Human beings fell into the abyss when they exited Eden. It is impossible for us to leave the abyss without the help of a Savior.
The guardians of the Light and of the Darkness are between Eden and the Abyss. The guardians of Eden keep the way to the Tree of Life. The guardians of the Abyss are the tempting Lucifers.
When we exited Eden, we penetrated into the tenebrous abysses of nature. We can only leave those abysses by means of cosmic initiation. Every initiation is a spiritual birth.
Whosoever wants to be born has to enter into the feminine womb in order to be gestated; thus, this is how the right to be born is acquired by the one who wants to be born. Initiation is totally sexual, thus if we want to be born, we need to practice Sexual Magic with our spouse.
The clue of Sexual Magic is the following: "Introduce the virile member into the feminine vagina and withdraw without spilling the semen (without orgasm)." This is the sexual act performed by the creatures who live in Eden.
When we were within the womb of our physical mother, we developed organs, viscera, glands, etc. Thus, when we are practicing Sexual Magic, we are in a process of spiritual sexual gestation; then, we develop the flowers of the soul. This is how we awaken the fire of the Holy Spirit and transform ourselves into Masters.
Thus, within the womb of the Great Mother, we are gestated as Gods. This is how to awaken the Kundalini and transform ourselves into Gods.
When human beings ejaculated their semen, they sank into pain and lost their occult powers, because when the semen is ejaculated, the human Consciousness submerges within the atomic infernos of nature, which is the kingdom of the Lucifers. This entire humanity dwells in the abyss.
One becomes aware that one is dwelling within the abyss only when one is prepared to exit it. We can exit the abyss only through initiation. There exist eighteen initiations, which are eighteen cosmic births. These are constituted by nine Initiations of Minor Mysteries and nine Initiations of Major Mysteries.
Initiation pertains to your very life; initiation pertains to the Consciousness and to sex. Our Consciousness is a spark, detached from the great cosmic Consciousness. We had mineral, plant, and animal Consciousness; now, once we acquire human Consciousness, then much later we can have Angelic, Archangelic, Seraphic, etc., Consciousness.
To state that "this is good" or "that is evil" is an easy matter, yet to have cognizance of good and evil is very difficult. Likewise, to state that 2 + 2 is 4 is very easy, yet to have cognizance that 2 + 2 is 4 is a matter that pertains to Gods.
The drunkard knows that drinking alcohol is wrong, yet the drunkard does not have cognizance that drinking alcohol is wrong. If the Consciousness of the drunkard became cognizant that drinking alcohol is wrong, then he would prefer that "a millstone be hung about his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea" than continue in the vice of alcoholism.
Our Consciousness awakens by means of more elevated levels of the Being and life. Thus, knowledge that does not become cognizance is worthless. Millions of spiritualist students study our books, yet the intellectual knowledge of the written truths alone is worthless, because having cognizance of these truths is what is important. Thousands of spiritualist students believe they have cognizance of the truths they have read; wretched beings... They are mistaken...
Only the great Masters of Major Mysteries have cognizance of those truths.
Students of spiritualist schools are parroting chatterers who repeat what they read, that is all. Therefore, what is important is the awakening of the Consciousness, because the intellect is just a function of the animal soul, yet the Consciousness is a function of God.
There is a mountain; at the bottom of it is the abyss. The one who wants to exit the abyss has to climb the mountain. There are two paths that lead to the summit. The first path turns in a spiral way around the mountain, thus spirally it reaches the summit. Yet the second is the straight, narrow, and difficult path that as a straight line reaches the summit.
The entire suffering humanity climbs along the spiral path that resembles a snail-shell shape, while few are the initiates that climb along the narrow path. The spiral path is very long, yet the narrow and difficult path is short. The latter is the initiatic path of woe and renunciation.
Great schools of mysteries existed in the past: these schools of mysteries existed in Egypt, Eleusis, Troy, Rome, Cartage, Babylon, Aztecs, Incas, Druids, etc. At that time, only the priests of privileged castes were allowed to enter into initiation; then, the entire drama of "the Passion of the Lord" was represented within those temples of mysteries. But then our Lord the Christ came and publicly opened the path of initiation for all human beings.
Hence, what is remarkable about Jesus Christ is the fact of having publicly represented this drama upon the old roads of Jerusalem. This is how he opened the doors of the temple for all human beings.
"Ask and it shall be given you. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto light, and few there be that find it." - Matthew 7: 7, 14
"Among a thousand who seek me, one finds me. Among a thousand who find me, one follows me. And among a thousand who follow me, one is mine." - Bhagavad-Gita
When the black age dawned, the schools of mysteries were closed in the physical world. Now, we have to seek those schools within, very deep within our own Consciousness.
Only those who have ascended through the nine degrees of the Minor Mysteries can enter into the Major Mysteries.
People remember the Son of God, yet they do not remember the Son of Man. Notwithstanding, the Divine Master is God and Human. The Divine Master opened the path of initiation for all human beings; however, in order for him to open the path for everybody, he had to tread the path himself, thus He became a perfect man: He became a God.
The path of perfection is a path of the terror of love and law.
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