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A THEOSOPHIST : APOLLONIUS OF TYANA

THEY gave Apollonius leave to ask questions. He asked : Of what did they hold that the Universe consisted ? They answered, ` Of elements.'
Apoll. Not four elements ?
Iarch. Not four, but five.
Apoll. And what might be the fifth, besides water, air, earth, and fire ?
Iarch. Ether, which we ought to believe is the origin of gods ; for all that breathes air is mortal ; but such as breathes ether, immortal and divine.
Apoll. Which element was first created ?
Iarch. All were created at once. An animal is not born piecemeal.
Apoll. And am I to consider the universe an animal ?
Iarch. Surely, if you hold the sound doctrine : it is the very parent of all things.
Apoll. Are we to call it feminine, or of the male and opposite sex ?
Iarch. Both. It copulates with itself, performing both the father's function and that of the mother in procreation ; it has more ardent desire for itself than any creature for any other, and this desire is its co-ordinating and constitutive principle. There is nothing improbable in this self-coalescence. And just as motion in the creature, and the creature's mind which furnishes the impulse, have created the function of hands and feet ; so we must believe that the parts of the universe are by its mind directed to lend themselves to all things that are begotten and conceived. The calamitous visitations of drought visit the earth in obedience to the mind of the Universe at such times as justice is banished from mankind and left to pine in dishonour. And this great cosmic creature is tended and guided not by one hand, but by many and mysterious hands with which it is furnished ; a creature too vast to be bridled-and yet it is manageable and docile in its movements. And, though

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