I stand before Ptahhotep and listen devoutly to his words: Today, I shall explain to you the laws on which the staff's miraculous effect is based. These are, of course, simple laws of nature. God is everywhere present and the emanation of His omnipresence is manifest in the visible, material world as natural law. Therefore, nothing can happen outside natural laws. Yet these laws differ from one stage of development to another.
'Different laws apply to the spiritual, the mental, and the material world. And in the material world we find different laws at work in one and the same form of matter, depending on the magnitudes involved. For example, it is a law of nature for the surface of a body of water at rest to be horizontal. But this law is valid only within certain magnitudes. A drop of water in the calyx of a flower has a spherical shape, and a microscopic being living in this miniature world would come to the conclusion that water always has a spherical shape. Why? Because the relation between the surface tension of water and the power which forces water into the horizontal is very different in a drop—that is, in a small quantity—from what it is in a large body of water. And yet, the same laws are at work.
'People know very little about the laws of nature, with the exception of those they have experienced in daily life. They have become accustomed to these and call them "laws of nature". And having found names for them they believe they know the true essence of the laws of nature. They accept these laws and their effects as a matter of course. But when they are suddenly confronted by some phenomenon they know nothing about, they immediately speak of "miracles" or "magic".
People do not realize that these forces are no less laws of nature than those to which they have become accustomed and think they know, even though they haven't the vaguest notion about their true character. For man doesn't know why a plant will grow from a seed or why a new being will evolve from an impregnated cell. Neither do people know what "insemination" really means and why, after insemination, the cell will divide and subdivide. They have no idea why this subdividing process is repeated again and again, not even stopping at birth, going on and on until a full-grown individual has developed out of that one single first cell ... then still going on until this chain reaction slows down by itself and gradually gives way to a decline. But since people experience this daily, they take it for granted and aren't the least bit surprised at it. Still, this growth of a plant out of a seed, the birth of a child, death, the different effects of the winds blowing from different directions, and many other experiences of everyday life are just as "miraculous" as the effect and the secret of this staff and the other "miracles" and the "magic power" of the initiated.
'For you truly to understand the forces used by the initiated and applied through this staff of life you will first have to learn a number of things. 'When we spoke about the tree of knowledge of good and evil you learned that everything which has taken on material form is visible and perceivable Only because it has fallen out of perfect unity and perfect equilibrium. But from this state of disjunction, everything tends eternally to return to unison and balance. "Equilibrium" means complete repose, motionlessness. On the other hand, "to have become something"—that is, to have taken on visible, tangible form—is identical with loss of balance and with the constant urge to regain this equilibrium. It means incessant unrest, with continual movement. Should this constant motion cease, even for only a moment, all creation would suddenly be transformed into spiritual energy, that is, materially destroyed. 'All energy, all the forces of the universe, are movements which emanate from one point—their own centre—and radiate in circular waves in all directions, manifesting themselves as vibrations or oscillations. These manifestations of force cease only when the forces that have got out of balance regain their primordial state of equilibrium, the divine unity. Hence when we speak of the "primordial state" we mean the state in which all material phenomena have ceased to exist. In its true essence, matter, too, is motion, and if this motion comes to a stop, matter must necessarily cease to exist. As long as the three-dimensional, material world exists its immutable law is that of unrest, of movement.
'The fact that the creative force manifests itself on each and every level of innumerable possibilities means there are countless different wave lengths, wave forms, and frequencies. And as long as we are in the body, with its limited perceptive ability, we can perceive only a certain number of these wave forms because our organs of sense are limited. Whether some form of vibration appears to us as "immaterial energy" or as solid "matter" depends upon our own idea and the impression of something which is basically nothing but "movement", "vibration", or "frequency".
'The shorter the waves in which a form of energy manifests itself the less our consciousness records a sensation of matter. To the vibrations that are transmitted directly to our consciousness by our organs of sense we give names according to the sensations we feel: matter, sound, electricity, heat, taste, smell, light. The still higher, immaterial energies and radiations, perceptible only by means of our brain and nerve centres, we call thought waves, idea waves. Beyond them there are still higher, more penetrating rays and frequencies, all the way up to the very highest all-pervading frequencies of the divine-creative power: life itself! We can only perceive these frequencies as a state of consciousness.
'So, throughout the universe, countless varieties of vibrations are at work, ranging from the shortest to the longest wave length. Every form of creation, beginning with the celestial bodies and ranging all the way down to the tiniest monocellular creature—all the myriad manifestations of creation are the effects of various forms of these rays. We live in these various rays whether we know it or not; even more, these forms of energy have built and formed us human beings and are constantly at work in our body, our mind, and our entire being. The whole universe consists of these various vibrations. The source of these creative vibrations we call God.
'God himself stands above all manifestations of life and rests in himself in absolute equilibrium without time and without space. But he is constantly radiating himself out into material forms in order to give these forms life. As God is omnipresent and fills the entire universe, everything that is in the universe is penetrated and filled by God. Nothing can exist without being in God and without God's penetrating it, as God is everywhere present and nothing can displace or dislodge him from his own presence. Consequently, every point offers a possibility that God may manifest himself through it, and everything that exists in our perceptible world carries this point as its own centre within itself. From this point, there began its first manifestation, its creation, its fall from equilibrium.
'This aspect of God who creates the material world and gives it life by penetrating it, that is, the actual life hi us and in all creatures, we call the "higher self". Expressions like "God", "creator", "universal self", "higher self" or the "creative principle" all mean one and the same divinity in its various aspects.
'The energies radiating from the centre are still highly spiritual in the centre and of the highest frequencies. But the farther out they radiate from the centre, the more material they become ... until these radiating energies are gradually changed into matter. In this way the radiating power limits itself, and at the edge of manifestation farthest removed from the centre it becomes a hard, material rind or crust. For this reason, the picture—the "name"—of God who manifests himself in the visible world is a circle, an inner circle of higher powers surrounded by a hard, material rind or crust.
'Expressed in letters, the symbol is OM.
'All creatures, from the central suns down to monocellular beings, are built according to this principle. Look at a cross-section of our earth. In the centre, the mighty forces are still in the evolutionary stage of the fire circle. Next come the gaseous regions, then those of the molten or liquid circles, and the outer-form is the rind of hard matter. But I want to tell you too that another opposing force—centripetal force—is also active at the same time, drawing all material manifestations inward towards itself. And if hard matter were not sufficiently resistant, all manifestations of life would be drawn into their own centres and disappear. Even our earth, with all the forms of life upon it, would suffer this fate. The resistance of matter prevents this from happening, and only for this reason is it possible at all for creation to exist and life to have come forth here on this hard, material crust of the earth. Don't forget the resistance of matter, because we shall talk about it again.
'Here is another
example to illustrate the inner structure of material forms: a section
through the spinal column of any vertebrate shows the same construction,
the extremely fine substance of the marrow of the back bone carrying the
creative power of life, developed and protected by the hard crust of bone.
Whatever bone you cut—be it skull, vertebra or leg bone—you
will find the same cross section.
'Growth always starts
from the centre and radiates outward. The innermost source of all powers
and manifestations is God.
'The vital source behind every form of manifestation, be it a sun, planet, human being, animal, plant life or inorganic matter is one and the same God, the same divine self.
'Although the same God is everywhere present in every creature, he is manifest in countless different variations, because God reveals himself on every single level on which manifestation is possible and the created forms manifested on these various levels reveal only as much of God as each form can consciously experience and bear of the divine creative force, corresponding to its own level. To consciously experience force means being this force and simultaneously radiating it hi all directions, including into one's own body. For this reason, the body too must have adequate power of resistance; otherwise the radiations of the self would burn and destroy it. 'Hence the bodies of the various manifestations of life are not made hi the same way. On the contrary the matter composing them is of different degrees of resistance, corresponding hi each case to the level of consciousness of the manifestation of life concerned. You know that the chemical composition of matter determines which vibrations a body can support. When a body is subjected to a radiation in excess of its resistance, this harms its entire nerve system, and can lead to a nervous breakdown and even to mental derangement. When the number of vibrations of this force exceeds the scope of an octave the force even becomes lethal. This is why, when we want to initiate a person into a higher degree of divine power, we must first prepare his body, subjecting it among other things to a chemical process, in order that the difference will not be more than one octave at the most. Otherwise he dies. 'In the material world there are four levels of manifestation which we call matter, vegetable life, animal life, and human life, depending on the outward appearance and the degree of consciousness attained. Compared with the human being, we can hardly speak at all of the "consciousness" of matter, and yet a crystal may serve to show that matter too has a sort of consciousness. Each level of manifestation of life is characterized by its own degree of consciousness which is one octave removed from the next. Only man has the power to manifest several degrees of consciousness, all the way up to the divine level. If We keep in mind the intervals—octaves—by which we classify levels of evolution, we find that man, as a category, occupies four steps of the great ladder of evolution reaching from earth up to heaven; furthermore we see that each step corresponds to one octave on the scale of vibrations. Man knows about these four steps or degrees and has given them names:
by his intellect;
'Thus, in the material
world, we find four manifestations which together reveal seven octaves
'The animal manifests three forces, the material, the vegetative and animal. It has a body, it seeks out its food, eats and digests and is conscious on the animal level: it has emotions, instincts, urges, feelings, sympathy, antipathy and desires. The animal is conscious in the third developmental stage, only one degree lower than man.
'The average man stands one octave of vibrations higher: he is conscious on the mental level. He has intellect and the ability to think. But at the same time he manifests the three other levels. On the material, he has a body; on the vegetative, he seeks out his food, eats it and digests it; on the animal, he has emotions, drives, sympathy, antipathy and desires. But his most outstanding characteristic is his intellect. Man thinks consciously. With the next degree of development, man makes a great jump: he lifts his consciousness out of the world of effects into the plane of causes. He draws on the divine source of the causal plan and manifests this force that appears in his consciousness as intuition. With the help of his intellect and spiritual power* he is able to express his experiences on a higher plane in words and transmit them to his fellow men. He can also prove the existence of his intuition in other arts: without dimensions, in music, as a composer; in two dimensions with lines and colours, as a painter; in three dimensional forms as a sculptor or as a dancer. People call the creative person a genius. He manifests the five octaves of vibration of the material, vegetative animal, mental and causal forces.
'The degree of consciousness of the next higher octave of vibrations, in the language of human beings, is called that of a prophet. The prophet manifests all the forces that work on the previously mentioned planes of consciousness, but he is also conscious on the next higher level too, the plane of divine wisdom and universal love. We must be careful never to confuse this universal love, which is manifested on the sixth plane and is a completely spiritual power, with the "love" of the third, animal plane which is the manifestation of animal instincts. This latter "love" is a vibration operating three levels lower at the source of which is the urge to propagate the species. Such "love" is desire for possession and always only seeks the body. It forces a person to come close to the loved one, and embrace, kiss, and hug him or her—in a word—to possess.
'Whoever is subject to this kind of love is still living in his consciousness in the condition of dividedness and separation and seeks a complementary physical partner in order to find satisfaction. This love always seeks to take, to have something, to possess. Love in the sixth plane of manifestation, the love of the prophet, does not come from a condition of division, but from the primordial condition of divine unity I Hence, this love is universal, always giving, never taking, needs no supplement, no physical manifestation, but always radiates from the consciousness of divine all-unity. People who are conscious on this plane do not want to possess anybody; they feel themselves one with the infinite all.
'The seventh and most perfect manifestation of God is the completely conscious man: the God-man. All other forms of revelation manifest only transformed vibrations, only part of God. A God-man is a person who manifests God— his own divine self—completely and perfectly through a perfect consciousness; one who experiences and radiates the divine creative forces in their primordial untransformed vibrations and frequencies. He is supremely conscious; no part of him is unconscious. 'Only man has the ability to master and to radiate all seven octaves of vibration, as the nervous centres corresponding to the seven octaves of transformed and untransformed creative power exist in his nervous system. On the other hand, he is only able to radiate vibrations on the levels on which he has become conscious, because until he becomes conscious on a given level, the corresponding nerve centres remain in a latent condition. Thus the average human being will radiate vibrations up to the fourth plane, the genius up to the fifth, the prophet up to the sixth, and only the God-man is able consciously to radiate all seven octaves and to radiate the divine creative power, according to his own will, in its untransformed form or to transform it, to change it, and transmit it in lower (transformed) frequencies.
'Your father's staff that you have seen consists of a material—a kind of brass —that has the power of transmitting the radiation corresponding to every plane. It is so constructed that, according to the will of the user, it can transmit untransformed radiations, either diminished or amplified as desired by the user.
'The staff can be
a blessing or a curse. This depends on who uses it. An initiated person
is able to radiate, in any desired degree, all forces of creation—
from the highest divine forces to the lowest ultra-material forces with
this staff, because within his own being he possesses all these forces
and can consciously transmit them to the staff. Out of the whole gamut
of these vibrations, the human being with his organs of sense, can perceive
only a part. Vibrations either above or below this part are ones he can
only experience as an emotional condition. Thus for example, he experiences
the very highest divine frequencies as universal love. On the other hand,
the very lowest frequencies, those of ultra-matter, are lower than the
frequencies which our eyes and sensory nerves perceive as matter. As they
are outside our scale of sensory perception, we experience them in our
emotions as hate. An initiated person will always use the staff properly
and always radiate the force needed to create something good ... a blessing.
The ultra material vibration he will use when necessary as an invisible,
insulating, impenetrable protective wall. With the staff the initiated
can dominate all forces of nature, amplify them or neutralize them.
'My will, Father.'
'Right. Your will. But if I ask you what your will is, can you give me an answer?'
'Father, I have often observed what happens when I want something. But I have only been able to notice that when I want something, I can send out a force and give this force direction. For example, as you just said, if I want to raise my arm from its relaxed hanging position—it hangs because the earth is attracting it—then this force which flows out of me through my will flows into my arm and forces my muscles to contract and through this to raise my arm.' 'Very true,' says Ptahhotep, 'By virtue of the fact that your will power has flowed into your arm and muscles, you have conquered the enormous gravitational power of the earth on your arm. This is true when you jump too, but only for a short time, because your will power is only greater than the earth's gravitational pull for a short time. So you see time consumes your will power transformed into physical power. Time does that! And space? You've used your power to raise your arm, or your body, in altitude, to remove it from the earth, hence to move it further in space. Thus you see that your power is consumed by two great factors: time and space. If you could amplify your will power and store it within your body, you could conquer the earth's gravitational pull for a longer time and remain at a greater distance from the earth. You could glide through the air I You can't do that now because you haven't yet developed consciousness on this divine plane. The initiated, on the other hand, who are conscious on the divine plane, can draw directly on this infinite eternal source of power, without transforming it, and when they wish, float through the air just as long as they direct their will power against the gravitational pull of the earth.
'The initiated person knows all vibrations and possesses consciously developed organs with which to use these powers. You know, for example, the power of thought with which we communicate telepathically. These powers too we control through a corresponding higher organ of our brain. Human beings don't even know they have such organs. The initiated is able to radiate the very highest of all powers, the divine, creative power. This is the power and radiation of life, of eternal being. The entire universe is alive and continues to exist by virtue of this power. To make conscious use of it lies only within the capabilities of the God-man, the only creature that is, in his consciousness, identical with God and radiates this power from his Godconsciousness, his cosmic all-consciousness. No other creature could endure this power consciously.
'Every force has its materialization on earth, and we therefore find that corresponding to all forces and vibrations there is a form of matter that has the resistive strength to endure it and transmit it, or even has the ability to store it and subsequently radiate it during a given length of time. What people call this matter is of no significance. Out of it are made the bodies of creatures and forms of manifestation corresponding to the various levels of consciousness. But this is true not only of the matter corresponding to their own level of consciousness, but also of the matter that conducts the vibrations below this specific plane of consciousness concerned. The matter of plants, for example, possesses a necessary resistive force for the vibrations of the vegetative life force, and at the same time for the vibrations of the matter, as the plant has a material body. The nerves and the bodies of animals carry within themselves the animal power corresponding to the animal level, and at the same time the vibrations of the vegetative level an octave lower, as well as the vibrations of the material plane a further octave lower.
'The nerves of the average human being, for example, have sufficient resistance to carry the vibrations of the mental plane as well as the transformed vibrations on each of the planes below—animal, vegetative and material. With the mental energies he thinks and is conscious on this level; with the animal energies he feels and experiences all emotional states; the vegetative streams of force give life to his body, and finally his body is built of material forces. And so it goes higher and higher up to the God-man who consciously uses all his brain and nervous centres and is able to direct the very highest vibrations of life, which has its central seat in his spinal column, without transforming them, into his nervous centres and into his body. The material of his body possesses the resistance to carry the very highest, divine force as well as—naturally enough— the transformed vibration of the other six planes of manifestation.
'Thus the bodies
of people in the various planes of development, only appear to consist
of the same matter. Actually they are composed of different chemical elements
whose resistance always corresponds to the level of consciousness of the
spirit dwelling within.
'Now you know why we keep these devices so secret. The God-man who has developed his highest abilities can use these devices with impunity, as the ark of the covenant contains and radiates the same force as he himself, the force which he himself is. A person on a lower level, however, if he were merely to touch the ark, would fall over dead momentarily as if struck by lightning. The divine frequencies would instantly burn out his nerves and he would suffer a "shock". The same thing happens when this frequency is liberated from its state of isolation in the spinal column and strikes one's nerves untransformed. The person or animal or even a plant concerned dies immediately. People call this kind of death "a stroke". They sense that some unknown power has struck the person like lightning. This power is the river of life itself which normally is isolated within the spinal column—or within the innermost channel in the case of plants—and normally only flows into the body in suitably transformed condition. This force only breaks out in case of sickness and causes the "stroke".
'For the same reason
uninitiated people cannot be allowed in the vicinity of our devices. And
even more! As these devices radiate the most powerful energy, we must
keep them carefully hidden behind massive walls of rock providing the
greatest insulation. Life energy itself has a lethal effect when it strikes
a form of matter which doesn't have the necessary resistance. The matter
is dematerialized, dissolved.
'With the help of
the ark of the covenant, this enormous source of power, we can also transform
energies devoid of matter, as for example, the rays of light, into matter.
And, inversely, we can dissolve this matter and convert it to energies
active during aeons of time.
'This process could continue in this lamp for ages and ages and consequently it would go on giving light for aeons of time were it not written in the history of the earth that we shall have to leave the earth for thousands of years and destroy all our equipment. Were this not the case, the ignorant sons of men would again cause unspeakable destruction.
'There will be a lot in the remains of our culture which coming generations will not understand. For example, the way we get such a mirror-smooth surface on even the hardest stones. The joints between them fit so accurately there isn't even a crack the size of the thickness of a hair between them. They will be greatly puzzled at how our "slaves", working only "by hand", have been able to cut stones so precisely. Because the sons of men make slaves of their fellow-men, they will believe that we too have put slaves to work. For thousands of years it won't dawn on them that we simply dematerialize the superfluous stone on the surface and are thus able to get hairline accuracy on the edges and faces of even the hardest stones without the slightest human effort. We adjust our instruments to the desired width and depth of the stone and everything beyond the dimensions we want is merely dematerialized. This is very simple as soon as you know the true nature of the different energies including that of matter. But this knowledge is a blessing only in the hands of a knowing person. He knows too that love means life, and hate means death. Only initiates of the highest degree can be architects. As a matter of fact, to build with slaves we wouldn't need to be initiates! We don't work with slaves but with the forces of nature.
'Thanks to these instruments of ours we are able to create every form of manifestation. The manifestation depends only on how long and from what distance we put the creative energy to work. The sons of men take it for granted they can come into the temple with their sicknesses and we make them well again. Sickness means that the vibrations of the body have got out of harmony. We restore the inharmonious part of the body to its own proper vibration and the person gets well. Every organ has its own characteristic vibration. This means that every organ is as it is because it has a certain characteristic vibration, and this vibration is constantly acting within it and maintaining it. When this vibration changes, the organ concerned becomes diseased.
'We can also regulate the weather on earth, making clear blue sky or, when necessary, clouds and rain. The sons of men see the lightning, hear the thunder of the pyramid and are happy because they know this means the blessing of rain. They live in the secure knowledge that the temple will take care of all their needs: their health, the rain that blesses them, and even their spiritual well-being.'
'Father of my Soul,' I now ask, 'how do you charge this ark of the covenant with creative energy?'
Ptahhotep looks at me with a penetrating glance and says: 'I can see you already know how we charge the ark of the covenant. I already told you: there is only one source on earth that is able to radiate this power and that is the God-man himself. It is the duty of the high priest to charge the ark with divine-creative power. He either drives his own high power directly into the ark or he achieves the same result with the help of the staff of life through converting an absolutely positive flow of power flowing from his hand at a lower vibration, conducting it through the staff and there converting it into divine-creative power. For in his daily life, even the perfect God-man only radiates creative power in a transformed state. Only when his spiritual forces are concentrated and in his consciousness he is identical with God, only then does the divine force radiate in its primordial vibration. He must therefore be in a condition of cosmic all-consciousness when he wants to radiate the creative force.
If the uninitiated sons of men were to see him in this condition they would run away terrified as at such times the God-man radiates such celestial, divine light that ordinary people can't stand the sight of him. If uninitiated people were to touch an initiate in this divine condition of being, they would momentarily fall over dead, just as if they had touched the ark of the covenant.
'Thus when an initiate radiates his rays of life for healing purposes, he withdraws into a state of concentration such that his radiation can be borne by people without harm; that is the power he directs to the- appropriate nerve centres he raises up to the level of creative power with the help of the staff. For the staff is so constructed that it can not only conduct the rays but also transmit them in a transformed state, amplified or diminished, at will. Hence, an initiate doesn't need to enter the divine state of being in order to conduct the highest radiation of life into the ark of the covenant; on the contrary, he can enter a lower state of concentration and then direct the power corresponding to this level into the ark of the covenant, after raising it with the help of the staff up to the level of creative energy. When the ark is charged in this manner, it radiates for a long time this highest and strongest energy, as a source of all other forces on earth.
'An initiate can produce and control even the most varied frequencies with the staff, as the staff is an ark of the covenant in miniature form, except for the fact that creative energy is not stored in it as in the case of the ark of the covenant. With the help of the staff, a human being could even convert his lower powers into creative force if he could radiate in a pure, positive and completely selfless manner power that is several octaves lower. This is because the staff always radiates the power that a human being puts into it. If a primitive and selfish person were to get possession of the staff, he would transmit his own negative radiations arising from his selfishness—possibly even in amplified form—and thus cause sicknesses, epidemics, earthquakes or even greater destruction as the necromancers and practitioners of black magic once did in the home of the divine race.
'Do you understand now why the initiates keep their science so secret from the uninitiated.'
'I understand, Father. And it is now quite clear to me how my father revived the half-dead boy. In his state of high concentration, father directed his radiation, in magnified state, into the child. It worked like a miracle. The child was charged with vital energy, and his exhaustion disappeared immediately. But, Father of my Soul, what is going to happen when the sons of men take over the government? Are you going to destroy the magic staff, as father said, when he told me the initiates are going to destroy all their instruments? What a shame that people won't be able to enjoy the blessing of these powers!'
'My child,' says Ptahhotep, 'every creature lives in conditions that are exactly adapted to its state of development. If we were to betray the secret of the staff to the sons of men, they would immediately use it to do harm to each other and to themselves. The sons of men aren't ready for this knowledge and won't be for a long time to come. The staff we are now using will be taken out of Egypt by the last initiate in possession of the secret knowledge, along with the ark of the covenant. He will have no possibility to build a pyramid. On the contrary, he will make a small cover for the ark to insulate it as well as possible. He will charge the ark to a much lesser degree and will cause it to be carried during his migrations by means of long wooden poles as handles. When this last initiate feels he is approaching death, he will destroy his staff. For a time the ark will continue to radiate the energy with which it has been charged, and the uninitiated will continue to carry it about in various countries for a long time until little by little they notice that it no longer has any power. Then even the last remains of the ark will be destroyed. 'In times to come people will learn about the "magic staff" and the "ark of the covenant" only through records of earlier times. They will consider all this as a fairy tale and continue to tell it from one generation to another. But they will still vaguely remember that once there was an "ark of the covenant" in which there dwelt the power of the living God. And they'll also remember there was once a "magic staff" or as we call it a "staff of life" with which the initiates, the "magicians", performed miracles. From records from earlier times people will know or dimly sense that "the staff" represented power over all forces of nature.
'In later times when people want to symbolize the greatest power, they will place a staff—a sceptre—in their hand as a token of power. In those times to come, however, their staff—their sceptre—will only be an empty symbol of power. The true power said force of the staff will no longer be known to them. Only after thousands of years will a descendant from the tribe of the Sons of God be reincarnated; he will discover these truths for the people of his time and will make a new "magic staff". Until then, however, for thousands of years, there will be a strange kind of people who, either to entertain or to cheat, will call themselves "magicians" and will pretend they are performing their magic tricks with the help of a "magic wand". They will thus be imitating what once actually existed.
'They will hold a "magic wand" in their hand and go through the motions of drawing magic powers from this wand. They will also use "magic words", imitating our magic formulas. But people will only learn the true gigantic power of the word centuries later when the fallen members of the divine race are reincarnated—those who are now living here—and will remember in their subconscious the truths which in that time will represent ancient records. 'They will prove that their memories are correct. The time will come when the sons of men rediscover and repossess all knowledge, even the very highest. Even then, of course, this knowledge will remain an unintelligible secret for the ignorant masses, and in uninitiated hands these rediscovered truths will be a curse. But after all, this is the path of mankind, through many troubles and sorrows, which people make for themselves. Little by little they will learn they must not play with divine power. They'll come to know that these powers should be used in full seriousness with dignity and dedication. For God gives mankind all, even himself, as a blessing; only people, in their ignorance, make a curse out of everything!'
'Father of my Soul,' I ask, 'you said that the pyramids were made of thick blocks of stone in order to insulate the equipment by means of which the penetrating frequencies are radiated. But how then can you conduct the radiations to the outside?'
'The thick walls of the pyramids all contain shafts and tunnels through which we conduct out the force of the ark of the covenant and the other supplementary equipment which radiates energy. With the aid of these shafts and tunnels we also control weather. The positive and negative tunnels are built in different directions; when the positive and negative forces flow through them, they cause clouds to form and bring about the desired rain. The equalization of these tensions causes flashes of lightning accompanied by great noise. That is why people hear thunder coming from the pyramid. The other pyramids have been built for various other installations.' 'What's going to happen to the pyramids when the sons of men come into power in our country and the ark of the covenant and all other instruments are destroyed? Will the pyramids stand empty? And what's to become of the high priest and the other priests and initiates?' I ask.
'All except for the largest pyramid where the ark of the covenant is now kept and where initiation is given, the pyramids won't remain empty. When all our instruments for the radiation of divine creative energy are removed, the last initiated Pharaohs will have themselves entombed in one of these pyramids. Their bodies, permeated through and through by divinely creative force will continue—as the force will not be consumed—to radiate the supreme power just as the ark of the covenant does. Thus their bodies will continue in secret to act as tremendous sources of power, protecting this continent from evil influences. The radiation of well preserved and holy bodies will help our country keep its power for thousands of years. But in the course of time most of these tombs will be destroyed by ignorant people.' 'And what's going to happen to the great pyramid, Father?'
Ptahhotep looks off in the distance for a while as if he were observing things there. Then his heavenly glance sweeps back to me and he says: 'When the time has come for all secret instruments to be destroyed, and when the priest and initiates still serving in the temple at that time take their pilgrim's staff and set out for far-away places, the high priest and his deputy will close the rock entrance of the great pyramid from the inside so that no son of man can find it. Then, after fulfilling their last duties, they will dematerialize their own bodies in just the way you've often seen the offering on the altar in the temple court dematerialized. Just a flash, then a little white cloud that soon disappears —not a trace of ash or anything else remains behind. Thus the interior of the great pyramid will be closed off from human sight for thousands of years. Nevertheless, our initiations will not cease. Mature souls will continue to be initiated here—not physically, of course, but on the higher spiritual plane. These people will experience their initiation as a dream or a vision.'
Ptahhotep ceases speaking, and for a long time we look into each other's eyes. I understand a lot that he doesn't want to say ... but I still have another question: 'Father of my soul, is there a special reason why all pyramids are built in the same form? Why aren't they built in a cubic shape, for example, like other buildings?'
Ptahhotep smiles: 'Not in cubic form? But the pyramids are built in cubic form! But I'll have to explain that to you next time. You've had enough today.' I see that Ptahhotep has ended his instruction, but I still remain. I'd like to have him show me the use of the staff and the ark of the covenant. He looks at me with a smile and says: 'The time will come when you'll be permitted to know about the construction of the ark of the covenant and the staff of life. That will come after you've been initiated. But the use of these instruments is restricted to those who've reached the seventh degree after initiation through their own efforts. These secrets must not come into dangerous hands. Be patient. Time exists only in our thinking, but still everything takes time to mature.'
He blesses me, and I leave.