Thrice-Greatest Hermes (Volume 2); Sermons. Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis

9780217406192: Thrice-Greatest Hermes (Volume 2); Sermons. Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Excerpt: ... foods [drawn] from the water and the earth of the inferior world.1 Spirit,2 with which they8 all are filled, being interblended with the rest,4 doth make them live; sense being added, and also reason in the case of man--which hath been given to man alone as a fifth part out of the aether. Of all the living things6 [God] doth adorn, extend, exalt, the sense of man alone unto the understanding of the Reason of Divinity.6 But since I am impressed to speak concerning Sense, I will a little further on set forth for you the sermon on this [point]; for that it is most holy, and [most] mighty, not less than in the Reason of Divinity itself. VII 1. But now I'll finish for you what I have begun. For I was speaking at the start of union with the Gods, by which men only7 consciously enjoy8 the Gods' regard,--I mean whatever men have won such rapture that they have obtained a share of that Divine Sense of intelligence which 1 Cf. xi . 2. * Cf. C. H., x. (xi.) 13, and Commentary thereon. s That is, animal bodies. 4 Presumably the rest of the Earth elements. 6 Lit. animals. 0 Lit. the Divine Reason, Ratio, or Logos. 7 Sc. of the animals. Cf. xviii. 1 below. 8 Per-fruuntur. Gf., for the idea, xxii. 1 below. is the most1 Divine of Senses, found in God and in man's reason. Asc. Are not the senses of all men, Thricegreatest one, the same? Tris. Nay, [my] Asclepius, all have not won true reason 2; but wildly rushing in pursuit of [reason's] counterfeit,8 they never see the thing itself, and are deceived. And this breeds evil in their minds, and [thus] transforms the best of animals into the nature of a beast and manners of the brutes. 2. But as to Sense and all things similar, I will set forth the whole discourse when [I explain] concerning Spirit. For man is the sole animal that is twofold. One part o...

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