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August 4, 2010


GOD, SCIENCE & THE SECRET DOCTRINE

Section I

2.  Cosmic Evolution

 & The Seven Stanzas of Dzyan 

Modern physicist S. Hawking described Blavatsky’s era:

... nearly everyone in the 18th and 19th centuries believed that the Universe was essentially unchanging in time. ... one could equally well believe that it had existed for ever or that it had been created in its present form a finite time ago.  (1984)
 

Whereas scientific opinion of her day may have been so narrow in scope, Blavatsky provided a profoundly alternative vision of the nature of reality—grander in scope, complexity and subtleness than even the most advanced ideas in modern theoretical physics. In contrast to other people and scientists of her day, H. P. Blavatsky propound a view that the Universe emerged from a zero point or singularity condition, out of a seeming void and plenum—a seven dimensional hyperspace or ‘Parent Space’ with an underlying fundamental holomovement or ‘Ceaseless Breath.’ She explains how a Kosmos grows from a point source within-without to become a world but will eventually contract without-within back to a final zero point source—to return again into the sevenfold hyperspace of the Divine Mother.  Blavatsky, in the 19th century, regarded our Kosmos as simply one such “wink in the Eye of Self-Existence” emerging from and dissolving back through zero point centres rooted into an underlying Ceaseless Breath within an Eternal Parent Space!

            The second fundamental proposition of The Secret Doctrine, affirmed:

The Eternity of the Universe in toto as a boundless plane; periodically “the playground of numberless Universes incessantly manifesting and disappearing,” called “the manifesting stars,” and the “sparks of Eternity.”  The Eternity of the Pilgrim is like a wink in the Eye of Self-Existence.  (p. 16)

 Created universes, Sons or Winks in the Eye of Self-Existence, emerge from and dissolve into such zero point conditions in and out of an underlying void/plenum of the seven-skinned Eternal Parent Space.

In modern terms, the Eternal Parent Space of Blavatsky is the seven-dimensional hyperspace of the quantum vacuum—the quantum ether and zero point fields postulated within the most advanced models of physics (including Superstring and M-theory—the supposed ‘Mother’ of all theories).  A modern physicist declares: “All of physics is in the vacuum” and this is exactly the viewpoint elaborated by Blavatsky.  Blavatsky’s explanations of the causes of the laws of nature are based upon an understanding of a seven dimensional hyperspace, the nature of Space as void and plenum, zero point centres within an underlying Electromagnetic Ocean, and the manner in which higher dimensional intelligences manifest within-without out of higher dimensional Space!  Many of these ideas have now emerged within science itself, as will be demonstrated through these comparative studies.

No one in her era could have understood the full implications and applications of the wild claims and ideas Blavatsky presented to the world in The Secret Doctrine.  However, the most profound 21st century physics, to distinguish it from twentieth century science dominated by Einstein and Heisenberg, is focused on exploring a deeper more fundamental substratum—as addressed by H.P.B. Scientists now explore the nature of nothingness, the basic enigmas of the quantum vacuum, the nature of higher dimensional Space at zero point levels, and the holographic principle in physics.  These contemporary theories address the same issues explored within The Secret Doctrine a century earlier.
 

Of course, to understand and grasp it all, and how it could be so, and what it all means, is no easy task for the faint hearted.  However, The Secret Doctrine deserves to be re-interpreted in the light of the newest physics and models of creation.  It provided a basic holographic model of the Universe—a century before physicists arrived at such views.   Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine has yet to be understood by modern science and it provides a profoundly alternative interpretation of the facts and theories of science itself.

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            The Seven Stanzas of Dzyan are replicated as an appendix to the text of God, Science & The Secret Doctrine. The Stanzas are reproduced from the standard modern Theosophical University Press edition of The Secret Doctrine, itself “verbatim with the original edition.” (1888, 1970)  The Book of Dzyan is an ancient poetic text of Tibetan origin, which apart from Blavatsky’s writings seems unknown to modern scholarship.  [1]

            At the end of the seventh page of the Stanzas, you will find Blavatsky’s original comments upon them.  She writes:

“Thus ends this portion of the archaic narrative, dark, confused, almost incomprehensive.  An attempt will now be made to throw light into this darkness, to make sense out of this apparent NON-SENSE.”

     Indeed, Blavatsky presents the Stanzas and then takes 642 pages in Volume I, Cosmogenesis, to elaborate their meaning.  She does this by drawing upon diverse esoteric teachings of both eastern and western traditions, symbols, myths and sacred number study; and by drawing comparisons with the science of her era. 

            The Stanzas actually depict the history of cosmic evolution—beginning before the point source origin of the universe.  The root principles of creation are the higher dimensional seven-skinned Eternal Parent Space and an Eternal Ceaseless Breath.  The Stanzas begin before the big bang when the world was empty and void, and the Spirit (Breath) moves across the face of the Waters (of Space).  The Stanzas then depict the dynamic emergence of a cosmos, the dropping of a world egg, the emergence of the seven divine intelligences or Luminous Sons, and the unfurling of varied cosmic processes through different hierarchies of creation.  These abstract causes and root principles “phenomenalise in the form of the material Universe, by a process of conversion of metaphysics into physics, analogous to that by which steam can be condensed into water, and the water frozen into ice.”  (p. 45)  Blavatsky provides a remarkable account of how divine and spiritual intelligences within higher dimensions manifest through zero point dynamics to inform living beings and the laws of nature.  Blavatsky states, “metaphysical abstractions … are the only conceivable cause of physical concretions.”  (p. 45)  [2]

 

Blavatsky’s explanations of cosmogenesis and metaphysics are explored in Section III of God, Science & The Secret Doctrine with a progressive analysis of the Stanzas.  Section IV then examines modern physics and cosmology while showing correspondences and differences between the two perspectives.  Blavatsky’s seemingly bizarre descriptions of metaphysical processes have anticipated many of the essential concepts of modern physics: vacuum genesis, singularity creation, 11 dimensional string theory and M-theory, quantum information theory and the holographic principle.  Further, they shed a wholly different light on the enigmas of the “uncertainty principle” and the ‘baffling holism’ of quantum physics.  21st century science could arrive at an alternate understanding of this enigmatic uncertainty principle, as the key to its interpretation is hidden within The Secret Doctrine and its teachings of the zero point centres.  Blavatsky’s perspectives on the mysteries of creation are ever more intelligible in light of the theories and findings of modern science.

 I hope that as the reader grasps this work, then the awesome creation poetry of the Stanzas of Dzyan will become increasingly accessible.  Whereas a cursory reading of the Stanzas alone might suggest “apparent NON-SENSE,” a careful study of the key concepts and meditation upon the Stanzas can allow us to grasp a profound ancient wisdom teaching as to the physics and metaphysics of creation.  

The concluding portion of God, Science & The Secret Doctrine explores the origin and nature of human consciousness and self existence, in light of The Secret Doctrine and in the darkness of modern soul-less psychology.  To this end, we compare the mystical ‘Heart Doctrine’ of Blavatsky to the common ‘head doctrine’ of modern psychology and science.  Whereas the metaphysics and cosmology of Blavatsky are profoundly similar to 21st century physics, her psychology is a world apart from 20st century psychology! 

Thus, we will discuss the nature of the ‘I AM,’ the plights of the Monads, the individual living beings, the ‘winks in the Eye of Self-Existence.’  Blavatsky’s teachings allow us to apply a higher dimensional quantum information theory to understanding the Monadic essence existent within hyperspace dimensions, which by some hidden inner magic become “clothed in different bodies” based upon zero point ‘laya centres.’ Blavatsky offers a higher dimensional model of human existence within holographic Space, in comparison with which 20th century psychology looks puny and meagre indeed.  Blavatsky states: “The Mind is the great Slayer of the Real.”   

Blavatsky explains that the Stanzas of Dzyan provide an “abstract algebraic formula of … Evolution,” which can be applied to “all evolution.”  There are “seven terms of this abstract formula, related to the seven great stages of the evolutionary process, as described in the Puranas as the “Seven Creations,” and in the Bible as the “Days” of Creation.” Of course, since man, as a microcosm of the macrocosm, embodies the Universe, the same abstract numerical and symbolic formulas can all be applied to understanding the zero point dynamics underlying the creation of the Universe and the emergence of the Monad.  Studies of the physics and metaphysics of creation can then all be applied to understanding ourselves and the physics and metaphysics of our own hearts and consciousness.    The Stanzas state:

“THE SONS EXPAND AND CONTRACT THROUGH THEIR OWN SELVES AND HEARTS; THEY EMBRACE INFINITUDE.” (III, 11)

                                                                                

At this point, to present a complete version of the Stanza might leave the reader bewildered, so we will examine aspects of Blavatsky’s cosmological and metaphysical teachings which shed light on these enigmatic Stanzas and present the Stanzas in sections.  The complete version of the Stanzas is in the Appendix and readers may want to read them before continuing with this exposition.
 

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 Thus, it is clear that, H. P. Blavatsky in 1888 certainly did not believe that the universe was always as it was or that it was created in its present form.  Instead, she offered a model of cosmic creation and human existence which dwarfs the popular thought and science of the past century.  The Secret Doctrine offers a profoundly alternative view of the nature of life, creation and the Universe.  Studying the Stanzas with keys provided by Blavatsky’s explanations and drawing relationships to modern science allows us to confirm Blavatsky’s own predictions:  For in the twentieth century of our era scholars will begin to recognize that the Secret Doctrine has neither been invented nor exaggerated, but, on the contrary, simply outlined….” (p. xxxvii)


[1]  In the Theos-Talk Archives (October 1999), www.theosophy.com/theos-talk/ Grigor Ananikian, explained that Blavatsky’s Asian and western Tibet/Bhutan/Kashmir contacts were with the Dzog chen order.   It is suggested that the Stanzas originate from a “Central Asian Dzog chen root text that is used by the Kalmucks (with whom H.P.B. had early contact in the Caucasus) and Mongols.  Also, that the Stanzas of Dzyan are of Dzog chen origin was stated by the Dalai Lama in 1992.”  

[2]  Book II of The Secret Doctrine, Anthropogenesis, provides a second set of Stanzas dealing with the evolution of life and humanity on earth, as well as within other rounds and through higher dimensions.  Blavatsky criticized the evolutionary ideas of the day, noting: “neither Occultism nor Theosophy has ever supported the wild theories of the present Darwinists—least of all the descent of man from an ape.”  God willing, the author will develop book two of God, Science & The Secret Doctrine to explore the issues of evolution and the origins of humankind; again contrasting science and Blavatsky’s wisdom tradition. 

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