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Filename: RC5003.TXT 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 time. 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- uality. 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." --Max Heindel References: Genesis, chapters 16, 17, 18, 21; I Corinthians 3:1-3; Galatians 4:22-26 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- gated Religion. 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 reward. 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- ed. 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. NOTES: *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 civilizations. 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 a son. "...and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Phili- stines." "...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 deed. 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 reap." "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- moved. 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 of hosts." 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 him. 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 only temporary. 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 today. 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 Holy Spirit. 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 of thistles? 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 the fire. 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 perish. 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 wonderful works? 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. Continued with file "RC5004.TXT" End of File

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