The Virgin of the World

The Virgin of the World

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...which, in man, serves as an envelope to the divine principle. This divine principle, and that which belongs to it, the perceptions of the pure intelligence, conceal themselves behind the rampart of the body. The five elements of the Microcosm are here made to correspond with the five elements which the Greeks allotted to the Macrocosm;--earth, water, air, fire, and ether. Trisniegistos says that man obtains his intelligence from "the ether--the fifth element." Trismegistos includes in the body the physical particles, the exterior consciousness, the magnetic forces, and the sensible or mundane mind. In the fifth element he includes the immortal part--soul and spirit; since he speaks of the "divine principle and t/rat w/lic/1 belongs ta it--the perceptions of the pure intelligence." The soul, as we have already seen in the " Virgin of the World," is the percipient principle of man; the spirit is the divine light by means of which she sees. It is advisable, in this place, to point out, for the sake of a clear understanding of what follows, that Hermetic doctrine regards man as having a twofold nature. For he is in one sense a child of the earth, developed by progressive evolution from below upwards; a true animal, and therefore bound by strict ties of kinship with the lower races, and of allegiance to Nature. In the other sense, man descends from above, and is of celestial origin; because when a certain point in his development from below is reached, the human soul focuses and fixes the Divine Spirit, which is peculiarly the attribute of man, and the possession of which constitutes his sovereignty over all other creatures. And iintil this vivification of the soul occurs, man is not truly Man in the more

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  • Paperback
  • 188 x 244 x 6mm | 140g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236984854
  • 9781236984852