house of fire

House of Fire in the Realm of Matter

“A Messenger in a vision saw people locked up in a house of fire and bound with fiery chains, lying in a flaming ointment. He asked them, “Why can’t they be saved?” “We did not desire it,” they told the messenger, “but we got this place of punishment. It is the outer darkness, and we are in it.”

“Soul and spirit came into being from water and fire. From water and fire and light came the attendant in the bridal chamber. Fire is chrism. Light is fire. I am not referring to flame, which has no form, but to another kind of fire, whose appearance is white, which is luminous and beautiful and gives beauty.

“Truth didn’t come into the world naked but in types and images. Truth is received only that way. There is rebirth and its image.”

“They must be reborn through image. What is the resurrection? Image must rise again through image. The bridegroom and image enter through image into truth, which is restoration. It is right that those who don’t have it take on the name of the father and son and the holy spirit. But they have not done so on their own. If you do not take on the names for yourself, the name “Christian” will be taken from you. You receive them in the oil of the chrism, the aromatic unction of the power of the cross. The messengers called this power “the right and left.” You are no longer a Christian but Christ.

“The lord did everything through mystery: baptism and a chrism and a Eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber.

“The lord said, “I came to make things below like things above, and the outside like the inside. I came to join them in one place. He revealed who he is through types and images.” ~The Gospel of Philip

House of Fire

The destructive house of fire is the material world that we live in. It is a house of fire because it operates in a constant self of self-destruction mixed with creation. Some think this is how it should be, but it isn’t. God doesn’t create things and beings only to destroy them a short time later. What God creates is permanent; not consumed by fire, disease, or rot. This means that the house of fire is not a creation of God. It is a creation of what the Gnostics call the Demiurge. And since it was not created by the One Perfect Consciousness that is God, it is defective and self-destructive.

According to Philip, the people in this house of fire are bound in chains of fire and lying in flaming ointment. This is his way of saying that we not only live in a self-destructive realm, but we add to it ourselves by wrapping ourselves in chains of fire and coat ourselves with flammable oils. The fiery chains are false beliefs that we cling to thereby preventing us from seeing the truth. The flaming ointments and oils are our attachments to material things that pull us down to destruction along with them. Continue reading “House of Fire in the Realm of Matter”

Share
children of the sun

Children of the Sun, Truth, and Wisdom

“When their guide and leader left, the people knew themselves as children of the sun. They were warlike and subdued other people in its name, and brought them under its rule. …

“Then some priests among those followed the rule of the sun stole its spirit and brought it down, so that it enlivened the statues and images of their gods. Thus the spirit which enlivens all the lesser gods is but the one spirit held in captivity, and not many as the people think.

“Then came the Wise Ones from the East and they caused the people to have other thoughts. They were men who knew the ways of Heaven and asked of the people, ‘Is the sun spirit indeed supreme? Is this not a thing requiring much thought? Consider its movements, are they not more like those of one who is directed in his comings and goings? … Is it not like a boat controlled by the will of man, rather than a free-ranging god? Is it not more like a slave under the direction of a master?’ These things disturbed the hearts of the people. Some pondered upon them, but others, in the manner of men, cried death to those who deny the truth of these things.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (MAN:2:9-11)

Children of the Sun

It should be a compliment to say that these people were children of the sun. However, in this case, it isn’t. Assuming that their guide was a true spiritual guide and teacher, he would have taught them about the importance of the sun, and the difference between the physical sun and the spiritual sun. He would never have told them that the sun was a god. Yet it seems that they came to believe that the sun was a god. Thus they were led astray just as much as those who deny that the sun has any spiritual powers at all. And while the quote doesn’t say it, it is likely that they saw only the physical sun, not the spiritual. That tends to make people more materialistic, more warlike. That is what the quote indicates happened to these people, whoever they were. Continue reading “Children of the Sun, Truth, and Wisdom”

Share
life thread

Life Thread We Help Weave

“THE ONE RAY MULTIPLIES THE SMALLER RAYS. LIFE PRECEDES FORM, AND LIFE SURVIVES THE LAST ATOM. THROUGH THE COUNTLESS RAYS THE LIFE-RAY, THE ONE, LIKE A THREAD THROUGH MANY BEADS.

“This sloka expresses the conception—a purely Vedantic one, as explained elsewhere—of a life-thread, Sutratma, running through successive generations. How, then, can this be explained? By resorting to a simile, to a familiar illustration, though necessarily imperfect, as all our available allegories must be. Before resorting to it, however, I would ask whether it seems unnatural, least of all “supernatural,” to any one of us, when we consider that process known as the growth and development of a fetus into a healthy baby weighing several pounds evolves from what? From the segmentation of an infinitesimally small ovum and a spermatozoa; and afterwards we see that baby develop into a six-foot man! This refers to the atomic and physical expansion from the microscopically small into something very large, from the—to the naked eye—unseen, into the visible and objective. … What are the forces at work in the formation of the fetus, and the cause of “hereditary transmission” of likeness, physical, moral or mental, have never been properly answered.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

The Life Thread

The Life Thread, or Thread-of-Life as we prefer to say it in Cosolargy, is well known in mystical and spiritual schools. Most think of it as connecting together all beings that exist at the present time, but it also connects with previous generations. To remind us of this thread that connects us to all beings, we wear a thread-of-life that has eight crystals, gems, or colored stones on it. It is not that such a thread has some magic or mystical powers. We wear it simply as a reminder. Of course, the stones on it do have mystical powers, but that is another tale. (click here to read older posts about gems and crystals).

Imperfect Allegories

I like that Blavatsky refers to the use of imperfect allegories. When you describe something by the use of an allegory, you are almost certainly describing it in an imperfect way. But with spiritual things, that is often the best way to describe it. But we should all be aware that stories found in the Bible, in the Upanishads, and many other ancient spiritual books are full of allegory and that allegory is never perfect. That is fine with most real spiritual teachers because the intent is to get the students to experience it for themselves, not rely on descriptions from others.

Life Survives

Blavatsky is correct in saying that life survives the last atom. That makes no sense to the materialist. “How,” they ask, “can there be life without a single atom of matter?” The answer is twofold. First, on the level of the physical universe, life isn’t a creation of matter. Life is a force that exists independent of matter. So even if all matter was gone, life would still be there. And if matter somehow returned, the life force would soon have some of that matter forming living beings. That is one way that life survives. The other is that life also exists on a spiritual level. In fact, some spiritual masters and gurus say that it is the only real life because it is eternal. So even if the realm of matter were to be completely wiped out so even the life force was gone, life survives as eternal spirit. The life thread also survives, even when there are no life forms, or all matter is gone. The life thread is just as much spiritual as it is material.

Hereditary Transmission

Blavatsky says that we don’t understand how our offspring, or that of any other earthly being, is given the likeness, physically and mentally of the parent. Today we understand it a lot better than in her time about 100 years ago. Still, we don’t understand it as well as we think we do. We know about DNA and how it carries information from one generation to another. Yet some recent discoveries show that our knowledge of DNA still doesn’t tell the full story.

It has been found that our minds, consciously or subconsciously, can effect this passing of DNA on to new generations. How we think determines what traits we pass on to others. We are responsible, at least in part, with weaving our own thread of life. And it is likely that animals and plants can do that as well, though to a much lesser degree. We can’t control the life thread that connects us to our parents, but we should make the effort to control the one that connects us to our children.

Share
good beauty

Good Beauty is Spiritual Beauty

“The perception of Beauty and the awe and the stirring of passion towards it are for those already in some degree knowing and awakened: but the Good, as possessed long since setting up a natural tendency, is inherently present to even those asleep and brings them no wonder when some day they see it, since it is no occasional reminiscence but is always with them though in their drowse they are not aware of it: the love of Beauty on the contrary sets up pain when it appears, for those that have seen it must pursue. This love of Beauty then is later than the love of Good and comes with a more sophisticated understanding; hence we know that beauty is a secondary: the more primal aperition, not patent to sense, our movement towards our good, gives witness that the Good is earlier, the prior.

“All that have possessed themselves of the Good feel it sufficient: they have attained the end: but Beauty not all have known and thaose that have judge it to exist for itself and not for them, as in the charm of this world the beauty belongs only to its possessor.

“The source of this error is that while both the Good and the Beautiful participate in the common source, the One precedes both.” ~Plotinus

Good Beauty

When it comes to physical beauty, what is considered beautiful changes. We find over the last century or two that what most considered a beautiful woman has gone from abundant curves to rail-thin and back again. And what women consider an attractive man changes also. Even at the same time, we find different ideas of beauty in different countries and social structures. The pampered male model of New York City would not be considered a thing of beauty among primitive people or country folk who would find his spoiled dandy look and pasty pale skin sickly.

But Plotinus is complicating the concept of beauty even more by adding in that to a good person beauty is different than it is for others. He goes so far as to indicate that only the good can even have a concept of beauty. That, I think, is nonsense. Everyone can have a concept of beauty, but it differs depending on whether or not they are what Plotinus calls good.

Beauty of the Good

What Plotinus is saying, I believe, is that the good see beauty in a way that differs from how others see it. That is not at all surprising. But he goes a little beyond that and says that the good beauty is the only true beauty. While he has a point, I’m not sure we can say that it is entirely true. But to understand it better, let’s look at the beauty of people who are not “good”, which really means those who are not spiritually awakened.

Ordinary Beauty

One way of looking at what is beautiful among a particular group is to look at their art. When we look at the art of today, even if we ignore abstract art and art that is intentionally ugly to make a point, we see art that often ignores such things as divine proportion and divine harmony. It is like the hard-rock of painting or sculpture. Many find it beautiful, but not because they feel peace and harmony when they look at it, but because it grapes them with discord and uniqueness. Many think that the more unique the art is, the more beautiful it is. But art can be unique without violating the rules of divine proportion and harmony.

Good Beauty is Spiritual Beauty

It is fairly clear that those people who Plotinus calls Good are those who are spiritually awakened to some degree. They are people who put spiritual values above materialistic ones. So such people will see art different than most. They will notice divine proportion and harmony and value it. They will notice are that invokes positive thoughts and images like peace, love, and joy. They will generally not care for art that depicts the horrors of material life such as war, murder, and disease. They know that despite what the artist may think he is doing, such art will normalize the horrible making it more acceptable. The spiritual person wants to stop the horrors. They see good beauty in art that depicts the best of nature. They see good beauty in people who give off an aura of goodness and sacredness. Good beauty is something they value. Art that exists simply to make money is of no value to them at all.

So Plotinus says we must be good before we can know good beauty. While there is some truth to that, there is another way to look at it. We can train ourselves to love the art that is truly beautiful, that is spiritually beautiful. We can promote good beauty and surround ourselves with it. That can aid us in our spiritual growth so we can become good spiritual people. Then we become part of the Good Beauty in the world.

Share