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By Pallavi Moitra, Art Critique and owner and editor of Spiritual Pentacle

“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”

When I started doing my research on occultism, I never knew that it is the core foundation of all occult practices, until I stumbled upon a writing on Kybalion philosophy. The more I read the more I realised that there is so little written on this topic. The beginning of all the methods, to be one with the universe, was in oblivion. Though there are books and articles that speak about this oblivion mother, still the information is limited to a handful who wish to explore the undiscovered.

My series on Kybalion is because of the same reason, I wanted to explore the obscure possibilities of this vast subject which I cannot really justify in few words. I sincerely wish that my series of writings and my exploring the Kybalion philosophy will prove to be an asset for the ones who wish to study this vivid topic. My intent is not about creating a steadfast philosophy rather it is just a piece of art.

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What is this Kybalion Philosophy?

The Kybalion teachings of occultism is so well guarded that only the ones who wish to explore this Hermetic Teachings can only find it and study it. There is a quotation which goes like this “The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding”—The Kybalion, which quite beautifully sums up this elusiveness. Kybalion came into being in the old Egyptian lands when the very existence of modern- day human was a thing of the distant future.

These Hermetic Teachings or one can say Preaching came I to being when it’s great father Hermes Trismegistus started his journey in sharing this knowledge with the ones who were capable of carrying it further into the future. That was the beginning of all occultism also called the Great Central Sun of Occultism.

Who was Hermes Trismegistus?

Hermes Trismegistus, as per the Kybalion philosophy, was a great philosopher and he was also a priest. There are various names given to him, some called him to be a sage who preached, some say he was a scientist, some say he was a sorcerer who possessed great powers. But no one can give the real image of Hermes Trismegistus. The history of occultism also portrayed him as a king too who was a living legend. He was known as someone who had several incarnations. He was a formidable figure who portrayed several humans and Mythological characters alike.

It is also said in the Kybalion philosophy that ever incarnation the Hermes had they carried the word of God to every part of the world, for those who wished to become one with this philosophy.

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The Fundamentals: why are they so well guarded?

The fundamentals of these teachings are well engraved in history. The very foundation of these esoteric teachings goes back to Hermes. There is a belief that even the Indian teachings of occultism began from these Hermetic Teachings. The ones who wished to explore the vividness of occultism traveled from India to the ancient Egypt and followed the master’s footsteps. It’s from this master that they gained the ‘Master Key’ that brought a clarity in their diverse paths and views.

The ‘Secret Doctrine‘ was established firmly then. The learned ones, who had the view that Hermes can show the right path, too traveled far and wide to be at his feet for gathering more knowledge. Due to these amalgamations of knowledge, it was found that there is a certain share of resemblance among the divergent theories. Though there were contradiction in features in the comparative religion of that time, now unheard of by man, even some religion that is living and thriving in its full vigour, these Hermetic Teachings has left a distinct mark.

The followers of Kybalion never sought any approval from anyone neither they wanted that they should be thronged by followers, because, they believed that there are few very true and chosen ones who can come forward, from every generation, and will realise the importance of Kybalion. The Kybalion followers believed that the Hermetic Teachings were meant for a very few people who could recognise that these teachings are not for the masses rather they are for the chosen ones.

There is a popular saying in Kybalion where they say that they reserve the ‘Strong Meat for Men’ while the non Kybalions give ‘Milk for Babes’. There are few but staunch beliefs that the Kybalions followed and they are as follows “Where fall the footsteps of the Master, the ears of those ready for his Teaching open wide.” also “When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then cometh the lips to fill them with wisdom.”

The 'Prisca Theologia'

The ‘Prisca Theologia‘ is an ancient theology, a doctrine that professed that there is only one theology that binds every religion given by God to man. The Hermetics are believed to hold this doctrine believing that ‘All is One’. This doctrine is said to have had a great influence on the main religions of the world during that time, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It was like an enlightenment to view religion and it is cultures. This somewhere helped to bring all the religions under a unique customary of anthropology.

The Ignorance of this Philosophy

And then there are those who have opposed this whole attitude of Hermetics by spreading that they have improper knowledge about manifesting the proper spirit in their policies of seclusion and reticence. But the history has a different view about them. The history shows the immense wisdom of the masters who knew exactly what should not be done.

The Hermetics’s never wanted to be known as martyrs rather they preferred to be silent and watch others in their act of folly. The Hermetics’s were honest in their opinions and attitudes but the other enthusiasts were misguided and they imagined that the Hermetics would cast a force on their races and that would trigger the innocent to believe then blindly. It is also true that there are people preaching if and when discussed and spread, would bring great scorn on the Hermetics Teachers. That is the same reason the preachers look for the ones who understands these unlikely side too and gather what is needed for them.

The Seven Principles: The Steadfast Philosophy

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This is the small introduction of Kybalion philosophy which I have understood. The 7 Hermetic Principles on which the whole Hermetic principles are based on are as follows:

  1. The Principle of Mentalism
  2. The Principle of Correspondence
  3. The Principle of Vibration
  4. The Principle of Polarity
  5. The Principle of Rhythm
  6. The Principle of Cause and Effect
  7. The Principle of Gender

The journey of Kybalion cannot be covered in just one article, or even in a day. This is just the beginning. Each Hermetic principle is a chapter in its own. A series of writings on Kybalion, in a series, will unfold the beautiful journey of this most intriguing and ancient world of mysticism.


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