MINOR PRALAYA. The
question "What happens to the planets during a minor pralaya
or dissolution? is answered in footnote p. 18, V.I. They
are dead, as it were, but not dissolved, for as, she says, "they
remain intact as a huge animal caught and imbedded in the polar
ice remains the same for ages." After the great Pralaya
no planets remain in corporibus, but all are dissolved,
their akasic "photographs" alone remaining. This must
be taken metaphorically, or else we will again make objective
that which is subjective. But in a minor pralaya the "dead
planets" are objective in space, but with all their active
life and energy gone.
DHYAN CHOHANS NOT THE ONLY TERM FOR THE HIGHEST BEINGS. "Each
of the various groups has its own designation in the Secret Doctrine."
V. I, p. 22, lines 8, 9. Nor are they personifications
of powers in nature. Vol. I, p. 38, line 18.
EACH ROUND has its special class of Dhyanis to watch over
it. The same for races, p. 42, Vol. I. (a). The present
round is watched especially by the Fourth Class of Dhyanis.
THE ABSOLUTE NOT UNDERSTOOD by the Dhyan Chohans. p. 51,
Vol. I, line 16. And yet some theosophists ask to have definitions
or explanations of the Absolute. We heard of one who claimed
to have "communed with the Absolute."
THE BREATH OF BRAHMA. This may be said to be the same as "The
Eternal Breath" spoken of in the Secret Doctrine.
It is motion, and proceeds through space ceaselessly. It does
not stop during the pralayas. p. 55, Vol. I, line 11.
IDEALS AND TYPES IN THE ASTRAL LIGHT. The prototype is present
in an ideal form in the Astral Light from dawn to night during
the manvantaric period-everything from man to mite, from giant
trees down to the tiniest blade of grass. p. 63, Vol. I, 1st
para. There is a clear correspondence here with the formation
of the astral man, which is the copy, plan, or prototype on which
the corporeal man is formed.
THE PRIMORDIAL FORM of every manifested thing is like that
of an egg. p. 65, Vol. I. A paramahansa once wrote
for the Theosophist an article in which he said that theosophy
was that Branch of Masonry which showed the universe in the form
of an egg.
THE VERBUM, OR WORD, AND ITS FORCE. All religions speak of
"the Word." The Jews, from whom the Christians get
their religion, say that the all-powerful name of God if pronounced
will shake the Universe; the Freemasons speak of the lost word;
the Hindus tell of the great word; it is the Greek logos.
The question is often raised, "Supposing there be such a
word, wherein is its force?" H.P.B. says it is in motion
and not in number. Note I, p. 67, Vol. I. The Hebrew Kaballah
leans more to number, as being the force of power of this word.
From PAGES 67 TO 128 Vol. I
MATTER DURING PRALAYA. It is in a state of great tenuity seen
only by Bodhisatvas. When evolution begins again it appears like
curds in space. V.I, p. 69.
ELECTRICITY AN ENTITY. V. I, p. 76, line 6; it is an
emanation from an Entity of power, p. 111, footnote, and
is coexistent with the one life, p. 81; it is primordial
matter of a special nature, p. 82.
PULSATION OF THE HEART AND THE TIDES. Probably due to the
universal expanding and contracting of the atoms, which in turn
are caused by the expansion and contraction of matter of space.
V.I, p. 84. "There is heat internal and heat external
in every atom," id.
TWO SORTS OF FIRE OR HEAT. One in the central Sun and the
other in the manifested universe and solar system. V.I, p.
MAGICAL POTENCY OF WORDS is in the vowel sounds and not in
the numbers. V.I, p. 94.
THE TERM "HUMAN" IS NOT TO BE CONFINED TO THIS GLOBE.
It must be applied to all entities who have reached the fourth
stage of development on any planet in space in its fourth round
in any chain of planets. V.I, p. 106, 2d para.
BUDDHI AS COMPARED WITH SPIRIT is material, although for us
and the highest conceptions we can form it is wholly beyond materiality.
V.I, p. 119,line 7.
THE HUMAN MONAD is the union of the ray from the absolute
with the soul. V.I, p. 119, para. I.
SYMBOLISM AND NUMBERS. They are intimately connected with
the hosts of the Dhyan-Chohans. The basic numbers refer each
to distinct groups of ideas which vary according to the group
of Dhyan Chohans referred to. In other places the author says
that, as the Dhyani are connected with evolution in all its intricacies
and mysteries, it follows that symbolism is of the highest importance.
V.I, p. 119 (b).
THE ONE FUNDAMENTAL LAW OF OCCULT SCIENCE is "the radical
unity of the ultimate essence of each constituent part of compounds
in Nature-from Star to mineral Atom, from the highest Dhyan Chohan
to the smallest infusoria." And this is to be applied spiritually,
intellectually, and physically. V.I, p. 120, last para.
KARMA NEEDS MATERIAL AGENCIES to carry out its decrees. V.I,
p. 123, line 2. The material agents spoken of here are not
merely those that we class as such, but many others which are
generally conceived of by us as spiritual. For, as said above,
even Buddhi is material when compared with Atman of which it
is the vehicle. The clue here given is in regard to the operations
of Karma through the atoms that are used by the egos in their
various incarnations. But in following this out it must not be
forgotten that there is no particle or point of materiality which
is not at the same time mixed with or in company with another
principle-if the word may be used for this purpose-of spirit
or the one life.
THE THREE GROUPS OF BUILDERS. These are as follows: The first
is the group which constructs the entire system as a whole and
which includes more than this globe system; the second is the
group of builders who come in when the system as a great whole
is ready and form the planetary chain of this earth; and the
third is that group which builds or projects Humanity, as they
are the great type of the microcosm-man. V.I, p. 128, second
THE LIPIKA AS COMPARED WITH THE BUILDERS are the great Spirits
of the universe as a whole, the builders being of a special nature.
The Lipika, like the others, are divided into three groups, but
it is asserted that only the lowest of these three groups has
to do with this system of ours and that the other two cannot
be known, and also that those two are so high that it is doubtful
if even the highest of the Adepts know about them. It may therefore
be supposed that for the Adepts the Lipika of the higher degree
are as great a mystery as the Mahatmas are for us, and that this
ascending scale of greatness ever gives to the soul something
still higher, no matter how far it may progress, to which to
look and aspire. V.I, see whole of page 128.
But as each of the three groups is divided into seven others
(p. 127), it may be the 21st sub-group which has to do with this
globe; and it is said that as to the highest of the groups it
is directly connected with our karma. V.I, p. 128, last line.
Now as Karma rules the entire universe, it must follow, in order
to make and keep harmony, that the "highest grade of Lipika"
referred to on page 128 is not the highest of the last
series of 21 sub-groups, but the highest of the whole three groups.
NOTE WELL. Whenever and "entity" is spoken of among
the various "hosts" it is to be known as composed of
many entities, just as man himself is similarly constituted,
his total consciousness being that of the whole mass of beings
who go to make up his intricate life.
From PAGES 128 TO 160, Vol. I
NIRMANAKAYAS. First reference to these on p. 132, note
I, where they are called "the surviving spiritual principles
of men," and in the text they are those who reincarnate
for the good of the world if they choose.
ELECTRICITY AGAIN is mentioned as Life, p. 137, 4th line;
also p. 139, line 17; also a form of "Fohat";
also p. 145, (b).
ETHER only partially manifested, and not to be fully so until
the 5th Round, p. 140.
THAT ENTITIES ARE CONSTITUTED of many units, each an entity.
Thus that "Fohat," elsewhere called "an Entity,"
is not one undivided entity but is made up of others; and that
there are as many Fohats as there are worlds. Note 2, p. 143,
and p. 145 (b).
ELIXIR OF LIFE. A hint thereupon. Note 2, p. 144.
ELEMENTALS CONCERNED in all forces, e.g. that electricity,
magnetism, cohesion, and the like are made up of elementals.
These of course, are not all of one class, but of several, p.
146. Near the end of this pate it is inferentially stated
that elementals are generated in millions by other beings. This
must be, in fact, a transforming process in the atoms. By referring
to p. 143 a broad hint will be found as to this in the
remarks upon the "fate of an atom" once caught into
any world sphere, and the means of getting through "a current
of efflux." Is this efflux through the transforming
THE MOON. In what sense dead? Only as to her inner principles.
Her physical principles are not dead, but have a certain activity,
p. 149, note I. And her spiritual principles have been
transferred to this earth, p. 155, note, and p. 156,
DISAPPEARANCE OF THE MOON will have occurred before this earth
has passed through her 7th human round, p. 155, note.
ARCHETYPAL MAN ON GLOBE A. p. 159, last para. Here
is a most interesting hint not often referred to and opening
up a vista of thought. In the 1st round of the monads in this
chain of planets, the monads from the preceding chain of worlds-say
the moon's chain-become human beings on Globe A. But in
the 2nd round the process alters, and it is in the 4th round
that man appears on this earth, the 4th Globe. To quote: "on
globe A man rebecomes a mineral, a plant, an animal, on globe
B,C, etc. The process changes entirely from the 2d round, but-"
This abruptness is to give the hint to intuitional investigators,
and opens up as great a problem as the 8th sphere seemed once
to be and still perhaps is. But we may ask if on Globe A-unseen
by us-the archetypal process does not obtain?
From PAGES 160 TO 184, Vol I
MARS AND MERCURY bear an occult relation to the earth which
will not be explained. V.I, p. 163. This is not because
no explanation exists, but because, as said (p. 164, footnote),
these explanations belong to high grades of initiation.
FIGURES AND NUMBERS the key to the whole system. V.I, p.
164, last line. This has often been stated. Among the Jewish
cabalists it is said that the Universe is built by number, weight,
and measure, and that harmony is the law reigning over all. Now
is the hint given be true, that figures and numbers will not
be given for the above reasons,then it is useless for students
to bother their minds about the occult meaning of numbers, as
so many now do; for this occult meaning cannot be found without
VENUS IN HER 7TH ROUND. See italicized para. on. p. 165,
where it is said that that planet is in her last round. This
must be her 7th. Hence the men there are as gods to us, and,
if the argument from analogy is to be relied on, some of her
great light must emanate from those beings and not all be from
MARS WITH TWO MOONS NOT HIS OWN. See p. 165, ital. para.
This is taken from the letter by a Master who, replying to the
query as to why Mercury and Venus have no satellites,says: "It
is because Mars has two to which he has no right and-for other
reasons." That is, we infer that Mars absorbed these moons
or dragged them off into his orbit at some time enormously distant
and still keeps them. They cannot therefore stand to him in the
same relation as our moon does to us. One of the "other
reasons" may be that, Venus being in her 7th round, all
vestiges of old moons have been sublimated and absorbed into
ESOTERIC METAPHYSICS must be understood. V. I, p. 169 last
para. This rule is laid down by the Adepts and is therefore of
greater weight than if formulated by a student. It is useless
to attempt to master the system on the lines of modern research,
which at best are empirical, very faulty, and leading almost
always to a materialization of the whole system. Metaphysics
deal with the real because the ideal, and physical science with
the phenomenal and therefore illusory and changeable.
EVOLUTION OF THE MONAD A BASIC PRINCIPLE. p. 171, Ist line,
V. I. This is laid down with extreme clearness and should not
be forgotten. It is not expanded so that inattentive minds may
get it through much repetition, but it is postulated once for
all. It is still altogether too customary for students to separate
the Monads, first from the globes and then from the beings thereon.
They cannot be thus divided off. All the globes and their objects
are and ever will be monads in stages of evolution, just as we
who now study the question are monads ourselves in other stages.
The false notion should at once be discarded that there was a
time when there were no monads on the globe but that there was
here in waiting this ball of earth coming from no one know where,
and that later on monads arrived to occupy it.
If we carry out the principle laid down, then the globe is
the creation of the monad; and when the globe is evolved, at
once monads needing that experience enter into it corporeality
to continue its existence. These later monads are those far behind
in the race who will, in some succeeding period of evolution,
be in a position to evolve on their own account some new globe
in ages yet far distant, for the carrying on of the same process
eternally. For, as a material object cannot spring out of nothing,
neither can education or knowledge or ability to plan arise out
of nothing, but must be based upon and flow from a prior experience
or education. So it must be that even now there are monads encased
in the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms which have never
been farther than that, and will during the remainder of the
race evolution continue their education in those lower kingdoms
until their time shall come when, the door opening for their
exit, they will pass out and higher to make room for others.
LIMIT TO NUMBER OF MONADS. Although there can be no such thing
as a metaphysical limit to the monads, yet practically, for the
purpose of any one manvantara, there must be a limited number
of monads included within its evolutionary sweep. Since a manvantara,
however vast and inconceivable by us, is wholly a finite period,
it sets its own limits-within the illimitable absolute-for the
monads attracted to it. This of necessity must be, since the
natural world which makes experience possible, being finite because
material, sets the limits by reason of its capacity being bounded.
See 1st para. p. 171, V.I.
FATE OF THE ANTHROPOID APES. This interesting question is
raised first on pp. 173 and 175 V.I. and not disposed
of. There, in describing the course of the evolution of the monad,
it is said that the laggards will not be men at all in this cycle
save one exception. On p. 184, 2d para. it seems to be
answered. "In this Round...the anthropoids destined to die
out in this our race when their monads will be liberated and
pass into the astral human forms, or the highest elementals,
of the Sixth and Seventh Races, and then into lowest human forms
in the fifth Round..." These descendants of men through
union with animals will thus be karmically rewarded in the next
round after this, instead of having to wait until another manvantara.
From PAGES 184 TO 192, Vol. I
THE IMPULSE OF EVOLUTION is found in the force of the spiritual
breath. It is not to be supposed because "human monads"
cease to come into this chain of globes that therefore there
is no impulse. The term "human monad" means that monad
which having been through all lower experiences is fitted to
inform the so-far perfected human body.
MAN FIRST IN THE 4TH ROUND. p. 187. The flow of human
monad is at an end, except that those still incarcerated in the
anthropoids have yet to come in. Full blown-or rather those that
have been through all lower experiences-must proceed in their
order through the strictly human evolution. The necessities of
evolution demands this, and the turning point is reached in the
fourth round which represents the square figure or number, and
all monads in the lower kingdoms have to go on with the work
of evolution in those until the next manvantara. At that time
the monads now in human forms will have progressed beyond, thus
leaving room for those below to come up higher.
OUR NATURES FROM WHAT. p. 189. In the note it is distinctly
pointed out that the quotation from Shakespeare about our natures
being marvelously mixed refers to the part which the Hierarchies
of progressed souls throughout the system to which this globe
belongs play in giving us our different combinations.
CORRESPONDENCE OF HUMAN EVOLUTION with the nebular evolution
and condensation is to be found on these last lines of p.
191: "as the solid earth began by being a ball of liquid
fire, of fiery dust and its protoplasmic phantom, so did man."
ORIGIN OF WHITE AND BLACK MAGIC. See not on p. 192,
where it is stated that at the highest point of development of
the Atlantean race-the fourth-the separation into right and left-hand
magic, or consciously good and evil thoughts, took place. Under
the action of Karmic law and by the reincarnation over and over
again of those engaged in these thoughts, the thoughts were preserved
in the realm of mind in the double form of mental deposits and
astral impressions. The mental deposits were brought back again
and again to earth life, and the astral impressions affected
all others who came under their influence. In this way not only
were seeds sown in individual minds through their own thoughts,
but a vast reservoir of good and bad impressions or pictures
has been created in the ethereal medium about us by which sensitive
persons are impelled to good and bad acts. And all repetitions
of evil thoughts have added to the stock of evil thus remaining
to affect and afflict mankind . But as the good also remains,
the earnest friends of mankind are able to produce good effects
and impressions which in their turn are added to the sum of good.
There need be no feeling of injustice on the ground that sensitive
persons are affected by evil pictures in the astral light, because
such possibility of being thus impressed could not have arisen
except through sympathetic attractions for them set up in former
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