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The story of creation Part 1

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  • W.Dallas TenBroeck
    May 4, 2005 RE: The story of creation Part 1 Dear E: See if this is what you wish to look at: EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS 2 MAN s WISDOM - ITS SOURCE
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2005
      May 4, 2005

      RE: The story of creation Part 1

      Dear E:

      See if this is what you wish to look at:



      It is Wisdom, for it is the science of sciences. It is therefore complete
      in itself and sees no unsolvable mystery anywhere. It throws the word
      coincidence out of its vocabulary. It hails the reign of law in everything
      and every circumstance.

      Theosophy teaches that the course of evolution is the drama of the soul and
      that nature exists for no other purpose than the soul's experience.


      The Theosophist agrees with the assertion that there must be beings in the
      universe whose intelligence is as much beyond ours. They are the active, and
      wise assistants of Nature, [the UNIVERSE] as a whole. The Theosophist adds
      that such Wise Sages are Intelligences which were once human, and came like
      all of us from other and previous worlds.

      The most intelligent being in the universe, man, has never, been without a
      friend, but has a line of elder brothers who continually watch over the
      progress of the less progressed, preserve the knowledge gained through aeons
      of trial and experience, and continually seek for opportunities of drawing
      the developing intelligence of the race to consider the great truths
      concerning the destiny of the soul.


      This immense reach of the evolutionary system means, that this planet on
      which we now are, is the result of the activity and the evolution of some
      earlier one that died long ago. It left its energy to be used in the
      bringing into existence the earth. Further, the inhabitants of the Earth, in
      their turn, came from some older world. They are now proceeding with their
      destined work in the "matter" we are familiar with here.

      The Elder Brothers of the human race, keep the knowledge they have gained of
      the laws of nature in all departments, and are ready when cyclic law permits
      to use it for the benefit of mankind. They have always existed as a body,
      all knowing each other, no matter in what part of the world they may be, and
      all working for the race in many different ways. [see ISIS UNVEILED, Vol. 2,
      pp. 98-103]

      They have stood by the cradle of nations and seen the vast achievements of
      the ancients, watched sadly the decay of those who had no power to resist
      the cyclic law of rise and fall; and while cataclysms seemed to show a
      universal destruction of art, architecture, religion, and philosophy, they
      have preserved the records of it all in places secure from the ravages of
      either men or time.

      They have made minute observations, through trained psychics among their own
      order, into the unseen realms of nature and of mind, recorded the
      observations, and have preserved the record.

      And, greater feat than all -- one which implies a knowledge of the very
      foundations of nature -- they know what the ultimate divisions of time are
      and what are the meaning and the times of the cycles. [ see SECRET DOCTRINE
      Vol. I, pp. 272-3 ]


      Under cyclic law, during a dark period in the history of mind, the true
      philosophy disappears for a time, but the same law causes it to reappear.
      It is the Master's work to preserve the true philosophy, but the help of the
      companions is needed to rediscover and promulgate it.

      The periods, when out of the Great Unknown there comes forth the visible
      universes, are eternal in their coming and going. These alternate with
      equal periods of silence and rest in that Unknown.

      The object of these mighty waves is the production of Perfect Man, the
      evolution of Soul, and they always witness the increase of the number of
      Elder Brothers. The Elder Brothers are the highest product of evolution
      through whom alone, in cooperation with the whole human family, the further
      regular and workmanlike prosecution of the plans of the Great Architect of
      the Universe can be carried on.


      The teachings of Theosophy deal for the present with our earth, although its
      purview extends to all the worlds, since no part of the manifested universe
      is outside the single body of laws which operate upon us.

      Our globe being one of the solar system is certainly connected with other
      planets, but as the great human family has to remain with its material
      vehicle -- the earth -- until all the units of the race which are ready, are
      perfected, the evolution of that family is of greater importance to the
      members of it.


      The universe evolves from the unknown, on seven planes, and in seven ways in
      all worlds. And this sevenfold differentiation causes all the worlds of the
      universe, and the beings thereon, to have a septenary constitution.

      The divisions of the sevenfold universe may be laid down roughly as: The
      Absolute, Spirit, Mind, Matter, Will, Akasa or AEther, and Life. In place of
      "the Absolute" we can use the word "Space." For "Space" is that which ever
      is, and in which all manifestation must take place.

      Our knowledge begins with differentiation, and all manifested objects,
      beings, or powers are only differentiations of the Great Unknown.

      The most that can be said of the Absolute" is that IT periodically
      differentiates itself, and periodically withdraws the differentiated into
      itself. As to "the Absolute," we can do no more than say IT IS. None of the
      Great Teachers of the School ascribe qualities to "the Absolute," although
      all qualities exist in It.

      The first differentiation -- speaking metaphysically as to time -- is
      Spirit, with which appears Matter and Mind.

      This is a Unit, and, called the "Monad." [ In manifestation, it is a triune
      Unity, consisting of: ATMA-BUDDHI-MANAS, or, Spirit - Wisdom - Mind] The
      Monad is held to be immortal throughout the great life-cycle, whether
      Manvantara or Kalpa. It is the basis for human Individuality.

      The term "Akasa," taken from the Sanskrit, is used in place of AEther, to
      properly designate that tenuous state of matter which is now sometimes
      called "Ether" by modern science. Akasa is produced from Matter and Spirit.

      Will is the force of Spirit in action. And Life (Jiva) is a resultant of
      the action of Akasa, moved by Spirit, upon Matter.

      But the Matter here spoken of, is not that which is commonly known as such.
      It is the Real Matter which is always invisible, and has sometimes been
      called Primordial Matter. In the Brahmanical system it is called
      "Mulaprakriti" (or "Root Matter"). And it is sometimes referred to as
      "Maha-Buddhi." [In considering this, one may think of an "atom" as
      essentially an eternal, individualized field of electro-magnetic Force.
      Physical material is condensed in and around it by attraction. The
      formation of worlds, and the reincarnation of human Souls, may be thought of
      in similar terms, and follow a similar pattern.]

      The ancient teaching always held, as is now admitted by Science, that we see
      or perceive only the phenomena but not the essential nature, cause or being
      of Matter.


      Mind (the Universal Mind or Mahat) is the intelligent part of the Cosmos.
      In the collection of seven differentiations roughly sketched above,
      Universal Mind is that in which the Plan of the Cosmos is fixed or
      contained. This Plan is brought over from a prior period of manifestation,
      which added to its ever-increasing perfectness as it proceeds. No limit can
      be set to its evolutionary possibilities in perfectness, because, as there
      was never any beginning to the periodical manifestations of "the Absolute,"
      there never will be an end, but forever the going forth and withdrawing into
      the Unknown will go on.

      Wherever a world or system of worlds is evolving there the Plan has been
      laid down in Universal Mind, the original force comes from Spirit, the basis
      is Matter -- which is in fact invisible -- Life sustains all the forms, and
      Akasa is the connecting link between Matter on one side and Spirit-Mind on
      the other.


      When a world or a system comes to the end of certain great cycles, men
      record a cataclysm in history or tradition. These universal traditions
      abound, all pointing to early teaching and dim recollection of periodical
      destructions and renovations. Just as there are periodical minor cataclysms
      or partial destructions, so, the doctrine holds, there is, as a prototype,
      the universal evolution and involution.

      Forever the Great Breath goes forth and returns again. As it proceeds
      outwards, objects, worlds and men appear; as it recedes all disappear into
      the original source.

      This is the waking and the sleeping of the "Great Being;" and is symbolized
      as the "Day" and the "Night" of Brahma. It is the prototype of our waking
      days and sleeping nights as men, and, of our disappearance at the end of one
      short human life, and, it also implies our return (through reincarnation) to
      take up our unfinished work in a new body, in a new day.


      The real age of the world has long been involved in doubt for Western
      investigators, who up to the present have shown unwillingness to take
      instruction from the records of Oriental people much older than the West.
      Yet with the Orientals is the truth about the matter.

      It is admitted that Egyptian civilization flourished many centuries ago, and
      there are no living Egyptian schools of ancient learning to offend modern
      pride. The inscriptions cut in rocks and written on papyri or ancient
      books, obtain a little more credit today than the living thought and record
      of the Hindus, Tibetans, Mayans and Chinese Those races and their
      traditions, are still among us, and it would never do to admit that such
      ancient, and recently conquered races, possesses knowledge respecting the
      age of man and his world which the "West" still knows nothing of.

      Ever since the ignorant monks and theologians of Asia Minor and Europe
      succeeded in imposing the Mosaic account of the genesis of earth and man
      upon the coming western evolution, the most learned even of our scientific
      men have stood in fear of the years that elapsed since Adam, or have been
      warped in thought and perception whenever their eyes turned to any
      chronology different from that of the Jews.

      But the Master Theosophists know what is to be the resurrection of the old
      pyramid builders of the Nile valley, and where the plans of those ancient
      master masons have been hidden from the profane eyes until the cycle should
      roll round again for their bringing forth. When Egypt and India were younger
      there was a constant intercourse between them. They both, thought alike, but
      fate ruled that of the two the Hindus only should preserve the old ideas
      among a living people.


      No mind can comprehend the "Infinite and Absolute Unknown," which IS, has no
      beginning and shall have no end; which IS both last and first, because,
      whether differentiated or withdrawn into ITSELF, IT ever is. This is the
      "God" spoken of as the one around whose pavilion there is darkness.

      This cosmic and human chronology of the Hindus may still be laughed at by
      western Orientalists and Scientists, yet they can furnish nothing better and
      are continually disagreeing with each other on the same subject. As years
      pass since Theosophy was promulgated, Science has come closer in their
      estimates to the figures of the Oriental chronology. The Brahmanical
      records of Hindustan, and their doctrine about the days, nights, years and
      life of Brahma, who representing the universe and the worlds, at once upset
      the interpretation so long given to the Mosaic tradition, insofar as time is

      The Day of Brahma is said to last one thousand years, and his night is of
      equal length. This may be construed to be a statement of the periodical
      coming forth, for great days and nights of equal length of the universe of
      manifested worlds. A Day of Brahma is made up of what are called Manvantaras
      -- or period between two men -- fourteen in number. These include four
      billion three hundred and twenty million mortal, or earth years, which is
      one Day of Brahma. [4,320,000,000 years] And Brahma's "Night" is of similar
      duration, when all is periodically withdrawn into the "Unknown Absolute."

      When this day opens, cosmic evolution, so far as relates to this solar
      system, begins and occupies between one and two billions of years in
      evolving the very ethereal first matter before the astral kingdoms of
      mineral, vegetable, animal and men are possible.


      In these the, very distant and very silent past, Man could not have his
      bodily temple to live in, until all the matter in and about his world had
      been found by the Master, the spiritual and eternal Inner Man. Once found,
      the plans for working it required to be carried out in detail, until all the
      parts should be perfectly ready and fit for placing in the final structure.

      This is the gradual coming forth of the known and heterogeneous from the
      unknown and homogeneous. The ancient Egyptian and Hindu Theosophists never
      admitted a creation out of nothing, but ever strenuously insisted upon
      evolution, by gradual stages. All the various powers and potentialities
      needed, had to be well worked out in this slow but sure process. At last
      man is put upon the scene: a sevenfold being, a miniature of the universe
      and earth, which are sevenfold.

      Each of Man's seven principles is derived from one of the great first seven
      divisions. And each relates to a planet, by analogy, or a scene of
      evolution; and to a race in which that evolution was carried out.

      So the first sevenfold differentiation is important to be borne in mind,
      since it is the basis of all that follows; just as the universal evolution
      is septenary so the evolution of humanity, sevenfold in its constitution, is
      carried out upon a septenary Earth. This is spoken of in Theosophical
      literature as the Sevenfold Planetary Chain, and is intimately connected
      with Man's special evolution. [see SECRET DOCTRINE Vol. I, pp. 570-574]


      This second step takes some three hundred millions of years, and then still
      more material processes go forward for the production of the tangible
      (physical matter) kingdoms of nature, including man. This covers over one
      and one-half billions of years. And the number of solar years included in
      the present "human" period is over eighteen millions of years. [SECRET
      DOCTRINE Vol. I, pp. 150, footnote]

      During all these ages before man's physical body came into being, evolution
      was carrying on the work of perfecting various powers which are now our
      possession. This was accomplished by the Ego or Real Man going through
      experience in countless conditions of matter, all different one from the
      other, and the same plan in general was and is pursued as prevails in
      respect to the general evolution of the universe.

      That is, details were first worked out in spheres of being very ethereal,
      metaphysical, in fact. Then the next step brought the same details to be
      worked out on a plane of matter a little more dense, until at last it could
      be done on our present plane of what we miscall "gross matter." This is
      called the "descent of Spirit into Matter."

      When the rough work was completed, when the human "temple" was erected, many
      more ages were required for all the servants, and the councilors to learn
      their parts, so that man, the Master, might be able to use the physical
      temple for its best and highest purposes. Theosophy alone, inclusive of all
      systems and every experience, gives the key, the plan, the doctrine, the
      truth of these great natural processes.

      To state it in another way. The Plan comes first in the Universal Mind,
      after which the astral model or basis is made, and when that astral model is
      completed, the whole process is gone over so as to condense the matter, up
      to the middle of the Fourth Round.

      In the vast stretch of time which began after the first almost intangible
      matter had been gathered and kneaded, the material and vegetable kingdoms
      had sole possession here with the Master -- man -- who was hidden from
      sight, within, carrying forward the plans for the foundations of the human
      temple. All of this requires many, many ages, since we know that nature
      never leaps.

      It is stated that the stream of Monads begins first to work up the mass of
      matter in what are called elemental conditions when all is gaseous or fiery.
      For the ancient and true theory is that no evolution is possible without the
      "Monads" as the innumerable vivifying agents. In this first stage there is
      no animal or vegetable. Next comes the mineral when the whole mass hardens,
      the Monads being all imprisoned within.

      Then the first Monads emerge into vegetable forms which they construct
      themselves, and no animals yet appear. Next the first class of Monads
      emerges from the vegetable and gradually produce the animal forms. Then,
      the human astral and shadowy model is constructed, and we have minerals,
      vegetables, animals and future men, for the second and later classes are
      still evolving in the lower kingdoms.

      Upon this earth and upon the whole chain of Globes of which it is a part
      seven races of men appeared simultaneously, coming over to it from other
      globes of an older chain. And in respect to this earth -- the fourth of this
      chain -- these seven races came simultaneously from another Globe of this

      This appearance of seven races together happens in the first and in part of
      the second Round of the globes. In the second round the seven masses of
      beings are amalgamated, and their destiny after that is to slowly
      differentiate during the succeeding rounds until at the seventh round the
      seven first great races will be once more distinct, as perfect types of the
      human race as this period of evolution will allow.

      At the present time the seven races are mixed together, and representatives
      of all are in the many so-called races of men as classified by our present
      science. The object of this amalgamation and subsequent differentiation is
      to give to every race the benefit of the progress and power of the whole
      derived from prior progress in other planets and systems.

      For Nature never does her work in a hasty or undue fashion, but, by the sure
      method of mixture, precipitation, and separation, brings about the greatest
      perfection. And this method was one known to the Alchemists, though not
      fully understood in all its bearings even by them. But there is no vagueness
      on the point that seven great "Races, or types" have to evolve here on this
      planet, and that the entire collection of races has to go seven times round
      the whole series of seven Globes.

      When the middle of the Fourth Round is reached no more Monads emerge into
      the human stage, and will not until a new planetary mass, reincarnated from
      ours, is made. This is the whole process roughly given, but with many
      details left out, for in one of the Rounds man appears before the animals.
      But this detail need lead to no confusion.

      What has become at last "man" is of vastly greater age, for before the
      present two sexes appeared, the human creature was sometimes of one shape
      and sometimes of another, until the whole plan had been fully worked out
      into our present form, function, and capacity.

      This is found referred to in ancient books, where man is said to have been
      at one time globular in shape. This was at a time when the conditions
      favored such a form, and of course, it was longer ago than eighteen millions
      of years. And when this globular form was the rule, the sexes as we know
      them, had not differentiated and hence there was but one sex, or if one
      prefers, no sex at all.

      Human beings did not appear here in two sexes first. The first were of no
      sex, then they altered into hermaphrodite, and lastly separated into male
      and female. And this separation into male and female for human beings was
      over 18,000,000 years ago. For that reason is it said, in these ancient
      schools, that our humanity is 18,000,000 years old and a little over. [ S
      D I, p. 150fn]


      In these early conditions and states, the senses existed in germ, as it
      were, or in idea, until the astral plane which is next to this one was first
      arrived at, and then they were concentrated so as to become the actual
      senses we now use through the agency of the outer physical organs.

      These outer organs of sight, touch and hearing, smelling and tasting, are
      often mistaken by the unlearned or the thoughtless for the real organs and
      senses; but he who stops to think, must see that the senses are interior,
      and that their outer organs are but mediators, or links, between the visible
      universe and the real perceiver within.


      Considering our Earth, the view put forward by Theosophy regarding its
      genesis, its evolution and the evolution of the Human, Animal and other
      Monads, is quite different from modern ideas, and in some things contrary to
      accepted theories.

      We find that the Scientific theories of today are not stable. They change
      with each century, while the Theosophical one never alters. It is the
      result of age-old and continuous verification by the Elder Brothers. These
      have now caused its repromulgation and pointed to its confirmation in
      ancient books and traditions.

      To them, it is a statement of facts in nature. The modern Scientific
      theories in an attempt to speculatively rebuild an unknown past, are, on the
      contrary, always doubtful, changeable, and continually altered. There are
      continuous attempts to secure proof of these theories, but nothing has
      proved conclusive so far.


      The sevenfold Earth is a living oneness -- a sentient entity -- and not a
      mere lump of gross matter. Being an entity of a septenary nature, there must
      be six other Globes which roll with it in space.

      This company of seven Globes has been called the "Earth Chain," or, the
      "Planetary Chain." To make this concept clear Theosophy states: The earth
      is one of seven globes, in respect to man's consciousness only, because when
      he functions on one of the seven he perceives it as a distinct globe and
      does not see the other six.

      This is in perfect correspondence with man himself who has six other
      constituents of which only the gross body is visible to him because he is
      now functioning on the physical Earth, or the fourth Globe -- and his body
      represents the Earth. We have a statement that these Globes are united in
      one mass, each interpenetrating the others, but differing from each other in
      substance, and, that this difference of substance is due to change of center
      of consciousness. To explain further:

      The whole seven "Globes" constitute one single mass or Great Globe, and they
      all interpenetrate each other. We have to say "Globe," because the ultimate
      shape is globular or spherical.

      In studying the diagrams used in the Secret Doctrine to illustrate the
      scheme, one has to pay close attention to the accompanying explanations and
      cautions given by H. P. Blavatsky. Both she and her Adept teachers say, that
      the seven globes of our chain are in "coadunition with each other but not in
      consubstantiality." [Secret Doctrine, Vol. I, p. 166, 200] This is further
      enforced by cautions not to rely on statistics, or plane surface diagrams,
      but to look at the metaphysical and spiritual aspect of the theory as stated
      in English.


      The Earth Chain of seven Globes as thus defined is the direct reincarnation
      of a former chain of seven Globes, and that former family of seven was the
      Moon chain, the moon itself being the visible representative of the fourth
      Globe of the old chain.

      When that former vast entity composed of the Moon and six others, all united
      in one mass, reached its limit of life, it died just as any being dies. Each
      one of the seven sent its energies into space and gave similar life or
      vibration to cosmic dust -- matter, -- and the total cohesive force of the
      whole kept the seven energies together. [ see SECRET DOCTRINE Vol. I pp.
      152-154, 171-181 ]

      This resulted in the evolving of the present Earth Chain of seven centers of
      energy or evolution combined in one mass. As the Moon was the fourth of the
      old series it is on the same plane of perception as the Earth, and as we are
      now confined in our consciousness largely to Earth, we are only able to see
      one of the old seven -- our Moon. When we are functioning on any of the
      other seven planes of consciousness, we will perceive the corresponding old
      corpse as a Moon.


      The stream or mass of Egos which evolves on the seven Globes of our chain is
      limited in number, yet the actual quantity is enormous. For though the
      universe is limitless and infinite, yet in any particular portion of Cosmos
      in which manifestation and evolution have begun, there is a limit to the
      extent of manifestation and to the number of Egos engaged therein.


      The whole number of Monads now going through evolution on our Earth Chain
      came over from the old seven Globes which I have described. This mass of
      Egos has also been called a "life wave," meaning the stream of Monads. [
      see SECRET DOCTRINE Vol. I pp 171-175 ]

      This journey went on for four circlings round the whole, and then the whole
      stream or army of Egos from the old Moon Chain had arrived, and being
      complete, no more entered after the middle of the Fourth Round.

      The same circling process of these differently arrived classes goes on for
      seven complete "Rounds" of the whole seven planetary centers of
      consciousness, and when the seven are ended as much perfection as is
      possible in the immense period occupied, will have been attained, and then
      this chain or mass of "Globes" will die in its turn to give birth to still
      another series.

      These are all periods of time. The Round is a circling of the seven centers
      [Globes] of planetary consciousness. [ S D I 200 ]

      20 "RACES"

      The Race, is the racial development on one of those seven. [This has nothing
      to do with our modern definition of ethnic "races," or of the color of the
      skin.] "Race" as used in Theosophy is a period of time.

      There are seven Races for each Globe, but the total of forty-nine Races only
      makes up seven Great Races, (the special septenate of Races on each Globe or
      planetary center composing in reality one race of seven constituents or
      special peculiarities of function and power).

      As no complete Race could be evolved in a moment on any Globe, the slow,
      orderly processes of nature, which allow no jumps, must proceed by
      appropriate means. Hence Sub-Races have to be evolved one after the other
      before the Perfect Root Race is formed. Then the Root Race sends off its
      offshoots while it is declining and preparing for the advent of the next
      Great Race.

      Illustrating this, it is taught that on the Americas is to be evolved the
      new -- sixth -- Race; and here all the races of the earth are now engaged in
      a great amalgamation from which will result a very highly developed
      Sub-Race, after which others will be evolved by similar processes until the
      new one is completed.


      Upon this earth and upon the whole chain of Globes of which it is a part
      seven races of men appeared simultaneously, their destiny is to slowly
      differentiate during the succeeding rounds until at the seventh round the
      seven first great races will be once more distinct, as perfect types of the
      human race as this period of evolution will allow. At the present time the
      seven races are mixed together, and representatives of all are in the many
      so-called races of men as classified by our present science. The object of
      this amalgamation and subsequent differentiation is to give to every race
      the benefit of the progress and power of the whole derived from prior
      progress in other planets and systems. For Nature never does her work in a
      hasty or undue fashion, but, by the sure method of mixture, precipitation,
      and separation, brings about the greatest perfection.

      But when the last, the seventh Race has appeared and fully perfected itself,
      in the 7th Round and the 7th Globe, a great dissolution comes on, similar to
      that which preceded the birth of the earth's chain. Then the world
      disappears as a tangible thing, and so far as the human ear is concerned
      there is silence. This, it is said, is the root of the belief so general,
      that the world will come to an end, that there will be a judgment-day, or
      that there have been in the past, universal floods, earthquakes,
      submergences of continents, or fires.

      Subsequent to that, which is our future, the whole mass is spiritualized
      with full consciousness and the entire body of globes raised up to a higher
      plane of development.



      -----Original Message-----
      From: Etzion Becker
      Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 3:27 PM
      Subject: [bn-study] The story of creation

      In our Jerusalem study group we would like to consider the story of
      creation, not the solar system, as explained in the Secret Doctrine, but the
      very creation itself.

      Thanks in advance,

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