Hermes Trismegistus - Divine Pymander
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-- "The Eighth Book of Hermes Trismegistus"
in The Divine Pymander 2300 BC




"Whither are you carried, O drunken with drinking strong Wine of Ignorance? which seeing you cannot bear, why do you vomit it up again?

  Stand, and be sober and look up again with the Eyes of your heart, and if you cannot all do so, yet do so many as you can.

  For the malice of Ignorance surround all the Earth, and corrupt the Soul, shut up in the Body, not suffering it to arrive at the Havens of Salvation.

   Suffer not yourselves to be carried with the Great Stream, but stem the tide you that can lay hold of the Haven of Safety, and make your full course towards it.

  Seek one that may lead you by the hand, and conduct you to the door of Truth and Knowledge, where the clear Light is that is pure from Darkness, where there is not one drunken, but all are sober, and in their heart look up to him, whose pleasure it is to be seen.

  For he cannot be heard with ears, nor seen with eyes, nor expressed in words; but only in mind and heart.

  But first thou must tear to pieces, and break through the garment thou wear

t, the web of Ignorance; the foundation of all Mischief; the bond of Corruption; the dark Coverture; the living Death; the sensible Carcass; the Sepulchre, carried about with us; the domestical Thief, which in what he loves us, hates us, envies us.

  Such is the inebriated stupor of apparel, wherewith thou are clothed, which draws and pulls thee downward by its own self, lest looking upward and seeing the beauty of Truth, and the Good that is reposed therein, thou should hate the wickedness of this Garment and understand the traps and ambushes which it hath laid for you.

  Therefore doth it labour to make good those things that seem, and are by the senses, judged and determined; and the things that are truly, it hides, and envelop in much matter, filling what it presents unto thee, with hateful pleasure, that thou canst neither hear what you should hear, nor see what you should see.





THAT which rules the universe is Providence; that which contains the universe and limits it is Necessity; Destiny impels and enfolds all things by the compulsory force which belongs thereto. It is Destiny which is the cause of birth and of the dissolution of Life. The universe, then, first receives Providence, the first ordained. Providence extends to the skies, about which the Gods revolve, in perpetual and untiring motion. There is Destiny because there is Necessity. Providence foresees, Destiny determines, the position of the stars. Such is the universal law.


ALL things are produced by Nature and Destiny, nor is any place void of Providence. Providence is the Free Will of the Supreme God; whence two spontaneous forces, Necessity and Destiny. Destiny is subject to Providence and to Necessity; and to Destiny are subject the stars. Therefore, no man can escape from Destiny, nor arm himself against the action of the stars. For they are the instruments of Destiny; by their means the will of Destiny is accomplished throughout all Nature and in human existence. 1







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