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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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Captive Soul Trapped by Matter and Darkness

“The Kingdom of Hell, and of fierce wrath, always gape after the Soul, and set their jaws wide open to devour the captive soul; which is held fettered with two strong chains; the one of the Kingdom of Hell; the other of the Kingdom of this World, and it is continually led by the heavy, lumpish, bestial, and sickly Body, as a thief who is often led to the place of execution, and still by a petition reprieved, and laid in prison again, and the poor soul must lie thus in prison the whole time of the body; where the Devil on the one side very suddenly rushes upon it with his devouring fierceness, wrath, and malice, and would carry it into the abyss. Then instantly the glistening world with pomp, bravery, covetousness, and voluptuousness of Perdition; presenting sickness and fear, and it is continually trembling and quaking; and when Man goes but in the dark, how is it amazed, and continually afraid that the executioner will take it, and do execution upon it!

“If we did well considering the abominations and great sins of man before God, … then we should scarce ever be merry in this world at all, if the spirit of this world did not cast foolish fancies and seeming joys and pleasures before us, in our imprisonment; ; or if the regeneration did not cause us to rejoice, that we shall be delivered out of this prison; for in this life we find nothing but abomination, sin, misery, and death.” ~Jacob Boehme

Devour the Captive Soul

The Kingdom of Hell does want to “devour” every soul. There is no doubt that Jacob Boehme is correct in saying that. It wants to claim as many souls as it can get. It is like a magnet drawing them to it. The good news is that an even more powerful force draws the soul towards heaven. More powerful, and yet, if we choose to embrace the clutches of Hell, hell will win the struggle and claim our captive soul—at least for a time.

The soul is a captive because it does not wish to be here, it did not choose to be here, and it is out of place here. The soul is a spirit and doesn’t do well in a physical world of matter. It is like a fish out of water, if not worse. This is why we enter this world with our spirit and soul in a dormant state something like being in a coma. It is not a healthy place for them. Nonetheless, we must awaken them and develop them while we are still trapped in a physical body. It is the only hope we have of freeing ourselves of the clutches of Hell and the fallen world of matter. Continue reading “Captive Soul Trapped by Matter and Darkness”

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Prince of This World – The Demiurge

“It is not without a cause that Christ calls the Devil a Prince of this World, for he is so, according to the first Principle, according to the Kingdom of Wrath, and continues so to eternity. But he is not so according to the Kingdom of the four Elements and Stars; for if he had full power in that, then there would be no vegetative [fruit] nor living creatures upon the earth. He cannot master the exit of the four elements, for he is in the original, and there is a whole principle between; only when the constellations awaken the fierce Wrath of the Fire, in the Elementals, as in a tempestuous storm, then he is master juggler [in mischief,] and rejoices himself [therein.] Though indeed he has no power their neither, except it be permitted him from the anger of God then he is Hangman [or Executioner,] and execute the right as a servant, but not as a judge.

“H is Executioner in the Kingdom of this World; the stars are the council, and God is the King of the Land, and whoever departs from God, falls into the council of the stars, which run many upon the sword, … and is the Driver or Executioner.” ~Jacob Boehme

Prince of This World

Why would the devil be considered a prince of “this world”? Because the material world, the material universe, is his creation. As the Gnostic Demiurge, he created it from the realms of spirit created by the true God. But notice that the Devil is called Prince of the world, not King. As king, he could o as he pleases, but as a prince, he is limited to some degree by the laws and controls established by the real God.

Kingdom of Wrath

If you think that the material world is called the Kingdom of Wrath because God sends beings to it when He is angry, you are wrong. It is called the Kingdom of Wrath because, like The Prince of this World, the Demiurge, it is a place full of negative emotions, negative values, negative deeds. It is where anger happens. It is where jealousy happens. Fear and racism live here, and nowhere else. Likewise, death and disease are also exclusive to this dimension, and the second dimension below it which is even more material, more full of fear and wrath. Such things do not exist in the dimensions of spirit, the worlds created by the true God. Continue reading “Prince of This World – The Demiurge”

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Visible Substance and Invisible Spirit

“There is a visible substance and an invisible one; a tangible water and one that is beyond the reach of perception by the physical senses; a visible fire and an invisible magic fire; neither can either of these accomplish anything without the other, for in the practice of Alchemy, as in the regeneration of man, that which is above must be made to penetrate that which is below, so that the lower may enter into a higher state of existence.

“If we wish to know nature we must learn to know God, and God cannot be known without a knowledge of one’s own divine self. The spiritual substance of which external visible nature is an imperfect expression and manifestation, has been called ‘Prima Materia‘; it is the material for the formation of a new heaven and a new earth. It is like ‘water,’ or a ‘crystaline ocean,’ if compared with our grossly material earth, it is at once fire, water, air, and earth, corporeal in its essence, and nevertheless, incorporeal relatively to our physical forms.” ~Franz Hartmann

Visible Substance, Tangible Water

What Hartmann is describing here is what we simply call matter. liquids, gas, and solids, they are all forms of matter. When the ancients said that everything was made of air, water, fire, and earth, they were saying the same thing. Air equates to gasses, fire to energy, earth to solids, and water to liquids. Fire or energy is different as it is not considered to be matter, yet it is closely related as we know that some forms of matter can be converted into energy, and some energy can be made into matter.

Visible Substance, Invisible Spirit

Hartmann says that there is an invisible substance as well as the visible, and the same for water, fire, and so on. What he is saying here is that for everything physical, there is a spiritual counterpart. For every rock, there is a spiritual rock, for every tree, there is a spiritual tree, for every star, there is a spiritual one. The simple fact that a thing exists in physical form means it has a spiritual counterpart, it cannot exist without it. You can think of the spirit as being the mold for the physical, the force that holds it all together. And the spirit is immortal, while the physical form is not. Matter may not be destructible, but the individual forms are.

Alchemy as Regeneration

I have written before about alchemy and the fact that the true Alchemists were not trying to change one metal into another. They were trying to change materialistic animal-man into spiritual supermen and women. Alchemy was the science of transformation; transformation of humanity and the entire world, the transformation of visible substance into invisible substance.

Know Nature, Know God

Hartmann says that if we are to truly know nature, we must know God. While that is true, it is also true that a study of nature is often a way to learn about God. Knowing God—truly knowing, not just speculating—is a huge step forward. We can, and must, get there by making many smaller steps. We start by learning about nature and about the world we live in. Then we are ready to start learning about the next higher dimension and the next higher level of consciousness. We continue in that way, one level at a time until we reach the highest level where God is. Only them, when we link directly with God, do we truly know God. And in knowing God, we do know and understand nature and everything else. God is the source of all wisdom and truth, the source of the ultimate Knowledge called Gnosis. We know visible substance and invisible substance. When we know want God knows, there is nothing left to learn.