Excerpt About Philosophers' Stone

Precious Jewel (mani)

Writing about the pure consciousness that Buddha said exists in the state of enlightenment, Lama Govinda says:

“He who realized this, has truly found the philosopher's stone, the precious jewel (mani), the prima materia of the human mind, nay, of the very faculty of consciousness in whatever form of life it might appear. This was the real aim of all great alchemists, who knew that "mercury" stood for the creative forces of higher consciousness, which had to be freed from the gross elements of matter in order to attain the state of perfect purity and radiance, the state of Enlightenment.” Lama Anagarika Govinda, Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, 59.

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