On Ecstacy

Reminiscence is a natural consequence of the past. The Nous has had no beginnning, the present life is therefore a new situation for the spirit, it has experienced higher realms and conceives for the world of intelligibles.

Ecstacy is the consummation of reminiscence, it is not a faculty, it is a state. This state is not permanent until union with the One is complete, here on earth ecstasy is only attained in flashes.

Such flashes are a brief respite, Man can cease to become man and become God, but man cannot be God and man at the same time.

Forgive me Jules Simon

Pythagoras got the ability to remember past lives from Hermes

Jacob Slavenburg in The Hermetic Link tells us a very interesting story of how Pythagoras was granted the ability to remember his past lives by Hermes Trismegistus.

He recalled his earlier lives and said he first had been Euphorus, secondly Aethalides, thirdly Hermotimus, fourth Pyrrhus and now he was Pythagoras.

Porphyrius, The Life of Pythagoras

He tells us how this extraordinary story was confirmed by Diogenes Laertius, who writes that, according to rumor, Pythagoras seems to have said of himself that he had lived earlier as Aethalides, among others.

And who was this Aethalides?  A son of Hermes.

Aethalides had been given permission by his father to wish for anything he desired, except immortality. He chose eternal recollection of everything that happened in this life, as well as the life beyond the grave and on into new incarnations.

This gave him precise memories of all previous lifetimes, and this included the life of Pythagoras, the reincarnated Aethalides, as well.

Only fire is life-giving

“Everything comes from heaven into earth, into water, into air.
Only fire, which is borne upwards, is life-giving.
What moves downward serves it.
Yet what moves down from on high is full of generative power; what moves upward gives nourishment.
Only earth of all the elements remains within itself and is the receiver of every kind of form, and what it receives it returns.”

Hermes, Asclepius

Epistemology and Gnosis

Episteme is knowledge of the world seen through the reduced awareness of the brain and central nervous system, where Gnosis is the direct experience and knowledge of the living, intelligible Nous.

So I found myself asking the question, what role does N-Dimethyltryptamine have in Gnosis?

Without Paganism the world would be empty and miserable

We are the heirs and propagators of Paganism …Happy is he who, for the sake of Paganism, bears the burden of persecution with firm hope.
Who else have civilised the world, and built cities if not the nobles and kings of Paganism.
Who else have set in order the harbours and rivers?
Happy is he who, for the sake of Paganism, bears the burden of persecution with firm hope.
Who else have civilised the world, and built cities if not the nobles and kings of Paganism.
Who else have set in order the harbours and rivers?
And who else have taught the hidden wisdom?
To whom else has the Deity revealed itself, given oracles, and told about the future, if not to the famous men among the pagans?
The pagans have made known all of this.
They have discovered the art of healing the soul.
They have also made known the art of healing the body.
They have filled the earth with settled forms of government, and with wisdom, which is the highest good.
Without Paganism the world would be empty and miserable.

Thabit ibn Qurrah (835-901) _ student of Harran’s university.