Another passage from "When the Sun Moves Northward"
Below is a passage regarding Easter. It is a reminder to stop trying to escape this world. Don't run away from that that you fear. Transmute your existence. Create a light body. Make the word flesh. Raise your vibration here. Get to the point where you cannot distinguish between the spiritual world and this world because you have so much infused this world with the Spirt. This world is fallen and it is our duty to restore it to its once divine existence not to escape it and leave the lower souls behind to fend for themselves.
Remember this — the esotericist, the occultist, the one who lives the inner life (not the life of the appearance of the appearance, but the one who lives the inner life), never speaks of the passing-out of the body as “death.” To him death means being in the physical, astral and mental states of consciousness and limited to their identification — that is, limited to the identification of the Power-to-be-conscious. That is death — the only death known by the awakened one. And so we must learn to know even the most exhilarating stimulation of the senses in physical experience as nothing but darkness and death, because immediately there comes the aftermath, which never follows the exhilaration of the soul in spiritual enjoyments.
The spiritual part of the man must so recognize the darkness and death of the physical, must so completely and willingly enter into it and transform it, the inevitable ill, into a thing desirable, that it shall dissolve away, and vanish in its character and quality as that which is ill or evil. So, in entering the Tomb, the Christ of the world, the Buddha of the world, the Krishna of the world, destroys the Tomb itself.
Enter into it willingly and transform it and bring the kingdom of heaven to it. This teaching is sound, and I endorse it. It is not pulling yourself up and beyond objective consciousness into a transcendental state; it is not trying to reach something back of or other than the astral and physical substance, but it is entering the material conditions of consciousness willingly and dwelling there until the material view has been transformed into the release of the substance. This can be carried to such an extent that the divine precept of the Illumined One becomes literally true. “More uprightly and purely speaketh the healthy body, perfect and square-built; and it speaketh of the meaning of the earth.” This is Freidrich Nietzsche's doctrine of the meaning of the earth. The earth has a meaning — it is not a material concept, but it is divine substance, and he who touches the physical body touches God.
That is the doctrine; stop running away from it and enter it until the material concept of it is dissolved away, until the character and quality which appears evil has completely vanished. You have not left it, but you are still there blended with it as the substance. Then think of the whole sidereal universe and of the orders of Beings embodied; think of all that as the body of God — and you have arrived! This is the significance of the resurrection. It is not pulling yourself out of objective consciousness and going on up somewhere; it is transforming it. When you can do that, you have resurrected yourself from material concept — the tomb — and there no longer is a tomb.
His supreme spirituality is stronger than that which would hold or bind him, and his supreme Love changes its nature into that which does not hold or bind.
I wish that students of the School of the Sacred Science could so learn this attitude that it would serve as a yardstick with which to measure all teaching, and as soon as they detect any teaching that even hints or suggests “this low body, this world is not my home, heaven is my home, etc.,” they would say, “Away with it! That is all a delusion! That is only the result of disappointment with sense objects!” Examine such ideas, psychoanalyze them, look into them, and see what is there. That is the great point in this work. I always carry this yardstick like a chip on my shoulder.
Thoughts like this wake me up — thoughts to which my soul thrills. Stay close to the earth and dispute all those who teach that the world is base and mean! This is the world, and you will keep coming back into it until you have conquered the last enemy and will not have to pass out of the body any more. By your attitude toward it, transform the body into divine substance. You do not want to withdraw from this body, but you do want to transform it by the power of your awakened soul. You will keep coming back until you can do that; you will never find heaven anywhere until you can do it. Start by looking at it. Keep going right into it; keep transforming your values and the properties of your own consciousness in regard to it, and some time it will be the divine substance with which you can clothe your doctrine.
Carry your yardstick everywhere, and you will see how many false doctrines are masquerading under the name of Truth. I have no patience with these doctrines. I am going to live in this body and on this earth until this existence becomes so divine that I love it — until I have no material thought or concept about anything I see; until I can see nothing but divine substance — the radiant substance of the body of God. Love your body, the divine substance of God! Such an attitude will make your flesh become radiant. That is the attitude you must learn to hold.
Touch this body and you touch God — that is the significance of the Christ entering the tomb, and when he is resurrected, there is no tomb; it has vanished!
And so, after the deep silence of the hours (or ages) of effort, of abasement, the grave yields up its dead, and that which is dead is alive.
What grave? The grave of your material concept about this divine substance! “O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory?” Even this matter is alive — that is the resurrection; that is Easter!