Now we will review some of the ancient writings of the
various mystic schools of the Orient that were standard at just about this time
in our historical review. By 1350 BC we find several systems of mystical and
religious philosophy very well established in various lands.
The real leaders in each one of these various mystical
schools were connected directly with the White Brotherhood and this fact alone
prevented the leaders in the different lands, who represented their different
schools, from being rivals or opponents, although the followers of these various
leaders were opponents to some degree.
Among the oldest of the Aryan writings we have the beautiful
Brahmanic books of India called the Vedas, or Books of Holy Knowledge. The
original writings of these books were never allowed to be changed, even so far
as a single word was concerned.
Many of the foreign words in these hymns are difficult to
translate into English, or to translate into thought expressions in keeping with
Here is the Rig-veda which contains the old hymns regarding
creation and adoration to God and the other principles taught by the White
Brotherhood which were embodied by the Hindu school of Philosophy.
1. Aswins, cherishers of pious deeds, have outstretched
hand for accepting the oblations, long-armed, desire for sacrificial viands.
2. Aswins, of many acts, guides of devotion, endowed with
intellect, accept our eulogistic words with unaverted minds.
3. Aswins, destroyers of diseases, shorn of falsehood,
leaders in the van of heroes. Come to the mixed libations of Soma, extracted
and placed on lopped Kus'a-grass.
4. Indra of variegated splendor, come hither; these
libations ever pure and extracted by fingers, are seeking thee.
5. Indra, drawn by the devotion of the sacrificer and
invoked by the intelligent priest, come hither and accept the prayers of the
priest as he offers the libations.
6. Indra, by tawny horses, come hither speedily, to accept
the prayers of the priest; in this sacrifice of extracted Soma juice, accept
our proffered offspring.
7. Viswadevas, protectors, spiritors of man, granters of
sufficient rewards, come to the extracted Soma juice of the worshipper.
8. May Viswadevas, the givers of rain, come speedily to the
libation, as the rays of the sun come diligently to the days.
9. May Viswadevas, who are exempt from deterioration,
omniscient, shown of wealth, givers of wealth, partake of this sacrifice.
10. May Saraswati, the purifier, the giver of food, the
bestower of wealth, in the shape of sacrifice fruits, seek viands in our
11. Saraswati, the inspirer of truthful words, their
instructors of the right-minded, has accepted our sacrifice.
12. Saraswati, makes manifest by her deeds a huge river,
and in her own form enlightens all her undertakings.
History of Writing
This brings us to one of the important mysteries first
evolved by the Brotherhood, which is the origin of writing. As soon as man was
able to speak intelligently, in order to convey ideas, the most learned came
together in each nation or place to decide what words were to be used to
express certain ideas, and how they were to be pronounced. This was the way
that language came into existence and, of course, some groups of men had to be
the essential authorities for each tribe or nation in order to standardize
Among the ancient languages that became standardized were
the Sanskrit and the Zend. When the Sanskrit and Zend languages were
standardized, the alphabet was used as a key to the idea they wished to
Today the alphabet is the key to the spelling of words and
the letters in our present-day alphabet, especially in English, do not have
any connection with the ideas being expressed.
In the original words of man two great principles were
discovered. First, that all sounds made by the human voice caused certain
vibratory effects; and second, they found that these vibrations effect not
only the words, but certain parts of the spiritual body of man.
Certain sounds were used only in connection with spiritual
or religious things, and many other sounds for commonplace things. For
instance, the letter R was used only in connection with things of royalty,
rulership or religious ceremonies under the rule of a master.
Therefore, whenever these people wished to create a new
word pertaining to some of these ideas, they would start the word with the
letter R, or have the R sound very prominent in the word.
As a result, we have today such words as royalty, rule,
religion, regulate, right.
When they wished to express an idea connected with divinity
or the supreme God or divine power, they would use the letter D as the
first part of the word.
Thus we find such foreign words as dius, deus, dios, and in
English, divinity, divine and so forth. Even the word Zeus, the man of a
mythological god, is a part of the word deus.
The A sound, always pronounced ah, was
limited to use in words that pertained to the radiating force from God. There-
fore, the Egyptian word RA, being a combination of R and A,
meant a ruling life force or the symbol of ruling life force.
R always carried the connotation of a mystical ruler
and they used the letter M to represent the mother of a similar moving
We have the MA, meaning a mother force ruling in the
universe, and from the word MA have come mother and material and other
words indicating the same idea.
When a word contained some of the holy letters or divine
signs, they would leave out those sounds in their writings and use only the
letters that did not have any divine or mystical power in them, because they
thought it disrespectful to use the divine sounds too freely or too often. And
that was why in writing the name of God, only the letters YH, WH or JAO,
IAO were used as a short abbreviation.
As we continue now with the history of the White
In Egypt at the time of the Exodus, the tribes were
suffering from various plagues or conditions which made them feel that they
wanted to leave Egypt and go on their way to another land. Many of the things
recorded in the Bible story show that these people and their leaders performed
mystical demonstrations in order to convince the Egyptians of their desire to
leave the land.
The records of the Brotherhood show that finally they
appealed to Amenhotep, who was also highly advanced in the mystical
principles; he showed great kindness to the leaders and offered to help them,
with the understanding that they must make it appear to the pagan priesthood
that he was not helping them, or else their priesthood would interfere.
Among the miracles that are described in the Bible, there
are some that need a little explanation. We find references, for instance, to
the pillar of fire which gave them light by night, and the pillar of cloud
which guided them by day, and references to the Rod with which certain
miracles were performed.
According to the records of the White Brotherhood, these
same demonstrations were made later, or in other places at other times. For
instance, the rites of Bacchus, which were brought from Egypt, contained
statements that Bacchus had a rod with which he performed miracles, and which
at times changed into a serpent.
Other references state that Bacchus also crossed the Red
Sea, dry-shod, at the head of his army. These references in the ancient
writings are called the Hymns of Orpheus. Also, Bacchus divided the waters of
In the Christian Bible in II Kings, Chapter 2, Verse 8, it
is stated that the waters of the river Jordan were divided by Elijah, and in
other records we learn that Bacchus brought fountains of water and wine out of
a rock, just as Moses brought water from a rock.
There are many records showing how many of the great
spiritual leaders of antiquity performed similar demonstrations of the laws,
and such demonstrations were quite common with the Masters of the White
We notice also, in the history of Moses that it is claimed
he had two mothers, one by nature and one by adoption. We find that Bacchus
was placed in the same way with two mothers, which the ancients explain refers
to a physical mother and a spiritual mother, and that the spiritual mother was
the one adopted and really was the mother-master of each individual.
Among the brethren of the White Brotherhood each had a
great master as a spiritual father and another great female master as a
spiritual mother. There are many records which refer to the fact that a great
plague period of pestilence did come upon Egypt at this time in history, and
that there was a great Exodus out of Egypt as a result of this plague.
Amenhotep's great sun city was abandoned at just about that
time and the excavations made in that city show that the abandonment was
fairly sudden, indicating that the people who left gave no thought to
lingering for the purpose of saving their homes or their positions.
Perhaps it will be interesting for you if we state here
what is contained in the ancient records regarding the cleanliness of these
mystical tribes, and how they would naturally want to leave a country that was
infested with disease. The records show that these mystical tribes which left
Egypt were mocked for their cleanliness and for their strict way of living.
They not only bathed two or three times each day while in
that hot and unclean country, but often bathed at night when it was very cool.
This was a surprise to the natives of Egypt, who would not think of going into
the water when the sun was down, when the air and water were cold.
They also shaved their heads after they found that the hair
was becoming infected and even removed all hair from their bodies every three
days. Their garments were all white linen, which was considered more hygienic
than cloth made from hair of animals, because all the animals were infected
Whenever they wore anything of a woolen nature, such as a
mantle or a special covering to protect them from the cold or from the hot
sun, they removed such woolen material before entering their homes or the
They were always sure before going inside that no dirt
adhered to their clothing or their hands, and for that reason established the
custom of removing their sandals outside the building.
The linen cloth used was always white because the process
of dying or coloring the material had some impurities which might effect the
skin, and because of perspiration would result in skin disease.
The Egyptian natives on the other hand, not only wore
woolen cloth from animals such as that from camels, but highly colored and
decorated materials, the dyes of which were responsible for many of their skin
diseases. These clothes which became very dirty after many months of use also
contaminated their bodies.
The mystics destroyed and actually burned in a community
fire on stated occasions, such linen as had become soiled in such a way they
could not be cleaned by washing. Therefore, these mystic people, who were
always seen in very white robes, came to be known as brethren of white cloth
or children of white.
This name became a distinguishing title for them, and we
find it in many of the ancient records. We also observe that because of its
distinguishing mark they continued to wear white after their Exodus and all
through the Christian period and up to the present time.
Therefore, you will understand the many references to the
great White Brotherhood or the Brotherhood of White and so forth.
There are references in the Bible and in other places which
indicate that the native Egyptians considered these mystical tribes as
unclean. Other statements that the Israelites were so unclean that they were
forced to leave Egypt, only prove how the priesthood of Egypt changed the
facts in their records to make it appear that the Egyptian natives were very
clean and the foreigners among them were the unclean ones.
So we find these tribes of mystics, now called sons of Is-ra-el,
arriving safely in a new land with their great leaders and other leaders.
Among these people who left Egypt, there were those who had
joined with them in Egypt, who had become converted to their ways of thinking
and were still to be tested and tried. They were probably the first initiates
of the great White Brotherhood.
They had discovered in the tribes of Is-ra-el a newer and better religion
and a better way of living and thinking. They had pledged allegiance and
assured the leaders that it was their desire to become true followers of the
Brothers in White.
We find that there were some of those who joined the tribes
of Is-ra-el who were only half convinced or half-converted, or perhaps
insincere in their desires, and were selfish in their motives. Therefore, over
all of these new members were older members who continually watched and tried
and tested them for their sincerity.
In the records, it shows how some of these unprepared
followers lost faith in the mystical principles, and began to doubt the truth
and power of the Brotherhood and the greatness and goodness of God, Whom the
Some of them returned to their heathen forms of worship and
tried to convince others that the White Brotherhood was wrong in its beliefs,
thus causing considerable trouble, just at the time when their faith would
have helped them the most.