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RE: Theos-World RE: "Closing Gate" the period 1987/8 and 1997/98 now pasing on 100 years later

Dec 04, 1998 04:36 PM
by W. Dallas TenBroeck

Dec 4th 1998

Dear friend:

In regard to the "closing" of a "gate in 1897/98 there was much
speculation at one time.
Now we are asked about the succeeding 100 year cycle which
presumably end in 1997/98 this year.  As this is reviewed we

One of the best way to answer such questions is, perhaps, to look
for the original references and then decide what,
philosophically, we can get out of them in the way of useful and
present-time application.  Otherwise they remain as an
inexplicable memory and a vague unease in our minds.
The sun never sets, a period of rest never begins without the
hope, or the certainty, that the economy of Great Nature will
always bring on a renewal, a reawakening.  Why should this hope
or certainty exist ?  Consider that Nature (the Universe, our
World and Solar system) contains all, and has provided us with
life up to this moment - a life in which we rejoice (or suffer)
depending on our nature and character.  Also, we are endowed with
curiosity, and with a desire to find out how and why things are
as they are.  What are our powers ?  What is our particular
equipment ?  How can we use it ?  These are all common questions
we ask ourselves, and one-another.
In the matter of cycles we find that in a year we go through
several, and some have more vitality than others on the surface.
But even winter may see the secret growth and nurturing of those
seeds that will form the harvest of next Autumn.  So there is
overt as well as secret work progressing all the time.  We have
to investigate and discover its methods.
These changes are universal, and when day changes to night and
activity to rest, or Summer becomes Winter we seek to discover
the reasons for change.  It is so also in the occult cycles of
activity and rest.  But whether one or the other is presently
active, work proceeds. And when this happens the work will still
go one.  Even during that which is night to some, there is
activity elsewhere. It is a ceaseless urge to grow, to
experience, to learn.  The move to progress which is innate in
each one of us, as in all the rest of nature-even to the tiniest
atom continues.  It is the beating of the great secret Heart,
symbolized in antiquity by the Central Spiritual SUN - it is an
intimation of this Sun of Life, reflected in our hearts that we
note as the innate, persistent sense of individual immortality -
one that leaves its insistent mark everywhere.

Nov., Dec. 1887,  Feb 1888 ]  HPB gives (in a footnote) [ ULT 3
Vol. Edn. Of HPB's Articles,  Vol. 3, p. 169 fn ] at the outset
an important date relating to occult cycles and the ending of the
"Age of Pisces - and the starting of that of Aquarius - a cycle
of 2,155 years - not long, but very occult as the influence of
sun and zodiac changes in a subtle but definite way (details not
all given).

HPB predicts that psychologists will thereafter have extra work
to do as the psychic idiosyncrasies of humanity will enter on a
great change.  [ And that means this present - and she also
"The period which we have now reached in the cycle that will
close between 1897/98 is, and will continue to be one of great
conflict and continued strain.  If the T.S. can hold through it,
good;  if not, while Theosophy will remain unscathed, the Society
will perish-perchance most ingloriously-and the World will
suffer...the critical nature of the stage on which we have
entered is as well known to the forces that fight against us as
to those that fight on our side.  No opportunity will be lost of
sowing dissension, of taking advantage of mistaken and false
moves, of instilling doubt, of augmenting difficulties, of
breathing suspicion, so that by any and every means the unity of
the Society may be broken and the ranks of our Fellows thinned
and thrown into disarray..."

Reviewing the history of the last 100 years we can decide whether
this prophecy has been fulfilled or not.  How many FTS have
honored HPB by the close study and learning of that Theosophy
which she and the Masters of Wisdom jointly presented ?  Are the
ranks of the T. S. one pointed, united, wise and active ?  Or, is
there much work left to be done ?  Each one has to think of these
things and answer to themselves.  Exactly what is/was the work to
be done for ones' self and for others ?

Returning to the matter of intersecting cycles: --

Simultaneously there is the ending of the first 5,000 years of
Kali Yuga cycle ( Total time: 432,000 years for that grand
cycle ).
In the SECRET DOCTRINE (Vol. I, p. 612) she indicates that the
year 1897 will witness a large rent being made in the Veil of
Nature whereby "materialistic science will receive a deathblow."
This date has passed and we have witnessed in the last 100 year a
series of great discoveries, in physics, chemistry, astronomy,
mathematics and biochemistry that have revolutionized our concept
of the atom and the molecule and the interaction of forces and
energies on the most subtlest, as well as the grandest
electro-magnetic scales and ranges of measurement.  The
rediscovery of the "astral body" and the "astral plane" whereby
all material forms are made to cohere, and especially those
biochemical mixtures in which intelligent consciousness and life
of a higher character is seen (plants, animals, humans).  Science
has in fact already entered the realm of energy that leads to an
understanding of the power of the astral and the Pranic energies
that make forms possible and given them the life they enjoy as
entities with a definite purpose in the great scheme of things.
[ Mr. Judge in the OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY speaks of this critical
date and gives information on this theme on p. 125 of the book. ]
The psychological origins and potential achievements of human
consciousness - and its unknown ranges - have been sensed,
vaguely sketched, and it remains for a serious and concentrated
investigation to clear away the concept that all this vast
interacting group of diverse molds or model-forms that underlie
the many physical forms and keep them "living" is moved by one
central cooperative INTELLIGENCE and many INDEPENDENT BUT
represents one of the most advanced powers focused in such a form
at this time, and from this condition the doors open to an
understanding of the Universe, its purpose (see SD I 268) and he
can understand what his own duty and responsibility is as he
passes through the successive degrees of initiation that are
possible to him - by his own determination and will.
Writing on this concept Mr. Judge in THE OCEAN OF THEOSOPHY (p.
4) says:  this "is an age of transition," when every system of
thought, science, religion, government, and society is changing,
preparing for an alteration into that state which will permit the
race to advance to the point suitable for these elder brothers to
introduce their actual presence to our sight."
Another article speaks of the "precursors of HPB," of the vow
taken by Tsong-Kha-Pa in Tibet to send a mission to the West each
hundred years.  And we can trace from that date in the 14th
Century, the imprint of the work of various "Messengers" whose
task it was to revive in the West the memory of the esoteric
Wisdom.  In the 15th Cent. We had the revival in Florence of the
study of Plato spearheaded by Paschalis, Pico della Mirandola and
Marsilio Ficino.
The next century (16th) saw the work of Giordano Bruno,
Paracelsus, Van Helmont, Reuchlin and Trithemius.

And then came that of Boehme (17th Cent.), Eugenius Philalethes,
and with them the
Rosicrucians, Hermetic Philosophers and Fire Philosophers.

In the 18th Cent. we have St. Germain, St. Martin, Cagliostro and
Mesmer.  Also the Cambridge Platonists worked then and so did
Thomas Taylor who translated the Greek philosophers into English.

HPB speaks to the importance of cycles and dates in her articles:

STARS AND NUMBERS   Theosophist June 1881  [ ULT Edn., HPB's
Articles Vol. III, p. 401 ]
OUR CYCLE AND THE NEXT   Lucifer Vol. 4, p. 177  [ ULT Edn., Vol.
I, p. 367 ]
THE CYCLE MOVETH  Lucifer March 1890	[ ULT Edn., Vol. I, p. 355 ]

THE NEW CYCLE 1889  La Revue Theosophique  March 1889	[ ULT Edn.,
Vol. I, p. 397 ]

PATH, Nov. 1894,
		[ W Q Judge's Articles,  ULT Edn.,  Vol. II, p. 76 ]

ARE WE DESERTED ?	  -- Judge  PATH, December 1892,  [ ULT Edn.,
Vol. II, p. 78 ]

81 ]

In closing, here is a passage from the SECRET DOCTRINE where HPB
speaks of the future:
" is the esoteric teachings, and the initiates of the
Future, whose mission it is, and will be, to redeem and ennoble
once more the primitive conceptions so sadly profaned by its
crude and gross application to exoteric dogmas and personations
by theological and ecclesiastical religionists.  The silent
worship of abstract or 'noumenal' Nature, the only divine
manifestation, is the one ennobling religion of Humanity."  [ SD
I 381 fn )

Best wishes,




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