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Resurrection of Bacchus as a Spiritual Allegory

“While Apollo most generally represents the sun, Bacchus is also a form of solar energy, for his resurrection was accomplished with the assistance of Apollo. The resurrection of Bacchus signifies merely the extraction or disentanglement of the various parts of the Bacchic constitution from the Titanic constitution of the world. This is symbolized by the smoke or soot rising from the burned bodies of the Titans. The soul is symbolized by smoke because it is extracted by the fire of the Mysteries. Smoke signifies the ascension of the soul, for evolution is the process of the soul rising, like smoke, from the divinely consumed material mass. At this time, the Bacchic Rites were of a high-order, but later they became much degraded.” ~Manly P. Hall

Apollo and Bacchus

I don’t know where Hall got this version of the resurrection of Bacchus. It differs from the traditional one, but is in line with the teachings of most mystery schools. If nothing else, this tells us Bacchus was an important “god” in the ancient pantheon. He would not have been helped by Apollo otherwise.

The Resurrection of Bacchus

Based on what Mr. hall says about the resurrection of Bacchus indicates that it is an allegory for the rebirth of the soul. Many tales of gods being resurrected, or reborn, are. The phoenix rising from it’s ashes is also an allegory of this process. But the good news is you don’t have to burn up your body in order for your soul to awaken. Like Bacchus, your soul can be resurrected by Apollo. In other words, your soul can be awakened by the light of the spiritual sun, which Apollo represents.

Disentanglement

The spiritual development process represented by the resurrection of Bacchus is aided by getting rid of attachments to the material world. That doesn’t mean that we can’t own and material comforts. It just means that we don’t want to get too attached to them. Each thing we are attached to is like an anchor holding us down. Not in a literal sense, but holding us down to lower levels of consciousness. Spiritual beings like angels operate at higher levels of consciousness. If we wish to communicate with them, we must raise our own level of consciousness as much as possible. So the fewer things we have holding us back, the better.

Burned Titans

The legend of the Titans being destroyed by the Olympians, who become the new ruling gods, is another allegory. The Titans represent the material world and the physical body. In this tale, the Olympians represent the spirit and soul. So this tale represents spirit and soul overcoming and defeating the material. But once again, it isn’t necessary to actually destroy the physical body or the ego. It is only necessary that they be controlled by the spirit and soul. That, of course, can only happen if the spirit and soul have been awakened by Apollo, that is, the spiritual sun.

Rising Smoke

I can understand why rising smoke symbolized the soul, yet I think it is not a good symbol for it. Smoke is often dark and smells bad. The soul is full of light, and if it had a scent, would be that of exotic tropical flowers. This symbol does make sense when the soul is rising from a dead body, but not when it is rising from intentional spiritual practices by a living person. A light leaving the head, or a beam of light going upward would make more sense.

Soul Evolution

Mr. Hall is certainly correct is saying that real evolution is all about the soul rising to higher levels. The development of a denser and denser physical body, as we have been doing for centuries, is devolution, not evolution. Soul evolution is human evolution. It is the goal of all real spiritual schools and mystery schools. It is necessary in order for the entire planet to transform back into spirit. Everything must transform at the same time or die. As we transform (or evolve), so does the planet. Those who cling to materialism and refuse to evolve will die. Not out of punishment, but because they will not be able to live in the changed world. The resurrection of Bacchus must happen to each of us.

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Solar Relationship of Man with the Spiritual Sun

“We will make an experiment with the sunlight. Let it speak to you: music is hidden within. No harmony of tones more sublime exists than that which emanates from the vibrations f the rays of the Sun.

“When you want to benefit from the energies of nature, receive them directly from the source and not indirectly. For instance, when you want to use the solar energy, go out and receive it directly from its source and not through glasses and lenses.

“Love as the Sun loves. When it rises, it sends forth light for all living things—ugly and beautiful, small and great.

“The heart of the solar system is the Sun. The rhythmical movements of blood in the human heart is determined by the rhythmical waves of the Sun. Therefore, when the heart of man functions improperly, this is a symptom that he has violated is relationship to the Sun.” ~Biensa Douno

Listen to the Sun

Yes, the sun will speak to you. Or more accurately, something within the sun will speak to you. That something is the spiritual light that comes from God, down to the spiritual sun, and then to us. We have a strong solar relationship. But few of us turn to the sun. As to whether or not it sounds like music, I think that is open to interpretation. Douno probably meant that statement allegorically. That is to say, he meant it is like music in that it is pleasant and makes one feel joyful. Our solar relationship is one of joy and pleasant sounds and scents. Continue reading “Solar Relationship of Man with the Spiritual Sun”

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Sun Evolution and Evolution of Earth

“In order to describe the further course of the Sun evolution, reference must be made to a fact in the formation of worlds which is of the greatest possible significance. It is this, —that by no means every being attains the goal of its evolution in the source of one epoch; there are some that fall short of the goal. …

“As organisms belonging o the evolving planet are left behind, so is it also with certain beings connected with that evolution. Through the process of evolution up to the moon period, different grades of such beings have already risen. There are the Sons of Personality who not even on the Sun have attained their human stage; but there are also others who have caught up with evolving humanity. …

“After a certain time we have a system of cosmic bodies the most advanced of which, as can easily be seen, must be called the New Sun. … It would take us much too far to follow up in detail all the celestial bodies that come into existence. It must suffice to have pointed out the reason why a succession of them arises by degrees from the undivided world-organism which appears as Saturn at the beginning of human evolution.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Sun Evolution

When Steiner talks about Sun evolution, he means a certain period which he labels the sun period. He labels others the Moon period and the Saturn period. These titles he assigns should not be taken literally. They are allegorical references to the type of evolution that occurred in that period.

But there is another kind of Sun evolution that is more significant. That is the evolution of the sun itself. To empirical science, there is but one sun that has always shined down on planet Earth and the rest of the solar system. It may undergo some changes, much like us aging, but it is still the same sun. Spiritual and Mystical orders say different. They say that there have been several epochs, usually five or six, which each has a different sun. You might think it is impossible for the sun to have been replaced several times. But you are thinking of the material sun. It is the spiritual sun that changes. Of course, when the spiritual sun changes, it affects the physical sun over time.

Exactly when each of these sun epochs began or ended is not important. What does matter is that we are now at the beginning of a new sun epoch. This means major changes. This is the age of the Sun of Righteousness that the prophet Malachi wrote about. Continue reading “Sun Evolution and Evolution of Earth”

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Look at the Light of the Spiritual Sun

“As an adolescent, I had a summer job working as a volunteer companion in a nursing home for the aged. … By the first day of actual patient contact, I was very anxious.

“My first assignment was to visit with a ninety-six-year-old women who had not spoken for more that a year. A psychiatrist ad diagnosed her as having senile dementia, but she had not responded to medication. The nurses doubted she would talk to me. … We would string beads together. …

‘I knocked on the closed door of her room. There was no answer. Opening the door, I found myself in a small room lit by a single window which faced the morning sun. Two chairs had been placed in front of the window. In one sat a very old lady, looking out. The other was empty. … I went to the empty chair and sat down.

“For awhile I tried to find a way to open a conversation. … The silence in the room was absolute. Somehow it just seemed rude to speak. Finally I gave up and just sat with with the basket of glass beads in my lap for the full hour. …

“Taking hold of the basket again, I prepared to leave. … Turning to the old women, I asked, ‘What are you looking at?’… Slowly she turned toward me and I could see her face for the first time. It was radiant. In a voice filled with joy she said, ‘Why, child, I am looking at the Light.’” ~Rachel Naomi Remen

Silence Speaks

Silence isn’t nothing. It is a thing in itself. Parents know that silence from an infant probably means trouble. Likewise with a puppy. With older people, it often means they are bored, depressed, or simply occupied with something and don’t want to talk about it. But when silence extends into days, weeks, even months, there may be a serious problem. In the elderly, this usually is interpreted as a form of dementia. Nearly all forms of odd behavior are considered dementia in the elderly. It often isn’t true.

We forget that in some parts of the world, and in some religions, it is not uncommon for a monk to take a vow of silence. Those who do so may go for years, even decades without speaking a word. The medical community does not label them as demented. They shouldn’t do with the elderly either.

Look at the Light

It was easy to assume the old woman was staring off into space unaware of what was happening. Silent because she didn’t even know she was being visited. But when asked a simple question instead of being treated like a demented person, she responded. She responded brilliantly.

When you are very old, you no longer have the luxury of pretending you will live forever. You know your physical body is mortal and will die soon. You learn to accept that. So idle chitchat no longer appeals to you. Perhaps knitting doilies or stringing beads also seems pointless. Some part of you now knows that the only thing that still matters is preparing your immortal spirit and soul for what is coming. And even if you have never been spiritual, you know that you need to turn to the light. The old woman wasn’t demented. She was wiser than her doctors.

We don’t know the woman’s background. Perhaps she had been a very religious person. Perhaps she had never concerned herself with death and the afterlife until she realized it was knocking at her door. What we do know is that she finally had tie wisdom to look at the light. Not just any light, of course. Not a flashlight. Not a lamp in her room. That would have been to no avail. She was looking at the light of the sun. Watching the sunrise. Doing what St. Francis was doing when he had his spiritual awakening. Looking at the sun that awakened Jacob Boehme, and many others. The sun the Essenes and Pythagoreans faced each morning at sunrise. They all knew they had to look at the Light.

Look at the Light of the Spiritual Sun

Looking at the light is good, but not all light is the same. Not even all light from the sun. That is because there is more than one sun. Beyond the physical sun, there is a spiritual sun. It is this spiritual sun that awakens the spirit and soul. There are benefits in gazing at the physical sun for the physical body (if done correctly and safely, of course), but to benefit the spirit and soul we must look to the spiritual sun.

And your attitude when looking at the sun matters also. If you are angry, sad, jealous, or otherwise in a negative state, you will get little benefit from the sun. You have to be at peace with yourself, with others, and with the world. That doesn’t mean you have to accept that everything that is happening in the world is acceptable. It means you know it is temporary and can be stopped. But the way to stop the evils in the world of materialism is not with more materialism. You have to awaken your spiritual faculties and help others do the same. That happens when you look to the spiritual sun with an open and peaceful mind and heart. Look at the light with a benevolent attitude and a desire to grow. Don’t wait, like the old women in the story until you are old and dying.

For more on spiritual Light, read these recent posts:

Raiment of Light from Watching the Sunrise

Unchanging Light and the Three Factors

Sun Period of Higher Consciousness and Enlightenment

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