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 2

    1. We spoke in our previous sermon, about the notion that religion is and must be congruent with science. And we found it uncanny that Ralph Wldo Emerson seems to have anticipated modern physics & its holographic paradigm. But also, he reflects classical physics & the Aethyr.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “These appearances indicate the fact that the universe is represented in everyone of its particles. Every thing is made of one hidden stuff; as the naturaist sees one type under every metamorphosis, and regards a horse as a running man, a fish as a swimming man, a ird as a flying man, a tree as a rooted man. Each new form repeats not only the main character of the type, but part for part for all the details, all the aims, furtherances, hindrances, energies, and whole system of every other. Every occupation, trade, art, transaction is a compend of the world, and a correlative of every other. Each one is an entire emblem of human life; of its good and ill, its trials, its enemies, its course and its end. And each one must somehow accomodate the whole man, and recite all his destiny.”

    1A. We also noted in the previous sermon, the Compensation or Karma is not causal; there is no avenger the delivers the effect of justice on an evil act, nor a reward to a good act. But we assert that the karmic reward of compensation is inherent & integral with the act.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Every act rewards itself, or in other words, integrates itself in a twofold manner; first, in the thing, or in the real nature; and secondly, in the circumstance, or in the apparent nature. Men call the circumstance the retribution. The causal retribution is in the thing, and is seen by the soul. the retribution in the circumstance is seen by the understanding; it is separable from the thing, but is often spread over a long time, and does not becomes distinct until after many years.”

    1B. It is almost as if he’s putting it into a qabalistic perspective, with the soul being Tiphareth at the center of the Ruach & Binah or Understanding being transcendent of the soul. But also, RWE presented ideas on dualism, the philosophy at the heart of the Western Mystery Tradition.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “All things double, one against another–tit for tat; an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth; blood for blood; measure for measure; love for love.–Give & it shall be given you.–He that watereth shall be watered himself.”

    1C. In this, we may find the god of vengeance, RHK, but only insofar as this god is the fully realized self & any retribution upon our soul is already fully inherent in that soul. Therefore, we can clearly say that as we are all gods, we are all omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.

    “We know how to give our whole lives every day.”–Arthur Rimbaud

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “So do we put our life into every act. The true doctrine of omnipresence is, that od reappears with all his prts in every moss and cobweb. The value of the universe continues to throw itself into every point. If the good is there, so is the evil; if the affinity, so the repulsion; if the force, so the limitation.”

    2. We know from our qabalistic studies that man is God reflected into materiality through the Adam Kadmon. And we find accordingly that God as spirit, neither punishes nor rewards itself. This exposes the concept of sin a superstitious fraud.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “There is the deeper fact in the soul than comensation, to with its own nature. The soul is not a compensation, but a lilfe. The soul is [I am that I am] under all this running sea of circumstance, whose waters ebb & flow with perfect balance, lies the aoriginal abyss of real Being. Essence, or God, is not a relation, or a part, but the whole. Being is the vast affirmation, excluding negation, self-balanced, and swallowing up all relations, parts an ditmes within itself. Nature, truth, virtue, are the influx from thence.”

    2A. But in the materiality, as God, we are beseiged by circumstance, as this is a dualistic world of contending forces & the godhead has negated its sequestration in the AIN that is beyond the Abyss.
    Hence, we find in AL:I.41
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Thus is the universe alive. All things are moral. That soul, which within us is a sentiment, outside of us is a law. We feel its inspriation; out there in history we can see its fatal strength.”

    3. Being in the world of materiality, we are then subject to the condition of circumstance. And we readily observe inherent in equ.ities in wealth, physical prowess & intelligence.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “In the nature of the soul is the compensation for the inequalities of condition.”

    3A. In the lack of wealth comes a strength of character not bogged down with protecting that wealth. This is a certain key to the parable that says it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be at peace.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “There can be no excess to love; none to knowledge; none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense. The soul refuses limits, and always affirms an Optimism, never a pessimism.”

    3B. Hence, we find in AL:I.41–‘The word of sin is restriction…’ So that the moral nature of the soul will only allow it to flourish outside the concept of sin and its decadent influence on populst ideas about karma.


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