Ralph Waldo Emerson; an American Trancendentalist and one of the most influential Americans to have ever lived. And we would not be wrong to say that his view on life and the human soul is entirely Gnositic. His essay on Compensation connects what one does with the core of one’s nature. One can’t be other than what one does., which is also a core ideal of the Gnostic Church of L.V.X. This takes one to a different idea on what karma is. In what we do, we affect ourselves; simultaneously with the world around us. The idea of karma, as a universal mechanism of reward and punishment is a false. Nature has no concern for human ideals or enforcing them.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Compensation Part 1
    Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay

    1. We can suggest that compensation would be a Wesern, dualistic version of the Eastern concept of Karma.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “An inevitable dualism bisects nature, so that each thing is a half, and suggests another thing to make it whole; as, spirit, matter; man, woman; odd, even; subjective, objective; in, out; upper, under; motion, rest; yea, nay.”

    2. Science teaches us in nature, every action has an equal & opposite reaction; that our metaphysical reality must correspond to the physical, as science & religion are correlative.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Polarity, or action & reaction, we meet in every way part of nature; in darkness & light; in heat & cold, in the ebb & flow of waters; in male & female…”

    2A. In his way, & by a polarity as taught by Dion Fortune, two are conjoined, so that with this virtue, the heart chakkra is opened.

    AL:I.45 “The Perfect and the Perfect are one Perfect and not two; nay are none.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “The heart & soul of all men being one, this bitterness of His and Mine ceases. His is mine. I am my brother & my brother is me.”

    3. To reiterate, science & religion are interdependent, so much so, that it ecomes fascinating that this 19th century man seems to anticipate a 21st century physic in his essay. And so he describes the modern concept of the hologram.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Whilst the world is thus dual, so is evry one of its parts. The entire system of things gets represented in every particle.”

    3A. In accord with science & metaphysics, we must then examine the soul of huanity, both as an eregore and on an individual basis.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “The same dualism underlies the nature & condition of man. Every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess. Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good. Every faculty which is a receiver of pleasure has an equal penalty put on its abuse. it is the answer for its moderation with its life.”

    4. So that more than action & reaction especially as the only word of sin is restriction (cf. AL:I.41), we must come to understand karma & compensation, not as reward & punishment, but the morale that builds the sway of our lives.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “But because of the dual constitution of things, in labor as in life there can be no cheating. The thief steals from himself. The swindler swindles himself. For the real price of labor is knowledge & virtue, whereof wealth and credit are signs. These sings, like paper money, may be counterfeited or stolen, but that which they represent, namely knolwedge & virtue, cannot be counterfeited or stolen. These ends of labor canot be answered but by real exertions of the mind, and in obedience to pure motives. The cheat, the defaulter, the gambler, cannot extort the knowledge of material and moral nature which his honest care & pains yield to the operative. The law of nature is, do the thing, and you shall have the power: but they who do not do the thing, have not the power.”

    4A. Rather, we speak of the unity we must attain in creating our soul; a body of light that must act as its own monad. So that every thought and deed either contributes to this or tears against it.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “A man cannot speak but he judges himself. With his will, or against his will, he draws his portrait to the eye of his companions by every word. Every opinion reacts on him who utters it.”

    5. And so do the vices of pleasure that help us to further identify the self as the monad.

    AL:II.52 “There is a veil: that veil is black. It is the veil of the modest owman; it is the veil of sorrow, & the pall of death: this is none of me. Tear down that lying spectre of the centuries: veil not your vices in virtuous words: these vics are my service; ye do well & I will reward you here and hereafter.”

    We must be discerning in our indulgence, lest we lose ourselves.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Whilst thus the world will be whole, and refuses to be disputed, we seek to act partially, to sunder, to appropriate; for example,–to gratify the senses, we sever to pleasure of the senses from the needs of hte character.”

    5A. So that instead of the idea of karma or compensation returning bad for a a bad deed & good for a good deed, the deed itself contains its own ends, an ‘instant karma’ to use the words of John Lennon.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Cause & effect, means and ends, seed & fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre-exists in the means, the fruit in the seed.”

    5B. In other words, by the time one determines to deceive or plunder another, the soul or body of light is already diminished or darkened. There need by no bringer of punishment to avenge the deed.


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