|V. Is there a direct Analogy between the Development
of a System, a Planet, a Man and an Atom?
If by this question the desire exists
to demonstrate exact similarity, the answer must be: No, the analogy is never exact in
detail but only in certain broad basic correspondences. In all the four factors, there
will be found unchangeable points of resemblance, but in development the stages of growth
may not appear the same in detailed evolution, viewed from the standpoint of a man in the
 three worlds, handicapped as he is by limited apprehension. The points of
resemblance between the four might be summed up as follows, taking the atom on the
physical plane as our starting point, and developing the concept from stage to stage:
- An atom
consists of a spheroidal form containing within itself a nucleus of life.
- An atom
contains within itself differentiated molecules, which in their totality form the atom
itself. For instance, we are told that the physical atom contains within its periphery
fourteen thousand millions of the archetypal atoms, yet these myriads demonstrate as one.
- An atom is
distinguished by activity, and shows forth the qualities of:
- Ability to
- An atom, we
are told, contains within itself three major spirals and seven lesser 2 which
ten are in process  of vitalization, but have not yet attained full activity. Only
four are functioning at this stage, and the fifth is in process of development.
- Am atom is
governed by the Law of Economy, is coming slowly under the Law of Attraction, and will
eventually come under the Law of Synthesis.
- An atom
finds its place within all forms; it is the aggregation of atoms that produces form.
responsiveness to outer stimulation:
stimulation, affecting its objective form.
stimulation, acting upon its subjective life.
- The united
effect of the two stimulations, producing consequent internal growth and development.
therefore is distinguished by:
- Its spheroidal shape. Its ring-pass-not is definite and seen.
- Its internal arrangement, which comprises the sphere of influence of any particular
- Its life-activity, or the extent to which the life at the center animates the atom, a
relative thing at this stage.
- Its sevenfold inner economy in process of evolution.
- Its eventual synthesis internally from the seven into the three.
- Its group relation.
- Its development of consciousness, or responsiveness.
Having predicated the above facts of the atom, we can extend the idea now to man,
following the same general outline:
In connection with the Atom, the Secret Doctrine says:
The atom is
a concrete manifestation of the Universal Energy. - S. D., I., 201.
invisible lives compose the atoms, etc. - S. D., I, 281.
in the universe has the potentiality of self-consciousness. - S. D., I, 132; II, 742.
souls are synonymous in the language of Initiates. - S. D., I., 620, 622.
belongs wholly to the domain of metaphysics. - S. D., I, 559.
within every atom. - S. D., I, 89, 183.
is doomed to incessant differentiation. - S. D., I, 167.
of the evolution of the atom is Man. - S. D., I, 206.
exists in the center of every atom. - S. D., I, 87; II, 622.
heat in every atom. - S. D., I, 112.
has 7 planes of being. - S. D., I, 174.
vibrations. - S. D., I, 694.
- Absolute intelligence thrills through every atom. - S. D., I, 298.
- Wherever there is an atom of matter, there is life. - S. D., I, 245, 269, 279.
Life: Vol. II, 177-179. Occult Chemistry, p. 22. Occult Chemistry,
Appendix II and III. Babbitt's Light and Color, pp. 97-101.