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Lessons in the Unfoldment of the Philosopher's Stone

Lessons in the Unfoldment of the Philosopher's Stone



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byDelmar DeForest Bryant
With Notes and Commentaries by Paul Foster Case
This text was taken from a somewhat mangled digital copy and reformatted. Boldemphasis was put to Paul Foster Case’s commentaries which appear in parenthesis.Some sections which were not parenthetical in the original format where checkedagainst other PFC references and were found to be definitely his quotes, as are variousparenthetical commentary in the text unarguably
his own, so bolding emphasis wasadded accordingly. I appologize for anything I may have missed or inadvertantly added.Barry Ira Geller © 2005 The Erelim/Tetragram ProjectApril 13, 2005
byDelmar DeForest Bryant
Commentaries by Paul Foster Case in Bolded Parenthesis
Reformatted by Barry Ira Geller 
Behold I lay in Zion for the foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a preciouscorner stone, a sure foundation. He that believeth shall not make haste."
---Isaiah: 28.16 
No greater mystery was ever involved in human consciousness than thatwhich is implied in the term "Philosophers' Stone." Although the greatest of mysteries, and one that seemingly defies analysis and baffles investigation,yet for that very reason if for no other, it fascinates and holds the minds of all who come in touch with the subject and credit the possibility of itsattainment or discovery.Setting out in search for this wondrous Stone is very much like undertakinga journey to the end of the rainbow for that fabled pot of gold. To attemptthe solution of the mystery subjects one to the fate of those who tried toanswer the Riddle of the Sphinx; yet from all the available hints andsuggestions afforded us through the writings of numerous mystics it isapparent that the thing has been known and understood by many, and thatit is simple of explication, once one has the key to it, as the famous Riddle.The Sages all assure us that the Thing called Philosophers' Stone is athing "seen by all but recognized by few." They say that it is a commonelement, or rather the Quintessence of all elements, Fire, Air, Earth, Water,
and that virtually it is contained in all things, but more in some than inothers. Again, they say that its simplicity is so great that if openly declaredit would be utterly incredible.Pythagoras, in his Fourth Table, says: "How wonderful is the agreement of the Sages in the midst of difference! They all say that they have preparedthe Stone out of the substance which by the vulgar is looked upon as thevilest thing on earth. Indeed, if we were to tell the vulgar herd the ordinaryname of our substance, they would look upon our assertion as a daringfalsehood. But if they were acquainted with its virtue they would notdespise that which is, in reality, the most precious thing in the world. Godhas concealed this mystery from the wicked and the scornful, in order thatthey may not use it for evil purposes." Such statements as these only addto the baffling nature of the mystery itself, since they carry completeconfirmation of its reality, but throw little or no light upon its nature or means for its discovery. They serve to whet the zeal of those aspirants tothe attainment of this wonderful Stone, but do not greatly aid them infinding it.People in general, may be divided into two classes, viz., those who never heard of such a thing as the Philosophers' Stone, and they are the mass,and, those who have heard it mentioned, but who regard it as somemedieval fake or fairy-tale. Just a rare few there are who take the subjectseriously and believe in the existence of the Stone, and the possibility of itsproduction. But of those who believe, we have two distinct classes. 1st;those who construe it as metaphysical, and 2nd, those who hold to thepurely physical conception.The former class, and they include probably the mass of our thinkers andwriters, interpret the Philosopher's Stone of Hermetic Science to be somepeculiar and abnormal psychic development of the individual, by andthrough which he acquires unusual powers, not only in the extension of theordinary sense-faculties, but also in the acquisition of magical ability indealing with the elements themselves.The latter class, only a few of whom exist on this planet at the present time,read the writings of the Sages more literally, and see the Stone for what itpurports to be, viz., a menstruum or means for prolonging life, as well as for the conversion of the baser metals into Silver and Gold.

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