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DEITY COSMOS AND MAN
by Geoffrey Farthing
Chapter X Globes, Rounds, and Races
The subject matter of this chapter illustrates several times over the Great Hermetic Axiom, expressed by Mme Blavatsky in these words:
As the first example, Occult Science shows that universal law, which links every effect to an antecedent cause, must apply to the earth itself just as it applies to every being on it. If every life-form had its causative antecedents, so also must the planet have had its preceding cause in another mode of existence. The recognition that this must be so extends our view of the history of life on earth into a past of scarcely imaginable duration, into world systems that existed before ours - and similarly forwards into a future with no conceivable limit.
Furthermore, Occult Science rejects the notion of creation ex nihilo, replacing it by the universal principle of the periodical projection "from within outwards" of pre-existent already conditioned subjective being into objective manifestation.
Again, as man is a sevenfold entity, having his seven principles, so also are the planets sevenfold, each having its seven corresponding principles. The parallel between man and planet is given in some detail by one of the Adept Teachers:
This passage is followed by an illuminating account of the evolution of the kingdoms on the globes, from mineral to man.
The frequent reference to examples of the septenary principle in Nature shows it to be one of the keys to an understanding of the cosmic scheme. In Esoteric Buddhism, the first attempt to make a systematic presentation of the occult teaching, Mr Sinnett drew attention to this septenary characteristic of the cosmic order.
To these examples of "the regular operation of the septenary law in Nature" there must now be added the seven planes of the Cosmos, the seven globes that constitute a Chain or planetary system, the seven Rounds or periods of activity of each Chain, the seven races of mankind with their seven subraces, The particular meaning of the terms here introduced must now be briefly explained, for since none of this 'information had previously been given out in the English-or any other European-language, an appropriate terminology had first to be agreed between Mr Sinnett and his Teachers when they began to introduce into their correspondence with him what were then completely novel ideas. Among the terms employed here are:
Man lives out his evolutionary progress on seven planes. In each incarnation a personality that emerges is the result of tendencies and faculties developed through past lives - the skandhas or seed-characteristics of his own making, the inheritance he bequeaths to himself for his future. Similarly the globes of a Chain correspond to the seven principles in man. Each globe in turn becomes the stage on which emerge and are developed the seed-characteristics inherited from its predecessor, and similarly too, as a term of activity of a Chain draws to a close, the total life of each dying globe is passed on to the next corresponding globe in a new sevenfold Chain.
There is a complication here that must be mentioned, although it cannot be explored in detail at this point. The total Kosmos is a septenary, but the student is advised that the three higher planes are "inaccessible to human intellect as developed at present." The drama of human evolution, and the sevenfold stage on which it is enacted, are within the four lower planes of the Kosmos. Of these four, three are subjective or super-physical, our earth alone being on the plane of sensory perception. Within this field, six of the seven globes of our Chain must be envisaged as existing on the subjective or inner planes, three on the arc of descent - that is, of increasing rnateriality, and three on the arc of ascent - that is, evolving towards an
increasingly ethereal condition. A diagram may serve to clarify the teaching. The diagram, which appears above, is based upon the one from The Secret Doctrine (I 153, I 177, I 208) However, in interpreting the diagram it must be realized that it is symbolic only, the globes - like the principles of man - occupying the same "space" (for want of a better term) and being subjective with respect to our earth.
Diagram II - Pictorial Representation of a Chain of Globes
A further paragraph summarizes the occult teaching:
The potentialities of Spirit that are to be made manifest by the process of evolution must first become in-volved in matter. This dual process of involution and evolution is described symbolically as the descent of spirit into matter and its ascent out of matter - portrayed in religious mythologies as the incarnation, death, and resurrection of the divine Son. When the human stage is reached, the septenary principle is once again shown to operate in: the emergence of seven successive major or Root Races during the life of a globe or planet.
In order to appreciate the extensive and detailed information given on the subject of these races and their evolution, the student must first expand enormously his conception of time-periods and recognize the few thousand years of recorded human history as only a very short phase in the story of mankind; he must also abandon altogether the common identification of race with the normal ethnic classification and understand the term to connote seven definite major stages of human evolution. Of the five Root Races that have so far comprised our humanity (two more being destined to emerge in a distant future), the occult teaching states that the first two, having no solid bodies or bone-structures, have left no trace; after the gradual consolidation of the third Race, at about its mid-point, there came about the separation of the sexes from an earlier androgyne phase; the fourth Race is described as "the first completely human specie" Secret Doctrine (II 227 fn, 11 237 fn, III 230) while the fifth, the present Race, "was evoluted in Central Asia more than
one million of years ago." Mahatma Letters (121, 118) Each of these major Races evolves through seven subraces, each one of which lasts for many thousands of years, and these in turn produce their "family races" with their further sub-division into tribes or national groups. Secret Doctrine (II 434, II 454, III 433)
A study of the information made available in the literature of Esoteric Science shows how marvellously all the processes involved in the Cosmos are coordinated, how everything is superbly ordered to the end that the majority of mankind may, by the close of the Seventh Race of the Seventh Round, have reached such a state of perfection that they may become in their turn the guides and instructors of a new infant humanity.
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