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H.P. Blavatsky on Lucifer

“Esoteric philosophy admits neither good nor evil per se, as existing independently in nature. The cause for both is found, as regards the Kosmos, in the necessity of contraries or contrasts, and with respect to man, in his human nature, his ignorance and passions. There is no devil or the utterly depraved, as there are no Angels absolutely perfect, though there may be spirits of Light and of Darkness; thus LUCIFER – the spirit of Intellectual Enlightenment and Freedom of Thought – is metaphorically the guiding beacon, which helps man to find his way through the rocks and sandbanks of Life, for Lucifer is the LOGOS in his highest, and the “Adversary” in his lowest aspect – both of which are reflected in our Ego.” (Vol. 2, p. 162)

“In antiquity and reality, Lucifer, or Luciferus, is the name of the angelic Entity presiding over the light of truth as over the light of the day. In the great Valentinian gospel Pistis Sophia it is taught that of the three Powers emanating from the Holy names of the Three Tριδυνάμεις, that of Sophia (the Holy Ghost according to these gnostics – the most cultured of all) resides in the planet Venus or Lucifer.” (Vol. 2, p. 512)

“It is but natural – even from the dead letter standpoint – to view Satan, the Serpent of Genesis, as the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual mankind. For it is he who was the “Harbinger of Light,” bright radiant Lucifer, who opened the eyes of the automaton created by Jehovah, as alleged; and he who was the first to whisper: “in the day ye eat thereof ye shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil” – can only be regarded in the light of a Saviour. An “adversary” to Jehovah the “personating spirit,” he still remains in esoteric truth the ever-loving “Messenger” (the angel), the Seraphim and Cherubim who both knew well, and loved still more, and who conferred on us spiritual, instead of physical immortality – the latter a kind of static immortality that would have transformed man into an undying Wandering Jew”.” (Vol. 2, p. 243)

“The Fall was the result of man’s knowledge, for his “eyes were opened.” Indeed, he was taught Wisdom and the hidden knowledge by the “Fallen Angel,” for the latter had become from that day his Manas, Mind and Self-consciousness. In each of us that golden thread of continuous life – periodically broken into active and passive cycles of sensuous existence on Earth, and super-sensuous in Devachan – is from the beginning of our appearance upon this earth. It is the Sutratma, the luminous thread of immortal impersonal monadship, on which our earthly lives or evanescent Egos are strung as so many beads – according to the beautiful expression of Vedantic philosophy.”

“And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the “Lord of Phosphorus” (brimstone was a theological improvement), and Lucifer, or “Light-Bearer,” is in us: it is our Mind – our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Saviour from pure animalism. Without this principle – the emanation of the very essence of the pure divine principle Mahat (Intelligence), which radiates direct from the Divine mind – we would be surely no better than animals.” (Vol. 2, p. 513)

So we see that in the teachings of Theosophy – which are at times deliberately symbolical, allegorical, and esoteric – the Lightbringer or Bringer of Dawn (Lucifer in Latin) is our Mind Principle, our individual self-consciousness and spark of intelligence, which was awakened in mankind around the middle period of the Third Root Race, also known as the Lemurian Epoch. Our mind can either be our adversary (which is what the word “satan” literally means) or it can be the lightbearer (the Lucifer) of spiritual Truth to us, the knowledge of which brings about our liberation from ignorance, including spiritual self-ignorance.

Jose M. Herrou Aragon, in his book “Primordial Gnosis: The Forbidden Religion,” writes…

“According to Gnostic legends and myths, the great Unknowable God sent Lucifer, angel of indescribable fire and light, to show man the light and to help him wake up and see his true origin, the origin of his Spirit, which has been perversely imprisoned in this impure matter called body-soul. He is an uncreated being, who came to the created world to bring Light: Liberating Gnosis. The saving knowledge which can wake man up and help him free his imprisoned Spirit. The knowledge which allows him to know who he truly is, why he is here in this world and what he has to do to liberate himself and fulfil his Spirit, which belongs to another uncreated and unknowable plane.

“We have said that Lucifer came to the world to wake man up, to help him remember his divine origin, the divine origin of his Spirit, and to help him free himself from the body-soul in which he is trapped, and from created time and matter.”

Theosophy interprets all these allegorical Gnostic teachings as referring to “the lighting up of Manas” (Manas is the Sanskrit word for Mind) which we mentioned above. When we bear in mind that “The Secret Doctrine” teaches that the Lemurian Root Race was born under the influence of Venus and received its “light and life” from the Planetary Spirit of Venus, it all becomes clearer, since Lucifer has been an accepted synonym for Venus – the bright and morning star – since long before the days of Christian theology and millennia before Lucifer was first ignorantly equated with the devil.

novrdlands  asked:

so i'm christian (assemblies of God) but in really interested in Catholicism and maybe becoming one, but i can't get behind certain teachings that seem unbiblical, like Mary being born without sin? and i'm wondering if you could explain that one? i love your blogs btw

The best “proof text” that can be found for Mary’s immaculate conception is in the angel’s greeting at the annunciation: “Hail, full of grace.” (Luke 1:28) The phrase “full of grace” (in Greek, kecharitomene) is here used as a personal title, in place of Mary’s name. The Greek word is also a perfect passive participle of the verb charitoo, which indicates that Mary is not filled with grace by the angel’s visit, nor is she being filled with grace, but that she is already in a state of perfect grace when the angel appears to her. If Mary had been conceived with original sin, she could not be described as “full of grace” in this way.

This is also suggested by the protoevangelium, the first prophecy of the Messiah in Genesis 3:15. God says that he will put “enmity” between the serpent (i.e., Satan) and “the woman”, the mother of the one who will crush the serpent (i.e., Mary, the mother of Jesus). It is Mary’s sinless nature that makes her totally opposed to Satan.

An important point to keep in mind regarding all Catholic beliefs about Mary is that they are always based on what we believe about Christ. For example, we call her the Mother of God, because we believe that Jesus is God and she is his mother. In the same way, even though it is never explicitly stated in the Bible, the doctrine that Mary was conceived without sin is fitting based on what we know about her son.

Jesus Christ is the new covenant, the fulfillment and perfection of God’s plan for mankind which was begun in the covenant with Israel. Everywhere in the new testament we see imagery from the old testament applied to the life of Jesus to highlight this fact. Mary, as a central figure in Jesus’ life, is thus not without her own prefigurement in the old testament.

In this case, the relevant comparison is between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark in the old testament was built to carry the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed (the word of God), manna from the desert (bread from heaven), and Aaron’s rod (a symbol of priestly authority). The Ark is shown great honor by both God and the Israelites, as it was considered God’s dwelling place among his people.

Mary, by carrying Jesus in her womb, also carried the Word of God, the true bread from heaven, and the great high priest. In an even more perfect way than the Ark, she is God’s dwelling place among his people, as God takes on human flesh in her body. If the wooden chest that prefigured her was honored by God, we would expect that Mary herself would be honored even more, and her miraculous preservation from sin is in line with this.

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Of my Goodreads goal of 150 books I have managed exactly seven. I tend to read multiple books at a time so it takes me a while to finish them all. My to be read shelf looks something like this. A day late Day 11 of the May challenge by @journaling-junkie