Isis Unveiled: chapter II (A Deeper Philosophy)

“Where is then that matter which you all pretend to know so well; and from which – being so familiar with it – you draw all your conclusions and explanations, and attribute to it all things? …That, which can be fully realized by our reason and senses, is but the superficial: they can never reach the true inner substance of things. Such was the opinion of Kant.

 
If you consider that there is in a human head some sort of a spirit, then you are obliged to concede the same to a stone. If your dead and utterly passive matter can manifest a tendency toward gravitation, or, like electricity, attract and repel, and send out sparks – then, as well as the brain, it can also think.

 
In short, every particle of the so-called spirit, we can replace with an equivalent of matter, and every particle of matter replace with spirit….

 
Thus, it is not the Cartesian division of all things into matter and spirit that can ever be found philosophically exact; but only if we divide them into will and manifestation, which form of division has naught to do with the former, for it spiritualizes every thing: all that, which is in the first instance real and objective – body and matter – it transforms into a representation, and every manifestation into will.”

 
These views corroborate what we have expressed about the various names given to the same thing. The disputants are battling about mere words.

 
Call the phenomena force, energy, electricity or magnetism, will, or spirit-power, it will ever be the partial manifestation of the soul, whether disembodied or imprisoned for a while in its body – of a portion of that intelligent, omnipotent, and individual WILL, pervading all nature, and known, through the insufficiency of human language to express correctly psychological images, as – GOD.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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