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Hi All,

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Reading from HPBs Secret Doctrine, Vol. IV, Section 4...



 

So much greater the pity that a systematic and collective plagiarism, which went on for several centuries on the most gigantic scale, should be explained by another plagiarism, this time in the fourth Gospel. For the sentence quoted from it, "All that ever came before me, etc.," is a verbatim repetition of words written in the "Book of Enoch" lxxxix. In the Introduction to Archbishop Lawrence's translation of it from an Ethiopic MS. in the Bodleian Library, the editor, author of the "Evolution of Christianity," remarks: --

"In revising the proof-sheets of the Book of Enoch . . . . . the parable of the sheep, rescued by the good Shepherd from hireling guardians and ferocious wolves, is obviously borrowed by the fourth Evangelist from Enoch, lxxxix., in which the author depicts the shepherds as killing . . . the sheep before the advent of their Lord, and thus discloses the true meaning of that hitherto mysterious passage in the Johannine parable -- 'All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers' -- language in which we now detect an obvious reference to the allegorical shepherds of Enoch."

It is too late in the day to claim that it is Enoch who borrowed from the New Testament, instead of vice versa. Jude (14-15) quotes verbatim from Enoch a long passage about the coming of the Lord with his 10,000 saints, and naming specifically the prophet, acknowledges the source.

 

The powerful influence this early Hebrew legend has on the formation of Christianity and even of Thelema is also seen in the Old Testament; the Book of Daniel being copied into John's Revelation.  And of course, this book draws more overtly from the Secret Docttrine of the ancients, and is even the source of the Merkabah tradition that generates the Qabalah.


 

This "parallelism between prophet and apostle, have placed beyond controversy that, in the eyes of the author of an Epistle accepted as divine revelation, the Book of Enoch was the inspired production of an antediluvian patriarch . . . " and further " . . . the cumulative coincidence of language and ideas in Enoch and the authors of N.T. Scripture, . . . clearly indicates that the work of the Semitic Milton was the inexhaustible source from which Evangelists and Apostles, or the men who wrote in their names, borrowed their conceptions of the resurrection, judgment, immortality, perdition, and of the universal reign of righteousness under the eternal dominion of the Son of Man. This Evangelical plagiarism culminates in the Revelation of John, which adapts the visions of Enoch to Christianity, with modifications in which we miss the sublime simplicity of the great Master of apocalyptic prediction, who prophesied in the name of the antediluvian Patriarch." (INT. xxxv.)

 

Early Christianity and/or Gnosticism was entirely syncretic, so it's not that it 'stole' from its sources, but that it co-opted what worked as these people responded to that 'fresh fever from the skies' that inaugurated their time; a time not all that un-like our own.  The reason today, that I think the connotative idea that they stole something is that they ultimately turned away from their spiritual connection and established only a secular power that is but a shell of what they once were.  And it is today that they steal souls and turn people into shells by imposing through fear, a superstitious mindset upon them.


 

"Antediluvian," truly; but if the phraseology of the text dates hardly a few centuries or even millenniums before the historical era, then it is no more the original prediction of the events to come, but, in its turn, a copy of some scripture of a prehistoric religion. . . . . "In the Krita age, Vishnu, in the form of Kapila and other (inspired sages) . . . imparts to the world true wisdom as Enoch did. In the Treta age he restrains the wicked, in the form of a universal monarch (the Chakravartin or the 'Everlasting King' of Enoch*) and protects the three worlds (or races). In the Dwapara age, in the person of Veda-Vyasa, he divides the one Veda into four, and distributes it into hundreds (Sata) of branches." Truly so; the Veda of the earliest Aryans, before it was written, went forth into every nation of the Atlanto-Lemurians, and sowed the first seeds of all the now existing old religions. The off-shoots of the never dying tree of wisdom have scattered their dead leaves even on Judaeo-Christianity. And at the end of the Kali, our present age, Vishnu, or the "Everlasting King" will appear as Kalki, and re-establish righteousness upon earth. The minds of those who live at that time shall be awakened, and become as pellucid as crystal. "The men who are thus changed by virtue of that peculiar time (the sixth race) shall be as the seeds of other human beings, and shall give birth to a race who shall follow the laws of the Krita age of purity"; i.e., it shall be the seventh race, the race of "Buddhas," the "Sons of God," born of immaculate parents.

 

The establishment of the Enochian Entities into the spiritual fabric of our race is a metaphor for our own evolution.  This is where the potency of Enochian Magick becomes so readily apparent.  By connecting this our time, to the primordial origins of the spiritual current in our collective and individual nature, a psychic change is inaugurated.  This is that 'fresh fever from the skies' and could affect humanity quite profoundly.


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pj
Well, you might want to reference why Enoch was so important to the Hebrew legend. Enoch according to the way it is written, walked with God.

And he was not. The passage alludes to the fact that Instead of dying like all his other ancestors before him ,Enoch was transformed or raised into the spiritual realm and never saw death,
The time of the first century was filled with Enochian literature and the historical Yeshua bar Yosef would have known this well and likely counted such scriptures as equal to those of the prophets.
 There was no new testament in the first century before 70 ce,And certainly no collected works called the new testament until after the collection of Marcion

and the attempt to standardize accepted scripture into a Canon,( Nearly 300 years after the fact)


 Many of the scriptures in use at that time were destroyed in the Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 CE, So Enochian literature was Generally accepted by The eschatological Pharisees, Who believed in Spirits , Angels and an afterlife
 It was opposed by the Temple priesthood The sadducees.
But the interest was attaining the same state as Enoch, that is never seeing death, raised into the spiritual plane along the likes of angels,In many cases even

As a Little Yahweh, who ruled over angels.


But its in the way that the passage reads that death( At least as we understand death) Is not certain and shows that there is more than meets the eye

about life as we know it than Life, death, and an ending,

Regards

johnmoon3717@aol.com
Hi JohnMoon,

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Yes, thanks for this.


Not only was Enoch 'transferred to heaven', which is itself a loaded alleghorical phrase, but he was said to take the office of Metatron; one of the archangels.  And it should be of strong interest to note the prevalent myths of a time when the New Testament did not exist...and that it is these myths that are of common knowledge when trying to understand the meanings of the symbology of the New Testament.

When this is accounted for and the Merkabah tradition is understood in its proper context; only then can we find value in the work of Dee&Kelly and later, of course, Crowley.  But Crowley didn't take his cues directly from Dee&Kelly; rather, Enochiana and all that it implies, was the central secret of the Golden Dawn, which means its roots go deeply into the Western Mystery Tradition.

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pj

I'm not sure if it was in the Enochian tradition or not, but I remember reading an account by Zosimus of someone translated into heaven where one of the things that the person was told was that the sin of Adam and Eve could easily be atoned for and people could get back to the state before the fall pretty easily. Unfortunately, I forget exactly what the angel told the person in the account about what exactly this was, but I think it had to do with a misunderstanding and/or Adam and Eve's sin not being really as great as people thought. Obviously, this account was written in the Christian era and was the product of a Christian tradition that believed in the doctrine of Original Sin, but it's none the less very interesting, especially considering that a lot of Apocalyptic thought both in the Protestant tradition in England and in offshoots of Islam like the Nizari Ismailis revolved around the possibility of being redeemed back to a perfect state, which would then free a person from normal laws. Sabbatai Zevi is located in this tradition as well. 


For the Ismailis, once the Qiyamat or final spiritual realization was accomplished the normal laws of Islam fell from use and people could follow their Wills without any danger of falling into sin, because they were governed by a higher law now.
John M. 
Hi John,

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On Mar 7, 2008, John M.wrote:

I'm not sure if it was in the Enochian tradition or not, but I remember reading an account by Zosimus of someone translated into heaven where one of the things that the person was told was that the sin of Adam and Eve could easily be atoned for and people could get back to the state before the fall pretty easily. Unfortunately, I forget exactly what the angel told the person in the account about what exactly this was, but I think it had to do with a misunderstanding and/or Adam and Eve's sin not being really as great as people thought. Obviously, this account was written in the Christian era and was the product of a Christian tradition that believed in the doctrine of Original Sin, but it's none the less very interesting, especially considering that a lot of Apocalyptic thought both in the Protestant tradition in England and in offshoots of Islam like the Nizari Ismailis revolved around the possibility of being redeemed back to a perfect state, which would then free a person from normal laws. Sabbatai Zevi is located in this tradition as well. 

 

Well yes, get on your mystical Chariot (Merkabah) and proceed to the Hekaloth (the astral plane).  The 'fall' is incarnation into manifestation.  The 'sin' is that the infinite becomes finite; that the ONE becomes the ALL.  And to be finite is to take on imperfection; the "shame of Khem".  You would enjoy reading the second chapter of Liber LXV.


 

For the Ismailis, once the Qiyamat or final spiritual realization was accomplished the normal laws of Islam fell from use and people could follow their Wills without any danger of falling into sin, because they were governed by a higher law now.

 

Yes, for then, there was no danger of falling back to idolotry and the superstitious belief in some anthropomorphic god or gods.



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pj
Hi All,

Further on in HPBs Secret Doctrine, Vol. IV, Section 4, we read:

 

The Egyptians and the Chaldeans referred the birth of their divine Dynasties to that period when creative Earth was in her last final throes, in giving birth to her prehistoric mountain ranges, which have since disappeared, her seas and her continents. Her face was covered with "deep Darkness and in that (Secondary) Chaos was the principle of all things" that developed on the globe later on. And our geologists have ascertained that there was such a terrestrial conflagration in the early geological periods, several hundred millions of years ago. (Astronomy, however, knows nothing of stars that have disappeared unless from visibility, never from existence, since the Science of Astronomy became known. Temporary stars are only variable stars, and it is believed even that the new stars of Kepler and Tycho Brahe may still be seen.) As to the tradition itself, every country and nation had it, each under its respective national form.


We have here a description of the origins of BABALON.  She emerges out of the great N.O.X.; the sacred harlot who is forever a virgin.  The symbolic subtlety in this overtly contradictory assertion warrants much when considering the chant of the Babe of the Abyss: "In Nomine Babalon, Amen.  Restriction unto Choronzon."

 

It is not alone Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia or Mexico, that had their Typhon, Python, Loki and its "falling" Demon, but China, also. The Celestials have a whole literature upon the subject. In King, it is said that in consequence of a rebellion against Ti of a proud Spirit who said he was Ti himself, seven choirs of celestial spirits were exiled upon earth, which "brought a change in all nature, heaven itself bending down and uniting with earth."


And we have a description of NUIT bending down to kiss the Earth.  She is as she says in AL; black to the blind.  Her position on the Tree, in the Dark Sea of Binah shows her to be an aspect of that which is also called BABALON.

 

And in the "Y-King," one reads: "The flying Dragon, superb and rebellious, suffers now, and his pride is punished; he thought he would reign in heaven, he reigns only on the earth."



Again, the Tchoon-Tsieoo says allegorically: "one night the stars ceased shining in darkness, and deserted it, falling down like rain upon the earth, where they are now hidden." These stars are the Monads.

I am reminded of some verses from Cap. 1 of Liber LXV:



19. Therefore, O my darling, art thou black.
20. O my beautiful, I have likened thee to a jet Nubian slave, a boy of melancholy eyes.
21. O the filthy one! the dog! they cry against thee. Because thou art my beloved.
Crowley's comment for vs. 19-21

V.V.V.V.V. being perfectly Adeptus Minor appears evil.

22. Happy are they that praise thee; for they see thee with Mine eyes.

Motta's comment: Those who praise an Adept, instead of condemning and persecuting him, have reached an equivalent level of insight. They see from the perspective Tiphereth, not from any lower perspective.

23. Not aloud shall they praise thee; but in the night watch one shall steal close, and grip thee with the secret grip; another shall privily cast a crown of violets over thee; a third shall greatly dare, and press mad lips to thine.
24. Yea! the night shall cover all, the night shall cover all.
 

Chinese cosmogonies have their "Lord of the Flame" and their "Celestial Virgin," with little "Spirits to help and minister to her; and big Spirits to fight those who are the enemies of other gods." But all this does not prove that the said allegories are presentments or prophetic writings which all refer to Christian theology.

The best proof one can offer to Christian Theologians that the esoteric meaning in the Bible -- in both Testaments -- was the assertion of the same idea as in our Archaic teachings -- to wit, that the "Fall of the Angels" referred simply to the incarnation of angels "who had broken through the Seven Circles" -- is found in the Zohar. Now the Kabala of Simeon Ben Iochai is the soul and essence of its allegory, as the later Christian Kabala is the "dark cloaked" Mosaic Pentateuch. And it says (in the Agrippa MSS.):

"The wisdom of the Kabala rests in the science of the equilibrium and Harmony."

"Forces that manifest without having been first equilibrized perish in space" ("equilibrized" meaning differentiated).

"Thus perished the first Kings (the Divine Dynasties) of the ancient world, the self-produced Princes of giants. They fell like rootless trees, and were seen no more: for they were the Shadow of the Shadow"; to wit, the chhaya of the Shadowy Pitris. (Vide about the "Kings of Edom.")

 

The difference between differentiated consciousness (microcosm) and non-differentiated consciousness (macrocosm) is essential.  In a private discussion that I've been having with a friend of mine at the Luminist Foundation, I've argued for the idea that the Atman or Spirit is of the non-differentiated consciousness and that the heart of the soul (Tiphareth) is the only point where any idea of immortality may be attained; meaning that it is the higher personality that strives to attain this and that because of this, the personality (differentiated conscoiusness) would be annihilated otherwise.  The spirit is but a spark of the intimate fire that is God or Universal Mind & non-differentiated consciousness, which means it has no personality and all anthropomorphosisms are in complete error, as they pertain possibly and only to the personality that is our higher selves, addressed in a general fashion.  Therefore the personalities assigned to this generality by each specific culture, says more of the collective mind (Soul or egregore) of the culture than of any true nature of the Godhead.



 

"But those that came after them, who shooting down like falling stars were enshrined in the shadows -- prevailed and to this day": Dhyanis, who by incarnating in those "empty shadows," inaugurated the era of mankind.

Every sentence in the ancient cosmogonies, unfolds to him who can read between the lines the identity of the ideas, though under different garbs.

The first lesson taught in Esoteric philosophy is, that the incognizable Cause does not put forth evolution, whether consciously or unconsciously, but only exhibits periodically different aspects of itself to the perception of finite Minds. Now the collective Mind -- the Universal -- composed of various and numberless Hosts of Creative Powers, however infinite in manifested Time, is still finite when contrasted with the unborn and undecaying Space in its supreme essential aspect. That which is finite cannot be perfect. Therefore there are inferior Beings among those Hosts, but there never were any devils or "disobedient Angels," for the simple reason that they are all governed by Law. The Asuras who incarnated (call them by any other name), followed in this a law as implacable as any other. They had manifested prior to the Pitris, and as time (in Space) proceeds in Cycles, their turn had come -- hence the numerous allegories (Vide "Demon est Deus inversus," Part II., Vol. I.). The name of Asura was first given by the Brahmans indiscriminately to those who opposed their mummeries and sacrifices, as the great Asura called "Asurendra" did. It is to those ages, probably, that the origin of the idea of the demon, as opposer and adversary, has to be traced.

 

From this, we can draw the assertion that the first beings to involve out of the Universal Minds are higher in nature than those beings that are to follow.  These may also be ourselves on higher planes.


 

The Hebrew Elohim, called in the translations "God," and who create "light," are identical with the Aryan Asuras. They are also referred to as the "Sons of Darkness" as a philosophical and logical contrast to light immutable and eternal. The earliest Zoroastrians did not believe in Evil or Darkness being co-eternal with Good or Light, and they give the same interpretation. Ahriman is the manifested shadow of AHURA-MAZDA (Asura-mazda), himself issued from Zeruana Akerne "boundless (circle of) Time" or the Unknown Cause. "Its glory," they say of the latter, "is too exalted, its light too resplendent for either human intellect or mortal eye to grasp and see." Its primal emanation is eternal light, which, from having been previously concealed in DARKNESS was called to manifest itself and thus was formed Ormazd, the "King of Life." He is the "first-born" in BOUNDLESS TIME, but, like his own antitype (pre-existing Spiritual idea), has lived within darkness from all eternity.

 

This lesser and finite light is that which is mentioned in Liber LXV; in part what I've posted above, and the following:



2. So came I to Duant, the starry abode, and I heard voices crying aloud.
Crowley's comment: Being now open to the whole Universe, the Soul hears whatever is spoken. (Air is the vehicle of sound).

Motta's comment: To mix metaphor with objective scientific information is sometimes dangerous. Air is not the only vehicle of sound, and any way, in the mystical symbologyof the elements, hearing is referred to Akasha. We might say, therefore, that here is spoken of Akasha Vay, Sub-Element of the Elemetn of Air which is, so to speak, the Root of emotions are referred to Water. But of course thought and emotion, in what they intereact, partake of the nature of both, and sometimes more, Elements. It must always be kept in mind—if you will pardon the pun—that this Chapter refers to mind from the point of view of Spirit, that is, from the point of view of Initiation.

3. O Thou that sittest upon the Earth! (so spake a certain Veiled One to me) thou art not greater than thy mother! Thou speck of dust infinitesimal! Thou art the Lord of Glory, and the unclean dog.
Crowley's comment: A ``Veiled One'' (Isis) explains that no individual consciousness can be more than the sphere of which it is born

and which constitutes its environment. It is equally supreme and vile, these qualities being illusions produced by artificial relations, which may be chosen at will.
Motta's comment: May be chosen at will before incarnation, and even then within limits. After incarnation, you are bound by your genetic limitations. You can do much, as in Initiate; but you are limited by your inherited combination of chromosomes.

This is one of the many reasons—all of them selfish, We assure—why the Adepts are continuously trying to improve mankind. The healthier, subtler, more complex combinations are asvailable, the greater the chances of expansion. Samadhi experienced by the brain of a 75 IQ is not the same as that of a brain of 300 IQ. Even if it happens to be the same kind of samadhi. You can’t make a silkpurse out of a sow’s ear. But you can make a beautiful purse out of pig leather, if you are skilful, and the pi8g healthy enough before death. In short, you must work with the material at your disposal, you must accept the fact that this material is basically an animal, and you must never make the mistake of denying or mortifying or restricting the beast in you. It must be trained, not broken!

4. Stooping down, dipping my wings, I came unto the darkly-splendid abodes. There in that formless abyss was I made a partaker of the Mysteries Averse.

Crowley's comment: The Godhead, in order to realize itself, must involuntarily submit to undergo the experience of imperfection. It must take the Sacrament which unites it with the dark glamour of ``Evil,'' the counterpart of that which exalts the ``Sinner'' to Godhead.
Motta's comment: The concept of God coming down into matter in order to “redeem” it is false, connected with the psychological hiatus between Chesed and Binah. The fable of the Fall was invented to explain why man is so unfortunately constituted (from the point of view of lazy men, of course), and to uphold the Father-Image at any cost. In reality, the hiatus is due to the fact that man is a Spirtual entity quickening the body and mind of na animal. There is no physiological connection in the brain between the faculties called the Supernals by the Qabalists and the highest faculty of the homo saps: Chesed. Daath is therefore an artificial construct (again th Ahamkara) with the purpose of making possible integration between the God and the man. Its inefficiancy is cdue to its very recent apparition. All the faculties related to the higher Manas and to Buddhi-Manas are liable to confusion and error at this stage of evolution, becdause they are new, and still at the experimental stage. And the lower faculties, left to themselves, work well from a worldly point of view: the man (or woman) is happy, contented, prosperous, and dead to the higher life. As soon as the higher faculties become active, happiness of this sort disappears. The man, no maltter how brilliant, proves incapable of providing his own living or that o fhis family; becomes “anti-social” and quite often ends up oin prison or in the asylum. In the land of the blind the one-eyed man had better run for his life. Check Liber VII II.27-33.

The purpose is to create a human type capable of living the higher life while in the body of flesh, and doing it without trouble, perturbation or unnecessary pain. This purpose may take Us a few hundred thousand years yet to accomplish, but that is Our program. Until then.

Why then does God come into matter? To enrich His-Her-Its Experience. And this enriching of experience is basically a selfish impulse. We are not trying to “save” man. Dammit, We are man. Without Us, there is only the monkey and the blind thing of slime here, as LXV itself wil make clear later on.



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