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RECENT scientific discoveries which have
tumbled century-honored theories from
their pedestals to an abyss where we are
hastening to bury them in that oblivion of disuse
which the world heaps upon its recognized errors,
make it important to the student that a little more
space be given to pointing out the interesting corroboration
of the Tattvic Law which we can find
in all of these wonders.
The greatest bar to scientific progress is stated
in this trenchant form by Mme. Blavatsky:
" Pure force is nothing in the world of physics;
it is ALL in the domain of Spirit ! " Now, notice
this particularly. It is the world of force which
the modern scientist is beginning to penetrate; a
world of such stupendous forces as astounds him,
and at every step he is coming nearer to the Tattvic
The " Forty-nine Fires " of the Vedas are the
seven permutations of the Tatfuas and the two
forces, hidden as yet and undefined, behind the posi75
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tive and negative currents of Prana (7 x 7 = 49).
Every one of these has well-determined chemical
and physical potencies in contact with terrestrial
matter, and a distinct function in the physical and
spiritual worlds, with a corresponding relation to
a human psychic faculty. To the ancient Hindu
adept all these hidden forces were as an open book,
and years ago India's initiates accurately predicted
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all the amazing discoveries and inventions of recent
years, which have furnished new foundations
for science and kept the world marvelling.
Out of the invisible, Sir William Crookes, with
his " radiant matter," and Roentgen, with his Xray,
lured two of these " Forty-nine Fires." With
the X-ray, the principle of radio-activity which
revolutionized science was established; and it
paved the way for the discovery of the twentiethcentury
marvel, radium, which disclosed radioactivity
as an actual property of matter. No one
conversant with the Tattvic Law can doubt that
radium and all the radio-active substances can be
properly classified among the " Forty-nine Fires "
of the Vedas.
In all these progressions and permutations, the
higher, more subtle plane, or state, of matter is
positive to the next lower, and every lower one is
the result of the interaction of the positive and
negative phases of the next higher state.
Radium furnishes us with invaluable data corroThe
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berating the Tattvic Law. But in order to comprehend
the velocity of these vibrations (which
are ceaselessly bombarding us) and the intricacy

of the Tattvic permutations, a few words concerning

the nature of atoms will be helpful. The
word atom is still defined in standard dictionaries,
and in text-books upon physics published within
the present decade, as that ultimate particle of a
molecule which is indivisible. In a very slipshod
fashion, atom has also been defined as interchangeable
with molecule, and, therefore, it has crept
into very general usage in the same sense. Although
a molecule is described as " The smallest
portion of any substance in which its properties reside,"
it is possible, by means of heat or some other
chemical agent, to separate a molecule into two
or more particles, called atoms, " and these cannot
be further divided " was the ultimatum of
Natural Philosophy. Until quite recently, the
hydrogen atom was the smallest mass of matter
known to science, and, therefore, the accepted unit
of atomic weight.
But what says Prof. George Darwin as to this?
" It has been proved that the simplest of all atoms
namely, that of hydrogen consists of eight
hundred separate parts, while the number of atoms
in the denser metals must be counted by tens of
thousands. These separate parts have been called
corpuscles, or electrons, and may be d