THEOSOPHY, Vol. 43, No. 7, May, 1955
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"THE THOUGHT DIVINE"(1)WE are at the bottom of a cycle and evidently in a transitory state. Who knows the possibilities of the future? The sun of today will seem dark by comparison with the luminary of tomorrow, whether justly or not; and as the men of our century think their ancestors were ignorant, so will perhaps their descendants count them for know-nothings. An era of disenchantment and rebuilding ... has begun. As the world moves in cycles, so will come the time when those who now in public slander the Hermetists -- but ponder in secret their dust-covered volumes; who plagiarize their ideas, assimilate and give them as their own -- will receive their dues. The cycle has almost run its course; a new one is about to begin, and the future pages of history may contain full evidence, and convey full proof thatThe Logos is the mirror of the Divine Mind, and the Universe is the mirror of the Logos.If ancestry can be in aught believed,Descended from where? Who, or what, are the "spirits"? The Greek Logos, the Latin Verbum, the Hindu Viraj (the son) are identically the same. They represent an idea of collective entities -- of flames detached from the one eternal centre of Light. Christos (Christ) as a unity, is but an abstraction; a general idea representing the collective aggregation of the numberless spirit-entities, which are the direct emanations of the infinite, invisible, incomprehensible first Cause -- the individual spirits of Men. They are the divine sons of God, of which some only overshadow mortal men -- but this the majority -- some remain forever Planetary spirits, and some -- the smaller and rare minority -- unite themselves during life with some men. Such God-like beings as Gautama-Buddha, Jesus, Tissoo, Christna, and a few others had united themselves with their spirits permanently -- hence they became gods on earth. Others, such as Moses, Pythagoras, Apollonius, Plotinus, Confucius, Plato, Iamblichus, and some Christian saints, having at intervals been so united, have taken rank in history as demi-gods and leaders of mankind. When unburdened of their terrestrial tabernacles, their freed souls, henceforth united forever with their spirits, rejoin the whole shining Host, which is bound together in one spiritual solidarity of thought and deed, and called "the anointed." "Perceiving the Supreme Soul in all beings and all beings in the Supreme Soul, in offering his own soul in sacrifice, man identifies himself with the Being who shines in his own splendor."
Descending spirits have conversed with man,
And told him secrets of the world unknown.
The esoteric meaning of the word Logos (speech or word, Verbum) is the rendering in objective expression, as in a photograph, of the concealed Thought (Ideation). It is the Logos which reflects all in the universe of Pleroma: so does man reflect in himself all that he sees and finds in his universe, the earth. The Secret Doctrine admits a Logos or a collective "Creator" of the universe in the sense implied when one speaks of an "architect" as a creator of an edifice. The architect has never touched one stone of the edifice, but, while furnishing the plan, left all the manual labor to the masons. In cosmogony, the plan is furnished by the Ideation of the universe, and the constructive labor left to the Hosts of intelligent Powers and Forces. The latter -- the Logos -- is no personal deity but only the aggregate of the Dhyan-Chohans and other forces. The esoteric philosophy teaches that as soon as Darkness has disappeared in its own realm of eternal Light -- following the primordial Radiation -- leaving behind only its divine manifested Ideation, the creative Logoi have their understanding opened, and they see in the ideal world (hitherto concealed in the divine thought) the archetypal forms of all, and proceed to copy and build or fashion upon these models.
During the Pralayic periods (of dissolution) the Ideation of cosmos, the "Thought Divine," is said to be non-existent -- for the simple reason that there is no one, and nothing, to perceive its effects. There can be no manifestation of consciousness, semi-consciousness, or even "unconscious purposiveness," except through the vehicle of matter.
The manifested universe, therefore, is pervaded by duality, which is as it were the very essence of its EX-istence as "manifestation." In other words, the dual motion of the two great opposing Forces "transfers Kosmos from the plane of the eternal Ideal into that of finite manifestation, from the noumenal to the phenomenal plane." Fohat is, metaphysically, the objectivized thought of the gods; the "Word made flesh," on a lower scale, and the messenger of cosmic and human ideations. He is the active force in universal life. Fohat stands for those intelligent Forces, the collective Hosts of spiritual beings that give to and enact in Nature her "laws," while themselves acting according to laws imposed upon them in similar manner by still higher Powers. These Forces that bring Ideation (the "laws of Nature") into full manifestation are dual in their character. They are composed of (a) the irrational brute energy, inherent in matter, and (b) the intelligent soul or cosmic consciousness which directs and guides that energy. The latter is the Dhyan-Chohanic thought reflecting the Ideations of the Universal Mind. This results in a perpetual series of physical manifestations and moral effects on earth, during manvantaric periods, the whole being subservient to Karma. As that process is not always perfect, and since however many proofs it may exhibit of a guiding intelligence behind the veil, it still shows gaps and flaws, and even results in evident failures -- therefore, neither the collective Host (Demiurgos), nor any of the working powers individually, are properly subjects for divine honours or worship. All are entitled to the grateful reverence of Humanity, however, and man ought to be ever striving to help the divine evolution of Ideas, by becoming to the best of his ability a co-worker with nature in her cyclic task.
All this universe of manifestation, teaches the hidden Science, is but the temporary reflection, the shadow of the eternal Ideal prototypes in "the Thought Divine." Everything that is, was, or will be, eternally IS, even the countless forms, which are finite and perishable only in their objective, not in their Ideal Form. They existed as ideas in the Eternity, and when they pass away, will exist as reflections. Occultism teaches that no form can be given to anything, either by nature or by man, whose ideal type does not already exist on the subjective plane. More than this: that no such form or shape can possibly enter man's consciousness, or evolve in his imagination, which does not exist in prototype, at least as an approximation. Neither the form of man, nor that of any animal, plant or stone has ever been "created," and it is only on this plane of ours that it commenced "becoming," i.e., objectivizing into its present materiality, or expanding from within outwards, from the most sublimated and supersensuous essence into its grossest appearance. Therefore our human forms have existed in the Eternity as astral or ethereal prototypes; according to which models the spiritual beings (or Gods, Dhyan Chohans) whose duty it was to bring them into objective being and terrestrial life, evolved the protoplasmic forms of the future Egos from their own essence. So also was the Universe of Form evolved.
Thus is established the parallels of kinship, the similarity and sameness of essence between man on earth and the Heavenly Man, the Dhyan-Chohanic Hosts. All the forces of Nature, however great and terrible, meet and mingle in Man. The Unmanifested Logos corresponds in man to his Atma, the universal Spirit; so does the universal (latent) Ideation correspond to his spiritual Soul, Buddhi. Cosmic active Intelligence (Mahat, Universal Mind) becomes reflected in him as Manas, the mind. Cosmic Energy (Fohat) is his kama-rupa, the "animal soul," the balancing principle. The Astral Ideation reflecting all terrestrial things is his linga-sarira, the astral model and double. The earth is his gross body. His seven principles are allied to the seven states of matter and to the seven forms of Force. In other words, the Logos has seven forms, or "there are seven kinds of Logoi" in man.
Future Humanity will come to realize itself not only as ideal but as factual Unity. The primordial Essence is the All, and man integrated with the Universe is that Essence. Says Paracelsus, "The primordial Force is of a monistic nature; it manifests itself not only as vital activity, a spiritual force, an invisible, incomprehensible and indescribable power, but also as vital matter of which the substance of living beings consists." According to the Secret Doctrine the entire Cosmos is formed of but a nucleus of this SUBSTANCE. This nucleus of the "Great Mother" is "the germ which becomes the UPADHI [vehicle] of the seven principles of the thing [Seed] it resides in, shooting them out as the latter grows and develops. ... It is in the Sun, and is as present in the glow-worm. To man, it gives all that it bestows on all the rest of the manifested units in nature; but develops, furthermore, the reflection of all its FORTY-NINE FIRES in him. Each of his seven principles is an heir in full to, and a partaker of, the seven principles of the 'great Mother'. ... It is the guiding Force in the Cosmic and terrestrial elements. It resides in the Fire. ... Its four higher principles contain the germ that develops into the Cosmic Gods; its three lower ones breed the lives of the Elements (Elementals). ... Not an atom can escape it!"
Neither can Humanity escape knowing it. Thus man and Nature, or man and the eternal "Thought Divine," the concealed and the incomprehensible -- are forever One.
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