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His own divine Ego Boehme, like so many other untrained mystics, mistook for God

Jan 13, 2003 07:54 AM
by D. H. Caldwell " <>

Madame Blavatsky writes in THE THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY:

Boehme (Jacob). A great mystic philosopher, one of the most prominent 
Theosophists of the medićval ages. He was born about 1575 at Old 
Seidenburg, some two miles from Görlitz (Silesia), and died in
1624, at nearly fifty years of age. In his boyhood he was a common 
shepherd, and, after learning to read and write in a village school, 
became an apprentice to a poor shoemaker at Görlitz. He was a
natural clairvoyant of most wonderful powers. With no education or 
acquaintance with science he wrote works which are now proved to be 
full of scientific truths; but then, as he says himself, what he 
wrote upon, he "saw it as in a great Deep in the Eternal". He
had "a thorough view of the universe, as in a chaos", which
yet "opened itself in him, from time to time, as in a young
plant". He was a thorough born Mystic, and evidently of a 
constitution which is most rare one of those fine natures whose 
material envelope impedes in no way the direct, even if only 
occasional, intercommunion between the intellectual and the spiritual 
Ego. It is this Ego which Jacob Boehme, like so many other untrained 
mystics, mistook for God; "Man must acknowledge," he writes,
"that his knowledge is not his own, but from God, who manifests the 
Ideas of Wisdom to the Soul of Man, in what measure he pleases." Had
this great Theosophist mastered Eastern Occultism he might have 
expressed it otherwise. He would have known then that the "god" who
spoke through his poor uncultured and untrained brain, was his own 
divine Ego, the omniscient Deity within himself, and that what that 
Deity gave out was not in "what measure pleased," but in the
measure of the capacities of the mortal and temporary dwelling IT 
Quoted from:

Daniel H. Caldwell


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