Jacob Boehme, on Gods and Duality

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"As man is a perfect copy of the universe, everything can be found in man"

>>>The message of Jacob Boehme was addressed to all men, irrespective of their race, color or creed. In his books he inserted the picture of an angel blowing a trumpet, from which issued the words: "To all Christians, Jews, Turks and Heathens, to all the nations of the earth this trumpet sounds." Although born a Christian, Boehme interpreted the Christian Scriptures from the symbolical point of view, extracting from them precious pearls which had escaped the eyes of the priests. In his Theoscopia, written two years before his death, he boldly attacked the orthodox Christian concept of a God outside His own universe. "Has any one ever seen that God?" he questioned. "Can any one describe His dwelling place?" If there is no actual proof of the existence of such a God, why spend one's time listening to sermons about Him, or reading superficial descriptions of Him in the Scriptures? The only true understanding of God, he says,

. . . must come from the interior fountain and enter the mind from the living Word of God within the soul. Unless this takes place, all teaching about divine things is useless and worthless. (Theosophical Letters xxxv:7.)

Jacob Boehme's God was a Universal Principle, not a Being, but rather the potentiality of Being. He did not consider It even as the First Cause, but declared that It preceded the First Cause, expressing Itself as the First Cause only at the beginning of a "New Day of Creation." He described It as the Essence, or Source, from which everything in the universe has emanated. It is

Eternal Unity, having nothing before or after IT that could possibly endow IT with something or move IT. IT is without qualities, without beginning in time, within Itself only ONE. Requiring neither place nor locality for ITS dwelling, being at once outside of and within the world. Into ITS depths no mind can penetrate, neither can ITS greatness be expressed, for IT is Infinity Itself. (Theosophical Questions i:1.)

The first quality to arise in the Absolute (which Boehme calls Groundlessness) is Desire, or Will. In describing this purely Eastern teaching Boehme says,

The Eternal Essence, being desirous of revealing Itself to Itself, had to conceive within Itself a Will or Desire. But as within Itself there was no object for Its Will or Desire, the seven states of eternal Nature had to be born from within. (Threefold Life iii:21.)

Passing from the realm of absolute negation, Boehme saw duality appear in the contrast of spirit and matter. He called these the positive and negative poles of Being, the Yea and the Nay of the outspeaking Supreme One, and said that their union produced eternal nature, or the outspoken Eternal One. Describing them in terms of Light and Darkness, Boehme declared that "between them there is a link, so that neither of them could exist without the other. (Threefold Life ii:86.)

Although spirit and matter are one and the same thing in their origin, as differentiations they begin their evolutionary process in contrary directions, Spirit falling gradually into matter, matter ascending gradually into its original spiritual condition. Both are inseparable, and yet ever separated, "and thus eternal nature becomes like a revolving wheel." <<<

>>>Jacob Boehme recognized the occult threads connecting the seven principles in man with their corresponding principles in the Cosmos. "Each principle," he said, "is attracted by, knows and loves that which is like to its own self." As man is a perfect copy of the universe, everything can be found in man: God, Christ, all the angels and all the powers of hell. Hence there is no God outside of man to judge him, no outside Christ to save him, no outside devil to tempt him. Man himself must make his own choice between good and evil. Man's ultimate salvation, therefore, rests entirely upon himself.<<<

**I rated this a 3 because though the relevancy of Boehme's points have merit, I have concerns with how Blavatski.net uses them to further their own ideas and points.

Excerpts taken from http://www.blavatsky.net/magazine/theosophy/ww/setting/boehme.html

**Note added 8/7/09



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GOD,DUALITY

It is certain that man is perfect.if this perfection is got manifested then there is no any kind of difference remains between GOD AND MAN.we have been captured in maya that's duality of maya.our human purpose is to go out of this maya to reach our ultimate salvation.

NIDHI PARKASH | Thu, 08/06/2009 - 18:41