STUDIES IN THE COSMO-CONCEPTION:
Question: What is the relation of the Head of the Rosicrucian Order to the
Answer: The Head of the Order is hidden from the outside world by the twelve
Brothers. Even the pupils of the School never see him, but at the nightly
Services in the Temple His presence is felt by all, whenever He enters, and
is the signal for the commencement of the ceremony.
Question: Who besides the Brothers may be present at these Services?
Answer: Gathered around the Brothers of the Rose Cross, as their pupils, are
a number of "lay brothers."
Question: What is their spiritual status?
Answer: They are people who live in various parts of the Western World but
are able to leave their bodies consciously, attend the services, and
participate in the spiritual work at the Temple; they having each and every
one been "initiated" in the method of so doing by one of the Elder Brothers.
Question: Do these pupils remember their experience when they return to
Answer: Most of them are able to remember all that happens, but there are a
few cases where the faculty of leaving the body was acquired in a previous
life of well-doing and where a drug habit or a sickness contracted in the
present existence has unfitted the brain to receive impression of the work
done by the man when away.
Question: Is the general idea of initiation correct?
Answer: The general idea of initiation is that it is merely a ceremony which
makes one a member of a secret society; that it may be conferred upon anyone
willing to pay a certain price, a sum of money in most cases. While that is
true of the so-called initiation of fraternal orders and also in most
pseudo-occult orders, it is an erroneous idea when applied to initiations
into various degrees of truly occult Brotherhoods.
Question: What is required of the candidate for initiation?
Answer: In the first place there is no golden key to the Temple; merit
counts but not money. Merit is not acquired in a day; it is the cumulative
product of past good action.
Question: Does the pupil know when he is ready for initiation?
Answer: The candidate for initiation is usually totally unconscious that he
is a candidate. He usually is living his life in the community and serving
his fellowmen for days and years without any ulterior thought until one day
there appears in his life the teacher, a Hierophant of the lesser Mysteries
appropriate to the country in which he resides.
Question: In what way is he qualified?
Answer: By this time the candidate has cultivated within himself certain
faculties, stored up certain powers for service and help, of which he is
usually unconscious or which he does not know how to utilize properly.
Question: What service does the initiator render?
Answer: The task of the initiator will now be plain; he shows the candidate
the latent faculties, the dormant powers, and initiates him into their use;
explains or demonstrates to him for the first time how the candidate may
awaken the static energy into a dynamic power.
--Reference: Cosmo-Conception, pp 523-525