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THE MASTER

OF THE MAN



By



URSULA N. GESTEFELD ■

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Author of " How We Master Our Fate,* "^H*>v/ to Coutrol Girquipsvanc^s^"
"The Builder and The Plan," ""And God Sa'i the demoniac — The Elder Brother.

Chapter XIX — Steadfastness 239

Not where to lay his head — Steadfastly set his face —
The Cosmic scheme — To be "received up" — Fitness for
the Kingdom — Initiation — Consecration — Natural and
divine attraction — Acquaintance and intimacy — Meeting
of extremes — Jesus' repudiation of his family — The
Father's business — The new family — Demand of fanati-
cism — True service of Humanity — Reconciliation of
natural with spiritual relations — The life of service — Pa-
triotism and statesmanship.

Chapter XX — The Blossom 253

Demonstration necessary — Triumphal entry into Jeru-
salem — Conqueror of devils — Suffering many things —
The standard of the living God — The price to be paid —
The way of the Cross — Losing, to find — Two ways — As-
piration and ambition — The great demand — Temptation
to expediency — The greatest possible victory — The ass's
colt — That Cometh in the name of the Lord — Moses' seat
— The blood of the prophets — Not one stone upon an-
other — Self-deception.

Chapter XXI — The Passover from Seed to Flower .... 267
Omission of detail — Keeping the Passover — Need to
leave the disciples — The Exodus — Natural knowledge —
The fig tree— Ascension of ideas— A new and living way —



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Nothing but leaves — The tree of life — Hall-mark of the
true follower of Christ — Burial of the natural body —
Anointing "aforehand" — Foreknowledge and afterknowl
edge — Human love — Masculine and feminine.

Chapter XXII — Farewell 281

Dropping a garment — Quality of the hidden body —
Law of cause and effect — Unveiling — Sense-consciousness
and the divine consciouness — The Body of God — Goeth
as it is written — The order of Melchizedek — Rescuing from
captivity — Transubstantiation — Controlled imagination
— Ascent of structure — The upper chamber — All things
given into our hands — Mankind necessary to God — Wash-
ing the feet — Old time and New time.

Chapter XXIII — That Comes When the Other Goes .... 293
Out of this world — The Spirit of truth — A naked soul —
The Comforter — Acclamations changed to denunciations
— Contrast — The remote brought nigh.

Chapter XXIV — Gethsemane and the Betrayer 299

The supreme surrender — Sorrowful unto death — Pres-
sure of the cup — The tested and the test — The inevitable
way — If — The radiant Presence — That may not pass —
• Birth of the Begotten Son from the Son of Man — Power-
lessness of the betrayer — Wrestling and prevailing —
Light, only — Elder Brothers — Cosmopolitan religion —
Blood guiltiness — Paying a price and receiving a price —
The kiss of union.

Chapter XXV — Barabbas the Robber 311

"Your hour and the power of darkness" — The essen-
tial *'He" — Later demand — Human, and divine, judg-
ment — Priest, Prophet, and King — Truth, for its own
sake — To bear witness — What changeless Principle com-
pels — From servitude to mastery — From the physical
to the metaphysical — The domain of consciousness —
Making a means, an end — Simplicity of Jesus' life — He
made himself the Son of God — The lost birthright — Two
manner of people — Freedom of the Redeemer, the bonds



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of the robber — The center of the universe — The will of the
people — Expediency — It costs to climb — Peter's denial.

Chapter XXVI — The Crown of Thorns 329

Behold the man! — Crowned with victories — Natural
humanity — Coming of the Christ — Thorns and thistles —
The soil of human consciousness — The Divine from the
Human — Seed-thoughts — Uprooting plants — Progress
resulting from experiment — The higher method — Natural
necessity, divinely fulfilled — A new meaning to existence
— The real message — The victor's crown — Zero — The
Ideal become Actual — In the hidden places.

Chapter XXVII — Bearing the Cross 345

Mortal life and mortal-sense life — The upward way —
The downward way — Consummation — Stations of the
Cross — Fundamental plan for organic structure — Lifted
from the ground — Carrying the cross — The human level —
Embryology — Adding the voluntary to the involuntary —
Crossing the natural with the spiritual — The Cosmic
scheme — Via Dolorosa — Countryman of Jesus — Anni-
hilation of time — Learning and proving — The new man
— Labor-saving inventions — Procession to Calvary.

Chapter XXVIII — Crucifixion 361

A state within a state — The ghost — Taunted with fail-
ure — Dogmatic religion, ancient and modern — Onward
pathway — Putting to death — Greatest of prayers — Repe-
tition of Jesus' life — The Divine Tragedy — History veri-
fied by repetition — Relation of a part to the whole — A
new sepulchre — Survival of the fittest — Not a bone
broken.

Chapter XXIX — Resurrection 375

Theory of Christianity — Natural resurrection — Elimi-
nation of evil — Jesus' body not laid in the sepulchre — The
enduring body — Out of the graves — Hope of immortality
— Certainty — Improvement with loss — Circle of Destiny
— The Personal God — Doubting Thomas — The marks —
The eternal unity — Failure of Mary Magdalen — Failure of



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the disciples — Opening the understanding — Beginning
with Moses — Work of the Master-Builder.

Chapter XXX — Ascension 391

Purgatory — Character-building — Out of sight — From
monad to the Divine man — Absolute God, and Personal
God — Progress completed, leaves what? — Continuing as
invisible force — The larger work.

Chapter XXXI — Immortality — The Fruit 399

Teaching of Old and New Testaments — Persistence,
and continued existence — Personal sense of self, neces-
sary — Endless chain — Individual attachment — Neces-
sary plus — Losing one's soul — Resultant from combina-
tion of factors — Self-preservation — Possible extinction — '
Immaculate conception a necessity — A common experi-
ence — Demand for completion — Influence of suggestion of
"nothingness'' — Power of self-suggestion.



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It would seem a truism that' .tii^- finite mijid ' caiinpt
comprehend the infinite, hence' that man, c^nijot 'com^ke-^
hend God. Is it useless, then, to makethe 'ittptii^t to
apprehend? Shall one sink into the slough of no en-
deavor, take life as he finds it, leave it when death finds
him, a human protoplasm that has developed into no
organic whole?

Nothing is more obvious than that the good of life is
better than its bad. However life began and however it
ends it contains a good, better, and best, in contrast with
its bad, worse, and worst. How to seek and find, then
how to appropriate, not only the good but the better and
best, was the aim, as shown by their work, of the authors
of the Bible.

As contrasting terms both "good" and "bad" are
descriptive of human concepts. It is the concept of life
that colors life for the conceiver, whose sensations first
determine his conception. With experience and educa-
tion comes desire for a standard independent of sensa-
tion, according to which life, with all it contains, shall be
judged — must be judged for the judgment to be satis-
factory and lasting. It has been the aim of Religion

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to meet this need; Science frankly avows its inability to
meet }t

. Iri-QSpc^dtive pf /the Bible's origin or age, the regard or
/di&rftgard in which it is held, the possibly faulty or well-
nigb perfect translation frum foreign tongues, one char-
acter in the Book of bcoks stands forth so prominently as
to 'compel attention and win admiration. Few can read
attentively the story of rht^ ^reat life that has been able
to arouse the sympathy of the world without experiencing
the desirie to emulate* K, a^nd here is the strongest possible
test.Q^'.fe p^wer, the clearest revelation of its meaning.
The clesife niay be' faint, momentary only, remain un-
acknowledged, be ridiculed, even, as reason, true to its
office, asserts itself; but deep in the unexplored recesses
of human nature it stirs, often struggles, fulfillment does
not seem, always, a vain dream.

May human nature be so constituted fundamentally
that it responds involuntarily to the ideal presented in
Jesus of Nazareth? Had the authors who present this
ideal — God and man united in one person — knowledge
of the necessary standard for right judgment? of what
remains to be done after this standard is found? Have
they used their knowledge to illustrate by the life of one
man what life should become and accomplish for all
men? Do this man and his life reveal, irrespective of
their authenticity, a type for our own conformity, a uni-
versal possibility, even necessity?

If these questions are answered in the affirmative the
Bible becomes a new book, possesses a new value, and one
is compelled to see in "the Immaculate Conception" an
agent for all men rather than a miracle pertaining to the



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life of only one man. Transference of immaculate con-
ception from the physical and physiological to the meta-
physical and mental plane, then i!;j applica^jpn to , the
recorded life of Jesus, gives a key tnat opens the Ibc:^ of
contradictions and mysteries. . (v' ,

In the present examination of this wonderful life ftri'-'
maculate conception is taken to mean a man's true, pure>'
correct, conception of Man; A'.s^l-f-conception that is not'


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