TREE OF LIFE
Based on Dr. H. B. Pullen-Burry’s book, Qabalism (1925), the Tree of Life followed Vitvan's lessons on Cosmology and might be considered a companion volume, rounding out information not provided in his other works. Vitvan assumed that students had some working knowledge of the Tree and its interpretation, so he provided only limited explanations of it. His descriptions correlating his instruction on self-development through the awakening of the force centers of the psychic nature with the stations on the Tree of Life shed new light on both his teachings and the significances of the stations on the Tree.
"Every phase in the individualizing process has a correspondence in the cosmic process. It is this relationship that we wish to stress in this series of lessons. A start has to be made on two levels; in description (mental) and in function (experience in reality); one the road map, the other the journey."
There are two statements which taken separately have very little meaning, but put together and grasped with one act of consciousness have actually worlds, beyond and within worlds, of meaning. They are: (A) No one can understand any ‘thing’ even the so-called simplest, unless he comprehends the whole of which it is the differentiated part. (B) No one can understand the synthetical Whole of any ‘thing’ unless he first grasps the structure, function and order of its differentiated parts. These two statements taken together represent the cultivated attitude that characterizes the advanced ones on the path. One’s position on the Tree of Life can be evaluated by the degree of his consciousness of these two, as functional aptitudes. This in no way disparages mental or intellectual concepts about these two; as I am a firm believer that mental information about a subject represents a most desirable safeguard to the Knowing after it has been attained. This is true whether the mental information was secured before or after that attainment called Knowledge. We go to Knowing through meditative feeling, conscious direction of creative forces, etc., but safeguard it, express it, describe it, etc., by and with the mental level faculties of conception, information, etc.
Even though these lessons were given half a century ago, they still seem timely and vital to students seeking to understand and assume responsibility for their own self-development. It is as if the rest of the philosophical world is now catching up to what Vitvan gave throughout his lifetime in presenting the ancient wisdom teachings in language understandable by modern Occidental students.
If you are looking for deeper insights and expanded understanding, we highly recommend this volume to you. Yes, it is challenging to read, but more than worth the effort.
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