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Unity of Will for Spiritual Success

“Use only one vessel, one fire, one instrument.

“The door to success lies in the unity of will and purpose and the proper adaptation of the means to the end. There are many roads leading to the celestial center. He who follows the chosen path may succeed, while he who attempts to walk on many paths will be delayed.

“If the molten metals are allowed to cool off before they are transformed into higher ones, they will become hard again, and the whole process will have to be recommenced from the beginning. Use the inextinguishable lamp. Its light will not go out unless it is driven away by force.

“Recognize the true Prima Materia. It is to be found everywhere, but if you do not find it in your own house, you will find it nowhere. It is a living substance that can be discovered only in places inhabited by man. It is the only substance from which the Philosopher’s Stone can be prepared, and without that substance no genuine silver or gold can be made. In thirty pounds of ordinary mercury, there is usually not more than one pound of the true substance, and a hundred pounds of ordinary sulfur usually contains not more than one pound of that which is useful. It can only be found above he earth, not below it. It is before everybody’s eyes; no one can live without it; everybody uses it; the poor usually possess more of it than the rich; … it can be perceived by the sense of feeling, but it cannot be seen with the material eye.” ~Franz Hartmann

One Vessel, One Fire

Hartmann is saying that if you are seeking true spiritual growth rather than just studying the teachings out of curiosity, you must choose a particular school or discipline and follow it completely and regularly. If you find at some point that you made a bad choice, move on to a different school, but don’t just jump willy-nilly from one school to another, one method to another. Let’s consider the issue with an analogy.

A man who is by profession a home construction engineer wants to build himself a house. He starts by laying out a few boards and making a partial frame. But then decides a brick house would be better. So he starts laying bricks but does only a few dozen before he decides stone would be better than brick, so he tears down the brick and starts again with stone. If he continues on like this, not only will he not get the best home possible, he won’t get one at all! He has to make a firm decision and stick with it. The same for choosing a spiritual school or spiritual discipline to follow. Continue reading “Unity of Will for Spiritual Success”


Rudolf and Frosty are Appropriate Christmas Songs

Rudolf & Frosty as Christian Symbols –

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Frosty the Snowman

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and
Prancer, and Vixen,
Comet, and Cupid, and
Donder and Blitzen
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of allRudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose
and if you ever saw it
you would even say it glows.All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
play in any reindeer games.Then one foggy Christmas eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!

~Johnny Marks

[Verse 1]
Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say
He was made of snow but the children know
How he came to life one day
There must have been some magic in
That old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around
Oh, Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be
And the children say he could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me[Chorus]
Thumpety thump thump
Thumpety thump thump
Look at Frosty go
Thumpety thump thump
Thumpety thump thump
Over the hills of snow[Verse 2]
Ooh Frosty the snowman
Knew the sun was hot that day
So he said, “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun
Now before I melt away.”
Down to the village
With a broomstick in his hand
Running here and there all around the square
Saying “catch me if you can!”
He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler “Stop!”
Oh, Frosty the snowman
Had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye, saying
“Don’t you cry, I’ll be back again someday.”~Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson,

Some Christians think that stories and songs like “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” are not Christian and not appropriate for Christmas. They think that because these songs or stories, as well as some of the others in the same vein, can’t be Christian because they don’t mention Jesus. But being a Christian is a lot more than just saying “Jesus” at every opportunity. It is also about teaching the things that Jesus taught. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Rudolf and Frosty are Appropriate Christmas Songs”

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Perfect Man is Spiritual Man

The Perfect Man (or Woman)

“The Adam of dust requires the Soul of Life to be breathed into him: the two middle principles, which are the sentient life of the irrational animal and the human Soul, for the former is irrational without the latter. It is only when, from a potential androgyne, man has become separated into male and female, that he will be endowed with this conscious, rational, individual Soul, ‘the principle, or the intelligence, of the Elohim,’ to receive which he has to eat of the fruit of knowledge from the Tree of Good and Evil. How is he to obtain all this? The Occult doctrine teaches that while the Monad is cycling on downward into matter, these very Elohim – or Pitris, the lower Dhyan-Chohans – are evolving pari passu with it on a higher and more spiritual plane, descending also relatively into matter on their own plane of consciousness, when after having reached a certain point, they will meet the incarnating senseless monad, encased in the lower matter, and blending the two principles, Spirit and Matter, the union will produce the terrestrial symbol of the ‘Heavenly Man’ in space – PERFECT MAN.

“In the Sankhya philosophy, Perusha (spirit) is spoken of as something impotent unless he mounts on the shoulders of Prakriti (matter), which, left alone, is – senseless. But in the secret philosophy they are viewed as graduated.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Adam of Dust

The Adam of Dust is the man of matter without any spirit or soul. Such a being is indeed pitiful, for it has no hope of rising to higher levels of consciousness and becoming a complete spiritual being again. Fortunately, God did “breathe” the Soul of Life into us, so we are not just being of matter, not just animals, but animal bodies with a spark of the Divine in them. At times that spark may not seem like much, but it is the only hope we have to return to Heaven. It is the only way we can become the perfect man.

Two Principles

The two principles here are matter and spirit. Blavatsky, quoting the Secret Doctrine, says man is an irrational animal without a soul. Only when God gave us a soul did we become rational. Actually, I think it is more accurate to say that we are, and must always be, irrational without a spirit and soul, but we have the potential to be rational when we have a soul. It isn’t automatic, and it doesn’t always happen. As I write this in December 2020, we are dealing with millions of people in the United States listening to the irrational blathering of a narcissistic politician and accepting his fantasies as truth with absolutely no evidence. These people may have souls, but they are dormant, unawakened. And they are not the only ones. All greedy and materialistic people are, to some degree, living an irrational life because they have not awakened and developed their spiritual faculties. It is as if millions had their eyes put out at birth, and have to know the world only through sound, touch, and smell. The two principles must be present and working together for us to be functioning as rational beings. They must both be conscious if we can hope to become the perfect man. Continue reading “Perfect Man is Spiritual Man”

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True Knowing is Spiritual Knowing

“Every soul, authentically a soul, has some form of rightness and moral wisdom; in the souls within ourselves there is true knowing: and these attributes are no images or copies from the Supreme, as in the sense world, but actually are those very originals in a mode peculiar to this sphere. …

“Thus, if by the content of the sense-world we mean simply the visible objects, then the Supreme contains not only what is in the realm of sense but more; if in the content of the Cosmos we mean to include Soul and the Soul-things, then all is here that is There.

“There is, thus, a Nature comprehending in the Intellectual all that exists, and this principle must be the source of all. But how, seeing that the veritable source must be a unity, simplex utterly?

“The mode by which from the unity arises the multiple, how all the universe comes to be, why the intellectual principle is all and whence it springs, these matters demand another approach.

“But on the question as to whether the repulsive and the products of putridity have also there Idea-whether there is an ides of filth and mud—it is to be observed that all that the Intellectual Principle derived from the First is of the noblest; in those idea the base is not included; these repulsive things point not to the Intellectual Principle but to the Soul which, drawing upon the Intellectual Principle. …

“The products of putrefaction are to be traced to the Soul’s inability to bring some other thing to being.” ~Plotinus

Rightness and Moral Wisdom

First, I remind everyone of what I have stated before regarding Plotinus, that what he calls the Intellectual-Principle is not intellect at all, but Consciousness. Without going into too much detail, Intellect is a purely material thing, while Consciousness is more spiritual.

It is true that all souls have some sense of rightness and moral wisdom. I’m not sure what Plotinus means by “authentically a soul,” as I am not aware of any sort of cheap imitation souls. It is true, though not often taught, that humans have two souls. We have, as with all animals and perhaps even plants, a mundane soul that is linked to the body and mind and knows no more than they do. Yes, it still has a sense of rightness and morality, though limited to the realm of matter. Humans also have a Divine Soul, which is pure spirit and comes from God. This Divine Soul doesn’t just have “some form of rightness and moral wisdom,” it has the highest, most complete form of truth and wisdom. But when we are in the material world, that Divine Soul is dormant and must be awakened and developed for that nature to be realized. Continue reading “True Knowing is Spiritual Knowing”