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A Man is Polite, Impartial, A Gentleman

“A man is silent and calm; he stands steady like a rock amidst the tumult of raging waters. He bears himself patiently before the temper of a wrathful man and control himself in the presence of a fool. His decisions are made clearly and without undue haste. He is prepared for whatever may befall, his reckoning embraces both success and failure.

“A man judges all men equally by one standard and expects each to act according to his capacity. He is prepared to meet strength with strength. He does not shirk the issue with violent men, nor does he suppress his wrath when the cause is just.

“A man safeguards his reputation and challenges those who would steal it from him. He is prudent and wary, he is not easily beguiled. He weighs all things in his mind and concludes all things by reasoning.

“A man receives the stranger with hospitality and politeness. He gives generously to the needy and eases the burden of the heavy-laden. He is cheerful under difficulties, and his face is never sullen or mean.

“A man is impartial in his dealings. He is fair and just to all men.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (Man:9:2-12)

A Man is Silent and Calm

First, we have to understand that the author of this short section of the Kolbrin Bible is talking about his concept of the ideal man, not the average or typical man. He is saying this is how men should be, not how they actually are.

Most of the Kolbrin Bible appears to have been written by people with great spiritual knowledge. They may have been teachers in some unidentified mystery school or advanced students. The author of this section does not fit that description. His knowledge seems to be more of a materialistic and intellectual kind, yet I felt that much of what he said makes sense.

So a man is silent and calm because he has his emotions under control. He doesn’t just react like a dog noticing a cat in the park. He thinks about how to react and reacts sensibly. There are exceptions, of course. If he sees someone being murdered, he is not going to contemplate what to do, he is going to act quickly. But most of us react emotionally more often then we should. Continue reading “A Man is Polite, Impartial, A Gentleman”

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The Holy are Happy and Peaceful

“The holy are happy. Who but they alone will wear joy? The elect wear grace. And who will be arrayed in grace but those who from the beginning have believed? The elect wear love. And who will be arrayed in love but those who from the beginning have believed? Walk in the knowledge of the lord, and you will know the grace of the lord of generosity, his exultation, and the perfection of his gnosis. His thought was a letter, and his will descended from the skies, shot like an arrow violently released from its bow. Many hands rushed to the letter to catch it, take it, and read it, yet it slipped from their fingers, and they were terrified of it and its seal. They couldn’t loosen the seal, for the power of the seal was greater than they. Others saw the letter and chased it, wondering where it would land and who might read it, who might hear it.” ~Odes of Solomon

The Holy are Happy

There are many kinds of happiness in this world. There are many things that can make us happy. Getting a new job can make us happy. Falling in love makes us happy. Winning the lottery makes us happy, etc. But much of that happiness is temporary and often illusion. We are told by others that we all need to have a job in the materialistic world, so we should be happy when we get one. Because everyone tells us that, especially the leaders (manipulators), we believe it and make it true. But after we get that job, we find that the work is harder than we expected it to be, we have to put up with working with difficult individuals, and we don’t feel like we are really accomplishing anything. The happiness doesn’t last. The same is true of those other types of happiness mentioned. But the Odes say the holy are happy, and that is true. More importantly, the holy are happy for reasons that cannot be taken away from them and are not illusions. They are happy because they have seen beyond the veil, the Great Illusion. Once that happens, reality can never be successfully hidden from them again. A wonderful reason to be happy. The holy are happy because they have awakened their spirit and soul. That reason for being happy can also never be taken from them. Most of all, the holy are happy because they have reestablished the link between their soul and God and understand the reality of God and the universe. Continue reading “The Holy are Happy and Peaceful”

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God, Nature, and Man for True Knowledge

“Alchemy is that science which results from a knowledge of God, Nature, and Man. A perfect knowledge of either of them cannot be obtained without the knowledge of the other two, for these three are one and inseparable. Alchemy is not merely an intellectual, but a spiritual science; because that which belongs to the spirit can only be spiritually known. Nevertheless, it is a science dealing with material things, for spirit and matter are only two opposite manifestations or ‘poles’ of the eternal One. Alchemy is an art , and as every art requires an artist to exercise it, likewise this divine science and art can be practiced only by those who are in possession of the divine power necessary for that purpose. It is true that the external manipulations required for the production of certain alchemical preparations may, like an ordinary chemical process, be taught to anybody capable of reasoning; but the results which he would accomplish would be without life, for only he in whom the true life has awakened can awaken it from its sleep in the prima materia, nd cause visible forms to grow from the chaos of nature.” ~Franz Hartmann

Knowledge of God, Nature, and Man

Hartmann says that Alchemy results from the knowledge of God, Nature, and Man. But virtually all of us have some knowledge of each of those things, yet we cannot claim to be a true Alchemist. So it might be better to say that Alchemy is the science that results in complete knowledge of God, Nature, and Man. He notes that there are those who have perfect knowledge of one or two of the three, but not all. Those people, he says, cannot be true Alchemists. They will be the kind of Alchemists who deal with material things only and are therefore only ordinary chemists. Of course, if you look up “Alchemist” or “Alchemy” on sites like Wikipedia and Dictionary.com, you will see that this phony type of Alchemist is how they define the whole science. But as Hartmann says, real Alchemy is as much a spiritual science as it is an intellectual one. And the purpose of the real Alchemists was not to transform base metals like lead into valuable metals like gold, it was to transform the leaden consciousness of materialistic men and women into the golden consciousness of the spiritual adept. The word Alchemy itself tells us this. It is derived from words that mean “to Transform” which didn’t mean changing one metal into another.

Spirit can Only Be Spiritually Known

I put that line in bold font in the quote because it is a very important statement. Too often materialists try to prove or (more often) disprove the things of spirit using the science of matter. This will never work and the materialists think that proves that spiritual things and spiritual worlds are fantasies, or at least unknowable. But spiritual things can be known by spiritual methods and there are spiritual sciences developed over many centuries that are just as reliable in the spiritual realm as conventional science is in the realm of matter. So before you scoff at the idea of spiritual realms and spiritual beings, start using the proper sciences to investigate such things. In order to know God, Nature, and Man, you need to know the spiritual as well as the physical.

Poles of the Eternal One

While it is true to say that the realms of spirit and matter are two opposite poles of the eternal One, it can be misleading. It sounds as if you are saying they are but two sides of the same coin, but they are not. First, the realm of spirit is the creation of the real God and is intentional. The realm of matter, on the other hand, was created by the fallen angels called the Demiurge in Gnostic teachings. So matter is not just the other side of spirit. It is a distortion of spirit, a disease of spirit like cancer. And like cancer in the physical body, it must be cured or removed. The great transformation that has already started, and is at least partially responsible for what is called “global warming”, will turn matter back into spirit and heal it.

Art and Artist

While Alchemy, or any form of spiritual discipline, is a science, it is also an art and requires an artist to do it properly. That will likely change with time.

From the 1940s through the 1960s, the study of computer programming was far more art than science. Even when I entered the field in the 1970s. But over the decades, businesses and universities worked to make things in that field more standardized and more predictable making it more of a science than an art. Yet there still remains a bit of art to it.

While the idea of being an Alchemist may no appeal to you, try replacing that word in this article with “Gnostic,” “Mystic,” or “Spiritual Adept”. Those terms mean nearly the same thing and everything that is said here about Alchemy is true of all of those disciplines. So is the idea that we need to know God, Nature, and Man to achieve Gnosis.

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Proud Man of Darkness

“He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man shall be like unto him. Burden not thyself above thy power while thou livest; and have no fellowship with one that is mightier and richer than thyself: for how agree the kettle and the earthen pot together? for if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken. The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he threateneth withal: the poor is wronged, and he must intreat also. If thou be for his profit, he will use thee: but if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee. If thou have any thing, he will live with thee: yea, he will make thee bare, and will not be sorry for it. If he have need of thee, he will deceive thee, and smile upon thee, and put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, What wantest thou? And he will shame thee by his meats, until he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, and at the last he will laugh thee to scorn afterward, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee. Beware that thou be not deceived and brought down in thy jollity. If thou be invited of a mighty man, withdraw thyself, and so much the more will he invite thee. Press thou not upon him, lest thou be put back; stand not far off, lest thou be forgotten. Affect not to be made equal unto him in talk, and believe not his many words: for with much communication will he tempt thee, and smiling upon thee will get out thy secrets: But cruelly he will lay up thy words, and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put thee in prison. Observe, and take good heed, for thou walkest in peril of thy overthrowing: when thou hearest these things, awake in thy sleep. Love the Lord all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation. Every beast loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbor. All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like. What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly. What agreement is there between the hyena and a dog? and what peace between the rich and the poor? As the wild ass is the lion’s prey in the wilderness: so the rich eat up the poor.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Pitch and a Proud Man

While touching pitch (tar) will make your hands black, I think we can assume that Ecclesiasticus is using it figuratively. He is saying those who play around with the things of darkness are almost certain to have some of it rub off on them. I think we can understand today that this would be like walking into a coronavirus ward with no gloves or face mask. It would be foolishly inviting the virus to harm us. And while there is some truth in the idea that believing you are protected because you are spiritual, pray a lot, or accept Jesus, actually does protect you to some degree, it rarely protects you enough. So walking into a place full of dark beings, demons, or simply evil men and women is not a wise thing to do. It isn’t wise even for the more advanced spiritual person, but especially for the beginner. Someday, the army of the awakened will be strong enough to do it collectively, but not individually.

A proud, greedy, or otherwise evil man is much like a demon or the forces of darkness. Perhaps not to the same degree, but still not good. So to think you can fix the world by going after that type to convert them first is foolhardy. Go for those who are beginning to awaken, not those who are as far from it as a human being can get. Continue reading “Proud Man of Darkness”

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