814 The word guebra comes from Kabiri (Gabiri), and means the Persian ancient fire-worshippers, or »aisîs. Kabiri became Gabiri and then remained as an appellation of the Zoroastrians in Persia. (See Hyde's De Religione Persarum, c. 29.)
815 I. ix. 751.
816 See Macrob., Sat., I. iii. c. 4, p. 376.
817 Pausan., ix. 22; 5.
818 Herodotus, iii. 37.
819 Quoted in Gould's MythicalMonsters, p. 399.
820 Appendix, p. 13; quoted by Faber, Cabiri, ii. pp. 289-291.
821 The Amshaspands are six—if Ormazd, their chief and Logos, is excluded. But in the Secret Doctrine he is the seventh and highest, just as Phtah is the seventh Kabir among the Kabiri.
822 In the Purânas it is identified with Vishnu's or Brahmâ's Shveta-dvîpa of Mount Meru.
823 Ed. Fleisher, p. 16.
824 MS., 47 in Nic. Cat.
825 MS.,785, Uri's Cat.; quoted by Col. Vyse, OperationsatthePyramidsofGizeh, ii. 364; see Staniland Wake, TheGreatPyramid, p. 94.
826 De Mirville, Pneumatologie, iii, 29.
827 Stanilaud Wake, ibid., p. 96.
828 Ibid., p. 97.
829 Égypte, iv. 441; De Mirville, op.cit., iii. 41.
830 Annales de Philosophie Chrétienne, xxxii. 442; see De Mirville, Pneumalologie, iii. 18.
831 Histoiredel'AstronomieAncienne; see De Mirville, op.cit., ibid., p. 15.
832 De Mirville, ibid., p. 41.
833 Ibid., pp. 16, 17.
834 In the VishnuPurâna, with careful reading, may be found many corroborations of the same (Book II, chaps, iii, iv, etseqq.). The reigns of Gods, lower Gods, and Men are all enumerated in the descriptions of the seven islands, seven seas, seven mountains, etc., ruled by Kings. Each King is invariably said to have seven sons, an allusion to the seven sub-races. One instance will do. The King of Kusha-Dvîpa had seven sons . . . . "after whom the seven portions or Varsha of the island were called . . . . Thereresidemankind, alongwithDaityasandDânavas, aswellaswithspiritsofheaven [Gandharvas, Yakshas, Kimpurushas, etc.] andGods." (Wilson's Trans., ii. 195.) There is but one exception in the case of King Priyavrata, the son of the first Manu, Svâyambhuva—who had ten sons. But of these, three—Medha, Agnibâhu, and Putra (ibid., ii. 101)—became ascetics and refused their portions. Thus Priyavrata divided the Earth again into seven continents.
835 Égypte, pp. 450-455; De Mirville, ibid., pp. 41, 42.
836 As a general rule, now that the very nature of the inner man has become as blind as his physical nature, man on this Globe is as the Amphioxus is in the ocean. Seen by millions of various other fishes and creatures that surround it, the Amphioxus species—having neither brain nor any of the senses possessed by the other classes—sees them not. Who knows whether, on the Darwinian theory, these Branchiostoma are not the direct ancestors of our Materialists?
837 The Occultists have been accused of worshipping Gods or Devils! We deny this. Among the numberless hosts of Spirits—entities that have been or that will be men—there are some immeasurably superior to the human race, higher and holier than the highest saint on Earth, and wiser than any mortal without exception. And there are those again who are no better than we are, and some also who are far worse and inferior to the lowest savage. It is these last that command the readiest communication with our Earth, who perceive and sense us, as the clairvoyants perceive and sense them. The close proximity of our respective abodes and planes of perception are, unfortunately, in favour of such inter-comniunication, as they are ever ready to interfere with our affairs for weal or woe. If we are asked how it is that none but sensitive hysterical natures, neuro- and sycho-pathic persons, see—and occasionally talk with—"spirits," we answer the question by several other queries. We ask: Do you know the nature of hallucination, and can you define its psychic process? How can you tell that all such visions are due merely to physical hallucinations? What makes you feel so sure that mental and nervous diseases, while drawing a veil over our normal senses (so-called), donot reveal at the same time vistas unknown to the healthy man, by throwing open doors usually closed against your scientific (?) perceptions; or that a psycho-spiritual faculty doesnot forthwith replace the loss, or the temporary atrophy, of a purely physical sense? It is disease or the exuberance of nervous fluid which produces mediumship and visions—hallucinations, as you call them. But what does Science know even of mediumship? Truly were the modern Charcots to pay attention to the delirium of their patients from a more psychic standpoint, Science—Physiology especially—might be more benefited than it is now, and truth have a wider field of fact in its knowledge.
838 i. 70; De Mirville, ibid., p. 26.
839 These were the early Aryans and the bulk of the Fourth Root-Race—the former pious and meditative (given to yoga-contemplation), the latter a fighting race of sorcerers, who were rapidly degenerating owing to their uncontrolled passions.
840 The Northern and Southern Divisions of Lemuria-AtIantis. The Hyperborean and the Equatorial lands of the two Continents.
841 De Rougemont, PeuplePrimitif, iii. 157; De Mirville, ibid., p. 29. This is Occult and refers to the property of iron which is attracted by some magnetic elements, and repelled by others. Such elements, by an Occult process, can be made as impervious to it as water to a blow.
842 Ibid., loc.cit.
843 The First Continent, or Island, if so preferred, "the cap of the North Pole," has never perished; not will it to the end of the Seven Races.
844 See De Rougemont, ibid.
845 Boulanger, RègnedesDieux, Introd.; see De Mirville, op.cit., ibid., pp. 32, 33.
846 The Secret Doctrine explains and expounds what Plato says, for it teaches that those "Inventors" were Gods and Demi-gods (Devas and Rishis) who had become—some deliberately, some compelled by Karma—incarnated in man.
847 The preceding paragraphs are condensed from Plato, Legg., 1. iv—id., inCrit., etinPolitic.; De Mirville, ibid., pp. 33, 34.
848 Argyle, UnityofNature.
849 BookoftheDead, xcix. 33; and clvi. 4. The reader is referred to Stanza VII, Shloka 1 (i. 240), wherein this verse is explained in another of its meanings, and also to the BookoftheDead, cix. 4 and 5. This is a direct reference to the esoteric division of man's "principles" symbolized by the divine wheat. The legend which inscribes the third Register of the papyrus (RookoftheDead, ex.) states: "This is the region of the Manes [disembodied men] seven cubits high—[to wit, those just translated and supposed to be still sevenfold with all their 'principles,' even the body being represented astrally in the Kâma Loka or Hades, before their separation]; and there is wheat three cubits high for Mummies in a stateofperfection [i.e., those already separated, whose three higher principles are in Devachan] who are permitted to glean it." This region (Devachan) is called "the land of the Re-birth of Gods," and is shown to be inhabited by Shoo, Tefnoot, and Seb. The "region for the Manes seven cubits high"—for the yet imperfect Mummies—and the region for those "in a state of perfection" who "glean wheat threecubits high," is as clear as possible. The Egyptians had the same esoteric Philosophy which is now taught by the Cis-Himalayan Adepts, and the latter, when buried, have corn and wheat placed over them.
850 1. xiv. There are Egyptologists who have quite erroneously tried to identify Osiris with Menes. Bunsen assigns to Menes an antiquity of 5,867 years B.C., and is denounced for it by Christians. But "Isis-Osiris" reigned in Egypt before the Zodiac was painted on the ceiling of the temple of Dendera, and that is over 75,000 years ago!
851 In the text, "corked up" or "screwed up."
852 Zohar, part i, col. 177; De Mirville, ibid., p. 88.
853 Genesis, vi. 4.
854 PrœlectionesTheol., ch. ii; De Mirville, ibid., p. 84.
859 Zohar, part ii, col. 73; De Mirville, ibid., p. 86.
860 Ibid., p. 87.
861 MoreNevochim, xxvi. 8.
863 ii. pp. 14, 29.
864 Chap. viii; Laureuce's Translation, pp. 7 and 8.
865 Job, i. 6.
866 The Chaldean BookofNumbers.
867 Archœology, xxv. 220, London.
868 DiePhoinisier, 70.
869 See Sanchuniathon in Eusebius, Pr.Ev., 36; Genesis, xvi.
870 SocietyofAntiquariesofLondon, xxv. 220.
871 Cartas, 51; see IsisUnveiled, i. 553, et seqq.
872 He is thus named and included in the list of the Dânavas in VâyuParana; the Commentator of BhâgavataPurâna calls him a son of Danu, hut the name means also "Spirit of Humanity."
873 Kashyapa is called the son of Brahmâ, and is the "Self-born" to whom a great part of the work of creation is attributed. He is one of the seven Rishis; exoterically, the son of Marîchi, the son of Brahmâ; while the AtharvaVeda says, "The Self-born Kashyapa sprang from Time," and Esoterically Time and Space are forms of the One incognizable Deity. As an Âditya, Indra is son of Kashyapa, as also Vaivasvata Manu, our Progenitor. In the instance given in the text, he is Kashyapa-Âditya, the Sun and the Sun-god, from whom all the "Cosmic" Demons, Dragons (Nâgas), Serpent or Snake-gods, and Dânavas or Giants, are born. The meaning of the allegories given above is purely astronomical and cosmical, but will serve to prove the identity of all.
874 VishnuPurâna, Wilson's Trans., ii. 72.
875 All such stories differ in the exoteric texts. In the Mahâbhârata, Kârttikeya, "the six-faced Mars," is the son of Rudra or Shiva, Self-born withoutamother from the seed of Shiva cast into the fire. But Kârttikeya is generally called Agnibhû, "Fire-born."
876 Hiranyâksha is the ruler or king of the fifth region of Pâtâla, a Snake-god.
877 The Elohim also feared the Knowledge of Good and Evil for Adam, and therefore are shown as expelling him from Eden or killing him spiritually.
878 The story told is, that Târaka (called also Kâlanâbha), owing to his extraordinary Yoga-powers, had obtained all the divine knowledge of Yoga-vidyâ and the Occult powers or the Gods, who conspired against him. Here we see the "obedient" Host of Archangels or minor Gods conspiring against the (future) Fallen Angels, whom Enoch accuses of the great crime of disclosing to the world all "the secretthings done in heaven." It is Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Sûryal and Uriel who denounced to the Lord God those of their Brethren who were said tohavepriedintothedivinemysteries and taught them to men; by this means they themselves escaped a like punishment. Michael was commissioned to fight the Dragon, and so was Kârttikeya, and under the same circumstances. Both are "leaders of the Celestial Host," both Virgins, both "leaders of Saints," "Spear-holders" (Shakti-dharas), etc. Kârttikeya is the original of Michael and St. George, as surely as Indra is the prototype of Kârttikeya.
879 The "life and the light" of the material physical world, the delight of the senses—not of the soul. Apollo is preeminently the human God, the God of emotional, pomp-loving and theatrical Church ritualism, with lights and music.
880 See Revelation (xii) where we find Apollo's mother persecuted by the Python, the Red Dragon, who is also Porphyrion, the scarlet or red Titan.
881 BookofGod, p. 88.
882 No "God"—whether called Bel or Jehovah—who curses his (supposed) own work, because he has made it imperfect, can be the One Infinite Absolute Wisdom.
883 In the Indian allegory of Târakâmaya, the War between the Gods and the Asuras headed by Soma (the Moon, the King of Plants), it is Vishvakarmâ, the artificer of the Gods, who, like Vulcan (Tubal-Cain), forges their weapons for them.
884 ChaldeanAccountofGenesis, p. 304. We have said elsewhere that the "woman with child" of Revelation was Aima, the Great Mother, or Binah, the third Sephira, "whose name is Jehovah"; and the "Dragon," who seeks to devour her coming child (the Universe), is the Dragon of Absolute Wisdom—that Wisdom which, recognizing the non-separateness of the Universe and everything in it from the Absolute all, sees in it no better than the great Illusion, Mahamâyâ, hence the cause of misery and suffering.
885 The "seven Karshvares of the Earth"—the seven Spheres of our Planetary Chain, the seven Worlds, also mentioned in the RigVeda, are fully referred to elsewhere. There are six Râjamsi (Worlds) above Prithivî, the Earth, or "this" (Idâm), as opposed to that which is yonder (the six Globes on the three other planes). (See RigVeda, i. 34; iii. 56; vii. 10411, and v. 60, 6.)
886 Darmesteter's Trans., "Sacred Books of the East," vol. iv. p. 207.
887 Ibid., p. 217.
888 Ibid., p. 208.
889 BookoftheDead, xvii. 62; Anubis is Horus who melts "in him who is eyeless."
890 See Lenoir's DuDragon, deMetz.
891 See also EgyptianPantheon, pp. 20, 23.
892 BookoftheDead, xvii. 54 and 49.
893 These "Evil Spirits" can by no means be identified with Satan or the Great Dragon. They are the Elementais generated or begotten by ignorance—cosmic and human passions—or Chaos.
894 AssyrianDiscoveries, p. 403.
895 See Numbers, xxi. 8, 9. God orders Moses to build a brazen Serpent (Saraph), to lookupon which heals those bitten by the Fiery Serpents. The latter were the Seraphim, each one of which, as Isaiah shows (vi. 2), "had six wings"; they are the symbols of Jehovah, and of all the other Demiurgi who produce out of themselves six sons or likenesses—seven with their Creator. Thus, the Brazen Serpent is Jehovah, the chief of the "Fiery Serpents." And yet, in IIKings (xviii. 4) it is shown that king Hezekiah, who, like as David his father, "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord"—"brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made . . . . and called it Nehushtan," or piece of brass.
896 "And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel" (IChronicles, xxi. 1). "The anger of the Lord [Jehovah] was kindled against Israel, and he moved David . . . to say, Go, number Israel" (IISamuel, xxiv. 1). The two are then identical.
897 ii. 18, 22.
898 Dozens of the most erudite writers have sifted thoroughly the various meanings of the name J’hovah (with, and without the Masoretic points), and shown their multifarious bearings. The best of such works is the SourceofMeasures:theHebrewEgyptianMystery, by J. Ralston Skinner, so often already referred to.
899 In the above-mentioned work (p. 233), verse 26 of chapter iv of Genesis is correctly translated "then men began to call themselves Jehovah," but less correctly explained, perhaps, as the last word ought to be written Jah (male) Hovah (female), to show that from that time the race of distinctly separate man and woman began.
900 See for explanation the excellent pages of Appendix vii of the same work.
901 Op.cit., p. 293.
902 RabbaBattra, 16a.
903 In Demonology, Satan is the leader of the opposition in Hell, the monarch of which was Beelzebub. He belongs to the fifth kind or class of Demons (of which there are nine according to medieval Demonology), and he is at the head of witches and sorcerers. But see elsewhere the true meaning of Baphomet, the goat-headed Satan, one with Azazel, the scape-goat of Israel. Nature is the God Pan.
904 See IsisUnveiled, ii. 184.
905 See CodexNazarœus, iii. 73.
906 He is also Vulcan or Vul-cain, the greatest God with the later Egyptians, and the greatest Kabir. The God of Time was Chiun in Egypt, or Saturn, or Seth, and Chiun is the same as Cain. (SourceofMeasures, p. 278.)
907 See Strabo, comparing them to the Cyclopes, xiv. p. 653 sqq. Calliim., inDel., 31. Stat., Silv., iv. 6, 47, etc.
908 MythologiedelaGrèceAntique, p. 271.
909 Nothing could be more awkward and childish, we say, than this fruitless attempt to disconnect the genealogies of Cain and of Setb, or to conceal the identity of names under a different spelling. Thus, Cain has a Son Enoch, and Seth a Son Enoch (also Enos, Ch'anoch, Hanoch—one may do what one likes with unvowelled Hebrew names). In the Cainite line Enoch begets Irad, Irad Mehujael, the latter Methusael, and Methusael, Lamech. In the Sethite line, Enoch begets Cainan, and this one Mahalaleel (a variation on Mehujael), who gives birth to Jared (or Irad); Jared to Enoch (number 3), who produces Methuselah (from Methusael), and finally Lamech closes the list. (See Genesis, iv. v.) Now all these are symbols (kabalistically) of solar and lunar years, of astronomical periods and of physiological (phallic) functions, just as in any other Pagan symbolical creed. This has been proven by a number of writers.
910 See AnalysisofAncientMythology, ii. 760.
911 vi. 9.
912 See NewEncyclopedia, by Abraham Rees, F.R.S.
913 See Hebrews, v. 6; vii. 1, etseqq.
914 The Aeolian name of Mars was Areus (&Areu~), and the Greek Ares (&Arh~) is a name over the etymological significance of which, Philologists and Indianists, Greek and Sanskrit scholars, have vainly worked to this day. Very strangely, Max Müller connects both the names Mars and Ares with the Sanskrit root mar, whence he traces their derivation, and from which, he says, comes the name of the Maruts or Storm-gods. Welcker, however, offers a more correct etymology. (See Griech.Götterlehre, i. 415.) However it may be, etymologies of roots and words alone will never yield the Esoteric meaning fully, though they may help to useful guesses.
915 As the same author shows: "The very name Vulcain appears in the reading, for in the first words (Gen., iv. 5) is to be found V'elcain, or Vulcain, agreeably to the deepened u sound of the letter vau. Out of its immediate context, it may be read as, 'andthegodCain,' or Vulcain. If, however, anything is wanting to confirm the Cain-Vulcain idea, Fuerst says: ' Cain, theironpointofalance, asmith (blacksmith), inventor of sharp iron tools and smith work'" (p. 278).