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SIGNIFICANCE OF THE GENEALOGY OF SHEM, AND
THE WORK OF ABRAHAM AND LOT.
In the genealogy, by looking up the meaning of the personal nouns, we find a very different story told than the one seen at first sight. We have not the time to trace them at length, but note that Japheth settles the Coast Lands and becomes the traders of the race, the intellectual, material, strongly practical people.
The sons of Ham settle in the Land of Shinar (the Land of Two Rivers). Two rivers symbolize the consciousness of the people.
The reader will remember that of the four rivers of Wisdom that flowed from the Garden of Eden, the two lower watered the Physical and Desire planes, so the people designated Ham live upon only the Physical and Emotional Plane.
The allegory of the Tower of Babel (Gate of God) brings this out.
The whole earth, we are told, were of one language (they understood the symbolic language), so the people of the Land of Two Rivers (Shinar) at once tried to discover the Mysteries for themselves although they had only brick (hardened physical natures) for stone (Masters of Compassion) and slime (low physical desires) had they for mortar (which should be universal love and wisdom). So they were deprived of the knowledge of the symbolic language to prevent their injuring themselves by handling holy things with impure hands, and bringing upon themselves the destruction that Atlantis had suffered for the same fault.
We will trace the line of Shem, the second sub-race, as it gradually evolved during the ages. Remember Shem means
and the race that descended from this line were the priestly class. The name of Shelah means petition or prayer, and from prayer is begotten Eber, or Heber, those who crossed over, or developed the new race characteristics. In Peleg we see division, the two races became markedly different, or possibly a new sub-race appears. Serug, a branch, begets Nahor, a shorter, a name sometimes used in India today for Yoga, and the Yoga begets Terah, which means station, or stopping place.
We find Terah lives two hundred and fifty years in idolatry. Idolatry means the worship of an image. Man is made in the image of God, so idolatry meant primarily worship of self, or selfishness.
Terah, this stopping place of selfishness, begets Abram, exalted father; Nahor, another Yoga, and Haran, a mountaineer, or high Initiate, one high in spirituality.
Ur means God or light, Chaldea means intellectuality; so when Abram was called from Ur of Chaldea he was called from the God of the intellect and goes to the land of Canaan (land of humility, low-lying land). From this land of humility he gradually mounts to Haran, or the spiritual heights, at which time Lord IHVH appears to him; Terah follows Abram to Haran but he dies on the spiritual heights—he cannot stand that altitude. Lord Jehovah, on the Manu, the manifestation of IHVH, appears to him and enters into an agreement with him that his seed shall cover the earth, but he must leave his kindred, or the stopping place of material intellectuality.
Lot means wrapped in a veil or covering. He is the son of Haran the High Initiate, the grandson of Bethuel, the dweller in God, and nephew of the Yoga, Nahor. Lot evidently refers to the esoteric branch of a great religious system, as well as to the great hierophant who led it. Just who this Great One was I have not been able to quite determine from the information given us in the Bible, but if Abraham is Master Moro, then Lot must be Master Koot Hoomi, for Mr. Leadbeater shows those two leading great emigrations of the race southward in the “Lives.
Legend te us that Abram was a great prince. Some of the Legends of ancient Damascus claim that he at one time ruled that city for a time, coming along with an army and stopping quite a number of years, then taking his people he departed as he had come. The Arab and Mohammedan generally, believe that Abraham was one of their great leaders. To this day they call him
El Khalil, friend of God. H. P. B. says Abram means noBrahman, and also says he was a Manu, but does not state which Manu. It looks as though he were an understudy of the Great Manu, and I believe I am right in assuming that he is the same ego as we today reverence as Master Moro, the Manu of the coming sixth root race.
To be sure, this demands that we shift the scene of Abraham's activities farther east than we have been wont to think of them, but this reading shows that these people really were living in the eastern or middle rather than western Asia.
Lot, the Bible tells us, went with Abraham, the great leader of the people; and so did Sarah, his sister wife, or his inner school of wisdom or inner consciousness—at any rate, Mystery work of some sort. But, says some one, that is too far-fetched. My friend, turn to Gal. IV, 24, and on, “For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the free woman ***" Which things contain an allegory; for these women are two covenants, the one bearing children to the flesh and the other bearing children of the Spirit. I have used this quotation in another place, but there is no other quite so pertinent to the case in hand.
Epiphanius Wilson, A. M., in his “Hebrew Literature, page 22, says: “The Talmud says, 'Abraham is said to have put Sarah into a box when he brought her into Egypt, that none should see her beauty. At the custom house toll was demanded. Abraham said he was ready to pay. The custom house officer said, “Thou bringest bales??' He said, “I will pay for bales.” They said, “Thou bringest gold?” He said, “I will pay for gold.” They said, “Silk?" He said, "I will pay for silk." They said, “Thou ,
, bringest pearls?” He said, "I will pay for pearls." They said, “Thou must open the box”'; whereon her splendor shown over the whole land of Egypt.' Another version of this same story runs that Sarah flew out of the box and settled over all the land as a white mist, and Egypt was never the same again. Evidently it was well understood at one time that Sarah was not a woman but had something to do with Mystery work and Divine Wisdom.
So Abraham, Lot, and Sarah and all the souls" (notice, not “bodies'') that they had gotten in Haran, the spiritual heights, go by the land of Canaan, or humiliation, to the place of Shechem,
or mountain ridge of spiritual exaltation, to the “Oak of Moreh,” which means strong and exalted teacher.
Here again, while on the spiritual heights, under a great teacher, IHVH appears to Abram, and promises him material blessings—all the land and the nations to cover it—all that Lord Jehovah could promise, as said before, for that was his part of the work of the Supremeto look after the material welfare of the new race. Abram now erects an altar to Lord Jehovah the Manu—the God of cause and effect, or he establishes a religion in which the great law of cause and effect is the key note, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. As a man soweth so must he also reap. The Hindoo calls this the law of Karma, and the Theosophist does likewise, it being a brief way of putting it.
If you will look at the map of Palestine you will see that Ai and Bethel lie almost due north and south of each other, so that to camp with one on the east and the other on the west would be a physical impossibility. They were probably given their names from this very allegory. After having this religious experience we find Abraham pitching his tent, having Ai (heap of ruins) the effete fourth root race upon the east, and Bethel (the Temple of the Living God, or the perfected Man) on the west. He is dwelling between the last degenerate race and the future possibilities of the new race. And so we often find the patriarchs camping between Ai and Bethel, no matter where they may be, nor where they are going. Here again he builds an altar, or he sets up his religion in every camp he makes. He encourages religion wherever it is.
There was a sore famine in that land, we are told; this refers, to spiritual famine in this reading. They go down into Egypt. When they go down into Egypt it is a symbol of seeking the higher wisdom, for the Great White Lodge existed there for ages, and was sought by all who aspired to the higher learning; but when we find them in bondage to Egypt it means bondage of sin and ignorance, bondage to the land of Cush, the black land, or the physical. This time they are going after food (spiritual food). I cannot take the time to follow them upon this trip, but keep in mind that Sarah is simply the Mystery work, his higher consciousness, that Abraham wants to hide from the Egyptians. He wants her to appear as his sister, that is, does not want to admit how much he does know, wants his wisdom to appear as belonging to one of the lower classes; but the Egyptians discover his merits and would keep him. That was the custom of these schools; they tried to keep all the great hierophants in connection with their own school if they could, and the great school of Egypt is often called a “harlot” because of this propensity to accept truth from any source and make it her own.
Very evidently Abraham and Lot and their followers went to Egypt to study. Occultists tell us that this great school was established before the destruction of Atlantis, and for ages and ages remained in the hands of the White Brotherhood, but some authorities say that at last it became corrupt and the Great Ones were obliged to withdraw from it, and Egypt became the home of black art. Mr. Leadbeater, however, speaks as though the Great White Lodge was still there.
After leaving Egypt Abraham starts south, or towards the Spirit,-south symbolizes Spirit,--and again pitches his tent between Ai and Bethel, although miles south of the geographical position of the towns called by those names, between the past and the future possibilities of the race, and they have great possessions (spiritual possessions).
Abram, remember, is the understudy of the Manu, and he is the great Law Giver of the people, the leader of the exoteric part of the religion, the leader of the masses. Lot, on the other hand, is in charge of the higher Mystery work, out of which the Initiates are to come. You will notice in the account that Abram sees angels and gets messages from God only when near great teachers (oaks at Mamre), while Lot sees and recognizes the angels at once that Abram entertained unawares. They were obliged to reveal their character to Abram; Lot knew them. Abram served them with the feast that symbolized the physical; Lot fed them on unleavened bread, the diet of the æsthetic. Abram's wife, or inner work, is barren, brings forth no Initiates,-he is too active upon the Physical Plane trying to help the race. The leaders of Lot's people, or his herdsmen, and the leaders of Abram's people strive together, the exoteric and the esoteric sections cannot agree. This struggle has been common all through the ages, the blind always want the angels first, before they have developed the sight to perceive them when they do come.