Originally posted by Cabaret Voltaire
I hope somebody can help me understand this.
This is from Book II, Part II, 'Archaic Symbolism Of The World-Religions', Section XXV, sub-section 'The Septenary In The Exoteric Works'. I have
the 1999 photographic facsimile of the original edition of 1888, ISBN 1-55700-002-6.
Look in The Secret Doctrine, Volume 2, page 612, the note at the bottom of the page.
Keeping in mind that Dhruva (now Alpha) is the Pole-Star, and that the celestial porpoise Sisumara is Ursa Minor.... Blavatsky writes,
''Therefore it is said in the Puranas that the view of Dhruva at night, and of the celestial porpoise 'expiates whatever sin has been committed
during the day.' The fact is that the rays of the four stars in the circle of perpetual apparition -- the Agni, Mahendra, Kasyapa, and Dhruva,
placed in the tail of Ursa Minor -- focused in a certain way and on a certain object produce extraordinary results. The astro-magians of India
will understand what is meant.''
Ah-ha! I need a response from one of the astro-magians of India. Please. This is really stuck in my brain. Has this something to do with holding
one's hand up to the sky at night? I just don't get it. What is the extraordinary result?
The phrase ''circle of perpetual apparition'' and the reference to the old Pole Star is obviously referring to a very, very, very long time. The
Aryan Hindus that Blavatsky considers the oldest watchers must have been watching for a mind boggling amount of time. She claims somewhere between 7
and 8 million years elsewhere in the book. Think about that for a moment. 7 or 8 million years. ?!!
[edit on 9-1-2010 by Cabaret Voltaire]
THE SECRET DOCTRINE:
SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND PHILOSOPHY.
H. P. BLAVATSKY,
Author of "ISIS UNVEILED."
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invented the whole of it. That it has many shortcomings she is fully aware; all that she claims for it is that, romantic as it may seem to many, its
logical coherence and consistency entitle this new Genesis to rank, at any rate, on a level with the "working hypotheses" so freely accepted by
modern science. Further, it claims consideration, not by reason of any appeal to dogmatic authority, but because it closely adheres to Nature, and
follows the laws of uniformity and analogy.
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in the scheme of the Universe; to rescue from degradation the archaic truths which are the basis of all religions; and to uncover, to some extent, the
fundamental unity from which they all spring; finally, to show that the occult side of Nature has never been approached by the Science of modern
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London, October, 1888.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
INTRODUCTION ... xvii.
The Need of such a Book ... xix.
The Antiquity of Documents and MSS. ... xxiii.
What the Book is intended to do ... xxviii.
PROEM ... 1
The Oldest MSS. in the world and its Symbolism ... 2
The One Life, Active and Passive ... 4
The Secret Doctrine — Pantheism — Atheism ... 6
"Space" in all Religions and in Occultism ... 9
Seven Cosmic Elements — Seven Races of Mankind ... 12
The Three Postulates of the Secret Doctrine ... 14
Description of the Stanzas from the Book of Dzyan ... 20
BOOK I. — PART I.
SEVEN STANZAS FROM THE BOOK OF DZYAN ... 27
STANZA I. — THE NIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE... 35
The Seven Eternities ... 36
"Time" ... 37
The Universal Mind and the Dhyan Chohans ... 38
Nidana and Maya: The Causes of Misery ... 39
The Great Breath ... 43
Being and Non-Being ... 45
The Eye of Dangma ... 47
Alaya, the Universal Soul ... 49
STANZA II. — THE IDEA OF DIFFERENTIATION ... 53
The Absolute knows Itself not ... 55
The Germ of Life was not yet ... 57
The Universe was still concealed in the Divine Thought ... 61
STANZA III. — THE AWAKENING OF KOSMOS ... 62
The Great Vibration ... 63
Nature's Symbols ... 65
The Power of Numbers ... 67
The Logoi and the Dragon ... 73
The Astral Light ... 75
Primeval Radiations from Unity ... 79
The Web of Being ... 83
Conscious Electricity: Fohat ... 85
STANZA IV. — THE SEPTENARY HIERARCHIES ... 86
The Sons of the Fire ... 86
The Vehicle of the Universe — the Dhyan Chohans ... 89
The Army of the Voice ... 93
Speech and Mind ... 95
The Ogdoad and the Heptad ... 99
The Stellar "Sons of Light" ... 103
STANZA V. — FOHAT: THE CHILD OF THE SEPTENARY HIERARCHIES ... 106
The Fiery Whirlwind and the Primordial Seven ... 106
They Produce Fohat ... 108
The Correlation of the "Gods" ... 113
Evolution of the "Principles" of Nature ... 119
The Mystery of the Fire ... 121
The Secret of the Elements ... 123
The Square of the Tabernacle ... 125
The Planetary Spirits and the Lipika ... 129
The Ring "Pass Not" ... 130
The Sidereal Book of Life ... 131
The Soul's Pilgrimage and its "Rest" ... 134
STANZA VI.— OUR WORLD, ITS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ... 136
The Logos ... 136
Mystery of the Female Logos ... 137
The Seven Layu Centres ... 138
The "Elementary Germs" ... 139
The Evolution of the Elements ... 140
The Building of the Worlds ... 145
A Neutral Centre ... 147
"Dead" Planets — The Moon ... 149
THEOSOPHICAL MISCONCEPTIONS ... 152
The Planetary Divisions and the Human Principles ... 153
The Moon ... 155
Transmigrations of the Ego ... 159
The Septenary Chain ... 161
Relation of the other Planets to the Earth ... 163
EXPLANATIONS CONCERNING THE GLOBES AND THE MONADS ... 170
The Lunar Chain and the Earth Chain ... 172
The Earth, the Child of the Moon ... 173
Classification of the Monads ... 175
The Monad Defined ... 177
The Lunar Monads—the Pitris ... 179
A Triple Evolution in Nature ... 181
STANZA VI.— CONTINUED ... 191
"Creation" in the Fourth Round ... 191
The "Curse," "Sin," and "War" ... 193
The Struggle for Life and the Birth of the Worlds ... 202
The Adepts and the Sacred Island ... 207
STANZA VII.— THE PARENTS OF MAN ON EARTH ... 213
Divisions of the Hierarchies ... 214
Correlations of Beings ... 223
What incarnates in Animal Man ... 233
Formation of Man: the Thinker ... 238
Occult and Kabalistic Pneumatics ... 243
Akasa and Ether ... 257
The Invisible "Lives" ... 259
Occult Vital Chemistry and Bacteriology ... 261
The Watcher and his Shadow ... 265
Earth peopled by the Shadows of the Gods ... 267
SUMMING UP ... 269
The pith and marrow of the Secret Doctrine ... 273
Hermes in Christian Garb ... 285
Some Occult Aphorisms ... 289
The Seven Powers of Nature ... 293