Our universe is only one of an infinite number of universes. Both
occult and modern science are agreed about this. But do the same laws
that govern our universe rule other universes?
The Sunday Times (London) reports that a group of astronomers
and cosmologists recently organized a conference in Cambridge, England,
to discuss this issue. The group, which includes celebrities like
Professor Stephen Hawking and Sir Martin Rees, the astronomer royal,
are of the view that the laws thought to govern the universe, including
Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, must be rewritten. Such laws,
they say, may only work for our universe but not in others. "It is
becoming increasingly likely that the rules we had thought were fundamental
through time and space are actually just by-laws for our bit of it,"
said Rees, whose new book, Our Cosmic Habitat, has just been
published. The experts agreed that "creation is emerging as even stranger
than we thought."
What Rees, Hawking and others are now looking at is the idea that
there are different laws of nature operating in each universe. "Some
universes would have all their matter clumped together into a few
huge black holes, while others would be nothing more than a thin uniform
freezing gas." However, Hawking and his colleagues increasingly disagree
over how this "multiverse" could work.
Not much can be known to earthly humans about the laws governing
other universes and the life evolving there. According to Occult doctrine,
every universe has its own Ruler, its own Logos. (The Secret Doctrine,
The esoteric meaning of the word Logos is the rendering
in objective expression, as in a photograph, of the concealed thought.
The Logos is the mirror reflecting DIVINE MIND, and the Universe
is the mirror of the Logos, though the latter is the esse
of that Universe. (S.D., II, 25)
At the commencement of a great Manvantara, Parabrahm
manifests as Mulaprakriti and then as the Logos. This Logos is equivalent
to the "Unconscious Universal Mind," etc., of Western Pantheists.
It constitutes the Basis of the SUBJECT-side of manifested Being,
and is the source of all manifestations of individual consciousness.
Mulaprakriti or Primodial Cosmic Substance, is the foundation of
the OBJECT-side of things-basis of all objective evolution and Cosmogenesis.
Force, then, does not emerge with Primordial Substance from Parabrahmic
Latency. It is the transformation into energe of the supraconscious
thought of the Logos, infused, so to speak, into the objectivation
of the latter out of potential latency in the One Reality. Hence
spring the wondrous laws of matter. (S.D., II, 24)
How did life begin on earth? An Indo-British team of scientists claims
to have "startling proof" of how comets from outer space may have
sowed the seeds of life here. This, the researchers say, could have
a profound impact and change perceptions about the origins of the
At a science conference of astro-biologists at San Diego, U.S.A.,
held early this August, the researchers presented evidence of the
presence of living organisms floating in the earth's very high stratosphere.
India Today (August 13) reports:
Using a special upper atmosphere balloon probe built by the Indian
Space Research Organization (ISRO), the team's analysis of air samples
taken at heights between 25 km and 41 km in Hyderabad were starling.
It showed a profusion of bacteria-like organisms swarming in a region
where the temperature is as cold as in Antarctica and the atmosphere
so rarefied that terrestrial life is almost non-existent.
Chandra Wickramasinghe, a professor at the Centre for Astrobiology,
Cardiff University, U.K., and a key member of the Indo-British scientific
team, says: "Our findings have a profound impact on the concept
of how life began on earth. It is clear that this invasion from
space has had a lot more to do with it." If the team's findings
are validated by further experiments, it would provide strong evidence
that life was first created in deep space and not on the earth itself
as is widely believed. Acting as super sperm distributors of the
cosmos, comets passing through the earth's vicinity may have deposited
genetically rich cosmic dust on the planet. These are believed to
have sowed the seeds of primitive life on earth.
It was known that hundreds of tones of cometary material enter
the earth's upper atmosphere daily. But the idea of panspermia (or
the concept that life on earth was fertilized from interstellar
space) involves comeary bombardment containing biological material.
Now for the first time they have clear proof of such a phenomenon….
Certainly the team is onto something big. For if they are able
to prove that life does have a cosmic origin, then major biological
concepts including the mechanistic theory of the origin of life
would have to undergo radical changes. Darwin's theory of natural
selection will now have to take into account the assistance of genes
from inter-stellar space….More than anything else the discovery
once again leaves wide open the fundamental questions of how and
where life began. As Wickramasinghe says, "We may all be truly the
children of space, the offspring of a higher cosmic system." It
is an intriguing possibility.
The Theosophical view, which is the view of Occult Science, is that
"there never was a time when the earth was without life upon it. Wherever
there is an atom of matter, a particle or a molecule, even in its
most gaseous condition, there is life in it, however latent and unconscious"
(S.D., I, 258). Occultism thus disposes of the so-called Azoic
age of science, the age in which there is supposed to have been no
trace of life. Life always was, is and ever shall be; it did not originate,
but is the origin of all. It is, therefore, life which caused the
earth to come into existence. So the appropriate question is not how
life began on earth, but when and how earth came to be.
As for the role of the comets, the ancients believed that "the first
living germ had dropped to the earth from some passing comet" (The
Secret Doctrine, I, 366 fn.). Mr. Judge explains in "Hidden Hints
in the Secret Doctrine":
Comets are the wanderers who, in the great struggle and rush of
matter in any place where a system of worlds is to come into existence,
act as aggregators or collectors of the cosmic matter until at last
sufficient collections are made to cause the beginning of globes.
(U.L.T. Pamphlet No. 16, p.6)
Astrology is deeply embedded in Indian culture and still appears
to hold fascination for Indians, no matter how much they modernize.
But the recent decision by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
to offer Vedic astrology as a university course has stirred up a hornets'
nest with those against it calling the step "regressive."
Should astrology be treated as a science? Should the state be encouraging
its study? India Today team and its countrywide bureaus explored
various aspects of the astrology debate, and their findings are published
in the issue for September 17. It is stated editorially: "There remains
little doubt in their mind that astrology with its emphasis on individual
interpretation can hardly constitute a science." Reporter Suchi Sinha
says: "Although astrology has some empirical basis, it also blends
subjectivity and mythology."
There is a vast difference between what is practiced by present-day
astrologers and true astrology as a "mathematical Science."
How many today have enough knowledge of the latter to be able to teach
it at the university level, is a questionable point. However, there
does exist a psychic relationship between the planets and human beings
on earth. The key to the value of a knowledge of astrology lies in
the Laws of Karma and Reincarnation. We are self-produced beings.
Just as we have produced ourselves in the far past, so now we are
producing ourselves. "We produce CAUSES, and these awaken the corresponding
powers in the sidereal world; which powers are magnetically and irresistibly
attracted to-and react upon-those who produced these causes" (The
Secret Doctrine, I, 124). It is this aspect of the age-old teaching
which can make knowledge of astrology valuable. It is not the stars
and constellations that make us what we are; they are but, as it were,
the writing on the wall. And we must see our present acts, thoughts
and feelings as the writing on the wall of the future. The Theosophical
position was stated thus in The Theosophist for June 1884:
Although a study of this science may enable one to
determine what the course of events will be, it cannot necessarily
be inferred therefrom that the planets exercise any influence over
that course. The clock indicates, it does not influence, the time.
And a distant traveler has often to put right his clock so that it
may indicate correctly the time of the place he visits. Thus, though
the planets may have no hand in changing the destiny of the man, still
their position may indicate what that destiny is likely to be. This
hypothesis leads us to the question, "What is destiny?" As understood
by the Occultist, it is merely the chain of causation producing its
correspondential series of effects.
Newsweek Special Issue (July-September 2001) is titled "East
Meets West." Among other issues dealt with, special attention is given
to the rising interest in "spirituality" which is attracting a new
wave of Westerners-and Indians themselves-to the East. For centuries,
says Sudip Mazumdar, India has been the destination of many a spiritual
But [writes Mazumdar] not since the hippie invasion of the 1960s
has the country seen such a flood of foreigners seeking enlightenment-or
at least a bit of peace. In the holy town of Rishikesh, nestled
in the Himalayan foothills, some 50 ashrams now cater to Western
visitors. More than 30 "spiritual tour" operators in northern Indian
say their programs are fully booked, some two years in advance….
The new breed of pilgrims differ markedly from previous ones. They
come from all economic backgrounds and age groups, not only the
young….They are not iconoclasts. They are seeking some kind of spiritual
experience without forsaking their own spiritual or cultural heritage….
As such, this wave of tourism is fueled largely by the rise in
nontraditional spirituality in the United States and Europe. No
longer do most would-be disciples seek out individual gurus and
exotic forms of worship….Interestingly, the boom coincides with
a massive surge of faith among Indians themselves. At least 100
Indian religious portals have sprung up on the Net….As their society-and
their problems-become more Western, middle-class Indians are discovering
what many Westerners have already found: a destination in their
There is a good deal of misunderstanding, both in the West and in
present-day India, as to what real spirituality implies. Place or
country has nothing to do with spirituality, and India today is no
more spiritual than any other country. Spirituality may transform
and better a place, but the result is a consequence, not a cause.
The cause lies in Spirit; the effect, in matter. Both are aspects
of Life itself.
Spirituality begins within. It depends upon an awakening from worldly
illusions to the reality of spiritual consciousness, the immortal
higher nature, "the center spot" within. The path of spirituality
is an inner path; the light we need to tread it is an inner light;
the goal it leads to is an inner goal.
Parents often cause psychological exhaustion in their children by
pushing them to perform better. There is no doubt that the first few
years of a child's life are of the greatest importance, but is it
wise to push children academically at this stage? Is not the growth
of intellect a continuous process? Are any of the proponents of early
education prepared to accept the fact that each child is a Divine
Ego possessing wonderful powers and potentialities and with an illimitable
past and future? Any educational programme that ignores this vital
fact can hardly be said to be based on a sound foundation. The process
of education, as the word itself suggests, is one of unfoldment. If
it is seen as a drawing out, then the usual learning from outside
would change into an education from inside. The capacity of the very
young to learn things faster needs to be availed of by parents to
bring out what is innate in the child, instead of burdening it with
mere academic training.