Levels of Illusion and Reality

“Maya or illusion is an element which enters into all finite things, for everything that exists has only a relative, not an absolute, reality, since the appearance which the hidden phenomena assumes for any observer depends upon his power of cognition. To the untrained eye of the savage, a painting is at first an unmeaning…

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Angelic Communication for Divine Virtue and Knowledge

“In communicating Illumination to each other, the angelic powers also communicate either their virtue of their knowledge to human nature. As regards their virtue, they communicate a goodness which imitates the goodness of God, and through their goodness hey confer blessings on themselves, on one another, and on their inferiors, thus making them like God….

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Know Ourselves to Reach the Tree of Life

“All Christian Religion wholly consists in this, to learn to know ourselves; whence we are come, and what we are; how we are gone forth from the Unity into dissension, wickedness, and unrighteousness; … and how we may be delivered from them again, and recover our original blessedness. “First, how we were in the Unity,…

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Tree of Life and the Branch of the Initiate

“The Tree of Life has many branches, and that which is initiation bears the best fruit. It is about this that your brother writes. It began in that far away glorious period before the days of wickedness, which caused men to walk in darkness, in the days when they walked in the Light of Truth….

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