THEOSOPHY, Vol. 51, No. 7, May, 1963
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What is the prime idea to be held in the study of Evolution?

The one prevailing, most distinct idea -- found in all ancient teachings with reference to Cosmic Evolution -- is that the whole Kosmos has sprung from Divine Thought. This thought impregnates matter, which is co-eternal with the One Reality; and all that lives and breathes evolves from the emanations of the eternal One Root.

"Sprung from Divine Thought." But is any idea of "Divine Thought" itself assimilable to human intellectual capacity?

Divine Thought cannot be defined, or its meaning explained, except by the numberless manifestations of Cosmic Substance in which the former is sensed spiritually by those who can do so. The Divine Thought does not imply a Divine thinker.

Stated in other terms, the divine principle is eternal (Universal Mind). The gods (Dhyan Chohans) are periodical. Fohat is the synthesis of the "Seven" and the Intelligence of the seven creative Builders.

Whence the Vehicle wherein all this evolving takes place?

Cosmic Ideation is Mahat or Intelligence, the Universal World-Soul. It is the basis of the intelligent operations in and of Nature. Cosmic Ideation is said to be non-existent during pralayic periods, for the simple reason that there is no one, and nothing, to perceive its effects. During these periods the variously differentiated states of Cosmic Substance are resolved back again into the primary states of abstract potential objectivity.

Pre-cosmic substance is the primordial substance not yet passed out of latency into differentiated objectivity. When the hour strikes and it becomes receptive of the Fohatic impress of the Divine Thought -- its heart is said to open. Primordial matter, before it emerges from the plane of the never-manifesting, and awakens to the thrill of action under the impulse of Fohat, is but a "cool Radiance, colourless, formless, tasteless, and devoid of every quality and aspect."

The "Pre-cosmic," then, in some manner gives birth to the "Cosmic"?

As soon as Darkness -- or rather that which is "darkness" for ignorance -- has disappeared in its own realm of eternal Light, leaving behind only its divine manifested Ideation, the creative Logoi (Builders) have their understanding opened, and they see in the Ideal World (hitherto concealed in the Divine Thought) the archetypal forms of all, and proceed to copy and build or fashion upon these models, forms evanescent and transcendent.

The plan of our Universe, its worlds and men -- the cosmic blueprint, so to say, was first in the Ideal World and later worked out by the "Builders"?

The Plan was furnished by the Ideation of the Universe, and the constructive labor was left to the Hosts of intelligent Powers and Forces. These are the aggregate of the Dhyan Chohans and the other forces which are dual in their character, being composed of the irrational brute energy inherent in matter, and the intelligent soul of Cosmic consciousness which directs and guides that energy, and which is the Dhyan-Chohanic thought reflecting the Ideation of the Universal Mind.

In strict accuracy -- to avoid confusion and misconceptions, the term "Matter" ought to be applied to the aggregate of objects of possible perception, and "Substance" to noumena. For inasmuch as the phenomena of our plane are the creation of the perceiving Ego -- the modifications of its own subjectivity -- all the "states of matter representing the aggregate of perceived objects" can have but a relative and purely phenomenal existence for the children of our plane.

Manvantaric impulse commences with the re-awakening of Cosmic Ideation (the Universal Mind) concurrently with, and parallel to the primary emergence of Cosmic Substance -- the latter being the manvantaric vehicle of the former -- from its undifferentiated pralayic state. Then, Absolute Wisdom mirrors itself in its Ideation; which, by a transcendental process, superior to and incomprehensible by human consciousness, results in Cosmic Energy (Fohat).

Just what is Fohat in the world of spirit and matter?

It is the link. Just as Manas is the connecting link between the gross matter of the physical body and the divine Monad which animates it, but is powerless to act upon the former directly. In its totality, viewed from the standpoint of manifested Divine Thought, Universal Mind represents the Hosts of the higher creative Dhyan Chohans. Mahat (Universal Mind) is the entire collectivity of those Dhyan Chohans of sentient life of which Fohat is the representative on the objective plane -- and the Manasaputras on the subjective.

Frankly, these ideas seem frightfully difficult!

The author of The Secret Doctrine left many significant hints, among them being this: "Since this work withholds far more than it gives out, the student is invited to use his own intuitions."

May we go on. Is "Fohat" recognized by science today?

When an Occultist speaks of Fohat -- the energizing and guiding intelligence in the universal electrical or Vital fluid -- he is laughed at. Let us recapitulate a few of the statements made of him.

Fohat is one thing in the yet unmanifested Universe and another in the phenomenal and occult world. In the latter he is that occult, vital power which, under the will of the Creative Logos, unites and brings together all forms, giving them the first impulse which becomes in time law. Fohat is the emanation of those other Powers behind him; the dynamic energy of Cosmic Ideation. He is one of the most, if not the most important character in esoteric Cosmogony. Fohat is the agent of the Law, its representative.

What is Fohat's relation to the "Builders" who "have their understanding opened" at the beginning of Manvantara?

The Builders are classes of the invisible but intelligent masons, who fashion matter according to the Ideal Plan ready for them in that which is called Divine or Cosmic Ideation. Fohat is called the "Builder of the Builders," the Force that he personifies having formed our planetary chain. Fohat is not only the living symbol and container of that Force, but is looked upon by the Occultists as an Entity -- the forces he acts upon being cosmic, human, and terrestrial, and exercising their influences on all those planes respectively. He is, metaphysically, the objectivized thought of the gods; the "Word made Flesh," on a lower scale, and the messenger of Cosmic and human ideations; the active force of Universal Life.

How is he the messenger of the "Powers" from which he emanates?

"Fohat runs the Manus (Dhyan Chohans) errands." He causes the ideal prototypes to expand from within without, viz., to cross gradually, on a descending scale, on all the planes from the noumenon to the lowest phenomenon, to bloom finally on the last into full objectivity -- the acme of illusion, or the grossest matter.

This is a sevenfold Universe. Has Fohat to do with all space?

Akasha is in fact that Universal Space in which lies inherent the eternal Ideation of the Universe in its ever-changing aspects on the planes of matter and objectivity. Fohat, running along the seven principles of Akasha, acts upon manifested substance or the One Element, and by differentiating it into various centres of energy, sets in motion the Law of Cosmic Evolution, which, in obedience to the Ideation of the Universal Mind, brings into existence all the various states of being in the manifested solar system.

Can more be said of these "various centres of energy"?

The seven centres of energy are evolved, or rendered objective by the action of Fohat upon the one element; or, in fact, the seventh Principle of the seven elements which exist throughout the manifested Kosmos. When Fohat is said to produce "seven laya centres," it means that for formative or creative purposes, the Great Law stops, or rather modifies its perpetual motion on seven invisible points within the area of the manifested universe.

It is through Fohat that the ideas of the Universal Mind are impressed upon matter. Fohat is the "bridge" by which the "Ideas" existing in the "Divine Thought" are impressed on Cosmic Substance as the "laws of Nature."

Would it not appear that Fohat has the powers of a "God"?

Fohat is no personal God but the emanation of those other Powers behind him, the "Messenger of the Primordial Sons of Life and Light." When science speaks of evolution through brute matter, blind force, and senseless motion, the Occultists point to intelligent Law and sentient Life, and add that Fohat is the guiding Spirit of all this. The latter, the desire of sentient life shows itself in everything, from an atom to a sun. It is a reflection of the Divine Thought propelled into objective existence, into a law that the Universe should exist.

Fohat is the constructive force of Cosmic Electricity. On the Cosmic plane his influence is present in the constructive power that carries out in the formation of things -- from the planetary system down to the glow-worm and the simple daisy -- the Plan in the Mind of Nature, or in the Divine Thought, with regard to the development of that special thing. On the earthly plane his influence is felt in the strong desire of the magnetizer. In the manifested Universe Fohat is the ever-present electrical energy, the ceaseless destructive and formative power. Fohat, in its various manifestations, is the mysterious link between Mind and Matter, the animating principle electrifying every atom into life.

Is Fohat Electricity per se?

Fohat is the "spirit" of Electricity, which is Life of the Universe. Life and electricity are one in our philosophy. Fohat is the essence of electricity. Withal, neither the nature of electricity nor of life nor even of light, are to this day understood. To understand something of the nature of Cosmic Electricity, other properties must be added to those commonly known, including Intelligence. Electricity is not only a substance but is an emanation from an Entity, which is neither god nor devil but one of the numberless Entities that rule and guide our world according to the eternal Law of Karma.

Is our electricity, the kind we know of, an "Entity"?

Electricity can be called an "entity" only when we refer to it as Fohat, its primordial Force. The electricity we handle is but the result of ordinary matter affected by something invisible, the "ultimate generating power" of every force, the "one omnipresent influence."

What is meant when "sons and brothers of Fohat" are referred to in The Secret Doctrine?

The "sons of Fohat" are the various forces having fohatic, or cosmic electric life in their essence and being, and in their various effects. They represent and personify the seven forms of cosmic Magnetism, the active and co-operative progeny of whom are electricity, magnetism, sound, light, heat, etc. On the cosmic plane Fohat is behind all such manifestations as light, heat, sound, adhesion, etc., etc. Occult science defines these as supersensuous effects in their hidden behavior, and as objective phenomena in the world of senses. Thus, of the latter it is said that "unconscious Nature" is in reality an aggregate of forces manipulated by semi-intelligent beings (Elementals), guided by High Planetary Spirits (Dhyan Chohans), whose collective aggregate forms the manifested verbum of the unmanifested Logos, and constitutes at one and the same time the Mind of the Universe, and its immutable Law.

Had all the nations of antiquity their Fohat too?

Fohat is the key in Occultism which opens and unriddles the multiform symbols and respective allegories in the so-called mythology of every nation.

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