“There is an ancient Hermetic saying, “As above, so below,” as in the universe so in man, as in the universal principle and finer bodies of man, so in the gross physical body. We cannot divorce the Creator from His Creation. In like manner we cannot divorce the Divine Principle in man from man when considering him, and must regard the physical body as the vesture and manifestation of the God within.
It is therefore significant that Aristotle and anatomists prior to his day and in our own have recognized the fact that the human body is androgynous, and accurately speaking neither male nor female, but bisexual. In the male body the female organs of sex exist in a state of latent development; and in the female organism the male organs of sex are present in rudimentary form. Thus we find upon the physical plane an evidence that a dual force, male and female, positive and negative, is manifesting in every human being. And we must inevitably conclude that the attraction between the sexes, since it is of a magnetic character, is the result of the effort universal in Nature to balance these positive and negative forces.
The existence of a dual force operative in man and its balance in the perfect man, Adam, is plainly stated in the first chapter of Genesis, verse 27. ” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them,” and more explicitly in chapter v., verses 1 and 2, “In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him; male and female created He them; and blessed them and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”
This verse reveals the Fatherhood and Motherhood of God, making known to us that the Divine or Solar Force is both positive and negative in its manifestation, yet at its Source maintained in a unity of sublime harmony and balance.
If the ultimate goal of the individual soul’s evolution on this planet is the formation of a deathless Solar Body which can only evolve when a perfect balance of the positive and negative currents of Solar Force has been achieved, then marriage or the effort of the soul to balance self with its opposite-, thereby attaining a transitory equilibrium, must be in its essence spiritual. Swedenborg affirms this truth regarding the polarization of the sexes when he says, “Love that is truly conjugal in its first essence is love to the Lord.” And Plato expands this divine reality in the Phaedrus.
But whenever one who is fresh from those mysteries, who saw much of that heavenly vision, beholds in any god-like face or form a successful copy of original beauty,–he is inspired with a reverential awe, and did he not fear the repute of exceeding madness, he would offer sacrifice to his beloved as to the image of a god.”
Thus the Sages of our Order teach their disciples to worship God through the being beloved as a means of purifying the mind and of creating chaste thought in the world. For the person who, thinking of his beloved one, prays to God through that being, recognizing in him or in her that divinity which is of God, breaks no law; for one cannot approach God through the being that one loves with impure thought.”
“Praise the name of thy Lord THE MOST HIGH,
Who hath created and balanced ALL THINGS.”
THE KORAN, SURA lxxxvii.
(Excerpt paraphrased from: Comte de Gabalis)