IN THE preceding Chapter we tried to point out the place the soul occupies in the unfoldment or evolution of consciousness, and incidentally to explain the meaning of the soul.
We now wish to treat of the soul in relation to the following statements of our Master and Teacher, and which will help make clear the true meaning of the soul, as also will the understanding of that meaning help to explain the Master's words:
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit." -John 3:3-6.
Try to realize that a soul is not a "living" soul until it has been born spiritually. Man is a soul, but not until he is born again, or as it is in the exact translation, born "from above," he is not truly alive spiritually. And as in reality all is Spirit, then man, the soul, until he is "born of water (the symbol baptism or the descent of the Holy Spirit) and of spirits," is unborn, or is still in the "flesh."
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of spirit is spirit."
All of which proves that there are two types of or of men on earth at the present time-un-born men, or men of flesh-mortals; and re-born men, or men of spirit- immortals.
Think this over carefully in connection with what as stated in the preceding chapter, where it speaks out the descent of the Sons of God and Their entering into and possessing the souls of men, thereby bringing about a re-birth of the soul; and then compare and relate it all with the birth of the Christ in the heart, as pictured in the first two chapters. We are endeavoring to show clearly what constitutes a "living" soul, that man is not alive until the Holy Spirit descends "from above" into the womb of the soul-still largely animal in nature-and impregnates it, when soon a new being comes to birth-the Christ child, which grows, thrives, and reaches maturity, and finally takes full possession of the soul with its mind and body, all then forming a perfect instrument for Its use.
Remember, the Christ, or the Holy Spirit, is your Real Self, Who is a Son of God, a Ray or Reflection of the Father, sent down into the soul to redeem it and lift it back into the Father's Home-into His Consciousness.
You may ask, what determines the readiness the human soul for re-birth, or when does the He Spirit descend into it, and why are so many as apparently unborn or unaware of the true spirits life?
In answer, we ask you, why do some roses bloom earlier than others; why do some branches on same stock put out buds before others?
You reply, because some roses and branches develop before others.
Yes, it is all a question of growth and development, and that is under the care of different grades of great Spiritual Hierarchies, Who are given charge by our Father-God of all cell life and its growth and manifestations, including its growth and development in preparation for the use of the human soul.
We pointed out in the earlier chapters that all life in its highest aspect is an expression of the Father's Love, and that not until consciousness had unfolded to the human stage in a fully developed soul, was His Love able to make Itself felt and understood in anything like Its true nature. And then only when the soul through the mind could be taught the nature and purpose of life as Love, was it possible for a Son of God to quicken and teach it, and later to enter it and to be born in the consciousness as its True Self, and thereby become an expresser of Divine Love,- which means that the Christ-Self could enter in and possess Its own.
You may wonder at living or immortal souls having been created at the very beginning of the human race, when seemingly so few of such are manifesting now after all these many ages. But you must realize that the book of Genesis is an allegory, a symbolic out-picturing of stages of growth where each "day" of creation in reality took millenniums to complete. Hence man, though created in the sixth day, undoubtedly was hundreds of thousands of years developing self or soul consciousness. Also must remember that as our Father can work and teach on earth only through His human instruments, He had first to quicken some souls into efficient instruments, so that they could be used by Him to teach their younger and lesser developed brothers, and thus could assist Him in the evolution of this new humanity.
In the beginning of the race very few were thus quickened or ensouled by the Sons of God, but through the long ages that have elapsed since, perhaps one-third of the human race have unfolded into immortal souls. During the many ages to follow however, all will evolve into that state.