Τετάρτη, 6 Ιανουαρίου 2016

Blavatsky and Hermes and Hermes


Blavatsky and Hermes

In her books Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine, Blavatsky refers to Hermes on at least sixty pages. In fact, Hermes occupies a prominent position in all the early Theosophical teachings. We already saw, in the opening citation of this chapter, that the hermetic philosophy is proposed as the only key to knowledge of the inner essence of things........

The archaic wisdom primarily presented by Blavatsky that everything contains consciousness and there is therefore no “dead” matter was a cry in the materialistic wilderness in those days. With broad agreement, Blavatsky quotes Hermes in another fragment from Stobaeus:
So Hermes says, the Thrice-Greatest Trismegistus: “O’ my son, matter becomes; earlier she was; for matter is the vehicle of the becoming. Becoming is the activity of the not yet created Deity.
After the matter has been endowed with the germ of becoming, she is born, for the creative force models her according to the ideal forms. Matter not yet brought forth has no form; she becomes, when she is put into motion.”......................

The Poimandres, the first treatise of the Corpus Hermeticum, made an especially deep impression on Blavatsky, and she refers to it many times:
In the “Book of Hermes” Poimandres appears to Hermes, the oldest and the most spiritual of the Logoi of the western continent, in the shape of a fiery Dragon of “Light, Fire, and Flame.” Poimandres, the personified “Divine Thought,” says: “The Light is me, I am the Nous, I am thy God, and I am far older than the human principle which escapes from the shadow…”

From  : Jacob Slavenburg - The Hermetic Link
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