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PARSIFAL: WAGNER'S FAMOUS MYSTIC MUSIC DRAMA
As we look about us in the material universe
we see a myriad of FORMS and all these forms have a certain COLOR; and many of
them emit a definite TONE; in fact, all do, for there is sound even in so-called
inanimate Nature. The wind in the tree-tops, the babbling brook, the swell of
the ocean, are all definite contributions to the harmony of Nature.
Of those three attributes of nature: Form,
Color, and Tone, FORM is the most stable, tending to remain IN STATU QUO for a
considerable time, and changing very slowly. COLOR, on the other hand, changes
more readily; it fades, and there are some colors that change their hue when
held at different angles to the light; but TONE is the most elusive of all
three; it comes and goes like a will-o'-the-wisp, which none may catch or hold.
We also have three ARTS which seek to express
the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in these three attributes of the
World-Soul, namely, SCULPTURE, PAINTING, and MUSIC.
The sculptor who deals with FORM seeks to
imprison beauty in a marble statue that will withstand the ravages of time
during millenniums; but a marble statue is cold and speaks to but a few of the
most evolved who are able to infuse the statue with their own life.
The painter's art deals pre-eminently with
COLOR; it gives no tangible form to its creations; the form on a painting is an
illusion from the material point of view, yet it is so much more real to most
people than the real tangible statue, for the forms of the painter are alive
there is LIVING beauty in the painting of a great artist, a beauty that many can
appreciate and enjoy.
But in the case of a painting we are again
affected by the changeableness of color; time soon blots out its freshness, and
at the best, of course, no painting can outlast a statue.
Yet in those arts which deal with FORM and
COLOR there is a creation once and for all time; they have that in common, and
in that they differ radically from the TONE-ART, for music is so elusive that it
must be recreated each time we wish to enjoy it, but in return it has a power to
speak to ALL human beings in a manner that is entirely beyond the other two
arts. It will add to our greatest joy and soothe our deepest sorrows; it can
calm the passion of the savage breast and stir to bravery the greatest coward;
it is the most potent influence in swaying humanity that is known to man, and
yet, viewed solely from the material standpoint, it is superfluous, as shown by
Darwin and Spencer.
It is only when we go behind the scenes of
the visible and realize that man is a composite being: Spirit, soul and body,
that we are enabled to understand why we are thus differently affected by the
products of the three arts.
While man lives an OUTWARD life in the
Form-world, where he lives a FORM life among other forms, he lives also an INNER
life, which is of far greater importance to him; a life where his feelings,
thoughts, and EMOTIONS create before his "inner vision" PICTURES and
scenes that are ever-changing, and the fuller this inner life is, the less will
the man need to seek company outside himself, for he is his own best company,
independent of outside amusement, so eagerly sought by those whose inner life is
barren, who know hosts of other people, but are strangers to themselves, afraid
of their own company.
If we analyze this inner life we shall find
that it is twofold: (1) The Soul-life, which deals with the FEELINGS AND
EMOTIONS; and (2) the activity of the Ego, which directs all actions by THOUGHT.
Just as the material world is the base of
supply whence the materials for our dense body have been drawn, and is
pre-eminently the world of FORM, so there is a world of the soul, called the
Desire World among the Rosicrucians, which is the base from whence the subtle
garment of the Ego, which we call the soul, has been drawn, and this world is
particularly the world of COLOR. But the still more subtle World of Thought is
the home of the human Spirit, the Ego, and also the realm of TONE. Therefore, of
the three arts music has the greatest power over man; for while we are in this
terrestrial life we are exiled from our heavenly home and have often forgotten
it in our material pursuits, but then comes music like a fragrant odor laden
with unspeakable memories. As an echo from home it reminds us of that forgotten
land where all is joy and peace, and even though we may scout such ideas in our
material mind, the Ego knows each blessed note as a message from homeland and
rejoices in it.
This realization of the nature of music is
necessary to the proper appreciation of such a great masterpiece as Richard
Wagner's Parsifal, where the music and the characters are bound together as in
no other modern musical production.
Wagner's drama is founded upon the legend of
Parsifal, a legend that has its origin enshrouded in the mystery which
overshadows the infancy of the human race. It is an erroneous idea when we think
that a myth is a figment of human fancy, having no foundation in fact. On the
contrary, a myth is a casket containing at times the deepest and most precious
jewels of spiritual truth, pearls of beauty so rare and ethereal that they
cannot stand exposure to the material intellect. In order to shield them and at
the same time allow them to work upon humanity for its spiritual upliftment, the
Great Teachers who guide our evolution, unseen but potent, gave these spiritual
truths to nascent man encased in the picturesque symbolism of myths, so that
they might work upon his FEELINGS until such time as his dawning intellect shall
have become sufficiently evolved and spiritualized so that he may both FEEL and
This on the same principle that we give our
children moral teachings by means of picture books and fairy tales, reserving
the more direct teaching for later years.
Wagner did more than merely copy the legend.
Legends, like all else, become encrusted by transmission and lost their beauty
and it is a further evidence of Wagner's greatness that he was never bound in
his expression by fashion or creed. he always asserted the prerogative of art in
dealing with allegories, untrammeled and free.
As he says in Religion and Art: "One
might say that where Religion becomes artificial, it is reserved for art to save
the spirit of Religion by recognizing the figurative value of the mythic
symbols, which Religion would have us believe in a literal sense, and revealing
their deep and hidden truth through an ideal presentation. . . .Whilst the
priest stakes everything on religious allegories being accepted as matters of
fact, the artist has no concern at all with such a thing, since he freely and
openly gives out his work as his own invention. But Religion has sunk into an
artificial life when she finds herself compelled to keep on adding to the
edifice of her dogmatic symbols, and thus conceals the one divinely true. . .
beneath an ever growing heap of incredibilities recommended to belief. Feeling
this, she has always sought the aid of art, who on her side has remained
incapable of a higher evolution so long as she must present that alleged reality
to the worshiper in the form of fetishes and idols, whereas she could only
fulfill her true vocation when, by an ideal presentment of the allegoric figure,
she led to an apprehension of its inner kernel--the truth ineffably
Turning to a consideration of the drama
PARSIFAL we find that the opening scene is laid in the grounds of the castle of
"Montsalvat." This is a place of peace, where all life is sacred; the
animals and birds are tame, for like all really holy men, the knights are
harmless, killing neither to eat nor for sport. They apply the maxim, "Live
and let live," to all living creatures.
It is dawn, and we see Gurnemanz, the oldest
of the Grail-knights, with two young squires under a tree. They have just
wakened from their night's rest, and in the distance they spy Kundry coming
galloping on a wild steed. In Kundry we see a creature of two existences, one as
a servitor of the Grail, willing and anxious to further the interests of the
Grail-knights by all means within her power; this seems to be her real nature.
In the other existence she is the unwilling slave of the magician Klingsor and
is forced by him to tempt and harass the Grail-knights, whom she longs to serve.
The gate from one existence to the other is "sleep," and she is bound
to serve who finds and wakes her. When Gurnemanz finds her she is the willing
servitor of the Grail, but when Klingsor evokes her by his evil spells he is
entitled to her services whether she will or not.
In the first act she is clothed in a robe of
snake skins, symbolical of the doctrine of rebirth, for as the snake sheds its
skin, coat after coat, which it exudes from itself, so the Ego in its
evolutionary pilgrimage emanates from itself one body after another, shedding
each vehicle as the snake sheds its skin, when it has become hard, set, and
crystallized so that it has lost its efficiency. This idea is also coupled with
the teachings of the Law of Consequence, which brings us as reapings whatever we
sow, as in Gurnemanz' answer to the young squire's avowal of distrust in Kundry:
Under a curse she well may be
From some past life we do not see,
Seeking from sin to loose the fetter,
By deeds for which we fare the better.
Surely 'tis good she follows thus,
Helping herself while serving us.
When Kundry comes on the scene she pulls
from her bosom a phial which she says she has brought from Araby and which she
hopes will be a balm for the wound in the side of Amfortas, the king of the
Grail, which causes him unspeakable suffering and which cannot heal. The
suffering king is then carried on the stage reclining on a couch. He is on his
way to his daily bath in the nearby lake, where two swans swim and make the
waters into a healing lotion which assuages his dreadful sufferings. Amfortas
thanks Kundry, but expresses the opinion that there is no relief for him till
the deliverer has come, of whom the Grail has prophesied, "a virgin fool,
by pity enlightened." But Amfortas thinks death will come before
Amfortas is carried out, and four of the
young squires crowd around Gurnemanz and ask him to tell them the story of the
Grail and of Amfortas' wound. They all recline beneath the tree, and Gurnemanz
"On the night when our Lord and Savior
Christ-Jesus ate the last supper with His disciples He drank the wine from a
certain chalice and that was later used by Joseph of Arimathea to catch the
life-blood which flowed from the wound in the Redeemer's side. He also kept the
bloody lance wherewith the wound was inflicted, and carried these relics with
him through many perils and persecutions. At last they were taken in charge by
Angels, who guarded them until one night a mystic messenger sent from God
appeared and bade Titurel, Amfortas' father, build a Castle for the reception
and safe-keeping of these relics. Thus the Castle of Montsalvat was built ON A
HIGH MOUNTAIN, and the relics lodged there under the guardianship of Titurel
with a band of holy and chaste knights whom he had drawn around him, and it
became a center whence might spiritual influences went forth to the outside
"But there lived in yonder heathen VALE
a black knight who was not chaste, yet he desired to become a knight of the
Grail, and to that end he mutilated himself. He deprived himself of the ABILITY
TO GRATIFY his passion, BUT THE PASSION REMAINED. King Titurel saw his heart
filled with black desire, and refused him admittance. Klingsor then swore that
if he could not serve the Grail, the Grail should serve him. He built a castle
with a magic garden and populated it with maidens of ravishing beauty, who
emitted an odor like flowers, and these waylaid the knights of the Grail (who
must pass the castle when leaving or returning to Montsalvat), ensnared them to
betray their trust and violate their vow of chastity, thus they became the
prisoners of Klingsor and but few remained as defenders of the Grail.
"In the meantime Titurel had turned the
wardenship of the Grail over to his son Amfortas and the latter, seeing the
serious havoc wrought by Klingsor, determined to go out to meet him and do
battle with him. To that end he took with him the holy spear.
"The wily Klingsor did not meet
Amfortas in person, but evoked Kundry and transformed her from the hideous
creature who appears as the servitor of the Grail to a woman of transcendent
beauty, and under Klingsor's spell she meets and tempts Amfortas, who yields and
sinks into her arms, letting go his hold upon the sacred spear. Klingsor then
appears, grasps the spear, inflicts a wound on the defenseless Amfortas, and
[but for the heroic efforts of Gurnemanz] he would have carried Amfortas a
prisoner to his magic castle. He has the holy spear, however, and the king is
crippled and suffering, for the wound will not heal."
The young squires spring up, fired with
ardor, vowing that they will conquer Klingsor and restore the spear. Gurnemanz
sadly shakes his head, saying that the task is beyond them, but reiterates the
prophesy that the redemption shall be accomplished by a "pure fool, by pity
Now cries are heard: "The swan! Oh, the
swan!" and a swan flutters across the stage and falls dead at the feet of
Gurnemanz and the squires, who are much agitated at the sight. Other squires
bring in a stalwart youth with bow and arrows, and to Gurnemanz' sad enquiry,
"Why did you shoot the harmless creature?" he answers innocently,
"Was it wrong?" Gurnemanz then tells him of the suffering king, of the
swan's part in making the healing bath. Parsifal is deeply moved at the recital
and breaks his bow.
In all religions the quickening spirit has
been symbolically represented as a bird. At the baptism, when Jesus' body was in
the water the Spirit of Christ descended into it AS A DOVE. "The Spirit
moves upon the water," a fluidic medium, as the swans move upon the lake
beneath the Yggdrasil, the tree of life of Norse mythology, or upon the waters
of the lake in the legend of the Grail. The bird is therefore a direct
representation of highest spiritual influence and well may the knights sorrow at
the loss. Truth is many sided. There are at least seven valid interpretations to
each myth, one for each World, and looked at from the material literal side, the
compassion engendered in Parsifal and the breaking of his bow mark a definite
step in the higher life. No one can be truly compassionate and a helper in
evolution while he kills to eat, either in person or by proxy. THE HARMLESS LIFE
IS AN ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL PREREQUISITE TO THE HELPFUL LIFE.
Gurnemanz then commences to question him
about himself; who he is, and how he came to Montsalvat. Parsifal displays the
most surprising ignorance. To all questions he answers, "I do not
know." At last Kundry speaks up and says: "I can tell you who he is.
His father was the noble Gamuret, a prince among men, who died fighting in
Arabia while this child was yet in the womb of his mother, Lady Herzleide. With
his last dying breath his father named him Parsifal, the pure fool. Fearing that
he would grow up to learn the art of war and be taken from her, his mother
brought him up in a dense forest in ignorance of weapons and warfare."
Here Parsifal chimes in: "Yes, and one
day I saw some men on shapely beasts; I wanted to be like them, so I followed
them for many days till at last I came here and I had to fight many man-like
In this story we have an excellent picture
of the Spirit's search for the realities of life. Gamuret and Parsifal are
different phases of the life of the Spirit. Gamuret is the man of the world, but
in time he became wedded to Herzleide, heart--affliction, in other words. He
meets sorrow and dies to the world, as all of us do who have come into the
higher life. While the bark of life floats on summer seas and our existence
seems one grand, sweet song there is no incentive to turn to the higher; every
fiber in our bodies cries, "This is good enough for me," but when the
billows of adversity roar around us and each succeeding wave threatens to engulf
us, then we have wedded heart-affliction and become men of sorrows, and are
ready to be born as Parsifal, the pure fool, or the soul who has forgotten the
wisdom of the world and is seeking for the higher life. So long as a man is
seeking to accumulate money or to have a good time, so miscalled, he is wise
with the wisdom of the world; but when he sets his face toward the things of the
spirit, he becomes a fool in the eyes of the world. He forgets all about his
past life and leaves his sorrows behind him, as Parsifal left Herzleide, and we
are told that she died when Parsifal did not return to her. So sorrow dies when
it has given birth to the aspiring soul that flees from the world, who may be in
the world to perform his duty but is not of the world.
Gurnemanz has now become imbued with the
idea that Parsifal is to be the deliverer of Amfortas and takes him along to the
Grail-castle. And to Parsifal's question, "Who is the Grail?" he
That tell we not; but if thou hast of Him been bidden,
From thee the truth will not stay hidden,
Methinks thy face I rightly knew,
The land to Him no path leads through,
And search but severs from Him wider,
When He Himself is not its guider.
Here we find Wagner bringing us back into
pre-Christian times, for before the advent of Christ, Initiation was not free to
"whosoever will" seek in the proper manner, but was reserved for
certain chosen ones who were given special privileges in return for being
dedicated to the temple-service, such as the Brahmins and the Levites. The
coming of Christ, however, wrought certain definite changes in the constitution
of man so that now all are capable of entering the pathway of initiation.
Indeed, it had to be so when international marriages took away caste.
At the castle of the Grail Amfortas is being
importuned on all sides to perform the sacred rite of the Grail service, to
uncover the holy chalice that the sight of it may renew the ardor of the knights
and spur them on to deeds of spiritual service; but he shrinks from fear of the
pain the sight will cause him to feel. The wound in his side always starts to
bleed afresh at the sight of the Grail, as the wound of remorse pains us all
when we have sinned against our ideal. At last, however, he yields to the
combined entreaties of his father and the knights. He performs the holy rite,
though the while he suffers the most excruciating agony, and Parsifal, who
stands in a corner, FEELS SYMPATHETICALLY THE SAME PAIN, without realizing why,
and when Gurnemanz eagerly asks him after the ceremony what he saw, remains dumb
and is thrust out of the castle by the angry, because disappointed, old knight.
The feelings and emotions unchecked by
knowledge are fruitful sources of temptation. The very harmlessness and
guilelessness of the aspiring soul renders it often an easy prey to sin. It is
necessary to soul growth that these temptations come in order to bring out our
weak points. If we fall, we suffer as did Amfortas, but the pain evolves
conscience and gives abhorrence for sin. It makes us strong against temptation.
Every child is INNOCENT because it has not been tempted, but only when we have
been tempted and have remained pure, or when we have fallen, repented, and
reformed are we VIRTUOUS. Therefore Parsifal must be tempted.
In the second act we see Klingsor in the act
of evoking Kundry, for he has spied Parsifal coming towards his castle, and he
fears him more than all who have come before, BECAUSE HE IS A FOOL. A
worldly-wise man is easily entrapped by the snares of the flower-girls, but
Parsifal's guilelessness protects him, and when the flower-girls cluster around
him he innocently asks, "Are you flowers? You smell so sweetly."
Against him the superior wiles of Kundry are necessary, and though she pleads,
protests, and rebels, she is forced to tempt Parsifal and to that end she
appears as a woman of superb beauty, calling Parsifal by name. That name stirs
in his breast memories of his childhood, his mother's love, and Kundry beckons
him to her side and commences to subtly work upon his feelings by recalling to
his memory visions of his mother's love and the sorrow she felt at his
departure, which ended her life. Then she tells him of the other love, which may
compensate him; of the love of man for woman, and at last imprints upon his lips
a long, fervent, and passionate kiss.
Then there was silence deep and terrible, as
if the destiny of the whole world hung in the balance at that fervent kiss, and
as she still holds him in her arms his face undergoes a gradual change and
becomes drawn with pain. Suddenly he springs up as if that kiss had stung his
being into a new pain, the lines on his pallid face become more intense, and
both hands are clasped tightly against his throbbing heart as if to stifle some
awful agony--the Grail-cup appears before his vision, and then Amfortas in the
same dreadful agony, and at last he cries out: "Amfortas, O Amfortas! I
know it now--the spear-wound in thy side--it burns my heart, it sears my very
soul....O grief! O misery! Anguish beyond words! the wound is bleeding here in
my own side!"
Then again, in the same awful strain:
"Nay, this is not the spear- wound in my side, for this is fire and flame
within my heart that sways my senses in delirium, the awful madness of
tormenting love....Now do I know how all the world is stirred, tossed, convulsed
and often lost in shame by the terrific passions of the heart."
Kundry again tempts him: "If this one
kiss has brought you so much knowledge, how much more will be yours if you yield
to my love, if only for an hour?"
But there is no hesitation now; Parsifal has
awakened; he knows right and wrong, and he replies: "Eternity were lost to
both of us if I yielded to you even for one short hour; but I will also save you
and deliver you from the curse of passion, FOR THE LOVE THAT BURNS WITHIN YOU IS
ONLY SENSUAL, AND BETWEEN THAT AND THE TRUE LOVE OF PURE HEARTS THERE YAWNS AN
ABYSS LIKE THAT BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL."
When Kundry at last must confess herself
foiled she bursts out in great anger. She calls upon Klingsor to help, and he
appears with the holy spear, which he hurls against Parsifal. But he is pure and
harmless, so nothing can hurt him. The spear floats harmlessly above his head.
He grasps the spear, makes the sign of the cross with it and Klingsor's castle
and magic garden sink into ruins.
The third act opens on Good Friday many
years after. A travel- stained warrior, clad in black mail, enters the grounds
of Montsalvat, where Gurnemanz lives in a hut. He takes off his helmet and
places a spear against a nearby rock and kneels down in prayer. Gurnemanz coming
in with Kundry, whom he has just found asleep in a thicket, recognizes Parsifal
with the holy spear and, overjoyed, welcomes him, asking him whence he comes?
He asked the same question on Parsifal's
first visit and the answer was: "I do not know." But this time it is
very different, for Parsifal answers: "THROUGH SEARCH AND SUFFERING I
CAME." The first occasion depicts one of the glimpses the soul gets of the
realities of the higher life, but the second, the conscious attainment to a
higher level of spiritual activity by the man who has developed by sorrow and
suffering, and Parsifal goes on to tell how he was often sorely beset by
enemies, and might have saved himself by using the spear, but refrained because
it was an instrument of healing and not for hurt. The spear is the spiritual
power which comes to the pure of heart and life, but is ONLY TO BE USED FOR
UNSELFISH PURPOSES; impurity and passion cause its loss, as was the case with
Amfortas. Though the man who possesses it may upon occasion use it to feed 5,000
hungry people he may not turn a single stone to bread to appease his own hunger,
and though he may use it to stay the blood that flows from the severed ear of a
captor, he may not use it to stay the life-blood that flows from his own side.
It was ever said of such: "Others he saved; himself he could not (or would
Parsifal and Gurnemanz go into the
Grail-castle, where Amfortas is being importuned to perform the sacred rite, but
refuses in order to save himself the pain entailed in viewing the Holy Grail,
and baring his breast, implores his followers to kill him. At this moment
Parsifal steps up to him and touches the wound with the lance, causing it to
heal. He dethrones Amfortas, however, and takes to himself the wardenship of the
Holy Grail and Sacred Lance. Only those who have the most perfect unselfishness,
coupled with the nicest discrimination, are fit to have the spiritual power
symbolized by the spear. Amfortas would have used it to attack and hurt an
enemy. Parsifal would not even use it in self-defense. THEREFORE HE IS ABLE TO
HEAL, while Amfortas fell into the pit he dug for Klingsor.
In the last act Kundry, who represents the
lower nature, says but one word: SERVICE. She helps Parsifal, the Spirit, to
attain by her perfect service. In the first act she went to SLEEP when Parsifal
visited the Grail. At that stage the Spirit cannot soar heavenward except when
the body has been left asleep or dies. But in the last act Kundry, the body,
goes to the Grail-castle also, for it is dedicated to the Higher Self, and when
the Spirit as Parsifal has attained he has reached the stage of liberation
spoken of in Revelation: "Him that overcometh will I make A PILLAR in the
temple of my God, and he shall go no more out." Such an one will work for
humanity from the inner Worlds; he needs no physical body anymore; he is beyond
the Law of Rebirth, and therefore Kundry dies.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, in his beautiful
poem, "The Chambered Nautilus," has embodied in verse this idea of
constant progression in gradually improving vehicles, and final liberation. The
nautilus builds its spiral shell in chambered sections, constantly leaving the
smaller ones, which it has outgrown, for the last build.
Year after year beheld the silent toil
That spread his lustrous coil;
Sill, as the spiral grew,
He left the past year's dwelling for the new.
Stole with soft step its shining archway through,
Built up its idle door,
Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more.
Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,
Child of the wandering sea,
Cast from her lap forlorn!
From thy dead lips a clearer note is born
Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn!
While on mine ear it rings,
Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free.
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!
THE ANGELS AS FACTORS IN EVOLUTION
When we speak of evolution, the idea
conveyed to the Western mind is mainly a materialistic one. We have accustomed
ourselves to look at the matter from the purely scientific standpoint: that our
solar system has proceeded from what was once a nebulous fire-mist, in which
currents were generated in a spontaneous manner and started it into motion. It
assumed a spherical shape and threw off rings as it contracted. These rings
broke up and formed planets which cooled and solidified. At least one planet,
our Earth, spontaneously generated simple organisms, which later by the process
of evolution became more and more complex, ascending through the Radiates
(starfish, sea-urchins) to Mollusks (oysters, clam), thence to Articulates
(crab, lobster), into the Vertebrate species. After passing through the four
classes of vertebrates--Fishes, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals--this spontaneous
evolutionary impulse reaches its highest present stage in man, who is regarded
as the flower of evolution: the highest intelligence in the Cosmos.
The materialistic scientist will pooh-pooh
all suggestions of a God, or any other external agency, as entirely unnecessary
to account for the universe. In support of his position he may take a basin of
water and pour some oil upon its surface. The water is to represent space and
the oil the fire-mist. He will then commence to stir the oil, which will gather
in a ball, and bulging at the equator it will throw off a ring. That will form a
smaller sphere and revolve about the central mass as a planet about its sun.
Then the scientist may triumphantly turn and ask with a pitying smile: Now, do
you see how natural it is, and how superfluous your God?
Truly, it is wonderful how dull the
brightest minds may be when influenced by preconceived notions, and it is a
marvel that one capable of devising this splendid demonstration should at the
same time fail to see that HE HIMSELF represents the author of our system, whom
we call God, in this experiment. For the experiment would never have been
devised, the oil would never have been poured out or formed into the semblance
of sun and planet but for his thought and action in the matter. So that instead
of proving God a superfluity his demonstration of the nebular theory proves to
the fullest extent the absolute necessity for a FIRST CAUSE--call it God or by
any other name--and Herbert Spencer, the master thinker of the nineteenth
century, saw this and rejected the nebular theory in consequence. He failed,
however, to produce an adequate explanation of the Genesis of a solar system,
free from that to him objectionable flaw, and so science, though unwilling to
acknowledge it, still retains a theory of the origin of the world that requires
the intelligent action of a being or beings extraneous to the universe: a
Creator or Creators.
When the scientific theory is properly
understood, it is thus in full harmony with the Bible, which tells us of a
number of different Beings who have been active in the evolution of the Earth
and the creatures upon it. We hear of Angels, Archangels, Cherubim, Seraphim,
Thrones, Powers, Principalities, Powers of Darkness, Powers of the Air, etc.,
and to the enquiring mind the question naturally occurs: Who are they all? what
part have they played in the past? and what is their present work? For the
enquiring mind cannot believe that Angels are human beings transformed by death
to spiritual entities whose sole pleasure and only care is to toot in a trumpet
or play upon a harp when they did not know one note from another in Earth-life.
Such a supposition does violence to the reason and is out of keeping with all
the methods of nature, which require us to work for our faculties.
The occult teaching, in harmony with the
Bible and modern scientific theories as explained in the chapter on the
"Occult Analysis of Genesis" in THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION, is,
that that which is now the Earth has not always been as dense and solid as it is
now, but that it has gone through three periods of development previous to the
one we are now in, and after the present "Earth period is over, there will
be three more periods before our evolution has been completed."
During the three periods preceding our
present state, that which is now the Earth, and man upon it, have both gradually
consolidated from a filmy ethereal state to a condition that was much denser
than is now the case.
While "Involution," the process of
consolidation, was going on, the Spirit, which is now the Ego in man, was
building a body or vehicle for each degree of density. It was unconscious, but
helped by different spiritual hierarchies: the Thrones, Cherubim, and Seraphim.
DIAGRAM: THE SEVEN DAYS OF CREATION
When the acme of density was reached the
Spirit came to consciousness as a separate Ego in the material world. That was
the turning-point: when conscious he cannot be dragged farther down and as his
spiritual consciousness gradually dawns upon him he will spiritualize his
bodies, extracting from each the soul, which is the power of the body from which
it is extracted.
In that way he will gradually lift himself
out of the dense material regions, and lift the Earth with him during the
remainder of the Earth Period and the three succeeding periods.
At the beginning of evolution the threefold
"Virgin Spirit" was naked and inexperienced. Its Involution involved
the BUILDING OF BODIES, which it accomplishes unconsciously with the help of
When its bodies have been built and it
becomes conscious, Evolution begins. That involves SOUL-GROWTH and must be
accomplished by the individual efforts of the spirit in man, the Ego. At the end
of evolution it will possess SOUL-POWER as the fruitage of its pilgrimage
through matter. It will be a CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE.
Among the Rosicrucians these seven periods
of development have been given the names of the planets which rule the days of
the week, because they are the seven days of Creation, when that term is used in
its widest sense. But THEY ARE METAMORPHOSES OF THE EARTH and have absolutely
nothing to do with the planets in the sky except that the conditions they
represent are about such as we find upon the planets of the same names. These
names are as follows: (1) Saturn Period, (2) the Sun Period, (3) the Moon
Period, (4) the Earth Period (of which, for reasons explained in THE ROSICRUCIAN
COSMO-CONCEPTION, the first half is called "Mars" and the second half
"Mercury"), (5) the Jupiter Period, (6) the Venus Period, and (7) the
Our evolution started upon the Earth, as it
was in the Saturn Period, dark, hot, and of a gaseous substance, taken from the
materials of the Region of Concrete Thought. There "the Divine Spirit"
(which is the highest aspect of the triune "Virgin Spirit," made in
the likeness of God) was awakened by the "Lords of the Flame" (called
"Thrones" in Christian esotericism), who also radiated from themselves
a germinal "thought- form" as a material counterpart of the Divine
Spirit. This thought-form has later developed and consolidated into man's dense
body, and thus the highest spirit and lowest body of man are the fruitage of the
In the Sun Period the Earth reached the
density of the Desire World, and became a brilliantly luminous fire-mist. There
the "Cherubim" awakened the second aspect of the threefold Virgin
Spirit: "The Life Spirit," and its counterpart, the vital body, was
started as a thought-form and made to interpenetrate the germinal dense vehicle
which had consolidated and reached the same density as the Earth; it was then
built of "desire stuff."
Thus man had a twofold Spirit and a twofold
body when the condition we call the Sun Period was over.
In the Moon Period the density of the Earth
increased so that it reached the etheric condition of matter known as the
Etheric Region. It had a fiery core, then an envelope of moisture, and outside
an atmosphere of FIRE- FOG or hot, steamy gas. When the water was heated by the
fiery core it ascended outwards, and when cooled by outside space the steam
descended again towards the heated center.
From this moist substance the densest body
of these "Water-men" was built. The thought-form for the dense body
had consolidated to a moist gas, the thought-form for our present vital body had
descended into the Desire World. It was formed of desire matter. To this twofold
body the thought-form for our present desire body was added in the Moon Period
and the "Seraphim" awakened the third aspect of the Virgin Spirit:
"the Human Spirit," and the Virgin Spirit became an "Ego,"
so that at the close of the Moon Period man-in-the-making possessed a threefold
spirit and a threefold body.
(1) The Divine Spirit--its counterpart is the dense body.
(2) The Life Spirit--its counterpart is the vital body.
(3) The Human Spirit--its counterpart is the desire body.
The threefold body is the "shadow"
of the threefold Spirit, thrown into the Region of Concrete Thought in the three
periods preceding our present Earth Period. Since then these thought-forms have
all condensed; the desire body, one degree; the vital body, two degrees, and the
dense body, three degrees before their present density was reached.
The Lords of the Flame (Thrones), the
Cherubim and the Seraphim had worked with man of their own free wills out of
pure Love. They could learn nothing from an evolution such as ours. They have
withdrawn now, and in the Earth Period the "Powers" (EXUSIAI) of
esoteric Christianity, called "Lords of Form" by the Rosicrucians,
have particular charge. For this is pre-eminently the period of "Form"
and this spiritual hierarchy has given to
DIAGRAM: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
THE RELATIVE PERMANENCY OF THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WORLDS
all things the present definite, sharply
defined concrete form, whereas these forms were inchoate and cloudy in the
Besides the spiritual hierarchies mentioned
there were others who helped, but we will mention only the beings who attained
to the human stage of development in the three preceding periods. These beings
have advanced, of course, so the men of the Saturn Period are now three steps in
advance of the human, and are called "Lords of Mind." The humanity of
the Sun Period are two steps ahead of us and are now "Archangels," and
the humanity of the Moon Period are one step in advance of us. They are the
The periods are DAYS of Creation, and
between each two periods there is always an interim of rest or subjective
activity, a Cosmic Night analogous to the night of restorative sleep we enjoy
between day and day of our Earth-life, and when the evolving life emerges from
"Chaos" at the dawn of a new period there is first a RECAPITULATION on
an advanced scale of the work done in former periods before the work of the new
period is begun; thus the acme of possible perfection is achieved.
Therefore man's evolution upon the Earth as
now constituted is divided into "EPOCHS," in which he first
recapitulates his past, and then goes onward to conditions that foreshadow
development which will only reach their full expression in future periods.
In the first or POLARIAN EPOCH,
"Adam," or humanity, was formed of "earth." He was in that
purely mineral stage corresponding to the Saturn Period, where he possessed only
a dense body fashioned by himself under the guidance of the Lords of Form. He
was imbedded in the dark gaseous planet that was just emerging from chaos,
inchoate and void, as the Bible says; in the same way that the raspberry is made
up of numerous little berries, so was our "MOTHER-EARTH" made up of
the dense mineral-like bodies of all the kingdoms, and the life-streams
expressing themselves as plant, animal, and man were working to liberate them.
In the second or HYPERBOREAN EPOCH, God
said: "Let there be light," the hot gas became a luminous fire-mist as
it was in the Sun Period, and man's dense body was clothed with a vital body and
it floated hither and thither above the fiery Earth as a large, baggy thing. Man
was then plant- like because of having the same vehicles as the plant has now,
and the Angels were his helpers in organizing his vital body, and remain so to
the present day.
This may seem an anomaly, as the Angels are
the humanity of the Moon Period, where man got his desire body. But it is not,
for only in the Moon Period did the evolving Earth condense into Ether, such as
now forms the substance of our vital body, and there the humanity (the present
Angels), learned to build their densest bodies from etheric materials, as we are
learning to build ours from the solids, liquids, and gases of the Chemical
Region. They became experts at it, as we will be at building a dense body by the
time the Earth Period is ended.
Thus they are specially fitted to be the
helpers of other later life-waves in the functions which are the important
expressions of that vehicle. They help in the building and maintenance of plant,
animal, and man, and are thus concerned in assimilation, growth, and
propagation. Angels announced the birth of Isaac to faithful Abraham, but
destroyed Sodom for abusing the creative function. The angel Gabriel (not
Archangel, according to the Bible) foretold the birth of Jesus and John. Other
Angels announced the birth of Samuel and Samson.
The Angels are particularly active in the
vital bodies of the plants, for the stream of life ensouling that kingdom
started its evolution in the Moon Period, when the Angels were human, and they
worked with the plants as we are now working with our minerals. There is
therefore a particular affinity between Angel and plant Group Spirit. Thus we
can account for the enormous assimilation, growth, and fecundity of the plants.
Man also grew to an enormous size in the second or Hyperborean Epoch, where the
Angels had principal charge. So does the child in its second septenary epoch of
life, because then the Angels have full sway, and at the end of that epoch, at
fourteen, the child has reached puberty and is able to reproduce its kind; also
due to the work of the Angels.
The third, or LEMURIAN EPOCH, presents
conditions analogous to the Moon Period, but denser, the fiery core of the Earth
is in the center, the boiling, seething water next, and the steamy atmosphere or
"fire-fog" outside, for thus "god had divided the land from the
waters," as Genesis says; the dense moisture from the steam, and there man
lived on islands of the forming solid crust scattered in the sea of fire or
boiling water. His form was then quite firm and solid, it had a trunk, limbs,
and the head was beginning to form. The desire body was added, and man brought
under the dominion of the Archangels.
Again we have a seeming anomaly, for the
Archangels were the humanity of the Sun Period when the vital body was started,
at a time when man had as yet no desire body, but the difficulty vanishes when
we remember that each of our bodies is the shadow of one of the aspects of the
Spirit, as previously outlined, and that the vehicles are not GIVEN by these
hierarchies. They are merely helpers of man in training a particular vehicle,
because of a special fitness. Thus the Archangels are trainers of our desire
bodies, because they became experts at building and using such a vehicle when
they were human in the Sun Period, for then they built their densest bodies of
"desire stuff," as we are now building ours from chemical mineral
The Archangels are also the main support of
the animal Group Spirit, because the present animals started as minerals in the
Sun Period. In the Lemurian Epoch man was situated as they are now: the Spirit
was OUTSIDE the body it had to guide, but all man's bodies had been impregnated
with the germ of separate personality presently to be explained, so they were
not so easily guided as the animal of today, where the SEPARATE spirit in each
animal is yet unconscious. Desire was rampant and needed a strong curb. That was
supplied to a few of the most tractable among the nascent humanity in the
Lemurian Epoch, and they in time became teachers of the others, but the majority
did not become ensouled.
In the fourth, or ATLANTEAN EPOCH, the real
work of the Earth Period began. The threefold Spirit was destined to enter the
threefold body and become an INDWELLING Spirit, so as to obtain full control of
its vehicles, but the link of mind was lacking, and that we owe to the Lords of
Mind, who had previously impregnated the bodies with the feeling of separate
personality which has overborne the earlier feeling of solidarity with all and
made it possible for each to draw individual experience from like conditions.
The Lords of Mind reached the human stage in
the Saturn Period. They were not "gods" come here from an earlier
evolution like the Cherubim and Seraphim, hence the eastern tradition calls them
"Asuras," ("Not-gods," and the Bible calls them "Powers
of Darkness"; partially because they came from the dark Saturn Period, and
partly because it regards them as evil. Paul speaks of our duty of wrestling
Paul is right, but it is well to understand
that there is nothing absolutely evil, and that in times past they have been
man's benefactors. Evil is but good misplaced or undeveloped. For instance,
suppose an expert organ-builder making a splendid organ, his masterpiece. Then
he is the embodiment of GOOD. But if he follows the organ into church and
insists upon taking the place of the organist when he is no musician, he is
When the Lords of Mind were human in the
Saturn Period and the Earth was of the substance of the Region of Concrete
Thought, we started our evolution as minerals, and the Lords of Mind learned to
build their densest body of these minerals, as we are now building our bodies
from the present minerals. Thus they became experts in the use of this
"mind stuff," and also set up an exceedingly intimate connection with
Then, when the time came that the threefold
body was ready for the Spirit to enter, man needed a mind to link spirit and
body. But that the Gods could not give. It would have been too great. The
Archangels and Angels could not yet create, but the Lords of Mind just reached
the third period beyond the one where they were human, here on Earth, and became
Creative Intelligences, so naturally they stepped into the breach and radiated
from their bodies the substance from which our mind is formed.
Coming from that source, our mind is
naturally separative and prone to resent authority. It should be the tool of the
infant Spirit in governing the threefold body; a curb upon rampant desire. But
it is masterful added CUNNING to desire, then passion and wickedness and in
itself harder to tame than wild horses; it loves more to rule the lower than to
obey the higher. It ran high in Atlantis. The race degenerated and it became
necessary to start a new race under new conditions.
In the meantime the hot, steamy atmosphere
of Lemuria had cooled and condensed to a thick fog during Atlantean times. There
the "Niebelungen" or "children of the mist" of the old
folk-story lived. They were Atlanteans. Then "God" commanded that
"the waters gather in one place and the dry land appear." The mist
gradually condensed to a flood, which filled the valley of Atlantis and caused
the wicked race to perish, except a few who were a "chosen people,"
chosen to be the nucleus of our present Aryan race, to inherit a promised land:
The Earth as now constituted. These few were saved as variously related in the
story of Noah and of Moses leading God's people out of Egypt (Atlantis) through
the Red Sea (the Atlantean floods), where Pharaoh (the wicked Atlantean king)
perished with all his followers.
The spiritual hierarchies had been seriously
hampered in their efforts to help man from the time he received the light of
mind, and his understanding was opened. Then he took matters of which he had no
real knowledge into his own hands. Propagation, for instance, and as a result of
his ignorance of the Cosmic laws in connection, parturition became painful and
death a more frequent and disagreeable experience. Therefore it became necessary
to take stern measures to check the lower nature. This was done by JEHOVAH, THE
HIGHEST INITIATE OF THE MOON PERIOD and ruler of the Angels, supported in his
efforts by the Archangels, who are Race Spirits. (Daniel 12:1).
Jehovah helped man to get control over the
mind and desire body by giving Law and decreeing punishment for its
transgression. The fear of God was pitted against the desires of the flesh. Thus
sin became manifest in the world.
The Archangels, as Race Spirits, fight for
or against a nation, as required to punish one group which has sinned, by means
of another. (Daniel 10:20.)
The Angels cause man's corn and grapes to
grow or wither, his cattle to increase or not, his family to multiply or die
out, as required to bless him for obedience to the law of the chief Race Spirit
Jehovah, or to punish him for transgression against the law. Under his sway all
the Race- Religions: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, etc., have
flourished and worked in the desire body as RELIGIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Jehovah helps man to curb the desire body because that was started in the Moon
But Law makes for sin; it is separative, and
besides, man must learn to do right apart from fear. Therefore Christ, the
Highest Initiate of the Sun Period, came to teach the RELIGION OF THE SON, which
works upon the vital body, which was started in the Sun Period. He taught that
love is superior to law. Perfect love casteth out fear and emancipates humanity
from race, caste, or nation to Universal Brotherhood, which will become a fact
when Christianity is LIVED.
When Christianity shall have fully
spiritualized the vital body, a still higher step will be the RELIGION OF THE
FATHER, who as the Highest Initiate of the Saturn Period will help man to
spiritualize the dense body which was started in the Saturn Period. Then even
brotherhood will be transcended; there will be neither ME nor THEE, for all will
be consciously ONE in God, and Man will have been emancipated by the help of
Angels, Archangels, and higher Powers.
LUCIFER, TEMPTER OR BENEFACTOR OR BOTH?
ORIGIN AND MISSION OF SORROW AND PAIN
As we look about us in the world there is
no fact more potent than that, as the Hebrew poet expressed it, "Man is of
few days and full of trouble," and naturally we ask why this is so.
The theologian tells us that it is God's
decree that we must suffer because our first parents sinned, being tempted by
the devil, and then he attempts to justify God by such doggerel as "In
Adam's fall we sinned all." But why the eating of an apple as a cause
should merit the punishment of painful parturition as an effect has always been
a sore puzzle to Bible commentators, and how a wise, loving, and just God could
decree so much misery to the whole human Race for the apparently slight fault of
one pair is sufficiently hard to understand to excuse Robert Ingersoll in a
measure for exclaiming: "An honest God is the noblest work of man."
The seeming anomaly arises of course from
lack of occult knowledge and consequent materialistic interpretations of that
mine of occult information, the Bible.
To get at the true explanation concerning
pain and sorrow we will first take the purely occult information, and then see
what light the Bible gives. We remember that four great Epochs or ages have
preceded our present Aryan Epoch: the Polarian, Hyperborean, Lemurian, and
In the Polarian Epoch man had only a poorly
organized dense body, hence he was as unconscious and immobile as the minerals,
who are now so constituted. In the Hyperborean Epoch his dense body was clothed
upon with a vital body, and the Spirit hovered outside. What the effect of such
a nature is we may see by examining the plant, which is similarly constituted
There we see constant REPETITION, a
building upwards of stem and leaf in alternating succession, that would go on ad
infinitum if there were no other influence. But as the plant has no separate
desire body, the desire body of the Earth, the Desire World, hardens the plant
and checks this intense upwards growth in a measure. The creative force that
cannot finds its expression by making one particular plant grow taller, seeks
another channel: it builds the flower and imbeds itself in the seed, so that it
may grow upwards anew in another plant.
In the Hyperborean Epoch, where man was
similarly situated, his vital body caused him to grow to an enormous size. Acted
upon by the Desire World, he threw off spore-like seeds which were either
appropriated by another human Ego or used by the Nature Spirits to build bodies
for the animals who were then beginning to emerge from Chaos. (The highest
life-wave starts first at the opening of a period and returns last to Chaos; the
succeeding life-waves, animal, plant, and mineral--emerge later and leave
Thus, in the Hyperborean Epoch, when man
was similar to the plants in constitution, his vital body built vertebrae upon
vertebrae, and would have gone on if the individual desire body had not been
given him in the Lemurian Epoch. That commenced to harden the structure and
checked the tendency to grow taller, and as a result the cranium, the flower
upon the stem of the spinal column, was incipiently formed.
Thwarted in its effort to build the one
form taller, it became necessary for the creative force in the vital body to
seek a new channel whereby it might continue its upward growth in another human
being. Then man became a hermaphrodite capable of generating a new body from
In the plant there is no separate desire
body, hence it feels no passion. It stretches its creative organ, the flower,
chastely and unashamed toward the Sun, a thing of beauty and a delight.
In man the INDIVIDUAL desire body must
necessarily cause passion and desire unless subjugated by some ulterior means.
Therefore man is the inversion of the chaste plant, both figuratively and
literally, for he is passionate and turns his creative organ towards the Earth
and is ashamed of it. The plant takes its food by way of the root; man's
nourishment enters his body by way of the head. Man inhales life-giving oxygen
and exhales death-dealing carbon dioxide. This is taken by the plant, which
extracts the poison and returns the vitalizing principle to man.
In order to check passion and prevent abuse
of the creative function, several measures were adopted by the leaders in charge
This animal-like creature of mid-Lemurian
times, though dreadful to look upon, was nevertheless a diamond in the rough,
destined to become in time the perfect tool and beautiful temple of an
indwelling Spirit. To that end if needed a controlling mechanism, a brain, and a
second nervous system capable of being controlled by "Will" which is
the force of the prospective tenant, the Ego.
The whole creative force might have been
used to that purpose, but as the use of any tool causes it to wear out, a way
must also be devised to replace a worn-out instrument when discarded by a Spirit
at death, and so the creative force in each being was divided. One-half was
allowed to flow upwards as before, to build a brain and a larynx whereby the
Spirit may control its instrument and express itself in thought and word. The
other half was turned downwards through the creative organs, for reproduction.
This arrangement has the further merit as a
means of preventing abuse, that it made it harder to accomplish generation.
Before the sexes were separated each one could create without help; under the
present arrangement each must first seek the cooperation of another person who
has the opposite half of the sex-force available for reproduction.
That the boy changes his voice at puberty
shows a connection between the creative organ and the larynx. Because half the
sex-force builds the brain, one who overdraws for sexual excesses becomes an
idiot, while the deep thinker, particularly along spiritual lines, feels little
or no inclination for coition, as he uses most of his creative force in the
The Angels worked along with man in the
Hyperborean Epoch, when he had only a dense and vital body, but in the Lemurian
Epoch, when the desire body was added, the Archangels also took a hand, to help
the infant human Spirit to control its future vehicles. They neutralized the
desire body so that it was only sexually active at certain times of the year. In
the latter part of the Lemurian Epoch and the beginning of the Atlantean, the
brain and cerebrospinal system were sufficiently evolved so that the link of
Mind could be given, and the Ego began slowly to draw into its bodies, and
became an INDWELLING SPIRIT in the middle of the Atlantean Epoch, fully
conscious of its outside environment. Before the indrawing was fully completed,
particularly in the latter part of the Lemurian Epoch, man's consciousness was
turned inwards, and he was mostly conscious in the spiritual world. Thus birth
and death were nonexistent to him, as the sprouting out and drying away of a
leaf is to the plant. His consciousness went on unbrokenly in the inner World
whether he had a body or not, for he was unconscious of it, though he used it
equally well for all that, as we use our stomach and lungs unconsciously.
At stated times of the year the Archangels,
withdrew their restraining influence on the desire body and the Angels marshaled
humanity to great temples where the generative act was performed at the times
when the constellations were propitious. Our present-day honeymoon trips are
atavistic reminders of those migrations for propagative purposes, and show a
connection with the heavenly bodies in the name honey-MOON.
When propagation had been accomplished, the
desire body was again neutralized, and in consequence there was no more pain
connected with parturition than is the case with the animals at present, where
similar conditions obtain now.
This was a carefree state, but man was
extremely limited in consciousness, led and controlled by outside agencies
willy-nilly. If that condition had continued, man would have remained a
God-guided automaton. He can never become a self-conscious Creative
Intelligence, as he is destined to become, until he throws off all yokes and
works out his own salvation.
Therefore great Leaders from a more
advanced evolution were sent to train man and awaken him to knowledge of the
material world without, and of course strong measures continued for ages were
necessary. The boys were trained to develop "WILL," which is the
spiritual counterpart of their positive creative force. They were taught to
carry immense burdens and steel the arm by will. They engaged in brutal fights
and their bodies were burned and maimed, impaled upon spits, etc., in efforts to
awaken the Ego to consciousness of the dense body and outside world.
The girls were driven out into the immense
fern-forests which grew luxuriantly in the moist, hot soil. They were exposed to
the fury of the tempests of storm-swept Lemuria and set to watch volcanic
outbursts which produced pictures before their inner vision. They likewise
watched the fights of the boys, in order to develop their
Imagination is the spiritual pole of the
negative force, and it mirrored the scenes of the outside world in dream-like
pictures before their inner consciousness, and in that way the women were the
first to become aware of the existence of the Physical World and the dense body,
and they started to preach the gospel of the body to men, whom they told of this
dimly perceived physical existence. Some among us are now sensing the soul and
trying to preach the gospel of the spiritual world where the Spirit lives, and
meet unbelief and ridicule such as the Lemurian women encountered when trying to
convince their compatriots that they had a dense body.
Among the observations made by these
seeresses was the fact that at times a man lost his body, and it disintegrated.
She saw him just as before in the spiritual world, but he was gone from material
existence, and it troubled her.
From the Angels she could get no
information; they work with the dense body, but not directly; they use the vital
body as transmitter, and cannot make themselves understood to a reasoning
brain-being. They get their knowledge without reasoning, for they send out their
whole love in their world and cosmic wisdom flows in in return. Man also creates
by love, but his love is selfish; he loves because he desires:--cooperation in
generation, for he only sends out half of his creative force in generation, the
other half he selfishly keeps to build his own organ of thought, the brain, and
he also uses that half selfishly to think, because he desires:-- knowledge.
Hence he must work and reason to gain wisdom, but in time he will arrive at a
much higher stage than either Angel or Archangel. He will then have passed
beyond the need of the lower creative organs, he will create by means of the
larynx, and be able to "make the WORD flesh."
At that stage the woman could not reason
either, for the mind was given by the Powers of Darkness, and it was dark, and
before it could be of any use in correlating facts it must be illuminated. Only
after that has been done can man throw "the LIGHT of Reason" upon his
It is here that we first hear of
"Lucifer," "the Light-bringer," who speaks to the woman and
helps her to solve the riddle by showing her how, with the help of the man, she
may exercise the creative function independently of the Angels, and in that way
provide bodies when they have been lost, and in that way evade death.
He inquires if God has forbidden them to
eat of the tree, and is told that they have been forbidden to eat of the tree of
knowledge of good and evil, under penalty of death.
That the tree of KNOWLEDGE is a symbolical
expression for the generative function is readily apparent when we remember how
limited the consciousness of man was at that time. He KNEW or was aware of
nothing OUTSIDE himself, his eyes had not yet been opened, his consciousness was
internal, like the picture-consciousness of our dreams, except that it was not
confused, but he was as unaware of the exterior world and beings as we are now
of the spiritual world, save at the times when he was conducted to the temples
and brought into intimate sexual contact with another; then, for the moment, the
Spirit pierced the veil of flesh. Then man and wife KNEW each other in body, and
to the initiated the Bible records these facts in a wonderfully illuminating way
and continues to use the same expression in many places, such as: "Adam
KNEW his wife," and in Mary's question: "How shall I conceive, seeing
that I KNOW not a man." The pain of childbirth is also more logically meted
out as a penalty for violation of an injunction against sexual intercourse than
as a punishment for eating an apple.
The serpent said: "Ye shall not surely
die, for the God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof YOUR EYES SHALL BE
OPENED, and ye shall be as the gods, knowing good AND EVIL." The latter was
then unknown to man.
Acting upon this advice, the woman secured
the cooperation of man and by the power of will they freed their desire bodies.
That faculty was then much greater than now, for it is a law that each new
faculty is always bought at the cost of weakening some previous power, as when
the faculty of thought was bought at the price of half the creative force. Then
the man's will-power was such that the anxiety of the God "lest man eat
also of 'the tree of life' and become immortal" was well founded, for had
he secured possession of the secret of renewing the vital body as well as the
dense body, he would have been able to create a body and vitalize it forever.
Then there would truly have been no death, but neither would there have been any
evolution; as man did not then, and does not yet, know how to build a perfect
body, that would have been the greatest possible calamity. Death is not a curse,
but a friend when it comes naturally, for it releases us from an environment we
have outgrown, and from a body that ties us, in order that we may get a new
chance in a new and better body to learn new lessons.
The untrammeled use of the sex-function had
the result of making man more and more conscious of his body; "their eyes
were opened," and their attention focused more and more on the Physical
World, until by degrees they have forgotten the higher worlds altogether, and
many have ceased to even believe that there is an immortal spirit in man. To
them the death of the body is of course a terrible thing, a dire calamity
despite all assertions, because they think it annihilation. So, although the
word of Lucifer was true, and a new body is provided, the word of the Angel was
truer still, for there was no sting in death until man lost consciousness of the
As to the curse: "In sorrow shalt thou
bring forth thy children," it was no curse at all, but a simple statement
of the effects that must inevitably result from the abuse or ignorant use of the
While that was exercised under the wise
guidance of the Angels, at certain times of the year, when the cosmic lines of
force running from planet to planet were propitious, parturition could be
accomplished without pain, but man was and is ignorant of these factors, hence
he transgressed and pain resulted.
Thus the brain and vocal organ have been
bought at the cost of half the creative force; freedom from the rule of the
Angels and the power to initiate action, to choose good or evil, and
consciousness of the material world are ours at the cost of sorrow, pain, and
But all things work for good in God's
kingdom, the world. Even that which is evil is transmuted by the subtlest
spiritual alchemy into steppingstones to a higher good than could have been
achieved without it.
Having been exiled from the garden of Eden,
the Etheric Region, by learning to KNOW the material world, in consequence of
repeated sexual abuse which has focused his attention here, this increased use
of the desire body hardened the dense body and it began to require food and
shelter. Thus man's ingenuity was taxed to provide for the body. Hunger and cold
were whips of evil that called forth man's ingenuity; they forced him to think
and act to provide for his necessities. Thus he is gradually learning wisdom; he
provides for these contingencies before they come, because the pangs of hunger
and cold have taught him to guard himself, and thus WISDOM IS CRYSTALLIZED PAIN.
Our sorrows, when they are past, and we can calmly view them and extract the
lessons they contained, are mines of wisdom, and are the wombs of future joys,
for by them we learn to order our lives aright, we learn to cease from sin, for
IGNORANCE is sin and the only sin, and APPLIED KNOWLEDGE IS SALVATION, and the
only salvation. That seems a broad statement, but if we try it out in thought it
will be found to be as absolutely true and capable of demonstration as that
twice two are four.
As to the question: Who are these Lucifers?
(for, although the Bible seems to speak of only one person, that is as wrong as
where it uses the singular for God in the first chapter of Genesis)--They are a
class of Beings who attained to a stage of evolution far beyond that of our
humanity in the Moon Period, but fell short of the development of the Angels.
They are demi-gods, and could not take a dense body like man. But neither could
they gather experience as the Angels are doing. They needed a brain and spinal
cord, and so, when man had built such an instrument, it was to their advantage
to prompt him in the use of it.
At that time the opening consciousness of
man was turned INWARDS, and he saw his inner organs and built them with the same
force that he now turns OUTWARDS to build houses and ships, etc., and the
outside muscles of his body; so the woman, who was most advanced in that
direction because of having her Imagination trained, saw the intelligence
embodied in her serpentine spinal cord, and at a later stage, when man came to
record this experience, the serpent appealed to him as the nearest likeness to
that which he wanted to tell about.
This idea is carried out right through the
Bible. In Isaiah 14 he is called Lucifer (day-star), king of Babel-On (gate of
the sun), a city located upon seven hills, and having dominion over the World.
There mankind ceased to act in unison and became separated into warring nations.
It is the seed-ground of all the ills imaginable, and is called a
"harlot" in Revelation, where her fall is described.
In supreme antithesis we hear of another
"Light of the World," a "bright morning-star," a true light
(Christ), who shall rise after the fall of Babylon and reign forever in a city
of peace: Jer-u-salem, that is called the "bride." It comes down from
heaven, and has twelve gates, but they are never closed, although the precious
tree of life is within. There is no outside illumination. The light is within
and there is no night.
Truly a wonderful city, and the greatest
imaginable antithesis to the other. What does it mean? for literal
interpretation is out of the question in both cases. Allowing that a city of
Babylon has existed, it was not LITERALLY as described, and the future "New
Jerusalem" is contrary to all laws of nature as we know them. These two
cities must therefore be symbols.
In order to unravel the meaning, let us
consider that these cities are located upon seven hills or mountains, a position
offering special advantages for observation. Moses went "into the
mountain" and "saw" and "heard," so did those on
"the mount" of transfiguration. Daniel likens Babylon to the HEAD of
the image Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream, and on the human head there are seven
places of observation: two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, and a mouth. Upon these
sits the brain, where the "Lightgiver," REASON, rules the little
world, the microcosm, as the Great Light-giver, God, rules the macrocosm.
Reason is the product of selfishness. It is
generated by the mind given by the "Powers of Darkness," in a brain
built by selfishly keeping half the sex-force, and prompted by the selfish
Lucifers, hence it is "the seed of the serpent," and although
transmuted to WISDOM through pain and sorrow, it must give way to something
higher--to INTUITION, which means: teaching from within. That is a spiritual
faculty, equally present in all Spirits, whether functioning for the time being
as man or woman, but it expresses itself most prominently in those incarnated in
a female organism, for there the counterpart of the life spirit--the vital
body--is male, positive; and INTUITION, the faculty of the life spirit, may
therefore properly be called "the woman's seed," whence all altruistic
tendencies spring, and whereby all nations are being slowly but surely drawn
together in a Universal Brotherhood of LOVE, regardless of Race, sex, or color.
This brain of ours is not a homogeneous
whole, however; it is divided into two halves, and it is a fact well known to
physiologists that we use principally but one of these cerebral hemispheres--THE
LEFT. The right half of our brain is only partially active. The heart also is ON
THE LEFT SIDE of our body, but is beginning to move towards "the
right" place. The "right" brain will also become more and more
active, and in consequence of these two physiological changes man's whole
character will appear different. The LEFT SIDE is under the sway of the Lucifers
and is given over to selfishness, but the Ego will gain more and more control as
THE RIGHT SIDE of the brain is invested with power to act upon the body as RIGHT
That there is a change going on in the
heart which makes it an anomaly, a puzzle, is not news to physiologists. We have
two sets of muscles, one set is under the control of the will, as, for instance,
the muscles of arm and hand. They are striped both lengthwise and crosswise. The
involuntary muscles, which take care of functions not under control of the will,
which cannot be moved by DESIRE, are striped lengthwise only. THE HEART IS THE
ONLY EXCEPTION. It is not under the control of desire, AND YET IT IS BEGINNING
TO SHOW CROSS-STRIPES LIKE A VOLUNTARY MUSCLE.
In time those cross-stripes will develop
fully and the heart will be under our control. When that time comes we will be
able to direct the blood where we will to send it. Then we may refuse to send it
to the left brain, and BABYLON, THE CITY OF LUCIFER, WILL FALL.
When the blood is sent into the right brain
we shall be building the New Jerusalem, and we are now preparing for that time
by building the cross-stripes on the heart by altruistic ideals or, in the case
of the pupil, by sending the sex current through the RIGHT-HAND PATH of the
We remember that the Cherubim awakened the
life spirit, the seat of divine love, whose shadow is the vital body, the medium
of propagation, and when man was exiled from the Etheric Region, the garden of
Eden, with its four streams of Ether, for the misuse of the sex force, the
Cherubim were placed before it with a flaming sword. The right use of the sex
force builds an organ which will give man the key to the inner Worlds and help
him to create by thought. Then sorrow and pain will cease and he will have
entered the path to the city of peace--Jer-u-salem.
Lemuria perished by fire and terrible
volcanic cataclysms. In its stead rose Atlantis. In time that was buried beneath
the waves and gave way to Aryan, the Earth as we see it at present in the Aryan
Epoch, but that is soon past. The salamanders are beginning to stir the fires in
the forge to make "a new heaven and a new Earth," which the Western
School of Occultism calls the "New Galilee."
In the first two Epochs man evolved a body
and vitalized it; in the Lemurian Epoch he developed DESIRE; the Atlantean Epoch
produced CUNNING; and the fruitage of the Aryan Epoch is REASON.
In the New Galilee humanity will have a
much finer and more ethereal body than now, the Earth will be transparent also,
and as a result those bodies will be more easily responsive to the spiritual
impacts of INTUITION. Such a body will not get tired either, hence THERE IS NO
NIGHT, and the twelve cranial nerves, which are the gates to the seat of
consciousness, then as now are consequently never closed. Besides, New Galilee
will be formed of luminous ether and transmit sunlight. That land will be a land
of peace (Jer-u-salem), for Universal Brotherhood will bind all beings of all
the Earth together in Love. There can be no death, for the tree of life, the
faculty for generating vital force, is made possible by means of the ethereal
organ in the head already mentioned, which will be evolved in those who are even
now being taken out as forebears for the humanity of that coming Epoch.
That Race is spoken of as "Christ's
Race"; but, be it understood that that is not because of an exterior
Christ, but because they will evolve the Christ-principle WITHIN, they will act
as dictated by the spirit through Intuition, and all they do will be done in
Love. Only by such INDIVIDUAL UPLIFTMENT can the salvation of the Race be
accomplished, for as Angelus Silesius put it,
Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born,
And not within thyself, thy soul will be forlorn,
The cross on Golgotha thou lookest to in vain
Unless within thyself it be set up again.
THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA AND THE CLEANSING BLOOD
All through the past two thousand years in
which we have had the Christian religion among us, and since the doctrine of the
vicarious atonement and the cleansing blood has come into our Western World,
there has been a contention among many people, in the later centuries
especially, about whether there is really any efficacy in that cleansing blood,
or whether it is only a foolish story. We shall hope tonight to show that there
is something vastly grander than ever anyone has imagined, when we come to turn
the light of occultism and reason upon this doctrine. Afterwards we may let our
hearts have full sway in belief of this grand and glorious idea of the cleansing
blood and of the atonement that was effected two millenniums ago at the Place of
the Skull, which is called Golgotha in the Hebrew.
When we read our Christian creed, we find
the sentence, "Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God," and it is
assumed by most people that the sentence refers to a single individual called
Jesus Christ, who was the only begotten son of God. However, we shall very
quickly see that that is not so--that there are three great and glorious
individualities concerned in the sentence. They are all worthy of our very
greatest veneration, but differ vastly in glory, and have a very, very different
career back of them.
When we examine Jesus in the light of the
occult records, in the light of that which we have seen in the previous lectures
is called "the memory of nature," then we find that "that Spirit
which was in Jesus" from the time of birth, is an Ego which belongs to our
human race, and which has incarnated again and again. We can find him under
different names and varying circumstances, just as you and I have been and are
going to be. So we find that at the time that is stated in our records, at about
the beginning of our era, there was born in Palestine a child, and that child
His mother was of an exceedingly pure
type--a most beautiful character--and his father was an initiate of high degree,
one who, for that one time in his life, forsook the path of celibacy. He had in
previous incarnations gone past the time when he should be a householder. In
this life he had devoted himself wholly to the occult path; and when the time
came that a great teacher was to incarnate among us, he was selected to give the
fertilizing seed for that teacher's body. In that way, there was provided such a
wonderful body as has never been before nor since. It was of the purest and most
passionless type, and the Ego Jesus who came into it, came into it as a great
Spirit, knowing that was his mission in that life to bring up a body in as pure
as possible a manner, because it was not to be his for longer than the term of
thirty years. At that time he was to give it up to another, much higher than he.
Concerning the early days of Jesus, it
might be well to say that he was born there in Palestine; that he went through
his early boyhood days in full knowledge of that mission which was his. He was
put into the schools of the Essenes, on the shores of the Dead Sea. The Essenes
were a community there, who were of the most devout character. They were as
opposite as possible to the materialistic Sadducees, and far, far beyond the
cynical Pharisees. They were not people who went about in the synagogues and
prided themselves on their learning, piety, etc., but were people who stayed in
their own community and lived the holy life as they saw it. Among them the
growing Jesus found his early training, and he was so marvelously adapted to the
life that was led there that in a very short time he distanced them all. Then,
at a later period, he went to Persia. This school of the Essenes where he was,
was a great center of learning. It had a great library, and he absorbed an
immense amount of occult knowledge, regaining what he had learned in previous
At the end of thirty years he had cleansed
and purified his body so far that it could be taken by the Great Being whom we
call the Christ. We shall next see who that Great Being is.
We said of Jesus that he could be traced
back in the Memory of Nature from incarnation to incarnation under different
names, and in different environments. But of Christ we find only one
incarnation, and that is when he incarnated in the body of Jesus, at the end of
the thirty years. To trace Him, let us briefly recapitulate some earlier
We went through the Saturn Period, the Sun
Period, and the Moon Period, and we finally came here. We saw also, in previous
lectures, that the humanity of the Saturn Period were the lords of Mind; the
humanity of the Sun Period were the Archangels; the humanity of the Moon Period
were the Angels. Those were the ordinary humanity of these different periods,
beings who are working with us invisibly, working upon our vital bodies and
desire bodies and minds, helping us to evolve. When we see that there are
initiates in this period, that someone like Jesus can progress far ahead of
ordinary humanity, we may understand that the same can have been done in
previous periods also, and it is these who have gone beyond ordinary evolution
that we speak of today as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
God, as God, is not the creator of our
Universe. In the highest world of this Cosmic Plane which we inhabit, He is
found as GOD, but below that He is not God. He expresses himself in the
different worlds as various kingdoms of man, Angels, Archangels, etc., and
therefore we do not see Him in humanity until we get to that great world, the
world we call in occultism the World of God. In that World of God. the Triune
God IS. The highest Initiate of the Saturn Period has attained to that point
where He has become one with the highest aspect of the Triune God, and so He is
called THE FATHER--the Father of all those who evolved in our evolution.
The one who came next to Him in glory, the
Highest Initiate of the Sun Period, evolved up to the point where he became
united with the second aspect of the Triune God, and therefore, He is the Son.
That is the Cosmic Christ, and a Ray from Him entered Jesus' body.
The third Great Being, the Only Begotten,
mentioned in that sentence from the Christian Creed, is still greater than Jesus
and Christ, but we have not so much to do with that Being at this present time.
It may be well to know,
THE VEHICLES OF THE HIGHEST INITIATES & ORDINARY HUMANITY
however, that the Holy Spirit, the Power of
God working with all the nations, is Jehovah, the Highest Initiate of the Moon
By looking at Diagram 14 we shall see that
this tallies with what we have learned in previous lectures. Each Being has
seven vehicles, and the lowest of Jehovah's vehicles comes down to the Region of
Abstract Thought, where we have our Ego. There we are below the line that
divides spirit from matter. there is DIFFERENTIATION. We have seen in Lecture
No. 3 that every planet in our system has its three separate worlds, the
Physical World, the Desire World, and the World of Thought--that is, SEPARATE
vehicles for each planet--but the UNIFYING PRINCIPLE in our solar system is the
Life Spirit, and therefore the Son, who is to be the unifying principle in the
world, or in the planet, must have that life spirit evolved. Christ, the Highest
Initiate of the Sun Period, at the present time ordinarily uses as His lowest
vehicle the life spirit.
In the Sun Period, the lowest of the Globes
was in the Desire World, and therefore the Archangels have the desire body as
their lowest vehicles yet; but Christ has gone beyond. He has raised himself
higher, and so He has the life spirit as His lowest vehicle today, and
ordinarily uses no denser vehicle. Only by the power of the life spirit can the
national tendency be overcome and a universal brotherhood of man become a fact.
The vehicles pertaining to the World of Thought, the Ego, and the mind, make for
separateness. They have that for their characteristic. But the life spirit is
the unifying principle in the universe, and therefore Christ is the only one
fitted to bring about brotherhood.
There is the reason why Christ HAD to come
to help us. An now about Christ-Jesus. It is a law in the universe that no
being, however great, can ever build a vehicle and function in a world that is
higher or lower than the world that he has learned to function in. So that when
it became necessary to work here in our Physical World, it was an absolute
impossibility for any being except our humanity to work here. They alone have
been able to build dense human vehicles. They have been helped by others, but
THEY have done the work, and therefore it was necessary that one of them, in
order to obtain this help from Christ for the race, must give up his body, so
that the higher being could enter it, and then help humanity.
We know that at death, or at any time when
we have to leave this Physical World, we give up our dense body and our vital
body, because they belong to the Physical World. And so Jesus, when he had come
to the age of thirty, when he had made his instrument fit for the use of the
Great Being, gladly, willingly gave it away. He left it at the baptism as he
would have stepped out at death, that the Christ might step in, and that was
seen to descend upon him as a dove.
Christ, as an Archangel, had learned to
build down to the desire body, but the vital body and the dense body he had
never learned to build. The Archangels had worked on humanity FROM WITHOUT
before, as Group Spirits do: but that was not enough. The help had to come FROM
WITHIN. That was made possible by the combination of Christ and Jesus, and
therefore, it is true, in the very highest sense, in the most literal sense,
when Paul says:
"There is but one mediator between God
and man--Christ Jesus, the righteous." No other entity in our system
possesses the whole chain of twelve vehicles that stretches from the dense body,
and right up through all the seven worlds, to the second aspect of the Triune
God, the Son. Therefore, he can come to the very throne of the Father;
therefore, He can go to the highest possible pitch, and can take the sorrows and
sufferings of humanity there, and can cleanse us in a way no other can, and help
as no other can.
Now then, we have seen who Jesus is, who
Christ is, and who the composite personality is that we speak of as
Christ-Jesus. The Only Begotten is yet a much higher being. We hear people speak
of the Absolute, and they think of the Absolute then as God, perhaps!. Their
ideas are very, very hazy. They could not be otherwise, of course. There has
been no definite teaching upon this subject. But God, the Grand Architect of our
Universe, as called by the Masons, is described as the Creator of our solar
system, and has nothing to do with anything outside our solar system. Beyond the
seven worlds where our solar system and all other solar systems are located
there are still six other great Cosmic Planes of life and being, and in them
there are higher hierarchies of different grades and glories beyond that Great
Being we speak of as God. Highest among them, there is what we may call the
Supreme Being, the one who includes all the solar systems and all the
hierarchies in the whole Universe; and the Word that came out from that great
Being--the first Sound or Creative Fiat--the first manifestation from the
Supreme Being-- that is the ALONE BEGOTTEN. Other Beings have been "Alone
Begotten" in a similar way, but not in the same way that first Sound was.
There was nothing but the Supreme Being before that started, and we can speak of
nothing beyond that One except the Absolute.
Although this may mean nothing to us at the
present time, it is well to know that there is a distinction, so that our ideas
are clear at last, as to who God is, who the Son is, and who is the holy Spirit;
also in regard to Christ-Jesus.
The Father is the Highest Initiate of the
The Son is the Highest Initiate of the Sun
Period, having reached by initiation the second aspect of God.
Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, is the Highest
Initiate of the Moon Period. And the ordinary humanity of the different periods
are, respectively, the Angels, the Archangels, and the Lords of Mind. Many of
these great hierarchies there are, many that are beyond the evolution of man,
and below the evolution of man, but there is none, NONE, "there is none
other name given among men" whereby men must be saved, than the name of
Now we have at last come to an
understanding of our factors, the factors that go to make this great sacrifice
on Golgotha--we know who is who. These lectures are at first analytical in the
highest degree, but when we combine their results, and consider the sacrifice in
their light, then we shall see something great, something spiritual in it. It is
necessary to be analytical for the sake of those who have been put off in the
churches. They have questioned, "What good in the world can it do me to
They are seeking for an answer to that
question raised in their minds, "What is the efficacy of the blood?"
and therefore it is necessary to be analytical before we come to the spiritual
teaching. We have one more factor we must analyze, and that is the Blood.
You have heard me say a number of times
that the blood is the particular vehicle of the Ego in the physical world. We
find in the Bible that that was well known among those who wrote Leviticus. They
said, the life is in the blood. We see blood as a number of little microscopic
globules or discs, but blood is not of that nature as seen by the trained
clairvoyant in the living human body. Blood is a gas, then, a hot spiritual
essence. The heat is caused by the Ego that is within that blood. If the skin is
punctured, and the blood exuded, it coagulates, as steam, which is an invisible
hot gas, condenses as soon as it comes out into the atmosphere. The blood in our
veins is the vehicle through which, by means of the sympathetic nervous system,
the subconscious mind carries on all the activities of the body that we are not
aware of in the conscious mind. Blood is a most peculiar essence, as shown in
the myth of Faust, where he is signing a compact with the Evil One. He is going
to sign it in ink. But Mephistopheles says, "Sign it in blood." Faust
questions, "Why? Is that more efficacious?" "Yes," says
Mephistopheles, "blood is a most peculiar essence"--for he knows that
the blood contains the Ego, therefore he wants the blood of the man he is trying
to get in his power.
The human Ego is more powerful than the
Group Spirit of the animal, as we see when we apply the test of science, known
as haemolysis. Strange blood of a higher animal will kill if inoculated into a
lower species. If we take human blood and inoculate it into a lower animal, the
animal cannot stand the high vibration that is in the blood of the human being;
it dies. On the other hand, inoculate the human being with the blood of the
animal and he will not suffer. We may go as far down in the scale of being as
the anthropoids. They can stand inoculations of human blood; all other animals
In the days previous to Christ, we remember
from Parsifal that there was no initiation for "whosoever will." It
was said as a prophecy, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters," but that was only as a prophecy. After Christ came, we have
"whosoever will." Before that time initiation was reserved for certain
castes. They alone could be initiates, or priests. To show that that was
abrogated, the body of Jesus was taken--NOT one from a Levite. It came from the
strongest mixture in the Jewish nation, the Galileans. In earlier times no one
might marry except in his own tribe. We read that Adam and Methuselah lived so
and so many years. At that time it was the practice to marry in the family, to
marry as closely in the family as possible; then the blood that coursed through
the veins of the people in that family contained the pictures of all that had
happened to the different ancestors stored in the mind which is now
subconscious. Then it was consciously and constantly before the inner vision of
man, and each family was united by the common blood wherein their ancestors
lived. The sons saw the life of their fathers. Thus Adam and the other
patriarchs lived on for centuries.
In those olden times no one would go
outside the family to marry, any more that we would go inside the family. It was
a horror to marry into a strange family. Even in the Norse mythology, we learn
how those who wanted to become part of a family would be obliged to mix blood.
it had to be first seen whether that blood would mix or not, so we see
haemolysis was known then in some of its phases at least. If the blood did not
THE SEVEN DAYS OF CREATION AND THE FOUR GREAT INITIATIONS
would bring about "confusion of
caste" as the Hindu says. A strict line must be kept, for otherwise those
pictures of the inner vision would not be the same, they would become confused.
When Christ came he abrogated that practice
when he said, "Before Abraham was, I AM." I do not care for Abraham,
but I glory in the I AM, the Ego that was long before he was. And he said,
"Who does not leave father and mother, cannot follow me." As long as
you are keeping up the family, the nation, the tribe, you are siding with the
old blood, the old ways, and you cannot amalgamate into a universal brotherhood.
That can only come when you marry internationally. Because when you have so many
nations, it is like so many houses of brick. As long as you have those houses
standing about you, you cannot make one grand building, but when you break them
up, you can mold them into one grand structure. Marriage in the family must be
done away with; let Abraham die that the "I am" may live; perish
Paternalism, Individualism to the fore.
What effect has that change had? The
mixture of blood always kills something. If it does not kill the animal, it
kills something else., If we mate a horse and a donkey, we have as the outcome a
HYBRID, the mule. Is that mule the same as each of those who begot it? Is there
not something killed? Yes. The FACULTY OF PROPAGATION IS KILLED, and so it is in
all other hybrids. They cannot propagate their species. In the same way, when we
marry internationally, something else is killed. And that is--the pictures in
the inner vision. The different pictures of different families clash, and so the
clairvoyance, the touch with the spiritual world, with the memory of nature, has
waned since that time. The Highland Scots who married in the clan, and the
gypsies alone retain this second sight in a measure.
If someone had stood for thousands of years
upon a distant planet and looked clairvoyantly at our little Earth, he would
have seen a gradual change from bad to worse in its Desire World and World of
Thought. It was getting more and more filled up with murky and bad vibrations,
because man, in the days of his earliest childhood, was not able to control his
impulses. He was controlled mostly by the mind and the desire body, and
therefore after death he had to stay in Purgatory almost all of the times
between incarnations; there was almost no progress. The Second Heaven life,
where he learns to do creative work, was almost barren.
The Desire World of the Earth must be
cleansed to give man a new start. That was Christ's mission.
As to the reason for the violent death, we
have already heard that when a person is taken violently out of his instrument
there is something that clings to it, and that something is the impurities of
the lower nature. We have the arterial blood, and the venous blood, and in that
venous blood are the impurities that belong to the lower nature; but in the
arterial blood we have the purity. The venous blood clings closely to the flesh,
and therefore at the time that any person is killed, if the blood flows, there
is a distinct cleansing. Whenever the spirit is taken out of the body by
accident, and the flood flows, man is cleaner, he is better as a spirit.
The body of Jesus was to be killed, and
blood was to flow, in order that by that violent death, the last impurity that
might be still clinging to the flesh should be left to decay; that the Christ
Spirit, pure and untainted, with none of the impurities of the body it had used,
might be diffused over the world.
When that Great Being flowed out through
the wounds of Jesus' body, that luminous Sun Spirit diffused itself all over the
Earth. And that is why we hear of that great darkness, because that spiritual
light was what men perceived as darkness. But gradually it was absorbed into the
Earth, and took its place, permitting everything within its influence to return
to its normal condition, so far as man could see; but the vibrations that had
been set up there cleansed, purified, and set in rhythmic order the vibrations
in the higher world, and gave a spiritual impulse that could not otherwise have
been given, and THAT was the way that it cleansed, and "took away the sin
of the world" by restoring the rhythmic vibrations in a measure and thus
enabling man to progress. That influence is still working and cleansing the
world; it is the source of altruism and benevolence which are gradually taking
the place of patriotism and selfishness, bringing Universal Brotherhood and
Fellowship to the World.