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"4.  Matter is Eternal. It is the Upadhi (the physical basis) for the One infinite Universal Mind to build thereon its ideations.   Therefore, the Esotericists maintain that there is no inorganic or dead matter in nature, the distinction between the two made by Science being as unfounded as its arbitrary and devoid of reason. [...]

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"Whatever may be the destiny of these actual writings in a remote future, we hope to have proven so far the following facts:   1.  The Secret Doctrine teaches no Atheism, except in the Hindu sense of the word Nastika, or the rejection of idols, including every anthropomorphic god. In this sense every Occultist is [...]

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"The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march toward a higher life. There is a design in the action of the seemingly blindest forces.   The whole process of evolution with its endless adaptations is a proof of this.   The immutable laws that weed out the weak and feeble species, to make room [...]

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"5.  Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is CONSCIOUS: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.   We must remember that because we do not perceive any signs - which we can recognize - of consciousness, say, in stones, we have no right to [...]

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"3.  The Universe is the periodical manifestation of this unknown Absolute Essence. IT is best described as neither Spirit nor matter, but both.   4.  The Universe is called, with everything in it, MAYA, because all is temporary therein, from the ephemeral life of a fire-fly to that of the Sun.   Compared to the [...]

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"Let us recapitulate and show, by the vastness of the subjects expounded, how difficult, if not impossible, it is to do them full justice.   1.  The Secret Doctrine is the accumulated Wisdom of the Ages, and its cosmogony alone is the most stupendous and elaborate system.   It is the uninterrupted record covering thousands [...]