cosmogenesis: the night of the universe (stanza I)

“9.  BUT WHERE WAS THE DANGMA WHEN THE ALAYA OF THE UNIVERSE (SOUL AS THE BASIS OF ALL, ANIMA MUNDI) WAS IN PARAMARTHA (ABSOLUTE BEING AND CONSCIOUSNESS WHICH ARE ABSOLUTE NON-BEING AND UNCONSCIOUSNESS) AND THE GREAT WHEEL WAS ANUPADAKA?
Alaya is literally the “Soul of the World” or Anima Mundi, and according to esoteric teaching it changes periodically its nature.

 
Alaya, though eternal and changeless in its inner essence on the planes which are unreachable by either men or Cosmic Gods (Dhyani-Buddhas), alters during the active life-period with respect to the lower planes, ours included.

 
During that time not only the Dhyani-Buddhas are one with Alaya in Soul and Essence, but even the man strong in Yoga (mystic meditation) “is able to merge his soul with it” (Aryasanga). This is not Nirvana, but a condition next to it.

 
Esoteric philosophy teaches that everything lives and is conscious, but not that all life and consciousness are similar to those of human or even animal beings.

 
Life we look upon as “the one form of existence”, manifesting in what is called matter; or, as in man, what, incorrectly separating them, we name Spirit, Soul and Matter.

 
Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this plane of existence, and soul is the vehicle on a higher plane for the manifestation of spirit, and these three are a trinity synthesized by Life, which pervades them all.

 
The term Anupadaka, “parentless”, or without progenitors, is a mystical designation having several meanings in philosophy. Hence, when speaking of the Universe in its formless, eternal, or absolute condition, before it was fashioned by the “Builders” – the expression “the Universe was Anupadaka.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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