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The Book of The Virgin of Carmel

BOOK OF THE VIRGIN OF CARMEL

Samael Aun Weor

THE OUR FATHER

Our Father, who art in Heaven (I.A.O.).
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come. (The Internal Worlds).
Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And do not allow us to be lead into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.

Amen.

NOTE: This prayer was bequeathed to us by Our Lord the Christ, and it contains seven sacred petitions so that the devotees of the path may ask for the grace of the Most High.

Gnostics must do the will of the Father, on Earth as it is in Heaven. But men generally call and invoke God so that He may do their will, that is to say, what is contrary to God's will.

THE HAIL MARY

Hail Mary; (RAM-IO).
Full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Iehsus).
Virgin Mary, Mother of God;
Pray for us sinners, those who have the sinning "I";
Now and at the hour of the death of our defects (Egos).

Amen.

NOTE: This Prayer, and the Our Father, must be said by all Gnostics before going to bed, or in moments of danger.

Chapter One

THE VIRGIN OF CARMEL

The Virgin of Carmel was the Mother of the Divine Redeemer of the World.

Innumerable writers have sung praises to the grandest mother of all ages. How could we define her? Neither the quill of Michelangelo, nor the Madonna of Leonardo da Vinci was successful in faithfully expressing to us the image of the Virgin Mary.

Innumerable sculptors have tried to personify the Virgin of Carmel, but none of them could exactly express the physiognomy of that Great Daughter of the Light. Upon contemplating with the eyes of the Soul the ineffable figure of that Divine Mother, we would not see anything that resembles diamonds, rubies, or emeralds. Before the eyes of the soul completely disappear the purple cloths and silks with which one has wished to enshroud the memory of Mary, the Divine Mother of Jesus of Nazareth.

Mary was not that worldly beauty painted in all of those water colors.

With the eyes of the Spirit we contemplate only a virgin who remains bronzed by the desert sun. In front of our stupefied spiritual gazes, the slender bodies and provocative faces of feminine figure fade away, so that in their place appears a simple woman of small statute, delicate body, small and rounded face, blunt nose, slightly protruding upper lip, gypsy eyes, and broad forehead.

That humble woman was vested in a brown, chestnut colored tunic, and leather sandals.

Traveling through the African deserts bound for the land of Egypt, she looked like the prodigal daughter with her tunic old and tattered, and her bronzed face damp with copious perspiration.

Mary is not that purple statue with diamonds that today adorns the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Mary is not that statue whose ermined hands, set in gold, brighten the processions of the Parish House.

Mary is not that unforgettable beauty whom we have contemplated since childhood upon the majestic altars of our village churches, the metal bells of which gladden the marketplace of our Parishes.

Before our spiritual senses we only see a virgin who remains bronzed by the desert sun.

Before ones spiritual sight all fantasies disappear, so that in their place may appear a prodigal daughter, a humble woman of flesh and bone.

As a young girl, Mary took a vow of chastity in the temple of Jerusalem. Mary was the daughter of Anna. Her mother brought her to the temple so that she could take her vows. Mary was one of the Vestals of the Temple. She was born into an aristocratic family, and before she entered the temple as a Vestal she had countless suitors. She even had a smart and rich gallant who wished to marry her.

However, Mary did not accept him, her heart loved only God.

During the first years of her life she was surrounded by all kinds of comforts. Tradition tells us that Mary made carpets for the temple of Jerusalem and that these carpets were transformed into roses.

Mary knew the Secret Doctrine of the Tribe of Levi. Mary was educated in the august shade of the porticos of Jerusalem, amidst the nubile foliage of the Oriental palm trees, beneath the shade of which rested the old stretcher-bearers of the desert.

Mary was initiated into the Mysteries of Egypt, she knew the wisdom of the Pharaohs, and she drank from the chalice of Ancient Christianity, calcined by the burning heat of the eastern lands.

Upon the seven hills of the august Rome of the Caesars there was not even a glimpse of the Catholic Religion such as we know it today. The ancient Essenes knew only the old Christian Doctrine, the doctrine of the Martyrs, that doctrine for which St. Stephen died a martyr.

That Holy Christic Doctrine was preserved in secret within the Mysteries of Egypt, Troy, Rome, Carthage, Eleusis, etc.

The greatest thing that Christ did was to make the ancient doctrine public on the roads of Jerusalem.

And it was Mary, the Virgin of Carmel, who was appointed by Divinity to be the Mother of the Divine Redeemer of the World.

Chapter Two

THE ANNUNCIATION

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to Galilee, to a city called Nazareth,"

"To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary."

"And the angel went in and said to her; Peace be unto you, O full of grace, our

Lord is with you, O blessed one among women."

"When she saw him, she was disturbed at his word, and wondered what kind of greeting this could be."

"And the angel said to her; Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace with God."

"For behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call his name Jesus."

(Luke 1:26-31)

"Then Mary said to the angel; How can this be, for no man has known me." "The angel answered and said to her; The Holy Spirit will come, and the power of the Highest will rest upon you. Therefore, the one who is to be born of you is holy, and he will be called the Son of God."

(Luke 1:34-35)

"In those days, Mary rose up, and went hurriedly to the hill country, to a city of Judea."

"And she entered the house of Zechariah, and greeted Elizabeth."

"And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leapt in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." "And she cried out in a loud voice saying to Mary; Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."

"How does it happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" "For behold, when the voice of your salutation fell on my ears, the babe in my womb leapt with great joy."

"And blessed is she who believed; for the will be a fulfillment of the things which were spoken to her from the Lord." "And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."

"For he who is mighty has done great things to me; holy is his Name."

"And his mercy is for centuries and generation upon those who reverence him." "He has brought victory with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart."

"He has put down the mighty from their seats, and he has lifted up the meek."

"He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty."

"He has helped his servant Israel, and has remembered his mercy;"

"Just as he spoke with our forefathers, with Abraham, and with his descendants for ever."

"Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned to her own home." (Luke 1:39-56)

In ancient times the entire human species conceived its children through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit, and at that time the pain of childbirth did not exist. The Holy Spirit sent holy angels to them, so that they might gather with the men and women within the great courtyards of the temples.

The sexual act was directed by angels, and it was a Sacrament that only took place in the temples, in order to beget bodies for the souls who needed to come to the world.

At that time the pain of childbirth did not exist, women gave birth to their children without pain, because they were conceived through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit.

But when humanity disobeyed the angels, they then sinned against the Holy Spirit, and He said to the women, "With pain you shall give birth to your children." And to the men He said, "By the sweat of your brow you shall support your wife and children."

Adam was all the men of ancient times, and Eve all the women of ancient times. Mary had been following the path of chastity and sanctity, and for this reason she was surprised when the angel announced to her that she would conceive a son. She taught us the path of chastity by her example.

Nowadays, marriage has become a license to fornicate. Men and women multiply through pure animal pleasure, without giving an iota of importance to the Holy Spirit.

All sexual union that takes place without the permission of the Holy Spirit is fornication. However, the human beings of this age do not wish to understand this, because they have moved so far away from the old doctrine that was known by the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, and which the Christ preached on the unconquered walls of Zion.

All the sages of the past begot their children through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit. Zechariah was surprised when the angel announced to him the birth of John the Baptist.

John was also begotten through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit, and it was an angel who announced to Zechariah that his wife, already advanced in years, would conceive a son.

Let us see the following Biblical verses:

"And it came to pass, that while he was ministering in the order of his ministry before God,"

"According to the custom of the priesthood, his turn came to burn incense; so he entered the temple of the Lord."

"And all the congregation of the people prayed outside, at the time of incense." "And the angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, standing on the right of the altar of incense."

"And when Zechariah saw him, he became dumbfounded, and fear came upon him."

"And the angel said to him; Fear not, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will call his name John." "And you will have joy and gladness; and a great many will rejoice at his birth." "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will not drink wine and strong drink; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while he is still in the womb of his mother."

(Luke 1:8-15)

All the great sages and saints of ancient times were born through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit.

All just and righteous married couples must conceive their children through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit.

Those couples, who truly wish to be Christians, must pray to the Holy Spirit asking him for the Annunciation.

And the angel of God shall appear in the dreams of those couples, and will announce to them the day and the hour when they must perform thy sexual connection.

And thus, every child will be pure and beautiful from birth, because it was conceived through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit.

It is necessary to dominate the carnal passions and cultivate the purity and sanctity of marriage.

"Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but God will judge fornicators and adulterers."

(Hebrews 13:4)

"Lest any man among you be found a fornicator, or profane, like Esau, who sold his birthright for a morsel of meat."

(Hebrews 12:16)

Chapter Three

THE CONCEPTION

There were 33 priests of the Tribe of Levi in the Temple of Jerusalem.

Joseph, the father of Jesus of Nazareth, was one of the 33 elders of the Temple of Solomon.

After the Annunciation, the High Priest ordered that all the 33 priests of the temple place their staffs behind the altar. And it was set in order that the man whose staff flowered at daybreak would be the husband of Mary.

Each one of the priests, one by one, in successive order, placed his staff behind altar.

The last man obliged to set down his staff was the Priest Joseph, but he resisted the command of the High Priest, contending his old age.

However, he had to obey the command, and set his staff behind the altar. On the following day, very early in the morning, the priests went to the altar to retrieve their staffs, and it was to everyone's surprise to find Joseph's staff in full bloom.

And so it was that Joseph was appointed to be the husband of Mary.

And the Virgin of Carmel was taken from the temple and placed in the house of an honorable citizen of Jerusalem, in order to await the hour of conception. And the Angel Gabriel chose the day and hour in which the couple would perform the sexual act as a sacrifice upon the altar of matrimony, so as to offer a body to the Divine Redeemer of the World.

And so Mary was a virgin before childbirth, during childbirth, and after childbirth, because she was a Virgin of the Soul, and because the conception was performed by Order, that is to say, through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit. The sexual act, when commanded by an angel, begets children through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit. For the pure the sexual act is pure, but for the impure it is impure.

When we look upon the sexual act with the eyes of an angel, it is Angelic, but when we look at it with the eyes of wickedness, it is demonic.

When the sexual act is carried out by order of an angel, it is holy.

But when the sexual act is performed by order of the devil, it is satanic. Mary experienced no pain during childbirth, because she conceived her son through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit. All the husbands and wives of the world can imitate Mary and Joseph, conceiving their children through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit, and not through fornication.

This is the marvelous key that will allow beautiful and intelligent children to be born.

The important thing is to know how to abstain oneself and to pray daily to the Holy Spirit and to his Holy Angel Gabriel, so that in our dreams we are made to be participants of the Annunciation.

The angel of the Lord will then reveal in ones dreams the day and hour in which the couple may perform the sacred act of fecundation.

This conception of the Holy Spirit will turn each home into a paradise; the disenchantments of love will disappear, and happiness will remain.

All prayer to the Angel Gabriel shall be done in this way:

"O Jehovah of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look upon the affliction of thy maidservant, and remember me, and not forget thy handmaiden, but wilt give to thy maidservant a son, then I will give him to Jehovah all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head."

(I Samuel 1:11)

Chapter Four

THE MOUNT

We are souls that have bodies. However, the body is but the garment of the soul. The body does not think, what thinks is the soul. The body does not love, what loves is the soul. The body odes not desire, it is the soul that desires. The body is only the vestment of the soul.

During the hours of sleep, the soul comes out of the body and visits all those places that are familiar to it.

During the hours of sleep, the soul wanders about the Sacred Mount, which we are told of by the Gospel Saints.

The Bible speaks to us about the Mount in the following verses:

"And it came to pass that about eight days after these words, Jesus took Simon Peter and James and John, and went up into a mountain to pray."

"And while he prayed, the appearance of his face was changed, and his raiment became white and dazzling."

"And behold, two men were speaking with him, Moses and Elijah," "Who appeared in glory and spoke concerning his departure which was to be accomplished at Jerusalem."

"And Simon Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep; and when they awoke they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him." "And it came to pass that when they began to leave him, Simon Peter said to Jesus; Teacher, It is better for us to remain here, and let us make three tabernacles; one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. But he didn't know what he was saying."

"And when he had said these things, there came a cloud and overshadowed them; and they were frightened when they saw Moses and Elijah enter into the cloud." "And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying; This is my beloved Son, hear him."

"And when the voice was heard, they found Jesus alone. And they kept silent, and in those days they did not tell any man what they saw."

"And it came to pass the next day, as they came down from the mountain, that they were met by many people."

(Luke 9:28-37)

This mountain that the Gospels speak of is space.

During the hours of sleep, all souls wander about the mount and visit different places. They go wherever their hearts take them.

In dreams our souls speak with distant beings, speak with other souls, and can converse with the angels.

When it is said that Christ, Peter, John, and James climbed the mountain to pray, and that Christ was transfigured in their presence, we have to understand that their bodies of flesh and bone slept while their souls were praying outside of the body, on the mount.

Every human being can visit the mount at will. The important thing is to comprehend that we are souls who have bodies, and that we are able to enter and leave the body at will. Every Christian can learn how to come out of the body at will.

The key is the following:

The person will lie down on his bed, become sleepy, and when he finds that he is already asleep he will gently get up from his bed, being careful not to wake himself up from his dream.

Then he will leave his bedroom, and will take a little jump with the intention of floating, and thus flying, any one of us can go to wherever our hearts carries us. A mother could visit her distant child, see him, and talk to him. A husband could visit his wife who is far away, see her, and she in turn could do the same. This is not a mental exercise; we are not dealing with something mental here. When we say that the Christian ought to gently get out of bed, he must do it; it is to be understood in this way. However, take care of the sleep that you have attained, because the power to enter the mount is in this sleep.

The important thing is to abandon laziness, and get up from your bed at the moment of falling asleep.

On the mount, all souls can converse with the Virgin of Carmel, and with the beloved Son born from her womb.

The Most Holy Virgin of Carmel weeps for all women, and she watches over all human beings.

On the mount, the Virgin of Carmel appears vested with her chestnut colored tunic. She wears a brown and chestnut colored mantle over her head, carries a scapular in her hands, and her head is encircled by a crown. She is the Brunette Virgin, the Virgin of the Mount.

Chapter Five

DISCERNMENT

In the last chapter we said that when the body sleeps, the soul wanders about the sacred mount.

During the hours of sleep the soul occupies itself with the same work and daily activities.

While outside of the body merchants buy and sell in their shops, without realizing that they are outside of the body.

During the hours of sleep we see the souls of dressmakers, mechanics, shopkeepers, peddlers, etc., dedicated to the same work and daily occupations.

Those souls function asleep, convinced and certain that they are in their bodies of flesh and bone. When someone tells them that they are outside of the body, they do not believe it and they mock the person who tells them.

If those souls were to realize that they are outside of the body, then they would be able to transport themselves to any corner of the world in a few moments.

Thus, the wife who suffers fro the absent man whom she loves; the fiancée who is suffering for her husband to be; they can visit him without being seen. The mother whose son is absent, she can visit her child and acquaint herself with his life.

The important thing is to know the key, the secret, in order to realize that one is outside of the body.

This key is that of discernment. During the day we must ask ourselves this question, "Am I in my body or outside of my body?" Then jump up, take a little leap with the intention of floating in space, and if you float it is because you are outside of your body. Then, suspended in space, go where your heart leads you.

You must ask yourself this question in the presence of anything that is odd. Suppose that you are walking down the street and you encounter a friend that you haven't seen for some time, ask yourself this question at that time, "Am I in my body or outside of it?"

Take a little jump with the intention of floating, and if you float it is because your body is asleep in your bed, and you are outside of it. Go then to where your heart carries you, to that person who is absent from you, to your distant child, to your beloved one.

You should ask yourself this question during the day, in the presence of anything that is curious, such as a disturbance, a rare object, encountering a dead person, meeting a distant friend, etc. In short, ask yourself this question in the presence of anything out of the ordinary.

One should practice this key of discernment during the day, at every turn, in every moment, in order to ingrain it well into our soul, and the key will activate during sleep.

Everything that one does during the day one also does during sleep, and if during the day one accustoms oneself to this practice, during the night you will find yourself doing it in the hours of sleep when the soul is outside of the body.

And then, upon asking yourself the question, take a little jump such as the one you did during the day, and your consciousness will awaken. You will float in space and visit distant people, and absent child, a mother who hasn't had any news, etc.

During the hours of sleep the soul is outside of the body. The important thing is that the soul realizes that it is functioning outside of the body, so that it can visit any distant place.

This is the key of discernment:

If, being outside of the body, we invoke with a pure heart the Virgin of Carmel, then, the Divine Mother of the Nazarene will attend our call and we can converse with her. And if, being outside of the body, we invoke the Angel Gabriel, asking him for the Annunciation, then he can tell the husband and wife on which day and at what hour they can make love. And in this way women can conceive their children through the work and grace of the Holy Spirit, that is to say , by command of the Holy Spirit.

Men can converse with angels during sleep. Every woman, every child, every elderly person, can speak to angels during sleep. While outside of the body we can invoke angels, and they will attend our call in order to teach us the word of God.

Chapter Six

MIRACLES OF THE VIRGIN OF CARMEL

All of us who are acquainted with the mount know that the Virgin of Carmel is a tireless worker.

Often a devotee is cured of some "incurable" illness, and then, full of admiration he exclaims, "A miracle of the Virgin of Carmel!"

However, the devotee is unaware that the Virgin of Carmel has had to work intensely in order to be able to heal his sick body.

Other times a devotee has been saved from a tragic death, and full of admiration he exclaims, "A miracle!" However, the devotee is unaware of the supreme effort, the enormous sacrifice, and the magnitude of the labor that has fallen to the Virgin of Carmel to carry it out.

We are going to relate some miracles of the Virgin of Carmel:

  1. Alfredo Bello, sailing on a schooner, was saved from drowning to death by imploring the Virgin of Carmel. Alfredo Bello was navigating in the area of the Panama Canal toward the city of Barranquilla, when the Schooner exploded. The boat was sinking amidst the furious waves of the sea, he saw nothing but the sky and water, and there was not even a ray of hope. Alfredo Bello grasped a meager wooden plank and implored the Virgin of Carmel. Thus, this man was saved. He received assistance in time, and full of admiration he exclaimed, "A miracle!"

    But that man was unaware of the tremendous effort that the Virgin of Carmel had to make in order to save him.

  2. Jose Prudencio Aguilar, a distinguished and elect personage from Riohacha, was navigating a schooner of his ownership through the choppy waves of the Atlantic, when the ship was swept away by a terrifying hurricane that tossed the furious waves of the sea. That schooner was on the verge of sinking to the depths of the Ocean.

    The man cried out to the Virgin of Carmel, and it was thus through her hard work that she was able to save him from disaster. "A miracle!" exclaimed the man.

  3. Mrs. Esther Lozano gave birth to a beautiful young girl without feeling any pain in childbirth by invoking the Virgin of Carmel. "A miracle!" this lady exclaimed, without being aware of the enormous scientific labor that the Virgin of Carmel had to perform in order to save her.

    This lady gratefully baptized her daughter with the name of the Virgin of Carmel.

  4. In the year 1940, traveling by boat from Tacamocho to Gamarra, a young lady named Emilia Hernandez fell overboard while trying to get a pail of water. This lady was in the water for four hours amidst the furious waves of the river Magdalena. She grasped a small branch and was saved from the jaws of death by invoking the Virgin of Carmel. The name of the boat was

    "The Apple Orchard."

    The Virgin of Carmel had to fight very hard in order to save this lady.

  5. A seafarer, belonging to a family of good Samaritans, had an accident at sea and was in the water for many hours. Upon being pulled out of the water he came to, and everyone exclaimed, " A miracle of the Virgin of Carmel!".

  6. On one occasion a man was climbing a mountain pass upon Mount Tolima and was attacked by a rabid dog. The animal howled in the darkness of the night. The terrified man invoked the Virgin of Carmel and the beast fled in fear.

    There is no doubt that this animal was a dark creature of the abyss.

  7. And what might we say about that girl who was saved from a plane crash? The airplane was transporting a large number of refugee children from Germany to the United States, when it ultimately crashed in the U.S. All of those children perished, but it could not be explained how and in what way a girl was found a shirt distance from the plane completely safe and sound.

    The Virgin of Carmel performed this marvelous work, this excellent miracle.

    We accept that because of the Law of Destiny the child should not have died yet, but inevitably an intervention was needed, and it was the Virgin of Carmel who intervened.

Chapter Seven

NATURE

Nature is forever a Virgin Mother. Nature is forever Virginal, and forever a Mother. Nature is an austere and kind mother.

The consciousness of Nature teaches the timid little bird how to build its nest. The consciousness of Nature beats in the heart of the tree, in the heart of the feeble worm that crawls through the ground, in the heart of the high-flying eagle that flaps its intrepid wings over the huge granite mountains that pierce through the blue of the sky with their beacon towers.

The consciousness of Nature teaches the child to seek out its mother's breast, and teaches the birds to rise up and fly.

The consciousness of Nature gives shape to all things. It organizes the petals of the flowers that impregnate the air with their perfumes, and gives order to the movement of the stars amidst the magnificent orchestration of the Infinite.

Nature is an austere and loving Mother. When we enter into the mount we see Her inside of Her magnificent temple, with Her golden crown and Her shining white tunic, ruling over the battling elements.

When humanity pesters her too much, she does what any mother would do with her children -- she gives human beings toys with which to amuse themselves. She deposits into the minds of inventors the radio, the airplane, the automobile, etc., so that her children are amused, while they become mature enough to study the wisdom of God.

All of the innocent angels of the earth, the water, the fire, and the air obey the Blessed Mother Goddess of the World.

Mary, Adonia, Insoberta, Isis and Astarte have forever symbolized the Celestial Virgin of Nature.

Nature is a grand workshop wherein God labors.

Nature is the temple of the Virgin Mother of the World.

Chapter Eight

THE GNOSTIC CHURCH

We are now going to teach to the devotees of the Virgin of Carmel the path of authentic Christianity.

Let us study the third chapter from the First Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to Timothy. Let's see":

"This is a true saying: if a man desires the office of a bishop, he aspires to a good work."

"He who becomes a bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife, mentally alert, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, and apt at teaching;"

"Not given to wine, not hasty to strike, not quarrelsome but meek, not greedy of filthy lucre;"

"One who rules well his own household and keeps his children under submission to bring them up with all purity."

"For if a man does not know how to rule well his own household, how shall he take care of the Church of God?"

"He should not be a novice, lest he become proud and fall into the condemnation of the devil."

"Moreover, he must have a good report from outsiders, lest he fall into reproach and the snares of the devil."

"Likewise, deacons must be pure, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;"

"But they must uphold the divine mystery of faith with a pure conscience."

"Let these first be examined, and then let them minister after they have been found blameless."

"Likewise their wives must be chaste, mentally alert, faithful in all things, and not slanderers."

"Let the deacons be appointed from those who have not been polygamous, ruling their children and their own households well."

"For those who minister well earn good recognition for themselves and grow more familiar with the faith of Jesus Christ."

"These things I write to you, although hoping to come to you shortly;"

"So that if I am delayed, you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth."

"Truly great is this divine mystery of righteousness; it is revealed in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, and received up into glory."

(I Timothy 3)

This is from the Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to St. Timothy, a pious man, and fearful of God.

This is the Holy Doctrine of St. Augustine, St. Thomas, Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus, Epiphanius, Carpocrates whom founded several monasteries in Spain, Tertullian, St. Ambrose, St. Stephen whom died a martyr, St. Justinian, etc. This is the old doctrine that Christ taught in secret to his 70 disciples, and for which the Saints of Jerusalem were persecuted.

This is the doctrine of the great sovereigns of the Church; this is the doctrine of the Gnostics, to which belong all the high dignitaries of the original Gnostic Catholic Church.

This is the Ancient Christianity that St. Paul preached when he arrived to Rome bound in chains. This is the Christianity that the Virgin of Carmel studied under the august shade of the temple of Jerusalem.

Les us see some other teachings of St. Paul the Apostle:

"Follow after love, after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, above all that you may prophesy."

"For he who speaks in an unknown tongue speaks not to me, but to God; for no man understands what he says; however, through the Spirit he speaks mysteries."

"But he who prophesies speaks to men for edification, encouragement, and comfort."

"He who speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he who prophesies edifies the church."

"I would like that you all spoke various tongues, but I would rather that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater that he who speaks various tongues, unless he interprets; however, if he interprets, he edifies the church."

"Now, my brethren, if I should come to you and speak in diverse tongues, what would I profit you, except I speak to you either by means of revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by teaching?"

(I Corinthians 14:1-6)

So then, St. Paul advised all good Christians to practice charity, to acquire spiritual gifts, and above all that they prophesy.

"And if any man should speak in an unknown tongue, let two or at most three speak, and speak one by one; and let one interpret."

"But if there is no one to interpret, let him who speaks in an unknown tongue keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself and to

God."

"Let the prophets speak two or three in turn, and let the others discern what is said."

"And if anything is revealed to another who is seated, let the first speaker hold his peace."

"For you may all prophesy one by one, so that every one may learn and every one be comforted."

"For the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets."

"For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, and he is in all churches of the saints."

"Let your women keep silent in the church for they have no permission to speak; but they are to be under obedience as is as in the Law"*

"And if they wish to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."*

*Translator's note: This Biblical statement regarding women in no way applies to our Revolutionary Age of Aquarius! Women have all the same rights as men, in all places and at all times.

"What? Did the word of God come from you? Or did it come fro you only?"

"If any one among you thinks he is a prophet, or that he is inspired by the Spirit, let him acknowledge that these things that I write to you are the commandments of our Lord."

"But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant."

"Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not prohibit speaking in unknown tongues."

"Let all things be done decently and in order."

(I Corinthians 14:27-40)

All good Christians can receive the Holy Spirit and prophesy. However, he who wants to become a prophet has to become completely chaste and holy.

The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ is not of this world, as he himself said, "My kingdom is not of this world." On the mount of the Living God there is a church that is invisible to the eyes of the flesh, but visible to the eyes of the soul and the Spirit. This is the original Gnostic Church, to which Christ and the prophets belong.

This Church has its Bishops, Archbishops, Deacons, Archdeacons, and Priests who officiate on the Altar of the Living God. The Patriarch of this invisible Church is Jesus Christ.

All Christians can go to this Church in soul and in Spirit.

In chapters 4 and 5 of the book at hand we taught the secret in order to consciously come out of the body and visit any distant place on Earth.

All human beings can also visit the Gnostic Church during sleep. There, in that Holy Church, we see the Virgin of Carmel and her holy angels with her.

All the great Saints of the Church of God visit the Gnostic Church. On Fridays and Sundays at dawn there are Masses and Communions, and all Christians can attend these Masses and receive the communion of the bread and wine by living in accordance with the teachings given in chapters 4 and 5 of this book. In this Church the devout will be taught how to prophesy.

In the Gnostic Church we see Christ seated on his throne, and all of us Gnostics can converse with him personally.

All of Mary's sufferings followed after she was wed to Joseph the Priest.

Mary was initiated into the Mysteries of Egypt.

In the Gnostic Church, Christians learn how to prophesy.

The most important thing is to follow the path of perfect Chastity and Sanctity.

In our books entitled The Perfect Matrimony, and The Revolution of Bel, we thoroughly study the great mysteries of sex. In those books we teach the greatest secrets of the Universe.

May peace be with all human beings.