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Filename: RC1062.TXT Source: "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" by Max Heindel [PAGE 2233] CHRIST AND HIS MISSION: THE EVOLUTION OF RELIGION: In the foregoing part of this work we have become familiar with the way in which our present outside world came into existence, and how man evolved the complicated organism with which he is related to outer conditions. We have also, in a measure, studied the Jewish Race-religion. We will next consider the last and greatest of the divine measures put forth for the up- lifting of humanity, i.e., Christianity, which will be the Universal Reli- gion of the future. It is a notable fact that man and his religions have evolved side by side and in an equal degree. The earliest religion of any Race is found to be as savage as the people governed by it and as they become more civilized, their religions become more and more humane and in harmony with higher ideals. From this fact materialists have drawn the inference that no religion has a higher origin than man itself. Their investigations into early history have resulted in a conviction that, as man progressed, he civilized his God and fashioned Him after his own pattern. This reasoning is defective, because it fails to take into account that man is NOT the body, but an INDWELLING spirit, an Ego who uses the body with ever-increasing facility as evolution progresses. [PAGE 2234] There is no doubt that the law for the BODY is "The Survival of the Fit- test." The law for the evolution of the spirit demands "Sacrifice." As long as man believes that "Might is Right," the Form prospers and waxes strong, because all obstacles are swept out of the way regardless of others. If the body were all, that manner of life would be the only one possible for man. He would be altogether incapable of any regard for others and would forcibly resist any attempt to encroach upon what he considered his rights--the right of the stronger, which is the sole standard of justice un- der the law of the Survival of the Fittest. He would be quite regardless of his fellow beings; absolutely insensible to any force FROM WITHOUT that tended to make him act in any manner not conducive to his own momentary pleasure. It is manifest, then, that whatever urges man toward a higher standard of conduct in his dealing with others must come FROM WITHIN, and from a source which is not identical with the body, otherwise it would not strive with the body and often prevail against its most obvious interests. Moreover, it must be a stronger force than that of the body, or it could not succeed in overcoming its desires and compelling it to make sacrifices for those who are physically weaker. That such a force exists, surely no one will deny. We have come to that stage in our advancement where, instead of seeing in physical weakness an opportunity for easy prey, we recognize in the very frailty of another a valid claim upon our protection. Selfishness is being slowly but surely routed by Altruism. Nature is sure to accomplish her purposes. Though slow, her progress is orderly and certain. In the breast of every man this force of Altruism [PAGE 2235] works as a leaven. It is transforming the savage into the civilized man, and will in time transform the latter into a God. Though nothing that is truly spiritual can be thoroughly comprehended, yet it may at least be apprehended by means of an illustration. If one or two tuning-forks of exactly the same pitch is struck, the sound will induce the same vibration in the other, weak to begin with, but if the strokes are continued, the second fork will give out a louder and louder tone until it will emit a volume of sound equal to that of the first. This will happen though the forks are several feet apart, and even if one of them is encased in glass. The sound from the smitten one will penetrate the glass and the answering note be emitted by the enclosed instrument. These invisible sound-vibrations have great power over concrete matter. They can both build and destroy. If a small quantity of very fine powder is placed upon a brass or glass plate, and a violin bow drawn across the edge, the vibrations will cause the powder to assume beautiful geometrical fig- ures. The human voice is also capable of producing these figures; always the same figure for the same tone. If one note or chord after another be sounded upon a musical instrument--a piano, or preferably a violin, for from it more gradations of tone can be obtained--a tone will finally be reached which will causes the hearer to feel a distinct vibration in the back of the lower part of the head. Each time that note is struck, the vibration will be felt. That note is the "key-note" of the person whom it so affects. If it is struck slowly and soothingly it will build and rest the body, tone the nerves and restore health. If, on the other hand, it be sounded in a dominant way, loud and [PAGE 2236] long enough, it will kill as surely as a bullet from a pistol. If we now apply what has been said about music or sound to the problem of how this inner force is awakened and strengthened, we may perhaps understand the matter better. In the first place, let us particularly note the fact that the two tuning-forks were OF THE SAME PITCH. Had this not been the case, we might have sounded and sounded one of them until the crack of doom, but the other one would have remained mute. Let us understand this thoroughly: Vibration can be induced in one tuning-fork by one of LIKE TONE ONLY. Any thing, or any being, can be affected as above stated by no sound except ITS OWN KEY-NOTE. We know that this force of Altruism exists. We also know that it is less pronounced among uncivilized people than among people of higher social at- tainment, and among the very lowest races it is almost entirely lacking. The logical conclusion is that there was a time when it was altogether ab- sent. Consequent upon this conclusion follows the natural question: What induced it? The material personality surely had nothing to do with it; in fact, that part of man's nature was much more comfortable without it than it has been at any time since. Man must have had the force of Altruism latent WITHIN, otherwise it could not have been awakened. Still further, it must have been awakened by a force of the same kind--a similar force that was already active--as the second tuning-fork was started into vibration by the first AFTER it was struck. We also saw that the vibrations in the second fork become stronger and stronger under the continued impacts of sound from the first, and that a [PAGE 2237] glass case was no hindrance to the induction of the sound. Under the con- tinued impacts of a force similar to that within him, the Love of God to man has awakened this force of Altruism and is constantly increasing its po- tency. It is therefore reasonable and logical to conclude that, at first, it was necessary to give man a religion commensurate with his ignorance. It would have been useless to talk to him, at that stage, of a God Who was all ten- derness and love. From his viewpoint, those attributes were weaknesses and he could not have been expected to reverence a God Who possessed what were to him despicable qualities. The God to Whom he rendered obedience must be a strong God, a God to be feared, a God Who could hurl the thunderbolt and wield the flail of lightning. Thus, man was impelled first to FEAR God and was given religions of a na- ture to further his spiritual well-being under the lash of fear. The next step was to induce him a certain kind of unselfishness, by caus- ing him to give up part of his worldly goods--to sacrifice. This was achieved by giving him the Tribal or Race-God, Who is a jealous God, requir- ing of him the strictest allegiance and the sacrifice of wealth, which the growing man greatly prizes. But in return, this Race-God is a friend and mighty ally, fighting man's battles and giving him back many fold the sheep, bullocks and grain which he sacrificed. He had not yet arrived at the stage where it was possible for him to understand that all creatures are akin, but the Tribal God taught him that he must deal mercifully with his BROTHER TRIBESMAN and gave laws which made for equity and fair dealing between men of the same Race. It must not be thought that these successive steps were taken easily, nor without rebellion and lapses upon the part of primitive man. Selfishness is [PAGE 2238] ingrained in the lower nature even unto this day, and there must have been many lapses and much backsliding. We have in the Jewish Bible good examples of how man forgot, and had to be patiently and persistently "prodded" again and again by the Tribal God. Only the visitations of a long-suffering Race-spirit were potent, at times, in bringing him back to the law--that law very few people have even yet learned to obey. There are always pioneers, however, who require something higher. When they become sufficiently numerous, a new step in evolution is taken, so that several gradations always exist. There came a time, nearly two thousand years ago, when the most advanced of humanity were ready to take another step forward, and learn the religion of living a good life for the sake of future reward in a state if existence in which they must have faith. That was a long, hard step to take. It was comparatively easy to take a sheep or a bullock to the temple and offer it as a sacrifice. If a man brought the first-fruits of his granary, his vineyards, or his flocks and herds, he still had more, and he knew that the Tribal God would refill his stores and give abundantly in return. But in this new departure, it was not a question of sacrificing his goods. It was demanded that he sacrifice HIM- SELF. It was not even a sacrifice to be made by one supreme effort of mar- tyrdom; that also would have been comparatively easy. Instead, it was de- manded that day by day, from morning until night, he must act mercifully toward all. He must forego selfishness, and LOVE his neighbor, as he had been used to loving himself. Moreover, he was not promised any immediate and visible reward, but must have faith in a future happiness. [PAGE 2239] Is it strange that people find it difficult to realize this high ideal of CONTINUED well-doing, made doubly hard by the fact that self-interest is en- tirely ignored? Sacrifice is demanded with no positive assurance of ANY re- ward. Surely it is much to the credit of humanity that so much altruism is practiced and that it is constantly increasing. The wise Leaders, knowing the frailness of the spirit to cope with the selfish instincts of the body, and the dangers of despondency in the face of such standards of conduct, gave another uplifting impulse when they incorporated in the new religion the doctrine of "vicarious Atonement." This idea is scouted by some very advanced philosophers, and the law of "Consequence" made paramount. If it so happens that the reader agrees with these philosophers, we request that he await the explanation herein set forth, showing how BOTH are part of the scheme of upliftment. Suffice it to say, for the present, that this doctrine of atonement gives many an earnest soul the strength to strive and, in spite or repeated failures, to bring the lower nature under subjection. Let it be remembered that, for reasons given when the laws of Rebirth and Consequence were discussed, western humanity knew practically nothing of these laws. With such a great ideal before them as the Christ, and believing they had but a few short years in which to attain to such a high degree of development as this, would it not have been the greatest imaginable cruelty to leave them without help? Therefore, the GREAT SACRIFICE on Calvary--while it also served other purposes, as will be shown--become rightfully the Beacon of Hope for every earnest soul who is striving to achieve the impossible; to attain, in one short life, to the perfection demanded by the Christian religion. [PAGE 2240] JESUS AND CHRIST-JESUS: To gain some slight insight into the Great Mystery of Golgotha, and to understand the Mission of Christ as the Founder of the Universal Religion of the future, it is necessary that we first become familiar with His exact na- ture and incidentally, with that of Jehovah, Who is the head of such Race-religions as Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, etc.; also with the identity of "The Father," to Whom Christ is to give up the Kingdom, in due time. In the Christian creed occurs this sentence: "Jesus Christ, the only be- gotten Son of God." This is generally understood to mean that a certain person Who appeared in Palestine about 2,000 years ago, Who is spoken of as Jesus Christ--one separate individual--was the only begotten Son of God. This is a great mistake. There are three distinct and widely different Beings characterized in this sentence. It is of the greatest importance that the student should clearly understand the exact nature of these Three Great and Exalted Beings--differing vastly in glory, yet each entitled to our deepest and most devout adoration. The student is requested to turn to diagram 6 and note that "The only be- gotten" ("The Word," of Who John speaks) is the second aspect of the Supreme Being. This "Word" and It alone, is "begotten of His Father (the first appear) before all Worlds." "Without Him was not anything made that was made," not even the third aspect of the Supreme Being, which proceeds from the two pre- vious aspects. Therefore the "only begotten" is the exalted Being which ranks above all else in the Universe, save only the Power-aspect which cre- ated It. The first aspect of the Supreme Being "thinks out," of imagines, the Uni- verse before the beginning of active manifestation, everything, including [PAGE 2241] the millions of Solar Systems and the great creative Hierarchies which in- habit the Cosmic Planes of existence above the seventh, which is the field of our evolution (See diagram 6). This is also the Force which dissolves everything that has crystallized beyond the possibility of further growth and at last, when the end of active manifestation has come, reabsorbs within Itself all that is, until the dawn of another Period of Manifestation. The second aspect of the Supreme Being is that which manifests in matter as the forces of attraction and cohesion, thus giving it the capability of combining into Forms of various kinds. This is "The Word," the "creative Feat," which molds the primordial Cosmic Root-substance in a manner similar to the formation of figures by musical vibrations, as previously mentioned, the same tone always producing the same figure. So this great primordial "WORD' brought, or "spoke," into being, in finest matter, all the different Worlds, with all their myriads of Forms, which have since been copied and worked out in detail by the innumerable creative Hierarchies. "The Word" could not have done this, however, until the third aspect of the Supreme Being had first prepared the Cosmic Root-substance; had awakened it from its normal state of inertia and set the countless INSEPARATE atoms spinning upon their axes, placing those axes at various angles with respect to each other, giving to each kind a certain "measure of vibration." These varying angles of inclination of the axes and the measures of vi- bration made the Cosmic Root-substance capable of forming different combina- tions, which are the basis of the seven great Cosmic Planes. There is, in each of these Planes, a different inclination of the axes, and also a [PAGE 2242] different measure of vibration, consequently the conditions and combinations in each one are different from those in any of the others, due to the activ- ity of "The Only Begotten." Diagram 14 shows us that: "The Father" is the highest Initiate among the humanity of the Saturn Period. The ordinary humanity of that Period are now the Lords of Mind. "The Son" (Christ) is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period. The ordinary humanity of that Period are now the Archangels. "The Holy Spirit" (Jehovah) is the highest Initiate of the Moon Period. The ordinary humanity of that Period are now the Angels. This diagram also shows what are the vehicles of these different orders of Beings, and upon comparison with diagram 8, it will be seen that their bodies or vehicles (indicated by squares on diagram 14) correspond to the Globes of the Period in which they were human. This is always the case so far as the ordinary humanities are concerned, for at the end of the Period during which any live wave becomes individualized as human beings, those be- ings retain BODIES corresponding to the Globes on which they have func- tioned. On the other hand, the Initiates have progressed and evolved for them- selves higher vehicles, discontinuing the ordinary use of the lowest vehicle when the ability to use a new and higher one has been attained. Ordinarily, the lowest vehicle of an Archangel is the desire body, but Christ, Who is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period, ordinarily uses the life spirit as lowest vehicle, functioning as consciously in the World of Life Spirit as we do in the Physical World. The student is requested to note this point [PAGE 2243] DIAGRAM 14: THE VEHICLES OF THE HIGHEST INITIATES AND ORDINARY HUMANITY: --------------------------------------------------------------------------| | The | SATURN PERIOD | SUN PERIOD | MOON PERIOD | | worlds |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| |in which | The | The | The | The | The | The | | these | highest|ordinary| highest|ordinary|highest |ordinary| | orders |Initiate|humanity|Initiate|humanity|Initiate|humanity| | have | is |are now |Christ |are now | is |are now | | corre- | The | Lords | The | Arch- |Jehovah | Angels | Zodiacal |sponding |Father | of | Son | angels | The | | Signs |vehicles | | Mind | | | Holy | | | | | | | | Spirit | | --|-------|---------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------|--------| 13|Alto- | | /\ | | | | | | |gether | World | / \ | | | | | | ..|.......|.........|..| |..|........|........|........|........|........| 12|Aries | of | | | | | /\ | | | | ..|.......|.........|..| |..|........|../ \..|........|........|........| 11|Taurus | God | | | | | | | | | /\ | | --|-------|---------|--| |--|--------|--| |--|--------|--/ \--|--------| 10|Gemini |World of| | | | /\ | | | | | | | | | ..|.......|.........|..| |..|../ \..|..| |..|........|..| |..|........| 9 |Cancer | Virgin | | | | | | | | | | /\ | | | | | ..|.......|.........|..| |..|..| |..|..| |..|../ \..|..| |..|........| 8 |Leo | Spirits | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | /\ | --|-------|---------|--| |--|--| |--|--| |--|--| |--|--| |--|--/ \--| 7 |Virgo |World of| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Divine | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Spirit | |--| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | --|-------|---------|--------|--| |--|--| |--|--| |--|--| |--|--| |--| 6 |Libra |World of| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Life | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Spirit | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |--| | | | | | | | | | | --|-------|---------|--------|--| |--|-- --|--| |--|--| |--|--| |--| 5 |Scorpio|World of | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Thought: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Region of| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |Abstract | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Thought | | | | | | | | | | | |--| | | | | ..|.......|.........|........|..| |..|.. ..|..| |..|........|..| |..| 4 |Sagit- |Region of| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |tarius |Concrete | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Thought | | |--| | | | | | | | | | | | --|-------|---------|--------|--------|-- --|--| |--|--------|--| |--| 3 |Capri- | Desire | | | | | | | | | | | | | | corn | World | | | | |--| | | | | | --|-------|---------|--------|--------|--| |--|--------|--------|--| |--| 2 | Aqua- |Physical | | >>>>>>|--| | | | | | | | rius | World: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Etheric | | Jesus' | | | | | | | | | | Region | | Bodies | | | | | |--| | ..|.......|.........|........|.....|..|..|--|..|........|........|........| 1 |Pisces |Chemical | | | | | | | | | | | | Region | | >>>>>>|--| | | | | --|-----------------------------------------------------------------------| [PAGE 2244] particularly, as the World of Life Spirit is the first UNIVERSAL World, as explained in the chapter on Worlds. It is the World in which differentiation ceases and unity begins to be realized, so far as out solar system is concerned. Christ has power to build and function in a vehicle as low as the desire body, such as is used by the Archangels but HE CAN DESCEND NO FURTHER. The significance of this will be seen presently. JESUS belongs to our humanity. When the man, Jesus is studied through the memory of nature, he can be traced back life by life, where he lived in different circumstances, under various names, in different embodiments, the same time, in that respect, as any other human being. THIS CANNOT BE DONE WITH THE BEING, CHRIST. In His CASE CAN BE FOUND BUT ONE EMBODIMENT. It must not be supposed, however, that Jesus was an ordinary individual. He was of a singularly pure type of mind, vastly superior to the great ma- jority of our present humanity. Through many lives had he trod the Path of Holiness and thus fitted himself for the greatest honor ever bestowed upon a human being. His mother, Virgin Mary, was also a type of the highest human purity and because of that was selected to become the mother of Jesus. His father was a high Initiate, virgin and capable of performing the act of fecundation as a sacrament, without personal desire or passion. Thus the beautiful, pure and lovely spirit whom we know as Jesus of Nazareth was born into a pure and passionless body. This body was the best that could be produced on Earth and the task of Jesus, in that embodiment, was to care for it and evolve it to the highest possible degree of [PAGE 2245] efficiency, in preparation for the great purpose it was to serve. Jesus of Nazareth was born at about the time stated in the historic records, and not 105 B.C., as stated in some occult works. The name Jesus is common in the East, and an Initiate named Jesus did live 105 B.C., but he took the Egyptian Initiation and was not Jesus of Nazareth, with whom we are concerned. The Individual who was later born under the name of Christian Rosenkreuz, who is in the body today, was a highly evolved being when Jesus of Nazareth was born. His testimony, as well as the results of first-hand investigation by later Rosicrucians, all agree in placing the birth of Jesus of Nazareth at the beginning of the Christian Era, on about the date usually ascribed to that event. Jesus was educated by the Essenes and reached a very high state of spiritual development during the thirty years in which he used his body. It may be here said, parenthetically, that the Essenes were a third sect which existed in Palestine, besides the two mentioned in the New Testament--the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The Essenes were an exceedingly devout order, widely different from the materialistic Sadducees and entirely opposite to the hypocritical, publicity seeking Pharisees. They shunned all mention of themselves and their methods of study and worship. To the latter peculiarity is due the fact that almost nothing is known of them, and that they are not mentioned in the New Testament. It is a law of the Cosmos that no Being, however high, can function in any world without a vehicle built of the material of that world (See diagrams 8 and 14). Therefore the desire body was the lowest vehicle of the [PAGE 2246] group of spirits who had reached the human stage in the Sun Period. Christ was one of those spirits and was consequently unable to build for Himself a vital body and a dense physical vehicle. He could have worked upon humanity in a desire body, as did His younger brothers, the Archangels, as Race-spirits. Jehovah had opened an avenue for them to enter the dense body of man by means of the air he inhaled. All Race-religions were reli- gions of law, and creators of sin through disobedience of that law. They were under the direction of Jehovah, Whose lowest vehicle is the human spirit, correlating Him to the World of Abstract Thought, where everything is separative and therefore leads to self-seeking. That is precisely the reason why the intervention of Christ became neces- sary. Under the REGIME of Jehovah unity is impossible. Therefore the Christ, Who possess as a lowest vehicle the unifying life spirit, must enter into the dense human body. He must appear as a man among men and dwell in this body, because only from WITHIN IS IT possible to conquer the Race-religion, which influences man from WITHOUT. Christ could not be BORN in a dense body, because He had never passed through an evolution such as the Earth Period, therefore He would first have had to acquire the ability to build a dense body such as ours. But even had He possessed that ability, it would have been inexpedient for such an ex- alted Being to expend for that purpose the energy necessary for body-building through ante-natal life, childhood and youth, to bring it to sufficient maturity for use. He had ceased to use, ordinarily, vehicles such as would correspond to our human spirit, mind and desire body, although He had learned to build them in the Sun Period, and retained the ability to [PAGE 2247] build and function in them whenever desired or required. He used all his own vehicles, taking only the vital and dense bodies from Jesus. When the latter was 30 years of age Christ entered these bodies and used them until the climax of His Mission on Golgotha. After the destruction of the dense body, Christ appeared among His disciples in the vital body, in which He functioned for some time. The vital body is the vehicle which He will use when He appears again, for He will never take another dense body. It is encroaching upon a subject to be dealt with later to remark that the object of all esoteric training is to so work on the vital body that the life spirit is built up and quickened. When we come to deal with Initiation it may be possible to give more detailed explanations, but no more can be said on the subject just now. In chronicling the events incident to POST MORTEM existence, this subject has been partially dealt with and the student is here asked to note that a man is supposed to have conquered his desire body to a considerable extent before attempting esotericism. His esoteric training and the earlier Initiations are devoted to work on the vital body and result in the building of the life spirit. At the time Christ entered the body of Jesus, the latter was a disciple of high degree, consequently his life spirit was well organized. Therefore, the lowest vehicle in which Christ functioned, and the best organized of the higher vehicles of Jesus, were identical; and Christ, when He took the vital body and the dense body of Jesus, was thus furnished with a complete chain of vehicles bridging the gap between the World of Life Spirit and the dense Physical World. The significance of the fact that Jesus had passed several initiations lies in the effect that has on the vital body. Jesus' vital body was [PAGE 2248] already attuned to the high vibrations of the life spirit. An ordinary man's vital body would have instantly collapsed under the terrific vibra- tions of the Great Spirit who entered Jesus' body. Even that body, pure and high-strung as it was, could not withstand those tremendous impacts for many years, and when we read of certain times when Christ withdrew temporarily from his disciples, as when he later walked on the sea to meet them, the esotericist knows that he drew out of Jesus' vehicles to give them a rest under the care of the Essene Brothers, who knew more of how to treat such vehicles than Christ did. This change was consummated with the full and free consent of Jesus, who knew during this entire life that he was preparing a vehicle for Christ. He submitted gladly, that his brother humanity might receive the gigantic impe- tus which was given to its development by the mysterious sacrifice on Golgotha. Thus (as shown in diagram 14) Christ Jesus possessed the twelve vehicles, which formed an unbroken chain from the Physical World to the very Throne of God. Therefore He is the only Being in the Universe in touch with both God and man and capable of mediating between them, because He has, personally and individually experience all conditions and knows every limitation inci- dental to physical existence. Christ is unique among all Beings in all the seven Worlds. He alone pos- sess the twelve vehicles. None save He is able to feel such compassion, nor so fully understand the position and needs of humanity; none save He is qualified to bring the relive that shall fully meet our needs. [PAGE 2249] Thus do we know the nature of Christ. He is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period and He tool the dense and vital bodies of Jesus that He might function directly in the Physical World and appear as a man among men. Had He appeared in a manifestly miraculous manner, it would have been contrary to the scheme of evolution, because at the end of the Atlantean Epoch human- ity had been given freedom to do right or wrong. That they might learn to become self-governing, no coercion whatever could be used. They must know good and evil through experience. Before that time they had been led willy-nilly, but at that time they were given freedom under the different Race-religions, each religion adapted to the needs of its particular Tribe or Nation. NOT PEACE BUT A SWORD: All Race-religions are of the Holy Spirit. They are insufficient, be- cause they are based on law, which makes for sin and brings death, pain and sorrow. All Race-spirits know this, and realize that their religions are merely steps to something better. This is shown by the fact that all Race-religions, without exception, point to One Who is TO COME. The reli- gion of the Persians pointed to Mithras; of the Chaldeans to Tammuz. The old Norse Gods foresaw the approach of "The Twilight of the Gods," when Sutr, the bright Sun-spirit, shall supersede them and a new and fairer order be established on "Gimle," the regenerated earth. The Egyptians waited for Horis, the new-born Sun. Mithras and Tammuz are also symbolized as Solar orbs and all the principal Temples were built facing the East, that the rays of the rising Sun might shine directly through the open doors; even Saint Peter's at Rome is so placed. All these facts show that it was generally [PAGE 2250] known that the One Who was to come was a Sun-spirit and was to save humanity from the separative influences necessarily contained in all Race-religions. These religions were steps which it was necessary for mankind to take to prepare for the advent of Christ. Man must first cultivate a "self" before he can become really UNselfish and understand the higher phase of Universal Brotherhood--unity of purpose and interest--for which Christ laid the foun- dation at His first coming, and which He will make living realties when He returns. As the fundamental principle of a Race-religion is separation, inculcat- ing self-seeking at the expense of other men and nations, it is evident that if the principle is carried to its ultimate conclusion it must necessarily have an increasingly destructive tendency and finally frustrate evolution, unless succeeded by a more constructive religion. Therefore the separative religions of the Holy Spirit must give place to the unifying religion of the Son, which is the Christian religion. Law must give place to Love, and the separate Races and Nations be united in one Universal Brotherhood, with Christ as the Eldest Brother. The Christian religion has not yet had time to accomplish this great ob- ject. Man is still in the toils of the dominant Race-spirit and the ideals of Christianity are yet too high for him. The intellect can see some of the beauties, and readily admits that we should love our enemies, but the pas- sions of the desire body are still too strong. The law of the Race-spirit being "An eye for an eye," the Feeling is "I'll get even!" The heart prays for Love; the desire body hopes for Revenge. The intellect sees, IN THE AB- STRACT, the beauty of loving one's enemies but in concrete cases it allies [PAGE 2251] itself with the vengeful feeling of the desire body, pleading, as an excuse for "getting even," that "the social organism must be protected." It is a matter for congratulation, however, that society feels compelled to apologize for the retaliative methods used. Corrective methods and mercy are becoming more and more prominent in the administration of the laws, as is shown by the favorable reception which has been accorded that very modern institution, the Juvenile Court. Further manifestation of this same ten- dency may be noted in the increasing frequency with which convicted prison- ers are released on probation, under suspended sentence; also in the greater humanity with which prisoners of war are treated of late years. These are the vanguards of the sentiment of Universal Brotherhood, which is slowly but surely makings its influence felt. Yet, though the world is advancing and though, for instance, it has been comparatively easy for the writer to secure a hearing for his views in the different cities where he has lectured, the daily papers sometimes devoting to his utterances whole pages (and front pages at that) so long as he con- fined himself to speaking of the higher worlds and the POST MORTEM states, it has been very noticeable that as soon as the theme was Universal Brother- hood his articles have ALWAYS been consigned to the waste-basket. The world in general is very unwilling to consider anything that is, as it thinks, "too" unselfish. There must be "something in it." Nothing is regarded as an entirely natural line of conduct if it offers no opportunity for "getting the best of" one's fellowmen. Commercial undertakings are planned and conducted on that principle and, before the minds of those who are enslaved by the desire to accumulate useless wealth, the idea of [PAGE 2252] Universal Brotherhood conjures up frightful visions of the abolition of capitalism and its inevitable concomitant, the exploitation of others, with the wreck of "business interests" implied thereby. The word "enslaved" ex- actly describes this condition. According to the Bible, man was to have do- minion over the world, but in the vast majority of cases the reverse is true--it is the world which has dominion over man. Every man who has prop- erty interests will, in his saner moments, admit that they are a never-failing source of worry to him; that he is constantly scheming to hold his possessions, or at least to keep from being deprived of them by "sharp practice," knowing that others are as constantly scheming to accomplish that, to them, desirable end. The man is the slave of what, with uncon- scious irony, he calls "my possessions,' when in reality they possess him. Well did the Sage of Concord say, "THINGS are in the saddle and ride man- kind!" This state of affairs is the result of Race-religions, with their system of law; therefore do they all look for "One Who is to come." The Christian religion ALONE is NOT looking for One Who IS to come, but for One Who is to come AGAIN. The time of this second coming depends upon when the Church can free itself from the State. The Church, especially in Europe, is bound to the Chariot of State. The ministers are fettered by economic considerations and dare not proclaim the truths that their studies have revealed to them. A visitor to Copenhagen, Denmark, recently witnessed a church confirma- tion service. The Church there is under State control and all ministers are appointed by the temporal power. The parishioners have nothing whatever to say in the matter. They may attend church or not, as they please, but they [PAGE 2253] are compelled to pay the taxes which support the institution. In addition to holding office by the bounty of the State, the pastor of the particular church visited was decorated with several Orders conferred by the king, the glittering badges bearing silent but eloquent testimony as to the extent of his subserviency to the State. During the ceremony, he prayed for the king and the legislators, that they might rule the country wisely. As long as kings and legislators exists, this prayer might be very appropri- ate, but it was a considerable shock to hear him add: ". . . . and, al- mighty God, protect and strengthen our army and navy!" Such a prayer as this shows plainly that the God worshiped is the Tribal or National God--the Race-spirit, for the last act of the gentle Christ Jesus was to stay the sword of the friend who would have protected Him therewith. Although He said He had not come to send peace, but a sword, it was because He foresaw the oceans of blood that would be spilled by the militant "Christian" nations in their mistaken understanding of His teach- ings and because high ideals cannot be immediately attained by humanity. The wholesale murder of war and like atrocities are harsh, but they are po- tent illustrations of what Love would abolish. There is, apparently, a flat contradiction between the words of Christ Jesus, "I came not to send peace, but a sword," and the words of the celes- tial song which heralded the birth of Jesus, "On earth Peace, Goodwill to- ward men." This contradictions, however, is apparent only. There is as great an apparent contradiction between a woman's words and her actions when she says, "I am going to clean house and tidy up," and then [PAGE 2254] proceeds to take up carpets and pile chairs one upon another, producing gen- eral confusion in a previously orderly house. One observing only this as- pect of the matter, would be justified in saying, "She is making matters worse instead of better," but when the purpose of her work is understood, the expediency of the temporary disorder is realized and in the end her house will be the better for the passing disturbance. Similarly, we must bear in mind that the time which has elapsed since the coming of Christ Jesus is but little more than a moment in comparison with the duration of even one Day of Manifestation. We must learn, as did Whitman, to "know the amplitude of time," and look beyond the past and present cruelties and jealousies of the warring sects to the shining age of Universal Brotherhood, which will mark the next great step of man's progress on his long and wondrous journey from the clod to the God, from protoplasm to conscious unity with the Father, that . . . one far-off, divine event To which the whole creation moves. It may be added that the above mentioned pastor, during the ceremony of receiving his pupils into the Church taught them that Jesus Christ was a composite individual; that Jesus was mortal, human part, while Christ was the divine, immortal Spirit. Presumably, if the matter had been discussed with him, he would not have supported this statement, nevertheless in making it he stated an occult fact. THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: The unifying influence of the Christ has been symbolized in the beautiful legend of the worship of the three magi, or "wise men of the East," so skillfully woven by General Lew Wallace into his charming story, "Ben Hur." [PAGE 2255] The three wise men--Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar--are the representa- tives of the white, yellow and black Races and symbolize the people of Eu- rope, Asia and Africa, who are all led by The Star to the World-Savior, to Whom eventually "every knee shall bow," and Whom "every tongue shall con- fess"; Who shall unite all the scattered nations under the Banner of Peace and Goodwill; Who shall cause men to "beat their words into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks." The Star of Bethlehem is said to have appeared at the time of the birth of Jesus, and to have guided the three wise men to the Savior. Much speculation has been indulged in as to the nature of this Star. Most material scientists have declared it a myth, while others have said if it were anything more than a myth, it might have been a "coincidence"--two dead Suns might have collided and caused a conflagration. Every mystic, however, knows the "Star"--yea, and the "Cross" also--not only as symbols connected with the life of Jesus and Christ Jesus, but in his own personal experience. Paul says: "Until Christ be formed in you"; and the mystic, Angelus Silesius, echoes: Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born And not within thyself, thy soul will be forlorn. The Cross on Golgotha thou lookest to in vain Unless within thyself it be set up again. Richard Wagner shows the intuitional knowledge of the artist when, to the question of Parsifal, "Who is The Grail?" Gurnemanz answers: That tell we not; But if thou hast by Him been bidden, From thee the truth will not stay hidden. . . . The land to Him no path leads through, And search but severs from Him wider When He Himself is not the Guider. [PAGE 2256] Under the "old dispensation" the path to Initiation was not open. It was for only the chosen few. Some might seek the path, but only those who were guided to the Temples by the Hierophants found entrance. Previous to the advent of Christ, there was no such sweeping invitation as "Whosoever will may come." At the moment the blood flowed on Golgotha, however, "the veil of the Temple was rent" (for reasons presently to be explained), and ever since that tine, whosoever will seek admittance will surely find it. In the Temples of Mystery the Hierophant taught his pupils that there is in the Sun a spiritual, as well as a physical force. The latter force in the rays of the Sun is the fecundating principle in nature. It causes the growth of the plant world and thereby sustains the animal and human kingdom. It is the upbuilding energy which is the source of all physical force. This physical, solar energy reaches its highest expression in midsummer, when the days are longest and the nights are shortest, because the rays of the Sun then fall directly on the northern hemisphere. At that time the spiritual forces are the most inactive. On the other hand, in December, during the long winter nights, the physical force of the solar orb is dormant and the spiritual forces reach their maximum degree of activity. The night between the 24th and the 25th of December is The Holy Night, PAR EXCELLENCE, of the entire year. The Zodiacal sign of the immaculate ce- lestial Virgin stands upon the eastern horizon near midnight, the Sun of the New Year is then born and starts upon his journey from the southernmost point toward the northern hemisphere, to save that part of humanity [PAGE 2257] (physically) from the darkness and famine which would inevitably result if he were to remain permanently south of the equator. To the people of the northern hemisphere, where all our present day reli- gions originated, the Sun is directly below the Earth; and the spiritual in- fluences are strongest, in the north, at midnight of the 24th of December. That being the case, it follows as a matter of course that it would then be easiest for those who wished to take a definite step toward Initiation to get in conscious touch with the spiritual Sun especially for the first time. Therefore the pupils who were ready for Initiation were taken in hand by the Hierophants of the Mysteries, and be means of ceremonies performed in the Temple, were raised to a state of exaltation wherein they transcended physical conditions. To their spiritual vision, the solid Earth become transparent and they was the Sun at midnight--"The Star!" It was not the physical Sun they saw with spiritual eyes, however, but the Spirit in the Sun--The Christ--their Spiritual Savior, as the physical Sun was their physical Savior. This is the Star that shone on that Holy Night and that still shines for the mystic in the darkness of night. When the noise and confusion of physical activity are quieted, he enters into his closet and seeks the way to the King of Peace. The Blazing Star is ever there to guide him and his soul hears the prophetic song, "On earth Peace, Goodwill toward men." Peace and goodwill to all, without exception; no room for one single en- emy or outcast! Is it any wonder that it is hard to educate humanity to such a high standard? Is there any better way to show the beauty of, and the necessity for peace, goodwill and love than by contrasting them with the present state of war, selfishness and hate? [PAGE 2258] The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow it casts. The higher our ideals, the more plainly can we see our shortcomings. Unfortunately, at the present stage of development, humanity is willing to learn only by the hardest experience. As a Race, it must become abso- lutely selfish to feel the bitter pangs caused by the selfishness of others, as one must know much sickness to be thoroughly thankful for health. The religion MIScalled Christianity has therefore been the bloodiest re- ligion known, not excepting Mohammedanism, which in this respect is somewhat akin to our malpracticed Christianity. On the battle field and in the In- quisition innumerable and unspeakable atrocities have been committed in the name of the gentle Nazarene. The Sword and the Wine Cup,--the perverted Cross and Communion Chalice--have been the means by which the more powerful of the so-called Christian nations gained supremacy over the heathen peoples, and even over other but weaker nations professing the same faith as their conquerors. The most cursory reading of the history of the Graeco-Latin, Teutonic and Anglo-Saxson Races will corroborate on this. While man was under the FULL sway of Race-religions each nation was an united whole. Individual interests were willing subordinated to the com- munity interests. All were "under the law." All were members of their re- spective tribes first, and individuals only secondarily. At the present time there is a tendency toward the other extreme--to ex- alt "self" above all else. The result is evident in the economic and indus- trial problems that are facing every nation and clamoring for solution. The state of development wherein every man feels himself an absolutely [PAGE 2259] separate unit, an Ego, independently pursuing his own course, is a necessary stage. The national, tribal and family unity must first be broken up before Universal Brotherhood can become a fact. The REGIME of Paternalism has been largely superseded by the reign of Individualism. We are learning the evils of the latter more and more as our civilization advances. Our unsystematic method of distributing the products of labor, the rapacity of the few and the exploitation of many--these social crimes result in under-consumption, industrial depressions and labor disturbances, destroying internal peace. The industrial war of the present day is vastly more far-reaching and destructive than the military wars of the nations. Continued with file "RC1063.TXT" End of File

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