Re: Who likes to discuss core teachings? - seven jewels essay - long
Jun 25, 1996 03:42 AM
by M K Ramadoss
Here is a message which may interest many in the list.
In alt.theosophy, Martin Euser <email@example.com> wrote:
>seeing that traffic is low and number of discussions near to zero,
>I take the liberty of posting an article about the core doctrines of theosophy.
>Note that the following essay is introductory in nature.
>It does, however, provide ample food for thought, I think.
>I hope that you will find it interesting and that it stimulates discussion,
>with arguments pro or contra these doctrines (principles).
>Here follows the essay:
> THEOSOPHY BASICS I
> "Science + Religion = Theosophy"
> Martin Euser (firstname.lastname@example.org) 16 Oct 1994 writes:
> Did you ever wonder why there is such a big gap between science and
> religion? Did you ever see a possibility of bridging this gap?
> As a scientist and psychologist I can clearly see the narrow limits to
> which science has confined itself. As regards religions, most of them
> have big trouble to present a clear, consistent philosophy of life.
> Neither of them can answer urgent ethical questions satisfactorily.
> So we face the strange situation of science, claiming certain theories
> to be a fact of life, while religion claims other visions to be true.
> Now, common-sense-logic demands that there is one truth; at least we
> cannot embrace two essentially different opinions about life and
> In fact there is an old philosophy called Wisdom-Religion that claims
> just to bridge this gap. Nowadays this philosophy is called Theosophy,
> brought to the West by H.P. Blavatsky under guidance and inspiration
> of her teachers (the Masters of Wisdom and Compassion). This will be
> the subject of this document. At this place it will be proper to state
> that this is not just a fancy philosophy, but, on the contrary, a
> grand system of truths based on the spiritual visions of thousands of
> wise men, prophets and great founders of religions through the ages.
> This philosophy can and should be tested by all serious searchers for
> truth. Theosophy gives some guidelines how this should be done. At the
> end of this document this will become clearer (if not, put your
> questions and I will discuss it). It is most certainly a practical
> philosophy of life, what will become apparent if you apply its
> principles to daily life.
> The gap, spoken of above, has not always been there. It has grown
> gradually, as science opposed itself to dogmatic theology.
> Nowadays science is completely materialistic in its views.
> Even consciousness is reduced to materialistic processes.
> But we can already notice the vague contours of a new,
> less materialistic science that incorporates the
> paradigm of wholeness or the essential connectedness of all beings.
> David Bohm was one of the pioneers in this area.
> Paul Feyerabend has shown that scientific models are comparable to the
> models of nature, pictured in the old myths of humanity. This should
> make the sometimes arrogant people of science a little more humble.
> They just have too many pretensions. Plato would say that
> materialistic science can never arrive at truth, because it wholly
> depends on what our senses tell us about the world. Instead we should
> develop our inner sense of understanding to such a degree that we can
> perceive the causes behind all visible phenomena. Our outer senses are
> just a help for living on this outer plane of life.
> Theosophy closes the gap between science and religion by providing the
> knowledge of the principles of nature which can be recognized by both
> religion and science, if properly investigated. In essence, Theosophy
> is the core of all great religions and grand philosophies (such as
> from Plato and Pythagoras). In its religious aspect it tells us what
> the goal of all life is; in its philosophical aspect why things are as
> they are. In its scientific aspect it tells us how nature works. These
> three aspects are all interconnected and should never be seperated,
> because seperation causes a real loss of understanding. Seperation
> also causes science to lose its ethical basis, which is just what has
> happened during the last centuries.
> Knowledge of (esoteric) science gives tremendous responsibilities.
> Abuse by selfish minds can cause severe disasters. That's why this
> kind of knowledge is severely restricted from being given to humanity.
> Of course, sometimes dangerous knowledge is discovered by scientists
> themselves, like the secrets of nuclear energy. It has created a real
> threat to the safety of mankind.
> Well, you might ask, what knowledge is given to this world? This is
> the subject of the next section:
>THE SEVEN JEWELS OF WISDOM
> Theosophy gives an outline of universal principles, the operations of
> which can be recognized by everybody with an open mind. Recognition of
> these principles is possible through gradual development of the
> faculty of understanding (by unselfish service to mankind combined
> with esoteric study). All these principles can be found in the
> literature of many religions, especially the mystical sections, e.g.
> Sufism, Gnosis, ancient Kabbalah, certain parts of Buddhism,
> Hindoeism, etc, as well in old myths.
> The most important principles or truths are called:
> "The seven jewels of wisdom".
> Together, these jewels give a sublime, practical system of ethics,
> incorporating the idea of Universal Brotherhood (the essential
> connectedness of all beings) to be discussed more fully in a later
> cycle of this document. These jewels can be used to build a system of
> science, which is based on consciousness as primary factor.
> The first jewel concerns the doctrine of reincarnation or
> Theosophy proceeds from a spiritual point of view. It says that
> consciousness is prior to form or manifestation. Consciousness
> imbodies itself periodically in a suitable form. Socrates talks about
> this in Plato's Phaedo.
> This doctrine really is the about the law of cycles. All processes in
> nature are of a cyclic nature. There are literally hundreds of
> examples in nature that substantiate this law. Some more examples:
> * the seasons in nature
> * growth of seeds, fruition, decay, death and rebirth of new seeds
> * fever
> * revolution of planets around the sun
> * civilizations
> * valencies in the periodic system of chemical elements
> * processes of thought (a thought is born, can grow and can die..)
> This particular example will be explained more fully in a new
> cycle of this document, because of its special importance in
> getting control of your life.
> What looks like an unconnected bunch of examples, is in reality
> related to each other by a process called: the analogical workings of
> The second jewel is the old doctrine of Karma (law of cause and
> effect) which is about the restoration of harmony after disturbances.
> This law states that every action produces a reaction that is in
> accord with the action. This law is active on all planes of being:
> physical, psychologically and spiritually. The Christian bible has the
> proverb: 'As ye sow, so ye shall reap', which is exactly the same
> Karma is the universal law of justice, perceptible to the mind's eye
> (cf. Plato). There is no other logical consistent explanation for the
> very great differences between people than provided by this jewel of
> wisdom and the twin doctrine of reincarnation. It also is the most
> dificult principle to grasp, because of its endless ramifications and
> applications to all aspects of life.
> Those who believe in blind chance may do so, but they are really
> incapable of explaining many phenomena like telepathy,
> clairvoyance,etc. Also, they can never explain fully how it is that a
> single cell develops into a human body. Theosophy can explain these
> phenomena and has done so for a long time. Together these first two
> jewels can explain many questions we have about life. This will be
> elaborated upon in a new cycle of this document, also depending on
> your suggestions and questions.
> The third jewel concerns the doctrine of hierarchies.
> This principle of nature is not well-known. Yet Plato and Pythagoras
> taught it in their academies. They stated the hierarchical structure
> of nature to be a fact. Indeed, we can observe some remarkable
> examples in nature and elsewhere that point clearly in this direction:
> * Our body is organized in a most hierarchical fashion. It is
> composed of organs, which are itself composed of tissues, which
> are composed of cells, which are in its turn composed of certain
> * The many kingdoms of nature have a certain hierarchical
> relationship which can only be mentioned briefly here. The mineral
> kingdom can said to have a relation to the human body. The plant
> kingdom uses minerals in its chemical, physiological processes.
> The animal kingdom uses the mineral and plant kingdoms The human
> kingdom uses or better misuses all kingdoms below it.
> There are other kingdoms which cannot be elaborated upon now, but
> may be briefly mentioned. Above the human kingdom there are divine
> kingdoms (why would the human race be the most evolved species in
> the universe? It isn't.)
> * In man himself there is most certainly a hierarchy of beings
> For simplicity I only mention some:
> + the mineral and plant parts in man [bones, resp. hairs]
> + the animal part in man
> + the thinking part in man
> + the inspirative part in man
> This will probably raise some questions. In another cycle of this
> document I plan to treat more fully of these parts. Mark that these
> ideas were well known among many of the ancient peoples. On Hawaii we
> can find the Huna-religion which just treats of the same ideas as
> found in this example.
> Societies have inherently such a structure. There is a government
> (which does a good or bad job..), there are states, counties, towns,
> families and individuals.
> Because intellectual knowledge is higher valued than real wisdom, we
> see the deplorable picture of governments that are not able to really
> help their people. The accumulated wisdom of all ages is available tho
> those who want to listen and think it over..
> The fourth jewel is the principle of the unique characteristic of
> every being and class of beings. This is a rather abstract principle
> to grasp.
> The idea behind this principle is that every being, consciousness,
> manifests itself in just that form that is in accordance with the
> developed qualities of the reimbodying consciousness. Human
> consciousness takes a human form (body), animal consciousness
> reimbodies into an animal, etc. More specifically stated, a
> horse-consciousness becomes a horse; a rose-consciousness becomes a
> rose, etc.
> This brings up the question of heredity. Materialistic science tells
> us that the cause for a rose-seed developing into a rose lies in its
> genes. Well, to be sure, heredity exists, but it is only a secondary
> phenomenon. We can ask a question: what are the causes for a certain
> pattern of genes to exist? This question can never be answered by
> science as it is now. Theosophy gives some general clues when we
> combine the seven jewels together. At this point I should point out
> that there are many questions of detail which require a life-long
> study and research. At the end of this document I will provide some
> keys to be used in this kind of research.
> It should be clear by now that this principle reverses the point of
> vision regarding heredity: heredity is not a cause for our character,
> but just the result of our character that we built during ages and
> ages. Heredity confines itself to the physical aspect of man.
> (to be continued)
> The fifth jewel of wisdom concerns the principle of progressive
> Now, evolution as it is understood by Darwin and his followers
> concerns itself with the transformation of forms and the survival of
> the fittest.
> Theosophy regards these processes as secondary processes and states
> clearly that consciousness is the primary factor in evolution.
> Moreover, evolution means literally, to e-volve, to manifest certain
> qualities (of consciousness in matter!). No phenomenon is possible
> without an active, intelligent force. (Are you still there?) Each
> phenomenon is evolved from Universal Life-Matter in a long line of
> differentiations. At the same time it is Life, involved in Matter. So,
> we have two concurrent processes, instead of just an empty
> transformation of forms as the Darwinists will have us believe.
> Now, regarding the term progressive evolution, it is stated that there
> is a gradual development of qualities of conscience, as can be seen in
> the different kingdoms of life. Plants are more evolved than minerals.
> Animals are more evolved than plants, men are more evolved than
> animals (some people may think differently..). Of course, we see men
> often behave like animals (this is a part of our nature) but there are
> also many examples of unselfish people who sacrifice their own life
> for others.
> Man has evolved the thinking faculty to some degree, animals have this
> faculty in a latent condition.
> Progressive evolution states that beings in a certain kingdom develop
> their consciousness by experience in this world, they reincarnate in
> the same kingdom until they have reached the limit of possible
> experiences in this kingdom. Then these beings can enter the next
> higher kingdom, after a certain period. In this new kingdom they can
> evolve higher aspects of consciousness. This fifth jewel is clearly
> connected with the third one, hierarchies, and the first one,
> In fact all these jewels are indissolubly interconnected.
> For men, it is taught, there are still a lot of aspects of
> consciousness that can be developed. To give two important examples:
> the faculty of Understanding (discernment) and the faculty of
> Inspiration (consciousness of the essential unity of all beings). This
> is our great task. Nowadays we mostly let control our lives by our
> lower desires and impulses. Instead, we can use the faculties of
> Imagination and Will to create a powerful image of Brotherhood,
> cooperation and peace. This fascinating subject will be elaborated in
> another session. It is really a most effective way of changing the
> mental atmosphere on this planet. Plato says: 'Ideas rule the world',
> and he is right. Of course, we should also perform the necessary
> actions to help realise our ideals.
> All the great Teachers of humanity point out the way out of human
> misery . This is further elucidated in the next two jewels.
> The sixth jewel of wisdom states that: duality is the basis for all
> Krishna speaks about the 'pairs of opposites' in the Bhagavad Gita.
> Mind and Matter are the two poles of manifestation. The interaction of
> these two poles causes all progress and regress. This, again, is a
> most profound subject with profound philosophical implications.
> We can choose between selfish action or selfless service for the
> benefit of the whole. Those who act selfishly confine their
> consciousness to a very narrow area of existence and experience.
> Those who work for the benefit of the world extend their consciousness
> to higher planes of consciousness. Of course, this is a gradual
> process. In Buddhism, there is a teaching about the Path of
> Compassion. Those who work for the benefit of others , who have no
> feelings of seperateness from others (the greatest heresy in Buddhism)
> tread this Path ( not for themselves, but for others). They refuse
> Liberation or Nirvana when faced with the possibility of acquiring
> this, because they do not want it as long as others suffer in misery.
> They do not desert the poor orphan humanity. This is the most sublime
> ethics ever conceived of in the entire history of mankind!
> The seventh jewel is about knowing the essence of all life.
> What is the origin of all things? How does the One Essence becomes the
> manifold? These questions are really most fundamental in philosophy.
> It refers to the Source of all manifestation.
> Is it possible to know the origin of life? Yes, Theosophy answers. In
> the heart or core of each being Universal Life is to be found. 'Thou
> Art That', the Upanishads say. Every human being can discover this
> Divine Spark inside by gradually evolving higher aspects of his
> consciousness. This will result in a realization of the connectedness
> of all beings. This realization can be called 'enlightenment' and is
> really a stepwise, gradual process.
> Mark that evolution is the expression of inner faculties of
> consciousness. By treading the Path of Compassion, not for one self,
> but for the whole, one is bound to discover the core or essence of
> To be realistic, this will take many reincarnations. Of course, this
> doesn't matter, because there is no end to evolution..
> The only thing that matters is the right application of the right
> understanding of the ancient knowledge-wisdom to daily life by using
> your common-sense.
> Some keys for the scientist-philosopher.
> The main purpose of all that has been said is to demonstrate the
> existence of a coherent, consistent philosophy of life, which shows us
> the rationale for ethical behaviour. Who would be so stupid to hurt
> his fellowmen when he understands that by doing so he is really
> hurting himself? The essential connectedness of all beings is a
> central theme in this philosophy.
> The second purpose of this document is to provide some stimulating
> thoughts for those scientists (or people who are really interested in
> science) who understand that a synthesis between old religious truths
> and science is a possibility. Now, I cannot provide a finished,
> complete system of deductive methods of esoteric science. A lot of
> building blocks are already provided however by Theosophy.
> An important principle can be found in the statement:
> "nature works along analogical lines". Macrocosmic processes are
> analogical to microcosmic processes.
> The application of the seven jewels of wisdom is possible by using
> this masterkey of analogy.
> The Hermetic axiom: "So above, so below" is to be applied in every
> direction conceivable. A deep study of the third jewel, along with the
> other jewels of course, will yield surprising results, I think.
> Also a study of old myths and sacred literature will furnish food for
> deep contemplation. H.P. Blavatsky tells us, in the Secret Doctrine,
> that seven keys of interpretation must be applied to each symbol and
> allegory to fully understand what is meant.
> These seven keys are: geometrical, numerical (e.g.,Ancient Kabbalah),
> physiological (& anthropological), physical-chemical, metaphysical,
> astronomical (& Ancient astrology, now hardly available), and
> This is really a master-project, which none can undertake alone.
> Nevertheless, I hope some daring minds will take up the challenge of
> synthesizing religion, science and philosophy into one system along
> the lines sketched. The broad outline of this system is already given
> to us by Theosophy.
> Science will need to incorporate consciousness as a basic factor into
> its system, otherwise it will fail to fulfil its real task: helping
> people to understand how nature really works, thus motivating them to
> act and think according to the principles of the timeless wisdom
> hidden in the book of nature; principles which are, to some extent,
> revealed by Theosophy.
Peace to all living beings.
M K Ramadoss
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