THEOSOPHY, Vol. 13, No. 3, January, 1925
(Pages 132-133; Size: 7K)
"THE BAPTISM OF BLOOD"
IN the Christian legend, the "Redeemer" is the "Initiator" who offers his life in sacrifice for the privilege of teaching his disciples some great truths. He, who unriddles the Christian sphynx, "becomes the Master of the Absolute" for the simple reason that the greatest mystery of all the ancient initiations, -- past, present and future -- is made plain and divulged to him. Those who accept the allegory literally, will remain blind all their life and those who divulge it to the ignorant masses deserve punishment for their want of discretion in seeking to "feed pigs with pearls." The THEOSOPHIST, -- read but by the intelligent who, when they understand it, prove that they deserve as much of the secret knowledge as can be given them, -- is permitted to throw out a hint. Let him, who would fathom the mystery of the allegory of both Sphynx and Cross, study the modes of initiation of the Egyptians, Chaldeans, ancient Jews, Hindus, etc. And then he will find what the word "Atonement" -- far older than Christianity -- meant, as also "the Baptism of Blood." At the last moment of the Supreme Initiation, when the Initiator had divulged the last mysterious word, either the Hierophant or the "newly-born," the worthier of the two, had to die, since two Adepts of equal power must not live, and he, who is perfect, has no room on earth. Eliphas Levi hints at the mystery in his volumes without explaining it. Yet he speaks of Moses who dies -- mysteriously disappears from the top of Mount Pisgah after he had "laid his hands" upon the initiated Aaron, -- of Jesus who dies for the disciple "whom he loved," John the author of the Apocalypse, and of John the Baptist -- the last of the real Nazars of the Old Testament (see Isis, Vol. II, p. 132), -- who, in the incomplete, contradictory and tortured Gospel accounts, is made to die later through Herodiaadi's whim, and, in the secret Kabalistic documents of the Nabatheans, to offer himself as an expiatory victim after "baptizing" (i.e., initiating) his chosen successor in the mystic Jordan. In these documents, after the initiation, Aba, the Father, becomes the Son, and the Son succeeds the Father and becomes Father and Son at the same time, inspired by Sophia Achamoth (secret wisdom) transformed later on into the Holy Ghost. But this successor of John the Baptist was not Jesus, the Nazarenes say. But of this anon. To this day, the initiation beyond the Himalayas is followed by temporary death (from three to six months) of the disciple, often that of the Initiator; but the Buddhists do not spill blood, for they have a horror of it, knowing that blood attracts "evil powers." At the initiation of the Chhinnamasta Tantrikas (from chhinna "severed" and masta "head" -- the Goddess Chhinnamasta being represented with a decapitated head), the Tantrik Shastras say that, as soon as the Adept has reached the highest degree of perfection, he has to initiate his successor and -- die, offering his blood as an atonement for the sins of his brothers. He must "cut off his own head with the right hand, holding it in the left." Three streams of blood gush out from the headless trunk. One of these is directed into the mouth of the decapitated head ("... my blood is drink indeed" -- the injunction in John that so shocked the disciples); the other is directed toward the earth as an offering of the pure, sinless blood to Mother Earth; and the third gushes toward heaven as a witness for the sacrifice of "self-immolation." Now, this has a profound Occult significance which is known only to the initiated; nothing like the truth is explained by the Christian dogma, and imperfectly as they have defined, the quasi inspired "Authors of the Perfect Way" reveal the truth far nearer than any of the Christian commentators.--H.P.B.
COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:
At the heart of every man lie compassion, kindliness, justice.
Not one of ten thousand acts upon these basic qualities save by impulse, though most would rather do so if they could.
Our difficulty flows from the fact that in former ignorance we have been hard, unkind, unjust; the consequences have fallen with such severity that that fear has branded itself deep in our personalities.
Acting upon that, we are selfish still; until, being drawn ever deeper into catastrophe, want, and enslavement, fear loses its meaning, all its resources exhausted.
Then only are we ready to act without fear of consequences; our true nature comes uppermost, we act for ALL, and so get rid of consequences.
Some feel that the pursuit of spiritual knowledge is hollow; Jesus, no less than Judas, felt the pinch of hunger and the bite of cold. But to the man with a finger in the kettle, the universe is composed only of boiling water; is he conscious of a headache then?
Those who realize SPIRIT have physical senses no less keen than the animal man; but they have outgrown the power of material suffering as we have outgrown the power of childhood sorrows. Any progress on the Path, however little, proves this to the Pilgrim. The Path is traveled only by self-forgetfulness.
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