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Volume 1:191-206

The fifth section of the Sixth Stanza related to the history of the solar system and our Earth globe trillions of years after the close of the fourth section. In The Secret Doctrine 1:206, H.P. Blavatsky confirmed that we have "no knowledge at what time precisely the evolution and formation of our little earth began." She continued, "It is impossible to calculate its age, unless the time of its birth is given--which the TEACHERS refuse to do so far." What we do know, per the Secret Doctrine Commentary 2:45, is that the Solar Sun was a "comet once upon a time" in the "beginning of Brahma's Age." Since our Solar Sun is older than the planets, the planets began some Manvantaras after this "once upon a time," first as a type of inferior sun (a "ball of liquid fire") and then as the type of globe (a spherical "solid Earth") that we know today. H.P. Blavatsky stated that the Solar Sun is "several Manvantaras older than all these planets"in The Secret Doctrine Dialogues on page 312. In G. de Purucker's Studies on page 357, he calculated that "Brahma's life" in relation to the "earth-chain" (consisting of twelve individual globes) is "311 trillion, 40 billion years long." When the Great Age concludes, the Earth-chain Brahma undergoes its own "prakritika-pralaya" because the "prakritis" out of which the Earth-chain is built "dissolve." If one reviews The Secret Doctrine 2:241, we see that these Prakritis correspond to the "triple unity" of the "spirit of the Earth" which, in G. de Purucker's diagram in Fountain-Source on page 437, includes Cosmic Jiva, Astral Light, and Sthula-Sarira. Further, G. de Purucker stated in Fundamentals on page 468 that the "spiritual consciousness of our solar universe" is 155,520,000,000,000 years old. During this 155 trillion and 520 billion years, the Earth-chain has lived through one-half (or 18,000) of its total 36,000 lifetimes during the Great Age, per Fundamentals on page 115. This means that H.P. Blavatsky took up the Earth globe's history (commonly referred to as globe D) with its 18,001st re-embodiment in the 4th Round, or "fourth act," on the lowest of the cosmic planes, Bhur-loka/Patala.

In The Secret Doctrine 1:200, H.P. Blavatsky diagrammed seven of the Earth globes (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G) on the four lowest cosmic planes. She did not diagram the Earth globes on the three cosmic planes above these lowest four. For a more complete diagram, one can see G. de Purucker's Fountain-Source on page 259 where the additional five Earth globes are labelled B', C', D', E', and F'. There are also five additional kosmic planes above these seven cosmic planes. All these Earth globes come into existence through the "Creative Fire or Heat" of Fohat (which is often referred to as the Hindu god Agni) from the "1st Plane." From the influence of the Central Sun on this 1st Plane, Fohat is caused to "collect primordial dust in the form of balls, to impel them to move in converging lines and finally to approach each other and aggregate." Then these"balls" become "Comets." Struggles ensue between the comets. Some of the comets that survive the journey to their location in interstellar Space become the solar Sun and the planets. Even the Solar Sun as a comet has to fight to ensure its life at the heart of the solar system. The inferior Solar Sun, as Typhon, has to prevent itself from being swallowed up by the grander Equatorial Sun, or Osiris. It is a "battle of the Flames," a "War in Heaven," but our Solar Sun survives the "insatiable stomachs of various Suns."


H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 2019).

H.P. Blavatsky, Secret Doctrine Commentary (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1994).

H.P Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine Dialogues (Los Angeles: The Theosophy Company, 312).

G. de Purucker, Fountain-Source of Occultism (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1974).

G. de Purucker, Fundamentals of the Esoteric Philosophy (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1979)

G. de Purucker, Studies in Occult Philosophy (Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1973).

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