Dee Finney's blog  June 26, 2014  page 702  REPAIRING THE TREE OF LIFE

 

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Dee Finney's blog

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today's date June 26, 2014

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TOPIC:  REPAIRING THE TREE OF LIFE 

6-26-14 - DREAM - I was in an office somewhere and our friend Rita D.C. came up to me and greeted me.  She said she had a gift for me.

(She specializes in Holy Grail knowledge)  Her name means 'Pearl'.

Grailldy is also one of my e-mail names. (I also am a student of the Holy Grail)

Someone else subsequently asked what her motive was.

The gift was going to be brought to my home later in the day, after we got our day's work done, which was cleaning the office.

Now at home, Rita brought the gift into the house - it was a beautiful oval bathtub shaped bowl made of plaster of Paris or some other light material, with beautiful formed flowers and leaves all around it.

It was so beautiful we decided to place it on the floor in the livingroom right in front of the floor to ceiling window so that everyone passing by could see it and admire its beauty.

We carefully placed it on the floor and the second it touched the floor it broke into several large pieces.

NOTE:  Joe Mason says it represents the shattering of the vessels, which is in Kabbalism.

Matthew 13:45-46

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

 

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6-26-14 - THE SPIRAL QUILT

I was at my Mother's house - whether I lived there or was visiting I'm not certain.

On the window sill were some flower pots with dirt in them.  There might have been seeds planted in them, but what I saw was water sprites coming up out of the dirt - in a spiral fashion - around and around and around to the left.

One of my family members - brother or sister was in their bedroom, which was right next to the laundry room.  They said they had gotten some dirt on their quilt and it needed to be washed.

I told them we could easily do that.  I knew how to run the washing machine.

Rather than bring the quilt into the room, there was an opening in the wall between the bedroom and the laundry room, and they fed three layers of bedding through the opening right into the washing machine - a sheet, a blanket, and the quilt, all in one pile.  They fed it through the opening from one end which was okay to begin with, but they should be separated to wash them, starting with the sheet,  then the blanket, and then the quilt.

But something went wrong while the bedding was coming through the opening in the wall - and the machine started spinning to the left, which it should never do while the lid is open.

The quilt looked beautiful while it was spiraling clockwise, but no water could come into the machine while it was open, and the bedding would never get clean, just twisted into a big spiraled mess.

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6-26-14- DREAM -  I was working on a web page about the Tree of Life, and repairing the Sefirot that needed fixing.

I went to other pages where the Sefirot were correct and copied them and moved them into the proper position on the new page, including the correct sounds and colors they needed  to be.

KABBALISM - MAZAL - WISDOM - THE BRIDE

www.greatdreams.com/lessons/bride.htm -

The Ten Sefirot of the Kabbalist Tree of Life are the attributes or emanations of God and also the path of initiation which unifies in the initiate the male and female ..

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6-30-14  DREAM - This dream was told to me over the telephone early this morning.  My friend had no idea what it meant, so it's My interpretation.  It's about the repair of the Tree of Life.  (notice the reference to the wood in the dream)

I went to my Grandfather's house that no one was living in. The house had been sold to someone else after his death.  (The Grandfather died at the age of 102 and was a full blooded Huron Indian from Canada - raised as a Catholic)

The people who purchased his house had moved out and abandoned the house because it needed serious repairs.

As I walked up to the front door, I saw a sign on it that the house needed repair.  The door wasn't locked so I just walked inside.

The house to completely trashed - stuff and garbage everywhere on the floors. It was evident they weren't coming back so I started looking around on the floor to see if there was anything I could use.

The walls of the house were covered with white wallpaper that had brown flowers and leaves on it.  The floor was white and tiled.  I liked it a lot.

I looked towards the bedrooms and went down the hallways and discovered the doors were missing and the bedrooms were no longer there - the open doors just went outside.

My Mother then came into the house.  She was my Grandfather's daughter. 

I wondered why she wwas there and she said that the paperwork belonging to her Father that was the wiring plans for the house that would energize the house.  She said that the plans were in the safe upstairs.

All of a sudden, my sister shwoed up and looked around.  She said she hated the remodeling that had been done to the house.  She said the original white 'brch' paneling and the hard wood floors was so much better.

I had to agaree that she was right.  The original was better.

Then two men came to the door and asked why we were there.

My Mther told them she was there to get the wiring plans from upstairs.

We asked the men why there were there and they answered they were there to repair the house.

My Mother said, "Well!  Let me go upstairs and get the wiring plans from the safe.  I'm the only one who knows the combination to the safe."

We all headed for the hallway that had the stairs to the upstairs and discovered that the stairs were completely burned away.

The repairman said, "We can fix all the things that are wrong."

My Mother replied, "Well!  Maybe the electrical wiring plans are under the kitchen sink after all."

So we all walked into the kitchen and I opened the cabinet under the sink and 'instantly woke up'.

NOTE:  Considering I had just typed up the other two dreams about the Tree of Life yesterda, I 'knew' that this dream was related because of the repairs needed.  Keep in mind that the tree of Life has a left pillar and a right pillar - the two lamp stands.

Matthew 7:24-27  

Palestine is naturally a land of hills and mountains, and as a result, it is subject to violent rains and sudden floods. The Jordan River annually swells to dangerous levels and becomes rapid and furious. The streams that run through the hills can suddenly swell with rain and spill tremendous amounts of water onto the plains below, sweeping everything before them. Houses erected within reach of these sudden deluges - especially those founded on sand or other unreliable foundation - cannot stand before them. The rising stream shakes a house to its foundation and erodes away its base until it falls. Rocks are common there, however, so it is not hard to find a solid foundation.

With this in mind, Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount by illustrating the benefit of obeying His words. It is not enough to hear them; they must be obeyed. He compares a person who hears and obeys Him to a man who builds his house on a rock. Introducing the Parable of the Two Builders (Matthew 7:21-28), He says, "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man" (verse 24). He then describes this wise man as building his house, that is, his whole life, on the rock of genuine subjection to God. Conversely, the disobedient use unfit material as the foundation of their lives.

 

ZECHARIAH 4  And the angel who talked with me came again, and waked me, like a man that is wakened out of his sleep. 2 And he said to me, "What do you see?" I said, "I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps which are on the top of it. 3 And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left." 4 And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?" 5 Then the angel who talked with me answered me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord." 6Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerub'babel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. 7 What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerub'babel you shall become a plain; and he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of 'Grace, grace to it!'"8 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 "The hands of Zerub'babel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 10 For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerub'babel. "These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range through the whole earth." 11 Then I said to him, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?" 12 And a second time I said to him, "What are these two branches of the olive trees, which are beside the two golden pipes from which the oil is poured out?" 13 He said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord." 14 Then he said, "These are the two anointed who stand by the Lord of the whole earth."
  • DREAMS ABOUT PILLARS - Dreams of the Great Earth Changes

    www.greatdreams.com/pillars.htm - 

    The pillar to the south he named Jakin [which means 'he establishes'] and the one to the north Boaz [which means 'in him is strength']. The capitals on top were  ...

  • The Pope's Visit to Temple Mount and the Third Secret of Fatima

    www.greatdreams.com/joestuff/interp/3rdsec/3rdsec.htm - 

    Peter enters the boat, then six follow him (John 21:2-3) ..... Zerubbabel and Jeshua (or Joshua) are the two olive trees of Zechariah 3, 4, and Revelation 11.

     

    • Dream of the Jewish Professor and the Three Doors

      www.greatdreams.com/sacred/triple-doors.htm - 

      Just before entering the Holy Place, there is a porch with two pillars named Boaz and Yachin (IIChr. 3:15-17). Just as the Outer Court was symbolic of one's sin ...

    • 11:11 - POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE?

      www.greatdreams.com/11-11-positive-negative.htm - Jun 4, 2004 ... Freemasons regard the left hand pillar (Boaz) as representing strength, while the right hand pillar (Jachin) is set up to establish righteousness.

  • THE POMEGRANATE - Dreams of the Great Earth Changes

    www.greatdreams.com/seventeen/pomegranate.htm - 

    Nov 10, 2009 ... 1 Kings 7:13–22 describes pomegranates depicted on the capitals of the two pillars (Jachin and Boaz) which stood in front of the temple King ...

Martin G. Collins 
Parable of the Two Builders


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Shevirat ha-Kelim (Breaking of the Vessels)

According to Luria, the ten vessels that were originally meant to contain the emanation of God's light were unable to contain that light and were hence either displaced or shattered. As a result of this cosmic catastrophe, the Sefirot, the archetypal values through which the cosmos was created, are shattered and out of place, and the world within which we reside, is composed of the shards of the these broken values. It is significant that for the Kabbalists, only 6 of the 10 Sefirot (from Chesed to Yesod) were fully shattered (Malchut, the final vessel was broken partially). Had all of the vessels, including, Keter, Chochmah, and Binah, been shattered, the universe would have been thrown back into the state of complete and utter chaos, the toho and bohu prior to creation. As it is, the three highest Sefirot, which represent Will, Wisdom, and Understanding, remained intact; only the six Sefirot representing the spiritual, moral, aesthetic and material values were broken, and are, hence, in need of restoration or repair (Tikkun). Nevertheless, the Breaking of the Vessels is a truly cataclysmic event. Will, Wisdom and Understanding remain, but all other values, particularly those embodied in the cultural and symbolic order of mankind, have been shattered. Further, while certain forms (may) remain, their embodiment in matter, is chaotic and confused. The Breaking of the Vessels is, according to the Lurianic Kabbalah, a clearing of the decks, a fresh start, and a challenge to the structures that we equate with our own civilized life. It is, in short, an eruption of chaos into the heart of our spiritual, conceptual, moral and psychological structures.

There is also a decided erotic aspect to the Breaking of the Vessels. The vessels, as described by Luria's most important disciple, Chayyim Vital, are envisioned as being located in the womb of the feminine Partzuf, the Cosmic Mother, an expression of the age-old symbol of the feminine as "vessel", "receptacle" and "container". Further, the shattering of these vessels brings about a state of affairs in which the masculine and feminine aspects of the cosmos, which had hitherto been in a "face to face" sexual conjunction, turn their backs upon one another and become completely disjoined. The "chaos" brought about by the Shevirah("breakage") leads to an erotic alienation, a condition that can only be remedied through a rejoining of opposites through a renewed coniunctio of the sexes. At the same time, like the water that breaks signaling the birth of a new human life, the Breaking of the Vessels also heralds a new birth, that of a new personal and world order to be completed by man in the process of Tikkun.

The Breaking of the Vessels has a variety of important implications for theology, philosophy, human development and psychology (on the Shevirah and psychotherapy see "This Is Gold" on this website. These topics are the subject of Chapter 1, pp. 26-29, 37-39 (re: deconstructive philosophy) and Chapter 7, pp. 294-329 of Symbols of the Kabbalah. Chapter 8 of that work discusses the implications of Shevirat ha-Kelim for the problem of evil. The significance of the Shevirah symbol in the context of Jungian thought is discussed in Kabbalistic Metaphors, pp. 336-40 (see also "Jung and the Kabbalah" on this website.) Both Symbols of the Kabbalah and Kabbalistic Metaphors also provide discussions of the Breaking of the Vessels in the context of dialectical and Hegelian philosophy. The relationship between the Breaking of the Vessels and contemporary deconstructionism is an important topic that will be the subject of a later posting. 

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The Lurianic Kabbalah

Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-72), was perhaps the most visionary and original of the theosophical Kabbalists. Luria offered novel insights into and interpretations of the classic Kabbalistic text, the Zohar, and his myth of creation, deconstruction and restoration became a dominant motif throughout later Kabbalistic and Hasidic thought. Luria's theosophical system serves as an important foundation for the New Kabbalah, i.e. for a Kabbalistic approach to contemporary theology, philosophy and psychology.

On this page, Luria's theosophy is described in outline form, with links connecting the reader to fuller descriptions and interpretations of the major Kabbalistic symbols, as well as to matters of comparative interest. Readers interested in more detailed discussions of these topics are referred to the "Books" and "Articles" links on this website.

When it arose within Ein-sof (the Infinite) to weave Yesh (Something) from its Ayin (Nothing) Ein-sof performed an act of Tzimtzum, contracting and concealing itself from a point, thereby forming a central, metaphysical void. It is in this void that the Primordial Man, Adam Kadmon, and all the countless Worlds (Olamot) emerge.

Lights flashing and recoiling from the eyes, nose, mouth and ears of the Primordial Man emanate the ten archetypal values, the Sefirot and the 22 holy letters (Otiyot Yesod), which were to be the building blocks of the universe and the structural elements of all things.

These lights first formed vessels (Kelim) that were to contain the further emanations of the light of the infinite (Or Ein-sof). However, the vessels could not contain these emanations, and in a cosmic catastrophe known as the Breaking of the Vessels (Shevirat ha-Kelim), the vessels were displaced and shattered. The letters, which had been initially assembled into meaningful groups became a Babel of nonsense. This rupture in the universe created a separation of the opposites, in particular, a split between the masculine and the feminine aspects of both God and the Primordial Man.

The broken vessels tumbled down through the metaphysical void, trapping within themselves sparks of the emanated divine light. These entrapped sparks became shrouded in layers of darkness as they fell into the Sitra Achra, the "Other Side." The world, instead of being composed of the pristine archetypal values of Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Love, Judgment, Beauty, etc. was now formed of the broken, displaced, and obscured lights and vessels as they coalesced as Kellipot (Husks, complexes). As a result, our world (Assiyah-"making"), is, as Adin Steinsaltz has put it, "the worst of all possible worlds in which there is still hope," yet paradoxically it is the best of all possible worlds because it serves as the arena for redemption (see "The Mystic As Philosopher").

As a result of the Breaking of the Vessels, the Primordial Adam was himself partly shattered into a multitude of individual souls, who themselves are comprised of the same fragments or Kellipot that form our world, and which are exiled and alienated in the "Other Side.". The task of individual men and women is to extract (via an act of birur) those sparks (netzotzim) that are his or her fortune to encounter in life, and to raise and spiritualize them, so as to reconstitute the Sefirot and the figure of the Primordial Man as five Partzufim (Visages or Personalities of God) and restore the harmony of the opposites, as well as the conjugal relations between the masculine and feminine aspects of God, man and the world.

AEach individual, as he or she travels along life's path, encounters those persons, events and things that contain sparks that he or she is uniquely suited to redeem. Likewise, the objects which and people who, an individual encounters are potentially suited to assist that individual in raising the sparks within his or her own soul. Each encounter and each life event is an opportunity to raise a spark of holy light or plunge the world even further into darkness. The "raising of the sparks" is the vehicle of Tikkun ha-Olam, the Restoration of the World. The ideal of a restored and redeemed world, which overcomes chaos and evil, gives meaning to that which is senseless, and concretizes the abstract values represented in the Sefirot, is the highest possible perfection, a perfection that assures the completion of Ein-sof the Infinite God. For Luria, divinity (Ein-Sofis not simply the origin of the world, but is rather identified the entire theosophical system, and includes God, the world and humanity. Ein-Sof is completed only through the restorative acts of humankind.



Ein-sof and the Sefirot by James R. Russell

Ein-sof

Ein-Sof, the Infinite God, has no static, definable form. Instead, the Kabbalists conceive God, the world and humanity as evolving together through, and thus embodying, a number of distinct stages and aspects, with later stages opposing, but at the same time encompassing, earlier ones. The Kabbalist¹s God is both perfectly simple and infinitely complex, nothing and everything, hidden and revealed, reality and illusion, creator of man and created by man,. As Ein-Sof evolves it is progressively revealed as "nothing whatsoever" (Ayin), the totality of being, the Infinite Will (Ratzon) , Thought and Wisdom, the embodiment of all value and significance (the Sefirot), the wedding of male and female, and ultimately the union of all contradictions. Ein-Sof is both the totality of this dialectic and each of the points along the way. Ein-Sof must be constantly redefined, as by its very nature, it is in a constant process of self-creation and redefinition. This self-creation is actually embodied and perfected in the creativity of humanity, who through practical, ethical, intellectual and spiritual activities, strives to redeem and perfect a chaotic, contradictory and imperfect world.

The Kabbalists used a variety of negative epistemological terms to make reference to the hidden God; "the concealment of secrecy", "the concealed light", "that which thought cannot contain" etc. (Gershom Scholem, Kabbalah, p. 88) each of which signifies that this God is somehow beyond human knowledge and comprehension. However, there are other terms, e.g., "Root of all roots", "Indifferent Unity", "Great Reality," (Scholem. Major Trends, p. 12) "Creator," "Cause of Causes" and "Prime Mover" (as well as the term, Ein-Sof, "without end") which signify that God is the origin of the world, the reality of the world, or the totality of all things. Yet in spite of the positive connotations, even those Kabbalists who utilized such terms held that they referred to a God who is completely unknowable and concealed. Of this God, the proto-Kabbalistic work, Sefer Yetzirah had earlier said "restrain your mouth from speaking and your heart from thinking, and if your heart runs let it return to its place" (Sefer Yetzirah. I. 8, as translated in Tishby, The Wisdom of the Zohar. Vol , 1 p 234).

As explained in Symbols of the Kabbalah, Chapter Two, Ein-sof provides a rational/spiritual answer to the questions "Why is there anything at all?" and "What is the meaning of human life?" Ein-sof begets a world so that He, as the source of all meaning and value, can come to know Himself, and in order for His values, which in Him exist only in the abstract, can become fully actualized in humanity. Ein-sof is both the fullness of being and absolute nothingness, but is not complete in its essence until He is made real through the spiritualizing and redemptive activity of mankind. Ein-sof is mirrored in the heart and soul of man, but, more importantly, He is actualized in man's deeds.

Ein-sof is discussed in detail throughout Symbols of the Kabbalah, but in particular in Chapter 2, pp. 60-119). Ein-sof is discussed in relation to Brahman in Hinduism, the Leoma in Gnosticism, the One and the Good in Plato and Plotinus, the Absolute in Hegel, and the unconscious in Freud and Jung, in Kabbalistic Metaphors. Daniel Matt has written a scientifically oriented introduction to Ein-sof appears in Tikkun Magazine and is excerpted from his book God and the Big Bang.

The Lurianic Kabbalah is treated in detail in Sanford Drob's Symbols of the Kabbalah and Kabbalistic Metaphors .

to www.newkabbalah.com .

All material on New Kabbalah website (c) Sanford L. Drob, 2001.

The Lurianic Kabbalah

PLEROMA


Archon From Greek archai, "origins, beginning things, prior in time." In the classical Mediterranean world, archon was commonly used for the governor of a province, or, more loosely, any religious or governmental authority. Hence the plural, Archons, is often translated in Gnostic texts as "the Authorities." (There is no Coptic word for Archon, so Gnostic texts use the Greek term in Coptic transliteration.) Pronounced Ar-kon. Adjective, Archontic (Ar-KON-tik).

In my usual habit of attempting the impossible, I propose three definitions, or three levels of definition:

Level One: Cosmological

In Gnostic cosmology, Archons are a species of inorganic beings that emerged in the solar system prior to the formation of the earth. They are cyborgs inhabiting the planetary system (exclusive of the earth, sun and moon), which is described as a virtual world (stereoma) they construct by imitating the geometric forms emanated from the Pleroma, the realm of the Generators, the Cosmic Gods. The Archons are a genuine species with their own proper habitat, and may even be considered to be god-like, but they lack intentionality (ennoia: self-directive capacity), and they have a nasty tendency to stray from their boundaries and intrude on the human realm. Archons are said to feel intense envy toward humanity because we possess the intentionality they lack

The Gaia Mythos describes how the Archons were produced by fractal impact in the dense elementary field arrays (dema) of the galactic limbs, when the Aeon Sophia plunged unilaterally from the galactic core. See especially Episode 10. This event is also described in detail in Alien Dreaming.

Level Two: Noetic-Psychological

In Gnostic psychology, the noetic science of the Mystery Schools, Archons are an alien force that intrudes subliminally upon the human mind and deviates our intelligence away from its proper and sane applications. They are not what makes us act inhumanely, for we all have the potential to go against our innate humanity, violating the truth in our hearts, but they make us play out inhumane behavior to weird and violent extremes. Left to our own devices, we would sometimes act inhumanely and then correct it, contain the aberration. Obviously, we do not always do so. In the exaggeration of our insane and inhumane tendencies, and in extreme, uncorrected deviance from our innate intelligence, Gnostics saw the signature of an alien species that piggy-backs on the worst human failings.

Hence, Archons are psycho-spiritual parasites. Yet as offspring of the Aeon Sophia, they are also our cosmic kin.

As inorganic entities of two types, embryonic and reptilian, Archons can at moments penetrate the terrestrial atmosphere and terrorize humans, although there is no reason or order to these forays, for the aliens cannot remain for very long in the biosphere and, anyway, they have no master plan to accomplish here. The ontological status of the Archons is dual: they exist both as an alien species independent of humankind, and as a presence in our minds, rather like a set of programs operating in our mental environment. The risk they pose by invading our mental software is far greater than any physical risk they might pose by erratically breaching the biosphere.

Working through telepathy and suggestion, the Archons attempt to deviate us from our proper course of evolution. Their most successful technique is to use religious ideology to insinuate their way of thinking and, in effect, substitute their mind-set for ours. According to the Gnostics, Judeo-Christian salvationism is the primary ploy of the Archons, an alien implant.

Our capacity to discern alien forces working in our minds is crucial to survival and co-evolution with Gaia who, as Sophia, accidentally produced the Archons in the first place. (This comment belongs to Level One, the cosmological definition, but as so often happens with Gnostic teachings, noetic and cosmic elements tend to merge.) By recognizing and repelling the Archons, we claim our power, define our boundaries in the cosmic framework, and establish our purpose relative to Gaia, the indwelling intelligence of the planet.

Level three: Sociological

In the Gnostic view of human society, the Archons are alien forces that act through authoritarian systems, including belief-systems, in ways that cause human beings to turn against their innate potential and violate the symbiosis of nature. LIVE spelled backwards is EVIL, but the Archons are not evil in the sense that they possess autonomous powers of destruction, able to be applied directly upon humanity. They are agents of error rather than evil — but human error, when it goes uncorrected and runs beyond the scale of correction, turns into evil and works against the universal plan of life. Gnostics taught that the Archons exploit our tendency to let our mistakes go uncorrected.

Because the Archons need human complicity to gain power over humankind, any one who assists them can be considered a kind of Archon, an accessory. How do humans assist the Archons? One way (suggested in the Level Two definition) is by accepting the mental programs of the Archons — that is, adopting the alien intelligence as if it were human-based — and implementing those programs by actually enforcing them in society. Another way is by actively or passively conforming to the agendas so proposed and imposed.

Jacques Lacarriere suggests that Gnostics detected the humanized face of the Archons in all authoritarian structures and and systems that deny authenticity and self-determination to the individual. He argues that Gnostics recognized "the fundamentally corrupt character of all human enterprises and institutions: time, history, powers,states, religions, races, nations..." (The Gnostics, p. 24) Corruption occurs, not because we make errors, but because the errors we make go uncorrected and extrapolate beyond the scale of correction. Lacarriere says that Gnostics reached this conclusion “out of rational observation of the natural world and human behavior.” Ultimately, they asserted the “contention that all power – whatever kind it may be – is a source of alienation... All institutions, laws, religions, churches and powers are nothing but a sham and a trap, the perpetuation of an age-old deception.” (p. 28-29) This may seem like a dark view of human affairs, but given the evidence of history (not to mention current events), it cannot be said to be unfair or exaggerated.

For an intimate glimpse of Gnostic teaching on the Archons, including advice on how to act when directly confronted by them, consider the passage from The First Apocalypse of James, cited in A Gnostic Catechism (forthcoming).

[Archon/ET Navigator]

Archon/ET theory Proposed interpretation of ET/UFO phenomenon based on Gnostic teachings. See the trilogy, The Promise of a Lonely Planet in Gnostic Folk Medicine.

Archontic Heaven. Stereomic projection of spiritual kitsch.

Riddle: Does Archons play harps in their version of heaven?

Answer: Perhaps not, but they are playing with a huge one in Alaska.

FROM: http://www.metahistory.org/

 

THE TREE OF LIFE

1-23-98 - VISION - As I was falling asleep, I was watching two little girls playing with a ball of light. They ended up standing on the ball of light which was flaming around their feet, but it was not hot. It was cool white light.

In the dream that followed, I was shown this symbol which is very similar to the Tree Of Life.

It was made all of golden light flowing like golden threads between golden balls of light.  I watched it for a long time. It was so beautiful, it still makes me cry to think about how beautiful it was.

6-13-99 - DREAM - I was near a city park somewhere. In the park was a dead tree, peeled of all it's bark. All it's branches and leaves were gone. I knew that when the cops caught a criminal, they peeled all the bark off a tree. I was standing, pinned between a large tree which I was hugging and a black wrought iron fence about 5 feet high. There seemed to be something behind me as well because I could not move backwards either. I was trying to figure out how the cops could peel the bark off this tree to catch the 'other' criminal while I was pinned to it. I was struggling to move away from the tree, but it was impossible.

End of Dream

After I woke up and was laying there remembering my dreams, I first had a vision of a futuristic black lazer gun hanging in the air, and then heard a voice say, "You influence the Pentagon".

A rather heady message to be sure, but I find Geralds' and this dream list's opinions to be of more value. :-)

Love, Light, and Joy

Lady Dee

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I lay down to meditate on the tree dream to find out if I missed anything important in the dream. I was shown another bare trunked tree without branches and shown that I had dreamed about it before:

5-12-98 - DREAM - I went back and forth between typing on a computer page about alien abduction and people dreams. The most memorable people dream was this: I was sitting by the window at my  16th St. house and the tree in the backyard began swinging it's branches like  they were arms and the branches jumped off the top of the tree like leaping into the next yard to start its own tree. Meanwhile the remaining tree trunk turned white and died. Although no people seemed to be involved, I could see that the stumps of the tree were obviously sawed.

EOD

11-14-98 - VISION - I saw a piece of white paper. The words, "WHAT IF?" appeared and below it was a bunch of scribbles like an explosion drawn by a child. I flipped the paper over and the word 'SEE' appeared on the left side of more explosion scribbles and a tree trunk and all branches were gone. All that was left was the bare trunk.

by Dee

EOD

In a message dated 06/13/1999

From: gdaoust@icrdl.net (Gerald D'Aoust)

Howdee! Lady Dee,

Boy! you are quick on your skates today. Hey! Thanks for Joel! Wow! Rapido Presto!

This version seems to be fine. I especially love this passage here...

15 Ah, ah, ah, for the day: because the day of the Lord is at hand,...

How funny?!! ah! ah! ah! :)

Anyways, a most wonderful dream again... and don't worry it's not scary, just exciting a little... because the Big Gun is on your side... Beware Pentagon! :)

I also love this possible link to the two trees of Revelation... which could very well be another solid lead?

I tell you what... we'll sleep on it and see what the Night will bring? This dream has many folds!

Great Work! Lady Dee! In the Best of Both Worlds!

Cheers! To You!

Gérald

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Now, this thing about a Tree getting peeled by the cops, when they caught a criminal, reminds me very much of a major criminal by the name of Jesus who a couple thousands of years ago or so, according to some was pinned to a Tree, like a butterfly in a collection, instead than on a couple crossed plancks of wood!!

So, the next criminal in this case, which could get pinned on this tree which has not yet been barked is obviously the Coming One... the Great King of Terror, which is always the most hated man in the world when he comes in the flesh!!! :)

It is very well known and established fact that whenever he comes in the flesh at a certain time he becomes the most wanted dangerous criminal on the planet and of course because he is a shit-disturber all the authorities want to get rid of him and kill him... which is quite normal in a materialistic minded world!

However, his chances of survival in the present society in a world of communication his chances of survival are a slightly better than usual especially if some people work to prevent this calamity. Yes! Exactly as stated by Erich Neumann...

" ....even if at first, the genius is hounded down, starved to death, and silenced by the democracy of consciousness. The fact that millions of human beings work together consciously and are simultaneously concerned with the vital problems of the collective- political, scientific, artistic, or religious- makes the probability of his acceptance ever (not "even"...ever) greater. The time lag between the appearance of a genius and his assimilation by the democracy of consciousness is relatively small. For the Great Individual himself it may be tragic, but so far as humanity is concerned, it is irrelevant." (end of the chapter of "The Group and the Great Individual" taken from "Origins and History of Consciousness, by E. Neumann, p.435)

... which means that if people care enough about the Creator his chances of survival are better because it is obvious that he disturbs the material establishment and those who rule the world by force symbolically represented in this dream by the Pentagon for example.

However, this guy, a tiny poor little human, is much more powerful than anything on Earth, from the Spiritual World point of view... because as the Ruler of both Heaven and Hell, he is the ones who has the last word on who is to live eternally or die in the Spiritual World after material death, of course. He is the one who will judge all the Deads or Ghosts of such, if you prefer and will decide which ones which shall enjoy heavenly bliss or suffer what has been referred as the Second Death.

There is no need to be afraid of powerful earthly establishment like the Pentagon or the nuclear bomb which can surely kill the material because these things cannot destroy nor the souls nor the ghost bodies that we embody in our dreams! :)

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but who cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Hell." (Mat. 10,28.)

And the Second Death phenomenon is very well explained in the Book of Revelation... in chapter 20...

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

...and again in chapter 21...

6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

... and this is very easy to understand.

For example, take these dreams of these two guys which were killed in recent previous lives by Nuclear Explosions...

-----Original Message-----

From: hal9000@hypermetrics.com <hal9000@hypermetrics.com>
Newsgroups: alt.dreams
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 1998 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: Nuclear explosions

I have had two or three dreams like that.

In the most vivid one, I saw the bright flash way off in the distance, followed by the stereotypical mushroom cloud... it was in absolute silence, because the sound had not reached me yet. (That was the scary part -- it was so realistic.)

I remember I could see the shock wave approaching me -- debris and such -- and I remember thinking, "I'll bet I've already received a lethal dose of radiation. I'll bet I'm dead already."

Very, very spooky.

Hal

- - <phoenix98@home.nospam.com> wrote:

Anyone have dreams about nuclear explosions? For some reason I have had a lot of them over the years, sometimes I am killed, and I then continue on as some sort of ghost. In the dreams it doesn't feel like there is a nuclear war going on, the explosions are always unexpected.

Hal Fulton

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.... and you see, this guy even noticed that he remained as a ghost afterwards...

Anyone have dreams about nuclear explosions? For some reason I have had a lot of them over the years, sometimes I am killed, and I then continue on as some sort of ghost.

... which is exactly what happens!! :)

However, the terrifying thing bout this promised eternal life is that it can be cut very short for anyone who doesn't believe that the earthly world should be ruled by the same person who rules the Spiritual World... which is exactly what Jesus said for example...

"But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be King over them - bring them here and kill them in front of me." (Luke 19,27)

... who was making an allusion to what would happen to anyone who didn't want him as the King on earth as soon as they would enter heaven. God is not a mass murderer, but as the life giver in both worlds, he knows what to do with the ungrateful assholes whom he has created and cannot return some little courtesy. :)

Here is a little dream, from Mrs. Barbro Nygren from Sweden, which was posted in the Core of Electric dreams on Friday the 6th of march 98, which show this type of power which this funny guy possesses...

Dreamed about a barn and there was a threat. The threat was terrible, more worse than a atomic bomb effect, worse than plague, starvation and dead. I manage to flee down to people so that they could phone to the police. All took protection in a house with glassed-in roof. The threat destroyed everything in its way and suddenly can I see the threat. The threat are on the roof as a shadow and I realizes that, the threat do not become dangerously if I find out what it is. I says to the police to not fire and decides me, in order to see were the threat takes its way. Goes in to the woods, to a cottage. On this garden was all possible things, old automobiles, timber, animals and hens. I see a man that repair an autocycle and I knows that he is the threat in the barn. Then we goes besides each other on a way, talking and the feeling is a calmness.

... and you see, this tiny little friendly guy, who is the Verb, is the Sovereign Lord of Hosts, The Lord of All Spirits!! ... and truly he is more dangerous than anything you could ever imagine... and whether he gets assassinated or allowed to live a long earthly life that doesn't change nothing to the fact that he is the Commander of the Divine Army of Heaven and the appointed Ruler of the Eternal World and the Judge of the Deads! In other words there is nothing which can happen to the Winged-Horse Rider which can alter his presence in the Other World!

So, that is the so-called criminal(s) of the dream of Lady Dee... the one who was crucified nearly 2000 years and who unfortunately is here again... and will cause the big war with his big mouth which is represented by the futuristic weapon also seen by Lady Dee.

However, as I mentioned earlier the main thing in this dream is the confirmation by the scene of the Barked Tree which is that the Day of the Lord is at hand... which is the beauty of this dream... which relates to the prophecy of Joel. Actually, this opens up to all kinds of other things and several other dreams which just occurred recently... For example...

17 The beasts have rotted in their dung

... and this of course has reminded me of this dream of mine which I posted a couple weeks ago...

However, the best part of the dream was at the end, when I entered, still with Bob Hart, at dawn, when the day was about to rise, an awful outside court of an Animal Slaughter House. On the south side of the court was the building where they slaughtered the animals. On the north side, was a corral with the animals to be slaughtered... mostly horses and cattle... beautiful and intelligent looking ones. In the courtyard, which was covered by this thick brown-reddish blood and excrement juice, was prevailing an awful stinking putrefaction smell and basically in the center of it was this heap or stack of manure mixed with guts and bone carcasses of dead slaughtered animals. My disgusted eyes were attracted by the pitiful sight of the nearly skinless carcass of a newborn foal which laid on its side, all twisted up, at the bottom southern side of this pile and I was all moved by this inhumane death scenery. To my utmost surprise, the dead foal, who listening to my caring words, opened its eyes and with supreme effort raised its head. I was shocked. A guy, dressed as a city cowboy and working there, came by as I moved around the pile keeping my eyes on this most horrifying foal and told the guy...

"There's a foal which is alive in the pile... why isn't it taken care of?" and he replied something like...

"Yes! it was born when we slaughtered a mare... so how could we take care of it?"

... and as he said that, I could see the foal who was trying to get up and noticed, because it was now resting on its belly, that it had a funny bunched-up pack of bones on its shoulder zone... as the guy escorted me by a wide opened gate to see the animals which were going to be soon slaughtered. My heart was greatly suffering seeing all these beautiful and friendly animals which were coming by themselves to be patted as the sun was rising... still thinking about the poor orphan foal which seemed to desperately wish to live.

Before we decided to head out from this awful place, I went back, by curiosity, to see the poor dying foal for a last time... and, beyond my wildest imagination, it was up, rapidly healing and to my pure wonderment, now up and facing the sun, I noticed that it had grown up quite a bit, to the size of one which was about a month old or so???... and was now drying up and proudly STRETCHING AND EXERCISING ITS WINGS of which I could see the bones especially the larger ones at the base which were still exposed and not yet totally healed... as it was moving its wings up and down... and happily thought to myself...

"This Newborn of the Dead... "Baby Winged-Horsed-Sun" won't be staying here, in this filthy death place, much longer... whether the people care about it or not?!!"

...as I finally walked out of this animal hecatomb with a bizarre feeling of mixed emotions caused by the sight of this unthinkable victory of life of over death which somehow put a big smile on my face."

EOD

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always remember... as stated in Psalms 68,20...

"Our God is a god who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death."

and then 68,32-33... "Sing to God...to him who rides the ancient sky above..."

Gérald

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From: gdaoust@icrdl.net (Gerald D'Aoust)

Dear Dreamers,

This Wish Granting Tree which is growing through my Ghost Body is most revealing attribute of an Eternal Life-Giving Deity... it is very simple and again universal. I am doing here a little again cross-cultural presentation on the subject as usual... and I must have about 5 times more material on this magical tree, from all the Mythologies which I am not even touching here, but that should be enough... for today.

This first time the story comes from Islam and relates to the Trees of Paradise which the Muslims call the Garden.... and comes from a book which I don't even have the title... but is divided into some 46 short chapters which all begin by "Concerning" this or that... and the following is from the 45th chapter, from pages 129 to 132...which is entitled "Concerning the Trees and Houris of the Garden". The Houris are some kind of Fairies and I will expose only the Trees.

"Ka'b, may Allah be pleased with him, said: " I asked the Messenger of Allah about the Trees of the Garden", and he, the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, said:

"Their branches do not dry up nor their leaves fall and their fruits do not vanish. The largest of the trees of the Garden is the Tree of Tuba. Its roots are of pearl, its trunk of ruby, its branches of chrysolite, and its leaves of silk brocade. On it are seventy thousand branches, and these branches are connected to a leg of the Throne (of Allah). The nearest of its branches are in the nearest heaven. There is not a room, nor a dome, nor a tree in the Garden that doesn't have a branch of the Tree of Tuba shading it. Its roots are in Heaven and its light reaches every corner. On it are fruits whose rareness is desired in this world, and which are not in this world."

As Allah-ta'ala said:

"Its clusters nigh to gather, Eat and Drink with wholesome appetite, for what you did long ago, in the days gone by." ( Holy Kuran, 69:23-24 )

"When the wind blows, the leaves of the Tree strike each other, and a sound comes from them whose beauty has not been heard. From its top come out "Robes of Honour" (Immortal Ghostly Spiritual Bodies), and from its base "Horses with Wings", saddled with saddles inlaid in pearl and ruby, which do not drop dung nor urinate. The Awliya (friends) of Allah ride them, and fly with them in the Garden."

"Those who are lower than them will say: " O Lord, for what reason have you given these "Servants of Yours" this Karama (Miracle)?"

"So, Allah-ta'ala will say to them: " These are the Ones who prayed while you were sleeping, fasted while you ate, fought Jihad while you were sitting with your women, and were spending their wealth in the Way of Allah while you were miserly."

And so the Prophet, peace be upon him said: " In the Garden is a Tree, and a Rider (on a Winged-Horse) could travel for one hundred years in its shade and not pass from it."

As Allah-ta'ala said:

"Have you not regarded your Lord, how he extended the shadows? (3:19)

And so the Prophet, peace be upon him said: "Shall I tell you about an Hour which is most like the Hours of the Garden? It is the Hour which is before the Rising of the Sun, when its Shade spreads."

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So, you see the Winged-Horse Burak is associated with this Magical Tree... and now let's go to India...

The best narrative illustration of the powers of this most fantastic Jewel can be found in "The Jatakas"... in the Vidhura Pandita Jataka...

#545 Vol.VI , book XII, p.127 to 156.... or in your language, if you prefer,  may be translated as " Stories of the Buddha's Former Births", translated by H.T.Francis, Cambridge and by various hands, under the editiorship of  Professor E.B.Caldwell, published in 1973, by the Pali Text Society,  London, with the collaboration by the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works... just to know where it comes from... and beginning  by a dream, goes something like this...

"Now on that very day on morning-tide (I love those Indian words) the King saw a dream, and this is what he saw. At the door of the King's palace there stood a Great Tree... whose trunk was Wisdom, and whose branches and boughs were like Virtues, and its fruits the five sacred products of the Holy Cow, and it was covered with Elephants and Horses richly caparisoned; and a great multitude with folded hands were worshipping it with all reverence.

Then a man, clothed in red cloth, and wearing hearings of red flowers, and bearing weapons in his hand, came up and cut the tree down by the roots in spite of the expostulations of the multitude, and dragged it off and went away, and then came back and planted it again in its old place and departed.

Then the King as he comprehended the dream said to himself, "The sage Vidhura and no one else is like the Great Tree; that youth and no other, who carried off the sage, is like the man who cut the tree down by the roots in spite of the expostulations of the multitude; and verily he will come back and set him at the door of the Hall of Truth and depart. We shall behold the Seer again today."

So he joyfully ordered the whole city to be decorated and the Hall of Truth to be got ready and a pulpit in a pavilion adorned with jewels; and himself surrounded by a hundred kings, with their counselors, and a multitude of citizens and country people, he consoled them all by saying, " Fear not, you will see the Sage again to-day", and he seated himself in the Hall of Truth, looking for the Sage's return."

In this very long but very good story of one of the lives of Buddha, the Buddha tells about his life as Vidhura when he soared in the Air with the Winged-Horse... to obtain the Fabulous Jewel... which would allow him to obtain the hand of a beautiful princess.

In the story, Vidhura is a poor guy, and in order to receive some respect from the King... he decides to use the name of a previous incarnation... Punnakha... who himself had also flown on the Winged-Horse and had obtained the Jewel of the Universal Monarch. ... all in perspective that the Buddha, that we know, also flew on the Winged-Horse.

But, being poor, he also decides to challenge the King to play a gambling game... in which he will bet his own Winged-Horse which is the most fantastic Jewel of the World.

"Punnaka, having mounted his horse, a charger fit for bearing the gods, himself richly adorned... went through the Sky!" (132)... actually it looks as if Punnaka obtained his "charger with ears of gold and hooves of ruby, and mail-armour of molten gold" from Varuna ( the other one which flew on the Winged-Horse!) ... and goes to see Kuvera... (the Horse-Headed God).... before going to get that glorious Jewel of the Universal Monarch.

"Now there is a precious jewel of price belonging to the Universal Monarch, in the Vepulla Mountain ...."

" When he saw the glorious precious gem thus flashing light, gleaming so splendidly with its beauty, shining like lightning in the sky,- he at once seized the precious lapis lazuli, the jewel of priceless value, and mounted on his peerless steed, himself of noble beauty, he rushed through the space in the Sky!" (134)

And then he went to the King and presented himself to him under the name of a previous life...and said that he was Punnaka... and offered the King to gamble for the Jewel of the Universal Monarch.

"This is a fascinating jewel of mine, it is a glorious jewel which brings wealth:

and the gamester who conquers me shall win this peerless steed which

plagues all enemies."

When the King heard him, he replied:

"What will one Jewel do, O Youth? and what will one thoroughbred avail? Many precious jewels belong to a King, and many peerless steeds swift like the wind."

When he heard the King's speech, he said, "O King, why dost thou say this? There is one Horse, and there are also a thousand and a hundred thousand  horses ; there is one Jewel, and there are also a thousand jewels; but all the horses put together are not equal to this one, see what its swiftness is."

So saying, he mounted the Horse and galloped it along the top of a wall, and the city wall seven leagues in length was as it were surrounded by horses striking neck against neck, and in the course of time neither horse nor Yakkha (Ghost-Rider) could be distinguished, and a single strip of red  cloth tied on his belly seemed to be spread out all round the wall.

Then he alighted from the Horse, and, telling him that he had now seen the Steed's Swiftness, he bade him mark something new : and lo he made the Horse gallop within the city garden on the surface of the water, and he leapt without wetting his hoofs; then he made him walk on the leaves of the lotus beds, and when he clapped his hand and stretched out his arm the Horse came and stood upon the palm of his hand. Then he said, "This is indeed a Jewel of a Horse!"

"It is indeed, O Youth!"

"Well, let the Jewel of the Horse be put on side for a while, - see now the Power of the Precious Jewel."

"O Greatest of Men, behold this peerless Jewel of Mine ; in it are the (spiritual) bodies of women and the bodies of men ; the bodies of beasts are in it and the bodies of birds, the Naga Kings and suppanas, - all are created in this Jewel."

"An Elephant Host, a Chariot Host, Horses, foot-soldiers, and banners, - behold this complete army created in the Jewel; elephant-riders, the king's body-guard, warriors fighting from chariots, warriors fighting from foot, and troops in battle array, - behold all created in this Jewel.

"See, on the slopes of the mountains, troops of various deer, lions, tigers, boars, bears, wolves, and hyenas; rhinoceroses, gayals, buffaloes, red deer, rurus, antelopes, wild boars, nimkas and hogs, spotted kadali-deer, cats, rabbits, all kinds of Hosts of Beasts, created in the Jewel.

(Please note that word Host means in this context...Angel or Spirit!)

"Rivers well situated, paved with golden sand, clear with flowing waters and filled with quantities of fishes; crocodiles, sea-monsters are here and porpoises and tortoises...

"Behold created in the Jewel all kinds of trees, filled with various birds, and a forest with its branches made of lapis lazuli.

" See various troops of birds in the roads under the gateways, geese, herons, peacocks, ruddy geese and ospreys; cuckoos, spotted birds...- birds of every sort behold gathered together and created in the jewel.

"See parks and forests, crags and mountains, pleasant to look at and full of strange monsters, - all created in the Jewel.

"Behold created in this Jewel a city furnished with solid foundations and with many gateways and walls, and with many pleasant spots where four roads meet. Pillars and trenches, bars and bolts, watch-towers and gates, - behold all created in the Jewel.

"See a marvelous city with grand walls, making the hair stand erect with wonder, pleasant with banners upraised, and with its sands all of gold, - see the hermitages divided in blocks, and the different houses and their yards, with streets and blind lanes between.

"Behold the drinking shops and taverns, the slaughter-houses and cooks, shops, and the harlots and wantons, created in the Jewel. The garland-weavers, the washermen, the astrologers, the cloth merchants, the gold workers, the jewellers - behold created in the Jewel.

"See drums and tambours, conchs and tambourines and all kinds of cymbals, created in the Jewel.

"Cymbals and lutes, dance and song well executed, musical instruments and gongs, behold all created in the Jewel.

"Jumpers and wrestlers too are here, and a sight of jugglers, and royal bards and barbers, behold created in the Jewel.

"Crowds are gathered here of men and women, see the seats tiers beyond tiers created in the Jewel.

"See the Sun and the Moon, shining on the four sides, as they go around Mount Sineru, - all created in the Jewel.

"See the Earth surrounded by the Sea, with water everywhere, and diversified with trees. See too lakes well distributed in the four corners, filled with quantities of birds and abounding with fishes with broad scales, - all created in the Jewel.

"See Sineru and Himavat and the miraculous sea and the four Guardians of the World - created in the Jewel.

"Indra's Gardens... and his palace Vejajanta, - behold all created in the ."Indra's Palace Sudhamma (Sidharma... Spirit of the Sidh)... the Heaven of the Thirty-Three (Buddhas), the Heavenly Tree Pariochatta in full flower, and Indra's Elephant Airavata, behold created in the Jewel.

"See here the maidens of the gods risen like lightning in the air, and wandering about in the Nandana, - all created in the Jewel.

"See the heavenly maidens bewitching the sons of heaven, and the sons of heaven wandering about, all created in the Jewel.

"Behold more than a thousand palaces covered with Lapis Lazuli, all created with brilliant colors in the Jewel.

"And the beings of the Tavatimsa Heaven and the Yama heaven and the Tusita heaven, and those of the Paranimmita heaven all created in the Jewel.

"See here pure lakes with transparent water (amrita) covered with heavenly coral trees and lotuses and water-lilies.

"O King, best of Men, look at this bright flame like Jewel, perfect in all parts, - this the destined reward for him who wins."

And Vidhura spoke the truth to the King.... and the text is much longer... and finally at the end Vidhura wins everything even the Kingship among all Kings.

And the real Punnaka, gave a signal to the Horse who was endowed with reason, and he forthwith bounded into the sky, carrying the Seer.

"The Prince of Horses bearing Vidhura went up into the sky and soon reached the Kalagiri (Black Mountain) without coming into contact with the boughs of trees or the rocks."

Anyways, the Story is too long... but finally at the end they say that ...

"Abiding his teachings, and following their King all the inhabitants of the Kuru Kingdom gave gifts and performed good works and at the end of their lives went to swell the hosts of Heaven!"

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Anyways, here is a dream of Nanette to illustrate the Up Rooting of the Tree of Life...

I was with Victor (Eric Braeden/Y&R...an actor) and his friend Douglas. We were at Victor's property where he was going to build a ranch. We were standing there (I don't recall a house, but we were looking out a window) when suddenly, out of nowhere, a storm started brewing. The skies were black. It was going to be a bad one. I wondered if we should even bother putting our cars in the garage, thinking they'd probably get damaged there as well. Directly in front of us stood a tree. It was of medium height (25-30 feet), had a trunk 4 feet in diameter and had millions of leaves which were small and waxy. Suddenly, out of the right side of the leaves there appeared a small, dimpled looking, beluga whale. The whale looked to be struggling to escape the leaves and branches; feet first, if you will.

It finally broke free, but was then sucked immediately back in. Next, all of the leaves began turning color; green to black to white, finally turning into doves (but not flying away, staying in the tree). Next the doves turned into twelve ghosts (like Casper, The Friendly Ghost). All you can see are their heads poking through the leaves. I stood there in awe at what had transpired; my mind trying to comprehend all I had seen. In the blink of an eye, the storm had passed. The tree before us now forever broken. The trunk had been snapped completely off and was now shattered and splintered on each end. But the amazing thing was that the treetops were still in tact, hanging ominously above the tree stump, while the trunk itself was levitating sideways between the treetop and the stump. The kinetic energy surrounding us from the storm was remarkable. I grabbed my journal to write everything down that had happened. Over my shoulder, Victor began reading some of my previous entries (personal comments, quotes I'd made up and observations). One in particular, and my favorite, caught his eye. He read it out loud. I said to him, "You know, I felt like I had been touched by the hand of God when I wrote that. It was the most amazing feeling." I felt a buzzing feeling within my body. My blood flowed through me like electricity. I took my journal and sat down to write what we had all witnessed. My mind is racing, my hand can't process my thoughts fast enough. As I write, I suddenly realize that I'm sitting there topless (half naked), but I don't care. I'm wearing a brand new pair of jeans, the tag hanging off one of those plastic strings that are so annoying. I feel the coolness of the table as my bare breasts rub against it as I continue writing. I write faster and faster, not wanting to forget a single thing, my head nearly resting on the table by my hand. Victor watches me, mesmerized. I can feel myself get lightheaded, like I might pass out from the sheer exhiliration of it all. I feel my body start to tip over sideways, out of my chair. I find it increasingly hard to breathe. I take deeper and deeper breaths, reminding myself to breathe in and out. I wonder if Victor will catch me before I fall to the ground. (7/21/96) #446

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Also, in Buddhism, we know that it's an attribute of we already covered that already... but once again, from "Buddhism and Lamaïsm of Tibet", pages 86-88.

"Godly Birth. The God is born at once "fully developed" within a halo of glory from a lotus flower.- the oriental symbol of immaterial birth and is provided with the special attributes of a God, viz, (1) a lotus-footstool, (2) splendid dress and ornaments, (3) goddess-companions (Apsaras, celestial nymphs- the "houris" awarded to heroes.), (4) a wish-granting Tree, which instantly yields any fruit or food wished for, and bends to the hand of the gatherer, its leaves yielding luscious food, its juice nectar, and its fruit jewels, (5) a wish-granting cow which yields any drink wished for, (6) self-sprung crops (usually painted as Indian corn or maize), ***** (7) in a golden stall...a jeweled Horse-of-foreknowledge which Pegasus-like carries his rider wherever wished, through-out the worlds of the past, present, and future,***** (8) a lake of perfumed nectar or ambrosia (Skt., Amrita) which is the elixir vitae and the source of the divine lustre. The cup-bearer is Dhanwantari, the Indian Ganymede. Shining is a peculiarly divine attribute, and the etymology of the word "divinity", is the root Div, "to shine", the parent of the Skt. Deva and Latin Deus."

You see, my Dreaming friends, the Tree in #4 and again the Pegasus Horse. They go together... because the Winged-Horse is the Guardian of this fabulous Tree.

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In the Judeo-Christian Lore the Tree of Life is called the Tree of Knowledge...

Chapter 2

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

2 By the seventh day God had finished (or ceased- also in verse 3) the work that he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens-5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground-7 the Lord God formed the man (the Hebrew for man, Adam, may be related to the Hebrew for ground, adamah; it is also the name Adam) from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground-trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

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I don't think that there is any need to tell the story of Adam and Eve with this Tree, and I think that this story has been totally distorted by the Priests of Christianity??? I'm not sure but it looks as if they made it totally the contrary of what it is supposed to be... and I think that was made to treat woman as inferior being... because God wants everybody to eat from the Tree of Life Eternal. Normal phallocratic Judeo-Christian Priests behavior. :)

However, the same tree reappears in a better context in the Book of Revelation... beginning with 2,7...

7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

... and then the Tree of Life to Heal the Nations reappears in chapter 22 from 22,2 to 22,14... but in the context of the New World wished by All...

21

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death of mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, sand its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were tree gates on the east, three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, it's gates and it's walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 The fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 221 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, not will anyone who does what is shameful and deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

22

1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing form the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

6 The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.

7 "Behold I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the  prophecy in this book."

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. 9 But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"

10 Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near. 11 Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy."

12 "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he had done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.

17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the fee gift of the water of life.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take way from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people.

Amen.

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Now, you can see why the stupid Priests did not dare to touch this one that much, although you have to change the stupid translation Lamb of God "Agnelus Dei" by Angel of God "Angelus Dei" if you wish to see what the Winged-Horse is doing there??

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take way from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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Anyways, I hope for your own eternal sake that you'll be able to understand a little something here... after all, all the Holy Scriptures have been written for a good purpose...

"Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise... they will be like the angels in heaven." (Words of Jesus in Mark 12, 24-25)

...and bear in mind...

7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

...and hope that some of you can understand that the Spirit is the Winged-Horse... as mentioned several places in the Bible and the Coran and so many other Holy Books.

"And I saw heaven open and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him....is called the Word of God...amid flaming fire (thunder and lightning)...  (Rev.19,11)

"The Lord(Christos) shall be revealed with his mighty angel in flaming fire."  (2 Thessalonians 1,7-8)

"Glory be to Him, who carried his Servant by Night from the sacred  temple of Mecca to the Temple that is more remote, whose precinct  we have blessed, that we might show him of our signs, for He is the  Hearer and the Seer" (Qur'an 17,1)

OK! That is not all that bad for a start, and feel free to eat from the Tree of Life if you believe in dreams...

"For the Days of the Lord are coming..... . And it shall come to pass afterward, saith God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

Even on my servants and handmaidens I will pour out, in those days, my Spirit; and they shall prophesy." (Joël 2.28-30 in the Old Testament and in the New Testament in Acts 2.16-18.)

"He who does not believe in the true dream does not believe in Allah nor in the Day of Reckoning!!" (Mohammed)

...and if you don't, no problem. :)

Thanks, does that shake your Tree? :)

Gérald

 

EIN SOF

THE LORDS OF KARMA

THE RAYS

compiled by Dee Finney

 

4-23-02 - DREAM - I was in an office where there was a large screen TV high up on the wall. It was showing a group of people who were deciding the fate of who was going to live or die.  The camera was panning the faces of the people in the group. I knew all of them and my heart swelled with pride that I knew all of them and held them all in high regard.

The meeting was very lively with a lot of gestures and smiling faces, so I had to assume  the meeting went well though I couldn't hear what they were saying.

Then the meeting was over and the camera showed the whole group crossing the street together. The center four of the group (two men and two women) wore voluminous robes such as one would see in a high court - but I took it to mean that they had PhDs or some high office like that - none of them was wearing black - their robes were purple and dark blue. Then three people on each side of the center four were wearing black suits like Rabbis or priests, and one person on each end was wearing regular clothing - so it appeared that they were lined up by rank to each side. There were 12 in all.

***

After I woke up, I attempted to meditate to remember more details about the above dream - such as why they were deciding which people lived or died or the circumstances. I fell asleep:

DREAM - I was in the same office, having slept overnight on a cot. It was 8:15 a.m. and the phone rang. It was 'the teacher' and I told him the dream so we could discuss it.

While talking to 'the teacher' I was having a vision of encyclopedia pages that were scanning downward quickly. There were two columns on the pages.  I could only  pick out a word here and there. I saw 'ein sof'  and that it appeared that I was looking at a computer screen close up with the AOL task bar at the top so I couldn't read the name of the encyclopedia I was looking at. The name was hidden.

I asked 'the teacher' about the encyclopedia pages I was seeing and he said, "Yes! It's possible to transmit information across time and space like that."

I said, "I mean, I AM receiving this information - it's right in front of me."  As I said that, the page had words in the shape of the state of Texas in the center of the page between the two columns of print.

I had been assuming he was sending it to me mentally, when he did not; he was only telling me that it was possible to do it. I had no way of knowing how I was receiving it, or where it was from.

While I was talking to 'the teacher' a man dressed in a brown suit came into the office and asked for a copy of a letter. He said the letter was from 'the third day'.  I was forced to hang up the phone quickly to try to help the man..

I had no clue which file cabinet a letter from the 'third day' would be in. There were thousands of file cabinets in this office building.

Then the head secretary came in. She had worked in this office longer than I had and I hoped she could answer the man's question.

She sat at her desk brushing her short dark hair like she had just got out of bed. So I started brushing my hair too because I had just woke up myself. So we were brushing our hair simultaneously and I was thinking how much she and I were alike.

The boss came in then. His name was Ray. I didn't actually see his face - only that he was there next to me. He said to me, "You could dress more appropriately."

I looked down at myself and saw that I was wearing my pink pajama top (actually a sweat-suit top) over my pink pajamas and I realized I was still dressed for bed, not for work. Instant guilt flooded through me and I knew I had to run home across the street and change clothes. It would only take 5 minutes. So I grabbed my multicolored coat-sweater (which I call my coat of many colors) and put it on over my pajamas and headed for the elevator.  (I was actually dressed this way in bed)

When the elevator door opened, there was a square piece of royal blue oriental rug laying on the elevator door track but the door closed and I went down in the elevator to go home.

The elevator door opened and that same royal blue oriental carpet square was laying over the elevator door track.

I was amazed by this. Then the elevator door closed and it dragged the carpet piece across the doorway and the elevator door jammed open. So I reached down and picked up the carpet piece which seemed more like a towel now and the elevator door opened again.

I saw that the elevator itself was sunk down in the pit about a foot down and was full of garbage trash, so I assume I was now in the basement and woke up.

xxx

THE THIRD DAY: Genesis 1:9 - And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear." and it was so. 10 - God called the dry ground "land" and the gathered waters he called "seas". And God saw that it was good. 11 - The God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 - The land produced vegetation plants bearing see according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 - And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day.

The reference to the State of Texas, I believe is a remembrance that I learned my basic metaphysics lessons from there. 

Ein Sof

Also spelled Ain Soph. This literally means without end, or eternal. God as Ein-Sof is completely inconceivable, impersonal, and without attributes. It's usage is strikingly similar to the Hindu term, Brahman.

On 11-10-97, I had this brief dream:

 - DREAM - The Mythology web page should include "The Creation of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Water, The coming of Anu and EA, and the Gilgamesh story.

We have since written about the Tree of Life on 112 different pages. 

A Personal Experience:

THE SEPHIROTH - MUSIC FOR OUR EARS AND HEARTS

3-19-98 - While Joe was talking to me early this a.m. around 5 a.m., I experienced an intense desire to close my eyes. It WAS NOT out of boredom. :-)

Joe was expressing his theories about the Sephiroth . The Tree of Life. He said that many people feel that the Sephiroth has to do with music.

I said that was VERY interesting. I said that because when I closed my eyes, I was seeing a book and each 5 lines explained a section of the Sephiroth. As I watched, each word on each line became a circle and then each circle became a musical note.

When I told Joe my vision, he asked if those notes could be played. I said, "Yes! They could be played. If they were played as I saw them, it would be like playing a musical scale or if seeing it electronically, it would look like a sine wave.

After Joe left for work, I heard a telephone ring in my left ear. The phone had rung in my head only...not in the physical. I lay there quietly and I then heard 5 knocks.

Each knock brought one of those musical staff lines into view again. On the top appeared a brilliant green sign that read, "Happy Cheers Day" Then I began to see the lines of the staff below it fill in. On the next line, it read, "THE GAME OF LIFE"

and below that: "How to get through life without dying".

Below that was a line of music. The top four lines became musical notes easily played. I waited for the lower line to fill in and it never did. It remained blank.

Note: I seems to me that one should not play those notes which lie on the lower spaces if one wants to live without dying. I'm thinking that those lower notes would represent such low tones as "fear" and "anger'.

What do you think?

Love, Light, and Joy

Dee

THE TREE OF LIFE CROP CIRCLE FORMATION

KABBALISTIC VIEW

Ein Sof
Infinity

The term Ein Sof is sometimes taken in Kabbalah to refer to God's very essence.

When more precisely used, Ein Sof refers to God's infinite light, before the beginning of the creative process. Ein Sof = 207 = Or ("light"). Were Ein Sof -- literally "no end" -- meant to refer to the essence of God, it would be more appropriate to call God Ein Techila -- "no beginning" ("no end" implies a "beginning" which precedes it, but nothing precedes God). The infinite light which emanates from God's very essence does in fact possess a beginning (God's essence) but does not possess an end.

Even more precisely, Chassidut teaches (in the name of the Maggid of Mezritch) that Ein Sof refers to the infinite light generated by themalchut of Echad. The thought and desire of Ana Emloch resulted, spontaneously, in a "surge" of infinite energy and light to enact the creative process (just as the heart of a mortal king becomes full of "infinite" energy and light to materialize his will to rule).

The relation between Ein Sof and the power of malchut is indicated by the fact that Ein Sof = Adon Olam ("the Master of the universe"; Ein= 61 = Adon, Sof = 146 = Olam). In the beginning of our daily prayers we praise God as: "The Master of the universe [Adon Olam] who ruled before any being was created."

The surge of infinite energy and light, Ein Sof, is referred to in the Zohar as the Tehiru Ela'ah, the "higher brilliance" (in contrast to the Tehiru Tata'ah, the "lower brilliance," which appears after the initial contraction of God's infinite light).

HINDU VIEW

 http://reluctant-messenger.com/citsym/kabbalah.htm

Kabbalah

 The oral tradition of Kabbalah states that the reason for existence is that God wished to behold God.

(This is also similiar to the Hindu theology of the (Dance of Shiva)

God can be visualized symbolically as follows. AIN SOF OHR, (also spelled EIN SOF OHR) the Endless Light which surrounds the void, emanated spheres or realms of light (effulgent and infinite bright). This, Kav or expansion of Divine Will, manifested in ten distinct stages of Emanation. The world was called into being by ten Divine Utterances.

Scientists have now defined our Universe as 10 dimensional with 4 space-time dimensions and 6 dimensions curled away infinitley small. This is known as the 10 dimension solution in the super-string theory.

These ten stages are known in the Kabbalah as the Sefirot. Sefirot express Divine Attributes, which from the primal moment of Emanation are lawfully held in a set of relationships until God wills them to vanish back into the Void of nothingness again.

(This is almost identical to the the Hindu concept of the out cycle of the expansion God's glory and in cycle of withdrawing God's Glory, each expansion and contraction lasting Eons and Eons.)

Also, EIN SOF is the part of God, Budhhist call Nirvana. Buddhist don't recognize the personal God because their meditative practice is to help them achieve union with Nirvana just as Buddha did (also called in Buddhist theology, the Void or Bliss).

AIN SOF is a Kabbalistic term meaning "Without End." In Kabbalah, Hashem (God) the Transcendent, is called AIN. AIN means in Hebrew "No Thing", for Hashem is beyond existence. AIN is neither below nor above; nor is it in movement or stillness. There is nowhere AIN is. Hashem is Absolute Nothing. AIN SOF is the title of God who is everywhere. AIN SOF is the One to the Zero of AIN. This is the totality of what is and is not. AIN SOF is God the Immanent, the Absolute ALL. AIN SOF has no Attributes, because attributes can only be manifest within finite (limited, bounded) existence realms and AIN SOF is (Infinite, Unbounded, Limitless) and Transcendant.

From this endless unfathomable EIN SOF GODSOURCE emanates 10 realms of existence, each less glorious than the former, until we get to the last realm, which is the realm our universe is in. At this level God manifests personality and is knowable with attributes. Another way to say it is, The Serifot are ten creative energy realms that intervene between the infinite, unknowable God ("Ein Sof") and our created finite world.

 

From: http://www.wisdomworld.org/additional/ListOfCollatedArticles/TheKabbalah-Part3of3.html

THE KABBALISTIC Tree of Life is a picture or diagram of Creation cast in the image of a tree. As this is a visual rendering, an abstraction, let us continually remember the idea of analogy and correspondence. Hence, if the rendering be taken literally it will be meaningless. After all how does one explain the inexplicable?

Whenever we endeavor to understand the "inexplicable" we find our only vehicle is through the use of symbolism. Symbols are the outermost face of archetypal forces, which emerge into our world as recognizable forms. A symbol, like a map, relates to the living ideas which animate them. They are not definitions or periods at the end of a sentence. We have a tendency, in our time and culture, to reduce symbols into signs. A sign serves as a code, a unit of information or data, which reduces ideas into a clearly recognizable something. We need only drive down the street to see the myriad of signs we confront daily. A symbol, on the other hand, is a starting point for the imagination.

When speaking of the imagination, it is important to distinguish it from fantasies which are the production of the brain and based upon what we already know. Imagination, however, is the bridge between our self-awareness and our connection to archetypal energies. Through these energies we have the capacity to support, maintain and create our sense of self, our sense of time, along with an understanding of the universe in which we interact.

Thinkers during the Renaissance, such as Robert Fludd and Johann Reichlin, etc. understood the value of the intellect when translating subjective experiences into objective communication. They viewed the intellect as a navigator and decision maker, but recognized the imagination as the true key for unlocking wisdom -- A wisdom which could only emerge as a living force without being reduced into a familiar code of laws. When reading H. P. Blavatsky's translation of The Stanzas of Dzyan, we can sense the vitality and power of this force. These Stanzas stimulate our imaginative faculties. They are poetry of a divine order, and are able to unlock knowledge from a deeper level in ourselves. These unaccustomed regions in our nature, when stirred, allow us to become aware of the Universal Design in an intimate way. In other words, knowledge becomes less of an abstraction and more of a reality. In order to appreciate what the Kabbalah means to convey, we must begin with a receptivity at this level. Thus we are enabled to move away from the logical or rational mind and into the very soul of our poetic nature. Kabbalah asks that we move beyond our own thinking and enter into a dialog between thought, reason and imagination -- to listen, to remember, to reawaken -- to let the wisdom that supports, maintains and informs our very cells and atoms to function in a way that is beyond everyday comprehension. We are the living product of an ancientness of Being and if we become open to listen, even momentarily, to this wisdom we may find that it is truly closer to us than the nose on our face.

Moving into the symbolism and language employed by the Kabbalah, we will begin with the unknowable, the unutterable and unspeakable. This is known as the Absolute, the No-Thing which is symbolized by the outermost radiation above the Tree. The name given this radiation is Ain -- God the Transcendent. Ain is beyond existence, Ain is Absolute No Thing. Ain is not above or below, neither still nor in motion. There is no where Ain is, for Ain is not. Out of Ain emanates En Sof or the endless absolute ALL. God the transcendent becomes God the immanent.

The last curve or radiation is Ain Sof Aur, the endless light of Will. The Kabbalists say that God willed to see God which caused the first contraction in the Absolute All or En Sof, making a place for the mirror of Existence.

In this way The Endless light of Will or Ain Sof Aur radiated like a beam of light into the Void of unmanifested existence. It was the dimensionless point created after the contraction of the Absolute All. (Or the Point in the Center of the Circle.)

This brought into focus three factors that made the Void:

1st was the Will of the Absolute

2nd Allowing it to occur

3rd Restriction to limit and contain it.

These are known as the Three Hidden Splendors and the first of several sets of Major Laws which govern existence. These generated expansion and contraction and are called the Prime Crown or I AM, allowing existence to be.

The Primal Crown or Sephira is the seed or one light from which all others emanate. Thus God willed the world into Being. The seed took root, grew downward into a trunk with branches and fruit Divine.

The structure of The Tree of Life, then, is based on the emanations flowing down from the Crown into what is known as the lightning flash. So it is through emanation, creation, formation and action that our world is produced.

Although the Kabbalistic Tree is portrayed as emanating up and down, in reality, it is meant to be thought of, or perhaps experienced, as moving from within to without. In other words, emanation comes from within as, from the nothingness at the heart of an atom outward into this world of seemingly stable objects, beings and forms.

The following, from Stanza I of the Book of Dzyan, illustrate a means through which this "divine formula" may be transmitted:

    1. THE ETERNAL PARENT WRAPPED IN HER EVER INVISIBLE ROBES HAD SLUMBERED ONCE AGAIN FOR SEVEN ETERNITIES.

    2. TIME WAS NOT, FOR IT LAY ASLEEP IN THE INFINITE BOSOM OF DURATION.

    3. UNIVERSAL MIND WAS NOT, FOR THERE WERE NO AH-HI TO CONTAIN IT.

    4. THE SEVEN WAYS TO BLISS WERE NOT. THE GREAT CAUSES OF MISERY WERE NOT, FOR THERE WAS NO ONE TO PRODUCE AND GET
            ENSNARED BY THEM
.

    5. DARKNESS ALONE FILLED THE BOUNDLESS ALL, FOR FATHER, MOTHER AND SON WERE ONCE MORE ONE, AND THE SON HAD NOT
           AWAKENED YET FOR THE NEW WHEEL, AND HIS PILGRIMAGE THEREON
.

The ancient teachings are given as tools to help us reawaken to the knowledge of our divine and celestial origins. They attempt to relate ideas of spiritual evolution and brotherhood in the deepest sense. Through self effort, hard work, study and question we can at least, like Socrates, try to ask questions of a penetrating nature. Edison said that invention is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. If we diligently grapple with the universality and wisdom of the inner meaning presented by these teachings we will most often notice the perspiration but, when, in those fleeting moments, we experience inspiration -- a universe within and without opens in a way undreamed of in our wildest flight of fancy. And, let us ever keep in mind these wise words from the great hermetic philosopher, Robert Fludd:

"TO BELIEVE IS TO REFLECT, TO KNOW IS TO PENETRATE."

 
 

  HELENA BLAVATSKY EXPLAINS IT BETTER THAN I CAN!

FROM ISIS UNVEILED  http://www.sacred-texts.com/the/sd/sd1-1-11.htm

[[Vol. 1, Page]] 213 THE CREATIVE POWERS.

STANZA VII.

1. BEHOLD THE BEGINNING OF SENTIENT FORMLESS LIFE (a). 

FIRST, THE DIVINE (vehicle) (b), THE ONE FROM THE MOTHER-SPIRIT (Atman); THEN THE SPIRITUAL -- (Atma-Buddhi, Spirit-soul)* (c); (again) THE THREE FROM THE ONE (d), THE FOUR FROM THE ONE (e), AND THE FIVE (f), FROM WHICH THE THREE, THE FIVE AND THE SEVEN (g) -- THESE ARE THE THREE-FOLD AND THE FOUR-FOLD DOWNWARD; THE "MIND-BORN SONS OF THE FIRST LORD (Avalokiteswara) THE SHINING SEVEN (the "Builders").** IT IS THEY WHO ARE THOU, ME, HIM, O LANOO; THEY WHO WATCH OVER THEE AND THY MOTHER, BHUMI (the Earth). 

(a) The hierarchy of Creative Powers is divided into seven (or 4 and 3) esoteric, within the twelve great Orders, recorded in the twelve signs of the Zodiac; the seven of the manifesting scale being connected, moreover, with the Seven Planets. All this is subdivided into numberless groups of divine Spiritual, semi-Spiritual, and ethereal Beings. 

The Chief Hierarchies among these are hinted at in the great Quaternary, or the "four bodies and the three faculties" of Brahma exoterically, and the Panchasyam, the five Brahmas, or the five Dhyani-Buddhas in the Buddhist system. 

The highest group is composed of the divine Flames, so-called, also spoken of as the "Fiery Lions" and the "Lions of Life," whose esotericism is securely hidden in the Zodiacal sign of Leo. It is the nucleole of the superior divine World. They are the formless Fiery Breaths, identical in one aspect with the upper
Sephirothal TRIAD, which is placed by the Kabalists in the "Archetypal World." 

The same hierarchy, with the same numbers, is found in the Japanese system, in the "Beginnings" as taught by both the Shinto and the Buddhist sects. In this system, Anthropogenesis precedes Cosmogenesis, as the Divine merges into the human, and creates  midway in its descent into matter -- the visible Universe. The legendary personages -- remarks reverentially Omoie -- "having to be understood as the stereotyped embodiment of the higher (secret) doctrine, and its sublime truths." To state it at full length, however, would occupy too much of our space, but a few words on this old system cannot be out of place.

The  following is a short synopsis of this Anthropo-Cosmogenesis, and it shows how closely the most separated notions echoed one and the same Archaic teaching. 

When all was as yet Chaos (Kon-ton) three spiritual Beings appeared on the stage of future creation: (1) Ame no ani naka nushi no Kami, "Divine Monarch of the Central Heaven"; (2) Taka mi onosubi no Kami, "Exalted, imperial Divine offspring of Heaven and the Earth"; and (3) Kamu mi musubi no Kami, "Offspring of the Gods," simply. 

These were without form or substance (our arupa triad), as neither the celestial nor the terrestrial substance had yet differentiated, "nor had the essence of things been formed." 

In the Zohar -- which, as now arranged and re-edited by Moses de Leon, with the help of Syrian and Chaldean Christian Gnostics in the XIIth century, and corrected and revised still later by many Christian hands, is only a little less exoteric than the Bible itself -- this divine "Vehicle" no longer appears as it does in the "Chaldean Book of Numbers." True enough, Ain-Soph, the ABSOLUTE ENDLESS NO-THING, uses also the form of the ONE, the manifested "Heavenly man" (the FIRST CAUSE) as its chariot (Mercabah, in Hebrew; Vahan, in Sanskrit) or vehicle to descend into, and manifest through, in the phenomenal world. But the Kabalists neither make it plain how the ABSOLUTE can use anything, or exercise any attribute whatever, since, as the Absolute, it is devoid of attributes; nor do they explain that in reality it is the First Cause (Plato's Logos) the original and eternal IDEA, that manifests through Adam Kadmon, the Second Logos, so to speak.

In the "Book of Numbers" it is explained that EN (or Ain, Aior) is the only self-existent, whereas its "Depth" (Bythos or Buthon of the Gnostics, called Propator) is only periodical. The latter is Brahm as differentiated from Brahma or Parabrahm. It is the Depth, the Source of Light, or Propator, which is the unmanifested Logos or the abstract Idea, and not Ain-Soph, whose ray uses Adam-Kadmon or the manifested Logos (the objective Universe) "male and female" -- as a chariot through which to manifest. But in the Zohar we read the following incongruity: "Senior  occultatus est et absconditus; Microprosopus manifestus est, et non manifestus." (Rosenroth; Liber Mysterii, IV., 1.) This is a fallacy, since Microprosopus or the microcosm, can only exist during its manifestations, and is destroyed during the Maha-Pralayas. Rosenroth's Kabala is no guide, but very often a puzzle. 

(b) As in the Japanese system, in the Egyptian, and every old cosmogony -- at this divine FLAME, The "One," are lit the three descending groups. Having their potential being in the higher group, they now become distinct and separate Entities. These are called the "Virgins of Life," the "Great Illusion," etc., etc., and collectively the "Six-pointed Star." The latter is the symbol, in almost every religion, of the Logos as the first emanation. It is that of Vishnu in India (the Chakra, or wheel), and the glyph of the Tetragrammaton, the "He of the four letters" or -- metaphorically -- "the limbs of Microprosopos" in the
Kabala, which are ten and six respectively. The later Kabalists however, especially the Christian mystics, have played sad havoc with this magnificent symbol.* For the "ten limbs" of the Heavenly Man are the ten Sephiroth; but the first Heavenly Man is the unmanifested Spirit of the Universe, and ought never to be degraded into Microprosopus -- the lesser Face or Countenance, the prototype of man on the terrestrial plane.** Of this, however, later on. The six-pointed Star refers to the six Forces or Powers of Nature, the six planes, principles, etc., etc., all synthesized by the seventh, or the central point in the Star. All these, the upper and lower hierarchies included, emanate from the "Heavenly or Celestial Virgin,"*** the great mother in all religions, the Androgyne, the  Sephira-Adam-Kadmon. In its Unity, primordial light is the seventh, or highest, principle, Daivi-prakriti, the light of the unmanifested Logos. But in its differentiation it becomes Fohat, or the "Seven Sons." The former is symbolised by the Central point in the double-Triangle; the latter by the hexagon itself, or the "six limbs" of the Microprosopus the Seventh being Malkuth, the "Bride" of the Christian Kabalists, or our Earth. Hence the expressions: 

"The first after the 'One' is divine Fire; the second, Fire and AEther; the third is composed of Fire, AEther and Water; the fourth of Fire, AEther, Water, and Air."* The One is not concerned with Man-bearing globes, but with the inner invisible Spheres. "The 'First-Born' are the LIFE, the heart and pulse of the Universe; the Second are its MIND or Consciousness,"

(c) The second Order of Celestial Beings, those of Fire and AEther (corresponding to Spirit and Soul, or the Atma-Buddhi) whose names are legion, are still formless, but more definitely "substantial." They are the first differentiation in the Secondary Evolution or "Creation" -- a misleading word. As the name shows, they are the prototypes of the incarnating Jivas or Monads, and are composed of the Fiery Spirit of Life. It is through these that passes, like a pure solar beam, the ray which is furnished by them with its future vehicle, the Divine Soul, Buddhi. These are directly concerned with the Hosts of the higher world of our system. From these twofold Units emanate the threefold. 

In the cosmogony of Japan, when, out of the chaotic mass, an egglike nucleus appears, having within itself the germ and potency of all the universal as well as of all terrestrial life, it is the "three-fold" just named, which differentiates. "The male  aethereal" (Yo) principle  ascends and the female grosser or more material principle (In) is precipitated into the Universe of substance, when a separation occurs between the celestial and the terrestrial. From this the female, the mother, the first rudimentary objective being is born. It is ethereal, without form or sex, and yet it is from this and the mother that the Seven Divine Spirits are born, from whom will emanate the seven creations, just as in the Codex Nazaraeus from Karabtanos and the Mother Spiritus the seven evilly disposed (material) spirits are born. It would be too long to give here the Japanese names, but once translated they stand in this order: -- 

(1.) The "Invisible Celibate," which is the creative logos of the noncreating "father," or the creative potentiality of the latter made manifest. 

(2.) "The Spirit (or the God) of the rayless depths" (of Chaos); which becomes differentiated matter, or the world-stuff; also the mineral realm. 

(3.) "The Spirit of the Vegetable Kingdom," of the "Abundant Vegetation." 

(4.) This one is of dual nature, being at the same time "The Spirit of the Earth" and "the Spirit of the Sands," the former containing the potentiality of the male element, the latter that of the female element, the two forming a combined nature. 

These two were ONE; yet unconscious of being two. 

In this duality were contained (a) the male, dark and muscular Being, Isu no gai no Kami; and (b) Eku gai no Kami, the female, fair and weaker or more delicate Being. Then, the: -- 

(5th and 6th.) Spirits who were androgynous or dual-sexed, and, finally: -- 

(7.) The Seventh Spirit, the last emanated from the "mother," appears as the first divine human form distinctly male and female. It was the seventh creation, as in the Puranas, wherein man is the seventh creation of Brahma. 

These, Tsanagi-Tsanami, descended into the Universe by the celestial Bridge (the milky way), and "Tsanagi, perceiving far below a chaotic mass of cloud and water, thrust his jewelled spear into the depths, and dry land appeared." Then the two separated to explore Onokoro, the newly-created island-world; etc., etc. (Omoie). 

Such are the Japanese exoteric fables, the rind that conceals the kernel of the same one truth of the Secret Doctrine. Turning back to the esoteric explanations in every cosmogony: -- 

(d) The Third order corresponds to the Atma-Buddhi-Manas: Spirit, Soul and Intellect, and is called the "Triads." 

(e) The Fourth are substantial Entities. This is the highest group among the Rupas (Atomic Forms*). It is the nursery of the human, conscious, spiritual Souls. They are called the "Imperishable Jivas," and constitute, through the order below their own, the first group of the first septenary** host -- the great mystery of human conscious and intellectual Being. For the latter are the field wherein lies concealed in its privation the germ that will fall into generation. That germ will become the spiritual potency in the physical cell that guides the development of the embryo, and which is the cause of the hereditary transmission of faculties and all the inherent qualities in man. The Darwinian theory, however, of the transmission of acquired faculties, is neither taught nor accepted in Occultism. Evolution, in it, proceeds on quite other lines; the physical, according to esoteric teaching, evolving gradually from the spiritual, mental, and psychic. This inner soul of the physical cell -- this "spiritual plasm" that dominates the germinal plasm -- is the key that must open one day the gates of the terra incognita of the Biologist, now called the dark mystery of Embryology. 

(f) The Fifth group is a very mysterious one, as it is connected with the Microcosmic Pentagon, the five-pointed star representing man. In India and Egypt these Dhyanis were connected with the Crocodile, and their abode is in Capricornus. These are convertible terms in Indian astrology, as this (tenth) sign of the Zodiac is called Makara, loosely translated "crocodile." The word itself is occultly interpreted in various ways, as will be shown further on. In Egypt the defunct man -- whose symbol is the pentagram or the five-pointed star, the points of which represent the limbs of a man -- was shown emblematically transformed into a crocodile: Sebakh or Sevekh "or seventh," as Mr. Gerald Massey says, showing it as having been the type of intelligence, is a dragon in reality, not a crocodile. He is the "Dragon of Wisdom" or Manas, the "Human Soul," Mind, the Intelligent principle, called in our esoteric philosophy the "Fifth" principle. 

Says the defunct "Osirified" in ch. lxxxviii., "Book of the Dead," or the Ritual, under the glyph of a mummiform god with a crocodile's head: -- 

(1) "I am the god (crocodile) presiding at the fear . . . at the arrival of his Soul among men. I am the god-crocodile brought for destruction" (an allusion to the destruction of divine spiritual purity when man acquires the knowledge of good and evil; also to the "fallen" gods, or angels of every theogony). 

(2) "I am the fish of the great Horus (as Mankara is the "crocodile," the vehicle of Varuna). I am merged in Sekten." 

This last sentence gives the corroboration of, and repeats the doctrine of, esoteric Buddhism, for it alludes directly to the fifth principle (Manas), or the most spiritual part of its essence rather, which merges into, is absorbed by, and made one with Atma-Buddhi after the death of man. For Se-khen is the residence or loka of the god Khem (Horus-Osiris, or Father and Son), hence the "Devachan" of Atma-Buddhi. In the Ritual of the Dead the defunct is shown entering into Sekhem with Horus-Thot and "emerging from it as pure spirit" (lxiv., 29). Thus the defunct says (v. 130): "I see the forms of (myself, as various) men
transforming eternally . . . I know this (chapter). He who knows it . . . takes all kinds of living forms." . . . 

And in verse 35, addressing in magic formula that which is called, in Egyptian esotericism, the "ancestral heart," or the re-incarnating principle, the permanent EGO, the defunct says: -- 

"Oh my heart, my ancestral heart necessary for my transformations, . . . . . . do not separate thyself from me before the guardian of the Scales. Thou art my personality within my breast, divine companion watching over my fleshes (bodies). . . . . .." 

It is in Sekhem that lies concealed "the Mysterious Face," or the real man concealed under the false personality, the triple-crocodile of Egypt, the symbol of the higher Trinity or human Triad, Atma, Buddhi and Manas.* In all the ancient papyri the crocodile is called Sebek (Seventh), while the water is the fifth principle esoterically; and, as already stated, Mr. Gerald Massey shows that the crocodile was "the Seventh Soul, the supreme one of seven -- the Seer unseen." Even exoterically Sekhem is the residence of the god Khem, and Khem is Horus avenging the death of his father Osiris, hence punishing the Sins of man when he becomes a disembodied Soul. Thus the defunct "Osirified" became the god Khem, who "gleans the field of Aanroo," i.e., he gleans either his reward or punishment, as that field is the celestial locality (Devachan) where the defunct is given wheat, the food of divine justice. The fifth group of the celestial Beings is supposed to contain in itself the dual attributes of both the spiritual and physical aspects of the Universe; the two poles, so to say, of Mahat the Universal Intelligence, and the dual nature of man, the spiritual and the physical. Hence its number Five, multiplied and made into ten, connecting it with Makara, the 10th sign of Zodiac. 

(g) The sixth and seventh groups partake of the lower qualities of the Quaternary. They are conscious, ethereal Entities, as invisible as Ether, which are shot out like the boughs of a tree from the first central group of the four, and shoot out in their turn numberless side groups, the lower of which are the Nature-Spirits, or Elementals of countless kinds and varieties; from the formless and unsubstantial -- the ideal THOUGHTS of their creators -- down to the Atomic, though, to human perception, invisible organisms. The latter are considered as the "Spirits of Atoms" for they are the first remove (backwards) from the physical Atom -- sentient, if not intelligent creatures. They are all subject to Karma, and have to work it out through every cycle. For, as the doctrine teaches, there are no such privileged beings in the universe, whether in our or in other systems, in the outer or the inner worlds,* as the angels of the Western Religion and the Judean. A Dhyan Chohan has to become one; he cannot be born or appear suddenly on the plane of life as a full-blown angel. The Celestial Hierarchy of the present Manvantara will find itself transferred in the next cycle of life into higher, superior worlds, and will make room for a new hierarchy, composed of the elect ones of our mankind. Being is an endless cycle within the one absolute eternity, wherein move numberless inner cycles finite and conditioned. Gods, created as such, would evince no personal merit in being gods. Such a class of beings, perfect only by virtue of the special immaculate nature inherent in them, in the face of suffering and struggling humanity, and even of the lower creation, would be the symbol of an eternal injustice quite Satanic in character, an ever present crime. It is an anomaly and an impossibility in Nature. Therefore the "Four" and the "Three" have to incarnate as all other beings have. This sixth group, moreover, remains almost inseparable from man, who draws from it all but his highest and lowest principles, or his spirit and body, the five middle human principles being the very essence of those Dhyanis.* Alone, the Divine Ray (the Atman) proceeds directly from the One. When asked how that can be? How is it possible to conceive that those "gods," or angels, can be at the same
time their own emanations and their personal selves? Is it in the same sense in the material world, where the son is (in one way) his father, being his blood, the bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh? To this the teachers answer "Verily it is so."  But one has to go deep into the mystery of BEING before one can fully comprehend this truth. 

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STANZA VII. -- THE RAYS

2. THE ONE RAY MULTIPLIES THE SMALLER RAYS. LIFE PRECEDES FORM, AND LIFE SURVIVES THE LAST ATOM (of Form, Sthula-sarira, external body). THROUGH THE COUNTLESS RAYS THE LIFE-RAY, THE ONE, LIKE A THREAD THROUGH MANY BEADS (pearls) (a). 

(a) This sloka expresses the conception -- a purely Vedantic one, as already explained elsewhere -- of a life-thread, Sutratma, running through successive generations. How, then, can this be explained? By resorting to a simile, to a familiar illustration, though necessarily imperfect, as all our available analogies must be. Before resorting to it, however, I would ask whether it seems unnatural, least of all "supernatural," to any one of us, when we consider that process known as the growth and development of a foetus into a healthy baby weighing several pounds evolves from what? From the segmentation of an
infinitesimally small ovum and a spermatozoon; and afterwards we see that baby develop into a six-foot man! This refers to the atomic and physical expansion from the microscopically small into something very large, from the -- to the naked eye -- unseen, into the visible and objective. Science has provided for all this; and, I dare say, her theories, embryological, biological, and physiological, are correct enough so far as exact observation of the material goes. Nevertheless, the two chief difficulties of the science of 
embryology -- namely, what are the forces at work in the formation of the foetus, and the cause of "hereditary transmission" of likeness, physical, moral or mental -- have never been properly answered; nor will they ever be solved till the day when scientists condescend to accept the Occult theories.* But if this physical phenomenon astonishes no one, except in so far as it puzzles the Embryologists, why should our intellectual and inner growth, the evolution of the human-spiritual to the Divine-Spiritual, be regarded as, or seem, more impossible than the other? Now to the simile. 

Complete the physical plasm, mentioned in the last foot-note, the "Germinal Cell" of man with all its material potentialities, with the "spiritual plasm," so to say, or the fluid that contains the five lower principles of the six-principled Dhyan -- and you have the secret, if you are spiritual enough to understand it. 

"When the seed of the animal man is cast into the soil of the animal woman, that seed cannot germinate unless it has been fructified by the five virtues (the fluid of, or the emanation from the principles) of the six-fold Heavenly man. Wherefore the Microcosm is represented as a Pentagon, within the Hexagon Star, the "Macrocosm." ("[[Anthropos]],") a work on Occult Embryology, Book I.). Then: "The functions of Jiva on this Earth are of a five-fold character. In the mineral atom it is connected with the lowest principles of the Spirits of the Earth (the six-fold Dhyanis); in the vegetable particle, with their second -- the Prana (life); in the animal, with all these plus the third and the fourth; in man, the germ must receive the fruition of all the five. Otherwise he will be born no higher than an animal"; namely, a congenital idiot. Thus in man alone the Jiva is complete. As to his seventh principle, it is but one of the Beams of the Universal Sun. Each rational creature receives only the temporary loan of that which has to return to its source; while his physical body is shaped by the lowest terrestrial lives, through physical, chemical, and physiological evolution. "The Blessed Ones have nought to do with the purgations of matter."
(Kabala, Chaldean Book of Numbers). 

It comes to this: Mankind in its first prototypal, shadowy form, is the offspring of the Elohim of Life (or Pitris); in its qualitative and physical aspect it is the direct progeny of the "Ancestors," the lowest Dhyanis, or Spirits of the Earth; for its moral, psychic, and spiritual nature, it is indebted to a group of divine Beings, the name and characteristics of which will be given in Book II. Collectively, men are the handiwork of hosts of various spirits; distributively, the tabernacles of those hosts; and occasionally and singly, the vehicles of some of them. In our present all-material Fifth Race, the earthly Spirit of the Fourth is still strong in us; but we are approaching the time when the pendulum of evolution will direct its swing decidedly upwards, bringing Humanity back on a parallel line with the primitive third Root-Race in Spirituality. During its childhood, mankind was composed wholly of that Angelic Host, who were the indwelling Spirits that animated the monstrous and gigantic tabernacles of clay of the Fourth Race built by (as they are now also) and composed of countless myriads of lives.

Man is not, nor could he ever be, the complete product of the "Lord God"; but he is the child of the Elohim, so arbitrarily changed into the singular masculine gender. The first Dhyanis, commissioned to "create" man in their image, could only throw off their shadows, like a delicate model for the Nature Spirits of matter to work upon. Man is, beyond any doubt, formed physically out of the dust of the Earth, but his creators and fashioners were many. Nor can it be said that the "Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life," unless that God is identified with the "ONE LIFE," Omnipresent though invisible, and unless the same operation is attributed to "God" on behalf of every living Soul -- or Nephesch, which is the vital Soul, not the divine Spirit or Ruach, which ensures to man alone a divine degree of immortality, that no animal, as such, could ever attain in this cycle of incarnation. It is the inadequate distinctions made by the Jews, and now by our Western metaphysicians, who, not knowing of, and being unable to understand, hence to accept, more than a triune man -- Spirit, Soul, Body -- thus confuse the "breath of life" with immortal Spirit.* This applies also directly to the Protestant theologians, who, in translating verse 8 of Ch. III. in the Fourth Gospel, have entirely perverted the meaning. Indeed the verse is made to say "The wind bloweth where it listeth," instead of "the Spirit goeth where it willeth," as in the original and also in the translation of the Greek Eastern Church. 

Thus the philosophy of psychic, spiritual, and mental relations with man's physical functions is in almost inextricable confusion. Neither the old Aryan, nor the Egyptian psychology are now properly understood. Nor can they be assimilated without accepting the esoteric septenary, or, at any rate, the Vedantic quinquepartite division of the human inner principles. Failing which, it will be for ever impossible to understand the metaphysical and purely psychic and even physiological relations between the Dhyan-Chohans, or Angels, on the one plane, and humanity on the other. No Eastern (Aryan) esoteric
works are so far published, but we possess the Egyptian papyri which speak clearly of the seven principles or the "Seven Souls of Man."* The Book of the Dead gives a complete list of the "transformations" that every defunct undergoes, while divesting himself, one by one, of all those principles -- materialised for the sake of clearness into ethereal entities or bodies. We must, moreover, remind those who try to prove that the ancient Egyptians knew nothing of and did not teach Reincarnation, that the "Soul" (the Ego or Self) of the defunct is said to be living in Eternity: it is immortal, "co-eval with, and disappearing with the Solar boat," i.e., for the cycle of necessity. This "Soul" emerges from the
Tiaou (the realm of the cause of life) and joins the living on Earth by day, to return to Tiaou every night. This expresses the periodical existences of the Ego. (Book of the Dead, cvxliii.) 

The shadow, the astral form, is annihilated, "devoured by the Uraeus" (cxlix., 51), the Manes will be annihilated; the two twins (the 4th and 5th principles) will be scattered; but the Soul-bird, "the divine Swallow -- and the Uraeus of Flame" (Manas and Atma-Buddhi) will live in the eternity, for they are their mother's husbands.** 

Like alone produces like. The Earth gives Man his body, the gods (Dhyanis) his five inner principles, the psychic Shadow, of which those gods are often the animating principle. SPIRIT (Atman) is one -- and indiscrete. It is not in the Tiaou. 

For what is the Tiaou? The frequent allusion to it in the "Book of the Dead" contains a mystery. Tiaou is the path of the Night Sun, the inferior hemisphere, or the infernal region of the Egyptians, placed by them on the concealed side of the moon. The human being, in their esotericism, came out from the moon (a triple mystery -- astronomical, physiological, and psychical at once); he crossed the whole cycle of existence and then returned to his birth-place before issuing from it again. Thus the defunct is shown arriving in the West, receiving his judgment before Osiris, resurrecting as the god Horus, and circling round the sidereal heavens, which is an allegorical assimilation to Ra, the Sun; then having crossed the Noot (the celestial abyss), returning once more to Tiaou: an assimilation to Osiris, who, as the God of life and reproduction, inhabits the moon. Plutarch (Isis and Osiris, ch. xliii.) shows the Egyptians celebrating a festival called "The Ingress of Osiris into the moon." In chapter xli. life is promised after death; and the renovation of life is placed under the patronage of Osiris-Lunus, because the moon was the symbol of life-renewals or reincarnations, owing to its growth, waning, dying, and reappearance every month. In the Dankmoe, (iv. 5) it is said: -- "Oh, Osiris-Lunus! That renews to thee thy renewal." And Safekh says to Seti I. (Mariette's Abydos, plate 51), "Thou renewest thyself as the god Lunus when a babe." It is still better explained in a Louvre papyrus (P. Pierret, "Etudes Egyptologiques"): "Couplings and conceptions abound when he (Osiris-Lunus) is seen in heaven on that day." Says Osiris: "Oh, sole radiant beam of the moon! I issue from the circulating multitudes (of stars) . . . . . . Open me the Tiaou, for Osiris N. I will issue by day to do what I have to do amongst the living" ("Book of the Dead," ch. ii.), -- i.e., to produce conceptions. 

Osiris was "God manifest in generation," because the ancients knew, far better than the moderns, the real occult influences of the lunar body upon the mysteries of conception.* Later on, when the moon became connected with female goddesses** -- with Diana, Isis, Artemis, Juno, etc., that connection was due to a thorough knowledge of physiology and female nature, physical as much as psychic. But, primarily, the Sun and Moon were the only visible and, so to say, tangible [by their effects] psychic and physiological
deities -- the Father and the Son, while Space and air in general, or that expanse of Heaven called Noot by the Egyptians, was the concealed Spirit or Breath of the two. These "Father and Son" were interchangeable in their functions and worked harmoniously together in their effects upon terrestrial nature and humanity; hence they were regarded as ONE, though TWO in personified Entities. They were both males, and both had their distinct and also collaborative work in the causative generation of Humanity. So much from the astronomical and cosmic standpoints viewed and expressed in symbolical language -- which became in our last races theological and dogmatic. But behind this veil of Cosmic and Astrological symbols, there were the Occult mysteries of Anthropography and the primeval genesis of man. And in this, no knowledge of symbols -- or even the key to the post-diluvian symbolical language of the Jews -- will, or can help, save only with reference to that which was laid down in national scriptures for exoteric uses; the sum of which, however cleverly veiled, was only the smallest portion of the real primitive history of each people, often relating, moreover, -- as in the Hebrew Scriptures -- merely to the terrestrial human, not divine life of that nation. That psychic and spiritual element belonged to MYSTERY and INITIATION. There were things never recorded in scrolls, but, as in Central Asia, on rocks and in subterranean crypts. 

Nevertheless, there was a time when the whole world was "of one lip and of one knowledge," and Man knew more of his origin than he does now, and thus knew that the Sun and Moon, however large a part they do play in the constitution, growth and development of the human body, were not the direct causative agents of his appearance on Earth; these agents being, in truth, the living and intelligent Powers which the Occultists call Dhyan Chohans. 

As to this, a very learned admirer of the Jewish Esotericism tells us that "the Kabala says expressly that Elohim is a 'general abstraction'; what we call in mathematics 'a constant co-efficient' or a 'general function' entering into all construction, not particular; that is, by the general ratio 1 to 31415, (the astro-Dhyanic and) Elohistic figures." To this the Eastern Occultist replies: Quite so, it is an abstraction to our physical senses. To our spiritual perceptions, however, and to our inner spiritual eye, the Elohim or Dhyanis are no more an abstraction than our soul and spirit are to us. Reject the one and you reject the other -- since that which is the surviving Entity in us is partly the direct emanation from, and partly those celestial Entities themselves. One thing is sure; the Jews were perfectly acquainted with sorcery and various maleficent forces; but, with the exception of some of their great prophets and seers like Daniel and Ezekiel (Enoch belonging to a far distant race and not to any nation but to all, as a generic character), they knew little of, nor would they deal with, the real divine Occultism, their national character being averse to anything which had no direct bearing upon their own ethnical, tribal, and individual benefits -- witness their own prophets, and the curses thundered by them against the "stiff-necked race." But even the Kabala plainly shows the direct relation between the Sephiroth, or Elohim, and men. Therefore, when it is proved to us that the Kabalistic identification of Jehovah with Binah, a female Sephiroth, has still another, a sub-occult meaning in it, then and then only the Occultist will be ready to pass the palm of perfection to the Kabalist. Until then, it is asserted that, as Jehovah is in the abstract sense of a "one living God," a single number, a metaphysical figment, and a reality only when put in his proper place as an emanation and a Sephiroth -- we have a right to maintain that the Zohar (as witnessed by the BOOK OF NUMBERS, at any rate), gave out originally, before the Christian Kabalists had disfigured it, and still gives out the same doctrine that we do; i.e., it makes Man emanate, not from one Celestial MAN, but from a Septenary group of Celestial men or Angels, just as in "Pymander, the Thought Divine."

(3) WHEN THE ONE BECOMES TWO -- THE "THREE-FOLD" APPEARS (a). THE THREE ARE (linked into) ONE; AND IT IS OUR THREAD, O LANOO, THE HEART OF THE MAN-PLANT, CALLED SAPTAPARNA (b). 

(a) "When the ONE becomes two, the three-fold appears": to wit, when the One Eternal drops its reflection into the region of Manifestation, that reflection, "the Ray," differentiates the "Water of Space"; or, in the words of the "Book of the Dead"; "Chaos ceases, through the effulgence of the Ray of Primordial light dissipating total darkness by the help of the great magic power of the WORD of the (Central) Sun." Chaos becomes male-female, and Water, incubated through Light, and the "three-fold being issues as its First-born." "Osiris-Ptah (or RA) creates his own limbs (like Brahma) by creating the gods destined to personify his phases" during the Cycle (xvii., 4). The Egyptian Ra, issuing from the DEEP, is the Divine
Universal Soul in its manifested aspect, and so is Narayana, the Purusha, "concealed in Akasa and present in Ether." 

This is the metaphysical explanation, and refers to the very beginning of Evolution, or, as we should rather say, of Theogony. The meaning of the Stanza when explained from another standpoint in its reference to the mystery of man and his origin, is still more difficult to comprehend. In order to form a clear conception of what is meant by the One becoming two, and then being transformed into the "three-fold," the student has to make himself thoroughly acquainted with what we call "Rounds." If he refers to "Esoteric Buddhism" -- the first attempt to sketch out an approximate outline of archaic Cosmogony -- he will find that by a "Round" is meant the serial evolution of nascent material nature, of the seven globes of our chain* with their mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms (man being there included in the latter and standing at the head of it) during the whole period of a life-cycle. The latter would be called by the Brahmins "a Day of Brahma." It is, in short, one revolution of the "Wheel" (our planetary chain), which is composed of seven globes (or seven separate "Wheels," in another sense this time). When evolution has run downward into matter, from planet A to planet G, or Z, as the Western students call it, it is one Round. In the middle of the Fourth revolution, which is our present "Round": "Evolution has reached its acme of physical development, crowned its work with the perfect physical man, and, from this point, begins its work spirit-ward." All this needs little repetition, as it is well explained in "Esoteric Buddhism." That which was hardly touched upon, and of which the little that was said has misled many, is the origin of man, and it is upon this that a little more light may now be thrown, just enough to make the Stanza more comprehensible, as the process will be fully explained only in its legitimate place, in Book II. 

Now every "Round" (on the descending scale) is but a repetition in a more concrete form of the Round which preceded it, as every globe -- down to our fourth sphere (the actual earth) -- is a grosser and more material copy of the more shadowy sphere which precedes it in their successive order, on the three higher planes. On its way upwards on the ascending arc, Evolution spiritualises and etherealises, so to speak, the general nature of all, bringing it on to a level with the plane on which the twin globe on the opposite side is placed; the result being, that when the seventh globe is reached (in whatever Round) the nature of everything that is evolving returns to the condition it was in at its starting point -- plus, every time, a new and superior degree in the states of consciousness. Thus it becomes clear that the "origin of  man," so-called, on this our present  Round, or life-cycle on this planet, must occupy the same place in the same order -- save details based on local conditions and time -- as in the preceding Round. Again, it must be explained and remembered that, as the work of each Round is said to be apportioned to a different group of so-called "Creators" or "Architects," so is that of every globe; i.e., it is under the supervision and guidance of special "Builders" and "Watchers" -- the various Dhyan-Chohans. 

The group of the hierarchy which is commissioned to "create"* men is a special group, then; yet it evolved shadowy man in this cycle just as a higher and still more spiritual group evolved him in the Third Round. But as it is the Sixth -- on the downward scale of Spirituality -- the last and seventh being the terrestrial Spirits (elementals) which gradually form, build, and condense his physical body -- this Sixth group evolves no more than the future man's shadowy form, a filmy, hardly visible transparent copy of themselves. It becomes the task of the fifth Hierarchy -- the mysterious beings that preside over the constellation Capricornus, Makara, or "Crocodile" in India as in Egypt -- to inform the empty and ethereal animal form and make of it the Rational Man. This is one of those subjects upon which very little may be said to the general public. It is a MYSTERY, truly, but only to him who is prepared to reject the existence of intellectual and conscious spiritual Beings in the Universe, limiting full Consciousness to man alone, and that only as a "function of the Brain." Many are those among the Spiritual Entities, who have incarnated bodily in man, since the beginning of his appearance, and who, for all that, still exist as independently as they did before, in the infinitudes of Space. . . . 

To put it more clearly: the invisible Entity may be bodily present on earth without abandoning, however, its status and functions in the supersensuous regions. If this needs explanation, we can do no better than remind the reader of like cases in Spiritualism, though such cases are very rare, at least as regards the nature of the Entity incarnating, or taking temporary possession of a medium. Just as certain persons -- men and women, reverting to parallel cases among living persons -- whether by virtue of a peculiar organization, or through the power of acquired mystic knowledge, can be seen in their "double" in one place, while the body is many miles away; so the same thing can occur in the case of superior Beings. 

Man, philosophically considered, is, in his outward form, simply an animal, hardly more perfect than his pithecoid-like ancestor of the third round. He is a living body, not a living being, since the realisation of existence, the "Ego-Sum," necessitates self-consciousness, and an animal can only have direct consciousness, or instinct. This was so well understood by the Ancients that the Kabalist even made of soul and body two lives, independent of each other.* The soul, whose body vehicle is the Astral, ethero-substantial envelope, could die and man be still living on earth -- i.e., the soul could free itself
from and quit the tabernacle for various reasons -- such as insanity, spiritual and physical depravity, etc.** Therefore, that which living men (Initiates) can do, the Dhyanis, who have no physical body to hamper them, can do still better. This was the belief of the Antediluvians, and it is fast becoming that of modern intellectual society, in Spiritualism, besides the Greek and Roman Churches, which teach the ubiquity of their angels. The Zoroastrians regarded their Amshaspends as dual entities (Ferouers), applying this duality -- in esoteric philosophy, at any rate -- to all the spiritual and invisible denizens of the numberless worlds in space which are visible to our eye. In a note of Damascius (sixth century) on the Chaldean oracles, we have a triple evidence of the universality of this doctrine, for he says: "In these oracles the seven Cosmocratores of the world, ('The World-Pillars,') mentioned likewise by St. Paul, are double -- one set being commissioned to rule the superior worlds the spiritual and the sidereal, and the other to guide and watch over the worlds of matter." Such is also the opinion of Jamblichus, who makes an evident distinction between the archangels and the "Archontes." (See "De Mysteriis," sec. ii., ch. 3.) The above may be applied, of course, to the distinction made between the degrees or orders of spiritual beings, and it is in this sense that the Roman Catholic Church tries to interpret and teach the difference; for while the archangels are in her teaching divine and holy, their doubles are denounced by her as devils.* But the word "ferouer" is not to be understood in this sense, for it means simply the reverse or the opposite side of some attribute or quality. Thus when the Occultist says that the "Demon is the lining of God" (evil, the reverse of the medal), he does not mean two separate actualities, but the two aspects or facets of the same Unity. Now the best man living would appear, side by side with an Archangel -- as described in Theology -- a fiend. Hence a certain reason to depreciate a lower "double," immersed far
deeper in matter than its original. But there is still as little cause to regard them as devils, and this is precisely what the Roman Catholics maintain against all reason and logic. 

(b) The concluding sentence of this sloka shows how archaic is the belief and the doctrine that man is seven-fold in his constitution. The thread of being which animates man and passes through all his personalities, or rebirths on this Earth (an allusion to Sutratma), the thread on which moreover all his "Spirits" are strung -- is spun from the essence of the "threefold," the "fourfold" and the "fivefold"; which contain all the preceding. Panchasikha, agreeably to Bhagavata Purana is one of the seven Kumaras who go to Sveta-Dvipa to worship Vishnu. We shall see further on, what connection there is between the "celibate" and chaste sons of Brahma, who refuse "to multiply," and terrestrial mortals. Meanwhile it is
evident that "the Man-Plant," Saptaparna, thus refers to the seven principles, and man is compared to the seven-leaved plant of this name* so sacred among Buddhists. 

4. IT IS THE ROOT THAT NEVER DIES, THE THREE-TONGUED FLAME OF THE FOUR WICKS* (a) . . . THE WICKS ARE THE SPARKS, THAT DRAW FROM THE THREE-TONGUED FLAME (their upper triad) SHOT OUT BY THE SEVEN, THEIR FLAME; THE BEAMS AND SPARKS OF ONE MOON REFLECTED IN THE RUNNING WAVES OF ALL THE RIVERS OF THE EARTH ("Bhumi," or "Prithivi")** (b). 

(a) The "Three-tongued flame" that never dies is the immo rtal spiritual triad -- the Atma-Buddhi and Manas -- the fruition of the latter assimilated by the first two after every terrestrial life. The "four wicks" that go out and are extinguished, are the four lower principles, including the body. 

"I am the three-wicked Flame and my wicks are immortal," says the defunct. "I enter into the domain of Sekhem (the God whose arm sows the seed of action produced by the disembodied soul) and I enter the region of the Flames who have destroyed their adversaries," i.e., got rid of the sin-creating "four wicks." (See chap. i., vii., "Book of the Dead," and the "Mysteries of Ro-stan.") 

(b) Just as milliards of bright sparks dance on the waters of an ocean above which one and the same moon is shining, so our evanescent personalities -- the illusive envelopes of the immortal MONAD-EGO -- twinkle and dance on the waves of Maya. They last and appear, as the thousands of sparks produced by the moon-beams, only so long as the Queen of the Night radiates her lustre on the running waters of life: the period of a Manvantara; and then they disappear, the beams -- symbols of our eternal Spiritual Egos -- alone surviving, re-merged in, and being, as they were before, one with the Mother-Source. 
ON THE HIDDEN DEITY, ITS SYMBOLS AND GLYPHS.

THE SEVEN RAYS

Ray One - Will, purpose, power, destruction 
Ray Two - Love, wisdom, inclusiveness, coherence, magnetism 
Ray Three - Active Intelligence, adaptability, creativity 
Ray Four - Harmony through conflict, beauty, sensitivity, unity 
Ray Five - Concrete knowledge, science, mind, analysis 
Ray Six - Devotion, idealism, adherence, force 
Ray Seven - Order, ceremony, organization, group, magic 

From: Alice Bailey and Djwal Kihl

As part of the initial Plan, the one Life sought expansion, and the seven aeons or emanations came forth from the central vortex and actively repeated the earlier process in all its details. They too came into manifestation and in the work of expressing active life, qualified by love and limited by an outward phenomenal appearance, they swept into a secondary activity and became the seven Builders, the
seven Sources of life and the seven Rishis of all the ancient scriptures. They are the original psychic Entities, imbued with the capacity to express love (which involves the concept of duality, for the loving and the loved, the desiring and the desired, must here be posited) and to emerge from subjective being into objective becoming. We call these seven by various names, as follows:

1. The Lord of Power or Will. This Life wills to love, and uses power as an expression of divine beneficence. For His body of manifestation He uses that planet for which the sun is regarded as the esoteric substitute.

2. The Lord of Love-Wisdom, Who is the embodiment of pure love, is regarded by esotericists as being as close to the heart of the Solar Logos as was the beloved disciple close to the heart of the Christ of
Galilee. This Life instills into all forms the quality of love, with its more material manifestation of desire, and is the attractive principle in nature and the custodian of the Law of Attraction, which is the
life-demonstration of pure Being. This Lord of Love is the most potent of the seven rays, because He is on the same cosmic ray as the solar Deity. He expresses Himself primarily through the planet Jupiter, which is His body of manifestation.

3. The Lord of Active Intelligence. His work is more closely linked to matter and He works in cooperation with the Lord of the second ray. He is the motivating impulse in the initial work of creation. The planet Saturn is His body of expression within the solar system, and through the medium of matter (which beneficently obstructs and hinders) He provides humanity with a vast field of experiment and
experience.

4. The Lord of Harmony, Beauty and Art. The main function of this Being is the creation of Beauty (as an expression of truth) through the free interplay of life and form, basing the design of beauty upon the initial plan as it exists in the mind of the solar Logos. The body of manifestation of this life is not revealed, but the activity emanating from it produces that combination of sounds, colors and word music that expresses - through the form of the ideal - that which is the originating idea. This fourth Lord of creative expression
will resume activity upon the Earth about six hundred years hence, though already the first faint impress of His influence is being felt and the next century will see a reawakening of creative art in all its branches.

5. The Lord of Concrete Knowledge and Science. This is a Great Life in close touch with the mind of the creative Deity, just as the Lord of the second ray is in close touch with the heart of that same Deity. His influence is great at this time, though not as potent as it will be later. Science is a psychological unfoldment in man due to this ray influence, and is only entering into its real work. His influence is waxing in power, just as the influence of the sixth Lord is waning.

6. The Lord of Devotion and Idealism. This solar Deity is a peculiar and characteristic expression of the quality of the solar Logos. Forget not that in the great scheme of the universal universe (not just our universe) our solar Logos is as differentiated and distinctive in quality as are any of the sons of men. This ray force, with the second ray, is a true and vital expression of the divine nature. A militant focusing upon the ideal, a one-pointed devotion to the intent of the life urge, and a divine sincerity are the qualities of this Lord, and set their impress upon all that is found within His body of manifestation. Advanced esotericists debate as to whether Mars is, or is not, the planet through which He manifests. You must remember that only a few of the planets are the bodies of expression of the Lords of the rays. There are ten "planets of expression" (to use the term employed by the ancient Rishis), and only seven ray Lives are
regarded as the Builders of the system. The great mystery, which is finally revealed in the higher initiations, is the relation of a ray to a planet. Therefore seek not full information at this time. The influence of this sixth Lord is now passing out.

7. . The Lord of Ceremonial Order or Magic is now coming into power and is slowly but surely making His pressure felt. His influence is most potent upon the physical plane, for there is a close numerical
interrelation between (for instance) the Lord of the seventh ray and the seventh plane, the physical, just as the seventh root race will see complete conformity to and a perfect expression of law and order. This ray of order and its incoming is partially responsible for the present tendency in world affairs toward governmental dictatorship and the imposed control of a central governing body.

DREAMS OF THE TRIPLE MALE

 

THE LORDS OF KARMA

The 'Lords of Karma' are given as a term that you may realize those laws or rules that you would apply in judging
the lifetime, or that which is accomplished in an incarnation.

In the East, broadly speaking, people do believe in reincarnation and, correctly, in relation to the Law of Karma. Unfortunately, even in the East, the Law of Karma is seen from an erroneous point of view. There is a correct interpretation and approach to the idea of rebirth, and its close connection with the Law of Action and Reaction, Cause and Effect.

In the Orient, most people believing in the Law of Karma accept that they are who and where they are because of their actions in a previous life, which is true; but, unfortunately, they think they can do nothing about changing their particular situation, which is not true. In the West, we tend to think that we are totally in control of our destiny, which we are to some extent, but that there is no greater law governing our destiny, which is not true.

The Westerner tends to reject the idea of a future life, mostly because of the way the Bible has been edited and translated erroneously over the last two milleniums. It is an idea which is only just beginning to be entertained by people's minds. Most people who come to believe in reincarnation are interested in knowing who they were in their pat lives. The popular literature in the West about reincarnation is almost exclusively about previous existences.

Is it of value to know our past lives? At a certain point it can be helpful. But until one is ready for knowing that information, not only is it not of major value, it can actually be dangerous. There is a little-known law that when we become truly aware of a particular past life we enter into the karma of that time. Most of us have enough to do with dealing with our current lives, than to bring the full load of karma from a previous life into it. Knowing the details of a past life is not a game to play for fun. It brings great responsibility with it.

The whole subject is fraught with danger and complexity. When our past lives by themselves into our consciousness, they will do so under law. It is more important to know that every moment we are alive, we are making karma for our future - we are creating our karma and our next life right now.

If you go to a professional person who tells you they can tell you who you were in a previous life and that you were important and powerful (it is usually some king, queen, priestess or someone equally famous), how can you prove this? You can't! In fact, speaking as one who has had an experience in a dream/vision that led me to believe I was a particular person, I have since met, on the internet, no less than 6 other people who have been told the same thing. Unless all seven of our souls were in that same person in a past life, 6 of us, or maybe all 7 are very mis-led. You can't believe anything you are told by others, and even dreams and visions can lead you astray and cause you to do silly things and even 'dumb' things you wouldn't have done had you not had this sort of revelation.

It's much more important to be the best person you can be in this lifetime in order not to rack up bad karma, and in fact, the way life is going now, karma is tending to be returned to everyone, sometimes within minutes, and not centuries like it used to. So, you will want to earn good karma, and not the bad kind - remember - it's always 'cause and effect' and if the cause is negative so will the effect.

Certain religious people believe that if they are poor, hungry, miserable, indebted to the landlord, with hardly enough to feed their family, that they must have been someone really terrible before. They believe it is the Law of Karma because they were so bad, nasty, horrible, such low-grade human beings in their past life, they deserve the misery they are in now. They believe that; it is the teaching. And they believe, because it is the Law of Karma, that there is nothing they can do about it. They accept it totally, fatalistically, as their due according to the law. And they also believe that if they accept their lot meekly and try to be good they will be rewarded with a life of higher status next time around. If there is anything which has kept the Orient down, in terms of its living standards, its social happiness, social democracy and equality, it is the acceptance of the Law of Karma on that basis.

There is nothing to prevent these people from transforming their lives except the acceptance that they can change their status in life despite their karma.


The Law of Cause and Effect, Karma

Every thought, every action that we have and make sets into motion a cause. These causes have their effects. These effects make our lives, for good or bad. We are now, have been, and will go on, making our lives from moment to moment. Sooner or later, the causes set into motion by our thoughts and actions will produce effects which will come back to; and we will experience that as good karma or bad karma. Many people have come to use the term, "What goes 'round, comes 'round." That means that people are recognizing that karma really does exist. 

When it is uncomfortable we call it bad karma. And when it is good karma, when life is relatively easy we do not notice it. We take it as our right, because that is what we expect life to be like. People usually only talk about karma when they mean bad karma. It is important to realize and remember that we have more good karma than bad karma.

Lords of Karma

Like all laws, the Law of Karma is under the control, the jurisdiction, of certain beings -- in this case, the Lords of Karma. The Lords of Karma are like cosmic judges. They look at this action and reaction of causes and effects which we set in motion, and they regulate this according to our needs as evolving souls. It is always the soul which incarnates, in every entity, human or sub-human. Our souls incarnate in a personality with a given structure of energies, rays, which relate to the karma and the possibilities of that particular incarnation. This is done in accordance with the particular needs and requirements of the soul at that moment in time and space. 

The souls cooperate with the Lords of Karma to decide what pain we will suffer or what pleasure we will enjoy in any particular life. That, of course, is not precisely the way to describe what happens. The soul is not at all concerned with or interested, in our pleasure or our suffering. These are simply psychological reactions to events.
What they are interested in is the working out of the Law, the cosmic Law of Cause and Effect. Also, the soul has its own purposes for every given incarnation. It provides itself with a physical vehicle, the personality, with mental, emotional and physical bodies which will provide the possibility for its intentions being achieved in that particular life. That purpose might not be achieved, but the soul provides the possibility. The soul lives ever in hope! The current way to say it is this, "We keep coming back until we get it right!"

The ultimate aim is to live life in such a way that we make no personal karma. We can do that either by being perfect or by being dead. Since being perfect is much more of a challenge than being dead, most people accept the premise of trying, more or less, to achieve the soul's purpose and staying to the last possible moment to do so. Thus, we work with this burden (in many cases) or to service to others, which we have ourselves decided to do prior to the incarnation.

We try, consciously or unconsciously, to try to become perfect. We have no control over the events of life. The only thing we can control is our reaction to these events as they come along in our lives. So the proper aim of the awakened person is to achieve such a measure of detachment from events that we can control ourselves. In this way we cope with the burden of karma in any given incarnation. This is not meant to be a case of sitting in a catatonic stupor, so that we do nothing and therefore create no karma.

What we can do, in every event, in every situation, is distance ourselves emotionally from that event -- looking at the
event as out there, and us here, and not react. In this way we gradually create an impersonality in relation to life, a detachment in relation to events, where we become indifferent to whether our karma is good or bad.

I know that sounds like a very cold and calculated way to live, but once you are spiritually awakened, there is a good reason to do this. 

Renunciation Leads to Self-Mastery

Correctly seen, evolutionary life is a gradual renunciation of the lower for the sake of the higher. As a soul in incarnation, a high level of divinity has incarnated at a lower level of divinity, and the journey to perfection, the evolutionary goal, is the gradual renunciation of these lower levels, by embodying, at these lower levels, the higher; becoming more and more what one essentially is as a soul.

The soul makes its journey into incarnation over aeons of time, and then back, out of the need to incarnate at all. The path of return for the soul is the gradual release of itself from the limitations of the physical, astral and mental planes. This is done by infusing its vehicles -- physical, emotional and mental -- with its energies and qualities. Two things are going on at the same time in this process. One is the gradual spiritualizing of the vehicle by the soul. The other is the burdening of the vehicle, intentionally, by the soul, to burn up ancient karma and overcome it.

As the soul progresses in its incarnational experience, so its reflection, the man or woman in incarnation, receives a heavier and heavier burden of karma until, in the last incarnation of all, the burden is at its heaviest. It is for this reason that the last initiation is called, in the West, the Crucifixion (Being Christed) and, in the East, the Great Renunciation. In that experience everything, all the lower aspects, are being renounced in favor of the higher spiritual reality. That is why the life of the awakened spiritual person who is working on the initiation of being Christed is usually, from the world's point of view, painful, heavy indeed.

People imagine that, as a man or woman progresses in evolution, they should become freer and freer of karma. The opposite is true. Not only that, but as a man or woman becomes a disciple, becomes initiate, a world-server, they take more and more of the weight of world karma. They are the upholders of the world. Their shoulders are, and need to be, broad. Imagine a bridge over a river, and the river is the world and its karma, and the disciples and initiates are the pillars of the bridge, and the spaces between are the masses of people. Where there are spaces, the water flows easily through. It is the pillars of the bridge that take the force of the flood, of the water.

In a very real sense, the disciples and initiates of the world support the world. That is one reason why the life of a disciple is, from the average man's point of view, a very difficult life to lead. But, of course, he is governed by the great Law of Service. Under this law, disciples and initiates come very frequently into incarnation to serve world need and to finish off this earth experience as quickly as possible -- not to get it over with, but to serve the better. The more advanced a person is, the more he can serve, the more useful he can be to the world.

When a certain level is reached -- the relationship to the Law of Cause and Effect changes. Gradually the law is manipulated by the person himself. As a conscious divine soul, working in the world, he becomes really the pilot of his own plane. He may have a co-pilot, his Master, but he is the pilot. It is not an automatic thing, but gradually this point is achieved. He takes an active part in his own evolution, consciously working with the Law of Karma, under the control of his soul. Then it may come to pass that his previous lives will open up before his inner eye. As this happens, also the karma of that time becomes open to him on the physical plane, which, of course, increases the burden of the initiate.

The aim is that by the time the person is ready to take the initiation and become a Master, all karma will have been resolved, burned up, taken back to the source from which it came.

Service: The Best Method for Resolving Karma

How do you get rid of karma; how do you deal with it? Well, you cannot give it away. It is too heavy, nobody wants it. There is no sale for excess karma; everyone has enough of their own. So what do you do, how can you cope with this burden that limits your activity, your joy and happiness? There is a very simple method. It is called service. Service is the absolute best way for getting rid of karma. Of course it does not get rid of it, but it burns it up.

The process is something like this: as you serve you draw to yourself energy. By giving out energy, you get energy back; that is the law. Basically, it is the Law of Love, which governs our nature, without which the universe would not exist. It is, of course, in another sense, the Law of Cause and Effect itself. As you give love, you set in motion a cause, the effect of which is the return of love. So the law itself sets in motion its own fulfilment. As we serve, we demonstrate love. As we demonstrate love, by law, we get love. That strengthens and potentizes the individual in a way in which he can deal with his own karma.

As the person progresses in love, in service, he is automatically distancing himself from the effect of events. The events take place, but they have less and less effect on his psychology. In the East they say: well, it's my karma. In France they say: well, c'est la vie. Gradually, we have to develop an attitude of c'est la vie. If it is good, easy: c'est la vie. If it is hard, if it is painful, makes us unhappy: c'est la vie. We really have to live with that attitude.

Right Relationship Ends the Karmic Cycle

The Law of Karma is a great binding law, but it is benign. Nobody receives more karma than their soul, and the Lords of Karma, know they can usefully handle. Some lives for some people are very hard, very painful, very limited indeed. From the point of view of the soul, this is probably intentional and useful, productive. Because the soul knows that, by the burning in this way of a burden of karma from the past, greater progress can be made. What holds us back, what limits us, is our karma. The efforts made in dealing with the karma pave the way for periods of
growth. Our development proceeds thus in cycles.

The Law of Karma is not a mechanical law of punishment. If you hit somebody on the head, it is not inevitable that you will be hit on the head. It is not a question of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It is simply the energetic outcome of previous causes set in motion by ourselves. All that we do will inevitably come back in some way or other. However, we can do something about it. The untouchables of India can change their lives. They are not bound by karma to be ntouchables. That is a social structure, a class system, which binds people to particular stations in
life. It is totally artificial and man-made. The poverty, the squalor, the degradation and the misery of people in the Third World or in this one is not necessary, it is not a result of karma, but of our greed. And we have the major responsibility to help them change these conditions and enter true living.

People think of karma as always from the past life, but what about yesterday's karma, or the day before, last week's, last month's karma? It is this succession of moments of action and reaction which today we are coping with, which tomorrow and in our next life we will cope with. Until we come into right relationship with each other and with the whole of which we are a part, we will go on making bad karma. It is more important, more useful, to realize the benefit of right relationship, thus handling the Laws of Karma and Rebirth correctly, than to know our past lives.

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