All external conditions are the outcome of inter-nal conditions.
This is as true in regard to a people as it is true in regard to a man, a society, an animal, a plant, or a rock.
We cannot change the nature of a tree by trimming its branches; we cannot change the character of an animal by depriving it of its limbs; we cannot change the character and the natural conditions of a people by forcing upon it conditions which are unnatural, because they are not the outcome of interior growth.
The Law of Karma is an universal law which acts within communities,
Yea, even so within solar systems, as it acts in regard to individuals. A vice forcibly re-pressed, unless displaced by a virtue, will accumulate strength until the pent-up force is followed by an explosion.
Man is whatever he makes himself by his thoughts.
A people on the whole may be looked upon as a compound individual, made up of a great many personalities, and yet being one entity to which the same law applies. A vicious man would drop back into vice tomorrow, if his sins were forgiven today; a people that cannot bear freedom would soon return to sla-very, even if they were liberated by some miracle-worker.
Individuals, as well as communities, grow spirit-ually in proportion as they rise up to a higher ideal.
If their ideal is lowered, they sink; if it becomes exalted, they will be elevated accordingly.
Slavery is an unnatural condition for men, but a natural condition for slaves; freedom is only made for the free.
What will merely exter-nal reforms amount to, as long as the heart is not re-formed? Does a villain become less of a villain if we dress him in beautiful garments? What will it serve to cut the branches of evil as long as the roots and trunk remain?
Heroes are the product of the growth of ideas.
Reformers come when the time for reform is ripe; if they appear and bloom pre-maturely, they will produce no fruits. (King and Malcolm) were the products of their times; they did not create reforms before the neces-sity for reform had created them.
The characters that appear upon the stage of life are the products of previously existing ideas; external life is merely a shadow picture, representing upon the wall of matter the picture contained with the magic lantern of the mind.
Ideas are every-thing; personalities, if com-pared with ideas are nothing. Persons are only useful if they are instruments for the execution of ideas; a person who is not a vehicle for an idea is merely a corpse.
In regard to the marriage obligations, Paracelsus says: "If a woman leaves her hus-band, she is then not free from him nor he from her; for a marriage union having once been formed, it remains a union forever."
This means that by entering willfully into sexual relations with another being, we be-come attached to it in our will, and a partaker of its future Karma.
A woman to whom a man is bound by promise and sexual intercourse, becomes, as it were, a part of the man, and cannot be divorced from him by any ceremony or external separation.
They constitute, so to say one mind, and the component part of the mind, which repre-sent the carnal man, are not separated until the time of the second death.
Sexual intercourse, without love, is merely a kind of masturbation, with a physical body substituted for the merely mental image; but, if sanctioned by Love, it is then a union, not merely of body, but also of soul.
Not of the Spiritual Soul, which needs no such union, it being already one with all other such souls in the substance of the Eternal SUN, but a union of that which constitutes the lower Mind of man.*
*(It is not the flesh and bones of a man which form attach-ments and make and break promises; but the internal, carnally minded man; and that man will be bound by his attachments and promises long after the house in which he has lived (his body) will have ceased to exist..
In regard to this subject, Paracelsus regards it as danger-ous to give further details.
Man has two spirits, a Divine & an animal spirit. The former is from the breath of God; the latter from the elements of the air and the fire.