Month: December 2007

THE YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI “The Book of the Spiritual Man”

INTRODUCTION TO BOOK I

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are in themselves exceedingly brief, less than ten pages of large type in the original. Yet they contain the essence of practical wisdom, set forth in admirable order and detail. The theme, if the present interpreter be right, is the great regeneration, the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man: the same theme which Paul so wisely and eloquently set forth in writing to his disciples in Corinth, the theme of all mystics in all lands.

We think of ourselves as living a purely physical life, in these material bodies of ours. In reality, we have gone far indeed from pure physical life; for ages, our life has been psychical, we have been centred and immersed in the psychic nature. Some of the schools of India say that the psychic nature is, as it were, a looking-glass, wherein are mirrored the things seen by the physical eyes, and heard by the physical ears. But this is a magic mirror; the images remain, and take a certain life of their own. Thus within the psychic realm of our life there grows up an imaged world wherein we dwell; a world of the images of things seen and heard, and therefore a world of memories; a world also of hopes and desires, of fears and regrets. Mental life grows up among these images, built on a measuring and comparing, on the massing of images together into general ideas; on the abstraction of new notions and images from these; till a new world is built up within, full of desires and hates, ambition, envy, longing, speculation, curiosity, self-will, self-interest.

The teaching of the East is, that all these are true powers overlaid by false desires; that though in manifestation psychical, they are in essence spiritual; that the psychical man is the veil and prophecy of the spiritual man.

Sacred Cat

Cats hold a special place in many households. What makes the cat so interesting and unique? Cats have been domesticated for thousands of years yet only recently have they taken on new acclaim. However, thousands of years ago they were just as popular. In ancient Egypt, the cat was cultivated as an icon and eventually a God.

Cats were believed to be keepers of the dead as well as sacred and profane entities. Most every household in Egypt had a cat. Cats were revered in Egypt for their abilities to eliminate common pests such as mice and venomous snakes. What earned the cat its Deification was this dual nature. The cat was both a protector and a killer.

Golden Dawn Fly Rolls

THE NEW GOLDEN DAWN FLYING ROLL II

CONCERNING ALKHEMI
The Immortal Science of the Sages

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Today, in this technological age of man, Alkhemi is looked upon as mere rubbish of the past, a dark and fanciful cloud upon the sky of history. Yet this is not the case at all; and this I shall endeavor to demonstrate to you through words of practical significance and wisdom, since Alkhemi is in fact the True Science of every wise and practical man who lives upon the face of the earth.

Alkhemi is comparable to the Sun of the Ages, which ever remains perfectly poised in the infinite sky. It is not the fault of the Sun if men cannot see it; it is due to their own lack of vision. Yet the Sun ever shines bright for those who have eyes to see; and in seeing the Sun men become enlightened.