Saturday, November 19, 2022

Esoteric Occult Schools - An Exposition

 A Definition of Esotericism and School

The words esoteric and occult signify that which is hidden; they indicate that which lies behind the outer seeming and point to the causes which produce appearance and effects; they are concerned with the subtler world of energies and forces which all outer forms veil and hide. 

Distinguishing characteristics of an Esoteric School:

1. An esoteric school is one in which the relation of the soul, the spiritual man, to the personality is taught.

2. An esoteric school is an extension into the physical outer world of the inner group or Ashram of a Master.

3. A true esoteric school works on four levels of service and of experience as follows-

3a. That of the outer world. (Disciple is taught to live normally, practically, effectively and spiritually in the everyday world.)

3b. That of the world of meaning. (Disciple is taught the why and the wherefore of circumstances and happenings - both individual and universal.)

3c. That of the soul in its own world. (This makes the disciple a channel for divine love, for the nature of the soul is love.)

3d. That of his Master's Ashram or group. (Disciple is taught to co-operate with the hierarchical plan as it is gradually revealed to him and to arrive at the knowledge which will permit him to direct some of the energies producing world happenings.)

4. An esoteric school trains the disciple in group work relinquishing personality plans in the interest of group purpose - ever directed to the service of humanity and the Hierarchy.

5. An esoteric school is not founded upon authority or on the demand of some teacher for recognition and obedience. The only authority recognised is that of truth itself, intuitively perceived and then subjected to the mental analysis and interpretation of the disciple.The disciple who (working under some one of the Masters) starts an esoteric school has absolutely no authority, except that of a life lived as close to the truth as possible, plus the measure of truth which he can present to his group. The obedience developed in his group of students is that of recognising joint responsibility, united loyalty to group intention and purpose, as indicated by the group leader (suggested by him and not presented as a command). 

These truths upon which an esoteric school functions can be summarised as:

1. The Science of Impression.

2. The Science of At-one-ment.

3. The Nature of the Hierarchy.

4. The Science of Meditation.

5. The Laws of the Spiritual World

6. The Plan, of which the Hierarchy is the custodian

7. The Energies and Forces, which are the very substance of creation

8. Esoteric Psychology

To give an example when original Theosophical society was founded by H.P. Blavatsky she  emphasised this truth (intuitively perceived by its members and then subjected to thorough analysis) being the highest religion  

6. An esoteric group is one in which the rounded-out development of the disciple receives attention. The head (illumined mind) and the heart (mystic and devoted) are regarded as of equal importance and as equally divine.

7. An esoteric school is, therefore, a medium through which the disciple s life-focus becomes that of the soul; neither the physical world, nor the emotional and mental worlds are to him the major sphere of his activities.

Esoteric schools of the Past (Old Mystic Schools)

They are definitely for neophytes upon the Path of Probation. They are concerned with
the heart approach to God. Their methods are, in the last analysis, exoteric; they give
training, based upon what is already known and given out, for they teach little that is new, no matter how they dress it up in grades and mystery. They use the standard books on occultism or compile their own textbooks from those already written, frequently choosing the spectacular and the unimportant details and omitting that which is spiritual and essential. They advertise their schools in some way or another, and frequently emphasise the commercial angle. They have a definite place in the plan of the Hierarchy but they are not esoteric schools and their leaders are not disciples; they are aspirants upon the Probationary Path and of no great advancement.

Examples include new Theosophical groups born out of original, the Rosicrucian orders and the countless mystical and metaphysical organisations.

Esoteric schools of last hundred years till Present

These are esoteric schools, started by disciples, who are learning, through their attempt to aid their group, how to teach and serve. Such a disciple who attempts to start the school tries to teach humbly and with no claim-making; he is aware that he is himself slowly arriving at soul knowledge, and that his contact with the Master is still very infrequent. He is usually academic and theological in his presentation of truth but not often personally authoritative. His influence and radiation is not yet very powerful but he is carefully watched by the Master because potentially he is an asset and can be trusted to learn - usually by his mistakes. He reaches a much smaller public than the first, noisy group but he gives a sounder training and grounds beginners in the fundamentals of the Ageless Wisdom. His work comes midway between the groups now forming and the old groups. These schools advance the teaching beyond the point reached in the earlier schools, carrying it out of the three worlds into the realm of the soul. They will deal with the world of occult values and will be mental in nature, laying the emphasis upon knowing God, and not just upon feeling after a sensed divinity. They reveal that behind the dualism of the mystic (a necessary stage) there is the occult fact of identity with the divine.

Esoteric schools in the distant Future

The new schools which will appear in some distant future (depending upon the success of the present schools) will take disciples and prepare them to tread the Path of Initiation. The intuition will be highly developed and the disciple will be taught to work consciously on spiritual levels and to act as a soul in the three worlds of human evolution, through the medium of a highly intelligent personality. Disciples will be prepared for initiation, and initiates will be trained to take the higher major initiations. Focus will be upon wisdom as the result of applied knowledge and upon the work and plans of the Hierarchy. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Law of Cause & Effect: Synthetic Mathematical Expression (Doctoral Thesis)

 In esotericism and theosophy, there is much learned talk about the law of karma (in Sanskrit means an action, work, or deed, and its effect or consequences) which is, after all, just the Eastern name for the great Law of Cause and Effect known as such in the West.

A mathematical expression for the same was worked out in my thesis (Functorial Signal Representation in 2018) as shown below

with one of the several examples as 

As Master Djwal Khul says in one of the Bailey volumes - 

"It is only the activity of the intuition which will enable you to understand and move forward into the new impulsive causal area. it will steadily tend to facilitate their entry into the world of causes and their emergence from the world of effects."

What he means that when intuition is functioning one arrives at the inner cause from the outer form or effect.

This law is very intimately connected with various other laws of human evolution such as Law of Rebirth, The Law of Fixation, 

When contemplated from the angle of Law of Rebirth, we have three aspects of the law of karma, as it affects the principle of rebirth:

1. The Law of Karmic Liability, governing life in the three worlds of human evolution, and which is ended altogether at the fourth initiation.

2. The Law of Karmic Necessity. This governs the life of the advanced disciple and the initiate from the time of the second initiation until a certain initiation higher than the fourth; these initiations enable him to pass on to the Way of the Higher Evolution.

3. The Law of Karmic Transformation, a mysterious phrase governing the processes undergone upon the Higher Way.

While the The Law of Fixation is the governing law of the mental plane, finding its greater correspondence in the law of karma on cosmic mental levels. "As a man thinks, so is he;" according to his thoughts arehis desires and acts, and so results the future. He fixes for himself the resultant karma.

The law of karma is not the Law of Retribution (this is very common in Eastern circles especially in our upbringing in India where for most people the emphasis is ever upon evil karma and how to avoid it leading to inaction or intertia), as one would surmise as one reads the current books (such as the following words of St. Paul) upon the subject; that is but one aspect of the working of the Law of Karma. 

"Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap" in these words, St. Paul phrases for us the ancient and true teaching of the Law of Cause and Effect called in the Orient, the law of karma. To that, he adds in another place the injunction to "work out your own salvation" and—as that contradicts the theological teaching and above all else is not possible to do in any one life—he implicitly endorses the Law of Rebirth, and makes the school of life a constantly recurring experience until man has fulfilled the command of the Christ (and this refers to every man)

In the book INITIATION, HUMAN AND SOLAR, we find -

At the second initiation "the secret of the sea" is unfolded to him, and through this revelation two subjects of profound [Page 170] interest become clarified to his inner vision. They are:—
a. The mystery of the astral light.
b. The law of karma.

He is, after this, in a position to do two things, without which he cannot work off that which hinders, and thus achieve liberation; he can read the akashic records and ascertain the past, thereby enabling himself to work intelligently in the present, and he can begin to balance his karma, to work off his obligations, and to understand how karma in the three worlds can be negated. The relation of that hierarchy of spiritual beings who are connected with the law of karma as it affects man is demonstrated to him, and he knows with first-hand knowledge that the lords of karma are no myth, or symbolical units, but are highly intelligent entities who wield the law for the benefit of humanity, and thus enable men to become fully self-
conscious and self -reliant in the occult sense, and to become creators through perfected knowledge. (IHS Page 169-170).

Thus it clearly means that this law is increasingly understood second intiation onwards only !! Before that its just a belief held by a human being. 

Before ending this post, I want to mention regarding the the law of karma also being interpreted as Quantum Entanglement over time @ 

Friday, October 14, 2022

Lectures on Intuitive Category Theory : Synthesis through Symmetry

This week I delivered two lectures on Category Theory to quantum physics students in Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati.

I designed the lectures in an intuitive fashion where abstract is experienced deeply using higher or innermost consciousness (Manas-Buddhi principle of Theosophy corresponding to  Intuitive and Ilumined mind principle of Integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother). 

I started from a group since its the most abstract and familiar mathematical object known to physics and Engineering students. As far as I know to this date category axioms are never generalized in this way.

The lectures slides are here (the videos I will post on YouTube shortly) - 

Presentation_Intuitive Category Theory

I am working on combining and designing materials on something called Wisdom of Synthesis (a term coined by Lucille Cedercrans). Synthesis i have intuited after searching since 2007, is how the new coming race (sixth root race of Blavatsky, New age race of Bailey and Grothendieck, Supramental race by Sri Aurobindo) will look at the universe. Note that currently we see everything as disconnected parts and its at the root of our conflicts and disconnection from the Nature.

It will comprise of following pillars as drawn on my board -

1. Theosophy - Synthesis of Esoteric Religions

2. Integral Yoga (of Sri Aurobindo) - Synthesis of Yoga

3. Category Theory - Synthesis of Mathematics

4. Permaculture - Synthesis of Agriculture

5. Psychosynthesis - Synthesis of Psychology

6. Functorial Signal Rep - Synthesis of Signal Processing

Welcome to the Supramental Age of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother proceeding slowly to manifest !!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Auroville - The Mother's vision of manifesting Synthesis

 It has almost been a year now that I have been residing in and out of Auroville as a volunteer. There is no place like this on the whole planet as far as I know where The Mother dreamt of human unity for the incarnating souls who will be faced with the onslaught of the forces of darkness (which always are looking to create separation). The Brotherhood envisioned and taught in Theosophy was one step taken further in this century amidst forces of darkness, chaos, hatred and divisiveness. 

The barren land of 1960s has been transformed into a dry tropical evergreen forest through permaculture patiently practiced over half a century.

Today Matrimandir (An inner temple of the Divine Mother physically manifested and treated as soul of AUROVILLE ) is seen from above as shown below

The book Auroville: Sun-Word Rising by Savitra (Alan Shasha Lithman) aptly captures the battle being fought to manifest Auroville soon after physical passing away of The Mother in 1973. An image of this book (from Auroville's Library) but can be freely downloaded from auro e-books website. 

Ofcourse Auroville is still admist new battle of seemingly varying ideologies. Unfortunately residents of Auroville forgetting their divinity are succumbing to human ignorance and weakness and are fighting amongst each other by forming two groups (common black and white thinking or duality of good and evil explained by the great Initiate Jesus in Kim Micheals' books). Yet still here is a place which has manifested despite humans as The Mother had prophesized at the end of her incarnation. Savitra one of true Aurovillian's book captures the initial period of turbulent manifestation during 1980s.

Volunteering to experience Fukuoka's philosophy in action -

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Synthesis of occult human constitution: Theosophy (Blavatsky) and Integral Yoga (Sri Aurobindo and The Mother)

Since last few weeks I have been reading the esoteric psychology hidden in Sri Aurobindo and Mother's Integral Yoga. Suddenly I realized that Alexander Grothendieck was doing mathematics from his overmind (this is a topic to be explained fully in other post) while all of his peers were stuck at higher mind. Anyways Category theory is mathematics as seen from overmind (or Buddhi) while set theory is a view of mathematics from the level of higher mind.

The unified human constitution as given in Theosophy and Integral yoga are combined in the following figure

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Foundational cornerstones for New Age of Synthesis and New Civilization

 This post is a summary of the synthesis of all knowledge that humanity has worked upon so far as my intuition is slowly making me realize.

1. Synthesis of Astrology and Pyschology - Dane Rudhyar

2. Synthesis of Yogas - Integral Yoga (Sri Aurobindo and Mother), Agni Yoga (Nicholas and Helena Roerich under Morya and Maitreya)

3. Synthesis of Religions - Theosophy (Helena Blavatsky under Morya and Koothoomi)

4. Synthesis in Agriculture - Biodynamic Permaculture (Fukuoka and Rudolf Steiner)

5. Synthesis in Psychology - Psychosynthesis (Roberto Asssagioli under DK and with Bailey)

6. Synthesis in Mathematics - Category theory (Alexander Grothendieck under Jesus ?)

7. Synthesis in Signal Processing and Machine learning - Functorial Signal Representation (Salil Samant thesis under Koothoomi and DK)

I will post more synthesis of fields as my intuition guides me in the future.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Synthesis in Natural Agriculture: Permaculture (Masanobu Fukuoka) and Biodynamic Agriculture (Rudolf Steiner)

Since July this year, I have been visiting (and sometimes volunteering) a few farms or forests to be able to start a small permaculture farm myself. The goal is to transform some fair share of land back into a forest the way nature meant it to be and live a non material sustainable life. Renewable energy technologies cannot offset the highly materialistic lives we have been living. If we are serious about climate change then the most practical and effective way is to shift to a farm living (with ofcourse renewable energy)

There is a deep underlying connection between the terms permaculture and biodynamic agriculture. In fact the term biodynamic agriculture term was coined by a theosophist and alludes to the occult side of nature underlying the transformation of a seed to a plant. Permaculture is a starting step towards biodynamic agriculture

I am myself trying to intuitively understand the philosophy and experiment alongside well-known permaculture techniques. The experiences and information will come in later posts. For this post I wish to share an interesting conversation that took place between Krishna and me who runs solitude farm in Auroville. When I first saw Krishna, I felt something unusual about this person. Yes the kind of energy he carries was so different compared to lazy theosophists like myself. Right from start of the farm tour and the mini workshop which he conducted later Krishna constantly emphasized the importance of connection of soil with food and ultimately culture. It came as a flash of intuitive understanding to me that this was the precise reason why Blavatsky and Olcott shifted the theosophical headquarters from America to India (and ultimately from Bombay to Madras). Krishna calls Fukuoka his guru. Later after the tour and before starting the next workshop Krishna was humble enough to allow me to sit across the dining table where he was taking his lunch all alone. Immediately I brought the topic of theosophy. I had not done any research from where Krishna had come. He said that he knew theosophy as taught by Krishnamurthy himself. He gave a curious smile and said " So Maitreya and all haa " So I immediately threw in the names Koothoomi and Morya. Then me mentioned Leadbeater and said if its true then its true how does it matter, what matters the most is the now. I guess he meant the action in this eternal now. Then he said that one must not get stuck in theory. And I will admit that he was quite right. The one factor which has made Theosophy difficult to reach the common masses is laziness of all theosophists expecting everything to be done by the masters themselves. Only Krishnamurthy had the privilege of philosophising rest all must perform actions taking theosophy as underlying philosophy.   

I was so delighted to find a person for the very first time in this lifetime who is expressing true theosophy in action. I will close this post with some moments shared with Krishna. 

Esoteric Occult Schools - An Exposition

 A Definition of Esotericism and School The words esoteric  and occult  signify that which is hidden; they indicate that which lies behind t...