Commentary on Boris Mouravieff's Gnosis
of Demeter which celebrated the Eleusinian rites was well established
in Mycenaea in the 13th century BC, and it is more than likely that the
Feast of Tabernacles in Canaan was an offshoot of this activity. Our sources
of information regarding the Eleusinian Mysteries include the ruins of
the sanctuary there; numerous statues, bas reliefs, and pottery. We also
have reports from ancient writers such as Aeschylos, Sophocles, Herodotus,
Aristophanes, Plutarch, and Pausanias - all of whom were initiates - as
well as the accounts of Christian commentators like Clement of Alexandria,
Hippolytus, Tertullian, and Astorias, who were critics and not initiates.
Yet for all this evidence, the true nature of the Mysteries remains shrouded
in uncertainty because the participants were remarkably steadfast in honoring
their pledge not to reveal what took place in the Telesterion, or inner
sanctum of the Temple of Demeter. To violate that oath of secrecy was
a capital offense. For these reasons,scholars today must make use of circumstantial
evidence and inferences, with the result that there is still no consensus
as to what did or did not take place.
have concluded - probably erroneously - that the Mysteries at Eleusis
originally must have come from Egypt. The fact is, the sanctuary ruins
in Eleusis evidently go back centuries earlier than the Egyptian
Hymn to Demeter recited by Homer that is often cited as the proof
that the origin was Egyptian. What is more, the excavations have unearthed
no Egyptian artifacts there from that period.
today favor the view that the cult of Demeter probably derived from Thessaly
or Thrace. They base this conclusion partly on references in Homer and
other ancient authors to some evidently pre-Dorian temples to Demeter
in the Thessalian towns of Thermopylae, Pyrasos, and Pherai; partly on
certain etymological links connecting key words in the rites of Demeter
to pre-Hellenic dialects from the north . Other scholars point out that
Demeter may be the same as a goddess "Dameter," who is mentioned briefly
in Linear B tablets from Pylos dating from approximately 1200 BC. This
evidence suggests that the cult of Demeter may after all have originated
in the southern Peleponnesus.
In any case,
whether the specific cult of Demeter at Eleusis originated in northern
or southern Greece, the undeniable parallels with worship of grain goddesses
in other parts of the eastern Mediterranean region point to frequent contacts
and the cross-fertilization of religious ideas. And we certainly think
that the Canaanite Feast of Tabernacles was a corrupted version of some
more ancient form.
As it happens,
the term "Thesmophoria" is derived from thesmoi, meaning "laws," and phoria,
"carrying," in reference to the goddess as "law-bearer." But the symbolism
of the ark as the "law bearer" in the "tent of meeting," or the "Mother-Delta,"
the "doorway to the higher realms," replaced the original meaning and
the role of women in the process. Based on our own researches, we believe
that True Christianity - which is almost virtually unknown today - was
a resurgence of a very ancient Tradition - and that this same Tradition
was preserved, in part, in Shamanic lore, was part of the Cathar beliefs
as well as the true meaning of the Grail legends.
Weston writes in From Ritual to Romance:
closely one studies pre-Christian Theology, the more strongly one is
impressed with the deeply and daringly spiritual character of its speculations,
and the more doubtful it appears that such teaching can depend upon
the unaided processes of human thought, or can have been evolved from
such germs as we find among the supposedly 'primitive' peoples... Are
they really primitive? Or are we dealing, not with the primary elements
of religion, but with the disjecta membra of a vanished civilization?
it is that so far as historical evidence goes our earliest records point
to the recognition of a spiritual, not of a material, origin of the
human race. Students of the Grail literature cannot fail to have been
impressed by a certain atmosphere of awe and mystery which surrounds
that enigmatic Vessel. There is a secret connected with it, the revelation
of which will entail dire misfortune on the betrayer. [...] It is so
secret a thing that no woman, be she wife or maid, may venture to speak
of it. [...]
is no doubt that the Grail was something secret, mysterious and awful,
the exact knowledge of which was reserved to a select few. […] The Nature
Cults still remain reliable guides; it is their inner, their esoteric,
ritual which will enable us to bridge the gulf between what appears
at first sight the wholly irreconcilable elements of Folk-tale and high
In our work
on Noah, we have tracked the Grail legends back to prehistoric times -
in Western Europe and Central Asia - via the very area emphasized in many
other ancient myths, including that of Jason and the Argonauts: Colchis
and the Caucasus regions. Mircea Eliade writes:
researches have clearly brought out the "shamanic" elements in the religion
of the paleolithic hunters. Horst Kierchner has interpreted the celebrated
relief at Lascaux as a representation of a shamanic trance. The same
author considers that the "kommandostabe" - mysterious objects
found in prehistoric sites - are drumsticks. If this interpretation
is accepted, the prehistoric sorcerers would already have used drums
comparable to those of the Siberian shamans.
Karl J. Narr has reconsidered the problem of the "origin" and chronology
of shamanism in his important study. He brings out the influence of
notions of fertility (Venus statuettes) on the religious beliefs of
the prehistoric North Asian hunters; but this influence did not
disrupt the paleolithic tradition. His conclusions are as follows: Animal
skulls and bones found in the sites of the European Paleolithic (before
50,000 - ca. 30,000 BC) can be interpreted as ritual offerings. [...]
Soon afterward, probably about 25,000 BC, Europe offers evidence
for the earliest forms of shamanism (Lascaux) with the plastic representations
of the bird, the tutelary spirit, and ecstasy. [...]
to be certain is the antiquity of "shamanic" rituals and symbols. It
remains to be determined whether these documents brought to light by
prehistoric discoveries represent the first expressions of a shamanism
in statu nascendi or are merely the earliest documents today
available for an earlier religious complex, which, however, did
not find "plastic" manifestations (drawings, ritual objects, etc) before
the period of Lascaux.[…]
in those lands, [ in Central and North Asia,] and from the earliest
times, we find documents for the existence of a Supreme Being of celestial
structure, who also corresponds morphologically to all the other
Supreme Beings of the archaic religions. The symbolism of ascent, with
all the rites and myths dependent on it, must be connected with celestial
Supreme Beings; we know that "height" was sacred as such, that many
supreme gods of archaic peoples are called "He on high," or "he of the
Sky," or simply "Sky." This symbolism of ascent and "height" retains
its value even after the "withdrawal" of the celestial Supreme Being
- for, as is well known, Supreme Beings gradually lose their active
place in the cult, giving way to religious forms that are more "dynamic"
and "familiar" (the gods of storm and fertility, demiurges, the souls
of the dead, the Great Goddesses, etc.) […]
or even the total loss in religious currency of uranian Supreme Beings
is sometimes indicated in myths concerning a primordial and paradisal
time when communications between heaven and earth were easy and accessible
to everyone; as the result of some happening, these communications were
broken off and the Supreme Beings withdrew to the highest sky.[…]
of the cult of the celestial Supreme Being did not nullify the symbolism
of ascent with all its implication. […] The shamanic ecstasy could be
considered a reactualization of the mythical illud tempus when
men could communicate in concreto with the sky. It is indubitable
that the celestial ascent of the shaman is a survival, profoundly
modified and sometimes degenerate, of this archaic religious ideology
centered on faith in a celestial Supreme Being and belief in concrete
communications between heaven and earth. […] The myths refer to more
intimate relations between the Supreme Beings and shamans; in particular,
they tell of a First Shaman, sent to earth by the Supreme Being or his
surrogate to defend human beings against diseases and evil spirits.
change in the religions of Central and North Asia […] in turn altered
the meaning of the shaman's ecstatic experience. Descents to the underworld,
the struggle against evil spirits, the increasingly familiar relations
with "spirits" that result in their "embodiment" or in the shaman's
being "possessed" by "spirits," are innovations, most of them recent.
In addition, there are the influences from the south, which appeared
quite early and which altered both cosmology and the mythology and
techniques of ecstasy. Among these southern influences we must reckon,
in later times, the contribution of Buddhism and Lamaism, added to the
Iranian and, in the last analysis, Mesopotamian influences that preceded
schema of the shaman's ritual death and resurrection is likewise an
innovation, but one that goes back to much earlier times; in any
case, it cannot be ascribed to influences from the ancient Near East.
But the innovations introduced by the ancestor cult particularly affected
the structure of this initatory schema. The very concept of mystical
death was altered by the many and various religious changes effected
by lunar mythologies, the cult of the dead, and the elaboration of magical
we must conceive of Asiatic shamanism as an archaic technique of ecstasy
whose original underlying ideology - belief in a celestial Supreme
Being with whom it was possible to have direct relations by ascending
into the sky - was constantly being transformed by a ongoing series
of exotic contributions culminating in the invasion of Buddhism.
of mystical death, furthermore, encouraged increasingly regular relations
with the ancestral souls and the "spirits," relations that ended in
"possession." The phenomenology of the trance underwent many changes
and corruptions, due in large part to confusion as to the precise nature
of ecstasy. Yet all these innovations and corruptions did not succeed
in eliminating the possibility of the true shamanic ecstasy.
once we have discerned in the shamanic experience a "nostalgia for
paradise" that suggests one of the oldest types of Christian
mystical experience. As for the "inner light," which plays
a part of the first importance in Indian mysticism and metaphysics as
well as in Christian mystical theology, it is already documented
is important not only for the place that it holds in the history of
mysticism. The shamans have played an essential role in the defense
of the psychic integrity of the community They are preeminently
the antidemonic champions; they combat not only demons and disease,
but also the black magicians. [A shaman is a] tireless slayer of demons.
The military elements that are of great importance in certain types
of Asian shamanism (lance, cuirass, bow, sword, etc.) are accounted
for by the requirements of war against the demons, the true enemies
of humanity. In a way it can be said that shamanism defends life,
health, fertility, the world of "light," against death, diseases, sterility,
disaster, and the world of "darkness."[...]
fundamental and universal is the shaman's struggle against what we could
call "the powers of evil." […] The shaman's essential role in the defense
of the psychic integrity of the community depends above all on this:
men are sure that one of them is able to help them in the critical circumstances
produced by the inhabitants of the invisible world. […] A member
of the community is able to see what is hidden and invisible to the
rest and to bring back direct and reliable information from the supernatural
already referred to the likenesses between the accounts of shamanic
ecstasies and certain epic themes in oral literature. The shaman's adventures
in the other world, the ordeals that he undergoes in his ecstatic descents
below and ascents to the sky, suggest the adventures of the figures
in popular tales and the heroes of epic literature. Probably a large
number of epic "subjects" or motifs, as well as many characters, images,
and cliches of epic literature, are, finally, of ecstatic origin, in
the sense that they were borrowed from the narrative of shamans describing
their journeys and adventures in the superhuman worlds. [ Eliade, Mircea,
Shamanism, Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy.]
we suggest that Esoteric Christianity - the REAL teachings of Jesus -
were a revival of the most ancient of True Traditions of Freedom - an
antediluvian tradition handed down from the Ancient Athenians of Plato's
myth - the defenders of the world against the Evil Empire of Atlantis.
This Evil Empire of Atlantis is reincarnated in the present day - the
controlling empire of our world - and seeks to establish a One World control
system exactly as Atlantis did ages ago. Part of the means of doing this
includes brainwashing the masses, even those who are seeking alternative
explanations in philosophy and religion. For those who seek outside the
already corrupted standard religions, there is now the Stargate
Conspiracy - the promotion of Egyptian and South American mysticism
as the source of the Tradition. And it is a lie.
is quite interesting when one removes the obvious gloss of the Egyptian
resurrection myth. When the reader is fully informed about the variations
on these two themes, it is almost pathetically easy to read the New Testament
and see what might be original to "Jesus," and what was added by the "creators"
of Christianity as we know it.
even more interesting was the fact that the only writings contemporary
to the times of early Christianity, which mention it specifically, remark
that it is a "vile superstition." Yet, what we have as Christianity today,
is nothing more or less than the same religious practices of the peoples
who branded it a "vile superstition." Obviously something very strange
happened between the times of the early Christians, and the times in which
Christianity became the established religion. And whatever it was that
happened, changed Christianity from a "vile superstition" to an acceptable,
all-inclusive, monotheistic device. In short, it seems evident that "true
Christianity" has completely disappeared from the world stage and those
individuals who call themselves Christian are not, in fact, Christians
in the original sense of the word by any stretch of the imagination.
that comes to mind is: what would the peoples of that time have considered
a "vile superstition," when one is aware of what they considered normal
religious practice? The only thing that seemed to fit the bill, so to
say, is the possibility that whoever was the figure around which the Jesus
legend was wrapped, was teaching that the "God of this world" was an "evil
magician." Not only that, but that he probably suggested that man is the
manifestation of God, and all creation is the "body of God," and that
there was no point in praying to an "external god" at all. Now that would
have set just about everybody back then on fire! To suggest that sacrifice
to the gods, that appeasing the gods, that honoring the gods, that praying
to the gods, that expecting to be saved by or cleansed from sin by any
of the gods, was a waste of time would have been absolute heresy to all
of the many religions! For them, such an idea, and only such an idea,
would have been most definitely a "vile superstition."
we have something of a parallel in some remarks about Pythagoras. He was
accused of believing the "vile superstitions" of the barbarians, that
a soul is born over and over again into different bodies as opposed to
the nonsense of the Egyptians that induced them to place all their hopes
in a physical resurrection, for which purpose they went to such extremes
as attempting to preserve their bodies for that future resurrection!
of Alexandria writes:
are the times of the oldest wise men and philosophers among the Greeks.
And that the most of them were barbarians by extraction, and were trained
among barbarians, what need is there to say? Pythagoras is shown to
have been either a Tuscan or a Tyrian. And Antisthenes was a Phrygian.
And Orpheus was an Odrysian or a Thracian. The most, too, show Homer
to have been an Egyptian. Thales was a Phoenician by birth, and was
said to have consorted with the prophets of the Egyptians; as also Pythagoras
did with the same persons, by whom he was circumcised, that he might
enter the adytum and learn from the Egyptians the mystic philosophy.
He held converse with the chief of the Chaldeans and the Magi; and he
gave a hint of the church, now so called, in the common hall which he
maintained. And Plato does not deny that he procured all that is most
excellent in philosophy from the barbarians; and he admits that he came
writing in the Phaedo that the philosopher can receive aid from all
sides, he said: "Great indeed is Greece, O Cebes, in which everywhere
there are good men, and many are the races of the barbarians."[…]
the Symposium, Plato, landing the barbarians as practicing philosophy
with conspicuous excellence, truly says: "And in many other instances
both among Greeks and barbarians, whose temples reared for such sons
are already numerous." And it is clear that the barbarians signally
honoured their lawgivers and teachers, designating them gods. For, according
to Plato, "they think that good souls, on quitting the supercelestial
region, submit to come to this Tartarus; and assuming a body, share
in all the ills which are involved in birth, from their solicitude for
the race of men;" and these make laws and publish philosophy, "than
which no greater boon ever came from the gods to the race of men, or
is well known that Plato is found perpetually celebrating the barbarians,
remembering that both himself and Pythagoras learned the most and the
noblest of their dogmas among the barbarians.[…] [Circa AD 260-340]
one notices when reading Clement, he has an agenda to validate Judaism
and the New Covenant of Christianity. He identified "barbarians" as including
Egyptians, Persian, Hindus, Babylonians, Phrygians, and so on. Again we
find that all we can discover about the deeper beliefs of the ancient
secret schools is what we hear from their detractors. In the end, Clement
promoted the idea that the "true philosophy" was Hebrew, and that it was
preserved most closely in the Egyptian "Mystery Schools." This twisting
of the facts by someone with an agenda, has been the foundation for centuries
of researchers to look in the wrong direction for the answers, and to
follow the wrong clues regarding such things as the Ark of the Covenant
and the Holy Grail.
of Jesus - whatever his real name was - was obviously this True Tradition,
and was later corrupted and glossed by those who rewrote the Bible for
purposes of power and control.
is nothing new. Time after time the Esoteric Tradition is misunderstood
or deliberately buried, and so it dies. Then, when the time is ripe,
it must either be restored or rephrased. In the meantime, the meaning
is kept alive in communities or schools symbolized by the name "ark,"
of which Noah's Ark was one.
sign that the inner knowledge has been misunderstood is the idea that
the inner knowledge is "secret." This misunderstanding comes
from a lack of comprehension of the term "inner" itself.
The impression is conveyed that these ideas are the possession of an
"inner group" and are not to be given to others, when nothing
could be further from the truth. The real problem is due to what we
now understand as "vectors of direction," the many "agents
of the Matrix" in our reality who interpret the terminology in
a purely material way, and promote their versions on the unsuspecting
public. An example is the case of the crucifixion itself. The words
that Paul used to describe "Christ crucified" have nothing
to do with an historical event, and everything to do with an "inner
event." The crucifixion describes things which can and do happen
within and between serious esoteric students and is a clear analogy
for problems of the inner life of man which urgently require study.
Those who understand the crucifixion in a purely outward way, or who
cling to the past as promoted by the Control System, miss the living
said: "let the dead bury the dead."
is: inner knowledge is freely available to all those who are willing
to look into themselves and face the pain that this brings.
tells us that the Christian Esoteric Tradition has always remained alive
within certain monasteries in Greece, Russia, and elsewhere. It is true
that this knowledge was hermetically hidden, but at the same time, its
existence was known and access to it was never forbidden to those seriously
interested in esoteric questions.
tells us that his commentaries are drawn directly from the Eastern Christian
Tradition: the sacred texts, the commentaries written around these texts,
and especially from the Philokalia which is, above all,
the same teaching and discipline, transmitted by fully authorized individuals.
examination and comparison of Mouravieff's work to that of Ouspensky and
Gurdjieff will show the incomplete character of the latter, as well as
the deviations from the ancient doctrine.
categorically affirmed that entry into the Kingdom of God is closed
to those who have not been born anew. This second Birth is the object
and goal of esoteric work.
genuine faith, human intelligence, and goodwill, are not sufficient
to prevent errors and deviations in everything that touches the domain
of Revelation. The errors and deviations of Ouspensky's book [declared
by Gurdjieff to have been accurate as far as it went] - attest to the
fact that it was not written under the aegis of the Esoteric Brotherhood.
This means that the facts on which the book was based have a fragmentary
character, In the esoteric realm, all fragmentary knowledge is a
source of danger.
As it was
in the past, so it is in the present: certain Gnostic schools, seeing
the imperfection of the created world, and without searching for the reason
for the existence of these imperfections, have, by a shortcut of thought,
jumped to conclusions. One modern day example is the work of Dr.
is One, whether it is the esoteric core of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism,
or Sufism, and whoever delves deeply into these things cannot fail to
note the Unity of the teachings. All the great religions which have
issued from the One Tradition are messages of truth - yet each of them
addresses only part of humanity - parts with certain character. Esoteric
Christianity , in its perfect expression, aims at a general resurrection
while other doctrines, even though they belong to the Truth, essentially
aim at individual salvation and are therefore only partial revelations
of the Tradition.
the writings of the Philokalia were intended for people
who had already acquired some proficiency in esoteric studies. One
could actually say the same about the Gospels, corrupted and glossed
though they be. Bishop Theophan, in his preface to the Philokalia,
insists on the fact that without help nobody can succeed in penetrating
the doctrine. This is why esoteric science conserves and cultivates
an oral tradition which brings the letter to life. Oriental Orthodoxy
has known how to keep this Tradition intact by applying the absolute
rule of Hermetism in each particular case. From generation to generation,
ever since the time of the Apostles, it has led its disciples up to
has provided a safeguard for nearly twenty centuries, it must be said
that circumstances have now changed. At the current point in history,
as at the time of the Coming of Christ, the veil has been partially
raised. Therefore, for those who want to advance beyond book knowledge,
which never goes beyond the domain of information; for those who intensely
seek the true sense of life, who want to understand the significance
of the mission of those who labor in the vineyards of the Lord at the
time of the Harvest, the possibility exists for initiation into this
divine Wisdom, mysterious and hidden.
tells us that clarity of the New Testament can be extracted from obscurity
by comparison to the Slavonic texts. There are two reasons for this.
The first is that the translation of the New Testament into Slavonic was
done at a time when the spirit of the texts still remained close to the
original meaning. The second is that the fixed nature of the Slavonic
languages, Russian in particular, remain very close to the old Slavonic
language which is still in used in the divine service of the Orthodox
religion in the Slavic countries.
text is generally attributed to Constantine the Philosopher, also known
as St. Cyril, and to his brother St. Methodius, both learned Greeks
from Salonika. Arriving in Chersonese of Tauric, St. Cyril found, in
the ninth century, that the Gospels were already written in this language,
suggesting that they were produced in a period when the forms remained
alive - as stated by the apostle St. Andrew, who taught Christianity
in Russia in the first century of the present era… close to the time
of the events.
notes that all serious esoteric teaching, as in ordinary education, is
generally accepted that nobody can go on to secondary school without
having completed an elementary education. Nor can a person be admitted
to a university without having a secondary education. These graduations
automatically "select" those able to become active members
of the cultural elite of human society.
the same is true in the esoteric Tradition.
in our modern world, we encounter a curious phenomenon. For example:
we would not seek to discuss Newton's binomial theorem without having
studied algebra, for without this, every opinion we expressed on the
subject would be worthless.
the esoteric field, we find a host of "experts" who declare
their opinions on esotericism without having ever learned even the rudiments
of this knowledge.
same time, some of them demand "simplicity" from esoteric
teachings on the generally accepted principle that Truth itself must
be simple. They conclude from this that access to Truth ought to likewise
be simple. Then they assert that the methods to access Truth must be
would be perfectly correct if human beings and the problems they face
were simple and just. However, that is not the case. There is a long
road to travel from our state of distorted inner disorder to any "original
the doctrine of "simplicity" - if regarded as an axiom - turns
the student aside from the strait gate and the narrow way that leads
to Life. Impelled by this counter-truth, he believes he stands before
this door, when he is in reality - although undoubtedly in perfectly
good faith - walking the wide path that leads to perdition, ad majorem
Diaboli gloriam, of course.
of Simplicity, correct in itself, but wrongly interpreted, becomes a
snare for hearts and minds that are already too corrupt; a danger which
should be recognized and avoided.
complain that the subject of the fundamentals of esotericism is not
simple. Others have said that it leads to great clarity. This apparent
contradiction is explained by the fact that esotericism is addressed
to readers who are predisposed to esoteric culture by their nature,
formation or personal experience.
said: "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." And then he
adds: "You shall know them by their fruits."
difficult, if not impossible, for an esoterically unevolved person to
discern false prophets spontaneously. He will recognize them more easily
by their "fruits," by the observable results of their works,
which serve as signs. The Tradition knows and teaches a whole Science
further said: "Temptations (snares, traps set to entice to sin)
are sure to come, but woe to him by or through whom they come! It
would be more profitable for him if a millstone were hung around his
neck and he were hurled into the sea than that he should cause to
sin or be a snare…"
is disturbing, but its value is real. A thief can carry off our wealth;
a 'ravening wolf' can deprive us of salvation.
wolves' appear in sheep's clothing we shall learn from the following
text, well-phrased to frighten us:
is not everyone that saith unto me: Lord, Lord, who shall enter into
the kingdom of heaven, but he that accomplishes the will of my Father
which is in Heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out
devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I shall
declare unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye who work iniquity."
is that neither prophecies that are fulfilled nor the occurrence of
miracles give us any surety against 'ravening wolves.'
in our own times: "There shall arise false Christs, and false
prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if
it were possible, they should deceive the very elect."
is the time of Transition. We are in the heart of this period, which
is relatively short. All the signs show that the necessary conditions
for the End are emerging before our very eyes.
brings with it a great preparatory task for the transition to the approaching
Cycle of the Holy Spirit. The preparatory task fundamental to the Time
of Transition can and must be accomplished under the Aegis of the Absolute,
for human beings and BY human beings. Success depends upon the
emergence in the near future of a sufficient number of people belonging
to a new human type - torch bearers who have an innate predisposition
for esoteric work. And, it is Women who must play the inspirational
role in this difficult time of Transition leading to the promised era
of esoteric work is the march towards Consciousness, which means towards
Truth. The final aim that man can hope to achieve by esoteric work
is to attain the Second Birth and so overcome Death.
exceptions, this aim can only be attained by the student through hared
and methodical work. The sum of the conscious efforts required is proportional
to the degeneracy of the Personality.
is accepted voluntarily, but it is of iron. The student can abandon
the work at any moment to return to worldly interests.
of choice and the initiative demanded of the seeker bring a danger:
that of taking the false for the true; the impure for the pure, allowing
himself to become subject to traps and snares. When such errors are
made by the pure in heart, they will be warned in time, even if they
persist in their error.
danger, which can lead to mortal sin, to a definite check, occurs when
an impure heart seeks to be served by higher psychic forces for its
own egoistic ends. This is a quagmire.
phenomenon often occurs in the human mind when it considers the generally
hermetized theories and facts of the esoteric realm.
field of science, pure, moral, applied, it is generally accepted that
we must be well versed in a subject before we can give a valid opinion.
To speak seriously, one must speak of what one knows, which presupposes
esoteric domain, many purveyors of "esoteric science" believe
themselves to be competent without even completing an elementary education.
They may receive all kinds of "insights" and messages from
all kinds of sources, but the problem with that is that they judge these
messages and teachings to be positive or true before they have even
developed within themselves the correct instrument with which to judge.
is: we KNOW that any given thing can only be conceived, understood
and judged by something similar or higher. Without this, all judgments,
discussions and advice about esoteric facts remain comparable to evaluations
and opinions about the shade of a specific color by someone born blind.
the world we live in is closed off, invisible to the fetus in its mother's
womb until the awakening of its birth, even so the higher planes of
Life, the astral and spiritual, are similarly closed and invisible to
us until the Second Birth. Until then, man can only form hypotheses
or refer to the testimony of authors who have themselves been Twice
passing valid judgments of these facts, no one can do this until he
has himself crossed the second Threshold.
clear is that it is commonplace these days for people of perfectly good
faith to persist in their ignorant attitudes about esotericism. This
phenomenon is due to two principle causes. One is the general tendency
of humans to claim qualities which exist in them only in potential,
and the second - a consequence of the first - is the deification of
Personality. Without doing any real, prolonged work, they "trust
themselves" or rely on their own "truth" to guide them.
not speaking here of people of bad faith; we are speaking of sincere
people who stray into gross error. Their case is precisely that of
the sick in need of a physician. They are small "Sauls" who
could be converted to small "Pauls," and thus might become
useful laborers and earn a reward in the fields of the Lord. But they
wander in their searching beyond the place where they could receive
compensation for the work that they have done.
work the phenomenalist mentality seeks facts. It looks for manifestations
that confirm that its work is well founded, or which simply satisfy
its curiosity. This is where the snares and traps and greatest dangers
lie. For it is often possible to obtain the desired "facts"
quite easily from the astral realms, to which the human personality
also belongs. When the personality is firmly anchored in the physical
body it is generally incapable of making direct connection with the
astral levels. However, certain persons, known as sensitives, have
the innate or acquired faculty of momentarily weakening the ties of
the personality to the physical body so that, with no esoteric evolution
whatever, they are able to connect with this level - connecting to the
coarsest levels of the astral.
obtained this way are often regarded by people who seek them as coming
from the spiritual level. However, this level is a vast reservoir of
psychic entities that have no contact with the higher plane, including
amongst them discarnate Personalities, who normally remain there to
await their Second Death - the negative equivalent of the Second Birth.
This usually occurs on the fortieth day after death of the physical
expressly warns seekers against contacts with this realm which is so
dangerous and full of the worst illusions.
power of intervention of these entities in the lives of humans is a
function of the credulity they meet. The yearning to experience miracles,
visions, etc, creates an atmosphere favorable for their appearance,
which can assume various forms, often perceptible to the physical senses.
materialist mind of the cultured man of our era, the true and the false
in esoteric research easily become mixed together. This entanglement
shows above all in the domain of our affections, which are generally
unbalanced in us because the habit of lying has become our true second
nature. The innate faculty of immediate discernment of the true from
the false is thus lost, and man, even the most cultured and learned,
becomes singularly credulous, particularly in the mystical realm.
affects us according to law: credulity is inversely proportional
to true faith.
we must define faith:
is an openness and trusting attitude to truth and reality, whatever
it may turn out to be. This is a risky and adventurous state of mind.
Belief, in the religious sense, is the opposite of faith – because it
is a fervent wishing or hope, a compulsive clinging to the idea that
the universe is arranged and governed in such and such a way. Belief
is holding to a rock; faith is learning how to swim – and this whole
universe swims in boundless space.
other words, the less open we are to truth and reality, the more our credulity
grows and the more we are inclined to adopt "beliefs" and rituals,
often taking grotesque forms. In
this mechanism we can see the familiar action of the General Law of Accident
which is the essence of the Matrix:
inspire the man who seeks the Way with the idea that he is already on
the way. This is the best and the most common means used by the "Devil"
to turn away the seeker who has had insufficient warning from the narrow
way which leads to Life. Jesus asked:
can ye believe which receive glory from one another, and seek not
the glory that comes from God only?
we accept the "glory of men," yet still believe that we are
on or walking on the Way, we fall directly under the law of equilibrium.
Jesus alluded to this when he quoted the Pharisees who prayed in the
streets, saying that "they have already received their reward."
is well understood that the human Personality, in the unfinished state
in which we find it, forms our only instrument for esoteric work. Better
still, it is a gift; it is the talent the Master has given us so that
we may make it bear fruit. Woe to the servant who buries it in the
earth of his body. "Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer
darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." And here,
this is no metaphor.
must therefore work with love and with all our strength since we do
not know at what hour the Master will come.
being so, the attitude of the esoteric Doctrine towards lying is clear
and realistic. ...We must fight energetically against .. useless lies.
is only by training of this nature that we shall progressively be able
to master the rooted tendency to lie which exists within us. Every
attempt to hurry things, so far as lying to others is concerned, though
it be a noble attempt, is doomed to early failure. We live in a world
which is immersed in lies and moved by lies.
is also necessary to guard against a variant of the habit of lying to
ourselves, one which we commonly adopt from early childhood, and against
which we must fight by every means. This variant is widespread because
at first glance it appears to us to be a positive attitude. ...When
applied to ourselves and for our own benefit, with the aim of softening
a shock, or regaining our inner peace after we have sinned, or excusing
our actions or faults, this idiom crystallizes within us over a period
of time an auto- tranquilizing mechanism. ...It is a true mechanism
of mental anesthesia, founded on a refined and disguised lie. It sows
hypocrisy in man towards himself.
auto-tranquillizer must be destroyed."
we see so often how desperately people want to be "tranquilize."
How many individuals have written to us asking for an answer that would
help them feel peaceful and enable them to go to sleep at night. They
want "positive messages." They want a program of meditation
that will make them feel good, or something to do or "look forward
to" that will ease their anxiety when they glimpse, momentarily,
the reality of the Matrix. They want to feel chosen and special by virtue
of having been "contacted" and performing rituals without doing
the absolutely agonizing work necessary to precipitate transformation.
permanent link which must be introduced between the Personality and
the real "I" is esoteric Knowledge. The knowledge and understanding
that it permits us to acquire represent the philosopher's stone of
the medieval mystics. They are capable of provoking in man the transmutation
to which he aspires.
must work ceaselessly, for fear of not succeeding in time. One must
work, says Jesus, "while it is day: the night comes when no man
commentaries of Mouravieff are absolutely invaluable, and would be helpful
to every seeker on the path and reader of the Cassiopaean Material. This
is especially so because Mouravieff actually describes things that we
have already experienced, even though we did not precisely understand
what it was we were doing, how or even why.
example, Mouravieff calls the influences of the material world, the Matrix,
the predator's mind, etc, the "A influences." (He has diagrams
showing how they affect the consciousness.) The influences of the esoteric
center, the "real world" concealed by the "matrix illusion,"
the "truth," are called "B influences."
a man spends his life without distinguishing between "A" and
"B" influences, he will end as he started, one could say
mechanically, driven by the Law of Accident. ...He can have a brilliant
career in the meaning the world gives to this expression. Yet he will
come to the end of his days without having either learned or understood
anything of the Reality. And dust returns to dust.
life, every being is subjected to a sort of competitive test. If he
discerns the existence of the "B" influences; if he acquires
a taste for gathering and absorbing them; if he continually aspires
to assimilate them better; his mixed inner nature will slowly undergo
a certain kind of evolution.
if the efforts which he makes to absorb the "B" influences
are constant and sufficient in force, a magnetic centre can be formed
this center once born in him is carefully developed, it takes form,
and in its turn will exercise an influence over the results of the
"A" influences which are always active, deflecting them.
deflection may be violent. In general it transgresses the laws of
exterior life and provokes many conflicts in and around man. If he
loses the battle, he emerges with the conviction the the "B"
influences are nothing but illusion: that the only reality is represented
by the "A" influences. Slowly, the magnetic center which
had been formed within him is reabsorbed and vanishes. Then, from
the esoteric point of view, his situation is worse than the one he
had started with, when he was just beginning to discern "B"
if he emerges a winner in this FIRST struggle, his magnetic centre,
consolidated and reinforced, will draw him to a man having a "C"
influence stronger than his own, and possessing a stronger magnetic
center. And so on in succession, the last man being in connection
with another having in influence "D", who will be his link
with the Esoteric Center "E."
in life, that man will no longer be isolated.
the measure of its growth, the man will escape the dominion of the law
of accident and enter the domain of consciousness.
then shows a diagram of the person who deludes himself and does not struggle
against the lies of the Matrix... who has not engaged in the work of
stripping away lies:
second figure, with black magnetic centers, represents the situation
where man deludes himself and, believing he is absorbing "B"
influences and making the necessary selection all the while, he in
fact absorbs "A" influences... This will put him into contact
with people who possess magnetic centers of the same nature: who are
themselves duped or who dupe others, and who have no direct or indirect
link with the esoteric Center.
both the Wave Series and the
Adventure Series, we
have been dealing with identifying these very influences and emphasizing
the necessity of "collecting" the "A" influences in
terms of "seeing the unseen" of what we have called the Theological
Reality. We have also met many characters that are aptly described by
Mouravieff in his diagram of those individuals who have deluded themselves
and have created a magnetic center of negativity, and how they attract
to themselves others with similar negative magnetic centers.
other words, the activities described in the Adventures series - the constant
questioning, stripping, looking at what is difficult and dealing with
it - the shocks of seeing the Matrix, the "man behind the curtain,"
the effort to "see the unseen" is the very activity of collecting
these "B" influences which then lead to the "magnetic
center," or "lodestar," as the C's called it.
Q: When I post material on the website, those people who resonate to
the material believe that this refers to them also. I have been of the
opinion that Unified Thought Form being must mean a very large group
as represented in this density. I know that we are dealing with limiting
terms. But, is this applied to people who CHOOSE the Cassiopaean option?
A: Maybe it is best to say it applies to those who recognize the application.
Q: So, if they recognize it, if they know it is them, they are part
of it. (A) But, thinking in nonlinear terms, its up to us to work to
make this precise. You are asking this question which implies that the
answer exists. But, exactly what the answer is may be it is not yet
chosen, and it is up to us to make it this way.
A: Lodestar is a clue for you.
evolution seems a long process, an uninterrupted combat with a series
of successes and falls. More than once, he who searches will fall
into crises of discouragement; more than once it will seem to him that
he is being driven beyond the limits of his own life; he will sometimes
feel crushed under the burden of the tests and difficulties against
which he will be pitted during his search.
can be understood when we know that esoteric science in its teaching
goes far beyond simple information. Its purpose, in fact, is nothing
less than the TRANSFORMATION of the very being of those who study it...
every case where esoteric science offers ALL, it demands ALL in return.
One must pay all.
is impossible to reach the true by the path of lies or hypocritical
games, because in this case we seek to BE, rather than to "appear
describes the reaction of the "matrix/ B influences" to the
person who is on the Path:
long as man accepts the principle of the final annihilation of his
Personality without a fight, he can carry on in life without attracting
the increasing pressure of the General Law of Accident upon himself.
case is totally different if he struggles to surpass the limits which
it imposes. He then runs against the action upon him of this Law and
its derivatives. It acts simultaneously on several planes: physical,
mental and moral. Its action on the moral plane is conceived by man,
since time immemorial, in the form of the personification: the Devil."
are also reminded of Gurdjieff's remarks about the "mechanical force"
having promoters and adherents at very high levels who act under its powerful
influences. We suggest that both are 4 and 5 D STS beings.
the first positive results are obtained those students will unmistakable
run up against the active opposition of the law and the "game of
the Crafty One."
must be realized that in placing himself under the aegis of the Law
of Exception, man goes against the General Law of Accident, which he
is even called upon to overthrow, if only on the individual scale.
He must no forget - under penalty of "surprise attack" -
that salvation depends on victory over the Devil, which, as we have
said, is the personalized moral aspect of the General Law of Accident.
This is so even though this, being a cosmic law, is naturally a divine
must not be afraid, as the Law of Exception is also a divine law.
choosing it, man continues to serve the interest of the whole, but
differently and in an incomparably more efficient manner.
his fight against the first law, he is subject to tests that often take
the form of temptations. ...We are permitted to draw attention to the
indirect nature of diabolical action.
aiming straight towards his goal, which is liberation and salvation,
the seeker successfully overcomes the obstacles and by this shows proof
of a strength that would permit him to defy the authority of the General
Law, the latter will begin to act upon him indirectly, generally by
the mediation of his near ones if they do not follow the same path:
this action occurs on the moral plane, and often takes emotional forms
appealing to his most noble, generous and disinterested sentiments:
to his charity; his obligation; his pity. It impels him down blind
alleys, insinuating that he will thus be returning to his duty, that
by so doing he will go on walking in the right path, etc.
will clarify the profound saying of Jesus that : "A man's worst
enemies are those of his own household."
us repeat: esoteric work is by its nature a revolutionary work. The
seeker seeks a change of state: to overcome Death and attain Salvation.
This is the goal give to this work by the scriptures: "If ye
live after the flesh, ye must die."
man who lives passively under the first law, insensibly and without
being aware of it - even as an excellent citizen - involves himself
in "The broad way that leadeth to destruction; he who chooses
the Law of Exception takes : "The narrow road that leadeth to
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