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Compassion - The Spirit of Truth

By Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Compassion Throbs At The Heart Of The Universe

Compassion is no attribute. It is the LAW of LAWS — eternal Harmony, Alaya’s Self; a shoreless universal essence, the light of everlasting Right, and fitness of all things, the law of love eternal. 
— The Voice of the Silence 1 

Love took up the harp of Life, and smote on all the chords with might; Smote the chord of Self, that, trembling, pass’d in music out of sight. 
— Alfred Lord Tennyson 2

The myth of the illustrious twin brothers Castor and Pollux or Gemini is one of the most moving stories of true brotherhood and self-denial. It is here recounted by HA Guerber exoterically, and by HP Blavatsky esoterically, as a pause for thought before our parting thoughts on the Great Heart:

One of these twins, Castor, was a mortal, and in a combat with the sons of Aphareus was slain. Pollux, who was immortal, then implored Jupiter to allow him to die also, that he might not be parted from his brother — a proof of brotherly affection which so touched the father of the gods, that he permitted Castor to return to life on condition that Pollux would spend half his time in Hades. . . . Later on, satisfied that even this sacrifice was none too great for their fraternal love, he translated them both to the skies, where they form a bright constellation, one of the signs of the zodiac.3

Here we have an allusion to the “Egg-born,” Third Race; the first half of which is mortal, i.e., unconscious in its personality, and having nothing within itself to survive; and the latter half of which becomes immortal in its individuality, by reason of its fifth principle being called to life by the informing gods, and thus connecting the Monad with this Earth. This is Pollux; while Castor represents the personal, mortal man, an animal of not even a superior kind,4

when unlinked from the divine individuality. “Twins” truly; yet divorced by death forever, unless Pollux, moved by the voice of twinship, bestows on his less favoured mortal brother a share of his own divine nature, thus associating him with his own immortality.1

Mighty the brotherhood of loss and pain; There is communion past the need of speech, There is a love no words of love can reach; — Sarah Williams: Deep-sea Soundings

Eros is the primordial impulse to Self-Consciousness or Divine Love Incarnate. The term [philosophy] is composed of two Greek words whose meaning is intended to convey its secret sense, and ought to be interpreted as “wisdom of love.” Now it is in the last word, “love,” that lies hidden the esoteric significance: for “love” does not stand here as a noun, nor does it mean “affection” or “fondness,” but is the term used for Eros, that primordial principle in divine creation, synonymous with ποθος [pothos], the abstract desire in Nature for procreation, resulting in an everlasting series of phenomena. It means “divine love,” that universal element of divine omnipresence spread throughout Nature and which is at once the chief cause and effect. The “wisdom of love” (or “philosophia”) meant attraction to and love of everything hidden beneath objective phenomena and the knowledge thereof. Philosophy meant the highest Adeptship — love of and assimilation with Deity. In his modesty Pythagoras even refused to be called a Philosopher (or one who knows every hidden thing in things visible; cause and effect, or absolute truth), and called himself simply a Sage, an aspirant to philosophy, or to Wisdom of Love — love in its exoteric meaning being as degraded by men then as it is now by its purely terrestrial application.2

Our Consciousness, which is merely the animal Consciousness, is made up of the Consciousness of all the cells in the body. . . . except those of the Heart. For the Heart is the organ of the Spiritual Consciousness; it corresponds indeed to Prana, but only because Prana and the Auric Envelope are essentially the same, and because again as Jiva it is the same as the Universal Deity.

The Heart is the centre of Spiritual Consciousness and throne of the Heavenly Man. The Heart represents the Higher Triad, while the Liver and Spleen represent the Quaternary . . . The heart is the abode of the Spiritual Man, whereas the Psycho-Intellectual Man dwells in the Head with its seven gateways. It has its seven brains, the upadhis and symbols of the seven Hierarchies, and this is the exoterically four, but esoterically seven, leaved Lotus, the “Saptaparna,” the “Cave of Buddha” with its seven compartments.1

The chief features of life are not only in accordance with those of the Deity within us, Maya, or the illusive appearance of the marshalling of events and actions on this earth, changes, varying with nations and places. But the chief features of one’s life are always in accordance with the “constellation” one is born under, or, we should say, with the characteristics of its animating principle or the deity that presides over it, whether we call it a DhyaniChohan, as in Asia, or an Archangel, as with the Greek and Latin churches. In ancient Symbolism it was always the SUN (though the Spiritual, not the visible, Sun was meant), that was supposed to send forth the chief Saviours and Avataras.2 Hence the connecting link between the Buddhas, the Avataras, and so many other incarnations of the highest SEVEN. The closer the approach to one’s Prototype, “in Heaven,” the better for the mortal whose personality was chosen, by his own personal deity (the seventh principle), as its terrestrial abode. For, with every effort of will toward purification and unity with that “Self-god,” one of the lower rays breaks and the spiritual entity of man is drawn higher and ever higher to the ray that supersedes the first, until, from ray to ray, the inner man is drawn into the one and highest beam of the Parent-Sun.3

Every heart is linked with the Solar Heart, “The Sun is the heart of the Solar World [System] and its brain is hidden behind the [visible] Sun. From thence, sensation is radiated into every nerve-centre of the great body, and the waves of the life-essence [plasma] flow into each artery and vein. . . . The planets are its limbs and pulses. . . . ”

The Sun was always called by the Egyptians “the eye of Osiris,” and was himself the Logos, the first-begotten, or light made manifest to the world, “which is the Mind and divine intellect of the Concealed.” It is only by the sevenfold Ray of this light that we can become cognizant of the Logos through the Demiurge, regarding the latter as the creator of our planet and everything pertaining to it, and the former as the guiding Force of that “Creator” — good and bad at the same time, the origin of good and the origin of evil. This “Creator” is neither good nor bad per se, but its differentiated aspects in nature make it assume one or the other character.2

The ever-pulsating Heart, that beats everywhere. The expanding and contracting of the Web — i.e., the world-stuff or atoms — expresses here the pulsatory movement; for it is the regular contraction and expansion of the infinite and shoreless Ocean of that which we may call the noumenon of matter emanated by Svabhava, which causes the universal vibration of atoms. 3 . . . But to the follower of the true Eastern archaic Wisdom, to him who worships in spirit nought outside the Absolute Unity, that ever-pulsating great Heart that beats throughout, as in every atom of nature, each such atom contains the germ from which he may raise the Tree of Knowledge, whose fruits give life eternal and not physical life alone.4

Every single throb of our heart reflects the dilations and contractions of the Solar Heart, There is a regular circulation of the vital fluid throughout our system, of which the Sun is the heart — the same as the circulation of the blood in the human body — during the manvantaric solar period, or life, the Sun contracting as rhythmically at every return of it, as the human heart does.1 Only, instead of performing the round in a second or so, it takes the solar blood ten of its years, and a whole year to pass through its auricles and ventricles before it washes the lungs and passes thence to the great veins and arteries of the system.

Within which the sunbeams of every spiritual aspiration will finally merge, not to disappear but to return to earth as other sunbeams. 2 This, Science will not deny, since Astronomy knows of the fixed cycle of eleven years when the number of solar spots increases, which is due to the contraction of the Solar HEART. The universe (our world in this case) breathes, just as man and every living creature, plant, and even mineral does upon the earth; and as our globe itself breathes every twenty-four hours. . . . [The dark region] is similar to the regular and healthy pulsation of the heart, as the lifefluid passes through its hollow muscles. Could the human heart be made luminous, and the living and throbbing organ be made visible, so as to have it reflected upon a screen, such as used by the astronomers in their lectures — say for the moon — then everyone would see the Sunspot phenomenon repeated every second — due to its contraction and the rushing of the blood.3



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