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But it was not always so. Back in the fourth century, for instance, when the warringVisigoths stormed the Roman Empire, when civil disorder and social corruption reached an all-time high, when a regulated economy triggered double-digit inflation — people were thinkingabout angels. And it was more than quaint musings about how many angels could fit on the head of a pin. No,they were asking questions that had serious and far-reaching ramifications.
The hottest debate revolved around a single crucial issue: Were angels ever transformed intoflesh-and-blood beings in order to perform earthly deeds?
If angels ever did become fleshly beings that looked like ordinary men, what would they be like? How would you pick one out from among your neighbors? Would he be extra good, a sweetcherub of a person? Or extra evil, one of those fiendish fallen angels? Regarding the latter, what began as a casual curiosity of the cloth has taken on the cloak of aSherlock Holmes detective story, a probe into ancient cosmological history through fragmentarydocuments that piece together the missing links of much more than a mere theologicaldissertation on the nature and origin of evil.
I believe that my investigations, though by no means complete, uncover in the Book of Enoch,the texts of Origen, and related Scripture and apocrypha not excluding mythological texts andancient artifacts the key to certain historical facts concerning the evolution of men and angels onthis and other systems of worlds. I believe that these facts have been concealed from the childrenof the Light for thousands of years by deliberate design and that, once exposed and acted uponby dedicated hearts, they will be the essential ingredient in the turning of worlds toward a newage of peace and enlightenment.
Although the scope of this introduction does not permit the full presentation of the facts at hand,it does afford me the opportunity to begin to unravel the forbidden mysteries of Enochconcerning the true nature of the fallen angels known as the Watchers. Enoch passed on thesemysteries to his sons and their households to preserve for a far-distant generation. Our thesis must also by force of logic put forth the corollary that these fallen ones together with the progeny of the Nephilim who were cast out of heaven by Michael theArchangel have continued to embody on earth without interruption for at least half a millionyears.
Therefore, I am prepared to prove and document that they are with us today in positions of powerin church and state as prime movers in matters of war and finance, sitting in the banking housesand on policy-making councils that determine the actual fate of mankind by population controland genetic engineering, the control of energy and commodities, education and the media, and byideological and psychopolitical strategies of divide and conquer on all fronts. At every hand, they are turning the best efforts of the noblest hearts to a mockery of the Wordincarnate and setting in motion the relentless spirals of degeneration and death in both Westernand Eastern civilization.
All of their ungodly deeds can and shall be reversed by the judgments ofthe Son of God — true and righteous — and by his Light within his own. In this and other works, I have and shall continue to make plain, for those who have ears to hear,the modus operandi of the fallen ones and the way of the anointed of the Lord.
And thenby free will shall all choose whom they will serve: the Light or the darkness — and be judgedaccording to their works. Given the state of affairs on planet earth, where would we find them today? Dothey manipulate our government? Mismanage the economy?
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Fourth-century men had some of the answers, preserved in little-known, hard-to-procure books,some of which have never been translated into English. But certain key passages in theholy books indicated that there might be more substance — literally and physically — to thefallen angels. The materiality of angels seems to have been an age-old belief. There was the angel with whomJacob wrestled — physical enough to cripple him at least temporarily, if not for life.
So tangiblewas this angel that the author of the Book of Genesis calls him a man, although elsewhereScripture reveals that he was an angel. The angels according to the story had instigated illicit loveaffairs with earthly women — hard to accomplish without physical bodies, especially since thetale attributed offspring to them. Once cherished by Jews and Christians alike, this booklater fell into disfavor with powerful theologians — precisely because of its controversialstatements on the nature and deeds of the fallen angels. Its theme so infuriated the later Church Fathers that one, Filastrius, actually condemned it asheresy.
RabbiSimeon ben Jochai in the second century A. But with an uncanny persistence,the Book of Enoch found its way back into circulation two centuries ago. In , rumors of a surviving copy of the book drew Scottish explorer James Bruce to distantEthiopia. True to hearsay, the Book of Enoch had been preserved by the Ethiopic church, whichput it right alongside the other books of the Bible. Bruce secured not one, but three Ethiopic copies of the precious book and brought them back toEurope and Britain.
When in Dr. Richard Laurence, a Hebrew professor at Oxford,produced the first English translation of the work, the modern world gained its first glimpse ofthe forbidden mysteries of Enoch. Privyto those unfathomable founts of ancient lore, its author draws for the reader a brimming cup ofsecret wisdom. A primordial drama of good and evil, light and dark, unfolds. Samyaza feared to descend alone to thedaughters of men, and so he convinced two hundred angels called Watchers to accompany himon his mission of pleasure.
Once such a pact was sealed, betrayal was punishable by unnamed horrors. In their gang-inspired bravado, the angels descended and took wives from among the daughtersof men. They taught the women sorcery, incantations, and divination — twisted versions of thesecrets of heaven. The plot thickens like a science-fiction thriller — easier to take as fantasy than as fact. Thewomen conceive children from these angels — evil giants.
The giants devour all the food that themen of earth can produce. Nothing satiates their hunger. They kill and eat birds, beasts, reptiles,and fish. To their gargantuan appetites, nothing is sacrosanct. Soon even Homo sapiens becomesa delicacy. The implication is thatman, through one form of manipulation or another, latched on to the war games of the fallenangels and allowed himself to commit genocide in defense of their archrivalries. When the men of earth cry out against theatrocities heaped upon them, heaven hears their plea.
But in succeeding generations after the sinking of the continent of Atlantis the giants returnonce again to haunt mankind. Likewise it seems that the Watchers will hold power over man insome curiously undefined way until the final judgment of these angels comes, which, the authorimplies, is long overdue. There is also a most significant passage near the end of the book that speaks of the latter daysupon earth: In those days will the angels return and hurl themselves upon the East, They will begin to fight amongst themselves The main theme of the Book of Enoch is the final judgment of these fallen angels, the Watchers,and their progeny, the evil spirits.
In chapter 12 of the book, the Lord says to Enoch, scribe of righteousness, Go tell the Watchers of heaven, who have deserted the lofty sky, and their holy everlasting station, who have been polluted with women,  And have done as the sons of men do, by taking to themselves wives, and who have been greatly corrupted on the earth; That on the earth they shall never obtain peace and remission of sin. For they shall not rejoice in their offspring; they shall behold the slaughter of their beloved; shall lament for the destruction of their sons; and shall petition for ever; but shall not obtain mercy and peace.
A great sentence is gone forth against thee. He shall bind thee; Neither shall relief, mercy, and supplication be thine, on account of the oppression which thou hast taught; And on account of every act of blasphemy, tyranny, and sin, which thou hast discovered to the children of men. Enoch then reports to the Watchers: I have written your petition; and in my vision it has been shown me, that what you request will not be granted you as long as the world endures.
Judgment has been passed upon you: your request will not be granted you. From this time forward, never shall you ascend into heaven; He has said, that on the earth He will bind you, as long as the world endures. But before these things you shall behold the destruction of your beloved sons; you shall not possess them, but they shall fall.
Neither shall you entreat for them, nor for yourselves; But you shall weep and supplicate in silence. Go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent thee to pray for them, You ought to pray for men, and not men for you You being spiritual, holy, and possessing a life which is eternal, have polluted yourselves with women; have begotten in carnal blood; have lusted in the blood of men; and have done as those who are flesh and blood do.
These however die and perish. Therefore have I given to them wives, that they might cohabit with them; that sons might be born of them; and that this might be transacted upon earth. But you from the beginning were made spiritual, possessing a life which is eternal, and not subject to death for ever.
Therefore I made not wives for you, because, being spiritual, your dwelling is in heaven. Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation. Evil spirits shall they be upon earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called. The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born on earth.
The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, which shall oppress, corrupt, fall, contend, and bruise upon earth. They shall cause lamentation. No food shall they eat; and they shall be thirsty; they shall be concealed, and shall not rise up against the sons of men, and against women; for they come forth during the days of slaughter and destruction. And as to the death of the giants, wheresoever their spirits depart from their bodies, let their flesh, that which is perishable, be without judgment.
Thus shall they perish, until the day of the great consummation of the great world. A destruction shall take place of the Watchers and the impious. The author of the book also describes in powerful majesty and moving praise certain visions ofheaven given to him. He writes of his instruction from the archangels regarding the awesome. He delivers three heavenly parables orsimilitudes describing the glories of the Kingdom and the ineffable Ancient of Days and the Sonof man who, it is said, shall bring the final judgment upon the wicked of the earth.
There is also amajor section of the work devoted to astronomical description, as well as a lengthy prophecyconcerning the future of the elect. So runs the text of the Book of Enoch as we have the manuscripts today. The studious reader willnote that the manuscript translated here feels somewhat disjointed and therefore might becompiled of old fragments loosely stitched together in ancient times — perhaps even a crudelyedited version of a larger corpus of Enoch books that no longer exists.
The earliestEthiopic text was apparently made from a Greek manuscript of the Book of Enoch, which itselfwas a copy of an earlier text. The original was apparently written in a Semitic language, nowthought to be Aramaic. Though it was once believed to be post-Christian the similarities to Christian terminology andteachings are striking , discoveries of copies of the book among the Dead Sea Scrolls found atQumran prove that the book was in existence before the time of Jesus Christ.
But the date of theoriginal writing upon which the Qumran copies of the second century B. It is, in a word, old. It has largely been the opinion of historians that the book does not really contain the authenticwords of the ancient biblical patriarch Enoch, since he would have lived according to thechronologies in the Book of Genesis several thousand years earlier than the first knownappearance of the book attributed to him. Infact, many of the key concepts used by Jesus Christ himself seem directly connected to terms andideas in the Book of Enoch.
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Over a hundred phrases inthe New Testament find precedents in the Book of Enoch. It would have been better for them, had they never been born. John Enoch reads: I saw the habitations and couches of the saints. There my eyes beheld their habitations with the angels, and their couches with the holy ones. They were entreating, supplicating, and praying for the sons of men; while righteousness like water flowed before them. Another Enochian parallel is found in Luke And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
In Enoch 47, verse 2, we read: In that day shall the holy ones assemble, who dwell above the heavens, and with united voice petition, supplicate, praise, laud, and bless the name of the Lord of spirits, on account of the blood of the righteous which has been shed; that the prayer of the righteous may not be intermitted before the Lord of spirits; that for them he would execute judgment; and that his patience may not endure for ever.
But prominent scholars believe that it was the Book of Enoch whichprovided this key term to Jesus. The second theme important to both the Book of Enoch and the teachings of Jesus Christconcerns the judgment and the great tribulation. Jesus depicts the Gentile judgment executed bythe Son of man, his angels with him, as recorded in Matthew —32, 41, When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all Gentiles: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats The same scene is described in Enoch and —7.
In that day shall the Elect One sit upon a throne of glory; and shall choose their conditions and countless habitations while their spirits within them shall be strengthened, when they behold my Elect One , shall choose them for those who have fled for protection to my holy and glorious name I beheld that valley in which there was great perturbation, and where the waters were troubled. And when all this was effected, from the fluid mass of fire, and the perturbation which prevailed in that place, there arose a strong smell of sulphur, which became mixed with the waters; and the valley of the angels, who had been guilty of seduction, burned underneath its soil.
Through that valley also rivers of fire were flowing, to which those angels shall be condemned, who seduced the inhabitants of the earth. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
These passages are entirely consistent with the great drama of the judgment as it unfolds in theBook of Enoch. In Enoch 79, Archangel Uriel gives Enoch the vision of those things that the Sonof man would also tell us must be fulfilled. Thou seest the sun, the moon, and those which conduct the stars of heaven, which cause all their operations, seasons, and arrivals to return.
In the days of sinners the years shall be shortened. Their seed shall be backward in their prolific soil; and everything done on earth shall be. For in the twentieth century of our era scholars will begin to recognize that the Secret Doctrine has neither been invented nor exaggerated, but, on the contrary, simply outlined; and finally, that its teachings antedate the Vedas. Every century an attempt is being made to show the world that Occultism is no vain superstition.
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, though still very limited, so far. About , Prof. The same will be said of the Secret Archaic Doctrine, when proofs are given of its undeniable existence and records. But it will take centuries before much more is given from it. We will give it but one turn, and thereby allow the profane one glimpse into the mystery.
Happy he, who understands the whole! In those days the writer hardly knew the language in which the work was written, and the disclosure of many things, freely spoken about now, was forbidden. In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed, and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a Science called Gupta-Vidya; and that, like the once-mysterious sources of the Nile, the source of all religions and philosophies now known to the world has been for many ages forgotten and lost to men, but is at last found.
Such a work as this has to be introduced with no simple Preface, but with a volume rather; one that would give facts, not mere disquisitions, since the S ECRET D OCTRINE is not a treatise, or a series of vague theories, but contains all that can be given out to the world in this century. It would be worse than useless to publish in these pages even those. Such statements as will now be made, have to be shown warranted by various authorities: those of ancient philosophers, classics and even certain learned Church Fathers, some of whom knew these doctrines because they had studied them, had seen and read works written upon them; and some of whom had even been personally initiated into the ancient Mysteries, during the performance of which the arcane doctrines were allegorically enacted.
The writer will have to give historical and trustworthy names, and to cite well-known authors, ancient and modern, of recognized ability, good judgment, and truthfulness, as also to name some of the famous proficients in the secret arts and science, along with the mysteries of the latter, as they are divulged, or, rather, partially presented before the public in their strange archaic form. How is this to be done? What is the best way for achieving such an object? To make our plan clearer, an illustration may be attempted.
When a tourist coming from a well-explored country, suddenly reaches the borderland of a terra incognita, hedged in, and shut out from view by a formidable barrier of impassable rocks, he may still refuse to acknowledge himself baffled in his exploratory plans. Ingress beyond is forbidden. But, if he cannot visit the mysterious region personally, he may still find a means of examining it from as short a distance as can be arrived at. Helped by his knowledge of landscapes left behind him, he can get a general and pretty correct idea of the transmural view, if he will only climb to the loftiest summit of the altitudes in front of him.
Once there, he can gaze at it, at his leisure, comparing that which he dimly perceives with that which he has just left below, now that he is, thanks to his efforts, beyond the line of the mists and the cloud-capped cliffs. Such a point of preliminary observation, for those who would like to get a more correct understanding of the mysteries of the pre-archaic periods given in the texts, cannot be offered to them in these two volumes. In that volume a brief recapitulation will be made of all the principal adepts known to history, and the downfall of the mysteries will be described; after which began the disappearance and final and systematic elimination from the memory of men of the real nature of initiation and the Sacred Science.
From that time its teachings became Occult, and Magic sailed but too often under the venerable but frequently misleading name of Hermetic philosophy. As real Occultism had been prevalent among the Mystics during the centuries that preceded our era, so Magic, or rather Sorcery, with its Occult Arts, followed the beginning of Christianity.
However great and zealous the fanatical efforts, during those early centuries, to obliterate every trace of the mental and intellectual labour of the Pagans, it was a failure; but the same spirit of the dark demon of bigotry and intolerance has perverted systematically and ever since, every bright page written in the pre-Christian periods.
Even in her uncertain records, history has preserved enough of that which has survived to throw an impartial light upon the whole. Let, then, the reader tarry a little while with the writer, on the spot of observation selected. He is asked to give all his attention to that millennium which divided the pre-Christian and the post-Christian periods, by the year O NE of the Nativity. Truth can never be killed; hence the failure to sweep away entirely from the face of the earth every vestige of that ancient Wisdom, and to shackle and gag every witness who testified to it.
Let one only think of the thousands, and perhaps millions, of MSS. Both creeds have won their proselytes at the point of the sword; both have built their churches on heaven-kissing hecatombs of human victims. Over the gateway of Century I. Wise is he who holds to the golden mid-point, who believes in the eternal justice of things. On the day of resurrection both Muhammadans and Christians will see the vanity of their religious doctrines. Much of what was in I SIS could hardly be understood by theosophists in those days. The Secret Doctrine will now throw light on many a problem left unsolved in the first work, especially on the opening pages, which have never been understood.
Concerned simply with the philosophies within our historical times and the respective symbolism of the fallen nations, only a hurried glance could be thrown at the panorama of Occultism in the two volumes of Isis. In the present work, detailed Cosmogony and the evolution of the four races that preceded our Fifth race Humanity are given, and now two large volumes explain that which was stated on the first page of I SIS U NVEILED alone, and in a few allusions scattered hither and thither throughout that work.
Therefore, the present attempt to elucidate some mysteries of the Esoteric philosophy has, in truth, nothing to do with the earlier work. As an instance, the writer must be allowed to illustrate what is said. Volume I. It is the only original copy now in existence. The most ancient Hebrew document on occult learning—the Siphrah Dzeniouta—was compiled from it, and that at a time when the former was already considered in the light of a literary relic. As it approaches nearer and nearer to our planet, the Emanation becomes more and more shadowy, until upon touching the ground it is as black as night.
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Tradition says, that it was taken down in Senzar, the secret sacerdotal tongue, from the words of the Divine Beings, who dictated it to the sons of Light, in Central Asia, at the very beginning of the 5th our race; for there was a time when its language the Sen-zar was known to the Initiates of every nation, when the forefathers of the Toltec understood it as easily as the inhabitants of the lost Atlantis, who inherited it, in their turn, from the sages of the 3rd Race, the Manushis, who learnt it direct from the Devas of the 2nd and 1st Races.
The illustration is symbolical, as every one can well understand, and covers the ground from the beginning. The old book, having described Cosmic Evolution and explained the origin of everything on earth, including physical man, after giving the true history of the races from the First down to the Fifth our race, goes no further. But there exists another book. Franck, quoting from the Babylonian Talmud, names two other thaumaturgists, Rabbis Chanina and Oshoi.
In about nine years hence, the first cycle of the first five millenniums, that began with the great cycle of the Kali-Yuga, will end. And then the last prophecy contained in that book the first volume of the prophetic record for the Black Age will be accomplished. 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.
Volume II. One more important point must be noticed, one that stands foremost in the series of proofs given of the existence of one primeval, universal Wisdom—at any rate for the Christian Kabalists and students. The teachings were, at least, partially known to several of the Fathers of the Church. It is maintained, on purely historical grounds, that Origen, Synesius, and even Clemens Alexandrinus, had been themselves initiated into the mysteries before adding to the Neo-Platonism of the Alexandrian school, that of the Gnostics, under the Christian veil. More than this, some of the doctrines of the Secret schools—though by no means all—were preserved in the Vatican, and have since become part and parcel of the mysteries, in the shape of disfigured additions made to the original Christian programme by the Latin Church.
Such is the now materialised dogma of the Immaculate Conception. This accounts for the great persecutions set on foot by the Roman Catholic Church against Occultism, Masonry, and heterodox mysticism generally. The days of Constantine were the last turning-point in history, the period of the Supreme struggle that ended in the Western world throttling the old religions in favour of the new one, built on their bodies. Every issue was blocked up, every record that hands could be laid upon, destroyed. Yet there remains enough, even among such mutilated records, to warrant us in saying that there is in them every possible evidence of the actual existence of a Parent Doctrine.
Fragments have survived geological and political cataclysms to tell the story; and every survival shows evidence that the now Secret Wisdom was once the. This accounts for the necessity under which the writer has laboured to be ever explaining the facts given from the hoariest Past by evidence gathered from the historical period. No other means was at hand, at the risk even of being once more charged with a lack of method and system. The public must be made acquainted with the efforts of many World-adepts, of initiated poets, writers, and classics of every age, to preserve in the records of Humanity the Knowledge of the existence, at least, of such a philosophy, if not actually of its tenets.
The Initiates of would indeed remain incomprehensible and ever a seemingly impossible myth, were not like Initiates shown to have lived in every other age of history. This could be done only by naming Chapter and Verse where may be found mention of these great characters, who were preceded and followed by a long and interminable line of other famous Antediluvian and Postdiluvian Masters in the arts. Thus only could be shown, on semi-traditional and semi-historical authority, that knowledge of the Occult and the powers it confers on man, are not altogether fictions, but that they are as old as the world itself.
Nor shall I condescend to notice those crack-brained slanderers—fortunately very few in number—who, hoping to attract public attention by throwing discredit on every writer whose name is better known than their own, foam and bark at their very shadows. You can only ignore them, and no more. We may close with a parting word concerning this Volume I. Every reader will inevitably judge the statements made from the stand-point of his own knowledge, experience, and consciousness, based on what he has already learnt.
This fact the writer is constantly obliged to bear in mind: hence, also the frequent references in this first Book to matters which, properly speaking, belong to a later part of the work, but which could not be passed by in silence, lest the reader should look down on this work as a fairy tale indeed—a fiction of some modern brain.
The errors of the day must be explained and swept away, yet it is more than probable—and in the present case it amounts to certitude—that once more the testimony of long ages and of history will fail to impress anyone but the very intuitional—which is equal to saying the very few. But in this as in all like cases, the true and the faithful may console themselves by presenting the sceptical modern Sadducee with the mathematical proof and memorial of his obdurate obstinacy and bigotry.
There still exists somewhere in the archives of the French Academy, the famous law of probabilities worked out by an algebraical process for the benefit of sceptics by certain mathematicians. It runs thus: If two persons give their evidence to. If three such evidences are joined together the certitude will become The Occultist may remain satisfied, and care for no more. A N Archaic Manuscript — a collection of palm leaves made impermeable to water, fire, and air, by some specific unknown process — is before the writer's eye.
On the first page is an immaculate white disk within a dull black ground. On the following page, the same disk, but with a central point. The first, the student knows to represent Kosmos in Eternity, before the re-awakening of still slumbering Energy, the emanation of the Word in later systems. The point in the hitherto immaculate Disk, Space and Eternity in Pralaya, denotes the dawn of differentiation.
The one circle is divine Unity, from which all proceeds, whither all returns. Its circumference — a forcibly limited symbol, in view of the limitation of the human mind — indicates the abstract, ever incognisable PRESENCE , and its plane, the Universal Soul, although the two are one. Only the face of the Disk being white and the ground all around black, shows clearly that its plane is the only knowledge, dim and hazy though it still is, that is attainable by man.
The "Unconscious," according to von Hartmann, arrived at the vast creative, or rather Evolutionary Plan, "by a clairvoyant wisdom superior to all consciousness," which in the Vedantic language would mean absolute Wisdom. Only those who realize how far Intuition soars above the tardy processes of ratiocinative thought can form the faintest conception of that absolute Wisdom which transcends the ideas of Time and Space.
Mind, as we know it, is resolvable into states of consciousness, of varying duration, intensity, complexity, etc. Sensation, again, necessarily postulates limitation. The personal God of orthodox Theism perceives, thinks, and is affected by emotion; he repents and feels "fierce anger. The conceptions of a Personal God as changeless and infinite are thus unpsychological and, what is worse, unphilosophical. It is the ONE LIFE , eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end, yet periodical in its regular manifestations, between which periods reigns the dark mystery of non-Being; unconscious, yet absolute Consciousness; unrealizable, yet the one self-existing reality; truly, "a chaos to the sense, a Kosmos to the reason.
That which is motionless cannot be Divine. But then there is nothing in fact and reality absolutely motionless within the universal soul.
Almost five centuries B. Leucippus, the instructor of Democritus, maintained that Space was filled eternally with atoms actuated by a ceaseless motion, the latter generating in due course of time, when those atoms aggregated, rotatory motion, through mutual collisions producing lateral movements. Epicurus and Lucretius taught the same, only adding to the lateral motion of the atoms the idea of affinity — an occult teaching. From the beginning of man's inheritance, from the first appearance of the architects of the globe he lives in, the unrevealed Deity was recognized and considered under its only philosophical aspect — universal motion, the thrill of the creative Breath in Nature.
See Book II. It is only with reference to the intra-cosmic soul, the ideal Kosmos in the immutable Divine Thought, that we may say: "It never had a beginning nor will it have an end. A few years ago only, it was stated that: —. The latter is either "awake" or "asleep. Is it a substance? Then you are believers in a Personal God? This will be answered farther on, in the Addendum to this Book; meanwhile, we claim our rights of Conceptionalists as against Roscelini's materialistic views of Realism and Nominalism. See " Science and the Emotions.
The former will allow of no other God than the personified secondary powers which have worked out the visible universe, and which became with them the anthropomorphic God of the Christians — the male Jehovah, roaring amid thunder and lightning. If we take a one-sided view of the philosophy of the latter, our materialists may be right in their own way. The Buddhists maintained that there is no Creator, but an infinitude of creative powers, which collectively form the one eternal substance, the essence of which is inscrutable — hence not a subject for speculation for any true philosopher.
Socrates invariably refused to argue upon the mystery of universal being, yet no one would ever have thought of charging him with atheism, except those who were bent upon his destruction. Upon inaugurating an active period, says the Secret Doctrine, an expansion of this Divine essence from without inwardly and from within outwardly, occurs in obedience to eternal and immutable law, and the phenomenal or visible universe is the ultimate result of the long chain of cosmical forces thus progressively set in motion.
In like manner, when the passive condition is resumed, a contraction of the Divine essence takes place, and the previous work of creation is gradually and progressively undone. The visible universe becomes disintegrated, its material dispersed; and 'darkness' solitary and alone, broods once more over the face of the 'deep. This process has been going on from all eternity, and our present universe is but one of an infinite series, which had no beginning and will have no end.
This passage will be explained, as far as it is possible, in the present work. Though, as it now stands, it contains nothing new to the Orientalist, its esoteric interpretation may contain a good deal which has hitherto remained entirely unknown to the Western student.
The first illustration being a plain disc the second one in the Archaic symbol shows , a disc with a point in it — the first differentiation in the periodical manifestations of the ever-eternal nature, sexless and infinite "Aditi in THAT " Rig Veda , the point in the disc, or potential Space within abstract Space. In its third stage the point is transformed into a diameter, thus It now symbolises a divine immaculate Mother-Nature within the all-embracing absolute Infinitude. When the diameter line is crossed by a vertical one , it becomes the mundane cross.
Humanity has reached its third root-race; it is the sign for the origin of human life to begin. When the circumference disappears and leaves only the it is a sign that the fall of man into matter is accomplished, and the FOURTH race begins. The Cross within a circle symbolises pure Pantheism; when the Cross was left uninscribed, it became phallic. It had the same and yet other meanings as a TAU inscribed within a circle or as a "Thor's hammer," the Jaina cross, so-called, or simply Svastica within a circle.
By the third symbol — the circle divided in two by the horizontal line of the diameter — the first manifestation of creative still passive, because feminine Nature was meant. The first shadowy perception of man connected with procreation is feminine, because man knows his mother more than his father. Hence female deities were more sacred than the male. Nature is therefore feminine, and, to a degree, objective and tangible, and the spirit Principle which fructifies it is concealed. It was the glyph of the third root-race to the day of its symbolical Fall — i.
Occultist will recognize as one of the "left-hand," and used in ceremonial magic. It is hoped that during the perusal of this work the erroneous ideas of the public in general with regard to Pantheism will be modified. It is wrong and unjust to regard the Buddhists and Advaitee Occultists as atheists.
If not all of them philosophers, they are, at any rate, all logicians, their objections and arguments being based on strict reasoning. Indeed, if the Parabrahmam of the Hindus may be taken as a representative of the hidden and nameless deities of other nations, this absolute Principle will be found to be the prototype from which all the others were copied. Parabrahm is not "God," because It is not a God. Parabrahm is simply, as a "Secondless Reality," the all-inclusive Kosmos — or, rather, the infinite Cosmic Space — in the highest spiritual sense, of course.
Brahma neuter being the unchanging, pure, free, undecaying supreme Root, "the ONE true Existence, Paramarthika," and the absolute Chit and Chaitanya intelligence, consciousness cannot be a cognize, "for THAT can have no subject of cognition. IT — is "the Spirit of the Fire," not fire itself; therefore, "the attributes of the latter, heat or flame, are not the attributes of the Spirit, but of that of which that Spirit is the unconscious cause.
By certain Kabalistic transformations this name, androgynous in the first chapters of Genesis, becomes in its transformations entirely masculine, Cainite and phallic. The fact of choosing a deity among the pagan gods and making of it a special national God, to call upon it as the "One living God," the "God of Gods," and then proclaim this worship Monotheistic, does not change it into the ONE Principle whose "Unity admits not of multiplication, change, or form," especially in the case of a priapic deity, as Jehovah now demonstrated to be.
Therefore, when the Pantheists echo the Upanishads, which state, as in the Secret Doctrine, that "this" cannot create, they do not deny a Creator, or rather a collective aggregate of creators, but only refuse, very logically, to attribute "creation" and especially formation, something finite to an Infinite Principle.
With them, Parabrahmam is a passive because an Absolute Cause, the unconditioned Mukta. It is only limited Omniscience and Omnipotence that are refused to the latter, because these are still attributes as reflected in man's perceptions ; and because Parabrahm, being the "Supreme ALL ," the ever invisible spirit and Soul of Nature, changeless and eternal, can have no attributes; absoluteness very naturally precluding any idea of the finite or conditioned from being connected with it. And if the Vedantin postulates attributes as belonging simply to its emanation, calling it "Iswara plus Maya," and Avidya Agnosticism and Nescience rather than ignorance , it is difficult to find any Atheism in this conception.
Narayana moving on the abstract waters of Space, is transformed into the Waters of concrete substance moved by him, who now becomes the manifested WORD or Logos. Jacob; as also "The Aphorisms of S'andilya," translated by Cowell, p. For proof of this, see about Major Jacob's "Vedanta Sara. Yet, no philosopher among them will view this "death" in any other sense than as a temporary disappearance from the manifested plane of existence, or as a periodical rest. The Occultists are, therefore, at one with the Adwaita Vedantin philosophers as to the above tenet.
They say that Absolute Unity cannot pass to infinity; for infinity presupposes the limitless extension of something, and the duration of that "something"; and the One All is like Space — which is its only mental and physical representation on this Earth, or our plane of existence — neither an object of, nor a subject to, perception. If one could suppose the Eternal Infinite All, the Omnipresent Unity, instead of being in Eternity, becoming through periodical manifestation a manifold Universe or a multiple personality, that Unity would cease to be one.
Locke's idea that "pure Space is capable of neither resistance nor Motion" — is incorrect. For the root of one, Brahmam, or Brahm, is derived by some from the word Brih, "to grow" or "to expand" see Calcutta Review, vol. It is not the One Unknown ever-present God in Nature, or Nature in abscondito, that is rejected, but the God of human dogma and his humanized "Word. Among many other works recently published, we would recommend one especially to students of theoretical Occultism who would not venture beyond the realm of our special human plane.
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It is full of esoteric dogmas and philosophy, the latter rather limited, in the concluding chapters, by what seems to be a spirit of conditioned positivism. Nevertheless, what is said of Space as "the Unknown First Cause," merits quotation. And this incognisability has led to the error of supposing it to be a simple void, a mere receptive capacity. But, even viewed as an absolute void, space must be admitted to be either Self-existent, infinite, and eternal, or to have had a first cause outside, behind, and beyond itself. This is precisely what has been done by the believers in an anthropomorphic Creator, an extracosmic, instead of an intracosmic God.
Many — most of Mr. Pratt's subjects, we may say — are old Kabalistic ideas and theories which he presents in quite a new garb: "New Aspects" of the Occult in Nature, indeed. Still they are expressed very philosophically, and under many unusual aspects, in the work referred to. The oldest religions of the world — exoterically, for the esoteric root or foundation is one — are the Indian, the Mazdean, and the Egyptian.
Matter is dual in religious metaphysics, and septenary in esoteric teachings, like everything else in the universe. As Mulaprakriti, it is undifferentiated and eternal; as Vyakta, it becomes differentiated and conditioned, according to Svetasvatara Upanishad , I. The author of the Four Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita, says, in speaking of Mulaprakriti: "From its the Logos' objective standpoint, Parabrahmam appears to it as Mulaprakriti.
Of course this Mulaprakriti is material to it, as any material object is material to us. Parabrahmam is an unconditioned and absolute reality, and Mulaprakriti is a sort of veil thrown over it. See Book III. Left in their symbolical disguise, they are a nursery tale, an ugly thorn in the side of science and logic, an evident effect of Karma. To have let them serve as a prologue to Christianity was a cruel revenge on the part of the Rabbis, who knew better what their Pentateuch meant.
It was a silent protest against their spoliation, and the Jews have certainly now the better of their traditional persecutors. The above-named exoteric creeds will be explained in the light of the Universal doctrine as we proceed with it. The Occult Catechism contains the following questions and answers:. That which ever is is one, that which ever was is one, that which is ever being and becoming is also one: and this is Space.
Light in darkness and darkness in light: the ' Breath which is eternal. The expression, therefore, "it proceeds from without inwardly, etc. Hence, whereas after an absolute pralaya, or when the pre-existing material consists but of ONE Element, and BREATH "is everywhere," the latter acts from without inwardly: after a minor pralaya, everything having remained in statu quo — in a refrigerated state, so to say, like the moon — at the first flutter of manvantara, the planet or planets begin their resurrection to life from within outwardly. When it expands the mother diffuses and scatters; when it contracts, the mother draws back and ingathers.
This produces the periods of Evolution and Dissolution, Manwantara and Pralaya. The Germ is invisible and fiery; the Root the plane of the circle is cool; but during Evolution and Manwantara her garment is cold and radiant. Hot Breath is the Father who devours the progeny of the many-faced Element heterogeneous ; and leaves the single-faced ones homogeneous.
For clearer understanding on the part of the general reader, it must be stated that Occult Science recognizes Seven Cosmical Elements — four entirely physical, and the fifth Ether semi-material, as it will become visible in the air towards the end of our Fourth Round, to reign supreme over the others during the whole of the Fifth. The remaining two are as yet absolutely beyond the range of human perception. These latter will, however, appear as presentments during the 6th and 7th Races of this Round, and will become known in the 6th and 7th Rounds respectively.
Had Mr. Herbert Spencer read and studied ancient Hindu philosophers when he wrote a certain passage in his "First Principles" p. Apparently, the universally co-existent forces of attraction and repulsion which, as we have seen, necessitate rhythm in all minor changes throughout the Universe, also necessitate rhythm in the totality of its changes — produce now an immeasurable period during which the attracting forces predominating, cause universal concentration, and then an immeasurable period, during which the repulsive forces predominating, cause universal diffusion — alternate eras of Evolution and dissolution.
As Newton intuitionally says, "Nature is a perpetual circulatory worker, generating fluids out of solids, fixed things out of volatile, and volatile out of fixed, subtile out of gross, and gross out of subtile. Thus, perhaps, may all things be originated from Ether," Hypoth, The reader has to bear in mind that the Stanzas given treat only of the Cosmogony of our own planetary System and what is visible around it, after a Solar Pralaya.
The secret teachings with regard to the Evolution of the Universal Kosmos cannot be given, since they could not be understood by the highest minds in this age, and there seem to be very few Initiates, even among the greatest, who are allowed to speculate upon this subject. Moreover the Teachers say openly that not even the highest Dhyani-Chohans have ever penetrated the mysteries beyond those boundaries that separate the milliards of Solar systems from the "Central Sun," as it is called.
Before the reader proceeds to the consideration of the Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan which form the basis of the present work, it is absolutely necessary that he should be made acquainted with the few fundamental conceptions which underlie and pervade the entire system of thought to which his attention is invited. These basic ideas are few in number, and on their clear apprehension depends the understanding of all that follows; therefore no apology is required for asking the reader to make himself familiar with them first, before entering on the perusal of the work itself. In the former condition it is called the Sub-Root; and in conjunction with radiant heat, it recalls "dead worlds to life.
The Secret Doctrine establishes three fundamental propositions: —. It is beyond the range and reach of thought — in the words of Mandukya, "unthinkable and unspeakable. To render these ideas clearer to the general reader, let him set out with the postulate that there is one absolute Reality which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being. 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 "Be-ness" rather than Being in Sanskrit, Sat , and is beyond all thought or speculation. This "Be-ness" is symbolised in the Secret Doctrine under two aspects. On the one hand, absolute abstract Space, representing bare subjectivity, the one thing which no human mind can either exclude from any conception, or conceive of by itself. On the other, absolute Abstract Motion representing Unconditioned Consciousness.
Even our Western thinkers have shown that Consciousness is inconceivable to us apart from change, and motion best symbolises change, its essential characteristic. This latter aspect of the one Reality, is also symbolised by the term "The Great Breath," a symbol sufficiently graphic to need no further elucidation.
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It may, however, assist the student if a few further explanations are given here. The "first" cannot be the absolute , for it is a manifestation. This advance on his part brings him very near to the esoteric and Vedantin tenet. But once that we pass in thought from this to us Absolute Negation, duality supervenes in the contrast of Spirit or consciousness and Matter, Subject and Object. Spirit or Consciousness and Matter are, however, 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 from which proceeds all manifestation, the great Breath assumes the character of precosmic Ideation. It is the fons et origo of force and of 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 which underlies all the objective planes of Nature.
Just as pre-Cosmic Ideation is the root of all individual consciousness, so pre-Cosmic 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. Again, apart from Cosmic Ideation, Cosmic Substance would remain an empty abstraction, and no emergence of consciousness could ensue. Of course, we are only able to accept works that are public domain in Australia. Generally speaking, this means that the author died in or earlier.
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