Rosicrucian Articles The Vital Body
That body of ours which is composed of ether is called the "v...
Our Lessons Are Sermons
They embody the highest moral and spiritual principles, toget...
The Problem Of Life
Among all the vicissitudes of life, which vary in each indivi...
How To Apply For Admission
Anyone who is not engaged in fortune-telling or similar metho...
Birth And Child Life
It must not be imagined, however, that when the little body o...
The Third Heaven
In the third heaven most people have very little consciousnes...
Invisible Helpers And Mediums
There are two classes of people in the world. In one class th...
The Mystery Of Light Color And Consciousness
"God is Light," says the Bible, and we are unable to conceive...
The Desire Body
In addition to the visible body and the vital body we also ha...
We Do Not Cast Horoscopes
Despite all we can say, many people write enclosing money for...
The Cost Of The Course
There are no fixed fees; no esoteric instruction is ever put ...
The Etheric Region
In addition to the solids, liquids and gases which compose th...
The Order Of Rosicrucians And The Rosicrucian Fellowship
A Description Of The Headquarters Of The Rosicrucian Fellowship
Work in the physical world requires physical means of accompl...
T He Course In Christian Mysticism
Christ taught the multitude in parables, but explained the my...
This is the latest acquisition of the human spirit, and in mo...
Education Of Children
Respecting the birth of the various vehicles and the influenc...
After a longer or shorter time there comes in each life a poi...
The Desire World
When spiritual sight is developed so that it becomes possible...
The Rosicrucian Fellowship
For the purpose of promulgating the Rosicrucian teachings in ...
The Rosicrucian Fellowship
For the purpose of promulgating the Rosicrucian teachings in the Western
World, the Rosicrucian Fellowship was founded in 1909. It is the herald of
the Aquarian Age, when the Sun by its precessional passage through the
constellation Aquarius will bring out all the intellectual and spiritual
potencies in man which are symbolized by that sign. As heat from a fire
warms all objects within the sphere of its radiations, so also the
Aquarian ray will raise the earth's vibrations to a pitch we are as yet
unable to comprehend, though we have demonstrations of the material
workings of this force in the inventions which have revolutionized life
within the memory of the present generation. We have wondered at the
X-ray, which sees through the human body, but each one has a sense latent
which when evolved will enable him to see through any number of bodies or
to any distance. We marvel at the telephone conversations across the
continent of America, but each has within a latent sense of speech and
hearing that is far more acute; we are surprised at the exploits of ships
under sea and in the sky, but we are all capable of passage under water or
through the sky; nay, more, we may pass unscathed through the solid rock
and the raging fire, if we know how, and lightning itself is slow compared
to the speed with which we may travel. This sounds like a fairy tale
today, as did Jules Verne's stories a generation ago, but the Aquarian Age
will witness the realization of these dreams, and ever so much more that
we still do not even dream of. Such faculties will then be the possessions
of large numbers of people who will have gradually evolved them as
previously the ability to walk, speak, hear, and see, were developed.
Therein lies a great danger, for, obviously, anyone endowed with such
faculties may use them to the greatest detriment of the world at large,
unless restrained by a spirit of unselfishness and an all-embracing
altruism. Therefore religion is needed today as never before, to foster
love and fellow-feeling among humanity so that it may be prepared to use
the great gifts in store for it wisely and well. This need of religion is
specially felt in a certain class where the ether is more loosely knit to
the physical atoms than in the majority, and on that account they are now
beginning to sense the Aquarian vibrations.
This class is again divided in two groups. In one the intellect is
dominant, and the people in that class therefore seek to grasp the
spiritual mysteries out of curiosity from the viewpoint of cold reason.
They pursue the path of knowledge for the sake of knowledge, considering
that an end in itself. The idea that knowledge is of value only when put
to practical constructive use does not seem to have presented itself to
them. This class we may call occultists.
The other group does not care for knowledge, but feels an inner urge
God-ward, and pursues the path of devotion to the high ideal set before
them in Christ, doing the deeds that He did as far their flesh will
permit, and this in time results in an interior illumination which brings
with it all the knowledge obtained by the other class, and much more. This
class we may describe as mystics.
Certain dangers confront each of the two groups. If the occultist obtains
illumination and evolves within himself the latent spiritual faculties, he
may use them for the furtherance of his personal objects, to the great
detriment of his fellow-men. That is black magic, and the punishment which
it automatically calls down upon the head of the perpetrator is so awful
that it is best to draw the veil over it. The mystic may also err because
of ignorance, and fall into the meshes of nature's law, but being actuated
by love, his mistakes will never be very serious, and as he grows in grace
the soundless voice within his heart will speak more distinctly to teach
him the way.
The Rosicrucian Fellowship endeavors to prepare the world in general, and
the sensitives of the two groups in particular, for the awakening of the
latent powers in man, so that all may be guided safely through the
danger-zone and be as well fitted as possible to use these new faculties.
Effort is made to blend the love without which Paul declared a knowledge
of all mysteries worthless, with a mystic knowledge rooted and grounded in
love, so that the pupils of this school may become living exponents of
this blended soul-science of the Western Wisdom School, and gradually
educate humanity at large in the virtues necessary to make the possession
of higher powers safe.
Pages 19 to 26 inclusive, describing Mt. Ecclesia, have been transferred
to the back of the book. (Transcriber's Note: They are pages 191 through
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