Rosicrucian Articles The Problem Of Life
Among all the vicissitudes of life, which vary in each indivi...
The Region Of Concrete Thought
The Region of concrete Thought is neither shadowy nor illusor...
After a longer or shorter time there comes in each life a poi...
How To Apply For Admission
Anyone who is not engaged in fortune-telling or similar metho...
The First Heaven
In the first heaven, which is located in the higher regions o...
We Are Eternal
On whistling stormcloud; on Zephyrus wing,
The Second Heaven
When both the good and evil of a life has been extracted, the...
The Third Heaven
In the third heaven most people have very little consciousnes...
Three Theories Of Life
Only three noteworthy theories have been offered as solutions...
The Rosicrucian Fellowship
For the purpose of promulgating the Rosicrucian teachings in ...
A Description Of The Headquarters Of The Rosicrucian Fellowship
Work in the physical world requires physical means of accompl...
The Vital Body
That body of ours which is composed of ether is called the "v...
The Desire Body
In addition to the visible body and the vital body we also ha...
The Desire World
When spiritual sight is developed so that it becomes possible...
During life the collapse of the vital body at night terminate...
T He Course In Christian Mysticism
Christ taught the multitude in parables, but explained the my...
The World Of Thought
When we have attained the spiritual development necessary to ...
The Mystery Of Light Color And Consciousness
"God is Light," says the Bible, and we are unable to conceive...
The Constitution Of Man
Our chapter head, "the constitution of man," may surprise a r...
The Etheric Region
In addition to the solids, liquids and gases which compose th...
The Second Heaven
When both the good and evil of a life has been extracted, the spirit
discards its desire body and ascends to the second heaven. The desire body
then commences to disintegrate as the physical body and the vital body
have done, but it is a peculiarity of desire stuff, that once it has been
formed and inspired with life, it persists for a considerable time. Even
after that life has fled it lives a semi-conscious, independent life.
Sometimes it is drawn by magnetic attraction to relatives of the spirit
whose clothing it was, and at spiritualistic seances these shells
generally impersonate the departed spirit and deceive its relatives. As
the panorama of the past life is etched into the shells they have a memory
of incidents in connection with these relatives, which facilitates the
deception. But as the intelligence has fled, they are of course unable to
give any true counsel, and that accounts for the inane, goody-goody
nonsense of which these things deliver themselves.
When passing from the first to the second heaven, the spirit experiences
the condition known and described previously as "The Great Silence," where
it stands utterly alone conscious only of its divinity. When that silence
is broken there floats in upon the spirit celestial harmonies of the
world of tone where the second heaven is located. It seems then to lave
in an ocean of sound and to experience a joy beyond all description and
words, as it nears its heavenly home--for this is the first of the truly
spiritual realms from which the spirit has been exiled during its earth
life and the subsequent post-mortem existence. In the Desire World its
work was corrective, but in the World of Thought the human spirit
becomes one with the nature forces and its creative activity begins.
Under the law of causation we reap exactly what we sow, and it would be
wrong to place one spirit in an environment where there is a scarcity of
the necessities of life, where a scorching sun burns the crop and millions
die from famine, or where the raging flood sweeps away primitive
habitations not built to withstand its ravages, and to bring another
spirit to birth in a land of plenty, with a fertile soil which yields a
maximum of increase with a minimum of labor, where the earth is rich in
minerals that may be used in industry to facilitate transportation of
products of the soil from one point to another. If we were thus placed
without action or acquiescence upon our part, there would be no justice,
but as our post-mortem existence in purgatory and the first heaven is
based upon our moral attitude in this life so our activities in the second
heaven are determined by our mental aspirations and they produce our
future physical environment, for in the second heaven, the spirit becomes
part of the nature forces which work upon the earth and change its
climate, flora and fauna. A spirit of an indolent nature, who indulges in
day dreams and metaphysical speculations here, is not transformed by
death respecting its mental attitude any more than regarding its moral
propensities. It will dream away time in heaven, glorying in its sights
and sounds. Thus it will neglect to work upon its future country and
return to a barren and arid land. Spirits, on the other hand, whose
material aspirations lead them to desire so-called solid comforts of
hearth and home, who aim to promote great industries and whose mind is
concerned in trade and commerce, will build in heaven a land that will
suit their purpose: fertile, immineralized, with navigable rivers and
sheltered harbors. They will return in time to enjoy upon earth the fruits
of their labors in the second heaven, as they reap the result of their
life upon earth in purgatory and the first heaven.
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