* In today’s world, nearly 25% of all pregnancies end in abortion.
* Each year, 40-50 million women around the world choose to terminate their pregnancy. The Orlando Women’s Center gives a recent annual figure as 42 million.
* There are approximately 125,000 abortions every day across the world.
* Since you started reading this article, around 20 abortions have taken place.
In this grossly materialistic world, which denies the existence and reality of soul and spirit without ever having been able to prove their non-existence, a human being is often considered to be little more than a soulless and ultimately purposeless collection of cells and molecules…a lump of matter, in other words. If this is the case, then what does it really matter in the whole scheme of things whether there are 50 million or 500 million abortions every year? A lump of matter doesn’t really amount to much after all, does it?
Sometimes the type of bluntness used in the above paragraph is necessary in order to show materialism in its true and horrific light. Materialism – the belief and conviction that everything is matter, everything is material, and that there is nothing spiritual or transcendental whatsoever – is soul destroying, life destroying, and world destroying. It should be added that the majority of people who hold materialistic views (atheists, in other words, and many agnostics) are thoroughly decent, good, loving people, often moreso than some religious people. Yet the concept and perception that they have of life and of existence – which is the prevailing concept and perception in the world today – is causing tremendous and increasing damage to humanity, on both seen and unseen levels.
For the vast majority of women who choose to have an abortion, it is no easy or casual decision. It involves much heartache, grief, and suffering…psychological, emotional, physical, and indeed spiritual. We all know that there can be many reasons why a woman, or both parents together, decide to abort the pregnancy that has come about. From the spiritual perspective, however, it is not merely a matter of aborting a “pregnancy” but of aborting the reincarnation of a soul and thus, to that extent, aborting LIFE.
H.P. Blavatsky (1831-1891), founder of the Theosophical Movement, is attributed with having changed the face of world spirituality forever, largely by introducing Eastern spirituality into the Western world and teaching and explaining both the practical and metaphysical sides of esoteric philosophy in her writings such as the highly renowned “The Secret Doctrine,” “Isis Unveiled,” “The Key to Theosophy,” and “The Voice of the Silence.” It was Madame Blavatsky who first introduced the vitally important concepts of KARMA and REINCARNATION to the West, emphasising that these are the two most important spiritual truths for humanity to clearly and accurately understand.
On this site are several articles which provide a brief overview and explanation of these twin teachings, such as Questions about Karma, A Right Understanding of Karma, A Right Understanding of Reincarnation, and 12 Things Theosophy Teaches. They can be read by clicking on these title links.
Although HPB said very little at all regarding abortion – or foeticide as it was often called in her day – the little she did say was so clear, firm, and to the point, that it is interesting and important to take note. When asked by a medical doctor to state the view of Theosophy on abortion, she prefaced her response by saying, “It is neither from the standpoint of law, nor from any argument drawn from one or another orthodox ism that the warning voice is sent forth against the immoral and dangerous practice, but rather because in occult philosophy both physiology and psychology show its disastrous consequence.”
Although the world abounds with many differing legal, moral, and religious views on abortion, HPB explains that the view of Theosophy on the matter is derived from none of these but from what we have elsewhere called “an intimate acquaintance with Ancient Wisdom, with Esoteric Philosophy, with Spiritual Science, and with a clear and profound knowledge of the unseen yet ever present Laws of Nature.”
In her response titled “Is Foeticide a Crime?” she describes it in terms of being murder, crime, a crime against nature, an immoral and dangerous practice, sin, and the “willful and sinful destruction of life.” These are very strong words indeed and, coming from one initiated into the timeless truths of the Eastern Esoteric Doctrine, it would be well for us to heed them.
In using the term “sin,” she clarifies that “the sin is not regarded by the occultists as one of a religious character.” Since the Mahatmas or Master Teachers, who were behind Blavatsky and her teachings and spiritual movement, asserted that there is no God (see the article Belief in God is Superstition which shows and explains the nontheistic nature of Theosophy), it is not a sin in the sense of something that is going to be punished by a God or in the sense of something that will send the perpetrator to hell. Rather, it is a sin and crime against Nature and against Life itself, not to mention against the incoming soul whose process of reincarnation on this Earth was halted so abruptly and brutally.
“The crime committed,” adds HPB, “lies precisely in the willful and sinful destruction of life, and interference with the operations of nature, hence – with KARMA – that of the mother and the would-be future human being.”
The fact is that all life is sacred, all life is precious, and all life is divine. All life is the ONE LIFE. There are some who say, purportedly from a spiritual perspective, that abortion is acceptable as long as it’s done before a certain stage of the pregnancy. It is true that the first proper “ensouling” of the growing astral-physical form (which medical terminology calls the foetus) in the womb does not occur until the completion of its seventh month in the womb, i.e. when it turns seven months old. This is when that particular part of the soul which has the task of animating the new personality for the impending new lifetime connects itself into the brain and senses of the foetus, as explained by HPB in “The Secret Doctrine Dialogues” and elsewhere.
It is explained that the higher and spiritual part of the soul, that part which we call the Higher Ego, does not fully unite itself with the new body until the child turns seven years old although it is engaged in a gradual and ongoing process of doing so from the moment of birth. One of the primary fundamentals of Esoteric Science is that all manifestation is of a septenary nature.
Does this mean then that it’s more or less permissible and OK to abort the pregnancy at some point during the first seven months? Theosophy answers with a resounding “NO!” Those first seven months are spent in the active and continual preparation and preliminary building of the astral body and the physical (its outer shell) in preparation for the entrance of the soul. Although the soul is at that time still in its “heavenly” state between lifetimes, it is in a certain way overshadowing the process right from the moment of conception.
When the Devachanic state – which some might call the “Heaven” state – finally begins to draw to a close, the consciousness of that state gradually and increasingly begins to fade out until the Ego falls again into a state of unconsciousness which precedes rebirth. This is the final “closing out” of that particular persona and personality, as the soul is soon due to take upon itself a brand new personality for a new lifetime. The Devachani’s increasing unconsciousness towards the end of the Devachanic period is due to the fact that it is now gradually involving itself in the formation of its new body and form, the form which will be its physical home during its next incarnation.
Now, considering again the chilling statistics, let us reflect on the fact that 125,000 of these birth processes – or rather re-birth processes – are aborted every single day. 125,000 a day…40,000,000 to 50,000,000 every year…a quarter of all attempts at reincarnation are aborted, halted, stopped, terminated, destroyed. It’s hard, as well as painful, to imagine it. But imagine just how hard and painful it is for all those souls, some of whom will no doubt end up being aborted several times before finally succeeding in beginning a new earth life. On both the physical and spiritual levels, it is murder, and any murder is a crime, whether recognised as such by the laws of the land or not. It is recognised as such by the Law of Karma, which is the impersonal, unerring, ever-adjusting Law of cause and effect, action and reaction, sequence and consequence.
HPB began her words about it by saying, “Theosophy in general answers: ‘At no age as under no circumstance whatever is a murder justifiable!’”
William Quan Judge, a co-founder with H.P. Blavatsky of the Theosophical Movement and her trusted friend and associate, once wrote, “It is the karma of the past that brings the child to that mother,” adding “The child has far-reaching karmic relations with the parents, as they also with the child. The discipline and joys that come through children are karmic on both sides. If the child is a wicked one, it is the Karma of the parents also. Again, the incoming Ego requires a certain line of family so as to get the needed sort of body. In many and various ways, then, parentage can be seen to be more than a mere door to this plane.”
What happens to the soul when abortion takes place? Although not going into specifics or saying whether there are ever any exceptions to the rule, HPB tells us a little about it in the first volume of “Isis Unveiled.” It is there explained that when “the laws of harmony of nature” are violated – as happens in abortion – those same laws automatically seek to restore their “disturbed equilibrium.” She writes, “Thus, in cases of abortion, … nature’s original design to produce a perfect human being has been interrupted. Therefore, while the gross matter … is suffered to disperse itself at death, through the vast realm of being, the immortal spirit and astral monad of the individual – the latter having been set apart to animate a frame and the former to shed its divine light on the corporeal organization – must try a second time to carry out the purpose of the creative intelligence.”
It would seem that the reincarnation process is immediately and automatically attempted once again. Every soul has past Karmic connections with thousands and no doubt tens or even hundreds of thousands of other souls and thus, since “it is the karma of the past that brings the child to that mother” and “the incoming Ego requires a certain line of family so as to get the needed sort of body,” the soul will begin the reincarnation process all over again as soon as another would-be mother – one who is suitably karmically connected with it – can be found in incarnation.
But none of this need happen in the first place. There are various understandable reasons why a baby may not be wanted by the parents but this is no reason to kill it! The baby, if undesired by its natural parents, can be placed into care and adopted by those who do want it, the adoptive parents themselves probably having a karmic connection with that particular newly reincarnated soul. Nearly 50% of all pregnancies are unintended and unwanted, according to World Health Organization statistics. This points plainly to the obvious fact that there is a lot of irresponsible sexual activity going on in the world today, something which is discussed to some extent in the article Theosophy on the Sex Problem.
This whole issue of pregnancy and abortion is certainly a far deeper and more intricate one than can even begin to be touched upon here. For example, what about pregnancies that occur as a result of rape? No-one but the mother can fully understand how she feels and how she views the situation…yet as Mr Judge taught, “it is the karma of the past that brings the child to that mother.” What about women who have had abortions and now regret it? Or those who have had abortions and become psychologically, emotionally, and even spiritually scarred and damaged as a result? Or that minority of truly hardened materialists who have had abortions and thought nothing of the matter, neither then nor since?
We should never judge anyone for their decisions, nor should we ever wish to, and this article has not been written with a view to judging or condemning anyone as individuals. In HPB’s “The Voice of the Silence” is the statement, “Compassion is the law of laws.” We should have the very highest compassion and very highest love for each and all, regardless of past, present, or future actions. What this article does condemn, however, is the murderous act of abortion itself. Our Karma – that is, our actions and every cause that we set in motion – is our own judge. In defending abortion, people often say, “The woman has the right to choose.” In response to this we would ask, “Is the right to choose greater than the right to live?”
Up to 50 million abortions every single year cannot happen without a corresponding darkening of the Karma of humanity as a whole, not to mention the Karma of all those directly involved with and personally affected by the whole process and procedure. It may be doubtful whether an article such as this will ever make a difference but, in the hopes that it can or will, we plead with all mothers: For your own sake and the sake of your unborn child, do not abort the babe growing and living within you, for in so doing you abort far more – infinitely more – than just a body, since none of us are bodies but all of us precious souls and radiant sparks of the One Divine Essence.
~ Blavatsky Theosophy Group UK ~
You may also like to read Theosophy on the Sex Problem.