reply to post by sezsue
Sezsue, here is a quote from The Secret Doctrine about Satan:
The true esoteric view about "Satan," the opinion held on this subject by the whole philosophic antiquity, is admirably brought out in an appendix,
entitled "The Secret of Satan," to the second edition of Dr. A. Kingsford's "Perfect Way." No better and clearer indication of the truth could be
offered to the intelligent reader, and it is therefore quoted here at some length: —
"1. And on the seventh day (seventh creation of the Hindus), * there went forth from the presence of God a mighty Angel, full of wrath and
consuming, and God gave him the dominion of the outermost sphere. †
2. "Eternity brought forth Time; the Boundless gave birth to Limit; Being descended into generation." ‡
4. "Among the Gods is none like unto him, into whose hands are committed the kingdoms, the power and the glory of the worlds:"
5. "Thrones and empires, the dynasties of kings, § the fall of nations, the birth of churches, the triumph of Time."
For, as is said in Hermes, "Satan is the door-keeper of the Temple of the King; he standeth in Solomon's porch; he holdeth the key of the
Sanctuary, that no man enter therein, save the Anointed having the arcanum of Hermes" (v. 20 and 21).
These suggestive and majestic verses had reference with the ancient Egyptians and other civilized peoples of antiquity to the creative and
generative light of the Logos (Horus, Brahmâ, Ahura-Mazda, etc., etc., as primeval manifestations of the ever-unmanifested Principle, e.g., Ain-Soph,
Parabrahm, or Zeruana Akerne— Boundless Time — Kâla), but the
* When the earth with its planetary chain and man were to appear.
† Our earth and the physical plane of consciousness.
‡ When the pure, celestial Being (Dhyan Chohan) and the great Pitris of various classes were commissioned — the one to evolve their images
(Chhaya), and make of them physical man, the others to inform and thus endow him with divine intelligence and the comprehension of the Mysteries of
§ The "dynasties of the kings" who all regard themselves as the "anointed," reigning "by the Grace of God," whereas in truth, they reign by the
grace of matter, the great Illusion, the Deceiver.
234 THE SECRET DOCTRINE.
meaning is now degraded in the Kabala. The "Anointed," who has the secrets and mysteries of Hermes (Buddha, Wisdom), and who alone is entrusted with
the key to the "Sanctuary," the Womb of nature, in order to fructify it and call to active life and being the whole Kosmos, has become, with the
Jews, Jehovah, the "God of generation" on the lunar mountain (Sinai, the mountain of the moon, "Sin"). The "Sanctuary" has become the "Holy of
Holies," and the arcanum has been anthropomorphised and phallicised and dragged down into matter, indeed. Hence arose the necessity of making of the
"Dragon of Wisdom," the Serpent of Genesis: of the conscious god who needed a body to clothe his too subjective divinity, Satan. But the
"innumerable incarnations of Spirit," and "the ceaseless pulse and current of desire" refer, the first one, to our doctrine of Karmic and cyclic
rebirths, the second — to EROS, not the later god of material, physiological love, but to the divine desire in the gods, as well as in all nature,
to create and give life to Beings. This, the Rays of the one "dark," because invisible and incomprehensible, FLAME could achieve only by themselves
descending into matter. Therefore, as continued in the APPENDIX:
12. "Many names hath God given him (Satan), names of mystery, secret and terrible."
13. "The Adversary, because matter opposeth Spirit. Time accuseth even the Saints of the Lord."
[edit on 2-3-2009 by beebs]