General Evolution of Religion
The History of the White Brotherhood on Earth and Its Teachings
As we begin the history of the great White Brotherhood and the characteristics of the people who originally composed it, it is necessary to give an explanation of the Aryan race. There is generally a great deal of confusion in regards to this race. Many historians and writers have tried labeling the Aryan race the Caucasian, but the Aryan was more definite than can be indicated by the term Caucasian.
The word Aryan itself is difficult to trace and to analyze. It is used in the Sanskrit language and in such a manner as to indicate it was in languages much older than the Sanskrit, which are now lost to history.
In the Sanskrit the word aria means noble, and the Zend-avesta, the oldest of all preserved mystical writings, defines the words Aryan and non-Aryan (aryia, anaryia). The words Aryan and non-Aryan indicate the highest and lowest classes of certain races of people, and in the oldest hymns of India, the Rig-veda, the word arya is used to indicate the members of the ruling people of Northern India. All of this indicates that from primitive times the Aryans were a race, ruling and controlling as a nobility -- not because of any royal power, such as indicated by the word nobility today, but because of superior nature, physical and spiritual development.
There were black, red and yellow people in the White Brotherhood.
Today the term Aryan is used in many references to indicate a great many groups of European and Asiatic peoples who have traced their origin back to the original Aryan nations. Recently the language used by the Aryan people when they were one united tribe or nation was discovered and is called Tocharian, and thus far science has not been able to give this language a definite classification.
The Aryan first came into great prominence as a ruling race on the continent of Atlantis when the great deluge came and the migration of the surviving nation to various parts of the Eastern world took place.
When the Aryans left the continent of Atlantis, they proceeded to a section located somewhere between the Northern Sea and the Caspian Sea and the foothills of the mountains in the Southern part of Russia.
Here they lived for several centuries evolving and developing a great deal of mystical truth. The period after they had developed into a powerful and super-developed nation, they began to migrate to various parts of the world.
The Aryan race kept its pure blood, not because of pride, but because of their beliefs regarding the development of character and mystical power associated with it. This did not prohibit their intermarriage with many tribes of slightly different tongue and of different location, but it did prohibit inter-marriage with people that were not of the same race originally and who did not have fundamentally Aryan blood.
In their desire to know nature and to educate themselves with all knowledge, evidence shows that the leaders and the hosts of followers moved from country to country in these early days, and the Aryan race was found eventually in India and then later in Egypt.
The original stop in India was probably very short and only a temporary choice on their way to Egypt, for they stayed quite a while in Egypt and then they made a longer and more permanent stop in India.
As they went from country to country, perhaps moving every 100 years or so, they gathered many people of the lower castes and breeds who became their servants or slaves.
In those days the term slave had a much different meaning from that which is given to it today. The word slave is not precisely the word they used, but it is the nearest interpretation of the original word.
Because of the Aryan policy of non-intermarriage with less developed races than theirs, those persons who did attach themselves to the Aryan race had to remain outside the Aryan family. Although these persons were given every possible help and accepted as students under the system of development, the Aryan nevertheless kept these foreign members of their nation isolated and quite distinct from their own clan.
We find when they entered Egypt, the Aryans consisted of perhaps ten or twelve thousand highly developed pure blooded Aryans and many thousands of persons of mixed races.
It was this mixture of many races or tribes that constituted the tribes which are referred to in Egyptian history as those which eventually left Egypt and went to Palestine as the tribes of Israel.
Today the term Israel means Jewish or Hebrew in the common understanding, but in that time it did not. The word Israel was a term or title bestowed upon the patriarch Jacob and meant a prince of God, or in other words, a title of nobility.
It appears that this great Aryan nation of ten tribes consisting of one tribe of pure Aryan stock and nine definite tribes of mixed foreign blood began the ten tribes of Israel referred to in biblical and other histories which became lost, as we will explain later.
The Aryans after entering Egypt, became promoters of the mystical schools of philosophy, in contra-distinction to the schools of idolatry and the heathen religious systems of idol worshippers which had developed in Egypt through ignorance and superstition.
The slaves were servants who were part of the Aryan nation, and were put to work building temples and other great structures. There has been found evidence of one or two of these tribes of the Aryan nation, which were devoted almost exclusively to the making of bricks and the cutting of stone, according to the Aryan principles, for the building of the beautiful structures.
After the Aryan leaders had succeeded in making a deep impression upon many of the most learned and advanced of the Egyptians, who had traced their ancestry back in remote times to an original family tree of Aryans, an alliance was formed between the then-advanced Egyptians and the Aryans for the establishment and maintenance of colleges, schools and palaces of great learning in Egypt.
This was also the foundation of Egypt as a great center of learning throughout the world for several centuries. Early in the stages of this alliance, Thothmes the III and Thothmes the IV became leaders and promoters of the schools of learning. They were undoubtedly initiated in the Aryan secret schools and made members of the Aryan race.
In that time the Aryan and certain of the Egyptian powers were united slowly and secretly in evolving the intellectual power and spiritual development of the Egyptian nation. This was done against the great obstacle put in their path by a very large priesthood in Egypt, who would cater to the superstitious idol-worshipping beliefs of the uneducated Egyptians.
The mother of the great Master Amenhotep the IV was a woman named Tia. She was one of the most highly developed women of the Aryan race which had settled in Egypt. She became queen, and history has recorded the grandeur and beauty of her soul and character.
There are many picturesque and romantic tales of how Queen Tia and her husband, and the initiates of the secret schools, exercised all their spiritual gifts in planning for the birth of a son, who would become the great ruler or leader of the Egyptian schools of mysticism.
By this time, the secret schools and their followers had become a major influence in Egypt and their knowledge was extending beyond the borders of Egypt through messengers and from those who came from foreign lands to study in these great schools of learning. Then Queen Tia gave birth to the most remarkable person ever born in Egypt, if not the most remarkable person ever born in the world up to that time.
Her son was Amenhotep the IV, who was later called Akhnaton. Many modern writers of Egyptian history refer to Amenhotep the IV as "the world's first great citizen." Amenhotep the IV completely overthrew the heathen priest- hood of Egypt and established the first monotheistic religion in the world, proclaiming the existence of a "true and ever-living God" in the heavens. He also built a great city along the Nile after abandoning his school at the royal palace in Thebes.
At the height of Amenhotep's power in the year 1350 BC, we find the Aryan race living in the midst of Egypt, scattered throughout its principle cities and looked upon by the idol- worshipping Egyptians as foreigners, tolerated but constantly suspected because of the power and the alliances which they feared.
We find the nine tribes of the foreign blood which had come with the Aryans into Egypt, which were still living in the various parts of the land more or less isolated, and employed in various industries and agriculture. They were looked upon by the heathen Egyptians as the most undesirable of all the foreigners in their lands.
Thus the heathen Egyptians would not accept the members of these nine foreign tribes into their families by marriage, and gave them only such labor and such places to live as were unwanted by the Egyptians themselves.
These nine tribes of people, therefore, had become slaves in another sense, and were engaged in the most menial and difficult forms of manual work. It was these tribes, who were greatly increased in number by births in their own tribes through the centuries, that performed the slave labor of building the great structures in Egypt.
The situation in Egypt around 1350 BC was, first of all, the great mass of Egyptian people. Ninety-nine percent of them were illiterate and uneducated and held in mental and spiritual bondage by the heathen priesthood of the country, who also tried to hold the people in financial and physical bondage.
The Pharaoh and his Queen, and all of his officers were also greatly dominated by the priesthood. It was worth a persons life to criticize or attack the priesthood. Neither the Pharaoh nor the most humble slave in that country could express his opinion about the priesthood or its practices without being very careful and judicious.
The natives of Egypt were of mixed blood and were constantly intermarrying with tribes from surrounding countries, building up a nation of idol-worshipping superstitious people. It was into this unhappy situation that the Aryan tribes came. It was like a great nation from some foreign lands coming in a body and settling in a country where they were suspected, unwanted and constantly watched.
The Aryan tribes also represented various classes of people. First was a pure Aryan stock of which there were about 12,000 persons. However, many thousands who were not of pure Aryan blood came into Egypt with them and stayed as part of the Aryan tribes. Some of these were of Atlantean origin, some were of Lemurian origin, some were from the far north of the European continent, and the rest were from places not known.
These ten tribes which constituted the Aryan race did not live together in Egypt as a separate nation of people. They spread out considerably a few years after their entrance into Egypt.
They remained to themselves, independent of the Egyptian people in many ways. This independence on the part of the Aryan tribes, plus their knowledge, learning and health really disturbed the priesthood of Egypt because they knew that if any of the great leaders of the Aryan tribes became high officials in the government, it would mean the ruin of the priesthood.
The same jealous attitude that the priesthood had here in Egypt was the same attitude that Our Lord Jesus ran across when he came to Earth also.
The priesthood and politicians of Egypt were afraid that the learned Aryan leaders were going to seek political power, just as the Roman politicians had and also part of the Jewish priesthood did. They thought that Jesus would seek power of some form and become a dangerous threat to the priesthood. In both cases the jealous minds were wrong. Just as Jesus sought no political power and never had such a thing in mind, so, it was too with the Aryan leaders.
They believed that you can do more in the way of ruling people, directing them and having their support and cooperation through educating them and helping them to evolve.
The leaders of the Aryan tribes were naturally highly educated, and as students of the laws of the universe did not seek and did not want political power in that land. They did not even attack or criticize the priesthood, and never made any open protest against the things that the priesthood or politicians were doing.
In their secret sessions, in their grotto temples and secret meetings in the valley, they instructed their own tribes and some of the natives who were to be trusted in regards to the higher laws of living and the higher ways of thinking. In this way they gradually were not educating only their own people, but also some of the Egyptian natives to see beyond the superstitions of the priesthood and the ignorant beliefs of the politicians.
After fifty or one hundred years of such educational work, the Aryan tribes had attracted to themselves some of the most
brilliant minds of the native Egyptians. Among the Aryan tribes there were four or five eminent leaders. After several hundred years of activity in Egypt, a number of pure-blooded Egyptian natives of high position, and low position also, became great mystics and leaders in the higher living. Among these evolved Egyptians were the predecessors of Amenhotep the IV.
Amenhotep himself and his seven daughters were taught carefully by the Pharaoh himself. His mother, Tia, was of Aryan birth as was mentioned before; Amenhotep moved the capitol from Thebes to a new city which he built along the Nile. Thebes has been the capitol and palace city of many Pharaohs.
It as not only the home and principle business office of the ruler of the country, but it was the home of all the politicians. Nearly every branch of the political activity was dominated by the priesthood, which also had its secret headquarters in Thebes.
Amenhotep's parents soon found that every move they made and even everything they tried to do was being watched by secret spies and representatives of the priesthood, who were living as servants and workers in their palace.
Amenhotep, when he was a young Pharaoh, also discovered every move he made was being watched: his private sessions were being spied upon, and his own life was in jeopardy every hour.
Not only was he hindered in the care and instruction of his family, but the high sessions of the newly formed White Brotherhood, composed of all the leaders of the mystical work, were being interfered with by the politicians and representatives of the priesthood.
For this reason he moved his palace and his home to the new city of El-amarna. There he built a great temple that was absolutely safe from intrusion and protected by hundreds of loyal followers and guards, who were also neophytes in the great movement that was now becoming an important power in Egypt.
In this temple were held the various classes of instruction and the initiation ceremonies, the tests and trials by fire, water and air, and likewise the secret sessions of the great council of leaders which met often to decide important matters.
When the great leaders of the pure Aryan tribe decided to form a real secret society consisting of the most evolved persons in their ten tribes, and decided also to admit the most advanced of the Egyptian natives, they were forced to make plans for testing and trying persons who they thought might qualify for membership.
However, they did not reach that stage of testing until after they had been watched and studied carefully by many leaders for several years. This also constituted the foundation for all of the present-day initiation ceremonies used by secret orders, and also the rituals in the various churches.
As a point of interest we will follow this source of rituals, for by tracing the origin of the Roman Catholic and Jewish ceremonies we will have the origin of all, as far as church ceremonies are concerned.
St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the more evolved priests of the Roman Church, expressed in a few words the real meaning of all religious ceremonies. He said that ceremony is the necessary outcome of the two-fold nature of man -- intellectual and sensible -- on account of which he must pay God a two-fold adoration.
One is in the spiritual aspect, which consists of the interior devotion of the soul; the other is corporeal, which manifests itself in the outward form of worship. For there is no inward sentiment or feeling which man has not wanted to express outwardly by some subtle gesture or action. He refers especially to the liturgy, gesture movements which accompany prayers, exercises and forms in connection with blessings, light, incense and vestments.
All of the light used in the church of Rome and in all church ceremonies, whether candle light, altar fires, taper lights, oil lights or otherwise, are symbolical of the spirit of the great Christos.
The word ceremony itself is from the original Sanskrit. The word karmen means action and work, and we find that karmen is a word in Sanskrit composed of one syllable that originally was kar which meant to make or create.
It is generally known that the Oriental religions follow very closely the methods of these early secret societies, and maintain an inner secret circle, as well as an outer circle.
The trouble with the masses of the people in the world is that they judge all religious systems by what they learn of their outer congregation, or outer circle of activities. They never become familiar with the real inner teachings.
For an example, if an American should travel through the Oriental lands and come into contact with the Orientals in a general way, he has become familiar with the practices and customs of just the outer circle of the religious movements from which he bases his judgments about these religions, just by such things as he sees.
For instance, in India among the outer members of the religious movements, one finds the fakirs who know very little of the real inner teachings of the inner circle of their church or religion, and who are still guided by the many superstitious beliefs, with all sorts of tricks and astonishing performances.
If the religious teachings of India were to be judged by these outer demonstrations, by attending the public service of the church, or by reading the literature that is given to the mass of people, an entirely wrong opinion and conception of the real religious teachings of the inner circle is formed.
Mankind, in general, is constantly passing through various steps of evolution, while it is true that an entire race of any country may be a little further advanced than the preceding generation of the same race, the fact remains that the highest degree of evolution in any race is found among the few.
While the majority are considerably lower in evolution and development, therefore, something has to be done to take care of those that develop more rapidly and at the same time to guide and instruct those who are not so well developed.
We will use a hypothetical situation to illustrate this further; let us say that in some country in any period of history there are 100,000 men, women and children constituting the race of natives living in this particular country.
Now let us say that according to the law of averages of this 100,000 persons 50,000 of them are one step behind in intellectual, mental and spiritual development.
In other words, they are very primitive in their ways of thinking, guided by superstitious beliefs of their forefathers, biased against anything that is modern or new, doubtful about many of the important spiritual or religious beliefs of the church or greatly bound to some primitive doctrine which they think is perfectly good and satisfactory.
Among these 50,000 people there are some who are very wealthy, who have selfish and personal motives in wanting to keep the rest of the 50,000 in ignorance, and backward in their development. Most of the 50,000 people are of the middle class of wealth or very, very poor.
The health of these latter persons is generally bad, and epidemics of diseases break out quite frequently among them because they resort to superstitious practices to heal them- selves and are prejudiced against modern medical practices or scientific methods.
Industrious in a primitive way and willing to work very hard for a small income, they shut their eyes to any methods that would improve their ways of working and living.
Because of their superstitious and primitive methods of thinking along religious lines, they are usually associated with some form of religion which is all ritualistic and which does not require any study, and very often requires nothing more than the going to some place of worship once a week, making certain salutations, burning incense, going through some form that is supposed to bring them a blessing and then going about their business for the rest of the week, without any understanding of the religious principles at all.
Then we would have about 35,000 persons who are more modern in their way of thinking and living. They would represent the present stage of evolution and progress in their country. Usually they have comfortable homes and more enjoyment of life, with better incomes, less disease and a lower death rate.
They are usually prominent in all lines of thought, easily picking up the new ideas of the advanced teachers, lecturers, and writers of their day.
These are a body of persons which are very dependable, very solid, very enthusiastic in regard to life. They would be called modernists by the 50,000 persons who are in the stage of development below them. Yet, these 35,000 persons are seekers and are not entirely satisfied with the life they have.
It is because there is a restlessness in their minds and in their hearts that they have risen out of the class of the 50,000 persons and are better off than others.
They always want what is new and what is better. They are the big book buyers and readers of better literature. They are the ones who patronize lectures or listen to the advice of teachers. They are constantly inventing, improving and trying to make their position in life much better than it is.
Naturally they look among themselves in their own class of people for leaders, for teachers and for guides, and what they cannot find among their own class, they begin to seek among those persons who can lead them to better things, begin to seek outside their own class and eventually outside their own race of people. They are quick, however, to recognize the superior among their people.
Whenever several hundred of these persons live in any one community they are quick to recognize the one or two persons among them who may be just a little degree above them in intellectual, mental and spiritual development, and therefore, they gather around such persons and ask questions or form groups and societies for the discussion of great problems.
In this way, they organize themselves into bodies of students, inventors and seekers. They are happy indeed when someone from another land or another race or higher grade of development comes in contact with them or offers them books to read, or points out the way to self-improvement.
Now we have two classes of people so far in this imaginary country: class A, consisting of 50,000 persons who are backwards at least one stage of development and progress; and class B, consisting or 35,000 persons who are right up to the present time in their development and are restless, seeking information and help in advancing still further; and we have the third class, or class C, consisting of 15,000 persons.
These three classes make the total of 100,000 persons in the imaginary country. In class C we have 15,000 persons who are one or more stages ahead in progress and development. They are the ultra-modernists. Such persons would be called fanatics by the persons in class A and would be called geniuses by the persons in class B. These persons in class C have attained a high degree of development and evolution in many ways.
First, because of high development in previous incarnations -- they were probably in class B or C in a previous life in the same country or some other. Second, through birth they have become members of class C -- very likely their fathers or mothers were members of class B and were highly developed. In this class C perhaps 5,000 might be two or three stages ahead in development and progress. They are very spiritual in their religious thinking, intuitive in their reasoning, and are natural born leaders. They constitute the pathfinders in every race and in every land. They are the ones who can study the needs of a person in class A and class B and see just what both of these classes need to improve themselves and proceed to bring about the necessary changes in living and thinking.
They organize the learned societies and establish special schools and colleges and do everything they can, not just to improve themselves, but to improve those in the other two classes.
The first problem that would confront you would be that you have two great powers with which to deal. First you have the opposing suspicious, biased, prejudiced minds of class A. In that class you would find an army outnumbering your own class who would suspect your motives and oppose you on the basis that you are going to tread on the under-class in order to raise yourself higher. You would have the heathen worshippers of class A and their religious leaders claiming that you are unorthodox, that you are ungodly and therefore, a sinner among men.
You would find many in class A who would be ready to stone you or spit upon you in the belief that they were serving their god by wiping you out of existence. You would find the ignorant minds in class A misrepresenting and misusing everything that you said or did for them. Hence, you and your group of assistants would keep in mind the fact that you must approach the persons of class A very carefully, very gradually, and never letting them know your full intentions and purposes. But slowly and gradually win their confidence while letting them have only a little information, a little light and a little help at a time.
On the other hand, you would have another great army of persons with whom to contend. These would be those in class B. The most progressive, anxious and restless amongst this class would be swooping down upon your group with such insistence, demanding that they be given all the light and all the information that you have, that you would find yourself almost torn to shreds, figuratively speaking, by the demand that immediately, quickly, without reserve, that you give them everything that you have to give.
Now, how would you and your assistants proceed to deal with these two great armies composed of class A and class B? If you will stop to think for a moment, you will realize that there would be only two ways of working out your great scheme, which would be to organize your work in two forms. Form A would be an outer circle, or movement, with just a little of the great light and truth, just to interest casually persons in class A, without arousing their suspicions or their intellectualism too greatly.
On the other hand, you would organize another form which we class as form B, which would be an inner or secret circle for persons in class B. You would do your utmost to prevent persons in class A from ever knowing anything about the existence of the inner circle.
As you would find, however, some in class A reaching a point where they had developed to a proper degree of under- standing, tolerance and sympathy, you would let them come into the inner circle, but such persons would be very few indeed.
Your great hope would be not to bring many out of class A into the inner circle or form B, but to educate enough persons in class A so that they would help others in their own class to rise a little higher so that their children eventually would be ready for the inner circle or form B.
On the other hand, you would try your utmost to advance as many as possible in class B, who belong to the inner circle, to become candidates for admittance into your own secret executive body, which would be the highest group in the whole land. This is exactly what the early Aryan tribes and advanced thinkers in the Oriental lands did in each country.
Now that we have established the fact of how these ancient societies adopted the form of having an inner and outer circle, we'll begin to study the early original mystical doctrines taught to the members of both the inner and outer circle. The persons who joined the outer circle or who were admitted into the inner circle of the mystery schools were seekers of light and wisdom and there was no social or recreational motives which induced them to seek such association.
People of today think they have many profound subjects to discuss and many very, very important questions to ask regarding life and its mysteries. They tend to feel that because of their advancement in civilization it is more urgently necessary to find answers to nearly all of life's problems. But none of those who have, or do enter into this work today, have any more important questions in their minds than the early members had in their minds when they sought the mystery schools many centuries ago in Egypt.
Human nature has remained the same throughout all of its stages of evolution, which includes the way people think. Therefore, it is not surprising to find that the first and important questions which the new members in the secret schools asked were almost identical with the questions that are being asked by future generations until each man knows the truth.
In the ancient records we find that in the outer congregation of the early mystery schools much time was spent in explaining to the seekers the one great problem that evidently was considered the most important of all. Namely, who created the world and all that is on the Earth, including the animal life and man.
Anybody would have extreme difficulty in answering such questions asked by their children if they did not have on hand a Bible to refer to, and who had no other means of offering a correct explanation. Today one could answer his child's questions briefly by saying that God created all things.
He would recognize the name of God and feel satisfied with your answer. But what if your child had never heard of God or had no conception or what the term God meant?
The first thing a person would have to establish in the child's mind is the existence of God and then to convince him of God's powers to create and then proceed to built up a logical outline of why such a God could create such a world as this.
Suppose this persons and a neighbor a few miles away whose child asked the same questions and suppose the neighbor didn't know that the person had already attempted the tremendous task of explaining to his child the existence of God, and the neighbor proceeded to explain God and God's creation to his child. If the two children got together afterwards, they would find some discrepancies in the two explanations.
Very likely one child will tell the other that his God was a different God from his. Soon you would hear these two children speaking to each other of my God. By this you would know that they were referring to the God of their conception or comprehension. Although there is only one God in the Universe or of the Universe, each one of the two children had created for himself a unique God.
If these two children were to meet each other often and in their ways discussed their individual Gods and finally agreed as to what God must be like, if there is only one God, we'd find that their final agreement differed from the first person's conception and his child's conception and also of the other child, and that now a fifth God was in existence acceptable to the two children, but not acceptable to the parents.
By multiplying this sort of thing by the number of persons who attempted to have a realization and conception of God, you would multiply the number of Gods created in the minds of men. Such varying conceptions of God existed since the day that man began to think.
The explanation of how God created the world would have to depend much upon the kind of God or the nature of the God who created. Since there were so many different conceptions of God, there were bound to be a number of different ideas or stories as to how the world was created.
If the God conceived by man was a supreme being living on Earth with unlimited powers, then the story of creation would take on the form of a visible or invisible God walking about on Earth, planting trees, plowing fields, breathing on the waters to make storms, clapping his hands together to cause thunders and molding man's body out of the clay and animating it, and so on.
If, on the other hand, God was a supreme being living as a spirit in the heavens, then the story of his process of creating the world would be considerably different.
Of course, between these two ideas are hundreds of slightly different ones, again taking into consideration man's early education and primitive comprehension. Especially the type of men and women who were permitted in the outer congregation, it gives a good fore-drop to the situation that the Aryans met in Egypt, and their explanations of God and His creation which had to be understandable in the minds of these people.
Because man always had the tendency to compare the members of the outer congregation in such a way that the various incidents could be compared with things with which they were familiar in the ancient records, and which the White Brotherhood recorded when it was taught to the early members of the outer circle about God and creation. These ancient teachers realized that there was no way for the primitive mind to conceive of God or God's existence in a proper way, so they did not attempt to picture God or describe God as the first point in their explanation. Rather they permitted the story of creation itself to reveal God by His various manifestations.
The story of creation which finally became the adopted official explanation is very much like that which now appears in the book of Genesis in the Bible. First, there is the establishment of light and the naming of day and night. Then that was the end of the first day of work.
The early mind would have immediately asked whether God did not have to stop at the end of each day and rest a while, and so the story of creation was divided into periods called days in order that the human mind could conceive of the work progressing in stages just as their own work progressed in stages. No attempt was made, however, to explain to them what constituted one of God's days, and none of those in that day demanded that the exact length of a God-day be established in years, months, weeks, and minutes.
As one reads the story of Genesis, he will notice that the animals mentioned were familiar in the Orient and that the trees or shrubbery mentioned were known to the persons who were being instructed. Nothing was mentioned that they had never seen or with which they were not familiar. For instance, there is no mention of icebergs or frozen lakes, yet there was ice in parts of the world in the very time this explanation originated. The apple is mentioned as one of the fruits, but there are many other forms of fruits which are not mentioned.
We could go on pointing out hundreds of things that would have been included in the story if the people of that time had been familiar with them. So the very nature of the story itself shows the location of its origin.
Before taking up the subject of the creation of man, I wish to comment upon the fact that the story is divided into seven periods or seven days. This points out that the calendar of seven days constituting a week had its origin in those early times also. From that day there existed no other calendar than moon cycles.
The number seven was a mystical number with the ancient mystery schools and was the completion of the three or the triangle, and the four was the square. When the triangle was placed on the square, it symbolized a complete task, a perfected thing. The number three always meant the symbol of perfect creation, and the square represented the basis upon which it was placed or rested to keep it in perfect balance.
Therefore, the square foundation had to be made first and it was merely a preparatory thing of and by itself, except in a grossly material sense. Upon this a triangle had to be placed to act as a watershed during the rains and to symbolize that all beneath it rose to one point of infinite manifestations tapering off into infinity.
The story of Genesis states that the first four days of creation laid the foundation of the grossly material world. The first day divided itself into the light and the dark parts. Then the firmament was made on the second day. On the third day all the land and water were created.
You will notice that the waters are called seas, which in the original wording referred to bodies of water smaller than oceans. These persons had little conception of oceans and, therefore, the teachers did not include something which the people had never seen or could not comprehend.
On the fourth day the sun, moon and stars were created. These four days laid an excellent foundation for the material universe, as it was visible and easily seen by those students. On the fifth day began the creation of living things, the first point of the triangle -- which included something more than the gross material things of life. So on the fifth day, the things in the water and those above the Earth that were living were created. During the sixth day, living things on the face of the Earth, including man, were created. On the seventh day God completed the triangle by His holy benediction upon what He had created, thereby bringing the Holy Ghost into it and upon it, and giving it conscience. The Bible story simple says that on the seventh day God ended His work and rested and blessed the day or sanctified it.