This is the transciption of a lecture recorded at the 2017 Meditation Retreat. You can download the audio here: Path of Initiation 14 Hillel Ben Shachar Part One AUDIO and the accompanying pdf: Path of Initiation 14 Hillel Ben Shachar Part One PDF .
According to the calculations of the retreat organizer, this is our fifteenth retreat. Therefore, it seems it is a good opportunity to give a lecture about the fifteenth Arcanum. The fifteenth Arcanum is The Devil, or Passion, and this is very interesting theme since all of us, without exception, have שדי Shaddai, the devil, inside.
I said שדי Shaddai, because I want to approach this lecture from the perspective of the Hebrew Bible. I emphasize the Hebrew Bible because when talking about the Bible, it is important to remember that the word bible comes from “biblos,” which in the Greek language means “books.” Thus, understanding this, we see that the Bible consists of, more or less, 66 books. There are many Bibles, or scriptures, of many religions; the most famous or popular in the West is the Bible, within which we find the scriptures of the Old Testament written in Hebrew , and those of the New Testament written in Greek, and this collection is what lay people call the Bible. But, though the Bible contains numerous books, there are many other Bibles or scriptures, of other religions, that do not contain nearly as many. For instance, the Gnostic Bible (The Pistis Sophia) has about six books, within which we find written the words of our Master Aberamentho, known in the world as Jesus of Nazareth. The main point here is that in all those Bibles we always find stories, or the wisdom, concerning the devil.
It is very important to understand the role of שדי Shaddai (the devil) in these alchemical studies. Before entering into this kabbalistic topic however, it is necessary to explain that it is common for lay people to confuse the devil with Lucifer, though, this confusion is understandable. Lucifer, when fallen into Chashok חשך, the darkness of the earth, our physicality, disguises himself as שדי Shaddai, the devil, and such is the state that all of us find ourselves in. The Hebrew Bible, as well as Master Samael Aun Weor, calls שדי Shaddai, the devil, “שטן Satan.” Moses wrote:
“In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was formless and void; and Chashok חשך (darkness) was upon the face of the deep.” —Genesis 1:1, 2
So, שטן Satan is Chashok חשך, dark, black as the charcoal, and this is because שטן Satan grows dark from the psychological night (לילה lailah) we inhabit. It is written:
“And Elohim called the aur אור (light, lucem) Day, and Chashok חשך (the darkness) he called לילה lailah (Night).”
So, the night, לילה lailah, is Chashok חשך, the darkness that covers our formless and void ego or שטן Satan, which that lurks within the deep levels of the mind, that all of us as trapped souls inhabit.
On the other hand we have aur אור, light, which in Latin is lucem, the root of the word Lucifer. Lucifer (light) is completely the opposite of שטן Satan, the son the לילה Lailah, Lilith, the night. Lucifer is a Latin word that means “light bearer.” Lucifer is the Spirit that bears the light. Moses wrote:
“And the Spirit of the Elohim moved upon the face of the waters. And Elohim said, fiat lux et facta est lux (Let there be light: and there was light).” - Genesis 1: 2, 3
In the Bible there is only one place where we find the word Lucifer, as a translation of the Hebrew word הילל Hillel, which means “glorified one.” Observe that הילל Hillel in reverse spells לילה Lailah, “night.”
Lucifer (Hillel הילל) is not an English word, nor that of any other language but Latin. Lucifer derives from the Latin word lux or lucem, which means “light,” and fer, a Latin word meaning “bearer.” Fer in the English language is similar to ferry, which means “to carry”or “to bear.” So, “light bearer” is actually what Lucifer translates to; a carrier of light. Thus, Lucifer (Hillel הילל) is the light or the Spirit of the Elohim that has the duty of giving us enlightenment. Hillel הילל is the Spirit that gives liberty to Elohim to say, “Let there be light: and there was light.” Enlightenment is a common word that is very well known in the Buddhist philosophy where we find the word Buddha meaning “enlightened one.”
Lucifer (Hillel הילל) is the one that grants us enlightenment. But, for this to happen, we must first defeat him as שטן Satan (the son of the lailah לילה, night). Hillel הילל (the son of the dawn) will not give us enlightenment if we do not defeat שטן Satan first. This is precisely the beauty of this archetype that all of us have within. Our duty is to “whiten the devil” or to “whiten Satan” and to transform it into Lucifer, the giver of light. In the Book of Revelation it is written that the Lord Christ, whose countenance was as the sun shining in his strength when appearing to John the Divine, says:
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come (אל שדי El Shaddai) the Almighty.”
“I am the root and the offspring of David, and (הילל בן שחר Hilel Ben Shachar, the glorified son of the dawn) the bright and morning star.” —Revelation 22: 16
“And he that overcomes (שטן Satan), and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him (הילל בן שחר Hilel Ben Shachar, the glorified son of the dawn) the morning star.” —Revelation 2: 26-28
In many old Bibles you find that the Morning Star is Venus, which is also called Lucifer. Venus-Lucifer, is the one that brings the light into the world before the sun rises; likewise, Venus also appears before the sun sets. It is obvious that Venus-Lucifer is associated with the solar light.
During the 1sixth century the bishop Jerome, from the Catholic Church, translated the Hebrew scriptures into what is known as the Latin Vulgate. At that time Jerome was battling politically against a bishop named Lucifer, so he translated the Hebrew phrase:
Aych Naphaltah MeSchamayim Hillel ben Schahar - איך נפלת משמים הילל בן־שחר (How art thou fallen from heaven, glorified son of the Dawn!) as “quomodo cecidisti de caelo lucifer qui mane oriebaris” (How art thou fallen from heaven, Lucifer, who didst rise in the morning)
The right translation into Latin is: quomodo cecidisti de coelo, splendor, fili aurorae! "How art thou fallen from heaven, glorified son of the Dawn."
Thereafter, despite Jesus Christ said: “I am the light of the world,” Christian ignoramuses started mingling the light bearer, Lucifer with Satan. Thus, when they talk about the light bearer Lucifer, ignoramuses immediately associate it with darkness, with evil. However, it is impossible to walk on the path of light without Lucifer, because Lucifer gives us the sexual potency, the sexual impulse. To perform the sexual act without Lucifer is impossible. Without Lucifer we cannot have sex, as Lucifer is the one who gives the sexual impulse for the sexual union. Lucifer gives humidity to the women and erection to the men. Without Lucifer, the sexual act would be painful; we need the oils that the body secretes during the sexual act and that is the duty of Lucifer when through the blood he flows down from the heart into the sexual organ in order to activate it. The Being is formed by different parts, and the most tremendous and active part is precisely that which is related to the sexual act, which is under the dominion of Lucifer; such is his duty.
The Book of Genesis talks about this. It is very clear in the second and third chapters of the book of Genesis... Yet, only those who know Alchemy can see it. For instance, we all know the fourth commandment given by Moses is:
“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon (אדמה Adamah) the land (your physicality) which Jehovah thine Elohim gives thee.” —Exodus 20: 12
The first time that we read about Father and Mother is in the Book of Genesis, precisely at the very end of the second chapter, let us read:
“And Jehovah Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which Jehovah Elohim had taken from Adam, made he a (אשה Eshah) woman, and brought her unto Adam. And Adam said (to Eve), This is (you are) now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: you shall be called (אשה Eshah) Woman, because you were taken out of (איש Ayish) Man. Therefore shall a (איש Ayish) man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his (אשת Asoth) wife: and they shall be one flesh.” - Genesis 2: 21-24
In the beginning Adam was created male/female, an androgynous being, as it is written:
“And Elohim created Adam into his own image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them.” - Genesis 1: 27
“Them” because Adam represents not one archetype but all the archetypes that form the congregation of Israel.
The words "And Jehovah Elohim formed from the rib he had taken" equally apply to Moses, who, when building the tabernacle in the wilderness, foresaw the future tabernacle that Elohim would form, as it is written: "And for the second side (rib) of the tabernacle on the North side there shall be twenty boards" (Exodus 26: 20). The North side here refers to the side of the sephirotic Tree of Life called Chesed (mercy), and known as the white side.
"And closed up the flesh thereof." The word flesh signifies the red side of the Tree of Life which is called Geburah (power), and at this time were fulfilled the words: "His left hand is under my head and his right hand doth embrace me" (Cant 2: 6), as also the words: "This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh." She shall be called Ashah (woman) because she was taken from Aish (man), that is to say, that the virgin humanity (of Adam) is (the outcome of) a union of the man or father representing the male principle, with the mother, representing the female principle (of Jehovah Elohim). - Zohar
Later on, the book of Genesis states that Jehovah-Elohim took Adam and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it and to keep it. Whilst in the Garden of Eden, Jehovah-Elohim then commanded the androgynous Adam with the words:
“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But, of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eastest thereof, thou shalt surely die.”
“And Jehovah-Elohim said, ‘It is not good for Ha-Adam, that he should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” —Genesis 2: 16-18
That is, I need to give to this hermaphrodite a companion. Although it is true that such a companion is already inside of him, thus, if I separate his gynandromorphism into two halves, then those halves will be able to work with Alchemy in the Magisterium of Fire; this, in order for them to build toward the higher ranks of the light. Yet, for that, I need to descend and work through my image, my reflection, that is, I need to descend as Lucifer into my likeness, into matter, because as אל שדי El Shaddai I will be able to alchemically unite them.”
El (אל) means God and Shaddai (שׁדי) means Devil; Shaddai (שׁדי) derives from the verb שׁדד (shadad), meaning to destroy, hence: (אל שדי) El Shaddai means: God my Destroyer. This reminds us of the Hindu Shiva the Supreme Being who creates, protects and transforms the universe.
Thereafter, as it is written in the book of Genesis, Jehovah-Elohim (Binah, the Holy Spirit) took a rib from Adam (understand, all of this is written in an alchemical, symbolic manner) and from that rib Eve is created:
“The (sexual) union of the two natures of Adam is also referred to in the words, "Bone of my bone (Chesed, the white side) and flesh of my flesh (Geburah, the red side)” (Genesis 2: 23). We also read that Elohim planted Adam; that is, planted the archetypes of Israel in the sacred garden of Eden, as it is written: "And Jehovah Elohim took Adam and put him in the garden" (Genesis 2: 15). “Jehovah-Elohim” - the heavenly father and mother; "Garden" - the lower Schekinah; "in Eden," - the heavenly mother; "Ha-Adam," - the middle column of the sephirotic Tree of Life; from which was formed (Malkuth) his wife, and who, being his delight, should never be separated from him.” — Zohar
This is why, when Adam wanted to sexually penetrate Eve, he addressed her and said, “you are bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” In other words he knows very well that Eve was taken from him. Thereafter, Adam continues addressing Eve and says to her: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” When Adam says, “shall a man leave his father and his mother,” the Zohar states that, “Jehovah-Elohim” is the heavenly father and mother, and “Eden” is the heavenly mother of Adam, then, what does it mean “to abandon” or “leave Father and Mother?”
Adam is in Eden, meaning, in Yesod, the abode of our Heavenly Mother. Despite that, the majority of lay people say that God is male. We ask them, “So then where is the Mother that Adam has to abandon?”
“And he shall cleave unto (Malkuth) his wife (or garden, the lower Schekinah): and (in the sexual act) they shall be one flesh (the word flesh signifies the red side of the Tree of Life which is called Geburah, power).”
And that is the end of the second chapter.
It is obvious that Adam is addressing Elohim as Father and Mother, right? If not, who else then is his Father and Mother? Lay people say, “Well, God is male.” Okay, so, who is the female that Adam is addressing in Eden? Ignoramuses might say, “Well, Adam is talking about the future of humanity, that is, his children, who later shall abandon him as father and Eve as mother and thus marry their wives in order to make another family with their woman.” Yet, in that moment, according to Genesis, there is only one Adam and one Eve in Yesod, Eden. They, Adam and Eve, represent the splitting of the two polarizations of the sexual energy of the human body, they are a sexual-alchemical symbol.
So, from that Alchemical point of view, we have to understand that the commandment that says, “Honor your Father and your Mother,” is not addressing your physical Father and Mother, they who engendered your physicality by means of the bestial orgasm within their physical copulation. Indeed, “Honor your Father and your Mother,” is equal to Hallelujah, הללויה, “Praise Jah.” יה Jah is your inner Elohim: י Iod is your Spiritual Father, and ה Hei is your Spiritual Mother. הללו Hallelu is הילל בן שחר Hilel Ben Shachar (the glorified child of the dawn), who, in your creative physical sexual force, polarizes as Vav ו (Adam) and ה Hei (Eve) - brain and genitalia respectively - within your physicality. So, the androgynous Adam was created unto the image and likeness of his creators, male/female. All of this means that Jehovah-Elohim is male/female.
Alchemically, this is very logical and there is no confusion here in this interpretation of Genesis; yet, somehow, in this day and age, there are a lot of lay people who believe in God, and who state that divinity is male and that there is no female within divinity. Alchemically, it is impossible to conceive divinity as being only male and not female. Thus, that type of belief is half atheist, because “as above so below.” Without the female, here below, in this physical world, we would not exist, thus, we would not be here talking about this. Face it; all of us came from the womb of a woman. Nevertheless, Adam was formed as a living soul, from the atomic dust within the womb of Adamah, who is not his physical but his spiritual Mother. It is written:
“And Jehovah Elohim formed Adam from the dust of Adamah, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Adam became a living soul.” —Genesis 2: 7
“Living soul” is something that we have to understand in tandem with “the dust of Adamah.” The dust of Adamah is the atomic Consciousness of the living matter, which the book of Genesis calls “the dust of the ground.” Do you understand this? In Kabbalah, the ground is called אדמה Adamah. As you see, אדמה ends with the letter ה Hei, which is pronounced “ah,” as in אדמה Adamah. Thus, from the dust of אדמה Adamah, Jehovah-Elohim formed אדם Adam.
In the bible, Adamah אדמה is also addressed as מלכותה Malkuthah; as מצרימה Mitzrayimah (Egypt); as ארץ “Aretz” which means earth; as well as Aphur עפר “Dust” which is also part of אדמה Adamah. We have explained these words in many lectures. So, when we read about these words, we also understand that they are addressing Mother Eve, and all of them refer to Adamah אדמה Malkuth, the 10th sephirah. Thus, Adamah אדמה, the ground, as we stated before, is a feminine sephirah. Malkuth is at the very bottom of the Tree of Life and it is feminine, receptive. It, receives all the forces from above, and is related to our physicality. This is Malkuth.
Now, Malkuth, according with the symbols of Christianity, is Mary Magdalene (our physicality), before entering onto the path. As you know, presently, everybody is talking about the mystery of Mary Magdalene, alleging that she was a prostitute. Well, in actuality, this is how we have our physicality. It is unfortunate that we have indeed prostituted our physicality, our Malkuth. Now, we have to learn how to transform Malkuth into a virgin; when our Malkuth becomes a virgin, the female part of it then gives birth to Jesus. Yet, this is a long process of Alchemy.
The Master Aberamentho, known in the four gospels of the bible as Jesus of Nazareth, came to the planet Earth in order to represent, with his life, all of this Alchemical and Kabbalistic symbolism, to humanity. Earthly humanity received it, but there has never been any explanation about the symbols of the gospels, until Samael Aun Weor gave these explanations Kabbalistically and Alchemically unto humanity.
The lack of information and understanding regarding Alchemy and Kabbalah creates a problem; everybody thinks that, in this planet, there is only one Christ or Jesus Christ. Yet, the truth is, there are many Christs; that is, many self-realized beings in the universe. Here on this planet the one who showed the path with his life was the Master Aberamentho or Jesus Christ, 2,000 years ago. This is why we honor him. We have to imitate him, and in order to do accomplish that, we have to comprehend what is written in the four gospels, Alchemically and Kabbalistically; this is what is meant when it is said that we need to follow him.
So, as it is written, Jesus was born from Mary, who in Hebrew is “מרים Miriam; Alchemically, she is also called מלכותה Malkuthah and Mitzrayimah מצרימה. If we take the letter צ Tzadik from the word מצרים Mitzrayim (Egypt), then it no longer says מצרים Mitzrayim, but מרים Miriam. So, any צדיק Tzadik, that is, any Kabbalist or Alchemist (a son of David), can understand this. That which through Alchemy is conceived in מרים Miriam is of the Holy Spirit. Understand that מרים Miriam is not directly addressing our physicality, but the Essence, the life of our physicality (our Divine Mother-Schekinah), who in the beginning, before entering onto the path, is black. Yes, our Divine Mother in the beginning is the Black Virgin that was worshiped in the basements of many medieval temples. The monks, initiates from the middle ages, worshiped the Black Virgin hoping that one day she, as the Schekinah, will one day awaken as fire within themselves and eventually would guide them, as well as within us now, to the birth of Christ inside of ourselves. So, it is clear that Alchemy is a Christic process.
Hidden within the middle of all of this however, this mysterious entry path into Alchemy, is the devil. This is why it is written,
“If the Logos searched from within the unknowable Divine, the devil gave him the liberty to do so.”
The devil is nothing other than the sexual creative force of the Holy Spirit, that Satan, the sensory mind, bestially pilfers in order to gratify psychological animal desires. For this reason, Jesus said,
“Ye fornicators are of your father, the devil, and the bestial lust of your father ye will do.”
He, through the orgasm, was a murderer of life from the beginning and avoids knowing the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own for he is a liar and the father of it. Therefore, those who fornicate negate the life, the light and the truth within themselves.
In nature, the sexual force is represented by the mysterious form of the God Pan, or, the dragon. The mythical and symbolic figure of Pan and the dragon with horns and wings is equal to the horns, wings and hooves of the ox or calf of the Cherubim of Ezekiel; likewise, to the Great He-Goat of Mendes of the Witches’ Sabbath, as well as the goats that pull the chariot of the Nordic God Thor.
The scapegoat or, selected victim, for the atonement of all the sins of Israel is the sexual force of Thor, Binah, the Holy Spirit. Yes, Lucifer as the scapegoat is the animal sexual force that is sacrificed in the sexual alchemical act, in order to expiate the sins of the human soul which is the sephirah Tiphereth. The lion-fire, the calf-earth, the eagle-air and Adam-water, together form one of the greatest symbolic mysteries of the cross and initiation, as it is written:
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” - Revelation 5: 6
“And out of אדמה Adamah Jehovah Elohim formed every beast (lion and calf) of (שדה Shaddai) the field and every fowl (flying eagle) of the heavens; and brought in unto Adam (the face of a man) to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every (of these) living souls (or solar bodies), that was the name (יהוה) thereof.” - Genesis 2: 19
"Woe unto those whose hearts are hardened and eyes blinded so that they are unable to understand and appreciate the teachings of the secret doctrine and know not that the "beast of the field" and the "fowl of the air" also symbolize those who are ignorant and, though possessing life (Chaiah) and soul (Nephesh), are of no advantage or benefit either to the Schekinah whilst in captivity (of Satan, their own ego), or to Moses who never quitted or forsook her for a moment, or, in other words, who recognize not the reality of the Divine Life nor the existence of the Higher Self (the Schekinah)." - Zohar
Therefore to those filthy beasts of the field of Yesod-sex, “who have quickened, who are dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to (Satan) the prince of the power of the air (the sinful mind), the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” children of Lilith, we say:
“By the holy Elohim and by the names of the Genii Cashiel, Sehaltiel, Aphiel and Zarahiel, at the command of Orifiel, depart from us Moloch! We deny thee our children to devour! Amen. Amen. Amen.”
Elohim has the power but Lucifer, his Spirit, that is, הילל בן שחר Hilel Ben Shachar, the glorified son of the dawn, is the one who gives the sexual potential impulse when descending into Malkuth, our physicality. As you see, Alchemically, this is so simple. Indeed, this is why it is written in the beginning of the third chapter of the book of Genesis, after Adam and Eve were physically separated into two halves, that שדה Shaddai (the devil), in the form of a serpent, descends to tempt Malkuth (the feminine aspect, the genitalia of our physicality), as it is written:
That serpent is Ida, the left ganglionic cord that in our physicality is precisely, Alchemically associated with Lucifer - the power of Geburah - that when descending in the intellectual beasts becomes Satan, the devil, the tempter. It is worth noting that the word tempter comes from a variant of the Latin, “tentare,” to touch, attempt, test.
The question, then, is how does the serpent tempt, touch, or attempt to test us? Well, the serpent tempts, touches, or attempts to test us not from without, but from within. Symbolically, we will find engravings or paintings where we see the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with the serpent coiled around the tree offering the apple and Adam and Eve on each side; a very profound alchemical symbol. But, the truth is that such serpentine force tempts us from within, from inside our physicality.
That serpentine force descends from above, from Geburah, and penetrates into nature through the atmosphere; we get it from what we eat, from what we breath, from what we drink… and it tempts, touches, and attempts to test us psychologically and physically as when in a tempest the rains, the winds and the thunderbolt touch the earth. The inner force of the four elements is the force of the dragon. I like the symbolism of the dragon from Taoism as well as from the Nordic mythology of the Edda. Nowadays it is very common to see movies where the dragon appears and throws its inner force, or fire, through its mouth. The dragon flies in the air, swims in the ocean, and lingers in a cave of the earth; everybody is afraid of the dragon. Who is this dragon? It is the same Lucifer, which is the fire of Geburah. It is the fire in the water, the fire in the air, the fire in the earth and the fire of the fire. So, through what we eat, breath, drink and think, is how the dragon enters into our physicality and circulates within our blood to finally descend into our genitalia.
When Adam said to Eve, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh,” he is enticing Eve to do what they had to do; thus at that precise moment, the dragon, the serpent enters into action. They both are invoking the dragon, the serpent, they are sexually aroused, in love, and therefore Lucifer comes and gives them the sexual impulse:
“For Elohim does know” says the dragon, “that in the day ye eat (the fruit of knowledge) thereof, then your (pituitary and pineal) eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil.” - Genesis 3: 5
"Truly whosoever eats of this tree (as the beasts do) transgresses, as he who is found alone with a woman when her husband is absent. This therefore is what the serpent said to Eve: 'Behold! I myself have touched this tree, and still I live, do you the same and you will find you will not die, for Elohim has only forbidden you eating therefrom (as a beast does).' - Zohar
Indeed, “If you do good, shalt you not be accepted? And if you do not good (but evil), sin lies at the door. And unto you shall be its desire, and you shalt rule over it.” - Genesis 4: 7
So, we do good only if we touch the fruit as Jehovah-Elohim touches it, thus, this way, we will find that we will not die. Yet, if we eat the fruit like the beasts of the field eat it, that is, if we eat the fruit like an animal, we will die. This is why Jesus said:
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” - Matthew 5: 48
Thus, had Adam and Eve not reached the orgasm of the beasts, they would have received the doctrine and the knowledge through their eyes, which would have opened, and they would have said: “Okay, so this is the reason why we were divided into two sexes, that is, in order to be like Elohim. For this, we have to control the sexual force because the sexual force is the energy that Elohim used in order to create all of these things in Eden.”
Sadly, when Adam and Eve went and copulated for the first time, they could not control the power of Lucifer. Thus, Genesis states:
“And Jehovah Elohim called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And Adam said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And Jehovah Elohim said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And Adam said, the woman whom thou gavest to be (sexually) with me, she (through the orgasm of the beasts) gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” - Genesis 3: 9-12
Well, you know the rest of the story, and if not read the third chapter of the book of Genesis.
“The Fifteenth Arcanum of the Tarot represents the male goat of Mendes, Lucifer, Typhon Baphomet, (שדי Shaddai) the devil. The alchemist must steal the fire from (שדי Shaddai) the devil. When we work with the Arcanum A.Z.F. we steal fire from (שדי Shaddai) the devil and we convert ourselves like into Elohim. Thus, the five pointed star shines.
The horns of Lucifer end in six points (the six points of the star of David). The Sixth Arcanum is sex, indicating that in sex is either liberation through Chastity, or slavery of man through passion.
Lucifer (luci = light, fer = fire) is the Guardian of the Door, who alone is entrusted with the keys of the Sanctuary that no one enter therein, save the anointed ones having the secret of Hermes...
Those who dare to curse Lucifer pronounce themselves against the cosmic reflection of the Logos. They anathematize the living manifested God in matter and abhor the ever incomprehensible wisdom when rebelling against the contraries of light and darkness, against countenance, resemblance, similitude, sun and shadow, day and night, the law of the contraries...
The devil, the reflection of our interior Logoi, was the most sublime creature before we fell into animal generation. All of the masters of the Hermetic art repeat unto us, “Whitewash the brass and burn your books.”
One who whitewashes the devil, turning it into its resplendent and primogenitary state, one who dies in oneself, here and now, liberates the chained Prometheus. Thus, Prometheus pays the individual with abundance because he is a colossus with power over the heavens, the Earth, and the infernos. Lucifer-Prometheus, radically integrated with all of the parts of our Being, makes of us something distinct, a different and exotic creature, an archangel, a terrific and divine power. - Tarot and Kabbalah by Samael Aun Weor
When it is stated that Lucifer is entrusted with the keys of the sanctuary, the keys of the Great Arcanum, and the power over the heavens, the Earth, and the infernos, it is because Lucifer is the dragon. Thus, in order to become like an Elohim, that is, a human being made in the image, and after the likeness of Elohim, we have to conquer the power of the dragon, the sexual energy.
So, what happened to Adam and Eve in Lemuria is that they were initiated, as intellectual animals are initiated, that they might enter into the human level. If you did not know about the secret of the Great Arcanum, the secret of Sexual Alchemy, now you know it. Thus, if you want to enter onto this path, and become a true human being, we will say unto you: “Defeat your Lucifer; if you don’t defeat your devil, you will not pass.” This is why the first ordeal that is given unto the neophyte is the ordeal of the Guardian of the Threshold, that which represents the most degenerated lower part that we have within. If you are not afraid of him - that which is nothing other than yourself at the level that you are - if you defeat him, you will see the light. This first ordeal is in the astral plane; thus, if you are not afraid of your own lust, then you will enter and will begin transforming your lust into willpower. But, you have to enter onto the path and he is the only one who can put you on it, because the entrance into the path is precisely Yesod; that is the door onto the path, thus, it is clear that Chastity is a prerequisite.
So, every time we are in the sexual act, Lucifer is there. There is not a single moment, not a single second when the couple are practicing Sexual Magic, that Lucifer is not there. He is always there. He is the one who gives us the sexual potential impulse, thus, we have to defeat him. Master Samael said:
“The Hermetic figure of Baphomet was never absent from the houses of the old alchemists of the Middle Ages. Lucifer-Baphomet grants us the sexual impulse, through which the realization of the Great Work is possible. When we wound Baphomet to death with the lance of Longinus, we transmute lead into gold. Sexual transmutation is fundamental for christification. This is the mystery of Baphomet.
Indubitably, if we spill the Hermetic Glass, then metallic transmutation is absolutely impossible. Those who learn how to utilize the sexual impulse intelligently can perform the Great Work.
The ascension of the inner Christ within us is absolutely possible when we have comprehended the Fifteenth Mystery, which is the same mystery of Lucifer-Baphomet.” - Samael Aun Weor
So, if you stab the devil in the back with the lance of Longinus, you will then start climbing up on the Jacob’s ladder, Lucifer’s own back; this is how you will enter into the light.
"And Jehovah Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took (Geburah) one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And from (the אש Esh, fire of Geburah) the rib, which Jehovah Elohim had taken from Adam, made he a (אשה Eshah) woman. - Genesis 2: 21, 22
On every step of the ladder you have to fight your own devils with אש Esh, fire. Lucifer was the most sublime creature before we fell into animal generation, thus, he became your Satan, mingled with your ego. Your Satan is not only mingled with your lust, he is also mingled with anger, with greed, with pride, with all the defects you have within. This is why it is written that when Jesus came and received the baptism of the waters from John in the sephirah Yesod (the upright sexual union of the man and woman), he had to face his own devil. Let us read about it:
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the (רוח אלהים Ruach Elohim) Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son (הילל בן שחר Hilel Ben Shachar, the glorified son of the dawn), in whom I am well pleased.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. - Matthew 3: 17
The Spirit took him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. What devil? His own devil. This is how every initiate is always tempted. The Gospel states that Jesus was tempted three times, and it is because we have three brains, as follows:
“And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungry. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” - Matthew 4: 2-4
The devil says, “If you really are a great initiate, well, take the stone of Yesod and transform it into the super substantial bread of wisdom.” Alchemically, this is profound, because the stone of Yesod is sex and is at the roots of the Tree of Knowledge, whilst the canopy is the mysterious sephirah Da’ath found in the throat. Yesod is sex, the 9th sephirah. Satan says, “Transform the stone into bread.” Jesus answers, “We shall not live by bread alone, but by the commanding words that we receive from the mouth of God." Indeed, the commandments of the Logos hide a very profound knowledge therein.
“Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setts him on a pinnacle of the temple, and says unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” - Matthew 4: 5-7
“To give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” is a sexual temptation. This is how some initiates are tempted to sexually fall, to ejaculate the Ens Seminis. Yet, Jesus is on a level in which he cannot be tempted as he is one with his Father; he says, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and show him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and says unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then Jesus says unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” - Matthew 4: 8-10
"And Jehovah said unto Satan, Behold, all that Job has is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of Jehovah." - Job 1: 12
Thus, when you read the book of Job you see how Satan, by obeying the commands of Jehovah, makes the life of Job miserable. Well, that Job is any one of us… Actually, it’s very obvious isn’t it? Job represents the job that we have to do. Everybody here, in this life, has a job – we all have a job we must perform.
There are many types of temptations on the sexual path and every time that Lucifer comes and tempts the initiate, he has to defeat him. If he fails and does not defeat him, he has to meditate upon that ego that made him fail and to work hard because the ordeal will come again until you defeat him.
Lucifer is the one that gives the okay. Thus, after Jesus defeats Satan three times,
“…the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” - Matthew 4: 11
“And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.” - Luke 4: 13-15
So Jesus returns with the power of the Spirit into Galilee and starts his mission. You see, it is very clear in the gospels what we have said at the beginning of this lecture,
“If the Logos searched from within the unknowable Divine, the devil gave him the liberty to do it.”
When we defeat our own devil, then the Holy Spirit says, “Okay, go now and start your mission.” This has happened to all of us. Yet, every time, the mission is on a different level. There are different levels, levels and levels where we have to deal with our own devil, with the number 15. This is why on the fifteenth card of the Tarot the personage who appears there looks androgynous, male/female. That archetype doesn’t look male, nor female, but both at the same time. Lucifer is within the woman and within the man, performing his duty; from the beginning until the end, temptation is his duty.
Master Samael Aun Weor says Lucifer, once defeated, is our best friend made of gold… but it is very rare to find somebody who defeats all of the temptations of their own Lucifer - very rare! Temptations occur in different steps. The masters who take the Direct Path, it is like they are signing a contract with Lucifer and saying: “Tempt me anytime you wish, because I want to walk towards the Absolute,” to which Lucifer replies, “No problem.” Thus, Satan is always there, behind them.
Other masters who were working with Lucifer and who reached the fifth Initiation of the Major Mysteries, prefer to go slow; they say, this is too much, so they choose to enter into the Spiral Path. So, for those masters, Lucifer will tempt them every time they reincarnate and the temptations will be less, in order to for them to rise, little by little. Yet often, when they return or reincarnate, they fall under temptation and fail. When this occurs, they have to begin the work again from scratch, from the very bottom, in order to reach their lost level and then to rise a little bit above it. This is why Master Samael Aun Weor says it is very difficult to find a master from the Spiral Path who enters into the Absolute, because this is a long path, through many cosmic days. A master of the Direct Path, however, can enter into the Absolute in one lifetime, but it is very hard, very hard.
We are talking about Lucifer and as I am talking about him he is listening to me from within; thus, I have to be now very aware, because he knows. He is inside each one of us and he will test us and give us ordeals. Again, the devil is not outside; he is within you. He is the one who puts temptations before the initiate, the neophyte, in accordance with the level of the initiate. So, he knows which level you are in and what is the type of ordeal you need to receive. I don’t think you will be given any ordeals like the ones given to Master Jesus, because Jesus is a very enlightened and high master.
Master Samael Aun Weor stated that in the universe, on this path, there are six degrees to measure enlightenment, and these degrees are shown when the initiate resurrects and not before. If, for instance, we do the work and achieve resurrection - which is a great work, because resurrection means to return into the level of the light without ego - if you defeated your own Lucifer in the first degree, then the horns of Moses, the horns of light, appear on top on your head. Note, these horns do not appear on your forehead, since the horns on the forehead represent the horns of the demons, which grow in accordance with the evilness they perform. But, the horns of the hierophants, of the initiates, are the horns of Moses, the horns of light, on top of their head, and if in those horns of light, only one trident is shown, this means that the initiate is an enlightened one of the first degree.
Thus, if that initiate would like to reach the sixth degree, the sixth gradation on the horns of light of his own Lucifer, he then has to retrograde; he has to abandon his level and to descend once again that he may perform the whole work once more, in order to attain to another degree of light, another level of objective reasoning. Thus, to fulfill what is written:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, (הילל בן שחר Hilel ben Shachar) glorified son of the dawn! How are thou cut down to the Earth, to become weak among the Goyim! And thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of (El ) אל God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the North: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; אדמה Adamah will be as the most High. But first thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit (the ninth sphere)." -Isaiah 14: 12-15
This is how Prometheus-Lucifer descends as fire towards all souls, in order to lead them unto the supreme regions of the light. This is why Jesus said:
"I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."- Luke 10: 18, 19
“I have come to cast fire on the Earth, and how I wish it were already ablaze!” - Luke 12: 49
“He that hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” - John 15: 23-25
Christus-Lucifer descends like a dove from heaven and lighting upon the initiates of the straight path to redeem their sins with the fire of the Holy Spirit; thus, when resurrection is achieved, God is within us. God becomes one within us, and our own Lucifer becomes very bright, very radiant, meaning there is nothing left to tempt, and the Initiate can enter into the Absolute with that degree. But, the opportunity to acquire other degrees exists. So, if the initiate wants another degree, then he or she has to abandon their God… How do they, the ones who resurrect, abandon their inner God? They abandon their God by tasting, by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Copulation is prohibited for the ones who resurrect; to perform the sexual act is prohibited because Lucifer is the one who gives the sexual impulse and since he is already radiant, the initiate no longer needs to force him to do any more work of Sexual Alchemy. Therefore,
“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Since therein is the indwelling of the Schekinah.
Nonetheless, the possibility for the development of a higher degree of Objective Reasoning always exists for any initiate. Though the enlightened Consciousness of a resurrected master has penetrated his inner God and comprehended the love of God, that comprehension is developed only to a certain degree. As such, the initiate says, “The wisdom and omniscience of my inner God is immeasurably deep, and, with this current degree of comprehension, I cannot penetrate any further within His profoundness. The vastness of that which God apprehends is beyond my own; thus, I wish to penetrate further within his profundity.” Therefore, since Lucifer is the key to enlightenment, that the initiate might attain to a higher degree, he must leave his Father and his Mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. How does the initiate abandon God? He does so by performing the sexual act. As it is written:
“And it came to pass, when Adam began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the children of God saw the daughters of Adam that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And Jehovah said, My Spirit shall not always strive with Adam, for that he also is flesh…” - Genesis 6: 1-3
This is why there are many masters who, by performing the sexual act, abandon their own God. In the moment they perform the sexual act their inner God, through Lucifer, acknowledges it and says, “You are doing what you are prohibited from doing,” and so the Schekinah withdraws from them. This act plunges them into the fight against Satan, once more. However, before they are granted permission to return to the path, to fight against their own Satan, they must first receive forgiveness from their own God; if I were to fail today, would I start doing the alchemical work again tomorrow? No! The initiate first has to pay for the daring, for the audacity of doing what is prohibited for him; for that, they have to pay Katancia, superior karma. This is why many fallen masters suffer so much. Only when his inner God says, “Okay, he did it because he wants to know me more; I will forgiven him/her.” And He says, “Lucifer help him again!” Then the reflection of his own God descends again to help him in the sexual act and to do the work again. As he is doing it for the second time maybe he will have other tridents, maybe three, it depends on the quality of the alchemical work.
So it is written that in the universe that an initiate may only do this seven times, and each time is more painful than the last. Master Samael Aun Weor said, “I have already done it three times and it is so painful, I do not want to do it a fourth time. I hope this time I will have more degrees in my enlightenment. But I…” he said, “I lived the whole story of this root race, from the beginning until the end. I fell in the beginning of this root race, and only now has my God forgiven me and allowed me to work my way up again. But, it was very painful. Why? Well let me tell you why.” He said, “When you physically die, if you were good, you rest a little bit in Heaven or you go to Limbo for a while before you come back again… But, either way, you do not immediately receive a physical body. But for me, since the time that I fell, I have not rested. I would die in this old body and immediately be placed in a new one. The Masters of Karma kept telling me, “Master Samael Aun Weor come with us. That physical body is dead. Come here, there is a new physicality for you there. Your silver cord is already connected to it. Your new physicality has been created.” It was like that, no rest, and each time, very painful and very painful and very painful." This is the only way for a bodhisattva to know what he is doing is bad, so if they do it, they know what is coming. That is why he said, “It was very painful for me this time and I don’t want to do it again.”
As I say, there are many masters who do it seven times in order to acquire the higher gradation of enlightenment, which is called Anklad. When they reach that gradation they just enter into the Absolute easily because that gradation is three degrees below the absolute enlightenment of reasoning of the Cosmic Common Universal Father. When they enter into the Absolute, then they enlighten themselves little by little in higher degrees within their own degree, and they get lost in the abstract light within the bosom of the Father and this is a great thing; how do you hope to comprehend the Cosmic Common Universal Father, the Absolute Abstract Space, if you do not have enlightenment? That enlightenment, without this type of work that we do, it is impossible to comprehend it. This is why we are expelled from there in order to at least acquire the first gradation, the first degree, in order to do what we have to do in the bosom of the Father. That is why we are here, that is the only reason, in order to acquire enlightenment.
We know the path and that is why we are receiving instruction here on how to meditate in order to use Meditation for the comprehension, not of your neighbor, but of yourself. This is why the Pythia of the Oracle of Delphi recited the following:
“My advice to you, whoever you may be, Oh you who desire to explore the Mysteries of Nature; if you do not discover within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it without. If you ignore the excellence of your own house, how can you aspire to find excellence elsewhere? Within you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Oh Man! Know thyself, and you will know the universe and the Gods.” - The Oracle of Delphi
To know oneself… so simple, right? The only thing that we have to know is to know ourselves, to open the doors to inner knowledge. And, who is the guide that will open the doors for us, that we might attain to that self-knowledge? It is Lucifer. But, in order for Lucifer to help you, you have to defeat him.
It is unfortunate that usually, on this planet Earth, the people are losers; all of us are defeated by Lucifer. This is a planet of losers. To find somebody who is a winner, a conqueror of the dragon is very difficult. Most of us were eaten by the dragon in past lives. We try and try. The good thing about all of us who are here is that we never gave up and we say, “This time I will do it. I have to defeat the dragon,” and the dragon is always there saying, “Don’t you know me, boy? I am here, the doors are open. Defeat me. I know you very well. I know your anger, your greed, your pride, your lust, your gluttony. I know that you like to eat chocolate cake. Thus, I will give you chocolate cake every time. I will send you a friend with a chocolate cake and you will eat it.” It’s like that, you know; the dragon knows you very well. So that is the fifteenth card of the Tarot, and that is why everybody is afraid of the devil. That is why - as I have always said - you are afraid of yourselves.
This reminds me of an experience that the Master Samael Aun Weor had with a friend of mine, who has since passed away. He was the husband of one of the daughters of the Master Samael; the Master had two daughters, the oldest of which was married to this friend of mine. One day in a restaurant, the Master whose Lucifer was already whitened, said to him and to another gnostic student, “Do you want to see my Lucifer?” To which the two of them said with curiosity, “Okay, if you want to show him to us, we want to.” He then concentrated so as to bring forward his own Lucifer in front of them who was very radiant. Then he said that he saw the Master started transfiguring his face in front of them, and felt that his heart started to strongly palpitate boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, and he said, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, stop! I don’t want to see him. Maybe one day I will see my own, but right now I don’t want to see yours. Withdraw him from yourself." And Master Samael said, “Okay, you lost your opportunity.” Let me tell you, if I would have been there I would have said, “Show me your Lucifer. I want to see him, and to see how radiant he is.” The thing is that, when Lucifer appears, he appears in accordance with his own will and if he knows that you are afraid, he will appear in a way that will frighten you; this is how Lucifer is.
This reminds me precisely of another case that happened with me. At the time when the Master Samael was very close to the moment of his resurrection, his Lucifer was naturally very active. His Lucifer was always testing the master, in order to prepare him for resurrection. Thus, his disciples who didn’t study his books very well, didn’t realize that sometimes when we were talking to the physicality of the master, it was the Logos, the master talking through it, but, other times it was not the Logos but Lucifer, his own Lucifer, talking through it. Thus, since Lucifer was always testing the master, he was also always testing his disciples. So, one day my friend was talking to me saying that the Master Samael said to him and to his wife that he can perform the sexual act as many times as he wants during the day in order to annihilate any comprehended ego; he said, the Master Samael told me “go and perform the sexual act with your wife as many times you wish in order to annihilate any comprehended ego."
I said, “Wait a minute, it is not like that. I read in the books of the master where he says that Sexual Magic may only performed once a day, not twice… let alone many times. Are you telling me that every time, during a day, that you comprehend an ego in Meditation, you can perform sexual Alchemy?”
“Of course,” he said, “You can.”
I thought he was joking since that was an exaggeration, but he said, “Master Samael told me that in front of my wife."
So I said, “Well, this is very interesting. I have to talk to the master about this,” but I was thinking, “Who knows, maybe he was talking with the master’s Lucifer? Maybe it was Lucifer who was talking and tempting him by advising things like this.” I didn’t want to discuss this matter with the person per se, so I had to wait for a moment when he would be there, with both the master and myself, in order that I could ask the question; “Master, I want to ask you a question? In the name of Christ, how many times per day may we practice Sexual Magic?”
He replied, “Once per day.”
“And what do you think of a person who is doing it twice, thrice, four, etc. per day?”
Then the master answered, “That is black magic; that is negative."
Then my friend looked at him and said, “But master, you told me that I can do it as many times I wish?”
Then, the master acknowledged it and said, “Oh, now I am telling you, in the name of the Father of all the lights, that you have to practice this only one time a day."
Thereafter, my friend said to me, “I don’t understand why he told me that before…”
I said, “Maybe you were not talking to him, the Logos, but to his Lucifer, who was tempting you. You have to understand that when you are talking with a master at that level, you must question him very well. In his books he says only one time. Why would he now be saying four, three, five, six, seven times. No, that is crazy,” I said.
When you read, for instance, Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, he describes very well in his tragic play the journey of Dr Faust with Mephistopheles. So, at one point in this play, upon seeing a student arrive at his home, Faust says to Mephistopheles, “I’ve no desire to see him, though.” It was not the favorite disciple of Faust whose name was Wagner (not Richard Wagner), but another student. Thus, Mephistopheles starts playing with him because the student doesn’t recognize that it is Mephistopheles that is the one he is addressing, and not Faust.
“Mephistopheles says: “The poor lad’s waited hours for you. He mustn’t go away un-consoled. Come: give me your cap and gown. The mask should look delicious. So! ( Mephistopheles disguises himself as Faust.) Now I’ve lost what wit’s my own! I want fifteen minutes with him, only: Meanwhile get ready for our journey! (Faust exits.)” - Faust
So, in his tragic play Goethe is showing us very clearly how the devil plays "15 minutes" with us. However, with the Master Samael, it was very obvious because he had many visitors. He was at that Faust level, very close to his resurrection, thus, his Lucifer was always there putting his tail everywhere in order to tempt him and causing him problems in every way.
Well, that was good for me, because he gave me the opportunity to observe and to see how things are when somebody is at that level. And as I said, Lucifer is always Lucifer, he is always a tempter. In the internal planes, Lucifer smiles with a diabolical satisfaction when he gives you an ordeal and you pass the ordeal, he smiles at you with a very diabolic laugh. His smile is a smile of satisfaction that you have defeated him. But, of course, in your case you will discover that later.
In my case I discovered many temptations of Lucifer, my own Lucifer – I didn’t know that he was the one in front of me doing the ordeal of tempting me – until I said, “No, no, sorry but I cannot do that.” When I defeated him and overcame his temptation, he then transformed himself, changed his image, and became himself and smiled at me with a devilish smile like saying, “Okay, you pass!” That was one time, but there are many other times that he has defeated me and on returning to my body I have said, “I have to meditate now on that ego.” Thus, he is always there, and just because you defeated him one time, this doesn’t mean that the next time you will defeat him again. No, there will be many times you will see that you have to confront him again. But don’t dismay because that is why there is Meditation, in order for you to comprehend and to advance. Every time that you are defeated it is because you are unaware of something bad that you have within. So, your duty is to meditate, to comprehend and to advance. This is the path. You can clearly see this when you read the story of the many heroes and Amazons who have defeated the dragon; they fought a great deal, and finally, they killed the dragon… but it is not easy.
And the fifth angel (or fifth spirit) sounded (preached), and I saw a star fall from heaven (of Geburah) unto the earth (Malkuth): and to him was given the key (or secret of Yod) of the bottomless pit (Yesod).
And he (by means of Apollyon, the solar spirit) opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a (sexual) smoke out of the pit, as the (passional) smoke of a great (alchemical) furnace; and the sun (Khristus Lucifer) and the air (ruach or spirit) were darkened by reason of the (passional) smoke of (Satan, the devil in) the pit. And there came out of (Satan) the smoke, locusts (egos of lechery) upon the earth (Malkuth): and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth (the prostitutes) have power.
And (according to karma) it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass (solar spiritual perception) of the earth (physicality), neither any green thing (spiritual longing), neither any tree (with good fruits); but only those (egos of the) men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. - Revelation 9: 1-4
The men who have the seal of God in their foreheads are “the Infernal Gods, those divine Beings, those sacred Individuals who renounced the happiness of Nirvana, in order to live in the Infernal Worlds to fight for the decidedly lost ones.” - Samael Aun Weor
Lucifer is not the devil, but when descending within any of us, he becomes the devil. He becomes the devil because within us he loses his resplendency… but, when we transform our devil, meaning, when we annihilate our ego, then our devil, which is called Satan, transforms himself into Lucifer, a radiant entity within us.
As Satan, he is mingled with our ego. If we were to see our own Lucifer, as he is right now, he will appear to us to be very ugly, because all of our egos are very much alive. Understanding this, we have to work to annihilate our ego; every time we annihilate one of our egos, we are whitening our devil. We must then proceed likewise until we disintegrate all of our egos; this is how our own devil inside is transformed into Lucifer, a being of radiant purity.
"And I saw an angel (the Buddha Maitreya Samael) come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan." - Revelation 20: 1, 2
Unfortunately, in our case, he is Satan; our devil is Lucifer, but fallen. So, if in us it is the devil, then within the great masters like Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha Gautama, Krishna, Rama, Kuan Yin, etc., Lucifer is glorified. Within all of these great masters their Lucifer is very white and bright, because they performed the great work. This is why these masters are worshiped. Nonetheless, though they might venerate those great masters, the worshipers themselves are very much alive with the devil. Indeed, it is important to always remember that it is not by worshiping these masters that Lucifer is going to shine. No, to attain unto the purity of Lucifer, each one of us must perform the great work. Within the worshippers Lucifer is Satan, the devil.
In the great work, Lucifer is the one who smites the initiates with ordeals and he does it under the command of their own inner God, which is always present in the superior dimensions. Our inner God cannot enter within us because our inner God, our own Spiritual Soul which is divine, cannot mingle with our ego. Therefore, because he cannot mingle with our ego, our inner God sends his reflection; that reflection is his shadow, thus, this is how Lucifer becomes Satan.
As Satan, the duty of Lucifer is to test us, to guide us, in order for us to purify, and then unite with him. This is why every time we want to overcome any ordeal, any test, we must say:
“Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
So, we are under Satan’s siege, and it is because our inner God is telling Satan, siege him and Satan obeys God. This is how our inner God knows what level we are on; thus, our Inner God says to Satan, “do this, do that” hoping that his son or daughter will pass the ordeal, so that we will get closer and closer to “Lucem,” the light. This is how Satan operates, as he or she, because Satan has the two polarities.
These two polarities manifest at the level of the sephirah Yesod. Yesod is what the Bible calls Eden. It is written that Jehovah-Elohim put Adam in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. “To dress and keep that garden,” is to garden - to cultivate, to nurture - right? Well, that garden is Eden, Yesod, which is located in the fourth dimension. Now, in our physicality Yesod is related to the sexual energy, the sexual organs. When we see the glyph of the Tree of Life, Yesod is the sephirah that corresponds to the sexual organs, either masculine or feminine. So, when God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden it was for one purpose, which is, for them to work with Sexual Alchemy. This is why, once the division of sexes was complete, the couples entered into initiation. And who is the one that opens the door for initiation? Well, it is Lucifer. This is why, at the very beginning of the third chapter of Genesis says:
“And the serpent was more subtle than any חית Chet of (Yesod) the field which Jehovah Elohim had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has Elohim said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of (Yesod) the garden?” - Genesis 3: 1
The serpent of the former quotation appears after ו Vav (the man) cleaves unto ז Zayin (his wife), after they, both (Vav and Zayin) become (ח Chet) one flesh. This occurs after Adam abandons his Father/Mother, that is, after Adam leaves his hermaphrodite state, since Jehovah-Elohim has already separated Aphrodite from Hermes, after Binah has divided the male/female Adam into Adam and Eve, two sexes, on the seventh day.
So, the serpent was more subtle than any of these two polarities created by Jehovah-Elohim with the purpose of initiation, because the serpent is the outcome of the fusion of these two polarities. As we see, Lucifer appears as light on the first day of the first chapter of Genesis, as a river in the second, but it is the third day when Lucifer appears as a serpent, after the division of sexes is already complete, because his duty is to unite the four sexual creative waters of Eden. Through the river is how he gives to the man the sexual potency, the erection, and to the woman, humidity. Man and woman have to learn how to transmute their sexual energy.
The serpent is what the Bible calls the Seraphim. In the Hebrew language, Seraphim means “fiery serpent” - fiery, because, as fire, the serpent descends from the sephirah Geburah. Geburah is associated with the sexual creative fire of the river Pison. From Geburah it descends into the sephirah Hod and from Hod into the sephirah Yesod…
“…where there is gold; and the gold of the earth (Malkuth) is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.”
Now, where is the sephirah Geburah in our body? It is related with the heart. You see, Geburah is on the left side of the Tree of Life and the heart is on the left side… yes, Geburah and Tiphereth share the solar force, but Tiphereth is א Aleph (Air) and Geburah is ש Shin (Fire). Thus אש Aesh is the fire that we feel in our blood. The blood is red because of the interaction between iron and oxygen. Iron is of Geburah, Oxygen is of Tiphereth; thus, from the power of Geburah, the Seraphim descend into your sexual organs. When the blood rushes into your sexual organs then the man feels erection and the woman humidity. All of this is thanks to the fires of Geburah, or, we could say, to the fires of Lucifer.
Temptation is fire. The triumph over temptation is light. If we are defeated in temptation, we are kept in darkness. We remain in the darkness within which we already are in. So the only way to conquer darkness and to acquire light and more light is by defeating Satan, and to transform him into Lucifer.
Lucifer is an archetype. Lucifer, as Satan, appears in our dreams testing us in different ways. Now, when his essence penetrates into the sephirah Malkuth, into our body, it circulates in our blood. This is why it is written that when Adam and Eve committed the mistake of eating of the fruit like animals, the Holy Spirit placed a flaming sword which turned every way, to maintain the way of Tree of Life; this, in order to stop them from entering into the garden. In the sexual act, we have to defend ourselves from that sword, right? That flaming sword that turns every way to keep the way of the Tree of Life is in our blood. When we are in the sexual act, that flaming sword is “shoosh, shoosh” going every way like a flame in our blood circulating the entirety of our body, and we feel its fire in our body. This is also the Cherubim that is trying to stop us from entering into the Tree of Life, but we have to defeat him. When we defeat the Cherubim, which is the force of Lucifer, then we enter into the Tree of Life, the spinal column. One grade at a time, little by little, that first rises within us, because we have to work with the 33 degrees or vertebrae of our spinal column. This process happens little by little; it is not as many ignorant people think, that Lucifer can be conquered in a day and that the fire of the Holy Spirit is going to rise to the top, to our head. No, it rises little by little, through many ordeals.
The fire that rises is the sexual energy. That sexual force is energy that the Divine Mother uses in order to destroy the ego during our meditations. And, though we may very well know how to penetrate into our mind and comprehend an ego that we are working on, if we do not possess the necessary accumulation of sexual force, how then are we going to destroy it? The ego is destroyed by fire, and that fire is sexual energy, transmuted.
Let us be clear here; in order raise the fire of the Holy Spirit, the Kundalini, we must overcome the orgasm. In order for the man and the woman to not reach the orgasm, but to transmute their semen into energy, we have to defeat our lust. This is done, of course, little by little; we begin as animals, because as the Apostle Paul says, first is the animal and then is the spiritual. So, first we have to conquer and learn how to transform our animality into Chastity… and that is a great step. If we attain to initiations, it is because we are conquering our lust and our defects in different levels.
It is during the Second Mountain that initiates have to meditate and annihilate the remainder of their ego - that which was not destroyed during the First Mountain - because if they do not do it, then what they become is a hasnamuss, a being of double polarity. In the First Mountain, we overcome Satan in the animal level in order to become a Human Being, but at this level, the initiate has only destroyed 50% of his ego. Indeed, the remaining 50% of animality is still within us. So, we are half animal/half human, in other words; a hasnamuss, a centaur. However, there are many levels of hasnamussen; and, while the scope and subject of this lecture does not allow us to talk in greater depth about these levels of centaurs or hasnamussen now, understand that all of us are more or less hasnamussen. All people on the earth are hasnamussen.
All rational or irrational animals have the essence of humanity within them. In Buddhism such essence is called the Buddha-datu (buddha nature or buddha embryo), an essential part of our Buddha, that unfortunately is bottled up within our ego. In order to liberate our Buddha-datu from within our ego, our Divine Mother has to annihilate our ego, and in order for her to annihilate our ego, we have to comprehend it. Nevertheless, if we are not saving the sexual energy, then with which fire is she going to destroy it? We may say, “Please, Divine Mother, destroy this ego of mine,” and she might say, “Well, give me fiery weapons, so I can destroy it. I need fire, give me fire.” But, if we go into the sexual act and we do not transmute our sexual energy, then, how is she going to destroy our ego, if we are feeding our lust? Our Divine Mother says: “Stop feeding your lust, transmute your sexual energy, accumulate the energy, thereafter you can pray to me, and then, only then, I will have some fire at my disposal in order to destroy that ego that is bothering you.”
Many people are confused in regard to sexual transmutation and comprehension for the annihilation of the ego. They say: “Well, if I transmute my sexual energy and do not comprehend my ego I will become a hasnamuss.” They do not understand that, in order for the flame of love to ascend through their medullar canal, they need to comprehend their ego at a certain level. We have to overcome lust because how are we going to create solar bodies or pass major initiations if we are fornicating? That is impossible. In no way can our Inner Being acquire the minor and major initiations if we are fornicating, if we do not transmute our sexual energy. Ignoramuses want to start practicing Sexual Magic like Saint Francis of Assisi, as if they were saints. Of course, we cannot start like that. Why? Because we are not saints; we are devils. Simple! We start as devils; we learn to transmute our seven devils into energy, and this is how we start transforming ourselves. Such transformation develops in steps, in stages. Thus, when we reach the human stage, we then have to decide to annihilate more of our remaining ego in order not to fall into the level of a hasnamuss with a double polarity; that is, an initiate who has reached mastery, the fifth initiation of major mysteries but whose ego is still very strong. If at that stage he or she doest not die psychologically, he or she becomes a failure, a hasnamuss with a double polarity, and this is what in esotercism is called an abortion of Mother Nature.
After defeating the temptations of the flesh, sexual transmutation was the first mystery taught by Christ. This is the reason why we teach here, from the beginning, how to comprehend our ego, and how to be in Chastity. Psychological death doesn’t mean to comprehend the ego and keep fornicating; ignoramuses state: "if I transmute my sexual energy and do not psychologically die, then I will become a hasnamuss." This is what the followers of Gurdjieff do. Gurdjieff is a master that taught humanity how to comprehend their ego, but he never taught humanity how to be in Chastity. Likewise, with the many followers of Krishnamurti, who taught humanity how to meditate, how to comprehend their ego. Sadly, most of the followers of Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff are fornicating. To try to annihilate the ego without renouncing Fornication is like trying to fill a basket with water. Take a basket and try to fill it up with water; obviously, you will never fill it up because while you pour it in, it will always drain back out, and so on. So the first prerequisite for the annihilation of the animal ego is Chastity, that is, transmutation of the living waters into the wine of spirituality. It is important to remember, however, that you are starting as an animal; indeed, we are animals. We are animals that want to be humans. When we reach the level of human, which is the creation of the astral, mental and causal bodies, then we have to be more concerned about becoming a hasnamuss; to be a hasnamuss at that level is very different to being one at this level. In the Second Mountain, we become more dedicated to the disintegration of the ego in order not to become a failure. If you already have the bodies, well, then you don’t have to worry about creating them, you just have to annihilate your ego. But, if you don’t have your solar bodies, then you have to create them by means of sexual Alchemy. You all know about sexual Alchemy, right?
In order to create the solar bodies we have to overcome temptation. The one who is tempted is the soul, the Consciousness; the solar bodies are just the vestures, vehicles of the soul. The Consciousness is tempted in the internal worlds when sheathed with the solar bodies. Let us say, for example, my Lucifer appears before me, and I do not recognize him; he comes in order to tempt me. He is not going to tempt my pants or my shirt, no. He has come to tempt me, right? It is not my vestures that he is going to tempt. Thus, my solar bodies are just vestures that I, as a soul, utilize. A human being with solar bodies has astral, mental and causal bodies and Lucifer can tempt you in each of these bodies; but, regardless of the body you are within, it is always the soul that is tempted because the soul is the one that utilizes those bodies. It is the Consciousness, the Buddha-datu. If we defeat Lucifer in all the ways, then we develop Bodhichitta.
Bodhichitta literally means “enlightened heart-mind,” enlightened by means of the transmutation of the Astral Light. semen is coagulated astral light, thus when we transmute our semen we feed our souls with the super-substantial bread of life. The enlightenment of the mind and heart is the outcome of sexual Alchemy. This is why Satan said to Jesus,
“If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones (in Yesod) be made bread (for the mind and heart).” But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by (the supersubstantial) bread alone, but by any Logos that proceeds out of (Da'ath) the mouth of God (Elohim-Binah).” —Matthew 4: 2-4
The supersubstantial bread of life is the wisdom that during sexual Alchemy we develop by means of the sublimation of חיה Chaiah, the life essence within the semen of our genitalia. The Logos that proceeds out of (Da'ath) the mouth of God is Christ, the Child-God, the Archetype, the Son of the Holy Spirit that descends on the one who follows the straight path.
“For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his path straight.” —Matthew 3: 3
Gnosis (Daath) gives us this “bread of life” in a double meaning; this is ideas and strength, which allow us to disintegrate our psychological errors. We gain psychological experience, when we eat the “bread of wisdom,” and we receive new knowledge every time that we reduce to cosmic dust this or that “I.”
Gnosis (Daath, the mouth of God) offers the “supersubstantial bread,” the “bread of knowledge,” thus indicating to us with precision the new life that begins in oneself, inside oneself, here and now.” —Samael Aun Weor
Satan says to Jesus, "Command that these stones be made bread,” and Jesus says, “No, I will do what my God commands me to do.”
“And, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending (from Da'ath, the mouth of God) like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice (the Logos) from heaven, saying, 'This (Logos) is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'” —Matthew 3: 16, 17
“In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. The same was in (Daath) the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” —John 1: 1-5
Thus, not by satisfying Satan’s desires, but by the Logos that Jesus incarnated in the Jordan is how we eat the supersubstantial bread of life. In other words, Jesus is saying, “I am not going to do what you want, but what my God tells me to do, if my God says, 'Take the stone and transform it into bread,' I will, because that is the commandment that comes from his mouth and not of yours, so you, Satan, don’t tempt me.”
“Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on the pinnacle of the temple (his mind), and says unto him, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Indeed, in this temptation it seems that the devil is not lying because he is quoting the scripture, and obviously God will not make him to fall down if he casts himself down from the pinnacle of the temple because God shall give his angels charge concerning him and in their hands they shall bear him up all the time.
But let us study what was the answer that Jesus gave at that time during such temptation. “Jesus said unto him, 'It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'” In other words, don’t tempt the Lord thy God to see if he will do what is written. Thus, only if God says, “Cast yourself down right now from the pinnacle of the temple and I will be with you because I command you to do it,” then “I will do it.”
“For example, feeling compassion for a prostitute, an archangel sent his bodhisattva to assist her, yet his weak bodhisattva fell sexually with her, thus the bodhisattva lost his sword and sank into the clay of the earth. Logically, this bodhisattva remained disunited from his Innermost, and only after many painful reincarnations the bodhisattva upraised himself once again. Finally he became fused with his God anew.” - The Major Mysteries by Samael Aun Weor
The bodhisattva couldn’t overcome the temptation of his own Satan as she was a very attractive woman, right? Then after many painful reincarnations the bodhisattva upraised himself once again assisted by his own God, the Archangel, since it was him who sent the bodhisattva to assist her. However, if Lucifer tempts you to do that and you do it, then your God will say, “I didn’t command you to do that. Now, this is your problem, not mine. Now you have to suffer the consequences.” That is the big difference. When God commands you and says, “Do this, because it needs to be done,” then you say, “Okay, I will, no problem." So, when tempted by your own Lucifer, you must remember your Inner God always. This is why it is written:
“And Jesus came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup (symbol of the feminine yoni) from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” - Luke 22: 39-42
Jesus sees the ordeal that is coming, thus he prays to his God. He is not praying to Satan. His Satan says, "Take the cup, take it, take it, take it." Thus, if we follow Satan and take it, we are lost!
Now, when the devil tempts Jesus the third time…
…the devil takes him up onto an exceedingly high mountain (the mountain of initiations), and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and says unto him, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
This third temptation seems to be related to mystic vanity and mystic pride. About this it is written:
“Vanity is a relative of pride. Vanity is a charlatan. Pride is silent. Someone will speak about certain things because of vanity, yet, will keep silent about them because of pride.... Hurt vanity causes frightful suffering. However, hurt pride can cause death.” - Samael Aun Weor
“The “I” (of vanity) of many masters enjoys its powers and lordships. It boasts being divine, and garbs itself with ineffable majesty and beauty. The “I” of many masters divests itself like a prostitute in order to show its forms and powers to others. It enjoys boasting about visions so that others will admire and venerate him. He speaks about its initiations and tells its secrets. Yes, it is like the miserly person who lives for counting his money, or like the scoundrel who goes around full of pride, constantly boasting about his high lineage and great wealth. Listen to me, you humans and gods! Initiations are the awakenings of the Consciousness, intimate matters of the Consciousness. So, let us learn how to be silent, to be humble and modest. Initiations relate to the Consciousness, not to (Satan) the “I.” - The First Great Birth of the Christ Jesus, The Major Mysteries by Samael Aun Weor
This is why Christ Jesus said unto Satan:
“Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” - Matthew 4: 10, 11
Thus, obviously, there are many degrees of comprehension; though we comprehend an ego to a certain level, a certain degree, other circumstances in life may reveal that ego as being very much alive, at levels other than that which we have comprehended. The ego is still alive because we have to comprehend every egos in the 49 levels of the mind. Regarding comprehension in the 49 levels of the mind, there is a question from a student to the Master Samael Aun Weor in the lecture “The Need to Crystallize the Soul,” which is as follows:
Master, which center does one use in order to discover the 49 regions of the mind?
Samael Aun Weor: Well, you are placing on the floor a very difficult question to answer. Therefore, I want you and everybody here present to answer me the following: Which one of you is prepared to count the 49 regions and to carefully study them? If there is any, I would like to meet him... Let us see, which of you is it? Honestly, are any of you able to know the 49 regions of the mind and to talk about them thoroughly? Is there anyone? No, there is not!
Listen, as one progresses in his psychological work, one will discover those 49 regions. To try to do it beforehand is like "a cowboy wanting to saddle a horse without having one," or "a farmer wanting to milk a cow without having purchased one."
Many Gnostics are confused; they think that in order to annihilate any psychological aggregate, they have to comprehend the entirety of that ego, all of its manifestations in all the 49 levels of the mind, before moving on to the next ego. This is impossible because we don’t even know where these 49 levels are. Understand that through Meditation little by little, we will eventually know the 49 levels. Let us comprehend the psychological aggregate at least in the level that we are in now. If you really comprehend it very well in the level that you are right now, then the ego is annihilated in that level.
It so happens that, in each level, there are many aggregates of the same ego. For example; here, this is the first level of this temple, right? If each one of us represents an aggregate, then how many aggregates are here? We say, “Well, I have to be rid of this aggregate of anger that is bothering me,” thus we meditate on it, we comprehend it and ask for its annihilation. But, then what happens? Another aggregate of anger manifests the next day and we say, “Okay, I will kill this aggregate of anger too,” thus we proceed likewise. But then another aggregate of anger from the same level appears; well we have to continue annihilating other aggregates of anger in the same level, until we finished with all of the anger in that level. Each level is like Odysseus when returning to Ithaca, his home. He closes all the doors and to all the suitors of his wife he says, “Okay now you are closed in here in this level and you cannot escape,” and then he kills each of them one by one; with bow and arrow, he kills all of them.
So, in each level there are many aggregates that relate to the different defects that we have. In each level there is lust, anger, pride, greed, envy, gluttony and laziness; thus, we have to be patient, cleaning level by level until we reach the 49th. Do not worry about the deeper, more subtle levels, because you are not there yet, since you are not conscious of them. Reaching those lower levels of the mind comes with the ever greater levels of perception we develop as we clear, clean and purify each level of our mind. Regardless, understand that when you clean one level very well, another level will appear before your sight, and you'll say, “Okay, the same defects that I annihilated in the previous level, manifest in this subsequent level too; same defects, even though they manifest in a different manner.” Proceed likewise, in each level, until we reach the 49th level.
Let us understand this Kabbalistically; in Genesis, the protoplasmic mind and soul-essence of the fallen Adam are named Cain and Abel. Adam is represented by the seven lower sephiroth, namely; Malkuth, Yesod, Hod, Netzach, Tiphereth, Geburah and Chesed. Cain and Abel are represented by the seven subconscious, klipothic purgatorial levels, that correspond to each one of the seven lower sephiroth. This means that each sephirah of the seven lower sephiroth is connected to the seven subconscious, klipothic purgatorial levels. Thus, as Malkuth, our physicality is connected to Yesod (our vital body), to Hod (our emotional body), to Netzach (our Mental body), to Tiphereth (our will), to Geburah (our Consciousness), to Chesed (our Spirit), likewise is Malkuth connected to the seven subconscious, klipothic purgatorial levels of the mind or "Cain," within which Abel is trapped. Each level manifest 7 levels, thus 7 x 7 = 49 levels. In each level we find the many descendants, aggregates or children of Cain.
"Therefore whosoever slays Cain (the protoplasmic mind, the killer of הבל Abel, which means vanity), vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” —Genesis 4: 15
So, to annihilate all the aggregates, or descendants, of Cain, in all of the 49 levels is a long work. In the Bible, this alchemical work is described by Solomon the King, in the following manner:
“These are the words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. “
Abel הבל means vanity. Altogether, there are seven הבלים Abelim (vanities): vanity is one; vanities means at least two vanities, thus "Vanity of vanities" = three vanities. And he repeats again, "Vanity of vanities," which makes six in total. By adding "all is - Abel הבל - vanity," at the end, this gives us seven Abels or הבלים Abelim, vanities.
“What profit has a man (in klipoth) of all his labour which he takes under the sun? One generation passes away (in one level), and another generation comes (in the following level): and (the 7 purgatorial levels of) the earth abides for ever.
“(Regarding sexual Alchemy) The sun (Christ) also arises (from Yesod-sex), and the sun (Christ) goes down (from the Ain Soph Aur into Yesod-sex), and hastes to his place where he arose.” - Ecclesiastes 1: 1-5
So, how are you going to annihilate the egos that dwell within the 49th level of the subconsciousness (that corresponds to Chesed) if we are not even aware of the inner layers of Malkuth, if we are not even aware of where we subconsciously live?
“And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod (Limbo), on the east of Eden (Yesod).” - Genesis 4: 16
After repenting of the sin of Fornication, Cain, by means of sexual Alchemy, became reconciled with Jehovah in Eden (Yesod) and dwelt in the land of Nod, which is the first sphere of hell, named Limbo.
So, listen, it is not the ego that lives up there, within the sephiroth. Understand, the ego is always down here in the shadow; in the darkness, in Klipoth, in hell. Thus, Abel הבל (the Consciousness) which is trapped within the aggregates has, down here, become our unconsciousness, subconsciousness and infraconsciousness. Abel הבל corresponds to certain lights in each sephirah, because there are seven degrees of light. In order to liberate the light - let us take for example, the light in Malkuth - if we say, “I want to be enlightened in Malkuth”, then, we have to descend down into hell, into the infra-dimensions, into Klipoth, and to comprehend, through Meditation, those various defects that we find and to then disintegrate them by means of the fire. If we disintegrate them little by little, with patience, then we will become enlightened in Malkuth. After that, we continue going further down, because every time we go into Meditation, we have to dive deeper and deeper into our sub-Consciousness, our infra-Consciousness, etc. So, we disintegrate the egos of Malkuth, and become enlightened in Malkuth, and we perform likewise, in each sephirah, until we reach Chesed. The lights of Chesed are related with virtues that we have to learn how to utilize. The virtues of Chesed are disguised in Klipoth as wrong virtues, meaning, when we do something that we think is good but when we meditate on that goodness that we thought was good, we discover that it is bad. It is in Klipoth that you comprehend what is good and what is bad, thusly do you liberate the Consciousness and receive enlightenment in Chesed.
The Master Samael gave an example of these disguised wrong virtues: Imagine you are walking down the street, and you find somebody who begs, “Please I need to eat, give me something.” So, feeling compassion for them, you give $1 and you walk away thinking, “I did a good thing, I helped this person.” Then, the next moment that person turns away and counts the money and says, “Now, I have exactly what I need. I needed only $1 more in order to buy my cocaine or more marijuana,” This person is a drug addict, but you didn't know this. You think that you are doing good, but in actuality, the consequences of your actions, your good intentions, are negative. So how do we do good? The Master Samael says,
“Love is the law, but conscious love."
Love is not sentimentalism because sometimes with sentimentalism we think we are doing good, but we are doing bad in the long run. So, how do you know how to do good? Well you have to meditate to comprehend. There is no other way. There is no way that somebody will tell you “this is it."
Master Samael says you have to meditate. Sometimes you think you have virtues, but Master Samael says, “I thought I had this or that virtue, but when I reached this level I discovered I didn’t have them. Why? Because they were trapped in certain egos that were 'good' egos.” Then he said, “Do not worry about disintegrating good egos right now. First concentrate on disintegrating the bad ones that you have, and after that you can take care of the good ones, because believe me,” he said, “We have a lot of 'good egos', but they are, nevertheless, egos.”
Thus, if the ego is still there, and it is not disintegrated, keep meditating on it in order to comprehend it better and thereafter pray for its disintegration.
The reality is that the Divine Mother will not destroy your ego if you have not previously comprehend it; if the ego is comprehended, she will disintegrate it. However, even if you think, “Oh, I comprehended this ego,” but you are unaware that there remain certain details that you are as of yet still to comprehend, it is not bad to ask for the annihilation of that ego. If the ego is still there, it is because you are missing out on something that you need to comprehend. The Divine Mother is omniscient and she knows if the ego is comprehended. If she sees inside the ego and she sees just an empty shell then she disintegrates it. But if she sees inside the ego and there is still something some sparks therein, then she will say, “No, I will not disintegrate it, because then I will my child.” Right? Otherwise, she will send your soul to hell. The Divine Mother is wise and this is what we have to understand. Comprehension is necessary. Without comprehension the Divine Mother will not annihilate anything.
It is important to note, moreover, that some egos are bound by karma. It may be that you have comprehended an ego very well and then ask for its annihilation; nevertheless, your Divine Mother will not annihilate it because the lords of karma will say, “Wait a minute, this is a sin that cannot be forgiven so easily. Your child has to first suffer the consequences of what they did in past lives. Only after that, may you then annihilate it.” The Divine Mother never goes against the law and she says, “Okay!” Thus, here in the physical plane her child is suffering a lot, perhaps with pain in the heart, because sometimes those egos are associated with Adultery. Master Samael says, “All sins are forgiven, but those against the Holy Spirit. You have to pay the consequences.” Sometimes it is pain and suffering in the heart, or a physical or mental sicknesses. So, not simply because you are on this path will you mock the law. People think, “Oh, this Gnostic is on this path, so he cannot become sick." No, he can become sick, too. Some sicknesses come from karma, just as some pains in the heart are because you committed Adultery in past lives... You suffer a great deal, but finally your life changes and that ego no longer bothers you any more because you have repaid what you owe. This is the law.
Therefore, “If the Third Logos (Shiva) searched from within the unknowable Divine, the devil gave him the liberty to do it.”
“He who has not been tempted, what does he know? And she who has not been tempted, what manner of things does she know?” – Apocrypha Ecclesiasticus or the Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach 34: 9, 11
May all beings be happy, may all beings be joyful, may all beings be at peace.