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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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Spiritual Science is a Real Science

“There are people who will not hear anything about occult science, because they think they discern something unhealthy in what has been said. These people are quite right as regards the surface and outer aspect of life, in its so-called reality, offers. They see weakness in man’s turning away from reality and seeking his welfare in an unseen world which to them is synonymous with what is chimerical and visionary. If as occult scientists we do not desire to fall into morbid dreaming and weakness, we must admit that such objections are partially justified. For they are founded upon sound judgment, which leads to a half truth instead of a whole truth merely because it does not penetrate to the root of things.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Spiritual Science

Spiritual science,which Steiner calls “occult,” is not perfect and is not for everyone. That is something you won’t see many schools, teachers, or gurus admitting. Many of the newer schools seem to be more interested in having a large number of students than in actually healing those students develop their spiritual faculties. You can see this on social media where the answers many give to any spiritual question is, “Go meditate”. A real spiritual school goes way beyond meditation to advanced techniques that actually awaken and develop the spiritual part of us, and don’t just relax the mind.

Something Unhealthy

Some people certainly will see something unhealthy in concentrating on spiritual growth. A couch potato will see something unhealthy in going to a fitness center several times a week, but they are wrong. Yes, the guy at the gym is more likely to get injured than the guy watching Wheel of Fortune, but he is also likely to live longer and happier. Likewise, the person taking the time to care for their spiritual self (along with the physical and mental) will have a happier and more productive life. Physically, she may not live longer, but she will have an immortal life ahead in spirit form. To enjoy that immortal life, however, you must awaken, and become one with, the spirit and soul while still physically alive. Continued life is in spirit, not matter.

So the idea that spending time on spiritual development is unhealthy can only be true if you accept that the physical world is all that is real. In actual fact, it is the temporary world of matter that is unreal. Unfortunately, it does do a good job of hiding the real world of spirit from those who don’t make an effort to find it. Continue reading “Spiritual Science is a Real Science”

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Spiritual Science for Wisdom and Unity

“Through occult science man gains the conviction that from a higher standpoint the weal and woe of the individual is intimately bound up with the weal and woe of the whole world. This is a means by which man comes to see that he is inflicting an injury on the entire world and every being within it, if he does not develop his own powers in the right way. If a man makes his life desolate by losing touch with the unseen, he not only destroys in his inner self something, the decay of which may eventually drive him to despair, but through his weakness he constitutes a hindrance to the evolution of the whole world in which he lives. … He may yield to the belief that there is nothing invisible, …but such an illusion is only possible on the surface of consciousness and not in its depths.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Individual and World of Spiritual Science

We live in an age where the individual is emphasized over that of the community and the world as a whole. We allow individuals to have “rights” that conflict with the good of the planet and the people on it. Worse, we have now decided in some places that corporation also have the rights of individuals including the right to force certain religious beliefs on their employees. It should not take much thought or imagination to realize that the ultimate end of this emphasis on individuality will be total chaos.

The other side of the coin is a world where the individual is of little significance. Everything is for the community, the state. This is the world of the ant colony or bee hive. In some ancient times, we lived like that also. In some ways, we still do which seems to be a paradox with our emphasis on individuality and individual rights.

Importance of Community

As Mr. Steiner notes, the individual must be a part of the community and the world. But it is also true that the community must function for the benefit of each individual, not just a privileged few like the queen bee. This is a difficult and delicate balance to achieve.

Doing that is always an important part of spiritual science. It is only possible for the spiritually awakened. Through a knowledge of spiritual science, which Steiner calls occult science, we know how to behave in a way that benefits us as well as the whole world. As part of that, however, we recognize that there may be times when we have to give up our right in order to do what is best for the whole. At other times, the whole may have to allow some individual rights that don’t benefit the world, but only the individuals that occupy it. Balance is the key. Continue reading “Spiritual Science for Wisdom and Unity”

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Universal Life in a Living Universe

“Esoteric philosophy teaches that everything lives and is conscious, but not that all life and consciousness are similar to those of human or even animal beings. Life we look upon as ‘the one form of existence,’ manifesting in what we call matter; or, as in man, what incorrectly is separating them, we call Spirit, Soul and Matter. Matter is the vehicle for the manifestation of soul on this plane of existence, and soul is the vehicle of a higher plane for the manifestation of spirit. … The idea of universal life is one of those ancient conception which are returning to the human mind. … The idea of ‘crystalline life,’ now familiar to science, would have been scouted half a century ago. … It hardly seems possible that science can disguise … the fact that things that have life are living things, whether they be atoms or planets.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Universal Life

The idea of universal life has two levels to it. In one sense, it means that the life force is a universal one, there fore life in some form exists everywhere in the universe. The other one is that all things on Earth are alive, including the planet itself. This is the part that Blavatsky is emphasizing, but both parts of it deserve attention.

A Living Universe

It would be arrogant of us to think that the mysterious life force exists only on planet Earth, and therefore nothing is living outside of this little planet. It is also arrogant arrogant to assume that life in other places must be very similar to Earth life, and if we don’t find life forms similar to us, then we label that planet, moon, or star as dead. All planets, all moons, and all stars are constantly bombarded by that energy called “Life Force,” and it is working just fine on all of them. There is life everywhere. Obviously, life on a planet where the average temperature is way below freezing will not have life similar to us. Likewise, moons with no atmosphere can’t have breathing life forms. And stars can’t have living things with bodies or normal matter as they would burn up. Yet all those places have life. One type of universal life.

A Living Planet

We can say with certainty that life does exist on other planets and stars because of one simple fact often overlooked: everything is alive.

For centuries, science laughed at such an idea, and many in the scientific community still do. Some, however, are coming around. First, science really doesn’t know what life is. They admit that openly. If you showed me four slices of toast, each with something different on top of it, and asked me which one has jam on it, I would not be able to answer correctly if I didn’t know what jam was. If someone then showed me a jar of strawberry jam and said, “this is jam,” I would then think I knew the answer. Proudly, I would point to the piece of toast with strawberry jam. But I would be only partially correct because all four slices have jam on them, just different flavors. This is the problem we have with science and life. They think they know it when they see it even though they don’t know exactly what “it” is.

So scientists know that humans, animals, and plants are living. Most don’t except that rivers, mountains, and rocks are also living. Yet those things are made up of the very same atoms at those which are considered living. If you say a brick wall is made of clay, then isn’t it also true that the individual bricks are made of clay? The same is true here. If a cow is alive, so is a cow’s ear, and the cells in that ear, and the atoms in the cells. Every atom in the cow is living. If that were not so, then the cow made of those atoms could not be living. And if many of those atoms can also be found in rocks, rivers, and stars, they must also be living. So while life exists in man forms, and at many levels of consciousness, universal life is reality.