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Filename: RC1066.TXT Source: "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" by Max Heindel [PAGE 2362] THE CONSTITUTION OF THE EARTH; AND VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS: Even among occult scientists it is counted amount the most difficult problems to investigate the mysterious construction of the Earth. Every oc- cult scientist knows how much easier it is to thoroughly and accurately in- vestigate the Desire World and the Region of Concrete Thought and bring back the results into the Physical World than to investigate completely the se- crets of our physical planet, because to do that fully, one must have passed through the nine lesser Mysteries and the first of the Great Initiations. Modern scientists know very little about this matter. So far as seismic phenomena are concerned, they very frequently change their theories, because they are constantly discovering reasons why their previous hypotheses were untenable. They have, with all their usual splendid care, investigated the very outside shell, but only to an insignificant depth. As for volcanic eruptions, they try to understand them as they try to understand everything else, in a purely mechanical way, depicting the center of the Earth as a fi- ery furnace and concluding that the eruptions are caused by the accidental admission of water and in other similar ways. In a certain sense, their theories have some foundation, but in this case they are, as always, neglecting the spiritual causes which to the occultist [PAGE 2363] appear to be the true ones. To him, the world is far from being "dead." On the contrary, its every nook and crevice is permeated by spirit, which is the leaven that causes changes in and upon the planet. The different kinds of quartz, the metals, the disposition of the various strata--all have a much higher significance than the materialistic investi- gator has ever been able to grasp. To the occult scientists, the way in which these materials are arranged is full of meaning. On this subject, as on every other, occult science stands in the same relation to modern science as physiology does to anatomy. Anatomy states with minute detail the exact position of every bone, muscle, ligament, nerve, etc., their relative posi- tions to one another and so forth, but does not give any clue to the use of any one of the different parts of which the body is composed. Physiology, on the other hand, not only states the position and structure of every part of the body, but also tells their use in the body. To know the different strata of the Earth and the relative positions of the planets in the sky without having also a knowledge of their use and meaning in the life and purpose of the Cosmos, is as useless as to know merely the positions of bones, nerves, etc., without understanding also their use in the functional economy of the body. THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST: To the trained clairvoyant sight, of the Initiate of the various degrees of the Mysteries, the Earth appears built in strata, something like an on- ion, one layer or stratum outside another. There are nine such strata and the central core, making ten in all. These strata are revealed to the Ini- tiate gradually. One stratum becomes accessible to him at each Initiation, [PAGE 2364] so that at the end of the nine lesser Initiations he is master of all the layers, but has not yet access to the secrets of the core. In ancient parlance these nine steps are called the "Lesser Mysteries." They take the neophyte consciously through all that relates to his past evolution, through the activities of involuntary existence, so that he is able to understand the manner and meaning of the work he then performed un- consciously. He is shown how the present ninefold constitution (the three- fold body, the threefold soul, and the threefold spirit) was brought into existence; how the great creative Hierarchies worked on the virgin spirit, awakening in it the Ego, helping it to form the body; and also the work he himself has done, to extract from the threefold body as much of the three- fold soul as he now possesses. One step at a time is he led through the nine steps of the lesser mysteries, the nine strata. This number nine is the root number of our present stage of evolution. It bears a significance in our system that no other number does. It is the number of Adam, the life which commenced its evolution as Man, which reached the human stage during the Earth Period. In the Hebrew, as in the Greek, there are no numerals, but each letter has a numerical value. In Hebrew "Adam" is called "ADM.) The value of "A" is 1; of "D," 4; and of "M," 40. If we add these figures, we get 1+4+4+0=9--the number of Adam, or humanity. If we turn from the Book of Genesis, which deals with the creation of man in the hoary past, to the Book of Revelation, which deals with his future attainment, we find that the number of the beast which hinders is 666. Add- ing these figures, 6+6+6=18; and further, 1+8=9--we have again the number of humanity, which is itself the cause of all the evil which hinders its own [PAGE 2365] progress. Going further, to the point where the number of those who are to be saved is stated, we find it to be 144,000. Adding as before, 1+4+4+000=9--again the number of humanity, showing that practically it will be saved in its totality, the number incapable of progress in our present evolution being negligible in comparison to the grand total, and even the few who fail are not lost, but will progress in a later scheme. The consciousness of the mineral and the plant is really unconsciousness. The first glimmering dawn of consciousness begins with the animal kingdom. We have seen also that according to the most modern classification, there are thirteen steps in the animal kingdom: three classes of Radiates; three classes of Mollusks; three classes of Articulates; and four classes of Ver- tebrates. If we regard ordinary man as a step by himself, and remember that there are thirteen Initiations from man to God, or from the time he commenced to qualify himself for becoming a self-conscious Creative Intelligence, we have again the same number, Nine: 13+1+13=27 2+7=9. The number 9 is also hidden in the age of Christ Jesus, 33; 3+3=9, and in a similar manner in the 33 degrees of Masonry. In olden times Masonry was a system of Initiation into the lesser Mysteries which, as we have seen, have 9 degrees, but the Initiates often wrote it as 33. Similarly we read of the l8th degree of the Rosicrucians, which was only a "blind" for the uninitiated, because there are never more than 9 degrees in any lesser Mys- tery, and the Masons of today have but very little of the occult ritual left in their degrees. We have also the nine months of gestation, during which the body is built [PAGE 2366] up to its present efficiency; and there are in the body nine perforations--two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, one mouth, and the two lower orifices. When the advancing man has passed through the nine lesser Initiations, gaining thereby entrance to all the layers of the Earth, entrance into the core is yet to be won. That is opened to him by the first of the four Great Initiation, in which he learns to know the mystery of the mind, that part of his being begun on Earth. When he is ready for the first Great Initiation he has developed his mind to the degree all men are destined to attain to at the end of the Earth Period. In that Initiation he is given the key to the next stage, and all work done by him after that will be such as humanity in general will do in the Jupiter Period, and does not concern us at present. After his first Great Initiation, he is an Adept. The second, third and fourth Initiations pertain to the stages of development to be arrived at by ordinary humanity in the Jupiter, Venus, and Vulcan Periods. These thirteen Initiations are symbolically represented in the Christ and His twelve Apostles. Judas Iscariot is the traitorous propensities of the lower nature of the neophyte. The beloved John is the Venus Initiation, and Christ Himself symbolizes the Divine Initiate of the Vulcan Period. In different schools of occult science the rites of Initiation vary, also their statement of the number of Initiations, but that is merely a matter of classification. It will be observed that such vague descriptions as can be given become that such vague descriptions as can be given becomes more vague as one proceeds higher and higher. Where seven or more degrees are spoken of, almost nothing is said of the sixth Initiation, and nothing whatever of the ones beyond. That is because of another division--the six steps of [PAGE 2367] "Preparation." and the four Initiations which bring the candidate to the end of the Earth Period, to Adeptship. Then there must always be three more, if the philosophy of the school or society goes so far. The writer, however, knows of none but the Rosicrucians who have anything to say of the three Pe- riods which preceded the Earth Period, save the bare statement that there were such Periods. They are not brought very definitely into relationship whti our present phase of existence, however. Likewise, other occult teach- ings simply state that there will be three more schemes of evolution, but no particulars are given. Of course, under those circumstances, the three last Initiations are not mentioned. Diagram l8 will give an idea of the arrangement of the Earth's strata, the central core being omitted to indicate more clearly the lemniscate for- mation of the currents in the ninth stratum. In the diagram the strata are represented as being of equal thickness, thought in reality some are much thinner than other. Beginning at the outside, they appear in the following order: (1) The Mineral Earth: This is the stony crust of the Earth, with which Geology deals as far as it is able to penetrate. (2) The Fluid Stratum: The matter of the stratum is more fluid than that of the outside crust, yet it is not watery, but rather more like a thick paste. It has the quality of expansion, like that of an exceedingly explosive gas, and is kept in place only by the enormous pressure of the outer crust. Were that removed, the whole of the fluid stratum would disap- pear in the space with a tremendous explosion. These correspond to the Chemical and Etheric Regions of the Physical World. (3) Vapor Stratum: In the first and second strata there is really no [PAGE 2368] conscious life. But in this stratum there is an even-flowing and pulsating life, as in the Desire World surrounding and inter-penetrating our Earth. (4) Water Stratum: In this stratum are the germinal possibilities of the that exists upon the surface of the Earth. Here are the archetypal force which are back of the group spirits; also the archetypal forces of the minerals, for this is the direct physical expression of the Region of Con- crete Thought. (5) Seed Stratum: Material scientists have been baffled in their ef- forts to discover the origin of life, how the first living things came forth from previously dead matter. In reality, according to the occult explanation of evolution, the ques- tion should be how the "dead" things originated. THE LIFE WAS THERE PREVI- OUS TO THE DEAD FORMS. It built its bodies from the attenuated, vaporous substance long before it condensed into the Earth's solid crust. ONLY WHEN THE LIFE HAD LEFT THE FORMS COULD THEY CRYSTALLIZE AND BECOME HARD AND DEAD. Coal is but crystallized plant bodies; coral is also the crystallization of animal forms. The life leaves the FORMS and the FORMS die. Life never came into a form to awaken it to life. Life departed from the forms and the forms died. Thus did "dead" things come to be. In this fifth stratum is the primordial fount of life from which came the impetus that built all the forms on Earth. It corresponds to the Region of Abstract Thought. (6) Fiery Stratum: Strange as it may seem, this stratum is possessed of sensation. Pleasure and pain, sympathy and antipathy have here their ef- fect on the Earth. It is generally supposed that under no possible [PAGE 2369] circumstances can the Earth have any sensation whatever. The occult scien- tist, however, as he watches the harvesting of the ripe grain and the gath- ering of fruit from the trees in the autumn, or the plucking of flowers, knows the pleasure experienced by the Earth itself. It is similar to the pleasure felt by the cow when its bursting udders are being relieved by the sucking calf. The Earth feels the delight of having yielded nourishment for its progeny of Forms, this delight reaching its culmination in the harvest time. On the other hand, when plants are torn out by the roots, it is patent to the occult scientist that the Earth senses a sting of pain. For that reason he does not eat the plant-foods which grow under the Earth. In the first place they are full of the Earth force and deficient in Sun force, and are additionally poisoned by being pulled up by the roots. The only exception to this rule is that he may partake sparingly of the potato, which originally grew on the surface of the earth, and has only in comparatively recent times grown beneath the soil. Occultists endeavor to nourish their bodies on fruits which grow toward the Sun, because they contain more of the higher Sun force, and have not caused the Earth pain. It might be supposed that mining operations would be very painful to the Earth, but the reverse is the case. Every disintegration of the hard crust causes a sensation of relief and every solidification is a source of pain. Where a mountain torrent washes away the soil and carries it toward the plains, the earth feels freer. Where the disintegrated matter is again de- posited, as in a bar outside the mouth of a great river, there is a corre- sponding sense of uneasiness. As sensation in animals and men is due to their separate vital bodies, so [PAGE 2370] the feeling of the Earth is particularly active in this sixth stratum, which corresponds to the World of Life Spirit. To understand the pleasure felt when mining operations are disintegrating the hard rock, and the pain when deposits gather, we must remember that the Earth is the dense body of a Great Spirit, and to furnish us with an environment in which we could live and gather experience, it had to crystallize this body into its present solid condition. As evolution proceeds, however, and man learns the lessons pertaining to this acme of concretion, the Earth will softer and its spirit more and more liberated. This is what Paul meant when he spoke of the whole creation groaning and travailing, waiting for the day of liberation. (7) Refracting Stratum: This part of the Earth corresponds to the World of Divine Spirit. There are, in occult science what are known as "The Seven Unspeakable Secrets." For those who are not acquainted with these secrets, or have not as least an inkling of their import, the properties of this stratum must seem particularly absurd and grotesque. In it all the forces which are known to us as the "Laws of Nature" exist as moral, or rather im- moral forces. In the beginning of the conscious career of man they were much worse than at present. But it appears that as humanity progresses in morals, these forces improve correspondingly; also that any lapse in morals has a tendency to unleash these Nature forces and causes them to create havoc upon the Earth; while the striving for higher ideals makes them less inimical to man. The forces in this stratum are thus, at any time, an exact reflection of the existing moral status of mankind. From the occult point of view, the [PAGE 2371] "hand of God" which smites a Sodom or a Gomorrah is not a foolish supersti- tion, for as surely as there is individual responsibility to the law of Con- sequence which brings to each person the just results of his deeds whether for good or evil, so is there also community and national responsibility, which brings upon groups of men corresponding results for their collective acts. Nature forces are the general agents of such retributive justice, causing flood, s or earthquakes, or the beneficent formation of oil or coal for various groups, according to their deserts. (8) Atomistic Stratum: This is the name given by the Rosicrucians to the eighth layer of the Earth, which is the expression of the World of Vir- gin Spirits. It seems to have the property of multiplying many fold the things in it; this applies, however, only to those things which have been definitely formed. An unshapen piece of wood, or an unhewn stone has not existence there, but upon anything which has been shaped, or has life and form (such as a flower or a picture), this stratum has the effect of multi- plication to an astonishing degree. (9) Material Expression of the Earth spirit: There are here lemniscate currents, which are intimately connected with the brain, heart and sex or- gans of the human race. It corresponds to the World of God. (10) Center of Being of the Earth spirit: Nothing more can be said about this at present except that it is the ultimate seed ground of all that is in and on Earth, and corresponds to the Absolute. From the sixth or fiery stratum to the surface of the Earth are a number of shafts in different places. The outer ends of these are called "volcanic craters." When the Nature forces in the seventh stratum are unleashed so [PAGE 2372] that they can express themselves through a volcanic outburst, they set the (sixth) fiery stratum in motion and the agitation spreads outward to the mouth of the crater. The bulk of the material is taken from the substance of the second stratum, for that is the denser counterpart of the sixth stra- tum as the vital body, the second vehicle of man, is the denser counterpart of the life Spirit, the sixth principle. This fluidic stratum, with its expansive and highly explosive quality, insures an unlimited supply of mate- rial at the point of eruption. The contact with the outer atmosphere hard- ens that part of it which is not blown away into space, thus forming a lava and dust, until, as the blood from a wound congeals and stanches the flow, so the lava finally seals the aperture from the inner parts of the Earth. As might be gathered from the fact that it is the reflected immorality and anit-spiritual tendencies of manking which arouse the Nature-forces in the seventh stratum to destructive activity, it is generally profligate and degenerate peoples who succumb to these catastrophes. They, together with others whose destiny, self-generated under the law of consequence, for various reasons, involves a violent death, are gathered from many lands by the superhuman forces, to the point where the eruption is to occur. To the thoughtful, the volcanic outbursts of Vesuvius, for instance, will afford corroboration of this statement. A list of these outbursts during the last 2,000 years shows that their frequency has been increasing with the growth of materialism. In the last sixty years, especially, in the ratio that materialistic science has grown arrogant in its absolute and sweeping denial of everything spiritual, have the eruption increase in frequency. While there were but six eruptions in [PAGE 2373] DIAGRAM 18: CONSTITUTION OF THE EARTH: \VOLCANO/ \ /|\ / | | | ------------------------|--------------------------------------------------- | 1 | | | MINERAL STRATUM | | --------------------|----------------------------------------------- | | | 2 >>>|>| | FLUIDIC STRATUM | | | | ----------------|------------------------------------------- | | | | | 3 >>>|>| | VAPOR STRATUM | | | | | | ------------|--------------------------------------- | | | | | | | 4 >>>|>| | WATER STRATUM | | | | | | | | --------|----------------------------------- | | | | | | | | | 5>>>|>| | SEED STRATUM | | | | | | | | | | ----|------------------------------- | | | | | | | | | | |>|>| | FIERY STRATUM | | | | | | | | | | | | ---------------------------- | | | | | | | | | | | | 6 | 7 REFLECTING STRATUM | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -------------------- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |ATOMISTIC STRATUM | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ------------ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | MATERIAL | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | BRAIN | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | -------- | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |9| 10 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | /|\ | | | | | | | | | | | | /|\ | --------------------------------- | EXPRESSION OF THE | | EARTH SPIRIT | | | | -------\ /------- | | | \ / | | | SEX| * |BRAIN | | | / \ | | | -------//|\\------- | | | | | /|\ | | HEART | --------------------------------- [PAGE 2374] the first 1,000 years after Christ, the last five have taken place within 51 years, as will be shown. The first eruption during the Christian Era was that which destroyed the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, in which the elder Pliny perished, A. D. 79. The older eruptions followed in A. D. 203, 472, 512, 652, 982, 1036, 1158, 1500, 1631, 1737, 1794, 1822, 1855, 1872, 1855, 1891, 1906. In the first thousand years, there were six eruptions; in the second thousand there have been twelve, the last five occurring in a period of 51 years, as before stated. Of the entire number of l8 eruptions, the first nine occurred in the so-called "dark ages," that is to say, the l600 years during which the West- ern World was dominated by what are commonly termed the "heathen," or by the Roman Church. The remainder have taken place in the last three hundred years, during which the advent and rise of Modern Science, with its materi- alizing tendencies, has driven almost the last vestige of spiritually to the wall, particularly in the last half of the l9th Century. Therefore the eruptions for that period comprise nearly one-third of the total number that have taken place in our Era. To counteract this demoralizing influence, a great deal of occult infor- mation has been given out during that time by the Elder Brothers of Wisdom, who are ever working for the benefit of humanity. It is thought that by giving out this knowledge and educating the few who will still receive it, it may be possible to stem the tide of materialism, which otherwise may bring about very serious consequences to its advocates who, having so long denies the existence of the spiritual, may be unable to find their balance when they discover that though still living, they have been deprived of the [PAGE 2375] dense body. Such persons may meet a fate too sad to contemplate with equa- nimity. One of the causes of the dread "white plague" is this materialism, not traceable to the present incarnation perhaps, but the result of previous materialistic beliefs and affirmations. We have spoken of the demise of the elder Pliny, at the time of the de- struction of Pompeii. It is interesting to follow the fate of such a scien- tist, not so much for the sake of that particular individual as for the light it throws upon the manner in which the memory of Nature is read by the occult scientist, how the impressions are made upon it, and the effect of past traits upon present tendencies. When a man dies, his dense body disintegrates, but the sum total of its forces can be found in the seventh or reflecting stratum of the Earth, which may be said to constitute a reservoir in which, as forces, past forms are stored. If, knowing the time of the death of a man, we search this reser- voir, it is possible to find his form there. Not only is it stored in the seventh stratum, but the eighth or atomistic stratum multiplies it, so that nay one type may be reproduced and modified by others. Thus it is used over and over again in the formation of other bodies. The brain-tendencies of such a man as Pliny the elder may have been reproduced an thousand years af- terwards, and have been partly the cause of the present crop of materialis- tic scientists. There is still much for modern, material scientists to learn and to un- learn. Though they fight to the last ditch what they sneeringly term the "illusionary ideas" of the occult scientist, they are being compelled to ac- knowledge their truth and accept them one by one, and it is only a matter of time when they will have been compelled to accept them all. [PAGE 2376] Mesmer, who was sent by the Elder Brother, was worse than ridiculed, but which materialists had changed the name of the force discovered by him, calling it "hypnotism" instead of "Mesmerism," it at once became "scien- tific." Twenty years ago Madame Blavtsky, a faithful pupil of Eastern Masters, said that the Earth had a third movement, in addition to the two producing day and night and the seasons. She pointed out that the inclination of the Earth's axis is caused by a movement which, in due time, brings the north pole to where the equator is now and still later, to the place now occupied by the sought pole. This, she said, was known to the ancient Egyptians, the famous planisphere at Dendera showing that they had records of three such revolutions. These statements, in common with the whole of her unexcelled work, "The Secret Doctrine," were hooted at. A few years ago, an astronomer, Mr. G. E. Sutcliffe, of Bombay, discov- ered and mathematically demonstrated that Laplace had made a mistake in his calculations. The discovery and rectification of this error confirmed by mathematical demonstration the existence of the third motion of the Earth, as claimed by Madame Blavatsky. It also afforded an explanation of the theretofore puzzling fact that tropical plants and fossils are found in the polar regions, as such a movement would necessarily produce, in due time, tropical and glacial periods on all parts of the Earth, corresponding to its changed position in relation to the Sun. Mr. Sutcliffe sent his letter and demonstration to NATURE, but that journal refused to publish them, and when the author made public the discovery by means of a pamphlet, he drew upon himself an appalling storm of vituperation. However, he is an avowed and a [PAGE 2377] deep student of "The Secret Doctrine," and that explains the hostile recep- tion according his discovery and its inevitable corollaries. Later, however, a Frenchman, not an astronomer, but a mechanician, con- structed an apparatus demonstrating the ample possibility of the existence of such a movement. The apparatus was exhibited at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition at Saint Louis, and was warmly endorsed by M. Camille Flammarion, as worthy of investigation. Here was something concrete, something "me- chanical," and the editor of THE MONIST, thought he described the inventor as a man laboring somewhat under "mystic illusions" (because of his belief that the ancient Egyptians knew of this third motion), nevertheless mag- nanimously overlooked that feature of the case and said that he had not lost faith in M. Beziau's theory on that account. He published an explanation and an essay by M. Beziau, wherein the motion and its effects upon the sur- face of the Earth were described in terms similar to those used by Madame Blavatsky and Mr. Sutcliffe. M. Beziau is not definitely "billed" as an oc- cultist, therefore his discovery may be countenanced. Many instances might be cited showing how occult information has been corroborated later by material science. One of them is the atomistic theory, which is advocated in the Greek philosophies and later in "The Secret Doctrine." It was "discovered" in 1897, by Professor Thomson. In Mr. A. P. Sinnett's valuable work, "The Growth of the Soul," published in 1896, the author stated that there are two planets beyond the orbit of Neptune, only one of which, he thought, would be discovered by modern as- tronomers. In NATURE for August, l906, the statement is made that Professor Barnard, through the 36-inch Lick refractor, had discovered such a planet in [PAGE 2378] 1892. There had been no mistake about it, yet he waited fourteen years be- fore he announced his discovery! One need not be concerned about that, how- ever. The main point is that the planet is there, and that Mr. Sinnett's book said so ten years before Professor Barnard's claim to prior discovery. Probably, previous to l906 the announcement of the newly discovered planet might have tended to disarrange some popularly accepted theory! There are many such theories. The Copernican theory is not altogether correct, and there are many facts that cannot be accounted for by the lauded Nebular theory alone. Tycho Brahe, the famous Danish astronomer, refused to accept the Copernican theory. He had a very good reason for re- maining true to the Ptolemaic theory because, as he said, by it the move- ments of the planets figured out correctly, while with the Copernican theory, it is necessary to use a table of corrections. The Ptolemaic system is correct from the standpoint of the Desire World, and it has points that are needed in the Physical World. By many the statements made in the foregoing pages will be considered fantastic. Be it so. Time will bring to all a knowledge of the facts herein set forth. This book is only for the few who, having freed their minds from the shackles of orthodox science and religion, are ready to ac- cept this until they have proven it wrong. [PAGE 2379] CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUZ AND THE ORDER OF ROSICRUCIANS: ANCIENT TRUTHS IN MODERN DRESS: Having encountered among the public a widespread desire to learn some- thing of the Order of Rosicrucians, and as there is a lack of understanding of the important place occupied by the Brothers of the Rose Cross in our Western civilization, even among our students, it may be well to furnish au- thentic information upon the subject. Everything in the world is subject to law, even our evolution is thus en- compassed; spiritual and physical progression go hand in hand. The sun is the physical light bringer and, as we know, it apparently travels from east to west bringing light and life to one part of the earth after another. But the visible sun is only a part of the sun as the visible body is a small part of composite man. There is an invisible and spiritual sun whose rays promote soul growth upon one part of the earth after another as the physical sun promotes the growth of form, and this spiritual impulse also travels in the same direction as the physical sun; from east to west. Six or seven hundred year B.C., a new wave of spirituality was started near the western shores of the Pacific Ocean to give enlightenment to the Chinese nation and the religion of Confucius is embraced to this day by many millions in the celestial kingdom. Later we note the effect of this wave in the religion of Buddha, a teaching designed to stir the aspirations of [PAGE 2380] millions of Hindus and western Chinese. In its westward course it appears among the more intellectual Greeks in the lofty philosophies of Pythagoras and Plato, and at last it sweeps over the western world, among the pioneers of the human race, where it takes the lofty form of the Christian religion. The Christian religion has gradually worked its way to the westward, even to the shores of the Pacific Ocean and thither the spiritual aspirations are being massed and concentrated. There they will reach a point of culmina- tion, prior to taking a new leap across the ocean and inaugurating a higher and more lofty spiritual awakening in the Orient than now exists in that part of the earth. Just as day and night, summer and winter, ebb and flood, follow each other in unbroken sequence according to the law of alternating cycles, so also the appearance of a wave of spiritual awakening in any part of the world is followed by a period of material reactions, so that our development may not become onesided. Religion, Art and Science are the three most important means of human education, and they are a trinity in unity which cannot be separated without distorting our viewpoint of whatever we may investigate. TRUE RELIGION em- bodies both science and art, for it teaches a beautiful life in harmony with the laws of nature. TRUE SCIENCE is artistic and religious in the highest sense, for it teaches us to reverence and conform to laws governing our well-being and ex- plains why the religious life is conducive to health and beauty. TRUE ART is as educational as science and as uplifting in its influence as religion. In architecture we have a most sublime presentation of cosmic lines of force in the universe. It fills the spiritual beholder with a [PAGE 2381] powerful devotion and adoration born of an awe-inspiring conception of the overwhelming grandeur and majesty of Deity. Sculpture and painting, music and literature inspire us with a sense of transcendent loveliness of God, the immutable source and goal of all this beautiful world. Nothing short of such an all-embracing teaching will answer the needs of humanity permanently. There was a time, even as late as Greece, when RELI- GION, ART and SCIENCE were taught unitedly in Mystery temples. But it was necessary to the better development of each that they should separate for a time. RELIGION held sole sway in the so-called "dark ages." During that time it bound both Science and Art hand and foot. Then came the period of Re- naissance and ART came to the fore in all its branches. Religion was strong as yet, however, and Art was only too often prostituted in the service of Religion. Last came the wave of modern SCIENCE, and with iron hand it has subjugated Religion. It was a detriment to the world when Religion shackled Science. IGNO- RANCE and SUPERSTITION caused untold woe, nevertheless man cherished a lofty spiritual ideal then; he hoped for a higher and better life. It is infi- nitely more disastrous that Science is killing Religion, for now even HOPE, the only gift of the gods left in Pandora's box, may vanish before MATERIAL- ISM and AGNOSTICISM. Such a state cannot continue. Reaction must set in. If it does not, An- archy will rend the Cosmos. To avert a calamity RELIGION, SCIENCE and ART must reunite in a higher expression of the GOOD, the TRUE and the BEAUTIFUL than obtained before the separation. Coming events cast their shadows before, and when the Great Leaders of humanity saw the tendency towards ultramaterialism which is now rampant in [PAGE 2382] the Western World, they took certain steps to counteract and transmute it at the auspicious time. They did not wish to kill the budding Science as the latter has strangled Religion, for they saw the ultimate good which will re- sult when an advanced Science has again become the co-worker of Religion. A spiritual Religion, however, cannot blend with a materialistic Science any more than oil can mix with water. Therefore steps were taken to spiritualize Science and make Religion scientific. In the thirteenth century a high spiritual teacher, having the symbolical name Christian Rosenkreuz--Christian: Rose: Cross--appeared in Europe to commence that work. He founded the mysterious Order of Rosicrucians with the object of throwing occult light upon the misunderstood Christian Reli- gion and to explain the mystery of Life and Being from the scientific stand- point in harmony with Religion. Many centuries have rolled by since the birth, as Christian Rosenkreuz, of the Founder of the Rosicrucian Mystery School, and by many his existence is even regarded as a myth. But his birth as Christian Rosenkreuz marked the beginning of a new epoch in spiritual life of the Western World. That particular Ego has also been in continuous physical existence ever since, in one or another of the European Countries. He has taken a new body when his successive vehicles have outlived their usefulness, or circumstances ren- dered it expedient that he changes the scene of his activities. Moreover, he is embodied today--an Initiate of high degree, an active or potent factor in all affairs of the West--although unknown to the World. Her labored with the Alchemists centuries before the advent of modern science. He, through, an intermediary, inspired the now mutilated works of [PAGE 2383] Bacon. Jacob Boehme and others received through him the inspiration which makes their works so spiritually illuminating. In the works of the immortal Goethe and the masterpieces of Wagner the same influence meets us. All un- daunted spirits who refuse to be fettered by either orthodox science or or- thodox religion, who fling away the husks and penetrate to the spiritual kernel regardless of vilification or of flattery, draw their inspiration from the same fountain as did and does the great spirit which animated Christian Rosenkreuz. His very name is an embodiment of the manner and the means by which the present day man is transformed into the Divine Superman. This symbol, "Christian Rosen Kreuz" [The] Christian Rose Cross, shows the end and aim of human evolution, the road to be traveled, and the means whereby that end is gained. The black cross, the twining green stem of the plant, the thorns, the blood red roses--in these is hidden the solu- tion of the World Mystery--Man's past evolution, present constitution, and particularly the secret of his future development. It hides from the profane, but reveals to the Initiate the more clearly how he is to labor day by day to make for himself that choicest of all gems, the Philosopher's Stone--more precious than the Kohinoor; nay, than the sum of all earthly wealth! It reminds him how mankind, in its ignorance, is hourly wasting the actual concrete material that might be used in the forma- tion of this priceless treasure. To keep him steadfast and true through every adversity, the Rose cross holds aloft, as an inspiration, the glorious consummation in store for him [PAGE 2384] that overcometh, and points to Christ as the Star of Hope, the "first fruits," Who wrought this marvelous Stone while inhabiting the body of Jesus. Upon investigation it has been found that there was in all systems of Re- ligion a teaching reserved for the Priest-craft and not given to the multi- tude. The Christ also spoke to the multitude in parables, but explained the inner meaning of these parables to the disciples, to give them an under- standing more suited to their developed minds. Paul gave "milk" to the BABES or younger members of the community, but "meat" to the STRONG who had studied more deeply. Thus there has always been an INNER and an OUTER TEACHING, and this inner teaching was given in so-called Mystery Schools which have changed from time to time to suit the needs of the people among whom they were designed to work. The Order of Rosicrucians is not merely a secret society; it is one of the Mystery Schools, and the Brothers are Hierophants of the lesser Myster- ies, Custodians of the Sacred Teachings and a spiritual Power more potent in the life of the Western World than any of the visible Governments, though they may not interfere with humanity so as to deprive them of their free will. As the path of development in all cases depends upon the temperament of the aspirant, there are two paths, THE MYSTIC and THE INTELLECTUAL. The Mystic is usually devoid of intellectual knowledge; he follows the dictates of his heart and strives to do the will of God as he FEELS it, lifting him- self upward without being conscious if any definite goal, and in the end he attains knowledge. In the middle ages people were not as intellectual as we are nowadays, and those who felt the call of a higher life usually followed the mystic path. But in the last few hundred years, since the advent of [PAGE 2385] modern science, a more INTELLECTUAL humanity has peopled the earth; the head has completely overruled the heart, materialism has dominated all spiritual impulse and the majority of the thinking people do not believe anything they cannot touch, taste or handle. Therefore, it is necessary that appeal should be made to their intellect in order that the heart may be allowed to believe what the intellect has sanctioned. As a response to this demand the Rosicrucian Mystery teachings aim to correlate scientific facts to spiritual verities. In the past these have been kept secrete from all but a few Initiates, and even today they are among the most mysterious and secret in the Western World. All so-called "discoveries" of the past which have professed to re- veal the Rosicrucian secrets, have been either fraudulent, or the result or treachery upon the part of some outsider who may, accidentally or otherwise, have overheard fragments of conversation, unintelligible to all but those who have the key. It is possible to live under the same roof and on terms of the closest intimacy with an Initiate of any school, yet his secret will always remain hidden in his breast until the friend has reached the point where he can become a Brother Initiate. The revealing of secrets does not depend upon the Will of the Initiate, but upon the qualifications of the as- pirant. Like all other Mystery Orders, the Order of Rosicrucians is formed on cosmic lines: If we take balls of even size and try how many it will take to cover one and hide it from view, we shall find that it will require 12 to conceal a thirteenth ball. The ultimate division of physical matter, the true atom, found in interplanetary space, is thus grouped in twelve around one. The twelve signs of the Zodiac enveloping our Solar System, the twelve [PAGE 2386] semi-stones of the musical scale comprising the octave, the twelve Apostles who clustered around the Christ, etc., are other examples of this grouping of 12 and 1. The Rosicrucian Order is therefore also composed of 12 Bro- thers and a 13th. There are other divisions to be noted, however. We have seen that of the Heavenly Host of twelve Creative Hierarchies who were active in our scheme of evolution, five have withdrawn to liberation, leaving only seven to busy themselves with our further progress. It is in harmony with this fact that the man of today, the indwelling Ego, the microcosm, works outwards through seven visible orifices in his body: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils and a mouth, while five more orifices are wholly or partially closed, the mammae, the um- bilicus and two excretory organs. The seven roses which garnish our beautiful emblem and the five pointed radiating star behind, are emblematical of the twelve Great Creative Hierar- chies which have assisted the evolving human spirit through the previous conditions as mineral, plant and animal, when it was devoid of self-consciousness and unable to care for itself in the slightest degree. Of these twelve hosts of Great Beings, three classes worked upon and with man of their own free wills and without any obligation whatever. These are symbolized by the three points in the star upon our emblem which points upwards. Two more of the Great Hierarchies are upon the point of withdrawal, and these are pictured in the two points of the star which radiate downward from the center. The seven roses reveal the fact that there are still seven Great Creative Hierarchies active in the development of the beings upon earth, and as all of these various classes from the smallest to the greatest are but parts of One Great Whole whom we call God, the whole emblem is a symbol of God in manifestation. [PAGE 2387] The Hermetic axiom says: "As above so below," and the lesser teachers of mankind are also grouped upon the same cosmic lines of 7, 5 and 1. There are upon earth seven schools of the lesser Mysteries, five of the Greater Mysteries and the whole is grouped under one Central Head Who is called the Liberator. In the Order of Rosicrucians seven Brothers go out into the World when- ever occasion requires; appearing as men among other men or working in their invisible vehicles with or upon others as needed; yet it must be strictly kept in mind that they never influence people against their will or contrary to their desires; but only strengthen good wherever found. The remaining five Brothers never leave the temple; and though they do possess physical bodies all their work is done from the inner Worlds. The Thirteenth is Head of the Order, the link with a higher Central Coun- cil composed of the Hierophant of the Greater Mysteries, who do not deal with ordinary humanity at all, but only with graduates of the lesser Myster- ies. The Head of the Order is hidden from the outside world by the twelve Brothers, as the central ball mentioned in our illustration. Even the pu- pils of the School never see him, but at the nightly Services in the Temple His presence is FELT by all, whenever He enters, and is the signal for the commencement of the ceremony. Gathered around the Brothers of the Rose Cross, as their pupils, are a number of "lay brothers"; people who live in various parts of the Western World, but are able to leave their bodies consciously, attend the services and participate in the spiritual work at the temple; they having each and every one been "initiated" in the method of so doing by one of the Elder Brothers. Most of them are able to remember all that happens, but there are [PAGE 2388] a few cases where the faculty of leaving the body was acquired in a previous life of well-doing and where a drug habit or a sickness contracted in the present existence has unfitted the brain to receive impression of the work done by the man when away. INITIATION: The general idea of initiation is that it is merely a ceremony which makes one member of a secret society; that it may be conferred upon anyone willing to pay a certain price, a sum of money in most cases. While that is true of the so-called initiation of fraternal orders and also in most pseudo-occult orders, it is altogether an erroneous idea when applied to initiations into various degrees of truly occult Brotherhoods, as a little understanding of the real requirements and of their reasonableness will readily make clear. In the first place there is no golden key to the temple; merit counts but not money. Merit is not acquired in a day; it is the cumulative product of past good action. The Candidate for initiation is usually totally uncon- scious that he is a candidate, he is usually living his life in the commu- nity and serving his fellow man for days and years without any ulterior thought until one day there appears in his life the teacher, a Hierophant of the lesser Mysteries appropriate to the country in which he resides. By this time the candidate has cultivated within himself certain faculties, stored up certain powers for service and help, of which he is usually uncon- scious or which he does not know how to properly utilize. The task of the initiator will now be plain; he shows the candidate the latent faculties, the dormant powers and initiates him into their use; explains or [PAGE 2389] demonstrates to him FOR THE FIRST TIME how the candidate may awaken the static energy into dynamic power. Initiation may be accomplished by a ceremony, or not, but let it be par- ticularly observed, that while Initiation is the inevitable culmination of prolonged spiritual endeavor, whether conscious or the reverse upon the part of the candidate, it can positively never take place till the requisite in- ner development has accumulated the latent powers which Initiation teaches how to use dynamically, any more than pulling the trigger can cause an ex- plosion in a gun that has not first been loaded. Neither is there any danger that the teacher may overlook anyone who has attained the requisite development. Each good and unselfish deed increases the luminosity and vibrant power of the candidate's aura enormously, and as surely as the magnet attracts the needle, so will the brilliancy of that auric light bring the teacher. It is, of course, impossible to describe in a book intended for the gen- eral public the stages of the Rosicrucian Initiation; to do so would be a breach of faith and it would also be impossible for lack of words to ad- equately express oneself. But it is permissible to give an outline and to show the purpose of initiation. The lesser Mysteries deal only with evolution of mankind during the Earth Period. In the first three and one-half Revolutions of the life wave around the seven globes the Virgin Spirits had not yet attained consciousness. In consequence of this fact we are ignorant of how we came to be as we are to- day. The candidate is to have light upon that subject so by the spell of the Hierophants during the period of initiation into the first degree his consciousness is turned towards that page of the memory of nature bearing the records of the first revolution when we recapitulated the development of [PAGE 2390] the Saturn Period. He is still in full possession of his every-day con- sciousness; he knows and remembers the facts of twentieth Century life, but he is now consciously watching the progress of the evolving host of Virgin Spirits of which he formed one unit during the Saturn Revolution. Thus he learns how the first steps were taken in the Earth Period towards the goal of attainment which will be revealed to him in a later step. Having learned the lesson as practically described earlier, the candi- date has acquired first-hand knowledge upon this subject and has come into direct touch with the Creative Hierarchies in their work with and upon man; he is therefore able to appreciate their beneficent labors in the World and is in measure able to range himself in line with them; becoming thus far their co-worker. When the time has arrived for him to take the second degree, he is similarly caused to turn his attention to the conditions of the second Revolution of the Earth Period, and as depicted in the memory of nature; then he watches in full consciousness the progress made at that time by the Virgin Spirits, much as Peter Ibbetson, the hero of a book. "Peter Ibbetson," by George du Maurier; it is well worth reading, for it is a graphic description of certain phases of subconsciousness--watched his child life during the nights when he "dreamed true." In the third degree he fol- lows the evolution of the third or Moon, Revolution, and in the fourth de- gree he sees the progress made in the half-Revolution we have made of the fourth. There is, however, a further step taken in each degree; the pupil sees in addition to the work done in each revolution also the work accomplished in the corresponding Epoch during our present stay upon globe D, the Earth. During the first degree he follows the work of the Saturn Revolution and [PAGE 2391] its latest consummation in the Polarian Epoch. In the second degree he follows the work of the Sun Revolution and its replica: the Hyperborean Epoch. During the third degree he watches the work as performed in the Moon Revolution and sees how that was the basis of life in the Lemurian Epoch. During the fourth degree he sees the evolution of the last half Revolu- tion with its corresponding period of time in our present stay on Earth; the first half of the Atlantean Epoch which ended when the dense foggy atmo- sphere subsided, and the sun first shone upon land and sea; then the night of unconsciousness was over, the eyes of the indwelling Ego were fully opened, and he was able to turn the Light of Reason upon the problem of con- quering the World. That was the time when a man as we now know him was first born. When in the olden system of initiation we hear that the candidate was en- tranced for a period of three and one-half days, reference is had to the part of initiation just described, and the three and one-half days refer to the stages gone through, they are not by any means days of twenty-four hours; the actual time varies with each candidate, but in all cases he is taken through the unconsciousness development of mankind during the past Revolutions, and when it is said that he is awakened at the time of sunrise on the fourth day that is the mystical way of expressing that his initiation into the work of the involuntionary career of man ceases at the time when the sun rose above the clear atmosphere of Atlantis. Then the candidate is also hailed as a "first-born." Having become familiar with the road we have traveled in the past, the fifth degree takes the candidate to the very end of the Earth Period, when [PAGE 2392] a glorious humanity is gathering the fruits of this Period and taking it away from the seven globes upon which we evolve during each day of manifes- tation, into the first of the five dark globes which are our habitation dur- ing the Cosmic nights. The densest of these is located in the Region of Ab- stract Thought, and is in reality the "Chaos" spoken of earlier and on the following pages. This globe is also the Third Heaven, and when Paul speaks of being caught up into the Third Heaven and of seeing things there which he could not lawfully reveal, he was referring to the experiences of an equivalent of this fifth degree in the present Rosicrucian Mysteries. After being shown the end in the fifth degree, the candidate is made ac- quainted with the means whereby that end is attained during the remaining thee and one-half Revolutions of the Earth Period; the four remaining de- grees being devoted to his enlightenment in that respect. By the insight he has thus acquired he is able to intelligently co-operate with the Powers that work for Good, and thus he will help to has- ten the day of our emancipation. In order to rout a common misconception we wish to make clear to students that we are not Rosicrucians because we study their teachings, nor does even admission to the temple entitle us to call ourselves by that name. The writer, for instance, is only a lay brother, a pupil, and would under no circumstances call himself a Rosicrucian. We know well, that when a boy has graduated from grammar school he is not therefore fitted to teach. He must first go through high school and col- lege, and even then he may not feel the call to be a school teacher. Similarly in the school of life, because a man has graduated from the Rosicrucian Mystery School he is not even then a Rosicrucian. Graduates [PAGE 2393] from the various schools of the lesser mysteries advance into five schools of the greater mysteries. In the first four they pass the four Great Ini- tiations and at last reach the Liberator, where they receive a knowledge concerning other evolutions and are given the choice of remaining here to assist their brothers or enter other evolutions as Helpers. Those who elect to stay here as helpers are given various positions according to their tastes and natural bent. The Brothers of the Rose Cross are among those Compassionate Ones, and it is a sacrilege to drag the Rosicrucian name in the mire by applying it to ourselves when we are merely students of their lofty teachings. During the past few centuries the Brothers have worked for humanity in secret; each night at midnight there is a Service at the temple where the Elder Brothers, assisted by the lay brothers who are able to leave their work in the World (for many of them reside in places where it is yet day when it is midnight in the location of the temple of the Rose Cross), gather up from everywhere in the Western World the thoughts of sensuality, greed selfishness and materialism. These they seek to transmute into pure love, benevolence, altruism and spiritual aspirations sending them back to the World to uplift and encourage all Good. Were it not for this potent source of spiritual vibration materialism must long ago have totally squelched all spiritual effort, for there has never been a darker age from the spiritual standpoint than the last three hundred years of materialism. Now the time has come, however, when the method of secret endeavor is to be supplemented with a more direct effort to promulgate a definite, logical and sequential teaching concerning the origin, evolution and future develop- ment of the World and man, showing both the spiritual and the scientific [PAGE 2394] aspect: a teaching which makes no statements that are not supported by rea- son and logic; a teaching which is satisfying to the mind, for it holds out a reasonable solution to all mysteries; it neither begs nor evades questions and its explanations are both profound and lucid. But, and this is a very important "But," THE ROSICRUCIANS DO NOT REGARD AN INTELLECTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF GOD AND THE UNIVERSE AS AN END IN ITSELF; far from it! The greater the intellect, the greater the danger of its mis- use. Therefore, THIS SCIENTIFIC, LOGICAL AND EXHAUSTIVE TEACHING IS GIVEN IN ORDER THAT MAN MAY BELIEVE IN HIS HEART THAT WHICH HIS HEAD HAS SANC- TIONED AND START TO LIVE THE RELIGIOUS LIFE. THE SYMBOLISM OF THE ROSE CROSS: When inquiring into the meaning of any myth, legend or symbol of occult value, it is an absolute necessity that we should understand that, as any object in the three-dimensional world may, or rather must, be viewed from all points to obtain a full and complete comprehension thereof, so all sym- bols have a number of aspects. Each viewpoint reveals a different phase from the others, and all have an equal claim to consideration. Viewed in its fullness, this wonderful symbol contains the key to man's past evolution, his present constitution and future development, together with the method of attainment. In the form where it is represented with a single rose in the center it symbolizes the spirit radiating from itself the four vehicles: the dense, vital and desire bodies plus the mind; where the spirit has drawn INTO its instruments and become the INDWELLING human spirit. But there was a time when that condition did not obtain, a time when the three-fold spirit hovered above its vehicles and was unable to en- ter. Then the cross stood alone without the rose, symbolizing the condition which prevailed in the early third of Atlantis. There was even a time when the upper limb of the cross was lacking and man's constitution was repre- sented by the Tau (T) that was in the Lemurian epoch when he had only the [PAGE 2395] dense, vital and desire bodies, but lacked the mind. Then the animal nature was paramount. Man followed desire without reserve. At a still earlier time, in the Hyperborean Epoch, he was also minus the desire body and pos- sessed only the dense and vital bodies. Then man-in-the-making was like the plants: chaste and devoid of desire. At that time his constitution could not have been represented by a cross. It was symbolized by a straight shaft, a pillar (I). This symbol has been considered phallic, an emblem showing the licen- tiousness of the people who worshiped it. Truly it is a symbol of gen- eration, but generation is by no means synonymous with degradation--far from it--the pillar is the lower limb of the cross, symbolical of man-in-the-making when he was plantlike. The plant is unconscious of pas- sion, desire, innocent of evil. It generates and perpetuates its species in a manner so pure, so chaste, that properly understood, it is a model for fallen and passionate humanity to worship as an ideal and it was given to earlier races with that intent. The Phallus and Yona used in the Greek mys- tery temples were given by the hierophants in that spirit, and over the temple was placed the enigmatical words: "Man, know thyself," which motto, properly understood, is similar to that of the Rose Cross, for it shows the reason for man's fall into desire, passion and sin, and gives the key to his liberation in the same way that the roses upon the cross indicate the path of liberation. The plant is innocent, BUT NOT VIRTUOUS; it has neither desire not choice. Man has both. He may follow desire or not as he wishes, that he may learn to master himself. While he was plant-like, a hermaphrodite, he could generate FROM HIMSELF without the help of another, but though he was as chaste and as innocent as the plants, he was also as unconscious and inert. In order to advance he [PAGE 2396] must have desire to spur him on, and a mind to guide him, and therefore half his creative force was retained for the purpose of building a brain and a larynx. He had at that time a round shape similar to that of the embryo, and the present larynx was a part of the creative organ which adhered to the head when the body straightened out. The connection between the two is seen even today in the fact that the boy, who expresses the positive pole of the generative force, changes his voice at puberty. That the same force which builds another body when it is sent OUTWARDS builds the brain when RETAINED is equally clear when we consider that sex mania leads to insanity, while the profound thinker will feel little inclination for amorous practices. He uses all his creative force to generate thought instead of wasting it in sense gratification. At the time when man commenced to withhold half his creative force for the above mentioned purpose, his consciousness was directed INWARDS to build organs. He was capable of SEEING these organs and he used the same creative force then under the direction of Creative Hierarchies in planning and in executing plans of organs, that he now uses in the OUTER world to build air- ships, houses, automobiles, telephones, etc. Then he was unconscious of how that half of the creative force was used which was sent OUTWARDS for gen- eration of another body. Generation was carried on under the guidance of Angels. At certain times of the year they herded the growing man together in great temples and there the generative act was performed. Man was unconscious of the fact. His eyes had not yet been opened, and though it was necessary for him to have a partner who had the half or other pole of the creative force available for [PAGE 2397] generation which he retained to build organs within, he did not at first KNOW his wife. In ordinary life he was shut within himself so far as the Physical World was concerned, but it was different when he was brought into such intimate and close touch with another, as in the case of the generative act. Then for the moment the spirit pierced the veil of flesh and Adam KNEW his wife. He had ceased to KNOW HIMSELF--thus his consciousness became more and more and more centered outside himself in the OUTSIDE WORLD and he lost his INNER PERCEPTION. That cannot be fully regained until he has passed to the stage where it is no longer necessary to have a partner in generation, and he has reached the development where he can again utilize his WHOLE cre- ative force at will. Then he will again KNOW HIMSELF as he did during his stage of plant-like existence, but with this all important difference that he will use his creative faculty consciously, and will not be restricted to using it solely for the pro-creation of his own species, but may create whatever he will. Neither will he use his present organs of generation, but the larynx will SPEAK the creative WORD as directed by the spirit through the co-ordinating mechanism of the brain. Thus the two organs built by half the creative force will in time be the means whereby man will eventually be- come an independent self-conscious creator. Even at the present time man molds matter both by thought and voice, as instanced in scientific experiments where thoughts have created an image on photographic plates, and where the human voice has created geometrical fig- ures in sand, etc. In proportion as man becomes unselfish he will release the creative force held in leash. That will give him added thought power and enable him to utilize it for upliftment of others instead of to plant how to degrade and subject others to his will. He will learn how to master HIMSELF and cease to try to master others, except it be done temporarily FOR [PAGE 2398] THEIR GOOD, but never for selfish ends. Only one who has mastered himself is qualified to rule others, and competent to judge when that should be done, and what is best for them. Thus we see that in time the present passionate mode of generation will be again superseded by a pure and more efficient method than the present, and that also is symbolized in the Rose Cross where the rose is placed in the center between the four arms. The long limb represents the body, the two horizontals, the two arms, and the short upper limb, the head. THE ROSE IS IN PLACE OF THE LARNYX. The rose, like any other flower, is the generative organ of the plant. Its green stem carries the colorless, passionless plant blood. The blood red rose shows the passion filled blood of the human race, but in the rose the vital fluid is not sensuous, it is chaste and pure. Thus it is an ex- cellent symbol of the generative organ in the pure and holy state to which man will attain when he has cleansed and purified his blood from desire, when he has become chaste, pure and Christ-like. Therefore the Rosicrucians look ardently forward to the day when the roses shall bloom upon the cross of humanity, therefore the Elder Brothers greet the aspiring soul with the words of the Rosicrucian Greeting: "May the Roses bloom upon your Cross," and therefore the greeting is given in the meetings of the Fellowship Centers by the leader to the assembled students, probationers and disciples who respond to the greeting by saying "And on yours, also." John speaks of his purification (1st epistle, III, 9) and says that he who is born of God cannot sin, FOR HE KEEPETH HIS SEED WITHIN HIM. It is an absolute necessity to progress that the aspirant should be chaste. Yet it [PAGE 2399] must be borne in mind, that absolute celibacy is not required of man until he has reached a point where he is ready for the great initiations, and that is a duty we owe to the whole to perpetuate the race. If we are mentally, morally, physically and financially able, we may approach the act of gen- eration as a holy sacrifice laid upon the altar of humanity, but not for sensual pleasure. Neither should it be performed in an austere, forbidding frame of mind, but in glad giving up of oneself for the privilege of fur- nishing a friend seeking rebirth with the body and environment he needs for development. Thus we shall also help him cultivate the blooming roses upon his cross. [PAGE 2400] MORNING AND EVENING EXERCISES: THE EVENING EXERCISE: The value of exercise, RETROSPECTION, is of greater value than any other method in advancing the aspirant upon the path of attainment. It has such a far-reaching effect that it enables one to learn now, not only the lessons of this life, but lessons ordinarily reserved for future lives. After going to bed at night the body should be relaxed. Then the aspir- ant begins to review the scenes of the day IN REVERSE ORDER, starting with the events of the evening, then the occurrences of the afternoon, of the forenoon, and the morning. He endeavors to PICTURE to himself each scene as faithfully as possible--seeks to REPRODUCE BEFORE HIS MIND'S EYE all that took place in each pictured scene WITH THE OBJECT OF JUDGING HIS ACTIONS, OF ASCERTAINING IF HIS WORDS CONVEYED THE MEANING HE INTENDED OR GAVE A FALSE IMPRESSION, OR IF HE OVERSTATED OR UNDERSTATED IN RELATING EXPERIENCES TO OTHERS. He reviews his moral attitude in relation to each scene. At meals, did he eat to live, or did he live to eat--to please the palate? Let him judge himself and blame where BLAME is due, PRAISE where merited. People sometimes find it difficult to remain awake till the exercise has been performed. In such cases it is permissible to sit up in bed till it is possible to follow the ordinary method. [PAGE 2401] The value of retrospection is enormous--far-reaching beyond imagination. IN THE FIRST PLACE, we perform the work of restoration of harmony CON- SCIOUSLY and in a shorter time than the desire body can do during sleep, leaving a larger portion of the night available for outside work than other- wise possible. IN THE SECOND PLACE, we live our purgatory and first heaven EACH NIGHT, and build into the spirit as RIGHT FEELING the essence of the day's experience. Thus we escape purgatory after death and also save time spent in the first heaven. And LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, having extracted day by day the essence of experiences which make for soul growth, and having built them into the spirit, we are actually living in an attitude of mind and de- veloping along lines that would ordinarily have been reserved for future lives. By the faithful performance of this exercise we expunge day by day undesirable occurrences from our subconscious memory so that OUR SINS ARE BLOTTED OUT, OUR AURAS COMMENCE TO SHINE WITH SPIRITUAL GOLD EXTRACTED BY RETROSPECTION FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF EACH DAY, AND THUS WE ATTRACT THE AT- TENTION OF THE TEACHER. The pure shall see God, said Christ, and the Teacher will quickly open our eyes WHEN WE ARE FIT to enter into the "Hall of Learning," the desire world, where we obtain our first experiences of conscious life without the dense body. THE MORNING EXERCISE: CONCENTRATION, the second exercise, is performed in the morning at the very earliest moment possible after the aspirant awakes. He must not arise to open blinds or perform any other unnecessary act. If the body is com- fortable he should at once relax and commence to concentrate. This is very [PAGE 2402] important, as the spirit has just returned from the desire world at the mo- ment of waking, and at that time the conscious touch with that world is more easily regained than at any other time of the day. We remember from Lecture No. 4 that during sleep the currents of the de- sire body flow, and its vortices move and spin with enormous rapidity. But as soon as it enters the dense body its currents and vortices are almost stopped by the dense matter and the nerve currents of the vital body which carry messages to and from the brain. It is the object of this exercise to still the dense body to the same degree of inertia and insensibility as in sleep, although the spirit within is perfectly awake, alert, and conscious. Thus we make a condition where the sense centers of the desire body can be- gin to revolve while inside the dense body. Concentration is a word that puzzles many and carries meaning to but few, so we will endeavor to make its significance clear. The dictionary gives several definitions, all applicable to our idea. One is "to draw to a cen- ter"; another from chemistry, "to reduce to extreme purity and strength by removing valueless constituents." Applied to our problem, one of the above definitions tells us that if we draw our thoughts to a center, a point, we increase their strength on the principle that the power of the sun's rays increase when focused to a point by means of a magnifying glass. By eliminating from our mind for the time being all other subjects, our whole thought power is available for use in attaining the object or solving the problem on which we are concentrating; we may become so absorbed in our sub- ject that if a cannon were fired above our heads we would not hear it. People may become so LOST in a book that they are oblivious to all else, and [PAGE 2403] the aspirant to spiritual sight must acquire the faculty of becoming equally absorbed in the idea he is concentrating upon, so that he may shut out the world of sense from his consciousness and give his whole attention to the spiritual world. When he learns to do that, he will see the spiritual side of an object or idea illuminated by spiritual light, and thus he will obtain a knowledge of the inner nature of things undreamt of by a worldly man. When he has reached that point of abstraction the sense centers of the desire body commence to revolve slowly within the dense body, and will thus make a place for themselves. This in time will become more and more de- fined, and it will require less and less effort to set them going. The subject of concentration may be any high and lofty ideal, but should preferably be of such a nature that it takes the aspirant out of the ordi- nary things of sense, beyond time and space; and there is no better formula than the first five verses of St. John's gospel. Taking them as a subject, sentence by sentence, morning after morning, will in time give the aspirant a wonderful insight into the beginning of our universe and the method of creation--an insight for beyond any book learning. After a time, when the aspirant has learned to unwaveringly hold before him for about five minutes the idea upon which he is concentrating, he may try to suddenly drop the idea and leave a blank. Think of nothing else, simply wait to see if anything enters the vacuum. In time the sights and scenes of the desire world will fill the vacant space. After the aspirant has become used to that, he may demand this, that, or the other thing to come before him. It will come and then he may investigate it. [PAGE 2404] The main point, however, is that BY FOLLOWING THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS THE ASPIRANT IS PURIFYING HIMSELF; HIS AURA COMMENCES TO SHINE AND WILL WITHOUT FAIL DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE TEACHER who will depute someone to give help when required for the next step in advancement. Even if months or years should go by and bring no VISIBLE result, rest assured that no effort has been in vain; the Great Teachers see and appreciate our efforts. They are just as anxious to have our assistance as we are to work. They may see rea- sons which make it inexpedient for us to take up work for humanity in this life or at this time. Sometime the hindering conditions will pass, and we shall be admitted to the light were we can see for ourselves. An ancient legend says that digging for treasure must be done in the stillness of night and in perfect silence; to speak one word until the treasure is safely excavated will inevitably cause it to disappear. That is a mystic parable which has reference to the search for spiritual illumina- tion. If we gossip or recount to others the experiences of our concentra- tion hour, we lose them; they can not bear vocal transmission and will fade [PAGE 2405] into nothingness. By meditation we must extract from them a full knowledge of the underlying cosmic laws. Then the experience itself will not be re- counted, for we shall see that it is but the husk which hid the kernel of worth. The law is of universal value as will be at once apparent, for it will explain facts in life, and teach us how to take advantage of certain conditions and to avoid others. The law may be freely stated at the discoverer's discretion for the benefit of humanity. The experience which revealed the law then will appear in its true light as of only passing interest and unworthy of further notice. Therefore, THE ASPIRANT SHOULD RE- GARD EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS DURING CONCENTRATION AS SACRED AND SHOULD KEEP IT STRICTLY TO HIMSELF. Finally, BEWARE OF REGARDING THE EXERCISES AS A BURDENSOME TASK. ESTI- MATE THEM AT THEIR TRUE WORTH; THEY ARE OUR HIGHEST PRIVILEGE. Only when thus regarded can we do them justice and reap the full benefits from them. Continued with file "RC1067.TXT" End of File


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