THEOSOPHY, Vol. 83, No. 10, August, 1995
(Pages 294-296; Size: 8K)

REFLECTIONS ON THE SUN(1)

Taken from Wm. Q. Judge's Articles:

"The Allegorical Umbrella"

"Our Sun and The True Sun"

"A Commentary on the Gayatri"

IN THE Upanishads we read the invocation: "Reveal, O Pushan, that face of the true sun which is now hidden by a golden lid." This has reference to the belief of all genuine occultists, from the earliest times to the present day, that there is a "true sun," and that the sun we see is a secondary one; or, to put it in plainer language, that there is an influence or power in the sun which may be used, if obtained by the mystic, for beneficent purposes, and which, if not guarded, hidden, or obscured by a cover, would work destruction to those who might succeed in drawing it out. This was well known in ancient Chaldea, and also to the old Chinese astronomers: the latter had certain instruments which they used for the purpose of concentrating particular rays of sunlight as yet unknown to modern science and now forgotten by the flowery land philosophers.

But there is the true centre of which the sun in heaven is a symbol and a partial reflection. It is all knowing, and so intensely powerful that, were a struggling disciple to be suddenly introduced to its presence unprepared, he would be consumed, both body and soul. And this is the goal we are all striving after. But for our protection a cover or umbrella, has been placed beneath IT. The ribs are the Rishees, or Adepts, or Mahatmas; the Elder Brothers of the race. The handle is in every man's hand -- the influence from the true centre coming down through the handle.

The light, life, knowledge, and power falling upon this cover permeate in innumerable streams the whole mass of men beneath, whether they be students or not. As the disciple strives upward, he begins to separate himself from the great mass of human beings, and becomes in a more or less definite manner connected with the ribs. Just as the streams of water flow down from the points of the ribs of our umbrellas, so the spiritual influences pour out from the adepts who form the frame of the protecting cover, without which poor humanity would be destroyed by the blaze from the spiritual world.

Science laughs, of course, at the mystic's "true sun," for it sees none other than the one shining in the heavens. Our own sun is, then, for us the symbol of the true one he reflects, and by meditating on "the most excellent light of the true sun" we can gain help in our struggle to assist humanity. Our physical sun is for physics, not metaphysics, while that true one shines down within us. The orb of day guards and sustains the animal economy; the true sun shines into us through its medium within our nature. We should then direct our thought to that true sun and prepare the ground within for its influence, just as we do the ground without for the vivifying rays of the King of Day.

"Unveil, O Thou who givest sustenance to the Universe, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, that face of the True Sun now hidden by a vase of golden light, that we may see the truth and do our whole duty on our journey to thy sacred seat." 

--The Gayatri
Unveil is the cry of the man who is determined to know the truth and who perceives that something hides it from him. The cry is not made to some man-made god with parts, passions, and attributes, but to the Self above who seeth in secret and bringeth out to light. It is directed to that on which the Universe is built and standeth, -- no other than the Self which is in every man and which sitteth like a bird in a tree watching while another eats the fruit.

The request made in the verse to unveil the face of the True Sun is that the Higher Self may shine down into us and do its work of illumination. This also spreads forth a natural fact unknown to moderns, which is that the sun we see is not the true sun, and signifies too that the light of intellect is not the true sun of our moral being. Our forefathers in the dim past knew how to draw forth through the visible Sun the forces from the True one. We have temporarily forgotten this because our evolution and descent into the hell of matter, in order to save the whole, have interposed a screen. They say in Christian lands that Jesus went into hell for three days. This is correct, but not peculiar to Jesus. Humanity is doing this for three days, which is merely the mystical way of saying that we must descend into matter for three periods so immense in time that the logarithm of one day is given to each period.

The object ... is that we may carry out our whole duty, after becoming acquainted with the truth, while we are on our journey to thy Sacred Seat. This is our pilgrimage, not of one, not selfishly, not alone, but the whole of humanity. It is that place where all meet, where alone all are one -- the sole saving aspiration.


[Note: As I mentioned in the footnote, here are the links to the three articles by William Q. Judge that the Editors collated the above article from.--Compiler.]

(1) The Allegorical Umbrella
(2) Our Sun and The True Sun
(3) A Commentary on the Gayatri


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(1) NOTE: A collation from William Q. Judge Theosophical Articles, Vol. I, p. 587, & Vol. II, pp. 37, 121. [Note: Since you may want to read these articles, once you finish reading this collation, I have placed links to them at the end of this article. By the way, the page number "587" just above may be a typesetting mistake, since the article is on page 583 in my copy of the book.--Compiler.]
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