Hermes Trismegistus as Logos

Hermes tells in The Cup or Monad that God did not create the world with hands but with Logos. In the Hellenistic period, some sages believed that Logos is none other but Hermes himself, as the interpreter of the Divine will to humanity. Hermes Trismegistus was sent to this world by his father Poemanders.

The Logos is the Word. It comes from the Nous, which is the Mind of the Absolute. In this respect the Logos which is Hermes Trismegistus comes from the Mind which is Poemanders. The same thing occurs within our microcosm, as our own words also come from our minds. What it is in our minds would stay there within forever if there were no words to express it. That is also how we create. The mind becomes active through the words.

Poemanders as the Father and Nous emits perfected eternal forms of blinding Ray of light, which reproduces its own perfection, Hermes Trismegistus as the Son and the Logos. Hermes is the Word or Reason, and it is modeled after his Father. The Logos of Hermes gives shape in the Soul of the World (Anima Mundi), which is the womb or matrix which receives the seed of thoughts and gives birth to the idea into a manifest form.

Hermes Trismegistus came to live here with us in this temporal world to teach us about the existence of the eternal world. Talking about Divine revelation that Hermes Trismegistus came to reveal from his father, it is mostly about the possibility for a human to have the eternal life. According to Hermetism, people who know that the body is transient, after death can rise above the seven spheres and enter the eighth sphere where they will hear the hymn of the Father and become part of the power of his Mind. Poemandres describes how, at the hour of death, the soul of an ascetic leaves behind everything that is mortal and destructive, and how it ascends through the seven spheres and joins other spirits who spend eternity “singing God in a sweet voice.”

The great thing about this revelation is that it gives us a possibility to feel, explore and even be a part of this eternal world while we are still living within this temporal world.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus appears to be the first to have used the word “logos” to refer to a rational divine intelligence.

Besides Hermes Trismegistus, a few other candidates from the Logos are given, but they do not exclude each other, or at least, the wise Sufi do not exclude. In Sufism, no contact between man and God can be possible without the Logos, which is everywhere and always the same, but its personification is unique within each region. So, for example, Jesus and Muhammad are seen by the Sufis as the personifications of the Logos.

Image: The frontpage of Poemanders, 1554.

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