ACROSS THE CENTURIES
Jan 05, 2007 01:43 PM
Across dozens of centuries, many Messengers, greater and smaller, appeared in Eastern and Western societies to bring more of the universal wisdom.
To study this long term effort is of extreme importance for students, as it teaches us another sense or dimension of time: the time of Atma-Buddhi, which is much longer than the short-term perception of time which the lower quaternary is normally capable of.
Perhaps we can share this effort-across-the-centuries, which goes across thousand and thousands of years. Perhaps some of us are already sharing it.
Not long ago, the ULT magazine "The Theosophical Movement" started an article with these words:
"In the Conclusion to The Key to Theosophy, speaking of the attempt made by the Great Lodge of Adepts during the last quarter of every century to help on the spiritual progress of humanity, H.P.B. says: 'Some one or more persons have appeared in the world as their agents, and a greater or less amount of occult knowledge and teaching has been given out. If you care to do so, you can trace these movements back, century by century, as far as our detailed historical records extend.' "
And the article goes on:
"W. Q. Judge, in Chapter I of The Ocean of Theosophy, names some of the extraordinary characters who have appeared in Western civilization—Paracelsus, Jacob Boehme, Saint-Martin, Mesmer, Cagliostro and Saint-Germain—all of whom were connected with the centenary movements that H.P.B. refers to in the above quotation. Mr. Judge writes that, though generally reviled and classed as impostors by people who had no original philosophy of their own, these characters are looked upon by students of Theosophy as members of one single Brotherhood, having a single doctrine."
Paracelsus was one such name:
"Chronologically, Paracelsus (the symbolic name adopted by Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim) was the first to appear. He was born in 1493 in the canton of Zurich, and was the originator of valuable methods of treatment in medicine that are now gaining recognition. However, if one looks over the qualifications which he declared were needed by a physician, only an Adept would properly qualify. He wrote that a physician must be a Philosopher; possessing true knowledge, he must see the Unity of Nature and recognize man to be a faithful copy of the Universe. He must also know the "law of correspondence," for the principles of man are connected intimately with the planets; this would require a physician to be an Astronomer. He must, besides, be an Alchemist, that is, he must understand the processes of life before he attempts to heal. Added to this, the healer's moral nature must be above reproach. We can therefore see how few, if any, of our present-day physicians could come anywhere near fulfilling any of these qualifications."
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