Many Rosicrucian, Theosophist, etc., devotees do not know how to live, and indeed the only thing we need to know is how to live. Goethe said, “Every theory is gray, and only the tree of the golden fruits of life is green.”
The White Lodge has informed us that many gnostic devotees (who are consciously or unconsciously in black magic) will take our statements in this book as too harsh. Thus, this will be the cause for them to desert gnosis and they will react by slandering us. These deserters will spread their defamatory gossip against us.
Therefore, we warn those who like to snoop around that gnosticism is not like the other schools that they have been to. Many become Theosophists and then they leave; they then move into the “Rosicrucian Order” and also withdraw without anything significant happening to them. Thus, this is how they like to go around like butterflies from school to school, in conformity with all of those spiritual, Theosophist, Rosicrucian and pseudo-Aquarian, decadent doctrines, etc., and nothing happens to them when they switch schools.
However, if they think that they can do the same with gnosis, we warn them that they cannot, since whosoever enters into gnosis is internally subjected to the remarkable test of the Guardian of the Threshold. If one succeeds in the test, one then enters into the straight, narrow, and difficult path which leads us to Nirvana.
Then, the degrees, initiations, and other tests, etc., come afterwards. Thus, the higher the disciple is, the more terrible is the fall. Those who have not seen the light ignore a great deal and therefore, much is forgiven of them; however, the greater the degree of cognizance, the greater the degree of responsibility.
Therefore, those who saw the light and then leave become demons. This is how horns have grown on the foreheads of the astral bodies of many bodhisattvas; this is how these fallen bodhisattvas have become demons. Therefore, from gnosis one becomes either an angel or a devil.
After a false step, many continue rolling downward into the abyss and finally the horns grow on them and they become demons. This is the remarkable reality in gnosis.
“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.” -Ecclesiastes 1:18
Therefore, stay back, nosy people!
Therefore, stay back, profaners! Gnosis is a two-edged sword, it defends and gives life to the humble and virtuous; yet, it wounds and destroys the curious and impure.
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