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Filename: RC1088.TXT Source: "The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions & Answers, Vol. II" by Max Heindel [PAGE 3169] 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. [PAGE 3170] 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 [PAGE 3171] 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 will. 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 [PAGE 3172] 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 [PAGE 3173] 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 is determined. 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 [PAGE 3174] 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 [PAGE 3175] 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. [PAGE 3176] 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 [PAGE 3177] 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. [PAGE 3178] 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 [PAGE 3179] 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. [PAGE 3180] 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. [PAGE 3181] 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 [PAGE 3182] 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 [PAGE 3183] 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 [PAGE 3184] 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 COSMO-CONCEPTION. 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 [PAGE 3185] 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 [PAGE 3186] 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- OSOPHIST: "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. [PAGE 3187] "'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 [PAGE 3188] 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 [PAGE 3189] 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 COSMO-CONCEPTION. 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 [PAGE 3190] 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 [PAGE 3191] 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 THE MATTER. 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 [PAGE 3192] 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 divine. 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 [PAGE 3193] 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 normal. 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 [PAGE 3194] 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. [PAGE 3195] 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 [PAGE 3196] 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 [PAGE 3197] warn our readers of the danger of attempting to awaken the passive phase of this faculty. 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 [PAGE 3198] 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 the Divine. 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 discouraged. [PAGE 3199] 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 [PAGE 3200] 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 [PAGE 3201] 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 ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION. 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 [PAGE 3202] 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 [PAGE 3203] 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. Continued with file "RC1089.TXT" End of File

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