Comments on the Seven Stanzas: What Was Hoped Of The Secret Doctrine?

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The Secret Doctrine (1888) was dedicated to serious theosophists, mystics, and occultists, internationally. It was a great effort, no matter what one might think personally of it. Understand therefore, the work was fully from the standpoint of the adept Occultist. I maintain that there exists a body of exalted men with real knowledge about the nature of the world, and have developed faculties and powers from the unseen world.

THE AUTHOR IS NOT CONVINCED “THE SECRET DOCTRINE” is the work of a mind, that is merely cobbling ideas together, nor inventing new theories. The Secret Doctrine was dedicated to serious theosophists, mystics, and occultists, internationally. Understand therefore, it is fully from the standpoint of the adept Occultist, and a few fundamentals of their “Occult Science.”

This knowledge is hidden, primarily, because of the illusive behavior of matter itself, and the unwillingness of mortal people to understand. Even if they could, the teachings would not make sense. This is truly not mere intellectualism, but based upon actual experiential observation. Where physical, or modern science argues about the workings of brute matter, the occult teaching explains the existences of invisible Elemental forces producing the effects of objective phenomena. They are supersensuous in effect, imperceptible, intelligent and sentient, and are in themselves, the effects of Primary causes underlying terrestrial phenomena. Electricity, Magnetism, Sound, Light, Heat, Cohesion, &c., are described for example as supersensuous effects in their hidden behavior, and objective phenomena in the world of senses. Its supersensuous effects require abnormal faculties to perceive them; whereas the conditions of these energies in the world of senses require ordinary physical senses. These supersensuous effects are emanations of, still more supersensuous spiritual qualities.

The teaching says, that the forces of Nature the Occultists refer to, are supersensuous states of matter, and possible objects of perception to beings with the requisite senses; being the effects of conscious and intelligent Forces, which in their collective, make one absolute and unified Force, or PRINCIPLEThe Secret Doctrine teaches of Cycles in the new rebirth of a Kosmos or Solar system, i.e., of Cycles of matter, and Cycles of spiritual evolution. Stanzas given in The Secret Doctrine are divided into Cosmogenesis and Anthropogenesis. If anything, it is in the stanzas of Cosmogenesis where the principle ideas lie, concerning the Absolute PRINCIPLE, and its eternal manifestation, or SUBSTANCE. It is the fundamental Law in the Secret Doctrine upon which the entire philosophy rests, a super-unified homogeneous divine “SUBSTANCE-PRINCIPLE.” The Sāmkhya school, Jains, and Vaishnavas before the common era, have taught such doctrines.

“Our laws are as immutable as those of Nature, and they were known to man and eternity before this strutting game cock, modern science, was hatched. If I have not given you the modus operandi or begun by the wrong end, I have at least shown you that we build our philosophy upon experiment and deduction — unless you choose to question and dispute this fact equally with all others.” (K.H. to A.O. Hume, The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, Letter no. 22, 1882)

I maintain that there exists a body of exalted men with real knowledge about the nature of the world, and have developed faculties and powers from the unseen world. Further, these individuals had the welfare of humanity in mind, and the Theosophical Movement was a genuine part of this long effort, that have been tried by many, and in anterior times throughout history.

Concerning the occulted world of forces one letter notes:

For the life of me I cannot make out how I could ever impart to you that which I know since the very A.B.C. of what I know, the rock upon which the secrets of the occult universe, whether on this or that side of the veil, are encrusted, is contradicted by you invariably and a priori. My very dear Brother, either we know something or we do not know anything. In the first case what is the use of your learning, since you think you know better? (…) Pardon me for contradicting you, but it is nothing of the kind. There are a thousand questions I will never be permitted to answer, and it would be dodging were I to answer you otherwise than I do. I tell you plainly you are unfit to learn, for your mind is too full and there is not a corner vacant from whence a previous occupant would not arise, to struggle with and drive away the newcomer. Therefore I do not evade, I only give you time to reflect and deduce and first learn well what was already given you before you seize on something else. The world of force, is the world of Occultism and the only one whither the highest initiate goes to probe the secrets of being. Hence no-one but such an initiate can know anything of these secrets. (…) the chela first discovers this world, then its laws, then their centrifugal evolutions into the world of matter.” (K.H. to A.O. Hume, The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, Letter no. 22, 1882)

What Was Hoped Of The Secret Doctrine

“The writer hopes that, superficially handled as may be the comments on the Seven Stanzas, enough has been given in this cosmogonic portion of the work to show Archaic teachings to be more scientific (in the modern sense of the word) on their very face, than any other ancient Scriptures left to be regarded and judged on their exoteric aspect. Since, however, as confessed before, this work withholds far more than it gives out, the student is invited to use his own intuitions. Our chief care is to elucidate that which has already been given out, and, to our regret, very incorrectly at times; to supplement the knowledge hinted at — whenever and wherever possible — by additional matter; and to bulwark our doctrines against the too strong attacks of modern Sectarianism, and more especially against those of our latter-day Materialism, very often miscalled Science, whereas, in reality, the words “Scientists” and “Sciolists” ought alone to bear the responsibility for the many illogical theories offered to the world. In its great ignorance, the public, while blindly accepting everything that emanates from “authorities,” and feeling it to be its duty to regard every dictum coming from a man of Science as a proven fact — the public, we say, is taught to scoff at anything brought forward from “heathen” sources. Therefore, as materialistic Scientists can be fought solely with their own weapons — those of controversy and argument — an Addendum is added to every Book contrasting our respective views and showing how even great authorities may often err. We believe that this can be done effectually by showing the weak points of our opponents, and by proving their too frequent sophisms — made to pass for scientific dicta — to be incorrect. We hold to Hermes and his “Wisdom” — in its universal character; they — to Aristotle as against intuition and the experience of the ages, fancying that Truth is the exclusive property of the Western world. Hence the disagreement. As Hermes says, “Knowledge differs much from sense; for sense is of things that surmount it, but Knowledge (gyi) is the end of sense” — i.e., of the illusion of our physical brain and its intellect; thus emphasizing the contrast between the laboriously acquired knowledge of the senses and mind (manas), and the intuitive omniscience of the Spiritual divine Soul — Buddhi.” (Helena P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1., pg. 278-79)

3 thoughts on “Comments on the Seven Stanzas: What Was Hoped Of The Secret Doctrine?”

  1. If too many people are made aware of the contents of the secret doctrine, then it could not be called secret any longer.

    Why the emphasis on Matter? It is Spirit that is important. The Supreme Consciousness (aka God) is the controller.

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    • Dominique Johnson says:

      Blavatsky notes in her work, that of course, once something becomes discovered, it is no longer occulted, or hidden, just as scientists did not know as much as they knew then. The language she uses in her works, noted by theosophists on Science at past Symposiums, demonstrate she is using language to describe, e.g., the subatomic world where there was none until after she died.

      You must understand Theosophy first. In Theosophy, Matter is eternal and uncreated. It is ONE Substance, eternal in its root-essence. “We believe in MATTER alone” the Mahatma Papers explain of their teaching, and their teaching is “Theosophy,” or the “Occult Philosophy.” In the West, the term conjures mere material. In standard Science still, our meaning stands about its illusive nature, and yet Matter is convertible into energy. Its root cannot be destroyed. In the East, especially as explained about Samkhya, it has greater significant meaning and nature. Mulaprakriti is Root-Matter, Primordial Matter. Paracelsus taught this concept as well. It is not alien to Western Thought. The Pre-socratics taught of it as well. Spirit is merely again, that Root, or one Substance. Spirit just refers to the conscious and reflective quality of that same Essence.

      The knowledge of contents of the Secret Doctrine does not mean however, it is revealed, or that people possess a gnosis. Just as so many books on alchemy annd Masonry exist, but what do people understand though?

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      • It seems to me that Spirit has always existed. There is the material universe and there is the spiritual universe. The material is temporary and some feel that it is illusory and ultimately not real. The spiritual universe is eternal and is not gross matter, not physical. The aim of human life ought to be spiritual development and spiritual evolution so that one can progress and eventually attain to the spiritual plane where the limitations of the flesh will be left behind (death, suffering). God is the Great Spirit and our souls are part of His marginal energy. God has a supremely transcendant personality. God is a person – not the impersonal Absolute of the idealist philosophers. This is what the Vedic wisdom teaches.


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