For this Mothers Day week, we are going to give you a lecture about Our Divine Mother, from one of our Instructors. It will cover two or three sections, so please keep tune, enjoy. Also keep tune to our lectures about The Tree of Life and its sephiroth; true knowledge, that is ongoing.
Our Cosmic Mother
Greek Mythology tells us about many Gods and Goddesses. In the Gnostic tradition, we know that the Gods and Goddesses are symbolic, and represents forces and intelligences that operate in nature. All these myth and stories encode symbolic truths. There are Gods and Goddesses, but at the same time, each hero, God and Goddesses represents something inside of us.
In the Greek mysteries , Gaia or Gaea is a name of the Divine Mother. Gaia is Mother Nature, or the planet Earth. This symbol has a deep spiritual significance, with many levels of meaning. Gaia does not merely represent the literal, physical planet. Gaia represents forces of nature: laws and intelligences that function on every level of the Cosmo.
For those of us who have a serious interest in spiritual development, this symbol holds particular importance, because Gaia is the one who aids us, helps us, guides us, and provides us with everything that we need in order to achieve our goal of spiritual development. Gaia is our Divine Mother.
Unfortunately, humanity has forgotten its Mother. We in this so-called modern age have the point of view that we are self-originated. We have this characteristic now in our culture that we feel that we are “above nature,” beyond nature. We live our daily lives as though we do not need nature. Somehow we have come to this point of our history, of our civilization, where we trample nature. In fact, we tend to avoid it.
When we study our day-to-day existence, we can see that humankind on this planet has steadily been distancing itself from its Mother. When we see our so-called advanced civilization, with our so-called advanced technology, the further we go, the more we supposedly increase our advancement, we are also increasing our distance from our Mother.
Nowadays, it is rare for us to touch the earth, to touch the dirt, to be conscious of the air that we breathe. Nowadays, we are surrounded at all times by synthetic things. We never touch nature. What we wear, what we clothe ourselves with, what we sit on—everything is manufactured in factories. When do we touch the earth, the soil, the plants, the grass?
All across this planet, in every country, increasingly humanity no longer can survive in nature as we once did. Nowadays, in order for what we call a human being to exist, they cannot farm, cannot nourish the earth, cannot raise animals, and live. Now, it is increasingly impossible to support oneself in nature. Society and the increasing complications of life are making it impossible to survive. Nowadays, for a human being to support themselves and their family, they have to leave nature and live in the city. That is why we see across the entire planet that the cities are expanding, and the expanses of nature emptying of people. The smaller towns, the rural areas, the populations are steadily emptying, dying. In the cities, the populations are going up. In the cities, every surface being covered with concrete and metal and glass—things that are hard, synthetic, manufactured. We do not touch the earth. People in cities even become afraid of stepping on dirt or sitting on grass, and fear the water of lakes and rivers and oceans.
We clothe ourselves with synthetic things. We always ride in cars and spend our time in shopping malls and offices with nothing living around us, surrounded by dead things, clothed with dead things. Our homes are filled with dead things—plastics and metals, synthetic chemicals. We think this is progress; we think this is normal, but the consequences of it are becoming visible everywhere.
Gaia, the Mother Goddess, represents the forces of nature that give rise to all life. Everything that is alive comes from Her. In the ancient Orphic hymns, we find a beautiful hymn, written to Gaia. This hymn is about 2300 years old.
“Oh mother Gaia, of Gods and men the source, endowed with fertile, all-destroying force; all-parent, bounding, whose prolific powers produce a store of beauteous fruits and flowers.
“All-various maid, the immortal world’s strong base, eternal, blessed, crowned with every grace; from whose wide womb as from an endless root, fruits many-formed, mature, and grateful shoot.
“Deep-bosomed, blessed, pleased with grassy plains, sweet to the smell, and with prolific rains.
“All-flowery Daimon, centre of the world, around thy orb the beauteous stars are hurled with rapid whirl, eternal and divine, whose frames with matchless skill and wisdom shine.
“Come, blessed Goddess, listen to my prayer, and make increase of fruits thy constant care; with fertile seasons in thy train draw near, and with propitious mind thy suppliants hear.” – Orphic Hymn 26 to Ge, C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.
Gaia represents nature—not a person, but nature as a whole. So you see, nature is an intelligence. Nature is not stupid. Nature is extremely complicated, and very beautiful and terrifying. Nature is a force that is far beyond our comprehension. As proud as we are of our civilization and our accomplishments, we scarcely understand nature. We don’t even understand the nature of our bodies. We barely understand what it means to be alive.
The very first section of that scripture says that Gaia is the source of men and Gods. That is because everything living, on every level of nature, comes from the Divine Mother, without exception—even the Gods. Every living creature, from the smallest particle, to the biggest universe, is all merely a part of her body. This is part of what we need to grasp: the incredible complexity of the Divine Mother.
We talk about Gaia as the planet Earth, and this is true and relevant. But Gaia is also Prakriti, which is the womb of space. It is existence itself. The Divine Mother is matter, energy. In fact, her name in Latin is Mater, which is where we get the word matter. The most ancient word in almost every language is also the first word that we say when we are children: Ma. In languages around the world, children call their mother Ma or Ama. This is Mater, Mother, Mary, Maria, Ma. In the Asian cultures, Hinduism, and India, and China, and Tibet, Ma is Amma. So this word is universal.
The mother is the presence of this divine creative force in all things. Just as we have a physical, humanoid mother, the planet is our mother; the solar system is our mother; this galaxy is our mother; the universe is our mother. The Mother, the Cosmic Mother, has many levels. Moreover, and probably most importantly, we have our own individual Divine Mother. Within us is a confluence of forces in nature, a condensation of the Cosmic Mother, related to our specific ray. In other words, our Innermost Being as Goddess. She is our Mother, our own Gaia. She is the one who, from lifetime, to lifetime, to lifetime, to lifetime, for uncountable ages, has given us life—not only in this humanoid form, but in every form we have had. We have a Divine Mother who is the same for eternity. Yet, who among us remembers her face? Knows her name? Has smelled her scent? Has heard her laugh? Heard her cry? We all have, but we have forgotten, because we have our consciousness asleep.
Our own individual Divine Mother is a particularized aspect of the Cosmic Mother, in the same way that our Ray, our Innermost Being, is a particularized aspect of the Cosmic Being. The drop of water is but part of the ocean. In the same way, our Being, our Divine Mother, is a portion of the universal aspect. There is a relationship. There is unity and multiplicity. There is identity, and there is the communal aspect. We need to understand these distinctions, so we don’t get confused.
Dimensions of Nature
Ages ago, when life particularized itself into this planet we call Earth, Gaia, the Divine Mother, organized nature in her womb, and this planet was born. This planet is also a Divine Mother, born from its own Mother. On this planet Earth, we find abundant life, hugely complex, far beyond our comprehension, with many, many levels of life—not only physical levels, but multi-dimensional levels. All of that existence is a vast system that is highly organized. It has a specific purpose and goal, about which we have no idea. We have come to the stage of our civilization where we think nature exists just to please us, that nature is just our sandbox, here for us to use or destroy as we will. Again, the evidence for this is everywhere. But as a fact, nature has a purpose, it has a function. It is not just a random accident in nature. The planet has a purpose, a function, and so does every creature on it. Everything is organized, but beyond our vision, beyond our sight.
The physical aspect of the Earth is only one aspect. What we see in the physical aspect is the third dimension. The physical aspect is the newest part. The physical planet, that which exists in the third dimension, has not been here very long relative to cosmic time. It is relatively new. That is millions of years to you and me, which seems like a long time, but in the time scale of the Divine Mother, it is not much.
Previously to the planet being in the third dimension, it was in the fourth, the fifth, the sixth, and beyond successively. When we study the Tree of Life, the Kabbalah, we see that the Tree of Life descend in a scale of increasingly density. Those sephiroth represent how energy descends and crystallizes into matter, and gradually becomes denser. So as the energy descends from the womb of the Divine Mother, it becomes more and more dense, and more and more complex.
In past ages, this Earth was only in the fifth dimension, it was not physical yet. Then it moved into the fourth dimension (ethereal), which is called Eden. From Eden, it crystallized into the physical world. This is over unthinkable measures of time—measures of time that we can scarcely comprehend.
That crystallization of matter and energy all served as a vehicle to channel forces. You see, when we study how energy descends down the Tree of Life, down through multi-dimensionality, we see that the purpose is so that the descending ray of consciousness can know itself. That ray descends into greater degrees of complexity in order to manage more and more complicated laws, in order to gain wisdom. So, having reached that limit, it returns back upwards wiser, developed, having accomplished something.
The purpose of that descent and ascent is for that primordial, virginal spark of consciousness, which emerges from the Ain Soph—the Absolute, or the Prakriti—to descend into nature to perfect itself, and to become an angel, to become a God. This means that that ray of light descends from above into the abyss, is born as a God, and rises back up. This is the universal cosmic drama in every religion. This is the story of Christmas, of Christ, Baldur, Odin, Heracles, Apollo. All the great Gods, in all their unique ways, represent this myth: how a spark of consciousness descends into a cell, into an embryo, to be born, to die, to resurrect, to ascend and become another sun, another star, another universe, according to its level.
So what we see then, in nature, are waves and waves of sparks of light emerging out of the Absolute, like the waves of a great ocean. Those waves are coming out of the womb of the Divine Mother. They are waves of life, spontaneously bursting forth from Gaia’s cosmic body. Those life sparks first crystallize into physical matter to emerge as minerals.
Scientists have not yet admitted that there is life away from this planet, but they have admitted minerals. They have not yet brought together the different avenues of their modern science: the quantum and the physical. Physical scientists, or astrophysicists who study extraterrestrial planets and cosmic bodies, readily admit that there is an abundance of mineral life in the universe, that in fact, the universe teems with it—minerals, all types of elements, everywhere. But those materialistic physicists or scientists have not yet understood what quantum physics reveals, and what spiritual physicists have been saying for centuries, which is that every particle is alive. Every particle has life. Every existing thing has matter, energy, and consciousness—everything, in its level.
To be continued