The Key of Jacob Boehme, Translated by William Law, with an introduction by Adam McLean - Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks #9 - Phanes Press 1991. With an Illustration of the Deep Principles of Jacob Behmen, by D.A. Freher. For more info about this rare book click HERE.
HPB stated that Jacob Boehme was a nursling of the Nirmanakaya’s. To the extent Boehme’s works reflect the accurate expression of such elevated inspiration, they should be deep spiritual treasures of study, meditative contemplation, and application for all sincere students. This is so regardless of one’s love for western or eastern spiritual traditions or works. In general, the works of Jacob Boehme reflect ideations concerning an inner awakening to the deep ground of the Eternal, Divine and Spiritual aspects of creative manifestation and the world. These ideas are then reflected, correlated, and applied to the gross material shadows of our sensory world with its forms, desires, and pursuits. Although the world of sense has value in some ways, it is also shown as false, in light of the Eternal and Divine Science of truth that elevates humanity.
Part one of this little work covers immense ground in only 34 pages. In Boehme’s mystical vision and terminology, he speaks of the nature of “God” considered as a manifest and unmanifest power. He explores the process by which the one becomes two, then three, giving rise to the 7 properties and principles of nature. He guides the reader through the workings of Divine Wisdom, the word of wisdom, and its manifestation. A short presentation on the “Mysterium Magnum”, in its various applications is presented. the “Three Worlds”, with their progressive manifestations and subsequent relations are explained . The workings and properties of the elements, in relation to each other and their manifestation is also presented. This treatise then ends with Boehme’s understanding of what the word “SCIENCE” means in the complete sense of all things, inclusive of the “true Ground” or cause.
Portrait of Jacob Boehme
[Digital camera photo taken and contributed to Pass the WORD in April 2005]
The portrait above appeared in Edward Taylor's
Jacob Behmen:Teutonick Philosophy Unfolded
Printed: London, 1691
Part two is entitled “An illustration Of The Deep Principles of Jacob Behmen, the Teutonic Theosopher, In Thirteen Figures.” This is a visual representation of many of the same written principles, in the process of unfolding. It opens with the relative beginning of all things as “God without all Nature and Creature”, working its way through the evolutionary phase of “Lucifer’s and ADAMS” fall, through the process of redemption, resurrection, and regeneration. This is accomplished through the figure or type of Jesus Christ. The fully regenerated being, or Great Soul, is then recognizable through the impression and seal which one bears within, , which seal, “is not contrived by human speculation.”
This is a great introductory work allowing deepening insights into the mystical and occult world of Jacob Boehme. It correlates extremely well with the mystical and occult side of the spiritual works of the Great Traditions of East and West.This is especially so when understood from the view or principles, as applied in the teachings of Theosophy.
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