THEOSOPHY, Vol. 74, No. 8, June, 1986
(Pages 238-241; Size: 12K)
HUMANITY--THE IMPERFECT EXPRESSION(1)Humanity, as a whole, is in reality a materialized though as yet very imperfect expression of the Hierarchies of Dhyan Chohans.THE doctrine teaches that, in order to become a divine, fully conscious god, the Spiritual primeval Intelligences must pass through the human stage. And when we say human, this does not apply merely to our terrestrial humanity, but to the mortals that inhabit any world. Each Entity must have won for itself the right of becoming divine, through self-experience. One has to remember that, in the Hindu philosophy, every differentiated unit is such only through the cycle of Maya, being one in essence with the Supreme or One Spirit. Having connected himself with every atom in manifested Space, the Pilgrim, having struggled through and suffered in every form of life and being, is only at the bottom of the valley of matter, and half through his cycle, when he has identified himself with collective Humanity. This, he has made in his own image.--H. P. BLAVATSKY
Occultism defines and limits the number of primordial races to seven, because of the "seven progenitors," or prajapatis, the evolvers of beings. They are neither gods, nor supernatural Beings, but advanced Spirits from another and lower planet, reborn on this one, and giving birth in their turn in the present Round to present Humanity. There is not an old fragment but shows belief in a multiform and even multigeneric evolution -- spiritual, psychic, intellectual and physical -- of human beings. Our races, they all show, have sprung from divine races, by whatever names they are called. Every nation held its first god and gods to be androgynous; nor could it be otherwise, since they regarded their distant primeval progenitors, their dual-sexed ancestors, as divine Beings and Gods, just as do the Chinese to this day. And they were divine in one sense, as also were their first human progeny, the "mind-born" primitive humanity, which were most assuredly bi-sexual, as all the more ancient symbols and traditions show.
The first humanity was a pale copy of its progenitors; too material, even in its ethereality, to be a hierarchy of gods; too spiritual and pure to be MEN, endowed as it is with every negative perfection. Perfection to be fully such, must be born out of imperfection, the incorruptible must grow out of the corruptible, having the latter as its vehicle and basis of contrast. Each class of Creators endows man with what it has to give. It is those who are unable to create the spiritual immortal man, who project the senseless model (the Astral) of the physical Being. They could not make men as they were themselves -- perfect, because sinless; sinless, because having only the first, pale shadowy outlines of attributes, and these all perfect -- from the human standpoint -- white, pure and cold as the virgin snow. The Barhishad, though possessed of creative fire, were devoid of the higher MAHAT-mic element. Being on a level with the lower principles -- those which precede gross objective matter -- they could only give birth to the outer man, or rather to the model of the physical, the astral man. Humanity, "of the Earth earthy," was not destined to be created by the angels of the first divine Breath: therefore the latter are said to have refused to do so, and men had to be formed by more material creators, who, in their turn, could only give what they had in their natures, and no more. Subservient to eternal law, the pure gods could only project out of themselves shadowy men, a little less ethereal and spiritual, less divine and perfect than themselves -- shadows still. The Monads which incarnated in these empty SHELLS, remained as unconscious as when separated from their previous incomplete forms and vehicles. There is no potentiality for creation, or self-Consciousness, in a pure Spirit on this our plane, unless its too homogeneous, perfect, because divine, nature is, so to say, mixed with, and strengthened by, an essence already differentiated.
The Agnishwatta were devoid of the grosser creative fire, hence unable to create physical man, having no double or astral body, to project, since they were without any form. Yet it is they alone who could complete man, i.e., make of him a self-conscious, almost a divine being -- a god on earth. It was those who would not multiply, who sacrificed themselves to the good and salvation of Spiritual Humanity.
Esoteric philosophy shows that man is truly the manifested deity in both its aspects -- good and evil, but theology cannot admit this philosophical truth. Teaching the dogma of the Fallen Angels in its dead-letter meaning, and having made of Satan the corner-stone and pillar of the dogma of redemption -- to do so would be suicidal. Having once shown the rebellious angels distinct from God and the Logos in their personalities, the admission that the downfall of the disobedient Spirits meant simply their fall into generation and matter, would be equivalent to saying that God and Satan were identical. For since the LOGOS (or God) is the aggregate of that once divine Host accused of having fallen, it would follow that the Logos and Satan are one.
The subject of Æschylus' drama is known to all cultured readers. The demi-god robs the gods (the Elohim) of their secret -- the mystery of the creative fire. For this sacrilegious attempt he (Prometheus) is struck down by Kronos ("time") and delivered unto Zeus, the Father and creator of a mankind which he would wish to have blind intellectually, and animal-like; a personal deity, which will not see MAN "like one of us." The Crucified Titan (Prometheus) is the personified symbol of the collective Logos, the "Host," and of the "Lords of Wisdom" or the HEAVENLY MAN, who incarnated in Humanity. Prometheus having endowed man, according to Plato's "Protagoras," with that "wisdom which ministers to physical well-being," but the lower aspect of manas of the animal (Kama) having remained unchanged -- instead of "an untainted mind, heaven's first gift" (Æschylus), there was created the eternal vulture of the ever unsatisfied desire, of regret and despair coupled with "the dreamlike feebleness that fetters the blind race of mortals," unto the day when Prometheus is released by his heaven-appointed deliverer, Herakles.
The fire received has turned into the greatest curse: the animal element, and consciousness of its possession, has changed periodical instinct into chronic animalism and sensuality. It is this which hangs over humanity like a heavy funeral pall. Thus arises the responsibility of free-will; the Titanic passions which represent humanity in its darkest aspect; the "restless insatiability of the lower passions and desires, when, with self-asserting insolence they bid defiance to the restraints of law."
If one breaks the laws of Harmony, or, as a theosophical writer expresses it, "the laws of life," one must be prepared to fall into the chaos one produced. Therefore, if any one is helpless before these immutable laws, it is not ourselves, the artificers of our destinies, but rather those angels, the guardians of harmony. Karma-Nemesis is no more than the (spiritual) dynamical effects of causes produced and forces awakened into activity by our own actions. The "Fallen Angels," so called, are Humanity itself. The Demon of Pride, Lust, Rebellion, and Hatred, has never had any being before the appearance of physical conscious man. It is man who has begotten, nurtured, and allowed the fiend to develop in his heart; he, again, who has contaminated the indwelling god in himself, by linking the pure spirit with the impure demon of matter. And, if the Kabalistic saying, "Demon est Deus inversus" finds its metaphysical and theoretical corroboration in dual manifested nature, its practical application is found in Mankind alone.
Creative powers in man were the gift of divine wisdom, not the result of sin. Nor was the curse of KARMA called down for seeking natural union, as all the mindless animal-world does in its proper season; but for abusing the creative power, for desecrating the divine gift, and wasting the life-essence for no purpose except bestial personal gratification. Nature has never intended that woman should bring forth her young "in sorrow." The divine Titan has then suffered in vain; and one feels inclined to regret his benefaction to mankind. Our Saviours, the Agnishwatta and other divine "sons of the Flame of Wisdom" (personified by the Greek Prometheus), may well, in the injustice of the human heart, be left unrecognized and unthanked. They may, in our ignorance of the truth, be indirectly cursed for Pandora's gift: but to find them proclaimed and declared by the mouth of the clergy, the EVIL ONES, is too heavy a Karma for "Him who dared alone" -- when Zeus "ardently desired" to quench the entire human race -- to save "that mortal race" from perdition.
It is not in the Kali Yug, our present terrifically materialistic age of Darkness, the "Black Age," that a new Saviour of Humanity can ever appear.
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