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Because of the strife between their followers, the great leaders in perfect amity decide to part, and Abraham says, “Take your choice, your work is the most important. If you go one way then will I go the other. Our work is diametrically opposite; I am working with IHVH descending, while it is your duty to guide it to conquest over the matter that I am helping to wrap about it. You ascend on the way back to the Father; I must see to the descending current. Both of us are children of the same Father, therefore let us not strive, for are we not brethren ?” So each applies himself to his own work and they separate, in perfect friendliness.

Lot decides to settle in the plains watered by the Jordan (the descending torrent) or the torrent of degenerate tendencies of the old race, in the cities of the plain, thinking, no doubt, that here he may do good with his work; but the people, while they welcome him warmly, want the angels handed out to them at once. That is, they want to be taught white magic. Lot tells them, “Here are my daughters” (or his two lower classes). Study in them the allotted time and then you may hope for the higher work; but no, they will have the angels, but when they come up against the house they find themselves blind. They cannot see the angels because of their gross natures.

You will note that Lot has the three degrees of work, wife, and two daughters, and he seems to be able to talk to the angels. (He has occult training.) The angels advise Lot to seek a more retired spot for his work, and they leave the city, and seek the mountains for more quiet, or more safety while prosecuting his work upon higher planes. They start under the impulse given by the heavenly visitants, but Lot's wife, or his highest class of workers, his most consecrated ones, look back and are turned into a pillar of salt. Now salt means preservative, and pillar means a support of a structure, so a school of preservative wisdom supporting the Temple of Truth was left upon the edge of the land while the inhabitants were being consumed by the fire and brimstone of their own lust and material desires.

Lot retires to the Cave of Initiation in the mountains after staying in Zoar, or city of humiliation, for a time, and his lower degree workers persuade him to take of the wine of spiritual ecstasy, and to go in to him separately because they are in differ



ent degrees of work, and they study with him, or "lie with him"we have an echo of this usage in our “I lay to it till I accomplished it-till they become one with him, or a wife to him, in wisdom, and are able to bring forth sons of wisdom, Initiates. One of them begets the great race called Moab, which at first was a school of wisdom that was named “Like unto his father," or like unto Lot, the greatest Hierophant of his times, and the other Benami, the father of Ammon, the spiritual mountaineer, sons of renown, or High Initiates, those upon the heights of spirituality. So here in the dawn of historic time we find a sweet story of love and self-sacrifice that makes one's heart beat with renewed courage because of the assurance that the race has never been without a father, nor have the loving elder brothers ever been absent from the earthly family circle. Always have there been the younger children who have had their naughty spells, but ever have the loving elders cared for them, ever have they been guided, ever have there been schools to train them as soon as they would take the teaching. Does this not leave a sweeter taste in the mouth than the old reading that you were obliged to skip when the children were listening?



The Theosophist notes in the study of a religion three elements: one due to primitive and faulty conceptions of natural phenomena; second, an element of fundamental truth which was implanted in it by a great religious teacher; and, third, a theology raised on both long after the days of the founder of the religion. Noting these three elements in a religion, the Theosophist continually searches for the second group of ideas, and when he finds these he finds that they are not so radically different from the same element to be found in the other religions.”—C. J. in Primer of Theosophy.

In the story of the Creation and the Flood the faulty conception of natural phenomena has led to many serious misunderstandings, and the foolish chronology foisted upon the unsuspecting world by well-meaning ignorance has seriously added to the confusion. Science has for years contended that the Biblical chronology was not to be relied upon, and the Higher Critics some years ago showed that most of the older allegories show their Aryan origin and do not properly belong to Palestine, or to Jewish history, properly speaking, but the information raised such a hue and cry in the churches that the learned gentlemen who had advanced it subsided, without recanting, however, calmly waiting for the public mind to readjust itself to the changed view they had presented. Slowly but surely the ignorant bigot has retreated and intelligent understanding has advanced, until now few, even of the narrowest orthodox, hold to the chronology. In the last revision this ancient blunder was entirely discarded.

Fortunately for the cause of truth, the personal nouns and names of geographical locations have usually been left unchanged by the many translators during the ages, and in these words we find the key note of the most of the allegories when we can find their real meaning. In some cases the word is so ancient that the original meaning has been lost, but one can usually locate it to some degree by some little indication that throws light upon the subject. A child may take the notion that the book he studies had been written and published in the town in which he was born, not knowing that it could have been done anywhere else, but that does not interfere with his getting the lesson that its pages hold for him. Had Washington not lived, “Father of His Country” would not have any significance to us. These are the stories of the development of the great race to which we belong, not of one nation, and they really deal with things that happened, but just when they happened or just where they happened is not material; it is the lesson they hold for us that is important.

Intuition is one of the greatest of God's gifts to man, and it is one of the last of the faculties to develop, coming to its full growth only just before he finishes his compulsory earthly pilgrimages. These allegories are written in symbol to cultivate this

. wondrous gift and lead us to a complete at-one-ment with the Father. Consequently it is not surprising that at our stage of development we are only just beginning to sense the great riches lying just out of our reach. At best, at present, we are but catching glimpses of the sparkling treasures.

Occultists tell us that the great Manu, the Noah of our Bible, also the Moses, in one incarnation, began to select the most evolved of the great fourth root race, to start the new fifth root race during the fifth sub-race of the old race. In the Bible we find him also incarnated in Enoch (Initiator), begetting sons and daughters (spirtual sons and daughters in this reading), three hundred and sixty-five, note the number, the number of the days of the year, indicating that he worked to the full end of that race. The character of the Great One is indicated by the words, “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not for God took him.

He was perfected in his Godhood, evidently a manifestation of a great perfected Soul. None of our own humanity had at that time attained that exalted position.

At the beginning of the sixth sub-race he appears as Noah, "And Noah walked with God." He was a righteous man and perfect in his generations, not generation, but generations; that is, perfect through many, many lives.

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He begets, or gathers about him, three distinct classes of peoples symbolized by Shem (the name), those of a spiritual nature; Japheth (the more evolved of the race upon the Physical Plane); and Ham (the remnant of the other races who are just sufficiently interested, probably for personal gain, to follow the others).

In giving the allegorical reading, remember we in no way assail the fact of the occurrences having taken place; in fact, had they not taken place they would have been worthless for this symbolic use. Had Napoleon not fought, a man's meeting his Waterloo' would mean nothing to us, and we would not use the expression; and so with these stories. When they were compiled probably they were illuminative because still comparatively fresh in the minds of the people either from legend, story, or experience, and to the Initiated explained the subjects satisfactorily.

Let us consider for a moment what information from the Orient tells us of the home of the great fourth root race. told that they lived upon a continent now under the sea that furmerly occupied the place now taken by the Atlantic Ocean; that they lived and thrived for many ages; that the race being in its childhood was lead by numerous Great Ones from the planet Venus, where evolution is much more advanced than it is here, and that under this guidance they attained a great state of civilization. But the time came when the great teachers were withdrawn, all except the great Manu, the Regent of the Great Moon Chain, and man was left to his own devices to gain the experience of governing himself and his own affairs.

This was the time when the sons of God, or the descendants of Seth, went in unto the daughters of men, or the daughters of the third root race, those descended from Cain, probably the Lemurian race.

The Bible says "there were giants in those days, which were mighty men of old," and the Occultists tell us that the Lemurians were as tall as twenty-seven feet, and that the Atlanteans were also very large. The Lemurians were dark colored, but the Atlanteans were white.

A Hindoo book says that man became black because of sin.

The fifth sub-race, from which Noah (Enoch) selected his people, was the one spoken of as Semitic, from the name Shem, to

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