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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Promethean Fire and Pandora's' Revenge

  
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 "Prometheus" is one of the world's most intriguing Greek myths. Prometheus was an immortal Titan, a personification of Kundalini or the Serpent Fire, and deification of universal intelligence. 


The Origin of the Word "Prometheus"  

The Titan Iapetos was the father of Prometheus, his brother was called Epimetheus. The ancient Greeks derived the name, Prometheus from the word (pro) which means before and ‘matheno’ (learn) plus the suffix–(eus), creating the epithet Pro-methten-eus or ‘Forethinker’. Plato contrasted ‘Forethinker’ with his brother Epimetheus which meant dim-witted or “Afterthinker”. (1) 

Modern linguistic research suggests the name Prometheus derived from Proto-Indo- European root of the Vedic language; “par math” means (to steal), which therefore breaks down into pramathyu-s, “thief”, equivalent with “Prometheus”, the thief of fire. There is also an ancient Sanskrit Vedic hymn Mātariśvan based on the theft of fire. Another connection to Indian origin is that the word “Pramantha” in Vedic Sanskrit was a tool used to create fire. 

 Zeus and the Olympian gods gave Prometheus the power to create the first human... From the clay of the Earth, he formed mankind and became the inspirational source for the discovery of new technologies which made civilization possible. Particularly well known for his intelligence and as a protector of humanity, his actions resulted in a conflict with the reigning God Zeus. 

 Prometheus is infamous for stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to mankind. Zeus punished him in two ways,  Zeus staked him to a mountain where an eagle ate his liver each night, and secondly the first women “Pandora,”  that Epimetheus created let loose the evil into the world. 

The Sequence of events in the Prometheus Myth

1. Prometheus creates the first man out of clay and saves mankind from destruction.

2. Prometheus tricked Zeus, by taking the best cuts of a bull sacrifice for humanity.

3. Zeus hides fire from mankind.

4. Prometheus steals fire, hidden in a fennel stalk, and gifts humanity.

5. Zeus orders Hephaestus to create Pandora, the first woman.

6. Prometheus is staked to the Caucasus Mountain for punishment.

7. Hercules unchains Prometheus after thirty thousand years. 


Mythology is Poetry of the soul, that originates from higher planes of consciousness, and which downloads specific symbols and motifs into the mind of the mystic, to keep humanity on the path of spiritual evolution.   
 Higher consciousness contains unbelievable amounts of information and meaning, however, such subtle perceptions of the mystical realms are difficult to communicate by language alone. The ancients used the visual arts of painting, architecture, and dance ceremony dance to convey many spiritual insights. The ancient legends and myths act in the same way as music and bypass the rational mind to directly affecting the psyche. 

  I will use two major themes to interpret Prometheus; The first method is from the microcosmic viewpoint of the individual evolution based on the Kundalini paradigm; 
Referring to the path to enlightenment, by the process of reincarnation and self –  observation, spiritual practice and love of God.

And second, is the macrocosmic viewpoint referring to the conscious forces behind creation. Most writers confuse the subtle differences between the inner transformation and the exterior world of elements because the ancients used the same symbol for both domains. On this cosmological scale, a similar spiral motion (of the serpent Kundalini) appears in creation myths as the world serpent twisted around the Mundane egg).


For example, it is not a literal snake they worshipped; it was the spiral path of subtle energy that created the human form, and physical matter. As it is the spiral movement of the elements, (earth, water, air, fire, and Aether), that transmutes lower elements into more subtle elements-such that Fire Aether or Agni densifies into the water, then earth, then air and vice versa.

  The Creation of Man



   
Prometheus was tasked with the creation of man, Consequently, the two brothers divided up their responsibilities. Prometheus represented forethought (future) and Epimetheus afterthought (past). Prometheus formed man out of various mixtures of earth and fire within the interior of the earth. But before mankind could find the light of the day, Prometheus and Epimetheus had to distribute suitable qualities to the animals and mankind. Plato finishes the story by writing:

“Epimetheus said to Prometheus: ‘Let me distribute, and do you inspect. ’This was agreed, and Epimetheus made the distribution [of claws and fur and other attributes]. .Thus did Epimetheus, who, not being very wise, forgot that he had distributed among the brute animals all the qualities which he had to give-and when he came to man, who was still unprovided, he was terribly perplexed. Now while he was in this perplexity, Prometheus came to inspect the distribution, and he found that the other animals were suitably furnished, but that man alone was naked and shoeless and had neither bed nor arms of defense. The appointed hour was approaching when man in his turn was to go forth into the light of day; and Prometheus, not knowing how he could devise his salvation, stole the mechanical arts of Hephaistos and Athene, and fire with them.” (2)

The ancient Greek philosophers believed in reincarnation or ‘Metempsychosis.’ But before a soul reached the level of becoming a human being the ancients believed it had evolved through every lower form of existence, from the minerals to plants to an animal, finally incarnating as an individual man. This concept shows why Epimetheus distributed all the animal's characteristics first, and Prometheus had to uplift humanity by stealing the Kundalini fire.



 THE ANCIENTS VIEW OF EVOLUTION 

Every form of life rises to a certain level of perfection and stops evolving if it cannot upgrade its physical form to embody a higher level of consciousness. For example, certain fish and animals that have not changed in 350 million years, having reached their final stage of growth and balance as a species. The world slowly evolves from gross forms to refined forms, which explains the disappearance of dinosaurs and other earlier monstrous expressions of divine consciousness. Mankind doesn’t have claws or fur; but applies its ingenuity and creativity to survive, as represented by the discoveries and arts which Prometheus bestowed on humanity. In the words of Theodore Roszak; Humans are an “unfinished animal,”we are one stage above the animal while striving toward a spiritual ideal. This ancient’s perception of evolution was the philosophical foundation underpinning ancient myths long before Darwin’s theory and was far more detailed and complex- as it involved the incarnation of consciousness into the physical matter. The Promethean fire is analogous to “Kundalini”, which continuously burns within all creation and is the intelligent power responsible for general evolution.

In Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus adds additional details to mans’ creation myths:

“After stealing fire from the gods Prometheus instructed mankind in the arts: Prometheus: Listen to the miseries that beset mankind--how they were witless before and I made them have sense and endowed them with reason. I will not speak to upbraid mankind but to set forth the friendly purpose that inspired my blessing. First of all, though they had eyes to see, they saw to no avail; they had ears, but they did not understand; but, just as shapes in dreams, throughout their length of days, without purpose, they wrought all things in confusion. They had neither knowledge of houses built of bricks and turned to face the sun nor yet of work in wood; but dwelt beneath the ground like swarming ants, in sunless caves. They had no sign either of winter or of flowery spring or of fruitful summer, on which they could depend but managed everything without judgment, I taught them to discern the risings of the stars and their settings, which are difficult to distinguish. Yes, and numbers, too, chiefest of sciences, I invented for them, and the combining of letters, creative mother of the Mousai’s (Muses’) arts, with which to hold all things in memory."

"I, too, first brought brute beasts beneath the yoke to be subject to the collar and the pack-saddle, so that they might bear in men’s stead their heaviest burdens; and to the chariot I harnessed horses and made them obedient to the rein, to be an image of wealth and luxury. It was I and no one else who invented the mariner’s the flaxen-winged car that roams the sea. Wretched that I am—such are the arts I devised for mankind, yet have myself no cunning means to rid me of my present suffering...

Enough about these arts, now as to the benefits to men that lay concealed beneath the earth—bronze, iron, silver, and gold—who would claim to have discovered them before me? No one, I know full well, unless he likes to babble idly. “Hear the sum of the whole matter in the compass of one brief word—every art possessed by man comes from Prometheus.” (3)

Prometheus takes credit for a majority of advancements in the history of civilization, from knowledge of medicine and mathematics to the occult arts and the discovery of metals because Kundalini is the mechanism behind humanities evolutionary progress. This trope metaphorically mirrors the Indian scriptures that define the serpent power as the font of genius. And another part of the story that alludes to Kundalini is that Zeus hid fire in the center of a giant fennel-stalk as most stalks are hollow and therefore symbolic of the human spine. Likewise, Dionysos held a staff called a thyros, topped with a pine cone dripping with honey-that symbolizes the spine as the pine cone refers to the pineal gland and honey to Soma-food of the gods.



One can find more links to this chain of thought in the history of Athena’s’ birth. In one myth Prometheus struck the top of Zeus's head with a doubled sided ax, enabling Athena’s birth. She arose out Zeus’s head fully clothed and ready for battle. This implies Prometheus, like Kundalini, vilifies the crown chakra, resulting in the birth of wisdom and knowledge, personified by the Goddess Athena.



The Anger of Zeus

Zeus had an inordinate desire to destroy the human race, his own creation. Prometheus, therefore, helped save mankind from destruction, as Aeschylus writes in Prometheus Bound (228 - 258 );

" But of wretched mortals he (Zeus) took no notice, desiring to bring the whole race to an end and create a new one in its place. Against this purpose none dared make stand except me--I only had the courage; I saved mortals so that they did not descend, blasted utterly, to the house of Haides."

This motif of the ruling Gods resentment of a “Divine Child” because of a possible dethronement and eventual demise repeats itself throughout religious literature, mythology, and legend. It is the most common motif  found in Myth which I cover in my article “Gods Divine Birth in Religion and Myth." The God Cronus is opposed to the birth of his children, including Zeus; Krishna is opposed by the King Kamsa, Moses by the Egyptian Pharaoh, Christ by Herod and Horus by Set. Each King or God attempts to prevent the birth of a divine child or an enlightened being that doubles in meaning as a symbol for the next generation.  


I have written the reason for the kings' hatred is, “On all accounts, the resistance to evolutionary change is the most comprehensive explanation for the destructive actions of the evil God-Kings as they are symbolic personal representatives of an immovable burden; the inertia of the past and its unconscious obscurity.”

The fact is we still carry within our genes and psychology of the cellular memory of the slow upward climb through mineral and animal Kingdoms along with its' karmic burdens which at every step opposes the birth higher consciousness. The king or God that opposes evolution is as much inside us, as outside. From the personal level,  the inside represents the ego and negative emotions; in the outside external world the resistance refers to material worlds unconsciousness, but is likewise symbolized by mountain Prometheus is staked to.

After Prometheus saved mankind from destruction, which means humanity in its' present form was still advancing in awareness and spirituality, he then removed the “knowledge of the future,'' because foresight would hinder our functioning especially if the idea of our future death was constantly on the mind. But on a deeper spiritual "foresight" disappeared due to the incarnation of matter - or reincarnation. There was a belief by the Greek philosophers such as Plato, believed that souls were made to drink from the river, Lethe, (river of forgetfulness), before being reincarnated so they would not remember their past lives. The forgetfulness allowed the soul to develop the individuality of one’s consciousness by learning a special lesson each life.

On the other hand, one can understand this motif from the higher perspective of an enlightened being who experiences Time as a property of consciousness, analogous to color as a property of light, the two can’t be separated. When consciousness starts to expand not only does foresight disappear so does afterthought, the past and future fade into the eternal now, you might say, someone who is enlightened lives in a different time zone, one with no zip code. 

After creating man, Prometheus proceeded to watch over his creation with the intention of protecting humanity's continued advancement. The plot thickens as we follow the narrative written by the Greek Hesiod, in his epic poem “Works and Days.” Zeus, the father of the men and Gods planned a sacrificial meal at Mecone, which was to be a settling of accounts between the immortal gods and mankind. Prometheus presented two bulls as sacrificial offerings to the Olympians; one was a selection of meat hidden inside the bull’s stomach which looked terrible on outside but contained the highest grade meats inside. The other offering consisted of bulls’ bones wrapped in "glistening fat" (an inedible interior with a pleasing exterior). Zeus was tricked and chose the glistening fat which set a precedent for future ceremonial sacrifices. From that point forward Zeus’ worshipers would consume the meat themselves and only offer fat and bones to the Gods, which consequently angered the Olympian Gods. So in this version, the use of fire was already known but Zeus took back this knowledge and concealed it from humans.

Next, to acting as an immortal God and trickster, Prometheus stole the eternal flame burning in the giant fennel-stalk.This fennel stalk can also be symbolized by the backbone or spine which the kundalini fire flows through. Zeus was already angered by Prometheus’ past trickery and handed out an outrageous punishment to Prometheus by chaining him to a rock on the Caucasus Mountains, where an eagle ate his liver every day, but then regenerated every night. This cycle would have continued for eternity because of  Prometheus’s immortality, but after 30,000 years of punishment, the Greek God Hercules, killed the eagle then unchained Prometheus and set him free.

Prometheus's Torture 
 In addition to Prometheus’s torture, Zeus punished him by creating Pandora, the first woman, who was destined to bring misery to the human race. Zeus summoned Hephaestus; the God of fire, metal craftsman’s and the art of sculpture to form her out of clay, while the four winds gave her life by their breath. Aphrodite bestowed beauty on her and “shed grace upon her head and cruel longing and cares that weary the limbs." Hermes gave her the power of speech, putting in "lies and a crafty nature." The Charities bestowed necklaces and Horae gave her a Golden Crown. Finally, Hermes named her Pandora” meaning all–gifted, since she received numerous gifts from so many Olympian Gods and presented her to Epimetheus, the younger and less intelligent brother of Prometheus to be his bride. Zeus had given Pandora a wedding present, a pithos or jar as a wedding gift which contained all of the aforementioned gifts. Prometheus had cautioned Epimetheus not to accept any such gifts from Zeus (due to a fear of further punishments), but he didn't listen and accepted Pandora into his home when the Jar was opened the evil spread across the earth with only one item left inside-Hope.

 The Greek poet Hesiod in the eighth century BC wrote of Prometheus in his epic poem Theogony;

"The gods keep hidden from men the means of life . . . Zeus in the anger of his heart hid it, because Prometheus the crafty deceived him; therefore he planned sorrow and mischief against men. He hid fire; but that the noble son of Iapetos stole again for men from Zeus the counselor in a hollow fennel-stalk so that Zeus who delights in thunder did not see it. But afterward Zeus who gathers the clouds said to him in anger: ‘Son of Iapetos, surpassing all in cunning, you are glad that you have outwitted me and stolen fire--a great plague to you yourself and to men that shall be. But I will give men as the price for fire an evil thing in which they may all be glad of heart while they embrace their own destruction.’


So said the father of men and gods, and laughed aloud. And he bade famous Hephaistos make haste and mix earth with water and to put in it the voice and strength of humankind, and fashion a sweet, lovely maiden-shape, like to the immortal goddesses in face; and Athene (Athena) to teach her needlework and the weaving of the varied web; and golden Aphrodite to shed grace upon her head and cruel longing and cares that weary the limbs. And he charged Hermes the guide, the Slayer of Argos, to put in her a shameless mind and a deceitful nature. So he ordered. And they obeyed the lord Zeus the son of Kronos (Cronus). 

Forthwith [Hephaistos, Hephaestus] the famous Lame God molded clay in the likeness of a modest maid, as the son of Kronos purposed. And the goddess bright-eyed Athene girded and clothed her and the divine (Charities, Graces) and queenly (Persuasion) put necklaces of gold upon her, and the rich-haired (Horae, Seasons) crowned her head with spring flowers. And Pallas Athene bedecked her form with all manners of finery. Also [Hermes] the Guide, the Slayer of Argos, contrived within her lies and crafty words and a deceitful nature at the will of loud thundering Zeus, and the Herald of the gods put speech in her. And he called this woman Pandora (All-Gifts), because all they who dwelt on Olympus gave each a gift, a plague to men who eat bread.

But when he had finished the sheer, hopeless snare, the Father sent glorious Argus-Slayer [Hermes], the swift messenger of the gods, to take it to Epimetheus as a gift. And Epimetheus did not think on what Prometheus had said to him, bidding him never take a gift of Olympian Zeus, but to send it back for fear it might prove to be something harmful to men. But he took the gift, and afterward, when the evil thing was already his, he understood. For ere this the tribes of men lived on earth remote and free from ills and hard toil and heavy sickness which bring the (Fates) upon men; for in misery men grow old quickly. But the woman took off the great lid of the jar (pithos) with her hands and scattered all these and her thought caused sorrow and mischief to men.

Only Elpis (Hope) remained there in an unbreakable home within under the rim of the great jar and did not fly out at the door; for ere that, the lid of the jar stopped her, by the will of Ageis-holding Zeus who gathers the clouds. But the rest, countless plagues, wander amongst men; for the earth is full of evils and the sea is full. Of themselves diseases come upon men continually by day and by night, bringing mischief to mortals silently; for wise Zeus took away speech from them. So is there no way to escape the will of Zeus(4).



Interpretation from the Gnostic viewpoint 


Here is short synopsis based on the Gnostic philosopher Samuel Aun Weors’ interpretation of “Prometheus”. Samuel Aun Weors’ was a philosopher and author of seventy books on esoteric philosophy about the souls' evolution. The Myth is explained in terms of how Divine forces can transform the mind and give one the powers of creation and knowledge. They write of the Promethean fire as a symbol of Kundalini. While Pandora is the all-gifted Goddess who graces man only if one learns how not waste her gifts, as she represents water or the sexual fluids that are necessary for sublimation. Prometheus is chained to the physical (rock) then eaten by the eagle (negative desires and karma ) until Man was able to perfect him by a purifying fire with the help of Hercules the hero-savior, who was another symbol for Christ consciousness who then saves Prometheus from an eternity of torture.

Sigmund Freud's interpretation

Sigmund Freud’s interpretation rested on his theory of on mans’ repressed subconscious desires, conflict with the conscious mind. By taking backfire from mankind Zeus was emasculating mankind. The fennel stalk symbolized the phallic element which is closely connected with water and is also an element that would threaten Zeus' powerful thunderbolt, a similar phallic symbol. Freud injects into the thesis the motif of mans’ overwhelming desire to urinate on fire which was a desire to overcome in order to handle fire along with overcoming his repressed homosexual desires. The God Zeus was a symbol of man’s ID,  in which originated primitive drives and instincts and made the battle of wills between Prometheus and Zeus a symbol of the conflict between the Id and Ego, as it could be interpreted as an internal conflict to repress subconscious desires.

Both of these interpretations ignore major motifs of the previous golden age of man, and also the unseen consequences of fires' discovery. Samael Aun Weor' interpretation seems to find a spiritual explanation for part of the narrative, (which I agree) while missing the understanding of its material connotations related to technology. Freud sees everything in terms of his psychological philosophy, that ties mans’ problems to the lowest level of human desires. Freud projects onto the Greek writers his own cultural bias while totally ignoring Zeus’s actual explanation for the punishment; the misuse of technology. The Gnostic article on Prometheus is very worthwhile reading.

One must understand that there is several different ways to understand mythology as “Poetry of the Soul.”  These narratives have as much meaning as the clouds in the sky, which are much more than just water vapor floating along. Each person will see something different within the cloudy myth because the meaning changes with our own spiritual growth.  An interpretation is flexible to a certain extent and requires inner depth, but when envisioned holistically the research leads me to believe the clearest analysis is based on the thesis of the evolution of consciousnesses.  

Interpretation from the viewpoint of the evolution of human consciousness

The flame of Kundalini was stolen from the Gods and hidden in the fennel stalk which is a symbol of the human spine. In Greek myth, the Caduceus or Dionysus' thyrsus are both rods that can heal and denote authority. In the Bible, the rod of Aaron and Moses are related to this same motif. When Moses threw his rod down it turned into a serpent that could work miracles. Similarly, Prometheus is chained to a mountain, and a shaft is driven “through his middle’ which again is a link to spinal column running through the center of the body. The snake/serpent and stone appear in legends such as the Grail myth, as Arthur as must pull the sword embedded in the sacred stone to fulfill his destiny. The sword just like the rod or staff is metaphorically significant as a symbol for the spine that carries the power of awareness which needs to be released from its hold, or secret place within the stone of matter of the human body. It is capable of great gifts and miracles in the sense of changing the biology of the human body.

The mountain is used in quite several narratives, but I feel it is analogous to the symbol of the stone in mythology. It is a metaphor for the deepest layer of unconsciousness that lies within the physical realm, which can only be transformed by an equally deep expression of consciousness. It is the resistance within matter itself that chains Prometheus to the “Stone” mountain, denoting the terrible suffering that one must endure through countless life’s before one is allowed into the bliss higher consciousness.

In a similar fashion, the Medusa had her hair turned into serpents by Virgin Athena, for having a sexual union with Poseidon in one of her temples. Medusa possessed the power to turn anyone into stone who just gazed at her, a motif that is analogous to Pandora's release of evil spirits and Prometheus' punishment on the Caucasus mountains. Pandora lost her positive qualities after the jar was opened. The underlying formula here is the emphasis on purity and chastity which if not followed leads symbolically to the release of Pandora's evil and the materialization of the mind (stuck in stone like Medusa). The jar of Pandora carries all of humanity's good and bad traits and refers to the creative side of the feminine energy that will only transform an initiate if it is kept closed, that is if the sexual and emotional prana is recirculated throughout the body. It was an afterthought; literally, Epimetheus who in some versions opened the jar as most of humans puts pleasure before consequences.

                                                                        
      P A N D O R A

I can understand Pandora on the energetic and psychological level as a personification of femininity, associated with fertility and the gift of life. Energetically she is a mixture of water and earth, as “Hephaestus make haste and mix earth with water”. She represents coolness, inward flow of subtle energies. Every gift she received from the Gods also had its opposite attached like some dark shadow, which is emphasized by the words of Hesiod. The jar Pandora carries symbolizes the gifts of the spirit, originally it held all that was good but as soon it was opened, the dual nature of each gift became a curse. The unopened jar is a symbol reflecting on virginity and chastity of Pandora, who like the Virgin Athena is an aspect of the Virgin Goddesses, as both Goddesses provided their followers with every blessing imaginable. The gifts become curses when the vessel or bottle is opened signifying humanities devaluation of sexual energy and its' sublimation.


Now, why does an eagle devour Prometheus’s liver each day, which then regenerates at night. It is a part of the story which reflects on livers function in detoxification of the blood and as an emotional container for anger. This cleansing is the most important physiological functions an initiate must endear before Prana can penetrate into the “Cave of Brahman," any impurities will cause a number of nonassignable mental problems. The metaphor of the Serpent and its release of poison occur in the Krishna narrative and among many others, He tamed the serpent Kaliya, who previously poisoned the waters of Yamuna River, thus leading to the death of the cowherds. Each time prana rises and falls creating a circuit in the body, (symbolically portrayed by the Ouroboros) the depth and intensity of awareness expand, but the body must be purified of toxins and physically prepared. In a similar vein, Hercules fought the serpent Landon to obtain the golden apple of higher consciousness, just as St. George who fought the dragon.

The motif also relates to the mythic founding of Delphi, which states that the God Apollo slew the Drakon Pytho. The serpent in Prometheus’ case is a metaphor for the lower desires, physical inertia, ego and adverse forces that must be conquered before the gold of higher consciousness is achieved.When interpreted as a symbol of a Kundalini awakening, the Prometheus torture represents the initiates psychological and physical transformation. First, his misuse of fire by sexual excess is delineated by Pandora's evil, while he suffers being staked to the mountain of material existence until his liver purifies his blood and Hercules unchains him, which is symbolic of reaching higher consciousness. The second motif associated with the misuse of Fire is explained by applying ones intelligence and inventiveness for destructive means, that is by trying to dominate nature with technology instead of respecting its feminine nature as "Mother Earth".

The Golden Age

Hesiod writes that long before man’s discovery of fire there existed a golden age. When reverent men “worked hard and ate from abundant groves of fruit”, which implies that before fires' discovery mankind survived by eating uncooked or raw foods: that is probably fruits, greens, herbs, and nuts. Also, the myth says the “gods keep hidden from men the means of life [crops].” The knowledge of fire is a prerequisite for the planting of any of the grains (crops) such as wheat, barley, which need to be cooked. Whether grains are actually a wholesome food has now come into the question itself along with eating meat, which is depicted in Prometheus’s stealing the burnt sacrificial animals and feeding mankind the best cuts. The philosophy of vegetarianism has a very ancient history among the Greek philosophers, the list includes, Plato, Plotinus, Pythagoras, which is closely tied in with their ideas of non–violence and living on only what nature provides. Their beliefs about diet were probably just as diverse as modern practices, with only several small voices questioning the eating and cooking of sentient animals. 

The stealing of the best meat for humanity instead of the Gods could point to the beginning of man's fascination with cooking meat; and, this was also one reason for Prometheus' torture. This interpretation of Prometheus’s punishment, from a dietary standpoint, still leaves an interesting question why Zeus or any God required the blood of a slaughtered animal as a burnt offering or holocaust as they called it, a religious practice (burnt sacrifice) which was found throughout the world.

While there are the purifying actions that fire wields, the destructive power is just as great. It can easily destroy anything it touches including humans. The element of Fire depletes the life force of seeds and fertilized eggs by scrambling the DNA. Common sense will show a boiled egg or cooked nut/seeds cannot grow any further, thus stopping the growth cycle of life. In the same way, too much heat is averse to the production of sperm, particularly nuclear radiation that cause sterility. The list of adverse effects of fire is long and complicated. Outwardly fire was therefore considered detrimental to female fertility and life itself. Zeus stated the punishment was because of using fire, which would cause mankind embracing a destructive mode of life. You can add to this by overusing fire, by coal and oil burning.

Pandoras' Vase
If not for the misuse of fire, Pandora would have stayed all-gifted, endowed with beauty and intelligence. The plagues and ill’s released were the karmic consequence of using fire in a way that destroys rather than creates. In this sense Zeus never punished Prometheus, his own desire to improve on nature created the situation. Civilization is particularly blind to the creative forces in nature; the feminine fertility or life force grows very slowly upward and expands outwardly, which can be easily derailed by the use of too much heat

Pandora, the all-gifted whose beauty and intelligence were should have been a blessing to Prometheus, but the misuse of fire both internally and externally turned the natural world upside down, leaving only ashes instead of thriving abundant earth.

Prometheus was punished for multiple felonies against the spirit of life, both for his theft of fire, trickery and disobedience to Zeus, (who in Greek Mythology was actually worshiped as a transfigured serpent) (5)  Zeus’ prophetic judgments came from a place of inner knowledge of humanities true path while Prometheus’ ignorance of the future consequences of fire technology and the hubris it entails was the real message hidden in the bottle. Misusing the life force for inferior purposes, for power and comfort both inwardly and outwardly one, resulted in being chained to the mountain of material forces. When Aion, (Father Time) addresses Zeus: he comes to the same conclusion about Prometheus; Saying that instead of using a fire outwardly, with all its negative results, Prometheus should have taught mankind how to create the sweet nectar or "Soma" inside their body which would have quenched mankind’s desires:

Prometheus himself causes man's misery--Prometheus who cares for poor mortals! Instead of fire which is the beginning of all evil he ought rather to have stolen sweet nectar, which rejoices the heart of the gods, and given that to men, that he might have scattered the sorrows of the world with your own drink." (6)


(The sweet nectar was Soma or the "Food of the Gods", which is produced  by  Kundalini  in the body and feeds the inner light.)

Fire in the Hole, a Warning  

There are several mystics who believed electricity to be fire, Sri Aurobindo, Rudolph Steiner, and Goethe just to name three. All of them understood that the world is made from a matrix of consciousness which could only be transformed by imitating natural lifestyle and not through mechanical or electrical apparatus, which would eventually move us away from developing our spiritual potential.

Did man really understand fires’ destructive properties as Zeus warned? Do the scientific elite of today know anything about the subtle energetic transformations that occur in nature, as one form of matter grows into another? What are modern sciences theories of the elements regarding the use of fire- there is no philosophical speculation, no peer-reviewed papers, it’s a process which is overlooked, under the assumption that we are separate from nature and fire has no detrimental effects. But here we are in the middle of possible destruction of the world ecosystems because of the burning of carbon products that saturate the atmosphere with enormous amounts of carbon dioxide that a deforested planet cannot convert into oxygen quickly enough.

The continued advancement of nuclear power, (which is nothing more than a giant steam turbine to create electricity), is detrimental because subatomic particles and radiation are known to destroy the life force of the planet and fertility. There is the problem of electromagnetic and electrical seepage causing numerous unnamed biological problems. Electronic control of the mind through implementing subconscious symbolism by television, radio, internet, microchips, is another disorder. Radar involves electromagnetic waves that can disturb the natural energies of the atmosphere. Don’t forget the control of weather through secret program HAARP. They base each of these innovations on electricity or some explosion, which is a destructive fire or electrical process.

Our modern paradigms, particularly scientific, won’t acknowledge that a feminine creative force even exists. This results in the belief that everything in the universe eventually loses order or entropies, which begs the question of how the universe was ever created. The same reasoning applies to the big bang theory, which again assumes that a giant explosion created the Universe. Each paradigm requires theories based entirely upon the explosive element of fire resulting in the misunderstanding of life itself and humanity’s place on the blue planet.

A fire has both destructive consequences and purifying actions. The ancient Greek philosophers and alchemists understood the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether to be the building blocks of the universe, each element supporting the next in a transformative cycle which creates nature. They defied the forces of Nature in their myths to explain the seasonal changes, a cold winter proceeded a fertile spring and summer. They weren't the only thinkers who understood the limits of technology, there are many western philosophers who thought in a similar fashion, two of these are Rudolph Steiner and Viktor Schauberger.

For a more modern perspective of subtle energies, we must delve into the works and theories of Viktor Schauberger (June 1885–September 1958), who was an Austrian forester, naturalist, philosopher, and subtle energy researcher. They consider him the father of implosion technology. His theories took into account the inward flowing path of a water vortex. He discovered by observing nature in its pristine condition that fish could stay motionless in streams because of their rounded egg shape as water flowed around the surface effortlessly creating suction behind their body which was used to propel them forward. He researched deeply into the curved path which air and water follow in nature and then developed a number of inventions, called Eco-Technologies that applied the implosion principle or creative feminine force.

An important concept he championed was his idea that water is the lifeblood of the earth, a living entity that gave life to Gaia. Schauberger found that cold water is densest at the +4 C degrees anomaly point during a full moon, as this water would become more buoyant than heated water. When water flows through vortices while moving down a winding river it pulled in the cosmic prana which increased the life force,  as opposed to running water through straight pipes or turbines which depleted the waters fertility due to the heat of friction. His conclusion was that practically all of our current forms of technology will eventually destroy the water table quality and reduce the oxygen in the atmosphere leading to an Ice age.

He condemned the modern university scientists and their shortsighted theories eventually paying a high price for his writings by being institutionalized for a short period. This what Schauberger thought of our modern Fire Technology;

"In contrast, all 'technical' machines, i.e. all dynamos, turbines, pressure pumps, propellers, explosion and steam-driven engines, all furnaces, gas and electric heating appliances, all soil-tilling and harvesting machinery, etc. provide a developmentally harmful ex-pulse to initiate motion. Because of this and without exception, the atom lattice thus moved ruptures, resulting in the disintegration of the molecular (bacteriophagous) formations in suspension. In unnaturally moved air or water decadent stresses appear, causing the decay of the decisive energy-concentrates. This leads to the build-up of decadent potential and the decomposition of the blood of the Earth, and thus to a total economic collapse along the whole course of development." (7)


So Viktor Schauberger is in agreement with Zeus's warning that mankind will embrace their own destruction by the misuse and misunderstanding of fire and nuclear technology.

Other mystics have mentioned a connection between fire and electricity. Sri Aurobindo was an enlightened Indian master whose influence will be felt for centuries. His writings on the evolution of consciousness are very extensive. In the book “Adventures in Consciousness," a concise biography of Aurobindo’s major philosophical points are reviewed. Aurobindo lists three types of fire or (Agni, the Indian God of Fire); one is regular fire, the second is electrical and the third is solar fire. So we can see from this viewpoint electricity is another type of Agni” or fire, which was also as a God in the Hindu religion.

Rudolph Steiner with other spiritual philosophers such as Goethe believed electricity was a destructive force, one that would disturb natural spin of the elements. It is energetically the opposite of the feminine force or cool vortex and suction that creates life. Steiner thoughts on electricity were more reflective of ancient mythology than modern scientific theories. The ancients personified the forces of nature, giving each a unique myth and place in our world, for example, Iris was the Virgin Goddess of the rainbow, and the sun God was Apollo, the sky God, Zeus. The forces of nature were conceived as conscious beings that did whatever was necessary to keep order in the Universe. Now Steiner’s thoughts were similar in labeling electricity with the epithet of Evil.

He notes how quickly humanity has changed since the use of electricity. Before this explosion of electrical inventions, the average human could exist in a natural environment surrounded by the light of the Sun, clean water and air and spiritually connect to nature unaffected by electro-mechanical vibrations Steiner writes;

"electricity than began to affect mans’ nerves, expelling from them everything that tended towards the spiritual. (8)

Our civilization has forgotten the world of nature and its innate goodness unaffected by electromagnetic vibrations of artificial machinery; Nature once existed without cell towers. Microwaves, radio, television, radar Wi-Fi, which have all energetically stressed man’s nerves and in the words of Steiner;



“expelling from them everything that was spiritual.” (9)


Steiner ascribed "moral impulses" to the forces of nature, electricity had an immoral substance that was evil and could only be overcome in the higher world. The light was contrasted with electricity as the two resemble good and evil. So again we find we exist in a world which good and evil forces that are personified in the minds of mystics from ancient times to present. The world is a play of consciousness forces.


The Promethean spirit rests on the theft of fire, not of gratitude or love for the whole universe; one built on hubris. This is the reason the Olympian Gods withheld "fire" who would not allow man’s domineering mind to get the power of fire. Zeus wasn't jealous or angry with mankind's' creative powers as Hesiod thinks, but watchful and concerned as a father is to a son who admonishes him for playing with matches. Zeus staked Prometheus to the mountain while an eagle tore his liver apart every night which in esoteric philosophy represents the emotion of anger, a fitting symbol of fire and of its effect on the inner spirit of humanity. At certain times in life, one has to give up the idea of control and just live simply while giving back to nature as much as taking.

Prometheus wasn't reverent to the Gods compared to the great men of the golden age, who “worked hard and ate the fruits of nature. His misuse of fire deflowered Pandora, the first women to lose all her gifts. The beauty of nature, the coolness of water, even our own survival instinct has flown away burned by ignorance of not just the outward flame but the inward light. 

The world stands at the beginning of the twenty-first century facing the greatest fire, nuclear destruction. We continue along in a daze, unable to face the gigantic changes about to befall humanity, immune to the feminine energy of creation. 

There is only “HOPE” left in Pandora’s’ little bottle. A “HOPE”  portrayed by the hero and savior Hercules. who symbolizes the next stage of higher consciousness. This mythic journey of Prometheus can be summed in the understanding that the fire within ourselves must be developed and grown through mediation and a natural lifestyle close to the earth, and only then, when humanity comes into balance with fire and water or the destructive and creative energies (anger and sex) within ourselves will civilization enter the Golden age.


References

 (1)  Burkert, Walter...  Greek Religion (, pg. 171) translated by John Raffan   
        Publisher:  Harvard University Press.

(2)   Satprem, Sri  Aurobindo or the Adventures of Consciousness,
         translated by Michel Danino.
         Publisher: The Mothers Institute of Research, Delhi and Mira Aditi, Mysore

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Footnotes 


(2)  Plato, Protagoras 320c - 322a (trans. Jowett) (Greek philosopher C 4th B.C.):

(3) Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 441 ff (trans. Weir Smyth) (Greek tragedy C 5th B.C.):

(4) Hesiod, Works & Days 54 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C 8th or C 7th B.C.):

(5) Jane Ellen Harrison,Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion” pg.17/18we are brought face to face with the astounding fact that Zeus, the father of gods and men, is figured by his worshipers as a snake.’’

(6) Nonnus, Dionysiaca 7.7 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.): "[Aion, Father Time, addresses Zeus:]

(7) Viktor Schauberger, Implosion Magazine, No. 116, p. 37-45


























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