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Filename: RC1046.TXT Source: "The Rosicrucian Christianity Lectures" by Max Heindel [PAGE 1693] In the sudden killing of the animal the lowest part of the soul clings to the body, the Group Spirit has lost the passions which remain in the flesh which we eat. That Group Spirit is thinking continuously, however, "I must get another vehicle." That idea is impressed on every cell because of our wholesale murder, and so we have that intense sex craving in every particle of meat we eat, impelling us to satisfy its demand. It was Nimrod, the Atlantean, who first killed to eat, who inaugurated the social evil. And so we see that although we injure the animals when we kill them, we injure ourselves the more, for we have ever that social evil in consequence, that stays with us, and when we speak of the social evil we do not mean only that which we COMMONLY call the social evil, that unhallowed thing of church and state, but any intercourse whatsoever except that which is performed as a sacrifice to provide a body for an incoming Ego. Other use of the creative function, whether in greater or less degree is nevertheless social evil. Now when we understand the connection between the social evil and flesh eating, the taking away of life from others, then we can understand why the Knights of the Holy Grail were pure and harmless, and until that time comes, the time when Parsifal breaks his bow, when he will no longer take life, when he says, "I will no longer take these particles into my body that cry out for separate existence, and want to create all the time, but I will live the pure and harmless life"; only when a man comes to that stage in life can he feel compassion. So long as we go out and kill we cannot feel the true compassion. You and I who live under such complex conditions where killing is concen- trated in one place, of course never seethe animals killed, yet we are as [PAGE 1694] responsible for the fear and anguish which ensoul them as if we had a per- sonal hand on it. Could you and I go into that bloody pen and lift the knife, look into those dying eyes, and then go and enjoy our victim's flesh? We could not. We have gone too far in evolution for that. It is only be- cause we are able to get the flesh without having the noisome sights of the slaughter house before us, and yet you and I are doing a great harm to an- other fellow being. Because you and I do not want to go there he has to stand there day after day, month after month, and year after year, and kill, and kill, and kill. You and I are escaping the brutality which we see con- centrated in him, concentrated to such an extent that the law holds him as an outcast in certain respects; it will not allow him to sit on a jury where capital punishment is involved because he has become so brutalized that he has lost all regard for life. Friends! let us cease to be destructive. Let us aim to be constructive, and let ALL creatures live. They have as much right to life as we have. Ella Wheeler Wilcox prefers their claim in the following beautiful words: I am the voice of the voiceless; Through me the dumb shall speak Till a deaf world's ear Shall be made to hear The wrongs of the wordless weak. The same force formed the sparrow That fashioned man, the king. The God OF THE WHOLE Gave a spark of soul To furred and feathered thing. And I AM MY BROTHER'S KEEPER; And I will fight his fight, And speak the word For beast and bird Till the world shall set things right. [PAGE 1695] Now we have come so far that we begin to see the application of these things more and more that we have seen in Parsifal and the Holy Grail. We see it is the beginning of compassion when we leave off our lower appetites. We become pure in thought, desire, and body, and so we are going onwards. Here we have in this myth as presented by Wagner one of the most wonderful interpretations of the fact that a certain class of us may go forward and become helpers of humanity. Parsifal is the man who has purified himself and has become harmless. That was seen and felt spiritually by Wagner on yon Good Friday morning when he sat by the Zurich Sea and saw all around him life forces operating. Innumerable seeds were sprouting, all around this wonderful flow of life, and Wagner asked himself what connection could there be between the Savior's death upon the cross and this sprouting forth of ev- erything in nature? And there he struck upon the very heart of the Mystery of the Holy Grail. We remember from the last lecture particularly how man is the inverted plant. Plato gave this occult view when he said the World Soul is crucified. The horizontal limb of the cross represents the lines of influence of the animal group spirits which circle the Earth, manifesting through the horizontal spine of the animals--they are between the plants and the human kingdom. The plants are represented by the lower limb of the cross, and man by the upper limb. We know that the Group Spirits of the plants are in the center of the Earth and that they are radiating lines of force which are continually pass- ing through the trees and plants. Man, on the other hand, receives his spiritual influence from the sun through the head, and is therefore the [PAGE 1696] inverted plant in that sense. We also know that the plant takes its food through the roots and man through the head. The plant is chaste and pas- sionless; it stretches its creative organ chastely towards the sun, a thing of beauty, the flower; man stretches his passion-filled creative organ to- wards the Earth. Man exhales the poisonous carbon dioxide, while the plant sends out the life-giving oxygen; so man is the opposite to the plant. Now, in the Mys- tery of the Holy Grail man was brought to use, or rather he was brought to FEEL these truths. He was told: "Look around you; see everywhere in nature all these innumerable plants growing, all these seeds sprouting. "That creative force which you see in them is nothing but what is in you, and in every human being; but in the plants it expresses itself in the op- posite way. There is the chasm of passion between the plant and the god. "The animals are also passion filled; they have the red passion-giving blood; but in the plant we see chastity, and that chastity must be regained. "There are certain stages of advancement which you are to go through; you are to become pure and passionless again. Therefore, this emblem--the Grail Cup--which you see here, is like the pod of the plant that holds the seed. That is the emblem of purity, which you are to hold before your gaze all the time in order to aspire to that high ideal--that purity which is embodied in the plant." This conception is also embodied in the communion cup used in the churches, which is emblematical of the ideal we are to strive for, and in [PAGE 1697] the German the communion cup has the same name as the pod of the flower, KELCH. In different other languages its name has also a similar meaning. Thus the holy Communion Cup is not a wine cup; but it is a cup which we may look upon as containing the very essence of life in pristine purity--a quickening spiritual essence. Not the paralyzing spirit that Noah brought, not the fermented spirit of decay, but that life-giving fluid which is the blood of the plant. There we have a description of one of the emblems held up to the pupils of the Mysteries as ideals to be realized in him. The other was the holy spear, symbolized by the sunbeam that comes down and opens the flower. the sunbeam is the representation of the spiritual power which is working to bring forth all through the universe; a power most potent, but also most dangerous when used without discrimination, or abused, as we see so forcibly accentuated in the legend of Parsifal, where Parsifal, Amfortas, and Klingsor represent three classes--Amfortas, who used the spiritual power without discrimination; Klingsor, who used it for selfish purposes, and Parsifal, who used it in the only way it should be used. The power is the same, but produces different effects as it is variously used. Fire is man's greatest ally when under control and used for good purposes; but used with evil intent or ignorantly, it becomes dangerous. Parsifal represents the mystic whose FEELINGS have become aroused. He is not fit to have the spiritual power until he has been tempted and tried, for one whose feelings are intense is very apt to make mistakes. Against the manifestly evil he is secure, because of his very innocence, as when Parsifal fails to perceive anything sensual in the advances of the Flower- [PAGE 1698] maidens. He is so guileless and pure that that does not affect him at all, but INNOCENCE is not by any means synonymous with VIRTUE. Innocence is a negative purity such as we find in all children, and is very, very different from the virtue which has come unscathed through the fire of temptations, and is kept on the path of rectitude, guided by an innate feeling of right. Innocence is untried and inferior to the virtue of the sinner who has re- pented and reformed and is strong for the right as the path of peace and joy, because he has known the sufferings which are encountered upon the pathway of wrong. Amfortas is tempted and falls and suffers. Parsifal witnesses his suf- fering and can sympathize with his pain, because of having broken the bow and become harmless. The man who can kill cannot also feel compassion. The one who is harmless is tender of heart, and sees what a benefit pain is. Usually Parsifal is so glad and joyous he has left Herzleide--Sorrow--behind. See him in the garden with the Flower-maidens, his face beaming with innocent joy. Then comes the temptation of Kundry, and it causes a pain--something Parsifal is not used to, and by the power of association there comes before his inner vision that other scene where he felt pain--the scene in the Grail Castle, where the stricken king was minis- tering at the sacred rite. He sees and he understands, because of sympathy which his harmlessness has engendered. But for that, he too might have fallen to the subtle temptations of Kundry. Klingsor is the very antithesis of Parsifal. He is no fool; he has knowledge, and by knowledge he wields his power entirely apart from feeling. [PAGE 1699] He has mutilated himself; HE HAS KILLED ALL FEELING INSTEAD OF SEEKING TO CONTROL IT. When we go along the mystical path the feelings are most po- tently aroused, and unless we have become harmless also and ceased to live upon food imbued with the lower feelings, we are extremely apt to fall, as witness the well-known fact that ultra-devotional people are exceedingly strongly sexed and have been the cause of great Church scandals, denounced as hypocrites, when in reality they were as true as steel, but were unable to control the intense waves of feeling which swept them away, because of impure food. Klingsor is not minded to run such chances, so he has mutilated his sex organ and thus made it impossible for him to gratify that craving and lose his power, as Amfortas did when he fell before the charms of Kundry. Also in the Niebelungen Ring we hear the same principle enunciated--that the one who desires power must forswear love. Alberich, the Niebelung, does that in order to possess the Rheingold, and it becomes a curse to gods and man. When the head or the intellect rules apart from the feelings, as it does in the intellectual occultist, the black path lies before that man, but in the blending of head and heart is the true balance, the only safety. Amfortas could not have fallen if he had been harmless, but he was con- templating a misuse of the spiritual power symbolized by the spear. He was going to use it without due discrimination against Klingsor; therefore, it reached upon him and wounded him. the black and the white magician both use the same force--a spiritual power--and it is as impossible to use a spiritual force to harm a spiritual man as it is to drown a fish in water. Therefore, when Klingsor hurls the spiritual power--the spear--at Parsifal, [PAGE 1700] it floats harmlessly above him and Parsifal directs it against the Castle only, not against Klingsor. The good cannot use good for direct destruction of evil, but only indi- rectly by showing them the greater power of Good. As the flower draws the vital force, the spiritual power, from the sun- beam in a pure and chaste manner as it unfolds its harmless beauty, so must we unfold in purity and harmlessness the spiritual powers latent in man. Neither must we kill or cut ourselves off from the expression of the feel- ings, as some have done who have taken vows and have entered monasteries or like sheltered environments, where they are out of the way of temptation--or at least where temptation cannot mature to acts. Desire may be as strong in a monk as in a Knight, but the monk has made it impossible by his vow to gratify desire, while the Knight is free to choose good or evil. If he man- fully overcomes the temptation, as parsifal did, he evokes in his being that higher love which is as far removed from sensual passion as heaven from hell. We as Christians are like King Amfortas--we have lost our spiritual powers temporarily on account of our abuses and impurities; but out of the ashes of that state shall come the New Christianity symbolized by Parsifal, which shall heal the sufferings of the old and take its place. That per- sonal condition of which the Holy Grail is emblematical is the state where the evanescent gives way to the lasting and permanent. We build our bodies on flesh foods, which leave it very quickly. Even vegetables are not stable. Our bodies change altogether in a few years. The plant, on the other hand, has a body that lasts for ages, even after the [PAGE 1701] life has left it, as seen in wooden buildings that last a century or more. What is the secret? The tree is almost purely carbon. Where did it get the carbon? From the carbon dioxide exhaled by animal and man. In other words, WE ARE IN EVERY BREATH THROWING AWAY THAT WHICH WOULD BUILD A STABLE BODY IF KEPT. What be- comes of that wood? In millenniums it is transmuted to coal--black carbon. The hardest and most durable substance on Earth is white carbon--the diamond. If we could find a way of retaining that carbon we would become what the Hindu calls the Diamond Soul--the perfect immortal body. We should be manufacturing what the Rosicrucian calls the Philosopher's Stone, which is the liquor vitae, the panacea for all the world's woe. We should then know the meaning of the sea of glass in the New Jerusalem and understand the sig- nificance of "the molten sea" which was the last work of Hiram Abiff the Grand Architect of Solomon's Temple, built without hands. For these all ex- press the same truth as the Holy Grail, and are only attainable by those who are pure in heart, who have overcome the world and are helpers of humanity. [PAGE 1702] LECTURE EIGHTEEN : THE LORD'S PRAYER Many people who have thought seriously upon the problems of the higher life have unfortunately forsaken the methods of their earlier days, they have ceased to believe in the teachings of the church regarding the atone- ment, the saving power of faith, the efficacy of prayer, and kindred dogmas. While from the standpoint of such people, who are honestly and sincerely seeking for truth, these ideas may seem palpably fallacious, we would never- theless bespeak for the following views an unbiased hearing in order that they may THEN be judged. Thus viewed, the teachings of the Church will ap- pear in a light probably not heretofore perceived which will give them a new, a grander meaning, more satisfactory to the heart and perfectly accept- able to the intellect. Many among us have been impelled by Reason to withdraw from the Church, although with a bleeding heart. Intellectual conceptions of God and of the purpose of life cannot satisfy, and our lives have since been barren. That the new light may make it possible for those who still feel the heart's de- sire for the fellowship of the Church to return and take their places with renewed zeal born of deeper understanding of the cosmic truths embodied in [PAGE 1703] the teachings of the Church is the earnest prayer of the writer and his mo- tive in enunciating the following teachings. There is one fact very noticeable to the student of Comparative Religion, namely, that the further we go back in time, the more primitive the race, the more crude is also its religion. As man advances, so do his religious ideas. Materialistic investigators draw from these facts the conclusion that all religions are man-made, that all conceptions of God are rooted in human imagination. The fallacy of that idea is readily seen when we con- sider the tendency of all that lives toward self-preservation. Where only the law of the survival of the fittest governs, as it does among the animals, where might is right, there is no religion. Not until a higher EX- TRANEOUS power makes itself felt can that law be abrogated and the Law of Self-abnegation comes into play as a factor of life, as it does in a small measure in even the most crude religion. Huxley recognized that fact in his last lecture, where he pointed out that while the Law of Survival of the Fittest marks the animal's line of progression, the Law of Sacrifice is the heart of human advancement, impelling the strong to care for the weak, giv- ing gladly what they might easily withhold, yet growing by such giving. The reason for this anomaly cannot be found by the materialist; from his viewpoint it must ever remain an insoluble riddle, but once we understand that man is a composite being: Spirit, soul, and body; that Spirit expresses itself in thought, soul in feeling, and body in action; and that is three- fold man is an image of the triune God, we shall readily understand the seeming anomaly, for by his constitution such a composite being would be pe- culiarly fitted to respond to both spiritual vibrations and physical im- pacts. [PAGE 1704] When we see how little the majority care for the higher life today, we may infer that there must have been a time when man was nearly entirely cal- lous to the spiritual vibrations in the universe. He sensed vaguely a higher power in Nature, and being then partially endowed with clairvoyance, he recognized the existence of powers not now perceived, though working as potently as ever. Man was to be led for his future good, so in order to guide him aright and aid the higher nature in obtaining mastery over the lower nature, the personality, the latter was at first worked upon by FEAR. To have given him a religion of Love, to have tried moral suasion would have been absolutely useless when the human Ego was in its earliest infantile stage and the animal nature of the lower personality was paramount. The God who is to help such a humanity must be A STRONG GOD who can wield the thunderbolt and strike with lightning. When man had been brought a little further along he was taught to look to God also as THE GIVER of all, he was imbued with the idea that if he fol- lowed the LAWS of this God MATERIAL PROSPERITY WOULD FOLLOW. Disobedience on the other hand resulted in FAMINE, WAR, AND PESTILENCE. In order to lead man up higher he must be taught the Law of Sacrifice, but at that stage man prized material possessions highly, and therefore he was prompted to sacri- fice his sheep and oxen THROUGH FAITH in the promise that "the lord will re- pay an hundredfold," that he who gives to the poor lends to the Lord who al- ways returns abundantly. There was then no promise of a heaven, that was yet beyond man's capacity of appreciation. It was emphatically stated that [PAGE 1705] "Heaven, even the heavens are the Lord's, but THE EARTH has He given to the children of men" (Ps: 115-16). Next man is taught to SACRIFICE HIMSELF FOR A FUTURE REWARD IN HEAVEN. Instead of performing an OCCASIONAL act of sacrificing a material posses- sion, a bull or a sheep which the Lord quickly restores, it was now required that he should give up his evil desires and by "CONTINUANCE IN WELL-DOING" "LAY UP TREASURE IN HEAVEN," caring nothing for material possessions which thieves may steal or moth and rust corrupt. Almost anyone may for a short time work himself up to a pitch of exalta- tion where it is easy to lay down all in one supreme act of renunciation. It is comparatively easy TO DIE for one's faith, as in martyrdom, but that is not enough; the Christian Religion requires of us the courage TO LIVE our faith from day to day all through life BY FAITH IN A FUTURE REWARD in a heaven which is but very dimly adumbrated. Truly, the labors of Hercules seem small in comparison, and what wonder if doubts come to weigh us down with a burden like that of Atlas, robbing us of faith in the beneficent, all-sustaining power of God. As a matter of fact, whether we know it or not, we live by faith every minute of our lives, and in proportion that we so live, are we happy or miserable. At night we lie down to sleep secure in the faith that no harm will disturb our slumbers, that we shall wake in the morning and be able to go through our appointed tasks the next day. Were it not for that faith, were doubts on the above points to assail, would we dare to lay our heads upon our pillows? could we close our eyes in calm slumber? Surely not; and in a short time we should be physical and mental wrecks, hastened into a premature grave by the demon of doubt. When we go to the store to buy [PAGE 1706] provisions we have faith in the rectitude of the merchant, we are satisfied that he will give us wholesome viands and not poisoned good. If not, how miserable our lives would be, and instead of enjoying our food, doubt would take away our appetite so that we should be unable to eat a wholesome meal, for even food would be poisoned by out mental state of doubt and fear, as is well known to physiologists. By faith we leave our homes in the morning trusting to the law of gravity to keep them in the same place till we return at night. Very few among us have watched the shadow of the Earth when projected upon the Moon at an eclipse of the Moon and realized that that round shadow is the only positive proof of the rotundity of the Earth, yet everyone says he knows that the Earth is round. He knows it BY FAITH in other people's statements. So with the fact that we are traveling through space at the rate of one thousand miles an hour by virtue of the Earth's motion on its own axis, and the still more astonishing, scientific fact that this Earth which appears to be so still and motionless is in reality traveling in its orbit around the sun at the rate of 1,600,000 miles in twenty-four hours. These and many other similar facts which we cannot possibly investigate for ourselves we accept and live by every day of our lives; we call them knowl- edge and we stake our lives and our happiness upon them by virtue of faith. It has been said in previous lectures that faith is the force in man which opens up the channel of communication with God and brings us into touch with his Life and Power. Doubt, on the other hand, has a most wither- ing and blighting influence on the spiritual life. That such are the [PAGE 1707] effects of faith and doubt can easily be seen by examining their influence in our daily life. We know how expressions of faith and trust buoy us up and how depressing is the effect on us when we are doubted by others. The same holds good in the higher realms, as the following incident will show: When visiting Columbus, Ohio, in 1907, we heard a lecture on "New Evidences of a Future Life," by Professor Hyslop. The writer could not find one single scrap of new evidence or anything which has not been adduced in the reports of the Society for Psychical Research in hundreds of similar cases, and wondered why a man like Professor Hyslop, who must know these re- ports, should call it NEW evidence. The riddle was not solved till a ques- tion by someone brought out the fact that MR. HYSLOP HAD NO FAITH in Profes- sor Crook's experiments or in the results of the researches of any one else for that matter; he was not prepared to believe one iota of which HE was not personally cognizant. and therefore what he had presented was new, it had been NEWLY perceived (by him). But although Professor Hyslop refused to ac- cept the evidence of other investigators he was not in the least backward in asking his audience to accept his testimony as the only reliable brand, and unwittingly he furnished an illustration of his inefficiency as an investi- gator because of ultra-scepticism when he related how he had one day at a sitting with a medium had a communication from Richard Hodgson (who has died) to meet him at another medium's where Hodgson was to give certain com- munications then agreed upon. At the appointed hour Professor Hyslop "sat" with the medium and Mr. Hodgson commenced to make his communications. Mr. Hodgson seems to be [PAGE 1708] entirely unable to answer questions, and Professor Hyslop asked in a irri- tated tone: "What is the matter with you, Richard ? when you were in Earth-life you were always ready enough with an answer, why cannot you an- swer now?" Then, said Professor Hyslop, in telling the story, then came the answer as quick as lightning--`OH! EVERY TIME I GET INTO YOUR WRETCHED AT- MOSPHERE I SEEM TO GO ALL TO PIECES.' . . .Professor Hyslop's attitude of ultra-scepticism had the same benumbing effect on the communicating spirit of Mr. Hodgson, as for instance, the mental attitude of an examining board has upon a candidate. If the board has made up its mind that the candidate is a dunce he may be ever so well prepared, he will stutter, stumble, and fail while even the dunce may comport himself creditably if supported by the mental encouragement of the board. Thus we see that doubt and scepticism have a withering and blighting ef- fect upon the object directed against, while faith opens and expands our mental capacity as sunlight unfolds the beautiful flower, and we can thus understand the necessity for faith in approaching spiritual teachings. Met in that manner they show themselves in true light, while doubt, higher criticism, or agnosticism wither and wilt the beauty of spiritual conception as biting frost blights the fairest flower. Christ Jesus said: "Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter therein." In that sentence is hidden the key to the proper mental attitude. The grown person when confronted with a new teaching either rejects it off- hand because it is something he has not though or heretofore come into con- tact with, or he accepts it without question if it supports his own theories. He makes his own viewpoint and knowledge the absolute measure of [PAGE 1709] truth whereby he gauges all ideas presented, but however wide his view may be, it must be narrow from a cosmic standpoint. A little child is unhampered by the limitation of previous knowledge, ITS MIND IS OPEN TO ALL TRUTH, and it takes unhesitatingly every teaching on faith. Time will bring out facts to show whether it is true or not and that test alone is conclusive. The pupil of the occult school cultivates such a childlike attitude of mind, forgetting always when examining a new teaching or investigating phenomena not previously perceived, all else, so as to ob- viate any bias of mind. Of course, he does not believe offhand that black is white, but he is ready always when a proposition is made to him to admit that there may be a viewpoint he has not hitherto perceived whence an object he thought white might appear black, or vice versa, and that is an exceed- ingly advantageous attitude of mind, for the man who cultivates it is ca- pable of learning, of increasing his knowledge in the same ratio as does the child which listens rather than argues. Thus the childlike attitude is particularly conducive to the acquisition of knowledge which is symbolically spoken as the Kingdom of God, in contra-distinction to that ignorance which is the estate of man. Let it be clearly understood that faith which is required is not a BLIND faith, not an unreasoning faith which clings to a creed or dogma contrary to reason, but it is an open and unbiased state of the mind which is ready to entertain ANY PROPOSITION until thorough investigation has proven it untenable. In a previous lecture, Prayer was said to be an opening up of a channel along which the divine Life and Light may flow into the Spirit, in the same [PAGE 1710] way that the turning of a switch opens the way for the electric current to flow from the power-house into our house. Faith in prayer is like the en- ergy which turns the switch. Without muscular force we can not turn the switch to obtain physical light, and without faith we cannot pray in such a manner as to secure spiritual illumination. If we pray for worldly ends, for that which is contrary to the law of love and universal good, our prayers will prove as unavailing as a glass switch in an electrical circuit. Glass is non-conductor, a bar to the electric power, and selfish prayers are, likewise, bars to divine purposes and must therefore remain unanswered. To pray to a purpose we much pray aright, and in the Lord's Prayer we have a most wonderful pattern, for it caters to the needs of man as no other for- mula could do. Within a few short sentences it encompasses all the com- plexities of the relationship of God to man. Properly to understand this sublime prayer and to be able to render it understandingly and efficiently, let us briefly state some of the teachings given in earlier lectures. The Father is the highest Initiate of the Saturn Period. The Son is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period. The Holy Spirit is the highest Initiate of the Moon Period. The Divine Spirit and the dense body of man started their evolution in the Saturn Period and are therefore under the special care of the Father. The Life Spirit and the vital body started their evolution in the Sun Pe- riod and are consequently the particular charges of the Son. [PAGE 1711] The Human Spirit and the desire body commenced to evolve in the Moon Pe- riod and are therefore the special wards of the Holy Spirit. The Mind was added in the Earth Period and is not cared for by other or outside beings, but is to be subdued by man himself, without any outside as- sistance. In the Lord's Prayer there are seven prayers; or rather, there are three sets of two prayers and one single supplication. Each of the three sets has reference to the needs of one of the aspects of the threefold spirit and its counterpart in the threefold body. The opening sentence, Our Father who art in Heaven, is merely as the address upon an envelope. The student is re- ferred to the chart on page 306 for a key to this prayer, showing diagram- matically the relation between the Trinity, the threefold Spirit, the three- fold body, and the mind, each aspect of the Spirit being connected by a line with the prayer specifically suited to its counterpart in the threefold body and addressed to its guardian aspect in the Trinity. The Human Spirit lifts itself upon wings of DEVOTION to its parents as- pects in the Holy Trinity and intones the opening incantation, Hallowed be Thy name. The Life Spirit raises itself upon pinions of LOVE and addresses the fount of its being, The Son: Thy Kingdom come. The Divine Spirit soars with superior INSIGHT to the fountain head whence it sprang at the dawn of time, The Father, and manifests its confidence in that all-embracing Intelligence in the words, Thy Will be done. Having thus reached the Throne of Grace, the threefold Spirit in man pre- fers its requests concerning the personality, the threefold body. [PAGE 1712] The Divine Spirit prays to The Father for its counterpart, the dense body, Give us our daily bread. The Life Spirit prays to The Son for its counterpart, the vital body, Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. The Human Spirit utters the supplication for the desire body in the words, Lead us not into temptation. Then all join in a concentrated appeal concerning the mind, Deliver us from Evil. The affix, For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, for- ever, are not given by Christ and are not prayers. Looking at the foregoing explanation from the analytical standpoint, we find that there are three religious teachings to be given to man in helping him to attain to perfection. One is the Religion of The Holy Spirit the next is the Religion of The Son, and the last is the Religion of the Father. Under the regime of the Holy Spirit the human race was divided into na- tions and peoples segregated by their adherence to one group from fellowship with other nations. Each group was further cut off from the rest because speaking another language. They were all put under certain laws and were taught to reverence THE NAME of their God. One people worshiped him as Iao, another as Tao, others as Bel. Everywhere the name of this LAWGIVER was holy. The method of segregation had the advantage that the Race Spirit in chief, Jehovah, could use one people to punish another who had transgressed his law, but it has the disadvantage that if fosters egotism and separates humanity in a manner detrimental to universal good. It is an axiomatic truth that what does not benefit all cannot really benefit any. Therefore ways and means must be found to reunite the scattered nations and weld them [PAGE 1713] into one universal Brotherhood. That is to be the work of the Religion of the Son--Christianity. The warring of nations is fostered by the Race Spirit, but the Christian Religion will eventually unit them, cause them to beat their swords into ploughshares and bring peace and good will on Earth when THE KINGDOM of the Son has superseded the tribes and races. Then a still higher religious teaching, the religion of the Father, is to unite mankind still closer. In the Kingdom of the Son there will be a Universal Brotherhood of SEPARATE individuals having varying interests, but ready to give and take through love, sinking individual preferences for the common good, but when the religion of the Father becomes a fact in life, the self will be entirely submerged in a common purpose, a single will. THE WILL OF GOD will then be done on earth as it is in heaven, where there is neither me nor thee, but where God is All and in All. In the meantime a certain work has to be performed by the threefold Spirit upon the threefold body, to spiritualize it and extract the threefold soul. The dense body is but an irresponsible tool, but, nevertheless, it is a most valuable instrument, to be cared for and prized as a mechanic cares for and prizes a valuable tool. We hold firmly before out mental vision that we are not the body, any more than the mechanic is identical with his tools, or the carpenter is in the house. That is plainly evident when we consider that our body is a constantly changing aggregation of cells, while we keep our "I"-dentity amid and despite all the changes, which would be impossible if we were identical with our dense body. That body is to be valued and cared for. "Give us out daily bread," says the fourth prayer. Most people [PAGE 1714] eat too much, and for them an occasional fast may be good, but fasting is unnecessary for those who do not feast, but live the simple life from day to day. When the body is over-fed, the Spirit may be ever so willing, but the flesh will be correspondingly weak. Therefore, when a young Spirit gains ascendancy, it seeks to overcome the lower nature by fastings, tortures, etc., as best explained in Hindu Yogis who emaciate the body, causing the limbs to wither, etc., that the Spirit may shine. That is a mistake as much subversive of true spiritual growth as is the habit of overeating. As said, where a man can control his appetite and feed his body on pure food he need not fast, but may give to his body its daily bread. In Asia, where the Laws of Consequence and Rebirth are commonly known, and clearly enunciated, people readily see that their action will, in time, raise humanity to a state of supernal glory, but it is necessary to the evolution of accuracy of thought, whereby man will, in time, create, that his whole attention should for a time be focused in the dense Physical World, and his knowledge of spiritual matters must therefore be curtailed. To attain that end, the leaders of man gave the pioneers of the human race the lethal drink--Wine--and they have forgotten temporarily the above. They have come to look upon the present life as the only one to be lived here, and are therefore at the greatest pains to make the most of it; thus occi- dental energy is conquering the material world by leaps and bounds, while oriental lassitude is looking on. In coming ages they will also have to forget for a time and follow our path of conquest. [PAGE 1715] But as the Western Religion, Christianity, does not teach how a cosmic law makes haste slowly to purge man and raise him to Godhood through many lives, there must be given him a compensatory teaching, or he would despair, for this intelligence tells him his imperfection and forces him to realize the utter impossibility of spiritual attainment in a single life which he is, by force of circumstance, compelled to devote mainly to material pur- suits. Therefore, he was taught the doctrine of the REMISSION OF SINS, by faith in the righteousness of the Christ, the Beacon of Light of Hope, the "Sun of Righteousness." It is self-evident that in a universe of law and truth the Great Leaders could not teach a lie to save man from despair which must inevitably have crushed all spiritual effort if he had had only the teaching of the Law of Consequence which decrees that we reap as we have sown. Therefore, the doc- trine of the remission of sins must be a law in Nature as much as the Law of Consequence; in fact, it must be a higher law as it is able to supersede the Law of Consequence. Both have a certain scope in human life, and the Catholic Church still teaches the scientific way of obtaining remission of sins when it encourages its members to go over the happenings of the day each evening when retiring, blaming themselves for any wrong deed, substan- tially as has been taught in our previous lectures where, however, the oc- cult teaching is more clearly enunciated, and the far-reaching efforts of this exercise are particularly set forth in Lecture No. 11. The beneficent action of the Law of Consequence in purging us of evil not repented of and forgiven is also enunciated in the Catholic teaching concerning Purgatory, though they mistake by regarding that state as a PUNISHMENT, and fail to see [PAGE 1716] that even if there were a personal devil to torment us while there, the pain he would cause in cleansing us from sin would be analogous to the pain a surgeon would cause in extracting a bullet from a self-inflicted wound; the devil would be no more vindictive than the surgeon. The vital body being the storehouse of the panorama of our life, our own sins and the wrong we have suffered at the hands of others are there in- scribed, hence the fifth prayer, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us," enunciated the needs of the vital body, and be it noted that this prayer teaches the doctrine of the remission of sins, in the words, FORGIVE US, and the Law of Consequence in the words, AS WE FORGIVE, making our attitude to others the measure of our emancipation. "Lead us not into temptation" is the prayer for the desire body which is the storehouse of energy, and furnishes incentive to action through desire. An oriental maxim says, "Kill out desire," and the Orientals furnish good examples of the indolence resultant upon the attempt to do that. "Kill out your temper" is the foolish admonition sometimes given those who lose their temper. Desire or temper is a valuable asset, too valuable to be stunted or killed; the man without desire is like the steel devoid of temper--of no ac- count. In Revelation, while the six churches are praised, the seventh is utterly anathematized for being "neither hot nor cold," a wishy-washy com- munity. "The greater the sinner, the greater the saint" is a true adage, for it takes energy to sin and when that energy is turned in the right di- rection, it is as much of a power for good as previously it was for evil. A man may be good because he cannot summon up sufficient energy to be bad, [PAGE 1717] then he is so good that he is good for nothing, like the Nicolaitanes. While we are weak our desire nature masters us and may lead us into tempta- tion, but as we learn to control our desire nature, our temper, we may guide it in harmony with the laws of God and man. The guiding power which directs this energy of the desire nature is the mind, hence the seventh prayer, "Deliver us from evil," is made with regard to the mind. The animals follow desire blindly and commit no sin. To them there is not evil; that only comes to our cognition by and through the discriminating mind which enables man to see various courses of action and to choose. If he chooses to act in harmony with universal good, he cultivates virture, if the contrary, he becomes tainted with vice. It should be noted that the much-vaunted "innocence" of a child is not by many means virtue. The child has not yet been tempted and tried, therefore it is innocent. In time, temptations from the desire nature will come to test its mettle, and it de- pends upon the control of the mind over desire whether it will stand for the right or fall by the wayside. If the mind is strong enough to "deliver us from evil" desires, we have become virtuous, which is a positive quality and even if we fall for a time before we realize our wrong, we acquire virtue as soon as we repent and reform. We exchange negative innocence for the positive quality of virtue. Thus does the Lord's Prayer cover the various parts of the human consti- tution and enunciate the need of the all, showing the marvelous wisdom laid down in that simple formula. [PAGE 1718] LECTURE NINETEEN: THE COMING FORCE--VRIL! OR WHAT! So much is written and spoken of the inner worlds from the occult point of view, so much stress is laid upon the fact that we possess higher ve- hicles, are capable of developing them and functioning consciously in them, that it seems needful to emphasize at times the enormous value of the dense body and of the visible world to which it correlates us, to counteract as far as may be done the disdain with which some people regard the world in which we now live. Let us rest assured, that there are Great and Exalted Intelligences be- hind evolution who order all things with a wisdom which neglects no factor, and let us try to understand the aim and object of our present mode of ex- istence. Then we shall soon see that all is well, that there are good and sufficient reasons for our placement in the present phase of concrete exist- ence and for the limitations which result in consequence. We see that at the present time the Western World is going through a phase of material development and many among us who are grappling with the things of the spirit are prone to look down upon the activities of the ordi- nary man with a feeling of "thank God that I am holier than you" which is entirely gratuitous. The much despised "Ordinary Person" on his side looks askance at us who [PAGE 1719] talk with glib familiarity of both heaven and hell, but are not very up to date in our knowledge of material affairs. He has a very strong feeling that it is our first and foremost duty to know something about the material world, to do our duty HERE to the best of our ability before we aim to soar into the clouds. To emphasize his argument he will point to India where the people suffer death by famine yet are too indolent to work; they think of "NIRVANA" and forget present conditions. The Ordinary Person will bid us look at the backward condition of these Orientals and attribute it to their belief in the doctrine of rebirth, which inculcates habitual disregard for the present phase of existence in them. He will then contend that spiritual development, particularly outside the methods of the recognized churches, is detrimental in the highest degree, and he is largely right in his assertion, but there is also a deeper view to be dealt with later. To develop in a safe and a sane manner we must positively have a correct appreciation of the mission of this world in the divine plan of unfoldment which we call evolution, and we must do our full share of the world's work. On the other hand it may also be said that occult viewpoint gives a deeper insight and a wider scope for usefulness than the mere surface view. Let us therefore examine the path of advancement in the material world from both viewpoints. It has been stated in Lecture No. 2 that all things in this visible mate- rial world are crystallized thought-forms and an illustration was given of how an architect forms a house in his mind, of how from that thought-form he draws the plans and the workmen build the house. Graham Bell's imagination crystallized into the telephone, Fulton's to a steamboat, etc. But of [PAGE 1720] course those ideas were not perfect at once; a great deal of experimental work was necessary before the inventions cited were brought to sufficient efficiency to become useful in life. If we imagine this world in which we live to be a World of Thought wherein we might form IMAGES like mental pictures, but which would provide no way of concreting our images in metal or wood such as we now use, what would have happened in the case of the telephone or the steamboat? The in- ventor would have been through with his invention in a trice, there would be no material condition to show the imperfections in his thought and conse- quently he would not have learned TO THINK RIGHT. IT IS THE MISSION OF THE CONCRETE MATERIAL WORLD TO MAKE OUR MISTAKES MANIFEST. We are developing an enormous power within ourselves and we have in the dense Physical World the most ideal condition for developing the req- uisite ability to use it properly. Apart from such ability, and given sub- tler conditions of matter it would work immense harm. What is that coming force will be seen when a backward glance at the past development has given us the gauge of true perspective. In the earliest dawn of man's existence he dealt principally with the SOLIDS; his first implements were such stones, sharp or blunt, as he found ready at hand. Later he commenced to trust himself to the LIQUIDS when pro- pelling his first crude craft on water or to turn the primitive water mill. Still later he learned to use a GAS--wind--as a force of propulsion for ships and mills. That was an immense advancement; it brought the most distant parts of the world into communication, and widened the scope of man's knowledge im- [PAGE 1721] measurably, but even the progress attained by the use of air power fades into insignificance before the strides we have made wince we started to use the more ethereal gas--steam power. That has turned the wheels of progress at a rate which leaves us dumb with astonishment. Yet even the wonders ac- complished by steam are as nothing when compared to the thousand and one im- provements in communication and knowledge development by the utilization of that still finer force--electricity, which circles the globe with a message in fewer seconds than the years it would have required by earlier means of propulsion. Thus we see that human progress has been accomplished by the use of finer and finer forces and that each time we have learned to utilize a subtler energy than heretofore used we have made a wonderful stride in civilization. This view is one we have not usually accustomed ourselves to take; we usually associate solidity and strength as if they were synonymous terms, but a little observation will readily show us the fallacy of that idea. The waves of the sea, which are fluid will raze the decks of a ship if a few moments, twist and bent the strongest iron stanchions as if they were but wires. The winds may blow the masts of a ship overboard in the twinkle of an eye, yet winds are but air, a gas. Water, a fluid, is tearing down the hills of Seattle, Washington, and making the city level at a rate impos- sible to the solid pick and shovel. When we look at the great locomotives with their extremely heavily built trains and we admire their ponderous bulk, do we ever realize that the reason why they have to be so solidly [PAGE 1722] built is because they are to be acted upon by an invisible elastic gas--steam? The waterwheel was of no use as a power producer except when in direct contact with a stationary source of energy, a waterfall. Windpower was bet- ter, it could be used as a force of propulsion all over the world, but was fickle and uncertain. Steam was more nearly ideal, as it is procurable AT WILL almost ANYWHERE, but required ponderous machinery to be moved around wherever the force is to be used, as best illustrated by the locomotive, which is such a movable power plant. Electricity may be transmitted for many miles by means of little wire and can be used anywhere along that line; it may be stored, bottled in fact, and taken along; it may even be transmit- ted from place to place without wires along the all-pervading ether. We have not shown that man's progress in the past has been accomplished by the utilization of forces of increasing subtlety--water, air, steam, electricity--and that the increasing utility of each of these forces is fur- ther enhanced by the facility with which it may be transmitted and utilized at various places. The latest advancement is the transmission of energy from a central source to various points without visible material connection as in the wireless telegraphy. Having reviewed past accomplishments, it must be evident that the FURTHER PROGRESS OF THE HUMAN RACE DEPENDS UPON THE DISCOVERY AND UTILIZATION OF A YET FINER ENERGY TRANSMISSIBLE WITH STILL GREATER FACILITY THAN EITHER OF THE FORCES YET KNOWN. What is that new force--what will it accomplish in the advancement of the human race--and along what lines are we to look for its discovery? Such is [PAGE 1723] the natural threefold question, and we shall attempt to answer it. In his "Coming Race," Bulwer Lytton gave us an inkling of what that com- ing force will be. Like all other such stories it has never been taken se- riously, but regarded only as the fantastic imagination of a clever writer. Jules Verne's stories met with a like attitude of admiration for this vivid fancy (?) upon the part of the public, yet how much in them has already been realized? "Around the World in Eighty Days" is too slow for the twentieth century globe trotter. Submarine navigation and bird-like flights are facts today. In truth, THE HUMAN MIND IS INCAPABLE OF IMAGINING ANYTHING THAT CANNOT BE ACHIEVED. That seems an extravagant statement, but it is not justifiable in view of what has been done? And reverting to our main line of argument, something akin to the VRIL of Bulwer must be discovered before man can take the next great step in advancement. True, great and marvelous discoveries lie ahead of us in the further exploitation of the forces we already pos- sess, but the next GREAT STEP depends upon the discovery of and the prepara- tion for the use of the coming force. Attempts at making the steam engine were made many centuries ago by the ancients before we succeeded in the lat- ter days. Electricity was known in a very small way also by them, but it took a long time to ripen these ideas sufficiently to make them directly available for use; similarly, while we go ahead and exploit these forces we know we must also prepare for the coming force and if we can find it we may be able to find the means of using it the quicker. Let us look a little closer at Bulwer Lytton's Vril, it may be that beneath the fantastic garb a valuable clue is hidden. [PAGE 1724] Vril was a force generated WITHIN each of the beings of our story; it did not depend upon outside machinery which cost money and could be had by a fa- vored exclusive few but not by the majority; all without exception possessed this power from birth to death. That is certainly a yet higher ideal than even a central power station. No need for elevators when everybody levitates at will. No need of street- cars or railways when everybody can move swiftly and easily by his own in- herent force; no need of ships when man can move through the air without such cumbersome contrivances as those which move upon the surface of earth and water, and see how much less resistance he will have to overcome who flies through the air as the bird does than if forced to depend upon an aeroplane or similar contrivance. Like all other forces Vril could be used as a means of destruction; it was swift in that also, so exceeding care would naturally be required of one who used it. He must have self-control in highest degree, for if he were to give way to temper dire disaster would surely happen. If ever we are to use such a force as that we can see how absolutely essential it will be that we be good and kind and make no enemies. Our lives would be in the hands of others to an extent undreamt of now. When we look within ourselves to see if it is possible that an energy of that description be incipiently growing, we cannot look very far before we are forced to recognize the fact that a power having vast possibilities in there--Thought-power. Our ideas take shape as mental pictures which we form with great facility and afterwards crystallize into material things in an exceedingly slow and laborious manner as cities, houses, furniture, etc. [PAGE 1725] All that is made by the hand of man is crystallized thought. Nor should we regard its present slow mode of manifestation from thought to thing as an indication of its possibilities, or allow the fact that it escapes and eludes us to cause dismay. It has been the same way with the other forces we have already harnessed to our wheels of progress. For countless ages the waves of the ocean have wasted energy in beating upon the seashore, but now inventors are beginning to harness them as they have coupled the waterfall to the electric dynamo. For a like period the winds swept the land and sea before man learned to use them as carriers of the commerce of the world by appropriate sailing vessels. For ages steam es- caped into the air from the camp kettles of primitive humanity before they learned to concentrate its power and use it in the various industries. In like manner as the steam escaped uselessly from the kettles of olden time does the radiant energy of thought escape from humanity of today and as the steam was utilized by concentrating it, so may also this subtler but enor- mously more potent thought-power be concentrated and used to do the work of man with a facility impossible of imagination even by comparison with the present forces, for they are merely utilitarian, working in, with and upon already existing things, but THOUGHT-POWER IS A CREATIVE FORCE. We know how dangerous the other forces are when harnessed and concentrated. While the steam is escaping from the camper's kettle it can do no serious hurt. Electricity generated by the friction of a belt or by rubbing a piece of amber is no danger to anyone, but when steam is generated in quantities and confined in a steam boiler it may burst its bonds in the hands of an incompetent workman and so may electricity under pressure in a [PAGE 1726] wire kill the one who ignorantly meddles with it. Similarly we may infer that Thought-power misdirected or ignorantly used would have a far more di- sastrous effect, because it is a much subtler force. Therefore it is neces- sary that man should be placed in a school were he may learn to use this enormous force in a safe and efficient manner. and whether we realize it or not, the wise teachers who work unseen but potently with humanity have al- ready placed us in this concrete existence, the Physical World. Whether we know it or not, every day, every hour we are here learning the lesson of RIGHT THOUGHT and as we learn it, more and more we shall become creatures like our Father in Heaven. Thus we see what a great mistake it is to despise this concrete existence and live in the clouds of hopes and aspirations which have to do with the higher life and the higher worlds to the neglect of our duties in the present concrete material life. It should be equally plain, however, that it is also wrong to confine ourselves to the purely material phase of life to the exclusion of the spiritual side of our nature. Extremes are dangerous. If we recognize the two poles of our being, and endeavor to guide our material existence by the light of our spiritual perception we shall learn the lessons so wonderfully provided for us in the school of experience in a far shorter time than re- quired if we go to either of the extremes. What are the results of the following one or the other of the extremes may be seen by a comparison, from the occult viewpoint, of the Hindus with the Western World. [PAGE 1727] As stated before, people of a materialistic tendency in order to justify their aloofness from spiritual affairs will point to countries and peoples which are going in that direction, particularly to India, bid us note the backward state of the Hindus, the indolence of the Oriental and attribute it to their religious trend. Others have tried to defend them on the grounds that they are massed together in an arid mountainous country that is unable to feed the millions that populate it and hence disease and famine are in- evitable. They point to the scorching sun and the devastating floods of In- dia and contrast them with our own fertile, thinly populated land where abundance is the portion of all, and they almost imply that it is an injus- tice on the part of God to give to one what he denies to another who is more worthy in the opinion of such critics. That the condition of the Hindus is such depicted, and even worse than we ever get to know, is a safe assertion. Looking at life from the ordinary Western standpoint of one life only, those people are really to be pitied as victims of the caprice of an unjust God, but when we understand the Laws of Consequence and Rebirth and the activities carried on in the second heaven, we shall readily comprehend the spiritual reason for the different condi- tions of nations as well as of individuals. The scorching sun, the arid condition of the soil of India, and the de- structive floods are only effects produced in the material world by causes in the spiritual realms as are all other acts of nature and man. There is a spiritual explanation to every phenomenon that goes deeper to the roots than the material facts, there is a spiritual reason for the poverty and the cli- matic conditions which cause them in India as well as there is a deep [PAGE 1728] purpose in our prosperity. To get at that reason it is necessary to keep clearly in mind the distinction between the body and the Spirit that inhab- its it. All Spirits are alike except that some have developed faster than others. The Races are only bodies created by the Spirits and as a class of Spirits evolves it goes from race to race. The most accomplished do the pioneer work and bring the race to its highest perfection. When that is at- tained they form a new race and the race bodies which they have discarded are taken in turn by less developed Spirits and therefore commence to degen- erate. When thus, these become useless to them also, they advance and turn the race bodies over to another and still lower class of Spirits. Under their influence the race degenerates still further and at last, when there is no Spirit so backward that it can gain experience by using the degenerate form any more, the women become sterile and the race does out. It has served its purpose. We of the Western nations at one time inhabited Hindu bodies; that was the time when India was in its glory, when the race was evolving both physi- cally and spiritually. That was in the so-called GOLDEN AGE, when the sacred writings came into existence, when the great temples were built, when the spiritual and material evolution of India was at its height. But man was destined to master the material world to the full; while he thought of himself as a Spirit principally and had an absolute and unswerving faith in the continuity of life; while he knew positively that birth follows death as surely as death follows birth, he also felt that there was endless time to progress in, and therefore made only indifferent efforts to develop the resources of the material world. [PAGE 1729] Therefore it was necessary that he should forget for a time the doctrine of rebirth and think of the life he was living as the only one so that he might concentrate all his efforts on making the most of his opportunities for material advancement. The way that was accomplished has been described in the earlier lectures and more fully in "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Concep- tion." Thus we (the Spirits now inhabiting the Western race-bodies) left the Hindu bodies and built in turn the bodies of the succeeding races, gradually attaining higher and higher levels of material development, during Earth-life, and as the life in heaven between incarnations is an outcome of a previous life and a preparation for the next, where we build out future bodies and our future country under the direction of the great Creative Hi- erarchies as described in Lecture No 6., we have gradually built our present highly organized bodies; our rich and beautiful country with its magnificent natural resources, its propitious climate, etc., and are thus enjoying the fruits of our work in previous existences in heaven and on Earth. The Hindu race was the first in the Aryan epoch; it has been degenerating ever since we left it, is now inhabited by the most backward Spirits born into Aryan bodies, and as we implanted such strong spiritual tendencies in them, heredity has yet preserved that trait in the Hindu bodies so that they are more amenable to spiritual impacts than the more material bodies of the later races, yet it is not as high an order of spirituality as expressed when we were in the Hindu bodies; the bodies have degenerated and the Spir- its are less evolved than we, so that the race distinguishes itself more by a highly analytical mind than by true spirituality. Having retained a full realization of, and an implicit faith in the [PAGE 1730] doctrine of rebirth which the Westerner has lost TEMPORARILY, and being backward, the Hindus are naturally indolent and do not seek to improve their physical conditions in Earth-life nor between incarnations. As a conse- quence the country also has degenerated with the bodies and the resulting suffering has for its purpose to awaken them to the necessity of concentrat- ing on material things that they may learn to conquer the Earth as we are doing; they are to follow in our footsteps and forget for a time their spiritual being, in order to master the important lessons of this material world. Lack of worldly goods is to drive them to abandon the spiritual side of their development and take up the material phase. Our plenitude and ma- terial prosperity has the opposite end in view; it is destined to cause in us the nausea of satiety, to drive us to a realization of the worthlessness of material things, to cause us to turn anew to the spiritual, and in the degree that new inventions and better means of distribution make life easier, will the desire for the higher life overrule the desire for worldly success. Our concentration upon material things, and our consequent worldly suc- cess, has gradually given us such an impetus in the material direction than we are forgetting our spiritual nature as a superstitious fallacy exploded by scientific facts. Our "scientific" ultra-materialistic attitude is the very opposite to the attitude of the Hindus and as extremes meet, the ultra-materialism of West- ern thought works destructively on Western lands as Oriental indolence has laid waste the East Indies. There is a connection between materialism and seismic and other disturbances. [PAGE 1731] In"The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception"a chapter has been devoted to the de- scription of the different layers of the Earth, so far as that is allowed and possible without initiation, Suffice it here to say that there are nine such layers of different thicknesses and that the core forms a tenth part. This is the seat of the consciousness of the Earth-Spirit. It is a fact that is patent to the occult investigator that this Earth-Spirit feels all we do. When in the autumn the harvester mows down the ripened grain, there is a feeling of pleasure, of joy in having brought forth, a feeling akin to that felt by the cow when milk is taken from its bursting udders by its offspring. When flowers are plucked it is the same, but when trees or plants are pulled out by the roots the Earth-spirit expe- riences pain, for the plant kingdom is to it what the hair is to our body. The Earth-Spirit is not affected by our acts alone, however; it feels our mental attitude as well. There is one particular layer in the Earth that reflects our passions, feelings, and emotions in a most startling manner, and causes them to react upon us as storm, flood, and earthquake. Materialism causes volcanic eruptions, and the more spiritual conditions prevail, the more such cataclysmic events will cease to startle the World. That is a statement hard to verify by the ordinary man, and would not have been made, were it not possible to give at least circumstantial evidence of its verity. This evidence is derived from a study of the trend of thought at the times when the eruptions of Vesuvius have occurred. The list of the cataclysms which have taken place in our era begin with the eruption which destroyed Herculaneum and Pompeii, where Pliny the Elder per- ished A.D. 79; then, 203, 472, 512, 652, 982, 1036, 1158, 1500, 1631, 1737, 1794, 1822, 1855, 1872, 1885, 1891, 1906. There have been 18 eruptions in 1900 years. The first half (nine) oc- curred in 1600 years, during the time of the so-called "dark ages," when man [PAGE 1732] was ignorant and superstitious enough to believe in God and even in elves, fairies, and such foolishness. Since the advent of modern science has brought enlightenment into the Western World, demonstrated the superfluity of God, and taught us that we are the highest intelligence in the cosmos, "that the brain is a gland which secretes thoughts as the liver secretes bile," "that we talk with the same force that we use to think," and much more of the same nature, these cataclysmic reactions have been correspondingly numerous. There have been nine eruptions during the 300 years since modern science has labored for our enlightenment as against the other nine catastrophes which occurred in the "dark ages" in 1600 years. The first six occurred in the first thousand years of our era, the last five within a period of 51 years. If we number the strides taken by science in the last century, and particularly in the last sixty years, the inference is obvious that as materialism increases the volcanic eruptions become more numerous; the more it spreads the more points on the Earth will become affected. The above is not to be understood to mean that science is detrimental in the eyes of the occultists; it has its legitimate places as an educator of the human race, but where it divorces itself from religion and becomes mate- rialistic, as has been the case in modern times, it becomes a menace to hu- manity. There was a time when religion, art, and science were united and taught in the mystery-temples, even so late as in Greece, but as this is the plane of separateness and specialization, they have been purposely separated for a time, in order that they might attain a greater perfection than would have been possible if they had remained united. In due time they will all [PAGE 1733] three be united again; and then, and only then, will we get perfect satis- faction through the heart, the intellect, and the senses. The heart will enjoy the religious ceremonial aspect, the intellect will be satisfied by the scientific side, and the esthetic side of man's nature will be catered to by the various arts as they will be employed in the temple-service of the future. When man has spiritualized his being under the influence of scientific and artistic religion of the future day he will have learned self-control and have become unselfishly helpful to his fellow-being; he will then be a safe guardian of the THOUGHT-POWER, whereby he will be able to form accurate IDEAS which will be immediately fit to crystallize into useful THINGS. This will be accomplished by means of the larynx, which will speak the creative WORD. All things in Nature were spoken into existence by the WORD which was made flesh (John 1). Sound or spoken Thought will be our next force in manifestation, a force that will make us creative God-men when through our present schooling we have fitted ourselves to use such an enormous power for the good of all, regardless of self-interest. [PAGE 1734] LECTURE TWENTY: FELLOWSHIP AND THE COMING RACE Forth from little motes in chaos We have come to what we are; No hidden force can stay us, We shall climb from star to star. We will break away the fetters That have bound us heretofore-- For the world today is better Than it ever was before. Onward, Upward, Forever! is the battle cry of the conquering Spirit. Ever since "their eyes opened" the human race has been consciously imbued with that divine discontent which is our means of advancement upon the path of evolution. That is true of the great majority at least; there are some who have lagged and "kicked against the pricks," but continued prodding will and must eventually bring them to the goal of perfection and reunion with God. A "lost soul" is an impossible conception when we consider that we are all a part of God, IN whom as an actual fact "we live and move and have our being." We could not exist outside God, in a hell, and if a single soul were lost, that would mean that a part of God would be lost. But then, it may be asked, what may be the meaning of the number of pas- sages which in the New Testament speak of "everlasting" salvation and [PAGE 1735] condemnation? The passages are easily understood when properly illuminated by a directory and a knowledge of the occult teaching. In the first place such meaning hinges upon the definition of the word "everlasting." Like all other words in the English Version it is translated from Greek. The original word is "AIONIAN." By referring to Liddel & Scott's Greek dictionary it will be seen that this word has many meanings: "An indefinite period of time," "an age," "a lifetime," as for instance when Paul used it in his letter to hilemon to whom he returned Onesimus, a slave who had become converted, with the words: "For perhaps he therefore de- parted for a season that thou shouldst receive him FOREVER" (verse 15). The word "forever" is a translation of the very same word AIONIAN, which is ren- dered "everlasting" in connection with punishment or salvation, and as Onesimus and Philemon were both moral men the word AIONIAN must necessarily mean something different from what we usually have in mind when we say "ev- erlasting." In the case cited it cannot mean a more protracted period than part of a lifetime. As soon as we understand that this word does not mean ETERNITY, but only an age of indefinite duration, a period of time which has both beginning and end, these passages appear in a vastly different light; instead of EVERLAST- ING salvation or condemnation--AGE-lasting salvation or condemnation. What does it mean? In previous lectures we have heard how man started his evolution in the present dense condition in the Polarian Epoch where he made the first at- tempt at the construction of a body of chemical matter. The quality of this body is inertia. In the Bible he is called Adam. The Hebrew word Admah [PAGE 1736] means "FIRM GROUND" and Josephus' rendering "RED EARTH" is also illuminat- ing, for that which was then the human body was formed from the same chemical matter which is the FIRM GROUND today, but at that time it was not as solid nor as cool as the earth's crust of today. The Earth was just com- ing out of Chaos then and was in a red glow, later to become brilliantly lu- minous fire mist. In the Hyperborean Epoch that luminosity was attained and man-in-the-making commenced the construction of his vital body, possessing the power to move the dense body. In the Lemurian Epoch he evolved a desire body, and desire to give incen- tive to action. In the Atlantean Epoch the mind was added to act as a brake on impulse. Cunning is its inherent quality, but in our present Aryan Epoch the Ego manifests through the mind, evolving the faculty of reason to super- sede cunning. Thus, in each of the previous ages a vehicle having a certain faculty or quality has been evolved to a certain stage of completion, just as in a school the children pass onwards from grade to grade year after year, evolv- ing the faculty of reading, of writing, etc., to a certain stage in each grade. But there are some who fail in each class every year, there are some who are "weighed and found wanting" in the requisite attainment of knowledge necessary for promotion to a higher grade. Therefore they are CONDEMNED to remain in the same class for another year, to gain the necessary proficiency to enter a new class and obtain more advanced instruction. Those who have diligently endeavored to master their lessons are SAVED from that necessity and are told to "enter into" a new class. They have not [PAGE 1737] attained once and for all; in the new class there are new lessons to be learned, and unless each one keeps on in patient and persistent well-doing he will certainly be condemned when the next examination comes. As in the school for children, so in the school of life, constant en- deavor is the price of promotion and in each stage there have been those who have lagged behind. We of the Western World are the pioneers, generally speaking, and the other races: brown, yellow, and black, are stragglers at varying stages of inefficiency; nevertheless they are all advancing and they will sometime reach our stage of attainment and we shall have gone higher--if we continue to be diligent. To understand this matter properly it is necessary to differentiate clearly between the race-bodies and the Spirits who inhabit them. The pioneers are always given race-bodies soft, pliable, and flexible, responsive and capable of attaining a certain height in evolution. Under the sway of the pioneer Spirits the race or nation evolves as far as it may, and when it has reached its zenith of attainment the pioneers leave it to the next class of stragglers and then commences the decline of the race as it is taken in turn by class after class of Spirits of increasingly inferior abilities, until at last it has degenerated so low that there are not Spir- its belonging to our human life-wave backward enough to progress by birth in such bodies. Then the women cease to be fruitful, for no fertilizing seed-atoms are deposited and the race dies out. Such is the divine plan of advancement, but here as everywhere man has the equally divine prerogative of bringing disorder in nature for a time, [PAGE 1738] and so attach himself to a race that he may resist for ages the efforts of the Great Leaders to help him progress, as we shall see has been the case with a certain class of Spirits. Considering the fact that the task of the Aryan races is to evolve rea- son, and that we of the Western World are the most advanced, it is not at all surprising that we analyze everything, religion included. Religion like all else is in a state of growth and becoming, and as the present work of the Western World is principally along material lines its religious teach- ings are not yet so clearly enunciated as in some of the Eastern religions. The result is that some of the investigators scoff at the Christian teach- ings, and others have been led to foresake the Christian religion and have adopted Eastern systems. From the occult standpoint that is a retrogression. The Great Recording Angels who have charge of our present evolution give to each nation the re- ligion suited to its stage of growth, and we may rest assured that those Great Intelligences make no mistakes. They have given to us the Bible con- taining both the Jewish and the Christian Religions. One would not have been enough, BOTH are absolutely necessary to our evolution as we shall see when we consider the matter thoroughly. When we have done that we shall also find that of all the religious systems in the world, this is positively the only one suited to the needs of the Western World, the only one which is capable of making us "wise into salvation" and enable us to "enter into" the "new heaven and the new earth"; the coming age and the coming race. As previously stated, we evolved a dense, a vital, and a desire body dur- ing the Polarian, Hyperborean, and Lemurian Epoch, but the Spirit had not yet drawn into its vehicles, it hovered outside much as the Group Spirits of [PAGE 1739] the animals do, for there was no connecting mind whereby it could link it- self with its vehicles. In the latter part of the Lemurian Epoch there was a small part of this nascent humanity who were sufficiently advanced so that a germinal mind could be given them and the Spirit could commence slowly to draw into its vehicles. On that account these people were different from all the rest of the to-be-human beings of that time, THEY WERE THE FIRST RACE, a chosen people, selected from the rest on account of special fitness to receive in germ the mind which was to be evolved during the coming Atlantean Epoch. There are no sudden processes in Nature, however; the Spirit did not draw into its vehicles in a day. It took ages, and was not fully accomplished until the middle of the Atlantean Epoch. In the meantime the mind had also been growing, and for reasons more clearly given in Lectures No. 13 and 14, it coalesced with the desire body which it ruled, as a sort of animal-soul by cunning, using brain rather than brawn to further its ends. In the Polarian Epoch the Earth was a dark heated mass, "without (definite) form and void." In the Hyperborean Epoch "God said, Let there be light," and the dark mass became a luminous fire mist. In the Lemurian Ep- och the contact of the heated fire mist with the cold of outside space pro- duced moisture, dense water nearest the fiery core which, being heated, rushed outwards as steam to be cooled and fall back to the central source of heat. Thus "God divided the waters from the waters," the dense water from the steam. [PAGE 1740] In that manner incrustations commenced to form in the latter part of Lemuria and upon such crust islands man lived in an atmosphere of fire-fog. In the early Atlantean Epoch the Earth become fully incrusted and from this damp Earth "there went up a mist from the ground and watered the whole face of the earth." This mist grew less and less dense and its extension above the surface of the Earth diminished gradually until at last it ceased to envelop the human beings, who them began to see the clear atmosphere around them at about the same time that the Spirit had drawn fully into its vehicles. Again there were some who had advanced further than others and were therefore "a chosen people" to become the forbears of a people "multitudi- nous as the sands upon the seashore" in a "promised land." At that time the mist had condensed into water which gradually flooded the valley of Atlantis, situated between the present Europe and America, so it became necessary for "God's people" to migrate and they were led out of the doomed Atlantis, as variously related in he stories of Noah who first saw the rainbow (for that phenomenon was impossible in the foggy Atlantean atmosphere), and of Moses who led "the chosen people" through the waters of the Red Sea where Pharaoh or the wicked Atlantean kings perished. The chosen people were the ORIGINAL Semites, the fifth of the Atlantean Races. There were no races prior to the one spoken of in the latter part of the Lemurian Epoch. In the Atlantean Epoch there were seven; seven more there will have been before our present Aryan Epoch is ended and there will be one in the beginning of the Sixth Epoch, which the Rosicrucians call the [PAGE 1741] "New Galilee," a total of sixteen races. During Periods, Revolutions, and other Epochs there is such an abundance of time that the Great Leaders manage to get nearly all the spirits in their charge through, but during the periods in which the sixteen races are born and die, conditions are dense and the time of their rise and fall is compar- atively very brief so that there is grave danger to the Spirits who may be- come fettered and crystallized in the dense race-bodies and fail to progress. Salvation is therefore to be striven for more earnestly at this time, for the possibility of condemnation is greater during the Spirits' passage through the sixteen aces than at any other time. Therefore Occult- ists call these races THE SIXTEEN PATHS TO DESTRUCTION, and they are a very serious concern to the Great Leaders of humanity. As the Lemurians evolved DESIRE through the desire body, the Atlanteans evolved CUNNING through the mind. We are evolving reason by the activity of the Ego which is the threefold Spirit acting solely through its outermost veil, the Human Spirit, and in the Sixth Epoch the Life-Spirit will implant and ripen the faculties of INTUITION and LOVE. Those who aspire to become the pioneers of the coming race must therefore strive to cultivate these faculties within themselves. As in former cases, the breeding of a race means generation and at the present time that is performed through passion rather than love. Marriages are made for convenience, a home, or other ulterior considerations. There- fore so many who desire to live the higher life seek to escape marriage and parenthood; which is a great mistake, for of all people these who have be- come imbued with a higher knowledge are the best fitted for the duty of [PAGE 1742] bringing up children; they can best control passion and perform the gen- erative act from love, as a sacrifice laid upon the altar of humanity. In the coming race the fellowship and this love will also extend to our younger brothers--the animals. Instead of doing as we are at present, hunt- ing, killing, and often tormenting them, we shall care for them and win their confidence. Thus all the glorious prophecies will come into effect. Men will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning-hooks, they will sit each one under his fig tree and eat the fruit thereof, there will then be peace on earth and good will among men. It is our privilege to help usher in that glorious age. The age is ready when we are. There is no outside force to bring it about, there is not ex- terior leader to be expected till a sufficient number have commenced to LIVE Brotherhood. It is vain to look for a second Coming of Christ in any other way than by making ourselves ready to receive Him, for it has been truly said of that coming that "the day and the hour knoweth no man." It may be long or it may be short, there is no fixed time. As we live lives of self- ishness, indulge in passion or vice, we retard His coming, and vice versa do we hasten it by living lives of love that lighten the burdens and bear the sorrows of others. Only when the Christ has been formed within can He be perceived without, for-- Through Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born And not within thyself, they soul will be forlorn. The Cross on Golgotha thou lookest to in vain Unless within thyself it be set up again. Continued with file "RC1047.TXT" End of File


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