Hymns of Hermes: Ecstatic Songs of Gnosis
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These writings are attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, an ancient Egyptian sage, the founder of all arts and sciences, both mundane and spiritual. Rather than being an actual person, Hermes is the Egyptian personification of the "Gnostic Revealer."
Hymns of Hermes examines Hermetic ecstatic hymns, which are songs of a poetic nature used to describe the Gnosis of Hermetic attainment--the ecstatic personal experience of the divine.
alone he goes to the Alone, as Plotinus says. The Name of God can be expressed by Silence alone, for, as we know from the remains of the Christianized Gnosis, this Silence, or Sigê, is the Spouse of God, and it is the Divine Spouse alone who can give full expression to the Divine Son, the Name or Logos of God. The prayer is for Gnosis, for the realization of the state of Sonship, or the self-consciousness of the common being which the Son has with the Father. This is to be consummated by the
others—as many points of view indeed, as the mind of man can conceive, not to speak of an infinitude that he cannot ever imagine. He is corporeality and incorporeality in perpetual union. He is in no body, for no body can contain Him, and yet is He in every body and every body is in Him. “Naught is there which He is not, for He is all.” It is indeed difficult to understand why so many in the West so greatly dread the very thought of allowing pantheistic ideas to enter into their conception of
not be valued because of his ‘sinister’ connections with Theosophy. According to a personal account given to the present writer by Jung's associate, the Gnostic scholar Gilles Quispel, C. G. Jung made a special journey to London in the last period of Mead's life to thank him for his pioneering work of translating and commenting on the Gnostic-Hermetic body of writings. What Jung valued in Mead was not only his outstanding scholarship and elegant use of the English language, but first and foremost
pursuits, and thus it appeared natural that various individual writers who considered themselves inspired by Wisdom would state that their books were written by Hermes. This use of a mythic pseudonym had most certainly no motive of deceit in it; such a practice was common in the literary genre of inspired spiritual literature. Customs of this sort persisted into much later periods. Thus we have no inkling of the true authorship of the Zohar. The quasi-author of this book, the fabled Rabbi Shimon
who live piously. To such My Presence doth become an aid, and straightway they gain Gnosis of all things, and win the Father's love by their pure lives, and give Him thanks, invoking on Him blessings, and chanting hymns, intent on Him with ardent love (ii, 14). And the same instruction is practically repeated in the sermon called “The Key,” where we read: But on the pious soul the Mind doth mount and guide it to the Gnosis' Light. And such a soul doth never tire in songs of praise to God and