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Imperfections in Design
Occasionally these days a Darwinist will condemn the "Designer" for
having produced an imperfect piece of handiwork - and thereby cast
aspersions on the Designer's existence.
Sometimes the Darwinist will include remarks on the vicissitudes
of life here on earth. Usually this is because the Darwinist is
unaware of the metaphysics of occultism. Reincarnation, karma and
the long term spiritual evolution of humanity make rational sense
out of those vicissitudes.
That leaves an interesting question concerning the imperfections
in the design of these physical life forms. Perhaps the same issue was
floated in 1888 when Blavatsky published "The Secret Doctrine"
because she mentions this several times.
For, it is those terrestrial spirits of Nature, who form the
aggregated Nature; which, if it fails occasionally in its design,
is neither to be considered blind, nor to be taxed with the
failure; since, belonging to a differentiated sum of qualities
and attributes, it is in virtue of that alone conditioned and
Here she specifically disclaims omnipotence and omniscience for
But there are certainly "designers," though these are neither
omnipotent nor omniscient in the absolute sense of the term.
They are simply Builders, or Masons, working under the impulse
given them by the ever-to-be-unknown, (on our plane) Master
Mason - the ONE LIFE and Law. Belonging to this sphere, they
have no hand in, or possibility of working on any other, during
the present Manvantara, at any rate. That they work in cycles
and on a strictly geometrical and mathematical scale of
progression, is what the extinct animal species amply
demonstrate; that they act by design in the details of minor
lives (of side animal issues, etc.) is what natural history has
sufficient evidence for.
Again she references the imperfection of the designers making
them not fit subjects for worship.
This results in a perpetual series of physical manifestations
and moral effects on Earth, during manvantaric periods, the
whole being subservient to Karma. As that process is not always
perfect; and since, however many proofs it may exhibit of a
guiding intelligence behind the veil, it still shows gaps and
flaws, and even results very often in evident failures -
therefore, neither the collective Host (Demiurgos), nor any of
the working powers individually, are proper subjects for
divine honours or worship.
In this way the ancient wisdom contrasts again with standard
theistic religion. The imperfections are philosophically an
annoyance in the argument if God, the Designer, is omnipotent
and omniscient. However those imperfections are only natural in
the understanding of the sages.
The evidence of imperfection again points to ancient wisdom
over standard religion and answers the criticisms of the
"No Religion Higher Than Truth"
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