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their Mysteries, but the Great White Lodge may be depended upon not to lose its vigilance for a moment; neither need we fear that the Initiates will ever neglect to do all in their power to draw man onward and upward.

That the early Christians had their “Mysteries of Jesus" is readily seen from the writings of the early Church Fathers, and the New Testament continually uses technical terms used only in Mystery work, as for instance: “babes,” “the innocents, the "perfect," the "Brethren." St. Paul speaks very plainly of the

“” Mysteries of the ages being revealed to the saints (not to common church members, note). After getting the information that the Mysteries really existed and had their technical terms and symbols, the pages of the Bible are found to really bristle with references to these typical stages in man's development. The political ambitions of the Church of the fourth and fifth centuries drove the Mystics into retired monasteries, and at last they discontinued their teachings for lack of properly qualified pupils. Only here and there could one be found who had the vision celestial, and he was invariably misunderstood and persecuted. The day has now come when it seems to be the intention of the Great Ones to restore the light to the world, and give all Churches a chance to restore the Mysteries to their proper place in ecclesiastical work. When this is done the Churches will find that new life has been infused into their dry bones, and the membership will become a living Spirtual force, fit to be used in the Master's service.

But to return to the uniform teaching of all of the Mystery work of all religions. The thought seems to have been to teach the descent of Spirit into matter, and its evolution upward through seven stages of progress until it appears upon earth as human, into whom the Lord Jehovah breathes the breath of life, and as the Bible states it, man became a “living soul.”

The great law is the law of evolution, evolution of body, evolution of intellect, evolution of soul, because of the impulse given by the vibrations of the God-given Spirit within. In all we find a recognition and acceptance of the great law of cause and effect, or karma, as the Hindoo would express it, but some difference of opinion as to how this law might be expected to work out. In the most of them repeated incarnations of the ego in the flesh seems

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to be the only legitimate explanation of the problem. So there has grown up the doctrine of reincarnation. In all we find three manifestations of the power of the Supreme, or the Trinity, and in all a recognition of the fact that these three emanate from One Great Source. In all the thought “from God we come to God do we return” is the dominant note, and the enormity of the task of transforming man into a God recognized as demanding more than one life. The methods of the Mystery work being such as was deemed best to enable man to accomplish this transformation as rapidly as possible. In all of the schools good is recognized as the constructive force in nature, and evil as destructive, or error. All recognize, more or less clearly, the creative power of thought.

Mrs. Besant says: "The unity of the moral teachings is not less striking than the unity of the conceptions of the universe, and of the experience of those who rose out of the prison of the body into freedom of the higher spheres. It is clear that a body of primeval teaching was in the hands of definite custodians who in the schools in which they taught had disciples who studied their doctrines. The identity of these schools and their discipline stands out plainly when we study the moral teaching, the demands made on pupils, and the mental and spiritual states to which they were raised."

And He said, 'unto you it is given to know the mysteries of God, but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.'” Luke viii, 8.

St. Augustine tells us: “That which is called the Christian Religion existed among the ancients, and never did not exist from the beginning of the human race until Christ came in the flesh, after which time the true religion, which already existed, began to be called Christianity." It really seems almost unnecessary to search any farther after such a statement from such a source.

A whole volume might be filled with quotations sustaining my position, but the above, imperfect though it be, must suffice for the present study. All of these things are in print and need not be repeated here.

These similarities all point to a common source, and occultists tell us that that source is the Brotherhood of the Great White Lodge, the hierarchy of Adepts, who watch over and guide the evolution of humanity, and who have preserved these truths unimpaired; from time to time, as necessity arose, reasserting them in the ears of men. From other worlds, from earlier humanities the first Great Ones came to help the child man on our planet, but gradually they have been reinforced by the flower of our own people, until, one by one, the visitors have withdrawn, and we are told that now there is but one of them left, and the work is being done by our own Initiates. So today, the Masters still teach eager pupils, showing the path, and guiding the disciple's steps; still they may be reached by all who seek them bearing the sacrificial fuel of love in their hearts, full of devotion, and unselfish longing to serve; still they carry out the ancient discipline, still unveil the ancient Mysteries. The two pillars of their Lodge gateway are established in strength, for they are Love and Wisdom, and through the straight portal may pass only those from whose shoulders have fallen the burden of selfish desire, in response to the deep-seated devotion to the high ideal.

If all these things be true, a heavy task lies before us: the climb from physical man to the God Man. No wonder the ancients thought many lives in the flesh necessary to give the time needed for the accomplishment of so herculean a task. But what said Christ? “Is it not written in your law, I said ye are Gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the Scriptures cannot be broken) say ye of Him whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest because I said, I am the Son of God?" John x, 34-35-36.

CHAPTER III.

THE METAPHYSICAL IDEAS OF THE ANCIENT HEBREW.

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What were the metaphysical ideas of the ancient Hebrew ? That question seems to be one upon which there is a diversity of opinion. Even in the days of Christ in His last incarnation, there were_several sects all of whom took their teachings from the Old Testament, and one of them did not believe in the immortality of the soul. The reason for all this ignorance is shown by Christ's question to Nicodemus, “Art thou a Master in Israel and knoweth not these things ?” In other words, art thou a Master in Israel, and have not even been born again, in spite of the Mosaic law, that only one who has taken the second Great Initiation shall be a teacher? They had let their Mystery teaching lapse, just as our church today is doing, and, just as it will be with us, they knew not the Lord when He came.

But let us see what we can find to guide us to some sort of a conclusion, for, taking the Bible by itself we do not get a perfect metaphysical scheme of philosophy. There seems to be much taken for granted, probably because the rest was given in the oral Mystery work, and the Great Ones knew that by the time the Scriptures became the property of the masses, that the other world Scriptures would be at their command also. The destiny of the Aryan race is to be so different from the destiny of the races that preceded it, that somewhat different methods must be used to develop the mentality that is to be its crowning acquisition. This race is to develop the intuition also, after the mental is sufficiently developed, so the Mysteries could be hidden under a deeper symbolism, for that faculty will enable the race to find them when the time is ripe. The old race was to learn to obey, the new race is to learn to command. The old race were children, the Aryan race is to attain the manhood of the race. The old race looked to its leaders for everything, the new race is to learn to take care of itself. The old race might be fearful, the new race must be courageous. Fatalism bound the old race, the new race must hear nothing of that. It must be enabled to find that it can conquer all things by its intellectual comprehension of law. The Mysteries must be reserved for it, but must be hidden until it has gained the confidence that comes from experience, and the character that comes from struggle with difficulties, so that the Mystery work may be an assistance, not a drawback.

Ephanius Wilson, A. M., tells us in “Hebrew Literature”': "From the very beginning of their history the Hebrews were a deeply poetic race. They were fully alive to the beauties of external nature, and no national poetry contains more vivid descriptions of the sea, sky, and the panorama of the forest, stream, and mountain, peopled by the varied activities of animated nature. The songs of Zion glow with poetic enthusiasm, but their principal characteristic is their intense earnestness. Yet this religious fervor becomes the basis of sublimity, pathos, and picturesqueness, such as can seldom be approached even by the finest productions of the Attic muse. But the Hebrews were also philosophers, and if they never attained to what we might call the netteté et clarté of the Greek metaphysician, they excelled the other thinkers in the boldness and profound spirituality of their philosophical mysticism. In proof of this association we may point to the “Kabbalah.”

The word “Kabbalah” means doctrine received by oral tradition, and is applied to these remains to distinguish them from the canonical Hebrew Scriptures. Hebrew speculation attempts in the "Kabbalah” to give a philosophic or theosophistic basis to the Hebrew belief, while at the same time it supplements the doctrines of the Old Testament. The immortality of the soul in the “Kabbalah" is taken for granted, and a complete and consistent psychology is propounded in which is included the Oriental theory of reincarnation. This account of the human soul, as distinct from the human body, treats of the origin and eternal destiny of man's immortal part.'

These doctrines are supposed to have been given to Moses on the Mount, and were by him given to Joshua, orally, who in the same manner taught them to the chosen forty who were called receivers. These, in turn, were supposed to give them to such of

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