CHRIST JESUS--LORD OF THE SABBATH:
"At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his
disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold thy disciples
do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an
hungered and they that were with him;
How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which
was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only
for the priests?
Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests
in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
But I say unto you That in this place is one greater than the temple.
But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacri-
fice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day."--Matthew 12:1-8
The word "corn" here refers to the seed of wheat, which was the prin-
cipal grain grown in Palestine in New Testament days. Through the small
fields of wheat wound the narrow paths along which travelers passed in going
from one part of the country to another. Sometimes they were without food,
and as there were no public eating places in the vicinity, it was custom-
ary for the hungry travelers to pluck a handfull of wheat, separate the chaff
from the seed by rolling it in the hands, and eat. Thus it was quite in
accordance with the customs of the day that Christ Jesus and His Disciples
would partake of the wheat to satisfy their hunger.
However, the Parisees, ever holding to the letter of the law and
suspicious and intolerant of any teaching progressive or revolutionary
enough to overthrow their regime of position and power, were eager to accuse
Christ Jesus and His followers of violating some law. In this case it was
the law which decreed the keeping of the Sabbath.
In Scofield's Reference Bible we are told that: "The Sabbath" ("cessa-
tion") appears in Scripture as the day of God's rest in the finished work of
creation (Gen. 2:2,3). For 2,500 years of human life, absolutely no mention
is made of it. Then the Sabbath was revealed (Ex. 16:23; Neh. 9:13-14). It
was made a part of the law (Ex. 20:8-11), and invested with the character of
a ("sign") between Jehovah and Israel and a perpetual reminder to Israel of
their separation from God (Ex. 31:13-17). It was observed by complete rest
(Ex. 35:2-3), and by Jehovah's express order a man was put to death for
gathering sticks on the Sabbath day (Num. 15:32-36). Apart from maintaining
the continued burnt-offering (Num. 28:9) and its connection with the annual
feasts, the seventh day Sabbath was never made a day of sacrifice, worship,
or any manner of religious service. It was simply and only a day of complete
rest for man and beast, a humane provision for man's needs. In Christ's
words, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:
27). Our Lord found the observance of the day encrusted with rabbinical eva-
sions (Matt. 12:2) and restrictions, wholly unknown to the law, so that He
was Himself held to be a Sabbath-breaker by the religious authorities of the
The reply of Christ Jesus to the accusation of the Pharisees well por-
trays a basic principle of the new religion being ushered in by the great
Sun Spirit. The regime of law of favored classes and position was coming
to an end; the regime of the essential importance and dignity of the individu-
al was beginning. The day of material sacrifice was ending; the day of mercy
was being inaugurated. The letter of the law was to give way to true spirit-
Concerning this matter Max Heindel pertinently wrote: "The Bible says
that the law was supreme until the advent of the great Sun Spirit. Christ
started a new phase of evolution under the principle of LOVE AND REGENERATION.
This ended the regime of Jehovah and the sway of Saturn, not abruptly of
course, for there is always an overlapping of the old and the new. However,
from that time on, the pioneer Christian people have entered upon the sec-
ond, or Sun, part of the Aryan Epoch...substituting the Sun's day for the
day of Saturn, as a day of worship."
ORIGIN OF THE SCRIPTURES:
"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."
References: Genesis, chapters 16, 17, 18, 21; I Corinthians 3:1-3; Galatians
There was a time, even as late as Greece, when Religion, Art, and Science
were taught unitedly in the Mystery-Temples. But it was necessary to the
better development of each that they should separate for a time.
Religion held sole sway in the so-called "dark ages." During that time
it bound both Science and Art hand and foot. Then came the period of the Re-
naissance and Art came to the fore in all its branches. Religion was strong
as yet, however, and Art was only too often confined solely to the service of
Religion. Last came the wave of modern Science, and with iron hand it subju-
It was a detriment to the world when Religion shackled Science. Ignorance
and superstition caused untold woe; neverthless, man then cherished a lofty
spiritual ideal. He hoped for a higher and better life. It would be infinitely
more disastrous should Science kill Religion. Therefore a state of agnosti-
cism and materialism cannot continue. Reaction must set in. If it should
not, anarchy would rend the Cosmos. To avert such a calamity, Religion,
Science, and Art must reunite in a higher expression of the Good, the True,
and the Beautiful than obtained before the separation.
A spiritual religion, however, cannot blend with a materialistic science
any more than oil can mix with water. Therefore, Science must be spiritual-
ized and Religion made scientific. In order to study the Bible intelli-
gently, it is essential that one approach it with an open mind. Fixed,
preconceived views of the Scriptures in their generally accepted versions as
being the only true and inspired Word of God, infallible, etc., are clouds
which at the outset blind one to the real illumination that may come from
careful, unprejudiced study. There are, however, hidden beneath the interpola-
tions, mistranslations, etc., pearls of truth for which it behooves every
earnest student of life and being to seek, and if certain important facts
are kept in mind as one studies, new light and understanding will be the
In the first place, let us remember that the words of the Hebrew language,
particularly the old style, run into one another and are not divided as are
those of our language. And to this there is a custom of leaving out vowels
from the writing, so that in reading much depends upon where and how they
are inserted, and it will be seen how great are the difficulties to be sur-
mounted in ascertaining the original meaning. A slight change may entirely
alter the significance of almost any sentence.
In addition to these great difficulties we must bear in mind that of the
forty-seven translators of the King James version (that most commonly used
in America), only three were Hebrew scholars, and of those three, two died
before the Psalms had been translated! We must still further take into
consideration that the Act which authorized the translation prohibited the
translators from any rendition that would greatly deviate from or tend to
disturb the already existing belief. It is evident, therefore, that the
chances of getting a correct translation were very small indeed.
Now were conditions much more favorable in Germany, for there Martin
Luther was the chief translator and even he did not translate from the
original Hebrew, but mainly from a Latin text. Most of the versions used in
Continental Protestant countries today are simply translations, into
different languages, of Luther's translation.
True, there have been revisions, but they have not greatly improved
matters. Moreover, there are a large number of people in this country who
insist that the English text of the King James version is absolutely correct
from cover to cover, as though the Bible had been originally written in
English, and the King James version were a certified copy of the original
manuscript. So the old mistakes are still there, in spite of the efforts
which have been made to eradicate them.
It must also be noted that those who originally wrote the Bible did not
intend to give out the truth in such plain form that he who ran might read.
Nothing was farther from their thoughts than to write an "open Book of God."
The great seers who wrote the Zohar* are very emphatic upon this point. The
secrets of the Torah were not to be understood by all, as the following
quotation will show.
"Woe to the man who sees in the Torah (the law) only simple recitals
and ordinary words! Because, if in truth it contained only these, we would
even today be able to compose a Torah much more worthy of admiration. But it
is not so. Each word of the Torah contains an elevated meaning and a sublime
mystery...The recitals of the Torah are the vestments of the Torah. Woe to
him who takes this vestment of the Torah for the Torah itself!...The simple
take notice of the garments and recitals of the Torah alone. They know no
other thing. They see not that which is concealed under the vestment. The
more instructed men do not pay attention to the vestment, but to the boy
which it envelops."
In the preceding words the allegorical meanings are plainly implied. Paul
also unequivocally says that the story of Abraham and the two sons whom he
had by Sarah and Hagar is purely allegorical. (Galatians 4:22-26) Many
passages are veiled; others are to be taken verbatim. As in a field sown
with potatoes there are not only these vegetables, but also the soil in
which they are hidden, so in the Bible the pearls of occult truth are hidden
in what are often hideous garments. The occultist who has fitted himself to
possess these pearls has received the key, and sees them plainly. To others
they remain obscure until they also have worked for that key. Thus, while
the story of the wanderings of the children of Israel and the dealings of a
certain God with them is partially true, there is also a spiritual
significance that is far more important than that material history. Even
though the Gospels contain the great outlines of the life of an individual
called Jesus, they are formulae of initiation showing the experiences which
everyone must eventually pass through on the way to the truth and the life.
The secrecy regarding these deep matters and the invariable use of
allegories where the mass of the people were permitted to come in contact
with occult truths will also be apparent from the practice of Christ, who
always spoke to the multitude in parables, afterward privately explaining to
His disciples the deeper meaning contained therein. On several occasions He
imposed secrecy upon them in regard to such private teachings.
Paul's methods are also in harmony with this, for he gives "milk" or the
more elementary teachings to the "babes" in the faith, reserving the "meat"
or deeper teachings for the "strong"--those who had qualified themselves to
understand and receive them. (I Corinthians 3:1-3)
The Jewish Bible was originally written in Hebrew, but we do not possess
one single line of the original writings. As early as 280 B.C. in the Sep-
tuagint, a translation into Greek, was brought forth. Even in the time of
Christ there was already the utmost confusion and diversity of opinion re-
garding what was to be admitted as original, and what had been interpolat-
It was not until the return from the Babylonian exile that the scribes
began to piece together the different writings and not until about 500 A.D.
did the Talmud appear, giving the first text resembling the present one,
which, in view of the foregoing facts, cannot be perfect.
The Talmud was then taken in hand by the Masoretic School, which from 590
to about 800 A.D. was principally in Tiberias. With great and painstaking
labor, a Hebrew Old Testament was produced which is the nearest to the ori-
ginal we have at the present time.
Thus, though we may not contend for the divinity of the Bible or hold that
it is the Word of God from cover to cover, though we recognize the fact that
it is a poor translation of the originals and that there are many interpola-
tions whihc have been inserted at different times to support various ideed;
nevertheless, the very fact that so much truth has been massed into such a
small compass is a source of constant wonder to the occultist, who knows what
the Book really is and has a key to its meaning. Let us then remember that
truth is many sided and eternal; the quest for truth must also be all-em-
bracing and never-ending.
We may liken truth to a mountain, and the various interpretations of that
truth to different paths leading up to the summit. Many people are traveling
along all of these paths and every one while he is at the bottom thinks his
path is the only one; he sees only a small part of the mountain, and may
therefore be justified in crying to his brothers, "You are wrong! Come over
to my path; this is the only one that leads to the top." But as all these
people progress upward, they will see that the paths converge at the top and
that they are all one in the ultimate. It may be said most emphatically that
no system of thought which has ever been able to attract and hold the
attention of a large number of people fora considerable time has been
without its truth; and whether we perceive it or not, there is in every sect
the kernel of divine teachings which is gradually bringing them upward
toward the top of the mountain. Therefore we should practice the utmost
toleration for every belief.
*ZOHAR: A Jewish cabalistic book introduced into Spain in the 13th century
by the cabalistic writer, Moses de Leon, who attributed it to Simeon ben
Yohai, a second century Jewish teacher. Under the form of a commentary on
the Pentateuch, it contains a complete cabalistic theosophy, treating of
God, the cosmogony and cosmology of the universe, the soul, sin, redemption,
etc. Its contents indicate that it is the work of many authors, periods, and
REBIRTH AND THE BIBLE:
A basic cosmic law taught in the Scriptures is that of rebirth: the
doctrine that as differentiated Spirits in God we are reborn again and again
in bodies of increasing efficiency on the physical plane to learn the
lessons incident to material existence, and to unfold our latent divine
potentialities into dynamic powers.
It is evident that the Jewish priests believed in the theory of rebirth,
or they would not have sent to ask John the Baptist, "Art thou Elijah?", as
it is recorded in the first chapter of St. John's Gospel, 21st verse. In
the 14th verse of the 11th Chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel we have the words
of the Christ concerning John the Baptist which are unambiguous and
unequivocal. He said, "this IS Elijah." Upon a later occasion, at the time
when they had been upon the Mount of Transfiguration, as recorded in the
17th Chapter of Matthew, the Christ said, "Elias is come already, and they
knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed...Then the
disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist." In the
13th verse of the 16th Chapter of Matthew we find the Christ asking His
disciples, "Whom do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" And they said,
"Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some Elias, and others, Jeremias,
or one of the prophets."
"And He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?" And Simon Peter
answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." We
notice from these passages that Christ Jesus did not contradict His
disciples and this is quite significant. He was essentially a teacher, and
if they had entertained a wrong idea concerning the idea of rebirth, it
would have been His manifest duty to have corrected them. He did not indi-
cate that there was any need for correction, however, and Peter's reply
conveys a knowledge of the deeper truths involved in the present mission
of the Christ.
As further biblical sustantiation for the doctrine of rebirth, we find
cases mentioned in the Scriptures where a person was chosen for a certain
work BEFORE his birth. An Angel foretold the coming of Samson and his
mission: to slay the Philistines. In the 13th Chapter of Judges it is
related: ''There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of Danites, whose
name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and bare not.
"And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Be-
hold now, thou art barren, and bearest not; but thou shalt conceive, and bear
"...and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Phili-
"...and the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson." In the first
Chapter of Jeremiah, 5th verse, the Lord said to the prophet, "...before
thou camest out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet
unto all nations."
We are all familiar with the stories in the Bible telling of the coming of
Jesus and John and of their special missions. A person is chosen for a spe-
cial mission because of a specific fitness for the particular type of work to
be done. Proficiency presupposes practice, for as we have often heard,
"Practice makes perfect." Ability is not handed to us on a platter, as con-
venient as it may be to believe it at times! Practice prior to birth could
only have been in a previous life, so by implication, and by using logic and
reason as guides, we find that the doctrine of rebirth is taught in the
cases we have mentioned. It may also be observed that there are other
passages in the Bible, the first Psalm, for instance, which can be sensibly
interpreted only by using a belief in rebirth as a basis.
Working along with the Law of Rebirth to bring about the perfect justice
becoming toan all-wise Creator is the Law of Cause and Effect, or the Law of
Consequence. The Law of Compensation or Retribution, it is also often
called. The occult investigator finds that this law works perfectly on all
planes, bringing to fruition exactly what we have sown--in thought, word and
In the 6th Chapter of Galatians, 7th to 9th verses, we are told: "Be not
deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also
"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting."
"And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap."
In 2nd Corinthians, 9th Chapter, 6th verse, St. Paul tells us again:
"He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth
bountifully shall reap also bountifully."
In the 9th Chapter of St. John's Gospel we find an interesting parable
which teaches the working of this law. It reads as follows:
"And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from birth. And
His disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man or his
parents, that he was born blind?"
"Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that
the works of God should be made manifest in him."
In this passage Christ Jesus endeavors to make clear that the law back of
all physical limitation is not punishment, but enlightenment. Here we find
the perfect justice of the Law of Causation which underlies all disease and
deformity. When an Ego breaks a law of Nature in one life, it returns in ano-
ther life to face the limitation which results as a violation of that law.
Transgressions of divine laws upon the mental and moral planes of action are
quite as responsible for physical disorders as the hidden side of the Moon
is effective in producing the tides. Through the sorrow and suffering which
accompany limitation, the Spirit learns its lesson and the infirmity is re-
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN:
"This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy
face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not
risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in
the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suf-
fereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
He that ears to hear, let him hear." --Matthew 11:10-15
The prophecy to which Christ Jesus refers is given in Malachi 3:1: "Be-
hold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and
the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger
of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord
The "kingdom of heaven" of which Christ Jesus spoke obviously refers to
the new kingdom which He was inaugurating, a kingdom of higher ideals than
the one immediately preceding. Concerning this new kingdom, Max Heindel
wrote: "Christ, in Matthew 11:12, said that 'the kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force.' This is not a correct transla-
tion. It ought to be: The kingdom of heaven has been invaded (biaxetai), and
invaders seize on her. Men and women have already learned through holy,
helpful lives to lay aside the body of flesh and blood, either
intermittently or permanently, and to walk the skies with winged feet,
intent upon the business of their Lord, clad in the ethereal 'Wedding
Garment' of the New Dispensation. This change may be accomplished through a
life of simple helpfulness and prayer as practiced by devoted Christians, no
matter with what church they affiliate, as well as by the specific exercises
given in The Rosicrucian Fellowship. The latter will prove barren results
unless accompanied by constant acts of love, for love will be the keynote of
the coming age as law is of the present order." Another teaching was made
plain at this time to him "who hath ears to hear": that of rebirth. This
doctrine teaches that human beings, Spirits differentiated within God, are
born again and again in gradually improving bodies to learn the lessons
taught in God's great School of Life. Since man had to learn to conquer the
material world, the doctrine of rebirth was held in abeyance, or taught in a
veiled manner, until the mass of humanity was ready for it. That time now
has come, and the teaching or rebirth now is being accepted by more and more
people of the Eastern World. (Those of the East have never discarded this
teaching.) In addition to the above definite statement by Christ Jesus:
"This is Elias (Elijah), which was for to come," there are others. In
Matthew 17:12 is the statement: "But I say unto you, That Elias is come
already, and they knew him not." Then in the 16th chapter of Matthew, Christ
Jesus asks His disciples: "Whom do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" The
reply came: "Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some Elias; and
others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." Obviously, those who made such
statements believed in the doctrine of rebirth.
HEALING THE LEPER:
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou
wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou
clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew
thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a
testimony unto them.--Matthew 9:1-4
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeeling down to
him, and saying unto him, It thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand and touched him,
saying, I will; be thou clean.
And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him,
and he was cleansed.
And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man; but go thy way,
shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which
Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.--Mark 1:40-44
Leprosy, one of the most dreaded of all diseases to which mankind has made
himself subject, is a result of the "unpardonable sin," or misuse of the
divine creative force, which was so prevalent during Lemurian and Atlan-
tean times. "As the Holy Spirit is the creative energy in Nature, the sex
energy is its reflection in man, and misuse or abuse of that power is the
sin that is not forgiven, but must be expiated in impaired efficiency of the
vehicles, in order thoroughly to teach us the sanctity of the creative
force." (Cosmo-Conception, p. 468)
Paracelsus, the great physician-healer of the 15th century, stated: "An
intimate tie binds the generator to that which is generated. Past genera-
tions are utilized in the construction of the future body; they are woven into
the body as a tendency to some ailment, affecting either disposition or the
life forces. This poison of past lives must somewhere be changed into
healthfulness." Thus the Law of Cause and Efffect works to teach man how to
live according to the laws of God.
However, Christ brought grace, through which a person by repentance,
restitution, and reform may absolve his destiny. Even the leper may use this
divine formula to receive the healing Christ Power and be relieved of his
burden. A definite change in consciousness of course is required in this
process, and unless such a change takes place, the healing will be at best
It was the sin of our progenitors in ancient Lemuria that they scattered
their seed regardless of law and without love. But it is the privilege of
the Christian to redeem himself by purity of life in remembrance of the
Lord. John says, "His seed remaineth in him."
In modern times leprosy has given way to cancer, which also results from
ungoverned desires. Science has provided a degree of assistance in "curing"
both these terrible diseases, but a permanent remedy can be found only
through educating people to understand the sacredness of the Holy Spirit
within man and to learn to live the life of self-control which respects and
obeys the laws of God.
THE UNPARDONABLE SIN:
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be for-
given unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be for-
given unto men.
And whosover speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven
him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy ghost, it shall not be forgiven
him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."--Matthew 12:31-32
There has been a great deal of fruitless controversy among orthodox
Christians concerning the subject of the Unpardonable Sin. In occult
philosophy, we are given the following logical explanation:
Jehovah is the Highest Initiate of the Moon Period, the ruler of the An-
gels, who during the present Day of Manifestation work with our humanity
through the Moon. He is the author of generation and the prime factor in ges-
tation, the giver of offspring to man and to beast, using the lunar ray as
his vehicle of work during the times which are propitious to generation. Je-
hovah is a jealous God, jealous of His prerogative, and, therefore, when man
ate of the tree of knowledge and took the matter of generation into his own
hands, He expelled him from Paradise to wander in the wilderness of the world.
There was no forgiveness. He must expiate it in travail and in pain, reaping
the fruit of his transgression.
Before the Fall, humanity had not known either good or evil. They had done
what they were told, and nothing else. By taking matters into their own
hands, and by the pain and the sorrow which followed their transgression,
they learned the difference between good and evil: they became capable of
choice. They acquired prerogative. This is the great privilege which more
than compensates for the suffering and sorrow man has endured in expiation
of that offense against the Law of Life, which lies in performing the
creative act when the stellar rays are unpropitious, thus causing painful
parturition, and a multitude of other diseases to which humanity is heir
In this connection it may be mentioned that the Moon is the ruler of the
sign Cancer, and that cancer, in its malignant form, admits no cure, no
matter how many remedies science may bring forward from time to time. Inves-
tigation in the lives of persons who suffer from this disease has proved in
every case that the one involved has been sensual in the extreme during pre-
vious lives, though this is not to say that this is a law, since a sufficient
number of investigations have not been made to establish it. It is, neverthe-
less, significant, that Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, rules generative functions
through the Moon, that the Moon governs Cancer, and that those who abuse the
sex function in a very marked and bestial degree are later afflicted with
the disease called cancer: that this is incurable and thus bears out the
saying in the Bible that all things may be forgiven save the sin against the
One who has never known the torment of temptation cannot realize the posi-
tion of one who has fallen. Christ, Himself, felt in the body of Jesus all
the passion and all the temptations to which we ourselves are subject, and it
is stated that this was for the purpose of making Him more merciful unto us as
a High Priest. That He was tempted, proves that temptation in itself is not
sin. It is the yielding that is sin.
THE TEST OF THE TRUE TEACHER:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but in-
wardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree bring-
eth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring
forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."--Matthew 7:15-20
No matter what person we may be considering, the best criterion obtainable
in regard to his character is that given in the beautifully simple, direct
words of the Christ: "By their fruits ye shall know them." The truly
spiritual person may be identified by the purity of his life--by his actions
of kindness, humility, and helpfulness. The less developed also manifest
their "fruits" in kind: greed, cruelty, selfishness, and gossip.
We should appply this same "measuring rod" to the self-styled prophets
and teachers who appear before the public and exhort their listeners to
follow a certain teaching.
Concerning spiritual teachers, Max Heindel has given some very definite
information as to the kind of "fruits" they should bear:
The higher we climb, either by evolution or Initiation, the clearer we see
the Light, which is God, shining at the top; the more we are strengthened
thereby, the better we are filled to walk or climb alone. Therefore, after a
time it is unnecessary to have Masters to help us, and their place is then by
the Elder Brothers, known in the West as friends and advisers.
The Elder Brothers of the Rose Cross aim to emancipate the Egos who come
to them; to educate, to strengthen, and to make them co-workers. They never
urge, never praise, and never blame. The urge must come from within the
pupil, and they teach him to judge himself. In every respect they educate
him to stand upon his own feet without leaning upon them or anyone else, for
the higher we attain, the greater would be the disaster of a fall. Only as
we cultivate equipoise and self-reliance, coupled with spiritual integrity
and zeal of devotion, are we fitted to go on.
Anyone who professes to be a Teacher must be able to substantiate his
claim by using the Jupiter Period consciousness, for the true Teachers, the
Elder Brothers, who now are preparing the conditions of evolution which are
to obtain during the Jupiter Period, all have the consciousness pertaining
to that Period. Thus they naturally and without effort project pictures upon
the consciousness of those whom they are addressing and thereby at once give
evidence of their identity. Only they are able to guide others with safety,
but they do not function as individual teachers. No truly highly evolved
teacher could afford to give his time and energy to the instruction of a
single pupil. Such highly evolved beings as the Elder Brothers of the
Rosicrucian Order have other and more important things to attend to, and
even the lay brothers who have been initiated by them are not allowed to
bother them for small and unimportant matters.
STILLING THE TEMPEST:
"And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the
ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying Lord, save us: we
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful. O ye of little faith? Then he
arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the
winds and the sea obey him!"--Matthew 8:23-27
In this passage, we are taught the effects of fearfulness and the power of
faith. Fear is one of the most destructive emotions known to man. It can
play havoc with the physical body, deranging digestion, interfering with the
metabolic changes and the elimination of waste, and upsetting the whole sys-
tem. Those who indulge in it surround themselves with a steel-gray auric
shell which acts as a barrier to the helpful thoughts and prayers of others.
Faith, on the other hand, "opens and expands our mental capacity as sun-
light unfolds the beautiful flower." "Faith is the force in man which opens
up the channel of communication with God and brings us into touch with His
Life and Power." The poet Tennyson called it:
The great world's altar-stairs that slope thro' darkness up to God.
We also find in this passage of Scripture an indication of a power man at
some future time will possess-control of the elements. Christ Jesus pos-
sessed this power, so that even the winds and the sea obeyed Him.
Max Heindel pointed out that: "Scientists have attempted time and again
to offer an adequate explanation of the phenomena of wind and storm, but have
failed signally. Nor can they succeed while they seek a mechanical solution
to what is really a manifestation of life. Could they see the hosts of
Sylphs winging their way hither and thither, they would know who and what
is responsible for the fickleness of the wind: could they watch a storm at
sea from the etheric viewpoint, they would perceive that the saying 'the war
of the elements' is not an empty phrase, for the heaving sea is truly
then a battlefield of Sylphs and Undines and the howling tempest is the war
cry of spirits in the air."
To explain fully what transpires in a storm we must consider the semi-
intelligent action of the Sylphs who lift the finely divided vaporized
particles of water prepared by the Undines from the surface of the sea and
carry them as high as they may before partial condensation takes place and
clouds are formed. These particles of water they keep until forced by the
Undines to release them. When we say it storms, battles are being fought on
the surface of the sea and in the air, sometimes with the aid of Salamanders
to light the lightning torch of separated hydrogen and oxygen and send its
awe-inspiring shaft crashing zigzag through the inky darkness, followed by
ponderous peals of thunder that reverberate in the clearing atmosphere,
while the Undines triumphantly hurl the rescued raindrops to Earth that they
may be again restored to union with their mother element.
PROFESSION WITHOUT FAITH:
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the king-
dom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, lord, have we not prophesied in
thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity."--Matthew 7:21-23
In these statements Christ Jesus was setting a definitely higher standard
of conduct than had existed during the preceding separative regime of
Jehovah. Form was all-important under Jehovah, for man had not yet reached
the stage in spiritual consciousness when he could do the will of the
Father. "The law of the race religions was given to emancipate intllect from
desire. The 'fear of God' was pitted against the 'desires of the flesh.'"
But the day of much speaking without the corroboration of the heart was
destined to end. The day was dawning when actions would speak louder than
words, and even though we have achieved that ideal to some extent today, in
the approaching Aquarian Age it will be achieved to a much greater degree.
As taught in the Rosicrucian Philosophy:
Aquarius is an airy sign, having special rule over the ether. The Flood
partly dried the air by depositing most of the moisture it held in the sea.
But when the Sun enters Aquarius by precession, the rest of the moisture
will be eliminated and visual vibrations, which are most easily transmitted
by a dry etheric atmosphere, will become more intense; thus conditions will
be particularly conducive to production of the slight extension of our
present sight necessary to open our eyes to the etheric region.
The etheric sight is similar to the X-ray in that it enables its possessor
to see right through all objects, but it is much more powerful and renders
everything as transparent as glass. Therefore in the Aquarian Age many
things will be different from now; for instance, it will be extremely easy
to study anatomy and to detect a morbid growth, a dislocation, or a
pathological condition of the body. At present, medical men of the highest
standing admit regretfully that their diagnoses are only too frequently
erroneous, as shown by postmortem observation; but when we have evolved the
etheric sight, they will be able to study both anatomical structures and
physiological processes without hindrance.
The etheric vision will not enable us to see one another's thoughts, for
they are formed in still finer stuff, but it will make it largely impossible
for us to live double lives and to act differently in our homes than we do
in public. If we were aware that invisible entities now throng our houses,
we should often feel ashamed of the things we do; but in the Aquarian Age
there will be no privacy which may not be broken into by anyone who desires
to see us. It will avail nothing that we sent the office boy or maid out to
tell an unwelcome visitor that we are 'not in.' This means that in the new
age honesty and straightforwardness will be the only policies worthwhile,
for we cannot do wrong and hope to escape detection.
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