OUT OF EGYPT

The History of the White Brotherhood on Earth and Its Teachings

 

Chapter 5

 

We are now approaching a part in the history of the White Brotherhood when the Exodus from Egypt occurred. Not all Jews are Hebrews, and not all Hebrews are Jews. Many persons, even today, seem to think that the term Jewish refers to nationality, blood or physical characteristics of some kind. It is simply a religious denomination or classification and one may be Jewish by religion without being Jewish by blood relationship to the Hebrews.

In these early days the Jewish religion had not yet been established and the children of Israel were not Hebrew in the same sense as people would designate them centuries later. Not all the children of Israel went into Palestine and became Hebrews, or adopted the Jewish religion. The tribes of Israel were scattered throughout the world. The records of the White Brotherhood show that even the American Indians, discovered on this continent by Columbus and the early navigators, were descendants of some of the early tribes of Israel.

Among the children of Israel and the tribes of the Aryan race that came into Egypt along with the educated and mystically prepared leaders, were many who were untrained for any other work than that of agriculture or the trades of handicraft.

Since these were not paid salaries, they were given the necessities of life in exchange for their labors, and in order to secure these necessities, they had to labor. There is ample proof that the children of Israel developed their mental faculties and became educated in understanding the laws of nature as well as the laws of the land. They ceased to live in any form of bondage and began to be more free and independent.

While Moses was an adopted son of the daughter of the Pharaoh of the time, he was really one of the Israelites, who as a child had been hidden away because the ruler of the land had ordered the death of all male infants born to the Hebrews.

Moses was made aware of the fact that he was of the tribe of Israel when a young boy, and the story he was able to learn regarding the sufferings, trials and tribulations of his people aroused his sympathy at a very early age.

There are many accounts of his contacts with the tribes of Israel for the purpose of discovering how they fared, and how they were progressing in their development.

We have the Biblical story of how he killed an Egyptian who was maltreating a member of the tribe of Israel, and although his motives were high, nevertheless, he was made to suffer many times and in many ways for this rash act.

Moses soon became fearful that the Pharaoh himself would learn of his crime, and not only dismiss him from the royal household, but perhaps demand his life in return. This forced Moses to leave the royal home and escape to the peninsula where he lived with Reuel or Requel, the priest of Midian.

Eventually Moses married a daughter of this priest. For 40 years he lived in this foreign section and followed the occupation of shepherd. It was during these 40 years that his son, Gershom, was born. According to the third chapter of Exodus, Moses accidentally met with a miracle, which placed him in cosmic attunement with God or the heavenly Hosts.

According to the records of the White Brotherhood, the incident is very understandable and is really a key to many of the problems of the life of Moses and his place in the scheme of things.

According to the Biblical record, Moses accidentally came upon a burning bush or a bush that was burning without being consumed.

While he was about his duty as a shepherd and while he was looking into the same, this miracle -- the voice of God -- spoke to him.

The White Brotherhood's records reveal that Moses was always mystically inclined, especially in his adulthood. After his contact with the priest Reuel, he became even more so, for Reuel was one of the masters of the mysteries.

Reuel secured a promise from Moses at the time of the marriage of Moses to his daughter, that Moses agree to have their offspring brought within the mystical brotherhood.

It is apparent that Moses and his son came upon this altar of fire after some ceremony had been performed and the performers had left. Here they saw the remains of a ceremony at which mystical invocations had been held for the purpose of attunement with the Holy Ghost or the voice of the heavenly spirit.

The record states that both Moses and his son knelt before the altar of fire and began to chant, which they knew in some of its phases, and while in meditation following the chanting, Moses became cosmically attuned and received his first inspirational message.

According to the Bible, the sound of the voice of Yhwh came from the bush and in the Biblical account the name of God is given as Yhwh, the unspeakable name.

However, in the records of the White Brothers nothing is said of the voice coming from the bush or from any particular place and, in fact, it is intimated plainly that it was the still small voice from within, rather than from without, that gave the inspired message to Moses.

According to the Brotherhood records, this message directed that Moses, rather than vent his exuberance and determination to help his tribe by killing any who might have harmed his people, should expend that energy in leading his people to a more prosperous land.

Moses stated later that, accompanying the voice which he heard, he was given certain signs; that these signs appeared before his eyes as a vision revealing to him an emblem by which he could identify himself when he went to any of the higher mystery temples in Egypt.

Various other incidences are added in the Bible that are not found in the Brotherhood records. Evidently they had been added by the later Jewish writers in order to substantiate some of their doctrines. Moses finally reached the palace of Amenhotep and he helped Moses to save the tribes.

The tribes of Israel were persons of various branches of the Aryan race who, being nomadic in type, traveled from country to country seeking greater knowledge and better opportunities to advance their form of civilization. Many of them were poor, uneducated and illiterate, but they were seeking for knowledge and attempting to build a better civilization.

The leaders, teachers and rulers of these tribes, who prepared the great mystical teachings and who helped to hold these tribes together, had a considerable understanding of what was being accomplished. But so far as the individuals of the tribes them- selves were concerned, it is doubtful indeed if they were conscious of the fact that their movements throughout the various lands, as well as their long contact with Egypt and its advanced learning, and the movement from that land into other lands to spread those teachings, were part of a great universal plan of the higher Order.

There is no evidence to indicate that there was a practicing Hebrew or Jewish religion in the times that Moses rose up, became a great leader of these tribes, and led them on to Palestine. The truth is that it is difficult to tell where these tribes came from. It is certain that they did not come from any one country or part of a country in one great hoard, but that they gradually assembled. While they were all Aryan and of a certain blood and type, they had different dialects or languages and somewhat different facial characteristics.

It is quite evident that their first contact with any definite system of religious or cultural thought was while they were in Egypt and thus came about the gradual development of the Brotherhood's plan to save just such tribes or people in all parts of the world from remaining in darkness and ignorance.

In the Brotherhood records, it states in connection with some of the ritualistic ceremonies of the great White Lodge in Egypt, that no one was allowed to enter the temple of Serapis in Egypt who did not bear on his breast or forehead, in proper symbolical form and in the proper position, the emblematic secret name of Jao or, in true hieroglyphic characters J-ha-ho.

Moses was acquainted with this secret and sacred name, which was like the key to the temple or to the higher mystery; and this key was referred to when mention is made in sacred literature as the key of St. Peter.

With this key in his possession, Moses immediately was attuned to the higher activities of the cosmic, and at the same time, permitted to enter into the official connections of the mystical organization.

The Biblical account in the Book of Exodus says that God instructed Moses to go before the rulers or leaders of the Egyptians, as well as before the leaders of the tribes that were dwelling in Egypt, and acquaint them with the fact that he was about to save these tribes from being held in any form of bondage and lead them on to a new land and to a new civilization. In verses 19-22, it would appear that God told Moses to inform the tribes that they might still lie, deceive and cheat the Egyptians in order to make a profitable and successful Exodus from Egypt.

It is quite evident therefore, that part of the Biblical account of the Exodus was added by someone who had some purpose in introducing such an inconsistent and contradictory element into the story.

The Bible story then continues to show how Moses prepared to appear to the Pharaoh and how God prepared the Pharaoh's heart. By reading this part of the story, it is seen at once that some writer of the Jewish records or the Hebrew people had some cunning motive in mind in making it appear that God had to resort to all kinds of magic and trickery in order to aid Moses in delivering His people from Egypt, which was not at all necessary.

We may suspect what the Jewish writer was attempting to do by introducing this sort of thing into his sacred account. It is quite evident that the Jewish writer of the Exodus account wished to have a very satisfactory explanation of how Moses freed his tribes from the supposed immutable and unchangeable bondage in which they were held by the Egyptians.

Since the story of the Exodus began with the statement that the tribes of Israel were life-long slaves in Egypt, which they were not, the writer had to invent some explanation of their escape from that bondage under the leadership of Moses. Also, he believed that he had to invent some explanation of how the tribes were able to get from Egypt to Palestine across seas and lands that had no food, nor means, or protection of life. Thus he resorted to some of the old mythological stories of Bacchus, which he thought would be lost to future generations; but this story remained as the sacred writings of truth.

Existing similarities between the story of Moses and the story of Bacchus, show quite evidently that the characterizations are identical and that the story of one was taken from the story of the other; and Biblical research makes it very plain that the books of the present Christian Bible were prepared long after the old mythological stories were well established. So thus, most of the Biblical account of Moses and his miracles were taken from the old mythological writing.

Here we have Chapter 5 of an interesting work written by Jasher, who lived during the time of Moses and was his closest companion:

"These are the words of Jasher, the son of Caleb, by Azuba. And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Israel were multiplied exceedingly. And they said one unto the other, Shall we bow down and serve the Egyptians, seeing we are becoming more and mightier than they. And the sayings of the children of Israel were told unto Pharaoh, and he said, "They are wanton, they lift up the heel; set over them more task-masters." And they did so, but it availed not: for the more the house of Jacob was afflicted, the more they increased and multiplied.

"Pharaoh was greatly vexed, and he said, This people will eat us up; wherefore ye shall slay every male of the Hebrew that cometh out of the womb, in the day that he is born shall he surely die. Now when the daughter of the Pharaoh heard of these things she sought to turn away the evil imaginations of her father against the males of the children of Israel.

"It came to pass that Moses, son of Amram by Jochebed his wife, was the first male that came out of the womb after the decree of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to slay all the males of the Hebrews. Jochebed, the mother of Moses, with Miriam his sister, came unto the Pharaoh's daughter, and Jochebed said, Behold, here is the son of thy handmaid! And the Pharaoh's daughter said, Give unto me the child. And she did so. And she said, This child shall be my son. And it came to pass, that the wrath of Pharaoh was turned away from slaying the males of the Hebrews and the child Moses grew and increased in stature in all the magic of the Egyptians."

At this point in our history of the White Brotherhood and its activities, we are dealing with the conditions a few centuries before the birth of Jesus.

We look upon the first four or five centuries before his birth as a greater era of modern mysticism and modern philosophy and one of the most important epochs in the history of civilization. The birth of Jesus was a grand culmination of hopes, aspirations, expectations and cosmic conditions which had prevailed for many centuries.

It is necessary to go into detail regarding the activities of the Brotherhood in Egypt and other lands between the time of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and the birth of Jesus, at which time they left a great point in their activities.

First of all, we find that the White Brotherhood had established its principle monastery and school at Heliopolis. There had been a small school at Thebes; there had been another at Fayeum; and there were smaller branches just out of Cairo and in other parts of Egypt, but the Brotherhood finally built and established its largest monastery and supreme temple at Heliopolis.

Thotmes the III had erected Heliopolis was a very old center of civilization, but not a large city or town by any means. Thotmes the III had erected an obelisk there and the place was called the City of the Sun from the Greek word helios, meaning sun.

Ancient Heliopolis was situated right in the center of a great expanse of perfectly level low lands. It had a wonderful climate and a high rate of vibrations, which are still sensed by those who visit the locality. The priesthood of Egypt also had built some shrines and temples there before the White Brotherhood decided to build its supreme temple and monastery at this location.

The sacred buildings erected there by the pagan priesthood of Egypt gave the city of Heliopolis the aspect of being entirely a religious center.

The fact is, it was known as such all through the centuries preeeding the birth of Jesus and during the Christian period as well.

The native name of the town was On. This name is also mentioned in the Bible. The sun worship from which the city derived the name Heliopolis was, or course, the pagan interpretation of the sun's relationship to divine power.

The pagan priesthood had built and established at this locality one of the largest and best structures for the preservation of the ancient Egyptian records. How well the Brotherhood succeeded in making the new monastery and supreme temple a great school of learning, is show by the fact that Plato and other Greek philosophers went there to study. Some centuries later, Alexandria almost duplicated Heliopolis as a center of learning for the priesthood, as well as private interest not connected with the priesthood or with the White Brotherhood, and also established some schools there.

The White Brotherhood, it is evident, built a college of the higher sciences at Alexandria, and thus the two cities became rivals because of their proximity. The existence of these two centers of learning made northern Egypt the educational center of that part of the world.

As centuries passed, more and more students seeking to learn only the arts and sciences attended the schools at Alexandria. Nothing of an educational nature was left in Heliopolis, except the monastery, temple and schools of the White Brotherhood. This was one of the conditions that the White Brotherhood anticipated; it left them with that isolation, privacy and secrecy which they desired.

If one visits Heliopolis today he sees the ruined walls of the ancient town, and within these ruins only the foundations and partial walls of the ancient temple, and of the three obelisks that originally stood in the ancient city, but one remains. The second is located in Central Park in New York, and the other, on the banks of the Thames in London.

The monastery which the White Brotherhood built at Heliopolis was not only for worship and high ceremonies, but was used periodically for the initiation of a new great member of the Brotherhood, especially for one who was about to become a great avatar in the distant lands.

The inner court of monastery was a magnificent garden 400 feet square; surrounding the monastery were many homes built for the high priests, instructors and scribes of the White Brotherhood. Near them were some smaller homes and stone structures of one room, each like monks' cells, in which the students of the school lived. Several beautiful gardens or parks were located in the midst of the enclosures.

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