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Divine Science of Mathematics and Harmony

“To Pythagoras music was one of the dependencies of the divine science of mathematics, and its harmonies were inflexibly controlled by mathematical proportions. The Pythagoreans averred that mathematics demonstrated the exact method by which the good established and maintained its universe. Number therefore preceded harmony, since it was the immutable law that governs all harmonic proportions. After discovering these harmonic ratios, Pythagoras gradually initiated disciples into this, the supreme arcanum of his Mysteries. He divided the multitudinous parts of creation into a vast number of planes or spheres, to each of which he assigned a tone, a harmonic interval, a number, a name, a color, and a form. He then proceeded to prove the accuracy of his deductions by demonstrating them upon the different planes of intelligence and substance ranging from the most abstract logical premise to the most concrete geometrical solid. From the common agreement of these diversified methods of proof he established the indisputable existence of certain natural laws.” ~Manly P. Hall

Divine Science

Some people laugh at the idea of a divine science or spiritual science. They see science and spirituality as opposites. Either that or they think one is real and the other fantasy. Which is which varies depending on the individual.

But divine science is a real thing. It is just as real as material science. And mystery schools like that of Pythagoras didn’t fantasize their teachings, they used real science to study reality and make scientific deductions based on their experiments and observations.

Mathematics of Divine Science

One of the first things ancient spiritual leaders learned is that spiritual science is mathematical. More mathematical, in fact, than material science. Because the realm of matter is flawed, having been created by the Demiurge and not the real God, it has laws, but also exceptions to all of them. Few, if any, exceptions are to be found in spiritual laws that govern spiritual realms. So the spiritual worlds function in complete harmony, with a hierarchy and structure that is mathematical and pure. As Hall puts it, they are inflexibly controlled by the divine science of mathematics. Continue reading “Divine Science of Mathematics and Harmony”

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Divine Proportion in the World of Matter

“It has always been known that the Greek craftsmen made use of a secret canon of proportion, revealed only to initiates, which they inherited from the Egyptians, who had preserved it from deepest antiquity. Blavatsky refers to it as the lost canon, and so it remained until it s partial rediscovery earlier this century by the American, Jay Hambidge. For many years Hambidge wrote and lectured on the geometrical types which determined the proportions of Greek vases, paintings,sculpture and which are also the basic model of plant growth and of the human skeleton. … His attempts to persuade artists and architects of the advantages to be gained from using the canonical proportions in design were generally unsuccessful. Artists, encouraged by a fragmented society to regard themselves as great individuals of original genius, have not in modern times cared to study the eternal gods of visual harmony.” ~John Michell

Divine Proportion

Mr. Michell wrote the above quote in his book “City of Revelation” in 1972. I believe he was fortunate enough to see a revival to some degree of respect for the ancient canon of proportion. Perhaps his books and teachings helped with that revival. In any case, what most call Divine Proportion is a real thing and respect for it is making a comeback.

Divine proportion may be complicated in practice, but is simple to understand. It simply means that certain proportions are more harmonious, more pleasing, than others. While there may be good, practical reasons to make things in other shapes, divine proportion is always best when possible. First, of course, one has to spend time studying the rules of divine proportion in order to follow them.

Greeks and Egyptians

The Greeks did get many of their ideas from the Egyptians, including those of divine proportion. The Greek philosopher and spiritual teacher Pythagoras was particular known for his insistence that geometry was a sacred science, not simply mathematics.

And this divine proportion geometry can be seen in nature as well as in things made by man. In the geometry of snowflakes, the arrangements of leaves o plants, and so on.

Many examples of divine proportion can be found in Egyptian art and architecture. But as Mr. Michell notes, they got the knowledge from even older civilizations. And that doesn’t just mean the Babylonians. It also means older civilizations that science doesn’t except, but they existed anyway. Civilizations like those of Atlantis and Lemuria. Civilization that all knew the laws of divine proportion and tried to follow them whenever possible. Continue reading “Divine Proportion in the World of Matter”

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Spirit Dance and the Circuit of the Dance

“The Circuit does not go by chance but under the Reason-Principle of the living whole; therefore there must be a harmony between cause and caused; there must be some order ranging things to each other’s purpose, or in due relation to each other. …

“In our dance-plays there are outside elements contributing to the total effect—fluting, singing, and other linked accessories—and each of there changes in each new movement: there is no need to dwell on these; their significance is obvious. But besides this there is the fact that the limbs of the dancer cannot possible keep the same positions in every figure; they adapt themselves to the plan, bending as it dictates. … The dancer’s mind is on his own purpose; his limbs are submissive to the dance movement. … The whole play of the entire person dictates the necessary position to each limb and member as it serves the plan.” ~Plotinus

The Circuit of the Dance

Most of us today think of electronics when we hear the word “circuit,” but it has a much broader meaning. Virtually anything which has a circular nature to it can be considered a circuit. You plant seeds, grow vegetables, save some of the seeds of the vegetables to plant again next spring. That’s a circuit. The physical universe is a great circuit with each galaxy being a sub-circuit and each star system within the galaxy being lower sub-circuit. The physical universes is a sub-circuit of the All with its nine dimensions of matter (dimensions 1-4) and spirit (dimensions 5-9).

These circuits behave in ways that are very similar to an electrical circuit. If you want to increase the flow of energy in an electrical circuit, you increase the power source. If you want to decrease the energy flow, you add a resistor to the circuit. A break in the wire that forms the circuit will shut the flow down completely.

In our physical bodies, one of the circuits is the circulatory system that carries blood. If the veins and arteries get clogged, it acts like the resistors in electrical circuits to reduce the flow of blood. If we go outside in cold weather without a coat on, the heart will start beating faster to increase blood flow. Then there is our memory circuit. The eyes pick up light and translate it into electrical signals sent to the brain. The brain interprets it, then decides how to react. It also stores the image in our memory. Bad eyesight can make those memory images blurry. A damaged optical nerve can do the same. But even more, belief filters in our brain change what we see all the time, and we are not even aware of it. Continue reading “Spirit Dance and the Circuit of the Dance”

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Heavenly Harmony and Spiritual Growth

“The fifth realm of Devachan is the sphere of heavenly harmony. The higher regions of Devachan are characterized by the fact that all sounds have a greater clarity, brilliance and richness. In a mighty harmony we hear the voice of all beings. This harmony was called by Pythagoras, the ‘Music of the Spheres.’ It is the living Cosmic Word. … On Earth, the individual is lost among the crowd of other being. In the highest spheres of Devachan, each being has his own particular sound; yet at the same time the initiate is united with all beings; becomes one with his environment.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Spheres of Heaven

While it doesn’t seem that Steiner’s realms quite correspond to the nine dimensions of the Cosmos that are taught in Cosolargy, the basic concept is the same. The idea is that reality consists of a number of realms, spheres, or dimensions. One of the lowest of these is the world of matter that we live in. It is not the lowest, because there is still some spirit on this level. What Steiner calls the fifth realm does seem to match what we call the fifth dimension. This is a higher level where the angels and other beings of Light dwell.

Heavenly Harmony

Mr. Steiner says this is a realm where sounds have greater “clarity, brilliance and richness.” This is true, but is not limited to sound. Just as we have the Music of the Spheres, we have the Scents of the Spheres, the Sights of the Spheres, and possibly even taste and touch is in there somewhere.

One thing that must be made clear is that Steiner is not saying that all sounds become clearer in this sphere. We wouldn’t want the sound of a jackhammer to become clearer, we just want it to stop! What he is saying is that the sound on that level are limited to those that are part of the celestial harmony, part of the Music of the Spheres. Discordant noises cannot get into that realm. Everything on this level functions in harmony, or it wouldn’t be there. And this heavenly harmony extends to all senses, or at least the interpretation of all senses of what is really a harmonious flow of energy.

Experiencing Heavenly Harmony

One way a spiritual student can often tell that his spiritual practices are succeeding is that he briefly experiences some of this heavenly harmony. While practicing, she may hear a very pleasant music softly playing in the background. After finishing the techniques, she looks around and can find no source of that pleasant sound. Instead, she is now bombarded with the usual noise of the world.

Another student might smell flowers or an uplifting perfume. Likewise, when he finishes his spiritual practice and looks around, he sees no flowers, no source of the perfume. Others might feels a pleasant tingling all over the body, or see geometric shapes made of light. They are all experiencing a brief glimpse into that heavenly harmony of the fifth dimension. But don’t feel disappointed if you haven’t experienced any of that yet. Each person is different.

Earthly Harmony

One reason why many inspired artists create their works is because they have experienced brief encounters with this heavenly harmony. So they try to put it into their songs, their paintings, their sculpture, or other art forms. They ever succeed in capturing it, but some come close. Such art can help inspire us to seek spiritual growth ourselves.

While to a large degree, the purpose has been lost, this is the reason many churches play music during services, burn incense, and have works of art on display. Because they have forgotten this purpose, many now have the wrong kinds of music and they wrong kinds of artworks, but that may change.