There is no beginning, there is no end,- From Ultimate Journey by Robert A. Monroe (via alwaysinsearchoflight)
"If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
- Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.- Rumi
Manly P Hall - Spinal Column & the Kundalini 1of8
The symbol falls in the domain of cryptography esoteric or psychological. Using most of the time elements in simple, natural, such as colors, shapes, animals, but also man-made elements, tools, geometrical structures or artistic legends. (C. Morel)
Of the twelve labors of Hercules, the first test was the fight with the Nemean lion, monster born of Typhon and Echidna and could not be killed with any weapons, because his skin was invulnerable. To win, the hero forced him to take refuge in the den, after unsuccessfully hit with arrows and dazed with the terrible blows of his club and then strangled him in the grip of his arms of steel. Then, Heracles used the skin as with a garment, covering himself the head with the head of the beast. The episode explains how the candidate for initiation must kill the lion of the personality, to make room for indifference, to learn to be subordinated to the whole. The episode of the Nemean lion can be put in relation to the fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo. The test would be to win the proud pride and obstinacy of the Lion, and develop his nobility, his greatness, his righteousness. It is noteworthy that the skin of the lion won from now on will be in a sense the “uniform” of Heracles, the dress that will be used to cover it. And ‘the initiation of the neophyte with the dressing of the profane, with the instruction of the signs and the assignment of the secret.
"A Mason is not proud of his position. He is not puffed up by his honor, but with a sinking heart is eternally ashamed of his own place, realizing that it is far below the standard of his Craft. The farther he goes, the more he realizes that he is standing on slippery places and if he allows himself for one moment to lose his simplicity and humility, a fall is inevitable. A true Mason never feels himself worthy of his Craft. A student may stand on the top of Fool’s Mountain self-satisfied in his position , but the true Brother is always noted for his simplicity”
Manly P Hall
" Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils… " - Plato
ASTRONOMER, 1504. The Arabian astronomer, Messahalah (c740-815). Woodcut by Albrecht Dürer from title page to Messahalah’s ‘De scientia motus orbis,’ Nuremberg, Germany, 1504.
The De scientia motus orbis is probably the treatise called in Arabic “the twenty-seventh;” printed in Nuremberg 1501, 1549. The second edition is entitled: ‘De elementis et orbibus coelestibus’, and contains 27 chapters.
Alchemy eludes definition and is difficult to understand. It has been associated since its inception with charlatans, opportunists, and deluded chemists, and nowadays is often confused with sorcery and occultism. However, its strange imagery continues to capture the popular imagination. Its cultural influences have been wide, encompassing not only chemistry and medicine, but also philosophy, psychology, art, music and literature.
The aims of alchemy have always proved hard to explain.
"The Sephirothic Tree of the later Kabbalists
From Kircher’s OEdipus AEgyptiacus
By Manly Palmer Hall
The Kabbalists divided the universe into four worlds, each consisting of ten spheres, arranged into what is called the “Sephirothic Tree.” This Tree is composed of ten circles, representing the numbers 1 to 10, connected together by twenty-two canals—the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew
alphabet. The ten numbers plus the twenty-two letters result in the occult number 32, which, according to the Mishna, signifies the Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom.” - Manly Palmer Hall
"You can be in bliss only where you are authentically yourself. You can never feel happiness when you are acting as someone else. So remember Tantra’s message: YOU are the ideal. You are not to imitate anyone; you are to discover yourself. Looking at a buddha. There is no need to imitate him. When you are looking at a buddha, the possibility hits deep in you that something of the beyond can happen. Buddha is just a symbol that something has happened to this man - and if it can happen to this man, it can happen to EVERY man. Then the whole possibility of humanity is revealed."
- Osho, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
" Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we? "
- Henry David Thoreau
The Holy Guide:
Leading the way to the wonder of the world : a compleat phisitian, teaching the knowledge of all things, past, present, and to come, viz., of pleasure, long life, health, youth, blessedness, wisdome and virtue, and to cure, change, and remedy all diseases in young and old : with Rosie Crucian medicines which are verified by a practical examination of principles in the great worldand fitted for the easie understanding, plain practise, use, and benefit of mean capacities (1662)
● Herelies a wonderful virtue, worth,and efficacy in Numbers, as well to good, as to bad ; and they fay, Angels may be as frequently converft with as Devils, by the direction and help of the Figure before; and the eminent Philosophers do unanimoufly
teach, and learned Doεtors, both in Divinity, in the Law, and Do&ors of Phyftck , and inoccult myfteries in Chimiftry, and in Rofie Crucian fecrets praεtife. ●
- John Heydon. The Holy Guide, 1662