THEOSOPHY, Vol. 21, No. 11, September, 1933
(Pages 509-512; Size: 13K)
(Number 48 of a 103-part series)

SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE

XLV

(Part Two)
[Conclusion]

WE are thus left desolate amid a number of theories each of which has suffered a disintegrative and deleterious examination by men of science, using their own tools. And it will so remain so long as science does not recognize the organic construction of the universe.

What then, is the organic picture of planet formation, the Karmic relationships between the members of a planetary family? Basically, it follows the ways of every process of generation: the recrudescence of latent causes; the emergence of ancient potencies into objective activity; the firing up of prëexistent centers in space -- the "laya centers."

It is Fohat who guides the transfer of the principles from one planet to the other, from one star to another -- child-star. When a planet dies, its informing principles are transferred to a laya or sleeping centre, with potential but latent energy in it, which is thus awakened into life and begins to form itself into a new sidereal body.... When Fohat is said to produce "Seven Laya Centres," it means that for formative or creative purposes, the GREAT LAW ... stops, or rather modifies its perpetual motion on seven invisible points within the area of the manifested Universe. "The great Breath digs through Space seven holes into Laya to cause them to circumgyrate during Manvantara." (S.D. I, 147). (From the Occult Teachings.) "The Central Sun causes Fohat to collect primordial dust in the form of balls, to impel them to move in converging lines and finally to approach each other and aggregate." ... "Being scattered in Space, without order or system, the world-germs come into frequent collision until their final aggregation, after which they become wanderers (Comets). Then the battles and struggles begin. The older (bodies) attract the younger, while others repel them. Many perish, devoured by their stronger companions. Those that escape become worlds." (Secret Doctrine, I, 201). The assertion that all the worlds (Stars, planets, etc.) -- as soon as the nucleus of primordial substance in the laya (undifferentiated) state is informed by the freed principles, of a just deceased sidereal body -- become first comets, and then Suns to cool down to inhabitable worlds, is a teaching as old as the Rishis.... It is only after losing its velocity, and hence its fiery tail, that the "Fiery Dragon" settles down into quiet and steady life as a regular respectable member of the sidereal family.... what is there so impossible that a laya centre -- a lump of cosmic protoplasm, homogeneous and latent, when suddenly animated or fired up -- should rush from its bed in Space and whirl throughout the abysmal depths in order to strengthen its homogeneous organism by an accumulation and addition of differentiated elements? And why should not such a comet settle in life, live, and become an inhabited globe! (S.D. I, 203-4).
What is this primordial dust, "cosmic protoplasm"? Obviously the construction of a living globe involves the activation and aggregation of matter on all the planes, since no concrete body can have shape or coherence without the activity of the inner principles. On the highest planes that substance is the eternal principles, the aggregate Atma-Buddhi ready for mass reincarnation in a new planetary body; for the whole globe is flesh of the flesh of man himself. On the lowest -- well, science now gives something of an answer! Dr. Eddington claimed that there are in space clouds of calcium and sodium thick enough to affect starlight.(8) Dr. Harlan T. Stetson goes so far as to think that such dust clouds may occasionally shadow the sun's rays enough to bring on an ice age,(9) and he is strangely close to the truth, perhaps:
.... Earth's magnetic attraction of meteoric dust, and the direct influence of the latter upon the sudden changes of temperature especially in the matter of heat and cold, is not a settled question to the present day, I believe. It was doubted whether the fact of our earth passing through the region of space in which there are more or less of meteoric masses has any bearing upon the height of our atmosphere being increased or decreased, or even upon the state of weather. But we think we could easily prove it; and since they accept the fact that the relative distribution and proportion of land and water on our globe may be due to the great accumulation upon it of meteoric dust; snow -- especially in our northern regions -- being full of meteoric iron and magnetic particles; and deposits of the latter being found even at the bottom of seas and oceans, I wonder how Science has not hitherto understood that every atmospheric change and disturbance was due to the combined magnetism of the two great masses between which our atmosphere is compressed! ... (Letter from a master).
David Dietz states that this universal cloud may be the means of replenishing the stars, making up for the material hurled out in prominences.(10)

The strange "black spots" in space, which emit no light and through which no light can pass, are now conceded to be, not "holes in space," but mysterious clouds of matter whose characteristics cannot be detected by any scientific methods, all such methods depending upon the peculiarities of light rays.(11)

If these clouds are not laya matter, undifferentiated substance, "dark space parent of bright space" according to the old Stanzas, then no man can say what they are. And during the pralaya of a solar system must not such a cloud rule supreme in the local arena? It is more than significant that the Galaxy is now known to rotate about one of these clouds; its Central Sun, says H.P.B., is in a laya state. But there is no certainty that calcium, sodium, laya matter, and meteoric dust are all the material containment of space. And it is noteworthy that the collection of meteoric dust by a budding planet is strictly analogous to the collection, by the growing child, of organic matter on this earth, which has previously been part of thousands of other human, animal, and vegetable bodies. For meteoric dust is and can be nothing else than the debris of dead cosmic bodies.

The cometary stage is most mysterious; though scientists, more from intuition than from concrete evidence, are beginning to connect comets with the sun and planets. Jupiter has a family of fifty captive comets.(12) The late Dr. Proctor suggested that the giant planets may be the parents of their comet families themselves, these being cast off in past times. Prof. Chamberlain was inclined to believe that comets had developed from matter ejected from the sun; but the only accessible proof of that kind lends itself quite as well to the supposition of a mere similarity of matter. But in view of the teaching that Jupiter is gradually expanding to an aeriform condition, the state of our earth before the first "Round," these fifty comets are deeply significant. Must it not be then, that Jupiter's next "incarnation" will be that of a minor Sun, with his comets settled down in life, as planets of a new Solar System? Says the "Heart Doctrine:"

Behold Migmar,(13) as in his crimson veils his "Eye" sweeps over the slumbering Earth. Behold the fiery aura of the "Hand" of Lhagpa(14) extended in protecting love over the heads of his ascetics. Both are now servants to Nyima(15) left in his absence silent watchers in the night. Yet both in Kalpas past were bright Nyimas, and may in future "Days" again become two Suns. Such are the falls and rises of the Karmic Law in nature. (The Voice of the Silence).
And who knows to how many hearts, silent in the pain-filled watches of humbled nights, this in its microcosmic meaning has brought solace?


COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:

PRE-EXISTING INTELLIGENCE

Question: By what process is Consciousness developed through the different races?

Answer: The philosophy shows that Consciousness is not developed; Consciousness always is. It is intelligence which is developed in different ways, in different degrees of substance, on different planes of being. The intelligence gained is an understanding of externalities in their relation to Consciousness itself. After the completion of the rounds of any globe, the intelligence that has been gained in every kingdom is what remains as the type for the next planet. This acquired intelligence is the basis of the Archetypal World, in which types are formulated; in which, let us say with reference to this earth, all the intelligence gained on the moon is formulated, in which all the various degrees of intelligence are contained and are existent before the world is formed. When the day for manifestation comes again, and when the dawn appears, then each form of intelligence differentiates and moves forward until it reaches that state where it can manifest on the basis already gained in the past evolution. So, it is Consciousness first, last, and all the time at the root of all manifestation. Always the Perceiver is behind every form. What is learned in regard to externalities or any instrument is the amount of intelligence gained, and as that intelligence increases it becomes the basis on which better instruments are formed. 


--ROBERT CROSBIE

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EIGHT (8) FOOTNOTES LISTED BELOW:

(8) Science, July 26, 1929.
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(9) Los Angeles Times, Nov. 1, 1930.
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(10) New York World-Telegram, Aug. 1, 1931.
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(11) Literary Digest, July 30, 1932.
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(12) New York Times, Aug. 23, 1932.
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(13) Mars.
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(14) Mercury.
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(15) The Sun.
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