THEOSOPHY, Vol. 86, No. 4, February, 1998
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THE SACRED FIRES

This exhaustless doctrine of Yoga I formerly taught unto Vivaswat; Vivaswat communicated it to Manu and Manu made it known unto Ikshwaku: and being thus transmitted from one unto another it was studied by the Rajarshees, until at length in the course of time the mighty art was lost... 

--The Bhagavad-Gita

The following collation from the works of H.P.B. affirms that "This exhaustless doctrine" only becomes lost to average humanity. Our Divine Instructors, appearing herein as the Kabiri, preserve the "Mighty Art" and re-present it at suitable places and times. [Editors.]
FROM THE VERY DAY when the first mystic found the means of communication between this world and the worlds of the invisible host, between the sphere of matter and that of pure spirit, he concluded that to abandon this mysterious science to the profanation of the rabble was to lose it.

The Kabiri or the Kabirim [the name is Phoenician] were Deities and very mysterious gods with the ancient nations, including the Israelites, and were held in the highest veneration at Thebes, in the Lemnos, Phrygia, Macedonia, and especially at Samothrace. They were mystery gods, no profane having the right to name or speak of them. Herodotus makes of them Fire-gods and points to Vulcan as their father. The Kabiri presided over the Mysteries, and their real number has never been revealed, their occult meaning being very sacred.

The Kabirim, the "mighty ones," are identical with our primeval Dhyan-Chohans, with the incorporeal and corporeal Pitris, and with all the rulers and instructors of the primeval races, which are referred to as the Gods and Kings of the divine Dynasties. It matters little whether it is Isis, or Ceres -- the "Kabira" -- or again the Kabiri. Every nation has either the seven and ten Rishi-Manus and Prajapatis; or the ten and seven Sephiroth, etc., etc. One and all have been derived from the primitive Dhyan-Chohans of the Esoteric doctrine, or the "Builders" of the Stanzas. From Manu, Thot-Hermes, Oannes Dagon, and Edris-Enoch, down to Plato and Panadores, all tell us of seven divine Dynasties, of seven Lemurian and seven Atlantean divisions of the earth; of the seven primitive and dual gods who descend from their celestial abode and reign on Earth, teaching mankind Astronomy, Architecture, and all the other sciences that have come down to us.

These Beings appear first as "gods" and Creators; then they merge in nascent man, to finally emerge as "divine-Kings and Rulers." But this fact has been gradually forgotten. It is the Kabiri who are credited with having revealed, by producing corn or wheat, the great boon of agriculture. What Isis-Osiris the once living Kabiria has done in Egypt, that Ceres is said to have done in Sicily; they all belong to one class. To them, the Kabiri or Titans, is ascribed the invention of letters (the Devangari, or the alphabet and language of the gods), of laws and legislature, of architecture, as of the various modes of magic, so-called; and of the medical use of plants. Hermes, Orpheus, Cadmus, Asclepius, all those demi-gods and heroes to whom is ascribed the revelation of sciences to men.

The Kabiri were also Assyrian gods. In Hebrew the name means "the mighty ones," Gibborim. In Samothrace, an island famous and renowned for its Mysteries all over the world -- perhaps the oldest ever established in our present race -- they are the Samothraces. The names of the Samothraces were mystical, and at one time all the deities connected with fire, whether divine, infernal or volcanic were called Kabirian. The modern Archangels are the direct transformation of these same Kabiri.

Those who know anything of the Samothracian mysteries will remember that the generic name of the Kabiri was the "Holy Fires," which created on seven localities of the island -- the "Kabir born of the Holy Lemnos." This Kabir, whose name was Adamas, was the type of the primitive man born in the bosom of the Earth. A Mystery, imparted to but very few initiates, was enacted every seven years during the Mysteries, and the records of it are found self-imprinted on the leaves of the mysterious Koumboum -- in the shoreless ocean of space radiates the central, spiritual, and invisible sun. The universe is his body, spirit, and soul; and after this ideal model are framed all "things." These three emanations are the three lives, the three degrees of the gnostic Pleroma, the three "Kabalistic Faces."

If one studies comparative Theogony, it is easy to find that the secret of these "Fires" was taught in the Mysteries of every ancient people, pre-eminently in Samothrace. There is not even the smallest doubt that the Kabiri, the most arcane of all the ancient deities, gods and men, are identical with the Kumaras and Rudras headed by Kartikeya [Mars, personifying the powers of the LOGOS] -- a Kumara also. This is quite evident even exoterically; these Hindu deities were, like the Kabiri, the personified sacred Fires of the most occult powers of Nature. In Samothrace and the oldest Egyptian temples they were the great Cosmic Gods (the seven and forty-nine Sacred Fires).

The fact that, astronomically, the Titans-Kabirim were also the generators and regulators of the seasons, and cosmically the great Volcanic Energies, the gods presiding over all the metals terrestrial works, does not prevent them from being, in their original divine characters, the beneficent Entities who, symbolized in Prometheus, brought light to the world, and endowed humanity with intellect and reason.

When incarnated as Kings of the "divine Dynasties," they gave the first impulse to civilizations, and directed the mind which they had endowed men to the invention and perfection of all the arts and sciences. Thus the Kabiri are said to have appeared as the benefactors of men, and as such they lived for ages in the memory of nations. They had other names in the "sacred language," known but to the hierophants and priests; and "it was not lawful to mention them." They are in every theogony, especially in the Hindu, the sacred Divine FIRES, 3, 7, or 49, according as the allegory demands it. They were universally worshipped, and their origin is lost in the night of time.


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