Glimpses of Esoteric Christianity Part 3
Man's Fall There are several versions and interpretations concerning Man's Fall to be found in the Western Tradition.This particular doctrine can be said to be the foundation from which all other doctrines and tenets of esotericism are built upon; for without a "fall," why would there be a "salvation"? Why should there be a striving towards perfection, wholeness and unity? Man in his present state of being finds himself isolated, alone, and fragmented. Man subconsciously feels a certain loss of being, a sense of disorientation towards Life, Nature, and his fellowmen. He seeks, not knowing what he is seeking. He pursues earthly goals, and when attained, it leaves him dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Gradually, the realization dawns upon him that his energies are being misdirected, misspent towards ephemeral goals with no absolute value.
He then commences his search and journey towards higher goals and spiritual endeavours. But how shall one tread the Path of Return? To know the Way of Ascension, one has to discover how man's descent occurred, how he originally lost his divine estate. What brought about Man's Fall? After studying the various traditions perpetuated by the Bard's of humanity, each student would arrive at his own interpretation and conclusion as to what actually occurred in the beginning of Time. Although personal opinions, speculations, assumptions and convictions may not be facts, and should not be treated as such, they do give us a working knowledge to commence our mystical work--in an experimental manner, especially when inner or spiritual guidance is lacking. We will present the doctrine of Man's Fall according to our level of understanding: Universes, like any other organism, or aggregate, come and go.
They are created by the Shakti, or power of God, sustained for a period, a cycle, called "Manvantara," and then dissolved, destroyed, or absorbed back again into the Source, to be recreated or re-emanated once again in a "New Day." It is appropriate here to say that Esoteric Christianity is essentially emanationistic in its cosmo-conception, its cosmology. This means that God, or Omneity, emanated beings and spiritual worlds from ITS own Womb. However, the emanations do not possess independent existence; all is an expression, or active manifestation of Omneity or "Allah." All, in fact, is Omneity; and yet Omneity is definitely more. This is the immanence and transcendence of God. Separation is an illusion, a play of the senses. The process of Activity and Rest, or Manvantara and Pralaya, is eternal; and its purpose is incomprehensible to man. We will not speak more on this as it would only cause confusion. During one of the active cycles, Humankind, called "Adam Kadmon," or "Anthropos," was emanated by that great expression of Omneity called "Logos.
" Adam Kadmon is the collective name of the Fragments composing its being. Sometimes Adam Kadmon is identified by scholars as the Creative and the Solar Logos. This is questionable, as some mystics have differentiated the three; perhaps it is analogous to our physical body which is constituted of cells, each of which is a being, a unit of Life. Now, although the physical body is not our Self, it does have an elemental consciousness all of its own. Adam Kadmon's relationship to the Solar Logos is somewhat similar: the Solar Logos, is the Self; the Creative Logos, or collective Elohims--the elemental consciousness of the physical body; and the cells are the Fragments, the Monads of Man, or collectively, Adam Kadmon. The Fragments of Adam were individualized in previous cycles and were ready to resume their evolution towards a Divine Self-Consciousness. There is another Logos to consider--the Redemptory Logos. This being or principle is not one and the same as the previous Logoi mentioned above. Within man, the microcosm, this Logos is the "Atma-Buddhi-Higher Mental," collectively called "the Holy Christ Self." Prior to Adam Kadmon's emanation, the Godhead emanated "Perverse Beings," as called by Martinez Pasquales.
Certain Gnostics call them as a collectivity, "Sacla," "Samael," and "Iladabaoth." These beings were the laggards of previous cycles that did not quite make the grade and were mercifully given another chance to live harmoniously with the Cosmic Laws, which are the laws of their existence, the laws of their being, and evolve accordingly. It is taught in a certain occult philosophy that the disobedience of such laws would eventually cancel the core-identity of their being, the fiery-essence of their identity on "Judgment Day," at the end of the present cycle should their conversion to holiness (wholeness) not be forthcoming. This is the "second death" and is an expression of Divine Mercy, for to allow these beings continued existence as spirits would cause them needless anguish, pain, and suffering--all of which are of their own making. Though newly re-emanated, Sacla did not repent, and the evil way of thinking which almost became second-nature to him, resumed. Because of pride and ignorance, he willfully denied the existence of his source and believed himself the creator of the Universe. The desire to be worshipped and to act as the Supreme Being, in creating other beings, eventually caused the downfall of Sacla. John Bricaud in his work "Esoteric Christian Doctrine," has this to say about the Fall: " . certain heads of the angelic hierarchy refused to obey the laws which govern the pleroma; that they wanted to go over to degrees higher than their class without fulfilling the required condition, which caused great disorder in the pleroma.
" This state of spiritual denial and opposition caused anarchy and pandemonium. Most of the angels fell as a result. At the head of the rebellion was a being, traditionally known as "Lucifer," "Athamas," and "Orphiomorphos." To coerce these fallen angels to obedience would have been a violation of the Law of Free Will that Omneity had established. Therefore, to contain their perversity, their evil thoughts, the lower spiritual planes were emanated by Omneity to circumscribe and contain the activities of these rebels of the spirit; to limit the power of their influence upon the pleroma and higher heavens. The principles or component parts of these beings were automatically densified or crystallized according to natural laws as a result of egoic-focus. In reality, Cosmic Laws in their totality is the expression of Omneity--is Omneity. Disharmony with one's spiritual nature naturally densifies one's being and restricts the mobility of one's soul and spirit. This was what occurred to Sacla.
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