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INTRODUCTORY “As the lightning cometh out of the East and shineth even
unto the West, so shall also the coming of the Son of
Man be.” Such is the sign of the coming of the Son of Man: man, even though having been born as the many are born, born of woman and to suffer, yet shall, through the power that is within himself, received from the All Father, so live and so believe that the Son of God shall be born within him and he shall know—know even as Jesus, when he had become the Christ, knew; for all men shall so know when they have been born again, when they have passed through the Second Birth.
And shall this be so ? Listen to one of the Prophets of the long ago : “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; where unto
ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the
day star arise in your hearts.” This refers not to a far-off event. It refers not to some special incarnation of a special soul; but, my reader, it refers directly to you, it shows that you, in your carnal manifestation, are like a dark place, the body is full of darkness and there is no light therein. But, if you listen to the Voice of the Soul, if you listen to the Christ, who is now here, now with you, then will you begin to give heed to a light that shineth in a dark place, until in good time there will be a dawn, the old, corruptible self will give place to the new being, and the Light that is within, the Light of the Christ, will begin to shine in a dark place, the carnal self, and the day star, the Christ, will arise, not only in the external world, but within your own heart.
And when this takes place, behold, a Voice will be heard from heaven, and this will say to you: “This is my beloved
Son in whom I am well pleased.” For you will have become, in truth, the Son of the living God.
The mission of the present book is two-fold :
One of its missions is to give a Spiritual, a truly Mystical interpretation to the teachings of one of the most beloved disciples of Jesus. The other is, to point a way whereby mankind may so live and so believe, that they may, here and now, in the present incarnation, come to know the Christ at his second coming, that they may reach regeneration, the perfect state of salvation, for which all men should seek.
Incidently, the mission of the book is, also, to indicate to mankind the great work of the Illuminati and its Soul Science, through which all men may become the Sons of the living God, all men thereby may come to know God and may be an eye-witness to the coming of the Father in the glory of the Holy Fire.
Finally, we desire to call the student's attention to the last two chapters in the book, wherein it is clearly pointed out that the crucifixion, and the arising from the tomb, of the Master Jesus are realities, and that, according to his own teachings and those of others of the old Masters, all men may, if they will, so live as to pass through the same ordeal.
THE AUTHOR. Thanksgiving Day, 1912.
LESSON ONE “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.” St. John 1:1-9.
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. The Word, in the sense used here, means everything that was. It included the earth, the sea, the sky; for all was God. In the beginning, nothing as yet had manifested. Everything that was, was in embryo. It was yet to take definite shape.
2. The same was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not
anything made that was made. 4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Life was still a part of the Word; for it had not yet manifested in separate beings. It was not yet personified in bodies, either of man or of creatures inferior to man.
5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not. Unless man has become illuminated, he does not recognize the light within himself—a light which is, in reality, the true light. He does recognize the light of the day, because that is in direct contrast with the darkness of the night. But the true light, which is in himself, he does not recognize; because, not having become illuminated, he cannot comprehend it.
6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
All men who become illuminated are sent from God, because they have learned to know God. They know the truth as God would have men know it; and they are able to teach men the truth, and show them the way. Thus, in very truth, are they sent from God.
7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe. When man lives the true life he will reach Illumination ; and, when he has reached Illumination, he will live the life of an illuminated being. He is then a witness of the Light; for his acts conform to the Light that he has found within himself. Through the teachings of such illuminated beings, will all men receive instructions; and, seeing the life led by the witness of the Light, they come to believe in the Light that is sent by the Father through his sons.
8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of
that Light. John represents the personality, the man, the outer being, or the shell that is visible to all. The Light is the Awakened Soul within man, it is the Illuminated Being, the Christos. The Soul can manifest only through the body, which is fittingly called the temple of God. John is therefore not the Light, but the representative, or the medium, through which the Light can manifest. It is possible for all men, like John, to become witnesses of the Father and to manifest the Light so that others may see and know God.
9. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that
cometh into the world. The Light of Illumination is the only true Light; for this Light can shine, and does shine, through the night as well as through the day. It is always present with those who are illuminated.