H. P. Blavatsky writes the Secret Doctrine
at her desk in the morning
Late 1887, 17 Lansdowne Road, London. Original publication in the journal The Path, vol. VII, May 1892
The main provisions of the Theosophical teachings of H.P. Blavatsky
The theosophical teaching of H.P. Blavatsky is based on the fundamental thesis about the unity of the world, as the fundamental law of the universe:
- Fundamental Unity of all things.
- In the universe, everyone is endowed with life. Each atom of matter is itself a carrier of life.
- The entire Universe, visible and invisible, develops in accordance with the universal (higher) laws.
- Planetary history includes the development of seven human races.
- Man absorbs the atoms of all planes of being, expressed in his sevenfold structure.
- Man is a self-aware being and plays an important role as part of the universe.
- Fundamental Unity presupposes a single source for the emergence of humanity. The emergence and development of man is the result of evolutionary processes based on the spiritual (higher) laws of the unfolding of the cycles of the Universe; human evolution is conditioned by his spiritual development (change of consciousness). .
The seven planes of cosmic consciousness:
- The doctrine of constant renewal, presented in the form of the law of periodicity of development and the law of reincarnation;
- The doctrine of balance and harmony, presented in the form of the law of balance and sacrifice;
- The Doctrine of the Hierarchies, presented in the form of the law of the Unity;
- The doctrine of internal identity, presented in the form of the law of self-development of consciousness, the principle of analogy in cognition; the principle of universal brotherhood based on a single life;
- The doctrine of constant change, presented in the form of a general law of the evolution;
- The Doctrine of Universal Knowledge is presented through the principle of a single essential basis of a single life.
The law of conformity (analogies)
Diagram of correspondences of human principles and planetary division
As shown in the Diagram, there is an eternal chain of cause and effect, and a perfect analogy that runs through everything and brings together all the lines of evolution.
In occult Science, the law of analogy is the first and the most important key to cosmic physics; but it must be studied in its smallest detail, and "returned seven times" before it can be understood. Occult philosophy is the only science that can teach this.
The operation of the law of analogy is unshakable and universal. And there is no phenomenon or sphere of life where it would not be manifested. What was, what will be, there is nothing new under the Sun!
This is how events arise and develop. They have a past linked to their present, and we feel a well-justified belief that the destined future will also be linked to the present and past. This sequence and unity of history is repeated before our eyes in all comprehensible stages of progress. Phenomena provide us with the basis for the generalization of two laws (development and correspondence), which, truly, are the principles of scientific foresight, and only with their help does the human mind penetrate into the sealed records of the past and into the undisclosed pages of the future.
The moon is the mother of the earth
The spheres are formed by a process called by occultists "the rebirth of the planetary chain" (see illustration). When the seventh and last Round began, the highest (or first) Sphere A, and with it all the others in sequence until the last G, instead of entering into a more or less long period of rest, as it was in the previous six Rounds, begin to die, then each Sphere must transfer its life and energy to another planet.
In reality the Moon is only the satellite of the Earth in one respect, viz., that physically the Moon revolves round the Earth. But in every other respect it is the Earth which is the satellite of the Moon, and not vice versa. Startling as the statement may seem it is not without confirmation from scientific knowledge. It is evidenced by the tides, by the cyclic changes in many forms of disease which coincide with the lunar phases; it can be traced in the growth of plants, and is very marked in the phenomena of human gestation and conception. The importance of the Moon and its influence on the Earth were recognized in every ancient religion, notably the Jewish, and have been remarked by many observers of psychical and physical phenomena.
It is, then, the Moon that plays the largest and most important part, as well in the formation of the Earth itself, as in the peopling thereof with human beings. The "Lunar Monads" or Pitris, the ancestors of man, become in reality man himself. They are the "Monads" who enter on the cycle of evolution on Globe A, and who, passing round the chain of planets, evolve the human form as has just been shown. At the beginning of the human stage of the Fourth Round on this Globe, they "ooze out" their astral doubles from the "apelike" forms which they had evolved in Round III. And it is this subtle, finer form, which serves as the model round which Nature builds physical man.
Family tree of the fifth root race
The human Race has been compared to a tree, and this serves admirably as an illustration. The main stem of a tree may be compared to the ROOT-RACE (A).
Its larger limbs to the various SUB-RACES; seven in number (B1, B2).
On each of these limbs are seven BRANCHES, OR FAMILY-RACES. (C).
After this the cactus-plant is a better illustration, for its fleshy "leaves" are covered with sharp spines, each of which may be compared to a nation or tribe of human beings.
Now our Fifth Root-Race has already been in existence.
Each Family-Race has an average existence of about 30,000 years. Thus the European "Family Race" has still a good many thousand years to run, although the nations or the innumerable spines upon it, vary with each succeeding "season" of three or four thousand years. It is somewhat curious to mark the comparative approximation of duration between the lives of a "Family-Race" - 30 000 and a "Sidereal year" - 25868.
The knowledge of the foregoing, and the accurately correct divisions of time have always been Secret. The Egyptian priests used the zodiac that belonged to the Atlantean Asura Maya. The human dynasty of the ancient Egyptians, which began with Menes, possessed all the knowledge of the Atlanteans, although there was no longer Atlantean blood in their veins.
The three "Virgins," or Virgo in three different positions in the Egyptian Zodiac meant the record of the first three "divine or astronomical Dynasties," who taught the Third Root-Race. The same symbolical record of the human races and the three Dynasties, which preceded the purely human kings, was found in the distribution of the tiers and passages of the Egyptian Labyrinth.
The Egyptian Zodiac is between 75 and 80,000 years old. Since the three inversions of the poles that occurred during this time undoubtedly changed the face of the Zodiac, a new Zodiac had to be built each time.
The Greek zodiac is much younger than the Egyptian, its age is no more than 17,000 years.
The significance of H.P. Blavatsky's ideas for modern times
Theosophical ideas presented by E.P. Blavatsky in her works, influenced the formation of the creative views of many artists and thinkers of the 20th century, such as:
- J. Derville,
- V. Kandinsky,
- G. Mahler,
- M. Maeterlink,
- J. Sibelius,
- A. Scriabin,
- M. Čiurlionis and others.
Blavatsky's doctrine finds development in the anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner and the Living Ethics of Helena Roerich, in the views of representatives of Russian religious philosophy of the late 19th - early 20th centuries, such as Vladimir Soloviev, Nikolai Berdyaev, Sergei Bulgakov, and others.
The modern theory of quantum physics, the concept of a holistic worldview, the doctrine of the energy-informational unity of the world are the scientific embodiment of the foundations of theosophy. The views of modern theosophists, whose activities spread throughout the world on the basis of ideas of unity and spiritual ideals, contribute to the processes of mutual integration of the culture of the East and West, interreligious tolerance and the preservation of peace in modern society, calling for the unity of all people of goodwill based on the spiritual values of mankind.
Quotes from the works of H.P. Blavatsky
• All our greatness is in our thoughts. So let's think about beauty, because beauty is the basis of morality.
• Let a person conquer anger with love, evil with good, greed with generosity, and lie with truth.
• A person has no more valuable property than the lofty ideal to which he tirelessly ascends, and according to which he shapes his thoughts and feelings, and builds - and this is the best that he can do - his life.
• Comprehensive knowledge and scholarship, self-discipline and eloquence - this is the highest Good.
• Free your mind from evil and fill it with kindness.
• Everything ends and passes, only Truth is immortal and lives forever.
• Obligation is what “must” give to Humanity, our loved ones, our neighbors, our family, and above all what we owe to all those who are poorer and more defenseless than us. This is our duty, which, if not fulfilled during life, makes us spiritually bankrupt and leads to a state of moral collapse in our future incarnation.