The Rosicrucian Philosophy
In Questions and Answers
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ARE NOT VENOMOUS AND DESTRUCTIVE REPTILES
CREATED BY THE EVIL THOUGHTS OF MEN, SO FAR AS THE FORM IS CONCERNED? AND,
THEREFORE, IS IT NOT AN ACT OF LOVE TO KILL THEM AND THUS LIBERATE THE DIVINE
SPARK WITHIN SO THAT IT MAY OCCUPY A HIGHER FORM?
ANSWER: None of the animal forms which we see
about us have been created by man. All these forms, from the highest to the
lowest, are the emanations of group spirits, which are spiritual entities
belonging to another evolution than the human kingdom, But man is a creator by
means of his thoughts, and the evil thoughts, the thoughts of fear and hatred,
do take form and in the course of centuries they crystallize into what we know
as bacilli. The bacilli of infectious diseases are particularly the embodiments
of fear and hate, and therefore they are also vanquished by the opposite force,
courage. As a tuning fork will commence to vibrate when we strike another tuning
fork of the same pitch, so also will these microscopic germs. If we enter the
presence of a person infection with a contagious disease in fear and trembling,
we most assuredly draw to ourselves the death dealing poisonous microbes. If on
the other hand, we approach that person in a perfectly fearless attitude, we
shall escape the infection, PARTICULARLY IF WE ARE PROMPTED BY LOVE. But love
does not prompt us to kill in the usual sense of the word. It is true that if we
could deal directly with the LIFE of evil and poisonous things and help them
into a higher form, we might be doing good; but in the first place we are not
capable of judging when that present form has outlived its usefulness, and,
therefore, we cannot presume to take the responsibility of depriving the
informing life of its instrument in loving kindness. The only time when we may
sometimes properly kill for love is in case an animal has been maimed beyond
chance of recovery, and we kill it to end its sufferings.
WHAT IS A GROUP SPIRIT, WHERE IS IT, AND WHAT
DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
ANSWER: As a man has a body composed of many
cells, each with an individual consciousness, so is a group spirit an entity
functioning in the Spiritual Worlds and possessing a spiritual body composed of
many separate animal spirits. The group spirit itself cannot function in the
Physical World, but it evolves by sending the different animal spirits into a
form of body which it creates, and which then forms a species or tribe of
animals, and the group spirit guides all these animal bodies by means of
suggestions which we call instinct. When the body of an animal dies, the animal
spirit has unconsciously derived a certain experience from functioning in that
vehicle, and after a time it is reabsorbed into the spiritual body of the group
spirit, where it remains for some time while the group spirit assimilates the
experience gathered by that separate animal spirit. Thus in time the group
spirit grows and evolves. So do the animal spirits which are its wards. They
will become human in a future incarnation of the earth, and then the group
spirit will look after them as race or a national spirit until they have become
perfectly capable of taking care of themselves individually. The group spirits
of the animals are in the Desire World and circle the surface of the earth. The
group spirits of the plants are in that part of the Region of Concrete Thought
which occupies the center of the earth, and the group spirits of the minerals
have not yet properly entered the atmosphere of our earth. They are in the
Region of Abstract Thought.
The group spirits of the animals are very
often seen in the Desire World having human bodies and animal heads. The
illustrations upon the Egyptian temples represent in a crude way the appearance
of these group spirits. The trained investigator finds no difficulty in
conversing with them and often he has cause to marvel at their erudition.
ARE ANIMALS AMENABLE TO THE LAW OF CAUSATION?
ANSWER: No, not in the sense of being
MORALLY responsible. Of course, if an animal jumps out a window from a high
building, that as a cause will produce lesions according to the nature of the
fall it sustains, just as when a human beings jumps out of the window. But in
the case of the animal there is only the physical effect shown by the hurt it
suffers, while the man who deliberately commits such an act not only sustains
certain lesions, but he is also MORALLY RESPONSIBLE for the instrument which he
possesses, and the law of causation brings to him an adequate MORAL retribution
of such a nature that he will learn to take care of his instrument and not seek
to destroy it by such acts in the future.
The reason why the animal has no moral
responsibility is that is has no reasoning power, but ordinarily acts by
direction of the group spirit which we call instinct, and it may be that
instinct has instilled a fear into the animal which causes it to commit an act
resulting in injury to its body. Before anyone can be MORALLY responsible to the
law of causation, he must have a certain free will and choice, also the power of
reasoning properly, and, therefore, we reiterate that as animals are devoid of
these attributes, they are not at all amenable MORALLY to the law of causation.
DO ANIMALS LIVE AFTER DEATH?
ANSWER: That which lives is THE SPIRIT,
which has neither beginning nor end, IT IS. But what you mean is, most likely,
does it persist in the shape of an animal? to that question we may say yes, it
persists for a longer or a shorter time, according to the stage of its
evolution, in a desire body made of the material of the Desire World. Even the
beetle tat crawls over the sidewalk and is stepped upon may be seen by the
clairvoyant to walk a few feet away and then gradually fade to nothingness. It
persists only for a few moments in its shape before the spirit returns to the
central source of the group spirit. In the case of a horse, a cow, or any of the
higher animals, there is a correspondingly longer time and more consciousness in
the Desire World than in the case of these lower forms. As an illustration we
may mention a case which attracted considerable attention a few years ago when
Rider Haggard, the English novelist, published a remarkable dream. He had a dog
to whom he was very much attached, and one night he dreamed that the dog came to
him showing signs of embarrassment and distress, beckoning him to come along.
Rider Haggard in his dream followed the dog which led the way some distance to a
brook. There among some bulrushes, it showed Rider Haggard ITSELF lying dead,
looking up at him in mute and piteous appeal for an explanation.
When Rider Haggard woke the following
morning, he remembered the dream most vividly, but took no notice of it until
later in the day when it was discovered that the dog was missing. After a search
had been made in the immediate neighborhood, Rider Haggard finally betook
himself to the spot seen in his dream. There he found among the bulrushes the
body of his dog in the very position he had seen it in his dream. Explanations,
of course, could not be given; it was a puzzling experience and that was all.
But to the occultist it is very plain that the intelligent dog, having met death
and finding itself in the Desire World at night, went to its master, who was at
that time also outside his body, and brought him to the place of the accident in
order to obtain his help and explanation.
WHEN A PET DOG OR CAT DIES, DOES THE ENTIRE
GROUP SPIRIT TO WHICH IT BELONGS DIE AT THE SAME TIME? ALSO WHAT BECOMES OF THE
ANIMAL SOUL, AND DOES THE HUMAN LOVE AND CARE IT HAS RECEIVED HELP IT ON ITS
ANSWER: The question shows that the inquire
has not the proper idea of what a group spirit is. As our body is composed of
innumerable cells, each cell having its own little cell life, but all the cells
subjected to our own central intelligence, so the group spirit of a species of
animals is a spiritual entity belonging to a different evolution and having a
spiritual body composed of many evolving animal spirits. These animal spirits it
sends into incarnation from time to time into the animal bodies of its tribe,
one spirit to each body, and at death they return to the group spirit, having
gained a higher grade of consciousness than when they were born. This helps the
group spirit to evolve, and in return it governs the spirits of the separate
animals in its tribe. Like all other spirits, a group spirit cannot die. It is
the guardian of the animal spirits, and as they evolve the spiritual body of the
group spirit undergoes a metamorphosis. When the separate animal spirits have
evolved sufficiently, they become individualized human beings, but continue in
charge of the same group spirit, as we see nations or races under the domination
of a race spirit. They do not become their own masters until they have evolved
even beyond the point of having family or national ties. That was why Christ
said that "unless a man leave father and mother he cannot follow me,"
for father and mother are bodies--they are ties and clogs. The spirits have no
father and no mother, but are all one in the ultimate.
As to what becomes of the animal soul at
death, we may say that after passing out of this body it soon returns to the
group spirit, and the love and care which we have given it naturally further it
greatly in its evolution, for while the wild animals act entirely under the
dictates of the group spirit by that which we call instinct, the domestic
animals show a capability of thought, entirely beyond their normal evolution at
the present time. They have received that ability from us on the same principle
that when we take a wire highly charged with electricity and place another wire
which is not charged close to it, the uncharged wire will become charged with
electricity OF A LOWER VOLTAGE. In a similar manner the animal which comes in
contact with human beings is not itself capable of thinking, but learns to do so
in a measure by this contact. And we may safely infer that those animals which
have become domesticated will in time become the teachers of their less advanced
WHAT SUBSTANCE DOES A PERSON OR ANIMAL THROW
OFF WHEREBY THEY CAN BE TRACED, AS, FOR EXAMPLE, CRIMINALS ARE TRACED BY
ANSWER: When a clairvoyant looks at other
persons with etheric sight for the first time, he is usually astonished at
beholding showers of stars, pyramids, double pyramids and all other geometrical
forms issuing from their hands and faces, and he wonders greatly what they are.
Later on, he learns that they are the crystals of which his body is composed and
which are thus being excreted by the skin. Most of the excretions remain in the
clothing, and furnish bloodhounds or dogs with the necessary starting point for
their search. As these atoms decay, they emit an effluvia similar to that of all
decaying bodies. This effluvia we sense ourselves where soiled clothing is left
unlaundered for some time. The dogs, having a keener scent than human beings,
distinguish between the effluvia from one person and another, and as the atoms
left by a person fleeing from justice are strewn along the path he has taken, it
is easy for the bloodhound to distinguish these from the atoms of other people
or animals for a short time after the fugitive has passed.
The Seven Days of Creation
WHAT IT THE ORIGIN OF LIFE?
ANSWER: When that question is asked a
scientist, he will commence to tell us about protoplasm, protyle or something
else of a like nature, but that is form. No matter how small, insignificant and
simple that form may be, it is still a form, and from the occultist's point of
view, the question is poorly put, for the spirit, IS, WAS and WILL ALWAYS BE. As
Sir Edwin Arnold says in his beautiful poem, "The Song Celestial":
"Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be
Never was time it was not; End and Beginning are
Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the
spirit for ever;
Death hath not touched it at all, dead though the house of
"Nay, but as when one layeth his worn-out robes away,,
And, taking new ones, sayeth, 'These will I wear today!'
So putteth by the spirit lightly its garb of flesh,
And passeth to inherit a residence afresh."
It is LIFE that builds the FORMS and uses
them for a time in order that it may progress thereby. When their usefulness has
ceased the life passes on, leaving the forms behind, and then they are dead.
Thus the question should rather be "How did the dead originate?" for
life IS--it has neither origin nor termination.
WHAT IS MATTER? IS IT NOT UNREAL?
ANSWER: There are various theories of
matter. If we ask the materialist he, of course, maintains that MATTER IS THE
ONE REALITY; that all and everything is matter and that nothing can exist except
that. The Christian Scientist is of the very opposite opinion. He holds that
matter is nonexistent--a delusion; that EVERYTHING THAT IS, IS SPIRIT, and so
those two classes of people are the very antitheses of one another. But the
truth is between.
When God desires to manifest, He emanates
within Himself the thought forms of such a universe as he desires to create, and
these archetypal ideas are spirit when first emanated in that central source.
But under the influence of time and space, they slowly crystallize and become
that which we know as matter. This is a similar process to that which we may
observe in the case of a snail. The juices of its soft and flexible body
gradually crystallize into the hard and flinty shell which is incapable of
moving save as propelled by the snail. Thus, as the house of the snail is
crystallized snail, SO MATTER IS CRYSTALLIZED SPIRIT. And as the house of the
snail remains stationary when not moved by the snail, so matter is immobile save
when moved by the spirit. But in the course of time the snail's house goes to
decay. The matter of which it was formed is broken up into minute particles and
becomes available for the building of other flexible forms--it may become the
body of a snail again. So, also the crystallized spirit--matter--is
re-etherealized and becomes spirit again. Matter evolves as well as spirit, for
it becomes more ethereal, more flexible, and or amenable to the impacts of
spirit when it is built into different forms time after time.
Thus we may say with the Christian Scientist
that all is spirit, that which appears as matter being in reality spirit in a
state of crystallization, and we may also agree with the materialist that all is
matter, for spirit which has not yet crystallized into matter will eventually do
so. It is a mistake to consider anything in God's Universe as unreal; both
matter and spirit are real. They are the positive and negative poles of God.
YOU SAID IN A PREVIOUS LECTURE THAT THE
EARTH IS THE BODY OF A SPIRIT WHICH GIVES ITS LIFE FOR THE DWELLERS UPON THE
SURFACE. WHY DOES IT GIVE FLOWERS AND FRUIT TO SOME AND EARTHQUAKE AND FAMINE TO
ANSWER: During the interval between death
and a new birth, the discarnate spirits who have reached the Second Heaven where
the archetypes of everything are, build their future environment in which they
reap what they have sown. If they have been diligent in past lives, if they have
tilled the soil and made two blades of grass to grow where there was only one,
they will build for themselves a still more fertile land which will yield
greater fruits for less labor. If they have spent their time thinking of
NIRVANA, a heavenly place of rest and indolence, and have loved more to enter
into metaphysical discussion than to look after material things, they will
continue to do so in the Second Heaven, and in consequence their land will be
arid when they come back to earth life. They will then experience famine, flood
and earthquake, so that they may realize the necessity of providing for material
conditions. Thus they will in time learn their lesson and strive to conquer this
world as we have done in the West, for, of course, the inquirer has reference to
the people of the East who suffer from flood and famine. They are our younger
brethren, behind us in evolution, and must follow in our footsteps. They must
learn to forget, for a time, the spiritual worlds in order to attain the
development which only the material world can give them. Thus, there is a deep
purpose in the famine which is at present their lot and there is a purpose as
deep in our prosperity. Their famine will eventually drive them into more
material conditions, but we, having a land of plenty with all the good things of
this world, where ingenious inventions make life easier on every hand, will
eventually say to ourselves, when we have been satisfied with these material
blessings, "What is the good of it all? Give us, rather, the spiritual
things," and we will then enter a spiritual development much higher than
that of the East.
WHAT IS MEANT BY THE SENTENCE "MAN,
ANSWER: This sentence was found above the
entrance to a Greek mystery temple as an indication of the fact that it is
obligatory upon man to thoroughly understand the mystery of his own nature,
which is much deeper than is apparent on the surface. This, on the principle of
the hermetic axiom, "as above, so below." When he understands himself
and knows himself, he will be able by analogy to know about God. For it is truly
said that "Man was made in the image of God."
But to know himself it is not only necessary
that he should understand that which he sees, the physical body, but also the
invisible bodies which are the causes of his thoughts, feelings and emotions.
This was the teaching given in the mystery temples.
There is still another and a far deeper
meaning to that sentence. When we ask ourselves the causes of all the sorrow and
the misery in the world, we must revert to the earliest epochs of the earth's
existence to solve our problem. In the first two Epochs, the Polarian and the
hyperborean, man was a complete creative unit, capable of sending forth from
himself the forces which generated a body for another being. But in the Lemurian
Epoch, when it became necessary to build a brain and a larynx, the sex force was
divided and one half retained in order to accomplish that object. Only the other
half remained available for generation. Then man ceased to KNOW HIMSELF, but
"Adam KNEW his wife," and as a result she bore him children.
The spirit inherently feels its own divine
creative nature and secretly rebels against the necessity of seeking the
cooperation of another to generate. As a result, sorrow, trouble and pain have
come into the world, and will exist so long as the present method of procreation
makes it necessary for two to cooperate to perpetuate the species. And it was
the glorious goal that is set before humanity in the future--the coalition of
the two poles of the creative force which will gain make man an individual
Creator complete in himself--that was adumbrated in the mystery words,
"Man, know thyself."
The Apostle John, in his First Epistle, the
3rd chapter, 8th verse, tells us the way of attainment where he says that
"He that commiteth sin is of the devil...For this purpose was the Son of
God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil....Whosever is born
of God does not commit sin, FOR HIS SEED REMAINETH IN HIM."
Where the animal propensities are catered to
and an abnormal use is made of the sex force, a man is apt to become an idiot,
but the thoughts of a spiritual man are pure, chaste and full of wisdom.
At the present time, cooperation of the
sexes is necessary to procreation of vehicles for Egos who are coming to
rebirth, but the time will come when man will cease to create in that manner. HE
WILL KNOW HIMSELF. Concentrated thought as the seed will remain within himself,
but he will manifest it by means of the larynx as a Creative Word, a word that
will form things in the Physical World. Then it will no longer be necessary for
mankind to seek the cooperation of one another in providing new vehicles. This
he was taught in the mystery schools, which are way stations upon the path of
attainment, and therefore the saying "Man, know thyself" was inscribed
upon the Delphian oracle.
WHAT IS THE HOLY GRAIL?
ANSWER: The story of the Holy Grail is one
of the myths used by the great leaders of humanity to convey to us spiritual
truths in symbols which would at that time have been incomprehensible to our
The Grail story is found, variously told, in
all the earlier races as far back as we can trace religious teaching, and
libraries have been written about this wonderful mystic panacea for all ills.
In medieval times many versions of this
legend were recited by minstrels, minnesingers, troubadours or master-singers.
Most beautiful, perhaps, was the simple version of Wolfram von Eschenback, which
was taken in hand by the master artist of the nineteenth century, Richard
Wagner, in his famous music drama "Parsifal."
The story relates that on the night when our
Savior ate the last supper with His disciples, He drank from a certain cup or
chalice, and later one, when the lifeblood flowed from His wounded side, Joseph
of Arimathea caught the life blood of our dying Savior in yon chalice. He also
took the spear wherewith that wound had been inflicted. These relics he carried
with him for many years, and such was the wonderful life giving power of the
Savior's blood that it sustained him throughout all his privations, in prison,
and on his wanderings. At last, the relics were taken up into heaven for a time
in the care of Angels, but one night there appeared a mystic messenger sent from
God to the holy Titurel with command that he build a castle HIGH IN THE AIR,
upon a mountain top, and there gather around himself a bank of knights, WHO MUST
BE CHASTE AND PURE. These Grail Knights were permitted to behold the sacred
relics at stated times and thus they became inspired with desire and power to go
into the world to do mighty spiritual deeds. In time Titurel gave the wardership
of the Grail to his son Amfortas and in his reign as King of the Grail, a sad
calamity befell the Grail Knights.
There lived in "A HEATHEN VALE"
below the castle a black knight by the name of Klingsor who desired to become a
Knight of the Grail. he was not chaste, so in order to meet the condition he
mutilated himself in such a manner that it became impossible for him TO GRATIFY
DESIRE. But when he applied to the holy Titurel, the latter saw his heart and
refused him admittance. Then Klingsor swore that if he might not serve the
Grail, the Grail should serve him. He peopled the garden of his magic castle
with illusory phantasmic flower maidens who waylaid the Knights of the Grail on
their passage to and from the castle, seduced them and thus disqualified them
for further service as Grail Knights.
Fearing that all the Knights of the Grail
would become prisoners of Klingsor, Amfortas decided to fight the black
magician. He took with him the holy spear to accomplish his object. But Klingsor
evoked KUNDRY, who is a creature of two existences. At one time she is the
faithful and willing servitor of the Grail, at another time the unwilling tool
of Klingsor. When serving the Grail, she is humble, obedient and simply clad.
Under the spell of Klingsor, she becomes beautiful in the extreme, a woman of
seducing charms, and these she is forced to use as Klingsor bids her, for he has
power over her by virtue of the fact that he is not susceptible to her charms on
account of his act of mutilation.
Kundry meets Amfortas, who falls before her
charms. While lying in her arms the spear falls from his hand and is snatched by
the waiting Klingsor, who inflicts A WOUND THAT CANNOT HEAL, and for many years
the King suffers tortures, particularly when he unveils the Holy Grail for the
benefit of his knights. Then the spear wound commences to bleed anew, causing
him the most excruciating pain.
Roughly speaking, the giving one of the
several valid interpretations which appertain to the Grail mystery, as to other
symbols, Kundry is the negative dense body which at one time is under the
control of the higher nature symbolized by the Grail Knights, and another time
ruled by the lower desire nature symbolized by Klingsor, which tempts the spirit
to forsake its higher ideals, and causes suffering when temptation is yielded
to. In Parsifal, the pure and guileless one, we see the man who overcomes and
therefore succeeds to the wardership of the Grail.
On Good Friday morning, 1857, Richard Wagner
sat at the Villa Wesendonck by the Zurich Sea, and as he looked about him the
sun was shining, all nature was smiling and from the millions of seeds buried in
the ground around him, innumerable plants and flowers were sprouting. The
thought struck Wagner, "What is the connection between the death of the
Savior at this time of the year and this manifold sprouting life," and in
that thought he came very near to the key to the mystery of the Grail, for the
Grail was a Mystery School, one of many which existed in the Middle Ages. The
stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are not fables, they
are facts. There was such a Mystery in Wales as late as the time of Queen
Elizabeth. And these Mystery Schools exist to the very present day, though not
as publicly known as they were in the more spiritual mediaeval times. They
Mystery of King Arthur dealt more with the material and temporal side of life
than the Mystery of the Grail, which was altogether pure and spiritual. And
there the pupil was taught, not in words, but THE FEELING WAS GIVEN TO HIM, a
teaching from within, which we may express as follows:
You see all around you the various kingdoms
in the world. There is man, animal, plant and mineral. The LIFE which is in each
of these kingdoms is the one universal life of God, which manifests through all
these various FORMS. When the forms decay it becomes necessary to provide other
forms in their places, hence the generative activity which serves this purpose.
In the plant kingdom, which is beneath you, that activity is pure, chaste and
immaculate. There is no passion connected with it in any respect.
In the kingdoms of the Gods, which are
beyond you, it is also carried on as a process of regeneration which is pure and
holy. But in the kingdoms which stand between the plant and the gods, conditions
are the reverse of chaste. Man and animal are passionate. MAN IS, IN FACT, THE
INVERTED PLANT. The plant is unashamed and stretches its creative organ, the
flower, towards the sun, a thing of beauty and delight, pure, chaste and
passionless. Man turns his creative organ toward the earth; he hides it with
shame because it is filled with passion. In time man is to become a god, he is
to use his creative ability for the benefit of others and not for sense
gratification. And so in time man must become plant-like on a higher scale.
Therefore, you see this symbol: THE POD OF THE PLANT WHICH HOLDS THE SEED IS THE
GRAIL CUP, and the spear which brigs that seed forth from the flower is the ray
of the sun. You, also, must learn to take the solar force, which is the builder
of all forms, and use it in your creative organ without passion, so that that
which you create shall be immaculately conceived and not as now begotten in sin.
The juice of the plant flows through its
green stem and leaves uncolored, pure and chaste. Your blood is red and filled
with passion, but in the regeneration that blood must be cleansed by the
spiritual force which will come to you from the spiritual sun, as the forces
from the physical sun bring forth the juice of the plant. And having become thus
regenerated, you will die as a man to be resurrected a God.
WHAT WAS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE PYRAMID
BUILDERS OF EGYPT AND THE PYRAMID BUILDERS OF CENTRAL AMERICA? WHICH IS THE
ANSWER: Anthropological researches have
shown that the Negro races have a long, narrow head, narrow eye sockets and flat
hair. The Mongolian races, the Indians, etc., have round heads, round eye
sockets and their hair is round. The head of the white races is oval, so are the
eye sockets and the hair, showing that we have upon earth three kinds of people
and these are the remnants of the LEMURIAN RACE which lived in the Third Epoch
of the earth's development. The Mongolians, Indians, etc., are the remnants of
the ATLANTEAN PEOPLES and the white races are the present ARYANS. Upon
examination, it will be found that the Egyptians belonged to our present Aryan
races, while the Aztecs show the peculiarities of skull, orbit and hair
distinctive of the Atlantean people. Therefore that civilization is older than
Not much has been written concerning the
pyramids of Central America, but Piazzi Smith and Richard Proctor, both
professional astronomers, have written considerable concerning the pyramids of
Egypt, and have endeavored to find out what their use was. From the measurements
of the pyramids, Piazzi Smith deduces the theory that they were built by divine
architects, a theory which Professor Proctor ridicules, although he finds the
measurements support the theories of Professor Smith, but he attributes it to
coincidence. When the base of the pyramid measures as many hundreds of inches as
there are days in a year; when the diagonals of the base show the same number of
inches as there are years in the great sidereal world year, it merely happened
so, in the estimation of Professor Proctor. These coincidences are so numerous,
however, that to an unbiased mind they appear to be an embodiment of a definite
design. Professor Proctor, being an unwilling witness for the theory that the
Pyramid was designed for astrological purposes, gives augmented value to his
testimony when he admits that of all the theories advanced concerning the use of
the pyramids, the theory that they were built for astrological purposes, is the
only one that can withstand the weight of the contrary evidence. Therefore,
though he characterizes it as a wild theory, it is the only tenable one,
according to evidence.
As a matter of fat, the pyramids were
temples of initiation, built by the Hierophants of the lesser mysteries, and as
initiation of candidates is founded upon the passage of the heavenly bodies, the
stars, through the twelve signs of the zodiac, so naturally, these temples of
initiation embodied all the cosmic measurements. Only the pyramid of Cheops
among the Egyptian group was thus used. The others were simply imitations built
at later times by some of the Pharaohs. The lesser mysteries have existed in
different parts of the world and at various times. In India, in Egypt, in
Greece, and also in Central America. Therefore, the connection between the
pyramid builders of one part of the world and another is that they were all the
Hierophants of the lesser mysteries and that their temples were used for
purposes of initiations.
WHAT IS THE ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE
TEACHINGS OF THE ROSICRUCIAN PHILOSOPHY AND THE ORTHODOX CHURCH?
ANSWER: There are many, but perhaps the
principal one is the teaching of orthodoxy that at each birth a newly created
soul enters material existence fresh from the hand of God, that it lives here in
a material body for a longer or shorter span of time and then passes out by
death into the invisible beyond, there to remain for all eternity in a state of
happiness or misery according to what it did while here in the body.
The Rosicrucian teaching is that each soul
is an integral part of God, which is seeking to gain experience by repeated
existences in gradually improving material bodies and that, therefore, it passes
into and out of material existences many times; that each time it gathers a
little more experience than it previously possessed and in time is nourished
from nescience to omniscience--from impotence to omnipotence--by means of these
Our sense of justice revolts against a
teaching which sends one soul into a home of culture and a noble family where it
has the advantage of wealth, where moral teachings are implanted in the growing
child, but sends another into the slums, its father a thief and the mother,
perhaps, immoral, and where its teachings consist in lying, stealing, etc. If
here only once, all should have the same chance if they are to be judged by the
same laws, an we know that no two people have the same experiences in life. We
know that where one meets many temptations, another lives comparatively
untouched by the storms of life. Therefore, when one soul is placed in a moral
environment and another in immoral surroundings, it is not right to send the one
to a heaven of enjoyment and eternal bliss for doing the right he could not help
doing, nor is it just to send the other to a hell for stealing and robbing when
the environment and the conditions into which he was thrown were such that he
could not help himself.
Therefore, the Rosicrucian teaching holds
that we come into whatever place is best fitted for us by our previous
experiences in former lives, and that we get just what we deserve in all cases;
that all experiences which come to us are just what we need to give us the
appropriate impetus for our next step in unfoldment.
KINDLY STATE THE ESSENTIALS WHEREIN THE
ROSICRUCIAN PHILOSOPHY DIFFERS FROM THEOSOPHY.
ANSWER: We are not as much concerned in
seeking out differences as in finding agreements. It may be said, however, that
the Rosicrucian Philosophy is the Western teaching given to the Western people
at this time for their advancement. If we take Theosophy as meaning THEO SOPHIA
(Divine Wisdom), then, of course, the Rosicrucian Philosophy is only a part of
that Divine Wisdom, like all other religious systems. But if we take theosophy
to mean the philosophy promulgated by the Theosophical Society, or Societies,
for there are several brands, then we may say that the Rosicrucian teaching is
much more comprehensive and complete. Besides, in teaching their philosophy the
Rosicrucians are diametrically opposed to the method of the Theosophical
Society, which has for its objects:
First, The formation of a nucleus of the
Second, The study of comparative religion,
Third, The investigation of the unexplained
laws in nature and the power latent in man.
The Brothers of the Rosy Cross contend that
the majority of advanced people are in sympathy with the idea of Universal
Brotherhood, and that we need not be theosophists to have that idea at heart.
Countless other societies have altruistic ideas along the lines of brotherhood.
Many scientists are studying comparative religion and doing it exceedingly well.
it is not necessary to be a theosophist in order to follow that object, but it
is necessary to be an occultist in order to follow out the third object of the
Theosophical Society, namely, the study of the unexplained laws of nature and
the powers latent in man.
Therefore, the Rosicrucians recommend that
all thoughts be centered upon living such a life and practicing such exercises
as will develop the latent powers in each pupil so that he may see and know the
invisible worlds whence come the causes we see manifested here. When this object
is attained, and not till then, is he capable of investigating the unexplained
laws of nature. He is then also in a much better position than the scientists or
anyone else to study comparative religion, for he sees the central source from
when all religions sprang, each being adapted to the people to whom given. He
also sees how they fit into the grand scheme of evolution, and when he has
become capable of reaching the consciousness of the inner worlds the unity of
life is so apparent that he does not need to trouble himself about the first
object of the Theosophical Society, the universality of the One Life which makes
brotherhood a fact in nature, beyond necessity of statement.
To reach that last step, we must have the
true view of the matter. We may preach to a stove that its duty is to heat and
warm us, but unless we comply with the laws of its nature and put fuel into it,
our preaching will be of no avail. On similar principle, unless we reach the
step of exaltation where our hearts are filled with the divine love, we may
preach and put forth teachings concerning Universal Brotherhood, but it will do
no good. If we fill the stove with fuel, it will heat us, and if we fill our
hearts with love they will radiate that quality without statement of objects
such as the first one mentioned.
Therefore, the principal difference between
the Theosophical Society and the Rosicrucian fellowship is a complete reversion
of method. For, whereas the Theosophical Society aims to form a nucleus of the
Universal Brotherhood by the study of comparative religion and only take up the
development of the hidden side of man's nature last--and many even decry
development of the hidden powers--the Rosicrucian teaching urges the pupil first
of all to LIVE THE LIFE, to concentrate all the powers of his being to so walk
that he may be fitted for possession of the soul powers absolutely essential to
the investigations he contemplates.
IS THE WHITE LODGE OF THE THEOSOPHICAL
SOCIETY THE SAME AS THE TEMPLE OF THE ROSICRUCIANS?
ANSWER: No, the Theosophical Society is
simply an exoteric organization for the dissemination of a certain philosophy,
mostly derived from the Eastern Religions, while the Rosicrucian Fellowship aims
to promulgate the teachings of the Western Mystery School, the Order of
Rosicrucians, which is secret and not accessible to anyone except upon direct
As to the relation of the Order of
Rosicrucians and kindred Mystery Order to the White Lodge, we may say that there
are in different places of the earth a number of these schools of the lesser
mysteries, each of them composed of twelve brethren, and also a thirteenth
member. The latter is the link between the different schools, and all these
HEADS or thirteenth members compose what is ordinarily known as the White Lodge,
namely, a supreme conclave of the Eldest among our Brothers, who are now in full
charge of human evolution and plan the steps we are to follow in order to
WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND BY THE TERM MASTER,
AND IS THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP MOVEMENT INSPIRED BY THEM?
ANSWER: In the far East the pupil who
aspires to the higher life seeks a "Master" and is bound hand and
foot, figuratively speaking, to that Master. he must blindly follow the
instructions of his Master, without the least hesitancy or exhibition of
curiosity concerning the purpose of whatever directions are given him. He must
render the Master personal service of whatever kind required and at whatever
cost or inconvenience to himself, and thus, in short, he becomes virtually the
slave of an often very exacting taskmaster.
That seems to be a very barbaric method, but
it is doubtless the only way to overcome the indolence of the Oriental, an as
they are a backward class of Egos they are accustomed to servility and
subservience, so that it works no hardship to their finer feelings. But here in
the West such a method would be altogether degrading, for we have advanced to
such a stage of individuality that WE CAN ONLY PROGRESS BY ACTION FROM WITHIN,
and if we make any promises or take any vows we ought not to obligate ourselves
to anyone else, but make our promises and vows to ourselves; for if we cannot
keep our vows to ourselves, we certainly cannot keep promises made to others.
Furthermore, we may break a promise given to
someone else and deceive him into believing that we have kept our faith, but we
cannot deceive ourselves. If we break a promise made to ourselves we know it at
once, and therefore the pupil in the West is instructed to make his promises TO
HIMSELF, for that is stronger than any vow to an outsider. The teacher in the
West is the closest friend and adviser of the pupil, for he follows the example
of the Christ, who said to his disciples: "This is my commandment, that ye
love one another, as I have loved you. YE ARE MY FRIENDS if ye do what I command
you (and) HENCEFORTH I CALL YOU NOT SERVANTS, for the servant knoweth not what
his lord doeth; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard
of my Father I have made known unto you." John, chapter 15, verses 12, 14,
The Rosicrucian Fellowship is not backed by
these teachers or inspired by them; they gave certain teachings to the writer on
the condition that he should spread them to the best of his ability, AND
ANNOUNCED THEIR READINESS TO HELP OTHERS WHO WOULD QUALIFY FOR THAT INSTRUCTION.
Students of these teachings have banded together for the benefit of associated
study, but there is no hard and fast organization, nor is it intended to form
one, but to let people obtain this teaching anywhere they please. We prefer that
they should remain in their churches.
IF ONE WHO BELIEVES IN THE TEACHINGS
ADVANCED BY THE ROSICRUCIANS EARNESTLY MAINTAINS THAT THEY ARE TRUE, IS HE NOT
IN DANGER OF BECOMING DOGMATIC AND INTOLERANT OF THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS? AND
WHAT SHOULD BE HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THOSE WHO REFUSE TO ACCEPT THESE TEACHINGS?
ANSWER: It is of utmost importance that we
should recognize the fact that, at least in our present limited existence, we
cannot possible arrive at truth IN THE ULTIMATE. Therefore, that which seems to
us "truth, and the whole truth" is most likely after all only a part
of the truth. As we evolve and become capable of understanding more and more,
our conceptions of life, the world, and God, change. Therefore, we ought at all
times to have the open mind so that we may receive new truth, we should never
forget the fact that there are still greater truths which we have not yet
learned. Then we are open minded and cannot become creed bound or hide bound.
Some people grow so extremely enthusiastic
when they have found something which appeals to them as truth, that they at once
commence a veritable crusade to compel others to share it with them. That is a
great mistake. If we go into a church and commence asking questions which raise
doubts in the minds of the members and make them uneasy concerning their faith,
we may easily cause a sad state of disturbance. If that which we have to give
appeals to them and becomes an anchor to them, so that they may rest in the new
and higher faith, well and good. But if it so happens that that which we have to
give is beyond them, is unacceptable, we may lead them into an extremely unhappy
frame of mind and they may turn to materialism, atheism or some other dreadful,
skeptical attitude. Their life, in that case, will lie at our door. We should
always make it a rule in the world to be very quiet about what we believe or do
not believe, though never neglectful to say a little word where an opportunity
is given, and if that word brings an inquiry we should answer it fearlessly.
Thus we may gradually lead the inquirer on. He will not be thus led unless he is
seeking, and when we find out that he desires the information, we should give
him all he wants and give it freely. But we reiterate that IT IS A SERIOUS
RESPONSIBILITY TO THRUST OUR OPINION UPON EARS THAT ARE UNWILLING OR NOT READY.
HOW IS IT THAT NOT MANY WHO STUDY THE
HIGHEST PHILOSOPHY INTEREST THEMSELVES IN BETTERING INDUSTRIAL CONDITIONS, SUCH
AS THE ABOLITION OF WAGE SLAVERY, WHICH IS AS DEGRADING AND BRUTAL AS NEGRO
ANSWER: All occultists recognize the crying
needs of the day, and none long more ardently for the day of liberation, the day
when brotherly love shall be a fact, when the nations shall beat their swords
into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, as prophesied by Isaiah,
but they go about making these conditions in a different way. Socialistic Labor
Unions and such like organizations are seeking to better CONDITIONS, but the
occultist maintains that their methods are inefficient, and frustrate lasting
realization of their object, for there can be no doubt that IT IS MEN WHO MAKE
CONDITIONS and not conditions that make the men. If, therefore, we seek to
better humanity and raise their standard of right and wrong, if we seek to
elevate their ideals, then WHEN MEN HAVE BECOME BETTER, as a natural
consequence, CONDITIONS WILL BE BETTER.
Under the present conditions, when labor
unions, by strike or through the employer's fear of a strike, have succeeded in
gaining a better condition, the employer at once commences to plot how he may
checkmate them and frustrate their object. He bands together with other
employers for mutual protection and these organizations are always at war with
the labor unions. The better conditions which are obtained by one are
continually changed by the other. When, however, the employer as well as the
employed have been Christianized an have learned to do unto others as they would
have others do unto them, there will be no necessity for labor unions, for the
employers will look out for the welfare of their employees and anticipate their
wants. This state of affairs, the occultist believes, can be brought about by
thinking about it, because all things and all conditions have first been
thoughts in the minds of men. Therefore, he earnestly prays that the minds of
men may be opened to the fact of universal brotherhood, that they may take into
their hearts the love of God and become united in seeking to do the right
instead of separately planning how to oppress and intimidate others.
CAN ANYONE STUDY OCCULTISM, LIVE THE HIGHER
LIFE AND BE A MILLIONAIRE?
ANSWER: Christ said to the rich young man,
"Go, get rid of all thou hast," but the young man, being very much
taken up with the good things of this life, went away sadly, and the Christ
remarked concerning the difficulty besetting the rich man's entrance into
heaven. He did not say that it is impossible, but he knew what a snare and a
temptation there is in riches. Nevertheless, a man may be a millionaire and
still striving to live the higher life. Riches are a clog and a fetter, but it
would be absolutely wrong to infer that riches prevent occult development. All
depends upon what view a man takes of his riches. If he uses them for the purpose
of self-aggrandizement and to oppress his fellowmen, of course there can be no
spiritual growth, but where a man regards himself as the steward of his
possessions, and where he aims to build factories having model conditions and
model tenement houses, etc., WHERE HE WORKS STRENUOUSLY HIMSELF TO SEE THAT HIS
PHILANTHROPIC IDEAS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT, and that his fellowmen are receiving
good conditions and every chance for self improvement, wealth is an enormous
power for good. When a man works thus unselfishly for the welfare of others he
will not have much chance to think of self-improvement, and his spiritual growth
will be unconscious rather than obvious. Nevertheless, he will progress
enormously, and his opportunities to do better and greater work will increase as
the years pass by in this life and also in future lives. That was really the
meaning of the parable of the talents. Those who used their talents were made
rulers over a number of cities in order to give them adequate employment in the
evolutionary scheme. On the other hand, if a man owns a factory and becomes so
imbued with a desire for occult development that he selfishly sells out his
factory and throws his workmen out of employment in order that he may develop
his own powers and live the higher life, such a man is shirking his duty and
will undoubtedly receive a rebuke at the hands of the Master, for he has buried
his talent and in a new life he will find himself deprived of the opportunity
which he has neglected.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT? IS IT
NOT BETTER AND MORE MERCIFUL THAN IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE?
ANSWER: Among the savages might is right,
the stronger always overpowers the weaker. We pride ourselves that in our
civilization we have come to a higher stage, and that we practice altruism in
all departments of our polity. Nevertheless, although we do not go out with a
club and promiscuously murder our fancied adversaries, except in war, we do
murder in a refined way by what we call law. There was a time when the thief was
hanged by law. Nowadays we designate such punishment barbaric, but capital
punishment is still a blot upon our civilization. Besides, we are much more
refined in our cruelty than the people in older civilizations, for they hanged
or beheaded the so-called criminal in short order, while we keep him
incarcerated for years, subject him to the torture of long jury trials, set the
day for his execution a long way ahead and allow him in the meantime to suffer
death by anticipation during all the intervening time.
We profess that our object is not
retaliation, but plead that it is necessary to safeguard society and to deter
others from committing like crimes, but capital punishment promotes murder. When
a man has homicidal tendencies, he should be properly restrained so that he may
not hurt his fellowmen. To kill him, however, does not restrain him; death
liberates him in the Desire World, and as the Desire World is all about us he is
at perfect liberty to go among people and instill into them thoughts of hatred
and vengeance against society. Therefore, murder is multiplied. Besides,
homicidal mania is aided by the press. The glaring headlines which recite the
ghastly minutiae of the crime incite others to go and at likewise. If the press
would only be silent about murders and suicides we should have a great deal less
crime in the land, and it is very gratifying to see that there are at least some
newspapers, for instance a Christian Science publication, which refuses to print
anything that is not good.
As to the part of the question which says,
"Is death not better than imprisonment for life?" we may say
"Perhaps, under the present conditions of prison regime, it is." But
that branch of our institutions also calls for reform and we have much to do and
undo in our treatment of those whom we call criminals. They are our brothers,
just as much as the so-called respectable members of society who have not yet
committed the unpardonable crime of being found out. It is true that we have
made prison life somewhat better and less barbaric than it used to be. It is
also true that we have probation and suspended sentences nowadays, but we are
far from treating these weaker brothers properly yet. If we could understand
thoroughly that they are our brothers and treat them as we would treat a weak
brother who was the son of our own mother, we should be doing nearer right, for
who amongst us if his own brother committed a wrong would send him to prison
with scorn or call him "jail bird" when he had served his sentence, or
ostracize him for life because of a weakness? When a person is sick with typhoid
fever we do not get angry with him and send him to the hospital for a month; we
send him there UNTIL CURED, we take good care of him, and aim to aid him in
recovering his health, and we rejoice with him when he is well. A criminal is
weak and mentally sick. He should not be sent to prison for a term, but should
be sent to an institution where he could be properly taught and helped to
overcome his weakness. Not until we treat our weaker brothers with such loving
care may we say that we have risen above the barbarian maxim of demanding an eye
for an eye. How can we dare to pray "forgive us our transgressions AS WE
FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US," while we treat these poor brothers
as we do even now?
WHAT IS THE VIEWPOINT OF THE ROSICRUCIANS
ON WOMAN SUFFRAGE?
ANSWER: The spirit is neither male nor
female, but manifests alternately as man and woman, so that looking at woman
suffrage from the larger standpoint, it would be to the advantage of the men of
the present day to grant women that which is really their right--a full and
complete equality in every particular. The double social standard which obtains
at the present time, whereby a man may commit the social sin without being
ostracized, should be done away with. Woman's work should be paid as much as
man's work, and in every case the lines which are laid down so admirably in
Edward Bellamy's novel, "Looking Backward," should be followed.
The advisability of this equitable social
arrangement will be evident if we look at life from the viewpoint that this
earth life is but one in many, and that we are born as men and women
alternately; but there are other reasons why woman should be given the
franchise. In man the dense body is positive and man's positive forces are
therefore particularly focused upon the Chemical Region of the Physical World.
He is most particularly interested in that which he can weigh, measure, analyze
and work with in his daily life; his development is particularly along the
material lines, shaping the earth and everything upon it to suit his fancy, but
taking little or not interest in the spiritual side of things.
Woman, on the other hand, has the positive
vital body and as a result is intuitively in touch with the spiritual vibrations
of the universe. She is more idealistic and imaginative, taking a great interest
in all the things which make for THE MORAL UPLIFTMENT of the race, and a it is
only by the moral and the spiritual growth that humanity can advance at this
time, she is really the prime factor in evolution. It would be of an enormous
benefit to the race if she were given an equal right with man in every
particular. For not until then can we hope to see reforms brought about that
will really unite humanity. We see that by analogy if we will look into the
home, where woman is really the central pillar around which both husband and
children cluster. According to her ability she makes the home what it is, she is
the cementing influence and the peacemaker. The father may pass out by death or
otherwise, the children may leave, while the mother remains, the home is there;
but when the mother is taken away by death, the home is at once broken up.
Some have argued, "Yes, but when she
is taken away by politics the home will be broken up just as much." But of
that there need be no fear. During the transition stage while women have to
fight for their rights, and, possibly, a short time afterward, until they have
adjusted themselves, there may in some cases a neglect of the home, but in the
places where it has already been tried no homes have been broken up and much
good has been achieved, for women can always be counted upon to stand for any
improvement which makes for morality. While laws are only makeshifts to bring
humanity to a higher plane where each one will be a law unto himself, doing
right without coercion, it is nevertheless necessary that such reforms should be
brought about at the present time by legislation.
IF OCCULTISTS ABSTAIN FROM FLESH EATING
BECAUSE IT REQUIRES A TRAGEDY IN ITS PREPARATION, AND THEY DO NOT WISH TO BE A
PARTY TO TAKING LIFE, EITHER DIRECTLY OR BY PROXY, IS IT NOT ALSO TAKING LIFE
WHEN WE EAT EGGS OR FRUIT, VEGETABLES, ETC.?
ANSWER: The case mentioned by the inquirer
is very different from taking life by killing an animal. In fact, while it is
necessary to kill an animal in order to obtain its flesh, and we are,
therefore, doing it harm, we are actually helping a tree when we take the fruit
away from it, as will be readily seen when we understand the process of
The process is the same with animals a with
human beings, and in fact with all kingdoms. When an animal is to be born, the
group spirit, helped by nature spirits and angels, fashions the vital body of
the coming animal, which is then deposited in the womb of the mother and the
seed atoms are deposited in the semen of the male; then gestation takes place
and an animal is born. Without the presence of the seed atom and the matrix
vital body no dense animal body can be formed. Similar conditions govern
fecundation in the case of an egg, or of a plant seed. They are like the female
ova--they are so many OPPORTUNITIES. If an egg is put into an incubator or under
a hen, the group spirit sends forth the requisite life, accepting the
opportunity for embodiment. If a seed is dropped in the soil, that is also
fertilized when the proper conditions have been made for its development, but
not before. When an egg is crushed, cooked or in other ways disqualified for its
primal designation, or where a seed is stored for years perhaps, there is no
life, and consequently we do no wrong when we use these products for food. It is
even beneficial to plants when the ripe fruits are removed, because then they
cease to take sap from the tree unnecessarily.
IS THAT TERRIBLE ENTITY WHICH GLYNDON SAW
IN BULWER LYTTON'S "ZANONI" THE SAME AS MR. HYDE IN ROBERT L.
ANSWER: No. There is a similarity in
certain respects, but in other points there is a very great difference. The
dreadful entity seen by Glyndon is spoken of in occultism as the "Dweller
on the Threshold." When the neophyte enters into the Desire World
consciously, having left his physical body behind in sleep, he must pass an
entity such as that described by Glyndon. This is the embodiment of all the evil
deeds of his past which, having not yet been expiated, await eradication in
future lives. He must recognize and acknowledge that entity as part of himself.
He must promise himself to liquidate, as soon as possible, all the debts
represented by yon terrible shape.
This entity is not even apparent to the
ordinary man during the times between death and a new birth, though ever
present. It is a demon, and is offset by another shape which represents all the
good a man has done in the past, and may be called his guardian angel, but these
twin forms, as said, are invisible to the ordinary man at all times, though ever
potent in his life.
It sometimes happens, however, that an
individual passes out at death with a desire nature so extremely strong that
after he has expiated the deeds it contained in Purgatory, and has entered the
Second Heaven, this shell holds together and lasts until the man is reborn. It
is then drawn to him by magnetic attraction and he possesses, as it were, A
DOUBLE DESIRE BODY. The desire body of the old life may then at times make
itself felt and cause him to lead a double life, substantially as related by
Robert Louis Stevenson, impelling him to do deeds which he loathes, because the
suffering engendered in expurgating them is acting as conscience and causing him
to repel the evil. Fortunately, however, such cases are extremely rate at this
IF WE AMPUTATE THE ARM OF A MAN, SAW OFF
THE LIMB OF A TREE AND BLAST AWAY A PORTION OF A CLIFF, WILL THE INVISIBLE
COUNTERPART OF THESE DIFFERENT OBJECTS ALSO BE SEVERED?
ANSWER: In the case of the arm which is
amputated, the etheric counterpart will still remain with the vital body,
although there is a certain magnetic tie between that and the physical arm which
is buried. A case is on record of a man who, having had his arm amputated,
complained bitterly of pains as if something were piercing the flesh of his arm.
This pain continued for several weeks, when the arm was at last exhumed and it
was found that in boxing a nail had been driven through the flesh in the place
where the man felt pain. When the nail was removed the pain ceased. Persons who
have had arms or limbs amputated sometimes complain of pain in the member for a
few years after the operation. Then the pain ceases because the etheric arm has
decayed synchronously with the limb in the grave.
The vital body of the plant is only
composed of the two densest ethers--the CHEMICAL ETHER and the LIFE ETHER--which
enable the plant to grow and propagate, but it lacks the two higher ethers--the
LIGHT ETHER and REFLECTING ETHER--hence it has no sensation or memory of what
passes around it. Therefore, amputation of a limb will not be felt by the plant,
and in the case of the cliff which is blasted, only the CHEMICAL ETHER is
present, so that the crystals will have no feelings at all. Still, it would be
wrong to infer that there is no feeling in either of these cases, for though the
plants and the minerals have no individual means of feeling, they are enveloped
and interpenetrated by the ethers and the Desire World of the planet, and the
PLANETARY SPIRIT FEELS everything, on the same principle that our finger, having
no INDIVIDUAL desire body, cannot feel, but we, the indwelling spirits
inhabiting the body, feel any hurt done to the finger.
DO YOU KNOW OF A PLACE, A HOME OR RETREAT
WHERE ON MAY GO TO LIVE THIS BEAUTIFUL, SIMPLE AND HARMLESS LIFE YOU ARE
ANSWER: No, we do not know of any home, and
if a home were founded for that purpose, we should feel very sorry for its
inmates. If we have a high temper and go into the mountains to live as recluses
where there are not people to rile our sensibilities, it is small credit to us
that we do not become impatient with others. If we find it difficult to overcome
our vices or faults in the city, and go into the wilds where those temptations
do not exist, small is our credit for not yielding. We have been placed in
cities and among our fellows in order that we should accustom and accommodate
ourselves to them, and learn to keep our tempers despite any riling--learn to
shun temptations where they exist. One may be in the mountains and his heart in
the city, or he may immure himself in a monastery and yet be longing of the
pleasures of the world. It is best to stay in the place where we are found and
there develop the spiritual qualities that shall make us better men and women.
There is work to be done in the world, and if we fly from the world, how shall
we do it? We have a responsibility to our fellowmen. unless we discharge that
responsibility we are shirking our duty, and fate will bring us back in such an
environment that we cannot escape. Therefore, it is better to aim to learn all
the lessons that are at our hands instead of running away from them.
1.- If we
were pure spirits and part of an all-knowing God, why was it necessary for us to
take this long pilgrimage of sin and sorrow through matters?
2.- If God
made man a little lower than the Angels, how will man ultimately become their
superior in the spiritual world?
should it be necessary for us to come into this physical existence? Could we not
have learned the same lessons without being imprisoned and limited by the dense
conditions of the material world?
4.- If this
earth life is so important, and really the basis of all our soul growth, the
latter resulting from the experiences we gain here, why is our earth life so
short in comparison with the life in the inner worlds, approximating a thousand
years between two earth lives?
long will it be before we can do without these physical bodies and function
altogether in the spiritual world again?
the spirit enter the body at the time of conception or at the time of birth?
was the purpose in the division of the sexes?
8.- Is the
soul of a woman masculine and the soul of a man feminine?
9.- Do we
keep the same temperament through all our lives?
the desire body subject to sickness, and does it need nutrition and
is it that we atone for all sin in Purgatory and then at rebirth must again
suffer through the law of cause and effect for sins of a former life?
conscience the voice of God or of our Guardian Angel?
14.- Is a
soul that is born as a woman always a woman in its after lives, and how long is
the interval between two earth lives?
a man pays his debts, cares for his family and lives a moral life here, will he
not be all right hereafter?
16.- It is
sometimes contended by people that we have a right to think what we will and are
not responsible for our thoughts. Is that so from an occult point of view?
17.- If a
person is constantly bothered by evil thoughts which keep coming into his mind
although he is always fighting them, is there any way in which he can cleanse
his mind so that he will think only good and pure thoughts?
woman proceeded from man as per the rib story, will she in the final return to
unity be reabsorbed, losing her individuality in the masculine divinity?
has woman been cursed by inequality, assumed inferiority and injustice since the
beginning of human existence upon this plane?
was the suffering Marguerite so extreme and out of proportion to that of Faust,
even to imprisonment and the death penalty, while his life, liberty and pursuit
of happiness were unmolested?
there any place, either in the Old or New Testament, where men were told to
marry and then live as brother and sister at any time or under any conditions?
And if not in the Bible, why do you teach it?
there a soul mate belonging to every soul throughout all eternity? If so would
it not be better to remain unmarried a thousand years than to marry the wrong
23.- Is it
wrong for first, second or third cousins to marry, and if so, why?
it be wise for two people of the same temperament to marry if they were both
born under the same sign of the Zodiac, in August, for instance?
the case of death by violent means is the next life, when the person dies as a
child, lived by a body of the same sex as before or the opposite; that is, will
a soldier killed on the battle field be reborn as a boy or a girl, or does sex
play little part when the life is a very short one?
is the Negro commonly said to be marked with the curse of Cain, if he is the
descendant of Ham, according to Biblical ethnology? How can that race be any
older than the sons of Shem and Japheth? Is not the most intellectual,
successful and enduring race that history records, namely the Jews, the one that
has kept itself most free from mixture?
the Rosicrucian Philosophy any specific teaching concerning the training of
are children born in a family where they are not welcome?
children do not come to a man and wife who deeply long for them, is there not
some way to induce some soul in the unseen world to accept their invitation to
reincarnate? Where the conditions in the home are most favorable, it would seem
that among the many souls awaiting incarnation one would find the conditions
do you explain the fact that a child so often inherits the bad characteristics
of the parents?
not the child inherit the blood and nervous system from its parents? If so, will
it not inherit disease and nervous disorders also?
32.- Can a
person be influenced in natural sleep as he can in hypnotic sleep, or is there a
are dreams, have they all a significance, and how can we invite or induce
is sleep and what causes the body to go to sleep?
the Rosicrucians believe in materia medica or do they follow Christ's method of
you think it wrong to take medicine to remove pain, since all is the result of
our own doing, if one is not hopelessly ill or dying?
case of sickness, what form of healing do you advise, physician's or
practitioner's, as in the Christian Science belief?
is your opinion in regard to fasting as a means of curing disease?
you consider it wrong to try to cure a bad habit, such as, for instance,
drunkenness, by hypnotism?
there any methods of eradicating the calcareous matter which comes into our
bodies by wrong methods of diet?
not nature guilty of frequent physical malformation in the plant and animal
world, as well as the human race, and can there be a perfectly whole and sane
intelligence with a forceful will in a diseased or malformed body?
you believe in vaccination?
as you state, the Ego dwells in the blood, is not the practice of blood
transfusion from a healthy to a diseased person dangerous? Does it affect or
influence the Ego in any way, and if so, how?
are the causes of insanity?
an insane person dies, will he still be insane in the Desire World?
is the use of knowing about the after death state, what happens in the Invisible
World, and all these things? Is it not far better to take one world at a time?
Sufficient unto the day is the trouble thereof, why borrow more?
there any time set to the limit of earth life before we are born?
48.- If is
possible to shorten the time between death and a new birth so as to hasten one's
evolution, and if so, how?
there seasons and times, ages and epochs in the other world?
a person who has been buried alive become conscious of his condition, and how
does the spirit get back to the body when it lies in the grave?
do children die?
is the cause of the vast number of deaths which occur in infancy and childhood?
the cremation of the dense body after death affect the spirit in any way?
54.- If a
person has lost his memory through nervous shock or fever, does that affect his
vital body and prevent him from getting the record of his life in the three days
immediately following death?
55.- If a
disembodied spirit can pass through a wall, can it also pass through a mountain
an the earth, and can it see what is inside?
56.- Do we
meet our loved ones after death, even if they have held a different belief from
our own, or, perhaps, been atheists?
57.- Do we
recognize loved ones who have passed out through the gate of death?
the man who commits suicide stay longer in Purgatory that the people who die
a good man have to go through Purgatory and be conscious of all the evil that is
there before he can get into the First, Second and Third Heavens, and if so,
isn't that an undeserved punishment?
is the condition of the victim of a murder and the victim of an accident
subsequent to death?
62.- It is
said that there is no sorrow in heaven, but if our loved ones are met there and
then pass on, does not the parting from them involve a sense of dissatisfaction?
Please explain how to concentrate in order to help those in the other world. Do
you mean sitting in the silence and sending out loving, helpful thoughts to
those who have passed out of earth life keep watch and ward over us who are left
behind? For instance, do mothers look after their little children or even the
with a few exceptions, are we reincarnated without having the slightest
knowledge of any previous existence, and thus suffer blindly in this life for
transgressions of which we are entirely ignorant, committed in some former life?
Does it not seem as though we could get better and quicker spiritual advancement
if we knew how and why we had erred before, and what acts we must correct before
we can progress?
all the human beings that people the earth at the present time souls that have
gone through earth life before, or are new souls being created all the time?
do we know beyond a doubt that rebirth is a fact? Is it not possible that those
who so state may be suffering from hallucination?
the souls that have passed into Purgatory and through the First, Second and
Third Heavens come back there and reincarnate on this earth, or do they go to
69.- Do we
come in contact with friends of one life when we are born again into a new life?
the experience gained in each incarnation recorded separately and added to the
previous ones, so that in the ultimate the spirit is entirely conscious of the
complete sum of its experiences, or is that experience more or less
unconsciously absorbed by the next succeeding incarnation, so that only a
general effect is obtained?
the spirit coming down to rebirth has drawn to itself its mind stuff and sinks
into the Desire World, will it not then be in Purgatory again?
can you believe in the theory of reincarnation--that we come back here in the
body of an animal? Is it not much more beautiful to believe in the Christian
doctrine that we go to heaven with God and the Angels?
is it that every sect interprets the Bible differently and that each one gets an
apparent vindication for its idea from that book?
is meant by the second aspect of the Triune God?
the Recording Angels individual beings?
the Angels and Archangels watch over us individually as well as collectively and
know just what our lives are?
Angels wings as shown in pictures?
the Rosicrucians accept the Bible as the Word of God from cover to cover?
is the viewpoint of the Rosicrucians concerning the creation of the world in
Bible teaches the immortality of the soul in an authoritative manner. The
Rosicrucian teaches the same professedly by appealing to reason. Are there no
positive proofs of immortality?
there any authority in the Bible for the theory of rebirth?
According to the Bible only man was given a soul. Why, then, do you say that the
animals have a group spirit?
83.- Is it
true that Eve was taken out of Adam's side?
God made man in his image and likeness and supposedly perfect, why were the
different epochs prior to the fall of Adam and Eve necessary?
was the sin or fall in Eden?
the Tree of Life spoken of in the Bible the same as the Philosopher's Stone of
Lord had respect unto Abel and his bloody offering, but unto Cain and his sweet
and clean offering He had not respect. Why?
is the esoteric significance of the Ark of the Covenant?
there an occult significance in the various Christian feasts of the year?
understood you to say that the Christ had been incarnated only once, in Jesus.
Was he not previously incarnated in Buddha and still earlier in Krishna?
are told that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that
whosoever believeth in Him shall not die but have everlasting life. How do you
reconcile that idea with the words of Christ, "I came not to bring peace,
but a sword."
is meant by everlasting salvation and damnation?
is the teaching of the Rosicrucians concerning the Immaculate Conception?
not the Star of Bethlehem a comet?
were the gifts of the Wise Men?
not Jesus a Jew, and if so, what did he mean by saying "Before Abraham was
I am," for even if He reincarnated, Abraham was the father of the Jewish
was baptized at thirty, receiving the Christ spirit. Please explain this
your teaching you state that we stay for a time averaging one-third of the
length of the earth life in Purgatory, in order that our sins may be expiated
prior to going to heaven. How, then, do you reconcile this teaching with the
words of the Christ to the dying thief, "Today thou shalt be with Me in
is the esoteric meaning of the two thieves on the cross?
What is the meaning of the cross, is it simply the instrument of torture as
usually taught in the orthodox religion?
Could not the mission of Christ have been accomplished without such a drastic
method as crucifixion?
According to the Rosicrucian teaching, when will Christ come again?
What is meant by the saying that Christ was made a High Priest forever after the
order of Melchisedec?
What did Christ mean when he said, "All who came before Me were thieves and
What did Christ mean when He said "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom
of God as a little child, shall not enter therein"?
not Jesus eat fish? Why, then, are the Rosicrucians vegetarians?
Christ fed the multitude with fish, why is it wrong for us to use them as food?
Please explain why the fatted calf was not killed for the righteous son instead
of for the prodigal. Was that not given a reward for wrong doing?
did the lord commend the unjust steward, as related in the sixteenth chapter of
What is meant by sinning against the Holy Ghost?
the Christian Creed authoritative?
How do you reconcile the law of cause and effect with the doctrine of the
forgiveness of sins?
what power did Peter raise Dorcas from the dead?
you believe in conversion?
there any value in confession and absolution?
there any value in the Latin ritual used by the Catholic Church? Would it not be
better if it were translated so that people could understand it, and are not the
extemporaneous prayers used in the Protestant Churches much to be preferred to
the ritual and stereotyped masses of the Catholics?
What is the actual merit in Martyrdom; did the martyrs really become saints?
one of your lectures, you said in effect that it was a mistake to send
missionaries to foreign countries; that the religions practiced by the so-called
heathen re right for them at the present time, but that the missionaries have
done little harm as yet. How, then, do you reconcile the command of the Christ,
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."
mediumship injurious to health?
Where mediums make so-called soul trips, what is it that leaves the physical
body, and can it leave in the waking state to gather data?
have taken many soul flights, and on one of these journeys my guide took me
through gates into a crystal city and on into a temple filled with ethereal
people, saying, "This is God's Holy City." Will you kindly tell me
where this is and why there are gates and walls around the city, and why
everything looked like crystal?
not the desire bodies left by those who have progressed beyond the Desire World
used by elementals to deceive friends and relatives of the deceased person? How
can they be detected and recognized by them?
elementals assume the shape of animals or reptiles, and what can be done to stop
them from doing it?
can one avoid becoming obsessed?
What is psychometry?
it true that at spiritualistic seances persons are sometimes transported bodily
from one place to another by invisible hands, flowers are brought into the room
through closed windows and doors, and if so, how can that be done?
Will you kindly explain the use of the planchette, and state if it is advisable
to try to produce the phenomena among amateurs?
a vampire the same as a werewolf?
What is the difference between a trance medium, materializing medium, the
trained clairvoyant and the ordinary person?
mediumship is so dangerous, why do not the mediums cease to allow themselves to
What is the difference between a clairvoyant, an Initiate and an Adept?
is it that trained clairvoyants do not offer to lend themselves to some simple
but conclusive tests conducted by men of science which would convince everybody
of the reality of faculties transcending the physical senses?
clairvoyance is such an accurate means of investigation, such a high spiritual
faculty, why do we usually see it in possession of people of little education
and coarse breeding, who have seemingly very little spirituality and who often
What do you mean by initiation, and why are only men Initiates?
it not the duty of one who is informed on subjects concerned with the higher
life to give information and help to the less informed?
What qualifications are necessary to become an Invisible Helper? Must the whole
life be given over to spiritual endeavor?
What purpose has the person in going out of his body?
it absolutely necessary to live a life of asceticism in order to become
spiritual and endowed with psychic powers?
all children clairvoyant up to a certain age?
What is the difference between white and black magic, and what is the effect of
the practice of black magic upon the soul?
speak of the western and eastern schools of occultism. Is not the western school
the better, and if so, why?
What is the difference between etheric sight, clairvoyance, and the sight
pertaining to the World of Thought?
it safe for a person in a greatly debilitated nervous condition to take occult
training given by the Rosicrucians, or is it necessary for such a person to
first recover? Is health regained by occult training?
sound body being necessary for spiritual unfoldment, what does the Rosicrucian
teaching hold out to one not a present in the best physical condition? Will
perfect health be one result of the study of this philosophy, and if the
teaching is practiced, will it tend to keep a person in good health?
what way will it help us in the life after death if we have cultivated
clairvoyance in the present life?
Would the contemplation of the God within, if persistently carried on, aid one
in spiritual growth and bring one to adeptship?
it not been recorded that certain individuals have developed spiritual power,
clairvoyance, sixth sense, or whatever we wish to call it, by living a clean
life in harmony with nature's laws, and does not the teachings of modern
occultists with so many terms of technicality have a tendency to create
confusion rather than bring the desired results?
it possible to cultivate clairvoyance by the use of drugs, by crystal gazing or
breathing exercises, and do these methods not bring results quicker than the
methods you advocate?
What time in the morning is best for concentration?
is difficult for me to review the events of the day IN REVERSE ORDER when doing
my evening exercises. Is this absolutely necessary, and if so, why?
What value are breathing exercises in developing body and mind?
not the Invisible World of which you speak very unreal and shadowy in comparison
to this world in which we now live?
QUESTIONS CONCERNING ASTROLOGY
Is it wrong to use palmistry, astrology or phrenology as a means of livelihood?
Mars, Jupiter and other planets inhabited; if so, are those people superior to
the people on earth; do the souls from the earth ever reincarnate on other
planets and vice versa?
Does not the nebular theory account for the existence of the universe in a much
more scientific manner than the creation stories of the Bible?
What are comets?
Does the movement of a planet through space create a noise?
What is the esoteric significance of the use of the names of the twelve sons of
Jacob in connection with the twelve signs of the zodiac, and are these used in
connection with the earth's zodiac or the sun's zodiac, or both?
you give an idea of the difference between heliocentric and geocentric
astrology? Is the geocentric concerned only with the affairs of this earth, the
material life, and the heliocentric with the soul or the spiritual side? The
sun, being the spiritual planet and the ruler of our solar system, would lead to
this conclusion. Inasmuch as we use the sun's zodiac in heliocentric astrology
and the earth's zodiac in geocentric. Can predictions in this life ever be made
by the sun's zodiac, or is the latter simply concerned with the spiritual side
of a person's nature?
is it possible to get on good terms with Saturn? The inquirer has been under his
influence all his life. Sickness, poverty, loss of inheritance, and accidents
are bad enough, but can Saturn also cause us trouble spiritually; can he put
barriers up for our unfoldment when our spirit is struggling for the good, and
are we liberated from his influence when we pass out at death?
may we pray to or address Saturn when he is the ruling star causing us trouble
do animals, which are a lower evolution, have an instinct which seems so much
more reliable than the reason of human beings?
you throw some light on what our attitude toward the lower forms of life should
be? Have we the right to kill anything harmless, since every living thing is in
a sense our brother? How about the venomous insects and reptiles?
165.- Ware not
enormous and destructive reptiles created by the evil thoughts of men, so far as
the form is concerned? And, therefore, is it not an act of love to kill them and
thus liberate the divine spark within so that it may occupy a higher form?
166.- What is a group
spirit, where is it, and what does it look like?
167.- Are animals
amenable to the law of causation?
168.- Do animals live
169.- When a pet dog
or cat dies, does the entire group spirit to which it belongs die at the same
time? Also what becomes of the animal soul, and does the human love and care it
has received help it on its upward journey?
170.- What substance
does a person or animal throw off whereby they can be traced, as, for example,
criminals are traced by bloodhounds?
171.- What is the
origin of life?
172.- What is matter?
Is it not unreal?
173.- You said in a
previous lecture that the earth is the body of a spirit which gives its life for
the dwellers upon the surface. Why does it give flowers and fruits to some and
earthquake and famine to others?
174.- What is meant
by the sentence, "Man, know thyself"?
175.- What is the
176.- What was the
connection between the pyramid builders of Egypt and the pyramid builders of
Central America? Which is the older civilization?
177.- What is the
essential difference between the teachings of the Rosicrucian Philosophy and the
178.- Kindly state
the essentials wherein the Rosicrucian Philosophy differs from Theosophy.
179.- Is the White
Lodge of the Theosophical Society the same as the Temple of the Rosicrucians?
180.- What do you
understand by the term Master, and is the Rosicrucian Fellowship a movement
inspired by them?
181.- If one who
believes in the teachings advanced by the Rosicrucians earnestly maintains that
they are true, is he not in danger of becoming dogmatic and intolerant of the
opinions of others? And what should be his attitude toward those who refuse to
accept these teachings?
182.- How is it that
not many who have studied the highest philosophy interest themselves in
bettering industrial conditions, such as the abolition of wage slavery, which is
as degrading and brutal as Negro slavery?
183.- Can anyone
study occultism, live the higher life and be a millionaire?
184.- Do you believe
in capital punishment? Is it not better and more merciful than imprisonment for
185.- What is the
viewpoint of the Rosicrucians on woman suffrage?
186.- If occultists
abstain from flesh eating because it requires a tragedy in its preparation, and
they do not wish to be a party to taking life, either directly or by proxy, is
it not also taking life when we eat eggs or fruit, vegetables, etc.?
187.- Is that
terrible entity which Glyndon saw in Bulwer Lytton's "Zanoni" the same
as Mr. Hyde in Robert L. Stevenson's story?
188.- If we amputate
the arm of a man, saw off the limb of a tree and blast away a portion of a
cliff, will the invisible counterpart of these different objects also be
189.- Do you know of
a place, a home or retreat where one may go to live this beautiful, simple and
harmless life you are advocating?
As Above, So Below
Man's Past, Present and Future Form
The Four Kingdoms
Constitution of the Earth
The Seven Worlds
DIAGRAM NUMBER 1:
The Relative Permanency of the Visible and Invisible Worlds
[Illustrated by comparison with a stereopticon.]
The 777 Incarnations or Pilgrimage of the Virgin Spirits
7 Revolutions Around the 7 Globes of the 7 World Periods