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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Egg
April 16, 2017 at 4:19 am #5416
Theme for Contemplation: The Egg
“Reverence for the egg is evoked by its form as well as by its mystery.” — Aquarian Almanac
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Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Egg
ModeratorTN April 16, 2017 at 4:30 am #5420
April 16, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Egg
When one’s true nature is known, then there is Being without beginning
and end; it is unbroken Awareness — Bliss. — RAMANA MAHARSHI
The one circle is divine Unity, from which all proceeds,
whither all returns — H. P. BLAVATSKY
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything. — ANATOLE FRANCE
Kirk MarzuloParticipantKirk Marzulo April 18, 2017 at 12:02 am #5460
“WHENCE this universal symbol? The Egg was incorporated as a sacred sign in the cosmogony of every people on the Earth, and was revered both on account of its form and its inner mystery. From the earliest mental conceptions of man, it was known as that which represented most successfully the origin and secret of being. The gradual development of the imperceptible germ within the closed shell; the inward working, without any apparent outward interference of force, which from a latent nothing produced an active something, needing nought save heat; and which, having gradually evolved into a concrete, living creature, broke its shell, appearing to the outward senses of all a self-generated, and self-created being — must have been a standing miracle from the beginning.
The secret teaching explains the reason for this reverence by the Symbolism of the prehistoric races. The “First Cause” had no name in the beginnings. Later it was pictured in the fancy of the thinkers as an ever invisible, mysterious Bird that dropped an Egg into Chaos, which Egg becomes the Universe. Hence Brahm was called Kalahansa, “the swan in (Space and) Time.” He became the “Swan of Eternity,” who lays at the beginning of each Mahamanvantara a “Golden Egg.” It typifies the great Circle, or O, itself a symbol for the universe and its spherical bodies.
The second reason for its having been chosen as the symbolical representation of the Universe, and of our earth, was its form. It was a Circle and a Sphere; and the ovi-form shape of our globe must have been known from the beginning of symbology, since it was so universally adopted. The first manifestation of the Kosmos in the form of an egg was the most widely diffused belief of antiquity.” -H. P. Blavatsky, S.D., Vol 1, p 359
Pierre WoutersModeratorPierre Wouters April 18, 2017 at 12:42 am #5462
Nice quote Kirk,
here’s another one that goes well with yours:
The solitary ray dropping into the mother deep may be taken as meaning Divine Thought or Intelligence, impregnating chaos. This, however, occurs on the plane of metaphysical abstraction, or rather the plane whereon that which we call a metaphysical abstraction is a reality. The Virgin-egg being in one sense abstract Egg-ness, or the power of becoming developed through fecundation, is eternal and for ever the same. And just as the fecundation of an egg takes place before it is dropped; so the non-eternal periodical germ which becomes later in symbolism the mundane egg, contains in itself, when it emerges from the said symbol, “the promise and potency” of all the Universe. Though the idea per se is, of course, an abstraction, a symbolical mode of expression, it is a symbol truly, as it suggests the idea of infinity as an endless circle. It brings before the mind’s eye the picture of Kosmos emerging from and in boundless space, a Universe as shoreless in magnitude if not as endless in its objective manifestation. The simile of an egg also expresses the fact taught in Occultism that the primordial form of everything manifested, from atom to globe, from man to angel, is spheroidal, the sphere having been with all nations the emblem of eternity and infinity — a serpent swallowing its tail. To realize the meaning, however, the sphere must be thought of as seen from its centre. The field of vision or of thought is like a sphere whose radii proceed from one’s self in every direction, and extend out into space, opening up boundless vistas all around. It is the symbolical circle of Pascal and the Kabalists, “whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere,” a conception which enters into the compound idea of this emblem.
The “Mundane Egg” is, perhaps, one of the most universally adopted symbols, highly suggestive as it is, equally in the spiritual, physiological, and cosmological sense. Therefore, it is found in every world-theogony, where it is largely associated with the serpent symbol; the latter being everywhere, in philosophy as in religious symbolism, an emblem of eternity, infinitude, regeneration, and rejuvenation, as well as of wisdom. (See Part II. “Tree and Serpent and Crocodile Worship.”) The mystery of apparent self-generation and evolution through its own creative power repeating in miniature the process of Cosmic evolution in the egg, both being due to heat and moisture under the efflux of the unseen creative spirit, justified fully the selection of this graphic symbol. The “Virgin Egg” is the microcosmic symbol of the macrocosmic prototype — the “Virgin Mother” — Chaos or the Primeval Deep. The male Creator (under whatever name) springs forth from the Virgin female, the immaculate root fructified by the Ray. Who, if versed in astronomy and natural sciences, can fail to see its suggestiveness? Cosmos as receptive Nature is an Egg fructified — yet left immaculate; once regarded as boundless, it could have no other representation than a spheroid. The Golden Egg was surrounded by seven natural elements (ether, fire, air, water), “four ready, three secret.” It may be found stated in Vishnu Purâna, where elements are translated “Envelopes” and a secret one is added: “Aham-kara” (see Wilson’s Vishnu Purâna, Book I., p. 40). The original text has no “Aham-kara;” it mentions seven Elements without specifying the last three (see Part II. on “The Mundane Egg”). SD I:64-66
Pavel AxentievParticipantPavel Axentiev April 18, 2017 at 4:15 am #5463
As with any symbol, it may be interested to trace the key, essential qualities, which suggest themselves through the symbol, as well as the secondary qualities, which may or may not be fair representations of the Reality behind the symbol, but are brought up as, perhaps, subjective associations.
With the symbol of the Egg, the obvious idea that it suggests is that of a primordial nature, from which a form unfolds. Curiously, the form is not represented in the egg itself, thus suggesting its existence as mere potency, an “occult” i.e. hidden property. Up until the discovery of the DNA, it was ABSOLUTELY UNKNOWN that there is a material representation of this potency, contained in the “code of life,” the DNA.
Now, the second idea that seems to be of importance is that of fertilization. Besides there being “hidden” in the egg the information that we may consider immaterial (or made from a very subtle form of matter), there is an even deeper occult dimension – that of the primordial Father and Mother. The question remains, though, whether this is an essential characteristic of the symbol, or whether it is “brought in” by our “mundane” knowledge of the egg – i.e. that it comes from a hen, who may or may not have been covered by a rooster, etc.
It may be interesting to remember that an unfertilized egg will never grow into a bird, so its primary usefulness is that for an omelette.
Could we be “eggs”? Does that mean that we should be “fertilized” by the Spirit?
Pierre WoutersModeratorPierre Wouters April 18, 2017 at 5:02 am #5466
As to your last question Pavel:
“The simile of an egg also expresses the fact taught in Occultism that the primordial form of everything manifested, from atom to globe, from man to angel, is spheroidal” SD I:65
As we are part of the everything, that includes the “we” and “man” as well, from a metaphysical perspective of course 🙂
The cosmic egg is self-fructifying, but that “self” can be translated into spirit if you like, therefore we speak of the Anupadaka or “parentless”.
In a certain sense there is also a bird, metaphorically speaking, the Kala Hansa, which we find in the form of many other birds in many cultures, such as the Pelican and others. For its significance, check it out in the Secret Doctrine.
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ModeratorTN April 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm #5474
April 18, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Egg
The gracious stillness, the awareness
All transcendent, is the state
Supreme experienced by the great.
Let contentment be thine earrings,
Modesty thy begging bowl;
Smear thy body with ashes of meditation.
— GURU NANAK
ModeratorTN April 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm #5482
April 19, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Egg
As a lamp in a sheltered spot flickereth not — such is the simile recorded of the
yogin of restrained consciousness who is yoked to the Self. — SHRI KRISHNA
Many people know the surface of this ocean, but they
ignore its depth. — FARID ad-DIN ‘ATTAR
ModeratorTN April 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm #5513
April 21, 2017 Theme for Contemplation: The Egg
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown,
for going out, I found, was really going in. — JOHN MUIR
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It
is the source of all true art and science. — ALBERT EINSTEIN
JamesParticipantJames April 25, 2017 at 11:49 pm #5532
The Psychosynthesis ‘Egg’.
Created by Roberto Assagioli who studied Freud, and Carl Jung, provides us with a simple illustration of how he perceived of the relationship between the Personality and the Self, or individual Soul. Sometimes called Psychology of the Soul.
An interesting point is outside his Egg is ‘Collective Unconscious’ which may have a similarity to outside the The Eternal Egg of S.D. where the Dark Chohans preside at Pralaya.