Hierarchies of Intelligence
We now have several relevant differences between the version of
cosmology according to the ancient wisdom and that of the
"God did it" varieties.
One difference is a more abstract cosmic ultimate. Vastly
different. A second difference is that the Absolute, and even
consciousness, are not separate from the universe. "They" (It?)
do not create something separate from themselves. God creates something
separate from "Himself" but the absolute does not.
Furthermore, we are fundamentally not distinct from the
consciousness that underlies the universe. With the
God-did-it version we are separate creations from the creator.
Under that version we have a quite different place in the universe.
But yet another difference comes under the heading of
"hierarchies". In a theistic religion, at least as standardly
perceived, God does it all. The ancient wisdom says
differently. The ancient wisdom has a hierarchy of intelligences
involved. We also should note they are involved in varying
degrees. Her words:
This hierarchy of spiritual Beings, through which the
Universal Mind comes into action, is like an army - a "Host,"
truly - by means of which the fighting power of a nation
manifests itself, and which is composed of army corps,
divisions, brigades, regiments, and so forth, each with its
separate individuality or life, and its limited freedom of
action and limited responsibilities; each contained in a
larger individuality, to which its own interests are
subservient, and each containing lesser individualities
in itself. (SDi38)
In the next passage Blavatsky refers to a "septenary
hierarchy". This is the Dhyan Chohans referred to above as
an early stage in the evolution of consciousness into a
Stanza IV. shows the differentiation of the "Germ" of
the Universe into the septenary hierarchy of conscious
Divine Powers, who are the active manifestations of the
One Supreme Energy. They are the framers, shapers, and
ultimately the creators of all the manifested Universe,
in the only sense in which the name "Creator" is
intelligible; they inform and guide it; they are the
intelligent Beings who adjust and control evolution,
embodying in themselves those manifestations of the ONE
LAW, which we know as "The Laws of Nature." Generically,
they are known as the Dhyan Chohans, though each of the
various groups has its own designation in the Secret
Doctrine. This stage of evolution is spoken of in Hindu
mythology as the "Creation" of the Gods. (SDi21-22)
In the next passage she makes an analogy between the earliest
consciousness and the actual working out of the universe -
an analogy between the Architect that never touches one stone
of the building and the actual masons.
... we hope to have proven so far the following facts: ...
(2) It admits a Logos or a collective "Creator" of the
Universe; a Demi-urgos-in the sense implied when one speaks
of an "Architect" as the "Creator" of an edifice, whereas
that Architect has never touched one stone of it, but,
while furnishing the plan, left all the manual labour to
the masons; in our case the plan was furnished by the
Ideation of the Universe, and the constructive labour was
left to the Hosts of intelligent Powers and Forces. But
that Demiurgos is no personal deity,-i.e., an imperfect
extra-cosmic god,-but only the aggregate of the
Dhyan-Chohans and the other forces.
Notice in this next quote that Blavatsky is referencing
sentient Beings that have not yet reached the stage of man
as well as sentient beings that have passed the stage of man.
The whole Kosmos is guided, controlled, and animated by almost
endless series of Hierarchies of sentient Beings, each
having a mission to perform . . . They vary infinitely in their
respective degrees of consciousness and intelligence; and to
call them all pure Spirits without any of the earthly alloy
"which time is wont to prey upon" is only to indulge in
poetical fancy. For each of these Beings either was, or
prepares to become, a man, if not in the present, then in
a past or a coming cycle (Manvantara). They are perfected,
when not incipient, men... (SDi274-5)
"No Religion Higher Than Truth"
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