PART THE SECOND
The Book of
the Mysteries of God
as containing knowledges which for their interiorness were reserved for initiates of high degree.
being a summary of the spiritual history of the Sons of God, and the mysteries of the kingdoms of the Seven Spheres
I BELIEVE in one God; the Father and Mother Almighty; of whose substance are the generations of Heaven and of earth: And in Christ Jesus the Son of God, our Lord; who is conceived of the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; suffereth under the world-rulers; is crucified, dead, and buried; who descendeth into hell; who riseth again from the dead; who ascendeth into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God; by whose law the quick and the dead are judged. I believe in the Seven Spirits of God; the Kingdom of Heaven; the communion of the elect; the passing-through of souls; the redemption of the body; the life everlasting; and the Amen.
He that believeth and is initiated shall be saved; and he that believeth not shall consume away.
THE "LORD'S PRAYER"
being a prayer of the Elect for interior Perfectionment
OUR Father-Mother who art in the upper and the within: Hallowed be Thy name:
Thy kingdom come:
Thy will be done, in the body as in the spirit:
Give us every day the communion of the mystical bread:
And perfect us in the power of Thy Sons, according as we give ourselves to perfect others:
And in the hour of temptation deliver us from the hand of Satan.
For Thine are the kingdom, the power, and the glory.
In the life eternal, and in the Amen.
CONCERNING HOLY WRIT
ALL Scriptures which are the true Word of God, have a dual interpretation, the intellectual and the intuitional, the apparent and the hidden.
2. For nothing can come forth from God save that which is fruitful..
3. As is the nature of God, so is the Word of God's mouth.
4. The letter alone is barren; the spirit and the letter give life.
5. But that Scripture is the more excellent which is exceeding fruitful and brings forth abundant signification.
6. For God is able to say many things in one, as the perfect ovary contains many seeds in its chalice.
7. Therefore there are in the Scriptures of God's Word certain writings, which, as richly yielding trees, bear more abundantly than others in the self-same holy garden.
8. And one of the most excellent is the history of the generation of the heavens and the earth.
9. For therein is contained in order a genealogy, which has four heads, as a stream divided into four branches, a word exceeding rich.
10. And the first of these generations is that of the Gods.
11. The second is that of the kingdom of heaven.
12. The third is that of the visible world.
13. And the fourth is that of the Church of Christ.
CONCERNING SIN AND DEATH
AS is the outer so is the inner: He that worketh is One.
2. As the small is, so is the great: there is one law.
3. Nothing is small and nothing is great in the Divine Economy.
4. If thou wouldst understand the method of the world's corruption, and the condition to which sin hath reduced the work of God,
5. Meditate upon the aspect of a corpse; and consider the method of the putrefaction of its tissues and humours.
6. For the secret of death is the same, whether of the outer or of the inner.
7. The body dieth when the central will of its system no longer bindeth in obedience the elements of its substance.
8. Every cell is a living entity, whether of vegetable or of animal potency.
9. In the healthy body every cell is polarised in subjection to the central will, the Adonai of the physical system.
10. Health, therefore, is order, obedience, and government.
11. But wherever disease is, there is disunion, rebellion, and insubordination.
12. And the deeper the seat of the confusion the more dangerous the malady, and the harder to quell it.
13. That which is superficial may be more easily healed; or, if need be, the disorderly elements may be rooted out, and the body shall be whole and at unity again.
14. But if the disobedient molecules corrupt each other continually, and the perversity spread, and the rebellious tracts multiply their elements; the whole body shall fall into dissolution, which is death.
15. For the central will, that should dominate all the kingdom of the body, is no longer obeyed; and every element is become its own ruler, and hath a divergent will of its own.
1:6. So that the poles of the cells incline in divers directions; and the binding power, which is the life of the body, is dissolved and destroyed.
17. And when dissolution is complete, then follow corruption and putrefaction.
18. Now, that which is true of the physical, is true likewise of its prototype.
19. The whole world is full of revolt; and every element hath a will divergent from God.
20. Whereas there ought to be but one will, attracting and ruling the whole man.
21. But there is no longer brotherhood among you; nor order, nor mutual sustenance.
22. Every cell is its own arbiter; and every member is become a sect.
23. Ye are not bound one to another: ye have confounded your offices and abandoned your functions.
24. Ye have reversed the direction of your magnetic currents; ye are fallen into confusion, and have given place to the spirit of misrule.
25. Your wills are many and diverse; and every one of you is an anarchy.
26. A house that is divided against itself, falleth.
27. O wretched man; who shall deliver you from this body of death?
CONCERNING THE "GREAT WORK," THE REDEMPTION, AND THE SHARE OF CHRIST JESUS THEREIN
"FOR this cause is Christ manifest, that he may destroy the works of the devil."
2. In this text of the holy writings is contained the explanation of the mission of the Christ, and the nature of the Great Work.
3. Now the devil, or old serpent, the enemy of God, is that which gives pre-eminence to matter.
4. He is disorder, confusion, distortion, falsification, error. He is not personal, he is not positive, he is not formulated. Whatever God is, that the devil is not.
5. God is light, truth, order, harmony, reason: and God's works are illumination, knowledge, understanding, love, and sanity.
6. Therefore the devil is darkness, falsehood, disorder, discord, ignorance; and his works are confusion, folly, division, hatred and delirium.
7. The devil is therefore the negation of God's Positive. God is I AM: the devil is NOT. He has no individuality and no existence; for he represents the not-being. Wherever God's kingdom is not, the devil reigns.
8. Now the Great Work is the redemption of spirit from matter; that is, the establishment of the kingdom of God.
9. Jesus being asked when the kingdom of God should come, answered, "When Two shall be as One, and that which is Without as that which is Within."
10. In saying this, he expressed the nature of the Great Work. The Two are spirit and matter: the within is the real invisible; the without is the illusory visible.
11. The kingdom of God shall come when spirit and matter shall be one substance, and the phenomenal shall be absorbed into the real.
12. His design was therefore to destroy the dominion of matter, and to dissipate the devil and his works.
13. And this he intended to accomplish by proclaiming the knowledge of the Universal Dissolvent, and giving to men the keys of the kingdom of God.
14. Now, the kingdom of God is within us; that is, it is interior, invisible, mystic, spiritual.
15. There is a power by means of which the outer may be absorbed into the inner.
16. There is a power by means of which matter may be ingested into its original substance.
17. He who possesses this power is Christ, and he has the devil under foot.
18. For he reduces chaos to order, and indraws the external to the centre.
19. He has learnt that matter is illusion, and that spirit alone is real.
20. He has found his own central point: and all power is given unto him in heaven and on earth.
21. Now, the central point is the number thirteen: it is the number of the marriage of the Son of God.
22. And all the members of the microcosm are bidden to the banquet of the marriage.
23. But if there chance to be even one among them which has not on a wedding garment,
24. Such a one is a traitor, and the microcosm is found divided against itself.
25. And that it may be wholly regenerate, it is necessary that Judas be cast out.
26. Now the members of the microcosm are twelve: of the senses three, of the mind three, of the heart three, and of the conscience three.
27. For of the body there are four elements; and the sign of the four is sense, in the which are three gates;
28. The gate of the eye, the gate of the ear, and the gate of touch.
29. Renounce vanity, and be poor: renounce praise, and be humble: renounce luxury, and be chaste.
30. Offer unto God a pure oblation: let the fire of the altar search thee, and prove thy fortitude.
31. Cleanse thy sight, thine hands, and thy feet: carry the censer of thy worship into the courts of the Lord; and let thy vows be unto the Most High.
32. And for the magnetic man there are four elements: and the covering of the four is mind, in the which are three gates;
33. The gate of desire, the gate of labour, and the gate of illumination.
34. Renounce the world, and aspire heavenward: labour not for the meat which perishes, but ask of God thy daily bread: beware of wandering doctrines, and let the Word of the Lord be thy light.
35. Also of the soul there are four elements: and the seat of the four is the heart, whereof likewise there are three gates:
36. The gate of obedience, the gate of prayer, and the gate of discernment.
37. Renounce thine own will, and let the law of God only be within thee: renounce doubt: pray always and faint not: be pure of heart also, and thou shalt see God.
38. And within the soul is the Spirit: and the Spirit is One, yet has it likewise three elements.
39. And these are the gates of the oracle of God, which is the ark of the covenant:
40. The rod, the host, and the law:
41. The force which solves, and transmutes, and divines: the bread of heaven which is the substance of all things and the food of angels; the table of the law, which is the will of God, written with the finger of the Lord.
[1. Smell and taste are modes of touch, as all three involve contact with the object itself that is perceived, while sight and hearing involve contact with vibrations set up by that object in an intervening medium (see Life of Anna Kingsford, vol. ii, pp. 170, 171). S. H. H.
2. I.e. the magnetic or astral part of Man, which is accounted a person or system in itself. E. M.
3. The Sacramental bread called by the Hebrews "Shewbread." E. M.]
42. If these three be within thy spirit, then shall the Spirit of God be within thee.
43. And the glory shall be upon the propitiatory, in the holy place of thy prayer.
44. These are the twelve gates of regeneration: through which if a man enter he shall have right to the tree of life.
45. For the number of that tree is thirteen.
46. It may happen to a man to have three, to another five, to another seven, to another ten.
47. But until a man have twelve, he is not master over the last enemy.
48. Therefore was Jesus betrayed to death by Judas: because he was not yet perfected.
49. But he was perfected through suffering: yea, by the passion, the cross, and the burial.
50. For he could not wholly die: neither could his body see corruption.
51. So he revived: for the elements of death were not in his flesh; and his molecules retained the polarity of life eternal.
52. He therefore was raised and became perfect: having the power of the dissolvent and of transmutation.
53. And God glorified the Son of Man: yea, he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
54. Thence also the Christ shall come again: in power like unto the power of his ascension.
55. For as yet the devil is undissipated: the Virgin indeed has crushed his head; but still he lies in wait for her heel.
56. Therefore the Great Work is yet to be accomplished.
57. When the leaven shall have leavened the whole lump; when the seed shall have become a tree; when the net shall have gathered all things into it.
58. For in the same power and glory he had at his ascension, shall Christ Jesus be manifested from heaven before angels and men.
59. For when the cycle of the creation is completed, whether of the macrocosm, or of the microcosm, the Great Work is accomplished.
60. Six for the manifestation, and six for the interpretation: six for the outgoing, and six for the ingathering: six for the man, and six for the woman.
61. Then shall be the Sabbath of the Lord God.
[1. See note to Part I, No. L (8): also Appendix, "Second Coming."
CONCERNING ORIGINAL BEING; OR, "BEFORE THE BEGINNING"
BEFORE the beginning of things, before the generation of the heavens, the great and invisible God alone subsisted.
2. Even the God whose name is unspeakable, upon Whom no eye hath ever looked, whose nature no mind create can fathom.
3. In the bosom of the eternal were all the Gods comprehended, as the seven spirits of the prism, contained in the Invisible Light.
4. The Elohim. filled and comprised the universe, and the universe was at rest.
5. There was no motion, nor darkness, nor space, nor matter.
6. There was no other than God.
7. For there was One only, the Uncreate and Self-subsistent.
8. But forasmuch as motion was conceived in the bosom of the Elohim, the Invisible Light moved on itself;
9. And gathering itself inward toward its axis, left beyond and without it another self.
10. So that where God was not, there was darkness and the abyss.
11. Yet had the darkness of itself no existence, for before the beginning God was all in all.
12. And that which had been God became darkness by the withdrawal of God.
13. So that the darkness is no entity, for it is the negation of being.
14. It is no presence, for where a presence is, there is God.
15. Neither can it produce, neither can it be manifested, neither can it be annihilated.
16. Yet, forasmuch as the darkness doth not comprehend God, it is as another self.
17. Not having power in itself, for all power is God's.
18. Neither having personality, for all personality is of God.
19. But unless there were again to be cessation of motion, there can be no extinction of negation.
20. It may be bounded, but never annihilated.
21. Whatever is, is of God; but God only is absolute and perfect being.
[1. Paris, October 24, 1878. Referred to in Life of Anna Kingsford, vol. i, pp. 283, 284, 289.]
22. All things visible and invisible were potential in God before the beginning, and of God's fulness we have all received.
23. Inasmuch as anything is absolute, strong, perfect, true, insomuch it resembles God and is God.
24. Inasmuch as anything is out of reason, weak, divided, false, insomuch it approaches negation, and is of negation.
25. Now the Absolute, which is God, is Spirit.
ALPHA, OR "IN THE BEGINNING"
IN the beginning, the potentialities of all things were in Elohim.
2. And Elohim. was twain, the Spirit and the Water,--that is, the heavenly deep.
3. Now the spirit of Elohim is original life, and the heavenly waters are space and dimension.
4. He is the line, and She is the circle.
5. And without them is void and darkness.
6. Now the Divine twain were from the beginning contained in the bosom of the One who was before the beginning:
7. Even God the nameless, invisible, unfathomable, unspeakable, motionless:
8. From whom proceeded the heavens--that is, the duality, spirit, and deep--and the earth--that is, spiritually, the beyond.
9. Now the beyond was without form and void, and darkness covered the face of it.
10. But the heavenly waters were covered by the Spirit of God.
BETA, OR ADONAI, THE MANIFESTOR
THEN from the midst of the Divine Duality, the Only Begotten of God came forth:
2. Adonai, the Word, the Voice invisible.
3. He was in the beginning, and by Him were all things discovered.
[1. See Life of Anna Kingsford, vol. i, p. 19z.
2. Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland recognised in this utterance "the original from which the opening sentences of the Fourth Gospel were derived" (Life of Anna Kingsford, vol. i, pp. 192, 193). S. H. H.]
4. Without Him was not anything made which is visible.
5. For He is the Manifestor, and in Him was the life of the world.
6. God the nameless hath not revealed God, but Adonai hath revealed God from the beginning.
7. He is the presentation of Elohim, and by Him the Gods are made manifest.
8. He is the third aspect of the Divine Triad:
9. Co-equal with the Spirit and the heavenly deep.
10. For except by three in one, the Spirits of the Invisible Light could not have been made manifest.
11. But now is the prism perfect, and the generation of the Gods discovered in their order.
12. Adonai dissolves and resumes; in His two hands are the dual powers of all things.
13. He is of His Father the Spirit, and of His Mother the great deep.
14. Having the potency of both in Himself, and the power of things material.
15. Yet being Himself invisible, for He is the cause, and not the effect.
16. He is the Manifestor, and not that which is manifest.
17. That which is manifest is the Divine Substance.
GAMMA, OR THE MYSTERY OF REDEMPTION
ALL things are formed of the Divine Substance, which is the Divine idea.
2. Therefore all things are one, as God is one.
3. And every monad of the Divine Substance hath in itself the potency of twain, as God is twain in one.
4. And every monad which is manifest, is manifest by the evolution of its Trinity.
5. For thus only can it bear record of itself, and become cognisable as an entity.
[1. "The term manifest relates only to the physical senses. The 'Vision of Adonai' . . . is beheld by the eyes of the interior and substantial man" (E. M. Art. in The Unknown World, 1894, p. 14). See Part III, "Concerning the Divine Image."]
6. There are three which bear record in the Holy of Holies,--the Spirit, the Water, and the Word,--and these three are one,
7. And there are three which bear record in the outer world, the life, the soul, and the body,--and these three agree in one.
8. As is God, so is all which goes forth from God.
9. From the imponderable particles of physical light, to the molecules of the lead of the outermost circle,[D]
10. All things in heaven and in earth are of God, both the invisible and the visible.
11. Such as is the invisible, is the visible also, for there is no boundary line betwixt spirit and matter.
12. Matter is spirit made exteriorly cognisable by the force of the Divine Word.
13. And when God shall resume all things by love, the material shall be resolved into the spiritual, and there shall be a new heaven and a new earth.
14. Not that matter shall be destroyed, for it came forth from God, and is of God indestructible and eternal.
15. But it shall be indrawn and resolved into its true self.
16. It shall put off corruption, and remain incorruptible.
17. It shall put off mortality, and remain immortal.
18. So that nothing be lost of the Divine substance.
19. It was material entity: it shall be spiritual entity.
20. For there is nothing which can go out from the presence of God.
21. This is the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead: that is, the transfiguration of the body.[O]
22. For the body, which is matter, is but the manifestation of spirit: and the Word of God shall transmute it into its inner being.
23. The will of God is the alchemic crucible: and the dross which is cast therein is matter.
24. And the dross shall become pure gold, seven times refined; even perfect spirit.
25. It shall leave behind it nothing: but shall be transformed into the Divine image.
26. For it is not a new substance: but its alchemic polarity is changed, and it is converted.
27. But except it were gold in its true nature, it could not be resumed into the aspect of gold.
28. And except matter were spirit, it could not revert to spirit.
29. To make gold, the alchemist must have gold.
30. But he knows that to be gold which others take to be dross.
31. Cast thyself into the will of God, and thou shalt become as God.
32. For thou art God, if thy will be the Divine will.
33. This is the great secret: it is the mystery of redemption.
DELTA, OR THE MYSTERY OF GENERATION
BY the word of Elohim were the seven Elohim. manifest:
2. Even the seven Spirits of God, in the order of their precedence:
3. The Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Power, the Spirit of Knowledge, the Spirit of Righteousness, and the Spirit of Divine Awfulness.
4. All these are coequal and coeternal.
5. Each has the nature of the whole in itself: and each is a perfect entity.
6. And the brightness of their manifestation shineth forth from the midst of each, as wheel within wheel, encircling the White Throne of the Invisible Trinity in Unity.
7. These are the Divine fires which burn before the presence of God: which proceed from the Spirit, and are one with the Spirit.
8. He is divided, yet not diminished: He is All, and He is One.
9. For the Spirit of God is a flame of fire which the Word of God divideth into many: yet the original flame is not decreased, nor the power thereof nor the brightness thereof lessened.
10. Thou mayest light many lamps from the flame of one; yet thou dost in nothing diminish that first flame.
11. Now the Spirit of God is expressed by the Word of God, which is Adonai.
12. For without the Word the Will could have had no utterance.
13. Thus the Divine Will divided the Spirit of God, and the seven fires went forth from the bosom of God, and became seven spiritual entities.
[1. Referring to this Illumination, Edward Maitland, in an article on "The New Gospel of interpretation," in The Unknown World, 1894, p. 11, says; "Proceeding from the Father-Mother [Elohim] through the Son [Adonai] . . . and from static and passive become dynamic and active, Deity is called Holy Ghost, and differentiates like light into seven rays, which are the seven creative Elohim or Spirits of God, who are the efficient potencies in creation." S. H. H.]
14. They went forth into the Divine Substance, which is the substance of all that is.
15. Now the Divine Substance is the great deep: that is the first protoplasma.
16. She encircles and embraces all things, and of Her are dimension, and form, and appearance.
17. Her veil is the astral fluid; She is the soul of individuals and the receptacle of the Divine nucleus.
18. Now the Divine Substance is not matter, but She is matter in its potential essence.
19. She is the manifestation of personality, enclosing the Divine nucleus.
20. There are some entities which remain for ever invisible and intangible, being constituted only of two elements, that is of spirit and of soul.
21. These are fluidic beings, changing their external forms according to the will of the Spirit which they have received.
22. They are persons, because the plasmic substance which envelops the spirit of each, hinders the intimate union of that spirit with other spirit.
23. Spirit alone is diffuse, and the naked flame is liable to fuse with other flames.
24. But the flame which is enclosed in substance has become an indiffusible personality.
25. Other entities there are which are visible and tangible to material sense.
26. For the Divine Substance which encloses the spirit of each, coagulates exteriorly and becomes matter in the outermost.
27. So that the entity is composed of spirit, soul, and corporeal appearance.
28. The outermost has become coagulate; its inner content is fluid substance; its innermost is spirit.
29. The innermost is intangible light, which is the first generation; manifest by the Will of God through the Word of God.
30. The fluid medium is the firmament, which the Will of God divided from out of the great deep.
31. And the outermost is the dry earth, which is matter; which the Will of God causeth to appear by the gathering together of the waters, that is of the first protoplasma.
32. As of the greater, so also of the lesser.
33. This is the great secret; it is the mystery of generation.
34. Now of these two kinds of entities, invisible and visible, there are innumerable varieties and orders, having different functions, consistence, form, and tinctures, and dimension.
35. There are thrones, and dominions, and principalities, and powers.
36. There are Christs, and prophets, and saints, and congregations of the elect.
37. And concerning these the Spirit shall give you discernment hereafter.
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