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We must now complete our b r i e f outline of the Universe as i t r e a l l y i s , and completely lay aside a l l our previous b e l i e f s and f a l s e knowledge about i t . We must discern in our picture of the Universe the great p r in c ip le s and laws which p r e v a i l throughout the world and come to a simple comprehension of the order, system and simpleness of the Divine Plan. Let us look at this Divine Plan as we would look at some map, some more material scheme of things. We must bear in mind that to look at i t a l l in i t s minute d e t a i l s would mean a l i f e time of an aly t i cal study. W e can only take glimpses here and there at those de t a i l s which are of the utmost importance to us, our existence and our welfare here on earth. F i r s t we have the great sphere, the universe, as a huge b a l l . It is not s o li d , but formed of a thick w a l l , l i k e a great rubber b a l l , and undoubtedly as f l e x i b l e as a rubber b a l l . What there may be outside of this b e l l , i f there i s anything at a l l , i s impossible to conceive. We cannot today conceive of endless space, space going on and on i n d e f i n i t e l y . Yet that i s what astronomy asks us to conceive in i t s present-day teachings about the heavens. I t i s much easier to b e l ie v e and conceive of there being no out side, no anything, outside of the sphere than to b e l ie v e that space, f i l l e d with stars and planets, i s i n d e f i n i t e , and that the universe consists of endless planets, endless s ta r s, endless suns and endless things. And, what is more important, i t i s NOT NECESSARY fo r us to t r y to conceive or fathom the mystery of what i s OUTSIDE of the great sphere in order to have a pe rfe ct understanding of the uni verse as we know i t . In present-day astronomy you cannot hope to have even a meagre un derstanding of the universe as they reach i t , unless you study and become fa m i lia r with the great UNKNOWN SPACE that reaches in a l l directions without end. Therefore very great student of astronomy reaches a point where he can go no further except through specula tion and guess work. Unless he i s w i l l i n g to take fo r granted the guessed-at theories and f a c t s about the endless space, he is soon through with his study of the universe. The expert pro fessor of astronomy must be able to t a lk as g l i b l y about the planets SUPPOSED to exist in the endless space as he i s able to t alk about Jupiter or Mars, which he can see, or thinks he sees, when he looks through the telescope. I f an astronomer was to admit that a l l he knew of astronomy pertained to ju s t our earth, our sun and the planets and stars he could see through the telescope, he would be considered as only one-third educated in astronomy. ^ our s ^udy of the universe we do not have to go beyond that which i s righ t at hand. Whether there i s space, atmosphere, clouds, inde. ' a i t e , endless space outside of the sphere or not does not in t e r e s t us, fo r we KN0W_that there are no planets, no s t a r s , no

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things in existence outside of this great sphere, so why give time and thought to u n p ro fi t ab le speculation. The fa ct probaoly i s that there i s no space, no atmosphere, nothing outside of the sphere, but this i s so hard to comprehend and so use less we do not try to under stand i t . So we shall direc t our attention and study exclusiv ely to the uni verse, the Great Sphere, and what is within i t . So f a r as the wall or CRUST of t h is sphere i s concerned we can e a s i ly accept a l l that science has to say on the subject of geology and the s tr a ta of the earth. Science has explored the layers of s o i l , stone, minerals, o i l s , water and vegetation that comprise the earth. The only d i f f e r ence between their statements and OUR statements i s t h i s : they be l i e v e that they can keep on going deeper into the earth u n t i l they reach toward the centre of the earth, and that there i s a great heat in the centre. They b e l ie v e they are on the OUTSIDE of a s o l i d b a l l , whereas we b e l ie v e we are on the INSIDE of a hollow sphere. Since this sphere i s not s o l i d the crust can only be a few miles in thick ness. The exact number of miles i s not important to us, just now, but i s probably not over f i f t y miles in thickness. That would mean that the crust i s , comparatively, as thick as the skin on an average orange. What i s true of the crust is that as i t comes nearer to the outside i t i s in molten heat, l i k e lava, and probably i f we could see the outside from distance the way we look at the moon we would see that i t is a mass of f i r e , or f i r e - m e t a l , burning and s c i n t i l a ting, l i k e the sun when seen through gl a s s e s . The f i r e and lava which comes to the inner surface through volcanos i s probably from near the the outer surface of the crust. But, as has ju s t been said, no f a r as the crust concerns us on the in side, we can take as fa ct a l l that science has discovered regarding the layers of stone, earth, o i l s and minerals and vegetation, as published in various textbooks. Only one point need concern us r ig h t now a point to be taken up l a ter on. The ea r th 's crust i s composed of matter that has a negative e l e c t r i c a l nature. In f a c t , the whole crust of the earth is a nega t iv e e l e c t r i c a l mass and that i s why we f i n d r a d i o - a c t i v e , magnetic minerals in the earth. Even the water upon the surface of the earth i s negative in e l e c t r i c a l nature. How and why this i s we w i l l study shortly. Now in the^ centre of this GREAT SPHERE, in what we c a l l the atmos phere, or heavens, there i s a central point. This point i s where the thing and condition we c a l l the SUN e x is t s . We must warn you at once not to think of the sun as a great b a l l of f i r e . That i s what we have been taught; that i s what we have always bel ieve d. But we are to learn that the sun i s not a great b a l l of f i r e at a l l . We are t o l d thg,t i t i s a huge b a l l , much bigger than the earth i t s e l f , and of course i f this i s true the sun could not be INSIDE our earth. In order to thoroughly understand the structure of this sphere, we

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w i l l take some actual f i g u r e s and dimensions. F i r s t , the circumference of the earth i s about 24,900 miles. This means that the measurement inside of the sphere, on the surface, is about 24,900 miles. This also means, therefore, that the whole u n iverse, the GREAT SPHERE of the universe, is not quite 25,000 miles around the inside .

Second, the distance across this sphere, the diameter of the inside of the universe, i s about 7,915 miles. In other words, from one \ side of the sphere to the other side i s l e s s than 8,000 miles. That * would mean that from the surface of the earth to the CENTRE of the SPHERE, where the sun-point i s , would be about 3,957 miles. This means that we on this earth cannot be fa rth er away from the sunpoint at any time than about 3,957 miles. Yet astronomy t e l l s us that the sun i s m i lli o n s of miles away from the earth almost 93,000,000 miles. Science t e l l s us that experts have measured the distance of the sun from the earth and that therefore their fi g u r e s cannot be wrong. But we must take into consideration how that distance was measured. N a tu r a lly i t was not measured in a way that we can ea s i ly demonstrate to anyone on a momentTs notice. I t was measured by a long process of mathematical configuration, but there i s nothing wrong with the mathematical processes involved. A l l such processes must begin with a premise, a fundamental statement or condition, and the rest i s built on that foundation. I f the foundation i s wrong, i f the funda mental statement i s an er ror, there w i l l be an error in the r e s u l t . Science proceeds with the assumption that we are on the OUTSIDE of the earth, and that the sun i s also on the outside of the earth. Then these mathematical experts draw a c i r c l e on paper and c a l l that the earth. Then they draw a straight li n e on one part of the c i r c l e , and c a l l i n g that a tangent, the'/ proceed to draw a t r ia n g l e upon that straight l i n e , which w i l l represent the lin e s pointing toward the sun. Using the same process, i f the straight l i n e , the very f i r s t step in the formula, was drawn on the INSIDE of the c i r c l e in stead of on the outside, the whole res ult of the f i g u r i n g would be different. Therefore, i f they sta rt with a straight l i n e inside the c i r c l e and use the same f i g u r e s from fact as they now use, they w i l l f i n d that the distance to the sun w i l l be l e s s than 4,000 miles, instead of over 93,000,000 miles. I t i s a l l a matter of beginning the f i g u r i n g with the r i g h t premise, the right fundamental fa c t . But we w i l l have more of this l a t e r on. We w i l l go back again to the centre point of the universe, the centre of the GREAT SPHERE. The whole of the sphere i s f i l l e d with a vibr a t i n g energy. Even i f we accept the common, though p a r t i c a l l y in correct, theory of the sun, we must r e a l i z e that i f the great sun was in the centre of a closed, sealed sphere, that sphere would be f i l l e d with great energy or v i b r a t i n g force . Let us suppose f o r the moment that the sun i s not a great b a l l , but nevertheless i s something that e x i s t s in the centre, and that a l l around i t , f i l l i n g the whole

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sphere, is this wonderful vibrating energy that we know comes from the sun. We can e a s i l y understand that the whole sphere, then, would be charged with a mighty power or energy of some kind. At this point we begin to r e a l i z e the p r a c t i c a l importance of the in troduction of the Rosicrucian Cosmology. We begin to see that there are as many fa c t s substantiating our statements as those substantia ting the early theory of Copernicus that has become so popular toLay. W e w i l l continue next week with this same le ct ure , explaining Lbout this energy that f i l l s a l l space inside the sphere, that we lave been speaking about. In the meantime i t w i l l be well for you 30 look up in the Public Library or in some good Encyclopedia the subjects of Cosmology and Astronomy not deeply but just enough to get an idea of the popular conception of the subjects to-day so you w i l l have a f a i r understanding of the two statements; the one we are introducing to you and the one that i s so generally understood.

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AllORC Ro s i c r u c i a n E t o t h e r h o o d . LECTURE NUMBER E I V E -A .

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Now tills great energy that f i l l s a l l the space inside of the sphere would have to have sons central point where i t s vibration s, i t s power would be f o c a l i z e d , centralized, condensed. I t would-not make a b a l l i t would not make a material thing of any kind, out i t would create in the centire a very d e fin i t e point or condition of power which would be intense stronger than the power would be anywhere else in xhe spoore . In a l l demonstrations of magnetic power we f i n d that where magnetic or e l e c t r i c a l energy i s confined in a closed space there i s sure to be sooner or l a t e r a central point where the power i s strongest. Be cause the universe i s a sphere i t i s natural that the central point of power would soon become an exact point that is because i t would be equi distant from a l l parts of the surface of the earth of the universe. Now that i s p r e c i s e l y what the sun r e a l l y i s . I t i s HOT a b a l l , not a thing, but a . condition. You must bear in mind that we do not SEE the san when we think we do. Science i s beginning to r e a l i z e now that when ws look at planets and stars we may not be seeing what we think we see, because of the r e f r a c t i o n of l i g h t . But when we look toward the sun and see in the sky a b a l l , we are seeing a projection of the sun upon the s tr a ta of a i r in the sky, and not the sun i t s e l f at a l l . 'Then we see the sun se ttin g in the ocean we think i t i s the b a l l of the sun we see, yet science found long ago that the sun is at such times f a r below the p oss ible sight of man s eyes end that he sees only e pr ojection of the sun. To make this c l e a r , we w i l l use a diagram and i l l u s t r a t e i t .

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In this diagram we Rave the la rg e outer sphere representing the ea rth s surface, and within that a , smaller sphere representing the dense atmosphere, a sphere of magnetic vibrations and energy. The outer edge of the atmospheric sphere i s c a ll e d the atmospheric plane. I t i s l i k e the canopy of the heavens above us when we look toward the sky, and we cannot see through i t . Onto this plane the sun is projected into a disk, and we see the disk of the sun on that edge of the atmospheric plane, just as we see the picture of the sun pro je cted into a moving picture screen. From the centre of the sphere ra dia te the energy and l i g h t waives which spread out and make that \ pr ojection of the sun-disk. Because the sun i s projected so clos ely to the e a r t h 's surface i t makes the sun-disk look very la rg e. The sun-disk remains more or l e s s stationery, but the earth's sur^. fa c e , the GREAT SPHERE, continually revolves and of course this v v causes the sun-disk to appear at a l l parts of the earth's surface every twenty-four hours, because the outer GREAT SPHERE revolves completely in twenty-four hours. Re w i l l have more about the sun and the sphere's movement in another le ctu re . The only point we wish to make clear just now i s that the great sun, which. science says i s la rg er than the earth on or in which we l i v e , r e a l l y can be inside the sphere. Of course Diagram Ho. 6 leaves much unexplained and arouses many questions. Mo3t of these w i l l be answered very shortly. It i s im p o ss ib le to put into one simple diagram a l l the points of the Cos mogony and we cannot take up a l l the points at once. Sl Our next consideration i s regarding the great atmospheric sphere in side the GREAT SPHERE. You w i l l note that the inner sphere, that which i s composed of atmosphere (and other elements which we w i l l study l a t e r on) i s a separate sphere, not coming very close to the e a r t h 's surface. y* / Science t e l l s us i t has found that even ten miles above the surface of the earth the atmosphere i s so changed i t cannot support l i f e . This is a f a c t , because science has made the tests and proven i t so, but when science attempts to explain HHY this i s so i t goes in to strange theories and cannot demonstrate the theories. Science, in i t s l a t e s t fin dings , also says that i t bel ieve s that atmosphere or AIR exis ts one hundred miles above the surface of the earth, or perhaps f i v e hundred miles, but that i s only a nuess f o r , of course, no one has been into the a i r that f a r above the surface of the earth. There would be no need f o r guessing i f science r e a l l y knew what com poses AIR and what there i s in the ai r that causes and maintains life . Or, i f science knew the source and ori gin of the v i t a l force that i s in the a i r , i t would not need to guess how f a r above the surface of the earth man would f i n d that v i t a l force in the a i r .

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There i s where we have an advantage. We need not go into the a i r a hundred miles or even ten miles to know what ex is ts there, fo r i t i s so evident from many other experiments that the law i s made too p l a i n , "ife do not have to go to the bottom of the ocean twenty or a hundred miles down to know xvhether there i s water there just as there i s near the surface, fo r our reasoning from fa c t s we now have t e l l s us what the water i s l i k e at the bottom of the ocean. But between the earth s surface and the inner sphere of atmosphere there i s a space f i l l e d with the a i r and winds which we l i v e upon. The winds are caused by the movement of the a i r , and the a i r i s set into motion because the outer sphere i s moving so f a s t . Think of i t 1 The outer sphere completely revolves in twenty-four hours. That means that any point of the surface, l i k e the city of San Fran cisco, fo r instance, moves around the whole c i r c l e of the sphere, a distance of over 24,000 miles, in twenty-four hours. That i s over 1,000 miles an hour 1 Would not such a f a s t movement of the earth 's surface create winds? I t not only creates the great winds on the surface of the earth, but i t causes many other things which we w i l l study l a t e r . But the point i s , that in the space betY/een the sur fa ce of the earth and the inside atmospheric sphere there are cur rents of wind c i r c u la t in g caused by the earth 's movement, and of course these currents of a i r would be stronger nearer the surface of the earth and become weaker the higher from the surface we t e s t ed them. See i f you cannot think of many things you have read or heard that a.re e a s i l y explained to you now, by ju s t knowing t h i s . Between this le cture and the next think over these fa c t s and' see how many problems they solve f o r you. End of Lecture Number Five A.