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The Secret Doctrine
The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy
by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Verbatim first edition, 1888
volume 1 Cosmogenesis, part 1 Cosmic Evolution, stanza 4 The Septenary Hierarchies, sloka 4
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the potency of speech and sound.

STANZA IV. — Continued.
4. This was the Army of the Voice — the Divine Septenary. The sparks of the seven are subject to, and the servants of, the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and the seventh of the seven (a). These (“ sparks ”) are called spheres, triangles, cubes, lines, and modellers ; for thus stands the Eternal Nidana — the Oi-Ha-Hou (the permutation of Oeaohoo) (b). *

(a) This Sloka gives again a brief analysis of the Hierarchies of the Dhyan Chohans, called Devas (gods) in India, or the conscious intelligent powers in Nature. To this Hierarchy correspond the actual types into which humanity may be divided ; for humanity, as a whole, is in reality a materialized though as yet imperfect expression thereof. The “ army of the Voice ” is a term closely connected with the mystery of Sound and Speech, as an effect and corollary of the cause — Divine Thought. As beautifully expressed by P. Christian, the learned author of “ The History of Magic ” and of “ L’Homme Rouge des Tuileries,” the word spoken by, as well as the name of, every individual largely determine his future fate. Why ? Because — 

— “ When our Soul (mind) creates or evokes a thought, the representative sign of that thought is self-engraved upon the astral fluid, which is the receptacle and, so to say, the mirror of all the manifestations of being.

“ The sign expresses the thing : the thing is the (hidden or occult) virtue of the sign.

“ To pronounce a word is to evoke a thought, and make it present : the magnetic potency of the human speech is the commencement of every manifestation in the Occult World. To utter a Name is not only to define a Being (an Entity), but to place it under and condemn it through the emission of the Word (Verbum), to the influence of one or more Occult potencies. Things are, for every one of us, that which it (the Word) makes them while naming them. The Word (Verbum) or the speech of every man is, quite unconsciously to himself, a blessing or a curse ; this is why our present ignorance about the properties or attributes of the idea as well as about the attributes and properties of matter, is often fatal to us.

* The literal signification of the word is, among the Eastern Occultists of the North, a circular wind, whirlwind ; but in this instance, it is a term to denote the ceaseless and eternal Cosmic Motion ; or rather the Force that moves it, which Force is tacitly accepted as the Deity but never named. It is the eternal Karana, the everacting Cause.

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“ Yes, names (and words) are either beneficent or maleficent ; they are, in a certain sense, either venomous or health-giving, according to the hidden influences attached by Supreme Wisdom to their elements, that is to say, to the letters which compose them, and the numbers correlative to these letters.”

This is strictly true as an esoteric teaching accepted by all the Eastern Schools of Occultism. In the Sanskrit, as also in the Hebrew and all other alphabets, every letter has its occult meaning and its rationale ; it is a cause and an effect of a preceding cause and a combination of these very often produces the most magical effect. The vowels, especially, contain the most occult and formidable potencies. The Mantras (esoterically, magical rather than religious) are chanted by the Brahmins and so are the Vedas and other Scriptures.

The “ Army of the Voice,” is the prototype of the “ Host of the Logos,” or the “ word ” of the Sepher Jezirah, called in the Secret Doctrine “ the One Number issued from No-Number ” — the One Eternal Principle. The esoteric theogony begins with the One, manifested, therefore not eternal in its presence and being, if eternal in its essence ; the number of the numbers and numbered — the latter proceeding from the Voice, the feminine Vâch, Satarupa “ of the hundred forms,” or Nature. It is from this number 10, or creative nature, the Mother (the occult cypher, or “ nought,” ever procreating and multiplying in union with the Unit “ I,” one, or the Spirit of Life), that the whole Universe proceeded.

In the Anugîtâ a conversation is given (ch. vi., 15) between a Brâhmana and his wife, on the origin of Speech and its occult properties. * The wife asks how Speech came into existence, and which was prior to the other, Speech or Mind. The Brâhmana tells her that the Apâna (inspirational breath) becoming lord, changes that intelligence, which does not understand Speech or Words, into the state of Apâna, and thus opens the mind. Thereupon he tells her a story, a dialogue between Speech and Mind. “ Both went to the Self of Being (i.e., to the individual Higher Self, as Nilakantha thinks, to Prajâpati, according to the commentator Arjûna Misra), and asked him to destroy their doubts and decide which of them preceded and was superior to the

* Anugîtâ forms part of the Asvamedha Parvan of the “ Mahâbhârata.” The translator of the Bhagavatgîtâ, edited by Max Müller, regards it as a continuation of the Bhagavatgîtâ. Its original is one of the oldest Upanisha s.

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other. To this the lord said : ‘ Mind is superior.’ But Speech answered the Self of Being, by saying : ‘ I verily yield (you) your desires,’ meaning that by speech he acquired what he desired. Thereupon again, the Self told her that there are two minds, the ‘ movable ’ and the ‘ immovable.’ ‘ The immovable is with me,’ he said, ‘ the movable is in your dominion ’ (i.e. of Speech) on the plane of matter. To that you are superior. But inasmuch, O beautiful one, as you came personally to speak to me (in the way you did, i.e. proudly), therefore, O, Sarasvati ! you shall never speak after (hard) exhalation.” “ The goddess Speech ” (Sarasvati, a later form or aspect of Vâch, the goddess also of secret learning or Esoteric Wisdom), “ verily, dwelt always between the Prâna and the Apâna. But O noble one ! going with the Apâna wind (vital air), though impelled, without the Prâna (expirational breath), she ran up to Prajâpati (Brahmâ), saying, ‘ Be pleased, O venerable sir ! ’ Then the Prâna appeared again, nourishing Speech. And, therefore, Speech never speaks after (hard or inspirational) exhalation. It is always noisy or noiseless. Of these two, the noiseless is the superior to the noisy (Speech). . . . . The (speech) which is produced in the body by means of the Prâna, and which then goes (is transformed) into Apâna, and then becoming assimilated with the Udâna (physical organs of Speech) . . . then finally dwells in the Samâna (‘ at the navel in the form of sound, as the material cause of all words,’ says Arjûna Misra). So Speech formerly spoke. Hence the mind is distinguished by reason of its being immovable, and the Goddess (Speech) by reason of her being movable.”

This allegory is at the root of the Occult law, which prescribes silence upon the knowledge of certain secret and invisible things perceptible only to the spiritual mind (the 6th sense), and which cannot be expressed by “ noisy ” or uttered speech. This chapter of Anugîtâ explains, says Arjuna Misra, Prânâyâma, or regulation of the breath in Yoga practices. This mode, however, without the previous acquisition of, or at least full understanding of the two higher senses, of which there are seven, as will be shown, pertains rather to the lower Yoga. The Hâtha so called was and still is discountenanced by the Arhats. It is injurious to the health and alone can never develop into Raj Yoga. This story is quoted to show how inseparably connected are, in the metaphysics of old, intelligent beings, or rather “ Intelligences,” with every sense or

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function whether physical or mental. The Occult claim that there are seven senses in man, as in nature, as there are seven states of consciousness, is corroborated in the same work, chapter vii., on Pratyâhâra (the restraint and regulation of the senses, Prânâyâma being that of the “ vital winds ” or breath). The Brâhmana speaks in it “ of the institution of the seven sacrificial Priests (Hotris). He says : “ The nose and the eyes, and the tongue, and the skin and the ear as the fifth (or smell, sight, taste, touch and hearing), mind and understanding are the seven sacrificial priests separately stationed ” ; and which “ dwelling in a minute space (still) do not perceive each other ” on this sensuous plane, none of them except mind. For mind says : “ The nose smells not without me, the eye does not take in colour, etc., etc. I am the eternal chief among all elements (i.e., senses). Without me, the senses never shine, like an empty dwelling, or like fires the flames of which are extinct. Without me, all beings, like fuel half dried and half moist, fail to apprehend qualities or objects even with the senses exerting themselves.” *

This, of course, with regard only to mind on the sensuous plane. Spiritual mind (the upper portion or aspect of the impersonal manas) takes no cognisance of the senses in physical man. How well the ancients were acquainted with the correlation of forces and all the recently discovered phenomena of mental and physical faculties and functions, with many more mysteries also — may be found in reading chapters vii. and viii. of this (in philosophy and mystic learning) priceless work. See the quarrel of the senses about their respective superiority and their taking the Brahman, the lord of all creatures, for their arbiter. “ You are all greatest and not greatest,” or superior to objects, as A. Misra says, none being independent of the other. “ You are all possessed of one another’s qualities. All are greatest in their own spheres and all support one another. There is one unmoving (life-wind or breath, the ‘ Yoga inhalation,’ so called, which is the breath of the One or Higher Self). That is the (or my) own Self, accumulated in numerous (forms).”

This Breath, Voice, Self or “ Wind ” (pneuma ?) is the Synthesis of the Seven Senses, noumenally all minor deities and esoterically — the septenary and the “ Army of the Voice.”

* This shows the modern metaphysicians, added to all past and present Hægels, Berkeleys, Schopenhauers, Hartmanns, Herbert Spencers, and even the modern HyloIdealists to boot, no better than the pale copyists of hoary antiquity.

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(b) Next we see Cosmic matter scattering and forming itself into elements ; grouped into the mystic four within the fifth element — Ether, the lining of Akasa, the Anima Mundi or Mother of Kosmos. “ Dots, Lines, Triangles, Cubes, Circles ” and finally “ Spheres ” — why or how ? Because, says the Commentary, such is the first law of Nature, and because Nature geometrizes universally in all her manifestations. There is an inherent law — not only in the primordial, but also in the manifested matter of our phenomenal plane — by which Nature correlates her geometrical forms, and later, also, her compound elements ; and in which there is no place for accident or chance. It is a fundamental law in Occultism, that there is no rest or cessation of motion in Nature. * That which seems rest is only the change of one form into another ; the change of substance going hand in hand with that of form — as we are taught in Occult physics, which thus seem to have anticipated the discovery of the “ Conservation of matter ” by a considerable time. Says the ancient Commentary † to Stanza IV. : — 

“ The Mother is the fiery Fish of Life. She scatters her spawn and the Breath (Motion) heats and quickens it. The grains (of spawn) are soon attracted to each other and form the curds in the Ocean (of Space). The larger lumps coalesce and receive new spawn — in fiery dots, triangles and cubes, which ripen, and at the appointed time some of the lumps detach themselves and assume spheroidal form, a process which they effect only when not interfered with by the others. After which, law No. * * * comes into operation. Motion (the Breath) becomes the whirlwind and sets them into rotation.” ‡

* It is the knowledge of this law that permits and helps the Arhat to perform his Siddhis, or various phenomena, such as disintegration of matter, the transport of objects from one place to another.

† These are ancient Commentaries attached with modern Glossaries to the Stanzas, as the Commentaries in their symbolical language are usually as difficult to understand as the Stanzas themselves.

‡ In a polemical scientific work, “ The Modern Genesis,” the author, the Rev. W. B. Slaughter, criticising the position assumed by the astronomers, asks : — “ It is to be regretted that the advocates of this (nebular) theory have not entered more largely into the discussion of it (the beginning of rotation). No one condescends to give us the rationale of it. How does the process of cooling and contracting the mass impart to it a rotatory motion ? ” The question is amply treated in the Addendum. It is not materialistic science that can ever solve it. “ Motion is eternal in the unmanifested, and periodical in the manifest,” says an Occult teaching. It is “ when heat caused by the descent of flame into primordial matter causes its particles to move, which motion becomes Whirlwind.” A drop of liquid assumes a spheroidal form owing to its atoms moving around themselves in their ultimate, unresolvable, and noumenal essence ; unresolvable for physical science, at any rate.