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Beast Man: a Dying Breed

“For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave. For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart: Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air, And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof. … Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us: Let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this. Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged. Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth. Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous.” ~The Wisdom of Solomon (or Book of Wisdom)

Beast Man

When humans come to believe that they are no more than animals, physical beings that live a brief life then die, it is not surprising that they develop the attitude of having as much joy and fun as they can while they live. There is no harm in it, they think since there is no God and no afterlife. That is why it is so important for man to understand his true nature. Atheists claim that we do not need a belief in God to be moral and ethical, but studies have shown otherwise. It has been found that Atheists are ethical only when it is convenient. What’s more, is how do they know what is ethical and what isn’t? If you rely on the human brain-mind to answer that question, we are in deep trouble. The studies also found that each new generation of atheists is less moral and ethical than the previous one. After three or four generations, all ethics and morals are gone. Beast man is not something to desire.

Short and Tedious Life

Our life in the physical world is indeed short. It is often tedious as well. But while we can’t do much about making our physical life longer, we can make it less tedious. That doesn’t mean seeking out idle entertainments to keep us occupied. Those are the very things that become tedious over time. We need to find meaningful things to do, things that help us and others grow. Even if we only do that on a physical level, it is better than not doing it at all. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, helping people find jobs may not be as entertaining as watching movies and football games, but it is a lot more satisfying. Continue reading “Beast Man: a Dying Breed”

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Titanic Materialism and Bacchic Spirituality

“Man is a composite creature, his lower nature consisting of the fragments of the Titans and his higher nature the sacred, immortal flesh (life) of Bacchus. Therefore man is capable of either Titanic (irrational) or a Bacchic (rational) existence. The Titans of Hesiod, who were twelve in number, are probably analogous to the celestial zodiac, whereas the Titans who murdered and dismembered Bacchus represent the zodiac powers distorted by their involvement in the material world. Thus Bacchus represents the sun who is dismembered by the signs of the zodiac and from whose body the universe is formed. When the terrestrial forms were created from the various parts of his body the sense of wholeness was lost and the sense of separateness established. The heart of Bacchus, which was saved by Pallas, or Minerva, was lifted out of the four elements symbolized by his dismembered body and placed in the ether. The heart of Bacchus is the immortal center of the rational soul.

“After the rational soul had been distributed throughout creation and the nature of man, the Bacchus Mysteries were instituted for the purpose of disentangling it from the irrational Titanic nature. This disentanglement was the process of lifting the soul out of the state of separateness into that of unity.” ~Manly P. Hall

Composite Man

Man is indeed a composite creature and in several different ways. On a purely physical level, composite man is made up of many organs and other parts. These many parts need to function together in harmony for the health and growth of the whole. When they don’t, we get an illness or abnormal growth.

Another level of composite man could be called a multi-dimensional man. The physical makes up only one part of this composite. The other parts are the mind, the spirit, and the soul. In the above quote, Hall is reducing this to a lower level and a higher. The lower level is the physical body and mind, the higher is the spirit and soul.

Titanic or Bacchic

Today most people would think of the ship that sank when you mention “Titanic”. That isn’t what Hall means, but it does fit. Those who live a Titanic (materialistic) life are creating a Titanic (ship) disaster of themselves. Of course, they don’t think they are creating a mess of their lives, but they are. They are favoring the temporary over the permanent. The good news is that it is never too late to turn around and head in the other direction. But you do have to do it before the death of the physical body.

While Mr. Hall calls these two choices irrational and rational, it is more accurate to call them material and spiritual. The Titanic types cling to the irrational/material despite its rather obvious failures. The rational/spiritual move beyond the limitations of the Titanic to the Bacchic or spiritual.

Titan Zodiac

I had never thought of the Titans relating to the twelve signs of the zodiac, yet it makes perfect sense. In a time when everyone believed in many gods, assigning a god to each of the zodiac signs would help people relate to them. And since many saw the forces of the stars and the cosmos as irresistible forces that compelled them to do things against their will, those attributes were also assigned to the Titans.

Bacchus and the Sun

So in this myth, Bacchus represents the sun and the powers that defeat the Titans. These are the spiritual powers that exist outside of the realm of matter. They cannot be significantly affected by the forces of matter because they live outside of it. The human spirit and soul are the same. They are spiritual, not physical. They are above the control of the powers of matter. Yet the Titans of matter can control us if we don’t bother to awaken those spiritual faculties that lie dormant within us. That is where the sun comes into it. It is the light of the sun, especially the spiritual sun, that awakens those dormant faculties. And until they are awakened, they cannot save us from the Titans.

We can all be Titanic (temporary) or Bacchic (eternal), but we have to make the choice and work at it. It isn’t a gift just handed to us on a silver platter. Nor do we gain it just by wishing on a star to manifest it. Wanting it is a good start, but we have to also take action to make it happen.

Heart of Bacchus

It is clear from the description that what was called the Heart of Bacchus is actually the Divine Soul of humans. This soul is not rational in the sense that we normally use the word today. But it is, when awakened, a source of higher consciousness. Many people seek to bring the mind to those higher levels with limited success. The mind can only go so far. But these higher levels of consciousness are natural to the soul. The solution, therefore, is to awaken and develop the soul rather than wasting all your time on the Titanic powers of the world of matter and mind.

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Illusion of Matter and the Hidden Reality

“The Buddhists talk about samsara, the world of illusion. It is the place that most of us live. Mistaking illusion for reality is said to be the root cause of our suffering. Yet in some immensely elegant way suffering itself can release us from illusion. Often in times of crisis when we reach for what we have considered our strength we stumble on our wholeness and our real power. …

“Integrity usually comes to people slowly and takes them unawares, as part of a natural process of maturing or through the need to be there for someone else who is counting on them. But it can appear full-blown in times of crisis or loss. …

“With certain people we may get to try on a greater wholeness for a time, to actually experience being more. These experiences are a sort of grace. They help us know not only the direction of our personal wholeness but how it feels and even tastes.” ~Rachel Naomi Remen

World of Illusion

The world of illusion isn’t limited to what you see on stage during the performances of a magician. Virtually everything that we think we know of the physical world of matter is an illusion.

We need first to clear up one thing about the idea of the physical universe being an illusion. Many people jump to the conclusion that if you say something is an illusion, that it doesn’t exist. Therefore, they think when they read that the physical realm is an illusion that is doesn’t exist. It’s a dream, nothing real. That is not what illusion means at all.

When you say that the tricks of a stage magician are illusions, that doesn’t mean nothing is happening on stage. It means that what is really happening is not the same as what appears to be happening. For example, the assistant that appears to disappear in a puff of smoke really descended through a hidden door in the floor of the stage. The same applies to the Great Illusion of the physical universe. It isn’t what it appears to be, but it is something real.

One thing that has become very popular in recent years is “Manifesting”. By this is meant manipulating the physical world according to our desires. Besides the fact that this results in attaching us more firmly to the illusion, what is the point of manipulating fantasy?

Reality Behind the Illusion

So what is the reality behind all that Illusion? That is something that most say must be experienced for yourself. But I think I can give you some hints, although I don’t claim to entirely know the answer myself.

We all know that, according to the basic laws of science, matter and energy cannot be destroyed, only changed. There are simple changes and more complex ones. Carving a rock into a statue of David is a simple change. Only the shape was changed, the substance is still marble. That is, within the illusion, it is still marble. Turning milk into cheese is a slightly more complex change. Burning wood to make heat is a complex or complete change. Changing matter into energy or energy into matter is the most complex type of change. At least if we limit ourselves to the physical world for now. But the fact that energy can become matter, and matter can become energy should teach us something. It should teach us that there is no fundamental difference between matter and energy. To put it in simple terms, matter is slow energy, energy is fast matter.

While that is a concept that has been taught in spiritual schools and mystery schools for ages, it is only recently being accepted and taught by empirical science. Specifically, the quantum physicists are now telling us that the apparently solid universe is actually a hologram of light. Not matter with light shining on it, just light. So matter is being recognized by science as an illusion. A wonderful discovery of theirs that has been taught in mystery schools for several thousand years.

Going Deeper

But even the discoveries of quantum physicists are limited to the physical universe. We need to dive deeper to get beyond illusion altogether. We need to enter spiritual realms. When we do, we will discover, among other things, two fundamental truths. The first truth is that spirit is real and permanent. And it existed long before matter. Therefore, the soul cannot be an offshoot of matter. And consciousness is a spiritual thing as well. Therefore, it is not a creation of the brain. Second, things happen first in the spiritual world before they descend to the physical realm. Not everything because such things as disease and death don’t exist at all in spiritual worlds. But for most things, they must form first in spirit, then become matter. What this means, if you think about it, is that those who access spiritual realms get a look into the future because they are seeing things that have not yet materialized. While that should not be your primary reason to start spiritual development, it is certainly a good second one.


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Worldly Thoughts Drag Us Down

“The thoughts of the world drag the mind down to earthly and corruptible things, and do not suffer it to love God or to remember the Lord. And oftentimes, on the other hand, the unlearned man goes to prayer, and bends the knee, and his mind enters into rest, and deep as he may dig and get below, the wall of evil that withstands him breaks down, and he enters into vision and wisdom, where potentates and wise men and orators cannot penetrate to understand and know the delicacy of his mind, since he is engrossed in divine mysteries. One who is inexperienced in judging of hearts does not know how to value them, for lack of experience. Well, Christians abhor the glorious things of the earth, and account them but dung in comparison with the magnificence of those things—a magnificence which works effectually in them. …

“The adversary never ceases from warring. Satan is merciless in his hatred of men; therefore he never shirks from warring against every man. But he is not seen to set upon all to the same degree.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

Worldly Thoughts

Yes, worldly thoughts can drag down the mind. More importantly, they can drag down the spirit and soul. But we can’t live in a material world and not think about material things. We would not be able to hold a job, have a home, or even eat if we never thought about worldly things. The trick for the spiritual person is to function in the physical world, but without becoming attached to it. We must think about worldly things, but not let them rule the mind.

Corruptible Things

Macarius calls those worldly things “corruptible”. Usually, we only see that word used in reference to people. Children can be corrupted into becoming thieves or murderers. But things are corruptible because they rot, they age, they rust away. Nothing physical is permanent. Even mountains are worn down by wind and rain. So we don’t want our worldly thoughts to become attached to the temporary and corruptible.

The Unlearned Man

The person who is not well educated often has an advantage when it comes to awakening his spiritual self. He has fewer beliefs and preconceptions that serve to block out the truth that doesn’t agree with those beliefs. The other side of that coin, however, is that the educated person can more easily understand the material that comes through to him when his spiritual faculties are awakened. So both have advantages and disadvantages. Perhaps a good solution would be for the well-educated person to work together with the unlearned one. Then both could learn and comprehend the new spiritual things they are learning. Continue reading “Worldly Thoughts Drag Us Down”

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