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Every age has its revelations; every cycle its inspirations; every decade its innovations; every dispensation its message or call. The Call to the World today is Mazdaznan — the Master Thought. Ma means good or God; zda stands for thought, while znan, abbreviated from yaznan, means accomplished, masterly; in short, master of the good thought or the good thought that masters all things for good.
Mazdaznan declares that the key unto wisdom lies in the power of breath obtained through diligent and religious practices of rhythmic prayers and songs on the breath, i.e., on the exhalation, and the application of a scientific faith which comes to us through the exercise of our gifts, talents, endowments and attributes in the daily walks of life and our ability to cope with the demands of time which alone lead to the solution of the most perplexing problems of life.
Mazdaznan reveals a systematic method of breathing that stirs the negative forces within the body, changing the currents into positive action, producing a quickening power that imparts consciousness to one's individuality, giving joy, freedom and emancipation.
To derive the greatest possible benefit from rhythmic breathing, one has not only to pay attention to the position of the chest, which should be raised high and remain there, but one requires to see that the diaphragmatic fold begins to press against the pleura with every inhalation as well as exhalation. To succeed in this one needs to pay more attention to the moment of retentment immediately after an inhalation and the pause immediately after the exhalation known as arrestment. Retentments and arrestments are most important momentums in the respiratory performance.
When conscious of retentment right after exhalation, the air inhaled is first concentrated and with the exhalation and subsequent arrestment, the elements of the air and the chemical compounds become converted, making it possible for the blood to become purified, and with it the venous blood is turned into arterial blood.
The moments of retentment and arrestment strengthen and reinforce the lung cells as well as the heart muscles.
Force should not be resorted to. It should be done always in a relaxed manner. But relaxation does not mean to fall into a heap. Simply straighten up, if sitting, standing or walking. If lying down, then be sure one straightens out in such a way that the chest-wall is free, while the limbs are well stretched.
With every indrawn breath, one must be conscious of oneself, of Ga-Llama the centralizing life principle, which builds up the cells and tissues. It is within one basically; it is around one externally. Thoughtlessly one breathes it out into the universe; thoughtfully one draws it into one's being. This " water of life " is the breath, the spirit, the essence of life, without which there is no consciousness of existence here in matter.
One must learn to breathe consciously in order to attract this vital essence. Without this innermost desire to attract it one never receives it, although it is ever near, and one has the basic principle thereof within one's being. One is unconscious of it because one does not recognize its presence. One knows and feels its presence only when one concentrates upon it and feels the desire of attaining it.
Deep rhythmic breathing, like different exercises, may be manipulated to produce desired results. To promote physical growth one should use long exhalations ; to increase certain talents, retain the breath for a longer time after deep inhalations. In reversing this operation and holding the breath after long expirations, a state of inspiration will be evolved leading to revelation of things unknown, to be of value in the daily walks of life.
As a musician must practice daily his technique before attempting to master a composition, in like manner must the individual manipulate the keyboard of his own physical body by scientific application and mental control of the breath as it enters the three lobes of the lungs — the upper or chest lobes, the diaphragmatic lobes and the back lobes of the lungs.
The knowledge of the operations of nature in the human frame cannot be acquired in a day, but must be studied with concentration and with a unity of purpose over many years.
Take a seat upon a chair, with feet resting firmly upon the floor. Sit as far back in the chair as the body will allow without the shoulders touching the back of it. Throw out the chest, raising it slightly, at the same time drawing in the abdominal region. Shoulders are thrown back gently and drooping just a little; hands resting upon the lower limbs, elbows touching hipbone, thumbs thrown out in form of a V, fingers drawn out without directly touching each other. Feet are separated, toes about five to seven inches apart, heels only one or two inches, thus forming the letter V. Lips are closed, teeth separated, tongue resting upon lower part of mouth, tip of tongue touching lower teeth and gently curved under and perfectly flattened and relaxed. Chin is drawn in sufficiently to show an independent air. The whole position is perfectly erect with all the muscles relaxed but spinal column firm. The position must be so taken that the back of the body is always turned toward the light.
Select some object of a dull nature which will have no tendency to suggest or induce drifting thought currents. A farthing or an envelope with a small black spot inked in in circular form may be chosen if desired. Place the object four to seven feet distant in a position level with the eyes. Look at it steadily but do not allow eyelids to droop. In this position it will be observed that ideas of a drifting nature no longer have a hold upon the mind and one is in the right position to concentrate; for the whole secret of success in the unfoldment of knowledge lies in the ability to concentrate.
Empty the lungs, first by exhaling all the air one possibly can with perfect ease and without effort or strain. Now inhale through the nostrils only, slowly, gently, fully, and with perfect rhythm, for seven seconds. Begin by filling the upper lobes of the lungs as much as the position taken will allow naturally and without effort, then the remainder of the respiratory organs, even to the uttermost. In the exhalation, observe the same rule, controlling the action of the lungs so as to prevent spasms, unevenness or rapidity — all must be done in perfect waves and circles.
While inhaling this Breath of Life, with eyes steadily centered upon the object before one, concentrate the mind functions upon the breath itself, following the current of breath mentally as it enters the nostrils, along the air tubes into the lungs and as it expands the chest and diaphragmatic region. Then as one exhales, follow the reverse current.
During this process of breathing think of Ga-Llama, the centralizing Life-principle, convinced that it is for the purpose of building up cellular tissues throughout the entire system, thereby ensuring a formulation for the regenerative or child life. Breathe with the knowledge that Breath is the Life-Principle and that the object of breathing is to reach perfect consciousness. The exercise alone without concentration will only partly do the work and the result be accordingly. The concentration without the exercise will only assure mental gratification for the time being, but will not produce results of a lasting nature.
To make this exercise clearer, so that no one may err, attention is called to the fact that the Individual breath requires the inhalation of seven seconds and the exhalation of an equal period. The Mother breath (given by mother at the time of conception) in its highest phase, is of three seconds, and if of a lesser period, there is a poor look-out for existence on this plane. One is to be able to inhale for seven seconds and to exhale for seven seconds.
Take the exercise for three minutes at a time, three times a day — three minutes in the morning, three minutes at noon and three minutes before sunset, making nine minutes assigned thereto for the whole day. It is best taken before meals. Do not, however, take it for at least a half-hour after meals.
In all breathing exercises one should prepare therefor by completely emptying the lungs. This is accomplished better by taking a Prelude breath. Begin by breathing short breaths. One breath in; one breath out. In, out; in, out; in, out; six or more times; and then when the lungs have been emptied with a long out, one is ready to proceed.
Breathe in the quickening ozone of the ascending season (Spring) and learn to retain Ga-Llama, that centralizing life principle which is the essence of your being, the principle in which you live, move and have your existence, and which alone will help to redeem your body from the fetters of ancestral chains. Ga-Llama, the inspiration of sages, adepts, philosophers, saviours, Ga-Llama, which opens the portals of the mind and sends forth the light of understanding and wisdom, imparting life eternal.
Breathe at early morn while moss and leaf are laden with the rainbow-coloured dewdrops from heaven and all nature reflects her freshness upon the diamond-cut mirror of ether as a reminder unto life everlasting.
Breathe a few well-drawn breaths at every hour of the day that the scintillating light of nature may all the more crystallize unto your bosom, calling forth the latent forces hidden therein unto an inspiration soothing to the heart's fond longings.
Breathe at noontime that the luminary in the midst of his glory may quicken your soul unto the full realization of the Light of Understanding and reveal to you all the objects of sense without the slightest suggestion of a shadow.
Breathe at the hour of the ringing of vesper chimes that in the advance of the hours of the day you may more fully realize the advancement of your labours, the fruit whereof is to rejoice you.
Breathe in the cool of the evening that at the hour of quiet breezes calm may come to your mind, and in meditating upon the moving panorama of the past, catch the reflex light of the golden future before you unto inspiration of brighter attainments.
Even at night, under the waxing and the waning of the moon, in the presence of a starlit heaven, or at the lengthening of the shadows upon the distant firmament, breathe the reflex sparks of the life of nature that even the dark hours of life may reveal to you treasures unto a life worth living.
The Spring is the season to learn to breathe in accordance with natural laws. Just listen to the singing of the birds; listen how they sing on the breath. Listen how the cattle upon a thousand hills speak on the breath. And again, how the breezes as they encircle you breeze on the breath. Learn from the ripples of the brooks, the flow of rivers, the clash of waves, that all nature breathes in rhythm and on the breath.
Thus even you should follow the bidding of nature if it be your wish to be in harmony therewith.
You should: —
Think on the breath.
Speak on the breath.
Sing on the breath.
Hum on the breath.
Drink on the breath.
Eat on the breath.
Work on the breath.
Whatever it be, consider that inspiration can come to you only on the breath, even as revelation will be his whosoever listens to the still small voice revealing the treasures of life on the breath.
God breathes through all nature — and what is more elevating and inspiring than to walk through the deep woods and to bathe in the beneficent spirit that emanates from the heart of nature! Here one may enter the silence. Here one may be conscious of the Oneness of God, man and nature. Here silence reigns supreme and the soul enters the hush of its own native element and basks in the beauty of all that is akin to its divine station. Silence permeating the circumference of being uniting mind, heart, soul and spirit, creates a peace, quietude and tranquillity that reveals the inner hidden operations of the individualized soul, drawing all the vibrations, pulsations to the central point — the heart, wherein is revealed the peace that surpasseth all understanding. The Ego hovers over all, revealing consciousness, wisdom and understanding, power and effulgence of light divine, clothing this mortal garment with the consciousness of Immortality unto Eternity. Thus we as individualized entities, have identically the same attributes and possibilities as the infinite Intelligence whence we have emanated.
The body is comprised of sixteen elements: oxygen, -*- carbon, hydrogen, calcium, nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorine, sulphur, fluorine, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, silicon, manganese, and iodine.
These elements are a vital necessity, in order that the body may be able to perform its physiological functions of digestion and assimilation, secretion of the glands, elimination of the poisons from the blood stream and the waste matter from the system.
Therefore, in order to keep the body in a state of health and immune from disease, the blood must contain these elements in balanced proportions, inasmuch as through the blood they are conveyed to all parts of the body to perform their particular function.
In the food partaken of are found twelve bio-chemic salts, seven volatiles, and three acids. Through the process of mixing, separating, etc., potencies are brought about which become stored up in the glands. The glands require to be persuaded to part with these potencies in order to increase the functional operation on the part of the bodily organs. These elements are emptied into the blood stream ; if held back, one becomes physically depleted and the mentality does not develop.
If one lacks distribution of etherealized substance one is not capable of an original idea. One merely has memory, yet oneself uses no intelligence.
The saline substances contained in food are the only medium that holds life to the body, and what is needed is food so compounded that it will readily give up its saline properties in order that it may renew, re-quicken, and extend the operations of cellular life.
Instead of eating to appease and please appetites, attention should be directed to the selection of food and drink conducive to the formation of vitamins and leucocytes, the one sustaining cell life, the other feeding the tissues. Both substances are supplied through salines formed from food and directed by the power of the spirit gained in breath and breathing. Leucocytes are carriers of salines, recharging weakened or starved tissues, assisting the circulatory system in general.
Vitamins are the procreative forces in a process of assimilation, etherealizing the hormones toward charging the blood and vitalizing the nerves. Therefrom are created the saline substances which are carried and distributed, becoming converted and reconverted or transmuted at last into ethereal substance. It is this substance created by salines which the ether makes use of, passing it through the cellular side, quickening the circulation and nerves, and lastly through etherealization it enters the glandular system, thus reviving and renewing the glands. By this rejuvenation of the brain cells rebirth takes place, even renewing the dormant brain cells. It is there that one reaches the stage where all things come to one freely and without effort.
The importance of rhythmic breathing in the attainment and maintenance of health cannot be over-estimated. The more rhythmic the breathing, the less food will be required and what is consumed will be more perfectly digested and assimilated. Imperfect assimilation indicates that rhythmic breathing is not being practiced in a systematic manner.
In selecting food, it should be of a kind that can be easily digested and assimilated, so as to cast no burden upon the various organs of the body—relieving the circulatory, nervous and glandular systems of all tension. In the words of Plutarch: " The body should sit light and easy around the soul."
The proper selection of food is only possible to the one who is free from appetite and guided by hunger; he alone is able to determine the kind of food conducive to health.
Food furnishes only the soil substances necessary for the formation of cell tissue, of which little is required, whilst strength and vitality depend upon the organic action set into operation by the compounds absorbed from the elementary domain through the power of breath. It is breath which supplies the system with the elements required for the perpetuation of the organism and the action of thought through the generation of electric fluids upholds the system.
Partaking of little food, and while doing so contemplating upon every move through the process of mastication, will call out the life substance or the spirit essences of the food, transmuting them into remedial agents, healing to the body and soothing to the mind.
The more studious one becomes, the more varied the mental attitude ; the more the functions of the body are under control, the less food one craves. Appetite is a disease of the mind, while hunger is an organic necessity.
Thorough mastication is essential, as it not only stimulates the salivary glands and induces them to yield their precious substance, but enables the aroma of food, which is the spirit thereof, to enter the system through the soft palate. When food is only half-masticated, very little saliva flows and many physical ailments follow as the result of imperfect assimilation.
All solids should be masticated thoroughly until tasteless. All liquids should be drawn between the teeth and turned in the mouth several times before swallowing. Then, keeping the mind upon the task in hand, entertaining ideas of the highest possible nature appertaining to food value, mastication and assimilation, less food serves to satisfy the appetite.
It is not the amount of food consumed which ensures the substances necessary to perpetuate the building of tissue, but the assimilation thereof and its proper direction by intelligence arising from controlled breath.
Food should be prepared in congenial surroundings with love, consideration and alertness, but without haste, so that those who partake thereof may derive the maximum amount of benefit therefrom. Haphazard and hasty preparation deranges the digestion of the more highly organized.
Artistic dishes, beautiful surroundings and a contented mind go a long way towards making one happy, and happiness aids digestion and assimilation. Happy thoughts draw the spirit out of the food partaken of and one benefits accordingly.
The origin of prayers before meals was that they should serve as rhythmic exercises to prepare the digestive organs to receive the food, while heart and mind were filled with thanksgiving for the gift of all heavenly blessings. Prayers are equally appropriate in these days in recognition, appreciation and thankfulness for all the wonderful and exquisite provision made through nature by Infinite Intelligence.
All vegetables not used in their raw state should be cooked, either conservatively in a casserole on the stove or baked in the oven, as too many boiled or steamed dishes are inclined to soften the membraneous lining throughout the alimentary canal. Those subject to catarrh should avoid boiled and steamed dishes altogether. The medicinal value of vegetables cooked in water is destroyed and besides rendering them indigestible, minerals are deposited in the system. Vegetables immersed in oil and afterwards baked develop salts which create the salines—the preservers of cellular life.
It is well to remember that whatever can be eaten raw, sliced or grated, and in a fresh state, should be the rule, as the greater will be the benefit to be derived therefrom, otherwise baking should be resorted to.
Only occasionally should boiled, steamed or fried dishes be indulged in. Anything that calls for parboiling should be thereafter baked with or without oil or clarified butter.
All tuber vegetables like beetroot, carrot, celeriac, parsnip, potato, salsify, turnip, etc., should be baked in order to dextrinize their starch content, a few anise, carraway or dill seeds being added thereto. Cut the tubers into slices and add a little oil and just enough water to allow the moisture of the vegetables to create steam; they will then cook in their own juices. Cauliflower should be similarly treated.
To attain health and keep it, to prevent disease and eradicate it, nature provides a few simple rules, which are not only to be known, but must be observed, if life is to prove a state of joy, happiness and success.
The more man advances the more his constitution calls for scientifically prepared dishes. It is not a question of how delicious the food tastes, but how correct and scientific are the combinations. In the measure that food is properly combined the body becomes free from mucous substances and vitamins in the cells are capable of seeking and finding their own.
Fruits and vegetables supply the mineral or organic elements which play an important part in nutrition, supplying the cells with vitality and the power of resisting disease.
Ripe fresh fruit contains grape sugar in its most assimilable form, and therefore easy of digestion, whereas the grape sugar present in vegetables is in the form of starch, and, although it is transformed to some extent when baked, it takes an appreciably longer time in the digestive process. Consequently, if fruits are combined with vegetables, the digestion of the fruit is retarded and fermentation ensues.
The stomach is divided into two compartments— one deals with the acids which are present mostly in fruits, and the other with the salts and minerals present mainly in vegetables. The walls of the two compartments come forward and attract the constituents of the food imbibed to the appropriate chamber. Where there is an intake of too many mixtures, fermentation arises and results in skin and blood affections.
It is a sound general rule to avoid the use of fruits and vegetables together at the same meal, as such a combination interferes with the digestive processes. Nevertheless, certain fruits may be partaken of with a vegetable meal by the normally healthy without digestive disharmony, provided that no mushrooms or pulses figure on the menu, e.g., avocado, apple, banana, citrus fruits, melon, pear, pineapple and the small fruit berries. Onion combines harmoniously with any of the acidulous fruits.
The banana, melon and pineapple come within the category of " transitories," i.e., they fall between the two classifications: vegetables and fruits.
A vegetable may fee denned as the product of a plant that matures during the same season in which the seed is sown.
The juices of sweet orange, grape fruit, grape, pineapple and the small berries ; also the juice of baked lemon may precede a meal; the juices of citrus fruits may also figure as an ingredient of a salad dressing in place of vinegar.
Where fruit forms one of the courses of a vegetable meal, it is well to remember that fresh ripe fruits or their juices should precede and baked fruits should follow the other courses.
It is not desirable to mix different starches at the same meal, i.e., potato, rice, barley, breadstuffs, macaroni, etc. The same rule applies to the fertilizers, i.e., mushroom and the pulses ; also to egg and cheese. The combination of a starch with a pulse is in order; also more than one pulse may be combined together. When the combinations are inharmonious the vitamins do not develop in the process of assimilation.
As far as possible one should endeavour to live on the foods which ripen in the sun, and so become more conscious, more positive, and more independent. It is interesting to note the limitation and superstition amongst peoples living almost exclusively on foods like the potato, which is compelled by its nature to mature below the ground, thus absorbing the light vibration through and by a process of concentrated action only, representing in character the phases of darkness. The tendency of darkness is that of superstition and limitation, e.g., the Irish, who are living on racial reserves.
One should rely more upon the green leafy vegetables and green salads than on the heavier kinds of food like the pulses, eggs and other dairy products, nuts, etc., which should be eaten sparingly, especially by those leading a sedentary life. These heavier foods, which are tissue builders, should always be accompanied by green leafy vegetables or green salads.
Avoid sugar on cereals, especially when milk or cream is used therewith, as their mixture causes rapid fermentation and produces dyspepsia. Saccharine fruits, like the date, fig, raisin, etc., and also honey are permissible in small quantities.
Remember that damp wet weather calls for hot solid dishes rather than fluids. Too many fluid dishes are constipating and frequently interfere with regular habits. The porous system closes up on damp days and the intake of too much liquid places too great a strain upon the system, which cannot work it off and in consequence the organs of elimination are overtaxed. During damp, cold weather liquids should be taken cold and solid dishes hot in order to aid elimination.
Nature provides four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and each season brings forth its own kind according to climatic conditions, tendencies and operations.
The products of the climate in which one lives are seasonable for the sustenance of the life principle, and one should follow each season, living upon its products.
The unfoldment of the secrets of nature reveals that there is to be just so much percentage of soil compound, just so much salt, minerals, alkalies, magnesia, silicon, potash; just so much moisture, water, nitrate, copper, iron, and just so much must be drawn by the plant from the air as an ethereal compound in order that it may thrive; likewise so much sunshine, and just so much as it absorbs will it thrive, grow and develop. Analyse the plant and one finds that sixty-five per cent, of its compounds are drawn from the soil, while thirty-five per cent, are drawn from the air, sunshine, moisture, fog, dew and rain.
The application of this principle to one's own being implies that one will grow and thrive well if one keeps within the boundary lines of nature's laws.
The basic foods that nature produces where one lives must be of sixty-five per cent., while thirty-five per cent, should come from the tropics.
In addition to the observance of the general rules relating to food combination already outlined, it is essential to have regard to individual temperament and basic principles in order to select the food best suited thereto and enable the glands, nerves and blood stream to be adequately charged.
The basic principles previously alluded to are governed by the degree of activity and development in any part of the brain, and the contour of the head is determined thereby—it being round (physical base), long (spiritual base) or square (intellectual base).
During evolutionary processes, the physical, spiritual and intellectual propensities of man have been formulated, until today they are beginning to reach a measure of co-ordinated polarity. Each is due to a certain vibratory activity or rhythm in nature ; really a harmony of sound (breath) and colour. Thus one finds the physically based individual breathing, in youth particularly, the abdominal breath and seeing everything tinged with red. The spiritually based individual naturally breathes a higher or diaphragmatic breath and sees everything in a bluish colour. The intellectually based individual breathes the upper chest lobes breath or brain breath, and is inclined to see things in golden or yellow colours.
By these colour vibrations each base readily recognizes its corresponding food through nature's colour variations—red, blue or yellow and relative tints.
The basic foods of the physically based are grains and cereals, as they contain the nitrates so essential to the maintenance of the physical brain. Dairy foods, root vegetables, salads, and fruits should be also added to the dietary. Dried fruits in moderation are good as they assist elimination. Foods rich in proteins should be consumed sparingly, otherwise the liver becomes affected. The red or reddish brown coloured foods should be chosen.
The basic foods of the spiritually based are the green leafy vegetables and peas, beans and rice, as they contain the phosphates necessary to uphold the spiritual brain. Consequently, these foods should predominate in the dietary. As the spiritually based generate acid more readily than the other bases, it is advisable not to include too much fruit or vegetables of an acid nature in the diet. As far as possible the bluey-green foods should be selected.
The basic foods of the intellectually based are the concentrates and effervescences, i.e., the fruits; also nuts and oils, indicating that they do not need to eat so much if they breathe deeply enough. The basic foods require to be supplemented by other of nature's products. The dairy foods, however, should be used with discretion, as they are inclined to create mucous. The intellectually based respond to the yellow vibration and all its tints and nature's products of these hues should be chosen as foods.
As each base has the other two of the three types as inclinations, the object is to balance up all three by vibratory action (breath), appropriate food and exercise. What one person uses as a basic food, another differently based needs in smaller quantities as inclinational food.
In the prognosis of disease, one knows that the root cause of the ailments which affect the physically based individual lies with the mal-functioning of the liver, those of the spiritually based with the generative or sex organs, and those of the intellectual type, with the dynamics—the lungs and the heart.
By adopting a scientific method of living, selecting one's food according to season and individual temperament, and having regard to harmonious combination, one gains health, strength and vitality, becoming immune from disease and perpetuating and upholding oneself through all adverse conditions. These problems solved, new vistas, new realms open up according to the promptings of the spirit.
The use of aluminium utensils in the preparation of foods and in the heating of liquids is not recommended, inasmuch as the chemical reaction is such that digestive derangements are likely to ensue, especially in the case of those who are predisposed to indigestion and dyspepsia. Select good quality enamel, stone or glass ware dishes.
It is better not to partake of food first thing in the morning. After attending to one's toilet, a few simple exercises should be indulged in and then one should proceed to the daily task, not breaking fast until hunger is apparent and one feels that any simple dish like fruit and cereals will meet all demands.
Man is a triune being and expresses in his threefold nature physical, spiritual and intellectual propensities- Each individual expresses one of these more predominantly than the others—determined according to the contour of the head, which is governed by the degree of activity and development of the brain cells in any given part of the brain.
This predominant unit of the three-fold nature, which corresponds to the assimilative, generative or dynamic, function, is called the " Base," whilst the remaining two are called the " inclinations "—the first inclination, which is usually the stronger of the two, is determined by the degree of development on the left side of the head.
Nature aims at an appropriate balancement of all three units, and whilst remaining true to one's base, partaking of the appropriate foods and choosing a vocation or profession best suited to one's individual make-up, one should aim at the development of the weaker propensities in order to evolve and be able to function readily on the three planes of consciousness.
To assist in arriving at a better understanding of the subject, let us take a bird as an illustration. The " base " may be likened unto the body of a bird and the two inclinations to the right and left wings, which help to balance the trunk. What is the base in one individual is an inclination in another.
The three bases are: Physical, Spiritual and Intellectual. The base is determined within the first twenty-eight days after conception. During the first three months of gestation the intellectual propensities are developed, during the second three months the spiritual, and during the third three months the physical.
The mode of breathing corresponding to one's base should be cultivated. The physical breath belongs to the physical body, the intellectual breath to the mind, and the spiritual breath to the spirit. The one cannot be divorced from the other—all three modes of breathing being essential to the development of the perfect being.
The physical breath is related to the circulatory system, and has its base in the back lobes of the lungs. The intellectual breath has its home in the apical or upper chest region and governs and rejuvenates the glandular system ; all further mental development is dependent thereon. The lower lobe or diaphragmatic breath is the spiritual breath and is related to the nervous system.
The characteristics indicated in respect of each base are to be taken as general in character and are subject to modification according to the order and degree of development of the first and second inclinations.
The essential factors relating to each base are briefly outlined in the diagrams and chart shown on pages 41 to 44.
Individuals are either magnetic or electric in temperament. Generally, the individual temperament follows the base, though not necessarily, or always so, it being a matter of the polarity of their magnetic or electric being, which though one, expresses itself physically, and usually in excess, i.e., in one or the other temperament. Thus large types of the physically based are practically always electric, and the extreme spiritually based, are magnetic. For electricism is the physical or phenomenal side of magnetism, and the first are thus the more weighty type, while the second are more thin and light in weight and appearance. The more electric one is, the more physical, even worldly, is that individual. They are of the kind that have fevers, blood-pressures, diabetes and acute trouble ; while the magnetic are the nerve and spinal type, with all sorts of chronic, nervous and genital troubles.
The brain development of the physically based is chiefly at the back of the skull and at the sides of the temples ; they are large and full over the ears and have prominent cheek bones, which gives them great vitality and at the same time makes them cautious. They are usually large and heavy in body with a short neck; their ligaments are strong and in consequence they are unpliable. The eyes are usually small and deep set; the hands round and the feet are rather small. When the inclinations are well balanced they are good-natured and easy going. They look at everything from the material standpoint.
The physical brain corresponds to the organs in the abdominal cavity, the basic organ being the liver, and all diseases of the physically based are related thereto. Assimilation depends upon the state of the liver, and if impaired it throws its work on to other organs, assimilation becomes retarded, the blood loses its tone and is attacked by acids.
The physical base responds to the red vibration and therefore the foods of a red or reddish brown colour should be selected. The basic foods are the cereals and the grains, as they contain the nitrates so essential to the maintenance of the physical brain. Dairy foods, root vegetables, salads and fruits should be also added to the dietary. Dried fruits in moderation are good for the physically based, as they assist elimination. Foods rich in proteins should be consumed sparingly, otherwise the liver becomes affected.
In order to keep well and maintain their equilibrium the physically based should be regular in their habits and perform manual work of some kind.
The skin is inclined to be dry owing to a sluggish liver. The inactivity of the liver also affects the hearing. The hair too is usually thin from the same cause.
The physically based are the " blood" type, all their symptoms running to fevers because the blood is thicker ; the throat is inclined to be sensitive owing to bronchial trouble and shortness of the neck.
The physically based are rather difficult to determine, as they are to be found in all walks of life.
The brain development of the Spiritual Base is more pronounced at the crown and at the back of the head, due to their longer spine pushing the brain upwards. The neck is long and narrow, curving at the nape ; the hands too are long and graceful. The nose is large and beaky and the lips are inclined to be thin. Usually the eyes are deep set and the eyebrows heavy.
The spiritually based person responds more readily to the abstract side of life than the other two bases and is sometimes referred to as the moral and ethical type. In connection with diagnosis the term " spiritual " does not necessarily imply that the person so based is religious in the ordinary sense. Many are anything but religious or even moral. They are very sensitive and live in a world of imagination and emotion and allow their feelings full play. Nevertheless, when well polarised they are quite the reverse.
The spiritual brain corresponds to the organs of generation and rejuvenation situated in the pelvic cavity.
The basic foods of this base are the green leafy vegetables and peas, beans and rice, as they contain the phosphates so necessary to uphold the spiritual brain ; consequently, these foods should predominate in the dietary. The phosphatic substances put back into the generative organs the heat which they have burnt up.
The bluey-green coloured foods should be selected as far as possible ; these are not so varied as are the red and yellow coloured foods of the other two bases,and so more discrimination is necessary in selection. The green coloured foods are a combination of the colours yellow and blue and are suitable for both the intellectually and spiritually based.
As the spiritually based person generates acid more readily than the other bases it is advisable not to include too much fruit or vegetables of an acid nature in the diet.
The hair is inclined to be thick and wiry, due to excess of activity in the generative organs. Pufhness under the eyes is prevalent, indicating affections of the bladder, which along with the kidneys, are the reflex organs of the generatives. This base contain much urine, and as they are inclined to be somewhat negligent in obeying renal calls, the skin becomes wrinkled.
The spiritually based are the " nerve " type and their diseases become chronic. All their troubles arise from insufficient distribution of the life fluids generated by the gonoidal glands, and sitz baths are indicated. When the generative organs do not function normally the nervous system becomes affected. Although disharmony reveals itself in the stomach, liver and kidneys, it is not organic, but only a nervous manifestation-
The spiritually based require plenty of change both in occupation and altitude. They are very hardy, tenacious, and usually long livers. They are easily enthused, but when they meet with reverses they feel as though it were all over with them. They soon recover, however, and respond to a ray of hope if they remain on their own foods, which are limited because the spiritual expand so rapidly that contraction is brought about with difficulty. Although quick to advise and counsel, to sympathise and assist, when it comes to themselves and their own conditions they are lost.
The intellectually based individual can be readily discerned by the large straight full forehead almost to the hair-line ; here are located the cells of deduction, calculation, and all those qualities associated with mental activity. The calculative faculties are well developed, as also the powers of focalization and concentration, due to exceptional lung capacity, which converts easily the venous blood in the upper lobes of the dynamics.
The body is well formed and the upper chest rather full. The head is square in appearance and the eyes are usually large and full, denoting the possession of a great amount of nervous energy which is necessary to nourish the active brain cells.
This base has exceptional breath capacity and the organic operations depend to a far greater extent upon the rhythmic action of the breath than upon food. Its gifts and talents must be sustained by the greater capacity for exhalation. Usually the intellectually based are engaged in mental pursuits only, and as their occupations keep them physically inactive, they do not breathe sufficiently—just enough to keep up circulation of the frontal brain region. The lungs are abused because they are not exercised to their full capacity. The back lobes especially fall into disuse, the blood becomes impure and the lungs finally become so inactive that they succumb to disease. The trouble does not show itself in the basic organ—the dynamics —but in the other organs which are drawn into sympathy. It will appear that the liver and other organs are affected, showing symptoms and pain. By the time it is finally discovered that the lungs are responsible, it is generally too late to effect a cure in the ordinary way.
The basic foods of the intellectual type are the concentrates and effervescences, i.e., fruits ; also nuts and oils, indicating that they do not need to eat so much if they breathe deeply enough ; all these three are eliminators rather than perpetuators. Ripe fresh fruits contain the valuable grape sugar in its most assimilable form. Owing to greater brain activity a great deal of nervous energy is used up by this type and the circulation of the blood is so concentrated in the brain cells as to denude the digestive organs and therefore they thrive best on light concentrated foods which do not over-tax the alimentaries. The basic foods require, of course, to be supplemented by other of nature's products in the dietary, according to the order of the inclinations. The dairy foods, however, should be used sparingly, as they are inclined to create mucous.
Boiled, steamed and fried foods should be avoided by the intellectually based and baked wares substituted.
The intellectually based respond to the yellow vibration and all its tints, and nature's products of these hues should be chosen as foods. As gold represents the finest of minerals and in the language of colour wisdom, much is expected of them.
The highly organized intellectual base must observe a rule which does not apply to the other bases, the less food consumed the better the health, provided that the breathing is attended to.
Inasmuch as the Circulatory System, by action of the respiratory organs, controls the motive power of cellular functions and the Nervous System upholds the organic operations, so the Glandular System stirs the mental realms for further developments of a higher nature, quickening the weakened battery of life, and regenerating new power for the unfoldment of yet unknown intelligences hidden within the brain cells.
The brain cannot be reached in any other way except through the medium of the glands; the glands cannot be reached unless the corresponding sympathetic nerves operate in harmony therewith ; again the nerves cannot be reached—or one cannot gain control over them—unless one has learned to control the circulatory system; and the circulatory system depends upon the breathing capacity—ox the degree of elements converted into chemical compounds—purifying the venous blood and transmuting it into arterial blood.
The Glandular System must be awakened to its own possibilities by raising the rate of vibrations conducive to emptying of elements into the blood stream on the one side and the emptying of ether into the grey matter and on to the brain on the other. To the extent that etherealization takes place in the brain, to the same extent the mind becomes conscious of relation to the brain cells thus charged and reveals to the senses the subject matter contained therein. It is not the amount of brain, but the brain in operation which determines intelligence. The more active the brain and the greater number of cells in operation, the greater one's knowledge.
Realizing that all the intelligence which the universe holds is in the brain, it is necessary that one should find the means conducive to the quickening process of brain cells and thus release the intelligence contained therein. The study of the brain alone is not sufficient to become proficient in the use of it, any more than the knowledge of consistency of the blood improves its circulation. Means have to be found to make the brain active.
The discovery of the functions of the various glands reveals that these glands not only possess numerous elements which help to charge the blood stream, but they develop ether retained by them for purposes generally unknown. Upon investigation and careful analysis it is found that the ether corresponds to the elements of the brain and together with the " life rays " and Ga-Llama—the life principle—when charging the brain, quickens it and calls into operation the intelligence contained therein, widening the scope of understanding and increasing the storehouse of knowledge.
The glands do not respond to violent exercises; muscles do, also ligaments. Gentle treatments, akin to magnetic passes ; swaying of the body and its joints moved in perfect rhythm, assisted by music and song, will activate the glands and effect results of a higher nature. In this way the ether therein contained is liberated and carried to the brain for reinforcement and there recharged.
Rolling of the head to the farthest point possible for a few minutes, followed by manipulations of the finger-tips, to the neck, chest, solar plexus, thighs and kidney region to the accompaniment of animated music and song will do more to stimulate the glands than any other known method.
The more attentive one is whilst exercising, the more conscious one grows of the modus operandi of nature's forces, and the more satisfactory are the results of one's labours. Things that would be difficult to understand come within one's compass of thought and with it one develops the required waves that carry the knowledge necessary unto the pursuit of happiness.
The Ductless or Endocrine Glands as they are sometimes called, hidden away in obscure parts of the body, play an important part in man's development and are potent factors, not only in maintaining a balancement in the physical mechanism, but exert a leverage upon the emotions through their subtle connection with the solar plexus and the sympathetic nervous system.
The most important ductless glands are: The Pineal, Pituitary, Thyroid, Thymus, Adrenal and the Gonads or sex glands.
The Pineal Gland, or the Epiphysis as it is sometimes called, is a reddish coloured cone-shaped bit of tissue located at the base of the brain; it is the smallest of all the glands yet the greatest because of its higher operations. The pineal controls every cell in the human organism and operates by virtue of the fluid yielding its etheric elements, animating the brain cells.
Anatomists regard the pineal gland as the third eye, and even today certain lizards and blind worms use their pineal gland as organs of vision.
The pineal gland is the seat of the mind and may be likened unto the " Mirror of the Almighty," reflecting intelligences from the ethereal realms to the mind or brain. When active, its rays radiate and scintillate like those of the sun, and when they encounter congenial vibrations, are absorbed into the brain. The state of illumination manifests in the region of the epiphysis, which is apparent in the nimbus seen around the head of the Saints.
The pineal gland seeks a correspondence with the thymus, and when these two function in harmony the child nature of buoyancy and youthfulness continues. The youthful outlook ceases where there is no responsiveness between these two glands.
The pineal can function only when all the other glands are active and the organic system operates normally. Through the medium of this gland one distinguishes colour. It is the gland under which the Transparent Race which is to be will function-
All head exercises to the accompaniment of music and song are particularly helpful towards the stimulation of this gland.
It is through the pineal that one is related to the universal, the etheric and the infinite ; each individual is a link in the great chain of infinite relationship. The pineal acts as a wireless receiving station recording the infinite thought which is continuously emanating upon the ever-flowing waves of ether.
Conscious of the activity or functioning of this universal relationship constitutes the psychic state or the soul realm. The soul is the state of universal consciousness and the function of the soul is to carry the thought waves from the receiving station of the epiphysis to the spirit which has its home in the human heart. Thus, the soul becomes the bridge between time and eternity. It is the Khinvat Bridge of the ancients connecting the shores of eternity with the sands of time.
The Pituitary Gland is a small structure the size of a pea, located at the base of the brain and above the soft palate; it not only controls the salivary glands and therewith the water fluids of the kidneys and the bladder in general, but performs a function more far-reaching than the mere control of aqueous folds traversing and inter-linking the organs of the anatomical body.
In the newly-born the pituitary gland is the first to assert its mental office. Nature prompts the babe to roll up the tongue and press it against the roof of the mouth. There is also a slight tendency to swallow the tongue, smacking the lips at the same time, and chewing the gums—running the tongue along their full length. The brighter the mentality of the child the more " lalling " is indulged in—an attempt at singing. Frequently the babe puts the thumb into the mouth, massaging the roof. Weak children and those of less mentality suck the thumb and the fingers—even the whole hand.
The pituitary gland is most important in the further development of the basic brain, of which perception plays one of the leading parts, revealing more clearly the paths to be followed in the pursuit of happiness and success in the daily walks of life. With the pituitary gland charging the faculty of perception and the corresponding faculties of basic origin, one sees more clearly the possibilities of life, and with it the power of application needful in attaining success in one's undertakings.
With the power of perception under control, one finds more readily the means that reinforce one's gifts and talents, which otherwise go to seed- Conscious of the increased flow of ether in the pituitary gland, one's perceptives expand and the light of the optic nerve increases its operations equal to the travels of a cosmic ray, disclosing the pathway revealing greater possibilities.
In these days one needs greater power to perceive, to weigh and measure, to calculate and deduce, to reason and comprehend; and above all things one requires to have greater knowledge of application. One may be ever so accomplished in art or in industry, but if the power of application is small one is incapable of success. One is baffled and the struggle with conditions and environments hold one prisoner. In the measure that one attends to the quickening of the pituitary gland, one enjoys greater mental powers based upon the fundamental or basic brain groups; with larger perception comes the power of application.
Inasmuch as continuity of practice upon one particular thought wave quickens the corresponding brain cells, even so through exercises congenial to the pituitary, the whole of the basic brain may be charged, and with it effect greater brain capacity, for in thinking upon a particular line, the breath currents are directed into channels hitherto alien to the ordinary state and frame of mind.
It is the pituitary gland that is evident in aquatic life. Here the perceptives are the only brain matter required to direct the movements of the fish to seek food and safety. The pituitary gland in corresponding action with the perceptives assures the fish all the joy characteristic of kind and species. As animals evolve from one class into another, consciousness increases, due to the increase in brain capacity, disclosing corresponding attributes. In man are found the crystallizations of grey matter possessing all the intelligences upon which creations and evolutions are based and upheld.
It is of vital importance to encourage the pituitary gland to empty the ethereal flow to the basic brain, particularly the perceptives and then along the basic faculties, touching the acquisitiveness to the extent necessary of accumulating the means required to assure comfort, luxury, and consequently greater enjoyment.
The pituitary gland is assisted first through flexibility of the neck; rolling the head upon its axis, the atlas; rolling with ease, increasing the circular motion from right to left and from left to right. A dozen times will suffice at a time ; calcareous deposits will thus be broken up, day by day. Now throw the head back as far as possible and then let the weight of the head fall forward, the chin touch the chest. Repeat a dozen or more times without force. Now let the chin touch the left shoulder a dozen times ; then the chin is to touch the right shoulder. Now make a complete semi-circle throwing the head from extreme right shoulder to extreme left and vice-versa- Repeat a dozen times. These exercises should be done to the melody of Tra-la-la.
awakens the pituitary gland controlling the basic brain. If one lacks materiality, humming will awaken certain physical propensities and conditions.
The Thyroid Gland is composed of two small maroon coloured lobes, one on either side of the windpipe. Its function is to control the metabolism of the body, including the nervous system, and so determine the speed at which one lives. When the thyroid is inactive, due to crystallization of its fluidum, a swelling ensues, which often results in goitre. The thyroid assists the iodine concentration of the blood and when it lacks this element there is a predisposition to goitrous conditions. Meat should not be included in the dietary of those who suffer from thyroid affections as it has the propensity of denuding the blood of its iodine content.
The thyroid gland comes under the intellectual group of brain cells, giving stamina and determination. It was originally a sex gland and played an important part in the transformation of sea creatures into land animals, just as it is destined to play an important part in the transformation of mankind into a super race.
reaches the thyroid, the gland that controls the physical on the one hand and the intellectual side on the other. For this reason one should whistle more. Observe the difference in the voice and in the vibrations as the voice is sent along the muscles, sinews and ligaments. As one observes the whistle and the vibrations created thereby, one begins to understand how, by virtue of this position of the mouth and then the control of the whistle itself and by raising and lowering the chin a little, how these vocal cords responding to that position of whistling, draw up and tighten themselves and consequently reach the thyroid gland, until one feels the response on the part of the thyroid, and one begins to feel how the thyroid vibrates towards the pituitary gland at the base of the brain, the basic brain.
All arm and shoulder exercises to the accompaniment of music and song assist in stimulating the thyroid gland.
The Thymus Gland, sometimes referred to as the " Mother Gland," located below the thyroid and under the breast bone, is related to the thyroid and to the gonads or sex glands, and controls the child and its desires up to the age of puberty. It functions under the group of spiritual brain cells as do the gonads-
With the thymus functioning normally one gains self-control, encouraging morality and thinking on elevated, noble and inspiring lines, recharging the spiritual and ethical groups of brain cells, which control the attributes of morality, ideality, sublimity, reverence and gratitude.
All 'heart culture depends upon the thymus, for where there is faith, assurance, confidence, certainty—free from doubt and fear — there is understanding. All understanding is dependent upon the degree of development of the thymus.
When the thymus is out of commission there is no faith, no assurance. Fear, superstition, uncertainty, hasty temper, hot-headedness, forgetfulness, sensitiveness, moroseness, revengefulness, all have their cause and cure in this gland.
To the degree that the thymus is active one is possessed of a happy disposition, especially if one enjoys in part or in whole the ethical and moral propensities.
The thymus gland is activated by means of a vibratory exercise to the accompaniment of music and song in the region of the sternum bone.
The Gonads or Generative and Reproductive Glands contain the precious life fluidum for procreation, rejuvenation and regeneration ; in the male it is located in the testes and in the female in the ovaries. Healthy gonads ensure buoyancy, vigour, health and longevity, but when depleted through misuse result in disastrous consequences.
Next to the pituitary, the gonads are of vital importance in physical and mental development, for they produce the finest finesse of etheric substances to uphold and encompass greater unfoldment in brain cells. By giving attention to the gonads one follows nature's method of application.
AH exercises of the lower limbs, perfectly relaxed, and all hip movements, at the same time singing a melody, stir the gonads and assist in the distribution of their vital fluids for rejuvenation and regeneration. Hormones increase the elementary and chemical flow, emptying them into the blood stream, charging leucocytes and simultaneously quicken the fluidum vitae, etherealizing into grey matter, giving trie brain a new impetus unto further mental developments.
The subject of eugenics is a very broad one, for it embraces all that pertains to life, beginning with the first slight zymotic motion of substance and continues on through all the various processes until formation ensues, and formation upon formation continues, inducing classes and classifications, until one arrives at last where man is considered.
Eugenics is not only the science of perpetuation of one's kind ; it is not only the science of reproduction, but also that of re-creation, of re-generation.
Eugenics is akin to genesis, the latter meaning generation, creation, procreation. Genetics relates to that section of evolutionary science dealing with natural development, and the adjectives genesic and genetic pertain to and are based on genesis—terms simply signifying the act of creating; whereas eugenics (from the Greek eu, meaning well, good, noble; genres, from the Greek genos or Latin genus, meaning race) implies the science or study which aims to make, improve and bring the act of creation to a degree of nobility-Eugenics is the science of creating well, eu-generating, procreating and perpetuating well. But before this is possible, there needs to be an understanding of the laws that appertain to procreation, to perpetuation of kind.
The application of eugenic laws enables one to regenerate and re-create the body, bringing forth consciousness of the higher nature, imparting an illumined state to one's mentality.
Nature follows absolute laws from which it cannot deviate. Thus it is that in the realms of the animal, the plant, the mineral, and the elemental, nature can never change or bring about a change from that which has already been established or created. Why? Because the laws are absolute and set. In nature everything has its assignment, and nature has to follow that routine, and it cannot deviate.
One can readily understand why for a thousand years a race, or a certain people on the face of the earth, will not change an iota in their mental concept or their customs. Why? Because of the confinement on the part of their mentality and the laws upon which this physical side is absolutely based. Few there are who appreciate the reason for these arrestments of progress, except those who are acquainted with the laws of evolution.
One cannot study Eugenics unless one is acquainted with the principal factors of evolution, for evolution plays the most important part in the perpetuation of kind, or the procreation of kind and its improvement, inasmuch as the object is not merely to perpetuate, to procreate, but with each succeeding generation to bring about an improvement in the general level of the race.
In the human kingdom, the process of gestation, from the beginning of conception to the time of birth, requires a period of nine months duration, or, more accurately, 280 days or forty weeks duration. The foetus has to pass through the process of gestation for nine months and ten days. During these 280 days of gestation, the nucleus—once it is formed after conception—has to pass through all the phases of the evolutionary process, from the very protoplasm through the accretion of the various cells and tissues in the whole human organism through every form, through every phase of the fish in the seas, through every phase or line of the birds in the air, through every phase or line and make-up of the beasts of the wild woods, up to the form of the human being.
To the extent that the mother's mentality is at work, and that the suggestion is imparted unto her to have faith in the one who is the prospective father —to the extent that she attributes to him certain knowledge and understanding and wisdom, heroism, power, and all of these different characteristics of manhood—to the extent that she believes in him—to the extent that she is conscious, to a degree at least, of his characteristics—these impressions are transferred unto the forming child. It depends upon the power of the mind or thought, it depends upon the impression that her belief makes upon her own brain, that all these moments are now transferred correspondingly to the foetus.
Where the prospective mother's tendencies or circumstances, surroundings, conditions and environments are of a low nature, then the lowness of that nature will impress itself very strongly upon the foetus in every thought-wave, and if a strong wave of a bestial nature enters the mind of that mother, or is in the mind of the mother, or has been suggested to her, through conditions and environments to a stronger extent than any other thought-wave, then the process of evolution comes to a standstill, and every momentary standstill in the process of gestation is the momentum of decision.
Thought is a tremendous power. No matter how good one's disposition may be, if the good side is a negative one, it has no effect upon nature, for in nature everything is positive, everything becomes positive, for there must be absolute law. One can readily see now and understand how it is possible for a whole nation for a whole thousand years to be absolutely the same, and that they never change ; for two and three and five thousand years they can be identically the same, so that the generation of today would be absolutely the same as it was five thousand years ago— all because of a certain standard set, certain ideas set, certain customs, environments and conditions being the same—for like causes produce like effects.
What is true in the process of procreation as to kind—as to one's own kind—is also true in a process of the higher eugenics, which is ewgeneration or regeneration. But regeneration cannot be understood unless one has an understanding of procreation generation, perpetuation of kind, and is acquainted with evolution.
As previously indicated, in the evolutionary process, or in the process of gestation, all of the processes of evolution are being repeated or repeat themselves ; they have to, for that is in the nature of things.
In a human being, on account of its foetus differing from that of the lower creation, because the elements that come to play are more multiplied in tissue form and in fluid structure, the foetus has to continue right on in passing through all the other lines that are necessary to bring forth a perfect human being. But the character is set at the momentum, and that is why among human kind every animal is represented—that is, the characteristics of the animal. Where the characteristics of the animal are the stronger and the other characteristics less forceful, the animal characteristics predominate and are therefore very noticeable. Nature has to be exact.
Since nature in her blindness is compelled to follow fixed laws, what a criminal thing it is really on the part of the human being and of the human mind to allow itself to forget its powers and leave to the blind forces of nature that which is most holy and most sacred \o the human heart, which is the perpetuation of kind.
All that mother's love avails her nothing, and the child is nothing, so long as she does not realize the importance of her own thought and the transference of that thought—the telepathic communication that exists between the foetus and her own heart, her own mind, her own soul, her own spirit, her own ego, the divine spark and the entity in her. One cannot make good with all one's affection that which has been neglected when one had the power and ability to sway the powers and forces of nature for one's own good.
What one needs to remember above all things is this: that in the process of gestation all of the processes of evolution are being repeated; that the characteristics are determined in accordance with the momentum that sets in during the process of gestation. The later a momentum sets in, in the process of gestation, or enters into that process of development—speaking now of the foetus part, in the procreation of one's species, the later a momentum sets in, the brighter the child, the more independent in thinking and in action, the more intellectual it is, the more determined it becomes. Why? Because it has been given an opportunity to go on and to pass through the higher strata of animal development, and because of the accumulation of greater additions to the physical, the animal propensities have reached the highest possible kind or class within the animal kingdom, the way has thus been opened more readily unto further development.
The average being on the face of the earth is not so fortunate as to pass beyond the thirty-third degree of the process of gestation. There are one hundred degrees, but the average foetus passes through only thirty-two degrees of the modus operandi known as the process of gestation, and more than sixty-six degrees are left, so to speak, unto the blind forces in nature to sway at will. There the operations become uncertain, and there the imprints upon the physical constitution, as well as upon the mental side, the spiritual, the intellectual and the finer nature which is the divine side of that part, remain untouched, and therefore sixty-six per cent, of the brain cells never come into action. No matter how studious one may be, or how much one may study, or how interested one may be in studies, it avails nothing—one can do no more. One cannot employ any more in one's makeup than thirty-six per cent, of the brain cells and more than sixty-six per cent, remain practically paralysed or dead. Why? Because nature cannot go beyond the line or the phase of the momentum; she has to confine herself to all the preceding processes up to the moment of the momentum.
One must understand this, because it is of the highest import for those who desire to pass through the processes of regeneration, reclaiming themselves in order to be born again, as Jesus would say. If one desires to be born again, and therefore make up for nature's deficiencies—make up for that which has been neglected upon the part of our ancestors, our parents and instructors, our teachers, thinkers, counsellors and leaders—if one desires to make up for it, one must become acquainted and familiar with the process of gestation in accordance with natural laws.
Even in the case of procreation there should be preparation toward regeneration. There should be a thorough understanding as to the purpose and the object; there should be mutual understanding. The greater the understanding of the laws upon which the natural constitution is based and built, the more knowledge of the application of natural laws, the better and the greater the results, according to divine precepts.
All the gifts and all the talents that one wishes to be called out must be established in the child before birth. If it is to be a well-behaved child, even, it must be imparted unto the child before it is born. Think how much trouble is spared that mother and that father when they know that their child need not be watched even for a moment—it is able to take care of itself.
Every human being is given more or less to deficiencies of a physical nature, to say nothing of the mental nature. As far as the mental nature is concerned, one already knows why one cannot develop or unfold any further mentally. One cannot go any further, one has reached the limit! Why? Because during the process of gestation a halt was called by virtue of the momentum. One's mentality is now retarded as to its further progress and one can do no more than just re-learn that which one at one time learned. One can only repeat the same thing over and over again. All one can do is to impress repetitions more strongly upon one's mind ; but one does not add any more to what one already has. One knows that to be true.
It is in the nature of things that that which goes to perpetuate one's kind also goes toward the recreation of kind. Procreation and re-creation are identical—one is not without the other. That very same substance, fluidum, that goes to procreate and bring forth one's own kind, also goes toward the rebuilding, or rather, first, the reclamation of all the cellular tissues, making up for all the deficiencies during the process of gestation, so that not only can this body be rebuilt and reclaimed, and made strong and vigorous physically, but where otherwise it is not strong and vigorous, not healthy, it can be made so ; and where it is partly diseased, these diseases can all be eradicated absolutely by simply starting up the regenerative or eugenerative process.