The footnote in SD I, 14-15

By Ingmar de Boer on March 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

In SD I, 14 we find

Herbert Spencer has of late so far modified his Agnosticism, as to assert that the nature of the “First Cause,”* which the Occultist more logically derives from the “Causeless Cause,” the “Eternal,” and the “Unknowable,” […]

where the asterisk refers to the following footnote:

* The “first” presupposes necessarily something which is the “first brought forth, the first in time, space, and rank” — and therefore finite and conditioned. The “first” cannot be the absolute, for it is a manifestation. Therefore, Eastern Occultism calls the Abstract All the “Causeless One Cause,” the “Rootless Root,” and limits the “First Cause” to the Logos, in the sense that Plato gives to this term.

The “First Cause” is the manifested Logos, the Logos proper, “in the sense Plato gives to this term”, which is the Second Logos, as we have shown earlier. (See The Three Logoi)

So the “Abstract All”, the “Causeless One Cause”, the “Rootless Root” is the unmanifested Logos, which we have called the First Logos.

Category: Causeless Cause, First Cause, Logos, Rootless Root | 1 comment

  • Pablo Sender says:

    Dear Ingmar,

    Good job with this blog! It is very interesting.
    I was wondering why you take the “Causeless Cause” to be the unmanifested Logos. To me, it seems to refer to the Absolute (which is what HPB is talking about in the previous parragraph). Then, although one could take the “First Cause” as being the Logos in a general way (without reference to the stage of manifestation), I always had the idea of the first (unmanifested) logos as being the first cause of the reawekening of the Cosmos after pralaya…

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