The cult of fire from ancient Persia was grandiose. The cult of fire is very ancient. It is said that this cult preceded the Achaemenid dynasty and Zoroaster’s epoch. The Persian priests possessed a very rich esoteric liturgy related with the cult of the fire. The ancient Persian sages were never careless with the fire. They had the mission of always keeping it alight. The secret doctrine of Avesta states that different types of fires exist: the fire of the lightning that flashes in the terrifying night, the fire which works inside the human organism producing calories and directing the processes of digestion, the fire which is concentrated in the innocent plants of Nature, the fire which smoulders within the mountains, and which is spewed out by the volcanoes of the Earth, the fire that is in the presence of Ahura Mazda forming his divine halo, and the everyday fire that the profane use in order to cook their food. The Persians used to say that when boiling water is spilled or when a living being is burnt, in those cases, God stops all the benefits which he has granted unto his privileged people.
Indeed, fire has many modifications, but among all the fires, the most powerful is the one that blazes in the presence of Ahura Mazda (the Solar Logos), forming his divine halo. This fire is the outcome of the transmutation of the sexual secretions. This fire is the Kundalini, the igneous serpent of our magical powers, the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Whosoever wants to find the fire of Ahura Mazda must search for it within the interior of his philosophical earth. This earth is the human organism itself. The Persian priests cultivated this fire in places of complete darkness, subterranean temples, and secret places. The altar was always an enormous metal chalice with its base upon the Philosophical Stone. The fire was always nourished with fragrant and dry wood, especially the delectable branches of sandalwood. The old priests always blew upon the fire with bellows, so as not to profane it with the sinful breath of the human mouth.
Fill your chalice with the sacred wine of light. Remember, dear reader, that the secret and philosophical living fire blazes within your own philosophical earth. Now you will comprehend the occult mystery of the ritual of fire.
Two priests always tended the fire. Behold the binary. They each used tongs to place the pieces of wood and a spoon to scatter in it the perfumes. There were, then, two tongs and two spoons. In all this we can see the binary. The binary enables us to understand that only the number two can tend the fire. It is necessary that man and woman in perfect binary light watch over the divine fire of Ahura Mazda.
In the Bundahishn, a kind of ritual gospel, it is stated that a well of sacred water was within a special chamber where the priest performed ablutions before presenting himself before the altar of fire. Only the one who drinks the pure water of life can light the fire. Only the one who washes his feet in the waters of renunciation can light the fire. Only the one who conserves the water can ritualize with the fire. That water symbolizes the ens seminis.
Archaeological ruins of complex temples and antechambers where cult was rendered to the fire exist everywhere in Persia. These ruins can be found today in Persepolis, Isfahan, Yazd, Palmyra, Susa, etc.
The fire is terribly divine. Therefore, the fire must never be absent from within the homes of those who follow the path of the Perfect Matrimony. A flame, lit with profound devotion is always equal to a prayer; thus, it attracts from above a tremendous flow of divine energy. Every prayer to the Logos must be accompanied by fire. Thus the prayer is powerful.
The time in order to return to the cult of fire has arrived. Gnostics must journey to the mountains. Thus there, within the profound bosom of mother Nature, ignite a bonfire, light the fire, and pray and meditate. In this way we can attract powerful currents of divine energy from above that will help us in the Great Work of the Father.
The human being must light his forty-nine fires by means of Sexual Magic. Thus, when our thoughts are aflame we can create like the ineffable Gods of the cosmos. The holy Gods are true ministers of fire. The holy Gods are tongues of flaming fire.
The Whirling Dervishes
In Persia, as well as in Turkey, etc., the sacred dances of the Whirling Dervishes are in essence a cult to the fire. It is a shame that the authorities of Ankara, boasting of being very civilized, have prohibited these public dances of the Whirling Dervishes.
The Dervishes marvelously imitate the movement of the planets of the solar system around the Sun. The dances of the Dervishes are intimately related with the dorsal spine and the sexual fires. We must never forget that the serpent enjoys music and dance, as the snake charmers from Egypt and India have already demonstrated. They play their marvelous flutes and the enchanted serpents dance.
It is now opportune to remember the ritual dances of the fire from all the ancient temples. Let us remember the naked dances of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the sacred dancers of India, Egypt, Mexico, Yucatan, etc. When the Akashic Records fall into the hands of scientists and the world will be able to watch the fire dances of archaic times on television, then we will return to these dances, which will inevitably replace the profane dances.
Some years ago several monks with wicked faith from the Athos monastery, famous in Greece and Russia, undertook the business of selling Egyptian Darkness in bottles, making thus a great deal of money.
It is absurd to sell Egyptian Darkness as a black powder in bottles. The reality of the Egyptian Darkness cannot be sold as a black powder. “Egyptian Darkness” is an allegorical, archaic phrase. The Egyptians, when they covered themselves with their mantle and closed their eyes to the physical world, remained in darkness to the world, but in splendorous light to the Spirit.
At the present time, there are many sages within the Egyptian Darkness. Nevertheless they shine with the sacred fire in Amen-Ra.
Many Egyptian sages who were buried alive exist in a state of catalepsy. They sleep deeply in their tombs until the day and the hour when they must awaken according to the plans of the White Lodge. There is one, whose body has been asleep since three thousand years before the time of Jesus the Christ. Another has been sleeping since ten thousand years before Jesus Christ, and all of them sleep in this manner; their bodies lie in Egyptian Darkness, nevertheless, their Souls live consciously in the Superior Worlds working intensely for humanity.
When the right day and hour arrives, each of these adepts will be assisted by their brothers and sisters; they will be taken out from within their sepulchral home and awakened. These Egyptian adepts will initiate a new era of spiritual activity. They conserve within their memory all the archaic knowledge.
It is interesting to know that the bodies of these adepts, duly bandaged and protected in their funeral coffins, sleep without eating or drinking. All their organic functions are suspended. Strange and mysterious chemical substances protect them. Terrible, elemental guardians guard their tombs; therefore, no archaeologist will ever find them.
To leave the tomb, after thousands of years, to maintain oneself without eating and without drinking for so many centuries, is only possible with the cult of the fire, with the power of the fire. All these adepts practiced Sexual Magic intensely. Only the serpent of fire can give the adept this kind of tremendous power.
In the Hall of Memories (the Akasha), the history of that Angel named Javhe is written. Saturnine of Antioch, the great Kabbalist, states that Javhe is a fallen Angel, the genius of evil, the Devil. Javhe is a terribly perverse demon.
Javhe is that demon who tempted Christ in the wilderness when he took him to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. Thus, when tempting Christ, Javhe said: “ITABABO. All these things will I give thee, If thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
Javhe called the Jewish people “my chosen people.”
The Jews have intentionally mingled Javhe with the Lord Jehovah. Javhe was a Lemurian hierophant. Javhe had a priestess wife. Javhe was an Angel with a human body. The Master Javhe was a warrior of the Light, a great priest of the Ray of Might, and due to his high priestly dignity, had the legitimate right to wear a helmet and armor, shield, and sword made of pure gold. The priestess wife of Javhe was by all means a lady adept.
In archaic times, the warrior and priestly castes developed independently of each other. Nevertheless, there were exceptions as in the case of Javhe who was both priest and warrior.
The Lucifers of the ancient Earth-Moon floated within the Lemurian atmosphere. These Lucifers were searching for proselytes and they enrolled many. Javhe was one of their proselytes. Javhe became a disciple of these tenebrous sub-lunar beings; thus, he practiced black Sexual Magic with the spilling of the Cup of Hermes. This is the science of the Bons and Drukpas of the “Red Cap.” The result was fatal. His igneous serpent fell; it descended downwards towards the atomic infernos of the human being. This is how Javhe became a terribly perverse demon.
This history is described in the Akasha. Javhe became a member of a Lemurian temple of Black Tantra. His priestess wife never accepted Sexual Magic with the spilling of the Hermetic cup. Javhe fell with another woman. The efforts which Javhe made in order to convince his priestess wife were useless. She refused to enter into the black temple. That marriage ended. The lady adept did not want to enter the black path. Now, this lady adept is an ineffable Angel of the Superior Worlds.
The cult of fire is very delicate. The Gods of fire help to protect all those who follow the path of the Perfect Matrimony.
The Ages of the World
The division of the history of humanity into the Golden, Silver, Copper, and Iron Ages is a tremendous reality. The planetary fire devolves and evolves, passing through these former mentioned stages. There is no doubt that the fire of our planet Earth has produced very little profit in the three preceding rounds and in the ancient Earth-Moon; therefore, the fire is full of Karma. This is the cause of the failure of humanity on the planet Earth.
The cycles unfold alternately. An age of great mystical inspiration and of unconscious productivity is followed by another of tremendous critique and of self-consciousness. One provides the material for the analysis and criticism of the other. In the field of spiritual conquests, Buddha and Jesus represent the highest conquests of the Spirit. Alexander of Macedonia and Napoleon the Great represent the conquests in the physical world. These figures were reproductions made by the fire, reproductions of human types that had existed ten thousand years before. Reflected images from the tenth former millennium were reproduced by the mysterious powers of fire.
As above so below. What has been shall again be. In the same way as things are in Heaven so they are also on Earth.
In this moment, the life of our planet Earth would be a true paradise, if the fire of our planet Earth had totally evolved in the ancient Earth-Moon and in the three preceding rounds. Unfortunately, our planetary fire is full of cosmic Karma.
The Great Problem
The whole of humanity, the sum total of all human units is Adam Kadmon, the human race, homo sapiens, the Sphinx which is the being with the body of an animal and the head of a human being.
The human being participates as a component part in many lives, great and small. The family, populace, religion, country, are living beings of which we form a part.
Within ourselves many unknown lives exist, many “I’s” that quarrel amongst themselves, and many “I’s” that do not know they live among one other. All of them live within the human being, just as a human and all humans live within the great spiritual body of Adam Kadmon.
These “I’s” live within the human being, just as a human and all humans live within cities, towns and religious congregations, etc. In the same way that the inhabitants of a city do not know each other, likewise, not all the “I’s” which live within the city of nine gates (the human being) are known to each other. This is the great problem.
The so called human being does not yet have a true existence. The human being is still an unrealized being.
The human being is similar to a house occupied by many people. The human being is like a ship in which many passengers travel (many “I’s”). Each “I” has his own ideals, his own projects, desires, etc.
The “I” that becomes enthusiastic with the work in the magisterium of fire is later displaced by another “I” that hates that work, and if the aspirant began to work in the forge of Vulcan with much enthusiasm, we later see him disillusioned, leaving the work and seeking refuge in any little school that offers him consolation. Then, even later, another “I” intervenes in order to take him out of there also. This is the greatest problem. Furthermore, many tenebrous visitors exist. Just as many people enter a city, including unwelcome people, individuals with bad habits, this unfortunate tragedy is also repeated in the city of nine gates (the human being). Tenebrous inhabitants who suggest evil ideas and stimulate animal desires enter into this city. Unfortunately, the human being is ninety-seven percent subconscious, and indeed he ignores all that happens in his interior. When these tenebrous inhabitants totally control the human brain, the human being then does things that he would not normally do for all the money in the world. Therefore, it is not strange that even saints may have raped and murdered in one of those fatal moments.
The magisterium of fire is extremely difficult because of the number of invisible people who inhabit and visit the city of nine gates. Each of these mysterious people, each of these “I’s” thinks differently and has his own customs. Now we can explain to ourselves the cause of many problems in the home. The man who today is enthusiastic about his wife, tomorrow is abandoning her. The woman who today is loyal to her husband, tomorrow goes off with another man. This is the great problem.
A continuous change of perspective from one object to another occurs within the psyche of the human being. A continuous film of impressions, occurrences, feelings, desires, etc., occurs within the mind. Each one of these things perfectly defines the “I” in any given moment. Many people live within the city of the nine gates. This is a serious thing. This is a great problem. The fire cult is very difficult because within the city of nine gates live many people who hate that cult.
The physical body is only one section of the tetra-dimensional body, the Lingam Sarira, or Vital Body. The human personality is in like manner another tetra-dimensional section of the human body. Beyond this is the ego (the pluralized “I”) like an upper part of the human personality. The personality dies, however, its memory remains within the ego.
The poor intellectual animals still do not know anything about the Soul and Spirit. This is still very far from the common level of humanity.
The body, the personality, and the ego are still unknown to each other, because the human being is subconscious. The knowledge about the Soul and the Spirit that the common level of human being has is even less.
In fact, the three inferior aspects of the human being—the body, the personality, and the ego—can only know each other under the influence of narcotics, or in a trance, or in mediumistic or hypnotic states, or during sleep, or through ecstasy.
The mystery of the Sphinx is the human being. The animal with a human head is the human being. Whilst one has not yet resolved the problem of the Sphinx, one can fall into the abyss of perdition.
Everyone who is working in the magisterium of fire must beg daily to his Father who is in secret for an abundance of assistance. It is urgent to appeal to our Inner God to repeat within our inner consciousness the miracle accomplished by Jesus when he expelled the merchants from the temple with the terrible whip of willpower. Only the Beloved One can expel these intrusive “I’s” from the temple of our consciousness. These merchants of the temple sabotage the Great Work. These evil ones are the ones who extinguish the fires of the temple. This is the great problem.
Indeed, this is the path of the razor’s edge. This path is full of dangers, both within and without.
For many are called, but few are chosen.
The Four Gospels
The four Gospels are intimately related with the magisterium of fire. It is absurd to interpret the four Gospels literally. The Gospels are completely symbolic. The birth in the manger of Bethlehem symbolizes the Venustic Initiation. Christ is always born among the animals of desire within the stable of the human being in order to save the world.
The star that the wise men saw is seen by all mystics during ecstasy. This star is the central Sun, the Christ Sun, formed by the Army of the Voice. This is the star that announces Initiation. This is the star that guides the devotees of the fire.
Initiation always begins with the miracle of Cana, transmuting the water of life into the wine of light of the Alchemists. This miracle is performed within the Perfect Matrimony.
We have to raise the igneous serpent of our magical powers up to the Golgotha of the Father (the brain).
In the magisterium of fire, the true devotee has to live the whole drama of Initiation. The four Gospels are written in code, and only the initiates can understand them. The hierophant Jesus was not the first who lived this drama of the Passion, nor was he the last. This drama has been lived by all those who have Christified themselves. Whosoever investigates the sacred scriptures of all the archaic religions will discover with astonishment that this drama existed many millions of years before Jesus Christ. All the great Avatars have lived the same drama of the Passion, have also been in the same position as Jesus.
The great Master of Perfection lived the whole drama as it is written, but we must not interpret the four Gospels literally. Let us remember that the town of Bethlehem did not even exist in the time of Jesus.
The four Gospels constitute a practical guide for the devotees of the cult of the fire. Whosoever does not know the Arcanum A.Z.F. cannot comprehend the four Gospels of fire.
The Mother Kundalini
Christ is always the son of the Divine Mother Kundalini. She always conceives her son through the work and grace of the Third Logos. She is always virginal, before the birth, during the birth and after the birth. Among the Egyptians, the virgin is Isis; among the Hindu, Kali (in her positive aspect); among the Aztecs, Tonantzin. She is Rhea, Cybele, Maria, Adonia, Insoberta, etc.
It would be impossible to incarnate the Word without the development, evolution and progress of Kundalini.
This prayer is written in a Gnostic ritual:
Oh Hadit, winged serpent of light, be thou the Gnostic secret of my Being, the central point of my connection; the sacred sphere and the blue of the sky are mine.
O - AO - KAKOF - NA - KHONSA.
The mantras of this prayer have the power to sublimate the sexual energies, the Hyle of the Gnostics, to the heart.
When the initiate invokes the Divine Mother Kundalini, either to help him place his physical body into Jinn state, or for any other miracle of High Magic, she appears as a most pure virgin, as a most adorable Mother. All of our most beloved mothers of all our reincarnations are represented by her.
Mother Kundalini is the serpent of fire that rises through the medullar canal. We need to be swallowed by the snake. We need to be transformed into the snake itself.
Those pseudo-esotericists who suppose that the serpent awakens totally and completely developed are very mistaken. The Kundalini needs to develop, evolve, and progress until it reaches its complete development. Sex must help the Kundalini. The Kundalini must help sex. We must neither abuse sex nor the Kundalini.
The seven serpents have their marvelous double in the seven serpents of light. First the fire, then the Brahmic splendor of the Venustic Initiation. We first need to climb the septenary scale of fire and then the septenary scale of light.
We first need to resurrect in the fire and then in the light.
The Divine Mother Kundalini, with the Golden Child of Sexual Alchemy in her loving arms, guides us through the terrible path of the razor’s edge. Our adorable Isis, whose veil no mortal has ever lifted, can forgive all of our past Karma if we really repent for all of our errors.
The serpent of fire totally transforms us. The serpent transforms us into tremendously divine Gods of the cosmos.
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