Jesus Christ and the High InitiationJesus Christ, the last Messiah in order of arrival on earth, did not deny the fundamental principles of the ancient Mysteries, both great and small, celebrated in the Temples of the High Initiation, did not remove the value of the purifications and the frightful trials which Orpheus, Socrates, Apuleius, Virgil, Homer, Plutarch, and many others, experienced, because Jesus has presented anew the analogous Orphic Mysteries, those of Mithras, etc., the comparable celebrations, the similar experiences of ancient Egypt, but according to a new technique. In the Sanctuaries of India, of Egypt and of Greece, the disciple was put by his instructor into a state of lethargic sleep for three days and three nights, after a preliminary physical and moral catharsis or purification, fasts and prayers. During the lethargy the soul (which is composed of the three principles: spirit, soul and eros, plus the subtle bodies, namely the causal, mental, emotional and etheric) separated itself from the physical body for a certain time, though remaining connected to the body by means of the tenuous silver cord (see in the Bible ‘Ecclesiastes’. XII, 6). Outside of the body the etheric double, that is, the whole of the interpenetrating subtle bodies, being more impressionable and moldable, was for the Initiator the matter on which he could act with his mental force, with his telepathic wave, that of a wise man. The Master imprinted images which worked on the subject throughout his whole life. These images consisted of visions and trials of life after death, apparitions of demons, monsters, obstacles to overcome, in which took their part fire, earth, air and water, a judgment before the Gods and the final beatific vision. The Master was able to imprint his will indelibly, and on awakening after the long lethargic sleep, the disciple had acquired a fictitious wisdom (that of the master) and the certainty of having seen the hereafter, of having experienced death and resurrection (spiritual rebirth). With this lifelong suggestion, the disciple remained closely dependent on the master, considered himself twice born or re-born. After the coming of the Christ, spiritual rebirth is imposed by the Initiator, but strengthened by the Christic co-presence. The influence received as children in baptism and in Confirmation, when the subtle bodies of the newborn or the child are still impressionable, could be effective if the rites were celebrated in initiatic conditions and by initiates, and the disciple was not a child but one who has to cooperate freely, searching with personal effort. The purpose of the earthly master is the awakening of the soul, the spirit and the eros in us in the Light of God, and in all this the Christian has the privilege of being in the atmosphere, in the spiritual aura, of the Christ, in his ‘Mystical Body’, because the Man Jesus has been penetrated by the Word. There is still more. The Christ is now a force co-present in all humankind, regardless of whether one has been baptized or not. We are all ‘Christophers’, that is, carriers of Christ; carriers of a latent light; a Light that wants to throw light along our evolutionary way until God. Christ wants to see us nourished with the fruit of the Tree of Life, because He is an elder brother who will leave us autonomous after the purification, the spiritual rebirth and the reintegration. The ancient Initiation of the pagans was performed in the lethargic state and by suggestion of a Master, but the new kind of Initiation, the one taught by Christ, is performed in a waking state, in full consciousness, freely, avoiding the dependence of the disciple on the master, achieving out-of-body experiences by one’s own forces, with one’s own will, experiencing a real hereafter, not suggested, not hallucinatory, not hypnotic, but assisted by the inner Christic Light, and by the awakening projection of the earthly Initiator and of the Brothers of the ‘Initiatic Body’ of the Lotus+Cross Order.
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