Professor Nandini Iyer, M.A. Oxon (First class Honors in Philosophy), Professor Emerita, Religious Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
Spinoza’s concept of an impersonal, indefinable God (or infinite Substance) immanent in the world, comes very close to H.P.B. ‘s idea of God, as set forth in the First Fundamental Proposition of The Secret Doctrine, and called by her “Be-ness” or Absolute Reality. His theory that We know two of God’s infinite attributes in the world, thought and extension, corresponds with the Theosophical idea that the manifested universe emerges from the primary duality that comes from the one point in the Absolute and eventually supervenes, viz., spirit and matter.