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TO STUDENTS OF TRUTH EVERYWHERE
In taking up a new study, or in extending an old
one, a person is frequently confronted with views
which may not harmonize with his preconceptions.
In this book, originally issued as a course of lec-
tures, there is much which disagrees with the now
accepted theological, often mistakenly called
"religious," social and scientific opinions and
theories. A liberal and progressive man, without
bias, will examine new ideas before passing judg-
ment upon them. I, therefore, expect each student
to withhold judgment until the end of the Course
and until he is satisfied that he understands the
presentation of the Occult Philosophy.
The Course naturally divides itself into two
parts. Anthropology and Cosmogony. The for-
mer being more within the realm of common
knowledge and experience, will naturally appeal
more quickly to the general reader than will the
latter. It must be admitted, however, that modern
science is sadly at sea concerning Cosmogony,
since it offers several conflicting theories concern-
ing the same. Most religionists have abandoned
the Cosmogony of Genesis, as it is commonly inter-
preted and understood. In the absence, there-
fore, of what the world usually regards as authori-
tative teachings on the subject, the Cosmogony
of Occultism may supply, at least, a working
hypothesis which is both as scientific and philo-
sophic as is that offered by either modern science
To those who can accept the Anthropology
herein contained, but not the Cosmogony, I — like
Galileo, who attempted to teach the construction
and order of the Universe to the learned men of
his time, can but assert the truth, praying the
unconvinced reader, as he did the Grand Duke,
''to consider it as mere poetry, or as a dream;
nevertheless, as the poets sometimes set value
upon their fancies, so I, likewise, have a certain
esteem for this my novelty.*'
I recommend the student to observe the follow-
ing method of study as far as possible: Read
slowly an entire lecture and then read all refer-
ences cited in the lecture. Afterward re-read the
entire lecture in view of such sidelights. Divide
the lecture into seven, or several, portions; and
read one portion each day, and meditate upon the
portion read. Those who will observe this sug-
gestion will find much more in the Course than
will those who do not.
This Course is intended to act as a door through
which the man, or mind, enters the current of
Philosophic Truth in the Divine Consciousness,
which will Itself instruct and illumine each indi-
vidual mind according to its desire and ability to
There is nothing original on the part of the
undersigned in the Philosophy set forth in this
Course. Being true, it has always existed. If it
appeals to you as true, accept it, and if you accept
it, solemnly resolve to live up to it. If it does
not appeal to you as true, then you at least have
the satisfaction of knowing that you have become
acquainted with the Oldest Philosophy in the
World, and one which has been handed down
literally from time immemorial.
I hold myself responsible for the correct pres-
entation of the Philosophy, as it was taught to
me; and assert that my experience and observa-
tion during a long period of the study of Occult-
ism — of thirty years — verify its truth.
New York City,
February 1st, 1904.
I The Relation of Sex . . . 1
II Marriage 27
III Parenthood 58
IV Physical, and Psychic Develop-
V Mental and Spiritual Develop-
VI Focusing Forces .... 143
VII Mental Repulsion .... 167
VIII Mental Attraction .... 196
IX Death 223
X After Death 253
''New occasions teach new duties: Time
makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upivard still, and on/ward, who
would keep abreast of Truth;
Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires f we
ourselves must Pilgrims be,
Launch our Mayflower, amd steer boldly
through the desperate winter sea,
Nor attempt the Future's portals with the
Past's blood runted key."
The Present Crisis — ^Lowell
THE RELATIOlSr OF SEX
Before the beginning of our Cosmic Day, and
before **God created the heavens and the earth,"
the Father-Mother, the Creating and the Fructify-
ing, the Giving and the Receiving, the Positive
and Negative, the Male sind Female aspects of the
Universal Principle existed.
While the darkness of the Cosmic Night pre-
vailed throughout the Universe, and while the
Elohim, or Planetary Spirits, were sub-consciously
resting in the bosom of the Infinite, God said:
"Let there be light," and the Positive Divine
Force went instantly forth from the great Cosmic
Heart into the silent, negative Ether; vibration
began, and the first morning of our Cosmic Day
When our World was in a vaporous condition —
an irregular, shapeless mass of burning gases
— the Universal Principle called forth from the
* The History and Power of Mind. pp. 36-43 ; 100-105.
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Ether, in which all things latently reposed, the
different elements which combined and solidified
and produced the mineral kingdom of our Earth.
And, after her creation was completed and her
orbit in the heavens established, for ages she still
remained in a negative condition, receptive only
to the restless, surging Father Force — the sea —
which covered, magnetized, enriched, and made it
possible for her to "bring forth" and to bear upon
her capacious bosom the vegetable and animal
creations which she had conceived in darkness and
Then again was Divine Will put into operation,
and the waters were "gathered together unto one
place," in order that the dry land — the Mother
Earth — should appear and "bring forth:," And,
when she had clothed herself in beautiful verdure,
she concealed beneath her green mantle the prec-
ious stones and rich minerals which had been
created within her, in the beginning of her exis-
tence. But nothing in all the Universe was made in
vain, and it was not intended by the Universal
Principle that these mineral riches should be thus
and forever hidden. They, with all the various
fauna and flora, were placed in readiness to be
made subject to the wills of the Sons of God, when
they should come and desire to appropriate
As many more ages as Mother Earth had lain
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dormant under the sea, did she require to evolve,
from her animal kingdom, a form with brain of
sufficient vibratory power, to enable it to receive,
from the Universal Principle, the Divine Spark
which would lead and enlighten it throughout the
ages to come. And, when this triumph had been
gained and animal man stood erect and walked
upon two feet instead of four, he knew very little
about himself, and nothing about his source.
But, ''One day is with the Lord as a thousand
years and a thousand years as one day,'* and,
after, what would seem to men of the present age,
an almost interminable length of time, the law of
Evolution, which is God's will operating in every
living thing, brought to the Earth and to each of
her animal men a subjective mind, or soul, to work
out a double purpose : ^ First, to gain for itself
greater strength and power by contacting with a
material world of a lower rate of vibration than
its own; and, second, to uplift animal man and to
raise him to a higher point of development.
When these subjective minds, or souls, first came
to Earth they knew nothing of sex, or of things
sensory, or sensual. But each had been created in
the image of God and was a part of the Father-
Mother Principle ; therefore, each of the subjective
minds possessed both a positive and a negative
side to its nature.
1 The History and Power of Mind, pp. 61-65.
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In the realm where these minds had dwelt be-
fore coming to earth this complexity in each had
caused no inharmonious conditions, since there
had been no trials to endure and no temptations to
resist. Existence there had been a blissful, beau-
tiful dream. But when the Sons of God came to
this world and "saw the daughters of men," the
animal minds and bodies which had been raised
to receive them for their lords, they were forced to
make their selections and it was then that the sex
question, with all its ramifications and mystifica-
Acting according to its natural tendencies, the
positive part of each of these subjective minds
was attracted toward the female animal form,
while the negative part of each mind, by reason of
its nature, was attracted toward the male animal
form. This caused dissension, through jealousy,
and war was declared in the heaven of each indi-
vidual mind. Then came the first divorce ever
granted upon this earth, and God gave one to each
of Its Sons. It came through the Courts of Evo-
lutionary Law, of which the divorce courts of the
present day are but remote ramifications.
These first divorces, like those of the present
day, were given for the purpose of permitting
each Son of God to work out his salvation in his
own way; in other words, to give him free will.
And, since there were more animal forms than
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there were Sons of God to incarnate in them, it
was expedient that these incarnating minds should
divide into halves, with each half taking a body in
conformity with its desires, that the new evolu-
tionary scheme should be carried out in a shorter
time than in former Cosmic Days.
When the war of minds was ended, and the sub-
jective minds, or souls, had become accustomed to
the new order of things, each was delighted with
its conditions. The earth was found a garden
filled with flowers and trees, with which each one's
taste for the beautiful could be gratified. There
were also delicious fruits to please and to satisfy
the appetite; and there were silver and gold and
precious stones to adorn one's person and abiding
place. Everything was here that could please the
eye and gratify the senses, and then, to each mind,
came the desire for individual possessions and the
accumulation of material things.
Then man's original vibrations began to grow
more and more gross until the beautiful, sub-
jective blue and yellow, which had characterized
bis innocence, deepened into the darkest shade of
a selfish myrtle green. The animal nature, which
he had espoused and had come to rule, rose in its
desires and ruled him. He became enveloped in
the dark, red vibrations of its animal passions,
and the combination of the selfish green vibra-
tions, with the sexual red, drew him into the lowest
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depths of those two currents/ He sank lower than
the animals because he had enough of the Divine
Principle within him to give him reasoning power,
by means of which he could better accomplish his
purposes than could the animals.
This w^as "The Fall of Man,'* *'The Original
Sin," "The Fall from Grace," etc. But Divine
Principle never goes backward* It is constantly
pushing onward and upward ; and, although some-
times, from a narrow point of view, it seems that
men and things are degenerating and retrograd-
ing beyond all hope of recovery, still, it is only
seeming and not real.
When the subjective man plunged from his
realm of innocence and inexperience into the ex-
periences of this earth, he was negatively good.
He had never been tempted and had never come
into contact with anything of a lower rate of vibra-
tion than his own. He was pure because his en-
vironment had been pure. He was an infant mind,
or soul, entering in upon a new state of existence.
Because he had not experienced it, he did not
know that indulgence in sexual excesses would
ruin his body. Neither did he know that his gen-
erative organs had been made for the purpose of
creating human bodies for other egos to incar-
As it has always been with every race at every
*The History and Power of Mind, pp. 139-141; 242-245.
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great period of time since man came to live upon
this planet, the first egos, who came to incarnate,
were the stronger ones, and possessed more per-
sistence and endurance than did those who arrived
later. This was a necessity in order that the new
race should have its pioneers, its strong men, to
do the heai^- work and to prepare the way for the
weaker ones who would follow after them. When
these pioneers were struggling to overcome the
wild beasts of the forests and jungles and to pre-
pare places to live, their forces went into physical
labor, and they had neither time nor inclination to
yield to sexual excesses — to the same extent as
did those who followed them. But, as time passed,
the weaker egos incarnated in greater numbers;
and, when they had more comforts and luxuries
than their progenitors, without the same etforts
to obtain them, the morals of the people became
more corrupt. Men and women then began mak-
ing the fearful mistake of thinking that their gen-
erative organs were created for the sole purpose
of gratifying their sexual, animal desires, and for
the amusement and entertainment of their friends.
They indulged themselves in every sexual excess
that the human mind could devise until the time
came to pay the penalty for attempting to break
the Law of Being. It was then men's magnificent
physical strength began to leave them ; they grew
weak and ill and commenced to suffer pains and
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aches and diseases which always follow upon the
acts that drain the system of its precious, vital
Then the physical bodies of their offspring
began to manifest weaknesses inherited from their
parents. ''There were giants in the earth in those
days," but, gradually, the physical stature of the
races grew less and the Samsons" were fewer
and farther apart, until, in the course of a great
number of reincarnations, or generations, the
man who, originally, in the beginning of his race,
had stood ten or twelve feet in height, became re-
duced in stature to six or eight feet and his physi-
cal strength decreased in proportion.
But Divine Law has never left Its children with-
out object lessons constantly before their eyes, and,
had they been wise enough to take cognizance of
those lessons, and had they profited by them much
suffering for the world would have been avoided.
Around men on every side was operating the law
of attraction and repulsion; they saw its effects,
but did not look for the causes. In their experi-
ence, with the mineral kingdom, they learned how
to combine such minerals as were magnetically at-
tracted toward each other and became quite skill-
ful in making, for themselves, ornaments composed
of such amalgamations as they desired and
admired. They knew that the sex principle —
which is but a higher expression of the
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law of attraction and repulsion — manifested in
all organized life; and they also knew that
there were few sexual excesses, or abuses, com-
mitted among the creatures of a lower grade of
intelligence than themselves. Yet they remained
willfully blind to the great truth which Divine
Law was gradually trying to force upon them
through suffering : that the relation of sex, in the
human family, should not be a promiscuous rela-
tion, and that the generative organs of man could
not be prostituted without dire results to the pros-
According to Divine Lavv, the union of the sexes
should never take place without the desire of
both the male and the female who participate in
that union ; and that desire should never be stimu-
lated except by the mutual magnetic attraction of
each toward the other. Pictures which stimulate
the passions, wines, liquors, drugs, or highly
spiced foods, which befog the brain, or produce un-
natural and inordinate desires, should be abolished
from civilized life, because the progressing man
and woman cannot afford to have their develop-
ment retarded by the use of them.
During the perfect sex union, of normal human
bodies, there is an exchange of magnetic force
which is strengthening to the physical bodies.
This exchange of magnetic force is due to the fact
that the generative organs of the male and fe-
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male act upon each other as do the opposite poles
of an electrical instrument. A perfect circuit
is made between the two bodies, and, at the point
of direct contact, heat, power and life are genera-
ted. Then the nerves and blood absorb this elec-
tric fluid which flows from one body to the other
and both become electrified and strengthened ; and
with an electrified and strengthened body, the mind
gains more power over it.
The primary use, however, of the union of sex is
for the production of physical bodies for other
egos to incarnate in. It is a sacred privilege to
become the father, or mother, of another divine
soul's earthly vehicle, and the generative organs
of men and women should be kept sacred to the
uses for which the Great Consciousness intended
them. ^ Abuse of these organs leads to the degra-
dation of the abuser because it is consciously, or
unconsciously, a blasphemous act against the
highest and most sacred law of Divine Principle.
For the perpetration of this crime man will con-
tinue to be punished, so long as he continues to
transgress, and the punishment will be of his own
creation, which he precipitates upon himself.
Prostitution of the generative organs of man-
kind is the most far-reaching and the most stupen-
dous of all the mistakes he makes; and it is the
most difficult of all to correct because of the subtle
* The History and E'ower of Mind, pp. 87-88.
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influences which surround him. The false teach-
ings, of past ages, must be met and overcome ; his
social environment affects him adversely, as does
his belief that the forgiveness of sins will remove
the consequences of his acts. Then, too, connubial
influences are often brought to bear upon him,
which he believes he cannot ignore. But the time
has come when this law must be recognized and
obeyed, and a further discussion of it will be given
in the lectures entitled ''Marriage'' and ''Parent-
There came a time with every race when it was
almost impossible to find positive virtue in either
sex. If a pure ego came to dwell among the people,
it received persecution, abuse and even crucifixion
— for attempting to live on a higher plane of
morality than that of its time. And when the races
became so corrupt that they despised purity and
loved impurity, there was nothing that Divine Law
could do to help the conditions but to permit a
cataclysm, or a holocaust, to sweep those races
off the earth, and to then begin a new period of
When we stand among the ruins of old Nineveh,
trace the broken outlines of her immense pro-
portions and realize that it was only about four
thousand years ago that she was in the height of
her glory, conquering and enslaving every other
nation and tribe of men, who dared exist within
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her mighty reach, we wonder what could have
brought that great city, and the powerful nation,
of which she was the capital, to this condition of
ruin and almost utter oblivion. For it is only by
studying the now nearly obliterated inscriptions,
left upon her broken pillars, and by piecing to-
gether her shattered tablets, that the present race
of men is able to learn anything about her. Among
the remains of her once beautiful palaces and walls
there are still to be found indications of the great
skill of her workmen ; and, since all this is but the
materialized expression of the mental force of
that nation, we must acknowledge that in power
of concentration and creation the Ninevites were
equal, if not superior, to many men of our present
Where is there to be found anything that our
present race has created which required the time,
the effort and the patience to build as did the
great wall surrounding Nineveh? It stood, a
solid piece of masonry, fifty feet in thickness, one
hundred and fifty feet in height, and eight miles
in length, and was at once a roof garden and a
speedway, enclosing an area of one thousand and
eight hundred acres of land comprising the city.
It was built to give pleasure to kings and princes,
who, while testing the speed of their horses upon
it, enjoyed a fine view of the surrounding country ;
and it also made the city unapproachable and for
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a long time invincible to its enemies who wished
to destroy it.
Within that great enclosure were palaces of
such immense proportions that the buildings of
the present day, in many respects, seem almost in-
significant when compard with them. Not in
height, perhaps, did those great piles of stone
exceed our own, but in depth, breadth and thick-
ness. Their massive pillars and stairways, their
entrances, their corridors and their audience
rooms were built upon a vastly larger scale than
anything the peoples of the present day have yet
But those marble halls where dwelt the kings
and princes, of that remote past, are now nothing
but huge ash heaps. The magnificent apartments,
where the noble lords and ladies of those days
were bom, grew to manhood and womanhood,
danced, sang, told tales of love, wooed, wedded
and died, are now reduced to dust and debris.
Not a living thing may be seen in all that place
of desolation except, perhaps, after nightfall, from
some crevice, or pit, the gleaming eyes of a wild
beast may peer out at the belated traveler; and,
after the sun goes down, nothing may be heard to
break the awful stillness except the growl of a
savage brute, or the call of a night-bird.
All the mighty men of valor who once lived in
that, now ruined, city are gone, and not a descend-
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ant is left to-day to tell the tale of his forefathers'
strength and prowess. But there are legends to be
found concerning those Ninevite heroes, and,
through these, we learn that their kings were war-
like and their conquering soldiery made the earth
tremble with their tremendous power. The same
ferocity, which they manifested in the pursuit and
destruction of wild beasts, they also exhibited in
hunting their fellow men; and the dead of their
vanquished foes, they contemptuously trampled in
the dust under their horses' feet.
But after their wars were ended and because
the accessible nations and tribes had been con-
quered and enslaved, the Ninevite kings and
princes became weary of war and began yielding
to the sensuousness and sensuality which comes to
all wealthy and prosperous nations. They com-
menced feasting and dancing, wearing rich gar-
ments and fine jewels, and indulging in great
sexual excesses. The later generations, being com-
posed of weaker egos, readily and willingly
adopted the habits of their ancestors, and the
progress of the nation paused, hesitated for a
while, and then began to decline.
Indolence is the father of voluptuousness, and
when those ancient men commenced to yield to
the seductive influence of indolence, their tremen-
dous forces sought expression through their lusts.
They plunged into sexual indulgences and excesses
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with the same energy that they had fought battles
and built palaces, and soon the Assyrian nation
reached a point where there seemed to be no limit
to its voluptuousness. The wives and daughters,
the matrons, maids and slaves were not able to
satisfy the lasciviousness of the men, and when
the whole nation had become so corrupt that there
was no purity to be found in the land, a good man
came to one of the great gates of Nineveh and
commenced to cry against the sin that was being
In the legend of our Bible this man was a
prophet and was called Jonah, which means "a
dove." He was a human instrument, a messenger
sent to that immoral city to bring the word of
warning which Divine Mind sent to Its children
before permitting their punishment to come upon
them. This good man came to Nineveh eight
hundred and sixty years before the Nazarene was
born, and when he entered the city he cried aloud
to the people whom he met upon the streets and
''Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be over-
thrown ! ' *
To this startling prophecy the people of the
threatened city began to listen, and when the king
heard it he ''arose from the throne," and, laying
aside his royal robes, "covered himself with sack-
cloth and ashes," and sent forth his proclamation
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throughout the city that all men and beasts should
be covered with sackcloth ; and that all men should
**cry mightily unto God," and that they should
*'turn every one from his evil way."
Because of this penitence and temporary re-
formation, the cloud of destruction, which had been
slowly gathering over the doomed city, was lifted
and the sentence of immediate destruction was
commuted. Unknown to the people, a reprieve of
forty years instead of forty days was granted
them, during which time the nation had ample
time to permanently reform and to save itself
from downfall. ^
But, like all unwise people who had preceded,
and, like many who have succeeded them, they
soon grew weary of well doing. Constant prayer
and fasting became monotonous and tiresome, and
when the ''forty days" had past, and there were
no visible signs of the promised destruction of
their city, the Ninevites gradually fell back into
their old immoral ways of living and Jonah and his
prophecy were discredited.
When' the forty years of respite had passed,
the Great Consciousness sent another good man to
warn the Assyrian nation of its danger, but,
since the first prophecy had not been fulfilled, the
people did not believe in the second, and the last
* Mata the Magician, pp. 150-151 ; Cosmogony and Evolution, pp.
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days of Assyria's greatness drew to an end. Then
everything seemed to conspire with fate to over-
throw the city of Nineveh, and when the tramp
of the Midian soldiers was heard in the streets,
the people — many of whom had never before seen
a foreign foe, except in the position of a trembling
captive — were seized with a great fear and fled in
terror from the approaching host. Even the
king, Saracus, took refuge in his palace and
ordered his slaves to heap his goods into a funeral
pyre for himself and for his household; and, when
the torch was applied, he covered his face with
his mantle and his ashes were mingled with the
ashes of the great city, where his ancestors had
ruled and reigned for many generations before
him. Nineveh became shrouded in everlasting
night, destroyed by her blasphemous acts against
the Divine Consciousness of which she was a part.
"With the downfall of Nineveh, the Babylonian
Empire immediately sprang into prominence, and
very soon became the supreme power of the East-
em World. The men were strong and hardy, with
large physique, and became the most distinguished
merchants of the age, as their nation continued to
prosper in material wealth. Babylon became the
great metropolis of Western Asia and the peoples
of the old world turned to it for their supplies.
Whatever mankind had to sell was oifered in her
markets, and whatever the world demanded was to
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be found there. In the beginning of the nation's
career there was much to admire and very little
to condemn, but, as it grew richer and more pros-
perous and as the weaker ego of the older races
came to reincarnate in the Babylonian race
avarice and greed for wealth overcame all the
higher principles of the people and the time came
when domestic virtues were recklessly flung away
for further gratification. It became a law that
every Babylonian woman, once in her life, must
offer herself to strangers, publicly, before the
temple of Beltis to attract to the city of Babylon
the trade of strangers.
Maidens were sold at auction to wealthy princes
and libertines who were thus induced to come to
the city to spend their money. Both sexes were
ready at any moment to barter, for money, the
pleasures which should be sacred to love, and the
prime motive for all this was the passion for
Babylon became the earthly paradise for glut-
tony and lust, and whatever ministered to the ap-
petites, and sensuality, was eagerly enjoyed
without scruple by the people. Rich garments and
jewels of untold value were persistently sought;
and luxurious baths and fragrant oils for perfum-
ing the body, costly viands and rare foods were
provided for those who could afford to pay for
them. Everything that could excite, or appease
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human desire was demanded, found and wasted in
luxurious abandonment. The banquet and feast
brought drunkenness and revel. The tables were
spread with food of such richness that no human
being could consume it. Dark wines were drunk
from goblets of gold; delicious fruits were piled
high upon platters of silver. Palaces were harems
and polygamy became the custom of the whole
In spite of all their love of luxury the men were
fearless soldiers, and, it is said, that their courage
in war was equal to their abandonment to pleasure.
They were nearly always at war with surround-
ing nations, and from the mountains to the gates
of Egypt their merciless, lascivious soldiery car-
ried the banners of their Empire, before which all
other nations cringed. As a natural consequence
their successes made them a haughty and an
austere people. Pride came with their power, as
avarice had grown with their gain and lust from
their lawless indulgences. Babylon sat as a
queen of the East, and her royal broods of princes
and pampered idlers found nothing to check their
selfishness and their vanity.
But, notwithstanding all these things, in no
country except in Egypt, were the ceremonies of
religion more carefully observed. Temples arose
on every side. Priests, engaged in the work pe-
culiar to their supposedly sacred offices, were al-
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ways to be seen. The dissolute kings were chief
worshippers, at the holy shrines, and princes went
devoutly to the temples. The seals and charms
worn by both sexes were embellished with some
religious device, or emblem, and when the feasts
were spread and the banqueters became uproar-
iously drunk over their wines they invariably sang
songs in honor of their gods.
At all times these people cultivated a placid ex-
ternal manner and prided themselves upon their
ability to commit the worst outrages with smiling
faces. The city was laid out in blocks, in squares,
their buildings were three or four stories in
height, and, altogether, in many respects New
York, Chicago and San Francisco of to-day are not
dissimilar to Babylon in architecture, or in mode
It is not at all difficult to trace in our "kings
of finance," our "political bosses," our "rings'*
and "machines" the same characters who de-
bauched their nation and themselves in Babylon.
In many of our shop women, who are expected to
entertain traveling salesmen and merchants who
go to a city to buy goods and otherwise spend
their money, we are able to discern the same
characters who otfered themselves to strangers
before the temple of Beltis. And the men and
women of fashion, who pass their precious time
in gambling, and who have no regard for the sa-
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credness of their marriage vows, gained their pro-
ficiency in such matters as far back as the
Babylonian times. And, since so many persons are
lacking in knowledge of the great truth that a pure
relationship between the sexes must be established,
on earth, before our race can reach a higher point
of development and before real happiness can be
gained, it looks as though the people of the pre-
sent age would have to meet the same fate as did
those of the past before they will learn the lesson
which God — the Great Consciousness — is trying
to teach them.
During the early part of the life of Nebuchad-
nezzar, the Babylonian nation reached its zenith
of wealth and power, and at that time the vices
of the people were greatest. The king, himself,
set the example of cruelty and selfishness to his
people, who were delighted to follow his leading.
Murder and rapine were his chief amusements,
and the suffering of his victims seemed to give
him the greatest pleasure. But, when well ad-
vanced in age, this monarch dreamed the prophetic
dream which foretold his approaching downfall,
and, from that day, his power and the power of
the nation began to wane.
When Belshazzar came to the throne the down-
fall of t"he nation was close at hand. But, in his
contempt for an enemy whom he believed to be
powerless to harm him, he recklessly gave himself
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to the enjoyment of a great annual festival of the
Babylonians. A thousand nobles were present at
the banquet. There was splendor within the pal-
ace and darkness without, and, while the drunken
revel was at its height, the enemy stole like a thief
in the night and opened the river sluices into the
canals and the river began to sink. Then there
was nothing to prevent the foe from entering the
gates and the city was at its mercy. The drunken
Babylonians then received the kind of treatment
they had given to others in the past. Their karma
had fallen upon them, and the prophecy of Isaiah
*'And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the
beauty of Chaldees' exdellency shall be as when
God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall
never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in
from generation to generation, neither shall the
Arabian pitch his tent there; neither shall the
shepherds make their folds there. But the wild
beasts of the desert shall lie there and their houses
shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall
dwell there and satyrs shall dance there."
And the condition of Babylon to-day is the same
as it was after its destruction over two thousand
The ancient Romans were an improvement upon
the Babylonians because of the experiences the
egos had received in Babylon, previous to their
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incarnating in Eome. Monogamy was the law, in
the beginning of the Roman period; motherhood
was respected, domestic ties were recognized, and
Roman fathers had a parental feeling for their
children. They recognized their sons as their
rightful heirs and their daughters as the prospec-
tive matrons of Rome.
In early times the Roman table was spread in
the plainest manner and the fare was Spartan-
like in its simplicity; but about one hundred and
seventy years before the Nazarene was bom they
began to import and to enjoy the gastronomic lux-
uries of the East. With feasting came drinking,
and these indulgences continued and increased
until, in a few years, the life of the wealthy Ro-
mans became bestial to a degree never before
equalled by civilized people.
As the people of Rome gained wealth, they com-
menced spending it in riotous living, and finally
the time came when the whole city was a scene of
revelry and dissipation. To show the slow de-
velopment which has been made by the incarnat-
ing souls of to-day, we may compare the Roman
amusements and customs with those of our own
age. The disregard of the duties and responsibili-
ties of life, and the love of amusement, led the
Roman people to accept as their motto and de-
mand, ''Bread and the circus," and Rome was as
well supplied with the circuses as New York is
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supplied with theatres. It was ''bread and the
circus" then for all the people; it is now bread
and the theatre all the time for some of the peo-
When the circus became tame and uninterest-
ing and the people desired that blood should be
spilled for their amusement, the Gladiators' time
arrived. When some of the people of this age
desired that blood should be drawn for their
amusement the prize ring was inaugurated, and
the reincarnated gladiators re-appeared as con-
When the Romans went into battle they be-
headed, or enslaved their prisoners. When the
men of our time go into battle they kill as many of
the enemy as they can and collect indemnity to pay
for their wasted ammunition, and so evolution
We, who are living in the twentieth century, are
the Ninevites, the Babylonians and the Romans.
Are we to be swept out of this life in the same
inglorious manner as we were at those other
periods of our existence? Shall we go out from
this incarnation in disgrace and humiliation be-
cause of our failure to learn that the right re-
lation of the sexes is the rock of foundation for
all mankind to build the house of life upon, and
because we fail to read the writing upon the walls
of our individual palaces? Or, shall we turn from
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our follies and vices and save ourselves and our
children from a repetition of those mistakes?
True it is that each individual must ultimately
stand or fall for itself ; but it is also true that each
ego has its influence to help, or to hinder, others
upon their evolutionary journey. And the
higher one stands socially, politically, or finan-
cially, the more harm one does, or the more help
one gives, to others ; for it is by example that one
Can we say to our children "be pure,'* "be
truthful," "be honest," when we ourselves are
impure, untruthful or dishonest? Can men and
women who stand at the head of a nation expect,
or hope, that the lesser social, or political lights
of that nation, which they represent, will shine
brighter than they?
Our Shalmanesers, our Sargons, our Nebuchad-
nezzars, our Belshazzars and our Ptolemys, as
well as our Caesars, our Neros, and our Napoleons
are all here. We also have our Semiramis, our
Amyitis, our Cleopatras and our Josephines
among us to-day: and the same force which each
of those individual egos manifested as ancient
characters is still theirs and is manifesting now.
It may be that our Csesars and Napoleons are
rulers of finance, or they may be the most un-
scrupulous politicians. Our Cleopatras and our
Josephines may be women of fashion, shop girls,
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or housemaids; but they are here and are playing
their parts upon the stage in this drama of life.
And while we are studying the subject Occult Phil-
osophy, let each individual begin by asking him-
self these questions:
''What am I doing in this twentieth century?
Am I progressing, or retrogressing? If I am
Caesar, am I doing better, or worse, than I did in
Eome? If I am Cleopatra, have I learned any-
thing by my past experiences, or am I making
the same mistakes again that I made in Egypt?"
Before subjective man divided and incarnated
in the animal forms of earth, he was negatively
good and blissfully happy, with that happiness
which comes with inertness and passivity. He
needed nothing, that was necessary for his con-
dition, at that time, because he was a part of
Divine Consciousness, and his existence was es-
tablished. As the tree draws life, from the sur-
rounding atmosphere and from the earth in which
it is implanted, so did the Sons of God live on
the Universal Consciousness which surrounded
them. Development and growth were impossible
under those contented and blissful conditions ; and,
had not that Eden garden been abolished, evolu-
tion on that plane would have come to a stand-
Those Sons of God could be of no assistance
to each other, because all things were equally dis-
tributed, and there was no opportunity to be
either selfish or generous. There was nothing for
them to do, because all had been done that could
be done in that realm, and there was ''nothing
to live but life." Ui;ider those conditions stag-
nation was inevitable, but nowhere in all the
universe is absolute stagnation permitted to exist.
Throughout all parts of Deity, during each Cosmic
Day there is activity. And so Divine Mind sent
Its Sons to this earth to find what was not to be
found on their Eden planet.
Since those Sons of God incarnated on earth,
each half has been earnestly seeking a re-union
with the other part of itself. Sub-consciously,
each holds a mental picture of his past happiness,
when, in the realm of innocence and purity, he
dwelt free from the ills and troubles of his present
state of existence. And each Son of God longs
for a return to the old blissful condition; for
happiness is what every human soul desires more
than anything else in the world, and it is for
happiness that every one is striving.
With Divine Man's descent into this material
realm he forgot his origin, and the further 'he
wandered among the fbrests and in the fields of
sense, the deeper he drank of the waters of Lethe.
But, in an inner chamber of each heart, where'
none can enter or disturb, there is a picture of
another face which looks smilingly out, seems to
beckon to the seeker after happiness, and says:
am the one that you desire. When you find
and possess me you will have your wish, for I am
Perhaps Man does not know it, but this picture
is of the other half of himself, the only one in all
the Universe whose basic vibrations correspond
with his own. He loves it, but knows not why.
And, should he be an artist, he tries to repro-
duce it upon his canvas. If he is a musician
he composes and sings to it. If an actor, he plays
his best when he thinks he sees it among his
audience. If he is a man of finance, he saves
money for it, and dreams of the day when, in
human form, it will sit at his table, wear his jew-
els and be his life-long companion. Sometimes
he has a fancy that he has seen it. A woman
whom he meets reminds him of his sacred pic-
ture. There is a look, or a gesture, which he
believes he remembers, and eagerly seeks an in-
troduction. It may, or may not, be the one he
is looking for; if it is, and a marriage is consum-
mated between them, his longing is satisfied.
There will be no other face so dear and no other
form so precious as hers. If he is a man well
on in his development, he will always be true to
her, and, should she be taken from him by the
transition called death, he would never seek to
fill, with another, the place in his heart she occu-
pied. Should he be an undeveloped man with
animal passions unrestrained, he would, in his
brutal way, always love her best, but she might
not be his only love.
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When an ego seeking happiness incarnates in
female form, the precious picture of the other
half of herself still remains in the sacred inner
chamber of her heart. It is the same dear face
that she has always loved and has been seeking
through all the lives that she has lived. But now,
perhaps, her fancy paints it dressed in military
garments, or perhaps it may be that he wears the
royal ermine and a crown. And if not either of
these, perhaps she sees him in other walks of life,
among the professions, or in the trades. For in
the midst of what a woman most admires, there
she puts her sacred picture and there she does
If the law of compensation has decreed that a
woman shall not meet her other half in a lifetime,
she may enter into what the world calls a mar-
riage of convenience. In this case, if her moral
principles are well established, she is faithful to
the man she has espoused, and makes what the
world calls a good wife ; but in the sanctuary of
her soul is the image of her true love, her real
husband; and when she is tired with the cares and
vexations of her wedded life, and her heart
aches with its emptiness, she turns to her sacred
picture and, for the time being, is com-
Marriage is the re-union of the two halves of
an ego, and any other union, which in any way
imitates it, is necessarily a mock-marriage. WTieii
two mismated halves attempt to consummate a
union, it is but an abortive attempt at marriage,
and is never perfectly satisfactory to either.
When it is remembered how many millions of
half souls are dwelling upon this globe to-day, and
that there are at least half as many more on the
subjective planes surrounding the earth, and that
from among this vast multitude there are only
two souls whose basic vibrations are the same,
and who belong to each other, it is not difficult
to understand why mock-marriages are so numer-
ous. That they are a necessity, to a certain point,
during the evolutionary work, no one can deny.
They are helpful to those who engage in them,
because they bring the necessary experiences that
an evolving soul requires. There is no contract
which a man makes that is so far reaching in its
ramifications as the legalized marriage contract.
It affects, for good or ill, more persons than does
any other contract ; and it not only colors the life
in which it is made, but it sometimes influences
No ego knows what it is capable of doing, or
of becoming, until it has been tried. It must in-
deed be ground upon the wheel of fine experiences
before the brilliancy of its mind jewels can shine
forth; and the mock-marriage covenant provides
for it the greatest wheel in the machinery of life,
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while Divine Law turns it slowly, or rapidly, as
the exigencies of the case require.
The question is often asked: ''Is marriage a
failure?" and the disgruntled victims of mock-
marriages sometimes spend weeks and months in
writing articles devoted to this great subject. They
believe they are doing the world, and their fel-
lowmen, service by holding their personal mis-
eries up to view, and they seem to get satisfac-
tion from telling the world about the troubles
wedded hfe has brought to them. They do not
know that, during all the lives that they have lived
upon this planet, they have, perhaps, never been
really married one dozen times, and often even
those few experiences of connubial bliss are en-
But, like all other false things, mock-marriage
must some time be destroyed. When its pur-
pose has been served, in the evolutionary scheme,
it will disappear from the face of the earth, and
marriage, for which mock-marriage is but a poor
substitute, will take its place.
It is a comfort, perhaps, to know that, as the
human race evolves, half souls meet oftener and
enjoy the privilege of each other's society for
longer periods of time. And as these unions are
made more often, a deeper consciousness comes
with each and the evolution of egos is thereby
It is a well-known fact that the time for boy
and girl weddings is practically ended, in the
Western world at least; brides of sixteen and
bridegrooms of twenty are now the exception and
not the rule. It is no longer a disgrace for a
woman to go through life alone if she feels so
disposed. There are no more "old maids," and,
if there were, there is not sufficient opprobrium
attached to the title to frighten girls into making
mock-marriages to escape it. The woman who pre-
fers not to wed, but to remain true to her ideal —
the sacred picture which she carries in her heart —
is evincing a courage which many of her weaker,
married sisters would do well to emulate.
And the "old bachelor," who is attacked on
every side by matrons, maids and unhappy bene-
dicts, because, for a given reason, or without one,
he refuses to be inveigled into a distasteful mock-
marriage for the sake of some one else's conven-
ience, is really a pioneer — although perhaps he
does not know it — in the ranks of those who will,
in the future, be instrumental in abolishing mock-
marriages. Because he does not wed, there is
no reason to suppose that he has not his sacred
picture in his heart, and that he does not wor-
ship at that shrine the same as do all other half
As evolution goes on and egos increase in
strength and positive goodness, the Law of Attrac-
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tion, acting along the line of least resistance, will
bring half souls together even without the aid
of their own conscious, mental demands, while mis-
mated egos will be, by the law of repulsion, sep-
arated and swept apart more quickly than be-
Many kindly disposed persons are regretting
the fact that the "divorce mills are grinding by
night and by day," and are separating husbands
and wives by the hundreds and thousands. The
anxiety of these good people might be quieted,
perhaps, by the knowledge that it is not an evil,
but a good, that they are so earnestly deploring.
The divorce mills never separate the husbands and
wives who truly belong to each other, but only
those mismated persons who have entered into
mock-marriages which they can no longer endure.
While recognizing the unhappiness of many
mock-marriages, yet it is shocking to the man, or
woman, who understands the holy relationship of
marriage, to listen to the ridicule and contempt-
uous remarks that are frequently made about it
in many of our theatres and at other places of
amusement. The supposedly funny men use this
sacred subject for an object at which to fire their
witticisms. They rack their brains to study out
some new sarcasm concerning it; and as fast as
they fling their sacrilegious jokes at the public,
the daily and weekly papers report and illustrate
them with cartoons and caricatures to make them
the more convincing and impressive.
It is true that the jokes nearly always bring a
laugh from the mismated egos who are, or have
been, suffering from the inconveniences, or mis-
eries, of a mock-marriage, but a laugh is not al-
ways an expression of pleasure; sometimes it is
but a thin veil for a sob, and very often those
who laugh do so because they do not know what
else to do.
Just a step below the loveless mock-marriage is
another unhappy condition to which men and
women often turn in desperation, hoping at least
to escape from the limitations and bondage which
the mock-marriage covenant so often puts upon
its victims. This condition is prostitution of the
sacred, generative organs, and is but another es-
cape valve for the surging emotions and passions
of those who are seeking, but have not found, their
other halves. Thousands of misguided people are
wallowing in this slough of despond called pros-
titution. It is a dismal, dirty place to be, and
he who enters it is not happy, nor ever can be,
so long as he stays there.
Prostitution is called by various names accord-
ing to the grade, or depth, to which a person has
sunken into it; for there are degrees in this, as
well as in all other kinds of experiences which
man encounters on this plane of existence. In its
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beginning prostitution is never called by its right-
ful name; if it were, now that the human race
has reached its majority, or age of understand-
ing, it is probable that many egos w^ould hesitate
and perhaps be spared much suffering which comes
through indulgence in this vice. But society and
the world at large use a softer, gentler w^ord to
designate this crime, and, as a consequence, the
tempted ones are lulled into a false sense of se-
curity by the use of the wrong title.
It does not shock the sensitiveness of a woman
who has just entered the by-path of unchastity
to say, **she has a love affair," "a little aside,"
or "a private romance." But if she were to be
told that she had become a prostitute, and had
started for hell, she might pause, consider, and
perhaps turn away from the temptation altogether.
At its beginning the road of prostitution often
assumes the appearance of a beautiful, restful
pathway, hedged by sweetest flowers and entered
through a love bower of roses. A tempter in
human form always stands at the entrance to this
bower and smilingly imdtes all passers-by to enter
and enjoy the seductive influences to be found
within. If it is a heartbroken woman, who is
passing, the tempter knows that she is wedded
to a humanized brute, and assumes the appear-
ance of a thoughtful, kindly man. Perhaps he
may come to her in the form of her physician, her
attorney, her priest, or her pastor. At first he
looks the sympathy he dares not express in words,
and she feels rested and comforted in his pres-
ence. After a while he tells her to come inside
the bower, which stands at the entrance to the
by-path, and rest a while with him, and she, crav-
ing the love of which she has been defrauded in
her wedded life, steps aside, believing she will
find within that bower what her heart longs for.
If the passer-by is a disappointed man wedded
to a woman who has no sympathy with him ; if he
is aspiring to heights of fame, or fortune, which
seem unattainable, unaided and alone, the tempter
at the entrance to the bower appears to him in
the form of a woman; an intellectual and social
leader of society perhaps. She tells him he is
worthy of a better place than the one he occu-
pies, and that he can never rise to the heights he
wishes to gain, so long as he is held in bondage
to the ''clod" that he has wedded. She flatters
and offers to help him to gain the position he so
much desires ; and he steps inside the love bower,
believing it the entrance to a higher life.
If the passer-by is a poor girl, earning her bread,
and the bread for some one dependent upon her,
the tempter appears to her in the form of a man
possessed of an abundance of the world's goods.
He tells her she is fitted for a better life than the
one she is living; that with her beauty and her
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grace she should be gowned in silks and velvets,
and that jewels should shine from among the locks
of her beautiful hair and sparkle against her vel-
vety skin. He whispers love into her ears and
promises to share his wealth with her if she will
but step into the love bower with him. If she
listens and accepts his invitation, she, too, has
started for the slough of despond called pros-
If it is a young man just starting in life with
his physical body filled with strength and animal
magnetism, the tempter appears to him in the
form of a handsome, dashing, laughing woman.
She promises to give him excitement that will
make the nerves of his body throb with pleasure.
She offers amusements most exquisite if he will
enter the love bower with her ; and, when he has
entered, she points to the road beyond, which
she says leads to a long life and a happy one.
She is mistaken. She is pointing the way to a
short Hf e and a wretched one ; to nothing but the
fleeting pleasures of sensuality.^ For pleasure is
not happiness. It is created only by the tempor-
ary gratification of the physical senses, and may
be turned into pain in an instant of time, while
happiness is harmony and may last so long as the
ego exists, and may be enjoyed in the humblest,
as well as the most exalted positions in which
»Mata the Magician, pp. 123-125.
man may live upon this earth. It is the light which
shines from within outward, and is not depend-
ent upon external things for its existence, or its
In man's progress and search for happiness
on earth he seems to find it necessary to investi-
gate and to explore all the by-ways which lead from
the highway of life. Just opposite to the by-way
of prostitution is another path leading in an oppo-
site direction. It is much narrower and more dif-
ficult to follow, and is called celibacy. It is never
found nor tried until after one has lived through
a few lives of prostitution, with their attending
miseries. Then, with soul filled with loathing, or
with fear of the consequences of sexual indul-
gences and excesses, the ordinary celibate rushes
to the opposite extreme and enters into a life of
If he becomes fanatical upon the subject, he
shuts himself away from the world and refuses
to see, or to speak to, a woman. Perhaps he finds
a few others who are smarting under similar afflic-
tions, prevails upon them to join him in forming
a society, or brotherhood, which they agree to call
a holy order ; and perhaps the remainder of that
life will be spent where they cannot be reached by
their former temptations. In their desire to live
apart from the world, they sometimes retire to
the mountains and build such barriers between
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them and their fellowmen as will guard them from
what they believe is their greatest enemy — women
— and there they undertake to do God's will.
Since all kinds of experiences are necessary to
the development of an ego, this kind of life, from
an evolutionary standpoint, is a sort of resting
place where man stops in his career while he re-
views his past experiences and assimilates the good
that is to be gained from them. The life of the
celibate is a long step in advance of a life of
prostitution, and there can be no doubt that, in
this new position, man gains an advantage over
the other kind of life. But if he has become a
celibate because of his hatred for women, or be-
cause he fears that he is not strong enough to
meet and to overcome the temptations that the
world holds for him, then he has not conquered
his passions, and the Divine Law will force him
back into the world, in some future life, to finish
fighting the battles from which he fled.
Fear brings limitation of thought, and a limi-
tation of thought brings a limitation of freedom.
It is the fear of persons, or of things, which causes
a man, or a woman, to live voluntarily behind
iron-bound doors and within solid walls of ma-
sonry. And the great piles of stone into which
they retire for protection from the world, the
flesh and the devil are but stupendous monuments
to their fears. The power and extent of a celi-
bate's fear are usually represented by the size of
the monument he builds for himself, and, although
he may retire within it and live for a lifetime, he
has not escaped from Divine Law, which will bring
to him, in another life, everything that he feared
and ran from in this one.^
If a man becomes a celibate because he is afraid
of the consequences of living a life of prostitution,
and if his desires for sex union are strong within
him, then the continued and enforced repression
of the physical expression of those desires will
produce a congested condition of his generative
organs, and also of such other organs as are sym-
pathetically connected with them. He has not es-
caped from the consequences of his desires for
sexual union, nor from the result of the physical
repression of those desires.
Many physicians declare that celibacy produces
monomaniacs, fools and lunatics, and advise their
patients to indulge, rather than to repress, their
sexual desires, calling such indulgences ''physical
necessities." The Occultist says that the true
principle of celibacy is represented by him who
lives the life of chastity because he loves chastity,
and not because he fears consequences, or future
punishment. And when that point has been
reached in his evolution, he has no fear of per-
sons, or of things, tempting him to stray from
» The mstory and Power of Mind, pp. 82-86.
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the path of purity ; and he will not become a luna-
tic, nor a fool, nor will his life be spent within
the walls of a monastery.
The Century Dictionary defines chastity as. The
state, or quality, of being chaste; the state of be-
ing guiltless of unlawful sexual intercourse sex-
ual purity; celibacy; the unmarried state;
abstinence from unlawful indulgences in sexual
intercourse ; continence due to a religious motive.
There was a man who said that virtue, or chas-
tity, was like an onion. It had many layers, or
skins, and the deeper one went toward the heart
of it, the thicker the skins became. The Century
Dictionary's definition of chastity gives the word
as many shades of meaning as there are skins to
an onion ; and after reading the various definitions,
it is really left to one seeking the truth to decide
to which shade, or layer, he belongs or aspires.
To the man sodden in debaucheries, the individ-
ual who indulges in an occasional "aside," or ro-
mance," represents his ideal of chastity; and to
the man with an occasional "affair," he who does
not violate the letter of his marriage vows is a
chaste person. Physical virtue is what most per-
sons call chastity, and the world thinks it does
not matter what impure things may be thought,
or said, by either a man or a woman, if neither
actually break the seventh commandment.
This is not getting very deep into the onion,
but it is a small gain and shows that the race has
made some progress since the Ninevite and Baby-
lonian times. But physical chastity alone is not
to be trusted, or depended upon. It is like any
other negative goodness, and may be maintained
so long as the environment, conducive to that
condition, exists; or it may become corrupted at
any moment when temptation is placed before it.
To be of lasting value it must have the sustaining
power of a pure mind behind it. And this con-
dition is never reached in the career of any ego
until it has gained a point in its development
where it really desires to be chaste for chastity's
sake, and not for the sake of individual or public
Some persons in the world have the mistaken
belief that the sweet privilege of chastity should
be granted only to the feminine portion of human-
ity, and that it is exclusively a feminine requisite
and most unbecoming to the sterner sex, the mas-
culine element of society. To this great miscon-
ception of truth is much of the domestic sorrow
of to-day attributable, and the progress of the
race must necessarily be retarded as long again
as it would be, if men recognized their need of
chastity. For, so long as men continue to believe
that, because of the majesty of their sex, they are
divinely and socially licensed individuals, and that
the seventh commandment, or any other rule or
code of moral regulations, applicable to women,
is not applicable to them, or to their conduct in
life, the human race will make very slow prog-
ress. Unless both sexes build their characters
upon the rock foundation of chastity, their life
structures cannot withstand the storms of ex-
perience which come to every incarnated
How can one-half the population of the earth
attain, or maintain, purity while the other half is
working to overthrow and destroy it? Solomon,
who was reputed to be the wisest man who had
ever lived during ancient Bible times, asked:
*'Who can find a virtuous woman?" and then fol-
lowed his question with the declaration: ''For her
price is far above rubies. ' ' If the Bible stories are
true, concerning his moral character, he was re-
sponsible for much of the scarcity of virtue among
the women of his time; and when he complained
of their impurity he was like the men who spend
all their money in riotous living and then blame
society and the government for their poverty.
Solomon manifested a great lack of wisdom when
he complained of a condition that he was using
his kingly influence to produce; and Occultists
would never enroll his name among the names of
their wise men.
There are men who take great pride in declar-
ing that they are honest. They point to long
periods of commercial integrity; and perhaps chal-
lenge their fellowmen to find one dishonest act
in their careers. Because they have not stolen
money, or worldly goods, or have never taken a
dishonorable advantage of their fellows in com-
mercial life, they actually believe they have a right
to be called honest.
A man is often heard to say: never break
a promise. My word is as good as my bond,''
and while it may be true that he is scrupulously
faithful to his commercial promises, at the same
time he may be untruthful in his marriage rela-
How can a man claim, or believe himself, an
honest, or a just man, when he ruthlessly breaks
the most sacred promises he has made? If he
takes a woman's hand and says to the world: I
take this woman to be my wife and I will leave
all others for her sake; I vdW cleave to her in
sickness and in health, for better, for worse; I
will love, protect and shield her from the world
and be true tt) her until death parts us ; his prom-
ise will influence for good or ill not only the incar-
nation in which it was made, but it may also in-
fluence many future incarnations. And then, if
he steals away like a thief in the night and, while
pretending to be what he is not, indulges his lower
animal nature in sexual gratification with other
women, is he an honest man?
When he returns to the wife who believes, trusts
and perhaps loves him, and tells her falsehoods
about his enforced absences, or if he acts the lies
he does not speak, is he not unjust and dis-
honorable and unworthy of the respect of honest
men and women?
The Occultist would say that to be honest, a
man must fulfill every promise — those made to
women as well as those made to men; that hon-
esty and truthfulness, like charity, must begin at
home and extend outward into the social and finan-
cial circles in which men and women meet and
mingle in the many affairs of life.
"When the Sons of God forgot their origin and
became enamoured of the pleasures of sense, they
first adopted the system of communal marriage.
This was largely due to the influence of the ani-
mal minds which they had espoused and against
which they were unable to contend. In establish-
ing a union of this kind, a number of persons of
both sexes, who were comparatively congenial,
agreed to become a community and to live apart
from all other communities and to possess all
things in common. This was the commencement
of socialism. In a communal union of this kind
the male percentage of offspring was irregular and
uncertain. The mothers of the children became
the absolute heads of the households, and the line-
age of each individual could be traced only through
its female ancestry. Since evolution can proceed
only through individualization, and since com-
munal unions were the grossest forms of pros-
titution, there could be but one result growing
out of such relationship, and that was the destruc-
tion of those communities, either by reason of a
mutinous element arising within them, or by their
being conquered and enslaved by a stronger tribe
Out of the communal union there evolved two
other systems of marital relationship, one called
Polyandry and the other Polygamy, and each sys-
tem was adopted according as it seemed best
adapted to the climate and productiveness of the
country in which the people lived. If some of
the Sons of God migrated to a place where na-
ture did not produce abundantly, and where they
had to till the soil to live, or if they were driven
by an enemy into the mountains where there were
not opportunities for securing food through cul-
tivating the soil, then large families were not
desirable, and the marital system of Polyandry
was adopted. By this system one woman became
the wife of a family of brothers, the oldest brother
making the selection of her, and the younger ones
accepting his choice for the family wife without
criticism or complaint. This was but a slight im-
provement upon the communal union, but it was
an improvement, inasmuch as it limited the circle
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of possible parentage to a family rather than to
But if man lived in a land where an abundance
of food was to be had without much effort, and
if, for shelter, he needed only to interlace the
boughs of a few saplings together and then per-
mit the wild rose, or grape vines, to grow over
them, making for himself a comfortable abiding
place, then he adopted the marital system of Po-
lygamy, for his sex union, and raised large fami-
lies of children. Under this system the lineage
of each individual in a tribe was traceable through
its male ancestry.
When humanity had reached a point where his-
tory began, in the Bible records, it was supposed
to be the duty of every man to do his uttermost
toward fulfilling the command in Genesis: '*Be
fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and
subdue it." It was then considered a disgrace
to the head of a family not to be able to produce
abundantly through his marital relationship. In
those days a ''barren woman" was a reproach to
her sex, for she was believed to be under the curse
of God, and her husband was justified, by the
customs of the times, in "putting her away,"
while he brought another woman to fill her place
in his home and to bear him children. Polygamy
was freely practiced by men who thought it their
duty — as well as pleasure — to use every avail-
able means toward swelling- the size of the race
to which they belonged. This order of things was
continued, and, by some nations, recognized as a
religious duty, until the ten commandments were
given to Moses for the benefit of the Children of
Israel. That was the first religious check put
upon polygamy, and that was not very far-reach-
ing, since it only put a limit upon man's sexual
relations between himself and other men's wives.
He was still permitted to have as many wives as
he could provide for, if he confined his selections
to unmarried women. But nothing is ever to be
gained for a nation through the practice of polyg-
amy except numerical strength. In every other
respect the practice is debasing and demoralizing.
As a nation, or race, advances in evolution the
Divine Law brings reforms; and in spite of the
mixed desires of the mass of humanity, a way
will be found to improve its condition. There was
never a tribe, or a nation, so gross, or so sensual,
that it did not have its wise men who were stronger
than those whom they undertook to teach. And
those men who were in advance of the ignorant
masses became the spiritual advisers of not only
the people, but also of the kings and rulers. Many
of the wise men, the High Priests of ancient Bible
times, were Occultists and understood that mar-
riage meant the re-union of two half souls; and
when those ancient peoples had evolved to a point
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where they would listen to, and be influenced by,
their wise men on the subject of marriage, the
High Priests made the attempt to establish mo-
nogamy among them.
When the priests were unable to determine
whether those who wished to marry really be-
longed to each other or not, they consulted the
stars, which were supposed to indicate, at the
birth of each individual, the exact point of devel-
opment he had reached during his previous life.
If the stars indicated adversely then the banns
were forbidden, and the marriage was not con-
summated. But if they indicated favorably, the
wedding was sanctified by a most solemn sacra-
ment, and, during the performance of the relig-
ious marriage rites, the command was given forth
by the officiating priest, "Whom God hath joined
together let no man put asunder!"
It is to this fragment of Occult teachings that
the Church of to-day holds, as a reason for its
refusal to recognize the union by contract, or the
modern divorce. And although it still attempts
to enforce what it believes to be the command of
God, and refuses to believe in human power to
annul a marriage, stiU, it does not take the trouble
to first ascertain whether, or not, it is the sacred
re-union of half souls which is being consummated,
or even if there is a psychic, or physical, affinity
between them. It bestows its blessing freely and
indiscriminately upon all alike, and expects, not-
withstanding the ignorance of the persons enter-
ing into a covenant of this Mnd, that it shall be
maintained until the end of their natural lives.
It is quite willing to forgive, and absolve from
consequences, any mistake which man makes, ex-
cept his matrimonial mistakes ; but these, which
are the most serious of all, and which affect more
persons than any others, the Church does not per-
mit him to correct.
The contractual union is the outgrowth of the
natural consequences which followed many matri-
monial mistakes and their attendant miseries.
Smarting under what seemed to him an injustice
inflicted by the Church in refusing to release him
from his unhappy marital relationship, man con-
ceived the plan of legalizing, by civil law, any con-
tract which should appeal to his reason and sense
of justice and which would protect his rights and
those of his progeny.
This kind of union does not ask for itself the
blessings of either priest or Church. The con-
tract ia usually prepared by an attorney and, like
all other legal documents of any value, is signed,
witnessed and recorded in the county, or State,
where it was made. It is a cold-blooded, unroman-
tic way of announcing to the world that a man
and woman have agreed to enter into, what should
be, the sacred relationship that exists between the
true husband and wife ; but, because of the unde-
velopment of the mass of humanity, now incarna-
ted upon earth, it seems to be a necessity at pres-
ent. And since comparatively few marry for a
reason other than for social, or financial advan-
tages, the contractual union serves its purpose
very well indeed ; and the victims of a mock-mar-
riage, seeking a legal separation or divorce, are,
by reason of this contract, saved the humiliation
of receiving condemnation from the Church — since
it cannot punish what it does not recognize.
If an American girl buys a duke, for the sake
of gaining a social position, it is because she is
at a point in her development where she needs
and deserves all the experiences that follow the
making of such a purchase. If a nobleman bar-
ters his title for American dollars, and accepts a
girl as a necessity in the trade, he also needs, and
will get, the experiences which will follow the
making of his bargain, and there is no moral dif-
ference between this and any other trade. It is
not a marriage, nor should it pretend to be. It
is nothing but a union of the sexes as represented
and expressed by two individuals; and there is
nothing more sacred about it than there is in
hiring a mistress, or buying a horse and cart.
It is not a violation of God's command to sep-
arate such persons by divorce, because God never
joined them together; and it is to such business
unions as these that the written contracts of mar-
riage best fit. It gives to the offspring of such
a union its legal property rights and a respectful
recognition by the world, and it gives to the woman
the pri\dlege of using for the remainder of that
life the particular crest and title belonging to
the house in which she has bought a seat.
Among persons in other walks of life the same
rule holds good. A loveless sex union is well evi-
denced by a written contract, and until the human
race has evolved beyond its present condition and
has reached a point where it understands and ap-
preciates the sacredness of the esoteric basis of
marriage, the Church union will in most cases be
but a burlesque of the sacrament.
But the mock-marriage, with all its numerous
disadvantages and unpleasant features, whether
it be consummated through a contract, or by the
religious rites of a marriage sacrament, is a nec-
essity at this time in the evolution of the race.
Without its restraining influence upon the desires
and passions of mankind, there would be no foun-
dation for either positive, or negative, virtue to
rest upon. Without it there would be nothing
upon which to build our homes, or our govern-
ments, and the human race would be no better
off to-day than it was when might was right and
every man was a free lance to do with his own
and other's property as pleased him best. Mock-
marriage is not only a social and political neces-
sity, but it is a karmic necessity as well, and
through it many egos are brought together in
the family circle to work out past obligations and
to pay debts which could be paid in no other
The Law of Justice does rule the world, al-
though the contrary sometimes may appear to be
true ; and it operates in the most infinitesimal af-
fairs and relations of life. If a man and a woman
have entered into a mock-marriage there was a
karmic reason for it; one or the other, or both,
perhaps, owed a karmic debt which had to be paid ;
and it could be faithfully and fully done only
through the devotion which is demanded and re-
ceived through a covenant of this kind. If all
persons, who are chafing under the restraint
caused by their matrimonial fetters, would but
realize that their present condition of unhappi-
ness is but the result of past mistakes, of unjust
treatment which they have given in some other
life to the very individual they are now joined
to in wedlock, it would serve to explain many of
the mysteries and miseries of wedded life.
There is a way to become free from the un-
pleasant conditions attending a mock-marriage,
even though it has been karmically produced, and
that is, through the power of mental demand. It
is the divine right and privilege of every human
being to demand of Divine Mind its freedom from
unpleasant environment. And if this is done and
the demand goes forth into the Great Conscious-
ness with all the earnestness of a suffering soul,
the fetters will fall away, and one after another
the limitations will be broken. The liberation will
come in the way that Divine Mind wishes and
which, in view of all past mistakes and injus-
tices, is best for the one who makes the demand.^
This subject will be again referred to in the lec-
ture, Mental and Spiritual Development."
Since it is through the marital relationship that
a race continues to exist and evolve, it is most
important that it should be brought to the high-
est point of refinement,, and should be maintained
in that position by the social and political power
of the race.
With the picture of unhappy marital relation-
ship constantly before the eyes of the people,
there are many individuals, of both sexes, who
are seeking relief from their dissatisfied or
wretched conditions, by entering into what is called
an ''independent sex life."
The Church says: ''Therefore, because woman
was made from the rib of a man shall a man leave
his father and his mother and shall cleave unto
his wife, and they shall be one flesh." And the
unhappy married man or woman says: "That
* The History and Power of Mind, pp. 156-169.
56 Occult Philosophy
may, or may not, be true, but if it is, why should
I, because thousands of years ago a woman was
taken out of a man, be made to suffer a depriva-
tion of agreeable sex relationship with some one
I like better than the person I am married to ? "
Then the State says to the would-be independ-
ent sex relationist: "I will punish you with fine,
or imprisonment, if you commit adultery, or forni-
cation. ' ' And the seeker after sexual freedom re-
plies: ''Then I will hide the truth from you; I
will do in secret what I am not permitted to do
openly. ' '
And then commence the falsehoods which this
man, or woman, must tell to be protected from
the penalties that follow the living of a double
life. When an individual commences to lie about
a particular thing, he often loses his scruples con-
cerning all kinds of falsehood and sinks to the
lowest degree of prevarication and deception. His
word becomes of no value to his friends nor to
society in general, and after a while he receives
nothing but contempt from his fellowmen. When
he has ceased to tell the truth he has ceased to
love it, and if he does not love the truth he will
be untrue to himself and to every one else.
But this is not all that is to be dreaded by the
untruthful man or woman. There are psychic
dangers to be encountered in the dark red cur-
rent of thought into which the untruthful person
enters, through deceit and double-dealing. This
current, which is one of the lowest rates of vibra-
tion of the cosmic currents surrounding the earth
and mankind, contains most of the undeveloped,
disembodied souls who have passed from earth
life. These souls, by reason of their grossness,
cannot get away from the material plane, and,
through the operation of the laW of attraction,
are drawn by sympathy to other souls — whether
incarnated or excarnated — who are at a similar
point of development. They are able now to enjoy
only by proxy, as it were, the vices from which
they are debarred by the loss of their physical
bodies; and they surround the man, or woman,
who, by adopting vices similar to their own, have
entered their realm of thought,^ and lead him,
or her, downward to destruction; and thus the
independent sex relationist receives the wages of
ignorance. More will be said along this line in
the lecture entitled ''After Death."
1 The History and Power of Mind, pp. 178-186 ; 243-245. Frag-
ments of Truth, Chapter I.
Ages and ages ago, so many that it makes man
dizzy to try to calculate their number, the Divine
Parenthood of man began. And billions of years,
before man's creation, in the beginning of our
Cosmic Day, God — Divine Mind — began getting
the Universe — man's home — ready to receive him.
During the first great period of our Cosmic
Day God — Divine Mind — desired light.^ The com-
mand went forth: ''Let there be light," and the
vibration of certain portions of the ether began
to quicken and increase until, in accordance with
the Divine Will, light was born. And all that
was accomplished, or established, during the first
period of our Cosmic Day was the awakening and
the quickening into activity of those great cen-
ters of consciousness which the Occultist calls
Solar Deities, or Sun Gods, the Elohim, or Plane-
tary Spirits, and the Seraphim and Cherubim.
During the second great period of our Cosmic
Day, God — Divine Mind — desired that the unde-
veloped portion of Itself should separate from
* The History and Power of Mind, p. 68, " Genesis."
the developed portion, in order that the undevel-
oped portion should become subjected to evolu-
tionary law applicable more directly to itself.
*'And God said, Let there be a firmament in the
midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters
from the waters. And God made the firmament
and divided the waters which were under the firm-
ament from the waters which were above the
firmament, and it was so."
In other words, through the operation of Divine
Will, the differentiated portion of Itself became
separated from the undifferentiated; the mani-
fested was separated from the unmanif ested ; and
there appeared in the manifested Universe two
distinct portions of the Universal Consciousness
which men now call mind and matter.^
Both these portions were of the same substance,
but differed by reason of each portion's different
rate of vibrations : **And God called the firma-
ment (the undifferentiated portion of Itself)
Heaven, and the evening and the morning were
the second day."
During the third great period of our Cosmic
Day, God — Divine Mind — desired that, from the
differentiated portion of Itself, there should ba
prepared abiding places for Its sons — ^when they
should be created. And again the Divine Will
went forth throughout the Universe and the crea-
» The History and Power of Mind, pp. 29-30.
6o Occult Philosophy
tive Gods, the Elohim, or Planetary Spirits, com-
menced their work. Their long period of inac-
tion, during the Cosmic Night, was now passed
and they were ready, at the first call of the Uni-
versal Consciousness, to begin the labors of the
new Cosmic Day/ ''And God said. Let the waters
under the heaven (the differentiated portion of
Itself) be gathered together unto one place and
let the dry land appear, and it was so. And God
called the dry land Earth (Worlds) and the gath-
ering together of the waters called He seas, and
God saw that it was good."
And all that was accomplished during the third
period of our Cosmic Day, was the commencement
of such world forms as the Elohim, or Planetary
Spirits, saw pictured by Divine Mind in the dif-
ferentiated portion of Itself. God made the men-
tal pictures of what It desired should be mater-
ialized during the several periods, and this mental
picturing was the creation described in the first
chapter of Genesis, and in the second chapter of
Genesis to verse four.
The fourth great period of our Cosmic Day
was one of Celestial Chaos. For, at that time,
there was confusion in the workshop of the heav-
enly Gods. Many of the planetary systems were
blazing masses of burning gas. Comets were fly-
ing through space, colliding and coalescing with
1 The History and Power of Mind, pp. 101-103.
other comets, and Dhine Law and Order, during
the greater part of that period, were prospec-
tive but not realized. The suns, which were to
become magnetic centers for world systems, were
blazing and bursting with the intense energy that
was poured into them by the Solar Deities. The
creative Gods seemed to play at cricket with com-
ets, suns and worlds, and the whole heaven was
a pyrotechnical display of flaming planets.
On the fifth great period of our Cosmic Day
Divine Mind declared that harmony should pre-
vail in the Universe, and, in accordance with the
Divine Will, celestial order came out of cosmic
chaos. Planets and planetary systems became ad-
justed to their orbits and began revolving about
their respective magnetic centers, or suns, and the
war of worlds came to an end. ''And God said.
Let the Earth (Worlds) bring forth grass, the
herb yielding seed and the fruit tree yielding
fruit after his kind whose seed is in itself upon
the earth (worlds) and it was so." "And God
said. Let the waters bring forth abundantly the
moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may
fly above the earth in the open firmament of >
heaven. And God created great whales and every
living creature that moveth, which the waters
brought forth abundantly after their kind, and
every winged fowl after his kind, and God saw
that it was good, . . . and the evening and the
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morning were the fifth day." The words **and
God said let there be," or *'God made," etc., in
Genesis, always refer to the mental creation of
On the morning of the sixth great period of
our Cosmic Day "God made the beast of the
earth after his kind, . . . and everything that
creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and God
saw that it was good. ' ' ^
The mental pictures in Divine Mind, not yet
objecti\azed by the Elohim or Planetary Spirits,
had now to be materialized, and "these are the
generations of the heavens and of the earth when
they ivere created, in the day that the Lord God
made the earth and the heavens, and every plant
of the field before it was m the earth, and every
herb of the field before it grew,^^' in accordance
with the divine ideal or picture. Then the Lord
God — the Seraphim and the Cherubim — with their
tremendous united power — became the demonstra-
tors and brought these pictures into objectivity,
or, "formed (animal) man of the dust of the
ground . . . and out of the ground made the Lord
God to grow every tree . . . and out of the gromid
the Lord God formed every beast of the field and
every fowl of the air." This was the second, or
physical creation described in the second chapter
* The History and Powpr of Mind, pp. 64-68.
* The italics are our own and are to emphasize the occult meaning
of the passage.
of Genesis, and which is elaborated in lecture
And when at last everything was ready to re-
ceive mankind, "God said, Let us make man in
our image, after our likeness ; and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all
the earth, and over every creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth.'* With Di™e Mind's
desire for parenthood there came into the Uni-
versal Consciousness the mental pictures of the
Sons of God; and when the Elohim saw those
pictures they commenced to draw individual por-
tions of Divine Mind from the differentiated part
of God and, moulding each portion into an oval
or egg-shaped form, like themselves, they ful-
filled the command and created each son in their
own ''image and after their own likeness."^
Then they gave to each ego its own rate of vibra-
tion; and the magnetic power inherent in each,
because of its Divine origin, made it an inde-
pendent, magnetic, evolving, immortal mind,
through whom its Father, Divine Mind, would
be able to express Itself; and through whom It
would be able to raise, to a higher point of devel-
opment, the vegetable and animal kingdoms below
man. And it was for this purpose that God gave
His sons dominion over the earth and over all it
* The History and Power of Mind, pp. 61-65.
64 Occult Philosophy
contained : For Divine Mind works, only, through
individual centers, from the Solar Deities, the
highest and greatest, down to the smallest and
most insignificant creature in the Universe.
When the Sons of God incarnated in the ani-
mal forms of earth, they immediately began us-
ing the laws which govern procreation. In those
ancient days men knew no more about gestation
than they did about digestion and became parents
from animal impulse rather than from any de-
sire for offspring. In their ignorance of the law
they not only used, but they also abused, it; and
yet, unconsciously to themselves, they became in-
struments, though many times imperfect ones, for
the Divine Mind, their Father to work through.
But God is patient with Its children, and, after
many ages of ignorance had passed, with their at-
tendant suffering, man reached a point in his evo-
lution where he recognized that there was a higher
power than his own, and began to have a desire
for a knowledge concerning it.
He wanted to know the truth about himself
and about his relationship to that power. He
also recognized the fact that there were laws which
governed him and his environment, and he desired
to become acquainted with them. Before the awak-
ening of his desire to know the truth concerning
his family relations, his children had been born
with the regularity of the coming of the sea-
sons. Sometimes there were so many that he
could scarcely get food^or himself and for them.
And when hunger commenced to gnaw, he suddenly
awoke to the realization of the truth that he had
been extravagant, in exercising his parental priv-
ileges, and, notwithstanding his race belief that
man should be fruitful and multiply and replen-
ish the earth, he began to think about retrenching
and demanded, in his heart, to know the laws gov-
erning the conception and birth of children and
how to regulate the size of his family.
The law of demand and supply has been oper-
ating in the Universe since it was created. And
although men have not known how to use that
law intelligently and scientifically, still, whatso-
ever a man desires in his heart will come to him
sooner or later. After a long period of wishing
and waiting, man's desire for knowledge concern-
ing conception and parental duty was met. Ad-
vanced egos, men who had lived through a former
period of evolution and had gained a knowledge
far beyond that of the people whom they came to
help, were sent to this earth to incarnate in hu-
man forms and to become teachers of the rising,
As the cool and gentle dew from heaven falls
upon the parched and feverish earth, refreshing
and revi\^ng it, after the burning rays of the
sun have disappeared, so did the wisdom, brought
to ignorant, suffering mankind, by the Teachers
of Occult Truths, revive and encourage such egos
as were ready to receive it. These Teachers taught
men and women that to become the father, or
mother, of a human body was a sacred, divine
privilege; that parenthood should always be as-
sumed with deepest reverence and with an earnest
demand for wisdom to train each little person-
ality in a manner that would make it tractable
for the incarnating ego to control; that when the
tiny brain should become expanded, to where the
ego could take full possession, it would be a good
instrument, instead of a poor one, for it to use.
That as the Creative Gods in the heavens had
moulded the minds of men into forms similar to
their own, so should the animal men of earth now
reproduce their forms in those of their children.
It is true that ''fools rush in where angels fear
to tread," and the advanced egos see with regret
the consequences which must come to the men
and women who carelessly and recklessly assume
the responsibilities of parenthood and then de-
liberately shirk those responsibilities, or turn their
little ones over to the care of ignorant and vic-
iously inclined persons. If a beautiful and won-
derful jewel, a thing so rare that there was but
one other like it in the Universe, were to be pre-
sented to a woman, would she give that jewel to
a hireling to wear? Would she carelessly leave
it, with its beauty and purity unguarded, for weeks
and perhaps for months, to be smirched and de-
filed by those to whom she entrusted it, and who
know, or care nothing, for its value? What would
the world think of the King who gave his crown
to his valet to do with as he saw fit? And yet,
in comparison with the soul jewels in the crown
of parenthood, those in the crown of a monarch
are most insignificant.
Before a woman conceives the embryo which is
to become a human body, the Divine Law attracts
to her an ego, who in a past life has been asso-
ciated, either pleasantly, or unpleasantly, with
her, or with the man who will be the father of
her child. Sometimes this ego, who is about to
reincarnate, does not leave her for weeks, and
perhaps for months, before conception. It is ever
present, waiting for the moment when copulation
will occur and the conditions will be favorable for
the conception of its body. And, when the de-
sired conditions are produced, it sends forth from
itself into the ovum within the mother, a tiny,
blue, magnetic thread and fastens it to the life
germ which the father has deposited there.
To the spiritual eyes of the Seer this magnetic
thread appears, upon the subjective plane, as the
web thread of the spider appears to physical eyes
upon the material plane. Both seem to be equally
fragile and easily broken ; but the magnetic thread,
when once attached to its embryo, is strengthened
in its hold by the reincarnating ego's intense de-
sire for life. The Law of Attraction which
brought that ego to that family also gives pro-
tection to the embryo, through its action upon
the uterus containing it. It causes that organ to
contract around the tiny life germ for the first
few days after it is received, or until a mem-
brane, which will be a further protection to the
embryo, is completely formed within the open-
ing of the cervix.
When conception is established, then comes the
building of the body which the reincarnating ego
will possess. If the ego, or builder, is an unde-
veloped mind and is being forced back, without
its volition, into earth-life by the great Law, then
the building of its body is not a conscious creation
of its own, but is the result of the physical action
of the law and of the mother's mind.
But the advanced ego consciously selects from
the mother's blood the finest atoms for its em-
bryo, and mentally moulds its vehicle according
to its purpose. The reincarnating ego completely
envelops the mother of its embryo at the mo-
ment of conception and continues, in that close
relationship, during the whole period of gesta-
tion, and affects, more or less, her disposition and
desires. If it is of a weaker nature than hers,
then its influence is not externally apparent to
any large degree; but if it is a stronger, even if
it be of a more undeveloped nature than hers, it
dominates her in every way. She will no longer
have the same likes or dislikes, will sometimes
yield to the most unaccountable tastes, and often
to depraved appetites. Persons whom she once
loved she will now despise, or vice versa. Some-
times she will seem to be obsessed by a demon
of animal passion and, during the whole period
of gestation, her sexual desires will be insatiable.
To her friends she becomes a source of sorrow
and disappointment, because they do not under-
stand the cause of the change in her, and she,
herself, may not understand it, and usually does
not care to know the reason.
If she were to be examined psychically by a
clairvoyant, she would be seen surrounded and
completely enveloped by a dark shadow — which
is the aura of the ego who is incarnating as her
child; and its colors would seem to have entirely
overcome and suppressed her own. During the
period of gestation perhaps she would be ob-
sessed, or insane, as obsession is more popularly
Through the intense and, perhaps, gross de-
sires of the reincarnating ego, it may impress the
tiny body with impurities. It may poison the
blood of the child with its own hatred and anger.
Through its uncontrolled emotions and passions,
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it often produces an abnormal condition of some
of its internal organs, and the body will be born
with impure blood and a defective brain, or per-
haps with a physical deformity of limb or of body.
Then it will be said that these misfortunes were
inherited from its parents, or that they were birth-
marks caused by some fault of the mother, or by
some mishap which befell her during the period
When the woman is relieved of the burden of
carrying the child and her normal, mental con-
dition has reasserted itself, by reason of the fact
that the reincarnating ego has been removed a
step from her aura, she often suffers the deepest
remorse because of the unfortunate plight of her
child. Her friends, and perhaps her husband,
tell her how disgracefully she has misbehaved,
and blame her for the condition of her offspring.
In reality, however, she neither consciously nor
unconsciously produced it, and it may be that the
ego of the child was drawn into her family be-
cause of its past relationship with her husband,
who is now its father.
It is true that she was karmically connected with
her husband and that the Law brought them to-
gether for that reason. Through her relationship
with him, she had to participate in his karma, but
she may not have had a past association with the
particular ego who was now reincarnated as their
child, and she should not be blamed for its mis-
Some one may ask why is it not right, under
such circumstances, to produce a miscarriage and
to dislodge the undesirable embryo, rather than
to permit it to develop into an unruly and dis-
reputable individual and to become a source of
trouble to its parents. To such a question the
Occultist would reply: Nothing, whatever, would
be gained by producing such a miscarriage, since
that unruly, undeveloped ego actually belongs to
that family by reason of past association, and the
law must continue to bring it back again and again
until that woman, or man, to whom it belonged,
is compelled to give it parentage, and thus pay
the debt that he, or she, owes to it. For all man-
kind, at this point in the evolution of the race,
owe debts that can be paid in no other way than
by becoming parents, and the Divine Law is an
inexorable collector of karmic debts.
If a developed, or advanced, ego is seeking re-
incarnation in a certain family it is also because
of karmic reasons.^ During some past life there
was formed a pleasant relationship between it and
some member of that family. Or, perhaps it may
be, that it is the other half of the ego of the
mother to whom it has now come in the relation-
ship of child.^ In a case like this that mother
> Mata the Mac^ician. p. 154.
=" Unked Lives, p. 203.
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will be uplifted during the entire period of gesta-
tion and she will anticipate the coming of her
child with the happiness that she would feel at
the prospect of a visit from her dearest friend.
She will dream of it at night and plan beautiful
things for it by day. It will be a pleasure to her
to fashion the dainty garments that it will wear,
and perhaps she will not permit them to be made
by other hands than her own. Things happening
in her household, or among her friends, which
once disturbed and annoyed her now bring smiles
to her face. She is permeated with the aura of
the ego she loves better than any other in the
Universe and her sacred picture grows daily
clearer to her mental vision. This is because it-
has come so near; it has indeed become a part
of her and is blended with her as it was before
they came to earth to suffer and grow strong.
If the incarnating ego is not the other half
of herself, but is equal to her in development,
then she may be contented and pleased with the
possibility of becoming a mother. If it should
be an ego greatly in advance of her, she would
be blessed in many ways by the close relation-
ship during gestation, and the impetus she would
receive, from the association, would carry her
a long step in advance of where she was when
she conceived the little body/
^ Mata the Magician, p. 105.
Heredity, according to the common acceptance
of the term, is impossible. Neither the father nor
the mother of a child can give to it its character,
or any part of it. It is true that if the reincar-
nating ego is not as strong as either of its par-
ents, the physical body may resemble, in appear-
ance, one or both of them. This may be due to
one or two causes: First, the reincarnating ego
may, in a general way, be of a similar charac-
ter to one or both parents; or it may be that it
is not a conscious builder of its body and nega-
tively waits for the Law and for its mother's
mind to mould the body for it.
By many physicians, and by society in general,
it is believed that the father, or mother, can trans-
mit impurities and disease through their blood
to their innocent offspring, and that a child will
thus be made to suffer for the sins of its parents.
The Occultist says that no ego could reincarnate
with parents who would transmit poisons, or dis-
ease, to its body, unless, by reason of its own past
mistakes, that ego deserved to have them. It
could never be brought into that family by the
Law, if it did not belong there, because the Law
is Justice. To the mother who finds in her chil-
dren the taint of a poison which she knows she
did not give to them, but which she believes came
from their father, the Occultist would say: Because
of this, let no bitterness live in your heart toward
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the man whom you have espoused, because it is a
debt which is being paid and the child, whom you
believe to be an innocent sufferer for another's
sins, had sins of its own to expiate and is expiat-
ing them now under the right and proper condi-
By this it is not meant that nothing should be
done to improve the condition of the child, be-
cause improvement is always needed at every
moment during the life of a human being. But
God should not be blamed for the affliction, neither
should it be believed that it was an especial dis-
pensation of Providence.^ Force should not be
wasted by weeping and lamenting, but rather
should be used to help that ego to live a better
life than it did before, in order that it may not
suffer again in a like manner. And while the poi-
son is being eliminated from the child's body, the
poisonous thoughts which produced the condition
should also be eliminated from its mind.
There are sins of omission as well as sins of
commission, and nowhere, in any walk of life, are
there more of these to be found than in the rela-
tionship of parenthood. The mother who is too
ignorant, or too careless, to watch her baby and
prevent that little animal personality from con-
tracting in its infancy the habits which will later
lead to sexual abuses, wakens some day to the
* The History and Power of Mind, pp. 116-121 ; 260.
realizing sense that her beloved son, or daughter,
in whom her heart's pride is centered, has become
a nervous, physical wreck because of the fearful
practice of masturbation ; or, perhaps, has entered
the broad road of prostitution.
Modesty is the first lesson that should be taught
to the baby. When it begins to toddle, teach it
that there are certain portions of its body which
must always be kept decorously covered, and which
must not be handled or played with. Bad im-
pressions are often made, upon a baby's mind,
by the admiring mother who bares its little body
and shows it to her friends, or has its picture
taken in its nudity. Baby soon learns to believe
that nudity is nice, and it is more difficult for it
to unlearn a thing than to learn it.
When a baby girl has reached the age of under-
standing, the wise mother will win her confidence
by talking with her, alone each day, upon the sub-
jects which seem of the greatest interest to the
child. She will ask her questions concerning the
children with whom she plays, and about the serv-
ants in the house who have the care of her; and
very soon she will be able to determine something
of the daily influences which are brought to bear
upon the child. During those hours of sacred
confidence, the plastic mind of the child should
be moulded into the right condition to resist the
evil of the outside world. If, during those pre-
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cious talks,tlie mother teaches her that she is never
alone, but is surrounded, by night as well as by
day, by Divine Consciousness which knows every
thought she thinks and every act she performs,
the child will not easily be led into transgression.
Before the girl reaches puberty, the time when
the progressed reincarnating ego usually takes
full possession of its body ,^ the wise mother will
impress upon her mind that for the protection of
her good name, and in order that her future hus-
band should fully trust in her virtue and purity,
God had created within her body a hymen, which
is the physical expression of the purity of her
thoughts. She will tell her that this expression of
physical purity must be guarded as carefully as
her eyes, which are the material windows for her
soul. And she will impress the thought upon the
girl's mind that the hymen is a veil for the sacred
creative organs within her body, and it must re-
main where God placed it until the time shall come
when she will enter into the relationship of wife.
Because of her sex the baby girl should not be
made an isolated subject to be taught the neces-
sity for purity of thought and action. The baby
boy should begin his private interviews with his
mother at an equally tender age. For it is a great
mistake to believe that, because he is a boy, he
does not need to be taught purity, or does not come
* Mata the Magician, p. 126.
under the same rules that should govern the con-
duct of his sister. Egos are sexless and incarnate
alternately in male and female personalities. It
is the mind of the boy that the mother is educating,
and, it matters not which sex it uses, the truth and
purity which it is taught to-day will last through-
out its future incarnations.
It is a mistake to believe that the modest man
is not a strong character, or that he is a weakling
because he refuses to enter into the follies and
vices which society sanctions and condones. So
let not the mothers be afraid of robbing their sons
of the majesty of their manhood by teaching them
along the same lines that they teach their
daughters. Virtue is a wondrous jewel and
shines as brightly in the crown of manhood as in
that of womanhood. And, in whichever place ii
may be, it always serves as a strong light to
illumine the pathway of its possessor on the jour-
ney of life.
The Occultist says ; "be not ashamed to be, or to
become, a modest, truthful, virtuous man ; for by
so doing you will be entitled to instruction in the
highest wisdom given to man upon this planet.
But if you have not the rock foundation of virtue
and truth to stand upon, you cannot bear to know
the highest Occult teachings, which are given only
to those who are thus prepared and are therefore
Teaching, by word of mouth, is not the only
parental duty. The lessons taught the child as it
sits on the parent's knee are beautiful and impres-
sive, but they do not do all the work that is needed
in the child's heart garden. There is the daily
example which both parents put before it and
which goes very far toward moulding the little
one's character into a perfect, or imperfect, image
of manhood, or womanhood.
It is natural and right that the mother should
be the child's ideal of perfect womanhood, and
that the father should be its ideal of perfect man-
hood. It is also natural that those ideals should
be raised, or lowered, in the child's mind accord-
ing to the behavior of the objects of those ideals.
How can a mother teach modesty to a child who
sees her exposing her own person in a state of
nudity f How can she teach her child purity of
thought and action when she, herself, indulges in
impurity? She may think she is concealing her
conduct from her child, but those little bright eyes
see much more than she imagines, and that active
little mind will draw its own conclusions at a very
tender age. How can a mother teach a child to be
truthful when she, herself, tells falsehoods to it
and before it? It is true that children are often
impelled to ask embarrassing questions, and de-
sire to know many things which it may not seem
advisable to answer at the time. In such cases,
instead of telling a falsehood to conceal the truth,
it is better to say: ''When you are old enough
to be told this thing, which you are asking about,
I will answer your question."
If a child of five or six years wishes to know
where her baby brother came from, it is neither
advisable nor necessary to enter into a detailed
account of the circumstances and conditions which
brought him into the family. But the little one's
question, being an honest one, deserves a respect-
ful and considerate reply; and it is not right to
put her off with the usual tale of a stork, or of
a fairy, bringing and leaving him on the door-
step ; nor that the doctor took him out of his box
where he keeps all other babies. If it does not
seem advisable to tell the truth then, a promise
should be given that the mystery should be ex-
plained at some future time.
It is a mistake to tell children the Santa Claus
falsehood. It is true that it makes a very pretty
story, and a child lives in a delightful dream of
expectation until the sad day comes when it learns
the truth. The awakening is usually a terrible
shock and disappointment, and the child's confi-
dence is forever shaken in the person who told, and
maintained, the falsehood. Circumstances which
seem trifling and unimportant to a parent, are of
great importance to a child who is learning its
first lessons in life. And the little one's dis-
appointments are as hard for it to bear, as are
those which break the hearts and ruin the lives
of men and women.
Because of their love for their children, parents
often make slaves of themselves and sacrifice
much which they need and desire, that their chil-
dren may have more than they can afford to give
them. It is not an unusual thing to hear a mother
say: will never see my daughter's hands look
as mine do. She shall never work as I have worked
if I can help it. My child shall have all the ad-
vantages that were denied me, because of the
poverty of my parents. It is my duty to deny my-
self so she may become accomplished."
The one object in life is the development and
growth of every individual ego, and no one should
be retarded in its evolution by becoming the slave
of another. The mother who works all day, in
the kitchen, laundry, or at household work, to save
her daughter's white hands from the stains of
labor, is not only retarding her own growth, but
at the same time is fostering in her daughter's
character a degree of selfishness which will retard,
instead of advance, her progress in life. If the
ego, who came to reincarnate as the daughter of
the hard-working, self-sacrificing woman, had not
needed and deserved the lessons in physical labor
which Divine Law intended she should get in that
environment, then she would not have been,
brought to that family to incarnate. And the
mother, through her mistaken sense of duty, trans-
gresses against the Divine Law when she refuses
to share her labors with her child. Because of the
many self-imposed tasks, the mother cannot take
time to read, or to think, along educational lines ;
she has very little or no time to spend upon her
toilet, and, as a consequence, she appears illiterate,
stupid and poorly gowned. The daughter, for
whom she has toiled, is ashamed of her, and per-
haps repudiates her relationship if an opportunity
There is a saying that if a man makes a door-
mat of himself his friends will wipe their shoes on
him. This is a very terse way of stating a great
truth and applies to the case under discussion.
This mother earns the punishment she receives for
attempting to evade the operation of the Law
which governs her own and her daughter's pro-
gram. The punishment is bestowed upon her
through the individual whom she, by her mistaken
ideas of duty, has retarded in her development.
It is a fearful thing to hinder the evolution of
another ego, and never fails to bring its punish-
It is not infrequent that the father and mother
are left unthanked, and alone, to toil and pay off
the mortgage that, while laboring under their mis-
taken sense of duty, they put upon their home so
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their boy could go to college and have a sufficient
amount of money to spend in company with the
wealthy men's sons with whom he would associate
during his college days. And it is not infrequent,
when the young man returns to his humble home
and compares it and his parents with the homes
and parents of his fashionable friends, that he
feels ashamed and aggrieved and often blames his
father and mother for his poverty. Such a young
man might be heard to say: "They brought me in-
to the world against my will and now they may
take care of me," and the disappointed father and
mother bow their heads and bend their backs
under the burden which their mistaken sense of
duty has put upon them.
It was not the duty of those parents to risk los-
ing their home to give their son an opportunity
in life which neither of them could have. But it
was their duty to share with him their labors as
well as their blessings. If the boy had an aspira-
tion for a college course, and was willing to earn
the money to pay for it, they had no right to keep
him at home, or to refuse him the opportunity to
progress along any line he chose to follow. Be-
cause he was their son, they had no right to de-
mand a lifelong servitude from him any more than,
because they gave him birth, he had the right to
demand a life servitude from them. There were
experiences he needed, in that humble environ-
ment which would serve to bring out the strong
points in his character as no other environment
could; and Divine Mind placed him there because
it was the best place for him to be. It was not
necessary, however, that he should always remain
in that environment, and, after necessary lessons
had been learned and the required strength gained,
he had the right to release himself and to work out
his life problems in any way that he liked best.
It is not an unusual thing to hear a mother say:
**My daughter must have jewels and fine clothes
and be *up to date'; it does not matter about me,
I am getting old, and an old woman does not need
This is another case of mistaken parental
duty. That her daughter may have fine clothes,
jewels and be "up to date," an evolving ego
creeps into a corner and hides herself because of
her shabby, old-fashioned appearance. She can-
not meet her daughter's friends because she has
given everything she possessed toward ornament-
ing and beautifying her daughter. She does not
know what kind of society her daughter meets, be-
cause she is not permitted to appear when com-
pany is present. The real maternal duty of super-
vising the selection of her daughter's friends is
overruled by the mistaken duty of keeping her "up
to date," and permitting her to try to force her-
self into a social position which the family ex-
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chequer does not warrant, without sacrifice to the
The mother's punishment for her transgression
of the Law frequently comes in the form of dis-
honor to the daughter and a consequent disgrace
to the family name; and she is compelled to
creep further into the background and hide her
head for shame of that which she has been in-
strumental in precipitating upon herself and upon
When the majority of the women of any nation
refuse to become mothers, whether it is because of
poverty and inability to support children, or be-
cause they are too fashionable and have not the
time to give to the sacred duties of motherhood,
then the world may know that ''race suicide" has
begun in that portion of the globe. For the law of
demand and supply works along this line as force-
fully as along any other; and when women com-
mence to picture themselves as barren and de-
mand barrenness, they are scientifically creating
that condition for themselves and for the nation
to which they belong. If artificial means are used
to produce this condition the demise of the nation
will be hastened. And if a point has been reached
where its limitation of thought, its fixed religious
beliefs and its unprogressive modes of living are
causing mental strangulation to the individuals
who compose that nation; then the addition of
these various causes to the first great cause soon
brings national demolition.
For example, look at the Chinese race. There
are individuals in that great nation who manifest
a desire to break through the ancient customs of
their ancestors by going to America, or elsewhere,
to live. Some of these immigrants adopt, to a
limited extent, the customs and modes of living
of the people ^mong whom they go. But, as a
nation, the Chinese are bound by their religious
beliefs to the time of Confucius; and because of
their ancestral worship cannot depart from their
ancient religious customs. Some of the men who
come to America pretend to manifest an interest
in the religions of their adopted country; but, as
has been repeatedly shown, there is no founda-
tion for that interest other than curiosity, or a
desire for gain.
With most of their men and with many of their
women, sex relationship has reached a point of
utter moral depravity. Licentious indulgences are
with them a recreation and a pastime. Many of
their women are born barren and, in order that
prostitution among them may not be restrained by
child-bearing, many women are made barren by
artificial means. This last-named crime alone
would destroy the nation after a few more genera-
tions. But when that crime is combined with all
the limitations and obstructions which the peo-
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pie have put in the way of their own evolution,
there is but one result that can come and that is
destruction of the entire Chinese nation.
It is to be hoped that the people of our own
and other nations, who believe themselves to be
progressive and enlightened, may learn, through
observation, something of the causes and unmis-
takable signs which precede and produce race sui-
cide, and be not so blind as to require experiences,
similar to those of a dying nation, to learn the les-
son Divine Law is trying to teach.
Since there are two sides to every subject, there
is another side to this one. In opposition to race
suicide stands the other extreme, which is par-
ental slavery. Parenthood is a necessary experi-
ence in man's evolution, but parental slavery, pro-
duced by overmuch parenthood, is another great
mistake. Because God said on the morning of
man's creation ''be fruitful and multiply and re-
plenish the earth and subdue it," many people
have believed it to be a duty they owed to God
to give birth to as many children as was possible,
and, regardless of health, or of financial condi-
tions, have borne children in such numbers that
they have been utterly unable to take care of them.
This is exhibiting an extravagance in taking ad-
vantage of the parental privileges of man and is
as much to be deplored as any other extravagance.
It is true that there are many egos upon the
subjective plane awaiting an opportunity for re-
incarnation. But so there is an abundance of food
in the world waiting to be transformed into blood,
bone and muscle. A man who would constantly
overcrowd his stomach to accommodate the food
that was waiting to be transformed into something
higher than food, would be abusing that organ and
would soon reach a point where he could not re-
tain any food, and would shorten his life as a
penalty for his extravagance in eating.
There are certain religious orders which en-
courage and even command, their female mem-
bers to give birth to as many children as possible;
and priests have been kno^vn to advise the sacri-
fice of the life of a mother for the sake of bring-
ing another child into the world, even though, at
that moment, there was a family of little ones
to be left motherless by his decision.
The Occultist says such advice as this, coming
from a priest, supposedly a holy man, should be
regarded a crime, and should be made punishable
by the State. It is a mistake to allow men to
teach ignorant people to commit such wrongs as
these, for it is as great a wrong to sacrifice the in-
carnation of one ego for the sake of gi\^ng incar-
nation to another as it is to take life in any other
It is not necessary that an ego should become a
slave to a larger family of children than it has
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means to provide for comfortably. It is not right
nor just for a man and a woman to toil early and
late and be deprived of the advantages and
pleasures of life in order that a number of other
egos may have an opportunity to reincarnate. But
every married man and woman should be willing to
pay the parental debt they owe to the Divine Law,
by having some children. In other words, they
should be willing and glad to give bodies and to
educate at least two other egos in payment for
their own birth and education.
But if an individual does not wish to pay his
debt and prefers to shirk his sacred obligation;
if he feels, either mentally or physically, unquali-
fied for parenthood, then he should refuse to marry
and should devote his time to the improvement of
his mental and physical condition and toward help-
ing others who need his assistance.
The Nazarene said: "For ye have the poor al-
ways with you, ' ' and the man, or woman, who does
not desire to marry and become a parent can find
much to do for the fatherless and motherless chil-
dren in the world.
PHYSICAL. AND PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT
In the three preceding lectures there have been
a few brief references to cosmogonal evolution and
to the relationship existing between God — Divine
Mind — and some of the greatest individualized
centers of force in the Universe; such as the Solar
Deities and the Elohim, or Creative Gods. It
must be understood that these great Centers of
Consciousness were the evolutionary products of
remote Cosmic Days, having evolved from man-
hood into godhood, and that on the morning of our
first period they were called again into activity
and were not newly created as was anciently be-
lieved. For God did not create the earth and all
it contained first and then make "two great
lights: the greater light to rule the day and the
lesser light to rule the night: and the stars and
set them in the firmament of the heaven to give
light upon the Earth," as is stated in the first
chapter of Genesis.
But, in accordance with the Divine Law, which
is also the law of necessity, the stronger centers
of force preceded the weaker, in this Cosmic Day,
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the same as in previous periods, and will forever
continue to do ; and, therefore, the Occultist would
say, before the creation of worlds, or of planetary
systems, the suns were created which were to give
light and heat and magnetic life to the worlds.
These orbs were created by the greatest individu-
alized centers of consciousness who exist in the
Universe, the Solar Deities — commonly called Sun
Gods by sun-worshipping people. And, after those
centers of magnetic force and light had been
created and their orbits established, the Elohim,
or Planetary Spirits, brought into materialized
form lesser magnetic centers and arranged them
into systems of worlds.
On the morning of the fifth period of our Cos-
mic Day, Celestial Beings, who in our Scripture
were sometimes called the Seraphim and Cheru-
bim, and who had been but waiting for the Divine
Summons to arouse them to activity, began the
work which the All Father, Divine Mind, desired
them to do.
Like the Elohim, these great Beings were also
centers of individualized consciousness, but dif-
fered from the Elohim in being the products of
the Cosmic Day preceding this. When the last
Cosmic Night came on they had, through individu-
alization, evolved to a point beyond the probability
of re-absorbment into the Universal Conscious-
ness. And, although they were possessed of les-
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ser power, being smaller centers than the Elohim,
still the individual Godhood of each had been
established, and they belonged to the Heavenly
Host" who work everlastingly for the upbuild-
ing of the Universe.
Throughout our Scripture these Beings are fre-
quently mentioned, and were called by various
names, according to the impression made upon the
mind of the individual who saw them. Usually
they appeared singly to persons, as in the case of
Saul, who was going to Damascus to persecute
the Christians. The description he gave of the
Being who stopped him, in his mad career, was
more nearly correct than was usually given in
those days. He was impressed with the thought
that it was Jesus of Nazareth who spoke to him,
and in the report of the incident it is said : "Sud-
denly there shined round about him a light from
heaven; and he fell to the earth and heard a
voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why perse-
cutest thou me?" and for three days afterward
he was without sight, and neither ate nor
It may, or may not, have been the Being who had
been using the body of the humble Nazarene to
teach humanity how to live to higher standards of
morality; but whether it was He, or not, it cer-
tainly was a Celestial Being who had been sent to
Saul to enlighten him regarding the mistakes he
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was making in persecuting his fellowmen.
And it was not the first, nor the last, inci-
dent of the kind which has occurred among man-
In the first chapter of Ezekiel there is a most
graphic description of four of these Beings who,
the prophet declared, had appeared to him. He
said they looked exactly alike and had "the ap-
pearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord."
And, when he heard the voice of the One who
spoke, he fell upon his face and was unable to
stand before that holy company.
It is not unreasonable to believe that the descrip-
tion of that Celestial Quartet as given by Eze-
kiel, was highly colored by his intense emotional
condition, as well as by the imperfection of his
clairvoyant vision at that time. So far as details
were concerned, his description could not have
been correct, since Beings, who have reached the
point of development which entitles them to the
position of Creative Gods, have no need fcr wings,
neither do they have animal heads nor bird faces.
But they are great Souls, who in their Cosmic
Day, were men like the men of our day, but who
have now become disembodied, yet have retained
every principle except their physical vehicle, for
which they have no further need. And, instead
of going to some far-away heaven and spending
an eternity in selfish bliss, they have chosen to do
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the work of self-sacrifice which ends only with the
Cosmic Day in which that work is undertaken.
Combined, they form the invisible "Host" which
ever protects and watches over humanity within
its karmic limits. Singly, or in pairs, they some-
times visit individuals who have become worthy
of their help. They are the protecting, compas-
sionate, guardian angels for struggling, suffering
souls of earth. They are the Elder Brothers,
the Saviours, the Avatars for undeveloped
With their intense and rapid rates of vibration
they sometimes appear to men as great centers of
light, or as radiant suns, encircled by all the colors
of the rainbow. And if one of these wondrous
Beings comes into close proximity with an unde-
veloped incarnated ego, that person is often unable
to bear the Presence and retain his consciousness
on the material plane.
Sometimes one of these Beings takes a physical
body and uses it for a short time for the purpose
of enabling Him to mingle with men and thus
help a race, or a nation, by leading it over a diffi-
cult place in its evolution.
But whether incarnated or not, they inspire and
uplift the leaders of peoples, teaching them at all
times the highest truths that they are able to
The laws operating in the macrocosm also con-
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trol the microcosm, and since, to evolve, Divine
Mind has to express Itself through the instrumen-
tality of individualized centers, it was necessary, in
the sixth period of our Cosmic Day, after suns
and worlds and systems of worlds had been cre-
ated, that It should continue further with the in-
dividualization of Itself. After the earth was
formed and adjusted to its orbit in the heavens,
and when its surface had become sufficiently cooled
and encrusted to form a substantial foundation,
the vapors, which had been accumulating in its
surrounding atmosphere, by reason of the intense
heat emanating from it as a mass of burning gases,
were precipitated back upon it in heavy rain. This
is described in Genesis, second chapter and sixth
verse: "But there went up a mist from the earth
and watered the whole face of the ground." The
Occultist further says that there was a great down-
pour of rain which lasted for many years until the
whole face of the earth was covered with water.
And for ages Mother Earth was covered with the
restless, surging sea.
When the time had come, in the earth's evolu-
tion, that individualized life could be maintained
upon it, the earth, through its magnetic power of
attraction, commenced to draw from the differen-
tiated portion of the Universal Consciousness, sur-
rounding it, the cosmic life currents which were
to ensoul it and to ensoul all the animal forms
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that it should sometime produce. The first current
attracted, and which entirely permeated it, was
the cosmic orange. This is the current that gives
life to everything and without which neither min-
erals, vegetables nor animals could exist.' With-
out its renewing power even the earth itself would
become a huge ball of crumbling coke and slowly
disintegrate. After the life current was estab-
lished and had formed a broad protecting band
around the earth, then came the cosmic current
red ' and blended with the orange upon its outer
edge. In this current are the elements which in-
duce procreation and, therefore, it was a necessary
force to aid in the work of reproduction of the
vegetable and animal forms on earth. After the
cosmic red then came another which vibrates at
the rate producing green ' and blended with the
red upon its outer edge. In this current are the
elements which produce and maintain the princi-
ples of individualization, and thus it was also a
necessary factor in the work which Divine Mind
desired done upon the earth.
When our globe had become surrounded and en-
souled with these currents, or colors, it was ready
to bring forth into objectivity the various vege-
table and animal forms which Divine Mind had
created on the mental plane, and in this work
* The History and Power of Mind, p. 245.
'The ITistory and Tower of Mind, p. 242.
» The History and Power of Mind, p. 246.
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the Seraphim and Cherubim, the Lord Gods of
the second chapter of Genesis, became the demon-
According to the command of God — Divine Mind
— the Elohim had created the Sons of God out
of the differentiated part of the Universal Con-
sciousness and had placed them in a realm of in-
nocence upon another sphere, or orb, in our plane-
tary chain; and now the Seraphim and Cherubim
undertook the work of creating the forms of vege-
table and animal life, and the bodies of animal
men, out of that part of the differentiated por-
tion of the Universal Consciousness which had
been attracted to and had ensouled the
Since Divine Mind had pictured certain portions
of the earth covered with grasses, flowers and
trees, and had thus formed the matrices for these
individualized expressions of Itself, seven Seraphs
and seven Cherubs, half souls of each other,
formed into a group of Creative Beings for the
purpose of materializing Divine Mind's mental
creations. These Beings, with their united forces,
raised continents above the surface of the waters
and caused ''the waters under the heaven to be
gathered together unto one place." Then they
slowly drew from the orange, the red and tht>
green currents, ensouling the earth, ^ combined
force which, as it passed through the mineralized
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soil and appeared upon its surface, individualized
and materialized into the many forms of vegetable
life which they had seen pictured in Divine Mind
before they grew."
First came the tiny lichens upon the rocks, then
the grass and flowers, the shrubs and finally the
trees; and thus the command of God — Divine
Mind — was fulfilled; ''and out of the ground"
made the Lord Gods to grow every plant of the
field and every "tree that is pleasant for the
sight, and good for food."
After the vegetable kingdom was created and
was ready to support the animal life that was to
come, then this group of Celestial Beings began
slowly to materialize the pictures they saw, in
Divine Mind, of the fish. First came the various
kinds of mussels, mollusks and bivalves. All were
without shells in the beginning but afterward,
those that needed, evolved such protection as
would preserve life and maintain a continued exist-
ence. And after ages and ages there were evolved
from the mussel, fish ; and from the fish a creature
half fish and half fowl, which finally evolved to
fowl and flew above the waters instead of swam
in the waters, and thus was fulfilled the mandate
of Divine Mind: "Let the w^aters bring forth
abundantly the moving creature that hath life,
and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open
firmament of heaven. ' '
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And after the waters had been made to bring
forth, then these Celestial Beings began slowly to
materialize the insect and animal forms they had
seen pictured in Divine Mind. From the decay-
ing roots of grasses and flowers the life principle
was drawn into tiny insect land ian;imal forms
(which of course did not include the malignant
creatures that were subsequently the offspring of
men's minds). ^ And from the decaying roots of
shrubs and trees the life principle was drawn into
larger animal forms.
The soul of the squirrel that now has its home
in the hollow of a decaying tree was once the
soul of a tree. Then it depended upon the soil
and the atmosphere for its individual mainte-
nance and its limitations held it firmly attached to
the mother earth which bore it. When its ex-
perience as a tree had been sufficient, and when its
material tree body began to decay, the Universal
Consciousness, desiring a higher individualiza-
tion for it, acted as the evolutionary impulse and
pushed the tree soul out of its dying vehicle, and
the Celestial Beings moulded it into the tiny squir-
rel form which they saw pictured in Divine Mind.
Because of its former life as a tree, and because
of its past associations with the forest, in its new
and more progressed form, it loved and made its
home among the trees, until, after many reincar-
* The History and Power of Mind, p. 181.
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nations as a squirrel, it outgrew that condition also
and was able to use a larger and a stronger body.
And thus the animal kingdom was gradually evol-
ved through the re-embodiment of the life princi-
ple, combined with procreative and individualizing
forces, until a form was evolved which stood erect
and walked upon two feet. This form the Celestial
Beings — the Lord Gods — created (evolved) from
* * the dust of the ground. ' ' It was the materialized
and mineralized product of the earth. And when
they ''breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,"
or drew into his body the combined cosmic life
currents, (animal) "man became a living (ani-
mal) soul," and was ready to receive the divine,
immortal principle that was waiting upon another
planet to come and to immortalize his exist-
In Lecture One it was shown how the Sons of
God incarnated in the animal forms which the
Celestial Beings had prepared for them,^ and the
account of that incarnation will not be repeated.
It is sufficient to say that after the union of the
two minds, the higher and the lower, or the sub-
jective and the objective, the struggle for suprem-
acy commenced between them; and although man
has lived upon this planet until more than one-
half the time allotted to his evolution, the struggle
between his two minds is still strong and he is
*The History and Power of Mind, pp. 65-68.
now only just beginning to learn something about
his origin and nature.
Since history began to be written, there have
been individuals who have stood forth during their
age, or generation, in the position of psychics;
and because of the mental, or moral, undevelop-
ment of some of those individuals, psychism has
suffered a great deal of opprobrium. The Century
Dictionary defines psychism as: "The doctrine
that there is a fluid diffused throughout all nature,
animating equally all living and organized beings,
and that the difference which appears in their ac-
tions comes of their particular organization."
To the ordinary student this definition is con-
fusing. For if there is a fluid diffused through-
out all nature that animates equally all living and
organized beings, why should not every being be
equally affected by it! It also defines the w^ord
psyche, from which psychism is derived, as a
Greek word meaning among other things *'the
human soul, ^spirit or mind." If it is the human
soul that is supposed to be diffused throughout
all nature and animates equally all living and
organized beings, when the first definition is
wrong, because, as is most apparent, it is the soul's
own personality that is most animated, and other
beings, or personalities, are affected by it accord-
ing to its condition of development and consequent
influence over them.
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The great trouble with the definition as it stands
is, that the person who wrote it was not acquainted
with the subject he was writing about and the
trouble with humanity is, that it knows very little
about the subject, and is always suspicious of
whatever it is not acquainted with.
Occultism teaches that psychic development is
soul growth and that it is not an ''especial gift
from God," to one individual more than to an-
other; but is the result of the soul's evolvement
and consequent ability to see, or to be otherwise
conscious, on planes other than the material, while
it still functions in a physical body. Psychism per-
tains to, and is, an attribute of the animal soul,
or objective mind, and is not of the spirit or sub-
jective mind as is shown by the fact that many
animals are psychic. There are many instances,
on record, of horses who have been frightened at
disembodied entities and refused to draw a vehicle
containing the dead body of a man or of a beast.
This was because they saw, or were conscious of,
the disembodied soul of the corpse which they
feared. And dogs have been knoA\Ti to fear, or to
follow, and obey the will of a disembodied ego
who was invisible to persons not psychic; and yet
no one could possibly claim spirituality for the
The cult, called by its followers, spiritualism
has had much to do with bringing confusion in the
minds of investigators along this line of thought.
Many persons believe themselves to be "spiritual-
ists," because they have accepted, as a truth, the
fact that there is eternal progression for the
human soul — a belief entirely separate and distinct
from a knowledge of spirit, or of things spiritual.
Every living thing is animated by a soul and this
soul, whether of a plant, an animal, or a man, is
the evolutionary force within, that reincarnates
again and again until, sometime and somew^re
it reaches the spiritual plane of development.
Then, and not until then, can it be properly called
There are two kinds of psychic development, the
prudent, which leads to independent clairvoyance
and clairaudience ; and the imprudent, that leads
to the destruction of the physical body, or to in-
sanity. The prudent psychic develops his body
by living a natural, orderly life. Through medi-
tation and concentration and by a conscious use
of the life currents and of the higher cosmic cur-
rents, he keeps his thoughts pure and his body
well and strong.
With the coming of the Sons of God to this
planet to incarnate, there were added to the band
of colors, already surrounding it, two higher
cosmic currents or colors. The first three, orange,
red, and green, were all that were needed to en-
soul the earth and the vegetable and animal king-
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doms. But when the Sons of God came here to
dwell, being of a higher rate of vibration than
anything on earth, their evolution depended upon
the presence of higher forces from which they
could draw. Having been created out of those
portions of the Universal Consciousness which
vibrate as blue and yellow, their mental supplies
had to be drawn from the cosmic currents from
which they had been created. For man is the con-
necting link between the Celestial Beings of other
Cosmic Days and the lower creatures of his own.
day, and it is through him, and his efforts, that
the lower kingdoms will be raised to higher de-
velopment. Without the blue and the yellow cos-
mic currents man could not continue to maintain
his present position in the Universe, but would
deteriorate into the same general rate of vibra-
tion as the creatures below him that draw their
support from the lower cosmic currents.
"With these conditions in view the prudent
psychic begins to lay the foundation for future
clairvoyance, or Seership, by scientifically getting
his body into the proper condition ; for he knows
that, without a sound body and a wholesome mind,
his psychic development would be more harmful
than helpful. Independent clairvoyance and clair-
audience belong to man's mental and spiritual de-
velopment; and come only by consciously using
the cosmic currents blue and yellow. Instructions
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how to gain these attributes of soul will be given
in Lecture Five; at present physical and psychic
development will be discussed, since these form
the basis or foundation for the higher attributes
to rest upon.
The first races of mankind that existed upon the
earth were powerful in their physique; "there
were giants in those days;" and at that time, men
were supplied with several physical organs which
have now either disappeared entirely, or have
diminished in size to infinitesimal and apparently
useless glands. The diminution of these organs
was caused by the sexual excesses in which man in-
dulged and to the artificial modes of living which
he adopted. For example, the tiny gland in the
center of his brain that medical science calls the
pineal gland was once a center of consciousness
used by men for the purpose of functioning upon
the spiritual plane.^. It was the organ through
which the ego reported spiritual events to the ma-
terial plane. At the end of his auditory nerves
there were other glands, or centers of conscious-
ness which the soul used to transmit subjective
vibrations into audible sounds. But because man
grew to love the material things of earth more
than the psychic, or mental, he neglected and
finally ceased to use those centers of conscious-
ness. "With the disuse of an organ it diminishes in
»The History and Power of Mind, pp. 193-194.
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size and strength ; and, after long continued dis-
use, it becomes atrophied ; and so it was with these
centers in man's brain. Because of his grossness
and sexual excesses, and the selfish and brutal
conditions into which he sank, his psychic centers
dwindled to glands very little larger than pin
heads and became of no use whatever to him.
The same condition became true of other organs
in his body. Originally there was an extra re-
ceptacle attached to the cecum or head of the
intestinal colon, now called the vermiform ap-
pendix, that served the purpose of retaining a
vital fluid abstracted from food during the process
of digestion, and which supplied sufficient nutri-
ment to enable him to exist for weeks and some-
times for months without taking other food. Now
the miserable remnant of that once wonderful
organ has degenerated into a cause of much suf-
fering for mankind in general, and is a source of
considerable revenue for some members of the
medical profession, who, while proceeding to re-
mpve the now useless attachment, wonder for what
purpose it was ever created.
Ancient man also was supplied with a pair of
glands, situated just above his kidneys, which
medical science now calls suprarenal bodies.
These bodies were created for the purpose of
secreting other precious fluids vitally necessary to
the prolongation of his physical life ; but, like the
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psychic centers in his brain, these organs have
also become obsolete, and all because of the neglect
and abuse of his physical body.
At the present time in the cycle of evolution,
during the last half of the sixth great period of
our Cosmic Day, man is beginning to bestir him-
self, and is trying to regain some of the powers
he once possessed and extravagantly wasted. It
is encouraging to note that the rising generations
have begun to depart from tbe customs of the
passing generations and are devoting more time
to athletics. Twenty, or thirty years ago it was
considered quite the proper thing for wealthy
men's sons to be effeminate fops. The heaviest
things the fashionable scions of some of the old
aristocratic families lifted, or attempted to carry,
were their fancy-headed canes, and all they did
was to idly stare out of clubhouse windows at the
women who passed. They knew nothing outside
of the regular routine of the useless, indolent lives
they lived ; and the most arduous things the young
women of that class and generation did was to
practice a little piano music and eat bonbons.
Both sexes were pale and puny and usually died
quite young. Physical degeneracy reached its
ultimate at that period. But the rising generation
seems to have caught step with the law of evolu-
tion and is cultivating its physical strength. And,
although it may not realize what great benefit will
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be derived from so doing, yet it is surely laying
the foundation for a magnificent physique for the
As it has always been, with every new impulse
in the right direction, there are persons who adopt
an extreme view of everything and overdo what-
ever they undertake. By reason of their enthusi-
asm in believing that if a little of a thing is good,
a great deal is better, they are strongly inclined to
excess in their athletic exercises. To acquire
health and strength, it is not necessary, or advis-
able, to spring out of a warm bed and, while the
stomach is empty, take a plunge into a tub of cold
water; and then, to bring the blood back to the
surface of the body, from the vitals where it has
been driven by the sudden shock, rub the skin until
it smarts with the violent friction. But it is neces-
sary to rise, bathe in tepid, or warm water, dress
deliberately, and through an open window let the
sunlight into the room, and, while raising the arms
to the highest point above the head, slowly fill the
lungs to their greatest capacity with pure oxygen.
As the breath is slowly exhaled, allow the arms
to fall to the sides and, while this exercise is being
repeated, the thoughts should be concentrated
upon the blue, or yellow, cosmic currents which
surround the earth and supply man with his men-
tal and spiritual forces.
It is not necessary to practice lifting great
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weights to strengthen the muscles and gain physi-
cal strength. Neither is it necessary to hang
suspended by the heels in mid-air over a horizon-
tal bar until the veins and arteries are ready to
burst with the blood thus unnaturally forced into
them. Man's Creators never intended that he
should walk, or stand, upon his hands with his
feet elevated in the air. And intelligent exami-
nation of his venous system will show that he was
intended to walk, or stand, upon his feet and to
use his hands and arms for other purposes than
for walking. Such extreme exercises as these are
not permanently helpful. For a time, a man may
feel thrills of exhilaration passing through his
body because of his cold bath, or of his exciting
acrobatic performances, but there always comes a
reaction from such shocks to his physical body the
same as follows the drinking of a stimulant. The
extra strength is not his to keep, but is borrowed
from the future and will leave him as suddenly as
Because it has been reported that an ancient
hero practiced lifting a calf each day until it
reached maturity and in this manner gained
strength to carry it when it became full grown,
many of our modern heroes and athletes, who live
where calves are not available, substitute iron
dumb bells for infant bovines, and increase the
weight of those bells until they sometimes strain
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their bodies permanently. They forget — if they
ever knew — that the strength they are now begin-
ning to regain was lost ages and ages ago and that,
since it went gradually, it will return gradually —
if they exercise in a wise and prudent manner.
Very few recognized athletes live to the age of
fifty years and many die after about ten years of
hard training. They suddenly collapse, or go out
with pneumonia or heart failure, and people won-
der why such strong men were unable to resist
a severe cold when they could lift much more than
their own weight. The reason is this: they had
been overstraining their lungs and their muscles,
and when the reaction came their overstrained
organs collapsed like an overcharged balloon.
Grentle, healthy exercises are both beneficial and
necessary for man's physical and psychic develop-
ment; but physical exercises should always be
regulated by good judgment and common sense the
same as should everything else man does.
For an aid to the practice of concentration there
are muscular exercises most beneficial, and which
serve to develop both the muscles and the mind.
Instead of lifting heavy weights, it is a better
exercise to concentrate the thoughts upon a par-
ticular muscle and learn to raise and lower it by
the power of thought. The circulation of the blood
in the body can also be controlled in like manner,
and this is a better exercise than that of walking,
or of running for many miles. If a person desires
to test the truth of this statement, let him concen-
trate his thoughts upon the blood in his feet. For
five consecutive minutes, let him think of nothing
but his feet and the blood that is flowing into their
veins and arteries. By seeing the veins throbbing
and filled with blood, in any portion of his body,
he will be able to control his circulation and
strengthen and enlarge his muscles by his power
If a person desires to enlarge and magnetize
his brain and the psychic centers w^ithin it, let him
concentrate his thoughts upon the tiny glands
which are his physical and psychic centers of con-
sciousness. Let him see the blue cosmic current
flowing into those centers until they throb with
this animating, magnetic fluid. But when his brain
is filled with the current, and he feels it vibrating
strongly, it is unwise to continue longer to draw
upon it at that time. He should remember not to
be more extravagant in this than in any other
exercise; for, in the beginning of this practice,
he can overdo with his mental gymnastics the same
as with physical athletics. In other words, he
should be gentle and prudent with this, as with
every other thing he undertakes to do, and not
waste his precious force in tearing his body to
pieces. It is much easier to destroy a thing than
to construct it, and it requires much less time.
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There are mental as well as physical reactions,
and it is well to avoid both.
Now that man has reached the age of wireless
telegraphy, it is not difficult for him to understand
how subjective sounds can be transmitted to the
material plane. After witnessing the process of
receiving a message from a ship in mid-ocean, and
having it telephoned from the receiving station to
his home, he can understand how the mind can
transmit, through its highly developed and sensi-
tive instrument, its message to the material world.
But it is with this as with every other thing that
is done well, the proper conditions must exist to
produce good results. If the receiving instrument
is out of order the message will not be received, or
it will be imperfect and incomplete, and therefore
will not be understood.
If the psychic's brain is befogged with the
fumes of liquor, or tobacco, or if the vibrations of
his receiving glands and auditory nerves are
deadened or stupefied by drugs or poisonous medi-
cines, it will not make a good transmitter of the
message sent by the mind. Therefore, it is abso-
lutely necessary that a good psychic should pos-
sess a good body. He must be sound in mind and
body — if he is to become an independent clair-
voyant or clairaudient.
The imprudent manner in which psychic power
has been manifested, is the chief cause of the dis-
repute from which psychism suffers. No think-
ing, intelligent person is apt to accept, as true,
anything told him by a wild-eyed, long-haired,
pallid-faced person who poses before the public as
a psychic. The woman who goes about mth her
eyes half closed, whispering, muttering or gesticu-
lating, is of no credit to the subject she is study-
ing and wishes to present to the world.
The woman who tells everybody she meets that
she "is so psychic," or that she "examines
psychically everything and everybody," is an un-
fortunate, misguided specimen of imprudent psy-
chic development; for she has not a sound mind
for the foundation of her development and is
therefore totally unreliable in her statements.
The prudently developed psychic will not dress
differently nor appear conspicuous, and will al-
ways use his powers wisely. He will not advertise
Himself in any way as a psychic, nor will he seek
notoriety. If he shares, with a friend, the knowl-
edge he has gained, he does so because he believes
it will be of benefit to his friend, and not because
he hopes, or expects, that in some way, the giving
of that knowledge will accrue to his own advan-
There are many ways by which a lower order of
psychic development can be gained, but the prin-
cipal ones are through the Oriental method of
breathing and yoga practices, and through the so-
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called spiritualistic developing circles. Both
methods usually produce a low order of medium-
ship which is never approved by the true Oc-
cultist.' For, if Occultism stands for anything, it
is for the independent development of each indi-
vidual ego, and not for the dependence of one
ego upon another, whether incarnated, or ex-
The material plane is interpenetrated by the
first subjective plane which is crowded with dis-
embodied entities who cannot get away from the
material stage whereon they acted their various
parts in the drama of life. It is perfectly natural
that their dispositions and desires should not be
changed by the laying down of their bodies. And
it is natural that, if they can find embodied egos
whom they can influence, or control, they should
try to do so, because it is the natural tendency
of undeveloped natures to desire to manage other
persons' affairs. There are hundreds of men and
women in physical life who are ready to give ad-
vice to others, about the most delicate and intricate
matters, pertaining to their private affairs, and
then bitterly resent it if their advice is not fol-
lowed. And it is the same kind of egos upon the
first psychic plane who offer themselves as
heavenly guides" to mortals.
The disembodied entity who succeeds in gaining
* The History and Power of Mind, pp. 176-177.
sufficient influence over a psychic to control, in any-
way, his thoughts or actions, conunences to draw
upon the magnetism of that person from the first
moment the attachment between them is formed.
And if its influence is permitted to continue, if
the psychic is quite willing and anxious to be led
by his heavenly guide,'* there will soon be addi-
tions made to his ''group of controls," and this
will continue until he becomes possessed by a
*'band," and then, never, for a moment, will he be
acting independently, or according to his own
judgment. He will never be permitted to think
for himself, but will be constantly impressed with
the thoughts of others, who will do his thinking
for him; and, while they give to him, their often
mistaken ideas, they will draw from him his physi-
cal magnetism until he becomes a nervous wreck.
He will be their magnetic dynamo, or supply sta-
tion from which they will take copious draughts.
Should he follow faithfuUy the directions of his
''Indian Guide" who, during his last earthly ex-
perience, did nothing but hunt and fish, then he
must fail in any business, except hunting and fish-
ing, since his "Guide" cannot advise wisely along
any line of business he knows nothing about.
In his marital relationship he may be guided by
an entity who in earth life was a polygamist, and
who still believes in a plurality of wives. If the
psychic finds himself incarcerated in prison for
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bigamy, while acting under the guidance of this
''control," he wonders how it could have hap-
pened. Further explanation of the psychic plane
and its relation to the physical world is given in
Yoga practices for psychic development are
older than the written history of mankind and
were used by the priests on the Continent Atlantis,
which is now sunken beneath the sea. The yoga
system of to-day has deviated from its original
purpose of upbuilding the body and brain of man,
and has become a dangerous and most degenerate
practice. The Occultists say it was used by the
first teachers of the races, by the Avatars and the
Saviours, for the purpose of raising man's mind
from the material things of earth to the spiritual
planes of thought ; to produce perfect mental har-
mony between God and man. In those ancient
days the priests and high priests retired into their
sanctuaries, when they wished to commune with
Divine Mind, and, through meditation and con-
centration upon the Great Consciousness and the
Celestial Beings, received the spiritual enlighten-
ment they demanded. But they did not indulge in
the foolish chastisement, or scourging of their
physical bodies, as do the yogi of the present day.
They did not sit upon the ground in a single spot,
without moving, until the roots of a tree grew over
their limbs. Neither did they clench their hands
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and hold them in that position until their nails
grew into their palms.
There are Orientalists who teach Western stu-
dents the damaging and dangerous yoga breath-
ing, for the purpose of stimulating, or awakening,
psychic centers of consciousness in the body and
the brain. The Occultist warns against the prac-
tice. To many who read these lectures this warn-
ing will be unnecessary because their own limited
experiences have brought about physical dis-
turbances. These results are inevitable because
the unnatural method of breathing, suddenly
changes the polarity of the brain and reverses the
natural circulation of the blood, bringing abnor-
mal pressure upon the Psychic centers in the brain.
Because the brain controls the nerves of the body
the entire nervous system is thus sympathetically
affected. The sudden change, from the natural to
the unnatural manner of breathing, renders the
physical body negative and unable to resist an
attack of epilepsy or obsession. The minor physi-
cal results manifest in one or more of the following
forms : temporary blindness in one or both eyes ;
bleeding at the ears or nose, stammering and hys-
teria. If a person desires to know something fur-
ther of the results of yoga breathings, let him
make a study of those who practice them, whether
they are from the Orient or from the Occident.
It is not difficult to find victims of this wretched
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practice in many of the insane asylums of this
country and it is not possible to find one person,
who has gained anything in spiritual development,
by aid of them.
Swami Vive Kananda, who introduced yoga
breathing in this country, died, it is said, from the
results of his own practices. His demise was a
great loss to the world, however, for he was not
only an able man, but also a helper of humanity,
and the Occident should revere his memory be-
cause he brought to popular attention the beautiful
Vedanta Philosophy. His teacher, who suffered
from epilepsy, died, it is said, in an epileptic
paroxysm caused by yoga practices. Many of the
lesser lights in this line of work are Americans
who adopted yoga breathing and attempted, for a
while, to teach it, but since they were not trained
in it from childhood, the natural consequences of
a disarranged body and brain quickly followed
their mistakes and they disappeared, from public
view, as teachers, leaving many wrecked lives be-
MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
''And the earth (Universe) was without form,
and void (motionless) ; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep."
Before any thing was made, God — Divine Mind
— existed. It was and is and forever will be,
Divine Potentiality; and it is also the Essence and
the Substance of subjective and of objective
things. It is of the Universe, and it is the Uni-
verse. It has no source, but it is the Source ; and,
never having been born. It can never die. As
Essence It is ineffable; but as Substance It is
"And the Spirit of God (Divine Mind) moved
upon the face of the waters . . . and there was
As Divine Essence, It could only be Omni-
presence. But as Divine Substance, It became
substantial first as light. In Its nature It is fluidic
and vibratory. In expression It became differ-
entiated and diversified. As Omniscience It is
Being: as Creative Gods, It became Beings. As
God It is Mind ; as men It became minds. As the
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Father-Mother, It is Consciousness. In man It
became intuition ; in the animal It became instinct,
and in the plant It was and is consciousness.
Evolution, with its various and variable modes
of expression, is the machinery that moves the
Universe, and will, in its various aspects, is the
propelling force that moves evolution. With the
Celestial, Creative Beings, this force manifests as
Divine Will. With man it becomes differentiated
into two aspects. In the subjective mind it be-
comes individual will, while in man's objective
mind it becomes individual desire. With animals,
this force manifests as animal desire, and with all
kinds of plant life it manifests as sub-conscious
With its sub-conscious desire for greater free-
dom, better protection and more warmth, the tiny-
life germ in the heart of a seed bursts its con-
fining limitations and sends forth, into the mag-
netic, mineralized soil below it, the fibrous roots
that will serve as a conduit for the elements it
sub-consciously needs. And as the tiny roots reach
farther and deeper into the warm, damp soil, the
dependent little seed seems to nestle closer and
closer into the earth's maternal bosom, until it is
completely covered. And there it receives the
warmth and protection it sub-consciously desires.
And when these demands have been freely and
fully met, then it is the same sub-conscious desire
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— this time for greater freedom — that causes it
to send into the atmosphere above the soil, an-
other means by which its further needs may be
supplied. This time the means are not the cylin-
drical, porous roots that may serve only as tubes
through which moisture and fertilized nutrition
shall be drawn, but it is something not unlike a
tiny sail, and is an emblem of its coming free-
The sail is tightly furled when it first appears
and thus it remains until it begins to feel the sun's
light and heat, and then, sub-consciously, it grad-
ually unfurls, and, like a cup, it holds itself in
readiness to receive the rain-drops and the dew,
as well as all the sunshine it can get; for these
things are as necessary to its maintenance as are
the chemicals it draws from out the soil. And
when it has reached a point in its development
where it must fulfill its parental mission, that same
sub-conscious desire, which first caused it to be-
come established as a plant, puts forth the tiny
buds and blossoms and then the fruit, which bears
within its heart the seed for more sub-conscious-
ness to ensoul. By reason of its accumulated
strength, gained from maintaining individualized
form for many years, out of sub-consciousness,
consciousness is born. And since desire can only
be where consciousness exists, and since desire be-
comes intensified as consciousness gains strength,
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sub-conscious desire becomes desire, and througb
its propelling force, brings sub-consciousness into
expression in greater and still higher forms of
It was the sub-conscious desire for better pro-
tection and more warmth that caused the life germ
in the seed to reach down into the soil, and it
was the same sub-conscious desire for greater
freedom which caused it to send its green cups
above the soil and into the sunlight. As its sub-
conscious desire grew, still greater freedom was
its constant demand, until, after many years of
limitation, as a plant, the time came when it was
strong enough to be bom into a higher form, and
thus it came into a realization of its sub-conscious
demand for greater freedom.
In insect life sub-consciousness becomes a lower
form of consciousness and ensouls whole swarms
of tiny forms. For example, the sub-conscious-
ness of a decaying shrub will be sufficient to
animate a thousand ants that work and build their
hills while controlled by the conscious desire of
the swarm. Each ant depends upon the swarm
consciousness and upon itself to do its part of
the whole, and in this new form, receives the
freedom it desired as a shrub; and thus the ant,
or lower state of consciousness, is born. In the
higher form as animal, the lower consciousness
1 The History and Power of Mind, pp. 65-68.
of the. swarm has given way; and, out of it, in-
dependent animal desire is born. Its conscious-
ness has grown in strength until now it may be
called a mind, because it thinks independently
and has a voice and can express its thoughts in
acts as well as sounds. It also has a greater
freedom than it had as a swarm of ants, for, with
its growth, desire has also grown, and where once
its needs were few they now have multiplied to
many. Where once it stood a shrub, content to
be alone, it now demands companions and pos-
sessions. Like the swarm of ants, it desires an
abiding place, but now it also wants a mate. It
loves and hates and desires to rule its kind.
Conscious of itself, it desires to provide for self,
regardless of the wants or needs of others : and
here another quality appears. Instinct is born of
individual consciousness with animal desire for
its sire, and instinct helps to improve and to pre-
serve the animal form and to continue its existence
until it reaches man's estate.
And when the objective mind, or animal soul,
has become endowed with the subjective mind,
or immortal soul, it is at this point in the evolu-
tion of the lower mind that conscience appears to
do its work. At first it seems to be not larger,
nor stronger, nor of more importance than the
tiny glow worm, that is sometimes seen among the
weeds and grasses, on a summer evening. And
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like the glow worm, conscience at first can only-
flash a faint light into the darkness of man's
animal soul, and then only for a moment does
it attract, for it cannot hold his attention. But
when it has become enthroned in the animal man's
soul it continues to flash and flame its immortal
light upon his every thought and act. With every
advantage gained, it gains in strength until it
becomes to him not only a light but a ' ' still small
voice," so faint and weak at first that it can but
whisper, yet in the innermost chamber of his mind
it tells him truths that his dearest friend, or
boldest enemy dare not tell. It never pays him
false compliments nor seeks to palliate his sins
with soft and gentle words. It calls his vices by
their proper names and shows him mental pictures
of the crimes he has committed.
Many persons believe that conscience is the voice
of God speaking to man, directing his actions and
reproving his mistakes. And many believe that
if he becomes conscienceless he has grieved the
Spirit," and It has left him; or in the language
of the Church, he has ''sinned away his day of
grace." There are others who believe that con-
science is mind and think that it manifests in
domestic animals, and especially in their own par-
ticular pets. If conscience were mind alone, it
would be possessed by wild beasts as well as by
domesticated creatures, for mind, or the power to
think, is not confined exclusively to animals
that have been blest by their association with
The Occultist would say that the faculty which
seems to resemble conscience in the animal is
instinct, which is really the mother of conscience.
The animal has a memory of its past mistakes and
their consequent punishments, and remembers the
pain it suffered in connection with the acts that
produced the pain; and it is the desire for self-
preservation and the fear of a repetition of suffer-
ing which prevents it from repeating again and
again the same mistakes. But conscience is born
of animal instinct with a Son of God for its sire.
It is the mental product, or mental result, of the
association of an animal mind, with its subjective
mind, and is to that mind what thought is to both
minds. It is a tool, an instrument which the sub-
jective mind uses in its work of conquering and
educating its lower mind.
An infant conscience, like any other infant, is
born very weak and small, and in the beginning
sleeps much of its time. But, after being fed upon
the nutritious food of experience, which it draws
through its mother instinct, it gradually grows
larger and stronger, and where, to the un-
developed man, it whispers so faintly that he
sometimes does not hear its words above the din
and furor he is making, to the advanced man, to
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him who has consciously claimed his Divine
Heritage, it speaks in thunderous tones.
With many persons the emotion sympathy is
often mistaken for conscience, and, because of this
mistake, many times man's reason and judgment
are swept aside, and, while he believes he is fol-
lowing the dictates of his conscience, he is really
permitting his emotions to direct his actions.
Like passion, sympathy is a tremendous force, and
if it be not controlled by wisdom, and if it is per-
mitted to have full sway, it often causes men to
make mistakes the results of which will require
many lives of suffering to correct.
It is sympathy, and not conscience, that creates
the sentiment that causes war and raises armies
of men for the purpose of fighting with such of
their fellows as do not agree with them in prin-
ciple. It was sympathy for the Southern slave
which created the unconscientious sentiment that
brought the men of the Northern and Southern
portions of the United States into battle. And
when those battles were at their height it was
another emotion, called patriotism, that caused
the men of one nation — brothers of one family —
to commit crimes against each other, which, under
normal mental conditions, they would never have
done. During the din and excitement of battle
the voice of conscience is never heard; but when
the confusion is ended and the wounded, or dying
soldier, lies upon the battlefield alone with God,
he then has time to listen to his conscience, which
''After all, there is no real satisfaction in know-
ing that you have killed other men, who, perhaps,
had wives and children who loved them as dearly
as yours love you. You are not a hero, but in
God's sight, because you have taken lives, which
you cannot restore, and which are as precious to
Him as is your own, you are a murderer. And
some time you will be brought face to face with
the souls you have so recklessly and needlessly
sent out of life."
The men who rush to hang the trembling wretch,
who, in a moment of uncontrolled animal passion,
has outraged a member of their community, are
not actuated by their consciences to commit a
crime as great as that of the man they are seeking
to punish. For, like the frightened wretch they
wish to kill, they, too, are controlled by their
emotions, and the only difference between the
actuating causes of the two crimes is the differ-
ence in sentiment which controls the perpetrators.
The first crime was caused by the emotion called
sexual passion, and the last was caused by the
passion called anger, which had its birth in sym-
pathy for the outraged member of their com-
munity. Anger and sexual passion both belong
to the lowest, darkest shade of the red cosmic
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current, into which the punished and the punishers
had fallen. But after the victim of the mob's
passion had paid with his life the penalty the mob
demanded, and when the men who sent him out of
physical life had time to listen to their consciences,
each man found the picture of his victim photo-
graphed upon his mind, and it mattered not which
way he turned to avoid it, that awful sight turned
with him. If he awoke suddenly in the night, it
was there, and he had to see it in all its dreadful
details. It arose between him and the faces of
his dear ones, and even at the moment when he
was boastfully telling of the manner in which he
helped to rid the country of an outlaw, his con-
science was saying: ''You know you are as great
a criminal as the man you helped to kill."
It is not conscience that actuates the sheriff to
adjust the rope around the neck of a murderer
and then step upon the spring which unlocks the
trap beneath the feet of his victim. His objective
mind may temporarily convince him that his act
is a noble one, and that he is really a public bene-
factor. But when he has entered into his closet
and has shut the door between himself and the
outside world; when all the excitement and pub-
licity has passed, then it is the voice of conscience
which says to him:
**You are a murderer, too, and have committed
as great a crime as that of the man you killed.
The emotion which actuated his sin was anger,
while yours was greed. He killed the man who
he believed, had wronged him, while you killed him
because you were hired to do it by the State.
You are a hired assassin and are no better than
the highwayman who shoots and kills his victim
for the money he may have in his pocket. You
strangled this man for the paltry sum the State
offered you for doing its bloody work." And
then one of two things will occur: Either the
sheriff will resign his position, as public execu-
tioner, and go into a better business, or he will
refuse to listen to his conscience and will continue
to kill the men whom the State orders him to kill.
If he chooses the latter, then the voice of his
conscience will gradually grow fainter and weaker
until it will finally become silent, and, as a con-
sequence, the animal nature, of that man, will
grow morally worse and sink lower and lower into
brutality until it becomes so gross that its sub-
jective mind will be obliged to abandon it to its
fate; for a conscienceless man is indeed a lost
animal soul, and, without the enlightening power
of its subjective mind, will continue in the down-
ward path to ultimate destruction.
Some one may ask: ''If conscience is what the
Occultist says it is ; if every individual conscience
is the offspring of a Son of God, why are not all
consciences alike? Why is not the conscience of
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a black cannibal in the wilds of Africa as re-
proving as the conscience of a Tolstoi or of a
The Occultist says the black cannibal belongs
to the last race of animal men in which the Sons
of God incarnated upon earth, and the animal
natures of the last races were so strong that they
ruled their higher, or subjective minds, through
many reincarnations. And it was not until those
higher minds had suffered the painful conse-
quences of obeying the dictations of their lower
minds that they learned to struggle for the su-
premacy. The subjective mind of a Gladstone,
or a Tolstoi, has had many more experiences than
has that of the black cannibal, because it came to
earth among the first group of incarnating egos
while the black man was among the last of the
subjective minds, or souls who came. The mind
who wore the personality of a Tolstoi, or of a
Gladstone, has reincarnated more times than has
the mind of the cannibal. Because of its mis-
takes, the advanced ego has seen continents sink
beneath the sea, and because of its ignorance and
wrong doing, it has been swept out of material
life again and again by earthquakes and by
cataclysms. It has also suffered torture at the
hands of its fellowmen until it has learned to com-
mand instead of obey its own lower mind. Where
once it whispered to its animal nature through
the voice of an infant conscience, it now speaks
in the commanding tone of a conscious soul, and,
as a Tolstoi, or a Gladstone, its reproofs are
listened to by other objective minds as well as by
Acting under the dictates of its conscience, man-
kind has evolved to where it begins to understand
life's problems from a higher mental plane than
that of the animal mind; and, as man's objective
mind becomes subservient to his subjective mind,
the animal instinct merges into intuition, and
animal desire becomes absorbed by individual will.
At this point, man, conscious of his heritage as a
Son of God, begins to claim some of his powers
and privileges. In religion he has begun to claim
his divine right to think for himself and to wor-
ship as suits him best. And instead of continuing
under the dominion of the Church and under the
direction of its so-called holy men, he decides to
accept only such truths as appeal to him as truths.
Sometimes he stands forth among his fellowmen
as a moralist and refuses to recognize the need
of either cburch, or religious society, to help him
keep in the path of rectitude. And he declares
that he will live according to the light of con-
science, and not according to the man-made creeds
and dogmas of the Church ; and it is at this point
in his evolution, if he makes the most of his op-
portunities that he will become fitted for a higher
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spiritual life, for this is the intermediate stage
between the animal and spiritual man.
When old institutions are forced to give way to
new, there are always many things said and done
which are to be regretted. When the men and
women who felt that they could no longer con-
scientiously indorse, or subscribe to, the creeds of
the Church, and for that reason stepped outside
that ancient and crumbling institution, they, and
the ethical societies they formed, were anathemat-
ized by their former religious associates. When
first they boldly declared themselves to be doers
of good for the sake of good, and not for Jesus'
sake or for the sake of future heavenly rewards,
or because of the fear of future punishment, many
of their religious friends declared that all ethical
societies were but cesspools of iniquity, and that
the members themselves, were infidels. Many
names, from among this class of courageous souls,
were dropped from the visiting lists of those who
still continued to worship an anthropomorphic
God and to fear a cloven-footed devil. Some of
the more kindly disposed of the church people felt
it necessaiy to go in search of the lost sheep, and
many made it a religious duty to call upon and
labor with" those early seceders, spending much
time and some patience in their efforts to bring
back to the fold of the Church the wandering few.^
» Mata the Magician, pp. 176-182.
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But returning to the Church after having tasted
the freedom of thought and the freedom of speech,
accorded to the independent moralist, would be
like half -grown birds returning to the nest where
they were hatched. It was an impossible thing to
accomplish, and proved to be labor lost for the
anxious one^ who undertook the task. But what
seemed to the Church to be a sad misfortune really
proved to be a blessing in disguise, because, after
a time, the liberality of thought and speech of its
ex-members began to have a broadening effect
upon such of their Church friends as would listen
to their views. And the result was that many of
the creeds and dogmas of the Church have been
revised and many of the objectionable and un-
reasonable tenets eliminated.
No longer does the congregation of the modern
Church hear of infant damnation, and the Cal-
vinistic theory of fore-ordination is now never
touched upon in the pulpit by the modern clergy-
men. This great change and improvement has
been brought about by the advanced thought ex-
pressed by the independent moralist, the members
of ethical societies, and advanced thinkers who
refuse to wear the label of any *4sm" or '*ist."
This has indeed become the *'Age of Reason,"
which Thomas Paine foresaw and wrote about so
many years ago ; and it is also the age of mental
power for the progressive man, who now begins
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to realize the fact that he must become the master
of his mind before he can reach the spiritual plane
of thought. He finds that his physical and mental
environment must be controlled before he can en-
ter into the realm of spirit.
On his way toward spirituality man finds many
avenues which, since he has become an independent
thinker, seem necessary to explore. If, while in
his undeveloped state, he had become a psychic,
and was conscious of the faces and forms of earth-
bound entities who could not get away from the
material plane, he may now, with his knowledge
and power of mind, become clairvoyant and see the
planes of being and the souls who have passed
beyond the earth. And where once he only heard
the confused murmurings of the psychic plane
nearest the earth, he may now, with his increased
power, become clairaudient and listen to the music
of the spheres.
The Century Dictionary defines clairvoyance as
a power attributed to persons in a mesmeric state
by which they are supposed to discern objects con-
cealed from sight, and to see what is happening
at a distance. It also defines clairaudience as the
supposed power of hearing, in a mesmeric trance,
sounds which are not audible to the ear in a wak-
ing state. Both these definitions are confusing
because each makes the clairvoyant and clair-
audient condition depend upon the subject being
134 Occult Philosophy
in a mesmeric state — which statement is untrue.
The individual who is dependent upon being mes-
merized by another, in order to function upon any-
subjective plane, is neither a clairvoyant nor a
clairaudient. He is simply a psychic and his
statements are not to be relied upon, because,
while under the influence of another, his mind is
under the mental control of another mind and his
vision is likely to be imperfect and to be colored
by the thoughts and perhaps by the mistaken be-
liefs of the mesmerist. He sees, as it were,
through another's spectacles, which perhaps are
not at all fitted to his eyes. He also may hear,
or think he hears what the mesmerist hopes,
wishes, or believes, he will hear.
But the independent clairvoyant is one who has
purified his life and has raised the vibrations of
his body and brain to where his material vehicle
is no longer a veil for mind, and therefore he is
no longer blinded by it. In order to develop, or
improve, his clairvoyant vision, he takes the time,
during his devotional hours, to draw from the
cosmic currents, surrounding the earth, the forces
that were placed there solely for his benefit, and
which will increase the rate of vibration of his
brain and also of the psychic centers within it.
Commencing with the cosmic blue he concentrates
upon it until it is drawn, like a cloud, about him,
and, while he rests and bathes in this great force,
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he watches the psychic centers in his brain as they
vibrate higher and stronger under its vivifying
power. Conunencing with the shade of cosmic
blue which he can use most easily, through con-
centration, he gradually raises the shade to higher
and higher rates until it fades into the next higher
color, the yellow. And then he draws the golden
yellow to himself and basks in its uplifting, spirit-
ual light until his brain has had all that it can bear
and demands a rest. Then the wise individual
will sleep for a few moments, and when he
wakes again he will be greatly strengthened and
uplifted, both in body and mind, and he will
also find that, in time, his clairvoyant vision
is cleared and strengthened by the experi-
He is now in his development where he may
demand to be omniscient and omnipotent; and,
when his demands are answered, and the spiritual
forces come sweeping through him from the higher
planes of being, for a little time, he may become
unconscious of the trials and sorrows of physical
life and, in the great Beyond, commune with egos
who have preceded him on their evolutionary
journey. If he is sufficiently purified he may be
able to see, or to visit, the third, or even the fourth
plane of spiritual consciousness, while his physical
body rests quietly awaiting his return. And he
may be permitted to participate for a few hours
in the happiness of some of the egos who dwell in
that beautiful place.
Happiness is attained through spiritual growth
and is not the result of a gratification of the de-
sires for material things; and spirituality, in its
different degrees, is gained only through becoming
positively good and positively pure. It is the
glory surrounding wisdom as sunlight is the glory
surrounding the sun, and is never the result of
negativeness, or of ignorance.
On this material plane it is often said of a
slender, pale-faced, negatively good woman, ''she
is spiritual." But a careful interview with the
so-called spiritual person, discloses the fact that
her spirituality is but a potentiality that will re-
quire many lives, filled with trying and perhaps
bitter experiences, to actualize. It is to the con-
founding of the word spirit with ghost that this
mistake is largely due. Since the story of the
Witch of Endor was written, mankind has believed
that all ghosts are spirits and that an ego becomes
a spirit as soon as its material body is laid aside.
It is by mistaken analogy that men have founded
this belief. Because a ghost is supposed to be tall,
slender and white, it has become a general belief
that height and pallor and a willowy form are
spiritual requisites, and without them it is im-
possible to be, or to become, spiritual. Knowing
this to be a race belief, many persons of both sexes,
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who are possessed of these indications of physical
imperfections, use them with the credulous public
to trade upon.
The tall, cadaverous clergyman who rises to his
full height of six feet in the pulpit, and waves his
long, thin arms above his head while he solemnly
denounces sin and sinners, often awakens more
reverence in the hearts of the people of his con-
gregation than does the short, stout, rosy-faced
man whose head and shoulders just appear above
the desk while he teaches that men should not do
unto others what they would not have others do
unto them. Forty-nine persons out of every fifty
who help to compose the congregation of the
cadaverous clergyman declare him to be a * * spirit-
ual man," notwithstanding his bitterness and
vituperous denunciations, and not one ever thinks
of attributing spirituality to the pleasant-faced,
smiling little pastor who tries to teach a basic
principle of life. Yet, in point of fact, he is a
long step further on in his development, and is
much nearer to gaining spirituality, because he
has love in his heart while the other has only ec-
clesiastical doctrines and creeds in his head.
Among members of churches and religious so-
cieties there are many persons whose stock in
trade is their pallor and their long, bony bodies.
They pose before the world as ''spiritual," be-
cause of their resemblance to ghosts, and, if they
lecture, heal, or teach, or if they are psychics, they
too command a reverence and respect for a spirit-
uality they do not possess and know nothing of as
yet. Many negatively good women, because they
have not been tempted, or have not had an op-
portunity in this life to go wrong, are called
"spiritual" by those who do not know that only
an ego is spiritual who has gained wisdom by
overcoming its animal nature. According to the
Occultist, a spiritual person is one whose intuition
has become awakened, and whose will has ab-
sorbed its desire; one who has become purified
through suffering and who is good because he loves
goodness more than anything else in the Universe ;
one who tells the truth because it is true ; and is
pure because he loves purity and not because he
fears a present, or a future punishment.
To the clairvoyant vision of such an individual,
the spiritual planes of being are opened and it
receives what it has earned for its labors. It
has fought its way back to its divine heritage, and
as a returned prodigal Son of God, receives its
share of Omniscience and Omnipotence.
Between the spiritual and material planes is the
mental plane, and it is as impossible for man to
become spiritual before his mental powers are
developed as it is for a dog to speak English. The
intelligent do^ may know there is such a thing as
language, and he may be able to understand the
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few words he is most accustomed to hear spoken,
but he has not the power of speech nor will he
gain it until he has evolved to where he can be-
come enlightened by a subjective mind of his own.
It is true that his development may be hastened
by his association with men, and that, through an
intelligent method of training, he may gain much
more rapidly than if left to evolve by himself.
But he will never speak a word until he becomes
a human being, and it would be folly to expect
him to. And in a like manner it is impossible for
animal man to become spiritual man until his men-
tal powers have been developed to a point which
makes him receptive to spiritual things.
Spirituality is composed of three attributes,
Omniscience, Omnipotence and Omnipresence, and
unless an ego has acquired, to a greater, or lesser,
degree, something of the first two he cannot claim
to be a spiritual soul. The first attribute of spirit-
uality to be gained is Omniscience, which means to
have gained knowledge. An ego must know how
to act before it can act wisely: and to gain and
possess something of this spiritual attribute, man's
power of concentration must be increased until
he can place his thoughts upon something beside
himself and hold them there until he has mentally
absorbed the knowledge he desires concerning that
thing. How can a man be, or become in any de-
gree. Omniscient, when his power of concentra-
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tidn is so weak that he cannot hold his thoughts
for five consecutive minutes on a single sub-
Omnipotence is the next higher attribute of
spirituality and means to have power. To gain,
or possess Omnipotence, in any degree, man must
at least be able to concentrate upon and use the
spiritual cosmic forces blue and yellow, and he
must have evolved to a point of development where
he can demonstrate over disease and disharmony,
in his own mind and also, at least temporarily,
remove it from the bodies and minds of others.
He must possess enough Omnipotence to give him
power over his own lower nature and power to
control his o^vn environment. And after he has
gained this attribute, in ever so small a degree,
he will never again become a victim of circum-
stances nor an object of charity.
Omnipresence means to be everywhere present
and this is the last aspect of spirituality. It also
can be gained only through mental development
and spiritual power. To become capable of being
everywhere present, mind must be untrammelled
by form and must become one with Divine Mind.
It must have lost its desire for individuality and
be absorbed by the Universal Principle. To the
"Western Occultist this aspect of spirituality is
not a desirable ultimate to be attained, and, since
greater and higher individualization is the goal
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to which he aspires, he never demands Omni-
presence. To the students of the Eastern school
of Occultism, however, to gain Nirvana and Omni-
presence is to reach the highest condition of spirit-
ual happiness that can be attained in the Uni-
verse; and some demand and receive it. This
spiritual condition is very beautifully described in
*'The Light of Asia," in ''Book the Eighth,"
"No need hath such to live as ye name life;
That which began in him when he began
Is finished ; he hath wrought the purpose through
Of what did make him man.
Never shall yearnings torture him, nor sins
Stain him, nor ache of earthly joys and woes
Invade his safe eternal peace ; nor death
And lives recur. He goes
Unto Nirvana. He is one with Life
Yet lives not. He is ble^t, ceasing to be.
Om, mani padme om ! the dewdrop slips
Into the shining sea!"
For the utterly tired soul who feels that to be
re-absorbed and thus be able to rest forever in the
bosom of the Infinite, without an individual care,
or responsibility, Omnipresence is the necessary
spiritual attribute to demand. But it is never well
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to make that demand until an ego has gained Omni-
science, that it may know all things, and Omni-
potence, that it may have all power, and thus be
able to decide its fate without prejudice or
Since, at the present time, the scientists of the
world disagree as to the actual construction of
the atom, and because they have never seen one,
they are uncertain whether it is really the small-
est division of matter, or whether it is a corpuscle
composed of still smaller divisions; so, as a pre-
liminary explanation, and, for the purpose of
avoiding future controversy or criticism, the posi-
tion of the Occultist will be defined before pro-
In Occultism the word atom has always meant
the smallest division of matter;^ and so long as
the English language continues to be spoken, the
Occultist will call that infinitesimal division of
substance by its original name. And it will make
no difference how often the men of science ad-
vance beyond, or recede from their present or
future positions, or, whether they call the atom
an ion, a corpuscle, or an electrical imdsible, to
the Occultist it is and ever will be an atom.
Everything, from the greatest and most sublime
»The mstory and Power of Mind, pp. 32-33; 35-36.
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to the smallest and most insignificant center of
consciousness, is generating and possesses powers
which manifest, in its individual radius or sphere,
as attraction and repulsion. And, whether a cen-
ter belongs to the constructive or destructive side
of nature, depends upon its mode of manifestation.
If it manifests as attraction more than as repul-
sion, then it is more constructive than destructive.
If it manifests more as repulsion than as attrac-
tion then it is more destructive than constructive.
To the working of the law of evolution, however,
both manifestations are equally essential in order
that progression may be constant and continuous,
since it is absolutely necessary that old forms of
expression be destroyed, to make room for new
forms which will continue to exist after the old
ones have ceased to serve the purposes for which
they were created.
Before power of a constructive or destructive
nature can be generated its center, or basis of
force, must be formed ; and, paradoxical as it may
seem, it is nevertheless a truth that while the
formation of a center is absolutely necessary to
the generation of force, yet the generation of
force is also the direct cause of the center it mani-
fests through. The atom is an individual center
of force ; and, like all other centers, whether great
or small, has two distinct motions, the rotary and
elliptical. And without these two motions it would
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be impossible for God — Divine Mind — to be fully
expressed in Its various and varied forms of mani-
festation. For the generation of power, a center
is dependent upon its rotary motion. But for the
expression or manifestation of power, whether it
be constructive or destructive, it is dependent upon
its elliptical motion. And both these motions are
directly due to the vibrations emanated by Di\dne
Will in the beginning of this Cosmic Day, or period
Vibration came into existence through the men-
tal demand or command: '^Let there be light."
And vibration will continue until the last moment
of this Cosmic Day, when God — Divine Mind — will
desire rest. Then the demand, or command.
Peace, be still," will go forth throughout the
Universe, and gradually the vibratory and the
rotary motions of the greatest centers of force in
the heavens will begin to decrease; and as their
vibration diminishes, their light will begin to fade.
With a diminution of their constructive, or rotary
motion, their elliptical motion mil decrease and
finally cease. And with the cessation of all mo-
tion, or vibration, there can no longer be a mag-
netic attraction between them and any other
bodies, or centers. Under these conditions the
planets in the various systems will not continue
to revolve around their respective centers or suns.
They will not be attracted, or repelled, by each
other, and each part composing a planet will not
be attracted, or repelled, by another part, and thus
the manifested portion of the Universe will again
become reduced to primordial substance/
The coming of this great change is tersely de-
scribed in Matthew, twenty-fourth chapter and
twenty-ninth verse, where it is written: "In those
days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall
not give her light, and the stars shall fall (disap-
pear) from heaven, and the powers of the heavens
shall be shaken."
And, since it is a law of the Supreme Con-
sciousness to rest equally as long as it labors, each
Cosmic Night will be of as great a length as was
the Cosmic Day preceding it, and thus for eons
will the Universe be at rest without a ripple, or a
wave, within that Sea of Unconsciousness, until
the time shall come for another Cosmic Day to
dawn ; then the command will again go forth for
light, and again will the greater and smaller cen-
ters of force be aroused from their inactivity.
*'In the place where the tree falleth there it shall
be," and in the place where a powerful center of
force ceased to vibrate, there it remains in a fluid-
ic, primordial condition, awaiting the Divine sum-
mons to start within it the vibratory force that
will make it possible for it again to assume a form
and to fulfill its mission in the Universe.'
> The History and Power of Mind, pp. 99-100.
* The History and Power of Mind, p. 101.
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As an illustration of how constructive and de-
structive forces are used, in the formation and
disintegration of worlds, a few pages will be
quoted from the diary of an advanced student of
Occultism, who, with his Master's assistance, was
enabled to leave his physical body, and, while thus
liberated, was permitted to study cosmogony from
the standpoint of a temporarily disembodied soul.
''When first I slipped from my body, as the let-
ter slips from its envelope, I was conscious of
standing beside my material vehicle and of look-
ing down upon it as it lay helpless and apparently
dead before me. At first I experienced a shock
of surprise, and then a slight feeling of alarm;
but, upon looking closely, I found that my body
was breathing faintly, and the heart was beating
slowly. Somewhat reassured, I turned toward my
Master, who was waiting for me to accompany him
into space. He, too, had liberated himself from his
physical body and stood before me in all the
glory of a Spiritual Being. And, as I gazed at
Him in this new condition, for the first time since
commencing my studies in Occultism, I fully real-
ized what soul freedom meant. Then, as He
reached out a hand to me and said: 'come,' it
seemed as if I were suddenly filled with a tre-
mendous force, and at that moment knew I was
tasting the glory of Omniscience and of Omni-
potence. When I touched His hand I seemed to
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expand in size, and where once my aura had only
extended about a foot beyond the confining limita-
tions of my rather undersized physical body,
now, I seemed almost to fill the little room I called
my den. Full of this new force, I rose like a bal-
loon in midair, and for a few moments we re-
mained suspended over the housetops of the city.
And, while we paused and looked downward, I
saw the members of my family and many of my
friends going about their duties, unconscious of
the fact that roofs and walls could not hide them
from the eyes of a Soul. This was my first
spiritual object lesson, and I decided never again,
in the supposed privacy of my room, to do what
I would be ashamed to do in the presence of a
''After this — ^to me — important decision, we
rose to a distance of perhaps a thousand feet, and
there we paused and looked down upon the old
world that was rolling so rapidly beneath us. As
we journeyed I watched the towns, villages and
cities of North America pass below us like a pano-
rama; I saw the Pacific Ocean and the Orient,
and then my study in topography was suddenly
interrupted by a change in our movements. I be-
came conscious of whizzing through space with
the speed of the wind. Looking downward, I saw
the earth a diminishing ball, it was apparently
sinking away from me. We had entered another
atmosphere and that of the earth, through which
we had been passing, had disappeared. After a
time we became surrounded by myriads of bril-
liant, scintillating particles that were whirling,
floating, sweeping and eddying in all directions.
That part of space seemed completely filled with
the strange substance, and, in answer to my men-
tal question of what it was, I was impressed with
the thought that this was what the scientists call
'cosmic dust.' It was in great clouds of vibrating
atoms, plainly visible to the eyes of soul, which
were being drawn into a common center.'
''After passing through clouds of this billo\vy
stuff, we withdrew to a distance and watched the
tremendous forces at work upon it. At a point in
space, so far above us that it seemed very little
larger than the earth which we had left, was a
brilliant spot in the heavens, and out of it were
pouring great floods of what seemed rays of elec-
tric light, and the focusing point for those rays
was in the center of that mass of scintillating
atoms before us. In response to my mental ques-
tion regarding the nature of that wondrous center
of light, my Master replied: 'That is a group of
Elohim, sometimes called Planetary Spirits, and
They are now focusing their forces upon this
Their creation. As a group They generate the
power They send forth in those great constructive
1 The History and rower of Mind, p. 104.
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streams which look like electric light ; and, if you
carefully obser\^e, you will see that when those
streams reach that point in space, the distance has
been so well calculated that if they w^ere not fo-
cused to form a center there, they would each form
an elliptical circuit and return to the Center it
emanated from. But, meeting as they do at that
point, a new center of force is formed, and, be-
cause of the rapid ^dbrations of those particles of
cosmic dust, and, because of the rotary motion
given to the entire mass, a vortex is formed, which,
by its own generating power, will continue to draw
to itself more and more of the detached floating
atoms within its radius.'
''The scene before me was beautiful and wonder-
ful, yet awful, for I was looking upon a throbbing,
pulsating mass of brilliant substance. Above, be-
low, beyond, as far as I could see, were moun-
tainous heaps of that silvery, foamy mass. Some-
times it seemed like great clouds of steam with
prismatic coloring thrown upon it as if by calcium
lights, or it assumed the hue of smoke and curled
and twisted like huge serpents in a fearful em-
brace. Suddenly there streamed forth, from the
heaving mass, sharp, red, forked tongues of fire,
that blazed fiercely for a time*" and then disap-
peared, to be replaced by banks of billo^vy cloud,
while in deep diapason tones, first crescendo and
then diminuendo, I heard something that sounded
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like the vibrating notes from innumerable organ
pipes. Where the music came from I did not know,
but it seemed to have been produced by the will of
some great Master of harmony; and, as though the
thought had been put into my mind, I realized that
at this point was being generated a center of force
which in the course of future ages would become a
terrestrial globe, and this strange sound was the
'music of the spheres' that I had read about but
had never before heard.
"Suddenly I became conscious of a sound like
the hissing of steam, and the shrieking of the ele-
ments, as though a great wind were bloA\dng and a
storm were rising, and in the distance I saw a blaz-
ing ball of fire coming toward us. Behind it was a
brilliant train of fiery sparks; and as it ap-
proached I saw the flash of jagged lightning and
heard the peal of thunder. My Master said : 'You
are about to witness the grandest spectacle to be
seen in the heavens. There will be the coalescing
of a destructive comet with this conglomerate
mass of cosmic dust, which is forming into a
''To me the fiery monster looked like a horrible
dragon, with body, head and legs a mass of sul-
phurous flame. The creature seemed to fill the
whole heavens, and for a time obscured everything
else from sight. It swept everything before it and
drew evervthing; behind it. I felt the intense heat
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it caused, and saw the clouds bursting apart as if
torn by angry hands, and then were cast aside,
after it had passed, only to melt into a molten
mass of fire behind that monster of the skies.
Then came a fearful report. There had been a
collision between the comet and the new center, or
world; the crash was fearful. After that there
was darkness and silence, and my Master quickly
took me away from the fearful scene. But I had
learned something about focusing forces, which
was of greater importance and would be of more
assistance to me in my studies than anything I
had ever before witnessed."
In the diary of the same student of Occultism,
from which the above description was quoted, is
another, concerning the destruction of an old, dead
world, which illustrates the operation of the de-
structive forces that may also be sent from a
cosmic Center of consciousness. It illustrates the
operation of destructive power. Because of the
limited space allotted to a lecture, only such ex-
cerpts are used as will cast light directly upon
the present subject.
''Millions of miles from our earth we saw a
wondrous, brilliant light, and, advancing toward
it, discovered that it was not a sun, or moon, or
globe, nor was it like any planet I had ever seen.
It was egg-shaped, and gave forth a light greater
and more refulgent than any flaming sun in all
the Universe. It seemed like a monster arc-lamp
with rays of blue electric light streaming from it
in all directions; and, like tlie jagged lightning
shooting from a summer thunder cloud, destruc-
tive, forked tongues of its electric fire were being
sent forth and were divided into millions of flam-
ing bolts that went speeding into space. And,
while I gazed upon it surprised and spellbound,
it suddenly, as if possessed with consciousness,
drew within itself its dazzling light and assumed a
greenish hue. It also shrank to half its former
size, and, like a monster serpent, seemed to coil its
forces for a spring, while in its center burned a
dark red flame that at any moment seemed ready
to burst forth and consume everything within its
strange attraction drew me toward that
monster light, and I had a most intense desire to
know of what it was composed and what its mis-
sion was ; for I have learned that no created thing
can live and move without a purpose. Approach-
ing nearer, I observed that the strange light had
been created by the burning of what seemed to be
great quantities of hydrocarbon vapor and aeri-
form matter. Numerous strong electric currents
seemed to focus at that point, thus creating a gen-
erating center of magnetic force. Here was a
Celestial Dynamo, and the heat, caused by the
intense vibrations of those powerful electric cur-
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rents, had produced a radiation sufficient to ignite
the gases. Combustion was the result of this
focusing, and was followed by the wondrous pyro-
technical display we were witnessing.
"But, where do these electric currents come
fromf I mentally inquired ; and my Master replied :
'Look yonder.' And, looking, I saw, far away
in the heavens, another great light. It appeared
as if it were a group of seven suns, with the colors
orange, red, green, blue and yellow radiating
from them. In the center of each of these, was a
spot of light, of the color orange, which deepened
in shade towards its outer edge until it melted into
a band of dark red, and then the red blended into
green. Outside the green was a broad band of
blue, and outside of that was a band of golden
*'As I watched that group of glorious suns, I
saw, from the broad belt of red, so near the center
of each, streaming the tremendous currents of
light, which focused at this point and produced
this strange looking center. The whole vortex was
an evil looking thing, and, although I seemed to
know it was destructive in its nature, still, I was
attracted toward it, and, had it not been for the
restraining influence of my Master, I think I would
have approached too near.
''When I was satisfied in regard to the source
of those electric currents, I began to wonder for
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what that Celestial Dynamo had been created, and
then my Master called my attention to a large,
dark globe, so far away at that moment that it
resembled a huge black bird, or a monster bat.
But, as I watched its movements, it came near
enough for me to see that it was a planet idly
floating in space as a bit of driftwood floats upon
the surface of a stream.
'May we not visit that globe, or see its con-
dition from a closer point of view?' I asked, and
for reply my Master said: 'come,' and extended
a hand to me.
''After a time we reached a queer old world and
stood among its ruins. It was dead. There was
no soil, no atmosphere, no life. A deathly still-
ness reigned ; and on every side were dark, deep
fissures, into whose yawning depths I looked for
many hundred feet. The rough and rugged edges
of those fissures showed that when that world was
in the grasp of death, when its life forces were
taking final leave of their material envelope, its
surface was rent and torn like thinnest gauze.
Even its mountains were crushed and crumbled
into hardened, blackened ash-heaps, and, as I stood
looking at that awful scene of desolation, I saw
at my left, at a distance of a dozen yards or more,
a monstrous hole which may have reached to the
very center of that globe. And its melted, lava-
coated walls showed that it was but one of the
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many outlets for the fires and gaseous flames
which had burst forth and swept that old planet in
its last awful conflagration.
^'Blackened and seared was everything. Not a
drop of water, not a human habitation. Not an
indication that animal, or vegetable life, had ever
existed there. It was most evident that the planet
had served its purpose, had lived its time, and,
becoming useless, was robbed of all its wealth, and
now remained a huge ball of crumbling coke ; for,
what had been once a soil of moist earth, was now
a hardened porous crust.
'*In my intense interest I did not think of dan-
ger in remaining upon that old sphere, and would
have been glad to wander up and down its strange
formations. I wanted to explore the great hole,
and was about to descend when my Master said:
^If you are satisfied we will retire and watch the
coming dissolution at a distance,' and, taking my
hand, we left the place and stationed ourselves
sufficiently far away to enable us to watch the
destruction which was imminent. Soon the dead
world commenced to move in great, wide circles
round the evil-looking vortex. Sometimes it
paused, swaying and trembling as it felt the draw-
ing power of that great attracting center. And
then it would dart away as if, for a little, the at-
tracting force were broken and it were free again.
But then came renewed activity in that flaming
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vortex. It assumed a darker, redder, hue, and,
like a great, unwinking eye, seemed watching for
its helpless victim to draw near. Again the old
world was caught by the attracting power of its
enemy and was whirled round and round like a
tiny boat within a boiling maelstrom. With every
revolution it drew gradually nearer to that fiery
center until there came a terrific roar like a thou-
sand cataracts blended into one. At times the
noise was like the booming of a fearful cannonade.
Sometimes there seemed to be shrieking, bursting
shells sent forth from that fiery center, and then
again there were streams of jagged lightning
which sent destructive bolts of fire and smashed
the surface of that globe as if it were an egg-shell.
"It was a celestial war that we were witnessing,
and if all the battles that were ever fought upon
our tiny earth could be combined it would not com-
pare with, this destruction. As we watched its
progress I remembered what was written in the
Book of Eevelation, in the twelfth chapter, and the
seventh verse: 'And there appeared another won-
der in heaven ; and behold a great red dragon, hav-
ing seven heads and ten horns . . . and his tail
drew the third part of the stars of heaven and
did cast them to the earth.*
''Here were Cosmic destructive forces at work,
and while we watched and listened to the fearful,
crushing, grinding sound, that dark red center of
light turned almost black, and then came the awful
final crash. It seemed as though the whole heavens
had become filled with . sulphurous fire; the mon-
ster eye was now a blazing demon bursting with
terrific power, and, seizing that helpless globe,
ground it into powder.
''The work of destruction was almost finished.
Compared with what it had been, the blackened
ball was now a speck; and, encircled as it was
with flame, we saw it disappear and becpme dis-
persed in clouds of dust. Then the flames began
to fade, and we realized that the fires in that
celestial crematorium were being extinguished.
The atoms of a dead and useless world were scat-
tered through space, and had again become a part
of the differentiated portion of God.^
*'As we started to return to earth I asked my
Master what had become of the fiery destructive
center — for it had then entirely disappeared — and
he replied: 'What becomes of the flame when the
gas is turned off? or what becomes of the cyclone
when the wind ceases to blow?'
"Then I understood that the seven Elohim, or
Planetary Spirits, who had combined into a group
to generate and to send forth Their electric forces,
had withdrawn them when the old world corpse
had been destroyed, and I wondered if I would be
wise enough to apply the lesson I had just learned
^ The History and Power of Mind, p. 104.
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from cosmos, to the removing of rubbish from my
mundane path in life."
The power that operates through great centers
also operates through small ones; and thus man,
with his physical body, generates within himself,
to a lesser degree, the same power that manifests
either constructively, or destructively, among
comets, suns and worlds.
Like vibration, power cannot be qualified as
either good or bad ; but the manner in which it is
expressed, and the centers through which it oper-
ates, are what determine the results of its action.
And it is the results, produced by its manifesta-
tion, which determine whether it has been used,
So long as a man, or a nation, continues to
grow socially, politically and financially, regard-
less of the ways and means used to accojnplish the
growth, this is supposed to be conclusive evidence
that only a good power has been manifesting in
that center. But only to a certain degree is this
belief true ; for it should be remembered that when
old physical bodies, old forms of government, old
social customs and old financial methods have
served their purposes it is good for them to be
destroyed as forms, because they will then limit,
instead of increase, opportunities for higher ex-
pressions of power.
The man who has used his physical body for
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one hundred years becomes limited in his expres-
sion of power, unless he is an advanced ego and
knows how to rejuvenate and keep his physical
form in working order. And even if he is able to
renew his body by replacing many of his old
atoms with new ones there will come a time when
the power, he generates as a center of conscious-
ness, will require an entire new form as an instru-
ment of expression, and then the destruction of
his physical form is not to be in the least re-
gretted. It is the destruction of forms before they
have served their purposes which is to be de-
plored, and a destruction of this kind the Occultist
calls a misuse of power.
It was not a misuse of power when the Elohim,
or seven great centers of consciousness, focused
Their forces for the destruction of the old dead
globe that was floating uselessly about in space,
after its purpose had been served, nor was it a
misuse of power to focus Their forces upon the
construction of the new world They desired to
build. It was the same power used in both in-
stances, but it was the mode of expression and
consequent results that differed.
A center for the generation of power is and must
be of a circular, or slightly oval shape. This is
necessary in order that there may be no angles to
obstruct the rotary motion necessary to genera-
tion of force. And this is as true of the atom as it
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is of suns and worlds and men. The physical body
of man, which is but the material or external mani-
festation of him, is in something of a cylindrical
form, w^hile he himself is of an oval, or egg shape ;
and he generates his individual force as do the
atoms of which he is composed, by the constant
rotary motion of the cosmic forces within him.
At the moment the tiny human embryo is con-
ceived, some of the orange life force, which sur-
rounds and permeates this planet, rushes into it,
and there continues with the same rotating motion
within that tiny center that it made around the
earth ; and at that moment the individual force of
that new form is established. Then its force in-
creases in volume as the center becomes enlarged,
and it is constantly being expanded under the
force generated within it, until it can no longer
remain in its pre-natal condition and, through its
increased individual force, is expelled from its
mother's womb. Liberated from the narrow con-
fines of the uterus and becoming capable of greater
expansion, that generating center of force soon
begins to use its powers destructively. This is
because destruction is easier to accomplish than
construction; and the human baby, like all other
ignorant creatures of the animal kingdom, begins
to express its powers in the manner easiest for it.
As the child continues to expand, as a conscious
center, it begins generating mental as well as
physical force, and then it commences to use its
forces constructively and destructively. In its
effort toward character building, it begins to imi-
tate, and before it has grown to manhood, or
womanhood, it has become a center of conscious
power capable of using not only the orange life
force, with which it began life, but, also the red,
the green and the blue cosmic forces. And it is
through the use of these that it evolves still
greater power. If it uses these forces uncon-
sciously its power will be expressed physically
more thaji mentally; but if it uses them con-
sciously through the power of concentration, then
even the physical forces emanating from that cen-
ter will be strengthened and controlled by its
greater mental powers.
Concentration of thought is essential to the gen-
eration of mental force, for, without it, mental
creations cannot exist long enough to become ma-
terialized.^ The man who does not concentrate
his thoughts upon what he wishes to do, never does
anything well. He is always an unreliable and an
unsatisfactory person, and is neither a good lover
nor a good hater. He forgets to do what he
should do, and only does that which should not be
done. He loses his material possessions and scat-
ters everything that has been entrusted to his
care. He is too late for his train and his meals;
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he either over-sleeps, or does not sleep enough,
because he has not the power to concentrate his
thoughts upon what he is doing.
For individualized centers of human force who
need knowledge along this line a few examples
in concentration will be given. Concentration of
thought means the power to think of one thing to
the exclusion of all other things. To conserve
energy — which is force — it is always better to con-
centrate upon something which may be of use
rather than upon an object that is of no use, such
as a spot on the wall or a cloud in the sky. Some
students of Eastern Occultism are taught to con-
centrate upon their navels or upon the ends of
Unless a student understands what his navel is
and what it is for, and that the forces he gen-
erates pass down his left side into his lower ex-
tremities and up the right side, through his brain,
then down the left side to his feet and up and
around his navel, there is not much to be gained
by concentrating upon his navel. But if he can
picture the forces at work within him, and if he
can realize that the navel is a center of conscious-
ness in his body, that it is the largest magnetic
center for the generation of physical force that
he possesses, then it is good for him to concen-
trate his thoughts upon. For, under these mental
conditions, his physical forces will be strengthened
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by the mental concentration. But there is nothing
to be gained by concentrating the thoughts upon
the end of one's nose, unless perhaps it should be
an elongation of that particular feature, which,
to most persons, is not desirable. It is better to
select something to practice with, which is desir-
able to possess ; then the force is not wasted, since
every thought sent to a particular thing, carries
with it a magnetic thread, and, when the thought
fastens upon the object concentrated upon, a mag-
netic connection is inunediately made between it
and the mind that sent it. This thread attracts
because it is of the nature of a magnet. It draws
and will continue to draw to the person the object
he is concentrating upon until it will finally be-
come an actual possession of his.
There are three planes of being to be drawn
from, the material, the mental and the spiritual,
and an example will be given for each. In order
that a student should be able to do his best work in
concentration he should first become conscious of
his needs. It is when the heart longs most ear-
nestly for a thing that the mind makes the best
mental picture of it. Concentration is not an
artificial, or an unnatural, mental or physical con-
dition; it is simply looking, with the physical eyes
either open or closed, at one thing without seeing
If a thinly clad man is passing along the street
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on a cold, windy day and suddenly sees a warm,
comfortable-looking overcoat in a tailor's window,
involuntarily he stops and concentrates his
thoughts upon it. There may be one hundred
other things in that same window, such as neck-
ties, opera hats, gloves and evening suits, but he /
sees nothing except the overcoat of which he is
painfully in need. His eyes are open, and, to a
person watching him, it would seem as if he were
carefully scrutinizing the entire contents of the
window when he really sees nothing but the one
garment. This is physical and mental concentra-
It was not a difficult thing to do, and the man did
it without realizing that he was concentrating.
He was interested in what he was concentrating
upon, and therefore it was a pleasant rather than
an unpleasant mental exercise. But if he had pos-
sessed six overcoats it would have been impos-
sible for him to stand before that window and look
inside without noticing some of the other things
that were with it. He would have seen most
clearly the things he most needed.
If a woman has lost her health and her youth;
if she is old and wrinkled and white haired ; even
if she is in possession of many material things, or
if she stands ever so high in the social world, she
is nevertheless painfully in need of the things
which she has not. In her heart she desires to be
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young and well and beautiful. And when she
hears her joints creaking, as she attempts to rise
from her chair, she naturally thinks of the time
when she danced and ran, or skipped the rope with
the other girls. In her mind rises the picture of
herself as she looked then, with her rosy cheeks
and bright eyes and with her hair falling in a mass
of curls to her waist. She is concentrating upon
a mental picture because the material picture has
disappeared, and, unconsciously, she is feebly us-
ing a means by which she might regain the youth
and health she once possessed, if she knew how to
use her mental powers rightly. If, after looking
at the mental picture of herself as she once was,
and would like to be again, she goes to her mirror
and gazes at the gray hair, wrinkled face and bent
figure reflected there, and says : "Oh, yes, I am an
old woman with one foot in the grave, and I never
can be any better in this world/* then, by that
declaration, and, by her acceptance of the unfortu-
nate situation, she destroys the good results which
would have come from concentrating upon her
first mental picture. But if she would keep away
from her mirror for a year and permit her maid to
arrange her toilet and her hair; and if she would
continue to hold that mental picture of herself,
without thinking of age and ill-health, she would
find at the end of that time that she was growing
younger instead of older. And if she would in-
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elude physical exercise and plenty of fresh air with
her mental picture, she would make tremendous
strides up the mountain of life instead of down
into the valley of shadows, tears and despair. As
an aid to a w^oman's mental concentration for
youth, mirrors should be removed from her apart-
But suppose a person has all the material things
he needs— money, home and friends. And suppose
he is not aged and ill, hut possesses physical vigor
and strength, but desires mental and spiritual
power more than anything else in the world. He
reads everything he can find about the great minds
who have lived on earth ; and he concentrates his
thoughts for hours at a time upon them and their
wonderful work; and he reverentially wishes, or
demands, that such mental and spiritual power
as they possessed would come to him. He reads
of the Masters and the Saviours of mankind, and
longs to know something of their occult methods
of controlling the elements and of producing har-
mony where disharmony prevailed. Uncon-
sciously to himself, perhaps, he is demanding to
become omniscient and omnipotent. And if he
follows his mental demands with a conscious draw-
ing into himself of the blue and the yellow cosmic
currents, which are the mental and spiritual por-
tions of Divine Mind, then he is scientifically
working with vibratory law.^ If, while he concen-
trates his thoughts upon his ideals, he is conscious
of the fact that he is a center for the generation
of mental and spiritual power, he must inevitably
gain the wisdom and power he desires because he
is using the law which governs the generation of
mental and spiritual power.
1 The History and Power of Mind, pp. 165-167 ; 250-253.
"In the beginning was the Word. . . . and the
Word was God. . . . The same was in the be-
ginning with God. In him was life; and the
life was the light of men. And the light shineth
in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended
Before the existence of motion, or vibration,
there was "the Word'* (Divine Will), and it was
because Divine Mind put Divine Will into oper-
ation that motion — vibration — began in the Uni-
verse. As Divine Will is the cause of vibration,
so vibration is the generator, or creator, of the
force that manifests as attraction or repulsion.
And it is upon the operation of this force, gen-
erated by vibration, that the perpetuation of form
depends. Since form ig essential to manifestation,
and since form could not exist without vibration,
then vibration is the keynote of creation, and with-
out it the manifested portion of the Universe
would cease to manifest.
The creation of a form begins with the amal-
gamation of two or more atoms which are vi-
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brating at the same common rate. And the growth
of a form is due to the continuous attraction of
more atoms of a rate common to that nucleus or
center. For example : The first tiny leaf with its
stem that appears above the soil, as it springs
forth from the acorn embedded in the earth, is a
nucleus for an oak tree; and it will continue to
grow because of its power of attraction. The at-
tractive force is as dependent for its existence
upon the vibration of the atoms it draws together
to enlarge the form through which it works, as
the form is dependent upon the force for its
growth. And thus the power and the center each
grow in strength and size with every added atom.
This force is attractive only to such atoms as are
vibrating at a common rate with those which com-
pose its center of operations; and it is as force-
fully repellent to all other atoms as it is attractive
to those of its selection. It is for this reason that
all the leaves appearing upon that particular form,
or manifestation of force, are similar in construc-
tion, and that the wood composing the trunk and
limbs of that particular tree is similar in its con-
sistency. If it were not possible for the force
operating through that center to repel the wrong
atoms as strongly as it attracts the right ones,
then that center would have no distinct character
of its own, but would be composed of any kind of
atoms and would be as likely to have a part of its
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limbs of pine, or of hemlock, as of oak. And its
body would be as apt to be composed of ash and
of maple as of anything else.
It is in the same manner that the vibratory law
manifests in every sphere, or plane, in the Uni-
verse. In the mineral and animal kingdoms it
works with a distinct purpose as it does in the
vegetable kingdom. Among the minerals, the
atoms which vibrate at a rate manifesting as gold
are attracted and adhere together as gold; and,
as a center of force, it has a character and a value
separate and distinct from any other metal, or
The vibration of the atoms composing a center
in the animal kingdom are of a much higher rate
than are those of the mineral, or vegetable king-
dom, and, since it is in accordance with the law of
vibratory attraction that force grows stronger
with the increase of the power of its center, the
force manifesting as attraction and repulsion in
^ an animal, or a man, is much greater than in either
of the lower kingdoms. In these higher forms of
manifestation this force is not confined to the
selection and rejection of physical atoms that will
compose its material center, but it goes a step
further and manifests also as mental likes and
dislikes. For a law of physics is also a law of
metaphysics, and the law of attraction and repul-
sion operates more forcefully and with greater
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rapidity upon the mental than upon the material
plane, and this is because of the higher rate of
vibration of the atoms composing mind or soul.
The objective mind of man, being of a lower rate
of vibration than the subjective mind, is more re-
pellent than attractive to the things which would
serve to aid him in his evolutionary journey. And
it is because man permits his objective mind to
direct his affairs for him, that he meets with so
much sorrow and disharmony in physical life.
Before the Sons of God, or subjective minds, came
to earth to incarnate in animal forms, they were
negatively good, in the realm of innocence in which
they dwelt, and therefore they enjoyed a negative
happiness there. But when they undertook the
task of incarnating upon this earth in the physical
forms that were already under the control of pos-
itive animal minds, they were as utterly unable to
control them at first as a child is unable to control
a man. And, while those subjective minds were
becoming accustomed to their new environment,
they were entirely under the dominion of their ob-
jective or lower minds.
During all the ages that have passed since the
Sons of God came here to dwell, a few have gained
absolute control over their objective minds and
have therefore evolved beyond the condition of the
mass of humanity, which is still suffering under
that dominion. Those few souls have the freedom
of thought and action that are the attributes of
spiritual men and are now positively happy be-
cause of their positive goodness; and they have
evolved to where they are no longer the victims of
circumstances, but absolutely control their en-
vironment. There are others who have not yet
reached the point of development where they are
able constantly to control their animal, or objec-
tive minds, but who are trying to do so, and it is
to such egos that the message of occultism is
In Lecture Five of this Course a description was
given of the origin and development of man's ob-
jective mind; in Lecture Six it was shown that
man is a center for the expression of force and by
reason of this, he belongs either to the construc-
tive or to the destructive side of nature. If he is
destructive he uses the destructive forces of na-
ture, since those are the forces he attracts to him-
self by reason of his own rate of vibration. If his
animal mind dominates his actions then he, as a
center, or vortex, draws to himself force from the
cosmic currents out of which his animal mind was
created. And since that mind was formed of the
orange, the red and the green currents blended to-
gether, those three are the forces which he uses.^
The orange life force supplies his body with phys-
ical strength. From the red cosmic force he draws
» The History and Power of Mind, pp. 238 ; 242-253.
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his different emotions and passions and, by its
aid, he hates and quarrels and destroys his own
and other persons ' property. Through the use of
this current he is immoral and irregular in his
habits. He indulges his appetites and his sexual
passions to a state of satiety, and, by reason of his
excesses, precipitates upon himself the calamities
and misfortunes which are the natural conse-
quences of such indulgence.
By aid of the green cosmic force he becomes
more individualized in the misuse of his forces.
Where once he raised a mob of men to help fight
his battles, he now challenges other men to fight
duels, and where once he was quite content to
satisfy his sexual desires by indulgence with al-
most anything in female form, he now prefers a
mistress, or mistresses, of his own.
Where by aid of the red force alone he once
robbed and took by physical force the property
and rights of others and then scattered his ill-
gotten gains as quickly as he had secured them,
he, through the added power of the green force,
now desires aggrandizement. He robs and steals
in secret and then protects and continues to hold
the property he has gained by making laws, or by
bribing law makers, to favor him in his dis-
As a natural consequence the mental condition
of such a man is one of constant repulsion to cer-
tain persons and certain things; and the forces
which manifest through him as a center are gen-
erally destructive and repulsive. Because of his
disregard of the voice of conscience, his subjective
mind has very little influence over him for the
betterment of his condition; and instead of pro-
gressing mentally, or physically, he becomes more
and more hampered and harassed by the troubles
of his own creation. After many lives of this kind
he has accumulated karmic debts which are like
millstones about his neck, limiting his power and
even his desire to demand good for himself. He
finds no one who can, or will, trust, or believe,
in his promises because he has been and is untrust-
worthy. He repels mentally and physically other
persons who are better developed and more re-
fined than himself. Because of his grossness and
vulgarity, he attracts to himself, as his friends,
only those who are at the same common rate of
mental vibration with himself, and this is because
only such persons can endure his vibrations. It
is not at all helpful to him to have such unde-
veloped people as these for his friends, since, like
himself, they, too, are seeking aggrandizement and
wish to use him as a means to further their ends.
They will profess friendship for him so long as
he can be made of use, but when he refuses to
accede further to their demands these friends im-
mediately become his enemies.
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Because of the wrongs committed in previous
lives, he will sometimes be compelled to live in the
closest family relationship with persons whom he
hates and who hate him. And because of his en-
vironment, which he knows not how to change, he
is sometimes compelled to live thus and suffer for
a lifetime without relief. For example: Here
is an ego incarnated in female form. For many-
lives in succession, whether with a masculine, or
feminine personality, she has given expression
only to her selfish, animal desires. She was born
into a family with several brothers and sisters
all younger than herself. She is without financial
means and lives in a locality where -there are no
opportunities for her to gain money. Her parents
are poor, her relatives are poor and all her neigh-
bors are poor. The great Karmic Law has placed
her where she cannot steal, as she did in former
lives, because there is nothing here worth stealing.
She cannot improve herself socially, or financially,
at another's expense, because there is nothing in
her environment for a social, or a financial founda-
tion. She is obliged to cook and wash and iron
for the different members of her family because
there is no one else to do it. Her brothers and
sisters and the father and mother, for whom she
toils, do not show her any affection and she is in
such a repellent mental condition, because of her
unhappy environment, that she naturally repels
affection. And because of the hatred and bitter-
ness in her heart she is in a constant inharmonious
condition. This condition repels every good thing
that might come to her, and attracts things which
are of a similar inharmonious and destructive vi-
bration. Because she has no knowledge of the
justice of the great Law, she is forced to believe
in luck and declares that she has nothing, and
does not expect anything but bad luck for the
remainder of her life. She becomes pessimistic
about everything. If she lives on a farm and her
family depends for their maintenance upon what
can be raised there, she predicts frosts to Mil,
floods to droAvn, and fires to burn everything they
possess. And since it is in accordance with law
that what one really expects, will surely come,
this pessimistic, inharmonious, fearing woman's
life becomes a continuous disappointment.
If she plans to go somewhere, as a preface, she
declares that it will storm before she returns and
ruin her clothes and her pleasure. She thinks
storm and watches for it, and it is pretty sure to
come and do all the mischief that she declared, or
thought, it would do. It was not because she had
the mental power to bring a storm, through her
pessimistic thinking, but she was drawn into the
storm because it was an inharmonious condition of
the elements and vibrated at the same common
rate with her stormy, discordant mental condition.
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This woman rebels against the "fate" which
compels her to scrub and cook for the members
of her family, and to one not acquainted with the
operation of the Law of Justice, it would seem as
if she were suffering from an injustice. But had
she a memory of some of her past lives in all their
fullness, she would know that the persons, whom
she is now serving, are the same individuals to
whom she owes debts. There is a brother whose
heavy, coarse garments she is obliged to wash and
mend and whose stockings she must knit; in an-
other life she either robbed him outright of his
money, or borrowed, and never repaid it. With
the selfishness still in her nature, that prompted
her to do that wrong to him in another life, she
would not willingly repay him in this life, even if
she had the means, and so the great Law makes
her serve him with her hands and feet until that
debt is fully cancelled. There is a sister whose
dresses she is obliged to make, and, for whom,
after the daily household duties are done, she
sometimes sits until late into the night sewing and
mending. It is true that she rebels against the
work and hates her sister; and perhaps she even
wishes that she could die and thus be rid of the
burden. But she will never be rid of it until her
karmic debt is fully paid. She does not know, and
perhaps she does not care to know, what caused
her bondage to that sister. But if she could look
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into the past she might see that there was once a
time when that individual, for whom she is now
toiling, had been her servant whom she refused to
pay. Because of the selfishness TrTher heart, she
took the service of that person's hands and feet
and gave her nothing in return. She cheated her
of the money she toiled for and used it for her
own selfish purposes; but now the great Law of
Justice has placed her where she must serve out
this debt, and she will never be released until it is
paid. And so it is with every member of her
family. She owes each one a debt that she is pay-
ing with her services, and it might be a temporary
comfort to her troubled soul if she could but under-
stand that it is not a cruelty but a kindness to
have this opportunity in which to pay all these
debts at once, instead of being obliged to take a
lifetime for each.
But until her karmic debts are nearly paid, she
cannot see nor be made to understand either the
cause of her condition, or a way to get out of it.
In her repellent mental attitude she cannot and
will not accept nor believe in the law of Demand
and Supply. This is because her karma is, as yet,
but partly exhausted. There are so many remain-
ing karmic debts between her and the light of free-
dom that they obscure that light from her vision,
as the rain clouds obscure the sun from the earth.
This woman cannot accept so high a truth as this,
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but instead attracts to her roind many supersti-
tions and false beliefs. This is because these un-
truths are vibrating in harmony with her own
false, untruthful nature ; and, as the force working
through the oak tree attracts only such atoms as
are needed to build the oak and to give it its oaken
character and repels all other atoms, so does this
woman attract such beliefs, or superstitions, as
correspond with her nature and her mental
Humanity as a mass cannot receive, or under-
stand the higher Occult Truths. It is only the
few who are consciously working to control their
objective minds who are ready to be helped at the
present time in this way. These lessons are writ-
ten for the few who desire to become practical
Occultists, the first three lectures of this course
are the foundation stones of Adeptship, and no
one will ever be accepted as a student by the
Silent Brotherhood who does not build his char-
acter upon them.*
Before the subjective minds of animal men have
become to any degree victorious over their ob-
jective minds, the superstitions created by their
animal hopes and fears are the only things that
they can understand, or appreciate. To the un-
developed, ignorant, animal-man's mind the howl-
ing of a lonely dog at the hour of midnight is a
* The History and Power of Mind, pp. 196-198.
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warning that death is near ; and he at once begins
to wonder if it is his own death that is approach-
ing. And for many days and sometimes for weeks
afterward, his thoughts may be so engrossed with
the fear of death that he stops swearing and drink-
ing and behaves much better than he has for years.
To the ignorant mind of an animal-woman who
hears the faint ticking sound that is sometimes
made by a little beetle as it burrows into the
wooden wall, it is a sign of immediate death. Her
particular superstition teaches that this sound is
the death watch and is ticking away the seconds
of her life ; and she immediately turns her thoughts
away from her gossiping and mischief-making and
begins preparations for her demise. But to the
person who rules the objective mind, neither of
these superstitions means anything, because he
knows that he can control his own destiny and
can use his physical body as long as he desires.
And if he knew that the transition, called death,
were near at hand, and if he believed it to be
advisable for him to make the change, he would
not be frightened into better conduct because of
it, since he lives each day to his highest ideal
and, therefore, each day is his best.
There is much confusion of thought concern-
ing the operation of the Law of Demand and Sup-
ply in connection with the Law of Justice. In the
Eastern School of Occultism the Karmic Law is
so forcefully presented that it almost assumes an
aspect of fatalism, or of "Kismet," as it is called
by the Mohammedan. But the Western student
is taught that the Law of Karma is a part of
the Law of Demand and Supply. For example :
Here is a man who is suffering from poverty.
He seems to be unable to get a position by which
he may earn his living. Every position he ap-
plies for has been filled and perhaps less than an
hour before. He seems to be always too late for
everything he wants, and he walks the streets
praying for (demanding) work until he becomes
so tired and faint from hunger that he can scarcely
stand. He does not know, and, perhaps would not
believe it if he were told, that this is a karmic
condition which is the result of his past demands
for idleness. In another life, or during the earlier
part of this one, he did not want work, but pre-
ferred idleness, and resented all suggestions of
work when they were made to him. At that time
he may have had plenty of means and did not
need a position and he may then have vehemently
declared that ' ' the world owed him a living, ' ' and
yet was not wise enough to follow that absurd
remark with the declaration that the world must
give him a living. This man is now suffering
past karma, which is really the supply to his de-
mand for idleness. The earnest demands he now
makes for work will bring future work, and per-
haps a great deal more than he can do ; and, when
that time comes, if he has then learned some-
thing about the Law of Karma, he will wonder
what he ever did to create a condition which
brought such an amount of labor for him.
Here is another example : There are two broth-
ers and both are suffering from illness and pov-
erty. They are fond of each other and live har-
moniously together, but there seems to be no way
for them to get out of their unpleasant environ-
ment and both become greatly discouraged. One
day one of the brothers finds a book, in the road,
and takes it home to read. In that book is a
statement of the Law of Demand and Supply and
there are also rules for overcoming or ''demon-
strating" over poverty and disease, all of which
appeal to the man as true. He tells his brother
alDout the book and declares his intention to put
the rules into immediate practice. His brother
cannot appreciate the teachings of the book, does
not care to understand them, nor will he even listen
while the book is read to him. But the progres-
sive brother continues to read and to think and
begins to practice with the knowledge he gains.
As a result he overcomes, or demonstrates, over
his physical and financial difficulties and, after
a time, rises superior to them while the other
brother continues ill and poor and wretched. The
poor brother refuses to help himself, or to be
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helped, by ''such nonsense," and as the progres-
sive brother's mental and physical vibrations grow
higher, because of his improved mental and physi-
cal conditions, the poor brother turns from him
in bitterness and grows to hate him because he
has been left behind in his undevelopment. The
heart of the progressive man is troubled because
of his brother's mental attitude and wonders if
this condition is karmic.
It is karmic ; but it is a karma produced by the
working of the Law of Demand and Supply. The
men were each in an unhappy condition as a re-
sult of transgressing the law in another life. But
the more progressive man had more nearly ex-
piated his mistakes than had the other, and, when
almost at the end of his karmic afflictions, his
demand for relief was met by the great Law in
the form of the book. He was far enough out
from his karmic gloom to be able to see the truth,
when it was presented to him, and to profit by it.
The other man, who would not listen, had not yet
finished with his karma; there were still so many
obligations to be paid, and the shadows cast by
them were too dense for him to see the truth. He
was not ready, and would not be, until he had fin-
ished, or had nearly finished, with his expiation,
after which he could be helped, as his progressive
brother had been. But it might not be in this
life, and, if that were the case, those brothers
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had come to the parting of their ways. And,
however sad it might seem to either, it was in-
evitable. The difference in the mental and phy-
sical vibrations of each would separate them as
surely as oil separates from water, and this sep-
aration would come because of the action of the
law of vibration.
Thus it may be stated as a rule that when a
person accepts the Law of Demand and Supply as
a truth, it is an indication that his old karma is
nearly exhausted and that he is in a position to
demand, and very soon to enter, a better environ-
ment. But when a person closes his eyes and ears
to this truth, and refuses to accept, or to con-
sciously to make use of the Law of Demand and
Supply, it is an indication that he has a large
amount of old karma to overcome and that he
cannot get out, nor be helped out, of his unhappy
condition until those karmic debts are paid.
There are several very important conditions to
be observed when a student commences consciously
to use the Law of Demand and Supply; for it is
one thing to use it unconsciously, as do the plants
and animals and many men, and another thing
to use it consciously. The first step is to learn
all that is possible *about it by studying its opera-
tions, and by tracing the causes for existing con-
ditions in one's self and in others. If a person
is in possession of something which he does not
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desire and which he seems to be unable to get rid
of, he should first concentrate his thoughts upon
it and demand to know how it came into his pos-
session and what he did to bring it. And, when
he is perfectly satisfied that he does not and never
will want that thing again, then he should con-
centrate his mind upon it and demand that it shall
The man of regular, orderly habits, who never
drinks liquor nor smokes tobacco, sometimes won-
ders, with indignation, why persons make him
presents of bottles of wine and boxes of cigars.
He should not permit himself to become indignant,
because, either in a former life, or in the earlier
part of this one, he wanted, or demanded, and
used these things which now he cares nothing for ;
and wine, pipes and cigars are the supplies which
are still coming in answer to his former demands.
In the next life, because of the indignation he
now feels when such things are presented to him,
he will probably be so situated that he could not
get a bottle of wine if he should want it, and
pipes, tobacco and cigars will also be great rari-
Time given to concentration is never wasted.
Many persons are inclined to consider this mental
work an interruption to legitimate business. But
all business, as well as every kind of pleasure, is
better done and more satisfaction is derived from
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doing it, if concentration of thought is brought to
bear upon it. The successful person concentrates
his mind upon everything he does. He never de-
cides a question mthout deliberation, and the
greater and deeper the concentration he gives to
it, the better and more satisfactory are his re-
sults. It is the same when making a demand, for
the more concentration put upon that demand and
the more time given to it the sooner it will be
The reason one person has more power of Con-
centration than another is because he has had more
practice. This may be due to the fact that he is
an older ego, or it may be because he has improved
his time better.
If a person is so situated that all his material
wants are supplied, he is not inclined to demand,
or to concentrate, upon them, but he then has a
good opportunity to demand and to concentrate
upon mental and spiritual power. If he does this,
he is improving his time and is gaining in the
power of concentration the same as is the man
who demands and concentrates upon material
things; for the power of concentration increases
with use, and whether it is used for a higher, or
a lower, purpose it must and will grow. And the
demands made for things that are injurious to
both the body and the mind of a man will be met,
through his power of concentration, just as surely
as will the demands for things which will raise
him materially, mentally and spiritually.
For example : He who concentrates his thoughts
upon the creation of a system, by which he may
break the bank at Monte Carlo, may use the same
amount of concentration upon his demand for
knowledge along this line, that another man might
use in studying how to make the lens of a telescope
that would enable astronomers to know the actual
climatic and atmospheric conditions of another
planet. The power of concentration of each of
these men would develop equally while they were
studying their different subjects and thus they
would have, and be ready to use, that power at
another time upon some other demand which might
be of greater personal value to each. And here
again the Law of Karma comes into operation.
The reason the man wished to break the bank
at Monte Carlo was because, either in this life,
or in another, he had been robbed of every dollar
he possessed by that, or by some other gambling
institution. In his heart he has a desire to retal-
iate for the material loss he sustained through
gambling, and uses his power of concentration for
this purpose. The time he spends in concentra-
ting is not wasted, because he gains in power
thereby, but the karma he makes for himself by
hating and demanding revenge will tie him for
another life, perhaps, to the men whom he now
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seeks to injure. Knowing this, it is wiser to
select as a subject for concentration things, or
qualities, that will be of benefit rather than a
Here is a man who greatly desires to gain a
knowledge of medicine. He longs for the time
to come when he can devote his entire time to
this study. But he has now neither the means
nor the opportunity. He lives in a rural district
and is obliged to rise at four or five o'clock in
the morning to milk the cows. He has not a mo-
ment of time to read, until after the last duty
has been done at night, when he may take an hour,
perhaps, to study the advertisements for patent t
medicines in the weekly newspaper. Yet his mind
is filled with the desire to go to college and to
become a practicing physician. And it may be-
that, notwithstanding his longing and demand for
this knowledge, he may not have it met in this
life, because of his unfavorable karmic conditions,
and because of his lack of knowledge of the Law
of Demand and Supply. If he could know that
the demands he is now making will be met in his
next life, just as surely as these obstacles, which
are now in his way, were put there by demands
made in another life, he would be better satisfied
to wait. During some other life he desired to
possess a farm and the stock which now stand
in the way of his study of medicine; and he de-
manded that kind of work then just as earn-
estly as he is now demanding a college educa-
When he has gained all the experience he needs
from his old demands, when he knows all that is
necessary about farming and stock raising, then
his condition will change, and in his next incar-
nation he may be born the son, or daughter, of an
eminent physician, and, in his new en^aronment,
have every opportunity to study, which is now
denied him. The more concentration he puts on
his farming now the more power of concentra-
tion will he possess as a physician, and the better
work will he do then.
It is impossible to utterly fail in demonstrating,
for even the lightest wish, if not destroyed by an
equally strong denial, will some time bring the
thing wished for. But it may not come at the
time it is desired, or perhaps for a long time after
the desire for it is dead; but it must and will come
some time, when the vibrations of the individual
who wished for it have been changed from repul-
sion to attraction.
A pessimistic condition of mind is the cause
of mental and physical repulsion of good things.
The person who can only see disaster and destruc-
tion before him, draws those conditions into his
life the same as the happy, hopeful mind draws
peaceful and beautiful things into his life. The
pessimist selects the misfortunes as forcefully, as
he rejects the blessings of life, and, because he
receives what he selects, or demands, he is un-
happy and makes every one round him unhappy.
The pessimistic man in business, whether he be a
merchant, a banker, a broker, or an investor, is
always losing his money. He expects to lose it,
and therefore the Law gives him the opportunity.
Because he believes all men are dishonest he is
drawn into business transactions with dishonest
men. He lives and moves in the destructive cur-
rent of dishonesty, and if he does not get out
of his unfortunate mental condition, he will never
succeed in anything he undertakes. Pessimism,
like any other defect of character, increases with
every moment of time that it is permitted to in-
fluence a person's actions. But if it does not find
an external means of expression, like any other
weed in the heart garden, it will die.
The best manner by which a tendency to pessi-
mism may be overcome is to set up an opposing
current of vibration by reversing the expression
of pessimistic opinion. If it looks as though it
were going to rain, declare that the sun is coming
out, and ignore, and if possible, forget the fact
that the clouds are dark and threatening. If one
feels miserable and wretched, one should search
for the cause of the trouble. If it is found to be
a torpid liver, or a severe case of indigestion,
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change the cook or diet. If neither brings the
desired relief, wash out the intestines with warm
salt water and fast for a day, or two. In the
meantime go into the fresh air and sunshine.
Take a trip out of town, or visit some one who
is jolly and good tempered. If the pessimistic
condition is found to be caused by mental de-
pression alone, then declare peace and happiness
until they come and drive away the depresse^d
mood. If the pessimistic condition has come be-
cause of the loss of material things, or of friends,
declare that no thing nor person can be lost to
you that belongs to you. If, what you supposed
was yours, belonged to some one else, you are
glad that it has reached its real owner at last;
then stop thinking about it and commence making
demands for something else to take the place of
that which has been taken from you.
Every ego is just where it belongs at this mo-
ment. And every ego will eventually become what
it really desires to be. If it desires to grow and
to progress, the opportunities will be given as fast
as it can make use of them. But if it prefers to
retrogress and degenerate, then abundant oppor-
tunities will be given to do both; and if it per-
sists in retrogression and never progresses then
it will some time reach a point where the Great
Consciousness will re-absorb it and it will cease
to exist as an individualized center, and will be
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drawn back again into the atomic portion of God
— Divine Mind.
All the blossoms on the fruit trees do not be-
come fruit. But none is wasted, because the
Mother Principle in nature re-absorbs the blasted
blossoms, and the same power of selection, which
drew to the tree the atoms which gave it power
to bring forth the first flowers, will draw back to
it the atoms that are scattered round it upon the
earth. And when the next season comes, blossoms
will again appear, stronger and more beautiful
than the others, because of the added force the
tree has gained through the absorption of the old
Discouragement is but a step above pessimism.
And when one yields to and remains in a discour-
aged condition of mind over seeming failures to
make demonstrations, one has temporarily, at
least, entered the destructive mental current with
the pessimist. Discouragement repels good things,
and, like pessimism, attracts the undesirable. It
is born of impatience, and it is because one be-
comes impatient and unwilling to wait for de-
mands to be met that one becomes discour-
But if every Son of God could realize that every
wish he makes will some time be granted, and
that, too, so soon as the avenue, through which
it must come, shall be cleared of the thought rub-
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bish he himself has placed therein, discouragement
with him would die a natural death. Egos should
look with broadened vision beyond this short life,
which is but a day in the evolutionary journey
The wise man who starts to take a trip around
the world plans for more than a day at a time.
He telegraphs ahead for his steamer and rail-
road accommodations, and if he fails to get them,
he waits until others can be had. And while wait-
ing he gets as much enjoyment as is possible out
of his environment. If he were to rush and fume,
or get discouraged and turn back, every time he
missed a train, or when a delay occurred, all en-
joyment of his trip would be destroyed and his
journey, which should be one of pleasure and
profit, would become a continuous mental and
physical strain — a wear and tear upon his nervous
If a person has demanded money he should wait
until it comes before he spends it, and he will have
no debts to trouble him. It is always best to
live within one's income, and, if possible, have
something left each month, or year, to use in
case an emergency should arise. It is the anxiety
of not knowing how to meet one's financial obli-
gations which causes the greatest discouragement
in life. If a man is so situated that he cannot
afford to live like a prince, then let him live in
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the manner befitting his station until his demands
shall be met, when he will be able to live as he
Learn to wait, and to wait patiently, as God —
Divine Mind — waits for the development of man.
In Lectures Six and Seven, vibration was de-
scribed as the keynote of Creation, and sufiScient
was said to acquaint the student with its position
as a pivotal element in the Universe. Limited
space prevents a further discussion of vibration
per se, but further information will be given re-
garding its influence upon the subjective mind
and upon man's relationships in physical life.^
In opposition to mental repulsion, disharmony
and pessimism, or the destructive mental forces,
are mental attraction, optimism and progression,
or the constructive mental forces. It is necessary
to study both forces to gain a thorough under-
standing of the operation of the Law of Evolu-
tion, for the student must be shown the seamy, or
wrong side, of life as well as the right, or finished
The egg-shaped center of consciousness called
mind, or man, is the highest vibrating center of
force that continuously exists upon this planet as
form. And it is only because of its union with the
^ Fragments of Truth, Chapter III.
objective mind, and the preponderance of the ob-
jective mind, that the subjective mind is compelled
to remain upon the earth. Being of a higher rate
of vibration than the earth, or than anything pro-
duced by the earth, it could not be confined to this
material plane if it were not for this union. And
until the lower mind shall be raised and shall be
made to vibrate in harmony, with its higher mind,
neither mind can progress beyond its present con-
The animal mind is to the subjective mind what
the anchor-drag is to the ship, or to the captive
balloon. It holds its subjective mind upon this
mundane sphere by means of the magnetic mental
attraction that exists between them. And the ob-
jective mind, by reason of its greater weight, or
lower rate of vibrations, is held to the earth by its
own density, and by its attraction to the material
things upon the earth. And until the animal mind
shall cease to love the things of earth, shall be-
come less sensuous, and shall turn more of its
attention toward mental and spiritual things, it
will continue to be just what it is— a jailor for its
subjective mind, who is now its most unhappy
prisoner upon this plane.
Before coming into contact with its objective,
animal mind, the subjective mind was happy and
hopeful. It knew nothing of sorrow nor of dis-
appointment, nor of the physical ills or troubles
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of material life. And when its mission upon this
plane has been fulfilled, and it has so far conquered
that lower, animal mind as to become its master,
instead of its slave, then its original nature will be
reasserted and it will again be happy. When that
great victory has been gained its happiness will
be positive, that of a glorified ego rather than
the negative happiness of a helpless, ignorant in-
fant. Then its fetters of limitation will fall away,
and, because of its spiritual knowledge and power,
it will be able to pass, at will, beyond this vale of
tears into the realm where there are no tears, and
where physical and material troubles are never
experienced. But before that great triumph can
be gained there ai'e many steps to be taken on
its evolutionary journey; and the first of these
is to acquire perfect poise.
Before the human child can walk, or run, it must
learn to stand by gaining and maintaining its
physical equilibrium; and w^hat is true upon the
material plane is also true upon the mental plane.
After mental poise is acquired it must be main-
tained, since mental progression without poise is
as impossible to attain as is physical progression
In the ego's struggle for freedom, fear is the
first and last enemy that has to be overcome. ^ It
is the most formidable attribute of the objective
> The History and Power of Mind, pp. 69-72 ; 82-86 ; 144, 244, 259.
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mind, and it is that which limits man to the nar-
rowest confines of earth. So long as it rules and
reigns in the human heart, mental poise and com-
plete individualization are impossijale to attain;
for fear casts its malefic influence upon men and
women alike, and it retards the growth of an ego
more than does any other thing.
Physical fear and fear of loss are the first two
aspects to be overcome of this retarding influence ;
and to accomplish this, the ego must learn to recog-
nize its own indestructibility. Composed, as it
is, of ethereal substance of a higher rate of vibra-
tion than that of material things, it can neither be
destroyed nor injured by material things, nor by
the loss of material things, nor by the loss of
friends. Since individualization is God's ultimate
purpose for every ego, earthly transitions, such
as the coming and going of friends, or of enemies,
can only hinder, or help, according to the ability of
a soul to keep its poise.
As an aid toward the recognition of its individu-
ality, an ego must first learn to be happy when
alone, and not to be dependent upon another per-
son, or persons for its pleasure, or happiness. It
is the human baby that must be kept quiet and
amused by a rattlebox, or a bell, or by something
that can make a noise or a confusion. But when
its physical body and brain have matured, it should
evolve beyond the necessity for rattleboxes and
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bells, and should be amused and entertained by
thoughts instead of things. Not that man should
cease to love the society of his friends, or that he
should retire from this beautiful world with all
its wonderful scenery; but he should not be de-
pendent upon persons, or things, for his pleasure,
or his happiness.
The person who cannot be alone for a moment
without being lonely, or wretched, but who must
have some one to talk to, has no mental poise and
very little individuality. The person who dares
not go to sleep without a light burning in his room,
has no mental force, or mental equilibrium. The
person who cannot be content unless he is plunged
into social gaieties, or is madly rushing from one
fete to another, is utterly and entirely upon the
physical plane of being, and is dragging his help-
less, unhappy subjective mind after him as merci-
lessly as a conquering general drags after him
his captives of war.
The next aspect of fear to be overcome is the
fear of public opinion, or of criticism. ^ There are
men who have such tremendous physical strength
that they do not fear to combat either man or
beasts ; and yet they may be completely cowed by
a sarcastic glance, a scornful smile, or a shrug
of the shoulders given by some one whose admira-
tion they desire to gain. With set teeth and un-
^ The History and Power of Mind, pp. 84-85.
faltering step those men would walk straight for-
ward to meet death in battle, or would die at the
stake without a moan of pain ; but they could not
bear ridicule, and, perhaps, would sacrifice their
highest moral principles rather than be pro-
nounced out of date.
For example: Mr. Blank is really fond of his
wife and of his family, and prefers to spend his
evenings at home; but Mr. Dash, whose admira-
tion and respect Mr. Blank greatly desires to gain,
is fond of nothing but "a good time." Mr. Dash
invites Mr. Blank to go with him and "make a
night of it," and he goes because he is afraid, if he
should refuse the invitation, his friend would call
him *'a back number." It is true he is not happy
one moment of the time he spends in dissipation,
but he has not the courage, or the mental poise, to
look Mr. Dash in the eyes and say, "I prefer to
remain at home with my wife. ' ' He could not bear
the ridicule that such a reply w'ould provoke
among his acquaintances by this out-of-date "
And it is the same kind of fear that casts its
demoralizing influence upon Mrs. Blank when Mrs.
Dash invites her to a theatre party and a supper
afterward, and provides old Mr. Roue as her escort
for the evening. Mrs. Blank would much rather
go to the play with her husband, whom she really
likes better than any one she knows, but she is
afraid to refuse this invitation. She has not the
mental poise to look Mrs. Dash in the face and
say, ''If your invitation does not include Mr.
Blank I must decline it.'* She could not bear the
disdainful curl of Mrs. Dash's lip, nor the pity-
ing glances of her acquaintances after taking such
a prudish position; and so she goes to the party
and permits Mr. Eoue to say and do many things
which she would not like her husband to know.
She does not enjoy the party, although sbe makes
a pretence of doing so, and, after the farce is
♦ ended, she returns home humiliated and ashamed
of her conduct, and all because she feared to be
called a "prude." And thus two souls are re-
tarded in their growth because they fear ridicule.
Each loses its poise and individuality because of
that element of fear which has always been the
direct cause of most of the misery and failures in
It is this attribute of the objective mind that
paralyzes the power of the artist to sing, or to
act, before the public. He fears criticism, or ridi-
cule, and, by yielding to the power of his fear,
places himself in the position he most dreads.
Then there are other persons who fear bad luck
and accidents. To the ignorant, objective mind
of man, such calamities seem to drop upon him out
of nothingness; and the cause of either seems as
intangible and difficult to understand as is the
Causeless Cause," or "a dispensation of Provi-
dence." Because of a lack of knowledge concern-
ing the operation of the law of vibration, he does
not know how to escape from his misfortunes, and
as soon as he emerges from one mishap, another
comes upon him, and, because of his constant
dread, or fear of calamities, he has neither poise
The best way to destroy fear is to become indif-
ferent to, and to lose interest in, the miserable
mental pictures that fear paints.^ When man can
recognize his own individuality, his indestructi-
bility and his superiority as compared with his
material environment, fear will wither and die out
of his heart, since it can only live because of the
existence and exercise of his lower emotions.
The artist who works for the world's flattery,
or praise, more than to attain perfection in art, is
stimulated by the emotion of personal vanity. He
is striving to place himself before the world, and
uses art as a means to elevate him above the heads
of his competitors. And, because of this desire
for personal laudation, he suffers from and fears
the criticism of the world. But if he is working
to attain perfection instead of praise, then he be-
comes his own most severe critic and has no other
critic to fear. He is grateful for honest criticism
and for good suggestions, and his skill improves
» The History and Power of Mind, pp. 85 86 ; 91-98 ; 145.
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because he accepts and profits by them. He gains
in character and poise as he becomes more and
more indifferent to ridicule, or disparagement;
and he does not take the pleasure, or displeasure,
of the world into his consideration.
Fear and falsity go hand in hand, and it is
usually the man who has something to conceal
who most fears criticism or ridicule. It may be
that it is his ignorance which he fears will be ex-
posed and laughed at; in which case it is his posi-
tion before the world, which he is unworthily try-
ing to maintain, that he fears he may lose. Or, if
he has not yet reached the desired position, but
hopes to do so, then he fears that criticism may
prevent him from gaining that which does not be-
long to him and which he does not deserve. If
he could only recognize the truth that he is an
evolving ego trying to reach perfection in all
things, instead of pretending that he is now per-
fect; and if he could also recognize his inherent
divinity and his indestructibility, he could not lose
his poise, because he would know that he could not
fail to gain his own, if he persisted in his endeavor.
With the progressive ego there is a direct re-
versal of this order of thought. Because he has
ceased to love material things better than mental,
or spiritual, qualities, he has no fear of losing his
earthly possessions, and gives to each article its
proper valuation and place in his estimation.
Knowing that the world and all it contains is
perishable and therefore transitory, he is wise
enough to select his treasures, which are imperish-
able, from the mental and spiritual planes of be-
ing. If he does not remember his soul name, he
selects the one, which, of all the names he has
ever heard, is the most beautiful to him; and when
alone calls himself by it. He places the greater
part of his consciousness upon the mental plane by
living in his thought creations. He depends upon
his inspirations for pleasure and happiness, rather
than upon the dross and tinsel of material things.
To him, because he is well poised, the kaleidoscopic
scenes of the material world are but passing
shows. They are things to look upon, but not to
Evolutionary work never needs protection by
the ego who is doing the work; because it will
outlive all petty ridicule, or unkind criticisms,
that may be put upon it. And it will also outlive
the personalities of those who condemn it. Truth
can never be destroyed. For a time it may become
obscured by falsehood and deceit, but it cannot
die any more than the progressing ego can die
who writes, or speaks it.
Every ego should have its aim, its object in
life ; and that object should be its ideal for good,
and it should work with all its earnestness to reach
that ideal and to become a part of it. To gain and
to maintain poise, while working for its ideal, it
should constantly declare : "I am imperishable and
indestructible, and there is nothing for me to
The object in dwelling so long on the subject of
fear is twofold. First, to show that most of the
calamities, which befall men, are produced by the
fear which is an attribute of the animal, or objec-
tive, mind, and, second, to emphasize the deterrent
effect that fear has upon the evolution of humanity.
The mind being magnetic draws to itself whatever
it persistently dwells upon; and the calamities in
life are drawn by the law of attraction to man,
through fear. This aspect of the operation of the
law was also presented in *'The History and Power
The three elements which constitute the Law of
Success are, first, a clear mental image of the
object to be attained; second, the condition of
the mind while in pursuit of its object, and, third,
the conservation of energy.
The Law of Attraction is a fundamental prin-
ciple underlying the Law of Success, but it is
not the only principle; and the inability to rec-
ognize this fact is the cause of many of the seem-
ing failures in the operation of the law.
The shortest distance between two points is a
straight line, and if a man has in view only his
present position and an indefinite point to which
he would attain, he cannot travel in a straight line,
or take the shortest route, toward his object.
Therefore, one should not strive for, or demand,
a general success, but, after deUberate thought,
should determine in what line of work he desires
specific success and then work to attain it. This
is the first element.
The second element is the mode of mmd one
should maintain while working for success. And
it is here that mental attraction performs a most
important part. An optimistic mode of mind
brings success, because optimism is evolutionism
and works with, instead of against, the Law of
Success. It is but another name for progression,
and the optimist is the soul who has gained his
mental poise and can see physical life in all its
vicissitudes under an optimistic light. He has
reached a point of development where he can look,
unmoved and undisturbed, upon the hurrying,
worrying members of society who are frantically
rushing about after some external thing to give
them pleasure, or happiness. The pessimist hates
the optimist because he has been disturbed by his
optimistic vibrations. For, when optimistic
thought comes into contact with pessimistic
thought it has the same effect upon it that sun-
light and pure air have upon a dungeon. The
rapid rates of vibration of the sunlight and the
oxygen, dry the dampness which produced the
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mustiness and mould in the dungeon and raise
them to higher rates of vibration. But the mould
forms are disturbed and destroyed by the change,
and the creatures that were born and bred in the
darkness of the dungeon, and depended upon it for
concealment, are compelled, by the change, to seek
another habitation, or adjust themselves to new
conditions. Because those creatures love the
darkness and do not wish to be disturbed it is not
a kindness to continue to maintain dungeons for
them to exist in. Evolution says, ''Move on, or,
cease to cumber the earth with your presence,
since much is still to be gained before the night
comes on, when all things must rest."
For example : Here is an optimist who is a tour-
ist and has reached a resting place in the sun-
light on a mountain above the shadows of the
valley below. He looks back upon his fellow-
travelers who are struggling and stumbling over
the path he has trod. And because he has trav-
eled the same road, he is in a position to direct
and advise the others. But, until they have com-
pleted the first part of their journey and have
approached sufficiently near to see the point of
vantage the optimist has reached, they can neither
understand nor appreciate the value of any advice
he could give. Because he knows that he and all
his fellow-tourists are living in eternity now, he
has ceased to worry, or to hurry. He knows that
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the mountain he is dimbing is one of the eternal
hills, and will continue to be in the same place
long after those who are now struggling up its
rough and rocky sides have left this mundane
sphere, and he stops and rests and enjoys the
scenery. But to the man below him, who has
limited himself to a three months' vacation from
business, and who thinks he must "get the worth
of his money," by crowding as much sight-seeing
as possible into those three short months, the
deliberation of the optimist is positively aggrava-
ting. He feels that it should be resented by every
active, industrious individual in the party, and
remarks to the person nearest him that *4ife is
too short to be spent mooning over clouds and
colorings." He frets and fumes because some of
his party are late for the first train back to the
hotel, and paces up and dowT:i the platform be-
fore the station and works himself into chills and
fever because he is obliged to wait for the next
train. He missed seeing the glorious sunrise, be-
cause he was running after his courier to know
if the lunch basket had been left behind; and he
did not see the sunset because he was mentally
upset about missing his train.
The optimist knows how the pessimist feels, be-
cause, at one time, he felt the same about similar
trifles; but he also knows better than to argue
with, or attempt to show him his mistake, be-
cause his interference would be resented. So he
looks unmoved upon the tempestuous outbursts
of temper, and smiles while the pessimist
When the three months' tour is ended and the
party returns home, the pessimist has only com-
plaints to make regarding his experiences. He
went away with the hope of getting rest and pleas-
ure, but found only disappointment and fatigue
instead. His expenses were much more than he
thought he was able to bear, and he remembers
nothing but the misfortunes and mishaps which
befell him. He finds that everything at home
and in his business went wrong during his ab-
sence. Burglars entered his house, as he knew
they would, and took away his silver. At his place
of business the cashier decamped with the con-
tents of the safe, as he feared he would, and he,
himself, is bitterly discouraged.
All this happened because his objective mind
was in control of the situation and had rushed
him around without aim, or purpose. He wanted
to go some place, but was not quite certain where.
He did not go to the mountains to see the won-
derful productions of nature, but because others,
whose society he desired, were going. His ob-
jective mind caused such confusion that he could
not hear the intuitive suggestions of his subjec-
tive mind, had they been made to him, and he was
constantly getting into trouble because of his lack
of intuition and poise.
The optimist enjoyed every moment of his jour-
ney and saw enough wonders of nature for his
thoughts to live upon during the coming year;
he returned rested and refreshed and ready to
resume his work. Because he expected to find his
home and his business in harmonious conditions,
he found them so. His pocket was not picked,
neither did he lose any of his baggage. This was
because he ruled his objective mind, under all
circumstances, and feared nothing.
It is the objective mind that creates the bad
karma and builds all the misfortunes for man.^
And, so long as man permits his lower, animal
mind to control his affairs, he will not become
karmaless and free from misfortune. In the oper-
ation of the law, governing Demand and Supply,
the law works more rapidly with the optimist than
with the pessimist, because the karmic obstacles
in the path of the optimist have been largely re-
moved, or overcome, while the karmic obstacles
for the pessimist are still in the way and delay
the coming of his demonstration. Then, too, the
optimist has ceased to create new karmic ob-
stacles, because he controls his objective mind,
while the pessimist is constantly creating new
karma through the activity of his objective mind.
^ The History and Power of Mind, pp. 69-74.
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And these conditions not only affect the present
life, but it also affects conditions for the next
For example : Here are two brothers, both born
in poverty. They commence life under unfavor-
able financial conditions, and, because of this, both
are pessimistically inclined ; but as the years pass,
the views of one of the brothers begin to change.
He finds that his affairs run more smoothly when
he looks upon life philosophically. He knows
nothing of Demand and Supply, as a law, but
unconsciously uses that law, and, by so doing,
overcomes much of his past karmic accumulations
and also saves himself from making bad karma.
His brother, however, becomes a confirmed pes-
simist, and passes out of life in that unfortunate
mental condition. The optimistic brother lives to
old age, and goes out of physical life compara-
tively happy, because of the poise he gained and
maintained during the latter part of his life.
When these two egos incarnate again the pessi-
mist is born into poverty and misfortune, as the
result of the mental creations he made during
his last life, and the optimist is bom, this time,
into affluent circumstances. His family and
friends are well-to-do, and, because of the poise
he had gained during his last life, this time he
is born with increased individuality and mental
force. In this incarnation the opportunity is given
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to each of these egos to learn something of the
science of living, and both undertake to demon-
strate each for himself. The man who, during
his last life, was a pessimist does not have his
demands met as quickly as does the optimist, and
becomes discouraged and wonders why the law
does not work as readily for him as for the other
Divine Law must work through instruments, and
those most available, surrounding the pessimistic
soul, through whom his demands would most likely
be met, are persons who like himself are in
straitened circumstances. This is due to the
operation of the Law of Attraction. He and they
were attracted together because they were of a
common, or a like, rate of vibration. If he makes
a demand for money — being surrounded by per-
sons who have none and have no opportunities
for getting it — it could not come to him so soon,
or so easily, as if he were surrounded by those
who had it and who could be used by the Law,
as instruments, to meet his demands. The Law,
then, must find other instruments who can be used
in this man's behalf. This often causes delay,
because there are so many adverse conditions to
be met and overcome, and one of the greatest of
these is the free will of the persons whom the Law
God — Divine Mind — never coerces Its children
to do anything nor to give anything. It gives
free will, but makes suggestions. If men follow
their impressions, which are often God's sugges-
tions, then they are working as Divine Law's in-
struments. But if they do not follow their im-
pressions, then they do not work with the Law,
but against it.
It is not difficult for the Law to meet the de-
mand of the optimistic brother who is surrounded
by persons who have plenty of money, because
the instruments through which such demands can
be met are available. And, perhaps, because of
his past associations with them, there are karmic
debts that they owe him, and which may now be
paid through the operation of the Law of Demand
and Supply. But in time the demands of both
men will be met.
The third element in the Law of Success is the
conservation of force. By force is meant not only
mental, but also physical force. Because, with-
out a strong physical body, the mental powers
have no material center through which to oper-
ate. The conservation of mental energy requires
that the greatest expenditure of force should be
directed toward the attainment of a particular
success selected, rather than that it should be dif-
fused in an attempt to attain success along sev-
eral lines simultaneously. In other words, a per-
son should devote the greater part of the time
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given to concentration, in concentrating upon that
particular success which he most desires to at-
To conserve physical force the personal mag-
netism of an individual must be maintained. A
waste of the magnetic force may be caused in
two ways: first, by voluntary depletion, through
overwork, in behalf of himself or of others, and,
second, through vampirization.'*
Demagnetization, produced by vampirization of
the physical body, until it is no longer of use to
the ego as an instrument, is a hindrance from
which thousands of persons are suffering at this
point in the evolution of the race. And this con-
dition exists with both sexes, and should be de-
clared against by every progressive, thinking,
striving soul who desires to benefit his fellowmen.
It is not the duty of an individual to submit to
vampirization, or to permit another to retard him
in his evolution in any other way. If his karmic
connections seem binding him to an unpleasant
environment, he should either live out the disagree-
able conditions, so far as the material or physical
connections are concerned, or get out of them by
demanding to be released. In any event, he should
reserve and maintain his rights, as an ego, to
think and to study and to grow in spite of the
» The matory and Power of Mind, pp. 169-175.
2 The History and Power of Mind, pp. 39-41.
opinions of another individual to the contrary.
Vampirization produces demagnetization, and
when a man's body is demagnetized he has been
robbed of his magnetic force until the atoms com-
posing his body have ceased to vibrate, or to
Magnetic attraction in the physical body is
caused by the polarization of atoms. But the law
of attraction, which controls polarization, oper-
ates with equal force upon all the planes of being.
There is a positive and a negative side to every-
thing in the world, and a body has magnetic polar-
ity when the positive sides of the atoms, compos-
ing it, contact the negative sides of the atoms
nearest them ; and demagnetization is produced by
the destruction of this relationship. In other
, words, when the endless atomic chains of a physi-
cal body and brain have been broken, as it were,
by the positive side of some of the physical atoms
contracting the positive sides of other physical
atoms, then, instead of a harmonious condition ex-
isting between the blood, bones, muscles and
nerves, there arises an imperfect circulation of
the blood, a crumbling or brittleness of the bones,
a cramping or withering of the muscles and a
jangling, or paralysis, of the nerves. And all this
suffering may be caused by the daily contact of
two physical bodies: one of which is drawing its
magnetic force from the other more rapidly than
that other can regain it from the surrounding cos-
There are individuals upon the material plane
who exist solely by magnetic vampirization/ They
do not depend upon, nor draw their forces from
the cosmic currents, but, human parasites as they
are, they live upon the magnetism of other in-
dividuals; and if they were to be isolated from
other human beings, their bodies would wither
and die from a lack of magnetic supply. Although
constantly submerged in the great sea of cosmic,
magnetic force, they cannot absorb magnetism
from it, because the currents which compose it
are too rapid and too vast for them to use. But
they fasten upon other individuals, and like
leeches, absorb the personal magnetism of their
victims.' This is because the atoms composing
the bodies of such individuals are more negative
than positive. Their minds are not poised and
their physical atoms do not ^-otate regularly. As
compared with cosmic objects, they are meteoric
and have no fixed orbit or elliptical motion. As
compared with so-called inanimate things upon
earth, they are top-heavy, like baseball bats. Be-
cause of the negativeness of their physical atoms,
the bodies of these individuals are loosely con-
structed and are, therefore, easily disintegrated.
I The Hlstorv and Power of Mind. pp. 132-133.
Fragments 'of Truth, Chapter III.
Such persons are always in trouble and are con-
tinually meeting with mishaps and misfortunes.
They ask advice of every one, but rarely follow
it when given. They are always in need of help,
either financially or physically, but usually resent
mental assistance because of their preconceived
opinions. They desire to know of the seeming
misfortunes of other persons, and delight in lis-
tening to a trial, by a jury, of a noted criminal.
If a murder, or a suicide, has been committed
they will go any distance and suffer almost any
inconvenience to see the mutilated corpse — and the
greater the mutilation, the more pleasure they
seem to derive from looking at it. If an animal
has been killed they will stand, for hours, watch-
ing the carcass, and will struggle with each other
for the best viewpoint. They read the most sen-
sational papers and then insist upon relating, or
describing, the grewsome things they have read
or seen, to any one w^ho will listen.
This morbid condition of mind is due to the
attraction of like to like. Because these individ-
uals are irregular in mental and physical vibra-
tion, they are attracted to the unusual and irreg-
ular conditions in life. In a railway wreck or in
a holocaust they are among the first to be injured.
Among electricians, these individuals would be
called dielectrics, because they are non-conductors
of force. They receive, but do not give, force, and
what they do receive seems not to appreciably
improve their general demagnetized negative-
As evolutionists they may be compared, chem-
ically, with crystallized salts of ammonia: they
must be dissolved into a fluidic condition and be
mixed with other ingredients before they can be
of much value to humanity.
It is but a natural consequence that the minds
or souls, of such negative individuals should be
left behind by progressive egos on their evolu-
tionary journey. And it is not to be regretted
since all failures will be taken back again into
the'bosom of the Infinite to be brought forth dur-
ing another Cosmic Day.
The real regrettable feature is the fact that pro-
gressive egos, those who are capable of reaching
higher planes of consciousness before, the Cosmic
Night comes on, are permitting themselves to be
retarded, in growth, while submitting to such vam-
pirization. For, the strong souls who are wait-
ing and hoping and trying to make -something
of the nonentities, are under the hallucination that
it is a duty to bear others' burdens — when they
are too w^eak, or too indolent, to bear them for
This is a fearful mistake. Now that the race
has reached its majority, every ego must stand
or fall for itself : and those who are able to press
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forward and attain, should be warned of the dan-
ger to be incurred by needless delay.
For example : Here is a woman, who is a strong
soul, but is wedded to a man diametrically op-
posed to her in nature. True it is that a karmic
connection brought them together in this life, but
it was karmic only so far as the physical, or sex
union was concerned. The woman is most
anxious to read and to study along the lines of
advanced thought. She knows she is capable of
progressing, but her husband, who is a fretful,
spiteful, negative invalid, will not permit a book,
or a pajDer, advocating advanced thought to be
brought into the house. He knows nothing about
evolution, or progression, nor does he wish to. But
demands and receives the undivided attention of
his wife, and is even jealous of her thoughts. He
does not permit her to be alone for a moment,
either night or day, but watches every expression
of her face and contradicts every statement she
makes. He is not happy, either with or without
her, because happiness is a condition of mind he
knows nothing about. He nags, and scolds, and
yet clings to her, and keeps his body and soul
together by aid of the magnetism he takes from
her. Because she is wedded to him, she believes
it her wifely duty to sacrifice her life, if it should
be necessary, for his good, and, because he does
not wish her to read the books he does not like.
she refrains from doing so. Because he will not
be left for a moment alone, she devotes her entire
time to him.
He vampirizes her body until it becomes so
demagnetized that she cannot use it, and she is
finally forced out of her vehicle mthout having
gained, in this life, any of the knowledge, or ms-
dom, she craved. Thus this whole incarnation has
been wasted, so far as soul progression is con-
cerned, because of her yielding to the selfish, per-
sonal wishes of a nonentity. Mentally and physi-
cally enslaved, as she was, by her mistaken sense
of duty, she heard nothing but her husband's pessi-
mistic opinions ; and, because of his inharmonious
vibrations, optimistically inclined individuals were
not welcome visitors at her home. And thus not
only did this ego lose this incarnation, but, be-
cause of the pessimistic thought creations among
which she lived for so many years, she will be
drawn, in her next life, into a most wretched en-
vironment. She will then be born surrounded
with poverty, sickness and gloom, and she will
be over-shadowed from infancy to womanhood,
and perhaps to the end of the next life, with the
fearful materialized creations that were mentally
created for her in this life, and which she tacitly
The Law of Mental Attraction operates as reg-
ularly and as unerringly as does the law of grav-
ity, which is a part of it, and therefore every
mind, or soul, is a center of gravity for itself.
Man is a little vortex, or world, and becomes pos-
sessed of everything, whether it be good or ill,
that he pictures in his radius, or aura. As the
thought creations of Gods and of men exist with-
in the atmosphere, or aura, of the earth, and
through the operation of the law of physical at-
traction, or gravitation, are magnetically drawn
to the earth, and are held upon the earth, so do
the mental creations remain in the aura of a soul,
or little world, until they are materialized and
possessed by those who created them, or, for whom
they were created. For, like the creative Gods of
the heavens who materialized Divine Mind's pic-
tures upon the earth, so men can, and do, create
for other men as well as for themselves. If those
creations are accepted and are not destroyed by
mental repulsion, they will materialize and do the
work that their natures compel them to do. And
the magnetic attraction of the mind, for whom
they were created, will hold to them as tenaciously,
although only possessed of them by adoption, as
the material creations of earth are held in their
positions by the gravic force of the earth.
From the moment the objective, or animal mind,
was created upon the earth, it has never ceased
to fear the transition called death. Th^s is due
to its intense desire for life, and to the fact that
it is utterly oblivious of all its past states of con-
sciousness. It is also entirely unconscious of a
continued state of existence upon any plane other
than the material; for the seat of memory of past
incarnations is the subjective mind. To the ob-
jective mind, physical form is hfe, and, there-
fore, it believes that to maintain life, material
form must be preserved. Since its desire for life
is greater than all its other desires, disintegration
of form, for the animal, or objective mind, is the
greatest misfortune that can come to it. And until
each subjective mind shall be able to impress upon
its objective mind the truth that life is God, and
therefore is eternal, and that its personal exist-
ence is not dependent upon physical form, human
beings will continue to fear disintegration, of form,
more than anything else in the world.
Believing, as men did, that immortality could
224 Occult Philosophy
be gained only through the preservation of the
material form, and, because they desired to meet
again, those whom they had loved and had so mys-
teriously lost through ''death," they used every
available means to preserve, intact, the deserted
physical bodies, with the hope and the belief that
at, some future time, those same forms would be
re-animated and be restored to the bereaved who
were left behind. Therefore it was the objective
mind's desire for perpetuity that caused men, of
a more remote period than this, to have their
own and their friends* physical bodies preserved
after the egos had departed to other realms.
By some peoples it was thought that "death"
was a form of suspended animation, and that, by
means of it, the life principle, or soul of men,
was locked into his body, there to remain until
some great Celestial Being should come and arouse
and restore him to activity. To persons of this
faith the destruction, or loss, of a physical body,
caused greater sorrow, if possible, than did
"death"; since such a loss prevented the possi-
bility of resurrection and of consequent immor-
tality. There were other peoples who believed
that the ego of man was not locked inside his
body after "death," but was bound to it by fet-
ters that permitted it to go but a few feet from
the body. And the followers of this faith believed
it a sacred duty to daily place food and drink at
the head, or feet, of the corpse, or somewhere with-
in its reach, in order that the life principle could
consume them and thus be kept strong and able
to use the body, when the time should come for
it to be restored to activitp^. To these persons the
failure to provide food and drink for an excar-
nated ego was a greater crime than was murder,
and was punishable with slow torture, such as
starvation, or some fearful affliction that was be-
lieved to be equal to what the soul suffered in
consequence of the culprit's neglect.
To the Occultist there is no ''death," according
to the common acceptance of the term. The con-
dition called ''death" is a complete demagnetiza-
tion of the atoms composing a material form.
Complete demagnetization of a form produces en-
tire disintegration of that form, and since the
atoms, of which a form is composed, are held to-
gether only by the magnetic attraction that ex-
ists between them, disintegration cannot become
complete until all the magnetism has been with-
drawn from the form which those atoms combined
to compose. Therefore, a physical body cannot
be properly called dead until it is entirely disin-
tegrated; and any, or all, artificial means that
may be used to prevent it from disintegration,
only retard demag-netization.
In lectures six and seven of this course, vibra-
tion, and magnetic attraction and repulsion of the
atoms were discussed, to which the student is re-
ferred. In lecture eight demagnetization by vam-
pirization was introduced, and will now be
further discussed, since vampirization is
usually the beginning of disintegration or
Demagnetization of a physical body is produced
by the constant expenditure of its magnetism in
greater quantities than it is received, and this
condition may be produced in various ways. On
page 145, the manner in which magnetic power,
or force, is generated and expressed was touched
upon, but in connection with the subject it may
be well to add that, since the generation of f orce,^
which is always magnetic, is wholly dependent
upon the rotary motion of the atoms compos-
ing a center, and, since the expression, or giving
of force, is dependent upon the elliptical motion
of a center, then it is not difficult to understand
why the physical body of a man, or a beast, gen-
erates the most force when it is resting, or sleep-
ing. In other words, natural sleep, which is abso-
lute rest to a physical body, or center, is the
greatest generator of magnetic force of any con-
dition into which that body can enter ; and, there-
fore, to prevent an early ' ' death, ' ' or the demag-
netization of a physical body, the same number
of hours should be given to sleep as are given to
> Fragments of Truth, Chapter III.
physical activity during each day, or every twenty-
four hour cycle.
Every thing that has form, whether so called
inanimate or animate, is created subject to cyclic
law ; and, during the first half of its daily, weekly,
monthly, or yearly cycles it possesses much more
magnetic force than during the latter half of those
cycles. This is due to the fact that magnetic force
is constantly flowing and ebbing through material
forms, whether they are suns, worlds, or men.
And this flowing and ebbing of magnetic force
may also be called action and reaction, mag-
netization and demagnetization, or life and
When a world is created and has been given its
orbit, one-half of the time it travels toward its
sun and the other half it travels away from it.
When it is going toward the sun it is becoming
magnetized and is then generating more force
than it is giving. But when it is going from the
sun it is giving more magnetism than it is re-
ceiving ; and all inhabited worlds are alike in this
respect. For example, consider the earth. From
the twenty-first day of December until the twenty-
first day of June of each year, she is being mag-
netized; because at that time the greater part
of her surface is locked in snow and ice ; the vege-
tation, which vampirizes her magnetism, is resting
and sleeping, while she is receiving magnetic force
from the sun in greater quantities than she is
giving it to the creatures that are living, and de-
pending upon her for that force. This period is
her flood tide. But from the twenty-first day of
June until the twenty-first day of December, this
order of things is reversed, and she is then giving
to her dependents more magnetism than she is
receiving, because she is then going from the sun,
which she, in her turn, has vampirized. And then,
too, during that time, vegetation and lower animal
life have awakened from the winter's period of
inactivity, or rest, and are drawing from the earth
magnetic forces in order that they may be ex-
pressed. And thus, on the twenty-first day of
June, of each year, demagnetization of the earth,
by vampirization, begins. If she were to con-
tinue to recede from the sun indefinitely, that
demagnetization would finally become death," or
disintegration ; and she and every form which now
exists upon, and vampirizes her, would cease to
exist as form.
But, as conditions now are, the earth is grad-
ually giving more magnetism than she receives,
and the time will come when she must rest, or
disintegrate. This is because, as she grows older,
her responsibilities increase instead of diminish;
for, as men and beasts multiply in numbers, more
demands are made upon her for their mainte-
nance and her natural resources are consumed in
greater quantities. Her vital fluids and gases are
drawn out of her, and, through consumption, are
changed into hydro-carbon vapors and aeriform
matter and are left behind in space as she whirls
rapidly through it, in her orbit. Then, with each
added year, she is robbed of more and more of
her minerals which, when in their natural states,
as strata, serve as repositories for the magnetic
force she receives from the sun during her flood
In Cosmos the Divine Law provides periods of
rest for Its worlds and suns, as It provides oppor-
tunities for rest for ilien and beasts who live upon
the worlds. These cosmic rests are utilized by the
planets to the full limit of time given to them,
and, because of these rests, their lives and use-
fulness are prolonged. In the life of a world
there are seven great periods of inactivity, each
of which lasts as long as do its periods of action,
and, in this manner, each world is enabled to re-
'gain some of the magnetism of which it has been
robbed. But it never fully regains all, for, if that
were possible, it would continue in the form, in
which it began to exist, until the end of the Cos-
mic Day in which it was created ; and this would
not be desirable, since evolution may not be lim-
ited, or delayed by old forms, and all forms must
be made to give way to new, when their period
of usefulness is ended. To illustrate a rest in
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Cosmos, a few pages will be quoted from the diary
of an advanced student of Occultism.
*'My Master promised that we should see a
world that is about to enter into rest for many
thousand years, and it was with most intense in-
terest I awaited his coming. At midnight he
arrived and in a few moments we were on our
"At a great distance we saw a stellar group —
a cosmic community — which, independent of all
others, seemed to be a system by itself. A mass
of molten cosmic matter formed a central sun, or
magnet, for the system, and was at least a thou-
sand times as large, and, although not nearly so
dense, yet weighed, I think, three hundred times
as much as does our earth.
**That great orb was enveloped in clouds of
vapor, which, at so great a distance, seemed to
have been created by the humidity of the surround-
ing atmosphere coming in contact with the intense
heat it generated. And those vapory clouds were
in a constant and a tumultuous commotion. At
times they seemed tossed about as if a great con-
sciousness were playing at golf with them; and
then they were piled high upon each other like
mountains, while, from the glowing orb behind,
we saw a rich golden light that illumined them as
if by calcium flanie. Sometimes they were sud-
denly torn apart, and, through the rifts, there
streamed great sheets of fire, which gave to them
the appearance of billows of rose-colored foam;
and then again the rifts were closed and the whole
mass assumed a dull grey color as though a
cloud of smoke had passed between us and the
''As we came nearer, it was most evident that
the flaming mass of molten matter, or sun, was
whirling through space with tremendous velocity,
and was dragging after it, by its powerful mag-
netic attraction, five smaller globes, or satellites;
and those worlds, when compared with their mag-
net, appeared as fireflies beside an arc-light; yet
the smallest of them was considerably larger than
our-earth. Approaching still nearer, we discovered
that the satellite furtherest from its sun was
undergoing great changes. Drawn, by an irresist-
ible force, it continued to follow its orbit, but its
rotary motion had almost ceased, and, like a great
dead fish upon the sea, it floated in space and was
drawn helplessly in the wake of the monster orb
that still attracted and controlled it. From its
appearance, I concluded that it was the oldest of
the five satellites, and my Master told me that it
was closing the sixth great cycle, or period in its
When we entered the atmosphere of that globe,
we found it stiflingly hot. Great coppor-colored
clouds hung low in the sky and the light from its
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sun had been turned into shade by them. Looking
at it through the hazy dimness of the shadows, it
seemed that the glowing orb, that served as sun,
had refused to longer give of its light and bright-
ness to that world. For, through that dense at-
mosphere which could not be penetrated by a les-
ser light, the sun had the appearance of a dark,
crimson sea of clotted blood; and as we looked
about upon the shadows, it seemed as if its moon
and all the stars had also refused to shine upon
that helpless world, and that it was left to meet
its fate in darkness.
'Why does not the sun shine here the same
as it shines upon the other planets in this group?'
I asked of my Master; and he replied:
'The sun has not ceased to shine, but this
planet, because of its inharmonious condition, has
created these shadows that lie between itself and
the sun. Its vibrations and the vibrations of these
clouds have obscured the sun's light. It is in the
same condition with a man who has become over-
wrought with work, or with play, and, if it were
possible to use the word in connection with a tired
world, I would say this planet is suffering
from cosmic neurasthenia, and, for a time,
must go into absolute rest or become disinte-
**At that moment, just beneath us, we saw a
ruined city, on that strange globe, and went down
to examine its condition, Eound us, everywhere,
were evidences of destruction and dissolution.
There were monstrous heaps of stone that were,
now, but the remnants of once beautiful buildings.
And there were also crushed and crumbling walls
that had once enclosed huge structures of most
magnificent and lofty proportions.
race of beings both wise and powerful must
have had their homes upon that planet, since such
huge blocks of granite could never have been
lifted to their elevated positions without the aid of
powerful machinery, that had been devised and
operated by the intuitive minds and muscular
strength of men. And, once having been placed,
they never could have been dislodged and tossed
into such abandoned confusion except by terrific
convulsions of nature.
''Everywhere there seemed to be an ominous
calm that, like a fearful mental depression, had
settled upon that ruined city and all the land
surrounding it. Not a breath of air was stirring,
and the vegetation was as dried as if it were
standing in a fiery furnace. The leaves from the
once beautiful trees had fallen to the ground and
were curled and seared almost beyond recogni-
tion as leaves. Lying in the cracked and hardened
soil at the bottom of a fountain basin, were the
withered roots and stems of what had been a
water lily plant. All indications pointed to the
fact that for many, many days this intolerable
heat had been gradually increasing until it had
absorbed all the moisture and had taken the lives
of all the creatures who had lived in that place. It
was also evident that the men who had built that
city had deserted it ; but my Master said : 'Come,
let us go to the mountains, which are at some
distance beyond the city walls, and search for the
people who lived here.*
''It was as he expected to find. In the valley,
on the brink of what had been a broad river, there
were thousands of lifeless human bodies. The
adults were gigantic in size; the half-grown chil-
dren were like our full-grown men and the infants
were like our children of five or six years of age.
They had all fled from their homes to escape death
from the falling walls of their dwellings, but had
met it there, in that valley, by suffocation and"
thirst. For the river bed was dry and the dead
and decaying carcasses of fish and animals were
lying in heaps upon the bottom where they had
died fighting for the last drop of that precious
liquid — water.
''While we were gazing at the scene of ruin and
distress, we became conscious of a trembling of
the ground. Then there was a sound as if an
explosion had occurred in the direction of the
ruined city. It was followed by another and then
another ; and then we heard a fearful roar which
seemed to increase in volume with every second
until it seemed to come from almost beneath our
feet. Then there was a swaying of the leafless
branches of the trees, and a heaving up and down
of the blackened soil, and soon there appeared
great wide fissures where the ruined city had
stood. A cloud of fire and smoke and gaseous
fumes burst forth, and as suddenly, and, seem-
ingly as easily as a pebble could be cast into a
stream, the remnants of that ruined city sank from
sight between the awful jaws of that quaking
ground. There was nothing left to mark the place
where it had stood except a few stones which had
helped to compose its outer walls.
"This was the first earthquake I had ever wit-
nessed and it impressed me very strongly. While
I was thinking of the great necessity that must
have existed to produce such a fearful catastrophe
my Master said: 'A storm is coming,' and, looking
at the sky, I saw that the copper-colored clouds
had changed to a leaden grey, and it had become
so dark that an object one hundred feet away was
but dimly discernible. Then a wind commenced
to blow, in spasmodic puffs, and soon, splashing
rain drops pattered down upon the heated stones
in the river bed. At last those dreadful vampire
clouds were giving back to the suffering world the
moisture of which they had for weeks and months
been robbing it. But it had come too late. All
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life was extinct and not a creature was left alive
to taste it and be revived.
*■ ' Far up the valley I heard a sound as of rush-
ing wind. It came do^Ti the river course and
brought a deluge with it. A sheet of water like
a huge white curtain swept past us and from the
heated ground a cloud of steam rose like a fog.
The soil, cracked and hot, could not absorb the
vital fluid in such quantities, and the torrents, rush-
ing down the mountain sides, were received into
the river bed and went sweeping swiftly on. The
temperature, too, had fallen from torrid heat al-
most to freezing cold, and still, I saw no prospect
of a diminution of the dreadful storm. And
now the clouds were almost black with unshed
rain and I understood that a cataclysm had be-
gun. . . .
"More than sixty days had passed before my
Master permitted me to visit again that suffering
world, in what had seemed to be its death agony
of fever heat and droth; and when we went again
we found all things submerged — except the moun-
tain tops — and there was a cold greater and more
intense than anything I ever knew. The waters
were frozen into a solid sea of ice, and there was
not a creature who could live a moment upon that
globe in that fearful frigid state. It was indeed
a frozen corpse, and, wrapped in its mantle of ice
and snow, which served as a burial shroud for all
its latent forces, it had sunken into sleep not to
wake again until the great cyclic law should call
its forces forth on its resurrection day.
'*As we were leaving the frozen world, my
Master said : * It is with worlds as it is with men ;
they live, revolving about their central suns until
their material forces have been spent, and they
become physically demagnetized and unfit for fur-
ther use. Then their time of rest comes in. The
throbbing, pulsing life force becomes suspended,
or is withdrawn, and their consciousness is
changed from action to inaction. For action must
be followed by reaction as surely as darkness fol-
lows day.' "
Like the Universe, cyclic law has always ex-
isted and is a fundamental principle underlying
evolution.^ Like life, it has always been and will
forever continue to be. It commences its opera-
tions, with an individual, from the moment of the
creation of that individual, and applies to men
and beasts as well as to worlds. Because the
earth is controlled by cyclic law, all the creatures
who depend upon the earth for their existence are
influenced by the same cycles or periods of time
that control the earth. The inhabitants of other
planets are also subject to cyclic law, but, because
of the difference between the size of the globes
and the consequent difference in the size of the
» The mstory and Power of Mind, pp. 93-96 ; 103-104 ; 171.
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orbit of each, the cyclic periods on the different
planets differ in length.
For example: The earth makes her revolution
around the sun in three hundred and sixty-five
days and one-fourth of a day ; and this length of
time upon this earth is called a yearly cycle. But
the planet Uranus, being almost fifteen times the
size of the earth, has so great an orbit as to re-
quire eighty-four years and one week of our time
to make its revolution about the sun. And because
the cyclic periods on the planet Uranus are so
much greater than are those of the earth, the
creatures that inhabit Uranus, being governed
by the cyclic law operating upon that planet,
also have longer cycles and live to a much
greater age than do the creatures upon the
It is a self-evident truth that the more magnetic
force a form expends, as a natural consequence,
the sooner it will become disintegrated. And this
is as true of the microcosm as it is with the macro-
cosm. The individual who works, or plays, for
eighteen hours out of each twenty-four expends
more magnetic force than does the individual who
sleeps and draws back to himself his forces for
twelve hours out of the twenty-four. As the earth
has its flood and ebb tides, or the coming and going
of its magnetic forces, so does every creature, liv-
ing upon her, have its flood and ebb tides ; and if
man would become wise enough to work with the
cyclic law instead of against it, he would save him-
self much suffering and prolong his life to a
greater length than he does.
The moment a child is born his flood tide com-
mences, which lasts fourteen days, and it is fol-
lowed by fourteen days of ebb tide. He has
entered a world that will supply him with all the
magnetic force he needs to use, but not to waste.
Feeling his abundance of force, as a child, he
romps and plays and expends much of it in this
manner, but, sleeps so soundly and so long each
night, that he draws back to himself during those
rest periods, more force than he has expended.
Thus he is in constant possession of a sufficient
surplus of magnetism to enable his physical body
to grow and to expand. This condition usually
continues to exist until he has reached his ma-
jority, and then his body ceases to grow. Be-
cause of his increased responsibilities, he then
begins to expend more magnetic force than he
generates, or receives. This is due to the fact
that he does not spend so much time in sleep as
formerly, and, if he labors to live, perhaps he
works for ten hours out of each twenty-four and
then recreates, or dissipates during the greater
part of each night. If he is in possession of
wealth, and social position, perhaps he may be im-
bued with the thought that he must ''go the pace"
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or be disgraced, and then he searches for new and
untried avenues through which he may expend, or
waste his magnetism. He may be unconscious of
the results of his wastefulness, and perhaps he
does not know that disintegration, or 'Meath,"
commenced its work upon his body at the moment
demagnetization began to exceed magnetization;
but ignorance of the law does not excuse, or
exempt, its offenders from consequences, and,
after a few years of dissipation, he begins to call
himself ''old man" before he really feels that age
that as the result of his extravagances in the
expenditure of force is so rapidly approach-
When starting his career of dissipation, the
young offender of the law thinks "old man" a
complimentary title, and bestows it generously
upon himself and upon all the "other boys," whom
he wishes to flatter. This is because the title im-
plies extended experience in dissipation, in which
he takes great pride, until the time comes when,
as a result of his physical excesses and frequent
declarations that he is an "old man," and, after
some unusual expenditures of force, he is really
brought to feel the age he has been declaring for
himself. Then he begins to wonder why he cannot
do the things he once did, and why a little fun
now tires him so much. If he knew that "death"
had already commenced to claim his body, and
that with every over-exertion, or dissipation, he
was shortening his span of life, he would change
his mode of living, the nature of his amusements,
and his declarations for old age.
To prevent disintegration or ''death," and to
prolong the existence of a physical body to one
hundred, or to one hundred and fifty years, men
must make some radical changes in their modern
mode of living. They must give more time to
sleep and more thought to what they eat and drink.
At least one-half of a man's time should be given
to rest, or to sleep, and his food should never be
other than simple and w^holesome. Highly spiced,
and indigestible things should be abolished. Pep-
per and all condiments containing peppers and
mustards should never be taken into the stomach ;
since none of these are either nutritious nor satis-
fying to hunger, and serve only as irritants to the
internal organs and intestines, the same as they
do when applied to the skin of the body. For his
beverages man should drink pure water, either hot
or cold, and the unfermented juices of fruits. The
time given to labor, or to the necessary and direct
expenditure of physical or magnetic force, should
not exceed four or five hours of each day. He
should learn to recognize and work with the cyclic
law by never making extra, or unnecessary exer-
tions, during his monthly ebb tides and during
the last six months of his yearly cycles. He should
watch the expenditures of his magnetic force and
never continue them until physical exhaustion, or
depletion, comes upon him.
During the last half of his century he should
save his magnetism by sleeping and resting more
than during the first half. And if by reason of
some illness, or mishap, there should be an extra
demand made upon his physical strength, he
should immediately supply that deficiency with
electricity. When his century cycle has ended and
the flood tide of his new century commences to
supply him with its new force, if he has taken
proper care of his physical body and has kept it
in a condition to receive and to make use of the
new force, he will enter upon his new cycle with
much greater physical strength than he possessed
during the first ten or fifteen years of his first cen-
tury 's ebb tide.
But over-exertion, or any unnecessary expendi-
ture of magnetic force, for any cause, is not the
only means by which demagnetization or ''death"
may be hastened, or produced. There is the ele-
ment of vampirization which must also be taken
into consideration ; and this is a very great factor
in the process of disintegration. As men and
beasts vampirize the earth and take her magnetic
forces, so men and beasts are vampirized by each
other and by the elements. In lecture eight, an
illustration was given of a negative individual,
vampirizing and living upon the magnetism of
another, until his victim's forces were so greatly
diminished as to make it impossible to hold her
body when complete demagnetization, or ''death,"
ensued. The illustration was not that of an un-
usual condition, but is more common than other-
wise. For, either consciously, or unconsciously,
stronger individuals give their magnetism to
those, weaker than themselves, with whom they
associate; and, whether it be a man, or a beast,
that suffers from this kind of vampirization, the
results are the same.
Unconscious of the law governing the exchange
of magnetism, it has been a custom with some
persons to provide feeble, or aged individuals,
with animal pets which they could vampirize. If
a child were suddenly to become ''ailing," as in-
disposition was sometimes called, it was often pro-
vided with a healthy puppy with which it was per-
mitted to sleep and to play in order that the child
should regain its health. And elderly persons,
who are fast losing their magnetism, often insist
upon being permitted to sleep with children, or
with younger persons, in order that their magnetic
forces may be again restored. But if aged per-
sons are not permitted to prolong their physical
lives, by vampirizing the force of younger indi-
viduals during sleep, then it is a very noticeable
fact that they are happiest, brightest and strong-
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est when surrounded daily by children, or by
younger persons. The man of eighty who seeks a
wife always selects, if possible, a woman much
younger than himself. And it is not an unheard
of occurrence for a wealthy widow of sixty, or
even seventy-five years, to buy a young husband
of thirty. This is vampirization, and whether of
a conscious, or an unconscious nature, its results
are the same.
There is another form of vampirization which
is by the elements of nature. In the same manner
that a man on a beautiful spring day draws, or
absorbs, from the atmosphere the electric, or mag-
netic, force he needs and feels strengthened
thereby, so do the cold, cutting winds of a frosty
day in winter take from him his magnetism. It is
a popular fallacy with the people who live in a
cold climate, that it is healthful to walk, or ride,
to be exposed to the freezing air of winter. And
because such exposure brings the blood to the
cheeks, it is believed to be revivifying to the indi-
viduals who indulge in it. This is as much a mis-
taken belief as is that which makes a man take a
plunge into a tub of cold water, that be may be
temporarily stimulated by bringing the blood to
the surface of his body, by violent friction after
A sudden shock to the system is always harm-
ful, and serves to shorten instead of to lengthen
the span of life. Cold indicates a lowered rate of
vibration. Cold water is vibrating at a lower
rate than is warm, or hot water. Cold, wintry air
is vibrating at a lower rate than is warm spring
air; and a warm body, if exposed to cold air, or to
cold water, long enough, will become demagnet-
ized, or frozen. When a body is frozen it is called
dead ; and this condition is produced by the vam-
pirization of the cold air, or cold water, in which
it has been submerged. The individual, who per-
sists in being exposed to the cold winds of winter,
is voluntarily submitting to vampirization and is
hastening old age and decrepitude. The physi-
cian who tells a man to bare his neck to the cold
in order to become toughened to the cold, and
promises health as a consequence of his exposure,
is either ignorant of the law which operates as
vibration, or he is looking for another patient.
The woman who persists in exposing her face with-
out a veil, to protect her skin from the vampiriz-
ing cold air, becomes aged and wrinkled in appear-
ance, and the muscles of her face grow weak and
flabby in consequence of the exposure. A glance
at the wrinkled and grizzled old sailor who faces
the storms before the mast should be a sufficient
object lesson to show her the results of exposure to
cold air and cold water.
When the vibrations of the body and brain
of a man are lowered below the normal rate his
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mental forces cannot manifest so well as when his
blood is circulating and his body is vibrating nor-
mally, and this is illustrated by the different men-
tal conditions of the different peoples on the
earth. For example: The mind of the Eskimo
is never so active as is the mind of an East
Indian. And history shows that the greatest
civilizations have always been found in a warm
But there comes a time when disintegration, or
"death," to the physical body, or material form,
must come ; and because of the breaking of family
ties and of familiar associations this is often a
sad occasion. To the evolving, developing ego
who becomes disembodied, ''death" is really a
second birth into a higher realm, or plane of con-
sciousness, and, it is through this transition, that
it becomes relieved of all physical pains and dis-
comforts. But, because of its love for the friends
whom it is leaving, and who mourn because of its
absence, it is sometimes made to suffer great men-
tal depression and sadness and is prevented from
entering fully into the joys of the mental and
spiritual planes of being. This is because the
sorrow and lamentations of its earthly friends
attract and hold it to earth. By their wishing, or
demanding, that it shall return to them, it is drawn
back by the magnetic attraction of love, and it
is sometimes deprived for years of mental, or
spiritual, happiness because of the mourning of its
When the time has come for an ego to leave
its earthly vehicle, the real process of death is
as natural as was the process of its birth into the
world, and is not dissimilar. As the head of the
human child is bom first, and afterwards its body,
so the head of the ego emerges and rises above the
physical head. Then, slowly the shoulders and
body appear, and finally its limbs and feet. There
are usually disembodied egos waiting to receive
and assist the passing soul, and, if the shock of
its separation from its physical body has been so
great that it is unconscious, for a time — as is often
the case — these disembodied friends support and
strengthen it until it has regained conscious-
ness and enough magnetic strength to support
For the first few hours after its disembodiment
an ego is never so strong as afterward, because
so much of its magnetic force is still left in its
deserted physical body. But as the body grows
cold, because of the continuous lowering of the
rate of vibrations of the atoms composing it, the
magnetic force is drawn into the ego who has
just left it. With this added magnetism the dis-
embodied ego gains strength and greater con-
sciousness, and, if the physical body should be
' Unked Lives, pp. 198-199.
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cremated, and not embalmed or entombed, the ego
is liberated from its material body as soon as its
physical atoms are dispersed. For there is a
magnetic cord that binds the ego to its body until
complete disintegration has taken place, as the
umbilical cord unites the infant to its pre-natal
envelope ; and it is as great a kindness to sever the
magnetic cord and liberate the ego by cremation,
as it is to cut the umbilical cord of the newly
born infant and set it free from its incum-
But, sad, as ''death," or the disintegration of a
physical body may be to those who love and lose
it, it is not to be compared with the sadness that
comes to the Beings who, because of their mis-
sions, are sometimes compelled to witness the
"second death" or the disintegration of another
soul, or ego. This is a dreadful fate, and it may
be a small comfort to know that it comes to the
minority instead of the majority of disembodied
entities who pass to the subjective planes, or
realms. Diametrically opposed to the spiritual
plane of consciousness, called Nirvana, by the
Eastern students of Occultism, is another plane
which the same students call Avitchi. In our
scriptures it is called Hell, and represents the
lowest depths of degradation into which an en-
tity can fall. Nothing but conscious, persistent
^ Linked Lives, pp. 195-197.
and unceasing transgression of the Divine Law,
can bring a soul to this fearful place.
Further details concerning this state of con-
sciousness will be given in the last lecture in con-
nection with the subject ''Homes of the Soul." It
is sufficient at this point to say that ''second
death" happens oftener to objective, or animal,
minds who, because of persistent wickedness, have
been deserted by their subjective minds. But
there are instances where a Son of God goes
downward, instead of upward ; where it continues
to yield to the suggestions of its animal mind
until it comes to where it deliberately and con-
sciously chooses the left, instead of the right
hand path, and then it sinks into the nether
Second death is produced in much the same
manner as physical death, or disintegration. The
vibrations of a dying soul grow slower and slower,
and its specific gravity grows denser and denser
until it can no longer remain upon what is called
the first subjective plane, or purgatory; but is
drawn by the law of attraction, which is gravic
force, down to a lower plane, to continue there
its wretched existence with others of its kind.
When disintegration really commences, like the old
demagnetized physical body it has left, it begins
to grow dark and darker as its density increases,
until it becomes as black as the realms into which
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it descends ; for there is not one ray of light that
penetrates the greatest depths of the awful dark-
ness of that place. Then the form of the dying
soul begins to change in shape. First the legs and
arms begin to diminish in size and length, until
they have disappeared altogether, leaving the head
and body. Then the body commences to disin-
tegrate and gradually disappears until there is
nothing left but the head with its distorted fea-
' tures. This disintegration, or second death, con-
tinues for centuries.
But before the form of the dying soul begins to
disintegrate, or be dismembered, there is always
a hope that it may be saved from its fearful fate
and that it may be raised to a higher plane of
consciousness. There are strong and beautiful
egos who voluntarily go down, into those dreadful
depths, to try to help and to save the denizens of
that nether world. If, one half of a soul has gone
wrong and has sunken into hell, while the other
half has evolved to a point of development where
it is able to undertake the work of trying to save
its wretched half from annihilation, or "second
death," then that better half descends and ap-
proaches as near, as its vibration will permit ; and
there whispers words of encouragement and con-
solation to the sufferer and offers help if it will but
try to rise again.
To an incarnated ego it would seem that any
soul, who had sunken into that place, would need
only an opportunity for escape to consent to lib-
eration, but such is not the case. In Avitchi, or
Hell, a soul becomes so depressed with its
wretchedness, so discouraged and so pessimistic
that it often refuses to make the least effort to
change its mode of thinking. This is because, by
its many lives of perversity of thought and action,
it has brought itself into a mental condition which
holds it as firmly as prison walls and iron doors
hold an incarcerated prisoner of State.
It is a sad picture to see a beautiful ego plead-
ing with its unhappy half and attempting to raise,
or to lead, it to where it may catch a glimpse of
a higher and a better plane of corKsciousness,
which it may gain, if it will but make an effort for
itself. But no soul has either the power, or the
right, to save another against its will ; and it mat-
ters not how far it may have advanced in its de-
velopment, it cannot bring another into happiness
without that other's co-operation and conscious
effort in its own behalf.
Sometimes these unhappy beings are convinced
and persuaded to retrace their steps and thus rise
out of their wretchedness. But more often they
will neither respond nor listen to those who would
help them. Then they gradually sink lower and
lower, while becoming more and more wretched,
until at last, complete disintegration, or re-
252 Occult Philosophy
absorbment into the lowest or J3lack cosmic cur-
rent obliterates them forever from the Universe
as individuals. And this is second death." A
most horrible picture to contemplate, but not so
terrible as the traditional one of souls burning
forever in a lake of fire and brimstone prepared
for erring mankind by the devil and his angels.
When the indestructibility of the soul began to
be accepted as a fact, by the thoughtful people of
the world, immediately thereafter there arose a
most important question: *'What becomes of the
soul after death and after the human body, or the
material means of physical expression, has been
destroyed or disintegrated?"
To meet and to answer this question, from time
to time, many theories have been offered to the
world as truths by certain individuals who claimed
to be holy men, and who were supposed to be in-
spired by God to teach Divine Law to others. But,
because a great number of their theories were
both unreasonable and cruel, and differed so
greatly in their characteristics from what man
daily saw and knew of God and of His laws, after
a time incredulity began to take the place of cre-
dence in regard to the teachers and their teachings.
And, notwithstanding the fact that anathemas
loud and deep have been sent forth from the so-
called divine expounders of truth against all per-
sons who have dared to think, or to live, contrary
to the rules laid down by them, men and women
have gone steadily on in their various ways and
many have become independent thinkers.
In the beginning of the Christian era, the fol-
lowers of Christ began teaching and healing hu-
manity, according to the manner in which the
Nazarene had taught and healed before them.
Later they decided, after many sad experiences,
that it was necessary to teach something besides
the doctrine of love to the cruel, animal men of
their day. Instead, therefore, of following in the
footsteps of the Nazarene and continuing to teach,
as He had taught, that God is a loving Father and
is ready to receive and to help all His children,
they digressed from the path of true Christianity,
and began to use hell and eternal damnation, as
clubs to beat men into submission, and to force
them to worship according to their dictates. And,
after the same manner that some parents believe
it necessary to frighten their children into sub-
mission and obedience by promising to bring a
"boogie man" to get them, the early Church
fathers succeeded in frightening some men into
obedience and submission, by threats of the devil
and a future punishment. And, w^hen they found
that men could be influenced through their fears
more readily than through their loves, they in-
tensified their frightful teachings by painting such
pictures of a future state of existence, for those
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who did not accept the tenets of the Church, as
would have saddened the heart of the loving Naz-
Believing, as many of the Church fathers did,
that the Christian Church was the only door to
salvation, and that every soul, who did not enter
it, was doomed to destruction, they spared no
pains, nor did they hesitate to give their wildest
flights of fancy, for inspired truths, which they
believed would serve to bring souls into that in-
stitution. And, since a story never loses details
by being continuously repeated, as the years rolled
by, the stories of hell, as given by the early
fathers, lost nothing by their constant repetition.
When they saw how well their schemes had
worked toward increasing the membership and
consequent support of their Church, they re-
doubled their efforts and their falsehoods. After
a time, forgetting or ignoring the fact that the
Nazarene had said: Suffer little children, and
forbid them not, to come unto Me; for of such
is the kingdom of heaven," they invented new hell
horrors by including unbaptized and stillborn in-
fants with sinning adults on their lists of can-
didates for that dreadful place.
But, like all other destructive things, by reason
of their own natures, these deceptions finally re-
turned upon and destroyed themselves. The un-
reasonableness and the injustice of such a thing
256 Occult Philosophy
as infant damnation, finally arose, like a grinning
skull and horrible cross bones, between the faces
of bereaved parents and their God, until it came
to pass that either God, or creed, must go out of
their hearts. To some persons those teachings
brought materialism. Many men and women be-
came infidels and repudiated God altogether.
Others went insane with grief and passed out of
life mentally unbalanced. Then there were a few
who were brave and strong enough to repudiate
the belief in an orthodox hell, banded themselves
together into a society called Universalists, and
declared that hell was upon earth, and that man
received his punishment as he went through life
and not hereafter.
Anciently all religious teachers wore cowls and
skirts, and, while thus attired, demanded and re-
ceived a reverence from the people, which greatly
aided them in controlling their worshippers. This
was because they so nearly resembled the pictures
of the heavenly saints, whom the teachers pro-
fessed to represent upon earth. But, gradually,
as the more modern clergymen commenced to
adopt a style of dress less saintly and more
fashionable, much of the halo of sanctity was re-
moved from their personalities. It became quite
difiScult for the mass of men, who had so blindly
worshipped signs and symbols, as interpreted by
men clad in vestments, to accept as Divine Truth
, After Death 257
anything given to them by men dressed in trousers
and waistcoats. And, notwithstanding the terrible
threats of eternal damnation so generously be-
stowed upon them, many evolving souls revolted
from the tyranny of the Church and adopted newer
and easier forms of worship.
This religious reaction was in perfect accord
with Divine Law, which always brings reaction
to follow action, along any line of thinking or
doing. It was natural that there should be a re-
laxation from the established forms of worship,
even to the extent of a disbelief in a future punish-
ment, or even regarding a future state of exist-
ence. It could not be otherwise, after the people's
long submission to the ironclad creeds and dog-
mas of a Church which depended, for its corner-
stone, upon hell and damnation instead of Divine
When mankind had reached a point where it
really wanted to know the truth, there occasion-
ally appeared an individual, with intellectual
strength and mental poise, sufficient to enable him
to rise and denounce all man-made creeds, and to
declare that there is no anthropomorphic God;
but that this is a universe of law, in which all men
have the right to a freedom of thought and a
freedom of speech. When first these intellectual
giants appeared before the people, and repudiated
the teachings of the Church, the fear enslaved
souls expected that God in His vengeance would
pour out His wrath upon those men ; and that they
would speedily meet with some terrible physical,
or mental affliction. But when it was seen that
those heroes of the times were still permitted to
live and to speak what they believed to be true,
many, who had become surfeited with the old
orthodox teachings and who really desired freedom
of thought and action, accepted their words as
On January 29th, 1737, Thomas Paine was born.
And during his life, which lasted about seventy-
two years, he did more towards freeing the Amer-
ican people from their mental bondage than any
other man previous to him had done. Such a
storm as he raised, with his "Common Sense" and
his ''Rights of Man" — for which latter book he
was outlawed from England — was never equalled
until Robert Ingersoll stepped upon the lecture
platform, and, striking his intellectual ax into the
roots of that deadly nightshade of superstition,
called "eternal hell fire," finished the work that
Thomas Paine commenced almost a century
Since 1876-1886, when Robert Ingersoll did his
great work for the English speaking people of
the world — who were privileged to hear his voice,
or read his lectures — a belief in an orthodox hell
and eternal damnation has steadily waned. Even
the ministers of the gospel, who at that time so
frantically and fiercely denounced him as an agent
of the devil and declared that he was robbing the
Church of its most valuable and sacred tenet, have
been compelled to modify their doctrines. And
now, at the beginning of the Twentieth Century,
fore-ordination, infant damnation and hell fire
are seldom alluded to, either in the pulpits of the
civilized world, or, in polite society. For the
churches have learned that they must keep pace
with progression, or fall out of the evolutionary
Since dire future punishment for terrible crimes
is no longer predicted, people have now become
lulled into a false sense of security. They have
swung to the other extreme and believe they have
nothing to fear as punishment, except public opin-
ion, which is sometimes very gently expressed con-
cerning society's favorites. And because of this
belief, a large portion of the human family has
entered again, into indulgences and transgressions
against Divine Law, which it dared not enter
while bound by the fear of hell fire. The in-
dividuals who believed themselves to be God-
fearing were mistaken ; they were only hell-fear-
ing, and now that hell has been wiped off the
religious map, they are neither the one nor the
The race has reached its majority, and is like
the boy who has recently become a man. He can
vote, and therefore is no longer obliged to submit
to the autocratic rule of his parents. He is now
too large to be chastised, and therefore threats
have ceased to frighten him into submission; and
yet he is not wise nor good enough to live up to
the best that he knows. Because of the strictness
of his past training and the watchfulness of his
parents, he was not permitted to indulge in the
excesses which he secretly desired. But, now that
all restrictions have been removed, he is satiating
himself because he believes there will be no con-
sequences. He is mistaken. There are and will
be consequences, both here and hereafter, and,
although he may not meet with the devil of an-
cient theology, and may not be plunged forever
and forever into the lake which burns with un-
quenchable fire, still, he is at a critical point in
his evolution and cannot escape the results of his
transgressions. It all depends upon how high
he climbs, or how low he sinks upon this material
plane, where his future state of existence will be.
For, in the Father's house there are many man- i
sions, and a place is prepared for him which is
best suited to his development. And there will
be nothing, but his own efforts, which will
change his condition. In that other state of
existence the wealth, or social position which he
enjoys here, will have no power to help him..
He will then be recognized for just what he
Below this material plane and below the first
subjective plane, are the lowest conditions into
which the egos of this earth can enter. By the
Eastern students of Occultism it is called Avitchi,
and, in its lowest depths, it is indescribable in its
horrors. In its upper portion it vibrates red, while
the lower vibrates, black. It is the home for lost
souls and for those who have deliberately chosen
,to do evil instead of good. When, by reason of
its thoughts and acts, a soul's vibrations have be-
come more gross than are those of the earth, and,
because of this condition, it is unable to longer
resist the gravic attraction of the earth ; through
the operation of the same law that draws a stone
to the bottom of the sea, or to a point where it
meets with obstructions as dense as itself, that un-
fortunate, misguided soul is drawn by gravic force
lower and lower into obscuration and darkness.
Then it becomes disintegrated through vampiriza-
tion by the black cosmic current in which it dwells.
The red cosmic current not only surrounds and
penetrates the surface of the earth, but it also
permeates it, becoming black towards its center.
Its darkest, deadliest shades are as destructive
and as disintegrating to a dying soul as corrosive
acid is destructive to a material body. It eats,
' Fragments of Truth, Chapter XIV.
262 Occult Philosophy
consumes, or absorbs, the soul atom by atom until
it is entirely disintegrated.
Let it be understood that souls and egos are
not lost or destroyed through the vindictiveness of
an angry God, but through their own willful sin-
ning, and in no other way.
Notwithstanding all the book lore that has been
given to man, by the scientific investigators of
material phenomena, he knows very little of what
the earth contains beneath its surface. And the
human race is almost as ignorant concerning the
earth it dwells upon and of the subjective planes
surrounding it, as the blind mole in the meadow
is unconscious of man's political and social re-
lationships. If the entire human family were to
be limited to the few sodden crumbs of knowledge
which are occasionally thrown to it, by so-called
scientific men, who believe in the existence of
nothing that cannot be measured, or weighed by
their material rules or scales, then the school of
evolution would necessarily be closed during
a greater part of the time, and man would be
unable to make much progress in his develop-
But, because there are advanced egos upon
earth ^ who wish to know the truth, whether it
squares with their preconceived notions or not, it
is possible for those less advanced to profit by
^ The History and Power of Mind, pp. 10, 11, 15, 18, 60, 196.
After Death 263
the results of the investigations and experiences
of the wiser ones, and a few pages will be quoted
here from the diary of the same student of Occult-
ism who so kindly contributed from his basket
and store, for lectures Six and Nine.
''I had often asked my Master to show me the
abode for lost souls, and each time he had sadly
refused, saying, 'You could not bear it now.' But
to-day, after being an accepted student for almost
seven years, he offered to take me into Avitchi, as
far as it was possible for an incarnated soul to
go. And when I saw the horrors of that awful
place, I ceased to wonder why he had heretofore
refused my request. When liberated from my
body and ready to descend into the bowels of the
earth, I was surprised to see how easiljr an ego
could penetrate dense matter. In a vague way,
I had expected that my Master would take me to
some extinct volcano and use it as a passageway
to the lower realms; but this was not the case.
Before we had descended to any considerable
depth, he took my hand and said, * Whatever hap-
pens, do not let go of me, since an inexperienced
ego, if left by itself, is sometimes caught between
two entities — denizens of the lower plane — and is
detained and demagnetized through vampirization,
until the magnetic cord between the physical body
and their victim, becomes absorbed, and dissolu-
tion of the physical body necessarily ensues,' and,
thus warned, I kept close to my Master, and it
was well for me that I did.
''After descending for several hundred feet into
the earth, we came first to a number of caverns
which opened into each other. There was a sub-
terranean stream of water that poured forth from
a great hole in the rocky wall, flowed through the
place, from end to end, and disappeared with a
roar over the edge of a yawning abyss in the last
cavern. The walls of this place were glistening
with minerals, and there were veins of ore among
those rocks that would have driven a miner insane
with greed. At the bottom of the shallow stream
there were great quantities of gold that, by the
constant washing of the swiftly running water,
had been cleansed from earthy deposits until it
glittered and shone most tantalizingly.
"At first I was so intently interested in those
rocky caverns and in our surroundings that I did
not notice that for a distance of ten feet or more
around us, there shone a strange blue light, which
made the walls and floors glisten with a weird
brilliancy. But when the thought occurred to me
that the light from neither sun nor moon could
penetrate to this depth without an opening in the
earth, I began to wonder where the light came
from, and, turning to my Master for an answer,
I saw that it emanated from him.^ In this dark-
' Mata the Magician, pp. 12, 16, 20, 21.
After Death 265
ness he had become a luminous body and was light-
ing the place with his brilliancy. In reply to my
mental query he smiUngly said : 'Egos, like other
things, always shine by contrast with unpleasant
surroundings, and we must have light upon the
subject we are studying.' And then I knew that
his modesty forbade him from saying that he pos-
sessed the power, at any time or place, to create
light, according to his will. Forgetting everything
except his wondrous power, I stood gazing admir-
ingly at him until, wishing to divert my attention
from himself, he said: 'Look yonder,' and, look-
ing in the direction he indicated, I saw a group of
entities who were watching us.
Standing, as they did, among the shadows, that
appeared the denser by contrast with the light
that encircled us, they looked more like apes than
men. With distorted features, grinning mouths
and bulging eyeballs, they made a wretched pic-
ture to look upon, and I shuddered as I gazed.
They all appeared startled, half blinded and dis-
turbed by the light that had come so suddenly
into their abode, and they huddled together, as
if afraid we would attack them. Taking my hand,
my Master led me forward until we were near
enough to let the light shine full upon the group,
and thus I had the opportunity to see each entity
very plainly. Had their figures been straight and
erect, I should judge that they had been men who
measured six feet in height, while in physical life ;
but now they were bowed and bent and had huge
humps between their shoulders. Their legs were
crooked and withered, their arms were covered
with knots, or bunches, and their hands and fingers
looked like claws, while their feet resembled the
feet of bears.
'Do you know who these individuals were in
life?' I asked my Master, and he replied : *They
were members of the Spanish Inquisition and have
no subjective minds, since they were deserted by
them long before they excarnated. These are now
animal souls, or objective minds, which were too
strong for their subjective minds to control and
have been left to their fate.^ When first they
passed from physical life, they lingered for a time
in Purgatory, or upon the first subjective plane
of being and amused themselves by casting their
diabolical influence upon the minds of such men
as they could control upon earth, or the material
plane,^ until, weakened by their unwise expendi-
ture of magnetic force, and thus losing their power,
they were swept from the first subjective plane, by
the law of evolution, or adjustment, which event-
ually places every individual where it belongs.^*
By reason of their density, these entities settled
here, and will remain in this place, or condition,
1 The History and Power of Mind. pp. 170, 171, 176, 177.
' Frasrments of Truth. Chapter I.
» The History and Power of Mind. pp. 183-184.
* Fragments of Truth, Chapter XIV,
until there shall be another cyclic change, or move-
ment of the law. Then they will descend still
lower, since, being only objective minds, there is
no hope of their ever being raised from this eon-
'Will you tell me something about the oper-
ation of the cyclic law you have just referred ioV
I asked, and Master replied :
'During the latter part of the ebb tide of each
century, as men now reckon time, there comes a
readjustment upon all the subjective planes of
being surrounding and interpenetrating the earth.
Egos, who are progressive, are permitted but not
forced to reincarnate, but those who will not
progress, and who have karma to expiate, are
compelled to reincarnate, or to move downward.
If, for lack of strength or for karmic reasons, a
soul is unable to reincarnate and is on the down-
ward instead of the upward course, then it is swept
off the plane, where it has been functioning,
and, by gravic attraction, settles into a lower con-
dition, or state of consciousness ; and thus it goes
gradually downward until final disintegration, or
reabsorbment into the lowest shade of the black
cosmic current, becomes its fate. Shall we pass
on and examine the next lower condition?' he
asked, and again we started forth on our tour of
**It is a wonderful earth on which we live, and,
268 Occult Philosophy
until I had the opportunity to study it by the light
of soul, I had no idea of its almost limitless re-
sources. There are vast beds of coal and great
wealth of minerals, and there are rivers and lakes
of petroleum which have never yet been touched
by the probing iron tubes that men are continu-
ously sending after them. There are underground
rivers and lakes of water and caverns so great that
our largest buildings would seem like children's
playhouses if they were put into them. As we
swiftly passed from wonder to wonder, we saw
many unfortunate beings, who had neglected their
opportunities for progression, and were now tak-
ing the consequences.^ Some looked frightened,
others sad and despairing, but many were rebel-
lious and bitter. They were of many shades of
darkness and had now nothing to do but to medi-
tate upon their mistakes, or to dispute and quarrel
among themselves. As we passed, or paused to
look at them, they usually returned our gaze;
sometimes stupidly, or wonderingly, but more
often apprehensively, since the fear of greater
calamities seemed to prevail with each. They
never spoke to us unless we addressed them first,
and this we did not care to do, except in one in-
stance, when we found a creature who had been a
woman during its last incarnation and still re-
tained something of what I imagined was its for-
1 Fragments of Truth, Chapter XIII.
mer appearance. It had been a Voodoo sorceress/
my Master said, and was really a subjective and
objective mind gone wrong together. This ego
had deliberately chosen to do evil instead of good,
and was suffering the consequences of its choice.
It was surrounded by a number of other entities,
who had been its victims in times past and whom
it had been instrumental in helping downward
instead of upward. When we came into the pres-
ence of this creature it rushed forward with out-
stretched arms as if it were about to seize us.
But, stretching out his hard and giving it a look
which seemed to have the power to stop a whirl-
wind, my Master spoke the one word, 'Stop!' and
immediately the creature fell upon its knees as
quickly as if it had been knocked down with a
club. Then, with his hand still raised, and, with-
out taking his eyes from the creature's face, he
said: 'If you have anything to say you must
say it where you are. You cannot come any
"'Help! help! help!' it shouted in a tragic
tone of voice, 'I want to get out of here!' and
it commenced wringing its hands and swaying its
body backward and forward while its eyes gleamed
" 'What would you do if you were to be helped
out of your condition? ' Master asked.
' Fragments of Truth, Chapter I.
270 Occult Philosophy
" 'I would kill the man who murdered and sent
me here,' it replied viciously. 'I would search
the world over, and when I found him I would
strangle him with my hands as he strangled me;
and then I would drag him down here. Will you
help me to get revenge?' it suddenly inquired,
looking at Master with its reddened eyes that
blinked and squinted under the radiant light that
'Not while your only purpose for release is
revenge,' he replied, and, as we turned away, it
sent after us such curses as made me shudder at
After spending some time in looking about,
my Master said: 'Now that you have seen so many
phases of this wretchedness I shall show you the
place which first gave rise to the Bible legend
of hell, or of the lake which is supposed to burn
forever and forever with unquenchable fire; for
that, like nearly all those old legends, was founded
upon fragments of truth.'
''After passing under many miles of sea and
then down deep into what seemed to be almost
the center of the earth, we came into the greatest
of all the caverns I had seen. It was so immense
that I was impressed with the thought that we
had really entered another world until my Mas-
ter said : ' This is the orthodox hell. Into greater
depths than this we cannot go; but, I am told,
that there is a place even worse than this where
all forms become slowly absorbed, except their
heads, which remain conscious, and which continue
to float about upon a black sea of cosmic con-
sciousness, like corks upon the surface of a stream.
And, finally, after many centuries, the heads, too,
become absorbed and are drawn back to help swell
that great torrent of destructive cosmic force,^
the upper portion of which is red and is constantly
sweeping round and through the earth ; and which
is ever ready to supply animal man with material
for his passions and liis lower emotions.''
''This great cavern which we had entered
seemed to be a center of attraction toward which
much of the vital fluids and gases of the earth
were drawn. There were monstrous holes in the
walls and roof, that looked as if they had, at some
time, been vents and had served as chimneys to
the place. And everywhere were heaps of rocks
that looked as if they had at some time been
heated and tossed about like balls of putty by
some tremendous force, and had then been left
to harden into their present grotesque shapes.
There were also deep, dark pools of water and
streams that gushed, or trickled, according to their
size, or volume, from among the rocks and crev-
ices. Here and there we saw, hiding and dodging
» Fragments of Trutb, Chapter XIII. oao oaj.
» The History and Power of Mind, pp. 139-140 ; 242-244.
among the shadows, the ugly misshapen forms of
some of the denizens of that place. Going further
into the cavern we found, after the distance of a
mile or two, the floors began a gradual descent,
and the further we went the sharper became the
decline until we seemed to be going downward at
an angle of about forty-five degrees. And still,
on every hand, before and behind us, were heaps
and piles of rocks which we passed over, through
or between upon our journey. After a time, from
out the shadows and the darkness, there came a
glimmer of light in the distance, and I paused
and asked my Master what was its cause and
from whence it came. He replied:
'That light is from the fiery lake of which you
have been told. It is a burning pool. We are now
directly beneath the Island of Java, which is a
volcanic formation upon the surface of the earth,
and which contains numerous craters, that serve
as vents, or chimneys, for this lake of fire; and,
on approaching nearer, I looked upon a scene
that neither time nor eternity will ever obliterate
from my memory.
"Below us at a distance perhaps of one thou-
sand feet was what seemed to be a huge caldron
of liquid rock. It was seething and bubbling and
spurting high toward the roof of the cavern as
if it were being forced upward by numerous foun-
tains. And there was also a constant and terrific
rumbling and roaring sound, and a trembling of
the rocks around us, as if they were being shaken
from their resting places and were about to go
plunging down the decline to be melted again into
lava in that fiery pool. It was impossible for me
to estimate the area covered by that boiling mass,
since it was in such a constant and tumultuous
commotion that I could see but a small portion
of it. But as I watched it roll and heard it thun-
der, and saw it swirl and dash about, in its seem-
ing efforts to consume everything within its reach,
and, as I became conscious of the sickening stench
that arose from its gaseous and sulphurous fumes,
I understood w^hy the theologians' hell had been
so graphically described. Turning to my Master
I asked: 'Am I to understand that this place was
expressly prepared for lost souls?' and he re-
" 'No. This condition is but the result of a
meeting at this point, within the earth, of such
fluids and gases as are combustible by coming into
contact with each other. The combination of sul-
phur, gases and oils with the different chemicals,
which are here in great quantities, has produced
combustion, and the continuous flow of oil and of
gas into this center, supplies the fuel that keeps
it burning. This is the largest of the several lakes
that now exist within the earth and which sup-
ply different volcanoes with their fires.'
274 Occult Philosophy
*'At that moment I saw a group of entities ap-
proaching. Their bodies were coal black and glit-
tered in the firelight as though they were covered
with scales. All were deformed. Some had huge
heads and broad shoulders, while their legs and
arms seemed like slender sticks. Others had large
bodies and small heads and eyes that looked like
living coals of fire. All had monstrous mouths
and huge ears, and, as they approached, I became
conscious of a great fear. For of all the hideous
creatures I had ever seen in all our wanderings,
these were the worst. Drawing nearer to my
Master, I said : 'Keep them away, for I am afraid,'
and he replied : ' If you cannot command yourself
then you cannot command them,' then, raising his
hand as he had done before to the voodoo sorcer-
ess, he said; 'Stop! You can come no nearer,'
and immediately the creatures paused, hesitated,
and then turned and went another way. At that
moment I felt a change coming over me. I seemed
to completely lose my poise, and I said: 'Let us
go. I cannot bear any more of this,' and Master
quickly took me out of that awful place.
"When next I had an opportunity to talk with
Master I asked him why theological teachers had
taught that the only place of future punishment
was that lake of fire, when there were so many
other unhappy conditions. And he replied: 'An-
cient teachers knew the truth, since many were
clairvoyant, and were conscious of all the states
and grades of happiness, or degradation, into
which souls can go. But because that is the low-
est extreme of an abnormal condition of which
they were conscious, they used it to frighten men
into good behavior. It was not prepared for lost
souls, but they sank into it, by reason of their
sinning, and, by the same law of attraction, egos
may rise by reason of their goodness and wisdom
to great spiritual heights.
Since I have been seeing faces and forms and
have been hearing voices, I wished to go into Pur-
gatory, or upon the first subjective plane, and see
the egos there, as they appear in their different
states of consciousness. But it was not until to-
day that Master consented to show me about, al-
ways having refused before with the remark that,
because of my emotional nature which I did not
control properly, I was not prepared to meet either
the dwellers upon the threshold or the egos of
higher realms. But to-day, after severely testing
me, he consented to make the attempt, but prom-
ised to cut our investigations short if I should
lose my poise again as I did in Avitchi.
"At first it seemed incredible that there could
be such throngs and crowds of beings upon the
first subjective plane, while incarnated souls were
moving about among them utterly unconscious of
their existence.^ When first I was liberated from
my body and took my Master's hand, it seemed
as if it must be fete day and that every one was
out upon a dress parade. For there were thou-
sands who jostled and pushed each other about,
played pranks, or disputed and quarreled, as men
do at a country fair, or when a circus has come to
a country town. And there were the souls of ani-
mals running about and following both incarnated
and excarnated ' beings and each other, and they
seemed as tangible as were those whom they were
following. There were huge dogs and small dogs,
kittens, cats and rats. And there were monkeys
that had been pets, and who were as active in that
parade as any of the other creatures.
**In the country, before we reached the city, I
saw the souls of cows and of horses and of sheep
mingling with the incarnated herds, or flocks, of
their kind, and it seemed that the first subjective
plane was as greatly crowded with the souls of
animals as with human souls.* Passing through
the fields, I observed that the female animals
were the greatest centers of attraction for the
disembodied animal souls of their kind ; and when
I asked the cause of this my Master said it was
because of the possibility of rebirth, or reincar-
nation, for the animals who were being drawn
* The History and Power of Mind. pp. 183-184.
» The History and Power of Mind, p. 174.
again into physical life. They were attracted to
the female animals more than to the males be-
cause it was through them, as mothers, that they
would again be able to gain physical expression.
And what was true with the animals was also
true with human beings. Some women, and espe-
cially those who were at an age and in a condi-
tion where motherhood was possible, were sur-
rounded by disembodied egos ready for rebirth.
Something that impressed me very forcefully
was the fact that, although we were walking upon
the earth as if we were in our physical bodies,
still, the atmosphere seemed to have entirely
changed in some places. We were not conscious
of the heat, although the weather had been exceed-
ingly warm at home before leaving my physical
body. The sun was shining fiercely there, and
there was not a cloud to be seen in the sky ; but
now, in this new condition, the sun was obscured,
in the city which my Master wished me to see
subjectively, and there were shadows so dense,
in some portions of it, that it seemed as if twilight
had fallen. And this was especially true in the
lower quarters of the city, where gambling and
prostitution prevailed. And when I asked why
this darkened condition existed my Master re-
plied : ' This is a mental atmosphere that is vibrat-
ing at a rate which you are conscious of as shad-
ows. When incarnated men and women constantly
trangress against truth, purity and honesty, they
create mental cesspools, or vortices, of gross vi-
brations which draw into them, by their attracting
power, such disembodied entities, or souls, as are
vibrating in mental accord with those who cre-
ated those vortices.^ ^ It is not alone true that
the doers of evil prefer darkness for themselves
rather than light, but they also create darkness
by the density of their thought vibrations. They
establish clouds between themselves and the sun
in the same manner that they establish barriers
between themselves and the purer egos who dwell
on the planes above them. Look there, for in-
stance,' and he pointed to a large fine building
which appeared to be an aristocratic family resi-
*' Taking my hand, we entered the house with-
out opening the door, which was firmly bolted in-
side, and the bolts held in their places by strong
steel chains. In the drawing-room we saw women
who were painted like dolls and who were only
half dressed, or who wore evening costumes which
made but poor pretence of concealing their volupt-
uous forms. They were lolling about on couches
and easy chairs, while small tables, on which were
bottles of liquor and delicate wine glasses, stood
just within reach of each. Behind, before and on
» The History and Power of Mind. pp. 183-186.
■ Fra«m«it8 ol Truth, Chapter I.
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either side, of every woman in that room, stood
the disembodied souls of persons of both sexes ,
who had been as low, or worse than they, in devel-
opment. For there were women there who had
been pure and good only a few years before, but
who had strayed from the path of virtue, had
yielded to a tempter in human form^ and had
finally reached this condition. Now they were
never free from the effect that intoxicants have
upon the physical brain, and, bec^iuse of this, were
much more easily influenced by the disembodied
entities who were mentally urging them to drink
and to sin. With a feeling of indignation at the
condition into which these women had been en-
ticed I turned to Master and said:
" 'Why cannot these women be made to see and
know of their danger? And why are they per-
mitted to go blindly on to such a terrible fate
as awaits them?'
"He calmly replied: 'If you do not control your
sympathy better than this, I shall take you back
to your body and you will not be permitted to ex-
tend your investigations further. These women
are passing through this phase of experience be-
cause, at present, they have neither the desire nor
the will to escape it. If you observe, you will
see that the objective mind of each is in com-
plete control of her actions. If I were suddenly
* Mata the Magician, p. 124.
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to lift the veil and show them the entities who
stand at their elbows, and if they were to be made
conscious of the dangers they are approaching,
they would scream and faint ; but when conscious-
ness should again return they would overlook the
lesson, I had attempted to teach, and would be-
lieve they had been the victims of a joke. Then
they would drink deeper to drown the fearful rec-
ollection. No. It is impossible to help a soul,
until it is ready and desires to be helped, for it
is only then that it will co-operate with its helper,
and even then one must be wise enough not to
do too much at one time, since none can bear more
truth than can be immediately digested and ap-
plied to present conditions.*
''Passing on to another apartment, on that same
floor, we found the man and woman who owned
the house. They were sitting at a table and were
playing cards with two other persons. It was not
difficult to see that these two were much further
on the downward road than were any of the women
in the drawing-room. These also, were drinking
intoxicants and were using the worst language I
had ever heard. They were gambling and plot-
ting against the fortunes and the lives of several
persons whom I did not know; and, crowding
around them so closely that they could scarcely
be distinguished apart, were disembodied souls
who were almost as evil looking as were some of
those whom we had seen in Avitchi. These en-
tities mentally suggested diabolical plans to these
human plotters and laughed heartily when their
suggestions were accepted.
Rising to the floor above we entered a large,
luxuriously furnished room where there was a
young girl. She was beautiful, but most unhappy.
There were glasses and liquor upon a table. When
we entered she was pacing the floor and was wring-
ing her hands in an agony of grief; immediately
my sympathies began to go out to her. But Mas-
ter touched my hand and said: 'Remember your
poise. If you lose it you cannot be of service
to her, nor to any one else whom you will meet.*
The girl was moaning and muttering:
" 'Oh, my God, my God, have you forsaken meT
she moaned. 'Why did I yield to that awful temp-
tation? I must get away from this place and go
back to my father. I will get out ! I will, I will ! '
and she rushed toward a door just as a dissolute-
looking man stepped into the room. At sight of
him, the girl stopped, hesitated and finally sank
into a chair. It was evident that this man was
the cause of her misery. Coming forward he
smilingly made a flattering remark, to which she
did not reply, but continued to look steadily and
sullenly straight before her. At this moment Mas-
ter stepped close to her side, and, pushing away
the evil entities who stood around her and who
were mentally urging her into a passion, he whis-
pered: 'You are repentant, not rebellious; and
you desire to be good. You can and you shall
escape from this place before you are compelled
to sin again,' and these words he repeated over
and over again to her.
''Sensitive to thought, the girl seemed to listen
to Master's suggestions, and immediately gained
control of her anger. And when the man who
had entered laid his hand caressingly upon her
shoulder she rose and confronted him; and while
the tears shone in her eyes, she said: 'You say you
love me, and it was because of your protestations
of love that I disobeyed my good old father and
fled with you. You promised to marry me, but
you did not do it. Will you release me and give
me the money to return to my father*?'
"At first the man looked surprised and then
provoked, but replied : ' Still harping on that sub-
ject which I thought you had forgotten. Why
can't you be satisfied as you are"? Haven't you
everything a girl could possibly want?'
" 'No. I want my freedom from this den of
iniquity. I want to breathe the pure air and see
the sunshine again. I am sorry for my wilfulness
and for my disobedience and wish to return to
my home,' she replied sadly.
" 'But you are disgraced. Who will recognize
you in the town where you were bom and shone
with such brilliancy for so short a time?' he
" *My father will receive me and God will for-
give me, and I don't care for the others. I want
to be good and be happy again before I die,' she
"Here Master stepped close to the man and
whispered: 'Pity and release her; she is too good
to live this life,' and this he repeated several times
until the man received the thought and said:
'When would you like to go?'
*Now! this instant,' she replied, and started
toward the closet for her wraps.
'* 'But how can you pack all your gowns and
get away to-day? Better stay another night,' he
" 'I don't want to ever see those things again,*
she replied passionately, 'for they only remind me
of my miserable mistakes, which I wish to forget.
Please let me go now.'
"At that moment an evil entity came close to
the man and was about to suggest something to
him when Master stepped between the two and
said : 'As you will some time hope for mercy, have
mercy now for this girl,' and he suggested the
thought with such force that the man turned pale
and began trembling. After a moment he said:
'You shall go home, and have all the money you
will need to take you there. If your father re-
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fuses to take you back, let me know, and I will
send you enough more to keep you honest until
you can turn yourself somehow,' and handing her
a large package of bank notes he said; 'Come,
I will see you to the station,' and they walked
together out of the house. Then Master said:
*She was the only person in this place who was
ready to be helped, and now let ns go.'
"The next place we visited was an opium den;
down a narrow street, into a Chinese shop, where
there were Oriental wares for sale. Finally we
entered a large room in the basement of the
building where the deadly drug was smoked.
Here were men and women lying upon luxurious
couches that were piled high with silken pillows.
These persons were in all states of stupefaction,
and like the place we had just left, this, too, was
crowded with disembodied entities in their differ-
ent stages of undevelopment. AH these entities
had been opium smokers during their past incar-
nations, but now, not being possessed of physical
bodies, could only enjoy their favorite indulgence
by proxy — as the disembodied soul of a drunkard
enjoys the fumes of intoxicants through vampiriz-
ing an embodied drunkard.^ These entities were
nearly all objective, animal minds who had been
deserted by their subjective minds, but were still
strong enough to influence and to suggest the
* Fragments of Truth, Chapter I.
thought to their victims to smoke opium. When
their victims had become completely stupefied and
unconscious, those vampires settled down upon
them like huge black bats, and, lying out at full
length upon their victim's prostrate physical
forms, drew from them their magnetic forces
until, after regaining consciousness, they could
scarcely stand or walk. In this manner the vam-
pires were able to enjoy the fumes of the burning
opium and at the same time gain the magnetic
strength they desired and needed to enable them
to continue with their diabolical work.
**In this place there seemed to be no one who
could be helped, since those, who had been deserted
by their higher or subjective minds, were simply
animal or objective minds incarnated in weakened
and diseased physical bodies and were beyond
help. And those who still were blest with sub-
jective minds were not controlled by them, but
were entirely dominated by their animal natures.
**As we passed through the city we paused for
a few moments in many homes of the rich and also
in the homes of the poor, and saw much suffering,
but some happiness in both. In every class there
were individuals who were positively good and
were living up to their highest ideals. The homes
of these were filled with bright and uplifting vibra-
tions ; and, around such incarnated souls were dis-
embodied entities who were suggesting beautiful
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thoughts to assist them in their work for them-
selves and for others/ In other homes, often
where there was much wealth and social honor,
there was degeneracy and drunkenness. And this
condition applied equally as well to each of the two
extremes of society. Persons who had nothing to
do, and those who would do nothing, were sur-
rounded by disembodied entities of a like, or of a
worse nature, than themselves, who suggested
demoralizing thoughts which were accepted and
acted upon. And nearly all these disembodied
entities were earth bound and could not pass to
higher planes than the first subjective, because
their love for material things was greater than
for spiritual qualities. They stayed with the
sensual because they loved sensuality; and would
eventually either reincarnate or sink lower because
of their grossness.
"Among the middle classes, with persons who
were neither rich or poor, but who were kept busy
at work at earning a living, we found much greater
mental development and more purity and truth.
And I was strongly impressed with the thought
that physical and mental activity are great pro-
tections against degeneracy and all kinds of sin.
This is because the objective minds gain the
greatest strength and power when their physical
bodies are idle.
» The History and Power of Mind, p. 196.
** After we had studied the first subjective plane,
as it appeared in the largest city in our country,
my Master said, 'I shall now show you something
of the second subjective plane, or first heaven,
which surrounds the earth outside the first plane.
This is the temporary abode for disembodied egos
who have struggled through and have overcome
many of the temptations of earth ; and have gained
a point of development where they desire to pro-
gress instead of retrogress. For such, this is a
resting place between earth lives where they may
digest, as it were, their late experiences and assim-
ilate the good that is to be gotten from each. When
an ego has reached the second subjective plane, it
is not likely to fall into Avitchi. But if such a fate
should befall it, then it is due to the fact that it
was more negatively than positively good, and fell
through lack of strength to resist some great
temptation upon earth. After such an ego has
been permitted to suffer the consequences of its
mistakes for a time, usually a stronger ego goes
down and attempts to encourage and to assist it
out of its unhappy condition. And that angel of
mercy is usually the other half of itself. But in-
stances like these are rare, although they do some-
"It seemed as if a burden of lead had been lifted
from my shoulders when we entered the atmos-
phere of that next higher plane ; for we had indeed
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passed through purgatory and had at last entered
a heaven of rest. There were no shadowy places,
no darkness nor any gloom there. But there were
trees and flowers and mossy banks and flowering
shrubs. There were also beautiful places of abode
and large, magnificent buildings like amphi-
theatres, erected for assembly halls. And every-
thing seemed to be as tangible and as firm as the
earth had seemed to be to my physical body. In
a vague way I had expected to find this plane a
vapory, cloudy place, and I think I had even ex-
pected to find the egos who dwelt there trans-
parent and intangible.
"A silvery light that reminded me of intensi-
fied moonlight shone everywhere. And there was
a restfulness in the atmosphere of which I had
never before dreamed. 'Let us sit here upon the
bank of this stream among these flowers,' I said,
and my Master consented. After the horrible
scenes that I had so recently looked upon, on the
lower planes of being, this place seemed the height
of beauty and of bliss, and I said: 'Surely, no
soul could ask for more happiness than this,' but
" 'This is indeed beautiful and restful, but there
are planes beyond this where there are glories
greater than these.'
"At that moment we saw two egos approaching,
and as I gazed at them in speechless wonderment,
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my Master said they were re-united half souls who
were enjoying this paradise together after an
earthly incarnation of suffering. Kadiant with
happiness, they were the most beautiful beings I
had yet seen, and, as they came nearer, I felt some
of the love they radiated. Pausing at a short dis-
tance they smiled and waved their hands as if to
welcome us to their heaven and then passed on.
After resting for a time Master said: 'Come, you
have kept your poise so well through these ex-
periences I shall now show you the next higher
plane of being,' and rising, we passed on through
gardens and groves, through fields and over hills,
for what seemed a great distance. And during
each moment I felt so uplifted and so happy that
I hardly recognized myself in this new environ-
ment. On our way we met many beautiful egos,
each kindly saluted us, but did not offer to engage
in conversation. Unlike mortals, they appeared to
be devoid of curiosity, although they must have
known that I did not belong in their realm. As
we were passing a large assembly hall, we paused
to listen to the music, and what I heard in that
beautiful place made a lasting impression upon my
mind. Lover of music, as I had always been, I
had studied with the best masters available upon
earth, but when I listened to the music on that
plane I felt that never again would I wish to hear
my own, or another human voice, in song. The
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melody was so entrancing that I stood spellbound
until it ceased, and then Master said: 'Come, we
have but little more time. You have been away
from your body longer than I intended and we
must hasten back. But before we go, look yonder
for a moment,' and raising my eyes, I saw the
golden glory of the gods. We were at the boun-
dary between the second and the third subjective
planes of being, where an electric, silvery, blue
faded into a golden yellow light, softer and more
beautiful than I can describe, since words fail to
express the depth of feeling that was awakened
at the sight of the scene that lay before me. But
in those few sacred moments it became pictured
upon my memory, never to be effaced.
''There were Beings upon that plane who shone
as brightly as the sun, and the colors that radiated
from them were more beautiful than are those of
a rainbow, because they were living, throbbing
colors. And there was a soft melody in the air
that seemed to come from everywhere. There was
a fragrance, too, so subtile and so sweet that it
seemed to permeate everything. This perfume,
I understood, was the essence, or the souls of the
flowers with which the land was filled.
" 'Is this the theologians' heaven, the place
which they describe as the city with pearly gates
and golden streets?" I asked my Master, and he
replied : i
After Death 291
*No. That plane is still beyond this. I would
show it to you, but you could not bear the vibra-
tions of that realm. That plane is what the
Eastern students call Nirvana and is where per-
fected souls go to rest forever and forever— as
men reckon time. But individual bliss in Nirvana
does not last forever, since all individual condi-
tions must sometime change. The egos who enter
Nirvana have reached Godhood, and, before leav-
ing the third subjective plane they elect whether
they will undertake the mission of assisting hu-
man souls onward in their development, or pass
into Nirvanic bliss and finally fade out as indi-
vidual souls and be absorbed into the yellow cosmic
current, becoming a part of the universal spiritual
force. ^ Many choose to become one with that
force and forever lose their individuality rather
than return to earth and witness the sinning and
suffering there. Others, after reaching this plane,
and after resting here for a season prefer to re-
turn to earth and assist those who are coming on
behind. Then those Beings return to the
world's battle ground where they sometimes in-
carnate as Saviours, or Avatars, and lead such
egos as will be led out of the bondage of ignorance
and into a knowledge of truth, which is free-
" 'The ancient religious teachers, as you now
» The History and Power of Mind, pp. 135, 142, 164, 238, 252-253.
understand, selected the two extreme conditions,
or states of consciousness, as heaven and hell, and
omitted the intermediate planes of being, except
the first subjective plane, which they call purga-
tory, where the majority of disembodied souls go.
By working upon man's fears and hopes they ex-
pected to prevent his sinning and thus raise him
to higher realms. They did what they thought
best at different periods w^hile they served human-
ity. But old forms and old systems of religion
must give way to new, and man now needs greater
truths and more freedom of thought than ever
before during this period of evolution.' "
Activity Throughout Deity During Each Cosmic Day — 28.
Adeptship, Foundation Stones Necessary for — 180.
AfBictions, Deity Not Responsible for Our — 74.
Age of Mental Power — 132.
Sixth Planet Closing— 231-236.
Alcohol Retards Psychic Development — 111.
Anger — Belongs to Red Cosmic Current — 126, 127-
Crimes Caused by— 126, 128.
" Deity Does Not Show— 262.
Animal Forms — Instinct Helps to Improve and Preserve — 122.
«' " Mental Origin of— 96.
" " Seraphim and Cherubim Materialized — 63, 96 to
" Kingdom— Creation of— 61 to 64, 98, 99.
" " Demand and Supply Used Unconsciously by —
" " Evolved Through Re-embodiment of Life
Principle— 98, 99.
" " Vibrations of — Higher Than Those of .Vege-
table Kingdom — 171.
Ants, Consciousness of — 121, 122.
Appendix, Vermiform — Cause of its Degeneration — 105.
Use of— 105.
Assyria — See Nineveh.
Athletics— Proper Use of— 106 to 109.
Atlantis, Yoga Practices in — 115.
Atom— Defined— 143.
" Demagnetization of — 215, 216.
" Form Depends on Vibration of — 169, 170.
" Individual Center of Force — 144, 145.
" Magnetic Attraction Caused by Polarization of— 216.
Mind Composed of— 171, 172.
Motions of— 145, 226.
Negative Side of— 216.
" Positive Side of— 216.
Soul Composed of— 171, 172.
" Used in Creation of Form — 169, 170.
Visible to the Soul— 148, 149.
Attraction— Atoms Vibrating at Common Rate Cause — 169 to 171.
" Construction Depends on — 144.
" Evolution Depends on Repulsion and — 144, 196.
" Law of — Action on Half Souls — 33, 34.
« " " In Parenthood— 67, 68.
" " " Operation of— 213, 221, 222.
" " " Sex Principle a Part of— 8, 9.
" " " Success Caused by — 206.
" Magnetic — Caused by Polarization of Atoms — 216.
" " Depends on Vibration — 145.
Mental— 171, 196 to 222.
" " A Constructive Force — 196.
" " Vibration Cause of — 171.
" Powers Manifest as — 144.
Souls Influenced by Gravic— 261, 266, 267.
Aura — Expansion of — 147, 148.
" Mental Creations Remain in — 222.
Avatars — See Teachers.
Avitchi— See Hell.
Baby, First Uses Force Destructively — 161.
Babylon Compared with Modern Cities — 20.
" Description of — 20.
Fall of— 20 to 23.
" Polygamy in — 20.
" Religion of — 21.
Babylon— Rise of— 17 to 19.
" Sensuousness and Excesses in — 18 to 21.
Barrenness — Among Chinese — 85.
" Causes Race Suicide — 84, 85.
Curse of God— 48.
" Result of Law— 84.
Baths, Cold, Dangerous— 107, 244, 245.
Beings— Celestial— 89 to 99, 115, 149, 150, 224.
" Knowledge Received Through Concentration on — 115.
on Third Subjective Plane— 290, 291.
Beltis, Temple of — Women Offered Themselves Before — 18, 20.
Beverages, Proper Kind for Man — 241.
Blue Cosmic Force — See Force, Cosmic.
Body— Care of— 239 to 246.
Destruction of— 160, 224.
" Elimination of Poison from Mind and — 74.
" First Men had Powerful— 104.
" Formation of— 68, 72, 73, 161.
" Generates Forces and Power — 159, 160.
" Influenced by Past Mistakes — 73
" Material Manifestation of Inner Man — 161. '
" Mental Power Requires Strong Physical — 216.
Body — Preservation of, After Death — 224.
Psychic Development Demands Sound— 102, 103, 111, 112.
" Renewal of— 160.
" Sexual Excesses Ruin — 6, 7.
" Sin Atfects Formation of — 73.
" Soul Leaving — 147.
" Used as Long as Desired — 181.
Breath of Life — Life Currents — 99.
Brotherhood, Student of Silent — Requirements of — 180.
Calamities Are Caused by Fear — 206.
Celestial Crematorium — 156 to 158.
Celibacy — No Escape from Divine Law Through — 39 to 41.
" Ordinary Manifestations of — 39 to 41.
" True Principle of — 41.
Center— In Growth of Form — 170, 171.
" of Consciousness, Origin of — 89.
" Force— 143, 144.
" " " Arousing of, in Next Cosmic Day — 146.
" " " Formation of— 144, 145, 149-152
" " " Man is Highest on This Planet— 196.
" " " Origin of 89.
" " " Reawakening of Powerful — 146.
" " Shape of— 161.
Chaos, Celestial in Fourth Period — 60.
Character Must Be Built on Chastity — 44.
Chastity — Applicable to Both Sexes — 44.
" Character Must Be Built on — 44.
Defined— 42, 43.
" Mental— 43, 44.
Physical— 42, 43.
Value of— 44.
Cherubim — See Seraphim and Cherubim.
Children — Development of — 161, 162.
" Disappointments of Shake Confidence — 79.
" Modesty and Purity Should Be Taught to — 74-77.
" Moulding of Minds of — 76.
" Presence of Deity Should Be Taught to — 76.
" Questions of— 78, 79.
Training of— 66, 74-81.
Chinese — Sex Relationship Among — 85.
" Unprogressiveness of — 85.
Christ — See Jesus.
Christianity, Christians Departed from True — 254.
Church — Christian, Degenerate Practices of — 254, 255.
Creeds and Dogmas of— 130, 131, 257.
" Dominion of — 130.
Early, Fear Used by— 254, 255.
Church— Independent Moralists' Effect on— 131, 132.
Withdrawal from— 130,131.
Clairaudience — See Clairvoyance.
Clairvoyance and Clairaudience.
Acquirement of— 102, 133-135.
" Development by Use of Cosmic Currents — 103, 104,
" Not Dependent on Mesmerism — 133, 134.
" Sound Mind and Body Required for— 102, 103, 111-
" Spiritual Planes Open to— 138.
Coercion, Deity Never Uses — 213, 214.
Cold, Demagnetization by — 244-246.
Comets as Destructive Force — 151, 152.
in Fourth Period- 60, 61.
" Common Sense " by Paine — 258.
Communal Marriage — 46, 47.
Concentration — Aid to Practice of — 109, 110.
" Cosmic Force Consciously Used Through — 162, 167.
Demand and Supply Aided by— 185-187.
Draws Object Thought of— 164.
" Examples of— 164-167.
" Exercises in — 163-168.
" Lack of— Detrimental— 162.
" Mental Power Gained by— 162-168, 186, 187.
" Muscular Exercise by — 109, 162.
" Necessary for Omniscience and Omnipotence — 139,
" Particularity Necessary in — 214, 215.
" Practice Increases Power of — 187-190.
" Psychic Development Aided by— 102, 109, 134, 135.
" Rules to Increase — 164-168.
" Spiritual Power Gained by— 167, 168, 188.
" Success Aided by— 214, 215.
" Successful Persons Use — 187.
Condiments — Stomach Injured by — 241.
Confucius — Chinese Bound to — 85
Conscience — Beliefs Regarding — 1 22-125.
Cause of Difference in— 128, 129.
" Disregard of — 175
" Effect of— 122-125.
" Evolution of Man Helped by — 130.
" Growth of— 122-125.
" Instinct Mother of — 124.
" Loss.pf— 128.
Conscience— Sympathy Often Mistaken for— 125, 126.
" Used to Conquer Objective Mind— 124.
Voice of— 123-130.
Consciousness — Desire Exists Only with — 120.
" Grows Out of Sub-Consciousness — 120, 121.
In Man, Animals and Plants— 119-122.
Instinct Born of— 122.
" Man is Center of — 196.
« Mind Grows from— 122.
" Origin of Center of— 89.
Swarm— 121, 122.
Conservation of Force — See Force, Conservation of.
Construction — Depends on Attraction — 144.
" Follows Destruction — 162.
" Harder Than Destruction — 161.
" Mental Attraction is Force for — 196.
Of Worlds— 147-152.
" Optimism is Force for — 196.
" Progression is Force for — 196.
Cosmic Currents — See Force, Cosmic.
" Day — See Day, Cosmic.
" Dust— 149-151.
" Force — See Force, Cosmic.
Creation— By Deity— 1-3, 58-63.
" " Planetary Spirits— 149-152.
Mental, Aura Contains— 222.
" " Effect of Optimism on. Helpful — 212.
« " " " Pessimism on, Harmful— 212, 213.
Of Animals— 61-63, 98-99.
" Earth— 2, 58-61.
" " Form— 169-171.
" Man— 63, 99.
" " Worlds— 147-152.
" Vibration Is Keynote of— 169, 196.
Cremation Frees Soul from Body — 247, 248.
Crematorium, Celestial, Described — 158.
Crime is Photographed on Mind — 127.
Criticism, Fear of— 200-204.
Cyclic Law— A Fundamental Principle — 237.
" " Application of, to Man— 237-242.
" " Governs Flow of Magnetic Force — 226, 227.
" " Subjective Plane Is Governed by — 267.
" " Universal in Its Application — 227, 237.
Damnation — Church Idea of— 254-257.
" Eternal— 254-257.
Infant— 132, 255.
" Used to Force Men to Worship — 255.
Damnation — Waning of Belief in — 259.
Day, Cosmic — Birth of — 1.
" Fifth Period of— 61, 90.
" " First Period of— 58.
" " Fourth Period— 60.
" " Negative Individuals Await Another — 219.
" " Same Length as Cosmic Night — 146.
" " Second Period of— 58, 59
" " Sixth Period of— 62, 94, 106.
" " Third Period of— 59, 60.
" " Vibration Generated by Divine Will in Beginning
A Second Birth— 246.
Cause of— 240-247.
" Defined by Occultist— 181, 226.
" Fear of, by Objective Mind— 223.
" " " Cause of, and How to Destroy— 223.
Prevention of— 226, 239-246.
" Process of. Described— 246-248.
Death, Second— 248-252.
" " Affects Most Objective Minds Deserted by Their
" " Description of— 249-252.
Final Result of— 251, 252.
" " Transgression, Conscious, Persistent and Un-
ceasing, Cause of — 248, 249.
" Soul After— 253-292.
" " Is Weakest Immediately After— 247.
" Vampiriation Is Beginning of — 226.
Deities, Solar — Awakening of — 58.
" " Deity Works Through— 64.
" " Origin of— 89.
Deity — Activity Throughout, in Cosmic Day — 28.
" Afflictions Should Not Be Blamed on — 74.
" Always Pushes Onward — 6.
" Anger Not Shown by— 262.
" Animals Created by— 61, 62.
" Anthropomorphic Idea of — 131, 257.
" Blue Force is Mental Portion of — 167.
" Christ Taught Loving— 254.
Creation by— 1-3, 58-64.
Demands Met by— 182, 213.
" Existence of— 118, 169.
" Expresses Through Man — 63.
" Karmic Debts Collected by— 71.
" Lessons Taught by— 8, 21, 80, 86.
Deity — Living Creatures Created by — 61-63.
Matter is Part of — 59.
Never Coerces— 213, 214.
Origin of All Things— 118, 169.
Presence of — Should Be Taught Children — 76.
Repudiation of — 256.
Rests as Long as It Labors — 146.
Souls Not Lost Through Vindictiveness of — 262.
Suggestions by — 214.
Deity Works Through Individual Instruments — 64, 94, 213, 214.
Deity, Yellow Force is Spiritual Portion of — 167.
Demagnetization — Cause of — 225, 226, 240-246.
" Death is Complete — of Physical Body — 226.
" Disintegration Caused by— 225, 261, 262, 263.
" How Produced— 215-217, 263.
" Of Earth— 228, 229.
" People Suffer from— 215-222.
Prevention of— 226, 241-245.
Demand and Supply, Law of. Acceptance of — 185.
" " " " " Concentration in — 186-189.
" " Conditions for Use of— 185-195.
" " " " Conscious Use of— 185.
" " KarmicLawand— 179, 181-195,214.
" " " " Obstacles Result of— 189.
" " " " " Operating in Universe — 65.
" " " " " Optimism Assists Operation of —
" " " " " Pessimism Retards Operation of —
" " Unconscious Use of— 64.
/ Demands Are Fulfilled— 182, 212-216.
Depletion of Magnetism, Voluntary — 215.
Desire— Growth of— 119-122. *
" In Animals and Plants — 119-122.
" Intensification of — 120.
Merges Into Will— 130, 138.
Of Disembodied Souls Not Changed— 113.
Destiny, Man Controls His Own — 181.
Destruction — Destructive Things Destroyed by — 255.
" Easier Than Construction — 161.
of Old Forms— 144, 159, 223, 292.
of Worlds— 147-159.
" Premature — Regretted — 160.
" Repulsion Cause of — 144, 196.
Development — See Kinds of, Also Growth.
Devil of Ancient Theology— 131, 260.
" Used to Frighten Men — 254.
Diary of Advanced Occult Student, Quotations from — 147-169,
Dielectrics — Negative People Are — 218.
piscouragement — Cause of — 194.
Knowledge Kills— 193, 194.
" Repulsion Caused by— 193, 194.
Disintegration Produced by Demagnetization — 225, 261, 262, 263.
Dissipation — Result of — 240.
Divine Mind — See Deity.
Divorce— Not an Evil— 34, 51-53.
" Purpose of Fir8t^-4.
Dust, Cosmic— 149-151.
Dvi'ellers on Threshold — 275.
Dynamo, Celestial — 153.
Earth — See also World.
" Covered with Water— 2, 96.
Creation of— 1, 2, 60, 61.
" Demagnetization of — 228.
" Governed by Cyclic Law — 227.
" Interior of— 264-274,
" Magnetization of— 2, 228, 229.
" Requires Rest Eventually — 229.
" Sun Magnetizes— 228, 229.
" Vampirization of — 227-229.
Eden, Abolition of the Garden of — 27, 28.
Ego — See Soul. Man. Mind.
Electricity as a Means of Recuperation — 242.
Elliptical Motion in Expression of Force — 144, 145, 226.
Elohim— Creation by— 60-63.
" Origin of— 89, 90
" Quickening of— 58-60.
Rest of— 1, 59, 60.
" Subjective Minds Created by — 96.
Embalming — Disintegration Retarded by — 225.
Embryo, Formation of Human — 161.
Energy — See Force.
Entities Around Opium Den — 283-286.
" Draw Magnetism from Psychics — 114.
" Enjoy by Proxy— 57, 284, 285.
" Females Attract— 276, 277.
" Intoxicants Increase Power of — 279.
" Mental Suggestions by--28 1-283.
" Seek Those in Mental Accord— 277, 278, 285, 286.
" Souls Controlled by— 113-115.
Environment, Control of, Necessary — 133, 173.
Eskimo — not Mentally Highly Advanced — 246.
Ether, All Things Subjectively Repose in — 1.
Evil— See Sin.
Evolution— As God's Will— 3.
" Attraction and Repulsion Necessary for — 144, 196.
" Critical Point in— 260.
" Manifestation of — 119.
" Moves the Universe — 119.
Of Animal Man— 3, 4, 28, 161, 162.
" Of Mankind Through Conscience — 130.
" Protection Not Needed for— 205.
Will Moves— 119.
Exercise — Improper — 107- 109.
Existence, Personal Not Dependent Upon Physical Form — 223.
Expiation of Mistakes — 184, 185.
Expression of Power — 145, 226.
Ezekiel, Beings Seen by — 92.
Falsity, Fear and — Go Hand in Hand — 204.
Fatalism — Karmic Law Assumes Aspect of, in Eastern School-
Fate, Cause of— 177, 178.
Fear— Artists Affected by— 202, 203.
Attribute of Objective Mind— 198, 199, 202, 223.
Calamities, Caused by— 206.
Church Used— 254, 255
" Dependent Upon Lower Emotions — 202, 203.
Destruction of — 203.
" Different Aspects of— 198-206.
" Falsity and Ignorance Accompany — 204.
" Man Influenced by — 254.
" Man Limited by— 198, 199.
" Must Be Conquered— 198, 199.
" Of Criticism and Public Opinion— 200-204.
" Death, Cause of— 223.
How to Destroy— 223.
Of Loss— 199.
" Prevents Mental Poise and Individualization — 199.
" Progressive Souls Have No — 204.
" Thoughts and Freedom Limited by — 40.
Females Attract Souls Ready for Reincarnation — 276, 277.
Fish, Origin of— 97.
Food— Kind of, to Avoid— 241.
Force, See Also Power.
" Always Magnetic, 226.
" Center of, Atom is — 144, 145.
" " " Awakening of — in Next Cosmic Day — 146.
« " " Formation of — 144, 151.
Force, Center of, Man ia Highest— Continually Existing on Earth
" Oval Shape of— 161.
" Concentration Necessary for Generation of — 162-164, 226.
" Conservation of, Defined — 214.
" Method of— 162-164, 215, 241. 242.
" " Necessity of— 162, 215, 238-240.
" " Success Depends on— 206, 214, 215.
" Cosmic Black, in Center of Earth — 261, 271
" " Blue, Clairvoyance Gained Through — 103.
" " " Man Deteriorates Without — 103.
" " " Mental Portion of Deity— 167.
" " " Mentality Increased by— 107, 110, 134, 135.
" " " Power Evolved Through— 162, 167
" " " Rest Gained From Use of— 134, 135.
" " Green, Individualization Results from — 95, 174.
" " " Needed for Vegetable and Animals — 102.
" " " Objective Mind Formed from and Uses — 173.
" " Power Evolved Through— 162, 174.
" " Mental Power Results from Conscious Use of — 162.
" " Orange, Earth Ensouled by— 95, 102.
" " " Human Ebmryo Permeated by — 161.
" " " Life Force— 95, 161.
" " " Objective Mind Formed from and Uses —
" " " Physical Strength Supplied by— 173.
" " Physical Power Results from Unconscious Use of —
" " Psychic Development Through— 101, 103, 135.
" " Red, Anger Aroused by — 126, 127.
" " " Animal Kingdom Requires — 102.
" " " " Minds Formed from and Used— 173.
" " " Earth Permeated by— 261.
" " " Emotions and Passions Drawn from — 173,
" " " Lost Souls Disintegrated by— 261, 262, 271.
" " " Power Evolved Through Use of— 162.
" " " Procreation Induced by — 95.
" " " Sexual Passion Aroused by — 126, 127.
" " " Undeveloped Disembodied Souls in — 57.
" " Sleep, After Using— 135.
" " Yellow, Absorption into — 291.
" " " Clairvoyance Gained Through— 103, 135.
" " " Man Deteriorates Without — 103.
" " " Spiritual Portion of Deity— 107, 167.
" Expression of — Dependent on Elliptical Motion — 144, 145,
Force, Focusing of — 143-168.
" Generation of— 144, 161, 226.
" Magnetic— Governed by Cyclic Law— 227, 237-242.
Waste of— 215, 238-243.
" Man Generates — 159.
" Manifests in Everything — 143, 144.
Neither Good Nor Evil— 159.
" Of Attraction Depends on Vibration of Atoms — 170.
" Operates Through all Centers — 159.
" Return of — To Emanating Centers — 150.
" Strengthening of— 163, 171.
" Strong Physical Body Required for Mental — 214.
Foreordination — Seldom Alluded to — 132, 259.
Form— Creation of— 169-171.
" Depends on Vibration— 169, 170.
Destruction of Old— 144, 159, 160, 223, 292.
" Existence not Dependent on — 223.
Fovirl, Origin of — 97.
Freedom — Limited by Fear — 40.
" Of Though and Speech— 258, 259.
" Soul— 147.
Future State Depends L^pon Condition on Material Plane — 260.
Generative Organs — See Sex Organs.
Generation of Power — 144, 161
Genesis — Incorrect Order of Creation in — 89.
Gestation, Body Moulded During — 68-74.
" Obsession During — 68-70.
Process of— 67-73.
Gladiators, in Rome and at Present Time — 24.
God— See Deity.
Good— Done for Sake of— 131, 138.
" Necessary Conditions for Spirituality — 138.
Gravic Attraction on Souls — 261, 267.
Gravity, Law of. Referred to — 222.
Green Cosmic Force — See Force, Cosmic.
Group, Stellar— See Stellar Group.
Growth — Happiness Attained Through Spiritual — 136.
" Impossible Previous to Incarnation — 27.
Half Souls — Action of Law of Attraction on — 23, 34.
" " Attempt to Save Each Other from Hell — 251.
" " Each Contains Picture of Other— 28, 29.
" " Happiness Attained by — 28.
" " Reincarnation of — 72.
" " Seeking Each Other— 28-31.
" " Vibrate the Same— 29
Hangings, Emotions Cause — 126, 127.
Happiness — Attained Through Spiritual Growth — 136.
When Half Souls Find Each Oother— 28.
" Excarnated Soul Deprived of, by Mourning — 246.
" Involves Soul's Independence of Others — 199, 200.
" Negative, of Subjective Mind— 3, 4, 27, 172, 197.
" Pleasure is not — 38.
" Poise Necessary for — 198.
Soul Must Have, When Alone— 200.
" The Thing Most Desired— 28.
Harmony in the Universe — 61.
Heaven — See Subjective Planes.
Heavenly Guides — 114.
Hell — Appearance of Souls in — 265-275.
Avitchi— 248-250, 261-275.
" " Described— 248-250, 264-275.
" " Home for Lost Souls— 249, 250, 261, 263.
" " Horrors of— 249, 250, 264-275.
" " Lowest Condition of Lost Souls — 248-250, 261, 263.
" " Souls Reaching Second Subjective Plane Seldom
Fall into— 287.
" " Souls Saved from— 250, 251.
" " Vampirization of Inexperienced Souls in — 263.
" Cause of a Soul's Entrance Into — 248, 249.
Church Idea of— 254-259.
" Conception of Early Fathers — 254, 255.
" Diametrically Opposed to Nirvana — 248.
" DiflBculty of Saving a Soul from— 250, 251.
Fear of— 254, 255, 259, 274.
" Origin of Bible Legend— 270-273.
" Used to Force Men to Worship — 254, 255, 275.
" Universalists' Idea of — 256.
" Waning of Belief in— 259.
Help Cannot be Given to Soul Until Ready — 280.
Heredity, Aspect of— 70, 73
Holiness, Halo of. Around Teachers — 264, 265.
Hymen, Physical Expression of Purity — 76.
Ignorance and Fear Associated — 204.
Improvement Needed Every Moment — 74.
Immortality— 223, 224.
Incarnation, Memory of Past — 223.
" Reason for— 28, 70, 73, 80, 81.
Independent Sex Life — 56
" " " Psychic Dangers of — 56, 57.
Indigestion, Pessimism Caused by — 191.
Indignation, Effect of — 186
Individualization — Fear Prevents — 199.
Individualization — Goal of Every Soul — 199.
" Green Cosmic Force Produces — 95, 174.
Indolence, Voluptuousness Caused by — 14
Infant Damnation— 132, 254, 255.
Infidels, One Cause of — 256
IngersoU, Robert G., Work Done by— 258, 259.
Insanity — Caused by Religious Beliefs Sometimes — 256.
Obsession Causes— 69, 102, 114.
" Yoga Practices Cause — 116, 117.
Insects, Origin of — 98.
Instinct— Birth of— 122.
" God Became, in Animals — 119.
" Merges Into Intuition — 130.
" Mother of Conscience — 124.
" Use of— 122.
Intoxicants — Brain Affected by — 280.
" Control by Entities Assisted by — 279.
" Entities Enjoy by Proxy — 284, 285.
" Retard Psychic Development — 111.
Intuition — God is — in Man — 119.
" Instinct Merges Into — 130.
" Necessary for Spirituality — 138.
" Suggestions of Subjective Mind — 210.
Java, Island of. Burning Pool Under — 272.
Jesus — an Exalted Being — 91. '
" Healing by— 254.
« " " Follovrers of— 254.
" Love Taught by— 254.
Jonah Warned Nineveh — 15, 16.
Justice, Law of — Rules the World— 54, 177.
Karma, Debts of — Accumulation of — 176-192.
" " " Affect Future Births— 211-213.
" " " Collected Some Time— 71, 178, 179.
" Example of— 176-192.
" " " Explanation of — 185.
" " « Prevent Seeing Truth- 195.
" " Result of— 176-192.
" Law of, and Demand and Supply— 176-195, 214.
" Mock Marriage a Result of — 53, 54.
" Objective Mind Creates Bad — 211.
" Optimist Ceases to Create Bad — 211.
" Parenthood Influenced by — 70-74.
" Reincarnation Prevented by — 267.
Keynote of Creation, Vibration Is — 169, 196.
Kismet — Karmic Law as — 182.
Knowledge Received Through Meditation and Concentration Upon
Great Consciousness and the Celestial Beings— 115.
Labor, Demands for— 182, 183.
Labor — Proper Amount per Day — 241 '
Law — Causes Certain Incarnations — 70-74, 80, 81.
" Cyclic — See Cyclic Law.
" Divine — See Deity.
" of Attraction — See Attraction.
" " Demand and Supply — See Demand and Supply.
" Justice Rules the World — 54.
" " Repulsion, Acts on Souls — 34.
" " Success — See Success.
" Religious Reaction in Accord with — 257.
" Transgressions Against the — 84, 259, 260.
Legends Founded on Fragments of Truth — 270.
Lessons Taught by Divine Law— 8, 21, 80, 86.
*' Let There Be Light " Caused Vibrations— 185.
Life, Primary Object in, is Development — 80.
Light— Demand for— 58, 146.
" Souls Possess Power to Create — 264, 265.
" Light of Asia," quoted — 141.
Liver, Torpid — Pessimism Caused by — 191.
Love — Attractive Force — 246.
" Doctrine of, Taugh tby Jesus — 254.
Luck, Belief in, Through Ignorance — 177.
Macrocosm, Laws of, Control Microcosm — 93, 238.
Magnetism — Conservation of — 238-243.
" Disembodied Entities Draw, from Psvchic — 114.
Ebbing and Flowing of— 227, 238, 239.
" Exchange of— 9, 243.
" Lost by Worlds Not Wholly Regained— 229.
" Sun Gives— to Earth— 227-229.
" Vampirization of — 215-221.
" Voluntary Depletion of— 215, 216.
Majority, Race Has Reached Its — 259.
Malignant Creatures OfiFsprings of Men's Minds — 98.
Man — See also Soul; Mind.
" Advanced — Incarnate in Human Form — 65, 66.
*• Awakening of — 64, 65.
" Belongs to Constructive or Destructive Side of Life — 173.
" Blue Force Necessary for — 103.
" Building Body of— 68.
" Center for Generation of Power — 168, 196.
" Condition of — Before Incarnating in Animal Forms — 27,
Creation of— 63, 99.
Deity Expresses Through — 63.
Destiny Controlled by— 181, 182.
" Dominion of. Over Earth — 63.
Man — Evolution of Animal — 3, 162.
Fall of— 6.
" Fear Influences, More Than Love — 254.
" First Races of, Were Giants— 8, 104.
" Forgot His Origin After Incarnation — 28.
" Governed by Cyclic Law— 237-242.
" Highest Center of Force on This Planet— 196.
" Image of God — 66.
Is Small World— 222.
" Lower Kingdoms Raised by — 103.
Magnetism of— 9, 227, 238, 239, 243.
" Proper Beverages for — 241
Rest Periods Provided for — 226, 229..
" Seraphim and Cherubim Formed Bodies of — 96-99.
" Strong Incarnate First — 7.
" Subjective Mind Incarnating in — 3-5.
Manifestation, Vibration Necessary for — 169.
Marriage — 27-57.
By Civil Contract— 51-53.
" Communal — First Adopted — 46.
" Evolution Gained Through — 51-55.
" Honest Men Do Not Violate, Vows — 44-46.
" Mistakes of the Church about — 50, 51.
" Mock, Disappearance of — 32.
" " How to Free One's Self from- 54, 55.
" Reason for— 30, 31, 53, 54.
" " Very Numerous — 31.
" Monogamy — High Priests Tried to Establish — 50.
" Polyandry — Evolved Out of Communal— 47.
Polygamy — 47-49, 114.
" Reunion of Half Souls — 30.
Ridicule of, Shocking— 34, 35.
True— 30, 49, 50.
Master of Occultism — See Teachers.
Materialism, One Cause of Belief in — 256.
Matter, Part of Deity— 59.
Meditation — Knowledge Received Through — 115.
" L^sed in Psychic Development — 102.
Memory — Subjective Mind Seat of, of Past Incarnations — 223.
Mental Attraction — 171, 196.
Blue Force Increases, Growth— 107, 110, 134, 135.
" Development Necessary for Spirituality — 138, 139.
" Likes and Dislikes — 171.
Power Gained Through Concentration— 162-168, 186, 187.
Repulsion— 171, 172,
Mesmerism, Clairvoyance Not Dependent on — 133, 134.
Microcosm, Laws of Macrocosm Control — 93, 238.
Middle Class, Mental Condition of— 286.
Mind — See also Man; Soul.
" Consciousness Develops Into — 122.
" Crime Photographed by — 127.
" Draws to Itself Whatever Persistently Dwells On— 206.
" Elimination of Sin from, Necessary — 74.
" Healthy, Necessary for Psychic Development — 111.
" Magnetic Attraction of— 206, 222.
" Objective, Abandoned by Subjective Sometimes — 128, 285.
" Bad Karma Created by— 211.
" " Causes Sorrow and Disharmony — 172.
" " Conscience Used to Conquer — 124, 175.
" " Conscious Effort to Control— 180.
" " Created by Seraphim and Cherubim — 99.
" Death Feared by— 223.
" Second, of— 248-252.
" " Desire of. Comes from Will — 119.
" " Domination by — 172.
" Endowed with Subjective— 122, 172.
Evolution of— 98, 99, 119-123, 196, 197.
Fear is Attribute of— 198, 199, 202.
" " Grows When Body is Idle— 286.
" " Holds Subjective Mind to Earth— 200.
" " Life to. Meaning of— 223, 224.
" " Must be Raised for Progress — 197.
Origin of— 99, 119-122, 173.
" " Pessimism Caused by — 211.
" " Repellent to Aids in Evolution — 172.
Result of Control by— 279.
" " Struggles for Supremacy — 99.
" " Subjective Mind Ruling— 172, 173.
Superstitions of— 180, 181.
" " Vibrates Lower than Subjective — 172, 197.
Part of Deity— 59.
" Subjective — See also Soul; Man.
Abandonment of Man by— 128, 285.
" Blissful Existence of— 4, 27, 172, 197, 198.
" Color is Blue and Yellow— 5, 103.
" " Conscience Used by, to Conquer Objectiye
Mind— 124, 175.
" Created by Elohim— 63. 96, 103.
" '* Deity Expresses Through— 63.
" Division of— 4, 5.
" " Earth-Bound by Objective Mind— 200.
Endowing Objective Mind— 122, 172.
" " Experience of— 6, 128, 129, 172.
Mind — ^Subjective — Incarnating in Man — 4, 64, 172.
Nature of— 3-6, 196-198.
•< " Negative Happiness of— 3, 5, 27, 28, 172, 197,
" " Negative Side of — 3, 4.
" " Poise Must be Acquired by — 198.
" " Positive Side of— 3, 4.
" " Preparation of Universe for — 2, 3.
" " Progression of — 198.
Rarely Dies— 248, 249.
" " Realm of. Before Coming to this Planet — 96.
" " Remembers Past Incarnations — 223.
" Retrogression of — 5, 6.
Ruling Objective Mind— 172, 173.
" " Sire of Conscience — 124.
" " Struggle for Supremacy — 99.
" " Vibrates Higher Than Earth— 196, 197.
« " " " " Objective Mind— 172, 197.
Will of, Aspect of Divine Will— 119.
" Wishes of, Granted — 193
Minerals, Repositories for Magnetic Force — 229.
Miscarriage Cannot Prevent Operation of Law — 71.
Mistakes, Body Influenced by Past — 73.
" Expiation of — 184.
Modesty Does Not Indicate Weakness — 77.
" First Lesson that Should be Taught — 75.
" of Teacher— 265.
Taught by Example — 77, 78.
Mohammedan — Kismet in Aspect of Fatalism — 182.
Money Should be Earned Before Spent — 194.
Moralist, Independent— 130-132.
Effect on Church— 130-132.
Moses, Ten Commandments Given to for Benefit of Israel — 49.
Motherhood — See Parenthood.
Motion, Cessation of in Cosmic Night — 146.
" Elliptical Necessary for Expression of Power — 144, 145,
" Rotary Necessary for Generation of Power — 144, 145, 160,
Mourning, Excarnated Soul Deprived of Happiness by — 246.
Music of the Spheres — Clairaudient Can Hear — 133, 150, 151.
" On Second Subjective Plane— 289, 290.
Mustard, Irritant to Digestive Organs — 241.
Name, Soul— 205.
Navel — a Center for Generation of Force — 163.
Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon at Height in Time of — 21.
Negative Side to Everything — 216.
Negativeness, Growth Impossible Through— 27. 28, 43, 138.
" True Happiness not Attained Through — 136.
Night, Cosmic, Inaction During— 60, 146, 208.
" " Manner of its Coming — 145, 146.
" " Same Length as Cosmic Day — 146.
Nineveh, Decline of — 14, 15.
" Description of — 11-14.
" Destruction of — 16, 17.
" Jonah Warned — 15, 16.
" Power of Concentration and Creation in — 12.
" Repentance of — Effect of — 15, 16.
" Sensuousness in, Continued Until Destruction — 14-17.
" Sexual Excesses in — 14, 15.
Nirvana — See Subjective Plane, Fourth.
Objective Mind — See Mind, Objective.
Obsession — Causes Insanity — 69, 114.
" During Gestation — 69.
Occult, Quotations from Diary of Advanced Student — 147-159,
" Truths Given Only to Those Prepared— 64, 65, 77.
Occultism, Eastern School of — 141, 181.
Occultists, High Priests Were — 49, 115.
Omnipotence, Attribute of Spirituality — 139, 140.
" Concentration Necessary for — 140.
" Demand for— 135, 167
Eeceiving of— 138, 147, 167.
" Unconscious Demand for — 167.
Omnipresence, Attribute of Spirituality — 139, 140.
" Western Occultists do not Demand — 140, 141.
Omniscience, Attribute of Spirituality — 139.
" Concentration Necessary for — 139, 140.
" Demand for— 135, 167.
Receiving of— 138, 147, 167.
" Unconscious Demand for — 167.
Opium Den, Subjective Plane Around — 284, 285.
Optipiism, Constructive Force — 196.
Demand and Supply Helped by— 211, 212.
" Karmic Obstacles Not Created by — 211.
" Result of— 208-213.
" Success Brought by— 207, 208.
" Versus Pessimism— 207-213.
Orange Life Force — See Force, Cosmic.
Organs, Sex — See Sex.
Others, Duty to Help— 88.
Paine, Thomas — Mental Bondage Broken by — 132, 258.
A Sacred Privilege — 10, 66, 67.
Parenthood— Body Moulded in— 69, 70, 73, 74.
" Compulsory — 71.
" Divine— 63.
" " Beginning of — 58.
Duty of— 81-83, 88.
" Ego Around Mother Before Re-Incarnation — 67-69.
" Example in — to Children — 78.
Exercise of— 64, 65, 86-88.
" Heredity Impossible in — 69, 70, 73.
" Karmic Law in — 70-74.
" Law of Attraction in — 67, 68
" Miscarriages are Resultless — 71.
" Neglect of Child in— 74, 75.
" Obsession During — 69.
Of Plants— 120.
" Religious Orders Encourage — 87.
" Sins of Omission and Commission in — 74.
Slavery in— 80-88.
Training of Children in— 66, 67, 74-80.
" Transgression of Law in — 83, 84.
Passion — See Sexual Passion.
Patriotism, as Emotion — 125.
" Peace, be Still," Demand for Cessation of Activity— 145.
Pepper— Irritant to Digestive Organs— 241.
Pessimism, a Destructive Force — 190-193, 196.
" Believer in — Hates Optimist — 207.
In Hell— 251.
" Objective Mind Causes — 211.
" Repulsion Caused by— 190-192.
" Retards " Demand and Supply "—212, 213.
" Versus Optimism— 207-213.
Physical Development, Cold Baths Dangerous to— 107, 244.
« « Lifting Heavy Weights Dangerous— 107-
« Mental Concentration in— 109, 110.
" Morning Exercise for — 107.
" Short Life of Athletes— 109.
" Tendency to Overdo — 107.
Form is Not Personal Existence — 223.
Pineal Gland, Cause of Degeneration of— 104, 105.
Use of— 104.
Planet, Close of Sixth Age of— 230-237.
Condition of, During Rest Age— 236, 237.
Plants, Growth of— 119-121.
" Paternal Mission in — 121.
" Sub-Conscious Desire in — 119-121.
Pleasure is Not Happiness — 38.
Poise, Mental, Fear Prevents— 199, 274.
" " Happiness Requires — 198.
" " How to Gain— 205. 206.
" " Increases Individuality — 212.
" " Necessary for Progression — 198
" " Necessary to Help Others — 281.
" " Optimist Has— 207, 212
" " Perfect— Must be Acquired— 198.
" " Subjective Plane Requires— 274, 281, 289.
Polarization of Atoms Causes ^Magnetic Attraction — 216.
" Operates on all Planes — 216
Polyandry — Evolved out of Communal ^Marriage — 47.
Polygamy— 47-49, 114.
Poor, Mental Condition Around the— 285, 286.
Positive Side to Everything — 216.
Poverty, Demonstrating Over — 183.
" Result of Previous Demands — 182.
Power — See Force.
Primodal Condition — Universe Again Reduced to — 145, 146.
Procreation — Purpose of Sex Organ is — 6, 9, 10.
/ " Red Cosmic Current Induces — 95.
Progression, Constructive Force of — 196.
" Mental Poise Necessary for — 198.
Prostitution of Generative Organs — Terrible Results of — 6-11, 35-
Psvchic Development, Alcohol Retards — 111.
Concentration Aids— 102, 109, 110.
" How to Secure — 110, 111.
" Imprudent, Cause of Disrepute — 100, 111,
" Imprudent, Consequence — 102, 111-115.
Kinds of— 100-102.
" Occultism Teaches Independent — 113.
Pr\ident— 102, 110, 111.
Soul Growth— 101.
" Sound Body Necessary for— 102, 103, 111.
" Through Spiritualistic Developing Circles —
" Through Yoga Practices— 112, 115-117.
" Tobacco Affects— 111.
Psychism — See Psychic Development.
Psychic Plane — See Subjective Plane.
Psychics, Entities Draw Magnetism of — 113, 114.
Puberty, Progressed Ego Takes Possession of Body at — 76.
Public Opinion, Fear of— 200-204.
Punishment, Belief in Future, Relaxed — 257.
Puniahment, Results of No Belief in Future — 259.
Purgatory — See First Subjective Plane.
Purity, Lasting Effect of— 76, 77.
Race, Its Majority Has Been Reached — 259.
Reabsorption of the Unprogressive — 192, 193.
Reaction, Religious — In Accord With Divine Law — 257.
Red Cosmic Current — See Force, Cosmic.
Repulsion, Between Atoms Vibrating at Different Rates — 170-172.
" Destruction Depends on — 144, 196.
" Discouragement Causes — 193.
" Evolution Depends Upon Attraction and — 144, 196.
" Law of, Action on Souls — 34.
Cause of— 171-195.
" Pessimism Causes — 190-192.
" Power Manifests as — 144.
Blue Force Gives— 135.
Rest, Necessary for Earth Eventually— 228, 229.
" " Man— 238-240.
" Periods of, Provided by Divine Law — 229.
" Description of— 230-237.
Rich, Mental Condition Around— 285, 286.
Ridicule of Marriage Shocking — 34, 35.
" Some People Cannot Bear — 201.
" Rights of Man," Paine's — 258.
Romans — Babylonians Incarnated as — 22, 23.
" Compared With Men To-day— 23, 24.
" Sensuousness Among, Caused Bestiality — 23.
Rotary Motion for Generation of Force— 144, 145, 160, 161, 226.
Sacrifice of Great Souls Ends Only with Cosmic Day— 92, 93.
Saracus, King of Nineveh at Time of Downfall — 17.
Saul — Seraphim Appeared to — 91, 92.
Saviours — See Teachers.
Scientific Men, Knowledge of — 262,
Seas Magnetized the Earth — 2.
Second Death — See Death.
Seer — Subjective Planes Open to — 67.
Seraphim and Cherubim, Demonstration of Vegetable and Animal
Forms— 62, 96-99.
" « « Description of — 90-92.
« « " Half Souls to Each Other— 96.
" « « Nature of— 92, 93.
" " " Origin of— 90. '
Sex, Chinese, Relationship of. Among— 35.
" Excesses, Animals Do Not Commit — 9.
" " Body Ruined by — 6-8.
Sex, Excesses, Diminution of Physique Caused by — 8, 104-106.
Effect of— 6-11.
" " In Nineveh— 14, 15
" " Psychic Centers Diminished by — 104, 105.
" " Punishment for— 10, 11.
" Independent, Life Condemned — 56, 57.
" Love Holds Pleasures of. Sacred — 18.
" Organs, Abuse of Leads to Degradation — 6, 7, 10, 11, 74, 75.
" Action of. Electrical — 9, 10.
Prostitution of— 6-11, 35-39.
" Purpose of — 6, 9, 10.
" Origin of — 4.
" Principle is Law of Attraction and Repulsion — 8, 0.
" Purity Should be Taught Boys and Girls— 75-78.
" Relation of Should be Pure— ^8-10, 21, 24, 25.
" " " Foundation for all Mankind— 24
" Souls are Without— 77.
" Union of— 9, 10.
" Virtue in Either Sometimes Hard to Find — 10, 11.
Sexual Passion,- Belongs to Red Current — 126.
" " Causes Crimes — 126.
" " Physical Repression of by Celibate — 39-41.
Sheriff, Motive Actuating— 127, 128.
Shrub, Sub-consciousness of — 121.
Sin, Activity Great Protection Against — 286.
" Belief in the Forgiveness of, Detrimental — 11.
" Body Influenced by— 73, 74.
" Causes Shadow on Subjective Plane — 277, 278.
" Fear Prevents, Against Divine Law — 259.
" Holds Souls to Material Plane— 57.
" In Parenthood — 74.
" Original, Sinking of Subjective Mind — 6.
" No Escape from Results of — 260.
" Second Death Caused by Conscious — 248, 249.
" Souls Destroyed by Own— 262, 275.
Slavery, Evil Effect of— 80-88.
" Parental, Retards Evolution— 80-88.
Sleep, after Using Cosmic Forces — 135.
" Generates Greatest Amount of Force — 226, 238.
" Necessary to Prevent Demagnetization or Death — 226.
" Time Required for— 226, 227.
" Vampirization During, by Aged Persons — 243.
Societies, Ethical, Advanced — 131.
Sodom and Gomorrah Overthrown by God — 22.
Solar Deities — See Deities.
Solomon Not Enrolled as Wise Man by Occultists — 44.
Sons of God — See Mind, Subjective and Soul.
Sorrow, Caused by Objective Mind — 172.
Soul — See also Mind, Subjective; Man.
Advanced, See, the Truth— 130, 262.
" After Death— 253-292.
At Place Where it Belongs— 192.
" Atom Visible to — 149.
" Attraction, Gravic, on — 261, 267, 275.
Attracts Like Disembodied Souls— 57, 277-281; 284-286.
Avitchi is Home for Lost— 249, 250, 261, 263.
Cannot be Helped Until Ready— 280.
" Composed of Ethereal Substance — 199.
Development of, is Object of Life— 80, 113.
Difficult to Save from Hell— 250, 251.
" Disembodied, Control by, of Embodied Soul — 113-115.
" " Desires of. Not Changed — 113.
" Distinction, from Spirit, of — 102.
" Division of the — 4.
" Fear Does Not Affect Progressive — 204.
Form of— 63, 66.
" Freedom of — 147.
" Full Possession of Body at Puberty by — 76.
Indestructible— 199, 204, 206, 253.
" Individualization is Goal of — 199.
Influence Each Other— 25, 26.
" Leaving Body — 147.
" Lost, Abode and Condition of— 261-275.
" Result of Own Sinning— 262, 275.
" Mourning Prevents Happiness of — 246.
" Must Learn to be Happy When Alone — 200.
" No Right to Save, Against Its Will— 251.
" Nothing Hidden from Liberated — 148.
" Pure, Sometimes Persecuted — 11.
" Question for Each — 26
" Reabsorption of Degenerate — 192, 193.
" Reaches Spiritual Plane of Development — 102.
" Re-incarnation of Advanced — 71.
" Retarding Evolution of — 80, 81.
" Reunited to Half Soul— 288, 289.
" Saving Lost, from Hell— 250, 251.
Second Death of— 248-252.
" Sexless 77.
" Squirrel— Once that of Tree— 98.
" Tree— Goes Into Squirrel — 98.
War of— 4, 5.
" Will Become What Desires — 192.
« " No Salvation of Soul Against— 251.
Spanish Inquisition, Members of, in Hell — 266.
Speech Confined to Human Beings — 138, 139.
" Freedom of— 257.
Spirit, Distinction of, from Soul — 102
Spirits, Planetary— Creation by — 149-152.
" " Rest of— 1.
Spiritualists— Defined— 1 0 1 - 1 02
" Method of Psychic Development by — 112, 115-117.
" Misuse of Name of — 112, 113.
Spirituality, Awakening of Intuition Necessary for — 138.
" Control of Environment Necessary for — 133.
" Happiness Attained Through — 136.
" Mental Development Necessary for — 138, 139.
" Necessary Conditions for — 136-140.
" Negativeness not — 136-138.
" Omnipotence as Attribute of — 139, 140.
" Omnipresence" " " — 139, 140.
" Omniscience " " " — 139.
" Will Absorbs Desire in— 138.
" Yellow Force Increases — 107, 135.
Stagnation Not Permitted to Exist— 27, 28.
Stellar Group, Description of— 230, 232.
Strata, Serve as Repositories for Magnetic Force — 229.
Students of Brotherhood, Requirements of— 180.
Sub-consciousness Develops into Consciousness — 120, 121.
In Plants— 119-121.
Subjective Mind— See Mind, Subjective— Also Soul— Also Man.
Subjective Plane, Cyclic Law Governs Readjustment on— 267.
« " Disembodied Souls Inhabit 113, 275-292.
" « Existence on— 260-292
« « First, Animal Souls Inhabit— 275-277.
« " « Disembodied Entities Crowd — 113, 275-
« « " Evil Souls. Swept from — 267.
« " " Help Obtained from— 282, 283.
« « " Majority of Souls on— 292.
« " " Material Plane Interpenetrates — 113.
« " " Purgatory is— 266, 275, 292.
« " " Scenes on— 275-286.
«« « " Sin Causes Shadows on— 277, 278.
« « " Souls Awaiting Incarnation on — 276,
« " Fourth, Egos Absorbed by Universal on — 140,
« « " Goal of Eastern School — 140, 141.
" " " Nirvanic Plane— 92, 140, 141, 291.
Subjective Plane, Fourth, Spiritual Plane of Conscience— 248,
" '« « Theologians' Heaven — 290-291.
" " Ignorance of — 262.
" " Number of Souls on — 31.
« « Second, First Heaven — 287, 288.
« " « Happiness on — 287-290.
«« « " Music on, Superior — 289, 290.
c« «' « No Shadowy Places on — 288.
« « " Progressive Souls on — 287-289.
«< « " Reality of— 288.
" ' " Third, Beings on — 290.
« " " Golden Light on — 290.
« " " Music on— 290.
Success, Concentration Aids— 214 215.
Conservation of Energy Necessary for— 206, 214, <215.
" Elements Necessary for — 206-222.
Law of— 206-222.
" Mental Attraction Aids— 207.
" Mode of Mind Necessary for— 206-215.
" Particularity Hastens— 214, 215.
Optimism Brings— 207-209, 211.
" Pessimism Retards — 207-212.
" Specific Demands Bring — 207.
Suggestions, Entities Make Mental— 281-283.
Superstitions of Objective Mind— 180, 181.
Suprarenal Bodies, Cause of Degeneration of— 105, 106.
' " " Use of— 105.
Suna, Centers of Systems— 61.
" Description of — 231.
" Magnetize Their Worlds — 227, 228.
" Period of Rest Provided for- 229.
Swarm Consciousness — 121, 122.
Sympathy, an Emotion — 125.
" Causes Crimes — 125, 126.
Mistakes— 125, 126.
« War— 125, 126.
" Control of, Necessary— 125.
" Judgment Swept Aside by— 125.
" Mistaken for Conscience — 125.
Reason Swept Aside by— 125.
Teachers, Advanced Souls as-65 66 92, 9.3, 147, 290.
" Appear to Mankind When Needed— -257.
Glory of— 147, 265, 290.
" Once Men— 92. . . ^ „cc
Reverence for, Aided Ancient— 256.
Sacredness of Parenthood Taught by— 66.
Teachers, Self-Sacrifice of— 92, 93.
" Spirituality Taught by — 115.
Wisdom Taught by— 65, 66, 291, 292.
Ten Commandments, First Check on Polygamy — 49.
Thought, Elimination of Poisonous — 74.
Freedom of— 257, 292.
" Limited by Fear — 40.
" Magnetic Connection of — 164.
Threshold, Dwellers on— 112, 113, 275.
Tobacco, Psychic Development Retarded by — 111.
Tolstoi, Advanced Soul — 129.
Transgressions — See Sin.
Truth, Advanced Souls Wish to Know— 130, 262.
" Cannot be Destroyed — 205.
" Foundation for Occult Teachings — 77.
" Humanity, Mass of. Cannot Receive Higher Truths — 180.
" Karmic Debts Obscure the — 185
" Mankind Wishing to Know is Taught — 257.
Universalist Repudiated Belief in Hell — 256.
Universe, Reduced to Primodial Substance at Times — 145, 146.
Uranus, Inhabitants of, Live Longer — 238.
Yearly Cycle Upon, Long— 238.
Vampirization — Beginning of Death — 226.
" By the Elements of Nature — 244.
Cold Produces— 244-246.
" Cyclic Law and— 226, 227.
" Demagnetization Produced by — 215, 216.
" Evolution Retarded by — 215.
" In Married Life— 220, 221.
" Individuals Exist by— 217-221.
" " Characterislflcs of Such — 217-219.
" Lost Soul Disintegrated by Black Cosmic Force
" Of Earth, by Men, etc.— 227, 228, 242.
Of Man by Another— 217-221, 242, 243.
Sleep and— 243.
Vibration Affected by— 215, 216.
Vanity Stimulates Some Artists — 203.
Vegetable Forms, Materialized by Seraphim and Cherubim — 97.
" " Mental Origin of— 97.
Vermiform Appendix — 105.
Vibration, Attraction Caused by — 145, 170-172.
" Cessation of, Prevents Magnetic Attraction — 145.
" Creator of Force — 169.
" Different Rates of— 59, 185.
" Evil Creates Dense— 277, 278.
" Form Depends upon — 169, 170.
Vibration, Generated by Divine Will — 145, 169.
" Keynote of Creation— 169, 196.
Law of— 170-172, 203.
" Motion Due to — 145.
" Necessary for Manifestation — 169.
" Neither Good nor Evil — 159.
Of Individual Souls— 63.
On Mental Plane— 171, 172.
" Repulsion Caused by — 170.
" Vampirization Aflfects — 215, 216.
Virtue, Required to Know Highest Occult Truths — 77.
" Shines in Manhood as Brightly as in Womanhood — 77.
Vive Kananda, Swami, Yoga Breathing Introduced by — 117.
Voluptuousness, Indolence Causes — 14.
Voodoo Corceress on Subjective Plane — 269, 270.
Vortex Draws to Itself — 150.
War, Celestial— 157, 158.
" Of Soul— 4, 5.
Will, Desire Merges into— 130, 138.
" Divine — See also Deity.
" Cause of Vibration— 145, 169.
" " Existed Before Motion— 169.
" Force that Moves Evolution — 119.
" Free, Souls Have— 4, 213.
" No Right to Save a Soul Against its — 251.
Wise Men of Ancient Times Taught Monogamy — 50.
Wish, Every, is Granted Sometime — 193.
Witch of Endor, Story of— 136.
Work — See Labor.
World — See also Earth.
Creation of— 1, 2, 58-60, 149-152.
" Demagnetized Going Away from Sun — 227, 228.
" Description of. Entering Period of Rest— 230-237.
" Destruction of— 147-159.
" Difference in Length of Cyclic Periods — 238.
" Life Forces Leaving — 155.
Magnetized Going Toward Sun— 227, 228.
" Periods of Rest Provided for— 229.
" Seven Great Periods of Activity and Inactivity — 229.
" Under, Description of— 263-275.
Yellow, Cosmic Force — See Force, Cosmic.
Yoga, Dangers of — 116, 117.
" Degeneration of — 115, 116.
" First Used by Avatars — 115.
" Method of Psvchic Development — 112-117.
" Used on Atlantis— 115.
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