isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter v (mysteries of the kabala)

“Learn to know all, but keep thyself unknown.” (GNOSTIC MAXIM).

“There is one God supreme over all gods, diviner than mortals, whose form is not like unto man’s, and as unlike his nature; but vain mortals imagine that gods like themselves are begotten with human sensations, and voice, and corporeal members.” (XENOPHANES, Clem. Al. Strom., V., 14, § 110).

“TYCHIADES – Can you tell me the reason, Philocles, why most men desire to lie, and delight not only to speak fictions themselves, but give busy attention to others who do?.

PHILOCLES – There be many reasons, Tychiades, which compel some to speak lies, because they see ’tis profitable.” (A Dialogue of Lucian).

“SPARTAN – Is it to thee, or to God, that I must confess?

PRIEST – To God.

SPARTAN – Then, MAN, stand back!” (PLUTARCH, Remarkable Lacedemonian Sayings).

“We will now give attention to some of the most important Mysteries of the Kabala. and trace their relations to the philosophical myths of various nations.

In the oldest Oriental Kabala, the Deity is represented as three circles in one, shrouded in a certain smoke or chaotic exhalation. In the preface to the Sohar, which transforms the three primordial circles into THREE HEADS, over these is described an exhalation or smoke, neither black nor white, but colorless, and circumscribed within a circle. This is the unknown Essence.

The origin of the Jewish image may, perhaps, be traced to Hermes’ Pymander, the Egyptian Logos, who appears within a cloud of a humid nature, with a smoke escaping from it. In the Sohar the highest God is, as we have shown in the preceding chapter, and as in the case of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, a pure abstraction, whose objective existence is denied by the latter. It is Hakama, the “SUPREME WISDOM, that cannot be understood by reflection”, and that lies within and without the CRANIUM of LONG FACE, (Sephira), the uppermost of the three “Heads”. It is the “boundless and the infinite En-soph”, the No-Thing.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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