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Filename: RC3001.TXT Source: "The Bible: Wonder Book of the Ages" by Corinne Heline [PAGE 1] INITATORY HIGHLIGHTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT FOREWARD: The Bible is the wonder book of the ages. Within its pages is found a message for every seeking soul, regardless of where he may be on the path of spiritual attainment. There is hope, counsel and inspiration for the narrowest and most conservative of minds; while at the same time there are glorious words of light for the liberal and questing intellect. There is comfort and instruction for the simplest, and exalted cosmic doctrine for the highest Initiate this earth planet is able to produce. It is an error to say that the Bible is nothing more than an antiquated book belonging to a time two thousand years in the past. The Bible is a mystery book, a wisdom book of tremendous power, a continuous running cipher created by great Initiates and their helpers through millenia of effort. It belongs equally to the Past, the Present, and to the Future. So carefully have its secrets been inscribed 9in the Bible text, coil within coil, that the more spiritual man becomes the profounder are the meanings which this book reveals to him. As it is written in the Zohar, "Woe to the man who sees in the Thorah (the Law) only simple recitals and ordinary words!...Each word of the Thorah contains an elevated meaning and a sublime mystery...The simple take notice of the garments and recitals of the Thorah alone...The more instructed do not pay attention to the vestment, but to the body which it envelopes." The Bible will accompany man to the very gates of the New Age, where he will discover that its pages reveal an entirely new concept of the mysteries of spiritual life; for this marvelous book is the true Book of Life upon which will be based the soul sciences of the New Aquarian Age. When the Bible story is read in the light of New Age interpretations, which relate all characters and events to the individual human being as qualities and attributes to be either cultivated or eradicated, the Scriptures become a LIVING WORD indeed, immediately applicable to personal problems in daily life, in the present moment of time. The historical aspects then recede into the background. The Bible ceases to be a book of a dead and different past and becomes a guide to the living, pulsating present. [PAGE 2] ABRAHAM: THE COSMIC PATTERN FOR THE MAN OF THE FIFTH ROOT RACE: Abraham, whose name means "father of multitudes" was the first of the Initiate teachers sent to the new Fifth Root Race which inhabited the earth after the destruction of the Atlantean continent by the Flood. He came from Ur, the city of "light", and settled in Haran, "a high place." Sarah and Lot traveled with him. Sarah, meaning "princess," signifies the feminine or love principle, and Lot, identified chiefly with Sodom, represents the lower nature. Thus, Abraham journeys into the new land accompanied by both the higher and the lower elements within his nature. As a pioneer, Abraham represents, astrologically, Saturn, who presides over beginnings of manifestation, and whose forces mold form out of the substance emerging from Chaos. To the spiritually enlightened it has always been held that every place mentioned in the Bible is here and now, and that every person mentioned is you, yourself. Thus, for example, Abraham's two wives, Sarah and Hagar typify man's higher and lower natures, respectively, and the two sons which they bore represent the attributes and deeds which result from the activities of these two opposing natures in man. Hagar and her son Ishmael, typify the lower self, Sarah and her son Isaac, typify the higher. The name Isaac means joy, the joy that comes with living true to the higher self. Abraham was first known as Abram and his wife Sarah as Sarai. With Abraham's First Initiation the letter H was added to their names. H, a feminine letter, when added to the names Abram and Sarai, indicates that in their initiatory experiences they had awakened within them the feminine or intuitive principle. The quickening of this principle gives birth to Isaac which, in the present context signifies the joy the soul experiences when it establishes right and harmonious relations with the Over-Soul. Abraham embodied what may be called the archetype of the Fifth Root Race. Hence the principal events which occurred in his life as recorded in the Bible are to be emulated in their essential significance by each and every [PAGE 3] individual belonging to the present Aryan Root Race. Abraham reached that high place in spiritual attainment which permitted him to commune face to face with the very Lord of Hosts. But the higher the soul ascends, the more subtle the temptations, and the more severe the ests and trials to be met and overcome. This being so, "many turned back, and walked with the Christ no more." In his spiritual progression Abraham eventually encountered one of the greatest of all tests on the initiatory path, the one known as the Great Renunciation. Thus it reads in Genesis 22:7-12: "And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My Father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt-offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me." This passage reveals Abraham's complete surrender of self. He had the will, the courage and the fortitude to meet the test successfully. In so doing he opened the door to an influx of power and illumination little dreamed by those who have not been so tried and proven. He had unquestioned faith to obey the command of the Lord (law), whatsoever the cost. Such is the course that qualifies one for carrying out some major part in God's great plan for man. Christ's assertion that "He that findeth his life, shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it," is a Temple teaching belonging to the ages. Again we read in Genesis 22:13: "Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son." The ram is the symbol of Aries. This sign was called "the lamb bearing one" [PAGE 4] by the ancients. In its highest aspects, the keywords for Aries are purity, service and sacrifice. It is a sign of the resurrection. Pisces, the last sign in the Zodiac, is the place of sorrow, the garden of tears, the Gethsemane on the Path. Its gate closes, but only to open on the first zodiacal sign, Aries, heralding the arrival of one new-born. Abraham had now arrived at this place in his initiatory development. One of the supreme spiritual experiences in the life of Abraham was his meeting with Melchizadek, who was one of the world's highest initiatory teachers. He was one of the Chief High Priests of Atlantis and Teacher of the remnant which survived the destruction of Atlantis by the Flood. Noah and his family are generic terms for that remnant. Melchizadek gave to Abraham the profound spiritual mystery teachings which later became known in the Christian world as the Christ-mass, and which orthodox Christianity speaks of as the Holy Communion. A higher version of this same spiritual mystery was the last and most sublime teaching which the Lord Christ gave to his most advanced disciples during his three year ministry upon Earth. A still higher revelation of this sacred mystery will become central to the teaching and the ritualism of the New Aquarian Age religion. "After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing that I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezar of Damascus?" --Genesis 15:12 It was after Abraham's meeting with Melchizadek that the Lord came to him in a vision. The question he then asked of the Lord: "What wilt thou give me seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezar of Damascus?" This question holds the key to an understanding of one of the most occult chapters in the Bible. To interpret briefly: The name Eliezar means "help of God." It signifies the awakened powers of divinity within. Eliezar is the pious and faithful steward of Abraham's household, which here signifies the body. He is of Damascus, a city which in biblical symbology signifies a center of illumination and a place where flowers are in perpetual bloom. Hitherto barren of progeny, what Abraham now asks the Lord is, in effect, what is he to [PAGE 5] bring forth, seeing that the God within is now functioning in a center of light, and that the spirit is in command of his personal attributes and faculties. That this was an experience in the inner realms is indicated in the statement that his meeting with the Lord was in a VISION. The spiritual aspect of the entire experience is, moreover, indicated by the Lord's promise to Abraham that the heir he sought would come forth out of his own "bowels," or interior being. His spiritual offspring was to be without number, as the very stars in heaven. Abraham believed, for the "mortal mind," the physical senses, the unbelieveing part of man, gave way to the soul's clear perception of truth on the plane of consciousness to which he had now ascended. The Lord also promised Abraham that unto his seed would be given the land that stretches "from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphates." Abraham then asked whereby he would know that such was to be his inheritance. The Lord replied enigmatically: "Take me an heifer of three years old and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon." (Genesis 15:9) He did so. But it was not a bloody sacrifice that he was called upon to perform. The entire experience recorded in this chapter occurred on a superphysical level, and the words describing it must be considered in terms of symbols if their inner menaings are to be apprehended in even the slightest degree. It must always be remembered that the deepest spiritual truths are never committed to writing but conveyed by word of mouth from Teacher to disciple in accordance with the latter's worthiness and understanding. Insofar as they are or can be transcribed in writing, symbols and ciphers of various kinds must convey as best they can what words alone cannot do. Since this is so, such written references as are made to the highest experiences of the soul are by their very nature obscure and enigmatic to all except those who have attained a state of consaciousness that penetrates into the soul of things and makes first-hand observation and corroboration possible. The ceremonialism of the exoteric religionist is but a mutilated fragment of the glorious ritualism to be found in thye Bible when this is read in the light of its esoteric content. Returning to the question of animal sacrifice, such was not the offering of Abraham at this time. The "wing which the soul fashions for high ascent" are not built of the agony and death of any living thing, but by sympathy, [PAGE 6] compassion, and an all-embracing, unifying love which includes all God's creatures from the highest to the lowest. The inner soul qualities requisite for the high attainment reached by an Initiate like Abraham can be formed in no other way. Let us apply the astrological key to the sacrifices required of Abraham. The heifer is a symbol of Taurus, and its sacrifice means renunciation of all base desires and selfish love. The goat is the symbol of Capricorn; it signifies the sacrifice of wordly power and ambition. The sheep is the symbol of Aries and represents the resurrection of the life powers through chastity and transmutation. The turtle-dove and pigeons are symbols of Libra, the Balance, and refer to the subtle experiences that test judgment at this stage of attainment. It is also to be noted that Abraham's sacrifices was made in Mamre, meaning strength, and near Hebron, meaning unity. "And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; an lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surely that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years." --Genesis 15:12, 13 Here is an outline of all that can be given publicly concerning the process of a certain Initiation. It tells of the ecstasy of spirit which accompanies the "great darkness." When Abraham lost consciousness on the physical plane he was awake in the inner or etheric realms. In God's Book of Remembrance he then reads in cosmic pictures the future events connected with the Aryan peoples whom he is being prepared to lead. Abraham's seed, the fruits of the spirit, are not in their home world when on Earth. They are strangers, passing through and serving matter, and subject to its limitations until the lower quartenary of form (400 years) has been transcended by the triune powers of spirit. "And it came to pass, when the sun went dosn, it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces."--Genesis 15:17 Heat, smoke and fire are inseparable from the refining processes that lead to Illumination. That Abraham passed through the "furnace" successfully and qualified himself for higher service is clear from the covenant which the Lord made with him "in the same day" saying, "Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates." [PAGE 7] JACOB AND MOSES: INITIATE SONS OF THE ANCIENT WISDOM: The hidden power of the fruit of the vine was realized by the early Fathers, as the following passages from Justin Martyr indicates: "The word blood of the grape was used purposely to express, that Christ has blood, not from the seed of man, but from the power of God. For in the same manner that man does not produce the blood of the vine, but God; so also this passage foretold, that the blood of Christ was not to be of human origin, but from the power of God and this prophecy shows that Christ is not a man, begotten of men according to the common law of men." Eusebius, a fourth century ecclesiastical historian, makes this comment on the foregoing passage; "...Men are redeemed by the blood of the grape which has God dwelling in it, and is spiritual." From statements such as these it is clear that what is referred to as "the blood of the grape" has a deep significance. It refers to the purification and transmutation of the blood. Christ told His disciples: "I am the vine, ye are the branches." A faithful aspirant places himself into a closer and more perfect attunement with Christ by means of the bread and the wine, and is thereby able to develop and manifest greater Christed powers within himself. Both Justin Martyr and Clement of Alexandria assert that it was Christ who appeared to Jacob in the dream in which he beheld a ladder reaching from earth to heaven, with Angels of God ascending and escending upon it. Above it stood the Lord, who said, "I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father and the God of Isaac" (Gen. 28:13). Cyprian, quoting from Genesis 35:1 writes: "...Believing as all the Fathers did that the God there spoken of who appeared to Jacob when he fled from Esau was Christ." As mentioned in the third volume of our NEW AGE BIBLE INTERPRETATION, illumined Masters down through the ages have taught their disciples that the work of Mystery Schools and the various forms of their Initiation were but preparatory steps for the coming of the supreme World Teacher, the Lord [PAGE 8] Christ. This statement holds true regarding seer-teachers of the Old Testament Dispensation. They were preparing themselves and their followers to later serve the Christ. In his Dreams Jacob was being taught to read in the Memory of Nature. There he saw the involutionary-evolutionary ladder which extends from heaven to earth and from earth to heaven, with multitudes of spirits descending into incarnation and reascending into heaven after earth's lessons have been learned. The Path of Discipleship has been similar in all ages. Aspeirants must meet the same tests and make the same over-comings. Only particulars change in the course of succeeding epochs. This initiatory Path is outlined with exceptional fidelity in the life of Jacob. It is recorded in Genesis 32:24 that when Jacob was left alone "there wrestled with him a man until the breaking of day." At the conclusion of this incident it was made clear that the One who prevailed over Jacob the new name of Israel, meaning one who preserves. "For," said He, "as a prince hast thou power with God and with men." The experience here related is a most meaningful one. That the Lord Christ was herein the Teacher and Guardian of Jacob is noted by Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria and Irenaeus. Jacob's experience of wrestling all night with the Angel and refusing to let it go until he received a blessing is a familiar one upon the Path of Discipleship. Spiritual powers latent within each aspirant thereby become sufficientlyaroused for him to manifest them within his life. "Let the Christ be formed in you," was St. Paul's admonition to his disciples. This was a necessary attainment before one could become a pioneer of the Christ Dispensation. In the life of Jacob this was accomlished. He parted from Esau (the lower nature) for all time. In conformity with the inner change that then occurred he was no longer called Jacob, but Israel, a name which also means "one who sees God." Jacob was now an heroic conqueror and a dedicated server. He was qualified to become a worker in the vineyard of the Lord Christ, who declared: "Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be the servant of all". Referring again to the verse in Genesis which says that "Jacob was left alone and there wrestled a man with him," Origen writes: "Who else could it be that is called at once man and God, who wrestled and contended with Jacob, that he who spake at sundry times and in divers manners unto the Father (Heb. 1:1) the holy Word of God who is called Lord and God, who also blessed Jacob [PAGE 9] and called him Israel, saying to him 'Thou hast prevailed with God.' It was thus that the men of those days beheld the Word of God, like our Lord's apostles did, who said, 'That which was from the beginning, which we have seen with our own eyes, and looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life (Jno. 1:1) which Word of Life Jacob also saw and added 'I have seen God face to face.'" After his wrestling experience, which ended in victory for him, Jacob ascended into Bethel, there to build an altar and dedicate his life to God. Many who pass through this exalting experience are conscious of the presence of the Christ, and of the out-pouring of His tender blessing upon their endeavors. Bethel means "the house of God," and there it is that a victorious candidate makes a complete dedication. Hyppolytus, an ecclesiastical writer of the third century, and a pupil of Trenaeus, made the following statement with reference to Christ as described in Jacob's prophecy (Gen. 49:9) and also in Revelation (5:5) "Now since the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, on account of his kingly and glorious state, was spoken of before as a lion." MOSES: Four of the most distinguished Church Fathers--Justin Martyr, Clemment of Alexandria, Irenaeus and Tertullian, assert that it was none other than the Christ who appeared to Moses in the burning bush. This phenomena was a reflection of the Cosmic Christ as He drew closer and closer to the earth prior to His human incarnation. Christ is the Lord of the Sun and Chief among the Fire Spirits, the Archangels. The Christian Dispensation is intimately guided by the Hierarchy of Leo, the Lords of Flame. Hence, the Fire Initiation is directly connected with the Christ Mysteries. This Fire is not a flame that burns but a light that purifies and transmutes. The bush that "burned" became ablaze with light but it was not consumed. This experience of Moses is a veiled account of the exaltation accompanying the Fire Initiation. For the disciple the preparation for the Initiation by Fire deals largely with the processes of Purification and Transmutation. All of the high initiatory processes are accompanied by celestial music. Richard Wagner, truly [PAGE 10] a musical Initiate, brought to earth something of the magnificence and splendor which accompanies the Initiation by Fire in the glory of his Fire Music which he gave to the world in his music-dramas, THE VALKYRIE and SIEGFRIED. The sublimity of these celestial strains, and also those of the final chords of THE GOTTERDAMMERUNG, sound like echoes and re-echoes from the tonal realms in the high heavens. In agreement with many Church Fathers, Justin Martyr believed that it was Christ who talked with Moses out of the bush, and he took issue with those who confounded God the Father with His Son. "Those who think that it was always God the Father who spoke to Moses, whereas He who spoke to him was the Son of God, who is also called an Angel (and an Apostle), are justly convinced both by the prophetical spirit, and by Christ himself, for knowing neither the Father nor the Son. For they who say that the Son is the Father, are convinced of neither knowing the Father nor of understanding that the God of the Universe has a Son, who, being the first-born Word of God, is also God. And formerly He appeared to Moses and to the prophets in the form of fire as an incorporeal image." Clement of Alexandria is another authority for the claim that it was Christ who said to Moses: "I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt." It is this Christ power which always delivers an aspirant out of Egypt, the symbolical land of bondage to the senses and to the darkness of mortal mind. Moses was permitted to view the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey (the Christ Dispensation of the Aquarian-Leo cycle). The saintly Origen tells us that it was the Christ who gave Moses on the holy mountain the Tables of the Law, when Moses was being taught to read the Akashic Records. He saw that the civilization of the Fifth Root Race was to have its foundation in the laws that became known as the Ten Commandments. He saw further that the Christ Himself would bring an extension of these laws, which He did by the precepts enunciated in the Sermon on the Mount. Humanity of the Fifth Root Race is still far from the development scheduled for it in the divine plan. Only a few of its members have reached the evolutionary status where they live in full accord with the Ten Commandments, and fewer still have any conception of the spiritual import of the Sermon on the Mount. As stated throughout the NEW AGE INTERPRETATION series, polarity is the key [PAGE 11] word of mystic Christianity. The two columns of polarity are formed by the Ten Commandments (the masculine column) and the Sermon on the Mount (the feminine column). For the Christed man of the coming Aquarian-Leo Race, the Ten Commandments will be the foundation on which he establishes his daily life, while the Sermon on the Mount will be its superstructure as he rises into higher dimensions of unfoldment. Elijah's ascent into heaven in a chariot of fire is the description of another illumined spirit who was being prepared through the Fire Initiation to work on both inner and outer planes in preparation for the coming Christ. This was likewise the Initiation of the three holy men who were cast into a fiery furnace and yet remained unharmed as recorded in the Book of Daniel. In its entirety this Book contains much information relative to Initiation by Fire. The Book of Daniel is closely related to the work of the Hierarchy of the Fire Sign Leo. It was the Initiation by Fire, as it guards the Threshold of the Christ Mysteries that the Supreme Teacher referred to when he told Nicodemus "Except a man be born of water and of the spirit [Fire], he cannot enter the kingdom of God," the new Christed order. [PAGE 12] DAVID AND SOLOMON: INCREASING REVELATIONS OF TRUTH AND WISDOM: We have frequently referred to the Bible as the "Wonder Book of the Ages." This is evinced by the fact that the further one advances spiritually, the more the Scriptures reveal their marvelous hidden secrets. Also, as previously stated, as man enters into the enlightenment of the Aquarian Age he will realize that the Bible is not only the supreme textbook of Light, but that it opens to his unfolding consciousness deeper mysteries and more profound truths than he can imagine at the present time. Many timeless truths are concealed in the biblical record of David and Solomon, both of whom possessed initiatory powers of a high degree. To prevent spiritual truths which they gave to the world from being misused or desecrated by persons not yet able to grasp and apply them rightly, they were couched in unattractive symbols or embodied in stories that were in keeping with the primitive and sensual development then prevalent. An ancient teaching declares: "If you would know the doctrine, you must live the life." This being true, one must conclude that David and Solomon--two illumined souls qualified for assuming spiritual leadership of their people-- were not guilty of such reprehensible conduct as a literal interpretation of some biblical stories attributes to them. For example, the women in the life of David really indicate definite stages of his spiritual development rather than various polygamous matings as would appear from a literal reading. Now Solomon is said to have had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Numerically 7 and 3 add to 10, the number of spiritual attainment. Such is the significance of this number as used throughout the entire Old Testament. Solomon is referred to as the highest initiate of the Old Testament Dispensation. The great love he appeared to have for women must not be interpreted as personal infatuation, but as a means of conveying the spiritual fact that he experienced the ecstasy that comes from having attained to union [PAGE 13] with the exalted Feminine Principle, a state requisite for the high initiatory degree ascribed to him. On the other hand, the several women in the life of David esoterically represent various steps in the progress of an aspirant. Thus, Michal stands for Mars' martial powers, given to be a snare to David: Eglah, the intimate personal love of Venus; Chimham, expansiveness of the Jupiterian consciousness. Hagith, the law and order of a well developed Saturnian nature; Abital, the enhanced attributes of faith and wisdom generally associated with Mercury. David's marriage to Abigail symbolizes a high state of spiritual consciousness (I Samuel 25:2-42). Abigail pleads for Nabal, the fool, who represents man's lower nature. The foods Nabal refused to share with David signify certain spiritual qualities about which a foolish mortal has no comprehension. After having sent David's men away and then partaken of a drunken orgy, he lived only ten days. The death of Nabal (lower nature) was followed by the union of Abigail (joy of God) and David (the Beloved). This again signifies a union with the "eternal feminine, that draws us ever upward and on"--in this instance to the crowning of David in Hebron (unity) as King of Judah (love and praise). It was not until after this MYSTIC MARRIAGE that David began the really great work of his career. During a seven-year period as King of Judah. David was being prepared for a still higher position as King of Jerusalem, the City of Peace. He was taught to read the Akashic Records (the Memory of Nature) and to study therein the pattern for the world's most glorious Mystery Temple, later externalized by his son Solomon. Just as there are certain spiritual centers in the body of man so are there corresponding centers of spiritual energy within the planet earth. For untold thousands of years the locations of these earthly centers have been the sites of Mystery Temples. From each one advanced spiritual truths have been disseminated to the peoples within its area of radiation. Jerusalem, the City of Peace, was the site of such a power release. Esoterically, Jerusalem is at the very heart of the earth. According to the testimony of extended vision, at the very dawn of civilization it was chosen and consecrated by Wise Ones under the guidance of angelic leaders. Here Melchizedek, the Mystery Priest and one of the most exalted members of the White Brotherhood, worked and taught. He brought over into Aryana the sacred wisdom from Atlantis before its final inundation--recorded biblically in the [PAGE 14] story of the Flood. It was in this sacred area--called by him Salem, City of Peace--that he initiated Abraham, the first of the Mystery observances which culminated in the Lord's Supper, the Feast of Bread and Wine. Later this same eminence became the site for Solomon's Temple, and thereon Abraham passed the supreme test in the Rite of Detachment when he was commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac. When this holy city had passed into the hands of the Jesuits, they renamed it JEBU and established therein a Temple devoted to the cult of Astarte. About 1000 B.C., after his becoming King of both Judah and Israel, David was inspired to make the city his capital, and he renamed it the CITY OF DAVID. From Jerusalem, located at an elevation that overlooked a wide surrounding territory, there has ever been a mighty inflow and outflow of spiritual energies. And besides being the heart-center of the whole earth and the home of Judah, he of the royal sign Leo, it appropriately became the CITY OF THE KING. What is more, Jerusalem was the focal center of the early Christian Mysteries--for which the work of David and the services held in the Temple of Solomon were a preparation. And it is destined to become the center of the Christian Mysteries in preparation for the second coming of the Christ as it was for His previous appearance. In fact, this holy place was the MECCA of the Initiates of both the Old and the New Testament Dispensations. It was the scene of activity for all of the Old Testament prophets excepting Amos and Hosae. Within its environs the Books of the Old Testament were conceived if not actually written. Both Joseph and the Holy Mother were Acolytes of the Jerusalem Temple. Jerusalem was also the scene of the major part of the Master's work and that of His immediate disciples and followers, many of the latter having their training in communitites located in nearby areas of high spiritual radiation-- as, for instance, the Mount of Olives where David passed one of his tests of regeneration and where Christ Jesus made His final and complete renunication in accordance with the will of the Father. And it was in this highly charged city that the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ Jesus took place. SOLOMON'S MISSION TO THE WORLD: Legend states that the birth of Solomon was attended by Hosts of Angels singing triumphant chorals just as they did at the birth of Jesus. It is also [PAGE 15] said that the Archangel Gabriel, guardian of mothers and children, was present to bestow his blessing upon the infant. Nathan, a prophet of God who guided David in ways of Truth, was appointed teacher and guardian of the youthful Solomon. So the child grew and devloped in an environment of righteousness and wisdom, thus qualifying him to perform his great work for the upliftment of mankind. One day, when Solomon was about thirteen years of age, the Court was assembled in the majestic Hall of Cedars when an Angel appeared and placed a golden leaf in the hands of King David. Upon this leaf was inscribed questions in mystic characters. David announced, "Whoso answers these questions shall become king of Israel after me." Then he read: "What is everything? what is nothing." Breaking the silence that followed, Solomon only made reply: "God is everything, the world is nothing." David continued reading: "What is of most account, and what is of least?" Once more it was Solomon who made reply: "Peace is of most account, and fear is of least." Solomon's foremost work was to build the great Mystery Temple. Teachings emanating therefrom were to serve the entire present Fifth Root Race throughout its evolutionary span. Mt. Moriah, like the Mt. of Olives previously referred to, was an area of great spiritual power. On it Solomon was instructed to erect a magnificent Temple and dedicate it in service to the divine purpose of bringing about the redemption of mankind. It was ordained that the Lord Christ should be received into this Temple, and that the wondrous meaning and mission of His coming to us should be relayed to the world therefrom. Mankind, however, did not live up to the divine precepts of Solomon; and later Temple servers did not recognize the expected Messiah when He did come. Hence, the day of the Crucifixion inaugurated the doom of the Temple. It was only a matter of time before its complete destruction. Jesus, foreseeing the fate of Jerusalem and the Temple, wept over the tragedy that was to overtake botrh. He knew that the city's inhabitants had failed to achieve the high destiny which had been prepared for them. As He beheld the long centuries lying ahead, He saw a future filled with strife and ravaging wars, with their aftermath of sorrow, pain and death, before the day of their redemption. David and Solomon, both high Initiates, came to earth to [PAGE 16] work for the regeneration of the human race in anticipation of the glorious coming of the Blessed Lord. It was not they who failed. Rather, it was the entire Firth Root Race. Solomon, by means of his initate powers, was able to control denizens of both the upper and nether realms. The foty-nine paths of wisdom were open to him, so mystic legends state. (4 plus 9 gives 13, the initiatory number belonging to the then approaching Christian Dispensation.) He even transmuted the vicious powers of demons into those serving the good of man. He controlled Nature Spirits and, at will, could send them to the furthermost confines of the world. He delivered many persons from bondage to the evil of obsession. The macrocosm is a reflection of the microcosm. Man's physical body, his temple, is a reflection of the solar Temple of the universe. The Master taught that it was this human temple which might be destroyed and then, through Initiation, be raised up again in three days. In mystic Masonry it is the temple built by two kings and a widow's son. The latter, Hiram or Khurum by name, becomes the Master-Builder--his name meaning HIGH, WHITE, LIFTED UP. King Solomon represents the heart. King Hiram of Tyre the head. Hiram, the master workman and a widow's son, symbolizes an aspirant who is working to unite the love power of the heart with the intellect of the head. Every masonic candidate is admonished to keep his working tools in the column of Jachin, the head. Boaz, the feminine heart column, is the fallen pillar which cannot be raised until the power of love balances that of reason. Only when love is truly "the fulfilling of the law" will the column of Boaz resume its upright position. These are the two columns that guard the entrance to all initiatory Temples, and every neophyte must pass between them on his quest for Light. Many are the legends connected with the Molen Sea. This sea, in the form of a flower, was (and is) supported by twelve oxen. As a "widow's son" (neophyte) becomes a "master-builder" by the alchemy of transmutation within himself, his "molten sea" becomes a crystal wherein the outlines of past, present and future are indelibly impressed. This ability enables him to transform his physical vehicle into the "flower body" of an Initiate--a work done under the guidance and instruction of the twelve zodiacal Hierarchies. It was such attainment that placed Solomon among the the Wise Men of all ages. And the "lake" upon which he stood to welcome the Queen of Sheba symbolizes his own [PAGE 17] personal "molten sea." Solomon's throne was fashioned of the fine gold of Ophir inlaid with marble and incrusted with rare jewels. On each of the six steps to it were two golden lions and two golden eagles standing face to face, indicative of the Leo- Aquarian Age and its pioneers who have learned to builds the glorious light body typified by Solomon's Temple. No workman was ill during the seven years that the Temple was under construction, nor was the perfect condition of their tools impaired. "When completed, the Temple shone like a golden hill set upon a silver mountain. The altar of bronze increased so that it might embrace the EARTH. The molten sea encompassed the spirit of all WATERS. The curtains caught and held the shimmering shadows of blue AIR; and the candlestick, the glory of celestial FIRE." Surrounding the Temple was a grove of golden trees bearing perpetual fruits that fell only when approached by an enemy. Within the sanctuary was an ivory wand, the touch of which gave injury to the unclean but proved harmless to the pure. A transparent wall within the interior of the sanctuary remained crystal clear on the approach of the righteous but darkened when the unworthy came near. At the dedication of the Temple, these words were spoken by the Lord, the manifestation of spiritual law: "I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there forever; and mine yes and mine heart shall be there perpetually"--1 Kings IX:3. Legends state that Solomon placed a golden key in the door of the Holy of Holies to the rhythms of heavenly music and chanting: "Open wide the doorway of the Holy of Holies, that the King of Glory may go unto his rest." SOLOMON'S SUPREME INITIATION: "And when the Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. "And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she came to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. "And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not anything hid from the king, which he told her not." I Kings X:1-3 The coming of this beautifulk queen of wisdom is the triumphal crowning of Solomon's life. The wisdom, of which he sings as being above the price of [PAGE 18] rubies, was at last his own possession. Before its attainment he never could have penned the matchless SONG OF SONGS, the Song of the Mystic marriage-- described as "a love song set to lilies." It proclaims the final blending of the lower nature with the higher, the sublimation of the material into the spiritual. This is the highest achievement of divine alchemy. It must take place within the consciousness and life of a disciple, for it brings him into communion with those celestial planes whereon the glory of the song becomes his own personal experience. The name Sheba means SEVEN with its sevenfold interpretation: "the Beautiful, the Old, the One, the Giver, the Dangerous, the First, the Last." She was the queen of all Arabian flowers; Balkirs, her name, means BENEDICTION. Solomon spent three years in preparation for her coming. He built two mighty walls that began at the frontier of Israel and ended at the gates of Jerusalem. One was of silver and the other of gold, and between them was a crystal lake in which the entire world was mirrored. It was thereon that he awaited her arrival. Sheba came arrayed in seven robes as subtle as woven air, and she approached Solomon as he was standing on this crystal "lake" as though he were in water. Her gifts to the king were priceless pearls while his to her were eight green rose trees of mystic Damascus, all starry with blossoms, and jars containing the waters of eternal life from the well of Siloam--the last being a phrase from an old Egyptian Mystery Temple. "And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her. "And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine yes had seen it; and behold, the half was not told to me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame of which I heard. "Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, whcih stand cotinually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom." I KIngs X:4-8 In the great tent of the king, guests who were assembled for the reception of the gifts were overshadowed by invisible hosts of the angelic choir. Solomon saluted the fair queen with the words: "You are holy as the Ark of God; your body is His house." At these words the king's salutation, many of [PAGE 19] the guests wavered and departed; but Balkris, Queen of Sheba, swayed and stood upright and alone in the middle of the royal tent. "Many are called but few are chosen." Others also wavered and turned away, unable to walk longer in the Master's way--the straight and narrow path of Initiation which leads to the portals of the mystic Temple where gifts are bestowed upon a successful aspirant who is wedded to wisdom and has learned the glory of the house not made with hands, but eternal in the heavens. It is as the completion of this "house" that he earns the wages of the Master and acquires ability to travel in foreign countries, the supreme attainment for pioneers of the human race. From Jerusalem, Solomon reigned over all Israel the cabalistic period of forty years. At the time of his transition his eyes beheld a vision of the future: the destruction of the earthly tabernacle because it was impermanent, transitory. Said another great Christian Initiate: "Things seen are temporal; things unseen, eternal." Solomon, King of peace, rasining aloft the sacred ring bearing the ineffable name, admonished: Build ye the Temple invisible and eternal." [PAGE 20] SONGS OF INITIATION: THE PSALMS: Both the Psalms and the Proverbs of the Old Testament were used in a number of ways in the magnificent Temple ceremonials. However, they were neither read nor spoken, but were sung or chanted, and were usually accompanied by the graceful rhythms of the sacred dance. The aspirants were taught that sound, or intonation, was the emanation or blessing from God, the Father; that harmony was the emanation or blessing of the Cosmic Christ; and that rhythm and rhythmic motion were the emanation or blessing of the Holy Spirit. Thus it was that the threefold power of the Holy Trinity was expressed in all Temple ceremonials. The Psalms express various degrees of spiritual attainment. The Ninety- first Psalm is a song of protection. By its use the disciple was taught how to flood his body with pure white light of such power that no harm could touch it, by repeating again and again the powerful affirmation of protective security: "A thousand shall fall at thy right side and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee." The Twenty-third Psalm is one of promise. "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies." These enemies are not merely personal enemies who wish us ill; they are also the more dangerous enemies that exist within oneself--wrong thinking, false appetities, and uncontrolled emotions, especially the destructive emotions of fear, hatred, malice and the coarser desires of the unregenerated personality. "Thou anointest my head with oil" (the awakening of the spiritual organs in the head). "My cup runneth over." "Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord (spiritual Law) forever." Psalm XXIV is a Song of Jubilation. "Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory?" The answer to the question is that the Lord is the King of Glory; but the aspirant understands [PAGE 21] that this also refers to the "Christ Within," for every man is spiritually made in the image and likeness of God. In our writings we have referred many times to the glorious processionals which take place within the inner realms and which are led by the Christ Himself. Those who are worthy are permitted to witness these processionals and sometimes to take part in them. This, however, can never be until the Christ is awakened within the aspirant's own nature. And so it is that this psalm of jubilation carries two meanings: the joy that is known when the Christ Spirit has entered into the heart of the disciple, and the recognition that by this event he has become worthy to stand in the Presence of our supreme Lord Christ Himself, while he hears the jubilant chorusing of Angels: "Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and the King of Glory shall come in." PROVERBS AND ECCLESIASTES: The Proverbs, as used in the anceint Temple, were powerful healing mantrams. The occult scientist understands that the human body is composed of certain groups known as feminine, or negative. The former are under the rulership of the brain and cerebro-spinal nervous system. The latter are under the rulership of the heart and the sympathetic nervous system. It is the inharmonious interaction of these two systems that causes most disease. As the disciple progresses spiritually these two systems are brought into ever closer harmony. Aperfect relationship between the two systems is known as the attainment of Balance, or Polarity in the spiritual sense, and with it the body becomes impervious to disease. This is the secret of the perfect bodies possessed by the Masters of Wisdom and high Initiates who have risen in spiritual stature above and beyond disease and death. Proverbs say truly, "Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars." And for the ready and eager disciple the injunction is given: "Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine that I have mingled." It is because Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are especially the textbooks of illumination that Wisdom, personified as a feminine principle of God, while Understanding, as used in Proverbs, is the masculine. Wisdom is the inflow of cosmic revelation, but Understanding is achieved through reason and initiatory [PAGE 22] work. Therefore Proverbs opens with the command: "Get wisdom and understand- ing." This is really the keynote of the entire work. Solomon repeatedly declares that Wisdom is the principal object of the quest. It is significant that the esoteric Temple music was both masculine and feminine, and was played upon instruments attuned to their respective rhythms. For the Temple aspirant, the cantillation used in Proverbs was designed to play directly upon the two chief currents which flow within the etheric body. Thus the musical theme of both Proverbs and Ecclesiastes may be termed polarity and equilibrium. The perfect Balance between the two poles of the human spirit can never be effected, however, until the lower feminine has been lifted up through pure and aspirational living. This term, "lower feminine," refers to the emotional nature as still held in subjection by the sense life, and in bondage to selfish aims and purposes. In most ancient writings the human "soul" or "spirit" (ego) was called feminine, and thus the lower aspect of the soul nature was termed the "fallen feminine" which must be lifted up and redeemed. In the early Church the cantillations of Proverbs were used principally on Sundays between the Winter Solstice (Christmas) and the Spirng Equinox (Easter), this being the most favorable transmutation time of the year and the most holy of seasons. The rhythmic dualism of Proverbs which plays upon the dual currents of the soul body and two nerve systems is clearly discerning in many of its verses; for example: Proverbs 14:1; 15:20; 19:26; 6:20, 21. "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake no the law of thy mother; Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck." THE SONG OF SOLOMON--A MYSTIC MARRIAGE CHANT: The word Sheba means seven, and Sheba's coming to Solomon constitutes the preparation for the soul delights of the Mystic Marriage, which is the [PAGE 23] spiritual motif of the Song of Songs. For those whose eyes are open to the true meaning of the Quest, this ancient legend legend of Sheba and Solomon contains many hints as to its purpose and the preparation necessary to its successful conclusion. Solomon, the Wisdom-Seer, had found the Way and had learned to walk therein, preparing for the future embodiment of that One who was to come as a more complete and perfect demonstration of "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." This sublime "Song of Songs" attributed to Solomon sings in its inspired measures of the preparation and the Way. In this song the alchemist-author has expressed in allegory the formula for making the Philosopher's Stone. The story itself is quite simple. It tells of King Solomon who, upon visiting his vineyard on Mt. Lebanon, comes by surprise upon a fair Shulamite maiden. She flees from him. Later he visits her disguised as a shepherd, and wins her love, after which he comes in state to claim her for his queen. The poem opens with a recital of their marriage in the royal palace. The Song of Solomon has two principal characters, one masculine, the other feminine. The first bears the name Shelomah (peaceable), the second Shulamith (perfect). It is significant that both names are variations of the same root word, the terminology varying to indicate the gender. Shulamith is the feminine form of Solomon. In the English translations the two characters cannot be differentiated as they are in the Hebrew. The two poles of spiritual being were recognized in all ancient Temple teachings, and they were symbolized in the two columns or pillars which stood before the Mystery Temples. At the entrance of Solomon's Temple stood the two pillars Jachin and Boaz, together symbolizing Strength and Stability, and also Beauty; they are also known as the two Columns of Victory. Always the candidate must pass between these two pillars in his search for Light, the Light which is in the East. Solomon's mystic Song is a poetic and allegorical delineation of the steps or degrees which which lead to the development of Cosmic Consciousness, partly evidenced in seership. These degrees, sometimes termed "veils" in the early Mystery Schools, are seven in number and are enumerated thus: First Degree: The Quest Second Degree: The Awakening of Love (the Mystic) [PAGE 24] Third Degree: The Attainment of Knowledge (the Occult) Fourth Degree: Detachment Fifth Degree: Unification Sixth Degree: Annihilation Seventh Degree: Consummation The exultant note which is sounded in King Solomon's Song takes form in the lovely words repeated so often throughout: "My beloved is mine and I am His," while the phrase which completes the chant, "and he feedeth among the lilies," is descriptive of the Path which culminates in the divine Consummation. This ultimate cosmic blending of the two poles of Spirit which constitutes the Mystic Marriage is represented in the verses with which St. John opens his Gospel: "The Word was with God"; and its music accompanies every verse of Solomon's beautiful marriage song. Veiled, for him who is not ready to essay the Quest, under the likeness of a tenderly human love song, the Song of Songs is to the illumined a revelation from the very Holy of Holies, wherein he stands in the Light Eternal, now no longer seen "as through a glass, darkly," but with transcendant clearness, "Face to Face." THE BOOK OF JOB: The Book of Job is unique in the Old Testament in that it is, more than any other book, adapted to the needs and requirements of the disciple in the modern world, just as it stands. The disciple can accept this book as a manual of instruction, a textbook for meditation, and as an example of holiness and spiritual strength for emulation day by day. There are two supreme laws which govern the earth planet. One is the Law of Spirit; the other the Law of Materiality. Every man possesses free will and the ability to choose which law he will live under, whether the causation of materiality or the freedom from all bondage in Spirit. The fruitage of his life will give evidence of his choice. In that illuminating mystic picture book of life, the Tarot system, these two paths are shown. A youth stands between two maids, each of whom is endeavoring to persuade him to follow her. One is crowned with the fruit of the vine, the other is crowned with stars. The latter sings: "Every man must make his choice, the way his soul shall go." In the Book of Job the two paths are represented by Elihu--the Way of Spirit, and by Job's Three Friends--the Way of Materiality. The three friends are familiar to all of us, for they represent the lure of the sense life as expressed through the physical body, the desires (or desire body), and the material or "mortal mind." Continued with file "RC3002.TXT" End of File

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