LESSONS FROM NATURE
Amanda F. Rooke
William Wordsworth wrote “...(I) have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air, and the blue sky, and in the mind of man; a motion and a spirit, that impels all thinking things, all objects of all thought, and rolls through all things.” 1 We sense behind Nature a guiding force, yet a Unity & Oneness within the minutae of creation; Nature’s omnipresent spirit & higher self, is the touchstone of truth and Reality. It is in human nature to find out and become their divine self at the source of essential nature locked into everything in the cosmos, as it is the nature of the wind to blow or of birds to fly. Bill Edgar said Nature is like the hieroglyph Ntr meaning god, embodying the “creative, driving and controlling force and forces in individuals and the universe”, of life, movement, will, intelligence, and of the titanic primordial forces of fire, air, water, and earth which reverent people believed only the gods were responsible enough to guide to the benefit of all life. Zeus ruled heaven and earth with a rope of gold, i.e. of spirit; these “gods” are really the living intelligence within and behind the beauty and power of nature. 2
“Nature” derives from Nascor, to be born/come into existence. If you believe in a creation of some sort, it must be in the likeness of the creator; the earth is the body of this being-as in the maxim “as above so below”. In the Stanzas of Dhyzan is an ancient esoteric creation story reminiscent of the today’s big bang theory, starting with a plain circle, which then has a dot in the middle, then a line thru middle, then a cross inside, then it becomes a circular pleated fan, which becomes pixilated and turns into a spiral milky-way: 3 The circle with a dot in the middle, the hieroglyph for Rah, diagrams how everything visible proceeds from the invisibile spiritual essense at it’s core. Thus every last speck of the universe is alive and ensouled - everything has in it Buddha-nature -because all atoms have life-atoms or monads inside them, a microcosm of a universe constantly making itself from within outwards as in the rah-symbol.
Life began at a given moment, when the time came for the entity of the universe to be reborn, nothingness became somethingness, all coming through from the other side of the veil of life/non-life, like matter pouring through a wormhole from the other side of a black hole from the Aether/Akasa/Mulaprakriti or Root-Nature/Root-Space, the mother-substance of the cosmic hierarchy. 4 Rather like the camera oscura used by Renaissance artists to comprehend perspective.
GDP wrote on how divinity indwells Nature: “Nature is one vast, living, inspirited organism/entity”, like 5any organism composed of atoms which are individual but also part of the whole which they comprise. Each atom is 7-layered and has a divine part which is part of and linked to the divine in everything and the supreme divine entity itself, a hierarchy, a pillar of light, “derivitive of the mother-substance of the environing nature”; matter is thickened spirit, in which true spirit is both working and sleeping. The manifested universe hangs as a pendant from the Formless and the Nameless and is subject to division into two interlocking parts, the light, spiritual divine side inhabited by the hierarchies of compassion and wisdom who actually form the half they live in, the architects who represent the consciousness of the universe, and then the matter or vehicular side inhabited by the many hierarchies of cosmic builders and masons of the world, world governors and world makers, the builders who represent the matter side of the universe. The builders are guided by the Word/Logos, ruler/s of the universe who with his Queen the fabricating Spirit, form the First Power after the one”;6 (company director, bureaucrats, workers!) The gods were once builders themselves, and exist on every rung of the evolutionary ladder. Thus what is below, the microcosm, faithfully reflects what is above, the macrocosm, because they are “in one another’s image”. Thus by studying one we “have an infallible key by which we may unlock the most recondite mysteries of space and time - study the universe and you know man, study man and you know the universe. Our inner god is the architect of the building of the human vehicles through which it manifests; so do we when we make something, so does the hierarch of the universe start with an idea which he puts into manifestation. 7 However, the light side isn’t inherently good or the material side evil; it is the balance of spiritual and material existences and their degree or evolution or unfoldment from within, which gives the diversity in the universe; the universe is neither the one nor the other. 8 Nature’s law is that effect proceeds cause; nature is strictly harmonious at its core and through all its parts and all its movings are towards a restoration of harmony, or of equilibrium 9 A person who works for brotherhood and kindliness has all nature’s evolutionary stream with him, bringing strength and light and inducing a cosmic expansion of his inner faculties - he works with nature’s flow. 10 The dichotemy was emphasised by the Zoroastrians and thence into Christianity, but equilibrium will be restored at the end of the manvantara. This balance is restored by Narada the keeper of karma, never allowing a huge build-up of karma, as Narada abhors cruelty of any kind, either to friend or foe. 11 The truly evolved one has brought the inner spirit to the surface and suffused it into every atom of his material nature; the whole endeavour of nature and her evolution is to arouse the “native faculties of the inner god” upon which he will learn how to control nature’s forces and become able to accomplish wonders, after the fourth of seven initiations.”12 The builders are elementals, pure spirits straight from the creator, the angelic hosts or elohim who haven’t yet evolved to humanhood & who are the vehicle of the mechanism of the divine or universal thought and will”. 13 They “work out the ordinary processes of growth, development, and decay, of meteoro- logical phenomena - combustion, vulcanism, and all other natural phenomena. 14
It would seem we can influence Nature to some extent by the quality of our thoughts and the timbre of our actions, by being excessively materialistic and self-oriented, we have allowed to occur the hole in the ozone layer, El Nino, greenhouse effect, global warming, to effect our lives for the worse, in one degree or another. Paul in his talk about disasters quoted the Hopi seer: “Both shakings of the earth took place because man had not learned to live with his fellow man In the way that the Great Spirit required when the tablets were written, tens of thousands of years ago.” On the other hand, there have been saintly persons whom nature loves and respects, so that Her higher nature comes to the fore and blooms and blossoms for us.
When Orpheus, the poet of Greek mythology played the 7 stringed lyre given by Apollo his father and taught him by the Muses, he enchanted every living thing even the rocks, the stormy winds and seas, the ship the Argo; 15 in the underworld, his music calmed the tormented spirits of the dead and softened the heart of Hades so that his wife Euridice was allowed to return to earth; this may symbolise the journey of the initiant soul who must triumph over the phantasms of the material realms before becoming able to be in tune with those of the 7 realms of life, stellar, planetary, human, animal, vegetal, mineral, and elemental.16 There is a universal musical note in nature, Middle F in the western scale, the Music of the Spheres, all the sounds of nature directly related to one of the 7 sacred planets, which each express one of the 7 universal principles of nature, so evey sound we hear represents the principle which is strongest in it; travellers have heard voices and singing in the tumultuous waters of the Canadan wilderness, “voices which, strangely, are never quite clear enough to be understood.” 17
All creatures respond to loving kindness, even moray eels. In the presence of St. Francis wild beasts became tame and obedient. He sang the Canticle to the Creatures and preached his Sermon to the Birds, which flew into the air in the formation of a cross as he asked them to praise God for his blessings. He tamed a wolf terrorising the town of Gubbio, he called everything in nature “brother” or “sister” - Father Sun, Sister Moon; 18 he cared for lepers, the poor, for animals and insects “for he felt that love of Christ in our hearts should fill us with sympathy for everything that can suffer pain, or be benefitted by kindness”.19
Buddhists “show loving kindness to all living things”, Hindus practice Ahimsa or non-injury and the Isopanisad says: “The entire universe and everything in it, animate and inanimate, is His. Let us not covet anything. Let us treat everything around us reverently, as custodians. We have no charter for dominion. All wealth is common wealth. Let us enjoy but neither hoard nor kill. The humble frog has as much right to live as we.” 20 Taoists seek to work with nature by “moving with the flow” in harmony with the rhythm of the seasons and processes of life and accepting the inevitable, guided by their inner spirit so the forces of truth, love and beauty to flow through their being and their most mundane task. 21 Nature follows grooves of action previously made, manifested in universal periodicity operative in day and night, summer and winter, springtime efflux and autumnal reflux, the orbits of the planets, cycles of diseases.22
We should treat nature like your own body, the house you live in, respecting it, not polluting it, not depleting it beyond repair, not using more than can be put back, nourish the earth that gives you food, respect its other denizens as fellow beings. Selflessly help your fellow-man, practice sustainability, balance supply with demand. Man has the gift of mind and thus responsibility - how could we destroy the earth if we realised it is a living being of which we are a responsible part, or destroy plants and animals if we realised they were our brothers and sisters? We can make more nature reserves and buffer zones out of respect for nature, educate people of all ages to see fellow beings as brothers and sisters who’ve a right to live and evolve freely and to be approached in kindness, avoid use of forest products or use in eco-friendly manners and educate people to see the ugly facts of the results of our depredations, as well as the beauty of nature herself., practice chemistry and physics in a beautiful creative way instead of in an ugly destructive way, learn to cooperate in harmony, to evolve our intuition, and to feel devotion for something that is greater than ourselves. Why are we killing our teacher?”23
Farmers could realise they are stewards of the land and that working with nature is in their long term interests, if we saw earth’s functions of cyclic flood, vulcanism, etc as a means of maintaining its health and balance - instead of being destroyed by Earth’s immune system or causing its downfall, our protective actions could make us part of her immune system to defend and maintain the earth we share.24
This sense of balance was restored by the Yurok Indians’ “White Deerskin Dances” and “fixing the world ceremonies”, by laughing and expressing the happiness they “make things right so that all can meet on the middle path”, restoring the abundance that the first Spirit Beings discovered. 25 Be helpful, never greedy, be pleasantly disposed towards all, and have mutual respect. 26 Suburban Aussies can’t do this though - all we can do is find our own path to respect nature and work with her, we can study indigenous peoples’ attitudes and behaviours in this vein, and adapt these to our own environment, respect it and extend the natural realm as much as possible.
Like HPB, In The Voice of the Silence, we can “Help Nature and work on with her; and Nature will regard thee as one of her creators and make obeisance....”
opening the doors to the hidden treasures to the unclosing eye of Spirit unsullied by matter, for which there is no veil. 27 Thus, work with nature and she will work with you, but only if you do so with a pure and selfless heart, for the good of nature, of which we’re part. Hence follow the golden rule all the time in everything you do.
One theosophist decided to improve their own back yard first, recalling a song “Inch by inch, row by row, (I’m) gonna make this garden grow...”, composting and enriching the soil, recycling; planting indigenous vegetation as habitat for the insects birds and animals native to the region, to recreate the harmony which man usually destroys. 28 Once some poor young people were travelling around Britain in a caravan and stopped in a rundown caravan park in Findhorn, Scotland. They couldn’t afford food and had to live on the vegetables they would grow. They cared for the land and it throve beautifully for them. By “good vibes” and careful reconstruction of the gravelly “soil”, they established a flourishing garden producing surpluses to feed a community. The Steinerist farmers do similar things with “500”, a manure stored in the full moon in cows’ horns and mixed with water and sprayed on the fields, which somehow dramatically increases the land’s fertility.
Animals are our “little brothers” they mimic in the microcosm what we are in the macrocosm, and by observing a simpler case we can work out what the more complicated form works like. Spirit likewise flows down through all layers of life in all its kingdoms. Every wonder of nature is thus just an outward expression, a reflection, of inner causal individuals composing the hosts of beings manifest and unmanifest. But nature and her workers failed when left to themself to create a thinking Man, as they’d insufficient spiritual, independant and intelligent powers to enspirit his body with the breath of life. 29 Thus the gods “give their bodies and their “lifeblood”, which latter flows forth and with the body becomes the world and all things.” 30 The gods are powers of nature plus consciousness. 31 GDP in Man in Evolution said the animals and other lower forms are really by-products of the human chain which is essentially unchanging (the ape ancestors having been produced by liaisons by early men with first lemurs then monkeys to produce anthropoid apes), but in the development of the human fetus all the kingdoms through which the soul of man went on its evolutionary journey, are lived through briefly and in sequence.“Though the animals have all been evolved after and partially from man’s cast-off tissues, still, as a far lower being, the mammalian animal became placental and separated far earlier than man.” 32 HPB qualifies this: man Was in the preceeding Round, a gigantic ape-like creature, a rough mould that was developing for the use of man in this Round. 33 Scientists are postulating that animals have feelings, since some animals jeapardize their well-being to help creatures outside their own family and even their own species, and that this must be an inner sense of connection that transcends all material form - a fellow-feeling which must be stronger than all its fears, habit patterns, and instincts. 34 A lioness is rearing a baby antelope, a dog minded a lost rottweiler until her owners contacted its owners; we reared a baby starling, taught him to dig worms and aided its innate flying skills; he helped me through Year 11 and we learned starlings peck with beaks open, not shut, & it takes a huge amount of work, care, (and food) to raise a bird.
From animals we learn much about ourselves; Africans call their proverbs “the daughters of experience”. Indians call animals our “little brothers”, whom we should respect and learn from. Hence they treat them as humans, often imbuing them with human qualities. Thus Mrs Jay and Mrs Deer made ground acorn mush for breakfast, like their human housewife counterparts, and a handsome young dove-man spent too much time playing cards, even when told of his grandmother’s immanent death; when she died the wastrel bewailed in a mournful coo’ing, reminding all young Indians to respect their elders.35
Europeans have similar tales and tendencies; Aesop (whose stories about Brer Rabbit may be the Zambian ones of Kululu the Rabbit), told of the feckless grasshopper eating his summer bounty while the prudent ant saved food for the coming winter, or the little brown hen who did likewise and personified the virtues of industry and its rewards. Once when the holy people there came long ago the gods, men and animals lived harmoniously together and could interchange their shapes, according to the Indians of Rainbow Canyon. 36 They revered the spirits of Rainbow Canyon, home of the spring-person and rainbow-man and holy people petrified into rocks ever guarding and watching the site, which they approached slowly and with reverence, Navaho priestly persons leaving offerings of precious stones and pollen and spoken prayers to them personally and chanting prayer songs to them. 37
Water is sacred in many traditions, and symbolises the passage of the atmana down to earthly form in the form of rain, storage here in lakes and bodies of water, then return heavenwards as evapourated vapour, to repeat the journey again tirelessly.
Ancient Mediteranean scientists thought that the water of any district was very characteristic of the place, shaping the appearance of local peoples, 38 who built temples and gave offerings to the nymphs or water spirits. Alan Stover believes the quality or swabhava of a place is a reflection of the vibration of the great oversoul, which has been personalised as a god , the “holness” of a place, a term adapted from Ecology, spoken of as a quasi-organism of which the plants and animals are as cells in a body, an invisible essense, shaping, sheltering and teaching all life which rests in it.39
Alexander the Great gave offerings to the local nymphs when visiting a new locale, in reverence to local tradition. Perhaps he feared the nymphs (lauralei in Germany), would lure young men to their abode, where they would drown. (like the sea shanty, “marriaey-ed to a mer-maei-ay-ed at the bottom of the deep blue sea). There are tales in Ovid’s Metamorphoses - once Acteon was hunting a stag with his dogs and men when he stopped to drink at a fountain where Diana, mistress of the place and her retinue of nymphs was bathing nude. In retribution Diana turned him into a stag which his own dogs ripped to pieces. The river god Acis married the nymph Galatea but a cyclops or one-eyed giant fell in love with her, and squashed Acis with a big rock, so he flowed out and around it in the form of a river. All humanity possessed a single eye before they became corporeal and it will return when we evolve our inner spirituality more. 40 Ovid tells of Glaucus, who observed landed fish writhing across the grass back into the water, and thought some irritant in the grass was making them do this, so he ate some grass, and turned into a blue-green merman.
Thus sometimes theories on natural history born of observation, can turn out wrong. Pliny the elder wrote an encyclopaedic study, the Natural History based on what he was told and observed about minerals, plants and animals, and even people, where they could be found, their habits, and their use for medicine, and to the Roman empire. But in the hands of medieval northern Europeans many observations on animals became distorted, and I think this is because they tried to illustrate the descriptions pictorially, coming up with monsters NOT found in Pliny’s original. I think his rhinoceros became in their hands, a unicorn. There were basilisks and a creature with killer flatulence. However, people are only just finding out the life habits of boa constrictors and anaconda, huge deadly snakes, this very decade, and it has become a matter of urgency to study the habits of fire ants. However, Aristotle thought water was green, because, basically, green things are fresh and juicy and dead things go brown and then black. He thought the colours “matured” into one another with age, and that water must be the key to this change process. But he also thought that the yellow-tinted banks of scum from waves repeatedly sweeping across the sand, must be what builds up the land, the sand was “dissolved” in the water. This was part of his atomic theory that the seeds of all the elements were hidden within all things, but one element was to the foremost. Thus wood burned because wood was considered an element and it had seeds of fire in it. Thus he had the heart of the above mentioned theory of the soul within the material side, of nature, respecting them just from pure humility of heart, as the duality “results in a perpetual series of physical manifestations and moral effects on Earth... the whole being subject to karma”. 41 We should ever strive to aid the divine evolution of Ideas, by being good co-workers with nature in the cyclic task of the Manvantara, having a hidden shrine and altar in our heart, unmentioned, save through “the still small voice” of our spiritual consciousness, their spirit the sole mediator between them and the Universal Spirit, their good actions the only priests, and their sinful intentions the only sacrifice to the Presence. ” 42
Some scientific ubiquities of today were speculation in HPB’s time - black holes, the variability of states of matter - gas, solid, etheric, motion of particles, force, atoms in motion, the divisibility of the atom, and that light and sound are waves of different vibrational rates which present to our sense organs’ receptors as light or sound, because these organs are receptive to these vibrational rates.43 She wrote: “Analogy is the guiding law in Nature whose creative potency is infinite and no generation of physical scientists can every boast of having exhausted the list of her ways and methods, however uniform the laws upon which she proceeds.”44
Einstein wrote the relativity theory & had a copy of the SD by his bed, and wore out one copy. HPB wrote that Eddison believed atoms were “possessed by a certain amount of intelligence”, and was taken to task for such indulgence in reveries of “scientific imagination”, a quality HPB applauds as it guides our brute senses which would otherwise remain enmired in matter and its illusions. 45 (This leads us to the discovery that in the brain we make our own map of the world as we’ve observed it, as well as there, put in by nature), and to believe that Matter is really just an illusion.
She equates the four irreducible elements in the universe, in order of lightness to greater materiality hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon, with the four bodies in our lower quaternity, after the crossing of spirit within matter, after the creation of the upper triad which is totally immaterial. e.g. carbon is the basis for all organic substances and the chemical element which forms the largest variety of compounds, equates with the gross body, the linga sharira. 46 Salt crystallising around a string from a saline solution makes firstly triangular forms, while the second geometrical figure manifested in nature is the squarical one, an unfoldment from the upper triad to the lower quaternity. 47
The Storksbill weed/grass “knows” it must set seed in the wet winter before the drying spring, but uses profound mathematical principals to drill its light seeds into the hard earth; 5 seeds form an equilateral pentagon; a line drawn across any two opposing angles marks off a triangle and the equation between this space and the 4-sided space remaining, produces the theorum, 1.618034 or phi or golden section closely related to the Fibonacci number series: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34, etc in which each number is the sum of the two previous numbers. These two almost identical sequences are found everywhere in nature, e.g. in the increasingly larger segments of the shell chambers nautilus or even of the snail, the genealogy of a drone bee, the distribution of leaves around a plant stem, the number of petals on some flowers, or the numbers of spiral rows on a pine cone or pineapple. Is this just to maximise the storksbill’s chances for survival, or the master architect behind this aggregate of geometric design.48
Astrophysicists postulate upon matter called “missing mass”- there must be more in the universe than what our optical instruments can reveal, especially when considering the varying strata of energy in space; there could be an infinite number of universes existing in the hidden dimensions now being considered; at least 90% of the mass in the universe must be “dark matter”. Back on our own planet they applied this wholeness idea and coined the term “biosphere” for the interlocking nature of various species inhabiting the planet, the economy of nature which can only function truly as such if all the components have an intimate connection with each other; which surely suggests some kind of intelligence operating behind the scenes. 49
In Sth California are found “vernal pools” containing 800 - 20000 individual plants growing in a single sq m of ground, containing species growing there in the ice age when the coastal mesas first rose from the sea before the climate became warm and dry. 50 Once when Lake Ayer in central Australia flooded, species of fish sprang from dried eggs layered into the dust; ancient species. Stover says the Maories found their way across the trackless ocean to colonise new lands by observing the times of year that land-birds leave and return along the same route, it is reasonable enough to suppose land lies at the end of their outward journey, as it does on their home one. 51 ElsaBrita Titchenell in Once Around The Sun said the birds follow lines of magnetic vibration like a path across the skies. Everything is composed of layers - the atmosphere, earth’s core and crust, ourselves; and made of cells; in winter many species of animals huddle together without strife. 52 Sometimes when rain is carried upward to refreeze among snow crystals, it turns into hail. The showers of ice-spicules were called by New Mexican Indians “seed of the snow” which shows an intuitive knowledge of what science was just then discovering; it makes shapes of plants and animals on the window, like HPB’s comment: that ice is “connected with the astral light and may under certain conditions, reflect certain images from the invisible astral region”. 53 The layer-jar resembles the 7 selves, the yeast in dough is like the atman working through the body, bashed down by experience to make a finer loaf.
Scientists, too, are finding out theosophical ideas, from studying nature. In This Living Earth by David Cavagnaro, he and his wife discovered the oneness of everything in nature, by observing a natural meadow : “By crawling through the grass with all senses alert, we found in ourselves a simple, primitive awareness of the living earth”. Then: “Behind the hooting of an owl, the smell of damp earth, behind even the buzz of a mosquito, lay the thrill and excitement of discovery”, and finally: “We learned in pursuing the pathways of knowledge that each insect or flower or drop of water in a meadow mirrors the universe”.
David Attenborough’s observations are made with loving care and he talks about animals as though they are his fellow-creatures. The introduction to his Life on Earth describes his first trip to the tropics, - “wherever I looked, I found a prodigality of pattern and colour for which I was quite unprepared. It was a revelation of the spendour and fecundity of the natural world from which I have never recovered” - and all this right beside the airport! Both these books are based on lavish and beautiful photographic evidence, observation and being amongst nature being the most important tools of discovery. And once amongst nature, we aren’t permitted to force the knowledge out of her, it must steal upon our senses once we’ve slowed down to her own pace. This is the therapeutic value of gardening and bird watching. Nature’s book, not books by men, is the best source of information. Van Gogh likened the black thorned and pollarded trees on the white snowy landscape, to pages from the Gospel (a book written in black on a white page).54 Naturalists observed people like one would observe flowers or animals in their habitat and Van Gogh believed that people living natural existance were like flowers in nature, possessing her qualities within themselves and therefore knowing her knowledge.
This leads onto Ecological studies and stewarding Nature, ideas of our “tennancy” not ownership of the world (or believing that everything in nature was given to Man to use as he would), best shown by indigenous peoples who looked after what would be the new world for milennia, ‘til we came and all we did was destroy what the Creator had made for us.
Theosophical theory is mirrored in Gaia Hypothesis of J E Lovelock’s where everything on earth as one living entity, “capable of manipulating the earth’s atmosphere to suit its overall needs and endowed with faculties and powers far beyond those of its constituent parts”. Evolution must be self directed beause it seemed to be learning from its mistakes, las we do; nature was maniupulating the random workings of the elements and using the buffetting and constant monitoring of billions of years of modification, to maintain “optimum condition”. Nature had a system of thermal regulation, like our body does; there’s a link between sea plankton and marine cloud formation, these clouds covering over 30% of the earth’s surface, with their capacity to reflect sunlight, and thus affect temperature and climate. She maintains the carbon cycle through microorganisms carrying out decomposition in marshes etc., putting out a billion tons of methane a year, considered very important in the regulation of oxygen. (On ABC TV, a scientist studies a swamp in SA using his pet dog to find the same microorganisms whose petrified remains are in a Martian meteorite (they gather a certain mineral in little square segments all along their minute wormlike bodies and the same mineral traces are found on both planets’ microorganisms). Bacteria can break down most poisons, even mercury, in time, (and are being used by scientists to separate heavy metal and even radioactive toxins, from what they are dissolved in). We too play a part in this picture and must change our ways to harmonize with our Earth Mother and such an awareness can remove the barriers between peoples and nations. There is an innate sense of beauty and the fitness of things which is partly instinctive, and partly programmed into us as living entities. 55
E Hart in this connection quotes GDP’s Man in Evolution, that the laws of nature are “the habits or patterns created by the repetitive actions of beings whose intelligence and range of activity far excell ours - patterns established by greater beings and followed by lesser”.56 Earth and her evolved inhabitants have survived many cateclysms and for e.g. the earth’s Ph has been quite constant, close to 8, despite the fact the planet’s surface should have become more acid with increasing oxidation of the atmosphere and the reducing gases being removed by oxidation. This seems to show that the earth chooses to keep a balance, to be preserved rather than destroyed the act of a guiding intelligence indwelling in the planet itself. 57 Science tells us about nature’s body, but our ethics can work with her mysterious spiritual life, consciousness diffused through all her aspects, just as it is with us, seeing all beings as divinities and thus loved as sacred and using creative solutions to current global challenges to fuse future sciences with the arts and religion, supporting an ageless wisdom, from which would follow a capacity to live compassionately with other beings. 58
AmerIndians understood that humans must not take from nature more than they need, and that if they take something, something must be given in return; earth and the entire cosmos are ensouled beings who are intelligent and who aim to restore balance and harmony; unpleasant natural phenomena are in part caused by our attitudes - truthfulness, courage, generosity, and reverence for life - which should be carefully chosen and controlled, and harmonized with the will of nature. 59 Thus parts of the Indian called Red Dawn’s prayer, say to: “Tread lightly, break not the stillness of the dawn, for in this stillness one can hear the whispers of the Great Spirit....” for whom they cleanse themself of earthliness, in mind and body to be a fit vessel for him to work through. 60
In K.T.’s words, we reach into the heart of us, which is the heart of the world; realise that this is the gods’ universe where divine laws do govern, that nature is all friendly and humanity need not be otherwise, quit fighting and fearing, trust in the divine law. Know that life is beautiful and true. Listen to the everywhere-voice, in the birds’ song and in our own heart; the secret is impersonal love; impersonality wins her secrets from the Mystic Mother.61
Hildegard of Bingen described this spirit behind the veil of material nature as: “that supreme and fiery force that sends forth all the sparks of life, deathless, girt about with wisdom as with wings, the force in the invisible wind, sustaining the breath of all living... all live(s) because I am in them and of their life; I am wisdom; mine is the blast of the thundered word by which all things were made, I permeate all things that they may not die. I am life”. 62 HPB once wrote “there is nothing profane in the universe. All Nature is a consecrated place... ‘Each of these stars is a religious house’” 63 Thomas Traherne wrote “The world is a Mirror of Infinite Beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a Region of Light and Peace, did not man disquiet it.” 64
Now let’s share your experiences of learning from nature.
1 Quoted in Sunrise, Aug-Sept, 1981, p. 323.
2 “Nature’s ‘Hidden Treasures’, Sunrise, Feb/March 2004, pp. 91-96.
3 “How to Spin the Wheel of Life”, Sunrise, April/May, 1997, p. 129.
5 fntn srces, 209.
6 SD 1, p.36.
7 GDP, Fountain Sources of Occultism, pp 209-215.
8 p. 422.
9 p. 423.
10 p. 423. (ibid).
11 pp. 692-3.
12 p. 59.
13 SD 1, p.38.
14 Sinnett, A.P.: Nature’s Mysteries: (ch 5)
15 Clara Erskine Clement, Legendary and Mythological Art, p. 492-3.
16 Sunrise Feb/Mar 1982, E. Hart, “The Mysteries of Ancient Greece”, pp. 84-5. He became a prophet and teacher of theology, morals, the Sacred Rites and Mysteries, music and civlization, was a perennial and abundant foundain of wisdom, inspiration for Homer, Pythagoras and Plato’s - archetype of the divine mysteries plays, embodying characteristics learn what they learned from life..he symbolises the soul embodied in humanity. I.M.Odeberg, “Creative Power in Orphic Myths”, Sunrise Feb/March 1989, p.p. 71-76.
17 Nature’s Magic, 10-11.
18 Review of St.Francis of Assisi, Animals, and Nature, by Michael W. Fox, Sunrise June-July 1992, p. 188.
19 MW Fox, op cit, p. 110.
20 quoted in Sunrise June-July 1992, p. 187:
21 E.Hart, “Nature’s ‘Hidden Treasures’, Sunrise, Feb/March 2004, pp. 91-96, p.96.
22 GDP ET, 655.
23 Sunrise, Feb/March 1988, Rudi Jansma, The Global 500: Ingredients for Success, pp. 70-72.
24 Sunrise Feb/March 1988, Sarah Dougherty, “Mankind and a Living Earth”, pp 74-77.
25 Lucy Thompson, Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman, p. xix.
28 Ida Postma: “Man, Parasite or Helper”, Sunrise, June/July 1979, pp 312-320, p.318.
29 SD1,56 & 102.
30 Fountain Source, p. 150.
31 Fountain Source, p. 150.
32 HPB, SD2, fn p. 736
33 SD1, 261.
34 Book Review: When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals”, Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy, Dell Publishing, New York, 1996...Sunrise June/July 1996, pp. 221-222.
35 Lucy Thompson, Reminsicences of a Yurok Woman, pp. 282-284.
36 Karl W. Luckert, Navajo Mountain and Rainbow Bridge Religion, pp. 11-12.
37 KW Luckert, op cit, pp. 22-23.
38 They didn’t like the Scythians and said the water these supurb horsemen drank was black and bile like and made them effeminate, pot bellied, and with a whispy hairs on their lip and chin.
39 Nature’s Magic, 5.
40 SD 1, p. 299.
41 HPB SD Vol 1, p.280.
42 SD 1, pp. 280-281.
43 SD 1, pp 506-23 and 554.
47 SD1, 594.
48 D.K. Titchenell, “The Storksbill”, Sunrise May 1980, pp.285-288.
49 IMO,”Physicists Uncover Beauty in Nature”, Sunrise Oct/Nov, 1987, pp 11-14.
50 Alan Stover in Nature’s Magic 21-22.
51 Nature’s Magid, 46.
52Trees’ leaves have cells acting as eyes or guards, stoma filled with chlorophyll which react to sunlight by increasing their sugar content, distending the leaves and thus opening the pores or stomata and admitting more air. These cells collapse when the light grows dim, closing the stomata and regulating the process of food-manufacture. This is how the tree breathes. With the cold of winter the food these produce instead of being made into woody fibre, thickening it, and preparing it to resist the dold without freezing, and bursting the cell walls. The chlorophyll is destroyed, replaced by yellow and red pigments, made possible by the addition of sugar in the tree.; this is mother nature looking after her children. Nature’s magic, 53-54
53 Nature’s Magic, p.58.
54 Letter 151, Etten, Sept. 1881, Letters, Vol. 1, p. 246.
55 JVM Jr, “Exploring the Mysteries of Gaia”, Sunrise Feb/Mar 1988, pp. 89-96.
56 E.Hart, “Nature’s ‘Hidden Treasures’, Sunrise, Feb/March 2004, pp. 91-96.
57 Ida Postma: “Man, Parasite or Helper”, Sunrise, June/July 1979, pp 312-320, p.318.
58 JVM Jr, “The Wisdom of Gaia”, Sunrise, April/May 1993, p. 156 and 160.
59 Conrad Vonk, “Theosophy among the Hopi”, Sunrise, Feb/March, 2002, p.86.
60 Maurizio G. Smith, “American Indian Vision Quest”, Sunrise Oct/Nov 1986, pp 5-9.
61 KT, “Nature, the Mighty Mother”, Sunrise, June/July 1991, pp. 177-179).
62 E.Hart, “Nature’s ‘Hidden Treasures’, Sunrise, Feb/March 2004, pp. 91-96.
63 SD 1, p.578
64 Thomas Traherne is quoted in Alan Stover’s Nature’s Magic. flyleaf.