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Filename: RC4009.TXT [PAGE 140] ROSICRUCIAN CHRISTIANITY BIBLE COURSE: "THE BIBLE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE WESTERN WORLD BY THE RECORDING ANGELS, WHO GIVE TO EACH AND ALL EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT." --Max Heindel LESSON NO. 8: THE CREATION (continued): REFERENCES: Genesis, Chapter 1. Having satisfied ourselves that the beginning of our System and the work of the creative Hierarchies, as described by occult science, harmonize with the teachings of the Bible, we will now examine the Bible account of the different "Days of Creation" and see how they agree with the occult teach- ings relative to Saturn, Sun, and Moon Periods; the three and one half Revolutions of the Earth Period; and the Polarian Hyperborean, Lemurian, and Atlantean Epochs, which have preceded the present Aryan Epoch.* Naturally, a detailed account could not be given in a few lines like the first chapter of Genesis, but the main points are there in orderly succes- sion, very much like an algebraical formula for Creation. The second verse proceeds: "The Earth was waste and uninhabited, and darkness rested upon the face of the deep; and the Spirits of the Elohim floated above the deep." In the beginning of manifestation that which is now the Earth was in the Saturn Period, and in exactly the condition de- scribed. It was not "without form and void." as expressed in the King James version. It was hot, and thus well defined separate from the deep of space, which was cold. It is true that it was dark, but it could be dark and still be hot, for "dark" heat necessarily precedes glowing or visible heat. Above this dark Earth of the Saturn Period floated the creative Hierarchies. They worked upon it from the outside and molded it. The Bible refers to them as the "Spirits of Elohim." The Sun Period is well described in the third verse, which says. "And the Elohim said. Let there be Light; and there was Light." This passage has been jeered at as the most ridiculous nonsense. The scornful query has been put. How could there be light upon the Earth when the Sun was not made until the fourth day? The Bible narrator, however, is not speaking of the Earth alone. He is speaking of the central "fire-mist," from which were formed the planets of our system, including the Earth. Thus when the nebula reached a state of glowing heat, which it did in the Sun Period, there was no necessity for an outside illuminant: the Light was within. [PAGE 141] In the fourth verse we read: "The Elohim differentiated between the light and the darkness." Necessarily, for the outside space was dark, in contradistinction to the glowing nebula which existed during the Sun Period. The Moon Period is described in the sixth verse, as follows: "And Elohim said, Let there be an EXPANSION (translated "firmament" in other versions) in the waters, to divide the water from the water." This exactly describes conditions in the Moon Period, when the heat of the glowing fire-mist and the cold of outside space had formed a body of water around the fiery core. The contact of fire and water generated steam, which is water in expansion, as our verse describes. It was different from the comparatively cool water, which constantly gravitated toward the hot, fiery core, to replace the outrushing steam. Thus there was a constant circulation of the water held in suspension, and also an expansion, as the steam, rushing outward from the fiery core, formed an atmosphere of "fire-fog" condense by contact with outside space, returning again to the core to be reheated and perform an- other cycle. Thus there were two kinds of water, and a division between them, as stated in the Bible. The dense water was nearest the fiery core; the expanded water or steam was on the outside. This also harmonizes with the scientific theory of modern times. First the dark heat; then the glowing nebula; later the outside moisture and in- side hear; and, finally, incrustation. The Earth Period is next described. Before we take up its description, however, we have to deal with the Recapitulations. The verses quoted and the descriptions given will also correspond to the recapitulatory Periods. thus what is said of the Saturn Period describes also the condition of the System when it emerges from any of the rest Periods. The descriptions of the Saturn, Sun, and Moon Periods would therefore correspond to the first three Revolutions of our present Earth Period, and the following would cor- respond with conditions on Earth in the present Revolution. In the ninth verse we read, "And Elohim said, Let the waters be divided from the cry land. . .and Elohim called the dry land Earth." This refers to the first firm incrustation. Heat and moisture had generated the solid body of our present Globe. THE POLARIAN EPOCH: The ninth verse, which describes the Earth Period if this fourth Revolution (where the real Earth Period work commenced), also describes the formation of the mineral kingdom and the Recapitulation by man of the mineral stage in the Polarian Epoch. Each Epoch is also a Reca- pitulation of the previous stage. Just as there are Recapitulations of Globes, Revolutions, and Periods, so there are on each Globe, recapitula- tions of all that has gone before. These Recapitulations are endless. There is always a spiral within a spiral--in the atom, in the Globe, and in all other phases of evolution. Complicated and bewildering as this may appear at first, it is really not so difficult to understand. There is an orderly method running through it [PAGE 142] all and in time one is able to perceive and follow the workings of this method, as a clue leading through a maze. Analogy is one of the best helps to an understanding of evolution. THE HYPERBOREAN EPOCH is described in verses 11 to 19 as the work of the fourth day. It is here recorded that Elohim created the plant kingdom, the Sun, the Moon, and the stars. The Bible agrees with the teachings of modern science that plants suc- ceeded the mineral. The difference between the two teachings is in regard to the time when the Earth was thrown off from the central mass. Science asserts that it was before the formation of any incrustation which could be called mineral and plant. If we mean such minerals and plants as we have today, that assertion is correct. There was no dense material substance, but nevertheless the first incrustation that took place in the central Sun was mineral. The Bible narrator gives only the principal incidents. It is not recorded that the incrustation melted when it was thrown off from the central mass as a ring which broke, the fragments afterward coalescing. In a body as small as our Earth, the time required for recrystallization was so comparatively short that the historian does not mention it, nor the further subsidiary fact that the melting process took place once more when the Moon was thrown off from the Earth. He probably reasons that one who is entitled to occult information is already in possession of such minor details as those. The plants of the incrustation of the central fire-mist were ethereal, therefore the melting processes did not destroy them. As the lines of force along which ice crystals form are present in the water, so when the Earth crystallized, were those ethereal plant-forms in it. They were the molds which drew to themselves and the dense material forming the plant-bodies of the present day and also of the plant-forms of the past, which are embedded in the geological strata of our Earth globe. These ethereal plant-forms are aided in their formation when the heat came from outside, after the separation of the Earth from Sun and Moon. That heat gave them the vital force to draw to themselves the denser sub- stance. The LEMURIAN EPOCH is described in the work of the fifth day. this Ep- och, being the third, is in a sense a Recapitulation of the Moon Period, and in the Biblical narrative we find described such conditions as obtained in the Moon Period--water, fire-fog, and the first attempts at moving, breath- ing life. Verses 20 and 21 tell us that "Elohim said, Let the waters bring forth life-breathing things. . .and fowl. . .; and Elohim formed the great amphib- ians and all life-breathing things according to their species, and all fowl with wings." This also harmonizes with the teaching of material science that the am- phibians preceded the birds. The student is invited to not particularly that THE THINGS THAT WERE FORMED WERE NOT LIFE. It does NOT way that Life was created, but "things" [PAGE 143] THAT BREATHE OR INHALE LIFE. . .The Hebrew word for that which they inhaled is NEPHESH, and it should be carefully noted, as we shall meet it in a new dress later. The ATLANTEAN EPOCH is dealt with in the work of the sixth day. IN verse 24 the creation of mammals is mentioned, and there the work nephesh again occurs, explaining that the mammals "breathed life." "Elohim said. Let the earth bring forth life-breathing things. . .mammals. . .;" and in verse 27., "Elohim formed man in their likeness: male and female made they (Elohim) them." The Bible historian here omits the a-sexual and hermaphrodite human stages and comes to the two separate sexes, as we know them now. He could not do otherwise, as he is describing the Atlantean Epoch, and by the time that stage in evolution was reached there were neither sexes having taken place earlier--in the Lemurian epoch. That which afterward became man could hardly be spoken of as man in the earlier stages of its development, as it differed but little from the animals. Therefore the Bible narrator is doing no violence to facts when he states that man was formed in the Atlantean Ep- och. In verse 28 (all versions) will be found a very small prefix, with a very great significance: "Elohim said, Be fruitful and RE-plenish the earth." This plainly shows that the scribe who wrote it was cognizant of the occult teaching that the life wave had evolved here, on Globe D of the Earth Pe- riod, in previous Revolutions. The ARYAN EPOCH corresponds to the seventh day of Creation, when the Elohim rested from their labors as Creators and Guides, and humanity had been launched upon an independent career. This ends the story of the manner in which the Forms were produced. In the succeeding lessons the story is told from the point of view which deals a little more with the Life side. NOTES: *Occult science teachings that the evolutionary scheme is carried through five Worlds (the Physical World, the Desire World, the World of Thought, the World of Life Spirit, and the World of Divine Spirit), or Cosmic Root-substance of varying rates of vibration, in seven great Periods of manifestation during which the virgin spirit, or evolving life, becomes first, man--then, a God. The names of these seven Periods, or successive rebirths of the earth, are as follows: the Saturn Period, the Sun Period, the Moon Period, the Earth Period, the Jupiter Period, the Venus Period, and the Vulcan Period. It must not be thought that the above mentioned Periods have anything to do with the planets which move in their orbits around the sun in company with the earth. In fact, it cannot be too emphatically stated that there is no connection whatever between these planets and the Periods. The [PAGE 144] Periods are simply past, present, or future incarnations of our earth, "con- ditions" through which it has passed, is now passing, or will pass in the future. The three first-mentioned Periods (the Saturn, Sun, and Moon Periods) have been passed through. We are now in the fourth, or Earth Period. These periods are divided into seven Revolutions on seven successive Globes. Our passage on the lowest of these Globes is divided into seven Epochs: Polarian, Hyperborean, Lemurian, Atlantean, Aryan, and two other Epochs which are unnamed. The three and one-half Periods already behind us have been spent in gaining our present vehicles and consciousness. The remaining three and one-half Periods will be devoted to perfecting these different ve- hicles and expanding our consciousness into something akin to omniscience. QUESTIONS NO LESSON NO. 8: 1. Name the Periods and Epochs of manifestation as mentioned in occult teachings. 2. Describe briefly the conditions existing in each, correlating with verses in Genesis. 3. What is meant by recapitulation? 4. What should we particularly noted was CREATED? 5. Explain how it is true that "man was formed in the Atlantean Epoch." 6. What is the significance of the prefix "Re" placed before "plenish"? 7. What are the characteristics of the present Aryan Epoch? [PAGE 145] "THE BIBLE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE WESTERN WORLD BY THE RECORDING ANGELS, WHO GIVE TO EACH AND ALL EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT." --Max Heindel LESSON NO. 9: THE CREATION (continued): REFERENCES: Genesis 1, 2, and 5. There has been much learned discussion concerning the discrepancy be- tween, and especially the authorship of, the creation story of the first chapter and that which starts at the fourth verse of the second chapter of Genesis. It is asserted that the two accounts were written by different men, because the Being of Beings, the name of Whom the translators have ren- dered as "God" in both the first and second chapters of the English version, are, in the Hebrew test, called "Elohim" in the first chapter, and "Jehovah" in the second chapter. It is argued that the same narrator would not have named God in two different ways. Had he meant the same God in both cases, he probably would not, but he was not a monotheist. He knew better than to think of God as simply a supe- rior Man, using the sky for a throne and the earth for a footstool. When he wrote of Jehovah he meant Leader Who had charge of the particular part of the work of creation which was then being described. Jehovah was and is one of the Elohim. He is the Leader of the Angels who were the humanity of the Moon Period, and he is Regent of our Moon. As Regent of our Moon, He has charge of the evil degenerate beings there, and He also rules the Angels. With Him are some of the Archangels, who were the humanity of the Sun Period. They are the "Race Spirits." It is the work of Jehovah to build concrete bodies or forms, by means of hardening, crystallizing Moon forces. Therefore, He is the giver of chil- dren and the Angels are His messengers in this work. It is well known to physiologists that the Moon is connected with gestation; periods of intrauterine life and other physiological functions. The Archangels, as Spirits and Leaders of a Race, are known to fight for or against people, as the exigencies of the evolution of that race demand. [PAGE 146] In Daniel 10:20, an Archangel, speaking to Daniel, says: "And now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia will come." The Archangel Michael is the Race-Spirit of the Jews (Daniel 12:1), but JEHOVAH IS NOT THE GOD OF THE JEWS ALONE; HE IS THE AUTHOR OF ALL RACE-RELIGIONS WHICH LET UP TO CHRISTIANITY. Nevertheless, it is true that He did take a special interest in the Original Semites, the "seed-race" for the seven races of the Aryan Epoch. Jehovah, of course, takes special care of a seed-race, in which are to be inculcated the embryonic faculties of the humanity of a new Epoch. For that reason He was particularly con- cerned with the Original Semites. They were His "chosen people"--chosen to be the seed for a new Race, which was to inherit the "Promised Land"-- the entire Earth, as it is at present. He did not lead them out of Egypt. That story originated with their de- scendants and is a confused account of their journey eastward through the flood and disaster out of the doomed Atlantis into the "wilderness" (the Desert of Gobi in Central Asia), there to wander during the cabalistic forty years, until they could enter the Promised Land. There is a double and pe- culiar significance to the descriptive word "promised" in this connection. The land was called the "promised land" because, as and or earth is suitable for human occupation, it did not exist at the time the "Chosen People" were led into the "wilderness." Part of the Earth had been submerged by floods and other parts changed by volcanic eruptions, hence it was necessary that a period of time elapse before the new Earth was in a fit condition to become the possession of the Aryan Race. The Original Semites were set apart and forbidden to marry into other tribes or peoples, but they were a stiff-necked and hard people, being yet led almost exclusively by desire and cunning, therefore they disobeyed the command. Their Bible records that the sons of God married the daughters of men--the lower grades of their Atlantean compatriots. They thus frustrated the designs of Jehovah and were cast off, the fruit of such crossbreeding being useless as seed for the coming Race. [PAGE 147] The contention of the opponents of the Bible, that it is a mere mutila- tion of the original writings, is cheerfully agreed to by occult science. Parts of it are even conceded to be entire fabrications and no attempt is made to prove its authenticity as a whole, in the form we now have it. The present effort is simply an attempt to exhume a few kernels of occult truths from the bewildering mass of misleading and incorrect interpretations under which they have been buried by the various translators and revisors. Having disentangled form the general confusion the identity and mission of Jehovah, it may be that we can now find harmony in the two seemingly con- tradictory accounts of the creation of man, as recorded in the first and second chapters of Genesis, in the first of which it is written that he was the last, and in the second that he was the first created of all living things. We note that the first chapter deals chiefly with the creation of Form, the second chapter is devoted to the consideration of Life, while the fifth chapter deals with consciousness. The key to the meaning, then, is that we must differentiate sharply between the physical Form and the Life that build that Form for its own expression. Although the order of the creation of the other kingdoms is not as correctly given in the second chapter as in the first, it is true that if we consider man from the Life side, he was created FIRST; but if we consider man from the standpoint of Form, as is done in the first chapter, he was created LAST. All through the course of evolution--through Periods, Globes, Revolutions and Races--those who do not improve by the formation of NEW characteristics are held back and immediately begin to degenerate. Only that which remains plastic and pliable and adaptable for molding into new Forms suitable for the expression of the expanding consciousness; only the Life which is ca- pable of outgrowing the possibilities for improvement inhering in the forms it ensouls, can evolve with the pioneers of any life wave. All else must struggle on behind. This is the kernel of the deeper teachings. Progress is not simply unfoldment; not simply involution and evolution. There is a third factor, making a triad--Involution, Evolution, AND--EPIGENESIS. The first two words are familiar to all who have studied Life and Form. but while it is generally admitted that the involution of spirit into matter takes place in order that Form may be built, it is not so commonly recog- nized that THE INVOLUTION OF SPIRIT RUNS SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE EVOLUTION OF FORM. From the very beginning of the Saturn Period up to the time in the Atlantean Epoch when "man's eyes were opened" by the Lucifer Spirits, and as a consequence the activities of man--or the Life-force which has become man, were chiefly directed inward; that very same force which he now sends out from himself to build railways, steamboats, etc., was used internally in building a vehicle through which to manifest himself. This vehicle is threefold, like the spirit which built it. The same power by which man is now improving outside conditions was used during Involution for purposes of internal growth. The Form was built by Evolution; the Spirit built and entered it by Invo- lution; but the means for devising improvements is Epigenesis. There is a strong tendency to regard all that is, as the result of some- thing that has been; all improvements on previously existing forms, as being present in all forms as latencies; to regard Evolution as simply the unfold- ing of germinal improvements. Such a conception excludes Epigenesis from the scheme of things. It allows no possibility for the building of anything NEW, no scope for originality. The occultist believes the purpose of evolution to be the development of man from a static to a dynamic God--a Creator. If the development he is at present undergoing is to be his education and if, during its progress, he is simply unfolding latent actualities, where does he learn to CREATE? If man's development consists solely in learning to build better and bet- ter Forms, according to MODELS already existing in his Creator's mind, he can become, at best only a good IMITATOR--never a CREATOR. QUESTIONS ON LESSON NO. 9: 1. Who is meant when the term "Jehovah" is used in the Bible? 2. Describe the work of this Being. 3. Why were the Original Semites called the "chosen people"? 4. From whom have the present Aryan Races descended. 5. Name the three factors constituting the triad of progress. 6. State the arguments in favor of epigenesis. 7. What does occult science teach to be the object of evolution? [PAGE 148] "THE BIBLE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE WESTERN WORLD BY THE RECORDING ANGELS, WHO GIVE TO EACH AND ALL EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT." --Max Heindel LESSON NO. 10: THE CREATION (continued): REFERENCES: Genesis 1,2 and 5. In order that man may become an independent, original Creator, it is nec- essary that his training should include sufficient latitude for the exercise of the individual originality which distinguishes creation from imitation. So long as certain features of the old Form meet with the requirements of progression they are retained, but at each rebirth the evolving Life adds such original improvements as are necessary for its further expression. Starting with the simplest organisms, the Life which is now Man built the Form to suit its necessities. In due time, as the entity progressed, it be- came evident that new improvements must be added which conflicted with the lines previously followed. A new start must be given it in a new species, where it could retrieve any previous mistakes which experience taught would preclude further development if the old lines were adhered to, and thus the evolving life would be enabled to progress farther in a new species. When later experience proved that the new form also was inadequate, inasmuch as it could not adapt itself to some improvement necessary tot he progress of the evolving life, it too was discarded and still another departure made, in a form adaptable to the necessary improvement. Thus by successive steps does the evolving Life improve its vehicles, and the improvement is still going on. Man, who is in the vanguard of progress, has built his bodies, from the similitude of the amoeba up to the human form of the savage, and from that up through the various grades until the most advanced Races are now using the best and most highly organized bodies on Earth. Between deaths and rebirths we are constantly building bodies in which to function during out lives and a far greater degree of efficiency than the present will yet be reached. If we make mistakes in building be- tween lives, they be evident when we are using the body in Earth life, and it is well for us if we are able to perceive and realize our mistakes, that we may avoid making them afresh life after life. [PAGE 149] Therefore there is one line of improving forms ensouled by the pioneers of the evolving Life, and another line of DEGENERATING forms, outgrown by the pioneers but ensouled by the stragglers, as long as there are any stragglers of that particular life wave to which those forms originally belonged. When there are no more stragglers, the species gradually dies out. The Forms have been crystallized beyond the possibility of being improved by tenants of increasing inability. They therefore return to the mineral king- dom., fossilize and are added to the different strata of the Earth's crust. The assertion of material science that man has ascended through the dif- ferent kingdoms of plant and animal which exist about us now to anthropoid and thence to man, is not quite correct. Man has never inhabited forms identical with those of our present-day animals, nor the present-day anthro- poid species; but he has inhabited forms which were similar to but HIGHER than those of the present anthropoids. The scientist sees that there is an anatomical likeness between man and the monkey, and as the evolutionary impulse always makes for improvement, he concludes that man must have descended from the monkey, but he is always baffled in his efforts to find the "missing link" connecting the two. From the point where the pioneers of our life wave (the Aryan Races) oc- cupied ape-like forms, they have PROGRESSED to their present stage of devel- opment, while the Forms (which were the "missing link") have DEGENERATED and are now ensouled by the last stragglers of the Saturn Period. The lower monkeys, instead of being the progenitors of the higher spe- cies, are stragglers occupying the most degenerated specimens of what was once the human form. Instead of man having ascended from the anthropoids, [PAGE 150] the reverse is true--the anthropoids have degenerated from man. Material science, dealing only with Form, has thus misled itself and drawn erroneous conclusions in this matter. The same relative conditions are to be found in the animal kingdom. The pioneers of the life wave which entered evolution in the Sun Period are our present-day mammals. The different grades correspond to the steps once taken by man, but THE FORMS ARE ALL DEGENERATING UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE STRAGGLERS. Similarly the pioneers of the life wave which entered evolution in the Moon Period are found among the fruit trees, while the stragglers of that life wave ensoul all other plant forms. Each life wave, however, remains definitely confined within its own bor- ders. The anthropoids may overtake us and become human beings, but no other animal will reach our particular point of development. They will reach a similar stage, but under different conditions, in the Jupiter Period. The present plants will be the humanity of the Venus Period, under a still greater difference of condition, and our minerals will reach the human stage under the conditions of the Vulcan Period. It will be noted that the modern evolutionary theory, particularly that of Haeckel, would, if it were completely reversed, be in almost the forms outgrown by the pioneers as previously explained, and they The monkey has degenerated from man. The polyps are the last generation left behind the mammals. The mosses are the lowest degenerations of the plant kingdom. The mineral kingdom is the final goal of the forms of all the kingdoms when they have reached the acme of degeneration. A corroboration of this is found in coal, which is once vegetable or plant forms; also in petrified wood and fossilized remains of various animal forms. Common stone or rock, which no scientist would admit had its origin in another kingdom, is to the occult investigator as truly mineralized plants as coal itself. The mineralogist will learnedly explain that it is composed of hornblende, feldspar, and mica, but the trained clairvoyant, who can trace it back in the Memory of Nature through millions of years, can supplement that statement by adding: Yes, and that which you call hornblende and feldspar are the leaves and stems of prehistoric flowers, and the mica is all that remains of their petals. The occult teaching of evolution is also corroborated by the science of embryology in the antenatal recapitulation of all past stages of develop- ment. The difference between the ovum of a human being and of some of the higher mammals, and even of the higher developments in the plant kingdom, is indistinguishable, even under the microscope. Experts are unable to tell which is animal and which is human. Even after several of the initial antenatal stages have been passed through the experts cannot differentiate between animal and human embryo. [PAGE 151] But if the animal ovum is studied through the entire period of gestation, it will be observed that it passes through the mineral and plant stages only, and is born when it reaches the animal stage. This is because the Life ensouling such an ovum passed through its mineral evolution in the Sun Period, its plant life in the Moon Period, and is now forced to stop at the animal stage in the Earth Period. On the other hand, the Life which uses the human ovum had its mineral ex- istence in the Saturn Period, passed the animal stage in the Moon Period, has still some scope for Epigenesis after it has reached the animal stage and therefore goes on to the human--nor does it stop there. The father and mother give the substance of their bodies for the building of a child's body, but, particularly in the higher Races, Epigenesis makes it possible to add something which makes the child different from the parents. Where Epigenesis is inactive and in the individual, family, nations or Race--there evolution ceases and degeneration commences. QUESTIONS ON LESSON NO. 10: 1. Describe how the evolving Life improve its vehicles. 2. Who are the stragglers of our live wave? 3. What are the only two paths open to evolving life? 4. What relation do the anthropoids have to human beings? 5. What is true concerning the confines of each life wave? 6. What is the acme of degeneration of all forms? 7. What does a study of the human ovum reveal in regard to evolution? [PAGE 152] "THE BIBLE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE WESTERN WORLD BY THE RECORDING ANGELS, WHO GIVE TO EACH AND ALL EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT." --Max Heindel LESSON NO. 11: THE CREATION (continued): REFERENCES: Genesis 1 and 2. From our study of previous lessons we find that the two Creation stories harmonize very well. One deals with Form, which was built up through min- eral, plant and animal and reached the human LAST. The other tells us that the Life which now ensouls human forms was manifested anterior to the Life which ensouls the forms of the other kingdoms. One of these accounts of Creation would not have been sufficient. There are important particulars hidden behind the narrative of man's creation, in the second chapter,; the seventh verse reads: "Then Jehovah formed man from the dust of the earth, and blew into his nostrils the breath (NEPHESH), and man become a breathing creature (NEPHESH CHAYIM)." In other places in the King James version NEPHESH is translated "life," but in this particular instance (Gen. 2:7) it is rendered "living soul," thus conveying the idea that there was a distinction made between the life that ensouled the human form and that which ensouled inferior creations. There is no authority whatever for this difference in translation, which is purely arbitrary. The life-breath (NEPHESH) is the same in man and beast. This can be shown even to those who stand firmly upon the Bible as author- ity, for even the King James version distinctly states (Eccles,. 3: 19,20:) ". . .All go unto one place." The animals are but our "younger brothers," and though they are not now so finely organized, they will eventually reach a state as high as our own, and we shall then have ascended still higher. If it is contended that MAN received his soul in the way described in this seventh verse of the second chapter of Genesis, and that he could have received it in no other way, it is pertinent to ask where and how WOMAN re- ceived her soul. The meaning of the chapter, and of the inspiration of the breath of life by Jehovah, is very plain and clear when we use the occult key and it has the further and immense advantage of being logical. The fact that the regent of the Moon (Jehovah), with His angels and Arch- angels, was the principle in this action fixes the time when this creation occurred. It was between the early and the middle parts of the Lemurian Ep- och, and must have been after the Moon was thrown out from the Earth, [PAGE 153] because Jehovah had nothing to do with the generation of bodies before the Moon was thrown off. The forms were then more ethereal. There were not dense and concrete bodies. It is possible to make such bodies only by means of the hardening and crystallizing Moon-forces. It must have been i the first half of the Lemurian Epoch, because the separation of the sexes, which is recorded later, took place in the middle of that Epoch. At that time man-in-the-making had not yet commenced to breathe by means of lungs. He had the fill-like apparatus still present in the human embryo while passing through the stage of antenatal life corresponding to that Ep- och. He had no warn, red blood, for at that stage there was no indwelling individual spirit, the entire form was soft and pliable and the skeleton soft like cartilage. Before the later date, when it became necessary to separate humanity into sexes, the skeleton had grown firm and solid. The work done by Jehovah was to build dense, hard bone substance into the soft bodies already existing. Before this time, i.e., during the Polarian and Hyperborean Epochs, neither animal nor man had bones. The grotesque and impossible manner in which the separation of the sexes is said to have been accomplished (as described in the common versions of the Bible and, in this particular case, in the Masorectic text also) is an- other example of what may be done by changing vowels in the old Hebrew text. Read in one way, the word is "rib" (TSAD); but in another, which has at least as good a claim to consideration with the additional advantage of be- ing common-sense, it reads "side" (TSELA). If we interpret this to mean that man was male-female and that Jehovah caused one side or sex in each be- ing to remain latent, we shall not be doing violence to our reason, as we would by accepting the "rib" story. When this alteration is made, the occult teaching as previously given harmonizes with that of the Bible and both agree with the teachings of mod- ern science that man was bisexual at one time, before he developed one sex at the expense of the other. In corroboration of this, it is pointed out that the foetus is bisexual up to a certain point; thereafter one sex pre- dominates, while the other remains in abeyance, so that each person still has the opposite sex organs in a rudimentary form and therefore is really bisexual, as was primitive man. Apparently the Bible narrator does not wish to give, in this second cre- ation account, an accurate picture of the whole of evolution, but rather to particularize a little more what was said in the first chapter. He tells us that man did not always breathe as he does now; that there was a time when he was not separated into sexes; and that it was Jehovah who effected the change, thus fixing the time of the occurrence. As we proceed, it will be found that much further information is given. During the earlier Epochs and Periods the great creative Hierarchies had worked upon humanity as it was unconsciously evolving. There had been only ONE COMMON CONSCIOUSNESS among ALL human beings; one group-spirit for all mankind, as it were. [PAGE 154] In the Lemurian Epoch a new step was taken. Bodies had been definitely formed, but they must have warm, red blood before they could be ensouled and become the abode of indwelling spirits. In nature no process is sudden. We would get a wrong idea were we to imagine that air blown into the nostrils could put a soul into an image of clay and galvanize it into life as a sentient, thinking being. The individual spirit was very weak and impotent and quite unfitted for the task of guiding its dense vehicle. In that respect it is not yet very strong. to any qualified observer, it is evident that the desire body rules the personality more than does the spirit, even at our present stage of ad- vancement. But in the middle of the Lemurian Epoch, when the lower personality--the threefold body--was to be endowed with the light of the Ego, the latter, if left to itself, would have been absolutely powerless to guide its instrument. Therefore it was necessary for someone much more highly evolved to help the individual spirit and gradually prepare the way for its complete union with its instruments. It was analogous to a new nation, over which, until it becomes capable of forming a stable government for itself, some stronger power establishes a protectorate, guarding it alike from external dangers and internal indiscretions. Such a protectorate was exercised over the animals by the group-spirit, in a somewhat different way. Jehovah is the Most High. He is Race-God, as one might express it, hav- ing dominion over all form. He is the Chief Ruler and the highest Power in maintaining the form and exercising an orderly government over it. The Archangels are the Race-spirits, each having dominion over a certain group of people. They also have dominion over animals, while the angels have do- minion over the plants. In the tenth and eleventh chapters of David we are given an insight into the workings of the invisible government of the race spirits, the powers behind the throne. Daniel is much disturbed in spirit; he fasts, for fully THREE WEEKS, praying for light, and at the end of that time an Archangel, a race spirit, appears before him and addresses him: "Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten theyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of persia withstood me ONE AND TWENTY DAYS: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia." After he explains to Daniel what is to happen, he says: "Knowest thou wherefore I came unto thee? AND NOW WILL I RETURN TO FIGHT WITH THE PRINCE OF PERSIA: AND WHEN I AM GONE FORTH, LO, THE PRINCE OF GRECIA SHALL COME. . .and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince." The archangel also says: "In the first year of Darius the Mede, even I stood to confirm and to strengthen him." The Archangels have dominion over Races or groups of people and also over the animals, for these two kingdoms have desire bodies and the Archangels [PAGE 155] are expert architects of desire matter, because in the Sun Period the dens- est globe was composed of that material, and the humanity of that Period, who are now Archangels, learned to build their densest vehicles of desire stuff as we are now learning to build out bodies of the chemical elements whereof our Earth-globe is composed. Thus it will be readily understood that the Archangels are peculiarly qualified to help later life waves through the stage where they learn to build and control a desire body. For analogous reasons the Angels work in the vital bodies of man, animal, and plant. Their densest bodies are composed of ether and so was the Globe D in the Moon Period when they were human. Jehovah and his Archangels, therefore, hold a similar relation to Races that the Group-spirit does to animals. When individual members of a Race have evolved entire self-control and government, they are emancipated from the influence of the Race-spirit and kindred beings. The Ego works directly through the blood. The race-spirit guides the Races by working in the blood, as the group-spirit guides the animals of its species through the blood. So also does the Ego control its own vehicles, but with a difference. The Ego operates by means of the HEAT of the blood, while the Race (i.e., tribal, or family) spirit works by means of the AIR, as it is drawn into the lungs. That is why Jehovah, or His Messengers, "breathed into man's nos- trils," thereby securing admission for the Race-spirit, community-spirits, etc. Before the advent of Jehovah, when the Earth was yet a part of the Sun, there was one common group-spirit, composed of all the creative Hierarchies, which controlled the entire human-family, but it was intended that each body should be the temple and pliable instrument of an indwelling spirit and that means an infinite division of rulership. Jehovah came with His Angels and Archangels and made the first great di- vision into Races, giving to each group the guiding influence of a Race-spirit--an Archangels. For each Ego He appointed one of the Angels to act as guardian until the individual spirit had grown strong enough to be- come emancipated from all outside influence. This occurred in the Atlantean Epoch. QUESTIONS ON LESSON NO. 11: 1. With what do the two stories of creation deal? 2. What Biblical authority is there for the statement that all life is one? 3. When did the inspiration of the breath of life by Jehovah take place? 4. Describe the form of man as it was at this time. 5. What is the occult teaching in regard to the "rib" story? 6. What is the particular work of Jehovah? Of the Archangels? 7. What was the work of the "guardian angels"? [PAGE 156] "THE BIBLE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE WESTERN WORLD BY THE RECORDING ANGELS, WHO GIVE TO EACH AND ALL EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT." --Max Heindel LESSON NO. 12: INDIVIDUALIZATION OF MAN: REFERENCES: Genesis 5; Deutronomy 25. Christ came to prepare the way for the emancipation of humanity from the guidance of the differentiating Race and Family-spirit, and to unite the whole human family in One Universal Brotherhood. He taught that "Abraham's seed" referred to the BODIES only, and called their attention to the fact that before Abraham lived (the) "I"--the Ego--was in existence. The threefold individual spirit had its being before all Tribes and Races and it will remain when they have passed away and even the memory of them is not more. The threefold spirit in man, the Ego, is the God within, whom the personal, bodily man must learn to follow. There- fore did Christ say that to be His disciple, a man must foresake all that he had. His teaching points to the emancipation of the God within. He calls upon man to exercise his prerogative as an individual and rise above family, tribe, and nation. Not that he is to disregard kin and country. He must fulfill all duties, but he is to cease identifying himself with part and must recognize an equal kinship with ALL the world. That is the ideal given to mankind by the Christ. Under the rule of the Race-spirit, the nation, the tribe, or family was considered first--the individual last. The family must be kept intact. If any man died without leaving offspring to perpetuate his name, his brother must "carry seed" to the widow, that there might be no dying out (Deut. 25:5-10). Marrying out of the family was regarded with horror in the earli- est times. A member of One tribe could not become connected with another without losing caste in his own. It was not an easy matter to become a mem- ber of another family. All these customs resulted from the working of the race and tribal spirit in the common blood. To admit as a member One in whom that common blood did not flow would have caused "confusion of caste." The closer inbreeding, the greater the power of the Race-spirit, and the stronger the ties that bound the individual to the tribe, because the vital force of the man is in his blood. Memory is intimately connected with the blood, which is the highest expression of the vital body. [PAGE 157] The brain and nervous system are the highest expressions of the desire body. They call up pictures of the outside world, but in mental image-making, i.e., imagination, the blood brings the material for the pic- tures; therefore when the thought is active the blood flows to the head. When the same unmixed strain of blood flows in the veins of a family for generations, the same mental pictures made by great-grandfather, grandfa- ther, and father are reproduced in the son by the family spirit which lived in the hemoglobin of the blood. He sees himself as the continuation of a long line of ancestors who LIVE IN HIM. He sees all the events of the past lives of the family as though he had been present, therefore he does not re- alize himself as an Ego. He is not simply "David," but "the SON of Abraham"; not "Joseph," but "the SON of David." By means of this common blood men are said to have LIVED for many gen- erations, because through their blood their descendants had access to the Memory of Nature, in which the records of the lives of their ancestors were preserved. That is why, in the fifth chapter of Genesis, it is stated that the patriarchs lived for centuries. Adam, Methuselah, and the other patri- archs did not personally attain to such great age, but they lived in the consciousness of their descendants, who saw the lives of their ancestors as if THEY had lived them. After the expirations of the period stated, the de- scendants did not think of themselves as Adam or Methuselah. Memory of those ancestors faded and so it is said that they died. The earlier Races would not have dared to disobey the injunction issued by the tribal God not to marry outside of the tribe, nor had they any incli- nation to do so, for they had no mind of their own. The original Semites were the first to evolve Will, and they at once mar- ried the daughters of men of other tribes, frustrating temporarily the de- sign of their Race-spirit and being promptly ejected as evildoers who had "gone a whoring after strange gods," thereby rendering themselves unfit to give the "seed" for the seven Races of our present Aryan Epoch. The Original Semites were, for the time being, the last Race that the Race-spirit cared to keep separate. Later, man was given free will. The time had come when he was to be pre- pared for individualization. The former "common" consciousness, the intervoluntary clairvoyance or second-sight which constantly held before a tribesman the pictures of his ancestor's lives and caused him to feel most closely identified with the tribe or family, was to be replaced for a time by a strictly individual consciousness confined to the material world, so as to break up the nations into individuals, that the Brotherhood of Man re- gardless of exterior circumstances may become a fact. This is on the same principle that if we have a number of buildings and wish to make them into One large structure, it is necessary to break them up into separate bricks. Only then can the large building be constructed. [PAGE 158] In order to accomplish this separation of nations into individuals, laws were given which prohibited endogomy or marriage in the family and hence- forth incestuous marriages gradually came to be regarded with horror. Strange blood had thus been introduced into all families of the Earth and it has gradually wiped out the involuntary clairvoyance which promoted the clannish feeling and segregated humanity into groups. Altruism is supersed- ing patriotism, and loyalty to the family is disappearing in consequence of the mixture of blood. The human spirit is individualized, an Ego, it is evolving free will and responsibility. It is drawn to birth by the irresistable law of Conse- quence, so that it is beyond the power of the race, community, or family spirit to keep it from returning at the present stage of human development, and by the admixture of strange blood, by intermarriage of the individuals of different tribes or nations, the leaders of man are gradually helping him to oust the family, tribal, or national spirit from the blood; but with it has necessarily gone the involuntary clairvoyance which was due to its work- ing in the blood, whereby it fostered the family traditions in its charges; and so we see that ALSO IN THE CASE OF MAN A FACULTY WAS DESTROYED BY THE MIXTURE OF BLOOD. That loss was a gain, however, for it has concentrated man's energy on the material world and he is better able to master its les- sons that if he were still distracted by the visions of the higher realms. For aforementioned reasons, intertribal, and later international, mar- riages came gradually to be regarded as desirable and preferable to close intermarriages. As man progressed through these stages, and gradually lost touch with the inner world, he sorrowed over the loss and longer for a return of the "in- ner" vision. But by degrees he forgot, and the material world gradually loomed up before his mind as the only reality, until at last he has come to scout the idea that such inner Worlds exist and to regard a belief in them as foolish superstition. The four causes contributing to this condition were: (1) The clearing of the foggy atmosphere of the Atlantean continent. (2) The indrawing of the vital body, so that a point at the root of the nose corresponds to a similar point in the vital body. (3) The elimination of inbreeding and the substitution therefor of marriages outside the family and tribe. (4) The use of intoxicants. The Race-spirits still exist in and work with man, but the more advanced the nation, the more freedom is given the individual. In countries where [PAGE 159] people are most fettered, the Race-spirit is strongest. The more in harmony a man is with the law of Love, and the higher his ideals, the more he frees himself from the spirit of the Race. When seen by the spiritual vision the Race Spirit appears like a cloud brooding over a country, and it is breathed into the lungs of the people with every breath they take. In it they live, move, and have their being, as a matter of actual fact. Through this process they become imbuted with the national fellow feeling which we call "patriotism," which is so power- fully stirring in time of war that all feel wrought up about a certain mat- ter and are ready to sacrifice all for their country. America has no Race Spirit as yet. It is the melting pot wherein the various nations are being amalgamated to arouse universal sentiment which will make all move as One in any matter. This new race is beginning to ap- pear, however. You may know them by their long arms and limbs, their little bodies, their long and somewhat narrow heads, high crowns, and almost rect- angular foreheads. Christ came to reunite the separated races in bonds of peace and good will, wherein all will willingly and consciously follow the law of Love. The present Christianity is not even a shadow of the true Religion of Christ. That will remain in abeyance until all race feeling shall have been overcome. In the Sixth Epoch there will be but One Universal Brotherhood, under the Leadership of the RETURNED Christ, but the day and the hour no man knows, for it is not fixed, but depends upon how soon a sufficient number of people shall have commenced to live the life of Fellowship and Love, which is to be the hallmark of the new dispensation. QUESTIONS ON LESSON NO. 12: 1. What was the specific aim of the coming of Christ? 2. Explain briefly how Methuselah and others "lived" so long? 3. What quality were the Original Semites the first to evolve? 4. What is the purpose of individualization? 5. State the four factors involved in the loss of man's "inner" vision. 6. How is one freed from the Race and Family-spirit? 7. What is to be the keynote of Christianity of the RETURNED Christ? [PAGE 160] "THE BIBLE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE WESTERN WORLD BY THE RECORDING ANGELS, WHO GIVE TO EACH AND ALL EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT." --Max Heindel LESSON NO. 13: THE FALL OF MAN: REFERENCE: Genesis 3. In connection with the study of Genesis, a few more words must be said about "the Fall," which is the backbone and sinew of popular Christianity. Had there been no "Fall," there would have been no need for the "plan of salvation." When the earth came out of chaos, it was at first in the dark red stage known as the Polarian Epoch. There humanity first evolved A DENSE BODY, not at all like our present vehicle, of course. When the condition of the earth became fiery, as in the Hyperborean Epoch, THE VITAL BODY was added and man become plant-like, that is to say, he had the same vehicles as our plants have today, and also similar consciousness, or, rather, unconsciousness, to that which we have in dreamless sleep when the DENSE and VITAL bodies are left upon the bed. At that time, in the Hyperborean Apoch, the body of man was as an enor- mous gas bag, floating outside the fiery earth, and it threw off plant-like spores, which then grew and were used by other incoming entities. At that time man was double sexed, a hermaphrodite. In the Lemurian Epoch, when the earth and somewhat cooled and islands of crust had begun to form amid boiling seas, then also man's body had somewhat solidified and had become more like the body we see today. It was ape-like, a short trunk with enormous arms and limbs, the heels projecting backward and almost no head--at least the upper part of the head was nearly entirely wanting. Man lived in the atmosphere of steam which occultists call fire-fog, and had no lungs, but breathed by means of tubes. He had a bladder-like or an inside, which he inflated with heated air to help him leap enormous chasms when volcanic eruptions destroyed the land upon which he was living. From the back of his head there projected an organ which has now been drawn into the head and is called by anatomists THE PINEAL GLAND, OR THE THIRD EYE, although it was never an eye, but a localized organ of feeling. The body was then devoid of feeling, but when man came too close to a volcanic crater, the heat was registered by this organ too warn him away before his body was destroyed. At that time the body had already so far solidified that it was impos- sible for man to continue to propagate by spores, and it was necessary that [PAGE 161] he would evolve an organ of thought, a brain. The creative force which we now use to build railways, steamships, etc., in the outer world, was then used inwardly for the building of organs. Like all forces it was positive and negative. One pole was turned upward to build the brain, leaving the other pole available for the creation of another body. Thus man was no longer a complete creative unit. Each possessed only half the creative force, and it was therefore necessary for him to seek him complement outside himself. Man was not at that time the wide-awake conscious being he is at present. He was more awake in the Spiritual World than in the physical; he hardly saw his body and was not conscious of the act of propagation. The Bible state- ment that Jehovah put man to sleep when he was to bring forth is correct. There was no pain nor trouble connected with childbirth; nor (because of man's exceedingly dim consciousness of his physical surroundings) did he know anything of the loss of his dense body by death, or of his installment in a new dense vehicle at birth. But at that time, "their eyes had not been opened," and the human beings of that age were unconscious of each other in the Physical World, though well aware and awake in the Spiritual World. Therefore under the guidance of the Angels, who were particularly fitted to help them in respect to propagation, they were herded together in great temples at certain times of the year when the lines of force running between the planets were propi- tious, and there the creative act was performed as a religious sacrifice. And when the primal man Adam came into the intimate sexual contact with the woman, the spirit for the moment pierced the flesh and "Adam KNEW (or became aware of) his wife"; he sensed her physically. It is this which the Bible has recorded, using that chaste expression all through its leaves, for we are told that "Elkanah KNEW his wife Hannah, and shore bore Samuel." Even in the New Testament where the angel comes to Mary telling her that she is to be the mother of the Savior, she answers, "How shall that be possible seeing I KNOW not man?" Sin is action contrary to law, and while humanity propagated under the guidance of the Angels, who understood the cosmic lines of force, paturation was painless, as it is now among wild animals, which propagate only at the proper time of the year under the guidance of the group spirit. But when man, acting on the advice of certain spirits (the Lucifers) half-way between humanity and the Angles, under took to create at any and all times of the year, regardless of cosmic lines of force, that sin, or "eating the tree of KNOWLEDGE," caused the painful parturition which the Lord God proclaimed to Eve. He did not curse her, but simply stated what would be the result of the ignorant and indiscriminate use of the creative function. The Lucifers were a part of humanity of the Moon Period; they are the stragglers of the life wave of the Angels, too far advanced to take a dense physical body, yet they needed an "inner" organ for the acquisition of [PAGE 162] knowledge. Moreover, they could work through a physical brain, which the Angels or Jehovah could not. These spirits entered the spinal cord and brain and spoke to the woman, whose Imagination had been aroused by the training of the Lemurian Race. As her consciousness was principally internal, a picture-consciousness of them was received by her, and she saw them as serpents, for they had entered her brain by the serpentine spinal cord. The training of the woman included watching the perilious feats and fights of the men in developing will, in which fights bodies were necessar- ily often killed. The dim consciousness of something unusual set the imagination of the woman to wondering why she saw these strange things. She was conscious of the spirits of those who had lost their bodies, but her im- perfect sense of the Physical World failed to reveal these friends whose dense bodies had been destroyed. The Lucifers solved the problem for her by "opening her eyes." They re- vealed to her her own body and that of the man and taught her how, together, they might conquer death by creating new bodies. Thus death could not touch them for they, like Jehovah, could create at will. Lucifer opened the eyes of the woman. She sought the help of man and opened his eyes. Thus, in a real though dim way, they first "knew" or be- come aware of one another and also of the Physical World. They became con- scious of death and pain and by this knowledge they learned to differentiate between the inner man and the outer garment he wears and renews each time it is necessary to take his next step in evolution. They ceased to be au- tomatons and become free thinking beings at the cost of freedom from pain, sickness, and death. That the interpretation of the eating of the fruit as a symbol of the generative act is not a far-fetched idea, is shown by the declaration of Je- hovah that they will die and that the woman will bear her children in pain and suffering. He knew that as man's attention had now been called to his physical garment, he would become aware of its loss by death. He also knew that man had not yet wisdom to bridle his passion and regulate sexual inter- course by the positions of the planets, therefore pain in childbirth must follow his ignorant use of the function. It has always been a sore puzzle to Bible commentators what connection there could possibly be between the eating of fruit and the bearing of chil- dren but if we understand that the eating of the fruit is symbolical of the generative act whereby man becomes "like God" inasmuch as he KNOWN his kind and is thus able to generate new beings, the solution is easy. In the latter part of the Lemurian Epoch when man arrogated to himself the prerogative of performing the generative act when he pleased it was his then-powerful will that enable him to do so. By "eating the tree of knowl- edge" at any and all times he was able to create a new body whenever he lost an old vehicle. We usually think of death as something to be dreaded. Had man also "eaten the tree of life," had he learned the secret of how to perpetually [PAGE 163] vitalize his body, there would have been a worse condition. We know that our bodies are not perfect today and in those ancient days they were exceed- ingly primitive. Therefore the anxiety of the creative Hierarchies lest man "eat the tree of life also," and become capable of renewing his vital body, was well founded. Had he done so he would have been immortal indeed, but would never have been able to progress. The evolution of the Ego depends upon its vehicles and if it could not get new and improving ones by death and birth, there would be stagnation. It is an occult maxim that the oftener we die the better we are able to live, for every birth gives us a new chance. We have seen that brain-knowledge, with its concomitant selfishness, was brought by man at the cost of the power to create from himself alone. He bought his free will at the cost of pain and death; but when man learns to use his intellect for the good of humanity, he will gain spiritual power over life and in addition, will be guided by an innate knowledge as much higher than the present brain-consciousness as that is higher than the low- est animal consciousness. The fall into generation was necessary to build the brain, but that is, at best, only an indirect way of gaining knowledge and will be superseded by direct tough with the wisdom of Nature, which man, without any cooperation, will then be able to use for the generation of new bodies. The larynx will again speak "the lost Word," the "creative Fiat," which, under the guidance of great Teachers, was used in ancient Lemuria in the creation of plants and animals. Man will then be a creator in very truth. Not in the =slow and toilsome manner of the present day, but by the use of the proper word or magical for- mula, will he be able to create a body. QUESTIONS ON LESSON NO. 13: 1. Describe the condition of man in the Lemurian Epoch. 2. Under whose direction was the propagation of man at this time? 3. Who were the Lucifers? 4. Explain how they manifested themselves to woman and what they made known to her. 5. Give the Bible passage in which Jehovah stated the results of "eating of the fruit" and explain its meaning. 6. Explain the anxiety of the creative Hierarchies lest man "eat of the tree of life also." 7. When the creative force has been properly transmuted by man, what power will be have? [PAGE 164] "THE BIBLE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE WESTERN WORLD BY THE RECORDING ANGELS, WHO GIVE TO EACH AND ALL EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT." --Max Heindel LESSON NO. 14: JESUS AND CHRIST JESUS: REFERENCES: Matthew 1, 2, 3; Luke 1, 2. To understand the Mission of Christ as the Founder of the Universal Reli- gion of the future, it is necessary that we first become familiar with His exact nature, and incidentally, with that of Jehovah, Who is the head of such Race-religions as Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, etc..; also with the identity of "The Father," to Whom Christ is to give up the Kingdom, in due time. In the christian creed occurs this sentence: "Jesus Christ, the only be- gotten Son of God." This is generally understood to mean that a certain person Who appeared in Palestine about 2,000 years ago, Who is spoken of as Jesus Christ--one separate individual--was the only begotten Son of God. This is a great mistake. there are three distinct and widely different Beings characterized in this sentence. It is of the greatest importance that the student should clearly understand the exact nature of these Three Great and Exalted Beings--differing vastly in glory, yet each entitled to our deepest and most devout adoration. Please note in the following diagram (No. 6) that "The only begotten" ("the Word," of Whom John speaks) is the second aspect of the Supreme Being. This "Word," and It alone is "begotten of His Father (the first aspect) before all Worlds." "Without Him was not anything made that was made," not even the third aspect of the Supreme Being, which proceeds from the two pre- vious aspects. Therefore the "only begotten" is the exalted Being which ranks above all else in the Universe, save only the Power-aspect which cre- ated It. The first aspect of the Supreme Being "thinks out," or imagines, the Uni- verse before the beginning of active manifestation, everything, including millions of solar systems and the great creative Hierarchies which inhabit the Cosmic Planes of existence above the seventh, which is the field of our evolution (see diagram). This is also the Force which dissolves everything that has crystallized beyond the possibility of further growth and at last, when the end of active manifestation has come, re-absorbs within Itself all that is, until the dawn of another Period of Manifestation. [PAGE 165] The second aspect of the Supreme Being is that which manifests in matter as the forces of attraction and cohesion, thus giving it the capability of coming into Forms of various kinds. this is "The Word," the "creative Fiat," which molds the primordial Cosmic Root substance in a manner similar to the formation of figures by musical vibrations, as previously mentioned, the same tone always producing the same figure. So this great primordial "WORD" brought, or "spoke," into being, in finest matter, all the different Worlds, with all their myriads of Forms, which have since been copied and worked out in detail by the innumerable creative Hierarchies. "The Word" could not have done this, however, until the third aspect of the Supreme Being had first prepared the Cosmic Root substance; had awakened it from its normal state of inertia and set the countless INSEPARATE atoms spinning upon their axes, placing those axes at various angles with respect to each other, giving to each kind a certain "measure of vibration." These varying angles of inclination of the axes and the measures of vi- bration made the Cosmic Root substance capable of forming different combina- tions, which are the basis of the seven great Cosmic Planes. There is, in each of these planes, a different inclination of the axes, and also a [PAGE 166] different measure of vibration, consequently the conditions and combinations in each One are different from those in any of the others, due to the activ- ity of "The Only Begotten." Diagram 14 shows us that: "The Father is the highest Initiate among the humanity of the Saturn Pe- riod. The ordinary humanity of that period are now the Lords of Mind. "The Son" (Christ) is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period. The ordi- nary humanity of that Period are now the Archangels. "The Holy Spirit" (Jehovah) is the highest Initiate of the Moon Period. The ordinary humanity of that Period are now the Angels. This diagram also shows what are the vehicles of these different orders of Beings, and upon comparison with diagram 8 (in Lesson No. 8), it will be seen that their bodies or vehicles (indicated by squares on diagram 14) cor- respond to the Globes of the Period in which they were human. This is al- ways the case so far as the ordinary humanities are concerned, for at the end of the Period during which any life wave becomes individualized as human beings, these beings retain bodies corresponding to the Globes on which they have functioned. On the other hand, the Initiates have progressed and evolved for them- selves higher vehicles, discontinuing the ordinary use of the lowest vehicle when the ability to use a new and higher One has been attained. Ordinarily, the lowest vehicle of an Archangel is the desire body, but Christ, Who is the highest Initiate of the Sun Period, ordinarily uses the life spirit as lowest vehicle, functioning as consciously in the World of Life Spirit as we do in the Physical World. The student is requested to note this point particularly, as the World of Life Spirit is the first UNIVERSAL World. It is the World in which differentiation ceases and unity begins to be real- ized, so far as our solar system is concerned. Christ has power to build and function in a vehicle as low as the desire body, such as is used by the Archangels, but HE CAN DESCEND NO FARTHER. The significance of this will be seen presently. JESUS belongs to our humanity. When the man, Jesus, is studied through the memory of nature, he can be traced back life by life, where he lived in different circumstances, under various names, in different embodiments, the same, in that respect, as any other human being. THIS CANNOT BE DONE WITH THE BEING, CHRIST. IN HIS CASE CAN BE FOUND BUT ONE EMBODIMENT. It must not be supposed, however, that Jesus was an ordinary individual. He was of a singularly pure type of mind, vastly superior to the great ma- jority of our present humanity. Through many lives had he trod the Path of Holiness and thus fitted himself for the greatest honor ever bestowed upon a human being. [PAGE 167] His mother, the Virgin Mary, was also a type of the highest human purity and because of that was selected to become the mother of Jesus. His father was a high Initiate, virgin, and capable of performing the act of fecunda- tion as a sacrament, without personal desire or passion. Thus the beautiful, pure and lovely spirit whom we known as Jesus of Nazareth was born into a pure and passionless body. This body was the best that could be procured on Earth and the task of Jesus, in that embodiment, was to care for it and evolve it to the highest possible degree of effi- ciency, in preparation for the great purpose it was to serve. Jesus of Nazareth was born at about the time stated in the historic records, and not 105 B.C., as stated in some occult works. The name Jesus is common in the East, and an Initiate named Jesus did live 105 B.C., but he took the Egyptians Initiation, and was not Jesus of Nazareth, with who we are concerned. Jesus was educated by the Essenes and reached a very high state of spiritual development during the thirty years in which he used his body. It may be said here, parenthetically, that the Essenes were a third sect which existed in Palestine, besides the two mentioned in the New Testament--the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The Essenes were an exceedingly devout order, widely different from the materialistic Sadducees and entirely opposite to the hypocritical, publicity seeking Pharisees. They shunned all mention of themselves and their methods of study and worship. To the latter peculiarity is due the fact that almost nothing is known of them, and that they are not mentioned in the New Testament. It is a law of the Cosmos that no Being, however high, can function in any world without a vehicle built of the material of that world. (See diagrams 8 and 14.) Therefore the desire body was the lowest vehicle of the group of spirits who had reached the human stage in the Sun Period. Christ was One of those spirits and was consequently unable to build for Himself a vital body and a dense physical vehicle. He could have worked upon humanity in a desire body, as did His younger brothers, the Archangels, as Race-spirits. Jehovah had opened an avenue for them to enter the dense body of man be means of the air he inhaled. All Race-religions were reli- gions of law, and creators of sin through disobedience of that law. They were under the direction of Jehovah, Whose lowest vehicle is the human spirit, correlating Him to the World of Abstract Thought, where everything is separate and therefore leads to self-seeking. That is precisely the reason why the intervention of Christ become neces- sary. Under the REGIME of Jehovah unity is impossible. Therefore, the Christ, Who possesses as the lowest vehicle the unifying life spirit, must enter into the dense human body. He must appear as a man among men and dwell in this body, because only from WITHIN is it possible to conquer the Race-religion, which influences man from WITHOUT. [PAGE 168] Christ could not be BORN in a dense body, because He had never passed through an evolution such as the Earth Period, therefore He would first have had to acquire the ability to build a dense body such as ours. But even had He possessed that ability, it would have been inexpedient for such an ex- alted Being to expend for that purpose the energy necessary for body-building through antenatal life, childhood and youth, to bring it to sufficient maturity for use. He had ceased to use, ordinarily, vehicles such as would correspond to our human spirit, mind, and desire body, al- though He had learned to build then in the Sun Period, and retained the ability to build and function in them whenever desired or required. He used all His vehicles, taking only the vital and dense bodies from Jesus. When the latter was thirty years of age Christ entered these bodies and used them until the climax of His Mission on Golgotha. After the destruction of the dense body, Christ appeared among His disciples in the vital body,, in which He functioned for some time. The vital body is the vehicle which He will use when He appears again, for He will never take another dense body. At the time Christ entered the body of Jesus, the latter was a disciple of high degree, consequently his life spirit was well organized. therefore, the lowest vehicle in which Christ functioned; and the best organized of the higher vehicles of Jesus, were identical; and Christ, when He took the vital body and the dense body of Jesus, was thus furnished with a complete chain of vehicles bridging the gap between the World of Life Spirit and the dense Physical World. The significance of the fact that Jesus had passed several initiations lies in the effect that has on the vital body. Jesus' vital body was al- ready attuned to the high vibrations of the Life Spirit. An ordinary man's vital body would have instantly collapsed under the terrific vibrations of the Great Spirit who entered Jesus' body. Even that body, pure and high-strung as it was, could not withstand those tremendous impacts for many years, and when we read of certain times when Christ withdrew temporarily from His disciples, as when He later walked on the sea to meet them, the esotericist knows that He drew out of Jesus' vehicles to give them a rest under the care of the Essene Brothers, who knew more of how to treat such vehicles than Christ did. This change was consummated with the full and free consent of Jesus, who knew during this entire life that he was preparing a vehicle for Christ. He submitted gladly, that his brother humanity might receive the gigantic impe- tus which was given to its development by the mysterious sacrifice on Golgotha. Thus (as shown in diagram 14) Christ Jesus possessed the twelve vehicles, which formed an unbroken chain from the Physical World to the very Throne of God. Therefore He is the only Being in the Universe in touch with both God and man and capable of mediating between them, because He has, personally and individually, experienced all conditions and knows every limitation in- cident to physical existence. None save He is able to feel such compassion, nor so fully understand the position and needs of humanity; none [PAGE 169] save He is qualified to bring the relief that shall fully meet our needs. He took the dense and vital bodies of Jesus that He might function directly in the Physical World and appear as a man among men. Had He appeared in a manifestly miraculous manner, it would have been contrary to the scheme of evolution, because at the end of the Atlantean Epoch humanity had been given freedom to do right or wrong. That they might learn to become self-governing, no coercion whatever could be used. They must know good and evil through experience. Before that time they had been led willy-nilly, but at that time they were given freedom under the different Race-religions, each Religion adapted to the needs of its particular Tribe or Nation. QUESTIONS ON LESSON NO. 14: 1. Explain the functions of the three aspects of the Supreme Being. 2. Designate specifically the identity of Christ. 3. State the facts concerning the identify of the man Jesus. 4. Why could Christ not be BORN in a dense body? 5. What differentiates Christ Jesus from every other Being? 6. Why did Christ not appear in a miraculous manner? 7. In what will He appear when He comes again? Continued with file "RC4010.TXT" End of File

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