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  • Hermes Trismegistus (Tris) is called upon by Poemander (Poem), who offers him  to " learn the things that are, and understand the nature of them, and know God."
  • Poem claims to be the mind of the supreme (spirit?), the all-knowing
  • Tris says he will listen, and Poem says behold
  • A vision of the elements in creation unfolds before Tris
    • All things had become light; a gentle and joyous light encompassing all
    • After a while, a perceptible darkness crept in, a foul and fearful blackness, which created separation from the light. From the black, formed a dark and moist nature
    • From this dark watery nature issued smoke, and a mournful voice was uttered from it, inarticulate, however, seemingly from the light
    • Then from the light, a "holy word" descended and joined itself to the watery dark nature, and a pure and unmixed fire flew out from the watery darkness
    • The fire is described as light, sharp, and operative. With the fire flew Air, which is also described as light. A union of air, fire and spirit (breathe / holy word?) hovered above the waters
    • Thus the earth and water were mingled together, and were moved by the Spiritual Word (breathe of the word  - produced by air, fire (spirit) ) that was carried upon them
  • Poem asks Tris if he knows what this vision means, Tris says he will know
  • Poem says "I am the Light, the mind, who appeared prior to the moist nature which appeared out of darkness, and the Word  from that Light is the mind of the Son of God"
  • Tris says "How is that"
  • Poem says "That which you see and hear within you is the Word of the Lord (Son of God), and the Light (the mind)  is God the Father. They are not separate, and the  unison of these is Life."
  • Poem continues "But first conceive the light and know it"
  • Tris sees within himself, beholds in his mind, that the light is innumerable in power, having become an infinite (archetypical) World - a fire held fast, encompassed, commanded and controlled by a mighty power.
  • Tris was amazed, and Poem says "you have seen in Light the first (archetypal) form, prior to darkness, and prior to the beginning of the beginningless and endless." (? another translation says "before the infinite beginning" )
  • Tris asks "where do the elements of nature have their origin"
  • Poem says "From the will of God, having the Word, and by beholding the archtypical World (of light), in imitation, saw itself comprised of the constituents of its parts"
  • Poem continues "God, being male and female, beginning as life and light, gave birth by the Word, to another mind, the Workman/Creator of the world; he, being the god of fire and air, formed seven powers who encompass in their circles the sensory world, and the governance of these powers is called destiny or fate."
  • "The Word lept forth from the downward moving elements (water/earth) to the pure work of the Workman/Creator (master of fire and air), and was united with the Workman/Creator, being of the same substance"  Hence the water and earth (downward elements) were left alone without reason, and became matter.
  • "The Workman/Creator  (Mind),  together with the Word,   governed over the seven spheres/powers, and gave them motion, beginning, and ending" 
  • "The circulation of these, as the mind willed, brought forth the separation of water and earth, of flying things and swimming things, of fish, reptiles, birds and beasts, etc"
  • "the Father of all, who is life and light, brought forth Man, the same as himself, whom he loved as his own child, for Man was very beautiful, bearing the image of his Father. It was really his' own form that God loved, and he handed over to him all his creation. 'When Man had observed in the Father the creation of the Creator' he himself wished to create; and he was given permission to do so by the Father, being begotten in the sphere of the Creator, he observed carefully the creations of his Workman brother from which he obtained every power. The Father and the Workman brother loved him, and each gave him of their own authority. Having acquired knowledge of their essence and partaking in their nature, he wished to break through the circumference of the spheres and to come to know the power of him who was set in authority over the fire."
  • ...
  • "And from this cause, separate from all things that live upon earth, man  is double: Mortal, because of his body, and Immortal, because of the substantial Man. For being immortal, and having power of all things, he yet suffers mortal things, and such as are subject to Fate or Destiny." "Then: although above the harmony of the cosmos, he has become a slave within it."
  • Tris says "This is great, my mind is in love with Reason"
  • Poem says "Hold on i'm not finished yet"
  • ... explains the seven spheres and seven governors ...
  • "From Life and Light man became Soul and Mind, from Life the Soul, from Light the Mind."
  • Poem says "Keep listening"
  • According to the will of god, Man and all creatures, who were previously of one gender (hermaphrodite) became male and female, separate in being
  • This was done for the purpose of multiplication
  • .. dialogue continues .. 
  • He who attempts to know thyself comes to know the substantial "good" and the things of life, he who prizes the body and the illusion of desire comes to know the "evil", suffering through the senses the things of death.
  • Tris. "Tell me, why are they worthy of death, that are in death?"

    Poem. "Because there goeth a sad and dismal darkness before its Body; of which darkness is the moist Nature, of which moist Nature, the Body consisteth in the sensible World, from whence death is derived. Hast thou understood this aright!"

    Tris. "But why or how doth he that understands himself, go or pass into God!"

    Poem. "That which the Word of God said, say I: Because the Father of all things consists of Life and Light, whereof Man is made."

    Tris. "Thou sayest very well."

  • Poem. "God and the Father is Light and Life, of which Man is made. If therefore thou learn and believe thyself to be of the Life and Light, thou shalt again pass into Life."

  • Tris. "But yet tell me more, O my Mind, how I shall go into Life."

    Poem. "God saith, Let the Man endued with a Mind, mark, consider, and know himself well."

  • Tris says "have not all men a mind"  Poem explains yes but we suffer to due desire and the body etc etc
  • ...
  • Tris: All this came to me who had received it from my Mind, that is to say from Poemander, the Word of the Supreme. I have come, divinely inspired by the truth. Wherefore, I give praise to God the Father with my whole soul and strength:
  • Holy is God the Father of all.
  • Holy is God whose will is accomplished by his own powers.
  • Holy is God who wills to be known and is known by those that are his own.
  • Holy art thou who by the Word has united all that is.
  • Holy art thou of whom all Nature became an image.
  • Holy art thou whom Nature has not created.
  • Holy art thou who is stronger than all power.
  • Holy art thou who art higher than all pre-eminence.
  • Holy art thou who surpasses praises.
  • Receive pure offerings of speech offered to you by inner mind and heart, thou who art unutterable, vast, beyond description, who art spoken of by silence.
  • I beg you that I may not fall from the knowledge that leads towards our essence, and endow me with vitality; by this grace, I shall enlighten those of the race who are in ignorance, my brothers and your sons. Wherefore, I have faith and I bear witness. I go to life and light. You are blessed, Father. He who is your man wants to share in your holiness, as you have given him all authority. 

Sources:

Everard translations: http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/pym/pym03.htmhttp://www.levity.com/alchemy/ch2.html

New translations http://library.esotericonline.net/public.php?service=files&t=19...

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