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Universal Knowledge of Matter and Spirit

“Adam was the first inventor of arts, because he had knowledge of all things as well after the Fall as before. … From this cause, it came about that his successors erected two tablets of stone, on which they engraved all natural arts. … Noah found one of these tablets under Mount Ararat, after the Deluge. In this table were described the courses of the upper firmament and of the lower globe, and also of the planets. At length this universal knowledge was divided into several parts. By means of this separation, one man became an astronomer, another a magician, another a cabalist, and a fourth an alchemist. Abraham … carried the art out of the land of Canaan into Egypt, whereupon the Egyptians rose to so great a height and dignity that this wisdom was derived from them by other nations. …

“So it was in the time of Moses when both the priests and the also the physicians were chosen from among the Magi—the priests for the judgment of what related to health, especially in the knowledge of leprosy, Moses, likewise was instructed in the Egyptian schools, at the cost and care of Pharaohs’ daughter, so that he excelled in all the wisdom and learning of that people. Thus to was it with Daniel who … became a cabalist. Witness his divine predictions. … These words can be understood by the prophetic and cabalistic Art. “ ~Paracelsus

Universal Knowledge

I’m not sure why Paracelsus says that Adam was “the inventor of arts,” but doesn’t mention science. Perhaps to Paracelsus it was all the same thing. In any case, I think it is safe to say that if we consider Adam the inventor of arts, we must also consider him the inventor of science. He is, after all, the symbolic first human being.

Paracelsus also says that Adam had knowledge of all things, even after “the Fall,” meaning that he retained heavenly knowledge even after “falling” from the dimension of spirit into the dimension of matter. This was fortunate in one way, for Adam probably would have perished very quickly without that knowledge to help him learn, develop, and feed and care for himself in this new place he was now living. On the other hand, he couldn’t help but be depressed about the situation he was now in while he retained the knowledge and memories of the much greater spiritual worlds. Continue reading “Universal Knowledge of Matter and Spirit”

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Great University of Spirit and Truth

“The great university will be divided into grades, admission to which will be through preliminary tests or initiations. Here mankind will be instructed in the most sacred, the most secret, and the most enduring of all mysteries—symbolism. The initiate will be taught that every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle. Here mankind will learn that Chiram (Truth) lies buried in every atom of Cosmos; that every form is a symbol and every symbol the tomb of an eternal verity. Through education—spiritual , mental, moral, and physical—man will learn to release living truths from their lifeless coverings.” Manly P. Hall

The Great University

It is difficult to believe in this age of materialism that a great spiritual university could exist at all. Not only did secular institutions steal the name “university,” which originally meant schools that teach universal truth and was applied only to spiritual schools, but in some places governments now restrict the use of the word so only those secular schools approved by the government can be called universities. But what Hall says is true, such a university will happen.

The Beginning

Because of the state of the world we live in, that great university won’t start out great. Not in the terms of the secular world, at least. It won’t have many thousands of students. It won’t have a campus of many fine buildings covering hundreds of acres. The library of the university won’t have many thousands of books to read and study. Not in the beginning.

It must start out small. A private school that may began with only a few dozen students. It may, for a time, have to operate underground to avoid problems with secular authorities. It may have to avoid advertising itself in public media, relying on word-of-mouth as the primary means of advertising. A humble beginning. But that is probably a good thing since humility is a valued attribute of the spiritual student.

A Growing Force

That great university will have humble beginnings, but will grow. As the general population becomes more and more disenchanted with materialism and its empty promises, more will seek for something more. Many will turn to the spiritual and the university will grow. But even there problems will happen. Continue reading “Great University of Spirit and Truth”

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Divine Nature of Man and the Universal Soul

“The incomprehensible richness and loftiness of the Divine Nature, the outpouring generosity toward all in common, fills a man with wonder. And, above all, he wonders at the universality of God and His outpouring upon all things. For he beholds the incomprehensible Essence as a common fruition of God and all saints. And he sees the Divine Persons as a common outpouring and a common activity in grace and in glory. … And he beholds heaven and earth, sun and moon, the four elements, together with all creatures, and the course of the heavens, created for all in common. God, with all His gifts, is common to all: the angels are common; the soul is common to all its powers, to the whole body, to all its members, …. for the soul cannot be divided, save by reason. For though, according to the reason, … the spirit and the soul are divided; in nature they are one.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Divine Nature

The sun sends out light to all. If some choose to hide in shadows and not receive that light, it is not the sun’s fault. Likewise with the grace and Light from God. Despite talk of certain people being chosen, God sends his Light to all. The chosen are simply those who make the effort to take in the Light and use it.

Just as physical light comes to us from the physical sun, God’s spiritual light comes to us from the spiritual sun. That spiritual light shines on all beings, on everything on Earth. But that light will pass right through those who do not want it. Somewhat like metal particles sticking to a magnet, the spiritual light will “stick to” or affect only those who become magnets for it. We do that by first deciding that we want it. Second, we will use it to benefit our spiritual growth, the growth of others, and the growth of the world. Those who think to use it for earthly power will find it doesn’t stay with them. Likewise, those who get greedy and do not want to share the Light. This light wakens our Divine Nature.

Universal God

Most religions today believe in only one God. Yet they also believe that only they are worshiping the true God and other faiths are worshiping false gods. If only one God exists, then we are all under that same God. We are all cared for by that one God. Not only is that one God the God of all humans, He is also God of all animals, all plants, all that exists. Even the fallen world of matter that He didn’t create, because it originated in His realm of spirit. He is God of that world also, even if Satan has a lot to do with running it. That is what Divine Nature is.

Undivided Soul

The soul cannot be divided. While it makes an interesting story to have Harry Potter’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort, make himself nearly immortal by breaking his soul into pieces and hiding the pieces, it doesn’t happen in real life. If you commit a horrendous act such as murder, your soul may separate from you, but it won’t break into pieces.

But Ruysbroeck says that the spirit and soul cannot be separated from each other. That is also true. You might say that the spirit and the soul are just the two aspects of your complete spiritual self. So whether a spiritual teachers, or some ancient holy book, tells you the soul is important or the spirit it important, it really doesn’t matter. They are so integrated that they can generally be considered one.

In addition, our individual spirit and soul is connected to all other souls via some unknown force that some schools call the “thread of Life”. So in a way, we are not truly separate from those other souls at all and what harms them harms us. “Send not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”, John Donne wrote. He knew what he was talking about. He understood Divine Nature.

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Universal Agent and Chiram the Builder

“To the initiated Builder, the name CHiram Abiff signifies ‘My Father, the Universal Spirit, one in essence,three in aspect.’ … The original word, CHiram, is a radical word consisting of three consonants: Cheth, Resh, and Mem. Cheth signifies Chamah, the Sun’s light, i.e. the Universal, invisible, cold fire of nature. Nature attracted by the sun and sent down to us and to every planetary body belonging to the solar system. Resh signifies Ruach, i.e Spirit, air, wind as being the vehicle which conveys and collects the light…. Mem signifies water, humidity, but rather the mother of water, Radical Humidity of a particular kind. … These three constitute the Universal Agent.” ~Manly P. Hall

Initiated Builder

It is curious that Hall chose to say “initiated Builder”rather than just “initiated”. There are two ways to interpret that. Since Chiram or Hiram was a master builder who planned the Temple of Solomon and other projects, it may refers to initiates in the field of architecture. It might also refer to those spiritual initiates who seek to build a better world. I think he probably meant both.

Universal Spirit

Hall says the name Chiram Abiff signifies the Universal Spirit. Therefore, this builder is the builder of the universal “temple,” not just a temple of matter in ancient Israel. This universal temple being all of humanity, all of life, united again as a unified whole.

Spiritual Sun

Hall then goes on to break the name Chiram into it’s components and tells us what they mean. The first part meaning the Sun’s Light is the most important. The ancient mystery schools almost universally taught about the importance of the spiritual sun. Sadly, few modern spiritual schools do so. Spiritual “wind” is that power that carries the light to us. This “wind” is sometimes called the Breath of God. I think that the “Radical Humidity” Hall mentions is the ether through which the light travels pushed along by the Breath of God.

That may be more details than most of us need, however. The important thing is that the spiritual light that originated with God travels to us through the spiritual sun. Some of it will reach us anyway, but we can dramatically increase that amount by gazing at the spiritual sun, especially at sunrise. Continue reading “Universal Agent and Chiram the Builder”

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