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Filename: "RC1017.TXT" Source: "Gleanings of a Mystic" by Max Heindel [PAGE 513] THE UNPARDONABLE SIN AND LOST SOULS: Some of our students have been exercised about the unpardonable sin, and as this subject has a certain connection with the subject of marriage, one being a sacrilege and the other a sacrament, it might be well to elucidate the matter from a different point of view than has been formerly taken in our literature. First let us see what is meant by a sacrament, and why the rites of bap- tism, communion, marriage, and extreme unction are properly so called; then we shall be in a position to understand what sacrilege is and why it is unpardonable. The Rosicrucians teach, only with more detail, the same doctrine that Paul preached in the 15th Chapter of 1st Corinthians, starting at the thirty-fifth verse, that in addition to the body of flesh and blood we have a soul body, SOMA PSUCHICON (mistranslated "natural" body) and a spiritual body; that each of these bodies is grown from a different SEED atom and that there are THREE stages of unfoldment for Adam, or man. The first Adam was [PAGE 514] taken from the ground and was without sentient life. Soul was added to the SECOND ADAM; thus he had life within, a leaven laboring to elevate the clod to God. When the potential of the soul extracted from the physical body has been raised to the spiritual, the LAST ADAM will become a life GIVING spirit, capable of transmitting the life impulse to others directly as flame from one candle can be communicated to many without diminishing the magni- tude of the original light. In the meantime the germ for our early body had to be properly placed in fruitful soil to grow a suitable vehicle, and generative organs were pro- vided from the beginning to accomplish this purpose. It is stated in Gen- esis 1:27 that Elohim created them MALE and FEMALE. The Hebrew words are "SACRE VA N'CABAH." THESE ARE NAMES OF THE SEX ORGANS. Literally trans- lated, SACR means "bearer of the germ." Thus marriage is a sacr-ament, for it opens the way for transmission of a physical seed atom from the father to the mother, and tends to preserve the race against the ravages of death. Baptism as a SACRament signifies the germinal urge of the soul for the higher life. Holy Communion, in which we partake of bread (made from the SEED of chaste plants), and of wine (the cup symbolizing the passionless SEE-pod), points to the age to come, and age wherein it will be unnecessary to TRANSMIT the seed through a father and mother , but where we may feed di- rectly upon cosmic life and thus conquer death. Finally, extreme unction is [PAGE 515] the SACRament which marks the loosening of the silver cord, and the extrac- tion of the sacred germ, freeing it until it shall again be planted in another N'CABAH, or mother. As the seed and ovum are the root and basis of racial development, it is easy to see that no sin can be more serious than that which abuses the cre- ative function, for by that SACR-ilege we stunt future generations and transgress against the Holy Spirit, Jehovah, who is warder of the creative lunar forces. His angels herald births, as in the cases of Isaac, John the Baptist, and Jesus. When he wanted to reward his most faithful follower, he promised to make his seed as numerous as the sands on the seashore. He also meted out a most terrible punishment to the Sodomites who committed SACR-ilege by misdirecting the seed. He even visits the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations, for under his regime LAW reigns supreme. Man has not yet evolved to the point where he can re- spond to LOVE. He requires from his enemies an eye for an eye, and with the same measure that he metes, it is meted unto him. Though this seems very cruel to us who are each day evolving more and more the faculties of love and mercy, we must remember that this retributive justice relates purely to the physical body, which is under the laws of Na- ture just as much as any other chemical composition in the universe. When [PAGE 516] abuses have weakened it, it is incapable of fulfilling its mission and meet- ing our demands in any respect, just as is the case with any other machinery which we have made from materials around us. There are no miracles such as would be required to generate a sound and healthy body from parents who have transgressed the laws of nature by their abuses; therefore but when time and care have restored the necessary strength and vigor, the body will again perform its functions in a normal and healthy manner. Thus we understand that under the law there is no mercy, for mercy is dictated by love. Therefore, it was perfectly in consonance with cosmic or- der when CHRIST, THE LORD OF LOVE, said that all things would be forgiven to men which they did against Him, as LOVE is the reigning feature in His king- dom; but whatsoever was done contrary to the LAW of Jehovah must meet its full retribution. We cannot be sufficiently thankful for the wonderful re- ligion which He gave us, particularly if we compare it with those under which less evolved peoples are now struggling. Take the Buddhists, for in- stance; grand and beautiful though their leader was, he saw only SORROW, a constant struggle against the law of nature. He aimed to teach his follow- ers to transcend that condition by perfect obedience such as that whereby we have conquered the laws of electricity and other forces in nature. The [PAGE 517] Buddhist sees nothing but the cold and merciless law; on the other hand, we of the Western World have before our eyes from the cradle to the grave a beautiful picture of One who said, "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." But it may be asked, "What about LOST SOULS; are they a figment of the imagination also?" To this question may be answered, "yes", although it needs some qualification. We shall best understand the case if we go back into the history of mankind and view the experiences of some who have trans- gressed , for they will furnish us an example of what may happen. In order to establish the point properly we shall reiterate a few of the Rosicrucian teachings regarding the genesis of the earth and of man upon it. Three great stages of unfoldment have preceded the present Earth Period. THE FA- THER is the highest Initiate of the Saturn Period, inhabiting particularly the Spiritual Sun. THE SON, the cosmic Christ, is the highest initiate of the Sun period, inhabiting the Central Sun and guiding the planets in their orbits by a ray from Himself, which becomes the indwelling spirit of each planet when it has been sufficiently ripened to contain such a great Intel- ligence. Jehovah, the HOLY SPIRIT, is the highest Initiate of the Moon Pe- riod and dwelling in the physical, visible sun. He is regent of the various moons thrown off by the different planets for the purpose of giving beings who have fallen behind in the march of evolution more rigid discipline under [PAGE 518] a firmer law, to awaken them and spur them on in the proper direction if possible. When we look into space, we perceive that some planets have a number of moons and others have none; but as there are laggards in any large company, and as moons are required to aid these stragglers to retrieve their lost es- tate if possible, we may be sure that these planets which have no moons now have had them in the past. Those Great Beings of whom "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" speaks as "Lords of Venus" and "Lords of Mercury" were, in fact, stragglers from those two planets. In the dim distant past they in- habited moons which encircled their respective planets, and were successful in retrieving their loss in a large measure under the discipline given them there. Later they received the opportunity to serve to secure a return to the home planet whence they had been exiled. They were LOST under the LAW, but REDEEMED BY LOVE; and thus we may infer that opportunities for service will also bring to other beings, who may become "lost" the opportunity to retrieve the past. Since it may puzzle the student as to what becomes of the moons upon which such beings dwell for a time, we may say that the solar system is to regarded as the body of the Great Spirit whom we call God, and as any growth caused by an abnormal process pains us when it occurs in our body, so also [PAGE 519] such crystallizations as moons are sources of discomfort to that Great Be- ing. Furthermore, as our own systems endeavor to eliminate such abnor- malities as growths, so also the universe endeavors to expel moons which have served their purpose. While the beings who have been exiled to a moon are there, the Planetary Spirit of the primary planet by his care for these beings, hold the moon in its orbit, and we speak of his love for them as the Law of Attraction; but when they have returned to the parent planet, the Planetary Spirit has no further interest in their cinder-like habitation. Then slowly the orbit of the vacated moon widens, it commences to disinte- grate, and it is finally expelled into interstellar space. The asteroids are remnants of moons which once encircled Venus and Mercury. There are also other seeming moons and lunar fragments in our solar system, but "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" does not concern itself with them as they are outside the pale of evolution. [PAGE 520] THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: The periodical ebb and flow of the material and spiritual forces which invest the earth are the invisible causes of the physical, moral, and mental activities upon our globe. According to the hermatic axiom, "As above so below," a similar activity must take place in man, who is but a minor edition of Mother Nature. The animals have twenty-eight pairs of spinal nerves and are now in their Moon stage, perfectly attuned to the twenty-eight days in which the moon passes around the zodiac. In their wild state the group spirit regulates their mating. Therefore there is no overflow with them. Man, on the other hand, is in a transition stage; he is too far progressed for the lunar vi- brations for he has thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves. But he is not yet attuned to the solar month of thirty-one days, and he mates at all times of the year; hence the periodical flow in woman, which under proper conditions is utilized to form part of the body of a child more perfect than its par- ents. Similarly, the periodical flow in mankind becomes the sinew and [PAGE 521] backbone of racial advancement; and the periodical flow of the earth's spiritual forces, which occurs at Christmas, results in birth of Saviors who from time to time give renewed impetus to the spiritual advancement of the human race. There are two parts to our Bible, the Old and the New Testaments. After briefly reciting how the world came into being, the former tells the story of the "Fall" In view of what has been written in our literature we under- stand the Fall to have been occasioned by man's impulsive and ignorant use of the sex forces at times when the interplanetary rays were inimical to conception of the purest and best vehicles. Thus man became gradually im- prisoned in a dense body crystallized by sinful passion and consequently an imperfect vehicle, subject to pain and death. Then commenced the pilgrimage through matter, and for millennia we have been living in this hard and flinty shell of body, which obscures the light of heaven from the spirit within. The spirit is like a diamond in its rough coat, and the celestial lapidaries, the Recording Angels, are constantly en- deavoring to remove the coating so that the spirit may shine through the ve- hicle which it ensouls. When the lapidary holds a diamond to the grindstone, the diamond emits a screech like a cry of pain and the opaque covering is removed; but gradually by many successive applications to the grindstone the rough diamond may [PAGE 522] become a gem of transcendent beauty and purity. Similarly, the celestial beings in charge of our evolution hold us closely to the grindstone of expe- rience. Pain and suffering result, which awaken the spirit sleeping within. The man hitherto content with material pursuits, indulgent discontent which impels him to seek the higher life. The gratification of that aspiration, however, is not usually accom- plished without a severe struggle upon the part of the lower nature. It was while wrestling thus that Paul exclaimed with all the anguish of a devout aspiring heart: "Oh wretched man that I am * * * * The good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do * * * * I delight in the law of God after the inward man; but I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind and bringing it into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." (Rom. 7:19-24) When the flower is crushed, its scent is liberated and fills the sur- roundings with grateful fragrance, delighting all who are fortunate enough to be near. Crushing blows of fate may overwhelm a man or woman who has reached the stage of efflorescene; they will but serve to bring out the sweetness of the nature and enhance the beauty of the soul till it shines with an effulgence that marks the wearer as with a halo. Then he is upon the path of Initiation. He is taught how unbridled use of sex regardless of [PAGE 523] the stellar rays has imprisoned him in the body, how it fetters him, and how by the proper use of that same force in harmony with the stars he may gradually improve and etherealize his body and finally attain liberation from concrete existence. A shipwright cannot build a staunch oak ship from spruce lumber; " men do not gather grapes of thorns;" like always begets like, and an incoming ego of a passionate nature is drawn to parents of like nature, where its body is conceived upon the impulse of the moment in a gust of passion. The soul who has tasted the cup of sorrow incident to the abuse of the creative force and has drunk to the dregs the bitterness thereof, will gradually seek parents of less and less passionate natures, until at length it attains to Initiation. Having been taught in the process of Initiation the influence of the stellar rays upon parturition, the next body provided will be generated by Initiate parents without passion, under the constellation most favorable to the work which the ego contemplates. Therefore the Gospels (which are for- mulae of Initiation) commence with the account of the immaculate conception and end with the crucifixion, both wonderful ideas to which we must some time attain, for each of us is a Christ-in-the-making, and will sometime pass through both the mystic birth and the mystic death adumbrated in the Gospels. By knowledge we may hasten the day, intelligently co-operating [PAGE 524] instead of as now often stupidly frustrating through ignorance the ends of spiritual development. In connection with the immaculate conception misunderstandings prevail at every point; the perpetual virginity of the mother even after the birth to other children; the lowly station of Joseph, the supposed foster-father, etc. We will briefly view them in the light of facts as revealed in the Memory of Nature: In some parts of Europe people of the higher classes are addressed as "wellborn," or even as "highwellborn," meaning that they are the offspring of cultured parents in high station. Such people usually look down with scorn upon those in modest positions. We have nothing against the expres- sion "wellborn;" we would that every child were well born, born to parents of high moral standing no matter what their station in life. There is a virginity of soul that is independent of the state of the body, a purity of mind which will carry its possessor through the act of generation without the taint of passion and enable the mother to carry the unborn child under her heart in sexless love. Previous to the time of Christ that would have been impossible. In the earlier stages of man's career upon earth quantity was desirable and quality a minor consideration, hence the command was given to "go forth, be fruit- ful, and multiply." Besides, it was necessary that man should temporarily forget his spiritual nature and concrete his energies upon material [PAGE 525] conditions. Indulgence of the sex passion furthers that object, and the de- sire nature was given full sway. Polygamy flourished, and the larger the number of their children, the more a man and a woman were honored, while barrenness was looked upon as the greatest possible affliction. In other directions the desire nature was being curbed by God-given laws, and obedience to divine commands was enforced by swift punishment of the transgressor, such as war, pestilence or famine. Rewards for dutiful obser- vance of the mandates of the law were not wanting either; the "righteous" man's children, his cattle and crops were numerous; he was victorious over his enemies and the cup of his happiness was full. Later when the earth had been sufficiently peopled after the Atlantean Flood, polygamy became gradually more and more obsolete, with the result that the quality of the bodies improved, and at the time of Christ the de- sire nature had become so far amenable to control in the case of the more advanced among humanity that the act of generation could be performed with- out passion, out of pure love, so that the child could be immaculately con- ceived. Such were the parents of Jesus. Joseph is said to have been a carpenter, but he was not a worker in wood. He was a "builder" in a higher sense. God is the Grand Architect of the universe. Under Him are many builders of [PAGE 526] varying degrees of spiritual splendor, down even to those whom we know as Freemasons. All are engaged in building a temple without sound of hammer, and Joseph was no exception. It is sometimes asked why Initiates are always men. They are not; in the lower degrees there are many women, but when an Initiate is able to choose his sex he usually takes the positive masculine body, as the life which brought him to Initiation has spiritualized his vital body and made it positive under all conditions, so that he has then an instrument of the highest efficiency. There are times, however, when the exigencies of a case require a female body, such as, for instance, providing a body of the highest type to receive an ego of superlatively high degree. Then a high Initiate may take a female body and go through the experience of maternity again, after perhaps having eschewed it for several lives, as was the case with the beautiful character we know as Mary of Bethlehem. In conclusion, then, let us remember the points brought out, that we are all Christs-in-the-making; that sometime we must cultivate characters so spotless that we may be worthy to inhabit bodies that are immaculately con- ceived; and the sooner we commence to purify our minds of passionate thoughts, the sooner we shall attain. In the final analysis it only depends upon the earnestness of our purpose, the strength of our wills. Conditions are such now that we can live pure lives whether married or single, and [PAGE 527] cold, sister-and-brother relationships are not necessary either. Is the life of absolute purity beyond some of us yet? Be not discour- aged; Rome was not built in a day. Keep on aspiring though you fail again and again, for the only real failure consists in ceasing to try. So may God strengthen your aspirations to purity. THE COMING CHRIST: We have previously seen how infant humanity in Atlantis lived in unity under direct guidance of divine leaders, and how they were eventually brought out of the water into a clear atmosphere where the separateness of each individual from all others became obvious at once. "God is Light"--the Light which became life in man. It was dim and achromatically diffused in the misty atmosphere of early Atlantis, as color- less as the air on a densely foggy day in the present age, hence the unity of all beings who lived in that light. But when man rose above the waters, when he emerged into the aire where the godly manifestation, Light, was re- fracted in multitudinous hues, this variously colored light was differently absorbed by each. Thus diversity was inaugurated, when mankind went through the mighty arch of the rainbow with its variegated and beautiful colors. That bow may therefore be considered an entrance gate to "the promised land," the world as now constituted. Here the light of God is no longer an [PAGE 528] insipid single tint as in early Atlantis. The present dazzling play of color tells us that THE WATCHWORD OF THE PRESENT AGE IS SEGREGATION, and therefore so long as we remain in the present condition under the law of al- ternating cycles, where summer and winter, ebb and flow, succeed each other in unbroken sequence, so long as God's bow stands in the sky, an emblem of diversity, it is yet the day of the kingdoms of men, and the kingdom of God is held in abeyance. Nevertheless, as surely as the Edenic conditions upon the fire girt is- lands of ancient Lemuria ended in separation into sexes, each expressing one element of the creative fire, and making the union of man and woman as nec- essary to the generation of a body as is the union of hydrogen and oxygen to the production of water; and as surely as emergence from the watery atmo- sphere of Atlantis into the airy environment of ARYANA, the world of today, promoted further segregation into separate nations and individuals, who war and prey upon one another (because the sharply differentiated forms which they behold blind them to the inalienable unity of each soul with all oth- ers); just as certainly will this world condition give place to a "new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." In early Atlantis we lived in the deepest basins of the earth where the mist was densest; we breathed by means of gills and would have been unable to live in an atmosphere such as we have now. In the course of time desire [PAGE 529] to explore beyond caused the invention of airships, which were propelled by the expansive force of sprouting grain. The "ark" story is a perverted remembrance of that fact. Those ships actually did founder upon mountain tops where the atmosphere was too rare to sustain them. Today our ships float upon the element in which the Atlantean ships were at one time im- mersed. We have now contrived various means of propulsion able to carry us over the highlands of the earth which we occupy at present, and are commenc- ing to reach out into the atmosphere to conquer that element as we have sub- jected the waters; and as surely as our Atlantean ancestors made a highway of the watery element which they breathed AND THEN ROSE ABOVE IT TO LIVE IN A NEW ELEMENT, just as certainly shall we conquer the air and then rise above it into the newly discovered element which we call ether. Thus each age has its own peculiar conditions and laws; the beings who evolve have a physiological constitution suited to the environment of that age, but are dominated by the nature forces then prevailing until they learn to conform to them. Then these forces become most valuable servants, as for instance, steam and electricity, which we have partially harnessed. The law of gravity still holds us in its powerful grip, although by mechanical means we are trying to escape into the new element. We shall at a not distant [PAGE 530] time attain to mastery of the air, but as the ships of the Atlanteans foun- dered upon the mountains of the earth because their buoyancy was insuffi- cient to enable them to rise higher in the light mist of those altitudes, and because respiration was difficult, so also will the increasing rarity of our present atmosphere prevent us from entering the "new heaven and the new earth," which are to be the scene of the New Dispensation. Before we can reach that state, physiological as well as moral and spiritual changes must take place. The Greek text of the new New Testament does not leave us in doubt as to this, though lack of knowledge of the mys- tery teachings prevented the translators from bringing it out in the English version. Did we but believe the Bible even as we have it, we should be spared many delusions and much uneasiness concerning the time of this. Whole sects have disposed of their belongings in anticipation of the advent of Christ or even as God, have married, raised families, and died, leaving their sons, who were supposed to be Christs, to fight for the kingdom. A temporal government was forced to banish one of these militant "Christs" to an island of the Mediterranean, and another to an Asiatic city where he is now under military supervision. Nor is there any sign that the future will [PAGE 531] lack similar claimants; rather, the sacrilegious imposture is spreading. WE MAY REST ASSURED THAT THE DIVINE LEADERS OF EVOLUTION MADE NO MISTAKE WHEN THEY GAVE THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION TO THE WESTERN WORLD-- THE MOST AD- VANCED TEACHING TO THE MOST PRECOCIOUS AMONG MANKIND. It may therefore be regarded as a detriment when an organization undertakes to graft a Hindu re- ligion (which is excellent for the people to whom it was divinely given) upon our people. The imported Hindu breathing exercises have certainly sent may people to insane asylums. If we believe Christ's words: "My kingdom is not of this world," (KOSMOS, the Greek word used for "world" meaning " order of things" rather than our planet, the earth, which is called GAEA), we shall know better than to look for Christ today. "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God." any more than the gill-breathing creature of early Atlantean times was fit to live under the natural conditions prevailing in the present age where "the resurrection, does not say as in the English translation, "There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body." I Cor. 15:44. He affirms that there is a "SOMA PSUCHICON," a soul body, and tells in the preceding verses how this is gen- erated from a "SEED" in the same way as explained in the Rosicrucian teach- ings. The Bible affirms that our bodies are corruptible. (It also teaches [PAGE 532] that one organ, the heart, is an exception. This has reference to the seed atom in the heart. Ps. 22:26) Therefore our bodies must be changed before Christ can come. If these things were believed, few would run after impostors, and the latter would have their labors for their pains. But Western papers unfortu- nately give notoriety to such schemers, though regarding them as a joke as well they may, for it would be preposterous to believe that the great and wise Being who guides evolution could be so shortsighted as not to know that the Western World would never accept the scion of what it regards as a semi-barbaric race for its Savior. When preparations were made 2000 years ago, for the embodiment of the Savior of the world, Galilee was the Mecca for roving spirits. Thither flocked people from Asia, Africa, Greece, Italy, and all other parts of the world of that day. Conditions there were exceptionally congenial and at- tractive so that, as declared by various scholars who have investigated the matter, Galilee was as cosmopolitan as Rome itself. It was, in fact, the "melting pot' of that day. Among others, Joseph and Mary, the parents of Jesus, had emigrated from Judea to Nazareth in Galilee before the advent of their firstborn, and the body generated in that environment was different from the ordinary Jewish race body. It is an incontrovertible fact that environment plays a great part in [PAGE 533] evolution. We have today upon earth THREE GREAT RACES. One, the Black, has hair which is FLAT in section, and the head is long, narrow and FLATTENED on the sides. The orbit of the eye is also long and narrow. The Blacks are descendants of the Lemurian Race. The Mongols and kindred peoples have ROUND heads. Their hair is round in section, and orbits of their eyes are also round. They are the remnants of the Atlantean Race. The ARYAN RACE have oval hair, oval skulls, and oval orbits of the eyes, these features being especially pronounced in the Anglo-Saxons. In America, the Mecca of nations today, these various races are of course represented. Here is the "melting pot" in which they are being amalgamated. It has been ascertained that there is a difference in children belonging to the same family. The SKULLS OF YOUNGER CHILDREN BORN IN AMERICA ARE MORE NEARLY OVAL THAN THE HEADS OF THEIR OLDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS BORN ABROAD. From this fact and from others which need not be mentioned here, it is evident that a new race is being born on the American continent; and reason- ing from the known fact that the Christ came from the most cosmopolitan part of the civilized world of 2000 years ago, it would be but logical to expect that if a new embodiment were sought for that exalted Being, His body would [PAGE 534] more likely be taken from the new race than from an ancient one. But we may be sure that though impostors deceive for a time, they are found out sooner or later, and their plans come to naught. Meanwhile, pro- gression continues to bring us nearer the Aquarian Age, and A TEACHER IS COMING to give the Christian Religion impetus in a new direction. THE COMING AGE: When we speak of the "Coming Age," of the "New Heaven and the New Earth" mentioned in the Bible, and also of the "Aquarian Age," the differences may not be quite clear in the minds of our students. Confusion of terms is one of the most fertile seed grounds of fallacy, and the Rosicrucian teachings aim to avoid it by a particularly definite nomenclature. Sometimes an extra effort seems necessary to disperse the haze engendered by current cloudy conceptions of others as sincere as the present writer, but not so fortunate in having access to the incomparable Western Wisdom Teachings. It has been taught in our literature that four great epochs of unfoldment preceded the present order of things; that the destiny of the earth, its at- mospheric conditions, and the laws of nature prevailing in one epoch were as different from those of the other epochs as was the corresponding physiological constitution of mankind in one epoch different from those in the others. [PAGE 535] The bodies of ADM (the name means RED EARTH), the humanity of fiery Lemuria, were formed of the "dust of the ground," the red, hot, volcanic mud, and were just suited to their environment. Flesh and blood would have shriveled up in the terrible heat of that day, and though suited to present conditions, Paul tells us that they cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. It is therefore manifest that before a new order of things can be inaugurated, the physiological constitution of mankind must be radically changed to say nothing of the spiritual attitude. Aeons will be required to generate the whole human race and fit them to live in ethereal bodies. On the other hand, neither does a new environment come into existence in a moment, but land and people are evolved together from the smallest and most primitive beginnings. When the mists of Atlantis commenced to settle, some of our forbears had grown embryonic lungs and were forced to highlands ages before their compeers. They wandered in "the wilderness" while " the promised land" was emerging from the lighter fogs, and at the same time their growing lungs were fitting them to live under present atmospheric con- ditions. Two more races were born in the basins of the earth before a succession of floods drove them to the highlands; the last flood took place at the time when the sun entered the watery sign Cancer, about ten thousand years ago as told Plato by the Egyptian priests. Thus we see there is NO SUDDEN change [PAGE 536] of constitution or environment for the whole human race when a new epoch is ushered in, but an overlapping of conditions which makes it possible for most of the race by gradual adjustment to enter the new condition, though the change may seem sudden to the individual when the preparatory change has been accomplished unconsciously. The metamorphosis of a tadpole from a denizen of the watery element to one of the airy gives an analogy of the past, and the transformation of the caterpillar to a butterfly soaring in the air is an apt simile of the coming age. When the heavenly time marker came into Aries by precession, a new cycle commenced, and the "glad tidings" were preached by Christ. He said by implication that the new heaven and earth were not ready then when He told His disciples: Whither I go you can- not NOW follow, but you shall follow afterwards. I go to prepare a place for you and will come again and receive you. Later John saw in a vision the new Jerusalem descending from heaven, and Paul taught the Thessalonians "BY THE WORD OF THE LORD" that those who are Christ's at His coming shall be caught up IN THE AIR to meet Him and be with Him FOR THE AGE. But during this change there are pioneers who enter the kingdom of God before their brethren. Christ, in Matt. 11:12, said that " the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." This is not a correct translation. It ought to be: The kingdom of the heavens HAS BEEN [PAGE 537] INVADED (BIAXETAI), and invaders seize on her. Men and women have already learned through holy, helpful lives to lay aside the body of flesh and blood, either intermittently or permanently, and to walk the skies with winged feet, intent upon the business of their Lord, clad in the ethereal "wedding garment" of the new dispensation. This change may be accomplished through a life of simple helpfulness and prayer as practiced by devoted Christians, no matter with what church they affiliate, as well as by the specific exercises given in the Rosicrucian Fellowship. The latter will prove barren of results, unless accompanied by constant ACTS of love for LOVE will be the keynote of the coming age as LAW is of the present order. The intense expression of the former quality increases the phosphorescent luminosity and density of the ethers in our vital bodies, the fiery streams sever the tie to the mortal coil, and the man, once BORN OF WATER upon his emergence from Atlantis, is now born OF THE SPIRIT into the kingdom of God. The dynamic force of his love has opened a way to the land of love, and in- describable is the rejoicing among those already there when new invaders ar- rive, for each new arrival hastens the coming of the Lord and the definite establishment of the Kingdom. Among the religiously inclined there is a definite unceasing cry: How long, O Lord; how long? And despite the emphatic statement of Christ that the day and hour are unknown, even to Himself, prophets continue to gain [PAGE 538] credence when they predict His coming on a certain day, though each is dis- comfited when the day passes without development. The question has also been mooted among our students, and the present chapter is an attempt to show the fallacy of looking for the Second Advent in a year or fifty or five hundred. The Elder Brothers decline to commit themselves further than to point out what must first be accomplished. At the time of Christ the sun was in about seven degrees of Aries. Five hundred years were required to bring the precession to the thirtieth degree of Pisces. During that time the new church lived through a stage of offen- sive and defensive violence well justifying the words of Christ: "I came not to bring peace but a sword." Fourteen hundred years more have elapsed under the negative influence of PISCES, which has fostered the power of the church and bound the people by creed and dogma. In the middle of the last century the sun came within orb of influence of the scientific sign AQUARIUS, and although it will take about seven hundred years before the Aquarian Age commences, it is highly instructive to note what changes the mere touch has wrought in the world. Our limited space precludes enumeration of the wonderful advances made since then; but it is not too much to say that science, invention, and resultant industry have completely changed the world, its social life, and economic conditions. The [PAGE 539] great strides made in means of communication have done much to break down barriers of race prejudice and prepare us for conditions of Universal Broth- erhood. Engines of destruction have been made so fearfully efficient that the militant nations will be forced ere long to "beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks." THE SWORD HAS HAD ITS REIGN during the Piscean Age, but SCIENCE WILL RULE in the Aquarian Age. In the land of the setting sun we may expect to first see the ideal con- ditions of the Aquarian Age: A blending of religion and science, forming a religious science and a scientific religion, which will promote the health, happiness and the enjoyment of life in abundant measure. SUGAR FOR ALCOHOL: In the chapter elucidating the Law of Assimilation in the ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION, we stated that minerals cannot be assimilated because they lack a vital body, which lack makes it impossible for man to raise their vi- bratory rate to his own pitch. Plants have a vital body and no self-consciousness, hence are most easily assimilated and remain with man longer than cells of animal flesh, which is permeated by a desire body. The vibratory rate of the latter is high, and much energy is required in as- similation; its cells also quickly escape and make it necessary for the flesh eater to forage often. [PAGE 540] We are aware that alcohol is a "foreign spirit" and a "spirit of decay" because IT IS GENERATED BY FERMENTATION OUTSIDE the consumer's system. Be- ing "spirit," it vibrates with such intense rapidity that the human spirit is incapable of tuning it down and controlling it as food must be, hence me- tabolism is out of the question. Nay, more, as we cannot reduce its vibra- tory rate to that of our bodies, this foreign spirit may accelerate their vibratory pitch and control us as happens in the state of intoxication. Thus alcohol is a great danger to mankind and one from which we must be emancipated ere we can realize our divine nature. A stimulant spirit is necessary while we live on a DIET OF FLESH or progress would stop, and A FOOD has been provided for the pioneers of the West that answers all requirements; its name is "sugar." FROM SUGAR THE EGO ITSELF GENERATES ALCOHOL INSIDE the system by the very processes of me- tabolism. This product is therefore both food and stimulant, perfectly keyed to the vibratory pitch of the body. It has all the good qualities of alcohol in enhanced measure and none of its drawbacks. To perceive properly the effect of this food, consider the peoples of eastern Europe where little sugar is consumed. They are slavish; they speak of themselves in terms of depreciation; the pronoun "I" is always spelled with small letters but "you" with a capital. England consumes five times as much sugar per capita as [PAGE 541] Russia. In the former we meet a different spirit, the big "I" and the little "you." In America the candy store becomes a most dangerous rival of the saloon, for THE MAN WHO EATS SWEETS WILL NOT DRINK, and there is no surer cure for alcoholism than to induce the sufferer to eat freely of sweets. The drunkard abhors sugar, however, while his system is under the sway of the "foreign spirit." The temperance movement was begun in the land where MOST SUGAR IS CON- SUMED, and has GENERATED "THE SPIRIT OF SELF-RESPECT." MEAT AND DRINK AS FACTORS IN EVOLUTION: In previous chapters we saw how infant humanity was cared for by superhu- man guardians, provided with appropriate food, led out of danger's way, and sheltered in all respects until grown to human stature and fit to enter the school of experience to learn the lessons of life in the phenomenal world. We saw also how the rainbow points to natural laws peculiar to the present age, how man was given free will under these laws, and how the spirit of wine was given to cheer and to stimulate his own timid, fearful spirit, to nerve it for the war of the world. In an analogous manner the irresponsible little child who has been brought under the waters of baptism by its natural guardians is cared for through the years of childhood while its various vehicles are being orga- nized. When the parental blood stored in the thymus gland has been ex- hausted and the child thus emancipated from the parents, it awakens to indi- viduality, to the feeling of "I AM." It has then been prepared with a [PAGE 542] knowledge of good and evil with which to fight the battle of life; and at that time the youth is taken to the church and given the bread and wine to nerve and nourish him spiritually, also as a symbol that henceforth he is a free agent, only responsible to the laws of God. A blessing or a curse, this freedom, according to the way it is used. In early Atlantis mankind was a universal brotherhood of submissive chil- dren with no incentive to war or strife. Later they were segregated into nations, and wars inculcated loyalty to kin and country. Each sovereign was an absolute autocrat with power over life and limb of his subjects, who were numbered in hundreds of millions, and who yielded ungrudging and slavish submission, an attitude maintained to the present day among millions of Asi- atics, who are vegetarians and consequently need no alcohol. As flesh eating came into vogue, wine became a more and more common bev- erage. In consequence of flesh eating much material progress was made im- mediately preceding the advent of Christ, and because of the practice of drinking wine an increasing number of men asserted themselves as leaders, with the result that instead of a few large nations such as people Asia, many small nations were formed in the southwestern portion of Europe and Asia Minor. But though the great mass of people who formed these various nations were ahead of their Asiatic brethren as craftsmen, they continued submissive to [PAGE 543] their rulers and lived as much in their traditions as did the latter. Christ upbraided them because they gloried in being Abraham's seed. He told them that "before Abraham was, I AM," that is, the ego has always existed. It is His mission to emancipate humanity from Law and lead it to LOVE, to destroy "the kingdoms of men" with all their antagonism to one another, and to build upon their ruins " the kingdom of God." An illustration will make the method clear: If we have a number of brick buildings and desire to amalgamate them into one large structure, it is necessary to break them down first and free each brick from the mortar which binds it. Likewise each human being must be freed from the fetters of family, hence Christ taught, " Unless a man leaves his father and mother he cannot be my disciple." He must outgrow religious partisanship and patriotism and learn to say with the much misunderstood and maligned Thomas Paine: "THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY, AND TO DO GOOD IS MY RELI- GION." Christ did not mean that we are to foresake those who have a claim upon our help and support, but that we are not to permit the suppression of our individuality out of deference to family traditions and beliefs. Consequently He came "not to bring peace, but a sword;" and whereas the eastern religions discourage the use of wine, CHRIST'S FIRST MIRACLE WAS TO CHANGE WATER TO WINE. The sword and the wine cup are signature of the [PAGE 544] Christian religion, for by them nations have been broken to pieces and the individual emancipated. Government by the people, for the people, is a fact in northwestern Europe, the rulers being that principally in name only. But the fostering of the martial spirit as prevails in Europe was only a means to an end. The segregation which it has caused must give place to a regime of brotherhood such as professed by Paine. A new step was necessary to bring this about; A NEW FOOD must be found which would act upon the spirit in such a way as to foster individuality through ASSERTION OF SELF WITHOUT OPPRESSION OF OTHERS AND WITHOUT LOSS OF SELF-RESPECT. We have enunciated it as a law that only spirit can act upon spirit, and therefore that food must be a spirit but differing in other respects from intoxicants. Before describing this let us see what flesh has done for the evolution of the world. We have noted previously that during the Polarian Epoch man had only a dense body; he was like the present minerals in this respect, and by nature he was inert and passive. By absorbing the crystalloids prepared by plants he evolved a vital body during the Hyperborean Epoch and became plant-like both in constitution and by nature, for he lived without exertion and as unconsciously as the plants. Later he extracted milk from the then stationary animals. Desire for [PAGE 545] this more readily digestible food spurred him on to exertion, and gradually his desire nature was evolved during the Lemurian Epoch. Thus he became constituted like the present day HERBIVORA. Though possessed of a passional nature, he was docile and could not be induced to fight save to defend him- self, his mate, and family. Hunger alone had the power to make him aggres- sive. Therefore, when animals began to move and sought to elude this ruthless parasite, increasing difficulty of obtaining the coveted food aroused his craving to such an extent that when he had hunted and caught an animal, he was no longer content to suck its udders dry but commenced to feed upon its blood and flesh. Thus he became as ferocious as our present day CARNIVORA. Digestion of flesh food requires much more powerful chemical action and speedy elimination of the waste than that of a vegetable diet as proved by chemical analysis of the gastric juices from animals, and by the fact that the intestines of Herbivora are many times longer than those of a car- nivorous animal of even size. Carnivora easily become drowsy and averse to exertion. When prodded by the pangs of hunger the ferocious wolf does indeed pursue its prey with unwavering perseverance, and the spring of the crouching king of beasts overmatches the speed of the wing-footed deer. By ambush the fe- line family foil the fleetest in their attempts to escape. The cunning of [PAGE 546] the fox is proverbial, and the slinking nocturnal habits of the hyena and kindred scavengers illustrate the depth of depravity resulting from a diet of decayed flesh. The vices generated by flesh eating may be said to be lassitude, feroc- ity, low cunning, and depravity. We may tame the herbivorous ox and el- ephant. Their diet makes them docile and stores enormous power which they obediently use in our service to perform prolonged and arduous labor. The flesh food required by the constitutional peculiarities of Carnivora makes them dangerous and incapable of thorough domestication. A cat may scratch at any moment, and the muzzling ordinances of large cities are ample proof of the danger of dogs. Besides, energy contained in the diet of Carnivora is so largely expended in digestion that they are drowsy and unfitted for sustained labor like the horse or elephant. The drowsiness following a heavy meal of meat is too well known to re- quire arguement, and the custom of taking stimulants with food is an out- growth of the desire to counteract the deadening effect of dead flesh. The intensified effect of feasting upon FLESH IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF DECAY is well illustrated in "society," where banquets of game that is "high" are ac- companied by orgies of the wildest nature and followed by indulgence of the vilest instincts. The Westerner who can live upon a clean, sweet, wholesome diet of veg- etables, cereals and fruit, does not become drowsy from his food; he needs [PAGE 547] no stimulant. THERE ARE NO VEGETARIAN DRUNKARDS. The soothing effects of vegetable food manifest as finer feelings, which replace the ferocity fos- tered by flesh food. Many need the mixed diet yet, for the practice of flesh eating has furthered the progress of the world as nothing else except perhaps its companion vice--drunkenness; and though we cannot say that they have been a blessing in disguise, they have at least not been unmitigated curses, for in the Father's kingdom all seeming evil nevertheless works for good in some respect, though it may not be apparent upon the surface. We shall see how presently. A private corporation, the East India Company, commenced and practically achieved the subjugation of India with her three hundred million people, for the English are voracious flesh eaters, while the Hindu's diet fosters do- cility. But when England fought the flesh eating Boers, Greek met Greek, and the valor displayed by both sides is a matter of brilliant record. Courage, physical as well as moral, is a virtue and cowardice a vice. Flesh has fostered self-assertion and helped us to develop backbone, though unfor- tunately often at the expense of others who still retain the wishbone. It has done more as will be illustrated: As said previously, the crouching cat is forced to employ strategy to save strength when procuring its prey, so that it may retain sufficient en- ergy to digest the victim. Thus brain becomes the ally of brawn. In [PAGE 548] ancient Atlantis DESIRE FOR FLESH DEVELOPED THE INGENUITY OF PRIMITIVE MAN AND LED HIM to trap the elusive denizens of field and forest. The hunter's snare was among the first LABOR-SAVING DEVICES--which mark the beginning of the evolution of mind, and of the uncompromising, unflagging struggle of the meat fed mind for supremacy over matter. We say "THE MEAT FED MIND," and we reiterate it, because we wish to em- phasize that it is by the nations which have adopted flesh food that the most noteworthy progress has been made. The vegetarian Asiatics remain upon the lower rungs of civilization. The further west we travel, THE MORE THE CONSUMPTION OF MEAT INCREASES AS DOES THE DISINCLINATION FOR BODILY EXER- CISE, AND CONSEQUENTLY THE ACTIVITY OF THE MIND IS INCREASED TO A HIGHER AND HIGHER PITCH IN THE INVENTION OF LABOR-SAVING DEVICES. The American agriculturists' acres are counted by thousands, and they harvest large crops with less labor than the peasant of the East who has only a small patch of ground. The reason is that the poor, plodding grain fed Easterner has only his hands and his hoe, which he keeps in motion all day and day after day, while the meat fed, progressive Westerner turns power-driven implements into his fertile fields and sits down in a comfortable seat to watch them work. One uses muscle, the other mind. [PAGE 549] Thus the indomitable courage and energy which have transformed the face of the Western World are virtues directly traceable to flesh food, which also fosters love of ease and invention of labor-saving devices; while alco- hol stimulates enterprise in execution of schemes thus hatched to procure the maximum of comfort with a minimum of labor. But the spirit of alcohol is obtained by a process of fermentation. It is a SPIRIT OF DECAY, altogether different from the SPIRIT OF LIFE in man. This counterfeit spirit lures man on and on, always holding before his vi- sion the dreams of FUTURE grandeur, and goading him to strenuous efforts of body and mind in order to attain and obtain. Then when he has achieved and attained, he awakens to the utter worthlessness of his prize. Possession soon shatters illusion as to the worth of whatever he may have acquired; NOTHING THE WORLD HAS TO GIVE CAN FINALLY SATISFY. Then again the lethal draught drowns disappointment, and the mind conjures up a new illusion. This he pursues with fresh zeal and high hopes, to meet disappointment again and again, for lives and lives, until at last he learns that "wine is a mocker," and that "all is vanity but to serve God and to do His will." Continued with file "RC1018.TXT" End of File

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