© fra Nefastos 2006 1
”Hold fast to that which has neither substance nor existence. Listen only to the voice which is soundless. Look only on that which is invisible alike to the inner and outer sense.”
– Light on the Path
The doctrine of emanation is of major importance in occultism, and we must understand it in order to develop a right attitude towards nature’s own work of creation – also towards that which is done through us, that is what one sees as his own work in the world.
Emanation means outflowing, but the essence carried by the flow does not leave its original state although it presents itself outside of its center. The innermost, uncreated, unmoving laya- or zero center is the maker of all that is, although it seems that it does not to act at all. As a state of consciousness and being it is called nirvâna or moksha. Lao-tzu refers to it as the midpoint of the cart’s wheel, which is “made useful by its emptiness”. This seeming nonexistence holds up all creation and excels it in loftiness, fullness, perfectness. In Qabbalah it is Ain Soph. Many systems do not speak at all of this innermost secret, with a good reason: naught indeed can be said about it; being The Absolute it seems to have no attributes because it has all counter-attributes as well, and therefore we, who can only percept things by restrictions, can not perceive it. Still it is fully objective and the only objective one, although its objectivity manifests through The Logos – or God, as it is often called. It is because of this we have presented the thematics of “hating God:” if we will not look past the Logos, we can not see even the Logos, because its’ true manifestation is in the expression of the uncreated. Or, to say it in exoteric language, Satan is holy and perfect because in the transcendental reality he serves The Absolute God.
If we could look down into the world from the paratemporal plane, we would see everything as harmonious, geometric figures; like nested circles which are made of lesser circles, or like in the shapes of roseflowers which, being formed by smaller spirals of time, together form a complete unity. But when we look at it from the material standpoint, we do not perceive these straight manifestations of divine beauty, for we live believing in the linearity of time. In fact, we draw with our consciousness every spiral – which are shorter and of them composed, longer cycles of time – to the world of happening through experience. Man’s heavy mind that is pressed into the matter and which awakens in it is like a graphite or a pencil, pressing its mark into world, but which in itself is not a decision-maker but an instrument of consciousness. We think ourselves to be free activators, but in reality we follow a predestined course while a hand draws a figure, and its single small revolution we suppose to be our only life. Everything is fixed by law and predestined, if we do not learn how to touch the empty middle point in our soul – and this is what is meant by “attaining of the deliverance”, “redemption”. That redemption is not needed only from the major mechanical cycles of Samsara, but likewise in the time scale of days and split seconds. We achieve freedom little by little, and this inspired process of deliverance is the path of initiation, ascension, and apotheosis. Although it seems almost impossibly distant when we see ourselves, each other and the world around us by our everyday side, it comes as much more understandable and nearer to us as we learn better to understand the omnipresence of the focal point. Although our own body is fragile and our psychology so sweetly humane with its uncountable defects, even in these lives the uncreated and the Only Sacred One. Although the whole path of initiation lasts countless ages, it may start just now – and after this start, after the first step, man’s fundamental essence has already gone through a tremendous revolution.
In the emanation the core breaks at every moment, in a way, and becomes creation first in paratemporal planes and, little by little, condensing to other planes where the separatism of time can be perceived, and eventually to so coarse an energy that the veil of Logos – holy matter – conglomerates and returns to the uncreated in the new kind of polarity’s “laya-state.” 2 These two, the laya-states of creation and destruction are manifested in suns and black holes, which radiate and absorb light. Sun and sunfire has been always adored as Logosic powers. The Brothers of the Left Hand, the Asuras, can not accept “the mistake of creation,” and their dharma is to lead away from the creation – they truly represent “the black sun” – but it is essential to understand that these both are indeed The Logos, opposites are indeed one, and creation and destruction are both the same sacred work. But these things have long been kept as a secret because of an obvious fact that if these things are spoken to a man who is shallow and undeveloped – or serious and developed, but in a one-sided way – he will think that this justifies wrong deeds. Everything is right, and still some things are wrong – this is the great paradox of the world and the manifestation in humane aspiration, like in a cosmic level the same contradiction is in that how it is the flaw of creation that makes perfect the marvel of the uncreated. Human in his innermost essence is Ain Soph himself, he is God, he is Satan. The whole journey of ascension is only following the stream of emanation back to its source to the uncreated.
The great possible fall of the Brother of the Left Hand is in that how he might carry his dharma out in a wrong way. He can in reality – perhaps subconsicously – fall in love with the matter, while his work in world would be to stand against creation. If he carries out this doctrine of hate unilaterally he is not able to vanguish his down-binding polarity and is not able to turn at the center of the earth, and thus remains as its prisoner. A lofty black magician, holy and perfect, destroys because it is his nature; but the destruction that he sows is perfect and not mundane. He does not kill, torture, nor rejoice in people’s wrongdoings. A fallen black magicion, profane and unperfect, destroys with selfish motives, and the destruction that he sows is not lofty nor perfect. He may kill, torture, or rejoice in people’s wrongdoings. This problem is of so greart importance that we must return to it many times over and over again in order to clarify the complex issue – because every “lost soul” in the latter meaning means so vast a disturbance in the system that if even a one single such error may be prevented by words, the annoyance of repetition can be tolerated. The “gods of evil”, paratemporal and cosmic beings, whose nature is in death and in destruction, can not avoid that the crumbs which fall from their high table might become misused by gross beings. Their emanations in the world are by nature such that they can be used in selfish sorcery. But they can be used in other way as well – in a good and just work of destruction without any violence, which is the true essence of these powers: dark and sacred, with no adverse suffering.
The most important thing is, do we co-operate with the Sole Center of existence, do we strive towards it or do we not. That “center is everywhere”, but it must be grasped knowingly, experiencing it must be attempted by one’s own true aspiration. In order to realise humanity’s full potential, it must be brought from the circumference into the focal point, from the processing of the emanation’s outpourings and becoming processed by them to the gradual understanding of the emanation’s ascending scale, and unification with more and more pure and less differentiated forms. Although the physical cosmos is seen to be proceeding towards even greater entropy and lesser unity, the progress moves in reality as a rotational movement – as a “whirlwind,” indeed – first downwards, then up again, thus forming the spiral of the creation or the gateway of the mind, which is the magical circle of Logos. Because of this our work is not hopeless. We, weak men and we, small societies and outwardly so feeble brotherhoods can hold and channel the power of great work as much as we are able to will to do so. Will, intention is all, and of it depends everything else. All outward possibilities will manifest in a due time and in a due form, if one can only will to do things right – can will to love – can will to learn how to understand. This is the continuance of emanation, the work of the uncreated through us in the timeless.
- Hylätty Kivi #1 (2006) ↩
- This process is symbolized by the old sign of “egg” split by line, viz. ten, one and zero united. It is interesting to note how this symbol of dividing to different sexes (as well in the cosmic polarities as in the human root races) expresses the symbolism of the both hands in more than one meaning. ↩