SOME SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS ANSWERED
[The Theosophist, Vol. V, No. 1(49), October, 1883, p. 22]
[A letter was recently received by the Editor from one of our most eminent Australasian Fellows, asking some questions in science of such importance that the replies are, with permission, copied for the edification of our readers. The writer is a Chela who has a certain familiarity with the terminology of Western science. If we mistake not, this is the first time that the rationale of the control exercised by an Adept Occultist over the relations of atoms, and of the phenomena of the “passage of matter through matter,” has been so succinctly and yet clearly explained.—Editor, The Theosophist.]
REPLIES TO PROF.—’S QUESTIONS.
(1)The phenomenon of “osmosing” [extracting.—Ed.] your note from the sealed envelope in which it was sewn with thread, and substituting for it his own reply, without breaking either seal or thread, is to be considered first.
It is one of those complete proofs of the superior familiarity with and control over atomic relations among our Eastern Adepts as compared with modern Western men of science, to which custom has made me familiar. It was the same power as that employed in the formation of the letter in the air of your room at——;* in the case of many other air-born letters; of showers of roses; of the gold ring which leaped from the heart of a moss-rose while held in _____________'s hand;† of a sapphire ring doubled for a lady of high position here, a short time ago,‡ and of other examples. The solution is found in the fact that the “attraction of cohesion” is a manifestation of the
* [At Bombay, on February 1st, 1882. The message from the Master read: “No chance of writing to you inside your letters, but I can write direct. Work for us in Australia, and we will not prove ungrateful, but will prove to you our actual existence, and thank you.” See Prof. Smith’s account in Hints on Esoteric Theosophy, Vol. I, pp. 97-98; 3rd ed., pp. 137-138.—Compiler.]
† [Reference is made here to an occurrence described by Col. H. S. Olcott in his Old Diary Leaves, I, 93-97, where a sketch of the gold ring is also reproduced. A half-opened double moss-rose bud, with drops of dew on it, was materialized by Mrs. Mary Baker Thayer, a famous medium of Boston, Mass., at a private séance attended by only three people, one of whom being Col. Olcott. Mrs. Thayer intended this rose to be a present for Madame Blavatsky who had remained home that night. The rose was handed to her later in the evening. After holding it for a short time, H.P.B. handed the rose to Mr. Houghton who was visiting her at the time; the latter remarked about its unusual weight which actually made it bend over towards the stalk. The rose was then handed to Col. Olcott who examined it. Presently, a heavy plain gold ring leaped out of the rose-bud and fell on the floor before him. The rose instantly resumed its erect position, showing no sign of its petals having been in any way tampered with. The ring weighed half an ounce, and Olcott was wearing it at the time he wrote the account. It was, according to Olcott, not an actual materialization, but merely an apport, and had belonged to H.P.B. It was “hall-marked” or other wise stamped to indicate its quality. Some time later, H.P.B. produced by occult means three small diamonds imbedded in the metal of this ring, while it was being held by Mrs. W. H. Mitchell, Col. Olcott’s sister.—Compiler.]
‡ [See footnote, page 59 in the present volume.—Comp.]
Universal Divine Force, and can be interrupted and again set up as regards any given group of atoms in the relation of substance by the same Divine power as that localised in the human monad. Atma, the eternal spiritual principle in man, has the same quality of power over brute force as has the Universal Principle of which it is a part. Adeptship is but the crown of spiritual self-evolution, and the powers of spirit develope themselves successively in the ratio of the aspirant’s progress upward, morally and spiritually. This you see is to place our modern Evolution Theory upon a truly noble basis, and to give it the character of a lofty spiritual, instead of a debasing materialistic, philosophy. I have always felt sure of the warm approval of the most intuitional of your Western men of science when they should come to take this view of our Aryan Arhat Science.
You should not find much difficulty in drawing the line between the “Spook” and the “Adept.” The latter is a living man often fit to stand as the grandest ideal of human perfectibility; the former is but undissolved congeries of atoms recently associated in a living person as his lower— or better, his coarser, and more materialistic––corporeal envelopes; which during life were confined in the outermost shell, the body, and after death released to linger for a while in the astral (Etheric or Akasic) strata nearest the earth’s surface. The law of magneto-vital affinities explains the attraction of these “shells” to places and persons, and if you can postulate to yourself a scale of psychic specific gravity, you may realise how the greater density of a “soul” weighted with the matter of base (or even unspiritual, yet not animal) feelings would tend to impede its rising to the clear realm of spiritual existence. Though I am conscious of the imperfection of my scientific exegesis, I feel that your superior capacity for apprehending natural laws, when a hint has been given, will fill all lacunae.
Note that no Adept even can disintegrate and reform any organism above the stage of vegetable: the Universal
Manas has in the animal begun and in man completed its differentiation into individual entities: in the vegetable it is still an undifferentiated universal spirit, informing the whole mass of atoms which have progressed beyond the inert mineral stage, and preparing to differentiate. There is movement even in the mineral, but it is rather the imperceptible quiver of that Life of life, than its active manifestation in the production of form—a ramification which attains its maximum not, as you may suppose, in the stage of physical man, but in the higher one of the Dhyan Chohans, or Planetary Spirits, i.e., once human beings who have run through the scale of evolution, but are not yet re-united, or coalesced with Parabrahma, the Universal Principle.
Before closing, a word more about the “passage of matter through matter.” Matter may be defined as condensed Akasa (Ether); and in atomizing, differentiates, as the watery particles differentiate from super-heated steam when condensed. Restore the differentiated matter to the state ante of undifferentiated matter, and there is no difficulty in seeing how it can pass through the interstices of a substance in the differentiated state, as we easily conceive of the travel of electricity and other forces through their conductors. The profound art is to be able to interrupt at will and again restore the atomic relations in a given substance: to pull the atoms so far apart as to make them invisible, and yet hold them in polaric suspense, or within the attractive radius, so as to make them rush back into their former cohesive affinities, and re-compose the substance. And since we have had a thousand proofs that this knowledge and power is possessed by our Adept-Occultists, who can blame us for regarding as we do those Adepts as the proper masters in science of the cleverest of our modern authorities? And then, as I above remarked, the outcome of this Philosophy of the Aryan Sages is to enable humanity to refresh the moral and awaken the spiritual nature of man, and to erect standards of happiness higher and better than those by which we now govern ourselves.