Leeds Theosophical Society
'ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The Golem’
George Wood (London)
Esotericists think the vast Lemurian continent sunk to the depths of the ocean about 850,000 years ago, and that Australia, Madagascar, and Easter Island are remains of it which had not been swallowed by the waves.
In an article about Australia, Jan van Rijckenborgh writes: “The extremely primitive and gross, animal personality of the Lemurian was permeated by the monads or heavenly beings, which still existed about 90 percent in the original form. In those days, a part of original humanity was still on its way to the complete descent into the material world, the involution. The Original human being had not yet passed away - Prometheus was not yet completely bound. However, this part of humanity had already created – without divine guidance – a primitive, gross, misshapen personality, without any individual intelligence.
This animal creation was like a golem, a robot, a living automaton of flesh, bone and muscles, wholly reacting to its semi-divine creator. This ‘robot’ was an indefatigable instrument of its semi-divine creator, a plaything of the declining Godman, an instrument with the help of which it was able to deal with the gross matter of dialectics.
In this way, this animal slave carried out the peculiar and bizarre ideas and assignments of his own monad - to the extent that gross matter enabled him to do so. He built enormous cities with strange forms and carved huge statues from lava rock, representing the monads.”
Therefore we can see that in those days a part of humanity was busy with a decline into matter - the Lemurian as a double being was the result of this involution. One could ask - why did they do this - why did they choose this path? It is the key question indeed. Well, it seems that we as human beings have an inner drive to imitate our Creator. According to our divine roots we are creators, we are an aspect of the Pleroma. But now the second question is - how do we realize this divine potential? Lemuria shows us the wrong idea; it is the dream of heaven on earth. It turned out that the reality was quite different.
What happened? The fallen heavenly being created a vehicle, a material personality, and assumed that this creation would develop into a new divine human being, in which he could live and be. He chose a path that was not meant for him. His physical creation, which is one with matter and thus controlled by the laws of matter, gained domination over him. The heavenly being got trapped in a house of flesh and could no longer reveal itself. He crystalized in his own creation and became an ‘image with dead eyes’.
The statues on Easter Island thus bear witness to a wry irony. The Soul was depicted in matter by his Lemurian personality, by the robot controlled by him. However, he did not understand that he had recorded his own future as a stone testament. He did not comprehend that one day he would be like his statue: frozen and not capable of any activity. And now those statues stand on a small island which has not yet been swallowed by the waves. Hopelessly they stare into the distance, looking for someone who will come to rescue them from their doom. The mysterious statues on Easter Island speak to our imagination and sub-consciousness.
This talk will look at the modern relevance of the above - is history about to repeat itself - again?
'Sedna Consciousness: The Soul’s Path of Destiny’
Alan Clay (New Zealand)
Alan Clay's Website: www.sednaconsciousness.com
'STAGES OF INITIATION: Comparing Yoga, Buddhism and Theosophy’
Cyrus Ryan (Canada)
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October (3 Days)
'BHAGYA: Fate and Fortune’
SPEAKERS: Visti Larsen (Denmark), Gordon Brennan (London/BAVA), Rajan Pitambar (London),
Vijaya Subramanian (India/ London) and Dr Paul Barker (Leeds)
There will be a buffet dinner arranged for Saturday evening [commencing at 7pm] at a local restaurant. Cost: £17.
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Gary Lachman (London)
The term particularly applies to the Corpus Hermeticum, Marsilio Ficino's Latin translation in fourteen tracts, of which eight early printed editions appeared before 1500 and a further twenty-two by 1641. This collection, which includes Poimandres and some addresses of Hermes to disciples Tat, Ammon and Asclepius, was said to have originated in the school of Ammonius Saccas and to have passed through the keeping of Michael Psellus: it is preserved in fourteenth century manuscripts. The last three tracts in modern editions were translated independently from another manuscript by Ficino's contemporary Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447–1500) and first printed in 1507. Extensive quotes of similar material are found in classical authors such as Joannes Stobaeus.
Parts of the Hermetica appeared in the 4th-century Gnostic library found in Nag Hammadi. Other works in Syriac, Arabic, Coptic and other languages may also be termed Hermetica — another famous tract is the Emerald Tablet, which teaches the doctrine "as above, so below".
All these are themselves remnants of a more extensive literature, part of the syncretic, intellectualized paganism of their era, a cultural movement that also included the Neoplatonic philosophy of the Greco-Roman mysteries and late Orphic and Pythagorean literature and influenced Gnostic forms of the Abrahamic religions.
Extracts from Wikipedia.
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