THE SECRET DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE
Published in 1919
"I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world".
Matthew 13: 35
|Who is Melchizedek? Biblical history. His office and his order
|The secret doctrines of the order. Its myths, mysteries, symbolisms, canons, philosophy
|The secret doctrine on four planes of expression and manifestation
|The Christ psychology and christian mysticism
|The key - How applied. Divine realization and illumination
The Bible has been regarded as a sealed book, its mysteries impenetrable, its knowledge unfathomable, its key lost. Even its miracles have been so excluded from scientific research as to be invested with a supernaturalism which forever separated them from the possibility of human understanding and rational interpretation.
In the midst of these revolutionary times, it is not strange that theology and institutional Christianity should feel the foundations of their authority slipping from them, and a new, broader and more spiritual thought of man and God taking their places. All this is a part of the general awakening of mankind and has not come about in a day or a year. It grew. It is still growing, because the soul is eternal and justifies and vindicates its own unfoldment.
Some see in this new birth of man that annihilation of church and state, but others who are more informed and illumined, realized that the chaff and dross of error are being separated from the wheat and gold of truth and that only the best, and that which is for the highest good of mankind will remain.
It is a pity that the church must continually perish that the truth shall shine in perfect and eternal splendour. Would that the church could the light of the Divine Truth so shine that creeds, theologies and ritual might be revised to meet the present and progressive needs of the human soul.
Religion does not depend for is existence upon the church, but the church depends upon religion.
The moral and spiritual teachings of the Bible are revelations only in so far as they agree with truth, and truth alone determines the spiritual substance of revelation.
The church will not wholly pass away. What will and must die in all ecclesiastical institutions is that which limits man's freedom to know the truth.
The Bible, no less than other books on religion and science must stand the tests of time. Its supreme importance to man is not its literature or history buts its revelation. All revelation is from within the soul. It is mixed and fused with extraneous and alien matter. It opens one page while it closes another. No Simon pure revelation of truth has ever been given to the world. It must touch the sphere of human intelligence to be perceived and received, and through the purest channel it is tinctured by personality. It must be adapted to the needs of the generations to which it is sent. It is presented in symbols, allegories,parables and myths. Its doctrines are comparative as well as absolute. In the one, the letter killeth, in the other, the spirit giveth life. Jesus approved of and confirmed what is here said when he told his disciples that "the spirit of truth will lead you into all truth, until you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free". But "what is truth?" asked Pilate and the question repeats itself to every honest soul. It is never simple, because it is many sided. Its facets are infinite. At best, we can speak of the truth about this or that doctrine of religion, philosophy and science,but the truth like mathematics is self contained and sustained, infinite and eternal.
Facts are appearances of the working of the law of natural and spiritual causality.
Religion and the church, in the universal sense, deal with these spiritual
facts, which are their credentials and on which they build their technique
and teaching of human and divine service. Without them, religion as well
as the church would be without the "witness". The supreme purpose and aim
of the "witness", is not to extract it out of all relationship with the other
credentials and material facts of life, but to reveal the spirit of life,
which has no other means at hand to prove its transcendent and independent
reality, except to show that whereas the material phenomena of life appear
to spring up from potential matter as a fact of life, both are traced back
to and within Spirit. This is the supreme revelation of Jesus, when he affirmed,
"I am the resurrection and the life".
The Bible as well as the soul reveal clearly four specific strata or spheres of human unfoldment. First, the historical, second the occult, third, the astro theological (the Law) and fourth, the mystical. The latter is demonstrated by the statement of Jesus. "I and the Father are one" and "I am in the Father and the Father is in me".
The first or historical is plain to everyone. The occult is that which is involved in mysteries, such as "the hidden wisdom", concealed in parables, myths, symbols, allegories, dreams, visions, prophesies, signs, miracles the gnosis,lost word, canon, cabala, with which the Bible abounds, but which must be penetrated before the object of the Bible as a revelation is understood. This, the "thus saith the Lord", or the working of the Law as typified by the astro theological sphere makes clear. "God geometrizes", wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Pythagoras, and ancient Greek philosopher, had inscribed on the portal of his temple, "Let no enter here who is ignorant of geometry". "There is", said the author of Proverbs, "a time and a place for everything under the sun", and Jesus emphasized the same truth when he added "every hair of your head is numbered". This, briefly, signifies that Law governs life and that that Law is of spirit, that "action and reaction are equal, that whatsoever a man sows, that will he also reap", and that underneath the operations of natural phenomena (effects and results) is the Law of the Spirit, revealing its absolute and eternal Majestic and Sovereignty in each form of cell, corpuscle and organism.
History manifests what the Law occultly reveals
The object of this book is to hint and reveal, so far as it is practical, the Secret Doctrine of the Bible, that we may no longer grope in darkness or blindness and that the seamless robe of Christ may be our inheritance.
Who is Melchizedek? Biblical History. His Office and His Order
All that is known historically of Melchizedek is contained in the bible, in Genesis 4: 18; Psalms 110 and Hebrews 5: 6,7. The incident which connects him with history is the story of how Abraham , returning to his own country with the spoils captured from Chedorlaomer who was battling Lot, his sons and tribe and whom, Abraham sought to rescue, gave tithes to this superior functionary, Melchizedek, high priest of righteousness and king of Salem, city of peace. It relates how this distinguished priest of the most high God refreshed Abraham with bread and wine and bestowed upon him his blessing, making him a priest of his own order.
Who Melchizedek was is not made clear. Numerous speculations arise as to his identity. He is said to be without birth and death, father, mother and descent. As such, his existence is involved in mystery. He is invested with fanciful and mythological conceits. Some, however, trace him back to a father of one branch of the human race, to Shem and others to Noah. The astro mythological connection is even more obscure. He is regarded by certain authorities (Bryant in Analysis of Ancient Mythology ) as Sadik or Sy (Zedek), who is also identified with Cronus (Father Time) or Saturn, personifications of planetary principles or gods. In fact, such personifications were not the exception, when the mystery of the relationship, between heavenly principles or astrological names and early historical characters as Cain, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, are considered. For instance, Ab-Ram or Ab-Ra (h)am could easily be translated in the two derivatives - Ab and R.A.M. or A-Bram meaning “from Right, Ascension, Meridian“ Ab referring to father as Abba is father- and Bram or Bra(h)ma meaning God, the name of the Hindu deity in the trinity of which Siva and Vishnu are the other two, Brahma being the God above every other God, the Absolute, Eternal, Unchanging One. Gerald Massey in “The Book of Beginnings,” “Natural Genesis”, and “Ancient Egypt: the Light of the World”, elaborates the source and connection of Egyptian Mythology and ritualistic mysteries with Christolatry, so that Biblical history and New Testament facts can be threshed from the mass of the fictitious, apocryphal, symbological literature which the Bible contains, clearing the way for an ideal, metaphysical and spiritual interpretation of such assumed historical persons as Melchizedek.
Thus, when Melchizedek is likened to the head of the human race, an angel, the son of God in human form, the Messiah, the potential representative on earth of the Christ and finally, the Holy Ghost, the student of the Secret Doctrine must not be swept off his feet by these claims, but must diligently and patiently inquire how and why such claims have been made, and why the name Melchizedek has lain like gold in the river bed of Biblical literature over which the river of life itself has long since ceased to flow.
It is true that historical persons have frequently been first canonized and then deified, as it is also true that mythological personifications of natural forces, laws and phenomena have been reduced to human beings. Osirus and Isis, once Egyptian prince and princess, some thousands of years ago, became in due course of time king and queen, and after the lapse of ages, a sun God and a moon God that were actually worshipped in temples dedicated to them. A similar metamorphic change and a deification of this sort is expected to be made of the late Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church. A secret enmity has already arisen among the Roman Catholics against Christian Scientists because they see modern tendencies in that direction and fear that the throne of the Christian, Divine motherhood now occupied by Mary may be usurped by what may be called, in the terms of the shop, a spiritual competitor. all his sounds strange and uncanny to ears un-accustomed to the wild and audacious claims of super naturalists, and Christian Science metaphysicians, but history often repeats itself.
Thus the language which invests Melchizedek with historical authenticity disguises his real self or Divinity. It can be said with much assurance and certainty that Melchizedek symbolically and mystically typifies the personification as well as impersonation of the Holy Ghost which, in Genesis for the first time was mentioned in human history and made the representative emblem of man’s divine heredity and Providence. Thus the Order was formed in the Spiritual Spheres, in the mystical sense and transferred to the sublime consciousness of a man, who was the alleged first enlightened God father of the Jews, Abraham. From him sprung the prophetic capacity, which is most virile and active among those who are of the Order of Melchizedek.
The sense of exalted, dignified, exclusiveness, separateness, and august divinity which clothed that personality of the ancient Jewish prophets, was founded upon spiritual relationship which connected Abraham mystically with Melchizedek. Worthiness of body and mind, heroic and true in their consecration to truth, they became the high priests after the Order of Melchizedek, through whom was preserved the spirit, of the original human vision and spiritual ideal of divine perfection, which in process of time, when the old school of major and minor prophets had closed their books of prophecy, the human realization and divine incarnation should come among mankind as the Messiah or Christ.
It was not improbable that this divine perfection should lodge potentially and inactively in the soul of man, until kindled into a conscious vision by a divine visitation as that of an angel, an avatar, an epiphany, and then enter upon its earthly travail in the womb of woman and the mind of man to celebrate its nativity, first in prophetic vision and afterward when cosmic and earthly conditions are ripe, to manifest in its perfect human incarnation. All this is hinted at in Genesis in the mysterious meeting of Melchizedek and Abraham.
The Secret Doctrines of the Order.
Its Myths, Mysteries, Symbolisms, Canons, Philosophy
It is a well know fact that there was and still is a “Secret Doctrine” known to the ancient and ignored by the modern world, although glimpsed by certain God conscious and illumined souls as prophets or seers, and great racial teachers, and that this doctrine was hinted at by Paul in his references in the Hebrews to the Order Melchizedek. In a unique book printed in London 1897 and entitled “The Canon,” with an introduction by R.B.C.Graham, much is written about the pagan mystery perpetuated in the Cabala as the rule of all the arts. The supernal Adam (of the spirit or heavenly world) became the earthly Adam, since “the earth” to quote the Canon, “was philosophically considered to be the mother or receptive power in the planetary system, she was figuratively said to have conceived and brought forth the primeval man, the earth born Adam, the son of the supernal Adam. Thus, according to the Hebrews, the race of mortals was produced; and the spirit of life having been implanted in the body of the first man he transmitted it through Eve to all subsequent generations”. This sounds vague, indefinite, unscientific, as it is to an evolutionist who does not accept as simple and allegorical an explanation of the origin of life or man on this planet. Such a solution, however, is by the traditionalists, animists, cabalists and advocates of the Secret Doctrine treated as a myth, not as an historical fact, the secret of human origin and birth, being withheld from and concealed in the parabolical language. Nor has modern science so far furnished the key, either to unlock the mystery or to explain the myth.
The word “involution” will help the student to understand the natural progress known as evolution, the ascending arc of life, which word involution psychical investigators are now throwing light upon as clearing up the false claims, first, of theologians as to a supernatural human origin, rather than a supernormal or divine, and secondly, of physical scientists who deny that man is a human soul and his origin or heredity is from God; thus by the denial, outlawing all other and spiritual evidences, which is included in and affirmed and confirmed by the spiritual hypothesis.
Bergson in “Matter and Memory” boldly claims that spirit has an existence of its own, “that there is in matter something more than, but something different from, that which is usually given. The truth is that there is one and only one, method of refuting materialism, it is to show that matter is precisely that which it appears to be. Thereby, we eliminate all virtuality, all hidden power, from matter and establish the phenomena of spirit as an independent reality. But to do this, we must leave to matter those qualities which materialists and spiritualists alike strip from it; the latter that they may make of them representations of the spirit, the former that they may regard them only as the accidental garb of space.”
Thus Bergson defends the soul or spirit as an entity quite apart from matter and the material world, with which it is associated.
However, in the mysterious language of Plato, the soul in its natural pilgrimage through life, exists in three distinct forms under diverse conditions. The human germ first exists in the body of man, who is the father. In the act of coition, it is transferred to the woman who is the mother, and in the third form, it is born into the world an independent human body, and as man or woman, it so remains until death. The first residence of the psychic germ is referred to in Hebrews 7: 9-10 “Levi also, who received tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.” The transition from the first residence to the second marks the soul’s first death and birth. This is symbolized by the Phoenix, rising again after disintegration and dissolution. The Phoenix was a sacred Egyptian and Greek mythological bird like an eagle, fabled as coming out of Arabia every five hundred years to Heliopolis, Egypt, the city of the sun, where it burnt itself on the altar and rose again from its ashes, young and beautiful. It became a perpetual type of immortality and the resurrection. Of course, the bird and the story is a myth, containing the ancient secret doctrine of the immortality of soul as manifest in human existence, growth and evolution.
The second stage of the soul’s existence, is when it reaches as germ the womb of the woman, the abode of darkness (Sheol or hades of the Jews and Greeks), and in the third stage, as it issues from the womb, it has a substantial physical body and so begins its life as a man.
In this body, the soul was by the ancient teachers conceived as a spark of the divine essence of God, and so, thus endowed with Divinity, was capable of transmitting a portion of the soul within him, and being essentially immortal, added a “new link in the continuous chain of life, whose beginning was in heaven”- Salem, the city of peace.
This briefly was, what is known as the Gnosis, or Secret Doctrine of the soul’s birth, existence and destiny as taught in the Scriptures and imparted to initiates at the celebration of the mysteries. Origen wrote, “We hope, after the troubles and struggles which we suffer here, to reach the highest heavens, and receiving, agreeably to the teaching of Jesus, the fountains of water that spring up into eternal life and being, (See John 4) filled with the rivers of knowledge, shall be united with those waters that are said to be above the heavens, and which praise His name. As many of us as praise Him shall not be carried about by the revolution of the heaven (reincarnation?) but shall ever be engaged in the contemplation of the invisible things". (Against Celsus, Book 6, Chapter 20. This was the meaning of the Egyptian, Jewish and Greek mysteries, tracing all souls back, thread by thread, from son to father, culminating in the earth born Adam, and finally in the upward swing of the arc, after the downward swing of the arc of the circle had been completed, they hoped and believed that when death came, they would ascend (by the seven spirits or angels - the planets) into the firmament to join the choir of the stars, whence they issued.
The fall of man we know can now be satisfactorily explained not by the intent or accident of a theological fall or by a doctrine of total depravity, but by a mystical Gnosis, scientifically and philosophically explained by the involution of the soul in matter, or by the four verities [Buddha taught that existence is caused by desire. His first verity is "Pain exists". Second verity, "The cause of pain is desire or attachment". Third verity, "Pain can be ended by Nirvana". Fourth verity, "The way is shown to Nirvana".] ]of Buddha as applied to the soul’s human descent, and ascent as typified in the creation and generation of souls in the first Adam, and by the teachings of Jesus. For it is mystically stated by Paul, “As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.” The Gnosis or Secret Doctrine is the same essentially in all ethnic religions, could we but cultivate the inner sense of the meanings of parables, symbols, myths and cabala.
The canon of this Gnosis or Secret Doctrine was given by word of mouth by master builders and teachers called priests from temples in which they officiated, to the initiated, who according to the customs of the times concealed the teachings and the mysteries often in contradictory, grotesque and foolish symbolisms, for which the wise only held the key. Again, the Gnosis was hidden away in the architectural plans of certain monuments as the pyramid and sphinx and in temples and cathedrals, as Solomon’s temple and the cathedral of Milan. Homer wove it into his Illiad. Dante, incorporated it in his Divine Comedy, Milton in his story of Paradise Lost. Canonical theology and philosophy buried it in their sacred palimpsests. The epic story of the soul, is retold in the fourth chapter of John’s Gospel, where Jesus addresses the woman of Samaria. Theology which was once astrology, became such to conceal the Secret Doctrine from the worldly wise and prudent, for the same reason that alchemy became chemistry and astrology became astronomy, and so the Secret Doctrine was temporarily lost, at least, to those who preferred to receive orders fro a Babel of confusion, rather than from the pillar of fire by night and the cloud of light by day.
The Secret Doctrine on Four Planes of Expression and Manifestation
In the metaphysical analysis of "Ehye Asher Ehyse", ( I am that I am), the mystical source of the self consciousness, ego or person) is contrasted with the consciousness of the Self, Divinity or God - the objective I or I objectified, with the subjective I or I subjectified. The former is conditioned by time, space and the necessity of experience,the latter is unconditioned, free. In the one, the ego is unaware and unconscious of its divinity, in the other it is quite aware and conscious of it.
the Secret Doctrine of the Bible, it is taught that there are four elements
and four principles, as well as four manifestations and expressions of life.
The four elements are fire (oxygen), water (hydrogen), air (nitrogen), earth
(carbon), necessary to organism or manifestation, and the four principles are
divine or spiritual, psychic, mental and physical, necessary to expression.
Divinity or spirit, soul, mind, body constitute the four corner stones of life and have reference to the North, East, West and South, (NEWS), on which broadly speaking, the foundation of the Universe (Solomon's Temple) is built or established. This was implied in the plan of Solomon's temple, the outer court for the Gentiles (physical), the inner court for the Jews (mental), and the Holy of Holies for the high priest (psychic), where the fourth or Divine is realized. The physical, mental, psychic depend upon the Divine Being, thus completing the circle around the square of existence.
Fire among the alchemists and mystics have been symbolized by the sun, as water by the moon, the one masculine, (having the rose for its floral emblem) and the other feminine, (having the lily for its floral emblem). Fire is positive (magnetic) and water is electric or negative. Among the Hindus, fire is sacred to Siva and water to Vishnu, while the air (breath or spirit) would be sacred to Brahma, the third in the triune nature of the Hindu Godhead. As fire destroys outward form, Siva was called the destroyer, the father, and ruled over life and death, and as water preserves, Vishnu was called the preserver, and ruled over motherhood and children.
Fire has its metaphysical correspondent and symbolizes the active mind, the senses, the objective life, while water symbolizes the passive mind, the affections, the subjective life.
The sun germinates and generates life from seed by transforming the seed into its living potential form. Thus it is a destroyer. But the seed does not germinate until moistened by water. And so the moon, ruling the water, the tides, woman, preserves the life in a form peculiar to its kind. Thus Siva and Vishnu, active and passive principles of deity (likened to light and darkness, heat and cold, evil and good) rule over spring and summer, autumn and winter respectively.
Manifestation is outer and physical (phenomenon), while expression is inner and mental, psychic and spiritual (neumonon). So that it can be said that the expression of the soul is to the sphere what the manifestation is the plane of life. This must be kept continuously in mind if the student hopes to master the Secret Doctrine of the Bible. For how will he understand such mystical and occult sayings as this one of Hermes Tris Megistus, "As it is above, so is it below; as it is within, so it is without", and "whatever exists upon the earth in an earthly form, exists in the heavens in a heavenly form". And this profound saying of Iamblicus, "the day time of the body is the night time of the soul; the night time of the body is the day time of the soul". Spheres thus reflect their contents and substance on corresponding and kindred planes, according to the law of expression and manifestation. Gerald Massey thought that this correspondence is comprehended by the law of dissimilitude.
The soul, in fact, all life, essentially spirit, functions on the four planes and in the four spheres, designated by the words, physical, mental, psychical and spiritual and is of one essence in all forms of expression and manifestation.
The soul or spirit does not create matter, but uses it. It vitalizes cells, attracts and arranges atoms, determines and disposes of the quality of the physical substance, and by its thought, feeling and character builds and destroys forms and transforms its body into the images (subjects and objects) it loves. Thus, the physical body and the human personality are related integrally to the psychic, spiritual and Divine Entity.[Entity is here employed to include one's Divinity]
It is a well know and established teaching in the Secret Doctrine of the Bible, that the ladder on which Jacob (the soul expressing itself) saw angels ascending and descending, is none other than the expression of the technique or Secret Doctrine applied to the soul's own powers or spiritual faculties, which, transcending the sphere and limitations of the senses and faculties of the natural man, afford a means of escape from time and space and the obsessions of the human brain to bask in the infinitude of eternity,where time is no more, and where the soul itself is free to live untrammelled by the flesh.
Abraham on the plains of Mamre realizes that the soul is never born and never dies. This followed his initiation into the Order of Melchizedek, who honored him by placing upon his shoulders the mantle of authority,the symbol of his illumined consciousness and so made him a high priest of spiritual revelation. Jacob, symbolizes the soul in the act of expressing as well as unfolding itself, while Isaac, is the symbol of all personal and physical sacrifices which each one must and will make, who aspires to be a high priest of the Order of Melchizedek, or, who, having obtained membership, is now serving at the altar of truth and helping others to do the same.
Now it is strange that the meaning of the word miracle should have been confused and mixed with the word supernatural, for the two words become meaningless in human psychology. What the soul cannot do and God can, make the soul's efforts seem helpless and hopeless. But when the soul's divinity is involved in God, both being of one essence,will, intelligence and life, the word's miracle and supernatural become intelligible in the supreme, divine results which are attained by supreme divine efforts, the divinity of the soul expressing its divine attributes as omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience and perfect love, attributes which are potential qualities of the soul and demonstrable on the four planes of expression. If supernaturalism suggests the idea of deus ex machina ( a deity outside the machine), and the word miracle, and act of such a deity, then the idea is unnatural and erroneous. If, on the other hand, the soul can and does express its divinity, so that it sees, hears and feels beyond the power, law and limitation of the senses, these results are not to be accepted as supernatural, however, they are to be classified as supernormal (above the normal), and are not miracles [ A miracle is an act or result which takes place by the suspension of natural law by the direct fiat God ] because they occur under divine law. The Secret Doctrine of the Bible assures us that the inner sense of the Scripture depends upon the use we make of our psychic and spiritual powers. And only the mystic who realizes that his divinity and its powers alone are a lamp to his feet and a light to his intelligence has a right to negotiate his powers and personality in this divine business. Does our coin bear the superscription of Caesar or of God?
If the Secret Doctrine of the Bible makes demands upon us and these demands when obeyed condition results, he would be foolish who expected to stand on the outer court of the temple, and hope to receive results which belong to those who have prepared themselves to be worthy of the Holy of Holies. Even such as are admitted to the inner court may see the vision clearer and hear the voice deeper, because of the degree of spiritual attainment, but they must prepare themselves for what is yet to come. Mere intellectuality,culture or refinement, however, or self love, egotism and ambition lead to a fool's paradise; and yet without intellectuality, culture and refinement a student cannot attain nor master the Secret Doctrine. Truth is not simple, except to one who knows everything. The more we know the more we confess how little we know. How silly to think that truth can be know in one short life? What Sir Isaac Newton said is true of all learned men, "I seem to have picked up but a few shells along the seashore - the great ocean of truth still lies infinite before me". So, as we overcome human nature on the physical plane, having learned the folly or evil of self indulgence, by self mastery and the enlightenment of our senses, we pass from the outer court (earth plane) of the Gentiles and the uninitiated, to the inner court of those who have learned their first lessons. Here the mental (water) and psychic (air) planes engage our earnest and patient attention.
Some study the connection, relation and correspondence between the psychical and mental planes a long time, before they realize that in order to make supernormalism a beneficent power, each supernormal faculty as well as the will must be consciously under the control of one's divinity.
To indulge supernormalism for itself alone is as dangerous and reactionary as to indulge one's senses.
Obsessions must yield to self possession, outward attractions to one's personal choice of divine freedom, sovereignty, and no one can be a master, who allows self interest, curiosity or self indulgence to control his thought or action.
The impersonal enjoyment of the spiritual life will guard and protect one from the blind alleys and temptations which lead to darkness and misery. Among those who have been delegated the called, few are "chosen" to become the disciples, to say naught of becoming the perpetual high priests after the Order of Melchizedek. If the soul must be born of water (mind), and fire (spirit), the physical man (generation-vitality) becomes transmuted into the divine man (regeneration-life). The active physical now passive becomes the passive spiritual, so that the physical is transformed by the spiritual now active.
This is the Secret Doctrine of the Bible concerning the spiritual birth, which Nicodemus as a materialist, could not grasp. John, the beloved disciple, understood, because in his gospel, he taught the Secret Doctrine, announcing the same to the initiates, in the very first chapter. It is the logos, which when received from the Illuminate, qualified one to be of the Order of Melchizedek.
The Christ Psychology and Christian Mysticism
It may here be asked, what was and is the purpose of the Secret Doctrine, which endured through the ages, perpetuated by prophets and is communicated to us in the silence [ Pythagoras it is said,enjoined six years of silence on his disciples. To be a mystic one must learn how to seal eyes, ears and lips to what is seen, heard and spoken. When such silence is attained, one learns how to commune with God ] and by the spiritual Order of Melchizedek? The Holy Spirit, indefinable to vulgar intelligences, is an ever present spirit of truth, indwelling in all spiritually minded and illuminated souls by which truth is revealed concerning spiritual realities. The august presence of God could not approach nearer to us than does the Holy Spirit of truth.
There is however a divine technique which is concealed and revealed in the Bible, called the Christ psychology, which Jesus taught in the parables of the Five Talents and the Five Wise Virgins, and which Paul hinted at in Corinthians 11:15. Obscure and veiled as their textual meanings are, the Secret Doctrine expounds their hidden meaning in unmistakable clearness.
Divinity, central in the soul, can illuminate the mind and life, enlighten the senses, add a divine range to sight and hearing and so permeate the soul, with its radiant and pure light as to transform ecce home (Lo, the human!) at once into ecce deus (Lo, the God!). This is to be accepted, not only theoretically, but can be spiritually demonstrated. Biblical and secular credentials can be cited in proof of this.
Religions, among all the nations of the world articulate one central fact that life is essentially spirit and divine. It is not born of matter although associated with it. It is eternal, and therefore, the soul is immortal. This is the ever recurring theme of pure Christianity, "I am the resurrection and the life".
To prove one's Divinity and make it a conscious, helpful principle of one's life, is the supreme end of religion. All of its prophets declared this message. The martyrs died for it. And yet to day a false metaphysics and theology, advocated in part by the Christian church, has made the spiritual fact of the survival of the personality after death and the innate potential divinity of the soul a gift of God to the few, a miracle of salvation, and not the greater fact of universal, human, divine life which death cannot affect nor destroy.
In Metaphysics and Christian Science "God has been hitched to business", as though any kind of ill begotten prosperity is of His will and Providence. And yet is is a well know fact that Jesus chose to be poor (in worldly goods), that he might devote his entire time to divine service and that he might be rich in Godliness and toward God; in short, that he might not be influenced or obsessed by riches as might follow, if worldly ambition or attachment controlled him. Any sophist that makes God, who is no respector of persons, favor one class whom he blesses with wealth, and disfavor another class whom he curses with poverty, has an effete, tribal conception of God. Money, prosperity, wealth and their opposites, are largely matters of our desires, labour and ingenuity and the scriptural justification of the prosperity of the righteous is in the fact that they employ righteous, business methods to obtain, accumulate and spent riches. The rich are not rich or prosperous because only of their righteousness, nor the poor poor because only of their wickedness, but because the business of acquiring wealth even as a gift, demands of us certain social and economic qualities, which if we obey or disobey produce certain results. This is endorsed by Jesus who gave a luminous exposition of it in the parable of the five talents, when he emphasized the law of thrift and work in the accumulation of money,five talents employed bringing five more, and actually condemned the man who his his one talent in a napkin in the earth and as a result of his indolence and stupidity, he had even that one taken from him. No one denies that justice, kindness, fair dealing, right thinking are a part of the business of becoming prosperous, but one may be all this, and if trusting only in God and seldom or never working to be prosperous, expecting prosperity to come miraculously as a result of his trust, he will remain where he is the rest of his natural life.
Not a few imagine that righteousness is a sort of hocus pocus or magic by which one is favored and blessed and another dishonored and afflicted. As it is with a seed before and after it is put into the good soil, so is it with our ideals, desires, thoughts. God helps us through conditions. He helps those who help themselves. And no sophistry is more heretical of truth, more insidious and deadly in our lives than the assumption that God is a respector of persons and not a respector of the Divine Law, that He can and does favor one class who disobey the law in practice and disfavors another class who obey it in theory only.
Mere affirmations, vain repetitions, ecstatic phrasing of texts, which are not put into practice, count for nothing.
The Secret Doctrine first of all establishes the reign of Law on all planes of life and our attainments and obtainments results from strict compliance with spiritual and scientific conditions, [ Cor. 2:14. "The natural man receiveth not the things which are of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned". ] established by the Law. Indeed such is the relationship between causes and effects and their resultant causes and effects, that the Law of Justice is not mocked, each soul reaping whatever it sows, not in the sense of rewards or punishments, but only in the deeper sense of spiritual and natural consequences.
The Christ psychology begins with the divine and ends with the human order of will, intelligence, feeling and life. God's will is expressed in the universe as Law, - not caprice, order - not chaos; intelligence - not chance or accidents; love - not hate; life - not death. And the use we make of our willing, thinking and feeling as each one wills, thinks and feels, is registered in the character of his life. Thus the Law not only governs and finds its supreme justification in one's divinity, whence it originates, but in humanity, not only in the spiritual, but the natural world. For our divinity is in our humanity and the character of humanity is a negative or positive results of the expression of our divinity. It is the same Law governing the divine and natural man in the spiritual and natural world. The Christ psychology which differs in name only from the New Psychology hypothecates Divinity as the fundamental key to the solution of the problems of man's life. It builds its technique on spiritual facts and knowledge. It proves its proposition by supersensuous or spiritual evidences.
These evidences to the natural man, who has not yet been enlightened or initiated into spiritual mysteries, are foolishness. But facts are stubborn things and persist until properly tabulated in the category of spiritual realities.
The mystical and scientific connection between humanity and Divinity is established by the New and Christ psychology. [Christ is the word employed to express psychological facts and processes which prove the soul to be potentially immortal and divine. ]
Supernormalism defines the scientific, psychic operations, faculties and results, when one functions on the subjective or spiritual side of his nature; but only when such functioning is dedicated to divine and unselfish ends can it be qualified as the application of the philosophy of the Christ psychology. Supernormal psychology is fully and exhaustively explained in the work by the author on "The New Psychology" and one should study and master it, to get an intelligent conception of the scope of this branch of the Christ psychology as it explains spiritual facts, which transcend the power of the normal senses and faculties to apprehend or explain. While these facts can be detached from physical causes and laws, they are none the less associated with them by causes which govern and interpenetrate them, as the ether and fourth dimension interpenetrate matter and its three dimensions in time and space. What is needed by the soul is the mystical vision, which centralized within the soul, where the spirit of God and our spirit become, as it were, fused into one and the same life and consciousness, reveals the unmistakable difference between the objective power and life of man and the same power and life when governed by and proceeding from his divinity.
The Secret Doctrine affords a near vision and realization of the essential self, one's divinity, mystically uniting the soul to God, the supreme and Absolute Intelligence, where what is lawfully fixed (as matter) in time and space, but lawfully free in spirit, can be transformed and made to manifest the higher, more sublime uses of the divine will and power, coordinating with the lower mental faculties and powers, to reveal the occult and divine ends, which the physical and chemical laws of matter subserve. This explains how the alleged miracles and supernaturalism of the Bible are not suspensions of natural law, nor violations of Divine principles, but the clear and undeniable evidences of law, under the soul's own divine sovereignty.
Such mystical communion between one's higher self [ Ego is the personal "I". Divinity is the Divine I or self universal as an entity individualized and potential in all souls. The personality is the ego objectified in the natural man or subjectified in the spiritual man. The personal ego depends upon the Divine I for its existence. ] or Divinity and God, concerns the ego or self in the divine life, in the the super consciousness, rather than in one's use of supernormal powers on the normal or supernormal plane. Mystical experiences must be and are universal and unique. Many have enjoyed them, especially prophets, mystics, philosophers, poets, avatars, great teachers. These experiences are called religious because they concern the divine life and God, but they should never be confused with merely supernormal experiences; for while they are most useful and inevitable in the attainment of spiritual realizations,they are not directly and integrally of the impersonal spirit or the God consciousness. Such experiences are individual, and concrete, inasmuch as they relate both to Divine Guidance and human needs, but they are distinctly mystical as was the vision of the Christ to Paul while he was on the road to Damascus. Singular as such experiences are, they are of the universal Spirit, and whether in form of a vision or voice, they enter the soul only when the soul is either ecstatically in communion with God, or as in the case of Paul, when the time has come for the soul to end its futile search after truth, and so to react its life from the standpoint of divine conviction and mental illumination as to enter joyfully, freely into the larger, Messianic and apostolic service. The meteor as well as the sun roll on orbits concentric with the ellipse, where the light and darkness part company forever. He who would find himself must move toward the center where God is and where the two wills, human and divine, unite and fuse at last into one.
It is supremely important that if one is of the Order of Melchizedek that he think, love and working in the outer court of the Gentiles as he serves in the Holy of Holies. One light, that of Divinity burns in singular purity in what ever he does and wherever he is!
It is not astonishing, therefore that the word mystery and mysticism should be derived from the same root. He who incredulously and blindly permits the ego to function on only the sensuous, objective plane of consciousness, ignorantly inhibiting the soul's interior, larger and deeper expression of life and power in the sphere of its supersensuous, transcendant, subjective and subliminal consciousness, of course, will deny the reality of spiritual and mystical experiences; but, the moment the ego is disenthralled from the senses and liberated from the self imposed obsessions of its desires, and these very desires are destroyed, then the ego is free as was Paul to enjoy consciously the reveries, ecstacies, visions, voices of his soul, of angels and ministering spirits, as sent of God and as a part of the order of his divinity and destiny.
To seal the lips, close the eyes, and ears, is the first condition in concentration, which concerns the center of being and Divinity, and not any one particular subject or object of consciousness and life. Such centralization of thought, first, and then of the ego, releases the soul from bondage to sense attachments, mental habits of reaction and nervo-psychic automatisms and fortifies it against similar, sensuous temptations. A divine feeling (divine love) and thinking (truth) and being (God) transforms the nature of the soul and so, by its divinity, it is in the earth but not of it, it is living the normal life as master, under the Christ principle, and not as the obsessed, controlled slave of the carnal mind and life. To this end the Christ psychology leads and as it leads the soul, the mystic union between man and God is established.
The Key - How Applied. Divine Realization and Illumination.
Mysticism leads to divine realization and illumination. Its supreme purpose is to clear the consciousness of all veils, shadows, mists, obsessions, inhibitions, habits, prejudices, objective and subjective obstructions which deflect, but do not reflect Divinity. A realization of one's own Divinity is tantamount to the attainment of God consciousness, which is known and defined by eastern mystics as the super consciousness, because it is paramount to all other forms of it.
The Secret Doctrine would not be either secret or sacred were it to divulge knowledge which could avail the charlatan or the magician. Therein lie its safeguard and peculiarity. The knowledge it reveals is supernormalism plus mysticism. A free use of supernormal powers employed for personal or selfish purposes is possible and practical, but it leads to the blind alleys of spiritual occultation. Such use of our powers is discouraged, if for no other reason than that it frequently leads to dementia. Persons,not students, who defy scientific and divine warnings of seers, psychological experts and teachers of mysticism, and refuse to obey conditions, "rushing in where angels to tread", have no one to blame but themselves for the disasters which overtake them. The Secret Doctrine is exact and severe in demanding the spiritual life as of paramount importance among students of occult science, experimenters, demonstrators. This life is impersonal, universal, cosmic, and the foundation on which is built the conscious perception of spiritual revelation, divine realization and illumination.
Supernormalism is not mediumship. It affirms self-possession, freedom and conscious sovereignty against obsession, control and unconscious dependency. The phrase spiritual gifts, employed by Paul (Corinthians 14) refers to supernormalism, not mediumship or supernaturalism. Supernaturalism as used by theologians implies an accidental or sporadic happening impossible under natural and spiritual law, traceable to an alleged fiat of God, to whom spontaneity of action is a privilege inexplicable to human reason, even in the absolute perfection of the Divine Will. Evolution, in a divine sense, implies involution, but does not deny the innate, potential, ultimate perfection of the soul. Creation suggests recreation, as generation, regeneration and death, the resurrection. Supernormalism signifies no accidental fiat of God, because His eternal plan failed or because the soul from birth in matter could and would not save itself from ignorance, weakness, sin and sickness as does the word supernaturalism, but affirms the enfolded, involved potentialities of divine being, which, when expressed, prove one's divinity and mystically associates man with God. This is important to perceive, for when it is understood, one can understand the difference between mediumship which is largely an organic and psychic peculiarity of human nature, than a spiritual attainment, as is illustrated by the comparative meanings of the words medium and adopt, or magician and necromancer, sorcery and hierophants, prophet and Christ. There can be no mistake in either scientific or spiritual definitions. The impersonal, divine use of powers, whether normal or supernormal, makes the degree of difference between the one set of words and the other, which the word, supernaturalism does not convey except to make confusion more confounded.
Supernaturalism implies miracle, while supernormalism implies mystery, which science can explain. To see, hear, fell spiritually, so that one can function on the astral plane, see visions, hear voices, commune with spiritual beings in the spiritual world, telepath, receive inspirations and revelations consciously, prophesy, heal, interpret visions, know the deep things of God, - to do these things may be mysterious, but not miraculous, which a knowledge of supernormalism will readily explain. So that it is ignorance which makes supernormal attainments seem miracles, but it is knowledge which dissolves the mystery.
The connecting link between man and God, morals and revelation, the lost key, the stone which the builders rejected, metaphysically conceived, the psychology which was the lost word and discovered cabalistically mixed with chimera, fantasy, parables, myths, symbols, conceits of all kinds, is supernormalism, which furnishes the true foundation on which mysticism or divine realization are founded. This the Secret Doctrine of the Bible recovers and restates in intelligible language, so that no one need grope any more in darkness or ignorance. [ For full and detailed instruction, study the "System of Philosophy Concerning Divinity", Read also books on "The Philosophy Concerning the Divinity of Clairvoyance", and "The Philosophy Concerning the Divinity of Clairaudience", by the author]
Melchizedek, so long mysteriously and remotely connected with man's earliest life, thought and destiny, is no longer to be esteemed an historical man without birth and lineage, but Divinity, personated as the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of Truth, which is indwelling within every human soul, and preparing humanity for its highest orders, to be a perpetual priest at the divine altar, where, as in the Holy of Holies; the pure white spirit burns with an ineffable and inextinguishable glory. The lamp may become useless, the oil be burnt up, the wick die down to a mere bit of carbon, but the soul with its radiant, eternal light will shine on and on forever.
Supernormal psychology is a lamp to man's feet. It orders his mind to a cosmic scheme, and keys his heart to a celestial vibration. It reveals his eternality and infinity in his Divinity. It explains the reason of Law and the Law of reason. It proves the Bible to be as the fig tree, concealing the fruit under the shadow of is literature, or as the cocoanut, containing the water of life within its historical shell.
It shows that Adam and Eve, were not the first father and mother of the human race, but the electro magnetic type of the active and passive principle of the universe, in which, as in the human organism, the soul short circuits God, to find that he can cut himself temporarily from his supply and Divinity, only to be forced by the negative and positive law of his being, (action and reaction) to find life and immortality, unity and oneness in the very God, in whom he ignorantly lives, moves and has his being. This is the science of eternal life. Mere existence, is nothing. Divine realization is everything. The conscious knowledge that in the sovereign power of Divine love, the soul discovers God, as in the passion of human love, it loses God, is the sublime and perpetual revelation of religion, which occult physiology explains as the maculate and immaculate conception of the incarnation of God, in the human race, and which occult psychology reveals as the inhibition and exhibition of the super consciousness, the Christ life, wherein our own Divinity denies or bears witness to God.
Man in the microcosm and God in the macrocosm are of one divine Being. The soul's triumph over the flesh and carnal mind demonstrates its celestial origin and destiny. Melchizedek, without birth or death, family or genealogy, clothing, Abraham (historical man) with the mantle of his majestic and sovereign Divinity, typifies that our Divinity - the Divinity of man, thus sheltered and protected through the ages, - like the lily in the mud, will rise to express the Christ, and affirm, "I am the Resurrection and the Life".
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