He holds in check the dangers of rage, megalomania and exaltation.
He is sane .
The four columns supporting the canopy signify the four elements – fire, air, water and earth – taken in a vertical sense, analogous to creativity, clarity, fluidity and precision in the domain of thought, and analogous to warmth, magnanimity, sensitivity and faithfulness in the domain of the heart.
The Chariot has a twofold aspect: on one side it represents he who has triumphed over the three temptations, and on the other the danger of the fourth temptation – the temptation to act in one’s own name, to act as a master instead of as a servant.
“Sabbatai Zevi is pursued by a sense of depression, which leaves him no quiet moment and does not even permit him to read, without his being able to say what is the nature of this sadness.” (Gershom Scholem, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism)
A similar criticism is made of some Rosicrucians at the end of the 19th Century:
“They speak of all mankind as infinitely beneath them; their pride is beyond idea, although they are most humble and quiet in exterior. They glory in poverty and declare that it is the state ordered for them; and this though they boast universal riches. They decline all human affections. They mingle most gracefully in the society of women, with hearts wholly incapable of softness in this direction; while they criticise them with pity or contempt in their own minds as altogether another order of beings from men” (Hargrave Jennings, The Rosicrucians. Their Rites and Mysteries, London-New York, 1887)]
The reality of visionary experiences depends on whether they make the recipient more humble or more pretentious.
The experience of her meeting with the Master made Saint Teresa of Avila more and more humble.
What is there to say about people who are “naturally” humble and who have not “seen and heard”?
Dear Unknown Friend, the answer that seems right to me is that all those who are humble have certainly seen and heard.
Humility can be the result of the memory of the soul prior to birth, or it can be due to the memory of nocturnal experience during sleep. As with the meeting which made Saul, the Pharisee into Paul, the Apostle, such “face to face” meetings with a higher being are a gift from above. Our part is only “to seek”, “to knock” and “to pray”, but the decisive act comes from above.