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The Occult Significance of pi

Posted 30/12/06

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This analysis begins with a look at Stanza 4 of the first part of the Stanzas of Dzyan


The Stanzas of Dzyan appear in two parts given as follows:-


PART -1- COSMOGENESIS has seven Stanzas which appear in Book 1 of The Secret Doctrine


PART -2- ANTHROPOGENESIS had twelve Stanzas which appear in Book 2 of The Secret Doctrine


So let’s look at the Cosmogenesis Stanza 4


Synopsis of Stanza 4


Stanza -4- shows the differentiation of the "Germ" of the Universe into the Septenary Hierarchy of conscious Divine Powers,which are the active

manifestations of the One Supreme Energy. They are the framers, shapers, and ultimately the creators of all the manifested Universe, in the only sense in which the name "creator" is intelligible; they inform and guide it; they are the intelligent Beings who adjust and control evolution, embodying in themselves those manifestations of the One Law, which we know as the "Laws of Nature". Generally, they are known as the Dhyan Chohans, through each of the various groups has its own designation in the Secret Doctrine.


This stage of evolution is spoken of in Hindu mythology as the "Creation of the Gods".




1. . . . Listen, ye Sons of the Earth, to your Instructors - the Sons of the Fire. Learn, there is neither first nor last; for all is One Number, issued from No-Number.


2. Learn what we, who descend from the Primordial Seven, we, who are born from the Primordial Flame, have learnt from our Fathers...


3. From the Effulgency of Light - the Ray of the Ever-Darkness - sprang in Space the reawakened Energies; the One from the Egg, the Six, and the Five. Then the Three, the One, the Four, the One, the Five- the Twice Seven, the Sum Total. And these are the Essences, the Flames, the Elements, the Builders, the Numbers, the Arūpa , the Rūpa , and the Force or Divine Man, the Sum Total. And from the Divine Man emanated the Forms, the Sparks, the Sacred Animals, and the Messengers of the Sacred Fathers within the Holy Four.


4. This was the Army of the Voice, the Divine Mother of the Seven. The Sparks of the Seven are subject to,and the servants of, the First, the Second, the Third,the Fourth,the Fifth, the Sixth, and the Seventh of the Seven. These are called Spheres, Triangles, Cubes,Lines and Modellers; for thus stands the Eternal Nidāna - the Oi-Ha-Hou.


5. The Oi-Ha-Hou, which is Darkness, the Boundless, or the No-Number, Adi-Nidāna

Svabhāvat,the O;


-1-The Adi-Sanat, the Number, for he is One.


 -2-The Voice of the Word, Svabhāvat, the

Numbers,for he is One and Nine.


3- The "Formless Square".


And these Three, enclosed within the O, are the Sacred Four; and the Ten are the Arūpa Universe. Then come the Sons, the Seven Fighters, the One, the Eight left out, and his Breath which is the Light-Maker


6. ....Then the Second Seven, who are the Lipika, produced by the Three. The

Rejected Son is One. The "Son-Suns" are countless.




Of particular interest is the second occult number given in Sloka 3 – as follows:-


“Then the Three, the One, the Four, the One, the Five- the Twice Seven, the Sum Total.”


This gives us the numbers 3, 1, 4, 1, 5. which are the same numbers found in pi – 3.1415, which as we all remember from school geometry, is the magical number used for working out the area of circles, i.e. the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.


This significance of this number is outlined:-


“And these are the Essences, the Flames, the Elements, the Builders, the Numbers, the Arūpa , the Rūpa , and the Force or Divine Man, the Sum Total.”


H P Blavatsky elaborates on the significance of 3.1415


From The Secret Doctrine:-


"The Three, the One, the Four, the One, the Five" (in their totality -- twice seven) represent 31415 -- the numerical hierarchy of the Dhyan-Chohans of various orders, and of the inner or circumscribed world.** When placed on the boundary of the great circle of "Pass not" (see Stanza V.), called also the Dhyanipasa, the "rope of the Angels," the "rope" that hedges off the phenomenal from the noumenal Kosmos, (not falling within the range of our present objective consciousness); this number, when not enlarged by permutation and expansion, is ever 31415 anagrammatically and Kabalistically, being both the number of the circle and the mystic Svastica, the twice seven once more; for whatever way the two sets of figures are counted, when added separately, one figure after another, whether crossways, from right or from left, they will always yield fourteen. Mathematically they represent the well-known calculation, namely, that the ratio of the diameter to the circumference of a circle is as 1 to 3.1415, or the value of the (pi), as this ratio is called -- the symbol being always used in mathematical formulae to express it. This set of figures must have the same meaning, since the 1 : 314,159, and then again 1 : 3 : 1,415,927 are worked out in the secret calculations to express the various cycles and ages of the "first born," or 311,040,000,000,000 with fractions, and yield the same 13,415


H P Blavatsky also points out that Hebrew tradition comes up with the same numbers in a different order. Please note all letters in the Hebrew alphabet have a numerical value.


From The Secret Doctrine:-


“Mr. Ralston Skinner, author of The Source of Measures, reads the Hebrew word Alhim in the same number values, by omitting, as said, the ciphers and by permutation -- 13,514: since [[hebrew]] (a) is 1 : [[hebrew]] (l) is 3 (or 30); [[hebrew]] (h) is 5; [[hebrew]] (i) 1 for 10; and [[hebrew]] (m) is 4 (40), and anagrammatically -- 31,415 as explained by him.”


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