Dear Friends, we are very happy to present you, as a season’s greeting’s gift, a second peripatetic meditation. This time, about ‘the hermetic constitution of the human being’. Enjoy the walk and the garden’s delights ! Blessings, Nalan and Nico.
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The Therapeutical Properties of the Tree of Life
‘Regeneration is absolutely necessary for salvation. Hence it greatly concerns us to know it’s nature and operation, how it is to be considered, either in its initiation, progress, or consummation.’ Thomas Bromley, ‘The Way to the Sabbath of Rest’.
This renovation or restoration of the Initiate, It consist of the recovery of all the virtues and the lost strengths of the corruptible material body, by another body that is non-corruptible and celestial, that is no other than the Universal Quintessence. Its power and properties are such that it rejuvenates and renovates everything it unites with, not only humans but also, with all the other animals, the grass, trees and fruits. Every time the Initiate uses the Universal Quintessence, his root humor or spirit of life doesn’t diminish or weaken but from such usage it gathers admirable strengths, alike the gardener who is used to enhance the strength of the orchard tree, so that, faster and with abundance, it produces its fruits. This renovation is properly done, not from the root humor but from the material body, proceeding from them and united by them, alike the tree with its roots, without them it wouldn’t survive. However, this renewal of the body or its members, by subtracting or taking away all possible excess fluids, we can say that their radical humor or spirit of life are alike renovated and with them, their four complexions or humors.’
‘…Perfect Medicine is the understanding of the Stellar body, separated from the impure and drossy elemental body.’
Of the Constitution of Human Beings and Their Innate Balance
Non-being is still non-being and being is still being. The coming of being and the becoming non-being of things means, that simple bodies become mixed and then the mixed bodies reverse back as simple bodies, that everything ventures from the virtual world to the actual world, then from the actual world journey back to the virtual world. By the effect of this blending, constitution appears. In the constitution, by the effect of balance, spirit becomes manifested. This is how mixed bodies are apt to develop.
Know that when the elements and their natures, as such is the law, mix one another, it results some ‘homo-merics’ (clusters of identical molecules) that give the constitution. Having learned this, know also that balance is the result of ‘what has been evenly distributed’. Therefore, the constitution, in which the elements and their natures are evenly distributed (Of which the components are equal), is a balanced constitution, equal in character.
A balanced temperament is needed to receive the human form; an even character is needed to receive the human spirit. The temperament in which the elements and their humors are un-evenly distributed is an unbalanced temperament and un-even character. Balance is nothing else that the aptitude to receive the spirit; hence the meaning of aptitude. The unbalanced temperament can only be of three sorts: Close to balance, far from balance and at equal distance between close and far. That which is far is of the mineral nature and gives birth to the mineral spirit. That which is in the middle is of the plant nature and gives birth to the plant spirit. That which is close to the balance is of the animal nature and gives birth to the vital spirit. Man is but a species amongst the animal realm. Therefore, the temperament the closer to balance is of the temperament of Man-It gives birth to the human spirit. This temperament is called ‘balanced’ because it is very close to balance. Man’s temperament is balanced only relatively. Absolute balanced temperament doesn’t exist, because such a temperament has no seminal place. If such a temperament would exist-If it could be located and maintained-This temperament would be stable and would be manifesting two qualities: One bound to consistency and one bound to becoming. Therefore, simple bodies are fit in consistency but not in becoming and mixed bodies are fit in becoming but not in consistency. In mixed bodies, opposites are gathered. The causes able to deviate the temperament are many. At every moment, for any reason, it can happen that one of the opposites dominates or is being dominated, that the blending is disaggregating. If then, may a favorable event happen and the temperament goes back to its original state, but it will last only a few days. If no favorable event happens, decaying manifests and withering appears: Each element returns to its proper origin-The blending disaggregates. It is true to say that this thing is ephemeral. Mixed bodies disaggregate into simple bodies.
O Dervish! Whoever enjoys a healthy and good constitution and is not hit by any scourge can live up to hundred and twenty years. Then arises, what we call: ‘Natural death’. If any misfortune happens and come to destroy this constitution, it is ‘death by accident’. Simple bodies are in the realm of the stars and are not subject to disorder, therefore they don’t change states and don’t give up their form. For this reason, the spheres and the stars are being called: ‘The world of consistency and sustainability’. The elements and their nature, minerals, plants and animal realms are being called:’ The world of generation and corruption.’
O Dervish! ‘The furthermore a tree rises, the furthermore it refines itself and become noble and gracious, therefore becomes vulnerable’. In these words, Abu Tarab (Imam Ali, ‘Father of soil’. He received this name because of his lengthy Sujoods (placing of the forehead on the ground in prayer). Name given by the Prophet Muhammad when he found Ali sleeping while covered with soil) wants to say the whole of the beings forms a single tree. The primal sphere, or Sphere of spheres encompasses all beings; it is simple and untouched (The pen did not touch it). It is the ground and soil of this tree. The Second sphere, or sphere of the fixated, is the root of this tree. The seven heavens, each being a planet, are the trunk of this tree. Saturn, the farthest from us is the lowest. It stays in the first heaven. The Moon, the closest to us, is the most elevated and stays in the seventh. Therefore, what is close to us is the highest and what is farthest from us is the lowest. Everything that is far from us is at the lowest. The four elements and their nature are the branches of this tree. The mineral, plant and animal realms are the leaves, flowers and fruits. Therefore, from the ground to the fruit, the tree by elevating itself becomes more svelte, nobler and springing. Having learned the levels of the tree, know now that the fruit is at the top of the tree. It is the acme and quintessence of the tree. Therefore, everything that is close to the fruit is further more elevated, noble and subtle.
O Dervish! For Abu Tarab, the spheres and the stars are the inferior world; the elements and their natures, mineral-vegetal and the animal realms-The superior world. It must be so as we are the acme and quintessence of beings. Our place is above all. What is the closest to us is of a noble and subtle quality. It is for this reason it is said: ‘The spheres and the stars are the Preserved Table, the divine Book.’ That everything written in the book manifests in the world. There is no doubt that what manifests in the root manifest without fail in the branches. It is impossible to be otherwise.
According to Abu Tarab, the root of this tree is by itself the origin; as the trunk, the branch, the leaf, the flower, the fruit; the one eating the fruit, the gardener, earth, water, air, the sun; health, life and death; the sensible world, the intelligible world, the world of cherubinic intelligences- All is of the origin. This tree has All. All is the tree. This is what you need to know and what the ‘Witness of Unity’ say about the world and its dwellers.’
From the Ihwan Al Safa Tradition
‘…The Ihwan Al Safa compare man with the heavenly world, or to its ‘seven eminent and mobile rulers’, the seven planets. They say that alike the planets in the universe, the organs are proportionate to the whole of the body and between themselves, and especially that each of these planets has its own rays of action, as each organ has it own proper faculty that manifest in its workings that corresponds to the spiritual faculties of the seven planets.
The heart is in the middle of man’s body like the sun in the middle of the spheres. The light and rays of the sun travel in the entire world maintaining its life and good state, alike, the heart spreads the natural warmth in all the organs, maintaining life and the good health of the body.
Each organ of the body like the heart, the liver, the brain, the stomach, the lungs, the spleen, the intestines, the blood vessels, the nerves, the bones, the muscles, the brains, the skin is of analog constitution and different than the other. Each structure has its own composition (Tarkib) and this composition has humors. Those humors have temperaments and those temperaments have natures that vary in quantity and modality (kayfiyya), hot-cold-humid and dry and different from the others. The degrees of powers is the basis of the alchemical measuring scale.
A sick organ desire the nature of the remedy opposite to the nature of the disease. If, one or two of the four natures has produced an illness by an overwhelming excess, in relation to the others. The remedy re-establishes balance in adding more to the other natures. The doctor, like an apprentice, serves Nature in providing at the right time what it needs. He must know all remedies for the humors (that is to say the blood, the bile, the atrabiliar and the pituitary) with the BEST PROPORTION and BALANCED DOSAGE; the 4 natures and their differences; what is the normal state of a temperament (of the humors) and what is bad; a GEOMETRICAL knowledge of the weight of the constitution of the body in both sides.
Know also that the spleen, with its black bile properties dry and cold, provides and maintains the consistency and coagulation of the blood, like Saturn, the consistency and sustainability of the forms in matter.
The liver provides a good balance and proportions to the humors and the body, like Jupiter provides theirs to the four elements.
The gallbladder, with its yellow bile, provides like Mars determination.
The stomach, with its appetite faculty, provides not only the life to the body, but also like Venus, the joy of living and beauty.
The Brain, like Mercury, brings sensations and knowledge.
Finally, the lungs, with its breathing, hints to the breathing of the Moon with its half full of lights and its half in shadow.’
‘Learn to recognize THAT is industructible, THAT penetrates everything ! Nobody is able to destroy THAT which is IMMUTABLE.’
First Meditation: From’ The magical World of Heroes’ by Cesare della Riviera-1605.
Second Meditation: Nasafi– ’The Book of the Perfect Man’, excerpts from Treatise 20.
Third Meditation: Yves Marquet-‘Les freres de la purete, pythagoriciens de l’Islam’.
Fourth Meditation: Quote from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’.