Filename: RC5007.TXT NO BEGINNING TO MAN QUESTION: Was man created by God, or did he come
NO BEGINNING TO MAN
QUESTION: Was man created by God, or did he come into existence in some o-
ANSWER: The real man, the Spirit, was not created. The Spirit of man is a
part of God, and as a part of God has always been in existence. God had no
beginning, hence the Spirit of man has had no beginning. In the earlier
stages of evolution we were homogeneous, so to speak, with God. But at the
beginning of this Day of Manifestation we were differentiated within the
body of God and each individual man. In Spirit there is no division,
however. The differentiation which took place in Spirit was not a division
or a separation. It was brought about by means of vibration. But the
differentiated Virgin Spirits immediately began to encase themselves in the
substance of the lower worlds, finally building physical bodies, and in
these physical bodies they have lost their sense of unity with Spirit and
with one another. The unenlightened ones imagine that they are entirely
separate from all other human beings. They do not know of "the fundamental
unity of each with all." The esoteric student, however, knows that this is a
fact, and endeavors to conduct himself accordingly in all of his relations
with his brother Spirits
THE FLESH AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
QUESTION: What is your interpretation of John 6:53: "Except ye eat the flesh
of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you?"
ANSWER: When Christ Jesus was on Earth, He spoke to the multitude in
parables, but to the disciples He explained the inner meanings as they were
able to understand. Since the four Gospels are not only the story of the
life of Christ Jesus, but also four descriptions of the Path of Initiation
to which the life of Christ Jesus is related and which we all eventually
must travel, many of these writings have both an inner and an outer meaning.
We first must understand that the Earth is not a mass of dead matter,
but that it is the living, breathing body of a great Spirit. Through this
body, He expresses Himself and comes into close touch with the beings on the
surface of the planet. This Spirit is the Christ, Who periodically draws
into the center of the Earth and again withdraws. This indrawing begins at
the time of the fall equinox. Then commences the impregnation of all seeeds
with the life force which later will cause them to break forth and clothe
the body of the Christ Spirit in living green and provide food for all
beings living on the Earth. In the streams and rivulets we find the fluids,
the blood, which, as a great circulatory system, ever is flowing back to the
ocean, again to be distributed over the surface of the Earth by means of
precipitation. Thus, our food and drink truly are the flesh and blood of the
body of the Son of Man. If we did not partake of this, we could not live.
The spiritual meat and drink that this passage symbolizes can be ex-
plained only to those who, like the disciples, have true spiritual
understanding-the true wisdom which makes clear all the mysteries of God. In
general, however, we can say that they symbolize the formation of the Christ
within each individual through the soul body, which is built of the two
higher vital ethers during lifetimes of unselfish service.
THE EFFECTS OF THE MOON ON THE INVISIBLE HELPER
Why attach so much importance to the Moon's aspects in esoteric work?
Why is the New Moon especially appropriate for awakening Invisible Helpers
and the Full Moon for building the quintessence of service into the soul
body? Moonlight is only reflected light.
The Rosicrucian Teachings explain this by analogy. As Christ is born on
the longest and darkest night of the year, so the Invisible Helper, is born
on the darkest night of the month; that is, he then comes into conscious use
of his etheric vehicle. We know that at Christmas time the spiritual
vibrations in the Earth are the most intense. Therefore, by analogy, we know
that the spiritual vibrations each month are most intense on the night of
the New Moon, and these vibrations make it the most propitious time for the
birth of the Invisible Helper. Astrologically the vibrations are stronger at
that time because the Sun and Moon are in conjunction, and their combined
force is thrown upon the Earth from the same angle.
The time of the Full Moon is most propitious for the building of the es-
sence of service into the soul body. The Full Moon at a certain time in the
fall is spoken of as the harvest Moon, and the building of the essence of ser-
vice into the soul body is a process of harvesting best conducted under the
great illumination at that time. Astrologically, at the Full Moon the Sun and
Moon are in opposition, bringing into play two opposite signs, which are spi-
ritually correlated, constituting a positive and a negative pole. At that
time a current of life or spiritual energy is flowing between the two poles,
which may be utilized for the building-in process.
HOW THE ROSICRUCIANS HEAL THE SICK
The Rosicrucian work of healing is carried on by the Elder Brothers of
The Rosicrucian Order through a band of Invisible Helpers whom they are
The work is conducted according to the commands of Christ Jesus, namely,
"Preach the gospel and heal the sick."
THE ELDER BROTHERS:
These are high spiritual Beings through whom the Christ Spirit is working
for the benefit of humanity.
THE INVISIBLE HELPERS:
The Invisible Helpers are those who live a worthy life of helpfulness
during the daytime while in their physical bodies, and whose evolutionary
development is such as to earn the privilege of being helpful through the
instrumentality of the Elder Brothers at night while functioning in the
etheric bodies. This is indicated in the words of the Rosicrucian Fellowship
Evening Service: "Tonight while our physical bodies are peacefully resting
in sleep, may we as Invisible Helpers be found faithfully working in the
vineyard of Christ." These Invisible Helpers are gathered together in bands
according to their temperaments and their abilities. They are instructed by
other Helpers who are physicians, and all of them work under the guidance of
the Elder Brothers, who naturally are the moving Spirits of the whole work.
Not infrequently, patients are aware of the presence of the Invisible
RIGHT LIVING NECESSARY FOR A CURE:
The Invisible Helpers never refuse to answer an appeal for help, but in
order to respond to the divine Healing Force, patients must adopt the gospel
of right living. They should observe a pure diet--meatless, insofar as it is
possible. Meat should be left off gradually, however, in order that the body
may adjust itself to the change. Patients must fill their living and
sleeping rooms with pure air, their minds with pure thoughts, and their
daily lives with pure actions. The divine Healing Force is pure. If someone
asks for it in order to be relieved of ailments, he or she must be willing
to conform to the natural laws of purity: pure air, pure food, pure
thinking, and pure living! If the patient ignores these great health-giving
factors, he may have called in vain upon the divine Healing Force.
All Healing Force comes from God, our heavenly Father, the Great Physician
of the Universe; it is latent everywhere; by prayer and concentration it is
liberated and directed to the sufferer; it manifested through the Master,
Christ Jesus; it goes forth from the daily and weekly healing meetings held
at the Rosicrucian Fellowship Headquarters (Oceanside, California). Through
the workings of this supreme Force, the Invisible Helpers raise the
vibrations of the patient to a higher rate, thus enabling him, first, to
eliminate the disease poison from the system, and second, to rebuild every
blood corpuscle, fibre, tissue, and organ until the whole body is made new.
This is done, not in a miraculous manner, but in accordance with Nature's
Laws. If the patient continues to break these laws and, by a wrong mode of
living, to accumulate poisonous substances in the system, he frustrates the
CAUSE OF DISEASE:
The wonderful organism called the human body is governed by immutable
natural Laws. All disease results from willful or ignorant violation of
Nature's Laws. People are ill because, in this Earth life or in a previous
one, they have disregarded the fundamental principles on which the health of
the body depends. If they wish to regain and retain their health, they must
learn to understand these principles and to regulate their daily habits in
conformity with them.
This is what the Master Healer, Christ Jesus, meant when He said to the
man who was a cripple: "Thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing
come unto thee." (John 5:14) Even the Christ could not give lasting health
unless the recipient of the Healing Force refrained from indulging wrong
habits which cause disease. The recipient had to live in obedience to the
god-given laws that rule man's body and his relations with his fellow
THE RIGHT TO HEALTH:
Some people "demand" perfect health and claim they have a right to it.
They forget that, either in this or a former life, some have forfeited their
God-given right through disobedience to Nature's Laws which are God's Laws.
Through suffering, they have to learn obedience. When they have mastered
their lessons and are willing to "sin no more," their right to health will
be restored to them.
VIOLATIONS OF THE LAWS OF HEALTH:
The divine Healing Force is constructive; wrong methods of living which
disregard the Laws of Nature are destructive.
The omissions and transgressions responsible for wrong living and, conse-
quently, for disease are many. The following are the principal ones:
unnatural food; too much food; ill-proportioned food; lack of fresh air and
sunshine; lack of cleanliness; lack of self-control; sleeping in
unventilated rooms; harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, and resentment;
yielding to a hasty temper; gratifying low desires; harming fellow
creatures, whether human or animal; abusing the sacred generative function.
Since all organs and functions of the body are interdependent, the abuse and
consequent affliction of one part hurts all the others, furthers the
accumulation of disease poison throughout the system, and lowers the
vitality of the whole. Local symptoms are actually evidence that the whole
body is at fault. All true healing, therefore, in order to achieve lasting
results, is directed, not to the suppression of symptoms, but to the removal
of the cause that made the symptoms appear.
Spiritual healing operates on the higher planes of being but is effected
in strict adherence to Natural Laws which prevail below as above.
Consequently, all natural therapeutics applied on the physical plane are in
harmony with the work of the Invisible Helpers on the higher planes.
RIGHT FOOD IS NATURAL MEDICINE:
Since the body is built up of the physical substances introduced into the
blood by the daily food, right food is the natural medicine which the
patient must take in order to cooperate with the Invisible Helpers in their
task of reconstructing his system.
EFFLUVIA TRANSMITTED IN WEEKLY REPORT:
Before the Invisible Helpers can work with the patient they must have
effluvia from his vital body. This is the etheric counterpart of the
physical body and the operating sphere of the vital forces. The effluvia are
obtained by having the patient write a weekly letter consisting of a few
words or a few lines with pen and ink. This is important, as a pen charged
with fluid is a greater conductor of magnetism than a dry pencil. The ether
which thus impregnates the paper upon which the patient writes week by week
gives an indication of his condition at the time of writing, and furnishes
an entrance key to his system. It is something which he has given
voluntarily and for the express purpose of furnishing access to the
Invisible Helpers. Unless the patient does his part in this respect, the
Invisible Helpers are unable to do anything for him, so it may be seen that
it is of the utmost importance to keep up the weekly letters to
TIME REQUIRED FOR CURE:
Instantaneous cures are frequent when the Invisible Helpers are called
upon to assist in cases of acute disease. In the case of a chronic ailment
which is of long standing and has taken years to develop, a certain amount
of relief may be experienced immediately; complete recovery, however, which
is equivalent to a renewal of the whole system, usually can be achieved only
in gradual stages. As said before, the healing work of the Invisible Helpers
is not suppression of symptoms but reconstruction of the whole system. This
reconstruction requires time as well as the patient's faithful and constant
cooperation along the lines indicated.
HEALING MEETINGS AT HEADQUARTERS:
Healing meetings are held at Rosicrucian Headquarters on nights when the
Moon is in Cardinal Signs of the Zodiac (Aries, Cancer, Libra and
Capricorn). The hour of this service is 6:30 PM. The virtue of the Cardinal
Signs is the dynamic energy which they infuse into every enterprise started
under their influence. Therefore, the healing thoughts of helpers all over
the world are endowed with added power when launched upon their errands of
mercy under this cardinal influence.
If you would like to join in this work, sit down quietly when the clock in
your place of residence points to the given hour, 6:30 PM, meditate on
health and divine love, and pray to the Great Physician, our Father in
Heaven, for the restoration to health of all who suffer, particularly those
who have applied to Headquarters.
For more information, please contact the Healing Department at Mount
The Rosicrucian Fellowship
2222 Mission Avenue
P.O. Box 713
Oceanside, CA, 92054, USA
WITH HEALING IN ITS WINGS
Early in the Old Testament is the account of how man was led astray by
the false light of the Lucifer Spirits, thus giving birth to all the sorrows
and suffering in the world. Near the end is the promise that the "Sun of
righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings." The Rosicrucian
Fellowship Healing Service states that: "Disease is really a fire, the
invisible fire which is the Father." Disease is a manifestation of
ignorance, the only sin, and healing is a demonstration of applied
knowledge, which is the only salvation. Christ is an embodiment of the
Love/Wisdom Principle, and in proportion as the Christ is formed in us, we
attain to health.
At no time does humanity so readily turn to divine Power for help as
when health fails and death threatens; therefore, the office of spiritual
advisor always has been associated closely with healing. Even among
primitive peoples, the priest also is the medicine man. In Christian
denominations, the priest calls on the sick as a representative of our
Father in Heaven. Often his love and sympathy engender great faith--
sufficient to heal. The gratitude of the patient toward the physician is
added to the veneration felt for the spiritual advisor, and in consequence
the power of this individual to help and uplift the patient is increased
enormously and the tie between them is much closer.
To be healed, we must have faith; we must be humble to the point of obe-
dience. In every case in which Christ Jesus healed, the suffering one had to
cooperate actively with the Great Healer before HIS cure could be accom-
plished. Christ Jesus said: "Stretch forth thy hand," and when the man did
so the hand was healed. To another He said, "Take up thy bed and walk," and
when he did so the malady disappeared. Many are the cases recorded,
including those of the blind man and the leper. The requirements were
simple, but such as they were, they had to be compiled with so that the
spirit of obedience could aid the Healer's work. This is a Law of Nature
that is absolutely sure. Disobedience to the Law of Nature brings disease.
Obedience, no matter whether that involves washing in the river Jordan or
stretching forth a hand, shows a change of mind. The sufferer therefore is
in a position to receive the healing balm. This may come through the Christ
or through a healer of one kind or another but primarily, in all cases, the
healing Force comes from our heavenly Father, Who is the Great Physician.
There are three factors in healing: first, the power from our Father in
Heaven; next, the healer; third, the obedient mind of the patient upon which
the power of the Father can act through the healer in such a way as to dispel
illness. The fact that the whole universe is pervaded with the Power of the
Father, always available to cure our ills of whatever nature, is reason e-
nough for us to give thanks daily. The healer is the focus--the vehicle
through which the Power is infused into the patient's body. If he is a
proper instrument, consecrated and harmonious, there is no limit to the
wonderful works of the Father which can be performed through him for a
patient of properly receptive and obedient mind. A truly spiritual healer
will endeavor to instill the highest ideals in his patients, so that they
eventually may learn to conform to God's Laws and thus attain permanent
health in future lives as well as now.
Members of The Rosicrucian Fellowship aim to heal the sick and have su-
perior means of accomplishing this benevolent purpose. Earlier religious
groups sought to advance spiritually by abusing the body, but Rosicrucian
students are taught to exhibit the tenderest care for this instrument. The
nature of the sickness and the temperament of the patient determine the form
of heealing to be used. If the patient is strong in faith, a spiritually-
minded healer or a broadminded physician in whom the patient has confidence
may be called, for, as a tuning fork of the same pitch is struck, so will
the person who is filled with faith and confidence respond.
Whatever good there is in any system of healing, the effects upon a pa-
tient will be beneficial or the reverse in exact proportion to that person
will be beneficial or the reverse in exact proportion to that person's faith
in its healing power. Generally speaking, the study of the higher philosophy
will tend to better one's health, because "knowledge is power," and the more
we know, the better we are able to cope with all conditions, provided, of
course, that we bring our knowledge into practice and live the life. No
teaching is of benefit to us unless it is carried into our lives and lived
from day to day. The person who lives a clean and upright life, endeavoring
to obey the Laws of God, striving earnestly for truth and righteousness,
will create thought forms about himself of a corresponding nature. His or
her mind will run in grooves that harmonize with truth, and when the time
comes in the Second Heaven to create the archetype for his or her coming
life, he or she will readily, intuitively, by force of habit from the past
life, align him or herself with the forces of light and truth. These lines,
built into his body, will create harmony in his future vehicles, and health
therefore will be his normal portion in the coming life.
The spiritual force generated all through our lives, after we have
passed the stage of childhood, may be used for three purposes: generation,
degeneration, or regeneration. It depends upon us which of the three methods
we choose, but the choice we make will have an important bearing upon our
whole life. It overshadows each moment of our existence and determines our
attitude in each and every phase of life along our fellow men: how we meet
the various trials of life, whether we are able to grasp our opportunities
or let them slip by, whether we are healthy or sick, whether or not we live
our lives according to a satisfactory purpose. All of this depends upon the
way in which we use the spiritual force.
There are higher Laws pertaining to the spiritual realms which may be
made to supersede those governing the lower realms. The Christ, being the
Lord of the Sun, embodied within Himself the synthesis of the stellar
vibrations, as the octave embodies all of the tones of the scale. He
therefore could emit from Himself the true, corrective planetary influence
required in each case. He sensed the inharmony and, by virtue of His exalted
development, knew at once how to offset it. He had no need for any further
preparation, but obtained results immediately by substituting harmony for
the planetary discord which caused the disease with which He was dealing.
None among our present humanity can exercise the Power of the Christ,
but the need of that Power in active manifestation exists today as much as
it did two thousand years ago. Spirit pervades everything in and upon our
planet in various measures. An emanation from the Christ Principle, the
Universal Spirit composing the World of Life Spirit, restores the synthetic
harmony of the body. We may use it to heal the sick according to our
abilities, which in turn depend upon our development.--L.L
Christ has no body now on Earth but yours,
No hands but yours, no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out Christ's compassion to
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good,
And yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.--St. Teresa
THE WISDOM OF THE VEGETARIAN DIET
Most people feel that a meal without meat is incomplete, for from time im-
memorial it has been regarded as an axiom that meat is the most
strengthening food we have. All other foodstuffs have been looked upon as
mere accesories to the one or more kinds of flesh on the menu. Nothing could
be more erroneous; science has proven by experiments that invariably the
nourishment obtained from vegetables has a greater sustaining power, and the
reason is easy to see when we look at the matter from the occult side.
The Law of Assimilation is that "no particle of food may be built into
the body by the forces whose task that is until it has overcome by the
indwelling Spirit." The Ego must be absolute and undisputed ruler in the
body, governing the cells as an autocrat, or they would all go their own
ways as they do in decay when the Ego has fled.
The level of the consciousness of the cell determines its power as a unit.
The lower its consciousness, the easier it is for the Ego to act as the
governing head of the bodily functions. Cells taken into the body also have
their individual and collective consciousness. Therefore, the level of their
spiritual attainment is a factor to be considered when food is to be used by
the organism. The different kingdoms have different vehicles and
consequently a different consciousness. The mineral has only its dense body
and a consciousness like the deepest trance. It would, therefore, be easiest
to subject foods taken directly from the mineral kingdom. Mineral food would
remain with us the longest, obviating the necessity of eating so often; but
unfortunately we find that the human organism vibrates so rapidly that it is
incapable of assimilating the inert mineral directly. Salt and like
substances are passed out of the system at once without having been
assimilated at all. The air is full of nitrogen which we need to repair
waste; we breathe it into our system, yet cannot assimilate it, or any other
mineral, till it has first been transmuted in Nature's laboratory and built
into the plants.
The plants have a dense and a vital body, which enables them to do this
work. Their consciousness is as a deep, dreamless sleep. Thus it is easy for
the Ego to overpower the vegetable cells and keep them in subjection for a
long time, hence the great sustaining power of the vegetable.
In animal food the cells have already become more individualized, and as
the animal has a desire body giving it a passional nature, it is easily
understood that when we eat meat it is harder to overcome these cells which
have animal consciousness resembling the dream state, and also that such
particles will not stay long in subjection. Hence a meat diet requires
larger quantities and more frequent meals than the vegetable or fruit diet.
If we should go one step farther and eat the flesh of carnivorous animals,
we should find ourselves hungry all the time, for there the cells have
become exceedingly individualized and will, therefore, seek their freedom
and gain it so much the quicker. An excess of meat is burned up, but leaves
poisonous uric acid, and it is being more and more recognized that the less
meat we eat, the better for our wellbeing.
It is natural that we should desire the very best of food, but every
animal body has in it the poisons of decay. The venous blood is filled with
carbon dioxide and other noxious products on their way to the kidneys or the
pores of the skin to be expelled as urine or perspiration. These loathesome
substances are in every part of the flesh and when we eat such food we are
filling our bodies with toxic poisons. Much sickness is due to our use of
There is plenty of proof that a carnivorous diet fosters ferocity. We may
mention the well-known fierceness of beasts of prey, while the prodigious
strength and the docile nature of the ox, the elephant, and the horse show
the effect of the herb diet on animals.
As soon as we adopt the vegetarian diet, we escape one of the most serious
menaces of health: the putrefaction of particles of flesh embedded between
the teeth. Fruits, cereals, and vegetables are from their very natures slow
to decay; each particle contains an enormous amount of ether which keeps it
alive and sweet for a long time, whereas the ether which interpenetrated the
flesh and composed the vital body of an animal was taken away with the
Spirit thereof at the time of death. Thus the danger from infection through
vegetable foods is very small, and many of them are actually antiseptic in a
very high degree. This applies particularly to the citrus fruits: oranges,
lemons, grapefruits, etc., not to speak of the king of all antiseptics, the
pineapple. Instead of poisoning the digestive tract with putrefactive
elements as meats do, fruits cleanse and purify the system, and the
pineapple is one of the finest aids to digestion known to man. It is far
superior to pepsin and no cruelty to sentient life is used to obtain it.
Some modern nutritionists advise that for full benefit of the nutrients,
citrus fruits should not be mixed with other foods.
There are twelve salts in the body known as cell salts; they are very vi-
tal and represent the twelve signs of the zodiac. These salts are required
for the building of the body. They are not mineral salts as generally sup-
posed, but are vegetable. The mineral has no vital body, and it is only by
way of the vital body that assimilation is accomplished. Therefore, we have
to obtain these salts through the vegetable kingdom.
Heat destroys the vital body of the plant and leaves only the mineral
part. Therefore, if we desire to renew the supply of these salts in our
bodies, we must obtain them from the uncooked vegetable. Since cooking
destroys the valuable cell salts, our diet should contain a large percentage
of raw food. Herb teas, which should be steeped and not boiled, are also
very rich in vegetable salts.
But we must not jump to the conclusion that everyone should stop eating
meat and live entirely on raw plant food. At the present stage of evolution
there are very few who can do so. We must take care not to raise the vibra-
tions of our bodies too rapidly, for we, to continue our labor in the pre-
sent conditions, must have bodies fitted for the work.
Occultists know that there is a flame in the skull at the base of the
brain. It burns continually in the medulla oblongata at the head of the
spinal cord, and is of divine origin. This fire emits a singing sound like
the buzz of a bee and is the keynote of the physical body. It builds and
cements together that mass of cells known as "our body."
The fire burns high or low, clear or dim, according to how we feed it.
There is fire in everything in Nature except the mineral kingdom. It has no
vital body and therefore no avenue for the ingress of the Life Spirit, the
fire. We replenish this sacred fire partly from the forces from the Sun
entering the vital body through the etheric counterpart of the spleen, and
from there to the solar plexus where it is colored and then carried upward
through the blood. We also feed this fire from the living fire we absorb
from the uncooked food which we eat and thus assimilate.
Looking at the matter of flesh-eating from the ethical side also, it is a-
gainst the higher conception to kill to eat. We have a heavy debt to pay to
the lower creatures whose mentors we should be, but whose murderers we are;
the good law which works ever to correct abuses will in time relegate the
habit of eating murdered animals to the scrapheap of obsolete practices.
Man, in his earlier stages of unfoldment, was like the beasts of prey in
certain respects. However, he is to become God-like and thus he must cease
to destroy in order that he may commence to create. Flesh food has fostered
human ingenuity of a low order in the past; it has served a purpose in our
evolution; but we are now standing on the threshold of a New Age, when self-
sacrifice and service will bring spiritual growth to humanity. The evolution
of the mind will bring a wisdom beyond our greatest conception, but before
it will be safe to entrust us with that wisdom, we must become harmless as
doves. Otherwise we would be apt to turn it to such selfish and destructive
purposes that it would be an inconceivable menace to our fellow men. To
avoid this, the vegetable diet must be adopted.
From the purely practical standpoint, too, the vegetarian diet is
advantageous. The ever more prohibited price of meat is causing housewives
to turn to substitutes, and people are gradually being taught that the God-
given food, the vegetable, is most delicious and healthful. Many people who
have been eating more fruits and vegetables are coming to realize that they
are gaining in health and, in many cases, that this physical betterment has
been accompanied by moral and mental improvement. It has been claimed that
it takes twelve acres of pasture to raise the meat sufficient to feed one
man. If these twelve acres of land were used for truck gardening, they would
produce enough to feed several fairsized families. With the population
increase all over the world, it will soon become necessary to discontinue
stock raising and devote the acreage to wheat and vegetable growing.
In this changing age, when more advanced Egos are born, many of them are
naturally vegetarians; a new race having a higher consciousness is coming to
birth, especially on the Pacific coast. The coming age will be a vegetarian
age, and all who are progressive will naturally fall in line and become vege-
tarians--the others will remain behind and be classed among the stragglers
SPROUTING FOR HEALTH
The health of the physical body should be the concern of every aspirant to
the higher life. Spiritual evolution requires refinement of man's vehicles.
In order to attain purification of the physical organism, the body must be
provided with proper nutrition.
More and more people are discovering the benefits that can be received by
adding to the diet the condensed energy hidden within the seed and released
in the form of sprouts. The Western Wisdom Teachings stress the importance
of nutrition, not only for the health of the physical body, but also as an
aid to one's spiritual sensitivity. Therefore, anyone aspiring to the higher
life should be aware of the healthful benefits to be obtained by the use of
The sprouting of seeds is rapidly taking its place in the home as the
housewife learns that the sprouted seeds contain vital nourishment needed by
our bodies. Sprouts are very nutritious because they contain all elements a
plant needs for life and growth. The endosperm of the seed is the storehouse
of carbohydrates, protein, and oil. When the seed germinates, these become
predigested amino acids and natural sugars upon which the plant embryo feeds
as it grows to maturity. When used as food, the life force is released and
supplies the energy which is capable of generating healthy cells in the body
and supplying us with new vigor and life. Used as an adjunct to the diet,
sprouts can retard the aging process, since they contain ample amounts of
male and female hormones, available in their assimilable form. Processed foods
often lack the vitamins and minerals necessary to a balanced diet. Research
shows that, in sprouts, one finds one of the foods highest in vitamin and mi-
neral content. Sprouts should, therefore, occupy a prominent place in the
diet. Among their other virtues is the fact that the seeds are low in cost,
can be stored indefinitely, and are easy to grow, and, when sprouted, in-
crease their nutritional value many times.
Very little is needed in the way of equipment for sprouting seeds: several
two-quart wide-mouth jars and enough cheesecloth or nylon to serve as covers
for the jars. Rubber bands may be used to attach the cloth to the open end of
the jar. The number of jars needed will be determined by the amount and fre-
quency of the fresh sprouts desired. Only one kind of seed should be sprout-
ed in a jar at a time.
With the equipment at hand, we now consider the sprouting procedures re-
quired for the three major classifications of sprouts: seeds, grains, and
HOW TO SPROUT:
1. Seeds include alfalfa, celery, clover, oats, radish, fenugreek, and sun-
flower. Soak the desired amount of seeds, about one to two tablesspoonful,
in a two-quart jar by filling the jar half-way with tepid water and covering
it with cheesecloth or nylon, securing the cloth with a rubber band. Place
the jar in a dark area, at about room temperature, for about five hours.
After five hours, drain, rinse, and let the seeds stand without water for
about eight to twelve hours. Rinse again and drain well to prevent rotting.
For the next six days, the seeds should be rinsed and drained twice a day
using lukewarm water. They should be kept at room temperature in a dark
place. After the sixth day, place them in the light for one more day to
increase their chlorophyll content. When determining the desired amount of
seeds for each container, consider that seeds will expand about eight times
the original amount. One jar may be used as a starter and others added as
the need arises.
2. Grains include rye, wheat, buckwheat, barley, millet, and rice. Their
preparation is the same as for the seeds.
3. Legumes include lentils, mung beans, and soy beans. Due to their
hardness, they require an initial soaking of about fifteen hours. They
should be rinsed twice a day and given three days for adequate germination.
One cup of beans may be used for each two-quart jar, since expansion in
their case is not so great as in the case of seeds and grains.
It should be noted that sunflower and lentil sprouts should not be larger
than the seed itself in order to be palatable. The time required for these
seeds to sprout is about two or three days.
HOW TO OBTAIN SEEDS:
Seeds, grains, and lentils for sprouting may be obtained in most natural
food stores or grain outlets and provide an inexpensive, as well as
healthful way to provide food for the family table. Caution should be used
so that only untreated seeds are purchased. In case of a drastic food shor-
tage, war, or natural catastrophe, a quantity of them stored away could be
utilized as a survival food.
One of the many benefits of sprouts is their high energy content. The fol-
lowing is a brief outline of the nutritional value of some of the more popu-
1. All legumes such as those mentioned above are highly concentrated in both
protein and starch and are acid-forming unless sprouted.
When a proper diet of greens, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and fruit is fol-
lowed, a proper balance of acid vs. alkaline foods is maintained. When the
diet is heavy on the protein side, acidity results and then it is necessary
to eliminate as many acid-forming foods as possible. Sprouting helps to
reduce the acid-alkaline imbalance which might occur when grains, legumes,
and other proteins are used.
Mung beans, similar in composition to fruits, are rich in vitamins A, C,
and B complex.
2. Most seeds contain a great deal of phosphorous, an important mineral for
spiritual aspirants, who want to increase their alertness and mental abil-
ities. Phosphorous is also necessary for healthy bones and teeth, a fact
which makes sprouted seeds desirable for babies and children.
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamins B and D and all the essential amino
Alfalfa, probably the most popular sprouted seed, contains much chloro-
phyll, as well as vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, G, K, and U. It also has
large amounts of iron, calcium, phosphorous, and sulphur.
3. Grains: Sprouted wheat has become a favorite with many who try to follow
a natural diet. These sprouts contain vitamins C, E, B complex, magnesium,
calcium, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, protein enzymes, chlorophyll, and
possibly B-17. In its cooked form, wheat is unacceptable to some
individuals, causing mucous congestion, allergic reaction, and constipation.
In its sprouted form, a large portion of starch is converted to simple
sugars, making it a wholesome food acceptable to many who would otherwise
need to eliminate wheat as a food source.
Another way to use wheat is to grow the whole wheat berries as grass. The
chlorophyll and laetrile content of wheat grass is very high. The wheat
grass should be chewed to obtain the juice, discarding the pulp. Special
juicers for wheat grass are now on the market.
Another grain we may mention is buckwheat, a food rich in lecithin and ru-
SPROUTS IN THE DIET:
For most people, sprouts would be an excellent addition to their diet.
However, as no set dietary rules can be established to encompass the case of
every individual, we suggest that the reader use proper discretion in their
Sprouts are best when eaten raw, because cooking always destroys a large
part of the nutritional content. The entire sprout is eaten, including
leaves and roots. Sprouts are good eaten by themselves but can also be added
to salads, sandwiches, or soups. They can also be blended for baby food,
sauces, and dressings. They can be stored in the refrigerator in a jar or
plastic bag for up to two weeks. It is preferable, however, to make small a-
mounts at frequent intervals since seeds and sprouts tend to become ran-
cid when held for too long a time. Since harmful chemicals are created when
foods become rancid, every effort should be made to provide fresh foods in
There are both physical and spiritual benefits when we try to purify our
bodies by providing them with wholesome foods. Sprouts are an excellent
adjunct to other pure foods in their natural state. Proper diet can help us
in our efforts to raise our sensitivity to higher vibrations. As we become
more sensitive individuals, we become better enabled to use our purified
bodies in the service of humanity.
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