isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter vi (the conflict between religion and science)

Isis Unveiled diagram 1THE HINDU DOCTRINE – The Space Around The Upper Triangle:

“When the “Night of Brahma” was ended, and the time came for the Self-Existent to manifest Itself by revelation, it made its glory visible by sending forth from its Essence an active Power, which, female at first, subsequently becomes androgyne. It is Aditi, the “Infinite”, the Boundless, or rather the “Unbounded”. Aditi is the “mother” of all the gods, and Aditi is the Father and the Son. “Who will give us back to the great Aditi, that I may see father and mother?” It is in conjunction with the latter female Force, that the Divine but latent Thought produces the great “Deep” – water. “Water is born from a transformation of light…and from a modification of the water is born the earth”, says Manu, (book 1).

“Ye are born of Aditi from the water, you who are born of the earth, hear ye all my call.” In this water, (or primeval chaos), the “Infinite” androgyne, which, with the Eternal Cause, forms the first abstract Triad, rendered by AUM, deposited the germ of universal life. It is the Mundane Egg, in which took place the gestation of Purusha, or the manifested Brahma. The germ which fecundated the Mother Principle, (the water), is called Nara, the Divine Spirit or Holy Ghost, and the waters themselves, are an emanation of the former, Nari, while the Spirit which brooded over it is called Narayana.

“In that egg, the great Power sat inactive a whole year of the Creator, at the close of which, by his thought alone, he caused the egg to divide itself.” The upper half became heaven, the lower, the earth, (both yet in their ideal, not their manifested form). Thus, this second triad, only another name for the first one, (never pronounced aloud), and which is the real pre-Vedic and primordial secret Trimurti, consisted of Nara – Father-Heaven; Nari – Mother-Earth; Viradj – the Son or Universe.

The Trimurti, comprising Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Siva, the Destroyer and Regenerator, belongs to a later period. It is an anthropomorphic afterthought, invented for the more popular comprehension of the uninitiated masses. The Dikshita, the initiate knew better. Thus, also, the profound allegory under the colors of a ridiculous fable, given in the Aytareya Brahmana, which resulted in the representations in some temples of Brahm-Nara, assuming the form of a bull, and his daughter, Aditi-Nari, that of a heifer, contains the same metaphysical idea as the “fall of man”, or that of the Spirit into generation – matter.

The All-Pervading Divine Spirit embodied under the symbols of Heaven, the Sun, and Heat, (fire) – the correlation of cosmic forces – fecundates Matter or Nature, the daughter of Spirit. And Para-Brahma himself has to submit to and bear the penance of the curses of the other gods, (Elohim), for such an incest. According to the immutable, and therefore, fatal law, both Nara and Nari are mutually Father and Mother, as well as Father and Daughter. Matter, through infinite transformation, is the gradual product of Spirit. The unification of one Eternal Supreme Cause required such a correlation; and if nature be the product or effect of that Cause, in its turn it has to be fecundated by the same divine Ray which produced nature itself. The most absurd cosmogonical allegories, if analyzed without prejudice, will be found built on strict and logical necessarianism.

“Being was born from not-being”, says a verse in the Rig-Veda. The first being had to become androgyne and finite, by the very fact of its creation as a being. And thus, even the sacred Trimurti, containing Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva will have an end when the “night” of Para-Brahma succeeds the present “day”, or period of universal activity.

The second, or rather the first triad – as the highest one is a pure abstraction – is the intellectual world. The Vâch which surrounds it is a more definite transformation of Aditi. Besides its occult significance in the secret Man tram, Vâch is personified as the active power of Brahma proceeding from him. In the Vedas she is made to speak of herself as the supreme and universal soul. “I bore the Father on the head of the universal mind, and my origin is in the midst of the ocean; and therefore, do I pervade all beings. Originating all beings, I pass like the breeze, (Holy Ghost). I am above this heaven, beyond this earth; and what is the Great One that am I.”

Literally, Vâch is speech, the power of awakening, through the metrical arrangement contained in the number and syllables of the Mantras, corresponding powers in the invisible world. In the sacrificial Mysteries Vâch stirs up the Brahma, (Brahma jinvati), or the power lying latent at the bottom of every magical operation. It existed from eternity as the Yajna, (its latent form), lying dormant in Brahma from “no-beginning”, and proceeded forth from him as Vâch, (the active power). It is the key to the “Traiv-idyâ”, the thrice sacred science which teaches the Yajus, (the sacrificial Mysteries).

Having done with the unrevealed triad, and the first triad of the Sephiroth, called the “intellectual world”, little remains to be said. In the great geometrical figure, which has the double triangle in it, the central circle represents the world within the universe. The double triangle belongs to one of the most important, if it is not, in itself the most important, of the mystic figures in India. It is the emblem of the Trimurti three in one. The triangle with its apex upward indicates the male principle, downward the female; the two typifying, at the same time, spirit, and matter. This world within the infinite universe is the microcosm within the macrocosm, as in the Jewish Kabala.

It is the symbol of the womb of the universe, the terrestrial egg, whose archetype is the golden mundane egg. It is from within this spiritual bosom of mother nature that proceed all the great saviours of the universe – the avatars of the invisible Deity. “Of him who is and yet is not, from the not-being, Eternal Cause, is born the being Pouroucha”, says Manu, the legislator. Pouroucha is the “divine male”, the second god, and the avatar, or the Logos of Para-Brahma and his divine son, who in his turn produced Viradj, the son, or the ideal type of the universe. “Viradj begins the work of creation by producing the ten Pradjapati, ‘the lords of all beings.’”

According to the doctrine of Manu, the universe is subjected to a periodical and never-ending succession of creations and dissolutions, which periods of creation are named Manvântara. “It is the germ, (which the Divine Spirit produced from its own substance), which never perishes in the being, for it becomes the soul of Being, and at the period of pralaya, (dissolution), it returns to absorb itself again into the Divine Spirit, which itself rests from all eternity within Swayambhuva, the ‘Self-Existent’”. (Institute of Manu, Book 1). As we have shown, neither the Svabhavikas, Buddhist philosophers – nor the Brahmans believe in a creation of the universe ex-nihilo, but both believe in the Prakriti, the indestructibility of matter.

The evolution of species, and the successive appearance of various new types is very distinctly shown in Manu. “From earth, heat, and water are born all creatures, whether animate or inanimate, produced by the germ which the Divine Spirit drew from its own substance. Thus has Brahma established the series of transformations from the plant up to man, and from man up to the primordial essence. Among them each succeeding being, (or element), acquires the quality of the preceding; and in as many degrees as each of them is advanced, with so many properties is it said to be endowed.” (Manu, book 1, sloka 20). This we believe, is the veritable theory of the modern evolutionists.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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