Franz Bardon: Questions & Answers

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Franz Bardon is regarded by many as the greatest Hermetic adept of the 20th century. A tireless worker for the light, he survived Hitler's concentration camples but died a victim of Communist persecution in 1958. He left behind him four legendary books which have become acknowledged classics of occult literature. This present volume is the first complete new work from the hand of Franz Bardon to appear since his famous series of books on Hermetics. Compiled from the notes of his students in Prague, it represents his oral teachings on the nature of the magical universe. Set in the form of questions and answers, this book is an invaluable addition to the Bardon material.

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With permission from Divine Providence, the spirit of a highly developed Hermetic adept entered the body of a fourteen-year-old child named Franz Bardon, destined to become one of the most remarkable magicians of the 20th century. Though he maintained a "normal life" as an industrial mechanic and family man in the Czech town of Opava, his other, occult life was full of attainment, power and tragedy. During the last years of WWII, Franz Bardon spent three and a half years in a concentration camp, from which he ultimately escaped. After the war, he practiced as a naturopath and graphologist and devoted himself to the teaching of Hermeticism and the writing of his now classic works, Initiation into Hermetics, The Practice of Magical Evocation, and The Key to the True Kabbalah. This newly discovered work will help students of Hermetics with precise information on universal principles.

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Questions And Comments Concerning The Mental Plane

1. What Is The Will? The will is a fundamental attribute of the spirit; it is an aspect of the universal Fire element. As a quality, the will expresses itself only in the content or goal of the wish. Most of us simply make an effort and wish to attain something, but we do not possess the right power to make that wish manifest. That is why we continue to wish. The power of the will is the quantity through which we achieve, produce, carry out and maintain what we aim for and what we wish for.

2. What Is Belief? Belief is a quality. In general, its foundation is a particular belief, whether in the existence of God or of something else. The quantity of a manifested belief is a power that expresses itself in an absolute and unshakable conviction that what we believe in will positively become a reality. Belief as a power is a complement; it is the organ that bears the impulsive part of the will. The manifested belief is the highest aspect of the Akasha principle.

3. Aspects Of The Intellect And Intelligence, Memory And Discernment. The Ability To Recognize And Differentiate. Intellect or intelligence is a fundamental attribute of the eternal spirit. It is an aspect of the universal Air element on the mental plane. Intelligence or intellect can be measured and is therefore quantitative. Through it we understand, recognize, differentiate, judge and remember everything. The quality of the intellect, intelligence, is the substance (content) which the intellect works on. Generally, it has its physical seat in the chest, where the Air element is located and where it is at work. In accordance with Indian philosophy, the seat of the intellect, together with the will, is in the head, between the eyebrows, in the astral body. Memory is an aspect of the intellect. Its quality is the substance (thoughts, events, pictures, impressions, perceptions etc.) which it draws from its reserves.

4. What Are Feelings, Life And Love? Feelings, life and love are all aspects of the universal Water element as a fundamental attribute of the eternal spirit on the mental plane. Feeling is a quality that expresses itself in pleasant, unpleasant, ugly, pure and many other feelings. Its quantity, for example, is the aggregate of normal feelings which are controlled by the will, or passionate, uncontrolled, quick or very weak, hardly perceptible feelings. It expresses itself on all planes depending on the content and the power of the effect. Life is the result of the work of the elements in the tetrapolar magnet on all planes. The qualitative life reflects in a human being through polarized radiation of the elementary attributes. For the astral plane, see information on the aura (pp. 26, 32, 45). Qualitative life expresses itself in the temporary (i.e. in a particular length of time):

a. in time and space on the material plane, b. in space on the astral plane, and c. in eternity, without time and space, on the mental plane.

Life expresses itself in any type of activity or movement that can be measured. Love is a universal law. In order to be recognized by His created beings, God divided Himself on His highest level of love into a plus and a minus. This means that He divided everything created into something active and passive, positive and negative, through which an absolute, unalterable lawfulness came into existence. Love is quantity, because it can be measured. Through love we express our positive relationship for everything we like and love. True love must be controlled by the will. Passions can originate from an uncontrolled love, which means passionate love, for example sexual love, which originates from a fiery sensual love, or an abnormal love of wealth, of animals, parents, children, husband or wife. But it can also be the uncontrolled love for God Himself, as for instance among the mystics. Love controlled by the will protects us from any overwrought state, and we express our love, of whatever kind it might be, in a form that corresponds to our power and perception of what the object of our love deserves. It is of course a foregone conclusion that we love our Creator above all. That is the highest, purest and mightiest love. The quality of love as an attribute expresses itself in its rays, in its polarity and in its various kinds.

5. What Is The Instinct Of Self-Preservation? The instinct of self-preservation is the lowest aspect of the Akasha principle. It exists on every plane in accordance with circumstances and causes. Its power or quantity is that much greater the more the life of a human being is threatened, as for example in the case of fatal diseases, serious accidents, war and so on. The value of the quality of the instinct of self-preservation lies in the wish to live as long as possible on the material plane. We may assign this instinct for self-preservation to the active attributes and powers whenever the person concerned applies it for noble purposes and to the negative attributes and powers whenever a person wants to prolong his life simply for egotistical reasons.

6. What Are Self-Consciousness And The "I" Consciousness? Self-consciousness is a state in which we become conscious of who we are. This consciousness signifies that we identify ourselves in the mental sphere with the highest divine idea, with the eternal spirit that exists within us. The "I" consciousness is a fundamental attribute of the spirit on the mental plane as an aspect of the universal Earth element. It is also a mirror of our active attributes. In the thought, its qualitative part appears to us as active. The "I" consciousness contains all the fundamental attributes of the spirit, the Fire, Air and Water elements which are the will, intellect and feelings, love and life. It is effective in the entire body and as an energy; it is the quantitative part of the consciousness and is also contained in the blood. The consciousness of the cerebrum is located on the mental plane, in the mental body.

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