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The Mystical Interpretation of Easter

BY

MAX HEINDEL

Compiled from the Numerous Writings and Lectures of a Mystic

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FOREWORD The information contained in this booklet is taken from the lectures and writings of Max Heindel and has been previously published from time to time either in magazine or book form. The "Echoes" (magazine), first published by Mr. Heindel in June, 1913, contains a mine of knowledge and wisdom concerning this and other important occurrences of mystical significance. A few chapters on Easter are also to be found in Gleanings of a Mystic and Teachings of An Initiate. This humble effort is intended to be an inspiration to those who have glimpsed that Spark of Divine Light and Love and who are striving to reach that ultimate goal which was attained by Christ Jesus two thousand years ago on Golgotha. What He accomplished then is the task that lies before each and every one of us. When we have surrendered all to the Higher Self or Christ within us, then will come the resurrection or complete liberation from matter. Then we can say with Christ, "It has been accomplished."

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...........Table of Contents CHAPTER I................................. The Lesson of Easter................................... The Cosmic Christ ...43 ...21 CHAPTER IV....... The Symbol of the Egg..... The Cosmic Meaning of Easter (Part II) .. An Event of Mystic Significance................................ What Became of the Physical Body of Jesus?...................................41 CHAPTER VIII..................... The Cosmic Meaning of Easter (Part I)..... The Cross of Christ.................................7 CHAPTER II..13 CHAPTER III..............27 CHAPTER V.......33 CHAPTER VI.37 CHAPTER VII..........................

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and all other things which are evanescent. Only the songs that are of the music of which we never tire have a real value in life. — Angelus Silesius The popular song of today in which everybody joins with enthusiasm but which is forgotten tomorrow. and liberated itself from the cross of matter to ascend again to the throne of the Father. at Easter leaves the Earth clothed in the verdant glory of spring and ready for the physical activities of the summer season. The blaze of a shooting star may illumine the heavens for a moment. 7 . The life impulse from the Cosmic Christ which entered the Earth last fall came to Mystic birth at Christmas. thy soul will be forlorn. performed its wonderful magic of fecundation during the months between autumn and spring time. As they come again and again. Unless within thyself it be set up again.CHAPTER I THE COSMIC CHRIST Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born. they teach us the same old lessons from a new point of view. the play that goes over the stage for perhaps a hundred nights in succession to be relegated to dusty shelves forever after. but though the others are paler and attract less attention. show by that very fact that they have no intrinsic worth. So it is also with recurring cosmic cycles marked by the feasts of the year. The cross on Golgotha thou lookest to in vain. their light cheers the traveler night after night through the ages. And not within thyself.

lives in them and works through them. The "nails" which bound the Christ to the cross of Calvary will fetter you and me until the dynamic impulse of love flows out from us in waves and rhythmic swells—like the tide of love which yearly enters the Earth and imbues it with renewed life.8 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER As it is above. for there is no truer word than that which teaches us that we are just what we have made ourselves. There comes to us in the fall a new impulse toward the higher life. focusing His . We all know what a fetter and what a prison this body is. for there is not one of us who is always in perfect health so that he or she never feels a pang of pain. During the months from September to March we are more thoroughly impregnated with the spiritual vibrations which predominate in winter than we can be under the more material conditions prevailing in summer. The processes which take place upon a larger scale in the Earth are reproduced also in man. it culminates on Holy Night and works its magic in our natures according to the way in which we have embraced our opportunities. at least not one who is on the higher path. According to our diligence or dilatoriousness in the past season. who turns His attention toward our little Earth. and at night is a free spirit. You know the analogy between man—who enters his vehicles in the daytime. so also below. free from the fetters of the dense body—and the Christ Spirit dwelling in our Earth a part of the year. how we are hampered by disease and suffering. The service we rendered or failed to render determines whether a new opportunity for greater service will give us added impulse heavenward. It is similar with the Cosmic Christ. progression will be accelerated or retarded in the next. and it cannot be said too often that it is useless to expect liberation from the cross of matter until we have used our opportunities here and thus earned a larger sphere of usefulness.

in which it would remain where He not thus born into it to enliven it. and let us feel thankful from the very bottom of our hearts that He is now about to be freed from the Earth's fetters. But we realize that according to the mystic teachings. a shout of joy that the hour of liberation has come and that once more He can soar away a little while. His work for that day has been accomplished. that the term of His annual sacrifice has once more been completed. He has to enliven this dead mass (which we have crystallized out of the Sun) annually. "groaning. Our hearts at that time should turn to Him in gratitude for the sacrifice He makes for our sakes during the winter months. it is right and proper that we should rejoice when He comes at Christmas time each year and is born anew into our world to help us leaven this dead lump wherewith which we have encumbered ourselves. a clog. glorious. permeating this planet with His life to awaken it from its wintry sleep. and cries "Consummatum est!"—"It has been accomplished!" That is to say. that the life wherewith He has now . our Savior.THE COSMIC CHRIST 9 consciousness in this planet in order that we may have life. triumphal hour." Let us attune our hearts to this great Cosmic event. the hour of liberation when He exclaims. but a cry of triumph. which comes at the time we speak of in the orthodox churches as the passion week. "It has been accomplished. Therefore. It is not a cry of agony. He hangs upon the cross. this week is just the culmination or crest wave of His suffering and that He is then rising out of His prison. let us rejoice with the Christ. free from the fettering clod of our planet. travailing and waiting for the day of liberation". During the winter months He suffers agonies of torture. The point to which I would like to call your attention is that we should rejoice with Him in the great. and it is a fetter. and a prison to Him. that when the Sun crosses the equator.

while the Sun is in Cancer . December the twenty-fourth. He starts on this downward journey about the twenty-first of June at the summer solstice. During July and August. Through selfishness. For three years He taught mankind by word. the Christ Spirit returning to our Earth touches its atmosphere. that life is a school and through learning its many lessons humanity is slowly evolving from a divine spark to Godhood. When He was crucified on Golgotha His great sacrifice for humanity had only just begun. but also the Earth on which we lived. Had we learned life's lessons as they were given to us there would have been no necessity for the great sacrifice which was made and is annually being made by the Christ Spirit. when the Sun enters Cancer. disobedience to laws and evil practices we were fast crystallizing not only our own bodies.10 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER embued our planet is sufficient to carry through the time till next Christmas. always remembering that there is a purpose behind every manifestation. the throne of the Father. Therefore if we would know God we must study nature. From Easter until the summer solstice He is passing through the higher worlds and reaches the World of Divine Spirit. This withdrawal is completed at Easter. precept and example. Nature is the symbolic expression of God. to such a degree that as means for evolution both were fast becoming unusable. There He remains for three days and then He starts to withdraw. Each year since that time on the twenty-first of September when the Sun passes from the zodiacal sign Virgo into the sign Libra. When nothing else could save us from the results of our own wrongdoing the compassionate Christ offered Himself and His great love power to break up the crystallized condition of man's bodies and the Earth. who is the embodiment of love. on June twentyfirst. He reaches the center of our Earth at midnight.

THE COSMIC CHRIST 11 and Leo. animal and man at this particular season of the year. ready to accompany Him on His heavenward journey. profit from and grow by encounters with the varied and perplexing problems of life. the trees to bloom and the birds. The Christ does not leave the Earth at Easter until He has given of Himself to the utmost. directed by their Group Spirits. causes the seeds to grow. For those who have chosen to work knowingly and intelligently with Cosmic Law. Easter has a great significance. not only the sleeping seeds but everything about. to mate and build their nests. there to remain for a season resting in the bosom of the Father. endowing with life. He is rebuilding His Life Spirit vehicle which He is again to bring to the world and with it rejuvenate the Earth and the life kingdoms evolving in and on it. together with the more nearly vertical rays of the Sun. And if their eyes are truly open they behold angelic hosts waiting. From Christmas until Easter He gives of Himself without stint or measure. It is this germinal activity of the Father's life brought to us by the Christ and fully delivered by Easter time that starts a renewed growth and augmented activity in plant. if their ears are attuned to heavenly sounds they hear celestial choirs chanting His praise in glad hosannas to the risen Lord. Mankind is then strengthened and embued with the necessary energy and courage to meet. Without this yearly infusion of Divine life and energy all living things on our Earth would soon perish and all orderly progress would be frustrated so far as our present lines of development are concerned. To them it means the annual liberation of the Christ Spirit from the cramping confines of the Earth and His joyful ascent into His true home world. To the enlightened ones Easter brings a keen realization of the fact that all humanity are pilgrims on the . on and within the Earth. It is then that the infusion of His life.

To the illuminated ones Easter symbolizes the dawning of a glad day when all mankind. that the real home of the spirit is in the heaven realm and that to reach that realm all should endeavor to learn the lessons in life's school as quickly as possible so that they may be able to look for the dawn of a day that will permanently release them from the bondage of the Earth. from which they shall no more go out. . will be permanently freed from the cramping confines of materiality and will ascend to heavenly realms to become pillars of strength in the Father's house.12 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER Earth. as well as the Christ. Then like the liberated Christ they will come to a realization of that glorious immortality which is the reward of the perfected Spirit.

14:12 Were we to attend an orthodox church on Easter Sunday. because of our ability to read the memory of nature. we know also that the mission of the Mystic Christ is something infinitely more glorious than has ever entered into the hearts of those who know only the orthodox interpretation of the gospels. that through his blood we might be saved. . that Jesus did live and die. — John 13:36. at the age of thirty years. He that believeth on me.CHAPTER II AN EVENT OF MYSTIC SIGNIFICANCE Whither I go. took up a ministry which lasted for three years and terminated in crucifixion and death for us. thou canst not follow me now. but thou shalt follow me afterwards . where he is now seated at the right hand of the majesty of God. that he had a mystic mission of the very greatest importance to human evolution and that the main events of that great life took place substantially as set forth in the gospel. we should probably hear the story of Jesus. . the works that I do shall he do also. the son of God. and greater works than these shall he do. We should probably also be told that on Easter day he arose again from the dead and later ascended to the Father. . who had been immaculately conceived and who. thence he shall return to judge the living and the dead at the last resurrection. 13 . But while we know.

The lamb was slain from the foundation of the Arian world epoch in which we now live. in the first place. and this cross-over or crossification.14 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER The feast of the resurrection which we call Easter is. the ram or lamb. by a feast that is movable and determined by the position of the Sun and Moon in the zodiacal sign Aries. the ram or lamb. without that there could be no physical bread and wine nor the transubstantiated spiritual tincture prepared by alchemy from the heart blood of the disciple. From that day it became idolatry for those who had been saved by the blood of the lamb to worship the golden calf. but a Cosmic event. for the old religions of the bull Taurus had been superseded by the religion of the lamb. Then it crosses the celestial equator. the home of the worship of the bull Taurus or Apis. and this work is done during the winter months while the Sun is passing through the zodiacal signs Capricorn. Without that annual mystic wave of vital energy from the Cosmic Christ. Each year a spiritual wave of vitality enters the Earth at the winter solstice to impregnate the dormant seeds in the frozen ground. not simply the resurrection of an individual. It would be foolish in the extreme to celebrate the death and resurrection of an individual which must have taken place on a certain day of the year. to give new life to the world wherein we live. from the southern signs where it has been during the winter months. its blood was the symbol which saved the God-chosen people from death when they left the mythical Egypt. or crucifixion is now cosmically associated with the Sun's entrance into the sign Aries. Aquarius and Pisces. physical life would be an impossibility. Then the Sun ascends into the signs of the northern heavens to foster with its warming rays the growth of the seed in the soil which has been revitalized by the Christic life wave during the winter months. when the Sun by precession left the .

can be nourished only on a chemical substance. at that last supper represented the sacrificial lamb. who. The bread of life and living water were given as symbols of his body and his blood to be used during the coming age in remembrance of Him. it did so individually when Christ left the body of Jesus and cosmically when the Sun by precession left the sign Aries the lamb. which we should understand if we would know the true significance of the mystic death and resurrection. composed of chemical compounds. therefore. This is told in the story of Noah (Genesis 9:220). represents humanity in the rainbow age where a so-called "mixed-diet" and wine furnish the nourishment needed for the present phase of evolution. wine was added to the diet of man to aid him to break up the heavy molecules of flesh and stimulate him in the battle of existence. likewise by analogy. In the fullness of time when the Sun by precession had reached seven degrees in the sign of the lamb. a connection between the mystic wine and the blood. The . Himself. There is. Fortified by the flesh-fed mind and the spirit of alcohol man has wandered further and further away from the path of brotherhood. for while he feeds upon the food of the carnivora he necessarily becomes ferocious as a beast of prey and preys upon all his fellow men by instinct.AN EVENT OF MYSTIC SIGNIFICANCE 15 sign Taurus and entered the celestial sign Aries. the lamb or ram. A new symbol had to be given to those who were to be messengers during the coming Piscean age. with his followers. The Lamb of God was about to pass away. only spirit can act on spirit and therefore. Christ came in the body of Jesus to make a new covenant under the seal and symbol of the mystic bread and water of life. A vehicle such as our physical body. Appropriate food had been given to aid each of the vehicles of man in their evolution. also between the mystic bread and the body. hence He.

even upon his own family. To attain that we must become like the plants. When.16 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER system of inbreeding and marriage in the clan tied him very firmly to his fellow tribesmen. the cup that cheers does so only at times—there is no rest. which are pure and passionless. no lasting peace or happiness on the path of passion and selfgratification. we have exercised no control over our appetites. like the animals we have gratified our sex desire and our appetite. Now we aspire to tread the path of peace to the serene bliss of the gods. Then he is instructed in the mystery of Golgotha. he did at least show love for them. sorrow and suffering have become our portion. There are no bounds of selfishness. Consider the ancient Atlantean Mystery Temple. therefore. he preys upon all men. also called "The Tabernacle in the Wilderness". Since international marriages have come in vogue and he is becoming emancipated from the race spirit in a measure. anatomically we belong to the animals and in our past lives we have lived beneath our status. but while they were held in restraint by a wise group spirit. it commenced when the blood of Jesus flowed. Beneath us in the scale of evolution are the plants and animals. under that bygone dispensation. as follows: Cleansing the blood from egoism is the Mystery of Golgotha. nothing is sacred from greed and each human being lives in economic fear of all others. of the Cleansing Blood and the Rose Cross. there comes a time when man desires lasting cessation from sorrow more than anything else and commences to seek the path of peace which is also the path of purity and self-abnegation. Moreover. however. hence sickness. it has continued through the wars of Christian nations whenever men fought for an ideal and will last until the horrors of war by contrast have sufficiently impressed mankind with the beauty of brotherhood. flesh offered for sin was burned on the altar of sacrifice the . above us are the gods.

however. ratifying its use in the order of things then existent. of passion and impurity. particularly the red rose. nor was it the liquid alone which had the potency necessary to ratify the new covenant. was worshiped and orgies of the wildest nature were held in order to drown the aspiring spirit that it might apply itself to conquer the physical world. but the generation of the plant is pure and immaculate. Therefore. This was no ordinary cup in which any liquid might be poured. Under the ancient dispensation water alone was used in the temple service. Bacchus. but .AN EVENT OF MYSTIC SIGNIFICANCE 17 stench rose to heaven attesting the nauseating nature of transgression. But within the tabernacle itself stood the seven branched candlestick where the essence of olives burned without disagreeable odor. All flesh has been conceived in passion and sin. The flower is the generative organ of the plant and it tells us that the immaculate conception in love and purity is the path to peace and progress. the cup symbolizing His blood. The mystery lies in the fact that the cup and its contents were integral and necessary parts of one sublime whole. but Christ. there was no flesh of a lamb (Aries). on His first public appearance. stands in direct symbolical opposition to tainted flesh. the fragrant flower. in Greek it was called "Poterion". where the new covenant was given. changed water to wine. that this was done in public and that it was His first act as a public minister. neither was there the wine. as required under the Mosaic order. but at the last esoteric session of the Christ with His disciples. but in time wine became a factor in human evolution. Note. Christ in the final session with His disciples took the cup as the symbol of the new covenant. gave them the bread to eat which symbolized His body. and the Latin name for this mystic cup was "Calix". Even under the Mosaic dispensation the priests had been strictly forbidden to use wine while officiating in the temple. A God of wine.

A new note of aspiration was to be sounded. Thousands of years are as nothing in such processes. the staff of life. Bread. Therefore. but is a pure nutritious plant food and thus followers of the esoteric doctrine have been instructed by Christ to use non-flesh. the sign of the Fishes. the sign of the Lamb. which is made from immaculately generated grain does not feed the passions like flesh. none of the Evangelists say that the cup contained wine.indulgence was to be superseded by self denial. From that act dates also the inauguration of the temperance movement. a watery sign. of which we shall presently speak when we have noted His words at the time. It has generally been supposed that the cup used by the Christ at the Last Supper contained wine.18 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER only the bread. Three accounts are given of the preparation for this Passover. non-alcoholic food. a vegetable product and the cup. for Pisces. While Mark and Luke state that the messengers were told to go into a certain city and look for a man who carried a pitcher of water." The newly pressed juice of the grape does not contain a spirit of fermentation and decay. "I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine until I drink it with you new in the Kingdom of Heaven. Furthermore. research of the memory of nature shows water was used and that so far as the esotericist was concerned wine had had its day. The Sun was leaving Aries. The use of water at the Last Supper also harmonizes with the astrological and ethical requirements. for these cosmic changes involve long preparation in the inner worlds before they become manifest in society outwardly. when diluted with water surge so passionately as when wine is imbibed. though as a matter of fact there is no Biblical foundation for that supposition. a new phase of human upliftment was to be entered upon during the Piscean Age then approaching. neither does our blood. Self. bread and water are fit foods and symbols of ideals during .

tongue and lips so that the air passing from the lungs makes certain sounds. which to the spiritual sight appears as the stem of a flower ascending from the lower part of the trunk. capable of speaking the word. like electricity. The new-wine-cup mentioned as an ideal for the future epoch. denying them the wine cup at the service. together with the soul body which is the wedding garment. difficult to move. death and poison and the word which we then learned to speak is dead and powerless. This calix. They are learning to use it in a small way as Invisible . But air is a heavy medium. in comparison with nature's finer forces. was filled with destruction. But even the foregoing consideration does not bring us to the heart of the mystery hidden in the "Cup of the New Covenant". but to His disciples who were His messengers and servants of the Cross. to infuse vitality into substances that were hitherto inert. You will remember that Christ gave not the cup to the multitude. the New Galilee (which is not to be confused with the Aquarian Age). the land of generation. They represent purity and the Catholic church has given to its followers the Piscean water at the door of the temple and the Virginal bread at the altar. and when this organ has been evolved it will have the power to speak the word of Life. This organ we are now building by service. At the present time those who drink from the cup of self-abnegation that they may use the force in the service of others are building that organ. which moves in the ether. The present word is generated by clumsy muscular motion which adjusts the larynx. is an etheric organ built within the head and the throat by the unspent sex force. or seed-cup. The old-wine-cup given to us when we entered Aryana.AN EVENT OF MYSTIC SIGNIFICANCE 19 the Pisces-Virgo Age. is truly a creative organ. life and power.

and in order to prepare us for that time Christ has given the bread and the water of life. have made the Aryan Age an age of death and destruction. Having given this new covenant He went to the cross of liberation leaving behind Him the body of death. When the Atlantean Age was drawing to a close and mankind left its childhood home where it had been under the direct guidance of the Divine Teachers. we are looking for the Kingdom of Heaven. . Everyone is a Christ in the making and some day will be "Easter" for each of us. the old covenant was made giving them flesh and wine and these two. We are now drawing to an end of that era. the vital body.20 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER Helpers when they are out of their bodies at night. bidding us at the same time not to lust. to soar away in a vehicle of life. together with the unrestrained use of the sex force. where He went they should follow later. for then they are forced to speak the word of power which removes disease and builds in healthy tissues. the New Galilee. He gave His followers the assurance that though they could not follow Him then.

the heavier crosses he will often find. as a bolt from an azure sky. peace and good will seemed to vibrate through nature. because the sorrow of his banishment increaseth with the strength of his love. between the full-throated chant of life and love issuing from the thousands of little feathered choristers in forest. the master artist of the nineteenth century. Then suddenly.CHAPTER III THE COSMIC MEANING OF EASTER (PART I) The whole life of Christ was a cross and a martyrdom and dost thou seek for thyself rest and joy? The higher a man hath advanced in the spirit. 1857. moor and meadow and the ominous shouts of hate issuing from an 21 . there came into Wagner's deeply mystic soul a remembrance of the ominous significance of that day—the darkest and most sorrowful in the Christian year. and the death struggle of a tortured Savior upon a cross. It almost overwhelmed him with sadness as he contemplated the contrast. Richard Wagner. struggling to renewed life after winter's long sleep. The landscape about him was bathed in most glorious sunshine. — Thomas a Kempis On the morning of Good Friday. There was such a marked incongruity between the smiling scene before him. sat on the veranda of a Swiss villa by the Zurich Sea. All creation was throbbing with life. the plainly observable activity of nature. the air was laden with the fragrant perfume of budding pine forests—a grateful balm to a troubled heart or a restless mind.

It must of necessity sacrifice its life in order to accomplish the rejuvenation of nature. It whispers "the word of life" into the ears of beast and bird. The sacrifice is fully consummated by the time the Sun crosses its Easter(n) . when Earth sleeps most soundly in Boreas's cold embrace. unwittingly stumbled upon the key to one of the most sublime mysteries encountered by the human spirit in its pilgrimage from clod to God. he had. While Wagner meditated thus upon the incongruities of existence. This Divine creative "Word" has a message and a mission. It was born to "save the world" and "to give its life for the world". when material activities are at the very lowest ebb. until the gospel of good news has been preached to every creature. which slew the noblest character that ever graced our Earth.22 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER infuriated mob as they jeered and mocked the noblest ideal the world has ever known. Gradually it buries itself in the Earth and commences to infuse its own vital energy into the millions of seeds which lie dormant in the ground. the question presented itself: Is there any connection between the death of the Savior upon the cross at Easter and the vital energy which expresses itself so prodigally in spring when nature begins the life of a new year? Though Wagner did not consciously perceive and realize the full significance of the connection between the death of the Savior and the rejuvenation of nature. between the wonderful creative energy exerted by nature in spring and the destructive element in man. nevertheless. a wave of spiritual energy carries upon its crest the Divine creative "word from Heaven" to a Mystic Birth at Christmas. and as a luminous cloud the spiritual impulse broods over the world that "knew it not" for it "shines in the darkness" of winter when nature is paralyzed and speechless. In the darkest night of the year.

while uttering a last triumphant cry. Generation and multiplication are the watchwords everywhere—the Spirit has risen to more abundant life. It dies upon the cross at Easter in a mystical sense. when the fruits of the year are harvested. the descent of the spirit of the new year has its inception. Thus when the Sun descends below the equator through the sign of the scales in October. "at the judgment". From the furred and feathered tribes "the word of life" reechoes as a song of love. As a planet revolves in its cyclic path around the Sun whence it . mystically. The whole creation takes up the anthem. so also the celestial song of life is re-echoed from the Earth. we may note the annual birth. Thus. one of the Seven Spirits before the Throne (of the parent Sun). Man is also a spirit and "made in their likeness". "It has been accomplished" (Consummatum est). We are taught that "thence it shall return". What happens on a large scale in the life of a planet like our Earth takes place on a smaller scale in the course of human events. A legion-tongued chorus repeats it over and over. This descent culminates in birth at Christmas. The little seeds in the bosom of Mother Earth commence to germinate. But it will not remain there forever. But as an echo returns to us many times repeated. death and resurrection of the Savior as the ebb and flow of a spiritual impulse which culminates at the winter solstice. A planet is the body of a wonderfully great and exalted Being. weighed and sorted according to their kind. a velvety green carpet embroidered with multicolored flowers replaces the shroud of immaculate wintry white. Then the divine creative Word expires. Man is a miniature of nature. and has egress from the Earth shortly after Easter when the word ascends to Heaven on Whitsunday.THE COSMIC MEANING OF EASTER 23 node at the spring equinox. impelling them to mate. Christmas. they burst and sprout in all directions and soon a wonderful mosaic of life.

When we have learned all that this world has to teach us. we descend to birth in the physical world where our spiritual sight is obscured by the mortal coil which binds us to this limited phase of our existence. a larger sphere of superhuman usefulness will give scope to our greater capabilities. but increasing in interest and importance as we ascend to higher and higher stations of human responsibility. The same immutable law of periodicity which determines the unbroken sequence of the seasons. extremely humble in its beginnings. have the infinite possibilities of God dormant within. to be reborn and to die again. being ellipses. From realms of celestial light where we live in freedom. . As the festivals of the year mark the recurring events of importance in the life of a Great Spirit. a wider orbit. we die and ascend to heaven. and we are farthest removed from Him during Earth life. governs also the progression of the human spirit. the tidal ebb and flow. both in heaven and upon Earth. We live here awhile. therefore. Planetary orbits. untrammeled by limitations of time and space. We are closest to God when our cyclic journey carries us into the celestial sphere of activity—heaven. where we vibrate in tune with infinite harmony of the spheres. for in essence we are divine and must. Each Earth life is a chapter in a serial life story. These changes are necessary to our soul growth. so our births and deaths are events of periodical recurrence. No limit is conceivable. have points of closest approach to and extreme deviation from their solar centers. Likewise the orbit of the human spirit is elliptical. It is as impossible for the human spirit to remain perpetually in heaven or upon Earth as it is for a planet to stand still in its orbit.24 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER emanated. so also the human spirit moves in an orbit around its central source—God. the alternation of day and night.

the feast which commemorates the cruel death and glorious. the Christ said that His sheep knew the sound of His voice and responded. He said that we shall do the things He did. this on the principle that when a tuning fork is struck. But once these natures have become awakened they will reveal the Lord of Love as a prime reality. we are all brethren of Christ. Thus we are Christs-in-the-making. and as we remain unconscious of sound when the tympanum of our ear is insensitive.THE COSMIC MEANING OF EASTER 25 "But what of Christ?" someone will ask. so let us rejoice. triumphant resurrection of the Savior. but the voice of the stranger they heard not (John 10:5). . another of identical pitch will also commence to sing. but you seem to be alluding to Him more from an allegorical point of view than as an actual fact. as Paul says. we love Him with our whole heart and soul. the Lord has risen! Let us seek Him and forget our creeds and other lesser differences. but we wish to emphasize the teaching that Christ is the first fruits of the race. for as it is impossible for us to perceive light and color. while tuning forks of different pitches will remain mute. though they are all about us. "and greater". we shall seek in vain. Therefore." Certainly we believe in the Christ. so also must we remain blind to the presence of Christ and deaf to His voice until we arouse our dormant spiritual natures within. "Don't you believe in Him? You are discoursing upon Easter. No matter what our creed. but till Christ be formed in us. unless our optic nerve registers their vibrations. We are too much in the habit of looking to an outside Savior while harboring a devil within.

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an augmented energy.CHAPTER IV THE COSMIC MEANING OF EASTER (PART II) The sign of the Cross shall be in heaven when the Lord cometh to judgment. — Thomas a Kempis Once more we have reached the final act in the cosmic drama involving the descent of the solar Christ Ray into the matter of our Earth. having poured out its life to save humanity and give new life to everything upon Earth. who in life have conformed themselves to the Crucified. sweeps with an irresistible force through the veins and arteries of all living beings. inspiring them. and new life. this outwelling energy invigorates everything that has life. impelling them to new activities whereby they learn new lessons in the school of experience. new ambition. shall draw nigh unto Christ with great boldness. Consciously or unconsciously to the beneficiaries. which are celebrated shortly after the vernal equinox when the Sun of the new year commences its ascent into the higher spheres of the northern heavens. It is completed at the Mystic Birth celebrated at Christmas and the Mystic Death and Liberation. At this time of year a new life. and glorious though the transformation 27 . Then all servants of the Cross. which results in additional growth of the leaves. instilling new hope. flowers and fruits whereby this class of life is at present expressing itself and evolving to a higher state of consciousness. Even the plant responds by an increased circulation of sap. But wonderful though these outward physical manifestations are.

for the most significant events occur at the equinoctial and solstitial points. the Earth. it is His power which sustains our dwelling place. Now we are taught that man was made in the likeness of God and we are given to understand that according to the law of analogy we are possessed of certain powers latent within us which are similar to those we see so potently expressed in the labor of Deity in the universe. and without His unflagging. She does nothing in vain or gratuitously—there is purpose behind every thing and every act. It is really and actually true that "in God we live and move and have our being". Aries. we move and act by and through His strength.28 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER may be called which changes the Earth from a waste of snow and ice into a beautiful. and greater works than these shall ye do. blooming garden. whither I go thou canst not follow me now. Cancer. was molded in conformity with the solar story and it foreshadows in a similar manner all that may happen to the Man God of whom Christ Jesus prophesied when He said. The life of the God Man." Nature is the symbolic expression of God. Christ Jesus. "The works that I do shall ye do also. Libra. and Capricorn. we live by and through His life. The intelligent understanding of their purpose enables us to work so much more efficiently with God in His . unwavering efforts the universe itself would disintegrate. Therefore we should be alert and regard carefully the signs in the heavens for they have a deep and important meaning concerning our own lives. but thou shalt follow me afterwards. Outside Him we could have no existence. it sinks into insignificance before the spiritual activities which run side by side therewith. The salient features of the cosmic drama are identical in point of time with the material effects of the Sun in the four cardinal signs. This gives us a particular interest in the annual cosmic drama involving the death and resurrection of the Sun.

its desirability fades into insignificance in their eyes when compared with the sacrifice involved in living the spiritual life. buying and selling. Like the rich young man they would willingly follow Christ were there no such sacrifice involved. the pleasures of society. They are engrossed in their material affairs. without an adequate understanding or appreciation of the purpose of existence. their pretty hats and gowns. but whether it is to be accomplished by the long and tedious process of evolution or by the immensely quicker pathway of Initiation depends upon whether or not we are willing to lend our cooperation. and free from the power of sin.THE COSMIC MEANING OF EASTER 29 wonderful efforts for the emancipation of humanity from bondage to the laws of nature and for its liberation into a full measure of stature of the sons of God—crowned with glory. They prefer rather to go away when they realize that sacrifice is the one condition upon which they may enter discipleship. we find that the great majority still value their houses and lands. sickness and suffering which now curtail our lives by reason of our ignorance and nonconformity to the laws of God. It is no wonder that the Christ appeals particularly to the poor and that He emphasizes the difficulty of the rich entering the kingdom of heaven. dances and dinners more than the treasures of heaven which are garnered by service and self-sacrifice. Although they may intellectually perceive the beauty of the spiritual life. So for them Easter is simply a season of joy because it is the end of . The divine purpose demands this emancipation. honor and immortality. The majority of mankind go through life with unseeing eyes and with ears that do not hear. and were it unfolded to them it is scarcely to be expected that they would conform and cooperate because of the sacrifice it involves. for even to this day when humanity has advanced in the school of evolution for two millennia since His day. working and playing.

But for those who have definitely chosen the path of self-sacrifice that leads to liberation. it is an earnest that some day we shall all attain the cosmic consciousness and know positively for ourselves by our own experience that there is no death. Easter is the annual sign given them as evidence of the cosmic basis of their hopes and aspirations. we have the cosmic symbol of the verity of resurrection. When taken as a cosmic fact in connection with the law of analogy that connects the macrocosm with the microcosm. It is literally true that unless we walk in the light as God is in the light. It is an annual symbol to strengthen our souls in the work of well-doing that we may grow the golden wedding garment required to make us sons of God in the highest and holiest sense. With these ideals firmly fixed in our minds. Easter time becomes a season when it is in order to review our life during the preceding year and make new resolutions for the coming season to serve in furthering our soul growth. In the Easter Sun which at the vernal equinox commences to soar into the northern heavens after having laid down its life for the Earth. but that what seems so is only a transition into a finer sphere. we are not in fellowship. the Cosmic Christ. but by making the sacrifices and rendering the services required of us to aid in the emancipation of our race we are building the soul body of radiant golden light which is the special substance emanated from and by the Spirit of the Sun.30 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER winter and the beginning of the summer season with its call of outdoor sports and pleasures. When this golden substance has clothed us with sufficient density. that as spirits . then we shall be able to imitate the Easter Sun and soar into the highest spheres. It is a season when the symbol of the ascending Sun should lead us to a keen realization of the fact that we are but pilgrims and strangers upon Earth.

. so that by our example we may waken in others a desire to lead a life that brings liberation. and that we ought to endeavor to learn the lessons in this life school as quickly as is consistent with proper service. the contemplation of it may well daunt the bravest heart and were we alone it could not be accomplished. Having this great hope within ourselves. this great mission in the world. Easter Day marks the resurrection and liberation of the Christ Spirit from the lower realms and this liberation should remind us to look continually for the dawn of the day which shall permanently free us from the meshes of matter. No true aspirant could conceive of a liberation that did not include all who were similarly placed. but the divine hierarchies who have guided humanity upon the path of evolution from the beginning of our career are still active and working with us from their sidereal worlds and with their help we shall eventually be able to accomplish this elevation of humanity as a whole and attain to an individual realization of glory. together with all our brethren in bondage.THE COSMIC MEANING OF EASTER 31 our real home is in heaven. from the body of sin and death. This is a gigantic task. honor and immortality. let us work as never before to make ourselves better men and women.

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and if thou be a partaker of His sufferings. thou shalt be also of His glory. — Thomas a Kempis When the Earth reaches the vernal equinox in its annual circle dance about the sun. They exercise an equally compelling influence upon mankind. nevertheless. Thus the great World Drama is acted and re-enacted from year to year. each in turn becoming victor and being vanquished as the cycles roll on. The cycle ends at "Harvest Home". independent of their cognition that the same earthly vibration which beautifully adorns bird and beast in the spring is responsible for the human desire to don gay colors and brighter raiment at that season. This is also "the 33 . The spiritual ray sent out by the Cosmic Christ each fall to replenish the smoldering vitality of the Earth is about to ascend to the Father's Throne. we have Easter. thou shalt also live with Him. though the great majority are unaware of what impels them to action in one direction or another. This great cyclic influx and efflux are not confined in their effects to the Earth and its flora and fauna. The spiritual activities of fecundation and germination which have been carried on during the winter and spring will be followed by material growth and a ripening process during the coming summer and autumn under the influence of the indwelling Earth Spirit.CHAPTER V THE LESSON OF EASTER For if thou be dead with Him. The fact remains. an eternal contest between life and death.

over the hills and valleys of Judea and Galilee. The bond of love became closer as time went on. The same germinative force which leavens the seed in the Earth and prepares it to reproduce its kind in multiple. had entertained such high aspirations. As the Christ walked day by day. and though the verdant glory was as fresh upon the sunkissed landscape as before He went.34 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER call of the wild". direct touch with Him was lost and sadly these men looked into each other's faces as they asked. hither and yon. did it not vibrate peace and good will. the universal giving of Christmas gifts would be impossible and we should all suffer loss. of course. teaching the multitudes. Thus. He ascended to higher spheres. On the other hand. But though He had died after the flesh. But He communed most with His disciples and they. the Earth seemed cold and dreary. stirs also the human mind and fosters altruistic activities which make the world better. all were benefited. grew apace each day. there would be no holiday feeling in our breasts to engender a desire to make others equally happy. however. He continued to commune with them in spirit for some time. in order to recuperate from the strain of artificial conditions in congested cities. it is also with us who aim to walk after the spirit and to strive with the flesh. which in summer drives mankind to relaxation amid rural scenes where nature spirits have wrought their magic art in field and forest. for grim desolation gnawed at their hearts. "Is this the end?" They had hoped so much. At last. it is the "fall" of the spiritual ray from the Sun in autumn which causes resumption of the mental and spiritual activities in winter. Did not this great wave of selfless Cosmic Love culminate at Christmas. until one day ruthless hands took away the beloved Teacher and put Him to a shameful death. though the analogy may not .

so ought we also to exert ourselves to greater purpose in the world's work when it has been our privilege to commune with the spirit. who will stoop to any subterfuge to obtain their desire and will as jealously guard their knowledge as the miser guards his hoard. There is a danger in this attitude of mind. If we do thus we shall be more apt to excite emulation than reproach. Such a course of conduct is entirely wrong. we sense it at once and commence to lave our souls in the blessed tide with avidity. we are apt to cease our work in the world and become dreamers. lose our balance and excite just criticism from our fellow men. The old Norse theology contained a parable which symbolically . we look upon the world as a dreary waste and cannot comprehend the reason for our loss. If it is allowed to grow upon us. When the "fall" of the Christ ray commences in autumn and ushers in the season of spiritual supremacy. But there are people who strive as assiduously to acquire knowledge as the miser struggles to accumulate gold. for as the Earth exerts itself in material endeavor to bring forth abundantly in summer after receiving the spiritual impetus in winter. We experience a feeling akin to that of the apostles when they walked with Christ.THE LESSON OF EASTER 35 have been previously apparent. which is as natural as the changes of ebb and flood and day and night—phases of the present age of alternating cycles. We are wont to think of a miser as one who hoards gold and such people are generally objects of contempt. They do not understand that by such a method they are effectually closing the door to greater wisdom. face to face as it were. and as the season wears on. it becomes easier and easier to commune with Him. We are desolate and sad. But in the annual course of events Easter and the Ascension of the "risen" Christ Ray to the Father leave us in the identical position of the apostles when their beloved Teacher went away.

36 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER elucidates the matter. for no matter how much of this we give to others. There is thus a certain obligation to pass on what we have of knowledge and "to whom much is given of him much will be required". evil is at our door. we always retain the original. which was so constituted that whenever a piece was cut from it the flesh at once grew again. . So shall we be more abundantly blessed from year to year. Thus. Let us bring forth in the physical world of action the fruits of the spirit sown in our souls during the past wintry season. so let us imitate the Earth at this Easter time. It held that all who died fighting on the battlefield (the strong souls who fought the good fight unto the end) were carried to Valhalla to be with the gods. it aptly symbolizes "knowledge". The doughty warriors in Valhalla feasted daily upon the flesh of a boar called Scrimner. so that it was never consumed no matter how much was carved. If we hoard the spiritual blessings we have received. while those who died in bed or from disease (the souls who drifted weakly through life) went to the dismal Niflheim.

dreary days of winter are past. for even the great and sublime Cosmic 37 . a riot of gay and glorious colors. and this mortal shall have put on immortality. Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written. At this time the mind of the civilized world is turned towards the feast we call Easter. But a Christian mystic takes a deeper and more far-reaching view of this annually recurring cosmic event. the noble individual known to the world by the name of Jesus. For him there is an annual impregnation of the Earth with the Cosmic Christ Life. — I Cor. commemorating the death and resurrection of the individual whose life story is written in the Gospels. 15:54 The dark. Death is swallowed up in victory. The cosmic drama of life and death is played annually among all evolving creatures and things from the highest to the lowest. snowy coverlids off the Earth and the millions and millions of seeds sheltered in the soft soil burst its crust and clothe the Earth in summer robes.CHAPTER VI THE SYMBOL OF THE EGG So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption. Mother Nature takes the cold. preparing the bridal bower for the mating of beasts and birds. an inbreathing which takes place during the fall months and culminates at the winter solstice when we celebrate Christmas and an outbreathing which finds its completion at the time of Easter.

Among the cosmic symbols which have been handed down to us from antiquity none is more common than the symbol of the egg. that no living thing can be hatched from the . When we break open the shell of an egg. though the great majority are blind to the mysterium magnum which it hides and reveals—the mystery of life. Then the Greeks took this symbol and venerated it in their Mysteries. namely. therefore. We find it in the Elder Eddas of the Scandinavians. It may. be appropriate to call to mind a few ideas concerning death and rebirth which we are sometimes prone to forget. But placed in the requisite temperature a series of changes soon take place and within a short time a living creature breaks open the shell and emerges therefrom. which laid the egg that finally became the world. symbolizing the wisdom manifest in this world of ours. the Swan in time and space. It was preserved by the Druids. It is found in every religion. Among the Egyptians we find the winged globe and the egg-bearing serpent. and it has kept its place in sacred symbology even to this day. they may be enclosed in a shell and a perfect replica so far as most tests go may be made of the natural egg. It is possible for the wizards of the laboratory to duplicate the substances in the egg. it was known to the builders of the great serpent mound in Ohio. If we turn to the sunny south we find in the Vedas of India the same story in the Kalahansa.38 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER Christ in His compassion becomes subject to death by entering the cramped conditions of our Earth for a part of the year. hoary with age. But in one point it differs from the natural egg. we find inside only some varicolored viscous fluids of various consistencies. ready to take its place among its kin. but heated by the fiery breath of Muspelheim until the various worlds and man had come into being. which tell of the mundane egg cooled by the icy blast of Niebelheim.

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artificial product. Therefore, it is evident that a certain intangible something must be present in one and absent in the other. This mystery of the ages which produces the living creature is what we call life. Seeing that it cannot be cognized among the elements of the egg by even the most powerful microscope (though it must be there to bring about the changes which we note), it must be able to exist independently of matter. Thus, we are taught by the sacred symbol of the egg that though life is able to mold matter, it does not depend upon it for its existence. It is self-existent, and having no beginning, it can have no end. This is symbolized by the ovoid shape of the egg. When we have the true knowledge conveyed by the egg symbol that life is uncreate, without beginning and without end, it enables us to take heart and realize that those who are now being taken out of physical existence are only passing through a cyclic journey similar to that of the Cosmic Christ life which enters the Earth in the fall and leaves it at Easter. Thus we see how the great law of analogy works in all phases and under all circumstances of life. What happens in the great world to a Cosmic Christ will show itself also in the lives of those who are Christs in the making. We must realize that death is a cosmic necessity under the present circumstances for if we were imprisoned in a body of the kind we now use and placed in an environment such as we find today, there to live forever, the infirmities of the body and the unsatisfactory nature of the environment would very soon make us so tired of life that we would cry for release. It would block all progress and make it impossible for us to evolve to greater heights such as we may evolve to by re-embodiment in new vehicles and placement in new environments which give us new possibilities for growth. Thus we may thank God that so

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long as birth into a concrete body is necessary for our further development, release by death has been provided to free us from the outgrown instrument, while resurrection and a new birth under the smiling skies of a new environment furnish another chance to begin life with a clean slate and learn the lessons which we failed to master before. By this method we shall some time become perfect as is the risen Christ. He commanded it and He will aid us to achieve it.

CHAPTER VII THE CROSS OF CHRIST
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

— Matthew 16:24
According to an ancient legend Adam took with him three cuttings from the tree of life when he was forced to leave Paradise, and Seth, his son, planted these three cuttings and they grew. One of them was later used to make the staff of Aaron, wherewith he performed miracles before Pharaoh. The other was taken to Solomon's temple with the intention of making it into a pillar, or fitting it in somewhere, but no place whatever could be found for it; it would not fit, so it was used as a bridge across the brook which was outside the temple. The third of the cuttings was used for the cross of Christ and upon it He suffered for our sakes and was finally liberated, drawing into the Earth and becoming the planetary spirit of our globe, in which he is now groaning and travailing until the day of liberation. There is a very great significance in this ancient legend. The first cutting represents the spiritual power wielded by the Divine Hierarchs in the days when mankind was in its infancy, wielded then for our benefit by others. The second cutting was to be used in Solomon's temple. No one could appreciate it except the Queen of Sheba, no place could be found for it, for Solomon's temple is the consummation of the arts and crafts and in a material civilization nothing spiritual is appreciated. The sons of Cain are working out their salvation along material lines
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so that one day not far distant we shall climb our own cross and from this attain the glorious liberation. the real. which brought death to the tree of life in the vital body. May we all strive so that day by day we shall be found kneeling. to Paradise. It was the third cutting from the tree of life which formed the cross of Christ. who have been able to make use of that bridge. He gained liberation from this physical existence and entered into higher spheres. Likewise we also. shall develop our soul power and enter a larger sphere of usefulness in the invisible world. and overcome.42 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER and therefore they have no use for spiritual powers. when we take up our cross and follow Him. By climbing that cross. across that bridge. which brings immortality. which leads from the visible to the invisible. that Christ will show us the way to the cross where we may attain and advance from the tree of knowledge. the resurrection of life of which the Christ was and is the first fruits for every believing soul. This is the real. who are able to return to the Garden of Eden. clinging to the cross of Christ. There are always souls. the true Mystic Masons. . the true Easter message and every one of us should realize that we are Christs in the making and that when the Christ is really and truly born within. So "it was used as a bridge across the brook".

Therefore the Christ was wont to go to the Essenes and leave the body in their care. an house not made with hands. — II Cor. or if they did. what does Jesus in the meantime do for a vital body? Why would it not have been more practicable to have obtained a new vital body for Christ at the second coming? The foregoing questions were answered in Echoes of 1914. we have a building of God. eternal in the heavens. But the reason was that. the vibrations were too high for even the best and purest of physical vehicles and it was therefore necessary to leave it frequently for a period of complete rest so that the atoms might be slowed down to their customary pitch. They were experts and the Christ knew nothing about handling such vehicles as He had received from Jesus. as follows: Study of the scriptures will reveal the fact that it was the custom of Christ to draw apart from His disciples and they knew not whither He went. 5:1 What became of the dense body of Jesus which was placed in the tomb. no mention has ever been made of it. being so glorious a Spirit. but was not found Easter morning? And if the vital body of Jesus is preserved to be used again by Christ. Had not this rest 43 .CHAPTER VIII WHAT BECAME OF THE PHYSICAL BODY OF JESUS? For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved.

This is a fact well known to science and . yet it is there. is pleasant and beneficial to the body. The larger portion is absolutely asleep if not entirely dead. there were no ashes. the vibratory rate being lowered by the resistance of the dense matter. came into the dense body of Jesus. Likewise. the dense body of Jesus would have disintegrated long before the three years' ministry was ended and Golgotha would never have been reached. In this connection it is well to remember that fire sleeps invisibly in everything. This is in perfect harmony with natural laws known to us by their operation in the physical world. save that as it was true. with the result that when the grave was opened a few days later no trace of the body was found. The force was the same. nor in the stone. Light. the Essenes ceased to interfere. visible to the inner vision and capable of manifesting at any time when it takes a garment of flame from physical substances.44 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER and care been given. as in ordinary manifestation of fire. It is one of our illusions that the body which we inhabit is alive. while a voltage of many times the strength passes through the body without harmful effect. invisible fire which burned up the body of Jesus and not fire clothed in flame. then things took their natural course and the tremendous vibratory force imparted to the atoms scattered them to the four winds. which has a tremendous vibratory rate. At least there is such a very small portion of this body which can really be said to be alive that our statement is practically true. When the time was ripe and the earthly ministry had been ended. Electric currents of low potential burn and kill. we do not see it in the plant or the animal. which destroys. must burn up the body as in cremation if not interfered with. As a matter of fact it is nothing of the sort. the Great Sun Spirit. when Christ. but when focused through a lens the vibratory rate is lowered and then we have fire. the results identical.

an acceleration had to take place and during the three years' ministry this marked acceleration of the vibration of these atoms would have shattered the body had not the powerful will of the Master. There the atoms were naturally moving at a speed much lower than the vibratory forces of the Christ Spirit. Then they are insensate and nothing is felt save as we ordinarily feel. Then when the vital body is again caused to permeate the physical body. This attempt to awaken the sleeping atoms causes that intensely disagreeable pricking sensation which persons who have been resuscitated from drowning describe and this sensation does not cease until the physical atoms have attained a rate of vibration one octave below that of the vital body. Consequently. A slow process of disintegration takes place to restore the atoms to their original free state.PHYSICAL BODY OF JESUS 45 something which reason must teach us is so. if not altogether. Contrast now the state of affairs when one of these same earth bodies is taken possession of by a powerful spirit like that of the Christ. it begins to prod every atom into action and vibration. held it together. You will find an analogy in the case of a man being resuscitated from drowning. There the vital body has been extracted and the vibratory action of the physical atoms has ceased almost. Had the atoms been asleep at the time when the Christ left the body of Jesus. That is because our spiritual power is so weak that it cannot furnish this vehicle with life to a sufficient extent and in the measure that we fail thus to vitalize the body it seems like a heavy clod of clay which we must laboriously drag along with us. the same as our atoms are asleep when we leave our . Take now the case of Christ entering the dense body of Jesus. Then we are forced to leave the body and it is then said to die. until after a few years it crystallizes to such an extent that is impossible for us any longer to keep up the vibratory action. assisted by the skill of the Essenes.

though perfectly able to do so. Upon the death of the dense body of Jesus. which is a myth setting forth in pictorial terms great spiritual truths of inestimable value to the seeking soul. Jesus gathered a vehicle of ether as an Invisible Helper gathers physical material whenever it is necessary to materialize all or part of the body. it disintegrates as soon as the will power which assembled it is withdrawn and this was therefore only a makeshift. a new body was formed and in that vehicle Jesus has been functioning since. which has been with State. Faust. working with the churches. wherefore he needed a physical body in which to appear before the public. industrial and political problems. but material not matched with the seed atom cannot be permanently appropriated. He has never taken a dense body since. is given in "Faust". The tomb was not hermetically sealed and would not offer obstruction to the passage of atoms. instead of providing a new vehicle. The reason why the vital body of Jesus is preserved for the second coming of Christ. but they were highly sensitized and alive and. During the three years' interval between the baptism where he gave up his vehicles and the crucifixion which brought the return of the seed atoms. a long process of putrefaction would have been required to disintegrate the body. by endeavoring to obtain spiritual power before he has earned it attracts a spirit . When the seed atom of his vital body was returned. In future ages when we learn to keep our bodies alive we shall not change atoms nor bodies so often and when we do it will not take so long as at present to complete the process of putrefaction. therefore. it was impossible to keep them in bondage when the Spirit had fled.46 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER bodies. the seed atoms were returned to the original owner. This is presumably because his work is entirely unconnected with material things and differs diametrically from the work of Christian Rosenkreuz.

That where we enter we must withdraw. He asks Faust to remove the symbol so that he may withdraw and the latter inquires why not go through the window or chimney? Lucifer then reluctantly admits that: “For ghosts and spirits 'tis a law. we soar out of the body for the last time by way of the head. but . subverts the life force and turns it downward through the lower organs. bringing with it the higher vehicles. When Lucifer turns to leave. to reenter in like manner the next morning. who works against nature. And at length when our life on Earth has been lived. The gate of the head is closed to him. the silver cord protruding through the lower organs. Similarly Christ was free to choose His vehicle of entrance to the Earth where He is now confined.PHYSICAL BODY OF JESUS 47 ready to pander to his desire—for a consideration—for unselfishness is a virtue singularly lacking in such. Therefore it was easy for Lucifer to enter the study of Faust. which is thus seen to be the natural gate of the body and therefore the pentagram with one point up is the symbol of white magic which works in harmony with the law of progression. but he withdraws by way of the feet. its one point turning toward him. it enters its dense body by way of the head. represented the symbol of black magic.” When. but on trying to leave he finds the one point facing him and cringes before the sign of white magic. He can only leave by the lower door because he entered that way and thus he is caught when that is blocked. turned with two horns toward him. The black magician. The Invisible Helper also withdraws and reenters his body by way of the head. in the natural course of events the Spirit comes to birth. On leaving the body at night it leaves the same way. for the pentagram. he is dismayed to see a pentagram before the door.

is surely the ultimate of sacrifice. . Christ must remain in the cramping surroundings till chaos dissolved the Earth. because this vehicle so used and which is to be again used by Christ when He comes to establish and perfect the Kingdom of God. and for so long a time. but like all good deeds it will rebound to a greater glory in the future. but also the vital body. will be so spiritualized and glorified that when it is again restored to Jesus at the time when Christ turns the Kingdom over to the Father. He is bound to leave by the same way and were that vehicle destroyed. In the meantime Jesus has been the loser of all the soul-growth accomplished during his thirty years on Earth prior to the baptism and contained in the vehicle given Christ. the writer believes that Jesus will be the highest fruitage of the Earth Period on that account and that Christian Rosenkreuz will come next.48 INTERPRETATION OF EASTER having once chosen the vehicle of Jesus. it will be the most wonderful of all human vehicles and though this has not been taught. For "greater love has no man than that he lay down his life" and giving not only the dense body. This would be a great calamity and therefore the vehicle He once used is most zealously guarded by the Elder Brothers. This was and is a great sacrifice made for us.

49 . and another glory of the moon. it is sown in weakness. and there is a spiritual body.THE RESURRECTION There is one glory of the sun. it is raised in glory. and another glory of the stars. it is sown in dishonor. So also is the resurrection of the dead. the first man Adam was made a living soul. it is raised a spiritual body. And so it is written. for one star differeth from another star in glory. the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. It is sown a natural body. There is a natural body. it is raised in power. It is sown in corruption. it is raised in incorruption.

AUGUSTA FOSS HEINDEL Memoirs about Max Heindel and The Rosicrucian Fellowship THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP Echoes from Mount Ecclesia 1913-1919 . I Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions and Answers.COMPLETE INDEX OF MAX HEINDEL BOOKS The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception Ancient and Modem Initiation Desire Body. Vol. The Web of Destiny. II Rosicrucian Mysteries Teachings of an Initiate Vital Body. Vol.A Guide to Healing Message of the Stars Simplified Scientific Astrology EPHEMERIDES One year booklets (1857-2030 and later) 10-year books (1880-2030 and later) BOOK BY MRS. The Freemasonry and Catholicism Gleanings of a Mystic How Shall We Know Christ at His Coming? Letters to Students Mysteries of the Great Operas Mystical Interpretation of Christmas Mystical Interpretation of Easter Occult Principles of Health and Healing Rosicrucian Christianity Lectures Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions and Answers. The FOR CHILDREN Rosicrucian Principles of Child Training Your Child's Horoscope (2 volumes) ASTROLOGY Astro-Diagnosis .

Rebirth and the Law of Cause and Effect. Part II takes up the scheme of Evolution in general and the Evolution of the Solar System and the Earth in particular. 92058-2329 . Part I is a treatise on the Visible and the Invisible Worlds. The author received this Teaching personally from the Rosicrucian Brotherhood. correlating science with religion. It contains a comprehensive outline of the evolutionary process of man and the universe. USA. Man and the Method of Evolution. Esoteric Training and Safe Method of Acquiring Firsthand Knowledge. California. It is their latest communication. 717 pages ISBN 978-0-911274-02-8 Hardcover 152-Page Topical and Alphabetical Indexes 719 pages ISBN 978-0-911274-34-9 Paper Bound Write for complete price list ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP 2222 Mission Avenue Oceanside. Part III treats of Christ and His Mission.THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION BY M AX H EINDEL This book gives a complete outline of the Western Wisdom Teaching as far as it may be made public at the present time. Future Development of Man and Initiation.

The Desire World The World of Thought. Birth and Child Life. Choice of Author as Messenger of the Brothers of the Rose Cross. Ecclesia. thereby satisfying both heart and mind. Mt. Second Heaven. The Desire Body. The Vital Body. Color. Soul and Breath. as vouchsafed by the Rosicrucian Philosophy. Theological. CHAPTER 5. The Mystery of Light. CHAPTER 2. CHAPTER 4. Rebirth. CHAPTER 3. The Etheric Region. Soul Differentiated from Spirit. and Consciousness. The Third Heaven. Christian Rosenkreuz. intending specially to give busy people a solution to life's basic problems. The Visible and Invisible Worlds: The Chemical Region. 175 Pages Indexed ISBN 978-0-911274-86-8 Write for Complete Price List Paper Cover .THE ROSICRUCIAN MYSTERIES BY MAX HEINDEL The author divulges the sublime truths of the Western Wisdom Teachings in a felicitous narrative style. Life and Death: Invisible Helpers and Mediums. We Are Eternal (poem). Education of Children. The Mind. The Constitution of Man. Christ or Creed (poem). LIST OF CONTENTS CHAPTER 1 The Order of the Rosicrucians and the Rosicrucian Fellowship: Spiritual Wave. Logos and "the Beginning". Three Theories of Life─Materialistic. The Problem of Life and Its Solution: Necessity for Independent Thought.

these priceless letters were published in book form for the inspiration and instruction of all. this book may be a turning point in your journey toward the Light. including: Baptism of Water and of Spirit The Invisible Guardians of Humanity Flesh Food and Alcohol The Christ Spirit and the Spiritual Panacea The Role of Evil in the World The Coming Age of Air Eastern and Western Methods of Development A Method of Discerning Truth from its Imitation The World War and Infant Mortality Christ and His Second Coming All Occult Development Begins with the Vital Body The Faust Myth and the Masonic Legend Epigenesis and Future Destiny “Lost Souls” and Stragglers Increasing the Life of the Archetype Infused with Heindel’s characteristic fervor and compelling conviction.LETTERS TO STUDENTS By MAX HEINDEL This book collects the ninety-seven monthly letters that Max Heindel wrote to students of the Rosicrucian Fellowship from Christmas 1910 to January 1919. they cover a wide range of topics. As a gift to yourself or another. 237 Pages Indexed ISBN 978-0-911274-09-7 Paper Cover . these lucid letters transform the formality of the cold printed page into warmth and assurance. Expressed in the ardent and intimate voice of a teacher and friend. After his passing.

The Astronomical Allegories of the Bible 10. Spiritual Sight and Insight 12. Astrology: Its Scope and Limitations 11. Tempter or Benefactor? 15. Dreams. Fellowship and the Coming Race The titles show that these lectures were written to answer the recurring questions in every thoughtful person’s mind. Hypnotism. Trance. Life and Activity in Heaven 7. Parsifal: Wagner’s Mystical Music Drama 13. and Insanity 5. A comprehensive outline with modern application. Death and Life in Purgatory 6.THE ROSICRUCIAN CHRlSTIANITY LECTURES B Y MAX HEINDEL Delivering these twenty lectures in person was one of the earliest activities of this authorized Messenger of the Rosicrucian Order. 4. Index converts this to a reference book. 2. Mediumship. The Star of Bethlehem: A Mystic Fact 17. Lucifer. Birth a Fourfold Event 8. The Angels as Factors in Evolution 14. of the ancient truths of Rosicrucianism . 374 Pages ISBN 978-0-911274-84-4 Paper Cover 1. TITLES OF LECTURES/CHAPTERS The Riddle of Life and Death Where Are the Dead? Spiritual Sight and the Spiritual Worlds Sleep. ALL LECTURES ARE AVAILABLE AS SEPARATE BOOKLETS . The Lord’s Prayer 19. The Mystery of the Holy Grail 18. The Mystery of Golgotha and the Cleansing Blood 16. The Coming Force: Vril or What? 20. The Science of Nutrition. 3. Health and Protracted Youth 9.

Mediumship. Their Life Here and Hereafter. Rebirth. Spiritualistic Phenomena. The Science of Death. PART 2. Miscellaneous. Life on Earth. The Creation. PART 9. The Third Heaven. PART 3. Clairvoyance. Initiation. The Fall. The Law of Rebirth. THE ALPHABETICAL INDEX MAKES THIS A BOOK OF INSTANT REFERENCE This book may change your entire outlook on life 428 Pages ISBN 978-0-911274-89-9 Paper Cover . PART 7. PART 6. Obsession. You will find here an authoritative solution. Sleep and Dreams. Guardian Angels. PART 5. Marriage. The Immaculate Conception. Dangers of Psychism.THE ROSICRUCIAN PHILOSOPHY IN QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS VOLUME I By MAX HEINDEL This book answers 189 questions most frequently asked of the author in his public lectures. Children. True and False. PARTIAL LIST OF SUBJECTS PART 1. The Second Heaven. Life After Death. True Spiritual Unfoldment. Health and Disease. Animals. The First Heaven. Astrology. PART 8. Social Conditions. Materialization. Purgatory. Perhaps many of your perplexities are included. Transmigration. The Law of Causation. PART 4. Sayings of Christ. The Bible Teachings. Cremation.

How Are the “Dead” Clothed? PART 2. The Plane of Initiation. Contact with Relatives During Sleep. The Purgatorial Existence. People in the Desire World See the Sun. The Tests of Initiation. PostMortem Consciousness. Spiritual Cognition. Idiocy. Raising the Dead. Rebirth of Children. PART 4. THE ALPHABETICAL INDEX MAKES THIS A BOOK OF INSTANT REFERENCE This book may change your entire outlook on life 589 Pages ISBN 978-0-911274-90-5 Paper Cover . The Bible. PARTIAL LIST OF SUBJECTS PART 1. Health and Healing. Short Cut to Heaven. The Memory of Nature. PART 6. PART 9. The Fourth Dimension. Perhaps many of your perplexities are included. The Invisible Worlds. Influence of Stars. Dreams. Reunion of Lovers in Heaven. PART 7. Spiritual Sight. You will find here an authoritative solution. PART 8. Trance States.THE ROSICRUCIAN PHILOSOPHY IN QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS VOLUME II By MAX HEINDEL This book answers 166 questions most frequently asked of the author in his public lectures. Masters and Initiation. Aquarian Age. Rebirth and Sex. Frequency. PART 5. Consciousness in the Invisible Worlds. Amputation. INRI. Earthbound Spirits. Rebirth. Do Two Wrongs Make a Right? PART 3. Incurable Diseases. Miscellaneous. Insanity. Life After Death. Initiation. Necessity. Jehovah. Astrology.

SUBJECTS COVERED INCLUDE: The Sign of the Master The Secret of Success The Death of the Soul The Promotion of Spiritual Sight Scientific Method of Spiritual Unfoldment Eternal Damnation and Salvation The Journey Through the Wilderness This important work by Max Heindel is published by The Rosicrucian Fellowship which has established a school that provides a meeting ground for art. science.TEACHINGS OF AN INITIATE BY MAX HEINDEL The process of preparation for the Aquarian Age has already commenced and as Aquarius is an airy. Max Heindel. Therefore. 212 Pages Indexed ISBN 978-0-911274-19-6 Paper Cover . lived the Teachings which he taught. scientific. and intellectual sign. Christian Mystic and Initiate of the Rosicrucian Order. the New Faith for this age must be rooted in reason. In this book are presented many of the fruits of his physical and metaphysical labors. this method will develop the latent spiritual powers in any individual just as surely as constant practice will make a person proficient in any material line of endeavor. the mysteries of life must be solved in a manner that will satisfy both the head and the heart. If persistently followed. and religion. A scientific method of spiritual unfoldment is revealed that is in total harmony with the cosmic laws of soul growth.

Rebirth ~ Soul and Breath ~ We Are Eternal (poem). CHAPTER 3. The Order of the Rosicrucians and the Rosicrucian Fellowship: Spiritual Wave ~ Christian Rosenkreuz ~ Choice of Author as Messenger of the Brothers of the Rose Cross. Life and Death: Invisible Helpers and Mediums ~ Death ~ Panorama of Past Life ~ Purgatory ~ The First Heaven ~ The Second Heaven ~ The Third Heaven ~ Birth and Child Life ~ The Mystery of Light. The Problem of Life and Its Solution: Necessity for Independent Thought ~ Three Theories of Life: Materialistic. CHAPTER 4. 176 Pages ISBN 978-0-911274-88-2 Write for Complete Price List Paper Cover . ~ The CHAPTER 5.MYSTERIES OF THE GREAT OPERAS BY MAX HEINDEL The author presents the sublime truths of the Western Wisdom Teachings in almost narrative style in this book intended specially to give busy people a solution to life's basic problems as contained Rosicrucian Philosophy. Color. The Constitution of Man: The Vital Body Desire Body ~ The Mind ~ Soul Differentiated from Spirit. CHAPTER 2. and Consciousness ~ Education of Children ~ Mt. Theological. Ecclesia. LIST OF CONTENTS CHAPTER 1. The Visible and Invisible Worlds: The Chemical Region ~ The Etheric Region ~ The Desire World The World of Thought ~ Logos and "the Beginning" ~ Christ or Creed (poem). equally satisfying the mind and the heart.

PRACTICAL METHODS OF ACHIEVING SUCCESS Based upon Conservation of the Sex Force 167 Pages Indexed ISBN 978-0-911274-17-2 Paper Cover Write for Complete Price List .THE WEB OF DESTINY BY MAX HEINDEL Sixteen of the ninety-seven monthly lessons sent out to his students by this illumined teacher. The Effects of Remorse ~ The Dangers of Excessive Bathing III. The Color Effects of Emotion in Assemblages of People ~ The Isolating Effect of Worry. Effects of War upon Desire Body ~ The Vital Body as Affected by Detonations of Big Guns. Obsession of Man and of Animals. The Wings and the Power ~ The Invocation ~ The Climax IV. The Nature of Ether Atoms ~ The Necessity of Poise. The “Sin Body” ~ Possession by Self-made Demons ~ Elementals. The Creation of Environment ~ The Genesis of Mental and Physical Disabilities. “The Dweller on the Threshold” ~ Earthbound Spirits. The Christ Rays Constitute the "Inner Urge" ~ Etheric Sight ~ Collective Destiny II. They are the fruitage of true esoteric research. PRAYER─A MAGIC INVOCATION The Nature of and Preparation for Prayer. The Cause of Disease ~ Efforts of the Ego to Escape from The Body ~ Effects of Lasciviousness. THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS The Function of Desire. THE WEB OF DESTINY Spiritual Research ~ The Soul Body. The Christ Within ~ Memory of Nature. TABLE OF CONTENTS I.

and in Aspect with other Planets. An outstanding chapter on Planetary Octaves. 36 Example Horoscopes. Progressed Lunar Directions. the Ductless Glands. PARTIAL LIST OF CHAPTER CONTENTS CHAPTER 1. CHAPTERS 2 to 7. in the 12 Signs. Intrinsic Nature of the Planets. giving an analysis of each in the 12 Houses. CHAPTERS 22 to 27. Mutual Aspects of Planets. Medical Astrology─Diagnosis. Methods of Progression. Amenability to Spiritual Vibrations. Contains this book's specific contribution to spiritual astrology. Delineation in a Nutshell. Keywords. Health. Progressed Solar Directions. Middle Atlantean  ─ È. Piscean Age Ë ─ Å. Progression of Angles. Second Marriages. Finances.THE MESSAGE OF THE STARS By MAX HEINDEL and AUGUSTA FOSS HEINDEL The Library of every Astrology Student should contain a copy of this Essential Reference Book. Transits. Vocation. Aquarian Age Ê ─ Ä. obtained by firsthand investigation: Evolution as shown in the Zodiac ─ Early Atlantean Epoch à ─ É. CHAPTERS 8 to 21. Thirty-six pages of revised Natal and Medical Indexes 736 Pages ISBN 978-0-911274-10-3 Paper Cover . Pathogenic Effects of Signs. Adjusted Calculation Date. Marriage. Your Luck in Life. Mind and the Ruling Planet. Children. giving a system of diagnosis based on many years of experience. Later Atlantean Á ─ Ç . Influence of the 12 Signs when Rising. CHAPTERS 28 to 30. of Planets. Aryan Epoch─Aryan Age À ─ Æ . Mundane Houses. Were you born under a Lucky Star? Reading the Horoscope. Complete Chapters on each Planet.

focused and fully conscious manner. “all occult development begins with the vital body.THE VITAL BODY BY MAX HEINDEL Since the initiate author repeatedly stressed that.” this book will be especially valuable for those who desire to advance their spiritual evolution in a deliberate. Rituals and Exercise · Ancient Initiation · Positive and Negative Development THE VITAL BODY OF JESUS · As a Vehicle for Christ 197 Pages Indexed ISBN 978-0-911274-16-5 Paper Cover Write for Complete Price List . PARTIAL CONTENTS THE EVOLUTION OF MAN’S VITAL BODY MAN’S VITAL BODY IN THE PRESENT EPOCH · Its General Nature and Function · In Health and Sickness · In Sleep and Dreams · At Death and in Invisible Worlds · On the Way to Rebirth · Of Children THE VITAL BODY OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS THE RELATION OF THE VITAL BODY TO SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT · Effect of Prayer.