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01-03-2009, 01:13 PM
This is a Phoenix-thread (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=7) from the old site (http://alchemy-forums.forumotion.com/forum.htm).

Just got a short pamphlet called A Doctrine of Correspondences by Louis Claude de St. Martin (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=105) (my favourite philosopher) in the mail the other day. I thought I'd share a quote that might be of interest:

...the stars are its [the universe] lights, the earth its altar, all corporeal beings are its holocausts, and man, who is priest of the Eternal, offers the sacrifices.

...it is said also that the universe is like a great fire lighted since the beginning of things for the purification of all corrupted beings. Finally, it is a great allegory or fable which must give place to a grand morality.

The revivification of the will is therefore the chief work of all fallen creatures. The same lesson is conveyed in symbolical language when it is said that the object of man on earth is to employ all rights and powers of his being in rarefying as far as possible the intervening media between himself and the true Sun, so that - the opposition being practically none - there may be a free passage, and that the rays of light may reach him without refraction.

...the instrument by which we fall is that also by which we must rise: the evil in man originated in the will of man, and thereby it must be stamped out. His crime is defined as the abuse of the knowledge he possessed concerning the union of the principle of the universe with the universe. His penalty was the privation of this knowledge.
Wikipedia on St. Martin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Claude_de_Saint-Martin)

Eighty Aphorisms and Maxims of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin (http://kingsgarden.org/english/organizations/OM.GB/StMartin/Aphorisms.html)

The French Mystic and the Story of Modern Martinism (http://kingsgarden.org/english/organizations/OM.GB/StMartin/MartinWaite.html) by A.E. Waite

I really like what he wrote Deviadah.Thanks for putting it up.

I hadnt heard of him before and definitely will be reading the links you supplied.