Filename: RC1088.TXT Source: +quot;The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions + Answers, Vol.
Source: "The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions & Answers, Vol. II"
by Max Heindel
DETERMINING THE TIME OF EASTER:
QUESTION NO. 142:
I AM A MASON AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT DETERMINES THE TIME OF EASTER
EACH YEAR. ALSO, WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
AT EASTER AND THE RESURRECTION OF HIRAM ABIFF IN THE MASONIC RITUAL?
ANSWER: The Masonic legend says that in the beginning Jehovah created
Eve, and the Lucifer Spirit, Samael, united with her and from this union
Cain was born. Then Samael left Eve and she became virtually a widow. Cain
was thus the son of a widow, and from him descended all the draftsman of the
world, including Hiram Abiff, the grand master workman on Solomon's temple,
who is therefore also called "son of a widow," as are all Freemasons to this
day. After Samael had left Eve, Jehovah created Adam, and he united with
Eve, with the result that Abel was born. Thus Cain was semi-divine, in-
spired by his own inherent creative genius which is seen in his sons to this
day in statecraft and all industrial inventions which go to make the
civilized world, while Abel was the child of two human beings. He id not
know how to create but tended docilely the flock already created for him by
the author of his being, Jehovah.
Jehovah slighted the sacrifice of Cain, who had made two blades of grass
grow where formally there was one. He would rather have a docile automation
like Abel who could be depended upon to obey implicitly His commands than an
original thinker like Cain. So there was enmity between Cain and Abel, with
the result that the latter was slain. Then SETH was born, and from his have
descended all those who follow blindly the dictates of their creator and are
known as the PRIESTCRAFT and their followers. Among them was Solomon, the
king. To him Jehovah revealed the design for his Temple, but Solomon was
unable to execute the design and therefore was compelled to engage HIRAM
ABIFF, A CUNNING CRAFTSMAN, A SON OF CAIN, AND THEREFORE THE SON OF A WIDOW.
High mystic Mason recognize the fact that from the cosmic viewpoint
Hiream Abiff is symbolized by the Sun. While the Sun (Hiram) is in the
northern signs, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo, he is among
faithful friends and followers, but when in the course of the year he enters
the southern signs, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius, he is assaulted by the
three conspirators as recorded in the Masonic legend and finally slain at
the winter solstice to be again resurrected as he climbs towards the equa-
tor, which he crosses at the vernal equinox. The Masonic legend relates
that the Queen of Sheba journeyed from afar to see the wise Solomon of whom
she had heard so much. She was also shown the beautiful temple and wanted
to see the cunning craftsman, the master builder and his workmen who had
wrought such a marvel.
But there had always been enmity between the sons of Cain and the sons of
Seth. Even when they have co-operated they have never trusted each other
fully, and Solomon feared that his beautiful fiance might become enamored of
Hiram Abiff. Therefore he endeavored to call the workmen himself, but none
responded. They "knew the voice of their shepherd," Hiram Abiff (the Sun in
Aries, the sign of the Lamb). They were trained to obey his call and would
heed no their voice. Therefore, Solomon was finally forced to send for
Hiram Abiff and request that he call his artisans, and the moment he lifted
his hammer (Aries, which is the sign of his authority and exalation), they
came in a multitude that could not be numbered, each one eager to do his
In the spring the Sun (Hiram) enters Aries, the sign of his exaltation.
This sign is shaped like the hammer which Hiram raised, and all the workmen
on the temple (the universe) rush to do his bidding and carry on his work
when he ascends to the throne of his dignity and authority in the northern
heavens. He is their shepherd because at the vernal equinox he enters Ar-
ies, the sign of the ram or lamb. Him they hear but these nature forces
take command from no other than the Sun in Aries, the Eastern Sun.
This is the cosmic interpretation, but according to the law of analogy
Hiram, the son of Cain, must also be raised to a higher degree of
initiation. Only the Sun Spirit about to soar into the heavens could ac-
complish this feat. Hence HIRAM WAS REBORN AS LAZARUS AND RAISED BUT HE
STRONG GRIP OF THE LION'S PAW. He had been a leader of the craftsmen during
the regime of Jehovah and His creature Solomon. By this initiation he was
raised up for the purpose of being a leader in the Kingdom of Christ and
helping the same people on into a higher phase of their evolution. There-
fore, he became a CHRISTIAN charged to explain the mysteries of the CROSS,
and a symbol of this mystery the ROSE was added thereto, and this mission
was embodied in his symbolic name, Christian Rosenkruez.
The rose is called the emblem of mystery in general, but most people are
not aware that this addition of the rose to the cross was the origin of that
symbolic significance. The rose is the emblem of the mystery of the cross
because it explains the path of chastity, the transmutation of blood from
passion to love. Lazarus therefore became Christian Rose Cross, and THE
ROSICRUCIANS ARE THE SPECIAL MESSENGERS OF CHRIST TO THE SONS OF CAIN as
Jesus is to the sons of Abel.
The Pharisees knew a great deal of the occult origin of these two classes
of humanity, and therefore the Lazarus miracle was to them the crowning
crime of the Christ. They became seriously alarmed then that their national
religion would be superseded by another if any more such signs were per-
formed, for they sensed that it was an initiation of a higher nature than
they knew of and that it boded an entrance into a higher cycle. Before the
Christ all the religions were race religions suited to the people to whom
they were given and suitable only for those people. All these religions
were JEHOVAH RELIGIONS. As the FATHER was the highest Initiate of the Sat-
urn Period, so CHRIST, THE SON, was the highest Initiate of the Sun Period,
and JEHOVAH, the Holy Spirit, was the highest Initiate of the Moon Period.
From Jehovah came the race religions which endeavor to prepare mankind along
the path of evolution by means of law. These race religions are to be su-
perseded by the universal religion of the Sun Spirit, Christ, which will
unite all men into one brotherhood. The change from one to the other and
the fact that the religion of the lunar God Jehovah must precede the reli-
gion of the Sun Spirit, Christ, is symbolized by the manner in which Easter
The rule in present use for determining the time of Easter is that IT
FALLS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY FOLLOWING THE PASCHAL FULL MOON. This was the
original time adopted by the earliest Christians who had knowledge of and
regard for the occult significance, but very soon ignorant people started
schisms and fixed it at different times. This occasioned no little
contraversey. In the second century a dispute arose on this point between
the Eastern and Western Churches. Easter Christians celebrated Easter on
the 14th day of the first Jewish month or Moon, considering it to be
equivalent to the Jewish Passover. The Western Christians kept it on the
Sunday AFTER the 14th day, holding that it was the commemoration of the Res-
urrection of Jesus. The Council of Nice 325 A.D. decided in favor of the
Western use, branding the Eastern practice with the name of heresy. This,
however, only settled the point that Easter was to be held not on a certain
day of the month or moon, but ON A SUNDAY. The proper astronomical cycle
for calculating the occurrence of the Easter Moon was not yet determined,
but they finally deferred to the ancient method of fixing the festival by
the Moon, and so the ancient original custom was finally revived.
Thus Easter is now held upon the same day as required by the occult tra-
dition to symbolize properly the cosmic significance of the event, and in
this respect both the Sun and the Moon are necessary factors, since Easter
is not merely a solar festival. The Sun must go not only past the equator,
as it does on the 21st of March, but the full Moon after the vernal equinox
must also be passed. Then the following Sunday is Easter, the day of Resur-
rection. The light of the vernal Sun must be reflected by a full Moon be-
fore that day can dawn on earth, and there is as said a deep meaning behind
that method of determining Easter, viz., that HUMANITY WAS NOT SUFFICIENTLY
EVOLVED TO HAVE THE RELIGION OF THE SUN, THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF UNIVERSAL
BROTHERHOOD, UNTIL THEY HAD BEEN FULLY PREPARED THROUGH THE RELIGIONS OF THE
MOON WHICH SEGREGATED AND SEPARATED HUMANITY INTO GROUPS, NATIONS, AND
RACES. This is symbolized by the annual rise of the Sun Spirit at Easter
being deferred until the Jehovistic Moon has thrown back and fully reflected
the light of the Easter Sun.
All the founders of race religions, Hermes, Buddha, Moses, etc., were
initiates in the Jehovistic mysteries. They were Sons of Seth. At their
initiation they became ensouled by their particular Race Spirit, and this
Spirit, speaking through the mouth of such an initiate gave LAWS to his
people, as for instance, the Decalogue of Moses, the laws of Manu, the noble
truths of Buddha, etc. These laws manifested sin because the people did not
and could not keep them at their stage of evolution. So they made a certain
debt of destiny in consequence. This destiny the human initiate founder of
the religion had to take upon himself and so had to be born again and again
to help his people. Thus Buddha was born as Shankaracharya and had a number
of other rebirths. Moses was reborn as Elijah and John the Baptist, but
Christ, on the other hand, did not need to take birth in the first place.
He did it of His own free will to help humanity, to abrogate the law that
brings sin, and emancipate humanity from the law of sin and death.
The Race religions of the lunar God, Jehovah, conveyed the will of God to
mankind in an indirect manner through seers and prophets who were but imper-
fect instruments, as the lunar rays reflect the light of the Sun.
The mission of these religions was to prepare mankind for the universal
religion of the Sun Spirit, Christ, who manifested among us without an in-
termediary as the light which comes direct from the Sun, and "we behold His
glory as the ALONE BEGOTTEN of the Father," when He taught the gospel of
love. The Christian religion gives no laws, but preaches love as the ful-
fillment of the law. Therefore no debts of destiny are generated under it,
and Christ, who was under no necessity to be born in the first place, will
not be drawn to rebirth under the Law of Causation as were the founders of
the lunar race religions, who must bear from time to time the sins of their
followers. When He appears it will be in a body made of the two higher
ethers: the light and reflecting ethers, the golden wedding garment called
SOMA PSUCHICON or soul body by Paul, who is very emphatic in his assertion
that "flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. He asserts that we
shall be changed and be like Christ, and if we cannot enter the kingdom in a
fleshy body it would be absurd to suppose that the King of Glory would wear
such a coarse, cubersome garment.
The priestcraft from which Jehovah drew His representatives, the prophets
and founders of religions and spiritual temple builders, are the Sons of
Seth. The Sons of Cain still feel in their breasts the divine nature of
their ancestor. They repudiate the indirect method of salvation by faith of
the church and insist upon finding the light of wisdom themselves by direct
methods of WORK, perfecting themselves in the arts and crafts and building
the temple of material civilization by industry and statecraft according to
the plan of God, the Grand Architect of the Universe, Christ being "the
Chief Corner Stone" and each mystic Mason a "living stone."
In time, however, these two great streams of the Sons of Seth and the
sons of Cain must unite in order to reach the portals of the kingdom of
Christ. Before His time there was no way in which such an amalgation could
take place; but when Christ, the great Sun Spirit, came, Solomon was reborn
as Jesus, into his lower vehicles the Christ Spirit entered at the Baptism;
and Hiram Abiff was reborn as Lazarus. When Lazarus was raised up by the
strong grip of the Lion of Judah's paw, Hiram and Solomon, the former an-
tagonists, sank their differences as prompted by Christ Spirit, and both are
working now for the establishment of the Kingdom of Christ. It was this the
Pharisees in some way sensed or surmised and hence their fears that this
Jesus would initiate many people and subvert them from the race religion to
which they (the Pharisees) were wedded.
REASONS FOR THE TRIALS OF THE ASPIRANT:
QUESTION NO. 143:
SINCE I HAVE COMMENCED TO STUDY THE ROSICRUCIAN TEACHINGS AND AM TRYING
TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE, IT SEEMS AS IF TROUBLE PILES UPON ME IN A MANNER
WHICH I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE, AND IT SEEMS AS IF THOSE WHO ARE
CLOSEST TO ME BY RELATION ARE THE ONES WHO PARTICULARLY TRY ME. SOMETIMES I
FEEL AS IF I WERE GROWING, AT OTHER TIMES IT SEEMS THAT LIFE IS A FAILURE.
WHAT IS THE REAL STATUS, AND WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THESE TRIALS?
ANSWER: When a ship is drifting down a river with the tide, the engines
go around without seeming effort, and it makes great headway. Likewise,
when an automobile goes down hill the engine is able to carry the load with-
out effort and good progress is made. But when a ship must stem the tide
and force its way against the current, or when an auto must climb a hill, it
means considerable expenditure of effort, and progress is not so rapid.
There are obstacles to be overcome. Every little rock is felt, etc.
It is likewise with the Spirit. So long as we drift with the stream of
life and go with the tide of humanity, everything seems to run smoothly, and
no trouble is encountered. However, the moment we leave the current, and
strive to take the path toward the higher life, we encounter the friction of
the general run of humanity, and of course the very ones who are closest to
us will naturally be the ones against whom the friction is the greatest.
Thus these seem to be the opposition, and to retard our progress on every
possible occasion. They seem to strive in every manner to obstruct our
path, and we feel it the more keenly because we think that those who are
closest, nearest, and dearest to us should be the ones to appreciate our ef-
forts, and to support us therein. It is not so, however. We should not ex-
pect that from them. They are going with the tide. We are going against
it, and the friction is as absolutely necessary as the friction of the water
against the ship that is stemming the current up the river.
When you have walked but he sea shore you have noticed how rounded and
smooth, yes even polished, the stones on the beach have become by the con-
stant tituration--by friction against the other stones. For ages and ages
all the rough corners have been worn off, and they have that beautiful sur-
face that is so peculiar to stones along the beach. We may liken these
stones to humanity in general. By the friction against one another for ages
and ages, the worst corners will be worn off, and at last we will become
rounded out, smooth, polished, and beautiful as the beach stones are. But
take a diamond in the rough. It is not allowed to attain its polish by the
ordinary slow process, like the beach stone. The lapidary takes it in hand
and grinds it, and there is a screeching noise every time the stone is put
to the wheel.
However, every time a screech of pain comes from it there is a rough
piece of the surface worn off, and a brilliant polished part appears in-
stead. Likewise, it is with the Ego who aspires to higher things. God
there is the lapidary, who polishes the stone, and it is not pleasant when
the rough portion is being taken off of us, when we are being pressed
against the grindstone of sorrow and calamity. Nevertheless, from out of it
all we shall come shining and brilliant as diamonds. Let not your heart,
therefore, be troubled, for the sorrows and tribulations which now beset
your path are but the grinding against the stone by the lapidary. You may
be sure that whatever is the present feeling, the outcome will be all right,
for God is LOVE. Although He applies the severest measures at the present
time, in the future it will bring you out polished and resplendent.
FINDING THE WOMAN WITHIN:
QUESTION NO. 144:
IN PART FOUR OF TANNHAUSER YOU STATE, "THE MAN MUST FIND THE WOMAN WITHIN
HIMSELF." ALSO, THAT WE MUST CONFRONT THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD. WILL
YOU KINDLY MAKE THESE TWO POINTS CLEAR?
ANSWER: As a matter of fact the Spirit is neither male nor female, but
during the present state of manifestation it became necessary to devote one
half of the creative force to the development of the brain, wherewith we may
CREATE mental images which we then reproduce in concrete matter of the
physical world. This, therefore, necessitated developing a physical organ-
ism with two sexes--one expressive of ONE QUALITY OF THE SPIRIT, WILL, AND
THEREFORE MALE; THE OTHER EXPRESSIVE OF IMAGINATION, WHICH IS FEMALE.
As each Spirit is born alternately in a male and a female body, it ex-
presses also alternately the twin faculties of the Spirit--will and imagina-
tion. One of these qualities predominates in each life, and accordingly
makes the manifestation of the masculine or feminine. But as the Spirit re-
turns day after day, or life after life, to the Great School, it becomes
more and more soulful and consequently more capable of expressing the two
qualities of the Spirit simultaneously and in an even measure. Thus by de-
grees the man finds the finer feminine qualities in himself, and the woman
finds the noblest traits of the man. When that point has come where there
is a perfect balance, the mystic marriage takes place.
You know it is said that in heaven there is neither marriage nor giving
in marriage, because there the Spirit is untrammeled by the fetter of the
flesh. There sex plays no part. There the dual soul qualities are usable,
and consequently the marriage of one to another is unnecessary. Each there
creates the archetype of his or her coming body without the assistance of
anyone else, save the divine Hierarchies, and thus provides for the future
embodiment. It is only when we leave the realm of soul, and enter into the
realm of sex that the cooperation of someone else is needed for the forma-
tion of a concrete physical vehicle to fit into the archetype which was in
the first place made by the Spirit itself in heaven. Now the sooner we
learn to see in ourselves A WHOLE CREATIVE UNIT, the more we preserve our
own creative force, and send it upward for spiritual purposes, the sooner we
shall find the man or woman WITHIN OURSELVES. The mystic marriage will then
have been performed, and this links the two poles and leaves us with a con-
sciousness which is creative in all realms of nature.
At the same time, let it be understood that while we are here in this
physical world, and have lessons to learn here, we must have instruments
wherein to learn. We ourselves have by the sacrifice of others attained to
this privilege. They have helped to give us a body, and we should never
shirk the responsibility of giving someone else the opportunity of obtaining
a body through our services, provided we are in proper health, and other
circumstances are right. Also we should feel that we can give the Spirit
which comes to us the proper environment in which to grow.
About the Dweller on the Threshold: It was said that it is always
manifested as being of opposite sex, because all of our temptations and the
evil we do, everything that is reprehensible, comes from the HIDDEN SIDE in
us, and in each life this hidden side takes shape as of opposite sex.
Through the opposite sex we are tempted to commit the sin which drove man-
kind out of the state of purity called symbolically, the Garden of Eden. It
dwells upon the threshold of higher realms, and each one who dares seek en-
trance must first vanquish this demon.
THE THEOSOPHICAL TEMPLE OF THE ROSY CROSS:
QUESTION NO. 145:
IT IS CLAIMED BY SOME THEOSOPHISTS THAT THEIR TEMPLE OF THE ROSY CROSS IS
THE ONLY GENUINE ORDER AND THAT THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP IS A BRANCH
THEREOF. PLEASE TELL US WHAT IS THE TRUE STATUS OF THAT ORDER, AND WHAT
CONNECTION IT HAS WITH THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP.
ANSWER: It is an unfortunate fact lamented by all leaders of societies
that misinformed members make extravagant statements which have no founda-
tion whatever in facts. It has always been the policy of The Rosicrucian
Fellowship to live in peace with all other religious societies, to speak
well of them and their leaders on all occasions, and we would never think of
violating our ideal of FELLOWSHIP by an attack on anyone.
The leaders of The Theosophical Society follow similar principles. We
have never seen them as aggressors against any other organization. We know
positively that they are friendly to The Rosicrucian Fellowship, and would
not for a moment countenance such an arrogant assertion as that their Temple
of the Rosy Cross is the only genuine order. They know better. As to the
statement that The Rosicrucian Fellowship is only a branch of their order,
it is sufficient to say that The Rosicrucian Fellowship was started years in
advance of the T.S. Order of the Rosy Cross. Such misstatements as men-
tioned come from narrow, irresponsible people and they are not believed by
the great body of Theosophists, who are broad minded and well informed on
this very subject by the study of our own text book, THE ROSICRUCIAN
We have sold many thousands of copies of this work to members of The
Theosophical Society. Large lodges like those of London and Chicago have
bought five hundred copies at a time; others like Boston and Washington
bought several hundred copies at a time and repeated their order several
times. At one time the Theosophical Book Concern negotiated for the whole
edition then on the press, but as we needed most of it right away to fill
large orders from jobbers in New York and London the deal fell through.
Thousands of copies have been sold direct from our Headquarters to indi-
vidual Theosophists, and letters redolent with praise have been sent in by
many hundreds of Theosophical Society members. Lodge leaders have written
enthusiastically to Mr. Heindel of the great value of the book as a text
book in their classes, and reviewers in many of their publications have
praised it in the highest terms. The last review we have seen is by Mr.
Wedgwood in the official organ of The Theosophical Society, THE THEOSOPHIST,
February, 1915. Mr. Wedgwood there reviews another book and for the sake of
comparison mentions a number of writers, among others, "Max Heindel, author
of a fascinating and really able book, THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION."
He comes to the conclusion that, "Heindel's is probably the most able of
these books. It sets forth a fairly rational and coherent scheme, and while
certain of his points seem to invite doubt, others call forth from the
intuition a flash of ready recognition which is unmistakable. Clearly the
book represents a definite occult tradition. It touches upon many interest-
ing points which so far have not been considered by Mrs. Besant, Mr.
Leadbeater, or Mr. Sinnett."
THE THEOSOPHIST is, as said, the official organ of The Theosophical Soci-
ety and is edited by Mrs. Besant. Thus two of the highest officials of The
Theosophical Society and founder of the Theosophical Temple of the Rosy
Cross have officially endorsed THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION as a book
which "clearly represents a definite occult tradition." They are great
souls who do not feel the need to bolster up a foolish pride and vanity by a
supercilious sneer at another organization, as some who are not worthy to be
called their followers, do. They have, moreover, minds which can discover
merit in others and generosity to acknowledge the fact. This is also the
case with the great body of the membership of The Theosophical Society, or
they would neither have bought THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION nor acknowl-
edged its merits, and the small minority who make the claim that the Theo-
sophical Temple of the Rosy Cross is the only genuine order and that The
Rosicrucian Fellowship is a branch--Well! They will learn.
Regarding the origin of the Theosophical Temple of the Rosy Cross, we are
informed by the Secretary of the American Section of The Theosophical Soci-
ety, Mr. A. P. Warrington, in the May issue, 1913, of THE AMERICAN THE-
"The founders and supreme heads are Heracles, Helios, and Lomia, (names
probably taken for mystic purposes by Mrs. Besant, Mrs. Russak, and Mr.
Wedgwood.--Editor). The following has been issued by the heads:
"'In The Theosophical Society there are many who find the fittest expres-
sion for their highest emotions in stately and rhythmical ceremonials...very
many such Egos are groping about unsatisfied in numerous fields of
research...for these Egos the line of ceremonial is the way of least resis-
tance...Up to the present time, however, there has been little opportunity
of The Theosophical Society for the study of ceremonials and the mysteries.
It is therefore the desire of the founders of the new order to synthesize
the scattered teachings in The Theosophical Society literature as well as in
other available literature...To nourish into new life the smoldering fire on
the altar of spiritual aspiration...'
"'While recognizing that there is but one true Occultism they will seek
to find it in its Western Manifestation in order to enrich, not to supplant,
its Eastern aspects.
"'In choosing the name TEMPLE OF THE ROSY CROSS, the founders had in mind
various ancient organizations; one was the famous Order of the Knights
Templars, which was formed to protect pilgrims traveling in the Holy
Land...In like manner the present Templars of the Rosy Cross desire that
they may prove worthy to gather around the Bodhisatva when he comes again,
and defend the mysteries with a sword of the spirit.'"
This is a straightforward and obviously honest statement that, feeling
the need of ceremonial as an incentive to spiritual aspiration, they orga-
nized The Theosophical Society Order of the Rosy Cross in the hope that it
might make them more fit servants in their Master's vineyard, and who would
not bid them Godspeed? They do not claim to have received occult instruc-
tion to start such a temple from the Brothers of the Rosy Cross. In fact,
they confess they do not know if there is such a temple, at least Mr.
Wedgwood does--and Mrs. Besant prints it in the same review where he speaks
of THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION. He wonders what is the source of such
books and asks the question:
"Are there schools of Western occultism still existing on the physical
plane? The repository, perhaps, of the alchemy of the Rosy Cross, and
wherein the lesser mysteries still are celebrated? Or do these teachings
emanate from superphysical lodges of teachers out of incarnation who still
cherish the doctrine of medieval monastic occultism, blended as it often
was, with a stronger tincture of orthodox Christianity? It would be inter-
esting and well to know."
Max Heindel states there is such a temple and his contention is supported
by the fact that he has written THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION which has
found ready endorsement from many thousands of thinkers in The Theosophical
Society and out. Most of them are gifted with intuition, like Mr. Wedgwood,
and some with spiritual vision. To doubt his modest claim to be the mes-
senger of The Rosicrucian Order in the face of the fact that he has this
book, involves the greater difficulty of believing him its originator, for a
monumental scheme of unfoldment of the world and man, such as this book re-
veals, was never hatched in a human brain. Hence there is but one tenable
conclusion: that Max Heindel tells the truth when he says he visited the
Temple of the Rosy Cross, that he was there initiated into the mysteries and
given the teachings contained in THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION, which he
was enjoined to publish and promulgate.
It may also be said in support of this claim and as evidence of his sin-
cerity and unselfishness, that he did not use this great knowledge for per-
sonal gain by putting as high a price on this book as possible. He had been
cautioned by the Brothers of the Rosy Cross not to sell the "Pearl of Knowl-
edge" entrusted to him, and he went to the other extreme and made the price
of the book so low ($1.00), that he lost money on the first two editions. A
valuable seventy-two page index was added in the third edition, also much
new matter, and the price of this handsome six-hundred page book was raised
to one dollar and fifty cents, netting a small surplus which is all turned
into the work. Mr. Heindel does not get a penny from any of his books.
Surely he must be sincere in his assertion that he is the messenger of the
Order of Rosicrucians, and that The Rosicrucian Fellowship was founded to be
the herald of the Aquarian Age, now drawing near.
Thus, to sum up:
The Theosophical Temple of the Rosy Cross is an Order founded by Mrs.
Besant and her coworkers to aid aspirants to the higher life by ceremonial,
invented by themselves.
The Rosicrucian Fellowship is the Herald of the Aquarian Age, promulgat-
ing the Western Wisdom Religion formulated by the Brothers of the Rose
Cross, and published by their messenger, Max Heindel, in THE ROSICRUCIAN
We are sorry to say there can be no connection between The Rosicrucian
Fellowship and the Theosophical Temple of the Rosy Cross, or any other Theo-
sophical Society Order. We have a high opinion of their membership, and a
sincere regard for many with whom we are personally acquainted, but we have
espoused the Western Wisdom Religion. We thoroughly believe in Western
methods for Western people, and are therefore forced by the laws of logic to
take the position that our Theosophical friends, however sincere, are mis-
taken in their efforts to promulgate among the people of the West a religion
divinely given to the people of the East.
We did indeed rejoice when we first heard that a Temple of the Rosy Cross
had been founded by the leaders of the Theosophical Society, for we took
this to be an indication that they had seen the true Christ Light, in the
West, and were preparing to emulate the "Wise Men of the East" who traveled
westward following the Christ Star to Bethlehem. However, we were sadly
disappointed to note their statement of motive in studying the Western oc-
cultism, Rosicrucianism, etc., as contemplated, in this new temple: "in or-
der to enrich, not to supplant, its eastern aspects."
Thus the aim of The Theosophical Society and their subsidiary Orders are
diametrically opposed to The Rosicrucian Fellowship, as East is to West, and
however sincere our personal regard for individual members, we cannot work
with them as a society.
It does not follow that we are obligated to attack them, however, or that
we would retaliate when a misguided member of The Theosophical Society makes
statements which we consider derogatory to the dignity of our Association.
Let us be careful, rather, not to bring up subjects which may provoke such
remarks. Let us quietly but persistently continue to promulgate the Western
Wisdom Religion and emphasize the fact that it is the WESTERN METHOD FOR THE
WESTERN PEOPLE. So shall we further the work of the Elder Brothers better
than by idle arguments which waste our time and convince no one, for convic-
tion comes from within.
NOTE: Since the foregoing was written, The Theosophical Temple of the Rose
Cross has been disbanded, and the building at their American Headquarters
turned into a Catholic church where the former Templars are now worshiping.
Had their "Temple of the Rose Cross" been originated by the Elder Brothers
who are the Hierarchies of the Western Wisdom School it would have endured
for centuries instead of a year or two.
LETTING DEFECTIVE CHILDREN DIE:
QUESTION NO. 146:
FROM THE OCCULT POINT OF VIEW IS IT RIGHT OR WRONG TO LET A DEFECTIVE IN-
FANT DIE, AS WAS DONE IN THE BOLINGER CASE? PLEASE LET US HAVE YOUR VIEW ON
ANSWER: When we consider the defectives as a class, it is first neces-
sary to realize that the Spirit is not defective. It has had innumerable
past lives during which it has sown certain seeds and reaped appropriate ex-
periences therefrom. Experiences which could not be reaped in one life have
been held over until the next life or later lives, and have there attained
their fruition. None of us, however, are capable of expressing in one body
all of the attainments that we have acquired in our many previous lives,
therefore we have many seeming anomalies brought to light in the investiga-
tion of psychical researchers who have found that ignorant people in the
peasant class in this life, have been able under the spell of hypnosis or in
trance to speak Greek and Hebrew, also to discourse learnedly on abstruse
subjects. Thus it is evident that the Spirit may be likened to a diamond in
the rough which is being gradually ground upon the grindstone of experience.
In each life a new facet permits the light to enter and adds that light to
the light already obtained through facets ground in many previous lives. By
this process we shall eventually attain to the perfect light which makes us
Because of our limited perception, we call certain actions evil and cer-
tain other actions good, whereas from the larger point of view it is simply
a question of experience. Some characters or facets of the spiritual
diamond seem to be fairly perfect in this life. At least they do not seem
out of the ordinary to be sufficiently marked, and therefore we call them
perfect. Others are different from the rest and we therefore in our igno-
rance call them defective. Similarly with bodies. Although as a matter of
fact none of us possess a perfect body, nevertheless, we take an average as
a standard and anything that does not come up to that mark we call defec-
tive. We allow those who are not mentally very different from the general
run of us, to go about unmolested, but imprison those who seem to have a de-
cidedly different turn of mind. We pay no attention to the ordinary defor-
mities of body, but designate those which are materially different from our
standard as defective. Some think that they have a right to destroy any-
thing or anybody that is not up to the standard which they think ought to be
As a matter of fact, the normal body is the result of a certain mode of
life in previous existences which was then standard. But the so-called de-
fective minds and defective bodies are the results of the efforts of Spirits
to be free to move along what we would call unconventional lines of thought
or action. Therefore genius and idiocy have always been twin brothers, and
any doctor who attempts to cut short the life of one he may think a defec-
tive is just as liable to deprive the world of a great genius as he is to
rid it of a poor creature that would be a burden to himself and others dur-
ing his miserable existence. Thus, even from that point of view it would be
absolutely contrary to the interest of society to allow any one to decide
arbitrarily whether a child should live or die. it is the duty of every
doctor to do all in his or her power to prolong life in the body so that the
Spirit may gain the experience it has come for. If that life is to be cut
off nature will take care to do that herself.
Investigation of the Bolinger case shows that that Ego had lived its pre-
vious life as a nun, and was burned at the stake. The result was that it
lost the fruit of that life, and under the law of infant mortality it was
therefore necessary for the new body to die soon after birth. Thus no op-
eration could have saved the life in this instance, but that does not do
away with the fact that the doctor was negligent of duty in not endeavoring
to preserve the life. It would not do to speak in a public magazine of the
causes in that previous existence which led to the tragedy which terminated
it and had a bearing upon the present birth as a so-called defective. Suf-
ficient to say that the Spirit has now gone into the First Heaven and will
there receive the moral training which will restore to it the fruits of ex-
perience garnered during that past unhappy life. Thus when it is reborn in
the course of a few years it will probably have a perfectly normal body.
THE NATURE OF PSYCHOMETRY:
QUESTION NO. 147:
WILL YOU KINDLY EXPLAIN JUST WHAT IS MEANT BY PSYCHOMETRY?
ANSWER: It is well known to all scientists that the history of the earth
during the ages may be ready by anyone trained in the art. Prehistoric
animals and plants may be reconstructed from their fossil remains. The
cataclysmic effects of great volcanic eruptions may be traced. The paths of
glaciers melted many millennia ago are as plain as if they were now moving
towards the sea. The erosion by water of rocks now found in dry deserts
tells its tale of changing topographical and climatic conditions as plainly,
or more so, than if the record were written on the pages of a book.
But to those who see with the SPIRIT EYE there is accessible a deeper
record which coincides with and completes the chain of facts revealed by ge-
ology. The marks left on the rocks, by the grinding glacier and the rushing
river, are as scars of strife on the soldier's body, from which a keen ob-
server may draw conclusions concerning the conflict, which caused them ac-
cording to the pitch of his imagination. These deductions may fit the
facts, but it is more than probable that errors will creep in. At any rate,
if the soldier can be persuaded to tell the tale of how he received the
scars we shall certainly secure a more complete and authentic account than
if we rely entirely on deduction.
Similarly, if nature can be made to supply the story of past events, we
shall have a true tale of the things that have taken place in past periods
with their varied flora and fauna.
That this is possible to one possessing the so-called second sight is
common knowledge among millions of people. By assuming a passive attitude,
and taking a piece of lava thrown from a volcano in eruption, they see as on
a film the cataclysm witnessed by that fragment from the fiery furnace. By
taking a letter and pressing it to their foreheads they may see the writer,
the room in which he wrote, and other details. But mark this, WITHOUT THAT
LETTER OR LAVA THE PSYCHOMETRIST CAN SEE NOTHING, and sometimes he sees
things he would rather not. nor has he the power to shut out such sights
and scenes. Therefore, this faculty is of doubtful value, to say the least.
Another class has cultivated the faculty of reading the Memory of Nature
at will by scientific exercises and an appropriate life calculated to aug-
ment the etheric aura surrounding each being or object. They hold the mas-
ter key to nature's mysteries.
Much has been given out in the Rosicrucian Teachings concerning the
Memory of Nature, and a great deal of our information has been obtained from
that source by the latter method of POSITIVE INVESTIGATION. We hardly need
warn our readers of the danger of attempting to awaken the passive phase of
RESULTS OF BURNING SPICES:
QUESTION NO. 148:
WILL IT RAISE THE VIBRATIONS OF A ROOM TO BURN SPICES, AND IF SO WHAT
KIND OF SPICES SHOULD BE USED?
ANSWER: When disembodied Spirits wish to influence those who are still
enmeshed in the mortal coil, it is necessary for them to have a vehicle of
sufficient density to impinge upon the brain centers, or under certain
circumstances upon the coordinating mechanism of the cerebellum. Given such
a vehicle these Spirits can and do impress their victims physically, mor-
ally, or mentally, according to their disposition.
It is a self-evident truth that one does not gather grapes of thorns, and
because a Spirit has no dense body is not a sign that it is a philanthro-
pist. There are more weeds in the physical world than flowers, and there
are more evil (because undeveloped) Spirits in the invisible world than
there are good and noble ones.
When one burns incense in a room, the smoke and the odor which we see and
sense is material of such density that it may be made use of by certain
classes of Spirits which are attuned to the vibratory rate of that incense
which is being burned. When a reputable occultist, who has evolved
spiritual sight and is able to see the various entities in the invisible
world, has compounded an incense which he finds offers a vehicle only for
Spirits of a helpful nature who incline to raise the vibrations of those who
breathe the incense and the Spirits with it, then it may be an aid during
periods of prayer to raise the consciousness of the devotees to a union with
On the other hand, if the incense has been compounded by some one igno-
rant of occultism, perhaps by one who has a selfish motive in view, then it
is a vehicle for Spirits of a similar nature who clothe themselves in the
smoke and odor, enter the bodies of those who are present where the incense
is being burned and incite them to acts of debauchery and sensualism. The
Chinese punk sticks are a good example of this variety. It is also possible
that when this practice has been indulged in for some time the obsessing
Spirits may obtain such control over their victims that they incite them to
frenzy, causing them to exhibit the symptoms of epilepsy, frothing at the
mouth, etc., or they may interfere with the bodily movements in a manner
similar to that exhibited in the so-called St. Vitus dance. Therefore, the
practice of burning incense is very dangerous, and ought to be strenuously
RESPONSIBILITY OF RULERS:
QUESTION NO. 149:
IN A RECENT LESSON WE WERE TOLD THAT THE RACE SPIRIT INFLUENCED DIFFERENT
PERSONS TO TAKE A PART IN GREAT WORLD MOVEMENTS. IF THE PART WAS UNJUST, IS
THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR IT? WOULD HE SUFFER FOR IT?
ANSWER: The statement was made in the Students' Lesson for September,
"Our Invisible Government," that the divine hierarchs who guide evolution
from the invisible worlds always find an Ego who is strong, either for good
or evil, and use that one when progress demands the fall of an old nation or
the raising of a new. However, it would be impossible to induce a Spirit of
a brutal and tyrannical nature to play a self-sacrificing and noble part.
He cannot change his character overnight any more than the leopard can
change his spots, and vice versa, a Spirit of a noble nature will not con-
sent to play the part of a tyrant or autocrat.
Each one will act in harmony with his basic nature, and therefore the di-
vine hierarchs always choose some one who is of a character fitted to the
part they want him to play in the coming crises, and place him in such a po-
sition that he has the power to carry out his designs, whether for good or
ill. On that account he becomes at least partly responsible for his acts
and the consequences thereof. If he does well, and by his acts of nobility,
justice, and altruism aid a nation to rise, guiding it through the rocks and
shoals of its infancy, as did George Washington, for instance, then great
honor and glory will naturally be his in some future life where he will be
given dominion over others whom he may help. On the other hand, if he plays
the part of a Nero in breaking up a great empire, doing as it is said of one
of the kings of israel, "evil with both hands greedily," naturally sorrow
and suffering will result. He probably cannot be made to feel all the pain
which he inflicted any more than a George Washington can receive all the joy
which has come to the millions who have benefited through his wisdom and al-
truism, but each will certainly receive as much as it is possible to give
him, or at any rate as much as is required to make one a good man and the
other a better.
THE PURPOSE OF PHYSICAL EXISTENCE:
QUESTION NO. 150:
I SEE QUITE CLEARLY HOW WE CAN LEARN GREAT LESSONS CONCERNING THIS
PHYSICAL EXPRESSION OF LIFE, BUT DO NOT SEE WHY THE PHYSICAL WORLD IS NECES-
SARY TO TEACH US ETHICS OR MORALS. IF IT WERE POSSIBLE TO LEARN ETHICS AND
MORALS IN THE HIGHER WORLDS, JUST WHY IS A PHYSICAL WORLD, OR WHAT WE CALL
THE PHYSICAL EXPRESSION, NECESSARY?
ANSWER: Yes, and no. All other worlds are not by any means physical,
even to those who inhabit them. It is perfectly true that one feels the
handclasp of a friend in the invisible worlds just as we do here, but that
is because we think resistance into the hand of the other party and our own.
We do this quite unconsciously, of course, but the effect is the same. It
lends a resistance to our hands, and our hand stops where it meets the
other's, just as it would be stopped by the solid flesh and bone here in
this world. However, did we not, when we clap our friend on the back in the
first joy of greeting, think this resistance, our hand would go straight
through his body, and we can at any time we wish interpolate our own body
into his or any one else's without inconvenience to ourselves or to them.
Here in the physical world such a thing is of course impossible. Here ev-
erything is rigid and solid, comparatively speaking, but it is this very
quality that imparts value to the physical world as a school in right and
accurate thinking, for that is what it is, as has been explained in THE
The illustration was there given of how an inventor may mould in his
mind, from mind stuff, an engine or a machine which he has designed to do a
certain work. The machine which he thus visualized has wheels that revolve
perfectly and the whole thing works smoothly, but when he comes to put his
ideas down on paper so that workmen may execute his design, it is probable
he will find alternations are necessary in this plan, and later when the
wheels have physical form in iron and steel, it is quite likely that some of
them will rub against each other and cannot be put into the places where he
has designed in his mind stuff because those places are already occupied
with other wheels. Then it is necessary for him to remodel his idea in such
a manner as his physical machine shows him to be necessary, until he has it
running perfectly. Thus his thought and idea is corrected by the mistakes
as shown in the physical world.
Had there been no physical world he would have had no means of correcting
his inaccurate conception of what that machine should be, and it is very im-
portant that he should learn to think accurately and correctly. By and by
when we are sufficiently evolved we shall not stand laboriously and fashion
things with our hands, but we shall conceive the idea of what we want to
create in our minds and then we shall speak the word that will bring it into
being. Nor will these creations be mere machines. They will be living
things. Therefore, if we do not learn to think correctly, we shall create
monstrosities that will have to be destroyed because of the evil nature they
would develop in whatever Spirit inhabits them.
That brings us to your question about ethics and morals. it is said that
"handsome is that handsome does," and also that "beauty is only skin deep."
At the same time it cannot be denied that the face is an expression
of the soul. We all speak about someone as having a good face, and others
as having an evil expression, showing the power of thought to mold the flesh
in accordance with the morals and ethics of the person. Therefore, we are
learning morals and ethics here, and must learn them in order to understand
how to use them to mold the form and features of the things that we shall
create. In order to become thoroughly efficient tools, however, our morals
and ethics must be intensified a thousand fold, just as we have already seen
is the case with thought. Thought is all-powerful in its own subtle realms,
but is hampered when working in the resistant material of the physical
world. Similarly morals and ethics are also handicapped. They are, how-
ever, being developed by exercise as the muscle grows, and there could be no
exercise if they were not used in a world where there is resistance. That
is a slow process but it makes for efficiency.
If you remember the law of infant mortality, you will also recollect that
the little children, who die because an accident or other unfortunate cir-
cumstance prevented them from living their purgatory, are taken straight
into the First Heaven and there taught by compassionate ones the moral les-
sons that they should have learned in their previous purgatory. Let us sup-
pose that one of the lessons an Ego had to learn was sympathy, because it
had been cruel and hard in its previous life. Perhaps it had tortured
animals physically or human beings mentally and found great pleasure in so
doing. Such a little child would then be taken to purgatory at a time when
an Ego of similar propensities was living its purgatory and expiating acts
of cruelty. The child's body would then probably be interpolated into the
desire body of the other one and it would feel what he or she would
feel--the suffering of the tortured animals on account of their physical
pain and the sufferings of his human victims in mental anguish. Thus the
child would pick up very quickly the lessons that had to be learned, and be
made ready for rebirth in a short time. Thus both the invisible and the
visible worlds play their part in teaching us ethics and morals, and there
is no doubt that both are indispensable, or the wise beings who guide us on
the path of evolution would find other means of more efficiency to teach us
the needed lessons.
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