The twentieth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is ר (Resh) who’s numeric significance is 200 and its kabalistic significance is 20. There are many ways of representing this letter/sign, some of which were used in the ancient world, here are some examples:
The following information is from 3 books: The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah, Esoteric Course of Kabalah, and Manual of Practical Magic, all by Samael Aun Weor. Some of the information is repeated, but is presented here so that there is a single place to find all relevant material.
ARCANUM № 20
Arcanum № 20: It is the Resurrection of the Dead. Really, the Resurrection of the Soul is only possible through Cosmic Initiation. Human beings are dead and can only revive themselves by means of Initiation.
HEBRAIC LETTER: “RESH”.
HOUR: “ELEVENTH HOUR OF APOLLONIUS”: “the angels, the cherubim and the seraphim fly with the murmur of their wings; there is rejoicing in heaven, awakening the earth and the sun which surges from Adam (this process belongs to the great initiations of major mysteries where only the terror of the law reigns)”.
TRANSCENDENTAL AXIOM: “THE APPLE TREE IN BLOOM, FRUIT ON THE VINE SOWN IN MATURITY”.
-From Ch.106 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD (RESH)
1. The potable gold is the same Fire of the Kundalini. (See the “Treatise of Sexual Alchemy”, by the same author).
2. The Universal Medicine is in the potable gold.
3. We should end all types of human weaknesses.
4. The serpents of the abyss attempt to steal the potable gold from the disciple.
5. The disciple who allows themselves to fall, then afterwards has to struggle a lot in order to recuperate what was lost.
6. The chief of the Wisdom of the Snake is the Angel METRATON.
7. METRATON was the Prophet ENOCH of which THE BIBLE speaks.
8. ENOCH left us the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet.
9. ENOCH left us the TAROT in which is contained all the Divine Wisdom.
10. When a Bodhisattva lets themselves fall, they are then separated from their Internal Master, so as to be punished.
11. It is in this manner that the Bodhisattvas receive their punishment.
-Paraphrase from Ch.20 of Manual of Practical Magic by Samael Aun Weor,
available in Magic, Alchemy, and the Great Work
The Twentieth Arcanum: ARCANUM 20
Let us now concentrate profoundly on the study of Arcanum 20 of the Tarot. The Hieroglyphic of this Arcanum is Judgment. A Genie plays the trumpet and the dead escape from the sepulcher.
We must know that in this Arcanum a Man, a Woman and a child are revived. This is the marvelous ternary. Studying this Arcanum, we are not going to continue with the old Hebraic monotony. It is necessary for us to judiciously concentrate on the problem of Resurrection if what we truly want is to be RESURRECTED MASTERS.
QUESTIONS: How do we reach Resurrection? How do we not reach Resurrection? How do we triumph? How do we fail?
ANSWERS: One achieves Resurrection working with the Arcanum A.Z.F., without spilling the Cup of Hermes. We do not reach resurrection by spilling the Cup of Hermes. There is triumph when covetousness does not exist within us. There is failure when covetousness exists within us.
CONCRETE EXPLANATION: there are two kinds of covetousness:
First, covetousness for money.
Second, covetousness for occult powers.
There exists covetousness for money when we long for it for Psychological purposes, and not in order to correctly cover our physical necessities. Many people want money to gain social prestige, fame, high positions, etc. There is no covetousness for money when we get it with the sole purpose of taking care of our physical necessities.
It is necessary to discover where Necessity ends and where Covetousness begins. There exists covetousness of occult powers when we want RESULTS. Those who only want Results are covetous. Those who go around here and there accumulating theories, seeking for powers, who are today in one School and tomorrow in another, are in fact, bottled up within the bottle of covetousness.
The mind that is bottled up within covetousness is unstable. IT GOES FROM LODGE TO LODGE, from SCHOOL TO SCHOOL, from SECT TO SECT, always suffering, always longing for powers, Light, Wisdom, Illumination, etc., without ever achieving anything since what is unstable can never comprehend that which is stable, permanent and divine.
Only God comprehends Himself: The Mind bottled up within the bottle of covetousness is incapable of comprehending the things that are out of the bottle. Covetous people want to bottle up God and that is why they go around from school to school, always searching, always uselessly longing, because God cannot be bottled up by anybody. Therefore, whosoever wants to work in the Great Work must first abandon Covetousness.
The Stonemason, who is covetous, abandons the Great Work when he finds other work even when the latter is indeed of darkness. Covetous people withdraw themselves from the Great Work. Many are those who start the Work, yet few are those who finish it. THE RESURRECTED MASTERS can be counted on the fingers of the hands.
We met a disciple of Cagliostro who’s name was Geronimo, who used to work in the GREAT WORK, with the Arcanum A.Z.F., and this Man acquired Degrees, Powers, Initiations, Tunics, Capes, Shrouds of distinction, a Sword, etc. The progress of Geronimo was worthy of admiration.
Everything went very well until the day he had the weak misfortune of revealing his secret to an occultist friend, this friend was horrified by the fact of NOT EJACULATING THE ENS SEMINIS and considered Geronimo a barbarian. Thus, he advised him to spill the Cup of Hermes; he instructed by saying that in the supreme moment of the spasm, he must mentally assume an Edifying and essentially dignified manner and thereafter, he said, “VERY SAINTLY” spill the Cup of Hermes, and this is how one must work in The Great Work (THIS IS THE LOGIC OF ABSURDITY).
Geronimo, the disciple of Count Cagliostro (who indeed was not as strong a Man as was Cagliostro, the Great Coptic), allowed himself to be convinced by the reason of absurdity and he spilled the Sacred Cup. Thus this is how he successively lost his shroud and sword, Scepter and Crown, Tunics and degrees. This was the Fatality.
ARCANUM 16 FULMINATED GERONIMO with the terrible ray of Cosmic Justice.
THE THREE TYPES OF RESURRECTION
As there exist three basic types of energy: MASCULINE, FEMININE, NEUTRAL, likewise, there exist three types of Resurrection.
The first is the INITIATIC SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION.
The second is the RESURRECTION WITH THE BODY OF LIBERATION.
The third is the RESURRECTION WITH THE PHYSICAL BODY.
No one can pass through the Second or through the Third type of Resurrection without having previously passed through the first: the SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION.
 SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION
Spiritual Resurrection is achieved only with Initiation. We must first Resurrect Spiritually in the fire and then in the Light.
 RESURRECTION WITH THE BODY OF LIBERATION
The Resurrection with the body of Liberation is achieved in the SUPERIOR WORLDS. This body is organized with the best Atoms of the physical body. This is a body of Flesh that does not come from Adam, it is a body filled with indescribable beauty. The Adepts can enter into the physical world and work in it with this body of Paradise which they make visible and tangible at will.
 RESURRECTION WITH THE PHYSICAL BODY
On the third day, the ADEPT comes to the Sepulcher, where his physical body lies, the MASTER then invokes his physical body and it obeys by taking advantage of Hyperspace and escapes from the sepulcher, this is how the Sepulcher remains empty and the shroud left lying there. The Body resurrects within the Superior Worlds.
The Holy Women treat the body of the Adept with Drugs and aromatic Ointments, obeying supreme orders the resurrected body enters within the Soul-Master through the top of the SIDEREAL HEAD. This is how the Master once again possesses his physical body.
It is necessary to emphasize that in this type of Resurrection, the physical body submerges itself within the supersensible worlds. When a Resurrected Master (whose body was within the Holy Sepulcher for three days) wants to enter into the physical World, he then exercises his willpower and is able to appear and disappear at will instantaneously.
Jesus the Christ is a Resurrected Master that for three days had his physical body in the Holy Sepulcher. After the Resurrection, Jesus appeared before the Disciples of Emmaus on the road and dined with them. After this, he presented himself before the eleven apostles and then before doubting Thomas, who only believed after putting his fingers in the wound of the HOLY BODY OF THE GREAT MASTER.
Hermes, Cagliostro, Quetzalcoatl and many other Great Masters have preserved their physical bodies for thousands, and even millions of years, without death harming them. They are RESURRECTED MASTER.
THE ELIXIR OF LONG LIFE
Only with the Arcanum A.Z.F. is one able to produce the Elixir of Long Life, Resurrection is impossible without the Elixir of Long Life.
-From Ch.20 of Esoteric Course of Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
Description of the Card of the 20th Arcanum: “RESURRECTION”
In the Waters of Life a column, symbol of construction , at the base of the column is the Cubic Stone. Of the two columns, the White and the Black, only the White has remained, which is a symbol of PURIFICATION.
In the middle section is a mummy from which escapes a Sparrowhawk with a human head, that flies toward the Worlds of the Spirit, representing the Soul.
It is indubitable, that upon AWAKENING CONSCIOUSNESS we become Sparrowhawks with human heads, being able to fly freely through starry space. Upon the head of the sparrowhawk and the mummy is a symbol representing the Pineal gland, indication of Illumination.
The Soul of any Egyptian Hierophant has Four Bodies:
1. THE MUMMY
2. THE KA (ASTRAL BODY)
3. THE BA (MENTAL BODY)
4. THE KU (CAUSAL BODY)
Woe to those who continue living after attaining the SECOND BIRTH! They become in fact, Hanasmussen (abortions of the Divine Mother Kundalini) with a Double Center of Gravity.
-From Ch.20 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
ESOTERIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 20
Arcanum 20 is the Resurrection. In order for there to be Resurrection, there needs to have previously been Death; without it there is no Resurrection. How beautiful it is to die from instant to instant…! IT IS ONLY WITH DEATH THAT THE NEW COMES! We need to die from moment to moment if we truly want to individualize ourselves.
The Pluralized “I” excludes all Individuality. In no way is it possible to have individuality where multiple entities (“I’s”) exist which argue amongst themselves and give rise to various psychological commitments within us. When Set (the Ego) dies in an integral form then only the Being remains in us; that which gives us authentic Individuality. When Set is disintegrated totally, then The Consciousness, the Soul, is freed, it radically awakens and then Interior Illumination arrives.
Really, the RESURRECTION OF THE SOUL is only possible through Cosmic Initiation. Human beings are “dead” and are only able to revive by means of Initiation. Let us remember the words of Jesus, the Great Kabir:
“Let the dead bury their dead” (Matthew 8:22).
“God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22:23-32).
Just as there exist Three basic Types of Energy: Masculine, Feminine and Neutral, thus also there exist Three Types of Resurrection:
1st. SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION.
2nd. RESURRECTION WITH THE BODY OF LIBERATION.
3rd. RESURRECTION WITH THE PHYSICAL BODY.
No-one may pass through the 2nd and 3rd types of Resurrection without having passed through Spiritual Resurrection.
1st. SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION: Is achieved with Initiation. We must resurrect spiritually first in the Fire and then with the Light. That is to say, first we raise the 7 Serpents of Fire and then the 7 Serpents of Light; attaining the Venustic Initiation and spiritual Resurrection.
2nd. RESURRECTION WITH THE BODY OF LIBERATION: This is realized in the Superior Worlds. This body is formed with the best atoms of the Physical body. It is a body of flesh which does not come from Adam; a body of indescribable beauty. With this Body of Paradise, Adepts may enter the Physical World and work in it making themselves visible and tangible at will.
3rd. RESURRECTION WITH THE PHYSICAL BODY: On the third day, the Initiate in Astral Body comes before his Holy Sepulcher accompanied by the Divine Hierarchies. The Initiate invokes his body and with the assistance of the Divine Hierarchies it rises, entering Hyperspace. This is how the escape from the sepulture is achieved. In the Suprasensible Worlds of Hyperspace, the holy women treat the body of the initiate with drugs and aromatic unguents. Obeying supreme orders, the Physical Body then penetrates the Astral Body through the top of the head. This is how a Master comes to retain possession of his Physical Body. This is the Gift of Cupid.
After the Resurrection the Master WILL NOT RETURN TO DIE, and is eternal. With this Immortal Body they can appear and disappear instantaneously, and make themselves visible in the physical world at will.
Jesus the Christ is a Resurrected Master whose Physical Body was in the Holy Sepulchre for Three Days. After the Resurrection Jesus appeared in the path of the disciples of Enimaus and dined with them. Later, before doubting Thomas who only believed when he placed his finger in the wounds in the Holy Body of the Great Master.
Hermes, Cagliostro, Paracelsus, Nicholas Flammel, Quetzalcoatl, Saint Germain, Babaji etc., conserve their Physical Bodies from thousands or millions of years ago without death being able to affect them. They are Resurrected Masters. Only is it possible to create the Elixir of Long Life with the Arcanum A.Z.F. The Resurrection is impossible without the Elixir of Long Life.
-From Ch.20 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
INITIATIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 20
THE HIEROGLYPHIC OF THIS ARCANUM IS THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. It is necessary that we concentrate well on Resurrection which has many phases, many aspects. Above all, for there to be Resurrection there must be Death, without it, there is no Resurrection, it is necessary to understand that from Death comes Life; “Death is the Crown of everyone.”
“THE PATH OF LIVE IS FORMED BY THE HOOFPRINTS OF THE HORSE OF DEATH”.
Everything in life is subject to death; in everything exists something of Mortality and something of Immortality. I want to say to you that Mortality and Immortality is very relative; even God himself who is Immortal is, however, in the long run, Mortal.
It is necessary to analyze what one understands God to be; God is the “THE ARMY OF THE VOICE”, He is “THE GREAT WORD”; certainly Saint John said: “in the beginning was the Verb, and the Verb was with God and the Verb was God.” God is the VOICE OF THE ELOHIM, the Choir of Masters who initiate the Mahamanvantara (the Cosmic Day); this is God.
When the night of Pralaya (the Cosmic Night) comes, He ceases to exist for the Universe. DYING TO THE UNIVERSE AND BEING BORN TO THE ABSOLUTE. For this reason it can be said that God also Dies. After the Cosmic Night, in the New Dawning of the Cosmic Day, He arises once again from within the Absolute.
Let’s concentrate upon the constitution of Man; in order to be a Man in the most complete sense of the word it is necessary to have or possess the Solar Bodies. We have already spoken a lot about the Egyptian Sahu, which is the same as the Wedding Garments of the parable of the Lord who sat at the table of the Lord without Wedding Garments, and whom the Master ordered be cast into the darkness. The same for us, without Wedding Garments or the Solar Bodies, neither can we enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
It is logical that he who does not possess the Solar Bodies, is clothed in the Lunar Bodies which are cold, spectral, diabolical, tenebrous. A Man clothed in the LUNAR BODIES is not a Man; he is an Intellectual Animal, which is a higher type of animal; the error of humanity is to believe that they are already Men, which they are not. Let’s recall the story of Diogenes who with his lantern, sought a Man, but could not find him.
Only persons such as Kout Houmi, Master Moria, Saint Germain etc, are Men; that which abounds here are the Intellectual Animals. The first thing which must be created in the FORGE OF THE CYCLOPS is the true Astral Body, thus making us immortal in the World of 24 laws. Afterwards we need to create the Solar Mental Body ruled by 12 laws, whosoever creates it is immortal in the World of 12 Laws. Following this we have to fabricate the Body of Conscious Willpower, and one becomes immortal in the World of 6 Laws.
He who creates his Solar Bodies needs to pass through various deaths. It is necessary that the Solar Adam be born in us, the Abel of the Bible. In order to become immortal it is necessary to possess the Solar Bodies.
If we wish to emancipate ourselves, or keep ourselves on THE PATH OF THE RAZOR’S EDGE, THE WAY OF THE REVOLUTION OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS, we must descend to the Ninth Sphere of Nature, this has nothing to do with what has gone on before.
To descend to the Ninth Sphere is to enter into revolution, we revolt against the Cosmos, against Nature, against everything and it is in this manner that we create the Solar Bodies and incarnate the Real Being; we become a Twice Born.
“In truth, in truth I say unto you, that if you are not born again
you will not be able to enter the Kingdom of the Heavens.”
The Celestial Adam who is dressed with the Solar Bodies, must pass through various deaths, he must kill the “I”. We bring that multitude of “I’s” from the past, within the human being there does not exist authentic individuality, and these “I’s” personify: Laziness, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, etc.; that Ego which is dressed with the Lunar Bodies is the Lunar Adam, the Adam of Sin , we need the Solar Adam to be born within us. The Twice Born find themselves before two Paths: that of the Right, and that of the Left.
He who decides to dissolve the Ego takes the path of the right so as to become an Ineffable Being; those who decide against dissolving the Ego take the path of the Left and become diabolic beings (a Hanasmussen is a miscarriage of the Cosmic Mother); but this is not everything, however, the seeds of the “I’s” must be destroyed, one must bathe in the waters of Lethe so as to forget all of the evilness of the Ego, and afterwards in the waters of Eunoe, to strengthen the Virtues and be confirmed in the Light.
[NOTE: for more about the Rivers of Lethe and Euone,
see Ch. 38 of Esoteric Course of Runic Magic
(Christmas Message 1968-69) by Samael Aun Weor
Up to this point all of the work corresponds to the planet Earth, Innocence has been attained here; there remain, however the outer shells of the Lunar Bodies, and these must be destroyed in the Lunar Infernos.
The Demon APOPI or the “Body of Desire”, which retains the Sexual Desire and everything of that nature, must be destroyed. This APOPI is a terribly perverse Demon and one destroys him in the Lunar Infernos before ascending to the Lunar Heaven.
Later on, the work continues in the planet Mercury where the “Animal Mind” or Demon HAI must be destroyed, this is the Diabolic Animal Mind, this vehicle is none other than a Demon and one must go to the Atomic Infernos of Mercury in order to destroy it. The Death of the Demon APOPI, the terrible monster of cravings calls for tremendous super-efforts, super-works, only in this manner does one bring about the destruction of the Demon APOPI and the Demon HAI.
ADAM THE SINNER must die, it is necessary that all we have that is earthly, animal, should die; IN ORDER TO RESURRECT IN THE HEART OF OSIRIS. He who has created the Solar Bodies no longer needs to carry that burden of desires and cravings, they must be put to death through tremendous purifications.
Osiris signifies something beyond the profundities, far beyond Desires and beyond the Mind. When we return to the Father Osiris, to the Mother Isis, and to the Intimus Horus, the triangle is complete, perfect, Self-Realized.
This is the Resurrection of the Dead, since we have here Death and Resurrection. I was Reincarnated in the sacred land of the Pharaohs during the dynasty of the Pharaoh Kephren. I knew the ancient mysteries of Secret Egypt in depth, and in truth I say to you that I have never been able to forget them. There are two types of mummies; one of these types relates to the dead whose cadavers were submitted to the processes of mummification, and the other to the dead in a state of “CATALEPSY”.
There is a very special secret related to mummification; the brain, viscera and heart have to be removed and these were preserved in sacred vessels, and in the space left by the heart a Sacred Cow of gold and the Attributes of Hathor were placed. The bodies were preserved due to the fact that the Egyptians maintained the Etheric Body. An ingenious form of dressing was used by them upon the Chakras, on the palms of the hands, and in the arches of the feet. Honey from the bees helped to preserve the mummy; and upon it were placed the Elemental Genii to care for the mummy and these were placed under the protection of the Genie of the Earth, KEB. Although my words may seem too enigmatic and strange, in truth I say to you that my Physical Body did not die, but did however go to the sepulcher.
There is another type of mummy; that of catalepsy. My case was certainly not an exception; many other Hierophants have passed to the sepulcher in a cataleptic state. It should in no way be a surprise to us that this very special type of mummy continues to live without any type of nutrition whatsoever, but with all of the natural faculties in suspension. Remember that the toads during winter buried in the mud lie in rest like corpses, without any food at all, but in spring they return to life. Have you heard of hibernation?
Egyptian Catalepsy goes much further; and is also wisely combined with Magic and Occult Chemistry. My Soul obviously escaped from the body, it is unquestionable that this very special type of mummification was not an obstacle to continuing my cycle of reincarnations. After my death, my Soul would be able to reincorporate permanently in that mummy if TUM (the Father) wished it to be so. This body would then leave its cataleptic state once and for all; and my Soul vested with that flesh would be able to live as any other person, traveling from country to country. It would eat, drink, and live once again beneath the light of the Sun, etc., etc. The aforementioned mummy would be taken from the sepulcher for good via the Fourth Dimension.
The Aztec and of Egyptian Wisdom was that of Atlantis and it in turn was Lemurian. The Lemurians and Atlanteans were giants, they constructed the great pyramids of Egypt and of San Juan of Teotihuacan.
-From Ch.42 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
SYNTHESIS of Arcanum 20:
The Potable Gold is the Fire itself of the Kundalini. The Universal Medicine is within the Potable Gold.
WE MUST PUT AN END TO ALL TYPES OF HUMAN WEAKNESSES.
The Serpents of the Abyss try to rob the disciple of the Potable Gold.
The disciple who allows themselves to fall, must later struggle greatly to regain that which was lost.
-From Ch.42 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
EXCERPT: The Rivers of Lethe and Eunoe
The Purgatorial Region is very painful and I wanted to leave from there, I was longing for my emancipation. CATON, the Angel of Purgatory, fights in those molecular regions for the souls freedom. This Angel greatly suffered when he lived in this world. Any Initiate knows that when in Utica, Africa, this Being was a man who preferred death, instead of living under the chains of slavery.
I also wanted liberty, therefore I asked for it, and it was granted unto me. Each time that a soul abandons the Purgatorial Region, an intense joy originates within the heart of CATON. So, the longed for moment arrived… Since I had known the temporal and eternal fire and had departed from abrupt ways and from narrowness, I had to encounter the Sun inside of my own soul.
Thus, I felt that from the unknown, something mysterious was forcing, straining the intimate atomic doors of my interior universe.
My fears were useless, vain was the resistance, ‘It’ was compelling me, constraining me, pressing me, and finally, (oh God of mine!) I felt myself transformed. The Cosmic Christ had entered within me. But, my individuality? Where had it gone? What had happened to my vain human personality? Where was it?
Only remembrances of the Holy Land were coming into my memory: The humble birth in the stable of the world, the baptism in the River Jordan, the fast in the wilderness, the Transfiguration, Jerusalem – the beloved city of the Prophets, the human multitudes of those times, the Doctors of the Law, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, etc.
I was floating in the surrounding environment of the temple. I courageously advanced towards a table before which the Modern Caiaphases, the most high Dignitaries of the failing Church, were seated. They were revested with their sacerdotal habits and the cross was hanging from their necks. They were projecting, planning, tracing insidious and perfidious plans against me in secrecy. “You thought that I would not return, but I am here again.” This was the only thing that occurred to me to utter.
Moments later, the LORD had gone out of me, and I again felt myself an individual. Then, together with Litelantes, I rested for brief moments at the foot of my cross.
I cannot deny that lamentably the thorns of the heavy crosspiece were hurting me, and I had a brief discussion with Litelantes about it. Afterwards, she and I advanced towards the platform of the temple. A Master took the floor in order to say that CHRIST has no individuality and that HE incarnates and manifests HIMSELF inside any MAN who is properly prepared.
It is clear that the word MAN is extremely demanding. Diogenes did not find a single MAN in Athens. The Intellectual Animal is not a MAN (human being). In order to become one, one needs to be dressed with the Wedding Garment of the soul, the famous TO SOMA HELIAKON, the body, or better if we say, the bodies of the SOLAR MAN. Fortunately, I built those bodies of gold in the Forge of the Cyclops, in the Flaming Forge of Vulcan.
Hercules had repeated all of his tasks, all of his labors, inside of me. He had to strangle all of the poisoned serpents which wanted to take his life when he was still. a child. He had to decapitate the Hydra of Lerna, to clean the stable of Augeias, to kill the lion of Nemea, to take out Cerberus the infernal dog from within the frightful Tartarous, etc.
Hercules, the Christ practices what he teaches, and each time when he incarnates inside of a MAN, he repeats the whole of his Cosmic Drama. This is why the Lord is the Master of Masters.
It is written that the Son of Man has to descend into the atomic infernos of Nature. It is written that the Son of Man has to ascend to heaven, after passing through the purgatorial region.
The Son of Man has to carefully submerge himself within the waters of Lethe in order to reconquer innocence.
With great urgency we need to forget the sinful and absurd past, which is the origin of much bitterness.
The Lethe and Eunoe are certainly, and without the least bit of doubt, a single river of clear and profound waters.
On one side, its waters delectably descend singing upon its rocky bed, carrying the marvelous virtue which erases the memory of sin, the remembrances of ‘Myself’. Its name is Lethe.
The other so holy and sublime shore, has the delectable enchantment of fortifying virtues, and its name is Eunoe.
It is obvious that the tenebrous remembrances of too many yesterdays must be erased, because, to our own disgrace, they have the tendency of actualizing, projecting themselves into the future through the alley of the present.
In the name of Truth, I have to say that the profound work within the waters of Lethe is frightfully difficult and more bitter than bile.
The matter of passing beyond the body, affections and the mind is not easy. Too many beloved shadows live within time…. The memories of desire persist, they refuse to die, they do not want to disappear.
But, what about sex? The Maithuna? Sex Yoga? Then what, oh God of mine?! The Twice Born already know very well that they cannot return into the Flaming Forge of Vulcan.
It is obvious that the Maithuna is vital, cardinal and definitive in order to build the Wedding Garment of the soul, the To Soma Heliakon. However, any Initiate knows that this is only the inferior work of the Initiation.
Sex is forbidden for the Son of Man, this is known by the Gods, and as thus it is written.
First, we must work with the Third Logos in the Ninth Sphere, until reaching the Second Birth (which the great Kabir Jesus spoke of to the Rabbi Nicodemus). Afterwards, we need to work with the Second Logos, and then sex is prohibited.
The error of many pseudo-esoterists and pseudo-occultists, monks and anchorites consists of renouncing sex without having previously built the Solar Bodies in the Forge of the Cyclops.
These sincere mistaken ones want to work with the Second Logos, without previously having worked with the Third Logos. Behold, here is their mistake.
The definitive and radical sexual abstention is only commendatory for the Twice Born, for the Son of Man.
Whosoever is admitted into the temple of the Twice Born must dissolve the ego, must incinerate the seeds of the ‘I’ and must bathe in the waters of Lethe. This is known by the Gods, the Sparks, the Flames, the resplendent Dragons of Wisdom.
Truly, no one could pass beyond the sex, the affections and the mind, without previously having bathed within the waters of Lethe.
After the Second Birth, we need to tear the sexual Adamic Veil (or Veil of Isis) into pieces in order to penetrate into the Great Mysteries.
Children of the Earth, Listen to your instructors, who are the Children of the Fire. Adepts of the Light! You must invoke your Divine Mother Kundalini and then submerge yourselves into the profound waters of Lethe.
-Paraphrase from Ch.38 of Esoteric Course of Runic Magic
(Christmas Message 1968-69) by Samael Aun Weor
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