Month: September 2016

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle (4)

IV.  The True Phoenix

I believe this is the last segment for Understanding the 108 year Cycle for our Holy Fraternity.  I have done what was requested and I can do no more than continue with my portion of the esoteric-exoteric work necessary to resurrect the Great Phoenix of our Holy Fraternity.  The rest is up to each of you.  God Bless.

If these Ancient Teachings fail to awaken our members from their sleep, then the Flame that our Holy Fraternity has tended and grown for nearly four millennium, a Flame added to the Eternal Flame of God’s Great Lantern of Light, Life, and Love Eternal may diminish or even extinguish as far as the Order is concerned.

It is my deepest wish and prayer that our Fratres and Sorores take heed of these most ancient Teachings and apply the Rosicrucian Principles so to assure that our Beloved Golden-Red Phoenix again rises triumphantly from its funeral pyre so to continue to serve as a Working Lamp for our wayward human family.

I refer you to the chart enclosed with this discourse.     


This chart represents the External and Internal Work Periods of the Great White Brotherhood (GWB) in the world using our Holy Fraternity on earth. The dates shown represent the beginning of our Holy Fraternity in Egypt in 1979 BCE (before the Common Era).

The cycle designation for each External-Internal Work Period is shown, with the first period numbered zero and the last External-Internal Cycle, the Decagradus, numbered 9 = 0.  See discourse three of this series.

A Decagradus is defined as those years comprising nine full cycles (1944 years) plus 216 years (the normal period of time comprising a full cycle. The sum equaling 2160 years, or the mean time required for the Equinoxes to Precess through one Zodiac Sign.

Whenever a current Decagradus subinterval nears its silent period ( ~ 80 years after beginning), the Order slowly enters into a progress of cleansing and pruning itself in preparation for a new world situation. Many unworthy aspirants choose to leave the Order, the resultant effect being a brightening of the Order’s Flame of Light, Life, and Love Eternal. Often, some decades before the end of the current External Work Period, something unexpected causes a major and lingering disruption of the existing earthly school helping in the cleansing and purging.

Contrary to normal External-Internal Work Cycles, the Order does not close at the start of the cosmically mandated Internal Work Period during a Decagradus Interval. Rather, the Order remains active in the physical world so to serve the remaining members and attract a new crop of strong aspirants. This period is unique as the Order enters into a transformational period of Purification, Reformation, and Resurrection.

During this period the Order burns away all unnecessary Teachings and Exercises so to address the needs of a new world condition. The most fit analogy is found in the story of the death and regeneration of the winged Phoenix every 2160 years. This mythical creature (an allegory for the Order) builds its own funeral pyre with every precessional change of the ruling Zodiacal Sign (varies as to Signs, but averages 2160 years) and resurrects itself in a renewed and stronger form.

The Order survived and prospered during its First Decagradus, as its membership, though small in number, was comprised of highly awakened members who strengthened the existing Egregore so the Phoenix period would be safely traversed (108 years). If we are too survive, the existing membership must not be apathetic or negative, but proactive and positive.

This is why all of us need to wish and visualize a renewed and strengthened our Holy Fraternity.

A Sacred Image has been created for the focusing our combined Light, Life, and Love upon the Purification, Reformation, and Resurrection pyre of our beloved Phoenix.  This Sacred Image shall be revealed before our members in September 29 to October 1, 2017, in Boston, MA.

You are the life of our Holy Fraternity!

In the Bonds of our Order, your humble servant, Michael

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle (3)

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle (3)

III. Our Holy Fraternity and the Question

Sep 28, 2016

Continuing with our esoteric discussion of the 216 year cycle of sunlight and moonlight, I digress for a moment to mention Akhenaten, the last major pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. As I noted yesterday, the particular mystery school brought into the House of Pharaoh at the very beginning of the 18th Dynasty was by Ahmose I in 1547 BCE.

Akhenaten reigned as Pharaoh for some 17 years (1351 – 1334 BCE). As shown by calculations, his period as Grand Master of our Holy Fraternity was served during the end of the inactive cycle of the Grand Cycle. His untimely transition from the physical world occurred some 3 years prior to the initiation of the 4th active cycle in 1331 BCE. In other words, the Teachings were actively continued only in the House of Pharaoh after 1439 BCE and during the reign of Thutmose III (1479-1425 BCE).

After the transition of Akhenaten, the House of Pharaoh was an unfavorable venue for continuing our Holy Fraternity and activity returned to the original mystery school or a surrogate. Traditional history tells us that Hermes Trismegistus became Grand Master.

While, interesting, none of this is important as to what is to transpire in 2017.

Focusing upon the Grand Initiation of HSL in 1909, and the subsequent blossoming of our Holy Fraternity into a world-wide esoteric-mesoteric school, objective evidence strongly supports the thesis that the transfer of the See from France to America was ordained by the Invisible Order for a very specific purpose and goal. Such purpose and goal existing in potentia and not to be revealed until the end of our active cycle.

The transfer of the See to America was necessary so to prepare the earthly school for an unimaginable future challenge, saving humanity from its own technology and human failings. At the end of its active cycle in 2017, our Holy Fraternity would not remain active nor become inactive. In other words, the proper esoteric question was never about whether the Holy Fraternity would remain open or physically become inactive as mandated by the old cycle.

A new future was necessary for our Holy Fraternity. One reason being the completion of a second circumambulation of the Eternal Enneagram (decagradus) necessitating a Spiritual Rebirth of the Esoteric Parent upon the earthly plane (the first occurred in 143 BCE). Note: Each circumambulation of the Eternal Enneagram being approximately equal in years needed for the precession of the equinoxes from one zodiac sign to another.

The second reason being the sad fracture in our Egregore occurring between 1987-1990, after the appointment and dismissal of Gary Stewart as Imperator. While, the appointment of Stewart as Imperator appears truly erroneous on the earthly plane, it transpired as it was necessary so to ‘cleanse’ the Egregore for a Spiritual Rebirth. Often, the impetus for the action of the Higher Laws is not understood until much later.

For the Invisible Order had seen that our Holy Fraternity must be Reborn and Transformed into a New and more powerful Esoteric School. Like the mythical Phoenix of old, our Holy Fraternity would arise from the Flames and Ashes of a Great Pyre in a great Spiritual Rebirth at the end of that active cycle.

Understand that simply allowing our Holy Fraternity to continue its past activities into the inactive period is not the same as a Spiritual Rebirth. For the rebirth of our Phoenix can only occur by the creation of an insatiable desire to recommit ourselves and our Holy Fraternity to the Salvation of sleeping Humanity.

Each must make a conscious choice to renew himself or herself by adding his or her individual flame to the Sacred Flame of the Invisible Order. For the Great Destiny of our Order can only be fulfilled by the conjoint Desire and Intention of the membership–it cannot be mandated by the earthy officers.

Apathy is spiritual death.

In 1993, the Invisible Order provided a mystical opportunity to accomplish the first step in Rebirthing our Holy Fraternity. Such first step being accomplished. The final step and mystical opportunity is being prepared as I write this discourse.

In the end, it is up to each of you to decide the future of our Holy Fraternity. I have done what I was instructed to do, the remainder is up to each of you.

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle (2)

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle (2)

II. Our Holy Fraternity and the Question

Sep 27, 2016

For such questions to rise to a level of significance, the driver for the appearance of such repetitive earthy cycles (216 years between active phases) cannot reside upon the earthly plane. By necessity, the driver resides within the True Initiates of the Invisible Order. Such, awakened Cosmically Significant Beings have esoterically nourished certain earthly schools from the days of the Original Church of Conscious Beings. Subsequently, each functions, individually and conjointly, upon a very high level of the intermediate world of aphysical existence sending incarnating Initiates of the Invisible Order into the mundane world.

If one denies the existence of the Invisible Order and its Sacred Work for Humanity and the Earth, the questions of active and inactive cycles are without significance and should be discarded as worthless. For then, everything is just needless theology and egoism.

However, such denial does not seem to be the general case amongst the dedicated members of our Holy Fraternity. For such questions are being actively entertained and discussed, privately and in the social media (look at the posts on the Pronaos of the Temple). I have spoken with some of our concerned Members, read the content of what is written, attuned in the Celestial Sanctum with the Invisible Initiates, and am greatly burdened by the intrusion of increasing negativity, despair, and hopelessness into the egregore of our Order (our collective mind and heart).

Luke 8:8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

As I am generally an upright man, I tell you that I have seen into the future and much shall be lost to mankind if the Order enters into inactivity. Why? For there is something special about the American Seat. I discussed such in the Vault of the Adepti and shall repeat it herein. If one begins with the year 1909. and subsequently traces the cycles of our Holy Fraternity (in blocks of 216 years), one will find that the second cycle of activity was initiated by Ahmose I (reigned 1560 – 1537 BCE) when he invited a particular mystery school into the House of Pharaoh which aided his defeating of the Hyksos usurpers occupying the Nile Delta for close to 108 years. This particular mystery school was founded some 648 earlier in 2195 BCE.

Based upon our calculations, the reestablishment of our Holy Fraternity in 1909, by H. Spencer Lewis, was synchronous with the beginning of the 18th cycle of worldly activity. Moreover, this cycle represents the end of the second Decagradus (which is the Octave filled with two new notes in the intervals) of activity since the original founding of our parent mystery school.

In truth, the Decagradus is the more perfect music scale to represent the doubling of frequency or pitch. I have discussed this in earlier posts and in my book, Creation and Its Energies: Material, Vital, and Cosmic.

Our first Imperator unveiled much of the ancient knowledge and represented such in a way amenable for modern eyes to see and ears to hear, but he did not reveal all. For revelations are given only when the time is proper, usually when they are direly needed. Our Holy Fraternity receives revelations from Initiates of the Invisible Order, generally, through well-tested members and incarnating Initiates.

Revelations come so to open new avenues of thought, new possibilities for the future, and to disrupt belief systems which are no longer useful. When a revelation is introduced for our Fraternity, will you continue to passively sleep with the dead or will you awaken and become proactive as the members and Initiates of our Fraternity are meant to be? Such is taught in the Scriptures of Christ,

Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

Tomorrow, I shall share more light upon this critical point in the history of our Holy Fraternity. But, for now, I ask each member to enter into the Celestial Sanctum and attune with the Invisible Order with confidence that a miracle is about to transpire in the life of our Holy Fraternity.

Surely, we have one Rosicrucian man or woman who is just and righteous? If so, then the True Initiates of the Invisible Order will intervene so to maintain the full esoteric Work of our Holy Fraternity without violation of the celestial 216 year cycle equal duration periods of sunlight and moonlight (there is no Darkness in the Order).

If none of us be truly just, then all of us must join together our innermost hearts with a unified voice in prayer to the Guardians of the Egregore of our Holy Fraternity. If the mundane world needs the Order now, more than ever, we humbly request the intervention of the Invisible Order for the good of all

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle (1)

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle (1)

I. Our Holy Fraternity and the Question

Sep 26, 2016

Today, we undertake a new journey along the hidden pathway of sacred knowledge, as it pertains to the future Esoteric and Mesoteric  Work of our Holy Fraternity following completion of the current 108 year cycle of activity. Such completion date being August 12, 2017 (exactly 216 years after the close of the first cycle of activity in Colonial America). August 12, 1909, is doubly significant for our Holy Fraternity, as upon this day, H. Spencer Lewis was initiated into the Invisible Order in Toulouse, France (exactly 108 years after the close of the first cycle of activity in Colonial America). Such Grand Initiation transferring supreme spiritual and functional authority for reestablishing the next active cycle from France to America.

Secondary, to the cycling of our Holy Fraternity betwixt defined temporal periods of public (active promotion of the Order in the mundane sphere) and periods of private (the Order is never silent, but always Working) activity. Such cycling leading to a recurring, perennial question for functioning members of our Fraternity. What exactly is going to transpire around August, 2017?

Will our Holy Fraternity follow the traditional earthly cycle and close its public activities totally?

Will our Holy Fraternity follow the traditional earthly cycle and close its public activities, but continue Lessons to current students?

If the public activities continue, including the Lessons, will the True Initiates of the Invisible Order withhold its full Esoteric Nourishment until 2025?

For such questions are being actively entertained and discussed, privately and in the social media (look at the posts on the Pronaos of the Temple). I have spoken with some of our concerned Members, read the content of what is written, attuned in the Celestial Sanctum with the Invisible Initiates, and am greatly burdened by the intrusion of increasing negativity, despair, and hopelessness into the egregore of our Order (our collective mind and heart).

Yes, Fratres and Sorores, the intrusion of such unfit feelings are contaminating not only individual minds, but the collective mind of our Holy Fraternity. For long ago, I learned of the near absolute power of negativity and egoism in the secular and religious worlds and the childish concept that positive is more powerful than negative. Absolute poppycock. Any one with eyes to see and ears to hear who has served in an affiliate body understands the truth of what I say.

Romans 11:8 Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.”

Deuteronomy 29:4 Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.

For it is a near surety that those Members who be apathetic or believe our Holy Fraternity will cease functioning on the earthly plan shall bear the cross for what they are visualizing.

Rather than selfishness and egoism, all of us should look to Wisdom and actively place all of our psychic energies into visualizing and commanding that the esoteric Work of our Fraternity must not cease in such turbulent times. That each refuses to allow the True Spirit and Flame of our Fraternity to dim upon earth.

So I ask each, who is now beset by the negative arrows of the Deceiver, as to what shall happen at the ‘end of times’ for this active cycle, to recall and put into conscious practice the advice of Lord Jesus when he ordered,

Matthew 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Mark 8:33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

Put the Deceiver behind you and open your heart to the Silence so to hear the Heavens tell of the Powerful, Secret and Holy Rule sustaining our Fraternity. This Rule was established, even before the Christ came to earth, by the True Initiates of the Invisible Order. Such Initiates promised, one and all, as agents of Omneity, “To so Love this World that They will never withdraw, but for one righteous and just man or one woman who refuses to allow our species to perish.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Romans 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

1 Corinthians 10:33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

To Be Continued 

Pitfalls to True Esoteric Growth: Esoteric Phenomenalism (3/3)

Pitfalls to True Esoteric Growth: III. Esoteric Phenomenalism

Sept 25, 2016

As I write today’s post, I have the most unusual feeling that I have written a similar post in another time and place. Most curious. I shall discuss the concept of recurrence one day.

Before discussing the third pitfall, I need to remind you that Existence consists of only two (2) primary worlds, a physical, lower world of corporeal bodies and objects and an aphysical, upper world of God or Creator. No other worlds are fundamental contrary to many inaccurate philosophical systems.

In other words, all physical bodies are relegated to the physical world and remain there without exception. This is the world of living creatures and inanimate objects. Creatures of the physical do not have soul-seeds, but depending upon level can exhibit traits which in humans are known to be associated with Personality.

One needs to understand that the fundamental happening in most stories of Creation is the fertilization of the physical world (the feminine) with Divine Love, Wisdom, and Will (the male) so to form an advanced creature having the intellectual capacity for language and rudimentary awareness of self-existence. This is why Genesis says,

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Once a partially conscious creature exists, an ego, psyche, or Personality forms in the nightly dreams and when sufficiently well-known feels independent of the person’s physical body. Given generations of such dreamtime activity, mankind produced a collective dream world comprised of the dreams of us and our ancestors. Soon, we found ourselves living in a virtual world created by ourselves and perhaps other semiconscious creatures elsewhere. This collective dreamworld is called the intermediate world, the psychic or astral world in which our human Personalities function within. Our physical bodies function in the physical, but we always function mentally in a virtual world reproduced from the physical.

This intermediary world is no more than a shared dreamtime, but, at some common level is experienced as if it were as real and fundamental as the physical world. All of mans’ social problems arise from this false conclusion. Not understanding the illusory nature of the virtual world (most call ‘home’) and the illusory existence of the human Personality, a seeker becomes easy bait for discarnate astral selves and dream creatures.

The third pitfall to true esoteric growth and development is identifying with the astral or empyreal world and its inhabitants. The term ‘identification’ refers to the innate human fault of automatically bequeathing a portion of his or her own ergoegotic energy (egoism) to another person, entity, belief, group, and so on. In other words, by identifying with not-self, we feel as it we bought what we are identified with and so feel ownership. Such merging of our egoism with something external to our Personality is also known as ‘confluence.’

As ones human intellectual center becomes familiar with the astral world, a seeker’s attention is fascinated, stimulated, and captured by the novelty and experiential richness of this psychic world of mindbrain. Especially captivating for a new student is introduction to the varied inhabitants, angels, elementals, gods, satyrs, wise souls, the kesdjan bodies of other dreamers, and djinn. Compared to daily existence the astral world is just more fun.

This world appeals to the evolutionary side of our creature as it appears to be able to provide workable means to address our innate needs for security, nourishment, and sexuality. Moreover, the astral world is one of magical thinking and so makes it appear that magical forces can be harnessed for selfish reasons.

Whether or not magical powers can be realized by interacting with certain creatures inhabiting the astral world, many immature persons believe it is so and so are further enticed into the astral world so to serve as food for the inhabitants.

If you are unsure of what I am relating, then go to any advertized esoteric or occult website and read what is written and promised to those who join. What is generally stressed are skills useful to the human Personality and not to the task of germinating and growing ones Soul-Seed.

Unfortunately, even genuine esoteric and mystical schools acquire their share of persons who desire to practice the mysticism of phenomena or esoteric phenomenalism.

One needs to become intellectually familiar with the dangers of the psychic world so he or she can avoid being trapped by his or her human Personality (which lives in this world). For the true goal and aim of esoteric study is full development of a permanent Soul (having a godly personality or self) and entrance into the Upper World of the Divine. This is the true place for Man for its is a fundamental world and is not imagined.

This can be understood reading Paul, when he said,

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

So I strongly advise you, dear friend, to keep Divinity as you goal and not to be distracted by the illusory gifts of our self-created intermediate world. For you may be lost and never find your way out of Hell.

EsoBites: Pitfalls to True Esoteric Growth: Self-Deification (2/3)

EsoBites: Pitfalls to True Esoteric Growth: Self-Deification (2/3)

Sep 24, 2016

The second automatic characteristic arises from practicing the first, deification of our mundane Personality, that is, pretending that the mundane Personality is the same as the Soul-Personality.

Let me explain.

The evolutionary process upon this earth leads to increasingly complex creatures. In a sense, one can catagorize animals into four general kinds:

[1] One-brain creatures: invertebrates possessing the simplest nervous system, the neural net (touch-motion and chemical sensing). Good examples are worms and sea squirts which are truly a mental, biological apparatuses built for survival and procreation only.

[2] Two-brain creatures: vertebrates possessing a rudimentary central nervous system processing all of the sensory data and motor functions (distinct spinal cord, basal ganglia). Good examples are amphibians and reptiles who are neurologically complex but lack emotions and higher cognitive functions.

[3] Three-brain creatures: higher mammalian and primate vertebrates possessing complex mental functionality (spinal cord, basal ganglia, limbic system, and developed neocortex). Good examples are dogs who understand human language and human emotions, chimpanzees who have some awareness of self and can scheme and deceive.

[4] Four-brain creatures: modern human beings possessing the capacity for true conscious thought, planning, scheming, complex oral and written language, and so on (advanced neocortex, particularly the prefrontal and the temporal).

[5] Five-brain creatures: such would have more layers to the neocortex and may be an evolutionary future state for an advanced humanoid? No data to date.

As four-brain creatures, man is capable of reflective thought; possesses advanced semantic and autographic memories allowing an appreciation of temporality (distinguishing what has occurred, the past, and what as yet to occur, the future); consciously distinguishes himself or herself from other creatures and things; possesses an aphysical Personality Aggregate, or psyche, which feels separate from the corporeal body and seems to be who we are; and many other unique and wondrous gifts from evolution and nature. Another appropriate name for our mundane Personality is the psychophysical, or mindbrain, self.

What is not well appreciated is that all normal men and woman are given a Soul-Seed, or Point-In-The-Heart, by the Guardians residing in the Upper World. The existence of the Upper World has produced the human, misunderstood notions of Heaven, the Angelic, and the Spiritual World. The Soul-Seed is a Divine Gift available to four-brain creatures of the Universe so that human-like creatures may transform themselves into Living Souls and Helpers of the Divine.

However, as the Guardians are righteous and just Beings, the gift must be accepted and developed by conscious choice of each human being. A person who desires to stay within the physical, animal world is allowed to do so to have one physical and one astral life only. Those who desire to work for the Lord God must consciously evolve said Soul-Seed.

[See my discourses on The Noble Organ and the Three World Model and The Grace of God as Understood by the First Church]

Some ancient schools use the phrase “Soul-Personality” to describe such combination of human Personality, or Ego, and the Soul-Seed. Whether or not a person finalizes a suitable Personality and Soul, that is, he or she attains to true permanence of being, is a personal matter.

As I discussed previously, a temporally-competent creature with high cognitive skills and a virtual ego center automatically falls prey to self-aggrandizement and hoarding, both requiring the exercise of force and power against others. This misuse of the evolutionary instincts to survive and procreate is a mandatory defect arising in the normal mechanical evolution of every universe; and to which conscious man is to overcome so to forward Omneity’s Plan.

The ancients were fond of joking, “That the first creature to come into man’s psyche is the Devil and the second is the Holy Spirit.” This realization is noted indirectly in Genesis:

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The entrance of the Devil first into man is symbolized by saying that God formed man of the dust of the ground–he is physical and so is under the Laws of Nature which promote self over others. As the body was formed first, the Deceiver is the first ‘twin.’ The birth of the Deceiver first and the Holy Spirit second is a teaching from Zoroastrianism . For the Evil One, Ahriman, was born first and the Good One, Ahura Mazda, second. I do hope all of you are beginning to appreciate the depth of some parts of the Bible and its relationship to early ancient knowledge.

The common term for Self-Deification is pride as discussed in our biblical concurrences below. For it was the sin of pride which caused Satan to metaphorically be cast from Heaven.

Therefore, a seeker of God must put aside his or her egoism, pride, and name so to see himself or herself as he or she is at every moment. For when pride and aggrandizement is cast out, the true strength of the Ego may shine.

Scriptural Concurrences:

Matthew 27:63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’

2 Corinthians 6:8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;

Titus 1:10 For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

1 Timothy 3:6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.