|A Treatise on White Magic:
In relation to the technique of dying, it is only possible for me at this time to make
one or two suggestions. I deal not here with the attitude of the attendant watchers, I
deal only with those points which will make for an easier passing over of the transient
First, let there be silence in the chamber. This is, of course, frequently the case. It
must be remembered that the dying person may usually be unconscious. This unconsciousness
is apparent but not real. In nine hundred cases out of a thousand the brain awareness is
there, with a full consciousness of happenings, but there is a complete paralysis of the
will to express and complete inability to generate the energy which will indicate
aliveness. When silence and understanding rule the sick room, the departing soul can hold
possession of its instrument with clarity until the last minute, and can make due
Later, when more anent color is known, only orange lights will be permitted in the sick
room of a dying person, and these will only be installed with due ceremony when there is
assuredly no possibility of recovery. Orange aids the focusing in the head, just as red
stimulates the solar  plexus and green has a definite effect upon the heart and life
Certain types of music will be used when more in connection with sound is understood, but
there is no music as yet which will facilitate the work of the soul in abstracting itself
from the body, though certain notes on the organ will be found effective. At the exact
moment of death, if a person's own note is sounded, it will coordinate the two streams of
energy and eventually rupture the life thread, but the knowledge of this is too dangerous
to transmit as yet and can only later be given. I would indicate the future and the lines
along which future occult study will run.
It will be found also that pressure on certain nerve centers and on certain arteries will
facilitate the work, and this science of dying is held in custody, as many students know,
in Tibet. Pressure on the jugular vein and on certain big nerves in the region of the head
and on a particular spot in the medulla oblongata will be found helpful and effective. A
definite science of death will inevitably later be elaborated, but only when the fact of
the soul is recognized and its relation to the body has been scientifically demonstrated.
Mantric phrases will also be employed and definitely built into the consciousness of the
dying person by those around him, or employed deliberately and mentally by himself. The
Christ demonstrated their use when He cried aloud, "Father, into Thy hands I commend
My spirit." And we have another instance in the words, "Lord, now lettest Thou
Thy servant depart in peace." The steady use of the Sacred Word, chanted in an
undertone or on a particular key (to which the dying man will be found to respond), may
later constitute also a part of the ritual of transition, accompanied by the anointing
with oil, as preserved in the Catholic Church. Extreme Unction has an occult, scientific
basis. The top of the head of the dying  man should also symbolically point towards
the East, and the feet and hands should be crossed. Sandalwood only should be burned in
the room, and no incense of any other kind permitted, for sandalwood is the incense of the
First or Destroyer Ray, and the soul is in process of destroying its habitation.
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If there is one factor aspirants recognize, it is the need of freeing themselves from
the Great Illusion. Arjuna knew this, yet succumbed to despair. Yet in his hour of need,
Krishna failed him not, but laid down in the Gita the simple rules whereby depression and
doubt can be overcome. They may be briefly summarized as follows:
- Know thyself to be the undying One.
- Control thy mind, for through that mind the undying One can be known.
- Learn that the form is but the veil which hides the splendor of Divinity.
- Realize that the One Life pervades all forms, so that there is no death, no distress, no
- Detach thyself therefore from the form side and come to Me, so dwelling in the place
where Light and Life are found. Thus illusion ends.
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on Occult Meditation:
learns the meaning of each confining form; then He assumes control and wields the law upon
the plane consistent with the form. He has then outgrown the form and discards it for
other and higher forms. Thus, He has progressed always by means of the sacrifice and death
of the form. Always, it is recognized as imprisoning, always it must be sacrificed and die
so that the life within may speed ever on and up. The path of resurrection presupposes
 crucifixion and death, and then leads to the mount whence Ascension may be made.
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