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say to be technically correct, for He ever "tempers the wind to the shorn lamb,” and the mighty force of the great source is thus tempered by passing through the Great Ones until it is sufficiently attenuated so that our physical bodies may not be consumed when we receive the baptism. Remember Jesus is a type of the Masters, many of whom are now working with Him in the same line of work.
A most beautiful thought is, that when the western Christian prays, calling upon the Lord Jesus Christ, however ignorant he may be of these facts, he really calls upon the complete Trinity of Great Ones, whose duty it is to look after him in his triune development; thus does the good law hedge us about.
Does it not seem probable to the reader now, that, provided reincarnation is a fact, Isaac, Joshua, Joshua of Beth-Shemish, and Joshua the High Priest, were the same ego that reincarnated as Jesus of Nazareth? There is certainly a golden cord binding these characters of different ages together in a very striking way.
The Great Ones ever strive to hide their personality, being one with God, and one with us, even as they teach us to become one in them that we all may be one in God, as the Master Christ prayed that we should. The reader will remember the denial of John the Baptist that he was Elias, not that he meant to misstate, but that he wanted to impress upon them that it mattered not at all, who he was; his words show this motive, I am of no consequence in this matter, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness (of ignorance) "make His path straight.
That was John's message, and he would give no other, nor would he gratify their curiosity. He wanted them to listen to the message. This alone stamps John as a great soul. So all of these Great Ones work in the secret place of the Most High.
ARE THESE SOME INCARNATIONS OF OUR
It is with feelings of deepest humility and reverence that I submit my reasoning upon this mystic topic to the thinking public, knowing full well that it will seem the height of presumption to many consecrated souls, who are just as honest in their opposition, as I am in the stand that I take. To me these things are true. They have been an inspiration to me, so I fain would pass them on to assist others; but, before they leave my hands to start upon their long journey through many hands and many hearts, I feel like praying with Lord Francis Bacon: “Thou, O Father, Who gavest the visible light as the first born of Thị creatures, and didst pour into man the intellectual light as the top and consummation of Thy Workmanship, be pleased to protect and govern this work, which cometh from Thy goodness and returneth to Thy glory.”
Above all things do I desire to exalt that Trinity of Beneficent Beings included in the words, the “Lord Jesus Christ," as uttered by the Christian. That it has been revealed to me that these are, in reality, three distinct personages, each perfect manifestations of the Trinity upon earth, is wondrous in my eyes, but I firmly believe it to be true. Three Great Ones, but one in the Father (the Logos); the Lord Jehovah; Jesus, that tender-hearted, compassionate Elder Brother, that ever-present help in time of trouble, that sweet sympathizer in all of our joys and fears; and that grand and glorious reality, the great Master Christ, who has made the whole world His fold, and who stays with suffering humanity to the end of the ages, inspiring the holiest aspirations of which we are capable. The truth, like a diamond, has many facets, and each view, no matter what may be the angle, shows forth a glory peculiarly its own, but in no way detracts from the other sides. Each is perfect in itself, yet the glory is far more resplendent when the jewel is lifted from the casket, that all of the facets may be seen at once. So with the Word of God, one age gets this view, another that, according to their evolution. In each age many different rays are discovered, all true, but all different, for not until the end of the ages will all of these be revealed, and the great Jewel lifted from the casket that the race with purified eyes may be able to see it in all of its glorious reality. Until then we may each add our mite to the light thrown in upon this wondrous gem, looking forward to the time when we shall be deemed worthy to be given a fuller view.
Because of the loss of the Mysteries to the Christian Church, occasioned by the worldly ambition that sprang up in that body, there is much confusion in the mind of the average Christian as to what is meant by the Second Person of the Trinity. If asked he will usually reply, “Why, Christ, of course,” meaning the Man we know by that name.
We have tried to show in a preceding chapter, that the Great Trinity sends forth a triplicity of manifestations that manifest upon each plane, and at last gets down upon this dense Physical Plane, being transmitted through many different agents, for. thus does “He temper the wind to the shorn lamb”; “wind," His great force, and "shorn lamb," the lamb that was slain from the beginning of the world, or the spark of the Trinity embedded in the heart of every man, shorn of his heavenly estate until the end of the age of evolution. This is not a Biblical quotation, but the symbolism is the same.
"All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made, we are told in John 1, 1, and this refers to the great conception of the Second Person of the Trinity, the creative love wisdom aspect of God, in whom all of the universes live, and move, and have their being; but upon our own planet we have one that to us is more understandable, who gives to us this baptism, in whom we live, and move, and have our being, whom the Christians speak of as God, but whom the Theosophist calls the Solar Logos, a manifestation of this same creative Wisdom; and then comes that Great One who is closer still to us, who translates to us as much of this wondrous spiritual power as we are able to stand; this is the God Man, Christ, the great mediator between God and man. Many, many times has He
incarnated in the flesh to help man to evolve, and we are what we are very largely because of His efforts. Because He is the perfect manifestation of this Trinity of forces that are latent in all mankind, and because He is one of our own humanity, He stands a perfect example of what we may all become, because of the Spirit inherent in us all, but He is not the Great Second Person of the Trinity. He is a manifestation of that force upon our lower plane, in the best form to assist mankind, a form that we may understand. He it was who entered the body of Jesus at the Baptism, and used the body three years.
The Lord Jehovah, Jesus, and the Christ represent to us the Holy Ghost, Son, and the Father, in their manifestations upon this planet. These three Great Ones come into direct contact with the race upon the lower planes, and contact man upon each of the three planes of his consciousness, the Physical, Moral, and Spiritual, according to the division of the work they are handling, as has been explained. This is repeated because it is so important that the reader keeps this distinction clearly before him.
With this conception well in mind, it is easy to see that none of the statements made about our Christ in Scripture are contradicted when examined by the new light shed upon the subject, but, upon the contrary, all becomes reasonable and luminous. Even as the Great Second Person of the Trinity, the “Word” of St. John, was the first begotten of the Father, so also was our Christ the first begotten of our race, to manifest the Father, the first born among many brethren. Even as the sun has always been the symbol of the great God, so has this symbol been always used to signify the Great Representative of that God among men, consequently the prophet says: “The Sun of righteousness will come with healing in his wings” (or rays). He is the “bright and morning star," the first star in the race to appear in its full brightness. He is the “way, the truth, and the life,' in the sense that he has shown us by attaining, that the Divinity within us, as the Divinity within Him, is the way, the truth, and the life. “I am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not,” he tells us in John V, 43. “Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in Me doeth His works.'
11. “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works sake.”
12. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth in Me, the works that I do, shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father." John 14. (He becomes one with Him.)
St. Paul tells us, Gal. iv, 19, that he “travails in birth till the Christ be born in the hearts" of his followers, showing that he recognized this inner potential Divinity that they must awaken into life to attain. Also in Romans VIII, 14 to 18, he brings this out clearly.
So, dear Christian reader, do not be alarmed, lest any of the great conceptions that you may have entertained of the Great One will be disturbed by this investigation. Our Christ is far greater than you have dreamed of His being, unless you have been investigating along this line, because the Christians have lost the sublimer conception, and they have degraded the Great Second Person of the Trinity through lack of intelligent comprehension of the real immensity of the scheme. All additional light thrown upon the subject reveals Christ in His true exalted position, and all illumination makes it easier for Him to manifest His love to man, thus helping us to attain. He and Master Jesus (and the other Masters) represent to us the great Will, and Love and Wisdom aspect of God, even as the Lord Jehovah represents the activity aspect.
In saying that I find evidences of other incarnations of the Christ in the flesh in the Bible, I am agreeing with many of our most intelligent ministers of Christianity, and a few of them have been courageous enough to come boldly out with the statement. The Rev. Robert Stuart MacArthur, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, of New York City, said in a Christmas sermon preached in 1909, as reported in the newspapers: “The Son of God honored the world with frequent temporary incarnations before becoming the child of Mary in Bethlehem." * * * “The incarnate Word was the God-Man, having two names united in one personality." Jesus and Christ, the two names, or two individuals, united in one body. It is very apparent to the close student of philology that the Bible teaches the doctrine of reincarnation, and now the time