Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I have always been fascinated by anything that contained the words "secret" or "mystery" or "teachings." Even as a child, I fantasized hiding (or finding) secret treasures, things beyond price which the world knew nothing of.
So, today, when I received an announcement for a new edition of an early work by someone called Gerald Massey (now deceased) I of course followed up by checking out the description on Amazon. In the course of my research, I came upon an amazing illustration from the back of the book and tried to copy it but was not successful. Here is the description of what the picture portrays:
THIS EXCLUSIVE PHOTO, taken from the back of the dust-jacket of The Secret Teachings, is a scene engraved on a wall in the Temple of Luxor. It shows one of the greatest of the Egyptian pharaohs, Amenhotep III “the Magnificent,” receiving the imposition of the Sa, or magnetic fluid, from the god Amun. “After having placed the peschent upon the head of the Pharaoh, who kneels before him, Amun proceeds to impose the Sa. The gods were not all equally charged with this magic fluid or life-energy. Some had more, others less, this they willingly gave to those who lacked it, and all could readily transmit it to mankind.”--G. Maspero in The Dawn of Civilization. (See ch. 20, entitled “The Hated Religion of Akhenaten and Nefertiti,” page 405 of The Secret Mysteries." (by Gerald Massey).
Could the "life-energy"--the "magnetic fluid"--be Kundalini, and could the initiation by the god be an ancient enactment of what we today call Shaktipat? I suspect that it is. "Magnetic fluid" is an accurate description of what Kundalini feels like when it is flowing. And indeed, Kundalini is the "life-force." Kundalini has long been associated with secret rites and rituals, unusual powers, such as a Pharaoh might have possessed. And once one feels the awakened Kundalini, it often is as though one has been visited by a god or goddess.
In fact, some writers (such as William Irwin Thompson) have asserted that the erect cobra that the Pharaoh wears at tje front of his head piece represents risen Kundalini (itself often depicted symbolically as a snake which rises).
In India, from ancient times, the fully risen Kundalini was symbolized as Shiva in union with Shakti (the female aspect of Shiva) at the crown. This union occurs when the "magnetic fluid" opens the crown chakra to allow the initiate to merge with the gods.
As I read further on this site, I ran across another quote from the "The Secret Teachings" that caught my attention. It is quite different, yet also intriguing:
The following quotation from the Maitri Upanishad is one of the few attempts to describe this state of consciousness ("heavenly consciousness) or being and can serve as a rare example:
“Incomprehensible is the Supreme Self, unlimited, unborn, not to be reasoned about, unthinkable, He whose Self is space. At the dissolution of all, He alone remains awake. Thus from that space, He awakes this world which consists of thought only. By him alone is all this meditated on and in Him it is dissolved. He is that luminous form which gives heat in the yonder sun, the wonderful light on the smokeless fire, as also the fire which digests food.
“For thus is it said, ‘He who is in the fire, and He who is here in the heart and He who is yonder in the sun—He is One. He who knows this goes to the Oneness of the One.’”
I was especially drawn to the statement that the world is made and re-made by the One, who creates the universe from thought itself. Science tries and tries to discover how the world was made, but never finds the answer, because it is looking for a material origin. I happen to believe that consciousness preceded matter, and the latter resulted when that awareness chose to cast reality once more into material form.
The final sentence says, it seems, that God is in everything--the sun, the smokeless fire, and the digestive process itself. The first and last were indeed mysteries to the human (at least at that early time.) But what is the "smokeless fire"? Could it be the radiant aura that surrounds objects when they are viewed in the light of astral plane? I rather think so.
Of course, the above are all personal beliefs, but they are places I like to go in thought when I am alone.
(Note: I am not endorsing this book--just thought it was interesting to peruse some of its ideas as I followed the entries beginning from Amazon and then on to other pages and excerpts. Apparently, it is a vast tome--it is said it would take a lifetime to digest even a page. But it is now available as an e-book for those who might be interested in reading more of its contents. It is said to be based on the "oral tradition" or secret teachings, also known as the "gnosis.")
(the above image was found at this site: http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/pharaohs.htm)