Re: Theos-World Re: aeon
Dec 11, 2008 02:55 AM
by Erica Letzerich
I think that is because the hellenic word Aeon was used to refer to cycles and also to to represent an hierarquy of celestial beings. Either way in my opinion the correct word for the period you mention would be the hellenic word panaeonic or panaeon. I might be wrong though. Anyway I found some quotes which I am reproducing below, I hope that may help you:
"Q. The difficulty is when the word?eternity? is used instead of ?Aeon.?
A. Why should a Greek word be used when there is a more familiar
expression, especially as it is fully explained in The Secret Doctrine?
Youmay call it a relative, or a Manvantaric and Pralayic
eternity, if you like. Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge."
"A. Perhaps the query arises owing to the general misunderstanding of the
term ?Eternity.? We Westerns are foolish enough to speculate about that which
has neither beginning nor end, and we imagine that the ancients must have done
the same. They did not, however: no philosopher in days of old ever took
?Eternity? to mean beginningless and endless duration. Neither the Aeons of the
Greeks nor the Neroses convey this meaning. In fact, they had no word to convey
this precise sense. Parabrahm, Ain-Soph, and the Zeruana-Akerne of the Avesta alone represent such an Eternity; all the other periods are finite and
astronomical, based on tropical years and other enormous cycles. The word Aeon,
which in the Bible is translated by Eternity, means not only a finite period,
but also an angel and being."Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge.
?As a rule the
Hermetists, when using the word ?immortality,? limit its duration from the
beginning to the end of the minor cycle. The deficiencies of their respective
languages cannot be visited upon them. One could not well say a
semi-immortality. The ancients called it ?panaeonic eternity? from the words, pan
--- all or nature, and Aeon a period of time which had no definite limit, except
for the initiates. See Dictionaries ?an aeon is the period of time during which
a person lives, the period during which the universe endures, and also?eternity.
It was a ?mystery word? and was purposely veiled. ".STRAY THOUGHTS
ON DEATH AND SATAN [The Theosophist, Vol. III, No. 1,
October, 1881, pp. 12-15]
"It lasts the aeon, or
?period? of our pan or ?all nature.? Immortal then is he, in the panaeonic immortality whose distinct consciousness and perception of Self under
whatever form undergoes no disjunction at any time, not for one second,
during the period of his Egoship. Those periods are several in number,
each having its distinct name in the secret doctrines of the Chaldeans, Greeks,
Egyptians and Aryans, and were they but amenable to translation ? which they
are not, at least so long as the idea involved remains inconceivable to the
Western mind ? I could give them to you." ML.70 K.H.
"The Aeôns (Stellar Spirits)??emanated from the
Unknown of the Gnostics, and identical with the Dhyâni-Chohans of the Esoteric
Doctrine??and their Plçrôma, having been transformed into Archangels and the
?Spirits of the Presence? by the Greek and Latin Churches, the prototypes have
lost caste." ST. CYPRIAN OF ANTIOCH C.W V. 14 p. 161.
--- In theos-talk@yahoogro ups.com, "christinaleestemak er"
<christinaleestemak er@...> wrote:
> Hi Friends can anyone give answer to this
> HPB should have written that an aeon is 44.434.285.000. 000 years.I
> could not find that anywere only she mentioned a day of brahma and
> the century of brahma that is 311.040.000. 000.000
> well we live not as long as that; but how that person comes on the
> information not to be find in SD I ,II and III as in collected
> writings and key to theosophy.
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