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Into the Fourth Dimension

26 februari 2020

By A.C. Hanlon.

83 Pages | First Edition 1977, first reprint 1985 | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 0835675297.

The contents of this book consist largely of about a dozen articles, or extracts from them, that have been published in The Theosophist and Theosophy in New Zealand. The first article appeared in the New Zealand Magazine, May 1919, and the second in last in the latter magazine, March 1968.

The famous British mathematician, Bertrand Russell once wrote: 'Mathematics rightly viewed possesses supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.'

This exaltation will surely come to those who succeed in visualizing a four-dimensional figure for, in this act, there is not merely the creation of a figure in four dimensions, but the experiencing of a power, a spatial power, not to be known while we are limited to a space of three dimensions. It is probable that the creative power of genius in art, music, literature, and in other fields of original activity, derives its inspiration from higher-dimensional space. To visualize the simplest four-dimensional form is to experience something of this power for, by this act, we have taken the first step Into the Fourth Dimension.

From Chapter Five - 'Philosophical Interlude' (p. 53):

' At times, when one looks through philosophic eyes at the world, it seems to become more a phantasm than a real pulsating world, the home of many incarnations, especially when one feels compelled to accept the verdict of the pure reason, sealed with the approval of the intuition, that the ultimate things are unknowable, and that we must go on for ever ignorant of the first Cause, even though we reach the heights of Gods. But, after a while one sees that what appear phantasms are phantasms, and that the objects we know are but appearances that hide a more intricate, but equally unsubstantial form, but the discovery of this form is not the reward: it is knowing that the form is not the Self, the eternal Spirit, for while, as Hinton has it, 'in the awakening light of this new apprehension, the flimsy world quivers and shakes, rigid solids flow and mingle, all our material limitations turn to graciousness', yet, in all this flux, the Self stands undisturbed looking out over a ceaselessly changing world, for 'This is the eternal state, O Son of Pritha. Who, even at the death hour, is established therein, he goeth to the Nirvana of the Eternal'. "

auteur: Hanlon, A.C.
ISBN: 0835675297
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