Guardian of the Threshold


Guardian of the Threshold

The Guardian of the Threshold is a menacing figure that is described by a number of leading esoteric teachers, [ Madame Blavatsky, "Isis Unveiled", 1877 ] [Rudolf Steiner, “Knowledge of the Higher Worlds”, 1923] [Dion Fortune, “The Mystical Qabalah”, 1935] The term "Guardian of the Threshold", often called "dweller on the threshold" indicates a spectral image which is supposed to manifests itself as soon as "the student of the spirit ascends upon the path into the higher worlds of knowledge" [Franz Hartmann, The Dweller of the Threshold, Reprinted from The Theosophist, Vol. XI 1889 ] [Rudolf Steiner,An Outline of Occult Science,Anthroposophic Press 1972 ] [Tommaso Palamidessi, The Guardians of the Threshold, ed. Archeosofica, 1969 ]

The Guardian of the Threshold according to Theosophy

The "Dweller of the Threshold" (or "Guardian of the Threshold") is a literary invention of the English mystic and novelist Sir Bulwer Lytton, found in his romance Zanoni (1842). Right after the novel, the term has obtained wide currency and usage in theosophical circles. The Guardian of the Threshold is a spectral figure is the abstract of the debit and credit book of the individual. "It is the combined evil influence that is the result of the wicked thoughts and acts of the age in which any one may live, and it assumes to each student a definite shape at each appearance, being always either of one sort or changing each time" [ Eusebio Urban, Path, December, 1888] "This Dweller of the Threshold meets us in many shapes. It is the Cerberus guarding the entrance to Hades; the Dragon which St. Michael (spiritual will-power) is going to kill; the Snake which tempted Eve, and whose head will be crushed by the heel of the woman; the Hobgoblin watching the place where the treasure is buried, etc. He is the king of evil, who will not permit that within his kingdom a child should grow up, which might surpass him in power; the Herod before whose wrath the divine child Christ has to flee into a foreign country, and is not permitted to return to his home (the soul) until the king (Ambition, Pride, Vanity, Self-righteousness, etc.) is dethroned or dead." [Franz Hartmann, The Dweller of the Threshold, Reprinted from The Theosophist, Vol. XI 1889 ] According to Max Heindel, the Dweller on the Threshold (also called "Guardian of the Threshold"), which every aspirant has to meet -usually at an early stage of his progress into the unseen worlds- is one of the causes of main causes of obsession of men interested in occultism. [Max Heindel, "The Web Destiny", Rosicrucian Fellowship ]

The Guardians of the Threshold according to Anthroposophy

The main theosophical teachings about the "dweller of the threshold" remain valide also for anthroposophical scholars. In addition to them Rudolf Steiner speaks about this spectral image called the "Guardian of the Threshold" in "An Outline of Occult Science". According to Steiner's teachings this images will present itself as soon as the student of the spirit ascends upon the path into the higher worlds of knowledge. At a certain stage of the evolution the soul forces, of thinking, feeling, and willing will dissociates themselves and bring to the "student" a new inner way of perceiving that will bring to the encounter of the first Guardian of the Threshold. This Doppelgänger is like a "guardian" that stands before the supersensible world, in order to deny entrance to those who are not truly capable of entering. He may therefore be called the "guardian of the threshold that lies before the world of soul and spirit.". Moreover, according to Rudolf Steiner's teachings, this "guardian of the threshold" may also be encountered when men pass through physical death, and between death and a new birth.
Rudolf Steiner also identified two different "Guardian of the Threshold", one being the "lesser", while the other one is called the "greater":

"The student meets the lesser Guardian when the threads connecting willing, feeling, and thinking within the finer astral and etheric bodies begin to loosen, in the way described in the foregoing chapter. The greater Guardian is encountered when this sundering of the connections extends to the physical parts of the body, that is, at first to the brain. The lesser Guardian is a sovereign being. He does not come into existence, as far as the student is concerned, until the latter has reached the requisite stage of development. Only some of his most important characteristics can here be indicated. "Rudolf Steiner,"Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: How Is It Achieved?", Steiner Press

The Guardians of the Threshold according to Archeosophy

Most of theosophical and anthroposophical beliefs on the Guardians of the Threshold are considered valid by archeosophical scholars. In addition to that, Tommaso Palamidessi, in his "The Guardians of the Thresholds and the Evolutionary Way" [Tommaso Palamidessi,"The Guardians of the Thresholds and the Evolutionary Way", 10th Booklet of Archeosophy] , identifies explicitly the "lesser Guardian of the Threshold" as the archetype of the future "body of resurrection". According to Palamidessi as much as Steiner, the lesser Guardian of the Threshold, is not a spirit but a ghost, an energetic charge of base instincts and it belongs to the world of the images of the hereafter. The Guardian is a kind of echo or mirror of the thoughts and actions made by the individual.

"In fact, like the echo of our voice that resounds in the valley but which, being neither us nor our voice, is nevertheless a reflected vibration of our voice, so, the Guardian of the Threshold is the ego of our Ego [...] a feeling of hatred does not finish with the action of hating, but remains recorded in the elemental being, in this imitation of nature, because an action of hatred is accompanied by a concentrated will and thought, that constitutes a process of meditation, therefore, a creating process. In the final analysis, one is persecuted by what the thinker has thought."Tommaso Palamidessi, [http://www.archeosofica.org/en/index.php/Estratti-dai-Quaderni-di-Archeosofia/The-Guardian-of-the-Threshold.html The Guardians of the Threshold] , in 10th Booklet of Archeosophy, ed. Archeosofica, 1969
The Guardian of the Threshold, therefore, is a separate new subtle body, moldable in good or bad, which every Ego received the faculty to create in its own image and likeness. This spectral figure is the abstract of the debit and credit book of the individual and it is destined to be the body of resurrection. According to Palamidessi's thought, the Guardian of the Threshold is the image of what will be the future body of resurrection:
Every Ego received the faculty to create, in its own image and likeness, another of itself, but we say again,“image and likeness”, and this is the archetype of the future body of resurrection, or the actual small “Guardianof the Threshold”. What we are revealing to you is a living part of the archeosophical Mysteries. Instead, the Ego iscreated in the image and likeness of God.Tommaso Palamidessi, "The Guardians of the Thresholds and the Evolutionary Way", ed. Archeosofica, 1969

ee also

*Anthroposophy
*Archeosophy
*Madame Blavatsky
*Tommaso Palamidessi
*Rudolf Steiner
*Theosophy

References

Bibliography

* Sir Bulwer-Lytton, "Zanoni", 1842
* Madame Blavatsky, "Isis Unveiled", 1877
* Eusebio Urban, "Path", December, 1888
* Franz Hartmann, "The Dweller of the Threshold", Reprinted from The Theosophist, Vol. XI 1889
* Rudolf Steiner, "Knowledge of the Higher Worlds", 1923
* Dion Fortune, "The Mystical Qabalah", 1935
* Alice A. Bailey, "Esoteric Astrology", 1951
* Tommaso Palamidessi, "The Guardians of the Thresholds and the Evolutionary Way", ed. Archeosofica, 1969

External links

* [http://www.archeosofica.org/en/index.php/Estratti-dai-Quaderni-di-Archeosofia/The-Resurrection-According-to-Esoteric-Christianity.html The Resurrection and the Guardian of the Threshold] article by Tommaso Palamidessi
* [http://uncletaz.com/doppel.html The Guardian of the Threshold] an excerpt "An Outline of Occult Science" by Rudolf Steiner


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