isis unveiled: chapter v (one common origin)

“Now, if we take into consideration that this mineral was unversally regarded by ancient philosophers as one of the chief formative principles in organic creation; by the alchemists as the universal menstrum, which, they said, was to be wrought from water; and by every one else, even as it is regarded now by science as well as in the popular ideas, to be an indeispensable ingredient for man and beast; we may readily comprehend the hidden wisdom of this allegory of the creation of man.

Paracelsus calls salt “the centre of water, wherein metals ought to die”, etc., and Van Helmont terms the Alkahest, “summum et felicissimum omnium salium”, the most successful of all salts.

In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus says: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted?” and following the parable he adds: “Ye are the light of the world” (v. 14).

This is more than an allegory; these words point to a direct and unequivocal meaning in relation to the spiritual and physical organisms of man in his dual nature, and show, moreover, a knowledge of the “secret doctrine”, the direct traces of which we find equally in the oldest ancient and current popular traditions, in both the Old and New Testaments, and in the writings of the ancient and mediaeval mystics and philosophers.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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