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.
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”