THEOSOPHY, Vol. 18, No. 3, January, 1930
(Pages 108-110; Size: 10K)
(Number 18 of a 103-part series)
SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE
AS related in Science, Dec. 14, 1928, Dr. Veining-Meinesz, who has been studying the Nares deep, north of Porto Rico, finds a deficiency of gravity in the North and an excess in the South. He thinks this indicates a horizontal pressure in a north and south direction in the ocean bottom of this region, which has a tendency to push Porto Rico up and the deep down. Other observations, it is stated, indicate an excess of gravity off the Pacific shore of Central America, possibly indicating that the Americas are pushing to the west. The Nares deep region, of course, is involved in the great Mid-Miocene activity which engulfed Atlantis -- an activity which continues by fits and starts, and probably will do so until new continents have arisen. The apparent western tendency of the Americas means heavy stresses in the ocean bottom of the Pacific, where already thousands of square miles are known to have suffered a recent shoaling. The Secret Doctrine predicts the rising of new continents at a certain time, the conditions connected with which bring fittingly into this place the enterprise of Dr. Walter von Hohenau, (The New York Sun, Oct. 26, 1928). He assumes to have perfected a process by which fuel can be obtained from water. By applying high electro-magnetic vibrations to water, he claims to have released hydrogen, which can be used as fuel gas. Under any law of physics known to us, the application of power would consume more energy than could be obtained from the combustion of the released hydrogen. Therefore we believe that if Dr. Hohenau has really discovered a new force, his explanation is merely a blind. If so, he is now in the same status as the famed and unfortunate Keely, whose discovery was dealt with thus by Madame Blavatsky:The discovery in its completeness is by several thousand -- or shall we say hundred thousand? -- years too premature. It will be at its appointed place and time only when the great roaring flood of starvation, misery, and underpaid labour ebbs back again -- as it will when happily at last the just demands of the many are attended to; when the proletariat exists but in name, and the pitiful cry for bread, that rings throughout the world unheeded, has died away. This may be hastened by the spread of learning, and by new openings for work and emigration, with better prospects than exist now, and on some new continent that may appear. Then only will "Keely's Motor and Force," as originally contemplated by himself and friends, be in demand, because it will be more needed by the poor than by the wealthy. (Secret Doctrine, 1888, I, 563-4.)Meantime, in the Scientific Monthly for September, 1928, Prof. Andrew C. Lawson, of the University of California, gives geological evidence to the effect that Australia is only the remaining fragment of a large land mass. The engulfment, he says, is still going on, though what this may mean is a geological mystery. Australia being the last remains of the lost continent called for convenience, "Lemuria," it is no Theosophical mystery, however.
The Hearst papers, during the autumn of 1928, printed a resumé of geological facts indicating that England and Scotland are tilting a few inches per century at the south-eastern edges. Sweden and Norway are warping out of shape, and old villas in Dalmatia are now visible under twenty feet of water. It will be recalled that Madame Blavatsky spoke of a time when the forthcoming races to be developed in the Americas would be in their prime, and the "already autopsized lands" of Europe would be nearing their end. The European races, she said, would be the beneficiaries of "some 16,000 years reprieve," this being the remaining duration of the present geological cycle.
Prof. Walter Gothan, of the Prussian Geological Survey (The Week's Science, Feb. 25, 1929), after studying fossil plants, suggests that another ice age is creeping back on northern Europe and North America, fated possibly to return in 20,000 to 30,000 years, which is a close enough approximation.The ever-blooming lands of the Second Continent (Greenland, among others) were transformed, in order, from Edens with their eternal spring, into hyperborean Hades. This transformation was due to the displacement of the great waters of the globe, to oceans changing their beds; and the bulk of the Second Race perished in this first great throe of the evolution and consolidation of the globe during the human period. Of such great cataclysms there have already been four. And we may expect a fifth for ourselves in due course of time. The first occurred when what is now the North Pole was separated from the later Continents. (S.D. II, 138).
Thus the Americans have become in only three centuries a "primary race," pro tem., before becoming a race apart ... They are, in short, the germs of the Sixth sub-race, and in some few hundred years more, will become most decidedly the pioneers of that race which must succeed to the present European or fifth sub-race, in all its new characteristics. After this, in about 25,000 years, they will launch into preparations for the seventh sub-race; until, in consequence of cataclysms -- the first series of those which must one day destroy Europe, and still later the whole Aryan race (and thus affect both Americas), as also most of the lands directly connected with the confines of our continent and isles -- the Sixth Root-Race will have appeared on the stage of our Round. When shall this be? Who knows save the great Masters of Wisdom, perchance, and they are as silent upon the subject as the snow-capped peaks that tower above them ... The Fifth will overlap the Sixth Race for many hundreds of millenniums, changing with it slower than its new successor, still changing in stature, general physique, and mentality, just as the Fourth overlapped our Aryan race, and the Third had overlapped the Atlanteans ... there will be no more Americans when the Sixth Race commences for they will have now become a new race, and many new nations. (S.D. II, 444-6).
COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:
Nobody ever fully enters into any thought or feeling. If one did so, he would be that thought or feeling; could never consciously experience another; would have entered the deva, less than human, kingdom -- like the Pratyeka-Buddha -- and be unable to re-emerge therefrom. It would be in fact a denial of Self-hood, an abdication of Self-consciousness, a consummation of separativeness and selfishness, a voluntary "annihilation." Is not the clearly apparent fact of our participation in thought and feeling, yet always with something reserved -- so that we can "suffer or enjoy," which means to evaluate -- proof positive of the presence of the Unmanifested in us? We are never fully expressed. We have thoughts and feelings, but we are not these expressions. They pass, and we have more -- the capacity for having and experiencing them is limitless. We are still there, through them all, preceding all, experiencing all, surviving all. We are eternally -- before birth, during life, after death -- continually manifesting but never entering fully into any of our "works." Thus may we see the doctrine of MAN, the eternal and unmanifest, in the saying of the Bhagavad-Gita: "All this universe is pervaded by me in my invisible form; all things exist in me, but I do not exist in them. Nor are all things in me; behold this my divine mystery: myself causing things to exist and supporting them all but dwelling not in them." It is the Presence of the Unmanifested that supports the Manifested. Eternal subjectivity is behind all changing objectivity. "But what, O Arjuna, hast thou to do with so much knowledge as this? I established this whole universe with a single portion of myself, and remain separate."
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