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necessary strength and vigor, the body will again perform its functions
in a normal and healthy manner.

Thus we understand that under the law there is no mercy, for mercy
is dictated by love. Therefore it was perfectly in consonance with
cosmic order when _Christ, the Lord of Love_, said that all things
would be forgiven to men which they did against Him, as _love_ is the
reigning feature in His kingdom; but whatsoever was done contrary to
the _law_ of Jehovah must meet its full retribution. We cannot be
sufficiently thankful for the wonderful religion which He gave us,
particularly if we compare it with those under which less evolved
peoples are now struggling. Take the Buddhists, for instance: grand and
beautiful though their leader was, he saw only _sorrow_, a constant
struggle against the laws of nature. He aimed to teach his followers
to transcend that condition by perfect obedience such as that whereby
we have conquered the laws of electricity and other forces in nature.
The Buddhist sees nothing but the cold and merciless law; on the other
hand, we of the Western World have before our eyes from the cradle to
the grave a beautiful picture of One who said, “Come unto me all ye
that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

But it may be asked, “What about _lost souls_; are they a figment
of the imagination also?” To this question may be answered, “yes,”
although it needs some qualification. We shall best understand the case
if we go back into the history of mankind and view the experiences of
some who have transgressed, for they will furnish us an example of
what may happen. In order to establish the point properly we shall
reiterate a few of the Rosicrucian teachings regarding the genesis
of the earth and of man upon it. Three great stages of unfoldment
have preceded the present Earth Period. _The Father_ is the highest
Initiate of the Saturn Period, inhabiting particularly the Spiritual
Sun. _The Son_, the cosmic Christ, is the highest Initiate of the Sun
Period, inhabiting the Central Sun and guiding the planets in their
orbits by a ray from Himself, which becomes the indwelling spirit of
each planet when it has been sufficiently ripened to contain such a
great Intelligence. Jehovah, the _Holy Spirit_, is the highest Initiate
of the Moon Period and dwelling in the physical, visible sun. He is
regent of the various moons thrown off by the different planets for
the purpose of giving beings who have fallen behind in the march of
evolution more rigid discipline under a firmer law, to awaken them and
spur them on in the proper direction if possible.

When we look into space, we perceive that some planets have a number
of moons and others have none; but as there are laggards in any large
company, and as moons are required to aid these stragglers to retrieve
their lost estate if possible, we may be sure that these planets which
have no moons now have had them in the past. Those Great Beings of
whom the _Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception_ speaks as “Lords of Venus” and
“Lords of Mercury” were, in fact, stragglers from those two planets.
In the dim distant past they inhabited moons which encircled their
respective planets, and were successful in retrieving their loss in
a large measure under the discipline given them there. Later they
received the opportunity to serve the humanity of our earth, and by
that service to secure a return to the home planet whence they had been
exiled. They were _lost_ under the _law_, but _redeemed by love_; and
thus we may infer that opportunities for service will also bring to
other beings, who may become “lost,” the opportunity to retrieve the
past.

Since it may puzzle the student as to what becomes of the moons
upon which such beings dwell for a time, we may say that the solar
system is to be regarded as the body of the Great Spirit whom we
call God, and as any growth caused by an abnormal process pains us
when it occurs in our body, so also such crystallizations as moons
are sources of discomfort to that Great Being. Furthermore, as our
own systems endeavor to eliminate such abnormalities as growths, so
also the universe endeavors to expel moons which have served their
purpose. While the beings who have been exiled to a moon are there, the
Planetary Spirit of the primary planet by his care for these beings,
holds the moon in its orbit, and we speak of his love for them as the
Law of Attraction; but when they have returned to the parent planet,
the Planetary Spirit has no further interest in their cinder-like
habitation. Then slowly the orbit of the vacated moon widens, it
commences to disintegrate, and it is finally expelled into interstellar
space. The asteroids are remnants of moons which once encircled Venus
and Mercury. There are also other seeming moons and lunar fragments
in our solar system, but the _Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception_ does not
concern itself with them as they are outside the pale of evolution.




Chapter VIII

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION


The periodical ebb and flow of the material and spiritual forces which
invest the earth are the invisible causes of the physical, moral, and
mental activities upon our globe.

According to the hermetic axiom, “As above so below,” a similar
activity must take place in man, who is but a minor edition of Mother
Nature.

The animals have twenty-eight pairs of spinal nerves and are now in
their Moon stage, perfectly attuned to the twenty-eight days in which
the moon passes around the zodiac. In their wild state the group spirit
regulates their mating. Therefore there is no overflow with them. Man,
on the other hand, is in a transition stage; he is too far progressed
for the lunar vibrations for he has thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves.
But he is not yet attuned to the solar month of thirty-one days, and
he mates at all times of the year; hence the periodical flow in woman,
which under proper conditions is utilized to form part of the body of
a child more perfect than its parent. Similarly, the periodical flow
in mankind becomes the sinew and backbone of racial advancement; and
the periodical flow of the earth’s spiritual forces, which occurs at
Christmas, results in the birth of Saviors who from time to time give
renewed impetus to the spiritual advancement of the human race.

There are two parts to our Bible, the Old and the New Testaments. After
briefly reciting how the world came into being, the former tells the
story of the “Fall.” In view of what has been written in our literature
we understand the Fall to have been occasioned by man’s impulsive and
ignorant use of the sex forces at times when the interplanetary rays
were inimical to conception of the purest and best vehicles. Thus man
became gradually imprisoned in a dense body crystallized by sinful
passion and consequently an imperfect vehicle, subject to pain and
death.

Then commenced the pilgrimage through matter, and for millennia we have
been living in this hard and flinty shell of body, which obscures the
light of heaven from the spirit within. The spirit is like a diamond
in its rough coat, and the celestial lapidaries, the Recording Angels,
are constantly endeavoring to remove the coating so that the spirit may
shine through the vehicle which it ensouls.

When the lapidary holds the diamond to the grindstone, the diamond
emits a screech like a cry of pain as the opaque covering is removed;
but gradually by many successive applications to the grindstone the
rough diamond may become a gem of transcendent beauty and purity.
Similarly, the celestial beings in charge of our evolution hold us
closely to the grindstone of experience. Pain and suffering result,
which awaken the spirit sleeping within. The man hitherto content with
material pursuits, indulgent of sense and sex, becomes imbued with a
divine discontent which impels him to seek the higher life.

The gratification of that aspiration, however, is not usually
accomplished without a severe struggle upon the part of the lower
nature. It was while wrestling thus that Paul exclaimed with all the
anguish of a devout, aspiring heart: “Oh wretched man that I am * * *
The good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that
I do * * * I delight in the law of God after the inward man; but I
see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind and
bringing it into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
(Rom. 7:19-24.)

When the flower is crushed, its scent is liberated and fills the
surroundings with grateful fragrance, delighting all who are fortunate
enough to be near. Crushing blows of fate may overwhelm a man or woman
who has reached the stage of efflorescence; they will but serve to
bring out the sweetness of the nature and enhance the beauty of the
soul till it shines with an effulgence that marks the wearer as with
a halo. Then he is upon the path of Initiation. He is taught how
unbridled use of sex regardless of the stellar rays has imprisoned
him in the body, how it fetters him, and how by the proper use of
that same force in harmony with the stars he may gradually improve
and etherealize his body and finally attain liberation from concrete
existence.

A shipwright cannot build a staunch oak ship from spruce lumber; “men
do not gather grapes of thorns;” like always begets like, and an
incoming ego of a passionate nature is drawn to parents of like nature,
where its body is conceived upon the impulse of the moment in a gust of
passion.

The soul who has tasted the cup of sorrow incident to the abuse of the
creative force and has drunk to the dregs the bitterness thereof, will
gradually seek parents of less and less passionate natures, until at
length it attains to Initiation.

Having been taught in the process of Initiation the influence of
the stellar rays upon parturition, the next body provided will be
generated by Initiate parents without passion, under the constellation
most favorable to the work which the ego contemplates. Therefore the
Gospels (which are formulae of Initiation) commence with the account
of the immaculate conception and end with the crucifixion, both
wonderful ideals to which we must some time attain, for each of us is
a Christ-in-the-making, and will sometime pass through both the mystic
birth and the mystic death adumbrated in the Gospels. By knowledge
we may hasten the day, intelligently co-operating instead of as now
often stupidly frustrating through ignorance the ends of spiritual
development.

In connection with the immaculate conception misunderstandings prevail
at every point; the perpetual virginity of the mother even after giving
birth to other children; the lowly station of Joseph, the supposed
foster-father, etc. We will briefly view them in the light of facts as
revealed in the Memory of Nature:

In some parts of Europe people of the higher classes are addressed
as “wellborn,” or even as “highwellborn,” meaning that they are the
offspring of cultured parents in high station. Such people usually look
down with scorn upon those in modest positions. We have nothing against
the expression “wellborn;” we would that every child were well born,
born to parents of high moral standing no matter what their station in
life. There is a virginity of soul that is independent of the state of
the body, a purity of mind which will carry its possessor through the
act of generation without the taint of passion and enable the mother to
carry the unborn child under her heart in sexless love.

Previous to the time of Christ that would have been impossible. In
the earlier stages of man’s career upon earth quantity was desirable
and quality a minor consideration, hence the command was given to “go
forth, be fruitful, and multiply.” Besides, it was necessary that
man should temporarily forget his spiritual nature and concentrate
his energies upon material conditions. Indulgence of the sex passion
furthers that object, and the desire nature was given full sway.
Polygamy flourished, and the larger the number of their children, the
more a man and a woman were honored, while barrenness was looked upon
as the greatest possible affliction.

In other directions the desire nature was being curbed by God-given
laws, and obedience to divine commands was enforced by swift punishment
of the transgressor, such as war, pestilence or famine. Rewards for
dutiful observance of the mandates of the law were not wanting either;
the “righteous” man’s children, his cattle and crops were numerous; he
was victorious over his enemies and the cup of his happiness was full.

Later when the earth had been sufficiently peopled after the Atlantean
Flood, polygamy became gradually more and more obsolete, with the
result that the quality of the bodies improved, and at the time of
Christ the desire nature had become so far amenable to control in the
case of the more advanced among humanity that the act of generation
could be performed without passion, out of pure love, so that the child
could be immaculately conceived.

Such were the parents of Jesus. Joseph is said to have been a
carpenter, but he was not a worker in wood. He was a “builder” in a
higher sense. God is the Grand Architect of the universe. Under Him
are many builders of varying degrees of spiritual splendor, down even
to those whom we know as Freemasons. All are engaged in building a
temple without sound of hammer, and Joseph was no exception.

It is sometimes asked why Initiates are always men. They are not; in
the lower degrees there are many women, but when an Initiate is able
to choose his sex he usually takes the positive masculine body, as
the life which brought him to Initiation has spiritualized his vital
body and made it positive under all conditions, so that he has then an
instrument of the highest efficiency.

There are times, however, when the exigencies of a case require a
female body, such as, for instance, providing a body of the highest
type to receive an ego of superlatively high degree. Then a high
Initiate may take a female body and go through the experience of
maternity again, after perhaps having eschewed it for several lives, as
was the case with the beautiful character we know as Mary of Bethlehem.

In conclusion, then, let us remember the points brought out, that
we are all Christs-in-the-making; that sometime we must cultivate
characters so spotless that we may be worthy to inhabit bodies that
are immaculately conceived; and the sooner we commence to purify our
minds of passionate thoughts, the sooner we shall attain. In the
final analysis it only depends upon the earnestness of our purpose,
the strength of our wills. Conditions are such now that we can live
pure lives whether married or single, and cold; sister-and-brother
relationships are not necessary either.

Is the life of absolute purity beyond some of us yet? Be not
discouraged; Rome was not built in a day. Keep on aspiring though you
fail again and again, for the only real failure consists in ceasing to
try.

So may God strengthen your aspirations to purity.




Chapter IX

THE COMING CHRIST

We have previously seen how infant humanity in Atlantis lived in unity
under direct guidance of divine leaders, and how they were eventually
brought out of the water into a clear atmosphere where the separateness
of each individual from all others became obvious at once.

“God is Light”—the Light which became life in man. It was dim and
achromatically diffused in the misty atmosphere of early Atlantis,
as colorless as the air on a densely foggy day in the present age,
hence the unity of all beings who lived in that light. But when
man rose above the waters, when he emerged into the air where the
godly manifestation, Light, was refracted in multitudinous hues,
this variously colored light was differently absorbed by each. Thus
diversity was inaugurated, when mankind went through the mighty arch
of the rainbow with its variegated and beautiful colors. That bow
may therefore be considered an entrance gate to “the promised land,”
the world as now constituted. Here the light of God is no longer an
insipid single tint as in early Atlantis. The present dazzling play of
color tells us that _the watchword of the present age is segregation_,
and therefore so long as we remain in the present condition under the
law of alternating cycles, where summer and winter, ebb and flow,
succeed each other in unbroken sequence, so long as God’s bow stands in
the sky, an emblem of diversity, it is yet the day of the kingdoms of
men, and the kingdom of God is held in abeyance.

Nevertheless, as surely as the Edenic conditions upon the fire girt
islands of ancient Lemuria ended in separation into sexes, each
expressing one element of the creative fire, and making the union
of man and woman as necessary to the generation of a body as is the
union of hydrogen and oxygen to the production of water; and as
surely as emergence from the watery atmosphere of Atlantis into the
airy environment of _Aryana_, the world of today, promoted further
segregation into separate nations and individuals, who war and prey
upon one another (because the sharply differentiated forms which they
behold blind them to the inalienable unity of each soul with all
others); just as certainly will this world condition give place to a
“new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

In early Atlantis we lived in the deepest basins of the earth where the
mist was densest; we breathed by means of gills and would have been
unable to live in an atmosphere such as we have now. In the course of
time desire to explore beyond caused the invention of airships, which
were propelled by the expansive force of sprouting grain. The “ark”
story is a perverted remembrance of that fact. Those ships actually did
founder upon mountain tops where the atmosphere was too rare to sustain
them. Today our ships float upon the element in which the Atlantean
ships were at one time immersed. We have now contrived various means of
propulsion able to carry us over the highlands of the earth which we
occupy at present, and are commencing to reach out into the atmosphere
to conquer that element as we have subjected the waters; and as surely
as our Atlantean ancestors made a highway of the watery element which
they breathed _and then rose above it to live in a new element_, just
as certainly shall we conquer the air and then rise above it into the
newly discovered element which we call ether.

Thus each age has its own peculiar conditions and laws; the beings who
evolve have a physiological constitution suited to the environment of
that age, but are dominated by the nature forces then prevailing until
they learn to conform to them. Then these forces become most valuable
servants, as for instance, steam and electricity, which we have
partially harnessed. The law of gravity still holds us in its powerful
grip, although by mechanical means we are trying to escape into the new
element. We shall at a not distant time attain to mastery of the air,
but as the ships of the Atlanteans foundered upon the mountains of the
earth because their buoyancy was insufficient to enable them to rise
higher in the light mist of those altitudes, and because respiration
was difficult, so also will the increasing rarity of our present
atmosphere prevent us from entering the “new heaven and the new earth,”
which are to be the scene of the New Dispensation.

Before we can reach that state, physiological as well as moral and
spiritual changes must take place. The Greek text of the New Testament
does not leave us in doubt as to this, though lack of knowledge of the
mystery teachings prevented the translators from bringing it out in the
English version. Did we but believe the Bible even as we have it, we
should be spared many delusions and much uneasiness concerning the time
of this. Whole sects have disposed of their belongings in anticipation
of the advent of Christ on a certain day, and have suffered untold
privations afterwards. Schemers have passed themselves off as Christ
or even as God, have married, raised families, and died, leaving their
sons, who were supposed to be Christs, to fight for the kingdom.
A temporal government was forced to banish one of these militant
“Christs” to an island of the Mediterranean, and another to an Asiatic
city where he is now under military supervision. Nor is there any sign
that the future will lack similar claimants; rather, the sacrilegious
imposture is spreading.

_We may rest assured that the divine leaders of evolution made no
mistake when they gave the Christian Religion to the Western World—the
most advanced teaching to the most precocious among mankind._ It may
therefore be regarded as a detriment when an organization undertakes
to graft a Hindu religion (which is excellent for the people to whom
it was divinely given) upon our people. The imported Hindu breathing
exercises have certainly sent many people to insane asylums.

If we believe Christ’s words: “My kingdom is not of this world,”
(_kosmos_, the Greek word used for “world” meaning “order of things”
rather than our planet, the earth, which is called _gee_,) we shall
know better than to look for Christ today.

“Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” any more than
the gill breathing creature of early Atlantean times was fit to live
under the natural conditions prevailing in the present age where “the
kingdom of men” exists. Paul, in discussing the resurrection, does
not say as in the English translation, “There is a natural body and
there is a spiritual body.” I Cor. 15:44. He affirms that there is a
“_soma psuchicon_,” a soul body, and tells in the preceding verses
how this is generated from a “_seed_” in the same way as explained
in the Rosicrucian teachings. The Bible affirms that our bodies are
corruptible. (It also teaches that one organ, the heart, is an
exception. This has reference to the seed atom in the heart. Ps.
22:26.) Therefore our bodies must be changed before Christ can come.

If these things were believed, few would run after impostors, and the
latter would have their labors for their pains. But Western papers
unfortunately give notoriety to such schemers, though regarding them as
a joke as well they may, for it would be preposterous to believe that
the great and wise Being who guides evolution could be so shortsighted
as not to know that the Western World would never accept the scion of
what it regards as a semi-barbaric race for its Savior.

When preparations were made 2000 years ago, for the embodiment of the
Savior of the world, Galilee was the Mecca for roving spirits. Thither
flocked people from Asia, Africa, Greece, Italy, and all other parts of
the world of that day. Conditions there were exceptionally congenial
and attractive so that, as declared by various scholars who have
investigated the matter, Galilee was as cosmopolitan as Rome itself.
It was, in fact, the “melting pot” of that day. Among others, Joseph
and Mary, the parents of Jesus, had emigrated from Judea to Nazareth in
Galilee before the advent of their firstborn, and the body generated in
that environment was different from the ordinary Jewish race body.

It is an incontrovertible fact that environment plays a great part
in evolution. We have today upon earth _three great races_. One, the
Negro, has hair which is _flat_ in section, and the head is long,
narrow, and _flattened_ on the sides. The orbit of the eye is also long
and narrow. The Negroes are descendants of the Lemurian Race.

The Mongols and kindred peoples have _round_ heads. Their hair is round
in section, and the orbits of their eyes are also round. They are the
remnants of the Atlantean Race.

The _Aryan Race_ have oval hair, oval skulls, and oval orbits of the
eyes, these features being especially pronounced in the Anglo-Saxons,
who are the flower of the race at present.

In America, the Mecca of nations today, these various races are of
course represented. Here is the “melting pot” in which they are being
amalgamated. It has been ascertained that here there is a difference in
children belonging to the same family. The _skulls of younger children
born in America are more nearly oval than the heads of their older
brothers and sisters born abroad_.

From this fact and from others which need not be mentioned here, it
is evident that a new race is being born on the American continent;
and reasoning from the known fact that the Christ came from the most


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