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“This true without lying, certain most true. That which is below is like
that which is above that which is above is like that which is below to
do the miracles of one only thing. And as all things have been arose
from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from
this one thing by adaptation. The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse. The father
of all perfection in the whole world is here. Its force or power is entire
if it be converted into earth. Separate thou the earth from the fire,
the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry. It ascends from
the earth to the heaven again it descends to the earth and receives the
force of things superior and inferior. By this means ye shall have the
glory of the whole world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Its force is above all force. For it vanquishes every subtle thing and
penetrates every solid thing. So was the world created. From this are and
do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (Or process) is here in
this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the
philosophy of the whole world. That which I have said of the operation of
the Sun is accomplished and ended”.
“Emerald Tablet” translation by Isaac Newton (found among his alchemical
papers as reported by B. J. Dobbs in modern spelling).
…Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he
that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or
what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him
a stone? …
“The Holy Bible”, The New Testament, The Gospel
according to St.Matthew, 7(7-9). King James Version, 1611.
“…Among these letters is found one of some length addressed to Valerius,
probably P. Valerius Asiaticus, consul in A.D. 70. It is a wise letter
of philosophic consolation to enable Valerius to bear the loss of his
son, and runs as follows: There is no death of anyone, but only in
appearance, even as there is no birth of any, save only in seeming.
The change from being to be coming seems to be birth, and the change from
becoming to being seems to be death, but in reality no one is ever born,
nor does one ever die. It is simply a being visible and then invisible;
the former through the density of matter, and the latter because of the
subtlety of being-being which is ever the same, its only change being
motion and rest. For being has this necessary peculiarity, that its
change is brought about by nothing external to itself; but whole becomes
parts and parts become whole in the oneness of the all…”.
“Apollonius of Tyana. The Philosopher-Reformer of the First Century A.D.
A Critical Study of the Only Existing Record of his Life…” by Rf Mead,
B.A., M.R.A.S. Section XVI, From His Letters.
“…Awake, O north wind;
and come, thou south;
blow upon my garden,
that the spices thereof may flow out.
Let my beloved come into his garden,
and eat his pleasant fruits…” 1.
“…I sleep, but my heart waketh:
it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying,
Open to me, my sister, my love,
my dove, my undefiled:
for my head is filled with dew,
and my locks with the drops of the night.
I have put off my coat;
how shall I put it on?
I have washed my feet;
how shall I defile them?
My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door,
and my bowels were moved for him.
I rose up to open to my beloved;
and my hands dropped with myrrh,
and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh,
upon the handles of the lock.
I opened to my beloved;
but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone:
my soul failed when he spake:
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.
The watchmen that went about the city found me,
they smote me, they wounded me;
the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him,
that I am sick of love…” 2.
“The Holy Bible”, The Old Testament, The Song of Solomon by King Solomon.
King James Version, 1611. 1. The Bridegroom Praises the Bride. 2.
The Distress of Separation.
“…And if I cried, who’d listen to me in those angelic
orders? Even if one of them suddenly held me
to his heart, I’d vanish in his overwhelming
presence. Because beauty’s nothing
but the start of terror we can hardly bear,
and we adore it because of the serene scorn
it could kill us with. Every angel’s terrifying…”
“Duino Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus”, Rainer Maria Rilke,
The First Elegy, translated by A.Poulin,Jr.
“…The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single,
thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil,
thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that
is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! God and Mammon
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor
yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat,
and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not,
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father
feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking
thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all
his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe
the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven,
shall he not much more clotheyou, O ye of little faith? Therefore take
no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?(For after all these things do the
Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all
these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought
for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof…”
“The Holy Bible”, The New Testament, The Gospel according to St.Matthew,
6(22-34). King James Version, 1611.
“…Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
Inhabit the garden. Shall we follow?…”
“Four Quartets”, T.S.Eliot, Quartet No. 1: Burnt Norton. Harcourt
“…The Muses once taught Hesiod beautiful song
while he was shepherding sheep at the foot of holy Helicon.
The goddesses first spoke this word to me,
the Muses of Olympus, daughters of aegis-bearing Zeus.
“Rustic shepherds, worthless reproaches, mere stomachs,
we know how to say many lies like the truth,
and, whenever we wish, we know how to tell the truth…(22-28)”
“…First of all Chawos [Gap] came into being. But then
Gaia broad-chested, always the unshakable seat of all
the immortals who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus,
and dark Tartaros in the recesses of the wide-wayed earth,
and Eros, the most beautiful among the immortal gods,
loosener of limbs, who subdues the mind and prudent counsel
in the chests of all gods and of all men.
From Chawos were born Erebos and black Night.
From Night, again, were born Aether and Day, whom she
conceived and bore after mingling with Erebos in philotês…(116-125)”
“Theogony”, Hesiod, www.msu.edu/~tyrrell/theogon.pdf
“…[First came] Thetis (Creation). After that, ancient Poros (Contriver)
[Khronos?] and Tekmor (Ordinance) [Ananke?]: Tekmor came into being after
Poros . . . thereupon . . . called him Poros (Contriver) since the
beginning provided all things; for when the matter began to be set in
order, a certain Poros came into being as a beginning. So Alkman represents
the matter of all things as confused and unformed.
Then he says that one came into being who set all things in order, then that
Poros came into being, and that when Poros had passed by Tekmor followed.
And Poros is as a beginning, Tekmor like an end. When Thetis (Creation)
had come into being, a beginning and end of all things came into being
simultaneously, and all things have their nature resembling the matter
of bronze, while Thetis has hers resembling that of a craftsman, Poros
and Tekmor resembling a beginning and the end.
He uses the word ancient for old. `And the third, Skotos’ ( Darkness)
[Erebos]: since neither sun nor moorn had come into being yet, but matter
was still undifferentiated. So at the same moment there came into being
Poros and Tekmor and Skotos…”
“Scholia: Volume Greek Lyric II (C7thB.C)”, Alcman, translated by Campbell,
Fragment 5, (P.Oxy.I 0008,2390).
“…Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though
I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all
knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to
feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not
charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in
the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
endureth all things. Charity never faileth : but whether there be prophecies,
they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there
be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy
in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in
part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I
understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I
put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly, but
then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as
also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but
the greatest of these is charity…”
“The Holy Bible”, The New Testament, The First Epistle of Paul the
Apostle to the Corinthians 13(1-13). King James Version, 1611.
“…for us, the sworn in physicists, the distinction between past, presence
and future is only an illusion, even if it is so persistent…”
A letter of A. Einstein to the family of his dead friend Michel Besso,
March 21st 1955. Le Temps by Etienne Klein (1995: 38)].
“…he says that the universe is infinite, as I have already mentioned;
that of it, one part is a plenum, and the other a vacuum. He also says
that the elements, and the worlds which are derived from them, are infinite,
and are dissolved again into them; and that the worlds are produced in
this manner : That many bodies, of various kinds and shapes, are borne
by amputation from the infinite, into a vast vacuum; and then, they
being collected together, produce one vortex; according to which they, dashing
against one another, and whirling about in every direction, are separated in
such a way that like attaches itself to like. But as they are all of equal
weight, when by reason of their number they are no longer able to whirl about,
the thin ones depart into the outer vacuum, as if they bounded through, and the
others remain behind, and becoming entangled with one another, run together,
and produce a sort of spherical shaped figure. This subsists as a kind of membrane;
containing within itself bodies of every kind; and as these are whirled about
so as to revolve according to the resistence of the centre, the circumambient
membrane becomes thin, since bodies are without ceasing, uniting according to
the impulse given by the vortex; and in this way the earth is produced, since
these bodies which have once been brought to the centre remain there. On the
other side, there is produced another enveloping membrane, which increases
incessantly by the accretion of exterior bodies; and which, as it is itself
animated by a circular movement, drags with it, and adds to itself, everything
it meets with; some of these bodies thus enveloped re-unite again and form
compounds, which are at first moist and clayey, but soon becoming dry, and
being drawn on in the universal movement of the circular vortex, they catch
fire, and constitute the substance of the stars…”. “…now his principal
doctrines were these. That atoms and the vacuum were the beginning of the
universe; and that everything else existed only in opinion. That the worlds
were infinite, created, and perishable. But that nothing was created out of
nothing, and that nothing was destroyed so as to become nothing. That the atoms
were infinite both in magnitude and number, and were borne about through the
universe in endless revolutions. And that thus they produced all the
combinations that exist; fire, water, air, and earth; for that all these things
are only combinations of certain atoms; which combinations are incapable of
being affected by external circumstances, and are unchangeable by reason of
their solidity. Also, that the sun and the moon are formed by such revolutions
and round bodies; and in like manner the soul is produced; and that the soul
and the mind are identical: that we see by the falling of visions across our
sight; and that everything that happens, happens of necessity. Motion, being
the cause of the production of everything, which he calls necessity…”
“The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius” by
C.D.Yonge B.A, London, George Bell Sons.