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Filename: RC1083.TXT Compiled From: "The Rosicrucian Philosophy In Questions & Answers, Vol. II" by Max Heindel [PAGE 2969] RAISING THE DEAD: QUESTION NO. 73: IN QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS YOU STATE THAT CHRIST DID NOT RAISE THE DEAD. IN ST. JOHN, CHAPTER TWO, VERSE 11, CHRIST SAID, "OUR FRIEND LAZARUS SLEEPETH," AND THEN IN THE 14TH VERSE JESUS SAID UNTO THEM PLAINLY, "LAZARUS IS DEAD." IT SEEMS AS IF THE CHRIST MUST HAVE BEEN MISTAKEN IN THE FIRST PLACE, ACCORDING TO THIS. WHICH IS RIGHT? AGAIN IN ST. MATTHEW, THE 10TH CHAPTER, 8TH VERSE, THE APOSTLES WERE TOLD TO RAISE THE DEAD, ETC. ANSWER: Most of the trouble and misinterpretation of what the Gospels really mean comes from the great misunderstanding of most people who believe that they are intended to relate the life story of an individual named Jesus Christ. It is perfectly true that they have been patterned after the life of Jesus, and it speaks for his greatness that his life should be taken as a pattern by the recorders of four different Schools of Initiation. However, what these men really wanted to write was the formulae of initiation, and the four Gospels therefore embody, hidden beneath an outer coating of blinds and nonessentials, the formulae of initiation of four different Mystery Schools. The instance mentioned, the raising of Lazarus, or the widow's son of Naim, does not involve calling a departed Spirit back to its discarded [PAGE 2970] vehicle. That is not done. "When once the silver cord is loosed the Spirit returns to God who gave it and the dust whence it was taken." When a candi- date comes to a point where he is to be raised up to a higher level and a greater power than he possessed before, then he must first die to things that are past and behind him. The path becomes narrower and narrower with every step, and he cannot enter into the straight gate which leads to a higher realm in nature until he has shed the body that correlated him to the next lower realm. Therefore, in that sense it is said of him at the moment when he is ready for the transition that he is DEAD. If you will read FREEMASONRY AND CATHOLICISM, you will find that Lazarus had previously been Hiram Abiff, the Master Mason, and chief builder of Solomon's Temple; that Jesus had been previously embodied as the personality called Solomon; and that the Christ Spirit dwelling in Jesus at the time of the recorded raising of Lazarus was the great Initiator who raised him up and made him a Hierophant of the Lesser Mysteries. He is now known as Christian Rosenkreuz, the head of the Western Wisdom School, and co-worker with Jesus to unite humanity and bring them to the Kingdom of Christ. In a similar manner, and upon a smaller scale, the Apostles were given power to raise the dead. To the babes they gave only MILK, but to those who were strong they gave the MEAT of the doctrine, and instructed them in the mysteries, until they had reached a certain point where, by living the life, [PAGE 2971] they died and were raised up to a more abundant life in a larger sphere of usefulness. However, as already said, these deaths did not involve what we usually call the death of the body. NATURAL RICHES AND SPIRITUALITY: QUESTION NO. 74: THE BIBLE SAYS: "BLESSED ARE THE POOR FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." IT ALSO STATES THAT IT IS MORE DIFFICULT FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER HEAVEN THAN FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE. MANY OTHER PAS- SAGES SEEM TO SHOW THAT POVERTY IS A BLESSING AND THAT RICHES ARE A CURSE. WHY THEN TO THE CHURCHES SOLICIT MONEY AND ACQUIRE RICHES, AND WHY IS THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP STARTING TO DO THE SAME? ANSWER: We are well aware that a superficial reading of the Bible may and does give a semblance of justification for ideas as set forth in the above question, but even by applying common sense apart from Scripture it is self evident that poverty cannot be regarded as a virtue in itself. Neither are riches AS SUCH to be classed as a vice. The passage quoted from Luke: "Blessed are the poor for theirs is the Kingdom of God," requires a [PAGE 2972] qualification. This Matthew gives when he writes: "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs if the Kingdom of Heaven." In the beginning mankind was set on the earth to till it, make it fruit- ful, to have dominion over everything there. In other words, they were to labor, and naturally the fruits of their labor must accrue. As time went on possessions had accumulated and also man's desire for possessions. There- fore instead of man having dominion over the world and over things therein, as Emerson said: "THINGS are in the saddle and ride humanity." Many and many a man thinks that he owns a store, a business, or factory, but if he were to sit down and take actual and unbiased account of his things he would find that the factory and the store own him, that he is a slave to his pos- sessions, that they demand his time and the joy of life which might other- wise be his. He lives in constant fear that he may be robbed, or that a business failure may take away his possessions. He is never at peace, al- ways afraid because of his riches. Such a condition is all too common, and under that condition riches are certainly a curse. That man, however, is not poor in spirit. Another may legally own a fac- tory, giving employment to a large number of men, and may yet feel himself God's steward, taking care of a certain part of the world's work. As he does not consider himself the personal owner of the things around him, he is really poor in spirit, though he may be rich in a legal sense. Moreover, if [PAGE 2973] he is consistent in carrying this attitude of mind to his death, then it is an absolute certainty he has laid up a great deal of treasure in heaven. Therefore he is rich in that place and will enter with flying colors, no matter if the gates were microscopical. Similarly, churches may acquire great riches on earth and gain treasure in heaven if they use them well for the alleviation of suffering. That does not mean either, that we should give to everyone INDISCRIMINATELY. Dis- crimination is certainly a great factor in soul growth, and we have every precedence and incentive to use that faculty in giving as well as in all other departments of life. Indiscriminate giving often makes paupers of people who would otherwise be useful. Certainly the Bible is not so il- logical that it would hold that poverty in itself is a virtue, for then we could all lead a life of idleness, which attitude is unfortunately all too common among people who profess to follow the higher life. As a matter of fact, many poor people may have to give an account of the reason they are poor. Opportunities come to each and every one of us, and if we have failed to grasp them, if we have been spendthrifts of time and of the little mate- rial means we have had and thereby prevented ourselves from getting more wherewith to do good, we shall certainly have to render an account for our actions. On the other hand, the rich man who has used his riches well may be commended for the way he has conducted his Father's business. As for the reference to The Rosicrucian Fellowship, it is scarcely worth answering, for, of course, anyone who uses discrimination knows that The [PAGE 2974] Rosicrucian Fellowship as such has not been soliciting funds for the Ecclesia or anything else. Certain members within the Fellowship have started an agitation for funds, and there is no reason why that may not go on among themselves. The paraphernalia wherewith to do the work has to be obtained, and if the members feel that need, and want to supply it, it is certainly their privilege. The writer has absolutely no right to interfere. Therefore, the letters are published and the opinions that are expressed are in order. Only if instigated in any sense by the writer, would they be out of place and detrimental to the work of the Fellowship, for, as is often said, it is not permitted to him to solicit contributions for anything what- ever. RESURRECTION OF THE BODY: QUESTION NO. 75: WHAT IS MEANT IN THE APOSTLES' CREED AND IN THE BIBLE BY THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY? ANSWER: The Apostles' Creed was not composed until centuries after the Apostles had passed away, and then it was taken to embody what they had be- lieved. Neither they nor the Bible teach the resurrection of the body. [PAGE 2975] That phrase is not to be found in the Good Book at all. In King James' ver- sion we read (Job 19:26) that "though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in MY FLESH shall I see God;" and this passage is the chief reli- ance of those who endeavor to establish this absurd doctrine. However, the translators appointed by King James were poor Hebrew scholars, and most of them died before the translation was completed. In the Revised Version you find another interpretation as follows: "And after my skin, even this body is destroyed; then WITHOUT MY FLESH shall I see God." Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; there- fore, what in the world would be the use of having a body such as we have now? Furthermore, this body must be perpetuated at the present time, and we are told that in the resurrection there shall be neither marrying nor giving in marriage--another argument which shows that a vehicle of another kind from the flesh will be used. Besides, it is a well-known, well-established scientific fact that the atoms in our bodies are constantly coming and go- ing. Now, if there is to be a resurrection of the body, which sets of atoms is it to be that shall come forth in this resurrected body? Or if every atom that ever was in our body from birth to death is to be in that resur- rected body, would it not be an enormous conglomeration, since we should then have immense bodies composed of layers? It would in fact be a scien- tific conundrum. Now, as Paul says, THE SEED is put in the ground each time to gather a new body. (See I Corr., 15). [PAGE 2976] THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: QUESTION NO. 76: ON PAGE 472 OF THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION IS THE FOLLOWING PARA- GRAPH: "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 OF PROVIDING THE BODY FOR CHRIST." THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION TEACHES THAT JESUS, THE CHRIST, WAS BORN OF A VIR- GIN, WHICH IS OTHERWISE EXPRESSED AS AN IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. ARE SUCH TEACHINGS, AND IN ITS STRICTEST ADHERENCE TO THE DEFINITION "DIVINE," IS THE BIRTH OF JESUS SO CONSIDERED BY THE ROSICRUCIANS? ANSWER: According to the teachings of the Rosicrucians IT IS NECESSARY TO DISTINGUISH VERY SHARPLY BETWEEN THE CHRIST AND JESUS. When we search the Memory of Nature we find that the Spirit born into the body of Jesus was a very advanced Ego, which had reached a most sublime spirituality through many lives of holy, self-sacrificing service, and it is possible to trace the previous births of that Ego as easily as we may seek out the past expe- riences of any other entity belonging to the human race. However, we shall search in vain for any previous embodiment of the Christ because He does not belong to? our evolution at all. He was the highest Initiate of the Sun Pe- riod, and the ordinary humanity of that far distant past have now [PAGE 2977] evolved to a state of high spirituality. We may call them Archangels. Until 2,000 years ago the earth was ruled with an iron hand by Jehovah and His Angels, who were the evolutionary product of a past period. Under His regime the fear of the law was pitted against the desires of the flesh. Every transgression required an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. This, however, left no scope for the evolution of love and altruism. "Perfect love casteth out all fear," and Christ came into the world to save humanity from law and egoism by cultivation of love and altruism. However, it is an inexorable law in nature that no one can build a body of material which, by evolution, he has not learned to manipulate, and in the far distant past, when the Archangels were at the human stage, the world which they inhabited was made of desire stuff. Hence, as our dense physical body is made from the chemical constituents of our present earth, so the densest body of an Archangel is made of desire stuff. For many centuries before He actually came into our midst, the Christ Spirit worked on the earth from the outside, to purity the earth's desire body that we might gain materials wherefrom to build purer and better desires and emotions. Obvi- ously this could be done much better by an INDWELLING Spirit if a way could be provided to secure for it an entrance into the earth. It was the mission of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus to provide this vehicle, consisting of a dense and vital body, to which the desire body and higher vehicles of the Christ could link themselves for a brief period while He accomplished His mission. [PAGE 2978] When the generative act is performed in a low, brutal manner, when it is tainted with lust and passion it certainly degrades below the level of beasts those who participate in this act of desecration. On the other hand, when prospective parents prepare themselves by prayer and lofty aspirations to perform the act as a sacrament, regardless of self-gratification, the conception is immaculate. It is evident that it is not the physical virgin- ity that counts as a virtue, for every one is at that stage during the early years of life. It is the purity, the chastity of the soul, which makes the pure virgin, both father and mother. According to the teachings of the Rosicrucians, backed up by research in the Memory of Nature, such was the condition of Joseph and Mary when the body which formed around the seed atom of Jesus was conceived. The Sun Spirit, Christ, could not construct such a vehicle. Besides it would have been a useless expenditure of valuable energy for such a great Spirit to pass through the womb and bring a body up through the years of childhood un- til it had arrived at the age of maturity where it could be used. There- fore, this task was delegated to Jesus who used the body until the time of the Baptism, when we are told the Spirit descended upon it as a dove. There Jesus left his body which was inhabited from that time to the end of the Christ Spirit, and we have thus, during the three years' ministry, to deal [PAGE 2979] with a composite entity, JESUS THE CHRIST. It should be understood that the great Hierarchies who have aided us in our evolution always work WITH the laws which they have given for our guid- ance and not against them, and having once evolved the method of building a body by the union of man and woman, they would not think of suspending that law any more than they would for a single moment think of suspending the law of gravitation. We can easily imagine what chaos would result if people, houses, street cars, and everything else not securely anchored to the earth, would tumble into the air, and the disasters to our social structure which would follow the suspension of the law of fecundation can also be imagined. In fact the interpolated accounts also make it clear that Joseph intended to put Mary away. Such a course would naturally follow a miracle not known or believed by the ordinary husband. As a further evidence of tampering by the translators you will also notice that the genealogy of Jesus is traced to Joseph, and if he were not the father this would be foolish; then also Jesus could not have been said to have sprung from the root of David. There are ways, however, of making a body available to the Adept without going through the womb. Before describing this method let it be thoroughly understood that the term "Adept" is not to be applied to the egotists or charlatans who thus style themselves in newspaper advertising or among a co- terie of dupes. The true Adept is one who has reached a high stage of [PAGE 2980] spirituality, and what that stage is, we shall understand by comparing the ordinary seer and the Initiate with him. The seer is one who has developed the spiritual sight. If he has no con- trol over the faculty, he sees things in the invisible world wen they present themselves before him. He has choice neither as to what he sees nor when, nor the power to shut off any scene that may be disagreeable to him. The VOLUNTARY seer is one who, at will, can call up sights and scenes from the invisible worlds and can turn his spiritual vision upon any object or even for as long or as short a time as he desires. It is commonly believe among most people who have not given the subject thought, that when any one is able to see things in the invisible worlds he is, so to speak, omniscient, and knows about everything there. As a matter of fact, the ability to see things in the invisible worlds does not carry with it the faculty of understanding all about them, any more than the abil- ity to see a machine here gives us the knowledge how to operate it. The Initiate is one who has not only the ability to see things in the in- visible worlds, but also the faculty of leaving his body consciously and op- erating or investigating these things. Thus by degrees he acquires a knowl- edge of their inner workings and how to link these forces, which we call laws of nature, to the chariot of evolutionary progress. The Adept is one who sees and knows, and has, in addition, become proficient in the use of the laws of nature for the production of what, to [PAGE 2981] the ordinary person, seems magic, but which is in reality only the higher application of the same laws that govern in the ordinary course of life. We are all familiar with the fact that food which we take into our system is largely wasted because of our lack of knowledge regarding the real re- quirements of this vehicle, coupled with the fact that most of us eat to please the palate rather than to nourish the system. This interferes with the metabolism and more food is wasted than assimilated. Even that part of the food which we assimilate does not always form healthy tissue, but flabby flesh, which is a dead load on us, and the vital body is constantly struggling to rid itself of undesirable surplus waste. After a heavy meal the seer may observe a black band of elastic, jellylike consistency, formed of ether, about the abdominal region of the gourmand. This is the poison, generated by the fermentation of unhealthy food taken in an overdose, which is being expelled by the dense body by the radiating streams of the vital body in the effort of the latter vehicle to cleanse the clogged system. We also waste bodily tissue by indulging in pleasures, by unnecessary mo- tions and emotions, causing the dense body to age and die long before it would die if properly used. The Adept is different. He knows how to control his actions and emo- tions, thus saving all unnecessary strain upon the body. He also knows the exact elements required to keep up his body, and the proper proportion in [PAGE 2982] which to take them. Thus he secures the maximum nutrition and a minimum of waste. For that reason he may keep his body in a state of youthful appearance and vigorous health for hundreds of years. It is said among the lay-brothers of the Rosicrucians that Christian Rosenkreuz is today using a body which ha been thus preserved for several centuries. This may or may not be so, the writer has no means of knowing, for our august leader is never seen by any of the lay brothers who gather at the Temple for the mid- night Service. His presence is only FELT, and is the signal for beginning the work. However, in conversation with some of the lay brothers who have been connected with the temple for twenty, thirty, and forty years in this life, it has developed that the Elder Brothers, of whom we speak as our Teachers, look just about the same today as they did thirty or forty years ago. Judging by the standards of ordinary men we should say that the Elder Brothers seem now to be about forty years of age and this lends color to the statement of teaching as given in the foregoing. We see then that the Adepts are able to preserve their bodies for centu- ries, maybe millenniums, but they are also able to create a new vehicle if for any reason that becomes expedient, and this is one of the ways described by the Elder Brother. It is a law in nature that the cell life inherent in any particle of food must be overpowered by the Ego before it can be assimilated. (See in this connection the chapter on assimilation in THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION). [PAGE 2983] Hence, it is impossible for the Adept to make an extract of the elements whereof a body is built forming them into a vehicle and then stepping from the old to the new. He must first take them into his own body that they may be attuned to the seed atom and properly assimilated. Then after they have been appropriated by him in the manner decreed by the laws of nature, he may again extract them and use them to build a new body. Therefore the Adept commences this work by increasing his diet and extracting the surplus amount of food. Being so thoroughly self-controlled he also has the power to con- trol and hold in subjection the live food elements which he then uses gradually to build a body. This vehicle is usually placed in a room not en- tered by anyone else. When it is finished and the Adept desires to make the change, he simply steps out of his old body into the new. The use of this method is the solution to the mystery surrounding the early life and antecedents of such men as Count St. Germain, Cagliostro, etc. They were Adepts who stepped out of an environment when they had out- grown their usefulness into a new field. The bodies they had left behind bore no names, and no one suspected that the Spirit which had inhabited them had not taken the usual post-mortem course. It is also a law in nature that no one can make a vehicle unless he has learned by evolution how to do it. Great and mighty as was the Cosmic Sun Spirit, Christ, He could not build a dense body, either in the womb, or by [PAGE 2984] the magical method last described, for he never had the experience in the heaven life where the archetypes of bodies are built, nor has He gone through the actual experiences such as have been the lot of mankind for ages. Therefore, it was necessary that someone be chosen to build a body for Him. That honor and privilege fell to Joseph, Mary and Jesus, who fur- nished the dense body and cared for it during the years of growth until ma- turity had been reached, together with the vital body necessary to keep the dense instrument alive and to complete the link of the desire body of Christ. Thus, when properly understood, it is true that Jesus was born of a vir- gin and that the conception was immaculate. The mistake likes in confusion Jesus with Christ. mark that the Angel Gabriel commanded that his name should be called JESUS. Christos means "anointed," and refers to an office, a function, and not to a person. Therefore, it is not until after the Bap- tism when he has been anointed with the Spirit that he is spoken of as Jesus Christ, or in English, THE ANOINTED JESUS. It is also a mistake to regard the birth of Jesus as unique. We have the word of Christ that the things which He did, shall we also do and greater. The Immaculate Conception, the Baptism (the christening or anointing), the period of service and ministry, the Cross and the Crown, will in their turn become personal experiences to every one among us, for we are all Christs-in-the making and must sometime grow to the full stature of Divinity. [PAGE 2985] WHY THE JEWS KEEP THE SABBATH: QUESTION NO. 77: THE ROSICRUCIANS TEACH THAT CHRIST IS THE SUN-SPIRIT, AND IT SEEMS THERE- FORE PERFECTLY LOGICAL THAT WE KEEP SUNDAY SACRED TO HIS WORSHIP IN CHRIS- TIAN LANDS. HOWEVER, JEHOVAH IS THE RULER OF THE MOON. WHY THEN WERE NOT THE JEWS TAUGHT TO KEEP MONDAY HOLY INSTEAD OF SATURN'S DAY, WHICH IS NOW THEIR SABBATH? ANSWER: There is an esoteric connection between Saturn, the Sun, and the Moon, which rule Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The Sun and Saturn are min- isters of life and death, and the Moon is, so to speak, the shuttle-cock on which mankind is constantly being thrown from one pole to another while the web of experience is being woven. The Moon's north Node, which we call the Dragon's Head, partakes of the nature of the life-giving Sun and ushers hu- manity into the period of physical activity. The South Node ushers us into the rest of death by the saturnine forces of the Dragon's Tail. In other words, both Saturn and the Moon are gates of entrance an exit from the in- visible world, or Chaos, the Moon in a planetary capacity and Saturn in the cosmic sense. When a great Creative Date of Manifestation is ushered in, time always begins with a Saturn Period, and at that time the life waves of Spirit [PAGE 2986] which have been undergoing the subjective phase of evolution during the pre- ceding Cosmic Night are ushered into active manifestation, and this takes place during the Saturn Revolution of every Period. In the smaller earth-sphere of our present activity when an Ego is ready for rebirth into terrestrial life the Moon marks the time of both conception and birth, thus taking over the saturnine function of ushering in evolving Egos from the dark Cosmic Night of death to the solar universe of life and light. There are, however, some Egos who do not evolve, but are stragglers upon the path of evolution. For them there comes a time when they are finally ejected to the Moon and are denied the opportunity and privilege of rebirth in the present evolutionary class. they then remain upon the Moon until the ve- hicles they have crystallized by lack of action are finally dissolved, and as they cannot go forward with the stream of evolution, there is only one other way open to them, viz., to gravitate back through the gate of Saturn into Chaos, or Cosmic Night, where they must await another opportunity of manifestation in a later life stream. Jehovah is not Ruler of the Jews to the exclusion of all other people. He is the Law-giver and Cosmic Lord of fecundation. Therefore, He has a special mission to perform for all pioneer people of any poch or period where a great host of Spirits are to be furnished with vehicles of a new type. It is He who multiplies the pioneer people abundantly, gives them the [PAGE 2987] laws appropriate to their evolution and thus starts them upon a new period of development. If we remember this fact and also bear in mind that the first part of an epoch is saturnine, then we shall understand that although the original Semites who were the forbears of the Aryan race were multiplied as the sands on the seashore and given their laws by Jehovah, they were also living in the Saturn part of the Aryan epoch and therefore were logically taught to keep Saturn's day as a day of rest. The Bible says that the law was supreme until the advent of the great Sun Spirit. Christ started a new phase of evolution under the principle of LOVE, AND REGENERATION. This ended the regime of Jehovah and the sway of Saturn, not abruptly of course, for there is always an overlapping of the old and the new. However, from that time we, the pioneer Christian people, have entered upon the second, or Sun part of the Aryan Epoch, and are there- fore now substituting the Sun's day for the day of Saturn, as a day of wor- ship. As we have spoken of the Moon and Saturn as being the gates of Chaos, this may cause the students to wonder what becomes of the rest of us, and we may therefore briefly state the Western Wisdom teaching on this point. Ordinary humanity who follow the path of evolution are led to the Kingdom of Christ, the Sun Spirit. Stragglers who fail to keep up with the procession retrograde to the Kingdom of Jehovah, the Moon Spirit. [PAGE 2988] The advance guard of humanity, the Initiates who have passed both the lesser and greater Initiations and appear before the Liberator (the great Being in charge of evolution on Earth), are given the choice of staying here an helping their brothers in this world or of going to Jupiter and preparing the conditions under which humanity may evolve in the future Jupiter Period. Advanced souls who misuse their powers as black magicians eventually ret- rograde directly to Saturn and are forced into Chaos by dissolution of their vehicles. Saturn has a preponderance of the fourth or reflecting ether. Hence its pale light, and the Egos who go there leave a record of their lives and are then propelled outward toward chaos by way of Saturn's moons. Jupiter has a preponderance of the third or light ether. Hence its bril- liancy, and the advanced Egos who come to Jupiter from the outside go inward through the moons and then begin, as said, a constructive work for the Jupi- ter Period. [PAGE 2989] MEANING OF THE LETTERS I.N.R.I.: QUESTION NO. 78: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE LETTERS I.N.R.I. SOMETIMES PLACED OVER THE CROSS? ANSWER: We are told in the gospel story that Pilate placed a sign read- ing, "Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorem," and His Cross, and this is translated in the authorized version to mean "Jesus of nazareth, King of the Jews." But the four initials, I.N.R.I., placed upon the Cross represent the names of the four elements in Hebrew: Iam, water; Nour, fire; Ruach, spirit or vital air; and Iabeshah, earth. This is the occult key to the mystery of crucifixion, for it symbolizes in the first place the Salt, Sulphur, Mer- cury, and Azoth which were used by the ancient alchemists to make the Philospher's Stone, the universal solvent, the elixir-vitae. The two "I's" (IAM and IABESHAH) represent the salient luna element wa- ter, (a) in fluidic state holding salt in solution, and (b) in the co- agulated extract of this water, "the salt of the earth." In other words, the finer fluidic vehicles of man and his dense body. N, (NOUR) in Hebrew stands for fire and the combustile elements, chief among which are SULPHUR and phosphorus, so necessary to oxidation and without which wram blood would be an impossibility. The Ego could not then function in the body, nor could [PAGE 2990] thought find a material expression. R (RUACH) is the Hebrew equivalent for the Spirit, Azoth, functioning in the mercurial mind. Thus the four let- ters, I.N.R.I., placed over the Cross of Christ according to the gospel story represent composite man, the Thinker, at the point of his spiritual development when he is getting ready for liberation from the cross of his dense vehicle. Proceeding further along the same line of elucidation we may note that I.N.R.I. is the symbol of the crucified candidate for the following addi- tional reasons: IAM is the Hebrew word signifying water, the fluidic lunar element, which forms the principal part of the human body (about 87 per cent), and this word is also the symbol of the finer fluidic vehicles of desire and emotion. NOUR, the Hebrew word signifying fire, is a symbolic representation of the heat-producing red blood lden with martial iron, fire, and energy, which the occultist sees coursing as gas through the veins and arteries of the hu- man body, infusing it with energy and ambition, and without which there could be neither material nor spiritual progress. It also represents the sulphur and phosphorus necessary for the material manifestation of thought as already mentioned. RUACH, the Hebrew word for Spirit, or vital air, is an excellent symbol of the Ego clothed in the mercurial mind which makes man MAN, and enables [PAGE 2991] him to control and direct his bodily vehicles and activities in a rational manner. IABESHAH is the Hebrew word for earth, representing the solid fleshy part which makes up the cruciform earthy body, crystallized within the finer ve- hicles at birth and severed from them in the ordinary course of things at death, or in the extraordinary course of things at death, or in the extraor- dinary event that we learn to die the mystic death and ascend to the glories of higher spheres for a time. This stage of the Christian Mystic's spiritual development therefore in- volves a reversal of the creative force from its ordinary downward course through the tripartite spinal cord where the three segments are ruled by the Moon, Mars, and Mercury, respectively, and where the ray of Neptune then lights the REGENERATIVE SPINAL SPIRIT-FIRE which, mounting upward, sets the pituitary body and the pineal gland into vibration. This, opening up the spiritual sight and striking the frontal sinus, starts the crown of thorns throbbing with pain as the bond with the physical body is burned by the sa- cred spirit-fire which wakes this center from its age long sleep to a throb- bing, pulsating life, sweeping onward to the other centers in the five-pointed stigmatic star. They are also vitalized and the whole vehicle becomes aglow with a golden glory. Then with a final wrench the great vor- tex of the desire body located in the liver is liberated, and the martial energy contained in that vehicle propels upward and sidereal vehicle (so-called because the stigmata in the head, hands, and feet are located in the same relative position to one another as the points in the five-pointed [PAGE 2992] star), which ascends through the skull (Golgotha), while the CRUCIFIED CHRISTIAN utters his triumphant cry, "Consummatum est" (it has been accom- plished), and soars into the subtler spheres to seek Jesus whose life he has imitated with such success and from whom he is henceforth inseparable. Jesus is his Teacher and his guide to the Kingdom of Christ where all shall be united in one body to learn and to practice the RELIGION OF THE FATHER to whom the Kingdom will eventually revert that He may be All in All. QUESTION NO. 79: THE MIRACULOUS DRAFT OF FISHES: IF WE SHOULD NOT EAT MEAT, I PRESUME FISH IS INCLUDED. WHAT THEN IS THE ANSWER TO THE MIRACULOUS DRAFT OF FISHES AS TOLD IN THE BIBLE? NO DOUBT THESE WERE WANTED FOR FOOD. ANSWER: We have often stated, that while the Gospels are true versions of the life of the man Jesus, they are also manuals of initiation. The Sun, as visible in the heavens, is the physical light bearer which is the "light of the world," but behind it there is the invisible Sun carrying also [PAGE 2993] spiritual light. The initiate who follows the path of initiation is in the same sense a light burner or enlightener of the people. Therefore, his life is inseparably connected with the Sun, which in its yearly course goes through the twelve signs of the zodiac by direct motion from Aries, the ram, to Pisces, the fishes, and in its course ripens the grain and the grape which feed mankind physically. There is also another motion of the Sun known by astronomers as the precession of the equinox, whereby the Sun goes through each sign in about 2,100 years. This is connected with the spiritual progress of humanity, and therefore the symbol of the savior of any age is always that of the sign through which the Sun at that particular time is moving by precession. To keep within historic times, we may say, that at the time when the Sun by precession went through the sign Taurus, the Bull or Calf was worshiped among the most advanced human nations. We find the Bull, Apis, among the Egyptians, and Mithras, the persian Christ, riding upon a Bull. However, when the Sun by precession moved from Taurus, the Bull, into Aries, the sign of the Ram or Lamb, GOD'S PEOPLE WENT OUT OF EGYPT at the passover, or ver- nal equinox, when the Sun passes over the equator. It then became idolatry to worship the Bull or Calf, and they were taught to worship the Ram or Lamb of God. At the time of the advent of Christ the Sun by precession was in about seven degrees of Aries and within orb of the next sign, Pisces, the FISHES. He was the Savior of the coming dispensation. Therefore He sought [PAGE 2994] FISHERMEN, and as He took them from their vocation, He stated He would make them FISHERS of men. All through the New Testament you will find this con- tinual allusion to FISHES. At the time when the Christian religion was being established after His death, there was controversy whether the symbol of this Savior should be the Lamb or the Fish. Therefore, as a relic of that controversy we have even to the present day the bishops wearing a mitre shaped as the head of a fish. At the same time the functionaries of that church also have the staff of the Shepherd, signifying the connection with Aries, the lamb. It was not until several centuries after the crucifixion of Christ Jesus that the Lamb was used as His symbol. Pisces, the sign of the fishes, is a watery sign, and therefore we see at the doors of the Catholic Church the holy water where- with the worshipers make the sign. They are taught that on Fridays they must abstain from the use of meat and take FISH instead, and also during Lenten season FISH is the main food. All this because the Sun by precession is going through the sign Pisces. It is now nearing Aquarius, the sign of the Son of Man, and in that day and age the symbol of the savior will be different. A different phase of the Christian religion will also have its vogue to meet the needs of the more advanced generations which will then in- habit the earth. In fact, that is the object of the Rosicrucian Teachings. [PAGE 2995] "THERE SHALL BE NO MORE SEA": QUESTION NO. 80: IN THE APOCALYPSE JOHN SAYS, "THERE SHALL BE NO MORE SEA." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? ANSWER: It means just what it says, for the earth itself is going through a number of stages of evolution which furnish the conditions neces- sary for our development. There was the dark age during which the material for our planet was gathered together in a fermentative and germinative con- dition which produced heat so that at a certain point when the creative fiat, "Let there be light" was uttered, this material became a luminous fire mist, revolving upon its axis and heating the surrounding atmosphere which was then cooled by contact with outer space. Thus moisture was generated, and it fell upon the glowing planet, with the result that a steam went out- ward, a fire fog. For aeons of time this evaporation and condensation went on until the earth was encrusted and became what we know as dry land, from which a mist went upwards, to also stated in the Bible. This cooled and condensed, com- ing down upon the earth as a flood which finally cleared the air and gave us the atmospheric conditions which prevail today. In the past we had bodies fitting us to live in the varying environments on the earth, and today our vehicles are largely composed of water, as are the bodies of the animals and [PAGE 2996] plants. However, the Bible tells us that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. We are told that we shall put off the physical body and that we shall be caught up in the air; also as you mention, "there shall be no sea." Thus the general conditions are placed before us and there are quite a few signs that though these changes are being brought about slowly, they are surely coming. Scientists are now beginning to recognize the fact that the earth is being deprived of its moisture. Says the Literary Digest: "Many authorities recognize the fact that the earth is slowly losing its moisture. How this can occur is partially explained, we are told by C.F. von Hermann, in SCIENCE (New York), by the action of electrical discharges in decomposition vapor. One of the component gases, hydrogen, is very light and rises to the upper limits of the earth's atmosphere, where it is ulti- mately thrown off. This loss of hydrogen means in the long run a loss of water. The decomposition of the earth's moisture, with final loss, is also brought about by other agencies, notably the effect of the light-rays of the upper part of the spectrum. Mr. von Hermann quotes a writer in UMSCHAU, Dr. Karl Stoeckel, as saying: 'It is believed that the ultra-violet rays of sunlight which fall upon the water vapor suspended in the lower strata of the earth's atmosphere decompose a small part of it to produce hydrogen, which rises to great heights." On this Mr. von Hermann comments as follows: "I do not think it has been pointed out before that the earth's surface must be continuously losing [PAGE 2997] hydrogen through the decomposition of water vapor by every flash of light- ning. Pickering and others have recognized the hydrogen lines in the spec- trum of lightning, and the larger works on meterology mention the fact that lightning flashes decompose some water . . . The hydrogen formed by every lightning flash rises rapidly to the upper atmosphere and is lost to the earth. Considering the frequency of thunderstorms during the summer season in both hemispheres and at all times in the equatorial regions, the loss of hydrogen in this way cannot be considered as insignificant. As long as con- ditions upon the earth remain such as to render thunderstorms possible, the slow dessication of the earth must continue." Thus the teachings of the Bible are being vindicated on every essential point as science advances. The facts discovered show how the past and the present have been described with accuracy. This gives us reason for our faith that the future developments will also be found in line with the truths taught in the Bible. [PAGE 2998] COLORS OF THE TABERNACLE VEIL: QUESTION NO. 81: WHY WERE THE COLORS OF THE VEIL IN THE TABERNACLE PURPLE, SCARLET, AND WHITE? WHY WERE NOT THE THREE PRIMARY COLORS, BLUE, RED, AND YELLOW REPRE- SENTED? ANSWER: Blue is the color of the Father who rules over the whole uni- verse continually from the beginning of manifestation to the end thereof, omnipresent in everything that lives, breathes, and has its being. Red or scarlet is the color of the Holy Spirit which generates living creatures. When life takes a wrong expression, if restrained by a code of laws, the Holy Spirit thus becomes Jehovah, the Law-giver. Yellow is the color of Christ, the Lord of Love, who by that divine Principle supersedes the law and brings us again in direct contact and harmony with the Father. Thus you will see that under the ancient regime it was impossible to have included the yellow and made all three primary colors emblematic of the Temple. For the time being the Father and Jehovah reigned. The blue and the scarlet, their colors, were on the Temple, and purple, which is the color resulting from the intermingling of the two primaries before named, was also there, showing not only their separate existence but their unity. In the last place there was the white space emblematic of the fact that [PAGE 2999] still something remained unmanifested, and that was the third color, yellow. From the time of Christ, the true Western Mystery School, the Rosicrucians, have had as their emblem the Red Roses, emblematic of the pu- rification of the desire nature; the golden star, showing that the Christ is born WITHIN THE DISCIPLE and radiates from the five points which represent the head and the four limbs. This is reflected upon the blue background em- blematic of the Father. Thus it shows that the manifestation of God, UNITY IN TRINITY, has been accomplished. I have often thought that there was one lack in the literature of the Rosicrucian Fellowship, namely, a devotional book, and thousands of our stu- dents have probably felt the same. To supply this lack many have taken up books of Eastern origin, which is a very bad practice. Many lives ago, when we of the Western world were in Eastern bodies, at a time when there was no Western world, as we know it today, these things fitted us, but today we have advanced beyond, and should rather look to our Christian saints for guidance on the path of Devotion. My own special book has been THE IMITA- TION OF CHRIST by Thomas a'Kempis. It is a wonderful volume. There is not a case in life that cannot find some fitting passage in this book; and the more one reads it the more one loves it. You probably know the residents on Mt. Ecclesia take turns alphabetically at reading during the morning and evening services. Whenever it comes my turn I pick up Thomas a' Kempis and [PAGE 3000] read a chapter, starting at the beginning and going through to the end. Then one can being over again. There is never a dull moment in the whole book, and it would be well for students who feel the desire for something to accelerate their devotional nature, to take up this little book as a read- ing. It can, I believe be procured from most book sellers all over the world. THE TEMPLE VEIL AND THE PRIEST'S ROBES: QUESTION NO. 82: WHY WERE THE COLORS OF THE VEIL OF THE TEMPLE AND THE PRIEST'S ROBES AS SPOKEN OF IN EXODUS, BLUE, PURPLE, AND SCARLET, INSTEAD OF THE THREE PRIMARY COLORS? ANSWER: The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was the first church ever erected on earth. When humanity had been driven away from the basins of the earth by the condensation of the waters which had previously hung like a dense mist over the earth, the spiritual sight which had hitherto guided them became a hinderance to physical development. Thus it waned, and man's senses became focused in the physical world. This change involved a sever- ance from the Divine Hierarchies who had hitherto guided man on the path of [PAGE 3001] evolution. They became invisible and man missed them. Then there arose in his heart a longing for God which was met by giving him the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and prescribing certain divine laws for his guidance. JEHO- VAH was the Law-maker and the particular Genius of the Original Semites who were the seed race of the coming Aryan Epoch; and behind Him stood the Most High, the Father. You will find this in such passages as Deuteronomy 32, verses 8 and 9, where it is stated that the Most High divided the people into nations and gave a certain portion to the Lord, who guided them and brought them out of EGYPT, the land where the Bull was worshiped, into the Aryan Rainbow Age. This was inaugurated by using the blood of the Lamb, Ar- ies [sign], at the Passover accomplished by Noah and giving them laws by moses which were all symbolically shown in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. The color of the Most High, the Father, is a spiritual blue. The color of Jehovah is red (indicating the sacrificial aspect of blood) and the mix- ture of these two colors produces purple. Therefore, these tow colors were shown on the veil of the Temple, but there was also the color WHITE, which showed in symbology that something was still missing. Under the regime of Jehovah it was necessary to give an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That was demanded by the Law dictated by Him, and given to Moses. This Law reigned until CHRIST, who then brought GRACE and TRUTH, rending the Temple veil. Under that ancient law sacrifices of animals were compulsory, for hu- manity had not yet learned how to make a sacrifice of themselves. When the Christ showed the way to truth had life by making a sacrifice of Himself, the Temple veil was rent, the old system was abrogated, and a new way was opened for the salvation of "whosoever will." In the new dispensation there is therefore no veil on which the color of the Initiator may be displayed. A better way has been found of marking those that are Christ's with His golden color INDIVIDUALLY, and thus it is that those who follow the path of service and self-sacrifice evolve within their own aura the golden Christ color, which is the third of the primary colors. This is the priestly robe of the new dispensation without which no one can ever enter the Kingdom, and no robe obtained at pseudo initiations can ever take its place, no matter what price is paid. Continued with file "RC1084.TXT" End of File

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