“In his Hymn to the Royal Sun, the Emperor Julian gives a theory of the triad which is almost identical with that of the illuminated Swedenborg. The sun of the divine world is the infinite, spiritual and uncreated light, which is verbalized, so to speak, in the philosophical world, and becomes the fountain of souls and of truth; then it incorporates and becomes visible light in the sun of the third world, the central sun of our suns, of which the fixed stars are the ever-living sparks. The Kabalists compare the spirit to a substance which remains fluid in the divine medium and under the influence of the essential light, its exterior, however, becoming solidified, like wax when exposed to air, in the colder realms of reasoning and of visible forms.” ~Eliphas Levi
There are many sacred triads including the well known Christian one of three Gods in one. The quoted passage is about another one that is of great importance to us: the triad of the sun or Light. This triad consists of the physical sun, the spiritual sun, and us because we are greatly affected by the sun.
Science completely agrees on the importance of the physical sun to life on Earth, but go no further than that. Like the foolish ship’s captain who sees only a small part of the iceberg sticking out of the water and refuses to believe that there is even more of it hidden below the surface, the scientist can’t accept anything his material tools can’t measure as real, so he simply ignores them.
But just as the physical sun provides warmth to our planet, as well as many other types of energy that it needs to function, the spiritual sun does much the same on a spiritual level. Levi tell us this spiritual sun is infinite and uncreated. How can it be uncreated if it actually exists? It is uncreated because it is infinite, it has no beginning, no end, no death, and therefore, no birth. Since it has always been, it cannot have been created. It is possible, of course, that it has changed, but it has always existed.
Levi then speaks of the physical sun, the visible sun, as being “of the third world”. This does not mean the same thing we mean today when we speak of the third world, or third world countries, though it does have some similarities. Levi is talking about the multi-dimensional universe that we recognize as real in Cosolargy. In that universe, the third dimension, which he calls the third world, is where the physical sun, as well as our physical bodies, dwell. When someone says that a particular country is “third-world,” it is an insult. It is saying that the country is backwards, undeveloped, primitive, and not particularly important. Mystics see the physical sun in much the same way. It is important for the life of physical beings and physical worlds, but since those words are temporary and constantly changing, they are not nearly as important as the spiritual because the spiritual is eternal.
Levi goes on to say that Kabalists see the spiritual as a fluid with a solidified outer layer like ice on a frozen lake. The implication of this is that even though the solid matter is what we see, the fluid spiritual remains at the core of the thing. Other see it more like the material is a hard center surrounded by the invisible spirit that is acting to some degree like a mold for the physical form. Which is true really isn’t important, what matter is that the two are never completely separate. The physical form always has a spiritual counterpart; it cannot exist without it. And that brings us to another triad.
In the physical world, we exist as triads also. We have three “bodies”. At the lowest level, or the slowest level, we have the physical body subject to aging, disease, and death. At the top level, we have our spiritual body and soul which is eternal and indestructible. In between those two levels is another body that we call the psychic. So we are a triad also, but with a caveat: while we have a spirit and soul, they are in a dormant state when we enter the physical realm and will remain dormant in nearly all of us, unless we make an effort to awaken them. And the spiritual sun is what we use to do that.