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I n o u r l a s t l e c t u r e a l a w was g i v e n t o you w h i c h m o s t n a t u r a l l y f o r m ­ ed i t s e l f i n t o a symbol h a v in g a t r i a n g l e as i t s b a s i s . T h a t we may h a v e t h i s symbol c l e a r l y e s t a b l i s h e d i n our m in d s, and a t t h e same t i m e d e f i n i t e l y p i c t u r e d i n o u r l e s s o n s , we s h a l l d r a w i t and r e t a i n t h e s ym bol i n o u r n o t e s . U n d o u b t e d l y i t i s b e s t t o e v o l v e t h i s sy mbol a n d show how i t comes t o b e so s i g n i f i c a n t . F i r s t we w i l l make t h e t r i a n g l e i n t h i s m a n n e r , r e f e r r i n g t o i l l u s ­ t r a t i o n N o.l:

We s e e t h a t i f t h e o n e s i d e o f t h e t r i a n g l e , a p p r o a c h i n g t h e a p e x , i s th e s id e r e p r e s e n t i n g e v o l u t i o n , and i f th e o t h e r s id e r e p r e s e n t s d e v o l u t i o n , we m u s t d i v i d e t h e t r i a n g l e i n two p a r t s . T h i s we do b y d r a w i n g a s t r a i g h t l i n e f r o m t h e a p e x down t o t h e b a s e , a s shown i n I l l u s t r a t i o n No. 2 . The a p e x o f t h e t r i a n g l e — t h e v e r y t i p o f i t — i s t h e p o i n t where t h e e v o l u t i o n ends and d e v o l u t i o n b e g i n s . On t h e b a s e l i n e of t h e t r i a n g l e , where th e s t r a i g h t l i n e to u c h e s i t (a s i n ­ d i c a t e d b y t h e l e t t e r A i n I l l u s t r a t i o n No. 2 ) , we h a v e t h e p o i n t where d e v o lu tio n ends and e v o lu tio n b e g in s . Thus we h a v e two p o i n t s o f e n d i n g a n d b e g i n n i n g — a t A a n d B i n i l l u s t r a t i o n No. 2 . Now o u r l a w , g i v e n i n t h e l a s t l e c t u r e , a n d w h i c h we w i l l c a l l CRE­ ATIVE LAW NO. ONE, s a y s t h a t midway b e t w e e n t h e b e g i n n i n g o f e v o l u t i o n an d t h e e n d in g of e v o l u t i o n t h e r e i s a l i n e which d i v i d e s t h e l e s s e r w o r l d of c r e a t i o n from t h e g r e a t e r w o r ld of e v o l u t i o n . So we w i l l p u t a p o i n t on o u r t r i a n g l e on t h e e v o l u t i o n s i d e h a l f way b e t w e e n A a n d B. T h i s g i v e s a n o t h e r p o i n t w h i c h we w i l l c a l l C ( i n I l l u s t r a ­ t i o n No. 3 ) . And t h e l a w a l s o s a y s t h a t midway b e t w e e n t h e b e g i n n ­ i n g of d e v o l u t i o n and t h e end of d e v o l u t i o n t h e r e i s a l i n e w hich d i ­ v i d e s t h e g r e a t e r w o r ld of d e v o l u t i o n from t h e l e s s e r w o r ld o f devo­ lu tio n . So we make a n o t h e r p o i n t on t h e DEVOLUTION s i d e o f t h e t r i ­ a n g l e , h a l f way b e t w e e n 3 a n d A, a n d m a r k t h i s p o i n t w i t h t h e l e t t e r D. ( i n i l l u s t r a t i o n No. 3 . ) Nov; i f we c o n n e c t t h e p o i n t s C a n d D w i t h a l i n e we h a v e t h e s y m b o l show i n i l l u s t r a t i o n No. 4 .

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I n t h e sym bol shown i n I l l u s t r a t i o n 2 \T o , 5 we h a v e t h e g r e a t c r e a t i v e law s w e ll sy m b o liz e d . H e r e we s e e t h a t t h e u p p e r h a l f o f t h e t r i a n g l e r e p r e s e n t s t h e UPPER WORLD o f m a n i f e s t a t i o n — a n d t h e l o w e r h a l f r e p ­ r e s e n t s t h e LOWER WORLD, o r , i n o t h e r w o r d s , t h e I n f r a W o r l d . We a l s o s e e t h a t o n e s i d e o f t h e t r i a n g l e r e p r e s e n t s t h e p r o g r e s s o f EVOLU­ TION a n d t h e o t h e r s i d e t h e p r o g r e s s o f DEVOLUTION. B e f o r e we go a n y f u r t h e r l e t u s a n a l y z e t h e s e t e r m s a n d b e s u r e t h a t we h a v e c l e a r d e f i n i t i o n s o f t h e m . EVOLUTION i s t h e p r o c e s s , o p e r a t i n g a c c o r d i n g t o d e f i n i t e l a w s , whereby t h e c o n s t r u c t i v e f o r c e s o f n a t u r e work h a r m o n io u s ly to b u i l d u p , im prove and r e f i n e a l l of n a t u r e ’ s m a n i f e s t a t i o n s , e v o l v i n g an d d e v e l o p i n g them i n s p e c i e and f u n c t i o n t o t h e h ig h est m a n ife sta tio n or n atu re p o s s ib le . DEVOLUTION i s t h e o p p o s i t e p r o c e s s , a l s o o p e r a t i n g a c c o r d i n g t o d e f i ­ n i t e law s, whereby th e seem in g ly d e s t r u c t i v e p r o c e s s of f o r c e s o f n a t u r e w o r k h a r m o n i o u s l y t o t e a r down, b r e a k i n t o l e s s e r a n d s m a lle r or p r i m i t i v e e le m e n ts , a l l of n a t u r e ' s m a n i f e s t a t i o n s which h av e a l r e a d y h a d f u l l and c o m p le te p e r f e c t e x p r e s s i o n , and th u s supply th e p r i m i t i v e e le m e n ts f o r e v o l u t i o n to b e g in w ith a g a in and a g a i n . DUE INFRA WORLD o r LESSER WORLD i s t h a t d o m a i n o r w o r l d o f n a t u r e ’ s m a n i f e s t a t i o n s where a l l t h a t i s and h a s e x i s t e n c e o r e x p r e s s i o n i n i t i s of m i c r o s c o p i c a l o r m i n u t e f o r m , t o o s m a l l t o b e s e e n

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by t h e n a k e d e y e , t o o e le m e n ta r y t o h av e c o m p le te or in d e p e n d e n t e x is te n c e , or too p r i m i t i v e to have s p e c ie and f u n c tio n . I t con­ t a i n s a l l t h e e le m e n ts p r o d u c e d by d e v o l u t i o n i n i t s p r o c e s s o f b re a k in g u p , and a l l of e v o l u t i o n ’ s elem ents in th e f i r s t s ta g e s of b e in g b u i l t up and r e v i t a l i z e d . Th e UPPER WORLD c o n t a i n s a l l o f n a t u r e ' s h i g h e s t m a n i f e s t a t i o n s on th e e a rth p la n e . I t c o n t a i n s t h e e le m e n ts of e v o l u t i o n which a r e s t i l l b e i n g d e v e lo p e d to r e a c h to p e r f e c t i o n i n s p e c i e or f u n c t i o n , and a l s o a l l of th e ele m e n ts in p r o c e s s of e v o lu tio n which a r e i n p e r f e c t m a n i f e s t a t i o n and have r e a c h e d th e l a s t p o in t of e v o lu tio n ( th e apex of th e t r i a n g l e ) . I t also contains a l l th e e le m e n ts of d e v o l u t i o n w hich have ended t h e i r e v o l u t i o n a n d a r e now b e i n g d i s i n t e g r a t e d a n d s e p a r a t e d p r e p a r a t o r y t o b e ­ co m in g t h e v e r y l o w e s t a n d m o s t p r i m i t i v e e l e m e n t s in the low er w o r ld . DISINTEGRATION i s a p r o c e s s w h e r e b y m a t t e r o f a c o m p l e x f o r m o r n a ­ t u r e becom es s e p a r a t e d i n t o t h e e le m e n ts composing i t . In th i s way m i n e r a l s b r e a k down i n t o m o l e c u l e s , a t o m s a n d e l e c t r o n s . The t r u n k s o f t r e e s , f o r i n s t a n c e , p a s s t h r o u g h w h a t i s common­ l y c a l l e d " r o t t i n g " and become s im p le e le m e n ts "of t h e d u s t of the ground". A l l p l a n t l i f e , a l l m i n e r a l l i f e , and a l l an im al l i f e f i n a l l y d i s i n t e g r a t e and form th o u s a n d s of p r i m i t i v e e l e ­ m e n t s w h i c h f i n d t h e i r way i n t o t h e e a r t h a n d t h e r e , a f t e r a c e r t a i n p e r i o d o f c o m p l e t e r e s t a n d s e p a r a t i o n from t h e form in w hich t h e y m a n i f e s t e d b e f o r e , a r e s lo w ly r e - u n i t e d by n a t u r e ’ s f o r c e s a n d b e g i n e v o l u t i o n a g a i n i n a new f o r m . B e f o r e we c a n h a v e a n y p r o p e r a n d c o m p r e h e n s i v e u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f n a t u r e ' s m a n i f e s t a t i o n s i n t h e UPPER WORLD we m u s t know w h a t i s f u n d ­ am e n ta l in th e I n f r a W orld. We a r e s a f e i n s a y i n g t h a t t h e g r e a t e s t m i s t a k e made i n s t u d y i n g t h e p h e n o m e n a o f t h e u p p e r w o r l d — w h i c h i n ­ c l u d e s t h e s t u d y o f S c i e n c e s g e n e r a l l y , s u c h a s Cosmogony, C os m olo gy, Man, a n d a l l t h a t i s on o r a b o v e t h e e a r t h — i s i n s t u d y i n g t h e s e t h i n g s f i r s t a n d f r o m t h e m t r y i n g t o g l i m p s e some c o n c e p t i o n o f t h e I n f r a w orld or o f b o th w o rld s u n i t e d . A g r e a t s c i e n t i s t once s a i d t h a t he co u ld spend a l i f e t i m e in th e s t u d y o f t h e I n f r a W o r l d a s h e f o u n d i t on t h e p o i n t o f a n e e d l e . He m eant by t h i s t h a t enough of t h e I n f r a W o rld ’ s m a n i f e s t a t i o n s c o u ld b e p l a c e d on t h e p o i n t o f a n e e d l e s o t h a t , u n d e r a p o w e r f u l m i c r o ­ s c o p e , it^ w o u ld a f f o r d a l i f e t i m e of s tu d y . That i s t r u e , i f th e i n ­ t e n t i o n o f s u c h s t u d y w o u l d b e t o d i s c o v e r some o f n a t u r e ' s s e c r e t s a s r e v e a l e d on t h e p o i n t o f a n e e d l e — f o r e v e n a l i f e t i m e w o u l d n o t r e v e a l n a t u r e ’ s s e c r e t s by su ch mere e x a m in a tio n o f t h e m a n i f e s t a ­ tio n s. A d r o p o f w a t e r w h i c h we c a n p l a i n l y s e e b y t h e n a k e d e y e h a s ev o lv e d t o t h e s i z e and m a n i f e s t a t i o n of s o m e th in g which i s p r o p e r l y one of t h e m a n i f e s t a t i o n s b e l o n g i n g t o t h e UPPER WORLD. But by p l a c i n g

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t h a t d r o p o f w a t e r u n d e r a p o w e r f u l m i c r o s c o p e many t h i n g s u n s e e n b y t h e n a k e d e y e a r e r e v e a l e d a n d we f i n d we h a v e o p e n e d a n o t h e r w o r l d o f m a n i f e s t a t i o n — t h e INFRA WORLD, t h e w o r l d c o n t a i n e d w i t h i n t h e drop of w a te r . We c o u l d s e e , i f o u r m i c r o s c o p e was p o w e r f u l e n o u g h , t h e m a n i f e s t a t i o n of t h e c e l l s , t h e e le m e n ts com posing t h e w a t e r , and i n t h o s e c e l l s we c o u l d s e e t h e e l e m e n t s c o m p o s i n g e v e n th em ; a n d i n t h e s e a l s o c o u l d b e seen o t h e r e le m e n ts from t h e lo w er w o r ld — t h e s m a l l e s t c e l l s i n e x i s t e n c e — t h e p r i m i t i v e , f i r s t fo rm , of n a t u r e ’ s m an ifestatio n s. A d r o p o f b l o o d b e l o n g s t o t h e u p p e r w o r l d — i t i s an e v o l v e d t h i n g r e a c h i n g a h i g h s t a t e o f p e r f e c t i o n when i t i s i n n o r ­ mal c o n d i t i o n and h e a l t h y b u t u n d e r t h e m ic ro s c o p e t h a t drop of b lo o d r e v e a l s a n o t h e r w o rld i n s i d e of i t , th e chem ical w o rld of th e e a r l ­ i e s t m a n i f e s t a t i o n , a n d we c o u l d s e e c e l l s o f many f o r m s a n d t i n t s o f c o l o r a n d e a c h -of t h e s e c e l l s w o u l d c o n t a i n o t h e r c e l l s o r e l e m e n t s — t h o s e w h i c h e n t e r i n t o t h e c o m p o s i t i o n o f b l o o d — m i n e r a l s o f many k in d s , m agnetic p o in ts of v i t a l i t y . To make t h e m a t t e r p i c t u r e s q u e , we may c o m p a r e t h e u p p e r a n d l o w e r w o rld s in t h i s m anner. At t h a t moment a n d m i n u t e o f t i m e t h a t t h e b a b y c h i c k b r e a k s t h r o u g h t h e s h e l l o f t h e eg g a n d s t e p s o u t i n t o t h e o u t e r w o r l d , i t , a s a m a n i f e s t a t i o n o f n a t u r e , p a s s e s t h e l i n e on t h e TRIANGLE a t t h e p l a c e m a r k e d C i n i l l u s t r a t i o n No. 5 , a n d p a s s e s f r o m t h e I n f r a o r Lower w o r l d i n t o t h e u p p e r w o r l d . When t h e s e e d c o n ­ t a i n i n g t h e ge r m o f l i f e i s v i t a l i z e d i n t h e e g g , t h a t egg a n d a l l i t s e l e m e n t s a r e i n t h e I n f r a W o r l d , t h e Lower W o r l d , s o m ew h ere a l o n g t h e p a t h o f e v o l u t i o n f r o m t h e p o i n t A on t h e t r i a n g l e t o w a r d C. Up t o t h e p o i n t C t h e eg g i s e v o l v i n g i n t h e I n f r a W o r l d b u t a f t e r i t crosses th at p o i n t i n t h e p r o c e s s o f e v o l u t i o n i t e n t e r s t h e Upper w o r l d and c o n t i n u e s t o e v o lv e i n t h e Upper W orld u n t i l i t r e a c h e s p e r ­ f e c t i o n a t . t h e p o i n t B. I t i s n o t o u r p u r p o s e t o to u c h u p o n t h e c r e a t i o n o f l i f e o r t o s t u d y c e l l l i f e and th e v a r io u s s te p s of e v o l u ti o n a t j u s t t h i s tim e in our w o r k a n d t h o u g h t on t h e p r i n c i p l e s o f Cosmogony. But what you s h o u ld h a v e i n m i n d , a s h a v e we who h a v e c a r e f u l l y e x a m i n e d a l l t h e l a w s a n d p r i n c i p l e s , i s t h a t t h e s t a t e m e n t , p r e v i o u s l y r e f e r r e d t o , f,a s a b o v e s o b e l o w ” i s so t r u e i n p r i n c i p l e t h a t we m u s t t a k e i t i n t o c o n s i d e r ­ atio n . I f you l o o k a g a i n a t t h e t r i a n g l e d i a g r a m o n t h e p r e c e d i n g p a g e you w i l l s e e t h a t t h e r e i s a v e r y g r e a t s i m i l a r i t y i n t h e two h a l v e s of th e t r i a n g l e r e p r e s e n t i n g th e Lower a n d U p p e r W o r l d s , j u s t a s i d e n t i c a l i n a c t i o n a s t h e two h a l v e s r e p r e s e n t i n g E v o l u t i o n a n d D evolution. The g r e a t l e s s o n l e a r n e d f r o m a s t u d y o f b o t h o f t h e s e two w o r l d s i s t h a t t h e same f u n d a m e n t a l l a w s a n d p r i n c i p l e s a p p l y i n g i n one a p p l y in ^ th e oth er. Can y o u i m a g i n e , f o r i n s t a n c e , t h a t t h e g r e a t l a w s w h i c h c a u s e E v o l u t i o n t o c a r r y on i t s g r e a t work i n t h e Lower W o r l d w o u l d ce d i f f e r e n t o r r e v e r s e d i n t h e U p p e r w o r l d ? Or t o p u t t h e q u e s t i o n i n a n o t h e r fo rm , can you im a g in e t h a t any o f t h e g r e a t con­ s t r u c t i v e p r i n c i p l e s in v o lv e d in th e p r o c e s s of b u i l d i n g up and p e r ­ f e c t i n g t h e c r e a t i o n of t h e w o r ld have any e x c e p t i o n s an d o p e r a t e d i f f e r e n t l y i n r e g a r d t o t h e p e r f e c t i o n o f some p a r t s o f t h e u n i v e r s e ?

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W h a t, t h e n , a r e t h e g r e a t f u n d a m e n t a l l a w s o f c r e a t i o n w h i c h o p e r a t e so u n i v e r s a l l y , so g e n e r a l l y , a n d so w o n d e r f u l l y t h a t m a n ' s m i n d m u s t b e a l m o s t i n f i n i t e i n i t s t h i n k i n g t o f u l l y a p p r e c i a t e them? This i s w h a t we m u s t b e g i n w i t h a t o n c e . We m u s t h a v e t h o s e l a w s d e f i ­ n i t e l y s t a t e d a n d c l e a r l y c o m p r e h e n d e d a n d a t o n c e t h e g r e a t e s t mys­ t e r i e s of th e U n iv e rse b e g in to r e v e a l th e m se lv e s i n t h e i r t r u e n a­ t u r e a n d f i n a l l y t h e MYSTERIES DISAPPEAR. So o u r n e x t l e c t u r e w i l l b e g i n w i t h a new p r e s e n t a t i o n o f t h e s e l a w s . We s h a l l t a k e t h e m , o n e b y o n e , a n d n o t e t h e c o n s i s t e n c y o f t h e m . H e r e i n t h e v i c i n i t y o f o u r C o l l e g e H a l l s a n d Campus we h a v e cypress tre es. T his i s t h e o n ly p l a c e i n A m erica where c y p r e s s t r e e s a r e to be found. (The c y p r e s s t r e e s r e f e r r e d t o w e r e on t h e C o l l e g e g r o u n d s in C a lifo rn ia .) P e r h a p s t h e y c a n b e f o u n d i n no o t h e r p l a c e t h a n h e re and in th e O r ie n t. B u t a s s o o n a s t h o s e who a r e f a m i l i a r w i t h t r e e l i f e , v e g e ta b le l i f e and b o tan y h e a r of th e c y p re ss t r e e s h ere in th is V a l l e y o f Amorc, t h e y s a y : " T h e r e i s a p a r t i c u l a r k i n d o f s o i l t h e r e ; o t h e r w i s e c y p r e s s t r e e s w o u ld n o t grow t h e r e . T h e re must be a c e r ta in atm ospheric c o n d itio n e x a c tly l i k e t h a t in th e O rie n t, e l s e t h e c y p r e s s t r e e s c o u l d n o t l i v e t h e r e ” . And e x a m i n a t i o n shows t h a t t h e r e i s t h i s p e c u l i a r s o i l and t h i s w o n d erfu l c lim a te n e c e s s a r y fo r cypress t r e e s . So e x a c t i s t h e l a w o f n a t u r e , so p r e c i s e h e r r u l e s a n d r e g u l a t i o n s , t h a t t h o u g h A m e r i c a h a s m a n y , many t r e e s an d h a s many d e g r e e s a n d n a t u r e s o f c l i m a t e i n h e r v a r i o u s s e c t i o n s , o n ­ l y where a c e r t a i n s o i l com bined w i t h a c e r t a i n c l i m a t e e x i s t s can th e Cypress t r e e s l i v e . The c y p r e s s t r e e s c o u l d n o t e x i s t a t t h e N orth P o le , w ith i t s c o ld n e s s , or in th e s o u th e rn s e c t io n of F lo r id a , w i t h i t s warm c l i m a t e . A l l of w h ic h , l e a d i n g t o s p e c u l a t i o n and m e d i t a t i o n , makes u s r e a l ­ i z e t h a t when s o m e o n e o f f e r s u s a n e x p l a n a t i o n o r a t h e o r y o r a p i c ­ tu re or a statem ent re g a rd in g our U niverse, or re g a rd in g n a tu r e 's m a n i f e s t a t i o n s , w h i c h i n c l u d e s many r e v e r s a l s o f n a t u r e ' s f u n d a m e n ­ t a l law s and b e l i e s th e u n i v e r s a l p r e c i s i o n of G o d 's p l a n s of c r e a ­ t i o n , we s h o u l d r e j e c t t h e o f f e r a n d c a s t i t a s i d e a s u n w o r t h y , f a l s e and m isle a d in g . For a d d i t i o n a l r e a d i n g d u rin g th e tim e betw een t h i s and th e n e x t l e c ­ t u r e , o u r s t u d e n t s s h o u l d r e a d t h e v a r i o u s d e f i n i t i o n s i n some goo d d i c t i o n a r y or e n c y c lo p a e d ia of th e w ords: D evolution, E v o lu tio n , D i s i n t e g r a t i o n , an d any o f t h e o t h e r te r m s u s e d i n t h i s l e c t u r e . End o f L e c t u r e Number Two

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I n o u r l a s t l e c t u r e r e f e r e n c e was made t o t h e f a c t t h a t a l l o f n a ­ t u r e ' s l a w s , a l l o f G o d ' s l a w s o p e r a t e w i t h o u t e v e r m a n i f e s t i n g an e x c e p t i o n to t h e f u n d a m e n ta l p r i n c i p l e s upon which t h o s e law s a r e based. I n t h e c o u r s e o f s t u d y t h a t we a r e now p u r s u i n g i t i s n e c e s s a r y t h a t we make s p e c i f i c r e f e r e n c e t o t h e f u n d a m e n t a l l a w s o f t h e PRINCIPLE OF CREATION. Nowhe re do we n o t i c e t h e g r e a t COSMIC MIND, t h e D i v i n e M in d , m a n i f e s ­ t i n g i t s e l f no p l a i n l y a.s i n t h e p r o c e s s o f e l e m e n t a r y c r e a t i o n . We may m a r v e l a t t h e w o n d e r f u l i n t e l l i g e n c e r e v e a l e d i n t h e p r o c e s s w h e re b y atoms a r e u n i t e d t o form m o l e c u l e s of m a t t e r and i n u n i t i n g a l w a y s a d h e r e t o some p e c u l i a r f o r m o f s y m b o l . We may m a r v e l a t t h e i n t e l l i g e n c e d i s p l a y e d i n t h e a c t i o n o f one ele m e n t upon or to w a r d a n o th e r in th e p r o c e s s e s of c h e m istry . Our c o u r s e o f s t u d y i n A r ­ c a n e C h e m i s t r y a n d P h y s i c s may c a u s e t h e m i n d o f man t o s e n s e t h e g r e a t D i v i n i t y o f G o d ' s ways a n d l a w s an p r i n c i p l e a f t e r p r i n c i p l e i s e x p l a i n e d and d e m o n s t r a t e d by t h e s t u d e n t . B u t n o t h i n g i s so m a r v e ­ l o u s , so w o n d e r f u l a n d t r u l y m y s t i f y i n g a s t h e f u n d a m e n t a l p r i n c i p l e s w h i c h we s h a l l s t u d y i n t h e s e l e s s o n s a n d w h i c h r e v e a l t h e m s e l v e s i n th e most m in u te form s of c r e a t i o n . The v e r y f i r s t p r i n c i p l e ed i o n i s t h a t J --het we n o t e i n t h e f u n d a m e n t a l l a w o f c r e ­

THE CREATIVE POWER OR ENERGY I S DUAL. By t h i s i s m e a n t t h a t t h e p o w e r o r e n e r g y t h a t n o t o n l y a s s i s t s i n t h e c r e a t i o n , o r b u i l d i n g up o f c r e a t i o n , b u t a n i m a t e s a l l c r e a t i o n , is dual in n a tu re . I t h a s two q u a l i t i e s , o r two c o n d i t i o n s , e a c h n c c e s s a r y t o t h e o t h e r , e a c h h a v i n g an e . c t i o n or_ t h e o t h e r . The o l d p h i ] osovhers. t h e a n c i e n t s c i e n t i s t s , l o c k e d f o r t h e p o w e r o r e n e r g y t h a t a n i m a t e d a l l c r e a t i o n w i t h o u t r e a l i z i n g t h a t i t was a d u a l po w er, and even t o d a y modern s c i e n c e a t t e m p t s t o d i s c o v e r th e s o u r c e o f a l l l i f e b y s e e k i n g some e n e r g y w h i c h I s s i n g l e i n n a t u r e . T h e r e f o r e , t h e s c i e n t i s t s o f t o d a y , l i k e t h e men o f o l d , f i n d b u t t h e cn e e l e m e n t , t h e one p a r t , t h e one h a l f of t h e d u a l e n e r g y , an d w i t h t h a t s e p a r a t e d p a r t t h e y t r y t o make s u c h e x p e r i m e n t s a s w i l l d u p l i ­ c a te th e c r e a tiv e a c tio n of the t r u e d u al energy. The r e a s o n f o r t h i s i s t h a t t h i s w o n d e r f u l d u a l en erg y u s e d by n a o r a l l c r e a t i o n i s h a l f e a r t h e n e r g y a n d t h e e t h e r h a l f i s COS­ MIC ENERGf. We m i g h t s a y , j u s t a t t h i s t i m e f o r t h e s a k e o f c l e a r n e s s , i r ^ a t ^ t n e e a r t h e n e r g y i s a NEGATIVE ENERGI e n d t h e Co s m ic a POSITIVE liTZRGl. The two c o m b i n e d make a c o m p l e t e u n i t of c r e a t i v e energy; s e p a r a t e d , n e i t h e r one T i l l c r e a t e o r e v e n m a n i f e s t . ow t h e e a r t h p l a n e , or m a te r ia l, e a r t h l y w orld, i n w h i c h we l i v e e n d

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i n w h i c h we f i n d so much p o w e r , i s o v e r c h a r g e d w i t h t h e NEGATIVE energy. I t i s e a s i l y d i s c o v e r e d , u t i l i z e d a n d e v e n m e a s u r e d Toy a c c u ­ r a t e i n s t r u m e n t s o f p r e c i s i o n , a n d f o r t h i s r e a s o n t h o s e who a r e n o t f a m il i a r w ith th e tr u e n a tu r e of c r e a t i v e energy f i n d n o th in g hut t h i s n e g a tiv e energy of th e e a r t h and w ith i t t r y to d u p l i c a t e n a­ tu r e ’s a c tiv itie s . They do n o t knew o f t h e e x i s t e n c e o f a s e p a r a t e COSMIC ENERGY a n d t h e r e f o r e do n o t a p p l y i t o r e v e n a t t e m p t t o u n i t e i t w ith th e e a r t h ’ s n e g a tiv e energy— t h e r e f o r e t h e i r a tte m p ts to stim u late n a tu r e ’s c re a tio n f a i l u t t e r l y . I t i s n ot our p u rp o se to stu d y t h i s g r e a t c r e a tiv e fo rc e a t j u s t t h i s t i m e , f o r t h e r e a r e many l e c t u r e s p e r t a i n i n g t o t h i s l a t e r on i n t h e c o u r s e , when s u c h k n o w l e d g e w i l l h e m o r e f i t t i n g . B u t we a r e t o s t u d y a t t h i s t i m e some c i t h e m s n i f e s t a t i o n s o f t h a t po w e r a n d t h e f i r s t p r i n c i p l e o f s u c h m a n i f e s t a t i o n i s t h e n e x t g r e a t p r i n c i p l e of Dr ea t i o n . I t is th is: THE GREAT CREATIVE ENERGY DIVIDES ITSELF TO COMPOSE FORMS IN ALL ELEMENTS OF CREATION. One may r e a d o r h e a r t h e alcove l a w w i t h o u t r e a l i z i n g i t s w o n d e r f u l s i g n i f i c a n c e , h u t f i n a l l y i t w i l l make t h e p r o p e r i m p r e s s i o n a n d we w i l l come t o s e e how i m p o r t a n t t h i s r e v e l a t a o n i s . To make i t m o re p l a i n cip le. I t is th in : at t h i s tim e, l e t us take th e next g reat p rin ­

THE FORM INTO WHICH THE CREATIVE ENERGY MOULDS OR SHAPES ITSELF IS ALSO DUAL IN NATURE. IT I S CELLULAR IN SHAPE, WITH A NEGATIVE BODY A'T' A POSITIVE CONDITION WITHIN. Now l e t u s r e v i e w t h e s e two p r i n c i p l e s t o g e t h e r . The c r e a t i v e e n ­ ergy i s dual in n a t u r e : P o s i t i v e and N e g a t i v e . In th e p ro c e s s of c r e a t i o n t h e r e two Q u a l i t i e s o r c o n d i t i o n s o f t h e c r e a t i v e e n e r g y s e p a r a t e so t h a t t h e y may u n i t e i n t h e f o r m i n t o u i c ’i c r e a t i o n w i l l m anifest i t s e l f . E v e n a c a s u a l e x a m i n a t i o n o f t h e w o r k i n g s o f a n e l e c t r i c h e l l , an e l e c t r i c l i g h t , 01 a n y c * 'h e r e l e c t r i c m a n i f e s t a t i o n . ^ i . . l show u s ■chat i t i s n e c e s s a r y f o r a. n o s i t .i v e a n d n e g a t i v e c o n d i t i o n o r q u a l i t y s o come t o g e t h e r t o g i v e u s a n y m a n i f e s t a t i o n o f t h e pov/er o f e l e c ­ tricity . Tor t h i s r e a s o n TUG w i r e s a r e c o n n e c t e d w i t h e a c h h e l l , e a c h l i g h t , a n d e a c h p i e ^ e o f m e c h a n i s m o p e r a t e d b y c? e c t r i c c u r r e n t ; i o r an e l e c t r i c c u r r e n t ~ s a l s o d u a l i n n a t u r e , h a v i n g two q u a l i t i e s o r c o n d i t i o n s , a n d t h e s e two m u s t come t o g e t h e r t o make a n a n i f e s t a txon. N e i t h e r o n e o f th em a l o n e , l i k e n r i t h w r o n e C" t h e w i r e s , w i l l m ake a r r a n i f c i t a t i o n . By s t u d y i n g t h e I n f r a W o r l d a n d e x a m i n i n g c l o s e l y i n t o t h e p r o c e s s n n a t u r e as r e v e a l e d i n t h e s m a l l e s t e l e m e n t s o f c r e a t i o n a t t h e p o i n t of t h e t r i a n g l e w h e r e e v o l u t i o n b e g i n s J e e e i l l u s c r . a t i c n N o . 5

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i n o u r l a s t l e c t u r e ) we f i n d t h a t t h e v e r y f i r s t e l e m e n t o r f o r m o f l i v i n g m a t t e r i s a c e l l — t h e m i n u t e c e l l t h a t m ust b e e x a m i n e d u n d e r th e m icroscope to be se e n . This l i t t l e c e l l we may c a l l p r o t o p l a s m o r j u s t a c e l l o f LIVING MATTER, b u t t h e p o i n t we w i s h t o n o t e i s t h a t i t i s in t h e shape of a p e r f e c t l y form ed s p h e re , l i k e a p e r f e c t ­ l y round drop of w a te r . T h i s i s t h e f o r m of a l l c e l l l i f e , t h o u g h u n d e r t h e m i c r o s c o p e , b e c a u s e o f p r e s s u r e , some c e l l s may f l a t t e n o u t and ap p ear n o t to be p e r f e c t l y round. Now a c h e m i c a l a n d a n a l y t i c a l s t u d y o f t h e s e c e l l s r e v e a l s n a t u r e ’ s la w s as t r u l y a s w ould a s tu d y o f t h e u n i v e r s e or any o t h e r m a n i f e s ­ t a t i o n o f a g r e a t s i z e , a n d , a c c o r d i n g t o t h e l a w t h a t ,ra s a b o v e so b e l o w " , we may v e r y p r o f i t a b l y s t u d y t h e I n f r a W o r l d a n d n o t e how n a tu re begins her c r e a tio n s . I n a c e l l o f p r o t o p l a s m we h a v e a r n i n a t u r e w o r l d . A ll th a t e x is ts in n a tu r e i s r e p r e s e n te d in th e sm all c e l l of p rotoplasm . A m ystic who was a g r e a t s c i e n t i s t o n c e s a i d : " I n t h e c e l l s o f l i f e I ca n f i n d a l l n a t u r e , a l l t h e U n i v e r s e , t h e D i v i n e M in d , t h e f o r c e t h a t r u l e s t h e w o r l d , a n d , e v e n G o d . " T h i s i s so t r u e J So l e t u s e x a m i n e t h e c e l l f r o m j u s t a c a s u a l p o i n t o f v i e w . In our c o u r s e s i n c h e m i s t r y a n d b o t a n y , c e l l l i f e i s m ore c o m p l e t e l y t r e a t ­ e d , b u t h e r e we s h a l l s e e k f o r j u s t c a s u a l f a c t s . T h e r e f o r e t h e f o l l o w i n g f a c t s a r e t a k e n from v a r i o u s s t a n d a r d books on t h e s u b j e c t o f C e l l s . T h e s e f a c t s a r e a c k n o w l e d g e d by e v e r y s c i e n t i f i c a u t h o r i t y a n d a r e NOT o u r t h e o r i e s o r s t a t e m e n t s * 1 st. A ll p la n ts and a n im a ls c o n s i s t o f c e l l s and t h e i r d e r i v a t i v e s .

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4th . A l l c e l l s h a v e c e r t a i n s p e c i a l f u n c t i o n s , some o f w h i c h a r e ( a ) t o n o u r i s h t h e m s e l v e s a n d g r o w ; ( b ) t o move a n d h a v e m o t i o n ; ( c ) t o produce o th er c e l l s . Now t h e s e f a c t s may n o t seem i m p o r t a n t e x c e p t a s t h e y r e l a t e t o a m in u te s tu d y of c e l l l i f e , b u t t h e p o i n t to be n o t i c e d i s t h a t th e f a c t s ^ r e v e a l a u n i v e r s a l law , one of t h e fu n d a m e n ta l laws of l i f e a n d CREATION. There i s th e p o i n t . I n d e a l i n g w i t h c e l l l i f e we a r e d e a l i n g w i t h CREATION, a n d i f t h e c e l l s r e v e a l a f u n d a m e n t a l l a w o f c r e a t i o n , we h a v e no r i g h t t o a s s u m e , a s H i s t o l o g y , G e o l o g y a n d As­ t r o n o m y a s s u m e , t h a t t h e s e l a w s o f c r e a t i o n REFER ONLY TO An im al and P la n t l i f e . A fu n d a m e n ta l law o f c r e a t i o n m ust be fu n d a m e n ta l to a l l c r e a t i o n .

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The p r i n c i p l e s i n v o l v e d i n t h e c r e a t i o n o f t h e s m a l l e s t f o r m o f l i v ­ i n g m a t t e r MUST ALSO OPERATE i n t h e c r e a t i o n o f t h e l a r g e s t f o r m s 01 liv in g m atter. And we c a n e l e m i n a t e t h e t e r m "LIVING MATTER" f o r , a s we s h a l l a l l m atter i s LIVING HATTER. The t e r m h a s a l w a y s m e a n t a k i n d o f m a t t e r t h a t was p a s s i n g t h r o u g h i t s c o n s t r u c t i v e p e r i o d a n d h a d ^ s o m e f o r m of c o n s c i o u s n e s s . D ea d M a t t e r m e a n t m a t t e r t h a t was d e c a y i n g o r d isin teg ratin g . By r e f e r i n g t o t h e d i a g r a m i n l e c t u r e ITo.Two we s e e t h a t t h e p r o c e s s o f d i s i n t e g r a t i o n , o r o f DEVOLUTION, i s o n l y a p h a s e o f t h e same l a w t h a t c a u s e s EVOLUTION, an d t h a t a s m a t t e r com­ p l e t e s th e e n t i r e c i r c l e from c r e a t i o n , th ro u g h e v o l u t i o n , th e n t h r o u g h d e v o l u t i o n h a c k t o c r e a t i o n a g a i n , m a t t e r i s ALWAYS ALIVE. At no t i m e i s m a t t e r d e a d . I t i s t h e l i f e a c t i v i t y , t h e a c t i o n of l i f e in m a t t e r , t h a t c a u s e s i t to d i s i n t e g r a t e and seem in g ly decay, j u s t a s l i f e c a u s e s i t t o come t o g e t h e r a g a i n a n d e v o l v e i n t o n e w e r form s of m a t t e r . So t h e f u n d a m e n t a l l a w o f c r e a t i o n o f m a t t e r i s e a s i l y o b s e r v e d i n c e l l l i f e a n d we f i n d t h e c e l l f o r m a t i o n t h e f u n d a m e n t a l f o r m o f creatio n . On t h e o t h e r h a n d , we f i n d s i m i l a r e v i d e n c e , i n d i s p u t a b l e , i n e v e n a c a s u a l e x a m in a tio n of t h e law u n d e r l y i n g t h e c r e a t i o n o f e le m e n ta ry m atter. The v e r y f i r s t p r i n c i p l e s s e t f o r t h i n a l l t e x t b o o k s on m a t t e r a n d i t s c o m p o sitio n a r e t h o s e w hich a r e p ro v e n by d e m o n s tr a tio n and which are not the r e s u l t of th e o r ie s . Th ey a r e a s f o l l o w s : 1 s t . M a tte r i s composed o f d i v i s i b l e elem ents. compos­

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Now t h e i m p o r t a n t p o i n t s h e r e a r e t h a t e l e c t r o n s a n d a t o m s , t h e s m a l l e s t and p r i m a r y u n i t s of m a t t e r , a r e c e l l s i n form an d s h a p e . Each i s c e l l sh a p e , l i k e th e c e l l s in l i v i n g m a t t e r , and each adds i t s a i l to o th e r s i m i l a r c e l l s , j u s t l i k e th e c e l l s of m a t t e r , u n t i l g r o s s m a t t e r i s i t s e l f made o f c e l l s , l i k e t h e f l e s h a n d t i s s u e o f t h e human b o d y i s c o m p o s e d o f c e l l s o f l i v i n g m a t t e r . T h e re i s a n o th e r p o i n t , h ow ever, w hich b r i n g s us t o a s u b j e c t w hich

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Both t h e c e l l s of l i v i n g m a tt e r (a s fo u n d in f l e s h and i n p l a n t l i f e ) and th e c e l l s of g ro s s m a t t e r , such as atom s, have s i m i l a r n a t u r e s , s i m i l a r s t r u c t u r e s , and s i m i l a r f u n c t i o n s . Both h a v e an o u t e r w a l l , b o t h have a c e n t r e p o i n t or p la c e of en e rg y , b o th have c e r ta d n r a t e s o f v i b r a t i o n , a n d BOTH ARE ENDOWED WITH A CERTAIN COSMIC ENERGY KNOW N AS L I F E . F u rth erm o re, b o th kin d s of c e l l s send f o r t h t h e i r v ib r a ti o n s , both r e v o l v e i n m o t i o n , b o t h c o n t a i n w i t h i n th e m a s m a l l u n i v e r s e o f e n e r g y and pow er, and b o t h have t h e i r g r e a t en e rg y r a d i a t i n g from t h e c e n t r e o u t to w a r d t h e w a l l of t h e c e l l . R e v i e w i n g t h e a b o v e s t a t e m e n t s we f i n d t h a t c e l l l i f e o f f e r s a won­ d e r f u l stu d y of c r e a t i v e law s, and t h e s e law s r e v e a l c e r t a i n fu n d a ­ m e n ta l p r i n c i p l e s of c r e a t i o n w hich a r e u n iv e rsa l, ab so lu te, p o si­ t i v e , n e v e r changing* i l l t h e f o r e g o i n g f a c t s a r e known a s f a c t s b e c a u s e we c a n o b s e r v e th e s e th in g s under the m icroscope. They a r e f a c t s b e l o n g i n g t o t h e INFRA VORLP. F a c t s w hich h u n d re d s h ave o b s e rv e d and a r e o b s e r v i n g e v e r y d a y i n l a b o r a t o r i e s , i n s c h o o l s a n d c o l l e g e s , a n d w h i c h no one need h e s i t a t e to a ccep t. So w i t h t h e s e f a c t s we w i l l b e g i n o u r s tu d ie s in the next le c tu r e .

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