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The Emperor card rules over the conscious elements set into the material world. The Emperor is an older, wiser version of the Magician, his knowledge at handling affairs in a systematic way has given him the seat on the thrown. He is holding the world in his left hand and a T square in his right. The world is represented in numerology by the number 4 which is also this cards vibration. The T square is used in building and design, for mathematics and planning. This card represent the fashion in which things are done, a system to bringing things forth and manifest. Starting with one, two, three, then finally four, which is the building number, putting all things together.
Verses 25 to 32 from Psalm 119 begin with Daleth:
דבקה לעפר נפשי חיני כדברך׃
דרכי ספרתי ותענני למדני חקיך׃
דרך־פקודיך הבינני ואשיחה בנפלאותיך׃
דלפה נפשי מתוגה קימני כדברך׃
דרך־שקר הסר ממני ותורתך חנני׃
דרך־אמונה בחרתי משפטיך שויתי׃
דבקתי בעדותיך יהוה אל־תבישני׃
דרך־מצותיך ארוץ כי תרחיב לבי׃
25. My soul (Nephesh) is reduced to dust; give me life according to your Word.
26. I have confessed my ways and you responded to me; teach me your statutes.
27. Make me understand the path of your precepts and I will meditate on your wonders.
28. My soul (Nephesh) drops with grief, strengthen me according to your Word.
29. Remove me from the path of lying and favor me with your Law.
30. I have chosen the path of Truth; I have held the level of your judgments.
31. I have clung to your testimonies; Oh יהוה Iod-Havah do not put me to shame.
32. I will walk on the path of your commands; thus you will enlarge my heart.
AUM. The Arcanum Four of the Tarot is the holy and mysterious Tetragrammaton, the sacred name of the Eternal One that has four letters: יהוה - Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei.
י ‘Iod’ is the man, ה ‘Hei’ is the woman, ו ‘Vav’ is the phallus, ה ‘Hei’ is the uterus. Yet, we can also state: י ‘Iod’ is the man, ה ‘Hei’ is the woman, ו ‘Vav’ is the fire, ה ‘Hei’ is the water. The profound study of the four letters of the Eternal One takes us inevitably to the Ninth Sphere (sex). We must lift our serpent through the medullar canal and carry it up to her heart’s sanctuary.
The cross of the initiation is received in the Heart Temple. The magnetic center of the Father is found between the eyebrows. The Sanctuary of the Mother is found within the Heart Temple. The four points of the cross symbolize the Fire, the Air, the Water and the Earth (also Spirit, Matter, Movement and Repose).
Remember beloved disciple that the four elements of Alchemy are: Salt, Mercury, Sulfur and Azoth: The Salt is the matter; the Mercury is the Ens Seminis, the Azoth is the mysterious ray of Kundalini.
The Mercury of Secret Philosophy must be fecundated by Sulfur (Fire) so that the Salt can become regenerated. Only like this can we write the book of Azoth, write it upon a reed if what you want is Initiation. The clue of our liberation is found in the Lingam-Yoni.
The cross has four points. The cross of initiation is phallic. The insertion of the vertical phallus into the formal cteis forms a cross. This is the cross of the Initiation that we must place upon our shoulders.
The four sacred animals of Alchemy are: The Lion that hides the enigma of Fire; the Man the represent the Mercury of Secret Philosophy; the Eagle that corresponds to the Air; the Bull that symbolizes the Earth. Egypt’s sphinx (as well as Ezekiel’s sphinx) has the sacred symbolism of the four creatures of Alchemy.
The water contained in the lakes, rivers and oceans when heated by the fire of the sun are transformed into clouds that ascend up to the sky, and after a period of digestion are converted into lightning and thunder. This same process is repeated in the sexual laboratory of the Alchemist. Our motto is Thelema (Willpower).
The entrance into the old, archaic temples was commonly a hidden hole in some mysterious spot in the dense jungle. We departed from Eden through the door of sex, and only through that door can we return to Eden. Eden is sex. It is the narrow, straight and difficult door that leads us into the light.
In the solitude of these mysterious sanctuaries, the neophytes were submitted to the four Initiatic ordeals. The ordeals of fire, air, water and earth always defined the diverse purifications of the neophytes.
Commonly, these sanctuaries of mysteries were found located at the foot of some Volcano. There the disciples would fall to the ground and lose consciousness; in those moments the Hierophant would take the students out of their physical bodies (thus, they would already be in the astral plane) and into the profundities of the sanctuary. Then he would teach them the grandiose mysteries of life and death. The volcanic emanations of the earth produced that apparent state of death. Some disciples fall in that apparent state of death within the Gnostic Lumisials. The ceremony of carrying the cross (as was practiced in the Gnostic Lumisials), serves in order to humbly confirm some internal esoteric Initiation.
Each one of the seven bodies of the human being must be crucified and stigmatized. All students of Kabbalah must be familiar with all of the elementals of Fire, Air, Water and Earth. The present ‘human being’ is still not a king or queen of Nature, but all are called to be kings or queens and priests and priestesses according to the Order of Melchizedeck.
It is necessary for the student to become familiar with all the elemental creatures of the four elements. Salamanders live in Fire; Undines and Nereids live in Water; Sylphs live in the Air and Gnomes live in the Earth.
The gospel of Mark is symbolized by a Lion (fire); the gospel of Matthew is represented by a Youth (water); the gospel of John is represented by the Eagle (air) and the gospel of Luke is represented by the Bull (earth). The four gospels symbolize the four elements of nature and the realization of the Great Work (the Magnus Opus).
Every Hierophant of Nature is converted into a King of the Elementals. If you want to be admitted into the Elemental Paradises of Nature, then respect all life, do not kill any animal species, do not drink wine that contains alcohol; love vegetables, do not ever destroy a plant or a flower. You only need two things in life: Wisdom and Love. This is how you will attain happiness, peace and abundance. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Every initiate must work with the elementals in the central mountain range. That mountain range is the spinal medulla. The Prima Matter of the Great Work of the Father is the Ens Seminis. You know this.
The sacred receptacle is in your creative organs, the furnace is the Muladhara Chakra, the Chimney is the medullar canal and the distiller is the brain. When we work in the laboratory of the Third Logos we must transmute the lead of our personality into the gold of the Spirit. The Magnus Work cannot be performed without the cooperation of the elementals.
The Gnomes and Pygmies are the great Alchemists that transmute the lead into gold; they reduce the metals to its semen (seed) in order to transmute them into the pure gold of the spirit; their labor would be impossible if the Undines did not obey or if the Salamanders of fire would not make the voluptuous Undines fertile, because without the fire, the tempting Undines can only take us to a shipwreck. Ulysses (the cunning warrior destroyer of citadels) was himself bound to the mast of the ship so that he would not fall seduced by the sexual beauty of the Undines. Ancient Gnostics stated: “All of you will become Gods if you leave Egypt and pass-through the Red Sea (the ocean of temptations).
The vapors of the prima matter of the Great Work would not ascend through the chimney without the help of the disquieting Sylphs. The Gnomes need to distil the gold in the brain and this is only possible with the help of the aerial Sylphs. The Gnomes transmute the lead into gold. The Magnus Opus would be impossible without the elementals. We need to become familiar with the elementals of Nature.
Agni God of Fire
Fire: Light a fire then vocalize the Mantra INRI. This mantra is vocalized in two separate syllables: IN – RI:
Prolong the sound of each letter. IiiiiiiiiiiiiiNnnnnnnnn RrrrrrrrrrrrIiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
Thereafter, concentrate on the fire that you have lit (on the candle, on the oil lamp or on the charcoal) and profoundly meditate on the fire. Invoke me, Samael, your friend, who wrote this lecture, I will assist you in this practice. Then vocalize the “S” as an affable and fine whistle, like the buzzing of a rattlesnake.
Air: Seated on a comfortable chair or laying down (face up) with the body relaxed, you will profoundly meditate on the following plagiary:
Spiritus Dei Ferebatur super aquas, et inspiravit in faciem hominis spiraculum vitae. Sit Michael Dux Meus, et Sabtabiel servus meus, in luce et per lucem. Fiat verbum halitus meus, et imperabo Spiritibus aeris hujus, et refrenabo equos solis voluntate cordis mei, et cogitatione mentis mei et nutu oculi dextri. Exorciso igitur te, creatura aeris, per Pentagrammatón et in nómine Tetragrammaton, in quibus sunt voluntas firma et fides recta. Amen. Sela Fíat.
Blow towards the four cardinal points of the Earth. Pronounce the letter H many times as if imitating a very deep sigh. Then slumber while meditating on the Genii Michael and Sabtabiel. This way you will become in contact with the Sylphs.
Water: Before a cup of water, get into the state of slumber while meditating on the following exorcism:
Fiat Firmamentum In Medio Aquarum Et Separet Aquas Ab Aquis, Quae Superius Sicut Quae Inferius, Et Quae Inferius Sicut Quae Superius Ad Perpetranda Miracula Rei Unius. Sol Ejus Pater Est, Luna Mater Et Ventus Hanc Gestavit In Utero Suo, Ascendit A Terra Ad Coelum Et Rursus A Chelo In Terram Descendit Exorciso Te Creatura Aquae, Ut Sis Mihi Peculum Die Vivi In Operibus Ejus, Et Fons Vitae, Et Abllutio Pecatorum. Amen.
Thereafter, while still in a state of slumber, vocalize the letter M as follows: Mmmmmmmm, with your lips hermetically sealed. This sound is like the bellow of the bull, yet it is a prolonged sustained sound that does not decrease like the bull does. The letter “M” is the mantra of the waters. This is how you will be in contact with the creatures of the waters. Thereafter, invoke the genie of the waters; the genie’s name is NICKSA.
Profoundly meditate on the Heart-Temple of the center of the Earth. Meditate on the Genie of the Earth whose name is Cham-Gam. Beseech him to place you in contact with the Gnomes that inhabit the entrails of the Earth; call the Genie of the Gnomes, the Genie’s name is GOB. Get into a state of slumber while concentrating on that Genie; then vocalize the Mantra I.A.O.
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa Ooooooooooo
When profound meditation is intelligently combined with the state of slumber, it allows you to enter into the Elemental Paradises of Nature.
Every Alchemist needs to work with the Elementals of Nature.
The hieroglyphic of the Fourth Arcanum of the Tarot is the Emperor; the Sovereign appears forming a marvelous triangle with his body. When the legs of the Emperor are crossed, they form a cross; this is the image of the Athanor of Alchemists; the joint of the cross with a triangle is only possible by means of the potable gold (sacred fire) of Alchemy.
The Innermost puts the Cross of Initiation with the Arcanum Four of the Tarot over his shoulder.
We will end this lecture by stating that the elementals of fire are commanded with the Trident of Iron or with the wand of iron; the elemental of the Air are commanded with an Eagle feather or any other bird; the elementals of Water are commanded with a cup filled with water and the elementals of the Earth with a sword or with a new knife.
The main kingdom of the Gnomes resides in the North; the one of the Salamanders in the South, the one of the Sylphs in the East and the one of the Undines in the West. These four elemental hierarchies form a Cross. Behold here the holy and mysterious Tetragrammaton יהוה.
Written by Gnostic Instructor
Which in Kabbalah symbolizes the Door of the House of Shaddai El Chai
Daleth ד is the fourth letter, it is related with the four elements of the physical world: fire, air, water, and earth; the four states of the matter: solid, liquid, gaseous, combustion; the four atoms in Alchemy: hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen. The four worlds of Kabbalah: Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiah. The four letters of the name of God: Iod, He, Vav, He.
Daleth, the youth, terrestrial man receives charity from his heavenly man, his Gimel. But Shaddai El Chai must stand at the open door of the entrance of his house (Physical Body).
Behold, I (Chokmah) stand at the door (ד Daleth), and knock: if any man (youth) hears my voice, and open the door (to Shaddai El Chai), I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. - Revelation 3:20
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.- Matthew 5:3
1: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entered not by the door (of Shaddai El Chai foundation of the soul, the abode of the youth) into the sheepfold (of Malkuth), but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2: But he (Chokmah) that entered in by the door (of Shaddai El Chai foundation of the soul, the abode of the youth) is the shepherd of the sheep.
3: To him (Chokmah) the porter (the Youth of Shaddai El Chai) opens; and the sheep (the souls in Malkuth) hear his voice: and he (Chokmah) calls his own sheep (souls) by name, and lead them out (into the higher Sephiroth).
4: And when he (Chokmah) putts forth his own sheep (Bodhisattvas of compassion), he goes before them, and the sheep (Bodhisattvas of compassion) follow him: for they know his voice (because his Word through Shaddai El Chai is made flesh in them).
5: And a stranger (Baalim) will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the (fornicator) voice of strangers (from Klipoth).
6: This (Kabbalistic) parable spoke Jesus (the Inner Savior) unto them (the Kabbalists): but they understood not what things they were which he spoke unto them.
7: Then said Jesus (the Inner Savior) unto them again, verily, verily, I say unto you, I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the door (into the higher Sephiroth) of the sheep (consciousness or Nephesh imprisoned in Assiah and Klipoth).
8: All (false Prophets or Baalim) that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep (imprisoned in Assiah and Klipoth) did not hear them.
9: I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the door: by me if any (poor, humble) man (through initiation) enters in, he (this youth or human soul) shall be saved, and shall go in and out (through the door of Shaddai El Chai), and find pasture.
10: The thief (fornicators Baalim from Klipoth) comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (the youth, the soul): I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am come that they (the particles of pain of our Father who is in secret) might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11: I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the good shepherd: the good shepherd (through Tantric initiation) gives his life for the sheep.
12: But he (the soul) that is a hireling (who only works selfishly), and not the shepherd (a Bodhisattva), whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf (Baalim) coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep (into hell).
13: The hireling (who only works selfishly) flees, because he is an hireling (who only works for his own good), and cares not for the sheep (souls from Assiah and Klipoth).
14: I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15: As the Father (Kether) knows me (through Daath), even so know I the Father: and I (through the Tantric Initiation of Tiphereth) lay down my life for the sheep.
16: And other sheep (souls) I have, which are not of this fold (of initiates): them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice (my incarnated Word); and there shall be one fold (of Bodhisattvas), and one shepherd (Chokmah).
17: Therefore does my Father (Kether) love me, because I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) lay down my life, that I might take it again.18: No (selfish) man (or Pratyeka Buddha) takes it from me, but I (according with the Tantric Initiation of Tiphereth) lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and (if the Bodhisattva falls) I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father (Kether). - John 10
The terrestrial man has no light other than that which he receives from his Innermost through Shaddai El Chai.
ד Daleth characterizes the state or quality of being lowly, humble. This humility is acquired by subduing the mind of the terrestrial man and by delivering it to our heavenly man; the consciousness in the physical plane cannot perform anything on its own. Self-remembrance together with Self-observation cannot be performed with only our free 3% choice, but one must comprehend that in order to achieve success in our psychological work, one needs the assistance of our Innermost through Shaddai El Chai; and do not think that our spiritual accomplishments are only based on the power and the strength of our physical consciousness alone.
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her. And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, in the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of a hill that is before Hebron. - Judges 16:1-3
Any act of charity in this world must be done according to the will of God; it must be based on our Divine assistance, especially when we are struggling with the bestial inclinations of Nephesh, which could be expressed mainly as sexual passion, but also as anger, pride, laziness, gluttony, envy, greed, etc. These are animal qualities (Nephesh) that struggle within us and that refuse to accept the yoke of our Heavenly Father.
If it was not for the help of Chokmah through Neshamah, the Human Soul would not be able to overcome the bestial inclinations of Nephesh.
And he (the animal mind) released unto them him (the ego) that for sedition and murder was cast into prison (Karma), whom they had desired; but he (the bestial mind) delivered Jesus (the Son of Man) to their (bestial) will.
And as they led him away (carrying this heavy Karma), they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenean, coming out of the country and on him (this terrestrial man) they laid the (sexual) cross, that he might bear it after Jesus (the Son of Man).
And there followed him a great company of people (initiates), and of women (from Malkuth), which also bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus (the Son of Man) turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me (the Son of Man), but weep for yourselves (your souls), and for your children (souls).
For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, blessed are (the women who transmute the sexual force of Shaddai El Chai) the barren, and the wombs that never bare and the paps which never gave suck.
Then shall they (the fornicators) begin to say to the mountains (of their subjective knowledge), Fall on us; and to the hills (of Dogmas), Cover us.
For if they do these things in a green tree (the Bodhisattva), what shall be done in the dry (the fornicator)? - Luke 23:25-31
Compassion is the Law of Christ (Chokmah), he becomes flesh within the man himself for the sake of his soul, yet he demands sacrifice, charity from the heavenly man (Chesed) in order to pay his karmic debts according to his deeds. This is how Chesed exercises charity (good deeds) through the door of his house in order for Chokmah to erase from the world the sins of Tiphereth, and brings judgment upon himself; this is how he, Chokmah, immolates himself as the Son of Man! God’s utmost compassion is to become flesh and to suffer the karma together with the sinner in order for the latter to value his blessings.
The compassionate blessings of Chokmah cannot enter into the psyche of a rich person (an arrogant one) because: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3) Chokmah only enters through the door of the humble spirit and only the humble souls can attain the Self-realization of the Being.
The three lines of a t-square form a right angle with a protruding line above that makes the letter ד Daleth, which indicates how the consciousness of the Bodhisattva experiences Chokmah on the three levels: the vertical line indicates the human soul in the here and now, the horizontal line above is the Divine source of Wisdom (Chokmah) and the protruding line behind the right angle is the unconsciousness, or the soul trapped within the ego.
The continuous flow of Divine wisdom into the human soul, right thought, right feeling, right action, makes a right angle; this is the development of Chokmah through the annihilation of the ego (the protruding line behind the right angle) in order to experience the infinite omnipresence of the light of lights, Kether, thus leaving only two levels or a perfect square.
The Bodhisattva is the one who is willing to sacrifice his life for humanity and thus sacrifices his soul (Nephesh) as an holocaust to his Inner God. He is the Buddha who refuses to enter through the door of Nirvana, thus Chokmah (Vishnu, Avalokiteshvara, Kuan-Yin) elevate his soul and becomes one with the Cosmic Christ.
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Arcanum number four is called The Emperor. The king, the Emperor, is related with the fourth Sephirah of the Tree of Life, which is called Chesed. When you study the Tree of Life and the relation of the Tree of Life with the planets of our solar system, then we find that Chesed is governed by Jupiter, and also by Mars. Many kabbalists state that Chesed, the Innermost, our own particular Spirit, is ruled only by Jupiter. But when we discover that our own particular Spirit has to fight for his own Self-realization and has to do the work, the internal work in the human being; then we discover that he is also a warrior, a fighter. So that's why we state in Gnosticism that Chesed is ruled by Mars. This is the particular individual Spirit of each one of us. Chesed, which is related with the Emperor, the king. That's why, astrologically speaking, we said that the kings are ruled by Jupiter.
And now we are going to go very deep, following the sequence of lectures, in order to explain the biblical Adam related with this lecture. Remember that in the Book of Genesis it is written that Adam is the king of nature, an emperor. And it is very interesting to see that when we read the Bible, we read the word Adam which many translators translate as "man", but for a better explanation it is better if we translate it as "human being."
In Hebrew, you say איש "Ish," for man, and אשה "Isha" is woman. In Greek, you say "Anthropos" for human being and "Andros" for man, so we have to make the difference, what is an "Andros" and what is an "Anthropos," or what is a "man" and what is "Adam," or Ish and Adam.
In the previous lecture when we were talking about the letter Beth, we were explaining that after the division of sexes the man Ish and his woman Isha were the two parts of the same being, which was Adam. And behold that the word אדם Adam is written with three Hebrew letters: א Aleph, ד Daleth, מ Mem.
אAleph we already know that it is related with the air, with the Ruach, with the wind, with the Spirit, with God, the Holy Three-Unity.
ד Daleth, which is precisely the lecture of today, is related with the terrestrial man. And when we talk about the terrestrial man we have to explain the word "terrestrial" or earthly, which is related with Malkuth, the tenth Sephirah, at the very bottom of the Tree of Life. This "Malkuth" means "the kingdom." Now we have to state very specifically that a kingdom cannot exist without a king and without a queen. So the king is the Emperor of the Tarot, because the man, or we will say Adam, is called to be king of nature, has to control nature.
When I said "nature" I'm referring to the whole planet; the planet earth is called Malkuth, the kingdom, because it is formed by four kingdoms; the mineral kingdom, the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom and the human kingdom. But those kingdoms are controlled by the four elements of nature, and here is where we have to emphasize in the number four because Daleth, the Emperor, is related with the Holy Tetragrammaton, the holy name of God, יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei, which we translate as Iod-Havah, which is י Iod (Adam) and הוה Havah (Eve). These four letters are related with the four elements of nature; fire, water, air and earth. The four elements are related with the four ways in which the initiate has to learn how to control the elements of nature, because if we are slaves of the elements of nature, then we are not kings of nature, but slaves of nature.
The Adam of Genesis controls the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, the beasts of the earth and the creatures that creep. Those are an allusion of the four elements of nature that Adam has to control, has to command. It is not as many people misunderstand; they think that to be king of the earth or nature is to exploit all the earth and take advantage of the planet, as in this day and age people are doing and causing of course problems for the planet. A real king is a wise man.
It's coming into my mind the three wise men of the gospels that, as it is written, were visiting the birth of the God-child in Bethlehem, and this is something that we have to comprehend. Three, because these three wise men are related with the three levels in which Chokmah, the Christ, develops the power of the king within the terrestrial man.
So in the Bible the word אדם Adam for man or for that human being that is a king of nature is directly related with the other word אדםה Adamah which means "ground." It is written there that the creature, human being, that was made into the image of God, Adam, was taken from the ground, Adamah. It is good to emphasize here that this word Adamah, which ends with the Hebrew letter "He," is a feminine word. We will not commit any mistake if we said that this Adamah is the feminine aspect of the earth, because the earth itself is, kabbalistically speaking, feminine. That's why in many religions, when they refer to the earth, they say "Mother Earth." Obviously, Mother Earth has all the elements necessary in order to create the terrestrial man, which is the poor man in Kabbalah, because the rich man is symbolized by Chesed, which is the Spirit, the Monad which is within each one of us. Chesed is of course that Spirit that is made into the image of God and that never sins, is always pure, is always holy.
When I said this, it comes into my memory a certain conversation that I had with the Master Samael Aun Weor. When you enter into these Gnostic studies you always wonder about the name, the holy name of your God, since you understand and comprehend that the name of God is individual in each one of us. That means that our own particular Chesed, which is El, God, has his own name, and that name means something for you. So to discover the name of God is to discover your own entity, your own king, you own Emperor.
Master Samael, being a resurrected master, obviously very awakened, knew very well the Inner Being of everybody. But he was very cautious to unveil the sacred name of the people, because it is sacred. "Holy be his unutterable name."
So, I asked him, "Master, you know the name of my Being; can you tell me who my Being is?"
And he said, "He is holy, you are not."
And he kept silent. Then, since that time, I meditated on that. I understood that God within, Chesed, is holy. That's why his sacred appellation or name in the world of Atziluth is El in Chesed, El, God. Obviously, El is holy within each of us, but we are not, and this is something that we have to understand. But we have to be perfect as he is perfect, and that is the process of initiation, to acquire perfection, to be in the image of God. And that is precisely the great transformation that we have to acquire.
In the Book of Genesis it explains very clearly, that in the beginning when Adam is created, he falls, he sins, and this is because the nature of the terrestrial man is sinful. To transform that sinful nature into a holy one is a great work that only God can perform, and that's why the Emperor needs the assistance of Wisdom. Wisdom is Chokmah, the second Sephirah, and that Wisdom is what we call in Christianity the Son of God, Christ. We know that Christ unfolds in many fires, many lights, but the most beautiful atoms of Christ shine in Chokmah, and that's why Chokmah receives the name of Iod Hei Vav Hei; it is the first Sephirah in which we find the holy name of God, kabbalistically speaking. So when we read Iod-Havah by itself in the Bible it is referring to the Sephirah Chokmah. If we read Iod-Havah Elohim, then we are reading about something related with Binah.
So, when you read the Bible, if Iod-Havah is by itself, it is related to Christ, the Son, Chokmah, which is the one that transforms and enters into the human being in order to transform him into a child of God. And that is a process that has to come, but first we have to create Adam; Adam has to be created. It is a mistake, a big mistake to think that Adam already exists. Symbolically speaking or alchemically, kabbalistically, we say Adam referring to the male aspect, but this Adam is difficult to find, because it has to be created.
Genesis is a book of actuality, it is not a book that merely tells us the story of this world. We will say that if we read it in that way, we also find the explanation of the creation of this planet. But alchemically speaking, gnostically speaking, the Book of Genesis is telling us the way in which the man, Adam, has to be created within ourselves. Adam has to exist in each one of us.
Adam is the true Human Being, the true Man. With that we are indicating that we are not Human Beings, we are not Men; we are intellectual animals. And behold here the word "animal" comes from the Latin "anima" which means "soul," intellectual souls. But we are not in the image of Chesed, let alone in the image of that above Chesed, which is the three Supernals, because that is a process. First we have to create the Man, and then the Super Man. The Super in the Man is the three Supernals; Kether, Chokmah, Binah, that's the "super." Super Man can be created only in the Man, but the Man has to be created first.
Nietzsche in his book "Thus Spake Zarathustra" speaks a lot of the Super Man, but he taught about the Super Man to intellectual animals; they don't understand about the Super Man. That's why many things that we explain here related with the Super Man are difficult to understand, because the Man doesn't exist in us yet. The Man understands about the Super Man, but for us it is difficult. That's why people in the book "Thus Spake Zarathustra,"Nietzsche says that the people said: "Stop Zarathustra, talking about the Super Man, and talk to us about the Man."
This is what we have to do, we have to create the Emperor, the king, the wise king, and for that we have to create the internal bodies, and those internal bodies are coming from the dust of the ground, from Adamah, which is the ground. It doesn't mean that we have to go to a place where there is clay, or where there is dirt. Remember that the physical body is Malkuth, and when we discover, atomically, the forces that are in our bodies, we are talking about the "dust." Because that is what is dust; atoms, forces, attributes, which are in Malkuth, in the kingdom. There is where we find all those elements that we need in order to create the Man.
How do we create the Man? We have to elevate the forces of the
ground, the forces of the earth, in order to create the elements, the
three garments for the soul: the astral body, the mental body and the
causal body. The body of willpower, the body of the mind and the body of
emotions. Those are called "electronic bodies" that we have to create
with the sublimation of the sexual force.
All of those elements, alchemically speaking, are placed in the seed. This is alchemically the twelve salts of the zodiac which are represented with the twelve tribes of Israel. It's coming into my mind when the twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve children of Jacob went into Egypt. And that's a mystery of the descent of the forces of the zodiac (and by the way, the Zodiac is ruled by Chokmah. Kabbalistically speaking, astrologically speaking, you find the twelve zodiacal forces here in Chokmah).
Behold here again, pointing to the descent of that force, the twelve salts of alchemy, into the world of Egypt; this means the descent of the forces through Io-Cephas or Joseph, which is the stone of Yesod. In the Bible, when you read the word Egypt in Hebrew, it says Matzarim מצרים, which means "distress." There is a word in English which is Mesopotamia; do you know what is Mesopotamia? "Mesos" and "potamos" means "earth between two rivers." So the word Matzarim is Egypt in the Bible, but when we study the letters in the Hebrew alphabet we know that מ M, Mem, means water. So this Tzari is between the two waters. And what is צרי Tzari? It's a balm, or a way in which you perfume. It is made, it is written, by eleven elements in order to please God. Incense. Those eleven elements are related with the eleven Sephiroth. You say, "Why eleven?" Because there are ten, plus Daath. Those eleven are within Joseph, Tzari, this is called in the Zohar, or in Kabbalah; Tzari is made of eleven elements which you have to sublimate in order to have a smoked offering, perfumed, to your Inner Being. But that comes from Matzarim, the word Egypt. That's why that Tzari is between two Mems. The two Mems or the two waters, which are of course the sexual waters of Yesod of man and woman. But Egypt is precisely that element or that place which is Malkuth, the Kingdom. Behold here, we have two, we will say that the Bible talks about two children, the children of the devil and the children of God. Egypt, of course, is a place, Malkuth, the Kingdom, where everybody is a slave of the sexual waters. So when you enter into this knowledge and you start following the doctrine of Gnosticism, you discover that you are in Egypt, symbolically speaking. You have to go out of Egypt, but in order to go out of Egypt you have to build the pyramids first. That is a symbol. It is coming into my mind also Quetzalcoatl of the Nahuas. Quetzalcoatl, the incarnation of Chokmah among the Mexicans, was teaching them how to build pyramids as well, and the Toltecs, are called "the builders." And that is the same symbol, in which first you have to build the pyramids of Thoth, your internal bodies. The astral body, the mental body, the causal body, are made from the earth.
You say, "Yeah, the pyramids are made from the earth, from the clay (Adamah) of the earth," but that is a symbol, the same symbol in which you have to build your internal bodies with Adamah, from Adamah, which is the ground, which is your own body. But for that you have to know the mysteries in which you have to take from Egypt the elements to build.
When you keep reading the books of the Bible, you find for instance the Book of Exodus. And it is written there that the Israelites were 430 years in Egypt before they left. In Gnosticism we explain very well that Israel is related with Isis; Ra, with the solar force; and El, is God. So Israel are all those particles, forces, that are in Egypt, particles of God that need to leave the world of Malkuth, but for that they have to reach the age of 430 years.
In alchemy, in initiation, we know that numbers are related with Kabbalah. 400 years is related with the mental body.
When you enter, and you sublimate the forces of the zodiac in Egypt, and you create within, elevate the fire in the spinal column, the fire of Kundalini, then you acquire in the physical world, in the physical body, a hundred years. When you raise the energy of the vital body, the Kundalini of the vital body, then you acquire 200 years. When you come and create the astral body, by raising the energy in the astral body, in the astral plane, you acquire 300 years. And when after that you raise the energy of the mental body and create the mental solar body, then you reach 400 years. But then you continue by creating the body of willpower, Thelema. And then you know that you have to raise that energy 33 vertebrae. When you reach the 33rd vertebrae, then you reach the esoteric age of a hundred years (for the first initiation) or 200 years for the second one, and so on. You don't need to reach the number 99. 33 is enough because it's related with the 33 degrees that you need to acquire in your spinal column in order to acquire the hundred years. For each initiation, one hundred years.
But behold, before reaching the symbolic age of 500, when that energy rises in your Body of Willpower to the thirtieth vertebra, then two ways open before you, or we will say better, two ways open before Chesed, because he is the one that is creating through Adamah, the Man, the terrestrial man, the poor man that needs the assistance of the rich man, who is Chesed. He is rich because he has wealth in heaven, the inheritance of his own God within. Chesed is the outcome of Binah, the Holy Spirit.
So then, when the human soul reaches that level, two ways open: The way of the Spiral and the Direct Path. The way of the Spiral is the way in which the initiate works towards his own perfection through many lives, through many reincarnations. He's already a Human Being, he has the right to be called Adam; an Adam which is in process. He is not an Adam in the image of God yet, but he can be if his Chesed takes the Direct Path.
On the direct path, he has to pass through the three levels of the letter Daleth, in which that terrestrial man, which is that Adam that was built in Mitsrayim, in Egypt, has to leave Egypt. To leave Egypt he has to go through great ordeals. Behold here, that's why this fourth Arcanum is related with the four elements as we said; it's related with the cross as well. We have to pass four ordeals in the physical world in order to go into the Exodus, and after going into the Exodus, which is the Direct Path, you have to pass also four ordeals, the four ordeals always. And that's precisely the word that's called here, Mitsrayim. You have to come out of "distress," of ordeals, of tests, in order to conquer higher levels of your Being. Many things have been spoken about the different tests and ordeals that the initiate has to pass through, and that's symbolically spoken, or written, in the Bible about the different distresses, the different ordeals, that the Israelites were passing in Egypt. And you find that in many books, how before going into the higher levels, the individual is tested.
It's coming into my mind the master Jesus, when he is born he goes to Egypt, and after conquering all of his initiations and developing the inner terrestrial man in himself, he comes from Egypt into the promised land, and as a Resurrected Master. Not physically speaking, but resurrected in fire and resurrected in the light, he appears in the holy land, doing miracles. But he comes from Egypt. So that's the symbol of Moses taking the people out of Egypt, because Moses is the Thelema, willpower, that we have to build inside, and to take Israel, which are the different parts of the consciousness bottled up within different idols, which are these idols of the mind, egos that everybody worships.
This is something very important to emphasize here, because many people think that when the Bible talks about not worshipping idols, people always put their mind in the statues made in different religions. And the real meaning of that is related with our own particular psychological aggregates that we worship.
In this three-dimensional world, people worship idols. The idols of vanity, the idols of pride, even in religion there are idols, even if they don't have statues in their temples. When you feel proud of being religious, or related with any type of religion, you are being as the Bible says "a rich man," proud of being what you think you are, of whatever religion.
So to be identified with the different psychological aspects of lust, anger, greed, envy, pride, laziness, gluttony, etc, etc. is to worship idols, because we have to worship our God which is within, Chesed. But people ignore that. Chesed, the Innermost, is pushed aside, and people only care about the idols, the psychological defects and vices that you find in the psyche of every person.
To destroy those idols is to make a new creature, to emerge Adam within, to make really a Human Being, and to reach the initiatic age of 430 in order to go into the Exodus. Then, just by being a Human Being, you can go in the Exodus, or you can go on the Straight Path.
This is something very important to understand here, because people think that the Exodus is something physical. It's physical, but it's also psychological and spiritual. It has to be balanced, one thing has to be related with the other, and for that we have to know that this path is a very difficult path. It's a spiritual path, it is not as easy as many people think. People have the idea that to be born again is a matter of believing in Jesus of Nazareth who came 2000 years ago, so if you accept that Jesus was the son of God, then you are born by dint of magic, just like that. Of course, that's ludicrous, because nobody is born on this planet Earth just by believing; birth is physical.
We need the sexual act in order to be here in this earth. Internally also, we need the sexual act. In other words, we need the same energy, which is coming from the Earth, and which synthesizes as the entity of semen, the Ens Seminis, obtains or attains all of the energy of the universe and the Earth. We have to know how to sublimate that energy in order to create internally. But obviously, there is always an opposition in us, and those are the forces of nature.
When you study the book of Exodus, you see that Moses goes in front
of the Pharaoh. Pharaoh means "great priest" or "great one."
Etymologically, they say that Pharaoh means "great house," but we
explained already that in order to be the head of a big house, a big
religion, you have to be resurrected. And always, the great Avatars, the
great messengers from God appear in at the head of religions. Moses
appears in front of Egypt when the religion of Egypt was already
degenerated, because obviously Egypt had its great Golden Age in which
great initiates, great kings, great emperors were blessing people.
At that time of Joseph, when Joseph went into Egypt, or his brothers sold Joseph to the Egyptians, at that time the Pharaoh was a great initiate, a great priest, but in the time of Moses the religion of Egypt was already in decay. They were no longer the Egyptians but the "egypsies." They were transformed into gypsies. Many people say that the gypsies are the lost tribe of Israel. "Gypsy" comes from "egypsy," it said in Latin or in Italian egypsy, gypsy, is from Egypt. So a gypsy is somebody that came from Egypt, but is no longer in an initiate, is a gypsy, somebody that lost all the attributes of being an initiate.
The twelve tribes at that time of Moses were the initiates that were really following the new religions, the new form in which the White Lodge was giving the knowledge to a new people, and obviously, the Pharaoh, the great priest there, was already degenerated, as in the time of Jesus when he is before Caiaphas, the chief priest of the Jews, the Sanhedrin. They were already degenerated.
The great splendors of Jerusalem were already in the past, the times when David was alive, when Solomon was alive and other kings of Jerusalem; that was the Golden Age of Jerusalem. But everything in nature goes up and down, up and down. And Egypt went up and fell, also Jerusalem went up and fell as well, and that's why Jesus appears in front of Caiaphas, and there is a trouble there, just as Moses had a trouble in front of the great priest, the Pharaoh.
The Pharaoh was attached to his own religion, his own beliefs, and he didn't believe that Moses was the new Avatar coming to guide the initiates of that time out of Egypt, but it doesn't mean that he was taking literally out of the land of Egypt, it means out of the decay of Egypt in order to create a new form, and that's why Moses makes great miracles, great wonders in front of the Pharaoh. Those wonders and miracles are made within, in which he commands the forces of nature. So Moses demonstrates there that he is really an Emperor, he is really a king, because in order to be a king, in order to be an Emperor, we need to have God within, God has to command.
The Emperor is an Emperor because he is anointed by God. That's why in India you find the great Kumaras or kings of the past, and you read in many religions about the great Solar kings, the Kumaras, the Emperors, the Pharaohs. You find in the Bible for instance King David (Hebrew: דוד), which by the way, you find here Daleth in the beginning and Daleth in the end; two Daleths and Vav in the middle. David, a good expression through which Chokmah, Iod-Havah expresses himself. In the course we quote the psalm 119, a psalm from David who was an incarnation of Christ.
When we say that David was an incarnation of Christ, we understand that Christ is Chokmah, the Son, which is Iod-Havah. And that is why he worshipped Iod-Havah in all of the psalms, and explained the way in which we have to develop that Iod-Havah within.
Obviously the son of David, Solomon, was another incarnation of Chokmah or Iod-Havah. And likewise many other prophets, but behold here, that in order to be a king you have to pass the four ordeals, and I repeat: not one time, but many times. The ordeal of fire, the ordeal of air, earth and water are faced continually, and that's why the Master Samael Aun Weor emphasizes in the chapter related to the Emperor, the Arcanum four, that we have to learn how to control the elements as Moses was controlling them, as Jesus was controlling them. Was not perhaps Jesus walking on the waters? When I say this it is coming into my mind somebody that told me, "Do you know why Jesus was walking on the waters?"
I said, "Yes, I know."
"But let me tell you in synthesis; he was walking on the waters because he was putting his feet on a stone, and nobody saw the stone in the water."
I said, "You are telling me the truth; that is right." People never saw the stone on which Jesus put his foot in order to walk on the Sea of Galilee. That stone is Yesod, the cubic stone on which the Emperor is seated. That stone is sex, it's squared, has four sides, because it's perfect.
When you become perfectly chaste, then that stone gives you that power to control the waters. If you cannot control your own waters of sexuality, how do you expect to control the waters of nature? This is why in this day and age you see how the fornicators die in a tsunami.
If this planet Earth were inhabited by true Human Beings, nobody would die in a tsunami. But they are slaves of their own sexual waters. All over the earth people are abusing sex, so we see tsunamis come and washed them away.
The gnomes of the earth control the earth. But if an earthquake happens right now, and everything is trembling, we cannot even control the trembling of our knees, for the fear of being swallowed by the earth. But a true Human Being is an Emperor of nature, and controls that element, because he controls his own earth, his own circumstances of life.
A real initiate has to control the circumstances of life. The worst circumstances of life are the best opportunities in order to know yourself, in order to defeat yourself, to deny yourself. And of course, you have to adapt yourself to the different circumstances; adaptation is related to water.
When you are before the insulter, or when you are before somebody with a lot of wealth, and you feel hurt because you don't have that wealth, then you are a victim of fire, which is envy, which is anger, which is resentment. Fire is hatred. If you want revenge, that is fire. So you have to defeat that, you have to pass the ordeal of fire, you have to be humble. That's why it's written that the terrestrial man, which symbolizes Daleth, is a humble man. How are you going to acquire humility? How do you acquire humility if you are full of pride, of arrogance, of anger?
God only enters into the Emperor which controls the elements. So when Moses was on the mount of Sinai, he was already humble, he was a shepherd. What is a shepherd? Somebody that deals with sheep, right? Wasn't David a shepherd as well? But he became a king. You have seen Jesus depicted as the shepherd. Obviously, I am a shepherd, because I am teaching sheep, souls. There are different levels of shepherds. In Spanish the word for shepherd is "pastor," and in Christianity you call the pastor here, the pastor there, why? Because he is a shepherd, he is a pastor, he is dealing with souls. So in order to be a king, first you have to be a shepherd, and that is why the angel appears to the shepherds when the king is being born, the God king in the city of Bethlehem. People think, "Oh yeah, there were shepherds that were in the fields dealing with sheep, physically speaking"; no. This is referring psychologically, kabbalistically, alchemically to those that are dealing with souls.
But one has to be a true shepherd. It has to be somebody that is seated firmly. Yesod is the foundation, is sex; the Emperor is seated there because he is controlling the physical body, the vital body, the mental body and the astral body. These are the four bodies of sin. He is perfectly seated there.
In the stone you see a cat; why a cat? Because the foundation of those bodies is in Nephesh, which is Animal Soul, and the cat is a creature of the moon. That's why you see that the cats, as soon as the dark is beginning, they go out, they enjoy being in the dark, because they are creatures of the moon, they are ruled by the moon, and they multiply in the darkness. You need to know how to practice sexual magic in the darkness as the cats do. And that's the mystery of the stone there, sexual mystery, always sexual, but has to be with symbols, and you have to know that.
This is how the Emperor can hold the wand of power; that wand of power is the same staff that Moses had in his hand, which is the serpent. And here, behold, people think that the serpent is the symbol of evil, but not. If it is a symbol of evil, why does Jahovah, Chokmah, Christ, say to Moses, "Throw that staff that you have in your hand on the ground," and when that staff was on the ground it became a serpent. He says, "Take the serpent by the tail," and he took the serpent by the tail, and the serpent became a staff again in his hand. And he said, "Do this miracle, this wonder in front of the Pharaoh so he will know with whom he is talking." Obviously, when Moses was in front of the Pharaoh, he was talking about sexual magic, transmutation of the sexual energy, to be born again, the controlling of the serpent, Kundalini or the serpent of brass. Obviously, all the miracles that Moses did were with the staff. Read Exodus very clearly; everything that he is doing is with the staff; he strikes a rock and the water comes out; he puts the staff towards heaven and great miracles happen. But it is not Moses that is doing it, it is the staff that is doing it. But it is not the staff that is doing it, but the energy of the staff, which is Shaddai El Chai, the power of El Shaddai which is controlled by Jah-Hova, Chokmahl it is God that is doing it. Because all the power of the Emperor, the power of the king, is in his God.
That's why when the Emperor forgets that God is the one that gives the power, he is kicked out. Nebuchadnezzar, was a king, an emperor of Babylon, anointed by God. One day he was outside of his palace, and he says, "Am I not Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of Babylon? Is it not me, the one that controls all of this? I am the one that does this and that." And then it says written there in the book of Daniel, God appears and says, "Oh yeah? So you are the one that is doing all of this? Now you will learn who is the one that does it. You didn't do anything." The king was arrogant, you see? He was not Daleth, the poor, the humble. And then he was kicked out of the kingdom and was living like the beasts of the earth until he learned that God gives and takes, and this is precisely the great teaching of the letter Daleth, that we have to develop humility, we have to be humble in order to acquire wisdom. In order to acquire wisdom means: in order to acquire Chokmah (Hebrew for "wisdom").
Unfortunately, when we enter into these studies we enter with that little extended part of Daleth, back, in the head, which is the subconsciousness, unconsciousness or infraconsciousness, the ego. Daleth is made with one horizontal line and one vertical, but the horizontal line, which symbolizes that will of God, it is protruded behind the letter a little bit. That is evil will. The will of God is the long part, but where the vertical line begins, the will of God ends, and the other part, the little protrusion, is the evil will that we have, because we have desire. And that's precisely Israel in Egypt that has to pass four ordeals, has to pass four great trials in order to make the perfect square, which will be precisely the perfect Man that will come from Egypt and who has to pass through the Red Sea.
Ancient Gnostics said: "We have to leave Egypt and pass the Red Sea in order to become Gods," or we will say, in order to become like Gods. Obviously that is a process, and that is why we will say, to synthesize, that the three wise men of the gospels of Jesus symbolize these three steps. A wise man which is a king; a king in Kabbalah is placed here in Tiphereth. In the world of Yetzirah, Tiphereth receives the name of Malachim. In other words, in order for us to reach the level of Melech, king, an Emperor, a Pharaoh, we have to go (from the bottom) one, two, three, four, five initiations. We have to reach the level of Tiphereth, and then we are a Melech from