The Creative Word or Verb (the Logos) and the 3 Primary Forces

“All movement is co-essential with sound. Whenever there exists movement, sound exists… All that which is in movement sounds: And the Logos sounds!”

-From Ch.2 of Logos Mantram Theurgy

Gnosis and Esoteric Knowledge

Gnosis is a Greek word which implies knowledge and wisdom. In our teaching, we use it to describe the Esoteric or Hidden Wisdom which is found in all Authentic Religions.

One of the core principles of Gnosis is that all religions teach the same thing. Understand that what we mean by this is that all religions teach fundamentally the same principles. These Religious Principles are also called “Eternal Values” and they are accessible in any Religious Form. We must distinguish between Religious Forms and Religious Principles.

Religious Forms come and go, they actually pass through different stages in their cycle of existence:
• They are born
• They grow
• They multiply and divide
• Then they die.
When a Religious Form dies, the Eternal Values do not die, they just dress up again in a new Religious Form.

Each Religious Form comes specific to the culture and the time period in which it emerges, so that it can make sense to that group. But fundamentally, the same principles are taught in all Religious Forms through various methods, sometimes symbolically, sometimes allegorically, sometimes literally, etc.

[Read more about Religious Forms and Religious Principles]

But often not everything is always made public or given to the public openly – all religions have their Esoteric and Exoteric aspect. There is the Public aspect of the Religion (which is the one we often are most familiar with) and there is the Private aspect of the Religion (which usually involves the those who are dedicated to the Religion, the Monks and Nuns, Priests and Priestesses, etc.)

One of the themes that is present in Esoteric side of Religions and was taught in the Ancient Mystery Schools was the explanation of the Creation of the Universe through Speaking. It is often told as a story about how Speech or Sound is used to create or manifest the Will of the Divine. We discussed this in the Series called “The Mystery Religions of the Ancients” in the section ‘The Mysteries of Creation’. In the past, this teaching of ‘Creation through Speech’ was often not emphasized in the Public aspect of Religious Forms as much as it was on the Private side. So now lets look at how it appears in the Religious writings we have…

Creation in the Egyptian Tradition

“I am he who came into being in the form of the god Khepera, and I am the creator of that which came into being, that is to say, I am the creator of everything which came into being: now the things which I created, and which came forth out of my mouth after I had come into being myself were exceedingly many…”

-“THE HISTORY OF CREATION A” from ‘The Book of Knowing the Evolutions of RA’

“I formed myself out of the primeval matter, and I made and formed myself out of the substance which existed in primeval time… I brought my own name into my mouth as a word of power, and I forthwith came into being… I was ONE: by myself, and there was no other being who worked with me in that place.”

-“THE HISTORY OF CREATION B” from ‘The Book of Knowing the Evolutions of RA’

In the Introduction to the English translation of these Egyptian texts it states the following:

“The story of the Creation is supposed to be told by the god Neb-er-tcher, this name means the “Lord to the uttermost limit”, and the character of the god suggests that the word “limit” refers to time and space, and that he was, in fact, the Everlasting God of the Universe. … It seems also that a desire arose in him to create the world, and in order to do this he took upon himself the form of the god Khepera, who from first to last was regarded as the Creator, par excellence, among all the gods known to the Egyptians.

When this transformation of Neb-er-tcher into Khepera took place the heavens and the earth had not been created, but there seems to have existed a vast mass of water, or world-ocean, called Nu, and it must have been in this that the transformation took place.

… The second version of the legend says that Khepera gave being to himself by uttering his own name, and the first version states that he made use of words in providing himself with a place on which to stand. In other words, when Khepera was still a portion of the being of Neb-er-tcher, he spake the word “Khepera”, and Khepera came into being.

Similarly, when he needed a place whereon to stand, he uttered the name of the thing, or place, on which he wanted to stand, and that thing, or place, came into being. … by uttering its name [he] caused his thought to take concrete form. This process of thinking out the existence of things is expressed in Egyptian by words which mean “laying the foundation in the heart”.”

[See the from “Legends of the Gods – The Egyptian Texts” (1921) by E. A. Wallis Budge]

This has given us plenty of interesting information about Creation in the Egyptian tradition, so now lets look at Creation in another religious form.

Creation in the Hebrew Tradition

Genesis Ch.1 v1-4:

“1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth;
1:2 and the earth being without form and empty, and darkness on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moving gently on the face of the waters,
1:3 then God said, “Let light be!” And there was light.
1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good, and God separated between the light and darkness.”

Like many verses in the Bible, within these simple words are hidden deep esoteric wisdom. But without looking at these words too in-depth (although if you want to, a program like e-sword is very good for this purpose), we can already see some similarities with the Egyptian creation stories.

Note that the word for God in Hebrew is “Elohim”. Dion Fortune, in her book Mystical Qabalah, Ch. 17, #35 says:

“In the word Elohim we find the true key. Elohim is translated “God” in both Authorized and Revised Versions of the Holy Scriptures. It really ought to be translated “God and Goddess”, for it is a feminine noun with a masculine plural termination affixed. This is an incontrovertible fact, in its linguistic aspect at any rate, and it is to be presumed that the various authors of the books of the Bible knew what they meant, and did not use this peculiar and unique form without good reason.”

So lets see if we can understand what is being said in these verses:

The earth was without form (or chaos) and empty (or desolation) … and the Spirit of God (Hebrew: Ruach Elohim) was over ‘the waters’ and then God (Hebrew: Elohim) says ‘let there be light’ (Latin: Fiat Lux) and the light comes into form.

Remember that E.A. Budge says:

“…when Khepera was still a portion of the being of Neb-er-tcher, he spoke the word “Khepera”, and Khepera came into being. … When this transformation of Neb-er-tcher into Khepera took place the heavens and the earth had not been created, but there seems to have existed a vast mass of water, or world-ocean, called Nu, and it must have been in this that the transformation took place.”

So we have 2 interesting similarities between these two traditions. Lets look at the first of these 2, the creation through speech, because this is a theme that will provide us with much insight into the act of Creation.

Sound, Geometry and the Verb

Something we must remember is that when a sound is made it produces waves. These waves can be seen with software when analyzing audio files. These waves are shapes and their shape reflects the type of sound produced. These shapes are Geometric Figures.

Understanding this concept, we can now see why Music and Geometry were studied in the Ancient Mystery Schools. And this is one of the meanings of the ‘G’ in the center of the famous Masonic square and compass.

“The Verb always crystallizes into geometric lines.
… Each letter crystallizes into geometrical figures.
… God geometrizes. The word is shaped with geometric forms.”

– From Ch. 30 of The Perfect Matrimony

God creates through the crystallization of sound.

Creation and the Logos

In the book of John Ch.1 verse 1, it says:

“In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

Lets understand what this means because it was written in Greek many years ago and so our modern English may have ‘lost something in translation’.

In the Beginning (Greek: archē [where our word Archetype comes from])
was the Word (Greek: logos [something said, the Divine Expression])

But the term Beginning doesn’t really express the big-picture meaning of an all encompassing Archetype, Principle is a better approximation of this meaning. And the term Word doesn’t convey the implications of this Speech, so we prefer the term Verb (a word that implies action).

In Principle [arche] was the Verb [logos] and the Verb was with God and the Verb was God.

Or in other words: In Principle (Arche) God is the Verb (Logos).

This is one of the fundamental Religious Principles or Eternal Values taught in all Religious Forms. And is one of the Foundational principles for Gnostic Kabalah. So what is this Verb or Logos?

The Logos or Verb

In our way of looking at the world, we could say that this Verb is the unification of 3 things:
1. Thought
2. Feeling
3. Action

Or the unification of one’s Thinking, Feeling and Acting in such a way that they are the same or achieve the same goal. And do not conflict with each other whatsoever. When we have this capacity: to think, feel and act in a way that is consistent and without division then we are said to have ‘incarnated the Verb’ in ourselves.

Our speech or Word is what is used to symbolize this: either we keep our Word or we don’t. We all know people who say things, but don’t do them. This often happens with idle treats, but when an evil person, a gangster or mafia person says they are going to harm us: we often become sacred. Why? Because if they keep their word, then we are going to be harmed. What our world needs is the opposite, when someone says they are going to help us: they do.

In the past people would make verbal contracts and would keep them. But nowadays, most people do not keep their word for 2 main reasons:
1) They do not remember or do not care to keep the promises they make
2) They do not consider the difficulty in doing what they promise

Thanks to Gnostic Psychology, we know why we do not remember or care to keep the promises we make (because of the Egos, all the “I’s” we have within). But the second reason we don’t keep our promises is often because we do not realize what we have committed ourselves to.

These are 2 very important aspects which we must consider when we make agreements with others and with ourselves. Because if our goal is to unify ourselves then we need to become capable of doing what we say. In this way we will incarnate one of the Principles of God within us: the Verb. If our goal is to unite ourselves with God, then we can do this by manifesting the principles of God without ourselves.

The Logos and the Three Primary Forces

In the Superior Worlds, the Verb or Logos is the unification of the 3 Primary Forces, which are called:
• the Holy Affirming
• the Holy Denying
• and the Holy Reconciling

These have other names as well:
• Active, Passive, Neutral;
• Formation, Reformation, Transformation;
• Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva;
• Father, Son, Holy Spirit; etc.

Man, the Universe and the Three Primary Forces

“The fundamental law that creates all phenomena in all the diversity or unity of all universes is the ‘Law of Three’ or the law of the three principles or the three forces. This fundamental law consists of the fact that every phenomenon, on whatever scale and in whatever world it may take place, from molecular to cosmic phenomena, is the result of the combination or the meeting of three different and opposing forces.

Modern thinking recognizes the existence of two forces and the necessity of these two forces for the production of a phenomenon:
• force and resistance,
• positive and negative magnetism,
• positive and negative electricity,
• male and female cells,
• and so on.
But it does not observe even these two forces always and everywhere. No question has ever been raised as to the third, or if it has been raised it has scarcely been heard.

According to real, exact knowledge, one force or two forces, can never produce a phenomenon. The presence of a third force is necessary, because it is only with the help of a third force that the first two can produce what may be called a phenomenon, no matter in what sphere.

The teaching of the three forces is at the root of all ancient systems. The first force may be called active or positive; the second, passive or negative; the third, neutralizing. But these are merely names, because in reality all three forces are equally active and appear as active, passive, and neutralizing, only at their meeting points, that is to say, only in relation to one another at a given moment.

The first two forces are more or less comprehensible to us and the third may sometimes be discovered either at the point of application of the forces, or in the ‘medium’, or in the ‘result’. But, in general, the third force is not easily accessible to direct observation and understanding. The reason for this is to be found in the functional limitations of the human being’s ordinary psychological activity and in the fundamental categories of our perception of the phenomenal world, that is, in our sensation of space and time resulting from these limitations.

People cannot perceive and observe the third force directly any more than they can spatially perceive the ‘fourth dimension’. But by studying himself, the manifestations of his thought, consciousness, activity, his habits, his desires, and so on, the human being can learn to observe and to see in himself the action of the three forces.”

-Paraphrase from Ch.1 of In Search of the Miraculous

The Three Primary Forces and the Work upon Oneself

“Let us suppose, for instance, that a person wants to work on themselves in order to change certain characteristics, to attain a higher level of being.

[1] Their desire, their initiative, is the active force.

[2] The inertia of all their habitual psychological life which shows opposition to their initiative will be the passive or the negative force.

The two forces will either counterbalance one another, or one will completely conquer the other, but, then, as a result of this batter, the winning force will become too weak for any further action. Thus the two forces will, as it were, revolve one around the other, one absorbing the other and producing no result whatever. This may continue for a lifetime.

A person may feel desire and initiative, but all this initiative may be absorbed in overcoming the habitual inertia of life, leaving nothing for the purpose towards which the initiative ought to be directed. And so it may go on until the third force makes its appearance, in the form, for instance, of new knowledge, showing at once the advantage or the necessity of work on oneself and, in this way, supporting and strengthening the initiative.

[3] Then the initiative, with the support of this third force (in this case the new knowledge), may conquer inertia and the person becomes active in the desired direction.

Examples of the action of the three forces, and the moments of entry of the third force, may be discovered in all manifestations of our psychic life, in all phenomena of the life of human communities and of humanity as a whole, and in all the phenomena of nature around us. But at the beginning it is enough to understand the general principle: every phenomenon, of whatever magnitude it may be, is inevitably the manifestation of three forces; one or two forces cannot produce a phenomenon, and if we observe a stoppage in anything, or an endless hesitation at the same place, we can say that, at the given place, the third force is lacking.

In trying to understand this it must be remembered at the same time that people cannot observe phenomena as manifestations of three forces because we cannot observe the objective world in our subjective states of consciousness. And in the subjectively observed phenomenal world we see in phenomena only the manifestation of one or two forces. If we could see the manifestation of three forces in every action, we would then see the world as it is (and therefore see things in themselves).

But remember that a phenomenon which appears to be simple may actually be very complicated, that is, it may be a very complex combination of trinities. But we know that we cannot observe the world as it is and this should help us to understand why we cannot see the third force. The third force is a property of the real world. The subjective or phenomenal world of our observation is only relatively real, because it is not complete.”

-Paraphrase from Ch.1 of In Search of the Miraculous

We do not perceive the world as it is, we only receive impressions of it through our 5 senses. If we awaken our Consciousness, then we will be able to experience the world objectively and perceive the action of the 3rd force.

The Sacred Triamazikamno

“The Three Primary Forces constitute the SACRED TRIAMAZIKAMNO. This is the HOLY AFFIRMING [1], the HOLY DENYING [2], [and] the HOLY RECONCILING [3]; the HOLY GOD [1], the HOLY FIRM [2], the HOLY IMMORTAL [3]. In electricity, these are the three poles: POSITIVE-NEGATIVE-NEUTRAL.

Without the presence of these three poles, all of creation is impossible. In GNOSTIC ESTOERIC Science, the THREE independent FORCES have the following associations:

SURP-OTHEOS [1];
SURP-SKIROS [2];
SURP-ATHANOTOS [3].

THE IMPULSING, AFFIRMING, POSITIVE FORCE [1].
THE NEGATIVE FORCE, FORCE OF NEGATION, FORCE OF RESISTANCE [2].
THE RECONCILING FORCE, LIBERATING FORCE, NEUTRALIZING FORCE [3].

These three forces are like three willpowers in the RAY OF CREATION, three consciousnesses, three units. Each of these three forces contains IN ITSELF all the possibilities of the three. But, in their point of conjunction, each of them manifest only their principle: the positive [1], negative [2] or neutral [3]. It is very interesting to see the three forces in action: they separate, move away from each other and then COME TOGETHER AGAIN in order to form new trinities which originate new worlds, new creations.

In the ABSOLUTE, the three forces are the SINGLE LOGOS, the ARMY OF THE VOICE within the GREAT UNITY of life free in its movement.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF THE SACRED COMMON COSMIC TRIAMAZIKAMNO was initiated with the sexual marriage of the word because in the beginning was the verb, and the verb was with GOD and the verb was God. Because of it all things were made and without it nothing that is made would have been made.

In accordance with the SACRED LAW OF THE HEPTAPARAPARSHINOKH (THE LAW OF SEVEN), seven temples were established in the CHAOS for the construction of this solar system. In accordance with SACRED LAW OF THE TRIAMAZIKAMNO (THE LAW OF THREE), the ELOHIM divided into three groups within every temple to sing in the LITURGY OF FIRE.

The work of making the PRAKRITI (the CHAOS, the COSMIC MOTHER, the GREAT BELLY), bear fruit is always the labor of the very sacred TEOMERSMALOGOS, (the THIRD FORCE).

The three groups organized themselves within each temple in the following manner:

1. First, a PRIEST.
2. Second, a PRIESTESS.
3. Third, a neutral group of ELOHIM.

If we take into consideration that the ELOHIM are androgynous then it is clear that they had to polarize themselves through willpower into a MASCULINE, FEMININE, and NEUTRAL form, in accordance with the SACRED COMMON COSMIC TRIAMAZIKAMNO.

The PRIEST and the PRIESTESS were before the altar and, on the ground floor of the temple, the ANDROGYNOUS choir of the ELOHIM. The RITUALS OF FIRE were SUNG and the sexual marriage of the word fertilized the GREAT BELLY of CHAOS and the UNIVERSE was born.

The ANGELS create with the power of the word. The Larynx is a uterus where the word is gestated. We must AWAKEN CONSCIOUSNESS in the WORD, in the CREATIVE LARYNX, in order for it to one day also be able to pronounce the LUMINOUS FIAT of the first instant. The CONSCIOUSNESS sleeps in our larynx, we are unconscious with the word; we need to become fully CONSCIOUS of the WORD.

It is said that silence is golden, but there also exist criminal silences. It is as bad to speak when one should remain silent as it is to remain silent when one should speak. There are times when to speak is a transgression, and there are times when to remain silent is a transgression as well.

Words are lovely but sterile from someone who does not act as they say they will, like a beautiful flower, full of color, but lacking in fragrance. But similar to a beautiful flower, full of color and fragrance, are the words that are lovely and fertile from one who acts according to how one speaks.”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 2 ‘TAURUS’ of Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

The Verb and Doing

“Jesus, says the Gospel, was powerful in works and in words; works before words: it is thus that he established himself and proved his right to speak. Jesus began to do and to speak and often, in the primitive language of the holy Scripture, an action is called a verb. In all languages, we call that which expresses both being and action VERB, and there is no verb which could not be replaced with the verb to do…”

“Life proves itself through movement. Through willful and effective movement, in a word, through action, life develops and dresses itself in new forms. So, the development of life in itself, and the birth of new forms, we call creation.

The intelligent power that operates in a transcendental and absolute way within the universal movement, we call the VERB. It is the initiative of God, which can never remain without effect, nor can it stop itself without having reached its goal.

For God, speaking is doing; and such should always be the scope of speech, even among men: true speech is the seed of actions.”

-Paraphrase from The Reconciliation of Science and Religion

The Logos, the Tetragrammaton and Daath

In the Hebrew tradition, the secret name of God, which must not be spoken is Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh [ יהוה ] and was called the Tetragrammaton (from Greek τετραγράμματον, meaning “four letters” or “four lettered word”).

This special word has been transliterated as Jehovah, but when a Jewish person comes across this word in their holy scriptures they pronounce it Adonai (meaning ‘Lord’ or ‘Master’) in order to not profane the sacred name. The reason it must not be pronounced, according to tradition, is because of the power that it contains within it. This is related to one of the laws given in Leviticus:

“And you shall not swear by my name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God [Elohim אלהים]:
I am the LORD [יהוה].” (Lev 19:12)

According to Jewish Tradition, ever since the destruction of Second Temple of Jerusalem (in 70 CE), the Tetragrammaton is no longer pronounced. But there is an exception made in the temple liturgy, where the name of God is only pronounced once a year, by the high priest, on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur – the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people).

In Ch. 10 of Tarot & Kabalah, Samael Aun Weor says:

“The Kabalah says that we see things in accordance with the extent to which we begin to obey the “10” [which corresponds to Hebrew letter Yod י , the first letter of the Tetragrammaton]. In this number “10” are the Principles:

CREATION
CONSERVATION
RENOVATION

Here is the Verb in its triple aspect.”

The Yod [ י ] is the Logos, Heve [ הוה ] is the Divine Mother, and the Tetragrammaton is the unfolding of the Logos into its creative aspect.

“…the Father, Son and the HOLY SPIRIT are an INDIVISIBLE UNITY, UNI-EXISTING for itself…”

“the LOGOIC [Triangle] consists of three aspects of the hebrew Kabalah:
1. KETHER, [who] is the Ancient of the Days, the goodness of goodnesses, the mercy of mercies, the occult of the occult. It is the MATHEMATICAL POINT in the immense, infinite, unchangeable space.
2. It is obvious that he unfolds, in his turn, into CHOKMAH, the SON, the COSMIC CHRIST (who is said to be related to the whole Zodiac),
3. the further unfolding of Chokmah results in the HOLY SPIRIT, BINAH.

Some Kabalists emphasize the idea that Binah, “the Holy Spirit, is female”; which is incorrect. It is quite clearly stated (in The Divine Comedy), that “the Holy Spirit is the husband of the Divine Mother”; and it is the Holy Spirit, the Third Logos, Binah, that unfolds himself in his turn into his Wife, into the SHAKTI of the Hindus.

The Holy Spirit is male, but HE unfolds into HER forming the first DIVINE COUPLE, the ineffable:
• The ELOHIM CREATOR,
• the KABIR or THE INCA or High Priest,
• the RUACH-ELOHIM that according to Moses “fashioned the waters at the beginning of the world…”

He and She are united in the CUBIC STONE OF YESOD (that Stone is Sex). DAATH, Perfect Tantric Knowledge, comes about from the union of Him and Her, through which we can integrally SELF-REALIZE OURSELVES in all the Levels of Being.

…the Holy Spirit is masculine; but the unfolding of Binah forms the perfect couple …they join together sexually…”

-Paraphrase from Ch.12 of The Gnostic and Esoteric Mysteries,
quoting the Lecture ‘The Gnostic Mystery of Lucifer’ [‘El Misterio Gnóstico de Lucifer’]
translated from pages 985-996 of El Quinto Evangelio by Samael Aun Weor

The Key to understanding Gnosis and the Science of transforming oneself is DAATH.

“Science is the first of all the gifts of the Holy-Spirit and it corresponds to faith in the enumeration of the seven christian virtues. You know that science is not a [regular] Sephiroth, but that it is the mirror where the rays of everything concentrate: we call it Daath.

In the catholic dogma, the economy of numbers necessitates the alliance of science and of faith which will constitute the absolute reason for the human verb upon an unshakable foundation, equivalent to the Verb of God.”

-Paraphrase from Letter #116 by Eliphas Levi to his student Baron Spédalieri
available in the Appendix of The Reconciliation of Science and Religion

The Verb of God is the Logos and we need to learn to manifest this Logos in ourselves by working with the 3 Primary Forces. Anytime there is Creation, anytime something is created, these 3 Forces work together (in unison) to do so. Therefore, we have a saying in Gnosis: “the Law of Three Creates”.

This is the Trinity, the Triple-Unity, that is both 3 and 1, because the three aspects always work together. This is the Logos, the Verb or “Word of God” (and God keeps his Word).

If you remember in the Gnostic Psychology series (Class 7), we talked about how Negative Emotions make us into Slanderers and Liars and that “the lie produces a mistaken connection with our own Divinity”. Lets understand this in more detail:

“the energy of the Ancient of Days (the Being of the Being), flows harmoniously through the 10 Sephiroth of the Hebrew Kabbalah, to finally reach the kingdom of Malkuth (the psycho-physical person)’. And when this energy ‘becomes misconnected it produces an intentional dislocation or disconnection of the mind, and as a consequence of it, the lie appears”.

The Lie, which we tell intentionally or unintentionally, creates a disconnection of our Essence or Consciousness with our Divinity. This lie can often be not wanting to face the truth for whatever reason, which is why we recommended in the Gnostic Psychology class to take these things to meditation so that we can discover the Cause of this ‘avoidance of the Truth’.

Remember that Negative Emotions are often the result of our unwillingness to cooperate with the inevitable, and in life, we have to LEARN TO COOPERATE WITH THE INEVITABLE.

So one of the first things we can do to start applying the Gnostic Kabalah within ourselves is to look at our words, our speech, and whether or not it is consistent with the facts. Lets make efforts to stop our misuse of our word so that we can stop disconnecting ourselves from our Inner Divinity.

The Necessity of becoming Conscious of our Words

“It is urgent to end the mechanicity of words, it is necessary to speak with precision, in a CONSCIOUS and opportune way. It is necessary for us to be CONSCIOUS of the verb. There is a responsibility in words and to play with the verb is a sacrilege.

Nobody has the right to judge anyone; it is absurd to slander our fellow men; it is stupid to murmur about others’ lives. Criminal words fall back upon us sooner or later, like a ray of vengeance. Slanderous, infamous words always return to the one who pronounced them, converted into stones that hurt.”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 2 ‘TAURUS’ of Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

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