Before you study this lecture, we advise you to practice a meditation exercise that we will explain to you now. By doing this exercise first, you will be better prepared to understand this lecture more deeply.
This exercise has three parts. Spend whatever length of time you wish on each part. We suggest that all three together should be at least an hour or so.
In the first part, imagine the life cycle of any plant.
“Seated on a comfortable chair with the body perfectly relaxed, or lying down on the bed, but with the relaxed body and the head towards the north, we must imagine something: for example, the growth of a plant, a rosebush. Imagine that it has been carefully planted in black and fertile ground.
“And by continuing with this visionary, transcendental, and transcendent process, we also imagine that we water it with pure waters of life... we visualize its growth process: how the stem finally emerges; how it marvelously unfolds; how thorns arise from within that stem, and finally how various branches sprout from that stem. Imagine how those branches are also covered with leaves until finally a bud appears that delectably opens and becomes a rose...
“The second part of this imaginative work would be to display with full clarity the process of dying of all things. It would be enough to imagine how those scented petals are gradually falling withered and lifeless; how those branches, once strong, become, after some time, a pile of sticks, and finally, the wind, the hurricane comes, and blows all of the leaves and sticks.” —Samael Aun Weor, Sexology, the Basis of Endocrinology and Criminology
Subsequently, imagine the life cycle of this plant family: while some are dying, others are growing… Visualize the whole cycle of birth and death of these plants.
In the second phase of your meditation exercise, imagine the life cycle of an animal. Choose an animal, and follow it from conception to death, and then its offspring from conception to death, etc.
In the third phase, imagine the life cycle of a human being. Observe the same cycles of birth and death.
When this technique is properly performed, we would the plant clearly in our imagination, and the image of the plant would be sustained in our imagination for as long as we want. For most of us, when we imagine something the image appears briefly and then goes away. So if I ask you to remember to think about a rose or a carrot, you can see the picture briefly (even with your eyes open you can see that), but then the image goes away. Or if you imagine a pine tree, you know what a pine tree looks like and you can imagine that image, even with your eyes open, but the image does not last, it goes away.
When you start developing the technique of meditation, specifically that aspect called imagination or visualization, that image will not go away. You develop the capacity to imagine and hold an image, eyes open or closed. Most beginners begin with eyes closed in order to not be distracted by physical things. That ability to imagine something, and hold that image, is the first grade of meditation, it is the beginning. So if we do not have that skill yet, then we are not meditating yet; it is really that simple. To meditate effectively that is the required skill: to be able to hold an image in your imagination, unbroken, clear, even you could say tangible in the sense that you can see it in the same way that if I asked you to imagine a loved one, someone you know, you can see the picture of that person, it just appears naturally to you, it does not require effort. Imagine the sun, imagine the beach, these images appear easily, but they are brief, they appear, they go away, and the mind is always there interfering. Imagine a rabbit, and it appears and goes away, then your mind says no you are supposed to imagine a cartoon, you are supposed to imagine a real rabbit, and the mind gets engaged with comparisons and starts to analyze, to compare, to debate, to theorize. That is the problem.
That is the other part of meditation that we need: a silent mind, a mind that has what is called pliancy. Pliancy is a quality of mind and body that is supportive of your meditation practice. Pliancy of mind emerges when you have pliancy of the body, and that is what is depicted at the very top of this graphic.
All the way up at the top corner of this graphic from Tibetan Buddhism we see a monk meditating and an elephant that is very serenely next to him, and after that, the monk is riding the elephant, and the monk is also flying in the sky. These two symbols riding on the elephant represent a mind that is pliant, to have the mind and body not as obstacles anymore, but as supporters of our meditation. Most of us likely did not experience that in the meditation exercise today. We probably made the effort to imagine a plant and we might last a few seconds before the mind is distracted, or the body is distracting us, or we are hearing sounds in the room, or we daydream. We wander away from the task that we were endeavoring to follow.
Now in the imagination of the life cycle of a living creature, we are visualizing how that creature comes to life. With the plant, it is a seed, a seed that is nourished by nature, by earth, and water, and heat, and sun sprouts and grows and develops, into whatever type of plant it is, and it reproduces itself, then it decays and dies, returning all of its elements back to the earth. We see the same case in the animal kingdom: the animal is created by its parents, it emerges into the world, it slowly grows until it becomes an adult, until which time it begins to reproduce itself, and all the while struggling to survive, and once it reproduces it tries to protect its offspring until it to declines and dies, returning back to the earth. In imagining the life cycle of a human being, we see the same essential facts: a creature is born into the world, It grows to adulthood, it reproduces itself, maybe, it tries to protect its offspring, maybe, and then eventually decays and dies, and all of its elements are returned back to the earth.
This is an observation of facts. These are factual, provable, observable phenomena, that are responsible for our being here in this moment. Without these facts, none of us would be here, and it is important to become deeply cognizant of these types of facts because they have a very significant bearing on our future, and our ignorance of these facts is partly why we are destroying our planet, because we have somehow got the notion that we can do whatever we want with no consequences, we can take, and take, and take, and who cares what happens, that is why the planet is dying, because of our actions. The plants and animals have not destroyed this planet, only we have. Plants and animals abide by the laws of nature to sustain their existence so that they can produce a new generation and a better environment for that generation. We are the exception to that, we honestly do not care what we are leaving behind us once we die, we really do not care. The evidence is our planet: we have polluted every single corner of this planet. That demonstrates factually something psychologically significant that is important for us to examine. Not just psychological significant for us, but for our future and the future of our children.
If you contemplate this exercise, and use it for some period of time, it will teach you how to meditate properly. If you practice that technique exactly as we explained it today, if you practice that technique consistently, and regularly, you will learn how to meditate properly. So that is the value of it.
Secondly, by observing the facts of nature you will also learn things that your intellect can never grasp but intuitively you can start to grasp. Your heart will begin to understand things your consciousness will understand things that the intellect misses. In the same way, you cannot understand parenthood until you have a child, but once you have had a child you understand things emotionally, intuitively, consciously that someone who does not have children cannot understand; the experience cannot be conveyed. It is not intellectual, it is not conceptual, it is not something that words can ever express. That understanding is something experiential. These meditation techniques give you experiential knowledge, a type of knowledge that comes through intuition.
These three kingdoms — the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, and the human kingdom — have similar features. They are concerned with living entities that we can all agree have some degree of life, they are alive, they exist, they are born into living, they sustain themselves for some time and then they die; this is universally true for all three kingdoms.
And as such, if we look at them like a scientist, what would we say is the continuity that they all share? What provides the continuity through those kingdoms? Well, there are some basic ones. I am going to answer the question for you so you do not hurt yourself trying to think about it.
The most obvious is matter: the bodies that they inhabit. Plants animals, and human beings rely on physical matter for their bodies. So we see matter provides a continuity for life. But the matter undergoes a lot of changes, dramatic changes; a plant begins as something really tiny, a seed, and the same is true of an animal, very tiny seeds, and the same of a human being, this very tiny seed that through the apparent magic of nature, is somehow able to expand itself and become something completely different from that seed.
The second would obviously be energy. Matter is useless without energy. So we see two significant components of life: matter and energy. Matter would be the body, energy is that which animates the body, gives it the ability to be alive, it is the living force, the fire in the cells that make it possible for a living thing to be alive.
Modern science studies these two components: matter and energy. But when you contemplate this and you observe it holistically, you can see that there is a third component that modern science is only just beginning to realize is actually the most important of the three. Anybody see what it is?
It is consciousness. Human beings have consciousness, animals as well, plants also have consciousness in their level, they are aware of being alive, they perceive their environment and they respond to their environment with intelligence, so they have consciousness at the level of a plant.
So now we have three significant factors that are all required for anything to have life: matter, energy, and consciousness.
There is another element that makes this all work, and it is probably the one that most of us misunderstand the most, and that is karma. This word karma does not mean punishment or retribution the way people think of it nowadays in the west, it just means action. So instead of karma you could just say “action and consequence,” or “cause and effect.”
A seed is only there to be born as a plant because of all the previous actions that created it, not just the actions of the parent plant, but all the actions of the environment within which that plant can grow. What created the soil? What brought the water? What brought the sun? What brought the air? All of the elements in that environment are there because of conditions produced by cause and effect.
Cause and effect are like the fundamental environment within which matter, energy, and consciousness can be active.
This may seem a bit dry or dull, but without it, you cannot understand anything that we are going to talk about in this lecture. We are going to talk about scientific facts, that are also deeply mystical, but it all depends entirely on these factors.
We are going to talk about evolution, but particularly the evolution of sex and its development in nature.
Evolution in modern science is incomplete. Modern science observes evolution as a continual improvement, with the assumption that, that which survives is somehow better than that which did not.
“Evolution: A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.” — The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
There is no doubt that evolution is a law of nature, there is no question about it, but what modern science is lacking is its other half.
Evolution is the complication of energy, It is how something simple elaborates itself into something more complex, more sophisticated, more well developed, more capable. Modern science believes there was a primordial beginning, with everything being very simple, and reduced to the most simple types of elements, like simple hydrogen, and somehow over an unimaginable span of time, those very simple elements, combine themselves, and became the incredible, sophisticated universe that we find around us.
When we were born when we were conceived as human beings, we started as a sperm and an egg, very simple, but those two elements combined, began to elaborate themselves, to produce something new, something different, and that is a type of evolution, a simple thing becoming something more complex.
But what science is missing is what you find in nature: everything that evolves, that develops itself, will also then decline, and devolve. Nothing in mechanical nature continually improves. Everything that rises also falls. We all saw this in our meditation exercise today. Any plant that grows from a seed develops itself, becomes very sophisticated, very beautiful, very useful to its environment, and to its offspring, and it hits a peak of development where its full potential is expressed, and once that peak is reached, it is not sustained very long before its decline begins, and its elements are returned back to nature. Every plant in history has fallen under this law, it has evolved from a seed into a fully-grown plant, and it has devolved back into the earth. The same is true of every animal. The same is true of every human being. We are born, we have our childhood, we have our youth, we become adults, then we begin to decline, and decay into old age, and then we die. So we also evolve and devolve in the course of a single lifetime.
We can talk about evolution in history, and we will a little bit today, but the more immediate, pressing, and significant importance of evolution is how it affects us personally today, right now. All of us are under the power of that law, it is acting on us mechanically, without our awareness.
Evolution and devolution form the mechanical axis of nature. Everything, forever, that has ever been born in mechanical nature has died. There is no exception to that. Our minds do not like that, we really have a lot of resistance to this notion, somehow, we have this little hope in our heart that we will be the exception, that somehow, “I am going to be the one who escapes death, I am going to be the one who gets off the wheel, and does not have to devolve and die.” Honestly, you will not be the one. You don't like to hear it, but none of us are going to escape death. The matter and energy of the body belong to nature, and nature will take them back. But your consciousness does not belong to nature. This is the difference. Consciousness does not die. It changes, but does not die. That is what we need to focus upon.
Imagine those three kingdoms that we visualized in our meditation exercise. See the plants, see the animals, see the human beings. Imagine them being born, growing, developing, flowering, becoming beautiful, and then they decline, and decay, and die. We see cycles like waves of plants, animals, and human beings, being born, arising, declining, dying, being born, rising, declining, and dying, like a beautiful wave in the ocean or clouds in the atmosphere. The cycle of matter and energy is very visible there, but what happens between death and birth? Since the matter and energy are dispersed, what forms the continuity? We can easily see the continuity from birth, to growth, to adulthood, to decline, to death, in matter and energy, it is obvious, it is visible to us, but once that being dies, and is returned to the earth, its physical matter is decayed, dissolved, where do we find the bridge of continuity into the new birth?
In nature, this is happening all the time. Scientists would say it is the energy that is in the seed, and it is true: the parent places in the seed everything about the parent. The seed contains the entire genetic history going back uncountable ages of all the parents that have produced that seed, but that seed is just matter and energy, it is not alive; it has the potential to be alive, but it is not alive yet, that seed is not self-aware, it does not have consciousness. The consciousness is what provides the continuity from death to birth, but physically we cannot see that because that continuity does not exist in the physical world. Matter and energy are physical, but consciousness is not.
Look at it this way: we can imagine a wheel for our life: the very bottom is birth, we are born, we develop, we grow, we get bigger, we become beautiful, we are the inheritor of millions of years of natures evolution, here and now in our body, we are the representative of every living thing that has ever lived, because every living thing that ever lived, suffered and died to give us this moment — this is the fact, but we never think about it that way — and here we are in our life somewhere on this wheel, thinking that we are going to continually ascend forever, but we are mistaken. The body and its energy belong to nature and will be returned to nature, they will die, but the inhabitant of that body and energy, which is the consciousness, has options. Unfortunately, most of us don't care, are not aware of it, we don't bother to develop the consciousness, so when the body and its energy decline into death, and return back to nature, the consciousness remains oblivious and becomes lost, unaware of itself, and repeats the cycle again, and again, driven by cause and effect. All of the actions that were performed throughout the previous lifetime created a cycle of energy that continues to repeat themselves until they are exhausted. That is why we call this the wheel of Samsara. Samsara means “circling,” it means “to repeat.”
Most people that believe in reincarnation they think they were John the Baptist, or King Arthur, or Mary Magdalene, or somebody like that, but the reality is that in our previous lifetime, we were pretty much exactly the way we are now; maybe we were a little better, because we tend to get worse over time.
This is symbolized in the arcana of the Tarot as Retribution, which is the tenth arcanum. It depicts the cycle of mechanical life, evolution, and devolution. It is a wheel that every living thing spins upon, mechanically driven by the laws of nature.
Here is a timeline that materialistic science has developed which illustrates the worldview that most of us have of how evolution has supposedly worked based on the physical records in matter. Scientists say that millions upon millions of years ago the elements were very simple; there were very tiny organisms that eventually became more sophisticated, and this occurred over a very long time. So at the very top of that graphic, there is a little tiny spot for the human beings. This is the theory that modern science has put forward about the evolution of life on this planet and how we have gotten to where we are today, and there is some truth in it.
Unfortunately, scientists of modern times have not grasped the full story of how we got here, because they are limited by using only physical matter. Since they only use their physical senses and only observe physical matter as the base for their theories, that is a very limited basis. Physical matter is constantly undergoing changes. For something to sustain intact in the ground for millions of years is an extreme oddity. Think about it: what of us would remain after millions of years of erosion, rain, droughts, storms, earthquakes, fires, meteor strikes, floods, etc.? So by merely using physical evidence, it would be very difficult to come up with reliable evidence of something that happened a hundred years ago, or a thousand, much less millions of years ago. Yet, in our case this is even more profound, because most of our history did not occur in hard, physical matter, but in more subtle matter.
Studied from the point of view of mysticism, we understand that evolution does not begin and end in the physical world, but in fact, the physical world is simply the crust, the outer shell, the thin skin, of a very rich and deep mystery, and that is why we study the tree of life.
This image maps many things for us, not only in matter and energy, but also in consciousness.
For the purpose of this explanation, we can look at this graphic as layers of density. At the top is represented a type of space or raw potential that we call that the Absolute (Shunyata, Parabrahma, Samantabhadra) or Ain, Ain Soph, Ain Soph Aur, in Hebrew. It is a very profound abstract space. Because of residual causes, subtle impulses you could say, that profound emptiness elaborates something in order to satisfy those causes, and that profound something is manifestation, existence, which unfolds in levels, from the most subtle, which are called Gunas (qualities), that add to each other. So we start with a zero (the absolute) and then emerges one, and that one becomes three, and that three becomes six, that six becomes twelve, that twelve becomes twenty-four, and so on. That is an unfolding of energy, matter, and consciousness that creates nature. That unfolding occurs as a cycle: it evolves and devolves, like our breath or heartbeat: it emerges then retreats. The cycle repeats and repeats in timescales that are even more extensive than what science has presented. That is what is discussed and elaborated in all of the philosophies of all the world traditions as metaphysics, Kabbalah, Kalachakra, etc. ; these are all concerned with the notion of time, and the development of universes through time. The Tree of Life simplifies it into a imaginary structure to aid our understanding.
The significant thing for us to understand is that the light of creation emerges just like the seed of the plant, or the animal, or the human being: as a simple thing, then elaborates itself into something beautiful, cimplex, sophisticated. All of nature is developed in that way.
The development of a plant, a human being, an animal, mirrors the development of existence. What begins as a profound emptiness, a vast ocean, the expanse of potential, emerges as something singular and simple, which complicates itself and evolves, but this is not physical matter, it is much more subtle, and that subtle form gradually complicates itself and unfolds as dimensions, and only after millions upon millions of years those dimensions finally crystallize into physicality, the physical world, what we are aware of here and now. The physical world is simply the outer layer of something vastly more significant and expansive. In other words, within us and around us are levels and levels of nature that we do not perceive, and at hte heart of it all is a profound, primordial potentiality, the abstract space, which is not physical.
Nowadays scientists are finally starting to see all of this. Physicists and mathematicians both are recognizing that the perceptible world is only a tiny fraction of what is actually here.
The public is hundreds of years behind understanding what scientists know. They say that the modern person is at least a hundred and fifty to two hundred years behind what is accepted by modern science. Even for those of us who had an education, by the time your science textbook is printed, it is already out of date. That is how fast things are changing in modern science. One of the facts that physicists and mathematicians are recognizing is that our perception reaches only a narrow fraction of what is actually here.
The Tree of Life shows us that within Malkuth (the physical world) there are many worlds. We experience some of those worlds dimly when we dream, but unfortunately, we dream without awareness, without cognizance; we are not aware of dreaming.
Modern science and the Tree of Life compliment each other. However, modern science has yet to fully grasp how physical evolution is only the physical component of a much more vast process. What we see physically is only the outer shell or surface of much deeper events that emerge from more subtle levels of nature. For instance, by observing a person you can see their expression, but you cannot see the cause of that expression. You can speculate about it, but the only way to really know what caused it is to investigate beyond physical appearances; you have to go into the psyche of the person, which is not physical. In this case, we can ask them to explain. But in the case of nature, you can also ask, but nature does not answer in English. To find the causes in nature, one has to know how to ask.
So, what we see physically exists because something more subtle caused it to happen. Everything in the physical world has its roots in the internal worlds, the subtle worlds. Just like that person’s expression, it is a reflection of their psychological condition. So, when nature is a certain way, it is because of the internal conditions.
Subsequently, this means that everything that exists in the physical world existed in the subtle worlds first.
For example, an engineer first has the idea for a project. That idea emerges in the mind. That idea is not physical. It is in the fifth dimension. To make that idea become physical, the engineer has to do a lot of work.
By extension, this means that when we observe anything physically, there is a history behind it in the internal worlds: it leaves footprints or a trail.
In the case of nature, that trail is repeated each time it manifests anew.
In other words, if you observe how a thing grows and develops, you can see its entire evolution.
If you observe the growth process of a plant, its entire evolutionary history is visible in the life cycle of a single plant. All of the plants that lived and died to produce that seed evolved over time, they changed, and that process of change is recapitulated, repeated, in the first stages of growth of that plant. It is incredible, but it is true.
That is why the anthropologist Haeckel said,
"Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny."
This simply means that the development of a creature repeats its evolutionary development. If you observe the growth and development of any living thing, you also see its ancestry, where it came from.
If we study the growth and development of the human being we will see where we came from.
These are human beings right in the beginning of our development; every one of us began this way.
This physical body that we have now started like this, as a cell that became two cells, that become four. Since “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny,” it means that our fundamental ancestors were simple, fluidic, and did not look like we do now. We evolved. We changed.
Notice that on these little human beings, there is no face, there is no name, there are no bones.
Our most primordial ancestors did not have bones or solidity, or an appearance like ours today. Therefore, if you want to find archaeological evidence of those ancestors, how are you going to find an element, a trace of that in nature, when the ancient humanity was amorphous, fluidic? You can not find any trace of that in the physical world.
When those little cells grow further, they grow this way. This is the stages of development of a human embryo, it is very beautiful, very interesting. Just imagine: all of us came from this type of creature, every single one of us, we are just not aware of it, we are not conscious of that. Your body once looked like this.
These shapes mirror the many stages of our evolutionary history.
These phases of growth of the human embryo reflect our ancient ancestors, the development and gradual evolution of humanity, in the ancient, ancient past.
The physical bodies that we have now passed through stages of development that were similar to these. Back then, the physical body was not as highly developed as it is now. It did not have the features that it has have now, nor the appearance that it has now.
We need to go a little deeper into that to understand what this means.
In nature, there are two primary types of sexual reproduction: asexual and sexual.
Asexual reproduction is any type of reproduction where an individual copies itself. The most commonly quoted example is how cells reproduce. Cells simply divide themselves; they split and create a mirror copy of themselves. This is known by any student of biology. Children learn how cells and plants reproduce themselves this way, it is a very simple, basic way of reproduction in nature.
As creatures become more sophisticated, they gradually develop sexual cooperation, which we find in the animal and human kingdoms; those are more evolved, or more sophisticated types of reproduction.
So why is this important?
Because our ancestors passed through the same stages of development.
The current race on this planet is not the first and will not be the last.
In very ancient times, millions upon millions of years ago, our ancestors were much simpler than we are and had a much simpler structure than we do, and therefore were not at all like us.
The Nordics called their land Thule, the sacred island in the north, the home of the ancestors. The Aztecs called their land Tula, the ancient island that the great masters came and went from.
That island, that ancient land, did not exist in the physical world. The physical world was not yet formed. In the process of nature being developed, it had not yet reached physicality. The blossoming of nature at the time was unfurling in the fifth dimension. Therefore, the humanity of that era was in the fifth dimension. They had bodies and a type of life that was very different from ours. They had protoplasmic bodies, meaning fluid, flexible.
In the ancient scriptures, they have many names.
In the Bible, those beings are called Elohim. The word Elohim is Hebrew and means either “gods and goddesses” or “god-goddess,” an androgynous being...
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Ruach [soul] of the Elohim [of the Polar era] moved upon the face of the waters.” —Genesis 1:2
In the Abhidharma scriptures of Buddhism, those beings are described as having bodies of light; they are bodies that are not limited by the laws of the physical world. They could stretch or constrict themselves at will, they did not have gender. They were androgynous.
Our ancestors were pure, without fault. They had great power and great abilities. They laid the foundation for all life on earth.
In all the primordial mythologies of every culture and civilization in the world, you find the primordial titans, the great gods and goddesses of ancient times. Those myths represent the race of Polaris, our ancient ancestors. There are no remnants of them in the physical world, since they were not in the physical world. Yet, we can observe our origins in them by observing our early development.
When you observe the very first stages of the growth our contemporary physical bodies, you see those ancient ancestors mirrored in those first cells.
Cells have no gender, they reproduce asexually by splitting themselves. Similarly, our ancient ancestors reproduced asexually: an individual simply divided itself like a cell does.
After a long period of time, that ancient race came to an end, and a select group of them left to start a new era of development.
Over millions of years of evolution, that race gave rise to a new race, which also lived in what we can call “northern lands.” The word Hyperborean means “beyond the north wind.” The ancient Greeks talked about them.
That new race was in a more dense layer of nature, a more dense dimension, but still not physical. In the Bible, it is represented by another level of light:
“And the Elohim said, Let there be light: and there was light.” —Genesis 1:3
The Hyperboreans were also very pure, very powerful people, which we could equate with Archangels or Buddhas. Their bodies were denser and more sophisticated than the Polar race. The Hyperboreans were still not in the physical world, but because of the ongoing evolution of nature, their bodies were more sophisticated and dense. They were a little more elaborate. They reproduced by sprouting. In the same way that certain types of plants sprout a a new plant from themselves, the Hyperboreans sprouted themselves. That is how they reproduced. They were also androgynous (male-female in one being), but could manifest male or female aspects of themselves as necessary, and we see that reflected in the myths of the gods and goddesses as well.
After a long period of time, the Hyperboreans also came to an end, and a select group of them left to start a new era of development.
“And the Elohim said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear…” —Genesis 1:11
This scripture refers to how the physical world began to emerge.
Over millions of years of evolution, the physical world was beginning to take form, and nature was pushing to expand it. Thus, the Elohim were guiding the development of another race of humanity that would emerge in the physical world. That occurred in the era that gave rise to the continent that we call Lemuria, named in the Bible “Eden.”
The physical world was taking shape, and was a “terrestrial paradise.”
Human beings had not yet appeared physically. Thus:
“And the Elohim said, Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness... So the Elohim [god-goddesses] created mankind in their own image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male-female created he them.” —Genesis 1:26-27
The Elohim [gods and goddesses] created the Lemurian humanity of that ancient land, as male-female, androgynous.
That ancient continent was in the Pacific Ocean. Vestiges of that civilization can be found in a few places, like Easter Island.
The people of that time were much simpler than we are, but much bigger, we can call them “giants.” That is why many of the world traditions relate histories of a race of giants that populated the earth. They were bigger than us, simpler than us, and innocent. That is why in the Bible they are depicted as being able to walk and talk with the gods, perceiving the gods.
During the Lemurian era, the androgynous beings were divided into two sexes, male and female, so that the reflection of the Elohim, the gods and the goddesses, could appear in the physical world. That is the story of Adam and Eve.
The separation of sexes occurred over a very long time.
“In the beginning [of the Lemurian era], separate sexes did not exist, the race was hermaphroditic. At that time, each sacred Lemurian had both sexual organs (masculine and feminine) totally developed. Thus, reproduction was performed through the system of gemmation. The hermaphrodite detached from its ovaries (through menstruation at a specific time) an ovule or egg perfectly developed. It had the size of a chicken egg with its calcareous shell. When that egg was put in a special environment, it gestated a new creature within its interior. Finally, when that creature was out of the shell, he was then nourished with the breasts of the father- mother. That is how the Lemurians used to reproduce themselves in the beginning. The sexual act did not exist because each individual was complete. Reproduction was through the gemmation system.
“However, it so happened that when the post-Lemurian era came, some children were clearly born with one sexual organ more accentuated than the other. Some children were born with the masculine organ more developed than the feminine, or vice versa. That phenomena became more and more common to the point that finally unisexual children, man and woman, were born. Yet, it did not happen from one day to the next, this process of division into different sexes took millions of years. That is why it is written that Eve was taken from one of the ribs of Adam. [Genesis 2:21-22]
“Adam and Eve are a symbol to represent the division into different sexes. When the complete division of sexes appeared it was necessary to have sexual cooperation in order to create. Menstruation remained in the feminine sex, but that ovule was unfertilized. It was then necessary to have the cooperation of the masculine sex to fertilize the ovule in order to reproduce the species.” —Samael Aun Weor, Gnostic Anthropology
Sexual cooperation between male and female is the natural outcome of that evolution. Do you see the development from the asexual types of sexual reproduction into physical cooperation that began in Lemurian times?
But there was a problem. For evolution to advance, the Elohim needed humanity to fully crystallize in the physical world. Their physical bodies were ready, but their consciousness was not fully enveloped by the physical aspect. They were so devoted to divinity and so pure, so innocent, that they did not want to go into the physical world. They could only hazily perceive the physical world. In a sense, their perception was like the opposite of ours: we only perceive the internal worlds dimly, such as in dreams. For them, the physical world was perceptible but not interesting: they loved the light of divinity that they saw with their superior senses. They wanted to see God, not Eden. So, they were at this kind of boundary between the subtle world of the fourth dimension and the concrete world of the physical dimension and did not want to continue the development into the physical world.
Therefore, the Elohim utilized a special organ that developed in the Lemurians bodies to attract the consciousness into physicality. Those bodies developed a type of organ that stimulated interest in physical sensations. In esotericism, that organ is called Kundabuffer. It was at the bottom of the spinal column, and formed a tail.
This event is mirrored in our development as an embryo: for a brief time, the human embryo has a tail. That is a recapitulation of our ancient past.
With the tail in place, the Lemurians definitively turned their attention towards physicality, and over millions of years crystallized fully into the physical world.
Since that tail was no longer needed, nature evolved it away, and it was dropped from the physical bodies over time. We still have a vestige of it at the base of our spinal column; it is called the coccyx.
Unfortunately, that tail remained attached for too long, and it left a shadow in our psyche: fascination with physicality and physical sensation. That is depicted in the Bible as the temptation and expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, paradise.
When Adam and Eve left Eden, it represents how humanity fell from the fourth dimension into the third [the physical world], and discovered suffering.
The Buddha pointed out that suffering has a cause, and that cause is desire. Desire is the attraction towards sensations, the desire to repeat sensations. That is where we find the fundamental axiom of Buddhist psychology: the four noble truths. The bases of Christianity, Judaism, all the great religions, are rooted in this story.
After Adam and Eve left Eden, humanity’s problems really began.
The Lemurian continent was destroyed. Yet, a select group of Lemurians survived as the seeds for the development of a new era.
The Atlantean humanity was the next great civilization in ancient times, millions of years ago, that was more sophisticated, more highly developed than any race before, but also became more degenerated.
The evolving development of humanity was dramatically changed by the events of the Lemurian era. When human beings became attracted to physical sensations, that expanded and grew, resulting in the first emergence of crime, mistaken actions, and suffering. Humanity learned about killing, envy, hate, and this is what we find in all the mythologies, in all the scriptures... Cain kills Abel, which represents the soul and the mind in conflict.
The result was that the Atlantean era expanded the spread of lust, pride, anger, envy...
In the beginning, the civilization of Atlantis was beautiful; it went through its process of evolution, and then its devolution. In the process of devolving and dying, a select “seed” of people were taken out, exactly that it happened with every other race before. We know that as the story of Noah, we know it as the stories of Manu Vaivasvatta, Utnapishtim, Deukalion... We know it in mythologies from all over the world as the universal flood that ended that civilization. It is not just a Bible story. Even in native cultures all over the world there are records of that event. Modern humans laugh at it, but it happened.
So, that select group represented by the story of Noah was taken out and planted the seeds for the next civilization.
Before you freak out about this word Aryan, it has nothing to do with Nazis. The word Aryan comes from Sanskrit ayra which means “noble, virtuous.”
Almost all of the human beings of this planet are the Aryan race. The Aryan race is modern humanity, not just white-skinned blonde people (the Nazis were deeply mistaken about many things).
So: who are we?
Our stage of evolution is based upon the residues of all the previous civilizations. Cycles within cycles, repeating, mirroring.
Therefore, if you observe contemporary humanity in an objective, impartial way, just looking at the facts, where would you say we are in our process of evolution or devolution?
If you were to observe just the fundamental nature of evolution and devolution, are we as a humanity, a civilization, evolving upwards to our peak of beauty and virtue, represented by all the great things we are creating for future generations? Are we flowering, improving, growing more beautiful, more radiant, more incredible? Or are we getting worse. in decline, degenerated, decaying, falling apart, and preparing to die?
Based on the facts that I can see, this humanity is devolved, degenerating, faster and faster. The death of this civilization is approaching. We are at the end times for this race.
We need to prepare a seed for the future of humanity.
Evolution and devolution of the body is an undeniable fact. Yet, so is the evolution and devolution of civilizations, even planets.
In the same way that each generation produce seeds to create new generations, the same cycles happen in us collectively. But here we are not talking about physical seeds for physical bodies. Nature will take care of that automatically. Instead, we are talking about seeds for souls. Seeds for real human beings. Nature does not make those, only Elohim do.
We have a seed planted inside of us. We are given teachings about that seed so that we can understand how to grow it, and those teachings are called religions.
The seed that is inside of us is a solar seed.
If we look at the Tree of Life related to your body, we see that this significant sephirah Yesod is related with the sexual organs, and in Hebrew that word Yesod means “foundation.” Why? Because the sexual organs are the foundation for all life, without any exception: anything that is alive was born through sex. There is no exception to that. Moreover, that applies not just to the physical world but to all the worlds. Everything that is born is born of sex, even angels, Buddhas, masters, devils, demons, planets, and universes — all are created through sexuality, but sex is in levels. This word Yesod is very important in the Bible, and in Hebrew, but of course, it is not translated into English. So if you read the Bible in English you will not know what you are reading, but if you study it in Hebrew, you can learn a lot. In the book of Proverbs, we find this interesting sentence...
"By Chokmah in Yesod יהוה hath founded the earth; by Binah he established שמים. By his Daath the depths are divided [into Abba and Aima, Father-Mother, Adam and Eve], and the clouds distillate the טל dew [sexual energy in Yesod]. My son, let not them depart from thine sight: keep working wisely and discretely. So shall they be life unto thy soul...” —Proverbs 3
To understand this, you need to know something about the Tree of Life and a little bit about Hebrew. That passage is explaining simply how divinity places in us the seed to become an angel, a buddha, a “living soul.”.
This Hebrew word יהוה is a name of God that is very significant and very profound. It has many meanings, but of significance here are the basic symbols of the letters:
In Hebrew, even the name of God relates sexual knowledge.
The earth symbolizes our body.
Divinity (יהוה) establishes our body by Chokmah in Yesod.
Chokmah is a sephirah at the top of the Tree of Life. Chokmah means “wisdom.” In Christianity, it is represented by the Son, that force that sacrifices itself to create life. In the trinity of Hinduism it is called Vishnu, which incarnates itself in messengers to aid those who suffer. In the trinity of Buddhism, this is called Samboghakaya, which literally means “body of sexual union.”
Yesod means “foundation.” It corresponds with the sexual organs. Thus, divinity (יהוה) creates life “by Chokmah in Yesod”: through the sexual organs. However, there are levels of sexuality:
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
“Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” —John 3
That is why our passage continues with:
“...by Binah, he established שמים Schamayim.”
Binah means “intelligence,” and is the third sephirah. Binah is related to what Christians call “the Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost…”
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost…. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” —Matthew 1
In Buddhism, this aspect is called Nirmanakaya, which means “creation body” or “manifestation body.” It is the means by which subtle forces are brought to manifestation.
What is being manifested in this passage is שמים Schamayim. In the Bible, the Hebrew word שמים Schamayim is usually translated as “heaven,” and you could translate it that way, but more accurately it is “waters of fire.” Observe how it is spelled: each letter is symbolic, alchemical. ש Shin symbolizes fire. מ Mem symbolizes water, and there are two Mems in Hebrew (מם) and both are here, so there are two waters, one above and one below. Thus, the letters are literally saying “fiery waters.”
“In the beginning God created שמים [heaven, or fiery waters] and the earth.” —Genesis 1:1
What are those fiery waters? It is simple:
The letter ש shin is a trinity. It represents creative fire. It represents the trinity.
“And the angel of יהוה appeared unto him in a flame of fire [ש]…” —Exodus 3:2
“For our God is a consuming fire [ש].” —Hebrews 12:29
The word שמים begins with ש, and the rest is מים mayim, “waters.” Since we are talking about the formation of the earth (body), we need to look to ourselves. We have מים in us. Our brain floats in the waters above, at the top of the spinal column. At the bottom of the spinal column we find the waters below: the sexual waters. Chemically, biologically, these two are very similar. They are connected to each other, through the spinal column. When we join those two waters with divine fire, represented by the letter shin, we create within ourselves שמים schamayim, fiery waters, heaven.
The scripture continues:
“… By his דעת Daath the depths are divided [into Abba and Aima, Father-Mother, Adam and Eve]...”
Daath means “knowledge.”
“But of the tree of the דעת knowledge of purity and impurity, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” —Genesis 2:17
Daath דעת means knowledge, it is the Tree of Knowledge of the Bible, that Adam and Eve ate the fruit from, and committed the original sin thus initiating the suffering of mankind.
It would be easy to condemn the Tree of Knowledge, but divinity placed it in the garden because it is necessary. However, one has to know how to use it. Adam and Eve abused it. We need to use it wisely if we want to undo the mistake of Adam and Eve. We return to Eden by fixing that mistake in ourselves.
Specifically, Daath דעת means knowledge of sexuality.
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain…”
“And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch…”
“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth…”
So here the scripture is saying,
“...by Daath [sex], the depths are divided..."
The depths imply deep waters. Those waters of mayim in us are divided into male and female, for the purpose of sexual cooperation. This is how,
“And Elohim [god-goddess] said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… Elohim [god-goddess] created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male female created he them.” —Genesis 1:27
All of this together shows us that we are a mirror of divinity, male and female, and this is necessary for our evolution.
It also shows us that sex is in levels. There is sex at the highest levels of divinity, but that is totally different from sex in the lower kingdoms. Each type of creation, each level of evolution, has a corresponding type of sexuality.
The passage continues:
“...and the clouds distillate the טל dew.”
The Hebrew word for clouds is שחקים. Notice the letter ש shin in the word. As you know, in nature the clouds condense moisture that falls to earth to nourish life. Without clouds and rain, nothing would live. Similarly, this passage is using that as a symbol for how the moisture of the clouds of heaven (שמים) send down our sexual energy to nourishes the soul, the consciousness. That nourishment is symbolized here by טל, the dew.
Those who know the covenant know to treat that dew with reverence, as it is sacred. By preserving and transmuting it, we convert those waters into wine. That is why the passage concludes with:
“My son, let not them [the waters of your sexual organs] depart from thine sight [in other words, watch over them carefully and do not spill a drop]: keep working wisely and discretely. So shall they be life unto thy soul...” —Proverbs 3
It is saying: pay attention to your sexual energy and do not waste it, pay attention to it.
This is how Tantra, Alchemy, is hidden in the Bible. The whole Bible is like this. By studying Kabbalah and Hebrew you will see it for yourself.
The dew is in our endocrine system. There is a very profound relationship between the pineal and pituitary glands in the brain and the sexual organs. In the endocrine system we find the hormones that give us the urge of being.
That is where the word hormone comes from, it is from a Greek root, which means to become, to be.
Basic functions of the endocrine system:
Divinity, through uncountable millions of years, put this beautiful, elaborate structure of nature in place for us, unfolded all these dimensions of nature and gave us these incredibly sophisticated physical bodies, and then puts into those physical bodies sexual power, which enlivens the nervous system, it fills the endocrine system with energy, and it motivates us to act, but because of our quality of mind, and because of our inherent psychology from our previous actions, we take all that profound energy and we abuse ourselves and others, we destroy our planet, we become addicts of sensations, of physical things. The vestiges of that tail that produced desire and the addiction towards sensation control this in us. We are like machines, and the hormones are the commands that power the machine, we just do whatever instinct guides us to do and we live like animals, driven by the instinctive impulses that rage in our hormones, and we suffer as a consequence, we suffer.
We do not understand is that there are different types of sexual energy in us.
If we look at the tree of life, the energy that relates to the health of the physical body is in Yesod and Malkuth, at the very bottom of the Tree of Life. That is what drives us instinctively, every day, and unfortunately because we are driven by instinct and have the psychological level of animals, only behaving instinctually, we just use that energy by instinct, we sleep with whoever we want to sleep with, we make kids whenever we want to make kids, we become addicted to sensations, we grow up, we live a little bit, we decay, we die, and that is it. Ultimately, we get nothing out of it, and we just keep repeating the cycle over and over, suffering, and that is it, and that is how most people live, and that is very sad.
If we realized that by being addicted to the expulsion of that energy through sex that we were actually depleting ourselves of our greatest power, we would come to understand that we have within us the power to radically transform, and that is why every religion in the world begins with its instructions, in the ancient times at least, with the first rule, to learn ethics, and one of those ethics is always to stop sexual misconduct. The ones who take that more seriously then take vows of chastity, in which they retain the sexual energy, they save it, they preserve it, they no longer waste it. Why? Firstly, because by saving that energy they improve their health, thought, feeling, and will. Even Henry David Thoreau in Walden said,
"The generative energy, which, when we are loose, dissipates and makes us unclean, when we are continent invigorates and inspires us. Chastity is the flowering of man; and what are called Genius, Heroism, Holiness, and the like, are but various fruits which succeed it. Man flows at once to God when the channel of purity is open. By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down. He is blessed who is assured that the animal is dying out in him day by day, and the divine being established."
Thoreau conserved his sexual energy because he knew this mystery. By conserving that energy, the health of the physical body improves, the health of the mind improves, and moreover the consciousness. That is why priests, priestesses, monks, nuns, yogis, yoginis, in all traditions all around the world, learn to save the sexual energy and transform it, to not waste it through lust and animal desire but instead convert it into a tool for spiritual development, and that is what is called Alchemy, Tantra.
That raw energy when transformed in the body becomes ओजस् Ojas, which is a type of enlivening energy that fills the whole tree of life in us with radiance; it nourishes the physical body, it nourishes the energetic body, it nourishes the psyche, and the consciousness, and the spirit, furthermore, it can create the soul.
"The Yogis claim that of all the energies that are in the human body the highest is what they call "Ojas". Now this Ojas is stored up in the brain, and the more Ojas is in a man's head, the more powerful he is, the more intellectual, the more spiritually strong. One man may speak beautiful language and beautiful thoughts, but they, do not impress people; another man speaks neither beautiful language nor beautiful thoughts, yet his words charm. Every movement of his is powerful. That is the power of Ojas. Now in every man there is more or less of this Ojas stored up. All the forces that are working in the body in their highest become Ojas. You must remember that it is only a question of transformation. The same force which is working outside as electricity or magnetism will become changed into inner force; the same forces that are working as muscular energy will be changed into Ojas. The Yogis say that that part of the human energy which is expressed as sex energy, in sexual thought, when checked and controlled, easily becomes changed into Ojas, and as the Muladhara guides these, the Yogi pays particular attention to that centre. He tries to take up all his sexual energy and convert it into Ojas. It is only the chaste man or woman who can make the Ojas rise and store it in the brain; that is why chastity has always been considered the highest virtue. A man feels that if he is unchaste, spirituality goes away, he loses mental vigour and moral stamina. That is why in all the religious orders in the world which have produced spiritual giants you will always find absolute chastity insisted upon. That is why the monks came into existence, giving up marriage. There must be perfect chastity in thought, word, and deed; without it the practice of Raja-Yoga is dangerous, and may lead to insanity. If people practice Raja-Yoga and at the same time lead an impure life, how can they expect to become Yogis?" —Swami Vivekananda, Raja Yoga
"Sublimation is not a matter of suppression or repression, but a positive, dynamic, conversion process. It is the process of controlling the sex energy, conserving it, then diverting it into higher channels, and finally, converting it into spiritual energy or Ojas Sakti. The material energy is changed into spiritual energy, just as heat is changed into light and electricity. Just as a chemical substance is sublimated or purified by raising the substance through heat into vapour which again is condensed into solid form, so also, the sexual energy is purified and changed into divine energy by spiritual Sadhana." - Swami Sivananda, Brahmacharya
The Tree of Life also shows us that the physical body is not the only body that we have, we have what are called internal bodies. We use those bodies in the internal worlds. Currently, we have protoplasmic, lunar bodies that belong to nature. We need to create solar bodies, as explained by Jesus in the gospels. Moses told us how to create those bodies, throughout his writings; he gave us many beautiful symbols that explain how to create the solar bodies and how to accomplish the mystery that Jesus explained when he was talking to Nicodemus about being born again. That which is born of the flesh is the physical body, through the normal process of procreation that all of us know very well. When you preserve the sexual energy you can create of the spirit, that energy rather than being wasted physically or utilized through bad psychological habits to create desire and ego in the mind can instead be conserved and begin a new cycle of evolution, consciously, in which a new birth can occur, the second birth, that Jesus described, in which we create the soul. Jesus did not say we have a soul, he said very clearly,
"With patience, you will have your souls."
That patience is to achieve the second birth. Instead of wasting the energy through lust, projecting it outward, creating the tail of Satan, the Kundabuffer, that energy is instead sent up into the spinal column and initiates new octaves of development. In the Asian traditions in Tantra they call this Kundalini, and that is why in Buddhism and in Hinduism, you see masters that have serpents over their heads.
In the book of Numbers in chapter twenty-one we hear a story about how the Israelites were complaining about what God had given them, they were not happy with how God was helping them in their trials, and they started to suffer because God sent serpents against them to bite them.
"And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
And the LORD sent fiery serpents (ha nachaschim ha seraphim) among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent (שרף seraph), and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
And Moses made a serpent (נחש nachasch) of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."
Two serpents: the fiery serpent that are biting the people and causing them to die and the rising serpent that gives life. These are the two polarities of sexual energy in nature and in us. The descending serpent is called Kundabuffer, and it is the serpent of lust. This is the Medusa of the Greek mysteries. Athena, the goddess is her antithesis, and Athena's symbol is a risen serpent, the protector. The risen serpent of brass is on the pole. The pole is your spinal column, and that serpent is that sexual energy transmuted, raised into ojas, kundalini.
The sexual energy burns in us like a fire, instinctively, and wants us to use it. It tempts us through physicality, through sensations, through addictions, through desire, through lust. The way to conquer that is to develop the willpower to convert that energy into something positive, to renounce the desire and turn one's eyes towards divinity and away from the temptations of the physical world.
You see in both the words for the serpents שרף seraph and נחש nachasch the letter ש Shin, fire. The fire burns, but how we use the sexual energy determines what it burns. The inverted fire of שרף seraph burns the soul. The rising fire of נחש nachasch destroys the ego, burns desire.
So then we have to ask ourselves, what do we prefer? Those who harness that fire and turn away from lust can convert that energy, can nourish that seed that is in us sexually, consciously, and create the solar bodies. That is to initiate a new type of evolution that is not mechanical, but conscious.
That wheel that we discussed earlier that shows the cycle of life in nature is mechanical, it is the law of lunar nature that just rolls on and on, endlessly, the wheel of Samsara, and it is a type of bondage. Those who keep the ego, that have pride, and vanity, and lust, and envy, and desire, are enslaved, chained to that wheel. The consciousness is trapped in that cycle of suffering because of its former actions. So every time we act on pride, and act on lust, and act on envy, we are cultivating consequences that we have to face, thus we create a bondage to repetition in nature, mechanical cycles.
When we destroy lust, when we destroy pride, when we destroy envy, we liberate consciousness from that bondage. Moreover, the energy that formerly was creating that suffering is now creating our liberation, instead of binding us to nature and binding us to pain, it gives us life, and that is why Jesus said,
"Be as wise as serpents....."
So then we see several types of evolution in nature.
The mechanical one is the one that nature just performs automatically, our bodies are subject to that, there is nothing we can do about that, our bodies are part of nature, they belong to nature, and nature will take them back.
The consciousness, however, is only trapped because of our former actions, mistaken actions. If we learn how to behave better, to change our actions, to renounce animal behavior, to turn away from this degenerating society, instead turn towards divinity, to our innermost, in our heart, to our divine mother, then we can change, we can initiate a conscious evolution, not theoretically, not because we believe in this or that, but in our actions, today. This type of action produces change, dramatic change, radical change, provable change, something you can confirm for yourself, nothing you have to believe in, something you will know, and from that by creating the soul, you develop liberation from the lower worlds, you are no longer a victim of mechanical evolution, you begin to awaken, first physically, seeing the world for what it is, seeing suffering for what it is, seeing the pain of this world for what it is, and resolving to do something about it, to help relieve the suffering. With that, that conscious evolution, gradually you can eventually earn the right to enter into a supra-conscious type of evolution, another level.
This Arcana of the Tarot, the sixth, depicts where we are right now: Indecision, choosing our way. Do we want to take up the path of the virgin or the whore?
It is very obvious whom humanity is following. This contemporary humanity is only interested in degeneration.
To be born again requires that one see this duality for what it is, to turn away from the temptations of our own mind, and the temptations of society, and instead turn towards what we know is right, intuitively and consciously, which is to adopt virtue, renounce vice, radically change psychologically, physically, in our actions, in our thoughts, in our feelings, and turn our attention towards the virginal goddess, who is inside of us.
That virgin goddess is Athena, Tara, Devi, Hera, Maya, Maia, Mary... she has many names... She is the primordial root of nature in us, and is trying and trying to encourage us to change so that we do not suffer anymore, to stop behaving badly, and the radical method to institute that change is to transform the sexual energy, that is what this card represents. There is something else significant about it, it is related with the Hebrew letter *[Vav], and that letter in Hebrew represents your spinal column, meaning that this decision, to choose between the virgin and the whore, is not an intellectual choice, it is not a belief, it is not to have good intentions, it is something that is proven through action, which is measured in our spine.
When we die, we are not measured by our good intentions; we are measured by the results of our actions. In the Egyptian mysteries, you see this process is depicted when the soul approaches the tribunals of the law, the heart and mind are weighed on a scale, not to measure beliefs and theories, but to measure the contents of the psyche of that person, what is in their soul? What is in their mind? What did they create? What did that seed that was planted in the earth result in? Did that seed that was planted in the earth result in the fortification of lust? More and more exploration of lust? More expansion of lust? More dedication to lust? Or was lust reduced? Did that person in their lifetime grow more pride? Or did they destroy their pride? And that is why in the Egyptian mysteries, the Egyptian initiates learned the Negative Confession, and this was in preparation for the moment of death, they would go before the gods and say, “I have not killed, I have not lied, I have not committed lustful action, I have not stolen, I have not disrespected the gods…” and on and on, they would state truthfully and factually, that they did not commit harmful acts. Who among us is capable of that? That is the requirement that is what we face.
In order for us to evolve as a consciousness, we cannot depend on nature. Nature only guarantees us one thing, the fulfillment of the laws of nature, and for us physically that means only one thing: death, nothing else. Nature will not give us anything else. Nature will definitely kill you, it is only a matter of time. Nature does not care about your consciousness at all, because from the point of view of mechanical nature, the only purpose consciousness serves is to animate physical bodies so that physical nature can continue. Physical nature does not care at all about the consciousness, God does, divinity in you does, and that is why divinity elaborated this structure, to place your consciousness here, in precisely the right place for that seed that is in you to be able to grow, but for the seed to grow, that seed must die.
When you observe a great tree; can you find the seed that grew it? No, the seed is gone; likewise, if you observe a great buddha, that simple consciousness is no longer there. Moreover, can you find pride in them? Can you find lust in them? Can you find anger in them? No, if they had anger or lust or pride they would not be a buddha or an angel, they would be a human being like us.
To become something higher, everything that is lower has to die, and that is why the Bible and all of the scriptures are so clear:
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” —1 Corinthians 6
Only the pure ones rise. If we want to rise in conscious evolution, everything lower in us has to be destroyed, it has to die.
Every day, how are we using our energy? When we watch TV, when we engage in conversations, when we follow along with our habits, what is that energy producing in us? What are we creating? If we do not know, then we are in trouble, we need to learn to measure our energy, and to know what it is producing, what it is doing, what are the outcomes of our actions.
You see, it is possible at the moment of death, when this physical body dies, for your consciousness to go out of that body aware of itself, without fear. We all know that masters have done that, saints, prophets, they were human beings exactly like us, but with one big difference, they renounced animal behaviors, they changed, they turned away from desire and put their face towards divinity. If we want to face the moment of death consciously without fear and be capable of exiting that body and entering in to a new type of evolution for that stage, we can do that, but you need to begin training right now, you can not wait until the day before you die because you will not have time to prepare. That type of preparation is a huge work, but it is the purpose of life that is why we are here, we are not here just to be food for nature, why would divinity make us do that? That makes no sense. Why would divinity be up there in the clouds watching this sad spectacle of suffering humanity? That makes no sense, that is why people become atheists, because they cannot accept that, and they are right, that is not the role of divinity and not the role of humanity.
We are a seedbed. Humanity is seeds in the earth that God wants to become perfect beings, but nature cannot create that perfect being, because mechanical laws cannot produce that, a perfect being is created through willpower, the will to become, and that is the root of the word hormone,, to become.
When we convert the power of our hormones, the sexual energy, into something conscious, we can become something more, something divine. That is the process for creating the soul, entering conscious evolution, in other words, staging an interior revolution, revolting against our own mind, our own bad habits, our own education, our own culture, our own idiosyncrasies, our own justifications, our own fears, our own bad habits. That is what creates a conscious evolution, that is what creates angels, buddhas, and masters. That is how we choose the virgin instead of the whore, and in that way we can get out of this mechanical cycle.
We can change, that is where our hope lies. The hope that we have is in the seed that is in us, that only we can grow that, and that is through an evolution, a sexual evolution.