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Paradoxes of the Highest Science

Eliphas Levi

Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe

The Revolt of the Netherlands

Friedrich Schiller

My Man Jeeves

P. G. Wodehouse

An abridgment by Katharine Hillard of the Secret doctrine

by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky


The Planetary Spirits are the informing Spirits of the stars in general, and of the planets in particular. They rule the destinies of men, who are all born under some one of the constellations.

The Recorders (who have already been described in the Commentary on Stanza IV. 6) are the Spirits of the Universe, whereas the Builders are only our own planetary deities. The former belong to the most occult portion of Cosmogenesis, which cannot be given here. Of the highest grade of the Order only one thing is taught, that they are the direct Recorders of Karma. The symbol for sacred and secret knowledge was universally in antiquity a Tree, by which a scripture or a record was also meant. Hence the word Lipika, the " writers " or "recorders"; the Trees of Knowledge, guarded by dragons or serpents, symbols of wisdom; the Tree with golden apples of the Hesperides; and the Trees of Mount Meru, guarded by a serpent. Juno giving to Jupiter on her marriage with him a Tree with


golden fruit is another form of Eve offering Adam the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. (See Book II. X.)

STANZA V.—Continued

6. The Recorders circumscribe the triangle, the first one (the vertical line, or I.), the cube or second one, and the pentacle within the Egg (circle). It is the ring called " Pass Not," (a) for those who descend and ascend (as also for those) who, during the Cycle of Life, are progressing toward the Great Day "Be with Us." (b) . . . Thus were formed the Formless World and the World of Forms; from one Light seven Lights; from each of the seven, seven times seven Lights (c). The "Wheels " watch the Ring.

The Stanza proceeds with a minute classification of the Orders of Angelic Hierarchies, dividing and subdividing until the mind is lost in this endless enumeration of celestial Beings, each having its distinct task in the ruling of the visible Kosmos during its existence.

(a) The esoteric meaning of this sentence is, that those who have been called the Recorders of the Karmic ledger make an impassable barrier between the personal Ego and the impersonal Self, the Noumenon and parent Source of the Ego. Hence the allegory. They circumscribe the manifested world of matter within the Ring " Pass-Not." This world is the objective symbol of the One divided into the many on the planes of illusion, and this One is the totality of the principal Creators or Architects of this visible universe. For in Occult metaphysics there are, properly speaking, two "Ones "—the One on the unreachable plane of Absoluteness and Infinity, upon which no speculation is possible, and the second " One," on the plane of emanations. The former can neither emanate nor be divided, as it is

, eternal, absolute and immutable. The second, being, so to speak, the reflection of the first One, for it is the Logos in the universe of illusion, can do both. It emanates from itself the seven Rays, or Creative Powers; or, in other words, the homogeneous becomes the heterogeneous, the " protyle " differentiates into the elements. But these, unless they return into their primal element, can never cross beyond the neutral centre, or zero-point, of force.

The chemist goes to the zero-point of the plane of matter with which he deals, and then stops short. The physicist or the astronomer counts by billions of miles beyond the nebulae, and then he also stops 'short; the semi-initiated occultist will represent this point to himself as existing on some plane which, if not physical, is still conceivable to the human intellect. But the full Initiate knows that "the ring Pass-Not " is neither a locality nor can it be measured by distance, but that it exists in the absoluteness of Infinity, wherein there is neither height, breadth, nor thickness, but all is fathomless profundity.

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