Upon creating the intransigent dogma of evolution, the decrepit Western mind totally forgot the destructive processes of Nature. It is interesting that the degenerated mind cannot conceive the inverse, devolving process on a large scale.
The mind, in a state of decrepitude, confuses a fall with a descent; and the process of destruction, dissolution on a large scale, degeneration, etc., it classifies as change, progress, evolution...
Everything evolves and devolves, ascends and descends, comes and goes, fluxes and refluxes; a systole and diastole exist in everything, according to the law of the pendulum.
Evolution and its twin sister devolution are two laws that are developed and processed in a coordinated and harmonious manner in everything created.
Evolution and devolution constitute the mechanical axis of Nature.
Evolution and devolution are two mechanical laws of Nature which have nothing to do with the Self-realization of the human being.
The realization of the Innermost Self of the human being can never be the product of any mechanical law, but rather the result of a conscious work carried out upon and within oneself, on the basis of tremendous super-efforts, in-depth comprehension, and intentional voluntary sufferings.
Everything returns to the point of departure and the lunar ego returns, after death, to a new womb.
It is written that every human being is assigned one hundred and eight lives to become Self-realized. Time is running out for many people. Whosoever does not attain Self-realization within his allotted time ceases to be born, and enters the Infernal Worlds.
In support of the law of devolution or retrogression, comes the Bhagavad-Gita, saying,
They, the evil, cruel and ungrateful, I cast them perpetually into the Asuric (demonic) wombs, in order for them to be born in these worlds (Infernal Worlds).
Oh, son of Kunti, those hallucinated people enter to the demonic wombs again and again and continue falling into increasingly inferior bodies (devolution).
Triple is the door of that destructive inferno; it is made up of lust, anger and covetousness; that is why these must be abandoned. - Bhagavad Gita 16
The anteroom of the Infernal Worlds is a devolving descent into bodies more and more inferior each time, according to the law of devolution.
Those who descend through the spiral of life fall into demonic wombs through several lives before entering the Infernal Worlds of Nature, situated, according to Dante, within the interior of the terrestrial organism.
In the second chapter we spoke about the sacred cow and its deep significance; it is very interesting that every Brahmin in India, when praying the rosary, counts one hundred and eight beads of the rosary.
There are Hindus who do not consider their sacred duties fulfilled if they do not walk one hundred and eight times around the principal cow, and if they do not fill a cup with water, place it for a moment on the cow’s tail, and drink it as the most sacred and delicious divine liquor.
It is urgent to remember that Buddha’s necklace has one hundred and eight beads. All of this invites us to reflect on the one hundred and eight lives that are assigned to the human being.
It is clear that the person who does not take advantage of those one hundred and eight lives joins the devolution of the Infernal Worlds.
Infernal devolution is a fall backwards, towards the past, passing through all the animal, vegetable, and mineral states, through frightful suffering.
The last stage of infernal devolution is the fossil state, after which follows the disintegration of the lost ones.
The only thing that is saved from all of that tragedy, the only thing that does not disintegrate, is the Essence, the Buddhata, that fraction of Human Soul that the intellectual animal carries within his lunar bodies.
Devolution in the Infernal Worlds has as its precise objective the liberation of the Buddhata, the Human Soul, in order for it to reinitiate its evolving ascent from the original chaos through the mineral, vegetable, and animal rungs, until it reaches the level of intellectual animal, mistakenly called a human being.
It is lamentable that so many souls relapse and return again and again to the Infernal Worlds.
Time in the Infernal Worlds of the submerged mineral kingdom is frighteningly slow and boring; one pays a certain quantity of Karma for every frightfully long one hundred years within those atomic infernos of Nature.
The one who totally disintegrates in the Infernal Worlds is even with the law of Karma.
After the death of the physical body, every human being (after having reviewed the life that had just passed) is judged by the Lords of Karma. The lost enter the Infernal Worlds after their good and bad deeds have been placed on the scales of cosmic justice.
The law of the scale, the tremendous law of Karma, governs everything created. Every cause becomes an effect and every effect is transformed into a cause.
By modifying the cause, one modifies the effect. Do good deeds in order for you to pay your debts. The lion of the law is fought with the scale. If the plate of bad deeds weighs more, I advise you to increase the weight on the plate of good deeds; in this manner you will tip the scale in your favor.
The one who has capital with which to pay, pays and comes out well in business; the one who does not have capital shall pay with pain.
When an inferior law is transcended by a superior law, the superior law washes away the inferior law.
Millions of people speak about the laws of reincarnation and Karma, without having directly experienced their deep significance.
Really, the lunar ego returns, re-embodies, penetrates into a new womb, but that cannot be called reincarnation; speaking with precision, we will say that that is “return.”
Reincarnation is something else; reincarnation is only for Masters, for sacred individuals, for the Twice-born, for those who already possess the Being.
The lunar ego returns and, according to the law of recurrence, it repeats in each life the same actions, the same dramas of preceding lives.
The spiral line is the line of life and each life is either repeated in a more elevated, evolving spiral, or in a lower, devolving spiral.
Each life is a repetition of the past one, plus its good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, consequences.
In a resolved and definitive manner, many people descend from life to life on the devolving spiral line, until finally entering the Infernal Worlds.
The one who wants to attain in-depth Self-realization must liberate himself from the vicious circle of the evolving and devolving laws of nature.
The one who truly wants to come out of the intellectual animal state, the one who truly and sincerely wants to become a true human, must free himself from the mechanical laws of Nature.
Everyone who wants to become Twice-born, everyone who wants realization of the Innermost Self, must enter the path of the revolution of consciousness; this is the path of the razor’s edge. This path is full of dangers within and without.
The Dhammapada states,
Among men, few are the ones who reach the other shore. The others wander on this shore, from one side to the next.
Jesus the Christ states,
Of a thousand who seek me, one finds me, of a thousand who find me, one follows me, of a thousand who follow me, one is mine.
The Bhagavad Gita states,
Among thousands of men, perhaps one strives to reach perfection; among the strivers, possibly one achieves perfection, and among the perfect, perhaps one knows me perfectly.
The divine Rabbi of Galilee never said that the law of evolution would take all human beings to perfection. Jesus, in the four Gospels, places emphasis on the difficulty of entering the kingdom:
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in your presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
The law of natural selection exists in everything created; not all students who enroll in a university graduate as professionals.
Jesus Christ never said that the law of evolution would lead all human beings to the final goal.
Some pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists state that one reaches God through many paths. This is really a sophism with which they always want to justify their own errors.
The great Hierophant Jesus Christ only pointed out a single door and a single path:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The gate and the path are sealed by a great stone; happy is the one who can roll away that stone, but that is not the matter of this lesson, that belongs to the lesson of Scorpio. We are now studying the zodiacal sign of the balance, the sign of Libra.
We need to become conscious of our own karma and this is only possible by means of the state of alert novelty.
Every effect of life, every event, has its cause in a previous life, but we need to become cognizant of that.
Every moment of happiness or pain must be continued in meditation with a still mind and in profound silence. The result of this is the experience of the same event in a previous life. We then become conscious of the cause of the act, whether it be pleasant or unpleasant.
The one who awakens consciousness can travel in his internal bodies outside of the physical body, with full conscious will, and study his own book of destiny.
In the temple of Anubis and his forty-two judges, the initiate can study his own book.
Anubis is the supreme ruler of karma. The temple of Anubis is found within the Molecular World, called by many the Astral World.
The Initiates can directly negotiate with Anubis. We can pay every karmic debt with good deeds, but we have to negotiate with Anubis.
The law of Karma, the law of the cosmic balance, is not a blind law: one can ask for credit from the Lords of Karma, but every credit must be paid with good deeds and, if our debt is not paid, then the law collects with pain.
Libra, the zodiacal sign of the balance, governs the kidneys. Libra is the sign of the equilibrating forces, and in the kidneys the forces of our organism must balance out completely.
Stand up in a military position of attention and then with the arms extended in the form of a cross or scale, move like a scale, inclining seven times to the right and seven to the left with the intention that all of your energies become equilibrated in the kidneys. The movement of the upper half of the spinal column must be like that of a scale.
The forces that ascend from the earth passing through the sieve of our feet along the entire organism must become equilibrated at the waist, and this is carried out successfully with the balancing movement of Libra.
Libra is governed by Venus and Saturn. Its metal is copper, and its stone is the chrysolite.
In practice, we have been able to verify that the majority of Libra natives have a certain imbalance in matters related to conjugal life, to love.
The natives of Libra create many problems for themselves due to their manner of being frank and just.
Libra people of good aspect like things straight and just. People do not understand Libra people too well; they seem cruel and merciless. They do not know or want to know about diplomacy. Hypocrisy bothers them. Sweet words of the perverse easily upset them instead of softening them up.
Libra people have the defect of not knowing how to forgive their fellowmen: they want to see the law and nothing but the law in everything, often forgetting mercy.
Libra natives like to travel very much and are people who faithfully fulfill their duties.
Libra natives are what they are and nothing more: frank and just.
People usually become angry with the natives of Libra. They are perceived erroneously due to their manner of being, thus naturally, ill is spoken of them. They usually accumulate unwarranted enemies.
The Libra person cannot be approached with double plays; that is not tolerated and forgiven by the Libra person.
One has to always be friendly and kind or always severe with Libra people, but never acting with both sweetness or harshness, because the Libra person does not tolerate that and will never forgive.
The superior type of Libra always practices total chastity. The inferior type of Libra fornicates a lot and is adulterous.
The superior type of Libra has a certain spirituality that spiritualists do not understand and erroneously judge.
The negative, inferior type of Libra is dazzling and loquacious, a very versatile person who likes to always place himself in the limelight, and attract the attention of the whole world.
The superior type of Libra wants to always live anonymously and unknown, never feels any attraction for fame, for laurels, for prestige.
The superior type of Libra is sensible, has a sense of foresight and is thrifty. The inferior type of Libra is very superficial and covetous.
In the medium type of Libra, many qualities and defects of the superior and inferior types of Libra are often mixed.
Marriage with Piscean people is convenient for the natives of Libra.
Libra natives like to do deeds of charity without expecting a reward or boasting or publishing the service done.
The superior type of Libra loves fine music, takes pleasure in it, and enjoys it to a maximum degree.
Libra people also feel attraction for good theater, good literature, etc.
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