The Great Arcanum – Conquering the Serpent Within
The Great Arcanum – Conquering the Serpent Within
The following video is mostly the opinion and research done by gnosticteachings.org
Edged in stone above the entrance of the famous Oracle of Delphi reads…“Know thyself and thou shall know all the mysteries of the gods and of the universe”
In the mystical tradition of Judaism, the science of the tree of life is called the Kabbalah, this wisdom is universal, and is found in every great religious tradition. The science of the tree of life is a map of the universe, and of the human soul.
The tree of life is an ancient symbol, that is universal in meaning, and is found in all the cultures that have held the esoteric knowledge. Just as the tree of life maps the macro cosmos, the expansive universe, it also maps the micro cosmos, Man the reflection of the universe.
The tree of life symbolizes the structure of the soul, and the structure of creation. Its roots are in the highest realms, and its branches and leaves are all the world’s and the many beings that exist.
This tree gives us the fruit of life, sustenance and wisdom. Possessing an illuminated tree of life within, means that one’s inner senses are fully open and active, providing a direct relationship with God.
Knowledge in Greek is Gnosis and in Hebrew is Daath. Daath is the hidden sphere found in the Kabbalah, which traditionally is never spoken of or revealed.
Daath gnosis is the science of the Great Arcanum, that secret knowledge that has been hidden from humanity for ages. However, close examination of the use of the word knowledge in the bible, gives strong indications of the nature of Daath or Gnosis. And so it seems that knowledge in the bible relates to sexuality. Hence the tree of knowledge, (Daath, gnosis) is a direct reference to sexuality.
So what is the purpose of this reference to sex and its role in the fate of Adam and Eve.
When humanity was physically separated into two sexes, man and woman still carry the reflection of there creator. Within every male, still exists a female aspect, and within every woman exists a male aspect. In this meaning, Adam and Eve symbolize the energetic physiology of the individual.
Adam and Eve as polarized energy are represented in the ancient symbol of the Caduceus, associated to the Greek God Hermes. The symbol of the Caduceus is visible in the records of many ancient cultures. From around the world.
The 2 serpents symbolize the masculine and feminine energy channels that wind up the spinal column. They are energetic, not physical. There root is Yesod, the foundation, the sexual organs, and they are fed by the sexual energy. These 2 channels of energy are called Ida and Pingala in Sanskrit.
In the Kabbalah, they are called Ode and Old, and in esoteric Christianity, they are called Adam and Eve.In the Bible, they are also called, the Two Olive Trees and the two candle sticks, standing before the God of the earth.
The two serpents wind up the spinal column of the physical body. The spine is often symbolized by a staff or a rod.The spine is the staff of the master, and the central column of the human temple.
The column stands upon the foundation stone, The Yesod, the sexual energy.The spine has 33 vertebrae, symbolized by the life of Jesus and by the 33 degrees of the Freemasons.
On either side of this rod, the spinal column, are two serpents.
Pingala is the masculine aspect = Adam (Solar)
Eda is the feminine aspect = Eve (Lunar)
Man is the active force, the reflection of God the father. Woman as the receptive force, the reflection of God, The mother, and sex as the force that brings them together.
These are the 3 forces that give rise to all of creation, and this is the foundation of the universal symbol of the Trinity.
In Christian tradition, it is called Father, Son, Holly Spirit.
In Jewish tradition, it is called Kether, Chokmah, Binah.
In Hindu tradition, it is called Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva.
In Egyptian tradition, it is called Osiris, Horus, Isis.
The trinity is a unity of 3, three that express as one. But in order to create, this one divides itself in 2, Male and Female.
This is the mystery of the Holly Spirit, the fire of God.
Symbolized in India as Shiva, Shakti, the creative and destructive power of God.
The force that powers all of creation on all levels of existence is sexual energy. Sexual energy is symbolized by fire, by water, and by light. The sexual Fire is the power of creation.
In the tradition of Alchemy, the sexual energy is symbolized by Mercury. All of life, is born of the sexual waters. The power of creation, harnessing the force of that electric energy implies a great responsibility.
To indulge in the fruit of sexuality, means to spill the sexual energy, to orgasm, to taste the divine energy, that illuminates the soul, in order to feel physical sensation. And so the energy used to maintain the physical and spiritual vitality of the individual is expelled through the orgasm.
Adam and Eve, and a symbol of men and woman of the ancient past, ate from the fruit of the tree of knowledge, or the secret of sexuality. They abused the sexual energy in their own bodies by having the orgasm and therefore, they broke the most fundamental rule they had been given. It is very important that the tremendous energy that gives mankind the ability to create, be used efficiently, because it is connected to the same energetic force, that sustains the individual’s own vitality.
It is well know that sexual energy is related to the health of our psyche, as well as our physical body’s. This is why the fruit of the tree of knowledge was forbidden to eat. Before the abuse of the tree of knowledge, sex was treated with the upmost respect, and the orgasm was unknown to mankind and unnecessary.
Husband and wife joined in the sexual act, according to the laws given to them. At the time, humanity only knew goodness until eating the forbidden fruit, and discovered animal desire, which always leads to suffering and pain. This is the Pandora’s box or Va-es of Greek mythology, which when open, release the agents of evil into the world.
By eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve learned desire, from this moment, right and wrong, is filtered through the need to feel pleasure and avoid suffering,
And Jah-Hovah Elohim said, “Behold, the man has become as one of us, to know good and evil.”
Humanity had already know goodness, innocence, and purity. Now humanity also knew evil, shame, pain, and fear. Now humanity knew what the Elohim knew already, That desire leads to suffering. Desire is craving, and craving is suffering. Desire always leads to suffering, this is the core message that is found in every great religion. The slave of desire is a slave of sin and suffering and death await him.
Through the abandonment of desire, the deathless state is realized.
Buddhism. Samyutta Nikaya xlvii 37
Stripped of their connection to the divine, Adam and Eve, as symbols of humanity, were cast out of Eden, to wonder in a wilderness of suffering and ignorance. By using the sexual force to stimulate desire, the fire of Eve became inverted, flowing in the opposite direction. The serpent fell, forming the famous tale of Satan. Stimulating the seven inverted virtues, the seven capital sins.
… and I saw a woman (humanity) sit upon a scarlet color beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads…
Eden exists within every soul that is united with god, expelling the light of God from within, expels the soul from Eden and creates a great emptiness. To replace the void created by this disconnection with God, mankind created civilizations, ideas, and religion, seeking material wealth, power, and sexual satisfaction desire for sensation became the new God and only served to further degenerate mankind, until man was left with only a trace of the divine inside.
When humanity willingly expelled the sexual energy, it was simultaneously cast out of Eden, the paradise of the 4th dimension, and mankind descended into the wilderness. The physical world, this 3rd dimension. The world of suffering.
He drove the man out, and stationed east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim and the fiery ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the Tree of Life.
Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden, however, the gateway back to Eden and the tree of Life was never closed or locked. Instead Jehovah Elohim sent a carol beam with a flaming sword to guard the entrance. The entrance to the garden of Eden is the same door through which Adam and Eve departed.
Humanity is not locked out of Eden but a Cairo beam is left to grant entrance, only to those who have earned the right to return and only those who have conquered the tempting serpent have earned that right.
If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you.
But if you do not bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you.
Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas 70.
The serpent is within, the serpent is sexual fire. It is a very powerful atomic energy, with a polarity that can create or destroy. This energy is so powerful, the individual requires great willpower in order to overcome the lure of this serpent. The temptation of this serpent is through material pleasure and self edification. This tempting aspect of the serpent is Lucifer, or what in Hebrew is called Shaitaan, the enemy because Shaitaan is a fiery serpent that is ignited and empowered through the sexual act.
It is always tempting mankind to know, to have the sexual connection. The serpent itself is power. The individual decides through their actions whether it will be a power of good, or evil. It is the different between obeying the serpent or controlling it.
The lesson contained in the story of the serpent is that only those with the strength of will to control the cravings of their mind can raise the energetic serpent, to transform themselves from intellectual animals, into true human beings. It is necessary to conquer the dragon that lies within, as religions and mystical traditions have told for endless ages.
The dragon is ones own lust, passion anger, pride, fear, and envy. Which explains the Hydra of 7 heads and the Medusa.
Example: The divine mother Athena and her serpent
The deceptions of the serpent are legion. The great heroes and gods always have the serpent under their power and it is the serpent that protects them and conquers their enemies. The positive serpent protects, while the negative serpent must be dominated and conquered.
Example: Vishnu and Lakshmi
In contrast to the serpent that tempted Eve, causing her to fall, there is the serpent of Moses, who commanded its power and conquered the Egyptians. Accomplishing great miracles. The Egyptians had degenerated into black magic, and Moses appeared to deliver the true teachings. Moses needed to free the people of Israel from Egypt.
Egypt represents the degenerated mind of man, and the Pharaoh is the tyrant that jealously rules over this man-made civilization of material power and desire.
Israel is a compound word.
IS is from Isis – The Egyptian Divine Mother
RA Amun-Ra – The Divine Father
And El is Hebrew for God = Is-Ra-El = ISRAEL
So when the nation of Israel is trapped in slavery, this is a symbol of one’s own inner divinity trapped within a degenerated mind. Moses was told to take the rod, the spinal column, the tree of life in his own body, and it became the serpent, the serpent of the Kundalini. Only the positive serpent, under the service of God, can free the soul from suffering.
This is clearly represented in Egyptian art.
Sex is the natural function of the human being, but only sex as performed under the guidance of the divine will. Sex is not only important for spiritual advancement, it is a necessity. It is through sexual energy that the vehicle of the human soul is born. This is self evident in those who seek happiness in sex. As of any desire of the mind, sexual desire can never be satisfied.
Desire is never satisfied by the enjoyment of lust, just as fire surely increases the more one gives it fuel.
Hinduism. The laws of Manu 2:94
The Kingdom in Hebrew is Malkuth, – the Kingdom] this is the first Sephirah on the tree of life. It is were the real work physically begins, as man and woman.
Humanity left Eden as a couple, and as a couple they must return. The couple that must work together in order to reach perfection. Rather than feeding their own lust, they can restore their own inner Eve. The fallen serpent, and from there, they may then raise the serpent of the Kundalini. They can illuminate the tree of life, which exists within the human body, the spinal column, and they can create divine light within themselves, and return to the direct knowledge of their own inner garden.
Levels of the soul
The Kabbalah says that the human soul has three elements, the nefesh, ru’ach, and neshamah.
The nefesh is found in all humans, and enters the physical body at birth. It is the source of one’s physical and psychological nature.
The next two parts of the soul are not implanted at birth, but can be developed over time; their development depends on the actions and beliefs of the individual.
They are said to only fully exist in people awakened spiritually. A common way of explaining the three parts of the soul is as follows:
- Nefesh(נפש): the lower part, or “animal part”, of the soul. It is linked to instincts and bodily cravings. This part of the soul is provided at birth.
- Ruach(רוח): the middle soul, the “spirit”. It contains the moral virtues and the ability to distinguish between good and evil.
- Neshamah(נשמה): the higher soul, or “super-soul”. This separates man from all other life-forms. It is related to the intellect and allows man to enjoy and benefit from the afterlife. It allows one to have some awareness of the existence and presence of God.