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A Greek God who is able to transform itself into any form. The name is frequently used in theosophical literature to apply to a number of principles, such as Life, Spirit, Force, Light, etc., which manifest in many forms but must be understood in its primordial quality. Of spirit, for instance, Helena P. BLAVATSKY wrote:

To revere that Presence, the invisible Cause, which is yet ever manifesting itself in its incessant results; the intangible, omnipotent, and omnipresent Proteus: indivisible in its Essence, and eluding form, yet appearing under all and every form; who is here and there, and everywhere and nowhere; is ALL, and NOTHING; ubiquitous yet one; the Essence filling, binding, bounding, containing everything; contained in all. (CW II:102)

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