The History of the White Brotherhood on Earth and Its Teachings
In the ancient records it shows that in the original story at sunrise on the seventh day, God began the process of expanding His consciousness into all living creatures, and finally placed His benediction on man who was to be His living representative on the face of the Earth.
Also, throughout the seventh day God did not simply rest but spent the day in meditation and it was therefore a day of sacred communion. The early mystery schools thereby laid the foundation for one day of sacred ceremony and communion out of each seven. This is also the origin of our churchly Sunday.
The Bundasish states that Ahuramazda created the first man and woman, joined together at the back. After dividing them, he endowed them with motion and activity, placed within them an intellectual soul, and bid them to be of humble heart; to observe the law; to be pure in their thoughts, pure in their speech, pure in their actions.
Thus were born Mashya and Mashyana, a pair from which all human beings are descended. The idea brought out in this story of the first human pair having originally formed a single androgynous being with two faces, separated later into two personalities by the creator, is to be found in the account of creation in Genesis, "Male and female created He them, and placed them and named their name Adam."
Jewish tradition and the Targum and Talmud as well as well-learned rabbis allege that Adam was created man and woman at the same time, having two faces turned in opposite directions, and that the Creator separated the feminine half from him in order to make her a distinct person.
It was natural for inquiring minds to want to know more about themselves than about nature such as mountains, seas, sky and trees. Therefore, more time was spent in the early teachings in these ancient mystery schools explaining to man his own existence than was spent in explaining the origin, and manifestation of the origin.
In fact, for many ages the natural laws of the universe were set aside in preference to a study of man himself. Since man was really a great enigma, it is not surprising that gradually there were postulated many theories, philosophies and speculative ideas about the creation of man and that knowledge which was much easier to secure, such as botany and cosmogony for instance, was allowed to remain untouched.
The ancient schools had a very extensive study of the creation of man which were scientific in their nature, while outside of these schools the speculations and superstitious ideas regarding the origin of man and his creation became so fantastic as to become absurd and of no value.
To the general populace who did not attend these ancient schools, every discovery of a scientific or semi-scientific nature necessitated a change of ideas about the origin of man because such discoveries disproved their ideas and contradicted their beliefs.
These early teachers had no mechanical means for the study of the cell and knew very little of the subject of biology as we know it today, but they did have one source of information that was infallibly correct, and this was the contact they had with the infinite mind of the Creator which through revelation and inspiration revealed to them the fundamental principles regarding the origin of man as a species. Therefore, their teachings on the origin of man distinctly stated that in the beginning man as the highest type of the animal kingdom was bi-sexual.
In other words, he was both male and female and, therefore, each being of the human species had the ability to impregnate his own eggs and thereby bring his own species into existence. This idea puzzled many of the students in these ancient schools, mainly because they knew of no bi-sexual animals and therefore it was hard for them to conceive of such a thing.
These ancients had a religious doctrine about this that was as much a mystery to them as the idea of the Immaculate Conception is to the average Christian today.
In their doctrine about the origin of man they stated that because man was of this peculiar nature in his first form, the process of giving birth to children was a result of "self-conception." This term was referred to by them as a process of mental conception or mental creation. The term self-conception to them was just as peculiar and erroneous as the term Immaculate Conception as applied to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother intimates or implies that all other forms of conception other than the usual, normal, natural form of conception are not immaculate, but are unclean, impure or unholy, which is not true and does not follow the teachings of the Holy Bible.
When the term self-conception or mental conception was used by these ancient teachers, what they were really saying is more closely taught in the term divine conception or cosmic conception. Thus the account of the origin of man became the fundamental one used through many ages, which, after being slightly modified, eventually became the sacred story of the origin of men.
Here is the fundamental outline of the origin of man as understood by those in the ancient schools after God created the heavens and the earth in all the material things that were without apparent life: He decided to create a representative of Himself on the earth plane in His own spiritual and creative image, so that in His dominion that being might carry out the great work of building up the characteristics and creatures of the preconceived nations of the world.
God Himself was neither male nor female, but contained within His own being and consciousness the essence of male and female, the creative power of all animals, and was therefore bi-sexual.
In creating man, therefore, as a representative of Himself He took from the material elements of the earth the most refined and the most highly evolved in a vibratory nature, which, when brought together, produced a body of more delicate texture, more sensitive nature and more beautiful form than any other of the animals in the animal kingdom. This material form made out of the earthly elements did not represent a replica of God's form, since God was formless in a material sense.
After God had thus molded the physical body of His human representative on earth, He breathed into its body His creative powers and essence which were of a spiritual nature and gave to this lifeless form not only life, but a degree of consciousness possessed by Himself. At once man became a living spiritual being with a material body through which to function, and yet the bi-sexual powers for procreation for ages, which in the terms of infinity may be called a day, man continued to live as a bi-sexual creature reproducing his kind.
However, there came a time when God believed that man would be guided to greater tenderness, greater application of his forces and powers and greater activity in various directions if the dual natures of his being were separated and man became a dual creation in two bodies, instead of one.
Thus God formed another body out of the earthly elements, this time creating one that was even more beautiful in form, softer and more delicate in physical action and more sensitive to the higher vibrations and impulses of His consciousness. At the same time, He made the original body of man a little stronger, a little more rugged, a little larger and better prepared to function exclusively in connection with the more difficult task of the Earth.
With these two bodies then before Him, He took from the body of the original man that part of his sex functioning which was the feminine nature, and put it into the new, softer, smaller and more beautiful body that He had just made. Then into this new body He breathed life and consciousness and called this new body female.
The more rugged body which was now minus a part of itself, He called male. In this way God created male and female, after He had created the original man as bi-sexual. God said that these two bodies were companions and necessary parts of each. They should ever live in unity and if separated, seek one another, and that for each male there was a distinct female which originally had been part of himself, and for each female there would be a male which originally had been a part of herself, that they should live together and multiply and bring forth of their own kind. This they did and their offspring were in pairs like themselves.
The female would seek the male companion and the males would seek the female companions. And when they met, they would know each other by the natural attunement between them, and they would live together as one, permitting nothing to separate them.
There are other details somewhat philosophical, ethical and moral in regards to how they should live together as man and wife, how their souls after transition would still seek companionship, and how in future birth the original pair would meet again and unite.
When reading Genesis out of the Bible, one can see clearly that its account of creation had its origin from this ancient doctrine. There had always been considerable dispute about the authenticity or reliability of the account in the Holy Bible, because in the Book of Genesis there might seem to be two apparently contradictory accounts regarding the creation of man.
In the first account the statement is made that after all other animals were created, man was created -- male and female in His own image.
In the second account, we read that man was created first and that later, while man was in a deep sleep, God took something from his side, out of which He created woman. Having the original story made by the ancient mystery schools from which the Bible accounts were taken, because of their widespread acceptance among all of the early nations of the earth, we see that both accounts in Genesis are correct and contain no contradiction.
God did create man originally male and female as stated in the first account of Genesis. Later God did cause a deep sleep or coma or a suspension of animation to come upon the evolutionary stage of man, during which a change was made and his body was reformed into a strong, masculine character to do the heavy work allotted him. At the same time a part of his bi-sexual nature was taken from him, whether from his side or not. With this part taken from him, the distinct sex nature of woman was separated from man and placed in the female body, and we have the two creatures instead of one.
It is a known fact that the Bible accounts as presented in the Book of Genesis are similar to the legendary accounts from the ancient schools because we find almost the same wording as we find in Genesis in many of the ancient writings in the various countries. For instance, if we read the book by Brunsen called Angel Messiah, we note that Ormuzd, the Persian god of gods, proclaimed in his sacred doctrine this phrase: "Let us make man in our own likeness." Also, in many other ancient writings of the Oriental peoples we find a similar story about the mythological gods or the gods of the superstitious heathen tribes creating man in their own likeness and making the original man both male and female.
As the account of the creation of man got outside of the ancient schools and became accepted by the populace, they revealed the story to other lands and eventually in each land, in each nation of people discussing among themselves, if the God of the Aryans or the God of the Egyptians created them in His likeness and created them male and female, then our God must have created us in the same way. Thus we find throughout the world all peoples contributing to their mythological gods and to their idols a creation of man and woman in the same manner as laid down in the ancient mystery schools.
Following the teachings of the ancient schools, we come to another point which was a natural result of the teaching regarding the origin, the creation of man. Even though the primitive students of the ancient schools were not as versed in logic and reasoning as people today, they still could not help noticing what seemed to be inconsistencies in the scheme of things.
These primitive peoples suffered from diseases and illnesses and died or passed away just as people do today. They had our financial troubles even though they did not have coins such as we use today. They had their daily trials with success and failure and they had their ambitions, some of which were probably altruistic and not wholly selfish but which seemed to fall or fail, and in their way many of them tried to live a godly spiritual life and yet suffered pains and sorrows seemingly without warrant.
Thus they asked questions as: "If God created man in His own image and man is a part of God's good living, pure soul and consciousness, why do we suffer and have disease and die, while God continues to live eternally?"
The ancient mystic schools said that man's spirit was created in God's image, he could not be created materially or physically in God's image because God had no material or physical body. If man were an image of God only in a spiritual sense and were an image of nothing but the higher form of the animal kingdom in the physical sense, man was therefore believed to be a dual being. The real and most noble and God-like part of man was an etherical spiritual part and a counterpart of God, with all of God's attributes, powers and goodness. The physical part of man was made of all the physical elements like the trees, the rocks, the water and all the other things God created in the first part of His plan of creation. Therefore, the physical part of man was a mortal, vacillating, non-dependable element in his existence.
The real part of man -- the spiritual part -- that is a part of God, could not die. The physical part of man suffered and had trials and temptations and died or passed through various transitions as a part of its evolutionary changes. This explanation did not answer their questions fully, but it did help them to understand that man was dual and that the real part of man did not die, although it might suffer in a sense that it would be prostrated or handicapped by the tortures of the body through disease and pain.
To answer their questions more completely, the explanation went further and the early mystics thought that when God created man, He also gave man the ability to choose and to be a free agent in his actions. Thuswise, man being a free agent with the ability to reason, judge and choose, as he chose so would he have to abide and take the consequences.
Up until this time, man had been taught and believed that he was slave to all kinds of evil spirits and subject to the will of invisible gods and invisible beings, and upon these he blamed his misfortunes and his illnesses. He even went so far as to believe that if a series of events showed that he was under the evil influence of some evil spirit or god, it was useless for him to try to succeed in any plan or event or even attempt anything.
It is easily seen why these people lived a life of fear and dread and continually suffered from more misery than was necessary. You can realize what a revolutionary idea it was to be taught that even God, Who created man, did not attempt to enslave him, but had given man the power and the right to choose for himself to be a free agent.
But in the teachings of these ancient schools they did not express the idea that when a person chose wrongly and decided to do something he should not do and did it, that God would punish him in revenge or out of wrath. That idea was developed by the pagan priesthoods.
The ancient schools thought that man had the right to choose and that he had to assume responsibility of his acts. As further explanations were required, the teachers pointed out the fact that soon after the first created things had the right to choose, they chose wrongly in some important things, accepting evil in place of good, and that by so choosing, man had established for himself an evil course in life as more enticing, more interesting, more enjoyable than the good path and that, therefore, man subsequently and for all future time, had to contend between the good and the bad and assume the responsibility of his choice.
Thus, out of the ancient writings we have seen that while we wish for the end, we deliberate upon and choose the means thereto. Actions that are concerned with means then will be guided by choice and so will be voluntary, and the acts in which the virtues are manifested are concerned with means; therefore, virtue depends upon ourselves and vice likewise.
For where it lies with us to do so, it lies with us not to do. Where we can say no, we can say yes. If then the doing a deed which is noble lies with us, the not doing it which is disgraceful, lies with us; and if the not doing which is noble lies with us, the doing which is disgraceful also lies with us. But if the doing and, likewise, the not doing of noble or base deeds lies with us, and if this is found identical with being good or bad, then it follows that it lies with us to be worthy or worthless men.
The next thing they cover in their teachings is the great deluge. It is interesting to note that none of the statements made by these ancient schools have ever been found to be inconsistent with the discovery of science.
At that time they had neither telescopes nor microscopes, which puzzles many as to how they learned so much about the planets and the heavens and so much about the germs and cell life.
They recorded that their knowledge and wisdom came from the cosmic, and that when they wanted to learn some important facts, they spent time in meditation and received the facts directly from the cosmic mind.
One statement made by these early mystics, which refers to the deluge that covered a large part of the earth's surface, is that this great change did not occur suddenly and that it was not of short duration. They thought that the deluge covered many centuries and occurred in different times. It was, in fact, a series of deluges and inundations, most of which were not connected in any way, except that as time has passed and one looks back on the centuries in which these things occurred, they group all of these events together and make one event out of them.
The ancient stories that are to be found in every historical record of every race and tribe regarding a great deluge are based upon the doctrines and teachings of these ancient schools. An interesting thing is that if these early mystery schools had not taught the story about this great deluge and how and why it occurred, it would never have been known of until a few hundred years ago when science began to make its scientific experiments.
In their teachings, they explained that the earth is continuously going through changes, and they indicated that we are amidst just as many important changes of the Earth's surface as were the ancient peoples when the great deluge took place.
It is a known fact by science today that, in many parts of the world, land is slowly disappearing beneath the water. Science has shown that at some time in the past, probably before the great deluge, much of North America that is now in the temperate zone was covered with ice and was a part of the arctic zone.
This would mean that the poles of the Earth are in a different position today from what they were at some time in the past.
They also point out the fact that the poles of the Earth are again changing their position, and there is no question of the fact that the cold temperature of the north is becoming warmer and the temperate zones are becoming warmer also.
In many parts of North America where snow and cold weather existed early in the fall and throughout the winter many years ago, there is now a very mild snow before the first of January, with the coldest period falling late in the winter or early spring. Many persons now living have noticed this gradual change taking place.
The story of the great deluge coming to destroy all of the wicked people of the world was originated by the ancient secret schools in the conclaves of the council of advisors, and was carried into the different lands through the organizations who had to modify or change the story slightly to fit the various philosophies and mystical teachings of their individual tribes and people.
The image of Osiris of Egypt was shut up in a secret ark on the same calendar day and month as that in which Noah is said to have entered into his ark. Thus the Egyptian priesthood adopted the story from the ancient schools, but changed the name of Noah to Osiris to fit their religious doctrines and teachings.
References to this similarity in the accounts are also found in such books as Bonwick's Egyptian Beliefs. It reads as in the biblical account also, that the rain was upon the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.
It is interesting to note that the mystical number 40 is introduced in the biblical records for the first time. It has also been noticed that throughout the Bible the number seven and the number three have been used, which were secret numbers in these ancient schools.
These council sessions held by these ancient schools were held many hundreds of years before the Roman Catholic Church was instituted. Consequently these sessions were the originators of the plans of establishing teachings which were helpful to man.
These ancient schools in their council sessions were not bound by any precedence or any ancient traditions or doctrines which had to be kept in mind in formulating answers or official explanations. They also resorted prayerfully to cosmic attunement to get the right explanations and right answers from the cosmic mind.
After their council sessions they offered the following explanation as official teachings: After the Earth had been populated with men and women of many tribes and races, all living in sin and evil ways as a result of the fall of man, there grew up with them giants of evil minds, or mighty men and women of cunning evil ways, devising new and alluring temptations to lead the multitudes into sin.
These giants of evil were threatening to lead the human race into irredeemable sin, and God realized that a purging and cleansing must take place.
God caused another cycle of change to take place on the face of the Earth to complete His creative work.
Once again the face of the Earth was in chaos as when He first created the heavens, the Earth and all that was therein.
This cycle of change consisted of seven periods, each period lasting 40 days. In the first period, the waters rose inundating all the land of the Earth and destroying all living things, except the male and female of each species. Each species was paired off that they might multiply and reproduce their own kind.
Thus reviving, they were especially preserved in a great ark which floated upon the face of the water until the spirit of peace, columbe of the universal mind of God, expressed the consciousness of peace upon the troubled waters and quieted them. This ended the forty days of the first period.
In the second period, other changes took place on the surface of the Earth and likewise in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh periods of the cycle.
During these remaining periods after the second, the ark rested upon the mountain of illumination where God instilled His grace and His wisdom and the spirit of goodness in the minds and consciousness of all living things that had been saved. This was done so that they might be remade and thereby purified to produce of their kind in goodness rather than in evil.
During the sixth period of the cycle, all the living things that had survived and which had been illuminated on the mountain top came down into the valley of the new lands that appeared above the water, where they began the great work of repopulating the Earth once again.
During the seventh period God rested in peace and contentment because of the survival of the fittest of His creatures, and the establishment of His kingdom on Earth.
All living creatures today are descendants of the new race that followed the deluge. Therefore, we are free from the evil instincts and now have within us the sleeping instinct of goodness and peace.
The reason for giving the explanation thus is to give hope and inspiration to those who are struggling against the temptations of evil, but was also to afford the leaders and teachers of the ancient schools an opportunity to impress upon their followers many important points of their beliefs and practices.
For instance, this story introduced for the first time to the students -- the mountain of illumination.
Throughout the Christian Bible, there are many references to inspired leaders going up on the mountain to speak with God and receive divine wisdom. This mountain to them was a very secret place and did not refer to a physical mountain; but as in their teachings, means rather the ascending to greater heights, especially those levels of vibration which take one out of the material things of life and put them in touch with the cosmic mind, or mind of God.
Here is the origin of the mountain upon which the ark rested. Also contained in their explanation is the seven days and forty days and the seven creatures of each species and the meeting of them by two's.
At the same time that these ancient schools were teaching those things which they received from revelation and inspiration, there were also philosophical views and ethical teachings being taught to the masses by the various priesthoods of the heathens. So the general masses would ask the questions, "If God created man, would God create elephants, cats, dogs, snakes and other animals? If there is a God of mankind, there must be a God of trees, mountains and of rivers?"
Bear in mind that these ancient teachers did not have any telescopes with which to observe the planets, as there are in our present-day astronomy. Whether or not these early mystics ever saw the planet Saturn, even as a speck of light in the distant heavens, is something we cannot be sure of, but they most evidently knew of the existence of it and other planets by the effects they produced among human nature. With their spiritual sight they undoubtedly saw more than our modern telescopes reveal.
As the ages passed and man became more and more knowledgeable in things, and science began to develop, the scientist began to question the continuous statements of these ancient mystical schools, regarding the existence of planets and their effect upon material conditions, such as wind storms, tides, plant life and animal life. As scientists began to develop telescopes and the planets were brought into view, the science of astronomy developed to such a point that every one of the planets mentioned by these ancient schools was eventually located and found to resemble and be in action as described by the mystics.
Astronomy, through its mechanical devices, received its concrete evidence of things which these ancient mystics found through revelation and inspiration, although the scientists yet today still refuse to accept that the planets have an effect upon human life or plant life, and regard it as pure superstition and ignorance on the part of these ancient schools.
One could ask this question: If the planets have no effect upon human life, plant life or animal life, and if the early mystics in the primitive days had no telescopes and no modern equipment with which to see the planets -- how then could they have worked out such a complete list of planets and movements and their natures which are correct?
If everything that God created was good, then everything that is bad was created by some other God or some being that was not of a God? If God made the winds to blow to keep us cool in the hot sun, then there must be a bad God that makes them blow so hard as to cause storms. Out of such questions as these the heathen priesthoods began building up the multiplicity of gods which was found among all the primitive races.
Proceeding on in their teachings to answer the questions of their students, of who or what is responsible for the diversity of natures and complexity of the abilities and characteristics of the children of God, in their teachings they briefly answered that at the moment of birth each individual becomes associated in an alchemical way with one of the large planets of the universe, through the vibratory and physical essence breathed into the body at the time of birth, which establishes a physical affinity with the nature and characteristics of that planet.
Their detailed explanations covered many pages and related how each climate had certain physical characteristics, which when brought into the human body influenced the effect of the emotions, the desires and the tendencies of each human being. The explanation also included the effect of these climates and their characteristics on the tides, plant life and all forms of animal life.
It also included an explanation of the general tendencies and characteristics of each planet or each combination of planets or relationships between the planets; and ended with a list of the 12 pure types as standardized by the 12 signs of the zodiac, along with the eight types of mentality as standardized by eight known planets, and the multiple complex natures resulting from the combined influences of planets and signs of the zodiac. This was a leaning toward cosmic alchemy, how to use individually or in organization, the forces of nature.
It was this subject matter explaining the diversity of planetary natures that was eliminated from the Book of Genesis. Yet throughout the rest of the Bible we find innumerable references to the effects of the planets and the nature of the influences of the various comets which were often called stars.
There are so many references throughout the Christian Bible to the stars and the planets and the effect upon certain individuals and certain events, that one can't help seeing that the science of astrology was generally accepted and understood right up to and including the Christian period.
It is quite surprising that nowhere in the Old Testament is the science of astrology referred to as part of the rules and laws governing nature and man. This makes it quite apparent that it was deliberately eliminated and withheld by those who had some special purpose in doing this.
The Ancients had tests of faith, one of which, although greatly modified from its original story, is found in Genesis, Chap. 22:1-9, but is typical of many of the tests that the Ancients in their sacred temples were given in determining whether they were ready for further initiation.
Thus it was in these olden days, when one of those aspirants who had been attending the outer congregations had expressed a great enough interest in the work, that he had been observed and tabulated as one who might some day be found worthy; when he reached such a point, that this interest encouraged him to ask where he could find one of the temples or get in touch with one of the Master Teachers, then he was given many strange directions to do many peculiar things.
These tests were not only for the purpose of making it hard for him to find the place and thereby become discouraged unless he really was sincere in his determination, they were also for the purpose of testing his faith in the goodness and wisdom of the ones who were directing him.
Those who gave him the directions often told him to do things and to perform certain acts that meant not only labor or cost in time, but very often the sacrifice of some of his most beloved possessions. Especially if the seeker had some asset, or some personal property or valuable things of his own which he greatly prized, he was directed to destroy some of those things, burn them as an offering, or to do something with them in order that the Ancients might observe whether or not he was willing, in his professed faith, to follow all directions without asking questions.
The original parable of the test of Faith was about an elderly man who had as his most beloved belonging, a son. The father sought the Great Wisdom of God, and Illumination, and was directed to ascend a great mountain which is always the place in ancient writings where the Illumination takes place. There he was to erect an altar for the purpose of sacrificing his most precious possession, his son, which act was to bring Illumination to the father.
When the old man ascended the mountain, built the altar and placed his son upon the burning coals, a great cloud enveloped the altar which the old man thought was smoke from the fire and the consuming of his son's body. However, after the "smoke" had cleared away, he found a new, beautiful stone altar upon which his child stood in perfect composure and without injury. When the old man fell to his knees with thankfulness, the cloud descended again and enveloped him and he found that the cloud was the cloud of the Holy Spirit entering his spiritual body. From that time, God and the Masters spoke with him and blessed him for his faith and trust.
The story in Genesis is slightly modified to fit the circumstances of the Jewish people or the Hebrew race, for the Genesis story is taken from the Hebrew records of this original parable. The original teachings and the parables prepared by these ancient schools were immediately sent forth into various lands by the representatives of this school, and there slightly modified to meet the conditions of the local religion, history, traditions and beliefs. Accordingly, among the Hebrew people the story was changed to fit their own characters and Godly omen.
We find among the Hindus the story was modified slightly to read as follows:
Another version is the Phoenician parable which states that Saturn had a child called Jeoud, who was his one and only child, as is meant by the word Jeoud. When a great war broke out bringing the country into imminent danger, Saturn erected an altar and placed his upon it his son. As he was preparing to sacrifice the child as a great demonstration of his faith, a miracle happened which prevented the actual sacrifice of the son.
In some countries the story was changed, supplanting a female child, as the Grecian version. In this parable, the Delphic oracle transmitted the command from God that the father should sacrifice his daughter. But before the fatal blow had been struck, the goddess Artemis interfered and carried the maid away. There are several slightly different versions of this parable among the Grecians, which show of the mythological gods of that country.
The parable of Abraham and Isaac, as it appears in the Book of Genesis, was adopted by the Hebrew people at the time when the Mosaic people in Israel were endeavoring to abolish idolatry among the populace.
Since they had been offering human sacrifices to their gods Moloch, Baal and Chemosh, the story was written to try to make people think that the Lord or God had abolished such offerings as far back as the time of Abraham. Of course, you realize that at one time human sacrifice was an almost universal practice; it was one of the great crimes and sins that had to be overcome, not by legislation, but by convincing the populace in some way that it was wrong.
Thus is shown the practices of these ancient schools of evolving the understanding of persons through proper parables and various ways of presenting the Laws of nature. At different periods, they modified the parables to fit the religion, rather than restrain through prohibition or legislation.
This method of instructing and evolving man's understanding to the degree that crime and sin of any kind will be distasteful, and the desire or even the ability to do wrong will not exist in his consciousness, they felt was better than attempting to prohibit man from immoral acts.
The parable of the sacrifice of the human child on the altar as an offering, frustrated at the last moment by God, Who did not want such a thing to be done but wanted man to express his Faith in God, undoubtedly did more to keep the wise persons from continuing the false practice of offering human sacrifice than any preachment would have done or any form of legislation or prohibition.
As we follow along the teachings of the ancients, in the next part of their teachings we find the original version of the story told in the Bible about Jacob's ladder. In this story, as it is again in the Bible, there are a number of incidents which are of little importance, whereas a few others are. First, we find that the story surrounds the nocturnal period of sleep; second, the story is related as a dream, which the ancients always used as a denoter of a vision or inspirational sight; third, we find the significant utility called a ladder around which the whole story pivots; fourth, that upon this ladder ascended and descended angels and God Himself, thus reducing these four incidents to the principles used in these ancient schools, from which this story had its origin. Jacob had a vision in which he saw what he called a ladder reaching from heaven to earth which served as a pathway for the coming of angels and God to him; also Jacob built an altar at the place where he had this vision and called that place Beth-el.
The purpose of this story in Christian theology is slightly different from what it originally was. The Christian church accepted this story of Jacob's ladder for the purpose of impressing upon the minds of the people that there was a future life in which all the good had become angels and lived as angels in the heavens. Therefore, the story was modified slightly so that Jacob would see God and hosts of angels ascending and descending.
If the story is accepted by anyone as it appears in the Christian Bible, such persons must accept the belief in angels living in a heavenly or spiritual world. This is what the clergy wanted the reader to accept and believe, and therefore the purpose of the story would be fulfilled.
The original story was for quite a different purpose. These ancient schools brought forth this parable to answer the question: "What becomes of the soul after transition?" Thus the teaching of reincarnation was being evolved, not because of arbitrary adoption of certain principles, but as a result of the observation and experiences of those whom developed enough spiritually as to be able to recall their past incarnations and to make contact with those who were about to be reincarnated.
At this point they hadn't collected sufficient evidence and examples of proved reincarnation to be able to state the doctrine any clearer than in the story about Jacob's ladder.
One fact which they were sure of is that the soul at the time of so-called death, was released from the physical body and for a time existed on the spiritual plane awaiting reincarnation.
The additional fact gradually was being demonstrated also that while these souls were existing on the spiritual plane awaiting reincarnation, it was possible for them, being light, to project some form of their consciousness upon the consciousness of those living on the earth plane.
Or it was possible for those living on the earth plane to project or attune their consciousness upward and to the consciousness of those living on the spiritual plane.
The next question asked them was regarding the manner in which the projection, or ascending of earth consciousness to the heavens, or the descending of spiritual consciousness to the Earth, could be made. In answer, the ancient schools introduced the idea of the beam of light.
It was explained that when attunement between this plane and the spiritual world was established, there would appear to be a beam of light coming down from the heavens into the body of the person who was attuned, and that along this beam of light, or through it, there would come to Earth the consciousness from those who were sending the beam from the heavens; furthermore, there would ascend from the person who was having the vision some of his consciousness, along or through the beam, to the person he wished to contact.
Later on, in some of these writings this beam of light was referred to as the silver thread which connects the soul in man with the universal cosmic soul, so that the soul in man is never completely separated from the universal soul.
Other references to their teachings in the mystery schools have appeared, and later on the first authentic teachings issued from their school in Tibet just before the Christian Period. Here the more advanced students at certain hours of each month were encouraged to sit in meditation, prayer and chanting for the purpose of strengthening and widening the silver thread or light beam until it was broad enough to be very visible. The students were conscious of those whom had passed on and could see them.
Now with this thought in mind, and with the idea being spread to various lands that there was something that came down from the heavens to man upon which spiritual beings ascended and descended, and by which even God Himself could reach down into the heart of man, it is easy to see how the Jewish people slightly modified the story and turned the beam of light into a ladder.
The ladder would be understood by the untrained minds, whereas a beam of light or a beam of consciousness would not be understood at all.
It was from logic that they called the beings that went up and down this ladder by the name of angels rather than souls. Thus we have the original purpose of the ladder story and the Jewish modification of it.
When this story reached other peoples in other lands, they also modified it as did the Jewish, and they all used the idea of a ladder to take place of a light beam, probably as if people today would use an escalator or elevator instead of a ladder; but since a ladder was the only common method whereby people climbed to their roofs, to the tops of trees or to other high places, it was logical for them to change the beam of light into a ladder.
We find also in the story adopted by some of the foreign peoples that the ladder had seven sections, or seven gates, or in some cases seven rungs.
This was another introduction of the mystical number seven, this time for the purpose of making it appear that it would take a long time, perhaps seven hours, seven days, seven weeks, seven months or seven years for a person to make the contact.
It was thought he would have to wait until his consciousness passed through each of the seven stages or seven gates, one at a time, through prayerful or spiritual development, or wait while the descending souls came through the seven stages, or gates by attunement and mastership over earthly conditions.
The Manicheans, however, did not introduce the idea of a ladder, but kept the original idea of light, and in their teachings stated that pure souls, who were properly purified and prepared to live again on Earth, came down to Earth repeatedly to reincarnate and their passage to Earth was by means of a column of light.
Even in some of the mythological and allegorical paintings of the Indians and other tribes we find representatives of the mystical ladder with spirits ascending and descending upon it.
In the case of the Persian god Mithras, there are a number of pictures representing initiation, and in these we see the angels and spirits descending and ascending from the heavenly spheres on a ladder with seven steps, which they claimed represented the seven spheres of the planets.
In the Royal Library of France is a hand-made volume of superb paintings representing the pictures of the Gods of India; and in these very early paintings the ladder is represented with the souls of men ascending and descending.
Among the Egyptians, the ladder was replaced by a flight of steps reaching from heaven to earth with the spirit forms going up and down. Here, however, the outer priesthood's misconception of reincarnation was also introduced.
The Egyptian priesthood made it their business to present only such religious or moral teachings as agreed with superstitious and heathen ideas they had adopted. They had changed the original teachings regarding reincarnation, as given by the ancient mystery schools, so that their teachings in that regard were somewhat as follows: that everyone would live again after death or transition but only the good would become humans, while the evil ones would be turned into lower animals, or those who had mistreated lower animals would become one of the kind they had mistreated, in order to learn how that animal felt under the mistreatment of humans.
Their teaching became distinctive from the true teachings of reincarnation and was called the doctrine of transmigration.
In the Egyptians' sculptures and paintings on the heathen temples of the priesthood, the doctrine of transmigration was illustrated by a flight of steps, upon which the souls of the wicked were ascending as human beings and descending as animals, while the souls of the good were going up as priests and coming down as angels.