Studies in "Gleanings of a Mystic"
by Max Heindel
This study guide is intended for use with Gleanings
of a Mystic by Max Heindel. The guide contains two groups of questions for
each chapter in Gleanings of a Mystic. The
first group of questions for a chapter are questions whose answer may be found
somewhere in the chapter. The second group of questions are labeled as
"thought questions." The answers to these questions are not given in
the chapter, but rather can be answered by relating what was said in the chapter
to one's own experience and by using one's creative imagination.
In using the study guide it is recommended that one first read an
entire chapter from Gleanings of a Mystic to
get an overall picture of the topic being discussed. Then answer the questions
below, referring back to the text as needed.
It is hoped that this study guide will help the reader clarify
and make more precise the understanding of occult Truths, so that he or she may
tred the path with a more certain step.
1-1] What effect do Hindu breathing
exercises have on the physical atoms in the Hindu body?
1-2] Why may Hindu breathing exercises
not be harmful to some Westerners, but may be harmful to others? To those to
whom they are harmful, what may happen if they use the breathing exercises?
1-3] Why is it that no physical means
(activity, exercise, ceremony, monetary payment) can lead to initiation?
2-1] In each blank fill in a word or
phrase which correctly completes the sentence.
Soul growth is produced by _____________ during life, and by _____________
after death. This process can be speeded up if the _____________ done during the
day is _____________ just before one goes to sleep each evening. If
retrospection is to be effective, we must _____________ gratitude for kindness
received from others and _____________ what good we ourselves have done.
2-2] What qualities should the aspirant
try to cultivate as a safeguard against becoming enmeshed in the snare of
2-3] What power must a person develop
before they can be Initiated?
2-4] If some person or group charge an
initiation fee, what may immediately be concluded the initiation which they
2-A] Is it possible for one person to help
another person to obtain soul growth? If not, why? If so, how?
3-1] Insert in each blank the word or
phrase which correctly completes the sentence.
Though activity _____________ tissue. the lower and more material the thought
the greater the _____________ of the tissue, and thence the greater the need for
_____________ with which to make repairs. To obtain this _____________ the
practice of eating _____________ was inaugurated. The more spiritual we grow,
the more our thoughts will _____________ with the rhythm of our body, and the
less _____________ will be needed to build tissue.
3-2] What effect did the clearing of the
foggy atmosphere of Atlantis have on humanity's self perception?
3-3] What food was given to aid the
spirit of man in overpowering the highly individualized molecules of flesh food
and to spur it on to self-assertion?
4-1] From each parentheses choose the word
or phrase which correctly completes the sentence.
The earth is the body of the indwelling (Jehovah, Christ Spirit, Father).
Dwelling in the dense earth causes Him (suffering, pleasure). His (life-giving,
crystallizing, death-dealing) forces are the cause of the (rejuvenation of plant
life in the spring, death and decay of plant life in the fall). When humanity
eats plant life they are eating (His body, only some pieces of material of no
special significance) and thus (His body, only material of no special
significance) is broken for the sake of humanity. Humanity (is, is not)
responsible for the way in which it uses the vitality which it obtains from
4-2] Goethe had the aspirant Faust state
that "Two souls, alas, are houses within my breast, and struggle there for
undivided reign." What were the goals of each of these 'souls'?
4-3] From each parentheses choose the word
or phrase which correctly completes the sentence.
The communion cup can remind us of the (roots, stem and leaves, outer
covering of the seed pod) of a flower which contains the creative organs of the
flower. Just as the flower is (full of, lacking in) passion, so also the
Christian must learn to be (chaste and pure, passionate). 4-4] What
are the effects upon one's own body of misuse of the creative force?
Chapter 5 5-1] Next
to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the right which is most
|The water used in baptism ______
||A. Ancient humanity who lived
in innocence and brotherhood
|The baby who is baptized ______
||B. The creative hierarchies
who guided ancient humanity.
|The parents who bring the baby
to be baptized ______
|C. The foggy atmosphere of
5-A] Of what value is it to present-day
humanity to recall the time when, in the past, they lived in innocence and
6-1] In the present day, what is the
purpose of marriage?
6-2] Why do new dense bodies need to be
6-3] a) Which body is the cause of the
destruction and eventual death of the dense body?
b) If this destruction is to be minimized, what must we do?
6-4] a) Which body helps repair and
energize the dense body?
b) If this body is to be aided in its work, what qualities should be cultivated?
6-5] What attitude of parents at the time
of conception is most conducive to the production of a body which will be
capable of a long and healthy life?
7-1] Next to each item on the left put the
letter of the item on the right which is most closely related:
|Opening of the way for the
planting of the physical
seed atom ______
of the spiritual seed ______
|A symbol of the future chaste
method of generation ______
|The freeing of the seed atom from
material manifestation ______
|D. Extreme unction
7-2] What type of sin is a sin against
the Holy Spirit, Jehovah?
7-3] How does Jehovah treat sin?
7-4] Correctly complete each sentence by
inserting in each blank one of the following words: moons, planet, planets, Sun.
The father inhabits the Spiritual _____________. The Christ inhabits the
Central _____________ and guides the _____________ in their orbits, and becomes
an indwelling spirit in each _____________ when it is sufficiently evolved.
Jehovah dwells in the _____________ and is regent of the _____________. The
inhabitants of the _____________ are beings who have straggled behind and need
more rigid discipline under a firmer law to help them catch up.
7-5] What did the inhabitants of the moons
of Mercury and Venus do in order to earn the right to return to their parent
7-6] a) What being holds the moon in
orbit as long as they are inhabited?
b) When a moon is no longer inhabited, what happens to it? Why?
8-1] a) What attitude should parents have
b) What effect will this attitude have on the nature of the soul which is
attracted to the body being produced?
c) What effect will this attitude have on the body produced?
8-2] Why is the time chosen for
9-1] Why should the early Atlantean (who
lived in the deepest basins of the earth where the mist was densest) have been
unable to live (without modification) in our present environment?
9-2] Where, on earth, is a new race now
10-1] Where is Christ going to establish
10-2] What type of life must one live in
order to build the "wedding garment" needed for entering Christ's
10-3] What will determine when Christ will
come again and usher those who are ready into this kingdom?
10-4] When will the equinox enter the
constellation of Aquarius?
10-5] What will be the characteristics of
the Aquarian Age?
10-6] From each parentheses choose the
word or phrase which correctly completes the sentence.
In order for man to assimilate something he must make its vibratory rate
(greater than, equal to, less than) his own pitch. Alcohol has a (high, low)
vibratory pitch and man is not able to bring its vibratory rate (down, up) to
his own, so alcohol (can, cannot) be assimilated. Instead the alcohol (raises,
lowers) the vibratory pitch of man, and thereby controls man.
10-7] What food has the same stimulating
effect as alcohol but is capable of being assimilated?
11-1] When Christ came to earth people
were divided into families and nations, which frequently fought one another.
What needed to be achieved before Universal Brotherhood could be inaugurated?
11-2] Which of the following are effects
of eating meat, or may develop as a result of eating meat?
f) Drowsiness after eating and aversion to physical exertion
g) Need for stimulants
h) Sustained physical labor
i) Development of labor saving devices
11-3] a) What type of day-dreams does
b) Why do these dreams end in disappointment?
12-1] In the misty basins of Atlantis,
the sum appeared very dim. What did people of that day need to develop before
they could recieve more light?
12-2] When the early Semites sinned, what
did they have to do to return to the Light?
12-3] Christ came to show mankind, by
example, how to walk in the Light. What has he shown us that we must be willing
to do for those whom we love?
13-1] What two criteria must Magic satisfy
if it is to be classed as white?
13-2] What can the accomplished magician
do when he has a 'nucleus' of something?
13-3] What do the Invisible Helpers use
for a nucleus for building the patient's vital body?
13-4] What are some of the means which
Black Magicians use to get a nucleus for their work?
13-5] When the Elder Brothers attract to
themselves the hate, envy, malice and other evil thoughts that have been
launched, they transmute these thoughts and return them to mankind. In what form
does mankind get the thoughts back?
13-6] How can we protect ourselves from
the Evil Forces?
14-1] Where does the national spirit of a
14-2] Why do different nations strive
toward different ideals?
14-3] Why do civilizations which are
built up in the beginning with golden ideals gradually degenerate?
14-4] When a civilization has outlived
its usefulness, what does the race or national spirit do?
14-5] Before Christ can achieve peace on
earth, what must happen to national and racial feelings?
15-1] Mark each of the following true (T)
or false (F).
a) If we don't worry about where and how we can obtain the material needs of
life, we will end up not obtaining them.
b) If we make our lives living prayers for opportunities to serve others, then
earthly things will come to us as we need them.
c) The good deeds we do in life are more important than the riches we
d) That business will be the most prosperous which is able to sell the
cheapest articles for the highest prices.
e) The businessman who tries to truly serve his customers, and to keep them
satisfied will be the most successful.
f) When a customer is angry, it is good business policy to answer with
apologies and to try to make restitution.
16-1] Why is it necessary for the aspirant to
work in the battle field of the world in order to obtain soul growth (rather
than retreat to some mountain top or monastery)?
16-2] How can one maintain inner peace and
harmony even among the discords of the world?
16-3] What effect does noise have on a)
the desire body, b) soul growth?
16-4] Why is it important for the
Invisible Helper to not spend his energies during the day in unrestrained
motions and discordant activities.
16-A] In what ways can we avoid making
17-1] What potential danger lies in
knowing about rebirth?
17-2] What potential danger lies in
spending too must time in studying the complex constitution of man?
17-3] a) What is the most important thing
which the Rosicrucian teachings urge people to do?
b) If people do this, what will they build within themselves, and of what value
will this be once it is built?
17-4] What is the best way to convey to
others the most important teaching of the Rosicrucians?
18-1] a) What motive for abstaining from
flesh food is most productive of spiritual development?
b) What benefits are there is abstaining from flesh food?
18-2] From each parentheses choose the
word or phrase which correctly completes the sentence.
For spiritual development, work in the world has several (advantages,
disadvantages) over residence in a peaceful retreat. In the world one can find
(more, less) opportunities for service. In the world there will be (more, less)
opportunities to learn to develop equipose. When the mind is occupied with
constructive work it is (more, less) likely to harbor low and impure thoughts.
18-A] As we strive toward the ideal of
universal brotherhood, how should we relate to our own families? Do we have
special obligations toward them? Should we treat family members any differently
than we treat others?
19-1] Next to each item on the left put
the letter of the item on the right which is most closely related.:
|A ship may sail around for some
time in the lower river before it
enters the lock. ______
|A. A sudden inrush of spiritual
power could shatter the
system of the aspirant.
|When the ship is in the lock, it
is from above that the water will
come to lift the ship. ______
|B. If the aspirant persists,
in time he will be able to
enter and work in the
|Water from above will not be sent
down until the gate to the lower
level is closed tightly. ______
|C. We may spend many lives in
the river of life, before
the inner urge drives us to
seek something higher.
|The ship in the lock cannot go
back and cannot go forward. ______
|D. No spiritual downpouring|
will come to us until we
have shut ourselves off from
the worldly sins of lust and
|The water from above must enter slowly, so as not to flood
the ship. _______
||E. The aspirant no longer feels
that he is a citizen of the
temporal world, but he is
not yet a citizen of the
|When the water in the lock reaches
that of the river above, the
upper gates may be opened and the
ship may sail out. ______
|F. No one can lift another who
is not himself upon a higher level.
19-A] What response would you give to someone
who told you that they could initiate you quickly if you would give them a
20-1] What does the wave of spiritual
energy which enters the earth during the fall and winter months do for the plant
life on earth?
20-2] In what part of his life cycle is
man closest to God. In what part of his life cycle is man farthest from God?
20-3] What do we need to do in order to
be able to hear the voice of the Christ?
21-1] What effect does the descent of the
solar Christ Ray into the earth during the fall and winter have on humanity?
21-2] Of what value is it to know the
purpose of existence?
21-3] What must be sacrificed if one is
to follow Christ?
21-4] After Christ has sacrificed his
life for the earth (during the fall and winter months), he is resurrected at
Easter time. What promise does this hold for the aspirant?
22-1] Next to each item on the left put
the letter of the item on the right which is most closely related:
||A. Jehovah, the Holy Spirit
||B. The Christ
||C. The Father
|Radiates the principles of love
and regeneration ______
|Works through the moons
of the planets ______
22-2] Why is dissolution a necessary
process in nature?
22-3] a) What does the Father send to
Earth each year at Christmas time?
b) What is this Christmas gift from the Father able to kindle in our hearts?
23-1] Match each "effect" on
the right with its corresponding 'cause' on the left:
|One has a clear idea of the
scheme of human development and
can see that this scheme is
|A. Man gradually gains more
and more experience in the
School of Life.
|Whatsoever a man sows, that shall
he also reap, but the reaping is
not always in the same life as
the sowing. ______
|B. One desires to become a
co-worker with God in
|Man is born time after time into
earthly bodies. ______
|C. Some people are rich and
some poor, some healthy and
sick, and the poor and sick
sometimes do not appear to
have done anything in this
life to deserve their fate.
|The law of cause and effect draws
together people who love one
|D. We will meet again with
loved ones who have died.
23-2] How can we know that the dead live?
23-A] What value do you find in the Rosicrucian
24-1] When the mist in the air at the
time of Atlantis condensed and the basins of the earth were filled with water,
and people were driven to the highlands, some people found they could not live
in the highlands. Why?
24-2] In the next great world
transformation, some people will find that they cannot enter into the new age
24-3] a) From what is the golden wedding
garment woven? b) Through what process is this material built into the golden