There are no more cleansing words–the adjective is deliberate–than those of the first postulate of the Secret Doctrine: an Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, and Immutable PRINCIPLE.” They are cleansing in their utter impersonality, freeing to the degree that we overcome the illusions, the mayas, which surround us, and seek for meaning behind the words.
PRINCIPLE–what is its meaning here? It is the sum of all that is, atoms, worlds innumerable, and all the gradations of beings filling the infinite playgrounds of Space. As H.P. Blavatsky declares, it is “rootless root of ‘all that was, is or ever shall be.” And continues (SD I, p. 14) “It is of course devoid of all attributes and is essentially without any relation to manifested, finite Being. It is ‘Be-ness’ rather than Being (in Sanskrit Sat), and is beyond all thought or speculation . . .”
So to our human senses it remains in its ever unreachableness a Mystery. And it is a paradox because it is not a being vaguely super-divine; yet also it is not an abstraction, something non-existent. To IT, then, being what could be considered the Supreme, do we pray, do we petition? Never. It is actually that fed-to-us idea of prayer, of asking for something for ourselves or even for others, that prevents us from grasping the truths of being. So the first step, and perhaps a last, towards an understanding of this profound fundamental Principle is recognition of its utter Impersonality. Prayers and petitions then give way to that which is only uplifting in universal compassion for all. And that is true reverence, a feeling of oneness with, and inner obedience to, the Law, entirely free of taint of a lingering anthropomorphism.
And now as to those word modifiers HPB uses in her first postulate. That Principle, again what is it? It is omnipresent; it is eternal–wards affirmative, assertive, positive. It is boundless; it is immutable–negatives used to deny limitation of any kind, resisting concrete definition, and thus stronger than the positive adjectives. The combination of these positive-negatives then is an effort to explain what is unexplainable. So in a sense PRINCIPLE stands alone–for whatever idea-clothing we give to it. It is indefinable in words. It is THAT. So we come to the conclusion that in thought only can we reach toward it, only in meditation, only in dedicated act.
And it is that effort which is freeing, liberating, the necessity for which, it seems to me, must be realized. Even some Theosophists–perhaps, alas, more than we conjecture–with minds still fogged by stifling ideas inculcated in their childhood years, find the impersonality of the thought discomforting. They miss, they say, the ‘Father feeling,’ a ‘god’ in a vague sort of way but yet an actual person. Impersonality does not appeal to them. They may have heard of the hierarchical constitution of the universe where hierarchy is headed by Hierarch, the pinnacle of evolution for that sphere, the ‘god’ representing all that that universe is. And they know, as the Ancient Wisdom teaches, that beyond Hierarch is what is greater, and beyond that still a Greater. Yet illogically they cling to a personal pronoun and invest that being anthropomorphically with human attributes.
The second and third postulates of the ‘Secret Doctrine’ follow. We are all hostage to the cycles. We know of the lesser one, our brief moment of earth-life. The vaster ones embrace cosmic periods beyond our ken. But atom, man, god, worlds, cosmoi, galaxies, super-galaxies, all are ruled by a law of absolute universality. From out the fathomless ALL all beings issue and return, a ceaseless tidal ebb and flow. It is the pulse-beat of Eternity, the Outbreathing and Inbreathing of Infinity. All must obey.
And the third postulate: all beings and things at heart , at their very core, are THAT. For those who seek solace and comfort, what more inspiring, more remedial thought, than that wihtin our very selves, even as we are now, is the essence of THAT, the uncircumscribed Divine.
But to return to the first postulate, have we, after a hundred years, fully grasped its meaning? The challenge is there, and the upliftment, and the cleansing. We hear the gong-like sounds filling all Space . . . Omnipresent, Eternal, Boundless, Immutable. And then the Silence.