III - The Source of Life: The Unseen World
1.) Beyond Time & Space - Unconditioned
(HPB, The Secret Doctrine; Vol. 1., pg. 14)
The Secret Doctrine establishes three fundamental propositions:
(a) An Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable PRINCIPLE
on which all speculation is impossible, since it transcends the
power of human conception and could only be dwarfed by any human
expression or similitude. It is beyond the range and reach of
thought -- in the words of Mandukya, "unthinkable and unspeakable."
To render these ideas clearer to the general reader, let him
set out with the postulate that there is one absolute Reality
which antecedes all manifested, conditioned, being. This Infinite
and Eternal Cause -- dimly formulated in the "Unconscious"
and "Unknowable" of current European philosophy --
is the rootless root of "all that was, is, or ever shall
be." It is of course devoid of all attributes and is essentially
without any relation to manifested, finite Being. It is "Be-ness"
rather than Being (in Sanskrit, Sat), and is beyond all thought
This "Be-ness" is symbolised in the Secret Doctrine
under two aspects. On the one hand, absolute abstract Space,
representing bare subjectivity, the one thing which no human
mind can either exclude from any conception, or conceive of by
itself. On the other, absolute Abstract Motion representing Unconditioned
Consciousness. Even our Western thinkers have shown that Consciousness
is inconceivable to us apart from change, and motion best symbolises
change, its essential characteristic. This latter aspect of the
one Reality, is also symbolised by the term "The Great Breath,"
a symbol sufficiently graphic to need no further elucidation.
Thus, then, the first fundamental axiom of the Secret Doctrine
is this metaphysical ONE ABSOLUTE -- BE-NESS -- symbolised by
finite intelligence as the theological Trinity.
(HPB, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, pg. 15)
Parabrahm (the One Reality, the Absolute) is the field of Absolute
Consciousness, i.e., that Essence which is out of all relation
to conditioned existence, and of which conscious existence is
a conditioned symbol.
( HPB Article, "The Mind Of Nature")
Of such "presentiments" the whole literature--or what
remains of this sacerdotal literature--of India, Egypt, Chaldea,
Persia, Greece and even of Guatemala (Popul Vuh), is full. Based
on the same foundation-stone--the ancient Mysteries--the primitive
religions, all without one exception, reflect the most important
of the once universal beliefs, such, for instance, as an impersonal
and universal divine Principle, absolute in its nature, and unknowable
to the "brain" intellect, or the conditioned and limited
cognition of man. To imagine any witness to it in the manifested
universe, other than as Universal Mind, the Soul of the universe
is impossible. That which alone stands as an undying and ceaseless
evidence and proof of the existence of that One Principle, is
the presence of an undeniable design in kosmic mechanism, the
birth, growth, death and transformation of everything in the
universe, from the silent and unreachable stars down to the humble
lichen, from man to the invisible lives now called microbes.
Hence the universal acceptation of "Thought Divine,"
the Anima Mundi of all antiquity. This idea of Mahat (the great)
Akasha or Brahma's aura of transformation with the Hindus, of
Alaya, "the divine Soul of thought and compassion"
of the trans-Himalayan mystics; of Plato's "perpetually
reasoning Divinity," is the oldest of all the doctrines
now known to, and believed in, by man.
Additional Related References of Interest
1.)HPB, Key To Theosophy, ch. V, pg.61.
2.)HPB, Secret Doctrine, vol. 1 proem, pgs. 1-24.
3.)HPB, Transactions Of The Blavatsky Lodge, pg. viii (Bottom
(HPB, The Secret Doctrine; Vol. 1., proem pgs. 1-24
(HPB, Secret Doctrine,Vol. I, p. 14-15, 21, 120, 167, 175-76,
178, 570, 619-20, 632-33)
(HPB, Secret Doctrine, Vol. II, p. 185-86)
(HPB, Key To Theosophy p. 18, 39, 41, 45, 61)
(HPB, Isis Unveiled, Vol. I p. 258)
(HPB, Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, pg. viii, 4)
(HPB Article, "The Mind Of Nature")