Al or El Heb. The plural is Elohim, also translated in the Bible by the word God, in the singular. The God of Fire, an ancient and very mystic name in Koptic Occultism. Alaparus Chald. The first king of the divine Dynasty was Alorus according to Berosus. Alaya Sk. Alba Petra Lat. The white stone of Initiation. John's Revelation. Al-Chazari Arab. A Prince-Philosopher and Occultist.
See Book Al-Chazari. From Al and Chemi , fire, or the god and patriarch, Kham , also, the name of Egypt. The Rosicrucians of the middle ages, such as Robertus de Fluctibus Robert Fludd , Paracelsus, Thomas Vaughan Eugenius Philalethes , Van Helmont, and others, were all alchemists, who sought for the hidden spirit in every inorganic matter. Some people—nay, the great majority—have accused alchemists of charlatanry and false pretending. Surely such men as Roger Bacon, Agrippa, Henry Khunrath, and the Arabian Geber the first to introduce into Europe some of the secrets of chemistry , can hardly he treated as impostors—least of all as fools.
Scientists who are reforming the science of physics upon the basis of the atomic theory of Democritus, as restated by John Dalton, conveniently forget that Democritus, of Abdera, was an alchemist, and that the mind that was capable of penetrating so far into the secret operations of nature in one direction must have had good reasons to study and become a Hermetic philosopher. Olaus Borrichius says that the cradle of alchemy is to be sought in the most distant times. Alchemy, in Arabic Ul-Khemi , is, as the name suggests, the chemistry of nature. Says Dr. The Imperial Library in Paris contains the oldest-extant alchemic treatise known in Europe; it was written by Zosimus the Panopolite about a.
Seeking under the veil of language, more or less artificial, to convey to the uninitiated so much of the mysterium magnum as is safe in the hands of a selfish world, the alchemist postulates as his first principle the existence of a certain Universal Solvent by which all composite bodies are resolved into the homogeneous substance from which they are evolved, which substance he calls pure gold, or summa materia.
This solvent, also called menstvuum universale , possesses the power of removing all the seeds of disease from the human body, of renewing youth and prolonging life. Such is the lapis philosophorum philosopher's stone. Alchemy first penetrated into Europe through Geber, the great Arabian sage and philosopher, in the eighth century of our era; but it was known and practised long ages ago in China and in Egypt, numerous papyri on alchemy and other proofs of its being the favourite study of kings and priests having been exhumed and preserved under the generic name of Hermetic treatises.
Alchemy is studied under three distinct aspects, which admit of many different interpretations, viz. These three methods were typified under the three alchemical properties—sulphur, mercury, and salt. Different writers have stated that there are three, seven, ten, and twelve processes respectively; but they are all agreed that there is but one object in alchemy, which is to transmute gross metals into pure gold. What that gold, however, really is, very few people understand correctly.
No doubt that there is such a thing in nature as transmutation of the baser metals into the nobler, or gold. But this is only one aspect of alchemy, the terrestrial or purely material, for we sense logically the same process taking place in the bowels of the earth. Yet, besides and beyond this interpretation, there is in alchemy a symbolical meaning, purely psychic and spiritual. While the Kabbalist-Alchemist seeks for the realization of the former, the Occultist-Alchemist, spurning the gold of the mines, gives all his attention and directs his efforts only towards the transmutation of the baser quaternary into the divine upper trinity of man, which when finally blended are one.
The spiritual, mental, psychic, and physical planes of human existence are in alchemy compared to the four elements, fire, air, water and earth, and are each capable of a threefold constitution, i. Little or nothing is known by the word concerning the origin of this archaic branch of philosophy; but it is certain that it antedates the construction of any known Zodiac, and, as dealing with the personified forces of nature, probably also any of the mythologies of the world; nor is there any doubt that the true secret of transmutation on the physical plane was known in.
Modern chemistry owes its best fundamental discoveries to alchemy, but regardless of the undeniable truism of the latter that there is but one element in the universe, chemistry has placed metals in the class of elements and is only now beginning to find out its gross mistake. By means of the galvanic battery even the alkalis have been discovered to have a metallic base. The possibility of obtaining metal from other substances which contain the ingredients composing it, and of changing one metal into another.
Nor are all alchemists to be considered impostors. Many have laboured under the conviction of obtaining their object, with indefatigable patience and purity of heart, which is earnestly recommended by sound alchemists as the principal requisite for the success of their labours. Alcyone Gr. Accordingly both were changed, through the mercy of the gods, into king-fishers. The female is said to lay her eggs on the sea and keep it calm during the seven days before and seven days after the winter solstice.
It has a very occult significance in ornithomancy. Alectromancy Gr. Divination by means of a cock, or other bird; a circle was drawn and divided into spaces, each one allotted to a letter; corn was spread over these places and note was taken of the successive lettered divisions from which the bird took grains of corn. The same as the Kabiri or divine Titans. Alexadrian School of Philosophers. This famous school arose in Alexandria Egypt which was for several centuries the great seat of learning and philosophy. Erasistratus, physicians, musicians, artists, etc.
The most celebrated schools of Gnostics had their origin in Alexandria. Alkahest Arab. Almadel, the Book. Almeh Arab. Dancing girls; the same as the Indian nautches , the temple and public dancers. Alpha Polaris Lat. The same as Dhruva , the pole-star of 31, years ago. Alswider Scand. Altruism Lat. A quality opposed to egoism. Actions tending to do good to others, regardless of self.
Aize, Liber, de Lapide Philosophico. An alchemic treatise by an unknown German author; dated It is to be found reprinted in the Hermetic Museum; in it is the well known design of a man with legs extended and his body hidden by a seven pointed star. Ama Heb. Amanasa Sk. Amara-Kosha Sk. The oldest dictionary known in the world and the most perfect vocabulary of classical Sanskrit; by Amara Sinha, a sage of the second century. The name of the eldest of the seven Pleiades , the heavenly sisters married each to a Rishi belonging to the Saptariksha or the seven Rishis of the constellation known as the Great Bear.
See Secret Doctrine , Vol. Amdo Tib. A sacred locality, the birthplace of Tson-kha-pa, the great Tibetan reformer and the founder of the Gelukpa yellow caps , who is regarded as an Avatar of Amita-buddha. Jehovah-Adonai is a new form of the ram-headed god Amoun or Ammon q. Amenti Eg. Exoterically the kingdom of Osiris divided into fourteen parts, each of which was set aside for some purpose connected with the after state of the defunct. Among other things, in one of these was the Hall of Judgment.
The fourteen divisions comprised, among many others, Aanroo q. Out of the fifteen gates of the abode of Osiris, there were two chief ones,. But there was no room in Amenti to represent the orthodox Christian Hell. The worst of all was the Hall of the eternal Sleep and Darkness. This is the dwelling of the god All-Dead. Each trembles to pray to him, for he hears not. Nobody can praise him, for he regards not those who adore him. Neither does he notice any offering brought to him. Amesha Spentas Zend. The six angels or divine Forces personified as gods who attend upon Ahura Mazda, of which he is the synthesis and the seventh.
The name has such variations as Amita, Abida, Amitaya, etc. The original conception of the ideal of an impersonal divine light has been anthropomorphized with time. Ammon Eg. One of the great gods of Egypt. Ammon or Amoun is far older than Amoun-Ra, and is identified with Baal. Hammon, the Lord of Heaven. He is the God of Mystery and the hieroglyphics of his name are often reversed. All hearts are softened at beholding thee, sovereign of life, health and strength! See Bonwick's Egyptian Belief. Ammonius Saccas. He honoured that which was good in Christianity, but broke with it and the churches very early, being unable to find in it any superiority over the older religions.
Amrita Sk. The ambrosial drink or food of the gods; the food giving immortality. An old Vedic term applied to the sacred Soma juice in the Temple Mysteries. Amun Copt. The Egyptian god of wisdom, who had only Initiates or Hierophants to serve him as priests. Anacalypsis Gr. This is a very valuable work, now only obtainable at extravagant prices; it treats of the origin of all myths, religions and mysteries, and displays an immense fund of classical erudition.
One who is no longer to be reborn into the world of desire. The third of the four grades of holiness on the way to final Initiation. The mystic voices and sounds heard by the Yogi at the incipient stage of his meditation, The third of the four states. The sound in its previous stages is not heard except by those who have developed their internal, highest spiritual senses.
Anaitia Chald. The disciples of Ammonius Saccas q. Subba Row in Five Years of Theosophy. Bliss, joy, felicity, happiness. A name of the favourite disciple of Gautama, the Lord Buddha. Ananta-Sesha Sk. The Serpent of Eternity—the couch of Vishnu during Pralaya lit. Anatu Chald. The female aspect of Anu q. She represents the Earth and Depth, while her consort represents the Heaven and Height. She is the mother of the god Hea, and produces heaven and earth. Astronomically she is Ishtar, Venus, the Ashtoreth of the Jews. Anaxagoras Gr. A famous Ionian philosopher who lived b. Socrates, Euripides, Archelaus and other distinguished men and philosophers were among his disciples and pupils.
He was a most learned astronomer and was one of the first to explain openly that which was taught by Pythagoras secretly, namely, the movements of the planets, the eclipses of the sun and moon, etc. These atoms, he taught, were primarily put in motion by Nous Universal Intelligence, the Mahat of the Hindus , which Nous is an immaterial, eternal, spiritual entity; by this combination the world was formed, the material gross bodies sinking down, and the ethereal atoms or fiery ether rising and spreading in the upper celestial regions.
Antedating modern science by over years, he taught that the stars were of the same material as our earth, and the sun a glowing mass; that the moon was a dark, uninhabitable body, receiving its light from the sun; the comets, wandering stars or bodies; and over and above the said science, he confessed himself thoroughly convinced that the real existence of things , perceived by our senses, could not be demonstrably proved.
He died in exile at Lampsacus at the age of seventy-two. Ancients , The. Androgyne Ray Esot. Audumla Scand. The symbol of nature in the Norse mythology; the cow who licks the salt rock, whence the divine Buri is born, before man's creation. Fire Star; the planet Mars; in Tibetan, Mig-mar. Angirasas Sk. Angra Mainyus Zend. AnimaMundi Lat. It was feminine with the Gnostics, the early Christians and the Nazarenes; bisexual with other sects, who considered it only in its four lower planes. Of igneous, ethereal nature in the. When it is said that every human soul was born by detaching itself from the Anima Mundi , it means, esoterically, that our higher Egos are of an essence identical with It , which is a radiation of the ever unknown Universal Absolute.
Anjala Sk. Annamaya Kosha Sk. A Vedantic term. Annedotus Gr. The generic name for the Dragons or Men-Fishes, of which there were five. See Lenormant Chaldean Magic , p. Anoia Gr. Anouki Eg. A form of Isis; the goddess of life, from which name the Hebrew Ank , life. Ansumat Sk. Antahkarana Sk. The term has various meanings, which differ with every school of philosophy and sect. It serves as a medium of communication between the two, and conveys from the Lower to the Higher Ego all those personal impressions and thoughts of men which can, by their nature, be assimilated and stored by the undying Entity, and be thus made immortal with it, these being the only elements of the evanescent Personality that survive death and time.
It thus stands to reason that. Anthesteria Gr. The Science of man; it embraces among other things:— Physiology , or that branch of natural science which discloses the mysteries of the organs and their functions in men, animals and plants; and also, and especially,— Psychology or the great, and in our days, too much neglected science of the soul, both as an entity distinct from the spirit, and in its relation to the spirit and body. In modern science, psychology deals only or principally with conditions of the nervous system, and almost absolutely ignores the psychical essence and nature. Physicians denominate the science of insanity psychology, and name the lunacy chair in medical colleges by that designation.
Anthropomorphism Gr. The act of endowing god or gods with a human form and human attributes or qualities. Anu Sk. A hint at the pantheistic nature of the god. Anu Chald. He is the Ruler and God of Heaven and Earth. His symbol is a star and a kind of Maltese cross—emblems of divinity and sovereignty. Both are the types of the Ouranos and Gaia of Hesiod. They sprang from the original Chaos.
All his titles and attributes are grapfiic and indicate health, purity physical and moral, antiquity and holiness. Anu was the earliest god of the city of Erech. One of his sons was Bil or Vil-Kan , the god of fire, of various metals, and of weapons. Anubis Gr. The dog-headed god, identical, in a certain aspect, with Horus. He is pre-eminently the god who deals with the disembodied, or the resurrected in post mortem life. Anepou is his Egyptian. One of the oldest deities in Egypt, Mariette Bey having found the image of this deity in tombs of the Third Dynasty.
One of the Upanishads. A very occult treatise. See The sacred Books of the East. Anuki Eg. Anumati Sk. The moon at the full; when from a god—Soma—she becomes a goddess. Anunnaki Chald. Angels or Spirits of the Earth; terrestrial Elementals also. Anunit Chald. The goddess of Akkad; Lucifer, the morning star. Venus as the evening star as Ishtar of Erech. Anuttara Sk. Unrivalled, peerless.
Applied to the universal deity, whose essence is everywhere. Aour Chald. The synthesis of the two aspects of astro-etheric light; and the od —the life-giving, and the ob —the death-giving light. A mysterious being, corresponding to the Fohat of the Occultists. It is both a Vedic and an Avestian name.
Apap Eg. The symbolical Serpent of Evil. It is Typhon, who having killed Osiris, incarnates in Apap, seeking to kill Horus. Osiris, being, like all the other Solar gods, a type of the Higher Ego Christos , Horus his son is the lower Manas or the personal Ego. On many a monument one can see Horus, helped by a number of dog-headed gods armed with crosses and spears, killing Apap.
George who is Michael and the Dragon, or holiness trampling down sin. The name is explained and interpreted in various ways in Brahmanical literature. Apis Eg. Apis was the bull-god that, on reaching the age of twenty-eight, the age when Osiris was killed by Typhon—was put to death with great ceremony. It was not the Bull that was worshipped but the Osiridian symbol; just as Christians kneel now before the Lamb, the symbol of Jesus Christ, in their churches. Apocrypha Gr. Very erroneously explained and adopted as doubtful, or spurious.
The word means simply secret, esoteric, hidden. Apollo Belvidere. It is called the Pythian Apollo , as the god is represented in the moment of his victory over the serpent Python. The statue was found in the ruins of Antium, in Apollonius of Tyana Gr. According to the tenets of this school he remained a vegetarian the whole of his long life, fed only on fruit and herbs, drank no wine, wore vestments made only of plant-fibres, walked barefooted, and let his hair grow to its full length, as all the Initiates before and after him.
A casual disciple, Damis, however, whom he met on his way, accompanied him in his travels. At Babylon he was initiated by the Chaldees and Magi, according to Damis, whose narrative was copied by one named Philostratus a hundred years later. After his return from India, he showed himself a true Initiate, in that the pestilences and earthquakes, deaths of kings and other events, which he prophesied duly happened.
At Lesbos, the priests of Orpheus, being jealous of him, refused to initiate him into their peculiar mysteries, though they did so several years later. He preached to the people of Athens and other cities the purest and noblest ethics, and the phenomena he produced were as wonderful as they were numerous and well attested. But an answer is easily found to this in the fact that after crossing the Hindu Kush, Apollonius had been directed by a king to the abode of the Sages , whose abode it may be to this day, by whom he was taught unsurpassed knowledge.
His dialogues with the Corinthian Menippus indeed give us the esoteric catechism and disclose when understood many an important mystery of nature. At the end of his long and wonderful life he opened an esoteric school at Ephesus, and died aged almost one hundred years. Aporrheta Gr. Secret instructions upon esoteric subjects given during the Egyptian and Grecian Mysteries. Apsaras Sk. Urvasi and several others of them are mentioned in the Vedas. He was born in a. He was an Hermetic philosopher and possessed the power of hypnotizing through music, making those who heard him play the lute laugh, weep, dance and do what he liked.
Some of his works on Hermetic philosophy may be found in the Library of Leyden. Arahat Sk. This was the name first given to the Jain and subsequently to the Buddhist holy men initiated into the esoteric mysteries. The Arhat is one who has entered the best and highest path, and is thus emancipated from rebirth. Arani Sk. Arani is a Swastika , a disc-like wooden vehicle, in which the Brahmins generated fire by friction with pramantha , a stick, the symbol of the male generator. A mystic ceremony with a world of secret meaning in it and very sacred, perverted into phallic significance by the materialism of the age.
Holy hermits, sages who dwelt in ancient India in forests. Also a portion of the Vedas containing Upanishads, etc. Araritha Heb. Arasa Maram Sk.
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The Hindu sacred tree of knowledge. In occult philosophy a mystic word. Arba-il Chald. The Four Great Gods. Arba is Aramaic for four, and il is the same as Al or El. Three male deities, and a female who is virginal yet reproductive, form a very common ideal of Godhead. Archangel Gr. Highest supreme angel. Archetypal Universe Kab. The ideal universe upon which the objective world was built. Archons Gr. Archontes Gr. The archangels after becoming Ferouers q. Ardath Heb. This word occurs in the Second Book of Esdras, ix. Siva represented as Androgynous, as half male and half female, a type of male and female energies combined.
See occult diagram in Isis Unveiled , Vol. The Greek name for Mars, god of war; also a term used by Paracelsus, the differentiated Force in Cosmos. Argha Chald. The ark, the womb of Nature; the crescent moon, and a life-saving ship; also a cup for offerings, a vessel used for religious ceremonies. A follower of Arius, a presbyter of the Church in Alexandria in the fourth century.
One who holds that Christ is a created and human being, inferior to God the Father, though a grand and noble man, a true adept versed in all the divine mysteries. Aristobulus Gr An Alexandrian writer, and an obscure philosopher. A Jew who tried to prove that Aristotle explained the esoteric thoughts of Moses. Arithmomancy Gr. The science of correspondences between gods, men, and numbers, as taught by Pythagoras. Arjuna Sk. Ark of Isis. At the great Egyptian annual ceremony, which took place in the month of Athyr, the boat of Isis was borne in procession by the priests, and Collyrian cakes or buns, marked with the sign of the cross Tat , were eaten.
This was in commemoration of the weeping of Isis for the loss of Osiris, the Athyr festival being very impressive. Bonwick Eg. Belief and Mod. The Nornes , or veiled virgins, wept also for the loss of our Saxon forefathers' god, the ill-fated but good Baldur. Ark of the Covenant. Every ark-shrine, whether with the Egyptians, Hindus, Chaldeans or Mexicans, was a phallic shrine, the symbol of the yoni or womb of nature. The seket of the Egyptians, the ark, or sacred chest, stood on the ara —its pedestal. Sharpe, the Egyptologist, carried by priests with staves passed through its rings in sacred procession, as the ark round which danced David, the King of Israel.
Mexican gods also had their arks. Diana, Ceres, and other goddesses as well as gods had theirs. The ark was a boat—a vehicle in every case. The arks, whether of the covenant, or of honest, straightforward, Pagan symbolism, had originally and now have one and the same meaning. The chosen people appropriated the idea and forgot to acknowledge its source. In Egypt, as shown by many Egyptologists, the two objects were the emblems of the Two Truths.
Wilkinson says the figure of. Truth had closed eyes. Rosellini speaks of the Thmei being worn as a necklace. Diodorus gives such a necklace of gold and stones to the High Priest when delivering judgment. Bonwick's Egyp. The ancient priests who were attached to the Ark, whether of Isis, or the Hindu Argua , and who were seven in number, like the priests of the Egyptian Tat or any other cruciform symbol of the three and the four , the combination of which gives a male-female number.
The Argha or ark was the four-fold female principle, and the flame burning over it the triple lingham. Aroueris Gr. The god Harsiesi, who was the elder Horus. He had a temple at Ambos. Horus engendered between them, is not eternal nor incorruptible, but, being always in generation, he endeavours by vicissitudes of imitations, and by periodical passion yearly re-awakening to life to continue always young, as if he should never die.
There is indeed, a good deal of mystery about this god, but the meaning of the symbol becomes clear once one has the key to it. Legend has it that he was one thousand years old at that time. There is a book on dreams by him in the possession of an Alchemist, now in Bagdad, in which he gives out the secret of seeing the past, the present, and the future, in sleep, and of remembering the things seen. There are but two copies of this manuscript extant. The book on Dreams by the Jew Solomon Almulus, published in Hebrew at Amsterdam in , has a few reminiscences from the former work of Artephius.
A generic name in South America and the islands for temples of nagalism or serpent worship. Arwaker Scand. The horse of the chariot of the Sun driven by the maiden Sol, in the Eddas. But now the name has become the epithet of a race, and our Orientalists, depriving the Hindu Brahmans of their birth-right, have made Aryans of all Europeans.
The earliest Hindu algerbraist and astronomer, with the exception of Asura Maya q. It is, however, so mixed up with Sivaism and Tantrika magic and superstitions, that the work defeats its own end, notwithstanding its remarkable dialectical subtilty. How unreliable are the conclusions at which our Orientalists arrive, and how contradictory the dates assigned by them, may be seen in the case in hand.
Aryavarta Sk. The ancient name for Northern India. A certain degree of ecstatic contemplation. The third stage of Hatha Yoga , one of the prescribed postures of meditation. Asat Sk. The unreal, or Prakriti, objective nature regarded as an illusion. Nature, or the illusive shadow of its one true essence. Asathor Scand. The same as Thor. A god in the Eddas , who is almost as great as Odin. Asava Samkhaya Pali. A phenomenal knowledge of the finality of the stream of life and the series of re-births. One of the legendary peaks in the Teneriffe range.
A great mountain in the traditions of Iran which corresponds in its allegorical meaning to the World-mountain, Meru. Asch Metzareph Heb. The Cleansing Fire, a Kabbalistic treatise, treating of Alchemy and the relation between the metals and the planets. Ases Scand. The creators of the Dwarfs and Elves, the Elementals below men, in the Norse lays.
Asgard Scand. It is evident that the gods of Asgard are the same as the Indian Suras gods and the Jotuns as the Asuras , both representing the conflicting powers of nature—beneficent and maleficent. They are the prototypes also of the Greek gods and the Titans. Ash Heb. Fire, whether physical or symbolical fire; also found written in English as As , Aish and Esch. Ashen and Langhan Kolarian. Certain ceremonies for casting out evil spirits, akin to those of exorcism with the Christians, in use with the Kolarian tribes in India. Asherah Heb. Ashmog Zend. Ashtadisa Sk. The eight-faced space.
An imaginary division of space represented as an octagon and at other times as a dodecahedron. Ashta Siddhis Sk. The eight consummations in the practice of Hatha Yoga. The most ancient of the Hindu works on Magic. Though there is a claim that the entire work is in the hands of some Occultists, yet the Orientalists deem it lost. A very few fragments of it are now extant, and even these are very much disfigured. Ash Yggdrasil Scand. It is ever green, for the Norns of Fate sprinkle It daily with the water of life from the fountain of Urd, which flows in Midgard. The dragon Nidhogg gnaws its roots incessantly, the dragon of Evil and Sin; but the Ash Yggdrasil cannot wither, until the Last Battle the Seventh Race in the Seventh Round is fought, when life, time, and the world will all vanish and disappear.
Asiras Sk. Elementals without heads; lit. Ask Scand. Together with the Embla alder the Ask was the tree from which the gods of Asgard created the first man. Plutarch says that the priests used to recite these words over persons who were possessed by devils. Priest-kings of Israel whose dynasty reigned over the Jews for years. Till the time of John Hyrcanus, they were Ascedeans Chasidim and Pharisees; but later they became Sadducees or Zadokites , asserters of Sacerdotal rule as contradistinguished from Rabbinical.
There were two Asokas in reality, according to the chronicles of Northern Buddhism, though the first Asoka—the grand father of the second, named by Prof. Moreover, according to the same source, the second Asoka had never followed the Brahmanical faith, but was a Buddhist born. It was his grandsire who had been first converted to the new faith, after which he had a number of edicts inscribed on pillars and rocks, a custom followed also by his grandson.
But it was the second Asoka who was the most zealous supporter of Buddhism; he, who maintained in his palace from 60 to 70, monks and priests, who erected 84, topes and stupas throughout India, reigned 36 years, and sent missions to Ceylon, and throughout the world. The sentiments are lofty and poetical, breathing tenderness for animals as well as men, and a lofty view of a king's mission with regard to his people, that might be followed with great success in the present age of cruel wars and barbarous vivisection.
Asomatous Gr. Asrama Sk. A sacred building, a monastery or hermitage for ascetic purposes. Every sect in India has its Ashrams. A masonic and mystic order founded by Hassan Sabah in Persia, in the eleventh century. They were simply Sufis and addicted, according to the tradition, to hascheesh-eating , in order to bring about celestial visions. The chief of the Order was called Sheik-el-Jebel, translated the ' Old Man of the Mountains ', and, as their Grand Master, he possessed power of life and death.
Assorus Chald. Assur Chald. A city in Assyria; the ancient seat of a library from which George Smith excavated the earliest known tablets, to which he assigns a date about b. Assurbanipal Chald. Assyrian Holy Scriptures. Assyrian Tree of Life. But the original Asherah was a pillar with seven branches on each side surmounted by a globular flower with three projecting rays, and no phallic stone, as the Jews made of it, but a metaphysical symbol.
Aster't Heb. Astarte, the Syrian goddess the consort of Adon, or Adonai. The ancient goddess of justice, whom the wickedness of men drove away from earth to heaven, wherein she now dwells as the constellation Virgo. The ethereal counterpart or shadow of man or animal. The reader must not confuse it with the Astral Soul , another name for the lower Manas, or Kama-Manas so-called, the reflection of the Higher Ego.
Astral Light Occult. The invisible region that surrounds our globe, as it does every other, and corresponding as the second Principle of Kosmos the third being Life, of which it is the vehicle to the Linga Sharira or the Astral Double in man. A subtle Essence visible only to a clairvoyant eye, and the lowest but one viz. This is so; but why not add that the Astral Light gives out nothing but what it has received; that it is the great terrestrial crucible, in which the vile emanations of the earth moral and physical upon which the Astral Light is fed, are all converted into their subtlest essence, and radiated back intensified, thus becoming epidemics—moral, psychic and physical.
Metaphysically, and in its spiritual, or occult sense, ether is a great deal more than is often imagined. In occult physics, and alchemy, it is well demonstrated to enclose within its shoreless waves not only Mr. Tyndall's ' promise and potency of every quality of life', but also the realization of the potency of every quality of spirit. Alchemists and Hermetists believe that their astral , or sidereal ether, besides the above properties of sulphur, and white and red magnesia, or magnes , is the anima mundi , the workshop of Nature and of all the Kosmos, spiritually, as well as physically.
The 'grand magisterium' asserts itself in the phenomenon of mesmerism, in the 'levitation' of human and inert objects; and may be called the ether from its spiritual aspect. The designation astral is ancient, and was used by some of the Neo-platonists, although it is claimed by some that the word was coined by the Martinists.
Porphyry describes the celestial body which is always joined with the soul as 'immortal, luminous, and star-like'. The root of this word may be found, perhaps, in the Scythic Aist-aer —which means star, or the Assyrian Istar , which, according to Burnouf has the same sense. Astrology Gr. The Science which defines the action of celestial bodies upon mundane affairs, and claims to foretell future events from the position of the stars. Its antiquity is such as to place it among the very earliest records of human learning. It remained for long ages a secret science in the East, and its final expression remains so to this day, its exoteric application having been brought to any degree of perfection in the West only during the period of time since Varaha Muhira wrote his book on Astrology some years ago.
Claudius Ptolemy, the famous geographer and mathematician, wrote his treatise Tetrabiblos. The science of Horoscopy is studied now chiefly under four heads: viz. The Egyptians and the Chaldees were among the most ancient votaries of Astrology, though their modes of reading the stars and the modern practices differ considerably. Two things are known: a that Thebes in Egypt claimed the honour of the invention of Astrology; and b that it was the Chaldees who taught that science to the other nations.
All tends, therefore, to corroborate the Egyptian claim. If later on the name of Astrologer fell into disrepute in Rome and elsewhere, it was owing to the fraud of those who wanted to make money by means of that which was part and parcel of the sacred Science of the Mysteries, and, ignorant of the latter, evolved a system based entirely upon mathematics, instead of on transcendental metaphysics and having the physical celestial bodies as its upadhi or material basis. Yet, all persecutions notwithstanding, the number of the adherents of Astrology among the most intellectual and scientific minds was always very great.
If Cardan and Kepler were among its ardent supporters, then its later votaries have nothing to blush for, even in its now imperfect and distorted form. As said in Isis Unveiled 1. In astrology and psychology one has to step beyond the visible world of matter, and enter into the domain of transcendent spirit. Astronomos Gr. The title given to the Initiate in the Seventh Degree of the reception of the Mysteries.
In days of old, Astronomy was synonymous with Astrology; and the great Astrological Initiation took place in Egypt at Thebes, where the priests perfected, if they did not wholly invent the science. Having passed through the degrees. See Isis Unveiled. Astronomy and Chemistry were inseparable in these studies. Asura Mazda Sk. In the Zend, Ahura Mazda. The same as Ormuzd or Mazdeo; the god of Zoroaster and the Parsis. Asuramaya Sk. An Atlantean astronomer, considered as a great magician and sorcerer, well-known in Sanskrit works. Asuras Sk.
Exoterically, elementals and evil, gods—considered maleficent; demons, and no gods. But esoterically—the reverse. But in the Vedas the Suras have ever been connected with Surya , the sun, and regarded as inferior deities, devas. Aswattha Sk. The Bo-tree , the tree of knowledge, ficus religiosa. Aswins Sk. Astronomically, they are asterisms. They were enthusiastically worshipped, as their epithets show. Atala Sk. One of the regions in the Hindu lokas , and one of the seven mountains; but esoterically Atala is on an astral plane, and was, once on a time, a real island upon this earth.
Atalanta Fugiens Lat. Atarpi Chald. The story is found on one of the most ancient Babylonian tablets, and relates to the sin of the world. In the words of G. I made them. Their wickedness I am angry at, their punishment shall not be small. In answer to Atarpi's prayer the god Hea announces his resolve to destroy the people he created, which he does finally by a deluge. Atash Behram Zend. The sacred fire of the Parsis, preserved perpetually in their fire-temples. Atef Eg.
Its two feathers represent the two truths— life and death. Athamaz Heb. The same as Adonis with the Greeks, the Jews having borrowed all their gods. Athanor Occult. Atharva Veda Sk. The fourth Veda; lit. Athenagoras Gr. Athor Eg. The goddess of night. With the Visishtadwaitees, these are the Pitris, or Devas , who help the disembodied soul or Jiva in its transit from its dead body to Paramapadha.
The ancestors of the Pharaohs and the forefathers of the Egyptians, according to some, and as the Esoteric Science teaches. Plato heard of this highly civilized people, the last remnant of which was submerged 9, years before his day, from Solon, who had it from the High Priests of Egypt. Atlantis Gr. The continent that was submerged in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans according to the secret teachings and Plato. The Universal Spirit, the divine Monad, the 7th Principle, so-called, in the septenary constitution of man.
The Supreme Soul. Atmabodha Sk. Atma-matrasu Sk. The highest form of spiritual knowledge; lit. Atri , Sons of Sk. Atyantika Sk. One of the four kinds of pralaya or dissolution. Atziluth Heb. Audlang Scand. The second heaven made by Deity above the field of Ida, in the Norse legends. The meaning of the allegory is evident. It is the precosmic union of the elements, of Spirit, or the creative Force, with Matter, cooled and still seething, which it forms in accordance with universal Will.
Augoeides Gr. But Occultism makes of it something distinct from. It is a mystery. The Augoeides is the luminous divine radiation of the Ego which, when incarnated, is but its shadow—pure as it is yet. This is explained in the Amshaspends and their Ferouers. Aum Sk. The sacred syllable; the triple-lettered unit; hence the trinity in one. Aura Gr. A subtle invisible essence or fluid that emanates from human and animal bodies and even things.
Aurva Sk. An epithet of every Buddha: lit. Avalokiteswara Sk. While popular fancy claims for Avalokiteswara many incarnations on earth, and sees in him, not very wrongly, the spiritual guide of every believer, the esoteric interpretation sees in him the Logos , both celestial and human. Divine incarnation. The descent of a god or some exalted Being, who has progressed beyond the necessity of Rebirths, into the body of a simple mortal. Krishna was an avatar of Vishnu. There are two kinds of avatars: those born from woman, and the parentless, the anupapadaka.
Avebury or Abury. In Wiltshire are the remains of an ancient megalithic Serpent temple: according to the eminent antiquarian Stukeley, , there are traces of two circles of stones and two avenues; the whole has formed the representation of a serpent. Avesta Zend. The sacred Scriptures of the Zoroastrians. All the Spirits of the Elements were subject to him, so says the legend, and it further tells us that owing to his knowledge of the Elixir of Life, he still lives, as an adept who will disclose himself to the profane at the end of a certain cycle.
Ignorance which proceeds from, and is produced by the illusion of the Senses or Viparyaya. A state: not necessarily after death only or between two births, for it can take place on earth as well. This is because Avitchi is another name for Myalba our earth and also a state to which some soulless men are condemned on this physical plane. Avyakta Sk. The unrevealed cause; indiscrete or undifferentiated; the opposite of Vyakta , the differentiated.
The former is used of the unmanifested, and the latter of the manifested Deity, or of Brahma and Brahma. Ayana Sk. A period of time; two Ayanas complete a year, one being the period of the Sun's progress northward, and the other south ward in the ecliptic. Ayin Heb. Aymar , Jacques. A famous Frenchman who had great success in the use of the Divining Rod about the end of the 17th century; he was often employed in detecting criminals; two M.
D's of the University of Paris,. Chauvin and Garnier reported on the reality of his powers. See Colquhoun on Magic. Azareksh Zend. A place celebrated for a fire-temple of the Zoroastrians and Magi during the time of Alexander the Great. Azazel Heb. Azhi-Dahaka Zend. Aziluth Heb. The name for the world of the Sephiroth, called the world of Emanations Olam Aziluth.
It is the great and the highest prototype of the other worlds. The globes A, Z, of our terrestial chain are in Aziluth. See Secret Doctrine. Azoth Alch. It is true that there cannot be any disagreement among the Arhats, for the truth they know is the truth attainable by the spirit who has completed his self-perfectment not only for Earth but also for the highest planets of our solar system. In The Mahatma Letters to A. Only, … he will be re-born in the highest—the seventh ring of the upper planet.
And so I shall finish this letter rejoicing at the Immeasurable and Unutterable Grandeur. It is most essential to point out the difference between mediumship, psychism and true spiritual development. Much harm has been done by books about all kinds of Hatha Yoga exercises. What ignorance is displayed in thinking that the highest and subtlest can be achieved by purely mechanical methods! You are quite right when you say that people, in striving for spiritual development which to them so often means the achievement of psychic powers , forget that without active service to the General Good this development will be one-sided and unstable.
Our inner fires are kindled only through contact with people. Only thus can we test ourselves; only thus shall we be able to sharpen and temper the blade of our spirit. Undoubtedly, certain isolation and periodic retreat is essential for the restoration of our forces. However, constant seclusion will never provide that tension of our forces which alone can bring their refinement. Many statements in the Teaching confirm this. Therefore, in the new evolution the former artificial methods must be abandoned.
We are absolutely averse to monasteries, for they are the antithesis of life. Thus, if we study the lives of the Great Teachers of humanity, we shall discover that none of them shut themselves off from life, but poured all their forces, spiritual and physical, into the service of the General Good. Thus, in everything let us follow these great examples in a lofty attainment of self-renunciation. The crown of self-renunciation is glorious! We can only be enraptured by their radiance. Let us remember that They, and also the Lord Maitreya, came from Venus at the dawn of the formation of physical man, therefore They are our Divine Forefathers and Masters.
Now, about St. His books are a strange mixture of fragments of truth with errors. Certainly, to those unacquainted with Eastern thought, and who are approaching the Teaching of Living Ethics for the first time, one must give only as much as their consciousness is ready to assimilate. Disillusioning people or shattering their point of view is only permissible when great caution is used. We can do it gradually by suggesting fragments of new thought, by a gradual process of broadening the consciousness; but it is dangerous to make a too abrupt break. To be sure, for some people books like the novels of Kryjanovsky or the fantasies of St.
Only strong spirits, unattached to earthly things, are able to face the truth in all its superterrestrial beauty. But it is inadmissible to open the eyes by force. And now something else. Suggestion, if applied with force for the purpose of gain, is not only interference in karma but is plainly criminal. Whereas if we inspire and call forth lofty thoughts in man and his finer essence, or if we can restrain him from vice, such action is, of course, benevolent. If, while doing good, we take a certain part of karma upon ourselves, such karma surely does not encumber our spiritual progress.
Only the Arhat knows where and when he must not help; as for ourselves, we should stretch forth a helping hand whenever our heart tells us to do so. While doing this, however, we must always remember the law of commensurability and goal-fitness, also, that spiritual help is the highest. There are some people who think they should give everything away, thereby making themselves dependent upon others!
Madness doth so remain. Thus, if we refuse to help, we might thereby increase the interest on our debt with accumulating interest. Will this not be an act of the greatest egoism or selfhood? But of course one must learn to discriminate at the same time, since often one may help the undeserving and refuse the one truly in need.
Here, as well, the heart is the only judge. Thus, if the help required is within our power, we should render it. Precisely, thought and inner motives weave our aura, which is a magnetic field that either attracts or repels possibilities. Indeed, thought-motive—this decisive factor of our karma—is often overlooked by those who discuss karma. But were it otherwise, it would be impossible to break the magic circle of causes and effects.
For all is karma and all is held by karma. However, when we finish one round of karma for a certain cycle, we start a new round on other planes and worlds, and so unto Infinity. When the conclusion of karma is spoken of, it means that karma is ended only for a certain cycle or planet, etc. Such a spirit, depending upon his mission, either stays in the higher spheres around Earth or leaves for the higher worlds. Thus, thought is the primary cause and the crown of all creation.
Thoughts rule the world, consequently they rule karma. Do not be unhappy because of the necessity for spending so much time earning your living. We must all earn our bread. Indeed, all should be accomplished without retiring from life and by earthly hands and feet. Therein lies great beauty. Is labor performed in comfort and prosperity of great value? And do we ever hear much about such labor? No, all the giants of thought created amidst most trying circumstances.
The work performed in ease and affluence cannot bring about the necessary tension of all the centers. Verily, material prosperity and ease are our most dangerous enemies. Nothing extinguishes the inner fire so quickly as security for the morrow. We do not know such security, and we work on the border of exigency and possibilities. However, at a difficult moment, when all our forces are tensed, when we have applied all our resourcefulness, help comes, but at the last moment—such is the law. All earthly burdens are necessary for the growth of the spirit. Thus, the best flowers of joy grow beside thorny roads.
In time, new conditions will come into existence and the tasks will become broader. Possibly there will no longer be worries about earning a living, but there will be new problems, far more complicated and difficult. But if the Image of the Teacher lives in our hearts, can we worry about tomorrow! That which is considered the worst, from a human point of view, sometimes becomes our salvation and a step toward new possibilities.
Verily, if our service is unselfish, not one hair will fall from our heads without the knowledge of the Great Teacher. Unselfish service, sincere devotion, and gratitude weave a strong thread by which all that is needful comes to us. Thus, let us courageously meet the inevitable trials, and let us nurture the spirit through communion with seekers of Light. Events are ripening, one may expect many changes. But if we serve the great Light, the most destructive wave can only bear us upwards. Let us, therefore, in complete confidence in the Leading Hand create the light-bearing work.
I received your call and am ready to respond as far as is in my power. Spiritual help is indeed the highest, and I shall be happy if I can give you such help. However, a certain unification of consciousnesses and contact on the mental plane is quite essential. Perhaps between their consciousnesses only a few small links are missing, yet this small difference forces the cogwheels of thinking to turn differently, with the result that altogether different levers are set in motion.
Nevertheless, I still wait for the Teacher! Thus, let us go over your disappointments together and transmute them into accumulation of the great life experience, in the furnace of which our spiritual essence is conceived and strengthened. And so, I would like you to establish a clear point of view toward all disappointments. Should one be terrified by the destruction of illusions? Each broken illusion is another step of knowledge.
True knowledge is austere, as is the spiritual path, and only the spiritually strong can hope to approach the path of accelerated spiritual development. Moreover, this path can never be eased, since only suffering, only personal tension can transmute our energies and give them the necessary balance.
But blessed is he whose heart is aflame with the exaltation of heroic achievement; supernal joy becomes his lot.
Thus, kindle all the fires of your heart, and exaltation of the spirit will be yours. You are right, it is most essential at present to think about podvig [The word podvig is untranslatable from the Russian. I means a great or heroic deed plus spiritual achievement. Life is meaningless without podvig. And how expressive is the Russian word podvig , indeed, it has no equivalent in European languages. In this word there is a whole sense, the whole quality of aspiring action forward toward self-sacrificing podvig , into the future, into evolution!
I am happy to hear so many good reports about your book. I definitely know that it gave joy to all those who read it. The only obstacle is that our Russian readers are so very poor! But let nothing disturb you; just go ahead with your useful activities. Did you know that the year has been prolific in lunar and solar eclipses? Thus, the second half of June and the beginning of July brought three eclipses, and the last solar eclipse will take place in December, about Christmas time.
Eclipses are always followed by cosmic perturbations and by all sorts of madnesses in the world. This explains the poor condition of my health during all of this year, although there have also been other weighty reasons for it. The true natures of people are now being revealed everywhere, and this could be called the purification of space. Of course, knowing the occult laws, in accordance with which our inner essence is revealed when we approach the Teaching and the Aura of the Great Teacher, and understanding the entire danger of infection by obsession, particularly in the case of inherent mediumship, we really should not be astonished.
Nevertheless, great is our grief when we see how, under the dark hand of the obsessor, the flower of the spirit withers and terrible betrayal creeps into the very heart of the structure of Light. But we shall live through this also. The year was mentioned in many prophecies as the year of the personal battle between the Archangel Michael and the Dragon.
Thus, in spite of everything, courage and the joy of a new battle for Light abide in our hearts. And is podvig possible without difficulties? I am very fond of the words of the remarkable Tibetan sage, Milarepa, who practiced great austerities. When people begged him to have pity on himself and stop leading such a hard life, he said that as all of us are subject to death, he preferred to die in pursuit of a beautiful goal.
Verily, if even one hundred people could realize the wisdom of this formula and would apply it in life, the world could be transformed in the shortest time. Thus, we shall fight for Light to the last drop of our blood, to our last breath. And you also should not be disturbed by anything. With flaming joy, take advantage of every possibility of contributing your share to the purification and improvement of human thinking.
Many miracles come into our life, many affirmations. Therefore even the darkest betrayals and attempts to ruin our works cannot frighten us. The years and especially with their seven lunar and solar eclipses were quite exceptional in the number of dark omens. Thus, betrayal crept into the very heart of a luminous structure with an attempt to destroy what had been built by such pure striving and such flaming spirit. The enemy took advantage of the absence of N.
Now the masks have fallen and the true faces are revealed. Of course we should not be astonished, for we know the immutable occult laws, under which when we approach the Teaching of Light and turn to the Great Teachers, our whole inner nature is revealed with a special force. Likewise, we know how liable to the danger of obsession one becomes if one allows oneself to give in to dark thoughts and insincerity, particularly when there is inherent mediumship. And yet, the heart grieves when we encounter such actions after fourteen years of close collaboration. Of course, at the very beginning of our work we received many repeated warnings and hints about a betrayal that might come after the promotion of certain people.
The promotion took place, and their spirit failed. Ambition and cupidity are dreadful scourges—even giants are cast down precipices by them. And so, we drink the chalice of poison tendered by the hands of our former co-workers. But in spite of this, strength and courage live in our hearts. For what is achievement without betrayal?
The symbol of Judas is eternal and is inevitably present at the consummation of a great achievement. But after Golgotha comes the resurrection and the great exaltation of the spirit. This was indicated in all the Mysteries, therefore, even joy is aflame in our hearts. We know the Great Pledge of the Stronghold of Light, we measure the signs of Trust, and we know the victorious Shield. Our spirit cannot be frightened by any battles; we even have learned to love them, because what else can so temper the spirit and test our abilities and bring us great experience for the crown of fulfillment?
Most of all, however, is the flying one hated. Only the kings of the spirit are aware of all the grandeur and immutability of this cosmic law, the majority always rise against it. Indeed, the refinement of the spirit is indicated precisely by its ability to revere lofty values. And so, courageously and joyously we begin the new battle for the Light of the new consciousness in the coming era with complete confidence in the predestined final victory. I received with joy the wonderful message of your heart, in which you expressed your devotion to the Great Teacher.
Verily, devotion is a quality characteristic only of kings of the spirit. It is quite obvious that you have brought this rarest quality from your past. Where else but in the East, and possibly in blessed India, should one seek the inception of this highest of qualities! All the spiritual achievements, her spiritual education, and the most refined ethics of India are based on this fundamental quality.
The entire literature of India is saturated by the spirit of heroism and devotion. Nowhere are the links between Guru and disciple more understood and sacredly revealed than in India. Even during the temporary decline of the country, this reverence was preserved in the very heart of the people, and it gives a particular ineradicable coating to the innate culture of the Indian spirit.
Thus, blessed are you if your heart vibrates to this great feeling of sweet savor. Verily, the fires of gratitude and devotion rise higher than those of any other offerings. It can only bear you upwards. The non-consuming fire, the burning bush of Moses, is the so-called heavenly fire, which can be manifested only when there is contact with an aura of certain tension.
Once, late in the evening, this fiery phenomenon occurred in our tent quite unexpectedly. My husband was already asleep. I came to my bed and stretched out my arm to turn down the blanket, and suddenly there arose a pillar, or rather a fire of wonderful silvery-purple-rose-flame.
But the fire was not extinguished, nor did the tongues of flame burn my hands, and I felt only a pleasant living warmth. Hearing my voice, my husband awoke and saw me standing against the background of this flame. The whole incident did not last more than a quarter of a minute, perhaps less, and the flame disappeared just as suddenly as it appeared. After this manifestation I saw the crystals of Materia Lucida and spirals, and the sparks of Fohat.
However, these latter experiences resulted in a slight singeing of the centers. The higher Ego consists of three principles; the seventh, the sixth, and the fifth. I am enclosing a short note that I wrote to one of my co-workers. Perhaps you will find it useful. The moon is our mother—it took part in the formation of our Earth and in populating it with human beings. The Lunar Monads, or pitris—the ancestors, as they are called by the Hindus, became incarnated in our human kind.
The moon will disappear or disintegrate before the seventh great Round of our planet. Almost all of the sciences originated in India. Egypt, Greece, and ancient Chaldea borrowed their knowledge from India. There is a complete correspondence between the subtle and physical bodies. Therefore, each physical center has its correspondence in the subtle body. Consequently, all the astral feelings and centers exist just as do the physical ones, but in their subtle radiations.
Yet they should not be considered separately, because their unity reveals a strict correspondence. The outer world is a mere reflection of the inner one. And just as the external feelings and energies are manifested only when the necessary conditions exist, so also the inner, spiritual energies are manifested when the astral or spiritual conditions are created on the inner plane. Christ always felt a loss of strength when purifying and healing the sick. Remember, when a sick woman in the crowd touched the hem of His garment, He immediately felt a decrease of strength.
A great spirit imparts part of his strength each time he heals, each time someone touches him. And no matter how great is the supply of psychic energy, it can be temporarily exhausted. These moments of exhaustion are full of danger, because the protective net of the aura, bereft of those radiations from the store of radiations which nourishes our centers, is disturbed, and infectious microbes are able to enter the weakest area of the organism.
This explains why Agni Yoga is so full of indications regarding the preservation of the protective net. A disciple who has reached a certain degree of Yoga is unable to remain indefinitely in the polluted atmosphere of cities; he often has to leave to lead a more or less secluded life amidst nature.
He was compelled to retire into complete seclusion for several weeks.
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Thus, each plane of consciousness, each plane of existence is subject to certain laws, which, if violated bring their own consequences. If you wish, you could mention that the doctrine of reincarnation was repudiated only in A. Until that time it was tolerated and accepted by those churchmen who were particularly close to the Gnostics. And now, just for your information, I will tell you of an interesting case of a recollection from a previous life. It happened in the eighties of the last century and was written down from the narrative of one of the participants. A lady who lived on an estate in the province of Pskov, accompanied by her husband and son, went on a visit for the Christmas holidays to a distant estate, belonging to some friends.
They started out on a wonderful sunny morning, hoping to arrive before dark. However, after midday the weather changed sharply; it became stormy, the snow fell heavily, visibility became difficult, and in about half an hour the road entirely disappeared under the heavy snow. It was already dark, but there was no sign of any habitation, in spite of the fact that normally they should have arrived long ago. The road became full of holes, and the carriage was in danger of overturning.
It was obvious that they had lost their way. However, it would have been very unwise to stop and wait until the weather cleared up, because the storm was growing stronger and stronger, and the horses and carriage would have been buried under the heavy snowfall. It was therefore decided to continue the journey and to trust the horses to use their own instinct. The moment the clever animals were permitted freedom, they understood what was expected of them; they lifted their heads, sniffed the air, and increased speed. In an hour or less the distant barking of dogs could be heard, and soon they saw a few lights and the carriage reached the stone gates of a big estate.
A servant, hearing the barking of the dogs, came out with a lantern. When asked whose estate it was, he gave the name and added that the owners were abroad at the time. The travelers found that they were in the opposite direction from their destination. As it was already late, they decided they must stay at the estate. They called for the major-domo and asked him to open the house in order that they might stay overnight.
Dreadful things have happened there! The husband and son were astonished beyond measure, and thinking that over-fatigue was the cause of her nervousness tried to calm her and convince her that she was mistaken, since none of them had ever before been in these parts. When you enter the circular red sitting room, you will see on the wall above a table a large portrait of a woman, in a white dress, with flowers in her hands. Well, that was my own portrait. And … I was so terribly, terribly unhappy! They returned greatly shaken, for the description was precisely correct. They did not insist further upon staying in the unfortunate house, and since the storm had abated, and the moon had come out, they asked for a guide, deciding to return home.
Such recollections are rather frequent in the East. Newspapers mention these cases, which are corroborated by numerous witnesses. We know a local family, a member of which, a boy five years old insists to his parents that he is not their son and that he was formerly a monk and lived in a monastery. He often runs away from the house and searches for this monastery. Sometimes he manages to travel far before his parents notice his absence. Invariably, he sets out for Little Tibet.
In reality, man cannot rid himself completely of karma, for karma is life. But the fulfillment of a cycle of karma, of whatever duration, depends upon our spiritual growth, and also on the mission we have undertaken upon a certain planet. This means that, having acquired a certain knowledge of the Teaching, and after an interval of time a vacation, so to say , we have to commence the next, higher degree, and so on ad infinitum.
There is a continuous birth and disintegration of worlds in the Cosmos. Often, the worlds that are disintegrating are still far from the completion of their evolution, and there are many reasons for their destruction. One of the most deplorable reasons is the benumbed spirit of the humanity that inhabits a planet. And our Earth is in danger of destruction before completing its ordained evolution. The crimes of people and their numbness of spirit have created such emanations around our planet that the salutary rays are unable to reach it.
Our planet may end its existence with a gigantic explosion. That is why the giving of the Teaching of Life has been so hastened, and why so many unusual omens are being rained upon Earth. But people are blind and deaf! It is essential to awaken the human spirit! Verily, the destiny of the planet is in the hands of humanity itself!
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If the resurrection of the spirit takes place within the next short decades, the inevitable catastrophe may be only partial, as it was in the times of Lemuria and Atlantis; otherwise, we shall have to move to another planet. But in accordance with the laws of correspondence and co-measurement the majority of mankind will not be admitted to the higher planets, which are already populated. They will have to adjust themselves to a new world, which is not yet inhabited. And how many thousands, nay, millions of years would have to elapse before the new forms and bodies suitable for a new world could be worked out.
Only exceptional groups of earthly humanity could enter the higher planets to continue their evolution in new, beautiful conditions.
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The Great Brotherhood is taking extraordinary measures to save our planet from premature destruction. But the subterranean fire is most active, and the forces that can be discharged to neutralize the dangerous energy are pitifully small! Of course, there is no such thing in the Cosmos as irrational destruction; everything is based on profound reasons. Thus, having free will man chooses this or that destiny. And still, man zealously piles up heaps of rubbish which will engulf him if a regeneration of his spirit does not take place in time. It is useful to give certain hints regarding a new program for schools.
Precisely, from childhood the consciousness should be trained to realize the unity of life, the unity in Cosmos. Let our planet not be some isolated world, but rather, one of the halting places on the great Path into Infinity. We must realize our place in Infinity, as well as our dependence upon the complete unity of life in Cosmos—and the sooner, the better. Thence should come a sense of great responsibility for each thought, word and action. Cause and effect act continuously and infinitely.
Someday, the consciousness of mankind will reach the point where it realizes that it exists in a gigantic Universal Laboratory and is a reflection of it. Truly, unity must be understood on a cosmic scale. Likewise, it is useful to direct thoughts into the future. This alone will give a great impetus to the consciousness and will liberate it from the dust of yesterday. Imperil is the designation given by the Great Teachers to the poison of irritability, however in the Eastern tongues there is an entirely different word for this poison.
The sacred Senzar language consists of the best definitives, adopted from all existing languages. Many words with a Latin root are used in this language. Thus, imperil has a definite Latin Root. There are some words which have no link with any language known to us. Often a single word expresses a complex idea or action. No one, not even the Greatest Spirits, possess complete omnipotence. They are all subject to the cosmic laws; hence, They can apply Their great knowledge and power when the cosmic conditions are favorable.
Each miracle performed without a fundamental reason is considered by the Arhats to be a violation. Of course, the conditions existing at the time of Christ just as at the present time rarely contributed toward the possibility of a miracle. Therefore even Christ was not always able to cure those who came to him for help. In the Gospel of St. In everything cooperation and collaboration are required. I would like you even more strongly to emphasize work as the main factor in the education of the spirit.
Point out that quality is the most essential in all work. Also mention that mental work is absolutely necessary; for if the sweat of physical labor nourishes the soil, the sweat of mental work is similarly transmuted by the rays of the sun into prana and gives life to all that exists. If the significance of mental work is realized, there will follow a proper respect for all thinkers, scientists, and other creators. Only mental work broadens our consciousness, thereby linking us with the far-off worlds and the whole Cosmos, and turning us to the joy of infinite perfectment.
Precisely, we should cultivate in ourselves the joy of endless perfectment. Your chapter about striving is quite good. It would be useful to connect this striving still more closely with the concept of podvig by introducing this idea as the sole meaning of life. Much is said about podvig in the books of the Teaching. Indeed, only podvig can nourish our spirit and accelerate evolution.
Indeed, achievement and heroism must be thoroughly taught in schools. Let them be given books of clear account, wherein the faces of toil and of will have been depicted without any soft coatings. Even for medicinal purposes this valiant call of life is irreplaceable. Such material must be given without delay. Use more broadly the quotations from the books of the Teaching, it will give newness to the book.
One must not think that the next Great Teacher will appear in the flesh and will preach among us, as did Buddha and Christ. Each epoch requires its own manifestations. Therefore, the type of Teacher who walks with a group of disciples from village to village has sunk into oblivion. Some Elder Brothers still use the physical body for special purposes, but not for encountering crowds. One should understand that the Great Lords take on or maintain this or that Image, according to the needs of the world. Why is it so difficult to imagine that a Great Individuality does not require a physical body to manifest very close to us?
Moreover, the facts of the past, with examples in modern times show how strangely the appearance of Great Spirits is taken by ignorant humans. At best they have been given the epithet of charlatan or spy, or both. Generally, people attribute their own vices to others. It would be most edifying to read the historical facts of the life of Saint-Germain, the envoy of the White Brotherhood. We can also recall H. Blavatsky, and all the appearances of the Mahatmas. How skeptically and often scoffingly were their messages and manifestations received!
Please realize that in view of the level of contemporary humanity, the Advent of the Highest Ego in a physical form is entirely impossible and would be disastrous for the whole of evolution. This battle, first of all, takes place in the subtle spheres; whereas, here the Lord of Shambhala acts through his earthly warriors. As for Himself, He can be seen only in the most exceptional cases. As for His manifesting in a Fiery Image, this would be disastrous for all and everything, as His aura is charged with energies of extraordinary power. Matthew the Advent and Judgment Day awaiting our planet are described fairly accurately.
However, you will have plenty of time to grow old before this event, but partial catastrophes may take place sooner. We are witnessing a great world-reconstruction. New laws are already written into the Tables of Eternity, but the great Revelation is not yet accepted. Woe to those who reject the spirit and who prefer to vegetate in ignorance, in debility, and in moral mire! The New World comes in realization of human dignity, in austere understanding of duty and the responsibility of each one to humanity and the whole of Cosmos.
Cooperation always and in everything must become the order of the Day. Probably, you too must have noticed at times that the gates of possibilities are often very narrow. Indeed, in many cases the difficulty is not so much in the shortage of funds as that the magnitude of the work outgrows the consciousness of the co-workers. Yes, everywhere there is a shortage of people.
What we need is an increase of strong workers, who are not afraid of bold undertakings. Let the fireflies glow, if they be not caught in the nets of paltry hunters and thus betray the work. Uttering lofty words is one thing, but applying them in life is something entirely different; usually these two actions do not go together. Furthermore, I greatly dislike it when someone says that he is ready to give his life for the Teaching! In most cases, almost invariably, this is the greatest lie.
During my whole life, I have met only two or three people who were really ready to sacrifice everything; but precisely they refrained from giving assurances—they acted. Others came and donated because they had a surplus, or for profit when they heard that each gift is returned a hundredfold. Often they would turn away at the final boundary. There were also those who were ready to sacrifice just one half, even when events required that everything be laid at stake.
But can one expect success from halfway decisions? Can one expect a cure from medicine given in half doses? Of course, success in these cases was also halved. However, the most remarkable is that the second half, held back because of petty fears, was later taken away either by karma or some unexpected circumstances. There is still a third and most prevalent kind of people, who imagine that their very approach to the Teaching is already the greatest favor on their part. In their conceit, they believe that the Mahatmas are ready to perform a puja to everyone who approaches or even has read their Teaching.
Not so! The Great Teachers rejoice and render active help only to those who truly strive. They are sorry for the butterflies, for They know that these butterflies must pass through centuries of difficulties before they can hope to approach the Stronghold of Light. It would be useful for such people to read the following pages from the Teaching:. Steadfastness was forgotten. Little fires flickering only for an instant contain all the qualities of flame, but darkness engulfs them as swiftly as a brazier does a snowflake. The true co-worker does not think about the intended application of the qualities of labor.
The music of the spheres is blended with the song of progress of labor. But remember, if fear comes the steps melt into liquid flame. Whither will you go, not having acquired the quality of labor? When We say it is better to sleep on cedar roots, the follower can carry out easily the advice. It is easy to sleep, and especially when so advised. But when one is told to take up constant watch, then the steps become burning hot.
One thing must be repeated: not easy is the ladder. Poor is the leader who conceals real danger. It can be conquered only with the help of complete knowledge. I see approaching another unreasonable person—this one is still more imperfect. O thou biped, how many times you have lost your face at the first difficulty! We have seen you blacker than charcoal, and your negation has filled you with stench. Badly do you fare, having burned your steps and now asking alms of the abyss. What purpose can science achieve when it is swollen with prejudices? He who is perturbed by solemnity of affirmations views science from his den of vulgarity.
He who thinks about the community is not harmed by crawling reptiles. I say to you that I know all the complexity of the construction. I do not conceal how far the stones must be carried nor how great is the aridity. Precisely this realization, precisely the countlessness of the stars, gives affirmation to the fiery steps. Difficult is the path of true discipleship. Indeed, there is no knowledge, no philosophy and, moreover, no violation by magic that can give us spirituality. I was sorry to read that there is still someone who admires mediumistic faculties, calling them achievements.
In the Teaching, and in the East generally, this condition is considered rather a misfortune; I have written in detail about the danger of it. Actually, high clairvoyance has nothing in common with mediumship. The very character of the visions described by Mrs. X testifies to her contact with the lower astral spheres. Genuine clairvoyance is accompanied by beauty, grandeur, and simplicity, but not by piles of rubbish. Also, the environment in which her abilities were developed proves that we are dealing precisely with mediumship and not with open centers.
Believe me, open centers are rare indeed, and the Great Lords, who watch over the evolution of humanity, guard carefully from early childhood those individuals who have earned the right to possess open centers. They are placed by Them in favorable environments, where they can better develop and express their gifts.
But the Great Teachers will never approach a person who lives amidst the fumes of alcohol and charges money for telling fortunes. This would be an outrageous profanation of sacred knowledge and of the hidden achievements of the spirit. Therefore, the only help that can be given to Mrs. X is the advice to give up all books on magic and cease fortune-telling, etc. Let her work more, and read the books of the Teaching of Life, which should be explained to her. But most of all she should purify herself spiritually. She should forbid herself to pay attention to calls from the astral world, and instead focus her attention and heart on the Image of the chosen Teacher.
The present condition of the Great Teacher is such that He does not manifest himself to anyone. This condition may be compared to the tension of a dynamo of tremendous power. Let Mrs. X read The Voice of Silence by H. The dangers of the astral world are described there quite clearly. Thus, the Great Teaching of Light has in view the correct growth of the human spirit, but not the development of mediumistic abilities, which cannot lead to anything, but can only retard the spiritual growth, and even become destructive.
And as nothing mechanical can be built into the foundation of true evolution or progress, I once again advise Mrs. X to give up all books that deal with the development of clairvoyance, etc. In the near future, when humanity shall have advanced in the understanding of the still hidden laws of the subtle energies, the possibility will come of utilizing mediums for certain scientific researches. Such mediums will have to live a very pure life, and methods will be found for protecting them and also those who come in contact with them. But at present contact with a medium may even be dangerous for those who are near him if they possess unstable auras.
Explain to her how harmful is concentration upon one particular center, as recommended in books written by irresponsible authors. This concentration stimulates that center at the expense of all others, and thus casts the entire scheme of their polarization into chaos. This process is truly disastrous to the vibrations, since it violates the balance of the established vibratory scheme.
Remember what is said in the Teaching regarding the work of the Teacher with the disciples on all centers and on all the seven circles of clairvoyance and clairaudience. Correct development or evolution exists only in harmony or balance. And now regarding automatic writing. This, too, is considered to be a certain degree of obsession, for in automatic writing there is usually an external influence upon the physical center of the hand, and even that of the brain, which is most harmful and, if practiced often, can end in paralysis. I have never written automatically, but I had a chance to observe this phenomenon in America, where it is widespread.
The process differs: Some declare that they are not aware of what is written by their hand, whereas others say that each word is clearly impressed upon their brain. Some write very quickly, even violently, others, very quietly, carefully drawing each word. Some write with sudden changes of language; some, without having the slightest technique for drawing a simple object, suddenly sketch complete pictures.
There are also cases of people writing from right to left, in an unknown language. Of course, all these do not issue from the subconscious, but obviously result from external influence. Through those who are harmless and friendly to us, we may, quite unexpectedly, attract a hostile force and one of not a small caliber. Therefore, I advise that automatic writing be avoided until a heartfelt bond with the Teacher has been affirmed. We can never tell who may wish to use us as their tools! And besides we can attract a force which is later beyond our capacity to control. So let each one seriously ponder before opening the way to unknown forces.
If there is devotion to the Teaching, and a talent for writing, what need is there of automatic writing? For the writer the Teaching provides an inexhaustible source of themes. Only spirituality and podvig advance us toward the loftiest achievement, that of Arhatship. If Mrs. X would become firm on the right path, she would really be able to help people. But in her present condition she is able only to open the doors to the lower strata of the Subtle World and to involve unfortunate victims in the dangers of obsession. There is nothing more deceptive than the visions from the Subtle World.
Verily, little knowledge and partial truth are more dangerous than complete ignorance. Therefore, be compassionate, but do not be enticed by mediums; and above all, try not to see them as privileged beings! To the average person there is no difference, but to the mystic these two phases of spiritual sight are separated by the entire span of human evolution.
This organ of consciousness, which millions of years ago connected man with the invisible worlds, closed during the Lemurian period when the objective senses began to develop. The occultist, however, by the process of development hinted at before, may reopen this eye and by means of it explore the invisible worlds. Clairvoyants are not born; they are made.
Mediums are not made; they are born. The clairvoyant can become such only after years, sometimes lives, of self-preparation; on the other hand, the medium… may secure results in a few days. This is not possible until the medium removes his own etheric double from the arm, for two things cannot occupy the same space [at their particular level] at the same time.
The process of periodically separating the life forces from the physical arm is very dangerous, often resulting in paralysis. Mediumship is unnatural to man, while clairvoyance is the natural result of growth and the unfolding of the spiritual nature. There are a hundred mediums to one clairvoyant, for the clairvoyant can become such only through self-mastery and the exertion of tremendous power; while the weaker, more sickly, and the more nervous an individual is, the better medium he makes.
Therefore, it is the greatest mistake to regard mediumistic faculties as spiritual achievements. Verily, they are the opposite of spirituality. Spirituality lies in the highest triad, and is precisely absent in mediums. Do not degrade what is of the greatest value to the world.
Spirituality is always accompanied by balance and inborn wisdom. Try to discriminate among the manifestations of mediumship, which is most widely spread today. Indeed, lower psychism is not far from mediumship, and also represents not a small danger. That is why it is so important to use all efforts to direct humanity toward true spirituality and the strengthening of character in the battles of life.
But again, all this is said for those who are strong in spirit. For the weak ones much benefit is already gained if, by merely reading the books of the Teaching, they feel a certain warmth of the heart or a heightened vibration, which if repeatedly practiced affirm, and considerably purify and strengthen their auras. It is given broadly, and imposes no prohibitions. Of course, warnings are given, but not threats and everyone is left to act according to his will.
And as that which is sacred is given only to those who have proved their devotion to the principles of the Teaching through many years and in many difficulties, prohibitions and barriers are not necessary. It is given to all—take as much as you are able. But, of course, little is taken, for people have not yet learned to take the highest. I consider The Call an extremely useful book, and just as essential as the other books. It treats in short formulas that which in the other books is broadened and analyzed from other points of view. In the whole structure not one stone can be omitted.
The first book is the foundation stone. A certain scientist speaks of the mistakes in the books of H. I would like to ask him whether he has calculated as accurately the mistakes in the books of the past and contemporary scientists. In The Secret Doctrine many pages are full of quotations of the contradictory opinions and conclusions of the scientists and all of their inflated theories and hypotheses. Likewise, the quoted words of Soloviev are not convincing. But if it is taken literally, it is depraved and unworthy of any thinking person. You may find my criticism severe, but I believe that people should be responsible for the words they utter and quote.
On each word may hang the destiny of a man. I am sending you courage and vigor, for if friends are increasing, enemies follow close by. But a warrior of Light welcomes adverse manifestations. Thus, temper your spirit and sharpen your discrimination. Indeed, God is love, and the whole existence of the Universe is based on love and nothing else! But how ugly and sacrilegious is the understanding of this love! Truly the concept of love is very far from the understanding of our present humanity. Into this highest cosmic concept people inject their cannibalistic, or devouring ideas.
And that is why it is so hard, and at times even shameful to utter the word love. This word, on the lips of many bipeds, has become the greatest profanation. I cannot agree with you that no one can be blamed for anything. Indeed no, all are to blame, and for everything. Since the whole Universe is an endless chain of causes and effects, how can we, particles of this Universe, be excluded from this cosmic law?
The predestination that you mention exists and materializes only because it is the result of causes. Therefore I cannot agree with the statement that after death and passing into the Subtle World people will immediately find their satisfaction, happiness, and the whole meaning of all they sought on Earth. This would be contradictory to the basic cosmic law just mentioned. Undoubtedly, those who sincerely seek for the meaning of earthly existence and who strive after the highest ideals will find them there, in full accordance with their striving and thoughts. There is no scale of justice more precise than that which man carries within himself; for his own aura, which is woven out of energies, motives, and thoughts, is that true scale.
Precisely these energies carry his spirit to the level which he himself has built. The Subtle, or astral world is the world of effects, therefore those thoughts and strivings that did not find application on Earth will do so there, because there the inner man lives and acts with all his feelings and strivings. But can one expect that a man sunk in crime and possessed of an animal mentality could find happiness and satisfaction there?
Inasmuch as an effect is the exact development of a cause, how can an evil-minded murderer, a seducer, or an idiot experience a condition of well-being in the higher spheres, which would be unbearable for him owing to their subtle vibrations! And more than unbearable, for the very approach of a being from the higher spheres causes incredible pains to such as he; furthermore, from contact with the higher energies, he decomposes.
Indeed, we live in a Gigantic Laboratory, and we ourselves are kilns, as it were; therefore, it is easy to imagine how the energies or chemical ingredients that enter our aura act upon our environment and, in turn, absorb or repel the energies around us. Reciprocity is everywhere and in everything.