ARCHEOSOFICA

Archeosofica” is an esoteric school, inner and profound, a Study Center and, for those who wish it, also a non-profit cultural association (Archeosophical Society) which prepares, guides and perfects its followers towards the knowledge of themselves, of the higher worlds and  of God, thanks to the investigation and development of new senses, called “spiritual senses”, and leads them to High Initiation.

Pythagoras and the importance of the Woman as an Initiate and Adept

Archeosofica‘ takes care to underline the importance of the Woman as an Initiate and Adept. In India, as in Tibet, the woman is admitted among the Initiates, and has the function of an Initiator. In distant times, when the schools of perfection and of sanctification refused women the right to the Initiation, and relegated them among the mediums and the sibyls, one of the greatest geniuses and Initiates in history, Pythagoras, declared the woman suitable for the celebration of the Mysteries and for the initiatic life. This happened 500 years before Christ.
Pythagoras was born in Samos in 571 and died in Metapontum in 497. A mathematical genius, he prepared the way for the Essenes of the Dead Sea, and for the Therapeutics of Egypt.
Pythagoras did not see only the maternity in the woman, but the precious collaborator, the wonderful companion with whom to climb side by side the steps of the Temple of the human perfection, up to the apotheosis of the Adepthood and of the Theosis. Therefore, he had the courage to tell the women of Crotone that the Initiation was open to the mothers, to the single and to all women who felt the urgent need and the necessity to face the catharsis (purification), demanded by the ascesis, and make themselves Goddesses, that is, Daughters of God. The expression of Pythagoras recalls the Psalm, 82: 6, which says: “I have said: You are gods, all children of the Most High.” And Jesus used the same language when they were about to stone him: “Is it not written in your law: – I said: you are gods -? If He called gods those to whom the word of God was directed, and the Scripture cannot be annulled, to whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, you say: You blaspheme, because I said: I am the Son of God?” (John, 10: 34-36). If Christ places the man on the same level as the woman, both as image and likeness of God, both are considered gods and Children of God if they adhere to His Holy Will.
  Pythagoras knew what he was saying, and speaking more of him, it is not too much to affirm that some ancient authors: Porphyry, Iamblichus and even Clement of Alexandria in his Stromata testify to the excellence of the Pythagorean women, especially Théano of Crete, wife of Pythagoras; his two daughters, Damos and Arignotés; Timychias of Sparta, an Initiate and a martyr under the tyranny of Dionysius.
Pythagoras considered the women to be gifted with excellent intuition and with a contemplative spirit, and he himself, as Aristossenes narrates, learned most of the moral doctrines and of the secrets of the ascesis and theurgy from Temistocleas, priestess of Delphi. It was she who made him understand the Woman in the Initiation. Perhaps because of that happy capability of his, to appraise the initiatic value of the feminine element, he became a strenuous defender of the woman. But he was afraid of provoking equivocal situations, and therefore he made the communities of the female Initiates separate from those of the male Initiates. Continue Reading

THE PREREQUISITES OF THE ARCHEOSOPHICAL ASCESIS

When we speak of ‘ascesis’ we are referring to that inner process, that struggle which commits the human being to perfect himself and to ascend the steps towards the union with God. Ascesis is a toilsome work, it is the physical, moral, psychic and spiritual education that we shall explain in the booklets of our program. The ascent or ascesis rests on the knowledge of laws, methods and concepts confirmed by observation and by experimentation:
  1.  the ebb and flow of universal life, that is, the twofold current that constitutes the movement of the world;
  2. the material unity of the universe;
  3. the organic evolution;
  4. the states of consciousness that, along with suggestion and hypnosis, differ from the ordinary state;
  5. the plurality of forms, namely man composed of various subtle bodies presided over by three principles: spirit, emotive soul and erosdynamic soul;
  6. the centers of force and the igneous Power;
  7. the planetary evolution;
  8. the doctrine of reincarnation;
  9. the unity of religions;
  10. the Messiahs and the Christic geocentricism;
  11. the mystic state and the state beyond, or initiatic, etc.
But besides this knowledge, ascesis consists of a preparation of the physical body, of its energetic mechanisms and of the emotive-mental sphere, perfecting and bringing the psychosomatic unity to an openness towards Humanity, the Whole and God. To this end, there exist special gymnastic trainings concerning the entire human compound, to which are added the practices of Theurgy[1], or Divine Magic, and a wise use of the astronomical rhythms. In the present conditions, the official religions, even those endowed with Sacraments, are incapable of guaranteeing the salvation of souls and their spiritual happiness; nor can anything concrete or decisive be achieved by the various societies of esoteric culture, which set out with the good intentions and seriousness of their founders, men or women, but are mired by ascetic laziness and lack of solidarity, and also hampered by the insufficiency of preparation. Their spiritual direction is ineffectual, the spiritual presence disputable. By this we do not want to criticize, because we are all brothers and we must unite, love each other and work together. The times require the co-operation of all, and we offer a Way which is safe, swift, direct, towards the overcoming of one’s own moral, psychic, spiritual and biological state. [1] T. Palamidessi – AVVIAMENTO ALL’ASCESI TEURGICA O ALTA MAGIA – Booklet 19.   Continue Reading

Archeosophical Tradition

Archeosophical Tradition and the unity of religions are in full agreement, because the fundamental idea upon which our experimental science of the spirit rests is that of a universal and primordial Tradition from which all religions have sprung, and of which philosophies are a diminished and partial expression, representing all of humanity’s toil to approach religious unity in the course of thousands of years until today. This Tradition is composed of a set of permanent and transcendental principles, whose origin is only partly human, and which are not susceptible to evolution, exactly because they are permanent and transcendental principles. This Tradition is something that has been transmitted from a former state of humankind to its present state. The primordial Tradition is Archeosophy itself, or the integral Knowledge which must have been granted to the so-named Man of Eden, and which Moses, already instructed in the tradition by the Egyptians, indicates in a certain way symbolically in the Tree of Life, defended by the fiery sword of the Cherub.
We find traces of this tradition both in the ‘Minor’ and the ‘Major Mysteries’ of paganism, and in those of the Christian Church of the first centuries, in Islamism, in the Vedanta, etc. The established religions could be said to be simply a degradation of the true tradition, and for this they are a popular or exterior and inferior (exoteric) aspect, a vulgarization, an externalization of an esoteric or initiatic knowledge, reserved, out of necessity, for a group charged with transporting and transmitting it to people of good will, who in the course of time, would forget and partly falsify it. However, anyone who will be able to discover the Archeosophical sense of Christianity, also through the study of texts, the liturgy and the dogmas for popular use, will realize that in the beginning Jesus Christ had given his Disciples the Keys of the Archaic Tradition, that is of Archeosophy, and, therefore, of the truly total Ascesis, that is, the biophysical, mystical in the superior sense, and initiatic Ascesis. Jesus spoke an exoteric or popular language, and an esoteric language, initiatic-heroic, for those who are ready. A reality confirmed by a vast literature and by an oral transmission which we know, and whose roots dig deep in the good soil of the first Fathers of the I, II, III, IV centuries, when the source of the apostolic Tradition was alive and fresh with Saint John the Evangelist, James, Peter, Paul, Justinus, Pantenus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Saint Basil. And what else could have been meant by Saint Basil, Father of the Greek Church, who lived in close contact with the initiated Monks of the Orient, in the year 374 AD in Caesarea of Cappadocia, today Kaisarije in Anatolia, by saying: “We receive the dogmas that have been transmitted to us by right and those that have come to us from the Apostles under the veil and under the mystery of an oral tradition. How could be diffused publicly that which non-initiates are forbidden to contemplate? … This is exactly why many things were transmitted in an unwritten form …” (‘Treatise on the Holy Spirit’, XVII). And Clement in ‘Stromata’ I, chapter XII specifies: “Since the holy tradition could not be something common and public, at least if one realizes the greatness of its teachings, it is necessary to hide ‘this wisdom expressed in mystery’, that the Son of God has taught us.” After having recalled that among the Jews there existed oral teachings, and after having reviewed the Greek philosophy: “Gnosis is a deposit which has been transmitted and has arrived to very few people: it is ‘The Wisdom’ and was communicated orally to some Apostles who had received it from the very mouth of the Son of God” (‘Stromata’ VI, 7). In the year 203 AD, Clement was succeeded by his disciple Origen to continue the work of the Master. In his polemical work ‘Contra Celsum’, Origen confirms the existence of a secret doctrine within the Christian Church, divided into an exoteric or external section, and an esoteric or internal section. In V,19, of his work he says the following: “It is necessary to keep in-store the Royal Secret, to transmit the doctrine of the descent of the souls in the bodies (I do not mean, pay attention, from a body into another), which cannot be placed into the hands of ordinary people. It is enough to represent, in the form of a historical tale, that which is intended to convey, under the veil of the tale, a secret sense.” Continue Reading

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