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acquired had you pursued the ordinary course of life to the day you
are ready for Initiation? Yet this is what the offer to initiate a
person not yet upon the threshold means. You must have the soul power
requisite for Initiation or no one can initiate you. If you have it,
you are upon the threshold by your own efforts, beholden to no one,
and may demand Initiation as a right which none would dare dispute or
withhold. If you have it not and could buy it, it would be cheap at
twenty-five million dollars, and the man who offers it for twenty-five
dollars is as ridiculous as his dupe. Please remember that if anyone
offers to initiate you into an occult order, no matter if he calls it
“Rosicrucian” or by any other name, his demand of an initiation fee at
once stamps him as an impostor, explanations to the effect that the
fee is used to purchase regalia, et cetera, are only added evidence
of the fraudulent nature of the order for it is said, “Initiation is
most emphatically not an outward ceremony, but an inward experience.”
I may further add that the Elder Brothers of the Rose Cross in the
Mystic Temple where I received the Light made it a condition that
their _sacred science must never be put in the balance against a
coin_. Freely had I received, and freely was I required to give. This
injunction I have obeyed, both in spirit and to the letter, as all know
who have had dealings with the Rosicrucian Fellowship.

Chapter III



To obtain a thorough understanding of the deep and far-reaching
significance of the manner in which the Sacrament of Communion was
instituted, it is necessary to consider the evolution of our planet
and of composite man, also the chemistry of foods and their influence
on humanity. For the sake of lucidity we will briefly recapitulate the
Rosicrucian teachings on the various points involved. They have been
given at length in the _Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception_ and our other

The Virgin Spirits, which are now mankind, commenced their pilgrimage
through matter in the dawn of time, that by the friction of concrete
existence their latent powers might be transmuted to kinetic energy as
usable soul power. Three successive veils of increasingly dense matter
were acquired by the involving spirits during the Saturn, Sun, and Moon
Periods. Thus each spirit was separated from all other spirits, and the
consciousness which could not penetrate the prison wall of matter and
communicate with others was forced to turn inwards, and in so doing it
discovered—ITSELF. Thus self-consciousness was attained.

A further crystallization of the before mentioned veils took place in
the Earth Period during the Polarian, Hyperborean, and Lemurian Epochs.
In the Atlantean Epoch, mind was added as a focusing point between
spirit and body, completing the constitution of composite man, who was
then equipped to conquer the world and generate soul power by endeavor
and experience, each having free will and choice except as limited by
the laws of nature and his own previous acts.

During the time man-in-the-making was thus evolving, great creative
Hierarchies guided his every step. Absolutely nothing was left to
chance. Even the food he ate was chosen for him so that he might obtain
the appropriate material wherewith to build the various vehicles of
consciousness necessary to accomplish the process of soul growth. The
Bible mentions the various stages, though it misplaces Nimrod, making
him to symbolize the Atlantean kings who lived _before_ the Flood.

In the Polarian Epoch pure mineral matter became a constituent part of
man; thus _Adam_ was made of earth, that is, so far as his dense body
was concerned.

In the Hyperborean Epoch the vital body was added, and thus his
constitution became plantlike, and _Cain_, the man of that time, lived
on the fruits of the soil.

The Lemurian Epoch saw the evolution of a desire body, which made man
like the present animals. Then milk, the product of living animals, was
added to human diet. _Abel_ was a shepherd, but it is nowhere stated
that he killed an animal.

At that time mankind lived innocently and peacefully in the misty
atmosphere which enveloped the earth during the latter part of the
Lemurian Epoch, as described in the chapter on “Baptism.” Men were
then like children under the care of a common father, until the mind
was given to all in the beginning of Atlantis. Thought activity breaks
down tissue which must be replaced; the lower and more material the
thought, the greater the havoc and the more pressing the need for
albumen wherewith to make quick repairs. Hence necessity, the mother
of invention, inaugurated the loathsome practice of flesh eating, and
so long as we continue to think along purely business or material
lines we shall have to go on using our stomachs as receptacles for the
decaying corpses of our murdered animal victims. Yet we shall see later
that flesh food has enabled us to make the wonderful material progress
achieved in the Western World, while the vegetarian Hindus and Chinese
have remained in an almost savage state. It seems sad to contemplate
that they will be forced to follow in our steps and shed the blood
of our fellow creatures when we shall have outgrown the barbarous
practice as we have ceased cannibalism.

The more spiritual we grow, the more our thoughts will harmonize
with the rhythm of our body, and the less albumen will be needed to
build tissue. Consequently, a vegetable diet will suffice our needs.
Pythagoras advised abstinence from legumes to _advanced_ scholars
because they are rich in albumen and apt to revive lower appetites.
Let not every student who reads this rashly conclude to eliminate
legumes from his diet. Most of us are not yet ready for such extremes;
we would not even advise all students to abstain entirely from meat.
The change should come from within. It may be safely stated, however,
that most people eat entirely too much meat for their good; but this
is in a certain sense a digression, so we will revert to the further
evolution of humanity in so far as it has a bearing upon the Sacrament
of Communion.

In due time the dense mist which enveloped the earth cooled,
condensed, and flooded the various basins. The atmosphere cleared, and
concurrently with this atmospheric change a physiological adaptation
in man took place. The gill clefts which had enabled him to breathe in
the dense water laden air (and which are seen in the human foetus to
this day) gradually atrophied, and their function was taken over by the
lungs, the pure air passing to and from them through the larynx. This
allowed the spirit, hitherto penned up within the veil of flesh, to
express itself in word and act.

There in the middle of Atlantis the sun first shone upon MAN as we
know him; there he was _first born_ into the world. Until then he had
been under the absolute control of great spiritual Hierarchies, mute,
without voice or choice in matters pertaining to his education, as a
child is now under the control of its parents.

But on the day when he finally emerged from the dense atmosphere of
Atlantis; when he first beheld the mountains silhouetted in clear,
sharp contours against the azure vault of heaven; when he first saw
the beauties of moor and meadow, the moving creatures, birds in the
air, and his fellow man; when his vision was undimmed by the partial
obscuration of the mist which had previously hampered perception;
above all, when he perceived HIMSELF as _separate_ and _apart from all
others_, there burst from his lips the glorious, triumphant cry, “I AM.”

At that point he had acquired faculties which equipped him to enter the
school of experience, the phenomenal world, as a free agent to learn
the lessons of life, untrammeled save by the _laws of nature_, which
are his safeguards, and the reaction of his own previous acts, which
become _destiny_.

The diet containing an excess of albumen from the flesh wherewith
he gorged himself, taxed his liver beyond capacity and clogged the
system, making him morose, sullen, and brutish. He was fast losing
the spiritual sight which revealed to him the guardian angels whom he
trusted, and he saw only the _forms_ of animals and men. The spirits
with whom he had lived in love and brotherhood during early Atlantis
were obscured by the veil of flesh. It was all so strange, and he
_feared_ them.

Therefore it became necessary to give him a _new food_ that could
aid his spirit to overpower the highly individualized molecules of
flesh (as explained in the _Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception_, chapter on
Assimilation, p. 457), brace it for battle with the world, and spur it
on to self-assertion.

As our visible bodies composed of chemical compounds can thrive only
upon chemical aliment, so it requires spirit to act upon spirit to aid
in breaking up the heavy proteid and in stimulating the drooping human

The emergence from flooded Atlantis, the liberation of humanity from
the absolute rulership of visible superhuman guardians, their placement
under _the law of consequence and the laws of nature_, and _the gift
of_ WINE are described in the stories of Noah and Moses, which are
different accounts of the same event.

Both Noah and Moses led their followers through the water. Moses calls
heaven and earth to witness that he has placed before them the blessing
and the curse, exhorts them to choose the good or take the consequence
of their actions; then he leaves them.

The phenomenon of the rainbow requires that the sun be near the
horizon, the nearer the better; also a clear atmosphere, and a dark
rain cloud in the opposite quarter of the heavens. When under such
conditions an observer stands with his back to the sun, he may see
the sun’s rays refracted through the rain drops as a rainbow. In
early Atlantean times when there had been no rain as yet and the
atmosphere was a warm, moist fog through which the sun appeared as one
of our arc lamps on a foggy day, the phenomenon of the rainbow was an
impossibility. It could not have made its appearance until the mist
had condensed to rain, flooded the basins of the earth, and left the
atmosphere clear as described in the story of Noah, which thus points
_to the law of alternating cycles_ that brings day and night, summer
and winter, in unvarying sequence, and to which man is subject in the
present age.

Noah cultivated the vine and provided a spirit to stimulate man. Thus,
equipped with a composite constitution, a composite diet appropriate
thereto, and divine laws to guide them, mankind were left to their own
devices in the battle of life.

Chapter IV


“_In Remembrance of Me._”

PART II “The Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed took
bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it and said, Take, eat;
this is MY body, which is broken for you. This do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying
This cup is the New Testament in MY blood. This do ye, as oft as ye
drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and
drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore,
whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.... For
he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation
to himself.... For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and
many sleep.”—I Cor. 11:23-30.

In the foregoing passages there is a deeply hidden esoteric meaning
which is particularly obscured in the English translation, but in the
German, Latin, and Greek, the student still has a hint as to what was
really intended by that last parting injunction of the Savior to His
disciples. Before examining this phase of the subject, let us first
consider the words, “in remembrance of me.” We shall then perhaps be
in better condition to understand what is meant by the “cup” and the

Suppose a man from a distant country comes into our midst and travels
about from place to place. Everywhere he will see small communities
gathering around the Table of the Lord to celebrate this most sacred of
all Christian rites, and should he ask why, he would be told that they
do this in remembrance of One who lived a life nobler than any other
has lived upon this earth; One who was kindness and love personified;
One who was the servant of all, regardless of gain or loss to self.
Should this stranger then compare the attitude of these religious
communities on Sunday at the celebration of this rite, with their civic
lives during the remainder of the week, what would he see?

Every one among us goes out into the world to fight the battle of
existence. Under the law of necessity we forget the love which should
be the ruling factor in Christian lives. Every man’s hand is against
his brother. Every one strives for position, wealth, and power that
goes with these attributes. We forget on Monday what we reverently
remembered on Sunday, and all the world is poor in consequence. We
also make a distinction between the bread and wine which we drink at
the so-called “Lord’s Table,” and the food of which we partake during
the intervals between attendance at Communion. But there is no warrant
in the Scriptures for any such distinction, as anyone may see, even
in the English version, by leaving out the words printed in italics
which have been inserted by the translators to give what they thought
was the sense of a passage. On the contrary, we are told that whether
we eat or drink, or whatever we do, all should be done to the glory of
God. Our every act should be a prayer. The perfunctory “grace” at meals
is in reality a blasphemy, and the silent thought of gratitude to the
Giver of daily bread is far to be preferred. When we remember at each
meal that it has been drawn from the substance of the earth, which is
the body of the indwelling Christ Spirit, we can properly understand
how that body is being broken for us daily, and we can appreciate the
loving kindness which prompted Him thus to give Himself for us; for let
us also remember that there is not a moment, day or night, that He is
not suffering because bound to this earth. When we thus eat and thus
realize the true situation, we are indeed declaring to ourselves the
death of the Lord, whose spirit is groaning and travailing, waiting
for the day of liberation when there shall be no need of such a dense
environment as we now require.

But there is another, a greater and more wonderful mystery hidden in
these words of the Christ. Richard Wagner, with the rare intuition of
the master musician, sensed this idea when he sat in meditation by
the Zurich Sea on a Good Friday, and there flashed into his mind the
thought, “What connection is there between the death of the Savior
and the millions of seeds sprouting forth from the earth at this time
of the year?” If we meditate upon that life which is annually poured
out in the spring, we see it as something gigantic and awe-inspiring;
a flood of life which transforms the globe from one of frozen death
to rejuvenated life in a short space of time; and the life which thus
diffuses itself in the budding of millions and millions of plants is
the life of the Earth Spirit.

From that come both the wheat and the grape. They are the body and
blood of the imprisoned Earth Spirit, given to sustain mankind during
the present phase of its evolution. We repudiate the contention of
people who claim that the world owes them a living, regardless of
their own efforts and without _material_ responsibility on their part,
but we nevertheless insist that there is a _spiritual_ responsibility
connected with the bread and wine given at the Lord’s Supper: _It must
be eaten worthily, otherwise, under pain of ill health and even death_.
This from the ordinary manner of reading would seem far-fetched,
but when we bring the light of esotericism to bear, examine other
translations of the Bible, and look at conditions in the world as we
find them today, we shall see that it is not so far-fetched after all.

To begin with, we must go back to the time when man lived under the
guardianship of the angels, unconsciously building the body which he
now uses. That was in ancient Lemuria. A brain was needed for the
evolution of thought, and a larynx for verbal expression of the same.
Therefore, half of the creative force was turned upwards and used by
man to form these organs. Thus mankind became single sexed and was
forced to seek a complement when it was necessary to create a new body
to serve as an instrument in a higher phase of evolution.

While the act of love was consummated under the wise guardianship of
the angels, man’s existence was free from sorrow, pain, and death. But
when, under the tutelage of the Lucifer Spirits, he ate of the Tree of
Knowledge and perpetuated the race without regard for interplanetary
lines of force, he transgressed the law, and the bodies thus formed
crystallized unduly, and became subject to death in a much more
perceptible manner than had hitherto been the case. Thus he was forced
to create new bodies more frequently as the span of life in them
shortened. Celestial warders of the creative force drove him from the
garden of _love_ into the wilderness of the world, and he was made
responsible for his actions under the cosmic _law_ which governs the
universe. Thus for ages he struggled on, seeking to work out his own
salvation, and the earth in consequence crystallized more and more.

Divine hierarchies, the Christ Spirit included, worked upon the
earth from without as the group spirit guides the animals under its
protectorate; but as Paul truly says, none could be justified under the
law, for under the law all sinned, and all must die. There is in the
old covenant no hope beyond the present, save a foreshadowing of _one
who is to come_ and restore righteousness. Thus John tells us that the
_law_ was given by Moses, and _grace_ came by the Lord Jesus Christ.
But _what is grace_? Can grace work contrary to law and abrogate it
entirely? Certainly not. The laws of God are steadfast and sure, or
the universe would become chaos. The law of gravity keeps our houses
in position relative to other houses, so that when we leave them we
may know of a surety that we shall find them in the same place upon
returning. Likewise all other departments in the universe are subject
to immutable laws.

As _law, apart from love, gave birth to sin, so the child of law,
tempered with love, is grace_. Take an example from our concrete social
conditions: We have laws which decree a certain penalty for a specified
offense, and when the law is carried out, we call it _justice_. But
long experience is beginning to teach us that justice, pure and simple,
is like the Colchian dragon’s teeth, and breeds strife and struggle
in increasing measure. The criminal, so-called, remains criminal and
becomes more and more hardened under the ministrations of law; but when
the milder regime of the present day allows one who has transgressed
to go under suspended sentence, then _he is under grace_ and not under
law. Thus, also the Christian, who aims to follow in the Master’s
steps, is emancipated from the law of sin by grace, provided he forsake
the path of sin.

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,”
and this is the hidden meaning of the bread and wine. In the English
version we read simply: “This is the _cup_ of the New Testament,”
but in the German the word for cup is “_Kelch_,” and in the Latin,
“_Calix_,” both meaning the outer covering of the seed pod of the
flower. In the Greek we have a still more subtle meaning, not conveyed
in other languages, in the word “_poterion_,” a meaning which will be
evident when we consider the etymology of the word “pot.” This at once
gives us the same idea as the chalice or calix—a receptacle; and the
Latin “_potare_” (to drink) also shows that the “cup” is a receptacle
capable of holding a fluid. Our English words “potent” and “impotent,”
meaning to possess or to lack virile strength, further show the
meaning of this Greek word, which foreshadows the evolution from man
to superman.

We have already lived through a mineral, a plant, and an animal-like
existence before becoming human as we are today, and beyond us lie
still further evolutions where we shall approach the Divine more and
more. It will be readily conceded that it is our animal passions which
restrain us upon the path of attainment; the lower nature is constantly
warring against the higher self. At least in those who have experienced
a spiritual awakening, a war is being fought silently within, and
is all the more bitter for being suppressed. Goethe with masterly
art voiced that sentiment in the words of Faust, the aspiring soul,
speaking to his more materialistic friend, Wagner:

“Thou by one sole impulse art possessed,
Unconscious of the other still remain.
Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast,
And struggle there for undivided reign.
One, to the earth with passionate desire,
And closely clinging organs still adheres;
Above the mists the other doth aspire
With sacred ardor unto purer spheres.”

It was the knowledge of this absolute necessity of chastity (save
when procreation is the object) upon the part of those who have had
a spiritual awakening which dictated the words of Christ, and the
Apostle Paul stated an esoteric truth when he said that _those who
partook of the Communion without living the life were in danger of
sickness and death_. For just as under a spiritual tutelage, purity of
life may elevate the disciple wonderfully, so also unchastity has a
much stronger effect upon his more sensitized bodies than upon those
who are yet under the law, and have not became partakers of grace by
the cup of the New Covenant.

Chapter V


Having studied the esoteric significance of our Christian festivals,
such as Christmas and Easter, and having also studied the doctrine
of the Immaculate Conception, it may be well now to devote attention
to the inner meaning of the sacraments of the church which are
administered to the individual in all Christian lands from the cradle
to the grave, and are with him at all important points in his life

As soon as he has entered upon the journey of life, the church admits
him into its fold by the rite of _Baptism_ which is conferred upon him
at a time when he himself is irresponsible; later, when his mentality
has been somewhat developed, he ratifies that contract and is admitted
to _Communion_, where _bread_ is broken and _wine_ is sipped in memory
of the Founder of our faith. Still further upon life’s journey comes
the sacrament of _Marriage_; and at last when the race has been run
and the spirit again withdraws to God who gave it, the earth body is
consigned to the dust, whence it was derived, accompanied by the
blessings of the church.

In our Protestant times the spirit of protest is rampant in the
extreme, and dissenters everywhere raise their voices in rebellion
against the fancied arrogance of the priesthood and deprecate the
sacraments as mere mummery. On account of that attitude of mind these
functions have become of little or no effect in the life of the
community; dissensions have arisen even among churchmen themselves,
and sect after sect has divorced itself from the original apostolic

Despite all protests the various doctrines and sacraments of the church
are, nevertheless, the very keystones in the arch of evolution, for
they inculcate morals of the loftiest nature; and even materialistic
scientists, such as Huxley, have admitted that while self-protection
brings about “the survival of the fittest” in the animal kingdom and
is therefore the basis of animal evolution, self-sacrifice is the
fostering principle of human advancement. When that is the case among
mere mortals, we may well believe that it must be so to a still greater
extent in the Divine Author of our being.

Among animals might is right, but we recognize that the weak have a
claim to the protection of the strong. The butterfly lays its eggs
on the underside of a green leaf and goes off without another care

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