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TTThehehe Perfect Matrimony The game of chess comes from ancient Atlantis, it is a game that was known and practiced by the people of the continent that today is submerged in the ocean that bears its name. Chess symbolizes or allegorizes the Game of Life, or better to say, the Chessboard of Life. Esoterically speaking in light of Gnosis, we are simple pieces governed by invisible or occult forces that we do not know. Some of those mechanical forces are evolutive and some are involutive.We do not have to forget the revolutionary forces that work from the superior dimensions of space, the Intelligent Principles that are beyond phenomena, creating and creating again. The ineffable beings, the Lords of the Fire, the Masters of the Conscious Circle of the Solar Humanity, sometimes govern the white pieces and other times the black ones; that is to say, they direct the flow of the innumerable centuries. Some of those beings, called Devas, govern for example the Elemental Departments of Nature, meanwhile others work in many other activities. In all of this there are levels and levels, grades and grades. And every group or family according with its particular ray, acts over the Chessboard that, as we said, symbolizes Universal Life. It is obvious that if humanity would have the Consciousness awakened, it would be able to determine the circumstances upon the chessboard, because logically it would not be governed by the mechanical laws such as the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of Return, the Law of Recurrence, etc. What do the four sides of the chessboard represent? They represent the four elements of nature: Fire, Air, Water and Earth, frequently mentioned in all the treatises of alchemy. They also represent the four Existential Bodies of the Being: Physical, Astral, Mental and Causal bodies, created by the real or authentic man in the Forge of the Cyclops, using to the purpose the transmutation of the libido or sexual energy. Multiplying side by side, the eight squares by the eight squares, we obtain the number 64. At the same time, adding in cabbalistic form this number (6 + 4), then we have the Arcanum 10 of Tarot. Let us remember that the Tarot is the Golden Book, and that by itself, constitutes the Pattern of Measures of the Cosmic Laws. So, the Arcanum 10 is the Wheel of Samsara, the tragic wheel whose three thousand revolutions or cycles have already been studied by Revolutionary Scientific Gnosticism. From the point of view of transcendental sexology, the wheel is the alchemical hieroglyph that represents the necessary time needed for the cooking of the philosophical matter. Upon the Chessboard of Life we have to annihilate the Ego and to create the Superior Existential Bodies of the Being, making good use of time in the hard work of cooking the philosophical matter. In this form we will be able to get out of the Valley of Samsara. The Ego, the “I,” the myself, keeps us tied to the Valley of Suffering, to the fatal wheel of birth and death, receiving new bodies as a result of Karma. Now, if we observe carefully the 32 white squares and the 32 black squares, we can observe the evident manifestation of the Opposite Pairs of the Hermetic Philosophy, that is to say, the light and the darkness, the day and the night, the permanent battle between the forces of good and evil that we have to transcend, that we have to overcome. Those black and white opposites are the oriental Yin and Yang: the passive force and the active force. Adding the number 32 (3 + 2) in cabalistic form, we get the number 5 that in the Major Arcana of the Egyptian Tarot represents the Great Law, the Divine Justice. This means that the Court of Objective Justice governs the two antagonistic forces and that the intellectual animal mistakenly called man is subjected to its judgements. Let us analyze now each one of the pieces of the Chess. But before, let us see this: in total there are 16 pieces. The number 16 is Fragility, the Tower fulminated by the Ray of the Cosmic Justice. Among the cabbalists, it is the Tower of Babel, the tower of the confusion of tongues. As a fact, many are the initiates that fall on the Chessboard of Life as the inverted star. Many are the Fulminated Towers: every initiate that spills the Cup of Hermes, falls. The eight pawns The eight pawns will also be inverted stars until they awaken the Consciousness and create the Superior Existential Bodies of the Being. The number 8 is the number of Job’s tests, it is a number of pain and sufferings. On the chessboard, the humanoids cannot understand each other, they are the mechanical, unconscious, asleep humanity. In other words, they are the famous Tower of Babel. What is the symbolism of the king? Why is there a black king and a white one? The king symbolizes the Internal Real Being of each one of us. When in the Chess game, he receives checkmate, it means that the cycle of 108 existences for each Essence that plays has ended, and that the Intimus or Inner Master has absorbed the spiritual principles to let the Essence involute in the infernal worlds (so, it will be liberated from the “I’s”). When that Essence re-initiates a new cycle, it will begin once again the Game of Life; that is obvious. The Queen has also two aspects: the black and the white. In her positive aspect, she is the Divine Mother Kundalini with her five manifestations, already symbolized by the Hindus in the Sacred Cow of five feet. She is Mary or Ram-Io, she is the feminine aspect of God (God-Mother), one part of our Being, but derived. The ungrateful son that forgets his mother fails in the Chessboard of Life, cannot annihilate the Animal Ego. In truth, the white queen or Kundalini is the electro-magnetic solar fire that stays coiled in form of a serpent awaiting the instant to be awakened. Those who have studied the esoteric Nahuatl or Hindustani physiology emphasize the transcendental idea of a marvelous magnetic center located in the base of the vertebral spine between anus and the sexual organs. In the center of that Chakra there is a yellow square, invisible physically, but visible to the sixth sense or clairvoyance. In this square there is a Yoni or Womb, and in its center there is a Phallus in which the serpent, that mysterious energy called Kundalini is coiled. It is unquestionable that only through the Sahaja Maithuna or Sexual Magic, can the serpent, the white queen of chess in its energetic aspect within ourselves be awakened. Those who have studied the esoteric Nahuatl or Hindustani physiology emphasize the transcendental idea of a marvelous magnetic center located in the base of the vertebral spine between anus and the sexual organs. In the center of that Chakra there is a yellow square, invisible physically, but visible to the sixth sense or clairvoyance. In this square there is a Yoni or Womb, and in its center there is a Phallus in which the serpent, that mysterious energy called Kundalini is coiled. It is unquestionable that only through the Sahaja Maithuna or Sexual Magic, can the serpent, the white queen of chess in its energetic aspect within ourselves be awakened. In its negative or black aspect, she is the Goddess Kali (of desires and passions). Even now, some tenebrous and degenerated sects of India offer human sacrifices to Kali. So, the black queen is the infra-instinctive and brutal force of nature, it is the antithesis of Kundalini, it is the tempting serpent of Eden, the sexual fire descending into the atomic infernos of man. There always existed and will exist a crude battle between the white queen and the black queen, a fight for their sons and daughters: humanity… The bishop represents the sexual force of nature The bishop represents the sexual force of nature established in Yesod, the Ninth Fundament, Sex. The bishop, is the Sacred Lance of the ancient mysteries. The Lance, the Phallus, Sex, plays a great role in many oriental legends as a marvelous instrument of salvation and liberation. Used wisely by the soul who yearns, it allows one to reduce to cosmic dust, all the cavernous entities that, in their sinful conjunct, form the myself. The bishop in this game has a phallic character, it is the symbol of sexual power. Let us observe that it always moves in an X, which remind us precisely of the Cross of Saint Andrew. The extraordinary crucifixion of Andrew made famous the X Cross to which his separated members were tied. Undoubtedly, and without any exaggeration, we have to say that the Cross of Saint Andrew (the symbolic X that certainly is a Greek K), was, is and will always be one of the most valuable symbols of Christic Esotericism. The annihilation of the Ego in the Laboratorium Oratorium of the Third Logos is the profound meaning of the tortures suffered by Andrew on the terrible X. It is the indispensable death that could never be achieved with a vulgar fire. Obviously, in order to do this work we need the help of an occult agent, a secret fire of a sexual type, (that resembles more water than flame). This fire (or this ardent water) is the vital spark sent by the Logos to the inert matter: it is the Divine Fohat trapped in everything; it is the Igneous Ray, the Kundalini, the Sacred Serpent of the Wisdom of Anahuac ascending through the spinal channel of the adept. It is clear that we are talking about the white bishop, the Phallus used in positive form to achieve Chastity through alchemical transmutation. It is not difficult to understand that its antithesis, the black bishop, is fornication, the sexual force used in the incorrect eroticism, etc. The horse moves over the chessboard in the form of an L, and this reminds us of the Law, symbolized among the Mohammedans as a horse. The horse of the chess game The horse of the chess game invites us to reflect on the mythological centaur and in the constellation Sagittarius. In reality, the intellectual animal is still something not completed, and that is the reason why within himself there are originated terrible fights between his animal part and his human values. The intellectual animal is like the centaur that has to send the arrow of his longing (of his yearning of being) to the Inner Sun or Real Being, in order to return to him. The arrow symbolizes the Eros force, and the arc represents the three forces: Father, Son and Holly Spirit, that the neophyte has to use in order to achieve the inner liberation. The horse allegorizes the audacity, the boldness, the daring and other virtues of the Consciousness. However, there exists the necessity to eliminate the opposite of those virtues, allegorized by the black horse. In the esotericism of bullfighting, the horse symbolizes the physical body not yet tamed and on which the neophyte is mounted, disposed to prick with the lance the Bellowing Beast, the Animal Ego. The Tower alludes to the state of Alert Perception, that is to say, the Observation that the aspirant has to do on himself; it is a piece of extraordinary value. Without the sense of Psychological Self-Observation, triumph would be impossible on the Chessboard of Life. Do not forget that all authentic self-psychology has three fundamental aspects: Self-Observation, Self-Exploration and Elimination. Of course, the Tower is established upon the Cubic Stone of Yesod, on Sex, because the work of mystical death cannot be done completely without the help of the Third Logos, the creative energy. So, in a watchful state, as the watchman in the time of war, the neophyte from his own tower, (his brain, his head), learns to Transform Impressions, avoiding the accustomed process of information made by the mind, that is to say, interposing the Consciousness between the tower and the impressions that come from everywhere on the chessboard. Paul the Apostle said to his disciples: “… You are the temple of the living God; as God had said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” The tower of that temple is the head of the planetary body. The temple of Solomon has human form… Bethlehem, comes from a Chaldean word that reminds us of the famous Tower of Bel, the Tower of Fire. In order for the Golden Child of Alchemy to incarnate in us, it is necessary to have already created the Tower of Bel. When is it built? When we have developed the Solar Fire within ourselves; then the Tower is built. In that condition, the Son of the Son (the Second Logos, the Christ) can penetrate in us in order to speak the golden verb of the first instant. In conclusion, upon the Chessboard of Life the initiates have to build their Tower of Fire, if they yearn for the Interior Magnesium of Alchemy, the Intimate Christ, to be born in his own manger. Finally, the pawns are the neophytes or apprentices, those who want to become Adepts of the Conscious Circle of the Solar Humanity; they are those who have been informed about the Esoteric Path that leads to the final liberation, and who for that reason work on themselves, debating between the black and the white. The white pawn represents the Essence, fighting with the help of the king, of the Queen, of the Bishop and the White Tower against the forces that oppose her development. The black pawn symbolizes the forces of the Ego, those inhuman and sinister elements, that in their conjunct form the “I,” the myself. When a white pawn is devoured because of a bad moved, it means that one has been deceived by the Ego, something that is very common upon the Chessboard of Life. INVERENCIAL PEACE! Samael Aun Weor “Let us take in the last connection a man who has a great deal of self-pride. He is of course convinced that he understands what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong, and he acts accordingly, even though it is quite contrary to what the Work would teach him. In this case, he neither hears nor understands nor obeys the Work. He will probably only add the idea of the Work to his self-pride and use the Work in this way. He will feel himself greater than the Work and so his Personality will be kept active. In other words, the Work will not reach him in his internal depths and start something growing there —namely, the growth of his Essence or real part. As you know, we are taught that in looking for Chief Feature we have to observe what belongs to our self-love and self-pride as one clue. In that case, the only approach to further inner development is through humility, through the real experience, constantly renewed, that one does not know—in fact, that one knows nothing but is always pretending to know. I often talk to you about the feeling of self-merit, the feeling that one is a special case, as it were, different from other people, the feeling of self-complacency, mild or arrogant superiority, and so on. All this arises from self-pride and self-love. A man must come eventually to the point in which he realizes clearly that he is nothing. Then he can become something. Then the Work takes the place of what he imagined. A man’s self-pride can stand in the way of the Work acting on him and, in fact, it does, for many years, and he has, so to speak, fits of tremendous self-pride followed by fits of inner humiliation and for a long time he does not feel humility as his most real, interesting side and self-pride as his tiresome artificial side, and so does not catch the many forms of cognition and internal perception that are associated with the momentary absence of self-pride. This is the same as what happens in ordinary life amongst religious people. They profess to believe in God, but internally they do not. They believe in themselves. One can profess to believe in this Work, but internally one does not. However a few ‘I’s may, and then a long struggle has to take place inevitably between the ‘I’s that believe in this Work—that is, in something higher—and the ‘I’s that do not. When a man is in his Work-'I’s he is quite different, but any accidental outer circumstance may suddenly shift him into his life-'I’s which do not believe in the Work—that is, that do not believe there is anything higher than sensual external life. In this sense a man has to struggle between sense and spirit. All esotericism teaches the same thing and you will find it on every page in the Gospels. Now remember that there is no reason why you should do this Work. Always remember this. Always face yourself with this point—namely, that there is no reason why you should do this Work. There is no external proof of it. You can go on with life just as you do go on with it always. No one is asked to do this Work. It is simply a matter of your own choice. You are under no vows. But if you begin to hear it and if what you hear penetrates to a deeper level and you begin to understand something of it and begin to try to obey it in your daily life, then the internal thing that holds you to this Work will be your understanding. A man can easily go against his understanding, but in this case he will then find himself back in life just as he was. And if he finds this more satisfactory he should go back and forget as soon as possible any understanding of this Work that he possessed. In fact, he need not forget, because the Work will vanish from him by itself. In such a case a man will remain in the same state of his psychology as formerly. He will remain a mass of contradictory 'I’s that take charge of him and compel him to do things at different times and to think that 'I’ is acting. Such a man will of course never form a new psychological body in himself: he will live and die in multiplicity of being. He will have no self-knowledge and, in short, he will have done nothing for himself during his life-time except serve mechanical life. I wonder if some of you still think you should serve mechanical life as it is now. I ask you: have you faced yourselves with this question? Look at life now. Do you think it leads anywhere? Now let us talk further about the question of Chief Feature being in some cases connected with self-pride, which we cannot separate from self-love. Such a man will always want to have his own way. Therefore he will not be able to obey the Work because the Work asks him to go against his self-will. It will not be something bigger than he is himself. You cannot obey something that you feel is smaller than yourself. This man will often feel that he is doing what ought to be done, what he thinks is right, but he will be having his own way—i.e. he will be acting from his self-love or his self-will. Self-pride, self-love and self-will cannot be separated. The self-pride is a manifestation of the self-love and the self-will is a manifestation of both. As I have often told you, when some of us were in France we were told that Personality had scarcely any right to exist. The will of Personality had to be sacrificed. A person may have objections to this and objections to that or he may make these requirements or those requirements before he agrees to anything. All these will be manifestations of the Personality under the aspect of self-pride, self-love and self-will—that is, the Work will not come first, but the self-will, the self-love, will come first. The mechanical, acquired Personality will direct one’s life. The difficulty is that a person, whether man or woman, does not see for a long time that this may be the case. People, I notice, either pride themselves on being proud or say they have no pride. Self-pride is in everyone but in some the Chief Feature is very directly connected with it and in others only indirectly. Pride is a very latent quality in us all which is not easy to observe, but it can form a very strong barrier to a further step in development. We justify our pride very easily but when we begin by inner perception to taste this cold, hard, unforgiving quality we realize how important it is to soften it and put ourselves in the position of those we condemn through it or feel better than. You know the disciples were not accused of vanity. I often think that one of the distinctions between pride and vanity is as follows: vanity wants to be first, like those two disciples who wanted to sit one on the right hand and one on the left hand of Christ in Heaven, but pride is rather in what Peter said when he exclaimed: “If I must die with thee, I will not deny thee.” But he did. Through fear he denied Christ. Now suppose you begin to see pride as a personal daily experience through self-observation. Then you see one of these two giants that walk in front of us and decide our lives. If you understand something of the Work and have begun to wish to hold on to it so that it may change you in the indescribable and unfathomable way in which it does, once you value it enough, then you will see that you must obey the Work and put it higher than yourself by struggling against this pride, against the forms in which it expresses itself in your life. Remember we are now speaking of pride as a source of Chief Feature. Then you will be hearing, understanding and obeying the Work and this will begin to make in you a new psychology, a new person, which we can call Second Body. Do not begin to argue about something that does not concern us at present, as to whether such efforts will make Second, Third or Fourth Bodies. Such efforts will make a new body in you, a new person, a new psychology, because you will begin to follow, to practise, the Work itself. The Work itself is an organized whole which can create in you a new organism, a second and new person. Remember that the Work is not by addition to what you are, but by transformation of what you are. The Work is to change you, not to add something to you as you are, but to change completely what you are now. You cannot do this Work and remain the same. You cannot add the new wine to the old bottle of yourself. Ask yourselves, some of you, have you really changed at all, and do you really wish to change yourself? Or are you full of self-merit? And if you wish to change, what is it you have to change, from what you understand of the teaching of the Work? Let me remind you of these words: “To act from the Work is to remember yourself.” Then you will will the Work against your self-will. Even Christ himself said that He did not do His own will but the Will of Him that had sent Him. Do you see what esotericism means? The Work and all its careful and lovely teachings gives an opportunity of willing what it teaches and not acting from self-will. Self-will gets us nowhere. But meditate on what the Work teaches and notice whether you have ever, in your life, really acted from the Work—-that is, if you have heard, understood and obeyed it at any moment.”

— Gurdjieff

The man who understands a symbol not only opens himself to the objective world but at the same time succeeds in emerging from his personal situation and reaching a comprehension of the universal…thanks to the symbol, the individual experience is “awoken” and transmuted into a spiritual act.- Mircea Eliade

-“Ritual is a double-edged sword that defends and gives life to the pure and virtuous, but hurts and destroys the impure and tenebrous. Ritual is more powerful than dynamite and the knife.” —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

“Some people belong entirely to others… They have not a day, not an hour to call their own, so completely do they give themselves to others. This is true even in matters of understanding. Some people know everything for others and nothing for themselves.” - Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom “The dying sun will glow on you without burning, as it has done today. The wind will be soft and mellow and your hilltop will tremble. As you reach the end of your dance you will look at the sun, for you will never see it again in waking or in dreaming, and then your death will point to the south. To the vastness.” — Carlos Castaneda, “Journey to Ixtlan” “I don’t want it to end, and so, as every therapist knows, the ego does not want an end to its “problems” because they are part of its identity. If no one will listen to my sad story, I can tell it to myself in my head, over and over, and feel sorry for myself, and so have an identity as someone who is being treated unfairly by life or other people, fate or God. It gives definition to my self-image, makes me into someone, and that is all that matters to the ego.” Elkhart Tolle


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