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cosmopolitan part of the civilized world of 2000 years ago, it would
be but logical to expect that if a new embodiment were sought for that
exalted Being, His body would more likely be taken from the new race
than from an ancient one. Otherwise, if there is virtue in obtaining a
Savior from the older races, why not get a Bushman or a Hottentot?

But we may be sure that though impostors deceive for a time, they are
found out sooner or later, and their plans come to naught. Meanwhile,
progression continues to bring us nearer the Aquarian Age, and _a
Teacher is coming_ to give the Christian Religion impetus in a new
direction.




Chapter X

THE COMING AGE


When we speak of the “Coming Age,” of the “New Heaven and the New
Earth” mentioned in the Bible, and also of the “Aquarian Age,” the
differences may not be quite clear in the minds of our students.
Confusion of terms is one of the most fertile seed grounds of fallacy,
and the Rosicrucian teachings aim to avoid it by a particularly
definite nomenclature. Sometimes an extra effort seems necessary to
disperse the haze engendered by current cloudy conceptions of others as
sincere as the present writer, but not so fortunate in having access to
the incomparable Western Wisdom Teachings.

It has been taught in our literature that four great epochs of
unfoldment preceded the present order of things; that the density
of the earth, its atmospheric conditions, and the laws of nature
prevailing in one epoch were as different from those of the other
epochs as was the corresponding physiological constitution of mankind
in one epoch different from those in the others.

The bodies of ADM (the name means _red earth_), the humanity of fiery
Lemuria, were formed of the “dust of the ground,” the red, hot,
volcanic mud, and were just suited to their environment. Flesh and
blood would have shriveled up in the terrible heat of that day, and
though suited to present conditions, Paul tells us that they cannot
inherit the Kingdom of God. It is therefore manifest that before a new
order of things can be inaugurated, the physiological constitution of
mankind must be radically changed, to say nothing of the spiritual
attitude. Aeons will be required to regenerate the whole human race and
fit them to live in ethereal bodies.

On the other hand, neither does a new environment come into existence
in a moment, but land and people are evolved together from the smallest
and most primitive beginnings. When the mists of Atlantis commenced to
settle, some of our forbears had grown embryonic lungs and were forced
to the highlands ages before their compeers. They wandered in “the
wilderness” while “the promised land” was emerging from the lighter
fogs, and at the same time their growing lungs were fitting them to
live under present atmospheric conditions.

Two more races were born in the basins of the earth before a succession
of floods drove them to the highlands: the last flood took place at the
time when the sun entered the watery sign Cancer, about ten thousand
years ago as told Plato by the Egyptian priests. Thus we see there is
_no sudden_ change of constitution or environment for the whole human
race when a new epoch is ushered in, but an overlapping of conditions
which makes it possible for most of the race by gradual adjustment
to enter the new condition, though the change may seem sudden to
the individual when the preparatory change has been accomplished
unconsciously. The metamorphosis of a tadpole from a denizen of the
watery element to one of the airy gives an analogy of the past, and
the transformation of the earthworm to a butterfly soaring in the air
is an apt simile of the coming age. When the heavenly time marker came
into Aries by precession, a new cycle commenced, and the “glad tidings”
were preached by Christ. He said by implication that the new heaven and
earth were not ready then when He told His disciples: Whither I go you
cannot _now_ follow, but you shall follow afterwards. I go to prepare a
place for you and will come again and receive you.

Later John saw in a vision the new Jerusalem descending from heaven,
and Paul taught the Thessalonians “_by the word of the Lord_” that
those who are Christs at His coming shall be caught up _in the air_ to
meet Him and be with Him _for the age_.

But during this change there are pioneers who enter the kingdom of God
before their brethren. Christ, in Matt. 11:12, said that “the kingdom
of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” This
is not a correct translation. It ought to be: The kingdom of the
heavens _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 of 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. The
intense expression of the former quality increases the phosphorescent
luminosity and density of the ethers in our vital bodies, the fiery
streams sever the tie to the mortal coil, and the man, once _born of
water_ upon his emergence from Atlantis, is now born _of the spirit_
into the kingdom of God. The dynamic force of his love has opened a way
to the land of love, and indescribable is the rejoicing among those
already there when new invaders arrive, for each new arrival hastens
the coming of the Lord and the definite establishment of the Kingdom.

Among the religiously inclined there is a definite unceasing cry: How
long, O Lord; how long? And despite the emphatic statement of Christ
that the day and hour are unknown, even to Himself, prophets continue
to gain credence when they predict His coming on a certain day,
though each is discomfited when the day passes without development.
The question has also been mooted among our students, and the present
chapter is an attempt to show the fallacy of looking for the Second
Advent in a year or fifty or five hundred. The Elder Brothers decline
to commit themselves further than to point out what must first be
accomplished.

At the time of Christ the sun was in about seven degrees of Aries. Five
hundred years were required to bring the precession to the thirtieth
degree of Pisces. During that time the new church lived through a
stage of offensive and defensive violence well justifying the words
of Christ: “I came not to bring peace but a sword.” Fourteen hundred
years more have elapsed under the negative influence of _Pisces_, which
has fostered the power of the church and bound the people by creed and
dogma.

In the middle of the last century the sun came within orb of influence
of the scientific sign _Aquarius_, and although it will take about
six hundred years before the Aquarian Age commences, it is highly
instructive to note what changes the mere touch has wrought in the
world. Our limited space precludes enumeration of the wonderful
advances made since then; but it is not too much to say that science,
invention, and resultant industry have completely changed the world,
its social life, and economic conditions. The great strides made in
means of communication have done much to break down barriers of race
prejudice and prepare us for conditions of Universal Brotherhood.
Engines of destruction have been made so fearfully efficient that the
militant nations will be forced ere long to “beat their swords into
plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” _The sword has had its
reign_ during the Piscean Age, but _science will rule_ in the Aquarian
Age.

In the land of the setting sun we may expect to first see the ideal
conditions of the Aquarian Age: A blending of religion and science,
forming a religious science and a scientific religion, which will
promote the health, happiness and the enjoyment of life in abundant
measure.


_Sugar For Alcohol_

In the chapter elucidating the Law of Assimilation in the _Rosicrucian
Cosmo-Conception_, we stated that minerals cannot be assimilated
because they lack a vital body, which lack makes it impossible for man
to raise their vibratory rate to his own pitch. Plants have a vital
body and no self-consciousness, hence are most easily assimilated and
remain with man longer than cells of animal flesh, which is permeated
by a desire body. The vibratory rate of the latter is high, and much
energy is required in assimilation; its cells also quickly escape and
make it necessary for the flesh eater to forage often.

We are aware that alcohol is a “foreign spirit” and a “spirit of
decay,” because _it is generated by fermentation_ OUTSIDE the
consumer’s system. Being “spirit,” it vibrates with such intense
rapidity that the human spirit is incapable of tuning it down and
controlling it as food must be, hence metabolism is out of the
question. Nay, more, as we cannot reduce its vibratory rate to that of
our bodies, this foreign spirit may accelerate their vibratory pitch
and control us as happens in the state of intoxication. Thus alcohol is
a great danger to mankind and one from which we must be emancipated ere
we can realize our divine nature.

A stimulant spirit is necessary while we live on a _diet of flesh_ or
progress would stop, and _a food_ has been provided for the pioneers
of the West that answers all requirements; its name is “sugar.” _From
sugar the ego itself generates alcohol_ INSIDE the system by the very
processes of metabolism. This product is therefore both food and
stimulant, perfectly keyed to the vibratory pitch of the body. It has
all the good qualities of alcohol in enhanced measure and none of its
drawbacks. To perceive properly the effect of this food, consider the
peoples of eastern Europe where but little sugar is consumed. They are
slavish; they speak of themselves in terms of depreciation; the pronoun
“I” is always spelled with small letters but “you” with a capital.
England consumes five times as much sugar per capita as Russia. In
the former we meet a different spirit, the big “I” and the little
“you.” In America the candy store becomes a most dangerous rival of the
saloon, for _the man who eats sweets will not drink_, and there is no
surer cure for alcoholism than to induce the sufferer to eat freely of
sweets. The drunkard abhors sugar, however, while his system is under
the sway of the “foreign spirit.”

The temperance movement was begun in the land where _most sugar is
consumed_, and has _generated “the spirit of self-respect.”_




Chapter XI

MEAT AND DRINK AS FACTORS IN EVOLUTION


In previous chapters we saw how infant humanity was cared for by
superhuman guardians, provided with appropriate food, led out of
danger’s way, and sheltered in all respects until grown to human
stature and fit to enter the school of experience to learn the lessons
of life in the phenomenal world. We saw also how the rainbow points to
natural laws peculiar to the present age, how man was given free will
under these laws, and how the spirit of wine was given to cheer and to
stimulate his own timid, fearful spirit, to nerve it for the war of the
world.

In an analogous manner the irresponsible little child who has been
brought under the waters of baptism by its natural guardians is cared
for through the years of childhood while its various vehicles are being
organized. When the parental blood stored in the thymus gland has been
exhausted and the child thus emancipated from the parents, it awakes
to individuality, to the feeling of “I AM.” It has then been prepared
with a knowledge of good and evil with which to fight the battle of
life; and at that time the youth is taken to the church and given the
bread and wine to nerve and nourish him spiritually, also as a symbol
that henceforth he is a free agent, only responsible to the laws of
God. A blessing or a curse, this freedom, according to the way it is
used.

In early Atlantis mankind was a universal brotherhood of submissive
children with no incentive to war or strife. Later they were segregated
into nations, and wars inculcated loyalty to kin and country. Each
sovereign was an absolute autocrat with power over life and limb of his
subjects, who were numbered in hundreds of millions, and who yielded
ungrudging and slavish submission, an attitude maintained to the
present day among the millions of Asiatics, who are vegetarians and
consequently need no alcohol.

As flesh eating came into vogue, wine became a more and more common
beverage. In consequence of flesh eating much material progress was
made immediately preceding the advent of Christ, and because of
the practice of drinking wine an increasing number of men asserted
themselves as leaders, with the result that instead of a few large
nations such as people Asia, many small nations were formed in the
southwestern portion of Europe and Asia Minor.

But though the great mass of people who formed these various nations
were ahead of their Asiatic brethren as craftsmen, they continued
submissive to their rulers and lived as much in their traditions as
did the latter. Christ upbraided them because they gloried in being
Abraham’s seed. He told them that “before Abraham was, I AM,” that is,
the ego has always existed.

It is His mission to emancipate humanity from Law and lead it to
LOVE, to destroy “the kingdoms of men” with all their antagonism to
one another, and to build upon their ruins “the kingdom of God.” An
illustration will make the method clear:

If we have a number of brick buildings and desire to amalgamate them
into one large structure, it is necessary to break them down first and
free each brick from the mortar which binds it. Likewise each human
being must be freed from the fetters of family, hence Christ taught
“Unless a man leave father and mother he cannot be my disciple.” He
must outgrow religious partisanship and patriotism and learn to say
with the much misunderstood and maligned Thomas Paine: “_The world is
my country, and to do good is my religion_.”

Christ did not mean that we are to forsake those who have a claim upon
our help and support, but that we are not to permit the suppression of
our individuality out of deference to family traditions and beliefs.

Consequently He came “not to bring peace, but a sword;” and whereas
the eastern religions discourage the use of wine, _Christ’s first
miracle was to change water to wine_. The sword and the wine cup are
signatures of the Christian religion, for by them nations have been
broken to pieces and the individual emancipated. Government by the
people, for the people, is a fact in northwestern Europe, the rulers
being that principally in name only.

But the fostering of the martial spirit such as prevails in Europe was
only a means to an end. The segregation which it has caused must give
place to a regime of brotherhood such as professed by Paine. A new step
was necessary to bring this about; _a new food_ must be found which
would act upon the spirit in such a way as to foster individuality
through _assertion of self without oppression of others and without
loss of self-respect_. We have enunciated it as a law that only spirit
can act upon spirit, and therefore that food must be a spirit but
differing in other respects from intoxicants.

Before describing this let us see what flesh has done for the evolution
of the world.

We have noted previously that during the Polarian Epoch man had only a
dense body; he was like the present minerals in this respect, and by
nature he was as inert and passive.

By absorbing the crystalloids prepared by plants he evolved a vital
body during the Hyperborean Epoch and became plantlike both in
constitution and by nature, for he lived without exertion and as
unconsciously as the plants.

Later he extracted milk from the then stationary animals. Desire for
this more readily digestible food spurred him on to exertion, and
gradually his desire nature was evolved during the Lemurian Epoch.
Thus he became constituted like the present day _Herbivora_. Though
possessed of a passional nature, he was docile and could not be induced
to fight save to defend himself, his mate, and family. Hunger alone had
the power to make him aggressive.

Therefore, when animals began to move and sought to elude this ruthless
parasite, increasing difficulty of obtaining the coveted food aroused
his craving to such an extent that when he had hunted and caught an
animal, he was no longer content to suck its udders dry but commenced
to feed upon its blood and flesh. Thus he became as ferocious as our
present day Carnivora.

Digestion of flesh food requires much more powerful chemical action and
speedy elimination of the waste than that of a vegetable diet as proved
by chemical analysis of the gastric juices from animals, and by the
fact that the intestines of Herbivora are many times longer than those
of a carnivorous animal of even size. Carnivora easily become drowsy
and averse to exertion.

When prodded by the pangs of hunger the ferocious wolf does indeed
pursue its prey with unwavering perseverance, and the spring of the
crouching king of beasts overmatches the speed of the wing-footed
deer. By ambush the feline family foil the fleetest in their attempts
to escape. The cunning of the fox is proverbial, and the slinking
nocturnal habits of the hyena and kindred scavengers illustrate the
depth of depravity resulting from a diet of decayed flesh.

The vices generated by flesh eating may be said to be lassitude,
ferocity, low cunning, and depravity. We may tame the herbivorous
ox and elephant. Their diet makes them docile and stores enormous
power which they obediently use in our service to perform prolonged
and arduous labor. The flesh food required by the constitutional
peculiarities of Carnivora makes them dangerous and incapable of
thorough domestication. A cat may scratch at any moment, and the
muzzling ordinances of large cities are ample proof of the danger of
dogs. Besides, energy contained in the diet of Carnivora is so largely
expended in digestion that they are drowsy and unfitted for sustained
labor like the horse or elephant.

The drowsiness following a heavy meal of meat is too well known to
require argument, and the custom of taking stimulants with food is an
outgrowth of the desire to counteract the deadening effect of dead
flesh. The intensified effect of feasting upon _flesh in an advanced
state of decay_ is well illustrated in “society,” where banquets of
game that is “high” are accompanied by orgies of the wildest nature and
followed by indulgence of the vilest instincts.

The Westerner who can live upon a clean, sweet, wholesome diet of
vegetables, cereals, and fruits, does not become drowsy from his
food; he needs no stimulant. _There are no vegetarian drunkards._ The
soothing effects of vegetable food manifest as finer feelings, which
replace the ferocity fostered by flesh food. Many need the mixed diet
yet, for the practice of flesh eating has furthered the progress of the
world as nothing else except perhaps its companion vice—drunkenness;
and though we cannot say that they have been blessings in disguise,
they have at least not been unmitigated curses, for in the Father’s
kingdom all seeming evil nevertheless works for good in some respect,
though it may not be apparent upon the surface. We shall see how
presently.

A private corporation, the East India Company, commenced and
practically achieved the subjugation of India with her three hundred
million people, for the English are voracious flesh eaters, while
the Hindu’s diet fosters docility. But when England fought the flesh
eating Boers, Greek met Greek, and the valor displayed by both sides
is a matter of brilliant record. Courage, physical as well as moral,
is a virtue and cowardice a vice. Flesh has fostered self-assertion
and helped us to develop a backbone, though unfortunately often at the
expense of others who still retain the wishbone. It has done more as
will be illustrated:

As said previously, the crouching cat is forced to employ strategy to
save strength when procuring its prey, so that it may retain sufficient
energy to digest the victim. Thus brain becomes the ally of brawn. In
ancient Atlantis _desire for flesh developed the ingenuity of primitive
man and led him_ to trap the elusive denizens of field and forest. The
hunter’s snare was among the first LABOR-SAVING DEVICES—which mark
the beginning of the evolution of mind, and of the uncompromising,
unflagging struggle of the meat fed mind for supremacy over matter.

We say “_the meat fed mind_,” and we reiterate it, because we wish
to emphasize that it is by the nations which have adopted flesh food
that the most noteworthy progress has been made. The vegetarian
Asiatics remain upon the lower rungs of civilization. The further west
we travel, _the more the consumption of meat increases as does the
disinclination for bodily exercise, and consequently the activity of
the mind is increased to a higher and higher pitch in the invention of
labor-saving devices_. The American agriculturists’ acres are counted
by thousands, and they harvest large crops with less labor than the
peasant of the East who has only a small patch of ground. The reason
is that the poor, plodding, grain fed Easterner has only his hands and
his hoe, which he keeps in motion all day and day after day, while the
meat fed, progressive Westerner turns power-driven implements into his
fertile fields and sits down in a comfortable seat to watch them work.
One uses muscle, the other mind.

Thus the indomitable courage and energy which have transformed the face
of the Western World are virtues directly traceable to flesh food,
which also fosters love of ease and invention of labor-saving devices;
while alcohol stimulates enterprise in execution of schemes thus
hatched to procure the maximum of comfort with a minimum of labor.

But the spirit of alcohol is obtained by a process of fermentation.
It is a _spirit of decay_, altogether different from the _spirit of
life_ in man. This counterfeit spirit lures man on and on, always
holding before his vision dreams of _future_ grandeur, and goading
him to strenuous efforts of body and mind in order to attain and
obtain. Then when he has achieved and attained, he awakens to the
utter worthlessness of his prize. Possession soon shatters illusion
as to the worth of whatever he may have acquired; _nothing the world
has to give can finally satisfy_. Then again the lethal draught drowns
disappointment, and the mind conjures up a new illusion. This he
pursues with fresh zeal and high hopes to meet disappointment again and
again, for lives and lives, until at last he learns that “wine is a
mocker,” and that “all is vanity but to serve God and to do His will.”




Chapter XII

A LIVING SACRIFICE


Volumes, or rather libraries, have been written to explain the nature
of God, but it is probably a universal experience that the more we read
of other people’s explanations, the less we understand. There is one
description, given by the inspired apostle John when he wrote “_God is
Light_,” which is as illuminating as the others are befogging to the
mind. Anyone who takes this passage for meditation occasionally will
find a rich reward waiting, for no matter how many times we take up
this subject, our own development in the passing years assures us each
time a fuller and better understanding. Each time we sink ourselves
in these three words we lave in a spiritual fountain of inexhaustible
depth, and each succeeding time we sound more thoroughly the divine
depths and draw more closely to our Father in heaven.

To get in touch with our subject, let us go back in time to get our
bearing and the direction of our future line of progress.

The first time our consciousness was directed towards the Light
was shortly after we had become endowed with mind and had entered
definitely upon our evolution as human beings in Atlantis, the land of
the mist, deep down in the basins of the earth, where the warm mist
emitted from the cooling earth hung like a dense fog over the land.


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