I am sure your asking yourself ,what has the thoughts of; people like;
Socrates, Plato, Kant ...
and many others have to do with the Craft ?
It has to do with how we as a people think.
These men formed the basis behind how we currently look at the world.
realms of science, and more ...on how we look at esoteric thoughts,
;These things owe their beginnings to these men of vision.
things were always there .. but these guys tried to work it all out
and put it down in words... in recent time for the western world
ya won't get that here....for those
to take off their shoes and dive in...
there will be links to take them to places to get their feet wet..
" Man is the measure of all truth "
a mans reasoning ability is how we should
measure something's reality or worth.
As we of the Craft are told again and again to accept nothing
( not even from me..) on faith alone ,but by the work of the mind
and proving to the self the truth of something.
Or this one:
" The only true knowledge is a knowledge by means of concepts "
meant in simple terms.. A chair is not a thing of wood or stone, on which
we sit, it is the concept ,
an idea of the chair which matters .. not the object we refer to.; Which has only a transitory life, before it becomes dust,
the same goes for everything else we call concrete reality.
the step in the Craft to "unreality" the world of form and thought ,
;which we enter while doing ritual....would have made Socrates smile.
As it's the only reality out there, he would; have said.
Or his student:
Took this as a principle of Being.
If the concept represents all the reality of things, the reality must be
something in the ideal order,
not necessarily in the things themselves, but rather above them, in a world by itself."
Which is Socrates world of forms.
above so below, as we would say...there is
and we of the Craft access this realm of order
that is above the material realm of matter
in the working of the Craft.
Or how about this guy:
material of our sense knowledge comes from experience. The form, however,
is not derived
through the senses, The most important forms of sense knowledge, the conditions, in fact, of all sensation,
are space and time."
other words... again the world of forms and ideas..
which is the most important ,as it is the only one that is really real..
Now don't that boggle the mind just a tad :)
the same thing we do when we transcend the here and now by
" standing in a place outside of time and space...
in the circle of power where sensation of the mundane...has no sway."
By the Mothers Grace :) this is the essence of the rites and the Craft
Or another well known:
highest form is that of the Good,
which is the ultimate basis of all the rest,
and the first cause of being and knowledge.
derived from the impressions of the senses
can never give us the knowledge of true being --
i.e. of the forms. It can only be obtained
by the soul's activity within itself.
is nothing in the world with
any independent existence:
all is bound together by
an inalterable chain of causation."
world of the here and now can only be held in our hands...
but to make contact with the divine we must leave; that and go after
the real deal...the space where the reality of things exists.
no it does not stand for something current as in new the word is
new but it stands for
Neo Plato = Platonic philosophy as studied in the 3rd century AD, after Plato's death, till about 567 CE )
The idea that all things are one and related to each other:
At the summit of existence stands the One or the Good,
as the source of all things. It creates from itself, reason,
which contains the infinite store of ideas.
Soul, the copy of reason, creates matter...
which, constitutes bodies ,which contain the soul.
Nature, therefore, is a whole, endowed with life and soul.
Soul, being chained to matter, longs to escape from the bondage of the
body and return to its original source.
In virtue and philosophic thought soul has the power to elevate itself above the reason into a state of ecstasy
, where it can behold, or ascend up to, that one good primary Being,; whom reason
( meaning the senses of the mind...) cannot know.
thou they were fatalists, who felt the world was a place to escape from
if you ignore that....the concepts are still valid for us today.
way of the force would fit right in here without a hiccup.
as it's where the idea came from to begin with
all things are side by side in form, time and space,
that there is no empty space , so all things are interrelated...
that the reality of a person.. is not the crude matter
of which they are made .. but the spirit which is eternal
and rejoins the light when it's time in the vessel of the body is done.
unlike the fatalist sophists
we are in no hurry to get there...:)
The Tao Te Ching : or the way
Tao that can be followed is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the origin of heaven and earth
While naming is the origin of the myriad things.
Therefore, always desireless, you see the mystery
While the Tao was a guideline on what makes a sage.....
concept that the Tao is nameless, formless,
the force that binds the universe together..
sound familiar..?; And much much more...
and Buddha would have gotten along just fine don't ya think ? :)
the serious ... take a walk through
this excellent teaching site in its entirety
they entitled East Meets West...
or Shadows on the wall..
reading this one page alone .
with even a few of its out links...cover to cover as it were..
you will arrive at a basic understanding of how the world of the "great" thinkers evolved.
the Greek... to the Roman..to the Medieval ....
to the Way of Buddhism and the Tao..
.and how they influenced how WE currently think
and feel about our world..
And our practice of faith...
think that if you give all a read with an open mind
you will end the read with
Oh WoW !!!
As the revelations may surprise you
a very large repository
on hermetic and mystical thought see:
a very well made site
a very good resource for those who want to know more:
The internet encyclopedia of greek philosophy
those who are interested enough
study the matter more ...
I wish you happy hunting and an open mind to new ways of thought.
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