Source: "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" by Max Heindel
THE SCIENCE OF NUTRITION:
If we begin with the dense vehicle and consider the physical means avail-
able to improve it and make it the best possible instrument for the spirit
and afterward consider the spiritual means to the same end, we shall be in-
cluding all the other vehicles as well; therefore we shall follow that
The first visible state of a human embryo is a small, globulous, pulpy or
jelly-like substance, similar to albumen, or the white of an egg. In this
pulpy globule various particles of more solid matter appear. These
gradually increase in bulk and density until they come in contact with one
another. The different points of contact are slowly modified into joints or
hinges and thus a distinct framework of solid matter, a skeleton, is
During the formation of this framework the surrounding pulpy matter ac-
cumulates and changes in form until at length that degree of organization
develops which is known as a foetus. This becomes larger, firmer, and more
fully organized up to the time of birth, when the state of infancy begins.
The same process of consolidation which commenced with the first visible
stage of existence, still continues. The being passes through the different
stages of infancy, childhood, youth, manhood or womanhood, old age, and at
last comes to the change that is called death.
Each of these stages is characterized by an INCREASING DEGREE OF HARDNESS
There is a gradual increase in density and firmness of the bones, ten-
dons, cartilages, ligaments, tissues, membranes, the coverings and even the
very substance of the stomach, liver, lungs, and other organs. The joints
become rigid and dry. They begin to crack and grate when they are moved,
because the synovial fluid, which oils and softens them, is diminished in
quantity and rendered too thick and glutinous to serve that purpose.
The heart, the brain, and the entire muscular system, spinal cord,
nerves, eyes, etc., partake of the same consolidating process, growing more
and more rigid. Millions upon millions of the minute capillary vessels
which ramify and spread like the branches of a tree throughout the entire
body, gradually choke up and change into solid fibre, no longer pervious to
The larger blood vessels, both arteries and veins, indurate, lose their
elasticity, grow smaller, and become incapable of carrying the required
amount of blood. The fluids of the body thicken and become putrid, loaded
with earthy matter. The skin withers and grows wrinkled and dry. The hair
falls off for lack of oil. The teeth decay and drop out for lack of
gelatine. The motor nerves begin to dry up and the movements of the body
become awkward and slow. The senses fail; the circulation of the blood is
retarded; it stagnates and congeals in the vessels. More and more the body
loses its former powers. Once elastic, healthy, alert, pliable, active and
sensitive, it becomes rigid, slow, and insensible. Finally, it dies of old
The question now arises, What is the cause of this gradual ossification
of the body, bringing rigidity, decrepitude, and death?
From the purely physical standpoint, chemists seem to be unanimous in the
opinion that it is principally an increase of phosphate of lime (bone mat-
ter), carbonate of lime (common chalk), and sulphate of lime (plaster of
paris), with occasionally a little magnesia and an insignificant amount of
other earthy matters.
The only difference between the body of old age and that of childhood is
the greater density, toughness and rigidity, caused by the greater propor-
tion of calcareous, earthy matter entering into the composition of the
former. The bones of a child are composed of three parts of gelatine to one
part of earthy matter. In old age this proportion is reversed. What is the
source of this death-dealing accumulation of solid matter?
It seems to be axiomatic that the entire body is nourished by the blood
and that everything contained in the body, of whatever nature, has first
been in the blood. Analysis shows that the blood holds earthy substances of
the same kind as the solidifying agents--and mark!--the ARTERIAL blood con-
tains more earthy matter than the VENOUS blood.
This is highly important. It shows that in every cycle the blood depos-
its earthy substances. It is therefore the common carrier that chokes up
the system. But its supply of earthy matter must be replenished, otherwise
it could not continue to do this. Where does it renew its deadly load?
There can be but one answer to that question--from the food and drink; there
is absolutely no other source.
The food and drink which nourish the body must be, at the same time, the
primary source of the calcareous, earthy matter which is deposited by the
blood all over the system, causing decrepitude and finally death. To sus-
tain physical life it is necessary that we eat and drink but as there are
many kinds of food and drink, it behooves us, in the light of the above
facts, to ascertain, if possible, what kinds contain the smallest proportion
of destructive matter. If we can find such food we can lengthen our lives
and, from an occult standpoint, it is desirable to live as long as possible
in each dense body, particularly after a start has been made toward the
path. So many years are required to educate, through childhood and hot
youth, each body inhabited, until the spirit can at last obtain some control
over it, that the longer we can retain a body that has become amenable to
the spirit's promptings, the better. Therefore it is highly important that
the pupil partake of such food and drink only as will deposit the least
amount of hardening matter and at the same time keep the excretory organs
The skin and the urinary system are the saviors of man from an early
grave. Were it not that by their means, most of the earthy matter taken
with our food is eliminated, no one would live ten years.
It has been estimated that ordinary, undistilled spring water contains
carbonate and other compounds of lime to such an extent that the average
quantity used each day by one person in the form of tea, coffee, soup, etc.,
would in forty years be sufficient to form a block of solid chalk or marble
the size of a large man. It is also a significant fact that although phos-
phate of lime is always found in the urine of adults, it is not found in the
urine of children, because in them the rapid formation of bone requires that
this salt be retained. During the period of gestation there is very little
earthy matter in the urine of the mother, as it is used in the building of
the foetus. In ordinary circumstances, however, earthy matter is very much
in evidence in the urine of adults and to this we owe the fact that physical
life reaches even its present length.
Undistilled water, when taken internally, is man's worst enemy, but used
externally, it becomes his best friend. It keeps the pores of the skin
open, induces circulation of the blood and prevents the stagnation which af-
fords the best opportunity for the depositing of the earthy, death-dealing
phosphate of lime.
Harvey, who discovered the circulation of the blood, said that health de-
notes a free circulation and disease is the result of an obstructed circula-
tion of the blood.
The bathtub is a great aid in keeping up the health of the body and
should be freely used by the aspirant to the higher life. Perspiration,
sensible and insensible, carries more earthy matter out of the body than any
other agency. As long as fuel is supplied and the fire kept free from
ashes, it will burn. The kidneys are important in carrying away the ashes
from the body, but despite the great amount of earthy matter carried away
by the urine, enough remains in many cases to form gravel and stone in the
bladder, causing untold agony and often death.
Let no one be deceived into thinking that water contains less stone be-
cause it has been boiled. The stone that forms on the bottom of the
teakettle has been left there by the evaporated water which escaped from the
kettle as steam. If the steam were condensed, we should have distilled
water, which is an important adjunct in keeping the body young.
There is absolutely no earthy matter in distilled water, nor in rain wa-
ter, snow nor hail (except what may be gathered by contact with house-tops,
etc.), but coffee, tea, or soup made with ordinary water, no matter how long
boiled, is not purified of the earthy particles; on the contrary, the longer
they are boiled, the more heavily charged with ash they become. Those suf-
fering from urinary diseases should never drink any but distilled water.
It may be said generally of the solid foods we take into our system, that
fresh vegetables and ripe fruits contain the greatest proportion of nutri-
tious matter and the least of earthy substances.
As we are writing for the aspirant to the higher life and not for the
general public, it may also be said that animal food should be entirely
avoided, if possible. No one who kills can go very far along the path of
holiness. We do even worse than if we actually killed, for in order to
shield ourselves from the personal commission of the act of killing, and
still reap its results, we force a fellow being, through economic necessity,
to devote his entire time to murder, thereby brutalizing him to such an ex-
tent that the law will not allow him to act as a juror in cases of capital
crime, because his business has so familiarized him with the taking of life.
The enlightened know the animals to be their younger brothers and that
they will be human in the Jupiter Period. We shall then help them as the
Angels, who were human in the Moon Period, are now helping us, and for an
aspirant to high ideals to kill--either in person or by proxy--is out of the
Several very important food products from animals, such as milk, cheese
and butter, may be used. These are the results of the PROCESSES of life and
require no tragedies to convert them into food. Milk, which is an important
food for the occult student, contains no earthy matter of any consequence
and has an influence upon the body possessed by no other food.
During the Moon Period man was fed upon the milk of Nature. Universal
food was absorbed by him and the use of milk has a tendency to put him in
touch with the Cosmic forces and enable him to heal others.
It is popularly supposed that sugar or any saccharine substance is inju-
rious to the general health, and particularly to the teeth, causing their
decay and the resulting toothache. Only under certain circumstances is this
true. It is harmful in certain diseases, such as biliousness and dyspepsia,
or if held long in the mouth as candy, but if sparingly used during good
health and the amount gradually increased as the stomach becomes accustomed
to its use, it will be found very nourishing. The health of negroes becomes
greatly improved during the sugar-cane harvest time, nothwithstanding their
increased labor. This is attributed solely to their fondness for the sweet
cane-juice. The same may be said of horses, cows, and other animals in
those localities, which are all fond of the refuse syrup fed to them. They
grow fat in harvest time, their coats becoming sleek and shining. Horses
fed on boiled carrots for a few weeks will get a coat like silk, owing to
the saccharine juices of that vegetable. Sugar is a nutritious and benefi-
cial article of diet and contains no ash whatever.
Fruits are an ideal diet. They are in fact evolved by the trees to in-
duce animal and man to eat them, so that the seed may be disseminated, as
flowers entice bees for a similar purpose.
Fresh fruit contains water of the purest and best kind, capable of perme-
ating the system in a marvelous manner. Grape juice is a particularly won-
derful solvent. It thins and stimulates the blood, opening the way into
capillaries already dried and choked up--if the process has not gone too
far. By a course of unfermented grape-juice treatment, people with sunken
eyes, wrinkled skins and poor complexions become plump, ruddy and lively.
The increased permeability enables the spirit to manifest more freely and
with renewed energy. The following table, which with the exception of the
last column, is taken from the publications of the United States Department
of Agriculture, will give the aspirant some idea of the amount it is neces-
sary to eat for different degrees of activity, also the constituents of the
various foods named.
Considering the body from a purely physical standpoint, it is what we
might call a chemical furnace, the food being the fuel. The more the body
is exercised, the more fuel it requires. It would be foolish for a man to
change an ordinary diet which for years had adequately nourished him, and
take up a new method without due thought as to which would be the best for
serving his purpose. To simply eliminate meats from the ordinary diet of
meat-eaters would unquestionably undermine the health of most persons. The
only safe way is to experiment and study the matter out first, using due
discrimination. No fixed rules can be given, the matter of diet being as
individual as any other characteristic. All that can be done is to give the
table of food values and describe the general influence of each chemical
chemical element, allowing the aspirant to work out his own method.
Neither must we allow the appearance of a person to influence our judge-
ment as to the condition of his health. Certain general ideas of how a
healthy person should look are commonly accepted, but there is no valid rea-
son for so judging. Ruddy cheeks might be an indication of health in one
individual and of disease in another. There is no particular rule by which
good health can be known except the feeling of comfort and well-being which
is enjoyed by the individual himself, irrespective of appearances.
The table of foods here given deals with five chemical compounds.
Water is the great solvent.
Nitrogen or proteid is the essential builder of flesh, but contains some
Carbo-hydrates or sugars are the principal power-producers.
Fats are the producers of heat and the storers of reserve force.
Ash is mineral, earthy, and chokes the system. We need have no fear of
not obtaining it in sufficient quantities to build the bones; on the con-
trary, we cannot be too careful to get as little as possible.
The calorie is the simple unit of heat, and the table shows the number
contained in each article of food when bought at the market. In a pound of
Brazil nuts, for instance, 49.6% of the whole is waste (shells), but the re-
maining 50.4% contains 1485 calories. That means that about one-half of
what is bought is waste, but the remainder contains the number of calories
named. That we may get the greatest amount of strength from our food we
must pay attention to the number of calories it contains, for from them we
obtain the energy required to perform our daily work. The number of
calories necessary to sustain the body under varying conditions is shown in
the following table (per day):
Man at VERY hard muscular work...........................5500 Calories
Man at moderately hard muscular work.....................4150 Calories
Man at moderately active muscular work...................3400 Calories
Man at moderately LIGHT work.............................3050 Calories
Man at sedentary work....................................2700 Calories
Man without muscular exercise............................2450 Calories
Woman at light to moderate manual work...................2450 Calories
NOTE: In the original printed version of "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception",
a table appears here, entitled "Table of Food Values", available from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
According to this table, it is evident that chocolate is the most nutri-
tious food we have; also that cocoa, in its powdered state, is the most dan-
gerous of all foods, containing three times as much as as most of the oth-
ers, and ten times as much as many. It is a powerful food and also a
powerful poison, for it chokes the system more quickly than any other
Of course, it will require some study at first to secure the best nour-
ishment, but it pays in health and longevity and secures the free use of the
body, making study and application to higher things possible. After a while
the aspirant will become so familiar with the subject that he will need to
give it no particular attention.
While the foregoing table shows the proportion of chemical substances
contained in each article of food named, it must be remembered that not all
of this is available for use in the system, because there are certain por-
tions which the body refuses to assimilate.
Of vegetables, we digest only about 83% of the proteids, 90% of the fat,
and 95% of the carbo-hydrates.
Of fruits, we assimilate about 85% of the proteids, 90% of the fat, and
90% of the carbo-hydrates.
The brain is the co-ordinating mechanism whereby the movements of the
body are controlled and our ideas are expressed. It is built of the same
substances as are all other parts of the body, with the addition of phospho-
rus, which is peculiar to the brain alone. (As to proportion.--Ed.)
The logical conclusion is that phosphorus is the particular element by
means of which the Ego is able to express thought and influence the dense
physical body. It is also a fact that the proportion and variation of this
substance is found to correspond to the state and stage of intelligence of
the individual. Idiots have very little phosphorus; shrewd thinkers have
much; and in the animal world, the degree of consciousness and intelligence
is in proportion to the amount of phosphorus contained in the brain.
It is therefore of great importance that the aspirant who is to use his
body for mental and spiritual work, should supply his brain with the sub-
stance necessary for that purpose. Most vegetables and fruits contain a
certain amount of phosphorus, but it is a peculiar fact that the greater
proportion is contained in the leaves, which are usually thrown away. It is
found in considerable quantities in grapes, onions, sage, beans, cloves,
pineapples, in the leaves and stalks of many vegetables, and also in
sugar-cane juice, but not in refined sugar.
The following table shows the proportions of phosphoric acid in a few ar-
100,000 Parts of:
Barley, dry, contain, of phosphoric acid,..........................210 parts
Beets, Leaves of ..................................................690 parts
Carrots, dry.......................................................395 parts
Carrots, Leaves of.................................................963 parts
Linseed, Stalks of.................................................118 parts
Parsnips, Leaves of...............................................1784 parts
The gist of the preceding argument may be thus succinctly stated:
(1) The body, throughout the entire period of life, is subject to a pro-
cess of consolidation.
(2) This process consists of the depositing by the blood of earthy sub-
stances, principally phosphate and carbonate of lime, by which the various
parts become ossified, converted into bone, or kindred matter.
(3) This conversion into bone destroys the flexibility of the vessels,
muscles and other parts of the body subject to motion. It thickens the
blood and entirely chokes up the minute capillaries, so that the circulation
of the fluids and the action of the system generally diminishes, the termi-
nation of this process being death.
(4) This process of consolidation may be retarded and life prolonged by
carefully avoiding the foods that contain much ash; by using distilled water
for internal purposes; and by promotion excretion through the skin by means
of frequent baths.
The foregoing explains why some religions prescribe frequent ablutions as
a religious exercise, because they promote the health and purify the dense
body. Fastings were also prescribed for the same purpose. They give the
stomach a much needed rest, allow the body to eliminate the EFFETE matter,
and thus, if not too frequent or too prolonged, promote the health, but usu-
ally as much and more can be accomplished by giving the body proper foods
which are the best medicines.
Always the first care of the physician is to ascertain if there is proper
excretion, that being Nature's chief means for ridding the body of the poi-
sons contained in all foods.
In conclusion, let the aspirant choose such food as is most easily di-
gested, for the more easily the energy in food is extracted, the longer time
will the system have for recuperation before it becomes necessary to replen-
ish the supply. Milk should never be drunk as one may drink a glass of wa-
ter. Taken in that way, it forms in the stomach a large cheese ball, quite
impervious to the action of the gastric juices. It should be sipped, as we
sip tea or coffee. It will then form many small globules in the stomach,
which are easily assimilated. Properly used, it is one of the best possible
articles of diet. Citrus fruits are powerful antiseptics, and cereals, par-
ticularly rice, are antitoxins of great efficiency.
Having now explained, from the purely material point of view, what is
necessary for the dense body, we will consider the subject from the occult
side, taking into consideration the effect on the two invisible bodies which
interpenetrate the dense body.
The particular stronghold of the desire body is in the muscles and the
cerebro-spinal nervous system, as already shown. The energy displayed by a
person when laboring under great excitement or anger is an example of this.
At such times the whole muscular system is tense and no hard labor is so ex-
hausting as a "fit of temper." It sometimes leaves the body prostrated for
weeks. There can be seen the necessity for improving the desire body by
controlling the temper, thus sparing the dense body the suffering resulting
from the ungoverned action of the desire body.
Looking at the matter from an occult standpoint, all consciousness in the
Physical World is the result of the constant war between the desire and the
The tendency of the vital body is to soften and build. Its chief expres-
sion is the blood and the glands, also the sympathetic nervous system, hav-
ing obtained ingress into the stronghold of the desire body (the muscular
and the voluntary nervous systems) when it began to develop the heart into a
The tendency of the desire body is to harden, and it in turn has invaded
the realm of the vital body, gaining possession of the spleen and making the
white blood corpuscles, which are not "the policement of the system" as sci-
ence now thinks, but destroyers. It uses the blood to carry these tiny de-
stroyers all over the body. They pass through the walls of arteries and
veins whenever annoyance is felt, and especially in times of great anger.
Then the rush of forces in the desire body makes the arteries and veins
swell and opens the way for the passage of the white corpuscles into the
tissues of the body, where they form bases for the earthy matter which kills
Given the same amount and kind of food, the person of serene and jovial
disposition will live longer, enjoy better health, and be more active than
the person who worries, or loses his temper. The latter will make and dis-
tribute through his body more destructive white corpuscles than the former.
Were a scientist to analyze the bodies of these two men, he would find that
there was considerably less earthy matter in the body of the kindly disposed
man than in that of the scold.
This destruction is constantly going on and it is not possible to keep
all the destroyers out, nor is such the intention. If the vital body had
uninterrupted sway, it would build and build, using all the energy for that
purpose. There would be no consciousness and thought. It is because the
body checks and hardens the inner parts that consciousness develops.
There was a time in the far, far past when we set out the concretions, as
do the mollusks, leaving the body soft, flexible and boneless, but at that
time we had only the dull, glimmering consciousness the mollusks now have.
Before we could advance, it became necessary to retain the concretions and
it will be found that the stage of consciousness of any species is in pro-
portion to the development of the bony framework WITHIN. The Ego must have
the solid bones with the semi-fluid red marrow, in order to be able to build
the red blood corpuscles for its expression.
That is the highest development of the dense body. It signifies nothing
in this connection that the highest class of animals have an internal bone
formation similar to man's, but still have no indwelling spirit. They be-
long to a different stream of evolution.
THE LAW OF ASSIMILATION:
The law of assimilation allows no particle to be built into our bodies
that we, as spirits, have not overcome and made subject to ourselves. The
forces active along these lines are, as we remember, principally our "dead,"
who have entered "heaven" and are learning there to build bodies to use
here, but they work according to certain laws that they cannot circumvent.
There is life in every particle of food that we take into our bodies, and
before we can build that life into our bodies by the process of assimila-
tion, we must overcome and make it subject to ourselves. Otherwise there
could be no harmony in the body. All parts would act independently, as they
do when the co-ordinating life has been withdrawn. That would be what we
call decay, the process of disintegration, which is the direct opposite of
assimilation. The more individualized is the particle to be assimilated,
the more energy will it require to digest it and the shorter time will it
remain before seeking to reassert itself.
Human beings are not organized in such a manner that they can live upon
solid minerals. When a purely mineral substance, such as salt, is eaten, it
passes through the body leaving behind it but very little waste. What is
does leave, however, is of a very injurious character. If it were possible
for man to use minerals as food, they would be ideal for that purpose be-
cause of their stability and the little energy required to overcome and
subject them to the life of the body. We should be compelled to eat very
much less in quantity and also less often than we now do. Our laboratories
will some time supply us with chemical food of a quality far surpassing any-
thing that we now have, which shall be always fresh. Food obtained from the
higher plans and still more from the yet higher animal kingdom, is
positively nauseating because of the rapidity of decay. This process is
caused by the efforts made by the individual particles to escape from the
The plant kingdom is next above the mineral. It has an organization ca-
pable of assimilating the mineral compounds of the Earth. Man and animal
can assimilate the plants and thus obtain the chemical compounds necessary
to sustain their bodies and as the consciousness of the plant kingdom is
that of dreamless sleep, it offers no resistance. It requires but little
energy to assimilate the particles thus derived and having small individual-
ity of their own, the life ensouling the particles does not seek to escape
from our body as soon as food derived from more highly developed forms,
therefore the strength derived from a diet of fruit and vegetables is more
enduring than that derived from a meat diet, and the food supply does not
require as frequent replenishing, besides giving more strength in propor-
tion, because less energy is required for assimilation.
Food composed of the bodies of animals consists of particles which have
been worked upon and inter-penetrated by an individual desire body, and have
thus been individualized to a much greater extent than the plant particles.
There is an individual cell soul, which is permeated by the passions and de-
sires of the animal. It requires considerable energy to overcome it in the
first place, so that it may be assimilated, yet it never becomes so fully
incorporated into the polity of the body as do the plant constituents, which
have no such strong individual tendencies. The result is that is is neces-
sary for the flesh-eater to consume a greater weight of food than is re-
quired by the fruitarian; also he must eat oftener. Moreover, this inward
strife of the particles of flesh causes greater wear and tear of the body in
general, rendering the meat-eater less active and capable of endurance than
the vegetarian, as all contests between advocates of the two methods have
Therefore, when flesh food derived from the herbivora is such an unstable
diet, it is evident that if we should try to use the flesh of carnivorous
animals, in which the cells are still further individualized, we would be
forced to consume enormous quantities of food. Eating would occupy the
greater part of our time, but notwithstanding that fact, we would always be
lean and hungry. That such is its effect, can be seen in the wolf and the
vulture; their leanness and hunger are proverbial. Cannibals eat human
flesh, but only at long intervals and as a luxury. As man does not confine
himself exclusively to a meat diet, his flesh is not that of an entirely
carnivorous beast, nevertheless the hunger of the cannibal has also become
the burden of a proverb.
If the flesh of the herbivora were the essence of what is good in plants,
then, logically, the flesh of the carnivora should be the quintessence. The
meat of wolves and vultures would thus be the CREME DE LA CREME, and much to
be desired. This we know is not the case, but quite the reverse. The
nearer we get to the plant kingdom, the more strength we derive from our
food. If the reverse were the case, the flesh of carnivorous animals would
be sought by other beasts of prey, but examples of "dog eat dog" are very
few throughout nature.
LIVE AND LET LIVE:
The first law of occult science is "Thou shalt not kill," and that should
have the greatest weight with the aspirant to the higher life. We cannot
create so much as one particle of dust, therefore what right have we to de-
stroy the very least form? All Form is an expression of the One Life--the
Life of God. We have no right to destroy the Form through which the Life is
seeking experience, and force it to build a new vehicle.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, with the true compassion of all far advanced souls,
champions this occult maxim, 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.
Sometimes the objection is made that life is also taken when vegetables
and fruits are eaten, but that statement is based upon a complete misunder-
standing of the facts. When the fruit is ripe, it has accomplished its pur-
pose, which is to act as a womb for the ripening of the seed. If not eaten,
it decays and goes to waste. Moreover, it is designed to serve as food for
the animal and human kingdoms, thus affording the seed opportunities for
growth by scattering it in fertile soil. Besides, just as the ovum and the
semen of human beings are ineffectual without the seed-atom of the reincar-
nating Ego and the matrix of its vital body, so any egg or seed, of itself,
is devoid of life. If it is given the proper conditions of incubator or
soil, the life of the group spirit is then poured into it, thus grasping the
opportunity so afforded of producing a dense body. If the egg or seed is
cooked, crushed, or not given the conditions necessary for the life, the op-
portunity is lost, but that is all.
At the present stage of the evolutionary journey, everyone knows inher-
ently that it is wrong to kill and man will love and protect the animals in
all cases where his greed and selfish interest does not blind him to their
rights. The law protects even a cat or a dog against WANTON cruelty. Ex-
cept in "sport," that most wanton of all our cruelties against the animal
creation, it is always for the sake of money that animals are murdered and
bred to be murdered. By the devotees of "sport" the helpless creatures are
shot down to no purpose save to bolster up a false idea of prowess upon the
part of the huntsman. It is hard to understand how people who appear other-
wise sane and kindly can, for the time, trample upon all their gentler in-
stincts and revert to bloodthirsty savagery, killing for the sheer lust of
blood and joy in destruction. It is certainly a reversion to the lowest
savage animal instincts, and can never be dignified into the remotest sem-
blance of anything "manly", even though practiced and defended by the other-
wise humane and worthy temporary head of a mighty nation.
How much more beautiful it would be for man to play the role of friend
and protector of the weak. Who does not love to visit Central Park in New
York City and pet, stroke and feed the hundreds of squirrels which are run-
ning about secure in the knowledge that they will not be molested? And who
is not glad, for the sake of the squirrels, to see the sign, "Dogs found
chasing the squirrels will be shot." This is hard on the dogs, but is is to
be commended as an evidence of the growth of the sentiment favoring the pro-
tection of the weak against the unreasoning or merciless strong. Nothing is
said on the sign about the squirrels being injured by men, because that
would be unthinkable. So strong is the influence of the trust the little
animals repose in the kindness of man, that no one would violate it.
THE LORD'S PRAYER:
Returning to our consideration of the spiritual aids to human progress,
the Lord's Prayer, which may be considered as an abstract, algebraical for-
mula for the upliftment and purification of all the vehicles of man, the
idea of taking proper care of the dense body is expressed in the words:
"Give us this day our daily bread."
The prayer dealing with the needs of the vital body is, "Forgive us our
trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."
The vital body is the seat of memory. In it are stored the sub-conscious
records of all the past events of our life, good or ill, including all inju-
ries inflicted or sustained and benefits received, or bestowed. We remember
that the record of the life is taken from those pictures immediately after
leaving the dense body at death, and that all the sufferings of POST MORTEM
existence are the results of the events these pictures portray.
If, by continual prayer, we obtain forgiveness for the injuries we have
inflicted upon others and if we make all the restitution possible, purify
our vital bodies by forgiving those who have wronged us, and eliminate all
ill feeling, we save ourselves much POST MORTEM misery, besides preparing
the way for Universal Brotherhood, which is particularly dependent upon the
victory of the vital body over the desire body. In the form of memory, the
desire body impresses upon the vital body the idea of revenge. An even tem-
per amid the various annoyances of daily life indicates such a victory,
therefore the aspirant should cultivate control of the temper, as it in-
cludes work on both bodies. The Lord's Prayer includes this also, for when
we see that we are injuring others, we look about and try to find the cause.
Loss of temper is one of the causes and it originates in the desire body.
Most people leave physical life with the same temperament they bring into
it, but the aspirant must systematically conquer all attempts of the desire
body to assume mastery. That can be done by concentration upon high ideals,
which strengthens the vital body and is much more efficacious than the com-
mon prayers of the Church. The OCCULT SCIENTIST uses concentration in pref-
erence to prayer, because the former is accomplished by the aid of the mind,
which is cold and unfeeling, whereas prayer is usually dictated by emotion.
Where it is dictated by a pure unselfish devotion to high ideals prayer is
much higher than cold concentration. It can never be cold, but bears upon
the pinions of Love the outpourings of the mystic to the Deity.
The prayer for the desire body is, "Lead us not into temptation." Desire
is the great tempter of mankind. It is the great incentive to all action,
and in so far as the actions subserve the purposes of the spirit, it is
good; but where the desire is for something degrading, something that de-
bases the nature, it is indeed meet that we pray not to be led into tempta-
Love, Wealth, Power, and Fame!--These are the four great motives of human
action. Desire for one or more of these is the motive for all that man does
or leaves undone. The great Leaders of humanity have wisely given them as
incentives to action, that man may gain experience and learn thereby. They
are necessary, and the aspirant may safely continue to use them as motives
for action, but he must transmute them into something higher. He must over-
come with nobler aspirations the selfish love which seeks the ownership of
another body, and all desires for wealth, power and fame for narrow and per-
The Love for which he must long is that only which is of the soul and em-
braces all beings, high and low, increasing in proportion to the needs of
The Wealth, that which consists solely of abundance of opportunities to
serve his fellow men;
The Power, that alone which makes for the upliftment of humanity;
The Fame, none save that which increases his ability to spread the good
news, that all who suffer may thus quickly find solace for the heart's
The prayer for the mind is "Deliver us from evil." We have seen that
mind is the link between the higher and the lower natures. Animals are per-
mitted to follow desire without any restriction whatever. In their case,
THE LORD'S PRAYER:
Showing How It Fully Meets the Needs of All the Seven Human Principles
[INTRODUCTION] "OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN"
[III] / \
Prayer of <|-THY WILL / | \<---<-----<-----<-----<---|
The Divine Spirit <| BE DONE / | \ THE HOLY SPIRIT |
To the Father For <|-ON EARTH / DEITY \ /|\
the Dense Body \|/ /---------\ [Prayer of | ]
|->----->---| | | [the Human [I] ]
THE SON | \|/| | [Spirit to <|< HALLOWED ]
| |DIVINE SPIRIT [the Holy <| BE ]
[II] | | /|\ [Spirit <| THY ]
Prayer of | | / | \ [for the <|< NAME ]
the Life Spirit <|-THY | | / | \ [Desire ]
to the Son <|KINGDOM | |/ EGO \ [Body ]
for the Vital <|-COME<-->LIFE /---------\ HUMAN SPIRIT
Body SPIRIT| | | [ [VI] ]
| | | [Prayer <|< LEAD US ]
| | | [for the <| NOT ]
|--MIND---->| | [Desire <| INTO ]
/|\ | | | [Body <|< TEMPTATION]
[VII] | | | \|/
Prayer for <|-DELIVER US | | | DESIRE BODY<----<-----<----|
the Mind <|-FROM EVIL | | /|\
| |/ | \
| / PER-\
[V] /---------\DENSE BODY
Prayer for <|-FORGIVE US OUR VITAL BODY [ \|/ [IV] ]
the Vital <| TRESPASSES AS WE | [Prayer <|< GIVE US ]
Body <| FORGIVE THOSE WHO | [for the <| THIS DAY ]
<|-TRESPASS AGAINST US | [Dense <| OUR ]
[Body <|< DAILY BREAD ]
there is neither good nor evil, because they lack mind, the faculty of dis-
crimination. The method of self-protection which we pursue in regard to
animals which kill and steal is different from that which we use in relation
to human beings who do the same things. Even a human being who is bereft of
mind is not held accountable. The fact is recognized that he does not know
he is doing wrong, therefore he is simply restrained.
It was only when his mental eyes were opened that man came to know good
and evil. When the link of mind becomes allied to the Higher Self and does
its bidding, we have the high-minded person. On the contrary, the coalition
of the mind with the lower desire nature produces the low-minded person;
therefore the meaning of this prayer is that we may be delivered from the
experience resulting from the alliance of the mind with the desire body,
with all thereby implied.
The aspirant to the higher life accomplishes the union of the higher and
the lower natures by means of Meditation on lofty subjects. This union is
further cemented by Contemplation, and both these states are transcended by
Adoration, which lifts the spirit to the very Throne.
The Lord's Prayer, given for the general use of the Church, gives Adora-
tion first place, in order to reach the spiritual exaltation necessary to
proffer a petition representing the needs of the lower vehicles. Each as-
pect of the threefold spirit, commencing with the lowest, raises itself in
adoration to its corresponding aspect of Deity. When the three aspects of
the spirit are all arrayed before the Throne of Grace, each utters the
prayer appropriate to the needs of its material counterpart, all three join-
ing in the closing prayer for the mind.
The human spirit soars to its counterpart, the Holy Spirit (Jehovah),
saying "Hallowed be Thy Name."
The life spirit bows before its counterpart, The Son (Christ), saying
"Thy Kingdom Come."
The divine spirit kneels before its counterpart, The Father, with the
prayer, "Thy Will be done."
Then the highest, the divine spirit, petitions the highest aspect of the
Deity, the Father, for its counterpart, the dense body: "Give us this day
our daily bread."
The next highest, the life spirit, prays to its counterpart, the Son, for
its counterpart in the lower nature, the vital body: "Forgive us our tres-
passes as we forgive those who trespass against us."
The lowest aspect of the spirit, the human spirit, next offers its peti-
tion to the lowest aspect of Deity for the highest of the threefold bodies,
the desire body: "Lead us not into temptation."
Lastly, in unison, all three aspects of the threefold spirit in man join
in the most important of the prayers, the petition for the mind, in the
words: "Deliver us from evil."
The introduction, "Our Father Who art in Heaven," is merely as the ad-
dress on an envelope. The addition, "For Thine is the Kingdom, and the
Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen," was not given by Christ, but is very
appropriate as the parting adoration of the threefold spirit as it closes
its direct address to the Deity.
Diagram 16 illustrates the foregoing explanation in a simple and easily
remembered manner, showing the connection between the different prayers and
the corresponding vehicles, which are similarly colored. This diagram is
inserted opposite page 464.
THE VOW OF CELIBACY:
The sex-pervert, or sex-maniac, is a proof of the correctness of the con-
tention of occultists that one part of the sex-force builds the brain. He
becomes an idiot, unable to think because of drawing and sending out, not
only the negative or positive part of the sex force (according to whether
male or female) which is normally to be used through the sex-organ for
propagation, but in addition to that, some of the force which should build
up the brain, enabling it to produce thought--hence the mental deficiency.
On the other hand, if the person is given to spiritual thought, the ten-
dency to use the sex force for propagation is slight, and whatever part of
it is not used in that way may be transmuted into spiritual force.
That is why the initiate, at a certain stage of development, takes the
vow of celibacy. It is not an easy vow, nor one to be lightly taken by one
desirous of spiritual advancement. Many people who are not yet ripe for the
higher life have ignorantly bound themselves to a life of asceticism. They
are as dangerous to the community and to themselves on the one hand as is
the imbecile sex-maniac on the other.
At the present stage of human evolution the sex function is the means
whereby bodies are provided, through which the spirit can gain experience.
The people who are most prolific and follow the creative impulse unreserv-
edly are the lowest classes; thus it is difficult for incoming entities to
find good vehicles amid environments enabling them to unfold their faculties
in such a manner as to permanently benefit themselves and the rest of human-
ity, for among the wealthier classes who could furnish more favorable
conditions many have few or no children. It is not because they live abste-
mious sex-lives, but for the entirely selfish reasons that they may have
more ease and leisure and indulge in unlimited sex-gratification without the
burden of a family. Among the less wealthy middle class, families are also
restricted, but in their case partially for economic reasons, that they may
give one or two children educational and other advantages that their means
would not permit them to give to four or five.
Thus man exercises his divine prerogative of bringing disorder into na-
ture. Incoming Egos must take the opportunities offered them sometimes un-
der unfavorable circumstances. Other Egos who cannot do that, must wait
till favorable environment offers. Thus do we affect one another by our ac-
tions and thus are the sins of the fathers visited upon the children, for as
the Holy Spirit is the creative energy in nature, the sex energy is its re-
flection in man, and misuse or abuse of that power is the sin that is not
forgiven, but must be expiated in impaired efficiency of the vehicles, in
order to thoroughly teach us the sanctity of the creative force.
Aspirants to the higher life, filled with an earnest desire to live a
noble spiritual life, often regard the sex-function with horror, because of
the harvest of misery which humanity has reaped as a result of its abuse.
They are apt to turn in disgust from what they regard as impurity,
overlooking the fact that it is precisely such people as they who (having
brought their vehicles into good condition by means of proper sanitary food,
high and lofty thought, and pure and spiritual lives) are best fitted to
generate the dense bodies essential to the development of entities seeking
incarnation. It is common knowledge among occult scientists that, to the
detriment of the race, many high class Egos are kept out of incarnation at
the present time solely because parents cannot be found who are pure enough
to provide them with the necessary physical vehicles.
Persons who, for the reason above mentioned, refrain from doing their
duty to humanity, are magnifying the sun spots to such an extent that they
forget to see the Sun itself! The sex function has its great place in the
economy of the world. When properly used, there is no greater boon to the
Ego, for it then provides pure and healthful bodies such as man needs for
his development; conversely, when abused, there is no greater curse, for it
is then the source of the worst ills to which flesh is heir.
It is a truism that "no man liveth unto himself." By our words and acts
we are constantly affecting others. By the proper performance, or the ne-
glect of our duty, we make or mar the lives, first, of those in our immedi-
ate environment, but ultimately of all the inhabitants of the Earth, and
more. No one has a right to seek the higher life without having performed
his duty to his family, his country, and the human race. To selfishly set
aside everything else and live solely for one's own spiritual advancement,
is as reprehensible as not to care for the spiritual life at all. Nay, it
is worse; for those who do their duty in the ordinary life to the best of
their ability, devoting themselves to the welfare of those dependent upon
them, are cultivating the essential quality of faithfulness. They will cer-
tainly advance in due time to a point where they will become awake to
spiritual necessities, and will carry to that work the faithfulness devel-
oped elsewhere. The man who deliberately turns his back upon his present
duties to take up the spiritual life will surely be forced back into the
path of duty from which he has mistakenly diverged, with no possible means
of escape until the lesson has been learned.
Certain tribes of India make the following excellent division of life.
The first twenty years are spent in obtaining an education; the years from
20 to 40 are devoted to the duty of raising a family; and the remaining time
is devoted to spiritual development, without any physical cares to harass or
distract the mind.
During the first period the child is supported by its parents; during the
second period the man, in addition to supporting his own family, cares for
his parents while they are giving their attention to higher things; and
during the balance of his life, he is in turn supported by his children.
This seems a very sensible method, and is quite satisfactory in a country
where all, from the cradle to the grave, feel the spiritual need, to such
degree that they mistakenly neglect material development except as impelled
by the lash of direst need, and where the children cheerfully support their
parents, secure in the knowledge that they will be supported in turn and
thus be enabled to devote themselves entirely to the higher life after hav-
ing performed their duty to their country and to humanity. In the Western
World, however, where no spiritual need is at present felt by the average
man because he is properly following material lines of development, such a
mode of life would be impossible of realization.
Spiritual desire never comes until the time is ripe, and always when the
particular conditions obtain under which we must seek its gratification, if
at all. Whatever duties exist which are apparent restrictions must be
borne. If the care of a family prevents the complete consecration desired,
the aspirant would certainly not be justified in neglecting duty and
devoting the entire time and energy to spiritual purposes. An effort must
be made to gratify such aspirations without interfering with duty to family.
If the desire to live a celibate life comes to a person who holds mar-
riage relations with another, the obligations of such relations are not to
be forgotten. It would be very wrong, by practicing celibacy under such
circumstances, to endeavor to escape from the PROPER performance of duty.
As to what constitutes duty in regard to coition, however, there is a stan-
dard for aspirants to the higher life different from that of the ordinary
man or woman.
Most people regard marriage as sanctioning unlimited license for the
gratification of sexual desire. In the eyes of statute law, perhaps it does
so, but no man-made law nor custom has any right to govern this matter. Oc-
cult science teaches that the sex-function should NEVER be used for
sense-gratification, but for propagation ONLY. Therefore an aspirant to the
higher life would be justified in refusing coition with the marriage partner
unless the object were the begetting of a child, and then only if both par-
ties were in perfect health--physically, morally and mentally--as otherwise
the union would be likely to result in the generation of a feeble or degen-
Each person owns his or her body, and is responsible to the law of Conse-
quence for any misuse resulting from the weak willed abandonment of that
body to another.
In the light of the foregoing, and looking at the matter from the view-
point of occult science, it is both a duty and a privilege (to be exercised
with thanks for the opportunity) for all persons who are healthy and of
sound mind to provide vehicles for as many entities as is consistent with
their health and ability to care for the same. And, as previously stated,
most particularly are aspirants to the higher life under obligation in this
respect, on account of the purification which their purer lives have wrought
in their bodies, because of which they are better qualified than ordinary
humanity to generate pure vehicles. Thus they enable high-class entities to
find suitable vehicles and help humanity to advance by affording these wait-
ing Egos opportunities to incarnate and exercise their influence at an ear-
lier period than would otherwise be possible.
If the sex force is used in the way indicated, coition will take place
but few times in a life, and practically the entire sex force may be used
for spiritual purposes. It is not the use, but the abuse that causes all
the trouble and interferes with the spiritual life, so there is no need for
anyone to abandon the higher life because he or she cannot be celibate. It
is not necessary to be strictly celibate while going through the lesser Ini-
tiations. The vow of absolute celibacy applies to the greater Initiations
only, and even then a single act of fecundation may sometimes be necessary
as an act of sacrifice, as was the case in providing a body for Christ.
It may also be said that it is worse to suffer from a burning desire, to
be constantly thinking vividly of the gratification of sense, than to live
the married life in moderation. Christ taught that unchaste thoughts are as
bad as, and even worse than unchaste acts, because thoughts may be repeated
indefinitely, whereas there is at least some limit to acts.
The aspirant to the higher life can be successful only in proportion to
the extent of the subjugation of the lower nature, but should beware of the
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