isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iii (religious sects)

“In the ideas of the Christians, Christ is but another name for Jesus. The philosophy of the Gnostics, the initiates, and hierophants understood it otherwise. The word Christos, like all Greek words, must be sought in its philosophical origin – the Sanscrit. In this latter language, Kris means sacred, and the Hindu deity was named Chris-na, (the pure or the sacred), from that. On the other hand, the Greek Christos bears several meanings, as anointed, (pure oil, chrism), and others.

In all languages, though the synonym of the word means pure or sacred essence, it is the first emanation of the invisible Godhead, manifesting itself tangibly in spirit. The Greek Logos, the Hebrew Messiah, the Latin Verbum, and the Hindu Viradj, (the son), are identically the same; they represent an idea of collective entities – of flames detached from the one eternal centre of light.

“The man who accomplishes pious but interested acts, (with the sole object of his salvation), may reach the ranks of the devas, (saints); but he who accomplishes, disinterestingly, the same pious acts, finds himself ridden forever of the five elements”, (of matter). “Perceiving the Supreme Soul in all beings and all beings in the Supreme Soul, in offering his own soul in sacrifice, he identifies himself with the Being who shines in his own splendor”, (Manu, book xii., slokas 90, 91).

Thus, Christos, as a unity, is but an abstraction – a general idea representing the collective aggregation of the numberless spirit-entities, which are the direct emanations of the infinite, invisible, incomprehensible FIRST CAUSE – the individual spirits of men, erroneously called the souls. They are the divine sons of God, of which some only overshadow mortal men – but this the majority – some remain forever planetary spirits, and some – the smaller and rare minority – unite themselves during life with some men.

Such God-like beings as Gautama-Buddha, Jesus, Tissoo, Christna, and a few others had united themselves with their spirits permanently – hence, they became gods on earth. Others, such as Moses, Pythagoras, Apollonius, Plotinus, Confucius, Plato, Iamblichus, and some Christian saints, having at intervals been so united, have taken rank in history as demi-gods and leaders of mankind. When unburthened of their terrestrial tabernacles, their freed souls, henceforth united forever with their spirits, rejoin the whole shining host, which is bound together in one spiritual solidarity of thought and deed, and called “the anointed”. Hence the meaning of the Gnostics, who by saying that “Christos” suffered spiritually for humanity, implied that his Divine Spirit suffered mostly.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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