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

"Strictly speaking, it is difficult to view the Jewish Book of Genesis otherwise than as a chip from the trunk of the mundane tree of universal Cosmogony, rendered in Oriental allegories. As cycle succeeded cycle, and one nation after another came upon the world's stage to play its brief part in the majestic drama of [...]

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

"And now we will turn to the Hindu esoteric Cosmogony and definition of "Him who is, and yet is not." "From him who is, from this immortal Principle which exists in our minds but cannot be perceived by the senses, is born Purusha, the Divine male and female, who became Narayana, or the Divine Spirit [...]

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

"The "three Heads", superposed above each other, are evidently taken from the three mystic triangles of the Hindus, which also superpose each other. The highest "head" contains the Trinity in Chaos, out of which springs the manifested trinity. En-Soph, the unrevealed forever, who is boundless and unconditioned, cannot create, and therefore it seems to us [...]

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., [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iv (gnostic ophites)

"Christian theology, getting the doctrine of the archangels and angels directly from the Oriental Kabala, of which the Mosaic Bible is but an allegorical screen, ought at least to remember the hierarchy invented by the former for these personified emanations. The hosts of the Cherubim and Seraphim, with which we generally see the Catholic Madonnas [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iv (gnostic ophites)

"From the day when the founder of Christianity uttered the warning, that he who shall say to his brother, "Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell-fire", all who have passed as its leaders, beginning with the ragged fishermen of Galilee, and ending with the jeweled pontiffs, have seemed to vie with each other in [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iv (gnostic ophites)

"Considering that Deuteronomy tells us that the "Lord" Himself buried Moses in a valley of Moab, (xxxiv., 6), "and no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day", this biblical lapsus inguae of Jude gives a strong coloring to the assertions of some of the Gnostics. They claimed but what was secretly taught by the [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iv (gnostic ophites)

"Paul's warning his converts against the worshipping of angels, shows how well he appreciated, even so early as his period, the dangers of borrowing from a metaphysical doctrine the philosophy of which could be rightly interpreted but by its well-learned adherents, the Magi and the Jewish Tanaim. "Let no man beguile you of your reward [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iv (gnostic ophites)

“Primitive Christianity had its grip, passwords, and degrees of initiation. The innumerable Gnostic gems and amulets are weighty proofs of it. It is a whole symbolical science. The kabalists were the first to embellish the universal Logos, with such terms as "Light of Light", the Messenger of LIFE and LIGHT, and we find these expressions [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iv (gnostic ophites)

“The Nazarenes were known as Baptists, Sabians, And John's Christians. Their belief was that the Messiah was not the son of God, but simply a prophet who would follow John. "Johanan, the Son of the Abo Sabo Zachariah, shall say to himself, 'Whoever will believe in my justice and my BAPTISM shall be joined to [...]