MAGIC AND SCIENCE
“Through the Cosmogenesis of The Secret Doctrine she began an attempt to heal the dichotomy between the religio-spiritual and the scientifico-material views of life. Neither did “God” make the world, nor was it made by the random concatenation of energetic particles. And emphatically the world was not limited to the phenomena susceptible to analysis by the scientific method. What the West had regarded as a personal God was the power which sought, as Jacob Boehme said, to find, feel and behold itself. And to discover that power we have to search with as much realism and urgency in this field of inquiry as does the scientist within the limits of his field.”SRI MADHAVA ASHISH, THE SECRET DOCTRINE AS A CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD THOUGHT, 1988.
Western Science knows very little of the true nature of Electricity, “Force,” and “Energy,” leading Theosophist Col. Henry Olcott stated in 1882, when he asserted, based on the Occult Theories on matters of modern Physics, that Electricity is matter (sometimes called “substance” and seen as eternal and indestructible). Matter, H.P.B. defines later technically as, the phenomena that appears to our consciousness, or possible to our perception, having a relative and purely phenomenal existence to human perception on this plane.
Its material forms ever change, but its principles and elements being, she says, absolutely indestructible in essence. In The Secret Doctrine, she explains in regards to the origins of lunar worship, that ‘the religion of every ancient nation had been primarily based upon the Occult manifestations of a purely abstract Force or Principle now called “God.” The very establishment of such worship shows, in its details and rites, that the philosophers who evolved those systems of nature, subjective and objective, possessed profound knowledge, and were acquainted with many facts of a scientific nature.’
Theosophists explained, that we ought to abandon this misnomer, “God,” for many reasons other than the confusion it brings. As many have also called God — Force, K.H. as stated above, prefers it best to rid the illusion and rejects this, and rejects the notion of God altogether, so that one may avoid the theological hurdles put before him by his own logic trying to reconcile concepts and attributes that have become irreconcilable, and a source for aggression between schools of thoughts and the exoteric religions. In light of all this in relation to the Force, matter, and Man’s inner connection to it, how can the Occultists be speaking entirely nonsensically, as we are made to believe? Clearly, there is something science has not learned, as yet, and may never, in its rejection and ‘even-if-I-see-it-won’t-believe-it’ attitude towards the Occult. Then we must also contend against the dishonest intentions and pretensions of Theology and conspiracists to know of what we speak.
The Theosophical Teachings on the Occult Philosophy, with closer inspection is not only different, but shatters the pop cultural and pop science notions that have hitherto developed from the popularization of Occultism through the Spiritualists. Through the fiction of Star Wars, we find the ideas come alive, in ways audiences do not suspect.
Rather than being offended by the destruction to popular beliefs, which distort the original notions themselves, the approaches and fundamentals in occult theory eluded to by such minds may point the few who care to differentiate, to real knowledge, provable through the hands of man, rather than entertaining beliefs. H.P.B. early on in Isis Unveiled employed the use of the term God, but in the Platonic and Hermetic sense, stating once, that “the existence of God and immortality of man’s spirit may be demonstrated like a problem of Euclid.” This is equally my own contention, and the task was and remains to understand, how is that possible; rather than to sit back and tell someone else to “prove it.” What you may find, may leave you still yet in disbelief.
During the time of the nineteenth-century, force and matter were considered two different principles, but K.H., the master of H.P. Blavatsky, had written in a correspondence, that this notion was absurd, and that force acts through matter. Force, K.H. writes, is “but matter in one of her highest states.” H.P.B. explains again on this, that the ‘monism of Theosophy is truly philosophical. We conceive of the universe as one in essence and origin. And though we speak of spirit and matter as its two poles, yet we state emphatically that they can only be considered as distinct from the standpoint of human, mayavic (i.e., illusionary) consciousness. We therefore conceive of spirit and matter as one in essence and not as separate and distinct antitheses.’ (Collected Writings, Vol. XI, p. 336). Likewise, K.H. states, that matter and spirit are not entirely distinct, but one, and yet distinct in their manifestations.
“The conception of matter and spirit as entirely distinct, and both eternal could certainly never have entered my head, however little I may know of them, for it is one of the elementary and fundamental doctrines of Occultism that the two are one, and are distinct but in their respective manifestations, and only in the limited perceptions of the world of senses.” (THE MAHATMA LETTERS (CHRONOLOGICAL), LETTER NO. 22, 1881)
“In the book of Kiu-te, Spirit is called the ultimate sublimation of matter, and matter the crystallization of spirit. And no better illustration could be afforded than in the very simple phenomenon of ice, water, vapour and the final dispersion of the latter, the phenomenon being reversed in its consecutive manifestations and called the Spirit falling into generation or matter.” (IBID.)
At the same time, the divisibility of the atoms was unknown to the orthodox science. This notion was accepted, until the discovery of the electron, the first subatomic particle in 1897. However, H.P.B. had asserted in her writings and major work published in 1888, that “It is on the doctrine of the illusive nature of matter, and the infinite divisibility of the atom, that the whole science of Occultism is built. It opens limitless horizons to substance informed by the divine breath of its soul in every possible state of tenuity, states still undreamt of by the most spiritually disposed chemists and physicists.” (The Secret Doctrine, Vol. I, p. 520.)
In one of K.H.’s letters to ornithologist, A.O. Hume, he wrote that “the world of force, is the world of Occultism and the only one whither the highest initiate goes to probe the secrets of being. . . . He sees how to guide force in this direction or that — to produce desirable effects. The secret chemical, electric or odic properties of plants, herbs, roots, minerals, animal tissue, are as familiar to him as the feathers of your birds are to you.”
All of this, and much more yet to be written on, long before the creation of the fictional Star Wars, through which such ideas, more than its Buddhist, Western Cowboy, and Japanese influences, are directly elucidated word-by-word, treated as facts of nature (albeit occult), and not as mere fiction.
Certain thinkers have blamed the Theosophical Movement of the nineteenth-century on Westerner’s exoticization of Asia, but they are mistaken, and merely avoid the ideas, which we assert to be no exotic fantasy. Proving it is an entirely different case. As Sri Madhava Ashish states in The Secret Doctrine as a Contribution to World Thought on this, “One has heard of many Westerners blaming their contact with “oriental mysticism” for landing them in psychological trouble of one sort or another, an attitude which is no more intelligent than that of some psychologists in India who trace their patients’ troubles to their practice of yogic exercises, instead of seeing that the sort of man who is liable to neurosis often seeks relief from his tensions through so-called yoga. Any traveler of the spiritual path ought to know that this road will lead him away from the well-trodden ways of gregarious men and into the deep and unfrequented jungles of the mind. It makes not the slightest difference where one’s teaching comes from; one cannot blame the teaching for the beasts that lurk in one’s private jungle.”
As even Darth Vader in his iconic scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope stated, his script captured this perfectly concerning our scientific-technological advancements. One might say, that with all the great issues in the world, the science and technology, the least of our occupations should be adult concerns with occult magic!
Admiral Motti: “Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it.”
Darth Vader: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”
Admiral Motti: “Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels’ hidden fortress…”
(Vader makes a choking motion with his hand)
Darth Vader: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
In Isis Unveiled, H.P.B. explained it perfectly:
“When, years ago, we first travelled over the East, exploring the penetralia of its deserted sanctuaries, two saddening and ever-recurring questions oppressed our thoughts: Where, WHO, WHAT is GOD? Who ever saw the IMMORTAL SPIRIT of man, so as to be able to assure himself of man’s immortality?
It was while most anxious to solve these perplexing problems that we came into contact with certain men, endowed with such mysterious powers and such profound knowledge that we may truly designate them as the sages of the Orient. To their instructions we lent a ready ear. They showed us that by combining science with religion, the existence of God and immortality of man’s spirit may be demonstrated like a problem of Euclid. For the first time we received the assurance that the Oriental philosophy has room for no other faith than an absolute and immovable faith in the omnipotence of man’s own immortal self. We were taught that this omnipotence comes from the kinship of man’s spirit with the Universal Soul — God! The latter, they said, can never be demonstrated but by the former. Man-spirit proves God-spirit, as the one drop of water proves a source from which it must have come. Tell one who had never seen water, that there is an ocean of water, and he must accept it on faith or reject it altogether. But let one drop fall upon his hand, and he then has the fact from which all the rest may be inferred. After that he could by degrees understand that a boundless and fathomless ocean of water existed. Blind faith would no longer be necessary; he would have supplanted it with KNOWLEDGE.” (H.P. BLAVATSKY, ISIS UNVEILED, VOL. I, Preface, vi.)
THEOSOPHY REJECTS SUPERNATURALISM AND MIRACLE
Real magical operations stem from a thorough comprehension of the latent and potent powers in matter. According to Theosophy, “magic” is divine knowledge, and nothing works by ‘super-natural’ means. This is explained in Six Points on “Magic”: Theosophy rejects Supernaturalism and Miracle.