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Modern Theosophy

Modern Theosophy

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Lower than hell,
Higher than heaven, outside the utmost stars,
Farther than Brahm doth dwell,
Before beginning and without an end,
As space eternal and as surety sure,
Is fixed a power divine which moves to good,
Only its laws endure
-From The Light of Asia by Edwin Arnold

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Modern Theosophy by Claude Falls Wright

It was said that the pivotal doctrine of the philosophy ordained that no special gifts were possible in man,
or indeed in any entity in the universe, save as the result of individual effort, and consequently of merit.
Yet we have seen that with the very commencement of the Manvantara, the "builders" or creators- the
Dhyan Chohans- come into existence, and proceed to construct that universe. Here, then, an apparent
contradiction will be noticed, and the point will require some elucidation.

The solution of the difficulty is, however, simpler than might at first appear, if it be recollected that the
universe is itself subject to the aforesaid conditional progress. The dawn of each Manvantara witnesses
the revivifying of all those entities who disappeared at the commencement of the preceding Pralaya; they
are resurrected and are ready to continue their upward march along the line of evolution. Day after day of
life they reawaken merely to continue the journey onward.

We are aware that a question naturally follows from this concerning previous Manvantaras, as to the
number of these, and how, for instance, life arose in the first. But Theosophy says that there never was a
first: Time in the eastern philosophy, exists solely as a relative thing, and has no existence outside the
period of manifested life; once this manifestation takes place, however, we descend within its circle. The
ancients symbolized life by a serpent swallowing its tail, intending thus to illustrate that it never had a
beginning and can never end; so that we must understand an infinite number of Manvantaras to stretch
behind and an infinite number to be awaiting us.

The law which regulates the progress of each entity in cosmos, and of the universe itself, is the law of
equilibrium, called by the Hindus "Karma", and it is this law which may be said to be the ultimate Law of
Laws - the fountainhead, all others being traceable to its operations; by itsaction Manvantara after
Manvantara come into being. So that on reawakening after their long period of sleep, all beings that arise
take their positions of importance and necessity in accordance with the equilibration or balancing of their
record, in a previous Manvantara - this is their Karmic record, the volume of results and causes, the
"Judgment Book".

The operations of this law are more elaborated in a succeeding chapter, and the question is only briefly
referred to here in order to clear up any possible difficulties arising in the reader's mind.

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