The Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme

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Table of Contents
  • A Brief History of the New Age (Mysticism) Movement
  • New Age (Mysticism) Movement
  • New Age (Mysticism) Movement Belief
  • Christianity Belief
  • I. THE LIFE OF JACOB BOEHME
  • Account of His Life and Labours, and of the Influence of his Writings upon the Outside World
  • II. THE DOCTRINES OF JACOB BOEHME
  • CHAPTER I -  INTRODUCTION
    • The only reality
    • External reasoning is inadequate to comprehend internal truth
    • Historical aspect of the Bible
    • Man created in the image of God
    • The universal and the perverted self-will of man
    • Atonement
    • The Yoga practice
    • Illuminated seers
    • Jacob Boehme's spiritual knowledge and his terrestrial conditions
    • How his writings can be understood
  • CHAPTER II - UNITY
    • God in his aspect as the Father
    • The unity of the All
    • Eternity and time
    • The will
    • Eternal wisdom
    • The Son and the Holy Spirit
    • Trinity
    • The will the positive energy
    • Wisdom is merely passive
    • Three-personality of God
    • God revealed in being
    • The magic principle
    • The antithesis or duality
    • Fire and light
  • CHAPTER III - THE SEVEN QUALITIES
    • Seven states of eternal nature referring to the Trinity
    • Each quality existing within the others
    • Seven in one
    • Matter, darkness, corporification, motion, consciousness, salt, sulphur, and mercury
    • The lightning flash, illumination, light, substantiality, the water-spirit, sound
    • The seventh form
    • Essential wisdom, the body of God, transcendental magnificence, the eternal virgin, glorification
  • CHAPTER IV - CREATION
    • God the All and nevertheless not the All
    • Pantheism and Theism
    • Personality of God
    • Perfection
    • The subjective becoming objective
    • Divine love
    • The world not divine
    • Eternal nature, wisdom
    • Differentiation of divine powers
    • Necessity of the dark fire
    • Eternal chaos
    • Beginning, unfolding
    • The seven divine spirits
    • Co-operation of Spirit
  • CHAPTER V - THE ANGELS
    • Three types of God relatively to the Trinity
    • Sub-divisions of divine intelligences
    • Harmony
    • The seven accords in each body
    • The celestial world objective to the angels
    • Its products corresponding to their terrestrial types
    • Realms of Lucifer
    • Michael and Uriel, dominions, guardian angels, fidelity, freedom of will
    • Lucifer, his pride and fall
    • Hell produced by the ignition of the lower principles
    • Hell not yet complete
    • Evil spirits
    • Lucifer's knowledge merely scientific, but not divine
    • An end of hell inconceivable, unless creation were destroyed
  • CHAPTER VI - THE RESTORATION OF NATURE
    • Mosaic account of the restoration of Nature
    • The outcast spirits
    • The allegory of the Flood
    • The appearance of the light
    • The seventh day
    • The separation of the material from the immaterial element of water
    • Their separation not referring to locality
    • The conjunction of the fiery and watery essence life
    • Generation of gold and precious stones
    • Relative good and-evil
    • The light that shines into the darkness
    • The sun and the planets
    • Manifestation of divine wisdom
    • The sun the life of the stars
    • The objective planets
    • Sidereal life
    • The spirit of the stars
    • The superiority
    • The third principle
    • Man a compendium of Nature and all terrestrial qualities
    • The soul
  • CHAPTER VII - MAN
    • Man an image of God
    • His celestial body
    • His powers
    • Eden
    • The paradise
    • Man not the equal of God
    • His free will
    • Object of the third principle
    • Object of man's existence
    • The heart of God and its antithesis the devil and the terrestrial world
    • Adam's fall
    • The tree of temptation
    • The protection offered by the terrestrial form against the powers of evil
    • The weakening of the divine image
    • How Adam fell asleep
    • The terrestrial woman the saviour of man
    • Creation of Eve
    • Eating the forbidden fruit
    • The serpent
    • Adam caused Eve to sin and Eve seduced him
    • The rise of the desire for the knowledge of good and evil
  • CHAPTER VIII - NATURE, OR THE THIRD PRINCIPLE
    • The origin of Nature
    • Duality
    • The powers of light and darkness
    • Lucifer's influence in the world
    • The power of God in the inner world
    • The external sun au image of the divine heart of love
    • The sun omnipresent
    • Ruling of the planets
    • Their good and evil influences
    • Their living power
    • Individual life of the earth
    • Why the earth turns around her axis and around the sun
    • The four elements and the fifth
    • Origin of the terrestrial elements
    • Their attractions and repulsions
    • Latent qualities in the products of the earth
    • The vegetable and animal kingdoms
    • Their relation to paradise
    • The imperishable inner principle The spiritual quality
    • The external form
  • CHAPTER IX - GENERATION
    • The Logos
    • The soul in the light of God
    • Self-will destructive to the perception of the divine idea
    • The growth of the manifestation of the evil principle
    • Man creates his own hell
    • His natural protection by means of external life
    • The rise of his natural qualities
    • Primordial man
    • How he became dense and material
    • Death
    • Man's animal nature
    • His senses
    • Will and mind
    • Temperaments
    • Origin of his terrestrial desires
    • Present method of reproduction caused by man's degradation
    • The male and the female in one individuality
    • Primitive generation
    • Division of sex
    • Sexual attraction
    • Its necessity
    • Generation of soul
    • Sexual intercourse and its delight
    • Interaction of divine elements during the same
    • The nature of the child dependent on the qualities of the parents
    • Each soul an individual being
  • CHAPTER X - THE CHRIST
    • Necessity of divine aid
    • Mercy
    • The entering of the spiritual light into the body of humanity
    • Preparation for redemption was made before the world was created
    • The Redeemer in man not perceptible until after the fall
    • The power of the Redeemer preeminently manifested in womanhood
    • The celestial virgin
    • Her influence over humanity
    • When redemption became possible
    • Cain and Abel
    • Genesis
    • The descendants of Seth
    • The three primordial races
    • The name of Abraham has no terrestrial meaning
    • It is the antitype of Christ
    • The sons of Isaac representing the first and the second Adam and the final conquest of the first by the second
    • The false gods of the sons of Japhet
    • Their oracles, symbols of celestial things
    • The power of the Redeemer present in all mankind
    • Sacrifices
    • External ceremonies and internal faith
    • The sacrificial fire not of a terrestrial but of a celestial wood
    • The light of the Christ represented within the fire
    • The children of light receiving the substance of Christ
  • CHAPTER XI - INCARNATION
    • The configuration of the person of the Redeemer
    • The Son of God; the celestial and the terrestrial man
    • Christ's terrestrial nature
    • The necessity of his suffering in the flesh
    • The terrestrial virgin overshadowed by the virgin of wisdom
    • The immaculate conception
    • The restoration of the divine image in man by the power of the Holy Spirit
    • The glorification of the virgin
    • the three principles uniting but not commingling in the body of Christ
    • The eternal Word not mingling with the body and not even with the soul
    • The soul being penetrated and illuminated by the Word, Christ not a limited human being
    • This celestial corporeity likened to the sun
    • The Godhead
  • CHAPTER XII - REDEMPTION
    • Means of redemption
    • The absolute will becoming relative
    • Necessity, of incarnation; the conquest of death
    • The three temptations
    • The victory
    • Christ's corporeal death
    • Sacrifice of the self-will and also of the holy love-will
    • Its entering into the divine will
    • The transmutation of the body
    • The resurrection and glorification
    • The approaching destruction of the whole terrestrial world
    • The paradisical body
    • The heaven of the Redeemer
  • CHAPTER XIII - REGENERATION
    • Spirituality
    • The living Christ
    • Christ in man
    • How to effect regeneration
    • The nature of true prayer
    • What is faith?
    • Spiritual substantiality
    • The new body
    • Dangers
    • The new life
    • The terrestrial man realising the celestial ideal
    • The three temptations
    • Battle between the high and the low
    • Relation between the outer and inner man
    • Self-sacrifice
    • Conquest of evil
    • Uselessness of external desires
    • Changes in the physical body of man
    • Inner perception of Christ
    • Its realisation after the death of the body
    • Trials, trouble, and suffering
    • The mystical death
    • External and eternal possessions
    • The finding of salvation
  • CHAPTER XIV - DEATH AND ETERNAL LIFE
    • Man's existence in three worlds
    • Death of the physical body
    • The soul in her twofold aspect after the death of the body
    • The law of spiritual gravitation
    • The power of self-control lost through death
    • Heaven and hell
    • Animal elementaries
    • Tortured souls
    • Objectivity and corporeity of mental images after death
    • Conscience and remorse
    • No salvation for devils
    • Suffering, fear, and despair
    • The redeemed souls in the light of God
    • Intercourse between spirits and mortals
    • Sanctified souls
    • Orthodox superstitions
    • Miracles
    • The "Thread-souls" (Sutratma)
    • Kama loca (Purgatory)
    • Dead souls
    • Astral forms of the dead
    • Prayers and ceremonies for the dead
  • CHAPTER XV - CONCLUSION
    • What to believe
    • Babel
    • Christ
    • The true light
    • The unknown Church
    • Humanity
    • "Practical occultism"
    • Divinity in Humanity
    • APPENDIX.
    • Apparitions
    • Asceticism
    • Astral spirit
    • Atonement
    • The Cross
    • Death
    • Doubt
    • God
    • Humility
    • Jesus Christ
    • Man
    • Nature
    • Path
    • Planets
    • Principle
    • Sex
    • Sophia
    • Substantiality
    • Sulphur, salt, and mercury
    • Word