Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sulphur, Salt & Soul

“Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”
…….. Genesis 19: 24-26

Good scholarship of Bereshit - Genesis, the Jewish Tanakh or Bible, indicates that the writing was very esoteric and was meant to be interpreted to achieve deeper knowledge of Self-realization.
All alchemical processes are of evolutionary nature and the evolution must move forward towards the highest goal of purification.

Sulphur was regarded as an expression of the fiery element. Most alchemists took it as the basis of their principal processes. This sulphur was referred to, in mysterious phrases, as a stone that is not a stone, a stone so common that everyone sees it but nobody notices it. It had revealed to seasoned initiates as a method of roasting copper with sulphur in order to produce gold. Copper symbolizes a metal of good conduction of the transformative energy so that the pure heat of the soul fire can be transferred with the highest efficiency. Sulphur was produced from realgar, disulphide of arsenic, which was found in the gold mines. This mutual co-existence is symbolic of the non-differentiated aspect of the constituents of the process and the final product which is of highest value. It was considered only reasonable that the use of such initial products must have gold as the final product.
The purpose of destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, through brimstone or Sulphur, should not be perceived as annihilation but a transformation from a lower state of existence to a higher state of life in the spiritual domain.

Salt is the third element in the trinity of the alchemical substances in the Great Work. As mercury is the water aspect, sulphur is the fiery aspect, so is salt the form aspect (salt is a crystalline form, or crystallized energy). So it is also a name for the ‘prima materia’, for the stone of the philosophers. The alchemists say that in its lower aspect salt is ‘bitter’. Here salt is symbol for knowledge and wisdom. Self-knowledge is bitter, painful. Sometimes they speak of the bitter ‘sea water’. As water or the sea stands for the soul, it is a reference to the same self-knowledge. The creative and transformative intelligence is coded into the ‘prima materia’ or primary cosmic consciousness.
Lot’s wife, being turned into a pillar of salt, is the symbolism of the storehouse of knowledge in the process of alchemy that has taken place. It is the blue print of the soul purification process of the humanity, symbolized by the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. This knowledge is carried forward into the future through Lot, symbolizing the creative potential, and his two daughters, symbolizing the wisdom potential, in an unsullied manner as Lot’s daughters get one son each through Lot when he is drunk, symbolizing an elevated state of consciousness. The word drunk is often used in the Bible to indicate intake of intoxicating knowledge.
In Gospel of Thomas Jesus says, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended."… Logion 13

Past should be used as storehouse of empowering knowledge so that we can refine our lives to a higher state of spiritual existence.

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