WEB OF BEING
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
This note highlights with a bit of more detail the ‘web’ of Being. The ‘web’ as tool for understanding complex systems has been in use for a considerably long time since the divine wisdom was mandated released to the open public. It had since become a favored concept in biology, such as in its usage as ‘web of life’ in the integrative sub-discipline of ecology.
The Perfected Ones then declared, in Sloka 10 of Stanza 3, Book of Dzyan, the following contention:
FATHER-MOTHER SPIN A WEB WHOSE UPPER END IS FASTENED TO SPIRIT (Purusha), THE LIGHT OF THE ONE DARKNESS, AND THE LOWER ONE TO MATTER (Prakriti) ITS (the Spirit’s) SHADOWY END; AND THIS WEB IS THE UNIVERSE SPUN OUT OF THE TWO SUBSTANCES MADE IN ONE, WHICH IS SWÂBHÂVAT (a).
Upon differentiation of Being into conscious and unconscious facets, there came forth the duality of Spirit (purusha) and potentiality for matter (through 7 elements), which then made possible the ‘web of being’ we know as universe. The material universe, as we know in mystical knowledge, is the ‘body of the One’, the feminine facet of reality. It would be erroneous therefore to demonize the material as the ‘root of evil’, even as material comes from the world mater or Mother.
Below is the further refinement of the said sloka in a brief articulation by HPBlavatsky, chela of the mahatmas & chohans, in Volume I, Secret Doctrine:
(a) In the Mandukya (Mundaka) Upanishad it is written, “As a spider throws out and retracts its web, as herbs spring up in the ground . . . so is the Universe derived from the undecaying one” (I. 1. 7). Brahmâ, as “the germ of unknown Darkness,” is the material from which all evolves and develops “as the web from the spider, as foam from the water,” etc. This is only graphic and true, if Brahmâ the “Creator” is, as a term, derived from the root brih, to increase or expand. Brahmâ “expands” and becomes the Universe woven out of his own substance.
The same idea has been beautifully expressed by Goethe, who says:
“Thus at the roaring loom of Time I ply,
And weave for God the garment thou see’st Him by.”
[Philippines, 19 February 2012]
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