From the book A Search in Secret Egypt by Dr Paul
(Paul Brunton (October 21, 1898 - July 27, 1981)
was a British philosopher, mystic, traveler, and guru. He left a journalistic
career to live among yogis, mystics, and holy men, and studied a wide variety
of Eastern and Western esoteric teachings.)
The second meeting duly took place in the ruined
temple of Luxor. I sat on a long block of stone carved with hieroglyphs,
while the Adept squatted cross-legs on the same block, and faced me.
My note-book was prepared and, with pen poised expectantly, I was ready
to take down his message; to inscribe on the white sheets the less picturesque
characters of our twentieth-century system of hieroglyphs-shorthand!
Ra-Mak-Hotep wasted no time on preliminaries but plunged straightway into
the subject of his message:
“Those who broke open the tombs of ancient
Egypt have released forces upon the world that have endangered it. Both
the tomb robbers of long ago and the archaeologists of our own days have
all unwittingly opened the tombs of those who dealt in black magic. For
in the final cycle of Egyptian history – the priesthood – and sorcery and
the black arts were commonly practiced. When the white light of truth was
formerly shining through the pure Egyptian religion became dimmed, and the
noise-some shadows of false, materialistic doctrines crept in to replace
it, the practice of mummification arose, together with all the elaborate
accompanying rituals. Yet under the misleading and cunningly perverted teachings
which supported this practice, there was an element of secret self-interest
which sought to keep a long-preserved physical link with the physical world
through the embalmment of the body.
“This practice was originally intended
only for the adept-kings of Egypt's prehistoric golden age, and for the
spiritually advanced High priests who were truly channels of God, that their
material bodies, impregnated with their holy power, might continue to exist
and serve as focuses radiating that power into the world.
“A kind of
ancestor worship also developed, under which the bodies of the dead were
embalmed, merely as a formal rite to show succeeding generations what their
deceased ancestors looked like. It was really a hollow imitation of the
mummification which was practiced in earlier epochs of Egypt to preserve
holy relics of good kings and priests. For in the dark period which later
descended on Egypt, when it was bereft of true spiritual light and when
the hell-forces of the nether world were evoked by those with much knowledge
but little compassion, the instructed men of the priestly and ruling classes
caused their own bodies to be embalmed. This was sometimes done for the
purpose of black magic, sometimes out of fear of the spirit's destruction
in the purgatory that awaited it after death, and sometimes out of ignorant
conformity to custom. In almost every case, before such a man passed out
at death, he arranged for and had his tomb prepared whilst he was alive.
After the preparation of the physical tomb he invoked (or had invoked for
him by a priest of sufficient knowledge) a spirit-entity, and artificial
elemental creation, imperceptible to bodily senses, sometimes good but more
often bad, to protect and watch his mummy and act as a guardian spirit over
“Further to protect these embalmed bodies, the tombs were first
hidden with cunning care and then it was generally taught to people that
any profaner of these tombs would be visited by the spirit-powers with the
most dreadful punishment. This teaching was believed, and those tombs were
long left in peace. But with the increasing decay of the priesthood and
rulers, even the people began to lose their superstitious faith, and tomb-robberies
commenced, for the sake of plundering the jewels which were buries with
almost every mummy of an important personage.
“It was true that wherever
the embalmed body was that of a person with some knowledge of magic, or
under the protection and guidance of someone with such knowledge, spirit-powers
had been invoked to protect those tombs and punish intruders. Those powers
were often exceedingly evil, menacing and destructive. They existed within
the closed tombs, and could continue to exist, for thousands of years. Hence
your archaeologists who, in all ignorance, break open such spirit-shielded
graves, do so at their own peril.
“Yet it it were merely a matter which
affected the safety of archeologists and their families alone, what I have
to tell you would be of little importance. But it is not. It is a matter
that affects the safety of the whole world.
“For among the tombs of high
and low personages whom they excavate, there were those which were so protected.
Every such tomb which has been unsealed lets out, like a flood, a rush of
pent-up noxious evil spirit-entities upon our physical world. Each mummy
that is taken out of such a tomb and transported to your European and American
museums, carries with it the etheric link with those entities, and hence
their awful influence. Those influences can bring only harm to the world,
harm of various kinds, even to the point of destructively affecting the
destinies of nations. You Westerners have no shield against them, and because
they invisible to you, they are nonetheless potent.
“When your world
has come to realize that evil spirits are imprisoned in a number of those
tombs, it may be too late; for by then all the tombs will have been opened,
and those devilish creatures will have made their escape. Among other things
they are and will be responsible for international treacheries. Ignorance
of Nature's laws does not excuse a man from suffering whenever he transgresses
against those laws; and ignorance of the existence of evil, magical forces
does not excuse your century from suffering the punishment which your unnecessary
intrusions into their realms will bring upon it.
created elemental spirits have been released in sufficient numbers during
the present century to terrorize the world from their psychic realm, which
is immaterial enough to be invisible but close enough to influence the physical
existence of the living. We who hold the spiritual welfare of mankind at
heart, battle against these dark forces on their own levels, yet we are
not permitted by Nature's laws to destroy them any more than we are permitted
to destroy living men whom we know to be potent dangers to their fellow
beings. Our powers are restricted to shielding persons and institutions
under our especial protections.
“Those object which are taken out of
the tombs along with the mummies – such as scarabs, jewels, amulets, and
furniture – carry with them the influence of those tombs. If the latter
were not magical, it linked up with evil entities, then no harm could result
from their appropriation and rifling, but if they were so linked, then their
unsealing may bring misfortune and disaster. But the ordinary archeologists
and Egyptologists, unaware of such facts and unable to detect the difference
between the two delve into both alike. Whether it heeds it or not, let the
world receive this message: let it not meddle with tombs whose psychic nature
men do not understand. Let the world stop opening those graves until it
has acquired sufficient knowledge to comprehend the serious results of what
it is doing.
“Most of the kings had some degree of occult powers, whether
for good or for evil purposes, for they were initiated in them by their
We met a few more times, the Adept and I, and then
I was called away to pursue my travels farther south. At each of our meetings
he stored my head with information about the tenets of the mysterious fraternity
to which he belonged. It was during a reference to some experiences of mine
in India, where I had met a young yogi who claimed that his Master was more
than four hundred years old, that Ra-Mak-Hotep gravely announced the startling
and incredible information that some Adepts who had lived and moved in ancient
Egypt were still alive!
I shall not quickly forget the exclamations of
astonishment with which I greeted his statement.
The pitch of his assertions
was that there are adepts whose bodies lie in a comatose state in certain
Egyptian tombs which have not yet been discovered, and which he claimed,
would never be discovered by the ordinary archaeologist.
“The tombs of
these great Adepts are too well- guarded and will never be found by your
'diggers' “ he explained. “Those tombs are not tombs of the dead, but of
the living. They contain, not mummies, but the bodies of Adepts in a unique
state which the word 'trance' most nearly describes. You have discovered
in India that fakirs have permitted themselves to be buried for short or
long periods of time whilst keeping their bodies in an entranced state.
The function of their breathing organs was completely suspended during the
period of burial. Up to certain point, The Egyptian Adepts are in a similar
state, but their knowledge is far more profound, and they have kept their
bodies entranced, yet alive, for thousands of years.
is one vital difference between them and those Hindu fakirs. The latter
fall into a total unconscious state during their burial, and remember nothing
until they awaken again – unless the are adepts, in which case they could
never be persuaded to give a public demonstration of their powers. The Egyptian
Adepts however, remain fully conscious during their internment, and although
their bodies are coma, their spirits are free and working. In India you
visited the Sage Who Never Speaks, who lives near Madras, and on the first
occasion you found him in a profound trance, seemingly as though dead. Yet
you must know that his mind was very much alive, because on your second
visit he not only knew all about your first one, but mentioned his objection
to your ahving attempted to take his photograph then. Such a man functions
in the inner realms of being, or even on the physical realm by using his
etheric body. The buried Egyptian Adepts are mentally in a similar condition
while physically their bodies are, of course, much more profoundly entranced.
Their spirits move and travel, their mind think in a condition of full consciousness
and they have the advantage of being aware of two worlds – the material
and the spirit worlds.
“Their bodies are hidden in undiscoverable tombs,
which await the return of their spirits. One day the latter will re-animate
those comatose bodies, which will then step forth into the outer world again.
The process of re-animation will have to be performed by the right persons,
who possess the right knowledge. Part of the ritual of awakening consist
in chanting certain secret 'Words of Power'. It may seem curious to you,
but their bodies appear apparently embalmed, for they lie swathed in linen
and enclosed in mummy coffins. There is, however, the vital difference that
they have never had their hearts cut out as was done with real mummies.
All their vitals organs remain intact, except that they have collapsed stomachs
due to the fact that no food has been taken since the beginning of their
entrancement. Another difference is that the living Adepts have had their
faces and bodies covered with a coating of wax. This coating was applied
after the state of entrancement had been induced.
“Their tombs are well
concealed, and their number is extremely small – naturally, for only highly
advanced Adepts could enter this state and not all Adepts are willing to
do so. I do not like to use the word 'trance' in their case because it gives
the wrong impression, but I know no other word which can fitly be employed.
Their condition is quite different, for instance, from the trance of spiritualist
mediums and hypnotic subjects. There are really profound degrees of trance
which modern investigators have never traced. All such conditions which
they have contacted are superficial in comparison with the profound and
unique condition of the entombed Egyptian Adepts. In the repose of the latter
there is really much activity; they are not really in trance states, as
the world understands that word.
“There is one Adept who has been in
his tomb since3 260 B.C.; another since more than 3000 B.C.; still another
who has lain there for 10,000 years! They are all working very actively
in secret for the spiritual welfare of mankind. They know what is going
on in the entire world, despite the fact that their bodies are interred.
They are perfect men. By that I mean that their bodies cannot be touched
- not even by any insect or parasite – such is the tremendous radiation
of their spiritual forces. Moreover, they are in constant telepathic communication
with certain living Adepts of our time who themselves possess a functioning
body. The spiritual treasures preserved by those ancient Egyptian Adepts
are handed over to these living Adepts. When the time comes to awaken them,
the ritual of arousal will have to be performed by one of the latter.”