The Story of Hermes, Egypt and the Emerald Tablet
25,000 to 2,500 BC
In the ancient magic books can be found the term, "Illuminacio Regale," which means the Royal Illumination. It is such an important principle that Hermes ends his treatise with the words, "Blessed are those who have chosen the path of Illumination." Leaves of Morya's Garden II, Illumination, 1925 Agni Yoga Society
As the spiritual flame of the Mother nurtured India, so did the Father or Masculine aspect that had been exemplified on Atlantis find a new home in Egypt:
"In truth, Egypt was great in attainment up into the time of Solomon. And Buddha, in a certain sense, received the chalice from Egypt. Thus the foundations of Wisdom have been harmoniously molded. Certainly, the Vedas too had a connecting link with former races. Often the Covenants grow in an evolutionary manner, but sometimes due to the depth of Karma the process becomes involutionary. But, withal, there has been an order of succession, and it precisely was a manifest equilibrium of the peoples. Denial of succession is ignorance. The very quality of life, the actual realization of the path, have been founded on successiveness, as an extension into Infinity. Quite often Hierarchy is represented as being finite, and from this issue all limitations and belittlements. The magnitude of Hierarchy extends into Infinity."
Fiery World II 290, 1934 Agin Yoga Society
That aspect of Father energy known as science and the mystical use of energy and God's rays is still available for all to see today in the archeology of Egypt. Contrary to popular newsstand opinion, aliens did not build the pyramids and they are older than mainstream archaeologists and historians surmise. Those who remembered the ancient ways of Atlantis built them. Those huge blocks of stone were cut and lifted by an application of focused light through the third eye and a deep understanding of electro-magnetism, the path of electrons and the hold of gravity. By loosing these bonds through the mind of God in man, seeming miracles took place.
The pyramids in those early days were not tombs. They were both cosmic symbols of man and his relation to the universe as well as dynamic focuses of energy. The King's chamber in the pryamids is precisely positioned to receive cosmic energies.
It is inevitable that a religion is going to devolve over time if the people allow it to by forgetting their tie to God. Egypt was fortunate to have several members of the Brotherhood trying to bring them back to a spiritual path. One of these was Hermes Trismegistus. Actually, there were several Hermes. It's more of a spiritual office that several masters have come forward to occupy.
The Emerald Tablets
The Emerald Tablet and the teachings of Hermes Thrice Greatest have had a profound effect upon the wisdom traditions of Western Civilization. Hermes and his teachings are the foundation behind the Hermetic Tradition, which existed long before the Golden Ages of Egypt and Greece.
The mystical and quantum physics-like teachings of Hermes can be traced back for many thousands of years before Christ, but there is no historical proof of when and where it was written. Occult legend has it that these teachings were brought from Atlantis to Ancient Egypt prior to the Great Flood.
The Jewish esoteric tradition equates Hermes with Seth, the third son of Adam, and traces the history of the Emerald Tablet itself through the discovery of Sarah and Abraham, and down through Moses, the Egyptian Prince. This tradition states that Miriam, sister of Moses, placed the Emerald Tablet in the Ark of the Covenant itself. Other legends hold that the Tablet was hidden in Egypt until the time for its next discovery.
Some researchers point out that the Emerald Tablet's verses bear a clear resemblance to the eastern traditions of Taoism, the Vedas and Buddhism. And while the Hermetic tradition was accepted by all three of the Western Orthodox religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity; it also found a secure place in Gnosticism and the arcane teachings of the Alchemists. The Emerald Tablet is a philosophy with wide acceptance and is honored by all.
It is most interesting that at some point, the original Emerald Tablet teachings were expanded into the Corpus Hermeticum. The Corpus elaborates on the principles of the Tablet and seems to be a record of direct teaching from Hermes to his disciples. For three centuries the Catholic Church- not famous for including mystical thought easily into its Canons - held the Corpus Hermeticum to be very ancient and made these teachings required reading for its scholars. This tradition continued until 1614 when a Protestant Scholar claimed that the Corpus was written by false Christians (read Gnostics) after the time of Jesus Christ. These authors brought forward current teachings and thoughts based on the original Teachings of Hermes. The Catholic Church then banned the Corpus Hermeticum as well as the Teachings of Hermes, which were then forced underground into the stream of Rosicrucian, and Alchemical thought.
The author of the Emerald Tablet claims that direct knowledge of reality can be attained through psychological and spiritual discipline and meditative exercises. The Tablet shares a view of the universe in which "All Is One" and that everything that "is" comes from the undifferentiated Oneness. It is fitting that the Emerald Tablet has a legendary history of miraculous discovery and recovery as if the Universe itself wished to bring these spiritual gifts to the surface at certain times and places. Each of the legends describes the Tablet in similar terms. It is described as a rectangular object with bas-relief lettering in an unknown language. It seems to be made of emerald or crystal and the workmanship is beautiful. These stories all contain this miraculous object, as well as hidden caves, graves and surprise discoveries abound. Here is the story of the recovery of the Emerald Tablet and the three teachers who embodied the Hermetic Tradition.
Thoth - the First Hermes
According to legend, the first Thoth, in the time just before the great Flood, wrote down the Hermetic Teaching and hid them in the Two Great Pillars of ancient renown; one of gold and one of emerald. According to the article on "Hyper History", Egyptian holy books refer to these sacred pillars, one located in Heliopolis and the other in Thebes, as the "Pillars of the Gods of the Dawning Light." They were moved to a third temple where they later became known as the two "Pillars of Hermes." These splendorous columns are mentioned by numerous credible sources down through history. The Greek legislator, Solon, saw them and noted that they memorialized the destruction of Atlantis. The pillars were what the historian Herodotus described in the temple of an unidentified Egyptian god he visited. "One pillar was of pure gold," he wrote, "and the other was as of emerald, which glowed at night with great brilliancy." The article quoted above goes on to say, "In Iamblichus: On the Mysteries, Thomas Taylor quotes an ancient author who says the Pillars of Hermes dated to before the Great Flood and were found in caverns not far from Thebes." Quite a few other Roman and Greek historians also describe the mysterious pillars of Hermes.
Akhenaten and the One God - The Second Hermes
The next legend involves the Pharaoh Akhenaten, the "rebel" Pharaoh who turned to the One God, the One Source that he called Aton, the Sun. Akhenaten is thought to have recovered the hidden pillars and the writings of Thoth, the first Hermes, and was therefore able to build the larger pyramids and also give out to the Kingdom the principles of the Tablets and the spirit of M'aat- goodness and truth. Akhenaten's revolutionary approach to religion angered the Egyptian priests of the older faith. In fact, he is believed to have been murdered, along with his wife Nefertiti. Their bodies were never discovered and the location of their tombs is unknown. Their truth and philosophy that we are all part and one with the Living God, symbolized by the Sun, lived on.
Alexander the Great
The Emerald Tablet surfaces again at the time of Alexander the Great. This Greek warrior became the Egyptian Pharaoh around 332 BC. The treasures of Egypt were his for the taking and one of the first quests he made was a trek across the desert to Siwa where legend held that the Emerald Tablet was buried. Alexander the Great actually found the Emerald Tablet in the Tomb of Hermes and carried this treasure to Heliopolis where he put the Tablets on display. Alexander began the construction of the city of Alexandria immediately. This new city was to be the home of the Emerald Tablet and Alexander assigned Greek translators to begin their scholastic work on the rare find. His goal seems to have been to have the Hermetic teaching available to all in many lands.
The Hermetic teaching was dispersed to Greece very quickly. Copies of the Emerald Tablet became primary source teachings in Alexandria and fueled a renewal of interest in the spiritual path. These copies made their way throughout the Mideast and from there to Europe. This one priceless and ancient treasure brings the historical travesty of the burning of the library at Alexandria into perspective.
Military campaigns in the East forced Alexander to leave Egypt. It is said that he took the original Emerald Tablet with him and hid it for safekeeping to await his return. As fate would have it, Alexander the Great never returned to claim the great find. He died suddenly during his return from India and his body was buried somewhere in Egypt.
The original Emerald Tablet and its whereabouts were left to its next date with destiny.
Apollonius of Tyana - the Third Hermes
A young boy named Balinas was born in Tyana of Cappadocia around 32 AD was extremely precocious from birth. His father, despairing of being able to answer his deep questions and hoping for some corrective measure, took him to the Elders of the city. Upon intense examination, these elders declared Balinas an incarnation of one of the Gods. The father was not happy with this result. He ended in rejecting Balinas and refusing to speak to him. Balinas suffered great aloneness and was left to find his own way.
He discovered an ancient statue of Hermes at the outskirts of his town and took great comfort in sitting at the feet of this ancient philosopher; for he had no other teacher. He begged for Hermes to contact him and teach him the truth and meaning of life.
At 18, Balinas left his town and began his quest. He studied in Egypt and Greece, mastering the esoteric disciplines of each school. Upon his return to Tyana, he sat again at the foot of Hermes. In his own words, Balinas said how the rays of the sun struck a plaque which instructed the reader, "At my feet, look for the knowledge you seek". Balinas leapt to his feet and began to physically dig around the statue's base and, incredibly, found an underground cavern. The cavern was enormous and deep within it sat the actual mummy of Hermes, with the Emerald Tablet itself in its lap.
Balinas read and then embodied the principles of Hermetic teaching. He became a healer, a teacher and an Adept. He became known as Apollonius of Tyana, named after Apollo the Greek God of enlightenment. Apollonius created a Renaissance in Hermetic teaching, which never dimmed. In his great humility, he would teach any that would come forward. The Gnostics themselves often intertwined Apollonius' teachings with those of Jesus the Christ to form the mystical philosophical foundation for Western Civilization.
Original Emerald Tablet Teachings as written down by Madame Helena Blavatsky
- What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is similar to that which is below to accomplish the wonders of the one thing.
- As all things were produced by the mediation of one being, so all things were produced from this one by adaptation.
- Its father is the sun, its mother the moon.
- It is the cause of all perfection throughout the whole earth.
- Its power is perfect if it is changed into earth.
- Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, acting prudently and with judgment.
- Ascend with the greatest sagacity from earth to heaven, and unite together the power of things inferior and superior;
- thus you will possess the light of the whole world, and all obscurity will fly away from you.
- This thing has more fortitude than fortitude itself, because it will overcome every subtle thing and penetrate every solid thing.
- By it the world was formed.
Although Egypt had the blessing of the Teachings of both Hermes and Akhenaten, Egypt later began to exhibit its own brand of fallen polytheism. Some of these gods may not have been gods at all, but beings in fact connected to the Fallen Angels, or the "Nephilim" gods. The Pharaoh Akhenaten's radical departure from the dominant theology of his day that no longer resembled the One God known on Atlantis is part of Hermetic lore. The Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife, Queen Nefertiti, brought back the devotion to the One God. As in many true mystical teachings, the object of devotion was Fire.
These Mystical and high teachings of the One God did not last in Egypt. The fallen high priests preferred the false gods and their personal power to a higher truth. Wherever you see polytheism, question what is actually behind the concept. All Ascended Masters are aligned with the one God and the one Light. Fallen Angels have identified with the human ego and have therefore set themselves up as individual gods to an unsuspecting populace, and all for purposes of control. The teachings of the One God passed from Egypt to the Prophets of the Israelites and from those tribes spread throughout Western Civilization.
Next, Age of Heros - India.