|Posted on September 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM|
The Hierophant represents our inner being, the teacher, and intuition. Intuition is a collection of all of the facts from the conscious mind, sent to the subconscious which in turn looks at the information and acts upon it sending it back to the conscious. True intuition is based upon reason and a collection of the facts. The crown at the top of the head has 5 points representing the 5 senses. Likewise it has 3 levels representing the 3 levels of mind, conscious, subconscious and super conscious. The grey background is symbolic of wisdom, for grey is a mixture of black and white and is the balance of the 2 forces. The keys at the feet are representing the key to super conscious, for in the union of the conscious and subconscious, enlightenment is achieved. This card fall under the vibration of the number 5.
Verses 33 to 40 from Psalm 119 begin with Hei:
33. Teach me, Oh יהוה Iod-Havah, the path of your statutes and I will keep it to the end.
34. Bestow me with your understanding, thus I will keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
35. Cause me to walk on the path of your commands for in it I delight!
36. Bow my heart to your testimonies and not to unjust gain.
37. Turn away my eyes from seeing vanity; give me life on your path.
38. Substantiate your Word in your servant, who is devoted to you in awe.
39. Turn away my accusation which I fear; for your judgments are righteous.
40. Behold, I have longed for your precepts; grant me life in your righteousness.
Beloved brethren of my soul, today we are going to study the Fifth Arcanum of the Tarot. This Arcanum is the Flaming Pentagram, the Blazing Star, the sign of Divine Omnipotence. This is the ineffable symbol of the Verb made flesh, the terrifying star of the Magi.
When the Pentagram elevates its two inferior rays towards the sky it represents Satan.
When the Pentagram becomes light, it elevates only one of its rays towards the sky; this represents the Internal Christ of every human being who comes into this world.
The human being with his legs and arms spread out to the right and left is the Star of Five Points. Brain and Sex live in an eternal struggle. Brain must control sex. When sex overcomes the brain, then the star of five points (the human being) falls into the abyss with the feet pointing upwards and the head pointing downwards; this is the inverted star, the male goat of Mendes. A human figure with the head aiming downwards and the feet aiming upwards naturally represents a demon.
The entire science of Gnosis is found summarized within the Flaming Star. Many Bodhisattvas (human souls of Masters) have fallen inverted, like the five pointed star, with the superior ray aiming downwards and the two inferior rays aiming upwards.
When any of these bodhisattvas rise again, when this soul returns to the Path, when this soul recapitulates initiations, then the brethren become astonished and say: “This fellow is only a beginner in these studies and now he boasts of being an Initiate.” Truly, many times students judge a priori because they ignore the Great Mysteries. Therefore, we must know how to differentiate between a soul that is just starting these studies and a fallen bodhisattva. In Saint John’s Revelation 8: 10, the Pentagram (the five pointed star) falls from heaven (burning as if it were a lamp) and the human waters became bitter, they became wormwood. In Isaiah 14:12, the prophet said: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O shiny star (Lucifer), son of the morning? How art thou cut down to the ground?”
Nevertheless, the luciferic star (the fallen soul) will shine one day as the morning star in the right hand of the Verb.
Many times a man or a woman in search of the Divine Torch of Truth arrives at any Gnostic Lumisial; apparently the newly arrived is now a beginner, however, the brethren ignore what the soul of that person is; he or she can be a bodhisattva (the human soul of a Master) that wants to return to his own Father who is in Secret. Thus, the brethren become overwhelmed when something superior occurs to the apparent beginner, then they say: “We, who are older in these studies, are not passing through what this beginner is now passing through,” thus, they ask themselves: “How is it possible that this person who has only just begun is boasting about being an initiate?”
Judge not, that ye be not judged.For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. - Matthew 7:1-2
We need to be humble in order to acquire wisdom, and after acquiring it we need to be even more humble. The Bodhisattvas fall because of sex, and they also rise up because of sex. Sex is the Philosophical Stone. The decapitation of Medusa (the Satan that we carry within) would be impossible without the precious treasury of the Philosophical Stone. Remember that Medusa is the maiden of evil (the psychological "I"), whose head is covered with hissing vipers. In occult science, it is stated that the union of the Sophic mercury with the Sophic Sulfur results in the Holy Philosophical Stone. The Ens Seminis is the Mercury; Sulfur is the sacred Fire of love.
We live now in the specific age of Samael; we live in the Fifth Era. Life has initiated its return towards the Great Light and in these moments we have to define ourselves by becoming Eagles or Reptiles, Angels or Demons.
We are before the philosophical dilemma of ‘To Be or not To Be.’ The Arcanum Five of the Tarot is represented by the Hierophant. The Fifth Sphere is definitive because here the human being holds in his hands the reins of his own destiny and becomes an Angel or a Demon.
The Great Hierophant of the Tarot also appears seated between the two Columns of the Temple making the Sign (the Pentagram) of Esotericism.
The number five is grandiose, sublime. Remember that the human being is also a star of five points; this human star must cleanse itself constantly with the five perfumes. If we can make a metallic Pentagram and consecrate it, we can also consecrate ourselves with the same rites and perfumes that we use to consecrate our metallic Pentagram. This is because the human being is a Star of Five Points.
Those who feel that they are polluted with larvae, or in misery, must smudge themselves with the five perfumes in order to become clean. This must be performed in conjunction with treading on the path of perfect chastity. In the Lumisials, this custom of cleansing the brothers and sisters that are full of larvae should be established. Thus, they will receive the benefit in their Souls and in their bodies.
Which in Kabbalah symbolizes the uterus, the primordial matrix or matrass ה “Hei” the foundation of the property of sight; lo and behold the place where the seed reveals its generation!
The letter ה “Hei” encloses the three Divine manifestations of God in Briah: Father (the seed, Prana), Mother (the land, Akasa) and Son (the Universe).
The human soul or consciousness has to create (within the Matrass of Alchemy, which is the letter ‘Hei’) three vehicles of expression (bodies or garments); these are the Astral Body, the Mental Body and the Body of Willpower.
The causal body or body of will is the expression of God's inner will through the consciousness. This process of giving oneself to God’s conscious will is the way in which the essence or soul trapped in the unconsciousness, subconsciousness and infraconsciousness is released from its Eikasia and Pistis states into the Dianoia and Nous states of consciousness.
The three lines which compose the form of the letter “Hei” correspond to these three bodies that we need to create: the upper horizontal line symbolizes the body of the will of God; the right vertical line is the Human Mind directed by the will of God; the unattached line is related to emotional actions based on the connection or disconnections of our human heart to our divine thoughts and divine will.
The horizontal line expresses a state of self-control under Divine Will, the unbroken, horizontal flow of divine will or abstract thought in the consciousness of everything. In relation to any initiate, one must realize that each initiate possesses their own divine will, however all initiates take this will from און AUN the universal source-force of “Hei” (Yesod). This self-realization of Divine Power in the causal plane of one's consciousness explains the different wills of this universal force within every divine creature.
The origin of Divine thought in the Human Being is the right vertical line of the letter “Hei” which is directly connected to the line of Divine Will or abstract thought that thereafter descends to express one's divine thoughts and inner feelings to others. The Malachim, and likewise every initiate rules through the power of the Word, as it is stated, "By the Word of the Malachim (Angels) God show His sovereignty.”
The separation of emotional activities, the unattached left vertical line (from the will of God, the horizontal line above) of the letter “Hei,” factually shows us the deep nature of our emotions. The emotional center experiences the will of God in the existential gap between his thoughts and will. When one is identified with a negative emotion, one is unable to capture the will of one’s Inner Being. If one wants the hand of God directing his heart one needs to intuit his will (hunches) within that gap. This is to experience his will through a superior emotion, the experience of the abstract will from the unknowable Divine “Hei” the source of all Creation.
The superior emotional feeling, intuition is that gift, represented by that line or unattached segment of the letter “Hei.” When this superior emotion is fully integrated in the initiate it becomes his own source of power for thought, feeling and action in the sacrifice for others. Moreover, when the emotional center is completely dominated, it becomes the vital vehicle and power of any initiate’s actions which are developed under the guidance of Kether, the truth, the father of all Divine Lights.
Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, take seed for yourselves, and you shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the increase that you shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh (the Hierarch), and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones. - Genesis 47:23-24
The letter “Hei" is concealed in the verse: "lo, take seed for yourselves" which expresses how the concealed of the concealed, Christ is hidden within the seed of wheat, which symbolizes the human seed that must be alchemically transformed within “Hei,” the uterus, into the flesh and blood of the Inner Christ. This “Hei” is symbolized in the silver cup or Holy Grail that was found in Benjamin's sack, which Joseph’s steward placed in Benjamin's sack of grains when his brothers were unable to recognize him (the Splendours of the Astral Light of Hod hidden within the seed of Yesod).
The Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Logos with its powerful life makes the seed of wheat germinate in order for the stalks to grow millimeter by millimeter. The Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Logos becomes enclosed within the dark hardness of this grain which is like a precious coffer. The enchanted germ of the sacred stalk has its intimate exponent in the human seed.
The solar rays which penetrate into the human body are developed and unfolded in concealment within the woman’s womb. This is an emblem of life that manifests itself with its entire splendor within the Substance.
The Great Prakriti is my womb; in which I place the seed; thence, oh Bharata, is the birth of all beings! Whatever forms are produced, Oh Kountreya, in any womb whatsoever, the Prakriti (Divine Mother Kundalini) is their womb and I am the seed-giving father (Christ). - Bhagavad-Gita 14: 4
The Gnostic Initiates transmute this Cosmic Substance of the Sun-Christ, which is enclosed within their sexual seed when in the sexual act. The Priest and the Priestess unbind this Substance from its physical sexual elements in order for “El-Shaddai" to victoriously penetrate along the spinal medullas of their human organisms.
This is how “El-Shaddai” reveals his fiery essence to the Priest and Priestess in the sexual act by giving and receiving their creative forces from one to the other. The sexual act is the utmost expression of giving and receiving from God, a way in which the innermost expresses his divine gift to his lower self; this is how the Inner man Chesed gives his inheritance to the terrestrial man in the form of charity. The highest form of charity is when the Holy Spirit, (which is concealed within the sexual force of the Priest or Priestess) releases himself in order to completely bestow his essence within the Priest or Priestess in order to exalt them with blessings, as it is written:
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now here-with, says the Iod-Havah of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. - Malachi: 3: 10
Behold, “El Shaddai” is the secret gift of the letter “Hei.” Through it our Innermost relates and expresses himself within us; he blesses our soul with his own essence, which is contained within the Sephirah Yesod, the cubic stone (Sex).
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, you are Simon the son of Jonah: you shall be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone. - John 1: 42
IO-CEPHAS, Joseph, the stone of IO, symbolizes in the verse "take seed for you," the Sephirah Yesod, whose function is to express the word of God in the form of Iod, Phallus, giving seed, a Man as explained in Gnostic Kabbalah.
When one is incapable to understand that El-Shaddai is hidden within the human seed one then is unable to recognize God, one is unable of beholding God within; but when we comprehend that God’s revelation is concealed with the human seed, then, one is capable of receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, El-Shaddai, which is the light of Christ, his seed, which is God’s utmost revelation or the Messiah.
We express the will of our God to others through our zeal: feelings and thoughts.
And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. - Revelation: 2: 26, 27
Through the breaking of the vessels comes the plurality of Creation. God breaks or splits itself asunder for the sake of his children. His broken existence, the Sephiroth becomes an integrated existence in the Self realized initiate.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. They (the fornicators) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise (with Karma) their heel (Malkuth). - Genesis 3:
And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you. - Genesis 9: 9
And יהוה Iod-Havah appeared unto Abram, and said, unto thy seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto Iod-Havah, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar unto Iod-Havah and called upon the name of Iod-Havah. - Genesis 12: 7-8
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, יהוה Iod-Havah appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am El-Shaddai; walk before me, and be thou perfect. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; every man child among you shall be circumcised (chaste). And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you. - Genesis 17: 10, 11
Circumcision: the removal of animal appetites which have their root in sex, in the animal lust, orgasm, fornication.
The same day went Jesus out of (Beth) the house, and sat by the sea side (of Yesod).
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship (the Ark), and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying:
Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold; whosoever has ears to hear, let him hear.
And the disciples came, and said unto him, why do you speak unto them in parables?
He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
Therefore I speak to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which said: “By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon with joy receives it; yet he has not root in himself, but duress for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended.
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Another parable he put forth unto them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Will you then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Another parable spoke he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable he spoke not unto them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
He answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father; whosoever has ears to hear, let him hear. - Matthew 13: 1-43
Behold, you are called a Jew (a Christified One), and rest in the law, and boast of God, and know his will, and approve the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; and are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which has the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. Therefore, you who teach another, do not teach yourself?
You that preach that a man should not steal, do steal (the seed of God)? You that says a man should not commit adultery, do commit adultery (with your Wife)? You that abhors idols, do commit sacrilege (with the lustful idols of your mind)? You that boast of the law (circumcision), through (fornication) breaking the law, dishonor your God?
For the name of God (hidden with the sexual seed) is blasphemed among the (Fornicator) Gentiles through you, as it is written; for circumcision verily profited, if you keep the law (of Chastity): but if you be a breaker of the law (a Fornicator), your circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Therefore if the uncircumcised keeps the righteousness of the law (Chastity), shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
And shall not the uncircumcised who is by nature, if he fulfills the law, judge you, who by the letter and circumcised do transgress the law (see Leviticus 15:16, 18)?
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the (chaste) heart, in the (Holy) Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. - Romans: 2: 17-29
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to your seed, which is Christ. - Galatians 3: 16
Arcanum 5 expands upon the themes that have been expressed in the first four Arcana. When we examine the image of this book, this plate from Arcanum 5, we see Anubis, the Egyptian god. He stands upright and holds in his hand a staff, and his eye is always open.
In Gnosis, we understand that in order for us to comprehend and understand the nature of existence, the nature of our own soul, we are given religions or mystical systems, which are based on a complex set of imagery, symbols, and these symbols indicate structures and processes that exist in nature, structures and processes that have been established in order to support the equilibrium of cosmic evolution. When we examine the various Arcana, and we observe the imagery present in each particular law, we have to bear in mind that these images are symbolic. They represent encoded, synthesized wisdom, which can only really be accessed through intuition.
So, the Arcanum 5, in its depiction of Anubis, is presenting to us a symbolic representation which encompasses a vast wisdom. The number 5 carries with it a great deal of meaning, both on the cosmic level and how the universe itself comes to be, but also on the microcosmic level, how our own inner universe comes to be in harmony with the greater whole.
In Egyptian mythology, Anubis is presented as the regent of the dead, that intelligence who oversees the mysteries. He is that Hierarch, or Hierophant, the great leader or authority on the mysteries themselves, who is responsible for maintaining balance, and that is why on the bottom of this image we see a scale. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and in many of the paintings and documents that are remaining from that ancient kingdom, we see images of Anubis with his finger adjusting a scale, and he always is doing this before the presence of the divinities in the court. The scale is the scale of equilibrium, which again has many levels of meaning on a cosmic level, on a macrocosmic level, and also on a microcosmic level relative to our own inner psychology. Anubis, then, is a very central figure in the understanding of real spiritual wisdom.
In order to know God, one has to understand the laws of God and understand the structures that God has put into place. This card of the Arcanum 5 is also related to the Hebrew letter ה Hei. This particular symbol also contains and synthesizes a vast amount of initiatic wisdom, with its three arms and its peculiar shape. Of course, we know very well from the previous lecture that the character ה Hei appears twice in the famous Tetragrammaton (IHVH: יהוה), or the four-letter name of God. So, relative to the fourth Arcanum, we understand that the character ה Hei is closely related and symbolizes the womb, the woman, the mother. It is from this womb that manifestation arises. Here we begin to see an interesting relationship between the Divine Mother and karma.
The Buddha Gautama taught that there are three eternal things. The law is the first one. The law, of course, is karma, the law of the balance, the law of the scales. The second is nirvana or the heavenly realms, and the third is space. When the universe passes into repose, into the great rest of the pralaya, what causes it to manifest once again is karma, the unresolved energies from the previous age. So within that womb of the Divine Mother, the womb of space, is latent the seed of future existence. That seed itself is karmic because of previous causes. So, when the conditions ripen, that seed gives birth. It blossoms and produces existence itself.
The womb of the Divine Mother, space itself or unmanifested existence, is symbolized by the Egyptians as Nepthys. Of course, in Sanskrit we know this as Prakriti, the Divine Mother. When the Divine Mother gives birth and manifestation arises, the Egyptians called the manifested mother, "Isis". So, here we have two aspects of the Divine Mother, or two aspects of the character, ה Hei. Between these two, there is an interface; there is Anubis. Plutarch, who was a Grecian priest at Delphi, observed in his writings that the esoteric doctrine related to Anubis described him as the balance, or the interface, between Nepthys and Isis, and he was the son of both, and in this way we can understand that Anubis here is simply a symbol, as are Nepthys and Isis, a symbol of karma, one of those three eternal factors. Within the womb of Nepthys is that seed of karmic events that must unfold, and when conditions are right, Anubis is the vehicle through which the unfolding occurs. In this way we can comprehend, based on the studies of kabbalah, that Anubis is also Christ. That light that expresses itself from the womb is Christic. It is the solar Logos, and that expression occurs because of karma.
If the Absolute were in perfect equilibrium, if the three Gunas were in perfect balance, manifestation would not occur, but because there is karmic residue, those Gunas are imbalanced, and so manifestation happens, the universe comes into being. One of the great laws of any esoteric study is a law that states, "As above, so below." So, in the same manner as the universe is arising and descending into manifestation, so too are we. We enter into a physical body due to karma. We as an essence, as a spark, as a soul, as a consciousness, arise and manifest from the womb of our own Divine Mother through the vehicle of karma, under the auspices of Anubis, who is the symbol of that law, and then we enter into manifestation under the guidance of our own particular Isis, who is our own individual Divine Mother. When we enter into physical manifestation, we are entering into a body that is created by karma. Every particle of our existence is karmic. The skin that we have, the face that we have, even our name, our parents, the city we live in, the time that we live in. All of these factors, all of these conditions, exist in our lives because of actions that we ourselves produced in the past.
Karma, the word karma, refers to the law of action and consequence, and it comes from a Sanskrit term, karman, which means "act". So karma, or the law of the scale, is the fundamental law of nature which causes all action to be equilibrated. Any action that is produced has a response. Anything that happens produces a reaction. Nothing exists within a void. Nothing is independent. In Buddhism, there is a great deal of discussion and profound teachings about this term, "interdependence". Interdependence, or what is also called dependent origination, what is also called the Twelve Nidanas, what is also called Pratitya Samutpada, the twelve-fold chain of causality, which is represented in the very famous Wheel of Life, or Wheel of Samsara, by the outer rim of the wheel, which has twelve images, twelve pictures. These twelve represent and symbolize the different aspects of interdependence, and they demonstrate in a very simple way how no event exists in and of itself.
The importance of that teaching is underscored repeatedly by the Buddha himself, who says if you do not understand interdependence, you do not understand the dharma. So, this is an extremely potent and practical aspect of the teaching that we have to grasp in order to understand how to change our situation. Dependent origination, or interdependence, expresses to us that no action is independent, no matter is independent, no thought is independent. Everything interacts with everything else, and in modern quantum mechanics they are discovering the same thing, that the observer who is performing an experiment has an impact on the experiment itself. There is no such thing as an independent observer of any given phenomenon. This is something that quantum physics is now saying. They are now saying what the Buddha taught 2500 years ago, that you cannot be a detached observer of anything. As soon as you perceive any phenomenon, you are related to it, and you affect it, and it affects you. This is karma. This is the law of cause and effect. The difficulty is that we, because we are so habituated to the five senses, we tend to believe that karma only relates to physical action. We tend to have this idea that third-dimensional physics describes everything in the universe, and it does not, and even our modern materialistic physicists will tell you that. Three-dimensional physics, or Newtonian physics, describes an extremely narrow band of existing nature, but our brains, our psyche, our animal minds, have not understood that, and this is due to ignorance.
When we really examine the nature of any given phenomenon, particularly in our own psyche, we can see in fact that all nature, all phenomena, are in fact interrelated. We may observe a distant event, but with sincere introspection we can find that that event has produced an effect in us, and going further, we may discover that we as an observer impacted that distant event, and this is something famous, discussed in quantum mechanics now, where they say that the mere movement of a butterfly's wings on one side of the earth can influence and provoke a hurricane. This is not just an intellectual idea. It is not just a clever or bizarre thing to say. This is something that the quantum physicists are observing, they are measuring. What it emphasizes to us as students of Gnosis is that we need to pay close attention to our expression of will.
This Arcanum 5 is really about will. When we examine the Tree of Life and we count from the bottom upwards, the fifth sphere is Tiphereth, and Tiphereth is related to our human soul, or willpower. So, the fifth sphere in this case is definitive for our work in Gnosis, for our work to know our Being. It comes down to a matter of will, yet this will has to be understood in proper context. Why are we in the situation we are in today? Most people probably would say, "Well, my parents this and that, and my boss this and that, and my friends." There is no real tendency to look for the causes of life within ourselves. We are responsible for our own lives. This is the nature of the truth. Karma is not merely something that is limited to physical action. It is the law that balances all action on all levels. When we want to understand why our lives are the way they are, we need to examine what actions did we produce that gave rise to these events. Those actions are not limited to physical action. Those actions include actions in the heart, and actions in the mind, thoughts and feelings.
Now, where will comes into play here is not a matter of intention. Karma, that great law, does not measure intentions. The intentions are actually quite meaningless in terms of karma, in terms of how the law manages nature. It is the results which matter. We may have very good intentions to help someone, but if in our effort we hurt them, we have to pay for that. We may have had the best intentions, but it is irrelevant. So, for the human soul, for that will, to learn how to manage the law of karma in the right way in order to come out of suffering, we have to know how to perform action. We know we have to perform good deeds. This is something that every religion emphasizes. We have to have charity, we have to have compassion, we have to assist the suffering. This is well known, but how to do it is not. How to help is very misunderstood, and the reason is that people listen to their own self-will. In order to comprehend and understand right action, the right way to perform a good deed, we have to appeal to the other number five. If we count on the Tree of Life downwards, the fifth sphere is Geburah, which means justice. This sphere is related to our divine soul, or Neshamah. The divine soul is the feminine aspect of our own inner monad, our own Being, and it is through this vehicle of the divine consciousness that our Intimate, our Spirit, can give us instruction. We receive that through this vehicle of Geburah in our own consciousness. In this way, we can grasp that, as a human soul, Tiphereth, as an essence, to whatever degree of development, in order to know how to perform action in the right way, we have to receive the guidance of our Being, and that guidance is received through Geburah, through our divine soul, through meditation, through intuition.
So, we see here how the number 5 already presents to us a great deal of knowledge, but how do we truly reach our own Being? By what means? To receive the guidance of the Being is necessary and important, for us to be able to hear that voice and to know how to perform right action, but in order for that knowledge of right action to become perfect, the Being has to incarnate in us. The Being has to become our reality, and the Being does that by being born within us.
This is accomplished through the mysteries of the letter, ה Hei. This Hebrew character, this Hebrew letter, is the number five, but it also symbolizes, represents, the womb, the woman, the Priestess, or the spouse of the magician, the female or Eve in other words, and the character ה Hei contains in itself hints towards how to perform right action. The top bar, that horizontal firmament, represents the causal body, or the human soul itself, Tiphereth. The causal body is the vehicle through which we can know the will of our Being directly, because when we develop the solar causal body through the practices of alchemy, this body is directly connected with the Innermost, which you can see in the Tree of Life, Tiphereth and Chesed. The rightmost leg of ה Hei represents the mental body, the solar mental body, which is a solar mind, or a vehicle through which the instruction of the Being can be received, processed, and acted upon, and the leftmost leg represents the astral, or emotional, body. You notice here there is a gap, that this leg of ה Hei does not connect directly to the Innermost, and we see that also in the Tree of Life, that the astral body is separate from the Innermost. In us this represents, in order for us to cross the gap and understand emotionally, we have to open ourselves and listen to intuition. What creates the gap and prevents us from receiving the wisdom of our Being is negative emotions, in other words, self-will, attachment, desire, ignorance, craving and aversion. We cross that gap through the processes of initiation, and we cross that gap by learning how to meditate and receive the instruction of our Innermost.
This is really a process of karma, of cause and effect. We are in the situation we are in now because we have not listened to the guidance of our own Inner Being. Through the process of our own individual life, we make constant action from moment to moment. All of the energies that we receive on all levels of our physiology and psyche are transformed by a matter of will, our own will, but when that will is selfish, when that will is self-identified, then the action produced is wrong action, and when action is produced under the guidance of self will, it produces consequences, and those consequences are called "karma".
Suffering begins when we do not know our Being. From that unfolds all other forms of suffering. Some people say that they have a comfortable life, they have what they need, they have what they would call happiness, but notice how the slightest impact can make them miserable. If they get a little sick, if a check is lost in the mail, if someone says a critical word of them. This is not happiness; this is suffering. To not know the purpose of one's life is suffering. To not know the right thing to do with one's time and energy is a form of suffering. To feel the burden of the heavy existence we have in these times is a form of suffering. To not know the hour of death is a form of suffering, and none of us know when death will approach for us. This is the result of previous causes. The ignorance that we suffer within is self-produced.
The good news is, in the same manner that we produce the causes for suffering, we can also produce the causes for liberation from suffering. Karma is not a blind, mechanical law. Anubis symbolizes this divine intelligence who manages, with great wisdom and love, the processes of karma. In other words, karma is negotiable on different levels. Firstly, it is negotiable by dint of action. If we produce a good action that has good results, we are paid for that. We receive what we are due for that. This means that rather than becoming depressed, discouraged or anxious about the nature of the situation that humanity is in, about our own situation, our own suffering, our own mistakes, we should actually be greatly encouraged, enthusiastic, because the means to change suffering itself is within your hands and no one else's. If you observe humanity and feel pain for the suffering of humanity, if you observe your own life and feel pain because of the suffering you have endured, take heart. The means to change that suffering are in your hands, and you do it by learning how to perform right action, and you do that by knowing how to hear the guidance of your own Being.
No other person outside of you can tell you what is right and wrong. No book can tell you what is moral and immoral. No spiritual guide can tell you what is right for you to do, and what is wrong. The only one who can tell you is your Being, because He is the only one who knows the book of your karma and knows what He wants for you to do.
In the court of the law, under the guidance of this great intelligence that we call Anubis, every person has a book, and in that book is recorded every action that we have ever performed, and the credits and the debts that we have. Any soul has the right to examine their own book of karma. Any person can make the effort to travel and visit the court of the law. This court is called the Temple of Maat. This tribunal exists in the sphere of Geburah, the fifth sphere on the Tree of Life. It is a court in the same way that we have courts in the physical world. The presiding judge is called Anubis. He is an ancient initiate who wears the mask of a jackal. It is a mask, and he wears a mask in order to demonstrate impartiality; he observes without attachment, without preference. He is accompanied and assisted by 42 judges, and all of the judges when presiding wear masks, either of jackals or wolves. Why those animals? The jackal and the wolf both demonstrate in their behaviors profound watchfulness. Both observe during the day and the night. Both prowl around cremation grounds and cemeteries. The wolf and the jackal represent and symbolize how the law of karma is ever-present and ever-watchful.
Part of our own Being, part of our own soul, our own psyche, is related to the law of karma. Our every action, our every thought, our every emotion is recorded, is documented, is observed, and the part of our Being that does that is called the Kaom, in other words, the cosmic police. We have our own policeman, who is with us at every moment. So, when you think you are getting away with something, do not forget the policeman who is behind you, watching and recording your actions. All those actions are recorded in this book of your own destiny, and destiny in this case is exactly what it implies. It is the consequences you have to face.
Destiny is not a blind force. It is not something that happens by chance or due to the cruelty of some god. Destiny is self-created. We create our own destiny. Period. That is the nature of the law of karma. If you long for happiness, peace, serenity, you are the only one who can produce the causes of those experiences. If you are experiencing anxiety, fear, doubt, regret, persecution, poverty, hunger, look to yourself for the causes. You may not see in your physical life the causes of certain events, and this is because of the law of recurrence is processed over the course of many existences, but if you learn to meditate, you can perceive the causes of those events.
The Master Samael Aun Weor emphasizes and urges students to continue any event of happiness or pain in meditation. When you have something happen to you that is very joyful, very happy, very pleasant, very good, meditate. Imagine that event, imagine those feelings, imagine that scene. Relax, open your inner mind, and you can develop the capacity to perceive the cause of that joy and to see what action you produced in the past that gave you that gift in the present, and the same is true of any painful circumstance or event. You can know the causes, but not with your five senses. The five senses can only perceive physical matter. Karma manages and adjusts all matter, not merely the physical. To perceive causes, you have to look beyond physical matter.
In order for the human soul, for our own consciousness, to produce right action, we need to know the will of our own Being, and that will is well-encompassed in the name of the temple of the law, Maat. Maat is an ancient Egyptian term which refers to harmony, balance, truth, upright action. So, Maat is the Egyptian word for the Sanskrit term, "dharma". Maat, and "dharma" in Sanskrit, means the law, the truth, rightness. So, to know how to perform right action, you need to know the dharma.
The dharma, of course, is Gnosis. Dharma is the laws which manage nature. It is these 22 Arcana that we are studying in this course. It is kabbalah. It is alchemy. It is meditation, but all of that is encompassed and enclosed within the will of the Innermost. We are receiving the teachings of Gnosis because of the will of God. We reject the teaching of Gnosis because of the ego. Someone who is drawn to study Gnosis itself, to study dharma, is being stimulated by the Being to do so. The very existence of these teachings is a gift from the gods. It is a gift from the Cosmic Christ. Dharma itself means "uprightness" or "law". We suffer because we have ignored the dharma, or right action. When we ignore the dharma, when we ignore the law of Maat, we enter into mistakes. We begin to perform action due to self-will.
In the history of this race, in the process of manifestation arising and developing through cosmic evolution, matter was descending. When the ray of creation unfolded into this Mahamanvantara, and all the worlds and levels of matter were being developed, that entire process was symbolized by a particular image demonstrating the intentions behind the cosmic evolution of the universe itself, and on the microcosmic level, on a smaller level, rather, this planet, this race, and that symbol is an inverted star, which represented in the long-ago past the descent of spirit into matter, but then through the process of cosmic evolution that energy begins to return and so that star has to invert. The star is a symbol of five points, of course related to Arcanum 5, but that star represents the human being.
The superior point is the head with the two arms outstretched, and the two legs as a foundation to stand on. The upright star is a symbol of great positive value in these times, while the inverted pentagram represents matter descending further, or the spirit descending further into matter. So in this age, in these times, the inverted pentagram with the two feet upwards is a negative symbol and represents black magic. It represents the descent into the Klipoth, into suffering. It represents degeneration, but the upward-pointing pentagram represents the ascent of the spirit back towards the Absolute. Unfortunately, the descending forces, the devolving forces of nature are pulling humanity. So long as we do not have the soul, we are an inverted pentagram. So long as we do not have the Being within, so long as we are not standing upright in Tiphereth, we are an inverted pentagram. We are fallen, in other words.
To know the dharma, to really know the dharma, we have to be an upright pentagram. We have to be standing upright with our soul, our spirit, working to ascend, to become free of materialism, to conquer matter, to conquer sensation, but humanity is enslaved by sensation. Humanity is fascinated with matter, with the senses, and this is the degeneration of the soul. In the past age, it was necessary for the development of the soul to enter into matter, to experience sensation related to physical matter, but those times passed a long time ago, and because we never broke that tendency, we have remained enslaved by matter, by sensation, and have produced an enormous amount of karma.
In its heart, in its essence, the pentagram really represents the bodhisattva. The bodhisattva is the soul who has reached Tiphereth through the processes of initiation and has created the solar bodies. Upon creating the solar astral, mental and causal bodies, this person has decided to take the straight path, the direct path, the path of the bodhisattva. That person is by right a beginner pentagram, a beginner. The first appearance of the pentagram is there, but that soul has to perfect that pentagram, which is the whole process that follows: the serpents of light, the second and third mountains.
There are many souls in the world today who took that path previously, who used to be an upright pentagram, a bodhisattva, but have fallen. These souls became identified with some ego, with some form of matter, and lost their development. They become an inverted pentagram once again. The fallen bodhisattva has to return to the light. The fallen bodhisattva has to regenerate, recuperate, what was lost.
No one, whether a fallen bodhisattva or someone who has never entered the path, is better than anyone else, but there are many in the various spiritual groups who claim to be bodhisattvas from previous ages, who make shows of themselves. Truly, these people should be more ashamed than other people. To be proud of having dishonored the gods is a great irony. To proudly claim to be a fallen bodhisattva is truly criminal. The bodhisattva who falls commits a crime against his own Being, commits a crime against the White Lodge, and commits crimes against humanity. There is nothing in that to be proud of, nothing. A fallen bodhisattva should be more ashamed, more repentant, more remorseful, more humble. Someone who has never entered the path is not guilty of these crimes, is more innocent. A fallen bodhisattva should know better, and yet oftentimes we find the most arrogant, the most prideful, the most boastful, the most noticeable characters are fallen bodhisattvas who love to talk about who they were, what they did, all the while ignoring the fact of what they are, which is a betrayer, a liar, a thief, an adulterer, and a fornicator, which all of us are, but a bodhisattva is worse because a fallen bodhisattva is someone who once had the light, who once had the Christ inside, and yet betrayed Christ.
Many Gnostics fall into this worship of fallen bodhisattvas, always looking for the fallen bodhisattvas. This is a mistake. Master Samael Aun Weor stated quite clearly, "Fallen bodhisattvas are worse than demons." Worse. A demon is at least consistent. A demon is going to be a demon, but a fallen bodhisattva was once in the light and then fell. Who is going to trust them? When they try to return, the law is very hard on them and the law says. "We helped you before and you betrayed us. Why should we help you again?" So, do not make the mistake of claiming to be such a person. Do not be eager to seek out such a person. Look instead to your Being. The Innermost is the only one that matters. No person outside can help us like our Being, and if you have the great misfortune of being a fallen bodhisattva, do not develop pride because of that. Be remorseful and know very well, if you fell once before, you will do it again unless you are very, very careful.
The pentagram has a great deal of knowledge hidden within it. An upright pentagram is a symbol of great power, protective energy. The pentagram is also a combination of five A's or five alphas. If you take five A's and connect their feet, then you will create a pentagram, and of course, we know that the alpha is the Christ. The alpha, the first, is the Divine Mother. The five A's, or the pentalpha comes from penta, which means five; these five A's symbolize of course the human being, but also the Divine Mother, who also has five aspects, and also the Christ, who incarnates in the bodhisattva in order to make that pentagram perfect.
The road to achieving that work is in the letter Hei, the fifth letter. This letter represents the woman, or the womb, and it is within the womb matter is formed, the soul is formed, the universe is formed. We have to enter into the womb itself in order to gestate the soul, in order to really come to know the dharma. The Arcanum 5 teaches us very clearly that in order for us to accomplish such a thing, we have to work consciously with the law of karma. That is to say, perform good deeds, but know how to perform them. By performing good deeds, we gather dharma, positive results, and this helps us to manage the scale of our own debts.
As enclosed in suffering as we are, we owe an enormous amount. So, to work with the scale is to begin to develop equilibrium in our karma and dharma. We owe a lot. That is why we suffer. So, we need to learn how to perform good deeds, not merely to perform them, but to do them right. The saying then is, "To combat the lion of the law, use the scale."
The scale is the law itself, performing good deeds, but the scale is also in the sign of Libra. Libra is related to the kidneys, one on either side, and in the kidneys are measured our chastity. A clairvoyant observing the kidneys will see colors that demonstrate our chastity. If the chakras of the kidneys are blood-red, we are passionate fornicators, and if the chakras of the kidneys are bright white, we are very chaste and pure. You see here, the kidneys are very close to the hips, and this constellation of the hips, or Libra, is right here in "Hei", in the womb of the woman. So when you say, "To do battle with the lion of the law, use the scale," there are levels of meaning. Really, the scale is transmutation, is chastity, is to work with the letter "Hei" in alchemy in order to produce good results, to enter into chastity, transmutation. By means of that, the actions we perform have more energy, have more power, more potency, and more than that, they can be infused with the will of the Being. The sexual energy, when transformed and transmuted, is processed so by the Divine Mother, the letter ה Hei. When we act, we are using that energy, so our actions become more powerful, our words become more potent, our thoughts and our feelings more penetrating, more profound. This gives us more responsibility, but it also gives us more capacity. When we work with the scale, we are working with good and bad action. We are really also needing to work with the scale in the kidneys, the scale of man and woman in chastity. That balance, or that equilibrium, is what can lead us towards the redemption of our own soul. The balance is acquired by developing a strong central column.
The scale itself rests upon a pillar, and that pillar is our spinal column, or the central column of the Tree of Life. The center of gravity here is Tiphereth, the human soul. The potency of Tiphereth is in the Iod. Remember the Tetragrammaton, יהוה Iod-Hei-Vau-Hei. The Iod is that masculine projective principle of masculine potency. The ה Hei is the receptive feminine principle which when equilibrated move, produce results. The ה Hei, this character, encompasses this wisdom of how to enter into balance, how to work with the forces hidden in the womb, both of the Divine Mother and of the woman.
Questions and Answers
Question: I heard before, you said that a person's intentions do not matter, it does not affect the karma?
Answer: That is right.
Question: Well, doesn't thought have a karmic consequence?
Answer: Sure. It does in the sense that thought is a form of matter, but you have to look at the picture as a whole. When you think about a person, you are affecting that person. That is karma. So if you think about a person, if you are generating negative thoughts about a person, let us say resentment towards someone, you are affecting them, harming them. That is karma. If you go and hurt them physically, that is worse. That is more karma. If you think good thoughts about a person and you have good feelings towards them, but you hurt them physically, you still get karma. You see? It is relative, and it is according to the scale. It is the results which speak, the end result. You can say a kind word, something that is meant in kindness, but actually hurt someone. You can be a doctor and try to heal someone and give them medicine, but if you do not know what you are doing you can actually make them more sick. It is the results which speak, and you may be thinking good things and feeling good things, but your action is harmful.
Question: You say a negative thought of someone affects them, the person it is directed towards. Doesn't it also affect the person that is transmitting?
Answer: Absolutely, of course. When you fill yourself with that negative energy, of course it affects you. This brings up an important point. Negative emotion is highly contagious, and there is karma related to that. You may feel very angry, emotional, and go to a place and not say a word, but that energy will affect everyone else. It will infect them because everyone is asleep and all the people are just constantly taking in impressions without any discrimination. So, that anger will infect other