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The Human Animal

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t Charles Darwin and the evolutionists who came up with the idea that there was an animalistic side of Man, this idea is an ancient one. Three books, the Bible, the Gnostic gospels and the Hermetica say that there is an animalistic side of the human brain and that people need to get out of this state of mind and go into a higher state of consciousness. This is what the Fall of Man is about, it’s about the fall from the spirit into the animal. Here are the passages from these books that talk about the animal nature of the lower state of consciousness.


The Bible.


The Book of Daniel has a similar theme to the Tower of Babel story in the Book of Genesis. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and this is what he saw in bed in Daniel 4:10-16, “Upon my bed this is what I saw; there was a tree at the center of the earth, and its height was great. The tree grew great and strong, its topp reached to heaven, and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth. Its foliage was beautiful, its fruit abundant and it provided food for all. Its foliage was beautiful, its fruit abundant, and it provided food for all. The animals of the field found shade under it, the birds of the air nested in its branches, and from it all living beings were fed. I continued looking, in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and there was a holy watcher,coming down from heaven. He cried aloud and said: ‘Cut down the tree and chop off its branches, strip off its foliage and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from beneath it and the birds from its branches. But leave its stump and roots in the ground,with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field. Let him be bathed with the dew of heaven. and let his lot be with the animals of the field in the grass of the earth. Let his mind be changed from that of a human, and let the mind of an animal be given to him,”


King Nebuchadnezzar was like the tree whos top reached to heaven, which means that he was in touch with heaven, much like the Tower of Babel, but he developed the mind of an animal and this caused him to lose touch with heaven, which is symbolized by the tree getting cut down. King Nebuchadnezzar didn’t literally become an animal but he developed the mind of one and that is just as bad. A lot of people interpret this passage in the Book of Daniel to mean that King Nebuchadnezzar went mad, and this is certaintly true, but he went mad because he developed the mind of an animal, this is the root of mental illnesses. Most leaders that have existed, as well as people and the civilizations have been animalistic in nature and operate primarily from their base instincts. The statement “Let his mind be changed from that of a human, and let the mind of an animal be given to him,” applies to many other people in this world today as well. Even animals are less animalistic than what so many people are.


The Bible also talks about the Beast, which is explained in more detail on the page called the Tower of Babel, which is the system that is created by the collective consciousness of the people who operate from their base instincts. The Beast is the holographic projection that those who operate from their Reptilian brains have created.


Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room at the inn. People don’t realize the important symbolism in Luke 2:7. People believe that he was born in the stables to demonstrate that he had a humble birth, but spiritually he had a humble birth among humans, because humans are on a lower level. Jesus was born among animals, he was placed in a manger, which is something that food is placed into for animals. The stable where he was born in is the world and the animals are humans. The manger he is placed in is for the animals, or humans, to consume him. What do you think the statement, “this is my body” is about?


The Gospel of Mark


7:27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

28 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”


Most people fail to see the significance of this particular passage. It may sound like Jesus was being rude to her by calling her a dog, but what he was really saying is that there are children and there are animals, those are the two groups that exist on this Earth. If people aren’t like a child, in a non polarised state of being and remembering who they are, they are animals, who have no intelligence, wisdom and no knowledge of who they are. They operate from their base instincts and that is why Jesus called her a dog. The food for the children is the higher level of knowledge and it is not meant for those at a lower level of consciousness. This passage is similar to what Jesus said in Matthew 7:6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”


The Gnostic gospels.


The Book of Thomas the Contender,


(139:1) But these visible bodies survive by devouring creatures similar to them with the result that the bodies change. Now that which changes will decay and perish, and has no hope of life from then on, since that body is bestial. So just as the body of the beasts perishes, so also will these formations perish. Do they not derive from intercourse like that of the beasts? If it, (the body) too derives from intercourse, how will it beget anything different from beasts?


(139:30) “And it has fettered them with its chains and bound all their limbs with the bitterness of the bondage of lust for those visible things that will decay and change and swerve by impulse. They have always been attracted downwards; as they are killed, they are assimilated to all the beasts of the perishable realm.”


(141:25) The savior said, “Truly, as for [those], do not esteem them as men, but regard them [as] beasts, for just as beasts devour one another, so also men of this sort devour one another. On the contrary, they are deprived of [the kingdom] since they love the sweetness of the fire and are servants of death and rush to the works of corruption.


The Teachings of Silvanus,


(92:30) “If you mix yourself, you will acquire the three parts as you fall from virtue into inferiority. Live according to the Mind. Do not think about things pertaining to the flesh. Acquire strength, for the mind is strong. If you fall from this other, you have become male-female. And if you cast out of yourself the substance of the mind, which is thought, you have cut off the male part, and turned yourself to the female part alone. You have become psychic, since you have received the substance of the formed. If you cast out the smallest part of this, so that you do not acquire again a human part – but you have accepted for yourself the animal thought and likeness – you have become fleshly, since you have taken on animal nature. For (if) it is difficult to find a psychical man, how much more so to find the Lord?”


(94:30) “It is good for you, O man, to turn yourself toward the human, rather than toward the animal nature – I mean toward the fleshly. You will take on the likeness of the part toward which you will turn yourself.”


“I shall say something further to you. Again, for what will you (masc. sg.) be zealous? Did you (fem. sg.) wish to become animal when you had come into this kind of nature? But rather, share in a true nature of life. To be sure, animality will guide you into the race of the earth, but the rational nature will guide you in rational ways. Turn toward the rational nature, and cast from yourself the earth-begotten nature.”

(105:10) “Light the light within you. Do not extinguish it! Certainly, no one lights a lamp for wild beasts or their young. Raise your dead who have died, for they lived and have died for you. Give them life. They shall live again!”


This passage is saying that God, or his angels, won’t light a lamp for the ignorant people, who are in a state of spiritual ignorance about themselves.


(107:15) “Entrust yourself to reason and remove yourself from animalism. For the animal which has no reason is made manifest. For many think that they have reason, but if you look at them attentively, their speech is animalistic.”


(110:5) “For all base persons flee from their lord, and the (man) base in virtue and wisdom flees from Christ. For every man who is separated (from him) falls into the claws of the wild beasts.”


The Gospel of Philip, (71:20) “There are two trees growing in Paradise. The one bears [animals], the other bears men. Adam [ate] from the tree which bore animals. [He] became an animal and he brought forth animals.”


(78:25) The human being has intercourse with the human being. The horse has intercourse with the horse, the ass with the ass. Members of a race usually have associated [with] those of like race. So spirit mingles with spirit, and thought consorts with thought, and [light] shares [with light. If you (sg.) are born a human being, it is [the human being] who will love you. If you become [a spirit], it is the spirit which will be joined to you. If you become thought, it is thought which will mingle with you. If you become light, it is the light which will share with you. If you become one of those who belong above, it is those who belong above who will rest upon you. If you beome horse or ass or bull or dog or sheep or another of the animals which are outside or below, then neither human being nor spirit nor thought nor light will be able to love you. Neither those who belong above nor those who belong within will be able to rest in you, and you have no part in them.


This passage is saying that you become what you turn your attention to. Becoming an animal means turning away from the spirit and becoming the body. The body, where the soul is ignorant is an animal. The last statement from this passage, “Neither those who belong above nor those who belong within will be able to rest in you, and you have no part in them.”, means that if you turn from the spirit and become ignorant, you will become an animal and you will no longer be in touch with the spirit above or the spirit within, which is your true self.

Authoritative Teaching,


(24:20) “Having left knowledge behind, she fell into bestiality. For a sensless person exists in bestiality, not knowing what it is proper to say and what it is proper not to say.”


“Having left knowledge behind” means the knowledge of the soul and the spiritworld. When people become ignorant of their true selves they become animals and they lose their senses.


(33) “But these – the ones who are ignorant – do not seek after God. Nor do they inquire about their dwelling-place, which exists in rest, but they go about in bestiality. They are more wicked than the pagans, because first of all they do not inquire about God, for their hardness of heart draws them down to make them their cruelty. Furthermore, if they find someone else who asks about his salvation, their hardness of heart sets to work upon that man. And if he does not stop asking, they kill him by their cruelty, thinking that they have done a good thing for themselves.”


The second treatise of the Great Seth, (59:15) “After we went forth from our home, and came down to this world, andcame into being in the world in bodies, we were hated and persecuted, not only by those who are ignorant, but also by those who think that they are advancing the name of Christ, since they were unknowingly empty, not knowing who they are, like dumb animals.”


The Interpretation of Knowledge.


10 “Enter through the rib whence you came and hide yourself from the beasts. The burden that you bear now is not yours. Whenever you (fem.) go … (14 lines missing)… from his glory […] from the first. From being counted with the female, sleep brought labor and the sabbath, which is the world. For from being counted with the Father, sleep brought the sabbath and the exodus from the world of the beasts. For the world is from beasts and it is a beast. Therefore he that is lost has been reckoned to the crafty one, and that one is from the beasts that came forth. They put upon him a garment of condemnation, for the female had no other garment for clothing her seed except the one she brought on the sabbath. For no beast exists in the Aeon.”


The last statement, “For no beast exists in the Aeon”, is saying that the higher beings and the higher reality is not based on anything animalistic at all. The animal is only a feature of the lower world.



The Hermetica.


Corpus Hermeticum IV


[4] “And where did he put it?”


“He filled a great mixing bowl with it and sent it below, appointing a herald whom he commanded to make the following proclamation to human hearts: ‘Immerse yourself in the mixing bowl if your heart has the strength, if it believes you will rise up again to the one who sent the mixing bowl below, if it recognizes the purpose of your coming to be.”


“All those who heeded the proclamation and immersed themselves in mind participated in knowledge and became perfect people because they received mind. But those who missed the point of the proclamation are people of reason because they did not receive <the gift of> mind as well and do not know the purpose or the agents of their coming to be. [5] These people have sensations much like those of unreasoning animals, and, since their temperament is willful and angry, they feel no awe of things that deserve to be admired; they divert their attention to the pleasures and appetites of their bodies; and they believe that mankind came to be for such purposes. But those who participate in the gift that comes from god, O Tat, are immortal rather than mortal if one compares their deeds, for in a mind of their own they have comprehended all things on earth, things in heaven and even what lies beyond heaven. Having raised themselves so far, they have seen the good and, having seen it, they have come to regard the wasting of time here below as a calamity. They have scorned every corporeal and incorporeal thing, and they hasten toward the one and only. [6] This, Tat, is the way to learn about mind, to {resolve perplexities} in divinity and to understand god. For the mixing bowl is divine.”


The statement in this passage, “[5] These people have sensations much like those of unreasoning animals, and, since their temperament is willful and angry, they feel no awe of things that deserve to be admired; they divert their attention to the pleasures and appetites of their bodies; and they believe that mankind came to be for such purposes.”, is talking about people in a lower state of consciousness.


Corpus Hermeticum XII


[2] “Where soul is there also is mind, just as there is soul where life is. But the soul in unreasoning animals is life devoid of mind. Mind is a benefactor of human souls; it works on them for good. In things without reason, mind assists the natural impulse arising from each, but it opposes this impulse in human souls. Every soul, as soon as it has come to be in the body, is depraved by pain and pleasure. For in a composite body pain and pleasure seethe like juices; once immersed in them, the soul drowns.”


[4] But those human souls that do not have mind as a guide are affected in the same way as souls of animals without reason. When mind connives with them and gives way to longings, the rush of appetite drives such souls to the longings that lead to unreason and, like animals without reason, they never cease their irrational anger and irrational longing, and they have never had enough of evil. For angers and longings are irrational vices that exceed all limits. God has imposed the law upon these souls as a torment and a reproof.”




[6] “Is consciousness not uniform in all people, Trismegistus?” 


“Not all have gained true understanding, Asclepius. They are deceived, pursuing, on rash impulse and without due consideration of reason, an image that begets malice in their minds and transforms the best of living things into a beastly nature with brutal habits. When I speak about spirit, I will give you a full account of consciousness and related topics.”


This is a good passage in Asclepius that describes how good people turn into animalistic brutes.




But humanity, in reality, is poised midway between gods and beasts, and inclines now to the one order, now to the other; some men grow like to the divine, others to the brute, the greater number stand neutral. But those that are corrupted to the point of approximating to irrational animals and wild beasts pull the mid-folk about and inflict wrong upon them; the victims are no doubt better than the wrongdoers, but are at the mercy of their inferiors in the field in which they themselves are inferior, where, that is, they cannot be classed among the good since they have not trained themselves in self-defence.


The picture on the left is called Anima Mundi, which means world soul, by Richard Fludd. It shows a woman with her right hand chained to a cloud that says God in Hebrew, which represents her being connected to a higher power. Her left hand is chained to a monkey, which represents the animal or lower power. This woman is in the middle between God and animal and she is bound to both. The picture on the right is also by Robert Fludd and it shows something similar, it has a monkey in the middle below the man’s feet and there’s a higher power above him. The ancients and occultists understood than Mankind has both natures and people have to turn towards the higher power and not the lower one.




The Devil is portrayed as being half man, half animal. Why is that? It’s because that’s what he is, half man and half animal. The Devil represents the base nature of humans. In the Tarot cards, The Devil card doesn’t represent Satan, but the base nature of people. The pentagram represents man, the four points on the bottom represent the four elements and the top point represents the spirit, the spirit is above the four elements and is in charge of them. The inverted pentagram represents man upside down or the Fall of Man, the four elements are on top of the spirit and represent that the physical is in charge of the spirit. The chains around the man and woman in this card are large enough for them to easily escape, but they choose to be bound to The Devil or the base nature. The main theme of the book called The Satanic Bible, by Anton LaVey, is about loving the flesh and being the animal, it’s that simple.




The Devil card has a story involving The Fool. This story explains what The Devil card is about in detail.


The Fool comes to the foot of an enormous black mountain where reigns a creature half goat, half god. At his hooves naked people, linked to the god’s throne by chains, engage in every indulgence imaginable: sex, drugs, food, drink. The closer the Fool gets, the more he feels his own earthly desires rising in him. Carnal desires, hunger for food and power, greed and selfishness. “I have given up all such desires!” he roars at the Goat god, resisting the beast’s power with all his might. He is sure that this is a test of his new spirituality, one where he must prove that the temptations of the material world cannot sway him.


The creature responds to his defiance with a curious look. “All I am doing is bringing out what is already in you,” it responds mildly. “Such feelings are nothing to fear, nothing to be ashamed of, or even to avoid. They are even useful to helping you in your quest for spirituality, though many try to pretend otherwise.”


The Fool gestures angrily at the chained men and women, “You say that even though these are clearly enslaved to the material world?”

The Goat-god mimics the Fool’s gesture. “Take another look.” The Fool does so, and realizes that the chained collars the men and women wear are wide enough for them to easily slip off over their heads. “They can be free if they wish to be,” the Goat-god says, “They remain here because they want to be controlled by their base, bestial desires. There are, however, others….”


At this the Goat-god gestures upward, toward the peak of the mountain. “…Others who have used these same impulses to climb to the highest heights. If they had denied their desires they’d never have gotten there.”


On hearing this, the Fool sees that he has mistaken the Goat-god. This is not a creature of evil as he thought, but of great power, the lowest and the highest, both of beast and god. Like all power, it is frightening, and dangerous…but it is also a key to freedom and transcendence.


  1. Arthur says:

    Very interesting

  2. Elizabeth Hartsook says:

    Profound truth! Thank you for sharing this, blessings

  3. Theuns says:

    The fall from spirit to animal is not quite correct. It is and must read ‘spirit in to flesh’, for although the flesh of man is compared to that of the beast,man’s flesh is not quite the same. Within the flesh of man, there is DNA hidden within the cells that elevates man above the rest of the animals of this world. Although animal have the same, their’s is not quite as complicated and evolved as man’s.
    Instead of referring to the animal side of the brain, I would rather use the word ‘instinct’ and note this is not located on the left or right hand of the brain but rather in between somewhere.
    Within the writings presented, I could not find any statement that could convince me of the ‘beast’ side of man. Certain features of man most definitely resemblance the same parts as animals or the beasts but this stays a comparison only.
    All said, thank you for a very interesting article and for your time. I am always willing and exited to be either student or teacher or maybe even both …. 🙂

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