If we observe the Tree of Life as it is written by the Hebraic Kabalists we see Ten Sephiroth. It begins with the Ancient of Days, Kether, who is in the highest position on the Tree; then comes Chochmah, the second Sephiroth, or Second Logos which is the Cosmic Christ or Vishnu; then comes Binah, the Third Logos, the Lord Shiva. The Rabbis taught that Kether, Chochmah and Binah are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, just as depicted in the Tree of Life of the Hebraic Mysteries.
Kether, Chochmah and Binah are the Trimurti and Perfection, are the Divine Triangle, the Beloved Father, the most adored Son, and the very wise Holy Spirit.
After the Divine Triangle there is an abyss, and following this abyss, there is a second triangle made up of Chesed, the fourth Sephiroth, which corresponds to the Intimus, or Atman the Ineffable, speaking in Sanskrit terms. It continues with Geburah, the Rigor of the Law, the fifth Sephiroth, the Buddhi, the Divine Soul which is feminine. Then follows Tiphereth, the sixth Sephiroth, the Human Soul, which is masculine.
As a further development there comes a third triangle, and is represented by Netzach the mind, the seventh Sephiroth. It continues with Hod, the eighth Sephiroth, the Astral Body; further down is Jesod, the ninth Sephiroth, the principal foundation of sex, the vital base of the human organism, the vital body or etheric vehicle, the Lingam Sarira of Theosophy.
The first triangle is Logoic; Kether, Chochmah and Binah. The second triangle is Ethic; Chesed, Geburah and Tiphereth. The third triangle is Magic; Netzach, Hod and Jesod. Malchuth, the physical world, is a fallen Sephiroth.
The first triangle, the Logoic, obviously has its centre of gravity, which is as anyone may see, the Divine Father, the Ancient of Days, Kether. This is the mathematical point in immense, infinite unalterable space. This triangle is the triangle of the Father.
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If we analyse the second triangle we find that it is Ethic. Why do we call it "Ethic"? Simply because there ethics, right conduct, predominate. There we know the rigor of the Law; there we come to know good and evil, to know what "good" and "evil" is. This triangle is the world of Pure Spirit, the Hindu Trimurti of Atman, Buddhi and Manas.
Obviously the centre of gravity of this triangle is clear to see. It is the Human Soul. That Soul suffers and is the very human part within us — that is — Tiphereth, which coincides with the causal. This triangle is also denominated the Triangle of the Son. We find there that the Cosmic Christ, Chochmah normally manifests through the Human Soul,
Tiphereth of the Hebraic Kabalah. The third triangle is very interesting. The Magic triangle is made up of the mind, that is Netzach, the Astral Body or Hod and the Etheric Body, that is to say, Jesod, the basic sexual principle of Universal Life. Why is it called a Magic triangle? Because undoubtedly in the Kingdoms of the Mind, of the Astral, and even of the Kliphos or Infernal worlds is where one exercises High Magic.
Without doubt, in Netzach we can find Hermetic Magic and in Hod, Natural Magic. Other authors think differently. They believe that Natural Magic is in Netzach, the mental world. I must disagree with them in that aspect, because the mind properly defined, is Mercurian. There are authors who are not in agreement with my concepts, they consider it to be Venusian. I am sorry to have to take issue with those concepts, but anyone is able to realise that the mind is Mercurian. So then, Hermetic Magic must be identified with Mercury in the mind, and with respect to Natural Magic, Ceremonial or Ritual Magic etc., we may find it in the Astral world, in the Astral Body.
Where do we find the centre of gravity of the Magic triangle? Obviously it is found in sex, because it is from here that Birth, Death and Regenera tion come. Everything revolves around sex, that is to say, the third triangle has a centre of gravity in sex, or Jesod, which is the force of the Third Logos, sexual potency.
We have thus found that there are three basic centres of gravity in the whole Tree of Life. In the first triangle it is Kether, the Old Man of the Ages, the centre of gravity of the First Logos.
In the second triangle Chochmah, the Cosmic Christ. the Second Logos, has His centre of gravity in the Human Soul, Tiphereth. In the third triangle, Jesod becomes the centre of gravity of the Holy Spirit, the Third Logos. It is through that sexual force that life arises, that the human body arises, and all of the organisms which have life. Malchuth is already the physical world, it could not exist without the presence of sex due to the fact that we are all children of a man and a woman. Thus, Jesod is the foundation of the Third Logos, the centre where the sexual force of the Third Logos gravitates.
The trees of Eden are two: The Tree of the Science of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life.
The Tree of the Science of Good and Evil is sex, and this Tree of Knowledge is represented by the sexual organs.
The Tree of Life is the Being and is represented in our physical body by the spinal column.
Every true cultural doctrine must study the two Trees carefully. This is because to study one Tree and to forget the other gives incomplete knowledge which is useless.
What does it serve to study the Being if we do not know about sex? Both Trees are of Eden, and even have common roots. These are the two great Toral Columns of the White
Lodge; Wisdom and Love. Wisdom is the Tree of the Science of Good and Evil and Love is the Tree of Life.
In ancient Egypt the doctrine of the two Trees was studied in depth. The fatal shadow of the Tree of Life is the "I". The fatal shadow of the Tree of Knowledge is fornication. People take the shadows to be reality.
He who puts an end to the action of the "I", realises the Being in himself. He who puts an end to fornication becomes a Christ.
"And the God Jehovah commanded the man, saying: Of every tree of the gar den thou mnayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."(Genesis 2. 16-17.)
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired and to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat." (Genesis 3. 6)
"And the God Jehovah said: "Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil, and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever... So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubimns, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3. 22-24.)
If man had been able to eat of the delicious fruits of the Tree of Life, we would now have Gods who were fornicators. That would have been the curse of curses, the most terrible sacrifice, the impossible.
The Flaming Sword of Cosmic Justice revolves, alight, menacing, and terrible, guarding the way of the Tree of Life.
Of the Sephirothic Crown of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Intimus was born. The Intimus is enveloped in six inferior vehicles which inter penetrate, forming man. All of the faculties and powers of the Intimus are the fruits of the Tree of Life. When man returns to Eden (by the same way as he left) he will be able to eat of the fruits of the Tree of Life. Then he will be able to see God faceto face without dying, and the lightning will serve him as sceptre, and the tempests as carpets for his feet.
There are ten waves of life which penetrate and interpenetrate without mixing with each other. Those ten Eternal Emanations are the ten Sephiroth of the Kabalah; the ten branches of the Tree of Life. Now we understand why God put ten fingers on our hands.
The twelve senses of man (7 chakras or Churches + 5 physical senses = 12) are related with our spinal column. The spinal column is the physical exponent of the Tree of Life; the twelve senses are the 12 fruits of the Tree of Life.
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