"Eureka! We have gotten a Revelation from the Lord!"
Sep 14, 2004 10:05 AM
by Daniel H. Caldwell
Denizens of Other Spheres Mistaken
for God, Angels & even Masters
9 Excerpts from the writings of
H.P. Blavatsky and the Mahatmas
Writing about Emmanuel Swedenborg, "the
great Swedish seer and mystic," Mme. Blavatsky
comments that Swedenborg "claimed to pass at
will into that state when the Inner Self frees
itself entirely from every physical sense, and
lives and breathes in a world where every
secret of Nature is an open book to the Soul-eye."
"The Secret Doctrine," Vol. III, 1897, p. 425
But she adds:
"Unless one obtains exact information and the
right method, one's visions, however correct
and true in Soul-life, will ever fail to get
photographed in our human memory, and certain
cells of the brain are sure to play havoc with
Elsewhere, Madame Blavatsky states that Swedenborg's "clairvoyant
powers . . . were very remarkable; but they did not go beyond this
plane of matter; all that he says of subjective worlds and spiritual
beings is evidently far more the outcome of his exuberant fancy, than
of his spiritual insight. . . ." "The Theosophical Glossary," entry
H.P. Blavatsky gives more information on this topic in her E.S.
Instruction No. I:
"Yet even a clairvoyant possessed of such faculties, if not an Adept,
no matter how honest and sincere he may be, will through his
ignorance of the truths of Occult Science, be led by the visions he
sees in the Astral Light only to mistake for God or Angels the
denizens of those spheres of which he may occasionally catch a
glimpse, as witness Swedenborg and others." "The Secret Doctrine,"
Vol. III, 1897, p. 448.
Elsewhere Madame Blavatsky wrote:
". . . We find in the romances as in all the so-called scientific
fictions and spiritistic revelations from moon, stars, and planets,
merely fresh combinations or modifications of the men and things, the
passions and forms of life with which we are familiar, when even on
the other planets of our own system nature and life are entirely
different from ours. Swedenborg was pre-eminent in inculcating such
an erroneous belief. . . .
For even great adepts (those initiated of course), trained seers
though they are, can claim thorough acquaintance with the nature and
appearance of planets and their inhabitants belonging to our solar
system only. They know that almost all the planetary worlds are
inhabited, but can have access to -- even in spirit -- only those of
our system; and they are also aware how difficult it is, even for
them, to put themselves into full rapport even with the planes of
consciousness within our system, but differing from the states of
consciousness possible on this globe. . . .
Many are the romances and tales, some purely fanciful, others
bristling with scientific knowledge, which have attempted to imagine
and describe life on other globes. But one and all, they give but
some distorted copy of the drama of life around us. . . . So strong
is this tendency that even great natural, though non-initiated seers,
when untrained, fall a victim to it; witness Swedenborg, who goes so
far as to dress the inhabitants of Mercury, whom he meets with in the
spirit-world, in clothes such as are worn in Europe.
Secret Doctrine, Vol II, pp. 699 - 709
. . . every thought of man upon being evolved
passes into the inner world and becomes an active
entity by associating itself - coalescing, we
might term it - with an elemental; that is to say
with one of the semi-intelligent forces of
the kingdoms. It survives as an active intelligence,
a creature of the mind's begetting, for a longer or
shorter period proportionate with the original
intensity of the cerebral action which generated it.
Thus, a good thought is perpetuated as an active
beneficent power; an evil one as a maleficent demon.
And so man is continually peopling his current in
space with a world of his own, crowded with the
offsprings of his fancies, desires, impulses, and
passions. . . .
Faith in the Gods and God, and other superstitions attracts
millions of foreign influences, living entities and powerful agents
[elementals?] around them [the devotees of various religions]. . . .
The unprogressed Planetaries [elementals?]. . . delight in
personating gods and sometimes well known characters who have lived
on earth. There are Dhyan-Chohans and 'Chohans of Darkness,' not what
they term devils but imperfect 'Intelligences' who have never been
born on this or any other earth or sphere no more than the 'Dhyan
Chohans' have and who will never belong to the 'builders of the
Universe,' the pure Planetary Intelligences, who preside at every
Manvantara while the Dark Chohans preside at the Pralayas. . . . As
all in this universe is contrast . . . so the light of the Dhyan
Chohans and their pure intelligence is contrasted by the 'Ma-Mo
Chohans' -- and their destructive intelligence. These are the gods
the Hindus and Christians and Mahomed and all others of bigoted
religions and sects worship. . . .
Vainly do your modern seers and their prophetesses, creep into every
cleft and crevice without outlet or continuity they chance to see;
and still more vainly, when once within do they lift up their voices
and loudly cry: 'Eureka! We have gotten a Revelation from the Lord!' -
- for verily have they nothing of the kind. They have disturbed but
bats [elementals, unprogressed Planetaries?], less blind than their
intruders; who, feeling them flying about, mistake them as often for
angels -- as they too, have wings! Doubt not, my friend: it is but
from the very top of those 'adamantine rocks' of ours, not at their
foot, that one is ever enabled to perceive the whole Truth, by
embracing the whole limitless horizon.
. . . You have heard of and read about a good many Seers, in the past
and present centuries, such as Swedenborg, Boehme, and others. Not
one among the number but thoroughly honest, sincere, and as
intelligent, as well educated; aye, even learned. Each of them in
addition to these qualities, has or had . . . a 'Guardian' and a
Revelator -- under whatever 'mystery' and 'mystic name' -- whose
mission it is -- or has been to spin out to his spiritual ward -- a
new system embracing all the details of the world of Spirit. Tell me,
my friend, do you know of two that agree? And why, since truth is
one, and that putting entirely the question of discrepancies in
details aside -- we do not find them agreeing even upon the most
vital problems -- those that have either 'to be, or not to be' -- and
of which there can be no two solutions?"
Stainton Moses, a "seer" and medium of the 1880s wrote:
". . . my inner spirit-sense is opened. Only yesterday . . . Imper
[ator] . . . was clearly visible and audible to me. . . . "
To this comment by Stainton Moses [S.M.], Koot Hoomi wrote:
". . . So is Jesus and John the Baptist [clearly visible and audible]
to Edward Maitland; [who is] as true and as honest and sincere as
S.M. . . . And does not E. Maitland see Hermes the first and second
and Elijah, etc. Finally does not Mrs. [Anna] Kingsford feel as sure
as S.M. with regard to + [Imperator] that she saw and conversed with
God!! . . . And who purer or more truthful than that woman or
Maitland! Mystery, mystery will you exclaim. IGNORANCE we answer; the
creation of that we believe in and want to see. . . . "
[Salig Ram is] -- a truly good man -- yet a devotee of another
error. Not his guru's voice -- his own. The voice of a pure,
unselfish, earnest soul, absorbed in misguided, misdirected
mysticism. Add to it a chronic disorder in that portion of the brain
which responds to clear vision and the secret is soon told: that
disorder was developed by forced visions; by hatha yog and prolonged
asceticism. S. Ram is the chief medium and at same time the principal
magnetic factor, who spreads his disease by infection --
unconsciously to himself; who innoculates with his vision all the
other disciples. There is one general law of vision (physical and
mental or spiritual) but there is a qualifying special law proving
that all vision must be determined by the quality or grade of man's
spirit and soul, and also by the ability to translate divers
qualities of waves of astral light into consciousness. There is but
one general law of life, but innumerable laws qualify and determine
the myriads of forms perceived and of sounds heard. There are those
who are willingly and others who are unwillingly -- blind. Mediums
belong to the former, sensitives to the latter. Unless regularly
initiated and trained -- concerning the spiritual insight of things
and the supposed revelations made unto man in all ages from Socrates
down to Swedenborg . . . no self-tutored seer or clairaudient ever
saw or heard quite correctly.
. . .[Salig Ram and the other disciples] say and affirm that the one
and only God of the Universe was incarnated in their [deceased] guru,
and were such an individual to exist he would certainly be higher
than any 'planetary' [spirit]. But they are idolators. . . . Their
guru was no initiate only a man of extraordinary purity of life and
powers of endurance. He had never consented to give up his notions of
a personal god and even gods. . . . He was born an orthodox Hindu
and died a self-reformed Hindu. . . . with no ambition to taint his
bright soul. Many of us have regretted his self-delusion. . . .
Our Correspondent seems to have been misled as to the state of
consciousness which entities experience in Kama-loka. He seems to
have formed his conceptions on the visions of living psychics and the
revelations of living mediums. But all conclusions drawn from such
data are vitiated by the fact, that a living organism intervenes
between the observer and the Kama-loka state per se. There can be no
conscious meeting in Kama-loka, hence no grief. . . .
In dealing with the dicta of psychics and mediums, it must always be
remembered that they translate, automatically and unconsciously,
their experiences on any plane of consciousness, into the language
and experience of our normal physical plane. And this confusion can
only be avoided by the special study-training of occultism, which
teaches how to trace and guide the passage of impressions from one
plane to another and fix them on the memory.
You cannot acquire psychic power until the causes of psychic debility
are removed. . . . You have scarcely learned the elements of self-
control in psychism. . . . Your vivid creative fancy [imagination]
evokes illusive Gurus and chelas, and puts into their mouths words
coined the instant before in the mint of your mind, unknown to
yourself. The false appears as real, as the true, and you have no
exact method of detection, since you are yet prone to force your
communications to agree with your preconceptions."
Some food for thought.
Daniel H. Caldwell
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