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redemption, thy kindred, and all of the house of Israel, all of them, are they to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem" (the Jews) "have said, get you far from the Lord, for unto us is given this land for a possession" (we are the chosen people).
"Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Whereas I have removed them” (the Israelites, the Aryan race proper) “far off among the nations, and whereas I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them a sanctuary, for a little while in the countries where they are to come. That is, Lord Jehovah will be their sanctuary or their protection and guide, for awhile in the countries where they are to come, because they will be upon the purely Physical Plane. “Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah, I will gather you from the peoples, and will assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” Remember that we learned that the land of Israel was the extended consciousness given Jacob by his struggle with the angel (his higher self) and becoming conqueror with God, or conqueror over matter, the Christ consciousness. When he had attained this consciousness and had conquered the lower nature, as symbolized by the withered thigh, then, and not till then, did he become Israel, and enter into his inheritance. (“I will bring thee again to this land.”')
So the prophesy goes on, “And I will give you one heart”? (they shall enter the universal Christ vibration), "I will put a new spirit within them” (the Spirit of Christ) “and I will take away the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh” (the Christ Spirit is one of compassion), “that they may walk in my statutes, and keep my ordinances to do them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (they shall recognize the law of cause and effect as an active agency in the land); “but as for those whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their way upon their own heads." Is not that a clear statement of Karma? Their way upon their own heads. They are not punished by an angry God, but by the natural effects of their own actions.
In Chapter xii it says: “The word of the Lord also came unto me saying, Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house” (he was a Jew). “That have eyes to see and
see not, and ears to hear and hear not, for they are a rebellious house.” “Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee thy stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight. It may be that they will consider though they are a rebellious people. He was, in other words, to go out from them, or seek a higher plane of consciousness openly, make no secret that these things are possible, and telling them why it is desirable, so that they may be led to think. “Dig thou through the wall in their sight. (Wall is a symbol of the limitation set by the consciousness of the race.) They came to this stage of evolution through the gates of the physical (the north), the spiritual (the south), and the intellectual (the east). The gates were to enter by, but evidently this temple is not an earthly one, for the gates are not to go out by; he is to dig out through the walls to take his things out. He must transcend the evolution of the rest, taking his things or his consciousness through the wall he should do so openly or in sight of the rest, “but cover thy face that thou see not the land, for I have set thee as a sign for the house of Israel."
He was to make every endeavor to attain the higher eonsciousness, be perfectly frank about the advantages of such a course, but he would, after passing through the wall of the natural evolution of the race, find himself blind upon the higher plane to which he attained, for a time, but he was being pushed in his development for an example to the race. In the morning, he says (after he had attained) the Lord asked him if Israel had asked him “What doest thou?" And because of their indifference to the example set, because of their stiff-neckedness, they shall stay upon the Physical Plane and reap the ripe Karma that is waiting for them.
Here is enunciated one of the great occult laws, the law of Karma, or of action and reaction, cause and effect; for Karma is simply the result of causes that we have ourselves at sometime set in motion. Karmic vibrations, like all vibrations, travel in circles, reacting on the plane below the one on which they are sent forth. Physical Karma is often paid by the death of the body, astral or emotional Karma reacts on the Physical Plane, and mental Karma on the Emotional Plane. Suppose a man sends out a strong malignant vibration or thought form to some one. The nature of that thought form is to find the party toward
whom it is directed and work its will upon him, then return to the sender. If the sender in the meantime gets a realization of his iniquity and repents, and enters into a vibration of intense aspiration for love, purity, and holiness, then the vibration of malignity will return to the place where it left him, because of the law; but also because of the law when it gets to where he should be according to that vibration, it will not be able to find him because he will be vibrating upon the planes above it, and it will pass under his feet, while the vibrations of love that he throws out will do much to neutralize it. So Ezekiel, here is trying to get the people to understand this law, and encourage them to rise above the limitations of the race and escape some of their race Karma, but as they refuse to accept the lesson, they must meet the effect of their past actions upon the Physical Plane, and when at last their prince does reach Babylon (the gate of God's House), he will be blind and unable to see the glories about him. The people shall be scattered among all nations (they shall be born many, many times among all nations) before they work out this load of Karma in the slow, natural evolutionary way.
Then he sees the Spirit of the Lord withdraw from the old Temple, with its north gate blocked by jealousy and sensuality, and its south, or spiritual gate defiled by the worship of the intellect and material things; and the Spirit rests upon the symbol of humanity. (No longer will the Spirit be confined to the external temple, but the heart of man will be its tabernacle.) This symbol, the cherubim and the wheels, resting upon the hills in the east, the elevations of intellectuality, or as Occultists would say, the higher mind. To make it plainer, the Spirit of God rested upon humanity as they rested upon the higher Mental Plane which is attained by a union of mind with spiritual aspiration; this is the plane that gives to man true wisdom.
In Chapter XLII we find Ezekiel describing another temple; now note the measurements, five hundred reeds by five hundred reeds, that is, the wall is the limitation set by the development of the race, which is the fifth race. This temple wall marks the limit of the consciousness of the fifth race after it has been trained by the experience of the ages. Humanity, hereafter to be the Temple of the Living God. He brought me to the gate, even to the gate that looketh to
the east. You remember we left the cherubim, or humanity resting upon the hills of the east, resting in the higher mind with God's Glory overshadowing them. So now the glory of the God of Israel (fifth root race) came by way of the east, or the intellect. The fifth root race is not to worship in blind superstition, nor from compulsion, but from intellectual comprehension.
And “His voice was like the sound of many waters.” The truth will flow from many sources.
“And the earth shined in His Glory." God's true wisdom will irradiate everything. "And the glory of the Lord entered into the temple” (of the race as a race, through the door of the intellect, Chapters 43-4), "and the glory of the Lord came into the house” (man) “by way of the east gate.
“And the Spirit of the Lord took me into the inner court” (the heart), "and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house." And he said unto me, “Son of man, this is the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the house of Israel forever.” Let them put away the dead bodies of their kings (their personalities that have been ruling them), and I will dwell in the midst of them forever, if they will be ashamed of the things they have done and will keep the good law (the law of evolution). Then follows a very elaborate description of the temple furnishings, its laws, etc., for which we have not the space at this time.
Chapter XLVII says: “And he brought me back to the door of the house" (this Temple of the Living God, the God-man), "and behold, waters issued forth from beneath the threshold of the house eastward. Waters of wisdom coming from the south, or spiritual side of the altar (heart) rushed out of the gate of the intellect. Intellect refined by Spirit gave out a flood of wisdom. "And he measured one thousand cubits and made me pass through the waters, and them came up to the ankles." (He entered the stream of wisdom and took the first Initiation.)
Then he measured one thousand cubits again, and caused him to pass through again, and this time the waters of wisdom came up to the knees. (He took a second Initiation, or was shown what a second Initiation meant). “And again he measured one thousand cubits and caused me
to pass through, and the waters came to the loins.” (Symbolic of the third Initiation.)
‘Afterward he measured a thousand and behold a river to swim in." (The entire nature is submerged in the waters of wisdom, the fourth great Initiation.) Then he shows him how
, this river of wisdom flowing from the Temple of the Living God, or the regenerated heart of man, will fructify and sweeten the land and sea of humanity. How great trees, or great teachers, will grow on the banks; how the great restless sea of humanity in evolution will be strengthened and sweetened in their consciousness and healed of their iniquities.
He is then shown that the inheritance of Israel is to be divided equally between the tribes, or each man has an equal chance to obtain this extended consciousness. Each man to have his portion, each man to enter into his inheritance of this higher consciousness, and the whole to be offered as an oblation to the Great Supreme One. You will notice that the oblation is to measure twenty-five thousand reeds, or units (miles), by twenty-five thousand (the circumference of the earth is twenty-five thousand miles, so the whole planet is meant), and the new city measures forty-five hundred reeds by forty-five hundred reeds, or the fourth round and the fifth root race; so here is set the limits of the consciousness to be attained by the fifth root race now in the fourth round. In this city (the world) He sees all men dwelling in peace and enjoy. ing to the full their inheritance of Divine Consciousness, all devoted to the Supreme One, and the name of the city shall be “God is There,” for each man will have found the God within his own heart, and will understand the meaning of the words, “The cord of the inheritance of Jacob," and "the God of Israel." Each man a “cephas, or "stone, carved without hands, fit to be placed in the walls of the Temple of the Living God, and he shall
go no more out' as John says. “Behold the Temple of God is with man, the first things are passed away, and he that sitteth upon the throne saith, 'Behold, I will make all things new.'