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The Runes Laf, Yr and Man are intimately related. We cannot speak about one without taking into account the other two. This is why we are going to address these three Runes together, explaining how they relate to each other.
In the Runic alphabet they correspond to the numbers 14 (Laf), 15 (Man), and 16 (Yr). As you can see, the Rune Yr is an upside down Rune Man; this is the reason why it is not possible to talk about the Rune Yr without addressing the Rune Man.
As its name indicates, the Rune Man represents man, and the Rune Yr symbolizes the woman, which is the opposite. Between them we find the Rune Laf, which symbolizes the Stone, the Philosopher's Stone of Yesod. The Rune Laf is related with the letter L. When I say L, the Hebrew word "El," which means God, comes into my mind.
As always, we relate these Runes with the Aztec Calendar, which is a stone chiseled by Initiates in the ancient times and which is very popular in our present times. If you are observant, you will see that these three Runes, and all the Runes, are hidden within the structure of this Aztec Calendar.
These three graphics shows the Runes Laf, Yr, and Man; the first from the left is the Rune Laf shown in relation with two human positions. The first position on the left is a human being with a straight body, whose arms form a 45-degree angle with the body. Next to it is another human body which appears to be walking. This is because the Rune Laf relates to a certain prayer made while walking, which we are going to learn in this lecture. This is why we placed two body-glyphs—to indicate that in order to perform the Rune Laf we have to walk towards the East, the sunrise.
The next human-shaped glyph is the Rune Yr. We see a human body whose arms are in a similar position to those of the Rune Laf. Unlike the image of the Rune Laf, we do not see the profile of a body, but rather the front of it. Its arms open toward the left and right sides of the body forming two 45-degree angles. This body-glyph is making the shape of the Rune Yr, which in other traditions is represented by a man standing on his head. The Rune Yr as a man standing on his head is found amongst the yogis in the Hindu tradition within an asana called Sirshasana in which the man places his whole body on his head and stands on it; nonetheless, we are going to address the Rune Yr but in another practical sense, which is related with its first position that we described and which is similar to the Rune Laf. In the exercise of the Rune Yr we do not walk as in the Rune Laf; when we perform the Rune Yr we are just standing.
The third rune that we will address will be the Rune Man. Although the Rune Yr on the chart is after the Rune Man, we will address it after the Rune Laf in order to first show you the similarities between Laf and Yr. However, the Rune Yr (16) comes after the Rune Laf (14) and the Rune Man (15). The Rune Man is a man lifting his arms aloft, in order to pray. We will also see how these two Runes Man and Yr relate to each other in relation with the practices of esotericism.
The Rune Laf
Let us now begin the study of the Rune Laf. As you can see, the symbol of the Rune Laf relates with the human body in motion. We also find the symbol of the Rune Laf in the Aztec Calendar, which is a circular stone that many scholars in this day and age are studying. The Rune Laf relates to the Solar Stone, the Aztec Calendar, and this is not only because the Aztec Calendar relates to the 360 degrees of the circle.
Many people ask why the circle has 360 degrees. Why not 400? Well, in the Aztec Calendar we find the answer. The circle relates to the year, which has 360 days, although in these times we know that the year has 365. But if you study the Solar year in many religions and traditions, you will always find that it is related with 360 days. This is because the addition of the numbers 3 + 6 + 0 = 9, which is the number that is hidden within the circle, because the circle indeed symbolizes the ninth sphere, which is Yesod.
This is why we associate the Rune Laf with the Aztec Stone, the Aztec Calendar. This is easy to see. If you make the addition of the degrees of any of the angles of this Philosophical Stone, the Aztec Calendar, you will see that the number 9 always prevails, at any side. Three hundred sixty, added together, make nine. And if you want the half of the circle, it is 180 degrees, which added together make 9. Any straight or right angle is 90 degrees, which adds to 9. And, the three parts of the circle give 270 degrees, which added together is 9. If you take the time to add together every number in between the angles of 90 degrees, you will see that every small number, between 0 and 90 for instance, will make an addition of 9; that is, every angle of 45 degrees between any of the four angles of 90 degrees will make an addition of 9.
So, 9 is the mystery of Life. Remember the Rune Laf means life, which is related to the sexual force. The sexual energy of the Holy Spirit is related to the Solar Force, which is the core of this marvelous Aztec Calendar. Indeed, the Aztec Calendar encloses many mysteries. We traced a black cross on top of the Sun (Tonatiuh) and an orange-yellow cross on top of it. Both crosses are related with the arrowheads that you find around the circular stone, or Aztec Calendar. The first cross shows us how the Aztec Calendar indicates the four cardinal points: north, south, east, and west. The second cross points northeast, northwest, southwest, and southeast. This is something very clear which the Initiates who chiseled this marvelous stone left in order to indicate how the Ninth Sphere—which in Kabbalah is called Yesod—relates to every solar work that we need to perform. For instance, if you count the squares that form the body of each serpent, you find that they have eleven squares. Eleven is a very significant number that indicates two 1's, the man and the woman. This man and woman, or two polarities, two forces, are represented in the two serpents. The one on the right is Quetzalcoatl, and the one on the left is Tezcatlipoca, which in the circle indicate the east and the west, as in Kabbalah we say Tiphereth is the East and Malkuth is the West. The two serpents, each with eleven squares form the Twenty-Second Arcanum of the Tarot (11 + 11 = 22). Two plus two equals four, which is deeply significant.
Every angle of this Aztec Calendar shows us how the Rune Laf relates to the marvelous philosophical stone that we always talk about. For instance, the shape of the Rune Laf is seen in the 45-degree angle at the very bottom of the circular stone. This angle is formed by the south line (the bottom line of the four lines of the black cross) and the half of the southeast line (the right bottom line of the X orange-yellow cross) drawn on top of the circular Aztec calendar of 360 degrees. This precisely indicates that in order to know the mystery of the Philosopher's Stone, we have to go down to the south of our physicality, which is where we find the Philosophical Stone, symbol of the sexual energy. Thus, the south is located in our genitalia.
When observing the 360 degrees of the circle around the Aztec Calendar, we find that the Rune Man is made in the following manner: the vertical line that points from the south towards the north of the circle is traced by the vertical line of the cross (which is drawn by uniting the four arrowheads that point to the east, west, north, and south of the circle) and by the two upper transversal lines of the orange-yellow cross in the X (which is drawn by uniting the four arrowheads that point to the northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest of the circle). And in the opposite direction to the Rune Man, we find the Rune Yr, which is made in the following manner: the same vertical line of the cross but pointing from the north towards the south of the circle, and by the two other orange-yellow lines from the orange-yellow cross forming the X, whose head-arrows point to the southeast and southwest of the circle.
As we have stated in other lectures, all the Runes are hidden in the Philosopher's Stone, within the Aztec Calendar, which indeed is the Philosopher's Stone because the two serpents that we see around the circle in each side of the Aztec Calendar represent the two primary forces, Ida and Pingala, that are entwined in the spine and which are rooted in the testicles or ovaries. These two polarities teach us that the whole work that we have to perform with the Philosopher's Stone is in the Ninth Sphere, and it is represented in the Aztec Calendar in a very beautiful manner.
Moreover, if we investigate how the 5 days missing from the 365 days of the year are replaced in the Aztec Calendar (360-day calendar related to the 360 degrees of the circle), then we will find that those 5 days are chiseled on the Aztec Calendar in relation to the children of the 5 Suns; namely, the central squares of the First Sun, Second Sun, Third Sun, Fourth Sun, and the solar circle in the center, which represents us, the children of the Fifth Sun. Therefore, the days that are missing from the 365 days of the year, are found represented in the very center of the Aztec Calendar. The four central squares relate to the four former Root Races, or four former Cosmic Root Days of this Fourth Round of the Planet Earth. We are in the Fifth Root Race, which is represented by the Sun in the center. So there we have 5 Days, 5 Cosmic Root Days, added to the 360-day Solar Aztec Calendar, indicating that they did not ignore that the actual year has 365 days. Yet, such a difference is indicated in a very Alchemical, Kabbalistic manner, in order for us, the esotericists, to apply all of this knowledge for our advantage, which is the main point in Gnosticism.
If you observe the Aztec Stone, you will also see that the two descending serpents each have six flames along their backs, with four wicks on each flame. The number 4 reminds us of the Tetragrammaton, the powerful name of God, Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei, with which every esotericist has to work in the Ninth Sphere (the 9 is the outcome of the addition of the 360 degrees of the circle). Kabbalistically, the six flames of each serpent indicate Tiphereth, which is the Human Soul; in other words, the lovers who have to descend into the Ninth Sphere in order to work with the fires of the Sun. The Human Soul is Tiphereth. This solar work is also indicated in the Tree of Life. When you observe its center, you see that the Sun is indeed related with Tiphereth. The Aztec Calendar indicates the same in its center, where we find Tonatiuh, the Sun, which—with its paws, or claws—is squeezing the human hearts of the lovers. The heart represents Tiphereth, which is in the center of the Tree of Life as well as in the center of the Aztec Calendar. The Solar Work is done between two hearts, because the mystery of the Philosophical Stone always relates to two hearts, the Man and the Woman. Likewise, this is precisely indicated in the union of the two Runes, Man and Yr, previously explained.
The Rune Man, which comes after the Rune Laf, indicates that the Human Soul, whether from the woman or from the man, is the one that has to work in the Ninth Sphere (represented in the Rune Yr). This is why, when we make the Kabbalistic addition of the Human Soul, which is Tiphereth, the sixth Sephirah, with the Ninth Sphere (where we find the philosophical stone represented in the Rune Laf) we have 15. So, 9 and 6 is 15, which in the Futharkh is the Rune Man.
The Rune Man relates to many words in English, German, and other languages. Man reminds us of Manas—"mind" in Sanskrit. It also reminds us of "Manus," which in Latin means "hand". This is why in all the body positions of the Runes, the hands have a special relation with the solar energies that we have to handle. In many scriptures the hand always points at willpower, goodwill, the action that we have to perform when we want to do something spiritual. For example:
These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand (Manus), who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks...
Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads (Manas).
As well as evil will, for example:
If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God. – Revelation 2:1, 7:3, 14:9
The Book of Revelation states that either the seal of God or of the beast is received on the forehead (Manas), and "Will" relates to the hands (Manus). All of this relates to the Rune Man.
In regard to "Manus" (Hand) the hand of Jesus Christ comes into my mind. He is always painted performing the following hand-symbol: the thumb, index and middle fingers of his right hand pointing upward (as the three upper lines of the Rune Man) while pointing at his heart with his left hand. It is profoundly significant that the Rune Man is related with "Manus," the right hand and the heart of Christ, indicating with it that everything we do with our hands, every action of our will (the heart) relates to the mind, "Manas." Remember that the seal of God is received in the forehead.
As we continue talking about this circular Philosopher's Stone and the number 9 (related to the 360 degrees of a circular clock) in relation with Tiphereth, the sixth Sephirah, we will understand why the hour has 60 minutes, and why the minute has 60 seconds. Those measurements come from the past (Atlantis) when the "zoostat" (the functioning of the consciousness regarding time), the Human Soul (the number 6), forgot about the Zero, that is, to be aware here and now, second after second, in every minute; minute after minute in every hour of the 24 hours of the day. The number 24 relates directly with the Stone as well. The number 24 relates to nature, Mother Nature. Twenty-four is the Weaver, our Divine Mother that is weaving in Yesod, the loom of God. So, we find that the 24 hours of the day are related to 2 + 4 = 6, the activities of the Sun in Tiphereth. The number 24 is 12 hours of light, 12 hours of night. We have already spoken about this in other lectures.
That is why when you see the east in the Aztec Calendar, or in the circle of 360 degrees, you will find that the east is symbolized by the Zero hour. The circle is precisely made by the journey of the Sun. The Sun starts rising in the east at the Zero hour. This is how the Solar light moves around the circle, the Zero, which in this case represents the Earth. We can also say that the circle represents the Sun, and that which moves around is the Earth. In this case, philosophically speaking, the Earth represents us (the philosophical Earth) who navigate (through the rules, codes that we know and that are indicated in the Aztec Calendar) around the Sun-Christ, which is the Solar Light, in order for us to perform the Great Work.
In the lecture "The Rune Perth" we stated that the Philosopher's Stone is the same Holy Grail and that—as a symbol—the Grail relates to our physicality, our own physical body. Yet, the Grail also symbolizes the Stone of Yesod, Sex, as well as the Mind. So when we talk about the Stone of Yesod, the Philosopher's Stone, and the Grail, they are the same thing. When you know Alchemy, when you are a practical Alchemist, you have to know these different interpretations by intuition.
In the first graphic we find a woman, who symbolizes the Rune Laf: with her two arms and her body she is forming an angle of 45 degrees. The woman's hands reach the level of her sexual organs. She is precisely performing the symbol in the second graphic, the Rune Laf, which means "life." The Rune Laf indicates that the true life, the life eternal that we are searching for, the power of the Grail, resides in Yesod, the sexual organs.
We found the following quotations which talk about the Stone and the Grail. Let us read.
"... The Grail castle recalls the pagan otherworld, where there is no aging and no disease, and where the immortals feast on whatever they like best. But the Grail is now a stone which resembles the Philosopher's Stone of the alchemists. It too surpassed all earthly perfection, cured disease, and kept its possessor forever young." – "Grail," Man, Myth & Magic, An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural, Vol. 9, by Richard Cavendish
"I will tell you how they are fed: they live from a stone whose Essence is pure... It is called lapis exilis [Magnes]. By virtue of [Magic] this stone the Phoenix is burned to ashes, in which she is reborn. Thus does the Phoenix molt her feathers, after which she shines dazzling and bright, and as lovely as before. However ill a mortal man may be, from the day on which he sees the Stone, he cannot die for that week, nor does he lose his color. For if anyone, maid or man, were to look at the Grail for two hundred years, you would have to admit that his color was as fresh as in his early prime... Such powers does the Stone confer on mortal men that their flesh and bones are soon made young again. This stone is also called the Grail." – Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach
If we do not know Alchemy, we will not understand why the Stone is called the Grail, because indeed the other symbol of the Holy Grail is the Yoni, the feminine Yoni, the sexual organ of the woman. We have told you that the grail symbolizes your physicality, which is Malkuth, which is feminine. But in the feminine body, the Grail is the sexual organ. So, when a man is looking for the Grail, he is looking for a woman. That is why we have placed a woman performing the Rune Laf in this graphic—in order to indicate that the most perfect representation of the Grail is the woman, because she has the cup that the Knight needs in order to drink wine.
Who is the Knight that finds the Grail among the Knights of the Round Table? If you know about the quest of the Grail's legend, you know that Parzival is the Knight who finds the Grail.
Wagner wrote Parsifal, a marvelous opera. Master Samael Aun Weor wrote a book, "Parsifal Unveiled," in which he describes the mysteries hidden within Wagner's great opera.
Parsifal was based on Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach. In his opera, Wagner calls Parsifal "Falparsi," which in Arabic—it is stated—means "the innocent fool." If we associate the root of the two words "Fal-parsi," when we pronounce them we find that "Fal" derives from Phallus and "Parsi," from Parsee, Persia, the Parsees. Yet, based on the Latin language, we will say that "Parsi" is Per-se'; "Fal-parsi," the Phallus Per se.
Thus, Fal-parsi—the Phallus Per-se—"Parsifal," is the one, the only one that can find the Grail, and this is pretty obvious. No one can find the Grail, but "Falparsi," the Phallus Per se, because the Phallus is the male sexual organ that penetrates the "Grail," the feminine sexual organ. This is how Initiates in the past hid the Mystery of the Grail within the name Parsifal or Parzival, in order for the Initiates to understand; this is why Wagner changes the name Parsifal and calls him Falparsi, "the innocent fool."
Who is the fool that falls inside the Grail? The fool is the man who penetrates the woman and fornicates; when he reaches the orgasm, he is the fool. All of us, men, are the fool, the "Falparsi." Only through the Grail can we re-conquer Youth, because the Grail, the Philosopher's Stone, is Laf, the Rune Laf, the life. See how everything is hidden and why the Masters of ancient times left everything chiseled in stone, in order for us to study. However, the main point here is that people always like to read things literally. They do not use their intuition. When you read something esoteric, you have to sit, close your eyes, and meditate. Why is Parzival the one that finds the Grail? Why does Wagner call him Falparsi? Thereafter, you study the language, the Word, the Logos, which is Christ, which is the origin of all languages. Then you see how everything is hidden, within the sacred words, letters...
Based on this we state: when united, the man (the Rune Man) and the woman (the Rune Yr, which is the opposite) form the Rune Hagal, which we have already spoken about. By uniting both Runes by their vertical line we see the Rune Hagal again, within which all the letters of the Runic alphabet are hidden. In other words, every word, the Logos, the Christ, is hidden between the man and the woman. When man and woman perform the sexual act, they are before God. Thus, because humanity ignores the mystery of the Grail and the Spear, the mysteries of sexual esotericism, when they perform the sexual act, they fornicate, thus, they become the fool.
The fool is represented by the upside down man who does not respect the Grail. This is why the Rune Yr is also represented by an upside down man, the man who falls into fornication. This is why any black magician is represented by the upside down cross, because by means of the sexual act, the cross, he fornicates and falls.
Nevertheless, we cannot state that the Rune Yr is 100% negative; better to state that it is dual. Its duality is based on how we utilize sex. Remember that it is necessary to descend into the Ninth Sphere in order to enter into Initiation. The Rune Yr indicates the descent into such duality, shown by the two Rune Lafs, which are facing toward the left and right at the bottom of it.
This descent reminds us of Peter, the Apostle of Jesus, who was crucified upside down. Does the crucifixion of Peter on the upside-down cross means that Peter is a black magician? No! The upside-down crucifixion of Peter indicates that if we want to rise, we first have to descend by means of the crossing of the two Rune Lafs, but we must be nailed to this cross if we do not want to fall, meaning we must not fornicate but transmute the sexual force. Thus, the Rune Laf rises up, but not by renouncing sex. Otherwise, how can we be impelled upward?
This is what many people in this day and age misunderstand: knowing that the Spear and the Grail hide the mysteries of sex (the Rune Laf, the sexual force, the mystery of Self-Realization), they want to renounce sex, thus they become monks and nuns. It is good for someone that is single, and that is not married, to be a nun or monk, in order to prepare themselves for matrimony. But to think that you are going to self-realize your Self only by being a monk or nun is 100% a mistake. Nobody can do it, because the mystery of the Rune Laf indicates that when you unite the arms of two Lafs, then you form the letter M of matrimony.
As you see in the graphic, the two joined arms of two Rune Lafs form the letter M of matrimony. You can see the two Lafs forming the letter M in the shape of the man and the woman, holding hands. Their hands are always at the level of their genitalia because this is how the man and the woman unite, through the sexual act. They can pronounce their vows in a religious ceremony together, etc., but the real moment in which those two physicalities, psyches, and Spirits join in one body is in the sexual act, and that is why the sexual act in matrimony is sacred; it is a sacrament. Yet, everybody performs the ceremony, in whatever religion to which they belong, and thereafter when they go to perform the sexual act, they act like the fool, they fornicate.
Only the Initiates, who know the mystery of the Rune Laf, know that when they go into matrimony they have to perform the sexual act without reaching the spasm, or the orgasm of the animals, in order to steal the fire from the devil and to give life to themselves. Most people feed the devil. What devil? The ego that we have within; namely, lust, the animality that we have within—that is the devil. Thus, the devil is not outside; it is within, and God is also within.
The Hebrew letter מ Mem, or M, is pretty significant; it is always related to the Holy Spirit. We taught about it in other lectures in relation with the Hebrew Alphabet. Thus, we know that the letter Mem relates to sexuality, relates to the Holy Spirit, relates to Matrimony, relates to the two Lafs.
The Rune Yr
Let us now look at the bodily graphic of the Rune Yr. As you can see, this Rune Yr in the shape of the human body is made by standing on our feet. In it you see very clearly the similarity with the Rune Laf, yet the Rune Yr shows the two arms separated from the body and making not one but two 45-degree angles. The two arms that go down are the left and right lines of the Rune, and the two legs are forming the one vertical line of the Rune. This bodily position of the Rune Yr indicates that the descent shown on it is related with the work in the Ninth Sphere. This Yr body position is openly showing the genitalia, which is precisely the profound significance of it. Regarding this bodily symbol of the Rune Yr openly showing the genitalia, we find that it is related to the following statements of the Apostle Peter:
Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence. – 1 Peter 2: 6-8
When we talk about sex, people are scandalized. People are offended when we clarify certain rules related to sexuality, because through it we uncover the degeneration which every one of us has. Peter, when he was going to be crucified, asked, "Please, do not crucify me as my Lord (which is the Rune Man). I want to be crucified upside down, the opposite of my Lord (the Rune Yr)." We have said many times that Peter relates to the pineal gland. Peter the apostle represents Faith, the Faith that we develop in the pineal gland, and it is in the pineal gland where we have the atom of the Holy Spirit. The pineal gland is that gland which controls the sexual genitalia, the sexual force. In order for us to control the sexual energy, we need to fortify Peter in our pineal gland. In order to fortify the pineal gland, we need to transmute the sexual energy. This is how Peter is capable of building the Church of the Lord, because:
I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. – Matthew 16: 18.
The rock of offence, the stone of stumbling, is sex, because only the sexual force can create the inner bodies, the Merkabah, within each one of us.
This is why, as you can see in the picture, Peter is lifting his head, as if to say, "Behold, I am going to work with the Earth." The Cross is going to be inserted into the Earth, which symbolizes the woman. But he is lifting himself from the Cross, as if to say, "You do the same. When you unite yourself with 'Eve,' the woman, lift yourself, lift your sexual force to 'Adam,' the head, and know that 'Adam,' your head or brain, has to control 'Eve,' your sex." Usually sex controls the brain. That is why the brain is degenerated. If we start controlling our sexual force with our brain, then our brain will develop; thus, we will perceive things that we cannot easily perceive when our brain is degenerated.
This is why, when we talk about all of these symbols, people ask us, "How do you know that?" We know it because we put other parts of our brain into activity, because we practice sexual transmutation. But many people—be they Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or whatever sect—used to fornicate, ignoring that the one that receives the punishment for their fornication is "Adam," their brain. Thus, when they read Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, or Kabbalah, they do not understand, because they cannot perceive, because their brain is damaged. And that is the truth.
If we want to regenerate our brain we need to transmute our sexual force, the life that we have in our body, thus the brain will start developing. Superlative perception is Peter, because Peter is in the pineal gland. The pineal gland is the power related with the Chakra Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra; this is why in Kabbalah Peter is associated with the Elder of Days. It is necessary to descend; this is what Peter is indicating in the picture. With his crucifixion he is indicating that the woman has to be there because the horizontal beam represents the woman, and the vertical is the man, united in the sexual act. This also means that each one of us has his own particular, individual, archetypical Peter.
You have to allow your archetypical Peter to descend with you into the sexual act and to help you to transmute your sexual force in order to ascend into the higher Sephiroth. The Master Samael Aun Weor wrote:
The descent into the Ninth Sphere was, in the ancient Mysteries, the highest trial to prove the supreme dignity of the hierophant. Hermes, Buddha, Dante, Zoroaster, etc. had to descend to the Ninth Sphere in order to work with the Fire and Water, the origin of worlds, beasts, humans and Gods. Every authentic and legitimate White Initiation begins here.
Sexual energy is the origin of everything. If you want to create a true disciple of the Lord Christ within you, you have to imitate Peter. That is why he was crucified upside down, crucified on the Rune Yr. And it was done like that because the Rune Yr also represents us. We are the terrestrial man. The terrestrial man, who is below, is represented by the Rune Yr, which is the opposite of the Heavenly Man, which is the Rune Man, who is above.
The Rune Man
When we address the Runes Man and Yr, we have to talk about the trident. Let us study the trident, which relates to the Rune Man, which is really the opposite of the Rune Yr, an upside down trident.
The three upper parts of the trident on the Rune Man represent the True Man in us, which is our Divine Triad. In Theosophy this Divine Triad is called Atman-Buddhi-Manas, which in Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, are the Sephiroth Chesed, Geburah, and Tiphereth. They form the Monad, the True Man in us. In the Zohar, the Kabbalah, the great patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are represented in the three Sephiroth of the Triangle of Ethics—Chesed, Geburah, and Tiphereth—because they represent the True Man. Yet, the Rune Yr relates to the Sephiroth Netzach, Hod, and Yesod, the three brains with which we have to work.
The Divine Triad (the Rune Man) is the Innermost who has two Twin Souls: the Divine and the Human. At one hundred years old (in esoteric age), the Divine Soul fuses with the Innermost, and so a new Master is born within the internal worlds. At five hundred years old (in esoteric age), the Human Soul also fuses with the Innermost. That is how a new Mahatma is born within the internal worlds. - Manual of Practical Magic by Samael Aun Weor.
If we quoted the former paragraphs, it is because we have to understand, to comprehend the Monad, the Triad, which is the real Man, the Rune Man within us. When we talk about the Being, we talk about the two superior parts of the Monad, which are Chesed and Geburah. The Master explains very clearly that in the First Initiation of the Major Mysteries, when the Kundalini, the life, the Rune Laf, reaches the pineal gland, then the two superior parts of the Monad are united; Chesed and Geburah become one. The Innermost and the Divine Soul become one. These two are always in Heaven; this is why the Rune Man is represented by a Man with his two arms pointing to Heaven—to indicate that the True Man (Chesed and Geburah) is always above, not below. The first degree of Mastery in Major Mysteries is when the Innermost is united with the Divine Soul, which is the First Initiation of Major Mysteries.
Regarding mastery obviously there are many degrees of mastery, for instance the Nine Initiations of Minor Mysteries. The one who receives these Initiations internally is the Monad of the Initiate. The Monad becomes a Master of the first degree, second degree, third degree, fourth degree, fifth degree, until the 9th degree of the Minor Mysteries. But before that the Monad reached a level of mastery in relation with the Law of Evolution, because in order for a Monad to enter from the Mineral Kingdom into the plant Kingdom, the Monad needs to reach mastery in the Mineral kingdom. In order to enter into the Animal Kingdom, the Monad has to have the mastery of both Mineral and Plant Kingdoms. When the Monad enters into the Human Kingdom, the Masteries of the Animal, Plant, and Mineral Kingdoms are already reached internally. Those levels of mastery are received by every Monad, which is related with the mechanicity of Nature. But when we talk about the Minor and Major Mysteries, those are only achieved by working with sexuality.
Monads receive degrees, powers, when they attain Initiations, or different levels of mastery in the Internal Worlds. This is why we always state that every single Monad is a Master inside of us; the Monad is the Guru inside of us.
Different degrees of mastery are found among the Monads. It is one thing to be a Master of Minor Mysteries, and another thing to be a Master that already has the First Initiation of Major Mysteries. With it that Monad has entered into the path that leads to Nirvana. Eventually that Monad will become a Master of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and many other initiations, according to the development of that Monad in the Internal Planes. That is why we always say that each one of us has a Master inside. So, when I said that my Inner Monad is a Master, it is true, but it is also true that all people's Inner Monads are Masters, in different degrees. Degrees in mastery depend on our work with the Rune Yr, the Rune Man, and the Rune Laf.
In order to develop more mastery, Monads always rely on the Monads that are more developed. Such development always comes through the Philosophical Stone, through the Rune Laf, from Christ. This is why, when we say that our Monad is a Master, we are stating something that has already been stated by the Master Samael Aun Weor.
Now, the degree of our Monad is something very personal. To unveil the degree of our Monad is something that is useful only as in the case of the Master Samael Aun Weor, who as the Avatar of Aquarius is teaching, giving the knowledge to humanity. Thus, everybody has to know that Samael is a Monad whose mastery is at a very high level, a Monad from a higher hierarchy, and therefore capable of teaching the lower Monads at any level. This is something that we have to understand, since among the Gnostics, or among the White Brotherhood, there are many Masters, Monads, of different hierarchies. For better comprehension let us quote the Master Samael Aun Weor:
As we have explained in a former lecture, pride is that mythomania that boasts of being a master, boasting that because you have knowledge, you are better. Remember, the Master is always inside, and it is the Monad.
The Christ substance extends itself in all the infinite space, and, while we practice sexual magic, it is absorbed by each one of our seven bodies until Christ is formed within ourselves. These seven ardent portals are something very personal, very intimate, very individual, and very profound. The path of the Initiation is something very internal and delicate.
In order to possess the reed, the disciple must liberate himself from all types of schools, religions, sects, political parties, concepts of motherland and flags, dogmas, intellectualism, selfishness, hatred, anger, opinions, classroom arguments, authoritarianism, etc...
There is a need to search for a Guru in order for him to guide us along this internal and delicate way. The Guru must be searched for within, in the profundity of the consciousness... Each disciple must search for the Master inside, inside, inside. The Master is found in the profundity of our consciousness [it is the Monad].
If you want to search for the Master, abandon all bookish erudition and pseudo-spiritual schools. The Master appears when the disciple is prepared. The gravest danger for the occultist is to have a bookish culture. The students of occultism who have read excessively are commonly filled with terrible pride.
The student who is vain due to the intellect feels as though he is the lord of worldly wisdom. He not only lamentably wastes his time going from school to school, but moreover he closes the door of Initiation for himself [his Monad], and falls into black magic.
In other words, the student thinks that he is going to receive Initiations just because he belongs to this or that school, or this or that religion. Understand this: Initiation is related with the Rune Laf; related to how we handle the Grail; related to how we handle the Stone; related to how we handle the Rune Yr, the upside down Cross. Thus, every time you go into the sexual act, remember, Peter goes with you—your brain, your pineal gland, goes with you. Thus, if you fornicate, instead of raising the Stone to your head, instead of receiving the name of your God on your forehead, you become the Fool, Falparsi.
We must become like children in order to penetrate into the wisdom of the fire, which is deep within ourselves, in the living profundity of our internal consciousness. There is a need to be humble in order to acquire wisdom. Once we have acquired wisdom, we must be even more humble. - Igneous Rose by Samael Aun Weor
Humbleness is something that we acquire when we comprehend our pride, when we comprehend self-esteem, in all levels of our mind. It is not that we have to fake humbleness; it is something that we have to develop when we comprehend our pride, when we stop boasting of this or that. This is something that we have to comprehend, because the attitude of many Gnostics, as well as many esoteric students in other schools, is that of liking to boast about themselves and liking to be followed. Master Samael always stated, do not follow anybody, if you want to really enter into the path of Initiation, follow your own Being, because your Being has the degrees, the Initiations, that allow you to comprehend what you are comprehending. Do you want more comprehension? Well then, go down into the ninth sphere, work with the Rune Laf, work with your Peter, transmute your sexual energy. Then your Monad will receive more degrees, more comprehension, more understanding. Thus, you, the Soul, will be guided from within. But the problem here is that everyone wants to be guided from without.
We recognize that it is good to find somebody from without that will indicate to you what to do spiritually; nonetheless, the main thing that you have to remember is this:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind... And Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. – Matthew 22: 37, 39
If you become as many people in this day in age, who are always looking for a Guru outside, then, like them, you will forget that the true Guru is inside. When you find your Inner Guru, your Inner God within, then you can talk with confidence to other Initiates in the Internal Planes. With every piece of advice that you receive from them, if it is positive, yet you are uncertain about it, you can go and meditate and concentrate on your God, "My God, my Lord, this Master told me this, can you explain to me what this means? Because you are the reality within me, and here, your terrestrial man cannot understand it. I am your terrestrial man. Can you explain this to me?" Then you meditate, and during meditation your God will disclose that, for you. "What this Master told you, is this...." "What the Master Samael told you in this book is this...." This is for you, at your level, at your degree to understand. Thus, this is how you have to comprehend why the Master Samael said that the Guru, the Master is within, within, inside, inside...
However, do not misunderstand. We do not mean to say that all of you have a Master of the fifth degree of Major Mysteries inside of you. Nor do we mean that all of you are Mahatmas, or great souls. No, because mastery has to be gained in the Stone. Your archetypical Peter has to descend into the ninth sphere in order to develop wisdom, intuition. As Peter descends, this is how you develop your pineal gland.
That is why people sometimes misunderstand when we say, "My Guru, my Inner Monad, is a Master," because it is. It would be a big lie if I said that my Inner Monad were not a Master, because it is a Master. Of what degree? Well, that is personal; that concerns only me. Likewise, I always respect you, and I see you, and I know that within each one of you there is a Monad that is a Master. Of which degree? Well, you have to discover that by yourselves. And, if he has a lower degree, work with the Stone, the Rune Laf, not to laugh, but to work with Life, which is the Rune Laf. Remember that the Rune Laf is between the Rune Man and the Rune Yr, the man and the woman, and that the man is inside. It is your Monad. This is why it is stated that within every woman there is a man. For instance, in English we say wo-man. I asked my wife, "What is the Wo, in the woman, because I see the word 'man' there?" She answered me, "It is a man with a womb, capable of creating, better than you." And I said "Yes, she is right." Even though I can create here internally, with the help of my woman, of my wife, the woman is also a man capable of creating too; she needs only a seed. When she receives the seed in her womb, she creates a child. All of us were created within the womb of that man who is called female, wo-man, womb-man. Behold the beauty of that name. This is why only the womb-man, the man with a womb, is capable of standing in front of the man-without-womb, which is the male. Thus, the woman says, "I need a seed, husband. Give me your seed, and I will create for you a son. But listen, if you approach me with chastity, and you do not fornicate, then I will create within you the Son of Man, which is even better."
The Son of Man is the union of Eros (the Son of Venus) and Psyche. Master Samael stated:
The Son of Man is born in the Ninth Sphere. The Son of Man is born of Water and Fire.
"The Son of Man is born in the Ninth Sphere," in the Rune Laf, in the Aztec Calendar; there is where the Son of Man is born. "The Son of Man is born of water and fire." Water is the woman; fire is the man.
Why is it called the Venustic Initiation? Because the son of Venus, Aphrodite, is Eros, or as we say in Christianity, the son of Mary (the Goddess Venus, the Goddess of Love) is Eros, Jesus. Jesus Christ is Eros, the God of Love that is born when the Alchemist reaches the Mastery of the Fire; that is, when he reaches the Fifth Initiation of the Major Mysteries. In other words, by means of the Rune Yr, the Initiate (man or woman) with their spouse descends with Peter into the Ninth Sphere in order to take the Life from the Rune Laf.
The betrothal of the Soul [Psyche] to the Lamb [the Son of Venus] is the greatest festival of the Soul. That great Lord of Light [Eros] enters Her [the Psyche]. He becomes human; She becomes divine. From this divine and human mixture, that which with so much certainty the Adorable One called "the Son of Man" is born. The greatest triumph of supreme adoration is the birth of the Son of Man in the manger of the world. - The Perfect Matrimony by Samael Aun Weor
When we said MANGER, the MAN, the Rune Man came into my mind. Remember that the Rune Man indicates the Triad, Atman-Buddhi-Manas. That Eros, the Son of Venus, is Jesus the Son of Mary, who is born when the Initiate receives the Initiation of Tiphereth. The one who receives Eros is the Manger, in English. The Manger is the Manas, the Monad, because the Superior Manas is the Human Soul, the Psyche that receives Eros. The Soul, Psyche, is Tiphereth, who receives Eros. In Greek mythology the Soul is represented by Psyche, because the soul is always represented by that feminine aspect inside of us that is marrying the Lord, which is Eros. That union is precisely the great goal for every Initiate—to receive the Lord, Eros, Jesus, Osiris, Quetzalcoatl, or whatever name you want to give to that force. According to the Greek mythology, the trinity is Chaos, Eros, and Gaia. Gaia is the Earth; Chaos is Uranus, the Sky or Heaven; and between them is Eros, which is the Son. So, according to Greek Mythology, to incarnate Eros is equivalent to incarnating Jesus Christ within us; it is the same thing as developing the Lord within, as developing the Manas.
The Crucifixion of Samael Aun Weor
As I say this, the venerable Master Samael Aun Weor comes into my mind. In many of his books, he clearly stated that he incarnated Eros in 1954, his Inner Christ, the beautiful Cupid, which in Christianity we call the Baby Jesus. He incarnated Him in his Manger, in his Superior Manas, in his Human Soul, and started working with Him. We understood that because Christ, Eros, is not a person; it is an energy; it is a force, like electricity is an energy. But in order to incarnate this force you need to be prepared. You need to build a Church on the Rock. Peter has to work first, in order for John (I-E-O-U-M-A-S) to come into your Self to work.
Personally, I like to investigate esoteric things internally. When I say this, I am talking about meditation. I read something that the Master wrote, and I close my eyes, and I ask, "What is the Master is saying here?" I have had the habit of doing this for many years. Thus, through this process of meditation I have investigated the process of the Master Samael Aun Weor, because he is the Avatar, and the Lord Vishnu incarnated in him, as a baby, in order to give the doctrine that we are teaching here. I was always observing in detail all the steps that he was taking physically, in relation with his internal development. Why? Because he stated, "Everything that happens in the internal planes has to correlate with the physical plane, otherwise it is not true." If what we say, what we investigate, and what we experience does not correlate with the physical plane, it is not true. If what we experience in the physical plane does not correlate with the internal planes, it is not true. The two worlds—the internal worlds and the physical world—have to correlate. I was observing his life (Laf), especially the last years of his life in Mexico, in order to see where the Lord is. In which step is that Baby that was born in 1954, and who grew up, and who now is an adult inside of him? In which level is he developed right now? I remember that year after year I was studying him and what he was saying, and meditating on it.
At the time when I was teaching Gnosis in the north of Mexico, the Master invited us to Mexico for a special lecture that he was going to give in honor of the president of Mexico. At that time, he was going to discuss a book that the president wrote, which was named Quetzalcoatl. Of course I knew that Quetzalcoatl is the Christ among the Mexicans, from ancient times. Thus, I said, "He will be with the president of Mexico?" He was going to be honored there. And I said, "Okay, let us meditate and investigate. What has the president of Mexico got to do with the Master Samael Aun Weor?" The president, who was a Mason, is dead now; however at that time he was a Mason, and he knew about the doctrine of the Gnostics. So, then I went there in order to hear the lecture of the Master, and I saw him, and heard everything that he said in his lecture in relation with this book written by the president of Mexico. Thereafter, I said, "Okay, if I find similitude here, it means that the president is the mind, is the head. Obviously, the intellect governs this world. Then who is the president of Mexico in Christianity, in relation with the Christic Drama?" And I said to myself, "Of course, he is Pilate. Pontius Pilate." Understand me, I am not stating that the President was literally Pontius Pilate, but for me he was symbolizing, representing, the Mind. Thus, I was there, and I saw the Master showing his own mastery.
Ecce Homo, behold the Man, the Rune Man there giving a tremendous, beautiful lecture, with a lot of wisdom. Many ambassadors from many countries were there listening, and they were surprised to hear of all of this knowledge from the mouth of the Master Samael Aun Weor, for the first time.
Then I said, "Well, this moment is very critical, because if the president of Mexico represents Pontius Pilate, that means that the Master is going to be crucified." And then I returned to the North of Mexico, very preoccupied with this. Months later, I received a phone call. The Master was sick. Yes, he was in his Christic process, because he died in 1977, and that event that happened in Mexico was in the same year, in the month of September. But he was looking very weak, so it was not a surprise to me when somebody called me from Mexico and said, "The Master is pretty sick, please pray for him." Then I started doing chains for him because I knew that he was in the process of being crucified and dying; eventually he had to die. On the 24th of December of 1977, one of his daughters called me, very preoccupied, and asked, "Please, do chains for him; he is very critical, very sick." And I said, "Oh, what is happening?" "Well, he was in the hospital, now he is not; he is in our home. But really, he needs a lot of help." And then I remember performing a prayer to the Solar Logos that I always perform, and that I like very much. That day, the 24th of December, we performed a special work for him. At the end, we were doing a chain, and in the chain I was performing this prayer, which some of you might know, and which is written in the book Occult Medicine. Thus, after the special work that we did in order to attract the Solar Force, the Christ (as I knew that he, the Solar Logos was passing the process in the body of the Master) I said, together with all the brothers and sisters who were holding the chain:
"Oh Thou, Solar Logos, Igneous Emanation, substance and consciousness of Christ, powerful life whereby everything advances, come unto him, and penetrate him, enlighten him, bathe him, go through him and awaken within himself, within his Being, all of those ineffable substances that are as much a part of thee as a part of him.
Universal and cosmic force, mysterious energy, I conjure Thee, come unto him, remedy his affliction, cure him from this illness and put apart from him this suffering so he can have harmony, peace, and health.
I ask Thee, in thy sacred name, which the Mysteries and the Gnostic Church have taught me, so Thou can make vibrate within him all of the mysteries of this plane and superior planes, and so that all of those forces together may achieve the miracle of his healing. So be it."
Of course, as you can read, I changed "me" to "him" in the text of the prayer. I said it one time, a second time, a third time, concentrating on the Solar Light, on the Cosmic Christ, in order to send the energy to him. But then, when I was doing that chain with those brothers and sisters, my third eye, my clairvoyant eye, started to spin, and a great picture came into my head. What did I see? I saw the Rune Man, the Lord, the living Christ, crucified on the cross, as you see him in many paintings. When I saw that, I saw the Lord, the Christ, with my third eye, pronouncing the Last Word, and dying on the cross. This is why I associate the Rune Man with that prayer. This was so disturbing because I was asking for life, not for death, and when I saw that, I immediately pronounced the mantra Aum three times, and said "This is it." Then I asked, "What time is it?" They said, "8:20pm, on the 24th of December." Later, after that day, after midnight, I received a call, and his daughter told me, "Please come to the funeral." So, this is how, internally... you know, it is very emotional for me to say this. I kept this to myself for many years, but now I am sharing this because there are many speculations about the transition of the Master Samael. I never liked to talk about it; I never liked it. But, I said, I have to talk about this, even though it is very stressful for me, because I saw the Lord, the Living Christ, dying there, at the same time that he was physically dying. When I went to Mexico for his funeral, I asked, "At what time did he die?" And they told me, "At 8:20." That was too much for me. After that, I continued with my habit of meditating on everything that I read, or that I studied. Moreover, I was a witness of his resurrection, I was a witness of his ascension, and that is why I talk with certainty, because I saw these things. I understand that the Logos, the Christ, is a force that incarnates, in order to become human, and in order to self-realize any Initiate.
As he was incarnated in him, and self-realized him, the Logos Samael also promised to return, as he promised in his books, but I always understood and comprehended that the one that was talking through him was the Lord, and I am so sure, not because I read it, or because somebody told me, but because I saw him many times in the internal worlds.
Many times I found him in the Internal Planes. In a previous lecture I stated that a Master, a Divine being, said, "I manifest myself through these hands." But I forgot to tell you that the hands are at the very end of the arms, and that the arms are part of Chesed and Geburah, the Monad. The hands are related with Tiphereth. So the hands, Tiphereth, that are united to the arms represent the Monad itself. So when this Being was telling me, "I manifest myself through these hands," he was saying that he manifests through the Soul. So it is good to develop the Soul, internally, in order for the Lord to manifest. Remember, when you see your hands or the hands of anybody internally, these represent the Soul. This is precisely what we have to understand; the Spirit always manifests through the Soul. But remember that the hands do not move, do not indicate anything, if the brain does not command them. This is a deep symbol that you have to understand, because every Monad has his own hands, his own soul, that you have to know how to manifest, or how to handle. This is related to the Rune Man and to this prayer. When we practice the Rune Man, we have to perform, to pronounce, this prayer that I recited that day. Of course, we have to recite it as follows:
Oh Thou, Solar Logos, Igneous Emanation, substance and consciousness of Christ, powerful life whereby everything advances, come unto me and penetrate me, enlighten me, bathe me, go through me and awaken within my Being all of those ineffable substances that are as much a part of Thee as a part of me.
Universal and cosmic force, mysterious energy, I conjure Thee, come unto me, remedy my affliction, cure me from this illness and put apart from me this suffering so I can have harmony, peace and health.
I ask Thee in thy sacred name, which the Mysteries and the Gnostic Church have taught me, so Thou can make vibrate with me all of the mysteries of this plane and superior planes, and that all of those forces together may achieve the miracle of my healing. So be it.
This and other marvelous prayers are written in the new prayer book as well as in the Occult Medicine book. I know, for sure, that the Rune Man is associated with the prayer to the Solar Logos because I experienced it, I saw it. The Rune Man is precisely the Lord crucified on the cross. It is a way of praying.
Now, the Rune Laf, in which the hands form an angle of 45 degrees, is indicating that way that you have to lift your hands—up. When you lift your hands, forming an angle of 45 degrees with your arms and your body, you just walk towards the East. It is good to perform this Rune on the 27th of each month, because it takes 27 days for the Sun to complete its own rotation, so that is the solar day for the planet Earth. In the Internal Planes, the temples perform special rituals on the 27th. So, at dawn, four o'clock in the morning, you just perform the position of that Rune and walk as the Rune indicates, towards the East, as it is shown in the graphic of the Rune. You see a man walking towards the East and praying. What type of prayer? Whatever you want to ask to your Inner Christ, your Inner Master, you Inner Monad, your Inner Goddess, the Divine Mother. Honor your Father and your Mother, and pray. What do you need? You have to ask for whatever you need, with simple words, as if you are talking to your mom or to your dad in the physical plane. The way you talk with them when you ask for a favor, in the same way talk with your Inner God; to pray is to talk with God. Thus, with a very slow motion, walk towards the East. It could be inside your home, or outside—it does not matter—but the prayer has to go down, inside you. Now, when you reach the East, and finish your prayer, then perform the Rune Man and a prayer to the Lord as well. Raise your arms aloft, and say: "Oh Thou Solar Logos, Igneous Emanation..." Actually, the Rune Man can be performed every day, but the Rune Laf is only on the 27th, as the Master Samael Aun Weor indicates in his book Gnostic Magic of the Runes. The prayer is called the Universal Prayer of the Gnostic Church, which is the Church in which the Lord, the Christ, internally works in. The Lord is in the Gnostic Church; you can only find the Lord in the Internal Planes.
There is another prayer that we have placed here for you, in relation with the Rune Yr. Remember that the Rune Yr relates to the descent of Peter, into the Stone, into the woman, into the Earth—the Holy Spirit into Mary—in order to lift up the energy of the waters up and to fortify the brain.
The graphic of this Rune displays a man. As you can see he has his hands towards the left and right at the level of the sex; this is how you perform the Rune Yr. Then you say to the Holy Spirit, which is in the pineal gland, the atom of the Holy Spirit that controls the waters of sexuality:
Terrifying King of the Sea, Thou who hast the keys of the floodgates of heaven and who dost confine the subterranean waters within the caverns of the earth; King of the deluge and the showers of springtime; Thou who dost unseal the sources of rivers and fountains; Thou Who dost ordain moisture—which is like the blood of the earth—to become the sap of plants:
We adore Thee, We invoke Thee! Come unto us, we are thy miserable and unstable creatures; Speak unto us from Thine inconstant and great commotions of the sea, so that we shall tremble before Thee; speak unto us also from the murmur of limpid waters, so that we shall yearn for Thy love! Oh Immensity into which flow all the rivers of life, to be continually reborn within Thee!
Oh ocean of infinite perfections! Height which deepness reflects Thine Image, deepness which thou exhale from the height; lead us unto true life by intelligence [Binah] and love [Gedulah]! Lead us to immortality by sacrifice, so that one day we may be found worthy to offer Thee water, blood, and tears, for the remission of our sins! Amen.
"Unto true life by intelligence and love" means, "Unto the Tree of Life by Binah and Gedulah" because Binah and Gedulah relate to the Holy Spirit, the Lord of the Waters, who from the pineal gland can control your waters of sexuality. You can perform the Rune Yr in that position, before the sexual act, or if you can memorize the whole prayer, you can recite it during the sexual act. Remember that the Savior emerges from the waters, and the Lord of the Waters is the Holy Spirit, the white dove. From above the pineal gland, that dove says, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased," when he sees his chaste son rising from the waters of the Jordan. Because of his chastity, he is rising from the living waters, from the Rune Laf, thanks to the Rune Yr. That is the mystery of Binah, the Holy Spirit, and Chesed, the Ruach Elohim, the Spirit of God that was hovering above the face of the waters. Do you see the beauty of these Runes? How each one relates to each other? It is not possible to talk about the Rune Laf without talking about the Runes Yr and Man, because they relate, they are entangled. If the woman is to work, the man has to work too, Yr and Man and Laf (Life) in between them.
Questions and Answers
Audience: What is the name of that prayer?
Instructor: The prayer of the Rune Yr relates to the exorcism of the water. Remember that the waters of sexuality are related to your sexual glands. There you find the water with which we need to be baptized. The mystery of Baptism.
Audience: Is the crucifixion of all the saints related with the Rune Yr?
Instructor: No, only the Apostle Peter's crucifixion is related to the Rune Yr, because he is the one that is crucified on the upside down cross. Peter represents the opposite of the Rune Man, which is represented by the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, who was crucified on the right-side-up cross, in the way we know it.. This means that in order to reach that right-side-up level, you first have to descend, to perform the upside down cross with all the mysteries of Alchemy, the pineal gland, etc.
Now, the crucifixion of Andrew, the brother of Peter, is different, because Andrew was crucified on the X-shaped cross, which also relates to the sexual force and which we discussed in the lecture on the Rune Gibor. It is very important to understand and comprehend that the sexual potency of the Rune Laf, which is Life, which is the Stone, the Grail, comes from the kidneys. The kidneys are related to Andrew and the X-shaped cross, the force of the kidneys that give strength, sexual strength, to the man and to the woman. But the hormones of the pineal gland also relate to the strength of the sexual force. When a man has a very strong pineal gland, it is because his sexual force is very strong, and vice versa. This is why we find that Peter was the brother of Andrew in the gospels, because the two of them relate to the sexual potency.
Of course, the esotericism of the mystery of Andrew in relation with the Cross is related with other aspects of the doctrine, which is the annihilation of the ego, the sufferings the Initiate has to pass through in order crystallize the Soul within himself. In order to destroy all the enemies of the Lord, which are our defects, vices, and errors, he has to utilize the cross, the potency of the kidneys in the sexual act. That is the mystery of Andrew. Peter is different, even though Peter always assists us in the different developments that we need to acquire on the esoteric path. Remember that Peter is called the first Apostle. Why? Because first, we have to build the Church. What is it to build the Church? It is to perform the Rune Yr in order to work with the Rune Laf, Life, and to build the Astral, Mental, and Causal Solar Bodies. All of those are called Solar Bodies because they are created with the sexual force, the transmuted the sexual force. The one that is doing that work is Peter. That is why he said:
Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence. – 1 Peter 2: 6-8
Who are the builders? Well, if you speaking in esoteric terms, they are the Masons. We will say that there are many Masons and Masonic Lodges in this day and age, but they do not transmute; they do not practice any sexual magic. They reject the Stone, the Rock, because they do not know about it. Many religions do the same, such as the Catholic Church. The monks do not marry, and if they do marry, they do not transmute. So they are also rejecting the Stone, which is Laf, the Grail. The Holy Grail for a monk is a woman, and the Stone for a nun is a man. If we are not transmuting, then we are not working with Peter, who in the Pistis Sophia says, "My Lord, we will not endure this woman, for she takes the opportunity from us and have let none of us speak, but she discourses many times." This means that Peter cannot speak or build any church without the woman. We need the woman, the Grail, the Stone, in order to build the church with Peter, and Peter knows it. That is why he says, "Crucify me upside down, so that the future Initiates will understand that I am in the pineal gland, and I have to descend into the Ninth Sphere," which is the woman, which is the Holy Grail, which is the Aztec Calendar. Different symbols.
Audience: I guess you should mention that the Rune Yr was used negatively as a peace sign in the sixties.
Question: Well, we will say that Hitler also used the Swastika in the wrong way. There are many groups in this era that utilize different signs, Runic signs. Sometimes they do it because, as they say, "It's cool," but they do not know the meaning of them. I have always wondered why the hippie movement adopted the Rune Yr for their sign. I do not know. Maybe it is because they are sexually "liberated," because they are performing sex without any scruples, right? Obviously, they were performing the Rune Yr, as we perform it, but as fools—not like Peter. They are not transmuting; they are not lifting the head up. Still in this day and age, there is sexual freedom (hedonism) among them. Thus, they applaud any type of sexual degeneration. They even go onto TV shows and declare themselves to be this or that type of degenerated being. That is how this society is. They utilize the Rune Yr in the wrong way. But we the Gnostics perform the Rune Yr as Peter's cross. The Rune Yr of Peter hides the mystery of the Stone. We have to transmute the sexual energy, otherwise, we will fall like the fool, Falparsi. Remember that. When the phallus becomes the fool, then we go into Klipoth. That is precisely the direction we must go in order to rise—Peter says, "Go down, in order to go up." But, people go down, and continue going down, into the inner layers of the Earth, into Klipoth.
Audience: When Master Samael refers to the Superlative Consciousness of the Being, is this Superlative Consciousness related with a particular sphere of the middle triangle, or is it related with all of them?
Instructor: When the Master Samael talks about the Superlative Consciousness of the Being, the Being is the Innermost and the Superlative Consciousness is Geburah. That Geburah has to be developed through different steps, through the Second Mountain. When the Initiate enters into the Second Mountain, then he liberates the different levels of Geburah, the Spiritual Soul, the Superlative Consciousness of the Being. The Human Soul—or the Essence that becomes the Human Soul—which is lower than Geburah, is the one that is here, expressing itself through the physical world. But the Superlative Consciousness of the Being is Geburah, within which the principles of the Lord, the Christ, Chokmah, are developed. What is the goal? It is to acquire the trident, symbol of the objective reasoning of the Being. The trident is represented by the Rune Man. There are six degrees of objective reasoning, not subjective reasoning. Subjective reasoning is related to the ego, but the objective reasoning of the Being relates to the Superlative Consciousness of the Being. When you develop certain comprehensions and reasoning in relation with the Spirit and your Geburah, that reasoning is developed in relation to the Second Mountain. When the Initiate finishes the Second Mountain, when the Initiate resurrects, he receives one trident, two tridents, or three tridents—different tridents. There are six degrees. The last degree is called Anklad. It is the highest degree of reasoning, comprehension, that any Initiate can acquire. This type of reasoning goes with the five senses and the seven chakras.
The way in which the Initiate comprehends the doctrine relates with what we call the Auric Embryo. The Auric Embryo is the Superlative Consciousness of the Being, which acts in the physical body, Astral Body, Mental Body, and all of the bodies. That Auric Embryo gives you comprehension in relation with the degree of development that you acquire in resurrection. Some Initiates that have reached, for instance, the second degree of objective reasoning, decide to acquire another degree, and for that, they have to say, "Peter, I have to descend with you into the Ninth Sphere, help me! Because the degree of reasoning that I have right now is not enough for me, and I want more intelligence." So then they descend with Peter, but most of them, when they descend with Peter, fornicate and become the fool, a fallen Bodhisattva. In other words, in the universe different Initiates descend.
We have to understand the difference between a descent and a fall. To fall is to fornicate; to descend is to practice sexual magic and not reach the orgasm. Many Initiates, when they acquire the trident of Neptune (which represents the intuitive mind) or the trident of Raphael, the Lord of the Mind, see the difference in comprehension when they talk with other Resurrected Masters. For instance, when you talk with the Master Jesus of Nazareth, (he has Anklad, the sixth degree of objective reasoning), his doctrine is so high that you need to work very hard in order to understand it. His wisdom is written in the Pistis Sophia. Below him there are other Masters that have other degrees; namely, Podkoolad, Ternoonald, Degindad. You can find those names in the Pistis Sophia Unveiled; they are the names of the different degrees of objective reasoning. For instance, if a Master with the Ternoonald degree of objective reasoning wants to acquire the level of Anklad, then he has to practice the Rune Yr; that is, descend into Laf, Life. For them, the sexual act is prohibited, but if they want more reasoning, more intelligence, more wisdom, they have to descend. That is the problem, because after millions or thousands of years without performing the sexual act, some of them cannot control the sexual organs and they fall. So through the Rune Yr, they fall. That is why the Rune Yr is the number 16.
To perform that Rune is very delicate. You have to pray, and the prayer that we showed here, to the Holy Spirit, the Lord of the Sea inside of you, is necessary in order for you to receive the help. If you forget Poseidon, Neptune, the Lord of the Sea, the Lord of your sexual force, and you think that you can do things by yourself, like Odysseus, you are punished. That is why it is written that many Angels fell with the daughters of man in the Book of Genesis. They were trying to acquire more objective reasoning, another trident, knowing that Neptune is the one that can give you another trident. Neptune, the Holy Spirit will appear and say to you, "Do you want another trident? Do you want more intelligence? I can give you that. But for that, you have to descend with Peter. But, woe is you if you fornicate, because then you will become Falparsi, the fool." Remember that in order to acquire wisdom you need the Grail, and the only one that can penetrate the Grail, which is the feminine sexual organ, is the Phallus per se. Some of them perform the sexual act without spilling the mercury of the wise, and work very hard in order to acquire another level of objective reasoning. That is why, among the Masters, among the resurrected Initiates, you have many levels of wisdom. Master Samael Aun Weor said in his last incarnation, "I hope my Lord will now give me Anklad." That means he did not have Anklad. What degree did he have? I do not know; I never asked. But he longed to acquire Anklad, which is that higher level of objective reasoning. This is among the resurrected Masters.
Listen carefully. The objective reasoning that you acquire after resurrection is never lost. You never lose it. When I say "you," I am talking about your Monad. I have to emphasize this, because sometimes I say you, and people understand that "you" is the ego, the terrestrial man here. No, "you" is the Being. That is the one that receives the objective reasoning; it is Kether in Chesed, the Monad. So, once acquired, a degree of objective reasoning is never lost, meaning the Monad never loses it. But of course you as a Soul can lose it, if you fall, like a fool. Then the Monad will say, "Where is my vehicle?" "I do not know, it is already in Hell." So, you lost what God gave you, and now you want to acquire more? Well, fight and maybe you will acquire more. The thing is this, which is what the Master stated, "When a fallen Bodhisattva enters a group, he is immediately recognized, because the Auric Embryo of his Monad has that level of objective reasoning, and he never loses it." To recuperate that is another thing, but he has the ability to comprehend, to understand things. This is something that you need to comprehend and put into your head.
Audience: Why is it stated that when a Master descends, he is then submerged into Samsara again?
Instructor: Once the Soul is in Samsara (which is Malkuth) in order to acquire more reasoning, that Monad, that Master, has to wait until his Bodhisattva rises again. But that Master is always a Master. We are talking about a fallen Bodhisattva that descends, or that falls. The Master is always the Master; the mastery is never lost. Once you acquire it, you never lose it. When I say "once you," I remember again to emphasize this: "you" is the Monad, not you, the ego. In meditation, your Monad can tell you many things, and then you say, "Okay, I understand that," and you receive it because you have the capacity of understanding because your Monad reached that level in past ages. Now, if you rise again to the same level, that level of reasoning will be higher, that is obvious. That is IF you rise again. There are many Bodhisattvas in hell, who really do not want to rise again, because it is very difficult. The karma that you have to pay is always doubled, tripled; it is very hard.
Audience: You mentioned the Ascension. Can you explain it a bit more, and what it implies?
Instructor: The Ascension of the Lord inside is related with the Second Mountain as well as the Third Mountain. In order to acquire, for instance, the Ascension of the Master Samael, in the Third Mountain, you have to comprehend many Kabbalistic and Alchemistic things, in order to see how that is associated with the mission that he is performing in this day and age, with this humanity. He is doing it and this knowledge is stronger because he is ascending, he is already in the Third Mountain. He finished the Second Mountain in 1977. So he is a very high Master now, going back into the Absolute, and hopefully for him, has already acquired the level of Anklad; that would be good for all of us. That is the Ascension, because the Second Mountain is the Resurrection. Now, with Peter, you enter into the First Mountain, which is the Initiation. The First Mountain of Initiation is related with the building of the Church inside of you, the Temple, your own Temple, your own Merkabah. The Second Mountain relates to the annihilation of all that which we are, egotistically speaking, in order to acquire objective reasoning. The Third Mountain is related with the work, the mission that the Lord, the Christ has to do through you, with humanity.