Upon leaving the body, taking the path of fire, of the light of the day, of the fortnight of the Moon and of the northern solstice, those who know Brahma go to Brahma. - The Bhagavad Gita 8:24
The yogi who upon dying goes on the path of smoke, of the dark fortnight of the Moon and of the southern solstice, reaches the lunar sphere and is then reborn. - Bhagavad Gita 8:25
These two paths, the luminous and the dark, are considered permanent. One becomes emancipated on the first one, and is reborn on the second one. - Bhagavad Gita 8:2
For the Being there’s never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.- Bhagavad Gita 2:20
Three are the types of fruits of actions: unpleasant, pleasant and the mixture of both.
Those fruits become adhered, after death, to those who have not renounced, but not to the man of renunciation.
Learn from me, oh, mighty armed one, about these five causes, related to the fulfillment of actions, according to the highest wisdom, which is the goal of every action. - Bhagavad Gita 18:12-13
The body, the ego, the organs, the functions and the Deities (planets) are the five causes.
Any proper or improper act, whether it be physical, verbal or mental, has those five causes.
Now, such being the case, the one who due to defective comprehension considers Atman, (the Being), the Absolute, as an actor, is stubborn, does not see Reality. - Bhagavad Gita 18:14-16
The Bhagavad Gita makes, therefore, a differentiation between the ego (the “I”) and the Being (Atman).
The intellectual animal, erroneously called a human being, is a compound of body, ego (the “I”), organs, and functions. It is a machine moved by the Deities or, in other words, the planets.
Many times, it is enough for the waves of any cosmic catastrophe to reach the Earth in order to launch those sleeping humanoid machines to the battlefields. Millions of sleeping machines... against millions of other sleeping machines.
The Moon brings egos to the womb and the Moon takes them away. Max Heindel states that conception is always carried out while the Moon is in Cancer. Conception without the Moon is impossible.
The first seven years of life are governed by the Moon. The second seven years of life are one hundred percent Mercurial: the child then goes to school, is restless, and is in incessant movement.
The third septennial period of life, tender adolescence between fourteen and twenty-one years of life, are governed by Venus, the star of love; this is the age of the sting, the age of love, the age in which we see life through rose-colored glasses.
From twenty-one to forty-two years of life, we have to occupy our little place under the Sun and to define our life. This period is governed by the Sun.
The septennial period comprised from forty-two to forty-nine years of age is one hundred percent Martian thus life becomes an authentic battlefield, because Mars is war.
The period between forty-nine and fifty-six years of age is Jupiterian; it is clear that, for those who have Jupiter well-situated in their horoscope, during that period of their life they are respected by the whole world and if they do not possess the unnecessary worldly riches, they at least have what is necessary in order to be able to live very well. Very different is the fate of those who have Jupiter badly situated in their horoscope. Those people suffer the unutterable, they lack bread, clothes, shelter, they are ill-treated by others, etc.
The period of life between fifty-six and sixty-three years is governed by the ancient of the heavens, old Saturn.
Really, old age begins at fifty-six years of age. Once the period of Saturn has passed, the Moon returns; it brings the ego to birth and it takes it away. If we carefully observe the elders of very advanced age, we can verify that they certainly return to the age of children; some old men and women once again play with little cars and dolls. Elders who are older than sixty-three and children under seven years are governed by the Moon.
Among thousands of men, perhaps one will strive for perfection; among those strivers, one possibly achieves perfection, and among the perfect, perhaps one knows me perfectly. - Bhagavad-Gita, Chapter 7:3
The ego is lunar, and upon leaving the physical body, it goes on the path of smoke, of the dark fortnight of the Moon and of the southern solstice, and soon returns to a new womb.
The Moon takes it and the Moon brings it; this is the Law.
The ego is garbed with lunar bodies. The internal vehicles studied by Theosophy are of a lunar nature.
The sacred scriptures of Jainism state:
The universe is inhabited by different creatures existing in Samsara, born from different families and castes. Due to having committed several actions and depending on what they are, they sometimes go to the world of the gods, other times to the inferno, and sometimes they become Asuras (diabolic persons).
This is how living beings, who are incessantly born and reborn because of their evil actions, do not despise Samsara.
The Moon carries away all egos, but not all of them are brought back again because during these times, the majority enter the Infernal Worlds, the sub-lunar regions, the submerged mineral kingdom, the exterior darkness where only crying and the gnashing of teeth are heard.
In this day and age, few are the disembodied that can afford the luxury of having a vacation in the world of the Gods before returning to a new womb through the doors of the Moon.
Many are those who return immediately, carried away and brought back by the Moon, without having enjoyed the delights of the superior worlds.
The perfect, the elected ones, those who dissolved the ego, fabricated their Solar Bodies, and sacrificed themselves for humanity are blessed; upon leaving the physical body with death, they take the path of fire, of the light, of the day, of the luminous fortnight of the Moon, and of the northern solstice; they have incarnated the Being, they know Brahma (the Father who is in secret), and it is clear that they go to Brahma (the Father).
Jainism states that during this Great Day of Brahma, twenty-four greater Prophets who have attained total perfection descend into this world.
Gnostic scriptures state that there are Twelve Saviors, in other words, Twelve Avatars, but if we think of John the Baptist as the precursor and Jesus as the Avatar of Pisces (the age that just passed), we can then comprehend that for each of the twelve zodiacal ages there is always a precursor and an Avatar, a total of twenty-four Great Prophets. Mahavira was Buddha’s precursor and John the Baptist was Jesus’.
The sacred Raskoano (death) is full of inner beauty. The truth about death is only known by the one who has experienced its deep significance.
The Moon carries away the deceased and brings them back. The extremes touch each other. Death and conception are intimately united. The path of life is formed by the tracks of the hooves of the horse of death.
The disintegration of all the elements that constitute the physical body originate a very special vibration, which invisibly passes through time and space.
The vibratory waves of the deceased are similar to television waves that carry images.
The embryo is to the waves of death, as a screen is to the waves of transmitting stations.
The vibratory waves of death carry the image of the deceased. This image remains deposited in the fecundated egg.
Under the lunar influence, the spermatozoon penetrates the egg’s covering which instantly closes up once again, imprisoning it. There it generates a very interesting field of attraction; attracting and being attracted towards the feminine nucleus, which silently waits in the egg’s center.
When these two capital nuclei fuse into a single unit, the chromosomes begin their famous dance, intertwining and re-intertwining themselves in an instant. This is how the design of someone who agonized and died, comes to crystallize within the embryo.
Each ordinary cell of the human organism contains forty-eight chromosomes; this reminds us of the forty-eight laws of the world in which we live.
The reproductive cells of the organism contain only a single chromosome from each pair, but in their union they produce the new combination of forty-eight, which cause each embryo to be unique and different.
Every human form, every organism, is a precious machine. Each chromosome carries within the seal of some function, quality, or special characteristic; one pair determines the gender, since the duality of this pair is what produces females.
The odd pair of chromosomes originates males. Let us remember the Biblical legend of Eve, who was made from Adam’s rib and therefore, had one more rib than him.
The chromosomes themselves are made up of genes, and each of the latter, by a few molecules. Really, the genes constitute the frontier between this world and the other, between the third and the fourth dimensions.
The waves of the agonizing ones, the waves of death, act upon the genes, putting them in order within the fecundated egg. This is how the lost physical body is reconstructed; this is how the design of the deceased becomes visible in the embryo.
During the period of Cancer, before falling asleep in their bed, our Gnostic disciples must practice a retrospective exercise of their own life, like someone who is watching a movie from the end to the beginning, or like someone who reads a book from the end to the beginning, from the last to the first page.
The objective of this retrospective exercise of our own life is to self-know, to self-discover ourselves, to recognize our good and evil actions, to study our own lunar ego, to become cognizant of our own subconsciousness.
It is necessary to retrospectively arrive at our birth and remember it. A superior effort will permit the student to connect his birth with the death of his previous physical body. Drowsiness combined with meditation and the retrospective exercise will permit us to remember our present life and the previous one and our other past existences.
The retrospective exercise permits us to become conscious of our own lunar ego, of our own errors. Let us remember that the ego is a bunch of memories, desires, passions, anger, covetousness, lust, pride, laziness, gluttony, self-esteem, resentments, vengeances, etc.
Only the Being, Atman, is perfect, but he is not born, nor does he die or reincarnate; this is how Krishna said it in the Bhagavad-Gita.
If the student falls asleep during the retrospective exercise, so much the better, because in the internal worlds, he will be able to know himself, remember his entire life and all of his past lives.
In the same manner that the medical surgeon needs to study a cancerous tumor before extirpating it, likewise the Gnostic needs to study his own ego before extirpating it.
During Cancer, the energies accumulated in the bronchi and lungs by Gemini, must now be passed on, in Cancer, to the thymus gland.
The cosmic forces which ascend through our organism meet at the thymus gland with the forces which descend and form two interlaced triangles; this is how the Seal of Solomon is constructed.
The disciple must meditate daily on this Seal of Solomon being formed in the thymus gland.
We have been told that the thymus gland regulates the growth of children. It is interesting that the mother’s mammary glands are intimately related to the thymus gland. That is why the maternal milk can never be substituted by any other food for children.
The natives of Cancer have a character that is as variable as the phases of the Moon.
The natives of Cancer are peaceful by nature, but they are terrible when they become angry.
The natives of Cancer have a disposition for the manual arts, practical arts.
The natives of Cancer have a vivid imagination, but they must be careful of fantasy.
Conscious imagination is advisable. The mechanical imagination called fantasy is absurd.
Cancer people have a soft, shy and timid nature, and homely virtues.
In Cancer we sometimes find some individuals who are too passive, slack, and lazy.
The natives of Cancer are very fond of novels, movies, etc.
The metal of Cancer is silver; the pearl is its stone; its color is white.
Cancer, the sign of the crab or of the sacred scarab, is in the house of the Moon.
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