Mother of Jesus
In the early days of Atlantis, Mary, the embodiment of the
Mother Ray, served in the Temple of Truth where, as priestess of the Most
High God, she tended the emerald fires of the fifth ray.
Serving under the Masters of Truth, Mary,
together with other temple virgins, studied the healing arts and submitted
to the disciplines required of every soul who desires to magnify the
Consciousness of the Lord.
Working with the laws governing the flow
of God's energy from the planes of Spirit to the planes of Matter, she
learned that all disease, decay, and death are caused by an arresting of the
flow of Light at some point in the four lower bodies of man and that this
clogging of energy results from his misuse of the Sacred Fire with its
She learned that the cure for disease is
the harmonization of the flow through the Light-centers in the lower bodies,
whereas the reversal of the processes of death and decay is effected by the
initiation of spirals of the resurrection flame within the chalice of the
Her mentors showed her how, once ignited,
these spirals are expanded to include the entire being and consciousness
until man becomes a pulsating sphere of white fire, the victor over hell and
death, the Incorruptible One.
Thus long ago in the Temple of Truth,
where religion and science stood as pillars of Alpha and Omega, Mary
experimented with the laws of flow that also govern the science of
Did she then know that in another life she
would be chosen to bear the Son of God who would demonstrate these laws in
the changing of the water into wine, the healing of the withered hand, the
multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and many other so-called miracles
by which he would introduce to the world the supreme methodology of the
In all of her incarnations Mary worked
closely with her twin flame, the Archangel Raphael. He remained in heaven
(the plane of Spirit) to focus the energies of Alpha while she made her
abode on earth (the plane of Matter), there to focus the energies of Omega.
Thus together they fulfilled the law of
their God-identity, their Sphere of Being, proving that
As Is Above, So IS Below God is omnipotent,
omniscient, and omnipresent.
With each life opportunity Mary developed
greater concentration upon the Image Most Holy of the Father who appeared to
her as the I AM Presence.
Her consecration to the immaculate concept
of the Son became intensified with each passing day while she perfected her
four lower bodies as vehicles for her soul's expression of the Holy Spirit.
Her face shone with its inner Light and her garments flowed to the rhythm of
It was her magnification of the Christ
Light and of the Mother Flame that actually sustained the healing focus in
the Temple of Truth, and it was through her daily devotions that its
emanations were expanded throughout Atlantis.
One with the Cosmic Virgin, she remained a
temple virgin during her entire embodiment and left a focus and a flame that
shall rise again in the New Atlantis to enshrine the fundamentals of healing
mastery in the hearts of those who under the aegis of the Law would be the
true healers of the race.
In the days of the prophet Samuel, Mary
was called of the Lord to be the wife of Jesse and the mother of his eight
sons. Ever fulfilling her role as the Mother Ray, Mary, in this incarnation
of her soul on earth, magnified the Light of the seven rays of the Christ in
the first seven sons of Jesse.
But in the youngest, David, she glorified
not only the full complement of virtues from the prism of the Lord, but also
the majesty and mastery of the eighth ray, which David exemplified in his
reign and extolled in his psalms.
The Birth of the Mother of Jesus
In her final embodiment, "the Blessed and
Ever Glorious Virgin Mary, sprung from the royal race and family of David,
was born in the city of Nazareth and educated at Jerusalem in the temple of
Her father's name was Joachim and her
mother's Anna. The family of her father was of Galilee and the city of
Nazareth. The family of her mother was of Bethlehem. Their lives were plain
and right in the sight of the Lord, pious and faultless before men." So
reads the Gospel of the Birth of Mary attributed to Saint Matthew, a work
received as authentic by early Christians and included in the library of
Anna and Joachim were initiates of the
Brotherhood and followed many of the teachings of the Essene community.
Among other spiritual disciplines, they followed a strict dietary regime and
practiced certain temple rituals corresponding to the mystical teachings of
Christ given in the retreats of the Masters. To them prayer and fasting was
a way of life.
Mary was born to Anna and Joachim because
they gave their lives to the fulfillment of the plan of God. They were
chosen to serve because they chose to serve, and their commitment was one
which spanned the centuries of their previous existence both on earth and in
Therefore, in keeping with heavenly
protocol, the angel of the Lord appeared to them to announce the birth of
the Virgin and told them that their daughter as a virgin would bear the Son
of God who would prove before the multitudes of Judea the laws of the Divine
Alchemy and the ability of the Christed man or woman to become the master of
sin, disease, and death.
The account of the childhood of Mary is
one of the tenderness of God enfolding the Queen of Angels incarnate. She
who was to become the bride of the Holy Spirit was presented at the temple
at the age of three. It is said that her parents placed her upon the first
of the fifteen stairs symbolizing the initiations of the psalms of degrees
(Psalms 120 through 134).
The child ascended the stairs one after
another "without the help of any to lead or lift her," showing that she had
passed these initiations in other lives and was spiritually prepared to
fulfill her mission.
"Thus," comments Matthew, "the Lord did,
in the infancy of His Virgin, work this extraordinary work and evidence by
this miracle how great she was like to be hereafter." Therefore Mary was
left with other virgins in the apartments of the temple to be brought up
there; and her parents, having offered up their sacrifice according to the
custom of the law and perfected their vow, returned home.
For those who know the beauty of the soul
of Mary, Matthew's account of her daily communion with the heavenly
Hierarchy is precious. "The Virgin of the Lord, as she advanced in years,
increased also in perfections; and according to the saying of the Psalmist,
her father and mother forsook her but the Lord took care of her.
For she every day had the conversation of
angels and every day received visitors from God which preserved her from all
sorts of evil and caused her to abound with all good things; so that when at
length she arrived to her fourteenth year, as the wicked could not lay
anything to her charge worthy of reproof, so all good persons who were
acquainted with her admired her life and conversation."
According to Matthew, when Mary was
fourteen years old the high priest made a public order that all temple
virgins "as they were now of a proper maturity should according to the
custom of their country endeavor to be married. To which command, though all
the other virgins readily yielded obedience, Mary the Virgin of the Lord
alone answered that she could not comply with it.
Assigning these reasons, that both she and
her parents had devoted her to the service of the Lord and besides that she
had vowed virginity to the Lord, which vow she was resolved never to break."
The priest, being perplexed, commanded "that at the approaching feast all
the principal persons both of Jerusalem and the neighboring places should
meet together that he might have their advice, how he had best proceed in so
difficult a case. When they were accordingly met, they unanimously agreed to
seek the Lord and ask counsel from Him on this matter. And when they were
all engaged in prayer, the high priest, according to the usual way, went to
"And immediately there was a voice from
the ark and the mercy seat which all present heard, that it must be inquired
or sought out by a prophecy of Isaiah to whom the Virgin should be given and
be betrothed; for Isaiah saith, there shall come forth a rod out of the stem
of Jesse, and a flower shall spring out of its root, and the Spirit of the
Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit
of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and the Spirit of
the fear of the Lord shall fill him.
"Then, according to this prophecy, he
appointed that all the men of the house and family of David who were
marriageable and not married should bring their several rods to the altar,
and out of whatsoever person's rod after it was brought a flower should bud
forth and on the top of it the Spirit of the Lord should sit in the
appearance of a dove, he should be the man to whom the Virgin should be
given and be betrothed."
But, Matthew tells us, Joseph, being
advanced in years, "drew back his rod when every one besides presented his.
So that when nothing appeared agreeable to the heavenly voice, the high
priest judged it proper to consult God again, who answered that he to whom
the Virgin was to be betrothed was the only person of those who were brought
together who had not brought his rod. Joseph therefore was betrayed. For
when he did bring his rod and a dove coming from Heaven pitched upon the top
of it, every one plainly saw that the Virgin was to be betrothed to him."
Thus Mary was betrothed to Joseph.
Matthew's version is that Joseph returned to Bethlehem to make ready for the
marriage and Mary, accompanied by seven virgins, returned to her parents'
house in Galilee, whereas James says that Joseph took Mary to his house and
then went to mind his trade of building, leaving her alone.
James, in the Protevangelion, says that
while she was yet betrothed, Mary was one of several virgins chosen to spin
the new veil for the temple and that as she was spinning the true purple,
"she took a pot and went out to draw water and heard a voice saying unto
her, Hail, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee; thou art
blessed among women." This, then, is his account of Archangel Gabriel's
annunciation of Mary's conception of the Christ by the power of the Holy
"And she looked round to the right and to
the left to see when that voice came, and then trembling went into her
house; and laying down the water pot, she took the purple and sat down in
her seat to work it. And behold the angel of the Lord stood by her and said,
Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor in the sight of God; which when
she heard, she reasoned with herself what that sort of salutation meant.
"And the angel said unto her, The Lord is
with thee, and thou shalt conceive: to which she replied, What! shall I
conceive by the living God and bring forth as all other women do? But the
angel returned answer, Not so, O Mary, but the Holy Ghost shall come upon
thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; wherefore that
which shall be born of thee shall be holy and shall be called the Son of the
Living God, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people
from their sins. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a
son in her old age. And this now is the sixth month with her, who was called
barren; for nothing is impossible with God. And Mary said, Behold the
handmaid of the Lord; Let it be unto me according to thy word."
When Mary had completed the spinning of
the true purple, she took it to the high priest, who blessed her, saying,
"Mary, the Lord God hath magnified thy name, and thou shalt be blessed in
all the ages of the world." Like the account in the Gospel of Luke, James's
description of Mary's visit to the house of her cousin Elizabeth is
punctuated by the leap and the blessing of the fires of John the Baptist.
Elizabeth, who was carrying the Messenger of the Lord that would go before
the face of Jesus, exclaimed upon her arrival: "Whence is this to me, that
the Mother of my Lord should come unto me? For lo! as soon as the voice of
thy salutation reached my ears, that which is in me leaped and blessed
As Mary became great with child, Joseph
was sorely troubled concerning her condition and determined to put her away
privately. The angel of the Lord, however, appeared to him, telling him that
this was not the work of man, but of the Holy Ghost. James tells us that
Annas the scribe then visited Joseph and, seeing Mary with child, informed
the high priest that Joseph had privately married her.
"Upon this both she and Joseph were
brought to their trial, and the priest said unto her, Mary, what hast thou
done? Why has thou debased thy soul and forgot thy God, seeing thou wast
brought up in the Holy of Holies and didst receive thy food from the hands
of angels and heardest their songs? Why hast thou done this? To which with a
flood of tears she answered, As the Lord my God liveth, I am innocent in his
sight, seeing I know no man. Then the priest said to Joseph, Why hast thou
done this? And Joseph answered, As the Lord my God liveth, I have not been
concerned wit her.
"But the priest said, Lie not, but declare
the truth; thou hast privately married her and not discovered it to the
children of Israel and humbled thyself under the mighty hand of God that thy
seed might be blessed. And Joseph was silent. Then said the priest to
Joseph, You must restore to the temple of the Lord the Virgin which you took
"But he wept bitterly, and the priest
added, I will cause you both to drink the water of the Lord, which is for
trial, and so your iniquity shall be laid open before you. Then the priest
took the water and made Joseph drink and sent him to a mountainous place.
And he returned perfectly well, and all the people wondered that his guilt
was not discovered. So the priest said, Since the Lord hath not made your
sins evident, neither do I condemn you. So he sent them away. Then Joseph
took Mary and went to his house, rejoicing and praising the God of Israel."
Birth of Jesus
The accepted version of the events
surrounding the birth of our Lord are well known. The following sequence,
which the early fathers did not include in the New Testament, is thought to
be from the Gospel of Thomas:
"In the three hundred and ninth year of
the era of Alexander, Augustus published a decree that all persons should go
to be taxed in their own country. Joseph therefore arose, and with Mary his
spouse he went to Jerusalem and then came to Bethlehem, that he and his
family might be taxed in the city of his fathers. And when they came by the
cave, Mary confessed to Joseph that her time of bringing forth was come, and
she could not go on to the city and said, Let us go into this cave. At that
time the sun was very near going down.
"But Joseph hastened away that he might
fetch her a midwife; and when he saw an old Hebrew woman who was of
Jerusalem, he said to her, Pray come hither, good woman, and go into that
cave, and you will there see a woman just ready to bring forth. It was after
sunset when the old woman and Joseph with her reached the cave, and they
both went into it. And behold, it was all filled with lights greater than
the light of lamps and candles and greater than the light of the sun itself.
The infant was then wrapped up in swaddling clothes and sucking the breasts
of his mother Saint Mary.
"When they both saw this light, they were
surprised; the old woman asked Saint Mary, Art thou the mother of this
child? Saint Mary replied she was. On which the old woman said, Thou art
very different from all other women. Saint Mary answered, "As there is not
any child like to my son, so neither is there any woman like to his mother.
The old woman answered and said, O my Lady, I am come hither that I may
obtain an everlasting reward. Then our Lady, Saint Mary, said to her, Lay
thine hands upon the infant; which, when she had done, she became whole. And
as she was going forth, she said, From henceforth, all the days of my life,
I will attend upon and be a servant of this infant."
"After this, when the shepherds came and
had made a fire and they were exceedingly rejoicing, the heavenly host
appeared to them, praising and adoring the supreme God. And as the shepherds
were engaged in the same employment, the cave at that time seemed like a
glorious temple, because both the tongues of angels and men united to adore
and magnify God on account of the birth of the Lord Christ. But when the old
Hebrew woman saw all these evident miracles, she gave praises to God and
said, I thank thee, O God, Thou God of Israel, for that mine eyes have seen
the birth of the Savior of the world."